Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Seduced by the Soldier by Melia Alexander Blog Tour

Zandra York just got her big break, photographing a major project for a travel magazine. So what if she’s never traveled out of the country before? Or that she’s more adept at deciphering fraudulent financial statements than reading German train schedules? Her brother Jackson is on his way to act as her guide, and she can’t wait to experience Europe with him.

But when Jackson’s overprotective best friend gets off the plane instead, Zandra knows this will not end well.

There isn't a damned thing Special Forces instructor Blake Monroe wouldn't do for his best friend, but babysit Zandra when Jackson is unexpectedly called away on a mission? Nope. Not on the list. Especially not when she proves to be more trouble than he can handle—and far too tempting.

Between accidentally hiring a hearse as their rideshare, an unprovoked goat attack, and photographing erotic-shaped chocolates, Blake and Zandra can’t keep their hands off each other. But Zandra’s new career is about to send her all over the world and Blake is finally ready to settle down after his next deployment.

He’ll never ask her to give up her dreams. And she’ll never ask him to give up his.

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“It wasn’t debauchery, it was a bachelorette party. And I’m happy to report the bachelorette was thrilled that her bridesmaids had as good a time as she did. I just wish Tina hadn’t banned my camera. Although there really was good reason to not want evidence.”

“Did no one think to use a phone?”

“Oh, she made sure we gave them up before we started. Smart lady.” Then Zandra let out a small laugh. “Did you know elephants have relatively small penises?”

He cocked his head to one side. “Why do you feel the need to tell me this?”

“You know that old saying about how size doesn’t matter?” she asked, clearly ignoring his question. “Well, it’s apparently true in some parts of the world.”

Her face cracked into a smile that soon broadened again. But her eyes were what captured Blake. They practically sparked with mischief, and he shifted uneasily in his seat. Damn. If he didn’t know any better, he’d swear she planned to make this trip harder than it should be.

“Am I going to be subjected to penis talk until we get to Stuttgart? Because maybe I should hop off this train and head back to Seattle.”

“Oh, stop whining,” she said, settling back against her seat. “Seriously, though, Tina’s going through with this whole marriage thing, and I’m not sure I get it. She’s got a couple more years of law school, so why they don’t wait doesn’t make sense.”

Well, she had him there. She was talking to someone chomping at the bit to get into law school, only she didn’t know that. No one did. Not even his mother.

Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Avid Reader☆☆☆☆
3.5 stars
M/F Romance

Blake is a soldier. It's something that he is good at and a means to an end. When he's supposed to be on leave, his best friend asks for a favor. Zandra has always been like a sister to Blake... until she wasn't. Blake has seen Zandra as a woman for a while, but he knows that she's off limits.

Zandra is so excited for her new adventure. She is no longer under her parents' thumb and she's traveling for her first real assignment as a photographer. While waiting at the airport for her brother, she is nervous and excited. When her brother's very attractive friend walks up to her, she knows that she isn't going to like what he has to say.

These two set out to make Zandra's first assignment a success. They have hilarious encounters and a chemistry that goes beyond the initial young attraction. They share their hopes and dreams, but also get on each other's nerves. Neither wants the other to give up their dreams, but they know that a relationship is not very plausible.

Blake comes to a few realizations about himself and Zandra learns that she can make it on her own. Watching these characters grow and stretch their own thinking was fun. I loved how playful they could be with each other and really enjoyed watching their relationship mold. This is a sweet story about falling in love, following your dreams. and accepting that sometimes, love is the only way.

Melia Alexander is the author of sassy, sexy, fun contemporary romances, but is also fortunate to spend her week days at The Male Observation Lab (a.k.a. her job at a construction company) where she gets to observe guys in their natural habitat. Though they often behave like typical alpha males, she's often seen through their personas to the heart of who they really are – the heroes of their own stories. A native of Guam, Melia traded in warm, tropical breezes for the rainy Pacific Northwest. She's an avid reader who also loves romantic comedies – preferably with a glass of Cab Sauv and a box of dark chocolates nearby. In her free time, she's busy conquering her CrossFit fears: ring dips, power cleans, and the dreaded 800 meter run.

