Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Blog Tour: Review & Excerpt of Love Under Protection by Aubree Valentine

Title: Love Under Protection
Author: Aubree Valentine
Release Date: 3/23/20
Series: 425 Madison Ave, #16
Genres: Contemporary Romance

My best friend asked me to be his best man at his destination wedding.

With a demanding and stressful job with NYPD life for me was all work and no play, but a week-long trip to Hawaii to celebrate Jameson's nuptials sounds like the perfect excuse to get away.

Leaving work behind wasn't as easy as I thought it would be, though.

That was until she walked up to me at the bar.

After a night of unbridled passion, I discover...she’s the maid of honor in Jameson’s wedding.

My best friend asked me to be her maid of honor at her destination wedding.

After finding my now ex-fiance in a compromising position, escaping to Hawaii is the perfect excuse to find myself again.

With nothing to lose, I approach the hottest guy in that bar and take a chance on getting my own groove back.

There's just one hiccup...he's actually the best man in Liv's wedding.

It was only supposed to be a fling, but when returning home leads to chaos and one relocation to New York, can these two love birds go from fling to forever? Time will tell.

Afterall...425 Madison is the perfect place to fall in love.

My thoughts:
Love Under Protection is the 15th book in the 425 Madison Avenue series. This is also the follow-up to Love Under Construction (book 6).  While not my favorite of the series, I did enjoy this one.  I liked it a lot more than the other Love Under Construction, mainly because I liked the characters more.  I thought Raylynn and Harley were a good couple. I enjoyed the second half of the story more than the first half when they were in Hawaii.  It showed them more in a realistic setting and allowed them to become friends before lovers again.  The main thing the story suffered from was length.  I would have liked it to be longer because there were some parts that would have benefited from being more fleshed out.  Despite that, I would recommend this one. 

Copyright @ Aubree Valentine 2020

Raylynn gives me a once over then bursts into laughter. 
I look down to see what’s so funny and nearly lose it. 
Son of a bitch. 
There’s a huge white spot on the crotch of my shorts. It doesn’t help that I’m hard as a rock too, because of what she’s wearing. 
“I didn’t mean to interrupt. You could have said you were busy.”
“Funny. Get the hell in here so I can get these off,” I grunt. 
She steps inside my apartment and looks around. “Nice place.”
“Thanks. I’ll be right back.” I dart toward the bedroom. “It’s paint by the way,” I call over my shoulder before shutting the door. 
Last goddamn time I go paintballing with Jameson and Liam too. 
“That’s what they all say,” she yells back.
When I come out, I’m dressed in a nice pair of jeans and a polo shirt. Raylynn gives me a whistle and motions for me to spin around. 
“Forget it. You’re not objectifying me.” I grin. “And that paint. Ask Jameson what happened.” 
She holds up her hands and snickers. “I’ll pass, but thanks.”
“You good to walk in those?” I point to her shoes. “We’ll need to take the subway.”
“These old things?” Raylynn lifts a foot. “I could run laps in these.”
“We’re not running laps, but I’ll take your word for it.” 
She reaches for my shoulders and starts massaging the muscles. “Aww, you’re tense. Are you in a mood?” 
I’m tense because she’s standing in my apartment looking like a whole damn snack, and I know nothing is going to happen besides a few drinks.
“Sweetheart, the only mood I’m in is the mood to get out of this apartment for a while,” I lie. 
“Well then , let’s get the fuck out of here!” she cheers. “Ooo. Wait a minute. Harley Wagner , are you wearing a gun or are you happy to see me?”
“Christ, I’m tense, and you’re in a really good mood.”
“Seriously, are you wearing your gun?” I sigh and slip my keys into my front pocket. “Yes, Raylynn. I’m packing heat.”
“Well, that I knew.”

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About Aubree

Aubree Valentine is a wife, mom and avid reader. Her love of books goes far behind weaving her own stories to tell. She realized her dream of becoming a published author by the time she was in high school and knew she'd stop at nothing to make that happen.

When she's not writing, she can be found chasing after her twins or her dogs, curled up with a good book or still working with some of her favorite authors.

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