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Sunny Shelly’s Review: Forbidden Lyrics, by Kelsie Rae

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BlurbI didn’t know who Dove’s sister was when we first met.
I didn’t know that I’d been fooling around with her for a few months before Dove walked into my life.
I didn’t know that––if I’ve done the math correctly––I could be the father to her sister’s child.
But I do know this.
Dove has the voice of an angel, and the heart of one too.
I might not deserve her, but I refuse to let her go.
She doesn’t know that I was with her sister before we met.
She doesn’t know that her niece or nephew could be my freaking kid.
And even though it kills me, I can’t let her find out.

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Sunny Shelly’s Review: 4 Stars

Another book in the roommates series by Kelsie Rae, and Gibson’s story was a doozy.

Messy, messy, messy. I kept thinking that in my head as I read Forbidden Lyrics! The timeline of this story overlaps Model Behavior, so there are some events that we now see from Gibson’s POV — and get all the details on his relationship with sweet, innocent bartender Dove. But what a mess the guy is! He thinks he’s not good enough for sweet Dove, and in a way he’s right. Father issues aside — and Gibbs has a ton of them — he is also keeping a huge piece of his past from her. Namely, that her sister Maddy is the same ex Em who he and Milo used to… ahem, share. And if that’s not bad enough, Em is pregnant and Gibbs doesn’t know if the baby is his.

While I loved the connection between Gibson and Dove, I HATED that he was keeping the truth about Em/Maddy from her. And I hated Maddy for not telling Dove why she shouldn’t date Gibson! They were both trying to protect her in their own ways, but it didn’t sit right with me. By the end of the book, as Kelsie Rae sets up Maddy and Milo’s story to come next, a lot of the reasons why Maddy did what she did are explained. And it kinda frees up Gibson to move forward with Dove. But it didn’t sit right with me that he kept the truth from Dove for so long!

Still, I thought that this opposites attract/coworkers story was well written. Gibbs and Dove are kind of the stereotypical good girl/bad boy, but there is a lot of depth to them both as characters. And it’s clear how conflicted Gibbs is about his growing feelings for her and wanting to tell her the truth even though he promised Em he wouldn’t.

Both Gibson and Dove feel like they are broken people. She was raised by super conservative parents and was the do-gooder to Maddy’s wild child, but Dove never felt like she was noticed for the person she is until she met Gibbs. And he is so desperate to distance himself from his famous dad that he hides himself behind song lyrics rather than using his talent in the band. Their shared love of music brings Gibson and Dove together, but will their forbidden lyrics ever be able to turn into a beautiful love song?

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Sunny Shelly’s Review: Decidedly With Wishes, by Stina Lindenblatt

Release Date: June 29

Bucket List Rule #1: Be careful who finds your list.




 As the future CEO of my grandmother’s fashion empire, I’m not supposed to want to design a line of fancy dresses for girls with special needs. But when I pull out all the stops and present my vision to my grandmother, she agrees to let me try on one very questionable condition.


The condition?


I have to complete every item on the bucket list I wrote in college.


Challenge accepted.


Only, this is the same bucket list that includes going on a date with a hot hockey player, riding a horse, kissing in front of the Eiffel Tower…oh, and finding a husband.


The first one is where NHL player Eli Lawson comes in.



When my matchmaking mother sets me up with a date for my cousin’s wedding, I tell her the only thing I can…that I’m bringing my girlfriend.


Except, I don’t have one.


And I certainly don’t have someone who will spend a week with me in Copper Creek, Montana for the wedding festivities. 


When workaholic Nala Johnson wins a date with me at a charity auction, I think I’ve found the perfect solution to my problem. Even better when she tells me about her bucket list. Because I’m just the man to help her with it.


I mean, how difficult can it be to find her a husband?


