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Sunny Shelly’s Review: Saylor, by Kelsie Rae

Saylor is LIVE!
If you love…
✔️second chance romance

✔️a sexy, single dad

✔️a nerdy school teacher
then you’ll love Saylor by Kelsie Rae.


When Owen Daniels, my high school sweetheart, skipped town to become a college football star, he shattered my heart––and my dreams.
Eventually, despite being used to the numbness, I worked hard to grow into the best elementary school teacher I could be.
And I was fine.
Until a familiar last name popped up on my classroom roster.
Owen’s back.
But he’s not alone.
And my adorable new student who calls him Daddy?
He should’ve been mine.
No matter how easily that sweet little boy has managed to slip past my defenses, I’m committed to keeping my brittle heart safe from his father.
But Owen has made his intentions clear. He’s hell-bent on winning me back.
So, when my little sister hatches a plan for revenge, I’m officially on board.
After all, we’re playing by my rules now.
Right?

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Sunny Shelly’s Review: 5 Stars

Ah! It’s been a year since Skye, the last book in Kelsie Rae’s Signature Sweethearts book came out, and I forgot all about Saylor and her ex-boyfriend, the hot former football player/single dad! There were bits and pieces of Saylor and Owen’s history that we got in the Skye and Sway books (the other two sisters), and now we finally, finally get their story!

This is second-chance romance at its finest. It is angsty and sweet, swoony and romantic. Owen is going for the Hail Mary of reunions, and he pulls out all the stops when it comes to gaining Saylor’s trust again. She doesn’t let her guard down easily, which I liked, and makes him work for it. They are both coming from a mature place — him wanting to correct the biggest mistake of his life and her not wanting to get crushed again by him the way she had ten years ago. But they communicate, they don’t play games — aside from one incident where Saylor’s insecurities get the best of her and she runs rather than talk things out with Owen. But overall, this was a wonderful, delightful, sweet reunion!

I was kinda disappointed when the reason behind Owen and Saylor’s breakup was finally revealed. I get it, and understand why Owen did what he did. But had Saylor known the truth, she maybe would have gone after him, and I think it would have saved both of them a lot of heartache and misery over the last few years. Then again, like Owen says, their journey was rocky and twisted, but he wouldn’t have Grady in his life had he not broken both of their hearts. And that is one adorable kid!

The proposal scene was absolutely perfect, and brought a tear to my eye. I loved this book, and how it takes place during the time that Skye and Liam are split up, so it then dovetails with their reunion.

I received an advanced copy and voluntarily left a review.

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Sunny Shelly’s Review: Romantically Perfect, by SE Rose

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Romantically Perfect (Perfectly Imperfect Love Series Book 3) is LIVE!

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Romantically Perfect (Perfectly Imperfect Love Series Book 3)

Mr. Perfect isn’t always found in the pages of a romance novel. Sometimes, he’s standing right in front of you.

Diana Moore is a fan of love, but love isn’t a fan of hers. After a string of failed relationships, she’s decided to focus her time on finding new passions.

According to Garrett Henley, love is for suckers, and Diana’s heart-on-the-sleeve attitude has put her firmly in the friend zone.

When Garrett volunteers to help her find a new hobby, will the relationship denier and the romance fanatic find true love may be looking them right in the eye?

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Sunny Shelly’s Review: 4 Stars

Romantically Perfect is a sweet friends-to-lovers story. Diana is a hopeless romantic who has given up on love after a string of bad relationships, while Garrett is a casual dater who believes that true love doesn’t exist. So when he agrees to help Diana find a new hobby, all the time they start spending together begins to feel a lot like a relationship. And before Garrett knows what hit him, he’s head over heels for his pretty colleague.

This is a sweet and charming romance about two people who discover that what they have been looking for has been right in front of them. This is the third book in a series, but it reads like a standalone. There is a great group of secondary characters in this story, and I loved Diana’s kinda quirky family.

I received an advanced copy and voluntarily left a review.

Excerpt:

I lean my head back against a pool pillow and let the powerful jets do their job.

“So, who’s the latest victim?” Lanie asks.

I’d roll my eyes, but they are already closed. “I think I’m going to take a break from dating.”

“What?!” Lanie says way too loudly and the whole party quiets down.

“What’s wrong?” Kent yells from the pool.

“There’s something very wrong with Di. She just said she’s taking a dating break. I think we need a family intervention right now.”

Before I can even open my eyes, the oversized hot tub is filled with splashing and I groan and sink lower into the water, only my leg touches another leg and I jump back, opening my eyes to find the entire party has moved here.

“What?” I ask them, looking around at all the faces of my siblings and their significant others.

“You can’t be serious,” Kent states. “You are our crew love guru. Should we sign you up for like a dating app or something?”

“Yeah, here, hand me your phone and I’ll find you a good one,” C-Dog volunteers.

“First off, I don’t have my phone on me because we are in the water. Second, I’m allowed to not date. It’s not like I always have a boyfriend.”

