One word: Pike. The highlight of Meghan Quinn’s Put Me in Detention, the final book of her series of standalones that revolve around her Forest Heights Academy crew, is Pike, her hero. Don’t get me wrong. Cora, the sister of her uptight, cardigan-wearing English teacher Arlo, is necessary for Put Me in Detention to bloom for her readers, but it’s really Pike who makes this book sing. What’s not to love about an English history teacher who rides a motorcycle, is covered in tattoos, and has the softest spot for Cora. Let’s not forget his piercings and bedroom abilities either. Pike and Cora are hot together, once they get past their drunken Vegas wedding and subsequent marriage.
Of course, the story has some predictability. It’s clear that Pike will mess up with Cora…and he does. However, Quinn doesn’t make their reconciliation easy on Pike. In fact, if this wasn’t for the truth that PMID is a romance, you might be worried about their ability to find a happy ending together. The story is a reminder of the need to love yourself first before you love others. Quinn infuses that truth throughout the evolution of Pike and Cora’s relationship, and she brings it to a boil at the right time in her story.
Over and over again, I’m reminded why a Meghan Quinn rom-com/romance is the best entertainment. With a hero such as Pike, a heroine like Cora who challenges him, and a motley crew of friends and siblings who lend color to her story (Keiko is the true star of PMID, btw), you don’t want to miss out on Put Me in Detention. It’s worth the consequence.
Woo-wee! K Webster’s Triple Threat is a trip. Okay, let me explain. First off, you need to know that Webster has quite the task with this next, I think, trilogy. The heroes of Triple Threat…well actually, we must call them anti-heroes because there is nothing particularly heroic at first glance about Sparrow, Sully, and Scout. We’ve met them before…or at least those of us who read Webster’s popular Cinderella trilogy. You know…the one with Winston Constantine and Ash Elliot, the incredibly erotic edge of your seat trilogy. If you’ve read those stories, then you’ve met Sparrow, Sully, and Scout. That Webster, one of the queens of forbidden and decidedly erotic challenging romance, would create a space for these guys is eye-opening. And like I said, she has quite the task ahead of herself in helping her readers accept them…even as anti-heroes because they are villainous in that former series.
Here’s the thing. I love Webster’s moxie in taking this on. Thus far, Triple Threat promises to be explosive. Sparrow, Sully, and Scout are different versions of the same person. In this story, they have been tasked by their “uncle, the enemy of the Constantines, to undermine the Constantine empire by infiltrating their work relationships. This puts them on the path with the heroine, Landry Croft. Each of them has been asked to play a different part as the same man in order to gain information from Landry as a way to take down Croft Industries. What she finds, very quickly, is three different personalities. This makes for some heated conversations, some intimate emotional connections, and lots of scorching $exiness. Much of Triple Threat is spent on building Landry and the triplet’s characters and connections. Landry’s story is heartbreaking. Quite frankly, all of the men in her life are wretched. Yet, there is resiliency and power in her that I portend we’ll see manifested mightily in future stories.
But the enigma of this new series is Sparrow, Sully, and Scout. There is already something to like about Sparrow and Sully, even though they are still self-centered and focused on the wrong things. It’s Scout who continues to be downright frightening. Yet, Webster finds a very small moment to humanize him. I’m not sure if she’ll pull off us “liking” these three, but it’s sure going to be fun to find out.
Memphis Ward arrives in Quincy, Montana, on the fifth worst day of her life. She needs a shower. She needs a snack. She needs some sanity. Because moving across the country with her newborn baby is by far the craziest thing she’s ever done. But maybe it takes a little crazy to build a good life. If putting the past behind her requires a thousand miles and a new town, she’ll do it if it means a better future for her son. Even if it requires setting aside the glamour of her former life. Even if it requires working as a housekeeper at The Eloise Inn and living in an apartment above a garage. It’s there, on the fifth worst day of her life, that she meets the handsomest man she’s ever laid eyes on. Knox Eden is a beautiful, sinful dream, a chef and her temporary landlord. With his sharp, stubbled jaw and tattooed arms, he’s raw and rugged and everything she’s never had–and never will. Because after the first worst day of her life, Memphis learned a good life requires giving up on her dreams too. And a man like Knox Eden will only ever be a dream.
