Saturday, September 30, 2017

Running into Love by Aurora Rose Reynolds

Fawn Reed has kissed one too many toads and has finally decided that Prince Charming doesn’t exist. After countless mishaps, mistakes, and unmitigated disasters on the dating scene, she’s decided to give up and move on with her life…solo.

Everything changes, however, after Fawn runs into Levi Fremont, a homicide detective new to New York City.

Dedication to the job has rendered Levi’s love life nonexistent—until he moves in next door to the free-spirited Fawn. After a series of comedic run-ins push them together, will they finally give in to the inevitable and realize—maybe—they are perfect for each other?

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Avid Reader☆☆☆☆
M/F Romance
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This is a sweet romance about finding the love of your life when you least expect it.

Fawn (the name, I had a hard time with – taking her seriously), but anyway, she was a carefree teacher who loves what she does. She hasn't had the best luck with relationships, so she has decided to just live her life, enjoy her family, and love on her kiddos.

Levi is a kind, gentle, sexy officer who can't get Fawn out of his head. When she literally takes him down while he's out running, he can't help but think that something might be wrong with her – I mean, who doesn't watch where they are going? He loves his family and knows that they want what's best for him. He has a small battle to get Fawn to see that he's truly interested.

The main characters complement each other and I can't wait to see what happens next.

This is without doubt a sweet and sexy read. Fawn and Levi meet under the strangest of circumstances and quickly recognise the connection – even if she wants to deny it.

I was interested in the outcome, even though there were times when I just wanted to understand the relevance of what I was being told – I still don't get why she was running with her eyes closed. I also have a few issues with the writing style, which was in no small part present tense, inner voice. I much prefer action to description, and whilst decor can give a clue to people's natures, knowing the detail of the interior design doesn't. Similarly, I can discover the differences between siblings from what they say and do, not being instructed. That said, it fitted Fawn's teaching nature to be constantly telling.

Muffin may have been the star – proving once again that dogs have excellent taste in people!

Aurora Rose Reynolds is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author whose wildly popular series include Until, Until Him, Until Her, and Underground Kings.

Her writing career started in an attempt to get the outrageously alpha men who resided in her head to leave her alone and has blossomed into an opportunity to share her stories with readers all over the world.

For more information on Reynolds’s latest books or to connect with her, contact her on Facebook, on Twitter, or via e-mail.

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The Lovin’ Is Easy by Gemma Snow

At the Triple Diamond, good things come in threes…

Madison Hollis never expected to find anything at the Triple Diamond Ranch in Montana, a surprise inheritance left to her by an uncle she’d never met. With her career as an event-planning manager for the Silicon Valley tech titans, a job that has pushed her straining engagement to the breaking point, she doesn’t have time for soul-searching.

But, out in the Montana summer sun before putting the ranch up for sale, Madison finds herself distracted by Triple Diamond’s sexy and oh-so-tempting ranch managers. Christian Harlow and Ryder Dean are best friends and total opposites, rebel country boy and pretty boy cowboy, and both are hot as hell.

Intent on loosening her reins, Madison gives herself permission to dive into an affair, surrendering to her desire for both of them. As she gets to know both Ryder and Christian and grows all too familiar with the feeling of them on her skin, Madison wonders if it will be as easy as she’d hoped to go home and leave them behind. But when an ugly secret comes to light, it might just send her running—if something, or someones, can’t convince her to stay…

Reader Advisory: This book contains scenes of anal sex and double penetration; a scene of mild violence.

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Mary Jo☆☆☆
I have to admit, I struggled with this story and I'm not quite sure why. I did enjoy the sparks between Ryder, Madison, and Christian, but something felt off. Maybe it was the way Ryder and Christian were described as the stereotypical "opposites but best friends" or that even though they were described that way, they both seemed to have a love of the ranch.

Madison was raised by her father's family after her parents died by her mother's brother. In this day and age, it’s hard to believe that she didn't do a little research on her mother's family to see where she came from.

I suppose I get too bogged down in the details in some stories, and this was one. However, it is an enjoyable romance that ticks all the boxes – including hot heroes and a stunning heroine.

Avid Reader☆☆☆☆
3.5 stars
M/F/M Romance

This is a very short story and because of that, it lacked some development.

Ryder and Christian were great friends. You can really get their relationship and while they do love each other in a brotherly way, they were clear that it was mostly that they love each other, but don't have a physical relationship.