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Sunny Shelly’s Review: 4 Stars
Decidedly With Wishes is a Super sweet, lighthearted, entertaining fake relationship romance — a perfect escape book! Nala and Eli had a great connection right from the start, and oozed chemistry. I was rooting for them as soon as they met — she wins a date with him during a bachelor auction for
Charity — before their fake relationship plan was even hatched!

Not only did I like the connection between Nala and Eli, but I loved the slow burn between them as they go from acquaintances to friends with benefits to more. Their banter is witty, and their blossoming romance is filled with sweet and sexy moments.

Also, I liked their relationships with the other characters. The guy is a hockey god, but a complete goofball uncle! Those moments with his nieces were super sweet to read.

Don’t pass this adorable story up!

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Born in Brighton England, USA Today bestselling author Stina Lindenblatt has lived in a number of countries, including England, the US, Finland, and Canada. 

This would explain her mixed up accent. 


She has a kinesiology degree and a MSc in sports biological sciences. 


In addition to writing fiction, she loves photography, and currently lives in Calgary, Canada, with her husband and three kids. 


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Sunny Shelly’s Review: You Loved Me Once, by Corinne Michaels

From New York Times Bestselling author Corinne Michaels comes a heartbreakingly beautiful standalone story about letting love in. 
I’m losing myself trying to save everyone else…
As a doctor, I walk a dangerously delicate balance of being compassionate but not overly invested. The same is true in my personal life–love is a luxury I can’t afford.
It isn’t until Dr. Westin Grant breaks down all my walls and offers me a future, I find myself wondering if I’m brave enough to risk my heart. 
When who I was and who I’ve tried to become collide during my clinical trial, the fate of one patient changes everything. 
In a single moment, everything I’ve worked for is jeopardized. My integrity, my career, and even my relationship with Westin. 
He loved me once, I just hope he can love me always …

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Sunny Shelly’s Review: 5 Stars

“I love you. Until my last breath.”

Holy crap. My stomach dropped 5 chapters in.

You Loved Me Once was not quite what I was expecting, but Serenity’s story was an emotional rollercoaster of a professional struggle. What is selfish and what is selfless? Is it morally okay to do something ethically wrong when your intentions are in the right place? This story had my thoughts all over the place as Serenity’s past collided with her present during the biggest professional moment of her medical career.

You Loved Me Once definitely falls under the category of women’s fiction rather than contemporary romance. There is a romance between Serenity and another doctor, Westin. And her past failed engagement — which broke apart at the same time as her mother’s death from cancer when Ren was in college — overshadows everything she does. It’s why she keeps Westin at a distance, why she’s so determined to be successful with this medical trial. But it is Ren’s professional struggle that is at the core of this story. I loved the choices she had to make, and her journey is full of anger, passion, elation, and tears as she finally comes to her happily ever after.

All of the characters were richly developed, and Ren has great, deep connections with her father and brother, an elderly patient, and young Allison, one of the patients in her trial. My heart broke so many times during this story! And where I thought Ren’s story was going to go is not where it ended up… and I was pleasantly surprised that the unexpected happened!

Narrator Julia Whelan was brilliant in bringing Serenity’s story to life.

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Sunny Shelly’s Review: My Lucky #13 by Piper Rayne

Release Date: June 29


The one adjective used to describe my entire hockey career. I prefer to call it hard work, at least I did until my game went to complete crap. I haven’t scored in eight games and my team owner is talking about trading me. 

I’ve never believed in superstitions. 


Never needed one. I suppose I was “lucky” in that way. But now the best way to refer to me is desperate. I’d wear the same socks for an entire year just to be the high-scoring center I used to be. 

Imagine my surprise when after spending New Year’s Eve with a woman, I score a hat trick in the next game—that’s three goals in one game for you non-hockey lovers. 


Now, I have to track  her down and bribe her to do it again before every game. Get your mind out of the gutter, I’m not talking about it.

I find her and when I get to know her better, I end up spending more time thinking about her than my game, but she’s made it clear she wants no part of me. She’s going to learn that I didn’t become a professional hockey player without having to fight for what I want.

