Friday, May 20, 2022

Royal Lines by RJ Scott & V.L. Locey Release Blitz

Royal Lines. Boston Rebels Book 4. RJ Scott & V.L. Locey. Release Blitz: 20-22 May.

They’re setting fire to the sheets, but a romance between an out and proud hockey star and a closeted playboy prince could end up burning them both.

Marquis Miller might be one of the NHL’s best players, single, wealthy, and open about his sexuality, but he knows his future lies in taking over the reins of the family’s multimillion-dollar company after retirement. Jumping on the family jet, he heads to Europe, tasked with schmoozing a prince into accepting his company’s bid on a significant castle renovation. Assuming he’d be faced with a dusty old monarch well into his dotage, Marquis is stunned to find out that Kaleb is a young, sophisticated, beautiful man with an impressive work ethic, to-die-for eyes, and a certain flair that captures Marquis’s attention.

Dragging the royal palace into the twenty-first century is one battle after another for the King’s youngest son. Juggling renovations, his royal duties, and attempting to reverse his former playboy prince reputation is impossible when no one seems to want to give Kaleb a chance. His chaotic life takes yet another turn when an American hockey player arrives at the castle to discuss a renovation project. Marquis is the antithesis of Kaleb’s newly minted, responsible outlook on life, a jock, a player, willing to take chances. Although the forbidden sex is hot, Kaleb is not ready to turn on his family responsibilities for a pretty smile and a smart mouth.

For both men, family is everything, and romance will always come in second until they open their hearts to love.

Don’t miss our reviews of other books in the Boston Rebels series!
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For book three, Snowed, click HERE.

 

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Royal Lines by RJ Scott & V.L. Locey

Book 4
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Excerpt



He bowed and extended a hand. “Marquis Miller,” he introduced himself, and I took his hand and shook it firmly. He didn’t let go. I didn’t let go. There was something there. A flicker of appreciation in his expression, the tip of his tongue wetting his lower lip, his eyes widening, and I didn’t have to wonder about his appreciation or his inclination.

If he could read my mind, he’d know that he ticked every single one of my boxes, and the image of him lying naked, with all that beautiful dark skin on cool silk sheets, sprawled and waiting for me, had all the blood in my body rushing south, and I was getting hard. The fuck?

“Prince…” I stopped. “I’m Prince Kaleb. Call me Kaleb.”

Finally, he released my hand. I swear if he offered to fuck me, I’d be dropping my pants and leaning over the nearest surface.

“I’m here from Miller & Miller.”

“Uh-huh.” Words failed me, and an answering frown creased between his eyes.

“You were expecting me, I believe. Regarding your castle works?”

It wasn’t the castle I was worried about right now. It was the fact I was getting an inappropriate hard-on at my first sight of this glorious man in what was supposed to be a serious business meeting. I’d never seen such beauty up close, and suddenly, I understood how my sister could meet and fall for someone in the space of a few days. Not that my heart had anything to do with how I felt. I was tired of all the shit, the worries, the stress, and abruptly, I wanted my old university days back when I could sleep with anyone I wanted.

Because, right about now, with everything whirling in my head, the thought of Marquis Miller in my bed and fucking me into tomorrow, well, damn the consequences. Bring it on.

 

 

Reviews


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Ruthie☆☆☆☆
This is the fourth book in the series and is a complete departure from all the other books as we find ourselves mostly in a fictional kingdom somewhere in northern Europe. There is a nod to hockey with a charity tournament, but it is more about crumbling castles and the issues faced by royal siblings than sport.

Marquis, the out and most dapper man in the Boston Rebels, is spending the summer trying to get a plumbing contract for his father's business. Little did he expect when he packed his most chic of outfits to impress the client, that he would instantly fall in lust with Prince Kaleb, or that he would get the chance to get close to him. But that is indeed what happens, even if it flies in the face of the Queen's plans for Kaleb to marry for political reasons.

It was fun to be taken away from the often brutal realities of life as a hockey player, and to consider the vagaries of royal duty in a modern world. I did laugh at the adventures which Marquis's hats often had, and the thought of him climbing a mountain in leather-soled hand-made Italian loafers!

