✍🏻 Professor Romance’s 5 ⭐️ Review: Max Monroe’s Best Friends Don’t Kiss ✍🏻

Overall Grade: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

One day, I decided to read some of Max Monroe’s GoodReads reviews, and I was astounded. For the most part, the readers are like me: in fluffing love with Max Monroe’s brand of romantic comedy. My book bestie, Melissa, and I celebrate when an upcoming release day is nigh for one of their books. For those of you who adore them, you know the power their books hold in your life: they are the perfect medicine for what ails the doldrums of your life. For those of you who haven’t read Max Monroe, go back to the beginning and start with Tapping the Billionaire. Then, we can talk when you’ve read their billionaire booklist. Because I think most of you will agree: Max Monroe bring the funny and tickle your humerus bone to delight. 

But I digress. 

So I was reading their reviews on a day when I was procrastinating on my grading, and I was SHOCKED with a capital S. There are people who don’t find the comedy of this superduo’s romances funny. They talked about the contrived nature of their whimsy. And I was reminded that some witticisms are completely lost on people. In a world that often seems dark and depressing, that makes me sad because I think if you asked Max Monroe about their reasons for writing romance, they would tell you it is to bring light and life into this oftentimes depressing world. And whether you feel their humor is contrived or derivative, or you lack a sense of humor, what Max Monroe do continuously is write romances that make you feel all squishy inside. Not everything in romancelandia needs to be so serious. Not that Max Monroe don’t infuse solemnity into their story-telling, because they do. In fact, they made me tear up in their newest book, Best Friends Don’t Kiss. However, they simply write characters whom you can’t help but adore with heroes and heroines who adore each other and who have stories that feel real but imaginary at the same time. For me, that is the magic of a Max Monroe romance, and this reader will buy their stories, over and over again, because they infuse joy and happiness into my sometimes difficult life. And why does this matter here in this review? Because their newest book, Best Friends Don’t Kiss (BFDK) exemplifies Max Monroe’s mission of writing romance that just plain makes you feel good. 

As I was reading BFDK, I was taking notes. I do that often when I read because I’m middle-aged and my memory isn’t the best, so I’ve decided for the purposes of this review to share them with you. For your reference, this is a 5 star read for me, so let’s get that out of the way. But to understand why I love this book and why you should read it, here goes with my notes:

*Do you ever think that the Max Monroe billionaires are this living breathing collective organism? And they exist solely to spread smiles everywhere? I don’t know that Max Monroe can ever fully leave them because as a group they call out to Max Monroe’s fans. I wonder if Max Monroe feel shackled to that crew of love-obsessed crazies. Because I think it’s a requirement not for Max Monroe to write one book a year (or maybe even more) with this group in tow. And thankfully, BFDK has the version of them we love, especially Thatch. 

*Part of the story is set in New York, and part of it is set in Vermont where Ava, the heroine’s family resides. Ava wants a “white Christmas” in Vermont, and weaving their magic, Max Monroe make it snow on Christmas Day, which gives me all the feels because I feel this strong allusion to my favorite Christmas movie, White Christmas. As Ava and Luke gaze on the falling snow, I thought of the song in that movie: “snow, snow, snow, snow, SNOOOOOWWWW.” In that moment, this feeling of nostalgia and peace blanketed me. 

*I continue to adore Kline Brooks, the OG billionaire. I can’t get away from it even though Max Monroe craft heroes who you fall for. In this book, Luke London follows that tradition. For one, I go into heat over alliterative heroic names. That guaranteed my buy-in. That he (1) sees Ava clearly, (2) anticipates her wants and needs, (3) adores her even as a friend, and (4) falls heartwarmingly in love with this quirky artist makes him a swoony hero. Kline reigns supreme as my favorite Max Monroe hero, but Luke ain’t so bad. If you leave this book without some adoration or admiration for Luke London, then your heart may be dead. (just kidding…well, maybe). 

*The careful plotting of this book showcases Max Monroe’s ability to build the appropriate tension and release. This book is a slow-burn, but Ava and Luke’s chemistry peaks at the most perfect moment. Max Monroe hold you in their thrall until the right time, and that illustrates their abilities as authors to draw in their reader, suspend them in their story, and leave them with a book hangover, pining for more of their hero and heroine’s story. This is the case with BFDK. I want a bonus scene beyond Ava and Luke’s epilogue which does a beautiful job of showing us their life together. Max Monroe have invested me in their life that they make me want more. Call me greedy.

