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Wednesday, 18 September 2019

Neat by Kandi Steiner

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"Rival families. Deep secrets. Exact opposites who can't help but cross all the lines. Neat will leave you thirsty for more Becker Brothers!" -- bestselling author Staci Hart
Neat, an all-new standalone contemporary romance by Kandi Steiner is LIVE!
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My life is over.
I swore I would never work at the whiskey distillery with my last name on it, that I would never be a part of my father’s legacy. But when I graduated with my art degree and realized there were no jobs, the devil appeared, and I sold my soul, agreeing to work in the family business if he’d give me the art studio I’d always dreamed of.
It can’t be that bad, I thought.
Until I realized my new boss was Logan Becker.
The Becker brothers have a reputation for being trouble, and since I love trouble, it’s no surprise to me that I’m infatuated by that forbidden fruit the first day I walk into the distillery. That lean, whiskey-eyed, too-hot-for-his-own-good man hates me — and I can’t blame him. His family has been at war with mine for decades, and for good reason.
The Beckers and the Scooters are the Montagues and Capulets of Stratford, Tennessee.
But if he’s Romeo, and I’m Juliet? Well… we all know how that story ends — and for that reason, I tell myself to steer clear.
Because if my father finds out I’m falling for Logan Becker, my life actually will be over.
And Logan’s will be, too.
Neat is a stand-alone book in the Becker Brothers Series.
➔ Small town
➔ Country
➔ Romeo & Juliet vibes
➔ Angst paradise
➔ Holiday romance


4 out of 5 stars Kindle Copy for Review

Art major vowed not to work at her father’s whiskery distillery ends up back at her family business due to lack of job opportunities and a dream art studio.

But unfortunately there is a price to be paid as her boss is her family enemy and he hates her.  She does not blame him as the feud being going on for awhile like the Montagues and the Capulets.  Not wanting to end up like Juliet and Romeo, I try to stay away from him but it is not easy.

Once again the book also pays homage to the author’s love of whiskey. This Becker brother does not disappoint.
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Excerpt:
“So… I guess we should just be…” Logan swallowed. “Friends?” The way he asked it, the way his eyebrows bent together, his lips flattening — I knew it was a hollow offer. I nodded. “Sure. Of course.” A smile that felt like a wave of nausea found my lips. “Friends.” Logan watched me, and I watched him, both of us waiting for something more. It seemed like there were a million unborn words between us, floating in the air, waiting for us to reach out and grab them and bring them to life. When a long moment of silence had passed, Logan bit the inside of his cheek, picking up his highlighter he’d abandoned on the desk when I’d walked in like he was ready to get back to work. “But,” I said, and his eyes snapped to mine, the highlighter frozen over the page. “I mean… there’s another option, isn’t there?” Logan dropped the highlighter, leaning back again. “There is?” “I’m just saying,” I said, voice shakier than I wanted it to be in that moment. I took a sip of my coffee, shrugging. “What if we kept things low key… casual… just between us?” My eyes found his again. “It is what it is, and it’s not what it’s not. Right? No need for anyone to know.” “Low key,” Logan repeated, like he was tasting the words, checking them for poison with his tongue. “So, friends… with benefits.” I snorted. “If you want to be twenty-one about it, sure.” Logan nodded, over and over, just a slight movement of his chin up and down as he considered it. I watched him as he stood, and I expected him to start pacing the office, but instead, he crossed it, closing his door and turning to face me. His eyes swept over me, sparking a fire low in my stomach. He wet his lips. He took a step. And then I was out of my chair, meeting him in the middle, the two of us crashing together like magnets. His hands weaved into my hair when he captured my mouth with his own, both of us sighing on an inhale, moaning on the exhale, leaning into each other like we could somehow melt together completely. All the electricity I’d felt that night came back like a tidal wave, and I surrendered to the waves, letting them drown me. I wanted him to fill my lungs, to conquer every breath, to imprison me. It was a kiss that told me we were both lying. We both wanted more. But if it was a choice between this, or nothing at all? There wasn’t a decision to make — not where I was concerned. It had already been made for us, without either of us having a say, without either of us having an ounce of control to throw this story in another direction. We were inevitable, me and him. And maybe we knew it from the start. Logan backed me up to the desk, and when my ass hit it, I hiked both legs up, wrapping them around his waist and squeezing. He hissed, sucking my bottom lip between his teeth and releasing it with a pop, his hips rolling against mine. I broke the kiss to let out a gasp, and his mouth was on my neck in an instant, sucking and biting, my eyes rolling back at the contact. He paused with his lips by my ear, breathing heavy. “I think this could work for me,” he whispered, running his tongue over my ear lobe. “This… friends agreement.” His hands squeezed where they held my hips, and the familiar pressure sent flashes of Saturday night barreling through my memory. I gasped, mouth still hanging open when he kissed my neck over to the opposite ear to whisper again. “What do you think?” Against the voice inside me warning me not to, I ran my fingers through his hair, gripping those dark strands and pulling his lips back to mine. That kiss was an answer. That kiss was a lie. And distantly, I realized that kiss might be the biggest mistake of my life.

