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Review: Only Him by Melanie Harlow

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Sometimes your first love deserves a second chance…

He was my first crush, my first kiss, my first everything.

But I’m not a lovesick teenager anymore, and I’d never let that cocky troublemaker break my heart again.

So when he shows up out of the blue asking me to have dinner with him “for old time’s sake,” I say I will. After all, it’s been twelve years, and I’m stronger and smarter than I was back then.

Except…he still does something to me. He’s got those eyes that make me weak, those hands that drive me wild, and a body I can’t resist—especially once I see the tattoos. It doesn’t take long for our trip down memory lane to go from sweet to sizzling.

We’re just as good together as we were back then—better, even—and I’m willing to give the only man I’ve ever loved another chance.

But he’s got to tell me the truth.

* * *

All I wanted was to see her again. Tell her I’m sorry. Make her smile.

Okay, that’s a lie. I wanted to do more than that—a lot more. But I know she’s better off without me, and I promised myself I’d behave.

Except I’ve never been much good at keeping promises…or my hands to myself when I’m around her.

I can make her laugh, I can make her cry, I can make her body surrender to mine in ways that neither of us could have imagined back then. I can—and I do—love her more than she’ll ever know.

But I can’t tell her the real reason why I’m here.

And I can’t stay.

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My Review

“Once I saw her, talked to her, I wanted more. You didn’t take one bite of the most delicious cupcake in the world and put it back in the box–you ate the whole thing.”

“We were young and reckless and bursting with need, desperate to satisfy the gnawing hunger inside of us that never seemed to go away, no matter how often we fed it.”

“God help me, I wanted her love. I wanted to believe what she was saying. I wanted to feel like the man she thought I was, even if it was only for tonight.”

“I was not done living, and I’m not done loving you, Maren Devine. Not by a long shot.”

Only Him is a beautifully written second chance romance. With Melanie Harlow’s signature humor and wit, this story is sure to make you believe in the forever kind of love.

Only Him is the second book in The One and Only Series and follows the story of Maren and Dallas. Maren and Dallas had the once in a lifetime love. They fell hard and fast. Maren was the good girl and Dallas couldn’t seem to stay out of trouble. But, somehow, these two just worked. Their story was everything you could want until their happily ever after was ripped away….Now, 12 years later, neither one of them has forgotten about the other. To Maren and Dallas, they are the one who got away. Fate has a plan in mind and is about to turn these two former lovers lives upside down. Will they be able to move on from the past? Is it too late for second chances? Or will a devastating secret destroy everything once again??? There’s only one way to find out….

Only Him is the kind of story that just screams romance at you. It sucks you in from page one and will have your eyes glued to the pages. Maren and Dallas are the kind of couple that just can’t help rooting for. They are far from perfect, and that just makes me love them even more. Their story tugged at my heart and left me breathless. It was beautiful. It was complicated. It was down right heartbreaking. There were moments where I wanted to rage. Moments that made me want to scream and just devastated me. There were moments that had me swooning so hard, I thought I was going to float away.

Only Him is everything I want from a second chance romance. Secrets. Lies. Love. Humor. Heartache. Pain. Forgiveness. Acceptance. This book had it all. It’s the kind of story that will just bury itself into your heart and keep you begging for more. It’s the kind of story that takes you by surprise and that will take you on the most fantastic journey. And when you get the end, you’ll be left with a full heart and smile that just won’t stop.

I enjoyed everything about this story from beginning to end and look forward to re-reading it again in the near future.

*I was provided an ARC copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review*

Blog Tour with Review: I Flipping Love You by Helena Hunting

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SHE’S GOT CURB APPEAL. HE’S A FIXER UPPER…

From New York Times bestselling author Helena Hunting comes I Flipping Love You, a love story about flipping houses, taking risks, and landing that special someone who’s move-in ready.

Rian Sutter grew up with the finer things in life. Spending summers in the Hamptons was a normal occurrence for her until her parents lost everything years ago. Now Rian and her sister are getting their life, and finances, back on track through real estate. Not only do they buy and sell houses to the rich and famous but they finally have the capital to flip their very own beachfront property. But when she catches the attention of a sexy stranger who snaps up every house from under her, all bets are off…

Pierce Whitfield doesn’t normally demo kitchens, install dry wall, or tear apart a beautiful woman’s dreams. He’s just a down-on-his-luck lawyer who needed a break from the city and agreed to help his brother work on a few homes in the Hamptons. When he first meets Rian, the attraction is undeniable. But when they start competing for the same pieces of prime real estate, the early sparks turn into full-blown fireworks. Can these passionate rivals turn up the heat on their budding romance—without burning down the house?

