Cover Reveal: An Indecent Affair IV by Stephanie Julian

 

Indecent Affair Part IV (1)

Title: An Indecent Affair Part IV

Author: Stephanie Julian

 

Release date: September 15, 2014

 

About An Indecent Affair Part IV:

 

 

Kat has uprooted her life and moved to Philadelphia. She’s starting her own business and opening her heart. But caring for two men brings both rewards and pitfalls.

Tristan and Adam are determined to keep Kat close and win her heart. But work dangers and family obligations conspire to tear them apart before their fragile relationship has a chance to grow into something stronger.

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Excerpt

Kat’s mouth dropped open at Tristan’s bald statement.

Naked and between them.

Oh, god, yes. That sounded wonderful.

She wanted that. And everything that went with it. All she needed was the courage to take what they offered.

Go ahead. Do it. Say yes.

Tristan watched her, his expression intent and a challenge in his eyes. From the very first, he’d been upfront about exactly what that he wanted. Which was her.

Nothing in her life had prepared her for Tristan. No one had ever pursued her with such straightforward commitment. It made her ache for everything he wanted to give her.

At the same time, it made her wary of giving herself over to him and having the rug pulled out from under her later.

That was a game her mother liked to play. Give with one hand and take away with the other.

Kat had learned to be wary of anyone who offered her anything with no visible strings attached. There were always strings. Something else her mother had taught her.

Her gaze skipped to Adam, who had all sorts of hidden strings. She wasn’t sure she had the necessary tools to deal with him. He held his emotions so closely in check, she sometimes wondered if he felt anything at all. Well, anything besides lust.

If they continued this affair, she’d have to learn to deal with that. And decide if she could live with a man who only wanted her sexually.

If Adam didn’t commit… If he was only in it for the short-term…

Could she live with knowing she would be only a bed partner to him?

Can you live with knowing you didn’t even try?

She’d regret it every single day.

“I want that, too.”

Tristan’s immediate smile lit him up, stealing the air from her lungs. His expression transformed into one of a man who’d gotten exactly what he wanted. Which was her. The thought made excitement sizzle and pop along her nerves.

Then she slid another glance at Adam and panic nipped at her confidence.

“It’s just…” She struggled to pick the right words. “I’m just not sure I know how to do…this.”

Tristan shook his head. “There’s no right or wrong. We’ll figure out what works for us as we go.”

She nodded but that didn’t exactly make her feel better. She liked having a plan. Liked knowing what was expected of her. Where she fit into the scheme of things.

“Kat.”

Adam’s voice made her blink before her gaze flipped to him.

“Yes?”

We want this. Both of us.”

Adam stared at her just as intently as Tristan had seconds ago. But his eyes lacked the warmth Tristan’s held. Or did they?

She couldn’t read Adam. As much as she tried, as much as she wanted to, she didn’t know what he was thinking. The only thing she was sure of was Adam’s desire for her. That was clear as day.

Frustration bit at her. Would it always be like this? Would she always be lacking something in Adam’s eyes? And did it matter, if she found what she needed in Tristan’s?

“Do you? How can I know that for sure?”

Adam’s chin lifted. “You can’t. You can only trust me when I say that I wouldn’t be here if I didn’t want to be.”

She absolutely believed that. She also knew that Adam’s bond to Tristan was so strong, Adam might accept her into his bed simply because he knew that’s what Tristan wanted.

Except that didn’t explain yesterday’s encounter.

“Did you tell him?”

The question escaped before she could bite her tongue. She wanted to take back the words immediately. Glancing at Tristan, he didn’t look shocked or surprised as Adam nodded.

Thank god.

That pressing weight on her shoulders suddenly felt twenty times lighter.

“Good. That’s…good. I don’t want there to be secrets.”

With a widening grin, Tristan took a step closer. “I’m glad we’re on the same page. Adam and I know each other. We trust each other. You’re not a prize we’re competing for. You’re the woman we want to make love to.”

Desire heated her blood at the warmth in Tristan’s eyes. Her fingers itched with the urge to reach out and run her fingers along Tristan’s strong jaw. To feel the slight abrasion of his whiskers against her skin. To let her fingers run down his neck to the broad muscles of his chest. Wanted to strip off his shirt and press her naked body against his.