About Kandi:
Kandi Steiner is a bestselling author and whiskey connoisseur living in Tampa, FL. Best known for writing “emotional rollercoaster” stories, she loves bringing flawed characters to life and writing about real, raw romance — in all its forms. No two Kandi Steiner books are the same, and if you’re a lover of angsty, emotional, and inspirational reads, she’s your gal.
An alumna of the University of Central Florida, Kandi graduated with a double major in Creative Writing and Advertising/PR with a minor in Women’s Studies. She started writing back in the 4th grade after reading the first Harry Potter installment. In 6th grade, she wrote and edited her own newspaper and distributed to her classmates. Eventually, the principal caught on and the newspaper was quickly halted, though Kandi tried fighting for her “freedom of press.” She took particular interest in writing romance after college, as she has always been a diehard hopeless romantic, and likes to highlight all the challenges of love as well as the triumphs.

When Kandi isn’t writing, you can find her reading books of all kinds, talking with her extremely vocal cat, and spending time with her friends and family. She enjoys live music, traveling, anything heavy in carbs, beach days, movie marathons, craft beer, and sweet wine — not necessarily in that order.

Connect with Kandi:
Mailing List: bit.ly/NewsletterKS
Facebook Reader Group: (Kandiland): facebook.com/groups/kandischasers
Kandi Steiner may be coming to a city near you! Check out her “events” tab to see all the signings she’s attending in the near future:

Wednesday, 28 August 2019

Carly Phillips Knight Brothers short story Take Me Now

“Carly Phillips can take you to romantic places you haven’t yet dreamed of!”- Robyn Carr, #1 New York Times bestselling author

Take Me Now, an all-new, never before published sexy short story from New York Times bestselling author Carly Phillips, is available now!

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He acts like he barely knows her.
But she knows he’s the one.
Matt Banks was ready to tell Harper Sanders that he loved her, that he’d always loved her and that even though they were young, she was his forever girl.
Then her brother stepped in, wanting more for his sister than a garage owner. Too young to stand up for himself, Matt made her brother a promise that he’s regretted every day since.
After years of being ignored by the guy she’s always loved, Harper is on a dating binge. No one is Matt, but a girl can keep on trying. Then she gets stranded on the side of the road, and she has no choice but to call the only mechanic in town.
Matt comes to her rescue, and then to her bed. It’s an idyllic, passion-filled weekend—but there’s still the matter of his promise. And a man’s word is his bond.
**Take Me Now is a never before published short story in the Knight Brothers series.**
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Download your copy today!
Amazon Worldwide: http://mybook.to/TakeMeNowcp
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Meet Carly Phillips
New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestseller, Carly Phillips gives her readers Alphalicious heroes to swoon for and romance to set your heart on fire. She married her college sweetheart and lives in Purchase, NY along with her three crazy dogs: two wheaten terriers and a mutant Havanese, who are featured on her Facebook and Instagram. The author of 50 romance novels, she has raised two incredible daughters who put up with having a mom as a full time writer. Carly’s book, The Bachelor, was chosen by Kelly Ripa as a romance club pick and was the first romance on a nationally televised bookclub. Carly loves social media and interacting with her readers. Want to keep up with Carly? Sign up for her mailing list and receive TWO FREE books at www.carlyphillips.com. Hi Res IMG_9487.jpg
Connect with Carly
Facebook: http://bit.ly/2Nk4bID Sign up for Text Updates of New Releases: http://tinyurl.com/p3upm5s Join Carly’s Addicts: http://bit.ly/2CM78tY Twitter: http://bit.ly/2FJRa5y Website: www.carlyphillips.com

