Friday, July 29, 2022

Fire Season by K.D. Casey

As their season winds down, they’ll need to walk away… or go out there and give it everything they’ve got.

Charlie Braxton has it all: a wicked curveball, a beautiful wife, and the kind of money and attention that's attached to a professional baseball contract. Except his famous curveball comes with intense social anxiety, his wife is actually his soon-to-be ex-wife, and the money… Well, suffice it to say, he knows what it’s like to be treated like an ATM. But at least he’s better off than the new guy.

Relief pitcher Reid Giordano is struggling to maintain his sobriety—and his roster spot. The press, along with a heck of a lot of his new Oakland teammates, seem to think his best baseball days are behind him. Only Charlie Braxton gives him the benefit of the doubt—and a place to stay when Reid finds himself short on cash… and friends.

When their growing friendship turns into an unexpected attraction, and that ignites a romance, both Charlie and Reid must grapple with what it means to be more than teammates. And as their season winds down, they’ll need to walk away… or go out there and give it everything they’ve got.


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Fire Season by K.D. Casey

Book 2
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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

This is the second book in the series but can be read as a standalone. You could definitely go back and enjoy the first regardless.

I loved how this book played out. Two men at opposite ends of their success in baseball but drawn together thanks to the kindness (and loneliness) of Charlie. He recognises in Reid a man who could do with a helping hand and who would fill the huge gap in his life, now he’s separated from his wife.

Amusingly, none of the other players suspect that the guys are in fact falling for each other, but there is certainly a bit of jealousy brewing due to the friendship.

Also brewing are fires near Charlie’s old home, and he helps out his ex, and makes another surprising discovery. I had guessed a while back, but it’s fun watching it all play out.

This is a really good sports romance, with plenty of off and on the field content… and the added joy of a rescue pup! Enjoy.



Author Bio

K.D. CASEY is a romance writer and baseball enthusiast living in the Washington, DC, area, whose journey into baseball spans watching the Orioles play in the `90s, the Pirates play in the 2000s, and the Nationals play at RFK Stadium in the early, ignominious days of the franchise.

On the nonfiction side, she’s written for a variety of baseball analysis websites, though can primarily be found at Baseball Prospectus. She believes in high socks, unbuttoned jerseys, and the designated hugger, not the designated hitter.

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Thursday, July 28, 2022

Quintessentially the One by Aleatha Romig Release Blitz

Available Now. Read free in Kindle Unlimited.

The ABCs have never been sexier...

“Representing the most perfect example of quality or class” ~ Quintessential

A trip back to the small Indiana town of Riverbend to finalize my grandmother’s last will and testament throws my world off its axis. I wasn’t prepared to learn the stipulations of her will or that she’d left her beloved mercantile Quintessential Treasures to my college summertime love, Kandace Sheers.

Imagine my greater surprise when I learn about the secret that’s been roaming Riverbend for the last five years. Here are a couple of hints:

She’s five years old.
She has her mother’s silky auburn hair and my golden eyes.

The answer is simple.
I take responsibility for the girl and go back to Chicago where my life awaits.

It turns out, Grandma had other plans because life’s never that simple.

Have you been Aleatha’d?

Enjoy this sweet, funny, and sexy, secret-baby, second-chance, contemporary stand-alone romance that brings back the feelings of what it’s like to be young and in love. A stand-alone in the ABCs of Love and one of Aleatha Romig’s Lighter Ones, Quintessentiallythe One.


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Quintessentially by Aleatha Romig

Book 5
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Kandace’s soft hand comes to my cheek. “The way you look at me.” She shakes her head. “I can’t describe how it makes me feel.” She grins as her hands fall to my shoulders. “My hands and feet are cold, but you just looking at me—you warm me from the inside.”



Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Avid Reader☆☆☆☆☆
M/F Second-Chance Romance

This story is set both in the past and present. Romig goes back and forth in a way that allows the story to be read smoothly. I especially enjoyed that you got both perspectives.

