Going Down Hard (Billionaire Bad Boys Book 3) by Carly Phillips

 

Date of Publication: February 21, 2017

 

Blurb

A stand-alone Billionaire Bad Boys novel.

Billionaire Bad Boys: Rich, Powerful and sexy as hell.

Derek West rose from poverty to take the tech world by storm. He’s sexy, confident and gets any woman he wants. And who he wants is Cassie Storm, the rich girl he’s never been good enough for.

She’s desperate to save her family company and there’s only one man who can help. But Derek isn’t interested in helping. He wants to possess both the company and the woman he’s never been able to forget.

His plan? To screw her out of his head. Except once he’s had a taste of Cassie, he doesn’t want to let her go. Her family remembers where he came from, and they won’t allow it. When the truth about their pasts comes to light, though, it may be Cassie who’s going down hard.

 

 

Review:

* A review copy was provided by the author for the Blog Tour *

~ 4 Reconnecting Stars ~

What happens when the past continues to interfere with your happiness??

Going Down Hard is the third standalone novel in Carly Phillips Billionaire Bad Boys Series and it is just as good as the first two. I thoroughly enjoy this series and am truly happy to see that there will be a fourth book 🙂

This book is kind of a second chance romance, but not really because Derek and Cassie are never really together when they were younger, just had feelings for each other before they are separated for some years. So I guess it follows on the same theme as a second chance romance. I absolutely love Carly’s writing style. She gets to the heart of the story right away without adding a bunch of filler that slows the pace of the book down. The flow and pace of this book was perfect. I find her storylines and characters great and relatable. You can’t help but fall in love with all the characters she introduces in her stories. Yes she has the characters that you love to hate as well, but I won’t linger on them.

Going Down Hard is a quicker read and not full of a lot of drama. There was just enough to keep things interesting and wanting the reader to keep turning the pages. The only thing I wish would’ve happened and that I felt was a little anticlimactic…was the solution with Spencer. I wanted to know more about that situation….I felt it wrapped up too quickly and easily. But that didn’t diminish my enjoyment of this book.

In this book we follow Cassie and Derek. Derek is the third partner in the Blink Corporation that was he started with his college buddies. Derek was raised in a poor family, whose parents were a maid and a gardener for the Storms. That is how he knew Cassie when they were younger. He was infatuated with her and they shared a special moment only to have it destroyed later by something that was said but not meant. Now years later Cassie is trying to prove herself to her father so that he will hand over their family business to her. She reconnects with Derek when she decides to do an article for her tech magazine and wants to interview him. Will Derek open himself up to her?? Can he ever get over what Cassie did in the past and how her family hurt his?? Read this book to find out.

I enjoyed reconnecting with the past couples of the other books. This book is completely a standalone and the previous books are not required to be read first. Although I recommend reading them all at some point, because this is a great series and one you’ll want to revisit many times over.

Definitely worth your time to read this book!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

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About Carly Phillips

After a successful fifteen-year career with various New York publishing houses, and over 40 sexy contemporary romance novels published, N.Y. Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Carly Phillips is now an Indie author who writes to her own expectations and that of her readers. She continues the tradition of hot men and strong women and plans to publish many more sizzling stories. Carly lives in Purchase, NY with her family, two nearly adult daughters and two crazy dogs who star on her Facebook Fan Page and website. She’s a writer, a knitter of sorts, a wife, and a mom. In addition, she’s a Twitter and Internet junkie and is always around to interact with her readers. You can find out more about Carly at www.carlyphillips.com.

 

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Enter a decadent sensual world where gorgeous alpha males are committed to fulfilling a woman’s every desire…

Olivier isn’t sure what he’s gotten himself into when he joins the Honey Club, only that a dark part of him hungers for the lifestyle offered by this exclusive club. Here, no boundary will be left untested…and one’s deepest fantasies will become an exquisite reality.

When Amélie invites Olivier to surrender, she gives the alpha submissive what he craves. Soon they both find themselves falling harder than they ever anticipated—but as their connection deepens, the truth about Olivier’s past could destroy everything…

Gripping and seductive, The Deep End is the first book in a sensational new series from bestselling author Kristen Ashley.

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She turned back to him. “You seem to have a good deal of stamina.”

