Letters to Molly by Devney Perry #newrelease #bookreview

Molly Alcott didn’t expect to open her mailbox one summer morning and find an old letter stuffed between bills and a supermarket flyer. Penned in familiar handwriting, dated over fifteen years ago, the letter was written to Molly after her first date with the man she’ll never forget.

Week after week, new letters appear. Each marks an event in the history of their epic love affair. Each heals a wound. Each holds the confession of the man who still owns Molly’s heart.

The letters are full of promise, hope and love, but truth be told, Molly wishes she could unread them all.

Because the man who wrote these letters is not the one sending them.

 

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My Review

Rating : ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

“Letters to Molly” is a wonderfully romantic story about true love and second chance. Second chance is one of my favorite romance trope.  It’s wonderful to see a couple who thought they’d never be together again find a way to set aside past hurts and doubts and build a life together again.

Devney Perry is one of my top go-to contemporary romance authors and this book is a perfect example of her beautiful, heartwarming and romantic writing style. As usual, she has delivered a fabulous story, the plot was not unique in itself but she made it quite unique.

Told from dual perspectives, this book focuses on Molly and Finn, two secondary characters from “The Birthday List”. They have been divorced for six years, sharing custody of their two kids and they have spent a long time getting to a place of friendship. They both have unfinished, very real feelings to work through. Old letters Finn had never had any intention of giving Molly will force them to deal with their old wounds and mistakes.

Letters to Molly is the story of a true love that has endured separation and misunderstanding. Reading this book was an emotional and angst filled journey. Molly and Finn are beautiful characters that are torn, hurt and full of regret. Why do we sometimes regret the choices we make? The obvious answer is that we sometimes make bad choices, with unforeseen negative consequences. Despite their bad choices and rash decisions, Molly and Finn are perfect for each other and they never stopped loving each other. I recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a read that is high on emotion and beautifully written.

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

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About the Author

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.

 

The Rogue of Fifth Avenue (Uptown Girls #1) by Joanna Shupe

Silver-tongued lawyer.

Keeper of secrets.

Breaker of hearts.

He can solve any problem…

In serving the wealthy power brokers of New York society, Frank Tripp has finally gained the respectability and security his own upbringing lacked. There’s no issue he cannot fix…except for one: the beautiful and reckless daughter of an important client who doesn’t seem to understand the word danger.

She’s not looking for a hero…

Excitement lies just below Forty-Second Street and Mamie Greene is determined to explore all of it—while playing a modern-day Robin Hood along the way. What she doesn’t need is her father’s lawyer dogging her every step and threatening her efforts to help struggling families in the tenements.

However, she doesn’t count on Frank’s persistence…or the sparks that fly between them. When fate upends all her plans, Mamie must decide if she’s willing to risk it all on a rogue…

About the Book

The Rogue of Fifth Avenue
by Joanna Shupe

Series
Uptown Girls

Genre
Adult
Historical Romance

Publisher
Avon Books

Publication Date
May 28, 2019

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My Review

Rating : ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

There is something about Joanna Shupe’s writing that completely draws me in. In this instance, the chemistry and history between the main characters made this book a page-turner. The characters are likeable, confident, and enticing. They are opposites, and it was so much fun watching them grow closer and closer.

Frank Tripp is a celebrity and a self-made man. He started from humble beginnings but was able to make a name for himself through talent and determination. The attorney of prominent and wealthy clients, he has built a reputation on twisting the facts in favor of his clients. He is not proud of it, but it’s a lucrative business and he always gets what he wants. This character is shrewd, enigmatic and brutally honest.

Marion “Mamie” Greene is a Fifth avenue princess and she has always done as she pleases. Despite her parents’ expectations, she wants a marriage based on more than convenience and social expectations. She is sassy, witty and likeable.  She is such a complex, refreshing character, smart, generous and reckless. Mamie is Frank’s client daughter and he is trying to protect her, but she challenges him. He has been chasing her about New York looking out for her interests and safety. Against his better judgment, he wants to help her, even if it could mean the end of his social standing. He allows her to turn his life upside down and she helps him discover the need for generosity. They had perfect chemistry together and I loved their funny banter.

