Sunday, December 11, 2016

Book Spotlight on Sweet Southern Bad Boy by Michele Summers (GIVEAWAY)

Readers will find themselves charmed by this tale of a frustrated writer and the woman who inexplicably becomes enmeshed in his life amidst a backdrop of small town living and loving.  Keep reading to get a tempting taste of Sweet Southern Bad Boy by Michele Summers, as well as getting an in-depth depiction of how the main couple looks, then add it to your bookshelf.  In honor of this third installment in the Harmony Homecomings series make sure to fill out the form for the chance to win 1 of 5 copies of the first book in this series too!

Katie McKnight loves her job. Not really. But Katie loves her dad and this job means everything to him. Which is why she finds herself scouting for the perfect house to film a mini-series…and that house happens to be in Harmony, NC. Now if Katie can convince the grouchy, disheveled, but totally hunky guy who owns it that this is the perfect setting for the next teen craze, then she’ll be in business.
Bestselling author, Vance Kerner has lost his mind along with his favorite loafers and the notes to his next novel…somewhere under all the dirty dishes in his kitchen. Since babysitting his brother’s three kids, one dog and a cat, Vance hasn’t found a moments peace. So when California Katie knocks on his door, Vance doesn’t stop to ask questions. He simply yanks her inside and puts her in charge.
Katie agrees to babysit if Vance will allow her film crew access to his property. Vance agrees to listen to Katie’s terms with an open mind. He’ll agree to anything for the time and peace he needs to write. Almost.But having Katie underfoot is anything but peaceful. And Vance is finding less and less time to write and more and more time to watch Katie weave a lovely spell on all the Kerners, especially him. Can these two opposites find a common ground and the love they both deserve?

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Sweet Southern Bad Boy is now casting actors for the main couple...
Looking for dynamic couple with off the charts chemistry and sizzling sex appeal and ability to banter, laugh and cry with each other. Need to believe in the elusive love at first sight and living happily ever after.

Casting call for one strong, hunky, athletic, alpha-male with a bit of an attitude and a little bit of crank on the side, but beneath the gruff exterior, a really good guy. All actors apply between 29 and 34 years of age, 6’ to 6’-3’’ tall, dark longish hair, dark eyes, cool facial scuff, and totally handsome. No scrawny pip-squeaks need apply. No shaved heads, dreadlocks or Mohawks and no Duck Dynasty look-a-likes. Authentic southern drawl a real plus along with a sexy smoldering look and a piratical smile.

Calling all pretty, fresh-faced gals with long dark hair and dark eyes, approximately 5’-4” to 5-6” in height with a sunny smile and disposition to match. Between the ages of 26 and 30; size 10 with womanly curves. Nice but no push-over, strong enough to wrangle three wild children under the age of 6. No shrinking violets, or high-maintenance, spoiled princesses need apply. Executing piercing wolf whistle could seal the deal.

AUTHOR INFO:

MICHELE SUMMERS writes about small-town life with a Southern flair, and has her own interior design business in Raleigh, North Carolina, and Miami, Florida. Both professions feed her creative appetite and provide a daily dose of humor.

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Saturday, December 10, 2016

Book Spotlight on How to Train Your Highlander by Christy English (GIVEAWAY)

Opposites attract in this historical romance that brings together a strong-willed woman and the duke drawn to her wild ways.  Keep reading to get a tempting taste of How to Train Your Highlander by Christy English, as well as taking a quiz to discover your own kind of hero, then add this fun and flirty read to your bookshelf.  In honor of this third installment in the Broadswords and Ballrooms series make sure to fill out the form for the chance to win 1 of 5 copies of the first book in this series too!




She’s the Hellion of Hyde Park...
A foolproof plan to avoid marriage:
1. Always carry at least three blades.
2. Ride circles around any man.
3. Never get caught in a handsome duke’s arms.
Wild Highlander Mary Elizabeth Waters is living on borrowed time. She’s managed to dodge the marriage banns up to now, but even Englishmen can only be put off for so long…and there’s one in particular who has her in his sights.
Harold Percy, Duke of Northumberland, is enchanted by the beautiful hellion who outrides every man on his estate and dances Scottish reels while the ton looks on in horror. The more he sees Mary, the more he knows he has to have her, tradition and good sense be damned. But what’s a powerful man to do when the Highland spitfire of his dreams has no desire to be tamed...

