New Release + Review Tour + 4 Star Review + Giveaway: Christmas In Evergreen – Letters To Santa by Nancy Naigle

Today we have the blog tour for CHRISTMAS IN EVERGREEN: LETTERS TO SANTA by Nancy Naigle! Check out this sweet new Hallmark holiday romance and grab your copy today!

Title: CHRISTMAS IN EVERGREEN: LETTERS TO SANTA

Author: Nancy Naigle

Genre: Holiday Romance

Publisher: Hallmark & Crown Media

 

About Christmas In Evergreen: Letters to Santa:

 
Return to Evergreen,

the town where Christmas wishes come true…

But only if you know what your heart really wants.

 

When Lisa takes a last-minute Christmas trip to her hometown of Evergreen, she finds that the historic general store has closed. The place was a beloved local tradition, and she decides to use her skills as a professional retail designer to bring it back to its former glory. She charms a local contractor, Kevin, into working with her, and the pair find themselves facing one surprise after another.

 

One of the biggest surprises of all is finding the mysterious 25-year-old letter to Santa that never made it to the North Pole. Who really wrote it, and will its request come true at last? And will Lisa and Kevin figure out what they’re truly wishing for?

 

This sweet small-town romance includes a free Hallmark original recipe for Incredible Apple Dumplings.

 

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Tracey’s Review

So, as I peruse my very long TBR wondering what to read, I ask myself, is it really ever too early to begin the Christmas books? My answer is a resounding “No!” I’m a sucker for the holiday reads, and Christmas in July (literally!) is just fine by me. To that end, CHRISTMAS IN EVERGREEN: LETTERS TO SANTA by author Nancy Naigle was just what the doctor ordered. A sweet romance, set in the best little town in Vermont ever, and at Christmas time, to boot. Win, win, win.

It’s nice to find a romance that creates a spark, but leaves plenty to the imagination. The relationship between Lisa and Kevin is born of a common goal, and, while it isn’t slow, it pairs nicely with the small town, tight-knit community feel of the book, and is actually pretty wonderful.

This was the perfect little reading detour, and lifted my spirits in a lovely way. Fans of the Hallmark Channel’s non-stop holiday line-up will love this book, as it is based on the 2018 movie of the same name. Romance readers looking for a respite from this cruel cruel summer will find this little story to be just the change of pace they need, and the sweet and innocent message of love, forgiveness, and following our dreams makes for a read that is well worth it.

 

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USA Today bestselling author Nancy Naigle whips up small-town love stories with a whole lot of heart. She began writing while juggling a successful career in finance and life on a seventy-six-acre goat farm. Her many books include The Secret Ingredient, Christmas in Evergreen, and Christmas Joy and Hope for Christmas, which were adapted into Hallmark movies. Now happily retired from a career in the financial industry, she devotes her time to writing, horseback riding, and enjoying the occasional spa day. A Virginia girl at heart, Nancy now calls North Carolina home.

 

 

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New Release + Review Tour + Excerpt + 4 Star Review: Protected by Lexi Blake

 

Their first chance at love ended in heartbreak

Wade Rycroft fell in love with Geneva Harris when she was the smartest girl in his class. The rodeo star and the shy academic made for an odd pair, but their chemistry was undeniable. They made plans to get married after high school. Those plans changed when Genny broke his heart. Joining the Army gave him a chance to leave that life behind. News that Genny married the town’s golden boy let Wade know that he could never go home again.

A chance encounter rekindles an old flame

Fifteen years later, he’s found his place in the world and tried to forget the woman who left him standing in the rain. After leaving the Army he forged a new life as a bodyguard at McKay-Taggart, but he still feels incomplete. When his brother’s wedding brings him home to Broken Bend, Texas, he walks into a storm of scandal. Genny’s marriage has dissolved, the town has turned against her, and someone is making threats. Seeing her again reawakens feelings he thought were long gone, and he worries that staying close enough to help her could be too much to bear.

Their reunion just might kill them both

After an attempt is made on Genny’s life, Wade can’t refuse to help her. Watching over her day and night, it’s clear that having her back in his life could be the thing to finally make him whole. When the danger follows them back to Dallas, their second chance at love could be over before it even begins.

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“Don’t. Don’t tell me how to feel. I know you’ve worked through this, but I don’t know how to.”

“It helps to admit that we were all children back then.”

“My mother wasn’t.” He needed to talk about this with her.

“No, but she wasn’t the same after your dad died. She was lost and I’ve forgiven her,” she replied quietly. “You can’t spend your life being angry.”

“You’re angry with me.”

For a moment he thought she would ignore him. Then she turned to him, her eyes shining in the moonlight. “Maybe. It’s hard to figure out how I feel about you. For a long time, I dreamed about you at night. You were the only man I ever loved. Brock killed that. I think he might have killed the part of me that can love someone other than my son. I didn’t feel a lot when my father passed. But then he was the one who told me to suck it up. I went to him after Brock hit me the first time. He told me to not make my husband mad.”

“Genny, he should have killed him. I would have. God, I should have.” That sorrow that had been building inside him threatened to spill over. Anger was there, but it was overshadowed by the terrible pain he felt at the thought of her being alone and afraid.

“It’s funny,” she said, studying him in the silvery light. “I went over pretty much every possible scenario I could, and this wasn’t the way I thought you would handle it. It’s why it took forever for me to talk to you. I thought you would either not care at all or that you would be so angry you went after everyone. I hesitated because I thought I might unleash a beast.”

He could give her this. Since the moment he’d learned the truth, he’d genuinely forced himself to think about how he reacted. It would be selfish to act out in anger when she needed him to be calm, to think about what was best for her. The drive from Broken Bend to Dallas with Ash had made that clear to him. They needed someone who would thoughtfully protect them, not a raging animal who fed his own needs. “You’ve had enough anger in your life. It’s there. God, it’s there, but I swear I won’t act on it because I won’t do anything that could hurt you. I’ll try to handle him in every legal way I can and if I have to take him out, I’ll do it in a way that can never come back on any of us. You don’t need my rage. You do need me though.”

“I don’t want to.”

“Because you think I’ll let you down again.” It wasn’t a question.

“Because I don’t want to love anyone again,” she admitted.