 

 

Author Bio


RJ Scott

Writing love stories with a happy ever after – cowboys, heroes, family, hockey, single dads, bodyguards.

USA Today bestselling author RJ SCOTT has written over one hundred 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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USA Today bestselling author V.L. LOCEY – Penning LGBT hockey romance that skates into sinful pleasures.

V.L. Locey loves worn jeans, yoga, belly laughs, walking, reading and writing lusty tales, Greek mythology, Torchwood and Doctor Who, the New York Rangers, comic books, and coffee. (Not necessarily in that order.) She shares her life with her husband, her daughter, one dog, two cats, a pair of geese, far too many chickens, and two steers.

When not writing spicy romances, she enjoys spending her day with her menagerie in the rolling hills of Pennsylvania with a cup of fresh java in one hand and a steamy romance novel in the other.


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The Project by R.L. Mathewson Release Blitz

The Project by R.L. Mathewson

From New York Time’s bestselling author of the Neighbor from Hell series comes a heartwarming romantic comedy about the only thing that matters when you’re about to lose everything that you’ve ever wanted.

The one person that you can’t live without.

She should probably mention that she had no idea what she was doing, but since that would probably result in her new boss, Devyn MacGregor, CEO of Carta Hotels and the incredibly handsome man that didn’t look like he knew how to smile, firing her, Andi Dawson decided that it would be in her best interest to keep that fact to herself. After years of doing a job that had slowly destroyed her will to live, she needed a change, something different, something that gave her a clue about what she was supposed to do with her life, but more importantly, she needed to figure out how she was supposed to keep a secret that could destroy the only thing that mattered to her.

Just. One. More. Time.

Devyn was so close to having everything that he’d ever wanted when everything suddenly went to hell. He should have seen this coming, should have stayed focused, and he really should stop thinking about the small woman that he should probably fire. He had four months to fix this and he had no idea how he was going to do it, but he knew that he was about to make the biggest mistake of his life.

 

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The Project by R.L. Mathewson

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Veronica☆☆☆☆
Andi is very much the center of this story and I adored her. She is a unique woman with a gift for numbers and a love of bacon. She also has a complete inability to multi-task, which makes her not at all suited to the job as Devyn’s secretary, a job she ends up in unintentionally. I love that I never knew what she was going to say and her interactions with Devyn, particularly early on, were so entertaining. I loved the way that Devyn gave her space to be herself even before a romantic relationship had developed.

A project that Devyn’s company is working on goes sideways and Andi and the fallout see our couple trying to unravel a mystery. I’m a sucker for a mystery and this added an element of danger and a good amount of tension to the story.

One thing that was missing from The Project is friendships. Aside from Devyn’s friend and co-worker, Lucas, and Andi’s brother, Drew, there isn’t any meaningful interaction with other people close to our couple. Even the relationships with Lucas and Drew aren’t explored in any depth.

I really enjoyed The Project. Andi and Devyn’s romance was delightful. I think the author did a particularly good job capturing what it is like at the start of a relationship when you can’t keep your hands off each other. I’d definitely recommend The Project.


Ruthie☆☆☆☆
This is a really fun romance with a quirky heroine and a grumpy overworked ambitious hero, with a corporate mystery thrown in! Whilst I must admit that I had the prime suspect identified early on, the twists and turns were highly enjoyable – and who would expect a romance with a side of auditing bank transactions could be so sexy!

Andi finds herself being interviewed and getting a job she was not expecting – but desperate to get away from the isolation of the accounting office, she takes the role and does her best. We soon see that multi-tasking and dealing with people are not high up her skillset, however, Devyn is enchanted by her, and finds that she has something special that he does not want to live without. The power dynamics and ethics of the situation give him cause for concern; he also cannot draw himself away from her.

I really enjoyed how he accommodates her particular ways, how she smoothes his harsh edges, and how they cannot help but fall for each other. Through some confounding, involved, and demanding months, they develop an empathy which comes off the page, as well as a deep and abiding friendship which makes their romance so much the sweeter.

