Cover Reveal: The Play Mate (Roommates #2) by Kendall Ryan


Today is the cover reveal for The Play Mate (Roommates #2) by Kendall Ryan. I am excited to share this cover with you. This book releases on 14 March 2017.

The Play MateTitle: Play Mate
Author: Kendall Ryan
Series: Roommates #2
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
Smith Hamilton has it all—he’s smart, good-looking and loaded. But he remembers a time when he had nothing and no one, so he’s not about to mess up, especially with his best friend’s little sister. That means keeping Evie at arm’s length … even though the once pesky little girl is now a buxom bombshell. A sexy blonde who pushes his self-control to the limit the night she crawls into bed with him.

Evie Reed knows she’s blessed—with an exclusive education, a family who loves her, and a new job managing social media for her family’s lingerie company. But she wants more, like a reason to wear the sexy lingerie herself. She has just the man in mind to help with that. She’s crushed on Smith forever. Surely tricking her way into his bed will force him to see her in a new, adult way.

Except that when Evie’s plan leads to disaster, she and Smith must decide—ignore the attraction sizzling between them, or become play mates and risk it all.

Kendall Ryan Headshot 1 picAbout the Author:
A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of more than a dozen titles, Kendall Ryan has sold over 1.5 million books and her books have been translated into several languages in countries around the world. She’s a traditionally published author with Simon & Schuster and Harper Collins UK, as well as an independently published author. Since she first began self-publishing in 2012, she’s appeared at #1 on Barnes & Noble and iBooks charts around the world. Her books have also appeared on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists more than three dozen times. Ryan has been featured in such publications as USA Today, Newsweek, and InTouch Magazine.

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Finding Kyler release day!

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Today is the release day for Finding Kyler and I am so excited to share this book with you! Finding Kyler is an upper young adult/new adult contemporary romance novel and the first book in the Kennedy Boys series. I had an absolute blast writing this one and I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it!

There is a special release week price of only 0.99 and the book is free to borrow from Kindle Unlimited. In this post, I share some teaser images and there’s a great giveaway too (scroll down to the bottom of this post.)

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Finding Kyler is only 0.99 during the release week! Buy a copy from Amazon now before the price increases to 2.99.

About Finding Kyler

Finding Kyler (The Kennedy Boys #1)
by Siobhan Davis
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age category: Upper Young Adult
Release Date: January 9, 2017

Blurb:
Two fractured hearts and a forbidden love they can’t deny.

You shouldn’t want what you can’t have…

Faye Donovan has lost everything. After her parent’s tragic death, she’s whisked away from her home in Ireland when an unknown uncle surfaces as her new guardian.

Dropped smack-dab into the All-American dream, Faye should feel grateful. Except living with her wealthy uncle, his fashion-empire-owning wife, and their seven screwed-up sons is quickly turning into a nightmare—especially when certain inappropriate feelings arise.

Kyler Kennedy makes her head hurt and her heart race, but he’s her cousin.

He’s off limits.

And he’s not exactly welcoming—Kyler is ignorant, moody, and downright cruel at times—but Faye sees behind the mask he wears, recognizing a kindred spirit.

Kyler has sworn off girls, yet Faye gets under his skin. The more he pushes her away, the more he’s drawn to her, but acting on those feelings risks a crap-ton of prejudice, and any whiff of scandal could damage the precious Kennedy brand.

Concealing their feelings seems like the only choice.

But when everyone has something to hide, a secret is a very dangerous thing.

You can find Finding Kyler on Goodreads

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– One paperback of Finding Kyler by Siobhan Davis
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Cover Reveal: Mack Daddy by Penelope Ward

Today is the title and cover reveal for Mack Daddy by Penelope Ward! Scroll down to see the cover, the full wrap cover and read the blurb for this one.

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Cover designer: Letitia Hasser, r.b.a designs
Cover Model: Anthony Gomez
Cover Photography: Duc Nguyen

Title: Mack Daddy
Author: Penelope Ward
Series: standalone
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
From New York Times bestselling author, Penelope Ward, comes a sexy, STANDALONE second-chance romance.

They called him Mack Daddy. No, seriously, his name was Mack. Short for Mackenzie. Thus, the nickname. Perfect, right?

