Monday, September 13, 2021

Sidetracked by R.L. Kenderson Release Blitz

Sometimes, not knowing where you’re going will lead you to where you need to be. Sidetracked by R.L. Kenderson. Available Now!

Ms. Sunshine meets Mr. Grumpy! From USA Today bestselling author R.L. Kenderson.

“Sometimes, not knowing where you’re going will lead you to where you need to be.”


My workplace eliminated my position the same month my relationship ended. With nothing keeping me in Richmond, Virginia, I get in my car and head northeast, unsure of where I’ll end up.

Until I walk into The Busy Bean Café.

With the Help Wanted sign and the quote on the wall meant for me, I know I’ve found my new home.


I gave up my executive job in Boston to come home to help run my family’s hardware store and to open my own handcrafted furniture business. I have specific plans for my life.

Those plans don’t include the coffee shop’s new flighty barista even if she is cute as hell.

But when I become Charli’s landlord, I find it harder than ever to stay away from her. And soon, I don’t want to.

Sidetracked is a stand-alone novel set in Sarina Bowen’s World of True North.

Don’t miss our reviews of other books in the Busy Bean series!
For book one, Sweetheart, click HERE.
For book three, Cakewalk, click HERE.
For book four, Friendzoned, click HERE.
For book five, Studfinder, click HERE.


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Sidetracked by R.L. Kenderson

Book 7
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To make matters worse, I didn’t see Charli anywhere.

Fuck. Had she already found a guy to take her home?

I looked at the only empty chair at the table and took it as my own.

“Hey, that’s—” Kyle said but shut up when I shot him a look.

I didn’t know Griffin Shipley’s cousins well, so I always forgot who was who, and I didn’t really care either.

I briefly looked up at Lauren sitting on Max’s lap and Audrey sitting on Griff’s and wondered why neither of them had taken this chair.

Before I could ask, someone spoke up before me, “Did you guys figure it out?”

I looked over to see Charli walking up to the table.

“Oh,” she said when she saw me. She smiled, and my gaze went straight to her fuck-me red lips. “You took my chair.”

She bit on the plump lower lip as she looked around, and I had to turn away as my jeans got tight.

“Darn. There are still no free chairs,” she said.

I was about to stand up and give her the seat back when one of the Shipley cousins said, “You can sit on my lap, Charli.” He held his arms out. “The offer still stands.”

Before she could say anything, I slid my arm around her waist and yanked her down.

She yelped in surprise.

I looked at the cousin. “Too late. She’s already found a place to sit.”

She looked over her shoulder at me and, in the process, grazed her ass over my swollen dick.

I groaned quietly.

“Are you okay with this?”

“I set you here, didn’t I?”

“Yes, but you don’t seem very happy to have me sitting here.”

No, I liked it way too much. Tonight, instead of fantasizing about her masturbating, I was going to picture her riding me on this chair.

“I’m fine,” I bit out.

She looked like she wanted to say more, but one of the Shipleys spoke up, “Hey, Charli. We each came up with an answer for you.”

She turned to face the cousins. “You did? Whatcha got?”

“I’ll go first,” the cousin who had offered Charli his lap said. “Are you ready?”

“I am,” she said, and I felt her body relax more into mine.

“Okay. Samuel L. Jackson was in Kill Bill: Vol. 2, which was directed by Quentin Tarantino. Then, Quentin Tarantino was in Reservoir Dogs with Chris Penn. And Chris Penn was in Footloose with Kevin Bacon. That’s three degrees.”

“Great job. What about you?” Charli asked the other cousin.

“Samuel L. Jackson was in Iron Man with Robert Downey Jr. Robert Downey Jr. was in Tropic Thunder with Tom Cruise. And Tom Cruise was in A Few Good Men with Kevin Bacon. I got the same amount.” He sounded disappointed.

“What are you guys doing?” I asked.

Charli looked over her shoulder at me again.

Fuck. I wish she’d stop moving.

“We’re playing Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon. Do you know it?”

“Unfortunately, yes.”

Her face brightened. “You do?”

She’d completely missed the unfortunate part of my answer.

“We’re connecting Samuel L. Jackson to Kevin Bacon. So far, Kyle and Kieran got three degrees.”

I snorted. “I could do it in two.”

