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Sunny Shelly’s Review: How to Lose at Love, by Sara Ney

Release Date: January 19

I needed a good girl to save my bad reputation.
With too much on my plate, the very last thing on my mind was a relationship—the football draft was looming and dating got in the way. I never understood why my teammates bothered with girlfriends. None of us had the time.
When my sports agent suggested that being seen in public with a respectable girl would begoodfor mybadreputation, I couldn’t think of a single person to help me out. The only girls I knew weren’t wifey material, and the ones who were? Might catch feelings.
Except Ryann Winters.
Responsible. Sarcastic. Smart. Ryann was perfect but there wasoneclincher: she was my teammates ex-girlfriend and I had recently beenpaidby him to dump her.
Not the best start to a fake relationship…
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Sunny Shelly’s Review: 4 Stars

Duke’s brothers (The Secret Roommate) have their own series! Yay! I loved that rowdy bunch when Duke and Posey helped them move into their house at college, and now we get to spend a whole series there and watch the three younger Colter brothers fall in love! First up is Dallas…

Man, Dallas and Ryann really get off on the wrong foot when he’s paid by her boyfriend, one of his teammates, to dump her. That sets up a hilarious hate-to-love situation when she reluctantly agrees to be his fake girlfriend to rehab his reputation. (That idea is Elias Cohen’s, from The Makeout Artist.)

The witty banter between Dallas and Ryann reminded me so much of how Duke and Posey started out. There are some hilarious barbs exchanged between them, and Ryann doesn’t take his crap. That makes this book a whole lot of fun. It’s flirty and sexy, and I love a good story when a guy who has zero desire for a relationship falls hard and fast. I appreciated how Ryann didn’t drag it out when she realized she had feelings for Dallas, and they had an honest conversation about becoming official.

How to Lose at Love is a charming, low-angst college sports romance that I devoured in a day, and I can’t wait to see what comes next for the other Colter brothers!

I received an advanced copy and voluntarily left a review.

Meet Sara Ney

Sara Ney is the USA Today Bestselling Author of the How to Date a Douchebag series, and is best known for her sexy, laugh-out-loud New Adult romances. 


Among her favorite vices, she includes: iced lattes, historical architecture and well-placed sarcasm. She lives colorfully, collects vintage books, art, loves flea markets, and fancies herself British. 
 
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Sunny Shelly’s Review: La Vie en Rose by Lydia Michaels

Synopsis:

Emma Sanders has always dreamt of being a bride, wearing fancy gowns, pretty pearls, and—of course—falling madly in love. Then life happened. Finding herself one fiancé short of her happily ever after, she leaves the fairytales behind. Some days are simply too perilous for pink gowns and pearls.

Riley Lockhart is the sort of man who can make a woman lower her gaze with only a smile. That he doesn’t realize his charm makes him all the more enchanting. Determined to save Emma the pain of her breakup, he steps in as a friend, but soon finds himself wanting more.

She was just a girl, but she somehow winds up being the strongest woman he’s ever known. Losing her is not an option and when life can’t be tied neatly in a pretty little bow, he holds tight to all that he loves—his Emma. His hero.

Sometimes the greatest scars are worn on the inside.

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Sunny Shelly’s Review: 4 Stars

This book has a beautiful cover, but the inside is a raw, messy, emotional, yet beautiful, story about love and life that will hit you hard. It’s been on my TBR list for a while and I’m glad that I was able to listen to narrator Brian Callanan bring this story to life.

Riley and Emma’s story starts out as the typical friends-to-lovers trope. He is her best friend’s brother, and the three of them share an apartment in NYC. After Emma is unceremoniously dumped by her fiancé, she and Riley grow a lot closer while Rarity is out of town. It’s not long before Riley begins looking at Emma in a different light. Has she always been this beautiful? He is in awe of her courage and strength, and they soon grow closer and take their friendship to the next level.

And then comes the news that will change their lives forever.

The second half of this book is gut-wrenching. I hadn’t read many reviews, so I wasn’t expecting the cancer twist in the story. As light-hearted as the first part was, the second half of this book made me shed so many tears. I thought Lydia Michaels handled it wonderfully, and as hard as it was to read that part of the book, it was well done and I related to the journey and trials that these characters were going through.

Just Breathe.

After some time passes, I will return to this book again.

