New Release: The First Time I Saw You by Lorhainne Eckhart

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THE FIRST TIME I SAW YOU
New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author
Lorhainne Eckhart
The First Time I Saw You
Series: The Friessens # 16
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: July 22, 2018
When Gabriel Friessen puts up an ad looking for a roommate, he never expects to meet a down-on-her-luck gorgeous single mom with a meddling family, a crazy ex-boyfriend, and enough chemistry between them to heat the county.
Like his parents Andy and Laura Friessen, Gabriel knows what it means to face an impossible situation. What he doesn’t realize when he puts up an ad looking for a roommate he never expects to meet a down on her luck gorgeous single mom with a meddling family, a crazy ex-boyfriend, and enough chemistry between them to heat a county. The only problem is she doesn’t believe in happily ever after and sees falling in love as a mistake only fools make. But Gabriel can’t stop thinking about her, wanting her, and is determined to show her the road to love isn’t as dangerous as she believes.
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Interview with Deborah Garland, author of Must Have Faith

We’re excited to feature an interview with Deborah Garland on MUST HAVE FAITH. Enjoy!

~Must Have Faith is now available for 99 CENTS!~
Until Sept 8, 2018 only

Q: MUST HAVE FAITH is book #2 of the Darling Cove Series. Where did you get your inspiration for this series? How are the books tied together?

I hadn’t set out to write a series. I wrote, Must Love Fashion, but at the time it was called, Wishing on Italian Stars. I had all the ingredients for a series in that first book; a small town and a close-knit family but I hadn’t intended for them to have their own books. I’m a member of the Long Island Romance Writers, and an editor was coming to one of our meetings to coach us how to pitch a series. We were told to have a pitch prepared to get feedback. That morning, I crammed like it was a test and dared to ask ‘what-if?’

So glad I did!

The Darling Cove series is tied together by the Mallory family as well as the town. If the series continues in 2019, it will go beyond the Mallory siblings, but there will always be a Mallory tie-in.

To read more, check it out here: https://www.theromancereviews.com/interview.php?location=27731

First Kiss: Not in Her Wildest Dreams by Dani Collins

This is a featured article column called FIRST KISS. We ask authors to share a first kiss scene from one of their books published in 2017. And each author graciously sent in an excerpt. Enjoy!

 

 

Title: Not in Her Wildest Dreams
Author: Dani Collins
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: January 15, 2017
Buy Link: Amazon

Small Town Secrets, Big Time Heartache

Paige Fogarty never believed Liebe Falls’ golden boy, Sterling Roy, could want a No Good Fogarty, but one magical night, they kissed—ruining her already murky reputation. Fifteen years later, she’s still shunned, now as a professional accountant auditing Roy Furnishings. It’s a daunting task even before she’s forced to work with him.

Sterling made a fool of himself over Paige once. Never again. He only returns to the factory his mother calls his ‘legacy’ to ensure Paige doesn’t pull a fast one. When their chemistry blazes hotter than ever, he wonders if he misjudged her, but secrets come to light, including an embezzler she tries to protect, proving she’s still the wrong girl. So why does holding onto her feel so right?

FIRST KISS EXCERPT:

This is a reunion fifteen years after their high school kiss in the driveway…

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“I’ll drive careful.” He did, while she sat right up against him, shoulder to shoulder, thigh to thigh, warmed by more than body heat. Pretending the contact was defense against hypothermia when it was plain ol’ desire to be close to him.

He smelled incredible.

When he pulled into her driveway, he cut the engine, cut the lights, and sat unmoving. History closed in around them as the droning blow of the heater died off and the motor silenced to cooling pings.

She licked her lips. “You have to get out so I don’t knock all this onto the driveway.”

“Yeah.” He still didn’t move. Very slowly, he turned his head to look at her. Continue reading

Featured: A Love Affair in Las Vegas by Rachell Nichole

We’re excited to feature an excerpt from A Love Affair in Las Vegas by Rachell Nichole. Enjoy!

Barnaby took a deep breath as he looked out at the crowd. It wasn’t huge, somewhere around a hundred people, but it was still a lot for him.

“So, welcome everyone. I guess we’ll all be getting to know one another over the next couple of days.” He refused to let his voice waver, though his heart was pounding. He wouldn’t be a coward. “In the meantime, since I’m the first presenter, I wanted to say ‘Hello’ and introduce myself. I’m Barnaby Garrison. Some people call me Barney, and that’s fine, too. Today I’m here to talk about what it’s like working in one of the most prestigious hotel chains, in one of the biggest cities in the world. On behalf of Marietta International, I want to welcome you to our Las Vegas Marietta, and to our second annual conference.”

