Bitter Rivals by M.J. Marstens & Loxley Savage ~ Release Blitz w/ 4.5 Star Review!

๐๐ข๐ญ๐ญ๐ž๐ซ ๐‘๐ข๐ฏ๐š๐ฅ๐ฌ ( ๐˜‰๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ธ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฅ ๐˜Œ๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ด #1 )by M.J. Marstens & Loxley Savage is LIVE NOW on KU!

ษช ส€แด‡แด€สŸสŸส แด‡ษดแดŠแดสแด‡แด… ส€แด‡แด€แด…ษชษดษข แด›สœษชs ส™แดแดแด‹, ษชแด› แดกแด€s sแดแดแด‡แด›สœษชษดษข แด…ษชา“า“แด‡ส€แด‡ษดแด›, แด€ษดแด… ษชแด› สœแด€แด… แด€ ษขส€แด‡แด€แด› แด…แด€ส€แด‹ แด ษชส™แด‡. ษชแด›’s า“ษชสŸสŸแด‡แด… แดกษชแด›สœ แด€แด„แด›ษชแดษด, สŸแดแด›s แดา“ sแด‡แด„ส€แด‡แด›s, แด€ษดแด… แดแด€ษดส แดœษดแด€ษดsแดกแด‡ส€แด‡แด… วซแดœแด‡sแด›ษชแดษดs! – ษขแดแดแด…ส€แด‡แด€แด…s ส€แด‡แด ษชแด‡แดกแด‡ส€

Blurb

๐๐ข๐ญ๐ญ๐ž๐ซ๐ฐ๐จ๐จ๐ ๐๐ซ๐ž๐ฉ ๐ข๐ฌ๐ง’๐ญ ๐š ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐š๐œ๐ž ๐ฐ๐ก๐ž๐ซ๐ž ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฐ๐ž๐š๐ค ๐ฌ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ฏ๐ข๐ฏ๐žโ€”๐ข๐ญ’๐ฌ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ญ๐จ๐ฆ๐› ๐ฐ๐ก๐ž๐ซ๐ž ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ฒ ๐ ๐จ ๐ญ๐จ ๐๐ข๐ž.

Of all the obstacles I expected to overcome this year, fighting for my life wasn’t one of them. Nor did I intend to sell my body and soul to my three tormentorsโ€”Cashel, Bentley, and Professor Vaughn. But Principal Windsor, the sick fuck who’s running this farce of a school, has turned what was once the most prestigious prep college into something much darker and sinister.

๐˜‰๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ธ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฅ ๐˜—๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฑ.

Students are forced to endure one sick game after another with one singular goalโ€”to strip us of our very humanity for a profit. Here, kindness and compassion will get you killed. Bloodlust, violence, and seduction are rewarded. That’s the price of survival. The question isโ€ฆwhy am I so eager to pay it?

The answerโ€”๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ถ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ ๐˜ ๐˜จ๐˜ฆ๐˜ต ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง๐˜ง ๐˜ง๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ข๐˜ช๐˜ฏ.

๐…๐ซ๐จ๐ฆ ๐๐ซ๐จ๐Ÿ๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ๐จ๐ซ ๐•๐š๐ฎ๐ ๐ก๐ง’๐ฌ ๐ฌ๐š๐ฏ๐š๐ ๐ž ๐๐จ๐ฆ๐ข๐ง๐ข๐จ๐ง.

๐…๐ซ๐จ๐ฆ ๐‚๐š๐ฌ๐ก๐ž๐ฅ’๐ฌ ๐œ๐ซ๐ฎ๐ž๐ฅ ๐ฉ๐จ๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ข๐ฏ๐ž๐ง๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ.

๐…๐ซ๐จ๐ฆ ๐๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ฅ๐ž๐ฒ’๐ฌ ๐ซ๐ฎ๐ญ๐ก๐ฅ๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ ๐œ๐จ๐ง๐ญ๐ซ๐จ๐ฅ.

