Friday, July 19, 2024

How Much for a Life of Lies? by RJ Scott Release Blitz

Shadow Team 3. How Much for a Life of Lies? RJ Scott.

Posing as a couple leads to passionate nights and dangerous days, but when their undercover mission implodes, revenge is everything, love is impossible, and they have nowhere left to run.

Zach has always been a man torn between duty and family. Strong, capable, and fiercely dedicated to being a SEAL, he’s made countless sacrifices to ensure the safety of his son and his country. Driven by guilt, he leaves newborn Charlie in the care of his estranged twin brother, and no one, not even his self-destructive team mate, Kai, can make him change his mind. Their partnership can never be anything but a clash of personalities, with Kai’s fiery nature and Zach’s stubborn focus on duty, but as they navigate their latest undercover mission, one more stolen moment is all it takes for every barrier between them to disintegrate.

Kai, former 427 Special Operations Aviation Squadron, raised in a survivalist environment, is a skilled helicopter pilot, a loner, and never wanted a partner. When he’s kicked out of the service for not being a team player, he moves from black ops to the new Shadow Team, alongside Zach. The team wants his ability to color outside the lines, and challenge authority—he just wants a job that gets him into the action.

As their covert operation in the Canadian wilderness takes a dangerous turn, they run for survival, hemmed in by imminent dangers. With no one else to trust, they must lean on each other. But as their bond deepens, and passion explodes, will they live to see another day?

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For book one, How Much for the Whole Night?, click HERE.
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How Much for a Life of Lies? by RJ Scott

Book 3
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Excerpt



He was laying down protective fire in controlled bursts, but what did he think was going to happen when the bullets ran out? With grim determination, he fired his weapon, each shot aimed at the enemy, but stopping my team from getting close. How had he not gotten himself killed yet? I closed the distance between us, moving swiftly and silently. A body lay behind the man with the weapon—a captor in flowing white, blood in a pool under him, his eyes wide and vacant, his throat cut. I jumped over the crumpled heap of man, reached out of the door, exposing myself to bullets, and gripped the gunman by the scruff of his neck. He whirled on me, his knees bent, already pivoting to take me down as we fell backward into the gloom. His eyes widened in recognition as his fist met my eye socket, but he was exhausted and beaten and I shoved him down with a knee to his lower back, holding him away from the line of fire and then dragging him into the relative safety of the darkened interior of the house.

“Stay down,” I ordered. Despite his exhaustion, evidenced by his hollow cheeks, dulled eyes, and blood-covered body, I recognized him from the pre mission briefing—Kai Henderson, 427 co-pilot. His clothes hung loose on him, evidence of the weight he had lost during the three weeks’ captivity. Dark bruises and scrapes marred his skin, showing the physical toll of imprisonment, but there was a defiant glint in his eyes and he gripped the stolen AK-47 tight as he rolled to stand.

“Get the fuck back,” I snapped.

He didn’t move a freaking muscle, just tipped his chin.

“My crew, my responsibility,” he summarized, and shifted to the other side of the door.

“Bravo 3, clear, hostages to the rear,” I said as I stared at the scrap of man who thought he could be a human shield to the people behind us. “Fucking idiot!” I cursed at him, but he didn’t waver. Brave or stupid? I couldn’t tell. Maybe torture had caused him to lose his mind? He glanced at me, focus in his startling blue eyes, and despite the chaos unfolding around us, he didn’t move. It wasn’t until the rest of the SEALs breached the door and flooded into the house that he relaxed, albeit for a millisecond. When they reached us, they began to secure the area and half the team split for the hostages.

McKenzie, a twenty-year SEAL veteran and our team leader, faced up to Kai, and tried to take the weapon, but Kai wasn’t letting go, his eyes flashing with defiance as he moved between the SEALs and the hostages, torn between his instincts to protection and the authority of a ranking officer.

“Stand down, airman,” McKenzie said, firm and commanding.