She wanted Adam to plaster himself against her back, grip her hips with his hands and bite her neck so hard he left a mark.

Her gaze flipped to Adam, who’d held his ground.

“But you have to understand,” Adam said. “I’m not Tristan. I’m not easy.”

Amazingly, Adam’s blunt statement made her smile. As her lips curved, Adam’s expression lost some of its darkness.

“I’ve actually been able to pick that up on my own.”

Tristan cut the distance between them by another step and her heart skipped a couple of beats.

“So are you ready to eat?’ Tristan asked.

She blinked. “You want to eat first?”

Tristan’s grin widened and even Adam’s lips curved.

Reaching for her hand, Tristan squeezed her fingers then rubbed his thumb over her knuckles. “We’re not just interested in sex.”

Neither was she. But relationships were fraught with even more pitfalls than “just sex.”

“Okay.”

“Kat.”

She looked at Adam.

“Yes?”

“Do you want to eat?”

She did. Her stomach rumbled at the thought. “Dinner. Yes. Let’s order dinner.”

“Or would you rather we lay you out on the table and show you why you won’t be sorry you said yes?”

 

Have a look at Part I, Part II & Part III of An Indecent Affair

 

Part I

Indecent Affair Part IOne night. One woman. Two men. Twice the desire.

 

Katrina refuses to give in to her mother’s demand to marry a man she can’t stand. After years of trusting no one with her heart or her body, she wants to be swept off her feet, to experience complete surrender, if only for one night.

 

Tristan has lusted after Katrina for years and tonight he’s making his move. He’ll steal her away from his brother, who doesn’t deserve her. Then he and his best friend, Adam, will give her exactly what she wants…

 

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Part II

 

Indecent Affair Part II

Katrina is finally taking control of her life. She’s quit her job in Boston and is opening her own law practice in Philadelphia, home to Tristan and Adam. She spent one sensually mind-blowing night in their arms. And then she snuck out before morning.

Tristan is looking forward to breaking down Kat’s walls and starting a relationship. Adam isn’t sure Kat is the woman he and Tristan need in their lives. And he’ll do whatever it takes to make sure they don’t make a huge mistake…

 

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Part III

Indecent Affair Part III CoverLetting her insecurities get the better of her, Katrina pushed Adam away after another amazing night in bed between him and Tristan. In the light of day, she realizes she needs to apologize. She only hopes Adam will listen.

After walking out on Katrina, Adam believes the only way Tristan can have a shot at a relationship with her is for Adam to step aside. He’s not the kind of man she needs in her life and Tristan has wanted her for too long to give up now.

Or course, passion has a way of derailing the best of intentions…

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About Stephanie Julian:

 

Stephanie JulianI’m a reformed reporter who enjoys making up stories much more than writing about real life.

In sixth grade, I found my mother’s stash of romance novels hidden under her bed and realized they were much more interesting than the books in the school library. I devoured Rosemary Rogers, Bertrice Small and, most especially, Kathleen Woodiwiss.

In college, I majored in English and continued to expand my favorites list. Shakespeare, the Canterbury Tales, the Bronte sisters, Mary Shelley. Then I graduated and discovered there wasn’t much I could do with an English degree.

That’s when I found out they would pay me to write for a living at a newspaper. Want to learn how to write tight and clean? Work for a daily local and condense a three-hour meeting with an angry mob of residents upset about a sewer system overhaul into 15 inches in 20 minutes.

After my sons were born, I freelanced, working at home in my drafty attic office, and developed a two-book-a-day Harlequin habit that turned into a writing habit. My first attempts at romance were firmly rooted in the Harlequin tradition and I sold my first two romances to Avalon Books under the name Stephanie Scott.

But writing sweet romances was not what I’d had in mind. I wanted to write books where people actually got to have sex. I contracted my first erotic romance to Ellora’s Cave and never looked back.

I write sexy series that combine heat with heart. Four are linked by Etruscan Magic: Magical Seduction, Lucani Lovers, Forgotten Goddesses and Darkly Enchanted. I also write the silly-funny, super-sexy Lovers on the Fringe series and the straight contemporary DeMarco Investigations series. I’m also writing the serial menage, INDECENT.

BY PRIVATE INVITATION, NO RESERVATIONS and OVER EXPOSED comprise the contemporary erotic romance series, Salon Games.

