Review: Three Little Lies by Sara Ney

Three Little Lies
Series: #ThreeLittleLies, #s1-3
Author: Sara Ney
Publication Date: February 2, 2016
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

Three Littles Lies…. Three complete novella’s in one spot.

BOOK 1: THINGS LIARS SAY

Lies, lies, lies; everybody tells them….
Greyson Keller didn’t intend to lie; it just came out that way. So when the object of that lie shows up on her doorstep, she is confused, shocked, and embarrassed.

Calvin Thompson is an Ivy Leaguer, attending University over an hour away, playing rugby and basically not giving a crap. So imagine his surprise when some guy named Greyson begins rumors online that they’re dating — the only logical solution is to drive an hour and confront him…

Be there when Greyson and Cal finally meet face-to-face because. Sparks. Will. Fly.

BOOK 2: THINGS LIARS HIDE

Secrets, secrets, everybody has them…
Tabitha Thompson is many things, but a liar isn’t one of them. Unless you count the sexy secret she’s spent a year hiding from everyone: her friends, her family. The secret she never counted on anyone discovering…

One chance encounter.
One clumsy mistake.
One sexy discovery.

Now, only Collin Keller stands in the way of her secret–and everyone else. And he just may be the one who ruins it all. Tabitha Thompson, you secretive little sneak…

BOOK 3: THINGS LIARS FAKE

What if…
Someone you barely knew asked you for a favor.

What if…
They needed you to be something you weren’t, in exchange for nothing. Unless you count a mouth full of lies and a half-broken heart. Faker. Pretender. Liar. There are worse things to be called.

So would you do it? Would you?
Daphne Winthrop did.
And you’re about to find out what happens in the end.

***This novella series is intended for a mature audience, 17+ due to sexual content and foul language.***


Three Little Lies is the combination of all of Sara Ney’s #ThreeLittleLies novellas. Each book has its own main characters, but it is best to read them in order because each one introduces us to the characters that will be starring in the next book. You could read them as standalone novellas and not in order, but that could ruin some of the fun. Here are my thoughts on each book…

Things Liars Say★ ★ ★ ★ 
I adored this novella! It was hilarious how Greyson and Cal met and fell in love. There wasn’t anything I didn’t love about it. It was exactly what I expect from a Sara Ney romance.

Thing Liars Hide ★ ★ ★ ★
The way this book started out KILLED ME! It was so perfect. Collin and Tabitha were perfect. I completely got why Tabitha lied the way she did. I loved that Collin knew what was up. Too cute!

Things Liars Fake★ ★ ★ ★
Adorkably cute. That is how I would describe Dexter and Daphne. They were both so awkward and yet fit together perfectly. I loved how Dexter’s family played such a big part in their story.

Overall, this series of novellas was fun, hilarious, and sweet. I adored them all, but I did have a few things that bugged me a bit. One, they all heavily use texting or email in them. I like how they were used, but it’s relied on almost too much when used in all three novellas. Second, all of these stories, with the exception of the first novella, felt too rushed. I really wish they weren’t novellas but full length novellas. That’s probably just me being greedy, though. I wanted more…

Review: The Butterfly Project by Emma Scott

The Butterfly Project
Author: Emma Scott
Publication Date: February 28, 2017
Publisher: CreateSpace
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Note: I received this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

“Where you are is home…”

At age fourteen, Zelda Rossi witnessed the unthinkable, and has spent the last ten years hardening her heart against the guilt and grief. She channels her pain into her art: a dystopian graphic novel where vigilantes travel back in time to stop heinous crimes—like child abduction—before they happen. Zelda pitches her graphic novel to several big-time comic book publishers in New York City, only to have her hopes crash and burn. Circumstances leave her stranded in an unfamiliar city, and in an embarrassing moment of weakness, she meets a guarded young man with a past he’d do anything to change…

Beckett Copeland spent two years in prison for armed robbery, and is now struggling to keep his head above water. A bike messenger by day, he speeds around New York City, riding fast and hard but going nowhere, his criminal record holding him back almost as much as the guilt of his crime.

