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Blog Tour Stop: The Duke with the Dragon Tattoo by Kerrigan Byrne

The Duke with the Dragon Tattoo
by Kerrigan Byrne
Series: Victorian Rebels #6
Genres: Historical Romance
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication Date: August 28th 2018
Source: ARC received for review
Rating: ★★★1/2

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The bravest of heroes. The brashest of rebels. The boldest of lovers. These are the men who risk their hearts and their souls—for the passionate women who dare to love them…
He is known only as The Rook. A man with no name, no past, no memories. He awakens in a mass grave, a magnificent dragon tattoo on his muscled forearm the sole clue to his mysterious origins. His only hope for survival—and salvation—lies in the deep, fiery eyes of the beautiful stranger who finds him. Who nurses him back to health. And who calms the restless demons in his soul…
Lorelei will never forget the night she rescued the broken dark angel in the woods, a devilishly handsome man who haunts her dreams to this day. Crippled as a child, she devoted herself to healing the poor tortured man. And when he left, he took a piece of her heart with him. Now, after all these years, The Rook has returned. Like a phantom, he sweeps back into her life and avenges those who wronged her. But can she trust a man who’s been branded a rebel, a thief, and a killer? And can she trust herself to resist him when he takes her in his arms?

Can't-Wait Wednesday (2): Archangel's Prophecy by Nalini Singh

Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings to spotlight and discuss the yet-to-be released books we're excited to read. It is based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

Hey guys! 

I'm here again to share with you another book that I'm willing to offer my future seventhborn (since my future first- until sixth- babies are all booked) for the chance to read it now now now


by Nalini Singh
Series: Guild Hunter #11
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Berkley
Publication Date: October 20th 2018
Pre-order Links: 

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Return to New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh’s darkly passionate Guild Hunter world, where human-turned-angel Elena Deveraux, consort to Archangel Raphael, is thrust center stage into an eons-old prophecy....

Midnight and dawn, Elena’s wings are unique among angelkind…and now they’re failing. The first mortal to be turned into an immortal in angelic memory, she’s regressing. Becoming more and more human. Easier to hurt. Easier to kill.

Elena and Raphael must unearth the reason for the regression before it’s too late and Elena falls out of the sky. Yet even as they fight a furious battle for Elena’s very survival, violent forces are gathering in New York and across the world.

In China, the Archangel Favashi is showing the first signs of madness. In New York, a mysterious sinkhole filled with lava swallows a man whole. In Africa, torrential monsoon rains flood rolling deserts. And in Elena’s mind whispers a haunting voice that isn’t her own.

This time, survival may not be possible…not even for the consort of an archangel.


UGH I'm so impatient for this book! Still a bit sad that my Wish on Netgalley doesn't seem to have any chance of being granted (I mean I know the function's kaput so I shouldn't be as disappointed but still).

Anyway, Elena and Raphael are one of my favourite couples and I'm ready to be reunited with them again. They're both so fiercely protective over each other, they command respect every time they enter a room, and they're each other's strength and weakness. They are truly that power couple. Also, the blurb gave me chills. Elena's a baby immortal and now she's regressing??? What is happening??? And oh my god, what is going on with Favashi???

Believe it or not, I've been consistently reading Nalini Singh since the beginning of the year and I have zero regrets. I mentioned in my Sunday Update that I'm in the middle of binge-reading Psy-Changeling, and currently I'm on Tangle of Need. Riaz and Adria are truly giving me all the feels right now.

What's your Can't-Wait Wednesday book?
Share with me in the comments!

Lisa's Sunday Update (1).

Hi, guys!

Gosh, it's been a while since I last did a real update. I've been doing nothing worth mentioning since I graduated (sad). I even had a touch of reading slump that really bummed me out. I did go to Singapore the last weekend of July, though. It's only a 50 min flight from home, and I missed Nick who was just there by, like, two weeks or so?

So. Frustrating. 

