Friday, April 3, 2020

A Bad Day for Sunshine by Darynda Jones


New York Times bestselling author Darynda Jones is back with the first novel in the brand-new snarky, sassy, wickedly fun Sunshine Vicram series—A Bad Day for Sunshine!

Sheriff Sunshine Vicram finds her cup o’ joe more than half full when the small village of Del Sol, New Mexico, becomes the center of national attention for a kidnapper on the loose.


Del Sol, New Mexico is known for three things: its fry-an-egg-on-the-cement summers, strong cups of coffee—and, now, a nationwide manhunt? Del Sol native Sunshine Vicram has returned to town as the elected sheriff—thanks to her adorably meddlesome parents who nominated her—and she expects her biggest crime wave to involve an elderly flasher named Doug. But a teenage girl is missing, a kidnapper is on the loose, and all of this is reminding Sunshine why she left Del Sol in the first place. Add to that the trouble at her daughter’s new school, plus and a kidnapped prized rooster named Puff Daddy, and, well, the forecast looks anything but sunny.

But even clouds have their silver linings. This one's got Levi, Sunshine's sexy, almost-old-flame, and a fiery-hot US Marshal. With temperatures rising everywhere she turns, Del Sol's normally cool-minded sheriff is finding herself knee-deep in drama and danger. Can Sunshine face the call of duty—and find the kidnapper who's terrorizing her beloved hometown—without falling head over high heels in love... or worse?

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Sarah☆☆☆☆☆
This is an absolutely brilliant start to a new series from Darynda Jones. Sunshine Vicram is a fabulous new leading lady and this eccentric small town crime thriller had me alternately terrified and laughing out loud.

Sunny is a badass crime fighter with a quick wit and a sharp sense of humour, but she also has a complicated past and more than one dark secret she’d rather keep hidden. Unfortunately, between the resentful mayor, her own meddling mother, and a daughter who has inherited Sunny’s enthusiasm for an investigation, there isn’t much room for secrets in Del Sol. I really love the mix of outrageous situations, gentle family drama, and a complicated blend of current and historic crime.

One thing I loved about the Charley Davidson books was Jones’ ability to write a good bad boy. Now, Levi might be completely human, but he is a delicious mix of danger with an attitude and possibly a touch of conscience. The story isn’t a traditional romance but the chemistry and banter between Sunny and Levi definitely makes for good reading.

While part of the investigation is tied up in this first book, the story actually leaves readers with more questions than answers. I loved this first book and I already can’t wait for the next one. I think I’m going to love this series.


Veronica☆☆☆☆☆
A Bad Day for Sunshine is the first book in a new series and the first book I've read by this author. Sunshine Vicram returns with her teenage daughter, Auri, to the small town she grew up in to take up the position of sheriff.

There is a lot going on this in this town, some of it funny, some of it serious. A new friend of Auri's goes missing, presumed kidnapped. An escaped prisoner is believed to be somewhere in town, there are cursed muffins, neighbours fighting over a rooster, and the list goes on. But the biggest mystery relates to Sunshine's abduction when she was 17, which resulted in her pregnancy and how Levi, the guy she has been crazy in love with for years, is connected.

The story is told from the point of view of both Sunshine and Auri. I loved the way this was done. There were times when there were parallels between what mother and daughter were going through. Sunshine and Auri totally rock. They are smart, sassy, brave, and they are my new book heroes. Sunshine and Levi's interactions were sublime. It is clear that things between them are going to develop over this series and I really can't wait to see it. Auri is also experiencing young love and Cruz, the object of her affections, is the kind of guy every young girl would want.

I loved everything about this story. The mysteries, the crazy characters, the complicated relationships, the romance. It all worked perfectly together. I hope the wait for the next book in the series is not too far away because I'm dying to find out what happens next.


Ruthie☆☆☆☆☆
5 stars of absolute fabulousness – would award many more if I could!

There is only one thing wrong with this book... it ended 🙁. I could have just read and read and read – and have little doubt that once the series is complete, I will take great pleasure in doing exactly that! I adored the Charley Davidson series, so didn't even read the blurb before knowing I would love it too. It is completely different, but the same brilliant style of writing of somehow including us in the story, and the wonderful mix of fanciful and all too real. I both laughed and shed tears. I had to stop and shut off my Kindle for a second or two more than once, as I just knew what came next wasn't going to be good. Add in Levi... and well, what else does a reader need?