I can’t get enough of it. Their lust is toxic oxygen giving me breath, so I crawl to them, desperate for more. My cravings are twisted, but so is this place.

๐˜ˆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜’๐˜ญ๐˜ญ ๐˜จ๐˜ฆ๐˜ต ๐˜ฎ๐˜บ ๐˜ฅ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฌ ๐˜ง๐˜ช๐˜น ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ข๐˜ต ๐˜‰๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ธ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฅ ๐˜—๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฑ.

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Review

Steam 5
Storyline 4.5
Feels 2
Overall Rating 4.5
Kindle eArc provided by Author
Reviewed by Robin

Dark, sadistic and twisted Hunger Games like academy romance. The challenges are brutal and how will Remi, Cash, Ben and Bianca survive? What is the end game for this academy for heirs? Lots of dark secrets and unanswered questionsโ€ฆI donโ€™t know where this horrific book is heading next. But Iโ€™m fully invested and addicted to every crazy action. These four are stronger than they appear and only their humanity can get them killed. The guys are cutthroat and willing to do whatever it takes to survive and excel. Remi comes from an athletic family and as the baby, use to be underestimated. But she will do ANYTHING to prove herself worthy. Professor Vaughn is a mystery and definitely has a kink for being in charge. I can’t wait to see what dark fate is in store next for all of these characters!

About M.J. Marstens

Bestselling author M.J. Marstens mixes romance, suspense, comedy, and sassy characters who can say whatever they are thinking because it is just a story. When she is not creating steamy scenes or laugh-out-loud fiascos, she is refereeing her three children that she homeschools. In her free time, she loves to eat, sleep, and pray that her children do not turn out like the characters she writes about in her books. To read more about MJ, please visit her Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/M.J.Marstens/.

About Loxley Savage

Loxley lives in a suburb in northeast Ohio She loves coffee, chocolate, and reality TV. When she’s not writing, she’s trying to avoid stepping on her daughters LOL dolls. You can join her readers group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/LoxleySavage.

A Kingdom of Stars and Shadows by Holly Renee ~ Blog Tour w/ 5 Star Review!

“Thereโ€™s magic, adventure, a sprinkling of naughty and one seriously dirty mouthed love interest.” -Samantha

A KINGDOM OF STARS AND SHADOWS (Stars and Shadows #1) by Holly Renee
Release Date: July 14th
Genre/Tropes: Adult Fantasy Romance/High Fantasy Romance/Enemies-to-Lovers/Forbidden Romance

Blurb

Destiny or desire?

Where does your allegiance lie?

I am told my union to the crowned prince will determine the fate of the kingdom, but it isnโ€™t my betrothed who haunts my dreams. Itโ€™s the half-breed prince who stands at his side.

He is darkness and sin, and when he whispers promises of wickedness in my ear, I crave a man who I canโ€™t have.

Every thought I have is treasonous. The way my hands ache to touch him deceitful.

Even my dreams make me a traitor to the kingdom I am sworn to protect.

But when the kingdom is attacked, I am forced to make choices Iโ€™m not prepared for. Our lies and deception are entangled in the shadows and stars, and as they unravel so shall my fate. Betray a kingdom or betray my heart.

A Kingdom of Stars and Shadows is book one in the Stars and Shadows Series and will end in a cliffhanger.

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Review

Feels 5
Steam 5
Storyline 5
Overall Rating 5
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Reviewed by Stephanie

Iโ€™ve read several of Holly Reneeโ€™s books and really enjoyed them all. With A Kingdom of Stars and Shadows, she takes on a whole new genre. Iโ€™m a million percent here for this absolutely incredible debut into the world of Fantasy. Fae, vampires, magic and forbidden romance. Secrets, lies, darkness and betrayal. This book takes everything I crave in a fantasy romance and weaves it all together so perfectly. I loved this book, characters, world building and even that painful cliffhanger. I knew this author could write a good romance but she absolutely kills it in the Fantasy genre.

