Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Devil’s Kiss by Ella Frank Blog Tour

What do you do when the one you least expect to matter…
Ends up mattering the most?

Derek Pearson likes to think he’s an easygoing guy. Uncomplicated, upfront, and unapologetic with what he wants. His what you see is what you get attitude is on prominent display for anyone who cares to look, and his foul mouth is right there to back it up should you miss the point.

However, what you see isn’t always what you get, and only a select few have ever glimpsed the real man under the brash exterior.

Among them? Professor Jordan Devaney. Complicated, high-maintenance, and vibrant, he’s Derek’s opposite in every way. From the moment they saw each other, a love-hate relationship began.

But what happens when one person wants more?

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Present Day

DEREK PEARSON PUSHED open the door of Leighton, Finley & Associates, and stepped out on the paved sidewalk. It was the first day of August, and if the sweltering Floridian sun was any indication, today was going to be hotter than hell’s waiting room.

As he strolled toward the curb, he pulled a pack of Marlboros from the pocket of his shorts and flipped open the top. He needed a fucking cigarette after watching Daniel Finley and his damn professor get all sappy and shit. That was gonna get old real quick if he had to stomach their nauseating displays of I love yous longer than the fifteen minutes he’d been in there. But he’d known he had to make an appearance sooner or later; otherwise Danny boy would’ve shown up asking questions. Questions he wasn’t ready to answer.

There’d been a reason he hadn’t come around to see Finn when he first moved back from Chicago two months ago, but it wasn’t something he was in the mood to talk about yet, even if he was one of the two people on the planet who would get all the shit he’d been dealing with.

Yeah… He just wasn’t ready to go there.

With a smoke between his lips, he lit up, then shoved the pack back in his shorts. He was so damn antsy lately, and for that he could thank his brother, Alan.

He walked around to the side of his Jeep and pulled open the door. After climbing inside, he grabbed his cell phone and stared at the dark screen, contemplating his next move.

Am I really planning to do this?

, it seemed that he was, even when he knew better.

If he did this, it would be nothing more than a Band-Aid over the real problem. A shot to numb the more painful issues he was dealing with right now. He would be slipping back into a pattern he had pulled himself out of. An addiction he’d broken free from. But he was also aware that if he didn’t do it, the alternative would be to spiral out of control, and solitude was no longer helping his fucked-up nerves.

He brought the phone to his ear and waited. The phone rang and rang, and fucking rang, until he was close to hanging up—and then it connected.

“You free?” were the only two words out of his mouth. He waited, not caring to pursue small talk. That wasn’t what this was about. All he cared about in that moment was getting what he needed.

When an affirmative came through the phone, he hung up, tossed it on the dashboard, and brought the Jeep to life. As he sped across town, he white-knuckled the steering wheel and didn’t allow himself to think about the consequences of what he was about to do.

It took him less than ten minutes to pull into the underground parking garage of The Palisades and take the elevator up to where his drug of choice waited for him. He glanced up into the camera in the corner of his metallic confines and stared boldly into the face of the one who was waiting at the other end of this ride.

Yeah, he was about to fall off the fucking wagon big time. Was about to slide back into the one place he promised himself he wouldn’t go again. Yet as the elevator came to a halt and the doors opened, there was no denying this was exactly what he wanted.

“I have thirty minutes,” were the words that greeted him.

Derek walked off the elevator and over to the naked man waiting for him. He took the haughty chin between his thumb and forefinger and promised in a voice thick with arousal, “I only need ten. Take me to your room, Jordan. Time’s a wasting.”

Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

We met Derek in the first book of the series, Finley, and he was a hoot! Straight to the point and seemed hot as sin, and you couldn’t help wanting to know more about him. Jordan was also in the first book briefly, Derek and Finn would call him Posh, as in Posh Spice. I love these two guys. Polar opposites and so right for each other. Just like the first book in the series, this one covers several years. We see why Derek is the way he is, you can’t blame him. Jordan is just a doll, you can’t help but love him and want to hang out with him. His cockiness worked and didn’t annoy me. You see the special bond these two have and you can’t help but want that too. I laughed and I cried, I just loved this book and can’t wait to read the next one in the series!

