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WEEKLY RECAP of NEW & UPCOMING RELEASES – 30 Jun 2015

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The ride of her life . . . 

Once upon a time, Carissa Teodoro believed in happy endings. Money, marriage, motherhood: everything came easy—until she woke up to the ugly truth about her Prince Charming. Now a struggling, single mom and stranded by a flat tire, Carissa’s pondering her mistakes when a vaguely familiar knight rides to her rescue on a ton of horsepower.

Climb on and hold tight . . . 

In high school, Carson Steele was a bad boy loner who put Carissa on a pedestal where she stayed far beyond his reach. Today, he’s the hard-bodied biker known only as Joker, and from the way Carissa’s acting, it’s clear she’s falling fast. While catching her is irresistible, knowing what to do with her is a different story. A good girl like Carissa is the least likely fit with the Chaos Motorcycle Club. Too bad holding back is so damned hard. Now, as Joker’s secrets are revealed and an outside threat endangers the club, Joker must decide whether to ride steady with Carissa—or ride away forever . . .

This is the third book in the Chaos series of standalone novels with interconnected characters.

Series recommended reading order: Own the Wind | Fire InsideRide Steady | Walk Through Fire (27 Oct 2015)

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There are many rules a priest can’t break. A priest cannot marry. A priest cannot abandon his flock. A priest cannot forsake his God.

I’ve always been good at following rules.

Until she came. Then I learned new rules.

My name is Tyler Anselm Bell. I’m twenty-nine years old. Six months ago, I broke my vow of celibacy on the altar of my own church, and God help me, I would do it again.

I am a priest and this is my confession.

This is a standalone novel.

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From: [email protected]
To: [email protected]
Subject: Justin Timberlake Nudes!

Lily, you predictable perv. I knew you’d open this email faster if I tempted you with a glimpse of JT’s “PP”. Well, put your pants back on and grab some bubbly because I have much better news to share.

I GOT A JOB!

As of tomorrow, I’ll be the new executive assistant at Lorena Lefray Designs. I am SO excited, but there’s one itty bitty problem: I won’t be Lorena’s assistant. I’ll be working for her older brother, Julian.

I know what you’re thinking- “But Jo, what’s the problem?”

Google him. Now. He’s the man in the fitted navy suit whose face reminds you that there’s hope yet for this cruel, ugly world. Keep scrolling…Do you see those dimples? Yup. That’s the Julian Lefray I will be reporting to tomorrow morning.

Lord, help us all…

XO,
Jo

This is a ‪standalone‬ novel.

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She was where my home would always be. It was time I took the next step and proved to her I was all in. Forever.

A chance meeting in Rosemary Beach has turned into a fairy-tale romance as Reese prepares to move in with Mase on his family ranch in Texas. With the loving support of the Colts, and her recent discovery that she has family of her own, Reese can finally move on from the dark horrors of her past and into a bright future.

But Aida isn’t going to let that happen. The beautiful blonde has been raised to think of Mase as her cousin, but it’s clear to Reese that Aida doesn’t love Mase like a cousin should.

And then there’s Captain, the inescapable stranger who has connections in Dallas and Rosemary Beach—and who conveniently shows up wherever Reese happens to be. Hot, mysterious, and plain-speaking, Captain isn’t afraid to tell Reese what he thinks about Mase—and how he feels about her.

As the competition for Mase and Reese’s hearts heats up, Reese’s past begins to unravel, illuminating shocking truths that will forever change the lives of the happy couple—and set the final stories of Rosemary Beach in motion.

This is a Rosemary Beach novel and the second and final book in the Mase/Reese storyline.

Series reading order: Fallen Too Far | Rush Too Far | Never Too Far | Twisted Perfection | Forever Too Far | Simple Perfection | Take a Chance | One More Chance | You Were Mine | Kiro’s Emily (FREE novella) | When I’m Gone | When You’re Back | The Best Goodbye (1 Dec 2015)

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She’s an expert in helping others de-stress, but Arilyn Meadows is running on fumes.

Along with her job counseling singles seeking soul mates at the Kinnections agency in Verily, New York, she’s a yoga teacher, animal shelter volunteer, anger management therapist, and helping hand to her beloved grandfather. No time to find Mr. Right—but after discovering her yogi boyfriend in a compromising asana, Arilyn would rather dog-sit for her honeymooning friend Kate than risk her heart on another downward dog.

