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February 2019

Maybe Ever After by Cassie Graham

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About Maybe Ever After

No one tells you what happens when you fall in love with your best friend.

They don’t tell you it’s like waiting for the answer to a question no one can hear you ask.

Meet Brynn Darling. Successful event coordinator. Celebrity friends. At the top of her game. But after many failed attempts at finding love, and a realization that her best friend is clueless, she’s ready to move on.

Easton Cole has been in the friend zone since . . . well, forever. He fills the void with unimportant people and never gets attached. That is until Brynn begins seeing a guy who threatens everything he’s ever wanted.

All bets are off.

Maybe it’ll never happen.

Maybe she’ll fall in love.

Maybe they’ll get their ever after . . . after all.

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He scratched his eyebrow, hitting the rim of his glasses. His body tightened and for some odd reason, his eyes lasered to my mouth, watching me chew with rapt attention. “Can you stop eating that strawberry?” He gulped, his eyes moving to watch my neck. “Please.”

My jaw stopped chewing and I swallowed, my eyes wide in surprise. What was up with him?

He sighed with relief when I sat the mostly-eaten strawberry down in the bowl. “Listen, everyone is looking for you.”

I took my glasses off and pinched the skin between my eyes. Okay, so the event coordinator hiding out for the entire event wasn’t the best idea.

I could see that now.

“Yeah,” I said. “Okay.” I got up from the couch and stood, smoothing my UnNatural shirt down.

I began to walk to the door when Easton took hold of my upper arm. The air in the room stood still, the atoms surrounding us moving in slow motion. When my gaze turned to him, I narrowed my eyes. He stared at me for a moment, looking so intensely into my soul, I could almost feel him touching me. And I wasn’t talking about his hand on my arm. Although, his hold on my skin nearly bruised my soul. It was like his powerful stare somehow became tangible. It had fingers. Sensations. It caressed. Teased. Explored. Every inch of me. Too much. Not enough.

His breath hitched and mine did the same as I watched the Adam’s apple in his throat bob. I couldn’t stop gawking at the pulse in his neck and the twitch of his strong jaw. Everything about his gape told me I should pull away from him because this look could change us, but I couldn’t force myself to move. I liked the way he was looking at me. I liked the way it made me feel. I liked that he was finally touching me for the first time with something other than simple friendship in mind. Maybe it wasn’t want. Maybe it was anger. Either way, I liked that it was different.

Is it possible for a touch to say more? Could a simple touch tell me something I’ve wanted to hear for as long as I could remember?

I already knew the answer. His touch could, but there was no way I was going to break contact. We were in a staring contest, and I refused to lose.

Another beat longer, he let go of my arm with a jerk, turned away and left me behind.

I stood there, blinking in the empty space he just occupied.


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Author Cassie Graham:

A chocolate mistress, Cassie Graham is a born and raised Arizona girl. Her sass knows no bounds and almost always has something kind to say, no matter the situation. She runs a platform of love and strives to bring those attributes out in every book she writes.

Cassie studied English and literature in college and has an intense love for fairytales. Go figure. Though she loves a good fairytale, she promises to always put her characters through the wringer for that happy ending. She started writing early in her high school career after an English teacher forced her to write in a journal. Four years and thirty-something notebooks full of words later, she found her passion.

Being a hopeless romantic, she found her love for romance after she fell in love at eighteen. Stories became a lot easier to write after she found her soulmate. Love exists and she’s blessed enough to live it every day.

If Cassie isn’t shoulder-deep in writing a version of a fairytale, you can find her front porch sitting with her husband and daughter, eating all the bread, gossiping with her best friends, visiting Disneyland, supporting strong women, listening to cheesy music and reading great books by amazing people. She loves binge watching Supernatural, drooling over Dean, Sam and Cas, and going to conventions. She also enjoys spreading love any chance she can. So, if you run into her, give her a hug or a high-five. She guarantees they’re magic.

Author of Unable to Resist, Anyone But Him, The Truth of a Liar, Enchanting Wilder, Surviving Wilder, The Girl Behind the Red Door and Maybe Ever After.

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Pretty Little Mess by Carmel Rhodes

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I’m having an out-of-body experience. At least…I think. Isn’t that what it’s called when your spirit abandons you to watch—from a safe distance, with the appropriate amount of judgement—while you make questionable decisions?

Yup, one of those.

I want to shout, “STOP, ELLIE, DON’T DO IT!” But spirit me doesn’t have a voice. So I watch as she…I…we? makes a sex contract with her…our…new boss.

