Sunday, April 30, 2017

2017 April Favorites

April gave us four really fantastic reads. Click the image to purchase or read our reviews to find out more.

Just Like That by Nicola Rendell

"But you know what? Funny is great but if a romantic comedy doesn't have heart, doesn't have give me the 'warm fuzzies' it fails, in my mind. Just Like That has such a great balance of humor and heart--as much as I laughed with these characters, I swooned at the fantastically sweet and romantic and alpha Russ and the equally sweet and charmingly adorable Penny. The way their romance grew from one night to one week to happily ever after added depth and sexiness to this lighthearted novel. " (From our review.)

Mister Romance by Leisa Rayven

"Mister Romance wasn't anything like I thought it would be and I suspect readers who've read more about male escorts than I have, it'll feel fresh. Not only does Leisa Rayven write something that is romantic, I've neglected to point out that she does so with a lot of humor and tenderness..." (From our Review.)


180 Seconds by Jessica Park

"I don't know enough to know if this was a hard novel to write, though I don't know how Jessica Park wrote this and emerged emotionally unscathed; but I do know that as tough as it was to read (emotion-wise), sometimes, it was worth every second of my time; I only wish I had more time with these characters because now their story is over. " (From our review.)

Before I Ever Met You by Karina Halle

"It's been a while since I've started and finished a full length novel in one day but I was completely captivated by Jackie and Will's story and I just could not put it down. " (From our review.)

As I sit here contemplating that another school year is coming to an end as I'm scheduling reviews all the way through August, I continue to marvel about the concept of time. Sometimes I feel like it moves at snail's pace but when I step back and look at how quickly it goes, I feel a little panicky, especially the older I get.  But enough of want to know what we're up to and things we're seeing in the blogging world.

 A few trends that are continuing to persist are:

  • the duology/trilogies that writers are putting out. So far, we've really enjoyed what's being produced and while we do find ourselves pondering the reasons behind this uptick, we're by no means complaining. 
  • the writing duos -- and again, we're the ones reaping the benefits here so keep on doing what you're doing!
  • the emphasis on athletes (keep those coming)
  • more and more diverse characters (LOVE this and want it not to be a "trend" but the norm)
  • the modernization of fairy tales (we've only read a few but we see more and more coming out)
  • single parents (yes!)
All in all, we love when writers change things up and give us something new to think about and read and we're looking forward to not only reading in our comfort zones but to explore what else is out there. May is looking like a promising reading month and we know we'll have quite a list of favorites for you! Until then, happy reading!

Friday, April 28, 2017

REVIEW: Mister Romance by Leisa Rayven


Shel: Mister Romance features a male escort in NYC and an investigative writer for a click bait news site and for some readers that may be all you need to know. You might think male escort + NYC, been there, done that ...or you might think male escort + NYC, those are my favorites! Or, you may be like me and realize you've a) never read a book about a male escort and b) the idea of a writer investigating who this guy is could be very interesting. Court: I have rarely read about this time of hero, so I was so in to figure out how Leisa Rayven was going to play this one. She is such an incredible writer, and I was floored by how things twisted and turned and threw predictability out the window. I was more nervous about the investigation and eventual fall out, but even still the ride was off the charts sexy and well...romantic!

Shel: What I realized early on is that my concept of what the man behind Mister Romance would be was way off--probably because I had similar preconceptions as our writer, Eden. I think I scoffed at the idea of this guy being as altruistic as he was made out to be, as did Eden. Turns out Mister Romance (Max) is pretty much as good, if not better, than either Eden (or I) expected and I don't think revealing that spoils anything because the more you read, the more you'll see that the conflict really resides more in Eden than anyone or anywhere else. Other than taking on roles for his dates, Max is ...Max. And god, what a swoon worthy book boyfriend he is--he says and does all the right things and yet has this undercurrent of mystery and angst that makes him interesting and intriguing.  Court: I *reallllly* enjoyed how she searched for him, investigated him...and how she eventually found him! Agghh. Such great storytelling. And the other players in this book...her Grandmother, Moby the Duck, Asha (Eden's sister) really made this so much more than a romantic comedy. The entire time I was I wish this was a movie. 

