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#WOTR20 #5YearFamily #Hilarious #EnemiesToLovers #Family – Love and Lingerie (Rockland Falls #2) by Lacey Black

Love and Lingerie (Rockland Falls, #2)


Everything is coming together for Harper Grayson. She has a family she adores, a quaint little house that’s all hers, and a puppy to keep her warm at night. Plus, her lingerie shop, Kiss Me Goodnight, is successful. With her eyes now set on an expansion the moment the empty building next door finally becomes available, things are finally aligning perfectly for Harper. Until Latham Douglas walks through her door…

Latham Douglas has been back from a long stint in the Army for mere days when he has his first run-in with a blast from his past. It’s a pleasant surprise to find Harper Grayson selling sexy lingerie just down the block from his family’s hardware store, but he won’t let the stunning woman he remembers from school derail his plans. His business needs the empty building next door, and he’s willing to do just about anything to secure it.

Harper and Latham have the same dream. What happens when they realize they can’t both have what they want? Who will give, especially after business turns to pleasure? Can they keep their hearts out of it, or will the winner actually be the biggest loser of all?

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I purchased the ebook and audio.  I listened and read.

When I finished reading book 1, I jumped right into book 2.  But life has stopped me from finishing it right away.  LAWD, Can I saw first up…the audio voices are A-MAZ-BALLS.  I love love love them. So if audio is your jam, shut up and buy it.  However Harper and Latham….seriously enemies to lovers….BEST READ!!!  These two are so stubborn and so in love *sigh*

Alright so we met Harper in book 1 and love her sassy spirit. We know she is a bit heartbroken over her ex but she is still looking for her special someone.  She is a single lady and ready to mingle.  Her best friend Free is an amazing bestie who will definitely help her bury any bodies as a good bestie should.  Her ugly puppy Snuggles AKA Killer is the best companion and perfect at helping to steal Latham’s heart.

Latham returns home from the military and is taking over the family business next door to Harper.  When his dad sends him over to help her, he starts planning on making her his along with planning to make her miserable but only in the best way.

We have seen a glimpse into something that happened when they were in high school but until late in the book we aren’t really sure what happened….and it’s a doozie friends!!

Those two have sizzling chemistry and SWEET BABY JESUS the pranks they pull on each other….STAHHHP!!!  The best!!  We see them both opening up buuuuut they are both also keeping secrets.  They both know the other is bidding on the same piece of property to expand their businesses.

When the hearts start to get tangled and the L word is about to be spoken, the bidding war winner is revealed.  Hearts are broken and misunderstandings happen.  However, I LOVE what happens and hoe the end of the book is resolved.  I would be lying when I saw I can’t wait to read them more in the other books of the series.

Avid reader, writer, mother, and wife! I love to read contemporary romance. Add in a little “spice” or hot guys in uniform pants, and I’m a happy woman. There’s just something about diving into a book and engrossing in the magic of your hero and heroine getting their happily ever after.

#WOTR20 #Interracial #Military #Historical #2ndChance – Three Times A Lady (Not Just Royals #2) by Dahlia Rose

Three Times A Lady (Not Just Royals #2)

The horrors Lord Haile Buchanan witnessed while serving in the British Army left scars branded into his soul. Survival dictates relegating those harrowing memories to the past. These days, he lives a quiet life running his Northumberland pub with few people knowing his title or his past. It’s more than enough excitement to keep him occupied and out of trouble—until he glimpses the stunning beauty sobbing beneath the awning of Hope Center. Common sense demands she’s not his burden to bear. Honor and decency refuses to let him walk away.

Marisol Elliot can’t believe she uprooted her life back in the US only to be ruthlessly duped by a despicable catfisher. Now she’s stranded in a foreign country with nothing—and no one to help her. The last thing she expects is the gorgeous, ginger-haired stranger who rushes to her aide like a gallant knight in shining armor. When he offers her a strong shoulder to cry on and a hot meal at his pub, she gratefully accepts. And then when he offers her a job? It seems too good to be true. After all she’s been through, it’s hard to trust again. But something about Haile beckons to her like an irresistible beacon.