Characters: Well written and easy to relate to
Sex: Oh yeah!
Religious: No
Would I recommend to others: Yes
More than one book in the series: Yes
Genre: M/M Romance
Would I read more by this author: Yes

Finn and Brantley were good, but I LOVED Jordan and Derek.

The back and forth, close but so far away. Devil's Kiss is definitely an angst driven read. At times I wanted to smack the both of them for acting so foolish, but in the end it was all worth it.

The story takes you from Derek and Jordan's first meeting in college when the attraction started, through years after college life. You see a back and forth, friendship with so much more brewing underneath.

So worth the read to fall in love with these two!

This is the second in the series – I have not yet had a chance to read Finley, but have a feeling that it may well shed light on certain aspects that I have missed. I enjoyed it as a standalone.

Unusually, this book spans many years, so there is a wealth of detail of things both good and bad – so expect to need a tissue, and be prepared to smile wide too. Also be patient – we know what each of them think, but they seem to have forgotten to communicate with each other. These two very different guys just somehow work, initially as friends, because it is safer – and when it finally comes to them heating up the sheets, well the chemistry is incendiary. I liked that the differences between them were significant, but not overstated.

Ms. Frank has once again created a fascinating relationship, and given us a journey to remember. I look forward to seeing what comes next...

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Ella Frank is the author of the #1 Bestselling Temptation series, including Try, Take, and Trust. Her Exquisite series has been praised as “scorching hot!” and “enticingly sexy!”

A life-long fan of the romance genre, Ella writes contemporary and erotic fiction and lives with her husband in Portland, OR. You can reach her on the web and on Facebook.

Some of her favorite authors include Tiffany Reisz, Kresley Cole, Riley Hart, J.R. Ward, Erika Wilde, Gena Showalter, and Carly Philips.

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Sugar Daddy by Sawyer Bennett

Seduction has never been so sweet! The New York Times bestselling author of the Cold Fury series—Alex, Garrett, Zack, and Ryker—returns with the first novel in a hot new trilogy.

Sela Halstead lost her innocence in a way that no sixteen-year-old should ever have to endure. She’s spent years trying to forget that night even while wondering about the identities of the monsters who brutalized her—until a telltale tattoo flashes across Sela’s TV screen. The incriminating ink belongs to Jonathon Townsend, the millionaire founder of The Sugar Bowl, a website that matches rich older men with impressionable young women. Obsessed with revenge, Sela infiltrates Townsend’s world, only to come face-to-face with a tantalizing complication: Beckett North, his charismatic business partner.

The tech mastermind behind The Sugar Bowl, Beck always gets what he wants, in business and in bed. And yet, for a man who’s done every dirty thing imaginable, there’s something about the naïve, fresh-faced Sela that sparks his hottest fantasies. Because with her, it’s not just about sex. Beck opens up to her in ways he never has with other girls. So why does he get the feeling that she’s hiding something? In a world of pleasure and power, the shocking truth could turn them against each other—or bind them forever.

Note: Sugar Daddy ends on a cliffhanger. Sela and Beck’s story continues in Sugar Rush and Sugar Free!

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When Sela sees JT on TV she knows he's the man that starred in every nightmare she's ever had. She is seeking revenge anyway she can get it against the man that hurt her when she was sixteen. Finding out that JT is an owner of a dating site that pairs older men with younger woman, she thinks she has her answer to get closer to JT, to hurt him in the worst possible way. What she's not expecting is his partner, Beck. It should be easy, get close to Beck to get closer to JT. Beck isn't at all what she was expecting. Can there be something better than getting revenge?

Such a good read. I couldn't put it down. I can't wait to see what happens next.