Shel: It's not just the pressure Eden receives from her boss that creates pressure and conflict for her to figure out who Max really is, it's her innate skepticism about relationships that creates her angst --and the major conflict of this novel. Despite the people who love her most constantly trying to show her the beauty of relationships and love, she resists and resists and resists--she's really quite stubborn. It's her resistance and her desire to believe the narrative she's lived by (that she doesn't want or need love and that love is a force of destruction) that drives her inability to trust or really even understand the unique situation Max has created for himself and his clients. It's also her resistance and Max's ability to see past it that creates the friction and spark--and boy do they spark when they're together. Their on page chemistry is strong and constant and when things finally begin to shift and change between Eden and Max, that spark becomes an explosion. Court: And boy was it a wild ride. Unexpectedly by the trope, but not unexpectedly from the writer I fell in love with these characters and really didn't move much from my spot after that until it was a finished book. If you need any other reason to read it, I don't think you'll be hard pressed to find a book for your weekend than this one that you will enjoy! 

Shel: Mister Romance wasn't anything like I thought it would be and I suspect readers who've read more about male escorts than I have, it'll feel fresh. Not only does Leisa Rayven write something that is romantic, I've neglected to point out that she does so with a lot of humor and tenderness and if I'm looking at the title right, it looks like we can expect another character in this series to get the Leisa Rayven treatment too. Court: I'm very excited about continuing in this world! That will be ah-mazing. I also think that readers will enjoy this one just because it is a slow burn through most of it. If you're worried about something distasteful in the world of sex don't be. It's not like that at all. It is really a fun book, with fun characters and since we're stuck in Eden's head the whole time - she is funny yet misguided in her quest to never let someone love her. She is so sure of herself in this way, and it was really fun seeing if her heart would give in before her brain. 


Max Riley is the man of your dreams. Or at least he will be, for a price. 

 As his alter-ego Mister Romance, Max is a drop-dead gorgeous escort who makes romantic fantasies come to life. No sex, just swoon-worthy dates to die for, and the cream of New York's socialites can't get enough.  Whether they want a dominating billionaire, bad boy with a heart of gold, hot geek, sexy biker, or best friend who loves them from afar, Max can make it all happen, but he's careful to keep his real identity a secret. 

Enter investigative journalist Eden Tate. Having caught wind of the urban legend of Mister Romance from a lovestruck client, Eden is determined to publish a scathing expose on Max and his ability to swindle lonely society women out of their fortunes. 

Desperate to protect his anonymity and his clients, Max challenges Eden to give him three dates. If she doesn't fall in love with him, she can run her story with his blessing. If she succumbs to his charms, the story dies. 

Cynical Eden has no doubt she can resist his fake romance personas, but when the real Max admits he’s falling for her, she has to decide if the professional liar is telling the truth, or if the passionate man with the mysterious past is just one more character designed to con her out of her career-making story. 

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COVER REVEAL: Royally Endowed by Emma Chase


Logan St. James is a smoldering, sexy beast. Sure, he can be a little broody at times—but Ellie Hammond’s willing to overlook that. Because, have you seen him??

Sexy. As. Hell.

And Ellie’s perky enough for both of them.

For years, she’s had a crush on the intense, protective royal security guard—but she doesn’t think he ever saw her, not really.

To Logan, Ellie was just part of the job—a relative of the royal family he’d sworn to protect. Now, at 22 years old and fresh out of college, she’s determined to put aside her X-rated dreams of pat-downs and pillow talk, and find a real life happily ever after.

The Queen of Wessco encourages Ellie to follow in her sister’s footsteps and settle down with a prince of her own. Or a duke, a marquis…a viscount would also do nicely.