Everyone stares at me deadpan. “OK, but I don’t rush out for the next one once a relationship ends.”

The blinking eyes staring back at me make me groan again.

“Di. We depend on you to be…well, you,” Kylie explains.

“Yeah, like our constant Juliet,” C-Dog points out while making an air heart with his fingers.

“We could all set you up on dates!” Kylie says excitedly.

“No way,” I retort. I’ve had several blind dates and they have all been epic disasters.

“Spoilsport,” she mutters.

“We could send in an application for a reality TV series,” Brix says with a wink.

I sigh. “Can’t I just not date?”

Lanie clears her throat. “Just promise us you aren’t giving up on love, and we’ll back off.”

“Fine,” I say way too loudly and throw my hands up in the air, “I’m not giving up on love. Happy?”

They all look at each other and back at me, nodding and murmuring “OK.”

“I love you all, but you drive me crazy,” I mutter as I pull myself out of the hot tub.

“Hey, don’t leave,” Kent pleads as I pick up my sundress.

“I’m not going to stay here and get the tenth degree over the fact that I don’t currently have a boyfriend,” I huff.

“Di-pie, don’t be pissed. We wuv you!” Clark says in his best little-boy voice because he knows I’m a sucker for him even though he’s one giant-ass baby now.

“I’m not pissed, I’m just annoyed.” I pull the sundress over my head. I sigh. “I promise only to be annoyed tonight.”

“Fair enough,” Kent says. “You good to drive home?”

I nod. Normally, I’d stay later, but tonight, I’m just not feeling it.


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ABOUT S.E. Rose

S.E.Rose is USA Today & International Bestselling romance author, S.E. Rose lives near Washington D.C. with her family. When she’s not wrangling her cats or keeping up with her kids, she’s plotting her next story.
She loves all things wine, coffee, and cats. In her non-existent free time, she enjoys traveling, going to concerts, binging on her favorite shows, and reading, especially if it’s a good mystery or comedy.

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Sunny Shelly’s Review: Campus Player by Jennifer Sucevic

Release Date: December 26
 
Trust me when I say that Rowan Michaels fever is 
 
alive and well at Western University. His fanbase is 
 
legendary. 
 
The guy is a major player.  Both on and off the field.
 
Girls fall all over themselves to be with him. They fill the 
 
stands at football practice, show up at parties he’s rumored to 
 
be at, and basically stalk him around campus.
 
It’s a little nauseating.
 
Don’t these girls have any self-respect when it comes to a hot 
 
guy?
 
Fine…I’ll admit it, he’s good looking. If you’re into that kind of 
 
thing. Which I’m not. I’ve got school and soccer to keep me 
 
busy which is exactly why I avoid him like an unfortunate clap 
 
diagnosis.
 
Too bad for me that Rowan is my father’s star quarterback. He’s practically part of 
 
the family, attending Wednesday night dinners with us. To make matters worse, 
 
we’re in the same major and get stuck together in classes every semester. It’s like 
 
the universe is trying to play a cosmic joke on me. The one guy I’d like to steer clear 
 
of is the very same one I can’t seem to get away from.
 
But what if Rowan isn’t the manwhore I pegged him to be?
 
What if one little secret has the capability to change everything between us?
 
*This is a mature New Adult novel with strong language and sexual situations 
 
intended for readers over the age of 18*
 
 
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Sunny Shelly’s Review: 4 Stars

Campus Player is the first book I’ve read by Jennifer Sucevic, and I really liked this slow-burn college athlete romance. At times, I really didn’t like Demi, but I loved Rowan right from the start. I found Demi to be extremely judgmental, and at times it was really hard to root for her to get the guy because Rowan was just SO sweet.

Demi has lived her life as the daughter of a popular college football coach, and since she now attends the same college where her dad coaches, she’s often been the subject of rumors that she’s fooling around with team members. While she has dated fellow athletes, she has a rule against dating one of her dad’s players… despite the fact that she clearly feels sparks whenever she’s around Rowan. And since he’s kind of unofficially part of her family with her dad being his mentor, she’s around him A LOT. But Demi judges EVERYONE. She wants nothing to do with Rowan because of the rumors that he’s a player.

And Rowan is just so damn sweet. I almost felt at times that he didn’t deserve her. He’s been in love with Demi for years, and has been keeping notes on all the little things that she likes. They have family dinner together once a week at her dad’s house, and while Rowan knows everything she’s shared over the last few years, I don’t think there’s a single personal fact about Rowan that Demi knows!

So when these two finally get together, I loved how open and honest he is with Demi. Again, she was quick to judge his situation and almost didn’t believe him when he confessed that he’d been waiting for her, making me wonder if she deserved him at all. Things are all fine and dandy between them for a while until Rowan’s bad-news dad pops up. I get why he makes the decision that he does in order to protect Demi and her father, but I hated that he made that choice at the same time. And Demi didn’t think to question what she walked in on? Did she not know him and how he feels about her by then?

