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Release Blast & Review: HARD PASS by Sara Ney

We are excited to share the Release Blast for Hard Pass by Sara Ney today! I enjoyed this book, it’s a fun new twist on a sports romance with laughs and feels! I’m also sharing my review!
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~Jenn
Release Date: June 16
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“Hard Pass.”

That’s what the last girl I slept with said when she got her first sober glimpse of me. She laughed, walked out of my penthouse—and I never saw her again. It doesn’t matter that I’m a rich, professional athlete; what mattered was my face.

Beauty might only be skin deep for some—but I know better.

“Pay Up.”

That’s what the last girl I spoke to said over the phone when I made her an offer she couldn’t refuse. Desperate to sell a set of rare baseball cards, she’s clever and entertaining. I’m instantly smitten, but nowhere ready to reveal myself. Thank god she has no idea who I am—or what I look like.

I’m a professional athlete–how hard can playing the love game be?

 
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Jenn Review
4 Stars
This was a bit of a new and different take on a sports romance and I really enjoyed it! I really liked Noah and felt for his struggles. He’s an amazing baseball player with a great career but really struggles with his confidence. I thought Miranda was a wonderful match for him, seeing who he truly is, plus her sass and take no crap attitude is just what he needed.
These two have a pretty funny ‘meeting’ experience, I was definitely amused by that series of events. There are quite a few misunderstandings between these two, but it really does bring them closer together. I loved the chemistry and connection they had, even through the mess I could still feel it. This was a fun read and I felt totally invested in their story. I really felt like Noah deserved to finally be happy and loved for who he is, and Miranda definitely fits. Overall, an enjoyable read with great characters, I especially enjoyed Buzz and his silly contributions to their story!
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Sara Ney is the USA Today Bestselling Author of the How to Date a Douchebag series, and is best known for her sexy, laugh-out-loud New Adult romances. Among her favorite vices, she includes: iced latte’s, historical architecture and well-placed sarcasm. She lives colorfully, collects vintage books, art, loves flea markets, and fancies herself British. 
 
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Blog Tour: Stranger Ranger by Daisy Prescott

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Happy Monday all! Today I’m sharing my review and recommendation of Stranger Ranger from Daisy Prescott. This is Daisy’s second release in the SmartyPants Romance imprint, and trust me when I say that you don’t want to miss it. If you love a weirdness, a little mystery and a whole lotta bearded goodness then you wanna know Odin and Daphne. Guaranteed to make you swoon, laugh and all around feel good.

Happy reading. ~ Amber

Stranger Ranger, an all-new standalone contemporary romance from USA Today bestselling author Daisy Prescott, is now available in Kindle Unlimited!

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New park ranger Daphne Baum is a reformed good girl. Breaking free from her overbearing family as soon as she turned eighteen, she’s been on her own ever since. The life of a park ranger, moving from park to park, suits her just fine. Though still a rule follower, she’s okay with a little sin in her life.

Every generation of Hill men has its black sheep. The general consensus among the family is that Odin Hill is the lucky bastard this go around. At seventeen, he blew out of town like an angry tornado only to return fifteen years later withdrawn and secretive. Living like a recluse in the hollows in the Smoky Mountains, he’s happy to keep to himself and is content to let locals believe he’s the town weirdo. Odin prefers the company of his pet pig to the nosy citizens of Green Valley.

When Daphne discovers Odin might be committing nefarious deeds on park land, she vows to find out the truth behind the handsome, yet chaotic, loner. Will the stranger help the ranger discover the difference between being good and doing the right thing? Or will they find themselves on opposite sides of love?

‘Stranger Ranger’ is a full-length contemporary romance, can be read as a standalone, and is book #2 in the Park Ranger series, Green Valley World, Penny Reid Book Universe.

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I absolutely adored this story!! Daphne and Odin are full of quirks, full of secrets and full of attraction for the other. Once again Daisy Prescott takes us on a journey into the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Ranger Daphne is a bit of a loner, having been a bit of a nomad as she tries to find a permanent ranger gig. Odin is the strange farmer guy with a pet pig he takes for walks. But these two just seem to keep crossing paths, and when they finally connect? Yeah it was kinda everything I wanted. I loved this couple. Loved Patsy Swine and Roman the bougie dog. Loved all the other characters we get more glimpses of, and can’t wait to go back.

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Excerpt

By early afternoon, the crowd at the farmers’ market fades, leaving only stragglers, bargainers, and tourists sampling the charms of small town life.

I’ve had enough people for the week I’m looking forward to the quiet of my own company. All the talking and friendly chatter exhaust me. You’d think vegetables would sell themselves given they’re pretty self-explanatory. Yet folks wanna hear a story about a carrot being grown from the guy who pulled it out of the dirt himself. So I play my part of the happy farmer at the stand. It’s my bad luck I’ve always been charming. Part of my DNA.

My family has lived in the mountains surrounding Green Valley longer than anyone around here can remember. Before there was a National Park or even a Cades Cove, the Hills had established a homestead in the Smokies straddling Tennessee and North Carolina.

Because our last name is Hill, some people like to joke we put the hill in hillbilly. Jethro Winston for example. He’s hysterical. Some people think they have a sense of humor when they’re just being mean-spirited. As my Nannie Ida always says, glass houses provide good views, but then again, so do mirrors.

This is why I prefer the company of Patsy over most folks. She’s smart, a good listener, tidy, and doesn’t give a damn about my family and reputation. She has more class than a lot of the gossips and Sunday church-goers around here.

After I consolidate the remaining produce into crates and load up the van, I fold the tables and collapse my tent. While I work, the face of the brunette ranger floats through my mind.

She looked familiar but I didn’t recognize her name. It isn’t likely our paths have crossed. I don’t get out much and I’m not hanging around the bars or the visitor center in Cades Cove. Normally, one of my cousins covers the stand at the weekly farmers’ market and I can avoid the crowds. This is what happens when I let my guard down and am forced to engage with the public. I get iceberg and Bible quotes. I’ve never been a fan of either.

Bothered I’m still thinking about her, I close and lock up the van.