Sunshine and her daughter Auri (Aurora) are undoubtedly the stars of the book – and even though we see them as being close from the very beginning, when Auri admits to something deep between them, do expect to need plenty of tissues. I love that both of them have really important and meaningful relationships with a wide variety of people. And do expect to meet lots of them and get to understand how this is a book which may centre on Sunshine, but is much broader in its plots than just her.

I realise that I am possibly not doing a great job of describing this book, but to be fair, it is just one of those books which is full of so much goodness, that is difficult to know where to start and how to avoid giving something away. It is undoubtedly a mystery story, indeed multiple mysteries assail us. It is a story of second chances, as Sunshine has returned to live in her childhood town – elected unwittingly as the new sheriff – although she has been back for holidays, and Auri has spent summers there with her grandparents and making friends. Sunshine is now going to be able to work with her long-time best friend, Quincy, and has to keep seeing her biggest crush, Levi, and time hasn't changed that. I love that thread running through the story, although it has some dark undertones.

There are undercurrents of mafia, of a group of women who direct the town, of a muffin baker who foresees trouble, of a whacky, but wealthy book club, an escapologist rooster, school politics, and even legal moonshine gin!

I am so looking forward to the next book in the series being available, as I have the biggest book hangover... As you may have guessed from my somewhat disjointed review, my recommendation is READ, READ, READ!


Shelby☆☆☆☆
I loved the Charley Davidson series, I honestly loved it. I had doubts about A Bad Day for Sunshine. I should never have doubted Darynda Jones and will not make that mistake again! I assumed Sunshine Vicram would be a carbon copy of Charley, how wrong I was. They have similarities in that they are both strong women who feel deeply, but never give up even when the world is against them, but that's about it.

Sunshine Vicram finds herself in a peculiar position as the elected sheriff of a town she doesn't reside in. Yes, it's her hometown but she left many years ago. She joins her best friend on the police force in Del Sol, NM and it's definitely NOT a quiet, peaceful town. Crazy, quirky, eccentric? YES, but also endearing.

While the town is a little hectic in and of itself, there is a lot going on for poor Sunshine to solve. Meaning there were no slow moments in the read. I never wanted to put this down. I needed to figure out each and every moment but especially the Levi dynamic. Levi, Sunshine's high school crush, is the epitome of alpha male. He's strong, he's capable, and he's mouth-watering attractive.

I loved the mystery, I seriously love Levi, and I am all about Sunshine's brand of sass. Add to that her daughter the super sleuth, Auri, and this never boring town of Del Sol, and I am ready to roll with this series to the end. I will mention that while the mystery is solved, I ended this book with more questions (and these ones NEED answers, like yesterday) than I started with or even developed throughout!

Overall, this was a strong four-star read and I am excited to see what's next.



New York Times and USA Today bestselling author DARYNDA JONES won a Golden Heart and a RITA for her manuscript First Grave on the Right. A born storyteller, she grew up spinning tales of dashing damsels and heroes in distress for any unfortunate soul who happened by, annoying man and beast alike. Darynda lives in the Land of Enchantment, also known as New Mexico, with her husband and two beautiful sons, the Mighty, Mighty Jones Boys.

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Bears Behaving Badly by MaryJanice Davidson Blog Tour


These social worker bear shifters give the term “mama bear” a whole new meaning! Bestselling author MaryJanice Davidson is back with this brand-new paranormal romance series featuring a foster care system for at-risk shifter babies and teens.

Werebear shifter Annette Garsea is a caseworker for the Interspecies Placement Agency. When a selectively mute and freakishly strong teen werewolf is put in her custody, Annette has to uncover the young girl’s secrets if she’s to have any hopes of helping her. And not even the growling of a scruffy private investigator can distract her from her mission...

Bear shifter David Auberon appreciates Annette’s work with at-risk teen shifters, but he’s not sure if her latest charge is so much a vulnerable teen as a predator who should be locked up. All that changes when he, Annette, and her motley band of juveniles find themselves dodging multiple murder attempts and uncovering a trafficking cartel that doesn’t just threaten the kids, but risks discovery of the shifters by the wider world of homo sapiens.

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While David tore the intruders to pieces, Annette jacked shells into her .12 gauge. Twenty-inch barrel, six-round mag, and a place to attach a bayonet, not that she’d ever felt the urge.