Madison has come in to ranch and she really doesn't know what to expect. I thought that she was somewhat predictable and wishy-washy, despite being described as this powerhouse woman.

The chemistry between Ryder and Christian and Madison was good and they had some great scenes. I would have liked a longer story to have a little more development, but it was enjoyable.

Gemma Snow is the author of several works of erotic and romantic fiction in both the contemporary and historical genres, and enjoys pushing the limits of freedom, feminism, and fun in her stories. She has been an avid writer for many years, and recently moved back to her home state of New Jersey from Boston, after completing her education in journalism and creative writing.

In her free time, she loves to travel, and spent several months living in a 14th century castle in the Netherlands. When not exploring the world, she likes dreaming up stories, eating spicy food, driving fast cars, and talking to strangers.

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The Border by Steve Schafer

One moment changed their lives forever.

A band plays, glasses clink, and four teens sneak into the Mexican desert, the hum of celebration receding behind them.

Crack. Crack. Crack.

Not fireworks―gunshots. The music stops. And Pato, Arbo, Marcos, and Gladys are powerless as the lives they once knew are taken from them.

Then they are seen by the gunmen. They run. Except they have nowhere to go. The narcos responsible for their families' murders have put out a reward for the teens' capture. Staying in Mexico is certain death, but attempting to cross the border through an unforgiving desert may be as deadly as the secrets they are trying to escape...

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From the moment they hear gun shots, the lives of Pato, his cousin Arbo, popular fellow student Marcos, and Marcos' sister Gladys, are changed forever. From the minute they discover the blood bath where their parents and families have been killed, which ultimately leads to them crossing the desert from Mexico to the US, unprepared and with no clear idea of where they are headed.

The author does not hold back in showing us the horror of what Pato and his friends are going through, which is part of what makes The Border such a gripping story. I was on the edge of my seat watching these teens go from one dangerous situation to another, with only each other to lean on. The problem is, they are teens with the usual teen angst and fighting among themselves, which sometimes makes the situation worse.

This is one of those stories where I had no idea where the story was going and I love that. Would they survive the desert? Would they make it to the US? I had no idea and I was just along for, what is at times, a harrowing ride. But you know what? Every now and then little glimpses of hope and love appear in the story and those moments are more meaningful given what Pato and the group are going through. I fell in love with Pato, Arbo, Marcos, and Gladys and I just wanted them to survive. To live. The Border is a fantastic story that I think teens and adults will enjoy it.

Steve Schafer is an avid cultural explorer, animal lover, bucket-list filler, and fan of the great outdoors. He has a master’s degree in international studies from the Lauder Institute at the University of Pennsylvania. He lives in Blue Bell, Pennsylvania, with his wife and two children. The Border is his first novel.

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Bone to Pick by TA Moore

Cloister Witte is a man with a dark past and a cute dog. He’s happy to talk about the dog all day, but after growing up in the shadow of a missing brother, a deadbeat dad, and a criminal stepfather, he’d rather leave the past back in Montana. These days he’s a K-9 officer in the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department and pays a tithe to his ghosts by doing what no one was able to do for his brother—find the missing and bring them home.

He’s good at solving difficult mysteries. The dog is even better.

This time the missing person is a ten-year-old boy who walked into the woods in the middle of the night and didn’t come back. With the antagonistic help of distractingly handsome FBI agent Javi Merlo, it quickly becomes clear that Drew Hartley didn’t run away. He was taken, and the evidence implies he’s not the kidnapper’s first victim. As the search intensifies, old grudges and tragedies are pulled into the light of day. But with each clue they uncover, it looks less and less likely that Drew will be found alive.

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Avid Reader☆☆☆☆
3.5 stars
M/M Romance mystery
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So, this is a great mystery. It was fast paced, had a lot of developed ideas, and then there was a distinct feeling of the who did it? I think that had this been only a murder/kidnapping mystery that it would have been an overall home run.

The characters were hard for me to relate to – they were supposed to be written as strong men, however, both were whiny or kind of weak in their own way.

Cloister Witte is the K-9 officer who is the best within the closest radius to several small towns. He knows that he's good and his dog, Bourneville (Bon), is amazing. I loved the relationship and trust that they had. Where Witte falls short for me is when Javi is around. Witte becomes this character that I didn't really recognize as the best K-9 officer around. Rather, he becomes this shy, bumbling, no self-confidence guy who lets Javi insult and walk all over him.

