Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Release blitz: Simmer by Stephanie Rose

Title: Simmer

Author: Stephanie Rose

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: May 16, 2018


Simmer (verb): to stew gently below or just at the
boiling point; to be in a state of incipient development

My life was always at a simmer… only stewing, never going
anywhere. I was left to fend for myself when it came to affection or love, so I
learned to go without. 

I refused to let them see how broken and lonely I was; it
was much easier to hide behind a false reality. I didn't want anyone's pity. I
didn't need it. Pity wouldn't put food on the table or keep a roof over our
heads. That was all me.

Now, I have a second chance at a dream long forgotten. It
demands hard work and sacrifice—with absolutely no distractions. A recipe I
already know all too well, raising a daughter on my own. 

Drew Kostas is everything I’ve ever wanted but couldn't let
myself have. He’s younger, gorgeous, charming—and relentless. He sees beyond
the hardened shell I’ve built to protect myself, coaxing out a softer me I
don't recognize. 

It doesn't matter how I melt in his presence when the heat
between us threatens to boil over. 

That's the thing about heat. When it rises, everyone gets

Especially when they're foolish enough to fall in love.

4.5 Stars
Review by Jen Skewes

Sara is a 32 year old single mom, living in NY and trying to make ends meet.  For the past nine years she has been doing it all on her own, sine her parents want nothing to do with her.  But her daughter's father is now in her life and Sara is faced with an opportunity that she cannot refuse.  She has the chance to go back to school for her final year and finish the culinary program.  This would mean a better life, place to live and job for her and her daughter Victoria.  The only issue is that she has to leave her daughter with her father in order to make this work.  She has it all planned out and knows that this will be the best thing for the both of them.  But Drew Kostas was not a part of that plan and neither was falling in love.  

Drew is a Grad student at the same school that Sara is now attending.  When he first meets her he knows that she is something special.  But he can also see the walls that she has put up around her.  Taking it slow and just becoming friends is the plan to get to know her.  Right now a friendship is what Sara needs but for her it is the only thing.  Until they start spending time together and Sara sees just how amazing Drew is.  He is 7 years younger than her and when the year is up she will move back home and they will have to go their separate ways.  So getting involved with him as more than friends is not something that can happen.  But you can't always help how you feel and once they cross that line there is no turning back.  Will their age get in the way of happiness?  When the year is up will they part ways?  You will have to read it to find out.  

I absolutely loved this book and adored Drew and Sara.  Drew is 25 but he is the kindest, gentlest, most mature and genuine guy there is.  He just made my heart melt over and over again.  The way he cared for Sara and formed an instant bond with her daughter was so beautiful to watch.  He was everything that you want in a man.  He was sexy and sweet all in one.  He was the perfect guy and at times had to wonder was he too good to be true.  Because he really was that amazing.  

Sara has had such a hard life and I admired her so much.  I admired her strength, her courage and her independence, even if that part was forced on her.  She love her daughter and would do anything for that girl.  Their bond was unbreakable and she is an amazing mother.  

I loved these two characters separately but together they were just perfect.  I love when you can feel the connection between the characters instantly. Between their conversations, the flirting and their actions you can just feel everything that is between them.  Drew gave so much to Sara on an emotional level, and it was something that she has never felt before.  He gave her a love that she has never felt before.  He loved her inlays that no one ever has and that is what made me love the tow of them together.  

Simmer is a beautiful story that I absolutely loved.  It is filled with two beautiful characters, a sweet girl who is so loveable and will bring out so many emotions.  I may have cried a little and found myself with a lump in my throat at times.  there were moments that will make you sad and moments that were just too beautiful not to feel.  I love the relationship that Sara had with Victoria's dad and his wife.  And it was great to see Josh and Bri again and see how they were doing.  We met them in Rewrite but don't worry if you did not read that book you do not need to.  But I do recommend it because it gives you a feel for who they are.  This book was fantastic and I hope that we get to see more from some of these characters.  


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Rose grew up loving words and making up stories. Being able to share them with
readers is her dream come true. This lifelong Bronx girl loves Starbucks, wine
and 80s rock. Her voice often gets mistaken for a Mob Wives trailer.