But in the pursuit of a fairy tale ending, Ellie learns that the sweetest crushes can be the hardest to let go. *** Logan St. James grew up on the wrong side of the tracks, in a family on the wrong side of the law. But these days, he covers his tattoos and scars with a respectable suit. He’s handsome, loyal, brave, skilled with his hands and…other body parts.

Any woman would be proud to bring him home to her family.

But there’s only one woman he wants.

For years he’s watched over her, protected her, held her hair back when she was sick, taught her how to throw a punch, and spot a liar.

He dreams of her. Would lay down his life for her.

But beautiful Ellie Hammond’s off-limits.

Everybody knows the bodyguard rules: Never lose focus, never let them out of your sight, and never, ever fall in love.




 Emma Chase is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the hot and hilarious Tangled series and The Legal Briefs series. Emma lives in New Jersey with her husband, two children and two naughty (but really cute) dogs. She has a long-standing love/hate relationship with caffeine. WEBSITE | FACEBOOK | NEWSLETTER | TWITTER | GOODREADS | READER FAN GROUP

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

COVER REVEAL: A Girl Like Me by Ginger Scott

Check out this amazing cover for A GIRL LIKE ME by Ginger Scott! Readers have fallen in love with these characters!

A Girl Like Me by Ginger Scott
Book 2 in the Like Us Duet
A mature YA romance, and a little something more…
Release day: May 26

I’m not supposed to be here.

Death has come for me more than once, and each time it’s been a boy who’s
stood between me and my final breath.

I called him Christopher when he saved me as a child. When he came into my
life again, only months ago, I knew him as Wes. Just as he did the time
before, he disappeared the moment he made sure I was out of harm’s way; as
if I didn’t need any more saving.

This time, though, death left me with a reminder of how powerful it is. I
know it meant to strip me of my spirit again, but it failed.

Even so, I know I need Wes to survive. Our souls are woven together
somehow, our every breath in sync. I feel it, even though everyone says I

The world thinks he’s missing.
His loved ones don’t want to believe he’s dead.
Only I know just how special he is.

I’m going to find him and bring him home, where he belongs. Together,
we’ll face impossible—we’ll rewrite our ending.

And when the bad guys come calling, we will always win.


YA Contemporary Romance
Released on: March 3, 2017

About the Author:

Ginger Scott is an Amazon-bestselling and Goodreads Choice Award-nominated author of several young and new adult romances, including Waiting on the Sidelines, Going Long, Blindness, How We Deal With Gravity, This Is Falling, You and Everything After, The Girl I Was Before, Wild Reckless, Wicked Restless, In Your Dreams, The Hard Count, Hold My Breath, and A Boy Like You.

A sucker for a good romance, Ginger’s other passion is sports, and she often blends the two in her stories. (She’s also a sucker for a hot quarterback, catcher, pitcher, point guard…the list goes on.) Ginger has been writing and editing for newspapers, magazines and blogs for more than 15 years. She has told the stories of Olympians, politicians, actors, scientists, cowboys, criminals and towns. For more on her and her work, visit her website at

When she's not writing, the odds are high that she's somewhere near a baseball diamond, either watching her son field pop flies like Bryce Harper or cheering on her favorite baseball team, the Arizona Diamondbacks. Ginger lives in Arizona and is married to her college sweetheart whom she met at ASU (fork 'em, Devils).

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NEW: Preppy Part Three by T.M. Frazier


Preppy, Part Three: The Life and Death of Samuel Clearwater by T.M. Frazier is now LIVE!!!


Preppy, Part Three: The Life & Death of Samuel Clearwater by T.M. Frazier

Release Date: April 26th, 2017 Genre: Contemporary Romance

The bowtie is BACK!
Dre was just a beautiful stranger when Preppy saved her the first time around. Now, he has to save her again, but she's no longer some stranger, she's family, and he has no idea who or what he's up against.
What he does know is that putting his family back together is the only acceptable outcome.
Preppy's to-do list?
He's alive...and he's out for BLOOD.
Preppy Part Three is the third book and conclusion of Preppy and Dre's story. It's also the 7th book in the King Series, which should be read in order starting with KING & TYRANT.