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Monday, November 18, 2019

Lack of In-Between by MariaLisa deMora Release Blitz

Wolf found Rose harbored more secrets than expected, and the deeper he pulls her into his life, the more he likes it.

Once a man’s been embedded in the bloody aftermath of fight after fight, no relief in sight—he’s forever changed.

Wolf came home from overseas to find his world askew. Husband no longer, he and his ex had agreed before his last deployment that they were better friends than partners. His position as father was confusing and rewarding all in the same breath.

He’s got a lot on his plate personally, and even more with the Borderline Freaks and the challenges they’ve hit lately.

He just doesn’t have time to make room for a relationship.


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Avid Reader☆☆☆☆
M/F Biker Romance
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Wolf is home and trying to figure out how to move forward from his time in the service. While his marriage didn't survive, he loves his daughter with everything inside him. And his relationship with his ex is friendly, but they are able to be friends.

Rose loves her job. But she lost a lot while serving her country and while she might not be using her considerable skills, she loves the family she's found at the diner. Even her attraction to Wolf has been a pleasant distraction. But Rose would never poach on another woman's man and she isn't going to start now.

I like how patient they both were with each other. Their commonalities also made them ideal for a relationship. Wolf and Rose have to learn to trust in each other and to learn that love can heal a lot for them.

You still have people who have it out for the Borderline Freaks, and Rose and Wolf will have their share of troubles too. But this group of bikers have each other's backs, and nothing will get in the way of that.

Wolf and Rose's relationship might have started from afar, but both will have to take a chance if they want to find happiness. I enjoyed this story a lot and really like these two as a couple. They complement each other with their skills and personalities.

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Raised in the south, MariaLisa learned about the magic of books at an early age. Every summer, she would spend hours in the local library, devouring books of every genre. Self-described as a book-a-holic, she says “I’ve always loved to read, but then I discovered writing, and found I adored that, too. For reading… if nothing else is available, I’ve been known to read the back of the cereal box.”

A hockey fan, hiker, gamer, and single mom of a special needs son, she embraces her inner geek and has been working in the tech field for a publishing company for a couple decades.

Music is a driving passion, and she says, “I love music of nearly any genre — jazz, country, rock, alt rock, metal, classical, bluegrass, rap, hip hop… you name it, I listen to it. I can often be seen dancing through the house in the early mornings. But I really, REALLY love live music. My favorite thing with music is seeing bands in small, dive bars [read: small, intimate venues]. If said bar [venue] has a good selection of premium tequila, then that’s a plus!”

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In This Bed of Snowflakes We Lie by Sophia Soames Release Blitz

Oskar Høiland hides from life. It just makes things easier that way, not having to face all the fears and drama of living. He especially hides from other people, because Oskar has grown up fearing the snide remarks and the quick glances that strip him of the tiny scraps of confidence he still has left. He is just going to keep existing. Work hard to complete his medical degree and perhaps watch a few more series on Netflix in peace and quiet over Christmas.

Erik Nøst Hansen should be an almost fully-fledged adult. He should be able to sort out the mess that festers in his head and stop lying. It’s just hard. And it’s bloody terrifying to even acknowledge the thoughts that swirl around in his head at night when he can’t sleep. He also needs to figure out how to talk to the boy downstairs. The one with the golden curls and the crooked smile. The boy who is completely monopolising Erik’s messed-up heart.

A story of falling in love and being brave. A Christmas tale with a difference, set in the university dorms of central Oslo, where lies are uncovered, snowflakes are falling all over the place, and beds are made to lie in. There is a slightly unconventional family. A mess of animal onesies. Too much food and a very Merry Christmas.

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Oskar’s first instinct is to flee. Run. Hide somewhere until the thing in his bed has disappeared. He blinks. Shakes his head in disbelief and looks again.