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her prom date and has a LEGO obsessed son. She believes there is nothing sexier
than a good guy who loves with all his heart and has made it her mission to
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Blog Tour: Bane by LJ Shen


Bane, the highly-anticipated next standalone in the Sinners of Saint Series by L.J. Shen is LIVE


Naked surfer. Habitual pothead. A con, a liar, a thief and a fraud.

Last I heard, he was extorting the rich and screwing their wives for a living.

Which is why I’m more than a little surprised to find him at my threshold, looking for my friendship, my services, and most puzzling of all—looking humbled.

Thing is, I’m on a boycott. Literally—I cut boys from my life. Permanently.

Problem is, Bane is not a boy, he is all man, and I’m falling, crashing, drowning in his sweet, perfect lies.

Jesse Carter

Hot as hell, cold as ice.

I wasn’t aware of her existence until a fat, juicy deal landed in my lap.

She’s a part of it, a little plaything to kill some time.

She is collateral, a means to an end, and a side-bonus for striking a deal with her oil tycoon stepdad.

More than anything, Jesse Carter is a tough nut to crack.

Little does she know, I have the f****** teeth for it.

Bane-Cover-Facebook4.5 stars
Review by Lisa Kane
There is so much more to Roman “Bane” Protsenko than the pot smoking, whoring surfer dude that we’ve met before. He is shrewd and smart and knows how to turn an individual’s weakness into his gain. 

My rise to power was slow, steady, and unstoppable. 
There is very little he hasn’t done, or very few he hasn’t slept with to gain money and power. 

Jesse Carter had a horrible thing happen to her a few years ago. So horrible she rarely escapes the prison she has set for herself. She lives a solitary life with her mother (the she devil) and her stepfather. She allowed monsters to dictate how she would live her life (if you can call it living) But there are more forces at play who are going to further manipulate her life. 

I recited the last words I heard before they’d left me in the alleyway, a lone tear free-falling down my cheek. 

My whole life has been pledged to this meeting with you. 

I have to tell you, while this book has some witty banter and humor and a few appearances from my favorite Sinners of Saint characters, this book feels grittier, dirtier; rawer. It hurts to read some parts. As it’s meant to hurt. 

Jesse is broken, Bane thinks she will be the catalyst to getting him the deal he needs to make his real mark on Todos Santos. He could not be more wrong. 

I am not going to divulge any more storyline. There are too many chances of spoiling this plot. It is cat and mouse, cloak and dagger and just chock full of secrets that will make your head spin. NO one is who they seem, facts are lies, and you can’t tell the bad guys from the good. 

Bane is a long story, but each part is necessary as it bends and twists and weaves. Do yourself a favor and don’t form any theories, no sense in having them all prove to be wrong in the end. 

And I couldn’t help but feel that justice had been served. 

That the princess had won.

And that somehow, she’d even gotten her prince. 




A liar.

A con.

A godless thief.

My reputation was a big wave that I rode, one that swallowed everyone around me, drowning every attempt to fuck with what’s mine.

I’d been known as a stoner, but power was my real drug of choice. Money meant nothing. It was tangible, and therefore easy to lose. See, to me, people were a game. One I’d always known how to win.

Move the rooks around.

Change the queen when necessary.

Guard the king at all fucking times.

I was never distracted, never deterred, and never jealous.

So, imagine my surprise when I found myself being all three at once.

It was a siren with coal black hair who robbed me of riding the biggest wave I’d seen that summer. Of my precious attention. Of my goddamn breath.

She glided from the ocean to the beach like nightfall.

I crouched down, straddling my surfboard, gawking.

Edie and Beck stopped beside me, floating on their boards in my periphery.

“This one’s taken by Emery Wallace,” Edie had warned. Thief.

“This one’s the hottest masterpiece in town.” Beck had chuckled. Con.

“More importantly, she only dates rich bastards.” Liar.

I had all the ingredients to pull her in.

