Blog tour: Magic Man by Ashley Hastings

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Book: Magic Man

Series: a standalone, but earlier books feature the same characters.

Author: Ashley Hastings

Release date: 10 September 2018

Main characters: Millie Carter, single mother and horse whisperer. Maxwell – her new boss, and the man determined to make her his.

Blurb:

Trauma. Two broken souls. And a chance at love they didn’t see coming.

Millie is a single mom who doesn’t have the time – or the trust – to date. After experiencing a violent assault as a teen, she’s determined to move on and stay focused on what’s important. But when she meets the mysterious Maxwell, Millie starts to rethink her priorities.

Maxwell is her enigmatic boss who always seems to know exactly what Millie’s thinking. No stranger to trauma himself, he’s spent his entire life alone. Until he meets his new employee, Millie.

With one look, Maxwell knows she and her daughter are his one chance at happiness. Driven and determined, he wants to give Millie everything she ever wanted, along with the love she didn’t know she needed.

Millie will have to choose between the safe world she has created and the chance to build a new life with the man of her dreams. But can she trust Maxwell with her heart or is he running a scam?

Can two individuals overcome their traumatic pasts and find love?

Don’t miss Magic Man by Ashley Hastings. If you like steamy romance with a dash of darkness, then this book will have you staying up late to finish reading Maxwell and Millie’s love story.

Find out what happens when two broken souls discover something they never knew they were looking for…

Why you should read it: This book is super cute. It’s my first Ashley Hastings read and I enjoyed the narrative –  the relationship between mother and daughter was sweet, and touching. Millie is a good mum who is desperate to give her daughter the life she deserves. She’s had a rough start in life, but by sheer force of will, she’s managed to get her life in order, which is quite inspiring. The chemistry between Millie and Maxwell was a slow burner on one hand, insta-love on the other. Maxwell seems to know what he wants, whereas Millie has to try and keep her feet on the ground for her daughter’s sake, if not her own. Overall, the book had very little drama – it was a straightforward, low-angst read. Man meets woman, man gets woman, it looks a bit shaky for a moment when man does something to upset woman, man and woman reconcile.

What you may not like: As I’ve mentioned, it was a truly sweet read. So sweet, that at times I was a little nonplussed by it all. The magical elements in the book didn’t work for me 100% and the grand gesture near the end gave me toothache. It’s not the book, it’s me. I can’t do too much sentiment. I’m a cynical Brit! These reasons notwithstanding, it’s a lighthearted, cute read. If you want a break from your usual, angst-ridden, dark romances, give this short read a try.

Rating: 3/5 – likeable characters, some sexy times that were very hot, and some good ole fashioned romance!

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Release day blitz: Wicked Wedding by Sawyer Bennett

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Wicked Wedding, an all-new sexy standalone novel, from New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Sawyer Bennett is LIVE!

It all started with a wedding…

Well, three weddings, to be exact. The one that happened, the one that went up in flames, and the one nobody saw coming.

Andrew Collings has seen a lot of things living in Vegas. Hell, he’s done a lot of things. But one thing he’s never witnessed is a beautiful brunette, hitchhiking her way into the city, wearing a wedding dress. Until now, that is.

Brynne Adams is running away from a broken heart. She expected a lot of things from her wedding day but finding photos of her fiancé and maid of honor and best man in a compromising position wasn’t one of them. She most certainly never imagined that she’d end up marrying the handsome stranger that rescued her from the side of the road that day.

Andrew and Brynne’s quick nuptials may have been the result of a drunken joke, but they soon realize that love can be found in the most unlikely of places if you just stop and take a chance.

* Wicked Wedding is the fourth STANDALONE NOVEL in the LEFT AT THE ALTAR series in a collaboration of six New York Times Bestselling Authors: J. S. Scott, Ruth Cardello, Raine Miller, Sawyer Bennett, Minx Malone, and Melody Anne.

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About Sawyer:

Since the release of her debut contemporary romance novel, Off Sides, in January 2013, Sawyer Bennett has released multiple books, many of which have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestseller lists.Author Photo_Sawyer Bennett

A reformed trial lawyer from North Carolina, Sawyer uses real life experience to create relatable, sexy stories that appeal to a wide array of readers. From new adult to erotic contemporary romance, Sawyer writes something for just about everyone.