Drew, Andi's firefighting twin, is a really fun character in this book, and does a great job of bringing us back to earth and being Andi's very best friend when she needs support. That link back to her past as well as the clear love between them adds a dynamic which helps us understand her better, and recognise her for the special person Devyn wants in his life.

 

 

Author Bio

New York Times bestselling author, R.L. MATHEWSON was born in Massachusetts. She’s known for her humor, quick wit, and ability to write relatable characters. She currently has several paranormal and contemporary romance series published, including the Neighbor from Hell series.

Growing up, R.L. Mathewson was a painfully shy bookworm. After high school she attended college, worked as a bellhop, fast food cook, and a museum worker until she decided to take an EMT course. Working as an EMT helped her get over her shyness as well as left her with some fond memories and some rather disturbing ones that from time to time show up in one of her books.

Today, R.L. Mathewson is the single mother of two children that keep her on her toes. She has a bit of a romance novel addiction as well as a major hot chocolate addiction and on a perfect day, she combines the two.

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Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Looking for You by Kelly Elliott Release Blitz

Looking for You. New York Times & USA Today Bestselling Author. Kelly Elliott. A Boggy Creek Valley Novel. Kindle Unlimited.

The last person I would ever expect to be waiting on the front porch for me in the middle of the night was Everly Higgins. To say I was both surprised and thrilled to see her would be an understatement. I hadn’t been able to stop thinking about her since we met last fall when my sister, Greer, fell in love with Everly’s brother, Hudson.

When I see her bruised up face, I instantly want to hurt someone. The problem is, Everly won’t tell me who hurt her or who she’s running from. The only thing she’ll tell me is that she needs a safe place to stay where no one can find her.

Being a cop, I have the urge to unravel this mystery, but the other side of me simply wants to protect Everly from whatever it is she’s running from.

But as the people she is hiding from catch up with her, I quickly discover there is nothing I wouldn’t do for Everly Higgins.

I’d even die for her.

Looking for You is book six and the final book in the Boggy Creek Valley series and can be read as a standalone. For a better reading experience, the author suggests reading them in order.

Don’t miss our reviews of the rest of the Boggy Creek Valley series!
For book one, The Butterfly Effect, click HERE.
For book two, Playing with Words, click HERE.
For book three, She's the One, click HERE.
For book four, Surrender to Me, click HERE.
For book five, Hearts in Motion, click HERE.

 

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Looking for You by Kelly Elliott

Book 6
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His intense stare had my entire body shivering with anticipation for something… I just wasn’t sure what it was. Liar. I wanted to kiss him.

 

Reviews


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Shannan☆☆☆☆☆
Looking for You is the sixth and final installment of the Boggy Creek Valley series. It shouldn't be read as a standalone. It should be read in the order the author intended to get the full effect of each book.

Finding Everly beaten and bruised on his front porch wasn't what he expected, but Kyle was going to do everything he could to keep her safe. Someone was trying to kill Everly, and she knew the only place she'd be safe was with Kyle. She knew some of the people involved but she had no idea why they wanted her dead. She didn't want to bring whatever danger to her parents or her brother. Kyle was the only safe option.

I loved a more action-packed story from Kelly Elliott. She, of course, had the swoon-worthy male lead, but the touch of action made this a different type of read than her usual, and I am here for it!! Kyle was the most in touch with his feeling of any of the other Boggy Creek Valley men. I loved seeing how romantic, sweet, and patient he was with Everly. Kyle and Everly were the perfect couple to finish up the series with. I highly recommend this series. I can't go wrong with any of these book boyfriends!

 

 

Author Bio


Kelly Elliott. New York Times Bestseller.

KELLY ELLIOTT is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling contemporary romance author. Her bestselling works include Wanted, Broken, Lost Love, and Never Enough, to name just a few.

Kelly lives in central Texas with her husband, Gus, her chocolate lab, four cats, and endless wildlife creatures. When she's not writing, Kelly enjoys reading and spending time with her family.

