✍🏻 Catherine Cowles’s Perfect Wreckage is coming September 22nd, and her GORGEOUS cover is HERE. I don’t know what it is, but she has an eye for beautiful covers. ✍🏻

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Some demons don’t stay buried.
The past can come knocking when you least expect.

Perfect Wreckage, an all-new beautifully written and emotionally gripping standalone romance in the Wrecked Series by Catherine Cowles is releasing September 22nd, and we have the gorgeous cover!

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My past taught me to play it safe.
To stay far away from handsome men who promised it all.
My life was good without them. Stable, secure, predictable.

But one kiss showed me that I’d been playing it safe for far too long.
One night, and all I wanted was more of his wildfire.
One challenge and my carefully constructed walls tumbled down.

Amidst the rubble, I realized there was more to this man than I ever dreamed.
When everything fell apart, he showed me what it meant to stay.
How to truly live.

But some demons don’t stay buried.
The past can come knocking when you least expect.
And the life he’s showing me might be shorter than either of us expected…

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Writer of words. Drinker of Diet Cokes. Lover of all things cute and furry, especially her dog. Catherine has had her nose in a book since the time she could read and finally decided to write down some of her own stories. When she’s not writing she can be found exploring her home state of Oregon, listening to true crime podcasts, or searching for her next book boyfriend.

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✍🏻 Professor Romance’s 5 ⭐️ Review: Louise Bay’s Mr. Knightsbridge ✍🏻

Overall Grade: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

“‘You’re a long way from home,’ I said. He shrugged, ‘Maybe not. You’re here.’”

And this my friends is the reason that you should read Louise Bay’s Mr. Knightsbridge. Dexter aka Sexy Dexter is the reason I’ve been waiting with bated breath for Bay’s newest book. His persona in her last book, Mr. Mayfair, piqued my interest immediately. Imagine a hero who is dirty in the bedroom, gorgeous in appearance, holds a business acumen that has placed him at the top of his industry, AND has the ability to show compassion and care to those who feel like family to him. This man IS your prototypical romance hero. Oh, and by the standards of romance, he has a large “member.” (That’s for you, Amazon). So, given all of those attributes, I knew I wanted this book. I needed it. And in true Louise Bay fashion, she did not disappoint me. Not. In. The. Least. 

For one, I ate this book in one serving. I didn’t take any breaks, and it satiated my romance appetite completely. It also made me want a bit more…but then I’m a glutton. Thankfully, there is a book coming (no spoilers here) and I believe we’ll see more of these two, just as we saw more of Beck and Stella in Mr. Knightsbridge

Two…while Dexter is everything you love in a Bay hero, Hollie is divine. She’s my favorite type of heroine paired with a suave, erudite hero such as Dexter. Hollie is irreverent and compelling. She’s complicated, but she’s real, and she humanizes Dexter in a way that even his best friends aren’t able to do. She carefully and compassionately offers him other viewpoints to struggles in his life which challenge him. In doing so, she is responsible for his evolution in this story. While Dexter is dreamy, he is also stubborn and believes too heavily in the personal mythology he’s created about himself. It is Hollie who asks him to recast that personal mythology. In doing so, it changes his path…in a good way. Hollie is the type of heroine who makes me want to read romance. And as she changes Dexter’s life, he also helps her re-see her own life, changing it for the better.

Three. Bay’s messages in this story are keen. While Dexter and Hollie are seemingly different, in a way, they struggle with the same problems: perceptions of family. However, each has a different flavor of that perception. I won’t reveal the issues as they play heavily into the story, but Bay is very clear in her storytelling that we MUST (1) trust the people we denote as family based on their past actions and (2) make sure to protect our own happiness when it is threatened by the self-serving actions of our family. This is decisive in her story. Both Dexter and Hollie struggle because they do not follow these tenets. When they finally align themselves with them, their happiness is assured. I love when writers such as Bay weave these nuggets of life truths into their story as a reminder for the readers to do the same. 

Four. The “band of brothers” (my name for them) are back. Like I mentioned previously, Beck and Stella are here, but we also gain a little bit more information about the other characters in the friend group. While there are still a few who remained in the shadows this time, Bay once again shows us the depth of their friendship. That is key because it is often one of the saving graces for her characters, in this case, Dexter. 

If you can’t tell, I adored Mr. Knightsbridge for many reasons. Louise Bay continues on as she always does, writing gripping romances that keep this reader reading. Her storytelling flows across the page once again in this story, and she absolutely writes characters that you can’t help but love. I love that I can trust her to engage me, entertain me, and challenge me to see life as she sees it. Grab this one fast!

