Thursday, September 20, 2018

Professor Adorkable by Edie Danford Release Blitz


What happens when a star-gazing professor falls for his hot young housekeeper? One heck of an earthy explosion…

Professor Marek Janos's genius at analyzing stellar explosions doesn't apply to his own disordered world. Forgetting to eat, sleep, and leave his lab has triggered some epic personal disasters. When his family insists he hire live-in help, he discovers home life has awesome benefits. His new housekeeper's smile sparks more energy than a supernova. And the way he moves? It rocks Marek's galaxy.

Pete Schulz took a tough fall from his high-flying life in Hollywood. But how does a guy whose best skill is getting dirty clean up his act? His new gig with Domesticated Inc seems like a great first step. Keeping house for a nerdy young astrophysics professor is exactly the low-key, no-chance-for-trouble job he needs, right?

Living together is surprisingly easy for both men. And fun. And more than a little hot. It's when they're faced with the idea of living apart that the truly messy work begins…

This is a 90,000 word stand-alone novel with two quirky heroes—one who actually likes to vacuum, and one who enjoys studying Weakly Compressible Homogeneous Isoptropic Turbulences.

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“I made the mess,” I tell my housekeeper. “So I will clean it up.”

“Yeah, I know you can clean it up if given several hours,” Pete responds, his smile crooked. There are no signs of exasperation on his face or in his tone. No signs that he’s upset I’ve woken him up with the sound of breaking glass, and that his once-pristine kitchen floor is now covered with a mess I could have easily avoided if I’d been paying attention. “But it’s my job. Tomorrow morning your job is to go teach a class. You’ll sleep until eight, eat a good breakfast, and then be off.”

I raise my eyebrows. “That is exactly how it will happen?”

“I’ll make sure of it.”

“What if I want to negotiate?”

“Negotiate?”

“Yes. Things can be negotiated in a democratic household, yes?”

“Democratic?”

I smile. “We have no dictators here. Or kings or queens.”

“Well.” He snorts. “There is that matter of your uncle signing my paycheck. But I get what you’re saying, I guess. What were you interested in negotiating?”

“Tonight I feel…antsy? Unable to relax.” I move my shoulders up and down to show him all this tension I’m experiencing. “I’ll go upstairs and sleep, but first I would like company. To hang out with you. For a while.”

His mouth droops as he folds his arms across his bare chest and stares at me. “So you’re saying you’ll let me do my job. But only if I give up my free time for you?”

“Um.” It’s cool in the kitchen, but my face suddenly becomes steam-burn hot.

Damn. I’m incredibly bad at talking to him—or any guy—I find attractive. Doesn’t matter where I am—Prague, Pasadena, Chicago. My language barrier isn’t about Czech versus English. It’s about my head versus my tongue.

What I want with Pete is complicated, not simple. But, as usual, I’ve said words that could be construed as—

God, I don’t even know what.

“You suck at negotiating, Marek.” He says it with a kind note in his voice.

“Yes.” I clear my throat. “I do.”

He sighs and runs his hand over his short hair—hair I want so fucking badly to touch. Is it bristly, soft? Would it sift through my fingers easily, or would it be like my hair and cling to my skin?

“I suppose we could listen to one Harry Potter chapter,” he says, lacking his usual enthusiasm for the idea. “But just one. And if you fall asleep or if I fall asleep or if we both fall asleep, it will be your job to wake up and go back to bed. No sleepovers. That’s a rule that’s not allowed to change.”

I swallow. Ordinarily I would give him shit about the unreasonableness of his request—if we’re asleep, how will we know we’re asleep and thus breaking his rules?

But I keep quiet tonight. I know I’m pushing him. I know he’s beginning to figure out I want more than just his company. So much more.

If this were a work-related matter, I would get my way with a few basic words. Logic applies in my lab. When it comes to my personal life, however, logic rarely applies. Basic words never seem to work.

