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#Newrelease #Review #Contemporary Passion Restored (Gallagher Brothers Book 2) by Carrie Ann Ryan

The Gallagher Brothers series from NYT Bestselling Author Carrie Ann Ryan continues with the one brother who thinks he can handle it all and the one woman who could change that.

Owen Gallagher likes everything in its place and is organized to a fault. While his brothers have each dealt with their own personal tragedies and stresses, Owen figures he’s had it pretty easy. That is until his perfectly ordered world is rocked at its foundation and he’s forced to rely on others. Now, he must heal his body and his soul while trying to ignore his delectable and utterly off-limits neighbor.

Liz McKinley is stressed out, exhausted, and not in the mood for a bearded and growly man in her ER. When she patches him up to the best of his ability, she’s prepared to push him firmly from her thoughts. Of course, that would be easier if she and her best friend hadn’t bought the house next to his. Now their paths seem to cross daily, and she is finding it harder and harder to say no to the injured and angry man next door. But she’s been scarred one too many times in her life, and even though this Gallagher looks good enough to eat, she knows that sometimes, sating that craving is the worst thing she can do.

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This is the second book in the spin-off of Montgomery Ink about the Gallagher Brothers.
Owen Gallagher- the organizer hottie of the Gallagher Brothers. He likes list, planners, order, and a fine woman.
Liz McKinley – overworked RN, brand new home owner, and wants nothing to do with men.
A chance meeting at a bar can change so many things.
The two meet with a hello and never think anymore about it. When Owen  ends up in her hospital ER Liz wants nothing more than to help him get treated and move on, because once the hospital gossip knows that she knows him, it doesn’t matter how or that they briefly just met that evening, it’s fodder for the mill.
After Owen’s brother Graham and wife finally let him go back his house after him staying with them, all he wants to do is sleep in his own bed with his own pillow.
When his younger brother sees who his new neighbors are though, resting can wait because its none other than Liz and her best friend.
Fate keeps throwing these two together and I love it. While they both love their list and plans, they each have something that the other needs. He can show her that someone who truly loves you stays. She can show him that list and plans are great, but so is living in the moment.
As scared as it makes her Liz just can’t stay away from him. He makes her feel so much and when she feels too much and runs, he always gives her time to clear her head and then he gets back in there where he belongs.
Owen falls for her quickly and though he is busy with trying to get a big bid for the company, he always puts her first even when her running kills him.
Ryan once again does a great job writing about someone who has had a past trauma and learns to truly live when they feel safe and loved.
Gallagher’s are four brothers that would do anything for each other, we’ve seen that in Graham’s book Love Restored and in Jake’s book Ink Enduring. We see it again in Owen’s book when they help him show Liz what a family really is.
I can not wait to read Murphy’s book next, i think it well be a tear jerker.

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Carrie Ann Ryan is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of contemporary and paranormal romance. Her works include the Montgomery Ink, Redwood Pack, Talon Pack, and Gallagher Brothers series, which have sold over 2.0 million books worldwide. She started writing while in graduate school for her advanced degree in chemistry and hasn’t stopped since. Carrie Ann has written over fifty novels and novellas with more in the works. When she’s not writing about bearded tattooed men or alpha wolves that need to find their mates, she’s reading as much as she can and exploring the world of baking and gourmet cooking.

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#Review #Contemporary #Mafia Year of the Scorpio: Part 2 by Stacy Gail

***TRIGGER WARNING: This is a MAFIA romance. In addition to several scenes with strong sexual content, there are also scenes involving violence, death, gun play, mention of sexual abuse, and adult language. Due to the nature of this book, it is intended for 18+ audiences only***
My name is Dash.

The Vitaliev Bratva had always been a part of my life, but I was never a part of it. My father built it from the ground up, and while he never hid what the family business was, he never wanted my life to be tainted by it.

But my father forgot one thing.

I’m also a Vitaliev.

Everything I hold dear has been targeted since my father’s death—my business, my friends, and the peaceful world I’ve built for myself. But it wasn’t until the love of my life, Polo Scorpeone, was struck down by a sniper’s bullet that I realized being a Vitaliev isn’t a curse. It’s a strength.

I will face my hidden enemy with the Vitaliev fire of old, and I’ll do it with the most powerful lethal weapon Chicago’s underworld has ever known by my side.

Come to find out, the legendary Scorpio is hard to kill.

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Author’s Note: This is the second half of a two-part story arc. YEAR OF THE SCORPIO: PART TWO takes place immediately after the end of YEAR OF THE SCORPIO: PART ONE. If you haven’t read YEAR OF THE SCORPIO: PART ONE, you’re literally getting only half the story. You have been warned.

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So, while waiting for Part 2 to come out I did the next best thing to having Polo with me which was watching John Wick about once a week. I mean come on yummy ex Russian mob assassin kicking butt, who else could be the same as Polo, but John Wick!!!!
Part 2 picks up where we left off, Dasha watched Polo shot in front of her.
Watching the love of her life brutality killed in front of her has left Dasha running on fumes. If it wasn’t for her best friend Shona and the security guys at Psi that Polo left money for, I truly think that she would die of a broken heart.
Not only is she dealing with Polo’s death, her brother wants her home. However, seeing as how she partly blames him for Polo’s death she has cut all ties with him and he has her kicked out of the family owned apartment.
Nightmares of Polo’s death have her out and alone at work at 2:00 in the morning where two things happen, someone tries to kill her and someone saves her. Someone she thought dead, someone that walked his long haired, bearded yumminess right out of John Wick, someone who apparently is very hard to kill: POLO!!!!! HOLY CRAP!!!!!!!!!!!
I mean come on!!! How crazy is that, the man you love and thought dead isn’t and he just saved your life!!! Can Stacy Gail make your heart stop or what!!! Polo faked his death for a reason though, someone has put a contract out on Dasha’s life and this was the only was he saw to find out who it is and save her.
What follows is a merry go round of feelings and actions; love, betrayal, forgiveness, strength, and death.
The end, though it kills me it is the end of Polo and Dash, is one of my favorite endings. Polo and Dash find family is not just the people that have the same blood in their veins, but the people that you choose to let close and love and sometimes that is what counts more than blood ties.
I know that I left out lots, but hello spoilers!!! I don’t want to give anything away!! Like I said before, I am sad to see Polo and Dash end but I hope to catch glimpses of them in future stories.

