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Review: Wild Highway (Runaway #2) by Devney Perry

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Release Date: June 23rd

Gemma Lane built an empire. Not a small feat, considering her home as a teenager was a makeshift tent in a California junkyard. She’s dedicated her life to turning pennies into millions. She has power, fortune and prestige.

And she’s leaving it all behind.

Gemma is headed across the country in her best friend’s Cadillac when a detour in Montana reunites her with old acquaintances and a man who hasn’t changed. Easton Greer challenges her every word and tests her every limit because he doesn’t believe she’s really abandoned her riches. She ignores his snide remarks and muttered censure—until the day she’s ready to return to the wild highway, and Easton taunts her to stay.

She’ll prove to him she’s not just running back to her wealthy life, that she’s more than her money. She’ll unlock her guarded heart and hope that this time around, he’ll treasure the key.

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Devney Perry has knocked it out of the park with Wild Highway. When I think of second chance romances, I think of romance, angst and heartache. Wild Highway hit all those marks and took me on a journey I never saw coming…

Wild Highway is the second book in the Runaway Series and it follows the story of Gemma and Easton. From the moment you meet these two characters, you will be utterly consumed by them. I mean, you might as well cancel all of your plans for the day, because you’re going to want to just devour their story.

Gemma’s life has never been easy. Her home life was toxic and it forced her to leave home at a young age. Ever since she left home, she’s fought and worked hard for everything in her life. She’s tried to make something of herself and tried to find her place in the world. But, no matter what Gemma does, she always feels like she’s spinning her wheels. She’s never truly found her place, so when the opportunity to take a road trip to California presents itself, Gemma can’t turn it down. What started off as a road trip to clear her mind, ends up with a detour that turns her life completely upside down……

Wild Highway is literally everything that I could want and need in a second chance romance. The characters are real, flawed and filled to the brim with emotion. They are easy to relate to and the more you spend time with them, the more you want to see their story come together. Gemma & Easton had me hooked from the very first page. The chemistry between them was scorching and impossible to miss. They had the enemies to lovers vibe going and when you add their past to it, it only made things more intense. Gemma was strong and fierce. She had been through so much and just wanted to find her place in the world. And while Easton appears to be this gruff, broody man, there is more to him than meets the eyes. He’s got the weight of the world on his shoulders. He’s got major feelings for Gemma, but is afraid of letting her get close again. I loved watching these two try to figure things out and see if they could find their way back to one another again.

Wild Highway consumed me. It filled me with so many emotions and I couldn’t help but devour this book. Gemma and Easton were a force to be reckoned with. Their story proved to be everything that I wanted and wished for. It’s the kind of story that knocks you off of your feet and will keep you begging for more. It’s a story filled with love, angst and heartache. It’s a story of forgiveness and hope. It’s a story that will leave you with so many feels and the biggest smile on your face.

Wild Highway was a fantastic read from beginning to end and I just loved every single second of it. I am completely in love with the Runaway Series and can not wait to see what journey this author will take my heart on next!

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


I opened the door, a smile still on my face, and collided, headfirst, with a wall of muscle.
“Oh, sorry.” I looked up and my heart stopped.
The smell of leather and aftershave filled my nose. I looked up to see a pair of dark brown eyes hooded by long, onyx lashes. I took in the straight nose, the sharp jaw and strong chin. My gaze dropped to the full lips I’d tasted once, on a night eleven years ago.
I’d never seen a face as symmetrical and so beautifully masculine as Easton Greer’s.
Even when he scowled, like he was now, it was a wonder.
He’d gotten even more handsome. How was that possible? He’d transformed from a young man to just a man, man. Rugged and rough and sexy.
“Gemma.” My name came out as a growl in his deep voice and I tore my gaze away from his mouth, taking a step back.
“Hi,” I breathed, the air heavy and thick.
He took a step away, then another, his glare unwavering.
Easton cast his scowl over his shoulder and spotted the Cadillac. “That yours?”
“You’re staying here.” Not a question. An accusation. If he had it his way, I’d be uninvited.
I lifted my chin. “Yes, I came to see Katherine.”
His jaw ticked. “I thought we’d gotten rid of you years ago.”
Ouch. I guess he was still pissed about that whole sex in his room and waking up to find me gone.
But, good or bad, he hadn’t forgotten me.