Overall, Campus Player is an enjoyable college sports romance. Despite my feelings for the heroine, I did like Rowan a ton as a hero, and that’s what kept me reading!

I received an advanced copy and voluntarily left a review.

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Meet Jennifer Sucevic

Jennifer is a USA Today bestselling author who has published seventeen New Adult and Mature Young Adult novels.  Her novels have been translated into both German and Dutch.  Audiobooks are also in the works.  She has a bachelor’s degree in History and a master’s degree in Educational Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.  She spent five years working as a high school counselor before relocating with her family.  Jennifer lives in the Midwest with her husband and four children.

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Sunny Shelly’s Review: Southern Hearts, by Emily Bowie

Title: Southern Hearts: An Oakport Beach Romance
Author: Emily Bowie
Genre: Best Friends Brother Romance
 
COVER
BLURB
It was just a kiss.
A kiss from the preacher’s daughter.
And I loved every second of it.
I would take 8 seconds of my lips on hers over any bull ride, anytime, anywhere.
Each time I kissed my younger sister’s best friend she still managed to slip through my fingers and I couldn’t seem to keep her. I thought I had time.
When the news of her broken engagement runs rampant through town, I’m ready this time. This time I won’t lose her.
But when the truth about her break up surfaces, will she still look at me the same way?
 
PURCHASE 

Sunny Shelly’s Review: 4 Stars

Emily Bowie is a new-to-me author, and I found Southern Hearts to be a delightful friends-to-lovers romance. There’s a hint of second chances in there, as Danger and Haven shared a few kisses and more as teens. They never dated, but they had feelings that run deep, and were constantly around one another as she is his little sister Frankie’s best friend.

Now, Danger and Haven are both in their 20s, she’s coming off a broken engagement and finds herself as Danger’s housemate. It’s the perfect scenario for Danger to finally make his move. And while things go great between Danger and Haven at first, he’s holding on to a secret that could ruin everything he’s built with the girl of his dreams.

Southern Hearts is sweet and funny, a little angsty, and has all the small-town romance feels. This book is a second in a series, but reads as a standalone.

I received an advanced copy and voluntarily left a review.

ABOUT EMILY
Emily Bowie is from a small town in Western Canada. She has been making characters come to life through her writing since she was old enough to put her thoughts on paper. She loves her white wine cold, her heels red, and her books spicy.

She married her high school sweetheart and they have two amazing children.

When she is not writing she can be found reading a good book, making digital scrapbooks and being physically active–whether it is at the gym, going for a walk, or playing /keep up with her children.

Look for her next book: Crashing Hearts: An Oakport Beach standalone

Other books by Emily Bowie:
Bennett Brothers Series: Recklessly Mine, Recklessly Forbidden, & Recklessly Devoted

Steele family series: Stolen Moments, Moonlight Moments, Bittersweet Moments & Whisky Moments
Pretty, Twisted Lies (standalone)
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Sunny Shelly’s Review: Never His Girl, by Rachel Jonas & Nikki Thorne

🖤⭐ ℍ𝕠𝕥 ℕ𝕖𝕨 ℝ𝕖𝕝𝕖𝕒𝕤𝕖 & 𝔾𝕚𝕧𝕖𝕒𝕨𝕒𝕪 ⭐🖤

𝗡𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗿 𝗛𝗶𝘀 𝗚𝗶𝗿𝗹, 𝗯𝗼𝗼𝗸 𝟮 𝗶𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗞𝗶𝗻𝗴𝘀 𝗼𝗳 𝗖𝘆𝗽𝗿𝗲𝘀𝘀 𝗣𝗿𝗲𝗽 𝘀𝗲𝗿𝗶𝗲𝘀 𝗯𝘆 𝗥𝗮𝗰𝗵𝗲𝗹 𝗝𝗼𝗻𝗮𝘀 & 𝗡𝗶𝗸𝗸𝗶 𝗧𝗵𝗼𝗿𝗻𝗲 𝗶𝘀 𝗟𝗜𝗩𝗘!

#𝟭𝗰𝗹𝗶𝗰𝗸 𝘁𝗼𝗱𝗮𝘆

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West Golden—Football star. Playboy. Dead to me.

Nothing puts the final bullet in a girl’s rep like a leaked sex tape. Especially one starring her and the cocky quarterback who’s had it out for her since day one. Yep, you guessed it. That girl is me.

At Cypress Prep, West is king, but all I see when I look at him is the wicked prick who gets off on trying to break me.

His plaything.

Go ahead. Give him a round of applause for winning that last round, but know this—hell hath no fury like a girl from the south side with a baseball bat.

Hurt me once, shame on you. Hurt me twice… over my dead body.

***

NEVER HIS GIRL is the highly anticipated continuation of the KINGS OF CYPRESS PREP series. This is book two in a trilogy and should only be read after completing book one, THE GOLDEN BOYS.

This saga contains strong bully themes. So, if you’re not into romances where hate turns into love (… eventually), and if you don’t like your heroes of the unapologetically alpha variety, this might not be the series for you. There is no rape or dubious consent whatsoever. However, due to adult themes and sexual situations, this one’s only for the 18+ crowd.

