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Hot Shot (North Ridge #3) by Karina Halle: Hot, Heartbreaking, and Oh So Good

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“A flame reaches forward like a hand, fingers outstretched toward the dirt line. It jumps across in an arc of flames. Wraps right around my throat, squeezes me with a pain I’ve never known. And in that moment, the moment of my death, I realize there’s nothing to fear. It’s just relief. That it’s all over. That I don’t have to worry anymore. That I don’t have to live in pain anymore. That I don’t have to hate anymore. The world burns away and somewhere in the dark skeleton forest, I know there is peace. Just out of reach.”

Hot Shot (Northridge Series #3) by Karina Halle

Release Date: January 9, 2018

Contemporary Romance, Standalone

About Hot Shot

Delilah Gordon has a secret.

She’s been in love with her best friend and the boy next door, Fox Nelson, since she was six years old.

And while most of her friends and family know about her unrequited crush, the one person who remains oblivious is Fox himself. To Delilah, it’s better this way. She’d rather pretend that they’re just friends, even though her feelings for the moody, rugged mountain man are anything but tame.

Fox Nelson has a secret too. As a wildland firefighter or “hot shot,” Fox parachutes into danger every day he’s on the job, risking all to fight wildfires that threaten ranches, forests and thousands of lives. But while Fox’s job is only for the brave, inside he feels anything but. The more he grapples with his raging demons, the more he realizes Delilah is the only one who can put out the flames.

As the two friends grow closer – and more intimate – than ever before, the more complicated their relationship becomes.

And Delilah has one more secret to reveal.

A secret that will change both their lives… forever.

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My Review

Hot Shot (North Ridge, #3)Hot Shot by Karina Halle
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Oh. My. God. This book kills. On an ugly cry scale from 1-10, it’s a solid 8. Sometimes I couldn’t read through the tears streaming down my face. But it was SO worth it.

I confess I hadn’t read books 1 and 2 of the North Ridge series before diving into Hot Shot, so I knew there were other stories behind the secondary characters and was concerned I might have missed something important to this story. As it turns out, I needn’t have worried; there are references to the relationships established in the first two standalones in this series, but they didn’t detract from this one. And Hot Shot, Fox and Delilah’s story, is so powerful that it made me want to go back and start the series from the beginning — I’ll be doing that today.

As always, Karina Halle draws and develops deep, complex characters that instantly engage you, frustrate you, thrill you, delight you, hurt you, and compel you to keep reading. Fox, the alpha hero/anti-hero of this story, is a beautifully broken, confused, fearful young man, taunted by guilt and shame, driven to put his life on the line as an elite firefighter as his life spirals out of control and ultimately unravels around him. Delilah is a less complex character, but powerful in her strength, compassion, tenderness, patience, selflessness, and devoted love for this tortured man. Their story will tie you in knots, then lift you up, then tear you apart, then put you back together again.

There is so much more I could say about this beautiful book – its masterful settings, raw alpha eroticism, meaningful dialogue, sizzling chemistry, and heartbreaking conflicts are all-consuming. I read it in one sitting and thought about it for hours afterward. I know I’ll read it again because I devoured it – and now I want to go back and read the series in order so I can savor every word.

If you’re in the mood for an emotional read that will take you to the highest highs and the lowest lows, one-click Hot Shot today. You’ll thank me tomorrow.

 

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New Release: Man Card, by Sarina Bowen – Excerpt and Review

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Synopsis

Nothing ventured, nothing banged…

Ash
I still don’t know how it happened. One minute I was arguing with my arrogant competitor–our usual trash-talk over who deserves the larger commission. But somehow I went from throwing down to kneeling down…
It can never happen again. I don’t even like Braht. He’s too slick. He’s a manipulating mansplaining party boy in preppy clothes.
So why can’t I get him out of my head?

Braht
There are two things I know without question. One: Ash and I are destined for each other. Two: never trust a man with a unibrow.
Ash is my missing my piece. She’s the sweet cream to my gourmet espresso. And nothing gets me going faster than her contempt for me. They don’t call her the Ashkicker for nothing.