This is a good time to mention the 45-minute HR meeting we sat through last month expressly forbidding this sort of thing.

In our defense, Max is ridiculously hot, and I…we may have accidentally quit.

With a sigh, I look down at the bodies pressed against the wall of the executive office.

Yup, we’re totally screwed.


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Writer of words. Mother of Joy. Wife of Compassion. Carmel likes to write stories about real people who go through real struggles and come out the other side stronger. She also likes to write smut. Welcome to her brain. It’s a little screwed up, but always well intended. 



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Cover Reveal – Celebrations by KM Lowe

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Cover Reveal – 28th February
Release Date – 11th March
Genre – Romance
Celebrations is a collection of short stories, each based on different holiday we celebrate in the U.K.
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4) Mother’s Day – Don’t Hold A Grudge
5) Easter – The Hunt Is On
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7)Bonfire Night – Bonfire Of Love
8) Christmas – Christmas Promise
9) New Year – New Year’s Resolution

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Cover Reveal – Should’ve Been Us by Jess Bryant

Publisher: Blue Lemon Press
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Cover Design: Amanda Walker PA & Design Services

Release Date: March 20, 2019


It’s a destination wedding, Fate, Texas style, and the thermostat isn’t the only thing about to hit its boiling point.

Lulu Nichols has lost the love of her life.

Her best friend, Derek, proposed to someone else. He’s marrying someone else. And oblivious to her feelings, he’s asked her to play best man at his wedding. She can’t say no, not without admitting her secret and ruining everything, so she pastes on a smile and heads to Mexico to watch the man of her dreams get his happily ever after, even if it isn’t with her.

Connor Shaw is finally ready to claim the love of his life.

He wants Lulu. He’s always wanted her. Even though she’s slightly crazy and seriously delusional about her relationship with Derek. Connor is the one that brings out her fire and matches it with his own. He’s the one that drives her just as crazy as she drives him and it’s way past time for her to admit that all their fighting is really just foreplay.

Together they’re like gasoline and a match; a powder keg destined to blow, but oh how satisfying an explosion it will be.

But is their spark the kind that burns fast and then out? Is the heat going to Lulu’s head or is there more to Connor than she’s ever realized? Could they possibly be meant for forever or are they destined to always be a should’ve been?



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“You should probably slow down there, dollface.” A deep voice slid over her, down her spine and made her shudder. With revulsion, she told herself. It was definitely revulsion. “Wouldn’t want to get drunk and admit you’re in love with the groom, would ya?”
The taunt sent a red-hot surge of anger boiling beneath her skin, turning her cheeks pink and the ice in her veins to lava as she spun to face the man intruding on her pity party. She felt a little light headed when she noticed how close he was standing but she attributed that to the alcohol in her bloodstream. It only pissed her off more that it proved he was right. She needed to slow down on the drinks or risk making a scene before the bridal party even arrived.
God, she hated when he was right.
Connor Shaw was a stupid, know-it-all bastard. He always had some smartass remark for her. Always. He’d been Derek’s sidekick since the sandbox days but Lulu did not consider him a friend. He was more of a nuisance, an ache in her head that never quite went away. Case in point, he was here now, standing far too close to her, wearing some sort of cologne that invaded her personal space and made her stomach twist, and looking smug as hell because he knew, knew, that every woman in the room was looking at him now that he had her attention.
She hated him. Despised him even. But she couldn’t blame the women in the room for staring.
He looked like an angel, all golden and gorgeous and he had an obnoxious habit of always managing to stand directly in the path of the sun. Even now, in the low light of evening, a spotlight of glowing orange beamed through the windows above, highlighting his dark blonde hair and making it look as if he were wearing a halo. Sometimes it seemed like the sun literally revolved around him.
It was annoying as hell.
So was that knowing twinkle in his dazzling blue eyes. Because he wasn’t just ridiculously good looking, he also knew he was ridiculously good looking which made him just about the biggest kind of asshole on the planet in her estimation. He knew the effect he had on 99% of women and the fact that she fell into the 1% that didn’t go ga-ga over him seemed to give him some weird sort of enjoyment, which only made him more infuriating.
“I mean, unless that’s your plan.” He leaned an elbow against the bar beside her, edging even closer so that she had to force herself not to pull away, to put more space between them, because she knew he’d take her retreat as a win in their never-ending game of dare. “Liquid courage?”
“Go away, Shaw.”
His head tilted slightly as if he’d expected a different response, “Drowning your sorrows then? Have you finally admitted to yourself that you and Dare were never meant to be?”
Her jaw clenched because, as per usual, his assumption hit far too close to home. She attributed Connor knowing so much about her to the fact that they’d grown up together. He’d always been there, on the edges of her friendship with Derek, watching. Judging. He saw parts of her that she’d thought were well hidden from everyone, even Derek, especially Derek, but somehow Connor had seen her infatuation with their friend and he seemed to take absolute joy in calling her out on the stupidity of it.
“I said, go away.” She slipped her hand around the glass in front of her without looking at him but a big, warm, roughly masculine hand closed over hers, stopping her short.
Her breath caught at the contact and she silently cursed herself for the physical reaction. It had been too long since anyone touched her. Anyone. It didn’t have anything to do with this man no matter how gorgeous he was. It was the alcohol and the moroseness that had overtaken her at the thought of Derek getting married.
Derek. Married. To someone else.
Her blood chilled and she pulled her hand away from Connor, carefully, so as not to spill the liquid in her glass. She glared at him when he frowned and his eyebrows drew together. He was looking at her strangely, in a way she couldn’t place and she glanced away before he saw something else she didn’t want him to see.
“Just… slow down on the drinks, okay doll?”
“Don’t call me that.” She instantly flinched.
“Tell me you’ll slow down, at least until dinner is served and you put some food in your system and I won’t call you that again.” His blue eyes were serious and she felt something inside of her begin to splinter.
Was he actually trying to take care of her? This man that taunted her constantly? That set her every nerve ending on edge? Was he trying to make nice for once? Because he knew this must be hard on her?
She nodded, “Okay.”
He gave her a small, cautious smile, “Okay.”
“Okay.” She tipped her drink at him.
“Okay.” He said again and she rolled her eyes because she knew he’d do this all night if she let him get away with it.
“You can go now.” She shooed him away, “Go find someone else to play your mind games with, Shaw.”
“But playing with you is so much fun.”
She groaned, “If you stick around, I’m definitely going to need another drink.”

