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Sunny Shelly’s Review: Say You’re Mine, by Layla Hagen

Release Date: April 6

I swear I didn’t mean to flirt with the world-famous Brayden Clarke—especially not right in the middle of an interview for a job. 

It was a slip—or perhaps a gut reaction to his smoldering eyes and deep, sexy voice. 

To my total disbelief, they give me the assignment. My task is simple: advise Brayden and his band on how to communicate with their fans. Easy-peasy. Or so I thought…

I can handle the job, but the sexy lead singer who’s intent on getting under my skin might be too hot to resist.  

But our lives are too different. His life is under constant scrutiny. I thrive on freedom and spontaneity. I like exploring the streets of New York and meeting up with my siblings without needing security detail. 

But when we’re together, all our differences fade, and I can’t get enough of this man. And he won’t quit until he makes me his. 

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Sunny Shelly’s Review: 4 Stars

Say You’re Mine starts off a new spinoff series from Layla Hagen’s Irresistible Bachelors series. It is a standalone, but the connections between the characters in the IB books are explained well enough.

This instalove story is entertaining and lighthearted. Brayden’s band needs some social media assistance to connect with their fans, so Isabelle is hired to do an analysis. There is an instant connection between them, even though they (of course!) try to resist one another. I love that Isabelle doesn’t care that Brayden is one of the biggest rock stars — and of course that is what he finds intriguing about her. She could care less about who he is, and he finds the possibility of being in a real relationship with her intriguing. She’s kind, honest and down to earth, and the more time Brayden spends with her, the more he realizes that he wants to be with her.

But Isabelle and Brayden can’t live their lives in a bubble. Will she be able to handle the scrutiny and life in the spotlight that goes along with being Brayden Clark’s girlfriend? Will their romance go past the expiration date of when Brayden’s band leaves for their next tour? There are many ups and downs to their relationship as they navigate trying to find a middle ground. This story was well-written, and Isabelle and Brayden are great characters who are easy to connect with.

I look forward to seeing more from the Gallaghers in this series! I received an advanced copy and voluntarily left a review.

Meet Layla Hagen
Welcome! My name is Layla Hagen and I am a Contemporary Romance author.
I fell in love with books when I was nine years old, and my love affair with stories continues even now, many years later. I write romantic stories and can’t wait to share them with the world. And I drink coffee. Lots of it 😀


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Sunny Shelly’s Review: We’re Made of Moments, by Molly McLain

Title: We’re Made of Moments
Series: Cole Creek #1
Author: Molly McLain
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: April 9, 2021
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We were made of moments.
A handful of nights.
Two weeks of passion.
Four years of denial.
Jesse
She was never mine to keep, still I took every second that girl was willing to give me.
I always knew she’d go back to him.
But I never expected she’d take a piece of me with her.
Hayden
He changed my life forever, and it happened long before our two weeks together.
I didn’t mean to fall for him.
But how could I not when he gave me the most precious gift of all?
We’re Made of Moments (A Cole Creek Novel) is the first book in a brand new, small town romance series by Molly McLain. This series is full of Molly’s guaranteed feel-good vibes, amped up emotion, and page-sizzling heat. If you liked the River Bend and Velocity series, you will LOVE Cole Creek!
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EXCERPT
“Daddy’s here!” Jett shrieks from the first floor and, just like that, my stomach drops to my toes.
Lane winks. “You got this, gorgeous.”
I know I do. But that doesn’t mean I have to like any part of it.
When he turns away, I paste on my game face and chink my armor firmly into place, just like I do every other Friday. I also send up a prayer for extra grace this week, because these exchanges seem to be getting harder and harder. I’m not sure why, but I feel the unease creeping in a little more with every swap.
“Mama, come on!” Jett yells again, and I pull in a deep breath. Shoulders back, girlfriend.
I make it halfway down the stairs when my son yanks the front door open and launches himself at the brick wall of a man standing on the other side.
Big arms wrap around our little boy and lift him from the floor, while my lungs hold every ounce of air in my body hostage.
My son adores his father. Of that, I am absolutely certain. And when aquamarine eyes, the exact same color as Jett’s meet mine over the top of our little boy’s head, I realize that no matter how hard I try to prepare myself, this will never get easier.

