Booted (Trails of Sin #3) by Pam Godwin

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TRAILS OF SIN Series by Pam Godwin

Genre → Contemporary Romance

Theme → Dark, brooding, kinky, lawless cowboys

Series → Each book is an HEA with no cliffhanger. Must be read in order.

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Blurb →

The night I’m released from prison, she’s in my bed.

It’s been eight years since I touched a woman, and the Native American beauty is half-dressed, beaten, bruised, and devastatingly exquisite.

We’re toxic together, but we want the same things. Blood. Vengeance.

Violent relief in a warm body.

Beneath her touch, I’m alive.

Against her skin, I’m redeemed.

Buried inside her, I forget the past.

Until the past takes her from me.

Prison made me cold, but losing Raina makes me cruel. Ruthless. Unforgiving.

I killed before. For her, I’ll kill again.

I’ll end this once and for all or die in my boots.

My Review

Rating : ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Lorne Cassidy has been in prison for eight years, he was incarcerated at 18 for a crime he committed to protect his sister. Prison has hardened him, driven emotion from him. He lost his ability to connect with others, even his relationship with his sister and his close friends is complicated. But Raina has caught his attention.

Raina is physically and emotionally beaten down. Their common enemy raped, manipulated and threatened her and her family for a long period of time. She is a survivor, but her life is broken and she is lonely.

Lorne is a broody, tough man. He tries to adjusts to life on the outside again, and his demons are relentless and deeply embedded.

The pair together is like fireworks.  From the start, their interaction f screamed chemistry and a whole lot of sexual tension. Through the good and the bad, they both learn more about one another. Lorne wants to help Raina, he wants to teach her how to protect herself. He is thoughtful and they connect easily. Raina loves his overbearing ways, his assertiveness, his possessiveness and his courage. Lorne admires Raina’s resilience, her strength in the face of adversity.

The story moves at a swift pace and is compulsively readable. Throughout the book I was on pins and needles wondering what would happen next. Raina and Lorne’s dark, riveting love story  reaches it thrilling conclusion with a hard-won and totally satisfying revenge. I really enjoy Pam Godwin’s writing and I liked this series filled with drama, suspense, darkness and romance. The ending didn’t disappoint, there were a lot of twist and turns throughout the book that kept me interested.  Booted is the conclusion to the Trails of Sin, a riveting series that should be read in order.

Many thanks to the author for my copy of this book!

Author Bio

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author, Pam Godwin, lives in the Midwest with her husband, their two children, and a foul mouthed parrot. When she ran away, she traveled fourteen countries across five continents, attended three universities, and married the vocalist of her favorite rock band.

Java, tobacco, and dark romance novels are her favorite indulgences, and might be considered more unhealthy than her aversion to sleeping, eating meat, and dolls with blinking eyes.

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The Truth About Us (Truth Duet #2) by Aly Martinez

The Truth About Us, the second book in The Truth Duet, is now available!

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Synopsis:

Truth: Penn Walker entered my life like a summer storm—dark, ominous, and filled with thunder.

After witnessing my husband’s murder, I didn’t have much of a heart left to offer a man.

But Penn took it all.

Every jagged shard.

Every broken bit.

Even the dirty and twisted pieces that I wish never existed.

 

Lie: I didn’t need him to save me.

Lie: I knew exactly who he was.

Lie: Losing him wouldn’t destroy me.

But that’s the thing about lies—you never know who to believe.

My Review

Rating : 4.5 Stars

I have been not so patiently waiting for the conclusion of this story! Aly Martinez is so brilliant with her storytelling! From the very first page, I have been captivated and completely invested in Penn and Cora‘s dark and gritty story and, once again, I devoured this book in one sitting. The plot is intriguing, consuming, emotional and full of surprises! Aly Martinez has a way of drawing you in her story and leaving you breathless and on edge.

I adored the strong, resilient and charismatic characters the author has brought to life. Penn and Cora have a beautiful soul connection, you can feel their connection and chemistry in every word. Their journey is deep, unexpected, suspenseful and intense in a lot of ways. The angst and trauma they both endured is mind boggling and their happy ending was utterly satisfying.

This book is where hidden secrets are revealed and the rollercoaster ride resumes. There is so much happening in this story and obviously, I won’t spoil it for you. Penn has chosen to do whatever it took to protect and free Cora. He has managed to solve some of her problems, but Cora is tired of fighting, tired of making the best of a bad situation and Penn’s quest for vengeance is far from over. Penn and Cora are so broken, they are both in a dark and desperate place. And yet, they are survivors. Their mutual love gives them the power to heal and reach for the life they both deserve. They bring out the best in each other and lead each other to the happiness neither thought they’d find again.