Having Marisol in his employ is a far bigger boon than Haile ever expected. She’s a damn good bar manager and he’s lucky to have her. The one drawback? Being around her is stirring emotions he never expected to feel. Their chemistry is explosive and getting harder and harder to deny—for both of them. Just as the walls around their hearts begin to crumble, Mari’s past and a dangerous enemy threaten to destroy everything. Protecting her is Haile’s only mission—even if it means summoning his own past demons.


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I purchased this book.

I DEVOURED Book 1 and fell in love with Jasper’s best Mate Haile.  When I saw the tall drink of water was the next book I immediately downloaded and started it.  There is something about a Ginger, right ladies??  And yes, as I read this book I was thinking of The Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

We meet Haile and know under the gruff military man is a Lord of the lands but also a sweet guy who too is wanting love.  After seeing Jasper and Zeva’s love he is hoping and wanting that for himself.  However, his all-consuming loss of his sister and her disappearance causes him to be full of grief.

Mari is finds herself stuck in a country without the man who promised to love and protect her. She has lots of secrets and needs help but fears anyone who might offer help after being screwed over.  When Haile stumbles across her and offers her a hand she takes it.  They work together and start to feel more but both are dancing around the other for fear of crossing a line.

When Mari’s past and Haile’s past collide, they reach to help the other grounded and safe.

I really liked Haile and Mari’s story.  The plot twists of Mari’s life and Haile’s sister were both great ones.  I must say Mrs. H stole the show with her sass and zero eff’s to people who are disrespectful!!  She made every scene great!!

Recent News: Dahlia’s first book was just accepted by Hallmark Publishing with a December 2021 release date!

Dahlia Rose is the USA Today best-selling multi genre author from Urban fantasy to Romance with a hint of Caribbean spice. She was born and raised on the Caribbean island of Barbados and now currently lives in Charlotte, North Carolina. Her life revolves around her five kids, who she affectionately nicknamed “The Children of the Corn and her husband and longtime love who is also a honorable retired Army veteran. She has a love of dark fantasy, sci-fi, and the things that go bump in the night. With over seven dozen books published Dahlia has become a reader favorite. Not only because of her writing but her vivacious attitude in talking to her fans online and at various events. Her books feature strong heroines with a Caribbean or African American culture, that is showcased in the vibrancy of her words. Books and writing are her biggest passions, and she hopes to open your imagination to the unknown between the pages of her books.

#WOTR20 #2ndChance – Triple B Baking Co. (Hearts of Braden #1) by Michel Prince

Triple B Baking Co. (Hearts of Braden #1)

Three years ago a heart broken Merryn Sota got in a SUV and drove away from California. Call it fate or serendipity, but when the vehicle broke down outside of Braden, Iowa she fell in love with the calm and community. Using her skill as a baker she opened up Braden Buttery Bites Bakery which the town lovingly renamed the Triple B. Every confection she makes heals her wounded heart a little bit.

Ever since the tragedy, the only way Austin Larsen can cope with life is to have it completely regimented. The Triple B brought schedule to his life. Something to focus on day by day.

When a snowstorm hits the small town Austin’s schedule is disrupted and old wounds are reopened. Only the hospitality of the Triple B, along with Merryn, can right his world. However, as Merryn and Austin grow closer, their pasts resurface and threaten to destroy their happiness forever.

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I purchased this book.

I grabbed this book when I saw the first two books are by authors who will be at a book event I am going to be attending.  When I read the description of it, I was loving the whole 2nd chance story because she doesn’t love a 2nd chance to redeem themselves or two find love.  Any who…..

I loved Merryn from JUMP!!  She was sassy but kind.  She was all about helping the small town while also staying a bit mum about her past due to the gossip and all that small town jazz.  She was just relatable.  She always wondered about the shy and kind man who entered her shop every single day at 11:00 for one of her egg salad sandwiches.  He smelled of “Iowa Money”…read and you will understand…but always treated him with compassion and kindness even when her staff found him to be a bit old and creepy.