Sunny Shelly’s Review: 5 Stars

We’re Made of Moments is the first book I’ve read by Molly McLain, and I was totally hooked on Jesse and Hayden’s story! This second-chance romance is the rip your heart out and piece it back together kind of tale that I love to devour! The prologue hooked me, and the rest of the book was just as gut-wrenching.

Hayden and Jesse knew each other socially from around the small lake town where her parents had a cabin and he was from a local family. He always liked her, but respected that she had a boyfriend. They shared a few moments of pure connection over the years, so when Hayden’s boyfriend, Lane, cheated on her, Jesse was the guy she sought out when she escaped to her family’s cabin. Their two-week fling was never supposed to amount to anything more, and when Hayden eventually returned home, she reunited with Lane… and stayed with him even after discovering that she was pregnant with Jesse’s child.

Jesse.. wow. What a stand-up guy. I knew from the first time he and Lane were introduced in this book that I would be rooting for Jesse to get the girl. The guy is a super dad, and everything he does is for Hayden and their son, Jett. Even though he is hopelessly in love with Hayden, he respects her relationship and is the best co-parent he can be. But when Lane and Hayden split and she admits that she’s had feelings for him all along, Jesse wants his shot at truly making his family his.

The reunion between Hayden and Jesse isn’t easy. There are some issues they both have to hash out as far as their insecurities and personal demons, but We’re Made of Moments is a beautiful journey as they do exactly that. My heart broke for each of them at times, and I was overjoyed to see them finally get their happily ever after. This book is the gut-punch kind of story that gives you all the feels!

I will definitely be looking for more of the Cole Creek series! I received an advanced copy and voluntarily left a review.

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Molly McLain lives in a tiny Wisconsin town with her husband, three kiddos, and two adorable German Shorthaired Pointers. She’s addicted to 80’s ballads, 90’s rock, cheesecake, and office supplies, and she’s been scribbling down love stories in spiral notebooks since she was old enough to daydream about hunky boys and happily-ever-afters. Now, she turns those daydreams into steamy, small town romance novels.
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Sunny Shelly’s Review: My Almost Ex, by Piper Rayne

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Release Date: April 6

 

 

 

 

 

In the middle of a crowded bar in our small Alaskan town, my estranged wife snuggles up to me as if we’re still a happy couple.

Don’t get me wrong, we were a happy couple—before she walked out on me a year ago. We were the high school sweethearts everyone thought were destined to be together forever. We thought so too, which is why we married shortly after graduation.

We had a good marriage. Until she left me without any real explanation.

Now, she’s back—and this is the real kicker—she has amnesia and thinks I’m still her husband. Technically I am, although the divorce papers are sitting at the lawyer’s office.

She’s desperate to remember her life in Sunrise Bay but I only want to find out why she left me. Once we conjure that memory up, it’s sayonara because there’s no second chances here. But as you probably already figured out, things didn’t go quite as I planned.

 

 
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Sunny Shelly’s Review: 5 Stars
Absolute perfection! Adam and Lucy’s story is a heartbreaking, heartwarming, emotional journey. I felt every bit of Adam’s pain as he tried to help his estranged wife recover her memories. And I loved Lucy’s ups and downs as she tried to figure out who she was, and adjust to the “new” Lucy.

After meeting Adam in My Beautiful Neighbor and seeing how depressed he was, I was set to not like Lucy. But wow, the reason why she left Adam was just… wow! There is so much love between Adam and Lucy, and this second-chance romance is a beautiful, gorgeous, emotional story of second chances and true love!

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Piper Rayne, or Piper and Rayne, whichever you prefer because we’re not one author, we’re two. Yep, you get two USA Today Bestselling authors for the price of one. Our goal is to bring you romance stories that have “Heartwarming Humor With a Side of Sizzle” (okay…you caught us, that’s our tagline). 


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Excerpt Reveal: Gabriel’s Album by Sian Ceinwen

Gabriel’s Album
Sian Ceinwen
(Cruise Control Heroes, #1)
Publication date: March 14th 2021
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

The rock star always gets the girl…

I’m living my dream. For as long as I can remember, I’ve wanted to be a rock star. And now here I am, about to start my first big tour, when she comes along.

Ariana.

From the second we meet, she’s all I can think about.Asking her to come on tour with me is easy. But she’s shy, insecure, and the paparazzi scare her. We live in two completely different worlds.