Eventually I’ll win her over…if my past doesn’t ruin everything first.

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Front Cover of Man CardName your other favorite movies,” I challenge Braht.

All of them?” He chugs his margarita.

Hmm. Top ten? Top five?”

That’s totally easy,” he says. Somehow I’ve gotten closer to him on the floor. When he sits back, I actually snuggle in beside him. He’s wearing a ridiculously soft shirt that feels good against my skin. And I watch with fascination as he ticks off the names of films on his fingers. When Harry Met Sally. The Devil Wears Prada. Roman Holiday. Clueless. And Working Girl.”

I burst out laughing. I can’t help it. Those are all chick flicks. You should just hand over your man card right now.”

Not a chance.” Braht’s expression grows intense. In the first place, I gave you a very thorough demonstration of my man card last week. I don’t remember hearing any complaints.”

I swallow hard, because this is certainly true.

And secondly, you’re looking at this all backward.”

I…am?” And why can’t I look away? He has the most beautiful, intelligent eyes.

Yeah, you are,” he whispers. It’s the guy who has a firm grip on his man card that can hold your purse. He’s not afraid to be seen with that Tory Burch you like to carry—nice color, by the way. He’ll free up your hands because he likes your hands, and he remembers all the terrific things you can use them for.”

Oh,” I say slowly. Now my fingers itch to reach out for him. I have to make fists with both hands so I won’t do it.

Furthermore, he’s not afraid to quote Working Girl. Because Joan Cusack is a genius. And who wouldn’t want to say Melanie Griffith’s best line out loud?”

I can’t help saying it with him, and together we sound like the world’s horniest Greek chorus: I have a head for business and a body for sin.”

Sin sounds pretty good right now, actually. But Braht’s not done with his speech. Any man who tells you that chick flicks are for pussies can’t be any good in bed. Because that man does not speak the language of women. He doesn’t know that a little luxury can erase a shitty day of worrying about your ex…”

Braht takes my hand in his and begins to massage it. He has a great technique, applying gentle pressure between each joint. I relax just a little bit more against him.

“…That man doesn’t speak the language because he’s afraid of sounding like a girl. But fuck that noise, honey bear. If a man doesn’t have the vocabulary to describe a satin teddy with peekaboo lace and mother-of-pearl snaps at the crotch, he can’t buy it for you and then strategically ask you to wear it. He can’t plan ahead to blow your mind sometime by lifting your skirt somewhere semi-public and dangerous. And he can’t get down on his knees and kiss that lace and then pop open those snaps while you bite your own hand to keep from screaming when you climax.” Braht takes a deep breath and lets it out in one hot gust. Fuck. What was the point of this speech?”

“Um…” My voice is hoarse, and my face is suddenly very hot. Let’s not even mention my nipples. Man cards, I think.” But I’m not sure, because everything tingles.

Right,” he says with a sigh. Still got mine. Shall we watch Working Girl next?”

Okay,” I breathe, sinking a little further into his comforting embrace.

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My Review of Man Card

Man Card (Man Hands, #2)Man Card by Sarina Bowen
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I loved this story even more than Man Hands, which was one of my favorite romantic reads of 2017. Man Card is the smart, sexy, sassy, often funny, sometimes suspenseful, almost heart-breaking, frienemies-to-lovers sequel to Man Hands, taking the story of three best girlfriends – and the men they love – to a new level.

I wasn’t sure how I felt about Ashley and Braht when they were introduced as secondary characters in Man Hands. Their love-hate relationship seemed, at first, a bit too superficial and their no-holds-barred competitive real estate stunts felt a little over-the-top. That is until Sarina took that pent-up hostility, matched it with pent-up passion, and made it explosive. By the end of Man Hands, I was ready, eager, and waiting for more of these two quirky characters.

Man Card delivers — and then some. The competitive pranks continue, and they’re hilarious. The chemistry escalates to a fever pitch. But beneath the surface, we find two slightly broken people, people with painful secrets, trying to put the past behind them and find joy in life. For Braht, it’s Ashley, and he knows it. For Ashley, it’s Braht, and she hasn’t figured that out yet.

