Friday, July 23, 2021

Dirty Ginger by Stacey Kennedy Blog Tour

True love deserves a second chance... Dirty Ginger by Stacey Kennedy Blog Tour .

From USA Today bestselling author Stacey Kennedy comes a sexy and sweet second-chance romance about a jilted bride who is done with relationships and a down-on-his-luck cowboy who's not about to let her get away again.

True love deserves a second chance...

Everyone at Three Chicks Brewery knows that Amelia Carter has the magic touch when it comes to creating the perfect beer. Her ales have customers singing her praises and begging for more. Unfortunately, when it comes to love, the only magic she seems to have is the cursed kind. After being left at the altar by her ex-fiancé, Amelia gives up on the idea of happily-ever-after to focus on making the Carter family brewery a national success.

Beckett Stone finally started to believe in happily-ever-after the day Amelia's worthless ex bailed on their wedding, finally giving Beckett another chance with his high school sweetheart— the only woman he's ever loved. Unfortunately, Amelia's broken heart is just one of the obstacles Beckett needs to overcome if he wants to win her for good. He knows he's not the man Amelia deserves, particularly with his failed rodeo career, alcoholic father, and a universe that seems to have a twisted sense of humor when it comes to giving Beckett a break.

But when pressure mounts to create several new beers to promote Three Chicks Brewery, Amelia starts to fall apart, and Beckett swoops in with his gentle reassurances and hard work ethic. While the last thing Amelia wants is fall in love again, she can't deny that her heart beats a little faster whenever she sees Beckett walk through the door. Soon, every warm caress and soft whisper of understanding becomes a balm to both of them. As Beckett makes his intentions clear, Amelia must decide if she can overcome her relationship fears and believe in the magic of true love again.

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Dirty Ginger by Stacey Kennedy

Book 3
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Excerpt



After Amelia arrived back home, the lingering tension of meeting Luka followed her. She skipped the house and went straight for the brewery, needing to figure out a plan on getting it back into shape. With every step she took, she kept waiting for her heart to squeeze tight, missing Luka, to feel more broken, raw, anything, but she only felt glad to keep Beckett from facing jail time. And something about that kept rubbing her wrong. She’d spent nearly three years with Luka, why wasn’t she trying to understand why he ended things so cruelly? Why didn’t she want an explanation from him? Why wasn’t she ready to let him have it and to feel the pain he’d put her through? She amounted this to getting over the worst of her heartbreak in the tropics. But there was this little part of her heart that told her there was a good chance that Luka should have been in her rearview mirror for a long time, and maybe the reason she couldn’t hate him for what he’d done was because, beyond the embarrassment and the sadness that the life she dreamed up was over, maybe the life she thought she had with Luka wasn’t real to begin with.

When she reached for the first tank, she noted the pungent smell in the brewery had improved greatly with the barn doors left open for most of the morning. The dust begrudgingly hadn’t improved. First thing first, the tanks needed cleaning.

She only got one step into the barn, when from behind her, Beckett snapped, “What did you do?”

Whirling around, she found Beckett’s face tight and muscles straining. The one bad thing about small towns was word got around fast, and obviously, he’d learned about her meeting Luka today. Trying to play dumb to avoid the conversation she didn’t want to have, she turned back to her work. “I’m about to clean my tanks,” she said.

His voice tightened. “That is not the answer to my question, and you know it.”

She refused to look back, hearing the anger in his low voice, and not wanting to see it on his face. “I did what had to be done,” she told him. To keep her hands busy, she reached for a cloth and began dusting along the stairs that led up to the top of the tank.

“That payment was mine to make, Amelia, not yours,” he said, his voice barely controlled. “If you had asked me, I would have told you that I rejected his offer to pay him because I don’t want the prick to fix his nose. He should wear that shame for the rest of his life.”

She’d never missed pina coladas on the beach more than she did right now. With a heavy sigh, she turned to face Beckett, spotting the vein in the middle of his head bulging like it would burst any second. Of course, she had expected him to show up, but she wasn’t expecting his anger. But it didn’t matter, she wanted this behind her. For good. “What is bothering you the most here, Beckett: that I paid to fix your problem or that Luka will get his nose fixed?”

Beckett arched an eyebrow. “Do I need to pick one? Can’t both piss me off equally?”

A laugh nearly escaped her, but nothing about any of this was funny. She knew all too well that fate was not in her hands. The death of her parents taught her that. But she didn’t need to sit by and let fate decide everything without fighting back either. “What did you expect me to do?” she countered, glaring at him. “Let you go to jail for me?”

