Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Book Cover Reveal for Viva Las Vegas by Ember-Raine Winters (GIVEAWAY)


What happens in Vegas changes everything for a woman running from her Mafia past and the sexy rockstar who makes her his own.  Keep reading to get a tempting taste of Viva Las Vegas by Ember-Raine Winters, then count down the days until this book releases on May 3rd,  In honor of this third installment in the Las Vegas Nights series make sure to fill out the form below for the chance to win e-copies of the books in this series along with a $5 Amazon GC too!


Jessica
Who would have thought that hiding from the mafia would explode over night., but having a sexy rockstar jumping off the stage to save me from a speaker changes everything. Paparazzi, poker games, goons, and being shot. I’m ready to run, except this sexy rockstar wants to marry me. What’s this Mafia Princess to do?
Jake
Who thought jumping off the stage to save a beautiful woman, I would end up losing my head, and it’s not from the concussion. She is sexy as hell playing professional poker, but things take a turn when her father finds her. So, I do what any man would do, I ask a Mafia Princess to marry me.



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AUTHOR INFO:

Ember-Raine Winters lives in sunny California with her two beautiful kids and a wolf. Also known as Apache her pure white Siberian Husky. She loves writing romance and reading just about anything she can get her hands on. And, football! She loves watching football and going to games. It’s one of her favorite ways to unwind. She dislikes the super-hot temperatures in her city and exercise. She hates to exercise but somehow her sister still gets her to do it every day. She also thinks it’s completely awkward talking about herself in third person. Ember loves connecting with readers so don’t be afraid to stalk her and drop her a line on social media.


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Monday, April 23, 2018

Book Blast for Come Back To Me by Trilina Pucci (GIVEAWAY)


It’s an erotically-charged journey to be found amongst the pages as a woman struggles with her past to find a future.  Keep reading to get a tempting taste of Come Back To Me by Trilina Pucci, get captivated by the unexpected twists and turns, then discover even more by visiting the other sites hosting this tour.  In honor of this first installment in the Forever duet series make sure to fill out the form below for the chance to win a prize pack from the author containing all sorts of goodies too!

Mia West is drawn to Cole Parker and she doesn't know why but each time he is around, she can't stop the pull, drawing her into dark secrets and closer to her past. Will she put the pieces of her life back together or just end up in his bed?
When she meets Jack, it's clear he wants Mia as his own but knows that to keep her means he has to keep her away from Cole. She wants to feel the spark with Jack but something keeps holding her back. Is it Cole or is there more to Jack than meets the eye?
When her past and present intersect, both men will give her reasons to run, the question is...whose arms will she run into.
Come Back to Me is the first book in the Forever series duet. The finale, Forever with Me, releases in June.

EXCERPT:

“You have a little bit… right, here.” He uses his thumb to brush a spot of chocolate sauce from my lips. The heat from his thumb on my mouth spreads through my body and right to my center. Before I can help myself, the tip of my tongue licks the pad of his thumb. It happens so fast, but it’s as if we are suspended in time. I watch his eyes, suddenly nervous and yet not at all, and a low growl emerges from the back of his throat. He pulls away quickly, not wanting to call attention to us. All I can think of is that I want to suck on that thumb, just as a preview of what else I can do to him!


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AUTHOR INFO:

Trilina is an author, wife, and mama to three rowdy kiddos. When she isn't making grilled cheese sandwiches, she can be found writing saucy novels that titillate and excite her readers.



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Book Tour for Fallen Ink by Carrie Ann Ryan (Review)

The journey from friends to lovers is an emotionally intense one when danger intrudes, leaving not only hearts on the line but also a family’s business.  Keep reading to get a tempting taste of Fallen Ink by Carrie Ann Ryan, along with my impressions of it, then add this first installment in the Montgomery Ink: Colorado Springs series to your bookshelf.