EXCERPT:

Harry had just begun to find his rhythm as he dug up the parterre rosebushes so that Simmons might plant them along the east-facing wall when he heard a thump and a curse that belonged on the docks or perhaps on one of his ships at sea.
“Damn and blast it!” the girl said again. “Now I’ve ruined another gown, and Ma won’t give me an allowance for any more."
He looked up then from his work, knowing what he would find, for it seemed he knew the girl’s sultry voice already.
His siren from the carriage an hour earlier had wandered back into his domain, and had fallen in one of the holes left by the vacated rosebushes, her pink traveling gown covered in a long streak of ochre. He sighed, the last vestige of his peace falling away like the last bit of an orange peel. He watched it go, then turned to the lady, expecting tears at the very least, followed by sniffling and the need for his filthy handkerchief.
He wondered for one benighted moment if the girl had heard from the staff that the Recluse Duke was in the garden and, as a result, had come hunting him. His flesh began to cool, both from horror and from the sea wind touching the sweat on his shoulders. He wished for his waistcoat, which he had abandoned somewhere in the stables hours before, just as he wished for his friend Clyde to appear and occupy this woman with charm while Harry affected his escape.
Harry reminded himself that he was a gentleman and reluctantly started to help the girl out of her hole, when she straightened her skirt and leaped out of it on her own, apparently unscathed.
“Are you the blighter who left this gaping chasm so close to the path?” she asked.
Harry blinked and nodded. “I am."
She seemed to want to say more, but perhaps she was remembering that she was a lady, for she drew a breath and let it out on one long exhale. “Well,” she said. “And this is what comes of letting a stable boy get into the garden. Hand me that shovel there, and be quick about it, before your head gardener sees this mess."
He blinked and obeyed, and then watched as she filled the hole in the space of five minutes, layering the soil loosely so that it might breathe, then packing down the top with a flourish. She found the bag of crushed seashells bleached white sitting close by, and she covered the hole with a liberal amount of those, so that the next person who happened by might not trip as she had done.
Until he stood by and watched a beautiful woman fill a hole in the garden, the skirt of her gown pulled tight over a delightfully rounded behind as she worked, Harry would have said that he was a civilized man. Something was clearly wrong with him, for he had not fled, nor had he offered to assist her.
“I ought to have helped,” he said as she finished.
She leaned on her shovel and surveyed her work with what he could only assume was pleasure. His siren tipped her head back and took in the slanting rays of the afternoon sun on her skin. The summer days were long in the North, but the sun was cool. She seemed to drink it in like mead, before she turned her smile on him.
“And ruin a fine job?” she said. “I think not. You’re better off with the horses. Has his Royal Grace the Duke too few men to work for him, that a decent man of horses finds himself shifting among the flowers, then?"
Harry had never heard himself referred to in such a blasé yet disrespectful manner. He felt a frisson of irritation. He thought of revealing himself to this girl then and there.
But her curls were falling from their pins in a delightful disarray, catching the light of the sun with hints of honey brown and gold buried in them. She had the coloring his mother once had, when he was still a boy in short pants.
He put aside all thoughts of his mother and her plans for him, as his day had as yet been a pleasant one. He did not want to think of his mother and of all he had promised her.
Instead, he turned to the girl and offered her his arm.
“Might I escort you back to the house?"
“God forbid! I just escaped from there."
“I am told the house is very fine,” he said, feeling slightly miffed.
She laughed at him. Her laughter was warm and sultry, as her voice was, but completely free, as if she were a courtesan who had been born into the wrong life. His siren did not seem to notice that he had not spoken again, nor did she seem to care for anything he might have said. She stopped laughing at last and handed the shovel to Simmons, who had appeared out of the bushes at the sound of her mirth.
“I’m off to find the sea, but I thank you.” She nodded to Simmons, who bowed to her. She frowned to see him do it, a bit of darkness coming into the maple brown of her eyes. But she rallied at once, so quickly that Harry was not certain he had seen the shadow at all.
“Try not to fall in a ditch on your way back to the stables."
She sauntered off then, her rounded derriere swaying. Harry stood staring after her like a fool, not even offering her a farewell. He felt the eyes of his man heavy on him, and Harry shrugged to Simmons before he took off after her.