Thursday, 22 August 2019

Burb Neat by Kandi Steiner




Neat is a stand-alone book in the Becker Brothers Series. 
➔ Small town
➔ Country
➔ Romeo & Juliet vibes
➔ Angst paradise
➔ Holiday romance

BLURB:
My life is over.
I swore I would never work at the whiskey distillery with my last name on it, that I would never be a part of my father’s legacy. But when I graduated with my art degree and realized there were no jobs, the devil appeared, and I sold my soul, agreeing to work in the family business if he’d give me the art studio I’d always dreamed of.
It can’t be that bad, I thought. 
Until I realized my new boss was Logan Becker.
The Becker brothers have a reputation for being trouble, and since I love trouble, it’s no surprise to me that I’m infatuated by that forbidden fruit the first day I walk into the distillery. That lean, whiskey-eyed, too-hot-for-his-own-good man hates me — and I can’t blame him. His family has been at war with mine for decades, and for good reason.
The Beckers and the Scooters are the Montagues and Capulets of Stratford, Tennessee.
But if he’s Romeo, and I’m Juliet? Well… we all know how that story ends — and for that reason, I tell myself to steer clear. 
Because if my father finds out I’m falling for Logan Becker, my life actually will be over.
And Logan’s will be, too.

Tuesday, 6 August 2019

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"Carly Phillips is synonymous with red-hot romance."

--Lauren Blakely, New York Times Bestselling Author

DARE ME TONIGHT, an all new steamy standalone from New York Times bestselling author Carly Phillips is available now, and you do not want to miss this Dare/Knight crossover novel!