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About the Author:

T.M.Frazier is a USA TODAY bestselling author. She resides in sunny Southwest Florida with her husband and her young daughter. When she’s not writing she loves talking to her readers, country music, reading and traveling. Her debut novel, The Dark Light of Day was published in September of 2013 and when she started writing it she intended for it to be a light beachy romance. Well…it has a beach in it! Her latest works include her USA TODAY BESTSELLING KING SERIES and All the Rage.


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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

REVIEW: 180 Seconds by Jessica Park

We're celebrating the release of 180 SECONDS by Jessica Park!

Title: 180 SECONDS
Age: NA
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Author: Jessica Park
Publisher: Skyscape
Release date: April 25, 2017


I honestly am so scattered right now.
Do I talk about how vividly Jessica Park wrote these characters and the scenes she created?
Do I talk about how emotional this novel was?
Do I talk about how this was a love story but not only in the ways one might think?
Do I talk about how much I loved the secondary characters and the premise for Esben?
Do I talk about how I've never met a Jessica Park book I didn't enjoy? 

Hmmm. Decisions, decisions.

I guess I can start with the how I was really not prepared for this novel. I only had a cursory glance at the synopsis because HELLO, IT'S A JESSICA PARK NOVEL and I knew I'd most likely enjoy it. But it wasn't just that I didn't know much about what would happen in this novel, it was that I was wholly unprepared for how within sentences I was totally sunk. I just fell into the words, the atmosphere, the characters, the emotions and I couldn't stop reading or thinking about the novel when I had to put it down. Of course that had everything to do with Jessica Park and her word sorcery--the way she crafted scenes and dialogue and locations created such vivid pictures; it's like I was in the book every step of the way. It's also the characters she created--Allison and Steffi were so special and interesting and infuriating and amazing; Esben and Simon were so compassionate and understanding and supportive and Kerry was perfectly placed in the places the novel needed her to be there (if that makes sense?). Obviously, I didn't stand a chance at resistance (and why would I want to); I was drowning in the book and I was totally okay with it--this novel was exactly what I needed and I didn't even know it.

Another thing I wasn't prepared for was how many tears this novel could create. I was just going along, getting to know these characters and BAM! the emotions just hit me. Then I'd recover and BAM! another powerful scene. And here's the sneaky part--sometimes they were sad tears but sometimes they were happy tears, damnit--so there was no way to predict the feels that were coming at me from all sides, they just kept coming. I loved the getting to know Allison and Esben and all the people who loved and supported them, those background stories made their characters, friendship and love story that much fuller and richer and believable. And even though Allison's story was the primary focal point, Esben never felt like a flat character; he was rounded out and dynamic on the page and I absolutely adored everything about him and Simon. I also appreciated how Jessica Park weaved in social media into the lives of all of these characters--it added a freshness to the story being told. 

I don't know enough to know if this was a hard novel to write, though I don't know how Jessica Park wrote this and emerged emotionally unscathed; but I do know that as tough as it was to read (emotion-wise), sometimes, it was worth every second of my time; I only wish I had more time with these characters because now their story is over. 

I enjoyed it so much that I'll be buying it for my school bookshelf and if that isn't high praise, I don't know what is.

Some people live their entire lives without changing their perspective. For Allison Dennis, all it takes is 180 seconds…

After a life spent bouncing from one foster home to the next, Allison is determined to keep others at arm’s length. Adopted at sixteen, she knows better than to believe in the permanence of anything. But as she begins her third year in college, she finds it increasingly difficult to disappear into the white noise pouring from her earbuds.

One unsuspecting afternoon, Allison is roped into a social experiment just off campus. Suddenly, she finds herself in front of a crowd, forced to interact with a complete stranger for 180 seconds. Neither she, nor Esben Baylor, the dreamy social media star seated opposite her, is prepared for the outcome.