So was he: perfect. The perfect physical male specimen.

At the private school where I taught, Mack Morrison was the only man around in a sea of women.

Everyone wanted a piece of the hot single father of the sweet little boy.

I was riddled with jealousy, because they didn’t know that—to me—he was much more.

They didn’t know about our past.

He’d chosen my school for his son on purpose, because Mack and I, we had unfinished business.

As my friend Lorelai so eloquently put it: “Unfinished business between two people who are clearly attracted to each other is like an eternal case of blue balls.” And I was suffering in pain from my case.

I was still intensely attracted to Mack. I tried to resist him, immersing myself further into a relationship with another man just to protect my heart.

Not to mention, getting involved with a parent was strictly against school rules. But seeing Mack day in and day out was breaking me down.

And soon I might be breaking all the rules.

Author’s note – Told in alternating points of view, Mack Daddy is a full-length standalone novel.

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Penelope Ward is a New York Times, USA Today and #1 Wall Street Journal Bestselling author. She’s a fifteen-time New York Times bestseller of twelve novels.
Having grown up in Boston with five older brothers, she spent most of her twenties as a television news anchor, before switching to a more family-friendly career. She is the proud mother of a beautiful 12-year-old girl with autism and a 10-year-old boy. Penelope and her family reside in Rhode Island.

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Cover Reveal: Stay (Bleeding Stars #5) by A.L. Jackson

Today is the cover reveal for Stay (Bleeding Stars #5) by A.L. Jackson. I am excited to share this cover with you today and I already have this book on my to-read list. In this post there’s a short excerpt, a teaser of the book and a giveaway.

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Author: A.L. Jackson
Series: Bleeding Stars #5
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Blurb:
From NYT & USA Today Bestselling Author A.L. Jackson comes the next sexy, gripping Bleeding Stars Stand-Alone Novel…

I’m Ash Evans.
The life of the party.
Hot. Rich. Charismatic.
A tattooed rock star with the world at my feet.
I burn through women faster than the strike of a match.

I’ve embraced my lifestyle and live it to the fullest.
Until the day my lifestyle caught up to me.

Willow Langston found me at my lowest.
Literally.
Facedown in a puddle of my own blood.

I owe her my life and I have three months to repay that debt.
What I never should have done was touch her. Kiss her. Take her to my bed.

Love wasn’t supposed to be a part of the equation.
I gave up that nasty complication a long damned time ago.
Now I want her more than my next breath.
But she doesn’t know what I know.

Do I leave to protect her? Or can I face my demons and ask her to Stay?

Excerpt:
Her lips parted, and her expression churned in confusion.
Lust. Need. Want. Fear.
All of them played out across her delicate features.
I shouldn’t have. I knew I shouldn’t. But there was nothing I could do to stop myself.
Always, always in the moment.
That was me.
I pressed her harder against the wall, my straining cock eager against her jean-clad pussy.
Desperate for friction.
Anxious for relief.
Everything sparked, and I could have sworn the room spun, the ground shifting below our feet.
She gasped out in surprise, eyes so damned wide. Her nails pricked where they dug into the flesh of my shoulders.
Hanging on.
What was this girl doing to me?
I leaned down, my mouth close to her ear. My voice came on a rough murmur. “Do you want me?”

About the Author:
A.L. Jackson is the New York Times & USA Today Bestselling author of contemporary romance. She writes emotional, sexy, heart-filled stories about boys who usually like to be a little bit bad.
Her bestselling series include THE REGRET SERIES, CLOSER TO YOU, as well as the newest BLEEDING STARS novels. Watch for the next installment STAND, coming Spring 2017.
If she’s not writing, you can find her hanging out by the pool with her family, sipping cocktails with her friends, or of course with her nose buried in a book.
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Release Day Blitz: Hitched (The Complete Series) by Kendall Ryan


Today is my stop during the release day blitz for Hitched (The Complete Series) by Kendall Ryan! For a limited time this book will be only 0.99$!

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Title: Hitched (The Complete Series)
Author: Kendall Ryan
Series: Hitched #1-3
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
I have to get my wife pregnant. I know what you’re thinking, boo hoo, poor me, right?

The only problem is my darling wife hates my guts. The only reason we eloped was because our fathers, who are business partners, are jointly leaving us their $100 billion company. If we wed.