I’m happily married to a Springsteen fanatic and I’m the mother of two sons who introduced me to the joys of Slipknot, Warped Tour and never-ending headaches.

 

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The Reluctant Governess by Maggie Robinson (Ladies Unlaced #3)

The Reluctant Governess by Maggie RobinsonAvailable: Now Amazon/B&N

Type: Historical Romance

Publisher: Penguin Intermix

My Copy: Sent

Reviewer: Pam

A secretary for the renowned Evensong Agency, Eliza Lawrence may have a pretty face, but she’s much prouder of her mind and her morals. When she’s pressed into temporary governess duty as a favor to her boss, she doesn’t expect to bend one bit for the rakish Nicholas Raeburn. Not even when he opens the door to her half-dressed…

Despite his bad reputation, Nicholas is a man of honor. To Nick’s way of thinking, he doesn’t need any help raising his daughter, Domenica. If only he weren’t so drawn to the meddlesome woman’s sparkling wit and uncommon beauty…

But when an act of misplaced chivalry goes seriously awry, resulting in mayhem and almost murder, Eliza becomes the only woman he can depend upon. Nick will do anything to protect his family, but who will protect him from falling in love with his reluctant governess?

I have enjoyed each of the books in this series that centers around the Evensong Agency; this is a forward thinking business run by women in the early 1900’s and the characters are always engaging and entertaining. This is another set of books that I look forward to reading, immersing myself into the world of enterprising young women and their heroes.

Eliza has worked for the Evensong Agency since her father died, leaving her the responsibility of taking care of her mother. She just finished performing the job of a governess and was looking forward to getting back to what she loves to do, working with numbers and being a secretary when her boss, Lady Mary Raeborn asks her to fill in for her brother- in-law, he needs a governess for his daughter. She reluctantly agrees as long as the agency continues to search for another candidate.

Nicholas Raeborn is a highly regarded artist with a wild reputation. He recently moved back to London moving into a home he acquired from a friend who needed the money. He not only lives in the home but also has his studio there, so models in various stages of dress are often present, something that Eliza finds appalling while his daughter is living there. When Eliza arrives little does she know what she is getting into, not only does Nicholas bring danger because he helps one of his models, but there is sickness in the house and his former friend threatens Nicholas’s daughter.

This is the third in the series and I have to admit that it was not my favorite; I loved the premise of the Evensong Agency, the people that seek help and the employees that work to achieve the impossible to help them. I have enjoyed the past books and I also look forward to more.

Both the hero and the heroine were difficult for me at times, Eliza confused me, she seemed to tolerate the wild household that Nicholas lived in, but came off as very proper at times. Her goal is to have a career that is unusual for a woman but she still acted like she did not approve of some of the things Nicholas was doing.

I like Nicholas, a true artist type, living a different lifestyle, bringing up his daughter without the structure of most wealthy families in London. He is a bit put off by the abrasive Eliza when she first arrives and does like to push her buttons. The problem I had with this is that after Nicholas tries to be chivalrous and helps one of his models, he comes home beaten and then promptly becomes sick; something the whole household gets, except for Eliza who proceeds to help tend to everyone. Nicholas becomes attracted to Eliza while still sick which seems strange because of how sick he is, not sure how he could be thinking of anything other than how unwell he felt. It just seems like the romance starts in a weird way and seems forced at times. I did not feel the chemistry between them and wondered at times why they were together.

The plot progression is done well, the story starts slow as we watch the relationship grow between Eliza and Nicholas, the pace picks up with the drama of Nicholas’ fight and then the reappearance of his one time friend, Daniel who threatens his daughter. Secondary characters play important roles, we see several from the previous books and I especially enjoy seeing more of Oliver, the engaging employee of Evensong. Eliza’s family doctor who helps is interesting and I like how things work out for him in the end. Although this is the third book, it is easily read as a standalone as the author does a great job of bringing the history of the Evensong Agency into the story. Even though this was not my favorite this is an enjoyable story and adds to the overall series. I am looking forward to the next book, finding out more about Nicholas’ friend Sir Thomas, an eclectic man of business.

I give The Reluctant Governess by Maggie Robinson 3.5 stars!