Her body was a patch of fresh snow. White, fair, like the sun shone through her, never quite soaking in. Her skin defied nature, her ass defied my sanity, but it was the words on her back that made my logic rebel.

It wasn’t her curves or the way she swayed her hips like a dangling, poisonous apple that warranted my reaction to her.

It was that tattoo I had noticed when she swam close to me earlier, the words trickling down the nape of her neck and back in a straight arrow.

My Whole Life Has Been Pledged to This Meeting with You


I only knew one person who went gaga over the Russian poet, and, like the famous Alexander, he was currently six feet under.

My friends began to paddle back to shore. I couldn’t move. It felt like my balls were ten tons heavy. I didn’t believe in love at first sight. Lust, maybe, but even that wasn’t the word I was looking for. No. This girl fucking intrigued me.

“What’s her name?” I snatched Beck’s ankle, yanking him back to me. Edie stopped pedaling and looked back, her gaze ping-ponging between us.

“Doesn’t matter, bro.”

“What’s. Her. Name?” I repeated through a locked jaw.

“Dude, she’s, like, way young.”

“I will not repeat myself a third time.”

Beck’s throat bobbed with a swallow. He knew damn well that I didn’t mess around. If she was legal—it was on.

“Jesse Carter.”

Jesse Carter was going to be mine before she even knew me.

Before I even knew her.

Before her life turned upside down and her fate rewrote itself with her blood.

So here was the truth that even my lying ass wouldn’t admit later on in our story—I wanted her before.

Before she became business.

Before the truth caged her in.

Before the secrets gushed out.

I never did get to surf that day.

My surfboard broke.

Should have known it was an omen.

My heart was going to be next in line.

And for a small chick, she did one hell of a fucking job obliterating it.


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LJShenL.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 peoples’ 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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Cover Reveal: Reckoning by Jessica Ruben

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NA Contemporary Romance

Vincent: Forgetting about Eve was the plan. Finding her at a party on my college campus was the last thing I expected.

But letting her go again isn’t an option—not this time. Juggling the life I want with the one I was born into may be near impossible, but for her, it's a risk I'm willing to take.

My world has turned into a house of cards, where one wrong move can send it all crashing down…and us with it.

Eve: Finally at a prestigious university—and on the path to living my dreams—I’ve left the darkness of the Blue Houses behind. Still, a whole new host of problems await me.

Vincent is here.

He's king of the school, complete with a society princess by his side. I thought I wanted to know what he was hiding, but unlocking his biggest secret leads me into entirely new territory laced with danger
and I’m not sure I’ll survive.


About the Author:

Jessica Ruben lives and works in New York City, where she spends her days dominating in the court room as an attorney. Come nightfall, she writes romances centering on gorgeous alpha males and the intelligent women who love them.

Jessica is an insatiable reader, and will devour a few books a week without batting an eyelash. Books have always been her drug of choice, and she has no plans on detox anytime soon. She has three wildly delicious children and a husband who, for reasons unimaginable to her, loves her brand of crazy.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Release Day Blitz: Good Girl by Jana Aston

I’ve always been a good girl. 
I work hard, I follow the rules, and I always achieve my goals.
But sometimes good girls want things that aren’t good for them. 
Or someone who isn’t good for them. 
Like their new boss.
And sometimes they do very bad things to get his attention. 
Like sell their virginity in an auction. 
Who knew he’d be so very, very mad?
Maybe this was not my best laid plan…

4.5 Stars
Review by Jen Skewes

What a fun read? I have come to expect snarky and funny and witty humor from Ms. Aston. Her writing style screams real life and clever inner dialogue and I love it!

Lydia Clark is just about to start her first real job, she and her best friend Payton, have gotten jobs at the new Windsor casino in Vegas. Payton's dragged her off to a bar and wants Lydia to lighten up a bit.

"So you want me to kiss someone and then we can leave?"

Lydia spots a hot guy who she is checking out when he walks up and says he'll kiss her. Yep, hot guy is going to be her designated kisser. And can he kiss!

"You've had your kiss. You can go home now, good girl."

