✍🏻 Are you ready for a new cover from Kendall Ryan? Check out The Bedroom Experiment – coming February 11th 2020 ✍🏻

THE BEDROOM EXPERIMENT

By Kendall Ryan

Release Day: February 11, 2020

About the Book

When your stepbrother is a hot hockey stud with more notches in his bedpost than, well anyone, he’s the perfect candidate to help you gain a little bedroom experience. At least that’s my plan this V-day…

Note: This is a hot and steamy, standalone novelette. Contents include: One sweet but rough-around-the-edges hockey player who’s going a little crazy. One blunt, knows-what-she-wants heroine who picks through his self-defense. No cheating. Low angst. And a sweet, melty HEA.

Also Note: A short story version of this book was previously free for newsletter subscribers, but it has since been heavily rewritten and has more than doubled in length.

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About Kendall Ryan

A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of more than three dozen titles, Kendall Ryan has sold over 3 million books and her books have been translated into several languages in countries around the world.

Her books have also appeared on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists more than 70 times. Ryan has been featured in such publications as USA Today, Newsweek, and InTouch Magazine.

She lives in Texas with her husband and two sons.

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✍🏻 Blog Tour & Excerpt Reveal: Stacey Lynn's Weekend Fling ✍🏻

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It’s just supposed to be a weekend fling. . . .

“Stacey Lynn always knows how to perfectly balance sexy and sweet.”—New York Times bestselling author Lauren Layne

Weekend Fling, an all-new contemporary romance from Stacey Lynn is available now!

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Fresh out of a long-term relationship, Willow Parks is working two jobs and caring for her mother, whose husband left her with nothing but a pile of bills. That’s why Willow made a vow: no men until she figures out her own life.

But while she may not need a man, she could use a break. And a weekend away at a California beach to clear her head? That’s appealing. Even if the offer comes from Trey Collins, the irresistible tech-mogul millionaire who visits her coffee shop every morning like clockwork—and needs a date for his best friend’s wedding. With an adorable, occasional stutter, he refuses to take no for an answer.

Once the weekend begins, Trey is intent on proving how good they can be together. Willow’s even feeling tempted to break her vow—until reality rudely interrupts her well-deserved getaway. There’s no way she and Trey have a future, not with the colossal amount of baggage Willow has to offer.

But Trey is used to getting what he wants. He just has his work cut out for him convincing her that they want the same thing.

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Excerpt:

“What’s your favorite color?” She tilts her head to the side and winks.

Damn, she’s cute.

“Navy blue.”

She snorts. “Typical male color.”

Anything but. “You were wearing navy-blue Converse sneakers with frayed denim jeans the first time I stepped into Java Joe’s and saw you.”

Screw waiting for tomorrow. Operation seduce-the-sexy-barista begins now.

I’ve surprised her, based on the way her jaw unhinges and her pretty blue eyes fly open. It’s time she realizes how long I’ve really wanted to ask her out. I scoot forward on my chair as she stammers, those cheeks of hers burning bright, and I place my hand at her jaw. It’s the first time we’ve truly touched, other than some minor hand-holding, and I’m stunned by the softness of her skin where my hand brushes her chin, and she closes her mouth with a snap.

I’m not generally a lay-your-cards-on-the-table kind of guy, preferring to keep them close to my vest with those I don’t know well. In my line of work, secrecy is absolute. Anyone can steal an idea, and it’s easier to keep anything personal to the few people I trust. But it might be time to throw all those cards down, faceup, if I want a chance with this woman.

“I like you, Willow. I was attracted to you the first time I walked into Java Joe’s. I like that you ignore me, but you blush as you look away. I like that you stood up to me when I put my foot in my mouth, and I even like that you’re scared of small planes and the ocean—”

“I’m not afraid—”

“I also think you’re beautiful and sexy as hell, heavy baggage and stubbornness included. You need to know all that this weekend, because I plan on spending the next few days showing you exactly how much I mean it.”

My thumb trails over her lips as they part. Soft. So damn soft. My dick is currently anything but.

“You’re very forward.”