This duet has come to its perfect conclusion, but I’m happy we’ll see more of Drew and Catalina in Aly Martinez’s next book.

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Originally from Savannah, Georgia, USA Today bestselling author Aly Martinez now lives in South Carolina with her four young children.

Never one to take herself too seriously, she enjoys cheap wine, mystery leggings, and baked feta. It should be known, however, that she hates pizza and ice cream, almost as much as writing her bio in the third person.

She passes what little free time she has reading anything and everything she can get her hands on, preferably with a super-sized tumbler of wine by her side.

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If We Fly (What If Duet #2) by Nina Lane : Blog Tour

We fell in love. Then our world fell apart.

I wished so hard for Cole Danforth. And one day, he came true. He was my first crush, my first lover, my first and only love. He should also have been my last.

But in a split-second, we were ripped apart, our lives broken, my heart shattered. After ten years, I’ve returned to my hometown, the place of my greatest joy and darkest pain.

Cole is still here, but the beautiful boy I’d loved is gone. Now he’s a ruthless, unforgiving man determined to feed both my resentment and my lust.

Then our torturous past encroaches again, trapping us in a violent storm.

But this time, there is no escape.

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Rating : ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

With the way  “If We Fall” ended I couldn’t wait to get back with Josie and Cole!

As the timeline continues, they are trying to confront the thing that has driven a wedge between them. Though Cole remains confident, detached and domineering, there is an obvious vulnerability.  And being around Josie makes him want to be a better person.

I loved the developing dynamic between them and how complicated it was for Cole to relay the truth to Josie. It is clear that these characters are willing to sacrifice a lot and fight for each other. Cole’s entire life went off track to protect Josie.

Josie and Cole fit together like pieces of a puzzle, their mutual feelings never went away. Their feelings are complex yet the depth of their love makes it all so simple. The characters the author has created are vivid and relatable. It was obvious from the beginning that their journey to happily ever after would be anything but ordinary, but there was hope for them when they started looking to the future with confidence instead of dwelling on the past.  They are honest and real in their relationship. But nothing came easy for Josie and Cole. I loved that their happy ending was sweet and romantic.

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While I’ll take Josie wherever I can get her, I’d rather be with her at the cottage than anywhere else. Reminds me of our cramped apartment where we were always bumping into each other and never had enough room.

As both a girl and an artist, Josie came with stuff. Hair bands. Fuzzy socks. Premium pastels. A thousand tubes of lip balm. I loved her stuff because I loved her. But I’d also been baffled by her inability to hang up a sweatshirt.

Her cottage isn’t any neater, which is just one reason I like it there. She doesn’t answer my knock. I unlock the door and let myself in.

She’s sprawled on the bed in the sunroom, her body moving with quick, shallow breaths indicating a restless sleep. One shapely legs rests over a pillow, and her T-shirt is pulled up far enough to reveal the curve of her ass encased in panties printed with purple butterflies.

Much as I love the sight of her, I dislike like her insomnia, the way she sleeps in fits and starts. Though I haven’t seen evidence of a nightmare, that doesn’t mean she’s not still having them. And going back to the accident site…

My chest tightens. I sit in a chair by the window and rub a hand over the back of my neck.

Two weeks. That’s it. Then she’s gone. After that…hell, you don’t have to think about after. You just need to make sure the truth stays locked down. That means keeping her away from Peterson and any reminders.

Or taking her away.

A roll of half-opened Lifesavers rests on the windowsill. Peeling it open, I find a red one and stick it in my mouth. Sugar and cherry spill over my tongue.

“You’re going to pay for that.” Her sleep-husky voice draws my attention.

She’s watching me, her arms around a pillow.

“I’ll share.” I push to my feet.

“You’d better.”

After crossing the room in three strides, I sink onto the bed beside her and lower my mouth to hers. Though I had every intention of talking to her first, her kiss fires me with heat. The tension in my chest loosens. I brush her silky hair back from her face and slide my hand over her cheek. Breathe in her strawberry smell. My unease slides away, overpowered by her soft sweetness.