In love and romance,

Professor A

✍🏻 Professor Romance’s 4 1/2 ⭐️ Review: Layla Hagen’s One Perfect Touch ✍🏻

Overall Grade: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ 1/2

“I wanted her on a primal level, more than ever before.”

Oh, Skye, your story did not disappoint. As is the case with Layla Hagen’s brand of romance, when the hero and the heroine meet, there is absolutely no turning back. There is chemistry from their meet-cute. And Hagen’s newest book, One Perfect Touch, is absolutely no different. In this story, her hero, Rob, and her heroine, Skye, are two sides of the same coin: how do you balance your professional life with your personal life? Hagen’s answer: by simply falling in love. 

What is there to love about Skye and Rob’s story?

*Their characterization. Hagen makes their struggles palpable. These are two career people who have lived their professional (and personal) lives in control. When they meet, that control begins to slip because they simply cannot stay away from each other. The highlight of this book is watching these two lose themselves in each other as if they can’t help themselves. As they journey towards a future together, their change illustrates the message in Hagen’s book that love changes, that truly being loved by someone allows you to be the best version of yourself. Hagen develops this message well through her characterizations.

*The connection to her Hagen universe. One Perfect Touch is the third book in her Very Irresistible Bachelor’s series, and while it seems that this series relates to separate bachelors, in true Hagen fashion, these men and women are found in the same family. Therefore, as One Perfect Touch goes, you are treated to more of Hunter and Josie and Ryker and Heather, the heroes and heroines from her other books, which means updates of their stories. Additionally, there are future stories brewing in One Perfect Touch. This is how Hagen keeps you engaged in her storytelling. She wiles her way into people’s love for community and offers them stories that keep them buying her stories. One Perfect Touch is a perfect representation of this community. 

Overall, I enjoyed reading Layla Hagen’s newest book. There are times when the narrative felt a little slow, but there is definitely a tension in the story that drives you forward. Yet, it never overwhelms you in the end. Reading Layla Hagen’s stories is really like coming back home after being away. It provides a level of comfort that allows you to fall in love with her characters and storytelling without overwhelming you with too much angst. It feels like the perfect “touch” for romance.

In love and romance,

Professor A

✍🏻 Professor Romance’s 4 1/2 ⭐️ Review: P. Dangelico’s Carried Away ✍🏻

Overall Grade: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ 1/2

“‘You are not your history any more than I am mine.’ Or anymore [sic} than Jake is, for that matter.”

What do you do when life doesn’t go in the direction you expected? How do you move past your plans and embrace the life that’s fallen into your lap? Even more, what if those earlier plans really didn’t fulfill you or give you the life you never knew you wanted? These questions underlie P. Dangelico’s newest book, Carried Away. Along with these ideas about how we live life, there is also an additional message about letting go of the hurts of our past. These two messages conspire to offer a story that will hold your heart in its pages.  

The story follows Carrie Anderson, a recently unemployed reporter. Having to return home after unemployment isn’t something Carrie wants, but it’s necessary. On her way back home, she crashes her car and is saved from freezing to death by a mysterious man. Enter Jake, Dangelico’s hero, a moody, grumpy, handsome man, and the sparks begin to fly. As these two continue to run into each other, their chemistry builds until it can’t be denied. But Carrie intends to return to her former life, and Jake has set himself in exile. Is it possible for these two to find a happy ending?

I picked up my ARC a few days ago to read finally, and I intended to only read a few chapters at a time. P. Danglico’s storytelling is the type of writing that should be savored because it can slip through your fingers quickly, and before you know it, you come to the end of the story. And that is exactly what happened to me. One minute, I was starting Chapter 1, and then the next minute, I had finished the book. I didn’t stop for anything because Carrie and Jake together grab you. 

  1. Jake is my favorite type of romantic hero. On the outside, he looks unfriendly and unapproachable. However, you find out fairly quickly that he is heroic, kind, insightful, and loving. This is a big man with a big heart, hiding behind a mistake from his past. And this is my “catnip” in romance. It’s easy to invest your heart in a hero who is more than we initially perceive.
  2. Carrie’s particular journey is a difficult one. At first glance, it seems like just a loss of a job. However, Dangelico has crafted a heroine who has deeper wounds, and moving back to the town where those wounds were created and festered creates some of the gravity of this story. We know, as romance readers, that there has to be some soulful reflection and changes in order to move away from past hurts towards the adventures that she pines for. 
  3. The story travels easily across the page. Much of this has to do with Dangelico’s style. She grabs you from the start and keeps you trapped in her pages because you don’t want to be anywhere else. As Jake and Carrie move towards a possible future together, you feel compelled to keep reading to ensure they receive their happy ending. I would say that the pace of the story moves quickly towards the end, and I would have liked for Dangelico to move more slowly, developing some aspects of the latter part of the story. It feels a bit rushed. However, it doesn’t push you out of her story; instead, it makes you yearn for more of it. 

