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Review: Wingmen Babypalooza (Wingmen 5.5) by Daisy Prescott

Once upon a time there was a wingman named Tom who had the reputation of being catnip for women.

Now the Tom Cat’s been domesticated and about to become a dad for the first time. If he can survive Hailey’s pregnancy, Baby 101 classes, and the holidays with his family.

Let’s hope the stork has his own wingmen, because Tom’s not the only one of the guys to catch baby fever. In fact, the whole island seems to have it.

This is one Christmas on Whidbey no one will ever forget.

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My Review

Wingmen Babypalooza was a quick and fun read. I loved being back inside Tom’s head; I had forgotten what a funny place that was. I loved getting to see how things have been since we last saw Tom and Hailey. Their lives have been great and they’ve just been trying to enjoy their happily ever after….that is if they can both survive Hailey’s pregnancy. Wingmen Babypalooza is filled with quick wit, entertaining humor and just the right amount of romance.

Wingmen Babypalooza is a great addition to the Wingmen Series and should not be missed by fans of this series!

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

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Release Week Celebration: Can’t Miss Christmas by Miranda Liasson

When a children’s book author’s only chance to get home for Christmas lies in a road trip with her sexy ex-husband anything can happen, naughty or nice. Unwrap this Christmas novella from Amazon best-selling author Miranda Liasson, CAN’T MISS CHRISTMAS…

Finding love again is the best Christmas present of all.

It’s two days before Christmas and bestselling children’s author Grace Alberts needs to fulfill a promise—to make it to a book signing for the kids at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, the place that did so much for her during a very rough time. But the weather’s getting awful and all flights are cancelled out of Boston, where she’s wrapping up her book tour. Then in walks her annoying but extremely sexy ex-husband, who (as usual) thinks he’s got all the answers.

Graham Walker just stopped by to get a book signed for Grace’s biggest fan, his niece, and wish Grace a Merry Christmas—why not? But he soon finds himself troubleshooting her dilemma. He’s got a Range Rover that can plow through a hundred-year Nor’easter. He’s even headed home to Philly. Trouble is, Grace’s and his past is a disaster, something he has no intention of reliving while driving through a winter storm, no matter how much he once loved her. And maybe still does.

Bad weather has a way of bringing out the best and the worst in people, and when a run in with some deer antlers leads them to a forced stop in Mirror Lake, Connecticut, anything can happen, naughty or nice. Maybe a bit of enforced alone time and some Christmas magic can be just what it takes for them to face their past—and each other—once and for all.

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Excerpt:

As soon he could, Graham exited the highway and stopped at a convenience mart for gas. It was a relief having something to do. If he didn’t stop reacting to Grace—his whole body on alert, his pulse pounding, his imagination racing to places it had no business going—well, it was going to be a very long trip.

“I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas” blared from a speaker as Graham filled the tank. He turned up the collar on his coat, wishing he had on more comfortable clothes for the long drive.

He wished everything was more comfortable on this crazy drive. When he walked into the store, Grace was buying pretzels and a coffee. He got a coffee too, and paid for her things before she could protest. At the last second, he asked for a couple of lottery tickets, an instant scratch-off game and one of the daily numbers tickets.

“You still buy those?” she asked from her spot in front of him in line.

He used to buy them all the time. He hadn’t, though, since those days when they were broke and poor and winning would mean a ticket to a new life.

But today was…different. He’d bought it on impulse, maybe as a talisman for luck. To survive the drive intact. Or more than that. Something deep down inside made him buy it because it reminded him of the old days.

When they were broke. When all they had was a mattress on the floor and an old steel shelf from his dad’s garage where they kept their underwear and socks. When dreaming of winning the lottery brought visions of a less dumpy apartment, furniture, a car.

Those had been the happiest times of his life. They’d been so in love. They’d had everything and never even knew it. But of course he couldn’t say any of that.

“You sure you’re not hungry?” he asked. “It’s a five-hour drive in good weather.”

