Gorgeous Gyno by Karen Deen ~ Release Blitz w/ Review

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Title: Gorgeous Gyno
Author: Karen Deen
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: November 12, 2019


It started with an invitation.
A masquerade ball, the ultimate fantasy.
The concept was fascinating, and surprisingly simple.
Wear a mask and forget who you are.
So, I did just that…maybe a little too well.
Something about that night gave me a false sense of bravery.
I met the most beautiful man, masked and delicious.
Tempting as hell, and as naughty as they come.
His touch left me breathless.
Just one passion filled encounter and I’ll never see him again.
No harm done.
My new gynecologist walked into the exam room, I look up to see that same gorgeous face.
Those eyes.
But this time, he’s the doctor, and I’m the patient.
And lord help me,
I need to find the fastest exit, because this is my worst nightmare.


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Steam 3.5
Storyline 3.5
Overall Rating 3.5
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Reviewed by Ladyballs

I saw some of the other reviews for this book and I’m puzzled by some of them. While I wanted to love this book, I just didn’t. Matilda is an event planner and is afraid of love so during one of her events that is a masked ball, she meets a man and has a one night stand. The guy totally rocks her world and she can NOT get him out of her mind. The next day she realizes she has a gyno appointment and with some bizarre circumstances, her one night stand is her substitute gyno. She pretends she doesn’t know it is him and he doesn’t recognize her. Both keep silent.

When they bump into each other next, they start to date. We all like a swoonworthy guy but there was a lot of over the top mushiness and lovey dovey talk. If I read “how did I get so lucky” or “where have you been all my life” or “where did you come from” one more time, I will scream. Definitely not my cup of tea. I had a hard time staying focused on all the sappy love stuff and found myself skimming the story. It distracted me from their story and just wasn’t for me. It might be exactly what you are looking for though if you like sweet, romantic stories.

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Karen Deen has been a lover of romance novels and happily-ever-after stories for as long as she can remember. Reaching a point in her life ready to explore her own dreams, Karen decided now was the time to finally write some of her own stories. For years, all of her characters have been forming story lines in her head, just waiting for the right time to bust free.

Sitting up in the early hours of the morning with her cups of tea, chocolate and music she gets lost in a world of sexy, alpha men who are challenged by some funny, sassy and strong-willed women. Bringing you unexpected laughs, suspense and a little bit of naughty.

Karen is married to her loving husband and high school sweetheart. Together, they live the crazy life of parents to three children. She is balancing her life between a career as an accountant by day and writer of romance novels by night. Living in a beautiful coastal town two hours south of Sydney, Australia, Karen loves to enjoy time with her family and friends in her beautiful surroundings. Of course, when she is not shut in her writing cave bringing you more words to devour.


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Loving Miss Sassy by A.M. Madden & Joanne Schwehm ~ Release Blitz w/ Review

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 I am sure of four things:

I’m the most sought-after social influencer.
I’m prepared to kick ass and take names.
I’m going to conquer the Big Apple.
I wasn’t prepared to have an unexpected roommate who happens to be drop-dead gorgeous.

Being the younger sister of two overprotective brothers taught me to be tenacious. Granted, that didn’t fare well when I mistook my roomie for an intruder. Fine, maybe a right hook wasn’t the most ladylike greeting, but his black eye only lasted a week. How was I supposed to know said intruder was also my advertising adversary?

The answer: I didn’t.

And having a single wall separating our bedrooms only adds more angst to my list. I’m sure I’ll never get a good night’s rest wondering if he sleeps commando . . . if those are moans I hear or snores . . . if he imagines me in his bed as I imagine him in mine.

The list goes on and on.

The most shocking thing I wasn’t prepared for was how he managed to capture my heart . . . right before he shattered it.

He called me Miss Sassy, and I proved him right.



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I was very intrigued by the blurb but feel like that was the best part of this rom-com. Hot social media maniac Gianna is from Italy with two overprotective brothers that live in the US. When a job opportunity arises in the US, Gianna is on the next plane out to meet the owners of the high end car company and make a deal with them.

Hot cocky Colton, top ad exec in the US, is also gunning for this job and meets Gianna in a most unexpected way. The company made an “oops” and it looks like they are staying in the same place. That was a comical little scene and beginning of their relationship. To be honest I wanted to feel the connection with these two but it just never developed for me. The over protective brothers of Gianna annoyed me and took away from their story. Gianna had some funny comebacks and a fire to her spirit which was fun to see. I just wish I could have felt the love connection.