“Amelie…Mistress, I don’t think you’re getting’ that I seriously find you not hard on the eyes.”

She bent closer, as intended for this part of their session, some of her fair falling on his chest in another caress. She did this letting her amusement show, if not all of the emotion she felt at his compliment.

“I wonder, monchou, if you think you can butter me up with compliments.”

“I don’t know. Maybe. Though not sure why I’d bother since I didn’t give you one and you just made me shoot a huge-ass load the like that have never come from my cock.”

“And he gives another compliment,” she said through a smile.

“You earn it, I’ll say it, he replied, his lips twitching. “That is, if I’m physically capable of speech.”

She was still smiling when she reached out a hand and delicately traced circles around his nipple.

His eyes darkened.

Her good humor increased.

“You’re of course aware I should do something about you being so audaciously cheeky.”

Another darkness crossed his face. “What?”

“I shouldn’t allow you to be cheeky with me.”

“Cheeky?”

“Impudent,” she explained.

The look fled. “You mean, in uppity, hot-chick speak, a wise-ass.”

Amelie couldn’t help it, she laughed softly.

“She’s got a pretty laugh, too, to go with that pretty accent,” he murmured and she saw his eyes on her lips.

I could get lost in this one, she thought. Lost and never found.

 

 

 

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Kristen Ashley was born in Gary, Indiana, USA and nearly killed her mother and herself making it into the world, seeing as she had the umbilical cord wrapped around her neck (already attempting to accessorise and she hadn’t taken her first breath!). Her mother said they took Kristen away, put her Mom back in her room, her mother looked out the window, and Gary was on fire (Dr. King had been assassinated four days before). Kristen’s Mom remembered thinking it was the end of the world. Quite the dramatic beginning.

Nothing’s changed.

Kristen grew up in Brownsburg, Indiana and has lived in Denver, Colorado and the West Country of England. Thus, she’s blessed to have friends and family around the globe. Her family was (is) loopy (to say the least) but loopy is good when you want to write. They all lived together on a very small farm in a small farm town in the heartland. She grew up with Glenn Miller, The Everly Brothers, REO Speedwagon and Whitesnake (and the wardrobes that matched).

Needless to say, growing up in a house full of music, clothes and love was a good way to grow up.

And as she keeps growing, it keeps getting better.

 

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Royally-Matched-3D-bookSome men are born responsible, some men have responsibility thrust upon them. Henry Charles Albert Edgar Pembrook, Prince of Wessco, just got the motherlode of all responsibility dumped in his regal lap.

He’s not handling it well.

Hoping to force her grandson to rise to the occasion, Queen Lenora goes on a much-needed safari holiday—and when the Queen’s away, the Prince will play. After a chance meeting with an American television producer, Henry finally makes a decision all on his own:

Welcome to Matched: Royal Edition.

A reality TV dating game show featuring twenty of the world’s most beautiful blue bloods gathered in the same castle. Only one will win the diamond tiara, only one will capture the handsome prince’s heart.

While Henry revels in the sexy, raunchy antics of the contestants as they fight, literally, for his affection, it’s the quiet, bespectacled girl in the corner—with the voice of an angel and a body that would tempt a saint—who catches his eye.

The more Henry gets to know Sarah Mirabelle Zinnia Von Titebottum, the more enamored he becomes of her simple beauty, her strength, her kind spirit…and her naughty sense of humor.

But Rome wasn’t built in a day—and irresponsible royals aren’t reformed overnight.

As he endeavors to right his wrongs, old words take on whole new meanings for the dashing Prince. Words like, Duty, Honor and most of all—Love.

 

 

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Review:

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~ 5 Perfectly Matched Stars ~

Absolutely AMAZING!!! From cover to cover this book was perfection. I loved this book even more than I did the first in this series.

What happens when a “naughty” Royal meets a shy and quiet girl??? Well once you read this book you will get that answer.

Royally Matched is the second standalone novel in Emma Chase’s Royal Series. This story had everything you could want in a book. We got great laughs, swoony moments, a sweet love story and very little drama, but just enough to keep you turning the page. This story stole my heart right from the beginning. I absolutely love Emma’s writing style. She sets the pace and flow of a story perfectly. Nothing drags out but she never rushes anything either.