To find out more about Kelly and her books, you can find her through her website.

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Love You Like That by Scarlett Cole Release Blitz

Love You Like That by Scarlett Cole. Available Now.

Zoe Atkins wanted exactly one thing. To be the world’s greatest percussionist. Instead, she’s on a tour bus engaged in a stupid bet with rock star, Alex King, trying to fill the hole left behind when her dream gave up on her.

The prickly former percussionist wasn’t supposed to steal his heart. With her distrust of lipstick and love of men’s pyjamas, she was everything playboy, Alex, didn’t want in a lover. At least, that’s what he thought when he bet her he could find her a hook up during their tour. Until he’s forced to watch the woman he’s come to desire leave the bar with her perfect guy, taking a piece of his already bruised and battered heart with her.

Now it’s up to the Sad Fridays’ rocker to use his passionate powers of persuasion to convince Zoe he’s more than her wingman. He’s her everything.

It's raw. It's real. It's rock and roll.

Don’t miss our reviews of the rest of the Excess All Areas series!
For book one, One Day Like This, click HERE.
For book two, Next Time I Fall, click HERE.
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Love You Like That by Scarlett Cole

Book 4
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Sex is good, but it can be amazing if you communicate. We talk about why the other turns us on so we both feel secure in this, yeah? So we can give the other what we need, because we know. Plus, words build anticipation.

 

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Ruthie☆☆☆☆
This is the fourth book in the series, and I would definitely recommend that you read them in order. This band based in Manchester, comprising four cousins and a close friend, is finally making it big – their dream has come true... and then they all find their happily ever afters... never easily, and always having impact on the rest of the guys. Add in a nan who is a total star and excellent cook, and you have the makings of a gritty, sexy, and utterly believable rock star romance series.

This time it is Alex who completely unexpectedly realises that the woman he sees as a friend is really the precious person he has been holding out for. Always flamboyant, regularly judged for being with either a man or a woman, despised by his abusive father, he deserves someone who loves him unconditionally. He subconsciously tests Zoe at every step, but her honesty and understanding are completely baffling to him, but also so enticing.

Zoe has been a side character for a while, best friends with Cerys and so in the inner circle – but always slightly out of it, as she is losing her hearing. A percussionist of the orchestral variety with a promise of an international career, she is now working as a virtual PA, and denying that she misses her dream career. So falling for the drummer of the Sad Fridays was not in her plans at all.

I loved these two, moving from friends to lovers, and recognising the needs that each other have and how best to meet them. The journey is not necessarily simple, but it is very engaging and I loved every minute of it. Now, do we finally get Ben's happily ever after? Hmmmm, I am relying on the author to weave her magic once again!

 

 

It was the ugliest of cries. The kind that ripped your soul from your body, leaving scars.

 

Author Bio

The tattoo across my right hip says it all really. A Life Less Ordinary. Inked by the amazingly talented Luke Wessman at the Wooster Street Social Club (a.k.a. New York Ink). Why is it important? Well, it sums up my view on life. That we should all aspire to live a life that is less boring, less predictable. Be bold, and do something amazing. I’ve made some crazy choices. I’ve been a car maker, a consultant, and even a senior executive at a large retailer running strategy. Born in England, spent time in the U.S. and Japan, before ending up in Canada where I met my own, personal hero – all six and a half feet of him. Both of us are Scorpios! Yeah, I know! Should have checked the astrological signs earlier, but somehow it works for us. We have two amazing kids, who I either could never part with or could easily be convinced to sell on e-bay.

I’ve wanted to be a writer for a really long time. Check through my office cupboards or my computer and you’ll find half written stories and character descriptions everywhere. Now I'm getting the chance to follow that dream.

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Like a good musical score, the notes laid down shift and alter in the writing process. Bars get added and removed. Chords are changed and rearranged. And life, much like those notes, sometimes ends up out of tune or off key. And sometimes it simply soars. ~ Love You Like That.