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My Review

“I want to fucking consume you,” he groans into my mouth.

“The desire is visceral, a shimmer in the air, a heat in my veins, and a fire in his eyes. That is what wanting someone is. This is the pinnacle of desperate attraction. This is the chemical reaction that ignites and burns until there’s nothing left but ash. This insatiable craving is why people ignore a two out of ten on a compatibility test.”

“We’re like two trains on the same track, heading for each other. A collision is imminent. But I can’t find it in me to care.”

I Flipping Love You is a sexy and fun read. From the moment I picked it up, I was 100% hooked. I could not put it down. The meet cute between Rian and Pierce had me laughing so much. Who knew that a case of mistaken identity would take you on one of the best rides. From exciting banter to explosive and insane chemistry, I just couldn’t get enough. The push and pull between Pierce and Rian was one of the most intense that I have experienced. Fate just kept bringing this unlikely pair together and left me begging for more. I mean, these two were the perfect match whether they wanted to admit it or not. The tension was so real, so palpable that I couldn’t help but burn through the pages to see how things would turn out between the two of them.

Not only was the chemistry great, but I loved the side characters as well. I would love to see more of Marley and Lawson. They both intrigued me and added some great tension to the overall story. I loved how real both Rian and Pierce were. I found them both easy to connect with and I loved that despite how much money Pierce had, he was never over the top about it. And I loved seeing how far Rian had come. She didn’t let her past ruin her.

I Flipping Love You was a fun and laugh out loud romantic comedy. From hilarious banter to embarrassing moments, to moments that made your heart swoon; I Flipping Love You was a total hit for me and I enjoyed every single moment of it.

*I was provided an ARC copy of this book via the publisher & NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review*

BIO:

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of PUCKED, Helena Hunting lives on the outskirts of Toronto with her incredibly tolerant family and two moderately intolerant cats. She’s writes contemporary romance ranging from new adult angst to romantic sports comedy.

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Release Blitz with Review: Arrogant Devil by R.S. Grey

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R.S. Grey’s newest romantic comedy, ARROGANT DEVIL, is available now! Find out more about it below and pick up your copy today!

About ARROGANT DEVIL

Everyone in Cedar Creek, Texas, knows Jack McNight is an arrogant devil. Physically, I get it: he’s tan and fit, with coal-black hair that’s clearly been scorched by hellfire. Oh, and his personality? It burns just as hot.

When I show up on the doorstep of Blue Stone Ranch, I’m run-down and rockin’ my last pair of underwear. I’m hoping for a savior, but instead, I find him.

My opinion of Jack is marred by a dismal first impression, but his opinion of me is tainted even before I arrive. He’s heard I’m a spoiled princess there to take advantage of his goodwill. To him, I’m more trouble than I’m worth.

Our button-pushing banter should get under my skin. His arrogance should be a major turn-off. Problem is, devils are known to offer their own form of temptation.

Every one of his steely glares sends a shiver down my spine.

Every steamy encounter leaves me reeling.

Sure, it could be the Texas heat messing with my head, but there’s no way I’ll survive the summer without silencing him with a kiss and wrestling him out of those Wranglers.

Who knows…going to bed with the devil might just be the salvation I’ve been looking for all along.

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My Review

“I’m helpin’ you because he can’t yet, but when you get to be my age, you learn that a wounded bird eventually needs a peaceful nest.”

“His dark eyes warn me away. In fact, they do more than that. They’re a visual growl, rumbling in the waning light, but I can’t take seem to take heed because in that moment, he’s the hottest man I’ve ever seen, and that’s a problem.”

“I really thought he was the devil. Now, I know it’s a disguise. Beneath all that arrogance and good hair, he’s funny and thoughtful and kind.”

“If there has to be consequences, make them all worth it.”

Gah! This. Book.  After a long, crazy, stressful week, this was just the book I needed. Arrogant Devil was fun, sexy and oh so swoon worthy.