P. Dangelico is a favorite author of mine, and I have loved her stories. However, you never know if the next book will be the book you might not enjoy. That is DEFINITELY not the case with Carried Away. As she does every single time, she makes you fall for her hero and heroine’s journey, and this book is a keen reminder to live life in the present, choosing now instead of the past. 

In love and romance,

Professor A

✍🏻 J. Kenner’s Tempting Little Tease is Out Now! This is a nice little beach read as summer is ending! Get your copy today! ✍🏻

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She’s a temptation I just can’t resist…

Tempting Little Tease, a sexy, new standalone from New York Times bestselling author J. Kenner, is available now!

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My business is security. I protect other people—sometimes at my own expense.

It’s the only way to explain how I got talked into playing fake fiancé for my best friend’s little sister.

Now I’m seeing little Samantha Watson through new eyes. Instead of the little girl I used to tease, I’m up close and personal with a stunning woman whose curves and heat and heart-stopping smile rocket straight to my heart, not to mention parts south.

I’ve never minded going above and beyond for a job. Except playing the smitten lover doesn’t feel like acting anymore.

Despite all my experience, I’m the one who forgot to secure my heart.

The only rule for this job was to walk away at the end.

But maybe this time—for the first time—I’m going to break the rules.

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About J. Kenner

J. Kenner (aka Julie Kenner) is the New York Times, USA Today, Publishers Weekly, Wall Street Journal and #1 International bestselling author of over one hundred novels, novellas and short stories in a variety of genres.

Though known primarily for her award-winning and international bestselling erotic romances (including the Stark and Most Wanted series) that have reached as high as #2 on the New York Times bestseller list, JK has been writing full time for over a decade in a variety of genres including paranormal and contemporary romance, “chicklit” suspense, urban fantasy, and paranormal mommy lit.

JK has been praised by Publishers Weekly as an author with a “flair for dialogue and eccentric characterizations” and by RT Bookclub for having “cornered the market on sinfully attractive, dominant antiheroes and the women who swoon for them.” A six time finalist for Romance Writers of America’s prestigious RITA award, JK took home the first RITA trophy awarded in the category of erotic romance in 2014 for her novel, Claim Me (book 2 of her Stark Trilogy) and in 2017 for Wicked Dirty in the same category. Her Demon Hunting Soccer Mom series (as Julie Kenner) is currently in development as a television show.

Her books have sold over three million copies and are published in over twenty languages.

In her previous career as an attorney, JK worked as a clerk on the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, and practiced primarily civil, entertainment and First Amendment litigation in Los Angeles and Irvine, California, as well as in Austin, Texas. She currently lives in Central Texas, with her husband, two daughters, and two rather spastic cats.

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✍🏻 Devney Perry’s Beautiful Story of Milo and Sarah is LIVE! The Candle Palace, a novella from the Jamison Valley series, is Available TODAY! ✍🏻

Sometimes a single flame can
ignite a love that lasts a lifetime. 


Milo Phillips knows the meaning of pain. Suffering through
the most intense physical agony of his life, he’s confined to a hospital bed to
bear it alone. More than once, he wishes he’d died in the explosion that melted
and mangled his skin. Darkness consumes him, snuffing all the joy in his life
and leaving an empty hole in its place.


But one day, a flicker of light sneaks into his hospital
room, driving away some of the hopelessness. For the first time in months, pain
isn’t all he feels.


The flicker’s name is Sara Foster, his new nurse. Milo just
hopes that Sara can see past his scars. Because underneath, his heart has begun
beating again just for her.
 
 
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in the technology industry for nearly a decade, she abandoned conference calls
and project schedules to enjoy a slower pace at home with her kids. She loves
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✍🏻 Professor Romance’s 5+ ⭐️ Review: Devney Perry’s The Candle Palace ✍🏻

Overall Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️+

When I heard that Devney Perry was writing Milo’s story from the Jamison Valley series, I was ecstatic. See, I struggled with the ending of the Jamison Valley books series. I fell hard for those books. I started The Coppersmith Farmhouse one day and proceeded to binge-read the rest of the series over the course of four days. Yes, binge-read. Perry has this way of writing stories with pieces of heart entwined with her characters. There is a gentleness in her characters, even when they carry big personalities. I’ve read it in all of her books. It’s the gentle finesse of character and story creation that keeps me reading her books.