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Devney is a USA Today bestselling author who lives in Washington with her husband and two sons. Born and raised in Montana, she loves writing books set in her treasured home state. After working in the technology industry for nearly a decade, she abandoned conference calls and project schedules to enjoy a slower pace at home with her family. Writing one book, let alone many, was not something she ever expected to do. But now that she’s discovered her true passion for writing romance, she has no plans to ever stop.
I was hanging with the girls, celebrating my divorce when I saw him, my crush, sitting in the corner of the bar all alone. Being single and looking for a wild night, I asked him if he wanted to join me. To my delight, he said yes.
Drinks were consumed, fun was had and then . . . one drunken conversation with a cranky gondolier in Las Vegas led to an Uber lift through a drive-thru wedding chapel with the incredibly hot, British bad boy, Pike Greyson.
On paper, it seemed like I hit the jackpot. And if I wasn’t fresh from a toxic marriage, I would have absolutely noticed the finer things about him.
But I wanted nothing to do with being married, so when I arrived back home from my eventful weekend in Vegas, the last thing I expected to see was a new doting husband already moved in.
I asked for an annulment, he pulled a Ross Geller and said no.
That’s right, he said NO! Instead, he asked for three months to prove we could be good together.
Insanity clearly knocked him in the head and the only way I could convince him to give up on our sham of a marriage was to show him just how wrong we were for each other. Only problem with that was, he saw right through my every prank, every trick, and every yearning emotion I attempted to mask.
About the Author:
USA Today Bestselling Author, wife, adoptive mother, and peanut butter lover. Author of romantic comedies and contemporary romance, Meghan Quinn brings readers the perfect combination of heart, humor, and heat in every book.
K Webster is a USA Today Bestselling author. Her titles have claimed many bestseller tags in numerous categories, are translated in multiple languages, and have been adapted into audiobooks. She lives in “”Tornado Alley”” with her husband, two children, and her baby dog named Blue. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, drinking copious amounts of coffee, and researching aliens.
You can easily find K Webster on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and Goodreads!
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I know that I am late in making this statement. I mean, it’s only taken three years of reviewing to get to this point. But I’ve decided that some of my favorite romances are those where the hero and heroine have a genuine friendship and camaraderie. It isn’t dark romance; it isn’t bullying; and it isn’t an alpha-male who uses degradation to “get his girl.” It’s those moments in a romance when it’s clear that the hero and heroine genuinely love each other’s company…beyond the bedroom, even if that plays a large part in their attraction and eventual coupling. In finishing Vi Keeland’s newest book, The Summer Proposal, I realized that truth is my favorite part of her book; it’s the reason that I hated to leave Max and Georgia’s story. I could find myself lost in any future stories that Keeland might offer for them, but we know that isn’t her brand.
The Summer Proposal tells the story of Georgia, the owner of an eternity roses company. Georgia is set up on a blind date by her mother’s friend. Wanting to “get out there” after her ex-fiance asks her for an open relationship, she’s been reticent to do so. While waiting for her blind date, a man enters the bar where she’s waiting, and he walks a direct line to her. Thinking he’s her blind date, she finds herself instantly attracted to him beyond just the physical. When he asks her to join him later since he has another obligation, she considers it until she realizes he isn’t actually her blind date. Put off, Max, this man, makes one final attempt: he asks her to meet him at Madison Square Garden for a hockey game…of which she declines. However, once she realizes she has no chemistry with her actual blind date, she feels drawn to the hockey game. When she shows up there, he is not in their seats for most of the game, and she becomes dejected. That is until she realizes the star of the team is Max. She meets with him after the game, and he asks her on another date. Max has to work to keep it simple with Georgia as she isn’t sure she should proceed given she’s still attached to her ex-fiance. Yet, Max offers her an arrangement: since he will be moving to a team in California at the end of the summer, they could spend the summer together. He would help her fulfill items on a “bucket list,” and they could investigate their interest in each other. Over the course of their summer, Max and Georgia start to fall in love. As their summer comes to an end, though, will they stay together, will Georgia stay with her ex-fiance, or will they go their separate ways?
Beyond the connection between Georgia and Max (my favorite part of The Summer Proposal), Max is its true star. Don’t get me wrong? Georgia is your favorite uptight, ambitious, overplanned heroine. She has to be the foil to Max so that their romance can bloom as he becomes the light to her heavy. From his dimples to his alpha-esque domination in the bedroom to his compassion (shown through his family and friendships), Max steals each scene he’s in. Keeland has crafted him with shades of soft and hard, and he acts as Georgia’s challenger. As is the case with Keeland, there is also some secrecy around his character. It wouldn’t be a Keeland romance without it.
