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Cover Reveal: Drunk Dial: Penelope Ward

We are excited to bring you the upcoming standalone from New York Times, USA Today, and #1 Wall Street Journal Bestselling author Penelope Ward.
 DRUNK DIAL will release on AUGUST 21!
   
Cover designer: Letitia Hasser, RBA designs
Cover Model: Vadim Ivanov
Cover Photography: Kevin Roldan
   

From New York Times bestselling author Penelope Ward, comes a new, sexy standalone novel. 
 
It seemed like a good idea at the time. Look up Landon Roderick, that boy from childhood whom I’d never been able to forget—even though he so easily forgot about me—and call him. 
 
Then again, anything sounds like a good idea when you’ve had a little too much wine before bed, right? It was supposed to be just a quick, meaningless, prank call. Instead, I went off on him—unloading thirteen years of pent-up emotions. 
 
I didn’t think he’d call me back. 
 
I certainly could never have anticipated the weeks of sexually tense phone conversations that followed as I got to know the man he’d become. 
 
Turned out, Landon had never really forgotten me, either. That special connection we had was still there. I opened up to him, but there were also things about me he didn’t know. And he had his own secrets. 
 
Over the countless hours we talked on the phone, I wondered what would happen if we actually saw each other. One night, I did something impulsive again. Only this time, I went to the airport and booked a ticket to California. We were about to find out if one phone call could bring two lost souls together or if my drunk dial really was all just a big mistake. 
 
A complete STANDALONE. 

     
Penelope Ward
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Penelope Ward is a New York Times, USA Today, and #1 Wall Street Journal Bestselling author of thirteen novels. With over a million books sold, her titles have placed on the New York Times Bestseller list sixteen times. She is the proud mother of a beautiful 12-year-old girl with autism (the inspiration for the character Callie in Gemini) and a 10-year-old boy. Penelope, her husband, and kids reside in Rhode Island.
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Release Review: Chasing Destiny: Megan Erickson

Chasing Destiny (Silver Tip Pack #2)
Megan Erickson
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Release Date July 21, 2017

Some live on memories…

Almost dying during a pack uprising has a way of shaking things up. I’m no longer Mr. Laid Back now that there’s an itch under my skin I can’t scratch.

On a volunteer mission that goes beyond the walls of our compound, we enter the territory of a pack long thought dead, and find ourselves on the business end of their spears.

What I’m not prepared for is what I find within their walls—The one shifter I never thought I’d see alive, the one I’d mourned twice, the one I’d always loved. He is alive, and if I have anything to do with it, he’ll stay that way. But he’s got secrets, and exposing them could lead us to an enemy worse than the bloodthirsty undead shifters wanting to kill us all…


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Basically everything about this book could be a spoiler including who Bay's mate is. So I am going to be vague and make this Spoiler Free. 

Bay, brother to the Alpha of the Silver Tip pack, has recently survived a traumatic ordeal and is still edgy and does not know why. He agrees to go on a mission to check out rumors about a pack that they thought was obliterated but may still have survivors.

But he never expected to find how own mate there. This other "Were" has been to hell and back, and has just been ins survivor mode. He is guarded, weak, still healing, and afraid. He is worried about his own lack of control, of his pull towards Bay.  He has been conditioned to believe certain things that mess with his mind and make him wary of trying to settle into a pack. He feels damaged, unworthy, and can't really picture a future. He has secrets that he hesitates to share. But he has a strong need to be with Bay even though he has so many doubts and insecurities.

Bay is strong, smart, stubborn,  opinionated, and he knows what he wants. He's tired of feeling loss, pain, and death. And this "Were" makes him feel whole and happy again, even if it makes him fearful when he can't seem to reach him and break down his walls. But he is willing to be supportive, patient, and understanding to help him heal. But he is also not afraid to challenge him and push him to want more. They have undeniable chemistry and a strong need both physically and emotionally. 

But the only way for this broken "Were" to truly heal is to face his past, set things right, and maybe exact some revenge. He will have to learn to trust himself and his partner, conquer his demons, and find his purpose in life. But none of it is easy and all comes with the risk of disappointment, loss, or physical harm.