Nope. He’s still there. There is still a very-much-fast-asleep person in his bed, his breathing soft against Oskar’s pillow, and that ridiculous pink bandana is sliding down over his eyes.

He moves carefully to get a closer look, then recoils back as he remembers. No clothes! He is stark naked in his own room, like a normal person would be. It’s just, this dude is there. Right there. On his bed.

Yes, he had left his door unlocked, but then that doesn’t mean any random person can just come in and decide to sleep in his bed? Does it? Especially when the random person is flat-out drunk. Oskar can smell the alcohol now, his body recoiling at the fumes escaping along with little bubbles of spit at the corner of the dude’s mouth. Beer-scented mouthfuls of air with every breath. Every little snore.

He doesn’t know how he didn’t realise someone was here before. I mean, the dude is not exactly quiet, snuffling and snoring and smacking his lips together in his sleep.

Oskar’s eardrums are still ringing from having his earphones on the highest volume, and the beats from upstairs are still going strong, but still, he should have noticed. How the fuck didn’t he notice?

There are a pair of threadbare joggers on the floor, which he pulls on, and the t-shirt on the floor looks clean enough, so he pulls it over his damp hair and tiptoes further up along the side of his bed to get a closer look.

It’s definitely one of the guys from upstairs. The tall pretty one. The one with all the girlfriends. The one with the reputation.

Yes, Oskar listens. He might not speak much to the other students, but his hearing is good—well, it was until today, and he will sue if his hearing is damaged from this bloody party, starting with suing the pants off this dude that has crashed Oskar’s planned Netflix marathon—and he pays attention to the stories. The tall tales of weekend shenanigans. The obvious boasting and lies. And the things that might actually be true.

Like the whispers doing the rounds about this guy. The tall one with the messy dark-brown hair and full lips. Kisses like he means it. Great lay apparently. Can get any girl he wants. That’s what he has heard. Hangs around with the dark-haired guy with the black floppy fringe, and that lanky boy with the frizzy hair. Well, he probably hangs around with everyone. Always smiling and never alone. Never sitting on his own in the cafeteria like Oskar, hiding in the corner with his headphones on.

No, this dude is always the centre of attention. Surrounded by people clinging to his every word. Laughing at his jokes. Staring adoringly at him as he throws his head back in laughter.

Except this dude is now here. And Oskar hasn’t got a clue what to do.

He could go get Freddie, he supposes, and they could probably manhandle the dude out of the room. Dump him on the sofa for the night. He is quite sure the girls would approve, and in the morning, he would wake up and find this guy on the sofa making all the girls laugh, having charmed them into making him coffee and buttering his toast and spoon feeding him their secret imported stash of Swedish Treo hangover fizz, whilst placing tiny morsels of hot buttered toast on his tongue.

He pushes that scene out of his head with a sigh. The boy is his problem. He is in Oskar’s bed. And if he doesn’t get him out of here, things will be shit awkward in the morning, he is sure of that.

“Dude,” he whispers, and nudges the guy’s shoulder before he can stop himself. He should think this through, make some kind of plan. Maybe wake him up gently so he doesn’t scare the shit out of the poor guy, waking up and realising he has crashed in Oskar’s bed, instead of wherever he thought he was crashing.

He probably took a wrong turn, thinking this was Madeleine’s room. Or Ingvild’s. Or one of the other girls. Maybe he thought he could get lucky by just throwing himself in some lucky girl’s bed. Just like that. Oskar wonders if people do that, just full-on go for it and shamelessly offer themselves like that.

Oskar shudders at the thought. It’s a mistake whatever it is, and Oskar won’t let him get away with this. Not tonight. Not now. He doesn’t need the grief, or the inevitable shaming in the morning when this dude tells all his friends that the nerd downstairs tried to get him in the sack. Lies and raw laughter trying to make light of a situation that he knows will end badly, with Oskar being the butt of every joke. The one the girls will gossip about and point their fingers at. The one that came on to one of the beautiful people. One of their people. Where Oskar just doesn’t belong.