*Beyond the cast of billionaires, Max Monroe have created a zany cast of characters in the form of Ava’s family. Add to that the salt of a mean girl posse at a 15-year class reunion, and you have this world of people who add color to Luke and Ava’s story. They make you laugh and cringe and feel anger and tear up. This creates a further investment into Luke and Ava’s journey. 

Honestly, I could keep writing about all the ways that Best Friends Don’t Kiss touched my heart. Some of the early reviewers have talked about how this is the perfect book for right now, in the midst of a pandemic, days after a contentious election, with the holidays before us. And they aren’t wrong. This book feels like a little bit of magic right now, the type of magic that seems like it might stay with you for a bit of time, shining light into a world that needs it. There is no doubt that Max Monroe have done it again.

In love and romance,

Professor A

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Best friends don’t kiss…
But maybe it doesn’t count if it’s pretend?

Best Friends Don’t Kiss, an all new LOL flirty and swoon-worthy friends-to-lovers rom com from New York Times bestselling author Max Monroe available now!

Goal: Find a boyfriend, get married, buy a house in the suburbs with a white picket fence, and pop out 2.5 kids.

Deadline: Sixty days.

That’s possible, right?

HAHAHA. *Faints*

I’m kidding. Well, kind of. I mean, I’m not going to attempt a shotgun wedding or try to get knocked up by some guy I met on the internet, but there is no doubt that, this year, home for the holidaystakes on a whole new, terrifying meaning.

I have to travel from New York City—my home and safe haven for the last fifteen years—to my tiny hometown in Vermont for Christmas, my baby sister’s wedding, and my high school reunion.

Talk about a trifecta of single-doom.

Throw in Callie Camden—aka my high school class’s version of Regina George—and it’s a recipe for certified disaster.

Especially since my mouth ran away from me when she asked me if I’d be bringing someone to our reunion, and I told her to put me down for two.
Gah. Now I can’t go alone.

But the online dating world is a cesspool of bad manners, speedy hookups, and outright weirdos.

Handsome, single, successful—that’s what I’m looking for.
And it just so happens that my best friend Luke London fits all of the criteria.

The only problem is best friends don’t kiss…

But maybe it doesn’t count if it’s pretend?

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A duo of romance authors team up under the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling pseudonym Max Monroe to bring you sexy, laugh-out-loud reads.

Max Monroe is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author of more than ten contemporary romance titles. Favorite writing partners and long time friends, Max and Monroe strive to live and write all the fun, sexy swoon so often missing from their Facebook newsfeed. Sarcastic by nature, their two writing souls feel like they’ve found their other half. This is their most favorite adventure thus far.

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He’s my brother’s best friend.

The hot single dad next door.

And one accidental sext later, my massive crush on him is no longer a secret.

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He’s my brother’s best friend.

The hot single dad next door.

And one accidental sext later, my massive crush on him is no longer a secret.

It’s my own damn fault. I’m thirty years old, for heaven’s sake. I’m a kindergarten teacher and a (reasonably) responsible adult. I should know better than to get tipsy and draft a fake text listing all the dirty things I wish Officer Cole Mitchell would do to me.

I wasn’t supposed to hit send.

He wasn’t supposed to see it.

And he definitely wasn’t supposed to text back telling me to go on . . .

Because after that, things escalate quickly.

Cole is everything I’ve ever wanted. He’s sexy and protective. A devoted father to his little girl. A dedicated cop the whole town adores. The kind of guy you can trust to keep his hands to himself, even when you’re desperately hoping he won’t.

I’m not the girl he thought he’d end up with, but after all this time, I might finally get the chance to say the words I’ve always dreamed of . . . make me yours.

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Darlene spoke up. “My mother passed them down to me, and I want to make sure they’re in good condition so I can leave them to Cheyenne when she gets married.” Then she crossed herself and closed her eyes, her lips moving in a quick, silent prayer.

 Cheyenne ignored her mother and addressed Mariah again. “My brother and I always had to wash and dry the wedding china on holidays before we went to bed. It took forever.”