Kai’s grip tightened on the weapon, his jaw clenched, his eyes unfocused, and it was then I saw the drip of blood from his hand, a steady splash of scarlet on the ground. I inclined my head at the evidence of his injury, and McKenzie nodded. Henderson was losing blood, oblivious to it in his attempts to save his crew and the hostages, and for a moment, it appeared Kai might defy the order. His gaze locked in a silent standoff with our leader. I held my breath, ready to step in, but then with a resigned sigh, Kai lowered the weapon, his shoulders slumping, and adrenalin flooding away from him. McKenzie took Kai’s weapon, then placed a hand on his arm.

“You did good, kid,” he said.

“Not a kid,” Henderson snarled. A myriad of emotions swirled in his blue eyes, just beneath the surface—exhaustion, defiance, and a fierce determination to hold his ground. Although his features showed signs of exhaustion, he was all raw energy, prepared to confront any challenges and pissed at the kid label. “Not. A. Fucking. Kid.”

 

 

Reviews


Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team


Ruthie☆☆☆☆
This is the third book in the series, and I would definitely recommend that you read them in order to get the full goodness of the stories – and some early insight into these two characters.

Zach and Kai are an unlikely pairing. Clearly fated to be thrown together and find the trust they desperately need to believe can be real, as well as to learn about love. For Zach, discovering he is a father, and trusting the twin he was separated from as a tiny boy to care for him starts the journey to having feelings. For Kai, it is much more the feelings he has for Zach which are far more than attraction.

As they work together in desperately dangerous missions, that trust of a comrade develops into something distracting and urgent... so the tension and the drama ramp up very nicely for the reader – and the outcome can only be spectacular and life affirming!

Another good read in this drama intense series.


Shannan☆☆☆☆
How Much for a Life of Lies? is the third installment in the Shadow Team series. It can be read as a standalone, but I don't recommend it. It reads much better reading in the order the author intended.

This book starts with Then, where you get to see when Zach and Kai meet for the first time. The attraction between them and how they go their separate ways. And then how they both came to work together for the Sanctuary off-shoot, Shadow Team. Zach and Kai are the most unlikely as partners. Zach is serious and dedicated as a SEAL, Kai does what needs to be done to get the results he wants. They each have tons of their own baggage but when it comes down to it, they rely on each other in the most dangerous of situations.

I was dying to find out why Zach would leave his son with his twin brother that he's never met, and it completely lived up to all of my expectations! I loved everything about it. Zach and Kai were perfect for each other and realized it before it was too late. I hope there is more for this series!

 

 

Author Bio


RJ Scott. Romance Author.

USA Today bestselling author RJ SCOTT has written over one hundred and fifty romance books. Emotional stories of complicated characters, cowboys, single dads, hockey players, millionaires, princes, bodyguards, Navy SEALs, soldiers, doctors, paramedics, firefighters, cops, and the men who get mixed up in their lives, always with a happy ever after.

She lives just outside London and spends every waking minute she isn’t with family either reading or writing. The last time she had a week’s break from writing, she didn’t like it one little bit, and she has yet to meet a box of chocolates she couldn’t defeat.

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Thursday, July 18, 2024

Shades of Mercy by Bruce Borgos

In the usually quiet high desert of Nevada, Sheriff Porter Beck faces one of his greatest challenges… A series of unlikely, disturbing, and increasingly deadly events of unknown origins.

In the usually quiet high desert of Nevada, Sheriff Porter Beck faces one of his greatest challenges—a series of unlikely, disturbing and increasingly deadly events of unknown origins.

Porter Beck is the sheriff in the high desert of Nevada, doing the same lawman's job his father once did now that he's returned home after decades away. With his twelve person department, they cover a large area that is usually very quiet, but not of late. One childhood friend is the latest to succumb to a new wave of particularly strong illegal opioids, another childhood friend—now an enormously successful rancher—is targeted by a military drone, hacked and commandeered by an unknown source. The hacker is apparently local—local enough to call out Beck by name—and that means they are Beck's problem.

