New Release + Review: Home Run by Heidi McLaughlin – Boys of Summer Series – Book 2

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Home Run

Boys Of Summer Series – Book 2

By Heidi McLaughlin

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Synopsis

LOVE ISN’T A GAME . . .

I’ve given up everything for the chance to play major league baseball. Everything. Now I’m so close I can practically hear the crowd chanting my name. There’s nothing that could take my dream away from me . . .

Unless I lose focus. And Ainsley Burke is the most beautiful, distracting woman I’ve ever met. When I’m with her, I can’t think of anything else.

But no matter how much I want Ainsley, there’s no room for love in my game plan. I can give her a quick tour of the bases, but that’s it. Then I have to let her go. If she wants to think I’m a love ’em and leave ’em player, fine.

All dreams require sacrifice. I just wish this one didn’t mean tearing out my own heart.

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Michel’s Review

Home Run, the second book in the Boys of Summer series, by Heidi McLaughlin has released.  The Renegades are back and looking to make their mark this season.

Cooper Bailey has prepared for this moment his entire life.  He has finally moved up from the minor leagues to the major leagues.  It’s his rookie season with the Renegades and he’s feeling the pressure.  He has to prove that he is a valuable asset to the team.  He’s challenging a legendary player, trying to take his starting position.  Everything rides on the spring training season in Florida. He has to stay focused because he is finally chasing his dream.

Cooper Bailey never dreamed he’d meet a woman that could affect how he plays the game.  Nor did he dream a woman could capture his heart completely.  Ainsley Burke is an unexpected pleasure as well as his possible downfall.

Zookeeper Ainsley Burke has put her personal life on hold after she found out her mother is battling cancer.  She has changed her job position so that her schedule can work around her mother’s medical needs.  When she meets rookie Cooper Bailey at a community service event, she foresees the possibility of having something fun in her life for a few weeks.  After all he is only in Florida for spring training.

Life has a way of rearing it’s ugly head when things seem to be going well.  Cooper and Ainsley are both going to experience these obstacles and be tested beyond their limits.  It’s how they move forward that counts.  It could be the greatest season of their lives or it could be the season that destroys them both.

This book ran hot and cold for me.  I liked this book better than the first book in the series and felt a little more connected to the Renegades world.  Home Run started out with a bang but stalled throughout the middle of the book and the ending seemed a bit rushed.  At times I had a hard time connecting Cooper’s and Ainsley’s struggling relationship.  There were also other factors that seemed too coincidental in their story. I struggled with those coincidences. Overall I did enjoy the book but was hoping for a little more swoon worthy romance.

I am looking forward to what comes next in the Boys of Summer series.  Hopefully the Renegades will be chasing the pennant.

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heidi-mclaughlin-bioHeidi is a New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author.

Originally from the Pacific Northwest, she now lives in picturesque Vermont, with her husband and two daughters. Also renting space in their home is an over-hyper Beagle/Jack Russell, Buttercup, two Parakeets, Gonzo & Hedwig, and their newest addition of a Highland West/Mini Schnauzer, Jill.

During the day Heidi is behind a desk talking about Land Use. At night, she’s writing one of the many stories planned for release or sitting court-side during either daughter’s basketball games.

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New Release + Review … Holiday Romance… That Mistletoe Moment by Cat Johnson,Kate Angell, and Allyson Charles

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That Mistletoe Moment

By Cat Johson, Kate Angell, and Allyson Charles

Holiday Novella Collection

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Synopsis

As the holidays descend, three single women take a thoroughly modern approach to good old-fashioned romance, and wonder if the best—and most complicated—gift of all is just a click, tap, or swipe away…

MADE UP
Like a Christmas miracle, the Build a Boyfriend App lets you simply input the stats of your dream man, and witty texts, passionate emails, and hot Instagram pics start flooding in. No more awkward questions or pitying looks as you face the holidays alone!

MIXED UP
But even the best technology has its glitches. When real-life emotions come into play, this trio of
twenty-somethings find themselves in a tangle of crossed signals, flying wrapping paper, disastrous Christmas parties…and surprising kisses.

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Yet despite the confusion of their mistletoe misadventures, when the New Year dawns, these very satisfied women just may find themselves waking up with true love beside them.

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Michel’s Review

The holiday season is quickly coming upon us.  Retailers are gearing up for the holiday rush.  Publishers and authors are also gearing up to give their readers some holiday romance in the hectic holiday season.  Cat Johnson, Kate Angell, and Allyson Charles came together and created three holiday novellas based around a mutual theme.  Three women find themselves alone during the holiday season.  Rather than getting down about it or feeling like they have let their families down, they become proactive and get the Build A Boyfriend app.  This app provides the perfect boyfriend without having a physical body present.  It’s the perfect cover and perfect solution.  Each woman is in for a surprise.  The Build A Boyfriend app is more than an app, it’s a reality.  It brings each woman the perfect man for her in the holiday season.