It is always a little dangerous to start a book which already warns the reader that there is cliffhanger...but it had to be done, and I certainly don't regret it – I just hope that Ms. Bennett is busy getting the next one ready for us!

I like stories which are a bit different, and this one achieves it very successfully, giving the reader plenty of the elements that make a book unputdownable. I really enjoy being made to think about how I would react in a particular situation, and then comparing that with the character's reality (well, book reality!). And here, I certainly questioned whether I could or would do similar. Sela is very interestingly written, as a survivor, but not really a healed one. Beck...yum, and yet the reader really isn't able to get fully on board...no doubt the next installment will reveal more. As well as the 'big' story, the developing romance in itself is very enjoyable, and most definitely chemistry driven. Oh, I do hope that the next book is out soon, I am going to be wondering and wondering until I can read it!

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Sawyer Bennett is a snarky southern woman and reformed trial lawyer who decided to finally start putting on paper all the stories that were floating in her head. Her husband works for a Fortune 100 company that lets him fly all over the world while she stays at home with their daughter and three big, furry dogs who hog the bed. Bennett would like to report that she doesn’t have many weaknesses, but can be bribed with a nominal amount of milk chocolate.

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Mr. and Mr. Smith by HelenKay Dimon

Secrets and seduction make for an explosive combination in HelenKay Dimon’s edgy, thrilling new series, which kicks off with a novel about two men who can handle any threat—except the one posed by desire.

Fisher Braun knows how to keep a secret. As a covert paramilitary operative, his job—and his life—depends on it. He’s at the top of his game, ready for action and always in control. No enemy has ever brought him to his knees, but one lover has: Zachary Allen, the man currently sharing his bed. The perfect package of brains and brawn, Zach is someone worth coming home to, and Fisher hates keeping him in the dark about what he does. But the lies keep Zach safe. Until the day Fisher loses everything...

Zachary Allen is no innocent civilian. Although he plays the tech geek, in reality he’s deep undercover for the CIA. In a horrible twist of fate, the criminal enterprise he’s infiltrated has set its sights on the man whose touch drives him wild. Zach would do anything for Fisher—except blow his own cover. Now, in order to save him, Zach must betray him first. And he needs Fisher to trust him with all his heart if they want to make it out alive.

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When your job depends on absolute secrecy, not only to save your life but the lives of those you love, you keep secrets. Finding out the geeky boyfriend isn't who you think he is, is shocking especially when you find out you are two separate sides.

You are thrown into the action with the first page. It's a fast paced beginning. The energy between Zach and Fisher is sparking. I got lost somewhere in the middle, it goes from a page-turner to me skimming chapters. The action and angst picks back up somewhere near the end. Overall, I found it an enjoyable read.

CIA agent Fisher meets Zach in a bar and they begin an affair. But Fisher thinks that his boyfriend is a computer geek. Turns out Zach is CIA too.

This story has action, danger, and good guys trying to bring down the bad guys. Throughout this, Fisher struggles to cope with Zack's betrayal and his feelings for Zack now he knows the truth about him. I found the romance a little too in your face at times, and this had me disconnecting emotionally from the characters. The action and intrigue and sex were good and kept me reading.

I wonder if the author will write more stories of Fisher and Zack. Mr. and Mr. Smith was good and I'd read any follow ups.

This is definitely a book for readers who like bluff and double bluff, of a rather Bond nature. It is fast paced, well crafted, so that one really isn't quite sure (even now) about some of the characters' loyalties. It stretched my imagination, and was a very satisfying read.

I liked how the relationship threaded through the thriller, and how it played out. They certainly heated up the page – and may have cornered the market on angry (I'm-not-in-love) but steamy action. I rather hope that Ms. Dimon has a few more stories to tell with this group of agents, as there are plenty of openings for a follow on!