This series is sure to give you GOSSIP GIRL and ONE TREE HILL vibes, and the angst will have you burning through the pages to find out what happens next. One-click and get lost in this series today!

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Sunny Shelly’s Review: 4 Stars

Never His Girl is the second Kings Of Cypress Prep book, and picks up where The Golden Boys left off. It is not a standalone, and is the second in a trilogy featuring Blue and Wes as the main characters, so it does end on a cliffhanger.

I really liked the love/hate relationship with Wes and Blue, and the push and pull between them as they both clearly struggled with their feelings for each other. He was AWFUL to her, and then just flipped a switch, and she struggled with whether or not to trust him. That clearly backfired on her when their sex tape was revealed at the end of book #1.

Now we have Wes realizing that he’s been a real dick, and wanting to make it up to Blue. He’s no longer bullying her, but is becoming borderline stalker as he tries to make things right. Not stalker in a bad way, but he’s actually really sweet as he waits to walk her to class every day, sends her flowers, upgrades her hotel room while they are at an away game. He really puts in the effort, and I loved seeing it happen, rather than being told that it was happening off the page.

But there was still the issue of WHY he hated Blue so much… Finally, we get the scene where he tells her why he hated her on sight. I was so glad that Blue called him out for not questioning her about the photo his dad has of her, why he jumped to conclusions… And that also opened the door to theories about why Vin Golden has that photo to begin with.

And we also get the explanation behind the mysterious situation with Wes and his ex, Casey. The secret that could ruin his future. It’s kind of a doozy, and it’s not resolved before the end of this book.

Like the first book, this ends on a cliffhanger. And once again, just as Blue thinks things might finally be going her way, the rug is pulled out from underneath her. When it comes to Blue and Wes, she very well may never be his girl… If this is going where I think it’s going, I can’t wait to see what unfolds in book #3.

I received an advanced copy and voluntarily left a review.

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Sunny Shelly’s Review: The Relationship Pact, by Adriana Locke

THE RELATIONSHIP PACT by Adriana Locke
Release Date: December 17th

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Blurb:
How hard can it be?

That was the question rolling around Larissa Mason’s mind just before she asked Hollis Hudson to be her fake boyfriend.
It was only supposed to be for five minutes, after all.
Granted, that was also before she felt his hand on the small of her back as he charmed the heck out of her family.

She hadn’t heard his laugh yet either.

And it was definitely before she saw the football god shirtless. Otherwise, she would’ve had an idea of just how hard some things could be.
It turns out that pretending to be in love with a crazily handsome, somewhat enigmatic, and absolutely unforgettable tight end (that has an amazing tight end) is easy.
Reminding herself that just because opposites attract doesn’t mean they’re forever is much harder.

What they have isn’t love—it’s a relationship pact. Right?

Sunny Shelly’s Review: 5 Stars

The Relationship Pact is the third Kings of Football book in a collaboration with Adriana Locke, Ilsa Madden-Mills and Meghan Quinn. This third installment focuses on Hollis, and brilliantly ties the new character in to the worlds of Locke’s Mason family series and Landry family series.

The book takes place in the days between Christmas and New Year’s, in the same time frame as Crew and River’s books. Hollis has gone to Savannah to receive an award for the volunteer work he does with foster kids, and is spending a few extra days there since he has no family to spend the holiday with. He meets sassy, funny Larissa at a bar when she asks him to pose as her date to get her ex-boyfriend off her back. They hit it off immediately, and since Hollis needs a date for a dinner with Lincoln Landry and Larissa a date for her stepdad’s gala event, their relationship pact is born.

Besides the agreed-upon dates, Larissa and Hollis begin spending more and more time together, and fall into an easy routine. It’s not hard for him to imagine seeing more of Larissa in his life, and that kind of freaks him out. Having been raised in the foster system, Hollis is used to being alone and not trusting people. He’s funny and sweet, but lacks self-confidence and doesn’t think he has anything to offer a girlfriend. He’s afraid to get close to people because he’s always left behind. Larissa, meanwhile, has dated alot of jocks and had sworn off all athletes before knowing that Hollis was a college football player. Her insecurities about being second-best to the game come into play when Hollis walks away from her after a freak-out. But despite the fact that they only spent a few days together, Larissa knows that there is a wonderful, sweet, loyal man behind that fortress he’s put up and vows to fight for him.

The breakup scene left me a teary mess. And the make-up scene was magnificent. Hollis really finds a family in loving Larissa, and I loved how this couple’s HEA worked out! My only complaint is that I wish that Hollis would have explained the significance of When You Wish Upon A Star to Larissa; I was really hoping to see that scene. Oh well. Besides that, The Relationship Pact is a perfect fake-romance story!

I received an advanced copy and voluntarily left a review.

About the Author:
USA Today and Washington Post bestselling author Adriana Locke lives and breathes books. After years of slightly obsessive relationships with the flawed bad boys created by other authors, Adriana has created her own.