Anyway, I've seen Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again twice in the movies and I'm proud to say that I'm a Lily James fan now. She was amazing in Mamma Mia! I love her singing voice. Because I'm a new fan, I decided to watch The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society because it was on Netflix and she was in it. I haven't read the book but guys, the movie was AMAZING, and I'm pretty much in love with Michiel Huisman (who is married???? wow all the men I want are unavailable) after that. Because of my love for him, I decided to watch Irreplaceable You, which was not a romance because it was a cancer movie and you knew it didn't have a happy ending from the start, but I still love it a lot because it was surprisingly lighthearted while dealing with death. Gugu Mbatha-Raw was amazing in it, I was utterly charmed by her.

And of course, I saw To All the Boys I've Loved Before and I adored it a lot. I sat down with my sisters and we watched it together. It's not without problems, but overall it's still a pretty decent adaptation and I hope its hype will prompt more book adaptations soon!

Reading-wise, I have been binge-reading the Psy-Changeling books for August and guys, I'm so in love with this world and characters. I was just about dying for Archangel's Prophecy, the upcoming new book in Nalini's Guild Hunter series, and Psy-Changeling works to assuage that need a bit. I'm going to do a big review for all the books once I finish the series. There are a lot of books in this series, I'm thriving!

I also read these ARCs that I will probably do mini reviews for in the near future:

Hope you're having a great Sunday!

Cris' Favorite Books of 2018 (so far...)

Hey guys! I didn't post last week, sorry, but life was a bit hectic. However, this week, I thought I would show you my 11 favorites of this year so far.

I'm going for books I've READ this year, and not books that have come out this year, otherwise I would need to leave out books I loved and I don't want that.
Full Tilt Duet by Emma Scott

by Emma Scott
Series: Full Tilt
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Self Published
Publication Date: June 28th 2016 | October 11th 2016
Rating: ★★★★★
"I would love you forever, if I only had the chance..."
Kacey Dawson has always lived life on the edge--impulsively, sometimes recklessly. And now, as lead guitarist for a hot up-and-coming band, she is poised at the brink of fame and fortune. But she is torn between wanting to be a serious musician, and the demons that lure her down the glittering, but alcohol-soaked path of rock stardom. A wrecked concert in Las Vegas threatens to ruin her career entirely. She wakes up with the hangover from hell and no memory of the night before, or how she ended up on her limo driver’s couch...
Jonah Fletcher is running out of time. He knows his situation is hopeless, and he's vowed to make the most of the handful of months he has left to him. His plans include seeing the opening of his glass installation at a prestigious art gallery…they do not include falling in love with a wild, tempestuous rock musician who wound up passed out on his couch.
Jonah sees that Kacey is on a path to self-destruction. He lets her crash with him for a few days to dry out and get her head on straight. But neither of them expected the deep connection they felt, or how that connection could grow so fast from friendship into something more. Something deep and pure and life-changing…something as fragile as glass, that they both know will shatter in the end no matter how hard they try to hold on to it.
Full Tilt is a story about what it means to love with your whole heart, to sacrifice, to experience terrible grief and soaring joy. To live life with all its beauty, and all its pain, and in the end to be able to smile through tears and know you wouldn’t have changed a thing.

The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

by Helen Hoang
Series: The Kiss Quotient #1
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Dreamscape Media
Publication Date: June 5th 2018
Rating: ★★★★★
A heartwarming and refreshing debut novel that proves one thing: there's not enough data in the world to predict what will make your heart tick.
Stella Lane thinks math is the only thing that unites the universe. She comes up with algorithms to predict customer purchases--a job that has given her more money than she knows what to do with, and way less experience in the dating department than the average thirty-year-old.
It doesn't help that Stella has Asperger's and French kissing reminds her of a shark getting its teeth cleaned by pilot fish. Her conclusion: she needs lots of practice--with a professional. Which is why she hires escort Michael Phan. The Vietnamese and Swedish stunner can't afford to turn down Stella's offer, and agrees to help her check off all the boxes on her lesson plan--from foreplay to more-than-missionary position...
Before long, Stella not only learns to appreciate his kisses, but to crave all the other things he's making her feel. Soon, their no-nonsense partnership starts making a strange kind of sense. And the pattern that emerges will convince Stella that love is the best kind of logic...
Lucas by Jay McLean