I honestly didn’t like this book. I was bored, I skimmed, and even the good sex couldn’t keep me interested. There was a lot of action, but then a lot of boring parts as well. I didn’t feel any connection with the characters and I just couldn’t wait for the book to be over. I feel bad saying that because I know how hard authors work, this just wasn’t for me but I am sure other people will enjoy it.

HelenKay Dimon spent the years before becoming a romance author as a divorce attorney—not the usual career transition. Now she writes full-time and she’s much happier. The author of more than thirty novels, novellas, and short stories that have twice been named Red-Hot Reads and excerpted in Cosmopolitan, she’s on the board of directors of the Romance Writers of America and teaches fiction writing at UC San Diego and MiraCosta College.

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Not for a Moment by Toni J. Strawn

It doesn’t matter who started it—only who ends up on top.

Jess Langford wants nothing more than to live her own life. But a horrific accident she had a few years ago left her with…issues. And an overprotective brother who thwarts her every attempt at independence.

Secretly moving out of her college dorm, she celebrates her newfound freedom with a one-night stand with a man she thinks she recognizes. It’s only in the light of the following morning she discovers the truth. It’s someone with the power and connections to send her right back to the prison she just escaped.

Physiotherapy consultant Van Sheffield knows exactly who Jess is. Stubborn. Rebellious. Trouble with a capital T. In other words, the perfect candidate for his innovative rehabilitation program.

Loving her spark, the energy that makes her pick herself up every time she falls, Van sets out to do whatever it takes to harness Jess’s strength of will. But he wasn’t expecting her to push him so close to the edge of his control…or so close to losing his heart.

Warning: Contains a feisty lady with a stubborn streak a mile wide, and a man who knows how to deal with a certain pain in the butt.

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This is the third book in the series, and I really enjoyed the previous two. This one just didn't quite hit the same spot for me. Unusually, I really didn't get the behaviour of the lead characters. I can't really explain without revealing too much of the story, but I did read it all. There were bits that worked well, and there is good level of humour, thanks in the main to her two friends.

We get to read the story from Jess and Van's points of view, and they are so far apart in their thinking that the chemistry between them was more difficult to fathom – although it was undoubtedly hot. There was progression, and lessons learned, which was satisfying. It was good to touch base with friends from previous books too.

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Toni Strawn lives in the beautiful South Island of New Zealand, the adventurers’ playground. Like all writers with an overactive imagination, Toni would prefer to throw her heroines off a cliff with a book of matches, string and a rusty Swiss-army knife, than do any adventuring of her own. A self-confessed tom-boy, Toni likes her heroes tough and her heroines tougher.

While not furiously trying to wreck her heroine’s lives before finding them a happily ever after, Toni can be found feeding her addiction to paranormal romance novels. Get Toni’s must-have reading list of paranormal romance series here.

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Desire After Dark by Marie Force

Tobias “Slim” Jackson has the perfect life as a pilot on Gansett Island in the summer and in Florida in the winter. He’s happiest when he’s in the air, or at least that was the case before last summer when he met Erin Barton, Gansett Island’s newest lighthouse keeper. Now he can’t seem to find his usual enthusiasm for flying, winter in the sunny South or anything that doesn’t include her.

Erin has been stuck on pause since she lost her twin brother. She’ll tell you herself that her life has been a hot mess since Toby died. After dropping out of law school, she’s flitted from one pointless job to another, existing rather than truly living. Then she comes to Gansett Island to take over as the new lighthouse keeper and meets Slim, who happens to share her beloved brother’s first name. That small coincidence is enough to convince Erin that she needs to spend more time with the dashing pilot—except for the fact that he’s spending the winter more than a thousand miles from her.

Now Slim’s come home to Gansett for the holidays and to hopefully pick up where he left off with Erin. He’s got twelve days before he’s due back in Florida to finish out the remainder of his winter obligations. A lot can happen in twelve days, but will it be enough to convince Erin that it’s time to start truly living again? Read Slim and Erin’s story and catch up with the rest of the Gansett Island cast in Desire After Dark!