She looked hungry. He knew her well enough he could tell. She was a little pale, a trace of dark circles under her eyes. Or maybe she was like him, too nervous and keyed up to think about food. “We can stop and get something after we’re on the road for a while. Does that sound good?” he asked.

“I thought you hated to make stops,” she said, her mouth pulling up in a smile. “When we were married, I used to have to barter for pee breaks.”

“Maybe I’ve learned to be a little less…”

“Anal?”

“Ha ha. In all fairness, I recall several road trips where we made plenty of stops at rest areas but never got out of the car.”

That made her blush.

“We were young,” she said, clearing her throat. Their eyes met, and he could swear he saw a piece of the same heartbreak that was currently wreaking havoc with his entire body.

“We’re still young,” he said, his frustration coming through a little. It was just that they were acting like a pair of eighty-year-olds reminiscing over times that were gone forever.

They could still create good times.

Oh hell. There he went again. It had taken him so long to get over her. Longer yet to even look at another woman. And here he was, two years later, after just thirty minutes in her presence, fantasizing about everything he’d worked so hard to leave behind. Old habits died hard.

When the clerk handed him the lottery tickets, he pocketed the daily number one for later and handed the scratch-off one to Grace. Another old habit.

She looked at him and then the ticket and frowned. “You want me to scratch off the numbers?”

He nodded.

“You’re crazy,” she said.

“For old times’ sake,” he said. “Well, why not? We may as well start this journey off on the right foot.”

She rolled her eyes, but for a heartbeat, something flickered in her eyes. He wasn’t sure, but maybe she’d been touched a little by the corny gesture.

“Oh, all right,” she said, using her nail to scratch off the numbers.

“We didn’t win,” he said, looking over her shoulder. Of course they hadn’t. They’d both lost, badly, a long time ago. Except that had nothing to do with a lottery ticket.

Author Bio:

Miranda Liasson loves to write stories about everyday people who find love despite themselves, because there’s nothing like a great love story. And if there are a few laughs along the way, even better! She’s a Romance Writers of America Golden Heart winner and an Amazon bestselling author whose heartwarming and humorous small–town romances have won accolades such as the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence and have been Harlequin Junkie and Night Owl Reviews Top Picks.

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Release Day Launch: Holiday Wishes by Jill Shalvis

From New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis comes the next sexy, standalone in the Heartbreaker Bay series, HOLIDAY WISHES, now available for $.99! Don’t miss the amazing excerpt below, and grab your copy today!

About HOLIDAY WISHES:

It’s Christmastime again in Heartbreaker Bay!

When Sean O’Riley shows up at the Hartford Bed & Breakfast for his older brother’s bachelor weekend, he’s planning to get through this weekend as well as he can and fulfill his duties as best man. What he’s not expecting is to come face to face with the woman he lost his virginity to a decade ago—a woman he’s never really forgotten.

The last time Lotti Hartford saw Sean, she told him she loved him while he said nothing. Now, ten years later, she’s just looking for a good time. For once, she wants to be wild and free, and when she sees how good Sean grew up, she thinks he might actually be the perfect candidate.

As the weekend continues, Sean realizes that after a lifetime of being the hook-up king, he’s ready to find happily-ever-after with Lotti. But is she ready to open her heart once again? As Christmas sweeps through the little B&B, love and magic are in the air.

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EXCERPT:

To say Sean felt stressed was a huge understatement. Give him a cliff to scale or a bar brawl to break up. Hell, give him a freight train to try to outrun, anything but having to pull off being the best man for his brother Finn’s wedding—including but not limited to keeping said brother from losing his collective shit.

It’s not like Sean didn’t understand. Getting married was a big deal. Okay, so he didn’t fully understand, not really, but he wanted to. He really did. And how funny was that? Sean O’Riley, younger brother, hook-up king extraordinaire, was suddenly tired of the game and found himself aching for his own forever after.

“We almost there?” Finn asked him from the backseat of the vehicle Sean was driving.

“Yep.”

“And you double checked on our reservations?”

“Yep.”