And when police officer Stone Petty—radiating masculinity and bad-boy attitude—is sent to her for mandatory lessons in cooling off when the job gets too hot, Arilyn vows to ignore his seductive glances and sexy grin.

But there’s no halting their sizzling flirtation—a red-hot, high-speed chase that’s breaking all the limits.

This is a novel in the Searching For series of standalone novels with interconnected characters.

Series recommended reading order: Searching for Someday ($1.99) | Searching for PerfectSearching for BeautifulSearching for AlwaysSearching for You (30 Nov 2015)

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Matt Quinn has been an escort for most of his adult life. He’s so good at his job that he’s booked months in advance.
An enquiring email from a potential client finds him intrigued about the shy, awkward woman. A back and forth is started and before Quinn knows it, a friendship is formed.

Time passes and Quinn is smitten.

There’s only one problem…

The client is his best friends little sister.

She’s off limits.
He knows better.

Staying away from one another is easier said than done.

This is a standalone male escort/brother’s best friend romance.

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She was the one who got away…

Ten years ago, Brent Nichols let the love of his life slip through his fingers. It’s his greatest regret, especially since she’s all but disappeared. But when the gorgeous and captivating woman walks into his life unexpectedly, he’s determined to win her back. Whatever it takes, he won’t make the same mistake twice.

Easier said than done…

Shannon Paige has hardened her heart to the man she was once engaged to be married to. After the way he left, and after the hell she’s been through with her checkered family, there’s no way she’s letting him into her life again. The problem is, the second she sees him, he’s more handsome and charming than before. And she’s torn between wanting to fight with him and wanting to sleep with him — maybe both. Soon they fall into each other’s arms, consumed with a desire that burns through the years.

But if these two fiery lovers are going to have a real second chance at this kind of intense, passionate, bone-deep love, he’ll have to give her his whole heart, and she’ll have to give up all the secrets from her messy past.

And that messy past is about to spill over into her carefully constructed present…

This is the first book in the Sinful Nights four-book series of standalone novels. Each full-length novel will follow a new couple in the family. Sinful Desire is set to release on 22 Sep 2015.

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Welcome to the sexy, crazy, wildly unpredictable world of modern matchmaking, where fixing up strangers is part of the job–but falling in love is an occupational hazard…

HE’S THE PERFECT CATCH.

Blake Donovan is tall, handsome, rich, and successful–so why would a guy like him need a matchmaker? Andrea Dawson has no idea, but a job is a job. After being blackballed from a career in marketing, Andrea agreed to use her unique profiling skills to play matchmaker out of pure desperation. But when she meets her highly eligible–and particular–first client face to face, she wonders what she’s gotten herself into…

IS SHE HIS PERFECT MATCH?

Blake knows exactly the kind of woman he’s looking for–and it’s the total opposite of Andrea. Though smart and undeniably sexy, she is simply too headstrong for a man who’s used to being in charge. Still, Blake’s blood pressure rises whenever she’s near him. How can he explain the smoldering attraction that sizzles between them? And how can Andrea deny she’s feeling it, too? Maybe, just maybe, they’ve finally met their match…

This is a ‪standalone‬ novel.

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After penning a series of bestselling novels, Eleanor Riley vowed to leave her past—and the man who broke her heart—far behind. As the creator of one of television’s most beloved dramas, Elle couldn’t have written a better comeback for herself. But her success doesn’t leave much room in her life for romance…until Luke Kingston enters the scene.

Luke, a stunningly handsome star, is set to play the latest love interest in Elle’s show…but he’s got his eye on Elle, and she can’t deny their sizzling chemistry. Then Elle has a chance encounter with Troy Saladino—the man who had been the love of her life—and suddenly a million old feelings are rushing back.

With two gorgeous men pursuing her, Elle can’t decide who holds the key to her heart: her new love or her old flame. Will her choice bring her happiness—or more heartbreak?

This is a standalone novel.

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Toni wants to be an insider.
Logan just wants inside her.

She’s finally ready to rock…

Toni Nichols set aside her dreams to raise her little sister, but now she’s reaching for the stars as the creator of a revolutionary interactive biography about Exodus End. She’s on tour with the rock band to immerse herself in their world, but how will she ever gain the trust of four veteran superstars who’ve been burned by the media before? Nobody said this was going to be easy. Then again, good things can come in hard packages.