by Jay McLean
Series: Preston Brothers #1
Genres: New Adult/Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Self-published
Publication Date: November 1st 2016
Rating: ★★★★★
In a sprint, every millisecond counts.
When you’re waiting for love, those milliseconds can feel like eons.
High school senior Lucas Preston has it all: star of the track team, a scholarship waiting for him, an apartment to himself and a revolving door of girlfriends. He also has an older sister, five younger brothers and a father who relies on him to make sure those brothers don’t kill each other.
His saving grace? Lois “Laney” Sanders, a girl he started to fall in like with when he was just eleven.
A girl who became his best friend, his confidant, his courage.
It took only sixteen clicks and eight seconds for Lucas to realize that his like for Laney had turned into love.
Eight life-changing seconds.
It’s also the exact length of time it took to lose her.

The Duchess Deal by Tessa Dare

by Tessa Dare
Series: Girl Meets Duke #1
Genres: Historical Romance
Publisher: Avon
Publication Date: August 22nd 2017
Rating: ★★★★★
When girl meets Duke, their marriage breaks all the rules… 
Since his return from war, the Duke of Ashbury’s to-do list has been short and anything but sweet: brooding, glowering, menacing London ne’er-do-wells by night. Now there’s a new item on the list. He needs an heir—which means he needs a wife. When Emma Gladstone, a vicar’s daughter turned seamstress, appears in his library wearing a wedding gown, he decides on the spot that she’ll do.
His terms are simple:
- They will be husband and wife by night only.
- No lights, no kissing.
- No questions about his battle scars.
- Last, and most importantly… Once she’s pregnant with his heir, they need never share a bed again.
But Emma is no pushover. She has a few rules of her own:
- They will have dinner together every evening.
- With conversation.
- And unlimited teasing.
- Last, and most importantly… Once she’s seen the man beneath the scars, he can’t stop her from falling in love…
Brooklynaire by Sarina Bowen

by Sarina Bowen
Series: Brooklyn Bruisers #4
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Rennie Road Books
Publication Date: February 12th 2018
Rating: ★★★★★
A sexy new standalone from USA Today bestseller Sarina Bowen.
You’d think a billion dollars, a professional hockey team and a six-bedroom mansion on the Promenade would satisfy a guy. You’d be wrong.
For seven years Rebecca has brightened my office with her wit and her smile. She manages both my hockey team and my sanity. I don’t know when I started waking in the night, craving her. All I know is that one whiff of her perfume ruins my concentration. And her laugh makes me hard.
When Rebecca gets hurt, I step in to help. It’s what friends do. But what friends don’t do is rip off each others’ clothes for a single, wild night together.
Now she’s avoiding me. She says we’re too different, and it can never happen again. So why can’t we keep our hands off each other?
Bad for You by J. Daniels

by J. Daniels
Series: Dirty Deeds #3
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Forever
Publication Date: January 23rd 2018
Rating: ★★★★★
Shayla Perkins isn’t the kind of girl who makes the same mistake twice, especially when it comes to Sean “Stitch” Molina. So when he gives her the world’s biggest rejection, that’s it—she’s done. Until the sexy, silent, unavailable Sean makes Shay a very personal offer. Of course, it still doesn’t mean he’s interested in her. Or does it?
Sean has done things in life. Bad things. And he’s paid the price. All he wants now is to make up for his past by doing good in the present. And no one deserves more good than Shay. Beautiful on the inside and out, Shay is the kind of woman who should be cared for and protected — especially from a man like Sean. He’s tried to keep his feelings for her in check, but a single, reckless impulse pulls them closer than ever before.
Soon the two are sharing their biggest dreams and satisfying their deepest desires. But what will happen if the only way to truly give one another want they want most . . . is to let each other go?
Boy Toy by Sarina Bowen & Tanya Eby