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A competitive figure skater from the age of eight, Stacy Gail wrote stories between events to pass the time. By fourteen, she told her parents she was either going to be a skating coach who was also a romance writer, or a romance writer who was also a skating pro. Now with a day job of playing on the ice with her students, and writing everything from PNR and cyberpunk to contemporary romance at night, both dreams have come true.

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#ReleaseDay #Review #Anthology Once Upon a Valentine Anthology: Love, Honor, and Ink (Montgomery Ink 6.6) Carrie Ann Ryan

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In a bonus Montgomery Ink novella, it seems that falling for your best friend isn’t as easy as fiction says and friends of the Montgomerys might finally find their happy ever after.

Wedding planner Arianna King had everything planned out down to the last detail until her father’s ultimatum changed everything. Being in love with your best friend isn’t always easy as Harper Rosso knows.

Sparks fly between the two of them once they finally take their relationship to the next level. Only the burning temptation than fills them might not be enough in the face of what they left behind and what threatens their future.

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This lovely little Montgomery Ink nugget is in the Valentine’s Day anthology Once Upon a Valentine.
Arianna King is the granddaughter of a woman who started a wedding planning business which turned into a company ran by her father called King’s Weddings.
She has been the woman behind the man for so long and now that her father is stepping down she can run the business her way, her father however does not have the same plan. The business is to be sold to their rivals Honor Designs and she is gone or Ari can marry douche canoe Justin Rosso and become president and owner of the company. She’s always known her father didn’t love her, but she never in a million years expected this, to make her choose between the company or herself!! She does the only things she sees she can do and quits!!!
Harper Rosso is the douche canoe’s brother but he is nothing like him and is Ari’s best friend and neighbor. He also works for Storm and Wes at Montgomery Inc. I have come to the conclusion that is a prerequisite that any man that is any way associated with Montgomery Ink or Montgomery Inc must be H.O.T. They grow them yummy in Denver!!!!
Ari and Harper have been best friends since they were young and Harper has been in love with her for a very long time, he’s just never told her how he feels. He has always done what is best for her, helped her when she needs it, and this time is no different.
He gets her to believe in herself and her dream of small and intimate weddings, believe so strong that she starts her own business Just for Them.
Along the way of starting her business and planning her first weddings, she starts to realize that her feelings for Harper aren’t just a best friends feelings but those of a woman and a man, something that he gladly helps her with.
It’s always great when best friends fall in love. To me it’s a strong bond only made stronger with that love. Harper and Ari seem made for each other and that is the way it should be. I love this series and I can’t wait for more.
If all of the stories in this anthology are this good then it will be awesome!!!

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Carrie Ann Ryan is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of contemporary and paranormal romance. Her works include the Montgomery Ink, Redwood Pack, Talon Pack, and Gallagher Brothers series, which have sold over 2.0 million books worldwide. She started writing while in graduate school for her advanced degree in chemistry and hasn’t stopped since. Carrie Ann has written over fifty novels and novellas with more in the works. When she’s not writing about bearded tattooed men or alpha wolves that need to find their mates, she’s reading as much as she can and exploring the world of baking and gourmet cooking.

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#NewRelease #Erotica #Contemporary Holding On Tighter (A Wicked Lovers Novel) by Shayla Black



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Jolie Quinn is a woman in charge. Her no-nonsense attitude has made her a rising star in the fashion world and her brand a household name among the Dallas elite. Nothing will stop her from achieving her goals—not even the gorgeous British security contractor who seems just as interested in seeing her personal assets as he is in protecting her professional ones.

After a tragedy left him broken, Heath Powell made a rule of staying unattached. But Jolie challenges him in a way he can’t ignore, and he isn’t used to backing down from a confrontation—especially when the reward for winning could feel so good. As passion blazes between them, the stubborn, confident beauty arouses more than his desire. She touches his heart.

When a mysterious enemy threatens Jolie and her company, Heath is the only person Jolie can trust to help. But working with him to save her business might put her dangerously at risk of falling in love…

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This is the 12th book in the series and it shows no signs of stopping or even slowing down.
I love that this is a series that you don’t have to have read the books that come before. When past characters do pop in they are only in for a few scenes and it doesn’t take away from the main couple. That being said let’s talk about Jolie and Heath!
Heath Powell is a ex MI5 agent and bodyguard now he is a security contractor that has been hired by Jolie Quinn.
He has a had a horrible tragedy in his past that has made him the all fun no strings kind of guy that he is today.
Jolie Quinn is a no nonsense kind of woman that plans on taking her fashion company and brand all the way to the top. She has no time for a man or love, because she has been taught from a early age that love is false, men leave, and she can get to the top without one.
When a admirer starts leaving gifts for her sister and threats for her things get heated with Heath when he wants to be her bodyguard and not just her security expert at work. She doesn’t want him that close because even though she doesn’t want to be she’s attracted to him. Her headstrong ways and stubbornness makes her attractive to him which is the last thing he wants and is the total opposite of what he normally looks for in his “hit it and quit it” girls.
When you first meet Jolie she is the kind of woman that others see as a cold hearted bitch, but that is the last thing she is. Growing up with siblings that all had different fathers, a mother that was constantly looking for a mans love, a practically raising those siblings I mentioned, she has not lost the will to love only put a shell around her heart and it made her the strong woman she is today.
Heath has a deep need to make sure that this woman is protected at all cost, even if it cost him his life. Being with her has made him realize that he can’t go on like he was and she has stolen his heart.
As the mystery of who her sister’s admire is and who’s after her deepens, the two grow closer and closer and the come together and neither can deny what the other means to them any longer.
There is so much danger, mystery, and heart in this story that Shayla Black proves why she is one of my favorite authors. She can tell a awesome story, add in characters new and old, and never lose the couple at the heart of the story. I will gladly wait patiently for the next book in the series and while I do I’ll will do a reread of some of my favorite couple from the series.