Are you a fan of the show The Bachelor??? Then you HAVE to read this book, because it is so much better than the show. I loved that she built in that theme to this story, but made it her own and actually took Henry in a different direction.

We meet Henry in book 1… Royally Screwed. And I knew from that book I was going to instantly love him and his story and I was completely right. My heart is so full of Henry right now. He is amazing!!! Definitely one for my Book Boyfriend List. Henry is the “bad” royal. He loves to have a good time and not take anything seriously. That is until he is forced into the next in line position to the thrown. The Queen just wants him to grow up and be responsible. Someone people can look up to. When Henry is confronted by a woman who is a producer for the show Matched, she pitches him the Royal Edition and he goes for it. What he doesn’t expect is to meet Sarah. The quiet girl who he spies on the hill behind a tree. I loved watching their friendship grow over time and then turn into more. I don’t want to give too much away, just know that this is a slow burn but definitely one you will want to read about.

I enjoyed see Nicholas and Olivia again in this story. It’s always nice catching up with past couples. Don’t worry you don’t have to read their story first, you won’t be lost. But I would highly recommend reading both of these books because they are both just amazing love stories!!! I can’t wait for the third book to be released!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

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Emma Chase is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the hot and hilarious Tangled series and The Legal Briefs series. Emma lives in New Jersey with her husband, two children and two naughty (but really cute) dogs. She has a long-standing love/hate relationship with caffeine.

 

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Book: Flawed

Author: Sara Hubbard

Flawed is a dual POV, standalone novel. 

Genre: Contemporary Romance

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Synopsis

When I fell in love with Ivy Carter, I fell hard. She had a grip on my heart, and she refused to let go. After I committed a brutal assault, I pushed her away so she could have a life without me, but I’ve ached for her ever since. I assumed in a few months she’d move on, go off to school, and find some guy that actually deserves her. But that’s not what she did. She pushed back. And the more she pushed, the more I wanted to give in. I didn’t, though. I can be a mean SOB when I want to be.

It’s six years later now, and I’m out. I just want to see her so I know she’s okay, but one look at her angelic face through the window of where she works and I’m seventeen again, ready to do what it takes to put a smile on her face. I want to go straight and be the man she deserves, but when her brother steals from my criminal uncle, I have no choice but to make a deal with him. I might as well sell my soul; the devil is kinder.

 

 


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Review:

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~ 3.5 Flawed Stars ~

I have to be honest and say this isn’t my favorite Sara Hubbard book. Now with saying that, I did enjoy the story and the characters, it just didn’t WOW me like some of her other books have in the past.

I really didn’t know what to expect from Flawed, except that it was going to be a second chance romance. And that it definitely is. I loved watching Niko and Ivy reconnect after being apart for 6 years.

I thought that the characters and their backstory was well developed and both Niko and Ivy were well written. I felt their pain and just wanted to hug them through most of the story. Niko is a man who was raised in a Mob family and has only ever wanted to go straight and not follow that lifestyle, that is until something tragic happens to his sister and he is sent to jail for 6 years….leaving Ivy behind. Not wanting to put Ivy through that lifestyle he breaks it off and has no contact with her until the day he gets out. Ivy has only ever seen the good in Niko and believed he could make a better life for himself. So she was devastated when Niko pushed her away. Will Ivy be able to forgive Niko for leaving her when she needed him?? Will Niko be able to go straight and live a happy life with Ivy like he has always dreamed??? Read this book to get those answers.

I enjoyed the story line up to about the 70% mark and then for some reason I started to lose interest and things kind of dragged. Then the last 10% of the book took me by surprise. I kind of wish that part would’ve happened sooner in the story and wouldn’t have been as graphic as it was. Usually when I know that a book is on the more graphic side of violence I can accept it better because I am prepared. I wasn’t prepared at all for that and it threw me a little bit. I also felt the ending was slightly rushed because of what happens in the end. Had it happened sooner then we could’ve gotten more of the good between Ivy and Niko.

I would recommend this book to any reader who likes a raw and gritty mobster type story that does actually have a sweet second chance romance built into it. If graphic violence isn’t your thing then I think you might want to pass on this book.

 

 



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Sara Hubbard is a romantic fiction author. She loves alpha males and the sweet, sassy women who make them believe in change. Sara lives in Nova Scotia, Canada with her two children (four if you count her husband and her needy labradoodle) and works as registered nurse.