 

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Monday, May 16, 2022

Real Risk by Elle Keaton Blog Tour

Blog Tour. Elle Keaton’s Real Risk.

It's possible they're a match but first the two men will have to survive trial by fire.

Chief Flynn is fighting smoke and flames, tirelessly protecting the lives and property of his fellow islanders from yet another spate of fires.

Arson or accident?

When injury puts him on the sidelines, West Coast Forensics Arson Investigator Kimball Frye offers his assistance. Frye is The Most Irritating Man in the World, a condescending know-it-all who rubs Devon the wrong way.

Or does he?

Decades ago an arsonist stole his family from him since then Frye has devoted his life to putting them behind bars. At forty-nine, he doesn't believe in permanent relationships, instead preferring the company of interchangeable younger men.

Is the arsonist trying to shift the blame onto Devon, or trying to kill him? If it's the latter it just might work.

Feeling the pull of attraction to Devon as the firebug grows bolder is inconvenient. Will Kimball listen to his heart or his head? The younger men he's always preferred are nothing like the solid, stalwart Fire Chief.

Real Risk is the third in the West Coast Forensics series and can be read as a standalone but may be enjoyed more if you read the Real Trouble and Real Danger first. It is dual POV following Devon Flynn and Kimball Frye as they bicker and fumble their way to their happily ever after.

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Real Risk by Elle Keaton

Book 3
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Was it weird he was irritated Flynn hadn’t called him about the fires, yet he still wanted to make sure the man ate a square meal? Probably. Too bad. Kimball was hungry, and he might as well make enough for two.

Five minutes later, the shower was still running, and Kimball was texting Birdy.

K: What does Flynn like to eat?

B: Hi Kimball.

K: Hey Birdy. There’s no food here.

B: I noticed when I was there.

K: Is there a grocery store or somewhere to order delivery?

B: The closest store is Chester’s. They’re open for another hour.


Kimball checked his watch. It was just seven p.m.

K: You guys close early here.

B: Island time. Also, winter. No decent delivery this time of year.

K: Thanks.


Kimball set his phone down and began to hunt around for a piece of paper to leave Flynn a note, but before he found either, Devon reappeared. He was toweling his hair dry and had changed into worn, form-fitting Levi’s and a long-sleeved navy Henley. Where Kimball’s hair had turned white when he was in his thirties, Devon’s was jet black with just a few silver streaks at his temples, and his skin was several shades darker than Kimball’s. He looked better after his shower but still tired, circles pronounced under red-rimmed eyes. His feet were bare, and Kimball couldn’t help but notice his long toes, the second toe longer than the first.

“What are you doing?”

Still grouchy, then.

 

 

It's possible they're a match but first the two men will have to survive trial by fire.

 

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Veronica☆☆☆☆
I love spending time with the people of Piedras Island and in Real Risk we get romance between Fire Chief Devon and Kimball Frye, one of the owners of West Coast Forensics. There is an arsonist on Piedras and his crimes are escalating – enter arson expert Kimball to help with the investigation. I’m a big fan of mystery in my books and looking for an arsonist isn’t something I’ve read much. I thought it was obvious early on who the arsonist was going to turn out to be which had me initially a little disappointed, but everything turned out to be more complicated.

For me, the mystery and the arson was the background story and the relationship between Kimball and Devon was centre stage. At 40 years old, Devon isn’t looking at a relationship and 50-year-old Kimball spends his time dating much younger men. I loved the little bits of playfulness between the men and the easy way they get along. The romance is a wonderfully sexy slow burn. I haven’t been able to get Devon and Kimball out of my head since I finished reading Real Risk. I hope the next book from the West Coast Forensics series isn’t too far away. I miss Piedras Island already.

 

 

Is the arsonist trying to shift the blame onto Devon, or trying to kill him? If it's the latter it just might work…

 

Author Bio


Elle Keaton. Author Imaginator.

ELLE KEATON writes contemporary gay romance and M/M romantic suspense set in the Pacific Northwest. Elle’s books are known for their hot m/m romance, complex characters, and unique sense of place. The men start out broken, and maybe they’re still banged up by the end, but they always find the other half of their hearts.