Austin has always had a bit of a crush on Merryn but given his job and what the town gossiped about him, he figured he would never have a chance.  The fact he lives on a farm with multiple roommates who gossip more then the ladies in town doesn’t seem like a mature adult.

When Austin comes to Merryn’s aid, they notice the spark and start the flirt.  Flirting starts to become a conversation and we soon see the couple starting to form “more”.    The scene about their first time….Legit stitches.  STITCHES!!!!  But I love love love the banter between these two adults.  They both have been through hell and are not being anyone but themselves.

Of course, life happens and we start to see outer forces coming into play.  The couple begin to miscommunicate but still trust the other but also wonder IF they would be better off without????

I gotta stay I loved this story and would love to read more especially about Hank or Darryl because they were hilarious!!!

Michel Prince is an author who graduated with a bachelor degree in History and Political Science. Michel writes young adult and adult paranormal romance as well as contemporary romance.

With characters yelling “It’s my turn damn it!!!” She tries to explain to them that alas, she can only type a hundred and twenty words a minute and they will have wait their turn. She knows eventually they find their way out of her head and to her fingertips and she looks forward to sharing them with you.

When Michel can suppress the voices in her head she can be found at a scouting event or cheering for her son in a variety of sports. She would like to thank her family for always being in her corner and especially her husband for supporting her every dream and never letting her give up.

Michel is a member of RWA Pro and Midwest Fiction Writers. In 2013 she was awarded Elite Status with Rebel Ink Press. She lives in the Twin Cities with her husband, son, and cat.

#WOTR20 #5YearFamily #CoverReveal #Book2 – One Last Time by H. D’Agostino

Title: One Last Time
Author: H. D’Agostino
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: May 12, 2020
Cover Design: Pink Ink Designs Cover Model: Tyler Caussey Fitness Photography: FuriousFotog

I fell in love at seventeen with a girl I thought would someday be my forever. We made plans, only hers didn’t include me. I didn’t think walking away from us would be so easy for her, but it was.
Now she’s back. The problem… I’m still in love with her, and I’m going to prove that we were meant to be if it’s the last thing I do.

Heather D’Agostino is an avid reader turned Bestselling Author of the Contemporary Romance Series The Broken Series, The Shattered Series, The Second Chances Series, The Cook Brothers Series, and Romantic Suspense series The Witness Series. She attended the University of North Carolina at Charlotte where she received a Bachelor’s of Arts in Elementary Education with a minor in Mathematics.
She currently lives in Central New York with her husband, two children, two dogs, and three cats. When she’s not writing she can usually be found at the dance studio, soccer field, or one of the many other places that she plays ‘Supermom’.
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#WOTR20 – #Review – Because the Night (The Night Songs Collection, #1) by Kristen Strassel

Because the Night (Night Songs Book 1)

Meet the vampire hellbent on destruction and the girl who will do anything to save him, set to a hard rock soundtrack in the hot Las Vegas night…
Sex, blood, and rock n’ roll.

Immortal Dilemma is the hottest show in Vegas and Tristan Trevosier is their biggest star. But to me, he’s the guy who broke my heart and then showed up on stage claiming to be a vampire.

Tristan says I won’t understand his new life. He won’t let me in. That’s how I met Blade, a human with a mysterious connection to Immortal Dilemma. Blade is willing to give me everything Tristan won’t.
But I can’t let him go.

The true darkness of Tristan’s world terrifies me, and I fear for his life. Now Blade’s gone missing and I have to choose—save my mortal friend or abandon my immortal love.

This book is full of twists and turns you won’t see coming, and characters you won’t soon forget.–Tam, Amazon reviewer
As I read the last page GASPING shaking the book thinking to myself if I shake it more words would magically appear but note to self NOT GOING TO HAPPEN. I REALLY LOVED THIS BOOK.–Karina, Amazon reviewer
Leave yourself some time when you begin this story. It will draw you in, and you must find out how it ends before you can put it down again.–KSon, Amazon reviewer