“Come on Patsy, let’s go for a walk.”

She gives a happy snort and steps closer to where her leash hangs on the top rail of her pen.

When the two of us stroll through town, folks stare. It’s worse when they insist on sharing a comment, tell the same old joke, and, in general, make a fuss. Honestly, I assume at this point people seeing the two of us together would be old news around here.

Guess some folks don’t have enough going on in their lives that they need to make commentary about people minding their own damn business.

I don’t understand what the big deal is about a man walking his pig.

Patsy’s excellent on a leash. Doesn’t pull. Has never instigated fights with dogs. Hasn’t bit anyone. Doesn’t do her business in the middle of the sidewalk. In my mind, she’s much better mannered than any old hound dog.

She’s pretty darn perfect in every conceivable way.

Except the one time she trampled Mrs. MacClure’s flower bed. Even that was my fault for not paying closer attention to where we were walking.

If I had to find fault with her, Patsy thinks she’s in charge. And she’s a little more than spoiled. I only have myself to blame.

“Clarice, please tell me you see that man walking his pig.” A woman shouts to her friend and points from about three feet away.

“I’m not invisible,” I tell her with a flat smile.

“Oh dear.” Her companion rolls her eyes. “You’re a tall drink of cool water, aren’t you?”

The question is rhetorical. Being compared to a refreshing beverage doesn’t require a response, so I remain quiet. Patsy tugs on her leash and releases a frustrated snort that we’ve stopped walking.

“You two have a nice day, m‘kay.” I step off the sidewalk to pass them.

I’d like to say their behavior is atypical. If I hear “You’re like the Jolly Green Giant. Only less green” one more time …

For the record, I am not jolly.

There must be something in the well water around here. We grow ‘em tall in Green Valley.

Does a pig need to be walked on leash for health and exercise? No.

I’m the only weirdo in all of Green Valley who likes to take my daily constitutional accompanied by a sow. Not even Cletus Winston is as much of an oddball as I am. And that’s saying something.

He’s only interested in pigs and boar in terms of sausage. In my opinion, he’s missing out. If we were friends, or even friendly acquaintances, I might suggest we partner up. Truffle salami can be incredible. Or so I remember. I don’t eat pork anymore. Not since I’ve had Patsy. I’d be offended if she ate human body parts around me.

Hogs will eat pretty much anything you give them. A few years ago a pig farmer went missing. Wife said he ran off with his mistress. Everyone believed her until his gold tooth turned up in the muck and mud of their hog pens. Macabre, but true.

I don’t eat pork and Patsy doesn’t eat me. It’s an unspoken pact between us.

Not that she’s some sort of demon pig crazed with bloodlust. Not at all. She’s the best pig in eastern Tennessee. Don’t need a blue ribbon from the state fair to make it true.

This leisurely stroll around town is all part of my ruse.

If someone sees us ambling someplace we don’t belong, they’ll leave us alone, which is the entire point.

There’s freedom in being a weirdo. Folks keep their distance. Sure, there are the asinine comments, but for the most part they assume I’m dim-witted or crazy. Fine by me. With or without my porcine sidekick, I’ve always been different. I learned early on that people like to form and hold onto their own opinions. Pointless to try to change someone’s mind. What they think of me is their problem, not mine.

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Born and raised in San Diego, Daisy currently lives in a real life Stars Hollow in the Boston suburbs with her husband, their rescue dog, Mulder, and an imaginary house goat. When not writing about herself in the third person, Daisy can be found traveling, gardening, baking, or lost in a good book.

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Release Blitz, Review & Giveaway: Hazardous Things (Star Shadow, #3) by Beth Bolden

We are excited to share the Release Blitz for Hazardous Things (Star Shadow, #3) by Beth Bolden today! I really enjoyed this friends to lovers story and hope you’ll check out my review and the great excerpt we have as well! Make sure you don’t miss the giveaway!

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Book Title: Hazardous Things
(Star Shadow, #3)

Author: Beth
Bolden

Publisher: Beth Bolden
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Cover Artist: Cate Ashwood
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Release Date: May 29,
2020

Genre/s: MM Rock Star
Romance, Friends to Lovers,

Bisexual Awakening, Forced
Proximity

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Felix Humphries can’t even remember the first time he
crushed on Star Shadow’s drummer, Max McCloud.

It’s been an embarrassingly long time, but he’s still never
acted on his feelings.
One, because Max is his older brother’s best friend. Two, because Max is also his friend. Three, Max is technically his boss. And four, worst of all, Max is
straight.

But when Max unexpectedly needs a caretaker for a few
weeks, Felix can’t leave his friend in the lurch. He’s all ready to suffer through being so close but not close enough, when the unexpected happens.

Max isn’t straight after all, and what Max wants is Felix—but only in his bed, not in his heart.

Hazardous Things is the third book in the Star Shadow series and should not be read as a
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Jenn Review

4 Stars

This is the third book in this series and a very enjoyable friends to lovers story! This book is about Felix and Max and a continuation in the Star Shadow series. Max is the drummer for Star Shadow and Felix is the band’s PA and also Leo’s brother. Felix has been in love with Max for pretty much forever, but he’s also his best friend and straight so it’s nothing Felix has ever acted on. When Max has knee surgery and needs someone to help him, Felix, of course steps in to help and things between the two really start to change.

I really liked Max and Felix, they are both great characters and I thought they were great together. It’s very clear how much Max means to Felix, right from the start you can feel how much he cares. When Max realizes he is attracted to Felix, I appreciated that Felix took some time to consider that and what it would mean for him. Of course, the two do hook up and although it’s supposed to be just sex, the feelings sure do start. Lines definitely get blurred and soon these two have to face their issues.

One of the big challenges these two face is communication, they both need to learn to be honest with themselves and each other! They made me a little crazy at times and broke my heart a bit, but I really did love the way their story came together. It was definitely worth it to see Max understand his feelings for Felix! Felix and Max are definitely meant to be!

Excerpt

When Felix came back into Max’s room, the nurse in tow, Max was still awake. He was staring out the window, a harmless drugged smile on his face.

