Pawn by T.M. Frazier ~ Blog Tour w/ 4.25 Star Review & Excerpt!

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Born into hell. Baptism by betrayal.
His life revolves around violence.

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Pawn, the highly-anticipated conclusion to The Pawn Duet from USA Today bestselling author T.M. Frazier, is available now!

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My life is on the line.
I’m trapped both physically and emotionally. A pawn in a game I didn’t know I was playing.
Until I met him.
Pike acts without emotion, but I know he feels something for me.
I see it in his eyes when he looks at me. I feel it when he’s close.
I know it’s real because I feel it too.
Lust. Desire.
It complicates everything.
I know that I’m part of Pike’s plan for revenge.
He doesn’t know he’s part of mine.

Pawn is book two of The Pawn Duet. Pike is book one.

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REVIEW

Feels 2
Steam 5
Storyline 4.25
Overall Rating 4.25
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Reviewed by Robin

A well deserved end to Pike and Mickey’s story. Lots of unpredictable twists and moving pieces but also Preppy stealing the spotlight moments. I love him so much! My favorite books have broken characters that go on a journey of healing and Pawn definitely has this and so much more. Family is always a theme in the King series and I find myself smiling when they all come together. Pike and Mickey are a wonderful addition to this family and I can’t wait for more characters to join in as it continues to grow.

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Pike bends me over the sink. I grip the edge to prevent falling face-first against the porcelain. I glance up at him through the mirror to where he’s standing behind me, appraising my body with fierce heat in his fiery eyes. He molds his body against mine. I close my eyes at the sensation I’ve been dreaming about feeling since the last time I saw him. I relish in his scent, his heat.

“Open your eyes, Mic,” he orders. “I want you to see this. To see us.”

My only response is a whimper. I have no words.

Only need.

As ordered, I open my eyes.

Pike grazes the back of my neck with his lips. “I want to see your reaction in the mirror as you take my cock. I want you to see mine as I give it to you. I’m not just going to fuck you. This is a message. One I want you to hear loud and fucking clear so that there will be no more misunderstandings between us.” He reaches between my legs under my skirt, cupping my pussy over my damp panties.

I push back against him with a loud groan. Pike holds me in place, pushing my panties down my legs before resuming his touch, this time against bare and soaking wet flesh.

He groans when he feels what’s waiting for him. “This belongs to me.” He wraps an arm around my shoulder, closing a hand over my throat, biting at my earlobe. His next words are both a statement and a warning, delivered while the shaft of his thick cock presses against the cleft of my ass.

“You. Belong. To. Me.”

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T.M. (Tracey Marie) Frazier never dreamed that a single person would ever read a word she wrote when she published her first book. Now, she is a five-time USA Today bestselling author and her books have been translated into numerous languages and published all around the world.

T.M. enjoys writing what she calls ‘sexy wrong side of the tracks romance’ with morally corrupt anti-heroes and ballsy heroines.

Her books have been described as raw, dark and gritty. Basically, what that means, is while some authors are great at describing a flower as it blooms, T.M. is better at describing it in the final stages of decay.

She loves meeting her readers, but if you see her at an event please don’t pinch her because she’s not ready to wake up from this amazing dream.

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Hooked on Her by Stacey Lynn ~ Blog Tour w/ 4 Star Review & Excerpt!

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“Stacey Lynn always knows how to perfectly balance sexy and sweet.”
New York Times bestselling author Lauren Layne

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Hooked on Her, an all-new fun and flirty forbidden romance from Stacey Lynn is out now!

Tessa Chauncy is the best kind of trouble. Beautiful, sweet and completely off limits. I’ve sat by and watched other men drool after her and forced myself to stay in check. Hey, I’m in the NHL… I have self-control in spades.

Except when it comes to her.

With the bat of her lashes and quick whip of that sharply pointed tongue Tessa can knock grown men to their knees. I’ve seen them wither and crumble under her confident stare— something I’m pretty sure she learned from sparring with me, thankyouverymuch.

But I’m not just falling for her. I’m down for the count.

