Until Sage by Aurora Rose Reynolds

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Sage Mayson had Kimberly Cullen once, and the memory of that brief encounter has tortured him since the moment he pushed her away. He should have followed his gut, but he didn’t, and now he’s left watching the woman he wants more than anything from afar.

Kimberly vowed to protect her heart from Sage, but when her sister is murdered and her world starts to fall apart, he’s the one person she finds herself leaning on.

Getting a second chance is something Sage knows is rare. He’s not going to squander the one he’s been given, and he won’t take no for an answer when it comes to making Kim his.

But what Sage doesn’t know is Kim has a secret that could leave them both devastated and heartbroken.

Sage Mayson had Kimberly Cullen once, and the memory of that brief encounter has tortured him since the moment he pushed her away. He should have followed his gut, but he didn’t, and now he’s left watching the woman he wants more than anything from afar.

Kimberly vowed to protect her heart from Sage, but when her sister is murdered and her world starts to fall apart, he’s the one person she finds herself leaning on.

Getting a second chance is something Sage knows is rare. He’s not going to squander the one he’s been given, and he won’t take no for an answer when it comes to making Kim his.

But what Sage doesn’t know is Kim has a secret that could leave them both devastated and heartbroken.

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So I already loved Aurora Rose Reynolds but after reading this book, I love her even more. The reason I say that is if you #BelieveInTheBoom, you know the set-up for these stories. But in this story, we get some really subtle twists that add excitement but still stays true to the style that this authors’ readers love.

Sage and Kim meet when Kim gets a flat tire. Sage, although adopted, is still a Mason and he’s going to be a hero. There is no other way around it. Sage and Kim have an instant attraction, but one of my favorite parts of this book is when they’re first seeing each other. Only because they have an easy, natural chemistry. Yes, there is obvious sexual tension as they both find each other attractive. But we also see moments of humor and more of the characters and their personalities.

Another aspect I loved about this book is that we very briefly see Kim and Sage back in another book (if I remember right, I think it was in “Until Jax”). It was only brief, and if you are a new reader to this author, you don’t need to read the other book to understand this one. But the fun of that reference is that as a long-time reader of this author, I was rewarded with that little moment because I remembered the scene immediately.

This author writes some seriously intense sex scenes. Wow. Just insert the words smoldering, sexy, roasting hot, and assume I wrote something great. I can’t even. So freaking sexy. I’m still fanning myself.

Do you believe in the boom? Do you love Aurora Rose Reynolds? Then you’re going to love this book. Are you new to Aurora Rose Reynolds? Then you are missing out because she writes romance like no other.

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Aurora Rose Reynolds is a navy brat who’s husband served in the United States Navy. She has lived all over the country but now resides in New York City with her Husband and pet fish. She’s married to an alpha male that loves her as much as the men in her books love their women. He gives her over the top inspiration everyday. In her free time she reads, writes and enjoys going to the movies with her husband and cookie. She also enjoys taking mini weekend vacations to nowhere, or spends time at home with friends and family. Last but not least she appreciates everyday and admires it’s beauty.

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Stripped Bare by Heidi McLaughlin

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They don’t call it the Strip for nothing. . . .

In this sinfully sexy Las Vegas romance from bestselling author Heidi McLaughlin, a man who has it all reunites with a woman who takes it all off.

Living in Sin City, Finn McCormick is no stranger to one-night stands, but the last person he expects to find losing big on the casino floor is a former high school fling. Even though Macey Webster’s clearly down on her luck, she’s still a knockout, and she’s dressed like a stripper—because she is one. Drunk off an unfamiliar cocktail of lust, pity, and compassion, Finn offers to pay Macey’s debts if she cuddles up to him around town . . . and does whatever he wants between the sheets.

Macey came to Vegas for one reason only: money. She’s got a young daughter to support, and the tips really are bigger in Vegas. But when she blows her earnings on blackjack, her guardian angel is the rich boy who once stole her heart and never called her back. Although Macey would love to turn the tables on Finn, she can’t afford to refuse his proposition—and soon she’s enjoying herself much more than she cares to admit. Macey’s used to baring her flesh, but baring her soul will take far more courage.

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Okay, I really don’t know what magic Heidi McLaughlin has up her sleeves, but every book I read of hers becomes an immediate favorite of mine. But this book took me to a whole other level. This is the first book in a long time where I couldn’t put it down and then wanted to stop because I wanted to drag it out. And then late one night, I had this crazy realization about the story and I was already book hungover and I was only at like, 60% point of the story.

Macey Webster is stripper and waitress in Spokane, Washington. Knowing she needs more money so she can support her daughter, Morgan, she takes the word of another dancer and heads to Vegas. She makes money but loses it on a chance encounter at a blackjack table. Enter Finn McCormick.