 

4 Star

 

Tracey’s Review

Maybe you can go home again, but with friends and family like his, why would Wade Rycroft want to? He’s definitely of the mind that real family comes by choice, not blood, and his brothers at McKay-Taggart have his back, no question. Back home for his brother’s wedding, Wade didn’t count on seeing the woman that broke his heart way back when, and he certainly wasn’t prepared for the way that he would feel when he met her again. Second chances? Those are for chumps. But still…

Romantic suspense is kind of my jam, and Lexi Blake’s books nicely fill the bill. While I haven’t had the chance to read all of the books in her Masters & Mercenaries series, the ones I have read are never disappointing. Plenty of action and suspense, with a nice side of steam, these books are pure entertainment.

Lexi does an excellent job of writing stories about people that have experienced brokenness in their lives. Both Wade and Genny have ghosts, and, rather than deliver a pat HEA, Lexi has written a thoughtful story where real problems require real action. Don’t get me wrong, PROTECTED has plenty of sass, sizzle, and humor, but work has to be done to get to the happy place.

Lexi has delivered another read that I thoroughly enjoyed, and that I am happy to recommend. If you like alpha dudes, bad*ss ladies, and plenty of suspense, PROTECTED will be just what you’re looking for. Enjoy!

 

 

NY Times and USA Today bestselling author Lexi Blake lives in North Texas with her husband, three kids, and the laziest rescue dog int eh world. She began writing at a young age, concentrating on plays and journalism. It wasn’t until she started writing romance and urban fantasy that she found the stories of her heart. She likes to find humor in the strangest places and believes in happy endings no matter how odd the couple, threesome, or foursome may seem.

 

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New Release + Review Tour + 4-Star Review: Mister Tonight by Kendall Ryan

 

 

 

From New York Times bestselling author Kendall Ryan comes a standalone romance about a swoony single dad and the new neighbor he falls for.

Last night was the most embarrassing night of my life.

I was THAT girl.

You know, the highly intoxicated chick celebrating her thirtieth with her two best friends—the ones who are happily married. And the more I drank, the more I wanted to do something reckless to celebrate.

By reckless, I meant the sexy and alluring man dressed in a business suit standing near the bar. You know his type—tall, dark, and handsome. I was sure he was out of my league, but I’d had just enough alcohol that things like that no longer seemed to matter. I’m not fat, mind you, but you can tell I like French fries, so there’s that.

He took me home and I enjoyed the hottest birthday sex of my life, well until it came to a screeching, and rather unwelcome halt.

There’s nothing quite like being interrupted mid-ride with a little voice asking:

“What are you doing to my daddy?”

Just kill me now…… or so I thought.

Come to find out the man I rode like a bull at the rodeo is my new landlord.

 

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4 Star

 

Tracey’s Review

Sometimes a girl isn’t necessarily looking for her happily ever after. Sometimes all she wants is some no-strings fun. Kate just wants to bring in her 30th birthday with the proverbial bang, and she’s found just the right guy in Hunter. Tall, dark, and oh, so sexy, Hunter is just the guy to make turning 30 one heck of a great thing. Except…

I know that I am in for feel-good read that’s not too heavy, and that is guaranteed to satisfy when I pick up a book by Kendall Ryan. Likable characters, plots that are easy to get lost in, and a guaranteed HEA are the things that make her books some of my go-tos, and MR. TONIGHT is right up there as another win. Following Hunter and Kate as they navigate their relationship makes for a lighthearted and enjoyable time, and Hunter’s daughter Maddie is just the twist needed to kick things up a notch and keep things extra hilarious and heartwarming.

MISTER TONIGHT is an easy 4 stars for me, and ranks right up there as one of my favorites of Kendall’s contemporary romances. A must-read for fans of Kendall, this one is sure to touch your heart and leave you smiling.

 

 

A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of more than two dozen titles, Kendall Ryan has sold over 1.5 million books and her books have been translated into several languages in countries around the world. She’s a traditionally published author with Simon & Schuster and Harper Collins UK, as well as an independently published author. Since she first began self-publishing in 2012, she’s appeared at #1 on Barnes & Noble and iBooks charts around the world. Her books have also appeared on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists more than three dozen times. Ryan has been featured in such publications as USA Today, Newsweek, and InTouch Magazine.

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New Release + Excerpt + Review: Small Town Siren by Lexi Blake

 

 

Re-released in a second edition with a prologue and three new chapters.

Two cowboys looking for love…

Jack Barnes and Sam Fleetwood met in foster care. Over the years, they’ve become best friends and partners. They share a business as cattle ranchers and a house. There’s only one thing missing: a woman to share. The men are sure they’ve found that woman when Abigail Moore arrives in their small town, Willow Fork, TX.

A woman trying to find her place in the world…

Abby left her hometown twenty years before under a cloud of scandal. She’s raised a daughter, forged a new life for herself, and is ready for the next phase when she meets the handsome cowboys.

One small town that’s ready to explode…

They’re a dream come true—Jack is the sexy Dom, and Sam the playful lover. It’s everything she’s ever fantasized about. There’s only one problem. She’s still not welcome in Willow Fork, and someone is willing to kill to keep her away.

 

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The door to the women’s room slammed open. Abby practically jumped, ready to beg whoever was walking through to give her some privacy. Jack filled the doorway with his presence.

“You can’t come in here, Jack.” She smoothed down her uniform and swept back her hair, trying to retain as much dignity as she could.

“Why not, darlin’? I am going to admit that I’m not a man who tends to let things like social conventions keep me out of a place I really want to be in.” Jack walked right up to her. The man really wasn’t big on personal space.

Sam walked in and closed the door. He leaned with his back against it. One boot rested negligently against the painted pink door.

“Sam, tell him he can’t come into the women’s room.”

“You’re the one who chose the venue for this particular conversation, Abigail.” There was nothing vaguely resembling a joke in Jack’s voice now. Abby looked to Sam for help.

Sam shook his head. He was grinning like an idiot. “Hell no, honey. You’re gonna have to learn that when Jack gets that hard edge to his voice, he means business. Besides, I’m happy with the way things went. Thank you, baby. You made this so much easier. Jack was talking about dating you and treating you like a lady. That was gonna take forever. It’s much simpler this way.”

“What’s simpler?” Abby was unable to keep the trepidation out of her voice.

“Taking you home, taking you to bed, and showing you where you belong,” Sam replied with a wink.

“Where do I belong?” Abby couldn’t take her eyes off Jack. There was a simple smile on his face that held a wealth of arrogance. He’d been serious. He really had been playing the gentleman. Abby got the feeling she was about to get a full dose of Jack Barnes, and damned if she wasn’t looking forward to it.