Because the boy is beautiful, even Oskar can see that. Soft long dark hair framing his face, freckles decorating his pale skin and those lips. Even his fucking profile is perfect, his straight nose burrowing into Oskar’s pillow.

“Dude, come on! Wake up.” Oskar shakes his shoulder this time, but the guy is dead. Dead to the world. Not a hint of pretending to wake up. He just snores and burrows further into the pillow.

“YO. MATE!” This guy is no mate of his. Nor will they ever be, mates or whatever, but Oskar is shouting now. Desperate. He needs to get to bed. He needs an hour of some mindless American sitcom to calm him down. He needs to sleep. Please.

He tries to pull the guy off the bed, grabbing the dude by the ankles only to realise the guy is still wearing shoes. Big clumsy boots with heels. Ridiculous. I mean who wears shit like that in the middle of winter? It’s not like December in Oslo is the place for something that wouldn’t look out of place in a Texas Rodeo.

“Fuck,” he grits between his teeth.

The sofa out in the main room is seriously uncomfortable. No one ever bothers to even sit on it, and even if he considers sleeping there, the bleach fumes would make him retch before long.

It’s not like he could go sleep in anyone else’s room. It’s just not the kind of thing he could do. Not his thing. Not that he is close enough to any of the others to warrant such a request.

He could sleep on his own floor, he supposes, except that the dude is lying on top of his duvet.

It takes a few good pulls, but finally the duvet gives way and the dude rolls over as Oskar drags the fabric from underneath his body. He almost bursts into laughter, because the dude is now on his back, mouth wide open and the bandana has slipped down covering his eyes and nose. He looks like a twat.

A drunk snoring twat in ridiculous boots.

Oskar is a medical student. Oskar fucking knows what can happen. He wouldn’t be a responsible human being if he didn’t ensure that his unwelcome roommate at least survives the night.

The boots come off his feet to reveal socks underneath. Ridiculous socks with little reindeers and Santas that make Oskar swallow another inappropriate giggle. This isn’t funny. This isn’t funny at all.

He rolls the bandana up over the dude’s fringe, carefully removing it before tossing it aside, and straddles his body to try to roll him into the recovery position. He has done it several times in training, but always with willing perfectly conscious subjects underneath him. Never a half-dead comatose man breathing alcohol fumes at him, making him retch in disgust.

It takes a few goes, and Oskar gets braver as the guy is definitely out for the count. He doesn't wake up, even when Oskar knees him in the balls by mistake, trying to manhandle his shoulder over towards the mattress. But he is finally there, safely in position on his side with his hand supporting his chin, so any accidental vomiting won’t choke him to death and there is nothing restricting around his neck to hinder his breathing. His airway is open, and he is safe. In the middle of Oskar’s bed.

Oskar wants to cry. He wants to bury his face in his hands and howl. Scream out in frustration.

Instead, he covers the unconscious body in his warm duvet and switches off the light. Lets his own body slide in under the covers at the very edge of the bed, as far away as he can get. Oskar lies there, perched on the edge of the mattress, yet he can still feel the breath from the other man hitting the back of his neck. Soft puffs of air stroking the skin under his still-damp hair.

He shudders. It’s hours until he finally falls asleep. Restless and terrified of what he might find next to him in the morning.

Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Oskar and Erik’s story is a beautifully written new adult romance. It’s a story about the innocence of first love and the painful wonder of two young men growing into their adult selves. I absolutely loved this book and I devoured it in a single sitting.

When we meet Oskar, he’s an introverted, socially awkward student whose carefully ordered world is turned upside down by a boy who lives upstairs. Oskar is immediately familiar – and he’s equal parts loveable and infuriating. On the surface, Erik is Oskar’s opposite. He’s one of the confident, popular, beautiful students – but in reality, he’s just as uncomfortable in his own skin as Oskar is.

Everything changes when Erik takes a chance and invites Oskar home for the holidays. Without spoilers, this is where the magic happens and this is when the book becomes something special. I love Erik’s family, I love the Norwegian setting, and I completely fell in love with the connection that slowly builds between Erik and Oskar.