 

 

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“It’s been too long,” he says, his voice heavy.

Oh God. My brain turns back on, just for a moment. I should say no. I should shout out the words and tell him he can’t have me after breaking my heart, but this is just too good to refuse. So why deny myself? I think about a million reasons why this can’t happen again, but I’m too wild with need to tell him to stop.

He lowers me to the fur rug by the fireplace. When I’m lying down by the fire, the logs crackling and the light a soft orange, I stare up at him. I’m near tears. I missed him so much. Not just this, but his face, his dark but soft eyes, and the way he looks at me like I’m the most beautiful girl he’s ever seen.

 

He reaches down and lays his rough hand against my face and I turn and kiss his palm. My stomach is alive with butterflies. They’re better than I remember them. People in movies talk about this feeling and I used to feel like it was bullshit, but here I am, enjoying the sensation so delicious and sweet I can’t help but grin.




 

New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestselling Authors Vi Keeland & Penelope Ward have teamed up once again to bring you another chance meeting, another Cocky Bastard who will charm his way into your heart on April 10th, 2017.

 

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IMG_5273I met Bianca in an elevator.

 

She was on her way to interview me when we got stuck.

The beautiful, raven-haired reporter assumed I was a delivery guy because of the way I was dressed.

 

She had no clue I was really Dex Truitt, the wealthy, successful businessman she’d dubbed “Mister Moneybags”—her afternoon appointment.

 

Bianca told me how much she hated Dex’s type—snobby, over educated, silver- spooned men who didn’t appreciate the simple things in life.

 

So, after the elevator finally started moving again, I cancelled the interview and let her believe I was someone I wasn’t—a bike messenger named Jay. I loved the way she looked at the fake me and didn’t want it to end.

 

I began dating her as “Jay”—all the while letting her interview the real me over email.

 

I didn’t expect that our chemistry online would be just as hot.

I didn’t expect the mess I’d gotten myself into.

I didn’t expect that Jay and Dex would fall in love with her.

 

And she was falling for two men.

Only, both men were me.

And when she found out, we were both going to lose her.

 

Nothing could have prepared me for that day. And I certainly wasn’t prepared for what came after.

 

All good things must come to an end, right?
Except our ending was one I didn’t see coming.

 

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Author photoVi Keeland is a #1 New York Times Bestselling author. With more than a million books sold, her titles have appeared in over fifty Bestseller lists and are currently translated in twelve languages. She resides in New York with her husband and their three children where she is living out her own happily ever after with the boy she met at age six.

 

 

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Penelope Ward is a New York Times, USA Today and #1 Wall Street Journal Bestselling author. She’s a fifteen-time New York Times bestseller of twelve novels.

Having grown up in Boston with five older brothers, she spent most of her twenties as a television news anchor, before switching to a more family-friendly career. She is the proud mother of a beautiful 12-year-old girl with autism and a 10-year-old boy. Penelope and her family reside in Rhode Island.

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Life on Stage Series (2 standalone books)

Beat (Book 2)
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Throb (Book 1)
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MMA Fighter series (3 standalone books) :

Worth the Fight (MMA Fighter Series, Book One)
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The Cole Series (2 book serial) :

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Made for You (Cole Series, Book Two)
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The Baller
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Left Behind (A Young Adult Novel)

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First Thing I See
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Mack Daddy:
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RoomHate

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Sins of Sevin
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Stepbrother Dearest

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Neighbor Dearest
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Gemini

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Jake Undone (Jake #1)
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My Skylar
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Title: After You
Author: Stephanie Rose
Release Date: Feb 21, 2017
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After You is the final STANDALONE novel in the Second Chances series.

I had the happily ever after . . . until it was gone.
Three became two. And I was alone.
Our time—my time—was over. Alone was the right way to be. The only way. Life was me, my son, and my memories. Until the day I met someone who turned my lonely existence upside down.
This man made me smile, made me laugh, made me ache for his touch.
But I couldn’t.
He shouldn’t awaken feelings I resolved to bury with my husband. But he did.
I couldn’t let his presence make my heart race. I couldn’t let him into our little world, where he fit so perfectly. I couldn’t want Nick.
But I did.