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Sunny Shelly’s Review: 5 Stars

I discovered Piper Rayne a few years ago, and am now several series in on their book catalog. I’m waiting for the day to come where a book doesn’t click with me for whatever reason… and that day is not today! I loved everything about Aiden and Saige! A great slow burn, friends first, swoony, sexy, fighting their feelings story… My Lucky #13 has it all!

Aiden is one of the best hockey players in the league. He has been in a bit of a rut with his game performance…. until a mysterious blonde threw wine in his face on New Year’s Eve. Suddenly the guy who hated superstitions can’t go without Saige dousing him in pinot before he takes the ice. Too bad he can’t date her since she’s already dating his agent. In exchange for Saige traveling around with him, Aiden reluctantly hires her to run his social media accounts. And along the way, Saige and Aiden grow closer as they spend more and more time together.

Saige tried to put Aiden off, having been burned before by a pro athlete. But the attraction between them is just too much to ignore, and once they finally give in to that desire, their relationship is explosive! Aiden is such a gentleman…. but such a wild dirty talker too!

This story was everything. Full of passion and heart. Full of sexy banter and witty exchanges. A guy who isn’t what he seems at first glance. Two misfits who fit together in the best of ways.

This was a great start to the Hockey Hotties series and I can’t wait to see what comes next for the Fury guys! I received an advanced copy and voluntarily left a review.

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Sunny Shelly’s Review: Don’t Go Away Mad, by Lacey Black

Title: Don’t Go Away Mad
Series: Burgers and Brew Crüe #2
Author: Lacey Black
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: June 29, 2021
The kitchen: it’s my domain, where I create the best burgers in the Midwest. I’m the man behind the grill at Burgers and Brew, the restaurant and bar I co-own with my best friends. Every night, we’re packed, the demand has never been this high. It’s the only way I want it, thriving and pushing myself to be the very best.
Then she started her new business across the street from mine.
The one woman who always got under my skin, who pushed me to be better. Lyndee was my biggest rival in school and my biggest regret.
Now, she’s in town, and as much as I try, I just can’t stay away.
I want her.
A new start: that’s what Stewart Grove means for me and my brother. He’s the one who pushed me to take the chance on opening my own bakery. I am ready for the long hours, the grueling schedule, and the hard work it will take to be successful.
I wasn’t at all prepared to come face-to-face with the man across the street.
An almost kiss in college with the world’s most infuriating man has haunted me for the last decade. Now Jasper’s here, and I don’t think I can resist him.
Things are about to heat up in and out of the kitchen.
I just pray I don’t get burned.
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Sunny Shelly’s Review: 5 Stars

Don’t Go Away Mad was a pure delight! I absolutely loved the rivalry between Jasper and Lyndee. She’s a baker, he’s a chef, they almost shared a kiss in culinary school, and now their eateries are across the street from one another… and the sparks fly!

Jasper is totally a by-the-book kind of guy. Lyndee is much more laid-back, and she knows how to push all his buttons and get Jasper all riled up. Their relationship is a wonderful slow burn, and full of so much heat and sizzle… I couldn’t wait for them to get together, and was rooting for them chapter after chapter!

The chemistry and witty banter between Jasper and Lyndee had me in stitches, but I also adored the awesome relationship between Jasper and the guys.

This book is the second in the series, and I didn’t feel like I was missing pieces of the story. I will be going back to read the first book, and will definitely keep my eyes out for the next two!