“I’d stay and help you, sis, but I have to get Blair home. Sorry.” Griffin gave her a grin that said he wasn’t the least bit sorry, and Cheyenne stuck her tongue out at him. 

“Cole, why don’t you stay and give Cheyenne a hand?” My mother suggested, wrapping her scarf around her neck. 

“That’s a great idea,” Darlene said brightly. Then she sort of bent over and rubbed one hip, her expression agonized. “I’d help her myself but I’ve been on my feet a lot today and the doctor said that isn’t good for my joints.”

“You should just get to bed, Darlene,”my mother said, shepherding Mariah toward the front door. “Cole will be more than happy to stay and help Cheyenne.”

“Oh, that’s okay.” Cheyenne smiled at me and shook her head. “I can handle them.”

But Darlene beamed at me, reaching over and snatching my coat out of my hands. “That’s so nice of you, Cole. I’ll just hang this in the front closet.” Before she left the room, she and my mother exchanged a look that had me wondering if the whole helping-with-the-dishes thing had been a set-up. 

Either way, ten minutes later Cheyenne and I were pushing up our sleeves in the kitchen, the house dark and silent except for the running faucet and the hum of the dishwasher. 

“I’ll wash, you dry?” she asked, adding dish soap to the side of the sink she’d plugged and lined with a towel. 


She took a plate from the stack to her left and placed it in the warm soapy water. “Oh! I almost forgot.” Slipping her rings and bracelets off, she set them on the windowsill above the sink. “So I don’t scratch anything,” she explained. 

“Oh.” I glanced down at my wedding ring. “It’s okay,” she said quickly. “You don’t have to take it off.”

“It’s fine,” I said, working it off my finger and placing it on the sill next to her jewelry. For some reason, I felt compelled to explain why I still wore it all the time. “Mariah once told me she likes when I wear it, so  .  .  .”

“I think it’s nice, ”she said. “I like a guy who wears his ring. It says something about him, you know?”

I nodded, my attraction to her growing even stronger. “Still, we’d better be careful with these dishes.”

“Damn right, we’d better,” she deadpanned. “This is my fucking wedding china, Cole. If we even look at it wrong, I might end up a spinster.” She laughed as she gently scrubbed the plate with a cloth. “My God. Is she not totally ridiculous?”

“She’s pretty bad,” I agreed, taking the plate from her and carefully drying it with the soft clean towel she’d given me. “But mine wasn’t much better tonight. Did you have the feeling something was up between them as we were saying goodnight?”

Yes,” she said. “And it’s probably my fault because I made the mistake of telling my mom you bought me dinner last night. In her mind, I believe we are now betrothed.”

I laughed. “That’s all it takes, huh?”

“Apparently. Tomorrow I’ll be pregnant because we washed dishes together after dark.”

“Wow. Guess I should have worn the rubber gloves.”

About Melanie

USA Today bestselling author Melanie Harlow likes her martinis dry, her heels high, and her history with the naughty bits left in. When she’s not writing or reading, she gets her kicks from TV series like Schitt’s Creek, Homeland, and Fleabag. She occasionally runs three miles, but only so she can have more gin and steak.

Melanie is the author of the CLOVERLEIGH FARMS series, the ONE & ONLY series, AFTER WE FALL series, the HAPPY CRAZY LOVE series, the FRENCHED series, and the sexy historical SPEAK EASY duet, set in the 1920s. She lifts her glass to romance readers and writers from her home near Detroit, MI, where she lives with her husband, two daughters, and pet rabbit.

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✍🏻 Are you ready for December when three beloved authors release books in the same universe? Check out the teaser for Adriana Locke’s The Relationship Pact, coming on December 17th. ✍🏻

Release Date: December 17th

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How hard can it be?

That was the question rolling around Larissa Mason’s mind just before she asked Hollis Hudson to be her fake boyfriend.
It was only supposed to be for five minutes, after all.
Granted, that was also before she felt his hand on the small of her back as he charmed the heck out of her family.

She hadn’t heard his laugh yet either.

And it was definitely before she saw the football god shirtless. Otherwise, she would’ve had an idea of just how hard some things could be.
It turns out that pretending to be in love with a crazily handsome, somewhat enigmatic, and absolutely unforgettable tight end (that has an amazing tight end) is easy.
Reminding herself that just because opposites attract doesn’t mean they’re forever is much harder.