I lean closer, my hand at her jaw sliding to the back of her neck to pull her close. She comes easily, lips parting further, as I get so close to her. My lips are at her ear, that hit of her jaw, her cheeks . . . “I’m very turned on by you, Willow Parks, and I’m not a man who passes on an opportunity when it’s quite literally almost in my lap. I’m more of a seize-and-conquer kind of man, but you’ll learn that. I promise.”

Her body shivers and her puff of breath against my skin turns shallow. I’ve turned her on and I’m hard as a rock. Brushing my lips across her cheek, I kiss her, tease, taking the hint of the promise of her sweetness with me and swallowing it down before I lean back. “We should go to sleep. You have an early morning.”

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About the Author

Stacey Lynn 2019

Stacey Lynn likes her coffee with a dash of sugar, her heroes with a side of bossy, and her wine a deep shade of red.

The author of over thirty romance novels, many of which have been best-selling titles on Amazon, AppleBooks, and Barnes & Noble, she loves being able to turn her vivid imagination into a career that brings entertainment and joy to her readers. Focused on sports romance and emotional, small-town romance, she also loves stretching herself in different genres.

Born in Texas and raised in the Midwest, she now makes her home in North Carolina and loves all things Southern. Together with her ultimate tall, dark, and handsome hero, she has four children. Her life is a chaotic mess that fights with her Type-A, list-making, neurotically organized preferences and she wouldn’t have it any other way.

If you would like to know more about Stacey Lynn, follow her here:

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✍🏻 Blog Tour & Excerpt Reveal: Elizabeth Hunter's Night's Reckoning ✍🏻

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Darkness comes for everyone, and some fates are inescapable.

Night’s Reckoning, a heart-stopping, out of this world paranormal mystery from USA Today bestselling author Elizabeth Hunter is available now!

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For over a thousand years, the legendary sword Laylat al Hisab—the Night’s Reckoning—has been lost in the waters of the East China Sea. Forged as a peace offering between two ancient vampires, the sword has eluded treasure hunters, human and immortal alike.

But in time, even the deep gives up its secrets.

When Tenzin’s sire hears about the ninth century shipwreck found off the coast of southern China, Zhang Guo realizes he’ll need the help of an upstart pirate from Shanghai to retrieve it. And since that pirate has no desire to be in the middle of an ancient war, Cheng calls the only allies who might be able to help him avoid it.

Unfortunately, Tenzin is on one side of the globe and Ben is on the other.

Tenzin knows she’ll need Ben’s keen mind and political skills to complete the job. She also knows gaining Ben’s cooperation won’t be an easy task. She’ll have to drag him back into the darkness he’s been avoiding.

Whether Ben knows it or not, his fate is balanced on the edge of a thousand-year-old blade, and one stumble could break everything Tenzin has worked toward.

Night’s Reckoning is the third novel in the Elemental Legacy series, a paranormal mystery by Elizabeth Hunter, USA Today bestselling author of the Elemental Mysteries.

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Excerpt:

“You are my friend, Benjamin. I don’t grant that title lightly.”
And she said it.
“I know I’m your friend.” He took a deep breath. Fine. If she was going to go that patronizing direction… “You know, Giovanni is your friend.”
“He is.”
Ben walked closer to her. “Beatrice, too.”
“Yes.”
He stood in front of her, his hands stuffed in his pockets so he couldn’t grab and shake her. “So just out of curiosity, have you ever sucked on either of their necks so hard you wanted to rip their clothes off and have sex with them?” He lowered his voice. “Have they ever made you do that sexy-as-fuck grinding thing with your hips?” He bit the corner of his lower lip. “Just curious.”

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About Elizabeth

ELIZABETH HUNTER is a USA Today and international best-selling author of romance, contemporary fantasy, and paranormal mystery. Based in Central California, she travels extensively to write fantasy fiction exploring world mythologies, history, and the universal bonds of love, friendship, and family. She has published over thirty works of fiction and sold over a million books worldwide. She is the author of Love Stories on 7th and Main, the Elemental Legacy series, the Irin Chronicles, the Cambio Springs Mysteries, and other works of fiction.

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✍🏻 What do some of your favorite authors have in common? They've brought you FREE standalone holiday stories. Download All Wrapped Up for the Holidays and get stories from Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward, Colleen Hoover, and several more of your favs ✍🏻

It’s the season for gift giving!

Six FREE standalone holiday short stories!

