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Thursday, September 21, 2023

Blog Tour: Review of Man Scape by Vanessa Vale

 


In Hunter Valley, it's open season on men.
 
Man Scape by Vanessa Vale is now live! 
 
Don't date your son's ex.
Especially when she's supposedly the town's good girl. But the sweet, shy librarian isn't a good girl at all.
She can't be, because she wants me—the local lumberjack, and my...wood.
I'm her ex's dad but she says she doesn't want guys her age. Or a relationship.
She wants a fling. And since I'm leaving Hunter Valley in a few days, I'll definitely indulge her.
We'll have fun while it lasts and then she'll go back to fooling the town and I'll just go.
Right?
In Hunter Valley, it's always open season on men. Will the biggest one in town be the easiest to catch?
 
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My thoughts:

Man Scape is the fifth book in the "On a Man Hunt" series.  This one is Daniel and Melly's story.  This worked very well as a stand alone book.  I didn't feel lost.  Ultimately, I did enjoy Daniel and Melly together.  I just wish they had spent more time outside of the bedroom.  Those scenes were a bit over the top for my taste, but that is a me thing.  I loved the interactions between Daniel and his brothers.  Their banter was really funny.  This is an age gap romance which I didn't mind. My other issue is that it only happens over a few days and had a HFN ending.  I wish the timeframe was a little longer.  I do recommend this one and am interested in reading others in the series.




About the author:

A USA Today bestseller, Vanessa Vale writes tempting romance with unapologetic bad boys who don’t just fall in love, they fall hard. Her books have sold over one million copies. She lives in the American West where she's always finding inspiration for her next story. While she’s not as skilled at social media as her kids, she loves to interact with readers.
 
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Cover Reveal: Life is Better With You by Shannon Paige

 


Join us for the Cover Reveal of Life is Better with You by Shannon Paige. Fans who love Fake Relationships, Forced Proximity, and Co-Workers/Office Romance will swoon for this light and humorous romance. Keep scrolling for more details about this sweet cover.
 
 
Author: Shannon Paige
Release Date: 10/17/2023
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Trope: fake relationship, opposites attract, friends to lovers, one bed, forced proximity, found family, co-workers/office romance, and cinnamon roll MMC
 
Fake dating is supposed to be platonic. Someone maybe should’ve told them that sooner…
Aspen
Luke Simmons is my best friend at the office. A cinnamon roll in human form. Sexy in a nerdy way. A forever kind of guy.
Not my type at all.
My abandonment issues would never let me pick a guy like Luke. So, when he needs a fake girlfriend to bring home for a holiday wedding, I agree. It’s not like I’m going to fall in love with him.
 Or so I kept telling myself…
 
Luke
I’ve been pining for Aspen Shaw for years. Her beauty, that adorable birthmark, her intelligence…she’s perfect.
Too bad the feeling is totally unrequited.
 
So, I’m not about to let a little forced proximity—or the one bed we’ll be forced to share while we’re staying with my family—make me do something stupid. Like profess my undying love.
 
Especially since she has no idea I’m moving away after New Years…


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About Shannon Paige

Shannon Paige is an author of swoon-worthy romances featuring perfectly imperfect characters whose stories include a dash of heart, heat and humor as they work towards their happily ever afters.
Shannon married to the-boy-next-door (they met in kindergarten) almost 30 years ago.
She has three grown children and resides in the Rocky Mountains of Utah.
When Shannon isn’t writing romance novels, you’ll find her in one of two places; either traveling the globe on various adventures, taking copious amounts of photos, and taste testing all the local cuisine, or relaxing on her porch swing, not leaving the house for days.
You can find Shannon at @ShannonPaige_author on Instagram or visit her website, www.Shannon-Paige.com
 
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Wednesday, September 20, 2023

Blog Tour: Review of An Unsuitable Heiress by Jane Dunn

 


Title: An Unsuitable Heiress
Author: Jane Dunn
Genre: Historical Romance, Regency Romance
Publisher: ‎ Boldwood Books (May 22, 2023)
Length: (350) pages
Format: Trade Paperback, eBook, & Audiobook 
ISBN: ‎978-1804835364
Tour Dates: September 4 – October 2, 2023
 
