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Publisher: Loveswept

Date Released: August 2, 2016

Series: Hero’s Welcome #3

From the bestselling author of Welcome to Forever (“Full of heart and emotion!”—Lori Wilde) comes a sweet, sexy novel about breaking all the rules. In Seaside, North Carolina, the boys on the base are heroes—but that doesn’t mean they’re always well-behaved.

As a preacher’s daughter, Valerie Hunt only dates the very respectable, very boring men who meet her father’s strict standards. In private, however, she leads a double life as a romance writer of steamy stories about the least respectable sorts of men. Valerie has always kept her hottest fantasies separate from her real life, but when she nearly runs a hot-blooded biker off the road, the lines begin to blur.

Even though Valerie almost killed him, Griffin Black can’t be angry after he learns the reason for her distracted driving: an unruly puppy belonging to her ailing friend. As a member of the military police K-9 unit, Griffin insists on training the dog himself. But he soon wonders how he’s ever going to stay disciplined around the most alluring, down-to-earth, and totally unattainable woman he’s ever met. Valerie is the ultimate good girl. And Griffin is going to need all his old tricks to unleash her wild side.

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Excerpt from Welcoming the Bad Boy

Her body slid behind his, spooning him. She wrapped her arms around his torso, clutching him tight, and he took off down the road. The rain beat against his skin, attempting to cleanse him, but there was no wiping away the dirty thoughts going through his mind. He took the long way back to his place to feel her against him longer, and to try to wrangle his desire so he wouldn’t be tempted to take her straight to bed when they arrived.

He slowed to a stop behind a stop sign and glanced over his shoulder to look at her. Her hand slid down from his waist and into the front of his jeans. Fuck. He’d heard preachers’ daughters were wild, but he’d thought it was a myth. With her hand snug against him he turned left and pressed the gas, heading home. Trooper was waiting. And he needed to get his mouth on this woman, to kiss her stupid and hope her hands continued exploring.

He pulled into his driveway and helped her off as the rain began to fall harder. She didn’t squeal and run toward his covered porch the way some women would. Instead, she stared at him as he lifted the helmet off her head. She didn’t flinch as her shirt began to stick to her in all the right places. He leaned toward her, cupping his hands around her face and leading her mouth to his. She melted against him, sealing her wet body to his. Damn. Her lips were soft, the kiss hungry, devouring him like he was the best thing she’d put in her mouth all day.

“I want you,” he said, pulling back from her mouth, but continuing to hold her. The words were meant to be a warning. “I want you so fucking much.” He half expected her to slap him. They barely knew each other. She had a wild streak and a smart mouth, but overall he thought she was the good-girl type. Not the type to give herself so easily. Even if he could’ve sworn she was ready the other night.

“Take me inside,” she said, going up on her toes and kissing him again, wrapping her hands around the back of his head, pressing her body tighter against him. “We’re getting wet out here.”

The rain. She was talking about the rain. A nice guy would escort her inside and help her get dried off. Which was exactly what he intended to do. But he didn’t plan on stopping there.

About the Author:


Annie Rains is a contemporary romance author who writes small town love stories set in fictional towns on the coast of North Carolina. Raised in one of America’s largest military communities, Annie often features heroes who fight for their countries, while also fighting for a place to call home and a good woman to love. When Annie isn’t writing, she’s spending time with her husband and 3 children, or reading a book by one of her favorite authors.

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Sara’s Review of My Brown-Eyed Earl by Anna Bennett


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Rating: paw4

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Date Released: October 4, 2016

Series: The Wayward Wallflowers #1

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William Ryder, Earl of Castleton, is at the end of his noble rope. Not only has he broken ties with his longtime mistress, his mother has publicly announced her wish for him to marry a suitable young lady―if only to help him raise the twins left in his care. Hiring a governess should solve some of Will’s problems…but when he meets the candidate in question, he finds himself in an entirely new predicament.


Miss Margaret Lacey is brainy, beautiful, and, once upon a time, Will’s betrothed. But she bowed out of the engagement―and, since then, has never been the same. A tragic accident robbed her of everything, and now, at age twenty-three, her marital prospects are slim to none. Penniless but not without pride, Meg convinces the vexingly handsome Will to hire her for the job. What neither of them could have expected from this arrangement, however, is an attraction that burns stronger than ever. Are these two lost souls finally ready to be schooled in the art of love?

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The first book in a new series from debut author Anna Bennett, this was a delightful read filled with humor and sweet romance that fans of historical romance will greatly enjoy.

