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Sunny Shelly’s Review: Meet Hate Love by Stevie J. Cole

MEET HATE LOVE by Stevie J. Cole

Release Date: January 19th

Genre/Tropes: Rom Com/Office Romance/Enemies to Lovers

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An act of hysterical blackmail between two work enemies kicks off this flirty and utterly ridiculous laugh-out-loud romantic comedy from USA TODAY bestselling author Stevie J. Cole.

I hated Vance Morgan, my arrogant office mate, more than anyone in the world. And yet, there I was, on a Paris-bound flight, cramped in the small space by his six-foot-four, arrogant frame.

And why?

Because after the sexy, thieving bastard stole my dream assignment, I found out he had a Lonely Fans page. One dedicated to pictures of his man-meat stick in front of world monuments. So, I did what any rational woman in my situation would do.

I blackmailed his hot, article-swindling ass. The problem was, he blackmailed me right back. And thanks to him and his can’t- lose-attitude, we ended up stuck together, Traveling around Europe while coming up with tips and tricks on how to survive vacationing with someone you hate. Easy. Like I said, I despised the man. Or at least I thought I did…

After a few days of tiny hotel rooms and steamy tension, everything between us came to a head—a really big, massive, enticing head.

Now the only tip I’m desperately seeking is how to survive falling for my used-to-be enemy.

Sunny Shelly’s Review: 5 Stars

In all seriousness, I could barely contain my snorts of laughter while reading Meet Hate Love in the lobby during my daughter’s dance class. It is hilariously funny, with likable characters, over-the-top scenarios that just somehow make complete sense, and two workplace rivals that are just perfect for each other!

Every time I thought things couldn’t get weirder or more awkward between Vance and Blake… they did. And I loved it. The banter between these two is so witty, and as they go on Vance’s *ahem* Europeen tour as a side project of their work assignment, things just kept getting funnier and funnier. Let me tell you — if I ever get to the Sistine Chapel, I will be looking for that bathroom!

Don’t let this one pass you by. Blake’s Eat Pray Love trip may have not started out how she’d imagined it would, but it brought her to her happily ever after and the trip there is an absolute riot!

I received an advanced copy and voluntarily left a review.

About Stevie J. Cole:

Stevie J. Cole likes to write realistic stories with raw, gritty characters you should hate but can’t help but to love.

She’s obsessed with rock music, loves sloths, and has an unnatural obsession with British accents.

Her books are not recommended for the faint of heart.

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Sunny Shelly’s Review: Rumour Has It by Naaz Spencer

Rumour Has It by Naaz Spencer is now live!

Aiden
I fell in love with my best friend and then broke her heart when we were nineteen.
Tiffany Harrington refuses to have anything to do with me outside of work.
She’s spent years cleaning up my playboy image, but all I want is her.
Tiffy refuses to give me another chance, no matter how much I beg. And I’m not above begging.
But life just threw us a devastating curveball and I’ll be by her side even if she pushes me away.
I’d do anything for that woman because she is my world.
Even if she doesn’t realise it yet.

Tiffany
Aiden Sinclair is a liability, but when he gets too close, I lose all sense.
He’s been my weakness ever since we were kids. But we are the past and I’m only concerned about my future.
I won’t let him shatter my heart a second time.
Or that was the plan.
When Mum is diagnosed with cancer, Aiden’s the person I run to.
The only one who can help me is him.
Behind the playboy is still the man I love, and I don’t know how much longer I can refuse to acknowledge it.
Because time is a precious thing.

Rumour Has It is book 2 in the Seven Deadly Sinclairs series and can be read as a standalone.

This book contains topics that some may find triggering. These include scenes and discussion of cancer and cancer treatment, time in hospital, death, loss of a parent, grief, mature language and sexually explicit scenes.

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Sunny Shelly’s Review: 4 Stars

Rumour Has It is a charming second-chance, best-friends romance from a new-to-me author. I quite enjoyed reading this book by Naaz Spencer, and thought she did a lovely job of portraying the hurt and heartbreak between Aiden and Tiffany — as well as the groveling, reconnecting, and falling back in love. This book deals with the sensitive topic of a parent dying of cancer, and I thought that added so much to the story. Her mom’s diagnosis was a turning point for Tiffany in forgiving Aiden. Amid all the angst, there are some very sweet moments, and I enjoyed Tiffany and Aiden’s journey very much. I received an advanced copy and voluntarily left a review.