The Montgomery Ink series continues with a spin-off in Colorado Springs, where a familiar Montgomery finds her place in a new tattoo shop, and in the arms of her best friend.
Adrienne Montgomery is finally living her dreams. She’s opened a tattoo shop with her brother, Shep, and two of her cousins from Denver and she’s ready to take the city by storm with her art—as long as she can handle the pressure. When her new neighbors decide her shop isn’t a great fit for the community, however, she’ll have to lean on the one person she didn’t expect to fall for along the way…her best friend.
Mace Knight takes pride in two things: his art and his daughter. He knows he’s taking a risk by starting over in a new shop with the Montgomerys, but the stakes are even higher when he finds himself wanting Adrienne more than he thought possible.
The two fall fast and hard but they know the rules; they can’t risk their friendship, no matter how hot it is between the sheets and how many people try to stand in their way.

EXCERPT:

Mace was making a fucking mistake, and he didn’t care. Adrienne tasted like sin and seduction, and he knew if he stopped kissing her, he’d let his mind wander to what the hell he was doing, and he’d fuck up everything even more. So, he kept kissing her.
And then he took it deeper. His fingers tangled in her hair, and she slid her hands up his chest, digging into his flesh. Their moans were lost in the wind and rain outside as it beat down on the bathroom window, and he couldn’t help but explore her mouth.
He’d thought about doing this countless times; thought about tasting her, having her. He’d imagined himself licking up her neck and down between her breasts before devouring her everywhere else. He’d thought about how she’d arch into him as he plunged into her, and they’d both come, panting and sweaty.
He’d thought about all of it because he’d been attracted to Addi from day one, but had never wanted to hurt their friendship. That was still the case because she was the most important adult in his life, the strongest relationship he had with another person besides Daisy.
So why was he still kissing her? Mace was about to pull back when she leaned in closer, her breasts pressing into his chest.
And when her hands slid around to his back to cling to him, he knew there would be no getting out of this mistake just then.
They’d deal with the consequences later because that’s what they did. They were strong enough to deal with anything, and right then, all he wanted to do was bury himself inside his best friend and never stop.
So, he didn’t.


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MY IMPRESSIONS OF THIS BOOK:

Throughout her writings Ms. Ryan has crafted a delightful family in the Montgomerys and with this series starter readers get introduced to another part of the family tree.  With this release Adrienne and Shep Montgomery have set up a new tattoo parlor that serves as the meeting place for a new set of compelling heroes and heroines that remind us of the importance of family. Along with its erotically-charged romance of friends to lovers readers will be kept on the edge of their seats by the danger to Adrienne’s heart as well as the danger befalling their new business.

Adrienne’s a strong-willed woman focused on opening her family’s new tattoo parlor, a heroine who’s creative and tells it like it is.  She’s also a woman who inspires loyalty from those she calls family along with her close knit friends who rally around her when someone starts targeting her business.  Along with the strong familial ties, it’s her friendship with Mace that she’s come to count on most.  He’s always been there for her, an attraction that she’s buried for years for fear of ruining their friendship.  One night changes everything though and after one taste of their sensual connection she’s addicted.  From that moment on she’s all in when it comes to their feelings and the future, but it’s a rocky road to HEA courtesy of his fears and the danger creeping ever closer to her. On a whole Adrienne’s a likable part of this story.  I enjoyed her interactions with her friends and family, enjoyed their unconditional support of one another, and cheered her on as she stood up for herself against Mace and the villain seeking to harm her and her business.  Though I wish readers had gotten deeper insight into her character, the parts we got to see of her were immensely likable and made her easy to relate to.