It’s not often that a story manages to make me laugh out loud numerous times while reading, but this novel did just that. Bennett did a wonderful job weaving humor into her story along with the romance and even included a bit of suspense, which made for a truly enjoyable read. There’s no question that I will be picking up the next book in the series to read and following her writing career in the years to come.

Meg is a witty, compassionate, loving character who you can’t help but fall in love with. Yes, there are times where she is insecure, but it doesn’t hamper her likeability in any way, instead it makes her more complex and easier to relate too. She’s not one to shy away from responsibility and I liked that she was willing to do everything in her power to help her sisters and uncle, even if it meant humbling herself in the eyes of the ton. Will, meanwhile, was a bit difficult to like at first because he’s so quick to judge Meg due to their past acquaintance. He’s one of those characters who is rough around the edges and takes a bit of time to warm up to, but once you do you’ll fall pretty hard for him. They are the perfect match and it was a pleasure to watch their relationship develop.

The romance between Meg and Will is a slow but satisfying build. It isn’t often that a pair actively works on communication between themselves in the books I read, so to watch these two talk honestly with the other was great. Yes, there are moments where one or the other keeps secrets and this results in a few tense moments, but I felt that Meg and Will’s relationship was more of a true reflection of what a relationship is than some of the other relationships I’ve read in other books. At the very least I wasn’t hissing in frustration over missed opportunities to communicate. And I have to applaud Will for stepping back and giving Meg the time she needed to sort out her feelings with regard to their relationship.

I have to mention a few of Bennett’s secondary characters because they added to the enjoyment of the story. The twins, Valerie and Diana, were everything you would expect of a pair of six year olds. Yes they were troublemakers, but they were also sweethearts, and my heart went out to them after what their mother did. Mrs. Hopwood struck me as being a bit of a fairy godmother character. She knew exactly what everyone needed when she came in and I instantly loved her. And Meg’s Uncle Alister was just a joy. He’s such a quirky character and I just wish that we could have seen more of him in this book. Thankfully there are two more novels in the series, so there’s more opportunity to enjoy his character over the next few years. It’s always a pleasure to see an author not only create rich and complex leads, but also create rich and supportive secondary characters, and so I must offer a tail wave of approval to Bennett for a job well done.

The pacing of the story is great, and it is easy to read this book in one sitting if you are so inclined. While I did feel that the mystery behind who is wanting information on the twins and their motive for asking was fairly obvious, the suspense leading up to the reveal and subsequent confrontation added an extra depth to the overall story plot. I also would have liked to have had more insight into Meg and her sister’s earlier years among society. Yes, we get some explanation for why they are called the Wayward Wallflowers, but given how much fuss is made over this particular nickname for these girls, I would have expected to see more examples of how this name affects them in society and how it came about. I felt like we only scratched the surface on this, but I suspect we’ll get more in the later books.

Honestly there isn’t much that really took away from my enjoyment of this story, and I would highly recommend that fans of historical romance give this book a read. This really was a wonderful start to a brand new series and I look forward to what Bennett has in store for the remaining two Wayward Wallflower sisters in the next two books.

About the Author:


Anna Bennett started swiping romances from her mom’s bookshelf as a teenager and decided historicals (with their balls, dukes, and gowns) were the best. So, when she had the chance to spend a semester in London she packed her bags—and promptly fell in love with the city, its history, and its pubs. She dreamed of writing romance, but somehow ended up a software analyst instead.

Fortunately, a few years and a few careers later, Anna found her way back to writing the stories she loves and won the Romance Writers of America’s Golden Heart® for Regency Historical Romance. She lives in Maryland with her husband and three children, who try valiantly not to roll their eyes whenever she quotes Jane Austen. Her weaknesses include reality TV, cute shoes, and coffee. Lots and lots of coffee.

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Cover Reveal: Unbreakable by Kallie Ross


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Title: Unbreakable

Author: Kallie Ross

Publisher: Self-published

Release Date: November 14, 2016

Series: The Cupid Chronicles #1

Dying for the love of your life…

Evelyn Bowden thought her story was over. Little did she realize, it had just begun.

The heavens made her a Cupid– a supernatural with the rarest ability. One that allows her to pierce both mortals and immortals with arrows possessing everlasting love. But Evelyn soon discovers Cupids fight a battle in a long fought war.