I love Braht’s patience, protectiveness, persistence, determination, sense of humor, sense of responsibility, and his persistence. I love Ashley’s spirit, creativity, compassion, and strength. You will too. Man Card may be read as a standalone, but for maximum enjoyment, get the party started with Man Hands. Do yourself a favor: one-click Man Hands today, pre-order Man Card at the same time, then sit back and enjoy this funny, sexy, angsty, delightful ride from beginning to end.

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He puts the “screw” in screwball comedy…

BRYNN

At thirty-four, I’m reeling from a divorce. I don’t want to party or try to move on. I just want to stay home and post a new recipe on my blog: Brynn’s Dips and Balls.

But my friends aren’t having it. Get out there again, they say. It will be fun, they say. I’m still taking a hard pass.

Free designer cocktails, they say. And that’s a game-changer.

Too bad my ex shows up with his new arm candy. That’s when I lose my mind. But when my besties dare me to leap on the first single man I see, they don’t expect me to actually go through with it.

TOM

All I need right now is some peace and quiet while my home renovation TV show is on hiatus. But when a curvy woman in a red wrap dress charges me like she’s a gymnast about to mount my high bar, all I can do is brace myself and catch her. What follows is the hottest experience of my adult life.

I want a repeat, but my flying Cinderella disappears immediately afterward. She doesn’t leave a glass slipper, either—just a pair of panties with chocolate bunnies printed on them.

But I will find her.

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END GAME: The Epic Conclusion to the Dirty Money Series by Lisa Renee Jones

“A dramatic plot propels Shane’s intense emotions, magnified by his first-person narration… A satisfying conclusion elevates a dramatic, sexy…series.”

Kirkus Reviews

“END GAME is definitely worth the wait! This novel, much like the others in the series, is packed to the rafters with character and plot development.”

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END GAME:

A Dirty Money Novel

By Lisa Renee Jones

Published by St. Martin’s Griffin

**On Sale January 2, 2018**

Paperback | $15.99  eBook  |  $7.99 (Amazon)

ISBN: 9781250083852 | Ebook ISBN: 9781250083890

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END GAME:

A Dirty Money Novel

By Lisa Renee Jones

With Hard Rules, Damage Control and Bad Deeds, New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones’ Dirty Money series received acclaim from old fans and gained a new following of fans. Wall Street meets the Sons of Anarchy, with the smoldering, scorching final novel, the explosive END GAME (St. Martin’s Griffin; January 2, 2018), the Dirty Money series comes to a head in the shattering conclusion.

Emily is gone, and Shane hovers on the edge of being consumed by his darkness. Emily is in danger. His family’s empire is in turmoil. And he has blood on his hands. As shocking twists, dark secrets, and explosive betrayals within the Brandon family come to the light, Shane must fight harder than ever before. But without Emily, he is no one…

With every desperate, powerful touch, Emily belongs to Shane. She has been found, but she still isn’t safe, and Shane will stop at nothing to keep her from harm. As they burn bright with passion, vengeance, and despair, the dangers they face grow closer and stronger. Emily has been opened up by Shane’s touch, saved by the dark intimacy he craves. But can Emily save Shane?

With the final book in the Dirty Money series, fans and newcomers alike are sure to be enraptured by the latest saga in Emily and Shane’s story and the Brandon Family. Praised as a “twisted telenovela-like” saga by Publishers Weekly, END GAME will have readers flipping pages late into the night as they binge on all the sexy, fun drama of this habit-forming series.

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About the Author

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones is the author of the highly acclaimed Inside Out Series, and has now in development for a cable television show, to be produced by Suzanne Todd (Alice in Wonderland). In addition, both her Tall, Dark and Deadly series and The Secret Life of Amy Bensen series spent several months on a combination of the New York Times and USA Today lists.