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Sunny Shelly’s Review: Blind Pass by Teagan Hunter

💢💢 𝗡𝗢𝗪 𝗔𝗩𝗔𝗜𝗟𝗔𝗕𝗟𝗘 💢💢

𝘞𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘩𝘢𝘱𝘱𝘦𝘯𝘴 𝘪𝘯 𝘝𝘦𝘨𝘢𝘴 𝘥𝘰𝘦𝘴𝘯’𝘵 𝘢𝘭𝘸𝘢𝘺𝘴 𝘴𝘵𝘢𝘺 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘦…

🏒 𝗕𝗟𝗜𝗡𝗗 𝗣𝗔𝗦𝗦 by Teagan Hunter🏒

𝘈 𝘊𝘈𝘙𝘖𝘓𝘐𝘕𝘈 𝘊𝘖𝘔𝘌𝘛𝘚 𝘕𝘖𝘝𝘌𝘓 #2

I would know.

I’m coming home with a brand-new ring on my finger.

My wife? Ryan Bell.

We’re polar opposites.

She’s sunshine and happiness.

I’m grumpy and scarred – literally.

We could get it annulled and no one would be the wiser.

Only problem?

We posted about it online,

And it’s already making headlines.

I can’t afford to get that kind of attention and tank my career,

And Ryan needs my help too.

We make a plan:

Stay married for one year,

Play our roles,

And divorce amicably at the end.

No harm, no foul.

Besides, there’s no way the beauty is going to fall for the beast…

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Sunny Shelly’s Review: 4 Stars

This is the first book I’ve read by Tegaan Hunter in a while, and I enjoyed this fake marriage romance. Ryan and Rhodes accidentally drunkenly get married while in Las Vegas with their best friends. But because their photo has gone viral on social media, it will help his rep in the NHL for them to stay married. And Ryan is caught between a financial rock and a hard place, so there’s a benefit for her as well to stay married to Rhodes for a year. Then they part ways, easy peasy.

But then…. Lines begin to blur between the two. They both catch feelings, and the fake marriage suddenly feels all too real. This grumpy/sunshine story is loosely based on Beauty & The Beast: There are some really sweet moments between the two, and I appreciated how the scar on Rhodes’ face was a non-issue for Ryan. Narrators Tim Page and Callie Dalton did a great job with Rhodes and Ryan.

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Sunny Shelly’s Review: Wait For Always by K.A. Linde

Release Date: January 17 

 

A stand alone brother’s best friend romance about Ash Talmadge & Amelia Ballentine by USA Today bestselling author K.A. Linde…

Ash Talmadge is everything I shouldn’t want.

My brother’s best friend. A too charismatic, too attractive Southern gentleman. And obsessed with someone else.

But she’s finally out of the picture. I put two years between their break up just to be sure. This is finally my chance.

His focus is all on me. Exactly where I wanted it to be since high school when he saved me from humiliation. And after college when he finally realized I was more than just his best friend’s little sister.

There’s only one person who could ruin this for me.

I’ve waited this long.

I’m willing to wait for always.

 

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Sunny Shelly’s Review: 5 Stars


Wait For Always was so worth the wait!

Ash Talmadge finally gets his HEA with Derek’s little sister, Amelia, and it was everything I’d hoped it would be! I have to be honest, when this series started, I really didn’t like Ash much after I’d finished reading Hold The Forevers. I ultimately thought that Lila was better suited with Cole. And that’s because KA Linde was saving Amelia for Ash! The aftermath of all those breakups between Lila and Ash didn’t just affect Ash — it seriously impacted Amelia as well, and it was such an awesome payoff to see that play out in this book.

I have loved how these books overlap in some years, and seeing some of the same scenes from another character’s POV was wonderful. In this book, for instance, we see the yacht scene where Ash overhears Josie and Amelia talking about Lila’s engagement. A great scene!

Ash and Amelia’s story is bumpy as hell. If you’ve read the other Coastal Chronicles books, there have been hints of that. But I think that these two were so worth the wait. Amelia is vulnerable, so vulnerable, at times, and really wavers on whether or not to give Ash yet another chance. He’s broken her heart over and over again. Can she trust him to not break her heart yet again? The Ash we meet in the present-day timeline of this book is a more mature man than the guy from HTF, and he is swoony and sweet and sexy. He’s a hot mess in the flashback chapters, but those all contribute to the delicious happy ending that Ash and Amelia finally, finally get.

