Book Release: The Friar by Samantha A. Cole

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The Friar
The Friar by Samantha A. Cole
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Friar by Samantha A. Cole
This is Adam Westfield and Sage Hammond’s story.

Man, this is a very different story. Adam is a man that just got out of prison. Once you discover the man he really is you will admire him. Sage is widowed and is still struggling with losing her husband and keeping their horse breeding business going.

Adam ends up working for Sage. They are attracted to one another. Sage is stealing grieving over losing her husband and Adam feels that he is not good enough for Sage. Also, some strange things start happening plus the stress of maybe losing her home and business. Will Adam and Sage take the chance on love?

This is an extremely emotional read. Adam and Sage have so many obstacles to overcome but the author keeps you drawn into the story. You can’t help but fall in love with the characters. A wonderful heartfelt and sensual romance with lots of twists. A must read!

FYI, includes mature content. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

 

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Excerpt Reveal – I Knew You Were Trouble by Lauren Layne

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A feisty beauty must choose between
winning back Mr. Right 
or giving in to Mr. Wrong.
I KNEW YOU WERE TROUBLE
Oxford Series #4
Lauren Layne
Releasing June 13, 2017
Loveswept

New York City’s hottest bachelors are stirring up trouble in this fun, flirty Oxford Novel, as a love triangle forces a feisty beauty to choose between winning back Mr. Right or giving in to Mr. Wrong.

Taylor Carr has it all—a sleek job in advertising, a stunning Manhattan apartment, and the perfect man to share it with: Bradley Calloway. Even after Bradley dumps her for a co-worker on move-in day, Taylor isn’t worried. She’ll get her man eventually. In the meantime, she needs a new roommate. Enter Nick Ballantine, career bartender, freelance writer—and longtime pain in Taylor’s ass. Sexy in a permanent five-o’clock-shadow kind of way, Nick knows how to push Taylor’s buttons, as if he could see right through to the real her.

Nick’s always trying to fix people, and nobody could use a good fixing more than Taylor. Sure, she’s gorgeous, with mesmerizing silver eyes, but it’s her vulnerability that kills him. Now that they’re shacking up together, the chemistry is out of control. Soon they’re putting every part of their two-bedroom apartment to good use. Then Taylor’s ex comes crawling back to her, and Nick figures she’ll jump at the chance to go back to her old life—unless he fights for the best thing that ever happened to him.


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Bradley froze when he saw her, and she was pretty sure she saw the urge to turn and run flicker across his face.
Again she felt a stab of disappointment. In him. And in herself for apparently having misread him. She’d thought he was better than this.
Bradley’s eyes moved between her and Nick, and though he didn’t look all that surprised at seeing them bickering, his gaze grew hard as he saw Nick’s hand on Taylor’s face.
Nick, naturally, took his sweet time removing it, and she resisted the urge to kick his shin.
“Morning, Bradley,” Taylor said, pleased that her voice sounded calm and friendly. As well it should. She’d had plenty of practice over the better part of a year pretending that she and Bradley were nothing more than colleagues.
Other than a few close friends who knew they were dating, they’d done a mostly decent job of hiding their romantic relationship from coworkers. Better than she and Nick had done hiding their antagonistic one.
“Hey, Taylor. Nick,” Bradley said.
He entered the room and reached for a coffee mug, turning his attention toward the other man. “Didn’t realize you’d taken on another assignment. What for?”
“Not sure,” Nick said, checking his watch. “Have a meeting with Cassidy in a few to find out.”
“Here’s hoping it’s an offsite gig that takes you far, far away. Maybe he needs someone to cover Siberian winters,” Taylor said to Nick, even as she watched Bradley out of the corner of her eye.
“Don’t need to travel to find severe winter. It doesn’t get any chillier than right here,” Nick retorted, waving his hand over her head in a storm cloud gesture.
She shoved his hand aside, her attention still on Bradley, who was determinedly avoiding her gaze.
Coward.
It was going to be darn hard to get him to see reason when he wouldn’t even make eye contact.
Nick, ever too perceptive for his own good, noticed the tension and gave a quick look between her and Bradley, his gaze turning speculative.
She shot him a warning look that clearly said, Dont.
He shot an answering smile that clearly said, Watch me.
“Bradley, don’t suppose you’re in the market for a roommate?” Nick asked, his voice deceptively casual.
Bradley’s head snapped up, and finally, finally his blue gaze collided with Taylor’s. Dammit. Why did he have to be so beautiful? He was like a mischievous angel, all twinkling blue eyes, dimples, a sexy cleft in his chin, dark blond wavy hair . . .
“What?” he asked Nick distractedly, still looking at Taylor.
“Taylor here wants to share her original crown molding with someone.”
Bradley winced, and Taylor felt a little surge of gratitude toward Nick. He couldn’t have known it, but it was the perfect jab. She and Bradley were both into prewar architecture—had eaten up the broker’s description of all the building’s original elements.
Taylor should be sharing that crown molding with Bradley. And he damn well knew it.
His eyes met hers in silent misery—an apology that she wasn’t quite ready to accept. Heck, she wasn’t even ready to acknowledge it, because she had no intention of being dumped. Not by him, not by any man.
Taylor ignored the guilt written all over Bradley’s face as she held his gaze. “Yes, it seems I unexpectedly have a free bedroom and more rent than I can afford. If either of you knows anyone looking for a roommate . . .”
Bradley’s handsome face twisted regretfully, and he set his coffee aside, taking a step toward her, apparently forgetting—or not caring—that Nick was still in the room.
“Taylor. Damn it. I told you—”
“Actually, I do,” Nick said, interrupting.
Taylor forced her gaze away from Bradley’s pleading face toward Nick’s smug one. “You know someone who needs a roommate?”
“Yup.” He crossed his arms and watched her.
She made an impatient gesture with her hand. “Who? It can’t be one of your ex-girlfriends—I don’t want to inadvertently hear any gross details about you. And not one of your frat-boy guy friends—my living room isn’t cut out for Call of Duty.”
“Yeah, because that’s all I do all day.”
She rolled her eyes. “Okay, for real, who is it?”
His grin was slow, sly, and the very definition of trouble. “Me.”