He’s always ready to roll…

Adrenaline junkie Logan Schmidt lives for the rush of playing his bass guitar before thousands of screaming fans. When he’s not performing onstage or in the bedroom, he’s looking for his next thrill in extreme sports. So why does a sweet, innocent journalist get his heart pumping and capture his full attention? Is Toni the real deal or just digging up dirt on his band? Logan’s eager to rock Toni’s world and roll her in the sack, but when she starts to get too close to his heart, she takes her insider look to a place he may never be willing to go.

This is the first book in the Exodus End World Tour series of standalone novels with interconnected characters.

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Five dishonored soldiers.
Former Special Forces.
One last mission.
These are the men of Hard Ink.

Beckett Murda hates to dwell on the past. But his investigation into the ambush that killed half his Special Forces team and ended his Army career gives him little choice. Just when his team learns how powerful their enemies are, hard-ass Beckett encounters his biggest complication yet–a seductive, feisty Katherine Rixey.

A tough, stubborn prosecutor, Kat visits her brothers’ Hard Ink Tattoo shop following a bad break-up–and finds herself staring down the barrel of a stranger’s gun. Beckett is hard-bodied and sexy as hell, but he’s also the most infuriating man ever. Worse, Kat’s brothers are at war with the criminals her office is investigating. When Kat joins the fight, she lands straight in Beckett’s sights . . . and in his arms. Not to mention their enemies’ crosshairs.

Now Beckett and Kat must set aside their differences to work together, because the only thing sweeter than justice is finding love and never letting go.

This is a novel in the Hard Ink series and it should not be read as a standalone as the background storyline continues from one instalment to another.

Series reading order: Hard As It Gets | Hard As You Can | Hard to Hold On To (novella) | Hard to Come By | Hard to Be Good (novella) | Hard to Let Go

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Christy Sheridan has come a long way from the physical and emotional wreck she used to be. She’s made Alden her home and is happily engaged to a man who loves and accepts her for who she is, curves, quirks, and geekiness included. Life is good. Until mommy dearest blows into town to “help” her clueless daughter seal the deal.

Cole Bowen is experiencing a world of firsts: first time in love, first engagement, first Valentine’s, first in-laws. He’s found the woman of his dreams, so he figured dealing with Martha Sheridan was a small price to pay. That is before his monster-in-law plants herself in their home and inside Christy’s head, stirring up old demons and destroying her newly regained self-esteem. And while his hands are full with trying to neutralize their meddlesome guest, a mysterious phone call turns his world upside down.

With ghosts from the past resurfacing and threatening to tear Cole and Christy apart, can they make it to the wedding they both so desperately want, or will heavy secrets send their relationship to the breaking point?

This is the novella-length continuation to Cole and Christy’s story that began in Heavy Issues.

Series recommended reading order: More than Meets the InkHeavy IssuesInked Ever After (novella) | To the MaxHeavy Secrets (novella)

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“Karma never disappoints, karma always delivers…”

New York City attorney Sara Klein has created a perfect world for herself with her beautiful lies. A world in which she is the object of every man’s fantasies and the envy of every woman. Only one man knows the truth about the dark secret Sara is hiding, the only man she’s ever loved and can never have.

But Sara’s world of lies starts to unravel the day sexy British heir William “Liam” Knight storms into her life. He’s seeking revenge and answers for past betrayals, and will use anyone he can to get them.

An unlikely friendship between two lonely hearts seeking solace turns into love that will shatter a lifetime of lies, span two continents, and leave Sara facing the whole truth and nothing but the truth, so help her God.

This is the second book in the Audio Fools series that follows the love lives of two best friends, Emily and Sara. This novel could be enjoyed as a standalone, however, it is highly recommended to first read and meet these characters inside the pages of Love in Rewind prior to reading this book, for a more complete experience. Both books are currently priced at $0.99.

Series recommended reading order: Love in Rewind ($0.99) | Lies in Rewind ($0.99)

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Jaylinn McCormick had finally found the man who makes her life complete.

After putting the most terrifying night of her life behind her, she’s moving on.

Suddenly, unexpected life altering events have Jaylinn spiraling in an unknown direction.

Will she be able to survive?

This is the fifth book in the Love series and reading these books in order is recommended.