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Meet K.A. Linde
K.A. Linde is the USA Today bestselling author of the Avoiding Series, Wrights, and more than thirty other novels. 
 
She has a Masters degree in political science from the University of Georgia, was the head campaign worker for the 2012 presidential campaign at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and served as the head coach of the Duke University dance team. 
 
She loves reading fantasy novels, binge-watching Supernatural, traveling, and dancing in her spare time.

 

She currently lives in Lubbock, Texas, with her husband and two super-adorable puppies.
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Sunny Shelly’s Review: Almost Us by S.M. Shade

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“Strip everything away from us and love is what’s left. It’s what we get to keep.”

We thought things couldn’t get worse but the passing days proved us wrong.

I could handle the public backlash and the cops at my door.

I could handle the doubt and disbelief of our friends. As long as we were together, I thought I could handle anything.

As the threats loomed closer, our days together dwindled away. After losing everything that mattered to me, I had to ask myself how much sacrifice was too much?

How far would I go for him?

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Sunny Shelly’s Review: 5 Stars

Ella gets her happily ever after in Almost Us, the conclusion to the Almost Duet — but there are some twists that this story takes along the way. Just when I thought I knew where things were headed, the story took a turn that left me a little flabbergasted, to be honest.

There’s so much I want to say about this book, but don’t want to ruin the experience of reading it for others! Almost Us is angsty and emotional. I didn’t cry the way I did reading Almost Him, but it still pulled at my emotions. It’s full of grief, love, loss, wanting, and guilt, and is a sweeping, epic love story in the end.

I received an advanced copy and voluntarily left a review.

ABOUT S.M. SHADE 

 I’m a full time author who is hopelessly addicted to iced coffee, love stories, sunshine, and men with full sexy lips, though not necessarily in that order. A voracious reader since I sounded out my first word, I started writing as a teenager and rediscovered my love of writing as an adult. Originally from Indianapolis, I now live in a small Kentucky town.

I love to hear from readers so please feel free to contact me or connect with me on Facebook.

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Sunny Shelly’s Review: Whatever Happens by L.M. Reid

Release Date: January 10

The forbidden fruit never falls far from the tree…

Carter Wallace is the quarterback for the Knights and an all-around good guy. At least he was until he was in an accident that took him out for the season and possibly for good. He’s hurt, angry and acting out.
Lexie Masterson is a physical therapist and the daughter of the Knights head coach. All she’s ever wanted to do was prove herself to her father.

Drunk and feeling lost, Carter meets a woman at a bar. What should be a one-night stand turns into so much more. Until he finds out who she really is. Turns out the woman that is healing his heart, and his arm, is none other than the coach’s daughter. Even though he’s angry that she lied to him, Carter can’t seem to ignore his feelings for Lexie.
For Carter, one thing is certain. Whatever happens, Lexie is the one for him.
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Sunny Shelly’s Review: 4 Stars

Whatever Happens is a quick-moving romance that starts with a one-night stand, turns forbidden, then becomes close proximity — all with a hint of instalove mixed in.

Sparks fly when Lexi and Carter meet at a bar, and he takes her home for the night. While she knows exactly who he is — a pro football player on the injured list — he has no clue that she is the daughter of his team’s head coach. They spend a lot of time together over the next few weeks, and Carter wants more but Lexi is keeping him at a distance. Well, when he sees her during a meeting in her dad’s office after a sex tape goes viral, Carter finds out why! Although Lexie’s identity was hidden, the sex tape leads her dad to make Carter leave the team while he rehabs his shoulder back in his hometown, with Lexie as his personal physical therapist.

Naturally, things are uncomfortable between them at first because Carter feels betrayed by Lexie. And rightfully so. She didn’t tell him who she was. But as he reluctantly spends time with Lexie at his parents’ house, Carter realizes that he still cares deeply for her and they try to work out their issues.

Beyond the instalove, there are a whole host of family issues with Carter’s brother, Cody, and I liked the depth that gave this story. Cody is an addict, and his behavior has had a ripple effect on the family. I thought that was handled nicely by the author, and I liked how LM Reid tied it all back together in the end with Carter, Lexie, and Cody’s future plans.

This was a quick read, and an enjoyable story.