If I tell Pete what I really want—to take him into his room, to put him on his comfortable bed, to kiss his clever mouth over and over and over, to blow him until his sweet hotness spills down my throat, to hold him tightly and use friction to excellent effect (inside or outside our bodies, I don’t care) until we both come—then he would say “no” quickly and firmly, and quietly shut that detestable door in my face. And I’ll be lucky if he’s still around in the morning.

The situation between us is confusing. I hope this is more than just his workplace. We are friends. He’s my best friend, actually. And he’s the one who makes this place a home.

Occasionally, I have a hard time understanding…what had my language tutor called it? Nuance. Nuanced meanings. Pete and I have a lot of nuances happening between us.

“One chapter would be good,” I tell him. “Chapter Twelve. ‘The Tri-wizard Tournament.’ I need to know all about it.”

He nods and tips his head toward the open door to his suite. “I’ll meet you in there.”

My heart bounces around in my chest—more zaps from that ionizer—but my head doesn’t like the take-care-of-business look on Pete’s face. No smile, no teasing, no dancing notes to the way his boots clap against the tile floor. He checks the locks and the deadbolts on the back door and walks toward his room.

He glances at his doorway and then me, his eyebrows rising. He looks as though he’s holding his breath, maybe holding back a sigh.

Maybe it would be better to give him space tonight. Better for me to be apart from what I want so much, but can’t have. I should walk away, go back to my room without bothering Pete.

My damp toes stick to the cold floor. I want to be more than a job for him. I want to be more than some guy he feels sorry for, some guy who can’t even say what he wants.

I walk over to the sink and retrieve a glass from the nearby cabinet. I fill the glass half full at the tap and then drink. I set it down carefully. The water is cold, but my skin feels hot. I can feel Pete watching me, waiting.

My eyes shift to the hallway. But my feet carry me toward Pete.




Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Sarah☆☆☆☆☆
I absolutely loved this book! This story about the unlikely relationship between a geeky professor and his live-in housekeeper manages to be both smart and funny – and I really loved both Marek and Pete.

Marek is fabulous as an eccentric scientist. Think Dr. Sheldon Cooper – with a heart and some self-awareness. While Marek explores the stars, his housekeeper, Pete, manages his home and his life and makes sure he stays slightly grounded in reality. These two work so beautifully together that I wondered how the author would draw out the romantic tension for an entire novel. But it works. Before these two can make a relationship work they both have a whole lot of life stuff to sort out. This is a steamier read than I expected from the blurb and the chemistry between Pete and Marek is pretty special.

Beyond the romance, there are some thought provoking insights into relationships and conversations around roles and equality and power that I really enjoyed. I always love the quality of this author’s writing and I love that this story manages to be intelligent without adding too much angst or unnecessary conflict.


Angie☆☆☆
When I read the blurb for this book I couldn't wait to read it! The book was sent to me right before I went on a long weekend trip and I was so excited to jump in. That being said, it didn't wow me like I thought it would. I didn't read the previous series that this was a spin off from. Maybe I should have and I might have enjoyed it more? Maybe? I thought we'd see Marek and Pete meet and see their relationship from the start. Nope. I just felt like I was missing something. While I enjoyed the banter between Marek and Pete, I just didn't feel invested in their relationship. The book wasn't horrible it just wasn't for me.



Edie lives in Vermont with her husband, two sons, and random creatures that might or might not be pets. She loves libraries (where she's found play, work, and love since she was a kid), long walks (unless ice is involved), lewd language (in the right context), luscious romance (of any variety), and alliteration.

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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Darcy by RJ Scott & Meredith Russell Blog Tour


Darcy’s newest assignment is boyfriend to a wealthy socialite, he never expected the intense attraction to his date’s brother. Falling for Adrian is dangerous, and certainly not part of the plan.

Adrian has been as unlucky in love as his sister, but even he doesn’t approve of hiring a boyfriend, whatever the reason. Until he meets Darcy. Then he comes to realize that love can happen in the most unexpected of ways.

One week. That is all the two men need to fall in lust, but will they have a lifetime to fall in love?

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Ruthie☆☆☆☆
The first bit of good news is that this is the first in a new series – and given how much fun the twist is in this book, I am really looking forward to future installments.