Series recommended reading order: Trying Not To Love YouEasy To Love YouHard To Love YouLet Me Love YouMade To Love You

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Antonia McNally has a great family, a great boyfriend, and a great future… until she finds herself interrupting a robbery and becoming the victim of a ruthless criminal. When she witnesses brutal murder, abuse and suffers her own traumatizing assault by his hand, her life changes forever. When love, loyalty, and strength are tested, the weak falter.

Moving away to the States offers her a fresh start; however, confident, successful Finlay Hayes, her best friend’s Brother adds even more chaos to her already turbulent emotions. When she can’t decide between ripping him a new one or ripping his clothes off, one thing is for sure, they both have an unquenchable craving for each other. When life starts looking a little brighter it’s not long before the storm clouds roll in. All is never what it appears and under his good looks and in charge attitude, Finlay has a past of his own and secrets that can destroy the dynamics of the friendships she has built.

Secrets are waiting to be spilled, but at what cost?

This is the first book in a two-book series. It is currently priced at $0.99.

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COVER REVEAL: Three Little Mistakes by Nikki Sloane

You’ve been following the puzzle pieces all this week and now you get to finally see the full cover!! Feast your eyes on Three Little Mistakes, the upcoming standalone instalment in the deliciously steamy Blindfold Club series… ♥

Expected release date: 5 August 2015

I sell sex, sin, and pleasure, but it isn’t just my business, it’s my entire life. I get off on the power of controlling it all.

She’s the one woman I can’t have.

She threatens everything, and yet I can’t stay away. There’s a beautiful, sexual creature inside this timid girl that’s desperate to claw its way out. I’m going to set it free, even if it brings my empire tumbling down.

I have to believe she’ll be worth all the little mistakes I’ve made.

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Blindfold Club – Recommended Reading Order and Purchase Links
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Three Little Mistakes: coming 5 Aug 2015…

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BLOG HOP COVER REVEAL: Three Little Mistakes by Nikki Sloane

Three Simple Rules and Three Hard Lessons are among some of my favourite erotic romances ever, these stories being so addictive, well-written, and utterly naughty cover to cover that I could not put them down for a second! And then I told everyone to read them!! Well, we are getting the third standalone book in the Blindfold Club series—Three Little Mistakes—on 5 August 2015, and Natasha is a Book Junkie has teamed up with some wonderful blogs to reveal this sexy cover! Today, I have the fourth and final puzzle piece for you, and then tomorrow, we all get to show you the full cover!!!!

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Expected release date: 5 August 2015

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I sell sex, sin, and pleasure, but it isn’t just my business, it’s my entire life. I get off on the power of controlling it all.

She’s the one woman I can’t have.

She threatens everything, and yet I can’t stay away. There’s a beautiful, sexual creature inside this timid girl that’s desperate to claw its way out. I’m going to set it free, even if it brings my empire tumbling down.

I have to believe she’ll be worth all the little mistakes I’ve made.

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Three Simple Rules: My ReviewAmazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Paperback
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Three Little Mistakes: coming 5 Aug 2015…

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BOOK REVIEW: The Allure of Julian Lefray by R.S. Grey

From: [email protected]
To: [email protected]
Subject: Justin Timberlake Nudes!

Lily, you predictable perv. I knew you’d open this email faster if I tempted you with a glimpse of JT’s “PP”. Well, put your pants back on and grab some bubbly because I have much better news to share.

I GOT A JOB!

As of tomorrow, I’ll be the new executive assistant at Lorena Lefray Designs. I am SO excited, but there’s one itty bitty problem: I won’t be Lorena’s assistant. I’ll be working for her older brother, Julian.

I know what you’re thinking- “But Jo, what’s the problem?”

Google him. Now. He’s the man in the fitted navy suit whose face reminds you that there’s hope yet for this cruel, ugly world. Keep scrolling…Do you see those dimples? Yup. That’s the Julian Lefray I will be reporting to tomorrow morning.

Lord, help us all.

XO,
Jo

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“He was sharp lines, hard edges, subtle lips, and inviting eyes. Every detail blended into an alluring combination, one that called to me like a bad habit.”