I love her and I know that she’s worth fighting for. The problem is, I’m not sure if love is enough.

Gabriel’s Album is the first book in the Cruise Control Heroes series. It’s the companion novel to The Album. Fall in love with Gabriel and Ariana all over again as Cruise Control embarks on their first world tour.

EXCERPT

Sebastian hands us our bottles of water and walks over to a trunk with ‘DREAMS COME TRUE’ written on it. He opens it and pulls three journals and pens out if before giving one of each to both me and Hayden.

“This is called the Wisdom Tree,” Sebastian informs us. “You write your thoughts, ideas, or dreams in these books. People add to them all the time. I thought this might be good for you, Gabriel.”

I flick through the journal he gave me, reading the thoughts, dreams, and ideas that other hikers have contributed. My heart rate increases as I consider what I should add to this. I close my eyes and take some deep breaths while I think about it. I’ve just achieved a life dream, probably my biggest one, but I know what I want. I begin to write.

I’ve worked hard to get where I am. I’ve succeeded in achieving my goals. What does it mean if I can’t have you?

It’s the thought that I’ve been struggling with since Ariana left. I thought that what we were building together could become something much more. The possibility that she might not come back to me is too painful to bear. I have to cling to the hope that Heather will get through to her while she’s back at home, and we can get through this.

A single tear drops from my face and splashes on the page, causing the ink in front of me to blur. I wipe the other tears from my face and close the book before walking over and placing the journal and pen in the trunk again.

I cough and ask, “Are you guys done?”

“Just finished,” Hayden smiles.

“I’m done too,” Sebastian nods.

If either of them notices my tears, they don’t mention them, and we continue on our way to the sign. On the way there, Sebastian stops and drops the backpack on the ground before pulling out my phone.

“You can check it if you want,” he says as he holds it out to me.

My heartbeat increases as I take it from him, and I can barely breathe as I check the screen. Nothing. I take a deep breath and fight back tears. Surely, Heather should’ve gotten a hold of her by now.

I hand the phone back to Sebastian without saying a word, or even unlocking it. He puts it away without further comment, but for the rest of the hike, my mind is a blur. I can’t focus on the amazing scenery; I can only focus on my inner turmoil. Everything is wrong. I hate knowing that I’m going to see the Hollywood sign without Ariana. She should’ve been here.

When we get to the point where we can see the sign, we finally see other hikers. Sebastian was right about the Burbank Peak Trail being a solitary hike. I see a couple of the other hikers take photos of us, but they don’t approach us.

“Should we go and try to climb the sign?” Sebastian asks with a cheeky grin on his face as he gestures to the chain-link fence protecting it.

“Pass,” Hayden laughs. “I don’t feel like being arrested today. Can you even imagine what Cooper would say?”

“You’re not talking me out of it,” Sebastian smirks, then looks at me, and his face drops. “Okay, bad idea, I guess. Well, let’s get pictures. I’ll put them on Instagram and make Heather jealous, at least.”

We take selfies in front of the view of the sign below us. I’ve gotten so used to posing for photos that when I look at the ones we’ve taken, you can’t even tell that my heart is broken and every cell in my body is aching for Ariana. I look like any other guy out on a hike with his friends.

Sebastian takes some more pictures of the view, then we have a drink of water before beginning the hike back to the car.

When we reach the Wisdom Tree again, I say, “Wait a second.”

I open the trunk and pull out another journal and pen. I open it to write another message.

If you don’t come back to me, I know the pain will fade. My love, though? That will remain the same.

I know Ariana will never read this, but it doesn’t matter. I feel better for writing it down. It’s the truth, as well. I can barely stand to think about her not coming back to me, but even if she doesn’t, I will always love her. I kiss the words on the page, wishing they were Ariana’s lips, and place the journal back in the trunk.

By the time we get back to the car, I’m tired, both physically and emotionally. Sebastian and Hayden talk on the way back to the hotel, but I’m grateful that they don’t push me to talk at all. As soon as I reach the quiet darkness of my hotel suite, I pull out my phone again and see nothing of interest. People have called and messaged, but none of them are Ariana. So, I call her.

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Hi, I’m Sian Ceinwen and I live in Western Australia with my husband and two kids. I started writing this in the third person but it was just odd. A little bit about me, I’ve enjoyed writing all my life, getting the worlds and characters in my head down for other people to enjoy is my passion.