Zelda and Beckett form a grudging alliance of survival, and in between their stubborn clash of wills, they slowly begin to provide each other with the warmth of forgiveness, healing, and maybe even love. But when Zelda and Beckett come face to face with their pasts, they must choose to hold on to the guilt and regret that bind them, or let go and open their hearts for a shot at happiness.

The Butterfly Project is a novel that reveals the power of forgiveness, and how even the smallest decisions of the heart can—like the flutter of a butterfly’s wings—create currents that strengthen into gale winds, altering the course of a life forever.


The Butterfly Project has been sitting on my Kindle waiting to be read since February. I kept putting off reading it because I knew I was going to be in for an emotional ride. Emma Scott is an amazing author, but she packs a powerful emotional punch in all of her books. I wasn’t sure I was ready for the experience The Butterfly Project was going to give me yet.

I’m so happy I went ahead and started reading it. I loved The Butterfly Project! It was definitely an emotional read, but it immediately drew me and had me invested. I wasn’t willing to put the book down. I stayed up way too late reading it because I needed to know what was going to happen to Zelda and Bennett.

If you haven’t read Emma Scott’s Full Tilt duet, you may not know that Zelda was an employee of Theo’s Las Vegas tattoo shop. She’s decided to branch off on her own, and take her comic book to shop publishers in New York. The reception of her comic book is not what she had hoped, and she has to figure out how to spend more time in New York to make the revisions she needs to it. Zelda refuses to give up on the one thing that may help her entire family heal. A chance encounter with Beckett gives her the possibility to stay in New York.

Beckett isn’t super thrilled to have Zelda around. He’s got his own tragedies and regret to deal with. What begins as a partnership, slowly turns into companionship for Beckett. He realizes maybe he’s not as alone as he thought. His friendship with Zelda is the only thing heating up his cold and dreary days.

The more entwined their lives get, the more Zelda and Beckett want more from each other. Before they can truly fall, let will have to decide if they can let go of the past and live in the future.

Zelda and Beckett were really amazing characters. Both were living their lives by the day, trying to make it through. They were emotionally stunted by things they wished they could change in their pasts. The sadness and guilt connected them, but their different outlooks on each other’s situation brought a strength to their friendship. Zelda knew what Beckett needed and Beckett knew what Zelda needed. Their friendship turning into a romantic relationship was inevitable. They got each other and their chemistry was off the charts. I loved every minute of their romance.

All of the secondary characters were magic. Each brought a little bit of something special to the story. I especially loved Zelda and Beckett’s Italian neighbor lady. She cracked me up! I also loved getting a tiny bit of Theo in this story. I had forgotten how much I missed him.

One thing I thought was super cool in this story was the use of the comic book. I liked the glimpses of it I got to see and how the story created helped Zelda and Beckett heal. It was a cool way to connect two characters.

I don’t know what else to say about The Butterfly Project except that I loved it. I would highly recommend it to new adult romance readers. The healing and love in this story is amazing. I’m so happy I finally read it!!!

Top Ten Tuesday: Authors Who Could Write The Phone Book And I’d Still Read It

Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is Fandom Freebie — top ten fandoms I’m in, 10 reasons X fandom is the best, must have merchandise for x fandom, etc. etc. I don’t know if I’m really in any fandoms or not. I religiously follow some authors, so maybe that counts? For my topic, I’m going with Authors Who Could Write The Phone Book And I’d Still Read It. 

Now, I know some of you youngins might not know what the phone book is, so let me explain. It’s what we used to use back in the old days before the internet when we needed to look up a phone number. They used to drop them on your doorstep once a year. So pretty boring to read, if you get what I’m saying.

Click on the author names to be directed to their websites.


1. Ginger Scott

2. Colleen Hoover

3. Tarryn Fisher

4. Elle Kennedy

5. Sarina Bowen

6. Krista & Becca Ritchie

7. Karen White

8. Kasie West

9. Maggie Stiefvater

10. Emery Lord

 

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Authors I’m Dying To Meet / Ten Authors I Can’t Believe I’ve Met

Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is Top Ten Authors I’m Dying To Meet / Ten Authors I Can’t Believe I’ve Met  (some other “meeting authors” type spin you want to do). I am going to do both of these, so you’re getting a two-for-one post today. 😉

All author photos are courtesy of Goodreads or their author websites.