Dax has a dream of getting out and living in the big world. Despite his summers with his grandparents and loving the small town they live in, Dax knows that he wants something bigger. Dax falls in love with Kandace as a young adult and even though he loves her, his goals are too lofty to live in Riverbend. With one last night with Kandace, Dax leaves for the big city and the life he's dreamed of.

Kandace loves her town. She is surrounded by people who have watched her grow up. The store, Quintessential Treasures, is a store that Kandace has dreamed about running, expanding, and bringing it into the new century. When twists and turns happen in her own life, Kandace just rolls with the punches. She never forgets her first love, but now, Kandace has other priorities.

When Dax's grandma dies and leaves him as the executor of her estate, Dax has to travel back in time – back to Riverbend. Now a successful lawyer, Dax isn't quite sure about selling his grandma's beloved store at such a reduced price.

Riverbend knows a secret and they will protect their own with everything they have. When Dax returns to help with his grandma's estate, some will welcome him back with open arms and some with a punch to the face. It's up to Dax to figure out the secret.

Dax and Kandace were meant for each other. Their goals kept them apart. Can a grandma's meddling from the afterlife spark their relationship again? Quintessentially is a story about young love, finding what truly makes you happy, and following your own dreams.

I loved this whole story from beginning to end. It has a sweetness that will bury itself into your soul and camp there to give the reader a warm and fuzzy feeling after they finish the story.

Oh, I hope you are ready for a fun, sexy, and super enjoyable read – because once again, Aleatha Romig has delivered all the goodness!

Travelling backwards and forwards in time, this novel gives us the situation now, and reveals the why through the past of both Dax and Kandace. They were everything to each other until he finally stopped coming to town and followed his parents into the legal rat race. Whilst he had girlfriends in that time, for Kandace, he was the only one – and as we discover, at his grandfather's funeral, he unknowingly left her pregnant. Not willing to affect his career, she has chosen to let him live ignorant of the ties he left behind.

I love that his grandmother has been one of her dearest supporters, and kept her secret until her death. She also left provision for her to buy her shop they both love at a very good price. Dax comes to sort out the will and makes another enormous discovery. Or maybe two – as he finds she is the one who got away, and maybe all he has been doing career-wise was the wrong move.

The simplicity with which Molly accepts this new person in her life, and that the town who has been keeping the secret welcomes him back, is refreshing and beautifully positive. It made for a lovely, light, and yet very intense romance, which will make you wonder just how you would react in either Dax or Kandace's shoes. I enjoy that questioning of my own route out of such a pickle!

In need of a feel-good story which is open, honest, and full of love, hope, and the promise of a great future? This definitely fits the bill!



Author Bio

ALEATHA ROMIG is a New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author who lives in Indiana. She grew up in Mishawaka, graduated from Indiana University, and is currently living south of Indianapolis. Together with her high-school sweetheart and husband of over thirty years, they've raised three children. Before she became a full-time author, she worked days as a dental hygienist and spent her nights writing. Now, when she’s not imagining mind-blowing twists and turns or her new lighter side, she likes to spend her time with her family and friends. Her pastimes include reading and creating heroes/anti-heroes who haunt your dreams!

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Once she’s out of the car, Dax bends his long legs and gets down on his haunches. “Hello, Molly. I’m very glad to formally meet you.”


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Wednesday, July 27, 2022

Boyfriend Material by Ilsa Madden-Mills Blog Tour

Available Now. Boyfriend Material. Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author. Ilsa Madden-Mills. Blog Tour. July 26th – 28th.

#1 Amazon bestselling author Ilsa Madden-Mills delivers an all-new, enemies-to-lovers sports romance, a breathtaking tale of passion, heartbreak, and love…

Skyscraper cheekbones, lush lips, and magnetic topaz eyes.
I’m talking about Eric Hansen.
Rich prick.
Glorified hockey star.
Thinks he’s amazing.
Yeah. The Golden Boy and I are well acquainted. In prep school he trampled on my heart and kept right on going.

