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Sunny Shelly’s Review: A Wonderful Lie by Carrie Aarons

A Wonderful Lie by Carrie Aarons is now live!

Everyone lies around the holidays. We lie about the money we’re spending. We lie that we’re following our diets.

What am I lying about this year? The fact that my workplace nemesis has become my friend-with-benefits.

Collin Machlan and I have been each other’s competition since we joined our college’s radio station freshman year. Six years later, we’re both hosting shows for the country’s most popular podcast network.

Just as everything starts turning red and green, our boss announces a promotion, and whoever gets the most listens during this merry season will be crowned the winner.

There is just one catch; the only way to draw an audience in December is to theme every episode around Christmas. For a woman who typically celebrates alone with takeout and slasher flicks, I’m at a big disadvantage.

Going toe-to-toe with the guy I’ve never been able to intimidate is only made harder by the fact that Collin doesn’t seem to want to play our usual games. Add in some mistletoe and a Secret Santa swap, and I finally give in to his shameless flirting.

Maybe it’s the delusion of cuffing season, but suddenly I’m spending every night with him. No one at work knows. Neither does his family, or my friends. I lie that it’s just physical. That me, a self-proclaimed bachelorette, couldn’t possibly be on the brink of a relationship. I lie that we’re still competing for a job he doesn’t even want.

Until one too many lies threatens to topple my life like a crooked tree with poorly-distributed ornaments. And I’m left to decide between my lonely and blue traditions, or a love that lasts all year round.

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Sunny Shelly’s Review: 5 Stars

Buckle up, buttercup, because A Wonderful Lie is going to jingle your bells all season long! In this sexy holiday story, Carrie Aarons weaves her usual magical storytelling and somehow ups the ante 1000 percent with the spice level. Collin and Lark’s story is a wonderfully sweet and sexy treat, like someone took a sweet Hallmark holiday movie and spiced it way, way up!

I will never be able to look at snow the same way again!

I loved the banter that these two had as dating podcasters at the same company. It went beyond office rivals since they’ve known each other since college. This book has definite Hating Game vibes as Lark and Collin compete for a coveted timeslot. And when their typical exchange of barbs turns into a lust-filled kiss, this book takes a Fifty Shades turn. Wowza! It was more than I’m used to seeing from Aarons, but I’m not complaining!

Beyond the heat and lust, these two characters are wonderful creations. They are so real and honest with their emotions, wants, and expectations, and that makes it very easy for the reader to connect with them. Collin is such a good guy, despite Lark’s initial impression of him. And as their one-night stand turns into something more, he’s the one to catch feelings first and realize that it may not be so bad to get attached during cuffing season after all. But while he goes all in, Lark always has one foot out the door. She’s got some heavy baggage thanks to a not-great childhood. Will she let Collin be the one to help her through it?

Carrie Aarons is one of my favorite authors, and I believe A Wonderful Lie has become one of my favorite books of hers! Happy Reading!

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Meet Carrie Aarons

Author of romance novels such as Fool Me Twice and Love at First Fight, Carrie Aarons writes books that are just as swoon-worthy as they are sarcastic. A former journalist, she prefers the love stories of her imagination, and the athleisure dress code, much better.

When she isn’t writing, Carrie is busy binging reality TV, having a love/hate relationship with cardio, and trying not to burn dinner. She lives in the suburbs of New Jersey with her husband, two children and ninety-pound rescue pup.

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Sunny Shelly’s Review: The Fake Holidate by Amie Knight

Title: The Fake Holidate
Author: Amie Knight
Genre: Christmas Romance Novella
Release Date: December 1, 2022
The holidays are all merry and bright…
Until your sister decides to marry your ex—on Christmas.
Now I’m heading home to Sugar Mountain for this nightmare of a wedding.
To make matters worse, my work nemesis somehow convinced me to bring him as my date.
He’s grumpy and rude—the most infuriating man on the planet. Honestly, forget decking the halls, I’d rather deck him in the face.
It doesn’t help that he’s unbelievably handsome. But he hates me, or so I thought.
Until one fake date changes everything.
Even my family can’t help but fall for his charms.
He’s blurring lines, confusing things.
Making me want to jingle his bells.
I don’t know what’s going to happen after this trip.
All I’m sure of is, faking nice has never felt this naughty.
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Sunny Shelly’s Review: 5 Stars
Short and sweet but full of holiday goodness!