“He’s gonna sleep for a while,” the nurse said, “at least when you get him back home.”

“I’m assuming he’s better off sleeping than being coherent and in pain,” Felix said quietly.

“Oh yeah,” the nurse said. “There’s prescriptions for the pain. And it’ll be significant. Make sure he takes them. If he doesn’t, it’s going to be real uncomfortable for both of you.”

“That won’t be a problem. I’m staying with him,” Felix said. After all, once he committed to something, he committed to it.

“I see you’re awake again,” the nurse said, going over to Max’s side. “How you feel about taking off?”

“Home,” Max repeated firmly.

“That’s right,” the nurse said, and after donning a pair of gloves, began to work on getting the IV out of Max’s arm.

Felix wasn’t exactly squeamish—he’d better not be, anyway, considering that the nurse had already gone over Max’s care instructions and he would definitely be the one changing the surgical dressing and making sure it stayed clean—but it was hard to watch when it was Max. When it was someone he cared about as much as he did Max.

Especially when Felix saw Max flinch.

“Hey,” Felix said, reaching for Max’s other hand and tangling those long, calloused fingers with his own. There’d been a point when he’d have cut off his other hand just to hold hands with the man in front of him, but he couldn’t think about that now. Now, he needed to distract Max from the IV being removed.

“Heeeeey,” Max said, and that was definitely not what Felix had expected. Was that . . .a leer?

“Hi yourself,” Felix said, squeezing Max’s hand.

Max raised their joined hands and brushed them against Felix’s forehead. “Pretty,” he said. “So pretty.”

Felix ordered himself not to blush, but it was useless. He glanced up, and the nurse was looking at them. “Your brother, huh?” she asked, amusement in her voice.

He squirmed. “My brother’s best friend,” he finally confessed. He’d been worried that they wouldn’t let him stay in the waiting room during the surgery or wouldn’t let him in to see Max in recovery if he wasn’t a family member, so he’d fudged the truth a little.

“Ah, that kind of brother,” the nurse said, her voice knowing.

Even though Felix wanted to explain it couldn’t ever be like that, because Max wouldn’t ever be interested in him that way, he didn’t, because it was already humiliating enough that his crush was visible from space.

When this ordeal was over, the only person on earth who didn’t know was going to be Max himself—and Felix would do just about anything to keep it that way.

“I’m just about done here,” she continued. “Just keep him distracted for a moment longer.”

Max’s hazel eyes were speckled with green in this light, unfocused and utterly focused on Felix all at the same time.

“Hey, it’s gonna be alright,” Felix said, his voice so much more tender than he’d intended. If he looked up, he might see quiet amusement on the nurse’s face, but he didn’t look, because he was finding it tough to look away from Max.

“Alright?” Max repeated, but he didn’t sound certain. At least not certain enough for Felix’s peace of mind. Even if this was hard—even if it felt impossible—to be there for Max over the next few weeks, he knew deep down in his bones that it was the right thing to do. Max was alone and understandably, justifiably scared—and even if there was never anything more than friendship between them, Felix wanted to be the one who reassured him.

“It’s going to be more than alright,” Felix promised. Promised himself that he would do whatever it took to make this vow come true.

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A lifelong Oregonian,
Beth Bolden has just recently moved to
North Carolina with her supportive husband and their sweet kitten, Earl Grey. Beth still
believes in Keeping Portland Weird, and intends to be just as weird in Raleigh.


Beth has been writing practically since she learned
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Big Bear with Sparkly Earrings, wasn’t a bestseller, but hope springs eternal. She’s published seventeen
novels and six novellas.

 

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Review Tour & Giveaway: Stranded by Jessica Frances

We are excited to be a part of the Review Tour for Stranded by Jessica Frances! I really loved this book, such a great story and start to a series! I hope you’ll check it out, along with my review and a great giveaway!
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~Jenn
Title: Stranded
Series: In Midsummer #1
Author: Jessica Frances
Genre: M/M Mystery Romance
Release Date: May 29, 2020
One small town. One hot sheriff. One night of passion. One massive cold shoulder. One murder. One suspect. One chance.
I’m furious when my car breaks down in the small, quiet town of Midsummer, Arkansas. Then I meet the incredibly hot town sheriff and hope that things might be looking up. Unfortunately, that encounter sours fast, leaving me ready to put this town in my rearview mirror. That won’t be easy though, since my car has left me stranded here. Now I’m trapped in a town that has nothing to offer me.
Or does it?
When an opportunity presents itself that could see me staying longer than expected, I begin to notice Midsummer’s charm. I start to wonder if maybe staying won’t be such a bad thing. Even the sheriff is beginning to thaw toward me.
That is until someone commits murder and I become the number one suspect.
Can I convince everyone I’m not the murderer? Or will the real killer walk free?

Jenn Review
4.5 Stars
This was a fun and entertaining read and oh man, I need the next book like right now! This is a fantastic mix of romance and mystery and I am definitely invested in this series already! Rocky and Conner are such great characters, and their story just has me hooked!
Conner is a social media influencer and has decided he needs some change and embarks on road trip. Although shortly into his trip his car breaks down and he ends up stuck in small town, Midsummer. This town is not at all what he expects, especially when his new friend Love shows him around and informs him that many movies and TV shows are filmed there. He also doesn’t expect to be hooking up with the super hot sheriff Rocky or to end up as a murder suspect!
This book really does have it all, it’s funny and entertaining while also having some mystery and suspense added in. Rocky kind of breaks my heart, clearly feeling something for Conner but he’s adamant that he doesn’t do relationships. Conner is looking for more, even if he doesn’t really know where his life is going, he wants to be more than a hook-up. I am so rooting for these two and really can’t wait for the next book. So much is left up in the air and I love it, but I NEED MORE! This is definitely a highly recommended read from me!
 
Born and raised in South Australia, Jessica spends her days working in a bakery, afternoons catching up on lost sleep, and nights reading and writing. Writing has always been a passion of hers, however it wasn’t until recently that she decided to put pen to paper and make things official.