Macey’s character was one I really connected with. She is possibly one of the best characters I’ve ever read. I can’t tell you how many times I wanted to reach through the pages and hug Macey. She broke my heart so many times. Easily one of the best written characters I’ve come across.

But things aren’t all sad for Macey. She’s intelligent, sharp-witted, and beautiful. Macey might not always be proud of the things she has to do to care for her child, but that doesn’t mean she shrinks away. Macey has worked hard and isn’t looking for handouts from anyone. Even when she should take help, Macey is determined to not.

Finn is really something else. I have a great appreciation for how the author wrote Finn’s character. Finn can be cold, insensitive, and then like a switch, he’s more caring and endearing. One of my favorite facets of Finn was that while, as readers, we can see he’s falling in love with Macey, it’s gradual. Others can see it. Macey and he don’t see it though. I liked this because I think it would have been unrealistic for Finn to not be himself anymore. Even as this story progresses and our characters evolve, Finn might see things with a different perspective, he is still himself.

I cannot recommend this book enough. I was truly sad to be done reading it because as much as this story shredded my soul, it also stitched it back together. Macey and Finn don’t have a conventional love story, but the greatest love stories can’t be put into a cookie-cutter box.

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Heidi is a New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author.

Originally from Portland, Oregon and raised in the Pacific Northwest, she now lives in picturesque Vermont, with her husband and two daughters. Also renting space in their home is an over-hyper Beagle/Jack Russell, Buttercup and a Highland Westie/Mini Schnauzer, JiLL and her brother, Racicot.

When she isn’t writing one of the many stories planned for release, you’ll find her sitting courtside during either daughter’s basketball games.

Heidi’s first novel, Forever My Girl, is currently in production for a major motion picture.

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Forever Mine by Erin Nicholas

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The second book in New York Times bestselling author Erin Nicholas’s series about three geeky girls and the hunky guys who fall for them.

Maya Goodwin doesn’t believe in holding back. Ever. As a cop, she never hesitated to throw herself into harm’s way to save someone. Even after an injury on the job forces her to retire, she’s not afraid to keep risking it all to get the life she wants. With a new career teaching martial arts to kids already underway, she’s looking forward to the future – and taking a chance on the unbelievably hot Dr. Alex Nolan.

Maya – daring and spontaneous – is the exact opposite of what Alex always thought he wanted. But when a nine-year-old daughter he never knew existed shows up on his doorstep, Maya is the one who helps them hold it together. With love on the line, will the guy who’s always played it safe be willing to take the biggest risk of all?

 

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I think Erin Nicholas is living in my head. Seriously. Things I’ve often thought about, wishing other books would have them, or aspects of them, this author has. I decided she might be my author soul mate.

This story is contemporary romance. There isn’t a billionaire, there isn’t a kink, no one is a virgin. Please don’t get me wrong; I personally enjoy those books A LOT! But sometimes, I want a couple to just fall in love. Erin Nicholas is quickly becoming my go-to for this desire.

Maya Goodwin was cop but an injury forced her to retire early. Now she teaches martial arts and defense classes. Dr. Alex Nolan slips into class because he’s desperately trying to align with his ten year old daughter that he has only recently discovered.

Many parts of this story were appealing to me, so I’ll touch on a few of my favorites.

This author makes characters who are direct and I cannot praise that enough. For example, from the start, Maya and Alex are attracted to each other. They don’t try to hide it, or play games. The attraction is so easy to see. Then we have the interactions with their friends and families. Again, its direct. Maya has questions about Alex and she’s able to communicate with her friends, Sopie and Keira, about them. Its not like a gossip fest either. Its three friends doing what friends do.

Another aspect that I appreciated is that Alex and his daughter, Charli, both have hemophilia. I could align with a lot of Alex’s thoughts and concerns about himself and his daughter. I never really noticed it before but I don’t see a lot of books covering characters who have long-term health concerns. It was interesting to see how this tied into the story but also the research that went into making the condition portrayed accurately.

I would absolutely recommend this book. Stories from Erin Nicholas are such a treat because she puts just enough twist on the characters, their backstory, and their current story to make it refreshing. We can get a common theme but have it flipped around and turned inside out to make it brand new.

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Alex laughed. He liked Maya. The thought hit him directly in the gut.

Maya smiled brightly, and he admitted that he was intensely attracted too. Now fast attraction—that he’d experienced before. But it had been a long time since even that had happened.

“I’m Dr. Alex Nolan. I’m on staff at Boston Children’s Hospital. I’m on their website if you want to look me up.”