 

Lauren Layne is the New York Times bestselling author of over a dozen
romantic comedies.
 
A former e-commerce and web marketing manager from Seattle, Lauren relocated to New York City in 2011 to pursue a full-time writing career.
 
She lives in midtown Manhattan with her high-school sweetheart, where she writes smart romantic comedies with just enough sexy-times to make your mother blush. In
LL’s ideal world, every stiletto-wearing, Kate Spade wielding woman would carry
a Kindle stocked with Lauren Layne books. 
 

 

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Review: Hell Yeah!: Cowboy Bred, Cowboy Born

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Hell Yeah!: Cowboy Bred, Cowboy Born
Hell Yeah!: Cowboy Bred, Cowboy Born by D’Ann Lindun
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Hell Yeah!: Cowboy Bred, Cowboy Born (Kindle Worlds Novella) by D’Ann Lindun
This is Alannah Murphy and Sterling Gentry’s story.

Oh my! Alannah and Gentry are so different from one another but boy do the sparks fly between them. I loved how they met. Now, you will have to read the story to find out. The banter between them was so much fun to read. To be such opposites Alannah and Gentry are perfect for each other but will they take the chance?

This is another great story by D’Ann Lindun! FYI, contains mature content.  I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

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Review: Cowboy Six Pack

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Cowboy Six Pack
Cowboy Six Pack by Kari Lynn Dell
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Cowboy Six Pack by authors Kari Lynn Dell, Allison Merritt, Stephanie Berget, Paty Jager, Melissa Keir, and D’Ann Lindun

If you love stories about cowboys, then you will love this collection! Exciting romance stories with bull riders, barrel racers, second chances, etc by great authors.

I loved Cowboy Wrecked by D’Ann Lindun. This one is about a bull rider recovering from a horrific bull riding accident. You will fall in love with Luke Greer and Rayanne Whitfield. Rayanne is the opposite of the type women that Luke usually dates (more like hookups) but Rayanne is the type of woman that you date. Another obstacle to overcome is that only his family members know is that he can’t have kids since his accident and Rayanne longs to have a family. Will Luke be able to settle down and will Rayanne be able handle that Luke cannot have kids?

Gotta love cowboys!

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Review: Swear

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Swear
Swear by Adriana Locke
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Swear by Adriana Locke
This is Ford Landry and Ellie Pagan’s story.

Ford and Ellie go way back. Circumstances caused them to break up. Ford and Ellie are reunited. The chemistry and passion is still there. Ellie doesn’t want to be hurt again. Ford has decided he will do whatever it takes to win Ellie back. Will it be enough?

This is a second chance romance. I loved how Ford would flirt with Ellie. The banter between Ford and his brothers was a lot fun too. It was great how all the characters added to the story. I recommend this book. A wonderful way to escape!

FYI, contains mature content.  I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

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Review: Falling Head Over Boots

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Falling Head Over Boots
Falling Head Over Boots by Katie Lane
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Falling Head over Boots by Katie Lane is Book two in the Tender Heart Texas series. This is Zane Arrington and Carly Hanover’s story.

I loved this story!  From the beginning the sparks were flying between Zane and Carly. I loved their characters and how they brought out a different side of them. They both have had personal relationship failures. Will the chemistry between them be enough to take a chance on love? This is a must read!