“No, I’m serious, man,” Finn said. “Remember when you took me to Vegas and when we got there, every hotel was booked and we had to stay at the Magic-O motel?”

“Man, a guy screws up one time . . .”

“We had a stripper pole in our rooms, Sean.”

Sean sighed. “Okay, but to be fair, that was back when I was still in my stupid phase. I promise you that we have reservations—no stripper poles. I even double and triple checked, just like you asked me a hundred and one times. Pru, I hope you realize you’re marrying a nag.”

Pru, Finn’s fiancée, laughed from the shotgun position. “Hey, one of us has to be the nag in this relationship, and it isn’t me.”

Sean held up a palm and Pru leaned over the console to give him a high-five.

“Just so you know,” Sean said to Finn, “I didn’t pick this place, your woman did.”

“True story,” Pru said. “The B&B’s closed to the public this entire weekend. Sean booked the whole place for our bachelor/bachelorette party weekend extravaganza.”

“I superheroed this thing,” Sean said.

Finn snorted and let loose of a small smile because they both knew that for most of Sean’s childhood, that’s what he’d aspired to be, a superhero—sans tights though. Tights had never been Sean’s thing, especially after suffering through them for two seasons in high school football before he’d mercifully cracked his clavicle.

After that, he’d turned to fighting, and not the good kind either. Finn, physically older by seven years, mentally older by about a hundred, had single-handedly saved Sean from just about every situation he’d ever landed himself in. Thanks to Finn, there’d been a lot fewer situations than there should’ve been and it hadn’t been for lack of trying.

Fact was, everyone knew Sean had taken the slowest possible route on his way to growing up, complete with plenty of detours, but he’d hit his stride now. Or at least he hoped so because Finn was counting on him in a big way over the next week and Sean had let him down enough for a lifetime. He wouldn’t let him down now.

Sean pulled into the B&B’s parking lot and turned to face the crowd he’d driven from San Francisco to Napa. And he did mean crowd. They’d had to rent a fourteen-seat passenger van to fit everyone, and he was the weekend’s designated driver.

Oh, how times had changed. “Ready?” he asked.

Finn nodded. Pru was bouncing up and down in her seat with excitement. Willa, her BFF, was doing the same. Keane, Willa’s boyfriend, opened the door for everyone to tumble out.

It was two weeks before Christmas and the rolling hills of Napa Valley were lined with grape vines for as far as the eye could see, not that they could actually see them right now. It was late, pitch dark, and rain had been pouring down steadily all day, which didn’t detract from the beauty of the Victorian B&B in front of them. It did, however, detract from Sean’s eagerness to go out in the rain to get to it though.

Not Pru and Willa. The two raced through the downpour laughing and holding hands with Elle, Colbie, Kylie, and Tina—the rest of Pru’s posse—moving more cautiously in deference to the preservation of their heels. Sean, Finn, and Finn’s posse—Archer, Keane, Spence, and Joe—followed.

They all tumbled in the front door of the B&B and stopped short in awe of the place decorated with what had to be miles of garland and lights, along with a huge Christmas tree done up in all the bells and whistles. This place could’ve passed for Santa’s own house.

Collectively the group “oohed” and “ahhhed” before turning expectedly to Sean.

This was because he was actually in charge of the weekend’s activities that would lead up to the final countdown to the wedding happening next week at a winery about twenty minutes up the road. This was what a best man did apparently, take care of stuff. All the stuff. And that Finn had asked Sean to be his best man in the first place over any of the close friends with them this weekend had the pride overcoming his anxiety of screwing it all up.

But the anxiety was making a real strong bid right at the moment. He shook off some of the raindrops and started to head over to the greeting desk and twelve people began to follow. He stopped and was nearly plowed over by the parade. “Wait here,” he instructed, pausing until his very excited group nodded in unison.