Since beginning her publishing career in 2007, Lisa has published more than 40 books that have been translated around the world. Booklist says, “Jones suspense truly sizzles with an energy similar to FBI tales with a paranormal twist by Julie Garwood or Suzanne Brockmann.”

Prior to publishing, Lisa owned multi-state staffing agency that was recognized many times by The Austin Business Journal and also praised by Dallas Women Magazine. In 1998 LRJ was listed as the #7 growing women owned business in Entrepreneur Magazine.

For more information or to set up an interview with the author, contact:

Brittani Hilles at [email protected] or 646-307-5558

Praise for The Dirty Money Series:

“Continuing the twisted telenovela-like Dirty Money saga, Jones’s third contemporary romantic thriller about the super wealthy Brandon family and their associates delivers erotic and emotional punches… the ride through a minefield of plot twists is capped by a deliciously cruel cliffhanger ending.” —Publishers Weekly on Bad Deeds

“Full of twists and turns, Jones’ sizzling hot ride through the depths of one family’s hidden woes and labyrinthine business dealings picks up right at the end of Damage Control.”—Booklist on Bad Deeds

“Emily and Shane have forged an unbreakable bond that gets hotter and more intense with every turn of the page. Several revelations and a huge cliffhanger will change the way you think and make you wish for at least one more Dirty Money book.” —RT Book Reviews on Bad Deeds

“A page-turner with scorching heat.” —Publishers Weekly on Damage Control

“High-octane romance set above the glittering lights of Denver is enhanced by the dominance of a powerful man and the cunning sweetness of a woman who isn’t cowed or swayed by his wealth.” —Publishers Weekly on Hard Rules

“Sure to leave readers desperate for the next installment.” —Kirkus Reviews on Hard Rules

“Lisa Renee Jones excels at creating powerful men and women who are determined to live life on their own terms, and fans will be immediately drawn to the dangerous world of Brandon Enterprises.” —RT Book Reviews on Hard Rules

My Review of End Game

End Game (Dirty Money, #4)End Game by Lisa Renee Jones
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

End Game (Dirty Money, #4) is the epic conclusion to the best romantic-suspense series I read in 2017–a series I honestly hoped would never end. Like all of the preceding novels in the Dirty Money series, it rocked my world–and being from California, I know what it feels like when the earth rocks under your feet. I loved everything about End Game–except one deeply personal sacrifice that was vital to the plot, but heartbreaking nonetheless. It was a logical, perfectly timed plot twist, one that revealed more about the characters than would have been possible had it been written any other way; but it still hurt like a punch to the solar plexus. The pain lingered through the end of the book and beyond.

I may have said it before, but I’ll say it again: The Dirty Money series has it all. Passion. Fury. Betrayal. Suspicion. Secrets. Revenge. Breath-taking sex and heart-pounding suspense. End Game brings them all together in a wildly emotional thrill-ride that explores the darkest of human motives– greed, power, and vengeance; tests the boundaries between good and evil; and reveals, above all, the strength and limitless power of unconditional love.

Lisa Renee Jones has created unforgettable characters in the Brandon family, especially in Shane, the alpha hero whose internal and external conflicts drive the plot relentlessly toward its conclusion; and in Emily, Shane’s lover and a dark heroine with secrets of her own. The supporting characters are also extraordinarily well-developed, layered and complex, with twists and turns that parallel the elaborate plot and provide the contrast between light and dark that defines this series.

If you are looking for an intelligent, sexy, suspenseful series that will take you on an emotional journey at a breakneck pace, with characters that will stay in your mind and heart forever, look no further. This story is so absorbing you will lose track of time and place, and when it’s done, it will leave you with a book hangover that may last for weeks – at least it did for me. I’ll read it again while I hope for more of Shane and Emily in the future – and look forward to Lisa’s next remarkable series.