Darcy finds himself, almost by chance, in a career as a boyfriend for hire, and whether it is a male or female hirer, his wit and charm will see them through their moment of need. I really like how clear the setup is and the rather wonderful standards the service sets.

In this particular instance, accompanying medical researcher Abby to a family wedding results in him meeting her brother, Adrian, and falling quickly for the man. As we watch the wedding "week" progress, the clear interest between them along with Abby's desire to hide away and work, means that they spend time getting to know each other as well as suppressing the chemistry. Thanks to that and some other family drama, they get the time to think a little harder about what this would really mean in the longer term – which I liked.

For a quick, yet slow burn romance, with some lovely, lovely humour, this was a highly enjoyable read.


Angie☆☆☆
I liked the premise of the story, however, it just didn't hit the mark for me. Most of the book was about Abby and Darcy, but this is a M/M book and I don't want to wait until the book is almost over for Darcy and Adrian to get together. There were some funny parts and banter. The family issues reminded me of a real-life family, especially when I wanted to smack a few people. I just found myself wanting more Darcy and Adrian and less Abby and the wedding crap. I am sure others will enjoy this read, but for me it was just okay.


Sarah☆☆☆☆
This is such a fun read. The addition of a few modern twists to classic romance novel tropes creates a story that is warm, charming, and often very funny. This is a light read that kept me smiling from start to finish.

The story an escort who falls for his date’s brother is a twist on a romance classic, but the quirky characters keep the book feeling fresh and I fell hard for both Darcy and Adrian. As a retired Army Lieutenant, Darcy isn’t your average male escort and he’s a perfect match for Adrian, a reluctant member of an important New York family. Adrian’s scientist sister Abby is also wonderful – I love it when m/m romance includes interesting and nuanced female characters.

This is an entertaining romantic comedy. It’s a low heat story with lots of charm and very little angst. I enjoyed the gentle observations of Adrian and Abby’s family and I love that all the characters are more than they first seem. I thoroughly enjoyed this easy, charming read. While this story is quite different to most of the recent books I’ve read by these authors, it was a pleasant surprise and I’m looking forward to the next book in the series.




RJ’s goal is to write stories with a heart of romance, a troubled road to reach happiness, and most importantly, that hint of a happily ever after.

RJ is the author of the over one hundred novels and discovered romance in books at a very young age. She realized that if there wasn’t romance on the page, she could create it in her head, and is a lifelong writer.

She lives and works out of her home in the beautiful English countryside, spends her spare time reading, watching films, and enjoying time with her family.

The last time she had a week’s break from writing she didn’t like it one little bit and has yet to meet a bottle of wine she couldn’t defeat.

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Raising the Bar by Leigh Dillon


Destin Bellingham has inherited a problem. Thanks to his late playboy father, Destin faces putting a For Sale sign on his family’s historic horse farm. Getting his talented stallion, Black Sambuca, into the Grand Prix show ring would put Bellmeade back on the map—if only someone could make “Sam” behave like a show horse.

Disgraced top rider Tonio Benedetto has his own problems, but he can work magic with difficult jumpers, so Destin hires him despite his bad-boy reputation. The street-smart, openly gay loudmouth from Miami and the closeted, buttoned-down son of Old Dominion Virginia make a rocky pairing, but time is running out to save Bellmeade from bankruptcy.

Opposites attract, sparks of tension grow into flames of passion. But if Tonio fails to tame Sam, will true love become a lost cause too?

States of Love: Stories of romance that span every corner of the United States.

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Ruthie☆☆☆☆
I am really enjoying this series of novellas from a variety of talented authors. In this one we meet two men who have a mutual background in raising and riding horses, but very different views on their sexuality. As they have to work together to try and restore the fortunes of the Bellingham family and Bellmeade estate.

As Destin puts his faith in disgraced rider Tonio to tame his horse Black Sambuca, he also finds he may want to put his own happiness in Tonio's hands too. I loved the horse aspects, and the way the two men deal with the challenge of trusting each other is fascinating. I would happily have read much more about their newfound romance.