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AUTHOR INFO:

Ever since Christy English picked up a fake sword in stage combat class at the age of fourteen, she has lived vicariously through the sword-wielding women of her imagination. A banker by day and a writer by night, she loves to eat chocolate, drink too many soft drinks, and walk the mountain trails of her home in North Carolina.

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Friday, December 9, 2016

Book Tour for Harmony by Skye Turner (Review)


As a reader OBSESSED with rock star romances I enjoyed the first installment in the A Lil Bit Country & A Lil Bit Rock & Roll series that brings together the bad boys of rock with the good girls of country music and am thrilled to bring you the next book in the series today.  Keep reading to get a tempting glimpse of Harmony by Skye Turner, along with my impressions of it, then add it to your bookshelf!

Sean Scott, lead guitarist of Destiny Fades to Blue, the “it” boys of rock, is used to having any woman he wants. He’s never at a loss for companionship and his philandering ways are frequently on the front page of the tabloids.
Summer Anderson, one of the founding members of Sweet Southern Sass, the platinum selling sweethearts of country, has never had much time for romance with her busy touring schedule and all that living the life of a country superstar entails.
While on a crossover tour with both bands, Summer finds herself wildly attracted to the tattooed, bad boy of rock, but the close proximity also gives her a front row seat to Sean’s revolving door of bedmates.
Sean knows that Summer is attracted to him. He’s interested but knows that she isn’t the type of woman he goes for though he loves the attention… until she suddenly treats him no differently than anyone else.
When another man enters the picture and Summer seems interested, Sean must make a choice.
Is he willing to forego his womanizing ways for a chance with Summer?
Can Summer trust that he’s sincere in his affection?
Will the sweetheart of country decide that the only relationship she needs with the bad boy of rock be as a tour mate or can these two find success in the rhythm of love?
When the sweethearts of country meet the bad boys of rock...more than the charts heat up.

FIND AT GOODREADS here.

BUY LINKS (Harmony will be available on iBooks, BN, and KOBO. Please note this book and all other Skye Turner: Author books will NO longer be on Amazon (Kindle) effective November 1, 2016!):  AMAZON (US)  |  AMAZON (UK)  |  AMAZON (CA)  |  AMAZON (AU)  |  AMAZON (DE)  |  BN  |  iBOOKS  |  KOBO


MY IMPRESSIONS OF THIS BOOK:

Fans of romances set in the sensual world of music will find themselves drawn to this decadent delight full of steamy encounters, with just a bit of angst, as the bad boy of rock falls for the good girl of country music.  Fears over fidelity, issues of jealousy, and possessive fans are just a few of the roadblocks to HEA in this second installment in Ms. Turner's series that charmed me along with making me blush.  As their tour continues, so too does my enjoyment of these entertaining characters trying to live their lives and find love under the glare of the spotlight.

Sean Scott's gained notoriety for his revolving bedroom door.  He's a player, having sex with numerous women as befits his rock star status, but it's beginning to lose its allure.  Before meeting country crooner Summer he never felt the need to apologize for his behavior, but the feelings she's engendering in him have him wanting to be a better man.  He's never committed to any woman before either but she's the first to see past his bad boy facade to the good guy beneath the guyliner, tats, and blue hair.  Coming out as someone's boyfriend though puts their trust to the test in a relationship full of erotic encounters, and moments of jumping to conclusions, that put their HEA in jeopardy.  Through everything though I adored Sean!  He was open and honest, never sugarcoating his past.  He acknowledged his highly sexualized past but never made excuses for it and in so doing he showed why Summer was different from the others. His reasons for wanting her were truly romantic and heartfelt and endeared him to me.  Sean was at turns fun and flirty, as well as scorching in his erotic interludes with Summer as he was a master of sexual innuendos.

