Part of the Happily Ever Alpha world
If you've read any of Aurora Rose Reynolds "Until" books then you know they always have a hot alpha male, and are really fun to read. With Boom Factory Publishing, she's expanded her universe to have other authors write standalone, but connecting in some way or another (either location or previous characters) romances in the same universe. This is a great idea - building off of her success while at the same time spotlighting different writers. It also gives fans little snippets of the stories they love from the Until series - great marketing and everybody wins. I was excited to dive into this universe again with Until Sadie, by new-to-me author Sarah Curtis. Curtis didn't disappoint. This book had the same fun, romancy elements as other books in the Happily Ever Alpha world, with a sexy alpha male in the form of Dean. It also had the boom factor - if you've read any books in this world than you know the idea of boom - getting hit with insta-love when you find your significant other - and just knowing that she is the one. Such a sweet concept.
When Dean meets Sadie, he is struck hard and he just knows that he has to make her his. Unfortunately, his life is a bit complicated at the moment and he doesn't want to lose Sadie while he is waiting for things to calm down. He wasn't expecting to get hit by Cupid's arrow, it just sort of happened - and at an inconvenient time. For Sadie's part she is fine to take things slow. But when she does find herself falling hard for Dean, will she be able to handle his secrets? When all is revealed, will their boom factor stand up to the hit?
I liked Dean and Sadie's romance and I liked how possessive, jealous and all around alpha-like Dean is. I mean what woman doesn't want an alpha male - even if they can be a bit growly at times. Sadie is a sweet character and easy to like, but she wasn't so good that she got on my nerves - which is a definite plus. The two of them together was a joy to read and I was rooting for them to make it. If you like swoony heroes who fall hard, and romantic stories with a bit of suspense, you'll like this book. You can read it on its own - although it does mention some characters that we have met in other books. I think this just made me want to go and read the series again, and find any books that I might have missed. Until Sadie is a great addition to the Happily Ever Alpha world, and it also made me want to read more from this author.
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Title: Until Sadie
A Happily Ever Alpha World Novel
Author: Sarah Curtis
Publisher: Boom Factory Publishing, LLC
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: January 15, 2021
Cruising Pacific Coast Highway, Dean Keller had one thing on his mind—the job he needed to nail down.
New city. New connections. New life. That was Dean’s focus.
One look at the fiery pixie with emerald eyes and Dean knew he had to make her his.
The timing couldn’t be worse. Things were… complicated.
Dean should’ve walked away from her.
But he should have.
Because too soon the truth would be revealed.
And Dean would be left desperate to prove to Sadie his love for her was real.
Even if not everything else was.
Until Sadie is part of the Aurora Rose Reynolds' Happily Ever Alpha World. If you loved Until Cobi, then you will want to read Until Sadie.
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Ladies, it's time to meet your next book boyfriend
The iconic 1980's movie When Harry Met Sally said it best: Men and Women can't be friends because sex gets in the way. Whether it's the physical act itself, or simply attraction that enters the equation, being members of the opposite sex and trying to just be friends is difficult. But in A Very Friendly Valentine's Day by Kayley Loring, Eddie and Birdie try and succeed at being just friends for six long years - at least that's what they keep insisting. I guess something had to give - and I am so happy to have been along for their journey to see it come to a head. (Don't make that dirty - if you made that dirty, it's on you.)
This book is funny - like laugh out loud funny. Reading through Eddie and Birdie's texts are hilarious. And Eddie is so frickin charming. And hot - did I mention that he's hot? Well, I didn't include the cover of the book above and below for nothing...he's hot. He is by far the best book boyfriend I've added to my repertoire in awhile. And Birdie is quirky, nerdy, neurotic, and sweet. You wouldn't think a girl like her would be on a guy like Eddie's radar, but he's such a nice, great guy, he likes her for her. And that is just the sweetest. Honestly, this is a great romantic comedy and this is one best friends to lovers story that you'll want to read again and again. You'll laugh, you might cry, you'll high-five yourself for getting all the Friends references, and you might decide that when traveling is once again possible, maybe you too will book a ridiculously long train ride in an attempt to nail down your mister right. Seriously though, one click this baby today - you won't regret it.