To anyone else, he’d look intimidating with his legs planted wide and his nostrils flaring, but she heard the warmth in his voice behind the tightness as he said, “I expect for you to come and talk to me about it, instead of giving that bastard your money.”

Yeah, well, she could play the intimidating part too. She flatted her lips, placing her hands on her hips. “You never would have agreed to pay him if I’d asked you.”

“You’re damn right I wouldn’t have,” he growled, his face reddening.

Heat flushed through her body as she ground her teeth, turning away from him. God, he’d always been a hard wall that she’d beat her head against. But she realized in this moment that her arguments were so different with Beckett than they were with Luka. Luka got upset when she wouldn’t change something about herself for him. Beckett only ever got upset when he felt she was treated wrongly. Her stomach roiled in awareness that she’d forgotten what it was like to have someone support her. “Well, it’s done and over and now we can all put this behind us and move on.”

“Don’t kid yourself, Amelia. Nothing is behind us,” he said slowly and coldly, flicking her gaze to him. His look was all knowing. “You can’t simply brush this under a rug and hope it all goes away.”

“Why not?” she asked, throwing up in hands in frustration. “Why can’t I pay Luka off and end this entire shitshow? What is the harm in that?”

Beckett’s expression softened. A smidgen. “The harm is that you caved when you shouldn’t have.”

Her chest heaved, breathing become rough and rapid. “I caved to protect you.”

A gust of wind swept up dirt up around him as he crossed his arms, his brows knotting. “I didn’t ask you to do that. If I had wanted to pay the asshole off, I would have fucking paid him.”

“Yeah, right.” She snorted. “You have too much pride for that.”

“This has nothing to do with pride,” he snapped, reaching into his back pocket. “This was my problem. Not yours.” He offered her a check. “I won’t pay him, but I will pay you. Take it.”

“No,” she said, firmly. “My problem, not yours.”

His eyes slowly narrowed into slits. “Amelia.”

Her gut began to boil. She’d had about enough of men today. She tossed the cloth down on the stairs and closed the distance between them, getting into his space. “I get you’re pissed, really I do, but can’t you just say thank you and be done with it?”

A laughter with an edge escaped him. “Do tell me what I should be thanking you for.”

She was pushing him. She knew it. She also wasn’t about to back down. “For making this all go away. For ensuring that you wouldn’t get jail time. For protecting you like you protected me when your fist hit Luka’s face.”

A pause. His gaze flared. “I will never thank you for that.”

She stared him down, and he glared right back for many, many seconds. Years they’d been together, and from those years, she knew that he wouldn’t give, not when it came to protecting someone he cared about. The silence drudged on until she threw her hands up. “Honestly, Beckett, you’ll have to explain this to me. Why are you so mad?”

Intensity simmered on his face as he closed the distance between them, bringing the hard wall of his chest nearly against hers. She felt the heat emanating off him and was shocked when her nipples puckered in response to him being this close. Tingles raced through her all the way to the tips of her toes as he said, tightly, “I’m mad about all of it. I’m mad that you left for college, and I was too much of a fucking mess to go with you. I’m mad that you met that fucker, and he got his damn claws into you. I’m mad that instead of you being blissfully happy, I watched your heart shatter before my eyes.” His chin dipped, bringing his mouth near inches from hers, his warm breath brushing across her face. “I’m mad that instead of that prick suffering, he has your fucking money to fix his stupid face. And I’m mad that I have no way to stop any of it.”

The world narrowed on him with each and every meaningful word that passed his mouth. The affection, the protection, the sheer helplessness, all affected her in a way she never anticipated feeling again. She became tangled in the safe energy he projected. The familiarly of having him close. She took in his simmering eyes with so much emotion in them she could barely breathe. The heat of his body, the strength of him, so close to her. His sculpted lips drew her in, closer and closer, until her hands fisted his T-shirt and her mouth met his.

Beckett stiffened. He did not return the kiss.

At the coldness against her mouth, she gasped and broke away, horror making her blood run cold. “Oh my God, Beckett, I’m so sorry.”

Only silence greeted her. Was he shaking?

His eyebrow slowly arched. “Did you do that to shut me up or because you wanted to kiss me?”

Heat crept over her face. “I don’t know why I did that.” She swallowed deeply, and then began rambling, “No that’s not true. I was just thinking how nice it felt to have someone protecting me and caring about me… and it seemed familiar and safe… and your mouth looked good…”

More silence descended. Until all the shock on Beckett’s face was swept away to reveal raw, unadulterated lust, an expression she hadn’t seen from him for a very long time. It occurred to her then she missed being looked at like that – with fierce hunger. Like no other woman compared to her. Like he didn’t care what hell he had to walk through to reach her, he’d do it time and time again. Like he was just the reckless kid that wanted something and didn’t care what the consequences cost him.