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I rescued people. My family relied on me to lend a hand. Everyone thought of me as the fixer, but no one had the first clue how to fix me. Until Ellie.
The freckled beauty’s sorrow was like a well-worn shirt—easy and familiar, difficult to part with—and she wore it comfortably. And though I was hers from the moment our eyes first met, she’d never be mine. I loved her in the here and now, but how did I compete with a ghost?

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How can there ever be anyone After You?

 

 
 

Review:

 

* A review copy was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review *

~ 5 Live For Today Stars ~

Life is short….so remember to live for today and make every moment count.

That is the overall message Stephanie Rose tried to convey in After You, the third and final book in her Second Chances Series. And she conveyed that message perfectly.

The FEELS that you get while reading this book were off the charts. This book hit every emotion I have. I was laughing, crying, yelling, swooning, blushing and overall just loving this story. To me that is what makes a book a 5 star read for me.

After You is the last book in Stephanie Rose’s Second Chance Series of standalone novels. You don’t need to read any of the other books, but I would STRONGLY recommend it, because this series of books is beyond amazing!!! Each book focuses on having a second chance at love and this book was no different. She covers subjects that an everyday person will encounter or could encounter within in their lifetime. I truly believe this story will touch a lot of people’s lives and hearts. This might hit close to home for many people also, but I think the message she is sending is one many people need to read. What I love the most about her books is that she puts her heart and soul into these stories and the characters we fall in love with. I am actually kind of sad that this is the end of the road for this cast of characters. They will be missed….I guess I’ll just have to reread these books often.

Stephanie has amazing talent when it comes to giving her readers a sweet love story. She makes you fall in love with the characters, so you feel like your emotions are on a roller coaster when drama ensues. This book was heartfelt, and heart wrenching, but also had it’s fun times and it’s sexy times. It was the perfect combination!!! What I really loved is that this book isn’t overcome with excess drama. She added just enough to keep the story interesting and make the reader want to turn the page to see how it all worked out.

As I said earlier, this is a standalone novel and follows the journey of a new couple, but you do see some old faces again in this book. You won’t miss anything if you haven’t read the previous book to this one. I would consider this book a Second Chance AT love story, instead of a second chance love story, if that makes any sense to you. No Nick and Ellie haven’t been together in the past. But that doesn’t mean they haven’t loved and lost before. I loved that this book was about moving on and learning to let go. That even though someone is gone, they aren’t completely forgotten. As with all of the books in this series, the main characters…..Nick and Ellie aren’t the only characters you will fall in love with. The secondary characters are just as great and play a huge part in this story as well. But they don’t take away anything from Nick and Ellie’s story!!!!

If you are looking for an emotional second chance at love story, then this is the book to read!!! Mark my words, you won’t be sorry!! I 100% recommend this book and series to anyone who loves a sweet love story 🙂

 

 

“Nick, let’s sit here.” Jack yanked Nick by the hand down the movie theater aisle and pulled him into a seat. Jack plopped down in a seat next to him adjacent to the wall. So much for my son wanting to sit anywhere near me tonight.

“Perfectly good seat right here.” Nick patted the chair next to him. All the theaters had been renovated with leather recliners. Usually, since my son dragged me to the latest kid movie, it was a real fight to keep my eyes open and not drift off mid-movie. I was sure sitting next to Nick for the next couple of hours would keep me wide awake.

“I can’t wait to see Optimus Prime!” Jack exclaimed through a mouth full of popcorn.

“Me, too! He was my favorite when I was your age.” Nick took a handful from the bucket resting on Jack’s lap.

“Really?”

“And I used to drive a car like Bumble Bee.”

“You did?” I squinted at Nick as I took a slurp of diet soda.

“A yellow Camaro.” Nick’s mouth tipped in a sexy smirk as he pushed his seat back.

I bit my lip to hold in a laugh as the lights dimmed.

“You can wipe that smug look off your face. Chicks loved that car.” Nick whispered in my ear. The hot tickle of his breath against my cheek made goose bumps spread down my neck to my shoulder.

“Did you drive around blasting Metallica in your banana-colored Camaro?” I giggled back. “At least they saw you coming.”

He laughed as the opening credits started to roll. “Women loved my banana.”

I sputtered a cough as I choked on a piece of popcorn. Nick shrugged with a sly grin as he settled into the seat.

