✍🏻 Professor Romance’s 5 ⭐️ Review: Karla Sorensen’s The Lie ✍🏻

Dear Karla,

Overall Grade: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

I’m not sure if you will see this review. You oftentimes do and bless me with a quick comment, but for some reason, I feel compelled to write directly to you through this review. You see, I was going to start the review by discussing the attributes of the tortured hero, a character deftly developed in Dominic, the hero of your newest book, The Lie. I was going to discuss your impressive capacity to write this indomitable type of hero. With Dominic, it’s clear that the tortured hero must have suffered some kind of personal loss, one that has made him feel as though he needs to control his world by erecting an almost indestructible emotional wall that is difficult to penetrate. It is only with the “right” heroine, someone like your heroine, Faith, who can make it crumble. And that collapsing becomes like the equivalent to a Rocky training scene. Your heart swells as a hero such as Dominic allows the heroine to see his soft side. In The Lie, you construct this so beautifully, turning an incredibly masculine, decidedly grumpy Dominic into an attractive, emotionally available hero who loves his Faith beyond any measure. It’s those moments that make your readers fall in love with you and your beautiful ability to write these types of stories. In fact, my mom is currently reading your Floored. I’ve introduced her to you, and she just told me this morning, as I was driving her to the airport,  that she loves, loves, loves your books. Coming from her, that is high praise. 

But I digress from the intention of this letter to you/review of The Lie. What really connected me to this book, however, revolves around a singular moment in your book. It’s the moment when the other Washington Wolves players are away with Dominic for the week, a time for them to to develop a cohesive relationship. James, the quarterback, has invited Dominic to his home, a feat given that Dominic isn’t the most well-liked player on the WW. When he makes the conscious decision to flay his soul open and lay it bare to the other guys, one of them, the rookie, Cartwright, gives him an important lesson. While Dominic is struggling to repair the situation with Faith (c’mon this is romance, so there will always be something to remedy), Cartwright says, “[y]ou let it be uncomfortable.” He goes on to summarize all the ways that Dominic hadn’t allowed himself to sit in that discomfort, something, I might add, that is difficult to do for a controlling person such as Dominic. Cartwright ends his monologue with this beauty: “…And you can be afraid to admit something to Faith, but don’t make some rash decision to make that fear go away because you’re not actually solving it. You face her like a man and say, I love you and I’m afraid to lose you by telling you this. Then you wait and trust she’ll believe you.” He eventually goes on to say that he was “living in the tension, m-fers.” And it was at this moment when my heart swelled because you placed the sage advice in the most rookiest of rookies. Even more, you touched a place in me because I’ve been living in the tension for two years. It’s uncomfortable and difficult, and like Dominic, it doesn’t have a clear resolution beyond me continuing to work on myself. And for a control freak like myself, this is so. DARN. HARD. Right in this moment, and for the rest of The Lie, I felt completely seen, and isn’t that the most powerful part of writing stories? Isn’t it the way that authors connect themselves to their readers AND to humanity? It’s because of this scene (along with other great parts of your book) that I fell madly, deeply in love with Faith and Dominic. They have definitely set the bar high for Lydia and the broody driver for the next book. 

But I guess I wrote this as a letter to you because I simply wanted to say “thank you.” Thank you for writing these stories that are a combination of “sweet, steamy, and sensitive.” I can share them with my mom and my friends, and I know that they will come away from them feeling fulfilled. 

So that’s it. That’s what I wanted to tell you. 

In love and romance, 

Professor A

✍🏻 If you’re a Saffron A. Kent fan, then you’ve been waiting for the cover of the next St. Mary’s story. Check out Conrad on These Thorn Kisses, coming December 7th. ✍🏻

Release Date: December 7


Eighteen-year-old, Bronwyn Littleton is in love with a stranger she met on a summer night a year ago.

A stranger who was tall and broad in a way that made her feel safe. He had dark blue eyes that she can’t stop drawing in her sketch book. And he had a deep, soothing voice that she can’t stop hearing in her dreams.

That’s all she knows about him though.

Until she runs into him again. At St. Mary’s School for Troubled Teenagers – an all girls reform school – where she’s trapped because of a little crime she committed in the name of her art.

Now she knows that her dream man has a name: Conrad Thorne.

She knows that his eyes are way bluer and way more beautiful than she thought. And that his face is an artist’s wonderland.

But she also knows that Conrad is her best friend’s older brother. Which means he’s completely off-limits. Not to mention, he’s the new soccer coach, which makes him off-limits times two.