What they have isn’t love—it’s a relationship pact. Right?

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USA Today and Washington Post bestselling author Adriana Locke lives and breathes books. After years of slightly obsessive relationships with the flawed bad boys created by other authors, Adriana has created her own.

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✍🏻 Kendall Ryan’s My Brother’s Roommate, book 2 in her Frisky Business series, is coming December 1st, and I have a quick teaser! ✍🏻

My Brother’s Roommate

By Kendall Ryan

Release Day: December 1, 2020

About the Book

There are a few things you should know about my brother’s roommate.

Wolfie Cox is . . . complicated. Terminally sexy, and more importantly, he has an impressive stick lodged so far up his ass, he’s about as emotionally available as a chinchilla. Actually, that might be an insult to the chinchilla community.

So, naturally, I want to ride him like a bicycle.

He thinks I hate him. Mostly because I’ve led him to believe this. It’s easier than admitting the alternative.

And while Wolfie is about as soft and cuddly as a fork, I’m the opposite. A good girl. Reliable. Conscientious. Oh, and completely panicked about an upcoming work conference.

Wolfie’s usually allergic to altruism, so when my brother volun-tells him to help me out by escorting me to said conference where everyone else will have a plus-one . . . I say thanks, but no thanks. Surprisingly, Wolfie is unflinching about this. And that’s the story about how I got stuck in a hotel with my brother’s hot (grouchy) roommate.

Thank you for coming to my TED talk.

In all seriousness, this isn’t a game to me, and hormones aside, I need to impress my boss this week so the promotion I’ve worked hard for doesn’t get handed to his spineless nephew. But with Wolfie and me sharing a hotel bed, things get confusing quickly.

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✍🏻 Professor Romance’s 5 ⭐️ Review: Laurelin Paige’s Man in Love ✍🏻

Overall Grade: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

If you haven’t read Laurelin Paige, there is something you should understand about her romances. They usually involve heroes most would term “alpha-heroes.” These are men with decided views on life, and controlling situations is their superpower. It’s actually quite interesting how she oftentimes quiets them. She tends to write duets or trilogies, and the first book or two are narrated through one point of view: the heroes. As a reader, it’s maddening as you encounter these overtly dominant masculine overtures through the specter of the heroine’s voice, and you long for the hero’s point of view, to read their longing for the heroine. Because that is key to a Paige romance: the hero falls decidedly hard, usually against his own better judgment, for the heroine of the story. It becomes a requirement of her heroes to do so, and the heroine’s point of view encapsulates it in a way that makes us distrust the hero’s motives. What does this mean: her heroines oftentimes are unreliable narrators. In crafting her romances this way, it creates a tension that drives her readers forward, and you can’t help but gorge on the manna of her stories because the trials and tribulations of their journey are heartfelt and oftentimes angsty. Yet, her heroes exist in a world of dominance, deftly positioning their heroines in emotional, mental, and physical spaces that can make the reader feel uncomfortable, given our own world. I’m sure many of us would rebuke a Paige hero (even though we might fantasize about that level of dominance). In a #metoo world, romance can problematize heroic constructions. 

Enter Laurelin Paige’s Man in Charge duet. With Man on Top, Man in Charge, and now, Man in Love, Paige has aptly written a hero in Scott Sebastian who is challenged by his privilege and his gender. One of the most insightful aspects of reading Man in Charge and Man in Love is the internal dialogue of her hero, specifically in Man in Love. What Paige has done is evolve her typical Paige hero into a “woke” representation of a modern-day hero, one perched ready to acknowledge his shortcomings so that he can become a better partner for his heroine. And this, my friends, is an exciting turn for romance, whether we want to admit it or not. 

Man in Love, Paige’s final book in this duet, is the continuing story of Scott Sebastian and Tessa Turani. I will provide no story summary because the blurb for this book offers enough, and I don’t want to spoil anything about this book, given that Paige left us with a cliffhanger in Man in Charge. What should you know?