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Blog Tour: Batter of Wits (Donner Bakery #5) by Karla Sorensen

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“Heartfelt, hilarious, with a dash of angst…Karla Sorensen shines with the perfect feel-good read!” –Author Catherine Cowles

Batter of Wits, an all-new funny and heartwarming romance from Karla Sorensen, is now available in Kindle Unlimited!

 

Welcome to our Blog Tour stop for Batter of Wits. Another fun adventure to Green Valley and the PennyVerse. I so enjoyed this enemies to lovers story about Grace and Tucker. Read my review and the excerpt below, then go grab the book in Kindle Unlimited or 1-click today. Happy reading.
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Hate at first sight couldn’t possibly exist, right?

That’s what Grace Buchanan thought, before her useless car stranded her on the side of a deserted road just inside the Green Valley city limits.

When Tucker Haywood—tall and handsome and full of southern charm— shows up to help, her reaction to him is the strongest thing she’s ever felt in her life, and it makes no freaking sense.

It doesn’t make much sense to Tucker either. Not why she hates him, or why he finds her so intriguing. He knows well enough that Grace is moving to Green Valley for a fresh start, not to distract him when he’s got no room for something like her in his life.

The complications between them are endless, but that doesn’t stop her definitely not love-at-first-sight feelings from changing into something else entirely.

Grace and Tucker are about to learn the hard way that in Green Valley, hating someone has never tasted so sweet.

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What happens when a girl from LA moves to small town Tennessee to start over? For Grace Buchanan it seems nothing easy when her car breaks down on the edge of town and she’s rescued by the most annoyingly polite man ever. Seriously she can’t even figure out why she dislikes him so much, or why she has vivid fantasies about him within the first 5 minutes of meeting! Haha, trust me it was entertaining to read. And such was the remainder of this newest Green Valley adventure!! Grace and Tucker Haywood seem to keep getting thrown together. For Grace she’d rather not engage, but for Tucker every interaction with Grace leaves him wanting more.

Relationship complications, undeniable chemistry, meddling towns people and overbearing expectations combine to create drama. Too bad the chemistry between the pair is too much to ignore. While not centered within the bakery, the treats from the bakery sure saw plenty of action and now I want cake. Lol. But seriously I totally enjoyed this one from Karla Sorensen, so make sure you check out Baking Me Crazy from this series as well to learn Levi Buchanan’s story.

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Excerpt

When I looked down, her hands were fisted on the countertop, shaking from the effort of keeping them still.

“I’d take a picture of that,” I told her, voice low and charged.

She tilted her chin up toward me. “Of what?”

In the low light of the apartment, her eyes glowed like melted gold.

“Your hands.” I licked my suddenly dry lips. “I feel like they’re telling me something that I can’t figure out.”

Grace peered down at the fists she was making, and her fingers relaxed, the skin no longer white around her knuckles.

“What are they telling me, Grace?” I begged.

She ducked under my arm and I exhaled heavily. Without the heat from her body against mine, I took a second to get myself under control. When I turned, she was handing me her camera.

“Go ahead,” she said.

I tilted my head. “You want me to take your picture?”

Grace studied the camera, carefully removing the lens cap and pulling it up to her eyes. She aimed it at my face, and I wondered what she saw. If I looked like I was one thread away from snapping, because that’s how I felt.

I’d never felt like I was one quick step away from freedom, but here, I was. One nudge over the edge of the cliff, and she’d have me free falling without a parachute. I’d never, ever wanted it so badly.

When I heard the click of the shutter, I rubbed the back of my neck. “Can I see?”

She ignored me, pulling the camera away so she could look at the digital image on the back. Her lips curved in a secret little smile.

“What do you see?” I asked.

Her chest expanded on an inhale. “Frustration.” Her eyes met mine. “Want.”

Words lodged in my chest, and I couldn’t tear them loose.

I held my hand out and she passed the camera to me. With a rough swallow, I squinted at the tiny viewfinder once it was at eye-level. Grace came into my eye line, holding my gaze with such directness that I fought the urge not to throw the camera across the room simply because it was between us.

It was her turn to ask. “What do you see?”

My finger pushed the slick button on top of the camera, and her mouth curled in surprise that I took a shot.

I pushed the button again as she took a step closer.

“You’re not answering me,” she said lightly.

“Because I can hardly think straight when you’re looking at me like that.” My admission was rough and hard, out before I could stop it.

She took another step, within reach now, and one of her hands slid up my forearm.

One more picture, the sound of the shutter snapping between us like a shot.

Somehow, I set it down on the counter without smashing it.

“You can’t lie to a camera,” Grace said quietly, watching her hand on my arm before the other landed on my heaving chest. “It captures things as are they are, good or bad or ugly or beautiful.”

I slid an arm around her waist and tightened my grip until she was flush against me. My other hand pushed up the back of her neck and into her hair.

“This is insane,” she breathed, dropping her forehead onto my chest.

“No, it’s not.”

Grace lifted her head and pinned me in place. “Tucker, seventy-two hours ago, I hated you. You can’t tell me this doesn’t feel a little nuts.”

I couldn’t stop my smile. “You didn’t hate me. Not really.”

One eyebrow lifted. “Wanna bet?”

About Karla Sorensen

Karla Sorensen has been an avid reader her entire life, preferring stories with a happily-ever-after over just about any other kind. And considering she has an entire line item in her budget for books, she realized it might just be cheaper to write her own stories. It doesn’t take much to keep her happy…a book, a really big glass of wine, and at least thirty minutes of complete silence every day. She still keeps her toes in the world of health care marketing, where she made her living pre-babies. Now she stays home, writing and mommy-ing full time (this translates to almost every day being a ‘pajama day’ at the Sorensen household…don’t judge). She lives in West Michigan with her husband, two exceptionally adorable sons and big, shaggy rescue dog.

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New Release Review: Variable Onset by Layla Reyne

Happy Release Day to Layla Reyne, Variable Onset is now available and a must read! I absolutely loved this book, Carter and Lincoln are fantastic and oh man, what a ride! I’m sharing my review today and I truly hope you’ll check out this great read!