She’s the girl I wanted, when wanting her was wrong.
She’s also my new roommate–
And oh yeah, my best friend’s little sister.

Heaven help me, I’m probably going to get his fist to my face or his hockey stick shoved in very dangerous places for what I’m about to do, but I don’t think I care anymore.

I’m in love with my best friend’s little sister….and I’m done waiting.

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Feels 1
Steam 3
Storyline 4
Overall Rating 4
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Reviewed by Ladyballs

This was a cute little book that was well written and definitely kept my attention. It’s a little sister/brother’s best friend romance. Tessa has had a rough go. Her now ex-fiancé has drained her savings and cleaned out everything in their apartment in Toronto. She is completely deflated and devastated.

She goes to North Carolina to stay with her hockey playing brother and girlfriend to figure out her next move. Only while there, she has to put up with her brother Sawyer’s best friend Jason. When they say there is a thin line between love and hate, it rings true between Tessa and Jason. They are downright mean to each other and have been for years! But is it because they hate each other or out of sexual frustration for each other??? Once Jason finds out that Tessa is no longer engaged and staying in the United States, he knows it’s the perfect time to finally tell her how he has always felt about her.

Will these two fight feelings that have been brewing for years or will Tessa pack up and head back to Toronto? This was a great little love story that had funny one liners, heartfelt moments and some steamy scenes. I enjoyed this book and look forward to reading more in this series.

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I scoop more chicken onto a folded chunk of naan and moan as I savor the taste. There are some decent restaurants where I live, all within walking distance, which is a bonus, but none are as good as Tandor’s. I can’t even piece together what makes it so delicious but it’s mouth-watering amazing.

“Jesus, Tessa. Can you not sound like you’re having an orgasm when you eat?”

I choke on my chicken and wash it down with my water. “Don’t like it, you can leave.”

“But then I won’t be able to share with you why I’m here.”

The chicken I’ve devoured rolls in my stomach. Obviously it’s not because he’s a nice guy. I lean back in my chair. “What is it?”

He huffs a laugh and I hate he looks so damn good, smirking at me, shaking his head like I’m some amusing little thing.

“You’re cute, Tessa. I ever tell you that?”

“I think the day you took me to get stitches in my head, yeah. You bopped me on the nose with a finger and said ‘cute and tough, nice’ before ignoring me the rest of the weekend.”

I’m mortified with myself. He’s not supposed to know these things, know how much I remember every.single.encounter with him ever.

His mouth opens a bit and he stares at me. Yeah. That dose of word vomit probably surprises the hell out of him too. But hell, in for a penny. He says he doesn’t give a shit about what Sawyer thinks? He should know what I think.

“I’m pretty sure that’s the day I started having a crush on you.”

He doesn’t take his eyes off me as he chews on what I think is chicken tikki masala. Slowly, he swallows and sets his own fork down. Leaning forward, elbows on the table, I’m tempted to drop my gaze to his mouth and watch his full lips move so sexily as he opens his mouth and asks, “Want to know when it started for me? When I started facing the reality that it was my best friend’s little sister that made my dick hard in my dreams at night and when I was on the road?”

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Stacey Lynn likes her coffee with a dash of sugar, her heroes with a side of bossy, and her wine a deep shade of red.

The author of over thirty romance novels, many of which have been best-selling titles on Amazon, AppleBooks, and Barnes & Noble, she loves being able to turn her vivid imagination into a career that brings entertainment and joy to her readers. Focused on sports romance and emotional, small-town romance, she also loves stretching herself in different genres.

Born in Texas and raised in the Midwest, she now makes her home in North Carolina and loves all things Southern. Together with her ultimate tall, dark, and handsome hero, she has four children. Her life is a chaotic mess that fights with her Type-A, list-making, neurotically organized preferences and she wouldn’t have it any other way.

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The Girl in the Love Song by Emma Scott ~ Release Blitz w/ 4 Star Review!

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At Santa Cruz Central High School, they called them the misfits, the outcasts, the weirdos. But most of us knew them as the Lost Boys…

The Girl in the Love Song, book one in the Lost Boys, an interconnected coming-of-age series of standalones, from USA Today bestselling author Emma Scott, is live!