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Title: A Very Friendly Valentine’s Day
Author: Kayley Loring
Genre: Steamy Romantic Comedy
Release Date: January 14, 2021
EDDIE: Cancel your dinky little roomette on the train. I’m booking us two of the big bedroom suites.
BIRDIE: I’ll cancel it AFTER you’ve booked the other sleeper rooms. And reimburse you.
EDDIE: Don’t worry about it. Just cancel your tickets. I got this. Round trip. I’m on the Amtrak website right now.
BIRDIE: You don’t have to leave NYC when I do! You’ll hardly be able to spend any time with your Instagram girlfriend that you've never met!
EDDIE: It’s fine. She’ll be fine with it. Cancel your tickets.
BIRDIE: You aren’t going to stop texting me until I’ve canceled them, are you?
EDDIE: Damn right I’m not. Just do it. You can thank me later.
EDDIE: Um. Did you cancel your tickets?
BIRDIE: Yes, Edward. I canceled them.
EDDIE: Okay, because it turns out they only had one Family Bedroom from LA to Chicago. But the good news is I booked it for us. It’s the biggest room they had. The bad news is I booked it for us. And it’s the only sleeper room they have left now.
EDDIE: In related news, there was also only one room left from Chicago to New York.
EDDIE: Hands up if you’re excited! *man raising hand emoji*
BIRDIE: I am so mad at you right now.
BIRDIE: I’ve compiled a list of ground rules re shared train bedroom. Check your email, please read carefully, and refer to it again on the ninth of February. Thank you.
EDDIE: *nerd face emoji* Received. I have some notes.
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A dark MC sister's best friend romance
When you are running from your past, it never stays behind you. You can't keep running forever and eventually you will have to face what you tried to leave behind. In Broken Wings by Andi Rhodes, Cooper ran away to save his and his sisters' lives. Now, danger has caught up to them and his sister's best friend Lila is swept into the fray. Cooper wants to protect Lila - but he also recognizes the danger in doing that - because as his sister's best friend, Lila is off limits, and the closer they get to each other, the harder it is for Cooper to remember that.
Broken Wings by Andi Rhodes is book 2 in the next generation Broken Rebel Brotherhood MC series. I read book 1 beforehand and I think it definitely helped fill in context - but I hadn't read the Broken Rebel Brotherhood original member stories. I don't think you necessarily have to but I think I would have been more invested in some of the characters if I knew more about their parents. That being said, I did enjoy Cooper and Lila's story. It's a darker romance and deals with some very serious issues, but it kept me glued to the page. I really liked Cooper. His character is strong, even when he sometimes internally feels weak, he is a good man despite his difficult upbringing, and he cares a lot for his sisters. I found Lila to be immature, but I had to remind myself that she is only 19, and I think she does grow somewhat throughout the book. If you like MC romances, then this is a great pick for you. There is plenty of action that starts right off the bat - which I always appreciate, and the alpha males are pretty great. I'm looking forward to reading more from Ms. Rhodes. Thank you to the author and to GiveMeBooksPR for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Title: Broken Wings
Series: Broken Rebel Brotherhood: Next Generation #2
Author: Andi Rhodes
Genre: MC Romance
Release Date: January 14, 2021
My father is one of the founding members of the Broken Rebel Brotherhood and my sister is with the current president. Needless to say, I’m overprotected. I’ve learned how to lie and keep secrets in order to have my fun but at nineteen, I had no clue what kind of trouble the real world would present.
When a monster rears its ugly head, I seek protection from the last person that should be giving it: my best friend’s brother. Little do I know, they have secrets of their own. Secrets that put my life in jeopardy far worse than I ever did. But I can’t seem to walk away from what I think Cooper can provide me and what I have no right asking him for: safety.
Living in Indiana wasn’t what I’d pictured for my life. Caring for my younger sisters when we had no one else to turn to definitely wasn’t on my agenda. But opening my own tattoo shop and building a life that didn’t revolve around drugs, guns, and chaos has always been my dream and now it’s my saving grace.