“Always between me and Sam.” Jack reached out and put his hands on her shoulders, his expression intense. “Tell me you don’t want us, Abby, and I’ll walk away right now. I won’t bother you again.”

“Don’t give her ultimatums.” Sam sounded a bit desperate. “I thought we’d give her a taste before we forced her to make a decision. Baby, why don’t you let us play around a little? I promise you’ll want us.”

She looked up into Jack’s forest-green eyes. They were very serious as he stared at her. His hand came up to cup her face. He forced her to look at him and Abby felt his will. It should scare the crap out of her, but she found it amazingly sexy. This was a man who would always keep his promises, no matter what it cost him.

“She already wants us.” Jack brushed his thumb across her mouth. It was all she could do to not open her mouth and suck his thumb in. “She just needs to admit it. Can you tell me you haven’t spent the last few weeks thinking about this? Thinking about you and me and Sam coming together in bed?”

“No,” she said. Jack’s eyes flared, and she felt compelled to continue. “I have thought about it, but I’m scared.”

The time for honesty was here. She could run, and they would probably accept her decision. She could give in and enjoy the sex and walk away. Or she could ask for what she wanted. She could be brave and tell them what she needed and what she was scared of. If she did that and it all fell apart, then she would have to forgive herself. She’d learned that one of the great joys of maturing was learning how to forgive herself.

“What are you scared of?” A deep crease appeared in Sam’s forehead. He walked up to her and leaned forward. “Honey, we want to take care of you. We don’t want to hurt you.”

She felt tears pricking at the edge of her eyes. Everything in her was screaming for that to be true. She wanted them. She craved them.

“You could be lying to me. You could want to make me look bad.” She could hear her teenaged self in the statement. She felt every bit as vulnerable as she had then. The last month she’d spent with these two disparately different men had been one of the best of her life. Every evening they’d spent together over the last month had made her want them more. More than once, she’d fantasized about them sweeping into the diner and carrying her away. Lately, when things went wrong, her first thought was to call Jack. Now that her fantasy seemed to be coming true, she didn’t trust fate.

Jack’s hands came out and soothingly rubbed the back of her neck. He hadn’t stopped touching her once. “Sweetheart, why would you say something like that? Why would we want to make you look bad?”

“Because the Echols family wants me out of town.” Her heart soared when she saw the complete confusion on their faces. They couldn’t make that up.

“Are you talking about that crazy old biddy who runs the church socials?” Jack seemed to struggle to place a name with a face. “She always looks at me funny.”

“Ruby. That’s her name.” Sam frowned. “She’s real unpleasant to me. Why would we do anything for her? For that matter, why would she care that you’re in town?”

Hope swelled inside her. They really weren’t gay, and they really weren’t working for Ruby Echols. If that was true, then she had to assume they wanted her. It suddenly didn’t matter that they were in a bathroom in a public place. She couldn’t wait to feel their mouths pressed to hers. It wasn’t forever. The universe didn’t work that way, but she could have this moment. She could have a few weeks with them.

“It doesn’t matter. Kiss me.”

“Which one?” Sam asked.

Abby continued to smile, looking from gorgeous man to gorgeous man. “It doesn’t matter, but one of you should kiss me.”

Jack’s eyes never left her face. “Sam, take care of that door. We wouldn’t want anyone walking in.”

Sam cursed and bemoaned his fate, but he walked back and took his previous position.

Jack took Abby’s face in both his hands. “I’m completely crazy about you, Abigail Moore.” He leaned over and finally, after what seemed to Abby like a lifetime of wanting, pressed his mouth to hers.

Abby felt helpless against the onslaught of desire that rocketed through her as Jack took her mouth. He plundered it, his tongue gently forcing its way in and dancing strongly around hers. She held on to his lean waist for dear life as he slanted over her mouth again and again. He poured his will into her and everything inside her responded. She felt that kiss in her pussy and already she was slick and warm. Jack’s hands reached up and pulled at the band that held up her hair. He set it free and pulled back to look at the mane of auburn locks he’d unleashed.

“You’re so fucking gorgeous,” Jack breathed almost reverently as he stroked her hair. In that moment, with Jack’s green eyes looking at her like she was some goddess he was worshipping, Abby felt gorgeous.

“Why don’t we take this home, people?” Sam’s voice was tight. Abby looked back at Sam, and his blue eyes were dark with passion.

He wanted to go home so he could join in. He wanted to have his turn. The thought should have turned her off, but all it did was get her hotter.

Jack’s lips turned up in a lazy smile. “You’ll have to forgive Sam, darlin’. He’s always so impatient. Always has been.” Jack suddenly lifted her up and set her on the counter. He looked back at his friend with great affection. “Do you have any idea how many times I’ve told him that anticipation is the best part?”

Jack’s hands pushed up the skirt of her uniform.

“Anticipation is damn frustrating, Jack. And I’ve been anticipating for weeks,” Sam complained.

Tracey’s Review

When the residents of Willow Fork, TX, had done their best to drive Abigail Moore away, she swore that she would never go back. When family business calls her back, she’s planning on doing her due diligence, then getting the heck back out of Dodge, so to speak. But things have changed in her little town, and soon leaving will be the last thing on Abby’s mind…

While alternative romance may not be everybody’s cup of tea, if you’re of ‘the more the merrier’ mindset, SIREN IN THE CITY by author Lexi Blake should definitely be on your radar. Lexi can write a ‘better when there are more’ story like nobody’s business, and Abby, Sam, and Jack and their love story make for a read that’s hard to put down.

It’s got to be difficult to craft this kind of story so well, to make the reader fall equally in love with every character, but Lexi makes it look so very easy. The story unfolds effortlessly and drew me in, so that I couldn’t wait to see where things were going.

I’d be hard-pressed to choose between Jack and Sam myself, but, luckily, we don’t have to, because they are, after all, a package deal. I loved seeing the way that they take care of Abby, the way that they support each other, and the way that they have overcome bad beginnings to be the kickbutt men that they are.

Being a woman of a certain age, seeing Abby get her turn at happiness makes me happy. The woman that left Willow Fork as a scared young girl has returned an accomplished, self-assured woman that can hold her head high in a town full of people that would continue to bring her down. We need more Abbys for sure, and I will happily read about them all.

SMALL TOWN SIREN is a solid 4-star read for me, and one that I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend to romance fans that are willing to step outside the box a bit. It’s nice to see the return of this series from Lexi, and I look forward to reading more about these characters.

