NEW RELEASE & REVIEW: Roommates with Benefits by Nicole Williams

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Soren Decker. He’s the epitome of the “bad boy, good man” persona. The best of both worlds. The worst of them too. He’s the type of guy most girls wouldn’t mind sharing a confined space with, except my new roommate isn’t all swagger and chiseled abs.

He’s bossy. Messy. Cocky. Infuriating. Doesn’t believe in personal space. Has no qualms about roaming the apartment with a loincloth-sized towel cinched around his waist. Seems under the delusion he’s my personal protector (refer back to infuriating). He plays college baseball and holds down a part-time job—I don’t know where he finds the time to get on my nerves.

We have nothing in common . . . except our attraction to one another. And in six hundred square feet of shared space, the tension only has so much room to grow before one of us gives in to temptation. But really, what chance do a couple of young kids chasing their dreams in the big city have of making it?

Since Soren claims I know squat about sports (he might have a semi-point), here’s a stat for him—one in a million. That’s our odds.

 

♦5-STAR REVIEW♦

Filled with a delicious slow-burn romance and the perfect amount of angst to keep your stomach in a wonderful state of butterflies, Roommates With Benefits was a divine read. With two young adults finding their way out in the busy streets of NYC, Williams threw complete opposites together into a very small apartment and let them tell us their story.

Williams excelled at the depiction of these two characters, showing us their flaws and strengths without sugarcoating their effects. As a small town girl, Hayden had a lot of naivete and innocence to her in some aspects, but where she was soft on one side, her issues from childhood brought on hard, reactive angles that contrasted sharply in comparison. I loved this complexity to her, but what I adored most was her ability to see her response for what it was and to admit it without shame. What any great romance needs is the type of hero that can love a woman because of those flaws. Soren was altogether something special. His presence and magnetism leapt from the pages and, my word, he was charming and enchanting at every page turn. He surprised me throughout as I expected one thing from him, but he always, always showed me another. He may have been young like her, but he was anything but immature. His level of comfortability and assuredness with himself made him appear older and I couldn’t help but fall for him.

Roommates With Benefits had one of the greatest buildups I’ve read in a long while. There aren’t words to correctly relay how powerful Soren’s effect on me was and how much I loved the way he loved her. Prepare to sigh with pure affection and swoon with every dip of your belly. This is the kind of book you won’t soon forget and it certainly deserves to climb to the top of your list of favorite Nicole Williams books (or, simply as one of your favorite books).

Side note: Imagining the cover model as Soren, since he truly did fit him so, so well, added a completely different (and sexy) layer to the imagination and connection to the story.

 

♦ABOUT THE AUTHOR♦

Nicole Williams is the New York Times and USATODAY bestselling author of contemporary and young adult romance, including the Crash and Lost & Found series. Her books have been published by HarperTeen and Simon & Schuster in both domestic and foreign markets, while she continues to self-publish additional titles. She is working on a new YA series with Crown Books (a division of Random House) as well. She loves romance, from the sweet to the steamy, and writes stories about characters in search of their happily even after. She grew up surrounded by books and plans on writing until the day she dies, even if it’s just for her own personal enjoyment. She still buys paperbacks because she’s all nostalgic like that, but her kindle never goes neglected for too long. When not writing, she spends her time with her husband and daughter, and whatever time’s left over she’s forced to fit too many hobbies into too little time.

Nicole is represented by Jane Dystel, of Dystel and Goderich Literary Agency.

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NEW RELEASE w/ EXCERPT & GIVEAWAY: Abandoned by Rhonda Pollero

Finding Justice Book Two; Standalone

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There is nothing more dangerous than desire…

Emma McKinley is a bright young lawyer with a very dark secret: She’s the daughter of an assassin.  Twenty years ago, her father shot and killed the president and Emma has been desperate to understand why ever since.  She’s changed her name, moved around…but the past keeps hunting her down.  First came an irresistible job offer, luring her back where the assassination occurred.  And now Emma is receiving mysterious newspaper clippings about the shooting as a terrible reminder—and a deadly threat…

Sheriff Conner Kavanaugh has been burned before.  But from the moment he meets Emma, there’s something about her he can’t resist.  Something is haunting her—that much is clear.  And as the threats against her mount, he’ll do anything to protect her and win her trust.  If the past doesn’t catch up to them first.

