Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Book Review - Say It Again (First Wives Book 5)


In the final First Wives novel by New York Times bestselling author Catherine Bybee, falling in love could become the most dangerous dare of one woman’s life.
Protector-for-hire Sasha Budanov is accustomed to life as a loner. Always on the move, she’s now reached a crossroad. Looking for answers about her shadowy youth, she’s returned to the strict boarding school in Germany where she was raised. It’s also where she was trained in the stealthy, militarized art of survival. But behind its gleaming gates, Richter is a fortress of secrets, including those buried in Sasha’s mysterious past. To uncover them, she’s clinging to her first rule of defense: stay guarded.
If anyone can challenge Sasha’s rules, it’s devilishly sexy stranger AJ Hofmann. He wants answers, too. And he needs Sasha’s help. The recent deaths of several of Richter’s former students—including AJ’s own sister—have aroused his suspicions. He’s arousing something more in Sasha. Never one to surrender to her emotions, she senses something tempting in AJ. She trusts him. He’s fearless. And he kisses like a demon. Sasha’s found her match.
But treading Richter’s dark halls—and following their hearts—has its risks. As the decades-old secrets of the past are mined, Sasha and AJ are falling deeper in love…and into danger.


It is always bittersweet when a series ends, however in this case the sweet is so much stronger than the bitter.  Sasha has been lurking in the background through the entire series and finally getting to understand what makes her tick and how she learned her super-spy skills was more than I expected... and I expected a lot!  Bybee is never predictable, I would have absolutely expected Sasha to end-up with someone like her, a dark and mysterious spy, but I ended-up loving AJ for her.  He isn't a clean-cut rule follower by any means, but his mix of bad-boy and regular guy fit her in a way only Catherine Bybee can create.  Great book and perfect end of the series.

MATURITY RATING - 18+ a little steamy


New York Times, #1 Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author Catherine Bybee has written thirty books that collectively have sold more than five million copies and been translated into more than eighteen languages. Raised in Washington State, Bybee moved to Southern California in the hope of becoming a movie star. After growing bored with waiting tables, she returned to school and became a registered nurse, spending most of her career in urban emergency rooms. She now writes full-time and has penned the Not Quite Series, the Weekday Brides Series, the Most Likely To Series, and the First Wives Series. For more information, visit www.catherinebybee.com.

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Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Release Blitz - Single Dad (Milford College #3) by Noelle Adams


Single Dad (Milford College #3) by Noelle Adams is available NOW!

Book Info:

Title: Office Mate Series: Milford College #3 Author: Noelle Adams Genre: Contemporary Romance Trope: no-strings-attached; single dad


The last thing I want is to partner on a library exhibit with Max, a hot new art professor at my college, but it's part of my job as librarian so I don't have a choice. My attraction to him is intense and immediate, but I'm taking a break from dating so I can focus on myself. I don't need a distraction like Max. He's a single father, and that's the only thing he can focus on now. He's never going to take a relationship with me seriously, no matter how much I want him to. Single Dad is the third book in the Milford College series, novellas about the faculty and staff of a small liberal arts college.   Single Dad by Noelle Adams  


One of the things I love most about Noelle Adams' writing is the pure honesty her stories have and convey.  Each story in the Milford College series has made me feel like I am really working on a small campus in the mid-Atlantic area.  That is what makes the simplicity of Single Dad work so well, I feel part of the story and engaged from the start and while I was usually pretty sure I knew what was going to happen, it didn't ruin the journey getting there as the story unfolded.  I recommend this to anyone who loves romances with characters that are real people and easily relatable.

