REVIEW: The Broken One By Ruth Cardello

REVIEW: The Broken One By Ruth Cardello

SYNOPSIS

In New York Times bestselling author Ruth Cardello’s sexy and emotional romance, a billionaire dares to invest in the riskiest proposition of his life: a second chance at love.

Single mom Heather Ellis would do anything for her adopted daughter, Ava. Even post an online reward for anyone who found the girl’s lost stuffed animal. Who’d have guessed it’d be returned by a drop-dead-sexy man with such sadness in his eyes that she had to reach out to him? To Ava, he’s a hero. To Heather, he’s a fantasy that puts at risk the happy life she’s made for herself.

It’s been five years since billionaire developer Sebastian Romano lost his wife and unborn child in a tragic accident. Now he’s all business. No room for emotion. Until he stumbles across that damn stuffed wolf and the beautiful single mother looking for it. Is he ready to give love a second chance?

But there’s more to Sebastian, his family, and his past than Heather knows. More than even Sebastian knows. Will the life they’re building together be challenged when the truth is finally revealed?

MY REVIEW

** I was given the ARC in exchange for my Honest Review **

This one was a bit confusing to start with, there was a lot going on that awas kind of jumbled, to me personally, but once I really started reading it I fell in love with the torture that Sebastian was putting himself through, over something that he had no control over. I could see the pressures that Heather was putting herself through to be the best mommy she could be to Ava.

As a working mom I can feel for Heather so much on the parent level and how defensive you get over your children, and what goes through your mind when someone questions your parenting style. We as parents question that so much already about ourselves.

I do like the dynamic between Heather and Sebastian, she is the grounding force that he has needed since the incident, she will help but will no enable him and that is what he has been missing. As his family was enabling him in a way because they were unsure how to handle what he was feeling.

I do not like the rushes aspects of their relationship, that bothered me a bit, especially with the way he was hot and cold with her in the beginning, but then again who are we to judge how fast people fall in real life or not. My parents were engaged 3 weeks after meeting and married a year later.

If you like sweet romances, quirky kids, and brooding alpha males I recommend this book, it wasn’t really for me, But I will give book #2 a chance when it comes out.

-Ashton <3

REVIEW: Love Me Tomorrow By Maria Luis

REVIEW: Love Me Tomorrow By Maria Luis

SYNOPSIS

They call her America’s Sweetheart.
And me? I’m the so-called “inked god” she dumped on TV.

I’ve tried to forget her. I’ve tried to move on.

Until I discover that her family is opening a new restaurant next to my tattoo parlor.

If I were a gentleman, I’d offer my congratulations and go my own way.
If I were a gentleman, I’d let her be… but I’m not.

Savannah Rose may claim I’m nothing more than a friend, but that slight hitch in her breath whenever I get too close says that America’s sweetheart is nothing but a liar.

All it takes is one scorching kiss, and I vow in her ear: “You’re going to beg. Beg me to touch you, beg me to give you more, and if you’re real good, maybe I’ll do it all over again before you have to beg for that too.”

I’m no gentleman.
But Savannah Rose? She’s no one’s sweetheart but mine.

Love Me Tomorrow is the third book in the highly anticipated series, Put A Ring On It, and can be read as a complete standalone.

MY REVIEW

* * I HAD BEEN GIVEN AN ADVANCE READERS COPY IN EXCHANGE FOR MY HONEST REVIEW * *

I can’t even!! The sweet twists the subtle turns and all the sweet swoon worthy things that don’t come out of Owens mouth makes me want to trade in my sweet straight laced nerdy hubby. And I would then get the dark brooding hard to sometimes read tattoo artist..

(Oh wait I have one of those in the female form of my bestest friend! )She is a tattoo artist and has been for just over 20 year… Talking to her about tattooing and the closeness you feel to those you care about when they want to wear your art on their body.

That scene made the book for me. Its so sweet and sassy, and funny with the antichrist who has a change of heart later on. A Rom com book i could read again and again.

