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Sunny Shelly’s Review: The Dating Dilemma, by Mariah Ankenman

Release Date: January 24 
Dyson hasn’t believed in love for a long time. But between his reputation as “One Night O’Neil” and his matchmaking sisters, he needs make a bold move. And so he makes Lexi an offer. He’ll help her youth center pass a fire safety inspection—if she’ll pretend to be his girlfriend. But one kiss in and he’s in over his head.
Now their sizzling kisses are far from fake, and it’s a disaster. Because that means the heat between Lexi and Dyson is real. And where there’s smoke, someone’s heart will definitely be going down in flames…

Lexi Martin is on the eve of her birthday and all she has to show for it is debt, a crappy apartment, a nonexistent social life, and a somewhat evil cat. So maybe she might be excused for thinking the extraordinarily hot fireman in her office might be an early birthday present from her roomate. Except that Dyson O’Neil isn’t a stripper. He’s a real firefighter. Aaaand excuse me while I burn in the fires of humiliation.

 

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Sunny Shelly’s Review: 4 Stars

Lexi and Dyson’s fake relationship story in The Dating Dilemma was cute. She’s sworn off men after being used time and time again, and he’s only been about passing flings ever since his fiancée cheated on him. But when he wants to get his sisters off his back, he convinces Lexi to fake date him in exchange for his help making repairs around the youth center she runs.

Even though their relationship is fake, there’s real chemistry between Dyson and Lexi. And when real feelings get involved, will one of them break their own rule to give a real relationship a chance?

Their breakup comes over something that means a lot to Lexi, and I thought that Dyson was a bit of a baby about what it meant for him vs what it meant for Lexi and her beloved cat. But I was glad to see him man up and their reunion scene was cute!

I received an advanced copy from Entangled Publishing and NetGalley and voluntarily left a review.

Meet Mariah Ankenman

Bestselling author Mariah Ankenman lives in the beautiful Rocky Mountains with her two rambunctious daughters and loving spouse who provides ample inspiration for her heart-stopping heroes. 

Mariah loves to lose herself in a world of words. Her favorite thing about writing is when she can make someone’s day a little brighter with one of her books. To learn more about Mariah and her books, follow her on social media or sign up for her newsletter.

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Sunny Shelly’s Review: Just a Kiss, by Samantha Lind

 Release Date: January 6

It all started with just a kiss.

The first was ten years ago in high school.

Our second was in a bar on the dance floor.

We agreed to keep things casual.

But we were like a fire burning behind closed doors.

Those sparks had me wanting more.

When I took a shot in the dark and asked for more, it brought us to the ultimate crossroads.

Do we do things right, with just a kiss goodbye?

Or do we do things right, with a kiss goodnight?  

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Sunny Shelly’s Review: 2 Stars

Ugh. This book started off great with a prologue set in high school when Lee and Allison share their first kiss at a school dance. Flash forward 10 years later and they are still living in the same town, still socializing in the same circle of friends, and are still attracted to one another. So they have a one-night stand that leads to a friends with benefits relationship. Which works for a while until Allison wants more. Then it all went downhill.

I hate to say it, but I felt like this book was just all sex and no substance. And by no means am I a prude when it comes to contemporary romance! But this book is only 16 chapters, and Lee and Allison are cashing in on the FWB in every other chapter.

I had way too many unanswered questions after finishing this book. (Which I read in the parking lot while my daughter was at dance class, so it is a fast and easy read!) Why did it take them 10 years to hook up? What happened after their kiss in school when they were each other’s prom dates that it never led to anything else? And why was Lee so anti-relationship? He says he can only offer casual sex because of his past… but did I miss the explanation?? The dude was in a relationship with Allison for weeks, didn’t seem to mind it and even admitted to himself that he could see himself in the future with her, yet totally freaked out when she brought it up. It didn’t add up for me.

There were too many plot holes in this book that I felt were covered up by gratuitous sex for me to really want to say this book is a must-read. I have read several books by Samantha Lind that I really loved… but Just A Kiss was a clunker in my opinion.

I received an advanced copy and voluntarily left a review.