On many levels, this is a very simple book that explores familiar coming of age themes. It’s the writing that makes the book special. The author crafts beautiful, convincing characters and relationships that feel real and very human. It’s a quiet, gentle story but it’s an absolutely wonderful read. This is an unexpected delight – the author is new to me, the cover is unassuming, and the title didn’t particularly grab my attention. But I’m very glad I’ve had the chance to enjoy this story.

Sophia Soames should be old enough to know better but has barely grown up. She has been known to fangirl over tv-shows, has fallen in and out of love with more popstars than she dares to remember, and has a ridiculously high-flying (un-)glamourous real-life job.

Her long-suffering husband just laughs at her antics. Their children are feral. The Au Pair just sighs.

She lives in a creaky old house in rural London, although her heart is still in Scandinavia.

Discovering that the stories in her head make sense when written down has been part of the most hilarious midlife crisis ever and she hopes it may long continue.

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Dirty Swedish Player by R.C. Stephens Blog Tour

NHL hockey star Nils Karlsson is dealing with the aftermath of a drunken mistake. A pic of his cock along with the #bigstick has gone viral.
The managers of his NHL hockey team have placed him on probation and told him to find a girlfriend and settle down, but he doesn’t want to give up on his wicked ways.
When his former stepsister reappears in his life, she’s a picture of beauty, innocence and brains. She hates his guts, but he makes her an offer she can’t refuse...

Broke and desperate, Sierra Cole believes bad things happen in threes. Now she’s waiting for the other shoe to drop, and it does, in the form of her former hotter-than-hell stepbrother.
She hates him with a passion, but she’s in a bind and he’s willing to pay her to be his fake girlfriend. Easy, right?
His kisses are scorching hot and he plays her body like a perfectly tuned violin. Too bad he isn’t relationship material.
Will the nerd score the dirty Swedish player, or will this fake relationship end in heartbreak?

Dirty Swedish Player is a laugh-out-loud enemies to lovers story. Get ready for some wedding weekend shenanigans, a crazy ass mother-in-law and a hot Swedish hockey player with a dirty mouth and a big #$%@^.

This is a full-length standalone novel with an HEA.

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Avid Reader☆☆☆☆
M/F Romance (kind of a second chance romance)

Nils and Sierra were stepsiblings once upon a time. Nils was left with his abusive dad while Sierra had to live with a controlling dad. When they first meet, neither is truly interested in having a relationship, but their respective parents have other ideas. When that idea blows up and Sierra leaves for her aunt’s house, we are kind of left wondering what actually sent her running.

Flash forward several years, and Sierra is more self-assured and confident. She has some fantastic friends but is still floundering a little with what she wants to do with her life. When an opportunity comes up that allows her to save some much needed money, Sierra will have to dig deep to figure out if she can compartmentalize the situation.

Nils is now an NHL star. He knows that he can do a lot of good, but he also has some severe anger issues. When he's caught up in a compromising position and a potential scandal, he's given an ultimatum. Clean up his act or get out of the NHL. Nils has worked too hard and lived through too much to give up now, so he comes up with a proposition.

Watching these two move past their issues and become more adult in their relationship was well developed. It was somewhat confusing to see them have so many issues without knowing the issues, but it works itself out. I also enjoyed the secondary characters a lot. They brought some hilarity to the situation and kept everyone grounded.

While this isn't your typical romance story and there is a lot of baggage, it still worked for this couple. I read book one and missed book two, but I never felt that I didn't know what was going on with the characters.

This is the third in the series (although I seem to have missed 2, which I will be sorting out very soon!) and each deals with another couple, but the guys all play for the same hockey team and the women have all been linked to one of the men or another... which makes for fun get togethers for sure! We get to enjoy how the first two couples are working out in this book and meet Sloane's crazy mum again!