She resides in the Midwest with her husband, sons, and two dogs. She spends a large amount of time playing with her kids, drinking coffee, and cooking. You can find her outside if the weather’s nice and there’s always a piece of candy in her pocket.

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Sunny Shelly’s Review: Good With His Hands, by Lauren Blakely & Lili Valente

GOOD WITH HIS HANDS by Lauren Blakely & Lili Valente
Release Date: December 18th

GOOD WITH HIS HANDS, a sexy emotionally-charged romance novel from bestselling authors Lauren Blakely and Lili Valente, is NOW AVAILABLE!! You’ll love this hot and heartfelt best friend’s brother romance with all sorts of twists!

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Narrated by Joe Arden & Lili Valente

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Blurb:
A sexy best friend’s brother romance from bestselling authors Lauren Blakely and Lili Valente!

I’m the wrong guy for her.

She’s sunshine and cherry pie. I’m whiskey and fast cars. I’m also keeping one hell of a secret from the woman I’ve wanted for years.

But when I find a list my sister left behind for Ruby, I’ve got no choice but to offer the sexy, big-hearted girl next door both a road trip and a chance.

A chance to discover how big she can dream.

And if some of those dreams play out in the bedroom? Well, there’s nothing wrong with a few — okay, several — hot nights together as we hit the beach, visit old stomping grounds, and test all sorts of limits, in and out of the sheets.

Seven days, then I’m off, moving across the country, far away from her.

No way can things get complicated in a week. Ruby and I aren’t the kind of dream that has a shot of coming true.

Especially once she learns what I’ve done.

GOOD WITH HIS HANDS is a sexy standalone romance in the Good in Bed series!

Sunny Shelly’s Review: 3 Stars

I am a big fan of Lauren Blakely’s books, but every now and then there is a clunker. And Good With His Hands was a clunker for me.

I liked the setup of the story: Ruby has just finished physical therapy following a car accident that killed her best friend Claire two years ago. She’s always had a crush on Claire’s brother, Jesse, and it turns out that he has feelings for her too. But he thinks it would be creepy to ask Ruby out now that Claire is dead, especially since he’s about to move to the West Coast and open a second branch of his successful garage. But when Ruby and Jesse embark on a road trip, that all changes…

I can’t put my finger on it, but there was something about this story that just fell short for me. In parts, I felt like things were being forced. I just had a hard time connecting to Jesse and Ruby as characters and rooting for them to get together.

The story flows nicely, and Lili Valente and Lauren Blakely did a nice job with this collab. It just wasn’t one of those books that I can’t wait to get back to…

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 sweet, sexy and witty. She also writes red-hot, ultra-steamy romance for her Lauren Blakely After Dark line. She’d love to give you a free book today!

Check out her web site to grab your free read: https://laurenblakely.com/one-free-book

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Sunny Shelly’s Review: On The Rebound, by L.A. Cotton

ON THE REBOUND, a brand new enemies-to-lovers sports romance from L A Cotton IS LIVE!

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Blurb:
They say your first love leaves a mark.

For Calliope James it didn’t only leave a mark, it tore out her heart and left it bleeding on the ground.

He was her best friend.
Her first kiss.
Her everything.

Until one day, he wasn’t.

Zachary Messiah will never forget the girl with eyes the color of whiskey. But he’s not that boy anymore.

Cold.
Cruel.
He’s devoid of emotion.

Their paths were never supposed to cross again. But love doesn’t always play by the rules.

Now he’s the King of Steinbeck University and she’s the new girl on campus … and the pasts they have fought so hard to bury are about to collide.

Only this time, they might not survive the fallout.

Sunny Shelly’s Review: 4 Stars

On The Rebound is a darker college romance about a boy who hates that he still loves his ex-girlfriend, and the girl who doesn’t understand why. Running into one another on the campus of Steinbeck University kind of ruins both Calli and Zach’s plans for the upcoming year. He doesn’t want to be trapped in the life he’s being forced to lead, and she’s lonely and grieving her mother’s death, even though her dad and estranged brother are right there. Seeing Zach stirs up all kinds of feelings for Calli again, and it’s all she can do to not crumble completely.

This is not a swoony second-chance romance. It has a darker overtone. I wouldn’t say that Zach is a bully, but he definitely goes out of his way to make Calli’s life miserable. While Calli is grieving for her own family loss, Zach’s life has been turned upside-down thanks to an accident that left his brother comatose, and he has been plopped into the basketball team as Declan’s replacement. But instead of seeking solace in Calli, his once best friend, once his everything, Zach does all he can to make Calli regret coming to Steinbeck.

Then finally, FINALLY, we get to why Zach hates Calli… and it was all a misunderstanding back when they were high schoolers. He never gave her a chance to explain what he (thought) he heard her say, but his insecurities twisted the situation into something that ripped them apart. There are some really nice moments after they hash out the past, and they make a mature decision to move forward. But their reunion also means having to face Zach’s dad and Calli’s brother and tell them the truth… Will Zach’s loyalty lie with Calli at the end of the day, or with his teammates?