Ten Twelve Authors I Can’t Believe I’ve Met

1. Al and Tipper Gore

My BFF dragged me to their book signing for Joined at the Heart back when it was released. Kind of cool.

The rest of the authors on my list I met at The Emerald City Author Event last year.

2. Claire Contreras

3. Tarryn Fisher

So Tarryn Fisher wasn’t on the event list, but she came to hang out and support Claire Contreras.

4. Jay Crownover

5. Emma Chase

6. Tillie Cole

7. Penny Reid

8. L.H. Cosway

9. K.A. Tucker

10. Barbie Borhman

11. Harper Sloan

12. E.L. James

E.L. James wasn’t on the guest list, but showed up to sign autographs anyways.


Ten Authors I’m Dying To Meet

1. Ginger Scott

2. Colleen Hoover

3. Sarina Bowen

4. Elle Kennedy

5. Krista & Becca Ritchie

6. Kim Holden

7. Beth Flynn

8. Jessica Park

9. Kasie West

10. Emery Lord

Review: Read Between the Lines by Jill Breugem

Read Between the Line
Author: Jill Breugem
Publication Date: January 24, 2017
Publisher: Amazon
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Note: I received this book from the author in exchange for an unbiased review.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ½

Synopsis:

Small town girl Sadie continues to live in the city after finishing university. She finds work as a journalist which ultimately leads to her real passion of writing romance novels. Sadie becomes an accomplished author of many New York Times best sellers. At the beginning of her success she is picked up by Levi, a literary agent to represent her. They become close friends and business associates over the years. What happens when Sadie writes her latest novel about the love she has for him? Will she publish it at the risk of losing him as an agent and best friend?


Read Between the Lines is a friends/co-workers to lovers story. Sadie, a bestselling author, has just realized she’s in love with one of her closest friends. Levi isn’t just a friend, though; he’s also her literary agent. And he has a girlfriend. Sadie and Levi have had a crush on each other for years, but the timing has never been right. One of them is always in a relationship when the other’s not. Saddened by the inability to act of her feelings, Sadie resorts to writing a romance novel about her relationship with Levi. Sadie’s not sure what she’ll do with it when she’s done. She can’t chance losing him. Sadie can only hope that Levi still has feelings for her.

Sadie and Levi’s story was fun to read. They had such a great friendship. It was easy to tell they had greater feelings for each other, but they did a good job of keeping things platonic. I especially loved the tension Levi’s girlfriend Barbara created. It was the perfect love triangle. There was a clear winner in my head, and I didn’t feel bad hoping Barbara would be out of the picture soon. Levi and Sadie were just so perfect for each other.  They had so much fun together.

I would have loved to have rated Read Between the Lines higher than 3.5 stars based on how much I liked the story, but I just couldn’t get past one thing. It was written in third person point of view with multiple narrators. While that itself wasn’t a problem, the absence of marked transitions between narrators was. One minute the story would be in Sadie’s perspective, and then all of sudden it would switch to Levi’s. Those transitions were a little hard to follow. It always took me a minute to figure out whose head I was in. It would have been more enjoyable to read had the different perspectives been divided into different marked chapters, or simply marked within the chapter.

Overall, Read Between the Lines was a solid début novel. I truly enjoyed the friends to lovers story. It was filled with fun characters and a believable romance. The writing was good and showed a lot of potential for growth. I imagine with each book Ms. Breugem writes, it will become better and better. Read Between the Lines is a novel contemporary romance fans will enjoy.