This was fast-paced, engaging, and full to twists and surprises. It has danger, mystery, suspense, action, passion, and humor. I loved this couple and getting both of their points of view in alternating chunks. I could feel their pain, need, and their strong bond, but they were also struggling with significant challenges, secrets, and emotional distance. Some of the events I did not see coming and there were some definite nail biting situations. 

Even though I do not read many paranormal books anymore, I am hooked on these characters. The world building with the packs of werewolves, weres (hybrids), and deathly zombie-killing-machine-type-weres known as nowheres is intriguing and done well. I was glad to get more with Dare, Reese, Jude, G, Selene, Cati, Mav, Rua, and Vaughn. We also are introduced to some new and interesting characters along the way. I hope that there are more books coming in this series since there seemed to be a bit of a tease. I enjoy the closeness and bonds of the pack and sense of home and family they provide even in the ruthless world they live in. 

I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review. 
Daring Fate (Silver Tip Pack #1)
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We all have tragic backstories in today's world. 

I wake up chained to the wall of a dark cell aware of two things: I failed my sister, and I smell my enemy.

When I’m taken to meet Dare, the alpha of the Silver Tip pack, I’m sure I’m about to lose my throat. The last thing I expect is for the Alpha to recognize me as his fated mate. No way is he going to let me go now, and I still have to find a way to rescue my sister.

As I plot my escape to save her, I find that if I leave, Dare could be killed by power-hungry members of his pack. And now he’s more to me than my fated mate—my heart is involved. With time ticking by on my sister’s life, I have to make a choice I never thought I’d face—my sister’s life or my mate’s? That’s if I can survive the undead shifters intent on killing me first...

Megan Erickson
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Megan Erickson is a USA Today bestselling author of romance that sizzles. Her books have a touch of nerd, a dash of humor, and always have a happily ever after. A former journalist, she switched to fiction when she decided she liked writing her own endings better.
She lives in Pennsylvania with her very own nerdy husband and two kids. Although rather fun-sized, she’s been told she has a full-sized personality. When Megan isn’t writing, she’s either lounging with her two cats named after John Hughes characters or… thinking about writing.
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Cover Reveal: Hard Wood: Lauren Blakely

   

HARD WOOD is coming October 23, 2017! 

A standalone romance told from the male Point-of-View, HARD WOOD is the final hot and hilarious book in the Big Rock series. Pre-order your copy today! Kindle users—stay tuned for the preorder right before release! And don’t miss the hot, new cover below!

   
Cover Design by Helen Williams with Photography by Wander Aguiar Photography

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Women often say a good man is hard to find. And a hard man is even better.
That’s why I’m quite a catch— good, hard, loaded, and wait for it…I’m ready to settle down too. But the woman I want to pitch my tent with is precisely the one I need to stay far away from.
After that fantastic night with Mia Summers, I’m ready to give her many more. But there’s a hitch in my plans — she just hired my company. If there’s one thing I’m committed to, it’s running a squeaky clean adventure tour business. One of the iron-clad rules?
Don’t screw your customers.
I can follow my own guidelines. After all, it’s only a week-long trip with Mia and her employees over the trails and down the hills I guide them on. I can obey the rules—even if it’s hard in the woods.
I’m about to give myself a badge of honor when the storm of the century hits, sending everyone else running for cover, but us—my biggest temptation and me, alone for a long weekend. You don’t screw the client, especially when you’re already in love with her . . .
But what’s a guy to do when she’s so hard to resist?

       

           

A #1 New York Times Bestselling author, Lauren Blakely is known for her contemporary romance style that's hot, sweet and sexy. She lives in California with her family and has plotted entire novels while walking her dogs. With fourteen New York Times bestsellers, her titles have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestseller Lists more than eighty times, and she's sold more than 2 million books. In September, she'll release MOST VALUABLE PLAYBOY, a standalone sports romance. To receive an email when Lauren releases a new book, sign up for her newsletter! laurenblakely.com/newsletter    

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Release Day Launch/Review Tour: Stubborn as a Mule: Juliette Poe



Stubborn as a Mule 
(Sex and Sweet Tea #2)
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Down in Whynot, NC, there are three things that hold true: 1) life moves just a little bit slower, 2) family means everything, and 3) you don’t mess with history.