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Miller Stratton is a survivor. After a harrowing childhood of poverty, he will do anything it takes to find security for himself and his mom. He’s putting all his hopes and dreams in the fragile frame of his guitar and the beauty he creates with its strings and his soulful voice.

Until Violet.

No one expects to meet the love of their life at age thirteen. But the spunky rich girl steals Miller’s heart and refuses to give it back.

Violet McNamara’s life hasn’t been as simple as it looks. Her picture-perfect family is not so perfect after all. Her best friend Miller is her one constant and she is determined not to ruin their friendship with romantic complications.

But the heart wants what it wants. As Miller’s star begins to rise to stratospheric heights, what will it take for Violet to realize that she’s the girl in all of his love songs?

The Girl in the Love Song features two original songs written by Emma herself.

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Review

Feels 5
Storyline 4
Steam 3
Overall Rating 4
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Reviewed by Lindsey

WOW! I mean…WOW! Completely emotional after reading this book. So good. The ups and downs were great. The flow was awesome. I loved the characters. Miller and Violet won me over immediately. They were perfect for each other. I wasn’t convinced they would make it. I really wasn’t. Not until the very end. Emma did a great job with this book. I couldn’t put it down.

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Emma Scott is an internationally bestselling author whose books have been featured in Buzzfeed, Huffington Post, New York Daily News and USA Today’s Happy Ever After. She writes emotional, character-driven romances in which art and love intertwine to heal, and in which love always wins. If you enjoy emotionally-charged stories that rip your heart out and put it back together again, with diverse characters and heroes with a heart of gold, you will enjoy her novels.

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Falling for Her by Monica Murphy ~ Blog Tour w/ 4 Star Review & Excerpt!

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I sort of hate how good looking he is. And then again, I sort of love it.

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Jake Callahan. Prince of the popular crowd.

My mortal enemy.

Gorgeous. All the girls want him.

Quarterback. All the boys want to be his friend. He’s the most popular boy in the senior class.

And he hates me.

Or so I thought.

What I mistook for hatred turns out to be…interest. There’s that thin line, right? It makes me crazy. I can’t stand it. Attraction, chemistry, whatever it is, I also can’t resist it.

And neither can he.

Together, we make no sense. The odds are against us. His friends definitely don’t approve. I’m not a part of their crowd. Not one of the cool kids. I don’t fit in, or so they say.

But that doesn’t stop him from falling for me.

And it won’t stop me from fighting for him.

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Feels 3
Steam 1
Storyline 4
Overall Rating 4
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Reviewed by Stephanie

Falling for Her is the second installment of the Callahan series and in this book we get Jake’s story. It’s his senior year and Jake is feeling overwhelmed with the pressure and expectations coming at him from every direction. Pressure from his dad to play his best as starting quarterback. Pressure from his friends to win the championship. Pressure from his skanky ex-girlfriend to just give in and give them another chance. Everyone has always wanted something from him until he meets Hannah.

“There’s no me and Jake Callahan. Now or ever.”

Hannah Walsh has always been content blending into the background at school. She has her two best friends and it’s their senior year. She doesn’t need or want anything else. Or so she thought. And why is Jake Callahan, the most popular guy in school, all the sudden asking her to wear his game jersey when he hasn’t spoke two words to her in all the years they’ve been in the same school? I mean who the hell does he think he is? Yes, he’s gorgeous and all sorts of broody but Hannah doesn’t care how hot he is or how much she can’t seem to stay away from him. She doesn’t trust him or his intensions. No way is she letting Jake Callahan anywhere near her.

“I sort of hate how good looking he is. And then again, I sort of love it.”

Hannah and Jake are polar opposites. He’s the super hot and popular king of the school. You know the one all the guys want to be friends with and all the girls want to tame. Hannah is shy, smart and doesn’t fit in with the popular crowd. But these two sure fit together perfectly. I love how they break down each other’s walls and grow as characters as they destroy the preconceived notion that two people so opposite won’t work. We get to see Jake and Hannah in a whole new light as the book progresses and I really liked both their characters. Although it did take Jake some time to grow on me. This was a quick, sweet and light read chocked full of high school drama and angst. I enjoyed it and I am definitely looking forward to Ava’s book next!