There are some authors who never fail to make me feel happy while reading their books and R.S. Grey is one of those authors, as I’ve come to rely on her distinctive sense of humour and ability to pen sexy, light-hearted romances that make me swoon though fits of giggles time and time again, not to mention that she writes sexual tension like a boss. This story was everything I hoped it would be and so much more. Once I started reading it, I pretty much gobbled it down in a single sitting, glued to the pages and the feel-good vibe of the story, and I still catch myself smiling every time I think of these characters. A delightful, fun read start to finish that I recommend wholeheartedly.

“First, I needed a joke to break the tension between us. Why’d the chicken cross the hard body of Julian Lefray?
To get laid.
Which came first?
The chicken or me?
Shit. I was in trouble if I couldn’t think of a non-Julian related sex joke.”

Josephine Keller is twenty-three and broke. She left her small home town in Texas and moved to New York City to pursue her dream of working in the fashion industry, but her hopes and dreams slowly start withering as she struggles to find a job, thus facing the very real possibility of having to give up her ambitions and return home defeated, proving all those who did not believe in her right. A chance encounter at a Fashion Gala, however, proves to be the very opportunity she’s been hoping for, resulting in a job she desperately wanted, if only her new boss weren’t also one of the best looking men she’s ever laid eyes on.

“He didn’t even know the effect those dimples had on my girly parts. One word: Ijustgotpregnant. Yeah, that’s one word.”

Julian Lefray might come from money, heir to his family’s old-money fortune, but he’s worked hard to build his own wealth, loving the independence it gave him from his family’s tight strings. He loves power and responsibility, but finds no personal fulfilment in the monotony of the corporate world, craving for a challenge. And that very challenge comes in the form of a curvaceous brunette begging him for a job, a job she would be perfect for, if only he could keep his hands off her.

“Josephine was quickly becoming my favorite fantasy.”

As they commence their working relationship, their mutual attraction is at the forefront of both their minds, but the more they get to know one another, the more that attraction grows into something they cannot ignore. They fight it, pretend it is not there, but their every thought is consumed by that attraction and the feelings they fail to hide at every turn.

“The continuous tease of having to be around him the last few weeks had built up the desire in my veins. Each day the passion had built with no outlet for escape.”

Now, you might think this is just another repeat of the well-knows scenario of girl-falling-for-her-wealthy-boss, but everything about this story feels fresh and unique. We are given a modern Cinderella-style setup where the “Prince” could very well ride in on his white horse, sweep the heroine off her feet and thus save the day, but this heroine is no helpless damsel in distress. She is proud and independent, and most importantly, determined to pave her own way in life, at the cost of her own heart if needed. Even at her lowest point, she never loses her drive, bravely forging ahead, and eventually “saving” herself.

“A weaker woman would have thrown herself at him a long time ago. Me? I had goals. Goals that didn’t include seducing Julian Lefray, my one and only friend in New York City.”

A charming love story, heart-warming and engaging—there is truly nothing I did not love about it. I loved the quirky characters and the sexual tension between them, I loved the humour with which this author never fails to paint even the bluest of situations, I loved the depth of emotion driving this story forward, but I loved its positive outlook on life the most, never showing life as anything less than a glass half full.

“Do you always carry a t-ball in your pants?”
“Jesus, Jo. Can we not talk about youth sports while I’m aroused?”

5stars

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BOOK REVIEW: Ride Steady by Kristen Ashley

The ride of her life . . .

Once upon a time, Carissa Teodoro believed in happy endings. Money, marriage, motherhood: everything came easy—until she woke up to the ugly truth about her Prince Charming. Now a struggling, single mom and stranded by a flat tire, Carissa’s pondering her mistakes when a vaguely familiar knight rides to her rescue on a ton of horsepower.

Climb on and hold tight . . .

In high school, Carson Steele was a bad boy loner who put Carissa on a pedestal where she stayed far beyond his reach. Today, he’s the hard-bodied biker known only as Joker, and from the way Carissa’s acting, it’s clear she’s falling fast. While catching her is irresistible, knowing what to do with her is a different story. A good girl like Carissa is the least likely fit with the Chaos Motorcycle Club. Too bad holding back is so damned hard. Now, as Joker’s secrets are revealed and an outside threat endangers the club, Joker must decide whether to ride steady with Carissa—or ride away forever . . .

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“Jesus, you do it for me.”
“I do…what for you?”
“Everything.”