The Merry Mistake by Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward

 Note to self: Ask Santa for glasses this year. When I accidentally mistook a gorgeous man resting outside my building for a homeless person in need of lunch, we got into it. I’d only been trying to do a good deed around the holidays, but he called me righteous. I called him something far worse. If only I didn’t have to see him again. But fate had other plans.

Finding Perfect by Colleen Hoover

A short story that brings back several of Colleen’s most beloved characters. Told from the point of view of Daniel from Finding Cinderella, readers will finally get the story they’ve been begging for more of. For the best reading experience, make sure you’ve read all three books that come together to make up this heartwarming and fun Holiday short story; Finding Cinderella, Hopeless and All Your Perfects. 

A Rock Chick Christmas by Kristen Ashley

 What’s Christmas with the Starks like? Get a peek into the Rock Chick world and how Luke copes with Ava going Christmas gaga and just what he will, and won’t, do for his girls during the holidays. 

Just Say When by Jill Shalvis

When the one you want …

Is the one you can’t seem to have…

Can love conquer all?

The Pact by Elle Kennedy

Thanks to my hectic schedule as a pro hockey player, my girl and I are spending more time apart than together. Luckily, I have a solution–a romantic New Year’s Eve getaway in the mountains, just me and Grace and plenty of sexytimes. Except this blizzard has other ideas…

The Package by K. Bromberg

Christmas week can’t get any worse for Jules Jilliland. Dumped by her boyfriend, rear-ended on the freeway, and fired from her job, she finds herself stuck in an elevator with a handsome stranger. When their packages are accidentally swapped, will it end up being a misfortunate accident that suddenly brightens her holidays?

COVER CREDIT:

Cover designer: Sommer Stein, Perfect Pear Creative

 

Grab your free copy today, before it goes away!

Available for only a limited time!

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✍🏻 Need a Black Friday Teaser? Check out Staci Hart's Gilded Lily, coming December 5th. This is a sweet tale about two opposites attracting to form one soul ✍🏻

Gilded Lily is coming December 5th! Mark your calendars and add it to your Goodreads TBR! Enjoy this teaser to get your excited because the waiting is almost over!

They say there’s no such thing as perfect.
But I’ve built my life to perfection—the perfect boyfriend, the perfect apartment, the perfect career planning celebrity weddings. My job—my only job—is to make sure every event is absolutely and completely perfect.
What’s not perfect? Kash Bennet.
And I wish I didn’t find that so appealing.
I could have told you every perfectly imperfect thing about the gardener at Longbourne. Like his hair, lush and black and far too long. Or his nose, the flat bridge of a Greek god, bent a little like it’s been broken. Or his size. Beastly. Roped and corded with muscles, gleaming with sweat and peppered with dirt.
There’s no escaping him, not if I’m going to use his family’s flower shop for my events.
But nothing is what it seems. And in the span of a heartbeat, my perfect life is turned inside out.
They say the best way to get over somebody is to get under somebody new. When Kash offers his services to the cause, it sounds like the perfect plan.
What’s not part of the plan? Falling in love with the gardener.
But they were right—there’s no such thing as perfect.
And I’m the fool who finds out the hard way.

✍🏻 Blog Tour & Excerpt Reveal: Roxie Noir’s Break the Rules. Love a best friend’s forbidden little sister romance? ✔ Love a sentimental, nature-loving quiet, but passionate hero? ✔ It’s all here. ✍🏻

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Some lines shouldn’t be crossed.

Some rules shouldn’t be broken.

June is one of them, and I know it.

Break the Rules, an all-new hilarious, brother’s best friend romance from Roxie Noir, is available now!

Check out my review here.

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As a forest ranger, I believe in the simple life. I prefer cabins to apartments, trails to freeways, and trees to people. My life is orderly, predictable, and quiet.

Until it’s hit by a woman I never saw coming — Hurricane June.

She’s fierce. She’s feisty. She has a laugh like the first day of spring, and she’s so pretty that I can’t breathe when I look at her. June will only be in town for a few months—just while job-hunting. She won’t last until winter, but how can I resist?

Except I have to. She’s my best, oldest, and most loyal friend’s baby sister.

Betraying him would be the worst thing I’ve ever done. Not betraying him might be the hardest.