She eschewed buckshot; slugs had the advantage of range, greater accuracy, would shred their target at 1,800 feet per second, and could knock a full-grown werewolf off all four paws. Slugs would also, to use the technical term, incapacitate like a bastard.

Annette stepped out of the room, socked the gun to her shoulder, fired at the (sixty pounds, six-inch bite-wound radius, four feet at the shoulder, sees the gun but tries for my carotid anyway because he is a clear IDIOT) werewolf, and moved slightly to her left as the werewolf’s momentum carried him another eighteen inches while the slug rearranged his coronary arteries.

To her left came a choked snarl that was chopped short. David had pulverized the werewolf’s vocal cords as he went in for the final strike. While she’d run for the gun case, he had killed the other one before he’d gotten a dozen feet from the car, now parked haphazardly at the far end of the yard.

“Oh, hell,” she said, popping the safety and inhaling. Blood, cordite, fear, blood, triumph, scones. “We live to bite another day, hurrah for us, but we’ve killed all our leads.”

Welp, as Mama Mac would say, better them than us. Then she’d bake a Bundt cake. I would love a Bundt cake.

“Pat!” she called. “Sound off!”

“I’m good, we’re all good back here!”

“You okay, Annette?” David asked hoarsely. “You hurt?”

She turned to see David, all six-foot-plus of him, bloodied head to heels. He wiped his face with the back of a bloody hand, which was an exercise in futility. His dark hair was sticking up like he’d used gore for mousse, and he was all powerful arms and broad chest and long, blood-spattered muscles and, um, long… long…

Feet.

Do not gape at the man like a slack-jawed yokel, you slack-jawed yokel! Shifter nudity taboos were, by necessity, far more relaxed than anything in the Stable world. But it still wasn’t polite to stare, no matter how fine the Shifter in question was. Quite the opposite; it could be construed as a challenge.

“I’m all right. Are you?” She stepped closer, and there was no way, no way to stop herself from reaching out. “Well, hell. At least one of them got his teeth into you.”

“Worth it.” Now he stepped closer. Don’t read into it. Maybe he’s worried you can’t hear him from two feet away. He’s so considerate! “Are you sure you’re okay?”

She looked down at her sweater. “None of this is my blood, David.”

“That shouldn’t be as hot as it is,” he said, and cupped the nape of her neck and kissed her. Neither the time nor place, her inner Girl Scout primly pointed out, but damn, the man had a nice mouth. Mmmmm… Skittles…

Just as suddenly, he drew back, leaving her gasping. “Sorry.”

“That bad?”

He shook his head. “Christ, no. But I should’ve asked.”

“Is that an apology?”

“No.”

“Well then. This serves you right.” And she kissed him back. She was pressed up against him, more blood smearing on her sweater, and he was right—it shouldn’t be so exciting. But it was. It didn’t matter that she’d never shifted. Some urges were difficult to deny. For example, the urge to slide her hands down from the small of his back to the springy muscles of his ass, because for some reason men often had the most wonderful asses and David was walking around with a top-notch booty. It wasn’t fair.

She broke the kiss. “Dammit.”

“Yeah, our timing sucks. And I’m glad you’re okay, and you were right to go for the shotgun, but…” He trailed off, then added shyly, “I was kinda hoping to get a look at your beast.”

“Next time.” She took advantage of their proximity to take a closer look at his wound, while resisting the urge to stretch up and taste the spot behind his ear. “Not deep, at least. But you’ve definitely got more holes in you than you did this morning.”

“I’m fast, not infallible.”

“Noted.” Fast was an understatement. It hadn’t been two minutes since they’d gotten out of the car. “Let’s go check on the—”

“Okay, okay! I get it. Caro, you were supposed to drag me clear of the fight. Well, fight’s over, so it’s okay for me to leave the room, so you can just… dammit!”

Annette turned in time to see Pat limping into the kitchen while Caro, in wolf-form, gently clamped her teeth around his calf to hinder his momentum.

“Annette, will you tell her to step off, for the love of all that’s annoying?”

She went to one knee and stretched out a hand to Caro’s wolf, a beast the color of midnight with eyes like hurricane lamps. Such unusual coloring for a gray wolf Shifter. “Thank you so much. You did exactly right. You can let him fend for himself now.”

Caro dropped the bite and made a noise that sounded suspiciously like Hmph!

“Pat, are you okay?” She went to her roommate and started feeling him for injuries. “Does this hurt? Does this? How many of me can you see? Does… ow!

