#TRRparty #Featured #Book Still Counting by Phil Fragasso

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Adam Donatello and Nina Morales share an immediate and powerful attraction, and their future together seems assured. But love is difficult enough without adding complications—real or imagined—to the mix. Nina sees life as a thousand shades of gray, while Adam tends toward black-and-white. He wants to move fast; she needs time. Nina sees her past liaisons with women as immaterial to their relationship, while her disclosure drives Adam to a state of irrational jealousy. He doesn’t know how he could compete with a woman, and his suspicions—which Nina views as hypocritical—lead them both to make decisions they may live to regret.

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#TRRparty #Featured #Book The Other P-Word by M.K. Schiller (@mkschiller @Totally_Bound)

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Suffering from a dark past, he lives his life with passion but no purpose. She planned everything…except him.

Billie Price has always had a plan for her life. On the surface, it all appears on track. But there has always been something missing. Even though she has a purpose, there is no passion to fuel it. Then she meets a mysterious stranger with a dark past. Except Evan Wright is all kinds of wrong—the tattoo-clad, guitar-strumming, Harley-riding modern day drifter is definitely not the right man for her. Yet she finds herself drawn to him and The Lost Souls’ Club—the eclectic bar where he works. As all her carefully strung plans unravel, Evan is there to comfort her. As their attraction grows, Billie can’t resist the temptation, even though Evan will leave in the fall. At least they have all summer together, not to mention the man knows how to narrate the perfect sex scene for the book she’s writing. But as she crashes into Evan’s world, Billie has to ask herself—can passion prevail when there is no purpose?

Reader Advisory: This book contains scenes of anal sex. Warning—this book contains one raunchy tattoo-clad musician who can rock his tongue as well as a guitar!

Publisher Note: This book is part of a series but can be read as a standalone novel, as can any of the books in the In Other Words Series.

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#TRRparty #Featured #Book Love Comes to Everyone by R.F. Louis (@eXtasyBooks)

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Karen Riggs laments her unfulfilling life, thinking that true love has passed her by, that it is too late for her to ever find it. However, a chance meeting with a much younger Tom Clark gives her the opportunity to experience all the romance and passion she should have had decades ago. The encounter leaves her torn between wanting more and wishing it had never happened. When what she believes is a one-night stand turns into a whirlwind romance she discovers a whole new side of herself she never knew existed. As she plunges further into the relationship, she falls further away from the truth she must tell Tom if she wants their love to succeed.

It all comes crashing down around her when tragedy strikes and she is forced to reveal the shocking secret she has been keeping.

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#Romance #BookRecommendations from Ashia #TheRomanceReviews

Genre: Chick Lit, Romantic Comedy

It’s rare to read a book that touches you on so many levels. LOVE LIKE THE MOVIES is more than a rom-com; it’s about love, life and choices–the ones we make and the ones that are forced upon us. And courage, of course.

What makes this book fun to read is the author’s writing style–clear and smooth, with a dry wit. She also knows how to time things perfectly to get the most impact or laugh-out-loud laughter. Another fun factor was the movie reference, and while there are some I haven’t watched, I wasn’t lost at all, as the author gave a short, relevant summary when referencing it. The movies were a living, breathing thing, almost as good as another character.

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Genre: Erotic Contemporary Romance

Hot and sexy, funny and charming!

This book should have been titled “His Hotness, Caleb Anderson”. Boy, is he hot! And oozing with charm. I love when he goes dominant and commanding on Evie. Born to wealth, he doesn’t need to work, and…he doesn’t. That bothered me a bit. But we see his growth through the story, how Evie’s entrance into his life makes him yearn (finally) to have a purpose and explore his potential to be more.

This is a very sexy book, hot and sizzling, with great, unforgettable characters.

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Genre: Contemporary Romance

Romantic, refreshing and perfect. Though it’s a Valentine’s Day story, it’s really a good one to read during any season, especially if you need a little cheering up.

The story is written well, and the author manages to captivate and intrigue, despite there being not much dialogue. The letter that Reese wrote is wonderful and upbeat. Ms. Ackers is a master wordsmith, and we can see that in the content of these letters.

And the cover is just…perfect! I love it!

Though the story was short, I thought it was the right length for this story, ending on a note of possibilities and hope. One of the best short stories I’ve read! Highly recommended.

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Genre: Romantic Suspense

Ms. Robards’ mastery with words and superb storytelling make this a compelling read. She was able to make me suspend disbelief about a lot of things regarding the paranormal, not the least of which is a romance between a ghost and a human, and not only that, but she makes me want more!

And the ending, oh, THE ENDING!!! I thought the part where we saw Michael’s POV was poignant, bittersweet. (I read it again and again.) And the rest…was unexpected and there’s certainly the potential for more. I like all the possibilities it opens up… I want to read the next chapter in Charlie and Michael’s life RIGHT NOW.

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Genre: New Adult

Definitely worth reading!

