COVER REVEAL: The Beau and the Belle by R.S. Grey

Standalone Romantic Comedy

Release Date: February 1, 2018

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Beau Fortier starred in most of my cringe-worthy teenage fantasies.

I met him when I was a junior in high school, a time that revolved exclusively around bad hair, failed forays into flirting, and scientific inquiries into which brand of toilet paper worked best for stuffing bras.

That is, until Beau moved into the small guest house just beyond my bedroom window.

A 24-year-old law student at Tulane, Beau was as mysterious to me as second base (both in baseball and in the bedroom). He was older. Intimidating. Hot. Boys my age had chicken legs and chubby cheeks. Beau had calloused hands and a jaw cut from steel. Our interactions were scarce—mostly involving slight stalking on my end—and yet deep down, I desperately hoped he saw me as more of a potential lover than a lovesick loser.

Turns out, I was fooling myself. My fragile ego learned that lesson the hard way.

Now, ten years later, we’re both back in New Orleans, and guess who suddenly can’t take his eyes off little ol’ me.

My old friend, Mr. Fortier.

But things have changed. I’m older now—poised and confident. My ego wears a bulletproof vest. The butterflies that once filled my stomach have all perished.

When I was a teenager, Beau warned me to guard my heart.

Let’s hope he knows how to guard his.

 

♦ABOUT THE AUTHOR♦

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R.S. Grey is the USA Today bestselling author of thirteen novels, including THE FOXE & THE HOUND. She lives in Texas with her husband and two dogs, and can be found reading, binge-watching reality TV, or practicing yoga! Visit her at rsgrey.com

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NEW RELEASE & REVIEW: Infraction by Rachel Van Dyken

Players Game Book Two

(Will spoil book one if read first)

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New York Times bestselling author Rachel Van Dyken proves that everyone scores to win. But off the field, a fumble can change the entire game.

Pro footballer Miller Quinton would do anything for his best friend and teammate—including “fake dating” his friend’s sister. What no one knows is that seven months ago in Vegas, Miller and Kinsey did a whole lot more than just kiss. Miller knows that this cheerleader is off-limits to him and any guy on the team. Still, he can’t stop himself.

Kinsey’s whole world is on the verge of crumbling. Her dad has cancer. Her overprotective brother is falling apart. Dating Miller may be a fake-out, but he’s the one guy who can make her forget about everything—including all the reasons she stayed away from football players. With each heated moment, Miller feels more like a safe place…even though he’s not safe at all.

Now temptation is testing every rule in the game of love. But how long can they go on playing when winning is a harder goal than either of them imagined?

 

♦4.5-STAR REVIEW♦

With a soft spot for Miller because of the first book, one could say I was very anxious for his story to play out and I was far from disappointed with the result. Infraction took the fake girlfriend trope and layered it with Miller and Kinsey’s tumultuous history, bringing with it a sizzling sexual tension and a deep sense of hurt and miscommunication from their past. No one could possibly resist these two pretending to be something they refuse to admit they want to be, least of all me, and it played out so wonderfully.

Having met Kinsey in the first book, there wasn’t an inkling of how much we didn’t know of her until you opened these pages. Her character came alive with each bit of information gleaned, and with it came an even deeper understanding of not just her but her effortless connection with Miller. The constant magnetic pull between them was palpable, and through it all there was this sense of an emotional pull that zinged between them unknowingly. Not only was it romantically satisfying (read: steamy), it was also heartwarming-ly filling, too. Infraction was an effortlessly enjoyable read with a love story that enthralled and delighted. It was fun, sexy, and the kind of story you read in one sitting.

 

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Players Game Book One

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♦ABOUT THE AUTHOR♦

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Rachel Van Dyken is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author of regency and contemporary romances. When she’s not writing you can find her drinking coffee at Starbucks and plotting her next book while watching The Bachelor.

She keeps her home in Idaho with her Husband, adorable son, and two snoring boxers! She loves to hear from readers!

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REVIEW: Unloved by Katy Regnery

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My name is Cassidy Porter…

My father, Paul Isaac Porter, was executed twenty years ago for the brutal murder of twelve innocent girls.