She flicks her tongue into my mouth and over the cherry candy. After passing it to her, I lower her back onto the bed. My dick is already getting hard. I cup her breasts and rub my thumbs over her nipples, urging them to tighten. Josie sighs and shifts, hooking her legs around my thighs and wiggling her hips against me.

“You need to stop wearing jeans when you’re here.” She pushes me away and rises up to unbutton my jeans and shove them off. “Makes it hard for this spontaneous sex thing we’ve got going on.”

“I’m always hard for this spontaneous sex thing.” I shed my clothes before climbing on top of her again. Nuzzling my nose into her neck, I lick the hot hollow of her throat. I fucking love that tender little spot where her pulse beats so fast.

I inch my hand up her shirt, pulling it up far enough to expose her breasts, her pink nipples sticking straight up. The sight of her naked body jerks my cock into full hardness. Josie breathes out a moan and grasps my dick.

“God, Cole.” She shifts, urging me closer and parting her cherry-red lips. “Put it in my mouth.”

“Not this time.” With effort, I detach her hand from me and bend to kiss her breasts, pulling her nipple into my mouth. Her groan of satisfaction fires my lust hotter. I slide my hand between her thigh and into her pussy. Ah, fuck, my girl is already wet and primed, like she’s been waiting for me.

Moving lower on the bed, I push her thighs open. She rises to her elbows, her eyes widening. “Cole…”

When we first got together, it had taken her a long time to let me go down on her. No matter how aroused she was or how careful I was, she’d tense up and get self-conscious about being so exposed. But we’d both persisted, and I’d started with gentle licks of my tongue that soon had her panting and pumping her hips. And when she came…more than once, I’d been unable to hold back and ended up shooting my load all over the bedsheets.

That’s not happening this time.

We fell in love. Then our world fell apart.

I wished so hard for Cole Danforth. And one day, he came true. He was my first boyfriend, my first lover, my first and only love. He should also have been my last.

But in a split-second, we were ripped apart, our lives broken, my heart shattered. After ten years, I’ve returned to my hometown, the place of my greatest joy and darkest pain.

Cole is still here, but the beautiful boy I’d loved is gone. Now he’s a ruthless, unforgiving man determined to feed both my resentment and my lust.

Then our torturous past encroaches again, trapping us in a violent storm.

But this time, there is no escape.

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New York Times & USA Today bestselling author Nina Lane writes hot, sexy romances about professors, bad boys, candy makers, and protective alpha males who find themselves consumed with love for one woman alone. Originally from California, Nina holds a PhD in Art History and an MA in Library and Information Studies, which means she loves both research and organization. She also enjoys traveling and thinks St. Petersburg, Russia is a city everyone should visit at least once. Although Nina would go back to college for another degree because she’s that much of a bookworm and a perpetual student, she now lives the happy life of a full-time writer.

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Block Shot (Hoops #2) by Kennedy Ryan : Blog Tour

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“Kennedy Ryan’s writing continues to amaze and inspire. She is a genius wordsmith and a prose poet. And in Banner Morales, she has created the perfect heroine for this day and age. Don’t miss this read. It’s everything.” — Emma Scott, Bestselling Author

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JARED

If I had a dollar for every time Banner Morales made my heart skip a beat…

The heart everyone assumes is frozen over.

Her anger is…arousing.

Every glare from those fire-spitting eyes, every time she grits her teeth,

gets me…well, you know.

If I had a dollar for every time she’s put me in my place, I’d be an even richer man.

I’m a successful sports agent because I assume “no” means you’ll think about it.

I’m sure what you meant to say is “Coming right up.”

They say even rich men don’t always get what they want,

but those men don’t know how to play the game. The trick is to keep them guessing.

Take Banner. She assumes she’s winning, but this game?

She doesn’t even know how to play.

BANNER

If I had a dollar for every time Jared Foster broke my heart, I’d have exactly one dollar.

One night. One epic fail. One dollar…and I’m out.

I’ve moved on.

I’ve found success in a field ruled by men.

Anything they can do, I have done better.

They can keep the field while I call the shots, blocking them when I have to.

And Jared has the nerve to think he gets a second chance?

Boy, please. Go sit down. Have several seats.

I’ll just be over here ignoring the man carved from my fantasies with a lust-tipped chisel.

Oh, I didn’t say the struggle wasn’t real.

But I’ve got that one dollar, and Jared won’t have me.

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My Review

Rating : ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Amazing book. Amazing author. Amazing series! Since reading the very first page, I have been unable to get Jared and Banner out of my head. This story consumed me!