The Highlander Next Door by Janet Chapman (Spellbound Falls #6)

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Type: Contemporary Romance

Publisher: Jove

My Copy: Sent

Reviewer: Pam

Legend has it love is carried on the rising mists of Spellbound Falls, and not even time-traveling highlanders are immune to its magic… Birch Callahan has seen the trouble men can cause. After witnessing her mother’s four marriages, Birch now runs a women’s shelter and doesn’t want a man in her life. But there’s something about her neighbor, Niall MacKeage. Birch can’t figure out how the cop can be so big and gruff and yet so insightful and compassionate—and sexy. Or how she’s falling for a man who acts like someone from the twelfth century.

Niall knows that Birch is attracted to him, even if she seems to distrust all men. Yet he also knows she has a secret—something that drives her to place herself in harm’s way for the women of her shelter. Niall would gladly rush to Birch’s side to protect her from harm, but with their secrets standing between them, he’ll have to reveal his own truth if he wants to keep her…

A delightful addition to the Spellbound Falls series, a mix of contemporary romance with a bit of paranormal and magic thrown in to make things interesting.

Niall MacKeage is the new chief of police in Spellbound Falls, actually he is the first chief of police in town and he is busy getting use to his new job and the fact that he is now living in the 21st Century. He has only lived in the current century for twenty month as he was recently living in Scotland’s 12th Century; he came through time with magic.

Birch Callahan runs the Spellbound Falls Crisis Center, she is very wary of men, mostly because her mother Hazel has been married and divorced four times, but it is also because of her chosen field, helping the women and children that are victims of abuse. She not only accepts those that come on their own when she opened the center but she has also gone after some she has only heard about, which causes friction in the area putting her in danger. Niall is only too happy to help but as they get closer there is another more sinister problem that brings trouble to the area and a pesky new God that is thrown into the mix.

Ms. Chapman writes entertaining stories with humor and magic. I have read several of her Pine Creek Highlanders and thought this was as enjoyable. I have not read the first books in the series and although there seems to be many characters that live and work in Spellbound Falls that also interact with current characters, the author does a fairly good job of getting you caught up, however I think I would have enjoyed this more if I had read more about the mythological and magic that is involved with both Max and Titus.

Niall is a wonderful hero, of course he is recently from the 12th Century so all those that love a Highlander will enjoy his attitude and somewhat bias sense of duty when it comes to women, don’t get me wrong, he does not treat women as property, but does need a little more help when it comes their roles in our current society, such as he does not want to think about hiring a woman as a police officer but I did have to laugh when Birch shows him she can shoot a gun like no other.

Birch is a bit harder to get to like at first, she comes off very prickly and does not want anything to do with her sexy neighbor and his dog, almost to a point where is was annoying but she warms up to him fast and by the time trouble comes, their relationship has moved to a new level. They do have great chemistry and there are some humorous moments between the two as they dance around their attraction.

The secondary characters are numerous and are important to the story, this is a small town so everyone knows each other, plus the added bonus that many of them know about the magic and those who weld it and who are from a different century. Birch’s mother Hazel is generous and engaging, I like her sense of humor and her take on life, the exact opposite of Birch. Those that were featured in previous books also show up here and help with the current problems, and there are several newcomers that will make great new characters for upcoming Spellbound Falls such as Telos, how interesting he became in this story.

The pace started slow, we watched the relationship begin and grow between Niall and Birch but when the mystery is unfolded and the danger escalates the pace picks up and the ending is a race to find out what happens. An overall enjoyable story that moves the series forward, I wish I had read the first books featuring many of the mythical Atlantian’s settling in the area but it is recommended for those that enjoy romance with myth and magic oh and Highlanders.

I give The Highlander Next Door by Janet Chapman 3.25 stars!

It’s Not You….It’s Me. Okay, Maybe It’s A Little Bit You.