But when my sister’s best friend comes into the picture, my newly established peace is thrown off balance. My world shifts and I’m tossed head first into threats and violence that I never saw coming. I want to turn her away but I can’t. Every time she’s near, my heart skips a beat. I know that, no matter how many times I tell myself it’s a terrible idea, I will protect her life with my own. Even if it means going up against evil I thought I left behind.
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Andi is an MC romance author who started her journey when her career in social work was no longer her passion. Her books are sassy and suspenseful with a heavy dose of chaos and are guaranteed to deliver an HEA and all the feels. She loves writing about alpha males and the women who tame them. When she’s not writing, Andi is an avid reader of the romance genre and prefers books that teeter on the edge of decent. She also loves spending time with her husband and their pack of dogs. For access to release info, updates, and exclusive content, be sure to sign up for Andi’s newsletter at andirhodes.com, where you will also find links for Facebook and Instagram.
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All I can say is...this is a really good book
Off the Cuff by K.I. Lynn is a funny, enemies-to-lovers workplace romance that evolves from immature bickering to very real feelings, and captures the reader's heart in the process. We meet single mom Roe, who on a very bad day runs into executive Thane and spills coffee on him. Turns out Thane is having a very bad day as well - it is not a "meet cute" in the slightest. In a petty move to teach Roe a lesson, Thane throws his weight around and steals Roe from the marketing department to act as his assistant. The two commence an epic clash of wills that in reality would have HR coming down hard on them. But never mind that - it was fun to read their verbal sparring, a lot of which stems from the fact that they are very much attracted to each other. Soon, Thane finds himself wanting Roe, and not just for a quickie in his office. Roe however is afraid - if she tells Thane about her daughter - she knows that he will be gone in a flash.
One of the best things about this book was the dual perspective. Thank goodness we get to see what's going on with Thane and where his attitude comes from. If we only saw him from Roe's biased perspective, there's no way he would become our new book boyfriend - and honey, trust me, you want him as your new book boyfriend. Roe is feisty and she's strong, dealing with far too much on her plate. She finds it difficult to trust people, and especially Thane. Watching him break down her walls is really rewarding. This book is funny and sexy, but it also touches on very real, serious topics. It is well balanced and makes for a truly spectacular read. I need to go stalk the author now and find her other work because there's no way that Off the Cuff was a one-off. Off the Cuff is live now - and don't wait a second before downloading this one.
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Title: Off the Cuff
Author: K.I. Lynn
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: January 11, 2021
I spilled a cup of coffee on the President of Acquisitions.
He deserved it.
Not the brightest idea, but I’d had a bad day, and now he’s getting back at me.
For nine weeks I’m to be his assistant, and there’s nothing I can do about it.
Every moment we’re near each other it’s a constant battle of wills, but I refuse to go down.
If only he wasn’t so good looking.
If only my fantasies didn’t invade our arguments.
Everything is off the cuff, including him pinning me to the wall.
Now he wants something else from me.
There’s just one problem--he doesn’t know I have a child.
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When I got to the break room, I let out a whine at the empty pot sitting on the burner. Why didn’t the person who took the last cup make a new pot? We were all coffee addicts; it wasn’t like it was going to go to waste.
As I prepared a new pot, another yawn moved through me. I prayed that sleep would fill my night.
I leaned over the counter of the break room, watching the pot of coffee slowly fill. The smell of the fresh brew lifted my spirits, and it helped me knowing soon I’d have a delicious cup in hand that would help me get through the next few hours.
“Are you okay, Roe?” January asked.
I blew out a breath and turned to her. “It’s the worst case of the Mondays. Please tell me it will get better. Lie if you have to.”
“Oh, sweetie.” Her gaze moved down my shirt. “It will get better. Stay here. I’ll be right back.”
Before I could ask or have her just meet me at my desk, she was gone.
My eyes drooped for a second, heavy as afternoon drowsiness hit and combined with my already tired state. After ten months of caring for my baby niece, you’d think I’d have the perpetual lack of sleep down to an art form, but alas, it wasn’t so. There was no such thing as getting used to operating on just a few broken hours of sleep. A quick intake of breath and some blinks shook me awake, at least for a moment.