Beck's investigation leads him to Mercy Vaughn, the one known hacker in the area. The problem is that she's a teenager, locked up with no computer access at the secure juvenile detention center. But there's something Mercy that doesn't sit quite right with Beck. But when Mercy disappears, Beck understands that she's in danger and time is running out for all of them.

 

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Shades of Mercy by Bruce Borgos

Book 2
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Reviews


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Avid Reader☆☆☆☆
M/F Mystery
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Mercy is a teen who has found herself incarcerated for stealing millions of dollars. She is genius level smart, especially with computers, and when her knack for hacking becomes an issue, the U.S. Government will stop at nothing to prevent her from using her skills.

Beck is a small-town police officer. He knows the townspeople, has friends he grew up with, and now, has to track down drugs that are somehow killing his residents. As he tries to unravel the mystery behind where the drugs are coming from and who is behind it, Beck is thrust into the middle of a government operation that he knows smells off.

With the military sniffing around and some shifty characters entering his town, Beck will have to figure out if he can trust the fellow alphabet officers who've started to invade his town. Mercy will have to decide where her loyalties will fall. Mercy's life is staked high in this game of cat and mouse.

This was a good mystery. It was a little chaotic in the beginning, but I enjoyed watching the characters really learn to trust themselves and each other, even with the mystery behind what was going on, but overall, this was a fun read. I can't wait to see if she's in the next book.

 

 

Author Bio

BRUCE BORGOS lives and writes from the Nevada desert where he works hard every day to prove his high school guidance counselor had good instincts when he said “You’ll never be an astronaut.” He has a degree in political science which mostly served to dissuade him from a career in law while at the same time tormenting his wife with endless questions about how telephones work. When not writing, you can usually find him at the local wine store. He is the author of The Bitter Past.

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Wednesday, July 17, 2024

The Best of All by Karla Sorensen

He’s commitment phobic. She believes in happy endings. The twist of fate that binds them is a surprise they never saw coming…

He’s commitment phobic. She believes in happy endings. The twist of fate that binds them is a surprise they never saw coming in a bittersweet romance about instant family—and not-so-instant love.

A decade-old animosity is the only thing Liam Davies and Zoe Valentine have in common. Until their mutual best friends pass away and they’re appointed co-guardians of the trusting couple’s precocious toddler, Mira.

Liam is committed only to professional football. Relationship-wise, he’s even better at defense. Still wrestling with a tough childhood, he’s not cut out to be a father. Why his late best buddy believed in him, Liam has no idea.

An optimistic romantic, Zoe has always dreamed of a fairy-tale life. But even though Liam’s biceps make her dizzy and she can’t stop thinking about his lips on hers, he’s not exactly Prince Charming. With or without that brooding Brit, she is determined to make good on her friends’ last wish.

Forced into a predicament they never expected, Zoe and Liam are discovering things about each other that could scorch through boundaries, warm hearts, and change minds. And best of all, with their shared love for a pint-size surprise like Mira, they might just turn a house into a home.

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The Best of All by Karla Sorensen

Book 2
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I wanted to push her as far away from me as humanly possible, because proximity to Zoe Valentine was dangerous.

 

Reviews


Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team


Ruthie☆☆☆☆
This is the second book in the series, and I would most definitely recommend that you read book one first, as it starts at about the same time, but deals with another fallout and another redemption entirely. I read it ten months ago and very quickly (even after reading 200 or so books in between!), I was right back in the situation. I didn't remember much about the lead characters, but certainly Mira, Chris, and Amie... and a few tears!

Catapulted into parenthood, Zoe is embracing her grief at her friends' deaths whilst doing her best for Mira. Then the lawyers reveal an unexpected twist – she shares guardianship with her nemesis, Liam. We soon can see that his brusque, brash behaviour is a front to cover up some pretty bad damage from his dad... and a clear desire to make Zoe his.