Happy Reading!

~Jenn

 

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Title: Variable Onset

Author: Layla Reyne

Publisher: Carina Press

Genre: MM Romantic Mystery/Suspense

Series: N/A

Standalone: Yes

Tropes: Fake Marriage, Forced Proximity, Opposites Attract, Undercover LEOs, Single Dad, Hot for Teacher

A mystery whodunit with a romantic will-they-or-won’t-they.

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Blurb:

To catch a killer, a special agent and his former student will need to get close—to their target, and each other.

When the serial killer known as Dr. Fear seemingly reemerges after a cooling-off period, Special Agent Lincoln Monroe wants on the case. He knows his research on the calculating criminal, who targets couples and uses their worst fears to kill them, could prove invaluable. But nothing can prepare Lincoln for the agent waiting for him in Apex, Virginia: a brash and cocky former student. Carter Warren is everything Lincoln is not, and somehow everything he wants. And they’ll be going undercover. As newlyweds.

For Carter, seeing Lincoln again—and flustered to boot—pokes his raging bear of a crush something fierce. He thinks posing as lovers will provide the perfect bait for Dr. Fear. But pretending to be married forces them to confront fears of their own…like giving in to the very real chemistry between them.

With evidence pointing to the possibility of a copycat killer, Lincoln and Carter will have to race to separate truth from fiction. But when another couple goes missing, finding the killer will test every ounce of their training, skills and the strength of their bond like never before.

Jenn Review

4.5 – 5 Stars

I had such a great time reading this book! It kept me guessing and had me wanting more and I didn’t want to put it down! I absolutely loved Lincoln and Carter and their chemistry, even though it’s a slow burn. For me this was a wonderful combination of suspense, humor and wit and romance.

Lincoln is an FBI Agent and professor teaching at Quantico, he’s happy with his life, a good job and he has a great daughter he’s raising with his ex-wife, he’s even still friends with her. Everything is in it’s place. That is until serial killer, Dr. Fear, resurfaces and kidnaps the daughter of Lincoln’s friend/mentor. Lincoln agrees to help try to find this notorious killer and becomes part of an undercover mission. His partner, Agent Carter Warren, Lincoln’s former student who always managed to rile him up, and it seems that is going to continue as they try to uncover Dr. Fear posing as husbands!

 I’m going to say it again, I loved these two! There is a lot going on in this book, a couple of story lines to follow and at times it may seem like the romance between Carter and Lincoln isn’t really the focus, it’s burning right at the surface. These two have a connection that started when Carter was crushing on his professor, although it was never acted on, you can really feel that zap between them. There is a good amount of push and pull, doubts and insecurities, but there is also great humor and yes, love!

I also really enjoyed the mystery side of this book, I was truly invested in this journey and figuring it out! I think Layla Reyne did a fantastic job weaving this web and then bringing it all together, and bring it all together she did – I absolutely loved the ending, for Carter and Lincoln my heart just melted, it was just perfection. I do have to admit that I would love to see these two in action again, working another case, solving another mystery…  A wonderful read from start to finish!

Excerpt:

Lincoln bent to pick his socks up off the floor, and Carter admired his firm, round ass in well-worn jeans. He’d never seen Lincoln this dressed down before. Not that the professor wasn’t handsome in slacks, a button-down, and argyle, but jeans, a tee, and said argyle was a look Carter could get behind.

Literally.

That gray tee and pink-and-purple argyle rucked up around his torso, those jeans stretched around lean, muscular thighs, that perfect ass in the air, pale skin flushed for the kisses Carter would like to…

A sharp clap broke through the fantasy unspooling in Carter’s head. Lincoln was on his way back from the mudroom off the kitchen, exasperation painting his face, as if he could see inside Carter’s head. “Explain this,” he said, using his ring finger to gesture between them. “Beverley said I was going undercover as the new librarian at Apex U and that my partner on this case would be teaching a survival course to Apex PD. He said nothing about living together or pretending to be married.”

“Because I asked him not to,” Carter replied. Lincoln opened his mouth, no doubt to protest, but Carter spoke again first. “It wasn’t only Agent—Senator—Kirk who asked for you on this case. I asked for you too. You are the Bureau’s resident expert on Dr. Fear. But it doesn’t take an expert to know who Dr. Fear targets.”

“Couples.”

Carter nodded and waited for the implication to register.

It took a few seconds, but then Lincoln paled and braced a hand on the end of the island. “You want us to be bait?” he squawked.

Carter dipped his chin to hide his grin. When he was sure his face was in order again, he lifted it and said, “If they’re active again, or even if this is a copycat, who better to lead the killer to than to two trained agents instead of to more innocents?”

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Author Bio:

Layla Reyne is the author of Dine With Me, and the Fog City, Agents Irish and Whiskey, Trouble Brewing, and Changing Lanes series. A Carolina Tar Heel who now calls the San Francisco Bay Area home, Layla enjoys weaving her bi-coastal experiences into her stories, along with adrenaline-fueled suspense and heart pounding romance.

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Blog Tour: Cutie and the Beast (Cipher Office #3) by M.E. Carter

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Welcome back to Weight Expectations, where the unexpected is likely to happen.

Cutie and the Beast, an all-new roommates-to-lovers romantic comedy from M.E. Carter, is now available in Kindle Unlimited!

Welcome to the Cutie and the Beast Blog Tour stop. What an absolutely delightful story from the lovely M.E. Carter! I so enjoyed reading about Abel, Elliott and their girls finding a happy ending together. Make sure you read my review below and check out not only the other goodies in this post, but go check out other SmartyPants Romance releases available now! Happy reading. ~ Amber

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Living with her mother seemed like a good idea at the time. But Elliott Donovan’s living arrangements are not working for her anymore. Desperate to get back on her financial feet after a divorce and out from under her mother’s thumb, Elliott takes a job in the child care center at Weight Expectations, a local gym.

It has everything she needs – family friendly hours, more pay than she expected, and a super cute trainer who just happens to have part of his house for rent.