  • The chemistry between Scott and Tessa continues on its fiery path. This is also one of my favorite parts of a Laurelin Paige romance. They are so darn hot, and Tessa and Scott are no different. Their $exual tension bleeds off the page. Yet, it’s also their emotional connection that draws you into their journey.
  • I mentioned Paige’s undercurrent of discussions about privilege in my Man in Charge review. This conversation continues in Man in Love. When Scott ponders how Tessa makes him “a better man,” he’s noting how she challenges hiim to see the world beyond his privileged one. Interestingly enough, Scott and Tessa’s lives are very similar while seemingly dissimilar. Each is struggling with various restrictions to their freedom. One would think that Scott, with his family’s money and legacy, would have the most freedom, but Paige explores that his freedom is restricted if he follows his family’s expectations for him. His familial responsibility restrains him in ways he doesn’t realize until Tessa. Like Scott, Tessa is hindered by her lack of resources and the mindset of “settling.” Until she meets Scott, she doesn’t realize that her mindset is hindered, and it’s the potential cause of feeling caged by her job, her friendship, and past love relationships. Paige enters us brilliantly into this discussion of privilege forcing us to question its impact on our thinking. While it would seem counterintuitive to engage in these discussions about privilege, racial injustice, and gender inequality, romances provide the perfect platform as love as a vessel for empathy is the answer to remedying these issues.
  • As I mentioned earlier in this review, Scott Sebastian’s characterization is the best part of this book. He is similar and yet different from Paige’s other alpha-heroes. There is a compassion and empathy in him that cause him to question his life, but he still maintains his alpha-hero status. What I especially loved is Paige’s focus on the ways in which Scott espouses some traits of toxic masculinity, namely in his want to protect Tessa from outside forces and his “speaking for her.” Yet, Paige has crafted a bold, intelligent, insightful heroine in Tessa, and she confronts him when he acts as some of Paige’s other heroes have acted. From a reader standpoint, you understand this to be a typical move for romance heroes, but Paige seems to be upending and placing a magnifying glass over those toxic traits in romance heroes. That discord between them is a conduit for re-thinking aspects of romance that aren’t always healthy in their depictions of masculinity and femininity. 
  • And one final favorite facet of Paige’s Man in Love is her portrayal of female friendships. When I read Man in Charge (and I’m fairly sure I mentioned this in my review), the movie Working Girl came to mind. Figuring that I had it right, I was pleasantly surprised when Paige notes it as her inspiration in her end note. In that explanation, she points to a serious flaw in the original movie: the way in which a female power relationship undermines equality for women in the workplace, casting a female as a villain towards the heroine of that movie. In Man in Love, Paige absolutely rectifies this error. She casts a keen vision for setting a place for all women at the table of humanity, and it challenges the reader to be mindful of the ways we potentially denigrate our own $ex. That’s a powerful message, thoughtprovoking and important for our society today.

Laurelin Paige’s Man in Love provides the perfect ending to her Man in Charge duet. It’s a respite from our world with dissension and ugliness at every turn. Even as her characters encounter potentially unsurmountable troubles, Paige deftly guides them to an ending that challenges us, engages us, and leaves us swooning with adoration. This duet is an apt example of the ways in which romancelandia can embrace contentious societal issues and spin them into productive solutions for change. Writing should reflect humanity and challenge us to become better humans. And Paige’s Man in Charge duet is continuing that charge. 

In love and romance, 

Professor A

✍🏻 It’s FINALLY here! Laurelin Paige’s final book of her Man in Charge duet is LIVE. Are you ready for swoony Scott Sebastian and Tessa’s conclusion? ✍🏻

MAN IN LOVE (Man in Charge Duet #2) by Laurelin Paige
Release Date: November 24th

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Scott Sebastian is a liar.

Fitting, since I’m a liar too.

Yet there’s no place for me in his glittering world of half-truths.

With all our secrets in the open, I should stop trying. What I’ve learned should send me running far away. I can’t keep pining for a man in love if I’m not the woman he’s in love with.

But it’s not that easy to escape the Sebastians. I already knew they owned this city.

Now I’ll find out if they also own their son.

About the Author:
With millions of books sold worldwide, Laurelin Paige is a New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today Bestselling Author. She is a sucker for a good romance and gets giddy anytime there’s kissing, much to the embarrassment of her three daughters. Her husband doesn’t seem to complain, however.

When she isn’t reading or writing sexy stories, she’s probably singing, watching Killing Eve or Letterkenny, or dreaming of Michael Fassbender. She’s also a proud member of Mensa International though she doesn’t do anything with the organization except use it as material for her bio.