Arrogant Devil sucked me in from page one. From the moment we meet Meredith, I just had to know more about her. On the outside, she appears to spoiled, rich and has the perfect life. However, nothing could be further from the truth. She’s lost miserable and needs a way out. Fleeing her previous life, Meredith finds herself in Texas hoping for a fresh start and a new outlook on life. What she never planned on was Jack. They call him the devil and boy does he live up to his nickname. He’s surly, mean and completely indifferent. He’s not impressed by Meredith and does whatever he can in hopes that she’ll run back home with her tail between her legs. But Meredith isn’t about to give up without a fight. She’ll stop at nothing to prove to Jack that she’s not only hard working, but that he’s got her pegged all wrong. The fire between these two burns bright and gives way to one of the best hate/love relationships that I’ve ever encountered. The tension is thick and totally palpable. Jack and Meredith will leave you holding your breath and begging for more. You’ll find yourself glued to the pages just to see how their story is going to play out….

I was completely, totally, 100% hooked on Arrogant Devil. I loved everything about this story from beginning to end. The plot was fun and entertaining. The slow burn and build of Jack and Meredith’s relationship kept me hooked on each word; dying for their next encounter. These two were perfectly matched. They challenged each other and got under each others skin. Sparks just flew between the two of them, leading to some delicious tension and one unforgettable story.

There is so much to love about Arrogant Devil. From smart writing to entertaining characters. To delicious angst and palpable chemistry. To fire and the pull and loads of emotion. This book had it all. Arrogant Devil is the kind of book that you can easily lose yourself in. It is the kind of story that you just want to live, and breathe. It’s the kind of story that just pulls at your heart, but at the end of the day, leaves you with a huge smile on your face. Simply put, I loved it.

*I was provided an ARC copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review*

About R.S. Grey

R.S. Grey is the USA Today bestselling author of thirteen novels, including THE FOXE & THE HOUND. She lives in Texas with her husband and two dogs, and can be found reading, binge-watching reality TV, or practicing yoga! Visit her at rsgrey.com

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Review: Blood Type (Blood Type#1) by K.A. Linde

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A startling new vision of paranormal romance: When a human ventures into the world of vampires—a decadent milieu of blood-bonds and betrayal—she discovers that not all is what it seems.

For Reyna Carpenter, giving up her body isn’t a choice. It’s survival.

In a civilization laid waste by poverty and desperation, Reyna accepts a high-paying position with the wealthy and hungry vampire elite. Her new job is as the live-in blood escort for the intimidating, demanding, and devilishly handsome Beckham Anderson. He’s everything she expected from a vampire, except for one thing—he won’t feed off her.

Reyna soon discovers that behind Beckham’s brooding, wicked façade lies a unique and complex man. And that, in a dark and divided world, she is more valuable than she ever would have believed.

For with each passing night, Reyna can’t shake the sensation that it’s Beckham who’s afraid of her.

Note: Reyna and Beckham’s story continues in Blood Match.

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My Review

“This man made her want to run as fast and as far away from him as possible. This man was a thing of nightmares.”

“All that was before her was Beckham. A predator luring his prey. And she was trapped. As thoroughly as a rabbit in a snare.”

“Sweet. Tempting. Addicting. He was the real deal. The perfect package.”

OMG! Looks like I may have found my next paranormal fix! Blood Type was everything that I never knew I needed. It was sexy, seductive and completely alluring. Reyna and Beckham’s story had me utterly captivated and furiously devouring the pages. I had so many questions and was desperate for all the answers.

Blood Type is fast paced and a totally refreshing paranormal romance. The plot is fascinating and you can’t help but get lost in the story that this author has written. I fell in love with the characters instantly and couldn’t wait to discover more about them. I wasn’t sure who was on the up and up or who could really be trusted. Add in a sexy, alpha vampire that has more to him than meets the eyes and well…let’s just say all bets are off. Blood Type is going to take you for one crazy and thrilling ride. All I can say is you better hold on because things are about to be crazy.

Blood Type took me by surprise in the best possible way. It was refreshing and intriguing. And I just loved the way the story unfolded. I couldn’t get enough of the characters and their story. From sex to intrigue to shocking twists and ending that will just leave you begging for more, this book hit all the marks. I think this series is off to one heck of a start and I for one can not wait to get my greedy hands on the next book in this series. The countdown begins now….

* I was provided an ARC copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review*

Release Blitz with Review: Love Again (Cowboys and Angels #4) by Kelly Elliott

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Jonathon Turner is going to be the death of me.