Meet Samantha Lind

Samantha Lind is a contemporary romance author. Having spent the first 27 years of her life in Alaska, she now calls Iowa home where she lives with her husband and two sons.

She enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, reading, watching hockey (Go Knights Go!), and listening to country music.

 

 

 

 

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Sunny Shelly’s Review: My Unexpected Surprise by Piper Rayne

Release Date: December 14

 

I never thought of myself as dad material.
Until my one-night stand showed up in my small Alaskan town five months pregnant.
But I don’t shy away from responsibility. First, because I’m a Greene and not to boast but we’re kind of a big deal in Sunrise Bay. Second, I’m the Sheriff.
I couldn’t have predicted how protective I’d become for the safety of her and my unborn baby to the point of asking her to move in with me and be my roommate.
Just when I think I have the situation under control, another surprise knocks me over, but it only spurs me to double down.
I’ll be the first to admit, I didn’t think it through. Somewhere between the dinners, the TV show binging, the doctor appointments, and me walking in on her naked, lines blurred.
In what feels like warp speed, my bachelor for life status is in jeopardy and I’m fighting for the most important thing of all—my family.
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Sunny Shelly’s Review: 5 Stars
My Unexpected Surprise is another great addition to the Greene Family series by Piper Rayne. I’ve been waiting to see which lady would be the one to capture Fisher’s heart, and I loved seeing him and Allie fall in love!

As a result of his mom’s tragic death when he was a kid, Fisher’s scars run deep when it comes to avoiding commitment. Allie, meanwhile, wants the full-blown fairytale romance. A few months before the book opens, Fisher and Allie had kindled a friendship of sorts, and that led to them having a one-night stand (when A Greene Family Summer Bash takes place). Fisher pretty much ghosted Allie after that and avoided her phone calls, but when he runs into her at the hospital he gets an unexpected surprise: She’s pregnant. Now, they both need to adapt to the evolution of their friendship, being roommates and figuring out how they will co-parent. But along the way, Fisher realizes that maybe being Allie’s boyfriend and babydaddy won’t be so bad after all.

I really enjoyed the evolution of Allie and Fisher’s relationship. She had no problem calling him out when he was being a controlling jerk, and he allowed himself to be vulnerable with her in explaining why he felt the need to control anything that he could since he couldn’t control his mom’s death. These two are really sweet together, and Fisher is totally swoony when he decides that he wants to woo Allie.

Allie is besties with Stella from the Bailey family series (Winning My Best Friend’s Girl), so there are lots of appearances by Stella and Kingston (in addition to Dori helping Grandma Ethel play matchmaker, of course!). That tease at the end for Posey and Gavin? Bring it on! And that scene with Xavier and Clara was heartbreaking!!

I received an advanced copy and voluntarily left a review.

Meet Piper Rayne: 

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


A little about us…. We both have kindle’s full of one-clickable books. We’re both married to husbands who drive us to drink. We’re both chauffeurs to our kids. Most of all, we love hot heroes and quirky heroines that make us laugh, and we hope you do, too. 

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Sunny Shelly’s Review: Tall, Dark & Bossy by A.M. Hargrove

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The first time I met sexy Stanton Baines, I nearly swallowed my tongue.
But that was before he opened his mouth and directed his insolent comments at me.
Not one to back down from a clash, I fired right back.
From then on, Stanton pursued me with a vengeance.
The first thing I learned was he discarded women like gum wrappers.
Second, the control freak thought he could dominate me.
That billionaire might be the boss of everybody else, but he was never going to be my bosshole.
Nor was I going to be one of his crumpled-up gum wrappers.
My heart had been trampled on enough.
Mr. Baines would not be adding his shoeprints to it.
Except he didn’t give up.
The more I sassed, the more he chased.
After he had me wrapped around his pinkie, he left … as in poofed right out of the country without so much as a farewell.
I figured we were over.
Boy was I ever wrong.
I had completely underestimated the man and that alphahole was about to bring me to my knees … unless I did it to him first.
 
Tall, Dark, and Bossy is the first novel in the Baines Family Series. It is a complete stand-alone with a happily ever after.