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Sunny Shelly’s Review: The Bold and the Bullheaded, by Willow Aster & Laura Pavlov

𝑨 𝒃𝒖𝒍𝒍𝒉𝒆𝒂𝒅𝒆𝒅 𝒂𝒍𝒑𝒉𝒂. 𝑻𝒉𝒆 𝒃𝒂𝒏𝒆 𝒐𝒇 𝒎𝒚 𝒆𝒙𝒊𝒔𝒕𝒆𝒏𝒄𝒆. 𝑰 𝒄𝒂𝒏’𝒕 𝒆𝒔𝒄𝒂𝒑𝒆 𝒉𝒊𝒎 𝒏𝒐 𝒎𝒂𝒕𝒕𝒆𝒓 𝒉𝒐𝒘 𝒉𝒂𝒓𝒅 𝑰 𝒕𝒓𝒚.

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I don’t do feelings.
Especially not with an arrogant, broody Taylor brother.
But one moment of weakness on an elevator wrecks me.
𝐼 𝑐𝑢𝑟𝑠𝑒 ℎ𝑖𝑠 𝑛𝑎𝑚𝑒.
𝐼 𝑐𝑢𝑟𝑠𝑒 𝑠𝑎𝑖𝑑 𝑒𝑙𝑒𝑣𝑎𝑡𝑜𝑟.
Yet I find myself wanting to be trapped in a small space with Spence Taylor again.
And don’t even get me started on his day job.
The man can do just about anything with those hands.
Those big hands, and er—big feet.
I digress.


Emma Kingsley is the most infuriating woman I’ve ever known.
Stubborn, arrogant, and sexy as sin.
She drives me crazy.
And she’s determined to hate me.
The funny thing is—I can’t get enough.
But the woman has more walls up than the royal palace.
Lucky for her, I make a living tearing down walls.
And I just found my favorite project.
Time to renovate, Queenie.

**𝐓𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐢𝐬 𝐛𝐨𝐨𝐤 𝟐 𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐆.𝐃. 𝐓𝐚𝐲𝐥𝐨𝐫𝐬 𝐬𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐞𝐬. 𝐄𝐚𝐜𝐡 𝐨𝐧𝐞 𝐟𝐞𝐚𝐭𝐮𝐫𝐞𝐬 𝐚 𝐝𝐢𝐟𝐟𝐞𝐫𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐬𝐢𝐛𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐜𝐚𝐧 𝐛𝐞 𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐝 𝐚𝐬 𝐚 𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐩𝐥𝐞𝐭𝐞 𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐧𝐝𝐚𝐥𝐨𝐧𝐞. 𝐀 𝐇𝐄𝐀 𝐢𝐬 𝐠𝐮𝐚𝐫𝐚𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐞𝐝!**

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Sunny Shelly’s Review: 4 Stars

The Bold and the Bullheaded checked off all the boxes for an enjoyable, funny, enemies to lovers romance. I wouldn’t necessarily characterize this as grumpy & sunshine, but Spence is DEFINITELY a grumpy, broody alpha.

Emma. I loved her. I loved how strong she tried to be, but she was so deeply scarred by her mother’s absence from her life. She was so afraid to really connect with Spence, even though she so badly wanted to. I love her nicknames for him!

Once things cross over between Emma and Spence from hate to more… it’s magical. He is so patient with Emma. He knows she’s worth it, and goes so far to try to protect her when there’s a harrassment issue at work, even if he knows she’s going to hate him for it in the end. That really showed just how much he’d fallen for her, and I ate that spoony ish up with a spoon!

This series is about the Taylor siblings — I haven’t read the first book in this series, which is Mya and Jesse’s story, but I definitely want to go back and do so before reading the next books as they come out. I loved this group of friends, how they’ve made their own family of sorts, and the interactions between the brothers are so well done. I also really liked the family unit that Emma and her dad have made with the guys at the garage! This book was an excellent collab between Willow Aster and Laura Pavlov!

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I’ve just hit the button for the twentieth floor when a black stiletto and an exquisitely shaped leg stops the elevator from closing.

My eyes get snagged on her curves and the blonde hair that falls like a lemon paradise over the front of her black suit. And up to the hateful eyes that are shooting venom at me.

“You.” She spits it out like I’m a bad taste in her mouth. 