Especially once we start working together on a secret project. All this spending time together, sneaking around at night, and lying to her brother about what we’re doing sure feels like more than friendship.

June might break my heart. Her brother might break my nose.

But I guess some things were made to be broken.

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Excerpt

I like this side of Levi. It’s a side I’ve only ever seen glimpses of before in the past two weeks — sweet, slightly goofy, teasing and funny, different from the serious, quiet man I thought he was. It’s a strange revelation, but a good one, even if I wish I liked it less.


“One minute,” I tell him, and pull back from the window.


I shut it. I pull the curtains closed.
I wonder what I’m doing and why on earth Levi has shown up beneath my bedroom window at twelve-thirty in the morning. I wish that the sight of him down there had made me feel differently, that I was indifferent and vaguely curious instead of suddenly buzzing and feeling like I’m being lifted aloft by several large birds.


I tiptoe down the stairs and through the living room, still wondering. I haven’t heard from him at all since we ate pizza in the back of his truck two nights ago, and I wish that didn’t bother me. I wish I thought less about him sitting there, as night fell, laughing and showing me his cell phone or telling me that he’s an alien.


I wish I thought less about him, period.


When I get outside, Levi’s leaning against his truck, his shoulder-length hair out of its usual knot.

I’m not sure I remember seeing him with his hair down before. He looks different. Relaxed. Like himself.


“I named the dog,” he says as I walk up to him.

I don’t know what I was expecting him to say, but that wasn’t it.


“You do know that the last time a man came to my window, I called my brother to get rid of him,” I say. “I’m sure he told you about that.”


“He certainly did,” Levi said. “And if I were in my right mind, it might have deterred me.”


“You’re in your wrong mind, then?” I ask, tilting my head slightly, keeping my voice down.

“You didn’t ask what I named the dog,” he says.

“Did you come here at twelve-thirty in the morning to tell me you named your dog?” I ask.

Levi smiles, holds out one hand. I step forward and take it, his skin warm and he enfolds my fingers in his.

“No,” he says. “I came here to say that I think you should come back to my place for a nightcap.”

“A nightcap?”

“Yes,” he says. “I’d like to take you home, fix you a drink, and seduce you, and I’d like to do it without thinking even once of your brother.”

22780591_1188339054599440_1276039985320359281_nAbout Roxie

I love writing sexy, alpha men and the headstrong women they fall for.

My weaknesses include: beards, whiskey, nice abs with treasure trails, sarcasm, cats, prowess in the kitchen, prowess in the bedroom, forearm tattoos, and gummi bears.

I live in California with my very own sexy, bearded, whiskey-loving husband and two hell-raising cats.

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✍🏻 It’s a New Release for Elizabeth Hunter. Night’s Reckoning, an Elemental Legacy series book, is Available Now! ✍🏻

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Darkness comes for everyone, and some fates are inescapable.

Night’s Reckoning, a heart-stopping, out of this world paranormal mystery from USA Today bestselling author Elizabeth Hunter is available now!

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For over a thousand years, the legendary sword Laylat al Hisab—the Night’s Reckoning—has been lost in the waters of the East China Sea. Forged as a peace offering between two ancient vampires, the sword has eluded treasure hunters, human and immortal alike.

But in time, even the deep gives up its secrets.

When Tenzin’s sire hears about the ninth century shipwreck found off the coast of southern China, Zhang Guo realizes he’ll need the help of an upstart pirate from Shanghai to retrieve it. And since that pirate has no desire to be in the middle of an ancient war, Cheng calls the only allies who might be able to help him avoid it.

Unfortunately, Tenzin is on one side of the globe and Ben is on the other.

Tenzin knows she’ll need Ben’s keen mind and political skills to complete the job. She also knows gaining Ben’s cooperation won’t be an easy task. She’ll have to drag him back into the darkness he’s been avoiding.

Whether Ben knows it or not, his fate is balanced on the edge of a thousand-year-old blade, and one stumble could break everything Tenzin has worked toward.

Night’s Reckoning is the third novel in the Elemental Legacy series, a paranormal mystery by Elizabeth Hunter, USA Today bestselling author of the Elemental Mysteries.

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Download your copy today!