“I’ll slap your hand again if you keep that up. You know I’m hyperticklish. Why is there blood on your face? Were you so hungry you just started biting them as a biped? Because yuck and I’ll have to get to work on an intervention.”

“It’s just back spatter from the shotgun,” she soothed.

“On your face? In the shape of fingers? Like someone grabbed your face? With their fingers? And snogged you silly?”

“Don’t say ‘snogged’ like you’re British, and can we please realign our priorities?”

“You want to talk priorities? Bad enough I’m ruining my favorite apron to shield the eyes of the tender minors in our care—”

“Pat,” she said, exasperated, “literally no one cares about your dick.”

“My Instagram begs to differ.”

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Excerpted from Bears Behaving Badly by MaryJanice Davidson. © 2020 by MaryJanice Davidson. Used with permission of the publisher, Sourcebooks Casablanca, an imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. All rights reserved.




Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Erica☆☆☆
3.5 Stars

Spoiler-Free Review.

Bears Behaving Badly is the first installment in the BeWere My Heart series. It's been well over a decade since I read a MaryJanice Davidson novel, and I was beyond curious to see if her writing style was as I remembered it. Thankfully, it most certainly was. As you can see by the 3.5 star rating, it wasn't so much that Davidson changed – I have as a reader.

Bears Behaving Badly is a solid paranormal romance with a thread of suspense.

As a social worker for at-risk children, Annette Garsea basically oversees a foster care situation for shifter children. A mute child in her custody leads to multiple attempted murder plots, where the investigation draws toward David Auberon, a bear shifter investigator.

What I enjoy most about Davidson's writing is that paranormal creatures are realistic. Human. They're flawed, down-to-earth, and well-rounded characters. Even the side cast of characters are developed, adding to the overall story. Quirky. Zany. There is always humor to displace uncomfortable situations. The romance comes off as a bit cheesy at times, not super realistic, more being told by the author than the reader actually feeling it.

Delightful and entertaining, the world Davidson created was a real page-turner. So why didn't I give a higher rating?

As I said, my reading tastes have changed. While I still love paranormal romance, I need a bit more depth. Everything was there, but it was just at the surface, not delving deep enough emotionally. Either laughed off or something else occurs, to where Annette didn't fully emote what the human condition dictates she should be feeling. While this makes for a light, quick read, where most readers will find it addictively fast-paced, I just need more.



MaryJanice Davidson is the New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of the Undead and Unwed paranormal romcom series. Her books have been published in over a dozen languages and have been bestsellers worldwide. A former model and medical test subject (two jobs that are closer than you’d think), she lives with her family in St. Paul, MN.

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Cowboy for Hire by Victoria James


When a shy woman inherits a ranch, she’ll have to find an inner strength to succeed—and open herself up to love—in this heartwarming novel from New York Times bestselling author Victoria James.

Sarah Turner has led a very sheltered life. So when her parents pass away tragically, suddenly she’s left in charge of the family ranch with little know-how but plenty of will to keep it afloat. Determined not to lose her parents’ legacy or her newfound independence, she needs a hero fast—not to save her, but to show her how to save herself. But she’s unprepared for the ruggedly handsome cowboy who answers her ad.

“Cowboy for Hire,” the ad said, and Cade Walker is quick to respond. Betrayed as ranch manager by his former boss, he’s looking for a new place to put down roots—without the pressure to prove himself again. Except when he meets his new boss, it’s clear he’s not only there to run a ranch but to also teach Miss Independent how to run it. But as they struggle to make the ranch flourish, they’ll both need courage if they hope to find a family... together.

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Avid Reader☆☆☆
M/F Romance

This story starts out fairly funny. Sarah's ad accidentally gets mixed up with an escort ad and she gets a lot of "cowboys" coming to her aid. But Sarah is really in need of a ranch manager who can show her how to run her ranch. She was never truly given a chance to learn. Her dad was a true believer that girls shouldn't run a ranch. But when tragedy strikes her family, Sarah knows that she has to break free of the preconceived notions that she grew up with.

Cade is a ranch manager who grew up thinking that he just wasn't good enough. Even though he found a place at a ranch, he has this underlying feeling of insecurity that follows him around. When he answers Sarah's ad, he wants to try and find his own path.