In the end, this story is one that really pulls on your heartstrings. There really is a fine line between the love and hate that Zach and Calli feel for one another — because it’s really that they hate that they still love the one who broke their heart. Zach and Calli were soulmates from the time they were teenagers, and when his world has gone to $hit, Calli is still the only one who truly sees the real him. Even after the years they were apart and all the hurt they’d caused one another.

This story started out as a novella in a Halloween anthology, and the party that takes place in that prequel is referenced several times in On The Rebound. I later checked it out on iBooks, and it was definitely a bonus to have that backstory, so if you haven’t already read it, I highly recommend doing so.

I am definitely interested in the follow-up books to this series! I’m dying to get Callum’s story, especially. His turnabout from grade-A jerk to protective big brother was like the flip of a switch, and I really want to know what was going on with him as he dealt with their mom’s death and Declan’s accident.

I received an advanced copy and voluntarily left a review.

About the Author:
Author of over thirty mature young adult and new adult novels, LA COTTON is happiest writing the kind of books she loves to read: addictive stories full of teenage angst, tension, twists and turns.

Home is a small town in the middle of England where she currently juggles being a full-time writer with being a mother/referee to two little people. In her spare time (and when she’s not camped out in front of the laptop) you’ll most likely find LA immersed in a book, escaping the chaos that is life.

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Sunny Shelly’s Review: Feisty Red, by Stacey Kennedy

“Stacey Kennedy turns up the heat and keeps us wanting more.”
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Feisty Red, an all-new secret baby, second chance romance from USA Today bestselling author Stacey Kennedy, is available now!

Clara Carter is the brains behind Three Chicks Brewery. The oldest and most responsible of the Carter sisters, she doesn’t have time for anything but taking care of her son and making sure her family’s top beer, Foxy Diva, gets into bars across North America. Which means getting the brew in front of Colorado’s biggest beer distributor. Unfortunately, that becomes tricky when the man in charge of distribution is none other than Sullivan Kenne, the cowboy who ran out on her seven years ago.

Sullivan’s life has been filled with one wrong move after another. First, he tried to prove himself to his bastard father by joining a professional baseball team, a choice Sullivan still regrets. Then he bailed on Clara, the only woman he’s ever loved. Seeing her again makes Sullivan determined to right his wrongs. Unfortunately, he wasn’t counting on one of those wrongs being a six-year-old son he never knew about…

Reuniting with Clara and meeting his son is a shocking—and amazing—experience. But as much as Sullivan tries to return to his roots and be the stand-up cowboy of Clara’s dreams, the reality is that she’s having trouble trusting him. Luckily, Sullivan knows the way to Clara’s heart, and he’ll prove to her that a second chance with a cowboy is worth the risk.

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Excerpt

“How long has it been since you’ve done something like this?” she asked. 

“Seven years.” 

“Seriously? Seven years?” 

The light from the fire was impressively bright, revealing the chiseled lines of his cheekbones. “Life is different in Boston,” he explained, gaze on the sky. “Not so quiet. And when we travel for games, we always play in big cities. I don’t get the chance to get out to places where the city lights don’t hide the stars.” 

She looked to the sky herself, spotting the milky way. Over the years, many of her old high school friends had moved away with big city dreams. She’d never had those dreams herself, loving small-town life. The old Sullivan she knew would have hated the big city too. She figured she better get to know this Sullivan. “Do you like the big city?” she asked. 

“Parts of it,” he said. “Some parts, I don’t.”

She smiled, dropping her head to the side to watch his expression. “Like the bars?”  

The side of his mouth curved before he glanced her way, lifting an eyebrow. “You saw the tabloid article, then?” 

She nodded. Everyone saw all the articles about him. Every week, on a new issue in the grocery store line. “What’s going on with all of that? The bar fights and stuff?” And, of course, by “stuff,” she totally meant women. 

Obviously picking up on that, Sullivan’s mouth quirked up at the corner again. “Does the stuff wear dresses and high heels?” 

She sent her gaze to the fire. “It’s none of my business. You don’t have to talk about it. It’s just…” 

“Just what?” 

She felt his stare. “You were always a one-woman type of guy. What changed?” 

“Nothing,” he said in a quiet voice. She dared to look at him then, and his jaw was clenched, tension creasing the lines around his eyes while he watched the fire burn. “The women, they’re a distraction.” 

“From?” she pressed, not even sure why she wanted to know the answer so bad. 

The heat from the fire became all-encompassing as he drew in the longest, deepest breath then blew it out through his nose. “From the shit that gets heavy in my head.” 

She froze, shocked by his answer. Of all the things she had expected him to say, that certainly wasn’t it. For fun. Because I don’t want anything serious. Something like that, not anything deep. 

At the silence, he turned his head to the side, watching her closely. “Distractions help me take a break from that.” 