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One virgin, one night, one surprise baby…
For Ethan Knight, managing his empire is his priority. Women, not so much. But when a favor leads to him meeting sexy, driven Sienna Dare at a black tie corporate event, his interest is piqued along with his desire, and his infamous control slips as he joins her for an unforgettable night in bed.
Sienna Dare is trying to figure out the direction of her life when she meets enigmatic Ethan Knight—a strong, confident man so hot and irresistible he's the one she finally relinquishes her v-card to.
The problem? Ethan has a billion dollar contract with Sienna's brother at stake. An overly-protective brother who doesn't take it well when he finds out his business associate bedded his much younger sister. Oh, and she's pregnant, too. . .
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Download your copy today!
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Amazon Paperback: https://amzn.to/2HMcIRm
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Excerpt:
“Okay, I’m in the bathroom, door closed. What in God’s name is going on?” Thank God Avery did as she was told. “I found the guy. The one. He’s in the other room now and I’m freaking out!” She didn’t tell Avery who she was with. Her half sister and best friend would pick up on the pertinent details. “Oh my God. You’re going to lose your virginity!” Avery squealed. “Shh! Just tell me I can do this. I need to know I’m not crazy.” Avery’s breathing sounded over the phone, and then, “You waited this long. If you’ve found the guy, you’ve found the guy. Now pull up your big-girl thong and get back in there!”she instructed. Laughing, which broke the tension and was just what Sienna needed in the face of Ethan’s intensity, she relaxed, comfortable again with her decision. “I’m going. Thank you! Bye!” She breathed out, brushed her teeth, and went to undo her dress only to find she couldn’t reach the back herself. So that was how it was going to go. She drew a steadying breath and returned to ask Ethan for help. She stepped back into the room. He’d removed his jacket and hung it over a chair and rolled up the sleeves of his dress shirt, revealing tanned, muscled forearms. She swallowed hard and, knowing she was blushing, said, “I need help with my dress.” His eyes darkened at the request, ice darkening to a darker, sexier shade of blue. She turned, pulling her long hair to one side. He placed his empty glass on the nearest table and strode over, all her senses aware of him as he came closer. His seductive scent, the heat of his body, the sharp inhale of his breath as he placed his big hands behind her and slowly, seductively pulled down the zipper, until she felt the rush of cool air on her bare back and the warmth of his breath near her neck. She was more aware than ever of the tiny scrap of lace she called underwear and the matching bra she’d chosen to wear. Just because she’d liked the set, not because she’d ever thought anyone besides her would see it. His breath hissed out, and suddenly his calloused finger traced a line down her spine, causing her nipples to peak and tighten with awareness, sharp spikes of desire shooting to her core. He slid the sides of her dress down and the garment dropped to the floor, leaving her bared to him in more ways than just physical. She hadn’t been prepared for such intensity, though she should have been. Everything about Ethan Knight was potent. Tonight had the power to change her world except, as he’d reminded her, it was one night. A night never to be shared with anyone. She’d ignored the dagger she’d experienced at being relegated to his dirty secret, telling herself she understood. Sometimes there were reasons for discretion, and with everything at stake for him with the Miami Thunder Stadium, his request made perfect sense. Even if it dug at the very pieces of her heart that she’d glued together over the years. Tonight was about sex. Desire. A yearning so strong she was ready to give up the thing she’d held on to, waiting for the right time. The right man. She’d found him, she thought, turning and finding herself in his arms, backed against the wall, his mouth coming down hard on hers.
Meet Carly Phillips
New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestseller, Carly Phillips gives her readers Alphalicious heroes to swoon for and romance to set your heart on fire. She married her college sweetheart and lives in Purchase, NY along with her three crazy dogs: two wheaten terriers and a mutant Havanese, who are featured on her Facebook and Instagram. The author of 50 romance novels, she has raised two incredible daughters who put up with having a mom as a full time writer. Carly’s book, The Bachelor, was chosen by Kelly Ripa as a romance club pick and was the first romance on a nationally televised bookclub. Carly loves social media and interacting with her readers. Want to keep up with Carly? Sign up for her newsletter and receive TWO FREE books at www.carlyphillips.com.
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Connect with Carly
Stay up to date with Carly by joining her mailing list:
http://bit.ly/2FKDasp Sign up for Text Updates of New Releases: http://tinyurl.com/p3upm5s Join Carly’s Addicts: http://bit.ly/2CM78tY Twitter: http://bit.ly/2FJRa5y Website: www.carlyphillips.com

DARE ME TONIGHT by Carly Phillips

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"Carly Phillips is synonymous with red-hot romance."

--Lauren Blakely, New York Times Bestselling Author

DARE ME TONIGHT, an all new steamy standalone from New York Times bestselling author Carly Phillips is available now, and you do not want to miss this Dare/Knight crossover novel!

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One virgin, one night, one surprise baby…
For Ethan Knight, managing his empire is his priority. Women, not so much. But when a favor leads to him meeting sexy, driven Sienna Dare at a black tie corporate event, his interest is piqued along with his desire, and his infamous control slips as he joins her for an unforgettable night in bed.
Sienna Dare is trying to figure out the direction of her life when she meets enigmatic Ethan Knight—a strong, confident man so hot and irresistible he's the one she finally relinquishes her v-card to.
The problem? Ethan has a billion dollar contract with Sienna's brother at stake. An overly-protective brother who doesn't take it well when he finds out his business associate bedded his much younger sister. Oh, and she's pregnant, too. . .


Review:

4 out of 5 stars ARC Kindle Copy for Review

The Knight brothers are back again and causing havoc along the way.

It was just a one night stand nut things go awry quickly.  She ends up pregnant and happens to be the new client’s younger sister.  Can you say a disaster in the making?

Two powerful families will collide as they fight for control.   Will they have a chance to fall in love or will family get in the way?

Tis another hot read in the Knight series by the author.