The story was a light, fun read, yet it was compelling all the same. I couldn’t put my Kindle down! I thought the author captured the issues that young adults their age feel perfectly. I like the way the Stephanie and Ethan revealed their deepest secrets in stages, as it gave the characters and the reader time to digest the revelation and how it had affected them before we are hit with the next bomb.

I totally enjoyed the story, certainly a fun re-imagining of the story of Pygmalion. Don’t miss this!

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Genre: New Adult

MAKE IT COUNT is one of those books that resonates with you and stays with you long after you have finished reading it. A true keeper, and a book I’m certain to reread time and again.

I find it hard to believe MAKE IT COUNT is Megan Erickson’s debut book. I have to commend this talented author on the great plotting, unforgettable characters, her courage in tackling important issues, and superb storytelling wrapped up in humor and wit. I like that she takes the time to let the story unfold, and to show rather than tell, creating in the reader an indelible picture of Kat and Alec and the journey they went through to be a couple, both individually and together.

Best of all, MAKE IT COUNT has heart. It’s there in the issues the author tackled with tact and sensitivity. Her characters are also not cardboard characters, but persons with depth and substance, much like the book is.

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#TRRparty #Featured #Book : Kiss A Cowboy by Deanna Lynn Sletten (@DeannaLSletten)

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Sometimes fate steps in and changes everything…

Andi Stevens drives away from her home town of Seattle and says goodbye to her sister to begin a new life with her fiancé in Buffalo, New York. When her car breaks down in the mountains of Montana, she reluctantly knocks on the door of a cabin for help. What she finds is Luke Brennan, the most handsome man she’s ever met, who appears annoyed by her bothering him and is also downright rude. He takes her up to the main ranch house where his mother welcomes her warmly, opening their home to her for as long as she needs to stay. Andi quickly falls in love with the ranch and its occupants, and the beauty of Montana. And no matter how hard they fight it, she and the brooding cowboy form a bond that becomes stronger by the day. Andi soon finds herself struggling with her promise to marry one man and the attraction she feels for another.

Luke Brennan isn’t interested in having his heart broken again. He’s loved and lost once, and he’s hardened his heart against ever falling in love again. But when a beautiful woman with the most tantalizing green eyes shows up at his door one night, he is taken by surprise. As hard as he tries to stay away from Andi, he finds himself drawn to her time and time again. But she’s a city girl, and engaged to another man. She’s off limits. Yet, he finds his heart slowly giving itself away to this woman. Should he bet against all odds and tell her how he feels before it’s too late?

Does fate hold all the cards for the cowboy and the city girl, or will they choose their own destinies?

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#TRRparty #Featured #Book : The Reunion by Marina Martindale (@MarinaMartindal)

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Gillian Matthews is becoming famous in the art world. All her hard work has finally paid off and her paintings are being sold in several prestigious art galleries. Yet in spite of her success and accomplishments, one thing has always eluded her—true love.

Then one night, during her opening at a Denver art gallery, a man from her past suddenly and unexpectedly appears. Her long lost true love. The one man she never forgot, never got over, and never expected to ever see again. After being apart for many years, will Gillian finally have a second chance for happiness?

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#Excerpt : Love Like the Movies by Victoria Van Tiem (@vtiem @xoxoafterdark @Pocket_Books #PocketStarENights)

 

In this irresistible romantic romp, movie fanatic Kensington Shaw is thrown into love—Hollywood-style—when her gorgeous ex presents a series of big screen challenges to win back her heart.

What girl wouldn’t want to experience the Pretty Woman shopping scene? It’s number two on the list. Or, try the lift from Dirty Dancing? It’s number five. One list, ten romantic movie moments, and a handful of shenanigans later, Kenzi has to wonder…should she marry the man her family loves, or risk everything for a love like the movies?

 

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With a fresh cup of coffee, I’m back at my desk just as Clive’s door opens. Bradley and Shane both emerge. With my back ramrod straight, I open a new document and tap away at the keys like I’m deep in a major idea storm and can’t keep up with the flow.

They’re walking over here. Without looking up, I type the same sentence again, and then ad lib. Idea storm and can’t keep up with the flow. Tons of ideas. Lots of ideas—

Shane’s standing right in front of my desk. “Good morning, Kensington.” His floppy dark hair is pushed back off his face and a hint of growth now covers his jaw. His lips are curved slightly and my gaze falls to them.

“Hi, hon,” Bradley says, striding up beside him before I can respond. He looks polished and handsome in the light-blue shirt I bought for his last birthday.

I peer over my laptop screen and smile brightly at him, ignoring Shane. “Morning, what’s on the agenda today?” I keep typing random sentences, because I’m much too busy to stop. I type, much too busy to stop.

“I thought we could brainstorm during an outing. Maybe hash out the list,” Shane says to the side of my head because I’m still smiling at Bradley. My fiancé. Who’s still upset with me.

I pause and do my best to look apologetic. “Oh, it’s Wednesday. Bradley and I have a standing lunch date.” There. I looked at him.