Overall, this was a great start to a new series, set in New-York in Gilded Age, with a swoon-worthy hero and a strong, feisty heroine. I enjoyed both the writing and the story. My one complaint is that such a lovely story fizzled out with a rather rushed ending. I would have liked to have seen more drama leading up to the final page, but I also loved how Mamie’s relationship with her family evolved over the course of the book.

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

 

Excerpt

I will agree but only if you kiss me.

The thought came unbidden, a whisper from deep in her brain. Her gaze darted to his mouth, those full lips that flirted and cajoled every time they parted. What other feats could his mouth and lips perform, if needed?

Stop, Mamie. You have been listening to Florence too much these days.

She let her lids fall and tried to calm her racing heart. Chauncey. He was her future husband, the only man she should be lusting over. Desire for Frank Tripp was a complication she could not take on right now.

A finger swept under her chin to turn her head—and her eyes flew open. Frank was openly studying her, his stare hot and intense, with the gentle press of his finger holding her in place. The air in the carriage turned charged, an electricity that seemed to jump between them like alternating current. Her heart thumped in her chest, so loud she was certain he could hear it.

“Do we have a deal, Mamie?”

There was that deep grating tone again, the one she’d not heard him use before tonight. “Yes,” she heard herself whisper.

The side of his mouth hitched, a flare of male satisfaction lighting his gaze. He dropped his hold on her and before she could blink he rapped on the roof. “Here!”

The wheels slowed as the vehicle pulled over. She blinked in confusion. “What about seeing me home?”

“My driver will ensure you arrive safely. Remember our bargain. Good evening, Miss Greene.”

And he disappeared out the door and into the dark Manhattan night.

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About Joanna Shupe

JOANNA SHUPE has always loved history, ever since she saw her first Schoolhouse Rock cartoon. While in college, Joanna read every romance she could get her hands on and soon started crafting her own racy historical novels. In 2013, she won Romance Writers of America’s prestigious Golden Heart® Award for Best Historical. She now lives in New Jersey with her two spirited daughters and dashing husband. To connect with Joanna, visit JoannaShupe.com.

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Loving Juniper (Smoke Series #3.5) by Sadia Ash #bookreview

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Loving Juniper by Sadia Ash

Release Date: June 4, 2019

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Loving Juniper, the much anticipated final book in the bestselling Smoke Series by Sadia Ash.

“To travel around in a circle and come back to the same place you started can be either a source of failure or a source of discovery. It depends on what you are looking for. A year ago, I left this museum to travel outside the circle, and now I was back in its fold. And what I had been looking for ended up being right back here…at home,” says Juniper Mills.

For Kyle Paxton, everything comes full circle in a strange sort of synergy as the lost love he has been trying to find for two years is finally in front of him.

What happens when Juniper comes back home after a year of living her dream job in London and Ireland as a Celtic curator?

This is Juniper and Kyle’s final love note. An extended epilogue to the epic love story that began in Ann Arbor with Juniper Smoke, and now concluded in Loving Juniper in San Francisco. After hundreds of days apart over thousands of miles, will Juniper and Kyle finally find journey’s end?

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My Review

Rating :⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Beautiful, emotional and sweet, this extended epilogue was the icing on the cake. Everything that is Kyle and Juniper, and a perfect continuation to their story. It ends on a very good note, as they both have come to terms with their feelings.

I loved the softer side of Kyle, he has grown so much throughout the series. He has come a long way. For months, he has been patiently waiting for Juniper to live out her dreams. He is now everything you could want in a book boyfriend and they will finally be able to live together. He would move heaven and earth to make her happy. The way they truly belong together is absolute perfection.