I always say it—there’s nothing like a Kristen Ashley book, my heart skipping a beat at the mere act of turning that very first page, but a love story set within the realm of the Chaos Motorcycle Club is a reading experience like no other, a thrill ride that leaves our hearts blazing in its wake from the sheer emotion present in every single word. A story of second chances in life, of two people who find all they’ve ever dreamed of having in each other, but also a story of families, of people who might not share the same blood but who would do anything for one another—this is in many ways the ‘quintessential’ Kristen Ashley novel, her unmistakable style and tone of storytelling present in every word, letter, and comma, and yet there was something quite unique about this story, and its powerful message of never losing hope, and the true meaning of family. I’ve loved every book in this series, but I lost my heart to Joker and Carissa’s story, and no amount of re-reading would give it back.

“It’s you. It’s always been you. It’ll always be you. F*ckin’ always.”

Carson “Joker” Steele’s childhood was not an easy one, raised in an abusive home by a drunken single father, but he eventually found his path in life by becoming a patched member of the Chaos Motorcycle Club, a brotherhood of men whose unbreakable bond and loyalty make them family. And even though he worked hard at leaving his painful past behind and only forging forward, he never forgot those who showed him kindness when his life had been a living nightmare, cherishing in particular the memory of a beautiful cheerleader who was never his but whose smile could light up even the darkest of his days.

“One day, Carson Steele, you’re going to be a magnificent man… And one day, you’ll see past what you’ve been taught and you’ll believe it too.”

All Carissa Teodoro ever wanted in life was a family of her own, to be a good wife and a great mother, and while she once believed she could have it all, her life steadily moving in that direction since her high school days, she finds herself divorced in her twenties, with a baby, no friends, no family, no money, a dead-end job, and her self-confidence in smithereens. The only bright light in her otherwise glum life is her little baby boy, a child she would do anything for, and whose happiness and wellbeing remain her only objectives in life.

“I hadn’t been about me. Not for a long time. Maybe never. I had been coasting in life for so long. I actually didn’t know who me was.”

When Carissa finds herself stranded on the side of the road with a flat tire, the last person she expects to come to her rescue is a man from her past who never knew all that she had felt for him before he up and left. And although Joker’s feelings for her have not changed in the eight years since he last saw her, he is now convinced more than ever that a woman like Carissa deserves a better man than him, so he fights her pull at every turn, prepared to protect her and her child, but unwilling to claim her as his own.

“She doesn’t need dark. She never shoulda had it and she’s had a lifetime of it. What I got in me gets loose, it’ll engulf her.”

As Carissa’s troubles only intensify, Carson finds himself falling even more in love with the young mother whose selflessness and determination never waver, never lose focus, and eventually giving himself permission to do so too. Her honesty and compassion start melting his frosty disposition, revealing a man who has waited all his life to love unconditionally, and to become someone important to a woman like Carissa. They fill each other’s lives with the kind of happiness they both dreamed of finding in life, supporting one another and feeling something they had long forgotten how to feel—hope.

“It was always you. Only you. I was into you back then, Carissa, in a big fuckin’ way. And that hasn’t changed.”

But as their past and present start colliding, Joker and Carissa’s bond is put to the test, showing us how unfaltering true love can be and how much the support of those we love the most can empower a person to cope with any curveball life throws our way. Against her trademark backdrop of charismatic secondary characters we already know and love, Kristen Ashley has given us another ‘badass’ alpha male who wastes little time to claim his leading lady, and a ‘kickass’ heroine who might have always dreamt of a knight in shining armour riding in to save the day, but whose strength and resilience make her pick herself up and then fight never to be brought down again. This was the kind of story that I had a hard time letting go of, certain scenes replaying in my mind over and over again, and filling me with an overwhelming sense of hope and positivity. It’s a story that tells us never to throw in the towel in life, to keep fighting for happiness, and when we find it, to never let go of it. A true Kristen Ashley classic, perfect beginning to end.

“I’ve loved her since high school, man. She means everything to me. You gotta drag her down, that’ll suck, but I’ll pick her back up. You gotta rip her apart, I’ll f*ckin’ hate watchin’ it, but I’ll put her back together. Do what you gotta do to make you feel like you got the bigger dick. But know this, in the end, it’s gonna be her and me.”

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A rock star with one thing on his mind – her.
A woman fighting an attraction to a man adored by millions in order to guard her heart.
A journey neither saw coming.