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Add to Goodreads: http://bit.ly/2piTXwR

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About Elizabeth

ELIZABETH HUNTER is a USA Today and international best-selling author of romance, contemporary fantasy, and paranormal mystery. Based in Central California, she travels extensively to write fantasy fiction exploring world mythologies, history, and the universal bonds of love, friendship, and family. She has published over thirty works of fiction and sold over a million books worldwide. She is the author of Love Stories on 7th and Main, the Elemental Legacy series, the Irin Chronicles, the Cambio Springs Mysteries, and other works of fiction.

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✍🏻 Happy Release Day to Stacey Lynn. Weekend Fling, her newest book, is Live! ✍🏻

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It’s just supposed to be a weekend fling. . . .

“Stacey Lynn always knows how to perfectly balance sexy and sweet.”—New York Times bestselling author Lauren Layne

Weekend Fling, an all-new contemporary romance from Stacey Lynn is available now!

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Fresh out of a long-term relationship, Willow Parks is working two jobs and caring for her mother, whose husband left her with nothing but a pile of bills. That’s why Willow made a vow: no men until she figures out her own life.

But while she may not need a man, she could use a break. And a weekend away at a California beach to clear her head? That’s appealing. Even if the offer comes from Trey Collins, the irresistible tech-mogul millionaire who visits her coffee shop every morning like clockwork—and needs a date for his best friend’s wedding. With an adorable, occasional stutter, he refuses to take no for an answer.

Once the weekend begins, Trey is intent on proving how good they can be together. Willow’s even feeling tempted to break her vow—until reality rudely interrupts her well-deserved getaway. There’s no way she and Trey have a future, not with the colossal amount of baggage Willow has to offer.

But Trey is used to getting what he wants. He just has his work cut out for him convincing her that they want the same thing.

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Download your copy today!

Amazon US: https://amzn.to/2IFPkDR
AppleBooks: https://apple.co/33pyAJb
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Kobo: http://bit.ly/30ZMakF
Google Play: http://bit.ly/2oyYs6v

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About the Author

Stacey Lynn 2019

Stacey Lynn likes her coffee with a dash of sugar, her heroes with a side of bossy, and her wine a deep shade of red.

The author of over thirty romance novels, many of which have been best-selling titles on Amazon, AppleBooks, and Barnes & Noble, she loves being able to turn her vivid imagination into a career that brings entertainment and joy to her readers. Focused on sports romance and emotional, small-town romance, she also loves stretching herself in different genres.

Born in Texas and raised in the Midwest, she now makes her home in North Carolina and loves all things Southern. Together with her ultimate tall, dark, and handsome hero, she has four children. Her life is a chaotic mess that fights with her Type-A, list-making, neurotically organized preferences and she wouldn’t have it any other way.

If you would like to know more about Stacey Lynn, follow her here:

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✍🏻 Professor Romance’s 4.5 ⭐️ Review: Jolie Vine’s Fight for Us ✍🏻

Overall Grade: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ++

Make no mistake. Jolie Vines is my favorite new author (to me) this year. It’s been a pleasure to watch her grow as a writer as she unearths these amazing stories from her soul. With her Marry the Scots series and the standalone, Race for You, I’ve found myself gorging on her storytelling. I was surprised when she released Fight for Us. It seemed against “brand” so to speak. However, given my love for her storytelling, I had no qualms in reading it. Sadly, I had hoped to read it before her release date, so my review would hit the day of her release. However, I had been encased in a mountain of ARCs with earlier deadlines. So…I finally found a day to read this book, and, from its beginning, she had me. Heart, mind, and soul, this book grabbed me and threw my emotions around like the military throwing around grenades. 

Fight for Us is a romantic suspense. She tells us in her acknowledgements that it’s her first one. If that’s the case, then she should write more of them. I will say that there are a few moments where the “suspense” part of the storytelling lost some steam, specifically towards it’s falling action. There were a few moments that found me a bit befuddled, and I had to re-read sections to understand the motivations of the actions of some of the characters. However, the moment I began reading this story, I couldn’t put it down. I began it late in the evening, and I had a commitment the next day that detained me from continuing my read of it until later in the day. Throughout my commitment, the story sat in my soul, as I wanted, no I needed, to find out the resolution of Nate and Kathryn’s “Kit” story. When I finished my errand, I ran home quickly and threw myself back into their story, never leaving it until its conclusion. That is the pull of Fight for Us

Vines’s romance is an epic tale of second chances, resurrection, and eternal true love. It’s a sweeping tale of two people who meet as children, fall apart as college students, and find each other in the end. It’s ultimately a story that reminds us that when all seems lost forever, there is always a way back to each other if love sits at the core of it all. 