I received a complimentary copy and voluntarily left a review.

Meet L.M. Reid

L.M. Reid writes contemporary romance that is filled with emotion and a whole lot of steam. Her heroines are strong and feisty, and her heroes are sweet and sexy.

L.M. loved reading as a child and really fell in love with books while reading the Babysitter’s Club. The series spurred her love of writing leading her to create her own series as a kid – “Best Friend’s Forever.”

Growing up watching soap operas, L.M. has always had a flair for the dramatic and a love of all things romance.
 
She is just a Midwest girl with simple tastes and dirty thoughts.
She lives in the state where they swear there is more than corn, with her husband and son. She’s an iced coffee addict and loves Swedish Fish. While her heart belongs to romance, she loves curling up on the couch with a good, or bad, horror movie.
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Sunny Shelly’s Review: Stay Tonight by Kaylee Ryan

Title: Stay Tonight
Series: Kincaid Brothers #3
Author: Kaylee Ryan
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: January 10, 2023
BLURB
Sterling
It’s always been her, and I just never realized. Now that I’m looking at her that way, I can’t unsee it… and I don’t want to. Alyssa has been my best friend since kindergarten, and these intense new feelings could cost me our friendship.
She’s the one I share everything with, good or bad. It makes sense to share my life with her. But I can’t risk losing the only woman I’ve ever loved, which will happen if she doesn’t feel the same.
Alyssa is loyal and kind and takes my breath away. I just wish it hadn’t taken me so long to figure out what’s been right in front of me.
Alyssa
Falling for my best friend is easy, but keeping it to myself while figuring out what to do about it is the hard part. Because in a small town, everyone knows everyone… and their business.
Sterling is the perfect guy—handsome, with a heart of gold and a protective streak. I know he’ll do anything for me… except maybe admit he feels the same way I do.
So, I’m stuck in limbo and am in love with my best friend. Just when I work up the nerve to finally tell him how I feel, everything changes with a confession and two words: stay tonight.
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Sunny Shelly’s Review: 5 Stars

I’ve been super excited about Alyssa and Sterling’s story ever since I met them as secondary characters in the other related books in this series. And Kaylee Ryan delivered a great best-friends/friends-to-lovers romance with these two characters in Stay Tonight.

When cousin Ramsey and the Kinkaid sisters-in-law plant a seed in Sterling’s mind, and then Alyssa’s mind, about how their relationship will inevitably change when one of them seriously starts dating, it sparks something inside them both. (Really, neither of them has had a serious adult relationship in the last 10 years?) As it turns out, both Alyssa and Sterling saw each other as more than just friends back in high school, but neither made a move. And now, as adults, they are essentially in a relationship without romance. After a weekend getaway with the Kinkaid family, both Alyssa and Sterling are starting to want more from each other.

I loved his little movements here and there, the flirting, the PDA. But it just took them both so dang long to talk it out and I wanted to slap them both upside the head! And then the miscommunication between them drove me batty, but thankfully it is quickly resolved. This slow-burn story has a great payoff when Sterling and Alyssa finally get on the same page.

From there, their romantic relationship moves super fast, but after 20 years in the making, I was okay with it. I loved the way this story ended for this couple, and I can’t wait to see more from them in the future books in this series. While these books are all standalone and focus on one couple, the Kinkaid brothers are a close-knit bunch, so there are lots of great scenes with the other couples from previous books, and I loved getting to see them all again.

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Sunny Shelly’s Review: A Long Time Coming by Meghan Quinn

“I think about you every second of every day, Lia. I want you more than I’ve ever wanted anything in my life.”

A LONG TIME COMING, a brand new sexy, friends-to-lovers standalone romance from USA Today bestselling author Meghan Quinn, is Now Available in all formats, including the illustrated hardcover edition!

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 Quirky Heroine
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Get ready to fall in love with this unassuming, smoking hot billionaire and his beautiful, quirky best friend he’s destined for! One-click your copy of this sexy, laugh-out-loud romance full of charm and heat today!

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About A LONG TIME COMING:

From USA Today and Amazon Charts bestselling author Meghan Quinn, comes a witty take on a romantic comedy classic, My Best Friend’s Wedding. Steamy, laugh-out-loud, and full of charm, these two best friends heat up the pages while proving true love might be right in front of you.