Sawyer likes her Bloody Marys strong, her martinis dirty, and her heroes a combination of the two. When not bringing fictional romance to life, Sawyer is a chauffeur, stylist, chef, maid, and personal assistant to a very active daughter, as well as full-time servant to her adorably naughty dogs. She believes in the good of others, and that a bad day can be cured with a great work-out, cake, or even better, both.

Sawyer also writes general and women’s fiction under the pen name S. Bennett and sweet romance under the name Juliette Poe.

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COVER REVEAL: I Bet You by Ilsa Madden-Mills

Hey all! I’m super excited to share this book cover with you – I may have blown it up too much! But I think you’ll agree, that isn’t necessarily a bad thing! I honestly think I’m in the wrong line of work…photographer for romance covers…hmmm! Anyway, enough about me! I’ll let the cover speak for itself.

I Bet You, an all-new sexy college romance standalone is coming 29th October, and we have the hot new cover!

Wall Street Journal bestselling author Ilsa Madden-Mills returns with an all-new swoon-fest of a novel about what happens when you look beyond labels and take a chance on love.

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Sexy Athlete: I bet you…

Penelope Graham: Burn in hell, quarterback.

The late night text is random but Penelope knows exactly who “Sexy Athlete” is. And why she shouldn’t take his wager.

Ryker Voss.

Football star.

Walks on water and God’s gift to women.

Just ask him.

His bet? He promises Penelope he’ll win her the heart of the nerdy guy she’s been crushing on. His plan—good old-fashioned jealousy. Once her crush sees her kissing Ryker, he’ll realize what he’s missing. Sounds legit, right? The only question is…why is Ryker being so nice to her?

Penelope Graham.

Virgin.

Lover of sparkly vampires and calculus.

His mortal enemy.

Penelope knows she shouldn’t trust a jock, but what’s a girl to do when she needs a date to Homecoming? And Ryker’s keeping a secret, another bet, one that could destroy Penelope’s heart forever.

Will the quarterback score the good girl or will his secret mean everyone loses at this game of love?

Cover Designer: Shanoff Designs

Photographer: Wander Aguiar

Model: Steven

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Publishing Date: October 29, 2018

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About the Author
Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and USA Today best-selling author Ilsa Madden-Mills writes about strong heroines and sexy alpha males that sometimes you just want to slap. She’s best known for her angsty, heartfelt new adult college romances.

A former high school English teacher, she adores all things Pride and Prejudice; Mr. Darcy is her ultimate hero.

She’s also addicted to frothy coffee beverages, Vampire Diaries, and any kind of book featuring unicorns and sword-wielding females.

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Blog tour: If We Fly by Nina Lane

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Series: What If series, book #2

Author: Nina Lane

Release date: 13 September 2018

***Spoiler alert: Do not read on if you have read the prequel and Book 1 If We Fall.***

Main characters: Cole Danforth, the love of Josie May’s life. Josie, the heroine of this series who is about to learn some devastating new information…

Plot: Josie has so many questions bubbling under the surface of her consciousness. For 10 years she’s been unable to remember exactly what happened in the accident that killed her family. Cole said he was driving – the police reports backed it up, so then why all the crazy dreams? – and now that picture of her that makes Josie doubt everything. Determined to find out in order to finally move on is what she intends to do – but the answers will come with devastating consequences.

One thing Josie can depend on is her love for Cole. He has changed, but so has she. She sees sparks of the old Cole and think she can walk away from him…

Cole has done everything he can to protect Josie from the spectres of the past, but his carefully constructed plans are unravelling fast. Will the unveiled secrets bind them together, or will the painful revelations succeed in tearing them apart, once and for all?

Why you should read it: I couldn’t wait for the conclusion to this duet. I really couldn’t – there was a heck of a cliffhanger at the end of book one and I had to know more. I thoroughly enjoyed this story – it was masterful storytelling that advanced at a steady speed. It didn’t drag – it didn’t repeat itself. It was soulful and romantic and heartbreaking. I’ve never rooted for a couple to find happiness so much before! Josie and Cole’s chemistry leapt off the page and their love was believable and undeniable. I can’t gush anymore about it – I really can’t!