When time is called, the intensity of the experience overwhelms Allison and Esben in a way that unnerves and electrifies them both. With a push from her oldest friend, Allison embarks on a journey to find out if what she and Esben shared is the real thing—and if she can finally trust in herself, in others, and in love.

About the Author:

Jessica is the author of LEFT DROWNING, the New York Times bestselling FLAT-OUT LOVE (and the companion piece FLAT-OUT MATT), and RELATIVELY FAMOUS. She lives in New Hampshire where she spends an obscene amount time thinking about rocker boys and their guitars, complex caffeinated beverages, and tropical vacations. On the rare occasions that she is able to focus on other things, she writes.

Please visit her at and on Facebook at and Twitter @JessicaPark24

Monday, April 24, 2017

REVIEW: Before I Ever Met You by Karina Halle


Shel: This is the best office/forbidden/single parent romance I've read in a while. Honestly. It had everything I would want in an office romance that is strictly off limits. It had the swooniest swoonfest of a male character, Will McAlister, and the lovely yet infuriatingly stubborn, Jackie Phillips (let the record show that I LOVE that Jackie is a curvy girl. I love a heroine who has curves!). Their chemistry was evident from the first time they were on the page together and it just freaking simmered and sizzled and sparked throughout the entire novel. Even when they weren't together, the way they thought about each other was hot. *fans self* It also had multiple levels of forbidden/this can never work romance--Will was Jackie's boss annnnd they both worked with or for her father. Also, Jackie needed this job for more than the obvious reason and being with Will could blow up in her face (let me pause here to say that I absolutely appreciated how Halle showed how much Jackie had to lose and didn't let that go unnoticed). Then there's Jackie's extreme reticence to let her heart get involved. And lastly, she has a son she needs to shield from any extraneous heartbreak. So many reasons and obstacles this romance faces before it can even get started, right?! Right. But Karina Halle has her ways and those ways involve lots of steamy hotness, humor, wonderfully romantic scenes, epic internal wars, and so much more. It's been a while since I've started and finished a full length novel in one day but I was completely captivated by Jackie and Will's story and I just could not put it down. Court: I think you said all the perfect things! Now what shall I say, right?!! I love her curviness too, and that it was appreciated instead of meh'd. I loved how much Jackie really put herself    first and grew in a way that clearly she hadn't for most of her adult life...and she started making decisions for herself and Tyson instead of the man in her life. And how bizarre was her Dad, am I right? There were some great scenes, and I liked their dynamic together. I enjoyed that we got both POV, and were able to get in both of their heads for a good long while. I also enjoyed their an "animation" studio, so that was kind of a cool dynamic-rich guy but not your typical rich guy persona, for sure. 

Shel: I have no idea how Karina Halle does what she does but I hope she keeps doing it for a long time. Court: Umm..yes x 1000!

Shel: *makes a pitch for Alyssa and Emmett to have a book (separately or together*...*adds a pitch for Tiffany to have one too because she was hilarious*... *also can't wait for more characters from the Dirty Souls duet to have books*... *and Rocked Up to come out*... OMG. I need to stop. Court: No, my dear you do not! Haha! I enjoyed this one, and yep...those characters...especially Alyssa (she was fun) I could read a lot more about, so gimme gimme gimme!


I first met William McAlister when I was just a teenager.

He was handsome, had a beautiful wife and was on the verge of success, having just joined my father as his business partner. Mr. McAlister was full of smooth charm, but back then he was barely a blip on my radar. Just a family friend.

Fast forward ten years: I’m 25 years old and a single mom trying to make things right for her seven-year old son. I’ve made some mistakes, grappled with my demons and now I’m back in the city of Vancouver, getting a second chance at a better life.

I’ve started by working for my father’s production company as an executive assistant. My first day on the job and I already know I could have a promising career there.
That is until I see Will McAlister for the first time in a decade.