โ€œYou will determine the future of our World.โ€

Adara is starblessed. Legend says the blood running through her veins could be the key to unlocking the power the high fae desperately craves. Her Mother made a deal with the King and Queen of Citlali that afforded luxuries in exchange for Adaraโ€™s betrothal to their son, the crowned prince Gavril.

โ€œBlood and magic have been woven together throughout our land for centuries, but you are the blade with which they will sever it.โ€

Adara arrives in the Achlys kingdom to fulfill her destiny, though she fights it the entire way. She quickly learns that although some in the kingdom may crave the power she holds, most donโ€™t intend to ensure she remains safe while she is there. The Queen is the very definition of evil. While she is unsure of her future husbandโ€™s intention, his true colors are quick to surface. One thing she is sure of is the constant pull she feels towards the Captain of the royal guard. He also happens to be the bastard prince, Evren.

โ€œEven your body knows it. It calls to me like a fucking prayer.โ€

Adara may be betrothed to Gavril, but the intense chemistry between her and Evren is off the charts and so damn hot. Secrets build in the kingdom as fast as their forbidden romance. The Achlys kingdom claims her magic will help protect their people and keep their borders safe from the Vampires who want to destroy them. But is that all a lie? What secrets hide in the other side of the forest where the Vampires roam? There is a war brewing and Adara may be forced to choose a side. Unless someone else makes that choice for her.

โ€œYour stars burn brighter in the shadows, witch. But it is you who must decide which darkness you cling to.โ€

I couldnโ€™t possibly have loved this book anymore than I did. The author did a phenomenal job giving us a fantasy romance the way itโ€™s supposed to be written. I love Adara and her strength and determination. I wanted to like Gavril but found myself wanting to throw my kindle at him. I loved Evrin and his intensity. Letโ€™s not forget the absolutely insanely hot scenes with him and Adara. But those last few pages and that massive cliffhanger left me questioning everything I thought I knew. Amazing read, killer cliffhanger and I cannot wait until the next book!

About Holly Renee

USA Today Bestselling author, Holly Renee brings readers a pinch of angst, an indulgence of heat, and the perfect amount of heart in every book.

Born and raised in East Tennessee, she is a married mom of two wild children. When she’s not writing, you can find her reading, pretending to be a dragon for the hundredth time that day, being disgustingly in love with her husband, or chilling in the middle of the lake with her sunglasses and a float.

Holly is a lover of all things romance, Mexican food, Harry Potter, and yoga pants.

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Reverse by Kate Stewart ~ Release Blitz w/ 5 Star Review!

From Bestselling Author Kate Stewart of ๐™๐™๐™š ๐™๐™–๐™ซ๐™š๐™ฃ๐™๐™ค๐™ค๐™™ ๐™๐™ง๐™ž๐™ก๐™ค๐™œ๐™ฎ comes a ๐ฌ๐ญ๐ž๐š๐ฆ๐ฒ, ๐ฌ๐ญ๐š๐ซ-๐œ๐ซ๐จ๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ž๐ lovers, ๐ซ๐จ๐œ๐ค ๐ฌ๐ญ๐š๐ซ ๐ซ๐จ๐ฆ๐š๐ง๐œ๐ž with ๐€๐‹๐‹ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐…๐„๐„๐‹๐’.

Blurb

๐“๐ก๐ข๐ซ๐ญ๐ฒ ๐ฒ๐ž๐š๐ซ๐ฌ ๐š๐ ๐จ, ๐ฆ๐ฒ ๐Ÿ๐š๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ซ ๐›๐ž๐œ๐š๐ฆ๐ž ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐จ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ซ ๐ก๐š๐ฅ๐Ÿ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐š ๐›๐ซ๐จ๐ค๐ž๐ง ๐ฅ๐จ๐ฏ๐ž ๐ฌ๐ญ๐จ๐ซ๐ฒ.

A relationship heโ€™s kept hidden for decades.