Though I was only eight-years-old at the time, I am aware – every day of my life – that I am his child, his only son.

To protect the world from the poison in my veins, I live a quiet life, off the grid, away from humanity.

I promised myself, and my mother, not to infect innocent lives with the darkness that swirls within me, waiting to make itself known.

It’s a promise I would have kept…if Brynn Cadogan hadn’t stumbled into my life.

Now I exist between heaven and hell: falling for a woman who wants to love me, while all along reminding myself that I must remain…

Unloved.

 

♦4.5-STAR REVIEW♦

In what was a truly fascinating and unique story, Unloved was a raw and wild tale of love written in an unusual setting that consistently furthered the plot. With the main male character prepared to live a long, lonely life in the backwoods due to fear of his genetics, I wasn’t expecting how deeply pensive and full of mystery this story became just on that issue alone, let alone how much deeper it became with the romance aspect. Both Cassidy and Brynn were strong-willed characters, willing to go to drastic lengths to either protect or carry out what they had planned to accomplish, and yet underneath their individual grief and hardheadedness was two people desperate for and deprived of human contact. Watching them find their piece of that within one another was beautifully inspiring.

Regnery brilliantly captured the innocence and purity of Cassidy, and yet so easily mired it in deeply-rooted fear and self-loathing that it was altogether too easy to get into his mindset. The paradoxical nature of his character was starkly vivid, something that made him both mysterious and inviting. When Brynn and Cassidy came together, there was such power to the connection that arose between them, even under their dire circumstances, that it was impossible not to be swept away with them and their sensual love story. I went into Unloved expecting a love story, and while it delivered and presented a great one, it also penned a powerful character arc that will continue to stick with you.

 

♦ABOUT THE AUTHOR♦

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Katy Regnery, award-winning and Amazon bestselling author, started her writing career by enrolling in a short story class in January 2012. One year later, she signed her first contract for a winter romance entitled “By Proxy.”

Now a hybrid author who publishes both independently and traditionally, Katy claims authorship of the six-book Heart of Montana series, the six-book English Brothers series, and a Kindle Worlds novella entitled “Four Weddings and a Fiasco: The Wedding Date,” in addition to the standalone novels, Playing for Love at Deep Haven and Amazon bestseller, The Vixen and the Vet.

Katy lives in the relative wilds of northern Fairfield County, Connecticut, where her writing room looks out at the woods, and her husband, two young children, and two dogs create just enough cheerful chaos to remind her that the very best love stories begin at home.

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REVIEW: The Hookup by Kristen Ashley

Moonlight & Motor Oil Book One

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When the new girl in town, Eliza “Izzy” Forrester decides to hit the local drinking hole, she’s not ready to meet the town’s good, solid guy. She’s definitely not prepared to engage in her very first hookup with him.

Then Izzy wakes up the next morning in Johnny Gamble’s bed and good girl Izzy finds she likes being bad for Johnny.

Even so, Izzy feels Johnny holding her at arm’s length. But Johnny makes it clear he wants more and Izzy already knows she wants as much of hot-in-bed, sweet-out-of-it Johnny Gamble.

Floating on air thinking this is going somewhere, Izzy quickly learns why Johnny holds distant.

He’s in love with someone else. Someone who left him and did it leaving him broken. Whoever was up next would be runner up, second best. Knowing the stakes, Izzy will take what she can get from the gentleman that’s Johnny Gamble. And even knowing his heart might never mend, Johnny can’t seem to stay away from Izzy.

Until out of nowhere, his lost love comes back to town. He’s not going back, but Johnny still knows the right thing to do is let Izzy go.

And Izzy knew the stakes, so she makes it easy and slips though his fingers.

But that’s before Johnny realizes Eliza moved to town to escape danger that’s been swirling around her.

And that’s why Johnny decides to wade in.

That and the fact Eliza Forrester makes breakfast with a canary singing on her shoulder and fills out tight dresses in a way Johnny Gamble cannot get out of his head.