I saw the “twist” coming pretty quickly and knowing what was going to happen had me skimming some pages to get through the turmoil. It was cute and an ok read for me.

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Lightning Strikes by Donya Lynne ~ Blog Tour w/ Review & Excerpt!



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One extraordinary night. Two lives moving in opposite directions. A burning flame neither will forget.

Since her mom’s mysterious disappearance eleven years ago, Rayna has suffered from paralyzing fear, making her a prisoner in her own home. But when her best friend scores tickets to the hottest New Year’s Eve party in Los Angeles, Rayna is determined to overcome her phobia and go.

Cain isn’t looking for a serious relationship. He has too many secrets and is too much of a wanderer to settle down, so he’s not interested in anything more than a casual hookup. Then he meets Rayna. He can’t deny the electrifying way she piques his interest, but is their connection enough to tame his nomadic heart? Or will one unforgettable night be all they share?

The last thing Rayna expects when her path crosses Cain’s is for the sexy stranger to quiet her anxiety, steal her sense of reason, and compel her to take the biggest risk of her life and spend the night with him. Crazy? Yes. Reckless? Absolutely. But she’s never felt more alive and refuses to let the night end without seeing how far her newfound courage will take her, even if it means breaking all the rules.

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Steam 3.5
Storyline 3.5
Overall Rating 3.5
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I was shocked when I finished this book in under 45 minutes because I did not realize it was a novella. Not that it mattered much because the storyline was not what I expected either. Rayna, the main character is fighting the fear of being in public ever since her mom disappeared. There is not much of a back story to this event and not sure how it will tie in later. Her best friend holds her hand basically while they attend a New Years Eve party. Clearly Rayna is terrified, scared, a wallflower and petrified BUT she meets a handsome stranger at this party and the next 60% of the book is about their “magical” night together.

How a total stranger can make her feel uninhibited and totally wipe out her paralyzing and terrifying phobia is a mystery to me. The storyline was a little unbelievable and had huge gaps of information. The likelihood of a little “d” knocking out a phobia Rayna has had for years didn’t sit well with me. This book was not for me but perhaps you will find the premise more appealing and fall in love.

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“I see nothing wrong with indulging in simple pleasures from time to time. I like simple pleasures. I think they’re what life is all about. And I take pleasure where I can find it. That includes sex.”

Rayna’s face flushed a deeper shade of red as Amy inhaled a sharp but shallow breath.

He didn’t believe in tiptoeing around the subject. It was clearly on Amy’s mind, or she wouldn’t have interrogated him so hard, trying to get at his intentions. And what better way to defuse someone’s anxiety about something than to hit it head-on.

“I’m a single man,” he continued with a no-nonsense shrug. “Of course I like sex. I think about it like everyone else does. I’ll even admit that I’ve already thought about it with you.” Rayna gasped, but instead of fear, he saw excited anticipation flash through her eyes. Given how the last five minutes had gone, her reaction was a little surprising. “But that doesn’t mean I’m going to act on it,” he quickly added, noting the flicker of disappointment that crossed her face. “That doesn’t mean I can’t honor the word no. I can control myself. I won’t take something not willingly given. That’s what little boys do. And I’m not a little boy. I’m a man, and men treat women better than that. I treat women better than that.”

Rayna shyly tucked her chin as she exchanged expectant glances with Amy, almost as if seeking her approval but not quite. More like she was hinting to her friend to back off, because whether Amy liked him or not, Rayna planned on keeping him.

And that stroked Cain’s ego more than he wanted to admit.

“I’ve been around the world twice,” he said, pulling their eyes back to him so he could spill the rest of his pertinents. “My favorite city is Milan in the winter when there’s a light snow falling. My favorite color is blue. My favorite food is anything made by Storm’s full-blooded Italian mother. And, trust me, you’ve never tasted better bolognese anywhere in the world.” He took a moment to let his eyes dance over Rayna’s button nose, rosy cheeks, and full lips, which were parted as if she were a little breathless. Then he brought his gaze back to her large doelike eyes, which sparkled against the white twinkle lights strung around the bar.

She really was a stunning woman. The more he looked at her, the more beautiful she became.