“You’re all I think about.”

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Hannah settles into the chair closest to mine, a sketchpad in her hands. She flips through it, and I can see page after page of drawings, some of them so realistic I want to tell her to stop so I can really check them out, but I keep quiet. I’m not about to bring attention to myself again. I don’t want to get kicked out of the class.

I freaking need this class.

By the time Sanborne is done talking and telling all of us to try our hand at drawing, I feel like I’m about to burst with my need to talk to Hannah. “You mad at me?”

Her head bent, she’s concentrating on the movements of her pencil across the paper. “What?” she asks distractedly.

“Hannah.” She glances up at me when I say her name, those pretty blue eyes extra wide. “Are you mad at me?”

She frowns. “Why do you think I’m mad at you?”

“Oh, I don’t know. Maybe it’s the way you’ve avoided me since class started,” I tell her. “I was the last person you gave a sketchpad to.”

“Maybe I saved the best for last?” she says weakly.

I don’t smile. I don’t say a word. This usually works for me.

But Hannah’s quiet too. And stubborn. I can tell by the jut of her chin. The way she studies me, her expression blank.

Damn. She’s good.

“Are you only going to talk to me on Snap, but not at school?” I ask, my voice low.

She blinks rapidly, like she can’t believe what I just said. “No.

“That’s what it seems like.”

A sigh escapes her and she drops her head, refocusing on the sketchpad. “I don’t know how to talk to you.”

“Huh?”

“In person.” She looks up, then immediately looks away. “I’m an idiot.”

A smile starts to curl my lips and I immediately tell myself to stop. “You’re not an idiot.”

“I’m sorry if I hurt your feelings,” she murmurs morosely.

“You’re forgiven.”

She lifts her head when I say that, her plump lips turned upward, and I’m hit with a sudden flash of wanting to kiss her.

Yeah. No. Not going to happen.

“Great, thanks so much,” she returns, then gestures toward my blank sketchpad. “You better get started. She’s going to want to check out your technique.”

“I’ve got the best technique in this school, don’t you know?” I can’t help but say, and Hannah’s cheeks turn pink again.

She’s really cute when she blushes.

“Don’t be a perv,” she says, grabbing my discarded pencil and pointing it toward me. “Start drawing.”

“Do I have to?” I slide my fingers onto hers, my thumb curling around hers before I pluck the pencil from her grip.

“Y-yes. You do.” Her voice is shaky, and I wonder if my touch affected her.

I hope it did. All I have to do is look at her and she affects me.

Whatever’s happening between us is confusing as hell.

“I didn’t listen to a word the teacher said,” I tell Hannah, and she scoots her chair closer to mine, launching into the same lecture Sanborne did, almost word for word.

I listen to the rhythm of Hannah’s speech, the excited way she speaks. She loves art, I can tell, and she genuinely wants to help me. I stare at her mouth, the way it moves, how her front teeth protrude the slightest bit, giving her this sexy overbite. I’m fucking entranced, caught up in her spell and when she finishes lecturing me with the faintest smile on her face, all I can do is smile in return.

“Oh. So you do smile,” she says softly.

I turn it into a frown. “No I don’t.”

She laughs, and I soak up the sound.

It’s just as pretty as I thought it would be.

Meet Monica

Monica Murphy

Monica Murphy is a New York Times, USA Today,  and international bestselling romance author. Her books have been translated in almost a dozen languages and have sold over two million copies worldwide. Both a traditionally published and independently published author, she writes young adult, new adult and contemporary romance. She’s also known as USA Today bestselling author Karen Erickson.

A native Californian, she lives on fourteen acres in the middle of nowhere with her husband, two kids, one dog, and four cats. When she’s not writing, she’s an assistant coach for her daughter’s high school cheer team, which is a two season sport. Meaning, she’s at practice with a bunch of teenage girls all the time. Or she’s at a football game. Or a basketball game. Maybe someday, she’ll even write about this experience.