Lydia is a good girl, she's spent years being a Trooper, a girl's club similar to the Girl Scouts. If there was a badge to be earned, she earned it. She has a weakness for Goodwill stores, making jammies out of hold sheets and sniffing out a good bargain. This new job is making her want to branch out-this is going to be her year!

And I'm absolutely positively ditching my virginity before this year is over, so that;'' be a great big first to check off my life. 

Imagine her surprise (jaw dropping to the floor!) when she sees designated kisser at work. Turns out he's Rhys Dalton, the general manager of the casino. Since she's so sophisticated and worldly, she totally makes a fool out of herself when she's in the same room with him.

"I'm so getting fired. I work in human resources and I propositioned the general manager."

Rhys is not exactly immune to Lydia's weird charms. She's been on his mind since he first saw her in that bar. Every encounter since then has just made him a little more obsessed with her.

This girl makes me feel something. Irritation mostly, because I'm thinking about her instead of this meeting. 

There might be tons of chemistry between them, but Rhys isn't going to let his libido rule his head.

Desperate times call for desperate measures. So Lydia comes up with a master plan. This ones a doozy!

There lots of high jinks and witty banter and badge awarding. (I'm still waiting for the "butt stuff' badge award!) Good Girl is hysterical and sexy and damn good fun!

I'll hold onto my good girl forever. 


He pulls me to my feet and he kisses me and he tastes like me and it's dirty and shocking and sorta oddly thrilling and primal. He unsnaps my bra. The straps slip down my arms until it falls to the floor and then I'm naked. I'm naked with Rhys. This is the best day of my life. Except he's not naked.
"You're still dressed. Am I supposed to"—I gesture to his shirt—"am I supposed to or are you supposed to? Or do you like to keep your clothes on when you have sex?"
He laughs, his eyes dancing in amusement as he unbuttons his shirt and shrugs it off. "No, I'm not going to fuck you with my clothes on, Lydia."
“Oh, thank goodness. I've really been wanting to see you naked. For a long time. Like weeks. Since the bar. The first time at the bar, not the second time. Can I take off your pants?" My fingers hover at his waistband, poised to unbutton and unzip but needing the nudge of permission.
"Please," he says and then my fingers are in motion, unbuckling, unbuttoning, unzipping. It's harder to do this in reverse, removing someone else's pants instead of your own, but I manage. I'd manage even if it was a thousand-piece puzzle instead of just a zipper and a button because I want his pants off pretty badly.
When I've got the pants undone they drop to the floor and then the only thing separating me from sex is a pair of briefs, so I make short work of those.
He's beautiful. Head to toe. I could spend all night looking at him, all month, forever. But I don't have forever or even all night since Rhys is worried about his schedule so I take in as much as I can as fast as I can. Because oh, holy crap, I know what Rhys Dalton looks like naked. The smattering of hair across his chest. His toned abs and flat stomach and the trail of hair from his belly button to his cock. The birthmark on his left hip and the definition of the lines that form on his abs. I send a silent prayer to baby Jesus that I'll get a good look at his butt before this is over because I need to know exactly what it looks like under those suit pants. Then too soon, he's moving me onto the bed because this is it. This is the sex.

About the Author
Jana Aston likes cats, big coffee cups and books about billionaires who deflower virgins. She wrote her debut novel while fielding customer service calls about electrical bills, and she's ever grateful for the fictional gynecologist in Wrong that readers embraced so much she was able to make working in her pajamas a reality. Jana’s novels have appeared on the NYT, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestseller lists, some multiple times. She likes multiples.

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Release Blitz: Worth The Risk by K. Bromberg

Worth-The-Risk-SBPR-Banner“Bromberg is a master at turning up the heat.”

New York Times bestselling author Katy Evans

Worth the Risk, an all-new, sexy standalone about taking chances and finding love when it’s least expected, from New York Times bestselling author K. Bromberg, is LIVE!


Worth the Risk by K. Bromberg

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Publishing Date: May 15th, 2018

Cover Designer: Helen Williams

Photographer: Nicole Ashley Photography

Models: Oksana and Reydeon


This whole contest was supposed to be easy. I know, I know. Famous last words.