Jesus. He shouldn’t have poured them that champagne to pre-game before they’d left O’Riley’s, the pub he and Finn owned and operated in San Francisco. And that he was the voice of reason right now was truly the irony of the century. “Stay,” he said firmly and then made his way past the towering Christmas tree lit to within an inch of its life, past the raging fire in the fireplace with candles lining the mantel . . . to the small, quaint check-in desk that had a plate with some amazing looking cookies and a sign that said: yes, these are for you—welcome!

“Yum,” Pru said and took one for each hand.

She hadn’t “stayed.” And neither had Finn. They both flanked Sean, munching on the cookies.

A woman sat at the check-in desk with a laptop, her fingers a blur, the tip of her Santa hat quivering as she typed away. She looked up and smiled as she took in the group. That is until her gaze landed on Sean and she froze.

He’d already done the same because holy shit—

“Greetings,” she said, recovering first and so quickly that no one else seemed to notice as she stood and smiled warmly everyone but Sean. “Welcome to the Hartford B&B. My name’s Charlotte Hartford and I’m the innkeeper here. How can I help you?”

Good question. And Sean had the answer on the tip of his tongue, which was currently stuck to the roof of his mouth because he hadn’t been prepared for this sweet and sassy redheaded blast from his past.

And don’t miss these standalone novels in Jill Shalvis’s Heartbreaker Bay Series!

SWEET LITTLE LIES

THE TROUBLE WITH MISTLETOE
ONE SNOWY NIGHT

ACCIDENTALLY ON PURPOSE

CHASING CHRISTMAS EVE
HOLIDAY WISHES
ABOUT THAT KISS (Coming 1/23/18)

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About Jill Shalvis:

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jill Shalvis lives in a small town in the Sierras full of quirky characters. Any resemblance to the quirky characters in her books is, um, mostly coincidental. Look for Jill’s sexy contemporary and award-winning books wherever romances are sold and click on the blog button above for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.

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Review: Full Moons And Mistletoe by Alyssa Rose Ivy

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One Alpha Wolf
One Single Mom
And a Christmas neither will ever forget…

Single mom Alexandra will do anything for her son Langdon even if it means hunting down his wolf shifter father who doesn’t know the boy exists. With each full moon Langdon comes closer to shifting, and Alexandra knows she’s running out of time.

Ryder is the Alpha of his pack and out of his mind longing for his mate who slipped away from him before he could claim her. When Alexandra and Langdon appear in Ryder’s life, he’ll stop at nothing to protect them and keep his family by his side.

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My Review

“I heard a wolf would lose his mind if he met his mate and didn’t claim her. I never believed it. I should have. But it wasn’t only his mind he loses. It’s also his soul.”

“My body ached for her. My wolf howled inside, begging me to claim her.”

“She was mine. I was hers. We were forever connected, and no one could ever take her away from me.”

For me, Alyssa Rose Ivy’s name is pretty much synonymous with shifter romance. I haven’t met a shifter story of hers that I haven’t loved. So, when I heard that she was diving into the world of adult paranormal romance, you just know I had to check it out!

Full Moons and Mistletoe is an exciting new Christmas novella from Alyssa Ivy Rose. It follows the story of Wolf shifter Ryder and Alex who is human, but destined to be Ryder’s mate. Their story is told from dual points of view and is one that pulled me in from the first page. I loved that their story hit the ground running and never looked back. I loved the instant connection between these two characters and I really enjoyed Ryder’s true alpha side. The interactions between these two were fun and entertaining. While their relationship was a bit fast paced, I think because this is a novella, it worked out pretty well.

Full Moons and Mistletoe is a fun and exciting read. I loved the paranormal elements and found the story-line to be very enjoyable. This story is fast paced, but definitely packs a punch. This story is sexy. It’s fun. It’s entertaining. There is some angst, drama and a little bit of action. The action is a bit more intense than what we are used to from this author, but keep in mind that this an ADULT novel, so that is to be expected. And of course no paranormal romance would be complete without some sexy good times, and Alyssa Rose Ivy definitely stepped up the hot factor with this one!

Overall, I found this story to be a lot of fun and I hope that this won’t be the last that we see of this wolf pack.