Now recently divorced and as sophisticated as always, Will has gone from being my father’s friend and business partner to something so much more.

We’re both older, for one thing, and he just oozes this worldly confidence and stark sexuality. Combined with his tall, muscular build and sharp suits, strong jaw and bedroom eyes, Will has turned into one hell of a distraction.

A distraction I’m having a hard time staying away from, considering his office is right across from my desk and I work with him in such close proximity.

But it’s just a harmless crush, right?

It’s just an innocent fantasy of screwing him on his desk, right?

It can’t ever be more because he’s my father’s best friend, business partner, and my boss.



Before I Ever Met You is a contemporary standalone romance, a light-hearted swoony read that will make you believe in love again 

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Sunday, April 23, 2017

REVIEW: The Night Mark by Tiffany Reisz

Shel: You know what? Tiffany Reisz's name may have been what drew me to this novel but it's her writing and wicked storytelling abilities that keep me picking up her books. Honestly, The Night Mark is so far outside of my comfort zone that I know I probably would never have picked it up if it wasn't for Tiffany Reisz and there's a lesson there, a lesson I keep learning: Good writing and good storylines can get me out of my genre reading every time. 

Court: I'm so proud of you Shel. She is right though. Tiffany Reisz is a master storyteller, and every single time we read one of her books we get something different. She is a true artist, and I am so glad we read this book, because it was a beautiful blend of character and setting driven plot, a little bit of something different and twisty with some paranormal factors figured in - in truly a way that I didn't expect at all. She made me fall in love with every single character, and that was a gift in itself because some of them didn't really deserve it. 

Shel: The Night Mark swept me up in the story of Faye and Faith and Will, Carrick, Hagan, and Pat...and Dolly. I had to know how their stories would end and if Faye could find a way out of her deep grief; if Carrick would find happiness after a great loss; and what, exactly, did Pat know. In order to do this I had to do the easiest thing ever when reading a Reisz book: sit back, relax, and enjoy the story. I suspended my doubts and followed Faye into the waters of South Carolina and to her present, past, and future.

Court: We did. As I said, Tiffany's story is so beautiful and it is that the thought and research and effort she put into making this story wonderful shows through the pages. I mean, when I learned more about honing my writing craft from The Mistress than I did about sadism, know that she really puts a piece of her heart in her work and it really means a lot to her. And to us. Gah, I just really loved this book, and I really, really can't say too much about the specific plot but each scene gives us something with the timeline, the scenery, conversations was deep, and beautiful and really a special book. And I learned a lot about light houses, and that is so cool.

Shel: If you're a faithful Tiffany Reisz fan, you're going to love this novel. It's got so much heart and held me in its thrall--I couldn't put it down until I finished. I'm still thinking about Faye and Carrick and wondering all kinds of things about time travel now and that to me is the best gift of all--my imagination has been lit and it's all due to this novel. Thank you, Tiffany Reisz for the journeys you continues to craft and take me on.

Court: I really enjoyed that this one had a small tie to The Bourbon Thief, too. Bride Island was introduced in that book, and where this novel is set, and I thought that was pretty cool, too. Faye is a complex heroine for us to get to know, but I'm glad to have some thought provoking thoughts with her and this was a great read. 

Purchase this book: Goodreads | Amazon 
Source: Netgalley via Publisher

She has nothing to live for in the present, but finds there's something worth dying for in the past…

From Tiffany Reisz, the international bestselling storyteller behind The Bourbon Thief and The Original Sinners series, comes an enthralling new novel about a woman swept away by the tides who awakens to find herself in 1921, reunited with the husband she's been mourning for four years. Fans of Kate Morton and Diana Gabaldon will fall in love with the mystery, romance and beauty of an isolated South Carolina lighthouse, where a power greater than love works its magic.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

NEW + EXCERPT: Paper Fools by Staci Hart


In the game of love, she never loses.