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On 50 Books and 50 Years: Things I Know for Sure
Marie Force

This week marks a major milestone in my publishing career. Desire After Dark is my 50th book, and it releases 17 days before my 50th birthday. To those who would ask, I didn’t plan that. Like many things in this life, it just sort of worked out that way. I wish I could say I’d written a book a year, but in fact most of them have been written in the last five frantic years that have gone by like a flash.

I thought this 50-50 combination platter was a good time to reflect on what I’ve learned writing 50 books and living for a half century. (God, it sounds DREADFUL when I put it that way!) So in no particular order, here’s what I know for sure halfway through my life. Note to my kids: I intend to stick around for the entire second 50, so batten down the hatches.

1. I’m acutely and painfully aware that too many of my high school classmates didn’t live to be 50, so I’m thankful for every day I’ve spent on the right side of the ground. I’m not planning on indulging in a middle-age funk or crisis or anything like that because being 50 certainly beats the alternative.

2. I’ve accepted that my arms are never going to look like Michelle Obama’s guns. I’m learning to live with that and letting them out to see the world more often than I used to, taking comfort in the fact that they are still smaller than my thighs. I’ve also learned that eating salt and vinegar potato chips makes me happy, so I will continue to eat them in my second 50 years. This is nonnegotiable as is my relentless war against all forms of chin hair.

3. My mom had a magnet on her fridge declaring that FIFTY IS PRIME TIME. I believe that. This time next year, my youngest will graduate from high school and next fall he will head off to college, leaving his parents with now two empty bedrooms and hearts full of memories. In my fifties, I’ll be able to do just about anything I want any time I want. If that’s not PRIME TIME, I don’t know what is.

4. That said, being a mother has been the greatest thrill ride of my life. There is, simply, nothing better in my world than my two wonderful kids, who are both better people than I could ever hope to be. No matter what they do or don’t do or achieve, all I care about is that they are healthy and happy and productive. The rest is up to them, and I can’t wait to see what they get done while I sit in my tub and eat bon bons, knowing I was never a perfect mother, but I always tried to be a fun mom and I did my very best for them always.

5. Family is everything. Parents, siblings, cousins, close family, extended family—if you got lucky in the family department like I did, then you know what I mean. They know you better than anyone and don’t let you get away with anything, which is actually a good thing—until they tell people you look like Nick Nolte’s mug shot in the morning with photographic evidence to prove their point. I’m grateful for the brother who has traveled all but one year of this journey with me as well as our posse of cousins who made us feel like we had a huge family when it was only the two of us.

6. I honestly believe the outcome of your entire life can be determined by who you are born to. I was born to two of the best, and they are as much responsible for the life I have today as I am.

7. Friends who stick with you through bad times—and good—are worth holding on to. Everyone is there for the bad times. The ones who show up during the especially good times, who share in your joy selflessly and without reservation, are the people you want on your journey with you. I have been enormously blessed in the friend department.

8. I also got lucky in the husband department. We don’t always see eye to eye (what fun would that be?), but I always know I can count on him and so do our kids. He gives me Valentine’s Day cards that say things like “I’m still not sick of you,” which is the perfect sort of card for the nonromantic romance author. And his family is rather awesome, too.

9. I’m grateful every day for the series of fortunate events that led to my career as an author. If you had told me at 40 that THIS would be 50, I probably would’ve laughed myself senseless at your delusions of grandeur on my behalf. However… Here I am with 50 titles to my name, 5 million books sold, 22 times on the New York Times list, my closest friends and family members working with me, a new house that Mac McCarthy bought for my family and a life that five years after it happened still feels like a dream in progress. For that I thank the readers who’ve taken my books to heart and me along with them. You have made all of this happen, and I never lose sight of that fact. I’ve also learned that never allowing myself to be entirely satisfied with where I am at the moment can lead to new challenges that broaden and expand my sense of the possible.