LEIGH DILLON is a native of horse-happy North Central Florida but has deep family roots in the Virginia and West Virginia areas. Coming of age in the dinosaur days of cable television, when fledgling channels filled their empty blocks of programming time by airing entire equestrian competitions, Leigh’s young brain became infected with a lifelong mania for show jumping, three-day eventing, and other exotic horse sports. Though tragically denied a pony of her own in childhood, Leigh has wreaked her revenge by including equine characters in almost everything she writes.

A bookbinder and librarian by trade, Leigh has also worked on local thoroughbred horse farms. Leigh’s short fiction has been featured twice in the Florida Writers Association annual story collection, and the Royal Palm Literary Award conferred Book of the Year honors on one of her book-length words in 2017. When not immersed in writing, creating, and curating books, Leigh maintains a backyard habitat for native bees and butterflies, with a special emphasis on growing milkweed to help maintain the population of monarch butterflies. Despite being in-town suburban, this habitat also plays host to frogs, opossums, raccoons, and the occasional urban armadillo, not to mention a dazzling array of birds. Leigh lives with one enormous black cat, two noisy parakeets, and her long-suffering mother.

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Sugar Fighter by Charity Parkerson Blog Tour


Zeke is the older man. The richer man. The man who plans to give Korey the world.

As MMA’s Light Heavyweight champion, Zeke’s million-dollar matches and multi-million-dollar sponsorships have given him the freedom to do whatever he likes. It pleases him to spoil Korey. Before Zeke’s best friend Charlie was deployed two years ago, he made Zeke swear he’d care for his brother Korey if anything happened to him. When Charlie is killed by a roadside bomb, Zeke takes the young college student in, determined to give him everything he requires to succeed. He never expects to end up hoping he can keep Korey under more than his roof. He needs Korey beneath him.

If Korey had been in his right mind after Charlie’s death, he would’ve turned down Zeke’s offer. By the time he realizes his mistake, he’s already addicted to Zeke’s powerful presence. He never meant to end up dependent on the man’s smiles and hot glances. The money, Korey could live without. The man has him hooked. There’s only one problem—neither man wants to cross the line from friends to lovers, ruining what they have.

Sugar Fighter is a short introduction to a new series by Charity Parkerson, Sugar Daddies. This series will feature male/male May/December romances where the men are hot, rich, naughty, and don’t like to be told no.

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Shannan☆☆☆☆
3.5 Stars

Sugar Fighter is the first installment in the Sugar Daddies series. It is a short novella and a super quick read.

Zeke was best friend's with Korey's brother before he was killed. Zeke promised to take care of Korey after Charlie was killed. He is a multi-million-dollar MMA fighter and can afford to spoil Korey. Zeke has slowly fallen for Korey but hasn't said anything since he feels like it would upset Charlie since he is supposed to be looking after him.

Korey has no one but Zeke. His mother and brother have both passed and, in his grief, he agrees to live with Zeke. Korey has fallen for Zeke but is scared to let him know. When he finally acts on those feelings, will they be reciprocated or brushed off?

I enjoyed this quick little read. It's a matter of a miscommunication but it doesn't drag on and is quickly resolved. I am looking forward to book two.


Angie☆☆☆
This was a super short introduction to a new series. I hope that the other books will be longer so we can connect to the characters and get more story. I enjoyed Zeke and Korey, but I didn't feel the connection and chemistry like you would with a longer book. I am looking forward to the next book in the series.


Ruthie☆☆☆
This is a very short introduction to a new series, and I am curious to read future installments.

Zeke is the older man with all the power, and he enjoys spoiling Korey, his charge ever since his best friend, Korey's brother, died. He has always been physically affectionate, but never dared to cross a line. Both men find this frustrating but are in a mental jam about what to do. Luckily, friend Maverick knows just how to push the situation to where it needs to go – it was fun to watch!

Hopefully future books will be longer, and give us more depth.


Sarah☆☆☆☆
This is a sweet and steamy short story. MMA champion Zeke was honoring his fallen comrade’s wishes when he took his younger brother in and became his unofficial guardian. Over the years since Charlie’s death, Zeke and Korey have carved out a slightly unconventional life together and their relationship has become something that neither man fully understands.