Maybe not the death of me…but my panties for sure! They seem to disintegrate the moment he touches me. Looks at me. Smiles at me. Talks to me.

It’s more than physical. He’s breaking through an impenetrable wall.

There’s a problem though—he’s younger than me.

Six. Years. Younger.

Let’s not forget he’s also one of my brother’s best friends.

Oh, the other problem I forgot to mention…

I never wanted to fall in love again.

But you know what they say….never say never.

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My Review

“In that moment I knew I would forever be addicted to Jonathon’s kisses. To his touch.”

“You’ve ignited my heart, Waylynn.”

“Do you realize you have ignited a spark so deep inside of me, that no matter how much you push me away, it only burns deeper? You can try and disappear, but I swear to God, Waylynn Parker, I will wait for you a thousand years if I have to. There will never be anyone I love like I love you.”

“Sometimes we need to let the hurt bring us to our knees before we can start healing.”

Love Again is an emotionally charged second chance romance that will give you all the feels and will make you fall helplessly in love…

Love Again is the fourth book in the Cowboys and Angels Series and follows the story of Waylynn and Jonathon. Waylynn has burned by love in the past and is desperately trying to move on. A big part of moving on is making her dreams become a reality. First order of business is getting her dance studio off the ground. What she didn’t see coming was Jonathon. Jonathon is everything that she could possibly want. Smart. Handsome. Successful. The problem….He’s her brother’s best friend and he’s six years younger than her. Despite all of that, Waylynn can’t help fall for Jonathon. He is everything that she could ever want, if only Waylynn would be willing to risk her heart again…

Love Again is a passionate and all consuming second chance romance. This story is filled with highs and lows and a love that will last a lifetime. This story was refreshing with a bit of a forbidden flair. I loved the age difference and the electrifying chemistry. I fell in love with Waylynn and Jonathon instantly. Their story swept me off their feet and pulled at my heart. Jonathon is the ultimate swoon-worthy book-boyfriend.

Love Again is so much more than a love story. It’s a story of family and friendship. It is a story of hope and loss. A story of never giving up on your dreams. A story of learning to love again and new beginnings. I was taken on the most amazing emotional journey and I loved every second of it.

*I was provided an ARC copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review*

EXCERPT

“Do y’all know what you want to eat or should I give you a few minutes?”

When the waitress handed me the sample of wine, I downed it. She tried to hide her chuckle but failed. “Yep, it’s good. Now pour me a big glass.”

“I think we need a few minutes, Evie,” Jonathon said.

“Sure! No problem. I’ll leave you lovebirds alone.”

I choked on the wine as Evie spun walked to another table. Setting the glass down, I glared at Jonathon. “What in the hell was that?”

He shrugged. “Evie being hopeful, that’s all.”

“Hopeful of what?”

With a knock-my-panties-right-off-of-me smile, he replied, “Us.”

Leaning closer, I whispered, “You say that like we’re an item.”

He poured a glass of wine and held it up. “I hope by the end of dinner we are.”

My eyes closed. “You drive me insane, Turner.”

With a grunt, he put the wine glass down. “No, you drive me insane. It was your flirty little text that had me in my hotel room with my hand around my cock.”

A lady behind us cleared her throat.

“Shut up!” I whispered loudly.

Frustration bubbled inside every time I looked at him. Was sexual frustration what got him in that fight? A small part of me hoped it had been.

“You told your family about me?” I asked, changing the subject.

Jonathon half shrugged. “I might have mentioned you at a family dinner.”

“What did you say?”

A mischievous smile played across his face. “Well, I didn’t tell them I got caught fucking one of my clients.”

My stomach dropped. “Stop being crass,” I said before adding in a lower voice, “Save that shit for the bedroom.”

His brows rose. “You like the dirty talk, do you?”

It was my turn to shrug. “I don’t know. I’ve never experienced a man talking dirty to me in bed before.”

“Is that a challenge, Waylynn?”

Taking a sip of my wine, I replied, “Do you want it to be?”

He leaned forward, his eyes full of hope. “Do you want it to be? I think you already know how much I want you.”

My teeth dug into my lip as I let the corner of my mouth rise into a slight smile. “I mean, it would be a shame for me to have gone panty-less for nothing.”

Jonathon hooked my chair with his foot and pulled me closer. When his hand touched my leg, I let out a gasp. “A little jumpy there, babe?”