Maya suddenly frowned. “I can’t believe I didn’t think of that.”

“Of what?”

“Googling pediatricians and finding out who you are after the mall the other day,” Maya said.

Alex raised an eyebrow. “Wouldn’t that be a little creepy?”

“Probably,” she agreed. “Maybe that’s why I didn’t do it.”

He laughed. “Well, to further decrease the creep factor, I do have a kid,” he said. “A daughter. Charlotte. We call her Charli. She’ll be ten next month. She’s very into superheroes, GR, and swords, and I know nothing about any of that. I liked the demonstration at the mall and thought I’d come check out your studio.”

“So you’re wanting to sign her up,” Maya said with a nod. “Okay, not creepy at all.”

“Uh…” Alex knew this was going to sound strange. “Actually I want to take the class myself.”

Maya frowned. “These classes won’t teach you about superheroes exactly,” she said. “They are kind of a combination of stage fighting and martial arts and self-esteem workshops.”

“I know.” He’d been on the website. Which is how he’d found out more about the studio. And where he’d stared at Maya’s photo before going in to look up more about her on the internet. Which was how he found out that her classes had won some local awards, she’d been a brilliant cop—who had not, incidentally, been fired for beating someone up—and that she regularly blogged about superheroes and their fandom and the psychology of that fandom. He’d bookmarked her page immediately.

“And the things you do in class sounds like the perfect bonding activity for Charli and me. I’ll take the class and then go home and teach her.”

Maya looked puzzled. “Why not just bring her to class?”

“She…” He swallowed. Charli would love Maya. Hell, if she saw Maya with those pointy-weapon-things, she’d want to be Maya.

But Alex had only seen Maya twice, and he’d already witnessed her get hit with a Bo staff, punched in the ribs, and cut with some kind of sharp hand weapon. Which reminded him that she’d been bleeding.

He looked down, but the bleeding had already slowed or stopped. Which was what happened when a person with normal blood got cut. But Charli didn’t have normal blood. She didn’t bleed faster, but she would bleed longer—because of the genetic mutation he had passed on to her.

He’d told her mother that Charli should be able to try whatever she wanted. But he’d also told her he’d keep Charli safe. If Charli took classes here, he would have to fill Maya and her staff in on the hemophilia and precautions and treatment…

“She has some special needs,” he said, cringing a little as he said it, knowing that Maya might easily jump to conclusions that were not at all correct. But it didn’t matter what she thought. This was the right thing for Charli.

But Maya didn’t even blink. “Okay,” she said. “I understand. Maybe…” But she trailed off while watching him thoughtfully without completing the sentence.

“Maybe what?” he asked.

“Maybe I could teach you and your daughter a private Super You class.”

He was surprised at her offer, but more—he was tempted. Which meant he had to say no. The timing for meeting a gorgeous, intriguing woman couldn’t have been worse. “I think a class with lots of other people, especially kids, would be better.”

“Why?”

Maya was direct. He liked that. And he could return the favor. “Because you look just as good in workout pants as you do in leather.”

Her eyes widened in surprise just a beat before her smile widened. “And that’s a problem?”

“It is when I’m trying to give all of my extra time and attention to my daughter.”

She studied him for a moment. “Okay,” she finally said with a nod. “And once you see the class, if you change your mind, she’s always welcome.”

Alex relaxed. “Thanks.”

“You’re not going to feel funny taking a class with a bunch of kids?”

“I love kids,” he told her.

“What about the tights and cape?”

“Tights and cape?” Alex repeated.

“The costume,” she said with a nod.

“Thought the participants all helped create their own character,” he said, realizing she was messing with him.

“They do.”

“Well, there’s no way in hell I would create a character that would wear tights.”

Maya’s gaze wandered over him, head to toe, before she said, Too bad.”

 

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Erin Nicholas is the author of sexy contemporary romances. Her stories have been described as toe-curling, enchanting, steamy and fun. She loves to write about reluctant heroes, imperfect heroines and happily ever afters. She lives in the Midwest with her husband who only wants to read the sex scenes in her books, her kids who will never read the sex scenes in her books, and family and friends who say they’re shocked by the sex scenes in her books (yeah, right!).

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Out of Love by RC Boldt

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Foster Kavanaugh, former Navy SEAL, knows what it’s like to be the top dog, the man in charge, the one calling the shots. Now that he’s running his own security consulting firm, not much has changed.

Except the curvy blonde he hired as his office manager.

Noelle Davis has been through the damn ringer. Swearing off men after escaping a toxic relationship, she’s grateful for a fresh start—new job included. Except her job isn’t tranquil and calm. In fact, it’s quite the opposite because her boss is the most infuriating man on the planet.