While I spaced out, the dripping of the coffee subsided and I poured a cup. The smell was divine, and I pulled a container from the fridge. I loved to mix in some premade cold mocha to cool it down faster and make it even yummier. I took a sip of my coffee, a moan leaving me. Perfect.
In my tuned-out state, I wasn’t aware there was someone behind me. As I turned, my elbow caught his outstretched arm. The jostle sent a wave of coffee over the lip of the mug. Hot, dark liquid splashed across my hand and the clothing covering the person behind me.
My eyes were wide as my body bowed back to avoid more of it landing on me, my hand stinging from the warmth. Thankfully the mocha had cooled it down some.
“Oh, crap. I am so sorry!” My shit day that was having a brighter moment just got even worse.
“Fucking incompetent twit!” he spat as he grabbed for some paper towels.
My mouth dropped open. “I am so sorry,” I apologized again, my brain stuck in blame-taking mode even though his words were grating on me. It could also be partially blamed on the hotness towering over me.
The man before me with his whip of a tongue was just as lashing with his looks. I’d seen him around before. Who wouldn’t have noticed that razor line of a jaw, stunning blue eyes, dark hair, or his perfect body in a suit that had to be custom made?
He may have starred in a fantasy or two of mine, but that was to be expected with a man like him.
My gaze caught on the flicker of his black cuff links as they glimmered with each swipe of his hand. They struck me as odd and off brand from what little personality I’d built up in my head.
“Sorry doesn’t fix this,” he growled at me.
He was pissed, and for some reason, that was funny to me. Of course Mr. Too-Sexy-For-His-Suit had a bad attitude. It was an accident. If he’d done something as simple as alerting me to his presence behind me, it wouldn’t have happened.
Past his looks, I knew who he was in name only, but our encounter showed me that it was more than enough.
“It was an accident. If anyone is at fault, it’s you for sneaking up on me.”
He glared down at me, taking in my stained shirt, and tsked.
“You are incompetent,” he sneered as he brushed a wet paper towel against his shirt.
The word repeated in my mind as I stared at him.
The day had been long, the challenges hard, and I had battle scars in the form of the discoloration of my shirt to prove it.
The vein on my forehead throbbed, and the anger that simmered under my frustration of the day boiled over.
I’d had a shit day, and he was the icing on that cake. Icing I didn’t want. I already had formula, mustard, and coffee.
I narrowed my gaze at him before extending my arm and tipping my cup, splashing another dark stain onto the very expensive, fitted suit he filled out so well.
“Oops.” I smiled, watching the brown soak into the white of his dress shirt before heading to the doorway where January was standing, a detergent pen in her hand, jaw dropped as she witnessed what just happened.
“Thanks,” I said as I snatched the pen from her, ignoring the death glare being burned into the back of my head.
Well, my day didn’t get better, but I sure felt better after that.
K.I. Lynn is the USA Today Bestselling Author from The Bend Anthology and the Amazon Bestselling Series, Breach. She spent her life in the arts, everything from music to painting and ceramics, then to writing. Characters have always run around in her head, acting out their stories, but it wasn’t until later in life she would put them to pen. It would turn out to be the one thing she was really passionate about.
Since she began posting stories online, she’s garnered acclaim for her diverse stories and hard hitting writing style. Two stories and characters are never the same, her brain moving through different ideas faster than she can write them down as it also plots its quest for world domination…or cheese. Whichever is easier to obtain… Usually it’s cheese.
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A Cute and Quick Read
The brother's best friend / best friend's little sister romance story is a tale as old as time - it is one of the most popular love tropes out there. And for good reason because it makes for a good story. The risk in the romance is already there and things are automatically complicated. In Oops, the new contemporary romance novella by D.L. Gallie, she takes this trope and goes full steam ahead.