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about-shaylashayla_black_headshotShayla Black is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than fifty novels. For over fifteen years, she’s written contemporary, erotic, paranormal, and historical romances via traditional, independent, foreign, and audio publishers. Her books have sold millions of copies and been published in a dozen languages.

Raised an only child, Shayla occupied herself with lots of daydreaming, much to the chagrin of her teachers. In college, she found her love for reading and realized that she could have a career publishing the stories spinning in her imagination. Though she graduated with a degree in Marketing/Advertising and embarked on a stint in corporate America to pay the bills, her heart has always been with her characters. She’s thrilled that she’s been living her dream as a full-time author for the past seven years.

Shayla currently lives in North Texas with her wonderfully supportive husband, her teenage daughter, and a very spoiled cat. In her “free” time, she enjoys reality TV, reading, and listening to an eclectic blend of music.

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#Review #Contemporary #Suspense Sunset Reads: Damian & Layla (Sunset Reads 2) by D.C. Triana

 

One year.
It’s been one year since Agent Damian Trent left for Washington without a word.
One year since he’s seen her beautiful face.
One year since he’s heard his name on her lips.
He’s been recently called back to New York City on assignment, to catch a criminal who’s trying to infiltrate Sunset Reads. The last thing he expects is to work side by side with the woman he turned his back on.
Having her close is an unwanted distraction that he’s more than willing to ignore, if only she wasn’t so damn tempting.
Everything seems under control, until a night of feverish passion has him abandoning all thoughts of reason. Now, he will do everything in his power to get her back, and even more so to protect her.

Layla Reece wants nothing to do with the man who left her a year ago.
The man who took her heart with him, leaving her broken.
After a year of trying to forget Damian Trent, she is finally ready to move on.
But trying to forget him becomes a tedious task when he suddenly reappears in her life.
Although she fights to stay away, his magnetism is too strong and she finds herself giving into the deep timbre of his voice, and the strength and safety of his arms.
Staying away from Damian turns out to be futile, especially when his kisses consume her and his heart shatters the walls she spent so much time building.
Finding herself in danger, she now has to turn to the only man she trusts to keep her safe, but can she trust him enough to give him her heart once again?

He smiled wickedly and leaned in, bringing his face only inches away from hers. “What do you want to know, Miss Reece?”
Layla stared at those full, sensual lips, warmth spreading through her.
“Everything,” she replied breathlessly, her eyes widening when she realized she had spoken aloud.
He stared back at her parted lips while she spoke, and fought the urge to close the distance between them. After a brief moment, he smiled and leaned back. “I can tell you that I’m an only child. I can also tell you I grew up here in New York. In Brooklyn. Joined the military at eighteen.”
“How did you get recruited into the FBI?”
“I was a translator in the Special Ops unit. I graduated with two majors-”
“Two majors! Wow!” Her eyes showed genuine admiration.
“Don’t seem so surprised…” he teased.
“Oh…no…it’s just that, well you don’t really seem like…” she trailed off, not sure how to continue.
“Like a book worm?” He smiled.
“Well. Yes.” She played with her napkin nervously, her nerves catching up to her.
“And how do I seem, Miss Reece?”
Layla was briefly stumped by the question, but then pursed her lips in contemplation, mischief shining in her eyes.
“Rough around the edges,” she paused, taking in his demeanor, “definitely reserved…” Her eyes traveled along his strong jawline, making her way across his broad shoulders, and pausing slightly on the muscles of his chest before she brought her eyes back up to meet his. “Powerful,” she whispered.
He leaned in again. “Is that all?”
She smiled, a glint of amusement in her eyes. “Very Intelligent,” she finished, and took a sip of her drink, taking a quick glance at him beneath lowered lashes.
He stared at those green eyes. “You’re very observant, Miss Reece, and surprisingly rather bold.”
She smiled. “So I’ve been told.”
His eyes narrowed dangerously. “Have you also been told that you are very sexy, and that just by a glance from those emerald eyes you can make a man think deliciously, dark thoughts?” His voice was low and seductive.

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This is book two in the Sunset. Reads series. A little refresher, Sunset Reads is a publishing house owned by William Jameson and his bestselling author wife Cristina Cruz. We met them in book one as it was the story of how they met, came together, and saved the company from his evil ex step father. We met Layla and Damian in their story too. Layla Reece is Cristina’s best friend and now she has been hired as the new Public Relations Director for the publishing House.
Damian Trent is one of Will’s oldest and closest friends and is in the FBI.
He and Layla had the start of a thing when they first met, but he left suddenly and destroyed her heart.
Now he is back in New York and still attracted to her, as she is him. However, she has no plans to ever lose her heart to him again.
When he is given his new assignment to look into a company that the FBI is looking into for embezzlement and fraud, he is sent right into Sunset Reads. Not knowing that Layla works there now, he has to convince Will and Cristina to let him use their company to catch the person behind the embezzling and frauds and he has to work with Layla too.
OMG! So, the attraction these two have is off the charts! They constantly want to be near each other but can’t stand to be near each other at the same time. Not to mention the fact that he absolutely does not like that she has to pretend to be attracted to the head of the company that he is investigating and Henry Cristina’s brother is in love with her.
Layla is a strong woman and know what she wants and knows how to do her job and the job that the FBI want her to do. Damian has been a agent for a long time and he is good at it. However, working with Layla is driving him outta his ming and I love seeing this strong man brought to his knees.
When they finally get together I’m surprised that the fire alarms don’t go off, that is how hot they are.
This story has it all; bad guys, bad girls, shoot outs, hot love scenes, hot FBI agents, hot fireman fiends, hot BFF with accents!!
Triana writes a story with mystery, intrigue, and about two people who when the going gets tough they stand up and do the job they have to do, and fall in love in the process.
Though this is book two in the series, I think it reads well as a stand alone. I do hope that we see Henry the Hot fireman and hunky Sebastian with his awesome accent get their HEA. I can’t wait for the next story!