Even if we have a good guess at how the book will end, the journey is hugely enjoyable – and well written with plenty of treats thrown in. Liam's NFL life and how he is dealing with his grief, how his teammates support and challenge him, shows us the man he truly is. Zoe's lovely older neighbour, Rosa, and her saucy book club; its members love to tease and joke about the naughty books they read!

I really hope we get more of this lovely new family, and ideally Burke and Charlotte too – because I really like this world!

 

 

There was no universe in which I could touch her without consequences. The kind that shook the walls and cracked all the foundations that held our world intact.

 

Author Bio

KARLA SORENSEN is the Amazon Top Ten bestselling author of numerous series, including the Ward Sisters, the Washington Wolves, the Bachelors of the Ridge, and Three Little Words. When she’s not devouring Dramione fanfic or avoiding the laundry, you can find her watching football (British and American) or HGTV or listening to Enneagram podcasts so she can psychoanalyze everyone in her life, in no particular order of importance. With a degree in advertising and public relations from Grand Valley State University, she made her living in senior health care prior to writing full-time, and never reads or writes anything without a happily ever after. Karla lives in Michigan with her husband, two boys, and a big shaggy rescue dog named Bear.

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That was what Zoe didn’t understand. All she had to do—all she’d ever had to do—was simply be there. That was all it took, and I was desperately impossibly inflamed.

 

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Monday, July 15, 2024

Tongue Tied by Christina Lee Instagram Tour

Release Tour. Christina Lee’s Tongue Tied.

Confessing feelings for your best friend takes being tongue-tied to a whole new level.

AUSTIN

Dex has always been my best friend, so it’s no surprise that we attend Franklin U together. We’re complete opposites. Dex is charismatic and outgoing. Me? Let’s just say I wish I could infuse some of his confidence into my veins. Making friends is hard enough, but trying to meet guys? Even with Dex’s help? I’m useless. Maybe it’s because Dex is all about hooking up, but I want my first time to be straight out of the pages of the romance novels I read.

DEX

After a string of mishaps, I swore off helping Austin land guys. But when he asks me to show him the ropes with practice sessions, I get the feeling he’s desperate. Our dates are pretend, so why am I getting so into them? I want to make Austin happy, but the line between friendship and something more is getting really damned blurry. The fluttery feeling, that electric energy every time we touch… it’s addicting. I’m getting overprotective, not only of my time with Austin, but with douchebags who might break his heart.

Eventually, the pretending has to end so Austin can strike out on his own. But how do I tell him I’m not ready to let him go, when every attempt at confessing leaves me tongue-tied?

Don’t miss our reviews of other books in the Franklin U 2 series!
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Tongue Tied by Christina Lee

Book 6
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Shannan☆☆☆☆
Tongue Tied is the sixth installment in the Franklin U 2 series. Franklin U 2 is a multi-author series of standalones that can be read in any order but do read best in the order that the authors intended.

Dex and Austin are best friends and have been since they were little. When they end up at Franklin U, of course they room together until Dex moves into the Poli house. Dex is the outgoing, personable person. He knows everyone and interacts with everyone he sees. Austin is the exact opposite. He's the introvert who loves to read and wouldn't go out unless Dex dragged him out with him. When Austin finds someone attractive, he gets super nervous and tongue tied. He's awkward but so adorable. All Dex wants is for Austin to be happy. When Dex suggests fake dating so Dex can show Austin it’s not as hard as he thinks, the lines get blurred between them. When the fake pretend dates and texts turn into more, Dex knows he isn't relationship material and all he wants is a hookup and Austin can only see a relationship in his future. Can they change what they thought they knew about relationships and each other?

I am a huge fan of friends-to-lovers and this one was done so well. Austin and Dex have so much chemistry that everyone else can pick up on, except for the two of them. I loved when they finally opened their eyes to the possibility of being together and, of course, no one else batted an eye. Such a fun read. I can't wait for more from this series!


Angie☆☆☆
This book is part of a series but I haven't read any of the previous books and I felt like it stood okay as a standalone.