I leaned my elbow on the armrest between us, and it grazed Nick’s forearm. I jumped at the contact and jerked my hand into my lap, where it was safe. I was catapulted back to my teenage years when the slightest contact with a boy I liked sent shivers up my spine.

Nick wasn’t a boy, though. He was a man—a gorgeous man with unforgettable lips that knew how to kiss a woman stupid. I wanted to touch more than just his elbow. Keeping a level head around him was damn near impossible with adolescent hormones ravaging through my thirty-something body.

Nick laughed at my hands, now frozen on my thigh.

I focused on the screen until Nick pulled my hand back on the armrest.

“We can share, Ella-Jane.” He smirked as he slid his hand against mine and laced our fingers together.

My palms were damp as he brought our joined hands to his lips. He pressed a long, wet kiss to the inside of my wrist.

The bristles of his beard scratched against my skin as goose bumps drifted down my arm. I felt the warmth of his mouth all the way to my toes. My body was enjoying the simple but intimate attention too much at that moment to move my hand.

Something felt wrong holding Nick’s hand around Jack. When I glanced at my son, he was munching on popcorn and oblivious to anything but the robots on the screen. I smiled at Nick, but he didn’t smile back. Illuminated by the soft flicker from the movie, the heat and yearning in his eyes burned brightly. My breathing quickened as his finger blazed a light caress back and forth over the top of my hand.

For five years, I never so much as glanced in another man’s direction. Now, Nick simply holding my hand melted me into a puddle. It was pathetic but spoke the volumes I couldn’t admit out loud.

Stephanie Rose was born and raised in the Bronx, New York and still lives there with her superhero-obsessed husband and son.

She has a Bachelor’s degree in Business and a day job in marketing, but she always has a story in her head. Her books are full of swoon-worthy men and feisty heroines.

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Tempest Braden adores her family and her small hometown, but sometimes too much of a good thing can be confining. At almost thirty, having watched most of her siblings find true love, she’s anxious to experience her own happily ever after, and the move to Pleasant Hill, Maryland, is just the change she needs. When she rents a room from ruggedly handsome, and closed-off, artist Nash Morgan and his adorable son, Phillip, she thinks she’s found a little slice of heaven on the outskirts of town, where she can concentrate on building her business. That is, if she can ignore the undeniable heat between her and the sinfully hot single father.

When Nash bought his farmette, he had one goal in mind—to provide a loving, stable home for his son. He never imagined he’d be raising Phillip alone, or renting out a room to keep their heads above water. Then again, he never imagined losing his brother, or spending two years sailing around the world with parents who seemed to forget one son was still alive. 

Sparks fly from the moment Tempest moves in, and her positive energy and inquisitive nature brings new life into Nash and Phillip’s quiet, confined world. For the first time in years, Nash wants to let a woman into his world, but while his loss made him stronger, that strength came at a price, leaving him walled off and wary of opening his heart again.


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I am such a sucker for a single dad story!!! There is just something that melts my heart when I read a book about a man and the undying love he has for his child.

Whisper of Love is a standalone novel from the Bradens Peaceful Harbor Series. It is told in the third person and dual POV. What I have come to love about this series is that the books are truly standalones. You don’t need to read any previous books to read this one. I also like that even though we see past couples in this book, Melissa really doesn’t ruin any of their books either. We just get updates about what the couples have been up to.

Whisper of Love is a heartwarming love story about finding one’s way in this world and that it is okay to ask for help along the way. This is a story without drama and excess heartache we normally see in books today. I kept waiting for that “big” thing to break up the couple or cause some serious heartache but it never came….and I have to say that was kind of refreshing. Now don’t get me wrong Melissa knows how to pull on your heartstrings in this story, but it was all built off Nash’s past and not with excess drama. I thought the pace in which she took this couple was great. They had an instant attraction, but didn’t act on it right away and didn’t have the “in love” moment for quite some time. This was a slow burn that worked!!!