Review: Sex Says by Max Monroe

Sex Says
Author: Max Monroe
Publication Date: February 21, 2017
Publisher: Max Monroe LLC
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ½

Synopsis:

Lola
My name is Lola Sexton, and I’m a sex addict.
Okay…that’s a lie.
Truth is, I’m a serial dater turned dating and relationship columnist for The San Francisco Times. My readers call me Sex. Sex Says.
I love my job.
I love my life.
And I hate Reed Luca.
**

Reed

My name is Reed Luca, and I’m a liar.
Ironically, that’s the truth.
I’m 31, and my occupation is…well, complicated.
My favorite kind of woman comes in all shapes and sizes, but always has a big brain.
I’ve never hated anything.
Lola Sexton hates me.
Luckily, it’s a thin line between love and hate, and with my help, pretty Lola will only be able to straddle that line for so long.


This is a tough book for me to review for some reason. I’ve tried several times to start writing it, but I can’t seem to explain what I want to get across. So, I’m going to just lay out my likes and dislikes for you.

What I Liked:

  • Lola. Her character was over the top unique, but I kind of loved her. Her zany personality was funny to me. I loved all the crazy things she did. Lola was so much fun.
  • Lola’s relationship with her family. I loved how close they were and the funny things they shared with each other.
  • The competition between Lola and Reese. Their hatred of each other was entertaining. It created some really witty banter.
  • The way Reed pursued Lola. Again, witty banter.

What I Didn’t Like:

  • How immature both Lola and Reed were for their ages. They were supposed to be in their 30’s, but read a lot younger. It would have been more believable if they were in their 20’s.
  • Reed. I can’t put my finger on it, but there was something about the guy I didn’t care for. Maybe it was his smoking habit. I don’t know. He just didn’t make book boyfriend status for me.
  • The writing was great, but it felt like something was missing to me. I didn’t connect to the story as much as I wanted to. I was expecting to be sucked in by the characters and their stories like I was in Max Monroe’s Billionaire Bad Boys series, but I wasn’t.

Overall, Sex Says was a cute romance filled with funny moments. Even though it wasn’t my favorite romance, it was still good and I would recommend reading it. It might have gained a higher rating from me if I hadn’t read the Billionaire Bad Boys series first. That series set a really high expectation for Max Monroe to hit.

Review: Author Anonymous by E.K. Blair

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Author: E.K. Blair
Publication Date: August 29, 2016
Genre: Romance, Erotica, Based on a True Story

Rating: Unrated – Explanation in review.

Synopsis:

*An intoxicatingly risqué stand-alone book.

She’s an author.
She’s a mother.
She’s a wife.
She’s a fraud, a woman marked and bound by her own deceit.

Experience the astounding tale of how Anonymous battled through a year of scandals and betrayals, how her world fell from its axis with a single choice, and how she lost herself between reality and fantasy.

This is a stand-alone tangled in lust, heartbreak, and contrition.

*Based on a true story.


I’m going to start out by apologizing for this review. It is going to be one giant rant. That can’t be helped, so I’m sorry. I’m also going to warn that if you’re not into books with cheating, this one definitely isn’t for you. The entire focus of Author Anonymous is cheating. There’s nothing happy in it either, so if you’re looking for a dark but uplifting romance this isn’t it.

Let’s start with what I actually liked about this book. E.K. Blair deserves 5 stars for her writing. It’s dark, gritty, and unapologetic. I applaud her for being able to portray the characters the way she did. Their actions and thoughts were hard to read, so they had to be hard to write.

Now for the rant…

I wanted to DNF this book so badly. I basically had to force myself to read it. It was morally disturbing to me. I hated the main character Tori. I hated her thoughts, her actions, her truths. Nothing about what she did was okay. I don’t care what her reasons were. I’m a wife and mother. I’ve been married for 10 years, so I can understand some of her complaints about her marriage but nothing excuses her from the choices she made. I try not to be judgemental, but I’m judging here. She knew what she was doing the entire time. It was intentional. She knew she was hurting everyone around her and did it anyway.

It’s hard to explain my thoughts about the male characters in this “love triangle” without giving too much away, so I’ll keep it simple. I hated Alec. I didn’t trust anything about him. He was just as horrible as Tori. Landon was okay. He wasn’t an innocent bystander, but he wasn’t really malicious either. I understood why he did what he did and I was okay with it for the most part. I also want to point out that Landon said something about 40% in that I really agree with when it comes to cheating.