Office rivals. A fake date. A goat. A road trip to a small town at Christmas for a family wedding. Family drama. One bed. And a big confession that changes everything.

I devoured Clover and Nick’s story. She couldn’t fathom why her grumpy co-worker could possibly want to go home with her to attend her sister’s wedding — to Clover’s ex-boyfriend, of all people. But Clover would rather take along the grumpy, sexy Clark Kent lookalike than attend the wedding solo. The setup was perfect for a not-so-fake fake holidate even if Clover was unaware that Nick wasn’t faking it at all.

Because this is a novella, the story is relatively fast-paced but unfolds at a perfect tempo. And once Nick realizes that Clover is ready for him to make his move, he goes in with guns blazing. It’s heartfelt and steamy, and a perfect binge-read for the holiday season!

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USA Today bestselling author Amie Knight has been a reader for as long as she can remember and a romance lover since she could get her hands on her momma’s books. She’s a dedicated wife and mother with a deep love of music, makeup, and house plants. When she isn’t reading and writing, you can catch her jamming out in the car with her two kids and husband to ’90s R&B, country, and show tunes. Amie draws inspiration from her childhood in Columbia, South Carolina, and can’t imagine living anywhere other than the South.
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Sunny Shelly’s Review: Resting Scrooge Face by Meghan Quinn

What happens when your charming new pen pal happens to be your ex-boyfriend?
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After a bad breakup, Nola wants nothing to do with Christmas, especially in her quaint hometown of Bright Harbor, Maine. Infuriatingly charming and cheery, Nola’s surroundings only worsen her sour mood.

To make matters worse, Caleb, the boy who broke her heart years ago, is all grown up and still living in town. While doing her best to avoid him, Nola bumps into the local mailman, who gives her a mysterious letter. And when she finds that the writer is a fellow Scrooge, she can’t help but feel her spirit lifting.

Nola writes back to her new pen pal—who, unbeknownst to Nola, is none other than Caleb. When Caleb gets a response hand delivered by the mailman, he’s intrigued by the mystery sender. A friendly correspondence develops—and quickly turns flirtatious.

Although Nola and Caleb claim they can’t stand each other, they can’t deny the simmering attraction that brought them together in the first place.

Can these nameless pen pals write their own love story—or will they be too caught up with the ghosts of their Christmases past to find a future together?

Sunny Shelly’s Review: 5 Stars

Grab a cup of hot cocoa, sit in a dark room by the glow of a fireplace or Christmas tree and enjoy this delightful holiday novella from Meghan Quinn! What would you do if you moved back home during the holiday season and found out that your secret also-hates-Christmas pen pal is the guy who broke your heart?

Caleb (Resting Scrooge Face) and Nola (Ho-Ho-No) are adorable! They are both suffering from a bit of Scrooginess this holiday season, so mailman Arden decides to play matchmaker and deliver secret pen pal letters back and forth between them. As they write to one another, Caleb and Nola each begin to smile again, hum Jingle Bells, and even get into the holiday spirit! Meanwhile, Caleb and Nola keep bumping into each other around town, and it’s clear that there are loads of unresolved feelings between them.

Since this is a novella, they quickly resolve the issues stemming from their breakup, and there’s a wonderful scene when they realize who the other is. It’s a Christmas miracle!

This book is set in both Meghan Quinn’s Port Snow universe — Bright Harbor is the next town over, and just a hair not-as-Christmassy as Port Snow! — and is also connected to the baseball series since Nola is the sister of Ryot from Untying The Knot.

I received a complimentary copy from NetGalley and voluntarily left a review.