Javi is just a bully through and through. It's like he was raised to be mean and takes pride in his ability to shake off his own guilt at treating others like they are mud on his shoe. He was not a great detective/FBI agent; he was smart enough to listen to Witte, but that was about it.

The two of them together was hard to read because I had such a disliking to Javi and thought that Witte could do so much better.

Overall, the mystery is super solid. I liked where it went, the teasing, and the result. The romance was not very successful and I think that I needed more from that aspect for it to become more successful.

This is a darker and grittier murder mystery than the blurb suggests and I really loved it. More True Detective than Rizzoli and Isles, K-9 handler Cloister Witte and FBI agent Javi Merlo are an unlikely crime solving team and their investigation into a kidnapping digs deep into a small town’s ugly and long held secrets.

Cloister and Javi are not terribly likeable antiheroes. Merlo is judgmental and abrasive. Witte’s dog is more engaging than he is. Witte plays to his dumb redneck stereotype and Merlo is a little bit emotionally constipated. Oddly, I loved these two. They are both interesting, carefully developed, and refreshingly human.

There are some crazy hot sex scenes in the book, but I wouldn’t say there’s really any romance. This is primarily a kidnapping/murder mystery. The plot is layered and complex and I followed it without guessing the whole outcome. I enjoyed the K-9 aspect of the story (Bourneville might be the only likeable character). This is an exciting, well-crafted story and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

TA MOORE genuinely believed that she was a Cabbage Patch Kid when she was a small child. This was the start of a lifelong attachment to the weird and fantastic. These days she lives in a market town on the Northern Irish coast and her friends have a rule that she can only send them three weird and disturbing links a month (although she still holds that a DIY penis bifurcation guide is interesting, not disturbing). She believes that adding ‘in space!’ to anything makes it at least 40% cooler, will try to pet pretty much any animal she meets (this includes snakes, excludes bugs), and once lied to her friend that she had climbed all the way up to Tintagel Castle in Cornwall, when actually she’d only gotten to the beach, realized it was really high, and chickened out.

She aspires to being a cynical misanthrope, but is unfortunately held back by a sunny disposition and an inability to be mean to strangers. If TA Moore is mean to you, that means you’re friends now.

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All Wheel Drive by Z.A. Maxfield

Healey Holly is battered, depressed, and looking to go to ground in his childhood home. He wants to rent the garage apartment, but it’s Diego Luz’s place now, and the last thing Diego wants is to share it.

Diego is recovering too — from the accident that put him in a wheelchair and the death of his mother shortly after. The garage apartment is where he’s keeping his mother’s things, and as long as they’re up those stairs and he’s down on the ground, there’s no way he can deal with his loss. And that’s just how he likes it.

Healey believes in science. Diego believes in luck. It will take a blend of both, and some prayer thrown in besides, for these two to learn that it’s the journey and the destination that matters.

The Bluewater Bay stories can be enjoyed in any order — jump in wherever you'd like!

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The angst! Diego and Healey have way too much baggage. and at times it was almost painful to watch them tiptoe around each other. Healey is a scientist recently injured in an accident. Diego has learned to live with the injuries that put him in a wheelchair but he is grieving his mother and terrified of relationships.

It took me a while to even like either of these surly men. We learn about their pasts slowly and we see some pretty arsy behaviour before we know enough to have empathy for either of them. But they grew on me. Diego’s vulnerabilities around sex and his disability are heartbreaking. But so are the memories of the mother he’s lost. And it was impossible not to love Healey once I knew more about his accident and the toxic relationship that preceded it. But while I loved these two by the end, it took me some time to really engage with Diego and Healey.

While the chemistry between Diego and Healey is hot, Diego’s disability makes the actual sex quite complicated. And while the sex scenes are sometimes uncomfortably realistic, they are also surprisingly sexy. Because of the trust involved, the sex between these two builds a really beautiful intimacy between these two.

Unlike most of the Bluewater Bay books, this one doesn’t completely stand alone and readers will probably need to read Healey’s twin brother Nash’s book Hell on Wheels before they will fully understand this one. Here, Healey’s past is drip fed to readers out of sequence in a way that could potentially be confusing.