Meet Naaz Spencer

Naaz Spencer was born and raised in Wales, UK. She grew up watching Bollywood films and inevitably fell in love with Shah Rukh Khan and stories that have a lot of heart. After spending years working in a lab, Naaz turned her hand to writing and hasn’t looked back. She hopes to instil the same sense of magic through her words that others offered her.

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Sunny Shelly’s Review: Whispers of You by Catherine Cowles

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Fall for Holt and Wren in their second-chance, forced proximity small town romance from USA Today Bestselling Author, Catherine Cowles!

One night—a single moment—cost me everything.

My body, broken beyond repair. The boy I’d thought was my forever. The life I’d always dreamt of.

Now, Holt’s back. And he’s no longer a boy, but a man with shadows in his eyes and demons haunting him.

He says he’s here to make things right. To get back a little bit of all we’ve lost. And he doesn’t show any signs of leaving the small town that has been my refuge.

As stolen moments turn to days, Holt’s around every corner. With his burning stare and lingering touches. Before long, my walls come crashing down and I’m just hoping that taking this second chance isn’t as reckless as it feels.

But not everyone is happy that Holt has returned. As tragedy strikes again, I’m the one left in the crosshairs. And Holt might not be able to save me this time…

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Sunny Shelly’s Review: 5 Stars

Ah, Whispers of You is a fantastic start to a new series! It has all of the bits that I’ve come to love in a Catherine Cowles book!

Wren and Holt were perfection! I adored this second-chance romance, and how these two broken characters found their way back to one another. It’s coming up on the 10th anniversary of the shooting spree that ripped their town apart. While Wren has carried physical and psychological scars from that horrible night, Holt has carried emotional scars on the inside. He’s never forgiven himself for not being there for Wren when she was attacked. But rather than be there for her, Holt left town and joined the military, feeling as if he wasn’t good enough for having disappointed her. But the second he sees Wren again, he knows that he can’t continue to live his life without her.

At first, Wren wants nothing from Holt and struggles to find a way to co-exist with him back in town. But when strange attacks begin again in Cedar Ridge and she becomes a target, Holt makes it his personal mission to be her protector. The man he is at 28 is not the same boy he was at 18, but will Wren be able to forgive him for his past mistakes?

I loved how Andi Arndt and Zachary Webber narrated this story. They captured every nuance of this couple, and brilliantly brought the story to life.

I can’t wait for more from the Lost & Found series!

I received an advanced copy and voluntarily left a review.

About Catherine Cowles

Writer of words. Drinker of Diet Cokes. Lover of all things cute and furry, especially her dog. Catherine has had her nose in a book since the time she could read and finally decided to write down some of her own stories. When she’s not writing she can be found exploring her home state of Oregon, listening to true crime podcasts, or searching for her next book boyfriend.

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Sunny Shelly’s Review: Reluctant Husband by Hope Ford

Title: Reluctant Husband
Series: Whiskey Men #1
Author: Hope Ford
Genre: Contemporary Small Town Romance

Release Date: January 30, 2023

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I’m in love with Lucas Blaze, the player grandson of the woman I take care of. I’m nothing like the women he dates, so the chances of him noticing me are slim to none. Until the day he asks me to marry him.
Lucas is the youngest Blaze Brother. He works twenty-four seven, and his only use for women is to get his rocks off when he’s taking a break from putting his family’s liquor brand into every store in the country.
I don’t wear the right clothes, I don’t mingle in the same high-profile groups, and I sure as heck don’t know the first thing about pleasing a man.
But to make his Granny happy, Lucas is willing to marry me.
Our marriage is one of convenience and I know it won’t last.
But try telling that to my heart.
He doesn’t believe in love and happily ever after.
I want a love that lasts forever.
In the end, will he give us a chance? Or will he walk away holding my heart?
USA Today Bestselling author Hope Ford, brings you a standalone first book in the Whiskey Men series. If you love reading about curvy women getting the hot guy, opposites attract, jealousy trope, marriage of convenience, and small-town romance, then you’ll love Lucas and Isabella’s story.
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Sunny Shelly’s Review: 4 Stars

Reluctant Husband is a cute (if not predictable) fake marriage/marriage of convenience romance between a hero who doesn’t believe in love and the family friend who has been in love with him for her entire life.