And she doesn’t know this part yet, but it’s contingent on us producing an heir.

I have 90 days to knock her up, which might be difficult considering she can’t stand to be in the same room as me, let alone share my bed.

Challenge accepted.

Mark my words, I will have her begging for me. I’ve never backed down from a challenge and

I’m not about to start now.

Filled with hot and humorous moments, you won’t want to miss the complete series of HITCHED!

Kendall Ryan Headshot 1 picAbout the Author:
A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of more than a dozen titles, Kendall Ryan has sold over 1.5 million books and her books have been translated into several languages in countries around the world. She’s a traditionally published author with Simon & Schuster and Harper Collins UK, as well as an independently published author. Since she first began self-publishing in 2012, she’s appeared at #1 on Barnes & Noble and iBooks charts around the world. Her books have also appeared on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists more than three dozen times. Ryan has been featured in such publications as USA Today, Newsweek, and InTouch Magazine.

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Review: Sinfully Mine (Lessons with the Dom #2) by Kendall Ryan

Sinfully MineTitle: Sinfully Mine
Author: Kendall Ryan
Series: Lessons with the Dom #2
Rating: 5 stars
Genres: Erotic Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
She was forbidden.

I didn’t care.

As my best friend’s little sister, Macey Hale was off-limits, but the girl was tempting as sin and forbidden as fuck. I wish I could say that stopped me. I wish I could tell you I behaved like a gentleman.

I didn’t.

When she waltzes back into my life with that same spark I fell for, looking every bit the beautiful woman I knew she’d grow into, I have to force myself to remember I’m different from the man she once knew. I’m colder. Harder. And for good reason.
With my heart on lockdown and my hands aching to touch her, I set out to prove that I can keep myself in check this time.

No strings. No attachments.

And definitely no falling for her again.

If you love steamy romance, you won’t want to miss this older brother’s best friend romance.

This is book two in the Lessons with the Dom series, following The Gentleman Mentor. Both are complete standalone novels featuring sexy Dominant men you’re sure to fall in love with. Enjoy!

My Review:
This is the fourth Kendall Ryan book that I’ve read, and though I’ve enjoyed the others, this was easily my fav. I had just finished an ARC of Slow and Steady by the same author and she included two samples in the back of the book. Read the first three chapters of Sinfully Mine and I was intrigued by Reese and Macey and the promise of a brother’s best friend forbidden romance. So, I one-clicked.

I was hoping this wouldn’t be one of those books where the erotic sex prevailed over plot and characters. Thankfully, it was the complete opposite and like a breath of fresh air. Yes, there is BDSM but it is more in the background. I loved the emotional complexity between our couple, and both characters were expertly crafted. The journey back into each other’s arms was filled with plenty of angsty torturous moments as they struggled to relinquish their vulnerability and let each other back in.

The writing was great and the book flowed smoothly. My only complaint is it was too short. Read it cover to cover in 2.5 hours. I would have liked a little bit more, but only because I enjoyed the characters and the story so much.

Highly Recommended.

Release Day Blitz: The Pawn (Endgame #1) by Skye Warren

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Today is my stop during the release day blitz for The Pawn (Endgame #1) by Skye Warren. I’ll review the book today and there are some teasers, an excerpt and a giveaway!

the-pawnTitle: The Pawn
Author: by Skye Warren
Series: Endgame #1
Rating: 4 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
The price of survival…

Gabriel Miller swept into my life like a storm. He tore down my father with cold retribution, leaving him penniless in a hospital bed. I quit my private all-girl’s college to take care of the only family I have left.

There’s one way to save our house, one thing I have left of value.

My virginity.

A forbidden auction…

Gabriel appears at every turn. He seems to take pleasure in watching me fall. Other times he’s the only kindness in a brutal underworld.
Except he’s playing a deeper game than I know. Every move brings us together, every secret rips us apart. And when the final piece is played, only one of us can be left standing.

THE PAWN is a full-length contemporary novel from New York Times bestselling author Skye Warren about revenge and seduction in the game of love.

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My Review:
This one should come with a health warning: Dark and dangerously seductive and highly addictive from the get-go.