These two find themselves trying to work together while fighting their attraction. This story had a lot of potential, but it just felt a little one dimensional. Even though the characters had some baggage, they let it consume them. Also, the romance was very stilted. Overall, this needed more development.



I always knew I wanted to be a writer and in grade five, I penned my first story, bound it (with staples) and a cardboard cover and did all the illustrations myself (if you've ever seen my drawings you'll know how horrible they must have been. I still draw stick figures). Luckily, this book will never see the light of day again. In high school I fell in love with historical romance and then contemporary romance. After graduating University with an English Literature degree, I married my own hero, pursued a degree in Interior Design and then opened my own business. After the birth of our first child, I knew it was time to fulfill the dream of writing romantic fiction. I'm a hopeless romantic who is living my dream, penning happily-ever-afters for my characters in between managing kids and the family business. Writing on a laptop in the middle of the country in a rambling old Victorian house would be ideal, but I'm quite content living in suburbia with my husband, our two young children, and very bad cat.

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Thursday, April 2, 2020

Always Enough by Kelly Elliott


The second novel in New York Times bestselling author Kelly Elliott’s Meet Me in Montana series turns up the emotion with a story about finding true love and healing broken hearts.

Grieving the loss of her fiancé two years ago, Kaylee longs for a fresh start. When she follows her best friend from Atlanta to Hamilton, Montana, Kaylee looks forward to the wild terrain and a new town to help her forget the memories and dreams of a life that will never be hers.

After a tragic car accident, Ty Shaw is told he may never walk again. But Ty doesn’t easily accept defeat, and through grit, determination, and more physical therapy than any man should ever endure, he beats the odds. Even though he’ll never ride again, Ty longs to feel alive—the way he did on the Professional Bull Riders circuit.

When Kaylee meets Ty, she finds him just as captivating as the rugged landscape of Montana. When Ty is with Kaylee, he remembers just how good life can be. But can they move beyond their broken hearts and dreams to find a second chance with each other?

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Shannan☆☆☆☆☆
Always Enough is the second book in the Meet Me in Montana series. It can be read as a standalone but as with all Kelly Elliott books, reading them in order as intended makes for a much better reading experience.

Kaylee gets the fresh start she needs after her fiancĂ©’s death by following her best friend to Montana. Instantly, she loves Montana and everything it has to offer, including Ty Shaw. The injured ex-bull rider who is the town’s biggest playboy, who happens to be her best friend’s husband's brother. Sparks fly the instant Kaylee lays eyes on Ty. Once Ty finds out Kaylee is here to stay, he knows he can't give into the lust he feels for her. The baggage he carries is too heavy for him. He can't ask her to deal with it, but there is something about Kaylee that pulls him in. Ty is scared to death to find out what it is and terrified to not.

I loved the buildup and relationship between Ty and Kaylee. She was embarrassingly hilarious, of course, always in front of Ty. This book met and exceeded any expectations I had. I can't wait for the next installment of the series. Every time I think I found my favorite Kelly Elliott cowboy, she says challenge accepted and creates my next favorite.


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Kelly Elliott is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling contemporary romance author. Since finishing her bestselling Wanted series, Kelly continues to spread her wings while remaining true to her roots and giving readers stories rich with hot protective men, strong women and beautiful surroundings.

Her bestselling works include, Wanted, Broken, Without You, and Unconditional Love, to name just a few.

Kelly has been passionate about writing since she was fifteen. After years of filling journals with stories, she finally followed her dream and published her first novel, Wanted, in November of 2012.

Kelly lives in central Texas with her husband, daughter, and two pups. When she’s not writing, Kelly enjoys reading and spending time with her family. She is down to earth and very in touch with her readers, both on social media and at signings.

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The Vanity of Roses by Lily White Blog Tour


Callan Rose.
That hadn’t always been his name.
When we were children, he was nothing more than a servant boy in my family.

He was an amusement to me.
A nobody.
A weak soul who refused to fight back.
It was so easy to take advantage.

But then my father died, and I was stolen. The family moved on without me. Until I was penniless with no place to go.

I returned to the Rose Estate not knowing Callan was the head of it.

He’d honed his body and temper in the underground fighting ring. The scars only made him more beautiful.

Now I’m trapped by a seductively dark man who has nothing but vengeance running through his veins.

I’d always wanted him to fight back, but you know what they say:

Be careful what you wish for.