Mace Knight is an older hero who’s been put through the emotional wringer by his ex and her machinations over custody of their child.  It’s left him doubting his heart and desperate to do right by his daughter.  When his ex leaves the country for a job opportunity he’s finally given the chance to be a full-time dad. Though it’s a dream come true it comes at a bad time as his feelings for his best friend have suddenly taken a more erotic turn.  He’s left trying to balance being a dad with being a lover and though it starts off good things soon fall apart. Mace is a super sexy hero with a talent for dirty talk.  He and Adrienne have a strong connection from the start so their quick transition to something more felt believable.  What frustrated me though was that the majority of their interactions as a couple were based on sex.  That’s not to say that their sexual interludes weren’t satisfying, just that we didn’t get to see them interacting as a couple out in the world.  Though Adrienne’s committed to them being a couple Mace never seemed as sure.  It felt like he was just waiting for something to go wrong with his decision to end things based on a silly reaction to fear.  Though his groveling to Adrienne was well done I wish she’d made him suffer longer as his doubts over their feelings had me feeling vindictive.

This was a quick yet entertaining read with numerous threads left dangling with others slightly tied off.  Though the friends to lovers romance between Adrienne and Mace is what drew me to this story, there was plenty of other storylines to catch my attention...almost too many.  Adrienne and Mace are a combustible couple, supportive as friends and teeming with eroticism as lovers.  Theirs is a romance dealing with his baggage over the past which left me frustrated, while the lack of time given to them also took away from my enjoyment of their fun and flirty banter.  On a whole I wish more time had been spent with them as the theme of friends to lovers is a favorite of mine and their early connection held such compelling promise.  The mystery surrounding who’s hurting her business felt a bit tacked on too, a bit of a distraction, but Adrienne’s defense of herself had me cheering in a highlight of this story.  Balanced alongside the burgeoning romance of these two friends are the updates of previous characters as well as intriguing temptations of what’s to come for other characters.  I’m particularly looking forward to Thea and Dimitri.  Ultimately this is a good story with much to recommend it and fans of the friends to lovers theme will be left satisfied as we all wait for the next installment in this series.

My rating for this is a C+/B-

*I got this book from the author for review in exchange for my honest opinion.

AUTHOR INFO:

Carrie Ann Ryan is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of contemporary and paranormal romance. Her works include the Montgomery Ink, Redwood Pack, Talon Pack, and Gallagher Brothers series, which have sold over 2.0 million books worldwide. She started writing while in graduate school for her advanced degree in chemistry and hasn’t stopped since. Carrie Ann has written over fifty novels and novellas with more in the works. When she’s not writing about bearded tattooed men or alpha wolves that need to find their mates, she’s reading as much as she can and exploring the world of baking and gourmet cooking.

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Saturday, April 21, 2018

Book Tour for Love Again by Kelly Elliott (REVIEW)


It’s love in a small town, a romance that’s sweet and sexy, that will pull readers in as an older woman gives into the tempting younger friend of her brother.  Keep reading to get a tempting taste of Love Again by Kelly Elliott, along with my impressions of it, then add this fourth installment in the Cowboys & Angels series to your bookshelf.

Jonathon Turner is going to be the death of me.
Maybe not the death of me…but my panties for sure! They seem to disintegrate the moment he touches me. Looks at me. Smiles at me. Talks to me.
It’s more than physical. He’s breaking through an impenetrable wall.
There’s a problem though—he’s younger than me.
Six. Years. Younger.
Let’s not forget he’s also one of my brother’s best friends.
Oh, the other problem I forgot to mention...
I never wanted to fall in love again.
But you know what they say….never say never.

EXCERPT:

I didn’t hear a word that the interior designer was saying. I was focused on the way Jonathon looked in those Wranglers. And his boots. And the freaking black cowboy hat that made his grey eyes stand out. I swallowed hard.
Jesus…could this guy get any hotter?
Jonathon caught my stare from across the room. When he smiled my panties nearly disintegrated. The man had never even touched me, and yet one look from him and I was damn near panting.
Yes, he could get hotter. Christ Almighty.
Before I could stop myself, my tongue ran over my dry lips. Jonathon’s brows rose and his boyishly handsome smile turned into a sexy-as-hell grin. When his eyes smoldered, my breath hitched.
I wiped my brow. Shit, is it hot in here?
Jonathon knew where my dirty little mind had taken me, and I was pretty damn sure his was going in the same direction. I closed my eyes and tried not to picture anything sexy, but failed. Me…up against the wall with him buried deep inside me, giving me a long overdue orgasm.
“Waylynn? Waylynn?” Ann’s voice pulled me from my naughty thoughts.
Popping my eyes open, I cleared my throat. “What? Huh?”
With a sweet smile, Ann repeated the question I had totally tuned out.
“The color scheme. Are you good with it?”
I frowned. What in the heck was she talking about? Color scheme? “Umm.”
The young woman waited patiently, while I stood there with my mouth open like an idiot.
“Color scheme?” I asked with a slight smile.
Ann laughed. “Did you even hear a word I said?”
My eyes darted to Jonathon. He was leaning against a desk in the middle of the room. It was the only piece of furniture that had been left by the previous owners of this space. His arms were now crossed over his massive chest, and he wore a shit-eating grin. Did the man know how freaking handsome he was? That sex appeal dripped off of him?
He winked, and I had to lock my knees to keep from falling.
Bastard.
He knew exactly where my mind had gone, because his was there as well.
Turning back to the interior decorator, I replied, “I’m so sorry. Jonathon was distracting me.”
One quick glance back and Jonathon’s smile vanished, replaced by a shocked expression. “Me?” he asked.
I nodded. “Yes. You.”
Ann was now staring at Jonathon. I could see by the look in her eyes and the way she chewed her lip that she was having similar thoughts. It was obvious by the way she was trying not to look in his direction while she talked. She was probably the same age as he was, and that pissed me off. Then again, I had to remind myself that Jonathon hadn’t been staring at Ann. He’d been staring at me.
“What did I do?” Jonathon asked.
I wanted to say that his hotness was making my panties wet, and the throbbing between my legs was making it hard to think, but I decided it was best to avoid the truth.
“That desk you’re leaning on. I keep wondering why the previous owner left it?”
Jonathon looked down at the desk as Ann asked, “Do you want to keep the desk? It would be beautiful refinished.”
I shrugged. “I’m not sure.”
Jonathon walked around it. “I’m sure we could put this to good use. I can come up with an idea or two.”
His head lifted and his eyes caught mine. I swore they turned as dark as the night sky. I swallowed, trying to ignore the pulse between my legs.


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MY IMPRESSIONS OF THIS BOOK:

It’s a story teeming with soap opera events when an older woman starts a relationship with her brother’s younger friend.  Issues revolving around their age difference and the inability to get pregnant are balanced with a sweet and sexy romance whose future seemed uncertain at times but which kept me fully immersed until the very end.  It’s a story that frustrated me, brought a tear to my eye, but ultimately left my heart warmed for its strong sense of family.

Waylynn Parker’s life didn’t go as she planned it to with her recent divorce and fears over never having the chance to have a child of her own.  The only good thing going for her is the building of her dance studio, which has been extra enjoyable because of the sexy contractor who’s her brother’s best friend.  Being around him has given her hours of mental fantasies along with a much-needed boost to her ego.  Though she tries to fight her attraction, citing their age difference and pregnancy concerns repeatedly, they’re just meant to be. Throughout their rocky road to HEA there’s tons of angst and unnecessary roadblocks that felt emotionally manipulative at times.  Waylynn too is a character that left me conflicted for her tendency to jump to conclusions and assume the worst.  She was a strong-willed person though in so many other ways, protective of family and loyal to those friends she calls family.  She was quick to stand up for her brothers, which had me cheering, while questioning Jonathon’s unwavering dedication to her left me disappointed.  Her actions marred my enjoyment of this story overall, but with a cast of so many other appealing characters I found myself glued to the pages.