Avery has been sheltered her entire life by her over-protective father and her social-climbing fiance. She has lived like a modern-day princess, not wanting for a thing. However, everything comes crashing down around her when her father is accused of fraud and later beaten to within an inch of death. Avery has to step up and look after him while trying to keep the roof over them and cover his medical bills.

Desperate times call for desperate measures and she reaches out to a notorious gangster looking for a loan. There she meets the manipulative, secretive Gabriel and suddenly she is signing up to sell her virginity to the highest bidder.

The first half of this book was exceptional – suspenseful and slow-building and it had me on the edge of my seat. Those scenes at the auction were incredibly well written. I had butterflies in my chest and a nasty taste in my mouth and I actually had to look away from my kindle a few times because it was so awful to read. I felt her pain, her humiliation and her desperation to try and cling onto herself.

The second half felt rushed to me and I wish it had been fleshed out more so I could feel the connection between Gabriel and Avery. I still don’t understand how she could have feelings for the man that has orchestrated her demise, and, while I did catch glimpses of the man he is underneath, I can’t forgive the cold, callous way he treated her at the end. To be fair, it’s obvious he hates himself for what he has set in motion, but still.

I suspect there are other players in this and that Gabriel himself has been set up, but I could be barking up the wrong tree. I suspect creepy Uncle Landon of having a hand in this, and I’m so intrigued to find out where it’s heading. I hope in the next book that Avery really mans up and fights back because she was a little too weak at times in this one. I want her to kick butt next time and really go all out to seek vengeance.

The sex scenes were hot and well written and I enjoyed this author’s writing style. I also adore the underworld vibes and hope she explores this further as the series progresses. While this isn’t a new story (I’ve read similar like it) it manages to remain authentic and it comfortably stands on its own, largely because it’s well executed and the characters are decently developed.

I really look forward to continuing this series especially as that cliffy has left me dangling one-handed off the ledge.

Thanks to the author and Inkslinger PR for providing a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

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Excerpt:
A sense of familiarity fills the space between us even though I know we haven’t met. This man is a stranger, but he looks at me as if he wants to know me. He looks at me as if he already does. There’s an intensity to his eyes when they sweep over my face, as firm and as telling as a touch.
“I need…” A thud against my ribs as I think about all the things I need—a rewind button. One person in the city who doesn’t hate me by name alone. “I need a loan.”
He gives me a slow perusal, from the nervous slide of my tongue along my lips to the high neckline of my dress. I tried to dress professionally—a black cowl-necked sweater and pencil skirt. His strange amber gaze unbuttons my coat, pulls away the expensive cotton, tears off the cotton fabric of my bra and panties. He sees right through me, and I shiver as a ripple of awareness runs over my skin.
I’ve met a million men in my life. Shaken hands. Smiled. I’ve never felt as seen through as I do right now. Never felt like someone has turned me inside out, every dark secret exposed to the harsh light. He sees my weaknesses, and from the cruel set of his mouth, he likes them.
His lids lower. “And what do you have for collateral?”
Nothing except my word. That wouldn’t be worth anything if he knew my name. I swallow past the lump in my throat. “I don’t know.”
Nothing.
He takes a step forward, and suddenly I’m crowded against the brick wall beside the door, his large body blocking out the warm light from inside. He feels like a furnace in front me, the heat of him in sharp contrast to the cold brick at my back. “What’s your name, girl?”
The word girl is a slap in the face. I force myself not to flinch, but it’s hard. Everything about him overwhelms me—his size, his low voice. “I’ll tell Mr. Scott my name.”
In the shadowed space between us, his smile spreads, white and taunting. The pleasure that lights his strange yellow eyes is almost sensual, as if I caressed him. “You’ll have to get past me.”
My heart thuds. He likes that I’m challenging him, and God, that’s even worse. What if I’ve already failed? I’m free-falling, tumbling, turning over without a single hope to anchor me. Where will I go if he turns me away? What will happen to my father?
“Let me go,” I whisper, but my hope fades fast.
His eyes flash with warning. “Little Avery James, all grown up.”
A small gasp resounds in the space between us. He already knows my name. That means he knows who my father is. He knows what he’s done. Denials rush to my throat, pleas for understanding. The hard set of his eyes, the broad strength of his shoulders tells me I won’t find any mercy here.

skye-warrenAbout the Author:
Skye Warren is the New York Times bestselling author of dark romance such as Wanderlust and Prisoner. Praised as a “true mistress of dark erotica”, her books have been featured in Jezebel, Buzzfeed, USA Today Happily Ever After, Glamour, and Elle Magazine. She makes her home in Texas with her loving family, four dogs, and one evil cat.