Over the last 2 months I’ve had an incredibly hard time finding a book that holds my attention. Yeah, there has been a few here and there that rocked my world (*cough Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover cough*) but honestly I’ve DNF-ed more books than I care to admit. It’s not that they are badly written but for whatever reason I couldn’t make it past the quarter mark for any of them. If you know me at all you know how much I HATE not finishing something I start, but unfortunately my list of review books is simply to long to keep trying to force something that isn’t meant to be. This isn’t a complete list….I don’t have that kind of time at the moment…but here are a few of the most recent.  -Nikki-

Recent DNFs

Her Only Desire by Delilah DevlinAvailable: Now Amazon/B&N

Type: Contemporary Romance

Publisher: Forever

My Copy: NetGalley

The moment Tilly Floret sees the sleek Bentley driving down Main Street, she knows trouble has arrived in her sleepy little town. A mysterious job posting keeps appearing at the diner where she works, and she can’t resist applying. No matter that the entire town of Bayou Vert is whispering about the wealthy, powerful man behind it all and his scandalous return home. The moment his ice-blue eyes meet hers, he ignites an all-consuming desire she never imagined possible, one she can’t deny.

Ex-navy SEAL Boone Benoit never thought he’d set foot in Louisiana again. As soon as Tilly starts her new job in his pleasure club, he senses a kindred soul. One who has carefully guarded secrets of her own-and a simmering hunger for the taboo rites of mastery and submission. The only difference is she doesn’t yet know it. Now as Boone tutors Tilly in the tantalizing world of leather and lace, she will shed her every inhibition and surrender to him, body and soul.

This book had a lot of promise. I really enjoyed the blurb. Unfortunately that’s about all I enjoyed. The plot lagged. I was incredibly bored. The sex scenes were “meh” and I had absolutely zero need to continue. So I didn’t. I won’t be continuing this series.

Guarded by Mary BehreAvailable: Now Amazon/B&N

Type: Paranormal Romance

Publisher: Berkley

My Copy: Sent

She’s given up on finding love…

Veterinarian Shelley Morgan has always preferred animals to humans, and not simply because she can communicate with them psychically. Unlike most people she’s known, animals have never broken her heart. But after six months in her new town, some of her favorite four-legged companions begin disappearing from the local zoo. Determined to track down the animals and their thief, the telepathic vet decides to investigate, unknowingly delving into a deadly mystery…

He’s ready to make her heart go wild…

Although his bear-like physique has been an advantage in the Tidewater Police Department, Dev Jones’s size often intimidates people. Only Shelley has seen past his massive build to the intelligent man inside, but that was years ago. So when she contacts him requesting his help to solve a series of animal kidnappings, he’s eager to reconnect with her. But the thefts escalate to murder and all the evidence points to Shelley as the killer, and Dev faces a devastating choice: forsake his career or risk losing the woman he’s grown to love…

Chalking this one up to the dreaded “sophomore slump”. I adored book one and was so eager to read this one. Dev is an awesome character but I had issues with Shelley. Since her animal communication takes place solely in her head there was just to much internal speak for me and not enough human dialogue. I tried three times to continue with this one but it is what it is. Not for me. I will try again with book three and hopefully I’ll feel differently.

Kissed By A Wave by Serena GilleyAvailable: Now Amazon/B&N

Type: Paranormal Romance

Publisher: Berkley

My Copy: NetGalley

Aliya is a mermaid with an obsession. Though contact with humans is strictly forbidden, she can’t seem to stay away from the incredibly handsome Devin, who visits her lake night after night. Her body and soul have never been drawn to anyone like this before. Deciding that her longing for Devin is worth the risk, she goes to him. As their lust for each other deepens, Aliya grows to need his touch as much as she needs water.

Devin believed Aliya was a perfect fantasy his mind created-until the breathtaking mermaid swims to shore. Courtesy of a magical wish, Aliya is newly human, and she and Devin give in to their passion again and again. But Aliya’s mortal form is only temporary. If they don’t have the strength to part ways when the time comes, their illicit love could rock the balance between the realms forever . .

Mermaid erotic romance? Sounds awesome…kinda like a dirty, un-Disney like The little Mermaid huh? Nope. Boring. Story was discombobulated and only held together with the mediocore sex scenes. Can’t do it.

The Wrath Of The Dimlpe by Lucy WoodhullAvailable: Now Amazon/B&N

Type: Contemporary Romance

Publisher: Totally Bound

My Copy: Sent

Life is perfect for Samantha Lytton, big-screen superheroine. Her acting career flourishes, the bad guys from her past are in prison, and she’s married her true love, be-dimpled ex-thief Sam. Everything is so rosy and idyllic, it’s like a freaking princess movie. Well, an R-rated one. Nothing could mar Sam and Samantha’s fairy tale romance!