Obviously, reading Author Anonymous was a struggle for me. I was so looking forward to getting to the end and being able to come to terms with what this book had dealt me. I thought I was getting what I wanted until E.K. Blair did something I was not expecting. I don’t know whether to be pissed off at her or call her a genius. Considering how I felt about the story, I’d probably lean towards pissed off. If I hadn’t been reading this book on my Kindle, I would have thrown it at the wall or, better yet, burnt it!

I seriously hope the real Tori is never revealed. I don’t want to know who she is. I have to admit it took guts for her to ask E.K. Blair to write her story and put it out there. Although, now that I think about it, it seems like an attention-getting scheme.

Ugh. So how do I give Author Anonymous a rating? On one hand, the writing was brilliant. If it wasn’t based on a true story, I might have thought E.K. Blair was super creative for coming up with such a frustrating story and character. I do want to explore her other books. On the other hand, I hated this book the entire time I was reading it (except for maybe one or two chapters) partly because I knew it was based on a true story. I really did want to DNF it. I thought maybe I could come up with a middle ground rating, but I didn’t feel like any rating could properly portray my feelings. I guess that means I’m leaving it unrated. I will say that I’m glad that I was able to borrow this book from the Amazon Prime Kindle Lending Library. I think I would have been angry if I had spent money on a book that was so infuriating.

Review: Turbulence by Whitney G.

Turbulence
Author: Whitney G.

Publication Date: August 29, 2016
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

He and I met under a cloud of clichés:
Boy meets girl. Boy charms girl. Boy screws girl.
Our story was supposed to end right after the orgasms, right after we went our separate ways.

But then we saw each other again…

And neither of us could walk away.

Our rules were simple.
Our passion was scandalous.
Our hearts were supposed to be safe…

But when you find something so all-consuming–something so intoxicating and inescapable, you’ll risk everything you’ve ever had, even if you’re destined to crash and burn.

This is us.
This is our messed up love.
This is turbulence.


Over a year ago, I was sad to learn Whitney G. was postponing the release of her upcoming novel Turbulence I absolutely love her writing and was sad to have to wait for this book’s release. I was super excited when I saw that I was finally going to get to read it. 🙂 I don’t want to spoil the surprises of the book for anyone, so this review might seem a little sparse.

Turbulence is the story of Gillian, a woman who is on the hunt for a one night stand. She meets the perfect man for the job. Jake’s a pilot who’s all about sex without strings. Neither of them plan on seeing each other after that night, but the sex is just too good to pass up. Soon they’re hooking up as much as they can with the rule that their relationship never goes beyond sex.

This was such a fun story to read! Whitney G.’s writing was as addicting as always. Her characters were complex, and I loved how their backstories were revealed little by little. There were so many surprises and twists throughout the story that I didn’t see coming. Parts of it that I found weird or confusing at first tied in perfectly at the end. I absolutely loved the experience of reading this book. Readers who love a sexy story that has twists and turns that unravel slowly throughout a book will love Turbulence.

Review: Up In the Treehouse by K.K. Allen

Up In the Treehouse
Author: K.K. Allen
Publication Date: July 19, 2016
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Note: I received an ARC from IndieSage PR in exchange for an unbiased review.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

I wanted to tell him all my secrets, but he became one of them instead.

Chloe Rivers never thought she would keep secrets from her best friend. Then again, she never imagined she would fall in love with him either. When she finally reveals her feelings, rejection shatters her, rendering her vulnerable and sending her straight into the destructive arms of the wrong guy.

Gavin Rhodes never saw the betrayal coming. It crushes him. Chloe has always been his forbidden fantasy–sweet, tempting, and beautiful. But when the opportunity finally presents itself, he makes the biggest mistake of all and turns her down.

Now it’s too late . . .