Kyle is ashamed of his past behavior, of his indifference to the world. And while Juniper has learned to open up to him, she still has some doubts to overcome. She was such a real character, torn between what she wanted, what she thought she deserved and what her heart wanted.

This was a quick, enjoyable read. It completes Kyle and Juniper’s story. This series has been quite a ride and so worth reading.
Many thanks to the author and Social Butterfly PR for my copy of this book!

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Excerpt:

“Now,” Kyle stated, standing up. “I have some very important business to do.” Bending over, I started stacking the plates to hide my disappointment that he would be working again.

Kyle snatched the dishes out of my hands and put them down. He grabbed my hand and began to lead me out of the patio…and into the living room. There, he pressed me flush against the wall to wall windows and stared into my eyes. “June-Bug,” he said, so softly that I thought it was my imagination. “My business is with you.”

“As I don’t work with you, I have no business with you.”

“I’m afraid that it’s a very serious matter…you will need to make it your business.”

“Serious or not, your fetish for bringing business into our bedroom needs to stop.”

“Have I told you how cute you look in that dress?”

I was wearing the new wrap dress I’d bought from Aurora James, during our New York trip. Decked in stripes of wine red, salmon, periwinkle, and navy blue, it had a cute bodice and a clingy skirt. Feeling sexy in the way the sheer chiffon clung to my figure, I eased away from him and lifted one corner of the belted wrap-around. “See. It’s a marvel of technology.”

Readily taking the belt, he tugged at it until the dress fell open. “Open sesame. That is my favorite dress of all.” Seeing my Agent Provocateur nude and sugar pink lingerie embroidered on an invisible net base, Kyle gasped. “Why, a present for me? You shouldn’t have.”

With a soft laugh, I dragged his neck closer to me, bringing his lips firmly onto mine. I kissed him with all the pent-up pain and uncertainty of the past week until it flooded with just longing and longing only. My hands went to the back of his neck, sliding up through his hair. I released his mouth and whispered against his ears. “I love you.”

He didn’t respond. Instead, he caught my mouth again, his hands slipping off my dress and, seizing my hips, he lifted me up until my legs were laced around his back. Carrying me, he walked around the living room and took me up the stairs, still kissing me somehow. I hissed and leaned back, letting the electricity between us rise and rise until it consumed us, taking us to places we’d traveled before, but could never tire of…

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About Sadia:

Everyone has a story to tell. I am humbled when anyone—a stranger, friend or loved one—reads what I wrote. So, thank you!

Sadia Ash works in TV story development and moonlights as a sushi monster and novelist in her not-so-free time. Currently working on the development of three TV shows, including The Memory of Water and A Girl in Istanbul, she is working on a film script as well, but keeps getting distracted by her two teens, witty husband, and skittish cat, Misha. She holds an MA English degree from Loyola University in Chicago, a Screenwriting Certificate from UCLA, and Masters in English Literature from NUML University. She lives in California and misses her hometown Chicago, but not the snow.


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Smitten by the Brit (Sometimes in Love #2) by Melonie Johnson #bookreview @SMPRomance


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Published May 28th 2019 by St. Martin’s Press

An English professor starts a new chapter in her life and is swept up in a Jane Austen-esque romance with a modern day duke

Bonnie Blythe has modeled her life after her favorite books. If only her fiancé would get on the same page and agree to a wedding date.

She’s not at all bitter that her best friend is getting married to a man she’s known for less than a year, and Bonnie most definitely isn’t thinking about the best man to be, Theo Wharton. It’s just whenever she talks with the blue-eyed Brit, sparks fly.

When a shocking reveal ends Bonnie’s engagement, she accepts a summer teaching job at Cambridge—only an hour away from Theo. Bonnie isn’t ready for a new relationship, but the chemistry between her and Theo is impossible to ignore. But Theo’s been hiding the truth about his identity; will Bonnie be able to weather the plot twist and grab the happily ever after of her dreams?