Author Bio & Stalker Links

Jess Bryant is an avid indoorswoman. A city girl trapped in a country girl’s life, her heart resides in Dallas but her soul and roots are in small town Oklahoma. She enjoys manicures, the color pink, and her completely impractical for country life stilettos. She believes that hair color is a legitimate form of therapy, as is reading and writing romance. She started writing as a little girl but her life changed forever when she stole a book from her aunt’s Harlequin collection and she’s been creating love stories with happily ever afters ever since.

Jess holds a degree in Public Relations from the University of Oklahoma and is a lifetime supporter of her school and athletic teams. And why not? They have a ton of National Championships! She may be a girlie girl but she knows her sports stats and isn’t afraid to tell you that your school isn’t as cool as hers… or that your sports romance got it all wrong.

For more information on Jess and upcoming releases, contact her at or follow her on her many social media accounts for news and shenanigans.




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Assassin Next Door (Bad Boy Inc. #1) by Eve Langlais

Calvin may be an assassin but he loves his house in the suburbs. But a new neighbour has hooked his attention and that is bad for your health when your an assassin and need to be alert at all times! But he ends up getting involved when her ex makes an appearance and if there’s one thing Calvin won’t tolerate it’s men threatening women and little girls!

Lily just wants her life back. Her ex is an abusive bum but even now they are divorced he is still trying to control her. When her new neighbour steps in, she’s thankful but now he’s building Zoe a bookcase and spending time with them – she has been kind of blindsided by her attraction to him. But even though he insists their dates are “missions” and that he is an assassin, she just laughs it off. After all he can’t be serious, can he?

Calvin is awesome! He may be an assassin but he is actually still a pretty nice guy. He has a code of ethics he won’t stray from and his motley crew at Bad Boy Inc are the most dysfunctional family ever – they are superb! Lily is stronger than she knows and just wants her and her daughter to be safe and Calvin is like a bolt out of the blue. Snarky humour and hotter than hot passion – fab read!

Bonded To The Alien Centurion (Warriors of the Lathar #7) by Mina Carter

Thank Goodness the Lathar are back! I’ve had withdrawal symptoms.

Dani is on a mission to ensure that the Vice President is returned safe and unharmed from the Lathar ship. She did not rise to the rank of Major General by being weak but as she approaches the ship she realises just how out-classed the Terrans are.

Sardaan is a revered warrior and works with Fenriis and Danaar. But he has a very well hidden softer side – he is coaching weaker warriors so that they are not untrained cannon fodder. He refuses to ignore them as others do. When he first saw Dani onscreen he felt the tug towards her. Now he just has to get her to understand that she is his, and he is hers! Oh and maybe put down a truly stupid plan to try and overtake the ship!