Sunny Shelly’s Review: 4 Stars

Tall, Dark, and Bossy had a sassy heroine and an alpha hero, lots of steam, and some secrets that threaten to ruin Stacey and Stanton’s forever.

This story started out strong, but after Stanton takes off and then comes back, he lost me a bit. I felt like he went from a likable alphahole to just a jerk. I didn’t like the way he was manipulating Stacey. She was wrong for keeping a secret from him, but he just seemed like a different guy in the second half than he was in the first half.

These two hammer out their issues and are on the same page by the end, so there’s a nice HEA that ties it all up…. And that was a payoff worth waiting for.

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Sunny Shelly’s Review: His For The Holidays, by Samantha Chase

His for the Holidays by Samantha Chase is now live!

What better way to unwind from the stress of a family Thanksgiving, than escaping with an armload of Christmas cookies?

Hannah Christy was eager to head home and devour her treats in solitude, while doing some prep work for the promotion she was vying for. Those plans came to a screeching halt… along with the elevator…. trapping her inside with her sexy neighbor.

After being trapped with his match-making family over Thanksgiving, getting stuck in an elevator was a welcome reprieve for Gage Lawson.

If it was up to him, he would gladly stay stranded well into the new year. Especially since his neighbor has a whole treasure trove of ideas on how to pass the time. The best Christmas cookies he’s ever tasted. Delicious spiced wine. Fun getting-to-know-you games. It’s the most holiday merriment he’s had in a long while.

Somewhere in the midst of it all, Gage comes up with the perfect plan. A fake romance to help make both their family get-togethers more jolly! To his surprise, Hannah agrees to be his for the holidays. Yet with the mistletoe in full bloom, and her on his arm, Gage soon realizes their little Christmas show isn’t enough. He wants her for real… and forever.

Roast the chestnuts and hang the stockings, Gage has a plan! With the help of the 55 and over residents, magical flurries, and a never-ending supply of hot cocoa with extra marshmallows, he’s determined to show Hannah that Christmas is the most wonderful time of year to fall in love.

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Sunny Shelly’s Review: 4 Stars

His For The Holidays is one of those charming feel-good romances set at Christmastime that would make a perfect made-for-tv movie!

Hannah and Gage are so adorable, and their romance sweetly grows from a fake relationship to them both wanting more…. But afraid to ask the other for it.

This book is a perfect feel-good Christmas romance, easily read in a single sitting. I received an advanced copy and voluntarily left a review.

 


Samantha Chase is a New York Times and USA Today bestseller of contemporary romance that’s hotter than sweet, sweeter than hot. She released her debut novel in 2011 and currently has more than seventy titles under her belt – including THE CHRISTMAS COTTAGE which was a Hallmark Christmas movie in 2017! She’s a Disney enthusiast who still happily listens to 80’s rock. When she’s not working on a new story, she spends her time reading romances, playing way too many games of Solitaire on Facebook, wearing a tiara while playing with her sassy pug Maylene…oh, and spending time with her husband of 30 years and their two sons in Wake Forest, North Carolina.

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Sunny Shelly’s Review: Western Waves, by Brittainy C. Cherry

 

 
 
 
Title: Western Waves
A Compass Series Standalone
Author: Brittainy Cherry
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: December 9, 2021
 

 

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I always believed in fairy tales, but he preferred horrors.
 
Damian Blackstone didn’t care about my existence. He came into my world for one reason only. He came to find answers about his past.
 
He moved like the villain in my favorite fairy tales. He wasn’t the one who received the happily ever afters; he was the one who destroyed them.
 
Which was why I couldn’t understand why the man who raised me set it up in his will for Damian and me to be married. I wasn’t certain I’d be able to live with a man like Damian. We were as opposite as any two people could be. I loved to bathe in the sunlight while he prospered in the shadows.
 
I didn’t think I’d develop feelings for the one who looked at me as if I were nothing more than a means to an end. Yet in his darkness, sometimes I’d see sparks of light. I’d see gentleness. I’d see his soul.
 