My Review

Rating : ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

This charming story has all the ingredients of a lighthearted romantic comedy and draws you in from the beginning. This is a wonderfully warm, witty and sparkling story with a colorful cast of characters that you can fall in love with.  It was great to join all the familiar characters from the Sometimes in Love series again and follow them while preparing themselves to take part in the wedding celebrations of Cassie and Logan.

This is a story about two people who have a lot in common but who are beleaguered by the doubts engendered by modern society and family obligations.

Bonnie has been trying very hard to forget Theo, but he embodies every Austen hero she has ever crushed on and she can’t stop thinking about her fairytale prince come to life. She is offered a new chance to go back to England to teach Shakespeare summer classes at Cambridge.

Theo has obligations and duties to fulfill. His family’s sprawling estate is on the verge of bankruptcy and his mother is determined to marry him to an heiress. In his family, marriage is a mere business arrangement.

I enjoyed reading about Theo and Bonnie’s personal doubts, struggles and how they decided to move on with their lives.  I liked seeing Bonnie give up some of her control and just operate on her emotions. She had a way of putting Theo at ease. They perfectly complemented each other. Bonnie and Theo’s development was perfect, as their relationship began to grow. It made the story more relatable and real.

All in all, I had a great time with this cute romance. It is book two in the Sometimes in Love series, but it can be read as a standalone or out of order.

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

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Melonie Johnson_author photoA Star Wars junkie and Shakespeare groupie who quotes both Yoda and the Bard with equal aplomb, award-winning author Melonie Johnson—aka #thewritinglush—is a two-time RWA Golden Heart® finalist who loves dark coffee, cheap wine, and expensive beer. And margaritas. And mimosas. And mules. Basically any cocktail that starts with the letter m. She met her future husband in that most romantic of places—the mall—when they were teenagers working in stores across the hall from each other. They went on to live happily ever after in the suburbs of Chicago with two redhead daughters, a dog that’s more like a small horse, and a trio of hermit crabs. After earning her Bachelor of Arts magna cum laude from Loyola University Chicago, Melonie taught high school English and Theatre in the northern Chicago suburbs for several years. Now she writes smart and funny contemporary romance and moonlights as an audiobook narrator under the pseudonym, Evelyn Eibhlin.

On The Way Back (Retake Duet #2) by Ella Fox

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Title: On The Way Back

Duet: The Retake Duet #2

Author: Ella Fox

Release: May 6, 2019

Genre: Contemporary/2nd Chance Romance

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ecover Back (1)She believed she was too broken to stay.

He knew he loved her too much to ever let go.

Shaelyn was determined to set Garrett free after their lives were torn apart.

Garrett was just as determined to keep their marriage intact.

One tragedy shattered Shaelyn’s heart.

Another will break through her walls and remind her that each day is a gift.

On the way down, they spiraled apart.

On the way back, they’ll find that broken hearts still hold hope.

 

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My Review

Rating : ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

This book is the conclusion of Shaelyn and Garrett’s love story that started in “On the Way Down”. Together, they had everything, but somehow it all went terribly wrong. Heartbreak might be the perfect reset button for their lives, a chance for a new beginning.

Shaelyn is struggling with feelings of guilt, she believes she is responsible for her baby’s death. She refuses Garrett’s help and won’t allow herself to feel their love for each other. She tries to escape her pain, lock her emotions up and evade reality. She has insisted on a divorce, but being away from Garrett is painful to her.

There is nothing Garrett wouldn’t do for Shaelyn, he is convinced that some things are just worth fighting for. But before anything can progress between them, the past has to be considered and then put away, focusing on the present and what they can mean to each other in the future. I was thrilled they found each other again. But I guess I would have liked it to have had more punch, this second part of their story felt so rushed. From the start, Garrett shined. He is sexy, considerate, kind and down to earth. He is devoted to Shaelyn and his love is so deep.