Following the death of her mother, Corinna Ormesby has lived a quiet life in the countryside with her cantankerous Cousin Agnes. Her father's identity has been a tantalizing mystery, but now at nineteen Corinna knows that finding him may be her only way to avoid marriage to the odious Mr. Beech.
Deciding to head to London, Corinna dons a male disguise. Travelling alone as a young woman risks scandal and danger, but when, masquerading as a youth, she is befriended by three dashing blades, handsome and capable Alick Wolfe, dandy Ferdinand Shilton and the incorrigible Lord Purfoy, Corinna now has access to the male-only world of Regency England. And when she meets Alick's turbulent brother Darius, a betrayal of trust leads to deadly combat which only one of the brothers may survive.

From gambling in gentleman’s clubs to meeting the courtesans of Covent Garden, Corinna’s country naivety soon falls away. But when she finds her father at last, learns the truth about her parentage and discovers her fortunes transformed, she must quickly decide how to reveal her true identity, while hoping that one young man in particular can see her for the beauty and Lady she really is.

❤️ A must read for Georgette Heyer, Jane Austen, and historical romance fans.
❤️ A spunky, adventurous heroine on a quest in London to find her estranged father.
❤️ An adorable dog and an endearing horse!
❤️ Three dashing blades who will make you laugh, and swoon.
❤️ A bestselling & highly rated new release.
 
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My Thoughts:

An Unsuitable Heiress is a really adorable and sweet romance.  It involves Corina who sets out to find her father in an attempt to avoid being married off to someone she has no interest in.  In order to travel under the radar, she dresses up as a boy.  She quickly finds out that  being a boy doesn't mean she is safe. Thankfully, Alick and his friends come to the rescue.

As I said, I thought this was an adorable story.  I really enjoyed all of the friendships in this one.  Especially between the guys and Corina.  Once they realized she was a girl, I was happy to see that the friendships didn't diminish.  The love story between Alick and Corina was subtle, but it really worked for me.  I loved the ending.  The story line with Corina and her father was bittersweet. I really loved this book and I highly recommend it!  I hope to read  other guys get their own stories. 



AUTHOR BIO

Jane Dunn is an historian and biographer and the author of seven acclaimed biographies, including Daphne du Maurier and her Sisters, and the Sunday Times and NYT bestseller, Elizabeth & Mary: Cousins, Rivals, Queens. She comes to Boldwood with her first fiction outing – a trilogy of novels set in the Regency period, the first of which, The Marriage Season, is to be published in January 2023. She lives in Berkshire with her husband, the linguist Nicholas Ostler.

Tuesday, September 19, 2023

Release Blitz: Loving You by Samantha Chase

 


 
Loving You by Samantha Chase is now live! 
 
He was never planning on staying in Sweetbriar Ridge.
Then the perfect woman fell into his arms.
Not everyone in Sweetbriar Ridge is as sweet as the town name would suggest. But single mom Jade Mackenzie is up to the challenge of winning over the town if that's what it takes to make her new shop a success. After all, this is just the latest in a long string of battles she's had to face. Since she's given up on men-all of them except for her son-she can throw all her energy into the new business. Or so she thought until the most charming and too-good-looking-for-his-own-good man walked into her shop. And she literally falls into his arms.
Levi Donovan knows how to charm his way through life; winning people over is just what he does. But no amount of charm can save him when he's at the center of a scandal that costs him his position at a prestigious ad agency. With no other choice, he's forced to return home to Sweetbriar Ridge, the small town he left behind the first chance he got. When he meets the owner of the new coffeehouse, he starts to think that small towns aren't so bad. And when he finds out Jade needs a little help promoting her new business, Levi makes it his mission to help her make the shop a success. That's just what a good friend does.
No matter how hard she tries to resist, Jade can't help but be swept away by Levi's good looks and the sweet way he interacts with her son. But Levi isn't staying, and getting attached would be a mistake. Levi always swore he would never settle in Sweetbriar Ridge, but could loving Jade be reason enough to stay?