Jared and Banner are soulmates but they went their separate ways due to a misunderstanding. Banner has big dreams, ambitions and goals that require all her focus. She knows what she is capable of, she is determined, passionate about her job of sport agent and not afraid to want it all. Professionally, Jared is her adversary. He is the golden boy of sports management and owns a fast growing agency. Banner has a boyfriend and things get complicated when Jared comes back into her life. He is ruthless, single-minded and refuses to take no for an answer.

The book was so good at relaying her feelings, the guilt just at having these feelings, the questions she was having regarding her own relationship, and the attraction between her and Jared.
Her life is suddenly thrown totally off its axis by her attraction to him. It takes every ounce of effort just to withstand the pull between her and Jared. She tries to push him away but their draw is palpable, undeniable. The emotions and dilemmas felt by Jared and Banner in this story were portrayed perfectly by the author. The knowledge that she has cheated fills Banner with extreme guilt. Her boyfriend, Alonzo, is an exceptional and wonderful hero.

Jared is not the good guy in this story, he’s just the right guy. Banner and Jared’s story deals with some intense issues but it is so worth the emotional journey it takes you on. My emotions were really all over the place. While at times this was a tough read, I think this just might be my favorite love triangle story ever!

Many thanks to the author and Social Butterfly PR for my copy of this book!

Excerpt:

I stretch my arm toward the wall and turn out the lights.

With the light snuffed out, my other senses rise, hunting for her in the dark. The smell of her hair and her quick, shallow breaths. My sight adjusts until the heavy black curtain completely obscuring her fades to gray. Light from the outer room spills under the door, revealing just the shape, the outline of her, but still camouflaging details. I cup her cheek, taking a moment to appreciate the softness of her skin, the silky hair brushing my knuckles. I’m not an idiot. She wants the lights out because she’s self-conscious, but from my perspective, she has nothing to be ashamed of.

“I think you’re beautiful, Ban.”

“You do?” she asks, her voice hushed.

My words surprise me as much as they seem to surprise her, because I don’t say shit like that to girls. The prettiest ones usually seem to already know, which makes any admiration I’d express redundant. But Banner . . . she’s so beautiful, and I’m not sure she knows.

“I do.” I push the hair away from her face.

“Uh . . . thank you.” Her laugh isn’t much more than a breath. “The lights are out, so I’m not sure that compliment counts.”

“I know your face by heart. You have seven freckles here.” I swipe a finger over the straight bridge of her nose and drift down to caress her full lips and the tiny dent in her cheek her smile displays. “And a dimple right here.”

I explore the smooth skin of her nape, under a heavy fall of hair.

“Now I want to know your body, too,” I say softly. “Take off your clothes for me, Banner.”

After a sharply indrawn breath, she raises her arms. The rustle of her clothes—the sweatshirt, jeans, socks, shoes—being discarded whisper in the dark. I approximate her by touch, reaching for her arms and closing my fingers around the softness, the velvety skin. I lower my head and run my nose along her neck, discovering.

“You always smell so good.” I’ve wanted to tell her that since the first night we studied here.

“Pretty Pastel,” she replies, her laugh low, nervous.

“What?” I pause.

“The smell. It’s my dryer sheets. The scent is Pretty Pastel.”

“I like it.” I resume my exploration, running a palm over her shoulder, her collarbone until I find the soft, full weight of her breasts, testing them in my hands, cupping them, holding them, brushing the nipples with my thumbs until they pebble and her breaths come harshly.

“You like that?” I ask.

I see her head nod in the semi-darkness. “Yeah. It feels good.”

Her touch startles me in the best way, her hand finding my face, traveling over my mouth, eyes, and hair. I sense her approach, feel tiny pants of breath on my lips, and anticipation has me panting, too, shortens my breath and sharpens my senses. Her mouth seeks mine, eager and sweet when she kisses me. Her pleasure, her excitement matches, answers, fans mine.

I guide her back down to the couch, and with a hand at her shoulder, urge her to stretch out. I’d shave points off my GPA for a glimpse of her, but she doesn’t want that. I get it, so I settle for a taste.

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A Top 30 Amazon Bestseller, Kennedy Ryan writes about women from all walks of life, empowering them and placing them firmly at the center of each story and in charge of their own destinies. Her heroes respect, cherish and lose their minds for the women who capture their hearts.