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Release Day Blitz: Home Tears by Tijan

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Today is the release day for Home Tear by Tijan! I can’t wait to read this book! In this post you can find out more about this book, read an excerpt and enter the giveaway for a 50$ amazon gift card!

home-tears-ebook-coverTitle: Home Tears
Author: Tijan
Genres: Contemporary Romantic Suspense
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Blurb:
Dani’s survived a lot of sh*t storms.

Her mother died. Her two sisters loathed her. One aunt hated her. The other was strangely distant, but the worst storm—being dumped by her childhood best friend/high school boyfriend/first love for her younger sister.

There went the one person who was hers and with that, the main reason she stuck around. So, she left for ten years. But now she’s back, and nothing’s the same.

With help from Jonah Bannon, a reformed—kind of—bad boy she remembers from high school, Dani uncovers family secrets that have spanned generations. And along with those, she’s about to face the biggest sh*t storm of her life.

Only this time, she may not survive.

Excerpt:
“Why’d you push me earlier?”
“It’s not important.”
But it was. She felt it in her chest. It was so important, and she needed him to say it again. She was salivating for the chance. She wanted to reassure him, and this time she felt it in her heart. She knew she wasn’t going anywhere. She wanted him to see it in her eyes, that she meant every single word.
She whispered now, “Ask me. Ask me again.”
His eyes met hers, narrowing slightly. He was looking into her, reading her.
She was letting him. There was no wall, no hesitation this time. She wanted him to know her, not just her body. All of her. A second passed. He was still searching in her. Another second. More. He waited a full thirty before asking, his voice so soft and tender, “What would you do if you found out another person cared about you? If you mattered to one more person?”
“Nothing.” She was trying to convey her feelings through her eyes. She wanted him to know so badly. “I wouldn’t run. I wouldn’t walk. I wouldn’t hide. I’d do nothing except stand and embrace it.”
His eyes darkened, an emotion passed in them, one that had her heart beating so fast again. “Yeah?” He let go of her hand, but touched the side of her face. He held her in the palm of his hand, and his thumb rubbed over her cheek. It was like he was smoothing away any lingering worries she might have. “What if I was that person?”
She leaned toward him, her eyes going from his lips back to his gaze. Both were pulling her in, making her yearn for more. “Then I’d say, I feel the same.” Her breath held in her throat. They were talking in code, but it was out now. She was telling him how she felt, and a second later, his lips were on hers.
This. She turned, wound her arms around his neck. This was everything.

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About the Author:
Tijan is a New York Times Bestselling author that writes suspenseful and unpredictable novels. Her characters are strong, intense, and gut-wrenchingly real with a little bit of sass on the side. Tijan began writing later in life and once she started, she was hooked. She’s written multi-bestsellers including the Carter Reed Series, the Fallen Crest Series, and the Broken and Screwed Series among others. She is currently writing Fallen Crest Six (untitled) along with so many more from north Minnesota where she lives with a man she couldn’t be without and an English Cocker she adores.

To find what to read next of hers, go to http://www.tijansbooks.com/

WALLSTREET JOURNAL, NEW YORK TIMES, AND USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR

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Cover Reveal: Lana’s Ex Prom Date by Amy Sparling

Today is the cover reveal for Lana’s Ex Prom Date by Amy Sparling. This cover reveal is organized by Lola’s Blog Tours.

lanas-ex-prom-dateLana’s Ex Prom Date
By Amy Sparling
Genre: Romance
Age category: Young Adult
Release Date: 6 December, 2016

Blurb:
Lana Clarke just got asked out by one of the hottest guys in school. Toby Fitzgerald is undeniably gorgeous, but his charismatic personality makes Lana the envy of every girl at Fawkes High. Senior prom is right around the corner, and although Lana had planned on a stag outing with her friends, Ashlyn and Bennet, Toby asks her to be his date in the most romantic way ever. Her friends are bummed, but support her anyway. After all, Toby Fitzgerald is the boyfriend everyone wants.