Four years after a devastating tragedy, Chloe and Gavin find themselves crashing back into each other’s lives. Haunted by the past, they’re forced to come to terms with all that has transpired to find the peace they deserve. Except they can’t seem to get near each other without combatting an intense emotional connection that brings them right back to where it all started . . . their childhood treehouse.

Chloe still holds her secrets close, but this time she isn’t the only one with something to hide. Can their deep-rooted connection survive the destruction of innocence?


I can’t tell you how happy I am to have read Up in the Treehouse. When I started it, I had no clue it was by a local author! Yes, I know K.K. Allen now lives in Florida now, but I’m claiming her as a local Seattle author since she grew up here. And I’m guessing she might have been more South Sound than Seattle by the setting of her book. But I’ll get back to the setting in a bit.
I truly enjoyed K.K. Allen’s writing. Up in the Treehouse  was a dramatic story told in dual points of view. It alternated between past and present so the reader could understand the special history of the main characters, Chloe and Gavin.
Chloe and Gavin were childhood friends who hadn’t seen each other since a tragic event after their high school graduation. Both were deeply hurt by what happened their last night together, and their experiences tore them apart. They’re finally seeing each other after four years apart, and neither of them know how to navigate their lost friendship. The awkwardness and attraction between them was so much fun to read.
What I loved most about these characters was that neither of them was perfect. Their reactions and feelings felt real and honest. Both had been through the same event, but had recovered from it in different ways. I liked Chloe and her new determination to face her fears, but I also got annoyed with her for constantly avoiding things she didn’t want to deal with. Gavin was sweet and his frustrations were easy to understand. I liked how he wasn’t quick to let Chloe back in. I enjoyed watching them learn how to be friends — and maybe more — again.
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Now back to the setting. Up In the Treehouse was perfectly set. The accuracy with which Bonney Lake, Washington was described was incredible. I can say that because I live 15 minutes from Bonney Lake. I’ve spent many hours on Lake Tapps (I’m pretty sure that’s the lake Chloe and Gavin live on.). You can check out the picture above to see what some of the area actually looks like, including Chloe’s view of Mt. Rainier probably looked like from her house. I’ve been to Allan Yorke Park more times than I can count. I’ve spent time at the pool tables in Babalouie’s. I smiled at every reference to one of my favorite lakes and the surrounding area attractions. The only thing missing was time spent complaining about the commute from Bonney Lake to Bellevue. Chloe must have hated that! It’s bad enough to deserve a mention. 😉
I loved everything about Up in the Treehouse. It was a slightly angsty romance with amazing characters and a couple of great twists. I know other New Adult readers will as much as I did. I really hope K.K. Allen will write more in this setting. I would love a story about Monica or one of Chloe and Gavin’s other friends.

About K.K. Allen

K.K. Allen is the Contemporary Romance & Fantasy Author of the Summer Solsticeseries (Enchanted, The Equinox and The Descendants), Soaring (short story in theEchoes of Winter Anthology), and Up in the Tree House, which will be available late Spring / early Summer.Ms. Allen was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, raised in Seattle, Washington, and currently resides near Orlando, Florida. She has always had a passion for reading and writing and has done so every day since the young age of 12. K.K. enjoys writing stories inspired by nature, magic and love. She loves manatees, learned to swim for the mere purpose of pretending she was a mermaid, and adores the beach so much she promises to one day live on one (in a tent if she has to) in Hawaii and serve snow cones on the side of the road.What’s Next: K.K. is gearing up to release her New Adult Contemporary Romance, Up in the Tree House, which deals with friendship, love, and everything in between.

Book Blitz & REVIEW: That First Kiss by J.C. Valentine

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That First Kiss

by J.C. Valentine
Night Calls #2
Publication Date: June 18, 2013
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Erotic, Romance

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Purchase: Amazon | Amazon CA | Amazon UK | B&N | iTunes

Synopsis: Mercurial and charming, Tate Larson is a rising author and playboy who has a different woman on his arm every night of the week. Focused on his work, Tate has no plans to settle down any time soon. That is until he meets his pretty new assistant, Piper Donovan.