She is a wife to her lifetime lover and mother to an extraordinary son. She has always leveraged her journalism background to write for charity and non-profit organizations, but enjoys writing to raise Autism awareness most. A contributor for Modern Mom Magazine and Frolic, Kennedy’s writings have appeared in Chicken Soup for the Soul, USA Today and many others. The founder and executive director of a foundation serving Atlanta Autism families, she has appeared on Headline News, Montel Williams, NPR and other media outlets as an advocate for families living with autism.

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Dirty Headlines by L.J. Shen : Blog Tour

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“Dirty Headlines is a fantastic enemies to lovers office romance with a perfect filthy asshole hero that I wish I’d written myself.” – Laurelin Paige, New York Times bestselling author

Dirty Headlines, an all-new sexy, enemies-to-lovers romance from bestselling author L.J. Shen is available NOW!

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Célian Laurent.

Manhattan royalty.

Notorious playboy.

Heir to a media empire.

…And my new boss.

I could have impressed him, if not for last month’s unforgettable one-night stand.

I left it with more than orgasms and a pleasant memory—namely, his wallet.

Now he’s staring me down like I’m the dirt under his Italian loafers, and I’m supposed to take it.

But the thing about being Judith “Jude” Humphry is I have nothing to lose.

Brooklyn girl.

Infamously quirky.

Heir to a stack of medical bills and a tattered couch.

When he looks at me from across the room, I see the glint in his eyes, and that makes us rivals.

He knows it.

So do I.

Every day in the newsroom is a battle.

Every night in his bed, war.

But it’s my heart at stake, and I fear I’ll be raising the white flag.

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Excerpt:

He had an American accent. Not French. American. Smooth. Familiar. Ordinary. He fired out sentences at the speed of light. I heard him, but I couldn’t listen. Shock gripped my body as the pieces of the puzzle fell into place. My dirty one-night stand was my boss. My lying, American boss. And now I had to deal with that—hopefully for a very long time, because I desperately needed this job.

Someone snapped their fingers, and my gaze shot from Célian’s face to Grayson.

His forehead had crumpled into a frown. “You look like you’re trying hard not to cry or having a really intense orgasm. I’m hoping for you that it’s the latter and some kind of a weird-slash-awesome condition. You okay?”

I nodded, scraping up a smile. “Sorry. Zero orgasms happening under this dress. I just zoned out for a second.”Lies. I was about to orgasm just remembering how good Célianhad felt parting my thighs with his big, callused hands and dipping his tongue into my slit.

Then words stopped streaming down on everyone’s heads like a scalding shower, and I realized that indeed there was something worse than hearing Célianspeak in his perfect American English. And that was not hearing him speak at all. Because now the icicles were pointed at me like a cocked gun.

I glanced up to meet his gaze. He stared at me for exactly one second before his focus snapped to Grayson. “Am I understood, Gregory?” he asked.

Gregory?

“Crystal clear, sir,” Grayson bowed, his voice trembling at the edges.

Célian jerked his chin toward me. “Your cover girl material is going downhill.”

God. Damn. Bastard.

He recognized me, and I knew it. His eyes had kindled, melting the ice and growing darker the minute our gazes mingled. He remembered, and maybe it killed him that I was here in the same way it buried me.

I want my iPod back, my gaze told him. I had over three thousand songs on that thing, and they were all too good to be wasted on that jerk.

“Jude Humphry. Junior reporter. It’s her first day,” Grayson highlighted, almost pleadingly. He shifted in my direction, as if he might need to physically protect me from the sharp-tongued, suited monster.

I suppressed a smile when I realized I’d told Célianmy last name was Spears. Well, he certainly wasn’t a Timberlake. He was a Laurent. An American monarch through and through. A billionaire, a powerful force, and judging by our one and only encounter—a raging playboy.

This man was inside you, I internally shrieked. And not just once. His cock was buried so deep in you, you screamed. You can still taste the salty, earthy flavor of his cum.You know he has a freckle on his lower back. You know what sound he makes when he empties inside a woman.

I internally thanked my mind for ruining my panties in public, and nodded. “Pleasure to meet you, sir.” I offered him my hand, my face flushing with embarrassment at my choice of words.

Everyone was looking at us, and there were at least fifty people in the room. Célian—if that was even his name—ignored my outreached hand. Instead, he turned his face to the man beside him. “Mathias, any other words of wisdom?”

Mathias? Wasn’t that his father? Just how cold was the man with the icy blue eyes?