Review: The Royal Treatment by Melanie Summers

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Ultra-private, ridiculously handsome Crown Prince Arthur has always gotten by on his charm. But that won’t be enough now that the Royal Family is about to be ousted from power once and for all. When Prince Arthur has to rely on the one woman in the kingdom who hates him most, he must learn that earning the love of a nation means first risking his heart.

Twenty-eight-year-old Tessa Sharpe, a.k.a. The Royal Watchdog, hates everything about Prince Arthur. As far as she’s concerned, he’s an arrogant, lazy leech on the kingdom of Avonia. When he shocks the nation by giving her the keys to the castle, Tessa has no choice but to accept and move in for two months. It’s lust at first sight, but there’s no way she can give in to her feelings—not if she wants to have a career or a shred of pride left when her time at the palace ends…

Can two natural enemies find their forever in each other’s arms, or will they ruin each other to save themselves?


“The world falls away, and we are no longer a prince and his harshest critic, but two flawed human beings needing to be understood.”

“We aren’t defined by our occupation. We’re defined by our character.”

The Royal Treatment is a laugh out loud royal romance. It is the perfect modern fairy tale that will make you swoon and fall head over heels for its characters…

The Royal Treatment follows the story of Tessa and Arthur. Tessa is known for blogging about the royals. Only she doesn’t praise them and get crazy over them. She is their harshest critic. Tessa especially hates Prince Arthur. So, imagine her surprise when she receives a 2 month invite to Avonia. She would be stupid to turn it down. Only, Tessa didn’t expect to fall in love instantly….Prince Arthur has always gotten what he’s wanted thanks to his charm. But, for once his charm can’t help him. The Royal Family is close to losing their power and because of that, he is forced to take drastic measures and invite the enemy to Avonia. Prince Arthur has a lot to learn, and Tessa just might be the person to show him the light. Can these two enemies put their differences aside and see the bigger picture?? There’s only one way to find out…

Overall, I thought this book was a really fun read. It was so easy to get swept in the characters and their story. I thought the plot was unique and entertaining. I really enjoyed getting to know Tessa. She wasn’t afraid to speak her mind when it came to the royal family and was going to be a hard sell for Prince Arthur.  And Prince Arthur just reeked of arrogance. He’s used to getting his way, but to save the throne, he’ll do whatever it takes, even if that means taking on his enemy. Together, these two made for the most unlikely pairing. I mean, they were total opposites in every way, yet at the same time, they were the perfect match. I loved their banter and chemistry. I was intrigued by the two of them and couldn’t wait to see how their story would play out.

If you’re looking for a unique royal romance that will make you swoon, yet laugh at the same time, I hope you’ll check out The Royal Treatment and fall head over heels in love like I did…

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

Review: One Hundred Reasons by Kelly Collins

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Fresh starts, hope, and happily ever afters…

Nurse Sage Nichols life changed when she lost her favorite patient and inherited a bed and breakfast in a town she didn’t know existed. She traveled to Aspen Cove intent to sell so she could hurry back to her life in Denver. Little did she know, she was about to find everything she ever needed in the tiny mountain town with a big heart. Sage found herself in a place where caring for your neighbor was a way of life. In her case, that happened to be surly Cannon Bishop, the man of her dreams.

Cannon Bishop was a man who learned long ago that hope was a dangerous thing. Closed off from the world after a family tragedy, Cannon lived a lonely life as the owner of Aspen Cove’s only bar and son to the town drunk. When Sage Nichols breezed into town, she offered the possibility of more if he’d only open his heart. Cannon’s protective walls tumble and suddenly a brighter future of healing, hope, and peace was possible… if only Sage would stay.