Lana’s life is now perfect—until Toby breaks up with her three days before prom.

But he’s a nice guy, and he still wants to take her to prom as a friend. After all, they’d already rented a limo and picked out Lana’s dress together. Her friends think she shouldn’t ditch them for a guy who ditched her, but when she discovers Toby’s secret, she’ll have to choose between lying to her friends, or lying to the whole school.

You can find Lana’s Ex Prom Date on Goodreads

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Amy Sparling is the author of The Summer Unplugged Series, Deadbeat & other awesome books for younger teens. She lives in Texas and has an addiction to sparkly nail polish, taking photos of her cute dog, and swooning over book boyfriends.

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Review: Too Wild to Tame (Romancing the Clarksons #2) by Tessa Bailey

too-wild-to-tameTitle: Too Wild to Tame
Author: Tessa Bailey
Series: Romancing the Clarksons #2
Rating: 4 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
Sometimes you just can’t resist playing with fire . . .

By day, Aaron Clarkson suits up, shakes hands, and acts the perfect gentleman. But at night, behind bedroom doors, the tie comes off and the real Aaron comes out to play. Mixing business with pleasure got him fired, so Aaron knows that if he wants to work for the country’s most powerful senator, he’ll have to keep his eye on the prize. That’s easier said than done when he meets the senator’s daughter, who’s wild, gorgeous, and 100 percent trouble.

Grace Pendleton is the black sheep of her conservative family. Yet while Aaron’s presence reminds her of a past she’d rather forget, something in his eyes keeps drawing her in. Maybe it’s the way his voice turns her molten. Or maybe it’s because deep down inside, the ultra-smooth, polished Aaron Clarkson might be more than even Grace can handle . . .

My Review:
Another fiery, funny, heart-warming story of family, friendship, and love that has all the feels.

The Clarkson’s beloved mother has passed on and she left a journal/letter asking them to go on a road trip to honor her memory. Except, it’s much more than that. Miriam realized her children were all struggling in their own ways, that they were distant from one another, and they desperately needed an excuse to bond and find their path in life. So, she’s stepped in from the grave. Gotta love a ghostly meddling mother!

In the first book in this great series, Rita finds her path and her soulmate, so in this instalment, we have three Clarksons remaining – Aaron, Belmont, and Peggy. Peggy’s friend Sage (and somewhat love interest for Belmont) is still along for the ride.

I was really excited to read this book after enjoying book one and already harboring a secret crush on Aaron. Aaron is the blunt, emotionless, practical organizer of the bunch. He enjoys playing that role but feels unfulfilled. He is trying to get his political career back on track so he asks his siblings to detour to Iowa so he can try and wangle a new position with a presidential candidate.

This is how he ends up crossing paths with Grace Pendleton – said candidate’s vivacious and spunky daughter. Grace has a hidden past, and her parents manipulate her, deliberately keeping her in the background, and trying to force her to comply by deploying devious underhanded methods. It made me sick how her father was prepared to throw her to the wolves to further his own political career.

Aaron and Grace are kindred spirits and they quickly form a bond, helped along by the explosive chemistry they share. They just get each other and I loved watching their relationship develop. It’s quite angsty and dramatic and involves lots of toing and froing, but that’s one of my fav relationship tropes.

Although this is a light-hearted read, there are some powerful messages in the story all the same. One of the things that really resonated with me, is how one off-hand comment from a parent can shape a child’s life. Aaron is fixated on something his dad said to him one time, and it is how he has measured himself his whole life. It’s damaged his relationship with his siblings, most notably Belmont, and has sabotaged any chance of finding true love. As a parent, that has really made me stop and think long and hard about the level of responsibility I have towards my own children in that regard. How every little thing I say, whether it seems flippant or irrelevant, may be construed by my children. It makes me want to be more cautious of what I say and how I say it, because if I was Aaron’s dad and I knew how that one remark, that one situation, would derail his future, I’d want a time machine to go back and do it all over completely differently. I like books that make me think introspectively, and this one gets extra bonus points for that.

The writing is fab, pace is perfect, and the character development was great.

Overall this was a great read. I love the premise of this series and I look forward to reading Peggy’s story next.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.