She wanted to be that person she was back then with him. The one who didn’t know what heartbreak felt like. The one who laughed often and believed anything was possible. She swallowed again, swearing her heart was beating loud enough for both of them to hear.

A beat.

Then a gasp ripped from her throat as he grabbed the front of her shirt and yanked her against the hard planes of his body. He did what she didn’t do. He finished the kiss.

A moment later, her back hit the beer tank, and Beckett wasted no time devouring her neck with his hot kisses. She pushed off his cowboy hat to run her hands through his hair, feeling her sane mind unravel at his passion. Her mind shut off and only her body was thinking now. Beckett’s touch was imprinted on her skin, reminding her of teenage freedom and wild affection.

“Ew, my eyes,” Maisie screamed.

Amelia broke away from Beckett with a loud gasp, snapping her eyes open, finding her sisters standing in the barn’s open double doors. Maisie was blinking rapidly, and Clara’s back was ramrod straight. Amelia stared at them for a second before they both turned and walked away.

Beckett chuckled proudly. But Amelia wasn’t laughing at what her sisters had caught her doing two weeks after she was dumped at the altar. “There is something wrong with me,” Amelia muttered. “Seriously, something wrong with me. I can’t believe I just kissed you like that. I’m sorry, Beckett. Please forgive me.”

Right as she raised her shaky hands to cover her face, Beckett grabbed her wrists. “There’s nothing wrong with you,” he stated. The kiss he dropped on her mouth was indecent and the best kiss of her entire life. He gave her a panty-melting smirk. “Just to clarify, I’m not one bit sorry about that kiss.”

When he released her, she wobbled. Sure, back when they dated, Beckett had always known how to make her blush and kiss her just right, but this was a man’s kiss, not the kiss of a kid looking for some fun. This kiss had intent, power, and made her hunger to taste it again.

Before she could even think straight, he was striding past her sisters, giving them a simple hello like what they’d walked in on was everyday business.

Clara whirled around to Amelia, her eyes huge and mouth gaping open. She appeared to try to talk, but nothing was coming out.

Maisie gave a shit-eating grin. “If that’s not a spectacular welcome home, I don’t know what is.”

 

 

Reviews


Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team


Avid Reader☆☆☆☆☆
M/F Romance
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I really enjoyed Beckett and Amelia's story.

While I didn't love how Amelia's story started, I did love how Beckett was quick to jump to her defense.

The brewery is under some pressure to get some new beers out for the public and Amelia is really wanting to nail the brews down. When Amelia comes back and sees what a mess she's left, she throws herself into work. However, there is a nagging feeling that she has whenever she's around Beckett. When she hears that he might be in trouble for defending her honor, she wants to make sure someone is looking out for Beckett.

Beckett has had a tough go of things. His dad's inability to move on from the past has shaped the kind of man he is. It also shaped his dreams, or lack of dreams. While Beckett loves his job, he knows that he would have led a very different life had tragedy not struck.

As he vows to get Amelia back into his life, he doesn't quite know how to handle more tragedy coming his way. Does he run and hide again? Or can he open himself up to being vulnerable with those who love him?

Amelia wants what her sisters have. Loving someone is hard sometimes, but Amelia knows what she wants and is in a place where she thinks she can get it. Can she fight hard enough for both their hearts?

This was one of my favorite stories in this series. You have a lot going on, but underneath it all is friendship. A fantastic story about love, loss, and forgiveness.


Ruthie☆☆☆☆
This is the third book in the series, and if you have read the previous two, I am pretty sure you knew what was coming! I certainly recommend that you do – so that you understand the dynamics between the three sisters and how they have come to the point they are at the beginning of this story.

It was so clear to everyone but Amelia that Luka was wrong for her, and once he does the dirty and leaves their wedding unmarried, but not unmarred, she has the chance to acknowledge her feelings of discontent too. That her first true love, Beckett, stepped up and inflicted harm on Luka in his anger, was surprisingly pleasing, even if the consequences cause problems later.

It was great to be back at the brewery and understand some of the work that goes into creating new versions. I was confused, however, by her coming back from Jamaica and the beer having gone off in her absence. It was a planned holiday, even if not that she went alone – so why had they not already sorted cover for while she was away? Given how meticulous she is, it just didn't ring quite true with me. A silly point, I know, but it was out of character, given how much of her energy she dedicated to her brewery.