Abel DiSoto was living the good life until his wife walked out taking half of the family income with her. The blow to his ego was bad enough, but after a fire at the gym scattered Abel’s clients, and consequently his commissions, he’s stuck figuring out how to make ends meet, too. Renting out the master suite of his house to his new co-worker seems like an easy solution. They’re both mature adults, they both have eight-year-old daughters, and their work schedules coordinate so they can lend each other a helping hand to ease the burden of single parenthood.

The only downside? Living like a blended family when you’re not actually a family can present some challenges.

Welcome back to Weight Expectations, where the unexpected is likely to happen.

‘Cutie and the Beast’ is a full-length contemporary romantic comedy, can be read as a standalone, and is book #3 in the Cipher Office series, Knitting in the City World, Penny Reid Book Universe.

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amber-review 4.75 Stars

A truly lovely story from start to finish! Cutie and the Beast had heart, humor and just the right balance of realism to help you connect with the characters. Abel and Elliott go from strangers to roommates to friends and then lovers, all while balancing single parenthood. The pacing of this story was so spot on and not rushed. While there might have been an insta comfort between the pair, I liked that their connection was more organic. Both are dealing with daughters that are high energy, but thankfully Ainsley and Mabel are quickly bffs in every way. The conflicts the couple encounter were believable, and the way Abel and Elliott worked through things to find their HEA was as well. M.E. Carter knows how to craft a total feel good read!

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In my haste to not be late, I barrel right into a woman coming through the front door.

Grabbing her arms to steady her from falling, I apologize profusely. “I’m sorry! I didn’t see you. Are you all right?”

Smiling tightly, the blonde isn’t thrilled a random stranger practically ran her over. But she’s polite anyway. “I’ll be fine.”

“Are you sure? You aren’t hurt?” I don’t think she is, but sometimes I don’t know my own strength.

This time her smile is a little more genuine. “I’m sure. You sure are in a rush.”

Letting go of her arms, I feel like she needs an explanation other than me racing around like an idiot. “I’m the one parent who has a tendency to be late for school pickup. The lady at the front desk gives me a nasty evil glare if she has to call me.”

This woman, whose name I still haven’t bothered to ask, laughs and I’m struck by how cute she is. She’s definitely a few years older than I am, but not by much. There’s nothing about her that necessarily stands out in a crowd, but her smile is genuine. This is a woman who likes to laugh and have fun. I always gravitate toward those people, which gives me a fleeting thought: I should have noticed my ex-wife hardly ever smiled for real. Laughing was even rarer unless it was at someone else’s expense. Those should have been easy indicators she wasn’t the one for me.

“Parker Elementary?” the blonde asks.

“Yeah.” I give her a quizzical look. “How did you know?”

“Do not mess with Ms. Alexander’s routine. She will cut a bitch.”

My laugh comes easily, and I find myself hoping this woman is a new member. She’s funny. I love it when clients have a sense of humor. Offering her my hand, I introduce myself. “I’m Abel. Trainer here at Weight Expectations and father of Mabel in second grade.”

She places her cold hand in mine. “Elliott. Interviewee for the childcare position and mother of Ainsley, also in second grade.”

“Ah! Well it’s nice to meet you. Fingers crossed I’ll see you here later as a fellow employee. And if not here, at Parker Elementary as a fellow parent. Hopefully not in Ms. Alexander’s line of sight.”

Elliott holds up her gloved hands and crosses her fingers around each other. “Wish me luck. Now run fast.”

About M.E. Carter

My name is M.E. Carter and I have no idea how I ended up writing books. I’m more of a story teller (the more exaggerated the better) and I happen to know people who helped me get those stories on paper. I love reading (read almost 200 books last year), hate working out (but I do it anyway because my trainer makes me), love food (but hate what it does to my butt) and love traveling to non-touristy places most people never see. I live in Houston with my four kids, Mary, Elizabeth, Carter and Bug, who was just a twinkle in my eye when I came up with my pen name. Yeah, I’ll probably have to pay for his therapy someday for being left out.

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Review: Code of Honor (Cipher Security #2) by April White

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Code of Honor, an all-new fun and flirty romantic standalone in the Cipher Security series from April White, is available now in Kindle Unlimited!

I thoroughly enjoyed this new SmartyPants Romance release. You can read my review and an excerpt below. Plus make sure you check out the first in this series, Code of Conduct, also available in KU. Happy reading.

~ Amber

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A painting, a panic room, a thief, and her lover … whose job is to catch her.

There are three things you need to know about Anna.

1) She’s a bounty hunter with adrenaline junkie habits,

2) She’s the “awkward” twin, and

3) She’s a thief – kind of.

Darius designs security systems for Cipher Security, and the strange and remarkable woman he met the night the painting was stolen is as intriguing a mystery as his hunt for the thief is.

But the lady has no filter, and she knows she can’t lie to the man who looks like a Disney Prince and kisses like fairytales are true, so she runs from the one person who may actually see her as the heroine of her own story.

‘Code of Honor’ is a full-length contemporary romantic suspense, can be read as a standalone and is book #2 in the Cipher Security series, Knitting in the City World, Penny Reid Book Universe.

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amber review  4.5 Stars

Like a romantic suspense? Like an opposites attract story? How about connecting to a quirky character who’s also a total bada$$?

Well if you answered yes to any of these, then Code of Honor is a story you’ll enjoy!

Anna and Darius kept me intrigued. She’s imaginative and quirky, inquisitive and tough. He’s straight-laced, intuitive, lives by his rules. Anna also thinks he looks like a Disney Prince, hence his nickname. She flys by the seat of her pants. He is very orderly and lives by a standard that is almost unflappable. They shouldn’t connect, but oh do they!!

I loved all the usual Cipher Security characters we get included too. Dan, Quinn, Shane and Gabriel, plus some others. This is my second April White read in the Cipher World and I continue to be impressed. Her storytelling is great, the use of real world mystery makes the story relatable and compelling. Definitely will read more.

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Excerpt

She was waiting for me to run away.