A duty to protect the purest form of love…

As Evelyn embarks on her first mission, helping a Gargoyle find his true love, she is exposed to the blurred battle lines between light and darkness. While an unknown threat proves it’s willing to do anything to get their hands on Evelyn and her arrows, the heavens send Andel Lambros to help protect her. She finds herself at risk of being distracted by her former mentor, Andel, a stunning Cupid with dimples hard to ignore.

Missing her mark could lead to a supernatural war…

Having no idea how powerful she is, Evelyn is forced to put everything on the line as she balances the fate of the world on the tip of her arrow. But will love conquer all once she hits her mark, or will all be lost in the end?


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Writing unique adventures with heart.

Kallie Ross has a passion for writing that has become an adventure in itself. She desires to create unique young adult fiction that incorporates legend, conjecture, fantasy, and conviction.

In addition to loving her life as a writer, Kallie adores being a wife, mother, friend, and teacher. She began her creative journey with books, a blog, podcast, and lots of caffeine. Ross never imagined her own adventure would be filled with so many wonderful people or words!

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Cover Reveal: Stripped Bare by Heidi McLaughlin


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Title: Stripped Bare

Publisher: Loveswept

Release Date: March 28, 2017

Series: Vegas Billionaire #1

“By far one of McLaughlin’s best!” – New York Times bestselling author LP Dover 

They don’t call it the Strip for nothing. . .  

In this sinfully sexy Las Vegas romance from bestselling author Heidi McLaughlin, a man who has it all reunites with a woman who takes it all off. 

Living in Sin City, Finn McCormick is no stranger to one-night stands, but the last person he expects to find losing big on the casino floor is a former high school fling. Even though Macey Webster’s clearly down on her luck, she’s still a knockout, and she’s dressed like a stripper—because she is one. Drunk off an unfamiliar cocktail of lust, pity, and compassion, Finn offers to pay Macey’s debts if she cuddles up to him around town . . . and does whatever he wants between the sheets. 

Macey came to Vegas for one reason only: money. She’s got a young daughter to support, and the tips really are bigger in Vegas. But when she blows her earnings on blackjack, her guardian angel is the rich boy who once stole her heart and never called her back. Although Macey would love to turn the tables on Finn, she can’t afford to refuse his proposition—and soon she’s enjoying herself much more than she cares to admit. Macey’s used to baring her flesh, but baring her soul will take far more courage.



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HEIDI MCLAUGHLIN is a New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author. Originally from Portland, Oregon, and raised in the Pacific Northwest, she now lives in picturesque Vermont, with her husband and two daughters. Also renting space in their home is an over-hyper Beagle/Jack Russell, Buttercup, and a Highland Westie/Mini Schnauzer, Jill and her brother, Racicot. When she’s isn’t writing one of the many stories planned for release, you’ll find her sitting court-side during either daughter’s basketball games.

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Sara’s Review of The Bachelor Auction by Rachel Van Dyken


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Rating: paw4

Publisher: Forever

Date Published: October 4, 2016

Series: The Bachelors of Arizona #1

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Cinderella never had to deal with this crap.

Jane isn’t entirely sure that Cinderella got such a raw deal. Sure, she had a rough start, but didn’t she eventually land a prince and a happily-ever-after? Meanwhile, Jane is busy waiting on her demanding, entitled sisters, running her cleaning business, and . . . yep, not a prince in sight. Until a party and a broken shoe incident leave Jane wondering if princes—or at least, a certain deliciously hunky billionaire—maybe do exist.

Except Brock Wellington isn’t anyone’s dream guy. Hell, a prince would never agree to be auctioned off in marriage to the highest bidder. Or act like an arrogant jerk—even if it was just a façade. Now, as Brock is waiting for the auction chopping block, he figures it’s karmic retribution that he’s tempted by a sexy, sassy woman he can’t have. But while they can’t have a fairy-tale ending, maybe they can indulge in a little bit of fantasy . . .

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If you are a fan of Van Dyken’s books, you’ll love this modern-day Cinderella story filled with humor, memorable characters, and a romance that proves opposites really do attract and there really are such things as happy endings in love.

I was a bit worried when I first started reading that I wasn’t going to enjoy this book because I was so aggravated with the characters, but the more time I gave to the book and continued reading, the more I ended up loving it. Both Jane and Brock had me begging for them at the start to take a stand and say “No” to their family, and it genuinely frustrated me that they didn’t. They both allowed their family to manipulate them into doing things that they didn’t want to do, and neither knew how to stop the behavior. In Brock’s case it becomes clear that his grandfather has a specific reason for forcing him to participate in the auction event, and I fell in love with the grandfather at the end because of it. But for poor Jane her sisters were just truly that awful, and I felt that it took her far too long to stand up for herself and that their comeuppance in the end wasn’t harsh enough.