The Retake Duet is a romance that is beautiful, poignant and takes readers on an emotional journey. Garrett and Shaelyn’s road to happiness was not an easy one, but their love overcame tragedy to get a second chance.

Many thanks to the author and Enticing Journey Book Promotions for my copy of this book.

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About the Author

USA Today Bestselling Author Ella Fox has learned a bunch of stuff along the way but the most important of all those things is that anything is possible when you try. In 2012 she took a big leap of faith and published her first book, Broken Hart. Since then she’s written fifteen more full-length books and several novellas– and every one is a reminder that you can live your dream as long as you work for it.

Ella’s favorite things are music, movies, traveling, The Foo Fighters and, of course, reading. This isn’t a surprise considering the fact that her mom is USA Today Bestselling Author Suzanne Halliday.

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A Really Bad Idea by Jeannine Colette #bookreview

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Title: A Really Bad Idea
Age Group: Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: May 14, 2019

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Everyone has a best friend. Mine just happens to be Dr. Christian Gallagher— the gorgeous, green-eyed heart surgeon who wants to have a baby with me.

Yes, you read that correctly.

When my mother approached me on my thirty-third birthday with a brochure for egg freezing, it was a glaring reminder that my biological clock is ticking toward its expiration date.

I’ve always dreamed of being a mom and had a plan
— one that was destroyed when I caught my professional hockey player husband in bed with another woman.

Despite my broken heart I still believe in love. I want the happily ever after, but
I also want a child desperately and won’t settle in order to make it happen.

That’s why when I decided to take my mother’s advice, Christian came up with
his own plan: Let’s have a baby together.

It’s a bad idea. A really, really bad idea. And yet…I can’t stop thinking about
how great it could be.

There’s just one condition. Before we have sex (oh, yes, we’re doing this the
old fashioned way!) Christian is adamant we go on three dates.

Sounds easy, but it’s not. I thought sex would be the hard part, but the dates are
only making me fall for the man I’ve known almost my entire life.

Whoever said sex doesn’t change things never went to bed with their best
friend.

My Review

Rating : ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

This book was a great mix of friendship, humor and gorgeous, heartwarming romance. Meadow is recently divorced and heartbroken. Christian is her best friend, they have forged a friendship that has spanned over 20 years. Their parents have been playing matchmakers with them, but their friendship is too valuable to risk. Christian is a man who has class, ambition and charm. Meadow has always given him an important place in her heart. His career of heart surgeon has been his sole focus, but she respects and admires his priorities.

Their chemistry was off the charts, and while this was definitely a slow burning romance, their mutual attraction was undeniable. They both seem to bring out the best in each other. Meadow has been hurt in the past and Christian is the one who nursed her back to sanity after her marriage fell apart. He never wavered in his commitment to her, I really did love the way that he was so protective of her.  I absolutely loved their witty back and forth banter, how they value their friendship. You can feel the sexual tension between them, but more than that, you can feel the pressure of the words not spoken, the feelings not expressed, the dreams waiting to be realized.

All in all this was a wonderful story, full of heartbreak, healing, and love. Not to mention an amazing baby daddy. The epilogue was really sweet and left me very happy!

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

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About the Author

JeannineJeannine Colette is the author of the Abandon Collection – a series of stand-alone novels featuring dynamic heroines who have to abandon their reality in order to discover themselves . . . and love along the way. Each book features a new couple, exciting new city and a rose of a different color.

A graduate of Wagner College and the New York Film Academy, Jeannine went on to become a Segment Producer for television shows on CBS and NBC. She left the television industry to focus on her children and pursue a full-time writing career. She lives in New York with her husband, the three tiny people she adores more than life itself, and a rescue pup named Wrigley.

Getting Hot With The Scot (Sometimes in Love #1) by Melonie Johnson

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The first in a new series, a journalist focused on her career and a sexy Scottish comedian turn a one night stand into forever.