Nate and Kit have loved each other since they were kids. Promised to each other in their teens, life seems wonderful for them. Until it’s not. Nate’s father, who acts as a father figure to Kit too, is killed. Nate enters the military with the sole purpose to exact revenge on the terrorist who killed his father. In doing so, he leaves Kit behind without explanation. After six long years, he’s close to fulfilling his goal, except he’s caught and brought back to the states by the military. The military uses Kit to bring him in, and he begins to remember his love for her, a love that he had pushed down because he knows his goal of revenge will keep them from each other forever. Kit decides to help Nate with his plan, given that he is being held on a military base. As they journey to his end, they find themselves embroiled once again in their immense feelings for each other. Will Nate walk away from Kit again? Will Kit fight for their relationship? Can these two find a future together as they had planned when they were younger?

As I’ve mentioned in other reviews of Jolie Vines’s work, one of my favorite attributes of her storytelling is her craftsmanship of her heroes. In every book, her hero holds an undying love for the heroine. Whether he is a Scotsman, an Englishman, an Italian, or a military hero, a Vines hero adores, admires, and lives his entire life for the heroine. Nate is no different in Fight for Us. His entire being is devoted to two things: Kit and his revenge for his father. With these two goals, he’s torn. To love Kit requires him to potentially forget his revenge, except that Kit would also lose respect for him. He’s flawed, he’s torn, and there doesn’t seem like there is a solution to their quandary for much of Vine’s story. Sitting in that tension feels glorious. I love big feelings while reading romance, and Vines’s characterization of Nate grants that. She crafts him as this uber-masculine hero with a soft heart. In fact, my favorite part of him is his emotionality. He feels more than her heroine, Kit. 

Now, Kit is the type of heroine you want to be. She is strength personified. Nate relies upon her to be stalwart, as his emotions sway his judgment. When he wants to forgo his plan of revenge, it’s Kit’s sense of justice that leads him forward. As a reader, that can be a hard pill to swallow as you want the happy ending for these two. Yet, serving justice seems like a bigger priority in this story. Even more, through Kit’s characterization, Vines allows us to consider the double-standard that complicates male-female interactions in the military (and life). Kit becomes annoyed with Nate when it appears that he doesn’t take her credentials and skills seriously. Through her inner dialogue, we’re reminded of the ways that men underestimate the ability for women to solve problems. While Kit isn’t the ultimate resolution to the problem of this story, she plays an important part in it. I think Kit’s consideration of this problem underscores the trouble with women and agency in problem-solving. 

As her first romantic suspense, this reader found herself glued to the story. Vines inscribes so many twists and turns that it takes a bit to figure out her endgame. She hides it well for much of the book, but she reveals it incrementally, guiding you through to the end. As I said earlier in this review, it’s some of those turns that confused me. For a first romantic suspense, I thought she did it well, although it felt like it dropped off quickly towards the end when Nate and Kit’s reconciliation and profession of forever became the first order of business for the story. Obviously, we are used to Vines’s romance, so this is forgivable. However, I’d love for Vines to write more of this. Maybe we might see a story with Cody and Sawyer in the future? This reader can only hope. 

I will state this loud and proud: this reader is a HUGE Jolie Vines fan. As Vines ventures into other tropes, it’s exciting to see how she maintains her voice. I think we know that her heroes will revere her heroines, and I find peace in knowing that I don’t have to worry about a cheating hero or one who blurs the lines of fidelity in her stories. I love when a writer knows who he or she is. There is an attribute of this book that seemed against “brand” for Vines: this is, by my estimation, her steamiest romance read. It was titillating and exciting and not very Vines-like. And I appreciate her break from her usual. It shows an author in growth, someone willing to try on new tropes and twists. In the end, if you’re a romantic suspense fan, then Fight for Us should be a read on your Kindle. I think, in the end, you’ll thank me for it. 