For such a short story, the storyline is surprisingly complex and the chemistry between Zeke and Korey is electric. As a reader, I can get a bit squeamish about Daddy stories but this one is pitched just right. The age gap isn’t too crazy, and Korey easily holds his own in the relationship. I like the way Zeke’s physical power is complemented by Korey’s intellect. I liked both men and I loved the sexy scenes.



Charity Parkerson is an award winning and multi-published author with several companies. Born with no filter from her brain to her mouth, she decided to take this odd quirk and insert it in her characters.

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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

What I've Done by Melinda Leigh


Morgan Dane’s new client has blood on her hands—and no recollection of what happened—as the #1 Amazon Charts bestselling series continues.

Haley Powell wakes up covered in blood, with no memory of the night before. When she sees a man lying in the backyard, stabbed to death, she has only one terrified thought: What have I done?

Agreeing to take the case as a favor to her PI friend Lincoln Sharp, Morgan must scale a mountain of damning circumstantial and forensic evidence to prove her client innocent. Haley couldn’t appear more guilty: her bloodstained fingerprints are on the murder weapon, and she has no alibi. But Morgan can’t shake the feeling that this shocked young woman has been framed.

Someone out there is hell-bent on sabotaging her defense, targeting Morgan, her partner, and especially Haley. Someone who will stop at nothing—and whose next move will be deadly
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Avid Reader☆☆☆☆☆
M/F Thriller
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I have read all of the books in this series and this one is just as good.

Morgan is again, fighting against a tough situation for her client. Haley woke up covered in blood with no recollection of what happened the previous night. With the mountain of evidence against her, can Morgan find a way to save her?

In this story, we follow on a trail of a messy case. Haley is suffering from amnesia and the protesters are hot on their trail. Throw in friends of the victim holding back, brother of the victim throwing all he's got to stave off his own grief and it's just a mess of accidents, sabotage, and murder.

Morgan and her team pull a thread that starts them on a path that exposes them to a crazy killer. Without giving too much away, let's just say it is much more than it appears. I am loving this series and can't wait for more.


Mary Jo☆☆☆☆
This is a new to me series and I have to admit I read the three previous books over the weekend before, devouring this one in one sitting.

Morgan Dane is a force to be reckoned with but is as fragile as the rest of us. She's learning that she can depend on Lance Kruger, the former police officer turned private investigator for more than just business.

In the fourth installment, Ms. Leigh skillfully intertwines Morgan and Lance's growing romance with the latest case that lands on their doorstep. In this instance, it's an old friend of Sharp's that needs help defending her daughter against a murder rap.

Haley Powell woke up in the bed of her crush, Noah. Feeling out of sorts, she got out of bed to discover that she was covered in blood and that Noah's body was in the backyard. She doesn't remember much from the night before, or how she ended up at Noah's place, it appears to the local police that she's guilty.

Morgan, along with Lance and Sharp, set out to find out what really happened the night that Noah was murdered. Interviews with the witnesses and friends paint a poor picture of Haley but Morgan feels that there is something off about the whole thing. Digging deeper into the muck only brings danger to Morgan and Lance on more than one front.

The closer they get to solving the mystery of the Friday night that changed Haley's life, they must also contend with Morgan's stalker and a firebug out to get Lance.

I thoroughly enjoy this series and can't wait to read more about Morgan and Lance.


Sarah☆☆☆☆☆
This series just keeps getting better! I read this fourth book in a single sitting, refusing to go to sleep until I solved the murder. While I did finally manage to piece together some bits of the whodunnit, I love that the last few twists took me completely by surprise.

This is the kind of murder mystery that makes me really anxious. It starts with an impossible situation and just gets worse. As evidence piles up, it starts to seem like an impossible task for Morgan to prove her client’s innocence. At about the halfway point – right about the time Morgan and her team started to question their own assumptions – I didn’t trust anyone. The author builds tension perfectly in this story – while completely messing with my head.