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Cassie Crow leaves for vacation with two goals: fill up her empty charm bracelet and have a one night stand. For once, she wants to have fun instead of obsessively checking her work email. And kissing a man in a castle who’s dressed as a Scottish Highlander is the perfect solution.

Except when that man turns out to be Logan Reid, the host of a popular sketch show—and Cassie has just been roped into his latest prank. She wants nothing to do with his antics, but that was a really great kiss, and one night together couldn’t hurt.

It’s clear that one night isn’t enough and when Logan’s show brings him closer to Cassie, they decide to give dating a try. Can the woman who’s focused solely on her career and the man who refuses to take life seriously make it work?

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My Review

Rating : ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

First off I want to say how much I enjoyed this book. This is a lovely story, with engaging characters and a beautiful romance. All the characters are superbly portrayed and relatable, making this a real page turner that I thoroughly enjoyed escaping into. The story was fresh, fun and well written.

Logan is a wonderful character, a devil-may-care internet host. He is charming, caring and sexy as hell. Cassie is sassy and kind. A chance encounter involving a kilted Highlander and time travel shenanigans and both their worlds are turned upside down. What starts as a fling turns into a beautiful love story.

I was just on the edge of my seat waiting for Cassie and Logan to figure out their emotions and feelings.

This book was super cute and I am excited to read more from this new-to-me author!

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

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Would you look at that? The man is wearing a kilt.

Note to self: Cassie Crow—be careful what you wish for.

The man groaned again and raised a hand to shield his eyes from the sunlight now cutting across the hidden al- cove.

“Are you all right?”

“I will be fine once ye douse that blasted light.” He squinted up at her. “Be ye a new chambermaid?”

Chambermaid? She eyed the wide sleeves and open neck of the old-fashioned piratey shirt he wore. “Not sure what kind of weird-ass stuff you’re into buddy, but I don’t do RPG.”

“Weird . . . ass?” His dark red brows drew together as he shaped his mouth around the letters. “Are pee gee?”

“Role playing games. You know, like cosplay or what- ever.” She pointed at him. “Look, you’re the one wearing that get-up and talking like a reject from Macbeth.”

He narrowed his eyes at her finger. “Be ye a witch?” “What did you call me?”

With another groan, he lurched forward. Oh God, what if he was hurt? For all she knew he was a member of some historic castle tour who got lost in a back passageway and hit his head. She leaned down to inspect him for bruises.

He threw a hand out, palm up, warding her off. “Back away, sorceress,” he hissed.

“Seriously?” She slapped his hand out of the way. “Here, let me help you out of there.” Cassie tugged gently on his shoulder. The voluminous shirt was loose, but she could feel—and appreciate—the thick spread of muscle beneath the soft fabric.

Just my luck, I finally run into a hot Highlander, and he’s delusional.

The man waved off her assistance and struggled to his feet, shaking a wild tousle of thick, red hair out of his eyes. Cassie never fancied herself to be a ginger girl, but it worked on him . . . or maybe that was the kilt talking. She eyed the swath of plaid fabric wrapped around his hips and wondered, like any female in her position would, what might or might not be under there. Reluctantly, she raised her gaze and caught him scrutinizing her in return.

“What be these strange breeks ye wear?” he asked, moving in a circle around her.

Cassie swore she could feel the weight of each of his eyeballs resting on her denim-clad backside. Fair enough. After a prolonged moment, she glanced over her shoulder. “Get a good look?”

“Aye.” He swallowed. “’Tis most unseemly, lass.” He shook his head, gaze still glued to her ass.

“They’re called jeans.” She pivoted to face him. “Are you for real?”

He met her gaze, his answer falling from his lips in a deep, rich brogue with trilling r’s that curled her toes, “Aye, lass, I’m real.”

Cassie’s heart hiccupped. Of course he’s real. Unless those shots were stronger than I thought. “Were you at the whisky tasting?”

“Whisky?” His green-gold eyes lit with interest. “Do ye have whisky for me, then? I could use a wee dram. Be a good lass and fetch it for me.”