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My name is D.C. and I’m the author of a new series currently on Amazon called Sunset Reads. The first book is based on the couple William and Cristina who find themselves fighting their urges to be with one another although a series of heated moments changes their lives forever.
I grew up in New York, I’m the daughter of two wonderful,Colombian immigrant parents. I’m a traveler, the travel bug hit me a couple years ago and my goal is to eventually see the whole world. So far I’ve gotten to Italy and Japan…I’m thinking Germany next. I started to write as an outlet for being bullied at school and as soon as I started I couldn’t put the pen down. It was always my dream to be a published author, ever since the age of fourteen, and now at 34 I finally accomplished my goal.
I plan on continuing to write and really truly want to get to meet new readers and writers and share experiences and ideas. Being a part of forums is new to me, but I would love to get to know about the people who love to dream and create new ideas and fantasies through literature just like I do. Thank you for making me a part of your group and allowing me to join you in these amazing adventures in storytelling and reading.

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#ReleaseDay #Review #Erotic His Undeniable Secret by Shayla Black

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A short-story erotic romance from Shayla Black:
I’m Kayla.
I’m twenty one.
I’m afraid because ever since a sudden, terrible tragedy, I’m alone in the world—except for my brother’s best friend. But now Oliver intends to move back to London.
I’m in love with him. And I have to persuade him to stay…somehow.
Maybe if I tell him I’m a virgin and show him just how far I’m willing to go to keep him, he’ll give in.
Of course, I never expected that he’d be keeping a shocking secret of his own…
*Previously published in the Alphas of Sin Anthology
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So this little lovely was originally released in the Alpha’s of Sin Anthology and is now being rereleased as a stand alone.
Either way you get it; this baby is HOT, HOT, HOT!!
Oliver, Kayla, and Kayla’s brother Shane all live together, until the unexpected happens and Shane is suddenly gone and they are forced to deal with his death.
In the aftermath, Oliver decides to go back home to London. Why would a perfectly happy man decide to leave the home he has shared with two of his best friends?
Because he has wanted Kayla for a long time and now that Shane is gone he has no one to keep that wanting in check. He knows that if he gives in, that Kayla will miss out on a lot because once he has her his obsession will only grow and he will not let her out of his sight or bed. Little does he know that Kayla feels the same about him and has for a long time!!
Oliver really is a Alpha male and together they are flaming!!
I love stories that don’t waste time and in this novella there is no time wasted, we’ll call it a quickie if you will.
So, read along as Oliver and Kayla finally give in to His Undeniable Secret!!
Oh, and beware you may need a cold shower after reading!!

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Shayla Black is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than fifty novels. For over fifteen years, she’s written contemporary, erotic, paranormal, and historical romances via traditional, independent, foreign, and audio publishers. Her books have sold millions of copies and been published in a dozen languages.
Raised an only child, Shayla occupied herself with lots of daydreaming, much to the chagrin of her teachers. In college, she found her love for reading and realized that she could have a career publishing the stories spinning in her imagination. Though she graduated with a degree in Marketing/Advertising and embarked on a stint in corporate America to pay the bills, her heart has always been with her characters. She’s thrilled that she’s been living her dream as a full-time author for the past seven years.
Shayla currently lives in North Texas with her wonderfully supportive husband, her teenage daughter, and a very spoiled cat. In her “free” time, she enjoys reality TV, reading, and listening to an eclectic blend of music.

 

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#ReleaseDay #Review #Contempory Adoring Ink (A Montgomery Ink Novella) by Carrie Ann Ryan

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He’s never wanted anything more than her. Carrie Ann Ryan’s ADORING INK is available now! Don’t miss getting your hand on Holly’s story.

 

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The Montgomery Ink series continues with the most unlikely of romances between the one that got away and the man who can show her the world.

Holly Rose fell in love with a Montgomery, but left him when he couldn’t love her back. She might have been the one to break the ties and ensure her ex’s happy ending, but now Holly’s afraid she’s missed out on more than a chance at forever. Though she’s always been the dependable good girl, she’s ready to take a leap of faith and embark on the journey of a lifetime.

Brody Deacon loves ink, women, fast cars, and living life like there’s no tomorrow. The thing is, he doesn’t know if he has a tomorrow at all. When he sees Holly, he’s not only intrigued, he also hears the warnings of danger in his head. She’s too sweet, too innocent, and way too special for him. But when Holly asks him to help her grab the bull by the horns, he can’t help but go all in.

As they explore Holly’s bucket list and their own desires, Brody will have to make sure he doesn’t fall too hard and too fast. Sometimes, people think happily ever afters don’t happen for everyone, and Brody will have to face his demons and tell Holly the truth of what it means to truly live life to the fullest…even when they’re both running out of time.

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Yay!!! We are back with the Montgomery family and friends again. This is one of my favorite series and I love it when Ryan does a novella about the side characters in their world.
I am so glad that Holly got her HEA, after she let Jake go giving him, Maya, and Boarder their HEA I was so hoping she’d get hers.
We’ve met Brody before, he’s friends with the Montgomery clan and he asked out Hailey prompting Sloane to get off his butt and ask her out, getting their HEA.
Holly, is a very good girl. She sticks to her routine of work, home, and time with her friends and that is it. If she varies from her routine to try something new, she researches and plan every little thing out until she knows everything about it and it is no longer something new for her to do.
Brody is friends with everyone and I mean everyone. However, none of his friends know the real him and that is the way he prefers it. No one close so that they are safe from him.
Holly decides that she needs to do something to shake up her stale life. A life that she loves, but stale none the less. Brody overhears this conversation that she’s having with her friends and offers to be the one that helps.
What starts as a whorl wind adventure turns into two people finding themselves, letting go of their pasts, and finding love.
The things that these two went through as children is horrible and finding their way through that is hard, but it is so worth it in the end.
Holly and Brody belong together and you can see that when you see them together. Holly finally gets her inked hottie and Brody finally get someone to keep.
I can not wait from more of this series or more from Carrie Ann Ryan.