There is nothing more delicious than a rockstar romance and this one looks absolutely mouthwatering!! We met Jett and Presley in the prequel novella All Your Reasons (now free!!), and we now finally get to see how their story unfolds in Be The One. But I have something very special in store for you—a never seen before bonus scene from Be The One. And on my Facebook Page, you can also enter to win a signed set of both books + a signed swag pack! Enjoy! ♥

Jett Vaughn has one thing on his mind these days – Presley Hart. He will do anything it takes to make her his. At least, he thinks he will.

Presley Hart wants one thing in life – a man who will make her his number one. After being married to a man who never put her first, she swore she’d never settle for second best again. At least, she thought she wouldn’t.

When Jett’s life comes crashing down around him, his flaws are laid bare for all to see. Presley stands by her man but there’s only so much she can do to help him. She loves him and wants to be with him but she has her limits and Jett’s about to reach them.

In the midst of hurt, loss and destruction, can love win out? Can a man who is struggling to find his way, show the woman he loves just how much he wants her to be the one? Or is there only so much a heart can take before enough’s enough?

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“Are you going for Godmother of the Year or what?” Erin asks me with a raise of her brows, as she eyes the cakes I’ve spent the day making.

I place the bowl of cake batter on the counter and grab the oven mitts so I can check the cake in the oven. “As far as Lucy is concerned, I am the best Godmother. I’m spoiling her a little because she’s upset that the clown her Mum booked for her birthday party tomorrow has now cancelled. At the last minute.”

Erin looks at the three cakes I’ve already baked and decorated, and asks, “How many more are you making?”

The cake in the oven is ready so I pull it out as I answer her. “Two more.”

“Jesus, the kid’s what, six? Don’t you think five cakes is overkill?”

I shoo her away. “You can never have too much cake. Everyone knows that. Remind me never to make you Godmother of my child.”

My phone buzzes for someone to be let in the front gate, and when I answer it, Jett’s deep voice hits my veins like the drug it is. “Hey, sweetheart, can you let me in?”

Happiness buzzes through me. I wasn’t expecting him today because he was supposed to be at the studio working on his album, so this is a good surprise. I press the button to let him in and then turn back to Erin. “Jett’s here.”

She groans at me from the stool she’s sitting on at the counter. “Ugh,” she complains and drops her head on the counter. “Why do you punish me this way, God?”

I laugh and shake my head at her. “How is it punishing you?”

Lifting her face to look at me through exaggerated displeasure, she mutters, “Having to sit through the Jett and Presley show is a form of torture. You have no idea.”

Before I can ask her what she means, Jett knocks on my door, so I put that thought on hold for a moment to let him in. His blue eyes meet mine as I open the door, and need shoots through me. The sexy smile tugging at his lips only serves to turn me on more.

He sweeps in, slides his arms around my waist, and pulls me close so he can catch my lips in a deep kiss. My tummy flutters at the feel of his strong arms around me, and his mouth on mine. And this kiss . . . it’s the kind of kiss that pushes all rational thoughts out of your mind. The kind of kiss a woman dreams of having on tap for the rest of her life.

When he pulls away, he’s still wearing that sexy Jett smile. His gaze traces my face and then drops lower to roam over my neck and chest. Finally, he finds my eyes and murmurs, “Fucking beautiful.”

The butterflies whoosh through my tummy and I grip him a little harder to steady myself. “That’s not fair play, Mr. Rockstar.”

His smile flares into a full-on grin. “A man’s gotta use all the cards he’s got, baby.”

“Trust me when I say you’ve already got a winning hand; there’s no need for wild cards here,” I inform him, doing my best to ignore the desire pooling in my stomach. If Erin wasn’t here, I’d take advantage of him, but we’re going to have to take a raincheck.

“A single girl who gets no regular descent sex could be driven to drink if she were subjected to you two on a regular basis,” Erin calls out and we turn to laugh at her.

Looking back up at Jett, I say, “She was just telling me how torturous it is being around us.”

His grin turns cheeky. “We better not let her down. Let’s bring on the torture,” he teases, and Erin rolls her eyes and bangs her head on the counter again.

Jett’s gaze drifts to the cakes on the table, and he gives me an inquiring look. “What’s with the cakes?”

“It’s my Goddaughter’s birthday party tomorrow so I volunteered to make cake.”