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Just in time for Christmas: Unmistaken, by Lyz Kelley

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Unmistaken 

(an Elkridge Christmas Novel)

by Lyz Kelley

Release Date: 20th December

Genre: Contemporary Romance

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About Unmistaken

Can two souls to save each other in this festive, second-chance, small town fairy tale. Doctor Ethan Brennan wants to ignore Christmas. With the anniversary of his wife and child’s death looming, he’s buried himself in his work. Hopeless romantic Noelle Conroy returns home for the holiday’s only to find nowhere to stay. When the blizzard leaves Noelle snowbound in Ethan’s cabin, he starts to open up to her magic—but is love enough to overcome a tragic past?

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My Review of Unmistaken

I’ve enjoyed every book in the Elkridge Series, and Unmistaken is no exception: it’s tender, poignant, and passionate in every detail. Ethan is truly a hero in need of healing, as is the heroine, Noelle; and naturally, in any good romance novel, the process of finding, almost losing, and ultimately healing each other is what readers crave. Unmistaken will satisfy that craving in every way. Although it may easily be read as a standalone, having read the previous books in the series brings important context to the story. Familiarity with the settings, the characters, and their various stories brings much-needed warmth to a highly emotional reading experience.

Lyz tackles many important issues in Unmistaken, including love, loss, disillusionment, and the pain of unfinished business in our lives — things left unspoken, people left behind, and loved ones lost. It’s a lot to pack into a novel, but it works, because it’s beautifully expressed. The only drawbacks for me were related to a common frustration with contemporary romance: the characters fail to communicate until it’s nearly too late. They make unfounded assumptions. Sometimes they fail to see each other’s needs because they’re overly focused on their own. In this case, Noelle, the heroine, frustrated the daylights out of me. She’s so determined that there is only one way to move forward with her life, she refuses to entertain other possibilities. She makes impulsive decisions and sticks to them with obstinance that’s nearly beyond belief. Granted, that’s an essential conflict in the story but it doesn’t make it any less frustrating, especially given her feelings for Ethan.

In one respect, I think the resolution was almost a little too easy, after all the build-up; but it didn’t detract from this heartfelt story. If you’re looking for a holiday read that will warm you inside and out, look no further than Unmistaken. And while you’re at it, read the rest of this beautifully written series as well.

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Meet the Author

Photo of author Lyz KelleyAward-winning author Lyz Kelley resides in a small community in Colorado with her husband and several four-legged family members. She’s a lover of board games, gardening, and painting, a disaster in the kitchen, a compulsive neat freak, and tea snob. She loves writing about strong women who have endured challenges and the men who enrich their lives.

A healing love is at the heart of her book series. Creating wounded yet amazing characters—discovering what drives them, frightens them, heals them, makes them laugh—is what gives her joy. Lyz is pleased to share that joy through her masterfully written stories.

To keep tabs on her award-winning novels, connect with Lyz by signing up for her newsletter at LyzKelley.com. Members receive an exclusive copy of Regrets, (the prequel to the Elkridge Series), learn about thoughtful giveaways, and get a sneak peek at upcoming releases. Members may even get the opportunity to receive advanced reader copies. Check out LyzKelley.com for more information.

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Q & A with Lyz

Why would I want to read the Elkridge Series?  Each book in the Elkridge series is a piece to a puzzle—a suspenseful mystery involving the murder of a small-town sheriff. You get six contemporary romance books to figure out the mystery and a bunch of happy ever after (HEA) endings. Two novels in this fiction series—Blinded and Orphaned—are award-winning romance books.

Where is Elkridge, Colorado?  Elkridge exists only in my mind. On any given day, I can stop at River Creek Café for Jenna’s fresh baked cinnamon rolls, or shop for a birthday present at Mara’s Blooms, or get my nails done at Kym’s nail salon. Sitting in the park eating lunch, I can watch the kids play and hear the latest gossip from neighbors. Later, if I want, I can stop at Mad Jack’s to hear a local band play and get some dinner. Elkridge is a great small town where the sun shines 360 days a year and people do their best to make ends meet.

Would you tell us about your writing process?  It takes me awhile to write each stand-alone story because I am passionate about creating the very best stories for my readers. These contemporary romance books have complex plots and sub-plots and include suspense romance threads, with deep emotional women’s fiction elements, humor and even a bit of quirkiness. I’m so excited to see the 5-star ratings because it means I’ve created the ideal mix to provide readers with a few hours of enjoyment.