Upon unearthing his secret through a series of emails in our paperโ€™s archives, I began my search for the truth. Haunted by my fatherโ€™s love story, and in my quest for answers, I never imagined I would discover a love of my own. Or that my love for Easton Crowne would be key in discovering the reason behind what split our parents up.

Doomed from the start and knowing the havoc our relationship would inevitably wreak on our families, I could never have prepared for the toll it would take or the cost of the truth.

But in order to find our ending, we had to go back to their beginning.

๐Œ๐ฒ ๐ง๐š๐ฆ๐ž ๐ข๐ฌ ๐๐š๐ญ๐š๐ฅ๐ข๐ž ๐๐ฎ๐ญ๐ฅ๐ž๐ซ, ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ฌ ๐ข๐ฌ ๐ฆ๐ฒ ๐ฌ๐ญ๐š๐ซ-๐œ๐ซ๐จ๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ž๐ ๐ฅ๐จ๐ฏ๐ž ๐ฌ๐ญ๐จ๐ซ๐ฒ.

Purchase Link

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Review

Feels 5+
Steam 4
Storyline 5+
Overall Rating 5
Kindle eArc provided by Author
Reviewed by Lindsey

Have you ever started a book and without a shadow of a doubt KNEW it was going to completely and totally wreck you?! By 30% I looked like my dog died. By the endingโ€ฆwell, letโ€™s just say concealer will be a must for tomorrow.

Let me start by saying Drive was one of THE BEST BOOKS Iโ€™ve read my entire life. The story was beautifully written so the expectations for Reverse were high. I canโ€™t help it. You donโ€™t play with a life changing book, okay? This book was amazing. And my life changed once again. My heart grew to love Easton and Natalie as if I watched them grow up myself. It was a beautiful read. I felt like I was literally in every scene with them feeling the same emotions.

Stewart did a phenomenal job with this story. It broke my heart and put it back together piece by piece. And that ending! OMGEEEE. I get tears in my eyes every time I think about it. Drive and now Reverse will be two of the books that I will remember everything about for years to come. I will recommend them to anyone, anytime. Brilliantly written.

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About Kate Stewart

Kate Stewart

USA Today bestselling author and Texas native, Kate Stewart, lives in North Carolina with her husband, Nick, and her naughty beagle, Sadie. She pens messy, sexy, angst-filled contemporary romance, as well as romantic comedy and erotic suspense. Kate’s title, Drive, was named one of the best romances of 2017 by The New York Daily News and Huffington Post. Drive was also a finalist in the Goodreads Choice awards for best contemporary romance of 2017. Her works have been featured in USA TODAY, BuzzFeed, and translated in five languages.

Kate is a lover of all things ’80s and ’90s, especially John Hughes films and rap. She dabbles a little in photography, can knit a simple stitch scarf for necessity, and on occasion, does very well at whiskey.

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God of Malice by Rina Kent ~ Release Blitz w/ 4.5 Star Review!

God of Malice by Rina Kent is now live!

I caught the attention of a monster.
I didn’t ask for it.
Didn’t even see it coming.
But the moment I do, it’s too late.
Killian Carson is a predator wrapped in sophisticated charm.
He’s cold-blooded, manipulative, and lacks limits.
The worst part is that no one sees his devil side.
I do.
And that will cost me everything.
I run, but the thing about monsters?
They always chase.

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Narrated by: Sebastian York, Josie Minor, Aaron Shedlock, Wen Ross, & Kylie Stewart

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Review

Steam 3
Storyline 4.5
Feels 3
Overall Rating 4.5
Kindle eArc provided by Author
Reviewed by Ladyballs

What. Did. I. Just. Read. WOW! This book is a new spinoff with Glyndon, the daughter of Levi King, and Astrid from Cruel King. Killian Carson is the second son of Asher Carson and Reina Ellis. This book made me want to find the most craziest sociopath around and love him. Killian does not hide his crazy AT ALL. He is feared and scary and no one messes with him. Glyndon has her own dark issues and these two are drawn together like magnets. She embraces the crazy and as unthinkable as that sounds, I was drawn to it and couldn’t put this book down!