We became entangled with one another as we fell into mistakes and called them fate. I was his Cinderella, and he was my Beast.
 
I wasn’t certain that twisted fairy tales ended with happily ever afters.
Still, I was determined to find out.

 

 
 
 

 

 
 
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Sunny Shelly’s Review: 4 Stars


Western Waves is full of all of the heart, emotion and tears that I’ve come to expect from a Brittainy C. Cherry story — but there was just *something* missing from Damian and Stella’s story that made the difference in this not being a book I want to give unlimited starts to.

This story takes grumpy, scarred, cold hero with abandonment issues who rarely lets anyone get close to him and teaches him how to find love with a happy, cheery, free-spirited heroine… who loves everyone so hard because she, too, has abandonment issues. What I really loved about Damian and Stella is that they were both so damaged as a result of their childhoods. Yes, she was raised in a huge home with an adoptive father who loved and adored her while he bounced from foster home to foster home. But the psychological torture that she went through from a parade of stepmonsters was almost worse, in a sense, than the mental damage that being a foster kid caused Damian. There really is a lovely arc as Stella comes to terms with that and learns to love herself. While Damian had to learn that he is worthy of being loved, she had to learn how to feel that she is good enough just as she is.

As much as I loved the way the hate-to-love relationship grew between Cinderstella and The Beast, I had some issues with WW. First, Stella has a boyfriend of a decade who is okay with her marrying a stranger? We later find out that Jeff is a grade-A jerk, and their breakup leads to Stella and Damian finally hooking up. But the hookup began as more of a sexual favor than anything else, and I wished something different brought them to act on their feelings.

I think my biggest problem with WW is that I thought I was going to get Damian’s backstory tied up… and I didn’t. The whole who-is-his-mom subplot ended quite anti-climactically. I needed more of an explanation than the two words that he got. When comparing that scene to the lovely flashback chapter where we see how Damian and Connor (Eastern Lights) first met, I felt almost cheated out in not getting that huge piece of the guy’s history. But it was great catching up with Connor and Aaliyah!

Also, the personalities of Damian and Stella were so similar to those of Graham and Lucy from The Gravity of Us. And while I truly loved WW and cried over Damian and Stella, their story just didn’t punch me in the gut the same way that TGoU had.

Overall, I really, really liked Western Waves — but I didn’t think it was one of BC’s best books.

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Brittainy Cherry has been in love with words since the day she took her first breath. She graduated from Carroll University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre Arts and a minor in Creative Writing. She loves to take part in writing screenplays, acting, and dancing–poorly of course. Coffee, chai tea, and wine are three things that she thinks every person should partake in! Brittainy lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. When she’s not running a million errands and crafting stories, she’s probably playing with her adorable pets.
 
 
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Sunny Shelly’s Review: Come Again, by Lauren Blakely

COME AGAIN by Lauren Blakely

Release Date: December 3rd

COME AGAIN is an ALL-NEW enemies-to lovers romance set in the Big Rock world! Don’t miss this intensely sexy and hilarious all-hero POV stand-alone!

Fall in love with a cocky, charming hero and the heroine who challenges his game!

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There are three words most men can’t resist—I dare you.

So as you can see, ladies and gentlemen of the jury, I had no choice when my buddies said “I bet you can’t get that brunette beauty to kiss you before the night ends.”

I proved them wrong, and oh how good it felt to be right when I swept the quick-tongued woman into my arms and kissed the breath out of her at the party.

But, I made a slight miscalculation.

Turns out she’s my brand new enemy.

And soon I’m locked in a fierce battle of wits with my sexy-as-sin nemesis. I’m determined to show the whole city that my company is offering the best new path to romance, and she’s dead-set on knocking me down. Publicly.

It’s the hottest game of one-upmanship I’ve ever played, punctuated by fiery kisses, dirty letters, and, after a heated argument, hate s-e-x.

You know what they say. Keep your enemies closer.

I keep her so damn close to my favorite body part.

Everything is fun and games…until I gamble something I can’t afford to lose.

My heart.

