The Assignment by Penelope Ward

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Title: The Assignment
Author: Penelope Ward
Genre: Standalone Contemporary Romance
Cover Design: Letitia Hasser, RBA Designs
Photographer: Scott Hoover
Model: Jay Byars
Release Date: February 28, 2022
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From New York Times bestselling author Penelope Ward, comes a new standalone novel.

 

Reasons why I should not be drawn to Troy Serrano.
Number one: He’s obnoxious.
Number two: He and I were enemies over a decade ago in high school.
Number three: He’s my friend’s ex-boyfriend.
I could go on and on, really.
When my boss gives me an unwanted assignment and tells me it involves spending time with the grandson of one of our residents—the grandson turns out to be Troy. He’s now as successful as he is undeniably handsome.
Lucky me. Four hours a week of having to deal with his insufferable personality and unsolicited advice.
The only consolation is getting to stare at his annoyingly gorgeous face in between our many arguments.
Eventually, though, we slowly warm to each other and our outings become something I actually look forward to.

 

What’s happening to me?

 

Apparently, I misunderstood the assignment, because it certainly didn’t include thinking about Troy when I close my eyes at night, imagining what it would be like with him—just once. All the while hating myself for fantasizing about a guy who’s all wrong for me. A guy whose car I keyed back in the day. (Long story, but he deserved it.)
That’s all this is—a fantasy.
Well, until that one night at the bar.
The night Troy and I run into each other, and all of our pent-up frustration comes barreling out.
Still, I refuse to accept that it means anything.
There’s no way the guy I’m supposed to hate is also the one I can’t live without.

 

 

 

 

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Penelope
Ward is a New York Times, USA Today and #1 Wall Street Journal bestselling
author of contemporary romance.
 
She grew up
in Boston with five older brothers and spent most of her twenties as a
television news anchor. Penelope resides in Rhode Island with her husband, son,
and beautiful daughter with autism.
 
With over two
million books sold, she is a 21-time New York Times bestseller and the author
of over twenty novels. Her books have been translated into over a dozen
languages and can be found in bookstores around the world.
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REVIEW : More Than a Feeling (Rock Star Romance #4) by Erika Kelly

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More Than a Feeling (Rock Star Romance #4)

  

More Than a Feeling
 Rock Star Romance 4
 Erika Kelly
April 4th 2017

 

He might be a rock star, but he never forgot the woman he’d only—desperately—loved from afar.

When Cooper Hood left Snowberry, Montana ten years ago, he swore he’d never go back to the town that painted him with the same brush as his addict mother. But right in the middle of his band’s national tour he gets a call to come home: his mom’s got a whopper of a secret to reveal.

Daisy Charbonneau’s in trouble. The talent she hired for her resort’s annual Huckleberry Festival’s just bailed on her, and she’s desperate to find a replacement act. Luck turns her way when she discovers her high school crush is back in town—and he happens to be a rock star.

As they work together, a crush deepens into so much more—but who falls in love in two weeks?

Especially when Cooper’s never coming back to town, and Daisy’s never going to leave it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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REVIEW : Take Me Home Tonight (Rock Star Romance #3) by Erika Kelly

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Take Me Home Tonight (Rock Star Romance, #3)

  

Take Me Home Tonight
 Rock Star Romance #3
 Erika Kelly
 April 5th 2016

 

A rocker gets a taste of unexpected passion in the latest red-hot Rock Star Romance from the award-winning author of I Want You to Want Me.
 
Calix Bourbon might seem like a free spirit, but that’s all a front. In reality he’s just trying to keep his fractured family together while working as a session musician. When Blue Fire hires him to replace their keyboardist, Calix is determined to make the most of the opportunity—but he can’t help being distracted by the band’s sexy personal chef.
 
Mimi’s temporary gig is great, but she has her heart set on auditioning for a televised cooking show. There’s just one problem: she only has a week to acquire the skills necessary to survive the competition. Luckily, the band’s new keyboard player can teach her exactly what she needs, in the kitchen and in the bedroom…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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REVIEW : Come Back for Me (Arrowood Brothers #1) by Corinne Michaels

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Come Back for Me (Arrowood Brothers, #1)

  

Come Back for Me
Arrowood Brothers #1
Corinne Michaels
January 7th 2020

 

From New York Times Bestselling author Corinne Michaels comes a new emotional and riveting standalone love story.

One night, eight years ago, she gave me peace.
No names.
No promises.
Just two broken people, desperate to quiet their pain and grief.