“I think you touched everything,” said the big boss—and he did have a heavy French accent, so at least the lie had a seed. Mathias stared at me placidly, like he could read the secret his son and I shared on my face.

Célian spun toward me, uncuffing his cufflinks and rolling his sleeves up his veiny forearms. “Accounting can go back to their unfortunate line of work. Couture is excused from this meeting—though not forgiven for their horrid blog. Miss Humphry?” He snapped his fingers impatiently.

He was already waltzing down the narrow hallway, knowing I’d chase him like a puppy, and no doubt taking pleasure in that fact.

“I have a bone to pick with you.”

Bone, boner—same difference, right?

I shot Grayson a please-save-my-butt look. His eyes said, I would but I still have a life to live.

I followed Célian down the hall, my Chucks slapping the floor in a hurry. He sliced through the throng of accountants, then stopped at a corner office, opened the door, barked “Out!” to the man inside, and tilted his head for me to go in. I did. He closed the door, and it was just the two of us.

Two feet of empty space between us.

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An Earl Like You by Caroline Linden : Blog Tour @avonbooks

When you gamble at love . . .

When Hugh Deveraux discovers his newly inherited earldom is bankrupt, he sets about rebuilding the family fortune—in the gaming hells of London. But the most daring wager he takes isn’t at cards. A wealthy tradesman makes a tantalizing offer: marry the man’s spinster daughter and Hugh’s debts will be paid and his fortune made. The only catch is that she must never know about their agreement . . .

You risk losing your heart . . .

Heiress Eliza Cross has given up hope of marriage until she meets the impossibly handsome Earl of Hastings, her father’s new business partner. The earl is everything a gentleman should be, and is boldly attentive to her. It doesn’t take long for Eliza to lose her heart and marry him.

But when Eliza discovers that there is more to the man she loves—and to her marriage—her trust is shattered. And it will take all of Hugh’s power to prove that now his words of love are real . . .

About the Book

An Earl Like You
by Caroline Linden

Series
The Wagers of Sin

Genre
Adult
Historical Romance

Publisher
Avon Books

Publication Date
August 28, 2018

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My Review

Rating : ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Eliza Cross is an heiress but not a lady. She is the daughter of a Cit and is considered a nouveau riche upstart by London society. Hugh Deveraux’s father has squandered the family’s fortune. He has tried to keep up appearances, but urgently needs to boost his gambling luck or find a wealthy bride. He is left with limited choices when he discovers that the bulk of his debts are held by Eliza’s father and he is blackmailed into courting and marrying her.

I really liked Hugh as a hero, he is a flawed character that grows with the story. Despite his forced deception, he warms up to Eliza quickly and comes to care for her far before he even admits it to himself.

I loved Eliza. She was such a sweet, warm and decent person, a strong woman battling with her insecurities. She’s one of those characters that you can’t help but love. And soon, Hugh falls for the genuine, loving person she is. He forgets he pursued her because of her father’s manipulation and doesn’t pretend the affection he feels for Eliza. I liked how he showed her in many ways how much she meant to him.

As I read this story, I hoped that Eliza could get past the lies that Hugh had told, and understand why he did it. I wanted the burgeoning love between them to be enough to make their marriage bond unbreakable.

Caroline Linden did a wonderful job with the characters driving this story. Their relationship was complex and engrossing while the deepening of their feelings proceeded at a reasonable and smooth pace. Their story captured me from the first to the very last page.

This romance touched me and, for a while, the author transported me to another time and place and I didn’t want to come back. I loved this book! It is the second installment in the Wagers of Sin series, about three childhood friends, but can be read as a standalone.

Many thanks to the publisher and Pure Textuality for my copy of this book!

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Excerpt

He kissed as if he meant to conquer her . . .

Eliza could only stare back. He’d kissed her until her brain melted and her tongue turned to lead. Good heavens, she wished he’d do it again.

“Eliza—”

He stopped and cleared his throat. “Miss Cross, that went further than I planned,” he finally said, his voice very low and still rough with want.

His hands drifted to rest on her hips. He put his mouth next to her ear. “Should I apologize for what happened?”

The tiniest shake of her head.

His lips touched the sensitive skin behind her ear. “May I call on you?”

“Yes,” she whispered.

Eliza gazed up at him, wondering if he could tell from looking at her that she was about to fall headlong in love . . .

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To celebrate the release of AN EARL LIKE YOU by Caroline Linden, we’re giving away three paperback copies of My Once And Future Duke!