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Fortuity by Jewel E. Ann ~ Blog Tour w/ 4 Star Review & Excerpt!

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Fortuity, an all-new inspirational and moving standalone contemporary romance from Wall Street Journal bestselling author Jewel E. Ann, is available now!

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Forty-something Gracelyn Glock is living the dream.
No husband.
No retirement plan.
And since her self-imposed man-ban—no need to shave above her knees.

After a tragic accident, Gracelyn inherits her ten-year-old nephew. She signs a lease on a San Diego beach house and learns their neighbors for the summer are a sexy anatomy professor and his young daughter.

Professor Nathaniel Hunt has spent the last decade being a single dad . . . and not having sex.

So when he discovers Gracelyn has a peculiar outdoor stripping ritual, a million inappropriate thoughts fill his responsible mind.

When kisses are stolen, man-bans are broken, and summer comes to an end, will hearts stay in one piece and hope stay alive? Or will saying goodbye destroy everything?

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Feels 4
Steam 2
Storyline 4
Overall Rating 4
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Reviewed by Stephanie

Fortuity is the third book in the Transcend series by Jewel E. Ann but it can be read as a standalone. This book was like a much needed breath of fresh air. Lately I’ve found myself sticking to a few specific genres and I tend to lean more toward the dark side of things. But this book was light hearted, fresh and funny. I loved that it was so different. I really don’t remember the last time I read a book that had me laughing so hard that I was crying but the tears were rolling down my face so many times during this one. It was sweet, funny and endearing. There was also a ton of angst and a whole lot of swooning. Lots of feels in this book!

Gracelyn finds herself navigating a whole new normal when a tragic accident leaves her the guardian of her ten-year-old nephew Gabe. This is definitely not how she planned for her life to be at this point but sometimes things change when we least expect them. She uproots herself and moves to San Diego to keep Gabe in his school and close to his friends. She rents a beach house apartment from Mr. Hans, a sweet older widower, who turns out to be one of my very favorite characters in this story. It just so happens Mr. Hans owns the house next door too and it’s currently rented out to anatomy professor Nate and his ten-year-old daughter Morgan for the summer. Perfect. A friend for Gabe and Gracelyn is on a self-appointed man ban so it’s no problem that professor Nate is not only single but also extremely hot, right? Wrong. The sexual chemistry is off the charts for these two right from the get-go.

“If I stay, I might forget that I’m not supposed to want you to kiss me.”

Nate hasn’t been with a woman since his wife died ten years ago. Well you know, besides the whole situation with the Nanny. He’s devoted all his time to showing his daughter the world but now they are spending the summer in San Diego before moving home and putting down roots. He finds himself intrigued by his beautiful and quirky summer neighbor, Gracelyn.

“She’s beautiful. My ability to stand this close to her and think without feeling guilty means I’m not a broken man.”

The four of them form a beautiful small gang along with their side kick, sweet Mr. Hans. The kids and the adults all desperately needed each other even if they didn’t know it at first. I loved watching their relationships grow and change over the course of the summer. I absolutely adored Nate…like some serious swooning was going on over here. I mean hello neighbor! Gracelyn was also a force to be reckoned. She was pretty awesome and I loved how much she cared for Gabe. Stolen kisses, talking dead boyfriends from the past, broken man bans and an impending move are all just some of the obstacles Nate and Gracelyn deal with on their journey. But is there a chance at a happily ever after for these two or is one beautiful summer all they will have?

“It was you…the idea of you. The dream of you.”

I highly enjoyed so many things in this book. The banter between the characters was fantastic as were the characters themselves. So why not five stars? Yeah I know this may be an unpopular opinion but I wasn’t a huge fan of some of the stuff with Morgan. Guess I just didn’t find it funny for a ten-year-old. It kind of irked me and just stuck with me. But that’s just me. Besides that I loved this story and really needed something light, sweet and funny to read and Fortuity delivered. I definitely look forward to reading more from this author!