Gear up for a red hot Navy Seal, an ultra conservative Banking CEO, and a suave creator of the Build A Boyfriend app.  These men are the presents under the tree.  Santa couldn’t of been smarter.

I love the holiday romances.  It adds something special to the season.  I enjoyed these short stories but wished they were a bit longer and a little more festive in the holiday theme.  These stories are perfect for a quickie romance on a busy schedule.

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Happy Release + Review: Sin & Suffer by Pepper Winters – Pure Corruption Series – Book 2

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Sin & Suffer

Pure Corruption MC Series – Book 2

By Pepper Winters

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Synopsis

“Some say the past is in the past. That vengeance will hurt both innocent and guilty. I never believed those lies. Once my lust for revenge is sated, I’ll say goodbye to hatred. I’ll find a new beginning.”

SIN & SUFFER

She came from a past Arthur “Kill” Killian never forgot. She made him sin and made him suffer. She tugged him from the shadows and showed him he wasn’t as dead as he thought. And with her resurrection came betrayal, deceit, and war.

But then they took her. Stole her. Imprisoned her.

Now Kill’s carefully laid plans for vengeance are complete. He craves action, retribution-the blood of his enemies. War has begun. War is all they’ll know until they’ve paid their penance. He will get her back-and rewrite their destiny . . .

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Michel’s Review

Sin & Suffer by Pepper Winters is the explosive conclusion of the Pure Corruption MC series, the sequel to Ruin & Rule.

This dynamic series is a dark, gritty, biker romance with pyschological thriller undertones.  It contains violence, harsh language, criminal activities, and is sexually explicit.  It is not for all readers and is not the typical romance.

The setting is in the swamplands of Florida.  It’s two MC’s at war.  Both are vying for power and pure corruption.  But… it’s more than two clubs vying for power.  It is an ongoing battle between father and son, on opposite sides of the battlefield.  One is pure evil and the other is pure heart.  Sin & Suffer is the final confrontation that could once again cost Chloe and Author their happiness and could very well be the end of their lives.  Only the strongest will survive.

Pepper Winters once again delivered an emotional and gritty story that will keep the readers on the edge of their seats.  The conclusion is powerful.  The journey is was brutal.

I am a huge Pepper Winters fan.  I love her style of writing and boldness of writing the dark side of humanity.  Although I enjoyed the Pure Corruption MC series, it was not my favorite works by her.  I found Sin & Suffer to be too repetitive throughout the book.  I found myself skipping over passages to get to the next scene to see what happens next.  Also I found the authenticity of the story was off.  The setting is in Florida but it never felt like the Florida atmosphere.  The descriptions of scenery was off the mark.  Also the choice of words that the characters used throughout both books was not how an American, let alone a biker, would use in conversations or thoughts.  American Bikers ride bikes or cycles, they do not ride motorbikes.  They put gas in their tanks not petrol.  There were so many dialect mishaps that I found myself getting irritated. I was also conflicted with the MC world, it was quite different than most MC worlds.  Add the business tycoon to the mix and it just didn’t quite fit.  I want to escape in a story and I want to become a part of that world while I am reading it.  I want it to feel authentic.  I just could not completely connect with this series.

Overall, Sin & Suffer is a very good book.  The Pure Corruption series is very good and I would  recommend it other readers.

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The Pure Corruption Series

 

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Pure Corruption MC – Book 1

By Pepper Winters

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Synopsis

“We met in a nightmare. The in-between world where time had no power over reason. We fell in love. We fell hard. But then we woke up. And it was over . . .”

 

RUIN & RULE

 

She is a woman divided. Her past, present, and future are as twisted as the lies she’s lived for the past eight years. Desperate to get the truth, she must turn to the one man who may also be her greatest enemy . . .

 

He is the president of Pure Corruption MC. A heartless biker and retribution-deliverer. He accepts no rules, obeys no one, and lives only to reap revenge on those who wronged him. And now he has stolen her, body and soul.

 

Can a woman plagued by mystery fall in love with the man who refuses to face the truth? And can a man drenched in darkness forgo his quest for vengeance-and finally find redemption?

 

“Ruin & Rule is a full-length book at 436 pages and ends on a cliffhanger. Cleo and Kill’s story continues in SIN & SUFFER.”