One Hundred Reasons is the first book in the Aspen Cove Series and it follows the story of Sage and Cannon. Sage is the most caring nurse in her department. Some might say she cares a little too much. And when she loses her favorite patient, Sage quickly finds that her world has been turned upside down. She never imagined herself inheriting a bed and breakfast in a small town. Her plan is simple: go to Aspen Cove and sell the property as quickly as she can so she can return back to her life as she knows it. But, what she didn’t plan on was getting swept up in the small town charm….Cannon is man that hasn’t had any hope in a long time. He is no stranger to tragedy and has closed himself off to the world. But when Sage blows into town, he suddenly finds himself wanting to open up and hope again. With Sage around, his world seems brighter and filled with possibility. The only problem….Sage isn’t planning on staying…

Overall, I thought this book was a quick and enjoyable read. I thought it was written well and had a good pace. The characters were real and perfectly flawed. They capture your interest immediately and leave you wanting to know more about their story. I loved Cannon and Sage. Sage had the biggest heart and when she loved someone, she loved hard. And when she loses her favorite patient, it forces her to reexamine her life and figure out who she is meant to be and what she is meant to do. And meeting Cannon was just what the doctor ordered. He was her total opposite and they butted heads quite a lot. Cannon’s walls are sky high, but if anyone has a chance of breaking those walls down, it certainly is Sage.

One Hundred Reasons is exactly what I’m looking for in a sweet, small town romance. One Hundred Reasons had the perfect balance of sweet romance, with a little drama and of course some steamy moments. This is my first read by this author and I am looking forward to checking out more books from her in the future.

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

Review: Taking His Shot (Hot Jocks #7) by Kendall Ryan

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Taking His Shot By Kendall Ryan

Release Day: June 9, 2020

She says she doesn’t date players.

She swears up and down that she’ll never handle my stick.

We’ll see about that, sweetheart.

When I win the pleasure of Harper’s company at a charity auction, I get exactly one date—one shot to win over the gorgeous and feisty brunette.

Game on. I play hard, and I love a challenge.

But just when I think I’ve finally carved out my shot . . . a huge secret implodes around us, threatening everything we’ve built.

The bestselling Hot Jocks series is back with one last stand-alone novel. If you like sexy, confident men who know how to handle a stick (on and off the ice), and smart women who are strong enough to keep all those big egos in check, this series is perfect for you! Each book features a brand new couple to fall in love with.

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Taking His Shot is the 7th and final book in the Hot Jocks Series and it follows the story of Jordie and Harper. Harper has been burned by hockey players in the past and has made it her number one rule to never date a hockey player again. But, as the saying goes, rules are made to be broken. Harper’s father is in a bind and needs her help, and that is how Harper finds herself at a charity auction; the prize-one date with her….Team rookie Jordie is living the life and is on top of the world and when he ends up winning a date with Harper, his world is about to be turned upside down…..

Overall, I thought this book was a really cute read. I thought the story line was fun and entertaining. I loved the way that Jordie and Harper started out. Harper really knocked Jordie off of his game. Not only did he meet a woman that challenged him and actually said no to a date with him, but just being around Harper made his mind go to mush and the stupidest things would come out. Now, Jordie was in no way perfect and sometimes, I really wanted to knock some sense into him, but I loved his persistence and determination to win Harper over. And Harper…well, I loved how she didn’t make things easy for Jordie. She had her reservations about dating a hockey player and she stuck to her guns. That being said, at the end of the day the chemistry between Jordie and Harper was so burning hot that there was no way these two could stay away from one another. I really enjoyed watching their story unfold and looked forward to seeing how it would all come together in the end.

Taking His Shot was a fun and entertaining read. I devoured it easily in just a single setting. I had a great time getting to know Jordie and Harper. I thought their story was fun, filled with excellent chemistry and had just the right amount of drama added to it. As always, it was fun catching up with old friends and seeing how their stories intertwined with Jordie and Harper’s.

Taking His Shot was a terrific read from beginning to end. I’m sad that this is the last book in the Hot Jocks Series, but at the same time, I’m excited to see what this author has in store for us readers next.

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

About Kendall Ryan

A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of more than three dozen titles, Kendall Ryan has sold over 3 million books and her books have been translated into several languages in countries around the world.

Her books have also appeared on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists more than 100 times. Ryan has been featured in such publications as USA Today, Newsweek, and InTouch Magazine.

She lives in Texas with her husband and two sons.

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Review: Rage and Ruin (The Harbinger #2) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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Dangerous secrets and forbidden desires lead to shocking consequences… Don’t miss book two of the fantastical Harbinger trilogy from #1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout.

“Jennifer L. Armentrout’s intoxicating new fantasy is her best yet!” —New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter on Storm and Fury

Half-angel Trinity and her bonded gargoyle protector, Zayne, have been working with demons to stop the apocalypse while avoiding falling in love. The Harbinger is coming…but who or what is it? All of humankind may fall if Trinity and Zayne can’t win the race against time as dark forces gather.