Summer may be one of the good girls of Sweet Southern Sass, but she's immediately drawn to bad boy Sean the moment they meet.  Though their connection was crackling from the get-go she couldn't look past his being a player at first.  She thought only a good guy would claim her heart, but bad boy Sean soon shows that he's a bad boy with a heart of gold in their scorching relationship of opposites attracting.  Worries over being enough, and encounters with crazed female fans, weigh on their burgeoning relationship and led to a bit of rockiness as she dealt with her feelings.  At the end of the day though, who can deny the truth that's in front of her...that she's tamed the bad boy of rock! Summer's a likable character who tries to do right, but sometimes falters, as she's honest and doesn't want to hurt people's feelings.  Sean brings out a wild side in her though that was entertaining and added to their already combustible connection.  By the end of the story I found them to be a formidable couple with a solid relationship that left me cheering.

There was a sense of familiarity when reading this book as its narrative felt similar to the previous book in this series.  Good girl fell for bad boy with his past causing a few doubts in the HEA.  Thankfully, the issues keeping them apart this time around were far less melodramatic.  That's not to say that my enjoyment was any less though as I enjoyed the characters for their realism and likability, along with the erotic interludes nicely spaced throughout the story. The other members of both bands are slowly moving to the forefront in this book as the four of them start deaing with their own romantic entanglements. They're an equally likable cast who have me intrigued to see if two of them give in to their attraction and another moves on from a cheating boyfriend. Ultimately fans of romances set in the music world will enjoy this depiction of living on the road and giving your all for the fans, while falling for the sexy rocker in a relationship that I rooted for every step of the way.

My rating for this is a B+

*I got this book from the author for review in exchange for my honest opinion.

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RIFF (BOOK #1):  iBOOKS  |  BN  |  KOBO  |  AMAZON (US)  |  AMAZON (UK)  |  AMAZON (CA)  |  AMAZON (AU)


INTERLUDE (BOOK #3)


CRESCENDO (BOOK #4)


AUTHOR INFO:

Skye Turner is an avid reader and an editor turned writer. She attended Southeastern Louisiana University and Louisiana State University where she majored in Mass Communications, centering her studies in Journalism. She lives in small town Louisiana with her husband, 2 kids, and 8 fur babies. When she's not chained to her laptop pounding out sexy stories she can usually be found playing Supermom, reading, gardening (playing in the dirt), or catching up on her family oriented blog.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Book Cover Reveal for Salvaged by Jay Crownover

As a fan of Jay Crownover's compelling characters and emotionally intense storytelling I celebrate each new book release with giddy excitement!  Today I'm giving readers a glimpse of her next book, Salvaged, the fourth installment in her Saints of Denver series and its romance between a good guy finally putting himself first and the young woman leery of men.  Take a gander at this eye-catching book cover, then count down the days until it releases on June 20th, 2017!


Hudson Wheeler is a nice guy. Everyone knows it, including his fiancée who left him with a canceled wedding and a baby on the way. He’s tired of finishing last and is ready to start living in the moment with nights soaked in whiskey, fast cars, and even faster girls. He’s set to start living on the edge, but when he meets Poppy Cruz, her sad eyes in the most gorgeous face he’s ever seen hook him in right away. Wheeler can see Poppy’s pain and all he wants to do is take care of her and make her smile, whatever it takes.
Poppy can’t remember a time when she didn’t see strangers as the enemy. After a lifetime of being hurt from the men who swore to protect her, Poppy’s determined to keep herself safe by keeping everyone else at arm’s length. Wheeler’s sexy grin and rough hands from hours restoring classic cars shouldn’t captivate her, but every time she’s with him, she can’t help being pulled closer to him. Though she’s terrified to trust again, Poppy soon realizes it might hurt even more to shut Wheeler out—and the intense feelings pulsing through her are making it near impossible to resist him.
The only thing Poppy is sure of is that her heart is in need of some serious repair, and the more time she spends with Wheeler, the more she’s convinced he’s the only man with the tools to fix it.