 

♦EXCERPT♦

A week had passed since Emma had last seen Conner. Well, that wasn’t exactly true: They’d passed one another at the courthouse a few times but he’d done little more than tip his hat in her direction.

Of course she couldn’t decipher a hat tip. Did that mean great kiss or that kiss was so bad I’ve decided to join the clergy? Still, she understood avoidance and Conner was definitely avoiding her. And she was returning the favor. Emma stayed late at the office every night, ensuring she’d miss Conner when he came to pick up Sam after her tutoring sessions.

She sighed heavily and went back to the pile of folders on her desk. Thanks to the long hours, she was completely caught up and was considering going out for a bite for dinner when she heard a noise.

Looking up, she saw Conner standing in her doorway. Hatless, he wore his uniform and a broad grin. “Evening,” he greeted her.

“Hi.” It suddenly seemed difficult for her to breathe normally, so the word came out sounding sultry and embarrassingly alluring.

His answer started with a sexy half-smile. “I’m here on a mission.”

“Mumm-humm.” She didn’t trust her voice. Not when he looked so good in his uniform. “I’m supposed to take you out to dinner.”

Blinking, she looked up at him. “What?”

“Jeanine told Mary that you rarely eat dinner. Mary told George—he’s the gardener for the Burkes—who told Stella, who told me.”

“I thought you didn’t get involved with gossip.”

“I’m making an exception this time. Grab your purse and let’s get out of here.”

“I have work to do,” she protested.

“You’re probably ahead of your workload. C’mon, Emma. Live dangerously.”

She took her purse and briefcase out of the bottom drawer of her desk, then took another minute to freshen her lipstick. “Stella’s or the rib place—which makes an amazing Cobb salad.”

He chuckled. “Who orders a salad from a rib joint?” He shifted his weight to one leg and leaned into the jam. “There’s a decent seafood place two counties over. Game?”

She tilted her head. “Are you asking me out on a date?”

“I never used the word ‘date.’”

“But what you described sure sounds like a date.”

He sighed. “Okay, yes. I’m inviting you to dinner.”

“See? Was that so hard?” Emma asked smugly. She stood and gathered her purse and her briefcase.

“Actually, yes.”

* * *

She went to pass him and he grabbed her arm. She looked up and their eyes locked. Then ever so slowly, he dipped his head and brushed his warm lips against hers. He could feel her tense at first, then relax as he deepened the kiss. It was a good thing he’d wrapped his arms around her because she relaxed in his grip.

He could feel the heat of her body through the thin fabric of her blouse; he could feel the contours of her waist before his hand moved lower and gave her firm butt a gentle squeeze. His tongue sparred with hers and he could taste her uneven breathing. Conner had expected a reaction, but not to this degree. Knowing how much she wanted him stroked his ego, among other things.

But then he allowed his past to creep in. His first wife, Lisa, had kept up the pretext of their marriage all while she was having an affair with her boss. He didn’t know enough about Emma to even think about trusting her yet.

He gently set her away and smiled down at her flustered face. “This could get addictive,” he said, reluctantly dropping his hands to his sides.

“Yes…well…What about dinner?” Emma glanced down at her wrist. “It’s after nine.”

“We can make it. Shrimpers stays open until eleven.”

“And no one will see us there?” she asked.

He shook his head and his smile broadened. “Don’t worry. No wagging tongues will know I took the new girl to dinner.”

“New girl?” she repeated, lips pursed.

He shrugged. “It’s not a terrible nickname.”

“What about calling me by my name?”

“What’s the fun in that? We’ll take my car,” he said as they approached the elevator.

“Won’t someone see us?”

“Most of Purdue rolls up for the night by nine.”

 

♦SERIES♦

Finding Justice Book One; Standalone

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♦ABOUT THE AUTHOR♦

After selling her first romantic suspense in 1993, Rhonda Pollero has penned more than 30 novels, won numerous awards and nominations, and landed on multiple bestseller lists, including USA Today, Bookscan, and Ingram’s Top 50 List.  She lives in south Florida with her family.

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