Nils, as we discover, had a pretty horrendous start in life, and is now pretty much completely off the rails. His teammates are his closest friends – and they really are fantastic friends – and outside of that circle, he is drinking too much, fighting too much, and hooking up too much. A particularly well publicised incident has given the senior management the chance to force his hand – rein it in or end your career. So, to his credit, he really does turn over a new leaf, and thanks to his ex-stepsister being friends with his teammate's fiancée, he gets a second chance. A second chance to play, and possibly to have a real chance with the one he let get away. I felt his behaviour beautifully displayed the damage that his parents had wrought on him. It was sad, and so deep in his psyche that it had to explode before he could really heal. It made sense of his immature behaviour, his inability to commit, and his poor views of relationships.

Sierra moved away from her dysfunctional family after Nils embarrassed her as a young college student. She is studying to be an architect and working to make ends meet – so when Nils offers to pay her to be his fake girlfriend, she takes the role, as it will pay for her car repairs at least. Although she is an older student, she comes over as quite immature at times – but again, like Nils, with her background it is not surprising. They are a match made in difficult circumstances, but one which works as long as no one acknowledges that they are far more than fake anything.

This is an enjoyable read, with some serious elements which definitely make you sad at how badly parents can treat their children, and the effects last for a very long time. Thankfully one's family made of friends is far more supportive, helpful and loving.

R.C. Stephens is a top 100 Amazon best selling author. She has written ten romance novels and plans to continue to write many more.

When she isn't in her writing cave she is raising three lovely children with her adoring husband.

Her books are filled with humor, heartbreak, emotion and true love.

Born and raised in Toronto, she loves the winter, but Spring and Fall are her favorite seasons.

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Friday, November 15, 2019

For Sam, Times Infinity by Suki Fleet Release Blitz

After growing up in care, all Sam wants is to make a home for him and Tommy, his kid brother by choice. But it’s not as easy as he thought, especially when his social worker finds him a job miles away. And falling for the surprising boy at work only makes things harder.

Evra is lonely, his past a mystery. Being truly himself is not something he’s ever wanted to be with anyone, not until Sam, the shyest boy ever, saves his life at work and Evra finds himself inexplicably trusting him. Wanting him.

Problem is, Sam is leaving, and Evra has consequences to face.

Making things work might seem complicated, but sometimes falling in love has its own consequences.

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This is the gritty, angsty story of the unlikely relationship that builds between a refugee and a care leaver. Sam and Evra meet at work – Sam is a new hire on the factory floor and Evra works in the office. Their connection is innocent and very sweet but both men’s lives are complicated and very dark.

This story is full of important themes and heartbreaking characters, but I really struggled with the writing. Alternately underwritten and overwritten, I was halfway through the story before I understood much of Sam and Evra’s experiences. There are multiple plot threads that don’t fully untangle until the very end and some of the characters are underdeveloped and don’t feel particularly real.

I wanted this book to work. The ideas and issues in the story are important ones to me but I feel like the writing is a little bit too clumsy to do justice to the themes. There are some sweet moments in this novel, but I feel like it still needs a good edit.

Award Winning Author. Prolific Reader (though less prolific than they’d like). Lover of angst, romance and unexpected love stories.

Suki Fleet’s first novel This is Not a Love Story won Best Gay Debut in the 2014 Rainbow Awards, and was a finalist in the 2015 Lambda Awards. Foxes won Best Gay Young Adult story in the 2016 Rainbow Awards.

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Conheartists by K. Webster & J.D. Hollyfield Blog Tour

Sheltered from the real world, Francis lives off Hollywood magazines, Lean Cuisines, and her secret obsession with romance novels. When her best friends set her up on an adventure of a lifetime, she’s more than willing to play along. A trip cross-country with a super hunky guy who smells like sin and excitement.

Being a con man has been a way of life for Luca. But his swindling ways eventually catch up to him. He’s been given a wicked task: kidnap a woman and deliver her to the villain.
Sounds easy. Until he meets her…

Captive: We’re getting out of Kansas, Toto!
Mr. Bing: Yap! Yap!
Con Man: Why are the crazy ones always hot?