“No way,” one of the cousins said. “Not that fast. We had to think about it while Charli was in the restroom.”

I rolled my eyes. “Kevin Bacon was in Animal House with Donald Sutherland, who was in A Time to Kill with Samuel L. Jackson. Two degrees.”

“Damn,” the other cousin said.

Charli smiled at me over her shoulder. “Good job, Gabe.”


“Do another one,” the cousin demanded. “I want to see if you can do it that fast again.”

I was going to say no, but when I saw Charli’s face, I gave in. “Fine.”

“Charli, does everyone have to be connected to Kevin Bacon?”

“I don’t know the official rules, but my friends and I would sometimes pick two actors and connect them.”

“You pick someone, and I’ll pick someone,” one cousin said to the other.

“I’ll pick one,” Griff interrupted.

“Okay,” his cousin said.

“You say yours first,” Griff said.

“Alyssa Milano. She’s hot. Who’s your person?”

“Dermot Mulroney.”

I smiled. “That’s easy. They were both in Where the Day Takes You.”

“What?” a cousin said. “You made that movie up.”

“No, I didn’t. It’s not well known, but it’s a great movie. You should watch it sometime.”

Kyle or Kieran grabbed his phone. A few seconds later, he said, “Holy shit, Gabe’s right.”

“I know I am.”

Charli smiled at me again, but this time, she looked me up and down, as if she was appreciating what she was seeing. “That was pretty impressive, Gabe,” she said in a low voice so only I could hear.

I wanted to pull her to me and kiss the hell out of her.

A waitress walked up to our table and asked, “Can I get anyone anything?”

I tore my eyes from Charli.

“God, yes,” I said to the server. “A beer.” And a bag of ice for my crotch.



My plans don’t include falling for my new tenant. Too bad, the universe has its own plans.



Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

This is the seventh book in this multi-author series based in Sarina Bowen's True North world. I have read many of them, and really enjoy catching up with old friends and reading about new loves.

I really enjoyed this storyline, with both the leads being somewhat adrift in their lives. Gabe has had to come home to support his brother and sister-in-law in the family business and with their father, who is starting to show signs of dementia. He also has a successful woodwork business in a workshop by his house, but he had promised that he would never come back to the town of his youth. Charli has no job, and a failed relationship, so she sets off to see where the road takes her... and it happens to be the Busy Bean, and a sign for help wanted. She moves into a duplex and finds that Gabe is her neighbour/landlord... a delicious looking man, but super grumpy!

It is a lot of fun watching these two interact, the chemistry sizzling between them, when actually neither of them really want it to be. And the thinness of the wall between their bedrooms, leads to some funny unintentional interactions! Gabe is definitely trying to avoid any actual closeness. Charli is by nature a helpful soul and her kindness to his father cannot help but help him see her in a brighter light. I also enjoy the story behind the sayings written in the Busy Bean. Gabe's very supportive of Charli's writing plans, unlike anyone else in her past, so the signs are there for this not being a casual friendship.

There is plenty of humour, angst, and miscommunication to make this a really good read, as well as giving us plenty of catch-up opportunities with regulars at the Busy Bean.



Was giving me two toe-curling orgasms an apology? I thought so.


Author Bio

R.L. KENDERSON is two best friends writing under one name.

Renae always loved reading and in third grade wrote her first poem where she learned she might have a knack for this writing thing. Lara remembers sneaking her grandmother’s Harlequin novels when she was probably too young to be reading them, and since then she knew she wanted to write her own.

When they met in college, they bonded over their love of reading and the TV show Charmed. What really spiced up their friendship was when Lara introduced Renae to romance novels. When they discovered their first vampire romance, they knew there would always be a special place in their hearts for paranormal romance. After being unable to find certain storylines and characteristics they wanted to read about in the hundreds of books they consumed, they decided to write their own.

One lives in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area and the other in the Kansas City area where they’re a sonographer/stay-at-home mom/wife and pharmacist/mother by day and a sexy author by night. They communicate through phone, email, and whole lot of messaging.

They always love hearing from their readers.

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Why God would gift that body to someone who was in a perpetual bad mood, I would never know.


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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Sidetracked (Busy Bean #7) by R.L. Kenderson to read and review for this tour.

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