Have you ever heard of a man-in-waiting?

Yeah, neither has my best friend’s soon-to-be monster-in-law. Ooo, sorry, I meant mother-in-law. Nor has she heard of the term, what the bride wants, the bride gets

With wedding planning underway and a short timeline, my best friend, Lia, has recruited me to help her battle the snarly beast that is Mrs. Beaver. Not scared at all, I accept the challenge as her man-in-waiting–aka, man of honor–and take matters into my own hands. 

The only problem is, with every second we draw closer to the wedding, I’m starting to see my best girl in a different light.

She’s always been beautiful to me, but now . . . I find myself staring a touch too long. My hand lingering for one more minute. And when she’s upset? Allowing her to sleep in my bed.

And before I know what’s happening, it hits me like a ton of bricks. I’m in love with my best friend. Not just in love, but infatuated. 

No one compares to her and nothing seems to distract me from that realization.

Not the girl I try to date while I help plan Lia’s wedding. 

Not her angry fiancé who thinks I’m growing too close. 

And not the looming deadline of her nuptials. 

Which means, there’s only one thing left for me to do. Prove to Lia I’m the one she should be with instead. But with the pressure of her engagement, the stress from her soon-to-be mother-in-law, and the breath-stealing nerves running through me, I’m finding it a lot harder to claim the girl than I would like to admit. 

Say a little prayer for me . . .

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Sunny Shelly’s Review: 5 Stars

Okay, the youngest Cane brother takes the cake!

I listened to Chapter 10, when Breaker realizes that he’s been in love with Lia all this time, twice! His complete and utter freak out about his feelings for Lia and what a spaz he is when they are next together was one of my favorite parts of the book! And then Chapter 13?? FIRE!

A Long Time Coming was the PERFECT friends-to-lovers/best friends story. I absolutely adored how it hit Breaker like a freight train that he had feelings for Lia. And even though he is quite a catch, I loved how insecure he was when it came to whether or not Lia possibly felt the same way about him. And talk about slow burn…. nothing happens between them until after she ends her engagement, so it is a good 80% of the book where the tension is just building and building between them. But the payoff? Oh sweet lord, was it worth it!!

The narration by Erin Mallon and JF Harding was perfect, and I couldn’t have loved this book any more!

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Sunny Shelly’s Review: The Back Nine by Rachel Blaufeld

The Back Nine by Rachel Blaufeld is now live!

A BRAND NEW ALL-THE-FEELS *SECOND CHANCE AT LOVE* SERIES from Rachel Blaufeld.

James “Jamie” Silver is all grown up, working for the same high-profile, überwealthy people she’s spent her entire life surrounded by–as the outsider. With a new hairstyle and a sliver of confidence, she attacks the role daily…because since she was the scholarship kid at a hoity-toity District of Columbia prep school, Jamie has never quite belonged. Especially when it comes to her longtime BFF and secret crush, Ford Conway III.

As the oldest son of a Supreme Court justice and the world’s savviest society lady, Ford Conway was meant to attend prep school and grow into someone great. His mom never predicted he’d befriend the charity case. Much to her chagrin, as young kids and college classmates, Ford and Jamie were inseparable.

The duo shared all their secrets, until graduation, when they shared a magical night.

That is, until Ford forced himself to run away from his family’s political ties and his growing feelings for Jamie Silver.
Now a famous Hollywood producer, Ford makes his own rules. Except when his father becomes gravely ill, he’s forced to come home and runs head-on into the only woman who ever captured his heart. Although Jamie doesn’t remotely resemble the girl he fell for decades ago, his heart doesn’t care. But his mom certainly does…

In a cross-country second chance love story, the pair embark on discovering one another as adults and finding happiness in their back nine.

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Sunny Shelly’s Review: 3 Stars

The Back Nine is a sweet and spicy second chance romance, twenty years in the making. Jamie and Ford are childhood best friends who had a one night stand the night that they graduated college. But Ford’s fears to really get involved led to them losing touch and now 20 years later, they reconnect.

I enjoyed parts of this story, but found the majority of it to be a little underwhelming. It made me laugh when Jamie and her best friend Val were talking about cheek whiskers in the bar — she’s over 40 after all! But then she waffled back and forth so much when Ford reappeared in her life and I felt like she was too much of a doormat for someone that age. I was glad when she finally stood up for herself, though. And I was equally irritated at Ford for not standing up to his mom sooner.