Please check it out!

-Ashton <3

RELEASE BLITZ: Love Me Tomorrow By Maria Luis

RELEASE BLITZ: Love Me Tomorrow By Maria Luis

They call her America’s Sweetheart.

And me? I’m the so-called “inked god” she dumped on TV.

I’ve tried to forget her. I’ve tried to move on.

Until I discover that her family is opening a new restaurant next to my tattoo parlor.

If I were a gentleman, I’d offer my congratulations and go my own way.

If I were a gentleman, I’d let her be . . . but I’m not.

Savannah Rose may claim I’m nothing more than a friend, but that slight hitch in her breath whenever I get too close says that America’s sweetheart is nothing but a liar.

All it takes is one scorching kiss, and I vow in her ear: “You’re going to beg, Savannah. Beg me to touch you, beg me to give you more, and if you’re real good, maybe I’ll do it all over again before you have to beg for that too.”

I’m no gentleman.

But Savannah Rose? She’s no one’s sweetheart but mine.

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AUTHOR BIO

Maria Luis is the author of sexy contemporary romances, though she may or may not have a few historical romances hiding in the cobwebs of her computer.

When she’s not writing about strong men and the sassy women who sweep them off their feet, Maria is a historian who specializes in medieval England and 19th century New Orleans. What do the two eras have in common, you ask? Not much, except for disease, scandalous activities and crime–Maria’s favorite topics.

Maria lives in New Orleans with her better half, where she can generally be found hiking with her two dogs, Zeus and Athena, kayaking in Louisiana’s inter-coastal waterways, or curled up on the couch with a good book.

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BLOG TOUR: Dominic By Anne Marck

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Dominic has overcome a miserable childhood where he struggled to protect himself and his younger siblings from the dangers of living on the streets. Now he dedicates his life to doing everything in his power to prevent others from going through what he did.

Luna was ripped from her stable life and is now on the run from her greedy stepfather. When looking for food in a community center’s trash, Dominic catches her red-handed.

She wants to run away.

He wants to protect her.

What Dominic doesn’t expect is for the girl to worm her way into his heart.

To resist the overwhelming temptation of this innocent girl will be the biggest challenge of his life.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Anne Marck is married to the love of her life. She and her husband live in Curitiba, a cold city in the southern region of Brazil. It is full of  European charm, museums, and parks scattered throughout the city’s neighborhoods that they love to visit.

Anne is the author of eleven best-selling novels. She’s extremely passionate about books, dessert, dogs, travel and outdoor walks.

You can find out more at www.annemarck.net

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BOOKS I HAVE READ THIS MONTH! September 2019

BOOKS I HAVE READ THIS MONTH! September 2019

NOW, it is only September 24th, and I have read 21 books!! SO, instead of Listing them all…. I am going to share the Top 5 books…. But there is already a Cheat… One “Book” in this will be a trilogy and YOU will READ it and YOU will LIKE it!!

Here is my Beautiful List!

ONE: All The Forbidden Things By Lesley Jones

When all that you want, is all that’s forbidden…

I’ve known him my entire life.
Before marriage.
Before fatherhood.
Before betrayal.
Now, he’s one of rock’s bad-boys trying to be good.
Trying to be the best father he can for his daughter.
He’s my brother’s best friend.
He’s my boss.
He has a wife.
Max isn’t mine to have, but I want him all the same.
And I haven’t survived all that I have to not go after what I want.

Her story is a tragedy, mine’s a publicity disaster.

Just when I needed her most, she walked back into my life, and the timing couldn’t be worse.
With a newborn baby, a divorce, an album to record, and a world tour to plan, I don’t need the distraction.
She’s off limits.
She’s my best friend’s little sister.
She’s my nanny.
Billie’s a golden drop of sexy sun on a grey autumn day, tempting me into the light and a life full of possibilities.
A life not meant for us.