What makes him off-limits times three however, and this whole scenario an epic tragedy, is that, Conrad, Wyn’s dream man, has a dream girl of his own.

And he’s as much in love with his dream girl as Wyn is in love with him…

NOTE: This is a STANDALONE set in the world of St. Mary’s.

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Meet Saffron A. Kent

Saffron A. Kent is a USA Today Bestselling Author of Contemporary and New Adult romance.

She has an MFA in Creative Writing and she lives in New York City with her nerdy and supportive husband, along with a million and one books.

She also blogs. Her musings related to life, writing, books and everything in between can be found in her JOURNAL on her website (www.thesaffronkent.com)



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✍🏻 Blog Tour: Lexi Blake’s The Dom Identity ✍🏻

A man with everything.
A woman with nothing left to lose.
A love that might save them both.

The Dom Identity, the all new must read standalone in the Masters and Mercenaries: Reloaded from New York Times bestselling author Lexi Blake is available now!

Read my review HERE.

A man with everything

Michael Malone seems to have it all. A wealthy, loving family. A job that fulfills him. Friends he can count on. But something is missing. He’s spent years watching his brother and close friends get married and start families, but it hasn’t happened for him. When an assignment comes up to investigate fallen Hollywood star Vanessa Hale, he jumps at the chance. She’s gorgeous and potentially deadly. Playing the spy game with her might be just the thing to take his mind off his troubles.

A woman with nothing left to lose

Vanessa Hale had big dreams that ended in scandal. She returned home with nothing but heartache and the desire to find her sister’s killer. The trail points to someone at Lodge Corp, so taking a job with Julian Lodge’s mysterious company is her best option for finding the truth. While she hunts for a killer during the day, she hopes to find some solace at night in The Club. Meeting the gorgeous, sexy and seemingly kind Michael Malone, their chemistry sparks in a way she’s never felt before, and Vanessa thinks maybe her luck has finally changed.

A love that might save them both

When Michael’s true motives are revealed, she will have to find a way to forgive his betrayal. The killer has made Vanessa their next target. Working together and stopping this monster is the only chance for them to have the real love they both deserve.

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New York Times bestselling author Lexi Blake lives in North Texas with her husband and three kids. Since starting her publishing journey in 2010, she’s sold over three million copies of her books. She began writing at a young age, concentrating on plays and journalism. It wasn’t until she started writing romance that she found success. She likes to find humor in the strangest places and believes in happy endings.

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✍🏻 Professor Romance’s 4 ⭐️ Review: Lexi Blake’s The Dom Identity ✍🏻

Overall Grade: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

Like her prior stories in the Masters and Mercenaries universe, Lexi Blake flexes her universe and character building muscles in her newest story, The Dom Identity. Her stories are whirlwinds of characters. In fact, I often wonder how she keeps track of various characters in a variety of series, and The Dom Identity is no different. 

Michael Malone has been a fixture in the past few books of this universe. Having a broken engagement has led him to a life of work and some play, but a lot of loneliness. In this story, he finds himself investigating a former movie star, Vanessa, who has fallen under the scrutiny of Julian Lodge. Michael is tasked with acting as Vanessa’s dom at The Club so that he can investigate the movement of money within Julian’s wife’s business and the attempted hacking of her systems. Julian suspects Vanessa is up to no good; however, much of his suspicion lies with the way she has been written about in the news. Michael too has preconceived notions of her which sway him before he meets her. At their meet-cute, Michael finds himself attracted to her, and he vacillates between his duty and his feelings for her. As their story progresses, Vanessa works to protect herself from her own feelings for Michael, and he falls more and more in attraction to her. However, his investigation is bound to become an issue. Is Vanessa guilty of the actions Julian accuses her of, or will she and Michael find a happy ending, even after she finds out about his investigation of her?

There is much to The Dom Identity. One of the most profound parts of Lexi Blake’s book lies in Acknowledgements. She talks of the challenge by a reader over judgments made by writers about women with fake breasts. This causes her to reconsider the way that we prejudge people on perceptions. As her story spins, Lexi Blake, over and over again, magnifies our willingness to judge people before knowing them. With Vanessa’s characterization, Blake illustrates the way that the media influences our understanding of people, something that is oftentimes skewed. Her fight to live her life on her own terms compels you further into her story. I love how the double-standards of women and men in power is also highlighted. 

Now, Michael is a fair hero. Here’s the thing. He underwhelmed me because he makes choices that seem contrary to his characterization. His unwillingness to tell Vanessa about his investigation feels like a choice he wouldn’t normally make. However, as a Lexi Blake story goes, Michael falls hard and fast for his heroine, and he must make amends when their relationship falls apart. 