Dani and Sardaan truly are two of a kind. Both are strong, determined and loyal to their leaders – although one learns that power has a way of corrupting. Dani is superb at taking down misogynistic men quickly – causing more than a few rude awakenings. But secrets, lies and mistrust are exacting a toll on the flames that erupt when they are alone! And it’s also great that the leaders are older, even if one doesn’t quite look it – even with the silver hair!

Great addition to the series and I am on tenterhooks waiting for a certain leader to get his HEA.

Would Be King by Kim Karr

Genre: Standalone Royal Romance
Release Date: February 27, 2019


A dare turns into so much more…

All I want to do is get to work on time.
But a Prince Harry look-a-like is trying to steal my cab,
And I’ll fight for it to the bitter end.

In the midst of our verbal battle,
I discover I lost my wallet.
So I bargain—a free ride for a kiss.

What starts out as innocent quickly steams up the windows.
His lips are soft, and when he tugs me closer,
I press my entire body against his hard muscles, and practically strip him from his expensive suit.
This is the best taxi ride of my life.
Until it ends just as quickly as it began.
Embarrassed over my behavior, I rush out without so much as a goodbye.

But fate, that bitch,
Has us pounding on the same locked door.
Already knowing I’m going to be fired,
I curse my new boss and his new rules.
The hot suit laughs, and dares me to tell my new boss what a dick he’s being.
With nothing to lose, I accept.

Never in a million years could I have imagined he is my new boss.
And totally off-limits.
Dating him is against the rules.
His rules.
He doesn’t seem to care.
Until I dare him not to fall in love with me.

Even then he says that’s easy.
That the only four-letter word he lives by is duty.
But this would-be-king is about to fall hard…for a commoner.


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Kim Karr is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of eighteen novels. Best known for writing sexy contemporary love stories, she enjoys bringing flawed characters to life.

Her romances are raw, real, and explosive.
Her characters will make you laugh, make you cry, make you feel.
And her happily-ever-afters are always swoon worthy.

From the brooding rock star to the arrogant millionaire. From the witty damsel-in-distress to the sassy high-powered business woman. No two storylines are ever alike.

Get ready to fall in love.



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Omegas (Vanguards #1) by Annie Nicholas

Sugar has found herself the default Alpha female in this ragtag pack of Omegas. They may be refugees from various other packs for whatever reason, but they now call Chicago and seem to assume that as the best friend of their Alpha, Eric, she is going to be his mate!

But the neighbouring pack is not happy and lays down a challenge to the Omegas and if they lose they will be absorbed into the aggressive pack – not good when most of them have suffered abuse in the same type of pack! So Eric uses his ingenuity and hires them a trainer. He even comes with his own accommodation – a glossy black coffin!

Daedalus is surprised at the request he received from Chicago but he is getting a tad restless so maybe the change will do him good! However, he did not expect to meet Sugar, the sweet little neighbour of his new recruits. Or to fall in love with her!

Sugar, like most of us, when handed lemons determines to make the best damn lemonade she can! She will protect her friends to the best of her ability and she will NOT let some blood-sucking vampire take advantage of them! Daedalus is a great mix of Alpha male, sweet and respectful and tyrant when it comes to training!

I cannot wait to see what happens next!

Fierce Justice (True Heroes #5) by Piper J. Drake

Arin is a tough, independent woman. She has ragged edges and really only feels comfortable around her partner, KO King. She takes her duties as K9 handler and sniper for her firm very seriously. now part of a human trafficking task force in Hawaii, she is coming against the dregs of society. She met a mercenary on their last job and let him go but she has been wracked with doubts over whether she did the right thing.

Jason knew there was something hinky with his last job but it paid well and he looked the other way. Well until a certain sniper took him to task. last time they were on opposite sides but Jason has cleaned up his act and is now undertaking his own investigation into his old clients.

Arin is no simpering wall flower. She will disembowel you with a spoon if you look at her wrong. But she does have a gooey centre, mostly filled by her sister and King, and to a lesser extent her team members. She does not need a man to complete her but she would love some companionship. She has doubts over her own worth and her ability to keep a promise to her sister.

Jason is a good guy who just got caught up with the money and let his morals slip slightly. His halo definitely needs a good polish! But he sees his own faults and wants to correct them. He is secure in himself in that he does not feel threatened by Arin’s type A personality. He knows when she is the person to lead and perfectly comfortable taking orders from her.

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