TWO: Tales Of Olympus Trilogy By: Lee Savino and Stasia Black

INNOCENCE:
I’m king of the criminal underworld.
I always get what I want.
And she’s my obsession.
Cora is new to the city of sin.
Her innocent blue eyes beg for me to claim her.
But I’m not the billionaire she thinks I am.
There’s a darkness within me.
And Cora is a shining light.
She’s beautiful. A virgin.
I’m ruthless. A beast.
She found me for a reason.
She’ll be my queen.
I’ll give her everything that her heart desires.
Except for one thing.
Her freedom.
She’s mine to keep, and I’m never letting her go.

AWAKENING
When a rock god asks Cora to help find his missing fiance, she befriends both a stripper and a hacker genius to help her search the city of Olympus. But will they save the woman in time with the evil of the underworld standing in their way?

QUEEN OF THE UNDERWORLD
The King of the Underworld saved me from the streets,
Treated me like a princess,
And locked me in a tower.
Then he turned into a beast.
There’s a darkness in him.
I’ve seen it face to face.
He says I’m his light.
But if our love is going to last,
I’m going to have to be more than his princess.
I need to become a Queen.

THREE: Neat By Kandi Steiner

My life is over.

I swore I would never work at the whiskey distillery with my last name on it, that I would never be a part of my father’s legacy. But when I graduated with my art degree and realized there were no jobs, the devil appeared, and I sold my soul, agreeing to work in the family business if he’d give me the art studio I’d always dreamed of.

It can’t be that bad, I thought.

Until I realized my new boss was Logan Becker.

The Becker brothers have a reputation for being trouble, and since I love trouble, it’s no surprise to me that I’m infatuated by that forbidden fruit the first day I walk into the distillery. That lean, whiskey-eyed, too-hot-for-his-own-good man hates me — and I can’t blame him. His family has been at war with mine for decades, and for good reason.

The Beckers and the Scooters are the Montagues and Capulets of Stratford, Tennessee.

But if he’s Romeo, and I’m Juliet? Well… we all know how that story ends — and for that reason, I tell myself to steer clear.

Because if my father finds out I’m falling for Logan Becker, my life actually will be over.

And Logan’s will be, too.

FOUR: Hated You Then By M. Robinson

From Wall Street Journal & USA Bestselling Author M. Robinson. A coming of age, enemies to lovers, contemporary romance filled with angst and all the feels.

I couldn’t remember a time before her… Harley Jameson.

Before she owned me.
Hated Me.
Needed me.

Before I hated her…

Things were simple.
We had an understanding.

Bully. Fight. Hate. It’s what we did.

Mind. Body. Soul. It’s how we loved.

I thought nothing would ever change that, until everything did.

She was mine.
Always had been.
Always would be.
Nothing altered that.

Not how much I hated her.
Not how much she hated me.

Especially, not how much I hated…

That I LOVED her. 

FIVE: Love Me Tomorrow By Maria Luis

They call her America’s Sweetheart.
And me? I’m the so-called “inked god” she dumped on TV.

I’ve tried to forget her. I’ve tried to move on.

Until I discover that her family is opening a new restaurant next to my tattoo parlor.

If I were a gentleman, I’d offer my congratulations and go my own way.
If I were a gentleman, I’d let her be… but I’m not.

Savannah Rose may claim I’m nothing more than a friend, but that slight hitch in her breath whenever I get too close says that America’s sweetheart is nothing but a liar.

All it takes is one scorching kiss, and I vow in her ear: “You’re going to beg. Beg me to touch you, beg me to give you more, and if you’re real good, maybe I’ll do it all over again before you have to beg for that too.”

I’m no gentleman.
But Savannah Rose? She’s no one’s sweetheart but mine.

Love Me Tomorrow is the third book in the highly anticipated series, Put A Ring On It, and can be read as a complete standalone.

Well there you are, My top 5 Of September, I have read 21 books this month already, am reading another now and have 6 more lines up, But these were so good I needed to share them right away.