 

 

NY Times and USA Today bestselling author Lexi Blake lives in North Texas with her husband, three kids, and the laziest rescue dog in the world. She began writing at a young age, concentrating on plays and journalism. It wasn’t until she started writing romance and urban fantasy that she found the stories of her heart. She likes to find humor in the strangest places and believes in happy endings no matter how odd the couple, threesome, or foursome may seem.

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New Release + Review Blitz + 5-Star Review: Sinful Empire by Meghan March

 

 

The Mount Trilogy concludes with Sinful Empire!

What’s mine, I keep, and that includes Keira Kilgore.
It’s no longer enough to have her in my debt. No longer enough to own her body.
I want something more.
She can try to resist, but I’ll never give her up.
Nothing will keep us apart.
Not her. Not my enemies. No one.
Her debt will only be paid one way—with her heart.

*Sinful Empire is the third and final book in the Mount Trilogy.*

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Tracey’s Review

“Life is a chess game, Keira. Every single…day, you make moves that determine your future…You’ve been the queen from day one. The most powerful piece on the whole…board.”

Oh, my gosh, this series! Author Meghan March has brought things full circle in SINFUL EMPIRE, the action-packed, fierce, third book in the Mount Trilogy. Brutal, bloody, passionate, this book, and the two before it, will have you on the edge of your seat, and flipping pages like nobody’s business.

The unlikely romance, if you can call it that, between Lachlan Mount, self-made king of New Orleans, and Keira Kilgore, his hand-picked queen, has been hard fought and hard won. The desire, the passion, and the downright dirty deliciousness between these two literally jumps off the page, and I was a fan from the very first sentence.

Meghan continues to prove her role as one of the romance genre’s power authors, giving books that draw readers in hook, line, and sinker, and leave them wanting more each and every time.

The Mount Trilogy may be some of my favorite of hers yet, taking us back to New Orleans and giving us a new set of characters to win our hearts. SINFUL EMPIRE is the perfect end to this suspenseful series, and one that I happily recommend to readers of romantic suspense and anyone that loves a dark, dirty, action-filled read. 5 stars for Meghan, Lachlan, Keira, and their crew. Add these books to your TBR now, because they are not to be missed.

 

Get ready for the darker and dirtier side of New Orleans with a brand new alpha romance from USA Today bestselling author Meghan March.

New Orleans belongs to me.
You don’t know my name, but I control everything you see—and all the things you don’t.
My reach knows no bounds, and my demands are always met.
I didn’t need to loan money to a failing family distillery, but it amuses me to have them in my debt.
To have her in my debt.
She doesn’t know she caught my attention.
She should’ve been more careful.
I’m going to own her. Consume her.
Maybe even keep her.
It’s time to collect what I’m owed.
Keira Kilgore, you’re now the property of Lachlan Mount.

*Ruthless King is Book One of the Mount Trilogy*

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The Mount Trilogy continues with Defiant Queen…

I’m his entertainment. His toy. Payment on a debt.
I tell myself I hate him, but every time he walks into the room, my body betrays me. How can I want him and fear him in the same moment?
They told me he’d mess with my head. Make it go to war with my body.
But I didn’t realize it would be complete anarchy.
I should’ve known better. When Mount’s involved, there are no rules.
I will not surrender. I will not show weakness. I’ll stand my ground and make it out of this bargain with my heart and soul intact.
But he has other plans . . .

Defiant Queen is the second book of the Mount Trilogy. Mount and Keira’s story concludes in Sinful Empire.

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Review & Excerpt Tour: Sweet Life by Nina Lane

 

 


He knows if she’s been bad or good.

Amidst the sugarplums and mistletoe, fashion stylist Julia Bennett is every inch a scrooge. Known for her ice-queen ways, she’s having a meltdown over a botched business deal and an upcoming milestone birthday. Add the pressure of forced holiday cheer, and she’s ready to dive into the spiked eggnog and not come out until summer.

Warren Stone, president and owner of the Sugar Rush Candy Company, is determined to make Julia slow down and enjoy the holidays. As her friend and confidante for thirteen years, he knows her better than anyone. But when decking the halls leads them to an explosive, sexy night, everything suddenly changes.

And when Warren decides Julia is all he wants for Christmas, will she risk their longtime friendship for the gift of love?

 

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“Now step into my office.”

Julia blinked at his hard tone, her gaze shifting to his closed office door. “I beg your pardon?”

Warren opened the door. “In. Now.”

Her features tightened with resistance just as the elevator doors opened and several employees emerged, their voices rising in chatter. Julia crossed the hallway in front of them, her shoulders rigid. He caught a whiff of Chanel No. 5 as she passed him.

He entered the office behind her and closed the door, flicking the lock shut.

“You are not to take out personal crap on my employees,” he said. “That’s not how I run this company.”

Julia’s lips compressed. “Odd that you’ve never before questioned my treatment of your employees. And it wasn’t personal. She needed to know she’d screwed up.”

“Announcing the holiday party early is not screwing up,” Warren replied evenly. “You’re pissed off because you’ve had a shitty week, you have too much on your plate, an old bucket list has thrown you off your game, and you don’t know what to do with the fact that we fucked the other night.”

Two spots of color appeared on her cheeks. “I seem to recall that what I did with that fact was tell you it wasn’t going to happen again. After which you informed me in excellent caveman style that I was wrong. You seem to forget I’m never wrong.”

About this, you are.

He bit back the words. He hadn’t become the president of Sugar Rush by throwing his weight around. He knew how to bide his time, work his way into getting what he wanted. And damned if he didn’t want her more with every passing second.

“Well?” Julia put her hands on her hips and glared at him. “Are we done here?”

Under her make-up, purplish smudges shadowed her eyes. Brackets of tension lined her mouth. His jaw tightened.

“You had a migraine yesterday,” he said.

“What the fuck do you care?” Julia snapped.

Warren’s hands flexed. He was used to her quick-fire cursing, all the more effective when delivered by a woman who looked like royalty, but he didn’t like being the recipient of her wrath.

“I’m putting Mia Donovan in charge of the Sugar Rush holiday party,” he said.

“You’re firing me?” Julia stared at him, her eyes widening. “Are you serious?”

“Yes.” He steeled himself against her shock and the knowledge that he was hurting her. “You’ve planned it for the past ten years, and it’s time to hand it over to someone else.”

“You don’t get to decide that.”

“Yes, I do. Sugar Rush is my company. This is also the event where I’ll be announcing my retirement. You’re not going to plan it.”