What you might not like: I don’t know really. There is some upsetting stuff in the book – incidents and accidents and angst, but honestly, it isn’t applied in a heavy-handed way. It makes a compelling and heart-rending read. So the ultimate pay off is so very cathartic! I needed this HEA!

Rating: 5/5 for a satisfying and swoon-making read. I loved the main characters, and I desperately wanted them to find some peace.

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Cover reveal: Hate Notes by Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward

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Photo Credit:  Tijana Vukovic

Model: Dusan Susnjar

A standalone romance novel published by Montlake Romance

New York Times Bestselling Authors Vi Keeland & Penelope Ward

Release date: Tuesday, 6th November 2018.

 

SYNOPSIS:

It all started with a mysterious blue note sewn into a wedding dress.

Something blue.

I’d gone to sell my own unworn bridal gown at a vintage clothing store. That’s when I found another bride’s “something old.”

Stitched into the lining of a fabulously feathered design was the loveliest message I’d ever read: Thank you for making all of my dreams come true.

The name embossed on the blue stationery: Reed Eastwood, obviously the most romantic man who ever lived. I also discovered he’s the most gorgeous. If only my true-love fantasies had stopped there. Because I’ve since found out something else about Mr. Starry-Eyed.

He’s arrogant, cynical, and demanding. I should know. Thanks to a twist of fate, he’s my new boss. But that’s not going to stop me from discovering the story behind his last love letter. A love letter that did not result in a happily ever after.

But that story is nothing compared to the one unfolding between us. It’s getting hotter, sweeter, and more surprising than anything I could have imagined.

Something new.

But I have no idea how this one is going to end . . .

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Please note: Because Hate Notes is published by Montlake Romance, a division of Amazon, the book will only be available in ebook format on Amazon.  A pre-order will become available in October.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHORS

VivienneHeadshotPrint-3Vi Keeland is a #1 New York Times, #1 Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author. With millions of books sold, her titles have appeared in over a hundred Bestseller lists and are currently translated in two dozen 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.

 

 

Penelope Ward photoPenelope Ward is a New York Times, USA Today and #1 Wall Street Journal bestselling author. She grew up in Boston with five older brothers and spent most of her twenties as a television news anchor. Penelope resides in Rhode Island with her husband, son, and beautiful daughter with autism.

With over 1.5 million books sold, she is a twenty-time New York Times bestseller and the author of over twenty novels.

 

Blog tour: Dirty Headlines by L.J. Shen

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Author: LJ Shen

Series: a standalone

Release date: 7 September 2018

Main characters: Judith Humphry, plucky would-be reporter with 99 problems; Célian Laurent, successful, infuriating, rude and a thorn in Jude’s side.

Blurb:

Célian Laurent.
Manhattan royalty.

Notorious playboy.

Heir to a media empire.

…And my new boss.

I could have impressed him, if not for last month’s unforgettable one-night stand.

I left it with more than orgasms and a pleasant memory–namely, his wallet.

Now he’s staring me down like I’m the dirt under his Italian loafers, and I’m supposed to take it.

But the thing about being Judith “Jude” Humphry is I have nothing to lose.

Brooklyn girl.

Infamously quirky.

Heir to a stack of medical bills and a tattered couch.

When he looks at me from across the room, I see the glint in his eyes, and that makes us rivals.

He knows it.

So do I.

Every day in the newsroom is a battle.

Every night in his bed, war.

But it’s my heart at stake, and I fear I’ll be raising the white flag.

Why you should read it: Well! This book was hot. And rude – extremely graphic! If you like your romances sweet and gentle, this read is not for you! I enjoyed the premise – very much so. I liked Jude a lot. The poor woman has a lot of worries and luck is not on her side. Despite her desperate situation, she still manages to stay upbeat and optimistic and she has a wicked turn of phrase – not many of which I can repeat here! Her imagined conversations with Jesus are hilarious and made me laugh out loud. Her quirky obsession with her Chucks also warmed my heart. I adore Converse and would also wear them everyday if I could! The book has it all – simmering tension between the hero and heroine, family intrigue and secrets that makes the Carringtons from Dynasty look like a happy family!