“I suppose they would,” she agreed gently. She had seen the guy she loved fade when his mom passed away, but he was lost forever when his father’s abuse started. But right here, right now, she could almost see the guy he’d been when his mother was alive. The good guy, the guy who wouldn’t simply vanish from someone’s life so cruelly. “What about this bar fight that got you suspended?”

“It never should have happened,” he said, looking back to the sky with a heavy sigh. “I’m careful not to drink too much, to always stay in control, but that night, my control slipped.” 

She took a guess. “Because of your dad dying?”

“I suspect my dad’s death had something to do with it, yeah.” The shame on his face was more punishment than anyone should endure, and the orange hue from the fire detailed every bit of it. “We were leaving the bar, me and a bunch of teammates, and we came across an asshole fighting with his girlfriend. He was screaming at her, and then he pushed her, and she fell.” He stopped to take a deep breath before continuing. “I didn’t know them. I had no business interfering. But something in my head snapped, and I acted before I even knew what was happening.”

“Wait,” Clara said, trying to understand. “Why didn’t you say that the guy was hurting his girlfriend? I’d say that’s forgivable. You were protecting her.” 

“Because I’m no better, Clara,” Sullivan said, dryly. He turned his head then, revealing many years of pain in his eyes. “I put my hands on someone in violence, in rage. That is unforgivable.” 

She tried to see it his way, but failed. “No, you were giving the guy a taste of his own medicine. Seriously, Sullivan, people would have sided with you.” She watched him for a moment, looking for a single flicker of agreement with her on his expression. Trying to understand, she asked, “So, instead of explaining that, you took the suspension?” 

“That’s right.” 

She processed, scenting the piney aroma from the trees hugging the firepit. Nothing felt…right. Something was missing. She sat up straight, scooting to the end of her chair to face him fully. “Why are you home, Sullivan?” she asked. 

His brows drew together. “You already know why. To get my head right.” 

She considered all this again, but something seemed off. “I know what you told me. A bar fight led to a suspension, and you came home to deal with your past because of the fight. But to avoid all of that, all you had to do was tell the truth about what happened. So, again, why are you here?” 

Their gazes held before he looked back at the fire. It seemed like he wasn’t going to answer her, but then she almost wished he hadn’t. “When I sobered up that next day at the police station, I knew I was on my way to becoming him.” 

“Your father?” 

“Yes,” he said slowly. 

Clara’s heart squeezed painfully, her breath all but gone. 

Before she could even think up a reply, he added, “Of course, not completely. I still think the guy I hit deserved it. But I realized I became the very thing I hate. I pushed all the bad shit down deep enough that I felt nothing. Just rage. Until it all exploded.” He turned his head again, torment swirling in the depths of his eyes, and said oh-so softly, “My dad did that until there was nothing left of him, until only rage lived in the spots that were once good. So, that’s why I’m here, Clara. To face the shit that makes me feel uncomfortable so that doesn’t happen to me.” 

The world seemed to slow as coldness swept across her. Not knowing what to say, she looked to the fire because, just like that, the years vanished. This was the Sullivan she did know, and she, behind all the hurt and worry for Mason’s well-being, loved this man. But he was drowning in the dark misery and desperately wanted a way out, but unable to find it. 

“Clara.”

His soft voice pulled her focus to his warm, gentle eyes. 

“I’m sorry for leaving you the way I did.” His voice blistered. “I’m sorry I wasn’t strong enough to be what you needed.”  

Tears welled in her eyes, and nothing could stop them from rolling down her cheeks. For as long as she could remember, she’d wanted an explanation, an apology. Now she had those things, but only one truth remained: they’d both done their best in a terrible situation that no one deserved. As much as she wanted to blame Sullivan for leaving and breaking her heart, she couldn’t. Her aching heart reached for him. “I’m sorry I wasn’t strong enough to help you.”

Sunny Shelly’s Review: 3.5 Stars

Feisty Red is the second book in the Three Chicks Brewery series. Each book is a standalone about one of the three sisters working their family bar business.

In Feisty Red, we have single mom Clara, whose world comes crashing down when her ex arrives back in town. Sullivan left her behind years ago to chase his baseball dreams, and to escape his abusive father. He had some work he needed to do on his own state of mind back then, but in leaving, he not only left Clara behind but the son he never knew about. Returning home to broker a deal with the brewery, Sullivan is forced to face his past, and he soon realizes that the family he left behind is what he wants for his future.

Overall, this was a enjoyable story, but I didn’t love it. It’s a sweet story, and I loved how this family got to know one another. But something was just off for me between Clara and Sullivan. I thought that it was a bit rushed, and would have liked the pacing of the story to have been a tad slower.

I received an advanced copy and voluntarily left a review.

About Stacey Kennedy

Stacey Kennedy is a USA Today bestselling author who writes contemporary romances full of heat, heart, and happily ever afters. With over 50 titles published, her books have hit Amazon, B&N, and Apple Books bestseller lists.
Stacey lives with her husband and two children in southwestern Ontario—in a city that’s just as charming as any of the small towns she creates. Most days, you’ll find her enjoying the outdoors with her family or venturing into the forest with her horse, Priya. Stacey’s just as happy curled up indoors, where she writes surrounded by her lazy dogs. She believes that sexy books about hot cowboys or alpha heroes can fix any bad day. But wine and chocolate help too.