“Because I have too much on my plate?” Julia stopped in front of the windows, her arms crossed and her fiery gaze fixed on him. “Thanks for your concern, Daddy, but I assure you I can handle everything I take on.”

“That’s why you’re such a success. It’s also why your headaches are getting worse.”

“You are not my fucking doctor.”

“Stop swearing.”

She barked out a laugh. “You need to rethink this retirement thing, Warren. It’s making you soft.”

Given the state of his dick, he was anything but soft.

“If you won’t delegate your projects, I will,” he said.

“Because you can’t stop being the boss, even if you think otherwise.” Julia paced angrily to the desk, her eyes flaring with blue ice. “Why are you retiring, Warren? Everyone knows you’re the power behind the throne, much as you’ve let the boys take all the glory. Three months—hell, one month from now when you have nothing to do and no one to order around, you’re going to wonder why you made such a bad decision.”

Warren’s jaw clenched. He was sick of getting pushback from all sides. “I’ve been in business my entire life. I know what I’m doing.”

“So do I, dammit,” Julia retorted. “I don’t need you looking out for me.”

“I will always look out for you.”

She came to a halt, her whole body stilling. By contrast, Warren’s heartbeat kicked up, sudden heat flooding his veins. Their gazes met across the room, a crackling electric current firing through the air.

Julia took a breath, her breasts heaving beneath her jacket.

“Goddamn you, Warren Stone,” she whispered.

“I told you to stop swearing.” He advanced, his own breath increasing, his hands fisting and unfisting at his sides.

Rebellion tightened her features. “And if I don’t?”

“You sure you want to find out?”

He closed the distance between them, his lust flaring like a match to dry leaves.

What the fuck was going on with them?

The question flared like a comet through his mind and died just as fast—because he didn’t care about the answer. His mind was consumed with the thought of tasting her red lips again, sweet like cherries, spicy like peppers. Her mouth could deliver an insult as sharp and searing as a blade, but he knew—had always known, even if he’d smothered the knowledge—that the sounds issuing from Julia Bennett’s mouth could also be smooth, hot murmurs of lust that rushed straight to his blood. Weakening him of all thought, all control, inciting him with the urge to—

He grabbed her shoulders, hauling her soft, slender body against him. He’d always loved the contrast of Julia, the sharp-tongued, acidic queen and the relentlessly devoted aunt. The rigorous boss who shot orders like arrows, and the loyal friend who bought Hailey’s favorite peanut butter, sent care packages to Gavin Knight when he was deployed in Iraq, spent hours on end with Evan at the hospital.

He stared down at her fine features, pale skin, and wide blue eyes that he’d seen almost every day of his life for the past thirteen years—and suddenly now it felt as if he were looking at her for the first time. Had he never noticed that tiny birthmark right beneath her left eye? Or the silver flecks in her irises, like falling snow? Or the perfect curve in her upper lip, tempting him to put his tongue there and—

Oh, he’d noticed all right. He’d just tried to pretend he hadn’t.

“What the hell am I going to do with you, Julia?” he muttered.

“Fire me, apparently.” Her tone was bitter, her eyes blue fire.

Her gaze flickered involuntarily to his mouth, her lips parting. He slipped his hand beneath her chin, lifting her face to his. His heart jackhammered. Her breath brushed against his mouth, the familiar scent of her—Chanel No. 5, lavender soap, pure Julia—suddenly exotic and tantalizing.

“I’m going to let you go,” he said slowly, “and take two steps back. I want you to reach under your skirt and take your underwear off… if you’re wearing any.”

 

 

New York Times & USA Today bestselling author Nina Lane writes hot, sexy romances about professors, bad boys, candy makers, and protective alpha males who find themselves consumed with love for one woman alone. Originally from California, Nina holds a PhD in Art History and an MA in Library and Information Studies, which means she loves both research and organization. She also enjoys traveling and thinks St. Petersburg, Russia is a city everyone should visit at least once. Although Nina would go back to college for another degree because she’s that much of a bookworm and a perpetual student, she now lives the happy life of a full-time writer.

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New Release + Review Tour + 4.5-Star Review: Torrid Little Affair by Kendall Ryan

 

 

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The best way to get over someone is to get under someone else. And I have the perfect candidate all picked out.

My new assistant is tempting beyond belief with her curvy body and take-no-shit attitude. All those luscious curves, and a juicy ass I’m already in love with. God, the things that I would do to that ass…

But it’s the haunted look in her eyes that speaks to me. Like she’s taken just as much shit in her past as I have—maybe more. We both deserve a little fun.

Love can’t fix everything. Mind-blowing sex and a few killer orgasms, on the other hand?

I have a feeling those might do the trick.

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Tracey’s Review

It’s funny how invested we become in the lives and characters of the books that we read. When Cooper Kingsley had his heart broken in DIRTY LITTLE PROMISE, my heart hurt right along with his. I mean, Cooper is the sweetest, the most approachable, the most, well, normal of the Kingsley brothers. But, now, in TORRID LITTLE AFFAIR, well, we’re seeing a completely different side of him.

Kendall Ryan just keeps the hot reads coming, and I fell in love with Cooper all over again in this, his story. He and Corinne are on fire, but there’s still the Cooper that I know and love hiding behind all of the hurt that he’s been harboring. These two are absolutely perfect for each other, and I enjoyed every single thing about their story.

Kendall has scored another hit with TORRID LITTLE AFFAIR, completely on point with the picture that she paints of two broken pieces coming together to make the perfect whole. Another 4.5 read, this book is, by turn, scandalous, scorching, and sweet, and is a must-read for Kendall’s fans, and anyone looking for a white-hot romance that will leave you smiling. Now, to see what Kendall has up her sleeve for Quinn Kingsley…

 

A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of more than two dozen titles, Kendall Ryan has sold over 1.5 million books and her books have been translated into several languages in countries around the world. She’s a traditionally published author with Simon & Schuster and Harper Collins UK, as well as an independently published author. Since she first began self-publishing in 2012, she’s appeared at #1 on Barnes & Noble and iBooks charts around the world. Her books have also appeared on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists more than three dozen times. Ryan has been featured in such publications as USA Today, Newsweek, and InTouch Magazine.

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Sale Blitz + Review Tour: Reckless Beat Box Set by Eden Summers

 

Synopsis

One band, five musicians, and enough seduction to fill a stadium.

Blind Attraction
Reckless Beat #1

He can seduce with a single glance.
She’s been sheltered from the world.
Attraction will bring them crashing together, but their vastly different lifestyles will try to tear them apart. In a glamorous world of rock-and-roll, only time will tell if they’re up for the challenge.