“I didn’t know you had a Goddaughter.”

“Yeah, Lucy, she’s six and I don’t get to spend anywhere near as much time with her as I would prefer.”

“If you’re wondering why there are so many cakes, it’s because the clown cancelled,” Erin informs him, drily.

He frowns, looking between Erin and me. “The clown cancelled?”

Shaking my head at Erin’s dig, I fill him in. “The party is tomorrow and the clown that Lucy’s Mum had booked for it, cancelled last night. What kind of decent human being cancels a six year old’s party at the last minute?”

“Maybe you should take Jett. He could perform for Lucy,” Erin suggests, jokingly, and while I think it would be fun to have him there, I’m not going to ask that of him and subject him to so many six year olds.

“We’ve got it covered. We’ll wear the kids out with party games,” I say as I head back into the kitchen to start decorating the remaining cakes.

Jett follows me and his eyes almost bulge out of his head when he spots the maple walnut cake sitting on the counter. Pointing at it, he says, “That doesn’t look like a kid’s cake but damn it looks good.”

Winking at him, I reply, “That one’s for the adults. It’s our reward for running after all those kids.”

He leans his hip against the counter and looks at me in wonder. “You’ve been holding out on me; I had no idea you could bake like this.”

Raising my brows, I quip, “That would be because you’ve been too busy learning other things about me.”

His sexy grin returns. “Maybe you could teach me those other things in the kitchen.” He leans forward to drop a kiss on my lips before adding, “And we could involve cream in those lessons, too.”

“I’m all for that,” I say, and poke my finger at his chest before adding, “so long as you clean up the mess.”

His expression grows thoughtful. “So, maybe I should come with you tomorrow to this party. I can help you carry cake and then I can sing some songs for Lucy and her friends. And then I can eat maple walnut cake.”

His offer is amazing, but I’m not sure he knows what he’s getting himself into so I try to dissuade him. “Do you even know any children’s songs?”

Placing his hand over his heart, he fakes pain. “Way to wound a man, babe. Of course I know some kid’s songs, and I can learn some more tonight.”

I hold my hands up in defence. “Sorry, but I’m just trying to make sure you know what you’re getting into.”

He crosses his arms over his chest. “Hit me; tell me what to expect, and then I’ll give you my verdict.”

“Okay, there will be fifteen six year olds there, and a handful of younger kids. They’ll be all over you, begging you to keep singing and playing with them. And it will be noisy.”

Chuckling, he says, “Sounds just like your average concert.” Winking at me, he nods. “I reckon I can handle that so count me in.”

I narrow my eyes on him. “You’re just doing this for maple walnut cake, aren’t you?”

His chuckle turns into a laugh. “Maybe.” And then he pulls me to him, and murmurs, “But mostly I’m doing it to get to spend time with you.”

He doesn’t know it, but those words, from his lips, guarantee him anything he wants from me tonight. Jett Vaughn doesn’t need any cards to play at my table. All he needs is that mouth and the charm that falls out of it.

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COVER REVEAL: Heavy Secrets by Elle Aycart

Ah, the Bowen brothers! I’ve loved them like crazy from the moment I found them and getting to revisit the story that started my little “Bowen obsession”—Heavy Issues—is a bit of a dream come true. We are getting a continuation to Cole and Christy’s story in a novella-lenght instalment, to be released next week, and here is the cover and blurb!!! Feast your eyes on Heavy Secrets… ♥

Expected release date: 30 June 2015

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Christy Sheridan has come a long way from the physical and emotional wreck she used to be. She’s made Alden her home and is happily engaged to a man who loves and accepts her for who she is, curves, quirks, and geekiness included. Life is good. Until mommy dearest blows into town to “help” her clueless daughter seal the deal.

Cole Bowen is experiencing a world of firsts: first time in love, first engagement, first Valentine’s, first in-laws. He’s found the woman of his dreams, so he figured dealing with Martha Sheridan was a small price to pay. That is before his monster-in-law plants herself in their home and inside Christy’s head, stirring up old demons and destroying her newly regained self-esteem. And while his hands are full with trying to neutralize their meddlesome guest, a mysterious phone call turns his world upside down.

With ghosts from the past resurfacing and threatening to tear Cole and Christy apart, can they make it to the wedding they both so desperately want, or will heavy secrets send their relationship to the breaking point?

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