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Holly Rose needed to come.

Badly.

And hopefully she would. The man above her moved with such heat that she knew she was blushing, but she didn’t care. She just needed him to work his magic so she could finally crest that peak and end up a boneless pile of limbs.

She clutched at his tattooed shoulders before sliding her hands down his chest, raking her nails over his thick muscles and the ink that covered his skin. He thrust deeply inside her, and she arched her back, taking more of him in.

Her breath came in pants, and her body shook, sweat-slick from hours of lovemaking with no pause.

Then she looked up and froze.

Once again, her Dream Man was just a blur. A thickly muscled male with ink but no face, no features showing her who he was. No eyes giving her a glimpse of the man deep inside.

She reached out to cup his face, hoping she was wrong.

But she wasn’t.

The alarm pulled her out of sleep in that instant, leaving her right on the edge once again, and confused as hell about the recurring dream that never made sense.

Holly let out a sigh and rolled over to press the button on her phone. Unfortunately, she didn’t have time to hit snooze and go back to sleep, so she forced herself to sit up. Hitting snooze was one of her favorite pastimes since she had the most comfortable bed ever, but she had to be an adult and forego that. She was the kind of person that, once she sat up, she was awake and slightly functional, but it was the sitting up part that was the hardest. She loved sleeping in but couldn’t do it most days because of her job. Heck, she couldn’t even slumber on weekends most times thanks to the piles of grading she had. She might only teach first grade, but her kids had books and binders full of state-mandated homework and classwork to complete.

Holly’s head hurt just thinking about it.

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About Carrie Ann Ryan

Carrie Ann Ryan is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of contemporary and paranormal romance. Her works include the Montgomery Ink, Redwood Pack, Talon Pack, and Gallagher Brothers series, which have sold over 2.0 million books worldwide. She started writing while in graduate school for her advanced degree in chemistry and hasn’t stopped since. Carrie Ann has written over fifty novels and novellas with more in the works. When she’s not writing about bearded tattooed men or alpha wolves that need to find their mates, she’s reading as much as she can and exploring the world of baking and gourmet cooking.

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Twinsie Kristi’s Top 10 for 2016 #WOTR #BDSM #Paranormal #Anthologies #ContemparyRomance

OMG, this year had so many good books!!! Since I forgot to do a top 5 in the middle of the year, here is my top 10 picks for the year.  I”ve got a little bit of everything from Anthologies to Mafia to BDSM to Paranormal to Contempary.  Some of my favorite authors make double appearances.  I’ve also got a few WOTR authors! Hope you enjoy my picks as much as I did. Now in no order my top 10….

The Protectors: Sloan by WOTR Attending Author Teresa Gabelman

Not only does VC leader, Sloan Murphy, have to keep the peace between the human and vampire race, but he also wrangles VC Warriors in his spare time. It’s a job that could drive a saint insane, and Sloan is no saint, but insane he may be. While his Warriors find mates, he swears he will not follow in their footsteps.

Becky Spencer, his new secretary who he reluctantly employs, is set to threaten every stoic promise he’s made. With an instant attraction that is hard to deny, she fits into his world with confident ease.

Even though Becky has sworn off men after her nasty divorce, she can’t help the desire the sexy and serious Sloan Murphy stirs in her. It isn’t until she sees how devoted he is to his job and the Warriors under his command, that her lusty feelings turn into more. Working in close quarters, they both fight the pull that grows with each passing minute.

Who will win, the secretary, the Warrior, or an attraction that just won’t go away?

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One Night In Vegas by Marri Carr, Red Phoenix, Angel Payne, Sierra Cartwright, Victoria Blue, and WOTR Attending Author Jenna Jacob

One of the most exciting romance box sets of the year is here–for a very special pre-order price!

Six BRAND-NEW stories of desire. domination, passion, and life-changing love…
What if…you had only one night to make your fantasies come true, and one place to do it in?

What if…that one place was the most stylish, exclusive hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada? The Nyte, Las Vegas’ newest and most stunning resort destination, is owned by the mysterious Mr. Nyte, committed to making every one of his guest’s fantasies come true.

Sinful possibilities…

A group of your favorite spicy romance authors have let their imaginations run wild inside this glittering, limitless world, imagining one night in which passion and love change people’s lives forever…

Winner Takes All by Mari Carr

Stud Poker by Red Phoenix

WILD Card by Angel Payne

Hard Hand by Sierra Cartwright

Sin City Submission by Jenna Jacob

No Lucky Number by Victoria Blue

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Ink Exposed (Montgomery Ink 6) by Carrie Ann Ryan

The Montgomery Ink series continues with the brother that deserves a second chance, and the woman who has always loved him.

Alex Montgomery lost his first love and then proceeded to leave himself in the bottle. Only he and his ex-wife truly know why he fell so hard and so fast down a path he never thought he’d take. Now he’s clean, out of rehab, and learning how to be a Montgomery once again—a task that isn’t quite as easy as some of his family assumes.

Tabby Collins is an honorary Montgomery and the organizational mastermind behind Montgomery Inc., the family’s construction company. She loves her planners, friends, and a certain dark-haired man who’s never given her a second glance.

Alex is slowly re-immersing himself back into the world, but the demons he faced before aren’t out of the picture, and he’ll have to learn to rely on others to make it out whole. When Alex discovers that Tabby’s life is in danger, he not only finds a way to help her but also learns the true woman behind the soft smiles he’s always seen. Their romance won’t be an easy one, but nothing this passionate and heart-pounding ever is.