And, not to mention, sexy as hell.

Foster has limits. Rules. No attachments allowed because he doesn’t do love—and Noelle Davis foiled that plan and took a red pen to his list of rules. With her smart mouth and quick witted banter, he found the woman beginning to creep past his defenses.

When circumstances put Noelle in a perilous position, the first person to come to her rescue is none other than Foster Kavanaugh. She gets to see the man in action—not as her aggravating boss, but the man who will stop at nothing to keep her safe.

The same man who makes her want to reconsider her self-imposed embargo of men.

The man she wants to get to know now that she’s seen another side of him.

The man who makes her want…more.

But is more possible when you’re OUT OF LOVE?

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So first, I really enjoyed this book. I enjoyed it so much that I actually forced myself to read it slowly, so I could really take my time and absorb the story and its characters. Yes, that is how much I liked it.

So Noelle and Foster work together. They have this incredibly sharp banter that goes back and forth nonstop. It’s hilarious and I share the same sense of humor, so I aligned with both characters immediately.

Noelle does find herself in a tough spot due to things in her past and Foster is the first to come to her rescue. (I don’t want to give spoilers, hence the vagueness) Even though these two jab and prod at each other, once they really get to know each other is when the magic happens (and I don’t just mean that sexually).

One aspect I really appreciated in this story is that Foster has some real issues. Noelle also has her issues. At some point, these characters need to step up to the plate if they want their relationship to work. Normally, I don’t care for characters who have lingering discourse, but with Noelle and Foster, it really worked. I think one reason for that is that they never really “officially” become a thing. They just are. So their own issues aren’t really “big deals” until we reach a real peak in the story.

There were a couple aspects of this story that I wish had been more developed. We some mystery regarding Foster’s close friend, Hendy. I don’t know if the author is planning to make this group into a series (which I would be absolutely on board with since I enjoyed this book so much). Another facet was Noelle’s past. When everything is sort of sealed up, it almost felt too neat and tidy.

I have only read a few books from this author but each one, I have enjoyed immensely. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves to see their alpha males and strong women go head to head in one amazing office romance.

Lucky Chase by Milly Taiden

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Lucky Chase by Milly Taiden

Event planner for the rich and famous, Lucky Nuñez lives her dream job. But when it comes to love, she’s scraping the bottom of the barrel. She’s dying to have babies, but it seems that’s never going to happen. A chance encounter leads her into the arms of Jared Thomas. He’s a bad boy to the bone. Sexy, seductive, and so domineering, he makes her toes curl. And he’s got dirty talk down to an art form.

Jared Thomas is a ladies’ man, but when he meets sexy Lucky, he knows she’s worthy of more than just play time. Never has he wanted to keep a woman like he does her. He will make her his wife and mother of his children. There’s only one problem: his past is trying to kill his future.

They have more than communication problems playing havoc with their relationship. With trust issues the size of Texas, these two need to open up to each other. That’s if they can stay alive long enough to try.

NOTE TO READERS: This book was previously published as Lucky Break under a small press. It has since been re-edited and 15k words added to enhance the story.

So I am sort of freaking out here, everyone. I absolutely LOVE Milly Taiden and have for awhile. I’ve read most of her work, but since my blog has come out, I haven’t had a chance to review any of her books for my blog. But that changes now! EEK!

If you’re familiar with Milly Taiden, you know she has dirty talk down pat. I can say that in some books, that dirtiness can sometimes be off putting, but somehow, Milly Taiden can make some crazy stuff sound so erotic and sexy. Our hero in this story, Jared Thomas, is no different. He is this very sexy alpha male, and he meets Luciana aka Lucky, over a game of cards. I actually loved how the author incorporated the act of playing cards in. There was so much sexual tension and innuendo in talking about the game, the betting. It was a fantastic and very natural dynamic for the characters to interact in.

Lucky’s been burned in her past relationships and while she is extremely attracted to Jared, she isn’t entirely sure of him. Jared also has past issues with an ex that come back to haunt him and Lucky. It was an interesting twist to the story and while I liked it, there was a part of me that felt it wasn’t entirely necessary. The one thing I will say is that Milly Taiden books usually have some conflict but I love that the conflict doesn’t overtake the story. This book is no different.

I discovered Milly Taiden quite awhile ago now, but ironically it was while I was trying out Kindle Unlimited (which I no longer use). But this book IS on KU, as are other titles from Milly Taiden, so if you’ve been wanting to check out her books, this is a fantastic way to get your hands on them!

Regardless, I would recommend this book. Milly Taiden is one of my all-time favorites. She is one of the few authors where I can one-click and not even know what I’m reading about and know I will love it.

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