Initially it felt that Van Dyken was a bit over-the-top with the portrayal of all of her characters. Jane and Brock were too easily manipulated and while not entirely helpless, came across as being just a bit weak for my liking. Brock’s grandfather was too much of a “woe is me” type of person and manipulator. Jane’s sisters were complete monsters and they never redeemed themselves in my eyes. And Brock’s brothers were sex-crazed maniacs who didn’t seem to care at all about personal responsibility. However, with the exception of Jane’s sisters, everyone in the story settled down and underwent some form of character development/transformation which went a long way to changing my perception of this book.

Jane’s got a playful personality that I enjoyed seeing crop up whenever she was around Brock and his brothers. She may be a pushover where her sisters are concerned, and a tad too sensitive to criticism, but she’s genuine in her emotions and isn’t afraid to work and fight for what she truly wants in the end. Brock can be a bit of an ass at times, okay, a lot of the time, but my heart went out to him because while he is a man grown, inside he’s a hurt and scared little boy who hasn’t allowed himself the time to truly grieve for what happened to him and his brothers. And while I didn’t approve of him taking out his pain on Jane, I could understand why he felt the need to lash out. And I have to give kudos to Jane for proving how strong of a woman she is by how she handled those moments. These two were perfect for each other and the more I got to watch their relationship develop, the more I was rooting for them to win in the end.

As for Brock’s family, I’m greatly looking forward to seeing what happens to them in future books. Brock’s grandfather earned my respect because he genuinely wants the best for Brock. I loved that he became Jane’s fairy godfather, though I was a bit worried at the end that he didn’t approve of her as a match for his grandson. He may be manipulative, but his heart is in the right place. When it comes to the twins, Brant and Bently, I loved them both, though Bently stole my heart in the end. Brant’s a bit of a mystery to me. There’s clearly something there that he’s not sharing, and I’m really curious to see what it is all about. He can be a sweetheart, but I feel that he’s also the more wild of the twins. I don’t want to say that he’s got a destructive streak in him, but he’s certainly not as stable as Bently. And speaking of Bently, he has a good head on his shoulders and while he may come across as not caring, he’s very intelligent and aware of what all is going on around him. He’s definitely the more mature of the two of them. I loved how he immediately knew that Brock was interested in Jane and was actively trying to help the two of them end up together. Yeah he’s a bit of a player and flirt, but I suspect most of it is just an act rather than his true personality.

I laughed way too much while reading this book. There are so many great scenes and humorous lines, it was difficult to put the book down once Brock and Jane reached the Ranch. Sheldon the donkey and the rooster both stole the show as far as I’m concerned. The idea of a homicidal rooster out to get Brock was just too amusing, and I loved that Sheldon was formerly part of a magician’s magic act and so knew how to escape his holding pen and get into trouble. I think if I were to come downstairs one morning and find a donkey at my dinning room table I’d probably turn right around and go back to bed thinking it was all a dream. Both of these creatures were responsible for a great many of the “ass” and “cock” jokes in this book, and while I will admit that some readers might end up feeling that the numerous jokes are a bit much, I appreciated the humor. It isn’t often that I laugh out loud while reading humorous scenes, so I consider it a win that Van Dyken managed to repeatedly hit my funny bone in this book.

As I mentioned earlier, this is a modern-day Cinderella story. Yes, the book was predictable at times, but it was fun to see how everything connected and the steps everyone took to reach the end. Jane’s transformation from “Plain Jane” to “Cinderella” was perfect, though like her I would probably question being driven to the middle of an empty parking lot to meet with the driver of an unmarked truck in the middle of the night. Likewise Brock as an imperfect “Prince Charming” was well done. And I greatly enjoyed Brock’s grandfather as one of two fairy godparents. Yes, there is both a fairy godfather and a fairy godmother, but you’ll have to read the book for yourself to find out how she comes in to the story. The only thing I will tell you is her involvement is a catalyst for Brant and Bently’s books, and quite possibly two other books after theirs if Van Dyken is so inclined to make this a five book series rather than a three book series.

Overall, this was a wonderful surprise read that I greatly enjoyed. Yes it got off to a rocky start, but the ending was well worth it and the journey was quite memorable. I will most certainly be reading the other books in this series, and I anticipate picking up some of Van Dyken’s other novels after this as well. I don’t think I could have asked for a better introduction to a new to me author, murr!