Three years later, he’s living the high life with frat parties and puck bunnies at Hawthorne University. On the other hand, people barely notice me. I’m the nobody, surviving in the seedy part of town as I struggle to keep my head above treacherous waters.

The avoidance game we’ve been playing was working—until he rescues me from a bad guy and claims he wants to help me more. Hello. I don’t need a knight in shining armor. This girl saves herself.

Yet... I'm not sure how long I can ignore the undeniable spark between us.
(It’s not even a spark; it’s a full-fledged, blazing fire.)

Can this hockey player prove he’s boyfriend material, or will this be a game we both lose?

Boyfriend Material is a steamy, new adult, college romance perfect for fans of enemies-to-lovers or second chances. Please read the trigger warnings.


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Boyfriend Material by Ilsa Madden-Mills

Book 2
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Eric’s large frame and rugged handsomeness takes the air from my lungs. His hair is pulled back in a man-bun, my fav look on him.

No. I do not have a favorite look for him, but it does show off his ridiculous cheekbones and aristocratic, slightly bent nose.

He’s wearing jeans, gold Converse, and a HU shirt. The lion on the front seems to glare at me—much like he is now.

I lean against the doorjamb. Be cool, be cool. “Howdy, partner.”

He doesn’t smile. “That guy at the laundromat is scary. Stay away from him. I mean it.”

I huff. The nerve of him to tell me what to do.

“That’s what I told you. I repeat, you could have been hurt. Let me handle Connor.”

His arms cross. “How did you get involved with him? Are you on drugs?”

I tuck my hands in my pockets and dip my head so he can’t see how much his words hurt. I know I strip, no one has to remind me, but in prep school, I was the goody-two shoes who never wavered. I had to keep my grades up to keep my scholarship—not that I was ever invited to parties. I wrote poetry. I drew. I daydreamed about him. “Do I look like an addict?”

His golden eyes roam over me. Assessing. “Maybe.”

My throat tingles with words I want to say but know I shouldn’t.

The less he knows, the better.

His nose flares. “I’m trying to help you and you’re giving me the cold shoulder. What’s wrong with you?”

I swallow thickly as I gaze at him. “Eric. Please. Being around me will only smear your good name—”

“Stop,” he calls out, then rubs his face, his anger seeming to deflate like a popped tire. “Don’t put yourself down like that. You’re a person, Julia. One that people care about.”

And I want to protect those people.

I chew on my bottom lip. “You shouldn’t have interfered.”

He lets out a long sigh, gives me a searching look, goes to leave, then stops. He reaches into his pocket and holds something up. “This is yours, I assume.”

I stare at the ring, my lips parting. “How did you...?”

But he’s already out the door.




Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

This is the second book in Hawthorn University and a second-chance romance for Eric and Julia. He is the hockey hero, and she is the stripper trying to help her mother recover. They knew each other in high school; he used her and then walked away.

While Eric is fighting demons from his past, Julia is dealing with them in the present in the form of a cheating ex-boyfriend who will not leave her alone. Eric realized that being around Julia brings calm to him and kinda centers him; as they spend more time together, he realizes what he walked away from during high school.

As they grow closer and his demons become more, they have to struggle to stay together. It all comes to blows with his father at the Christmas party, she leaves and Eric has to figure out what he wants his life to be, a lawyer for his father, hockey for him, and with Julia or not.

This story is so much more than a college romance, it is filled with pain, demons from the past, great friends, and a love that is meant to be. This author has a way to pull you into the story so you are invested in every page. I hope you give this duet a chance and that you love it too.



Author Bio

Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and USA Today best-selling author ILSA MADDEN-MILLS is best known for her angsty new adult romances and romantic comedies.

Eight of her eleven novels have placed in the Amazon Top 10 Bestseller List:
Dirty English #1; Fake Fiancée and I Dare You #2; I Bet You, Filthy English, and Very Bad Things #6; Boyfriend Bargain #8; The Last Guy, her collaboration with Tia Louise, #4.