All in all, this was an enjoyable story, and I am definitely intrigued by the preview chapters for Billy’s upcoming story (Ford’s sister)!

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A recent poll of her readers described Rachel as insightful, generous, articulate, and spunky. Originally a social worker, Rachel creates broken yet redeeming characters. She’s been known to turn up the angst like cranking up the heat in the dead of winter.

A devout coffee drinker and doughnut eater, Rachel spends way too many hours in local coffee shops, downing the aforementioned goodies while she plots her ideas. Her tales may all come with a side of angst and naughtiness, but end as lusciously as her treats.

Rachel lives around the corner from her childhood home in Pennsylvania with her family and two beagles. Her obsessions include running, coffee, basketball, icing-filled doughnuts, antiheroes, and mighty fine epilogues.

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Sunny Shelly’s Review: The Muse by Emma Scott

From USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author Emma Scott, comes an emotional paranormal romance about sacrifice, redemption, and the power of true love.


Cole Matheson didn’t expect the road toward being a successful painter would be paved in gold, but he hoped there’d be a few less potholes. Insidious self-doubt that whispers that he’s no good, talentless, hopeless has him on the brink of despair. Maybe it would be better to just give up.

A midnight visit by a beautiful creature of darkness changes everything…

Ambrosius Edward Meade-Finch surrendered to the underworld centuries ago after knowing only pain and suffering during his short life. Now, Ambri makes humans dance on his strings, feeding on their desire for his own pleasure. But his liege lord questions his loyalty and commands him to bring a pure soul into their dark realm.

Cole Matheson seemed like an easy mark, but Ambri didn’t count on his goodness or the depth of his generous spirit that wants Ambri just as he is. And Cole never expected to find in Ambri a muse who unlocks his talent and who might also be what his lonely heart has been searching for. Something fragile yet powerful grows between them, and the possibility of soul-deep love hangs in the balance, if only they have the courage to reach for it.

But fairy tale endings don’t come without a price. The dark forces Ambri answers to have been promised a soul, and they’re coming to collect…


The Muse is book 2 in the Angels and Demons series but can be read as a standalone.

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Sunny Shelly’s Review: 5 Stars

The Muse is the second book in the Angels & Demons series by Emma Scott and can be read as a standalone. There are many references to the first book (The Sinner) so it helps to have the context of book 1 — but Emma supplies a glossary to fill in the blanks. Even though I read The Sinner, I was happy to have the glossary on hand to refresh my memory!

Cole is the best friend of Lucy, from The Saint. Lucy got her HEA with Caz, with some help from Ambri. Now, because Casziel has left them, Ambri must bring in a new soul to the Dukes of Hell or suffer for a century. So he sets his sights on Lucy’s best friend, Cole, because taking him will hurt Lucy, and he’s actually jealous of Lucy and Caz’s relationship.

Cole and Ambri are soulmates, even though Amrbi doesn’t have a soul. They are both so tortured, yet just made perfect sense together. Cole struggles with his mental health and is battling some figurative demons when he meets Ambri, a literal demon. While it is initially Ambri’s goal to manipulate and destroy Cole, but he can’t help but fall in love with the sweet, forgiving man. And Cole falls for Amrbi as well. But as their relationship grows and deepens, it also becomes a ticking timebomb, because The Other Side wants a soul to keep.

I am not a fan of paranormal, but I am a fan of Emma Scott’s. And I devoured The Sinner, so I wanted to check out The Muse. It was just as much of an epic, sweeping romance, albeit a darker one with some of the themes of this book. Demons and ghosts and all that? Yeah, but it’s also a mesmerizing story of two tortured souls who find solace and peace in one another. And facing your fears, and forgiveness, and all those messy, wonderful emotions that I love to feel when I’m reading.

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Emma Scott is a USA Today and Wall St. Journal bestselling author whose books have been translated in six languages and featured in Buzzfeed, Huffington Post, New York Daily News and USA Today’s Happy Ever After. She writes emotional, character-driven romances in which art and love intertwine to heal, and in which love always wins. If you enjoy emotionally-charged stories that rip your heart out and put it back together again, with diverse characters and kind-hearted heroes, you will enjoy her novels. Visit www.emmascottwrites.com

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