Please Follow me on GoodReads if you want to stay updated on all the books I am reading because I am always updating on there!!

Let me know what you are reading!

Talk To you Soon!!!

-Ashton <3

COVER REVEAL: When Rivals Love By J.L. Beck & C. Hallman

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When Rivals Love by J.L. Beck & C. Hallman is releasing soon!! Preorder today!

BOOK BLURB

HARLOW

I thought I knew the truth, but I didn’t.=

Secrets surround me, every aspect of my life was a lie.

The Bishop brothers are the only beacon of light in my dark world. They’re the only ones that can protect me, the only ones that truly care.

Finally I have the leverage I need to escape my father’s clutches, to fight back, but when the truth comes out, and the puzzle pieces of our pasts start to come together…

I’m left wondering if there will ever be a future for the Bishop’s and me?

BANKS

We couldn’t watch her marry a man she doesn’t love.

We had to do something, even if it was drastic and completely reckless.

Loving a Lockwood is forbidden, taboo, wrong in so many ways, but we don’t care about what our father or anyone else thinks.

All we care about is Harlow.

She belongs with us and we’ll do everything in our power to keep her safe… everything to free her from the hold her family has on her.

To us she’s not just a Lockwood, and we’re not Bishops stuck in the same vicious cycle of hate and love.

We’ll get our happily ever after no matter the price.

**This is book three in the series and cannot be read as a standalone. You MUST read the first two books in the series to read this one** 

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EXCERPT

“I have an idea.” Oliver is the first to break the silence. 

“Well, what is it?” Banks asks impatiently. 

“We could bring you to our father…” His voice trails off, and I wonder if he’s being serious or not. 

“Your father would let you bring me to your house?” I ask, trying to hide the surprise from my voice. 

Sullivan shrugs, “What’s the worst he could do? Tell us to leave? We can’t let you near your father right now, so the next best thing would be our father.” 

“Maybe he can piece the missing pieces of your puzzle together?” Oliver adds. 

“Or he could be a huge prick and make things ten times worse,” Banks mutters under his breath. Oliver and Sullivan look at him, their features hardening. 

“You aren’t helping.” 

Banks lifts his hands as if to say he’s innocent. “Look I’m not trying to be a negative nelly here. I want Harlow to get all the answers she needs just as much as you both do, but dad isn’t going to take well to us bringing a Lockwood home.” Our gazes meet as he says the next words, “Last names don’t mean shit to us, but dad still sees her as the enemy and I don’t want her caught in his crosshairs.” 

To many I might be weak, but I am mighty, and if I want answers I may have to cross bridges that shouldn’t be crossed. I may have to do things that I shouldn’t do, but I’ll do what I need to do. No one is going to dictate what happens in my life anymore. 

“Let’s do it.” 

“Seriously?” Banks runs a hand through his hair as if he’s agitated. Was he not expecting me to go along with this? 

“Yes, I want answers. Your dad has some. Let’s do it. What’s the worst that could happen?” 

“Kay, I’ll make arrangements and tomorrow we’ll visit our parents,” Oliver announces as if it’s final to his brothers. 

Banks leaves the room a moment later and Sullivan walks over to the bed and crawls into the vacant spot left beside me. 

“Is he going to be okay? I ask. I kind of want to chase after him but know he needs the space. 

“He’ll be fine. He’s just worried what our dad will say or try to do to you.” 

I nod, understanding completely. 

“Our father won’t touch you. Not if he wants to live.” Oliver’s words have a cold edge to them, and I shiver wondering if he really means that. Would he, and his brothers go against their parents for me? Would they risk it all for me? 

I guess we’ll find out. 

TEASERS

ABOUT THE AUTHORS

J.L. Beck & C. Hallman are an author duo who love reading, writing, and coffee. After meeting by happenstance they decided to write a book together, which later turned into many, many more. When they aren’t writing or plotting their next book, they’re playing mom and wife. They both share a love for dark romance, and enjoy a happily ever after as much as the next reader. 