He inched closer, pleased when she didn’t back away. Lowering his voice and speaking more slowly—so she clearly understood that the words he spoke next were for her, and her alone—he said, “And I crossed the room to meet you, not because you’re the most beautiful woman here—which you are—but because you are the only woman at this party who looks like she has something to say that I actually want to hear.” 


Donya Lynne is the bestselling author of the award winning All the King’s Men and Strong Karma Series and a member of Romance Writers of America. Making her home in a wooded suburb of Indianapolis with her husband, Donya has lived in Indiana most of her life and knew at a young age she was destined to be a writer. She started writing poetry in grade school and won her first short story contest in fourth grade. In junior high, she began writing romantic stories for her friends, and by her sophomore year, she’d been dubbed Most Likely to Become a Romance Novelist. In 2012, she fulfilled her dream by publishing her first three novels. Her work has earned her two IPPYs, five eLit Awards, a USA Today Recommended Read, and numerous accolades, including two Smashwords bestsellers. When she’s not writing, she can be found cheering on the Indianapolis Colts or doing her cats’ bidding.


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Practice to Deceive by Olivia Evans ~ Blog Tour w/ Review, Excerpt, Trailer & Giveaway!

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“Sometimes you find a gem. And Practice to Deceive by this new to me author is one of these rare finds.” ~Konny, Goodreads reviewer



I wasn’t always a bad guy, but betrayal has a way of finding your darkest inner demons. Great friends and family weren’t enough to save me. I wanted revenge. When the opportunity presented itself, I felt justified. That’s karma, right?

Turns out, karma has a way of circling back.

If only I hadn’t been so stupid.

If only I’d known what my deceit would cost me.

It will take a lot of work to unravel the damage I’ve done, but I’ll do it. I’ll do anything to keep from losing her.



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Reviewed by Stephanie

“Oh what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive.”

Brennan is overall a really nice guy. He’s got a lot going for him. He is popular on campus. He’s hot and is about to take a huge life step with his long-time college girlfriend. He couldn’t care less that his best friend and family all despise her for reasons they won’t divulge. All that changes one night when two of the people who are supposed to have his back betray him and the shit hits the fan. Brennan is no longer mister nice guy he turns into mister let’s get drunk and screw guy. Along the way he also hatches a plan for revenge and that plan includes the new girl on campus, Skylar.

“It was a simple plan before, just her and the plan. The plan. I’m not sure I even know what the fucking plan is anymore.”

Skylar is the new girl on campus and unbeknownst to her she is the target of Brennan Dixon’s crazy revenge plan. When he starts to show up everywhere she is, she really does try and resist his good looks and charm. Brennan is relentless and she finally gives in. The reader knows this is supposed to be a revenge plan but poor Skylar obviously doesn’t and the lines for Brennan start to blur pretty quickly the closer he gets to sweet Skylar. He fights hard against his growing feeling for her but Skylar is something he just wasn’t prepared for. Soon he will do anything to keep her and the secret of the worst ever revenge plan in history.

“There were a lot of things I didn’t know, things I was unsure about, but one thing I had absolutely no doubt about was that I wanted her. I wanted her now.”

When Brennan was mapping out his revenge plan I was like come on don’t do it, but of course he did. Secrets can’t be kept secret forever and what happens when the truth comes out? Does he stand a chance at keeping the girl who was only supposed to be collateral damage but turned out to be the only one he loves?

“What would my honesty cost me? My subconscious whispered the answer against my ear with a hiss of air – everything.”

This was my first read by this author and it was an okay read for me. I had a hard time connecting with the characters for most of the book and honestly just thought it went from one extreme to another too quickly. Brennan was hell bent on revenge and then it was all sunshine and roses right away. It just didn’t flow smoothly for me. Just a lot of gaps and I struggled with getting through some chapters. I did like how she wrapped it up and I do look forward to reading more from this author.

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For the next couple of hours, we lay together on her couch watching reruns, wrapped up in each other. We didn’t talk, but we didn’t need to, we’d done enough of that. Even though there was still so much I was keeping from her, a part of me felt lighter, better. Because now I had one less secret, one less thing hanging over my head. I also knew, now more than ever, that if I wanted to be completely free of all the bullshit, I’d have to come clean. She deserved it. The selfish side of me hugged her tighter, like a child with his favorite blanket. What would my honesty cost me? My subconscious whispered the answer against my ear with a hiss of air…everything.



