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a dream life, complete with their beloved, precocious daughter. But owning and
running a restaurant is not for the faint of heart, and Elle quickly becomes
laser-focused and obsessed, while Ross spends his days consulting, or
concocting new beers on his pilot system—and wondering why she won’t agree to
set a date for their wedding. When their restaurant—named “Komfort” for its
focus on the comfort foods of various cultures—is featured on a nationally
televised tour of hot new eateries, its popularity shoots into the
stratosphere, and Elle’s stress level reaches a breaking point.
ill-considered ultimatum: the restaurant or him. Stunned when she refuses to
consider such a ridiculous demand, he’s forced to come to terms with his own
selfish tendencies. Hoping to repair the damage he’s done, he concocts a new
beer inspired by her, using a recipe for a classic German-style Kölch. He
crafts the final product using a special ingredient designed to catch Elle’s
attention. It does. But not necessarily the way he’d planned.
Ross’s and Elle’s complex personalities as they make their sexy way toward
happily ever after—with the help of a very special brew.
The job was a hell of a lot more than she’d bargained for—although to be fair, she had been warned by plenty of people familiar with its daily grind. The mornings were her favorite time here. The kitchen sparkling from the night’s cleaning, the tables bare, the chairs flipped over on top of them. The place still held a bit of mustiness from its many years sitting empty but they were overwhelming that with nearly three years’ worth of their own odors—drywall, paint, floor refinishing, which were all subsumed by the daily fact of food being prepared, served and eaten.
She and Ross had built this. It was theirs. And yet, now it was more ‘hers’ and a lot less ‘his’. She understood his need to get back to brewing and supported it but she missed his daily presence, supporting her, in ways she’d never thought she would.
She moved over to the secondhand couch, used by her and countless others for cat naps during down times, and closed her burning eyes, marveling at what a relief it was not to be looking at lists, recipes and spreadsheets.
Just for a minute. Just a quick rest.
She fell into a light sleep within seconds, dropping into an odd half dream-state, where she could still hear the prep staff talking, laughing, slamming things around. Music suffused her drifting brain, matching whatever had been dialed up on the streaming service behind her.
She felt Ross’ arms around her, cradling her, his lips at her ear, crooning to her in his country-boy German accent. As she relaxed in his embrace, he kissed her, sending a sharp spike of lust down her spine. Dream-Ross undressed her gently, stroking every inch of skin he exposed, following that with his lips, tongue and teeth. She shivered and reached for him, wanting more of him. Wanting all of him.
But now he was frowning at her, withdrawing. His mouth moved but she couldn’t hear his words. He was making that crazy-ass ultimatum again. They were fighting. Anger swirled around and between them, poisoning the pleasant eroticism of the moment before. It wasn’t as if they’d never fought. It was more like these arguments held an edge of real frustration as opposed to brief or imagined aggravation. She hated it. She hated herself for being so short, so tired all the time, so obsessed, as he liked to put it, by the damn restaurant.
“But it was your god damned idea, Hoffman,” she reminded him in her dream. “What do you think? I’d just open it and waltz away from the thing, letting it run itself?”
“No,” he said, his voice low, tight with unhappiness. “That’s not what I think.”
“Then what do you suggest? I mean, I’m sorry if you’re feeling neglected. But I can’t take my eyes off this. I can’t. You understood, once upon a time, but all of a sudden you’re being a total child about it.”
Dream-Ross reached for her, tugged her close, their naked skin warm as they wrapped themselves around each other and fell into their bed. “I want to get married, Elisa,” he demanded when she straddled his hips and eased herself down his long, thick shaft with a sigh. “I want that one simple thing. Why won’t you give that to me?” His deep blue eyes were wide, his breathing shallow. She rolled her hips in silence, giving them the friction they both sought. “God damn it.” He yanked her down. The ropey strands of her dreadlocks curtained them when he jammed his tongue into her mouth, before rolling them so he was on top, the way he preferred to come, buried deep inside her.
She reached back and grasped the headboard, lifting her lower body up, wanting him deeper, groaning as she came in a glorious burst of energy at the same moment she felt him join her, releasing into her with a hoarse cry of pleasure. This was her man, her Ross, her life. It was all she wanted, nothing more. She opened her eyes and pressed her hand to the tight, red curls of his beard. “I love you,” she said in a whisper.