Paper Fools by Staci Hart is available now!!


Title: Paper Fools

Author: Staci Hart

Cover Designer: Quirkybird Designs

Photographer: Lauren Watson Perry

Aphrodite knows love — just don’t ask her to figure out her own mess.
Rather than deal with her sticky love life, she toys with the hearts of unwitting humans. It’s a little game she plays, and the stakes are high. Lucky for her, she’s just found the perfect match.
Lex is everything Dean needs, but he can’t have her.
It doesn’t matter that her eyes speak to a long forgotten part of him, or that her art and poetry touch his shredded heart. She’s off limits — crossing that line would implode his band and everything he’s ever cared about. There’s only one option: stay away from her, no matter the cost. Even if the price is his heart.
Dean is everything Lex wants, but she can’t take the risk.
The second she meets him, she knows her heart is in danger. She’s convinced it’s only attraction that has her hung up on the dark, quiet lead singer, but with every day that passes, she knows it’s more. It’s just that she can’t put her heart on the line. She won’t — love has never been worth the sacrifice.
If only they knew they were just pawns in a much bigger game. And in the game of love, Aphrodite never loses.
*Formerly titled Deer in Headlights, Paper Fools has been rewritten and reedited just for you.*


She reached into her bag, digging around in the black hole for her book, but looked up, sensing someone in front of her. When her eyes locked on his, she froze. They were the greenest eyes she’d ever seen, shocking and bright, rimmed by thick, dark lashes. His long face was graced with an elegant nose and wide lips bent in a crooked smile. And he was tall, really tall, with ebony hair that fell forward as he looked down at her. He pushed it back without seeming to think about it, but it still looked perfectly tossed, like he’d just rolled out of bed. She realized she still hadn’t taken a breath and flushed as she fumbled and almost dropped her book. “Uh, hi. I’m Lex.” She tossed her hand in a wave, hoping she looked casual. He paused for a second, watching her with an expression she couldn’t quite place. The moment seemed to stretch on forever, and as she studied him, it dawned on her that he was amused. This unnerved her, even more so when it dawned upon her that it was exactly what he wanted. “Hey,” he said, the timbre of his voice deep and full. “I’m Dean.” Lex realized her mouth was open. And that he was smirking. And that he was dead sexy while he was doing it. She closed her mouth and cocked an eyebrow, putting on her snark to hide the fact that he’d gotten to her. “Dean, huh? I heard they call you Professor Panty Dropper.” His smile stretched wider. “Oh, is that what they say?” “They do.” A tall blond, who she guessed was Roe, stood at the microphone, glaring at them. “Mic check, Dean.” They stared at each other like idiots for a split second longer before Dean turned to pick up his guitar, and he took his place with the rest of the band. She watched him walk away and blinked a few times before turning to her bag again, not looking for anything in particular — she only wanted to keep her hands busy and her eyes off of Dean while she scraped her dignity off the floor. fb-now-live

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

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Everyone in Nashville knows Nathan Dumont. 

That's what happens when you develop half a town and sleep with the rest. Four years ago, his fiancee disappeared.  

Last night, he proposed to me.
I'd wanted to escape my life, the seedy strip club and the mountain of bills. I had seized the opportunity to live in a mansion, fill my days with country clubs and caviar, my nights with romance and sex.  

Maybe I should have done my homework first.
The Trophy Wife is a standalone erotic romance. It is approximately 70,000 words. An earlier edition of this book was previously released in 2013 under the name The Dumont Diaries, this is an expanded and rewritten edition of that novel, with over 50 pages of new content.

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Alessandra Torre is an award-winning New York Times bestselling author of fourteen novels. Her books focus on romance and suspense, all with a strong undercurrent of sexuality. Torre has been featured in such publications as Elle and Elle UK, co-hosted Dirty Sexy Funny with Jenny McCarthy, as well as guest blogged for the Huffington Post and RT Book Reviews. She has also served as the Bedroom Blogger for
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