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COVER REVEAL: Can’t Block My Love By Xavier Neal

COVER REVEAL: Can’t Block My Love By Xavier Neal

Can’t Block My Love, an all-new sports romance by Xavier Neal is coming October 24th!

Synopsis:

From bestselling romance author Xavier Neal comes an all-new, rom-com sports romance featuring a gorgeous goalie who can block any shot — except Cupid’s…

Once upon a time, the Vlasta Vipers hockey team was so incredible — on and off the ice — they were almost mythical.

Every other university wanted their team to be them.

Every chick who crossed their paths wanted to bang them.

Now?

Their clout on the ice is questionable.

Their competition cutthroat.

Their beds…

Well, there will always be puck bunnies ready to keep them warm. After all, no matter how well they do or don’t do, they are the university’s most important athletes.

However, when Remington Ronald Rutledge the 3rd, lands himself on the new head coach’s bad side, which threatens his chances of playing for the season, he finds himself striking an unusual deal with a blast from his past he can barely remember.

Did she always wear these glasses?

Was her hair always this curly?

Has she always had a smile that makes him wanna smile?

 What happens when the bad boy who makes all the rules is forced to play by someone else’s?

Can this good-looking goalie let love score, or will blocking it be the biggest mistake of his life?

Add it to your TBR – http://bit.ly/CBML-TBR

About Xavier Neal

Xavier Neal lives in Texas where she spends her time getting lost in writing, reading, or fandoms she recently discovered. Whether she is enjoying books or movies, she continues finding inspiration at every turn to bring more exciting stories to life.

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REVIEW: Neat By Kandi Steiner

SYNOPSIS

My life is over.

I swore I would never work at the whiskey distillery with my last name on it, that I would never be a part of my father’s legacy. But when I graduated with my art degree and realized there were no jobs, the devil appeared, and I sold my soul, agreeing to work in the family business if he’d give me the art studio I’d always dreamed of.

It can’t be that bad, I thought.

Until I realized my new boss was Logan Becker.

The Becker brothers have a reputation for being trouble, and since I love trouble, it’s no surprise to me that I’m infatuated by that forbidden fruit the first day I walk into the distillery. That lean, whiskey-eyed, too-hot-for-his-own-good man hates me — and I can’t blame him. His family has been at war with mine for decades, and for good reason.

The Beckers and the Scooters are the Montagues and Capulets of Stratford, Tennessee.

But if he’s Romeo, and I’m Juliet? Well… we all know how that story ends — and for that reason, I tell myself to steer clear.

Because if my father finds out I’m falling for Logan Becker, my life actually will be over.

And Logan’s will be, too.

MY REVIEW

* * I HAD BEEN GIVEN AN ADVANCE READERS COPY IN EXCHANGE FOR MY HONEST REVIEW * *

Logan and Mallory to me are goals! They are on opposite sides in so many different ways, but that is what makes them work so well. The Chemistry bounces off the page, makes you really bleed for both of them in all the trials and tribulations that they are put through.

The Beckers boys were raised right in so many ways! Their parents are one of a kind and even with their father no longer with them, he is still felt and cherished by each member of the Becker Brood.

The Scooters values and how they were brought up were the polar opposite of the Beckers. Their parents did not have the same once in a lifetime love, the two Scooter siblings did not get along or keep in touch at all.

Logan is a type A personality, everything has a place, and every place has a thing, everything is neat and tidy, routine is created and rules are followed. Mallory is an artists! She thrives in chaos and seems to bring chaos with her wherever she goes, rules are meant to be broken in her world. Their families are in a silent war and the whole town knows about it. But the draw and the chemistry is there and makes you want to know more.

Also seeing how close they are to finding out about the Becker father and what happened to him in that distillery fire. Makes me want to see more.

I recommend this book!

-Ashton <3

REVIEW: Make Me Fall By Ember Leigh

REVIEW: Make Me Fall By Ember Leigh

SYNOPSIS

There’s one rule in my family.