Bowen & Tanya Eby
Series: Man Hands #3
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Blunderwoman Productions
Publication Date: August 14th 2018
Rating: ★★★★★
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A brand new romantic comedy from your favorite snort-laughing duo!
The moment Sadie Matthews walks through the daycare center door, I feel my world tilt in her direction. Again. I fell for her when I was fourteen, and I'm still not over her. Problem: she still thinks of me as a teen she used to babysit. But I've learned a few things about pleasing a woman in the last fifteen years. I can't wait to show her how good it could be. I need to move quickly before I lose her again. This is more than a game to me, but I still plan to win.
I've just survived the worst year of my life. As a single mom of twin toddlers, I don't have time for a man. I barely have time to finish a thought. Who knew that Liam McAllister would grow up to be so devastating? He's everything my husband was not: tall, built, and willing to have a tea party with my girls.
I can't possibly get involved with him. He's too young for me. Too handsome. But he's so persuasive...
Making Up by Lucy Parker

by Lucy Parker
Series: London Celebrities #3
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Carina Press/Harlequin Audio
Publication Date: May 29th 2018
Rating: ★★★★★
Once upon a time, circus artist Trix Lane was the best around. Her spark vanished with her confidence, though, and reclaiming either has proved…difficult. So when the star of The Festival of Masks is nixed and Trix is unexpectedly thrust into the spotlight, it’s exactly the push she needs. But the joy over her sudden elevation in status is cut short by a new hire on the makeup team.
Leo Magasiva: disgraced wizard of special effects. He of the beautiful voice and impressive beard. Complete dickhead and— in an unexpected twist — an enragingly good kisser.
To Leo, something about Trix is…different. Lovely. Beautiful, even though the pint-size, pink-haired former bane of his existence still spends most of her waking hours working to annoy him. They’ve barely been able to spend two minutes together for years, and now he can’t get enough of her. On stage. At home. In his bed.
When it comes to commitment, Trix has been there, done that, never wants to do it again. Leo’s this close to the job of a lifetime, which would take him away from London — and from Trix. Their past is a constant barrier between them.
It seems hopeless.
Utterly impossible.
And yet…
The Upside of Falling & The Downside of Love
by Meghan Quinn

by Meghan Quinn
Series: Blue Line Duet #1 and #2
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Self-published
Publication Date: June 21st 2018
Rating: ★★★★★ 

Tucked away at the base of the Rocky Mountains lived a little boy with one singular dream: leave this broken and battered home and become someone.
Be somebody’s hero.
That boy was me — Colby Brooks. Except I’m not that same little boy anymore.
My dreams might still be the same, but my reality isn’t.
I’m smarter. Stronger. A man.
And I learned a long damn time ago, the only way to achieve my dreams was to avoid distractions — at any cost.
Focus. Resolve. Determination.
But all it took was one single night. One night and my entire life…changed.
One night had me colliding head first with the biggest distraction of my life; Rory Oaks.
Smart. Charming. Beautiful.
Rory changed everything.
Quickly, my one-track mind started to bend.
Each kiss faded decade-long dreams.
And with one single incident, I fly off course.
The Left Side of Perfect & The Right Side of Forever 

by Meghan Quinn

Series: The Perfect Duet #1 and #2Genres: Contemporary RomancePublisher: Self-published
Publication Date: August 30th 2018 | August 31st 2018
Rating: ★★★★★ 
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For better or for worse,'til death do us part . . .
The better captured me; she's who stole my heart.
And made me realize I couldn’t live without this woman.
The worse of her took my breath away -- kicked me when I was down and twisted me into a million knots.
When I first met her, I thought she was someone I would never see again.
The second time I ran into her, it was a random coincidence.
The third?
I didn’t know it at the time, but she was the girl I was going to marry.
But life isn’t always perfect. You have to take the better and the worse -- even if it means giving her up, having her slip between your fingers, and letting her walk away.
I’m getting married.
This is forever, 'til death do us part.