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Sunny Shelly’s Review: The Joy of Us by Kennedy Fox


The Joy of Us

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What happens when your getaway rental cabin ends up being a scam and you’re forced to stay with a sexy lumberjack? You try to avoid him and his annoying Christmas spirit because the last thing you have time for is love.

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Sunny Shelly’s Review: 5 Stars

The Joy of Us is an absolute delight! This charming holiday-themed story is one of those books where I could just imagine it playing out like a made-for-TV movie in my mind. Levi is Mr. Christmas and I just adored him!

My heart broke for Fallon as the story got into her reasons for hating Christmas. Levi really pulls out all the stops to change her mind, but when her assignment is up, will it be enough to convince her to stay and be with him for real? If you love grand gestures, this book has a great one!

I received a complimentary copy and voluntarily left a review.


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Brooke Cumberland and Lyra Parish are a duo of romance authors who teamed up under the USA Today pseudonym, Kennedy Fox. They share a love of Hallmark movies, overpriced coffee, and making TikToks. When they aren’t bonding over romantic comedies, they like to brainstorm new book ideas. One day in 2016, they decided to collaborate under a pseudonym and have some fun creating new characters that’ll make you blush and your heart melt. Happily ever afters guaranteed!
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Sunny Shelly’s Review: The Christmas Agreement by Sharon Woods

Title: The Christmas Agreement
Author: Sharon Woods
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Tropes: Billionaire/Single Dad/Age Gap
Release Date: November 23, 2022
I didn’t know he was a billionaire and a single dad the night he was stranded with me and only one bed.
Marc has been in my bar a few times before. We often exchanged a few words, but this time was different. His flight was delayed and then cancelled, so I joined him for a drink after closing and got to know him… really well.
As good as he looked in suits, nothing prepared me for Marc without one. Or the way he held me afterwards, despite me telling him I never do that.
Whatever. What’s one night of rule breaking? I’d never see him again anyway.
Except, when I finally land a prestigious architecture trainee position in New York, I find myself on his doorstep.
Marc’s full of surprises.
He never mentioned he had a daughter.
This is a complication I don’t know if I’m ready for. It was supposed to be one night of harmless fun, but now he won’t let me go.
And I don’t know if I want him to.
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Sunny Shelly’s Review: 3 Stars

One lonely Christmas Eve, Gracie spends a wild night with a handsome stranger who had been into the bar where she works several times before. He was from out of town, nothing more could come from it, but they gave in to their wild connection and spent a magical night together before he left Chicago and Gracie behind the next day.

Fast forward a few months, and Gracie lands an apprenticeship working with an architect in New York City. And the architect representing the other company on the joint project is none other than Marc. Their second meeting is full of awkwardness — not only are they both surprised to see the other, but Gracie mistakenly believes Marc is married — but eventually they reignite the spark that is still flickering between them.

I liked this second-chance romance, but I didn’t love it. Marc is quite the alpha male, and there are enough tender and swoony scenes mixed in with all of the heat and passion. But I felt a little lost while reading this story. Like I felt like I was missing out on a lot of Gracie’s backstory. I later discovered that she is a side character in another book, so maybe that’s where her background was explained. There were many conversations between Gracie and Ava that alluded to past events that I felt like I was clueless about. I also wish there was more Christmas in this book, considering the title.

But overall, Gracie and Marc’s story is a cute second-chance romance. I received an advanced story and voluntarily left a review.

An author of Contemporary Romance. I enjoy writing love stories with a HEA. Born and living in Melbourne, Australia. With my beautiful husband and two children. Lover of romance books, coffee and chocolate. I started reading romance during my maternity leave. And then, I wanted to write my own stories and in lockdown took a shot. And it’s been the best decision.
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Sunny Shelly’s Review: Tempt by Melanie Harlow

Nothing so wrong should ever feel so right.

TEMPT, an all-new steamy small town, one-night-stand, age gap romance featuring a plus-sized heroine and a hot single dad from USA Today and #1 Amazon Bestselling Author Melanie Harlow, is now available!

You’ve heard the story about the wedding planner who falls for the groom?
Well, this is the one where she falls for his father.
And that groom? He’s my ex.