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Breathless With Her by Carrie Ann Ryan ~ Release Blitz w/ Review & Trailer

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Title: Breathless With Her
Series: Less Than #1
Author: Carrie Ann Ryan
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: October 22, 2019


From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Carrie Ann Ryan comes a sexy new contemporary series.

Devin Carr likes his life. He likes his job, his family, the outlook for his future. Then he meets her. Erin. As soon as he sees her, drunk and wearing a sequined dress as her world crashes down around her and she fights to put on a brave face, he knows what he’s been missing. Her.

When Erin Taborn finds her high school sweetheart and husband banging the former head cheerleader of their graduating class at their high school reunion, she tells herself she’ll be fine. She just needs to figure out what fine means. There’s only one problem. Devin. She didn’t plan on him. And for someone who thinks they have all their plans in place, that’s a problem.

One she’ll have to find an answer to if this whole friends-with-benefits thing is going to work.

If not, she’ll fail just like with everything else.



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Steam 3.5
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Erin finds her husband having sex with a former cheerleader at her high school reunion. The couple have been together forever and it just about destroys her. After this betrayal she throws herself into her work and writes off all men and relationships. What follows set the tone of the book for me which was very dry. I was not really liking Erin too much from the beginning and it really defined the rest of the book.

Devin, an ex of Erin’s sister, helps her the night of the fateful reunion. Naturally there is an attraction on both their parts when they reunite a few weeks later. Erin is hard headed and only offers a “friends with benefits” type relationship to Devin. Devin wants more but will settle for anything he can get with her and hopes her feelings change. I felt like too many characters were involved. I know that’s a weird thing to say but the storyline truly didn’t flow cohesively. I didn’t feel a love connection at all between Devin and Erin and there was no passion or chemistry. I found the situation with Erin’s parents just did not make sense and it left me scratching my head. I skimmed pages just to see what happened out of curiosity versus being invested in the characters and wanting to see a happy ending. I hope others enjoy this story more than I did.

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#2 Reckless With You – Releasing December 3, 2019

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Sweet Talker by Robin Bielman ~ Release Blitz w/ Review & Giveaway!

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He likes to be in control…

It’s like this: I’m the hottest restauranteur on the west coast. I work hard, play hard, and love my family. I’m also the guy on the receiving end of some unwelcome threats and fixation. Then Pascale Nichols walks back into my life, and I forget about everything but her. They say lightening never strikes twice, but she’s the one that got away. She’s also, I soon discover, the one my family *secretly* hired to protect me. Am I mad? Hell, yes. Am I game to play along? You bet.

She’s in over her head…

Everyone knows and loves Ethan Auprince. With his sexy-as-sin dimples and crazy likeability, he’s always the center of attention. I’ve been tasked with protecting celebrities, bigwigs, and high-ranking officials, but when I come face-to-face with the man I spent one incredible summer with, I’m in trouble. A careless mistake on my last assignment cost me, and now Ethan is looking at me like he wants to devour me, not cooperate with my subtle instructions while I work under the guise of his restaurant manager.

My reputation is at risk. His safety is on the line. But worse, were falling in love again.

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Steam 3.5
Storyline 3.5
Overall Rating 3.5
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I really enjoyed the first book In this series, Heartthrob and was looking forward to a follow up on some of the other characters in this follow up Sweet Talker. Ethan, a restaurant owner of one of the hottest places around who is gorgeous and rich is being stalked. Although that whole stalker storyline is never really developed and left hanging. However, unbeknownst to him, his family hires a bodyguard to keep an eye on him.

A new manager is hired because the old one is leaving and he gets the shock of his life when he realizes it’s an old flame, Pascale. Only Pascale isn’t just his new manager, she is the anonymous bodyguard.

The story felt disjointed and I couldn’t sense the chemistry. It felt like there were parts of the storyline missing. I wanted to like it because the first one was such a standout but this 2nd book just left me wanting more. But you may enjoy it all the same. Give it a try.

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Robin Bielman is the USA Today bestselling author of over fifteen novels. When not attached to her laptop, she loves to read, go to the beach, frequent coffee shops (and by frequent she means daily but she’s trying to break the habit), and spend time with her high school sweetheart husband and two sons.