In love and romance,

Professor A

✍🏻 Professor Romance’s 4 ⭐️ Review: Kim Karr’s Wannabe Heir – Out today! ✍🏻

Overall Grade: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

To say that I’ve been waiting patiently for Kim Karr’s Wannabe Heir is an understatement. I found Kim Karr with her Men of Laguna series (if you haven’t read it, you should… hot, stubborn male heroes). From there, I indulged in her ReWined series. Then, she began writing her Royals series, and I was hooked. From Victoria and Adrien to the Prince Harry look-a-like Maximilian, I’ve been lost in her royals’ stories. Now, Wannabe Heir has landed. This is a second chance romance with a fake husband/forbidden best friend’s sister story. 

Princess Elizabeth “Liz” Taylor Laurent finds herself in a bit of a quandary. Her father has amassed a great debt due to gambling, and his solution is promising her to the dastardly Count Godfrey Hawkins. Using his wealth, he attempts to blackmail Liz into marrying him. Under duress, she tells him that she’s already married to Spencer Lexington, Prince of Darkness. Liz and Spencer share a past. He’s the one man she gave her firsts to, and she has never fully moved past him because he left her life without an explanation. Mulling her options, she finds herself gambling in a casino after the offer from the Count as a way to make back the money for her father’s debt. Also, gambling in the casino is Spencer, and he notices her immediately. In fact, we find out that Spencer has never forgotten his time with Liz. However, there are complications from their time together and keeps him at arm’s length…at least until he feels the need to save her from the Count. One of those ways is acting as her husband. Will Spencer save the day and find his HEA with Liz, or is she doomed to become the Countess Hawkins?

I wasn’t sure how to approach this review, to be honest. I think of the three Royals stories, this is my least favorite. And I hate writing that. I had been waiting for this book because I like the intertwined stories of this series of standalones, but something was missing in this story. While I swooned over the first two books, throwing myself into them emotionally, there was a disconnect with this one. I’ve been reflecting on it, and I think these might be some of the reasons:

  1. The story is solid. If you love a second chance romance with a fake husband/forbidden best friend’s sister plot twist, this will fill your need. 
  2. Spencer and Liz are solid characters. I don’t know that I felt the emotional pull that I’ve felt between the first two couples in this series. I think the issue lies in the complicated networks of characters and connections. Karr provides an explanation of the different islands and people before the story begins, but there were times when I couldn’t remember or found myself confused over the various connections. This makes the story convoluted in moments.  Even more, there is a part of me that was discouraged with Spencer’s willingness to give up Liz in their youth. He blames it on “bro code” but it feels as though “bro code” ran out after his friendship with Liz’s brother, Truman, breaks his friendship with Spencer. We find out that he has been pining, to a certain extent, for Liz for a decade, yet he kept his distance. I struggled with this knowledge. If he truly loved her as he suggests, it seems as though nothing should have kept him from her, especially Truman. It seems he could have reasoned more vehemently with Truman. However, this situation is necessary for Karr’s story, so it’s important to suspend our disbelief, I suppose. 
  3. There is something about the narrative of this story. There were times when it felt like there was space between the moments. It didn’t flow like the first two books, and I was bewildered by it. Maybe it was my reading of it. Maybe I placed huge expectations on it because I had loved Washed Up Royal and Would Be King immensely. I’m not sure, but the storytelling, the linear nature of the story, felt broken in places. And I couldn’t’ understand why Spencer’s guardian/nanny from his youth kept his secret identity. It should have been divulged earlier in his life. That was confusing to me, as well. 
  4. The ending is sweet, though. It doesn’t take a genius to know that Spencer and Liz have a happy ending, and the way in which Karr presents it, it makes up for all my misgivings about parts of the story. 

Would I recommend this book? Indeed. I think this is a case of the reader wanting more when it wasn’t necessary. You will fall in love with Spencer and Liz even in their stubbornness and self-sabotage. Even though I read this as an ARC for an honest review, and I felt conflicted with certain aspects of Kim Karr’s Wannabe Heir, I couldn’t put it down. As each page passed, I felt compelled to keep going, I worried over Spencer and Liz’s plight, and I needed their reconciliation. That is probably all that is necessary to understand about Kim Karr’s book. You may think it will let you down, but, in the end, it will leave you with a cavity from its sweet ending. 

In love and romance,

Professor A