I didn’t realize who the gruff, gorgeous older man was the night he rescued me from a creep in a Manhattan hotel bar. All I knew was that a hot, bearded stranger with a protective streak showed up right when I needed a reminder that real gentlemen still exist.

(Although he left his manners behind after asking me up to his room.)

It was the hottest night of my life, but I never thought I’d see the former Navy SEAL again.

Imagine my surprise at the rehearsal dinner one week later, when my sexy one-night stand is introduced as the father of the groom. Even more surprising? That temptation we felt in New York was no fluke.

In public, we pretend there’s nothing between us.

In private, we can’t keep our hands off each other.

The situation is beyond complicated. Zach never even knew he’d fathered a child until recently, and he wants to earn his son’s trust and respect. As for me, I’m looking for a man who wants to start a family, and Zach has made it clear he’s not that man. He’s fifteen years older, newly divorced, and he lives across the country.

But no matter how many times we draw the line, we keep crossing it.

Nothing so wrong should ever feel so right.

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Sunny Shelly’s Review: 5 Stars

“I think about you every minute of the day. I wish I could be the one, Millie Rose.”

“Maybe in another life, you could have been.”

I adored this story! Melanie Harlow did such a fantastic job creating Millie and Zach’s love affair. It was spicy, it was unpredictable, it was swoony, it was forbidden, it was something neither of them ever expected — and it was oh-so-tempting.

How could something so wrong feel so right? Everything made sense when Millie and Zach were together. All of a sudden, the guy who never wanted a commitment realized how much he enjoyed being with the temptress he met at a bar during a blizzard. And when Millie was with Zach, she just shone. I mean, she was a great heroine to begin with. Confident, sassy, smart, sure of herself (and curvy, which I appreciated!). But there was this other side of her that came out when she and Zach were meeting up in hotel rooms and her house in secret, and she just glowed.

But if only the 14-year age gap was the only complication between them. The want and longing and guilt lept off the page as Millie and Zach tried to figure out how they could continue to see one another yet not ruin the tenuous relationship he was building with his grown son. Her ex-boyfriend. There is heartbreak before they get there, but these two characters go on a marvelous journey together!

I really don’t want to say goodbye to Cloverleigh Farms and the MacAllisters! I hope there are books for the twins someday! Also, there are some GREAT Easter eggs in Tempt for Corinne Michaels fans — namely Jackson Cole since Zach works for Cole Security.

I received an advanced copy and voluntarily left a review.

About Melanie Harlow
USA Today bestselling author Melanie Harlow likes her martinis dry, her heels high, and her history with the naughty bits left in. When she’s not writing or reading, she gets her kicks from TV series like Ted, Lasso, Schitt’s Creek, and Fleabag. She occasionally runs three miles, but only so she can have more gin and steak.

Melanie is the author of the BELLAMY CREEK series, the CLOVERLEIGH FARMS series, the ONE & ONLY series, AFTER WE FALL series, the HAPPY CRAZY LOVE series, and the FRENCHED series. She lifts her glass to romance readers and writers from her home near Detroit, MI, where she lives with her husband, two daughters, and pet rabbit.

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Sunny Shelly’s Review: Untying The Knot by Meghan Quinn

“Your heartbeat is the cadence of my life, and without it in my palm, I’m an aimless wanderer.”

UNTYING THE KNOT, a brand new steamy, witty, emotional romance full of heart and humor from USA Today bestselling author Meghan Quinn, is Now Available in all formats! Dive into this romantic comedy sure to keep you on your toes. One-click your copy today!


A spin-off from the #1 Amazon bestsellers, A Not So Meet Cute and So Not Meant To Be, USA Today bestselling author Meghan Quinn brings you a heart-warming, yet hilarious full-length novel on what life is like after the happily ever after.

Ryot Bisley is my husband.

Yes, the former third baseman for the Chicago Bobbies and absolute heart throb of the Windy City. That Ryot Bisley.

The first time I ran into him, he was grumpy, a horrific host, and left me on his sofa with nothing but a nylon baseball flag to use as a blanket.