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Frannie is in her twenties and stuck in her life. She lost her mom and to stay close to her, she started running her antique shop. Her best friends were sixty-year-old sisters and she dressed in her mother’s clothes. She needed fun and adventure.

Luca was doing everything he could to save his sister and his niece after they were kidnapped. He was a professional conman. He conned for a living, until he conned the wrong people. To save his sister, he has to kidnap Frannie and take her to Mr. Death. What he doesn't expect is finding all of Frannie's weird crazy quirks cute and appealing. The more time they spend together, the more he knows he can't trade her for his sister. How will he save her and his sister and niece at the same time?

I debated whether or not I wanted to read this one. Don't get me wrong, I read almost everything Webster writes but I am not a huge fan of romcoms. I have to say this may have changed my mind about this genre. I found Luca and Frannie hilarious. They were sexy and fun. Frannie was just plain innocent and crazy and just made this book.

This is the romcom that I've been impatiently waiting for my whole life! This isn't slapstick funny, it's a bit cheesy at times, but on the whole I found myself laughing out loud, snorting often, and chuckling quite a bit.

Francis is a good girl, she's led a sheltered life (thanks to her mom) and appreciates the finer things life has to offer: TV dinners, romance novels, and Richard Simmons! Thankfully she isn't alone to tackle what life has to throw at her, she has a team of senior citizens who are concerned about her welfare and are ready to champion her cause, no matter what it is. Bea, Mabel, and Henry added so much to this story and I absolutely loved them. The character who really stole the show, though, is a tiny chihuahua, Bing.

Luca is a bad guy, he lives in the shadows and cons his way through life. Having only a couple people that he truly cares about, he sets off to complete the perfect con to help them better their situation. The problem is he gets involved with the wrong mark and his whole world is flips upside down.

I really liked this story; it was interesting and different. A little cheesiness, a lot of adventure, action, slow building romance, and a touch of mystery all come together to provide a truly entertaining read. I will admit that I had my suspicions of what was going on early in the book, but that really didn't bother me as I enjoyed seeing Frannie come into her own!

Overall, this was a strong four-star read.

This is an utterly silly, and very amusing romance/mafia/road trip story. It signposts what is going to happen, and yet keeps a few twists up its sleeve to catch you out and up the tension.

Whilst the two leads, Luca and Francis (I was very confused by this male spelling of the name initially!), are absolute gold together – their level of banter and the intelligence of their conversations is stellar – there are lots of side characters who give so much to describe the scene at the time. So the oldies in her hometown are just exactly as you would expect them to be... and bring to life the antiques store, the closed off, quite insular town they live in, but also a degree of cheeky fun. The Rossis are genuinely bad and cause injury, which jars very effectively with the sweetness and light that was just on the previous page... this jumping from good to bad is timed really cleverly and keeps you on your toes as a reader, which I enjoy.

I think I loved most of all the fact that in spite of Francis' insulated life, she still was absolutely full of energy, fun, and could pull a con just as well as Luca! And no review of this book could fail to mention Bing – her little dog with a big opinion!

K Webster is a USA Today Bestselling author.  Her titles have claimed many bestseller tags in numerous categories, are translated in multiple languages, and have been adapted into audiobooks.  She lives in “Tornado Alley” with her husband, two children, and her baby dog named Blue. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, drinking copious amounts of coffee, and researching aliens.

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J.D. Hollyfield is a creative designer by day and superhero by night. When she’s not cooking, event planning, or spending time with her family, she’s relaxing with her nose stuck in a book. With her love for romance, and her head full of book boyfriends, she was inspired to test her creative abilities and bring her own stories to life. Living in the Midwest, she’s currently at work on blowing the minds of readers, with the additions of her new books and series, along with her charm, humor and HEAs.

J.D. Hollyfield dabbles in all genres, from romantic comedy, contemporary romance, historical romance, paranormal romance, fantasy and erotica! Want to know more? Follow her on all platforms!

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