As tensions rise, they must stay close together and patrol the DC streets at night, seeking signs of the Harbinger, an entity that is killing Wardens and demons with no seeming rhyme or reason. Forbidden to be with each other, Zayne and Trinity fight their feelings and turn to unusual sources for help—the demon Roth and his cohorts. But as deaths pile up and they uncover a sinister plot involving the local high school and endangering someone dear to Zayne, Trin realizes she is being led…herded…played for some unknown end. As anger builds and feelings spiral out of control, it becomes clear that rage may be the ruin of them all.

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“Nothing mattered beyond the heat and pounding of my heart.”

“You’re under my skin and in my blood. I can’t get you out.”

“It isn’t just your taste that has me spinning in circles. It’s you. All of you. Not just the memory of how your mouth felt against mine, or what it was like to hold you like I did. It’s the way you fight and how you don’t back down.” “Even when you fight me. When I’m sure your arguing with me just to argue. It’s all you.”

“Pain was a part of life. Sometimes it left scars, physical and mental. Sometimes it led to something worse, and sometimes, like this, I thought it might be a necessary step toward something amazing.”

What a crazy, thrilling ride!! I’m still in a state of shock and wonderment after finishing Rage and Ruin. It’s impossible to put into words all the emotions that are running through me at this moment. Rage and Ruin picks up right where Storm and Fury left off. And while it gives up some answers, this story will rock your world and leave you breathless in anticipation…..

With Rage and Ruin, we are dealing with the aftermath of Storm and Fury. Zayne & Trinity are now bound to one another. Trinity is a Trueborn and Zayne is her Protector. No one can truly know what Trinity is and it is a secret that are determined to keep. As our characters fall into their new roles, they still have to train and search out demons. The Harbinger is coming and is hurting innocent people. They have to find who or what it is and stop it before it’s too late. Tensions will run hotter than ever and mysterious developments will keep everyone on their toes. Help will be sought from an unlikely source. Forbidden feelings will rise to the surface. Will Trinity, Zayne and friends be able to stop what’s coming??? There’s only one way to find out…

Fasten your seat belts and hold on to your hats, because Rage and Ruin is going to take you on a wild ride. This story is action packed and filled with lots of twist and surprising turns. There is never a dull moment.

Trinity and Zayne will be tested in ways they never expected, especially as a forbidden romance blossoms between the two of them. I loved their passion to duty and the fight of their true feelings. The push and pull left my heart aching and filled with angst. Their connection was off the charts and I think I fell for these two even more.

I loved the added moments with Roth & Layla. I adore Roth and he will always have a special place in my heart. I think he adds some much needed comedic relief to the story and helps balance all the seriousness. I liked seeing Layla because I feel like both her and Zayne’s characters have grown a lot since The Dark Elements Series and I enjoyed how far the two of them have come, despite everything the two of them have gone through.

Rage and Ruin was everything that I wanted and then some. The first part of the book lays the ground work for what is to come. And the second part, well, it didn’t even stand a chance. I completely devoured the second half. I didn’t want to put it down and I felt like I couldn’t read the words fast enough. My emotions are a complete and utter mess. So many moments filled with angst and emotion, love and duty. Moments that will shock you to your core and leave you questioning what you just read. Moments filled with heartbreak that you just refuse to accept. And an unforgettable ending that will leave you dying for more.

The battle of good vs evil has begun. Once again, I am left with a million questions. I feel like the rug has been ripped from under me. My mind has been completely blown and I can not wait to see where the story will go from here…

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

Release Blitz with Review: Lucky in Love (Southern Bride #4) by Kelly Elliott

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“No woman had ever won my heart before, and Liliana could now claim to have taken it straight from me without so much of a blink of her eyes.”

“One kiss and my body felt like it was tumbling over an edge, and nothing would ever be the same again.”

“The woman I’ve been waiting for was off on another journey, but I think she’s on the right path now.”

“You don’t stumble onto true love. You build it, master it. Help it grow.”