What you may not like: Dare I say Célian? We all love a rogue, an ass and a jerky hero from time to time, but he really made me work at liking him. He was a total anti-hero for a good three quarters of the book. He does redeem himself by the end I think, while staying true to his surly character – so I’d say if you hang in there, you will be rewarded. The main characters are not perfect – nor did I want them to be.

Rating: 4/5 for an engaging and adult read – it’ll make you blush, fan yourself and laugh a lot. It’s definitely worth a look!

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COVER REVEAL: Hot For His Girl by Rachel Blaufeld

Hot For His Girl, an all-new standalone new adult romance from Rachel Blaufeld is coming October 1st!

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Hot For His Girl by Rachel Blaufeld

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Publishing Date: October 1st, 2018

Cover Designer: Sarah Hansen / okay creations

Photographer: Regina Wamba

Blurb:

Andonia “Andi” Schwartz is the kind of gal you love to hate. Snarky, skinny, and jaded, Andi’s goodness lies hidden beneath her sharp edges. But it’s there… this independent single mom has it going on.

Reid Fellows is a lovable dude. Bespectacled tenure-track statistics professor by day, shirtless blogger by night, he’s a catch on paper and easy on the eyes.

Andi wields her power and unruly commentary from behind her laptop as the anonymous proprietor of The UnAffectionate Blogger. Reid’s blog, Grill and Groom, began on a dare. Now, he regularly shows his abs of steel while grilling.

He may love this gig more than his day job. She needs her page views and advertisers to support her daughter. Until the two meet and spin a web online and IRL . . . in real life.

What happens when two bloggers fall for each other?

A new blog is born.

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About Rachel:

Rach029BBB85-276B-48A5-860E-5EFAB58C8DCFel Blaufeld is a bestselling author of Romantic Suspense, New Adult, Coming-of-Age Romance, and Sports Romance. A recent poll of her readers described her as insightful, generous, articulate, and spunky. Originally a social worker, Rachel creates broken yet redeeming characters. She’s been known to turn up the angst like cranking up the heat in the dead of winter.

A devout coffee drinker and doughnut eater, Rachel spends way too many hours in local coffee shops, downing the aforementioned goodies while she plots her ideas. Her tales may all come with a side of angst and naughtiness, but end as lusciously as her treats.

As a side note, Blaufeld, also a long-time blogger and an advocate of woman-run anything, is fearless about sharing her opinion. She captured the ears of stay-at-home and working moms on her blog, BacknGrooveMom, chronicling her adventures in parenting tweens and running a business, often at the same time. To her, work/life/family balance is an urban legend, but she does her best.

Rachel has also blogged for The Huffington Post and Modern Mom. Most recently, her insights can be found in USA TODAY, where she shares conversations at “In Bed with a Romance Author” and reading recommendations over at “Happy Ever After.”

Rachel lives around the corner from her childhood home in Pennsylvania with her family and two beagles. Her obsessions include running, coffee, basketball, icing-filled doughnuts, antiheroes, and mighty fine epilogues.

When she isn’t writing, she can be found courtside, tweeting about hoops as her son plays, or walking around the house wearing earplugs while her other son, the drummer, bangs away.

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Blog tour: If We Fall by Nina Lane

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Series: What if duet #1

Author: Nina Lane

Release date: 30 August 2018

Main characters: Josie Mays, once a bright and shiny optimist, now a shadow of her former self. Cole Danforth, the man who has always had Josie’s heart and the only one who could shatter it.

 

Blurb:

We fell in love. Then our world fell apart. 

I wished so hard for Cole Danforth. And one day, he came true. He was my first boyfriend, my first lover, my first and only love. He should also have been my last. 

But in a split-second, we were ripped apart, our lives broken, my heart shattered. After ten years, I’ve returned to my hometown, the place of my greatest joy and darkest pain. 

Cole is still here, but the beautiful boy I’d loved is gone. Now he’s a ruthless, unforgiving man determined to feed both my resentment and my lust. 

Then our torturous past encroaches again, trapping us in a violent storm. 

But this time, there is no escape.