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Vampire rock scene, in VEGAS! Callie goes to Vegas with her cousin to see her ex-boyfriend who has become famous from a reality tv show and is also the star of the band, Immortal Dilemma. She thinks she needs to save him as he is spiraling out of control with addictions. What she doesn’t realize is that he is a vampire and there are other circumstances that keep him from leaving. In the midst of this she meets Blade. He is into music too and seems to be a pretty great guy. She spontaneously decides to stay in Vegas instead of going home. This is the first part of where I start to lose Callie. She is 18 and decides to stay in Vegas. But ok, she gets a job and things are going ok. The story keeps going and she is falling in love with Blade but can’t stay away from Tristan, her ex and vampire star. I got back into the story with the push and pull that she had to deal with between Tristan and Blade. At this point since she is spending more time with Tristan we start to understand his situation better. Things go from weird to crazy and to just plain terrible for Callie. As Callie tries to fight for her life, and the others she cares about, she gets into some super bad situations. I listened to this in an audiobook. The narrator was ok, I wanted to like her but sometimes I think that the narrator made Callie sound even more whiny and undecided with what she wanted to do. The story is good but sometimes it seemed like it took a long time to get to where it needed to be. I plan to continue the series because there was a huge twist at the end of the book and I have to find out what happens! 

Kristen Strassel

Kristen Strassel writes heroes you want to spend the night with. Spend the night reading…what did you think she meant? She started reading paranormal and romance when her mom realized the spookier and spicier the book, the more likely she was to devour it. Now she creates the characters and worlds she always wanted to read about.

#WOTR20 #CoverReveal #WOTR #WritersOnTheRiver #PeoriaIL #ThistleFarms #SecondChance #Romance #Anthology #Authors #AuthorsRock #Giveaway – Writers on the River Anthology called Take Two: A Collection of Second Chance Stories

Healing With Words, host of Writers on the River, is a 501(c)(3) not for profit established for healing survivors of abuse, addiction, trafficking and prostitution. We feel the best way to spread love is to share the love of reading.

Through the written word, persons can find an escape and a form of entertainment.

Our mission is to bring together readers, authors, and survivors in a positive manner that affects change and relief from negative influences.

Event tickets available at WritersontheRiver.com

A huge thank you to Eric McKinney, Jon Salvador, and JM Walker!

The image was donated by Eric McKinney of 6:12 Photography .

Cover Model is Jon Salvador.

Cover created by JM Walker with Just write. Creation and Services.

Take Two: A Collection of Second Chance Stories

Take Two: A Collection of Second Chance Stories is an anthology of from the authors of Writers on the River. Love and life get another chance in these tales that will warm your heart and make you fall in love again.

The proceeds of this anthology will go to Thistle Farms, a non-profit organization located in Nashville, Tennessee that helps women survivors of violence, sex trafficking, prostitution and addiction.

Some stories guaranteed are by the following authors with many more authors joining mission:

JM Walker

Dania Voss

Miranda Shanklin

Tricia Andersen

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#WOTR20 #KU #review – The Best Ever (Second Chance Neighbors #2) by Josie Kerr

The Best Ever (Second Chance Neighbors Book 2) by [Kerr, Josie]

What happens when two control freaks meet their match?

Rory Doyle likes to be in control: in control of his career, in control of his home, and in control of his relationships. The one thing he can’t control is his reaction to real estate agent Ashley Richards, a feisty ex-pageant queen.
Ashley Richards is a woman with a plan; always has been, always will be. She’s got her sights set on conquering the Atlanta commercial real estate market, and the last thing she needs is Rory Doyle disrupting her carefully planned life.

After their best friends get their happily ever after, Rory wants to take his relationship with Ashley to the next level, but Ashley has other things to worry about, including planning the perfect wedding for her best friend. Add a bonus complication of the biggest challenge of her professional career and she definitely does not need the distraction of Rory’s sexy Irish brogue and his hot dancer’s body.

Can Rory convince Ashley to listen to her heart or will she decide that he doesn’t fit in with her plans?


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I purchased this book.

GAH!!!  When I finished Em and Mick’s book I was obsessed to see the secret relationship of Rory and Audrey.  I mean those two are busting with sexual tension in the first book so actually seeing their side of the story was AWESOME!!