The woman in front of me, with whom conversation was akin to playing barefoot hopscotch on hot asphalt, who walked like shoes confused her, and who smelled of a spring breeze through a field of wildflowers, expected me to turn tail and bolt.

I rarely did the expected, however, and often made choices that flew directly in the face of convention. And as nothing about this woman or this conversation was conventional, I stayed.

And I laughed.

This startled her, and she suddenly dropped to the floor in what seemed at first to be a defensive maneuver, but was actually a crouch in order to pet the cat. Her posture put her face at approximately groin height, and for the space of exactly one half-second, I considered remaining in place to see if she would notice. But chivalry got the better of me, and I knelt down beside her.

Her face flamed bright red, and for a moment I thought she was ill.

“I was just staring at your penis, wasn’t I?” she said in a tone of complete chagrin.

Rarely did I meet someone even more straightforward than myself, and I attempted a benign expression. “Were you?”

The delightful woman sighed. “I was. I’m sorry.” But then a mischievous glint came into her eyes, and she said in a perfectly benign tone, “So, what do you think about my pussy?”

I choked on a startled bark of laughter, and she allowed herself a small grin as she deliberately ran her hands through the fur of the very contented cat.

“On that note, I believe it’s time for me to find something red to drink to match the color of my face,” she said, as she rose to her feet. She wasn’t graceful about it, but she was strong and didn’t wobble until she tried to take a step. She’d managed to stand on the hem of the pink silk gown she wore and winced at the sound of her heel tearing the fabric.

“Well, now I’ve officially hit my humiliation quota for the night. Enjoy the party, Mr. Masoud,” she said brightly, as she hurried away across the room. I let her go without further comment, though my eyes tracked her as she plucked a glass of red wine from a passing tray and finished half of it in one large gulp.

About April White

April White has been a film producer, private investigator, bouncer, teacher and screenwriter. She has climbed in the Himalayas, survived a shipwreck, and lived on a gold mine in the Yukon. She and her husband share their home in Southern California with two extraordinary boys and a lifetime collection of books.

Her first novel, Marking Time is the 2016 winner of the Library Journal Indie E-Book Award for YA Literature, and all five books in the Immortal Descendants series are on the Amazon Top 100 lists in Time Travel Romance and Historical Fantasy.

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Blog Tour & Giveaway: Liberating Love by Sammi Cee and Michele Notaro

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Liberating Love

Interlocking Fragments Series, Book 3

Sammi Cee & Michele Notaro

M/M Romance

Release Date: 03.16.20

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Blurb

Aiden

Finding out the man I slept with is my friend’s father is terrifying, but maybe forgivable since I didn’t know who he was… right? But falling into bed with him again… and again and again is probably not excusable. Maybe if Delaney got rid of his miles of muscles and stopped being so sweet to me, I could stop. I need to stop. If only I had the willpower—or the desire. Delaney is everything I want in a man, but we have no future together, so it can never be more than this. His sons can never find out.

Delaney

Serving time for a crime I didn’t commit wasn’t in my game plan, but I’m out now and determined to live my best possible life. After hooking up with a hot younger man, I regret letting him go without even his name. But then luck is finally with me, and he comes walking into my son’s house. In order to make him mine, I have to be honest with my sons about the past as well as my desire for Aiden. But Aiden’s fear of getting involved is deeper than he’s telling me. He’s hiding something, too.

Will Aiden’s fear of revealing his private life and losing his friends keep him from the man who wants to be his everything or will he allow Delaney to help bear his burden?

Liberating Love is the third book in the Interlocking Fragments series, but is a standalone novel. Each book in the series will feature a different couple, but the couples will show up throughout the whole series. This is a contemporary romance intended for 18+.

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Jenn Review

4.5 Stars

This was a fun, sweet read and I quickly fell for Aiden and Delaney! I’ve enjoyed this series and was excited to see this combo, and it definitely did not disappoint! It wasn’t as angsty as I expected, it was sweet and loving and I truly enjoyed their story!

When Aiden and Delaney meet, it’s supposed to be a nameless hookup, nothing more. Neither man is aware of their connections. Once formally introduced, their hot chemistry is still there, despite the different circumstances. They just can’t seem to deny it and Delaney is set on proving to Aiden that they could really have something special.

I really do love this whole group and I loved how connected these characters are. Aiden definitely deserved love and Delaney was the very perfect man for him. Great series and I’m really looking forward to the next book, I just love these guys!

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Excerpt

I lean my elbows on the trunk of Aiden’s car as I wait for him to walk out of the building. With him working with Jovany right now, I know his schedule, which makes tracking him down easy. The only hard part is keeping a lookout to make sure I don’t run into my asshole ex-brother-in-law and his spineless son.
Ahh… there he is. Aiden walks with hunched shoulders as he stares down at his phone. Worry prickles at the back of my neck at how turned into himself he is. He doesn’t look up at the coworkers he passes, nor do they extend a passing word to him. In just his walk to the car I see his isolation, and Jameson’s concern for his friend takes on a whole new level. He’s almost to the car before he sees me, his steps falter and his face pales as he quickly scans the parking lot around us. “What are you doing here?”
“Freckles, I think we need to talk.”
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Michele is married to an awesome husband that puts up with her and all the characters in her head–and there are many. They live together in Baltimore, Maryland with their two young boys and two crazy dogs. She grew up dancing and swimming and taught dance–ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, & modern–for ten years before her kids came along. Now she stays home to write about the sexy men in her head and does PTA everything–as long as coffee is involved. Two other tattooed moms run the PTA with her, and though she wants to rip her hair out from it, she still loves it.

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Sammi Cee was raised in a family of readers. Summer vacations consisted of a good book while sitting lakeside from as far back as she could remember. After growing up and having her own children, her appreciation of how the written word could transport you on an adventure, bring you to tears, or give you hope, took on a whole new meaning.

These days Sammi is watching her children develop into fine young ladies while doing the things she enjoys most: drinking coffee, eating chocolate, and writing her own stories.