Writing a book wasn’t something I ever thought I could really do but inspired by a song, I aimed to do it. With a lot of coaxing from my friends for me to finish it so they could find out the ending.

I released Gabriel and Ariana’s story, The Album, on March 14th, 2020. Harrison and Heather’s story, The Wedding, came out on June 6th, 2020. Sebastian and Lita’s book, The Baby, was released on November 18th, 2020.

The first book in the companion series, Gabriel’s Album, is available for pre-order and will be released on March 14th, 2021. It’s Gabriel and Ariana’s story retold from Gabriel’s point of view.

I hope that you will fall in love with the Cruise Control world the same way that I have.

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Sunny Shelly’s Review: Meet Cute, by Elise Faber

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He’s a movie star.
I’m just a girl from a small town.

He lives in L.A when he’s not traveling the world. I live in Utah, and the furthest I’ve been is a few states away.

He’s beautiful. I’m . . . just me.

Talbot Green is the man who has everything—fame, money, adoring fans—and I’m just a girl from a small town, childhood friends with his publicist, and looking forward to spending a few days in warm and sunny California.

Then I saved his life.

In front of the paparazzi.

And suddenly, my face is everywhere—on social media, on TV, on magazine covers. Suddenly, I’m not just a girl from a small town, who’s living a small life. Suddenly . . . I belong to Talbot Green, at least in the eyes of the media.

And also . . . perhaps in the eyes of Talbot himself.

But maybe, just maybe, he belonged to me right back.

Sunny Shelly’s Review: 4 Stars

Meet Cute is absolutely adorable! I loved Tammy and Talbot’s story, from start to finish. Both of them lead very different lives, but they are so similar in so many ways due to their childhoods. They each have been searching for something, but didn’t know what they was, until the night that she saved him from an intruder.

This forced proximity/instalove story takes place in a bubble, but Tammy and Talbot are perfectly matched for one another, and put in the effort to make their real life matter.

I received an advanced copy and voluntarily left a review.

About the Author:

USA Today bestselling author, Elise Faber, loves chocolate, Star Wars, Harry Potter, and hockey (the order depending on the day and how well her team—the Sharks!—are playing). She and her husband also play as much hockey as they can squeeze into their schedules, so much so that their typical date night is spent on the ice. Elise changes her hair color more often than some people change their socks, loves sparkly things, and is the mom to two exuberant boys.

She lives in Northern California. Connect with her in her Facebook group, the Fabinators or email her at elisefaberauthor@gmail.com.
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Sunny Shelly’s Review: Don’t Mind If “I Do”, by Everly Ashton

Release Date: April 2

It’s not every day the woman who broke your heart asks to be your wife.

 

Life is good. I’m single. I’m an emergency room doctor. And according to my hookups, I’m hot AF.

 

Then she walks back into my life.

 

I haven’t seen Mazzy Pembrooke since the night she betrayed me. So when she comes into my work asking me to make good on a childhood pact and marry her, I’m speechless.

 

She’s the last woman I’d want to marry—even if it’s pretend and with a definitive end date.

 

But after I find myself in a sticky situation at work, marrying Mazzy might just benefit me too.

 

Once we’re living as husband and wife under the same roof though, I struggle to remember that I hate this woman and the fake marriage doesn’t feel so fake anymore.

 

Don’t Mind if “I Do” is a fake marriage, friends to enemies to lovers rom-com loaded with laughs. No cheating. HEA.

 

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Sunny Shelly’s Review: 4 Stars

Everly Ashton’s books are so much fun! I’ve really been enjoying reading this series, since her debut book came out a few months ago. This time, we get Nick and Mazzy’s story — an enemies-to-lovers, fake marriage, second-chance romance that is fun to read with witty dialog, awesome characters and twists I wasn’t totally expecting.

I thought Mazzy was going to be a bit of an airhead, a socialite who was just looking for her next husband. She proved me wrong: Her looks were definitely deceiving, because she proved to be a strong heroine when her world got flipped upside down. She had some tough choices to make, and handled the situation with grace.

Nick and Mazzy are childhood friends, ex best friends, and there is that layer of history between them that gives depth to their story. Nick’s been holding a grudge against her for years, and there’s a wonderful journey between them as they hash out their issues and move forward as fake spouses.