Her fondness for swoon-worthy heroes who flirt and stumble upon the girl they can’t live without jumpstarts most of her story ideas. She writes with a steady stream of caffeine nearby (see above) and the best dog on the planet, Harry, by her side. She also dreams of traveling to faraway places and loves to connect with readers. Keep in touch on social! xoxo

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I Hate You by Ilsa Madden-Mills ~ Blog Tour w/ Review & Excerpt!


 I want you . . . even when I hate you.


I Hate You, an all-new enemies to lovers sports romance from Wall Street Journal bestselling author Ilsa Madden-Mills, is available now!

Blaze Townsend: I hate you.
Charisma Rossi: I hate you more.

She’s been expecting this ever since their latest showdown. She had good reason.

Hottest guy she’s ever seen.
Former fling.
Dumped her in front of her friends.
At her own party.

So no, she’s not about to forgive and forget just because he sits next to her in class.
He thinks all he has to do is turn on those baby blues, and she’ll melt right back into his arms. Please.She’d be crazy to let this cocky player affect her again. (Tell that to her body.)

Charisma Rossi.
Nerd girl with a dash of bad.
The one who got under his skin.
The one he cut loose.

Blaze knows she’s the riskiest prospect at Waylon University, but none of the interchangeable girls he hooks up with have ever made him feel the way she did. There’s absolutely no way he can have the girl and the game.

So why can’t he stop trying to win her back?

Can this wide receiver score the girl or will he make the biggest fumble of his life

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Steam 2
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Overall Rating 3.5
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Reviewed by Stephanie

Blaze and Charisma had a thing…a three week “we’re not really dating but it’s definitely more than just fucking” sort of thing. Then Blaze goes and very publicly breaks things off with her at her own sorority’s party in front of like half the student population of Waylon University. Thankfully it was right before break and she has had three months to get over the gorgeous star wide receiver before she has to see him again. But that plan gets shot to hell because as soon as these two see each other again the sexual tension is so thick you could cut it with a big ol’ hatchet and so begins the push and pull that we see throughout a lot of the story.

“Ugh. He’s a sparkly, sexy unicorn. And everyone wants to ride him.”

Blaze thought ending things with Charisma was what he needed to do since he needs to stay focused on the bigger picture, the NFL draft. So why can’t he get the sexy, nerdy and outspoken girl out off his mind. His plan and hers to steer clear from one another is definitely not working out and soon they’re doing the friends with a whole lot of extra benefits thing. They both have feelings for each other but are unwilling to let go and see where this takes them. Will these two get past all the obstacles that stand in their way and be able to give love a chance?

“Wishes are really just fairy tales with happy endings. Guys like me, we don’t get those.”

I am a big fan of Ilsa Madden-Mills and have loved every book I have read of hers so far and I know I may be in the minority here, but I just didn’t love this one as much as the others. It was good but it just wasn’t great for me. I adored Blaze and so badly wanted him to feel love after all he went through. Also he was super sexy so that’s always a plus but I wasn’t a huge fan of Charisma and had a hard time feeling a connection between them. Not sure if I can pinpoint what it was about her but she kind of drove me nuts. I did love Vampire Bill though. He was one feisty bird. I look forward to reading more from this author in the future.

“Love hurts. I know it does. Love is opening yourself up like a book, letting someone see your secrets with every paragraph and page exposed, knowing that the person you’re showing it to can walk away any minute.”

Stephanie (1)



“Need some help?”

I’m on my tiptoes when the question comes, trying to reach a book on the top shelf in the bookstore at the student center.

My heart does a nosedive off a cliff as that familiar gruff voice washes over me, his accent a smooth drawl that’s reminiscent of hot summer nights and slow kisses—kisses we never had…well, except for that one time freshman year.

I ignore him and try to grab the book.

“You’re too short. Let me,” Blaze says, this time closer, his voice soft.

I ease back on my feet and whip around, internally wishing I’d worn something more I hate you and don’t you wish you still had me, but sadly, I’m not in my kickass shoes and itchy dress. Today it’s flat-soled red Converse, black joggers, and a Yankees sweatshirt. I blow at a piece of hair in my face. Shit.

Of course, he looks magnificent in a tight long-sleeved black shirt that clings to his broad chest and tapered jeans molded to those leg muscles. His face is unshaven, the darkness on his jawline adding a broody look.

Curse him and his hotness.

I stare at him a little too long, until I snap out of it.

“I don’t need help,” My voice is strangled as I move to brush past him—forget the textbooks—but he reaches out and takes my elbow.