Lucas has more or less been raised by his grandmother since his mom abandoned the family when he was a newborn. As a result, he doesn’t really trust or believe in true love. Isabella is the family friend who takes care of Lottie, aka Granny G, and has always been in love with Lucas. G, of course, knows this, and as her health deteriorates, she tells Lucas that she would love to see him settle down and get married — and that she’s worried about Isabella, who doesn’t have any other family. With the seed planted by his grandmother, Lucas proposes a fake marriage to Isabella.

Predictable? Of course. But Hope Ford did a nice job of showing how Granny really knew best because Bella and Lucas are a well-matched pair. The major conflict for this couple comes from his crazy assistant (who wants him for herself), but I was glad to see that Lucas quickly put her in her place. Because it didn’t take much for this fake marriage to become something very real for Lucas and Bella.

Hope Ford is a new-to-me author, and I enjoyed this story very much. I’m interested in reading about Lucas’ brothers as well in the rest of this series. I received an advanced copy and voluntarily left a review.

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Sunny Shelly’s Review: Beautifully Scarred by P. Rayne

We are excited to announce that Beautifully Scarred by P. Rayne – Dark Romance Author is now live!

Lilah

Growing up, all we had was each other.

Jimmy’s always been the one who protected me—at any cost. I was content to let him clean up my messes. And when he kept his promise to get us out of our hometown and living the lives we always dreamed of, I was happy to pretend everything would be okay… for a while.

While Jimmy was able to leave the past behind, mine felt like a tattoo I could never scrub clean.

Jimmy thinks he can fix me—he tries, and tries, and tries.

Sometimes love isn’t enough to heal all the wounds from the past. Sometimes even your savior thinks you’re not worth saving.

And he’d be right… until everything changed.

Jimmy

I’ve loved Lilah for as long as I can remember.

And for as long as I can remember, she’s pushed down the traumas of her past until they became poison running through her veins, infecting everything she touched.

Watching the woman you love destroy herself piece by piece is the slowest, most painful form of torture I know.

Giving her up may be the only way to save her. But how do I just walk away from the one person I love most in this life?

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Sunny Shelly’s Review: 5 Stars

Beautifully Scarred is quite a different story than the lighthearted contemporary romcoms I’ve come to know and love from Piper Rayne. Writing as P. Rayne, these co-authors do a fabulous job of presenting an emotional best-friend romance between Lilah and Jimmy — a darker, more intense tale touching on a whole host of deep and somewhat taboo subjects.

At their best and at their worst, Lilah and Jimmy have an intense, binding connection. Yet as their careers rise — he’s Hollywood’s latest golden boy and she’s a rising superstar model — their friendship veers off to different paths. While he does his best to be there for her, Lilah falls deeper into addiction as a way to cope with the trauma of her childhood. Her history is heartbreaking and even though most of it happened off-page, the way it has affected her is there in every move that she makes. And P. Rayne did a great job of portraying the heartache and pain in this character.

Beautifully Scarred takes place in two parts with a six-year time jump as these two damaged souls find their way back to one another. It’s a long and bumpy road for Lilah and Jimmy to find peace, and there is a lot of growth from both characters on the journey. This book is a whopper of a story at nearly 80 chapters — it was originally released as a duet several years ago before being repackaged –but it grabbed me from the start. I will definitely come back to read this angst-fest again!

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Sunny Shelly’s Review: Letting Go at 40 by L.B. Dunbar

Letting Go at 40 by L.B. Dunbar is now live!

She didn’t think it could ever happen again. Love that is. And it definitely shouldn’t be happening with him. 

Anna Kulis has lost her husband. Their love was a perfect kind of love; a once in a lifetime experience. She never intended to fall for anyone again. Never expected to have this attraction stirring inside her. And she never thought her emotions would run wild for the one man she shouldn’t be attracted to – her late husband’s best friend.

Mason Becker has a secret. As a renowned ladies’ man, he’s been in love with his best friend’s wife for twenty-five years. After his friend’s untimely death, and a period of grief, Mason finds himself in a compromising position with the one woman he didn’t think he’d ever have. And that night leads to complications – namely, a desire for more.

Letting go can be one of the hardest tasks for the heart.
Opening up to a second chance at love can be even harder.

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Sunny Shelly’s Review: 5 Stars

I have been waiting for Mason and Anna’s story since the first Lakeside Cottage book and it did not disappoint!

“Ben was one in a million, but you’re a million in one.”