Desperate to escape the promise of backwater living, Piper ditched her Alabama hometown and never looked back. That was almost two years ago. Now that she is out of a job and her bank account is running on fumes, she’s desperate to find a job, fast. She finds the break she is searching for when she lands a position at Bookish Temptations. A little dancing and a lot of drinks with the girls seem the perfect way to celebrate. After a brief but explosive encounter with a man she was never supposed to see again turns out to be the same man she will be bending over backwards to please, her every instinct tells her to run. But when running means leaving the life she has struggled so hard to create, Piper decides her only option is to continue working for the devastatingly sexy Tate Larson…even if it kills her.

Unable to deny their growing attraction, they struggle to keep their distance in a relationship that requires anything but.

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REVIEW-

★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

Piper has a lot to celebrate. She just landed the job that is going to keep her from returning to Alabama. And what would be a better way to celebrate than a fun night out with her friends? A fun night out and an amazing hookup! She gets just that when she has a quickie with an extremely hot and mysterious man at a dance club. Piper can’t get him out of her mind. Too bad she didn’t get name or number.

After horrible breakup with his ex, Tate has kept his relationships with women to one night only sexual encounters. When a sudden, passionate experience leaves him lusting after one of his one night stands, Tate is perplexed. He never thinks about the women he screws afterwards.

When Piper shows up to her new job to find out Tate is the man she’ll be working closely with, she knows she has to make this situation work. She doesn’t want to give up her dream. Tate, on the other hand, is doing everything he can to scare Piper away. He doesn’t like what she makes him feel.

I knew That First Kiss was going to be a scorching read before I started it, but what I didn’t expect was such an amazing storyline to go along with it. That First Kiss was almost an enemies to lovers story. There was amazing frustration and sexual tension between the characters. The impact of Tate and Piper’s sexual connection on their work relationship was so much fun to read!

Piper was such a strong female character. She repeatedly stood up for herself and did her best to make the right decisions. I don’t think I could have put up with Tate the way she did. She was a freakin’ angel when it came to him!

Tate was a jackass. He was mean and ruthless towards Piper on purpose. I felt so bad for her. Deep down, he was just a man hurting. I enjoyed it when Tate realized the mess he had created.

When Tate and Piper weren’t locked in battle with each other, their sexual escapades were explosive! I was constantly fanning myself. They also had some amazingly sweet moments. I especially loved the ones involving Tate’s family.

What I loved most about this erotic romance novel was the amount of amazing story I got. It wasn’t overrun by sexual encounters. They were spread out nicely throughout a fun and interesting story. I would highly recommend this book to Contemporary Romance readers.

**I received this book from IndieSage PR in exchange for an unbiased review.

EXCERPT- THAT FIRST KISS

Where was his goddamn assistant? For the hundredth time, Tate Larson glanced to the door watching another suit enter and approach the counter to place his order.

Checking his watch again, Tate gritted his teeth and dropped his eyes back to the screen before him. So help him God. Felix promised he had found a good one this time. He swore this was the one. Foolishly, Tate had believed the man, though why he did was beyond him. The last dozen or so certainly hadn’t worked out, so why should this one? Was it too much to ask for a person to be on time these days? Well, Felix was going to be pissed to hear that he fired this one on the spot. He didn’t tolerate incompetence well.

The bell over the door chimed again, announcing another arrival. Pausing mid-sentence, his fingers hovering over the keys, Tate lifted his eyes to the door once more, pausing on the pretty little thing that stepped inside.

Dressed as a professional in a nice buttercream blouse and fitted pencil skirt, he was unable to keep his eyes from wandering over her luscious curves. She wasn’t as tall or slim as the women he normally chose, but there was just something about her that drew the eye. Maybe it had something to do with the woman he had hooked up with at the club over the weekend—lush lips, curvy body and bedroom eyes. Exactly the type of woman he went for and actively avoided.

He was still reliving that moment nightly, hell, daily.

He never should have kissed her. It went against his personal code of never kissing a one-night stand. But kiss her he had and now he was suffering the memory of that kiss and the way the woman tasted endlessly.