“Don’t call me babe.” I looked around the restaurant. Not a single person was looking in our direction. The long black tablecloth was hiding the fact that Jonathon’s fingers were moving up the inside of my thigh.

“Spread your legs open…babe.”

Kelly Elliott is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling contemporary romance author. Since finishing her bestselling Wanted series, Kelly continues to spread her wings while remaining true to her roots and giving readers stories rich with hot protective men, strong women and beautiful surroundings.

Her bestselling works include, Wanted, Broken, Without You, and Unconditional Love, to name just a few.

Kelly has been passionate about writing since she was fifteen. After years of filling journals with stories, she finally followed her dream and published her first novel, Wanted, in November of 2012.

Kelly lives in central Texas with her husband, daughter, and two pups. When she’s not writing, Kelly enjoys reading and spending time with her family. She is down to earth and very in touch with her readers, both on social media and at signings.

To find out more about Kelly and her books, you can find her through her website.

www.kellyelliottauthor.com

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Review and Excerpt Tour: The Secret Thief by Nina Lane

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Behind his beautiful eyes
Lay a thousand secrets and lies.
But my own secrets are all laid bare
The twisted reality of a disgraceful affair.

I once deciphered the mysteries hidden in art
Then mistakes and desire tore me apart.

Now I’m shipwrecked at the end of the earth
Desperate again to prove my worth.

The lighthouse keeper is a stranger to me
Yet one night with him sets me free.

We find ourselves united by the stars above
Both of us needing the salvation of love.

Until our secrets and shame continue to build
And what was flourishing will soon be killed.

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My Review

“She’s the first spark in years. The one who will set his world on fire.”

“I want to know him. The wish, the new secret, forms in my mind like watercolors flowing together.”

“Flynn Alverton kissed me. No, he claimed me in a deep possessive kiss that shook the ground beneath my feet.”

“Somewhere deep inside me, in a corner of my soul I’ve forgotten about, a change is taking place.  Maybe it started a long time ago. It feels both scary and exhilarating, even painful. A seed breaking open, an oak tree shedding brittle leaves, a wound knitting into a scar. It’s the realization that I wasn’t destroyed or defeated after all, not in the most secret part of my heart. No one ever had that kind of power over me.”

The Secret Thief is one of those stories that you never see coming. The words will consume you, leaving you spellbound in a fairytale esq plot. Good vs Evil. Overcoming the past. Solving the puzzle to see the answers. Being brought back to life. Remembering to fight for what’s important. Slaying the dragons, so that true love can stand a chance. Yes, in a way, The Secret Thief was like living and breathing a modern fairytale.

From the moment you pick up The Secret Thief, you are sucked into Eve and Flynn’s story. There are so many questions, secrets and answers I found myself dying for. I wanted to know more about this characters; more about everything. This story-line so unique, so unlike anything I’ve read. I was hopelessly glued to the pages and could not put it down. From mysterious pasts to intriguing secrets to an unforgettable passion, The Secret Thief checked off all my boxes and then some. I loved the tension and anticipation of the story. I loved the interactions between Eve and Flynn. Nina Lane did an incredible job building their story and created an amazing slow burning romance that will cast a spell on your heart and leave you breathless in anticipation.

I enjoyed every moment of The Secret Thief, from beginning to end. This story is so unique and is truly special. The Secret Thief is one of those books that you’ll try to figure out, but it keeps you guessing. It’s unpredictable and brilliantly written. It is filled with lots of delicious twists, mystery, angst, passion and sexy good times. The characters are real, flawed and have their own demons they are trying to put to rest. They make you feel so many things and have you burning through the pages to see just how their story will end. Will good defeat evil? Will true love conquer all? You’ll just have to pick up this book and find out for yourself…

*I was provided an ARC copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review*

EXCERPT

The minute Flynn opens the workroom door, my whole body zings with excitement and anticipation. Even with his dark frown, the remoteness surrounding him like an aura, the clipped tone of his voice, I react to him as if he were stroking my hair and whispering sweet nothings in my ear.

Jeremy hadn’t come close to eliciting anything even close to this…which is exactly the reason I’ll go out with him again, if he asks me. Jeremy is solid, grounded, honest. Everything about Flynn is a mystery and a fantasy. I’d gotten caught up in a fantasy with David—whose “mystery” had been a lie—and I’d paid the price.

Never again.

“How was your weekend?” I set my satchel and lunch bag on the desk.