Bad Boy Brody by Tijan

by Tijan
Genres: New Adult/Contemporary Romance
Publisher: EverAfter Romance
Publication Date: May 7th 2018
Rating: ★★★★★
One punch took him from Hollywood’s Golden Boy to Bad Boy Brody.
The media didn’t care he was grieving his brother’s death. They descended on him, but to change his reputation, his manager got him a deal.
Act in an indie film, one that already had Oscar buzz, and he’d get the movie roles he needed to secure his future.
He took the deal.
Yet he wasn’t prepared for the real-life people behind the script. He wasn’t prepared for the murder the movie was based on. And he really wasn’t prepared for her, the biggest secret of all.
She was wild. She was beautiful. She defied gravity.
But was she the leading role that would tame him?
So, have you read any of these books?
What are your thoughts?

Can't-Wait Wednesday (1): Make Me Fall by Sara Rider

Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings to spotlight and discuss the yet-to-be released books we're excited to read. It is based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

Hey guys!

Wow, I've been so bad at blogging lately. I talked to Nick about my blogger's block and she suggested I find blogging memes so here we are.

Today I'm sharing with you a book (yep, just one, because I am the epitome of restraint) in my TBR that I'm excited about.


by Sara Rider
Series: Books and Brews #2
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: September 24th 2018

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Enemies make the worst neighbors, but the best lovers

After losing her job, her home, and her friends in her divorce, Nora Pitts is determined not to make the same mistakes when she starts over in the small town of Shadow Creek, Washington. No more slaving away in the lab at the expense of her social life, and definitely no more men. Ever. But making friends in her thirties is so much harder than she anticipated. And when it comes to her gorgeous yet obnoxious neighbor, it’s a whole lot easier to make enemies.

Eli Hardin doesn’t have a lot of sympathy for his uptight neighbor, until he overhears her so-called new friends making fun of her un-datable status. Suddenly he finds himself volunteering for a date with a woman who’s been leaving angry hate-notes in his mailbox, and in way over his head. Because all it takes is one disastrous date with Nora for Eli to fall hard.

But falling for Eli isn’t something Nora’s ready for—not when he’s her complete opposite, and especially not when he turns out to be the best friend she’s made in Shadow Creek. But as her attraction and her feelings for Eli grow hotter, resisting him might just lead to heartbreak anyway.


Doesn't the blurb sound good? And look at that gorgeous cover!

I've been waiting for Eli's book ever since I read the excerpt at the end of Real Kind of Love; if you haven't read that one, then this is your cue! This book is coming out 4 days after my birthday and lucky me, I don't have to wait that long because I have the ARC (!!!!).

Which book(s) are you looking forward to read?
Tell me in the comments!

When Hate Turns To Love: I Hate You, I Love You by Elizabeth Hayley

by Elizabeth Hayley
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Publisher: Loveswept
Publication Date: September 4th 2018
Source: ARC received for review
Rating: ★★★1/2

When bickering professors Naomi Price and Sebastian Blake have to compete for the same job, sparks fly--and not the sexy kind.

But when they take on some co-sponsored events that force them together and realize along the way that they both bear wounds from the past, a bond emerges that will be deeper than either of them imagined possible.

There's just one problem: how can you love someone you hate?

Lawyers, Wedding-Planners & Playboys

Hello friends!

Happy Tuesday! I hope you're having good weeks so far. I'm still home vacationing and reading a lot of romances.