Austin and Dex are friends, roommates at first, and polar opposites. Austin is super shy and is more an “at home reading a book” type person. Dex is heavily involved with school and has many friends. When Dex moves out of their dorm Austin seeks his help to meet guys.

I love the friends-to-lovers trope. I love when one pines for the other and the other is clueless and then they get the best happily ever after. I was so excited to read this book. Unfortunately, I was underwhelmed. I didn't feel like Austin and Dex would really be friends and I didn't feel any chemistry. Then all the side stuff with Dex and school, I just felt it was filler for the book and didn't add to anything. I got bored and ended up skimming a lot.

I wanted to root for Austin and Dex. I loved Austin. I didn't like it when Dex tried to help Austin meet people, that Austin usually ended up feeling worse. I just wanted to hug Austin. This book didn't work for me but I'm sure there will be others that it works for.

 

 

Author Bio


Christina Lee

Once upon a time, CHRISTINA LEE was a wardrobe stylist in New York City. She spent her days schlepping clothes, hailing cabs, and on the hunt for the perfect lip gloss, which became a bit of an addiction—along with books and coffee. You could always find her perched in a corner booth of a favorite diner sipping a dark roast and reading.

She currently lives in the Midwest with her husband and kiddo—her two favorite people in the world. She’s been a clinical social worker and a special education teacher and while very rewarding, they still didn’t feel like an exact fit. It wasn’t until she began writing a weekly column for the local newspaper that the bells went off in her head. She could finally draw from her real-life experiences and vivid imagination to write fiction—and she’s never looked back.

Christina writes romance in different sub-genres, but mostly with LGBTQ characters because representation matters and everyone deserves a happily-ever-after.

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Friday, July 12, 2024

Heart Restoration Project by Beth Merlin & Danielle Modafferi

Life, Love, and a Career Under Repair.

In Provence, a burned-out reality show star embarks down a path of self-renovation in a witty and enlightening novel about celebrity, love, sacrifice, and the resilience of the human heart.

Who is the real Plum Everly? Wouldn’t she like to know.

Raised in front of the cameras on her family’s hit reality show, Plum has reluctantly ridden the wave of D-list fame for way too long. Fading under the spotlight, she’s ready to ditch Hollywood forever when a new opportunity arises: a DIY in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region. Château Mirabelle and Plum’s identity. Both in need of restoration.

Bienvenue en France. The village is gracious and welcoming. Elliott Schaffer, the flirty head of production, isn’t bad either. But it’s Mirabelle itself—a symbol of courage reaching back to World War II—that pushes the show in a new direction. Focusing on its profound connection to history, Plum and Elliott are developing a greater appreciation for the legendary château and, along the way, for each other.

The best part of this makeover of the heart and soul? Plum gets to write her own ending. This time, for the first time, her life is going to be the real thing.

 

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Heart Restoration Project by Beth Merlin & Danielle Modafferi

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Reviews


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Ruthie☆☆☆☆
This is a good read. Although based on a reality show – with all the crazy that involves – actually at its heart is a very moving story about the previous owners of the building which is being restored.

Plum knows nothing but reality shows and knows it may be time to find a way to move on... but then is delighted when one takes her across the Atlantic to rural France. As we watch her wrestle with how to be herself – whether on or off screen – there are many things conspiring to derail her plans. Unexpectedly, Elliott is not one of them, and I really enjoyed how their mutual desire to work out the history of the château gives them a chance to be genuine and, one might even say, become friends.

There are quite a few romances which centre around a reality show, but this one definitely does a good job of changing the narrative and giving the reader more.

 

 

Author Bio

Beth Merlin

BETH MERLIN earned her BA from The George Washington University and her juris doctor from New York Law School. A native New Yorker, Beth loves anything Broadway, romantic comedies, and a good maxi dress. When she isn't writing, you can find her spending time with her husband, daughter and two cavapoos, Sophie and Scarlett at home or at their favorite vacation spot, Kiawah Island, South Carolina.