I love Beckett's tenacity and singlemindedness, and thankfully it worked, which means that all three sisters are happy, in love, and all pursuing the careers of their dreams, not the obligations that they would have lived to honour their grandparents.

A good, fun, and very sexy read of second-chance love, and family obligations and redemption. Do have a tissue to hand, but even that is a freeing of a life.


Sarah☆☆☆☆
After being dumped at the altar, Amelia has to re-evaluate the life she wants for herself. She loves her brewmaster job, her family, and her community. And she might still have feelings for her high school boyfriend.

This is the third book in the Three Chicks Brewery series. There isn’t much to differentiate it from Amelia’s sisters’ books. In fact, I was sure I’d already read parts of this story. With two of the three sisters blissfully coupled-up, this is a little more sugary sweet than the first two books. The brewery is successful. The sisters are happy. Everything is just a little too perfect for me.

Beckett’s storyline adds some much needed conflict to this story. After a family tragedy, he has shelved his own cowboy dreams to take care of his father. Beckett is a little broken, a little insular, and he’s pretty easy to love. But while Beckett faces internal conflict, there is little conflict between him and Amelia. This is insta-love. Their backstory makes it plausible, but their relationship feels disappointingly easy.

I have to also admit that I didn’t love Amelia in her own book. The talented brewmaster seemed more spirited in her sisters’ books than she does here. Her domesticity is irritating. Even more annoying is her cheerful cooking, cleaning, and ‘taking care’ of Beckett. This side of Amelia jars against the other aspects of her character that I want to like. The first two books felt quite modern, but the cozy country community and traditional gender roles in this book feel quite dated. This isn’t my favourite book in the series but most of my reservations are down to personal preferences and I know other readers will enjoy this third book.

 

 

Author Bio



STACEY KENNEDY is a USA Today bestselling author who writes contemporary romances full of heat, heart, and happily ever afters. With over 50 titles published, her books have hit Amazon, B&N, and Apple Books bestseller lists.

Stacey lives with her husband and two children in southwestern Ontario—in a city that’s just as charming as any of the small towns she creates. Most days, you’ll find her enjoying the outdoors with her family or venturing into the forest with her horse, Priya. Stacey’s just as happy curled up indoors, where she writes surrounded by her lazy dogs. She believes that sexy books about hot cowboys or alpha heroes can fix any bad day. But wine and chocolate help too
.

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Jett by Sawyer Bennett Blog Tour

Arizona Vengeance. Jett. Available Now.

Jett Olsson isn’t looking for anything serious and she’s not looking for anything at all, so why does it seem so hard to keep it professional?

I love my life—the thrill of being on the ice as part of the Arizona Vengeance, the rush of winning, the adoration of the fans. And if that adoration means I don’t have to spend the night alone, well even better. I’m content being single and always ready to mingle.

But the day Emory Holland walks into a Vengeance team meeting my attention is caught like never before. I can tell right away she’s full of smarts and sass, and the fact that she’s hot as hell sure doesn’t hurt either. She immediately shuts down my advances, so I opt for the road less traveled—straight to the friend zone.

My approach works like a charm, and when she invites me into her bed for a no-strings, friends-with-benefits arrangement, I vow to give her everything I have. She’s been hurt before, and if I’m able to help her heal while giving her a spectacularly satisfying time *pats self on back*, then I’ll be happy.

Or at least that’s the lie I keep telling myself as the time ticks down on the final buzzer of our “relationship.” Now the real question is, can I score the winning goal in a game neither of us realized we were playing?

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A tingle moves up my spine, and it’s most definitely not fear. It’s excitement.

 

Reviews


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Mary☆☆☆☆☆
4.5 stars

This series gets better and better with each book and with this one we meet Jett Olsson. Jett is happy with his life, playing on the championship team and enjoying the single life. Until Emory Holland walks into a team meeting. All he can think about is getting her to go out with him. All she wants is to do her job.

Jett finally gets Emory to agree to go out with him, but it is a work dinner, so she can help him with his Instagram account. When he picks her up at her house, he finds out that she has a daughter. That is something Jett is not interested in; he doesn't want kids and doesn't want to date anyone with kids. Jett can't stop thinking about Emory and her daughter, Felicity. They seemed to have made their way into his heart, he wants to spend time with them both.

Does Jett want to make a future with Emory and Felicity? Will Emory give a relationship with Jett a chance?

I have my favorites in this series but this one is close to the top. If you are looking for hot hockey men, with the women who tame them, then this series is for you. Each book can be read as a standalone but you’ll want to read them all – you do not want to miss a thing in this series.