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Shannan☆☆☆☆☆
Growing up, Lisbeth treated Callan like dirt. He was the servant’s son and she treated him like he was. Lisbeth made Callan the butt of her jokes with her friends, he was laughed at, made to look like a fool. When her father was killed, she was taken away by her mother that same night. Held safe, her mother said. For ten years she was gone, in that time Callan was adopted by her uncle, now bearing the Rose name. He was now the head of the family. The family he was once the servant’s son.

All Callan cared about was fighting in the pit. He was the best of the best. He had to be when you fought to the death. All the anger and hate he carried over the years from Lisbeth and her treatment helped him be who he was.

When Lisbeth's mother dies, she has nowhere to go, she's broke and alone. Her Uncle Franklin convinces her to come back to the Rose Estate. Lisbeth has no idea the boy she tortured is the same man that is in charge now. Will Callan forgive her for the past or make her pay? Will Lisbeth have to beg for that forgiveness?

Lily White has been on fire with releases lately. The Vanity of Roses does not disappoint. It is everything I needed. It's dark and violent, sexy and suspenseful. My only complaint is it wasn't longer. I could have read so much more about Callan and Lisbeth!


Shelby☆☆☆☆☆
Lily White is on FIRE! She is now my go-to, dark, sinfully suspenseful author. If she writes it, I will read it. Some books may be too dark for me, but I know they will always pull through to end on an amazing note. The Vanity of Roses was no exception.

This is the story about a servant's rise to the top.
This is the story of the top's fall to the bottom.
Sometimes the sins of the father fall onto the daughter...

When Lisbeth Rose comes home to the Rose family Estate, she has no idea what's waiting for her inside. She has no idea who is leading the "family." She has no idea that she is in for the ultimate penance. She does know that she's changed from the spoiled little girl she was.

Callan has never had an easy life. The son of the maid to the Rose Estate, he was the personal servant of Miss Lisbeth. He was always told his place was to be seen and not heard... not allowed to speak to Lisbeth, and severely punished if any rule was broken.

When the secrets are uncovered, when the truth comes out, who will be left standing?

This story was fantastic! I loved the depravity and darkness. I loved the characters – all of them as they each added to the story. I could feel the chemistry between Callan and Lisbeth, and the slow build almost killed me. I kept guessing at the questions, never concocting the right answers.
This will definitely go on my re-read shelf!


Ruthie☆☆☆☆
Be warned this is dark – really, what else would you expect from the very talented (and seemingly sadistic) Lily White. It takes a long journey to the point where the secrets start to flow, but there is plenty to keep up the tension and shock along the way.

Initially we hear Callan's voice, and his take on what happened a decade ago – it is shocking, and undoubtedly makes him the sympathetic character from the start. Lisbeth has some lessons to learn when she returns to the family mansion, and Callan is definitely the one to give them to her. Some of them do tarnish the shine on that sympathy you had, and dark, cruel limits will probably be met, but I did find it impossible not to read on.

I don't read this type of book very often, as although I enjoy the outcome, it undoubtedly makes me feel uncomfortable along the way – but I am always fascinated at how the author can manipulate my emotions so effectively, keeping me believing that there is enough love hidden behind all the darkness to keep reading!



Lily White is a romance writer who likes to dabble on the taboo side of eroticism. She is most known for her Masters series, Target This, Wishing Well, and Asylum. In addition to dark romance Lily writes contemporary romance, taboo romance, and psychological thrillers. Lily enjoys stretching her writing muscles by continuing to challenge herself with each book she publishes.

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Sexy Love by Carly Phillips Blog Tour


From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Carly Phillips comes a new story in her Sexy series…

Learning curves have never been so off-limits.

Professor Shane Warden is on the verge of getting tenure. He never thought he'd see the day, after a false accusation from a student years ago that nearly destroyed his career, and decimated his ability to trust. But the moment he walks into class and lays eyes on the seductive blonde with legs that go on forever and lips he immediately wants to kiss, he knows he’s in trouble.

This time for real.

Single mom Amber Davis is finally living her dream of going back to college. In the ten years since she dropped out to have a baby--and recover from his father's death--it's been the goal that always felt just out of reach. Until now. But one look at her hot, sexy professor, and Amber is head over heels in lust. It doesn’t take long before their attraction blazes out of control.

Neither of them can afford a forbidden affair.
Yet it's the one thing they are powerless to stop.

It will only take one hint of a rumor to destroy everything they’ve worked so hard to achieve... and in this case the rumors are true.