He frowned. “Then marry me. Today. Tomorrow. This weekend. I’m sick of waiting.” She opened her mouth to say “yes, anything you want. Just please never leave me.”
Someone was shaking her shoulder, yanking her out of the half-dream, half-memory. She hadn’t been able to say “yes” that night, either. She’d been so overwhelmed at the thought of planning a wedding she’d started crying, so he’d held her until they’d both fallen asleep, still skin-to-skin, sweaty and sticky. The next morning they’d had their first massive, ugly fight. And that had been, what, a month ago now? It felt like a million years, but also just yesterday.
expert, and soccer fan, Liz Crowe is a Kentucky native and graduate of the
University of Louisville currently living in Ann Arbor. She has decades of
experience in sales and fund raising, plus an eight-year stint as a
three-continent, ex-pat trailing spouse.
“Romance: Worth the Risk,” which has gained thousands of fans and followers
interested less in the “HEA” and more in the “WHA” (“What Happens After?”).
successful real estate offices and at times in exotic locales like Istanbul,
Turkey, her books are unique and told with a fresh voice. The Liz Crowe
backlist has something for any reader seeking complex storylines with humor and
complete casts of characters that will delight, frustrate and linger in the
imagination long after the book is finished.
Drama. DRAMA. D.R.A.M.A. Angst and drama tend to go hand in hand with second chance romances. Sharla Lovelace balances her stories with levity, sexiness and heart, bringing out all the feels. Lucky Charmed is a story about deep but young love that was crushed when Sully left Carmen behind to continue with his traveling carnival life without a word.
Charmed, Texas is friendly with its small town charm, a vast bee population and honey production. But Carmen Frost hates honey and the townsfolk aren’t so affable towards her. The latter because she divorced the town’s golden boy who she never truly gave her heart to. Prematurely relieved that the Lucky Hart carnival isn’t passing through town, she finds out its previous owner and the boy who stole her heart is moving into town. Reviving her dreams of traveling without a destination, Carmen Frost cannot get out of there fast enough. Because imminent encounter with the older, sexier, more mature version of Sully Hart will surely open up old wounds that never really healed and dig up unsettling emotions she doesn’t want to feel.
Tired of life as a traveler, going from one place to another, without roots and traditions Sully is ready to buy a house, settle down, plant flower beds and a woman to share it with. But the girl who took his heart over a decade ago wants just the opposite and there’s also the fact that he broke her heart all those years ago. There’s still hope though because the connection between them is still there, proven by the fact that no matter how much they push each other, they can’t seem to get their desire for one another in check. Can they get over their past to hope for a future together?
I love small town backdrops where the sense of community is heightened, and having everybody know everyone else adds complexity to the story with its quirky characters and unpredictable shenanigans. But I loved Lucky Charmed because it has a combination of elements that made it worth reading. The writing is fantastic, the characters are appealing and maddening in the best way and the love story is steeped with emotion. It’s a second chance story about love lost. About feeling discarded and having to continue on with life. It’s about facing your past and having the mettle to forgive and take a chance in love.
The attraction that instantly revived the moment they lay eyes on each other got my pulse quickening with angst and delight. The story builds on their tension moving their relationship forward while I frantically flipped pages.
Sully and Carmen met one summer while the carnival was in town. Seventeen year old Carmen’s wanderlust rapidly fell for Sully’s nineteen year old world travel confidence. And even if they were young, the loved each other zealously to the point of rashness. When the carnival left, she’d leave with him. But when the day came, Sully left without a word or a note. He came back each year with the carnival though. But the damage and pain he’d caused forced her to move on until he decided to come back and stay for good.
No matter how much time had passed nor the remaining heartbreak, the strength of their feelings had not diminished. The lust and love right along with the hurt and pain. But there are many factors at play now and in their past. I won’t spoil you though because every emotionally charged and drama filled page in this book should be enjoyed from start to happy ending.
Lucky Charmed is book #2 in the Charmed in Texas series by author Sharla Lovelace. It is a standalone contemporary romance with a great balance between humor, antagonism, steaminess, and heartfelt emotions. It is told from the heroine’s point of view with a happy ending.