Beyond their friendship and coupling and Max’s characterization, I’d have to stay how much I love the ancillary characters of The Summer Proposal. Every ambitious, controlled heroine must have a best friend who adds humor to her life along with necessary wisdom. Maggie’s part in the story adds more depth to Georgia’s characterization. Along with Maggie, Max’s family is a necessary part of this book. They too bring humor to his characterization. When they come together at family gatherings throughout the story, I dare you to avoid laughing at their masculine antics. Max’s mother’s part of the book offers up another sage character, helping Max make better decisions.
Honestly, Vi Keeland’s The Summer Proposal is exactly what you expect from Vi Keeland: characters that charm you, a compelling story that has a surprise that you’re never ready for, some humor to ameliorate the tension of her characters, and a happy ending that leaves you mostly fulfilled but keeps you still tethered to her characters. This is indeed the case with Max and Georgia. I mean…I wouldn’t be unhappy with a bonus epilogue of Max and Georgia and their kids. That’s how much I hated to say goodbye to them.
Wicked Heat, an all-new spicy mm romance, and the first book in the Chicago Heat Series from USA Today bestselling author Ella Frank, is coming February 7th and we have the incredible cover!
If you love grumpy heroes, smokin’ hot firefighters, opposites attract and all the steam, don’t miss Wicked Heat!
Ryan Kind, caring, and protective. Those are the three qualities I’m looking for when it comes to my dream man. In a city as big as Chicago, you wouldn’t think he would be that hard to find, right? Wrong. Sure, my boss found a super-sexy detective and my best friend fell madly in love with the most eligible bachelor around. But the only person I’ve met recently is a broody bad boy who saved me at a sketchy pub. He’s grumpy, rude, and honestly, not that likeable at all. Hardly my “dream” guy. So why can’t I stop thinking about him?
Jameson I don’t do friendships. I don’t do relationships either. The very last thing I’m looking for in life is to fall in love and live happily ever after. So saving some rich guy from losing his wallet is the last thing I want to do on a Friday night. Especially when he looks like someone who just stepped off the cover of GQ. Fate seems to have other ideas, though, and every time I turn around, he’s there. A wicked heat simmers between us, threatening to ignite, and though I’ve been trained to put out the flames, I can’t help but think: What’s the worst that could happen if I let this desire burn out of control?
About Ella Frank Ella Frank is the USA Today Bestselling Author of the Temptation series, including Try, Take, and Trust and is the co-author of the fan-favorite erotic serial, Sex Addict. Her Exquisite series has been praised as “scorching hot!” and “enticingly sexy!”
A life-long fan of the romance genre, Ella writes contemporary and erotic fiction.
Some of her favorite authors include Tiffany Reisz, Kresley Cole, Riley Hart, J.R. Ward, Erika Wilde, Gena Showalter, and Carly Philips.
Rachel Van Dyken has revealed the cover for The Godparent Trap!
Releasing: July 19, 2022
Life’s Too Short meets The Unhoneymooners in this sparkling, steamy, and swoon-worthy novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Rachel Van Dyken, in which two sworn enemies must share house, home–and maybe their hearts–when they become co-parents after a sudden loss.
Colby’s living her best life: as a popular food blogger, she gets to fulfill her dreams of exploring the globe. But her world comes crashing down when a tragic accident leaves her co-guardian of her best friend’s two adorable children. Not only does she need to put down roots–fast–but she’ll be sharing custody with the one man she can’t stand sharing a continent with, let alone a house.
Accountant-extraordinaire Rip values rules and plans. But when he loses his sister and his best friend and becomes an insta-guardian all in one night, Rip sees his organized life imploding. What he really doesn’t need is his sister’s irresponsible, flighty–albeit kind and gorgeous–best friend making it worse.
Rip doesn’t trust Colby to take their new responsibilities seriously, while Colby can’t believe Rip thinks children will thrive under his rigid control. Yet soon Rip and Colby discover they need each other more than they hate each other. Could it be possible that following their hearts is just what their new little family needs?