She wishes.

I fold my arms and stare at the woman who has become the bane of my existence since the day I first saw her on another elevator. In another building. The last building my brothers and I renovated.

She folds her arms and stares at me with the same disdain I’m throwing her way.

“Is it really my curse to be stuck in elevators with you for the rest of my life? Not to mention my favorite pub … and holidays with my family?” My words are crisp and to the point. 

She scoffs at me. Scoffs. Her perfect red lips are shaped in the foulest scowl known to man. 

“Old Solemn,” she says. 

Her ignorant nickname for me. 

I roll my eyes.

“It appears you are stuck with me, yes. As long as you’re living in the same building as my BFF,” she says, looking down at her nails as if they’re more important than me. They match her lips. “It seems your brother and my Mya are going strong, so—” she shrugs, “you’ll have to get used to this face. Sorry. Not sorry.” Her eyes brighten and I know she’s going for the kill. “Can’t handle the heat, get out of the fire.”

I’m happy my little brother Jesse is in love and all that shit, but since his girlfriend comes attached to this spoiled wench in a supermodel disguise who chooses every opportunity to snipe at me, it has created a complication.

I don’t like complications.

“She-devil,” I say under my breath. 

Her eyes narrow. “Stay on your side of the elevator,” she snaps.

I shake my head as we go up, the floors creeping slower than a sloth trying to stand up.

“Not a problem.” I stare straight ahead. “Although you certainly didn’t mind when w—”

Her hand flies across the elevator and covers my mouth. “Stop. Right. There. We agreed that was a one-off that shall not be named.

About Willow
Willow Aster is the author of USA Today bestseller, True Love Story, In the Fields, Maybe Maby, Fade to Red, Lilith (formerly known as Whore), 5,331 Miles, Miles Ahead, The Kingdoms of Sin series, and co-author of The End of Men series with Tarryn Fisher. Willow loves nothing more than writing the day away—anywhere will do. Her husband and two children graciously put up with her endless daydreaming; otherwise, the writing would never get done. She’s also an avid reader, and has been known to walk, cook, and clean with her nose in a book. She’s lived in Texas, Tennessee, Indiana, and California, but Minnesota has captured her now and doesn’t seem to be letting go. Although shy, this lifelong writer and artist is convinced that the best part of this career for her is meeting and connecting with readers, authors, and all of those in this community of lovers of words.

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Laura Pavlov writes sweet and sexy contemporary romance that will make you both laugh and cry. She is happily married to her college sweetheart, mom to two awesome almost grown kids, and dog-whisperer to a couple of crazy Yorkies. Laura resides in Las Vegas where she is living her own happily ever after.

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Sunny Shelly’s Review: Will, by Kat Savage

Release Date: June 22

Willette Archer has a secret—though some would argue how well kept it actually is. As right-hand woman and best friend to the owner of Bird’s Eye Tattoo Studio, her job has become her whole life. So, she occupies her days with shop decisions to avoid her disappointing dating life.


Of course, that might also have something to do with her two-decade old infatuation with her aforementioned best friend’s older brother.


Derek Tanner is at a loss—with basically everything. His apartment lease is up, most of his belongings are somewhere in storage, and the good doctor has been pulling extra shifts at the hospital due to lack of staff. So, yeah. His life is chaos. Thanks to these wonderful circumstances, dating is nowhere on his radar. 


When his little brother suggests he stay in Willette’s spare room for the time being, he’s both grateful and hesitant. Sure, he grew up with Will too, but they’ve never been as close—let alone in close quarters. 


It doesn’t take very long for Doctor Derek to start seeing Will in a new light. This makes him think perhaps he should be examined. Will, on the other hand, is this close to feigning injury just so he’ll touch her already.


When boundaries are crossed and relationships are finally taken to the next level, will Willette get exactly what she’s been hoping for since childhood, or will her fantasy be forever ruined? 