Ruthie☆☆☆☆
This is the tenth book in the series, and it is just like rejoining a group of friends and enjoying the next player finding his happily ever after. This time it is Jett's turn to find out that falling in love really is a good thing – and he has plenty of teammates to show him how true that is.

Emory is in charge of social media at Arizona Vengeance. She takes her job very seriously and her concentration is on working hard and bringing up her daughter. She lives with her sister, who works from home and can help with childcare. There is definitely not time for romance – let alone interest after the disappointment of her life with her ex-husband.

So when Jett repeatedly expresses his interest in taking her out, she finds it easy to say no. Until... she has to admit that his persistence is quite appealing, and he even likes her little girl. I loved when he first finds out that she has a child – he realises that he should be recoiling in horror, and yet, he likes Emory so much, that he just finds himself okay with it. It is these little touches which Bennett uses with great effect to get over big messages in her stories, I really appreciate that as I am reading.

Again, we get to enjoy catching up with previous couples, and Nora helps, as Emory gives her daughter a chance to enjoy some horse-riding and chat with Nora and her team.

A sweet, sexy, and fun read – highly recommended!


Avid Reader☆☆☆☆
M/F Romance

Emory is getting her hockey legs on the job. She loves what she does and knows that she’s very lucky to do something she loves. When she has to teach a somewhat flirtatious player, Jett, all about using Instagram, she knows that she’ll have to make sure to be all business.

Jett isn’t deterred by Emory’s standoffish stance. He knows that sometimes women like to delineate between work and fun. When he convinces Emory to go to dinner with him “for business,” Jett thinks he’s broken through her tough exterior.

What neither expect is a connection that can be brought on only through friendship. Once it’s clear that Emory isn’t up for dating, Jett changes his mindset about her and becomes her friend.

I really enjoyed watching these two find their way. Both were able to change their feelings about dating, love, and friendship. It’s not quite a coming of age story but has a similar feel.

I have really enjoyed these books in this series and know that you would love them too!

 

 

He isn’t looking for anything serious. And she’s not looking for anything at all. So why does it seem so hard to keep it professional?

 

Author Bio



New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author SAWYER BENNETT uses real life experience to create relatable stories that appeal to a wide array of readers. From contemporary romance, fantasy romance, and both women’s and general fiction, Sawyer writes something for just about everyone.

A former trial lawyer from North Carolina, when she is not bringing fiction to life, Sawyer is a chauffeur, stylist, chef, maid, and personal assistant to her very adorable daughter, as well as full-time servant to her wonderfully naughty dogs..

Sawyer also writes general and women’s fiction under the pen name S. Bennett and sweet romance under the name Juliette Poe.

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Release Giveaway! Signed Paperback & $100 Amazon gift card. Jett by Sawyer Bennett. Now available.

The Arizona Vengeance is back on the ice!
Sawyer is celebrating the release of Jett with a new release giveaway. She’s giving away a $100 Amazon gift card AND signed paperback copy of Jett.
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Jett Olsson is headed to the friend zone.

 

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Mother of All by Jenna Glass

Mother of All by Jenna Glass

An evil new magic threatens to undo all the progress women have made in the third and final book in Jenna Glass's riveting feminist fantasy series, following The Women's War and Queen of the Unwanted.

In the once male-dominated world of Seven Wells, women now control their own reproduction, but the battle for equality is far from over. Even with two thrones held by women, there are still those who cling to the old ways and are determined to bring them back.

Now into this struggle comes a darker power. Delnamal, the former King of Aalwell, may have lost his battle to undo the spell that gave women reproductive control, but he has gained a terrible and deadly magic—and he uses these new abilities to raise an army the likes of which the world has never seen. Delnamal and his allies seem like an unstoppable force, destined to crush the fragile new balance between men and women.

Yet sometimes it is possible for determined individuals to stem the tide, and it falls to a unique triad of women—maiden, mother, and crone—to risk everything... not only to preserve the advances they  have won but to change the world one final time.

A portion of the author’s proceeds from this book is being donated to Planned Parenthood, in support of women’s reproductive freedom.

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The Women's War. Mother of All. Jenna Glass.

Book 3
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Shelby☆☆☆☆
3.75 stars

Mother of All is the third and final book in the Women's War series. I've loved this series from the first book and couldn't contain my excitement for the conclusion!

I may have had too high expectations because I wasn't all that excited while reading it. The characters were all here, the Blessing/Curse was still present, and the men are still angry.

The story took a long time to develop, it was a lot of conversations between characters without any action.