Enjoy a fragment

I’m pretending to work on email but mostly giving myself a pep talk when there’s a tap on my half-open door. I turn around with a practiced smile, only to freeze when I see Max standing in my doorway, dressed in tan trousers and a black Oxford with that intimate smile on his face. It’s unseemly for a man to look that sexy. A universal injustice. “I’m three minutes early, but surely you aren’t surprised to see me,” he says. “Come on in. Of course I’m not surprised.” “Then why do you look like you’ve been socked in the gut?” “I don’t look like that.” “How do you know? You can’t see yourself.” I roll my eyes, my annoyance at this teasing overcoming the rush of attraction that had paralyzed me. I stand up. “Let me show you the books.” “Ah. I’m back to being treated with cold-as-ice professionalism.” His smile is even warmer than before, so it’s clear he isn’t remotely offended. I roll my eyes again. “I’m not treating you cold as ice.” “It feels kind of icy to me. And here I was being nice and bringing you lunch.” He raises a bag he’s been holding that I only half noticed before. “You brought me lunch?” “I brought us lunch, but if you don’t want me to eat with you, I can take mine with me.” “Why did you bring lunch?” I’m filled with another rush of pleasure. “Because I figured I was using up your lunch break, and I thought you might be hungry. I’m a nice guy that way. You just haven’t realized it yet.” “I know you’re a nice guy.” “Do you?” “Yes. I do.” I’m afraid I might be gazing at him fatuously, and he’s going to be able to see it. So I clear my throat and give myself a mental shake. “Why wouldn’t I?” “I don’t know. Like I said before, I’m still trying to figure you out. So do you want some lunch?” “What did you get?” “I didn’t know what you would want, so I got two kinds of salad, three kinds of sandwiches, and some pasta salad. I’ll eat whatever you don’t want.” I gape at him. “You’ll eat two salads and two sandwiches?” He laughs as he pulls containers and wrapped sandwiches out of the bag. “I could, but I probably won’t. You’ll have to eat half this stuff.” “I can’t eat half of all this. You do see the size of me, don’t you?” I’m checking the labels and getting excited at every one I see. They’re just half sandwiches, so I pick the chicken salad on sourdough and the small Greek salad. “Yes. I see the size of you.” My breath hitches at his shift of tone. When I lift my eyes to meet his, I’m trapped by the heat of his gaze. His eyes are running up and down me, from my loose hair to my sandals. I’m wearing a long, soft skirt today in a pretty, feminine print. It’s not a sexy outfit, but I feel that way under his possessive gaze. My whole body starts to pulse. When I realize what I’m feeling, I wrench my eyes away from his and focus down on my food again. I sit in my desk chair with an awkward flop. He appears in better condition than me, but he doesn’t say anything else as he takes the turkey club and the pasta salad. He hands me a napkin and utensils, and we begin to eat. “Thank you for this,” I say, after I’ve swallowed a bite of sandwich. It’s really good. “You’re welcome. Thanks for your help with the exhibit.” “No problem. The books are over there.” “Great. We can look at them after we eat.” His suggestion makes sense since we obviously don’t want to get food all over the books I’ve collected for him. But it extends our time together longer than I was hoping. It would be so much easier and better for my state of mind if I could get him out of here in ten minutes. No such luck.

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Monday, September 16, 2019

Beard With Me by Penny Reed

Beard With Me, an all-new installment in the bestselling, romantic comedy Winston Brothers Series by New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestselling author Penny Reid, is coming September 16th!

No one is better at surviving than Scarlet St. Claire and making the best out of circumstances beyond her control is Scarlet’s specialty. In an apocalyptic situation, she’d be the last person on earth, hermitting like a pro, singing along to her CD Walkman, and dancing like no one is watching. 

Scarlet is clever, Scarlet is careful, and Scarlet is smart . . . except when it comes to Billy Winston.

No one is better at fighting than Billy Winston and raging against his circumstances—because nothing is beyond his control—is Billy’s specialty. In an apocalyptic situation, he’d be the first person on earth to lead others to safety, overcome catastrophe, or die trying. 

Billy is fearless, Billy is disciplined, and Billy is honorable . . . except when it comes to Scarlet St. Claire.

‘Beard With Me’ is the origin story of Billy Winston and Scarlet St. Claire (aka Claire McClure) and is just the beginning of their epic love story. 

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