I am going to say Lust is the best word to describe the two of them when they first meet.  But a they hook up and spend time with one another Smitten becomes the word of choice.  They both are smitten with the other, but they are afraid to say anything.

Rory has a reputation, but he is more aware of wanting more with Audrey then she will admit to herself.  Audrey is a woman who is out to prove herself.  She lives and works in a man’s world.  She wants to be taken seriously and respected.  So her fear of being less then in the eyes of others drives her to not open her eyes to all that Rory had to offer her.

These two were such a fun book to read.  They weren’t as intense as Em and Mick but they definitely had me laughing at the shenanigans their fear of facing the fact they are in hardcore love with the other.

Josie Kerr is a transplanted West Texan living on the edge of semi-profoundly rural Georgia, a.k.a. the southernmost edge of the northernmost county in Metro Atlanta.

She has an M.Ed. in Secondary English Education, but discovered that she hated high school more the second time than she did the first, so she decided to meld her love of technology with her education background and became an Instructional Designer. When not writing articles about how to fire someone without getting sued or why you should really not apply for jobs using your SexxyStud99@aol.com email address, she writes steamy romance novels that feature grown-up Heroes and Heroines.

#WOTR20 #2ndChance #Over40Romance #Review #KU – A Bad Bit Nice, Second Chance Neighbor #1 by Josie Kerr

A Bad Bit Nice (Second Chance Neighbors Book 1) by [Kerr, Josie]

Em Davidson is a curvy, never-married, 43-year-old Internet security analyst who has been working at the wrong job, living in the wrong house, and involved with the wrong man for about 10 years too long. All she wants is a challenging career, her very own home, and an age-appropriate Mister Ideal who will make her toes curl when he kisses her.

Mick Brennan is a bearded, tattooed widower of 20-plus years who thinks, maybe, just maybe, he might be ready to dip his foot back in the dating pool. He might not know exactly what he’s looking for in a relationship, but he knows he doesn’t want a girl half his age.

When Em moves into her dream home, she had no idea that her downstairs neighbor could be her Mister Ideal. When Mick meets his talkative upstairs neighbor, he’s more intrigued by her than he has been in any other woman in two decades.

Can these two lonely people overcome the wounds of their pasts to discover love again?


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I purchased this book.

I saw this cover and was like “HEEEY now” and then read the blurb…don’t judge me!!  Have you seen the cover…YUMMMY!!!  But what stuck out right away for me was the love over 40 and 2nd chance.  I am a total sucker for 2nd chance romances.  I mean doesn’t everyone deserve a 2nd chance in their life????

I enjoyed the story and felt like Em and Mick were really the match the other person.  They complimented the other well and helped them overcome a lot.  Granted, I think Mick sinking into himself after his trauma in his 20’s was way more difficult for him to overcome but Em’s sass and fire was what he needed.  I loved her giving him a kick in the pants which is finally what made him open his heart to what he could have again if he didn’t screw it up.  Mick was the perfect aggressive Alpha that Em needed in her life.  After having a loser for the past 10 years, she needed someone who would fight for her and not fight against her annnd Mick is a fighter!!!

The side plots revolving around Rory and Audrey were hilarious!!  Those two are going to be a fun read that’s for sure.  They won’t admit anything, but both want everything the other has to offer.

My old issue with the book was there were times I felt like I was being “Told” the story vs being “shown” the story.  AS the book got deeper into the story, I found it was better and less telling.  Another issue I had were sometimes the book in the beginning felt a bit choppy. But again, once the book got going it seemed to flow better.

Josie Kerr is a transplanted West Texan living on the edge of semi-profoundly rural Georgia, a.k.a. the southernmost edge of the northernmost county in Metro Atlanta.

She has an M.Ed. in Secondary English Education, but discovered that she hated high school more the second time than she did the first, so she decided to meld her love of technology with her education background and became an Instructional Designer. When not writing articles about how to fire someone without getting sued or why you should really not apply for jobs using your SexxyStud99@aol.com email address, she writes steamy romance novels that feature grown-up Heroes and Heroines.