Lucky in Love is the fourth book in the Southern Brides Series and it follows the story of Truitt and Saryn. Truitt has always had a bit of bad luck. He is more accident prone than a young child. He ends up in the ER so many times that his friends and family take bets on what injury he will get next. The one place that he’s not unlucky is his job. He creates playhouses for kids that are wilder than their imaginations….Fresh off her divorce, Saryn returns to her hometown in search of a fresh start for herself and her 3 year old daughter, Liliana. She wasn’t looking for love, but when the boy she used to have a crush on, blows into her life, her world is once again turned upside down. Luck hasn’t always been on Saryn and Truitt’s side, but maybe, just maybe fate will finally be on their side and will turn their bad luck into some much needed good….

Lucky in Love is a total breath of fresh air. I think I fell in love with Truitt almost instantly. Sure he’s accident prone and ends up in the ER far too many times, but he is the sweetest guy with a heart of gold. He’s never been in a serious relationship because his heart has always belonged to someone else. And when Saryn returns home, he might finally get his chance with the girl of his dreams….Speaking of Saryn, I liked her a lot. She had her heartbroken, but got a beautiful little girl out of it. She was brave to return to her hometown and start over fresh. She wasn’t looking at all for love, but when she reconnects with Truitt, all bets are off. Their chemistry is undeniable and you could tell right away these two were meant to be. But, what I liked the most was that Truitt took the time to get to know Liliana. Liliana was too cute for words and I loved the relationship that Truitt built with her.

Lucky in Love is a sweet, second chance romance that will give you all the feels and leave you with the smile on your face. The characters are real and entertaining. Sayrn & Truitt’s families were amazing. I loved how real they were with each other, their support and love. They were the kind of families that everyone would want to have in their corners.

Lucky in Love is a great addition to the Southern Bride Series. This story is filled with heart, romance, family and second chances. With the perfect mix of romance and drama, Lucky in Love is a great story to spend your day getting lost in.

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

LUCKY IN LOVE by @KellyElliottAuthor is now LIVE! The fourth book in the Southern Bride series. Each book in this series is a complete stand alone novel. All based in small towns in Texas. Full of love, hope, and second chances!


When it comes to luck, I’m on the wrong end of the good side with more mishaps than I care to remember. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a happy guy: single, decent looking, wealthy, with a waiting list of people who want me to make their kid’s dreams come true with my custom-designed playhouses. 

My life was exactly how I wanted it to be. That is, until Saryn Night walked into my office with the intention of firing me. Good luck with that. One strong-headed, opinionated woman with a three-year-old little girl had turned my world upside down within five minutes. The moment they stormed into my office — bright blue eyes, curly brown hair, and a smile that would make any man fall to his knees, and that was just the daughter — I knew I was in for one wild ride that was guaranteed to turn my luck completely around. 

Now, for once in my life, I found myself thinking that maybe, just maybe, I could finally be Lucky in Love.

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Release Blitz with Review: Catch Me When I Fall (Falling Stars #2) by A.L. Jackson

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A Falling Stars stand-alone romance from A.L. Jackson

 “AL Jackson at her best. She’s a wordsmith. A magnificent storyteller. A poet and a romantic. Mix all of this with some page-turning suspense, and a climactic ending, in more ways than one, and you’ve got yet another must-read.”-USA Today bestelling author Lauren Rowe
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A Falling Stars STAND-ALONE NOVEL from NYT & USA Today Bestselling Author, A.L. Jackson . . .

Sometimes trying to catch a star will light your whole world on fire…

Emily’s entire existence was wrapped up in touring with her country-rock band Carolina George.

What she never expected was to spend a passionate night with a gorgeous, tattooed stranger.

Their chemistry was combustible.

Their attraction irresistible.

It was never supposed to follow her into the light of day.

Royce’s night with the lead singer of Carolina George was the worst mistake of his life. He needs the band to sign on to his record label or his family will pay the price.

He knows falling for her will threaten his carefully laid plans.

Royce’s past is littered with mistakes and heartache—will he overcome or will his love for Emily just be one more tragedy…


“I touch you, and you won’t ever forget it. I’ll wreck you, beautiful.”

“I was going to regret this. But sometimes one moment was more important than a thousand others. Unforgettable. Impossible.”

“A crazed frenzy was taking me over. I was losing it, I was sure, lost to the waves of dark, perilous waters that rose higher and higher. I’d been treading them for so long. I knew it was only a matter of time before they finally took me under and I drowned.”

“You make me feel like I can spread my wings. Fly even when I’m fallin’. Like I can tell you anything.”