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✍🏻 Professor Romance’s 4 ⭐️ Review: Erin Nicholas’s Oh, Fudge ✍🏻

Overall Grade: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

If you have found yourself dedicated to Erin Nicholas’s Hot Cakes series, then you’re probably excited about Oh, Fudge, the next book in the Hot Cakes series. This book tells the story of Paige, Josie’s younger sister, the yoga-teaching, cat-adopting, vegetarian. What you should know before entering this book is that 1) it’s a novella at 100-some odd pages, 2) it’s a prequel for the sixth book of Nicholas’s Boys of the Bayou series, and 3) it’s pure set up for some big changes for Paige. 

Oh, Fudge reads like a novella of background information. While I haven’t read Nicholas’s Boys of the Bayou series, it was helpful in understanding Mitch, whom I imagine has played small parts in that series’ books. Oh, Fudge also provides more backstory on Paige. While we know her as an ancillary character in the earlier Hot Cakes books, we find out quickly that she is the antithesis to her sister Josie, who is in love with love. As such, Paige is interested in momentary hook-ups. The problem becomes her interest in Mitch and his interest in Paige. This novella illustrates the complicated feelings in the characters of their upcoming book, Four Weddings and a Swamp Boat Tour

The only real connection in this book to the earlier books of Hot Cakes series is the hot and heavy way that Nicholas weaves in food and the bedroom. Much as we see in those books, Nicholas loves to incorporate this fetish into her Hot Cakes book, and fudge is the central food for this book. Where Oh, Fudge deviates from the other stories of this series is it has a clear distinction away from the other characters. Yes, they are all mentioned at one moment in the story, but it’s unlike the other books where the heroes and heroines of those books are intertwined with the other characters. By the end of Oh, Fudge, Nicholas has Paige and Mitch squarely set for the Boys of the Bayou series. And this reader loves cross-over stories, so I’m excited to read that forthcoming book. 

Are Mitch and Paige steamy? Indeed. Does their story provide some basic titillation? Absolutely! Do you get another perspective of Appleby? Yes, yes, and yes! After reading the Hot Cakes series to date, it’s fun to gain another perspective that isn’t grounded in the overwhelming sense of happily-ever-afters with the stories almost being as sweet as the baked goods within their stories. Instead, Oh, Fudge is a nibble at that possibility, yet I imagine there will be more salt in Paige’s story than sweet, and I’m ready for it. 

In love and romance, 

Professor A

✍🏻 Erin Nicholas’s Oh, Fudge is LIVE. Grab this book and read the beginning of Paige and Mitch. ✍🏻

Is this what falling in love feels like?

Oh, Fudge, an all-new sexy and sweet small-town romance from New York Times bestselling author Erin Nicholas is available now!

Paige Asher likes her men the way she likes her coffee: hot, slightly sweet, and only to-go.

The hot friend-of-a-friend she had a scorching single night with was just about perfect–tall, rugged, with a sexy drawl…and on the road out of town by six a.m. the next morning. Long before her mom could start picking out wedding flowers.

But now she can’t stop thinking about the Louisiana boy. His texts make her smile and she suddenly has a craving for gumbo all the time…hot and spicy and far from home.

Mitch Landry had no idea Iowa would be so hospitable to a visitor. He knew the Midwest had a reputation for friendliness but his welcome gift–a sassy, sweet blond who is as no-strings-attached as he is–was a dream come true six months ago.

But why is he still texting her? And why did he jump at the chance to come back to Iowa? And why is he so annoyed by her obvious phobia to commitment this time around? And why is he pretty sure leaving Paige this time is going to be one of the hardest things he’s ever done?

Damn, is this what falling in love feels like?

Oh, fu…fudge.

* a cross-over between the Hot Cakes series and Boys of the Bayou series
* a prequel to Boys of the Bayou book 6

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About Erin Nicholas

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Erin Nicholas has been writing romances almost as long as she’s been reading them. To date, she’s written over thirty sexy, contemporary novels that have been described as “toe-curling,” “enchanting,” “steamy,” and “fun.” She adores reluctant heroes, imperfect heroines, and happily ever afters.
Erin lives in the Midwest, where she enjoys spending time with her husband (who only wants to read the sex scenes in her books), her kids (who will never read the sex scenes in her books), and her family and friends (who claim to be “shocked” by the sex scenes in her books).

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