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Roar by Kallypso Masters

Haunted by a tragic accident that yanked his beloved wife from his side, Kristoffer Roar Larson has been going through the motions in life. But when he meets the dedicated surgeon and humanitarian, Pamela Jeffrey, he feels an undeniable connection to her, stirring feelings he’d buried long ago. After encountering her in a compromising position on a tour of a BDSM academy, he realizes there’s more to her than meets the eye. Fascinated by her assertive alpha personality, coupled with her desire to submit and serve, Pamela intrigues him.

As Pamela shines light once more into the dark corners of his life, Kristoffer finds himself struggling between remaining in his safe and lonely world or emotionally opening himself up to a vibrant woman, who asks for nothing more than he’s able to give. Guiding her in mind-training exercises to prepare her for some future Dom, Kristoffer finds his body awakening as well. Will Kristoffer be able to close the door to his past and open his heart to the ginger-haired sprite who makes him question everything he once believed?

ROAR is a standalone novel that has some familiar secondary characters from Rescue Me Saga, but the main characters are new. You don’t have to read the series to fully enjoy this book.

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Year of the Scorpio: Part One by Stacy Gail

***TRIGGER WARNING: This is a DARK mafia romance. In addition to several scenes with strong sexual content, there are also scenes involving violence, death, gun play, mention of sexual abuse, and adult language. Due to the nature of this book, it is intended for 18+ audiences only***
They call me Dash.

Sixteen years ago my brother and I were kidnapped. The Scorpeones believed our father, boss of the Vitaliev Bratva, could be pressured into relinquishing his hold on Chicago’s underworld.

They were dead wrong.

Ultimately the Scorpeones made the youngest of their family pay for their sins. I tried not to care. Marco Polo Scorpeone, the hostage whose life was forfeit if his family moved on the Vitalievs, was the enemy. Why should I care if he was tortured worse than a prisoner of war?

Except I did care.

For sixteen years I’ve cared, more than I can say.
They call me Scorpio.

There was no light in my world. Then I saw Dash smile.

No voice could pierce my darkness. Then I heard Dash speak.

I’ve killed to survive. Killed to please my handler. Hell, I’ve killed to please myself. Killing is what I do.

I know I’m not good enough for Dash, but it doesn’t matter. What matters is that she’s mine, from now until the end of time. But that time might be nearer than I think, because someone deadlier than me is closing in…

Author’s Note: This is the first half of a two-part story arc. YEAR OF THE SCORPIO: PART ONE ends on a cliffhanger, which will be concluded in YEAR OF THE SCORPIO: PART TWO. You have been warned.

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Stain (Kings Harlots 2) by  WOTR Attending Author JM Walker

“An unexpected evil brings both the MC and Military world together in this brand new series by J.M. Walker”

He wants to be alone.
Nightmares from his past keep him guarded and afraid.
Vice-One is his life. They’re his brothers—the only people who helped keep him out of his own head long enough to move on from the childhood he never asked for.

His therapy has been protecting his country, barely taking a break before beginning his next mission. But no amount of training can prepare him for his great challenge yet—convincing Meeka Cline that she will be his.

She wants out.
Her world fell apart when King’s Harlots no longer trusted her, but she continues to fight to gain back their respect.
All she wants is to help those wronged by the evil that has put a shadow on everyone she knows.
Asher Donovan comes to her for help when he needs her most only to have passion flare up between them. One problem: He’s her best friend.

Putting aside their friendship, they use the heat between them to please the depraved minds they now understand…

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Bound to Surrender (Doms of Genesis) by WOTR Attending Author Jenna Jacob

After suffering a brutal hate crime, submissive Trevor Hammond’s outward appearance projects the usual carefree demeanor his friends know and love. But inside, the remnants of his battered psyche and the ghosts of his assailants keep him bound in chains of anxiety.

While his Master, Moses Abrams, aka Daddy Drake, is aware of the devastation consuming his precious sub, he finds himself powerless to neutralize his lover’s demons. Embarking on an unconventional journey, Drake is determined to find a way to heal and bring back the man who owns his heart..

Will his love be enough to draw Trevor back from the darkness?

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Alphas and Fairytales: A NYE Anthology by WOTR Attendies Alison Bliss, C.A. Harms, K.L. Kreig, Lacey Black, Winter Travers, Allie Juliette Mousseau, Anne Mercier, B.B. Reid, BT Urruela,Ginger Scott, Harper Bentley, Kane Caldwell, M. Never, Molly McLain, Rhonda James, Sapphire Knight

One badass fight, one black tie party…

One crazy New Year’s Eve in Vegas

16 ALL NEW stories of love, lust, and redemption from your favorite bestselling authors

*Proceeds benefiting VETSports*

THE MAIN EVENT – Sapphire Knight
New Year’s in Vegas can only mean three things: fighting, f*cking and forever. You ready to party with us?

DUET (ROCKSTAR #8.5) – Anne Mercier
Sera and Cage in Vegas: MMA, a formal gala, and a hot steamy night of sexin’.

FREEING HIS DARK EDGES – Kane Caldwell
Surprising Chase Black is not an easy task but when he opened the little box on Christmas morning to see tickets to one of the biggest MMA fights in Las Vegas on New Year’s Eve, he was shocked. I thought I’d had the reins on our trip but since then, Chase keeps giving me those looks, a smirk that says I’m the one in for a surprise.

AS THE TIDE TURNS – BT Urruela
The war vet bodyguard. The Hollywood starlet. An unexpected threat at the biggest charity event of the year. Can Jason set aside his demons to save Savannah’s life, or will his past get the best of him?

FORBIDDEN ATTRACTION – CA Harms
Maybe it was the adrenaline, the pure excitement from the fight that had me thinking of things I shouldn’t. All I knew was never before had something that was wrong, felt so right.