FIND AT GOODREADS here.

AUTHOR INFO:

Jay Crownover is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Marked Men, Welcome to the Point, and Saints of Denver series. Like her characters, she is a big fan of tattoos. She loves music and wishes she could be a rock star, but since she has no aptitude for singing or instrument playing, she’ll settle for writing stories with interesting characters and make the reader feel something.

Book Tour for O'Gallagher Nights: The Series by Mignon Mykel (GIVEAWAY)


The sexy O'Gallagher siblings take center stage in this three-book collection with its backdrop of cigarette smoke and sensuality that you'll want to add to your bookshelf.  Keep reading to get a tempting glimpse of O'Gallagher Nights: The Series by Mignon Mykel and learn even more about these romances by visiting the other sites hosting this tour.  In honor of these compelling romances make sure to fill out the form below for the chance to win a $10 Amazon GC too!


The three O’Gallagher siblings, all in one set! Grab your copy of the O'Gallagher Nights: The Series by Mignon Mykel! This complete boxed set includes bonus material, such as Hot Holiday Nights, an exclusive Christmas novella!


***O’Gallaghers has been a long-lasting establishment in San Diego, known for its Irish brews and fare. When the next generation of O’Gallaghers take over though, it becomes known for a little bit more…



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ONE NIGHT STAND (BOOK #1)
Conor O’Gallagher...
Thirty-two, six-foot, and all muscle. Flashes of dimples behind his black beard, quick winks for the lady patrons, and a tattoo sleeve that leaves the ladies begging to be his nightly conquest.
Because one of them will be.
Every night at close, Conor brings one, two, sometimes more, up to his apartment and has his merry way with them. The women always leave satisfied, and always know he’s a one and done kind of guy, no repeat performances.
But what happens when one of his one night stands comes back into his life five months later, and pregnant no less?
What happens when one night gives you more than you bargained for?
Conor’s about to find out…

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ABOUT LAST NIGHT (BOOK #2)
Rory O'Gallagher...
Thirty, five-ten, and long, lean muscle.
The middle O'Gallagher is as known for his prowess in the bedroom as the oldest is, and for so much more.
Women have always been attracted to him.
People have always flocked to him.
But then there was Emily Winters.
With her white blonde hair, icy blue eyes, and cold demeanor toward him, Rory shouldn't want anything to do with her.
But so help him, he does.

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ALL NIGHT LONG (BOOK #3)
Brenna O'Gallagher...
The baby sister of those sexy O'Gallagher boys has her own story to tell.
Her brothers think she's something she's not... but the truth is, most of the rumors had always been true.
At twenty, she decided she needed a change.
Then her brothers hired him.
He makes her feel like she's spiraling backward, but is she really?
Has she found the one person she can confide in, the one person who will not judge her?
And just how long can she keep it from her brothers before the repercussions settle in and she not only loses him, but the respect of her brothers?
Her road hasn't been easy--and it's not about to start smoothing out now.

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AUTHOR INFO:

Mignon Mykel is the author of the Prescott Family series, as well as the short-novella erotic romance series, O'Gallagher Nights. When not sitting at Starbucks writing whatever her characters tell her to, you can find her hiking in the mountains of her new home in Arizona.


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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Book Blast for Sunrise Over Brasov by Stephanie Burkhart (GIVEAWAY)


Fans of the paranormal will find this an exciting thrill ride full of intrigue and romance and want to find a special spot on their bookshelf for it.  Keep reading to get a compelling glimpse of Sunrise Over Brasov by Stephanie Burkhart, and learn even more about it by visiting the other sites hosting this tour.  In honor of this unique read make sure to fill out the form below for the chance to win a $10 bookstore GC too!