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Sunny Shelly’s Review: 4 Stars

Will is the second book in Kat Savage’s Men of Bird’s Eye series. Although technically, Will (aka Willette) is a woman, and she’s one of the guys in theory, but she’s our feisty, independent heroine in this story… who has been in love with Hawk’s big brother for nearly 20 years.

Derek’s lease is up, his hours at the hospital are insane, and he needs someplace to crash while he house hunts. So Hawk offers up Will’s spare bedroom, and we have a forced proximity/roommates romance with a bit of secret crush mixed in. Derek has always been a serial dater, never committing because he doesn’t believe in love. Will has always dated losers, because she knows nobody will measure up to Derek. But as they spend more time together as roommates, Derek starts to look at Willette differently and asks her out. There is hesitation from both of them about not wanting to ruin their decades-old friendship… and that is exactly what happens when Derek finds out that Willette has been in love with him since she was a kid. He freaks out, moves out, and leaves Will heartbroken.

I really liked Will and Derek’s story, but I wanted *more* from them. Why is Derek so against love? He’s seen it go bad with his parents, but that was a one-liner and I wanted more about how that affected him. I wanted more of Derek’s inner thoughts when it came to his feelings for Will and his willingness to “hope” for more. The scene was beautiful but I wanted to know how he got there. I also wish that there had been some reference to Will’s family — it would have given her more depth as a heroine. The one reference to her Generalized Anxiety Disorder was kind of a throw-away, and I think there was so much that could have been explored there with how that affects her.

But overall, Will was a great read, and I’m really enjoying this series. I can’t wait to see what’s in store for Avery and Hanson! I received an advanced copy and voluntarily left a review.

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Kat Savage resides in Louisville, Kentucky with her three beautiful children, her hunky spouse, and two spoiled dogs. She secretly has hope of getting chickens one day. 
By day, she’s an office manager, pushing paperwork and daydreaming. When she’s not at her nine-to-five, she’s writing. Or thinking about writing. Or preparing books and book stuff. Or quite possibly, designing stuff for other people’s books. 
She was driven to writing out of a need to distraction and self-preservation after the death of her sister in 2013. Since then, it’s snowballed into a full blown passion she can’t escape. Even on the toughest days, she wouldn’t want to.
She writes poetry packed with real, raw, and sometimes ugly truths. She won’t lie. Her goal is to make you ache, in that perfect delicious way we often secretly crave.
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Sunny Shelly’s Review: Control Artist, by Carrie Aarons

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Dahlia Akana has no idea where she’s going in life.

All she’s ever wanted to do is travel, and her inner circle pressuring her to figure out her purpose only makes her wanderlust grow stronger. But she’s comfortable being a nanny to her nieces in the small Pennsylvania town where her sister lives. Though she’s far overstayed her desired timeline, it’s a place filled with friends and familiarity while she plots her next move.

Until she meets the devastatingly gorgeous, obnoxious rookie who is slated to be the next superstar on the town’s top tier baseball team. He’s everything she doesn’t want, but can’t seem to stay away from. As they spend more time together, she discovers that he might just be the anchor she’s always looked for.

When secrets, lies, and a humiliating public scandal rock their world, will she be able to stay with him? Fight for him? Or will her age-old tactic of fleeing erase any shot at a happily ever after?

Garrett Chester has always known exactly what he wants.

To be the best pitcher in the history of the major leagues. And luckily, with more talent in his pinky than other people have in their entire body, he’s well on his way. It’s his attitude that leaves something to be desired. Cocky, reckless and soaking up his newfound fame, the rookie attracts the attention of the tabloid press.

When he meets the feisty woman just as beautiful as the flower she’s named after, she gives him a refreshing reality check. With each passing day, not only does he fall harder, but she makes him want to be a better man.