FORBIDDEN – KL Kreig
There are two of them and one of me. And an irresistible lure between us that is expressly forbidden. Has the gluttony of Vegas distorted our judgment or could there be something else bigger at play?

CLOSE ENCOUNTERS – Alison Bliss
Brick Davenport is the quintessential billionaire badboy. He’s also my ex-fiance and the man who taught me the first rule of business–always protect your assets. On New Year’s Eve in Vegas, I’ll have to do just that, because Brick’s on a mission…for my heart.

TEMPTED TIMES THREE – M Never
Love like there’s no midnight.

F*ck like there’s no sunrise.

Chase Hammond and Shane Laughtner have finally found the woman who completes their Trinity, and this New Year’s Eve, the two have crafted a plan to make their trio permanent. Bright lights, a buzzing atmosphere, and an over indulgence of passion.

DICED – Ginger Scott
The last time Mia Stone saw Jamie Augusthill, he was being hauled away from her father’s five-star restaurant in handcuffs. Now, the supposed “new man, still brilliant chef” is standing in HER kitchen. Worse yet, he’s the only person who can pull off this impossible New Year’s Eve feast. He’s also the only man to ever break her heart.

BLINK – Molly McLain
I took her for granted and she walked out of my life. Now, two months later, she’s back…on another man’s arm. I never expected I’d spend New Year’s Eve without her, and I’ll be damned if she gives that midnight kiss to anyone but me. After all, she’s my wife.

A WILD CHASE – BB Reid
Mila Hunt has a big problem, and his name is Chase James. The arrogant asshole happens to be her boss, and after an embarrassing mistake at a gala, he decides her punishment should fit the crime. What he has in store for her she never thought she wanted, but she could never say no to him either…

ROCKIN’ THE SUITE – Rhonda James
Sebastian Miles in a man with a plan. Recently married, he’s been on tour with his band, Paradox, for the last four months, leaving his young wife, Brooke, alone at home. He has thirty-six hours before heading back out on the road; plenty of time to fly off to Vegas and prove to her he’s still the same romantic guy she fell in love with. The stakes are high, but he’s up for the adventure. After all… What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. Right?

A POWERS PLAY (A POWERS THAT BE SHORT) – Harper Bentley
Gable Powers had loved keeping me off-balance from the moment we met—dirty words whispered in my ear that made me tremble, a spectacular tattooed body that had my own craving his, a secret revealed that only made me love him more. Even his proposal had taken me by surprise when he got down on one knee in the shower. But now it’s my turn to shock him at midnight on New Year’s Eve in Vegas, and it’s going to be awesome.

TAKING GREER – Winter Travers
Apollo Banachi is tired of waiting. He’s taking what belongs to him. Greer Cassidy doesn’t stand a chance.

CRAVED (BOUND TOGETHER 2.5) – Lacey Black
Tara Hunter and Scott Dixon have wanted each other for years, but something always keeps them apart – until New Year’s Eve. When Scott and Tara find themselves at a charity gala, the stars may finally align.

A SHOWER FOR…THREE? – Allie Juliette Mousseau

Let me just say before I post the link for my review. This book got me in MAJOR trouble. I enjoyed some of the authors so much that I bought lots of books that they wrote. LOL

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Love Restored: A Gallagher Brothers Novel by Carrie Ann Ryan

In the first of a Montgomery Ink spin-off series from NYT Bestselling Author Carrie Ann Ryan, a broken man uncovers the truth of what it means to take a second chance with the most unexpected woman…

Graham Gallagher has seen it all. And when tragedy struck, lost it all. He’s been the backbone of his brothers, the one they all rely on in their lives and business. And when it comes to falling in love and creating a life, he knows what it’s like to have it all and watch it crumble. He’s done with looking for another person to warm his bed, but apparently he didn’t learn his lesson because the new piercer at Montgomery Ink tempts him like no other.

Blake Brennen may have been born a trust fund baby, but she’s created a whole new life for herself in the world of ink, piercings, and freedom. Only the ties she’d thought she’d cut long ago aren’t as severed as she’d believed. When she finds Graham constantly in her path, she knows from first glance that he’s the wrong kind of guy for her. Except that Blake excels at making the wrong choice and Graham might be the ultimate temptation for the bad girl she’d thought long buried.

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Forbidden Seduction: Lee County Wolves 2 by WOTR Attending Author Teresa Gabelman

Hunter Foster single-handedly ousted the shifter community after shifting in front of humans to protect a Vampire Council Warrior. With no regrets, he heads home to answer for his crime of breaking an outdated law.

Back in his town, he is faced with rogue packs challenging their alpha, his brother, as well as the woman he has spent years avoiding. Finally, he has to come to terms with what his wolf has been telling him and what he as a man has been fighting against.

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Sloan

One Night In Vegas

Ink Exposed

Roar

Year of the Scorpio:Part One

Stain

Bound To Surrender

Alphas & Fairytales: A NYE Anthology

Love Restored

Forbidden Seduction

Once again, I hope you enjoyed my choices as much as I did. Have a great 2017 and Happy reading!!!

 

#Review #Shifter #Alpha Romancing The Alpha (True Mates 3) by Alicia Montgomery

***Can be read as a standalone billionaire werewolf shifter paranormal book**
In the next installment of the True Mates series, New York Alpha Grant Anderson meets his match in feisty New Jersey Alpha, Francesca “Frankie” Muccino.

New Jersey Alpha Francesca “Frankie” Muccino never had it easy. Alpha of her ragtag clan, head of her family, and manager of their ailing restaurant business, she’s got a lot on her plate. When a handsome, sexy, and very naked Lycan shows up on her doorstep, sparks immediately fly, but it’s one more complication she can’t handle.

Escaping from a kidnapping attempt by his enemies, New York Alpha Grant Anderson finds himself in New Jersey territory. He’s immediately drawn to the plucky and spirited Frankie, and has no qualms about going for what he wants – her, in his bed. The Jersey Alpha won’t be an easy catch, but Grant is determined to tame the wild she-wolf.