I love this world that the author, Jenna Glass, created. I love the characters and the magic system, I hate the villains, and dislike even more when I empathize with them.

Overall, this was a solid conclusion to a great series. I was just hoping for more. I feel like some ends were tied too neatly to really fit this story.

 

 

Author Bio

JENNA GLASS made her foray into epic fantasy with The Women’s War, but she wrote her first book—an “autobiography”—in the fifth grade. She began writing in earnest in college and proceeded to collect a dizzying array of rejections for her first seventeen novels. Nevertheless, she persisted, and her eighteenth novel became her first commercial sale. Within a few years, Glass became a full-time writer, and she has never looked back. She has published more than twenty novels under various names.

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Thursday, July 22, 2021

Devil in Disguise by Lisa Kleypas

She’ll do whatever it takes to save the man she loves... even knowing he might be the devil in disguise.

New York Times bestseller Lisa Kleypas returns with an enthralling and steaming romance between a widowed lady and a Scot on the run.

“The devil never tries to make people do the wrong thing by scaring them. He does it by tempting them.”

Lady Merritt Sterling, a strong-willed young widow who’s running her late husband’s shipping company, knows London society is dying to catch her in a scandal. So far, she’s been too smart to provide them with one. But then she meets Keir MacRae, a rough-and-rugged Scottish whisky distiller, and all her sensible plans vanish like smoke. They couldn’t be more different, but their attraction is powerful, raw and irresistible.

From the moment Keir MacRae arrives in London, he has two goals. One: don’t fall in love with the dazzling Lady Merritt Sterling. Two: avoid being killed.

So far, neither of those is going well.

Keir doesn’t know why someone wants him dead until fate reveals the secret of his mysterious past. His world is thrown into upheaval, and the only one he trusts is Merritt.

Their passion blazes with an intensity Merritt has never known before, making her long for the one thing she can’t have from Keir MacRae: forever. As danger draws closer, she’ll do whatever it takes to save the man she loves... even knowing he might be the devil in disguise.

Don’t miss our reviews of other books in The Ravenels series!
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For book six, Chasing Cassandra, click HERE.

 

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Devil in Disguise by Lisa Kleypas

Book 7
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Erica☆☆☆☆☆
Devil in Disguise is the seventh installment in The Ravenels series. While I do believe it could be read as a standalone with little to no confusion, the reader would miss out on the emotional connection to the elder characters in the series. Not only within this series but Kleypas' earlier series as well, as the books are all interconnected. Both Merritt and Keir are descendants from the various characters over several series arcs.

Merritt (I always get excited when I see this surname used, albeit as a first name this go-around, as it is one of my maternal bloodlines. Makes me feel connected to the character and the story even more.)…

Merritt was easy to relate to, so many facets many women could grasp onto to feel seen and heard, her voice speaking for us. Mature, stable, level-headed, strong, and capable, but in great need of someone to bring the playful wildness out of her... and Keir is perfect for the role.

Widowed, barren, an elder sibling, Merritt is thriving professionally as she takes the reins of her late husband's shipping company, employing her baby brother to be her right-hand man. She has it all in a man's world – respect, the love of family, but the fact that she believes she cannot have children keeps her from finding romantic love after what happened with her late husband, added with the fact that a tryst may tarnish her reputation. For reference, Merritt is either plagued with Endo or PCOS by the description, another facet that so many women face, readers easily empathizing.

Then there is Keir MacRae... the cursing, whisky-making Scot who is far too handsome for his own wellbeing, having to wear a scruffy beard as armor against men and women alike. He had a way about him, not only his looks and affect effecting Merritt, but the way he twisted his words and phrases to catch hold of the reader. Keir got beneath my skin, the pages eagerly flying by as I waited for a chuckle here and there, the inventive way he saw the world. Little banterific zings Keir dished out, Merritt rendered speechless.

Merritt and Keir meet in a professional setting, mishaps befalling Keir every step of the way, as the pair are drawn infinitely closer together, the knot tightening until they both feel as if it would be foreign to be apart. Wrought with tension, witty banter, Scottish slang and curses, familial secrets revealed, the pages flew by, leaving me wishing I had more. Not wishing to leave this wonderful setting, the longing to start all these books at the beginning once more.

Highly recommend to fans of Kleypas and Historical Romance. Forever at the top of my favorites list. I truly hope we'll see more from these families, perhaps from Merritt's baby brother.

 

 

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New York Times bestselling author LISA KLEYPAS graduated from Wellesley College with a political science degree. She is a RITA award winning author of both historical romance and contemporary women’s fiction. Her novels are published in fourteen different languages and are bestsellers all over the world. She lives in Washington State with her husband Gregory and their two children.