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Sin & Suffer

Pure Corruption Series – Book 2

By Pepper Winters

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Synopsis

“Some say the past is in the past. That vengeance will hurt both innocent and guilty. I never believed those lies. Once my lust for revenge is sated, I’ll say goodbye to hatred. I’ll find a new beginning.”

SIN & SUFFER

She came from a past Arthur “Kill” Killian never forgot. She made him sin and made him suffer. She tugged him from the shadows and showed him he wasn’t as dead as he thought. And with her resurrection came betrayal, deceit, and war.

But then they took her. Stole her. Imprisoned her.

Now Kill’s carefully laid plans for vengeance are complete. He craves action, retribution-the blood of his enemies. War has begun. War is all they’ll know until they’ve paid their penance. He will get her back-and rewrite their destiny . . .

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pepperPepper Winters wears many roles. Some of them include writer, reader, sometimes wife. She loves dark, taboo stories that twist with your head. The more tortured the hero, the better, and she constantly thinks up ways to break and fix her characters. Oh, and sex… her books have sex.

She loves to travel and has an amazing, fabulous hubby who puts up with her love affair with her book boyfriends.

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Happy Release + Review + Giveaway : Something Amazing by M. Clarke- A Spinoff of the Something Great Series

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A Spinoff of the Something Great Series- Book 1

By M. Clarke

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Synopsis

**Can be read as stand alone, but to get the full story of the characters that will be mentioned in the story, start from Something Great, book 1.** Currently FREE

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Some nights have passion, some waves leave you wet, but everything is sexy at Knight Fashion Magazine…

From the International Bestselling, Reader’s Favorite Award winning author of My Clarity; M. Clarke has readers plunge into the depths of romance and desire with Rachel and Jackson’s story.

No one said breaking up was easy, but escaping to Kauai only adds to Rachel Miller’s confusion when fate collides her with Jackson Clark. He’s everything Rachel wants—confident, charismatic, and in charge—but his past catches up to them, creating rough waves that seems impossible to calm. Will their love for each other be strong enough or will it crash against the shore?

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Teaser

“It’s raining,” Stacey said out loud all of sudden.

Rain splashed on us, only it wasn’t rain.

“Did you see me, Hendrix?” a deep, manly voice asked, causing all sorts of tingles in me just from the sound of his voice.

“Ugh.” Hendrix wiped his face and gave each of us a towel. “Must you flip your hair and shake like a dog? No, I didn’t see you.” He sounded annoyed, then softened his tone when he turned to us. “I was too busy staring at these two beautiful ladies in front of me. One that is off limits and the other one that needs a lot of hands on.”

Stacey blushed and giggled like a schoolgirl. Since my back was to this stranger, my face didn’t get as wet as theirs, but when I peered up after I wiped myself off … holy shit! It was the guy from the swimming pool.

Our eyes locked for the first time, but neither of us looked away. In fact, his dark chocolate eyes grew, and small dimples appeared on both of his cheeks when his lips curled wider. His stare was so strong and intense that he might as well have fucked me with it. All sorts of butterflies fluttered in my stomach and spread to every nerve in my body, sending electrifying tingles everywhere. And seeing stubble along his strong jawline produced another shudder within me.

“Hi there.” His grin got wider and hotter. “Sorry about that.” He sounded sincere. When he leaned closer to my ear, my heart drummed faster, and I lost my breath. Heat infused through me, and I was trying really hard to compose myself. Before I could move away, he whispered slowly and sensually, “Did I make you wet? I can fix that for you.” His words came out hot and playful, intended only for me to hear, each word accentuated with warm puffs in my ear.

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3.5 star

Michel’s Review

Something Amazing by M. Clarke was a fun and fluffy kind of romance.  What starts out as a vacation fling evolves into deeper feelings.  Jax and Rachel find a love that could be the once in a lifetime.  They live on separate sides of the country.  They are on different paths in life.  Jax has been mysterious about his career and life commitments.  Rachel is at crossroads.  Her career in New York is going nowhere.  She has just gotten out a long term relationship after she realizes that she was just settling rather than waiting for that “once in a lifetime” experience.  She may have found it on vacation but vacations don’t last forever.

Fate brings Rachel and Jax together again in California.  Jax’s secrets are revealed.  Can Rachel accept Jax for the man he is and the life he leads?  Her heart says yes but her head says no.

Together they will have to find a way to make their love work.  This time the vacation is over and now they have a real chance at Something Amazing.

I enjoyed this book.  It was a nice but predictable romance.  It is the perfect kind of book when you just want to shut down and experience a happily ever after romance.