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Download your copy today!
Google Play: http://bit.ly/2HMcmu0
Amazon Paperback: https://amzn.to/2HMcIRm
Add to GoodReads: http://bit.ly/2uAJlsC
And as a special treat, if you download DARE ME TONIGHT before August 11th and fill out this form and you'll receive a free copy of Take Me Now - a short story featuring Harper and Matt from Take Me Down from Carly!
http://bit.ly/2YIpVi0

Meet Carly Phillips
New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestseller, Carly Phillips gives her readers Alphalicious heroes to swoon for and romance to set your heart on fire. She married her college sweetheart and lives in Purchase, NY along with her three crazy dogs: two wheaten terriers and a mutant Havanese, who are featured on her Facebook and Instagram. The author of 50 romance novels, she has raised two incredible daughters who put up with having a mom as a full time writer. Carly’s book, The Bachelor, was chosen by Kelly Ripa as a romance club pick and was the first romance on a nationally televised bookclub. Carly loves social media and interacting with her readers. Want to keep up with Carly? Sign up for her newsletter and receive TWO FREE books at www.carlyphillips.com. Hi Res IMG_9487.jpg
Connect with Carly
Stay up to date with Carly by joining her mailing list:
http://bit.ly/2FKDasp Sign up for Text Updates of New Releases: http://tinyurl.com/p3upm5s Join Carly’s Addicts: http://bit.ly/2CM78tY Twitter: http://bit.ly/2FJRa5y Website: www.carlyphillips.com

Tuesday, 2 July 2019

Tangle (Dogwood Lane #2)






Title:            Tangle  (Dogwood Lane #2)
Author:        Adriana Locke
Release Date:     July 2, 2019
Releases In:        Kindle Unlimited, Paperback, Audiobook
Quick:            Sparks fly between a die-hard romantic and a sexy cynic in this fresh, funny romance from    USA Today bestselling author Adriana Locke.





Synopsis:       

That cream-filled, caramel-topped doughnut should have been hers. Still, Haley Raynor can’t deny that the pastry thief with the dreamy blue eyes looks even more delicious. But moving in on a handsome devil like Trevor Kelly is bad news for a die-hard romantic like Haley. Trevor doesn’t believe in love. She does. Giving in to a fling and Trevor’s irresistible charms can’t end well. Can it? What can it hurt to give it a shot?

Girls always fall for Trevor, and in the end, he always ends up looking like a bad-boy cad. Still, spending some time with Haley and her smart-talking, kissable mouth sounds pretty perfect. Besides, he’s only going to be in Dogwood Lane for one week. How much trouble could they possibly get into?

The only answer? A “no falling in love” contract. All Trevor and Haley have to do is follow the rules and resist the attraction sizzling between them…before their hearts get completely tangled up in temptation.

Buy Link:   https://amzn.to/2NlUGJd (bloggers, feel free to substitute your affiliate link!)

Pro Tip:   If you own the ebook, you can add the Audible narration for just $1.99.

Giveaway:

Landing Page: https://gleam.io/XhvLF/tangle-release-giveaway





Review:


4 out of 5 stars ARC Kindle Copy for Review from Net Galley and Montlake Romance.

I received a free, advance copy of this book and this is my unbiased and voluntary review.  

Haley Raynor bad day was only going to get worse since the cream donuts she was eyeing was already sold out.  The owner of said donut Trevor Kelly hears her pathetic story and gives her his donut.

She is a romantic and he just in town for a week.  The chemistry heats up as they end up having a fling.   What will happen at the end of the week when he goes?  Can a girl have her donut and love at the same time?

Once again Adriana Locke brings us small  town love to life and cream filled donuts.





I stand under the soft glow of a string of lights. My arm slides against a slick, waxy leaf as I back away slowly from Trevor.

He’s eating me alive with his eyes. Sizzling the sides of my face where his thumbs gently stroke my skin. Setting my body ablaze with the look that he just might break.

I ache. Every piece of my body demanding contact from this ridiculously good-looking man. With every press of the pad of his thumb, another ripple of want shoots through my veins.

I’m not sure if the humming sound pulsing around me is coming from the greenhouse or inside my body, but the continuous pressure quickens my thoughts.

I want him. I want him here and now and whatever happens after, I’ll deal.
And that’s it.

“I’m warning you,” I tell him. The lines around his eyes bend as he narrows them. “If you start kissing me this time, you better not stop.”