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* I was given an ARC of this book courtesy of the author via NetGalley. The excerpts are from that copy. *
You might consider this an office romance of sorts. I would classify this as a hooking page-turner, that’s sexy, original and touching. Vi Keeland comes through with yet another appealingly clever story balanced by heartening moments full of feels.
The first time Rachel Martin saw him, assuming the man her BFF broadly pointed out had lied about his marital status, Rachel pulled no punches letting him know what she thought of his slimeball @$$ no matter how sexy his smirk was. As it turned out though, her inebriated friend had the wrong guy. Thinking she’d never see the striking stranger again, Rachel leaves without an apology.
“It was him.
It was really him.
I was royally screwed.”
As luck or destiny or something in the vicinity would have it, Rachel locked eyes with him the very next day. When she arrived to class. Taught by the absurdly punctual Professor Caine West. Late. Where she’d be his new teaching assistant for the next four months. Things could not get any worse, or could they?
After that class, they formally introduce themselves and the spark flying chemistry between skyrockets. Their push-pull was feisty, full of innuendo and sometimes flat out hot. Rachel loved pushing all his buttons trying to break his control, and he pushed her right back, up against a wall or desk.
But there was so much more to them than sizzling attraction, they also had an easy rapport and things in common that helped form a deeper bond between them, like their love for music and the fact that addiction close to them had a hand in shaping their lives.
“He shook his head and continued reading, but I caught the corner of his lip twitch. Why did I love that lip twitch? It felt like a little reward of some sort.”
Vi Keeland creates the best heroes who are easy to fall in love with. Beneath Caine’s sexy arrogance lives an observant, thoughtful, caring, alpha male who carries too much misplaced guilt. Caine didn’t nickname his TA Feisty for nothing. Rachel has quick, sharp tongue and isn’t afraid to use it. Preferably with Caine. I loved their text exchanges, I loved how Caine took care of her, how he got jealous, I loved watching them fight, grow closer together, give in to temptation and finally fall in love.
“You’re that song. I don’t know any of the words, but the tune is so damn familiar.”
I always have a good time reading Vi Keeland’s stories. They’re written with a smooth, easy to read pace.
Beautiful Mistake made me smile, laugh, fan myself with Caine’s deliciously dirty mouth and swoon from start to finish with its fascinating characters and beautifully sweet plot with a twist that cemented their fate even though they had to face a lot of bumps to get there.
“The connection between us had been there from our first meeting—a spark we could step on a try to extinguish or blow on to fan the flame.”
Beautiful Mistake is a standalone contemporary romance, written by Vi Keeland. This is a perfect summer read. It is told from both points of view with a happy ending.
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* I was given an ARC of this book courtesy of the author via InkSlinger. The excerpts taken are from that copy. *
by Whitney G.
Publication Date: July 13, 2017
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Today is officially the worst day of my life…
I woke up five hours late after a reckless one-night stand with the sexiest, cockiest, and most arrogant man I’ve ever met. (And this asshole actually left a note: “I think you were lying to me about being “experienced” last night. You orgasmed three times, and that was before we made it to your bedroom. I also find it hard to believe you “usually wear silk or lingerie.” Your drawers are all full of cotton granny panties–The best man you’ve ever fucked…)
My top two PR clients left me for my number one competitor, my roommate accidentally bleached my best suit, and my favorite coffee shop was shut down for “health concerns.”
Still, none of those things dimmed my excitement for what was supposed to be the best four o’clock signing session of my career. I was on the verge of signing the highest paying client in my company’s history, taking on a so-called “impossible” job that no publicist had been able to handle.
But at four o’clock, there was no athlete, television personality, or celebrity who showed up. Instead, that sexy, arrogant one-night stand stepped into my office with his familiar panty-wetting smirk and introduced himself as my new, cocky client…
About Whitney G.
Whitney G. is a twenty-eight-year-old optimist who is obsessed with travel, tea, and great coffee. She’s also a New York Times & USA Today bestselling author of several contemporary novels, and the cofounder of The Indie Tea–an inspirational blog for indie romance authors.
When she’s not chatting with readers on her Facebook Page, you can find her on her website at http://www.whitneygbooks.com or on instagram: @whitneyg.author. (If she’s not in either of those places, she’s probably locked away working on another crazy story.)