“Fine. Yours?”

“Great.” I give him a once-over, looking for evidence of an encounter with a chick, but while he looks edible in his worn jeans and T-shirt, like a warm, rumpled bed I could nestle right into, his demeanor is as impassive as ever.

Does he ever smile? Every now and then I’ve caught a glimpse of amusement, a twitch of his mouth, but I’ve yet to see him fully smile.

“Any special instructions for today?” I turn on the laptop computer and open my notebook.

“Stay away from Jeremy King.”

Shock bolts down my spine. I jerk my head up to stare at him. He’s watching me with a narrowed gaze, his mouth set in a stern line.

“Um…what?” I can’t get another word out.

“Stay away from him,” Flynn repeats. “He’s not good for you.”

Irritation breaks past my shock. “How would you know who is or isn’t good for me? You’ve barely said twenty words to me the whole week I’ve been working here.”

“I don’t need to say anything to know the facts.” His tone hardens. “I don’t want you around him.”

“Well, you have no right to tell me that,” I retort. “How did you know I went on a date with him anyway?”

His jaw tightens. “You think people around here don’t take notice when their favorite son is out having dinner with the new girl in town?”

Christ. I experience a sudden longing for the cold anonymity of a big city.

“I know people are talking about me,” I snap. “But I refuse to let gossip dictate what I can and can’t do. And for your information, Jeremy knows about what happened to me, and it didn’t seem to bother him.”

“That’s not the point. You can’t work for me and see him.”

My shoulders tense. I focus on the computer, hitting the key to bring up the database software.

“My date with Jeremy has nothing to do with my work here,” I reply stiffly. “I didn’t, and won’t, tell him anything about the job or the fact that you’re my employer. You don’t need to worry about breach of contract.”

“This isn’t about the damned contract.” His voice is suddenly sharp.

He steps closer to me, his soapy, warm scent filling my nose. I hold my ground, not wanting him to see me weaken even though I’m melting inside at his nearness. Impassive though he is on the exterior, I can almost feel the energy coursing through him, his heavy strong heartbeat, the rush of his blood.

“I don’t want you around King,” he repeats.

“Does your animosity have something to do with him wanting to sell the lighthouse?”

“I’m not answering questions.” His gray eyes turn the color of metal. “I’m telling you to stay away from him.”

My pulse races. “You don’t have that right.”

“I’m your boss.”
“That doesn’t mean you can make that demand.” The words snap out of my mouth without thought. “And if you think you can threaten to fire me over this, then step back, mister, because I’ve been through the worst wrongful termination I can imagine. And even though my employer fucking won that battle, I still have plenty of fight left in me. I’ll put on my gloves and go another round with you, if I have to.”

Wow. Go, Eve.

I’m breathing fast, and my knees are quaking with sudden fear that he’ll make me prove my bold statement. I dig my fingernails into my palms. The air between us sparks with electricity. I force myself to hold my ground, to look directly at him and—

Admiration flashes in his eyes, like a silver comet streaking across the sky. His stern expression doesn’t change, but that brief glimpse of warmth eases the tension knotting my shoulders.

“I’m not going to fire you.” His voice is measured and controlled. “But I will not have you seeing King.”

“You don’t like him, so that means I have to stay away from him?” I ask. “Sorry, no. He’s one of the few people in this town who has been nice to me, and I enjoyed our date. I refuse to discount the possibility of Jeremy being my first real friend here.”
Flynn’s jaw clenches. “He wants to be more than your friend.”

“I know.” I put my hands on my hips and look him in the eye. “He even kissed me.”

Anger crashes over his features, and a vein throbs in his forehead. If I didn’t know better, I’d think he was jealous.

But I do know better. He’s mad because I’m refusing to do something he wants me to do. Despite, or maybe because of, his isolated lifestyle, Flynn is clearly a man accustomed to getting what he wants.

“He kissed you.” The word grind out of his mouth like broken glass.

“Yes. And I kissed him back. Like our date, it was nice. Nice hasn’t been the norm in my life lately.”
“I could kiss you,” Flynn retorts, his hands fisting. “But it wouldn’t nice.”

“Oh yeah?” My heart kicks into gear, blood rushing through my veins. “What would it be, then?”

He pulls in a breath, his gaze settling on my mouth. “Hot.”

“Prove it.” Borne of my endless nighttime fantasies, the dare flies out of me without thought of the potential repercussions.