It’s a long story, but I messed up at work. Big time. To earn back the trust of my boss, I promised to save one of our magazines. Yep. That Hot Dad contest you’ve seen advertised all over the place was my idea. And if I’m successful, if I’m able to increase our online readership, then I get a shot at my dream job.

But the one thing I never expected to happen, happened: Contestant number ten, Grayson Malone. Hello, Mr. Difficult. And did I mention sexy as hell?

Unfortunately he knows me. The old me, anyway. And while we might be older now, I remind him of before. Of the woman who broke his heart, who hardened him, and who left him alone to raise the cutest little boy I’ve ever seen.

But I don’t want a relationship. And I definitely don’t fall for single dads with baggage. Even ones with chiseled abs and killer smiles.

But he got to me. They got to me. Him and his son and their messy, crazy life. But I got to him too. I see the stolen glances. I feel the walls he built start to crumble. I recognize that there’s an unexpected beauty to the chaos in his life.

And now that the contest is about to end, we’re left to decide whether the last six months were just fun or if what we have is worth risking it all?

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K. Bromberg Author PhotoNew York Times Bestselling author K. Bromberg writes contemporary novels that contain a mixture of sweet, emotional, a whole lot of sexy, and a little bit of real. She likes to write strong heroines, and damaged heroes who we love to hate and hate to love.

A mom of three, she plots her novels in between school runs and soccer practices, more often than not with her laptop in tow.

Since publishing her first book in 2013, Kristy has sold over one million copies of her books across sixteen different countries and has landed on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestsellers lists over twenty-five times. Her Driven trilogy (Driven, Fueled, and Crashed) is currently being adapted for film by Passionflix with the first movie slated to release in the summer of 2018.

She is currently working on her Everyday Heroes trilogy. This series consists of three complete standalone novels—Cuffed, Combust, and Cockpit (late spring 2018)—and is about three brothers who are emergency responders, the jobs that call to them, and the women who challenge them.

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Friday, May 11, 2018

Release Blitz: 13 by Rhonda James

Today we have the release day blitz of 13 by Rhonda James! We are so excited to share this sexy new romance with you! Check it out and grab your copy today!

Title: 13

Author: Rhonda James

Genre: Contemporary Romance

About 13:

“Fake it till you make it.”

A notion I once considered utterly ridiculous. Until one crazy night with a mysterious man resulted in a social media frenzy that had the entire entertainment industry talking.

Seems a fake marriage was just what my career needed to make Hollywood come knocking.

Convincing him to continue the charade was almost too easy. The chemistry between us made it impossible to keep my hands to myself. But it was all just pretend, right? Love was never in the script.

That is, until he re-wrote it.

13 Reasons You Should Stay:

  1. I’m crazy about you
  2. I make you laugh
  3. You totally dig me

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The first thing I noticed were his eyes. Bottle green with the tiniest flecks of copper scattered throughout, and when the light hit them just right, those flecks sparkled in the most intriguing way. His shaggy caramel-blond hair stuck up in all directions, as if he’d been running his fingers through it all day, and the longer I stared, the more I found myself wanting to do the same thing. Tattoos circled both of his wrists, and his ears were pierced and adorned in black onyx. He had a smile that could simultaneously melt your heart and panties. Everything about him screamed male model, and if he wasn’t, then he sure as hell should be. He was that gorgeous. The bar was packed, and he was seated close. So close his muscular thigh pressed tightly against mine, making it impossible to ignore his presence. Not that I wanted to or anything.

By the time I finished examining him, I looked up and found his pouty lips were puckered as if he was deep in thought. Either that or he was thinking about kissing me. Yeah, I knew we hadn’t been formally introduced, but I’d definitely consider kissing those lips. His gaze was intense, and it roamed my entire body, slowly, as if he were cataloging every detail for later when he was alone and naked in the shower. The thought of him naked, alone or otherwise, excited me.

“No one special.” I fidgeted in my seat. “Old boyfriend.”

“If you ask me, he’s a dumbass for letting you get away. You’re much prettier than candy.”