These two go to rival schools and their meeting had me sitting up a little straighter and thinking here we go, this is gonna be good. And it did not disappoint. I wanna say you should definitely read their parents’ story first. It makes you understand these two new characters much better. Watching these two collide with all the dark twists, sexy scenes and craziness left me wanting more. I was sad when it was over! Don’t want to give anything else away except this is a MUST READ for sure!

Meet Rina

Rina Kent is an international bestselling author of everything enemies to lovers romance.
Darkness is her playground, suspense is her best friend, and twists are her brain’s food. However, she likes to think she’s a romantic at heart in some way, so don’t kill her hopes just yet.
Her heroes are anti-heroes and villains because she was always the weirdo who fell in love with the guys no one roots for. Her books are sprinkled with a touch of mystery, a healthy dose of angst, a pinch of violence, and lots of intense passion.
Rina spends her private days in a peaceful town in North Africa daydreaming about the next plot idea or laughing like an evil mastermind when those ideas come together.

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Tease by Melanie Harlow ~ Blog Tour w/ 4.5 Star Review & Excerpt!

Could Hutton French and I actually be right for each other, or is it all just one big tease?

TEASE, an all new sizzling friends to lovers, fake engagement small town romantic comedy from USA Today and #1 Amazon bestselling author Melanie Harlow, is now available!

I didnโ€™t mean to say I was engaged to a hot billionaireโ€“it just slipped out.

In my defense, Iโ€™d had a really bad haircut, a really strong drink, and I was trying to save face in front of the Mean Girl at my high school reunion.

Lucky for me, I happen to know a hot billionaire. Hutton French and I have been friends forever, and even though big social gatherings are not his thing, I called him from the coat closet and begged him for a favorโ€“show up and play my fake fiancรฉ for the night.

Except that word of our engagement spreads like wildfire. Our families are ecstatic. Weโ€™re front page news. My little food blog is launched into the stratosphere.

Of course, I offer to set the record straight right away, but Hutton wants to give it a little timeโ€“the phony engagement will keep his matrimony-mad mother and every matchmaking granny in town off his back.

He even suggests I move in with him to make the ruse more real.

And we donโ€™t stop there.

We practice kissing. Undressing each other. Saying thingsโ€“and doing thingsโ€“weโ€™d never dare if we werenโ€™t pretending. Because itโ€™s all for show, right? Weโ€™re just role-playing. Hutton doesnโ€™t want a real relationship, and I donโ€™t want to get hurt. But the more time we spend faking it, the more I start to wonder.

Could Hutton French and I actually be right for each other, or is it all just one big tease?

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Review

Steam 3
Storyline 4.5
Feels 0
Overall Rating 4.5
Kindle eArc provided by Author
Reviewed by Ladyballs

This was a cute quick read and made me laugh out loud more than once. Felicity and Hutton have been friends forever. Both nerds bonded and were inseparable but never took their friendship past friends. However, with both of them being super shy it didn’t mean they didn’t feel a certain way towards each other. Felicity is expanding her catering career and Hutton is a billionaire genius in cryptocurrency. Through trials and tribulations their friendship has remained.

While dealing with a “mean girl” from high school, Felicity tells a little white lie. She tells the mean girl that she is engaged to her best friend/billionaire Hutton. Getting Hutton to go along with this is another story. But when you tell one lie, you have to keep telling others to cover the first lie and before you know it turns into a web of lies. Felicity and Hutton take faking a fiancรฉ to a whole new level and I loved every minute of it! My only one negative comment would be that it has leaked in the press that billionaire Hutton has some bedroom kinks but the book never really delved into it. I think it would have made for some super sexy scenes!

It was so much fun to see these once friends morph into lovers and watch how they both realize this could be the real deal. But as any good author does, it takes them a while to figure it out and admit it. This was a quick, fun, laugh out loud great beach read and highly recommend!

Keep reading for a look inside TEASE!