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Sunny Shelly’s Review: 4 Stars

Return to the Big Rock world with Lauren Blakely’s male POV romcom Come Again. Easton runs a successful elite matchmaking service dedicated to capitalizing on real-life chemistry between people when they meet up at his swanky parties — even though he is one of Manhattan’s biggest playboys. Bellamy is a romance podcaster who believes in online dating apps. They first cross paths at a masquerade party where they are dressed as Jay Gatsby and not-Daisy Buchanan, when Easton’s friends dare him to make a move on her. Their chemistry is undeniable and they share a searing kiss neither one of them can forget, but things don’t quite work out the way Easton wanted them to when his mystery woman takes off and leaves them hanging.

Bellamy, meanwhile, knows exactly who Easton is. When they cross paths again, he does not want to let her slip through his fingers again — and they set off on a friends-with-benefits relationship that is full of steam! (He’s been burned by a past relationship and is quite happy with the casual.) Bellamy and Easton have very different viewpoints on how to find romance, however, and their casual fling gets complicated when feelings get involved. I loved Bellamy as a heroine, and her confession to Easton — and his subsequent reaction — was heartbreaking. After she’s gone, Easton realizes what he had and let go and sets out on one hell of a grovel tour.

There is a lot of great snark and banter between Bellamy and Easton, and then on the flip side are these super sweet emails and messages as they fall in love. These characters are so well-written, and the hot scenes are as captivating as the vulnerable ones.

I enjoyed the cameos from some of the other Big Rock couples, and Grandma Coco was one of my favorite characters in this book! I received an advanced copy and voluntarily left a review.

About Lauren Blakely:

A #1 New York Times Bestselling, #1 Wall Street Journal Bestselling, and #1 Audible

Bestselling author, Lauren Blakely is known for her contemporary romance style that’s

sexy, sweet, and witty. She also writes USA Today bestselling LGBTQ romance.

With fourteen New York Times bestsellers, her titles have appeared on the New York

Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestseller Lists more than 100 times, with

more than 55 titles on the USA Today Bestsellers list alone. She’s sold more than 4.5 million books. A Brown University graduate, Lauren likes dogs, cake and show tunes and is the vegetarian at your dinner party.

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Sunny Shelly’s Review: Better With You, by Brit Benson

 Release Date: November 23

Riggs Stanton is a thief.
 
He’s also a liar, a jerk, and a playboy jock.
Sure, I might have thought we had a connection.
I might have thought he was worth breaking my “no dating” rule.
He might have even given me the best orgasm I’ve ever experienced to date.
But it was a farce.
A trick.
Another lie.
And I don’t make mistakes twice.
 
Now he says he needs me.
One week of my help and I never have to deal with him again.
For ten grand, I can suffer anything for seven days.
Even Riggs Stanton.
 
Except…
 
The more time I spend with him, the more I get to know him, the more I question myself.
What if what we shared before was real, and it’s everything else that’s fake?
****Better With You is the second interconnected standalone in the Better Love series by Brit Benson.
This enemies-to-lovers new adult romance is sassy, sexy, and has a guaranteed HEA.
It is not necessary to read Love You Better before enjoying Better With You, but Better With You will contain minor spoilers for Love You Better.

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Sunny Shelly’s Review: 4 Stars
I have never read anything by this author before, so I wasn’t sure what to expect… Better Than You was a wonderful story of love, betrayal, family drama, illness, death, parental expectations, and so much more!

Riggs and Bailey had insane chemistry from the start. This fling-turned-enemies-turned-lovers story has so much heat, but so much heart, too. The family issues that they are both struggling with added a huge layer of depth to this college romance. Brit Benson beautifully wrote their relationship with witty banter, and lots of betrayl then groveling. I get why Riggs was so torn about his feelings for Bailey due to the situation he’d put himself in. And Bailey had been through so much, and despite the crappy situation with her parents, tried so hard to rectify a wrongdoing to another family member. She was so strong, yet allowed herself to be vulnerable with Riggs. I was so glad that he ultimately did the right thing and worked to get her back.