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Danielle Modafferi

DANIELLE MODAFFERI, a high school English teacher and pun enthusiast, earned her MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University in 2014 and, shortly after, founded Firefly Hill Press in 2016. By day, she helps her students discover the magic of language, but by night, she’s a writer and publisher on a mission to unleash her creativity and help others do the same. If there is ever time left in the day, Danielle loves working on a good upcycling or art project, traveling to faraway (and some not-so-faraway) places, and snuggling with her two yorkipoos, Jackson and Liam, who are also incidentally her biggest fans.

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Thursday, July 11, 2024

Boss Lady by Alli Frank & Asha Youmans

From sidelined to start line. Also included with Kindle Unlimited.

In this funny and inspiring novel from the authors of The Better Half, a mess of a heroine is desperate to resolve her past so she can finally rediscover who she was always meant to be.

Antonia “Toni” Arroyo’s protective mother has outdated notions for her daughter’s life: employ her natural beauty and marry young. But Toni has wholly different aspirations.

A promising inventor and budding entrepreneur, she fights to keep her passions alive as a financially strapped mother of twins with a job in airport transportation services that has her going in circles. One treasured frequent passenger is elderly traveler Sylvia Eisenberg, Toni’s sage but unofficial adviser and cheerleader. When Toni meets Sylvia’s grandson, Ash, a striking venture capitalist, luck just might bend her way.

With a game-changing new business endeavor in development, Toni hustles an opportunity to pitch her idea on TV’s Innovation Nation. Toni’s unexpected challenger? Her very own recently resurfaced, self-aggrandizing not-quite-ex-husband. As Toni’s interrupted past collides with her tenuous future, she is more determined than ever to follow through on her delayed dreams. Toni’s been clinging to “maybe” for so long—it’s finally time for “absolutely.”

 

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Boss Lady by Alli Frank & Asha Youmans

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Reviews


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Ruthie☆☆☆☆
3.5 stars rounded up

There is much to like in this book. I really liked that the old lady who chatted to Toni at the airport really was the entrepreneur and innovations guru who had supported some of the biggest names in the business – it was a clever reminder not to judge a book by its cover!

Toni has a brain which cannot stop coming up with bright ideas – she just needs one to work and be picked up by an investor so she can stop her job driving airport transfers. Her ex walked out, leaving her bringing up twins and shouldering all the bills and burdens. When Sylvia, her favourite client, falls ill and she goes with her to the hospital, their lives become more entwined.

Meeting Sylvia's grandson, Ash, changes everything – she finds someone attractive for the first time in forever, but he is completely out of reach... let alone she is still married. And now he is in a position to give her a chance at her dream on a TV investment show. Of course, her ex pops up, like a bad penny, and chaos ensues.

I felt that the plot got a bit overly twisted in places and could have been rejigged a bit to reduce the need for explanation, but I did really enjoy the characters and the storyline, as well as the outcome!

 

 

Author Bio


Alli Frank

The robustness of a farm girl, the honed sophistication of a city woman, a dash of Jewish chutzpah, and a heaping cup of endurance athlete and voila, you have ALLI FRANK.

Alli was raised in Yakima, WA, the only child of two parents who instilled in her that hard work coupled with a resilient spirit will take you where you want to go. So up some of the highest mountains Alli climbed, down insanely steep terrain she skied and across long swathes of land she ran. To pay for all this adventure, Alli has worked in education for over 20 years in San Francisco and Seattle – from an overcrowded, cacophonous public high school to a pristine private girl’s school. She has been a teacher, curriculum leader, coach, college counselor, assistant head, private school co-founder, sometimes pastor, often mayor, and de facto parent therapist. A graduate of Cornell and Stanford Universities, Alli can still be found with her nose deep in a book or hunkered down at the movies, never one to miss a great story.

Alli lives in Seattle, Washington with her husband, two daughters and terribly cute mini-Bernedoodle. When she needs good food (cause she can’t really cook) she turns to her co-author Asha Youmans.