When I heard that Devney Perry was writing Milo’s story from the Jamison Valley series, I was ecstatic. See, I struggled with the ending of the Jamison Valley books series. I fell hard for those books. I started The Coppersmith Farmhouse one day and proceeded to binge-read the rest of the series over the course of four days. Yes, binge-read. Perry has this way of writing stories with pieces of heart entwined with her characters. There is a gentleness in her characters, even when they carry big personalities. I’ve read it in all of her books. It’s the gentle finesse of character and story creation that keeps me reading her books. 

When I finished the final book (and at the time, the last book) of the series, The Bitter Root Inn, I ended it painfully. I mourned the end of this series because I had fallen in love with the characters of this fictional community. In fact, I’ve already commented to her that I’d like the 2.0 version with the children from the original four books. 

Instead, Perry felt called to Milo and Sarah’s story. We find Milo initially in The Coppersmith Farmhouse, and we know that he’s involved in a horrifying accident with Jess, the lead hero of that book. We know he’s burned horribly and is air-vacced to Portland. In a later book, we know he has fallen in love with his nurse, Sara, and they are married, but, until her newest book, The Candle Palace, we don’t know their story. And, now, thanks to the creative imagination of Perry, we do. 

I really don’t need a synopsis for this review as, if you’ve read the other books, you get the gist of this story, and quite frankly, I really don’t want to lay it out because The Candle Palace has taken a little bit of my heart. It’s in my soul, as Perry’s other books are. What I’d like to focus on are the emotions I felt as I read this book. I’d like to offer how these emotions make this story an undeniable read, even if you have never read Perry’s other books. Seriously, you could read this extended novella and learn about the writer who is Devney Perry because the stories she writes evoke distinct emotions. So here goes:

  1. Nostalgia. I wrote this first because I felt this heavy feeling of nostalgia as I finished The Bitter Root Inn. It was a strange feeling because I was just finishing the book, and it didn’t seem that I should miss something of it yet. But I did. It weighed in my soul as I said good-bye to characters I had fallen in love with. I’ve not felt this with too many other books (and I’ve read quite a few – just check out my GoodReads profile). Yet, I felt it distinctly at the end of the series. And then again at the end of The Candle Palace. Perry brilliantly recreated this feeling in some final thoughts and words of Sara’s. I didn’t think I’d feel it as I did in her previous book, but it was central to my understanding of this book. In hindsight, I suppose this is a bit of a love letter to her fans through this book or even a goodbye to those characters. I’m not sure.  And, in my opinion, it’s what makes it special to me. It’s why it receives the rating I’ve given it, and it’s also why I think everyone should read it, even if you haven’t read any of the other books. 
  2. Love. It seems obvious that love would be one of the emotions I felt about this book as it’s a romance. However, the love I’m referring to is an appreciation for the characters of this story. I fully love Milo and Sara. These are regular people. There are no billionaires waiting to sweep the heroine away; there are no mafia kings/queens; there is no royalty. Milo and Sara are just plain blue-collar people who find their soulmate in each other. And I think it’s important to understand the significance of that because it’s a trademark, I think, of Perry’s writing. She writes regular folk who live out their somewhat regular stories on the page and fall in love with the person he/she is destined for. And Milo and Sara are no different. To Sara, Milo is extraordinary (and he thinks the same of Sara). However, as it seems, to most of the other characters, they are unremarkable. They are simply fated for each other, so they see the beauty in each other. That’s the charm of this story. It’s why love is front and center in talking about these characters. It’s real, and it connects the reader into Perry’s story. Easily. 
  3. Angst. While Milo and Sara are easy characters, there are characters in this story who provide the angst, a trademark of a Perry story. This isn’t rom-com, and it isn’t heavy angst. But there is something about this story that pulls at your soul. Sara’s mother can’t love Sara in the way that she needs to be loved, and this creates complications. Once again, it also connects readers to this reality. Many of us have felt this in our lives. Yet, Perry gives Sara someone who loves her enough that the angst is only temporary. There is also a situation of sexual harassment in this romance. I don’t want to reveal anything more about it, but it too adds layers to a seemingly simple book. Above all that is the connotation of the name the Candle Palace. I will absolutely not reveal its significance here. Just understand that it’s another layer to Sara and Milo’s book. 

If this review reads like a profession of love to Devney Perry’s intelligence as a writer, well, then so be it. I was ecstatic to read this book because I knew she would offer us the meaning of love through Milo and Sara’s story. Unremarkable, everyday people, soul-deep love, and loving beyond the outside describe the power behind Devney Perry’s The Candle Palace. If you love Devney Perry, you will be forever grateful for this story. If you haven’t read her books, then you’re missing out on immaculate story-telling. 

In love and romance,

Professor A