Mia and Lawson have known each other their whole lives because Lawson is Mia's brother's best friend. Mia has always had a crush on Lawson, but she never in her wildest dreams thought anything would come of it. That is until all of a sudden, he starts flirting with her. Lawson opens his eyes one day and sees Mia as a woman, and not only as his best friend's little sister. He wants her even though he knows he shouldn't. When the two of them try to see where their romance can go, they do it in secret. Will Mia's brother find out and ruin their chances at happiness? Will Lawson's relationship with Mia's brother be ruined because of their romance? Is it worth the risk?
This was a short and sweet romance and it definitely followed the trope to a tee. If you had a checklist of how the story should go, you could easily mark the whole thing off. Unfortunately, there were no surprises and we didn't really get to know the characters. Normally I love the predictability of a good rom-com, but I guess I was hoping for a bit more. I did like the steamy bits, but it might have been good to balance those parts with a bit of insight into who these characters were. But, if you are looking for an easy, sexy, short read, then this is definitely the book for you. It had funny moments and kept things light - and sometimes that is just what a reader needs.
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Author: DL Gallie
Genre: Brother’s Best Friend Romance
I’ve had a crush on Lawson O’Connor since forever
but it can never be, he’s my older brother’s best
I always thought the feelings were one-sided but
recently, I’m beginning to suspect otherwise.
A subtle touch here.
An inappropriate comment there.
A smoldering look.
A sexy wink.
And then it happens, we hook up.
It’s everything I ever imagined and more but we can
never be, can we?
DL Gallie is from Queensland, Australia, but she's lived in many different places all over the world. She currently resides in Gladstone with her husband and two kids. She and her husband have been together since she was sixteen, and although they drive each other crazy at times, she couldn't imagine her life without him.
Shortly after her son was born, DL began reading again. With encouragement from her husband, she picked up the pen and started writing, and now the voices in her head won't shut up.
DL enjoys listening to music, drinking white wine in the summer, red wine in the winter, and beer all year round. She's also never been known to turn down a cocktail, especially a margarita.
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You won't want to put this one down
When the woman you love is cruelly taken away from you, can you allow yourself to love again? What if threats from your past threaten your newfound happiness? In Hopelessly Devoted, book one in the Bayou Devils MC series by A.M. Myers, we meet Logan, otherwise known as "Storm", a member of the Bayou Devils MC. Logan has gone through a loss so profound that it has deeply changed him. He lost his fiancee several years ago and has been living in despair ever since. When he meets Alison, his neighbour, he is instantly struck - he finds that he can breathe again when she is near. The two embark on a romance but when Logan's past rears its ugly head and Alison is put in danger, he needs to make the decision of whether he can keep her - or whether he should let her go for her own good.
Logan and Alison's romance is the stuff of...well, a really good romance novel. They face so many obstacles and at times, I felt my heart just aching along with theirs. Logan is a really great character. He has been through hell, and he is still an amazing man - oh and he is sexy as sin. His ability to love despite his past is wonderful to read. We all need a Logan in our lives. I loved how we really got to know both Logan and Alison - there was no skimping when it came to character development, and I really appreciated that. I read this book as part of the Bayou Devils MC boxset, which is out now and I am so happy to have the next book to move on to. I was left wanting so much more from this world. Stay tuned for more reviews as I eagerly read more from this series.
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The men of the Bayou Devils MC live by a code of loyalty and justice, working tirelessly to fight for those who cannot defend themselves. They are stubborn, arrogant, sexy as hell, and once they set their sights on a woman, they won’t stop until they claim her as their own. Through love, loss and blood, they have forged a family of their own but their work comes with risks and doing what is right will cost them more than they ever expected.
The box set contains eight exhilarating, steamy reads that will have your heart racing in more ways than one:
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Every Breath You Take
It Ends Tonight
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This is not your fairy tale romance
A young girl is stolen from her home by three brothers seeking revenge on her father. They intend to use her against her father in order to get what they want. This doesn't sound like the plot of a romance novel - more like a byline in the local newspaper. Stolen, by Darcy Rose, the first in her Vow of Revenge trilogy, is labeled as a dark romance - and it is definitely that. It is a reverse harem story with reluctance and some taboo elements thrown in. Some might see Jessa as a victim, and the brothers who took her as villains - and they are that in the simplest sense. But the author does delve deeper into their feelings, their confusion, and their conflicted states so that the story really isn't all that simple at all.