I've been having some good luck with the books I've read in the past two weeks and I'll share some of the covers at the end of this post. But today's primary focus is on a lawyer romance and an office romance! Both were only so-so reads for me, but I'm sure some of you might be interested in them.

by Kate Meader
Series: Laws of Attraction #1
Genres: Contemporary
Publisher: Loveswept
Publication Date: August 7th 2018
Source: ARC received for review purposes
Rating: ★★

As a fan of Kate Meader and lawyers in romance novels, I was eager to pick up Down With Love. It sounded like it would be a sexy and fun rom-com. I don't know what it was about the book, but it didn't entirely woo me as I was hoping it would. At the center of Down With Love, we have Max Henderson, a cynical lawyer when it comes to romance and marriage. He doesn't believe in love and doesn't think it's for him. When his brother announces that he is getting married, he is forced to feign happiness and do everything he can to make sure the wedding planner isn't ripping them off. Said wedding planner is Charlie Love, who hasn't had the best experience in the love department, but who has hopes of finding the right guy. As you can imagine, these two clash upon their first meeting, but they also find themselves attracted to each other. I found the banter between them to be enjoyable and I found myself grinning from time to time. However, after some time, I got tired of the back-and-forth between them and I just wasn't feeling their romance all that much. I felt like it was lacking in something that I can't exactly pinpoint. When they did get together, I found the romance was a bit cheesy and unoriginal. That being said, I enjoyed the secondary characters, especially Max' co-workers, and I'm looking forward to reading future books. Down With Love is not my favorite Kate Meader book,  but I would still recommend it for readers who have enjoyed her books in the past.

Blog Tour Stop: Dr. Strange Beard by Penny Reid

by Penny Reid
Series: Winston Brothers #5
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Penny Reid
Publication Date: July 30th 2018
Source: ARC received for review
Rating: ★★★★

Hunches, horse races, and heartbreak

Ten years after Simone Payton broke his heart, all Roscoe Winston wants is a doughnut. He’d also like to forget her entirely, but that’s never going to happen. Roscoe Winston remembers everything—every look, every word, every single unrequited second—and the last thing he needs is another memory of Simone.

Unfortunately, after one chance encounter, Simone keeps popping up everywhere he happens to be...

Ten years after Roscoe Winston dropped out of her life, all Simone Payton wants is to exploit him. She’d also like some answers from her former best friend about why he ghosted her, but if she never gets those answers, that’s a-okay. Simone let go of the past a long time ago. Seriously, she has. She totally, totally has. She is definitely not still thinking about Roscoe. Nope. She’s more than happy to forget he exists.

But first, she needs just one teeny-tiny favor...

Dr. Strange Beard is a full-length romantic comedy novel, can be read as a stand-alone, and is the fifth book in the USA TODAY bestselling Winston Brothers series.

My Teachers Never Looked Like This: Getting Schooled by Emma Chase

by Emma Chase
Series: Getting Some #1
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Publisher: Self-Published
Publication Date: June 26th 2018
Source: Bought
Rating: ★★

Head of the class...
Garrett Daniels has this whole life thing figured out.
The cocky, charismatic former high school star quarterback is an idolized football coach and "cool" teacher in the hometown where he's not just a golden boy—he's platinum. He has good friends, a great house on the lake, and the best damn sidekick a man could ask for: Snoopy, the albino beagle.
Then...Callie Carpenter comes home.
And knocks him right on his tight end zone.
Back to school...
Callie has a pretty sweet life herself...on the other side of the country. But circumstances—that she'd prefer to never speak of again—have brought her back home, helping out her parents and substitute teaching at her old high school.
Now she's facing bickering, raging hormones, constant gossip, awkward weirdness, and drama galore...and that's just the teachers.
Just like old times...
When Garrett offers to show his former high school sweetheart the secrets of his winning teacher ways, Callie jumps at the chance—and then has to stop herself from jumping him.
Good friends are all they can ever be.
Or...these teachers just might end up getting schooled—hard—by love.

I read my first London Hale series, and I loved it! Temperance Falls: Experience Counts.