The second time, he reluctantly bought me dinner, stared at my chest the entire night, and still sported that permanent frown.

The third time . . . well, that was a game changer. His smile captured me, his teasing charmed me, and his touches excited me.

So when he was called up to the majors that didn’t stop us from knocking it out of the park and all the way down the aisle.

Eleven years later…I’d love to say we’re happy as ever but the man who sent me dirty text messages every day is long gone and Mr. Frowny Face is back.

He’s so focused on trying to build a life after baseball that he doesn’t see the life we’ve already created together. . .so I make the hard decision and serve him divorce papers.

Problem is…my husband refuses to accept those papers. Instead, he has a new game plan that makes untying the knot of our marriage a little tricky. And just when I thought I wanted to be traded . . . he’s slowly, tantalizingly roping me back in.

Jason Clarke and Stella Hunter narrate this sexy romance in duet and bring Ryot and Myla to life! You won’t want to miss this audiobook and all the heat and emotions they bring to it. One-click your copy and get your newest eargasm today!

Sunny Shelly’s Review: 5 Stars

Oh my gosh. This beautiful, beautiful, story is a masterpiece. This marriage in peril story is unlike anything else Meghan Quinn has put out, and I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. Ryot and Myla’s story was still full of the same heartfelt and lighthearted and sexy moments that I’ve come to expect from Meghan… but it was just ramped up so much against the situation of her wanting a divorce and him being blindsided.

The story is told in chapters past and present, so we witness Ryot and Myla’s growing friendship and eventual romance juxtaposed against their unraveling marriage. How did they get to where they are today? Can Myla ever forgive her husband for his betrayal? Will Ryot ever figure out how he let her down?

This story is deep. Myla’s childhood was a mess, and she has so many issues. She’s learned to cope and manage better, and it’s interesting to see how she retreats to that broken place again amid the breakdown of her marriage.

Fans of Quinn’s will love the cameos from other characters, like the baseball guys, and the Cane brothers. We even get to attend JP and Kelsey’s wedding!

This book will make you laugh, and cry, and cry some more. My heart broke around chapter 13 and I wasn’t sure I was going to recover! Narrators Jason Clarke and Stella Hunter, working in dual narration, were magnificent telling this story! Their portrayals were nuanced and I felt every up and down they went through.

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Sunny Shelly’s Review: This Life and All The Rest by Brit Benson

 Release Date: November 15

She thinks our story is over.
It’s just beginning.

Lennon Washington has been the star of every dream, every nightmare, since the day I lost her.
Since the moment I let my demons win, and she slipped through my fingers.

Her memory has haunted me.
Changed me.
Broken me and remade me.
And I’d all but given up on us.

Now tragedy has brought her back into my life.
My secrets are at her disposal,
Hers are unraveling quickly,
And every emotion we’ve tried to deny is returning with a vengeance.

But we’re not kids anymore.
We have changed drastically.
And with each new ache, I start to wonder,

Is there a place for us in this life,
Or will we have to try again in the next one?
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The Love of My Next Life, before reading this one.
It has a guaranteed HEA.
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Sunny Shelly’s Review: 5 Stars

Macon and Lennon’s story comes to a wonderful conclusion in This Life and All The Rest. Despite all that has happened between them, these two soulmates find their way back together. But it is a doozy of a rollercoaster to get there!

The book picks up where The Love of My Next Life left off — It’s four years after prom, Lennon is living in Paris, and gets a phone call from Claire summoning her home. There is so much hurt and anger between Macon and Lennon. They each felt abandoned by the other, and they both have gone through SO MUCH during the last four years. It’s all framed around a family crisis, bringing Lennon’s relationships with her dad, stepmom, and Macon’s sister Claire into the mix as well.

Bit by bit, Macon and Lennon learn what the other had gone through during their time apart. My heart broke for them both because there was just so much that happened, and so much of it could have been prevented! But that heartache and pain led to a wonderful HEA for this couple and I loved their journey to finding one another again!

I received an advanced copy and voluntarily left a review.