A former high school English teacher, she adores all things
Pride and Prejudice, and of course, Mr. Darcy is her ultimate hero.

She's addicted to frothy coffee beverages, cheesy magnets, and any book featuring unicorns and sword-wielding females. Feel free to stalk her online

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Tuesday, July 26, 2022

Bayou Sweetheart by Lexi Blake

When a family crisis throws Major’s life into a tailspin, he turns to Brynn for support. Will their budding relationship shine brighter than Hollywood lights?

Sparks fly in Louisiana's Butterfly Bayou when a Hollywood starlet falls for a local deputy in a small-town contemporary romance from New York Times bestselling author Lexi Blake.

After leaving the military, Major Blanchard moved to Papillon, Louisiana, to be with his aging father, where he's taken a deputy position with the sheriff’s department. Now that he’s settling into life on the bayou, he’s trying out the dating scene. Every single woman in town seems to be pining after the handsome newcomer. But so far, nothing’s worked out, and he’s had some spectacularly bad dates. Major’s getting ready to give up on love when a new lady roars into town to film a movie and turns his world upside down.

Actress Brynn Pearson is trying to make a successful transition from child star to leading lady. Now that she’s landed her first lead in a major film, nothing can stop her. She's committed to focusing solely on her work, so romance is the last thing she needs—too bad she can’t get her mind off the dreamy deputy she keeps running into. He’s gorgeous, and something about him makes her feel safe. As Brynn’s feelings for Major deepen, she starts to wonder if maybe there’s more to life than her career.

When a family crisis throws Major’s life into a tailspin, he turns to Brynn for support, and hopes their budding relationship will shine brighter than Hollywood lights.

Don’t miss our reviews of the rest of the Butterfly Bayou series!
For book one, Butterfly Bayou, click HERE.
For book two, Bayou Baby, click HERE.
For book three, Bayou Dreaming, click HERE.
For book four, Bayou Beauty, click HERE.


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Bayou Sweetheart by Lexi Blake

Book 5
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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

This is the fifth book in the series. I would recommend reading them in order as you will get a better sense of the fun (Otis) in this town and enjoy the earlier romances.

Brynn is in town to get ready for her first acting role as an adult. In the business since she was five, she’s a household name, but about to make the transition. Wonderfully, the people of the town are respectful, and she is realising the appeal of small town life, questioning her future career, and, it turns out, falling for the local deputy – Major.

As they discover the intensity of feelings between them, they both have to decide whether it’s worth the risk and the likely heartache when she leaves town… they also have to navigate the strong influence that Brynn’s manager mother has on her life and career!

As the press interfere and spread malicious rumours, the whole family has to decide how to move forward, and we get two romances for the price of one – the second not entirely unexpected, but fun nonetheless.

I’ve not mentioned the fun to be had due to the locals, the raccoons, or the girl time, but they all added to the whole.

Another fun installment in this series, thank you!

Avid Reader☆☆☆☆
M/F Romance

Major is living life in his small town and is relatively happy. He loves his job, the people keep things interesting, and the wild life is hysterical. When Major's dad starts to have more bad days though, he knows that his time with his dad is limited.

Brynn is living the life most dream of. She's a successful actress and has a long career ahead of her. She has a sister who works for her and a mom too. Both are great at their jobs but the tension among them can sometimes be a lot.

Brynn dreams of a life when she can just sit, relax, and do her art. She goes to the new movie town early to try and see the town through her own eyes – to get her character's life down for the movie. When she meets Major, it's unconventional, sweet, and hilarious, all wrapped in a yummy, muscled hunk of a man.

Brynn and Major have to weather their own storms and the storm that they create together. Each is learning a new way to live. For someone else. This is a sweet story where the characters grow together, all while finding themselves.

You won't be disappointed in this story. The raccoons will steal your hearts and the characters are easy to relate to.