Except the moment in the emergency room when Sam, his head cracked open, turns to his beloved wife and asks, “Who the hell are you?”

He’s suffering from…Samnesia! (At least he still laughs at Samantha’s stupid puns.) How on earth does that happen? If Samantha is going to live her very own soap opera, she’d choose an evil twin over amnesia any day.

With no idea who has attacked Sam or why, Samantha is left in the depths of despair with a hunk who doesn’t remember her, a creepy film director who’s getting more threatening by the minute, and, oh, the people who continue to try to murder Sam. How do you solve a mystery wrapped in a head bandage inside an empty skull? Nothing a little Norwegian fish porn and a lot of cleavage can’t fix. Hopefully.

Samantha needs every ounce of her courage to win her husband back before their enemies catch up to finish them both off. She thought their love was written in the stars, but it might be scribbled on an Etch-A-Sketch.

Adored book one! Laughed all the way through it for it’s zany, off the wall, manic writing. Loved it. Book two was good although what once emade me laugh started getting on my nerves. Book three? Please stop with the crazy writing. I’m not laughing anymore.

The Saint by Tiffany ReiszAvailable: Now Amazon/B&N

Type: Erotic Romance

Publisher: Harlequin

My Copy: NetGalley

In the beginning, there was him.

Gutsy, green-eyed Eleanor never met a rule she didn’t want to break. She’s sick of her mother’s zealotry and the confines of Catholic school, and declares she’ll never go to church again. But her first glimpse of beautiful, magnetic Father Søren Stearns and his lust-worthy Italian motorcycle is an epiphany. Suddenly, daily Mass seems like a reward, and her punishment is the ache she feels when they’re apart. He is intelligent and insightful and he seems to know her intimately at her very core. Eleanor is consumed—and even she knows that can’t be right.

But when one desperate mistake nearly costs Eleanor everything, it is Søren who steps in to save her. She vows to repay him with complete obedience…and a whole world opens before her as he reveals to her his deepest secrets.

Danger can be managed—pain, welcomed. Everything is about to begin.

I should have known better. I really should have. When I heard this book was coming out I thought , nah. I’ll pass. But in my vulnerability I decided to give it a go. I just don’t care about Eleanor in her younger years. It’s a shame too because The Original Sinners is one of my all time favorite series…EVER.

Risky Business by Melissa Cutler (Bomb Squad #1)

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Type: Contemporary Romance

Publisher: Penguin Intermix

My Copy: Net Galley

Reviewer: Pam

Welcome to Destiny Falls, New York, home of the Bomb Squad—an ice hockey team full of rugged military heroes. But the season’s biggest match-up isn’t on the ice as one of their own prepares to go head to head with his new boss… Allison Whitely’s ex left her with a mountain of debt and Cloud Nine, a struggling boat rental business. With zero job skills, her only hope of getting back in the black lies in a brooding ex-soldier who has her seeing red…

Theo Lacroix’s teammates are counting on their star player to help them win an upcoming high profile hockey game. But when a sexy tornado of a woman sweeps into town and expects him to help her with Cloud Nine, Theo is tempted to skate away from it all. Theo vowed to never again be someone’s knight in shining armor, but his feelings—and desire—for Allison are becoming harder to ignore. He longs to save her, but to win Allison’s love, he’ll have to throw out his old playbook and take the ultimate risk…playing from the heart.

Another winner from Ms. Cutler, I have read several books by this author and have enjoyed each one and now she is introducing us to a new series featuring wounded Veterans that all play for a hockey team. I am looking forward to meeting each of these engaging men and women as they find their true love.

Allison Whitley, she has always hated water. Water has been a part of important roles in her life, most in bad situations. She found out with the rest of the world her city councilman husband was a cheating bastard as he was arrested for embezzlement, she was nine months pregnant at the time when her world came crashing down. Now eight months later, with her now ex convicted she wants to start a new life in Destiny Falls, Vermont.

Theo Lacroix is a member of the Destiny Falls Bomb Squad, a hockey team made up of wounded veterans. He runs a fishing and tourist boat rental business, one he had hopes of buying from an absent owner, unfortunately that owner was just convicted of embezzlement and the business is up in the air. Allison and Theo’s worlds come together in a whirlwind of resentment, anger and of course sexual attraction.