Catch Me When I Fall is the second book in the Falling Stars series and follows the story of Royce and Emily. From the moment we meet up with Royce and Emily, we just know that their story is going to be something special. You can feel the chemistry just ooze off these two characters and you will be left dying to see how their story will play out….

Royce and Emily captured me from the very first page. I was instantly drawn to them and was dying to see where their story would go. Emily’s band is her entire world, but recently, Emily has lost her groove. She’s withdrawn and can’t write. She’s trying her best to move past the issues that plague her, but she’s quickly finding that moving on is easier said than done. A night with a mysterious stranger might just be what the doctor ordered. Only, Emily will quickly find that the mysterious stranger is none other than record executive Royce, who has been trying to sign Emily’s band. They didn’t know who the other was at the time, but Royce and Emily are about to get their worlds turned upside down…

Catch Me When I Fall was a fantastic read from beginning to end. Royce and Emily’s story intrigued me and kept me glued to the pages. A romance between Royce and Emily was a recipe for disaster, but neither one of them were able to fight the pull. I loved how good Royce was to Emily. He was fiercely protective of her and would walk through fire for her. Yes, Royce and Emily both had some baggage and were broken in their own ways, but that just added to their connection. They were more similar than they thought and they had the kind of connection that was written in the stars and worth fighting for.

Catch Me When I Fall is a wonderful second chance romance. I loved the characters and their story. I fell even harder for the secondary characters and am looking forward for their stories to be told. Catch Me When I Fall had the perfect balance of steam, romance, drama and suspense. I couldn’t help but devour Emily and Royce’s story and I have to say, I loved every single second of it….

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


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Her bestselling series include THE REGRET SERIES, CLOSER TO YOU, BLEEDING STARS, FIGHT FOR ME, CONFESSIONS OF THE HEART, and FALLING STARS novels. Check out for her latest stand-alone, CATCH ME WHEN I FALL, on Amazon and free with Kindle Unlimited!

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Review: Otterly Scorched by Tara Sivec

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It’s been a lot of years and another lifetime since Dax Trevino was a playboy detective for the Franklin Police Department. He’s been through hell and back, and now he just wants to be left alone, so he can cuddle his otters.

When two of his babies are kidnapped in the middle of the night, and Claws and Effect Pet Detectives are called to the rescue, quiet, broody Dax never expects to be tackled and handcuffed by the only woman he ever regretted being a douchebag to all those years ago.

Harley Blake has spent her entire life taking care of her accident-prone father with a fondness for dead animals, and her forty-year-old brother who refuses to grow up. The last thing she needs is another complication in her life, and Detective Douchebag is at the top of the list.

Dax might not be a cop anymore, and he might have outgrown his one-and-done player status, but that doesn’t mean she’s going to get burned a second time and fall for his charms. The infuriating man already branded a mark on her heart years ago, making sure she’d never forget him. Besides, she has a case to solve for the guy, and this is just business.

But the sarcasm starts flying, there are a gaggle of adorable otters who need to be cuddled, a Bandit Von Trash Panda who just wants to play poker, pot brownies, and squirrels dressed for a wedding… at a funeral. Things are heating up—and not just from the small tree fire after the grenade went off—and this man is suddenly simplifying her life instead of making it worse.

Harley knows she won’t escape this time without being Otterly Scorched.

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“A gentleman should be polite and courteous on a date, while being firm and manly by listening to what his date would like to eat and then ordering it for her,” Dax informs me, holding his pointer finger up to the waiter while he grabs his water glass and chugs half of it before setting it back down on the table.

“Why are you talking like this?”

“Like what?”

“Like… you’re Google, and I just asked you how to go on a first date. In 1952.”

Dax quickly picks his menu back up and looks down at it.

“Chicken parm sounds good.”

A few more previously dead brain cells join the smart living one, and I tell the waiter to give us a couple minutes. The confused young man walks away, and I lean forward to rest my elbows on the table, take the menu out of Dax’s hands, and set it down on the table off to the side.

“Dax Trevino. Did you google how to go on a date?” I ask softly, never knowing before this moment that my heart could actually feel like it’s melting in my chest.

Dax sighs, leaning forward in his chair to cross his arms and rest them on the table with me until our faces are a few inches apart.