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Wicked Kiss by Rebecca Zanetti is as sexy and explosive as I know it would be. Extremely fun, action packed, smoking hot and completely engrossing. Tori, Adam and all the usual suspects we’ve come to love Control your attention from start to finish.
After being recruited by the DEA to help find the makers and distributors of the deadly Apollo drug, Victoria Monzelle’s world is turned upside-down when she finds out the world is a much bigger place following her kidnapping by the witch council. To avoid an unjust death sentence and buy some time, cold strategist and protector of the Coven Nine, Adam Dunne volunteers to mate her forever.
Tori doesn’t like being ordered around though, and she’s not about to trust a man who’s been hiding his colored fire abilities, no matter how attractive he is or how dangerous it is to be pursued by witches. Can Adam protect her from his world’s inner turmoil?
“You still haven’t told me why you left the cabin when I specifically told you to stay there.” Her chin dropped, and her eyebrows lifted, giving her the most smart-ass expression he’d ever seen. “I guess the simplest answer is that I don’t fucking take orders from you.”
They couldn’t be more different. She’s wild and carefree. He walks the straight and narrow and is ruled by duty. They literally come from different worlds, but when these two are in the vicinity sparks fly. Adam loses his control and feels alive around the fragile yet brave Tori. And Tori feels safe around him even when she’s never been able to trust anyone but her sister. They complement each other in the best ways and I loved watching their relationship turn from lust-hate to lust-love and oh boy was it lustful and passionate!!
“Victoria.” He allowed his voice to deepen to a threat most animals instinctively would catch. “I already spanked you once. Do you want another for good measure?”
Fans of the Real Enforcers and Dark Protectors series will enjoy every moment of this skillfully written novel. Witches, shifters, demons and vampires we’ve grown to love mix in with the main characters and overall series arc to make this a fun and exciting page turner.
Wicked Kiss is book #4 in the Real Enforcers series by Rebecca Zanetti. It is a standalone, paranormal romance. It’s action packed and deliciously sexy. Told from two points of view with a happy ending.
Amazon -> http://amzn.to/2sOrQBQ
* I was given an ARC of this book courtesy of the author via NetGalley. The excerpts taken are from that copy. *
Hollywood hath no fury like a woman scorned. In this fun, flirty second-chance romance from New York Times bestselling author Sawyer Bennett, an aspiring starlet reconnects with her first love.
“Sawyer Bennett never fails to deliver heroes I fall hard for and heroines I adore.”—Violet Duke
Eden Goodnight went to Los Angeles to make it big, not to be publicly humiliated by her cheating fiancé at a red-carpet premiere. But when Eden returns to her hometown to put the scandal behind her, she can barely find a sympathetic shoulder to cry on. Turns out the locals are worse than the paparazzi, and they all think she’s turned into a spoiled brat. But in a strange twist of fate, the one person who seems to understand what Eden’s going through is Cooper Mayfield . . . the boy she left behind.
Small-town charm is no match for the glitz and glamour of Hollywood. At least that’s what Coop’s been telling himself all these years. As Eden’s old flame—and the landscaper for her family’s historic home—Coop feels some responsibility for getting her out of her funk. But as soon as he sees that million-dollar smile, he’s a goner. Soon they’re making out like teenagers again. But when a life-changing role falls into Eden’s lap, Coop just hopes she doesn’t give up on a love that’s meant to be.
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Since the release of her debut contemporary romance novel, Off Sides, in January 2013, Sawyer Bennett has released more than 30 books and has been featured on both the USA Today and New York Times bestseller lists on multiple occasions.
A reformed trial lawyer from North Carolina, Sawyer uses real life experience to create relatable, sexy stories that appeal to a wide array of readers. From new adult to erotic contemporary romance, Sawyer writes something for just about everyone.
Sawyer likes her Bloody Marys strong, her martinis dirty, and her heroes a combination of the two. When not bringing fictional romance to life, Sawyer is a chauffeur, stylist, chef, maid, and personal assistant to a very active toddler, as well as full-time servant to two adorably naughty dogs. She believes in the good of others, and that a bad day can be cured with a great work-out, cake, or a combination of the two.