What a fun start to a new series, these sexy men and women will definitely appeal to those that love romance with heart.

Allison is a bit naive in the beginning, almost to the point where I was unsure she could win me over, but she does. She knows how unaware she was with the marriage, she had this fantasy about marriage since she was a young child, and the reality was just as far as you could get to her dream. But she bounces back and wants to take charge of her life, unfortunately it is at the expense of Theo’s future. The two of them are explosive from the beginning, and of course the attraction is apparent to everyone but them. Theo tries to avoid her as much as possible hoping she goes away, but since she has nowhere to go, they are stuck with each other. Theo is just all about your classic hero with tall walls surrounding his emotions. And I love how he always reverts back to French when stressed, which has happened frequent since Allison first came to town. His back story plays an important part of the person he is today, the pressure that his family and community put on him as a child was immense and he shies away from anything having to do with people being thankful to him.

Since this is a series featuring the players on a hockey team, secondary characters play pivotal roles in this book, I like how the women of the community embrace Allison as well as the men of the hockey team, in which she immediately becomes of fan of, and of course they all love her daughter Katie, who is a cutie. I really like Harper, the owner of the local bar who has a love/hate relationship with Brandon, another sexy hockey player; I am hoping they have a story in the future as it will be epic.

The overall premise is wonderful, these wounded vets want to feel a part of something again and this team means the world to each of them and I am excited to find out their stories. Ms. Cutler is a favorite author and I can’t wait for more.

I give Risky Business by Melissa Cutler 4.25 Stars!

Keeping Mr. Right Now by Robin Bielman (Kisses In The Sand #1)

 

Keeping Mr Right NowAvailable: Now Amazon/B&N

Type: Contemporary Romance

Publisher: Entangled: Bliss

My Copy: Sent

Reviewer: Pam

A temporary agreement neither could keep… Brainy, organized Sophie Birch is no beach bunny. In fact, she’s totally out of her element among the sun-bronzed crowd at a film festival in beautiful White Strand Cove. When a surf lesson introduces her to Zane Hollander, suddenly she’s up close and personal with the world’s sexiest surf star. But what can a great-looking, experienced athlete possibly see in a klutzy out-of-towner who’s never set foot in the ocean?

Zane Hollander’s playboy reputation has never been a problem…until recently. Now his management team wants him on his best behavior to entice a meaningful new sponsor. Sophie Birch is the perfect girl to help reform his image. She’s genuine and respected—and their relationship is purely fictional. But the more Sophie blooms under the beachy sun, the more Zane knows he’ll just break her heart. Because nothing’s more important to Zane than following the tide.

A great start to a new series featuring engaging characters, a sweet romance and of course sexy men who wear swimsuits.

Zane Hollander is a pro-surfer who is ready to use his celebrity image for something more. The press has labeled him as a bad-boy that has quite the reputation with women, he has to admit that at times he has not put a stop to the stories but he is ready to change that now. He wants to be the next spokesman for SHE, a large non-profit organization that promotes humanitarian issues such as clean water and natural healing.

Sophie Birch is the new special events coordinator for an annual film festival featuring Zane at White Strand Cove, a beautiful surfing community. She is from Montana and until recently was working in the scientific world, never having experienced several fun things that she is now trying, such as visiting the beach, drinking pretty alcoholic beverages and living in the moment with a sexy surf-pro. I like how her new friend Honor is happily helping her with her new experiences.

After Zane and Sophie have a disastrous surf lesson, she is talked into helping him with his reputation for the week and a week is all it takes to change the lives of these two special people.

This is a very enjoyable story, the romance is sweet and the sex is hot, what more can you ask for?

Sophie is adorable, a little naïve and sometimes spacey, as she seems to zone-out while she thinks, but she is breaking out of her shell and going after what she wants. She has already gone against her parents by changing careers, from scientist to events coordinator, causing her mother to have a fit and frequently mention it during their phone conversations. Sophie’s growth from a naïve wallflower to someone with spark is a wonderful transformation and very enjoyable to watch.