Passionate Addiction
Reckless Beat #2

He’s been her ultimate untouchable desire.
She’s his savior and he’s never laid eyes on her.
An internet friendship turns into an unstoppable physical chemistry. But little white lies can create black holes in any relationship. Will an Aussie with a heart of gold forgive her bad-boy boyfriend or will deceit end this passionate addiction?

Reckless Weekend
Reckless Beat #2.5

What do you get when you mix a rock band as hot as Reckless Beat, women strong enough to capture several of the bad boys’ hearts, and a bet that sparks a competitive streak?
Boundaries will be pushed, alcohol will be abused, and loads of sarcasm will be shared.
The past is trying to catch up with the present, and the pressure may be too hard to handle. One reckless weekend will test each member of the band and the women who’ve claimed their love.

Undesired Lust
Reckless Beat #3

They used to be the perfect team…until their sex tape went viral.
Now, bitterness has destroyed him, driving away his muse while financial ruin is breathing down her neck, threatening to destroy her dream career. There’s only one option left to save them both, but it would mean a collaboration with the one person they love to hate… Or do they merely hate to love?

 

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RECKLESS BEAT

Alana Shelton and Mitchell Davies couldn’t be more different. She’s spent her life sheltered by her mother and closed off from the outside world, while he is lead guitarist of Reckless Beat, surrounded by fans and living (and loving) the rock star life. One night, one twist of fate, and their lives will be changed in ways that neither could have imagined.

Books about rockers are some of my favorites, so when I had the opportunity to read the Reckless Beat series by author Eden Summers, I jumped at the chance. I knew from the first scene that Blind Attraction would go right on my list of favorites. Alana has been sheltered for her whole life, but is no shrinking violet. Because she hasn’t had all the usual experiences of the typical 20-something woman, she is eager to get out and live, to see what life has to offer. And, although meeting up with a famous rocker wasn’t exactly what she had in mind, once she meets Mitch, she can’t help but see what the night has to offer. Although Mitch and the rest of Reckless Beat are wildly successful and living the life that goes with fame, he’s ready for something else. Alana’s innocence draws him in, making him determined to get to know her. A freak accident leaves her dependent on Mitch and the rest of the band, and starts them on the road to an attraction that can’t be extinguished.

This was a quick read for me because, once I picked it up, I did not want to put it down. Eden Summers has a gift with characters and dialogue, and I absolutely love every single member of Reckless Beat already. I am already looking forward to getting to know them better as their stories roll out. And Mitchell and Alana, well, they are super-hot and sweet and tender at the same time. Watching them learn to rely on each other, and the changes that they undergo as they spend more time together, is swoon-worthy, and makes their story the perfect introduction to this series. Blind Attraction is an easy 4.5 ‘smoking hot, super-dreamy, can’t wait for the next one’ read for me, and should be on your TBR. Grab this one, and enjoy.

RECKLESS ADDICTION

Gabi Smith means more to Blake Kennedy than she can imagine. She was there for him in his darkest hour, a friend when he needed one most. And now he’s about to rock her world…

Passionate Addiction is the second book in the Reckless Beat series by author Eden Summers. I will tell you, I am in love with the guys of Reckless Beat, and Blake is one of my favorites. The newest member of the band, he’s overcome the darkness of addiction, and has Gabi to thank for helping him. And, although they’ve been best friends for years, they’ve never met, and Gabi’s birthday provides just the opportunity for Blake to surprise her with a visit and show her how much he cares. But even finally coming face to face doesn’t mean a happy ending when the ghosts of Blake’s past come back to haunt him and Gabi.

This series is entertaining, but still has the angsty moments that make the happy moments even better. And, yes, there’s plenty hotness and humor, making this one lovely read. I am loving these books more and more with each subsequent installment, and really enjoying seeing how Eden is developing each of the guys as the stories unfold. 4.5 enthusiastic stars for Passionate Addiction; add this series to your TBRs, you won’t be sorry.

RECKLESS WEEKEND

What do you get when the members of Reckless Beat and their ladies head to Sin City for a little friendly fun and games? Mayhem, madness, and more good times than should be legal…

Oh, my gosh, I cannot say enough how much I loved Reckless Weekend, book 2.5 in the Reckless Beat series by Eden Summers. One word: shenanigans. And LOTS of them. When the guys and their women hit Las Vegas for a getaway weekend, they are all over the place. Competition between the guys and the girls is fierce, and perhaps a little bit unequal (may I just say, GO LADIES!), and it isn’t long before chaos ensues, but in the best possible way.

This is a shorter read, but nonetheless as sexy and entertaining as the rest of the series. And, although the books are standalones, they do build on each other, so there would be some major spoilers going on here if you haven’t read the first two books. Reckless Weekend is so much fun, and an easy 4.5 stars, so if you’re looking for a good-time read, and are a fan of hot rockers and the women that love them, grab this one.

UNDESIRED LUST

The men of Reckless Beat seem to have it all. At the top of their game, and fresh from winning a major industry award, things couldn’t look brighter. Until a very private moment goes public, giving two of their own and the woman that they both want the sort of publicity that no one seeks.

Eden Summers keeps upping her game with each new book in the Reckless Beat series. Undesired Lust, the third book in the series, brings Eden’s signature rockstar hotness, but the angst in this one is ratcheted up a notch, and I could not have enjoyed it more.

In a moment, Sidney Higgins, collaborator on the band’s prize-winning song, went from being one of the most sought-after songwriters in the business to a virtual pariah. Giving in to her passion for not one, but two, of the band members brought her lower than she could have ever imagined. And as far as she can tell, she’s alone in her misery.

Mason Lynch, lead singer for Reckless Beat, has hit an artistic slump, and nothing seems to be snapping him out of it. When the label and the band’s manager suggest that he and Sidney work together again, he’s less than enthusiastic, knowing that she holds him responsible for her very public humiliation. Convincing her to forget her anger enough to help him and the band will be a major feat, and one that he’s not sure that he can pull off.

I really enjoyed this book, and appreciated seeing Mason from a different perspective. Up to this point, he’s come across as a self-absorbed groupie-chasing sort of egomaniac, but seeing how he feels about Sidney, and finding out more of his backstory painted him in a very different light. And Sean. Oh, Sean. Sean Taiden, the drummer for Reckless Beat, is the third piece of this conflicted puzzle, and I could not help falling more and more for him. I’m really looking forward to his story in the upcoming books.