“Jane.” It was a whisper, it was a question, and then his mouth was on hers—harsh, forceful, but so inviting she whimpered at the contact and leaned into him, begging him with her body to take what she couldn’t voice aloud.
It was a bad idea.
He was a bad idea.
Ready to be married off.
But here, in this moment, he was hers.
So she kissed him back with as much passion as she possessed, her hands digging into the front of his shirt while his teeth nipped at her bottom lip.
His hands slid beneath her shirt, unhooking her bra with ease as he nudged her thighs apart.
“You feel so soft,” he murmured against her mouth. “Perfect.” Another plundering kiss, his tongue flicking hers before his lips slid down her neck. “So damn good.”
With a moan, she pressed as close as she could against him, nearly riding his leg in an effort to get more of him.
“That’s it,” he encouraged while she clawed at him.
“Brock!” Bentley’s voice pierced the air. “Did you need help?”
Brock froze above her, his face filled with irritation. “Open that door, Bentley, and I’m selling every car you own and replacing it with a Honda!”
“You don’t mean it.” The knob turned.
Jane’s eyes widened in alarm as Brock quickly moved away from her and tossed the blanket…over her head. Right, like that was going to look normal. She pulled the blanket off her face and tried in vain to fix her bra while frantically pulling her hair back into a ponytail.
Bentley entered, took one look at both of them and smiled. “Clearly this room was dirtier than we thought?” He tilted his head at Jane. “Or maybe not dirty enough?”
“Out!” Brock barked.
“Fine,” Bentley grumbled. “I’m leaving. I just thought you should know that Grandfather called and wanted to know how the maid was working out. I told him that you’ve been helping her since she sprained her ankle. He was concerned about her finishing the job.”
“What did you say?” Brock grabbed Bentley by the shirt and gave a little shake.
Bentley held up his hands. “Chill. I told him that she would make a full recovery, that she refused to sue, and that you were taking care of the situation. Because that’s all you’re doing, right Brock? Taking care of the situation…” He peered around Brock at Jane.
Feeling suddenly more naked than she actually was, she covered herself up with the blanket.
What had she been thinking?
It was beyond unprofessional.
Tears burned the backs of her eyes.
“Thanks, Bent.” Brock sighed, running his hands through his already mussed hair.
Bentley saluted him then added quietly. “For the record, any girl that can get Boring Brock to bend the rules is a keeper.”
Brock bit back a curse as Bentley shut the door.
“Boring Brock?” Jane asked.
“It’s about as bad as it sounds.”
“Well, I’m Plain Jane, so…I understand.”
He turned. “You’ve never been plain a day in your life.”
“I think you’ve already learned that you don’t need to give me pretty compliments to get me to kiss you.”
“You have seven freckles. You press your lips together to keep yourself from saying things you shouldn’t. You hum when you clean, and though I’m not sure what the tune is, it’s familiar. When you eat, you watch people rather than your own food, and I’m just going to come out and say it: you eat like an animal, the most erotic thing I’ve ever seen.”
Jane covered her face with her hands. “It was flattering until you said that last part.”
Brock laughed. “Seeing a woman dig into her food like she hasn’t eaten in weeks? It’s one of the most erotic visions I’ve ever had.”
Emotion flashed across his face as he made his way over to her and kissed her again, pulling away with her name on his lips. “Jane, I want you.”
“Thought I was just the help.” The walls around her heart started to slip; she felt it in the way her body rose against him. He’d noticed things about her nobody ever had, he was helping her, and he was beautiful. Was it so wrong to want this? For herself? Once in her life?
“You’re more than that, and you know it.” His eyes locked on to hers as his deep voice washed over her.
“You’re getting auctioned off in two weeks and you know it.”
He paused, his expression going completely ice cold before he looked away and then back at her. “And if I wasn’t? What then?”
“Then…” She bit down on her bottom lip. “I’d ask you to kiss me again.”
Excerpted from THE BACHELOR AUCTION by Rachel Van Dyken. Copyright © 2016 by Rachel Van Dyken. Used with permission of Grand Central Publishing. All rights reserved.

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Rachel Van Dyken is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author of regency and contemporary romances. When she’s not writing you can find her drinking coffee at Starbucks and plotting her next book while watching The Bachelor.  She keeps her home in Idaho with her Husband, adorable son, and two snoring boxers! She loves to hear from readers!

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