Besides the unevenness of Michael’s characterization, I also became weary of Michael and Vanessa’s fight towards vulnerability. It seemed redundant as they played tug-a-war with their feelings. And as a standard of a Blake romance in this series, it takes a life or death situation to place perspective on their situation. 

And yes…there is lots of steam in this book and the characters from other series and stories find purchase in The Dom Identity

If you love romantic suspense with a little BDSM on the side, then Lexi Blake’s newest book is exactly what you need right now. 

In love and romance,

Professor A

✍🏻 Ready for one final story in the World of True North/Busy Bean Cafe series? Love second chance romance like me? Then, Footnote by Alexa Gregory should be on your E-reader Right. Now! ✍🏻

FOOTNOTE BY ALEXA GREGORY

Release Date: September 13, 2021

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Blurb:

A moving second-chance romance where hope can turn history into a footnote.

Sasha Covey needs a rewrite. Or a really big eraser. Her past doesn’t belong in the life she’s trying to rebuild. Her future—and her recovery—depend on a fresh start. Moving to Colebury seems like the perfect test until Penley Brooks waltzes into the Busy Bean. The handsome veterinarian is just as charming as when she fell for him a decade ago. Memories come flooding back, and their connection is as potent as ever.

Trouble is, Sasha has good reason to keep her distance. Her recovery is still new, and the single dad has wounds of his own. After years of being an afterthought, Penley’s goals are finally within reach. As much as she aches to reconnect, Sasha won’t stand in the way of his dreams.

Somehow, that all melts away whenever she’s with Penley. Together, dreaming is a little easier.

But dreams don’t always survive in the real world. Not when the past comes knocking.

Footnote is a standalone small-town romance set in the True North world. 

✍🏻 Have you grabbed R. L. Kenderson’s Sidetracked? This story of rental romance is exactly what you need TODAY! ✍🏻

SIDETRACKED BY R.L. KENDERSON

Release Date: September 13, 2021

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Blurb:

Ms. Sunshine meets Mr. Grumpy! From USA Today bestselling author R.L. Kenderson.

“Sometimes, not knowing where you’re going will lead you to where you need to be.”

CHARLI

My workplace eliminated my position the same month my relationship ended. With nothing keeping me in Richmond, Virginia, I get in my car and head northeast, unsure of where I’ll end up.

Until I walk into The Busy Bean Café.

With the Help Wanted sign and the quote on the wall meant for me, I know I’ve found my new home.

GABE

I gave up my executive job in Boston to come home to help run my family’s hardware store and to open my own handcrafted furniture business. I have specific plans for my life.

Those plans don’t include the coffee shop’s new flighty barista even if she is cute as hell.

But when I become Charli’s landlord, I find it harder than ever to stay away from her. And soon, I don’t want to.

✍🏻 Happy Release Day, Willow Winters! Her Beg for Me is LIVE! ✍🏻

Beg For Me by Willow Winters is now live!

Dark, sexy and incredibly masterful… – Nightbird Novels

They are possessive and brooding.
Damaged and unforgiving.
But most of all, in desperate need of the women they’ve fallen for but should never have touched.

Beg for Me is the complete Merciless World Collection of dark, forbidden and addicting romances.

All 16 of the USA Today best selling novels (as well as 4 extended epilogues) are included.

Prepare to get lost in a merciless world that will never let you go.

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Meet Willow


I started writing after having my little girl, Evie, December of 2015. All during my pregnancy with her I read. I only wanted to read romance novels and I read everything I could get my hands on. I would read a book a day — sometimes two. In January I was staying up late with her and just thinking of all these stories. They came to me constantly. I finally sat down and just started writing. I always wanted to do it so I figured, why not?

I never thought I would reach this point of success to be honest. It’s insane to me that I have connected with so many readers.

And I love each and every one of them for all of their support. I’ll be honest, some days are HARD. I have my littles during the day and I write at night. Some days are just simply exhausting and then I hear from a reader and it motivates me to push through and keep writing. I couldn’t be more grateful for this wonderful career.

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✍🏻 If you fell in love with L.B. Dunbar’s first book in her new Lakeside Cottage series, then you’ll be excited that book 2, Learning at 40, is LIVE. You won’t want to miss Zack’s HEA. ✍🏻

Welcome back to Lakeside Cottage!

A grumpy, newly divorced, single father meets a ray of sunshine in this small town, second-chance romance.

RELEASE DATE: September 16, 2021.