As with each of the books in the series, Undesired Lust was a quick read for me because I was so engrossed and did not want to put it down. Another easy 4.5 stars for this one, and a recommendation to add the whole set to your TBR.

 

 

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Eden Summers is a bestselling author of contemporary romance with a side of sizzle and sarcasm.

She lives in Australia with a young family who are well aware she’s circling the drain of insanity.
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Series Review: The Wingman Series by Daisy Prescott

 

 

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Book 1

Tall, dark, and handsome is an understatement when it comes to John Day. With rugged good looks, his ever present plaid shirt, and a dog named Babe, John is a modern alpha male lumberjack.

After his favorite neighbor rents out her beach cabin for the winter, John finds himself playing fireman and tour guide to Diane Watson, a beautiful brunette with her own messy past and recent battle scars.

Will he be ready to fall in love? Or will he go back to his old, flirty ways?

Hold onto your heart as John Day tells his story in this male POV contemporary adult romance/romantic comedy.

Ready to Fall is the first novel in the Wingmen series, a spin-off from Modern Love Stories. Each book is a standalone with no cliffhanger.

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Tracey’s Review

4.5 StarIn the end, everyone leaves. At least, that’s been John Day’s experience. So, sure, he’s all for having a good time when it comes to the ladies, and, heck, you could even say he’s dating, but, long-term? Nah, not him. When Diane Watson comes from off-island to spend some time at the cabin next door to John, well, he’s just being neighborly, making sure that she has everything that she needs. Soon enough, though, John is just as interested in seeing Diane smile, knowing more about her, spending time with her, and, well, just, her.

I discovered Daisy Prescott’s books a little later, so am just meeting and loving the Wingmen of Whidbey Island, Washington. Daisy has created a quirky but loveable community of people that are steadfast in their sense of community and a little bit kooky at times, and I thoroughly enjoy them all.

John is just fine living life the way that he is. He’s got his job, he’s got his aunt and uncle, and he’s got his buddies, plus he’s making his adolescent dreams come true by dating his high school crush. What’s not to like? When Diane, escaping to Whidbey in the midst of a less-than-friendly divorce, shows up, John does what any good Whidbeyite would do, and takes her under his wing to make sure that she has everything that she needs to live on the island.

One of the things that I like most about this, and others of Daisy’s books, is that things develop over time. Neither John nor Diane is looking at the other as potential dating material (no, that’s all Tom Donely, and he’s a hoot!), and, while there are glimmers of attraction along the way, Daisy takes the time to develop a friendship between them. I thoroughly enjoyed their interactions, their banter, and seeing both of them open up as they became more comfortable with each other. The friends-to-lovers trope is one of my favorites, and Daisy does it humorously and well.

READY TO FALL is 4.5 stars worth of sweet, sexy, redemptive, lumberjacky loveliness, and I just adored it. The icing on the cake, so to speak, is the short epilogue-like addition of TAKE THE CAKE AND RUN, and was the perfect way to end John’s and Diane’s story. Daisy’s stories have become some of my favorites, and, if you haven’t read her WINGMEN books yet, you’re missing out. Grab these books and settle in, because you’re going to love them.

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*****

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, Thomas Clifford Donnely, am a manwhore.

You can call me Tom Cat. I’ve been told I’m irresistible to women. Like catnip for a different kind of pussy-cat.
This is the story about how I lost my wingman, broke all my own rules, and found myself falling in love.

Tom Donnely isn’t the marrying kind, or the dating kind. Even after losing his #1 wingman to love, he doesn’t see the point in relationships. When his sister’s best friend returns to Whidbey Island and propositions Donnely for a one-night stand, he breaks one of his biggest rules–no fooling around with his sisters’ friends. It’s just sex, nothing more. That’s what Tom does and does well.

What happens when “just sex” isn’t enough?

Hailey King is more than a match for Tom’s flirtations. She’s known him most of her life and has heard the rumors about his “skills” for years. When her perfectly planned future falls apart, will the last man she should ever fall for turn out to be more than a one-night stand?

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Michel’s Review

4.5 StarThis is the first book I have read by Daisy Prescott. I absolutely loved her writing style, witty dialogue, and sense of humor. The Confessions of A Reformed Tom Cat was entertaining, fun, charming, sexy, and romantic. I loved that the book was written from Tom’s POV and each chapter was a confession. He is a fun guy that doesn’t take himself too seriously and recognizes his faults as well as strengths. He loves his family, he’s hard working, he’s honest, and he’s true. Watching this man whore fall was fun and swoon worthy.

Hailey is one of those heroines that is easy to love. She has known Tom since childhood. He is her best friend’s older brother. She’s got his number, she knows that he is a manwhore with a revolving door. She still can’t help falling for him. When it becomes clear that she is the perfect woman for him, she gives him a few lessons that will capture his attention and heart.

This book was a fun, witty, and sexy read. I highly recommend it.

*****

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Book 3

Another wingman bites the dust in this enemies-to-lovers standalone romantic comedy.

For the past year, I’ve been working my butt off to start my own coffee company on Whidbey.

A weekend in Cabo with sun, tiny bikinis, and vacation hook-ups is exactly the kind of tension relief I need.

What I don’t need is a bruised jaw, having to bribe my way out of jail, a hellion set on ruining my life, and my mother seeing a picture of my assets on “The Twitter.”

Caribou Caldwell is my worst nightmare.
Unfortunately, she’s also the star of my sexiest dreams.

What happens when a small town guy becomes the focus of a million fantasies? As Erik Kelso navigates his sudden notoriety, will his feelings for Cari turn out to be anything but love?

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Tracey’s Review

4.5 StarOne unguarded moment. That’s all it takes for Erik Kelso to become an overnight media sensation. Faster than he can say ‘Cheese!’ Erik’s backside is plastered across social media outlets, bringing him and the good people of Whidbey Island into the spotlight in a way that he could never have anticipated. What’s worse? The person, erm, behind it all is the sassy woman currently starring in Erik’s less-than-innocent dreams…

What makes a book a winning read for me? Laugh-out-loud moments, snark and wit, characters that I can see wanting to spend time with, and a story line that doesn’t quit. I can say, without a doubt, that Daisy Prescott delivers on every single one of these things with ANYTHING BUT LOVE, the latest book in her Wingmen series.