Bradley rocks back on his heels. “Oh, yeah, sorry, can’t. Tonya and I are meeting with the Indianapolis Symphony about a new print initiative.” His eyes narrow. “Is that a new dress?”

I can feel my face warm. “What? No, you’ve seen this before.” He actually has. I furrow my brows in a you-don’t-know-what-you’re-talking-about look.

“Sorry ’bout lunch, but I may be able to score symphony tickets from today’s meeting.”

“Great,” I say and smile even brighter at Bradley. It’s megawatt and directed only at him. I love the symphony. It’s an excuse to get dressed up and the theater’s absolutely beautiful. It also doesn’t hurt that he said that in front of Shane. See? We’re happy. In fact, I’m beaming.

Bradley taps my desk and smiles. “I do like that dress. You look gorgeous.” He nods to Shane. No smile. “Bennett.” He turns and walks toward his office.

Yay, Bradley. I’m so wearing something silky for him this weekend. I look back at my computer screen and keep ignoring Shane in case Bradley—yup, he just looked back. I smile. Having Shane here is bothering him. I just need to not aggravate the situation and stay focused on what’s at stake: job, bonus, wedding, and family . . . in other words, everything.

Shane’s still standing here.

“So, what time are you free?” He moves to my side of the desk and peers down at the screen.

What is he doing? I try to bring up the Microsoft Office calendar again, but I already closed out. I can’t just close the laptop. It’ll appear like I’m hiding something.

My chat window pops up. It’s Ellie. Can Shane see the screen? I can’t tell. The back of my neck warms as I glance at the message.

     ELLIE-BELL: Has your ex Mr. Britain seen you in that dress yet? Did his jaw drop?

I turn quickly, to distract him. “How ’bout noon? I’m sure that’ll work.” My voice is shaky, trying to play it off.

“Actually, I have a late lunch over at the mall. Can you meet me there around four? Front entrance?”

“Sure. Oh, um, would you mind if we met in front of Fossie’s? I have to grab a baby gift off the registry for my sister-in-law, so I could meet you after . . . ?”

“It’s Fossie’s at four then.” Shane turns to leave but then looks back, his gaze skimming the length of my dress. “For the record, I, ah, prefer your overalls. But I can see why Bradley likes that dress.” A sly smile twists on his lips.

Without another word he turns on his heels, leaving me to slowly bleed out from embarrassment. I drop my head in my hands. Ugh . . . this dress. So much for confident, together, and ready for business.

Approaching the registry kiosk, I type in Ren’s name and wait for the printout. I haven’t even thought of registering yet. With my luck, when it’s time for a wedding shower, Mom will want to have Ren’s big baby shower. My stomach wrenches and sours.

I’m watching the machine slowly spit out Ren’s list: mahogany crib and dresser set, glider chair for the nursery, all-terrain jogging stroller . . . there’s nothing under four hundred dollars. What is she thinking?

When I look up, I spot Shane in the main aisle walking in my direction. Wait, he’s early. I dodge a woman who’s pushing a stroller with one hand and holding on to a toddler with the other. The little girl has adorable blond curls and rounded cheeks. She waves at me with a chubby hand and I can’t help smiling.

My expression drops as I near Shane. “Hi, you’re early. You said four, right?” I point back toward the direction I came. “I, um, haven’t even started yet.”

Shane looks at his watch. “Oh, so I am. Not a problem.” He motions toward the department and begins walking. “When’s your sister-in-law due?”

“Oh, um, not until spring.” I match his stride. So he’s coming with me? “I guess my engagement dinner is now an engagement slash early baby shower with the family, so we’re giving our gifts now.” My words spill out with an unintentionally wounded tone.

Shane looks puzzled. “Wait, I thought you said your mom had everything planned? Why would they change it all of a sudden?”

My cheeks warm. I forgot I told him. “Um, I must’ve gotten it wrong. The phone disconnected, and I guess, well . . .” I look away and say under my breath, “Ya know, I assumed.”

“Some things never change.” Shane huffs and shakes his head, then looks around. “I’ll, ah, be right back.”

There’s a warm glow in my chest from his words. Shane’s spent time with my family and gets how it is for me. He always took my side.

At this point, I think my family should just forget about the engagement dinner. We can make the get-together about Ren. The whole thing feels like an obligation, anyway. Like I’m an inconvenience imposing on Ren’s special day. Not quite good enough to merit my own.

My attention falls on a display table with little baby booties. They’re knitted to imitate miniature fashion boots. As I run my fingers over the texture, a goofy grin fixes on my face. They’re so stinkin’ cute. When I glance up, I find Shane watching me from across the display.

“They’re just so tiny.” My nose wrinkles. “Can you imagine the little feet, and the itty-bitty toes that would fit in these?”

“I can imagine a lot of things.”

My whole body stiffens. An unexpected tsunami of displaced emotion detonates without warning, washing over me in an instant. I look away. Anywhere. The booties. My hands. His.

Wait. “Why do you have scanner guns?”

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