10. I have learned that I can do just about everything right, be the best possible friend/family member/colleague/author (fill in your own blank) I know how to be, and it won’t be enough for some people. What I know at 50 is that I’ll never make everyone happy. I’ve learned to be okay with that and to know FOR SURE that if I can make myself and those who matter most to me a little happy every day, then I’m doing something right. And that is more than enough for me.

Here’s to the next 50 books and the next 50 years. As Sam Holland would say, bring it on.

Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

This is one of a long series, with many families intertwined in marriage and relationships. I have read a number of them, but I must admit not all. Sometimes I recognise that I may miss some nuance, but there are plenty of reminders of who is with who, and why! – so no real need to worry.

Although this book concentrates on Erin and Slim, we in fact get lots of loose ends tied up and plenty of fun and family times, as well as some hot and steamy snippets of couples at play. Erin has been hiding away for a long time, and needed someone very special to break through some heavily reinforced barriers – it is such a pleasure watching Slim do exactly that – and even she is rooting for him to succeed! All of the books in the series are different, each character brings their own issues to the island, and each solution is different – except in that the love of someone special can make all the difference. This is a great reminder of that – and of how life is for the living...

Thank you Ms. Force for another winning book in the series.

Marie Force is the New York Times bestselling author of 50 contemporary romance novels, including the Gansett Island Series, which has sold more than 2.3 million books, and the Fatal Series from Harlequin Books, which has sold more than 1.2 million books. In addition, she is the author of the Green Mountain Series as well as the new erotic romance Quantum Series, written under the slightly modified name of M.S. Force. Marie has sold more than 5 million books worldwide.

Her goals in life are simple—to finish raising two happy, healthy, productive young adults, to keep writing books for as long as she possibly can and to never be on a flight that makes the news.

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Monday, May 23, 2016

Crossing the Line by Jacquelyn Ayres Blog Tour

Psychotherapist, Madelyn St. Claire, has all the answers. At least, that’s what the plaques on her wall say. There isn’t a fear she’s met that she hasn’t helped a client blast through. So, why can’t she work through her own?

Oh, that’s right…

She’s been so busy helping everyone else through their challenges over the years, including her best friends—the GEGs—that she never even realized she had any of her own true fears. Then again, she didn’t have a reason to until he came along.

Cellist, Declan Pierce, can hit all the right notes, as long as he’s hitting them on stage. When he’s off . . . well—he’s off. So, he keeps his head down and tries to stay focused on his career and his son, Hunter. They have shared in a trauma that would bring most closer. However, theirs has only weighted their bond down, slowly causing them to drift further and further apart.

That is, until a beacon of light shines through.
That beacon is about five-foot-nothing, all curves, heart, brains, and no BS.

But that is only part of this story.

It’s a long road to Happily Ever After. Maddie and Declan learn that it takes more than just the two of them to get there, and it’s not a smooth stroll. It’s not meant to be, though, is it?

Life can give you whiplash. Buckle in and hold tight to those closest to you because, honestly…

It takes a village to make love epic.

***Warning: This book contains serious and sensitive subjects such as mental health issues, and unimaginable loss. Although this is a standalone, I do recommend reading the series in order because all characters’ subsequent stories continue on in each book even though they are not the main focus.***

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The third book in the GEG series did not disappoint! This series is funny, romantic, and relatively realistic.
I love reading about these girls, and their friendship/relationships.

This book [finally] features Madelyn and THE VIKING!!!!! Honestly, I couldn't wait to read this. If you've followed the series then you know the build-up between these two has been relentless.
Two people from two totally different walks of life are brought together, with hilarity [of course], tragedy, and heart-felt sincerity. Perfect together, they weather so much in so few pages.
There wasn't a dull moment, actually there were many HOT moments (Australian kisses, yes please!), but overall it wasn't "sickly" sweet – it really was the perfect amount of everything.