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Asha Youmans

ASHA YOUMANS was raised in Seattle, WA, by an educational and civil right pioneer father and a children’s hospital administrator mother, along with a sister and a brother she admires and adores. As a child, Asha was a member of a two-time city champions Double Dutch team, among the first wave of girls to integrate Little League baseball and rode a unicycle, tumbled and juggled as a member of a traveling circus acrobatics team. She also read everything she could get her hands on from X-Men comic books to the “Clan of the Cave Bear” series to Camus.

Enrolled in gifted programs while attending public school, Asha went on to graduate from one of America’s premier private academies, Lakeside School, from which her father, TJ Vassar, earned a diploma as the school’s first black graduate. After receiving a degree from the University of California, Berkeley, Asha returned to Seattle where she taught in public and private schools for nearly 20 years.

Asha is a fabulous home cook who loves storytelling and connecting with others by making them smile. She lives with her white husband, two ethnically ambiguous sons, and a dog that is part Yorkie and part who-the-heck-knows.

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Wednesday, July 10, 2024

All Our Tomorrows by Catherine Bybee

New Wealth. Old Secrets.

From New York Times bestselling author Catherine Bybee comes the story of a reluctant billionaire who takes on his father’s empire, its dark secrets, and a fiery assistant he can’t get out of his head.

When Chase Stone’s estranged father dies, leaving his multibillion-dollar business to his children, no one is more surprised than Chase. Growing up outside of the high-stakes world filled with human vultures, Chase and his sister, Alex, are less than enthusiastic about stepping into their father’s shoes. That is until they learn of a half-brother they didn’t know existed and must find to share their inheritance with.

Piper Maddox was the elder Mr. Stone’s übercapable assistant—abruptly fired two weeks before his death. She knows everything about Stone Enterprises and the man who built it. But Piper has no desire to work for another member of the Stone family. Even one as down-to-earth as Chase.

Desperately needing financial security, Piper agrees to return so long as kissing up to Chase and accepting unwanted advances are not part of her job description. A promise that becomes a serious hurdle for both of them. Piper and Chase scramble to find the third Stone sibling before the media does, sharing secrets along the way. Secrets that can bring them together or tear them irrevocably apart.

 

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All Our Tomorrows by Catherine Bybee

Book 1
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Narrated by Meg Sylvan
~ Also Available with KindleUnlimited ~

 

 

Reviews


Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team


Ruthie☆☆☆☆
I am a big Catherine Bybee fan, so it was an easy decision to read this latest book of hers – and the good news is that there will be more goodness to come in this series. Inevitably, there is some world building which happens here, but it is really organic and layers are revealed as we learn more about the family dynamics.

I enjoy work romances, but in this case the fact that Piper had been harassed by Chase's father in the office makes the chemistry between them even more complicated to address. We find ourselves completely understanding both their concerns and yet enjoying the draw!

The inevitable imbalance which can arise with a billionaire-employee setup is cleverly averted because Chase's background is nothing exceptional, and his shock at his father's actions on death are real. I greatly enjoyed the work that they had to do to bring the 'family' back together, as well as the navigating around boards etc.

Plenty of plot, plenty of passion, and plenty of future storylines laid down, this was a great read – roll on The Heirs 2!

 

 

Author Bio

New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author CATHERINE BYBEE has written thirty-eight books that have collectively sold more than ten million copies and have been translated into more than twenty languages. Raised in Washington State, Bybee moved to Southern California in the hope of becoming a movie star. After growing bored with waiting tables, she returned to school and became a registered nurse, spending most of her career in urban emergency rooms. She now writes full time and has penned the Not Quite series, the Weekday Brides series, the Most Likely To series, and the First Wives series.

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Facebook Group: Catherine Bybee's Chatty Cathy's

 
 

ARC provided by

Montlake.


Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided with a free copy of All Our Tomorrows (The Heirs #1) by Catherine Bybee to read and review.