Rachel Van Dyken is the #1 New York Times Bestselling, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of over 90 books ranging from contemporary romance to paranormal. With over four million copies sold, she’s been featured in Forbes, US Weekly, and USA Today. Her books have been translated in more than 15 countries. She was one of the first romance authors to have a Kindle in Motion book through Amazon publishing and continues to strive to be on the cutting edge of the reader experience. She keeps her home in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, adorable sons, naked cat, and two dogs. For more information about her books and upcoming events, visit www.RachelVanDykenauthor.com
Vi Keeland is a #1 New York Times, #1 Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author. With millions of books sold, her titles have appeared in over a hundred Bestseller lists and are currently translated in twenty-five languages. She resides in New York with her husband and their three children where she is living out her own happily ever after with the boy she met at age six.
From New York Times bestselling author Kristen Ashley comes an all new thrilling romantic suspense guaranteed to have pulses rise, and readers begging for more.
Renowned author Delphine Larue needs a haven. A crazed fan has gone over the deep end, and she’s not safe. Her security team has suggested a house by a lake. Secluded. Private. Far away. In a beautiful area of the Northwest close to the sleepy town of Misted Pines. It’s perfect. So perfect, Delphine has just moved in, and she’s thinking she’ll stay there forever.
Until she sees the girl in the mist.
After that, everything changes.
Delphine quickly learns that Misted Pines isn’t so sleepy. A little girl has gone missing, and the town is in the grips of terror and tragedy. The local sheriff isn’t up for the job. The citizens are up in arms. And as the case unfolds, the seedy underbelly of a quiet community is exposed, layer by layer.
But most importantly, girls are dying.
There seems to be only one man they trust to find out what’s happening.
The mysterious Cade Bohannan.
I called Hawk Delgado.
It was no surprise this situation in Misted Pines was known to him. He was tasked with keeping me safe, and although this had nothing to do with me, it had to do with Misted Pines, and that was where I was. It was also not a surprise that he currently did not have any resources to devote to assisting with it.
However, he gave me two names.
Nightingale Investigations, an outfit located where Delgado was, in Denver, Colorado.
And Tanner Layne, a private investigator who worked out of a shop in Brownsburg, Indiana, which was, to my astonishment, where Joe Callahan was based.
Neither were close.
But Nightingale was closer.
Though for reasons I didn’t understand (they probably had to do with Callahan), I called Layne first, left a message as it was the weekend and waited.
It was not long before he returned my call.
He had a full caseload, but said he’d look into it and get back to me.
I then reached out to Denver, leaving another message.
Not much time passed before a woman named Shirleen Jackson got in touch, saying she’d assessed it and presented it to her boss, the man behind the name, Lee Nightingale. She would follow up with me as soon as he’d made his decision.
Within hours, I had two replies.
Layne: “We’re ready to roll when we receive word from the investigator on site that he welcomes assistance. We have a message to him. But if he doesn’t give us the greenlight, I’m afraid at this time we can’t get involved. I hope you understand. I would feel the same if someone I didn’t know pushed into one of my investigations, especially at this early juncture. Trust me when I say that it’s never helpful.”
I didn’t know who “we” was, I also didn’t ask, but I suspected he’d consulted with Callahan.
I also didn’t think this was “early.” At that point, she’d been missing nearly a week.
Which begged the question, what parents had a slumber party for their eight-year-old on a Monday evening?
I didn’t ask Layne that either.
Jackson: “We understand your concern, but Lee looked into things and the investigator contracted to assist the local authorities is second to none. In this kind of situation, although it seems contradictory, more hands on deck can make a mess.”
That was two nos of the same ilk.
I decided to focus on the “second to none” comment, knowing they were referring to the fact it was clear the locals had called Cade Bohannan in.
About Kristen Ashley Kristen Ashley is the New York Times bestselling author of over sixty romance novels including the Rock Chick, Colorado Mountain, Dream Man, Chaos, Unfinished Hero, The ’Burg, Magdalene, Fantasyland, The Three, Ghost and Reincarnation, Moonlight and Motor Oil and Honey series along with several standalone novels. She’s a hybrid author, publishing titles both independently and traditionally, her books have been translated in fourteen languages and she’s sold over three million books. Kristen’s novel, Law Man, won the RT Book Reviews Reviewers Choice Award for best Romantic Suspense. Her independently published title Hold On was nominated for RT Book Reviews best Independent Contemporary Romance and her traditionally published title Breathe was nominated for best Contemporary Romance. Kristen’s titles Motorcycle Man, The Will, Ride Steady (which won the Reader’s Choice award from Romance Reviews) and The Hookup all made the final rounds for Goodreads Choice Awards in the Romance category.