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BLURB:

She didn’t want a one-night stand. He couldn’t promise more than a ten-day fling. Sometimes compromise is all you need.

Zack Weller is timely, orderly, and meticulous. Too bad his seven-year-old, twin sons are hellions. With his divorce final, a two-week vacation beckons him to his best friend’s cottage. Unfortunately, he can’t help the magnetic pull of memories from the house next door—the one that was once his childhood home—or fight the force of nature in the naked woman sunbathing in that backyard.

River Nagle is a free spirit. She understands the trials and tribulations some people face and offers the compassion to deal with them head on. When she inherits a lakeside home, she takes the blessing for what it’s worth: a gift and a new beginning. Until one day two little boys make themselves at home in the tree fort in her backyard and she meets their hot, growly dad who steals her wine, her time, and her heart.

Newly divorced, single father grump meets a ray of sunshine, next-door neighbor in this small town, second chance romance where learning to love over 40 works with the right teacher.

……

What to Expect from Learning at 40

– Grumpy single dad

– Rambunctious twins

– Ray of sunshine, next-door neighbor

– Over 40 romance

– Second chance at love

– Lakeside shenanigans

✍🏻 The series is COMPLETE. Who’s ready for the final episode of Kandi Steiner’s Palm South University. Greek is HERE! Get lost in the stories of Erin, Bear, Skyler, Kip, Cassie, Adam, Ashlei, and Jess for one last time! ✍🏻

Series Complete!

Greek: A New Adult/College Romance  by Kandi Steiner is now live! 

The epic conclusion to the Palm South University Series…

Sisterhood is forever, but can it survive life’s biggest curveballs?

Erin fights for justice while Bear continues to fight his demons in order to be the man he wants to be for the woman he loves. Skyler considers what will come after graduation — and whether or not Kip will be a part of the plan. Cassie and Adam navigate their newfound long distance relationship, and find the path to be bumpier than expected.

Meanwhile, a shocking accident has Ashlei facing the biggest challenges of her life — while Jess has to decide which brother she wants in hers forever.

School is almost over for this university crew, but the drama has just begun.

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Meet Kandi

Kandi Steiner is a bestselling author and whiskey connoisseur living in Tampa, FL. Best known for writing “emotional rollercoaster” stories, she loves bringing flawed characters to life and writing about real, raw romance — in all its forms. No two Kandi Steiner books are the same, and if you’re a lover of angsty, emotional, and inspirational reads, she’s your gal.

An alumna of the University of Central Florida, Kandi graduated with a double major in Creative Writing and Advertising/PR with a minor in Women’s Studies. She started writing back in the 4th grade after reading the first Harry Potter installment. In 6th grade, she wrote and edited her own newspaper and distributed to her classmates. Eventually, the principal caught on and the newspaper was quickly halted, though Kandi tried fighting for her “freedom of press.” She took particular interest in writing romance after college, as she has always been a die hard hopeless romantic, and likes to highlight all the challenges of love as well as the triumphs.

When Kandi isn’t writing, you can find her reading books of all kinds, talking with her extremely vocal cat, and spending time with her friends and family. She enjoys live music, traveling, anything heavy in carbs, beach days, movie marathons, craft beer and sweet wine — not necessarily in that order.

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✍🏻 P. Dangelico has a new story coming in October. Look at her cover for Out of the Blue and preorder your copy today. ✍🏻

P. Dangelico has revealed the cover for Out Of The Blue!

Releasing: October 26, 2021

Blue Baldwin takes no horse crap from anybody. Well, actually, that’s not entirely true. She does take horse crap. Piles of it. The real kind that is–not the metaphorical one. It kind of goes with the job description when you run a large animal rescue. What she does not take, however, is crap from an entitled movie star who needs to reform his rotten image.

Unfortunately, the farm she manages is in trouble and if she doesn’t raise the cash to save it she’ll be homeless along with the precious animals who depend on her. So she’ll grin and bear the King of Hollywood Screw Ups, and the assistant, and the overprotective brother he brings along. I mean, she takes care of large animals for a living. Isn’t that basically the same thing?

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Meet Paola


Paola Dangelico loves romance in all forms, pulp fiction, the NY Jets, and to while away the day at the barn (apparently she does her best thinking shoveling horse poop). She was born in Milan, Italy, grew up in New Jersey watching her father paint the covers of bestselling romance authors like Danielle Steel and Amanda Quick, and after a long stint on the left coast, she returned to the right coast to write about finding love in a modern world. Presently, she resides in New Jersey with her fur family.

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