The story has several triggers and readers shouldn't take the warning in the book blurb lightly. If you are easily offended - stay away. But if you, like me, sometimes like a little taboo and sometimes like a novel to be filled with erotic and steamy scenes (the dirtier the better), then pick up this little black book. It is short and you'll finish it quickly - I actually couldn't put it down. I was captivated by Jessa's plight, but also by the brothers - we do see it a bit from their perspectives which was smart of the author. It humanized them and made the reader unsure of their villainous roles. I for one can't wait until the second book comes out. I was left intrigued, and more than a little turned on - if I'm being honest. Sure I could be embarrassed that I liked this trope but in the end, life is too short for that. Embrace your kinks ladies. Make 2021 the year of Why The Hell Not.
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STOLEN (Vow of Revenge #1) by Darcy Rose
Release Date: January 8th
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Three brothers out for revenge, out to avenge one man’s wrongdoings.
He killed everyone we ever loved. He stole the world from us and nearly killed us in the process.
So we waited, we watched… and then we took his most treasured possession, his princess, his one and only daughter.
***This is a DARK reverse harem romance. It contains mature adult theme including sexual themes that may not be suitable for all readers. If you’re sensitive to these types of things then please do not read this book. Contains only M/F action. Story was previously published under the title Their Captive***
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If you like your stories short, taboo and kinky, then a Darcy Rose book is perfect for you. She writes about shy and innocent heroines, to match them up with dark and intense heroes who have only eyes for one girl.
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A second chance romance you really root for
When you find the love of your life, but you lose them, can you ever really be happy? Or do you just exist day by day, your world devoid of colour? Ryker and Scarlet, the couple in Far Beyond Repair, A.K. Evans' third instalment of the Hearts and Horsepower series, would tell you that losing each other destroyed them and the people they were. Ryker and Scarlet loved each other as teenagers and were forced to separate. Ryker has spent the last 14 years miserable and unhappy, and Scarlet has been too terrified to let anyone in. When they are reunited, although there is pain and heartache, they also find a part of themselves that was long lost.
This is the ultimate second chance romance and it has been simmering in our hearts since the first book of the series. Ryker's grumpy character has been paramount in making sure his friends end up with their girls - he doesn't allow them to make stubborn mistakes but encourages them to take the leap. It has always been alluded to that he has suffered a great heartache in his past. In Far Beyond Repair, we are finally privy to his secret love affair with Scarlet and the devastating day that he walked away and lost her. When they meet up again 14 years later, they still love each other - but will their love be strong enough to keep them together this time?
I was so happy to finally read Ryker's romance. What I love about Evans' books is that her characters are real, stubborn and sometimes immature people. They are real and relatable. I can see myself in their shoes and having their arguments. The books in the Hearts and Horsepower series are emotional and really embrace the reader. This one was no different and I can't wait to read the next. Far Beyond Repair is a story you'll want to read again and again. It's live now and I encourage you to download it today.
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Title: Far Beyond Repair
Series: Hearts & Horsepower #3
Author: A.K. Evans
Genre: Small-Town Contemporary Sports Romance
Release Date: January 5, 2021
Scarlet Morgan knows all about happy endings. As a best-selling romance author, it’s her job to be an expert on the subject. It’s just too bad her own story doesn’t write so well.
Ryker Holt can build a car from the ground up. While there isn’t much the highly-skilled mechanic can’t fix when it comes to his profession, it’s Ryker’s personal life that’s still in pieces.
Scarlet thought she found forever in Ryker until, one day, he broke her heart and walked away.
Years later, filled with regret, Ryker wants Scarlet back. But he’s worried the damage is already done, and what they had between them is far beyond repair.
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A.K. Evans is a contemporary romance author of over twenty published novels. While she enjoys writing a good romantic suspense novel, Andrea’s favorite books to write have been her extreme sports romances. That might have something to do with the fact that she, along with her husband and two sons, can’t get enough of extreme sports.