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The Man in the Black Suit – Another Masterpiece by Sylvain Reynard

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It’s Here at Last!

The Man in the Black Suit

Author: Sylvain Reynard

Publisher: Argyle Press

Genre: Contemporary Romance-Suspense, Standalone

Release Date: December 19th

Format: eBook, Paperback, Audio

Synopsis

Front Cover, The Man in the Black Suit, by Sylvain ReynardAcacia Santos excels at her job as concierge at the prestigious Hotel Victoire in Paris. When her superior, Marcel, is attacked in a supposed random mugging, she is tasked with serving one of the hotel’s most mysterious and attractive guests.

Nicholas Cassirer checks into the hotel under an assumed name every three months. Usually, he stays in the penthouse suite with a beautiful female companion but on this occasion, he arrives alone and is displeased in having to deal with someone new. A match of wits ensues as he tests Acacia’s expertise with a series of almost impossible demands. Her intelligence and creativity rise to the challenge, earning his respect.

They strike a tenuous accord until Acacia discovers a famous stolen painting in his suite, she contacts a former boyfriend who works for the elite BRB, a unit of French law enforcement that deals with art thefts.

Nicholas is questioned by police and released when it is revealed the painting is a reproduction. Irked with her behavior, Acacia’s supervisor demotes her threatening dismissal and the cancellation of her work permit.

But Acacia has already attracted Nicholas’s attention. Remorseful that she may lose her job on his account, he offers her a choice – she can wait until her supervisor dismisses her, or she can leave the city of lights behind and become his personal assistant.

Acacia initially refuses his offer, but Nicholas is persistent. He reveals himself as a man who quietly acquires stolen art in order to restore it to its rightful owners. Faced with mounting familial debts and the possibility of dismissal and deportation, she agrees to work for him.

Nicholas opens up a whole new world of beauty and intrigue to Acacia as they travel the globe. Soon the line between employer and assistant is blurred, and the two lonely people embark on a passionate relationship.

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My Review of The Man in the Black Suit

The Man in the Black SuitThe Man in the Black Suit by Sylvain Reynard
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

As much as I love to read books by this author, words often fail me when it comes time to write a review. I never feel up to the task. But reading, recommending, and promoting his work is such an honor and a pleasure that I am compelled to do my best to capture the intensity of the reading experience and the inspiration I feel every time I pick up one of his novels – to read for the first time or to re-visit them, as I often do when I need to feel fully alive.

That being said, his latest novel, The Man in the Black Suit, is a triumph: an intricate, complex romantic journey that seamlessly weaves history, art, culture, suspense, and romance into a visual, visceral reading experience that will stay with you long after you finish the last chapter. I’ve been anticipating it for nearly a year, finished it in a day, and I already long for more. It was, in a word, stunning. I don’t know that I’ve ever used that descriptor before, but it’s the first word that came to mind when I closed my Kindle. I had–and still have–a book hangover that will last through the New Year.

As with all of Sylvain’s body of work, TMITBS deals with our deepest human failures, urges, and complex emotions: guilt, fear, shame, hate, racism, the desire for vengeance and the desperation for redemption. It exposes our greatest conflicts and darkest weaknesses; but ultimately highlights the very best traits humanity has to offer: hope, strength, courage, compassion, forgiveness, passion, tolerance, and abiding love. It is impeccably researched and flawlessly written in third-person, lyrical prose that is uniquely Sylvain Reynard. It is the best standalone I’ve read in 2017, and I would love to see Nicholas and Acacia again in a future story.

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About Sylvain Reynard

NEW YORK TIMES, USA TODAY AND #1 INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLING AUTHOR

I’m interested in the way literature can help us explore aspects of the human condition – particularly suffering, sex, love, faith, and redemption. My favourite stories are those in which a character takes a journey, either a physical journey to a new and exciting place, or a personal journey in which he or she learns something about himself/herself.