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Brit Benson writes romance novels that are sassy, sexy, and sweet.

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Sunny Shelly’s Review: The Proposal by L. Steele

The Proposal, an all-new enemies-to-lovers fake-marriage standalone romance full of heat from bestselling author L. Steele is available now!

Wedding Planner meets Fifty Shades of Grey

I never should have agreed to become his…

Liam Kincaid. Super grumpy. Super grouchy. Super tall, dark …hottie.
Who’s engagement I was responsible for breaking up.
It was all a big mistake… honest.
Only he doesn’t see it that way.
He now has twenty-four hours to get married and claim his inheritance.
And he insists I pay for my error,
…by posing as his fake wife for thirty days.
It’s not like I have a choice.
If I don’t agree he’ll destroy my wedding-planning business.
Besides it’s only until he convinces his mother that he’s settled down, he says.
We only have to pretend to like each other.
Reassure his family and friends that we are in love.
Only catch?
We can’t stand the sight of each other.
Every time we are in the same space we almost come to blows.
But what happens when the chemistry between us detonates?

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“I need to be married and have a child before I can get ownership of my business.”
“You talk like this is a stipulation of some kind…”
He shuffles his feet. For the first time since he prowled into my office, he seems less than confident. In fact, he looks downright pissed. “My father’s will says, unless I marry and produce an heir by the time I’m forty, I won’t inherit my company or get access to my trust fund.”
“I see.” I lean back in my seat. “So, this is why you proposed to Lila and hustled her into marrying you.”
“If by that you mean I courted her—”
“You used your charisma to unduly influence her.”
“—I wooed her, took her on dates, to dinners, even the blasted opera, then bought her the biggest engagement ring I could lay my hands on.”
“You mean that tasteless hunk of stone on her finger?” I cover my mouth and cough. “No wonder it was so easy to convince her to walk away from you.”
His jaw tics. A nerve pops at his temple. He looks about ready to burst out of his uber-fitted suit. Oh, goodie. At least I got a rise out of him. That has to count for something, eh?
“That tasteless hunk of stone cost close to a million dollars,” he says through gritted teeth.
“Money isn’t everything,” I announce in a prim voice.
“You certainly weren’t complaining when you chose the most expensive venue possible for the wedding.”
I straighten my spine. “If you mean the All Villa in Bali, that was Lila’s choice. She wanted to get married in Bali, you know.”
“And, no doubt you jumped at the idea, considering you get a fifteen percent commission on the entire cost of the wedding.”
“Hey, you get what you pay for. I’ve been busting my ass for the past few months to get this event organized. Do you even know what an impossible task I’ve pulled off? I’ve managed to get all of the preparations completed in eight weeks. Eight bloody weeks. That’s just forty-two days. It normally takes close to a year to organize a ceremony of this scale. And I pulled it off in less than one-fourth that time.”
“Good, so it won’t be a problem to flip things around to accommodate yourself as the bride, too.”
“I never said I was going to marry you.”
“Haven’t you been listening to anything I’ve been saying?” His features grow even harder. Grays and greens shoot through the blue of his eyes until the color resembles that of a gathering storm. “If it’s custody of the child you’re worried about, once you deliver the child, we will separate. There’ll be a prenup, of course, but I’ll make sure you’re reimbursed for your time.” He says all of this in a voice so casual, he might as well be asking about the weather. No, strike that. I’ve heard people speak with more emotion about the weather changes in London than he has about his entire crazy-ass idea.