Except the past that haunts him inevitably catches up, and ends up taking her down with him. Alone, exposed and cast out, it’s a reminder of the childhood trauma that has always plagued him. Can he put the rumors to rest, piece together a career in shambles, and be the hero she needs?

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Sunny Shelly’s Review: 5 Stars

Another great story in Carrie Aaron’s’ Callahan Family series. Although, Garrett and Dahlia are kind of Callahan-adjacent as Walker’s sister-in-law and teammate 😄

Dahlia is a free spirit, but she’s been living in Packton for the past few years, taking care of Hannah’s girls. She’s feeling the itch to do more with her life, that there is something missing, even though she loves spending time with her family and friends. Starting up a no-strings fling with the Pistons’ cocky rookie, Garrett, is the last thing Dahlia wanted to do. He’s a few years younger, a player, prone to media scandal, and she although she desperately tries to stay away, she just can’t ignore the pull between them.

For Garrett, Dahlia is a breath of fresh air. She challenges him, doesn’t Dawn all over him, and made him work for a shot with her. The more time they spend together, the more Garrett and Dahlia begin to think that the other is what they’ve been missing in their life. But when Dahlia finds herself drawn into Garrett’s latest scandal, will it being them closer together or break them apart for good?

I really liked the push and pull between Dahlia and Garrett! Control Artist is a little grittier than some of CA’s other books in this series, and it’s also hotter and steamier! That club bathroom scene was on fire!! Their relationship progresses nicely from carnal lust to a genuine deep love, as they trust that they can open up to one another.

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Author of romance novels such as The Tenth Girl and Privileged, 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’s a Jersey girl living in Texas with her husband, daughter, son and Great Dane/Lab rescue.

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Sunny Shelly’s Review: Something Like Hate, by Harloe Rae


Release date: June 10th

Genre/Tropes: Enemies-to-lovers/Billionaire Romance/Office Romance

A sizzling all-new enemies-to-lovers romance from USA Today bestselling author Harloe Rae where a billionaire CEO battles against a snarky redhead who has her own agenda.

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A sizzling enemies-to-lovers romance from USA Today bestselling author Harloe Rae where a billionaire CEO battles against a snarky redhead who has her own agenda.

“I’d say it’s nice to meet you, but I’ve never been a good liar.”

That’s his initial offense against me.

Don’t worry—there’s plenty more where that came from.

Landon Winters is colder than his last name suggests.

Cruel and callous too.

I’m certain he finds pleasure in making others miserable.

He’s a billionaire by his own making—not satisfied with simply inheriting a white collar and silver spoon.

Landon’s arrogance is so thick I could choke on the stench alone.

He’s also responsible for gouging a jaded chip into my shoulder.

The only saving grace is never having to see him again.

Wishful thinking is a fickle beast.

My boss just announced that Landon is my latest client.

I’ll need to impress him or kiss my promotion goodbye.

Either way, this is my chance to get even.

Revenge is all I see.

The price for redemption is steep.

Landon will pay a small fortune in humiliation.

And I’ll walk away filthy rich in vindication.

Sunny Shelly’s Review: 3.5 Stars

If you like enemies-to-lovers workplace romances, then Something Like Hate will be right up your alley. A year after Landon brushes Vannah off at her cousin’s wedding — she not knowing that he is a megamillionaire — he turns out to be the new high-profile client she’s assigned to work with as his realtor. The snark flows instantly, as these two can barely stand the sight of one another. The sexual chemistry is flowing as well. Landon suggests a no-strings fling, while Vannah wants revenge for being turned down a year ago and hopes to make Landon fall for her then dump him. Of course, things don’t quite go that way…

So… I liked this story, but didn’t LOVE this story. I felt like some key piece of Landon’s history was missing that made him such an alphahole. Yes, his father was mean, blah, blah, blah. I wanted MORE of that. I felt like that was glossed over in an attempt to make Landon a cold-hearted billionaire ala Christian Grey. We got Vannah’s backstory and a reconciliation with her dad (who she didn’t think was proud of her success), and I wanted the same kind of insight for Landon’s character. And I didn’t really feel it when he suddenly flipped the switch and realized he was head over heels for Vannah. It came out of nowhere and I wanted more of that revelation. I felt like I missed a chunk of the story where that happened.