Stay away from the Daly brothers.

We were raised to know them as users. Manipulators. But I only ever saw Connor as the enigmatic senior hottie who dropped into fifth period to teach us about the perils of drunk driving.

When my first big girl job out of college ends up with us working at the same company, it’s heart throb city all over again. Except he’s way ahead of the game. Successful, talented, put together. I’m just a frumpy twenty-something in a quarter life crisis who doesn’t know a glue stick from a makeup highlighter.

He would never want me, even though he’s all I ever wanted in secret. So when we cross paths one night at the bar and one drink leads to another, he slaps me with an offer I can’t refuse.

Accompany him back to Bayshore, flight included.

Only stipulation? Pose as his girlfriend.

Our families will flip, but I’m not strong enough to say no to those baby blues, especially if it means I’ll have a chance to go on vacation with my adolescent heart throb.

We’ve got two weeks to prove we’re head over heels for each other.

Which is just enough time to make me fall.

MY REVIEW

* * I HAD BEEN GIVEN AN ADVANCE READERS COPY IN EXCHANGE FOR MY HONEST REVIEW * *

The Humor in this book gets me, and Kinsley and her unrequited crush just does my heart in. Conner is a guy who needed a reality check and got one.

How Kinsley talks herself into still believing this is all but a ruse to get under his families skin, and how she carries herself in the face of their frosty reception of her shows how amazing she is as a person.

Connor his character bothered me, in many ways. Mainly because I grew up in a small town where everyone knew everyone’s business, who you dates, who slept with who and who was on what drugs…. AHH Small Town living, such a great time.

In some ways it was like Connor never really left high school, where as Kinsley’s issues were fresh and more raw, Connor needed someone to take him out of that popular kid, high school mentality and Kins seemed to be that person. Whether she knows it or not, that is a completely different story.

This is my very first Ember Leigh book and I fell that I will be coming back for more.

-Ashton <3

RELEASE BLITZ: Neat By Kandi Steiner

RELEASE BLITZ: Neat By Kandi Steiner

“Rival families. Deep secrets. Exact opposites who can’t help but cross all the lines. Neat will leave you thirsty for more Becker Brothers!” — bestselling author Staci Hart

Neat, an all-new standalone contemporary romance by Kandi Steiner is LIVE!

My life is over.

I swore I would never work at the whiskey distillery with my last name on it, that I would never be a part of my father’s legacy. But when I graduated with my art degree and realized there were no jobs, the devil appeared, and I sold my soul, agreeing to work in the family business if he’d give me the art studioI’d always dreamed of.

It can’t be that bad, I thought.

Until I realized my new boss was Logan Becker.

The Becker brothers have a reputation for being trouble, and since I love trouble, it’s no surprise to me that I’m infatuated by that forbidden fruit the first day I walk into the distillery. That lean, whiskey-eyed, too-hot-for-his-own-good man hates me — and I can’t blame him. His family has been at war with mine for decades, and for good reason.

The Beckers and the Scooters are the Montagues and Capulets of Stratford, Tennessee.

But if he’s Romeo, and I’m Juliet? Well… we all know how that story ends — and for that reason, I tell myself to steer clear.

Because if my father finds out I’m falling for Logan Becker, my life actually will be over.

And Logan’s will be, too.

Neat is a stand-alone book in the Becker Brothers Series.

➔ Small town

➔ Country

➔ Romeo & Juliet vibes

➔ Angst paradise

➔ Holiday romance

Download your copy today or read FREE in Kindle Unlimited!

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Excerpt:

“So… I guess we should just be…” Logan swallowed. “Friends?”

The way he asked it, the way his eyebrows bent together, his lips flattening — I knew it was a hollow offer.

I nodded. “Sure. Of course.” A smile that felt like a wave of nausea found my lips. “Friends.”