Katie Lane has a way of delivering a story that grabs your attention from start to finish. I loved the banter between Zane and Carly. This book delivers an entertaining story with fun characters, hot romance, and a little bit of mystery. The characters feel like they are my friends.  I can’t wait to read the next books in this series.

FYI, contains mature content.  I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

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Review: Montana Dog Soldier

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Montana Dog Soldier
Montana Dog Soldier by Elle James
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Montana Dog Soldier (Brotherhood Protectors Book 6) by Elle James
This is Joseph “Kujo” Kuntz, and Molly Greenbriar’s story. Also, we can’t forget Six, the service dog.

Kujo and Six are retired from the military and trying to find a new purpose in life. Then Molly comes into their life. I loved this full of action, suspenseful, hot, and steamy romance. This is a must read!

FYI, contains mature content.  I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

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Review: Riptide

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Riptide by Skye Jordan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Riptide (A Renegades Novel) by Skye Jordan
This is pro surfer Zach Ellis and Tessa Drake’s story.

A precious little girl brings Zach and Tessa together. Tessa needs Zach to sign his rights away so she can adopt the precious little girl.

This is an emotional, and heartwarming story. To complicate the situation Zach and Tessa’s careers are a problem plus they are extremely attracted to each other. How will they work everything out?

I loved Zach and Tessa’s story! A sexy and sweet romance.

FYI, contains mature content.  I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

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Review: The Unforgettable Sheikh

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The Unforgettable Sheikh by Barbara McMahon
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Unforgettable Sheikh by Barbara McMahon is book number four in the Ultimate Billionaires series.
This is Sheikh Karif bin Shakirah (Ben) and Chloe McDonald’s story.

Another winner by Barbara McMahon! Karif and Chloe’s story is a heartwarming second chance romance. Due to circumstances beyond their control they lost contact with each other. Ten years later they meet again. The chemistry and attraction is still there. Can they get beyond the betrayal they both feel?

I loved this addition to the Ultimate Billionaires series. Once I started this book I couldn’t put it down until I finished. A sweet, heartwarming, emotional, and sensual romance that’s perfect for an afternoon escape.

I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

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Release – Swear by Adriana Locke

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Title: Swear
Series: Landry Family #4
Author: Adriana Locke
Genre: Second Chance/Military Romance
Release Date: May 15, 2017

 

Blurb

 

Ellie Pagan has a list of reasons to stay away from Ford
Landry.
It’s a mile long and was so much easier to stick to when he
was a world away. Now that he’s standing in front of her—body hard and chiseled
from a stint in the military, suit cut to perfection, and a smirk she could
never resist—remembering all the reasons why just got a whole lot harder. 
Ford gets Ellie isn’t his biggest fan. He just doesn’t care.
Standing in front of him, giving him hell, she’s even
prettier than he remembered. All he can think about is how she felt in his
arms, the taste of her kiss, the sound of her giggle in the middle of the
night. He may not know how to win her back, but he does know this: he may have
let her go once, but that’s one mistake he won’t make again.

 

 

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Excerpt
It’s impossible
not to smile that he remembered my drink of choice. It’s also hopeless to
pretend that the boyish grin he’s flipping me doesn’t melt away some of the ice
around my heart.
Still, I
don’t want to play nice.
“I already
had coffee today. But thank you,” I say politely.
“No
offense, but you are kind of irritable this morning. Maybe you could use
another shot of caffeine.”
“You think
I’m irritable now? Keep it up.”
“You never
were a morning person,” he laughs. “Some things never change.”
“And some
things do,” I point out, giving him a look. “Seriously, why are you here?”
“I have
business with Violet. Remember?”
“That’s
bullshit anyway, but she’s not here. You’ll have to come back later.”
“Is that an
invitation?” he laughs.
“Did it
sound like one?” My arms cross over my chest and I’m aware it makes my boobs
look bigger. As his eyes drop and catch the top of my cleavage, his gaze burns
a trail on the ascent back up to my eyes.
Satisfaction
paints a smug look on my face and desire burns in the apex of my thighs. As
discreetly as possible, I clench my legs together to quell a bit of the ache
that’s beginning to throb under his observation.
When our
gazes meet, his is crackling. He lifts a single brow. “I damn sure hope that’s
an offer to come. If it’s not, we have a problem on our hands.”
“No, you have a problem on your hands,” I
say, shrugging. “It has nothing to do with me.”
“It could.”

 

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Author Bio

 

USA Today Bestselling author Adriana Locke lives and breathes books. After years of slightly obsessive relationships with the flawed bad boys created by other authors, Adriana has created her own.

She resides in the Midwest with her husband, sons, and two dogs. She spends a large amount of time playing with her kids, drinking coffee, and cooking. You can find her outside if the weather’s nice and there’s always a piece of candy in her pocket.

 

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