When his family decides to sell a home that’s been part of their history for over a century, Lowe Mancinkus is madder than a hornet. To add insult to injury, the woman who purchased it is some fancy pants, city girl looking to fix it up and sell it off. Doesn’t matter that she’s sexy as hell or that just being near her gets his blood racing like never before. That home belongs to his family, or at least it did until she came to town.

Well that just won’t do, now will it?

From the moment that she laid eyes on the historical home in rural North Carolina, Melinda Rothschild knew Mainer House was something special. The perfect escape from life in New York City, Melinda signed the papers and set to work restoring the house to its natural beauty. That is until an angry Lowe showed up on her doorstep one day. With a scowl on his handsome, chiseled face. And a shotgun in his strong, muscular arms.

Is it getting hot in here?

Melinda’s about to get a lesson on life in the south, but Lowe is about to learn a lesson of his own – this city girl doesn’t back down from a fight.


 
We return to the tiny town Whynot, North Carolina but this story focuses on Lowe Mancinkus. He's been angry and hurt that his historical family home the Mainer House has been sold outside his family to a city woman no less. In taking a stand, he gets himself into some hot water a couple of time with a judge and finds his punishment is going to force him to spend time with the out-of-towner to help fix the house. 

Melinda Rothschild has her own personal agenda for buying the house. She she can also afford it including the renovations. She is not happy to have Lowe's interference and destruction of her property.

First impressions are not good. He sees her as an Ice Queen. She sees him as a country boy with a bad temper. But as they are forced to spend time together, they begin to see that is not really true. They go from fighting to lusting and liking each other. It's a slow burn, but they have good chemistry. And they've got the whole town's tongues wagging about what will happen with hometown boy, Lowe and the city girl, Mely.

Lowe can be an impulsive hot-head, But he is also smart, thoughtful, loyal, protective, funny, and sentimental. Under his anger and bluster is a god guy who is not afraid to admit when he is wrong. He's a southern charmer with a sexy edge. Mely is a wealthy and from the city, but she can also appreciate the small town history and appeal. She is sassy, strong-willed, and sensitive.
This brings back the curious, nosy, and quirky characters of Whynot we met in Ain't He Precious?. I enjoy Lowe's family and friends. They are fun and interesting. Although sister Trixie is now settled down, there are still several single Mancinkus siblings: Colt, Larkin, and Lakin. Her friend, Morri ramped up the fun too.  This is a feisty, flirty, sweet, funny story told in both main character's points of view and some from the townies. It pulls you right into the setting and is a comfy, cute, and charming read.

I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review. 
Stubborn As A Mule is a sweet, funny return to Whynot, North Carolina, in a feud over an old house. Lowe Mancinkus is mad his family sold a house that had belonged to the family for over a hundred years. It didn’t matter that it was in disrepair and no one lived there; it was family and it was history.

Melinda Rothschild wanted to restore Mainer House to its former glory, but vandalism stops her in her tracks. Bringing the matter to court only ramps up tension between herself and the vandal -- Lowe. After the judge orders Lowe to repair the house in proper order, Melinda and Lowe are forced to find a solution to the feud between them.

I loved watching these two spar as the slow burn between them continued to build. This was not a fast paced romance, despite the short timeline. But the heat that builds messes with both of their thought processes and has them questioning why they fought in the first place.

The pranks between Lowe and Melinda’s best friend, Morrie, also had me completely entertained. Waiting to see how one would one up the other had me turning the pages almost as fast as watching Lowe and Melinda circle each other.

The small town atmosphere once again plays a role in the build between Lowe and Melinda. Gossip runs rampant through the streets of Whynot, often preceding the characters themselves and often causing unintended consequences. I loved the way this town came full circle in their acceptance of Melinda and her plans for Mainer House.

This was entirely entertaining, from start to finish. I expect light and fun from this series, and that is exactly what is delivered. I was able to read the entire book in one day and found myself torn between racing through it and slowing down to savor.