I curl my fingers into fists and resist the urge to leap up screaming. Won’t do to lose it. Need to keep my cool. Need to make him see just how crazy this entire conversation is. “Have you even heard yourself? We barely know each other, and now you’re saying you want me to marry you—instead of the woman the world thinks you’re going to marry. Not only that, you want me to produce a child, and then you’ll divorce me?”
“We’ll co-parent and have equal rights to the child.” He raises his arms in a conciliatory gesture. “I’m not the kind who’ll keep a mother away from her child.”
“Of course not,” I scoff. “But you’re the kind who’d force a woman to marry him.”
“Fake marry.”
“Doesn’t seem fake when we’re supposed to produce an heir,” I protest.
“There are ways of doing it without my having to touch you. Unless,” he looks me up and down and a calculating look comes into his eyes, “unless you prefer it to be done the old-fashioned way. In which case, I might oblige you. If you ask me nicely, that is.”
My head spins. My heart seems to have taken up permanent residence in my throat. My stomach feels like a twister has become entangled inside.
“You’re not making any sense. You can’t walk in and threaten me into marrying you, then announce you need me to produce a child for you, in the same breath.”
His grin widens. “I just did.”
“There’s still time.” I raise my hands. “Walk away now, and I’ll forget any of this happened. In fact, I won’t even go to the media with news of how you intimidated me.”
“You’re not going to do that.”
“Oh, yeah?” I snap back my shoulders. “And why is that?”
“Because when you marry me, even though the marriage is fake, no one else will know. To the outside world, you’ll be the wife of Liam Kincaid, which means, doors will automatically open for you. Your past transgressions—”
“Transgressions?” I shout.
“Transgressions” —he firms his lips— “will be forgotten. Socialites and influencers will queue up to patronize your services. You’ll run the most successful wedding planning outfit in this country, if not all of the continent.”
I blink. Now that he mentions it… It’s true. Once I hitch my star to the Liam Kincaid reputation, it’ll be easy sailing. Everyone will want a piece of my wedding planning company. I’ll have more projects than I can handle.
“Your showpieces will, of course, be your own wedding. You can give it any twist you like; make it the kind of wedding you’ve always imagined for yourself.”
“For myself?”
“You must have thought about how you’d like to get married.” He glances at his watch and straightens. “Well, this is your chance to execute it. Use it to show the world and all the headline seekers exactly how it should be done.”
“S-o-o-o, I can do anything I want for my wedding ceremony?” I pluck at the rubber band around my wrist.
“The budget?”
“Unlimited. I’ll need to sign off on the bills, but nothing is too good for my bride. Whatever you want, you can have it.”
I squeeze my fingers together. Surely, I’m not considering this. I’m not actually thinking of going through with this insane proposal of his. On the other hand, if I do, I’ll have everything I want. The wedding of my dreams, the chance to prove a point to all the naysayers who thought I’d never make it, and a resounding ‘fuck you’ to all my competition. Hell, there won’t be competition. I’ll wipe them off the map with this showpiece of a wedding. No one will ever question my competency again. And I’ll have enough clients to keep me going for years. Even after I divorce him, it won’t make a dent in my reputation.
“Well?” He scowls. “What’s it gonna be?”
I pluck at the rubber band with more intensity. “So, I can transform it into the wedding of my dreams, the kind that’ll make every media outlet, gossip magazine, and wedding blog sit up and take notice?”
“Do you not understand English? Or have you not been listening to me?”
I straighten in my seat. “I heard you the first time,” I say in a low voice.
“Good, so what’s your answer?”