Beyond the murder mystery, Morgan’s personal life also takes some interesting twists. Morgan’s client is a family friend of Sharp’s and we get to learn more about another dark period in Sharp’s police career. Once again, Morgan balances her family responsibilities with a difficult case – and tries to fit her relationship with Lance into her already complicated life. I love the way Morgan alternates between single mum everywoman moments and badass superhero strength – sometimes on the same page.

There are a few moments at the end that made me fear this might be the last book in the series and I’m really hoping I’m wrong. I’ve come to love the Morgan Dane stories and I’m already eager for the next one.


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Melinda Leigh abandoned her career in banking to raise her kids and never looked back. She started writing as a hobby and became addicted to creating characters and stories. Since then, she has won numerous writing awards for her paranormal romance and romantic-suspense fiction. Her debut novel, She Can Run, was a number one bestseller in Kindle Romantic Suspense, a 2011 Best Book Finalist (The Romance Reviews), and a nominee for the 2012 International Thriller Award for Best First Book. She is the author of the Midnight Novels, including Midnight Exposure (a finalist for the Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense) and Midnight Sacrifice.

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More Than Crave You by Shayla Black Release Blitz


I'm Evan Cook—billionaire tech entrepreneur and widower. Professionally, I’ve got it all. But since my wife died, my personal life has fallen apart. Remarrying seems like the obvious answer, so I place an ad. I'm not asking for much. The ideal woman only needs to be smart, organized, pretty, and helpful—both in and out of bed—without expecting romance. I never thought to look right in front of me… but it turns out that Nia Wright, my sexy, sassy assistant, just might be the perfect candidate.

After an unexpectedly hot night together, I'm ready to stop interviewing strangers and simply marry her. On paper, she ticks every box on my list. Best of all, she's far too sensible to fall for me. I didn’t see the flaw in my logic until it was too late. I never thought I’d lose my heart for the first time. And I definitely never imagined Nia could consume me. But she's harboring a secret that could tear us apart. Can I prove I more than crave her before it’s too late?

More Than Crave You is a sexy and emotional standalone novel from New York Times bestselling author in the More Than Words Series..

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Avid Reader☆☆☆☆☆
4.5 stars
M/F Romance
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This is Evan's book and it didn't disappoint. Evan is methodical. While he had a rough childhood and not a lot of affection growing up, he has found his person in his wife. When she is tragically killed, Evan isn't sure how to move forward with his life. While he's floundering, he figures that if he puts out an ad, he will be able to find a companion to help him with his business life and home life. However, he's convinced that he will never love another woman again. His company is worth a lot of money, so when he asks his assistant, Nia, to place the ad, she immediately is skeptical of the woman he's looking for.

I must admit that the interview process was hilarious. I loved that it was silly – almost playful. However, when Evan realizes that Nia offers him what he's been seeking, he can't help but just want her.

Nia loves her job. She's strong and independent. Having grown up in a single-parent household wasn't so bad and now, she is capable of taking care of herself. She has been in love with her boss since she began and when he comes up with a crazy plan to interview for a wife, she's kind of taken aback. But she's always professional and does as he asks. Nia also has a personal life that her boss knows nothing about. She loves to dance and does so in a burlesque show. She's erotic, classy, and everything that Evan could be looking for.

When secrets are revealed and hearts are put on the line, can Evan and Nia find their way? Evan is so closed off to love and Nia really only wants to marry someone who loves her back. Evan's family members are always good for advice and a chuckle. Sebastian as well – since he is an important aspect of this story. I truly hope he gets his own story next. I am also intrigued with the new family members being added and can't wait until the next story.


Mary☆☆☆☆
Wow, what a beginning. With Evan wanting to put an ad out there for a wife and to be married before moving to Hawaii by the end of the year. Is he crazy or something? The ad sounds like he is looking for all the wrong things. What about love and happiness? He isn't looking for love because he thinks he can't love again after he lost his wife.

Nia Wright is the perfect assistant. And after one wild night together, she is the perfect wife for Evan. But Nia wants love, the one thing that Evan thinks he can't give. Nia thinks he is crazy for his way of thinking but places the ad and sets up interviews.

