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Friday, July 10, 2020

Veroinica Reviews: GONE WITH THE ROGUE by Amelia Grey








Gone with the Rogue

(First Comes Love #2)

by

Amelia Grey




3 Stars

“I’m not like other men who might have sought your hand or heart, Julia.  I don’t want you for just an hour in the afternoons, or for a day or two during the week.  I love you and want you for life.”


Julia Fairbright has lost her husband in a shipwreck.  Finding herself with child and now a widow, she is forced to live under the stringent rules of her father in law.  Being a Duke known for his pious ways, Julia is not allowed to move forward with her life.  In order to keep custody of her son, Julia must remain in morning and stick to the guidelines the Duke has laid out for the raising of her son.  But when Julia overhears a conversation between the Duke and his lawyer, she sees her chance to confront the Duke and gain her freedom.

Owner of his own shipping company, Garrett Stockton is known throughout the ton as a rake and womanizer.  While riding through the park, Garrett finds himself acting as a chivalrous gentleman helping a beautiful young woman with climbing down from a tree after retrieving a butterfly net of all things.  Not like any other woman he’s ever met, Garrett is determined to learn more about the young widow, for she could be the very one to keep him on the shores of England and turn his life around.
 After taking a leap of faith, Garrett and Julia grow closer day by day…in both uncovering the secrets the Duke is hiding, as well as discovering love does offer second chances…

Gone with the Rouge is the second in Amelia Grey’s First Comes Love series, but may be read stand alone.  This was an enjoyable enough read, but the characters just kind of fell flat for me.  Garrett had so much potential, and I found myself skipping over Julia’s continuous rants over having to do what the Duke told her.  That being said, if you are a fan of regency/historical romance, I would recommend giving it a try.  While not my fav, it could be yours.

**I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book that I received via NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own. **






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Veronica

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Betrayed By You by Marilyn Williams

Ava Sinclair never mixes business with boyfriends.  As a loan officer at large Atlanta bank, that shouldn't be hard.  Working up the ladder is her main goal until Justin walks through her office door.
Justin plans for a few weeks to oversee his new hotel and take care of financing while he stays in Atlanta.  He's had many girlfriends, although the relationships end fast when it's all about looks and money.  That's his money I'm talking about.betrayed, marilyn williams
Ava could've sworn her heart held still upon meeting Justin.  Nothing could look better escorting her...well, anywhere.  He's all business and that's how she used to prefer a business relationship.
The problem is, how can she get out of being his bank contact?
Justin finds his thoughts absorbed fully by Ava, yet he's never been good expressing feelings.
There's a few other problems coming their way and it could be the death of a romance or just the death of a deserving person investigated by Ava's former boyfriend.
Do Ava and Justin know too much or too little?  Never trust a smooth ride because there will always be potholes along the way.
 The storyline kept me reading and I certainly enjoyed the surprise potholes in Ava and Justin's romance.  I do wish Marilyn Williams better luck in her next editing endeavor.  A few too many simple errors that an editor has no business missing.  Other than that, the story was delightful.

Happy reading,
Dawn


Sunday, July 5, 2020

Reviews by Crystal Presents: DARE TO HOPE by Madison Michael


Dare to Hope
Double Dale Romance Series (Book 1)
By Madison Michael

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About Dare to Hope: 




She’s Betting on Love and the Stakes are High

The “Crazy Eights,” eight women who have been friends for 30 years, have a powerful connection yet rarely see each other. At a pivotal time in their lives, they create a way to remedy this predicament, an audacious dare contrived to bring them together for weddings – each participant must get married within twelve months. The stakes are high. Win the bet and lose your heart; or lose the bet and perform a personally mortifying task.

In the first of their stories, we meet Eliana, beautiful and brilliant, but starting over, focused on her career, not on some foolhardy dare. Longing for a family but recently divorced and on her own, Eliana sets her sights on a new job, a new home and accepting her single, childless status. Independent and determined, she has no idea that in less than six months she will both win and lose her heart’s desire.

Jeremy Klein, genius engineer and inventor, is also making life changes. He’s sold his startup to a major medical device company, becoming President and CEO, and a billionaire before he is forty. Although he’s gun-shy about the dating game, Jeremy knows it’s time to apply his smarts, sex appeal and new-found success to finding true love.

When Eliana meets Jeremy, they bond quickly. The couple has so much in common and a chemistry that sizzles. Winning Eliana feels like a fantasy come true to Jeremy. Their attraction is immediate and electrifying, and a one-night stand morphs into planning a future. But plans change. On track to wedded bliss, baby and all, Jeremy and Eliana are derailed by accusations that threaten their relationship, Eliana’s career and Jeremy’s future as CEO.

Spies, lies, allegations and misunderstandings abound, threatening to destroy their happiness. That is, until those “Crazy Eights” get involved, scheming and manipulating to win Eliana her happily ever after. Can a group of determined friends help Eliana and Jeremy hold onto love?

In the tradition of The Beguiling Bachelor Series, Madison Michael creates a romance series about independent and sassy women, sexy and successful men, true love, and lasting friendships.