 

♦5-STAR REVIEW♦

The Hookup was more than just a second chance at romance for its characters, but a way for them to breathe deeply and experience life again after love and loss. With its cast of deep and inviting characters, Ashley wove a love story that transcended the traditional romance narrative by adding in the element of strength and support from family and true friendship; both of which showed such power in promoting self-healing and confidence in Izzy and Johnny. As always with a KA book, it read like a beautiful dream with her typical flair for character traits and descriptive writing from start to finish.

The purpose of The Hookup wasn’t angst or conflict–though Izzy and Johnny’s story wasn’t without strife or challenges–but the power of healing and peace that can come with loving another, and yourself, wholeheartedly. With a story that feels like the real definition of a love story to me, it was so easy to not only fall for these characters and their story, but also the connection they fostered from the beginning and the beauty of the separate worlds they inhabited coming together. Both were fiercely independent with strong heads on their shoulders, and it was lovely to see that Izzy and Johnny could and did stand on their own in every instance but that they weren’t afraid to need or want the other. The Hookup was equally heartwarming and provocative, captivating me not just because of the sensitive alpha hero and the heroine’s big heart, but because of the beautiful ensemble of characters that lifted up and empowered each other throughout the story and how you could see that actively shaping the main characters. But yes, it was also very much because of the wonderful romance it tells, too, because these two coming together were truly something special.

 

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“Izzy?” she answered.

“Hey, I’m home,” I told her.

“Okay, well…how are you?”

How was I?

Johnny’s behavior explained by the sad fact it was the anniversary of his father’s death, but still explained, and he was coming over for dinner the next night, not to mention, after not being affectionate (at all, unless you counted sitting me on the countertop, which I kind of did) after the last time we’d had sex, he made out with me at the door of my car for a good, long, happy while—I was great.

“I’m great,” I told her, opening Serengeti’s stall and moving in, lifting a hand to pat her jaw while she moved her nose to snuffle my neck and blow at my hair.

“Damn,” Deanna muttered.

My hand arrested on Serengeti and I focused on Deanna.

“What?” I asked.

“Damn,” she repeated.

“Damn what?” I asked.

“Well, just to say Johnny Gamble is Johnny Gamble.”

A specific area in my chest squeezed at the way she imparted that obvious but still confusing information.

“What’s that mean?” I asked.

“He’s Johnny Gamble of Gamble Garages. Did he tell you that?”

No he didn’t tell me that.

And suddenly I was embarrassed about something that I hadn’t liked all along.

But it was worse since Deanna knew more about a man I’d slept with than I did.

Serengeti was getting fidgety, so I used my hand on her to lead her out of her stall, and once in the corridor, she trotted out the open bay at the back, directly into her pasture.

I moved to Amaretto as I shared with Deanna, “No, he didn’t tell me that. I mean, we talked but we were also doing other things.” I let that lie. It did, weighty between us on the phone, before I went on, “I don’t know what that means.”

Even though it seemed like I did. Something seemed familiar about that.

“You haven’t lived here long enough,” she murmured while I opened Amaretto’s stall and moved in for some quick pats before I let him loose. Louder, Deanna said, “You know the gas station in town?”

Oh yes.

That was where I’d seen it.

“He owns that?”

“That and seven more of them across three counties. None in the city, just in the counties. Some of them are like mini-mart stores. All of them sell gas and do work on cars.”

Wow.

That was impressive.

♦ABOUT THE AUTHOR♦

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Kristen Ashley grew up in Brownsburg, Indiana, and has lived in Denver, Colorado, and the West Country of England. Thus she has been blessed to have friends and family around the globe. Her posse is loopy (to say the least) but loopy is good when you want to write.

Kristen was raised in a house with a large and multigenerational family. They lived on a very small farm in a small town in the heartland, and Kristen grew up listening to the strains of Glenn Miller, The Everly Brothers, REO Speedwagon, and Whitesnake.

Needless to say, growing up in a house full of music and love was a good way to grow up.

And as she keeps growing up, it keeps getting better.

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