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“What took you two so long? Don’t worry, we saved you some cake.” Mr. Hans smiles from his recliner with Hunter on the sofa, her thumbs dancing along her phone screen. Gabe will get along well with her.

“Cake, Morgan?”

My steps falter when I hear Nate’s voice from the kitchen.

Mr. Hans winks at me. “I invited Nate for cake too.”

I nod slowly. “I see. Whose birthday is it?”

“Life is a celebration. Cake needs no excuse.”

So much for having some time to digest what Nate said to me and my flirty reaction to his kiss comment. I put on a neutral face and drag my timid ass into the kitchen.

“Cake, Gracelyn?” Nate glances up from the counter, a knife in one hand and a plate in his other hand.

“Mmm … yes, Gracelyn. You want cake.” Morgan rolls her eyes back in her head as she slowly chews a bite, standing next to Nate.

How am I supposed to look at him when I saw him barely an hour ago and he said he wanted to kiss me, and I returned the desire without the actual kiss? I guess we’re going to be two people who want to kiss but know that it will never happen.

“Thank you.” I take the cake, giving Nate a two-second glance. It’s all I can give him without completely self-combusting into a pile of ashes.

“Mr. Hans … this is so good.” Morgan traipses out of the kitchen.

“It is good. I haven’t had cake in a long time.” I slowly lick the frosting from the fork.

Nate glances at the floor, eyes narrowed, and hunches down. After a few seconds, I move around to his side of the island.

“Did you drop something?”

Hunched like a baseball catcher, gaze still to the floor, he crooks a finger at me.

I set my plate on the counter. “Did you lose a contact lens?” I squat next to him behind the counter.

He lifts his gaze to meet my squinted eyes. The corner of his mouth bends just as his hand slides behind my head and his lips press to mine.

What the hell?

My lungs freeze while my heart pauses and my mind explodes. There’s no tongue to this kiss, just hungry lips. It knocks me off balance, and I fall to my knees, resting my hands on his shoulders.

Nate pulls back half an inch, letting his lips hover next to mine, the warmth of his breath covering my stunned mouth. “I’m not even sorry.” He shrugs.

My mouth opens as if it wants to speak, but I have no idea what to say.

“Dad …”

Nate bolts up, leaving me on my knees. “Yes?”

“Can Hunter use—” Morgan’s eyes narrow at me, my head barely peeking over the counter. “Gracelyn, what are you doing?”

“I’m …” I give her a tight smile.

Nate says, “Picking up a few crumbs.”

At the same time, I say, “Tying your dad’s shoe.”

His explanation is much better.

Morgan laughs. “Um … okay. You’re both acting weird.”

I climb to my feet.

“Can Hunter use what?” Nate asks.

“Your bike so we can go for a bike ride.”

“Are you going to stay around here?”

Morgan nods. “Pinky swear. We won’t go too far.”

“I’ll need to put the seat down for her.”

“Yes! Thanks, Dad. I’ll go tell her.” Morgan runs out of the kitchen.

Nate covers the cake with plastic wrap and nods to my plate with the half-eaten piece of cake. “Are you going to finish that?”

Cake. He wants to talk about the cake?

My head inches side to side.

“Too good to let it go to waste.” He picks up the plate and finishes my cake.

YOU KISSED ME!

“By the way …” His gaze remains on the plate as he scoops up the last bite. “Morgan knows I know how to tie my own shoes.”

About Jewel

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Jewel is a free-spirited romance junkie with a quirky sense of humor.

With 10 years of flossing lectures under her belt, she took early retirement from her dental hygiene career to stay home with her three awesome boys and manage the family business.

After her best friend of nearly 30 years suggested a few books from the Contemporary Romance genre, Jewel was hooked. Devouring two and three books a week but still craving more, she decided to practice sustainable reading, AKA writing.

When she’s not donning her cape and saving the planet one tree at a time, she enjoys yoga with friends, good food with family, rock climbing with her kids, watching How I Met Your Mother reruns, and of course…heart-wrenching, tear-jerking, panty-scorching novels.

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