“You’re goddamn right I did.” He nods with conviction, all of the nervousness finally gone from his face now that the truth is out. “Harley, I don’t know what the hell I’m doing here either. I’ve never dated anyone. I’ve never wanted to date anyone, or make them feel special or like a princess on a date. I know you’re not really the princess type, but I want to do this right, and I’m fifteen steps into Twenty-Five Ways to Date Like a Gentleman. I’ve had my car detailed, I’ve taken extra time to properly groom myself, I’m wearing an outfit that gives me confidence, I’m maintaining eye contact, and I’ve prepared a list of topics for us to discuss in case there’s an uncomfortable lull in dinner conversation.”

Dax reaches over, grabs my fingers, and tugs my hand to his mouth, kissing the top of it.

“Now, let me order dinner for you without you stabbing me, and then just sit there like a good girl and let the nice man I paid play the violin right next to our table and make it super awkward while we eat the main course.”


Otterly Scorched follows the story of Dax and Harley. Dax has changed a lot since he worked for the Franklin Police Department. There was a time when he was a tough, playboy detective, but now Dax is happy just being alone and chillin with his otters. When two of his otters get kidnapped in the middle of the night, Dax is left with no choice, but to call Claws and Effect Pet Detectives. What he didn’t plan on was having to be face to face with the one woman, he feels bad for being a jerk to. Dax might be a changed man, but that doesn’t mean that Harley is going to let him get close. While Harley is used to dealing with difficult men, she doesn’t need another complication…

Overall, I thought this book was a cute and easy read. This is the kind of book that you can definitely read in a single sitting. I thought that Dax and Harley made for an interesting match. Their banter was enjoyable and I thought they had good chemistry. Otterly Scorched had a lot of funny moments that left me laughing out loud. I enjoyed the mystery of the story and couldn’t wait to find out what happened to the otters.

If you’re looking for a cute and funny romantic comedy that is sure to keep you entertained, look no further and give Utterly Scorched a try.

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


Review: Hot Mess by Emma Hart

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What do you do when the whole world has seen you getting down and dirty in a broom closet?

I, Elle Evans, am on the run.
Not from the fuzz—although that would be more exciting.
No, I’m on the run from the four-year-old private tape that, thanks to my vengeful ex, has probably already ruined my vlogging career.
There’s nothing like the entire world knowing what you look like mid-O.
Creek Keys, Florida, is a million miles away from NYC and the perfect place for me to hide for the rest of summer until I can figure out what I’m going to do.
Something that’s easier said than done since my new landlord’s daughter thinks you’re God’s greatest gift. Even better? Their beach house is right next to the one I’m renting, so there’s no getting away from her—or her hot, British dad.
Who most definitely does not think I’m role model material.
He might be right.
The problem is that neither of us can say no to her.
Or each other.


Hot Mess is the latest romantic comedy from author Emma Hart. Hot Mess follows the story of Elle Evans, famous Vlogger, whose life gets turned upside down by a vengeful ex. Because of the mess her ex created, Elle finds herself escaping New York for Creek Keys, FL. It’s just the right place to hide out from the world until she can figure out what to do next. What she didn’t plan on, was meeting Theo.  Theo is less than thrilled about having to help Elle out, but there is just something about her that stops him from turning Elle away. It doesn’t hurt that Elle is Theo’s daughter’s idol, but there’s more to it than that. While Theo is helpful and provides Elle a much needed place to escape, he thinks he’s got her all figured out, but he could’t be further from the truth. The more time Theo spends with Elle, the more he sees that there is more to Elle than meets the eye. Will Elle get her life set straight and return back to New York??? There’s only one way to find out….

Hot Mess was a really cute read. I absolutely adored Elle and thought she handled her scandal pretty well. I mean, it’s not everyday that you find out your ex made a tape of the two of you together and it gets released to the wild. Despite fleeing from New York, Elle handled her situation with grace and did her best to not only set the record straight, but also find the evidence to prove that her ex is truly scum. And poor Theo, when he meets Elle, the last thing he wants to do is help a tourist who is down on their luck. As much as Theo wants to tell her no, he can’t stop himself from helping her out. His daughter Ari was adorable as well. She looked up to Elle and completely idolized her for the videos she made. Ari reminded me a lot of my own preteen daughters who love to watch YouTube and have their own Vloggers that they idolize.