Why you should read it: Oh my! Both the prequel (If We Leap) and this book shredded my heart! Shredded it! We have the tragic couple, Cole and Josie and all they want is to be together. They are lucky to have a year or so of bliss, but then all hell breaks loose and neither one will ever be the same again. I loved the narrative of this story. Book one flips between present day and events from ten years earlier. Bit by bit we understand what happened to destroy the happy couple, and their grief is palpable. This book is deeper than your average romance. It has secrets galore, heartbreak and thankfully, hope.

What you may not like: You should know this series is a duet. If you cannot bear a cliffhanger (and believe me when I say this ends on one heck of a cliffie!) then wait until you have all the books in your possession before you start reading. I was hooked from the first page!

Rating: 5/5 for a smart, sexy and heartbreaking read. I’m really rooting for Cole Danforth and Josie Mays.

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Excerpt reveal: Dirty Headlines by L.J. Shen

Hi all! I feel like the excerpt that is about to follow needs to come with a warning. It’s hot. And graphic. Those of a sensitive nature should turn back…NOW! Still here? Well, don’t say you weren’t warned…

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Dirty Headlines, an all-new sexy, enemies-to-lovers romance from USA Today bestselling author L.J. Shen is coming September 7th and we have the first sneak peek!

Blurb:

Célian Laurent.

Manhattan royalty.

Notorious playboy.

Heir to a media empire.

…And my new boss.

I could have impressed him, if not for last month’s unforgettable one-night stand.

I left it with more than orgasms and a pleasant memory—namely, his wallet.

Now he’s staring me down like I’m the dirt under his Italian loafers, and I’m supposed to take it.

But the thing about being Judith “Jude” Humphry is I have nothing to lose.

Brooklyn girl.

Infamously quirky.

Heir to a stack of medical bills and a tattered couch.

When he looks at me from across the room, I see the glint in his eyes, and that makes us rivals.

He knows it.

So do I.

Every day in the newsroom is a battle.

Every night in his bed, war.

But it’s my heart at stake, and I fear I’ll be raising the white flag.

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Excerpt:

He had an American accent. Not French. American. Smooth. Familiar. Ordinary. He fired out sentences at the speed of light. I heard him, but I couldn’t listen. Shock gripped my body as the pieces of the puzzle fell into place. My dirty one-night stand was my boss. My lying, American boss. And now I had to deal with that—hopefully for a very long time, because I desperately needed this job.

Someone snapped their fingers, and my gaze shot from Célian’s face to Grayson.

His forehead had crumpled into a frown. “You look like you’re trying hard not to cry or having a really intense orgasm. I’m hoping for you that it’s the latter and some kind of a weird-slash-awesome condition. You okay?”

I nodded, scraping up a smile. “Sorry. Zero orgasms happening under this dress. I just zoned out for a second.” Lies. I was about to orgasm just remembering how good Célian had felt parting my thighs with his big, callused hands and dipping his tongue into my slit.

Then words stopped streaming down on everyone’s heads like a scalding shower, and I realized that indeed there was something worse than hearing Célian speak in his perfect American English. And that was not hearing him speak at all. Because now the icicles were pointed at me like a cocked gun.

I glanced up to meet his gaze. He stared at me for exactly one second before his focus snapped to Grayson. “Am I understood, Gregory?” he asked.

Gregory?

“Crystal clear, sir,” Grayson bowed, his voice trembling at the edges.

Célian jerked his chin toward me. “Your cover girl material is going downhill.”

God. Damn. Bastard.

He recognized me, and I knew it. His eyes had kindled, melting the ice and growing darker the minute our gazes mingled. He remembered, and maybe it killed him that I was here in the same way it buried me.

I want my iPod back, my gaze told him. I had over three thousand songs on that thing, and they were all too good to be wasted on that jerk.

“Jude Humphry. Junior reporter. It’s her first day,” Grayson highlighted, almost pleadingly. He shifted in my direction, as if he might need to physically protect me from the sharp-tongued, suited monster.

I suppressed a smile when I realized I’d told Célian my last name was Spears. Well, he certainly wasn’t a Timberlake. He was a Laurent. An American monarch through and through. A billionaire, a powerful force, and judging by our one and only encounter – a raging playboy.