Don’t Mind If I Do is a fantastic, entertaining second-chance/fake marriage romance!

I received an advanced copy and voluntarily left a review.

Meet Everly Ashton
Everly Ashton is a USA Today Bestselling Author who wanted to try something a little different under a new name. She loves brooding heroes, spunky heroines, and happily ever afters. You can usually find her with a Kindle in one hand and a cup of caffeine in the other. And because she’s using a pseudonym she can’t tell you much more than that. 😉
 
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Sunny Shelly’s Review: Brightly Burning Bridges by Ivy Wild

Release Date: April 2

 

Silas

He wasn’t my friend until he became my enemy.

His center is freezing cold,

and his edges burn me when I get too close.

He is everything I want and nothing I am.

They say not to burn bridges,

but he burned ours to the ground.

Skyler

She is the girl who wants to be seen,

but hates being noticed.

She was my friend, my tease, my confidant.

She is pure light against all my darkness.

The reason you burn down bridges,

is to build them up stronger.

 
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Sunny Shelly’s Review: 4 Stars

Ivy Wild is a new-to-me author, so I went into Brightly Burning Bridges with no knowledge of Silas. I’ve gathered from the previous books that he was really a jerk, and while there are some alphahole tendencies, I wouldn’t classify this as a bully romance. He’s mean and gives you whiplash, but I wouldn’t necessarily classify him as a bully. But I digress…

Silas and Skylar’s story is wonderfully told in dual POV between present day and flashbacks to high school 10 years ago. Their friendship starts off rocky, but there is a genuine thread of appreciation and respect between the two of them. Until the day that it all goes to crap because of Silas’ actions when it comes to Skylar’s private sanctuary, her bridge. Neither one of them ever forgot that day, even though Sky was sure that his actions meant she meant nothing to her. How wrong she was.

Both of these characters are broken, but Silas especially so. There is a sweet and vulnerable boy underneath the alpha facade, and once Sky really lets him back in, theirs becomes an epic love story.

I received an advanced copy and voluntarily left a review.

Meet Ivy Wild

 

Writer of all things untamed, romantic and free, Ivy Wild never planned on becoming a romance novelist.

 
In fact, she hated romance as a kid and was quite proud of that fact. 
 
Basically, life is weird.
 
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Sunny Shelly’s Review: Model Behavior by Kelsie Rae

Her brother made her untouchable. But that won’t stop his best friend–and her new roommate– from pursuing her.

It’s official. I’ve hit rock bottom. I just broke up with my manipulative boyfriend and am moving in with my older brother until I can get back on my feet.

Which is where I run into his cocky roommate, River.

From the second we meet, I want nothing to do with him and his manwhoring ways. Or at least that’s what I tell myself. The guy goes through women like I go through a sleeve of Oreos.

But I guess I can’t really blame him for having a big head. He gets paid to be looked at, and has a revolving door of gorgeous women at his beck and call. Once I move in, my brother raises the forbidden stakes and claims me as off-limits. Which only entices River further.

After all, he’s a sucker for the things he can’t have.

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Sunny Shelly’s Review: 5 Stars

Model Behavior is a great series starter from Kelsie Rae! When I started reading Model Behavior, I actually had to go back and reread the blurb, because I was sure this story was going to be about Reese and Jake, her brother’s best friend from childhood. But nope, it’s River — model, manwhore River — who turned out to be the guy who captured Reese’s attention.

I loved how strong of a heroine Reese is, even if she doesn’t think she’s strong. She’s starting over again after an abusive relationship, and moves in with her brother Milo and his 4 roommates. Milo lays down the law that Reese is untouchable, and even though each guy is hotter than the next, Reese is not in any headspace to enter into another relationship. But she does start up a friendship with model River, and it turns out that there’s a lot more to the guy than being a pretty face.

River is so sweet and shows such a vulnerable side when he’s with Reese. And you know what? He’s got a rep as being a manwhore, but as soon as he realizes that he’s really into Reese and is willing to risk his friendship with Milo in order to date her, he immediately stops playing around with other women. But once Reese gives in and she and River start seeing one another in secret, it’s a time bomb waiting to explode.

This story took a turn that I really wasn’t expecting, and really puts some stress on Reese and River’s relationship. When tragedy strikes, Reese shows how strong she is and just how much River means to her. I loved where Model Behavior went from there! I can’t wait to see what happens with the rest of the roommates!