Author Bio

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author LEXI BLAKE lives in North Texas with her husband and three kids. Since starting her publishing journey in 2010, she’s sold over three million copies of her books. She began writing at a young age, concentrating on plays and journalism. It wasn’t until she started writing romance that she found success. She likes to find humor in the strangest places and believes in happy endings.

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Monday, July 25, 2022

Forbidden Mafia Prince by Brooke Blaine & Ella Frank Release Blitz

Forbidden Mafia Prince by Brooke Blaine & Ella Frank.

“What are you going to do with me?”
“Whatever the hell I want.”

In Manhattan, tensions are rising.
In a play for power, the Rossetti family has made a decisive blow, crippling their rivals—an act that has forced the Fiores to make a desperate move to maintain their supremacy.

Many miles away, Luca Davis, a young medical student, has no idea his life is about to change.
No idea that everything he’s been told about his life has been a lie.
Enter Domenico Rossetti, the ruthless Mafia prince. Powerful and unforgiving, he’s a savage in a suit—and the one who holds the cards when it comes to his new captive.

But when the war escalates and both are forced into seclusion, the two men are faced with a new threat: the rising sexual tension between them.
You don’t fall for the one person you’re supposed to hate, but it’s a temptation neither can resist.
Because falling in love with the enemy isn’t only wrong—it’s forbidden.
And the cost for defying everyone will be their lives.

Forbidden Mafia Prince is the first book in USA Today bestselling authors Brooke Blaine and Ella Frank's M/M mafia romance duet.


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Forbidden Mafia Prince by Brooke Blaine & Ella Frank

Book 1
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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

This is the first book in a duet… so be prepared to hang at the end of the book! I think in a good way though, so don’t miss out – sometimes anticipation is fun!

Be warned that this is no cosy read – other than Luca, the guys in this story are not good, or in any way gentle. They do the bidding of their mafia boss, and in the current state of danger, are not afraid to do serious damage or kill.

Luca is about to start his general surgery rotation, when he finds himself captive, for no plausible reason. Turns out he is a hidden mafia prince, and the ‘other’ main player in New York has found out, captured him, and has plans for his usefulness in the war. I think this element is written so well, his confusion turning to fear, turning to anger, turning to annoyance and insolence. And the discovery that the man at the heart of it makes his own beat faster and his desire ramp up in dangerous ways.

The transition from enemy and prisoner, to convenient way to scratch an itch, to fear for his safety does not sit well with Dom, but the control over Luca is heady. How he is going to enter the next book and deal with the war and his heart… I cannot wait!

Wow, this was not what I was expecting. Not in a bad way, just not what we are used to reading by these authors. Man, it was good though! I can't even imagine what Luca went through – being plucked from him life and thrown into this mess. I enjoyed the dynamics between Luca and Dom. Since this is a duet, we are left with a cliffhanger. I can't wait to see what happens next. This is such a different book for these authors I'm left wondering, will there be a happily ever after?



Author Bio

BROOKE BLAINE is a USA Today bestselling author best known for writing romantic comedy and M/M romance. Her novels lead with humor and heart, but Brooke never shies away from throwing in something extra naughty that will scandalize her conservative Southern family for life (bless their hearts).

She's a choc-o-holic, lives for eighties bands (which means she thinks guyliner is totally underrated), believes it's always wine o'clock, and lives with the coolest cat on the planet—her Ragdoll/Maine Coon mix, Jackson Agador Spartacus

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ELLA FRANK is the USA Today bestselling author of the Temptation series, including Try, Take, and Trust and is the co-author of the fan favorite PresLocke series. Her Prime Time series has been praised as “highly entertaining!” and “sexy as hell!”

A life-long fan of the romance genre, Ella writes contemporary and erotic fiction.

Some of her favorite authors include Tiffany Reisz, Kresley Cole, Riley Hart, J.R. Ward, Erika Wilde, Gena Showalter, and Carly Philips.

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“I hate you.”     Dom grabbed hold of Luca’s arm, hauling him close. “Finally. The feeling’s mutual.”