Danger brings them together as the evil mages come back for their revenge, determined more than ever to take Lycans down. Thirsty for retribution, they have taken in a new ally, one that’s closer to the New York clan and could finally bring them the victory they want. Frankie is caught in the middle of the war between the New York Clan and the mages and Grant will do anything to protect her. Can he keep her safe and win her over, or will the mages and their mysterious ally tear them apart?

Romancing the Alpha is a full-length (over 70,000 words) billionaire werewolf steamy paranormal romance with explicit love scenes, naughty language, and shifter suspense action with guaranteed HEA and no cliffhangers!

Although it works as a standalone romance story, this book takes place in the True Mates series world. To understand the elements, I recommend you read “Fated Mates” and “Blood Moon” before this book.

I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader’s Copy of this book

Grant Anderson is the alpha billionaire of New York. He is trying to keep the lycan safe safe from the mages.
Francesca Muccino, to her family and friends, is one of the only female alphas to led a pack. She is New Jersey’s alpha, that is the New York packs neighbor, and she meets Grant by running into him literally like with her car, after he’s been drugged and kidnaped.
Though this is Grant and Frankie’s first meeting, it’s not the first time we are meeting her, we met her in book one when she saved Alynna from a group of catty women at her coming out ball.
Not only is Frankie the alpha for New Jersey, she along with her brothers, runs a Italian Restaurant that has been in her family for generations.
Even though they’ve never met Grant caught her scent the night of the ball and hasn’t stop thinking about the mysterious woman with the yummy smell.
In this story we not only have the mages trying to kill off the alpha, we also have a group of lycan working with them to try and take over New York. Oh, and we have a delusional female that thinks Grant is in love with her.
Frankie has major high walls around her heart where men are concerned and I have to say if I was in her place I’d say forget men and switch sides!! Lol, but seriously it takes hard work on Grant’s part to get her to see that he has real feelings for her.
Babies being born, surprise trips to Italy, hot alpha sex, kidnappings, killer mages, this book has it all and I can’t wait for the next one!!

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Alicia Montgomery has always dreamed of becoming a romance novel writer. She started writing down her stories in now long-forgotten diaries and notebooks, never thinking that her dream would come true. Now, after taking the well-worn path to a stable career, she is now plunging into the world of self-publishing. She thanks her wonderful friends, M, J, and L, who encouraged her to pursue this brand new adventure, and her husband JT who is getting his thanks in the form of “research.

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#Review #Shifter Blood Moon (True Mates 2) by Alicia Montgomery

In this exciting continuation to the True Mates Series, Human Liaison Cady Gray and Second-in-Command Nick Vrost are drawn together after a night of passion.

Despite growing up in the world of the New York Lycan clan, Cady Gray still feels like an outsider looking in. She’s built walls around her, to protect herself and the clan, harboring a deep secret from her past that threatens her future. The clan’s sexy Beta shifter has always intrigued her, but he’s kept his distance, that is, until one innocent dance.

Nick Vrost has wanted Cady for years, but kept his own desires at bay for the sake of the clan and his family. As second-in-command of the New York clan and heir to the Vrost fortune, it was his duty to marry a suitable high-ranking Lycan female and produce a child to carry on the line. After ignoring Cady for years, one touch ignites something he can no longer control and he may have to choose between family obligation and his long-simmering desire for the quiet beauty.

When a near-catastrophic event forces them to confront their attraction, they find that one night simply isn’t enough. However, the New York clan is facing its biggest challenge yet and incidents attacking Lycans in the city are increasing. Cady’s life is put in danger, but evidence begins to link her to the attacks. But, who is behind all these threats and will the Lycans survive?

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Omg!! So book 2 picks up where book one ends, Alynna and Alex’s wedding.
Cady Gray is the Alpha’s Human Liaison, sort of like his executive assistant. They’ve known each other since they were kids because her father held that position for his father.
Nick Vrost is the beta of New York and head of security. These two have danced around each other for years. Nick has kept his distance because the alpha thinks of her as a sister and Cady because she didn’t think that Nick was interested.
One thing I found out in this book; True Mates are not only a rare thing but apparently a very magical thing that all magic beings feel.
Anyone can be a True Mate to a lycan, it doesn’t have to be two lycan.
So many things happen in this book. Witches are introduced further, we find out who was behind the attempts on Alynna life, we met Nick’s grandfather who gives him a ultimatum to find a wife and have children or he is going to be out of the will.
Oh, and Cady and Nick start dream walking!!
I think the struggle that Nick has to go through, of whether he follows his heart or listens to his grandfather is a tough one. I am so glad that I would never have to go through that.
Cady mother returns and it isn’t a happy return as she is a witch and witches and lycan do not get along. She also has given a ultimatum, that Cady will leave the employ of them or it will be forced. Her mom, is not a good woman, in fact why don’t we just call her a power hungry b***h. She works with a evil blood mage who is out to get the True Mates, because he hates lycan and because of the magic that makes a True Mated pair.
I love Cady and Nick when they are together, they’re so sweet. The chemistry between them is off the charts too!! There is a scene in the hotel during the blood moon wowza, that was a hot one!!!
I will say In the end Cady is a better woman that me because I would have made Nick grovel for at least a week.
Wanna know why he need to grovel??? Well I’m not telling, ya gotta read the book.
The next book is Grant, the New York alpha. Will he find is True Mate? Will he put a end to the evil Mage after the True Mated pairs? I can’t wait to find out!!

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Alicia Montgomery has always dreamed of becoming a romance novel writer. She started writing down her stories in now long-forgotten diaries and notebooks, never thinking that her dream would come true. Now, after taking the well-worn path to a stable career, she is now plunging into the world of self-publishing. She thanks her wonderful friends, M, J, and L, who encouraged her to pursue this brand new adventure, and her husband JT who is getting his thanks in the form of “research.

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