I also like Zane; he has been a professional surfer since he was a teenager but he is down to earth and does not seem stuck up or full of himself. He has a reputation for being a bad boy but he mostly acted out because of his father and now he is ready to help others. Another thing I like about him is that he takes time with his fans, especially the young kids that look up to him. Although he has some issues with how he sees himself because of his father, I like that he is trying to overcome them.

Zane and Sophie make a cute couple, they start out as friends with Sophie doing him a favor trying to help the way the public sees him and the relationship grows from there, not too fast but the chemistry is there from the start and when they finally get together, the scenes are hot and spicy.

The plot progresses nicely as we watch the relationship grow and the drama is light while they work to help Zane get the job he wants. The secondary characters add a lot to the story and I am excited to see what may happen with several of them in the future. Overall a very sweet engaging story and I am looking forward to more in this series.

I give Keeping Mr Right Now by Robin Bielman 4 stars!

Feature & GIVEAWAY – Keeping Mr. Right Now by Robin Bielman

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Keeping Mr Right NowAvailable: Now Amazon/B&N

Type: Contemporary Romance

Publisher: Entangled

A temporary agreement neither could keep…

Brainy, organized Sophie Birch is no beach bunny. In fact, she’s totally out of her element among the sun-bronzed crowd at a film festival in beautiful White Strand Cove. When a surf lesson introduces her to Zane Hollander, suddenly she’s up close and personal with the world’s sexiest surf star. But what can a great-looking, experienced athlete possibly see in a klutzy out-of-towner who’s never set foot in the ocean?

Zane Hollander’s playboy reputation has never been a problem…until recently. Now his management team wants him on his best behavior to entice a meaningful new sponsor. Sophie Birch is the perfect girl to help reform his image. She’s genuine and respected—and their relationship is purely fictional. But the more Sophie blooms under the beachy sun, the more Zane knows he’ll just break her heart. Because nothing’s more important to Zane than following the tide.

 

Excerpt:

Hey. Sorry about losing you.”

You didn’t lose me. I left.”

That she did. “Can I come in?”

She hesitated a moment. “Uh, sure.” She stepped aside and he entered the large room with an ocean view. The sliding French door was open, and the gravitational pull of the beach led him to the patio.

Nice view,” he said over his shoulder.

It really is. This is the nicest place I’ve ever stayed at. Not that I’ve stayed in very many places.” She came up beside him, and her cinnamon sugar scent teased him.

He wanted to taste her. Eat her up. “Is this your first time seeing the ocean, too?”

Yes,” she whispered like she was embarrassed about it. “And I’m sorry I didn’t tell you that before our lesson the other day.”

No apology necessary. I’m pretty impressed you did what you did.”

Really?” Delight wiped out her shame, coaxing big-ass smiles out of them both.

You’re a lot tougher than you look.” He turned his head toward the ocean, afraid that if he looked only at her, he’d do something stupid. Bikini-clad women dotted the beach, but not one sparked his interest like the woman next to him. Especially now that pink colored her cheeks. He wanted to take her full bottom lip between his teeth, kiss her, slip his tongue inside her mouth, and once he’d had his fill, lick his way down her body until—

What about you?” She curled up on one of the cushioned patio chairs.

What about me?” He took the other seat, stretching his legs out and situating himself for an easy view of the beach through the iron slats of the patio railing.

How would people describe you?”

Her question drew his undivided attention. “Depends on who you ask.” He smirked. “Women and men have very different opinions of me.” The sun glittered off her auburn hair, casting a radiant halo. “All good, mind you.”

She rolled her eyes. “Do you ever get tired of it?”

It?”

The fame. Being recognized everywhere you go. Having to always wear a certain image.”

His heart beat a little faster. The image he shared with the world was far from the guy his family and close friends knew. He got the feeling from Sophie’s warm, interested eyes that she really wanted to know what made him tick. In his world, women only wanted to know how to get in his board shorts, so it took him a minute to process her curiosity.

And damn if it didn’t bother him that she apparently didn’t want in his pants.

Robin Bielman (1)Author Bio:

USA Today Bestselling Author Robin Bielman lives in Southern California with her high school sweetheart husband, two sons, and one crazy-cute dog who loves to chew on everyone’s socks. When not attached to her laptop, she can almost always be found with her nose in a book. She also likes to run, hike, eat cupcakes, and dip her toes in the ocean. Writing is a dream come true, and she still pinches herself to be sure it’s real.

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