My first impressions of Diego and Healey were not great. Diego seemed like a bit of an a-hole with a chip on his shoulder and Healey seemed really stubborn and pretty clueless for a guy that is supposed to be super smart.

For a while I was wondering how these two were going to end up together because: 1. the first few interactions they had were cringe worthy, and 2. they both had heaps of baggage. But during one of their conversations Diego points out that they are complete opposites, and from that point on things started to improve for the characters and I really started to get into the story.

If, like me, you like lots of conversation in your books, you'll like All Wheel Drive. Diego and Healey talk a lot – even during sex. And not really sexy talk either. With Diego’s spinal cord injury, sexy times require a bit of adjusting and considering, but the sexy times are still sexy.

I would have liked to have delved more deeply into Healey's relationship with Ford. Certain things are hinted at and I was hoping to have more detail. Early in, that was what I was expecting. I was waiting for a big scene or reveal to make me cry, but it never panned out that way.

When this story wound up, I felt that it could have kept going. This is couple I'd be happy to see more of in the future to see where their life leads. So my verdict is 3.5 stars. I rarely give a half star rating but in this case, I'm making an exception. I really enjoyed All Wheel Drive. It is worth reading.

Z.A. Maxfield is a fifth-generation native of Los Angeles, although she now lives in the O.C. She started writing in 2007 on a dare from her children and never looked back. Pathologically disorganized and perennially optimistic, she writes as much as she can, reads as much as she dares, and enjoys her time with family and friends. If anyone asks her how a wife and mother of four manages to find time for a writing career, she’ll answer, “It’s amazing what you can do if you completely give up housework.”

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Friday, September 29, 2017

Racer by Katy Evans Spotlight

A sizzling new standalone contemporary romance by New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Katy Evans.

A bad boy with something to prove.
A woman with a mission.
The race of their lives.
The love of a lifetime.

I don’t think his parents expected him to live up to his name—Racer Tate—but once he felt the adrenaline rush behind the wheel, he was addicted.

He's the fastest, fiercest driver around.

Scouting new talent brings me to his doorstep...
but his smile sends me to my knees.

The sexy, mysterious Racer Tate is not the kind of man a girl like me falls for. He's secretive, reckless, elusive. But his proximity pushes me beyond reason, and his kiss...

This is our last chance to win, and he is our only hope. I'm supposed to watch him—make sure he doesn't get into trouble. But it's an impossible task. And now the one in heart wrenching, toe-curling, soul-crushing trouble is me. Because when your heart belongs to someone, their truths become your own, and their secrets become your salvation... or your curse.

He says he wants me. He says I'm the One. But he also thinks he'll break my heart, one piece at a time until it's gone.

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I’m still reeling. While people approach him, he cuts a path straight to me, his gaze penetrating and target-like; making me want to bolt.

His lips do that little upward tilt they do that seems so sexy, and for a second, I feel like I’m lightheaded.

I gulp, and then feel mad at myself for acting like some idiot as fucking devil-Racer Tate reaches me, throws himself into a seat next to me, and turns to look at me expectantly with the most gorgeous grin on his face.

I don’t know what to say.

This guy has left me sort of speechless.

“So…” I say, staring in the distance at his beat-up mustang, then at him.

“So…” he says too, in his deep voice, his smile a little more wicked than it was two seconds ago. He glances at my mouth.

Oh god.

Why am I licking my lips?

It only made his eyes narrow and darken.

I open my mouth to speak, failing to find words. He smells like sweat and soap and shampoo, and I feel my traitorous nipples push up to my top again. Why do they do that when he’s around?

“This is illegal,” I state.

His voice is husky from exertion, and his eyes glint with laughter. “That’s why it’s fun.”

I look away from his eyes, trying to focus and clear my head. He leans over and peers into my face, his face shadowed by the moonlight and his jaw now carrying a little scruff. “Are we in agreement?” he presses.

“No.” I glare and shake my head, meeting his cocky gaze. “You’re reckless, Racer.”

“So are you, Alana.”

“It’s just… Lana.”

His brows fly up in surprise. “And a bit of a liar too.”

I purse my lips, still glaring as my gaze goes back to his car. Girls are rubbing against it as if it were him, and I find it disgusting. Why are women always acting so slutty around race car drivers and bad boys?

“You crashed your car,” I say flippantly.