In the morning, she was gone and had taken my solace with her. I left for the military that day, vowing never to return to Pennsylvania.

When my father dies, I’m forced to go home to bury him. At least I’ll finally be rid of his farm, which is grown over and tangled with memories I’ve fought to forget.

And that’s when I find her. She’s even more beautiful than I remember and has the most adorable kid I’ve ever seen.

Years have passed, but my feelings are the same, and this time I refuse to let her go. They say you can’t bury the past, and they’re right. Because when long-ago secrets are exposed, rocking us both to the core, I have no choice but to watch her walk away again. . .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Hollywood Rogue by Misti Murphy

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Title: Hollywood Rogue: Rogue and Ivy Book 1
Series: The A-List Rebels #2
Author: Misti Murphy 
Genre: New Adult Romance 
 
 
 
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Strangers to lovers? More like don’t blow my cover. And don’t pick up strangers on the side of the road. Seems simple enough. But my life is anything but simple.

And he’s technically not a stranger.

But our history is—well…strange. I know exactly who Rogue Maddox is. The good, the bad-boy…and the ugly. But he doesn’t even know I exist. Or that we have history.

I never expected to see the Hollywood hottie again or for sparks to fly between us. Especially with him covered in blood and me in glitter…occupational hazard I guess you could say.

Now I’m caught in a lie that could destroy us. I’m not the person he thinks I am…that girl is a character I’ve been playing. If I tell him the truth, I could lose him. If I don’t, what’s between us will never be real.

But playing pretend is better than having my heart broken for real…right?
 
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ABOUT MISTI 
 
Misti Murphy is a sadistic b*tch who loves to emotionally torture fictional people. If she did that in real life she’d probably end up in prison or a psych ward so she prefers to create dirty talking alphas and the sexually frustrated women who fall into their beds. And if someone needs to be smacked upside the head before f*cking turns to love then that makes her very happy indeed. 


She’s a huge believer in flaws making us human, and that not everyone likes bacon. She’s also addicted to chocolate and scared of the effects of the coming shortage. She swears like a f*cking trooper, and thinks that graphic smuttiness should be as real in fiction as it is in real life.

 
When she’s not writing she’s the perfect housewife and mother. Ha bloody ha! When she’s not writing she’s hiding in a cupboard with her kindle, scoffing chocolate, and stalking facebook.
 

 

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Falling Deep by Fern Fraser

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Title: Falling Deep 

Series: Instalove Steamy Short romance series

Author: Fern Fraser 

Genre: Steamy Romance 

 

 
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★Can a hot single dad and the new girl in town see past their differences to find forever? ★

NICK

Wrangling three kids alone while managing a thriving business makes life challenging. I make no time for myself, until I meet Mila and then everything changes. Mila is beautiful, uncomplicated, and her sweet curves captivate me. I want her but she’s younger than me and guards her heart carefully.

She gives me one chance to prove myself and I won’t give up until I make her mine.

MILA

Folks in my new home town are quick to judge a young single mother like me. I keep to myself and avoid any conflict. Nick is the hot dad all the other moms want in their bed, but he only wants me. He charms his way into my life, breaking down my defenses and promising the kind of future I never dared dream of.

He’s kind, handsome and very persistent. He’s also the father of my son’s arch nemesis. I want to give in to desire, but does loving Nick mean hurting my child?

Steamy, short, insta love romance between a protective older man and a younger woman. No cliffhanger, low drama, high heat, with a steamy sweet happily ever after.

Note to readers: Falling Deep was previously published with the title Dive. This version is revised and updated.

 

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Fern Fraser is a steamy short contemporary romance author who knows love at first sight is real. Fern’s books feature possessive Alpha Heroes and the Strong Sassy Women who bring them to their knees.  The path to true love isn’t always a straight line, but with laughter and steam, happy endings are real. Every Single Time. 

Fern Fraser: Short Romance with Heart and Hot Happy Endings.

Fern Fraser is a steamy short contemporary romance author who knows love at first sight is real. Fern’s books feature possessive Alpha Heroes and the Strong Sassy Women who bring them to their knees.  The path to true love isn’t always a straight line, but with laughter and steam, happy endings are real. Every Single Time. 

Fern Fraser: Short Romance with Heart and Hot Happy Endings.

 

If you love swoon worthy, steamy short instalove romances with alpha men, curvy women and no cheating, please follow this link to get your free story. SEDUCING THE CEO.