He surveyed the crowd and tried to find a connection. If he could focus on one or two faces instead of the sea of them, it would go a long way to making this easier. He caught the eye of a beautiful woman in the second row. She was young, with toffee-colored skin and a heart-shaped face. She blinked at him for a second. When he didn’t look away, she smiled, her full lips opening slightly. Her smile lit up her face, and she casually flicked long braids over her right shoulder.

“I am held to a high standard. Higher than at a lot of places. And I hold my coworkers and staff to the same level. It’s not easy, what we do. We all do it for a myriad of reasons, but our end goals are always the same: the best experience to our guests that we can offer.” His gaze stayed glued to hers as he said the words. Ah, was he flirting? That wasn’t like him at all.

To read more, turn to page 15 of the ezine: https://www.theromancereviews.com/ezines/072018.pdf

First Kiss: The Royal Marine by Dahlia Donovan

This is a featured article column called FIRST KISS. We ask authors to share a first kiss scene from one of their books published in 2017. And each author graciously sent in an excerpt. Enjoy!

 

 

Title: The Royal Marine
Author: Dahlia Donovan
Genre: Gay Romance
Publication Date: October 14, 2017
Buy Link: Amazon

Who keeps the Royal Marine’s heart safe when he’s running headlong into danger?

Akash Robinson fuses his Indian and British heritage into his baked creations. His life is all things sugar and spice, especially when a blind date leads him to the older military man of his dreams. Family, friends, and an unwanted admirer all threaten both his sanity and his budding romance.

Hamish Ross carries the names of his lost soldiers on his back. He takes his work seriously with no time for love. All it takes is one impulsive kiss to lead him into uncharted romantic waters.

When a sarcastic baker mixes with a stoic alpha marine, who will come out on top when the flour settles?

FIRST KISS EXCERPT:

“Can I give you a lift?” Hamish sounded as if he had no intention of taking no for an answer; he gave Akash hopeful smile. “I promise to get you home safely.”

“I’ve no doubt.” Akash shook his head, and laughed at the man. “Fine. I’d rather not try to find an Uber or something at this hour, and I have to be at the bakery early in the morning.”

On the whole, Akash usually handled silence relatively well. Working alone in his bakery, it never oppressed him as it did others, which made his inability to remain quiet while trapped in Hamish’s vehicle all the more surprising. Shut up. Shut up. SHUT. UP. God, I’m humiliating myself.

Blathering about the finer points of the spices he often used in his cooking didn’t exactly scream sexual seduction. The man driving brought out the chattering numpty in him—one he’d never known existed. He didn’t like it.

Hamish chuckled after several minutes, breaking Akash out of his thoughts. “Breathing would probably be a good thing.”

Akash covered his face with his hand and spoke with an embarrassed burble of laughter, “Yes, it just might.” Continue reading

Review: Not So Human by Jeannette DiLouie

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Review

4 stars from Gabrielle Sally!

“Ms. DiLouie does a great job world building with engaging characters that are all too human in terms of navigating relationships and family and the emotions that go along with all of it. The story itself has a bit of something for everyone–paranormal, suspense, action, drama, and romance.”

Read more here. Continue reading

Featured: Thunder Basin by Nya Rawlyns

We’re excited to feature an excerpt from Thunder Basin by Nya Rawlyns. Enjoy!

Glenn hid his grin as he watched his date… no, his new lady friend… sashay up to the main gate. She’d ponied up for a pair of boots more suited for doing the two-step at Jake’s Bar and Grill—all fancy-dancy tooled leather and sporting a ribbon of short fringe—but damn, they looked good on her. As did the well-worn jeans and sensible chambray shirt that hugged her trim frame. The hair that’d been done up in a take-me-serious braid now swung loose in a ponytail. A touch of pink on her lips seemed to be the only noticeable make-up on a face that looked fresh as all outdoors.

Earlier that day he’d seen the city girl persona, but here… as he led her up the bleachers to their seats… she was a hundred percent country, born and bred. Maybe not the boots, but he’d seen worse on cute young things out to impress the studs lining the fence, whooping ’n hollering.

Glenn remembered those days well, when Arlo’d been right here, rubbing shoulders with the bronc riders, talking trash and making side bets on who got to walk away with the rodeo queen. For Arlo that had been Beth Ann, the love of his life.

Shuddering, Glenn put old memories away for another day. He was here to enjoy the day with a lovely woman who had no notion of his past or his present. Blank slates, both of them. A fresh start, even if it was just for the day.

To read more, turn to page 11 of the ezine: https://www.theromancereviews.com/ezines/072018.pdf