Anna is Ben’s widow, and Mason was his best friend — who has been in love with Anna from Day One. During the year of Ben’s illness, and even after his death, Mason steps up to take care of Anna and her kids, even though it kills him to be so close to her. Meanwhile, Anna was always ambivalent about Mason. She didn’t understand why he was so tight with her husband, and didn’t like the guy much at all. But during the months he lives with her family, she begins to see a different side to Mason and really gets to know the guy as the fiercely loyal friend her husband had loved.

As Mason and Anna both work through their grief, they turn to each other for friendship and support. Sometimes the lines get blurred, and my heart broke for Mason as he wanted so much to really truly be there for Anna when she was at times just using him to ease her pain. When Anna started developing genuine feelings for Mason, she was tormented by guilt that it was too soon after her husband’s death to be moving on — with his best friend of all people.

I loved how even though these characters are both in their 40s, they are somewhat stunted when it comes to dating and relationships. Yes, Anna is a widow, but Ben was pretty much her only boyfriend and she met him when she was a teenager. And Mason has shoved down the pain of being in love with a woman he could never have by indulging in a series of short flings over the years, never making a commitment. So while they dance around each other for a long time before they finally get together, their relationship is full of miscommunication. He thinks he’s showing her with actions but doesn’t say the words. And by not hearing the words, she isn’t sure of his true feelings. I so enjoyed the journey these two went on and how they finally, finally came together.

Letting Go at 40 was a phenomenal story, but an intense one!

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Meet L.B. Dunbar

L.B. Dunbar loves sexy silver foxes, second chances, and small towns. If you enjoy older characters in your romance reads, including a hero with a little silver in his scruff and a heroine rediscovering her worth, then welcome to romance for those over 40. L.B. Dunbar’s signature works include women and men in their prime taking another turn at love and happily ever. Along with her #sexysilverfox collection, she’s made Amazon Top 10 in Later in Life Romance with her Lakeside Cottage and Road Trips & Romance series. She is also a USA Today Bestseller. L.B. lives in Chicago with her own sexy silver fox.

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Sunny Shelly’s Review: Make A Wish by Helena Hunting

♥ NEW RELEASE ♥

With her signature charm and sense of humor, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Helena Hunting creates a novel about love, family, and second chances in Make a Wish

Ever have a defining life moment you wish you could do over? Harley Spark has one. The time she almost kissed the widowed father of the toddler she nannied for. It was so bad they moved across the state and she never saw them again.

Fast forward seven years and she’s totally over it. At least she thinks she is. Until Gavin Rhodes and his adorable now nine-year-old daughter, Peyton, reappear at a princess-themed birthday party hosted by Spark House, Harley’s family’s event hotel. Despite trying to avoid the awkwardness of the situation, she can’t help but notice how unbearably sexy he looks in a tutu.  Add to that a spontaneous hives breakout, and it’s clear she’s not even remotely over the mortification of her egregious error all those years ago.

Except Gavin seems oblivious to her inner turmoil. So much so that he suggests they get together for lunch. For Peyton’s sake, of course. It’s the perfect opportunity to heal old wounds. Or it could just reopen them. This is one of those times Harley wishes she could see the future…

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Sunny Shelly’s Review: 5 Stars

Make A Wish is the third and final book in the Spark House series, and I loved the journey that youngest sister Harley went through with Gavin, the hot widowed dad she used to nanny for. This book had a heavier feel to it than the others did, simply because Gavin was kind of stuck in the past as far as grieving his late wife Marcie (who died the day their daughter Peyton was born) and his feelings about making a future with Harley.

Helena Hunting infused this book with her signature charm and wit, and gracefully handled how Gavin came to terms with moving past the love he lost. I also felt that the issues Gavin had with his mother-in-law and her grief were handled wonderfully. Sure, Karen was mean and snippy, but once they really got into things, it was clear that she was consumed by grief herself. And Payton is a wonderful little girl and brought so much to the story.

I went back and forth between listening to this book on audio and reading it, and I adored how Jason Clarke and Stella Bloom brought these characters to life.

Make A Wish is a wonderful story about finding love after loss, and I think it was my favorite of the bunch. And I loved all three books! And the bonus epilogue was a fantastic wrap-up for this series!

I received a complimentary copy from St. Martin’s Press via NetGalley and voluntarily left a review.

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Sunny Shelly’s Review: Keep This Promise by Corinne Michaels

 

I’m about to lose everything.

My home. My name. My future.