Rosa Getzi lives a life of intrigue at Poiana Brasov with Clement, a werewolf, and Cassandra, the witch. Her past doesn't matter to her – until she discovers what it holds.
Prince Michael Sigmaringen joins his sister-in-law, Caroline, and the vampire prince, Darius, in a daring rescue, igniting Rosa's desire to find her family. However, all is not as it appears. Rickard, Rosa's friend, escapes with her. Clement will go to any lengths to get Rosa and Rickard back.
At Darius' fortress, Michael soon discovers Rickard is a new breed of werewolf – one who can control the change, and Clement hopes to exploit Rickard's abilities.
Michael's courage, strengths, and convictions will be tested like never before. Can Michael and Rosa find true happiness and the rid the lupine haunting of the Sigmaringens once and for all?

EXCERPT:

Some inner voice encouraged her to leave with him. It was the right thing to do. "Turn around," she said quietly.
"Why?"
"So I can change."
"I don't trust you." His reply was quick. "Leave your chemise on." He walked to the window and glanced outside, then checked his pocket watch.
Rosa figured that was the most privacy he was willing to afford her and unfastened her robe. Quickly, she stepped into the winter dress without putting on a corset. "I need you to lace up the back."
Michael approached and tied up the stays with familiar ease. There was that word again -- familiar. Rosa shivered. What did it mean? How was he familiar when she couldn't recall seeing him before? She found her boots and slid them on. They were lined with fur and went up to her knees. She couldn't articulate her compliance, but could say an instinctual desire drove her to do his bidding. Yes, there were clues, but no easy answers.
He was a witch, like her. She responded to his kiss, enjoying it far too much, though she wouldn't admit that to him. He hadn't hurt her, and he knew her mother. The thought of finding her mother filled her with a sense of comfort. In all honesty, Rosa, however, couldn't remember her life before coming to Poiana Brasov, but she hated to think that Clement and Cassandra, who had been so kind to her, had deceived her. Rosa wouldn't deny her instincts and decided to follow the clues. When there was a minute, she intended to get her answers from Michael.
Her boots secure, she slid her arms into her winter coat. Michael grabbed a scarf and gloves from a shelf in her closet, presenting them to her. His face betrayed nothing -- not one hint of pleasure or dissatisfaction. Instead, he grabbed her gloved hand and led her out of the room.
Rosa noticed the noise continued outside of the fortress. Just on the other side of her door, Andrei lay crumpled on the ground. His chest rose and fell. Thank Corvinus he appeared to be sleeping.
Michael moved with unnatural speed. His grasp on her hand was tight, tugging her behind him. They proceeded down the hall toward the servants' staircase.
The inner fortress remained quiet. Several candles in wall sconces had burnt down to the stubs, casting long, inky shadows over the stone walls.
Reaching the staircase, Rosa paused. "I need to check on Rickard."
"There's no time. We delayed too long as it is." Michael dragged her down the stairs.

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AUTHOR INFO:

Stephanie Burkhart is a 911 dispatcher for LAPD.  She was born and raised in Manchester, New Hampshire.  After serving 11 years in the US Army she currently calls Castaic, California her home. Stephanie was married in Denmark in 1991 and has two young sons. She adores chocolate, is addicted to coffee and enjoys early morning walks.  She's also an assistant den leader for her son's Cub Scout den and is a Boy Scout mom. She writes paranormal, contemporary, and steampunk romance and has two children's books published with 4RV Publishing.


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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Book Tour for Wound Tight by Tessa Bailey (Review & GIVEAWAY)


Fans of the m/m genre will find themselves drawn to this scorching tale of opposites attracting that will charm while burning up your eReader with this fourth installment in the Made In Jersey series.  Keep reading to get a tempting glimpse of Wound Tight by Tessa Bailey, along with my impressions of it, then add it to your bookshelf.  In honor of this m/m romance full of sexual tension make sure to fill out the form below for the chance to win a Kindle Fire too!

A sexy new M/M romance from New York Times Bestselling author Tessa Bailey
When CEO Renner Bastion walks into a room, everyone keeps their distance. Well, everyone but the sarcastic, tattooed, Boston-bred security guard whose presence has kept Renner in New Jersey longer than intended. As if the unwanted attraction isn’t unsettling enough, Renner finds out his protector isn’t as unavailable as originally thought.
Milo Bautista just came out to his wealthy, ultra-confident boss, a man he secretly respects and admires…in more ways than he’ll admit. Worldly, experienced Renner would never look in his direction, let alone share some of that confidence he wears like a cloak, so Milo has set his sights on someone else to be his first.
Until Renner offers him private lessons in seduction...