This man was inside you, I internally shrieked. And not just once. His cock was buried so deep in you, you screamed. You can still taste the salty, earthy flavor of his cum. You know he has a freckle on his lower back. You know what sound he makes when he empties inside a woman.

I internally thanked my mind for ruining my panties in public, and nodded. “Pleasure to meet you, sir.” I offered him my hand, my face flushing with embarrassment at my choice of words.

Everyone was looking at us, and there were at least fifty people in the room. Célian – if that was even his name – ignored my outreached hand. Instead, he turned his face to the man beside him. “Mathias, any other words of wisdom?”

Mathias? Wasn’t that his father? Just how cold was the man with the icy blue eyes?

“I think you touched everything,” said the big boss—and he did have a heavy French accent, so at least the lie had a seed. Mathias stared at me placidly, like he could read the secret his son and I shared on my face.

Célian spun toward me, uncuffing his cufflinks and rolling his sleeves up his veiny forearms. “Accounting can go back to their unfortunate line of work. Couture is excused from this meeting – though not forgiven for their horrid blog. Miss Humphry?” He snapped his fingers impatiently.

He was already waltzing down the narrow hallway, knowing I’d chase him like a puppy, and no doubt taking pleasure in that fact.

“I have a bone to pick with you.”

Bone, boner – same difference, right?

I shot Grayson a please-save-my-butt look. His eyes said, I would but I still have a life to live.

I followed Célian down the hall, my Chucks slapping the floor in a hurry. He sliced through the throng of accountants, then stopped at a corner office, opened the door, barked “Out!” to the man inside, and tilted his head for me to go in. I did. He closed the door, and it was just the two of us.

Two feet of empty space between us. 

About L.J. Shen:

L.J. Shen is an International #1 best-selling author of Contemporary Romance and New Adult novels. She lives in Northern California with her husband, young son and chubby cat.

Before she’d settled down, L.J. (who thinks referring to herself in the third person is really silly, by the way) traveled the world, and collected friends from all across the globe. Friends who’d be happy to report that she is a rubbish companion, always forgets people’s’ birthdays and never sends Christmas cards.

She enjoys the simple things in life, like spending time with her family and friends, reading, HBO, Netflix and internet-stalking Stephen James. She reads between three to five books a week and firmly believes Crocs shoes and mullets should be outlawed.

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Sleepover by Serena Bell

Book: Sleepover

Series: a standalone

Author: Serena Bell

Release date: 13 November 2018

Main characters: Elle Dunning, newly-divorced mother of one who is still adjusting to life as a single mother. Sawyer Paulson, her new enigmatic neighbour.

Plot: Elle has been through the mill this past year. Her cheating husband has returned to his former high school girlfriend, leaving her adjusting to single life with her son Madden. Trying to make the best out of a painful situation, she has her work and a good network of friends to keep her sane.

When Sawyer Dunning moves in next door, that sanity is about to be tested. Elle knows Sawyer – quite well already. It’s it everyday that a former one night stand moves in next door. She could ignore him – but that option is soon made impossible when her son becomes fast friends with Sawyer’s son, Jonah.

Sawyer is struggling with single parenthood and the spectre of grief. It’s been two years since his wife died, but her presence lingers and moving on seems impossible. Sawyer allows himself the odd meaningless encounter – always the one time, never to be repeated with nameless women. Until Elle. Something about her reaches out to him and he’s terrified of what that could mean for his life, his family and his piece of mind…

Why you should read it: I really enjoyed this down to earth story. Elle was so relatable and had been treated shabbily. You can’t help but feel for her. Her ex and his fiancée are shameless. I felt a lot of righteous indignation about her situation, but she dealt with it all with such grace, it was admirable. I enjoyed the slow-burning chemistry between Elle and Sawyer. Their kids bring them together and in many ways force them to confront their situation head on. Sawyer was a well drawn male character. He was a mixture of private and vulnerable and strong and he was in a very familiar situation to many.

What you may not like: Not a great deal to dislike in this book. It’s fresh, entertaining and a story of personal growth. What’s not to like?

Rating: 4/5 for a very sexy and page-turning story. I love the characters and the premise. I think you might, too.