My husband was involved in something that could cost us our lives, and on his deathbed, he demands my daughter and I flee Britain.

I had no idea he found her biological father, Holden James, in Rose Canyon, and that’s where we’d start over.

The moment we see each other, feelings I’d long forgotten rush over me. Holden doesn’t hesitate to care for us. We find ourselves reaching for each other, even when we should hold back. His smile warms me, his arms protect me, and against my better judgment, I fall for him. All the possibilities of a future are threatened by a looming past.

I’m being hunted, and it’s just a matter of time before someone finds me guilty of crimes I didn’t commit. Whatever trouble my husband was involved in won’t evade me forever.

I am trying to keep my promise and stay for Holden, but I don’t know how long it’ll be before we have to run.

My name was Sophie Pearson, but I vanished, just like my hope to ever find love again.

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Sunny Shelly’s Review: 4 Stars

I’d kind of been hoping that Holden and Addie would end up together before she left Rose Canyon, but I think that Sophie was the perfect match for him!

When Sophie and Eden turn up on his doorstep, Holden is shocked; but immediately KNOWS that Eden is his daughter. He goes above and beyond to not only make their lives comfortable in Rose Canyon, but to protect them from the murky past of Sophie’s shady late husband, Theo.

I loved the crossover of characters on Sophie’s protection detail — especially Zach from Melanie Harlow’s latest book, Tempt!!

Keep This Promise was full of intrigue as the suspense story that started in the first book continued to play out — and eventually was wrapped up. Nice twist, Corinne! Didn’t expect that ending!

I received an advanced copy and voluntarily left a review.

Meet Corinne

Corinne Michaels is a New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of romance novels. Her stories are chock full of emotion, humor, and unrelenting love, and she enjoys putting her characters through intense heartbreak before finding a way to heal them through their struggles.

Corinne is a former Navy wife and happily married to the man of her dreams. She began her writing career after spending months away from her husband while he was deployed–reading and writing were her escapes from the loneliness. Corinne now lives in Virginia with her husband and is the emotional, witty, sarcastic, and fun-loving mom of two beautiful children.

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Sunny Shelly’s Review: Tasty Pickle by J.J. Knight

Title: Tasty Pickle
Series: Everything Tasty #2
Author: JJ Knight
Genre: Standalone Romantic Comedy
Trope: Opposites Attract
Release Date: January 20, 2023
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Surely nobody has ever met their great love while using duct tape to pull cactus needles out of their girl parts on a mountain trail.
Except I just did.
Let me tell you about Axel Pickle.
He’s a bronzed god.
Totally outdoorsy.
Worth half a billion after selling his nature app.
And he hikes naked.
He showed up in nothing but his hiking boots when I ran shrieking onto his private property after peeing on a prickly pear and being unable to put my pants back on.
We’ve been staring at each other’s private parts from the moment we first laid eyes on each other.
But I can’t date him.
I shouldn’t even talk to him.
And why he’s showing up at the hotel deli where I work, volunteering to slice the salami is a mystery to me.
I’m running from a terrible situation, and I need to keep my head down and avoid the world.
But something about the way Axel looks at me gets under my skin.
And this time, no duct tape in the world can yank the hooks he’s set in my wary, introverted soul.
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Tasty Pickle is a full-length standalone rom com about the most charming, witty, completely useless hunk of man-meat ever to nature walk au naturel, a skeptical, purposefully underachieving deli worker, and the ghost pepper pickle relish that brings them together with a kiss so fiery that it ends up requiring medicated lip gloss.
It is part of the bestselling Pickleverse, but you do not need to read any other books before this one. You can start your outrageous adventure into the world of the Pickles right here.
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EXCERPT
First, I was forced on a hike by my employer.
Then, I got tired and slowed down for like fifteen seconds and somehow lost the group.
Then, I got pelted with nuts by maniac squirrels with a grudge.
I ran in the direction where I thought the group was headed and lost the trail completely.
Of course, I had no cell signal.
Of course.
Just like a horror movie.
I started stress-drinking Gatorade.
Then, I had to pee.
So, I popped a squat.
Apparently on a cactus hidden in the brush.
Tiny spines attached to my girl parts.
And now, I’m on my back, my cactus-impaled vajajay flashing in the sun, my yellow daisy underwear caught on my ankle.
I would like very much to be eaten by a mountain lion.
I can think of nothing else to do, so I close my eyes, lay my head in the dirt, and wish for death.
Then something nudges my shoe.
Uggh.
I ignore it.
Nudge.
No. I’m dead. Death has become me.
Nudge.
“Hey.”
Someone is here. Great.
I open one eye in a squint. A man stands over me like a bronzed god, wearing a backpack, a neckerchief, and hiking boots. And nothing else.
Sunny Shelly’s Review: 4 Stars
I have loved the Pickle family right from the beginning, and I’m so glad that JJ Knight has found ways to continue telling stories with the extended family members. Now we have Axel Montgomery, who is a first cousin of OG Pickle Anthony.