This book has all the same sweet moments and connections between the H/h as her Signature Sweethearts series, but is not the same sweet/clean romance. Sexy, sexy times abound!

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Sunny Shelly’s Review: No Turning Back, by A.M. Madden

Release Date: March 29
 

From USA Today bestselling author A. M. Madden comes a second-chance, surrogate romance. 

 

Helping people is what I do best. I’ve made a career around it and dedicated my adult life to it. So, when my two best friends decided to start a family but weren’t able to conceive, it made total sense for me to become their surrogate.  

 

Once I pleaded my case, and they finally agreed, I moved from New Jersey to Florida, excited for a much-needed change. But no one could’ve predicted crossing paths with the love of my life, the one who’d left years earlier, the one man I never got over.  

 

Ryder Carter.  

 

Despite how much we’d loved one another, life happened and circumstances pulled us apart. But he was back now, in Florida, single and still as gorgeous as ever. Even better, he wanted to pick up where we had left off. He wanted me. 

 

Ryder appearing when he did couldn’t have come at a worse time. Because, even as just a surrogate, I had to wonder: Would he still want me when he learned I was pregnant with another man’s baby? Would he wait out the nine months to be with me? And even more important, how could I ask him to? 

 

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Sunny Shelly’s Review: 4 Stars

I really wasn’t sure how this second-chance romance was going to work, but I really enjoyed it! This book is Riana’s story, and she was Cooper’s girlfriend in Upside Down. Obviously, there are lots of appearances by Cooper and Ricky since Ree is acting as their surrogate, but No Turning Back is a standalone and it’s not necessary to have read the other books in this series.

The fact that Riana runs into Ryder — the one who got away, the guy who didn’t fight for her — just as her life is about to change in the biggest of ways was bittersweet. Does she put off a potential romantic reunion because she’s about to undergo IVF as a surrogate for someone else? Does she miss out on the opportunity to try again with the guy she never got over? There are alot of big decisions that Ree has to make, and she doesn’t take them lightly. And Ryder has many choices to make as well once he’s filled in. Can he be with Riana as she carries another man’s baby? Will his own painful family history with childbirth be too much and prevent him from supporting the woman he’s still loved all this time? And what happens when Ree and Ryder — neither of whom wanted children to begin with — change their mind about becoming parents but are afraid to tell the other?

I thought that this story was so well-written. Ree and Ryder’s communication issues is what blew up their relationship the first time around, and they really do try to not make those same mistakes. The tension in their rekindled relationship comes from them wanting to protect the other, and not because of the baby she’s carrying, which I appreciated. I wouldn’t have liked this story if Ryder couldn’t get on board with what Ree was doing for Cooper and Ricky. But making their issues be the same issues that caused trouble the first time around — and how they handle that now, years later — showed great growth for both characters.

No Turning Back is sweet and sexy, full of swoony moments, sizzling chemistry and about a couple that is meant to be forever.

I received an advanced copy and voluntarily left a review.

Meet A.M. Madden
 

A USA Today bestselling, award-winning author, A.M. Madden is also a Jersey girl whose addiction to romance started at twelve after reading Judy Blume’s Forever. As a self-proclaimed hopeless romantic, she truly believes that true love knows no bounds. In her books, she aspires to write fun, sexy, realistic love stories that will stay with you long after you turn the last page. She creates realistic characters and believes there’s no better compliment than when readers felt they knew the characters personally.

When not writing, she’s busy being a wife to her soulmate, and a mother to two boys who she believes are the most handsome men on earth. She loves to cook, hates to bake, and dreams about living at the beach someday.
A. M. Madden is the author of the popular Back-Up series, as well as several other contemporary romances. She is also a published author with Loveswept/Random House and Entangled Publishing.
 
Her debut novel was Back-Up, the first in the Back-Up series. In Back-Up, A.M.’s main character, Jack Lair, caused readers to swoon. They call themselves #LairLovers and have been faithful supporters to Jack, as well as to the rest of his band, Devil’s Lair.
 
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Sunny Shelly’s Review: Playing For Keeps, by Jessica Prince

Title: Playing for Keeps
Series: Hope Valley
Author: Jessica Prince

Contemporary Romance; Small Town Romance

When it came to the men in her life, Charlotte Belmont was cursed. She’d known losers, cheaters, abusers, and criminals, so it went without saying, she stopped trusting her judgment a long time ago. Then Dalton came into her life; a good, dependable man who made her heart race and her body hot. When she felt herself falling for him, she did the only thing she could think to protect them both . . . she ran like hell.