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

Review: Holiday Kisses by Melody Grace

holidaykissesEnjoy another charming, romantic holiday story from New York Times bestselling author, Melody Grace!

Hot British director Dash Everett needs inspiration – and fast. He’s hoping that a Christmas vacation in Sweetbriar Cove will give him everything he needs to break his writer’s block: a deserted cabin, his laptop, and his old friend Jack (Daniels, that is). But it turns out, isolation isn’t nearly as inspiring as the beautiful spitfire behind the front desk…

Ellie Lucas isn’t crazy about spending her holidays catering to the arrogant (and sexy) guest in Cabin 4 — and she really doesn’t have time to play muse. She’s ready to leave her small-town behind for a fresh start, but when an unexpected snowstorm sends both their plans awry, she finds that a dash of Hollywood magic is exactly what she needs to see the joy in one more Sweetbriar Cove Christmas.

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My Review

When I first heard about this book, I was so excited. I loved Melody Grace and her flawless writing style. So, when this lovely little novella showed up on my kindle, I could not wait to dive in.

Holiday Kisses follows the story of Dash and Ellie. Dash blows into town looking for some inspiration that will hopefully help with his writers block. However, once he gets into town and lays eyes on Ellie, he quickly discovers that maybe isolation isn’t what it’s cracked up to be. Ellie loves living in the Cape. While she has dreams of leaving and traveling around the world, she likes being her hometown and feeling needed. When she meets Dash and sees his anti-holiday attitude, she’s less than excited about having him around. But, when fate throws them into an unlikely situation, both Ellie and Dash will start seeing things in a different light. Will Dash finally break his writers block? Will Ellie finally get that extra happiness that she’s been looking for?

Holiday Kisses was such a fun read. It gave me everything that I’ve come to love and expect in a Melody Grace novel. The story was well written and entertaining. The characters pulled you into their story and had you wanting to learn more. I loved the romance and swoony moments. I appreciated that while there was some drama, it was on the light side. Melody Grace has once again delivered a fun holiday romance, that will leave you begging for more!!

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

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Release Blitz with Review: The Sweet Spot by Bella Cruise

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Title: THE SWEET SPOT

Author: Bella Cruise

Release Date: December 2, 2015

Genre: Contemporary Romance Holiday Novella

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Synopsis

This holiday season, will you be naughty or nice?

Evie Lane is ready for a Christmas getaway: just her, a beach hut, and a bottle of rum. She didn’t bet on the buzzkill marine biologist next door looking to ruin her fun – even if he is hotter than Christmas in the Florida Keys…

Finn Thomas wants peace and quiet, but the sassy brunette down the beach won’t cut him a break. Her morning skinny dips are distracting him from his work, so maybe it’s time to play hooky and show her how to celebrate the season in style — clothing optional.

Soon, Evie and Finn are hitting the sweet spot, but will their romance sizzle when the holiday is over? Find out in Bella Cruise’s sassy, sexy holiday novella!

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My Review

I love, love, loved this novella!! The Sweet Spot is the perfect little holiday story. I loved everything about this book, from start to finish. The story-line was fresh and entertaining. I was pulled in from the very first page and couldn’t read Evie and Finn’s story fast enough! The characters were fun and easy to connect with; begging for you to read their story.

The Sweet Spot was well-written and captivating. It made me laugh, smile, swoon and totally fall in love. Evie and Finn were a great match with exciting chemistry. I loved watching the two of them fall in love. This is the second story that I’ve read by Bella Cruise and I have to tell you, if you haven’t read any of her books yet, “What are you waiting for? If you like stories that make you feel good, make you smile, fall in love and are really light on the drama, then this is the perfect read. I can not wait to see what Ms Cruise will come up with next!

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


About the Author

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Bella Cruise is a Florida girl turned California beach babe. She loves to travel and explore new places, and currently works as a nanny to two adorable little girls. For a close-up view of her crazy life (and favorite cupcakes!), you can find her on instagram @bellacruisewrites.

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