In this book we follow the love story between Tempest (the middle Braden child) and Nash, a single father raising an adorable 3 year old son. Tempest has decided to leave Peaceful Harbor and start a new chapter in her life. She has been living with her cousin Jillian for a couple weeks and needs to move out for her own sanity. She sees and add for a room for rent and decides to take a chance. In comes Nash and Phillip. Nash’s life was turned upside down when he was younger and then he found out he was going to be a father and his world change again. Putting his future and dreams on hold for his son, Nash has now realized he needs help with funds. Deciding to rent out his spare room. This is how Nash and Tempest meet. What neither of them knew was how significant their lives would change. Will Tempest find the happy new change she’s been looking for?? Can Nash open his house and heart to someone new??? Read this book to get those answers.

If you are looking for that easy, beach type read about a couple of characters who need a change in their lives, then pick up Whisper of Love. I think you will fall in love with this family just as much as I did.

 

Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes sexy and heartwarming contemporary romance, new adult romance, and women’s fiction with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Melissa’s emotional journeys are lovingly erotic, perfect beach
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 He wants to dominate her senses—and her heart…

Quinton Ross has always been a thrill-seeker—so it’s no surprise that he’s drawn to extremes in the bedroom and at his BDSM club, Blasphemy, where he creates sense-depriving scenarios that blow submissives’ minds. Now if he could just find one who needs the rush as much as him…

When an accident leaves Cassia Locke with a paralyzing fear of the dark, she’ll try anything to get help. Ready to fight, she knows just who to ask for help—the hard-bodied, funny-as-hell Dom she’d always crushed on—and once stood up.

Quinton is shocked and a little leery to see Cassia, but he can’t pass up the chance to dominate the alluring little sub this time. Introducing her to sensory deprivation becomes his new favorite obsession, and watching her fight fear is its own thrill. But when doubt threatens to send her running again, Quinton must find a way to master her senses—and her heart.

 

 

 

 

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Taking Cassia’s hand, Quinton guided her to the locker room, then through it to one of the private Jacuzzis. It sat flush with the floor and had tiled steps down into the shallow tub. He adjusted a few knobs, and the bubbling water came to life. He turned to her. “After what happened earlier, I’ll completely understand if you prefer to do something else. I just want to make you feel good. So, no blindfolds and no darkness, just pleasure. Do you feel up to that?”

“I think that sounds incredible,” she said. “I love hot tubs.”

Brave woman, once again. “Well, all right, then. Go ahead and get in. I need to make one further arrangement.” When she slipped into the water, he stepped out of the room and called the club’s food service to order a tray of refreshments for them to share. “How’s the water?” he asked when he returned.

“Ah-mazing,” she said, submerged almost to her chin with her head resting against the curved tile.

“Good.” He unbuttoned his jeans and shoved them down over his hips.

Cassia’s mouth dropped open.

Quinton grinned, and tugged the denim all the way off until he stood before her naked as the day he came into this crazy world. “Damn, girl, you know how to make a man feel ten feet tall.”

Her lips snapped shut. “I, uh…”

“Don’t pick up your jaw on my account. I mean…” He waded into the water.

She rolled her eyes. “My jaw did not drop.”

“Oh, Cassia. Did you just roll your eyes at me, little one?” He moved until he stood right in front of her. The water bubbled just below his hips, leaving his half-erect cock exposed and nearly at her eye level.

A fast shake of her head as her eyes went wide.

“No? You didn’t just roll your eyes at me?” He donned a well-practiced stern expression and affected an ice-cold stare, even though Quinton was totally enjoying himself. “Because I know I was quite clear on what the consequences would be if you did.”

“I’m sorry, Sir,” she said, holding up her hands. “I won’t do it again.”

“Sit on the edge of the tub, Cassia.”

“Sir—”

“Now.”

Slowly, she complied. And he enjoyed every goddamned second of the water sluicing off her body. Over her breasts, her nipples, the curve of her belly. Lower…

“Feet up on the edge next to you. Legs open.” He arched a brow.

Releasing a shaky breath, she got into position, and fuck if she wasn’t a vision. Pussy open to his view. Rivulets of water running over her skin. A flush in her face and anticipation in her eyes.

“Wider,” he said.

She let her knees fall to the sides.

“Just like that.” Without another word, he sank in the water to his knees right between her thighs and cupped her ass in his hands. “Now, don’t move a muscle.”

 

 

 

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Royally-Matched-3D-bookSome men are born responsible, some men have responsibility thrust upon them. Henry Charles Albert Edgar Pembrook, Prince of Wessco, just got the motherlode of all responsibility dumped in his regal lap.