*Each book in the Donovans series can be read as a standalone*

 
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Meet Samantha

Samantha Chase is a New York Times and USA Today bestseller of contemporary romance that's hotter than sweet, sweeter than hot. She released her debut novel in 2011 and currently has more than seventy titles under her belt - including THE CHRISTMAS COTTAGE which was a Hallmark Christmas movie in 2017! She's a Disney enthusiast who still happily listens to 80's rock. When she's not working on a new story, she spends her time reading romances, playing way too many games of Solitaire on Facebook, wearing a tiara while playing with her sassy pug Maylene...oh, and spending time with her husband of 30 years and their two sons in Wake Forest, North Carolina.
 
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Release Blitz: Tempting the Player by Samantha Chase

 


Author: Rebecca Jenshak
Tempting the Player by Rebecca Jenshak is now live! 
 
He’s the last guy I should fall for.
 
Valley U was supposed to be my fresh start after I escaped the glitz and glam of Hollywood.
I didn’t want to be the former child star who graced TV screens across the world.
I wanted to feel normal.
When the same hot guy runs past my off-campus house every day, I assume he’s another college student.
When he protects me from boys who still think of me as the character from their teenage dreams, I think he is being kind.
When my past comes back to haunt me, he makes me feel safe.
I’m falling hard and fast for a guy I barely know.
Until I realize my mysterious new crush has a secret.
He was hired to be my undercover bodyguard.

 
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Meet Rebecca
 
Rebecca Jenshak is a USA Today bestselling author of new adult and sports romance. She writes sexy, feel-good stories with lots of swoon-worthy moments.
Rebecca lives in Arizona. When she isn’t writing, you can find her cheering on local sports teams, hanging out with friends and family, or curled up with a good book.
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Sunday, September 17, 2023

Spotlight: Excerpt from The Book Club Hotel by Sarah Morgan

 


Author: Sarah Morgan
ISBN: 9781335005120
Publication Date: September 19, 2023
Publisher: Canary Street Press
17.99 US | 21.99 CAN

This Christmas, USA Today bestselling author Sarah Morgan returns with another heartfelt exploration of change, the power of books to heal, and the enduring strength of female friendship. Perfect for fans of Emily Henry and Jennifer Weiner.
 
With its historic charm and picture-perfect library, the Maple Sugar Inn is considered the winter destination. As the holidays approach, the inn is fully booked with guests looking for their dream vacation. But widowed far too young, and exhausted from juggling the hotel with being a dedicated single mom, Hattie Coleman dreams only of making it through the festive season.
 
But when Erica, Claudia and Anna—lifelong friends who seem to have it all—check in for a girlfriends’ book club holiday, it changes everything. Their close friendship and shared love of books have carried them through life's ups and downs. But Hattie can see they're also packing some major emotional baggage, and nothing prepares her for how deeply her own story is about to become entwined in theirs. In the span of a week over the most enchanting time of the year, can these four women come together to improve each other’s lives and make this the start of a whole new chapter?

 
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Excerpt:


Hattie

Maple Sugar Inn, how may I help you?” Hattie answered the phone with a smile on her face because she’d discovered that it was impossible to sound defeated, moody or close to tears when you were smiling, and currently she was all those things.

“I’ve been planning a trip to Vermont in winter for years and then I spotted pictures of your inn on social media,” a woman gushed, “and it looks so cozy and welcoming. The type of place you can’t help but relax.”

It’s an illusion, Hattie thought. There was no relaxation to be had here; not for her, at any rate. Her head throbbed and her eyes pricked following another night without sleep. The head house­keeper was threatening to walk out and the executive chef had been late two nights running and she was worried tonight might be the third, which would be a disaster because they were fully booked. Chef Tucker had earned their restaurant that coveted star, and his confit of duck had been known to induce moans of ecstasy from diners, but there were days when Hattie would have traded that star for a chef with a more even temperament. His temper was so hot she sometimes wondered why he bothered switching on the grill. He could have yelled at the duck and it would have been thoroughly singed in the flames of his anger. He was being disrespectful and taking advantage of her. Hat­tie knew that, and she also knew she should probably fire him but Brent had chosen him, and firing him would have severed another thread from the past. Also, conflict drained her energy and right now she didn’t have enough of that to go around. It was simpler to placate him.