His fingers are a hot brand on my skin—it’s the first time we’ve touched in three months—and I pull away. A tremble starts in my legs. How dare he?It was one thing to see him in a social setting and pretend I was fine, but when we’re face to face without people watching… “Don’t put your hands on me. I’m not your hookup anymore, football player.”

His face reddens, and he drops his arms. “I didn’t mean—” he stops, not finishing as he studies my face.

I wonder what he sees. You know what he sees, Charisma—someone who wasn’t up to his usual standards.

Everything I didn’t say last night rushes out. “Didn’t mean to what? Dump me in the middle of my own sorority’s party in front of all my friends and half of campus? And you know, that’s totally fine. We both knew I wasn’t enough to keep your attention.”

His jaw clenches and he frowns, his brow furrowing. “I didn’t plan for things to happen that way.”

“How did you want to break up with me? Over candlelight? A text would have worked just fine,” I bite out.

The silence builds between us, and he watches me intently, as if trying to figure me out. He starts at my hair and works his way down to my feet, then comes back to my face. Just when I think I might combust from the intensity of his eyes, he looks away.

“What?” I cock my hip. “You look like you want to say something.”

He taps his hand against his leg. Ice-blue eyes, ones I used to stare into and get butterflies from, glitter down at me. “You just can’t handle that ended things, sweetheart.”

“Not your sweetheart.”

“Never were.”

Shit…shit…my heart feels like an anvil just landed on it, heavy and hard, and I can’t breathe for a second at his words, part of me pissed, the other part devastated. I wanted to be his sweetheart, I did, but he…

You’re not my type.

“Thanks for the reminder,” I say quietly, my anger folding away piece by piece and slipping into that horrible self-pity I despise.

He closes his eyes and scrubs his face with those talented hands, strong and big and capable, skillful with a football.

He steps in front of me, much like he did last night, and I tilt my head back to take him in. At my height of five feet, three inches, it’s hard to glare at a guy who towers over you and not look ridiculous, but I manage—until his eyes flicker with lingering emotion.

I dart my eyes around the store, searching for a way out, but I’m stuck between him and a bookshelf. “You’re blocking my path.” I focus on his legs. No sexiness there—well, except for the tight muscles under that denim.

“This is what I know,” he says in a low voice, ignoring my statement. “You told me we were just messing around. You set all the rules. Isn’t that how you operate? So why does me ending things with you even matter?”

“You never asked for more. You could have.” The revealing words fall around us, tinged with hurt, and I want to pull them back.

The silence between us crackles, yet I’m aware of other people around us. There are a few girls on another aisle, and I glance over as one of them pulls out her phone. No doubt she’s taking a picture of him. Part of me retreats, anxious she’ll get me in that photo—a girl who clearly doesn’t belong. He doesn’t notice. Everyone knows who he is, and they’re probably wondering why he’s talking to me.

“No, I didn’t,” he finally says, the words taut as if pulled from him unwillingly. He taps his leg, his tell that he’s anxious or angry. We weren’t together long, but every moment we spent together, I studied him like a wine connoisseur given a glass of rare cabernet. I know what makes him laugh, usually random things that make no sense. I know that groan he makes deep in this throat when he slides inside me, like he’s home. I know the feel of his hand when he cups my face and stares at me, a hesitant expression on his face—

“You can’t even look at me anymore. I wonder why,” he says, his voice a challenge.

Steeling myself, I face those baby blues. “You know why. I wish we’d never met up last fall. I wish you’d never flirted with me. I wish I’d never fucked you that first time in the library—”

“Same page. Same fucking page, Charisma.” And then he’s walking away, broad shoulders swaying as he stalks down the aisle…

About Ilsa Madden-Mills

Ilsa Madden Mills

Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and USA Today best-selling author Ilsa Madden-Mills is best known for her angsty new adult romances and romantic comedies.

Eight of her eleven novels have placed in the Amazon Top 10 Best-seller List: Dirty English #1; Fake Fiancée and I Dare You #2; I Bet You, Filthy English, and Very Bad Things #6; Boyfriend Bargain #8; The Last Guy, her collaboration with Tia Louise, #4.

A former high school English teacher, she adores all things Pride and Prejudice, and of course, Mr. Darcy is her ultimate hero.

She’s addicted to frothy coffee beverages, cheesy magnets, and any book featuring unicorns and sword-wielding females. Feel free to stalk her online.

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