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Author Bio:

Mary Ting resides in Southern California with her husband and two children. She enjoys oil painting and making jewelry. Writing her first novel, Crossroads Saga, happened by chance. It was a way to grieve the death of her beloved grandmother, and inspired by a dream she once had as a young girl. When she started reading new adult novels, she fell in love with the genre. It was the reason she had to write one-Something Great. Why the pen name, M Clarke? She tours with Magic Johnson Foundation to promote literacy and her children’s chapter book-No Bullies Allowed

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Release Day Blitz + ARC Review: Crushed by Gina Robinson- The Rushed Series- Book 2

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The Rushed Series- Book 2

By Gina Robinson

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Genre: New Adult, College Romance

Synopsis

Some loves can’t be… Crushed

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Have you ever done something stupid? Like get drunk and hookup with a guy because your heart was broken by someone else? Like his best friend. And then done something really dumb, like fall in love with your hookup? Hookups aren’t stick-around guys. I’m hoping Dakota will be different. But hoping has gotten me in trouble before.

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The absolute last girl I want to see in my court-ordered alcohol and drug information school, the girl who landed me here in the first place, walks in. After we hooked up, I thought I’d gotten Morgan out of my system. So why is my pulse racing? I can’t afford to screw up right now. I know I should avoid her. Morgan has a way of messing up my life. But she’s the only one who understands.

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Alcohol is a big, fat liar. It seduces you with its charm and then whispers sweet lies, like, You look really hot doing a keg stand in a skirt that shows off your butt cheeks and new pink thong. Totally forgetting that you have the flattest butt on the planet. And it’s impossible to back arch in that position to accentuate your butt’s very few positives.

Or, Yeah, scooping jam directly from the jar with your bare hands and slathering it on your face in an attempt to find your mouth is really going to impress the house guy you’ve been in love with forever. He’s totally going to fall in love with you now.

Or, It’s a great idea to sleep with the house guy’s best friend out of revenge. That will show Zach. He’ll notice you now. And, Telling Dakota all your hurts and deepest private thoughts is perfectly reasonable. He’s a sympathetic guy, right? His lips are sealed. Never mind that he’s Zach’s best friend from high school and the president of the top frat on campus. And could ruin you without giving it a second thought.

Or my personal favorite, Go ahead. Lie down in the alley behind the frat and Dakota’s car. You should totally sleep there. It’s comfy and safe.

Liar. Liar. Liar!

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I got to school early, registered, paid my fee, and took a seat in the back of the class. My dad had chewed my ass off when I told him about the fine. He lectured me for half an hour on my stupidity. It had cost him real money. Dad hated paying for shit that could have been avoided.

My buddies at the frat were preparing for a night of first-class partying. Most of them hoping to get laid. And I was in school to learn all about the dangers of drinking. It was a joke. Until she walked in.

My pulse raced. My palms sweated. My dick went involuntarily hard. An absolutely stunning girl stood silhouetted in the doorway—blond, slim but with the kind of figure I found sexy as hell. Fresh-faced, no makeup. Her cheeks pink from the cold. Her eyes warm and bright with exercise and expectation. Her hair curled into the faux fur that rimmed the hood of her coat. She wore flat boots and yoga pants that left just enough to my imagination.

She hesitated at the door, like she was uncertain and nervous. My hero instincts kicked in. I liked her sweet vulnerability. Just as I was about to get out of my chair and play gentleman, introduce myself and see where things led, I stopped cold, recognizing her with a start.

Morgan Peterson? Without makeup. Shit.

You’d think my dick would have gone soft at the sight of her. The damn thing didn’t. My pulse involuntarily sped up. What was it about Morgan Peterson that turned me on even when I was furious with her?

Q&A with Gina Robinson about Crushed

 

Q—Crushed is the second book in The Rushed Series of New Adult College Romance, is that right? Can you read it without having read book one, Rushed?

A—Yes, it is. And, yes, you absolutely can. All the books in this series are standalone romances. Right now there are only two, but I have more planned. The third book, which I’m tentatively calling Hushed, should be out in January 2015. They’ll all be standalone reads. Of course, I hope you’ll want to read Rushed as well. Rushed will give you more insight, background, and the backstory of the characters in Crushed.

Q—Morgan was the villainess in Rushed. Readers hated her. Weren’t you taking a risk by writing her love story and pairing her with Dakota, who many readers loved?

A—My husband told me, repeatedly, that I was crazy. And maybe I was. But I felt all along that Morgan was the perfect match for Dakota. That she had the sass and spunk to take him on. She was the girl who couldn’t have Zach. Dakota was the guy who could never best Zach. In a way, they were both living in Zach’s shadow. That gave them both common ground and conflict. I knew that if Morgan ever got past her infatuation with Zach and saw Dakota for the guy he was, she would fall passionately for him.