“I’m glad you’re impressed,” she said to the woman on the phone. “Can I make a reservation for you?”

“I hope so, but I’m very particular about the room. Can I tell you what I need?”

“Of course.” Bracing herself for a long and unachievable wish list, Hattie resisted the temptation to smack her forehead onto the desk. Instead, she reached for a pad of paper and pen that was always handy. “Go ahead.”

How bad could it be? A woman the week before had wanted to know if she could bring her pet rat with her on vacation—answer: no!—and a man the week before that had demanded that she turn down the sound of the river that ran outside his bedroom window because it was keeping him awake.

She went above and beyond in her attempts to satisfy the whims of guests but there were limits.

“I’d like the room to have a mountain view,” the woman said. “And a real fire would be a nice extra.”

“All our rooms have real fires,” Hattie said, “and the rooms at the back have wonderful views of the mountains. The ones at the front face the river.”

She relaxed slightly. So far, so straightforward.

“Mountains for me. Also, I’m particular about bedding. After all, we spend a third of our lives asleep so it’s important, don’t you agree?”

Hattie felt a twinge of envy. She definitely didn’t spend a third of her life asleep. With having a young child, owning an inn and grieving the loss of her husband, she barely slept at all. She dreamed of sleep but sadly, usually when she was awake.

“Bedding is important.” She said what was expected of her, which was what she’d been doing since the police had knocked on her door two years earlier to tell her that her beloved Brent had been killed instantly in a freak accident. A brick had fallen from a building as he’d been walking past on his way to the bank and struck him on the head.

It was mortifying to remember that her initial reaction had been to laugh—she’d been convinced it was a joke, be­cause normal people didn’t get killed by random bricks fall­ing from buildings, did they?—but then she’d realized they weren’t laughing and it probably wasn’t because they didn’t have a sense of humor.

She’d asked them if they were sure he was dead, and then had to apologize for questioning them because of course they were sure. How often did the police follow we’re sorry to have to tell you…with oops, we made a mistake.

After they’d repeated the bad news, she’d thanked them po­litely. Then she’d made them a cup of tea because she was a) half British and b) very much in shock.

When they’d drunk their tea and eaten two of her home­made cinnamon cookies, she’d shown them out as if they were treasured guests who had honored her with their presence, and not people who had just shattered her world in one short con­versation.

She’d stared at the closed door for a full five minutes after they’d left while she’d tried to process it. In a matter of min­utes her life had utterly changed, the future she’d planned with Brent stolen, her hopes crushed.

Even though two years had passed, there were still days when it felt unreal. Days when she still expected Brent to walk through the door with that bouncing stride of his, full of excite­ment because he’d had one of his brilliant ideas that he couldn’t wait to share with her.

I think we should get married…

I think we should start a family…

I think we should buy that historic inn we saw on our trip to Ver­mont…

They’d met in England during their final year of college and from the first moment she’d been swept away on the tide of Brent’s enthusiasm. After graduating, they’d both taken jobs in London but then two things had happened. Brent’s grand­mother had died, leaving him a generous sum of money, and they’d taken a trip to Vermont. They’d fallen in love with the place, and now here she was, a widow at the age of twenty-eight, raising their five-year-old child and managing the historic inn. Alone. Since she’d lost Brent she’d tried to keep every­thing going the way he’d wanted it, but that wasn’t proving easy. She worried that she wasn’t able to do this on her own. She worried that she was going to lose the inn. Most of all she worried that she wasn’t going to be enough for their daughter. Now Brent was gone she had to be two people—how could she be two people when most days she didn’t even feel whole?

She realized that while she’d been indulging in a moment of maudlin self-pity, the woman on the phone was still talking. “I’m sorry, could you say that again?”

“I’d like the bedsheets to be linen because I do struggle with overheating.”

“We have linen bedding, so that won’t be a problem.”

“And pink.”

“Excuse me?”

“I’d like the linen to be pink. I find I sleep better. White is too glaring and drab colors depress me.”

Pink.