“Want something to drink? Whiskey or scotch?โ€

โ€œNo, thanks. Mostly I just want to take these heels off.โ€

โ€œLeave them on.โ€

I was already bending down to unbuckle one ankle strap. I looked up and saw him standing there with his glass in his hand. โ€œWhat?โ€

โ€œLeave them on. And come over here.โ€

I straightened up and took one tiny step.

โ€œOn your hands and knees.โ€

My breath caught. I could feel his eyes on me. Instantly I understood what this was, and even though I was a little nervous, I wanted to play along. I wanted to please him this way.

The only problem was, I wasnโ€™t entirely sure I could get to my knees in this tight dress. But I said a quick prayer and dropped to my knees on the carpet in one smooth motion. Thankfully, the dress material had some stretch, and the seams didnโ€™t pop.

โ€œGood girl,โ€ he said quietly, igniting a firestorm in my blood that surprised me. โ€œNow come here.โ€

My heart thrummed fast and loud as I lowered my palms to the floor and slowly closed the distance between us. Iโ€™d never done anything like this in my lifeโ€”who am I right now?โ€”but I liked the way it made me feel.

Tempting. Seductive. Alluring. Iโ€™d never thought of myself that way before, but here and now, in this tight little black dress with the red satin heels, crawling toward a gorgeous, powerful man in a suit in our Manhattan hotel suite? My billionaire fake fiancรฉ? It was easy to imagine I wasnโ€™t myself at all.

When I reached his feet, I sat back on my heels and looked up. Our eyes met. His lean, muscular silhouette looked imposing above me. Even that rebel lock of hair had been tamed into submission tonight.

He took another sip of his drink and set the glass on the table. Pulled the chair at the head of the table aside. Loosened the knot in his tie. โ€œAre you okay?โ€

โ€œYes.โ€

โ€œIf thereโ€™s a point tonight where you are not, you should tell me.โ€ He slipped the tie from his collar.

I swallowed hard. โ€œLike a safe word?โ€

His mouth hooked up on one side. His hand freed the top button of his shirt. โ€œYou already have a safe word?โ€

โ€œNo,โ€ I said quickly. โ€œIโ€™ve never needed one before.โ€

โ€œYou do now.โ€ He undid a second button. โ€œSo what will it be?โ€

Of course, I couldnโ€™t fucking think of anything, and I panicked.

โ€œRoy Kent,โ€ I blurted.

He cocked his head, his hand still on his shirt. โ€œWhoโ€™s Roy Kent?โ€

โ€œNever mind. Iโ€™ll think of another one.โ€

Do not say Oklahoma.

Do not say bumblebee.

I racked my brain for something else. โ€œRomeo,โ€ I said breathlessly. โ€œThatโ€™s what Iโ€™ll say. Romeo.โ€

He set his tie on the table and offered me a hand.

Placing my palm in his, I rose to my feet. โ€œIs anything going to hurt?โ€ I asked, picturing whips, chains, ball gags, metal cuffs and clamps, shiny rubber gloves.

โ€œI donโ€™t need to inflict pain to feel in control, if thatโ€™s what youโ€™re asking.โ€

โ€œOkay. Should Iโ€”โ€

But that was all I got out because he spun me around and clamped a hand over my mouth, pressing his body tight against my back.

About Melanie Harlow

USA Today bestselling author Melanie Harlow likes her martinis dry, her heels high, and her history with the naughty bits left in. When she’s not writing or reading, she gets her kicks from TV series like Ted, Lasso, Schittโ€™s Creek, and Fleabag. She occasionally runs three miles, but only so she can have more gin and steak.

Melanie is the author of the BELLAMY CREEK series, the CLOVERLEIGH FARMS series, the ONE & ONLY series, AFTER WE FALL series, the HAPPY CRAZY LOVE series, and the FRENCHED series. She lifts her glass to romance readers and writers from her home near Detroit, MI, where she lives with her husband, two daughters, and pet rabbit.

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