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Thursday, July 21, 2022

A Little Wilder by Serena Bell

What happened in Vegas definitely didn’t stay in Vegas.

What happened in Vegas? Definitely didn’t stay in Vegas.

Gabe’s the oldest. Brody’s the bad boy. Clark’s the strong, silent warrior. Amanda’s the girl. And Easton—well, Easton’s the panty melter.

I’m Kane.

Don’t get me wrong. It’s not a bad job. But usually, I’m not the one people are talking about.

That’s about to change. Because the woman I had a smoking hot one-night stand with in Vegas? The one I should have stayed far, far away from, since women like her are my kryptonite?

She’s the same woman my brother just hired to redesign his fancy new glamping RVs.

I haven’t seen her since Vegas, but the instant I lay eyes on her, I can tell my quiet role as the boy-next-door brother is about to change.

She’s pregnant.

And it’s mine.

A steamy, small-town, accidental pregnancy, one-night-to-forever standalone romantic comedy by the USA Today bestselling author of Sleepover.

Don’t miss our reviews of the rest of the Wilder Adventures series!
For book one, Make Me Wilder, click HERE.
For book two, Walk on the Wilder Side, click HERE..
For book three, Wilder With You, click HERE.


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A Little Wilder by Serena Bell

Book 4
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This is the fourth book in the series, and I would highly recommend that you read them in order, as the underlying story of the Wilder family runs through them all.

I am always amazed at how stories which start in Las Vegas pan out – and this one is definitely one of the most entertaining that I have read!

Kane is the Wilder brother who is the good guy, the one who gets taken advantage of, because he is just so good natured – the introduction to him is a perfect example of this. However, one night in Las Vegas, he decided to channel his much freer with love brother and had a fling. Months later he still has not been able to forget her, so when she turns out to be the RV specialist that his brother has just contracted to overhaul their new onsite RVs. What is really unexpected is that she is pregnant... and yes, it his!

Mari is such a fascinating character, suffering from rejection bordering on abuse from her mother as a child, she cannot imagine the life that she discovers when she is included in the Wilder family group. I love how they work hard to be welcoming, but also aware of her becoming overwhelmed. Kane we already know is the good guy, but faced with the woman he could not forget, he is so cautious not to lose her, or their baby. It is impossible not to become invested in the happiness of this new family.

It is really fun watching them fill in the bits which they missed out on with their precipitous start, and most particularly reading about how she plans and achieves her makeovers.

This is such a fun series with lots of variety and I am enjoying seeing the growth of the family as they bring in their loves and make the business even more successful. Looking forward to the next installment!

This is a story I want to tell everyone to read just so they can read the first few scenes. Because firstly, who does that to a pregnant woman? And secondly, who breaks up with a great guy like Kane like that? It was nuts!

Aside from the first few scenes that had me a bit lost of words, this is a really lovely romance. While Mari doesn’t know where the father of her baby, Kane, is or even who he is, at six months pregnant they meet again and it is clear that they were meant to be together and it would only be a matter of time before they realise it too. It was a joy to see their romance and to see a family be created.

The romance is joyful and full of love, there were also a few times when I cried with our couple. One scene in particular I’m sure many mums reading will be able to relate to. I’m tearing up just remembering it.

A Little Wilder was a pleasure to read, and I’d definitely recommend it to romance lovers.



Author Bio

USA Today bestselling author SERENA BELL writes contemporary romance with heat, heart, and humor. A former journalist, Serena has always believed that everyone has an amazing story to tell if you listen carefully, and you can often find her scribbling in her tiny garret office, mainlining chocolate and bringing to life the tales in her head.

Serena’s books have earned many honors, including an RT Reviewers’ Choice Award, Apple Books Best Book of the Month, and Amazon Best Book of the Year for Romance.

When not writing, Serena loves to spend time with her college-sweetheart husband and two hilarious kiddos—all of whom are incredibly tolerant not just of Serena’s imaginary friends but also of how often she changes her hobbies and how passionately she embraces the new ones. These days, it’s stand-up paddle boarding, board-gaming, meditation, and long walks with good friends.