“I’ll make a note.” She grabbed a notepad and scribbled Help followed by four exclamation marks. She might have writ­ten something ruder, but her daughter was a remarkably good reader and was given to demonstrating that skill wherever and whenever she could, so Hattie had learned to be mindful of what she wrote and left lying around. “Did you have a partic­ular date in mind?”

“Christmas. It’s the best time, isn’t it?”

Not for me, Hattie thought, as she checked the room occu­pancy. The first Christmas after Brent had died had been hid­eous, and last year hadn’t been much better. She’d wanted to burrow under the covers until it was all over, but instead, she’d been expected to inject festive joy into other people’s lives. And now it was the end of November again and Christmas was just weeks away.

Still, providing she didn’t lose any more staff, she’d no doubt find a way to muddle through. She’d survived it twice, and she’d survive it a third time.

“You’re in luck. We do still have a few rooms available, in­cluding one double facing the mountains. Would you like me to reserve that for you?”

“Is it a corner room? I do like more than one window.”

“It’s not a corner room, and there is only one window in this particular room, but it has wonderful views and a covered balcony.”

“There’s no way of getting a second window?”

“Sadly not.” What was she supposed to do? Knock a hole through the wall? “But I can send you a video of the room be­fore you make your choice if that would help.”

By the time she’d taken the woman’s email address, put a hold on the room for twenty-four hours and answered the rest of her questions, half an hour had passed.

When the woman finally ended the call, Hattie sighed. Christmas promised to be a nightmare. She made a note under the reservation. Pink sheets. Linen.

How would Brent handle it? It was a question she asked her­self a million times a day and she allowed herself to glance at one of the two photographs she kept on the desk. This one was of Brent swinging their daughter high in the air. Both were laughing. Sometimes, she’d discovered, remembering the best of times sustained you through the worst.

 

Excerpted from The Book Club Hotel by Sarah Morgan. Copyright © 2023 by Sarah Morgan. Published by arrangement with Harlequin Books S.A.



Author Bio: 
Photo Credit:
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USA Today bestselling author Sarah Morgan writes lively, sexy contemporary stories for Harlequin.
 
Romantic Times has described her as 'a magician with words' and nominated her books for their Reviewer's Choice Awards and their 'Top Pick' slot. In 2012 Sarah received the prestigious RITA® Award from the Romance Writers of America. She lives near London with her family. 
 
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Friday, September 15, 2023

Blog Tour: Excerpt from Tropical Scandal by David Myles Robinson

 



Author: David Myles Robinson
Publisher: Bluewater Press, LLC
Pages: 291
Genre: Legal Thriller/Suspense/Mystery
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When Pancho McMartin, Honolulu’s top criminal defense attorney, takes on the case of Dayton Kalama, a young drug dealer accused of murdering his grandmother (tutu), Pancho is faced with a daunting amount of evidence pointing squarely at Dayton. But as Pancho, together with his private investigator, Drew Tulafono, gradually pull back the layers of deceit, they begin to uncover hints at what is beginning to look like the biggest scandal ever to hit Hawaii’s legal community. This book is pure fiction, but is inspired by true, scandalous events which shook Honolulu’s legal community to its core. 

 
 
Book Excerpt:

I was surprised when my current lover, Padma Dasari, asked me to meet with Isaac Goldblum, a legendary Hawaii trial attorney who, now in his eighties, was an alcoholic still representing clients. I had made known my intolerance for those attorneys who fell prey to addiction 
yet refused help—all while still accepting clients. They were walking malpractice cases who risked everything they’d worked for in their own lives—not to mention the lives of their 
clients—by living and working as functional drunks or addicts. 
 
Being a trial attorney was stressful. Being a criminal defense trial attorney was particularly stressful. Aside from the relatively rare innocent defendant, our customer base was composed of criminals who, generally speaking, were not the warmest and fuzziest people to deal with day in and day out. 
 
Whether they were guilty or innocent, their lives were in our hands—a situation only the most jaded and burned-out counsel didn’t find stressful. 
 