 

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A Ticking Time Boss by Olivia Hayle

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The golden eagle who swooped in to save me from a nightmare first date turns out to be a billionaire vulture circling the company I work for.

A Ticking Time Boss, an all-new stand-alone billionaire romance from Olivia Hayle is coming February 11th and we have the first look of the dreamy cover!

Carter Kingsley: My savior and ruthless corporate raider hell bent on destroying the newspaper I love. Oh, and my new boss.

His first order of business? Cut half the staff. I should hate him. Easy, right?

Wrong.

I met him two weeks ago, when he saved me from the most awkward first date of my life. I was looking for a way out when he strolled up in a ten-thousand dollar suit with a winning smile, and told a white lie that turned the date from hell into heavenly bliss.

I left with his number in my phone, and spent the next two weeks staying up late to text him. He’s charming. Funny. Sincere.

Completely unlike the ruthless villain who comes in and carves us up.

My first order of business is to interview the new boss. But who is sitting on the other side of the desk? The man who saved and charmed me, or the one who’s threatening everything I hold dear?

Carter insists that we can still be friends, but I know that the whole situation is a ticking time bomb.

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About Olivia Olivia is a twenty-something hopeless romantic who loves billionaires heroes despite never having met one. Taking matters into her own hands, she creates them on the page instead. Stern, charming, cold or brooding, so far she’s never met a (fictional) billionaire she didn’t like.

A voracious reader of romance, Olivia picked up the pen a few years back and what followed was a love affair of her own. Now she spends her days grinning at the steamy banter she’s writing or swooning at happily-ever-afters. Or, to be frank, struggling with writing about herself in third person for the purposes of marketing. ​ She’s been writing contemporary romance novels since 2018. They’re all exclusively available on Amazon and enrolled in Kindle Unlimited. ​ (Phew. Now I can go back to first-person love stories!)

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Only Ever Yours by Nikki Ash

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Title: Only Ever Yours
Author: Nikki Ash
Genre: Insta-Love Romance (stand alone)
Release Date: January 13, 2022
 
 
 
 
 
Books and Tequila Blog – “Only Ever Yours is sweet and swoony.”

 

Closet Romance Reader – “Get ready for a bewitching tale of loss and love. Only Ever Yours was the latest epicness by Nikki Ash. It was emotional, enthralling, and hot!”

 

 

The Romantic Rush Blog – “Only Ever Yours delivers everything I’ve come to love about Nikki Ash’s story telling- tender feelings, swoony romance, sensational steam, and heartfelt sincerity, but yet it also surprises in unexpected ways.”

 

 

 

Camilla
Desperate times call for desperate measures—like pretending to be my best friend and posing as a millionaire’s escort for the night.
I thought I had nothing left to lose, only I didn’t take my heart into consideration. What started as a one-time date turned into so much more in the blink of an eye. Because Isaac is used to getting what he wants, and even after learning the truth, he wants me. Unconditionally.
Even though my heart is on the line, I find myself falling in love with him. But all too soon, I learn that loving a powerful man like Isaac can be dangerous. And despite how careful he is with my heart, it’s still capable of breaking.
Isaac
From the moment we met, she’s taken up residence in my head and in my heart. I’ll do everything in my power to make her mine. But first, I need to secure a second date.
It’s more than chemistry. My parents had this too. She’s the one. Marriage, babies, forever… I want it all with her, and in return, I’ll give her the world.
When the unimaginable happens, love and loyalty are put to the test. But I’ll move heaven and earth to protect Camilla… even if it means breaking her heart.
 

 

 
 
 
 

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REVIEW : Worth a Shot by Gail Haris

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Worth a Shot

  

Worth a Shot
  
 Gail Haris
 January 21st 2020

 

One simple run-in got me more than I bargained for…and now I can’t go back. It might be dangerous, but it might just be worth a shot.

Victoria Angel…

It was just a cup of coffee…that’s all I was after.

Some much-needed caffeine to get me through wedding dress shopping. That’s it. But I guess the universe had other plans. How do I go from getting coffee to waking up in the hospital after being involved in a drive-by?

And how does my mysterious hero go from taking a bullet for me to getting arrested and put in prison?

His last name is Goodman, but according to the police, he’s not at all a good man. However, it feels as though fate brought us together. The police don’t agree…and my fiancé definitely doesn’t either.