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Wednesday, July 20, 2022

The Trouble with Whiskey by Melissa Foster Release Blitz

She’s the only woman he’s ever loved, and the one he could never have… The Trouble with Whiskey by Melissa Foster. Now Available. Paperback and Hardback Special Editions include bonus content.

From New York Times bestselling author Melissa Foster comes The Whiskeys: Dark Knights at Redemption Ranch, a new small-town, big-family series of standalone romance novels featuring fiercely loyal, insanely sexy bikers who give horses—and people—a second chance. Buckle up for a wild ride in Hope Ridge, Colorado, as these big-hearted badasses and their sassy sisters wrangle in their forever loves.

She’s the only woman he’s ever loved, and the one he could never have…

Years after losing one of their best friends to a dare gone wrong, Devlin “Dare” Whiskey continues to live up to his name, endlessly testing fate, while Billie Mancini buried the best parts of herself. Billie is beautiful and tough, and battling demons Dare has no idea exist. But Dare is done watching her pretend to be something she’s not and takes on his most important challenge yet—showing the woman he loves that some dares are worth the risk.

No cliffhangers, no cheating, and always a happily ever after.


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The Trouble with Whiskey by Melissa Foster

Book 1
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You make it impossible to love anyone else.



Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

First off, you have to love the Redemption Ranch for what they do. Second, you have to love the Dark Knights for who they are and their beliefs. Put these two things together and you get a perfect place for someone to get their life back on track.

Three kids grew up together, becoming the best of friends. Two would dare each other to do something, while the other would film it because if it wasn't on film, no one would believe it. That is how Dare, Billie, and Eddie became the Daredevils.

When something tragic happened, Billie turned her back on all things that made her Billie. She still went through the motions, but she pulled away from almost everyone. Even her family noticed her pulling away. Dare finally had enough and took matters into his own hands and showed her the light. He wanted her to see that life was better with her living her best life. But Dare didn't know what she was going through, and he helped her get through it.

This is another fantastic story from author Melissa Foster that will rip out your emotions and have you scrambling to wrangle them back before you lose them altogether. Dare and Billie are perfect together, he is the comedian, and she is the sassy girl who keeps him sane. I cannot wait for book two. And then again, I can't wait for any book from this author.

This is the first of a new series, but as any Melissa Foster fan will expect, it is in the world that we all know and love and brings us many familiar old friends, plus gives us the happiness of catching up on many previous successful relationships.

Dare, Billie, and Eddie grew up together, daredevils and talented on two wheels... but Billie chose Eddie, and then he died in a stunt gone wrong, and she stopped doing all those things and cut her closest friend out of her life.

Billie now works in the family bar, and stays away from the biggest temptation in her life. We know that this is not going to work forever and get to watch the two of them find their new normal as a duo. So many lovely moments dealing with difficult issues which have been buried and allowing those deep feelings to surface again. I love that we get to see them both come back to their best lives together.

Dare also has to make some changes in how he approaches life, but he is determined to make Billie come back to life... so crazily romantic in the very best biker way – swoon-worthy for sure. Nothing will stand in his way, whatever happens – who could wish for more?

Be warned that once you start this it will be very difficult to stop, so plan for a good few hours of quiet, stay hydrated, and get ready for a fabulous story from page one.



If it makes you feel any better, when I’m going for a solo ride, it’s your face I see and your mouth I’m thinking about.


Author Bio

MELISSA FOSTER is a New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author. She writes sexy and heartwarming contemporary romance and new adult romance with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Melissa’s emotional journeys are lovingly erotic and always family oriented–perfect beach reads for contemporary romance lovers who enjoy reading about wealthy heroes and smart, sassy heroines.

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She gave up her daredevil ways years ago. He’s hell bent on showing her some dares are worth the risk.

Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of The Trouble with Whiskey (The Whiskeys: Dark Knights at Redemption Ranch #1) by Melissa Foster to read and review.