My surprise didn’t arise from the fact that Padma knew Goldblum. She was the former medical examiner for the city and county of Honolulu, and just as I had cross-examined her many times in her capacity as coroner, so had Goldblum. My surprise arose from the fact that Padma knew Goldblum had been one of my early heroes. He was most famous for having won an acquittal for two Hawaiian teenagers who had been charged with the murder of a prominent haole (Caucasian) businessman. The public outcry against the Hawaiian kids had been reminiscent of the uproar in the Deep South when young black men were charged with the rape of white women. It was scary. Goldblum was vilified for taking the case. 
As he later said in an interview for the Honolulu Advertiser, he knew that anything short of proving who the real killer was would fall on deaf ears. His cross-examination of the 
businessman’s administrative assistant, who’d been having an affair with the dead man’s wife and who ultimately confessed to the murder, was nothing short of brilliant. 
 
I had shared my early hero worship of Goldblum with Padma, but I had also made it clear that I now harbored a healthy dose of contempt for the man, who seemed intent on destroying his own legacy. At the time, Padma had not tried to defend Goldblum. 
 
We were enjoying a quiet Saturday afternoon at Padma’s Kahala Beach condo when she broached the subject of my meeting with Goldblum. “He lives here, in the next building,” 
she said. “He’s invited us to stop by for a cocktail at about four.” 
 
I stared out from her oceanfront lanai at the tranquil ocean. 
 
The palm fronds on the coconut trees fronting the beach barely twitched. One lone puff of a cumulous cloud hovered in the bright blue sky. 
 
“Why?” I asked. “Why would I want to go have a drink with a drunk who should have put himself on inactive status years ago?” 
 
Padma stared back at me with her piercing dark eyes. I half expected her to admonish me for being too judgmental—a trait I seemed to have developed in recent years. “Isaac asked to 
meet with you. We know each other from court, and he knows I live in this building, and he knows we’re in a relationship. I think he came to me rather than you because he knows—or at 
least suspects—that you aren’t much of an admirer of his.”
 
Padma had been born in India and had done volunteer work as a doctor in Bangladesh, but she had lived and worked in the United States for most of her adult life. Nonetheless, she 
still retained the remnants of an accent, which was melodic and soothing. No doubt she was a calming influence on many people grieving the loss of a loved one. She had been instrumental in 
helping my mother in New Mexico get through the early stages of the loss of my father. Just the tone of her voice seemed to take the wind out of my judgmental sails. 
 
“Okay, but do you know why he wants to meet?” 
 
She gave a small shake of her head. “Something about a case. That’s all I know.” She paused for a beat. “Look, I know he’s a drunk and you hate the fact that he’s still going to court, but you have to admit: drunk or sober, the man knows the law and probably still has pretty good instincts. I doubt he would ask to meet with you if he didn’t think it was important.” 
 
I resisted the temptation to make a snide remark and instead looked at my watch. It was three-thirty in the afternoon. “Why’d you wait until now to tell me about this?” 
 
Padma’s beautiful brown face broke into a mischievous grin. “So you wouldn’t have time to obsess about it.” 
 
I laughed. “Jesus, Padma. We’re not even married and you play me like a fiddle.” 
 
“I love the fiddle,” was her only retort. 

 
 
 
About the Author

David Myles Robinson has always had a passion for writing. During the late 1960’s and early 1970’s, while in college, Robinson worked as a free-lance writer for several magazines and was a staff writer for a weekly minority newspaper in Pasadena, California. Upon graduating from San Francisco State University, he attended the University of San Francisco School of Law. It was there that he met his wife, Marcia Waldorf. In 1975 the two moved to Honolulu, Hawaii and began practicing law. Robinson became a trial lawyer and Waldorf eventually became a Circuit Court judge. 
Upon retiring in 2010, Robinson completed his first novel, Unplayable Lie. He has since published eight more novels. 

Spotlight: Excerpt from Uptown Girl by Emma Bray

 



by Emma Bray
 
A rich heiress down on her luck and a brooding mechanic from the wrong side of the tracks make sparks fly. Readers who enjoy small town romance will love Uptown Girl by Emma Bray, a steamy, opposites attract, beach romance.
  
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A rich girl down on her luck and a brooding mechanic make sparks fly in this small-town, opposites attract beach romance about a rich heiress and a guy from the wrong side of the tracks.