When Evan realizes that Nia is all he needs, will he pop the question? Can they spend time together and learn more about each other? Will Nia show Evan that he can fall in love again? What happens when Evan learns about her secret? Will it destroy any chance they have at a future?

First, I love Evan and Nia, but he was a little out there for me. I wanted to slap him up side the head a couple of times. But then you think about his past and who his father was, and you forgive him because he never really knew love as a child. While Nia had her mother, she never knew her father. So both were missing some things.

Anyway, their story was great for them. And guess what? There will be more to this series and I can't wait. So sit back and enjoy the More Than Words series and I hope you love it too.


Ruthie☆☆☆☆☆
This is the fourth book in the series, and whilst it would stand alone well, there is most definitely extra depth to be had by reading these fabulous books in order. Evan is the unknown quantity in the family, as he was never acknowledged by their father – even when left an orphan and placed in foster care. He is tenacious, intelligent, and successful, but suffering the loss of his wife and unborn child has affected his life in ways he does not like. He therefore determines that he needs to find a replacement, but he will not countenance love in the arrangement.

With such a set up, we know that Shayla Black is going to turn his world upside down in this novel – but what she does best of all is give us a completely different view of him. When he finally understands the basis of his relationship with his wife, his whole being is laid bare and he has to rebuild himself in that knowledge. Incredibly powerful and wonderfully cathartic, I loved that element of the book. The journey to get there is not smooth, a bit like his moves on Nia, but he is an intelligent man, and he learns. His social awkwardness is a learned behaviour, and he can change.

Nia is a wonderfully strong and yet warm-hearted woman, who does not initially understand her boss well, but as she gets to know him better, she is even more invested in a future that she should not want. Together they clearly have amazing chemistry, and his unexpected inexperience is incredibly sexy, and certainly not a limitation to his prowess.

We also get to see the previous couples, as they help both Evan and Nia recognise what is important and support them through the barriers in their way. It is always a treat to catch up with the whole clan and their new lives in Maui.


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Shayla Black is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than fifty novels. For nearly twenty years, she’s written contemporary, erotic, paranormal, and historical romances via traditional, independent, foreign, and audio publishers. Her books have sold millions of copies and been published in a dozen languages.

Raised an only child, Shayla occupied herself with lots of daydreaming, much to the chagrin of her teachers. In college, she found her love for reading and realized that she could have a career publishing the stories spinning in her imagination. Though she graduated with a degree in Marketing/Advertising and embarked on a stint in corporate America to pay the bills, her heart has always been with her characters. She’s thrilled that she’s been living her dream as a full-time author for the past eight years.

Shayla currently lives in North Texas with her wonderfully supportive husband, her teenage daughter, and two spoiled tabbies. In her “free” time, she enjoys reality TV, reading, and listening to an eclectic blend of music.

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Swagger by Liz Lincoln


“Tight end,” noun: 1. a position in American football, 2. NFL star Marcus James, 3. what any hot-blooded woman can’t stop staring at every time Marcus walks by.

Bree Novak is so close to earning her Ph.D. she can taste it, but she’s supposed to be writing her dissertation, not giving lectures while her advisor slacks off. The semester gets even crazier when veteran tight end Marcus James—Bree’s celebrity crush—enrolls in her “Intro to Physics” class. The man’s even hotter in person than he looks on Sunday Night Football. So why is Bree hoping he drops out? Maybe it’s because Marcus, with his cocky smile and chiseled body, is the ultimate distraction...

Drafted out of college years ago by the Milwaukee Dragons, Marcus is taking advantage of a season-ending knee injury to finish his bachelor’s degree. Plus, thanks to a required science credit, he’s also getting to know the geek goddess who teaches physics. With brains and beauty, Bree is living proof that opposites attract. She’s even kind enough to give Marcus extra help with the material, as if she didn’t have anything better to do. And the more time Marcus spends with her, the more he realizes he’s not just crushing on his teacher—he’s falling for her.