Jonathon Turner has always felt an attraction to Waylynn and is more than ready to step up and claim her the moment her divorce is finalized.  He knows there will be roadblocks courtesy of her overprotective brothers, one of who is his best friend, and some people’s judgments over their age difference.  He doesn’t care though and wants to quickly claim her in front of everyone which endeared him to me.  While she wanted to keep him her dirty little secret he stood proudly beside her.  Throughout this story Jonathon’s utterly perfect. Every word and deed shows her how much he desires her and how little he cares about the melodramatic roadblocks that get thrown into their journey.  He supports her wholeheartedly through every emotional high and low, despite the hurtful words she tosses his way.  From the first page to last he’s the quintessential book boyfriend and a highlight of this story.

As the fourth installment in the Cowboys and Angels series readers have come to call these characters family.  We’ve laughed and cried with them and in this book there’s plenty more tears and heartwarming interactions to be found.  With a nearly perfect hero, readers will be left frustrated by a heroine who’s determined to be miserable.  Her quick judgments and assumptions almost ruined her HEA, but luckily her supportive family pointed out how wrong she was before she hurt Jonathon much more.  It’s family that drives this story, keeps readers immersed, and they’re a colorful and entertaining group.  From heartwarming couples to sweet and sexy singles readers have fallen in love with these characters and have much to look forward to while waiting for the next installment to hit bookshelves.

My rating for this is a B-

*I got this book from the author for review in exchange for my honest opinion.

AUTHOR INFO:

Kelly Elliott is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling contemporary romance author. Since finishing her bestselling Wanted series, Kelly continues to spread her wings while remaining true to her roots and giving readers stories rich with hot protective men, strong women and beautiful surroundings.
Her bestselling works include, Wanted, Broken, Without You, and Unconditional Love, to name just a few.
Kelly has been passionate about writing since she was fifteen. After years of filling journals with stories, she finally followed her dream and published her first novel, Wanted, in November of 2012.
Kelly lives in central Texas with her husband, daughter, and two pups. When she’s not writing, Kelly enjoys reading and spending time with her family. She is down to earth and very in touch with her readers, both on social media and at signings.

Friday, April 20, 2018

Book Tour for Chaser by Kylie Scott (REVIEW)


Readers will find themselves charmed by this tale of a fun-loving playboy who discovers he wants more than friendship from the single, pregnant woman next door.  In a tale that’s fun and flirty readers will fall in love with the immensely likable main couple while getting my impressions of their delightful romance.  So keep reading to get a tempting taste of Chaser by Kylie Scott, then add this third installment in the Dive Bar series to your bookshelf!

Given his well-earned bad boy reputation, Eric is having a tough time scoring.. When single Jean moves to town, she seems heaven sent by the sex gods. Only problem is, she not only wants nothing to do with him, but it turns out that she’s pregnant.
Starting over in a small town, Jean is determined to turn her wild lifestyle around and be the kind of mother she always wished she’d had. Since local bar owner and all round hottie, Eric Collins, is now determined to steer clear of her pregnant self, it should be easy. When she goes into labour during a snow storm and her car slides on some ice, it’s Eric who comes to the rescue.
There seems to be a bond between them now, but is it enough? And can Eric give up his manwhore ways to be the man Jean needs?

EXCERPT:

I’d been tricked. Betrayed.
After Andre and Jean ate their lunch, we headed outside to deal with her stuff. The cold wind suited my mood to perfection.
Talk about disappointed.
“Don’t lift that, it looks heavy,” I snapped.
Jean blinked. “It’s a pillow.”
“The world’s largest pillow ever. You can’t be too careful.” My gaze roamed over her swollen middle. “You’re...”
“Pregnant?” she asked with a voice dripping poison and sugar.
“Are you having trouble with the concept?”
“Absolutely not. I was just going to say huge, that’s all.”
She blew out an exasperated breath. “Thanks, Eric. That makes me feel so much better.”
“I just...”
“Don’t bother.” The woman turned back to her sensible, medium-sized SUV and got busy riffling through the contents. I was surprised she’d been able to squeeze into the driver’s seat.
Boxes and stuff took up almost every inch inside the vehicle. Each and every box seemed to have been neatly labeled with the contents.
The woman took her organization seriously. She looked over her shoulder. “You know, I can’t help noticing that Eric-the-smooth-moving-flirt has been suddenly replaced by Eric-the-awkward-jerk.”
“Well, you said you were single.” I folded my arms defensively across my chest.
“I am.”
And then there was an awkward silence.
“Yeah, but . . . I mean, in your condition . . .” I fumbled to a halt.
She turned, face all scrunched up. Like I was the one with the problem.
“Just hop out of the way so I can grab some boxes,” I said, voice gruff.
Still nothing from her. “It’s a second-story walk-up and you have a lot of stuff to get up there. You should be taking it easy.” Hands on hips, I tapped my black leather boot against the sidewalk, waiting her out. “Jean, I’m not trying to insult you. It’s the truth.”
She swore quietly, going back to fussing with the contents in the vehicle. I don’t think any woman has ever given me the silent treatment quite this quickly. Usually I’m good for at least a couple of hours after seeing them naked.
Man, I still couldn’t believe this was happening. God hated me or something. Pregnant women and me were enema. Anathema. Whatever. Now that I’d seen her out in the autumn light, however, she looked younger than I’d first guessed. Despite her tired eyes, her skin was smooth, soft looking. She was likely closer to her early twenties than mid.
“How old are you?” I asked.
“Why do you care?”
I shrugged one shoulder. “Just curious.”
“How old are you?”
“Nearly thirty.”
She sniffed. “I’m twenty-two.”
Young, like I’d thought. She was probably too immature for me, anyway.
“Come on, Jean. Let me get some of the boxes.”
Boyd ambled out of the Dive Bar, turning his head this way and that, looking up and down the street. I raised my hand and he started over in our direction. The big cook would make short work out of moving all this stuff. Behind us, Andre and Nell came out of the tenants’ entrance to the Bird Building. The place was a big brick building about a hundred years old. Just past the door was an entryway with stairs leading up to the second floor, followed by two empty shops, their windows covered in flyers about local events. Concerts and parades and shit. They’d been vacant for a while, unfortunately. Andre’s Guitar Den came next, then Pat’s tattoo parlor Inkaho, and the Dive Bar on the corner.
“Everything’s good to go. Alex and I gave it a cleaning last week just to be sure,” said Nell, smacking a kiss on Jean’s cheek.
“You’ll meet Alex later. She’s probably busy working or something now. She’s sort of a shut-in.”
“You two didn’t have to do that,” said Jean. “Thank you.”
“Anytime.”
Andre leaned against the SUV. “Your furniture got delivered yesterday too, so it’s all good to go.”
“Excellent,” said Jean. “I can’t wait to sleep in a decent bed again. Road trips when you’re seven months’ pregnant kind of suck.”
“I bet.”
“Who’s minding the kitchen?” I asked.
“Lydia will text Boyd if they need something,” said Nell.
“We’re only going to be a few feet away from the place.”
I frowned.
“I own the kitchen, Eric. Not you,” she said. “You’re in charge of the bar, that’s all.”
One of Jean’s eyebrows inched up slightly. So I might have implied that I was the sole owner. Shit happened.
I crossed my arms. “Fine. No need to bite my head off.”
“My best online friend just moved to town. We’ve been texting and skyping for months. She’s been an absolute rock for me through all the nerves of being pregnant again,” said Nell. “Stop messing with my happy.”
And then there was an awkward silence. Great. If only there was some way to get out of helping without looking like a raging asshole. The possibility of anything happening between me and Jean had been buried six feet deep, never to be spoken of again.


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MY IMPRESSIONS OF THIS BOOK:

Readers pull up a chair and join in on the flirtiness and fun of the Dive Bar in this charming romance of friends to lovers.  Be reintroduced to the friends and family who’ve become a family to readers too as they all put in their two cents as playboy Eric finds himself attracted to his unwed, pregnant neighbor. Preconceived notions, jealousy, and unexpected feelings are soon on the menu as both of them struggle with their ever-intensifying connection which will keep readers grinning with each turn of the page.