Tristan Goodman…

She thinks I’m her hero, which couldn’t be further from the truth. Because of the business that I’m in and the people I surround myself with, there’s always a target on my back, and anyone associated with me is in the line of fire, including the quirky yet gorgeous Victoria Angel.

I’ve brought nothing but danger to her life the minute she bumped into me in that coffee shop. I know she’s not mine, but that certainly doesn’t stop me from going after what I want. And what I want is an angel.

She’d be wise to end all contact with me, exactly like her fiancé wishes, but I can’t leave her alone…especially after I have a taste of heaven.

 

 

 

Gail Haris is a new to me / debut author so when I decided to read “worth a shot” it was kind of having a double meaning … I thought the plot was worth a shot and as it turned out … I was right.

When it seems like it’s a debut I am reading I always pay especially close attention to details. And in total I was pleasantly surprised. But let’s dive into the critical details …

The cover ….I am not a fan of the type of cover used here and – if at all – it only works for a certain kind of books. Had it been me in a bookstore I am pretty sure I wouldn’t have taken the book from the shelf to read the plot. I have to admit – I would have missed out on something good – but the thing is – cover sell books – at least in physical stores so there is that.

The plot … well that brings me back to my issue with the cover – in my reading world it’s the romantic comedy books where people don’t take themselves too seriously where this cover is used (still not a fan of the style). But the Blurb promises a plot that does not sound like a comedy and I think when I first came across the book there was no cover – otherwise I would remember frowning at the different vibes the blurb and the cover give.

Romantic comedy I can only digest when presented in a certain style – so when I started reading the book. The plot felt like a romantic comedy but then as the story went on the tone became more serious while still the banter went on with the characters. And at a certain point I felt that the characters banter and the plot got separated.

I am not sure how to explain that without giving the story away. It could be a very personal style of the author and if so it would definitely be a unique one I think. Still, I am not totally convinced I love it. The chemistry between the leads was beautiful I could have gone on for hours just reading their dialogues and at certain points, I was almost willing to mention “if you like the style of the writing duo Penelope Ward and Vi Keeland than you will like the writing of Gail Haris too”

… but then I felt that the plot didn’t run with the characters. When it was just the leads talking to each other everything was perfect but the second the backstory came into view I felt that a very serious topic was taken not as serious as it needed to be. Or it was presented to strong for a comedy? Or maybe it was ambitious to try to fit this kind of story into a comedy at all? Not sure and I really cannot explain without details all that well.

The writing … as mentioned before – I love love love the banter between the leads – it is perfect… the opening – how they get to know each other and all – simply perfect and if you love Ward/Keeland this will be your style too. Dialog wise this author is a winner.

The book I read was not the final copy I assume because it still had some typos in it – I am not taking them into consideration as I usually do not correct grammar (not my strong suit because I am bilingual and mix languages a lot) and they did not really disturb the reading. But there were enough for me to notice and I only mention them in case it was the final version and they were overlooked.

My thoughts….. I was blown away by some of the dialogues and loved the banter – but the plot itself did not runs smoothly with the tone that was set by the charters. – The character development – banter and setup are a 5 Star cast in my book but the plot had me shaking my head especially towards the end and only made it to 3 Stars. I know it sounds critical and maybe it is but it is meant in a good way because this writing style really has potential just for my taste it needs to be better balanced with the plot but because it is so special

Great debut with room for improvement

 

 

 

 

 

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Six Wishes by Andie Bale

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Title: Six Wishes
Series: Love in #’s Series Book 6
Author: Andie Bale
Genre: Hockey Romantic Comedy
Release Date: January 13, 2022
Chloe Montgomery is at a complete crossroads. She is still looking for that special thing that would complete her existence. When she meets one of her favorite professional hockey players, she is not impressed. He is arrogant, and she doesn’t play that way. But now he’s inserted himself into her life and doesn’t want to go away.
Van Boyd is licking his wounds during the off season. He’s got a bum knee and everyone, himself included, thinks it might just be the end of his career. When he first meets Chloe, he thinks she’s a puck bunny. Until he meets a real puck bunny, and he needs Chloe’s help to extract himself from a possibly uncomfortable situation. And now, he wants to keep her.
***This story has heart, humor and lots of heat that’s intended for readers who are 18 or older***

 

Andie Bale lives in Ann Arbor (Go Blue!), Michigan, with her husband, daughter and awesome four-legged baby. Her love of reading started at a young age when sneaking her mother’s romance books to read was the highlight of her day. Now, I am beyond grateful and excited to be able to bring the characters in her head to life.

 

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