People... A few days ago I got a book on kindle for free, and the title was a bit cringe worthy (Daddy's Best Friend) but the blurb sounded good, so why not, right?!

I read another romance where the girl was in love with her father's BFF, and I didn't really like it, and was so disappointed with it, that I decided to give a shot to this weird titled novella I had just lying there on my kindle. I also realised that Nick, Lisa and Ari had all read this book and kind of liked it, so I was intrigued. I'M SO GLAD I DID!

Excerpt: It Seemed Like A Good Idea At The Time by Kylie Scott

by Kylie Scott
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Self-Published
Publication Date: August 7th 2018
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"Addictive like all Kylie Scott books, you'll swoon, laugh, ache, put your life on hold, and compulsively read until the wee hours of the night—only to reread the whole thing the next morning. Perfection!" - Katy Evans, New York Times bestselling author

Returning home for her father’s wedding was never going to be easy for Adele. If being sent away at eighteen hadn’t been bad enough, the mess she left behind when she made a pass at her dad’s business partner sure was.

Fifteen years older than her, Pete had been her crush for as long as she could remember. But she’d misread the situation—confusing friendliness for undying love. Awkward. Add her father to the misunderstanding, and Pete was left with a broken nose and a business on the edge of ruin. The man had to be just as glad as everyone else when she left town.

Seven years later, things are different. Adele is no longer a kid, but a fully grown adult more than capable of getting through the wedding and being polite. But all it takes is seeing him again to bring back those old feelings.

Sometimes first loves are the truest.


“Did you enjoy the wedding?” he asked.
The man stood much closer than necessary. “The wedding. It was nice, right?”
Faint strains of music carried from across the road. It seemed worlds away. He downed a mouthful of scotch, gaze never leaving my face. All I could smell was the single malt, his cologne, and the slight scent of salt on his skin. After all, it’d been a hot night and he’d been dancing in the suit. He wasn’t happy; I knew the signs well enough. The tension in his jawline and the look in his eyes. All heated and intense.
“So you’ve been sitting in the dark, drinking and brooding, huh?” I asked. “That sounds constructive.”
“What did Leona have to say?”
I laughed. “Oh, hell no. I’m not getting caught in the middle of you two again. Why don’t you try settling your issues like normal people and actually talk to one another?”
“You have such a clever mouth, Adele.” He cocked his head. “Always got an answer, don’t you?”
“Enjoy your scotch, Pete.” I turned away. “I’m going to bed.”
“What’s the rush?” Strong fingers wrapped around my arm, not gripping me hard, just enough to hold me in place.
“I’ve spent enough time tonight in the company of a drunken asshole, thank you.” I smiled.
His return smile was lopsided. “You’re angry.”
“I’m tired.”
“You’re angry and tired. Me too,” he said. “Less so on the tired, though. Actually, I’m wide the fuck awake.”
“Good for you.”
He finished off his drink, then reached past me, setting the empty glass on the kitchen counter. “Keep me company.”
“I don’t think that’s a good idea.”
“Why not?” he asked, expression full of false interest. “Thought you’d love the chance to tell me off some more.”
I looked away. “We’re done here.”
“No, we’re not.”
“Yes, we are.” I pulled my arm out of his grasp. “We’re finished, Pete. Our friendship or whatever the hell it is these days . . . It’s over, kaput, the end. Took me seven years, but tonight I finally wised up.”
“That so?”
“Yep,” I said. “I refuse to keep feeling this way about you. It’s such a stupid waste.”
His gaze narrowed.
“You know, I even have a plan.”
“What might that be?”
“In the morning, I’m going to go home and fuck every available man I meet until one of them does it for me.” My smile felt jagged and horrible. It couldn’t have been pretty to see. “And then I won’t think about you anymore.”
His fingers curled into tight fists. Nice to know I wasn’t the only one affected. I put my hand on his chest, getting up in his face. Two could play the invading-personal-space game, for fun and intimidation. As if I would back down.


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