**For fans of Carly’s Sexy Series, Sexy Love is book four in that series.**

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Avid Reader☆☆☆☆
M/F Romance

Professor Shane loves his job. He enjoys watching his students learn the material and really understand it. While he knows that sometimes people will take advantage – as he has first-hand experience – he wants to believe that most people are good.

Amber loves her life, but she wants something more. After leaving college when she found out she was pregnant and that the love of her life was killed, she has allowed herself to be helped by her very best friends and now she's back to college.

These two have to dance around their own preconceived notions and while they want to move their relationship along, know that it's best that they keep their relationship professional.

I really enjoyed watching these two figure out how they were going to navigate what they want with what they need, in the moment. I really enjoy seeing all of these characters and this story was sexy, funny, and sweet.


Ruthie☆☆☆☆
This is the fourth in the series – and if you have not read the previous ones, you will undoubtedly enjoy this lovely novella, but let me tell you reading the series is even better!

Fans of this series will be delighted that Amber, Levi's girlfriend at the time he dies, also gets her happily ever after. The trio of previous books gave the three men who were with him at the hazing, and who have lived their lives with the guilt of not saving him, have also supported Amber, and been great uncles to their son, L.J. Their latest actions enable her to return to college and finish her degree. The story is fun even without this intense backstory, but is really lovely for the reader who has been on the journey with them all and seen how much their lives have altered.

Student-professor romances are often fun, although usually the age difference does lead to a significant issue of power – but here the pair are matched in age, and in life experience, so it all comes down to ethics. I really enjoyed how the exposing of the romance was done, a very clever twist indeed.

I really enjoyed the escapism this well written romance afforded me, thank you, Carly Phillips!






Carly Phillips gives her readers Alphalicious heroes to swoon for and romance to set your heart on fire, and she loves everything about writing romance. She married her college sweetheart and lives in Purchase, NY along with her three crazy dogs: two wheaten terriers and a mutant Havanese, who are featured on her Facebook and Instagram. She has raised two incredible daughters who put up with having a mom as a romance author. Carly is the author of over fifty romances, and is a New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestseller. She loves social media and interacting with her readers.

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Wednesday, April 1, 2020

After Sundown by Linda Howard & Linda Jones


Danger brings together two guarded hearts in a battle for survival in this irresistible story from New York Times bestselling authors Linda Howard and Linda Jones.

Sela Gordon, the shy owner of a Tennessee general store, finds safety in solitude. But if anyone can pierce her protective shell it’s the handsome, mysterious ex-military man living alone in the wilds of Cove Mountain. For two years, he’s kept his distance—until the day he appears to warn her that a catastrophic solar storm capable of taking down the power grid is coming. Now, Sela must find the courage to become the leader Wears Valley needs.

Bitter experience has taught Ben Jernigan it’s best to look out for number one. For two years the former soldier has lived in a self-imposed exile, using a top-notch security system to keep people away. But he had to let Sela know about the impending threat—and now the quiet and undeniably sexy woman is making it too easy for him to lower his guard.

As panic spreads, Sela and Ben discover that in the dark, cut off from the outside world, there’s no more playing it safe—in life or in love.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Avid Reader☆☆☆☆
3.5 stars
M/F Apocalyptic romance

Sela and her family are close. They try to take care of each other, as well as be good members of their community. Sela lives a quiet life. She loves her gas station and the community rallies around her small store.

Ben enjoys living off his land. He is a survivalist and always has been. Even after coming home from living a soldier's life, he checks and rechecks everything around him. When he hears of a catastrophic event happening, he knows that he can't just sit by and not warn the nice woman at the gas station.

This is a good story with a lot happening. I will say that the romance is very stilted and strange. And while I enjoyed this book a lot, I would say that the romance actually detracted from the real story. Seeing the community come together and fight to survive was a great read. I really enjoyed watching them work together and figure it all out.



LINDA HOWARD is the award-winning author of many New York Times bestsellers, including Up Close and Dangerous, Drop Dead Gorgeous, Cover of Night, Killing Time, To Die For, Kiss Me While I Sleep, Cry No More, and Dying to Please. She lives in Alabama with her husband and two golden retrievers.

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LINDA JONES is the acclaimed USA Today bestselling author of more than seventy novels, including Untouchable, 22 Nights, and Bride by Command. She lives in Huntsville, Alabama.

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