Glancing around, he noticed that half the men in the shop had paused what they were doing to take notice of the woman, too.

He watched curiously, studying her form, the way the morning sunlight created a total body halo making her look positively heavenly, the way her eyes darted around the room nervously, landing on each man only long enough to disregard them and move on. Hmm, why only the men, he wondered as those innocent brown eyes snagged on him.

Oh, hell no.

Tate straightened from his slouched position and dropped his feet from the chair in front of him to the floor with a dull thud.

It couldn’t be.

This had to be some kind of trick. Some sick twist of fate. Two things occurred to him at once: He was looking at the object of his current fantasies—the woman he had screwed in a women’s bathroom and hadn’t been able to shake from his memory since—and he was pretty damn sure she was his new assistant.

He knew she recognized him by the way her mouth dropped open in a small O and her brown eyes widened. She started toward him, her steps faltering only slightly before she visibly pulled herself together. His eyes narrowed as the woman stopped in front of his table and peered down at him.

“Hey, fancy meeting you again.” She smiled, showing off pretty white teeth that weren’t exactly perfect but still managed to set off her smile. His gaze lingered on her full, pouty bottom lip, remembering how it had tasted against his tongue.

“Yes, fancy that,” Tate replied tightly. “Piper was it?”

Dressed the way she was, looking the way she did, he never would have figured her for the business type. Judging from their first encounter, he pegged her as easy, just some bimbo, good for taking to bed and not much more.

Okay, that wasn’t entirely true. She seemed different from the women he normally screwed. Compelling him to kiss her was proof enough of that. Not that he would have minded taking this woman to bed, though. Hell, he already had her once bent over a bathroom sink, but he needed an assistant just now. What he didn’t need was the aggravation of working with a woman who he’d already slept with. Sitting back, he folded his arms over his chest and propped his foot up on the chair across from him.

“Ah, you remembered.”

“What can I say? I’m good with names, and I never forget a pretty face,” he replied smoothly.

She blushed, which oddly pleased him. Too bad he was going to have to wipe that pretty look off her face. “So, what are you doing here?”

“I’m supposed to be meeting my new assistant,” he said, looking up at her meaningfully, “but they’re late.”

Brows pinching, Piper frowned at him. He knew the exact moment that she put two and two together. “You’re Tate Larson?” she screeched.

He pursed his lips. “I am. Are you the assistant?”

She swallowed, her hands twisting nervously in front of her. “Yes, that’s me.”

“Good. You’re fired.”

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Synopsis: Burned, Felix Sinclair has all but vowed never to get seriously involved with another woman as long as he lives. After a long day’s work, Felix Sinclair is looking forward to getting back to his luxury apartment in the city. When he detours onto a road less traveled in order to shave off some travel time, the last thing he expects is to wind up stranded in a roadside ditch in the middle of a downpour–or to fall into the arms of a beautiful woman.

Recently divorced, jobless, friendless and utterly alone, Poppy Montgomery is struggling to convince herself that single life is what she wants–needs. Then a handsome stranger staggers into her life and sparks fly. Riding out the storm together is bound to stir up heat, but once it passes, will they be able to walk away?

AUTHOR’S NOTE: STRANDED is the first in an interconnected series of erotic romance. Each book can be read as a stand alone, but you will find that each new character has been previously introduced in some way. As an introduction to the series, STRANDED is a novella, but rest assured each new addition will be a full length novel worth sinking your teeth into.

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JC Valentine

J.C. Valentine is the USA Today and International bestselling author of the Night Calls and Wayward Fighters Series and the Forbidden Series. Her vivid imagination and love of words and romance had her penning her own romance stories from an early age, which, despite being poorly edited and written longhand, she forced friends and family members to read. No, she isn’t sorry.

J.C. earned her own happily ever after when she married her high school sweetheart. Living in the Northwest, they have three amazing children and far too many pets and spend much of their free time together enjoying movies or the outdoors. Among the many hats she wears, J.C. is an entrepreneur. Having graduated with honors, she holds a Bachelor’s in English and when she isn’t writing, you can find her editing for fellow authors.

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