I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review.
“Looking good, Lowe Mancinkus,” I hear a woman call out as I stretch upward to paint the top of the frame around the window. Turning my head to look over my shoulder, I see Lynette Carnes getting ready to walk into Sweet Cakes across the street. She’s our town’s very own Daisy Duke. By that, I mean she struts around in miniscule jean shorts, high heels, and a sleeveless blouse tied off just underneath her very ample chest.
She’s definitely nice to look at, although she doesn’t have much going on above the cleavage.
“Morning, Lynette,” I call back. “Lookin’ good yourself.”
She grins and blows a kiss at me before walking into Larkin’s shop.
The front door opens and Mely steps out onto the porch, carrying a cup of coffee. There’s no doubt in my mind she witnessed that exchange from the other side of the doorway. It’s obvious by the pinched expression she has on her face. Still, she brings the coffee over to me and sets it on the porch rail.
“Thanks, darlin’,” I tell her as I go back to brushing paint over the layer of primer I’d put on a few hours ago. I’d decided to work half a day here at Mainer House, not because I was anxious to get the work done, but because I wanted to be around Melinda Rothschild.
She may not be strutting around in little shorts and a low-cut blouse, but she is most definitely a prettier picture than I’ve ever seen around these parts. She’s wearing a white sundress with a halter top, and her shoulders are lightly tanned with tiny freckles. Her legs are long, bare, and perfectly adorned with nothing more than a pair of simple white sandals. Her silky blonde hair is pulled away from her face at the top of her head and she looks like a breath of fresh air.
Mely leans against the porch rail, crosses her arms low under her breasts, and watches me work for a minute. I wonder if she likes what she sees.
I think so.
There was going to be another kiss last night if Morri hadn’t managed to ruin that little moment. And while I’d never stoop to mention this to Mely, I’m pretty sure he’d been hovering at the top of the stairs, just waiting to ruin it.
“Much better than hot pink,” Mely says as I continue to apply paint to the casing. I have no clue what the hell I was thinking when I painted her house pink. It was an attention getter and since the two people whose attention it got were Mely and Judge Bowe, it doesn’t take a genius to figure out I might have been pulling on her metaphorical pigtails a bit.
“I should have this finished by tomorrow,” I tell her. “Then all will be right again.”
“Odd since it took you a single night to do the damage,” she quips. I don’t look back at her, but I hear the laughter in her voice.
“Well, neon pink isn’t all that easy to cover up,” I tell her with a laugh.
She snickers and I can’t believe she was trying to get me thrown in jail last week. My how the mighty have fallen.
“When in Rome and all that,” Mely says and I turn to look at her from my perch on the ladder. She jerks her chin over her shoulder in the direction of Sweet Cakes. “Is that the standard southern girl uniform?”
Chuckling, I cut my eyes over to Sweet Cakes where sexy Lynette just disappeared into. I’m not about to tell Mely that I have actual carnal knowledge about that southern girl, even if it was back in my younger years.
Looking back to Mely, I take in her stylishly sweet dress that doesn’t reveal much but is still sexy at the same time. Giving her a wink, I say, “There’s nothing standard about you, Melinda Rothschild, so I’m advising you to stay away from that look. I think you’re mighty fine just the way you are.” 
Ain't He Precious (Sex and Sweet Tea #1)
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Welcome to Whynot, North Carolina, population 3,872. It has one stoplight, one bar, and the one-and-only Trixie Mancinkus.

Eleven years ago, Trixie graduated Harvard Law, turned down a job offer from one of the most prestigious law firms in Boston, and headed home to Whynot to open her own firm. Not only did she leave behind the big city, but she also left her boyfriend of three years. And just so we’re clear… that would be me.

So what am I doing in Whynot at this very moment? It seems Trixie needs help with a legal case and for some insane reason, she called on me for assistance. I’ve been in town for five minutes, and I’m every bit as out of place as I feel. Trixie is all sweet, southern curves to my tailored suits and high-priced haircuts. It’s a culture clash of north versus south and about the only thing we have in common is our physical attraction to each other.

But I have a new motto since coming to Whynot: When life hands you lemons, all you need is a little sex and sweet tea to make things better.
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Juliette Poe is the sweet and swoony alter ego of New York Times Best Selling author, Sawyer Bennett

A fun-loving southern girl, Juliette knows the allure of sweet tea, small towns, and long summer nights, that some of the best dates end sitting on the front porch swing, and that family is top priority. She brings love in the south to life in her debut series, Sex & Sweet Tea. 


When Juliette isn’t delivering the sweetest kind of romance, she’s teaching her southern belle daughter the fine art of fishing, the importance of wearing Chucks, and the endless possibilities of a vivid imagination.
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