Genre: Steamy Contemporary Romance

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An Excerpt from Dare to Hope:
His grin was devastating up close – wide and welcoming, with a hint of naughtiness and the promise of shared pleasures. But it was his eyes, deep coffee brown and fringed with long dark lashes that were his best feature; piercing, intelligent and inquisitive eyes, trained on her.
Please, God, Eliana prayed quickly, do not let this man be the new sales manager. It would be lamentable if she had to keep him at arm's length. He was the first man Eliana had felt drawn to since Nico. If she was honest with herself, he was the first man she had ever felt this attracted to so immediately. It was enough to make her believe in love at first sight or fate.
"Hi," he stepped closer, ignoring the empty stool beside her to halt just inside her personal space. Usually, Eliana would have reflexively backed up, but she savored his closeness, the power emanating from his presence. Even in this stuffy bar, he smelled good – fresh, like soap and good whiskey. And up close, his eyes were more magical – a hint of gold dancing in their depths.
"Hi," she responded on a breath, letting the single word hang there for a moment before adding "You aren't in sales, are you?"
"Nope." If he thought it was a strange conversation starter, he kept it to himself. "Engineering and design, although I have dabbled in sales. I could be in sales for you," he offered in a voice smooth as brandy, redolent with sexual promise and a hint of curiosity. She laughed at his offer. "Are you in sales?"
"Yes, I am. I was thinking of what a crime it would be if you turned out to be my new boss. I'm meeting him tomorrow."
"Jeremy," he responded, extending his hand to shake hers. "Not in sales. Is your boss named Jeremy?"
"Thankfully, not." Eliana extended her hand, savoring the moment as Jeremy wrapped his long fingers around hers. She noticed there was no wedding band as she admired the strength and length of his fingers, the fine hairs on the back of his hand, and his grip - warm and dry. His skin was soft over fine bone and healthy muscle. Everything about him captivated her. "Eliana."
Jeremy seemed in no hurry to release her hand, but after several beats too long for politeness, Eliana pulled hers from his. "Is this seat taken?" he asked, already sitting down, not thinking twice about it. "Or perhaps that table against the wall? I am anxious to learn why you don't know who you work with, Eliana."
Eliana laughed and watched as Jeremy's breath stopped. His every emotion was transparent, especially the desire flaming in his eyes right now. A passion she reciprocated. Wholeheartedly. She couldn't remember such an instantaneous attraction. But with Jeremy, she felt electricity and lust move through her entire body, just from the touch of his hand and the sound of her name spoken in his rich baritone.
"Eliana," he rolled the word around his mouth as if tasting a fine wine. "What a lovely name." Eliana panties dampened. He was just saying words, but their underlying promise was undeniable. She wanted to be alone with him. She wanted to be naked with him. And all she knew was his first name.
Eliana nodded toward the table, questioning her sanity. She was sure about what this man wanted, but after only minutes, her body governed her head. Jeremy spoke briefly with the bartender, passed him a fifty like it was a single, and motioned for her to lead the way to the empty table. Before they had settled in their chairs, both had fresh drinks. Earlier, the bartender had responded to her beauty with decent service and half-hearted flirting, but he reacted with alacrity to the big tip.
"So, spill," Jeremy directed, leaning forward on his elbows and putting his mouth dangerously close to hers. Just a few inches, Eliana imagined, and they could be kissing. "I am dying to hear your story. I want to know absolutely everything about you." The way he lingered on the word 'everything' made Eliana wetter still. Oh man, she was in way over her head.
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Meet Madison Michael:


Madison Michael loves to binge news, movies, books, Oreos and romance – reading romance novels, writing romantic stories, watching Rom-Coms over and over. Maddy has spent her self-isolation fretting about the health of her friends and neighbors and catching up on TV programs from ten years ago. Hunkered down with her cat, Gracie, and a Zoom life-line to the world, she is wondering how people date and social distance, how much junk food she can consume in a day and why Gracie only wants to play when Maddy needs to work.

Oh, and Madison is also hard at work on the rest of the Double Dare Romance series. Watch for more of the series in Autumn and Winter, 2020.


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Friday, July 3, 2020

Riley's Rescue (Last Chance #6) is available for Preorder!

The wait is over!  Riley's Rescue, Last Chance #6, is now available for preorder! It will release on July 31st on all retailers. Here's the gist of it.

Army veteran, Riley O’Hare, is a loner for a reason—it’s safe, and it keeps her sane. After calling animal welfare on her last boss, she accepted the position of a ranch hand for the Last Chance Ranch. But things have become almost too comfortable. The only reason she’s stayed so long is she works alonea lot.

Garrett Walker is a former Hot Shot, part of a special breed of firefighters who battle wildfires. At loose ends, he becomes the rescue horse hauler for Last Chance Ranch. When he meets the tough, distant Riley, he finds his usual aptitude for sizing up a person is completely useless. Either she’s as odd as she appears or her layers run deep.

It’s only after a freak accident throws them into close proximity for days that Garrett uncovers all there is to know about her, inadvertently revealing his own weakness. A need to keep her in his life grows too strong to ignore. Their occupational scars may be impossible to overcome, but he was a Hot Shot for a reason. Jumping into fires has been his specialtyand his downfall.

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About Lexi: 
Lexi Post is a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of romance inspired by the classics. She spent years in higher education taking and teaching courses about the classical literature she loved. From Edgar Allan Poe's short story “The Masque of the Red Death” to Tolstoy’s War and Peace, she's read, studied, and taught wonderful classics.

But Lexi's first love is romance novels so she married her two first loves, romance and the classics. From hot paranormals to sizzling cowboys to hunks from out of this world, Lexi provides a sensuous experience with a “whole lotta story.”

Lexi is living her own happily ever after with her husband and her cat in Florida. She makes her own ice cream every weekend, loves bright colors, and you will never see her without a hat.