I’m also interested in how aesthetic elements such as art, architecture, and music can be used to tell a story or to illuminate the traits of a particular character. In my writing, I combine all of these elements with the themes of redemption, forgiveness, and the transformative power of goodness.

I try to use my platform as an author to raise awareness about the following charities: Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep Foundation, WorldVision, Alex’s Lemonade Stand, and Covenant House. For more information, see my Twitter account.

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Man Hands, a New Romantic Comedy by Sarina Bowen and Tanya Eby – Book Review

About Man Hands

BRYNN

At thirty-four, I’m reeling from a divorce. I don’t want to party or try to move on. I just want to stay home and post a new recipe on my blog: Brynn’s Dips and Balls.

But my friends aren’t having it. Get out there again, they say. It will be fun, they say. I’m still taking a hard pass.

Free designer cocktails, they say. And that’s a game-changer.

Too bad my ex shows up with his new arm candy. That’s when I lose my mind. But when my besties dare me to leap on the first single man I see, they don’t expect me to actually go through with it.

TOM

All I need right now is some peace and quiet while my home renovation TV show is on hiatus. But when a curvy woman in a red wrap dress charges me like she’s a gymnast about to mount my high bar, all I can do is brace myself and catch her. What follows is the hottest experience of my adult life.

I want a repeat, but my flying Cinderella disappears immediately afterward. She doesn’t leave a glass slipper, either—just a pair of panties with chocolate bunnies printed on them.

But I will find her.

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Man Hands (Man Hands, #1)Man Hands by Sarina Bowen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Sarina Bowen is one of my favorite authors – authors whose books I pre-order as soon as the links go up. While I prefer her deeper, more emotional romantic novels to this light-hearted romantic comedy, it would be unfair to compare Man Hands to HIM/US, or to her True North series, because of the change in genre. It’s supposed to be a simpler story, with less complex characters, and it is. Overall, Man Hands is satisfying and thoroughly entertaining–the perfect diversion if you’re looking for a light, uncomplicated read that just makes you feel good all over. The premise is not necessarily unique (“home improvement” themes are cropping up all over the place right now), but it’s immediately engaging. The inciting event, when the two principal characters met, is outrageous and hilarious; the dialogue is clever and funny; the principal characters are unique and relatable: a handyman (albeit a famous one), and an English professor, a cookbook writer, and a food blogger. The secondary characters are delightfully quirky and developed enough to stand on their own as this new series continues.

I love that Brynn is not a drop-dead-gorgeous, super-slender damsel in distress. Based on her description, she’s more of a BBW, struggling with the same body image and self-esteem issues many women feel when they re-enter the dating world after a divorce. I love that she happens to be just what Tom–who is still stinging from the callous rejection of his would-be fiancée–sees her for the creative, exuberant woman that she is and falls in love with her because of it. I also love that Brynn is willing to give Tom the benefit of the doubt when other heroines would be whining in their fancy cocktails. I love that they are both willing to risk their hearts while they figure out what their relationship truly is and what it means.

I look forward to seeing Brynn and Tom again in the sequel, Man Card. I thoroughly enjoyed taking a break from the holiday rush to dive into this sweet rom-com, and I recommend it without reservations.

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About The Good Luck Charm

Front Cover, The Good Luck Charm by Helena HuntingIs it love, or is she just his good luck charm? New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Helena Hunting absolutely delights with this witty and fun standalone romantic comedy.

Lilah isn’t sure what hurt worse: the day Ethan left her to focus on his hockey career, or the day he came back eight years later. He might think they can pick up just where they left off, but she’s no longer that same girl and never wants to be again.

Ethan Kase wants his glory days back. And that includes having Lilah by his side. With her, he was magic. They were magic. All he has to do is make her see that.

Just when Lilah might finally be ready to let him in, though, she finds out their reunion has nothing to do with her and everything to do with his game. But Ethan’s already lost her once, and even if it costs him his career, he’ll do anything to keep from losing her again.