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Ruthie☆☆☆☆
This is the second book in the series, and a really good read. It is undoubtedly a sports romance, although Marcus is currently on the bench due to an injury, so he is taking the opportunity to catch up on some studying. This leads him to meet PhD student-teacher, Bree, as she is teaching his Physics module. So as well as sports romance, we get the student/teacher dynamic, and hey, it's physics, so there is a lot of fun geekiness thrown in. Give them both parents who can't help but know best and a couple of feline companions, and this really ticks every box – and I must add – in a really good way. In fact, all my plans for my Saturday morning have been shelved as I had to finish this first!

Bree suffers from anxiety, and it is at an all-time high as she gets close to completing her PhD. Throw in a truly awful replacement supervisor, who is the ultimate misogynist and a bully to boot, and coping is becoming even more difficult. So meeting her longtime crush, tight end Marcus James, is surely going to tip her over the edge. Instead, she finds a really good guy who is patient, kind, and weirdly seems to really like her back. It is really fun being along for the ride as she starts to realise this, and even more fun when she breaks some rules and turns rather unexpectedly into quite a sex kitten.

Marcus is not happy about missing a whole season, and Bree certainly helps distract him, but he has a feeling this is a little more important than just a way to pass the time. How it can possibly work with him being her student, and then Bree likely to leave for another job, leads him to ask a favour of a friend... what ensues is complicated, but makes for a really good twist in the story.

Another really good installment, with some great humour, as well as some serious issues being considered, and the romance and passion was both engaging and believable. I am very much looking forward to the next book in the series.


Mary Jo☆☆☆☆
Bree and Marcus' relationship starts off slow, which I adore. They took time to get to know each other, their likes and dislikes, and became lovers. Marcus is the dream boyfriend: smart, good looking, and a great listener. Downside: he reacts before he thinks and doesn't always hear what Bree is telling him.

Bree is a working on a doctorate in a male-dominated field and often has to put up with the 'old boys club' that still exists in the area of physics. Her own doctoral adviser seems to the founding father of this particular faction. She's holding her head up, working on her dissertation, and doing her level best to succeed where it seems that everyone wants her to fail. Including her own family.

Being friends with Marcus is something new, he's supportive of her work, her dreams, and wants to help. However, the chip on her shoulder about people "knowing" what's best for her could derail their relationship before it gets off the ground.

Marcus also has some issues with his family not being supportive. His highly successful parents are both doctors as are his sisters. He's the only one in his family who's underachieving. His success on the football field is nothing of note to his family. Their major concern is that he not end up with brain damage before he gives up the game. His season ending injury only solidified his parents’ belief that he needs to do something more meaningful with his life.

Bree and Marcus are good for each other in that they believe in each other and only to build the other up, rather than tearing them down. Marcus has to realize that Bree's independence is an innate part of her just as it is in him.


Lee’Anne☆☆
This was just an okay read for me. The storyline progress is slow and I did a lot of skimming towards the middle. The main character, Bree, has had a crush on her favorite football player, Marcus James, forever. Marcus is injured and taking a physics class that Bree is TAing. Though the attraction is immediate, there is a ton of build up to a kiss that she immediately stops because she’s his teacher. Then we have a another few chapters before any more progress is made on the relationship front. I did like Bree’s character a lot, she’s a strong independent woman who is trying to get out from under her controlling family’s thumb – and doing a bang-up job of it by getting ready to graduate with her Ph.D. I was a bit less impressed with Marcus’s character but really, it’s because I just wanted him to grab Bree and claim her, LOL.

This one didn’t leave me wanting more, which was disappointing. Unfortunately, I probably won’t be continuing with this series, but I will most likely check out some of this author’s other work as I really enjoyed book one from this series.


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Liz Lincoln has been concocting stories as long as she can remember, and from the beginning they involved two people falling in love. When she’s not writing, she spends her time rooting for the UW Badgers and the Green Bay Packers (or yearning for the return of football season), cross-stitching sassy sayings or nerdy characters (Wonder Woman is her favorite), and drinking too much Diet Coke. She lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, with her husband, two kids, two cats, and a turtle.

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