Before becoming a writer, Andrea did a brief stint in the insurance and financial services industry and managed her husband’s performance automotive business. That love of extreme sports? She used to drive race cars!
When Andrea isn’t writing, she can be found homeschooling her two sons, doing yoga, snowboarding, reading, or traveling with her family. She and her husband are currently taking road trips throughout the country to visit all 50 states with their boys.
A slow burn romance that deals with tough topics
I have never been an addict. I do know what it feels like to be drawn to something that's not good for you. However, I do not know the strength that it takes to turn away from temptation and to come out on the other side. In Tempted, the new standalone romance by Ava Harrison, we are taken into the world of Silver, a high end night club where the rich and powerful and attractive congregate to have fun, drink and occasionally do drugs. Bailey, a recovering drug addict, is at the end of her rope. She desperately needs money and so she takes a job at Silver even though she knows it is going to be full of temptations that could land her back where she was. Her boss, the club's owner, Drew, hires Bailey against his better judgement. A difficult memory in his past pushes him to want to help Bailey, and he has no choice but to bring her into his world. What neither of them realize is that the biggest temptation that they will face, is each other.
This is not a cute and sappy romance. It deals with dark themes and may present triggers for some people who have dealt with addiction. Out of desperation, Bailey puts herself in a situation where she could fall victim to old habits. And Drew, even though he technically is responsible for Bailey being there, is set on saving her - despite the fact that should not be his role. He mixes his past and his present, bringing his previous failings into his relationship with Bailey, which proves to be a dangerous thing. The attraction between them is very real, but the potential consequences of them being together is more compelling.
Do not read this book if you are after a quick solution to the characters' problems. The difficulties Drew and Bailey face are complex and there is a very slow lead up. The character development was well done, but I did find myself wishing for more during the first half of the book - more sizzle, more spark, more smoke, more scorching heat. Perhaps I have grown too used to insta-love romances. What I did like about Tempted was that I did get to know the characters separately. I did see into their world, and although I walked on eggshells and stood in the corner out of the way, I did keep watching, fascinated. I wanted to see where this, and they, would end up. Harrison brings you into the darkness of Drew and Bailey's world, and into the swirling lights of their relationship. You feel a bit dizzy at first, but you don't turn off the strobe lights. Read this book if you are after a dark, slow burn romance, and I think that you will come out better for it on the other side. Thank you to the author and to Grey's Promotions for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.
With complex characters, this is more than just a love triangle
Interested in a three way? You might be after reading this book. In Perfectly Powerless, book one of the War at Waversea series, Abigail Cole brings to life three very interesting and complex characters. It's not often that I get to read three perspectives in a romance but this one really shines light on Rhys, Clayton and Harper, three completely fascinating characters - each with their own burdens that affect their choices.
In Perfectly Powerless, we are brought into the world of Waversea College - where Rhys Waversea is king, where Clayton, a scholarship student, refuses to bow before him, and where Harper, who was deafened in an accident, is just trying to have a normal college experience. Someone should have told her to pick a different school because there is nothing normal about Waversea. Rhys, who could be seen as the villain of the piece if the story were that simple, is one pissed off individual. He has his reasons for being the way he is - which is a - insert expletive here. When Harper refuses his advances and inadvertently picks Clayton over Rhys - at least in Rhys' mind - Rhys is determined to destroy her. And if messing with Clayton - the only other person who doesn't cower from him - is a byproduct of that, all the better. But soon Harper finds herself attracted to both guys and isn't sure what to do about it. The three move in a strange dance throughout the story which makes for a book you can't put down.
Perfectly Powerless is part bully romance, part college romance, part soapy drama - and I can't wait to read more from the series. Cole writes each character in an intimate way. She brings the reader into her world and soon we are living and breathing her characters, even the twisted ones. We desperately feel for them and crave what they crave, and we're just as wrapped up in their drama as they are. I can't wait to read the sequel to this story - I find myself not yet ready to abandon the world of Waversea. Perfectly Powerless is live now so you can download it and start off your New Year right.
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