I had a lot of fun getting to know Elle and Theo. I thought they were a lot of fun and even though Theo came off a little brash in the beginning, there was a lot more to him than meets the eye. I loved getting to see Theo and Elle together. Theo’s daughter was a joy to be around. The little old ladies in the story were a total riot–you’re just going to have to read this for yourself to understand what I’m talking about.

Hot Mess was a fun read from beginning to end. You can’t help but fall in love with the characters and their story. Hot Mess was an easy, breezy light read that is sure to leave you laughing and with a huge smile on your face. It is the prefect book to spend your afternoon getting lost in. I hope you’ll check out Hot Mess and that you’ll fall in love with Theo & Elle, as I have.

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

Release Blitz with Review: Love The One You Hate by R.S. Grey

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R.S. Grey’s new standalone romance, Love the One You Hate is out now! Check it out and grab your copy today!

About Love the One You Hate (OUT NOW!)

Nicholas Hunt is the man I hate.

For good reason.

His opinion of me is tainted by prejudice even before my arrival at his grandmother’s estate, and my first impression of him is just as abysmal.

His arrogance and icy demeanor make it clear that he’s the type of man who’s best handled at a distance.

Fortunately, space shouldn’t be an issue inside this Gilded Age mansion and its lush gardens. If I stick with the servants and he keeps to his sailboat and vintage Porsche, we should hardly cross paths at all. Unfortunately, at Rosethorn, I find that all roads eventually lead to Nicholas Hunt.

Sparks fly as we spar at the dinner table. Fighting words are flung in the shadows of the palatial halls.

We hang suspended in our hatred of one another, painfully oblivious to the heat and tension that build with every moment we’re left alone. We’re liable to kill one another, I think…right up until my eyes land on his lips and a new feeling grips hold of me: lust.

What’s worse?

He knows it.

They say you should keep your enemies close, but when Nicholas tightens his grip on my waist and draws me near, I’m not sure if it’s out of loathing or love.

One thing’s for sure—I intend to find out.


“Touching Maren feels like that, like I’m defiling an angel, kissing my way straight to hell.”

R.S. Grey has done it again!! I fell totally, completely, absolutely head over heels for Nicholas and Maren. Love the One You Hate is definitely a favorite read of mine for 2020!

Love the One You Hate follows the story of Maren and Nicholas. When we first meet up with Maren, she is down on her luck. She’s working a thankless job where she has been accused of things due to her past. Maren’s life has been anything but easy, but she doesn’t let her past get her down and does the best that she can. Maren’s luck begins to change when she meets Cornelia. Cornelia has a proposition for Maren that seems too good to be true, but Maren would be stupid to turn down. As Maren spends time with Cornelia, she not only finds happiness, but discovers things about herself that she never expected. All is going well, until Cornelia’s grandson comes into the picture. Nicholas is arrogant and rude. He thinks he’s got Maren all figured out, but he couldn’t be further from the truth. The tension between Nicholas & Maren is sky high as sparks fly with every encounter and Nicholas & Maren will leave you hanging on every word, waiting to see what would happen next…..

Love the One You Hate is the kind of book that once you start, you won’t be able to put it down. Maren is such a likable character. Her character grows and blossoms so much. I loved seeing her transform and figure out what she wants out of this thing called life. And then we have Nicholas. In the beginning, he was rude and standoffish. He gave Mr. Darcy a run for his money. Yes, he had his reasons for the way he was. He wanted what was best for Cornelia and was afraid of people taking advantage of her. And let’s just say he made this story definitely rock a Pride and Prejudice vibe. Together these two had a lot of tension and brilliant chemistry. I loved the slow burning romance romance between them and the push & pull left me begging for more. I honestly couldn’t get enough of their story and couldn’t wait to see how things would play out.

Love the One You Hate is a fantastic read from beginning to end. Nicholas & Maren will have you falling head of heels in love with their story. Cornelia is a force to be reckoned with and is hands down, one of my favorite secondary characters. She’s real, honest and is the kind of woman that everyone needs in their lives. Love the One You Hate is a story of romance, angst and self discovery. And I loved every single second of it…..

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

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R.S. Grey is the USA Today bestselling author of over twenty novels. She lives in Texas with her husband and daughter, and can be found reading, binge-watching reality TV, or practicing yoga! Visit her at

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