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Excerpt
Copyright 2023 Emma Bray
 
The purr of my pink Cadillac's engine fills the air as I pull into the garage, echoing off the walls and sending a shiver down my spine. I've been through hell and back lately, but one look at this place tells me I'm in good hands.
"Hey there," a deep voice calls out, snapping me from my thoughts. The rugged mechanic approaches me, his hands wiping on a greasy rag. The sight of him makes my heart race, and I find myself struggling to maintain my composure.
The sight of his thick arms pumping up and down as he wipes the oil from his hands to his sleeves has my heart beating out of my chest. I can feel my body flush with desire as I watch him, a nervous smile spreading across my face.
I can see his lips moving, but his words are drowned out by the sound of my heart pounding in my ears.
He's beautiful, in a rugged sort of way. His chest is huge and muscled, and his arms are thick. His dirty, ripped jeans fit him perfectly, and I wonder if they're going to burst at the seams. His black work shirt is unbuttoned, revealing a chiseled, ripped torso. His arms are sculpted, leading to a bulge in his jeans. He's the most handsome man I've ever seen.
"Welcome to Wolf's Garage. I'm Billy. What can I do for you?"
"Hi, I'm Claire," I stammer, my cheeks flushing with heat. "I, uh, think my car needs an oil change."
As soon as our eyes meet, I feel the connection. My lingering gaze alights on his rugged features – the stubble lining his strong jaw, the gentle curve of his full lips, the intensity in those blue eyes that seem to see straight through me. And when Billy smiles at me – a crooked, teasing grin that makes my heart skip a beat – I know without a doubt that this attraction is mutual.
"Your car's a real beauty," he says, nodding towards my pink Cadillac as he leans against the side of it. "You don't come across many like her these days."
"Thank you," I reply, my voice barely above a whisper. The air between us is electric, charged with an energy I can't quite put my finger on, and I find myself wondering just how much of it is simply a product of my overactive imagination.
"Mind if I have a look under the hood?" he asks, his gaze never leaving mine.
 
About Emma Bray
USA Today bestselling author Emma Bray writes intense, steamy romances with possessive alpha males who’ll stop at nothing to claim the women they want. Emma’s instalove stories are filled with heat, passion and happily ever afters. Get a free book when you sign up here: www.authoremmabray.com
 
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Thursday, September 14, 2023

Review: Cold Snap by Toni Anderson

Author: Toni Anderson
Publisher: Toni Anderson, Inc.
Publication Date: June 2023

Evidence that a notorious criminal is hiding out in a small, seaside town in rural Maine leads to an FBI agent going undercover in this new Romantic Thriller from New York Times bestselling author Toni Anderson.

Grady Steel returns to the insular community of Deception Cove, Maine, where he spent his troubled youth unfairly labeled the town’s bad boy. Now a member of the FBI’s elite Hostage Rescue Team, Grady is on a risky undercover mission, hunting one of the FBI’s Most Wanted fugitives.

Recovering from a broken marriage, Brynn Webster comes home to the sleepy small town—where nothing ever happens—to help her parents run their seaside cafe during her mother’s illness. After diving into the frigid waters of the winter harbor to rescue a dead man, Brynn begins to realize that the ocean isn’t the only place swirling with dangerous undercurrents.

Grady befriends the pretty manager of the local cafe in an effort to unearth the town’s closely guarded secrets. Deceiving Brynn isn’t easy, though, especially when he starts to fall for her. Then, when decades-old crimes lead to modern-day murder, Grady’s mission becomes a race against time as he strives to catch a ruthless killer—before Brynn becomes the next victim. All the books can be read as standalone novels.

Cold Snap is the third book in the Cold Justice-Most Wanted series.  I have so far loved and devoured every book in the series.  This one was no exception.  Toni Anderson has a way of just sucking you right in within the first chapter and you feel compelled to keep going until the exciting ending. Each one can be read as a stand alone.   I loved the characters and the mystery.  I did not call that reveal! Grady and Brynn were perfect together.  The ending was so sweet.  I also just loved the tenson between Ryan and Meghan.  I can't wait for their book!  I highly recommend this one!