Overall, this book is a steamy, sexy, enemies-to-lovers workplace romance. I enjoyed it, but didn’t fall head over heels in love with Landon and Savannah.

I received an advanced copy and voluntarily left a review.

About the Author:

Harloe Rae is a USA Today & Amazon Top 10 best-selling author. Her passion for writing and reading has taken on a whole new meaning. Each day is an unforgettable adventure.

She’s a Minnesota gal with a serious addiction to romance. There’s nothing quite like an epic happily ever after. When she’s not buried in the writing cave, Harloe can be found hanging with her hubby and son. If the weather permits, she loves being lakeside or out in the country with her horses.

Harloe’s books include the Reclusive series,

Watch Me Follow, the #BitterSweetHeat series, Ask Me Why, the Silo Springs series, Left for Wild, Leave Him Loved, and Something Like Hate. These titles are available on Amazon.

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Sunny Shelly’s Review: Something About You, by J. Nathan

Something About You by J. Nathan is now live!

I’m what you call a god, a superstar, a winner.
Being a professional snowboarder is my purpose in life.
I know exactly how to get what I want and
I’m good at most everything I do.
I’m only at Cranmore University to appease my parents.
But, if I want to graduate, I need to pass physics.
And, since failing is not an option,
Blackmailing a nerd who hates me is my last resort.

I’m what some call a geek, a nerd, a loser.
And I don’t care.
I know who I am.
I know where I come from.
And, I know exactly where I’m going.
That’s why I’m at Cranmore University.
To get my degree and begin my life
Only, that plan gets quickly derailed
Thanks to an unbecoming video
A blackmailing snowboarder
And his ex who’s hell bent on making my life miserable.

They say everyone comes into your life for a reason.
What happens when that person is the opposite of what you want…
But exactly what you need?

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Sunny Shelly’s Review: 4 Stars

I binged Something About You on a rainy Friday night while my family watched a Marvel movie. This book was a charming opposites-attract college romance between an athlete failing physics, the nerd he blackmails into tutoring him, and them both learning along the way that what you don’t think you want sometimes turns out to be exactly what you need.

Kason and Shay definitely get off on the wrong foot, and every run-in after that is filled with tension. When Shay gets drunk at a party at Kason’s house and falls asleep in his room, he gets the perfect opportunity to blackmail her into tutoring him. Shay is book smart, but she’s also sassy, fierce, tells it like it is and does not placate Kason. At all. He’s so used to people fawning all over him and falling at his feet — and Shay does not. She intrigues him, and he begins to realize that he feels like the most authentic version of himself when he’s around her.

Poor Shay has had such a difficult life, but she is resilient and determined not to let her past define her future. She is reluctant to trust that Kason genuinely likes her at first — they are opposites in every way, and the nerdy girl never gets the star athlete. And despite Kason’s selfishness and the lies he tells her in the beginning, Shay begins to depend on him in ways she never imagined she could. The love that Kason shows her makes Shay feel wanted for the first time in her life, and he shows a vulnerability around Shay that made me fall fast for this cocky hero.

There are a million reasons why Shay and Kason shouldn’t work as a couple. But they just do, and their story was so charming! I also loved the hints at whatever is happening between Kason’s sister Giselle and best friend Thayer! I’m definitely interested in getting their story!

I received an advanced copy and voluntarily left a review.

Meet J. Nathan

J. Nathan is the author of new adult, sports, and rock star romances with cocky heroes and sassy heroines. When she’s not writing, she’s a crazy soccer and baseball mom as well as a total romance junkie! She loves watermelon margaritas, guys in backward hats, country music, and the summertime.

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