Logan watched me, and I watched him, both of us waiting for something more. It seemed like there were a million unborn words between us, floating in the air, waiting for us to reach out and grab them and bring them to life. When a long moment of silence had passed, Logan bit the inside of his cheek, picking up his highlighter he’d abandoned on the desk when I’d walked in like he was ready to get back to work.

“But,” I said, and his eyes snapped to mine, the highlighter frozen over the page. “I mean… there’s another option, isn’t there?”

Logan dropped the highlighter, leaning back again. “There is?”

“I’m just saying,” I said, voice shakier than I wanted it to be in that moment. I took a sip of my coffee, shrugging. “What if we kept things low key… casual… just between us?” My eyes found his again. “It is what it is, and it’s not what it’s not. Right? No need for anyone to know.”

“Low key,” Logan repeated, like he was tasting the words, checking them for poison with his tongue. “So, friends… with benefits.”

I snorted. “If you want to be twenty-one about it, sure.”

Logan nodded, over and over, just a slight movement of his chin up and down as he considered it. I watched him as he stood, and I expected him to start pacing the office, but instead, he crossed it, closing his door and turning to face me.

His eyes swept over me, sparking a fire low in my stomach.

He wet his lips.

He took a step.

And then I was out of my chair, meeting him in the middle, the two of us crashing together like magnets.

His hands weaved into my hair when he captured my mouth with his own, both of us sighing on an inhale, moaning on the exhale, leaning into each other like we could somehow melt together completely. All the electricity I’d felt that night came back like a tidal wave, and I surrendered to the waves, letting them drown me. I wanted him to fill my lungs, to conquer every breath, to imprison me.

It was a kiss that told me we were both lying. We both wanted more.

But if it was a choice between this, or nothing at all?

There wasn’t a decision to make — not where I was concerned. It had already been made for us, without either of us having a say, without either of us having an ounce of control to throw this story in another direction.

We were inevitable, me and him.

And maybe we knew it from the start.

Logan backed me up to the desk, and when my ass hit it, I hiked both legs up, wrapping them around his waist and squeezing. He hissed, sucking my bottom lip between his teeth and releasing it with a pop, his hips rolling against mine. I broke the kiss to let out a gasp, and his mouth was on my neck in an instant, sucking and biting, my eyes rolling back at the contact.

He paused with his lips by my ear, breathing heavy. “I think this could work for me,” he whispered, running his tongue over my ear lobe. “This… friends agreement.” His hands squeezed where they held my hips, and the familiar pressure sent flashes of Saturday night barreling through my memory. I gasped, mouth still hanging open when he kissed my neck over to the opposite ear to whisper again. “What do you think?”

Against the voice inside me warning me not to, I ran my fingers through his hair, gripping those dark strands and pulling his lips back to mine.

That kiss was an answer.

That kiss was a lie.

And distantly, I realized that kiss might be the biggest mistake of my life.

About Kandi:

Kandi Steiner is a bestselling author and whiskey connoisseur living in Tampa, FL. Best known for writing “emotional rollercoaster” stories, she loves bringing flawed characters to life and writing about real, raw romance — in all its forms. No two Kandi Steiner books are the same, and if you’re a lover of angsty, emotional, and inspirational reads, she’s your gal.

An alumna of the University of Central Florida, Kandi graduated with a double major in Creative Writing and Advertising/PR with a minor in Women’s Studies. She started writing back in the 4th grade after reading the first Harry Potter installment. In 6th grade, she wrote and edited her own newspaper and distributed to her classmates. Eventually, the principal caught on and the newspaper was quickly halted, though Kandi tried fighting for her “freedom of press.” She took particular interest in writing romance after college, as she has always been a diehard hopeless romantic, and likes to highlight all the challenges of love as well as the triumphs.

When Kandi isn’t writing, you can find her reading books of all kinds, talking with her extremely vocal cat, and spending time with her friends and family. She enjoys live music, traveling, anything heavy in carbs, beach days, movie marathons, craft beer, and sweet wine — not necessarily in that order.

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