Sunny Shelly’s Review: 3 Stars

Man, the model on this cover just fits the image I had in my mind for Liam! The Proposal is an enemies-to-lovers, marriage-of-convenience story with a spunky heroine and a grumpy hero. Liam has to get married ASAP in order to claim his inheritance and the family company. He was set to get married, but Isla kind of busted up that relationship. Holding her personally responsible, he blackmails her into marrying him by threatening to ruin her wedding-planning company by exposing what she did.

The witty banter between these two was fantastic. They really loathed each other, so that just made it all the more delicious when they finally fell in love and Liam’s proposal of a business contract between them became a bona fide relationship. But I felt like that transition was really rushed and I would have liked to have seen more of them *falling* for one another.

I did feel a little lost with all of the side characters who played a part in this story because I had not read any of the other Big Bad Billionaire books. There were a lot of references to things I knew nothing about, and I thought that the author could have done a better job of summarizing/writing that in a way that it wouldn’t have had that kind of impact on the story.

Overall, The Proposal was an entertaining, spicy, and fun enemies-to-lovers romance. I received an advanced copy and voluntarily left a review.

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L. Steele loves to write romance novels featuring dangerous men and feisty women. She enjoys trading trivia with her filmmaker husband, watching lots and lots of movies, and walking nature trails. She lives with her family in London.

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Sunny Shelly’s Review: Fallen Crown by W. Million

Fallen Crown, an all-new enemies-to-lovers royal standalone romance from bestselling author W. Million is available now!

Maren Tucker is done with men who check in for the good times and check out for the bad. As a member of one of the oldest families in Bellerive, she doesn’t have to play nice with the Summerset Royals. Especially not the youngest who represents everything she detests.

Brice Summerset is the life of every party, and as the third in line to the throne, he’s never had to take anything in life particularly seriously. Show up. Charm a few people. Make a generous donation. Move on.

But Brice’s life is on the cusp of big changes. His father is sick. His two older brothers are settling down, and he’s starting to wonder what else life has to offer.

When Maren tries to block Brice from joining her charity adventure race team, Brice balks at the notion he’s not up to the challenge. As the two butt heads over everything from training philosophies to life goals, they begin to see something in themselves and each other that they never expected.

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I press my lips together to avoid snapping back, which is what Brice wants. If I can’t keep my retorts focused on training, I’ll undermine my authority as the coach, and I’ve worked too damn hard and earned every scrap of my knowledge to look like a fool.
Wren hooks Brice up to the ropes, and he approaches the wall, examining the placement of the holds. When he goes to reach for the first one, Wren cringes but doesn’t say anything.
“You want to maximize your static reach.” I release a deep sigh and go to the wall to demonstrate how to straighten his posture and rise on his toes to get a good grip. “Otherwise, your arms will get tired quickly.”
He gazes at me wordlessly for a beat, and I can’t tell if he’s taking me seriously or not. Then he says, “Any more tips, Coach?”
“Don’t over grip the handholds. Keep your hands relaxed and light.” I demonstrate, and when Brice grasps the rock just above our heads, I slide my hand under his to check the tension in his wrist. His skin is warm and smooth against mine. “Yeah,” I say, “gentle like you’re cupping an egg or a light bulb and trying not to break it.”
“I tend to prefer my grip firm,” he says with a smirk.
“Not a surprise that your primary concern is your own satisfaction.” I give him a mild look and keep my voice pitched low.
“My own satisfaction is always a concern,” he says, leaning close enough that his breath stirs the tendrils of dark hair that have escaped my ponytail, “but it’s never my only one.”
I can feel my jaw tighten at his obvious innuendo, and my heart kicks at his proximity. An unexpected awareness electrifies the space between us, and when our gazes connect, his expression shifts from brimming with amusement to one laced with curiosity.
“You’re not as immune to me as you’d like to believe,” he whispers.

Sunny Shelly’s Review: 4 Stars

Maren and Brice’s story is a rollercoaster of emotions!

As the youngest son of the royal family, Brice never really had to worry about anyone or anything other than himself. He has no responsibilities, nothing is expected of him, and he has more or less lived his life however he wanted it. Maren, meanwhile, has had a tough life and has been hurt so much by so many people. She detests Prince Brice, but has no choice but to train him for a charity race, much to her dismay. So what happens when Maren discovers that Prince Playboy isn’t all that he seems?

I loved how sweet Brice was with Maren, and how he respected and cared for her when she didn’t have much of that at all before. And she saw him for the man that he is, not the royal prince who grew up in the palace.

This royal romance is a royal gem! I received an advanced copy and voluntarily left a review.

About W. Million
W. Million is a Watty Award winner whose contemporary romances about strong women and troubled men have captivated her loyal readers.

Writing as Wendy Million, she is the author of the romantic suspense series The Donaghey Brothers, the NA sports romance Saving Us, and the contemporary second chance romance, When Stars Fall.

When not writing, Wendy enjoys spending time in or around the water. She lives in Ontario, Canada with two beautiful daughters, two cute pooches, and one handsome husband (who is grateful she doesn’t need two of those).

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