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Colleen Hoover Introduces a Scene from her New Paranormal Romance Layla!

This month, bestselling author Colleen Hoover released her very first paranormal romance, Layla. Today Colleen shares one of her very favorite parts of the book and introduces the scene. Colleen, take it away!

“Leeds and Layla have just met about an hour before this scene takes place. I wouldn’t say they experienced insta-love, but it was definitely an immediate attraction. Leeds is lonely and withdrawn from life, while Layla is the opposite. She’s over the top and fun and everything Leeds isn’t. He’s a musician who has never released any of his own music due to insecurities and doubt. But Layla lights a fire in him and uncovers the confidence about his music that he keeps buried.”  

Excerpt from Layla by Colleen Hoover

Layla leans in and I expect her to kiss me, but instead she whispers, “Play me something,” against my mouth. Then she moves to the couch and lies down. “Play something worthy of that piano,” she says.

She crosses her legs at her ankles and lets one of her arms dangle off the couch. She runs her finger against the hardwood floor while she waits for me to start playing, but I can’t stop staring at her. I’m not sure there’s another woman on this planet who could make me want to stare at her without blinking until my eyes dry up, but she’s looking at me expectantly.

“What if you don’t like my music?” I ask. “Will you still let me kiss you?”

She smiles gently. “Does the song mean something to you?”

“I wrote it using pieces of my soul.”

“Then you have nothing to worry about,” she says quietly.

I spin around on the bench and place my fingers on the keys. I hesitate for a moment before playing the song. I’ve never performed it for anyone before. The only person I’ve ever wanted to sing it for is my father, and he’s no longer alive. His death is the reason I wrote this in the first place.

I’ve never been nervous while playing Garrett’s songs onstage, but this feels different. This is personal, and despite the fact that there’s only one person in the audience right now, it feels like the most intense audience I’ve ever performed for.

I fill my lungs with air and slowly release it as I begin to play.

That night I stopped believing in heaven

I can’t believe in a god that cruel

Can you?

That night I stopped praying on my knees

But I don’t pray standing either

Do you?

That night I closed the door and closed the

window

I’ve been sitting in the dark

Are you?

That night I learned happiness is a fairy tale

A thousand pages read aloud

By you

That night I stopped believing in God

You were ours, he didn’t care, he

Took you

So that night I stopped . . .

I stopped . . .

I just

Stopped.

That night I stopped.

I stopped.

I just stopped.

That night I stopped.

I . . .

When I’m finished playing the song, I fold my hands in my lap. I’m a little hesitant to turn around and look at her. The whole room got quiet after I played the last note. So quiet—it feels like all the sound was sucked out of the house. I can’t even hear her breathing.

I close the cover to the piano and then slowly spin around on the bench. She’s wiping her eyes, staring up at the ceiling.

“Wow,” she whispers. “I wasn’t expecting that. I feel like you just stomped on my chest.”

That’s how I’ve felt since I first laid eyes on her tonight.

“I like how it ends,” she says. She sits up on the couch and tucks her legs beneath her. “You just stop in the middle of the sentence. It’s so perfect. So powerful.”

I wasn’t sure if she’d realize the intentional ending, but the fact that she does makes me all the more enamored of her.
***
About the Book

Title: LaylaAuthor: Colleen HooverRelease Date: December 8, 2020Publisher: Montlake
Summary
When Leeds meets Layla, he’s convinced he’ll spend the rest of his life with her—until an unexpected attack leaves Layla fighting for her life. After weeks in the hospital, Layla recovers physically, but the emotional and mental scarring has altered the woman Leeds fell in love with. In order to put their relationship back on track, Leeds whisks Layla away to the bed-and-breakfast where they first met. Once they arrive, Layla’s behavior takes a bizarre turn. And that’s just one of many inexplicable occurrences.
Feeling distant from Layla, Leeds soon finds solace in Willow—another guest of the B&B with whom he forms a connection through their shared concerns. As his curiosity for Willow grows, his decision to help her find answers puts him in direct conflict with Layla’s well-being. Leeds soon realizes he has to make a choice because he can’t help both of them. But if he makes the wrong choice, it could be detrimental for all of them.



Author Biography

Colleen Hoover is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of several novels, including the bestselling women’s fiction novel It Ends with Us and the bestselling psychological thriller Verity. She has won the Goodreads Choice Award for Best Romance three years in a row—for Confess (2015), It Ends with Us (2016), and Without Merit (2017). Confess was adapted into a seven-episode online series. In 2015, Hoover and her family founded the Bookworm Box, a bookstore and monthly subscription service that offers signed novels donated by authors. All profits go to various charities each month to help those in need. Hoover lives in Texas with her husband and their three boys.

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