Daisy has done an excellent job of capturing the current state of instant fame, where hashtags rule and Snapchat can be your friend…or not. The characters in ANYTHING BUT LOVE are typical, everyday kind of folks, living life in the 21st century. Regardless of age or gender, everyone is swept up in the furor that erupts when Erik’s fanny becomes the most sought-after unicorn of the moment. I spent a good amount of my time literally laughing out loud at the situations that Erik found himself in as a result of his momentary lack of judgment. That it takes place amidst the small-town atmosphere of Whidbey Island, Washington, with all of the usual suspects from Daisy’s prior books, makes it an even more heartwarming and entertaining read.

I really appreciate that, between crazy chase scenes and some uber-steamy moments, Daisy takes the time to remind us that even characters in books have to deal with the same issues that we do. Family secrets, money problems, poor health, unrequited love, these are part of everyday life for everybody, and seeing that Erik, Cari, and the rest of the crew have to deal with them just made me appreciate this book, and Daisy’s writing, even more. ANYTHING BUT LOVE is an easy 4.5-star read for me, and I can’t wait for the next book in the Wingmen series. Add Erik and his story to your TBR, because it is one that you do not want to miss.

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*****

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Better Love

Book 4

Release Date: October 24, 2016

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Maybe that old song got it right.

Maybe love can be better the second time around.

When one of my wingmen needs help, I’ll do anything for him, including calling in a favor with the one person I swore I’d never speak to again.

Not after I walked away from that life five years ago and ditched the trappings of my success. The keyword being trap.

I left it all behind.

Including her.

Now the ambitious, brilliant, talented, and undeniably beautiful Roslyn Porter is back in my life. I’m not the same person she knew. I’m trying to be a better man.

No man is an island, but Dan Ashland comes close. He’s content with his quiet life on Whidbey, a world away from the rat race on the other side of the ferry.

Dan has three great loves in his life: solitude, pizza, and Roslyn Porter.

Better Love is a standalone second chance romance featuring Dan Ashland and the fourth book in the Wingmen series.

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USA Today Bestselling Author Daisy Prescott writes romantic comedies with heart.

Her Modern Love Stories feature characters in their thirties and forties finding and rediscovering love in unexpected and humorous ways. Her Wingmen books star regular guys who often have beards, drive trucks, and love deeply once they fall.

Born and raised in San Diego, Daisy currently lives in a real life Stars Hollow in the Boston suburbs with her husband and an imaginary house goat. When not writing about herself in the third person, Daisy can be found traveling, gardening, baking, or lost in a good book.

 

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Review Tour: Unteachable by Leah Raeder

Unteachable

Unteachable

By Leah Raeder

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Synopsis

An edgy, sexy USA TODAY bestseller about falling for the one person you can’t have.

Maise O’Malley just turned eighteen, but she’s felt like a grown-up her entire life. The summer before senior year, she has plans: get into a great film school, convince her mom to go into rehab, and absolutely do not, under any circumstances, screw up her own future.

But life has a way of throwing her plans into free-fall.

When Maise meets Evan at a carnival one night, their chemistry is immediate, intense, and short-lived. Which is exactly how she likes it: no strings. But afterward, she can’t get Evan out of her head. He’s taught her that a hookup can be something more. It can be an unexpected connection with someone who truly understands her. Someone who sees beyond her bravado to the scared but strong girl inside.

That someone turns out to be her new film class teacher, Mr. Evan Wilke.

Maise and Evan resolve to keep their hands off each other, but the attraction is too much to bear. Together, they’re real and genuine; apart, they’re just actors playing their parts for everyone else. And their masks are slipping. People start to notice. Rumors fly. When the truth comes to light in a shocking way, they may learn they were just playing parts for each other, too.

Smart, sexy, and provocative, Unteachable is about what happens when a love story goes off-script.

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Robin’s Review

Unteachable. This debut novel from author Leah Raeder features a romance resulting from a random hookup. With the name Unteachable, you can probably guess this novel is about a student and teacher, but this novel is so much more than a story about a student/teacher relationship. Unteachable is a unique story about two very lonely people.

Maise O’Malley is jaded, cynical and makes no apologies for her behavior. At eighteen years of age, she is unable to find care and acceptance from her drug-addicted mother; therefore, she searches for older men to have relations with. Maise and Evan Wilke meet while sharing the front seat of a roller coaster. They enjoy a wonderful evening at the fair, but she abandons him soon after they have relations. In the following days, Maise fondly remembers her evening with Evan and the connection that they shared. When she returns for her senior year of high school, she learns that Evan Wilke will be her film teacher.

The writing style of Unteachable is both beautiful and poetic. Leah Raeder grabbed my attention from the beginning with her writing ability. I enjoyed the rich character development and the complex storyline. Each of the secondary characters were so amazing! I found myself hoping that Evan and Maise would find happiness together because their relationship truly seemed more than that of a teacher taking advantage of a student. I loved how this couple embraced their love for one another without all of the angst normally found in novels about student/teacher relationships. In my opinion, the writing is what makes Unteachable special. I highly recommend this 4.5 star novel

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Michel’s Review

Unteachable was one of those books that evoke so many emotional feelings. As I finished the book I was not sure quite what to think about it and the emotions that still remained. In other words, the writing was brilliant. When an author can evoke these kind of responses they are delivering a strong, charismatic book. I had to let go of my ingrained feelings and moral values. Step outside of myself and thoughts to grasp this book. As a mother of teenage girl, I had to let go of the “mom” feelings and not think of my daughter when I read this book.

This book is about a teenage girl and an affair with her teacher. In one hand it is mortifying. It felt like an adult creeping on a child. On the other hand it felt like a child taking advantage of an adult. The characters were brilliant and very human. Maise is an eighteen year old senior, who in so many ways has lived more life than most adults. She is also still a kid. Evan is a handsome thirty three year old teacher, who when he met Maise thought she was older than she was. He tries to be honorable but his feelings and emotions rule his heart and life.

Both are lost souls. Both have lost childhoods. Both have crappy backgrounds. Both have wisdom and ignorance. It is an emotional rollercoaster.

I still do not know how I feel about the ending of the book. But I can see both sides of the coin.

Brilliant writing! I highly recommend this book. Readers beware that you need to put your personal emotions aside to grasp the whole of this book.

Author Bio:

UnteachableLEAH RAEDER is a writer and unabashed nerd. Aside from reading her brains out, she enjoys graphic design, video games, fine whiskey, and the art of self-deprecation. She lives with her very own manic pixie dream boy in Chicago.

(And she still writes pretentiously lyrical fiction.)

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