BUY LINKS:  AMAZON (US)  |  AMAZON (UK)  |  AMAZON (AU)  |  AMAZON (CA)  |  BN  |  iBOOKS  |  KOBO

MY IMPRESSIONS OF THIS BOOK:

As a fan of m/m romances I found myself quickly immersed in this tale of opposites attracting courtesy of an engaging main couple and their scorching battle of wills.  From the sweet and sexy Milo who's just discovering himself, to serious-minded businessman Renner, theirs is a romance that is at times playful yet always teeming with eroticism that had me rooting for them every hard-fought step of the way.

Renner's life has always been one of proving himself, trying to be the best of the best to his father and the world, which leaves little room for love or romance. His latest business acquisition has brought him to a small town where everyone sees him as the enemy...everyone except security guard Milo.  Though Renner's drawn to Milo he surely can't feel the same way as he's straight...or is he?  With Milo discovering new desires, Renner soon becomes his mentor and his teacher which leads to conflicts of the heart and a roller coaster ride for readers.  From the moment he met Milo, Renner had someone who cared about him, watching over and protecting him from afar while battling him every step of the way through banter teeming with sexual tension.  The feelings Milo engenders soon start softening a heart hardened by the man he once loved walking away. It was a defining moment where he was second best again and, along with his doubts over Milo's newfound feelings, it permeates his relationship with Milo and puts their HEA in jeopardy.  After all their ups and downs it will take a lot to win Milo's heart but in so doing he won me over too!

Milo's a sweet and sexy man full of positivity who wears his heart on his sleeve. He always saw himself with women until the day a celebrity chef catches his eye and leaves him longing for more.  In that moment his entire world turned upside down and he looks to the one person he knows who can help him navigate his new world.  He's always admired Renner and his cool confidence in living his life as he wants and longs to be just as confident.  They may start off as friends but it's clear that there's more going on between them as Milo's protective nature soon becomes obsession and jealousy as Renner tries to keep emotions out of their interactions.  Through everything though Milo's true to himself and open to wanting more with Renner.  He's loyal and carefree and just what Renner needs in his high stress life.  His blatant honesty and heartfelt nature endeared him to me and had me rooting for him to find his HEA.

This was a fast paced yet immensely satisfying read that set the friends to lovers theme on fire with its numerous erotic encounters and moments of dirty talk. Renner and Milo's connection from the very start was crackling with fun and flirty banter that showed how much Milo cared in wanting to bring a bit of joy to Renner's life. Renner's clearly the more dominant of the two and it had him taking charge not only in the business world but in their erotic encounters too. It all led to a nice balance between the two and made them a perfect match, one worth rooting for.  Though there's a few secondary characters showing up in the narrative it's Milo and Renner who are the stars of this tale which makes this story stand nicely on its own despite being part of a series and for an ending that felt a bit rushed.  Readers looking for a carefree romance with very little angst will want to grab this book for the charming Milo, who's a breath of fresh air in Renner's stress-filled life, and for the heartwarming changes brought to the hardened businessman's life. 

My rating for this is a B+

*I got this book from the author for review in exchange for my honest opinion.

AUTHOR INFO:

Tessa Bailey is originally from Carlsbad, California. The day after high school graduation, she packed her yearbook, ripped jeans and laptop, driving cross-country to New York City in under four days.
Her most valuable life experiences were learned thereafter while waitressing at K-Dees, a Manhattan pub owned by her uncle. Inside those four walls, she met her husband, best friend and discovered the magic of classic rock, managing to put herself through Kingsborough Community College and the English program at Pace University at the same time. Several stunted attempts to enter the work force as a journalist followed, but romance writing continued to demand her attention.
She now lives in Long Island, New York with her husband of nine years and four-year-old daughter. Although she is severely sleep-deprived, she is incredibly happy to be living her dream of writing about people falling in love.


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