“You crashed my car,” he contradicts, amused.

I laugh, then scowl in his direction. “You crashed it more. I can’t believe you were making such a fuss about me crashing into you when it was just a little kiss—”

He leans in to peck my lips—fast but firmly. “That’s a kiss.”

I lose my breath.

My eyes wide.

He eases back, lips smiling as he comes to his feet and stretches his hand out to take me by the elbow and help me to my feet.

“Let’s get out of here.” He starts walking, leading the way.

“And go where?”

“Anywhere I can get my hands on you.”

Katy Evans is a New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author. Her debut Real shot to the top of the bestselling lists in 2013 and since then 9 of her titles have been New York Times bestsellers. Her books have been translated into nearly a dozen languages across the world.

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Drawn Together by Wendi Zwaduk

His perfect match is in the last place he expects—across the courtyard.

Graig Case wants to teach history and coach baseball. Plain and simple. But nothing in his life has been easy. He’s also got a secret. He loves to watch the sexy woman across the courtyard dance. He’d love for his fantasy girl to be his best friend, but fantasy and reality don’t always mix.

Tessa Martin has given up on love. She’s played second fiddle most of her life. Men like hanging out with her. Being one of the guys doesn’t keep her warm at night. Still, she indulges in her one treat—dancing for Graig. No emotions involved means no one gets hurt.

Except when they end up working in the same school in the same hallway… then all bets are off.

Reader Advisory: This book contains anal sex and the use of toys.

Publisher's Note: This book has previously been released elsewhere. It has been revised and re-edited for re-release with Totally Bound Publishing.

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Avid Reader☆☆☆☆
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M/F Romance
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Graig is a history teacher who is just starting out in his career. He loves what he does and knows that he can do it forever. What he's missing is that he has found out, just before taking the new teaching position, that his girlfriend, Lila, had been cheating on him. Lila and Graig break up and he is free to start his new job and date other people.

Tessa is an art teacher at the same school that Graig is now working at. She has family who also work at the school – her sister and brother-in-law. Tessa has always felt that she is better suited to being the good friend, but never enough to be loved material. She has a weak self-esteem and isn't going to look for love, despite her sister's attempts to set her up.

When Graig and Tessa begin their courtship, they have to navigate co-workers and exes. Tessa has to decide if she can trust Graig and Graig needs to make sure that he's clear and honest with Tessa.

I really enjoyed this story and despite some awkwardness between the main characters, I felt that their relationship was fairly organic. I can't wait to see what happens next.

I always dreamed of writing the stories in my head. Tall, dark, and handsome heroes are my favourites, as long as he has an independent woman keeping him in line.

I earned a BA in education at Kent State University and currently hold a Masters in Education with Nova Southeastern University.

I love NASCAR, romance, books in general, Ohio farmland, dirt racing, and my menagerie of animals. You can also find me at my blog.

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Acting on Impulse by Mia Sosa Blog Tour

The first in a fun, flirty new series from Mia Sosa!

After a very public breakup with a media-hungry politician, fitness trainer Tori Alvarez escapes to Aruba for rest, relaxation, and copious amounts of sex on the beach—the cocktail, that is. She vows to keep her vacation a man-free zone but when a cute guy is seated next to her on the plane, Tori can’t resist a little harmless flirting.

Hollywood heartthrob Carter Stone underwent a dramatic physical transformation for his latest role and it’s clear his stunning seat mate doesn’t recognize the man beneath the shaggy beard and extra lean frame. Now Carter needs help rebuilding his buff physique and Tori is perfect for the job. It doesn’t hurt that she makes his pulse pound in more ways than one.

Sparks are flying, until a pesky paparazzo reveals Carter’s identity. Tori is hurt and pissed. She wants nothing to do with another man in the limelight, but she’s still got to whip him into shape. Can Carter convince Tori he’s worth the threat to her privacy that comes with dating a famous actor, or will Tori chisel him down to nothing before he even gets the chance?

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As I crawl into the tiny space—it’s been a while since I’ve traveled coach class—I catch a whiff of her scent and close my eyes. Not sure if it’s perfume, body wash, or what, but it smells like vanilla and reminds me of the candles my mother used to buy at the local craft store. That right there is a sign. My mother would most heartily approve of this woman.

Now to find out her name.