This book is the second in a series, and I feel like some aspects of Bailey’s relationships with her friends would have been better understood had I read Book #1 first. But that didn’t affect the way I fell for Bailey and Riggs and was rooting for them to get their HEA!

I received an advanced copy and voluntarily left a review.

Meet Brit Benson

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

 
When she’s not dreaming up her next swoony book boyfriend and fierce book bestie, she’s reading. 
 
When she’s not reading, she’s probably marathoning a Netflix series or wandering aimlessly up and down the aisles in Homegoods.
 
Brit currently resides somewhere near the Blue Ridge Parkway with her husband, daughters, and dogs.
 
 

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Sunny Shelly’s Review: Knockout by Jessica Prince

Title: Knockout
Series: Whiskey Dolls
Author: Jessica Prince

Contemporary Romance; Small Town Romance

It wasn’t fair that the man I hated with a passion was so freaking gorgeous.

Things in Layla Fox’s life were going great. She had a fantastic job, amazing friends, and a killer apartment. There was just one tiny glitch in all that perfect. Her upstairs neighbor was the very definition of tall, dark, and handsome . . . and she hated the man with every cell in her body.

Jude Kingsley was the most arrogant jerk she’d ever met, making the fact that she was attracted to him more than a little inconvenient.

When the two of them are forced together by Jude’s meddling grandmother, the bitter rivalry between the two feuding neighbors suddenly turns into something very different. And a raw, intense chemistry like theirs is bound to explode if they aren’t careful.

**Whiskey Dolls is a series of interconnected, standalone, small town romances.**

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The doors of the elevator slid open and the good mood I’d been in all day evaporated like a single drop of water falling onto desert sand.

“Of freaking course,” I grumbled sullenly as Jude Kingsley stepped into the elevator.

He returned my glare before stopping beside me and turned to face the front. “And I’d been having such a good day up to this point,” he muttered bitterly.

I let out a snort and fluttered my eyelashes. “What, did you pop a little kid’s balloon? Maybe cut in front of a pregnant lady in line at the coffee shop?” I snapped my fingers. “Oh, I know! You kicked a poor, innocent puppy on the sidewalk. That’s what had you so chipper, isn’t it?”

He gave me a smirk, and damn it, why did it have to look so good on him? The son of a bitch.

“I woke up happy,” he stated, and it would have been a lie if I claimed I didn’t find that admission somewhat intriguing.

Turning to face me, he took a step toward me, closing some of the distance between us. The move was unexpected, and my heartrate spiked at his closeness. The small elevator car suddenly felt even tinier, like the walls were closing in. The air was filled with his scent. Something like cedar and sun mixed with a spicy musk that reminded me of the outdoors. My chest stuttered on a choppy inhale when I tilted my head back to look up at him. In all the months we’d been enemies, this had to be the first time we’d been so close to each other.

With hardly any space between us, I was able to see that those midnight blue eyes of his also held flecks of golden honey. He blinked slowly as he stared down at me, those long, sooty lashes lying across his sharp cheekbones before he opened them again.

“I had the best dream last night.” He stopped, waiting for me to ask what he dreamed about, like he knew that statement and his proximity had left me way off-kilter, my curiosity piqued.

Stupid intuitive jerk.

Unable to help myself, I arched a questioning brow. “Oh?”

His voice dropped lower, taking on an almost velvety soft quality. “Yeah. You were in it, princess.”

My skin felt tingly, my mouth was Sahara dry. I didn’t feel like myself all of a sudden. It was almost as if he’d cast a spell, and I was just along for the ride, unable—or maybe unwilling at that point—to take control back. It was those eyes, man. Those freaking dark, alluring, sexy bedroom eyes. There wasn’t a woman in the world who’d be able to resist their power up close. Not even me.

I tried to swallow past the cotton taking up residence in my throat and croaked, “What—what was your dream about?”

He started speaking in a tone that could only be described as intoxicating. “Well, you see, it was a beautiful, sunny day, and we were standing on the sidewalk outside the building. You were in these jeans that made your ass look incredible.” His tongue peeked out and swiped across his plump bottom lip. “I couldn’t stop staring. Then . . . ”

I was straight up enraptured at that moment.