The meet-cute between Axel and Calypso Ash is while he’s hiking — naked — and she’s just fallen on a cactus, getting needles in her hoo-ha. Yep. It’s hilarious and awkward, yet these two somehow manage to move past all that and develop a sweet friendship as she’s working at Havannah’s castle hotel opening a Tasty Pickle deli. But Calypso is a former debutante running from her oppressive past, and when she finds out that Axel is a self-made (half) billionaire, she freaks out because of how wealth has controlled her life in the past.

Axel is so sweet in his dedication to not giving up on Calypso. While Calypso hates how restrictive her old life was because of her family’s societal status, Axel can never trust if someone likes him for him or for his money. Their very vulnerable first encounter kind of put them on a level playing field, and they got to know each other for who they are, not the money in their bank account.

This sweet story is infused with all the zaniness that comes with the Pickle family, and I loved seeing Uncle Sherman and John Boudreaux and the rest of the bunch when it came to getting Tasty Pickle up and running. There are a few cameos from Indigo (aka Lilli from Royal Escape), as part of this story overlaps a bit with hers.

Tasty Pickle delivers a sweet bite of romance, steam, and family drama, and I loved how Axel supported Calypso and gave her the confidence to stand up for what she wanted — and didn’t want — from her past.

I received an advanced copy and voluntarily left a review.

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JJ Knight is the USA Today and Amazon Top 100 bestselling author of contemporary romance and romantic comedy including Single Dad on Top and Big Pickle.
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Sunny Shelly’s Review: Zane by Kat Baxter

Title: Zane
Series: The Bad Boys of Saddle Creek #1
Author: Kat Baxter
Genre: Steamy Romantic Comedy
Release Date: January 18, 2023
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Emmy
I am a walking nerdy girl cliche. Smart? Check! On the spectrum? Check! Awkward? Check! Virgin? Check! The only nerdy-girl box I don’t check is “friendless.” That’s because I have the coolest best friend ever—Zane. Everyone in town thinks Zane is just a hot, bad boy inkslinger, but I know better. With me, he’s kind, sensitive and thoughtful. I know he doesn’t see me as anything more than a friend, but when I decide it’s time to lose my virginity so I can finally date and find love, he’s the only man I can imagine asking for help.
Zane
Emmy thinks we’re just friends, but I know better. I’ve been in love with her for damn near half my life. Until now, I could be satisfied being just her best friend. But now that I know she’s ready for a physical relationship with a man, all bets are off. She wants help losing her virginity so she‘ll be comfortable dating some super geek she works with? Fine. I will take her V-card, but I plan on ruining her for other men.
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Sunny Shelly’s Review: 4 Stars
Zane is a quick, no-drama romance between a quirky, curvy heroine and her tattoo-artist best friend, who has been in love with her for years. At only 11 chapters, I read this book in a little under an hour, and it was the right amount of sweet and sexy.

I thought the character of Zane was a little underdeveloped and not as well-rounded as Emmie’s. But oh, I loved how patient, sweet, and kind he was with Emmaline. Emmie is on the autism spectrum, and I thought that Kat Baxter did a great job of incorporating those quirks into the character development and the romance that unfolded between the two.

This book is from a “bad boys” series, but I didn’t really think Zane is a “bad boy” aside from his physical appearance of tattoos and piercings. He was actually a pretty great, nice, sweet, guy, who is utterly devoted to Emmie.

I received an advanced copy and voluntarily left a review.

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USA Today Bestselling Author Kat Baxter writes fast-paced, sweet & STEAMY romantic comedies. Readers have dubbed her books “laugh-out-loud funny,” “hot enough to melt your kindle,” and “The Queen of Adorkable.” She lives in Texas with her family and a menagerie of animals. Kat is the pseudonym for a bestselling historical romance author.
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