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Footsteps of the Past by Felice Stevens Release Blitz

Do you ever really know the person you’re living with?

It was like in the movies: their eyes met from across the room and they fell in love.
Nine years later, Chess and André are the envy of all their friends.
But this is real life…. and things are never what they seem.

Still waters run deep—the better to hide Chess’s ugly past. He’s worked hard to bury the troubled teen he once was and is living a life he never imagined possible. André’s love is a gift that makes him believe in second chances, and Chess is grateful for it every day. The only thing he wants is what André finds impossible to give: his time. Six months apart might be the breaking point, even for Chess.

One horrible night changed André’s life forever. Formerly a party boy of the Hamptons social scene, André buries himself in work for years until he meets Chess and learns to enjoy the simple things. He’s tired of being away from home all the time and ready to step down from his role as CEO of the family business, no matter how they try and pull him back in. But old habits die hard… and so do memories.

Photos from the past and present surface, shocking Chess and André out of their carefully constructed dream life. They are forced to face the unthinkable: the love they thought would last a lifetime may be on the brink of falling apart. Secrets are exposed, opening a Pandora’s box both men hoped would stay locked forever. Now Chess and André face the hardest question: do you ever really know the person you’re living with?

 

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If I cut you out of my life, I’d bleed to death.

 

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Angie☆☆☆☆
This is the second book, and you need to read the first book before this one. I got all the feels from this book. There was so much love between this couple. Both Chess and André have gone through so much in their lives. They have secrets they didn't tell each other; they come to the surface in this book. There are flashback scenes, which I normally don't like, but it fit this storyline and was done well. Chess and André are perfect for each other, and I loved being on the rollercoaster ride with them in this book.

 

 

Tomorrow is always the second chance for the mistakes of today.

 

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FELICE STEVENS has always been a romantic at heart. She believes that while life is tough, there is always a happy ending just around the corner. Her characters have to work for it, however. Like life in NYC, nothing comes easy, and that includes love.

She lives in New York City and has way too much black in her wardrobe yet can't stop buying "just one more pair" of black pants. Felice is a happily addicted Bravo and Say Yes to the Dress addict and proud of it. And let's not get started on House Hunters. Her dream day starts out with iced coffee and ends with Prosecco, because... why shouldn't it? You can find her procrastinating on FB in her reader group.

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He could no more walk away from André than he could stop his heart from beating.

 

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Rules of Play by Lane Hayes Release Blitz

New Release Blitz. Rules of Play by Lane Hayes.

The genius, the ex-jock, and a new playbook…

George

My brother’s friend is hot—if you’re into flannel-wearing lumbersexual former jocks who eat donuts for dinner and still scribble to-do lists on their palms. I’m not. I’m a serious scientist in my final year of grad school. Okay, I admit I have few quirks of my own. I also have a broken truck and a boss who thinks I can help him find love. I’m in over my head. Help!

Aiden

A few quirks? Really? George is the weirdest dude I know. He wears capes in public, brings a book everywhere he goes, and loves all things spooky. He’s also the smartest person on the planet—who somehow thinks I can help him write a How-To-Get-A-Date playbook for his boss. Yeah, that sounds suspicious. I know baseball; I don’t know anything about love. But I can’t say no. The thing is… I’ve always had a soft spot for George. But falling for my best friend’s brother is against the rules, isn’t it?

Rules of Play is an MM bisexual awakening story where opposites attract and shenanigans ensue!

 

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“The Script Club?”

I grimaced. “Well, yeah. That name came later.”

“You really are a little weirdo, aren’t you?”

The twinkle in Aiden's eyes and his affectionate tone paired with an unlikely term of endearment were exactly what I needed to pull me from my infatuation-induced awkwardness.

I smacked his biceps playfully, then leaned against his side, staring up at the crescent moon in the twilight sky. “I am weird and I am proud.”

Aiden chuckled. “I like that about you. I like your idea too. It’s a good one. I should get in on that and collect a few new experiences before I quit the garage and move on to my next venture.”

“What would you do? I mean, what would you want to try?”

“I don’t know. Maybe something will come to me.” He set the half-eaten container of meatballs down and reached for his beer. “As for your boss… he needs a rule book.”

I shifted to face him. “What kind of rule book?”

“A dating rule book. It would be the equivalent of a sports playbook… a list of strategies and a backup plan if things go awry.”

“Okay, that makes sense. Step one, ask for a date.”