I turn in my seat, prepping myself for a short conversation—too much too soon isn’t part of the playbook—but then I realize she’s not next to me. I raise myself off the cushion and pretend to stretch as I turn my head to scan the back of the plane. She’s a few rows back, standing and chatting with a guy who doesn’t appear to have anyone sitting next to him.

Oh, hell no.

Do I have to go to the restroom? You bet.

Before I stand, a bell rings and a flight attendant announces that there will be a short delay while the ground crew clears debris from the runway. Perfect.

I rise and make my way through the aisle, pushing down the bill of my baseball cap so no one notices me. But, of course, someone does. For all the wrong reasons.

A little girl with huge brown eyes and a mop of bright red hair tugs on her mother’s shirt and says, “Mommy, that man looks like a bear.”

The cutie’s pronouncement is loud enough that several nearby passengers chuckle. Even the object of my fascination turns and laughs. I grin at the kid, and she growls in her best imitation of a bear. So freaking adorable, that girl. Enjoying her fascination with my beard, I channel my inner Leonardo DiCaprio and growl right back.

Now I’ve done it.

The little girl’s eyes go round, and her eyes water. Then she lets out a shriek like the hounds of hell are chasing her. Unfortunately, I’m the hounds, and everyone on the plane, including my future wife, knows it.

The girl’s mother tries to quiet her, rocking her and telling her everything will be okay. Their seatmate, meanwhile, throws daggers at me with his eyes.

“He’s so scary looking,” the little girl chants over and over into her mother’s chest.

“Sir,” the flight attendant says behind me, “we’re getting ready to take off soon. Could you please return to your seat?”

Bewildered by the past ten minutes of my life, I nod and amble back to my row. How the hell did things go south that quickly? Fantasy woman returns, and my stomach drops when I catch the look of sympathy on her face. I slide down into my seat, give her a pathetic smile, and cover my face with my baseball cap as though I’m settling in for a nap. I need to regroup before I can speak to her. And I refuse to listen to the preflight safety demonstration unless the attendant can teach me how to save me from myself.

So now I know another thing: Whatever I tell my kids about how I met their mother, it’s going to be a lie. A big, fat fucking lie.

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Avid Reader☆☆☆☆
M/F Romance

Tori and Carter meet while on vacation. Tori is just trying to get away from her now ex-boyfriend and Carter just needs some good R&R.

Tori is an outgoing, well-rounded fitness trainer. She is a good character – she's self-assured, but also not willing to just jump back in to a relationship. When Carter is less than forthright about his career and identity, she is thrown and doesn't really want to trust again.

Carter is trying to figure out why he is so drawn to Tori. She is funny, doesn't know him from Adam, and sexy. Plus, she has the body of a personal trainer – something he can appreciate.

This is more of a dance – trust, admiration, and love come into play, but it's more about each character finding themselves again.

I can't wait to see what happens next, but I hope that we get to see more of this couple.

This is the first in a new series – and I loved it! It is light, fun, sexy, and satisfying.

Told from the point of view of both leads, we get a really entertaining insight into how they feel and how they react to each other. There is not, however, too much inner voice – which made me happy! The backgrounds, family dynamics, and also expected futures of both Carter and Tori are laid bare to us in an organic way.

Tori's sense of humour is completely in tune with my own, so I had to make sure I was reading when no one would be affected by my chuckling! Carter also has a lovely dry approach to life, which was most enjoyable. His mental assertions about Tori being his future, are absolutely perfectly timed, and his dedication to making it come true is very endearing.

Their chemistry is undeniable – and they get plenty of opportunities to enjoy each other when they are training... perfect set up for a very enjoyable story. I recommend it to you.

Thank you, Ms. Sosa, and I do hope the next installment is coming on well!

Mia Sosa was born and raised in New York City. She attended the University of Pennsylvania, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Communications and met her very own romance hero (spoiler alert: she married him). Mia once dreamed of being a professional singer, but practical considerations (read: the need to generate income) led her to take the law school admissions test instead.

A graduate of Yale Law School, Mia practiced First Amendment and media law in the nation’s capital for ten years before returning to her creative roots. Now she spends most of her days writing contemporary romances about smart women and the complicated men who love them. Mia lives in Maryland with her husband and two daughters and will forever be on the hunt for the perfect karaoke bar.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Acting on Impulse (Love on Cue #1) by Mia Sosa to read and review for this tour.