Oh my God. What is happening right now? “Then what?”

“Then . . . you stepped off the curb and got hit by a bus.” It was like a bucket of ice water being dumped over my head. Whatever voodoo he was working broke right then, and I remembered instantly that I wanted this man to die by a thousand papercuts—preferable by my hand.

 

Sunny Shelly’s Review: 5 Stars

I fell hard for Jude and Layla in Knockout! This enemies to lovers romance is one of the best I’ve read, and Jessica Prince adds her special brand of small-town, slow burn goodness to this story.

I loved the slow burn of Jude and Layla’s relationship, and how wrong he realized his assumption was of her once he really got to know her. It takes some meddling from his awesome Grandmother Sybil, but once these two stop fighting the sizzling chemistry that is behind their wicked bickering, it is explosive.

There is a whole lot of family drama on Jude’s side, which is what leads to the conflict between them. When Jude is ready to walk away rather than let his toxic DNA hurt Layla, will she be able to help him see that they really are stronger together?

Knockout is an amazing addition to the Whiskey Dolls series, and I binged it in a single sitting!

I received an advanced copy and voluntarily left a review.
 
 

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Born and raised around Houston Texas, Jessica spent most of her life complaining about the heat, humidity, and all around pain in the ass weather. It was only as an adult that she quickly realized the cost of living in Houston made up for not being able to breathe when she stepped outside. That’s why God created central air, after all.

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

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

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

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Sunny Shelly’s Review: Nashville Dreams, by Julie Capulet

Release Date: November 9
 
“All I wished for was to experience that spark you read about, just once. What I wasn’t expecting was the Fourth of July, Christmas and heaven on earth all rolled into one.” 
~Stella
Bass player Kade Tucker is known as the Magic Man, and not just for his riffs. After breaking off a disastrous relationship, he swears off women. Only problem is, five minutes later, he might have just met the love of his life.
Stella Bell has always done what’s expected of her. Until a secret letter and an unexpected proposal on the same day prove to be her breaking point. For once in her life, she’s going to do something for herself. As fate would have it, that means taking a spur of the moment trip to Nashville.
A hopeless romantic, Stella has been hiding her true self for far too long. And when a gorgeous, mysterious stranger rescues her from a torrential downpour, she decides to go with it. The hot, dreamy Kade Tucker proceeds to enlighten Stella in every possible way, until she begins to realize that some dreams really can come true.
But will Kade’s twisted ex and Stella’s family secrets – and a very accidental pregnancy –get in the way of their HEA? Or is this a star-crossed match made in Music City heaven?
Nashville Dreams is a super-sexy standalone romance starring a hot alpha musician and a sweet & sassy dreamer who’s the one he always knew was out there somewhere. Now that he’s found her, he has no intention of letting any one of her dreams go unanswered.
 
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Sunny Shelly’s Review: 4 Stars

Nashville Dreams is book 3 in the Music City Lovers series, each of which tells the story of a Tucker sibling. This time, Kade is up, and I just knew from the first chapter when he breaks up with his horrid girlfriend that Kade was going to fall hard and fast when he met our heroine! It legit happens like a hot minute later when Kade crosses paths with college student Stella.

I loved that both Kade and Stella were kind of hopeless romantics, searching for the great love of their life. The one that gives them all the feels and makes them want to live every day with that other person. At first, it doesn’t seem like a world-known country rock star and a college student would have much in common. But these two have that instant connection, and they know what they’ve found in one another is worth fighting for. That becomes really important when Kade’s crazy ex makes a return and threatens to tear apart everything he and Stella are trying to build together.

From the first page to the last, Stella and Kade’s story was magical, and a wonderful addition to the Nashville Nights series! I received an advanced copy and voluntarily left a review.

Meet Julie Capulet

 

Julie Capulet writes fun, sexy romance starring obsessed alphas and the sweet and sassy women who bring them to their knees. 
 
Her stories are inspired by true love and she’s married to her own real life hero. 
When she’s not writing, she’s reading, walking on the beach, drinking wine and watching rom-coms 

 

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