Aiden shook his head. “No. Don’t go in hot. Gotta practice a little finesse. It’s better to get to know someone—ask about their interests, share yours, and see if there’s anything there. Theoretically, that’s how I think it should work.”

“You’re right. They have to build a rapport.” I squinted. “He’s going to need an icebreaker.”

“Yeah, that makes sense. Hit me with your best shot.”

“Uh… what do you mean?” I stammered.

“Pretend you’re into me and you want to get to know me.” Aiden quirked a brow and wiggled his fingers. “Ask me something.”

“What are your interests?”

He made an obnoxious buzzer noise and rolled his eyes. “Wrong. That’s a date question. A lame one, too. Would you really walk up to someone and ask them what they’re into?”

“No, of course not.”

“Redo. You’re trying to get to know me, but you can’t be too forward, and you can’t make assumptions. Got it?” He waited for my nod of agreement and continued. “Pretend we’re standing at the coffee machine at work on a Monday morning. And… action.”

“O-kay… what did you do last weekend?”

Aiden smiled. “Good one. And my answer… not much. I went to that college ball game I told you about last week, watched a lot of basketball, made arrangements to schlep your Bronco here, and played pool with Kenny and a couple of high school buddies. You?”

“I studied and hung out with my friends.”

He stared at me long enough for me to wonder if I had meatball between my teeth.

“If that’s all you have to say, you just killed this conversation,” he deadpanned.

I chuckled. “I did not. It was your turn to ask me something. That’s how it works in real life. I’m not that big of a dork!”

“But what about your boss?”

Good point. “Newton is a big dork. Very big.”

“Right, so this is where rules come into play. You have to pay attention and take hints and clues to heart. Almost everything I mentioned about my weekend had a theme… sports. I told you what I’m interested in without announcing, ‘I like sports.’ If you really wanted to get in my pants, you’d ask me a sports-related question.”

I shot to my feet, whirling my cape like a true badass. “Who said anything about getting in your pants?”

Yes, I was entirely in favor of the idea, but I was pretty sure I hadn’t said it aloud.

“Isn’t that the end game?” Aiden flashed a devilish grin my way.

“No! I mean, maybe for you, but not for Newton. I don’t think he’s hoping for sex.”

“Then what’s the point?”

“Love!”

Aiden widened his eyes comically. “What’s that?”

“I don’t know,” I sighed in defeat, reclaiming my spot on the stoop next to him. “That’s why this is complicated.”

 

 

Enlisting my brother’s sexy best friend to help my mega-geek boss find love was not my best idea. Now I’m in a real pickle! HELP!

 

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Angie☆☆☆☆
This was a quick, sweet, low angst book. I absolutely loved George and his cape! There has always been a little something between George and Aiden, but they didn't know what. This book was funny and had me smiling the whole time. I loved having both Aiden and George’s point of view told. The chemistry was good between them, and I couldn't help but want more of them and their story. This is a great, quick, weekend read.


Ruthie☆☆☆☆
This is the second book in the series, and I would recommend the first to you, but it is not essential to enjoy this story. We do get to meet up with Topher and Simon again, and their story is to an extent mirrored here, but George and Aiden bring other issues to their attraction.

George is still driving a truck which was in the family when he was born. But he loves it and can't afford a new one yet, as he is finishing up his studies. So when it breaks down, he is very grateful that his brother Simon's buddy and fellow jock, Aiden, comes to his rescue.

These two guys have known each other a very long time, so Aiden is well aware of George's particular habits. They however have only just realised that they really enjoy the reality of spending time together, even if George can't quite believe that his long-time crush on Aiden may be about to become reality.

I enjoyed the geek levels and the individuality and its recognition as being of great value. The guys' house almost exudes their geekiness, it is fun! Aiden is a man with an open mind and an awakening of his own – but his current working situation is causing him problems when dealing with George being important to him. He is also worried that Simon will be angry, but actually his feelings are going to overcome all objections.

A sweet, engaging, and low angst story which was a very enjoyable read. I am already looking forward to the next installment.

 

 

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LANE HAYES loves a good romance! An avid reader from an early age, she has always been drawn to well-told love story with beautifully written characters. Her debut novel was a 2013 Rainbow Award finalist and subsequent books have received Honorable Mentions, and were winners in the 2016, 2017, and 2018-2019 Rainbow Awards.

She loves red wine, chocolate, and travel (in no particular order). Lane lives in Southern California with her amazing husband in a not quite empty nest.

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Screech. Halt. Terminate. A crush was one thing, but I was not… repeat, not allowed to lust after my brother’s best friend.

 

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