Eric Collins has always been seen as the carefree playboy, the good dresser who enjoys the ladies.  The last year though, a year that saw the woman he impregnated lose their child, has made him a bit more introspective and longing to be seen differently.  The moment he meets his new neighbor Jean is the chance to forge a new path and it’s a journey that brought out a new and charming side to the formerly egotistical player.  It’s a journey that was full of sweet interactions and heartwarming friendship that soon teemed with sensuality.  Through it all I fell for Eric even more as he truly became a man, a man worthy of HEA that I was rooting for every step of the way.  When readers first met Eric he was like a little boy, good for a laugh and uninterested in obligations.  His family saw him as the likable screw-up, but with the pregnancy of his friend Nell, something shifted within him.  The loss of their baby was hard on Nell but hard too on Eric as it was the first thing he started taking seriously. Being around Jean gives him a second chance and he makes the most of it, fully immersing himself in taking care of a baby while becoming equally invested in Jean as a friend and a lover.  His interactions with baby Ada were heartwarming and though he started out feeling insecure he became a pro with his handling of her making him even sexier.  He was supportive to Jean when she needed help most, taking pride in being the one she called on and it made their friends to lovers connection even richer and more rewarding.  Eric’s journey was a delightful one and the highlight of this story that had me often grinning...when I wasn’t blushing.

Jean’s the girl who always did what her parents wanted, always toed the line and did the expected.  With her decision to keep her baby from a one-night stand though, she’s disappointed her parents for the first time and is left on her own to start over hundreds of miles away.  Jean’s full of preconceived notions about Eric, courtesy of Nell, the moment she meets him but never holds it against him.  That’s the likable thing about her, she’s kindhearted and non-judgmental.  Her early interactions with Eric are as friends, playful and supportive, but soon turn sensual.  It’s an easy transition, one that felt natural and oh so right.  Once she and Eric became lovers she became his champion, standing up for him whenever Nell put him down and subtly nourishing his desire to be a better man.  She’s an admirable heroine who knew what she wanted out of life and went for it wholeheartedly.

This was an entertaining story full of charm and sexiness.  There was an easy vibe to the journey Eric and Jean took.  Though I wish they hadn’t taken things quite so slowly the fireworks between them were well worth the wait.  I don’t normally care for children in romances, but Ada was a joy.  She brought out a delicious side to Eric, gave readers a more mature view of him, and their scenes together brought a smile to my face.  The three of them made a wonderful yet unexpected family, gave Eric a glimpse of the HEA he could have if he just had faith in himself.  A lot of his insecurities are courtesy of Nell, who I found to be rather unlikable, and throughout this story she didn’t hold back in her petty condemnations.  Whenever she came on the scene I actually cringed which bummed me out as I was caught in an Eric haze.  Despite my anger at Nell this story is full of other supportive and endearing characters who won me over.  I especially enjoyed Ms. Scott entwining characters from her Stage Dive series into the action here as it expanded the familial connections.  From the first page to the last this is a story that cocooned me in its warmth, a warmth created by the delicious Eric who became the quintessential book boyfriend.  The more committed he became to Jean and Ada the more I fell in love with him and wished for real life men to be more like him.  Readers looking for a heartwarming romance with erotically-charged encounters will get all that and more with this dreamy tale that put a permanent grin on my face.

My rating for this is an B+

*I got this book from NetGalley for review in exchange for my honest opinion.

AUTHOR INFO:

Kylie is a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author. She was voted Australian Romance Writer of the year, 2013 & 2014, by the Australian Romance Writer’s Association and her books have been translated into eleven different languages. She is a long time fan of romance, rock music, and B-grade horror films. Based in Queensland, Australia with her two children and husband, she reads, writes and never dithers around on the internet.