Before I can take another breath, he grabs my shoulders and pulls me against him. I freeze, stunned by the reality of a moment I’d imagined more times than I can count—the sensation of his body against mine. And God, he feels exactly the way I’d imagined, a solid wall of heat and muscle pulsing with life. Rock-hard arms that could wrap around me so tightly nothing would get past them.

He stares down at me, his steel-like gaze sparking with intent like iron striking stone. I can’t move, can’t breathe, can’t think.

Then his mouth crashes down on mine, an onslaught, a possession, a claiming. Hunger bursts through me, a desire so sharp and intense it destroys all my defenses in one fell swoop. I moan, everything inside me weakening and aching for more. He slides a hand to my lower back, fitting our bodies together. I yield everywhere, my curves softening against him, any thought of resistance dissolving in a haze of disbelief and craving.

I part my lips tentatively, let him inside. My head spins with the taste of him—something decadent and forbidden. Our tongues touch, breath mingling. Arousal floods me, swift and hard, as if all the fantasies in which I’ve indulged have primed me for this moment. I bring my hands up to his face, his stubble coarse against my palms, slide them down to the sides of his neck where his pulse throbs heavily. He’s like the sea—mysterious, unpredictable, powerful. I could get lost in him, drown, let him sweep me away to a distant land where no one knows who I am and what I’ve done.

He lifts his head, breaking our kiss and stepping away from me at the same time. Heavy breaths saw from his chest, and his eyes are darkened to black. I bring a shaking hand to my mouth, suddenly unsure if the kiss just happened or if I’m like Alice in Wonderland, spinning downward, lost in my intricate imagination.

New York Times & USA Today bestselling author Nina Lane writes hot, sexy romances about professors, bad boys, candy makers, and protective alpha males who find themselves consumed with love for one woman alone. Originally from California, Nina holds a PhD in Art History and an MA in Library and Information Studies, which means she loves both research and organization. She also enjoys traveling and thinks St. Petersburg, Russia is a city everyone should visit at least once. Although Nina would go back to college for another degree because she’s that much of a bookworm and a perpetual student, she now lives the happy life of a full-time writer.

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Review: Murder Notes (Lilah Love #1) by Lisa Renee Jones

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New York Times bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones’s heart-pounding thriller of a woman’s secrets—and a past that’s about to come out of hiding…

As an FBI profiler, it’s Lilah Love’s job to think like a killer. And she is very good at her job. When a series of murders surface—the victims all stripped naked and shot in the head—Lilah’s instincts tell her it’s the work of an assassin, not a serial killer. But when the case takes her back to her hometown in the Hamptons and a mysterious but unmistakable connection to her own life, all her assumptions are shaken to the core.

Thrust into a troubled past she’s tried to shut the door on, Lilah’s back in the town where her father is mayor, her brother is police chief, and she has an intimate history with the local crime lord’s son, Kane Mendez. The two share a devastating secret, and only Kane understands Lilah’s own darkest impulses. As more corpses surface, so does a series of anonymous notes to Lilah, threatening to expose her. Is the killer someone in her own circle? And is she the next target?

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My Review

“He’s watching me the way he’s always watched me, the way he watches everyone. Like they’re all that matters. Like he cares about nothing else. It’s the way he seduces people. It’s the way he destroys people, but everyone who destroys eventually gets destroyed.”

“This is where you belong, Lilah Love. You’ve been gone too long.”

Murder Notes is the first book in an exciting new series from author Lisa Renee Jones. Following the story of Lilah Love, Murder Notes will sweep you up in an mysterious and captivating story. Murder Notes is filled with lots of delicious twists and turns that will keep you on the edge of your seat, wondering what exactly is going on. I have so many questions and can not wait to get my answers…

Lisa Renee Jones weaves an intriguing web of mystery and danger that will captivate you and keep you begging for more. Murder Notes is incredibly well written and has danger around every turn.  This series is off to one heck of a start and I for one can not wait to see where this story will go next. Filled with heart-pounding moments that will leave you begging to get your hands on the next book; Murder Notes has definitely left me captivated. I have so many questions and am desperate to get my answers…Who is the killer? What is their agenda? Who is telling the truth? Who can be trusted? Only time will tell….

I enjoyed everything about this book from beginning to end. I am super excited for this series and can not wait to get my hands on the next book!

*I was provided an ARC copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review*