Elle published first in 2017, now she has over seventeen books available for you to read or listen to.

She loves cats and dogs, Star Wars and Star Trek, pineapple on pizza, and is known to start crossword puzzles with a ballpoint pen.


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Will Kimball listen to his heart or his head?

 

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Thursday, May 12, 2022

Meant to Be by Jennifer Probst

Will fate allow them to overcome the past, or are they destined to always wonder if they are truly meant to be?

Two broken hearts discover an unpredictable path to healing in an emotional romance about fate and second chances by New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Probst.

It’s been two years since Chiara Kennedy lost her dearest friend, Rory. Chiara misses everything about her. Rory’s widowed husband is another story. Sebastian Ryder is a man Chiara had secretly wanted, let slip away, and hoped to never see again. Then fate throws them together for an unexpected one-night stand and a morning after of new challenges.

Sebastian had a soul mate in Rory. Shutting down after his tragic loss, he kept a cool distance from everyone—including Chiara, with whom he once shared a deep if fleeting affection. That was over and done with a long time ago. But when they meet again, old emotions resurface along with a heart-wounding past that haunts them both.

As Chiara and Sebastian grow closer, finally getting to know each other, Chiara struggles with feelings of guilt even as she cherishes her second chance with Sebastian. Will fate allow them to overcome the past, or are they destined to always wonder if they are truly meant to be?

 

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Meant to Be by Jennifer Probst

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Mary Jo☆☆☆
I honestly don't know which genre or trope I would slide this into. Jennifer Probst is an excellent author; however, the story seems to be a bit overplayed at times.

Chiara happens to meet Sebastian at a club, they have a great night of talking and getting to know each other and go their separate ways at the end of the night. No kissing, no sex, and no exchange of numbers. Truly a great night of talking about dreams, love and loves lost, and where the universe would take them next.

Still, Chiara uses this "perfect night" as a standard as to what she wants in a longtime partner, and even on occasion thinks, "What if?" As crazy as it sounds, when Chiara runs into him again, it's because one of her besties, Rory, has introduced him as her fiancé. Rather than telling everyone, including her bestie, that she had met Sebastian before, she pretends not to know him and spends the next several years being rude, if not hostile, towards him.

I don't understand why Rory, or their two close friends, didn't confront Chiara about her blatant dislike of Sebastian, nor do I understand why Chiara felt the need to conceal the fact that she knew Sebastian from before. Then Rory dies and Chiara is quick to place blame on Sebastian. Again, not sure why or why her friends let her get away with it.

Sebastian is another story. He allows himself to be the villain in Chiara's story. For whatever reason, he doesn't tell Rory that he spent an innocent night talking to Chiara, yet instead takes the rudeness and hostility from Chiara. And as for Rory's death, he gladly takes on that guilt as well.

The reader is well into the book before Chiara is able to see outside herself to consider Sebastian's feelings regarding his wife and her death. While it doesn't change much, it does allow for a bit of growth in character.

I'm not sure why Sebastian decides he wants to have a relationship with a woman who has treated him badly for so many years, but as they said back in the day "love makes you do the whacky."

I'm not sure I'll read the next book in the series as this one just didn't hold my interest.

 

 

Author Bio

JENNIFER PROBST wrote her first book at twelve years old. She bound it in a folder, read it to her classmates, and hasn’t stopped writing since. She holds a masters in English Literature and lives in the beautiful Hudson Valley in upstate New York. Her family keeps her active, stressed, joyous, and sad her house will never be truly clean. Her passions include horse racing, Scrabble, rescue dogs, Italian food, and wine—not necessarily in that order.

She is the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of sexy and erotic contemporary romance. She was thrilled her book, The Marriage Bargain, spent 26 weeks on the New York Times. Her work has been translated in over a dozen countries, sold over a million copies, and was dubbed a “romance phenom” by Kirkus Reviews. She is also a proud three-time RITA finalist.

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Fate is a beautiful matchmaker.

 

Montlake.


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