He’s not handling it well.

Hoping to force her grandson to rise to the occasion, Queen Lenora goes on a much-needed safari holiday—and when the Queen’s away, the Prince will play. After a chance meeting with an American television producer, Henry finally makes a decision all on his own:

Welcome to Matched: Royal Edition.

A reality TV dating game show featuring twenty of the world’s most beautiful blue bloods gathered in the same castle. Only one will win the diamond tiara, only one will capture the handsome prince’s heart.

While Henry revels in the sexy, raunchy antics of the contestants as they fight, literally, for his affection, it’s the quiet, bespectacled girl in the corner—with the voice of an angel and a body that would tempt a saint—who catches his eye.

The more Henry gets to know Sarah Mirabelle Zinnia Von Titebottum, the more enamored he becomes of her simple beauty, her strength, her kind spirit…and her naughty sense of humor.

But Rome wasn’t built in a day—and irresponsible royals aren’t reformed overnight.

As he endeavors to right his wrongs, old words take on whole new meanings for the dashing Prince. Words like, Duty, Honor and most of all—Love.

 

 

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Sarah stands up and presses her lips against mine. And it’s so unexpected, so surprising—I freeze up. But only for a moment. As her mouth gently moves over mine, I begin to thaw. She’s so fucking soft, her taste so very sweet. The kiss is almost chaste—at least it’s the most chaste I’ve ever had. Unpracticed.

And yet, it still manages to make my heart pound against my ribs like an animal in a cage.

“What are you doing?” I whisper, when she pulls back just a little.

“I’m distracting you.” She looks up at me uncertainly. From behind those ridiculously prim little glasses with those big, dark eyes that could bring me to my knees. “Is it working?”

My tongue traces my lower lip, craving more of her.

“I’m not sure. Keep trying—I’ll let you know.”

She smiles quick and relieved . . . and then she reaches back up, wraps her arms about my neck, and kisses me.

Her two lips envelop my lower one, then the upper, all eager, pleasing sweetness. My hands find Sarah’s lower back and I pull her in close, tight against me. Slowly, I open my mouth and she mirrors my movement, opening for me. And it’s good. So very, very good.

It’s like my blood has turned to gasoline, and the touch of her wet, warm tongue is the spark.

I delve deeper, kiss her harder—more demanding—taking the lead. I cup her head in my hands, holding her still while I plunge and devour. A moan seeps from her lips and I devour that too.

But then, breathing harshly, I tear my mouth away.

“Sarah, maybe we shouldn’t. Maybe we should just—”

“I’m sick of being afraid, Henry. And I’m so tired of being alive . . . but not really living. I’ve wanted this for a long time. I want . . . you.” It’s only then that hesitation dims her eyes. “Do you want me too?”

I grip her arms. “More than I’ve wanted anything or anyone in my entire life.”

She takes my hands in hers, lifts them and presses my palms to her breasts. They’re soft and full and absolutely perfect.

“Show me.”

Beneath her robe, her bedclothes are paper thin. I trace my thumbs across her nipples, feeling them harden and peak. I want to suck on them until she’s mindless. I want to lick every inch of her skin and watch her flush with desire.

I wrap my arms around Sarah and lift her right off her feet. With a groan, my mouth is back to hers. Her small pretty hands cup my jaw as I carry her toward the bed. I stop against a wall on the way, knocking a frame sideways, lifting her leg in one hand and wrapping it around my hip so I can thrust against her.

There’s so much I know—deviant, filthy, lovely moves. And I want to teach her every damn one.

 

 

 

 

 

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I spent twenty years waiting for Trent Hennington to open his eyes and see me. But it was all for nothing. He chose to keep himself guarded and let me walk away, proving that my time and efforts were wasted.

I’m done being invisible.
It’s time to move on.

A single dance sets my new reality into motion, and I welcome it. After all, Cooper Townsend is perfect. He’s kind, sexy, and attentive–everything a girl could want.

I thought I got it right this time.
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Both her maternal and paternal grandmothers were librarians, which only intensified her love of reading. After years of writing short stories, she couldn’t ignore the call to finish her debut novel, Beloved. Her alpha heroes are broken, beautiful, and will steal your heart.

 

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