Dalton Prescott was a protector by nature, so when the woman he’d been tasked to keep safe was almost killed on his watch, he carried that guilt like a weight on his shoulders. What made matters worse was that before everything went south, Dalton had started to care for Charlotte in a way that had nothing to do with his job.

She’s determined to ignore their attraction and keep him at a distance, but he’s playing for keeps and has no intention of losing. However, when ghosts from the past start popping up, bringing with them a whole new threat, Dalton may be the only man who can keep her safe this time.


**Hope Valley is a series of interconnected, standalone, small town romances.**

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His eyes were still dancing with humor when he finally got a hold of himself and looked back down at me. “What’s so funny?”

“The fact you thought you had to convince me you weren’t perfect,” he said, a chuckle still shaking his chest. “Believe me, Thumbelina, I’m well aware of the fact you aren’t perfect.”

My eyes narrowed into slits when he started cracking up again. “All right,” I said snootily. “You don’t have to laugh so damn hard about it.”

“You did everything you could to make my life miserable when I was put in charge of keepin’ you safe. You were loud, you picked fights constantly, you’re hardheaded, you had shit taste in music, you’re messy, and you were constantly eatin’ my yogurt, even though I put my name on it before stashing it in the fridge. Christ, baby. You pretended to have menstrual cramps just so you could sneak out on me when I was tryin’ to protect you. Straight up, you were a pain in my ass, so trust me when I say you don’t have to warn me.”

I squirmed in his arms until he was forced to let me go, and took a step back, planting my hands on my hips while shooting fire from my eyes. “First off, I do not have shit taste in music.”

“Babe, every one of your playlists is like bein’ trapped at the g***** Lilith Fair with no escape.”

“Second,” I continued, ignoring his dig, “I’m not messy. I know exactly where everything is.”

His brows climbed high on his forehead as he looked around my apartment to the piles of clothes and shoes strewn about.

“I got really tired after finishing my laundry,” I defended snappily.

“But I’ll have you know, they’re all clean, and like I said, I know exactly what is in each and every pile.”

He grinned arrogantly, and I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do more, kiss it or smack it off his sexy, stupid face. “Whatever you say, sweetheart.”

“And last, that yogurt was in my fridge. That means, labeled or not, it was fair game.”

Sunny Shelly’s Review: 5 Stars

Ah! Dalton and Charlie’s story was everything I hoped for! I loved their banter in the previous book, and I was thrilled that I didn’t have to wait very long to see Dalton and Thumbelina get their HEA!

Poor Charlotte has not had an easy go in life. And Dalton wants to be her knight in shining armor, but she doesn’t think she deserves to have anything good in life…. He is so patient and understanding with Charlie, determined to prove to her otherwise.

Playing For Keeps is a super sweet addition to the Hope Valley series with another lovable couple. As with the other Hope Valley books, there is a bit of a mystery thread throughout, and I know better than to think that the plot point with Charlie’s sister was mysteriously dropped! I can’t wait to see what unfolds from that nugget!

I received an advanced copy and voluntarily left a review.

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Out of My League
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Come Back Home Again
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The Best of Me
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Wrong Side of the Tracks
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Stay With Me
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Out of the Darkness
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The Second Time Around
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Waiting for Forever
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Love to Hate You
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Playing for Keeps
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Born and raised around Houston Texas, Jessica spent most of her life complaining about the heat, humidity, and all around pain in the ass weather. It was only as an adult that she quickly realized the cost of living in Houston made up for not being able to breathe when she stepped outside. That’s why God created central air, after all.

Jessica is the mother of a perfect little boy–she refuses to accept that he inherited her attitude and sarcastic nature no matter what her husband says.

In addition to being a wife and mom, she’s also a wino, a coffee addict, and an avid lover of all types of books–romances still being her all time favs. Her husband likes to claim that reading is her obsession but she just says it’s a passion…there’s a difference. Not that she’d expect a boy to understand.

Jessica has been writing since she was a little girl, but thankfully grew out of drawing her own pictures for her stories before ever publishing her first book. Because an artist she is not.

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