GIVEAWAY TERMS & CONDITIONS:  Open to US shipping addresses only. Three winners will each receive a paperback copy of My Once And Future Duke by Caroline Linden. This giveaway is administered by Pure Textuality PR on behalf of Avon Romance.  Giveaway ends 9/7/2018 @ 11:59pm EST. Avon Romance will send the winning copies out to the winner directly. Limit one entry per reader and mailing address. Duplicates will be deleted.CLICK HERE TO ENTER!

About Caroline Linden

CAROLINE LINDEN was born a reader, not a writer. She earned a math degree from Harvard University and wrote computer code before discovering that writing fiction was far more fun. Since then, the Boston Red Sox have won the World Series three times, which is not related but still worth mentioning. Her books have been translated into seventeen languages, and have won the NEC-RWA Reader’s Choice Award, the Daphne du Maurier Award, the NJRW Golden Leaf Award, and RWA’s RITA Award. She lives in New England.

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Timid (Lark Cove series #2) by Devney Perry : Blog Tour

Willa Doon has always been shy. Her quiet demeanor was something she’s always embraced. That is, until Jackson Page moves to town. The one man she desperately wants to take notice struggles to remember her name.

Year after year, Willa stands by, watching as the bartender slash playboy drowns his demons in beer and sex. Then one night, he shows up at her door, suddenly aware that the girl he’s seen around Lark Cove is now a beautiful woman.

Except what he doesn’t remember is that this visit isn’t his first. They spent a night together once before. A night he’s forgotten, thanks to a bottle of tequila.

A night that crushed a timid girl’s heart, and set a broken man on the path to heal them both.

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My Review

Rating : 4.5 Beautiful Stars

This story is beautifully told. It is heartwarming and heartbreaking, filled with angst and love. This is an emotional read, Devney Perry draws you into her story with flawless writing and you can’t help but be swept away with her words. Her writing possesses a refreshing uniqueness that I really enjoy.

We met Jackson Page in Tattered. This sexy bartender didn’t have a happy childhood but things worked out for the best when he met Thea and Hazel and they moved from New York to Lark Cove to build a new life. They are his family of the heart, his only real family. There is a deep affection between them and he was very protective of Thea when Logan Kendrick re-entered her life.

Willa Doon is an endearing heroine. She has tried to get Jackson’s attention for years, he was her high school crush but he never seemed to notice her. Jackson spends some time denying his attraction to Willa, he is guarded and tends to bottle things up. Eventually, she decides to move on, only to have him figure out how much he wants a relationship with her. The connection between the two is beautiful, their blossoming romance is a slow build up, they fit seamlessly into each other’s life. Jackson doesn’t trust easily though, he expects people to abandon him. But Willa wants to be by his side, be the person who will always choose him first.

“Timid” is the story of finding the missing piece to one’s life, of finding the courage to take a chance on love. Many of the secondary characters are richly written and we get to follow Thea and Logan from “Tattered” in their happily ever after. I’m definitely looking forward to the sequel “Tragic”. Although this book could be read as a standalone, it is best to read this beautiful series in order, to follow with the plot and the main characters. Highly recommended!

Many thanks to the author and Inkslinger PR for my copy of this book!

I scooched my chair in toward the table, trying to put a little more space between Jackson and me, but he wasn’t having it.

He put both hands on the back of my chair, then leaned in close. “Hi, Willa.”

“Uh . . . hi.” I shivered at the heat from his chest on my bare shoulders.

Why was he standing so close? My parents were right there. Our table was one of four tall, square ones in the center of the room and there was plenty of space between tables.

Plenty. P-L-E-N-T-Y.

But was Jackson using any of that plentiful space?

No sirree. He stayed pressed against the back of my chair, like there were only three inches of usable space behind him, not three feet.

My skin prickled he was so close. I tried to nudge my chair forward again but it barely moved. Sweat beaded on my temples and I pulled in a shaking breath.

Jackson’s woodsy, rich scent was everywhere. It overpowered the stale beer, pizza and peanuts, and I inhaled a deep breath, unable to resist.

Sexy Hot Forest. That’s what they’d call his cologne.

Devney is the USA Today bestselling author of the Jamison Valley series. She lives in Montana with her husband and two children. 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 kids. She loves reading and, after consuming hundreds of books, decided to share her own stories. Devney loves hearing from readers! Connect with her on social media.

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