I will mention that even though I did laugh out loud, there was a moment that I was uncontrollably sobbing (so much so that my ENTIRE family had to come check on me, I'm talking UGLY cry). This may be a trigger for some, so I will say to take the author's warning very seriously.

Love this series, love the characters, and I am totally ready for Julie's story!

I knew reading the first chapter of Crossing the Line that this would be a 5-star read because I was reading in on a train and laughing hysterically. More than once, Crossing the Line had me laughing so hard I cried. And I have to mention the group text scene – it is gold.

But with the fun times comes a deep heartbreaking low that even a day after finishing the book, brings me to tears when I think about it.

The romance between Maddie and Declan is sexy and joyful, but it is also full of road blocks. They each have baggage that has them jumping to the wrong conclusion or saying the wrong thing. But they fight on and show that relationships are about give and take.

All of the GEGs feature heavily in Crossing the Line. It is a book that has you wanting to be one of the girls. Their love and unbreakable friendship is something special.

Crossing the Line is an amazing book. I can't recommend it highly enough.

This is such a fun book. It has its moments of sweet and definitely is full of emotion. If you've been following the GEGs, you know that the stories touch on all your emotions.

Crossing the Line follows Maddie and Declan. I've been dying to read this one. There has been a lot of buildup and Ms. Ayres completely delivered. I love the dynamic of their friendship. I love seeing more of the men in this one. They are just as hilarious as the GEGs.

The story pulls you in right from the beginning. I don't feel that you need to read the series in order to understand the relationship of the GEGs, but you really should. These women are fantastic and you should read about each and every one of them. You'll thank me, I promise.

All I am going to say is Australian kisses!!!

Oh, this may have to be my favourite of the series – and I love them all. Without a doubt, a three-tissue read, possibly more – and laugh, oh, out loud and from the heart. If you have not read the previous books, then please, do read them first. There is a whole level of information which you will miss if you don't. Let alone two also fabulous reads which it would be a mistake to miss. I am not going to give you any more of the story than is in the blurb, because for me this review is about how it made me feel – t e story you need to read for yourself.

Ms. Ayres has a great way with words – sometimes so loud that I am not sure I belong with these cool people, and other times so soft and gentle that they are clearly all my best friends. A few pages in, I am in the zone, and I am in just the right place. The change in tempo, along with the change in points of view from Declan and Maddie, sweeps you along so effectively that every emotion flits through the mind along with them. I really suggest that you read this somewhere private, as I was hard pressed not to burst into laughter, and soon after had tears streaming down my cheeks. Some are tears of joy, others, not so much. Some of the lines are so brilliant that you wish you had thought to say that yourself, others you will be delighted that your brain filtered out. I really just want you to go and read this and understand what I am talking about! I am incredibly tempted to cancel my plans for the day and reread it immediately, as I am sure that in my desire to get the story I missed something. I probably should go and buy some more tissues first...

If you enjoy stories which incorporate friends and family, good times and bad, and set up a romance that everyone wants to happen, but somehow things keep getting in the way, then this will be for you.

Thank you Ms. Ayres, you made my world richer today.

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I am a domestic engineer (born and raised in NJ) whose sole responsibility is to guide three young, impressionable kids into becoming phenomenal adults. This challenging yet rewarding work requires a lot of love (coffee), patience (wine), and determination (periodic exorcisms). I work this magic from the beautiful state of New Hampshire.

Before becoming a domestic goddess (not really), I spent over a decade in the medical field, where I wore more hats than the Queen.

I have loved the written word and the great escape it provides since I was a little girl. When I wasn't reading about people and the places they lived, I was creating my own characters and adventures.

Finding myself again through my writing in The Lost & Found Series, The One, and The GEG Series has been nothing short of a dream come true. Also, it makes people feel better when I laugh randomly or talk to myself, knowing it's my characters and not "the voices" . . . that would be creepy.

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