“Ha! I think you’ve had enough, mister. Is that how you ended up stuck in there?” Even as she said this, Cassie doubted it. She didn’t smell a hint of alcohol on him, though she did pick up other pleasant smells. Mint and clove and man and . . . Stop being ridiculous.

His broad shoulders lifted and dropped. “I dinna ken.” “How long were you in there?”

Another shrug.

Cassie dragged her attention away from the wide curve of his shoulders and leaned past him, inspecting the dark, narrow space behind the bookshelf.

He grabbed her wrist and pulled her back, panic edg- ing his voice. “Nay, lass. Doona be going in there.”

“Why not?” She inched forward and tried to get a bet- ter look.

“It canna be safe.” He tugged on her wrist again, his fingers warm and firm.

Tiny butterflies danced along the path where his skin touched hers. She brushed away the tingling sensation and slipped out of his grip, careful not to snag her bracelet. “Well, you were in there, and you appear to have man- aged.”

“Are ye daft, wench? I was trapped!”

She sniffed, not sure she liked being referred to as a wench, and frowned up at him. “What’s the last thing you remember?”

He closed his eyes and slumped against the shelf. “I canna recall anything afore the moment I woke to find my-self crammed within yonder wall.” He blinked and fo- cused intently on her. “The moment I found you, lass.”

Cassie decided she liked being called lass much better than wench, especially when he was looking at her like that. Gazes locked, her other senses sharpened, heighten- ing her awareness of his body and its proximity to hers. She cleared her throat. “Hm. I think it’d be more accurate to say I’m the one who found you.” Telling herself she was only searching for injuries, she reached up and tentatively skimmed her palms along his temples, her fingers trailing his scalp.

“Looking for devil’s horns?” The man cocked one wicked brow at her as he raised his arms to mirror her movements, running his hands over her head and shoul- ders before brushing his palms down her back. “Ye’ve naught got any fairy wings, so I’d say we’re even. In fact,” he whispered against her hair, standing so close the low burr of his voice became a purr in her own chest, “ye feel perfect to me.”

Like the migrating monarchs her dad studied, the but- terflies made a return trip, enveloping her in a fluttery haze. She shivered. Whether it was the Scot or the scotch or both, Cassie didn’t care. He was here and she was here, and damn it all, it was about time she skipped to the good stuff. With a forceful mental click, Cassie turned off her brain, tilted her chin up, and caught his mouth with hers.

He made a low sound in the back of his throat, of pro- test or surprise, she wasn’t sure. But then his hands settled at her waist, and he returned the kiss. His mouth was somehow soft and hard at the same time, and when he slipped his tongue between her lips, she felt more light- headed than if she’d downed every shot of whisky that had been on that tasting list.

Cassie rolled her tongue against his, savoring the deli- cious contact. He met her thrust for thrust, deepening the kiss until she was swept away on a tidal wave of desire. This. This is what I’ve been waiting for. She clung to him, hands gripping his shoulders, swimming in sensa- tion, drowning in it.

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Melonie Johnson_author photoA Star Wars junkie and Shakespeare groupie who quotes both Yoda and the Bard with equal aplomb, award-winning author Melonie Johnson—aka #thewritinglush—is a two-time RWA Golden Heart® finalist who loves dark coffee, cheap wine, and expensive beer. And margaritas. And mimosas. And mules. Basically any cocktail that starts with the letter m. She met her future husband in that most romantic of places—the mall—when they were teenagers working in stores across the hall from each other. They went on to live happily ever after in the suburbs of Chicago with two redhead daughters, a dog that’s more like a small horse, and a trio of hermit crabs. After earning her Bachelor of Arts magna cum laude from Loyola University Chicago, Melonie taught high school English and Theatre in the northern Chicago suburbs for several years. Now she writes smart and funny contemporary romance and moonlights as an audiobook narrator under the pseudonym, Evelyn Eibhlin.

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