Many people are big believers in first impressions. You know the old saying, “You don’t get a second chance to make a good first impression.” While that may be technically true, I’ve found that they can be wrong. I know I’ve made misguided assumptions about people after first meeting them. I hoped readers would give Morgan a second chance when they got to know her better. So far, early reviewers have been very positive and grown to love her when they see her vulnerability, what motivates her, and how she sees herself.

Q—What sparked the idea for Crushed? Why write about Greek life?

A—In my Reckless Series, I wrote about independents, Geeds as they’re called these days. Which are students who choose not to go Greek. Greek life is a unique experience from being a Geed. What happens when you make a Geed live in a Greek house? How does a guy survive in a house full of girls? What kind of problems and conflict does that cause? I was intrigued by the possibilities. Those questions were the germ of the idea for the series.

Actually, I have to credit my husband, too. He worked his way through college as a live-in houseboy for a sorority. The stories he told me about living with the sorority girls were the basis for Zach’s experiences in Rushed. He was part brother, part friend, part servant, part shoulder to cry on. Crushed is an outgrowth of Rushed, a continuation of the story. I had readers begging to see more of Zach and Alexis from Rushed, so I decided to continue their story as a secondary story to Morgan and Dakota’s romance.

Q—What’s next in the series? Will we see more of Dakota and Morgan? Do you find it hard to leave your characters behind?

A—Yes, absolutely! I grow attached to them and hate leaving them. Which is part of the reason I enjoy writing series. Just like Alexis and Zach become secondary characters in Crushed, Dakota and Morgan continue on as secondary characters in book three. Readers will get to see more of their story even as the focus shifts to a new couple.

Thanks so much for having me! Happy reading, everyone!

3.5 starMichel’s Review 

What do most kids look forward to most when they go to college?  It is the higher learning process?  Is it the independence from their families?  Is it to better themselves for the future?  Well maybe.  But, I think most kids go to college for the Party Experience, the fraternities and sororities, and freedom to do whatever they want.  Most kids manage to get the experiences they want and reap the benefits of a college education.  They become responsible adults and look back on their college days with fond memories and wild stories.

Morgan and Dakota took their partying a little too far.  In the previous book both of them fell off their high and mighty pedestals.  Morgan drank herself into oblivion after she found out that Zach was involved with Alexis.  She had crushed on Zack since her freshman year.  She was beyond pissed when she found out her little sorority sister, Alexis was involved in a relationship with Zach.  She was not a very likable person in the Rushed book.  Her attitude and self entitlement had readers cringing.

Dakota was also not a very likable character in the first book.  He harbored resentments and jealousy towards Zach.  He was also involved in a relationship that he had to keep secret because his family did not approve.  He had to maintain the reputation of being the fraternity president.  But he was sensible enough to recognize some of his faults and make amends with Zach.  His relationship with his secret girlfriend, Jordan is taking a nose dive. One night of blowing off steam and partying too hard almost leads to vehicular homicide.  He almost ran over Morgan when she passed out behind his car after the fraternity party.  Luckily Zach was there to save Morgan’s life.  Dakota almost ended up killing Zach.

Now Dakota and Morgan are paying the consequences for irresponsible drinking.  They are both in court ordered sobriety classes, they have both lost their drivers licenses until they are twenty one.  They are both social misfits now that they can’t drink.  What starts out as enemies and evolves into frenemies to a fun and comfortable friendship.  They are finally both able to let down their guards and show who they really are instead of what their Greek college life demands.  They are finding a love that could last a lifetime.  First they must learn to trust one another, control their negative behaviors, and let their hearts rule their lives rather than the college Greek hierarchy.

I enjoyed this book and would recommend this series.  I found the Greek organizations a little over bearing and thought it took away from the characters interactions.  I would of like to seen a little more intimacy and personal dialogue rather than all the Greek campus traditions.  I am looking forward to the next book in the series.  It looks like Gina Robinson is setting up a very complicated and angsty story.

I highly recommend the Rushed series.  Each book can be read as a stand alone novel or in series order.

Author Bio:

Gina RobinsonGina Robinson is the award-winning author of the contemporary new adult romances Reckless Longing, Reckless Secrets, and Reckless Together, and the Agent Ex series of humorous romantic suspense novels. Rushed, the first book in her new college-set new adult series will be released on July 3, 2014. She’s currently working on Crushed, the second book of this series featuring a surprising couple from Rushed. Look for Crushed in early fall 2014.

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