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Blog Tour & Giveaway: Catch of a Lifetime by Andrew Grey

We are excited to be a part of the Blog Tour for Catch of a Lifetime by Andrew Grey! This is a really sweet, touching story and I really enjoyed getting to know Arty and Jamie! I hope you’ll check out my review and the great giveaway too!
Happy Reading!
~Jenn

 

 

Title: Catch of a Lifetime

Author: Andrew Grey

Series: Currently a Standalone Title

Genre: M/M Contemporary Romance

Publisher: DreamSpinner Press

Release Date: April 7 2020

Edition/Format: 1st Edition/Format ~ eBook &
Print

Blurb/Synopsis:
Some moments happen once in a lifetime, and you have to
catch them and hold on tight.
Arty Reynolds chased his dream to Broadway, but after his
father is injured, he must return to the small fishing community where he grew
up, at least until his dad is back on his feet.
Jamie Wilson fled his family farm but failed to achieve real
independence. Arty is hiring for a trip on the gulf, and it’ll get Jamie one
step closer to his goal.
Neither man plans to stay in Florida long-term, neither is
looking for love, and they’re both blown away by the passion that sparks
between them. But on a fishing boat, there’s little privacy to see where their
feelings might lead. Passion builds like a storm until they reach land, where
they also learn they share a common dream. The lives they both long for could
line up perfectly, as long as they can weather the strain on their new romance
when only one of them may get a chance at their dream.
Jenn Review
4 – 4.5 Stars
Catch of a Lifetime is another great, emotional read from Andrew Grey! He brings two men together, both dealing with issues and thrown into situations they never expected and while it’s not necessarily an easy journey, they find love and happiness together. I always love the characters that Andrew Grey creates and Arty and Jamie are perfect examples, they are interesting and sweet and I loved them!
Arty and Jamie are both at a bit of a crossroads in their lives when they meet, both in Florida for a limited amount of time and it seems that it is just fate that they meet when they do. Jamie joins Arty on a fishing trip in the gulf, helping him save his dad’s business. The two have an instant connection and attraction, but with limited privacy they aren’t able to really explore that connection right away. As the two men grow closer and form a bond they are met with new challenges when new opportunities arise.
I really enjoyed this book, it was a very sweet story and also a very emotional one, as these two work through the issues they face with their fathers and their futures. I feel like this story shows how communication can impact relationships and the importance of really communicating and understanding. I really did love the support these two show for each other as this journey comes together, the end was truly beautiful and made me so happy. Another wonderful, touching read from Andrew Grey!

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“What are we looking for?” Jamie asked.

Arty snickered. “I think the meaning of life is supposed to be out there somewhere. But I never found it.” Not on the sea, or land, as far as that went. He turned to Jamie. “Maybe you will.”

Reginald stood, and Beck did the same. “We’ll be ready to shove off on time,” Reginald said.

“Good. We can meet tomorrow to go over the route plan.”

Reginald shook his head. “That isn’t my expertise. Your father was always the one who had the gift for finding the fish. That was his real talent. You get whatever you can from him, and then we’ll go from there.” Reginald and Beck extended their hands, and Arty shook them. Then they left the restaurant, and Arty sat back down.

“You really want to do this?” he asked Jamie, and for the first time, saw doubt flash in his eyes.

“They seem like good people, and I asked around about you after I saw the flyer.” The corners of his lips turned upward. “They said you were doing this to help your dad. That this wasn’t your life. Everyone talked about you as though you were a saint or something.”

Arty scoffed. “Nope. God knows I’m no saint.”

“Me either,” Jamie said. “But I’d never do for my dad what you’re doing for yours.” His gaze shifted slightly, looking out over Arty’s shoulder. “I need to make some money, and I want to see what it’s like out there.”

A notion occurred to Arty. “Have you ever been on a boat?” God, he should have asked that before. What if Jamie got seasick? Good Lord, just what he needed—a landlubber who spent the entire trip puking over the side.

“Yes. On Lake Michigan with my uncle a few times. But that’s not the same as it is down here. I like being outdoors. I tried working in a restaurant for a while, but got stir-crazy always being inside. Hot or cold, even when it rains, it’s best to be outside where you can see it coming.” There was something so serious in Jamie’s voice that it made Arty wonder just what he was saying. It was as if Jamie didn’t have anyone to watch his back, and that maybe the threat was coming from close to home.

“Okay, then,” Arty said, watching Jamie’s faraway expression. There was more to this man than muscles and a baby face. There was pain behind those eyes, tinged with desperation, both of which Arty was well acquainted with.

“Is there anything else?” Jamie asked, and Arty shook his head. Jamie thanked him and stood to leave the covered seating area of the restaurant. Arty found he couldn’t look away as Jamie strode across the parking area before disappearing behind a stand of palm trees.

Arty realized his heart beat faster and he was sweating under his T-shirt, though it wasn’t that warm. Good God, those eyes were nearly as blue as the clear sky. He had a type, Arty knew that, and Jamie ticked every single one of the boxes. Of course, he had no idea if Jamie was gay or even interested, but that banana joke had sure as hell been suggestive. Arty finished his coffee. He needed to get his mind away from that subject and keep it on what was important. He was here to help his dad, not get involved with guys or form any ties. His life was back in New York, and once this little adventure was over, he was returning back to his life and career… such as they were.

“Something… or someone interesting?” Milton asked as he began clearing the table. When Arty lifted his gaze, Milton winked. “I’ve seen him around a few times, and he’s a real nice guy. I think you did a good thing. And who knows? Sometimes nice guys do get rewarded.”

 

Andrew  Grey

Andrew grew up in western Michigan with a father who loved
to tell stories and a mother who loved to read them. Since then he has lived
throughout the country and traveled throughout the world. He has a master’s
degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and works in information
systems for a large corporation.
Andrew’s hobbies include collecting antiques, gardening, and
leaving his dirty dishes anywhere but in the sink (particularly when writing) He considers himself blessed with an accepting
family, fantastic friends, and the world’s most supportive and loving partner.
Andrew currently lives in beautiful, historic
Carlisle, Pennsylvania.
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