Another blush heated my cheeks as I shook my head and responded, if only to keep him talking, “Ahh, but you haven’t seen this particular piece of candy.”

“Don’t need to. He gave you up. In my book, that’s reason enough to achieve asshole status.” He winked and tipped his glass to mine. “But, thanks to his assholery, you’re here with me. So… to assholes.”

Okay. He was definitely flirting.

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Rhonda is an Amazon bestselling romance author who strives to create a book boyfriend for all her readers. She’s married and lives in Michigan with her family. In her spare time you can find her talking to readers, getting lost in a new book, or just spending time with her family.

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Blog Tour: Straight Up Love by Lexi Ryan

Straight Up Love by Lexi Ryan
Published: May 08, 2018
Genre: Contemporary Romance
From New York Times bestselling author Lexi Ryan comes a sexy new standalone romance about a woman who’d do anything to have a baby and the man who’d do anything to have her…
For my 30th birthday, I’m giving myself the one thing I want most: a baby. Sure, this would be easier if I had a husband—or even a boyfriend—but I refuse to be thwarted by minor details.
When I drunkenly confess my plans to my friends, they convince me to ask Jake Jackson for help. Jake, the best friend who’s been there for me through thick and thin. Jake, who also happens to be smart, funny, ridiculously good looking, and the winner of all the genetic lotteries.
So when Jake takes me up on my request—with the stipulation that we get the job done the old-fashioned way—I’d be a fool to decline.
The only problem? I don’t know if I can separate sex from all the things I feel for this amazing man. If I can’t keep my heart under lock and key, I risk losing the relationship I need the most.
Jake has his own reasons for granting my baby wish. But when I discover his secrets, it could mean the end of us. I have to choose—run or stay and fight for love.
Fall for the boys of Jackson Harbor in Lexi Ryan’s sexy new contemporary romance series. These books can all be read as standalones, but you’ll enjoy reading them as a series!

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4.5 Stars
Review by Jen Skewes

I am just loving this serious.  I adore the characters, especially the Jackson family.  Straight Up Love is a best friends to lovers romance which is one of my favorite stories to read.  And Lexi Ryan did not disappoint.

Ava is celebrating her 30th birthday and she realizes how much she wants to be a mother and that time may be running out.  She has been burned in the past and has every intention of having a baby and doing it all on her own.  Her determination and courage and strength to even want to do something like this on her own is admirable.  She knows what she wants and does not want to wait for that right person to come along, for fear that it may never happen. 

Enter Jake Jackson, her best friend since she was 10.  They have been through everything together and their friendship and loyalty is just beyond amazing.  When Ava asks him for his help as always Jake is there for her.  But he wants to do this his way.  He has been in love with Ava for as long as he can remember.  He has no problem giving Ava what she wants and needs because it gives him hope that in return he will get what he has always wanted, Ava to be his.  They are best friends, and would do anything for each other, but will taking this next step risk their relationship .  If they go through with this, will Ava risk losing Jake?

I loved Jake and Ava together.  As friends, as lovers and everything to each other.  Jake is the sweetest, gentlest, caring and sexy man who would vive Ava the world.  Because when it came to her, she was/is  his world.  Ava's friendship with Jake means everything to her but over the years yo have to wonder if she ever felt the same way about Jake.  She has never admitted it to herself but the feelings are so clearly there.  I was rooting for the two of them to get past their fears and open up to each other in the one way that they haven't over the years.  

This book is an emotional roller coaster.  A slow build between two best friends who are so afraid of what they feel.  So afraid of messing up.  There was drama and angst.  Truths that came out that not only shocked me but caused knots to form in my stomach.  I kept thinking why oh why?  And how would we move on from this.  I say we because I felt like I was a part of Ava and Jake's life.  I was going through this roller coaster with them and felt what they felt.   There was some heartache, and emotional moments.  But there were also fun and sexy times which I really loved.  Straight Up Love is a friends to lovers romance that will give you everything you want in a book.  A sexy hero, a lovable heroine, twists and turns, and a list of supporting characters whose story you cannot wait for.  

Ava’s crawling back down the bed and pulling the covers over her head.

“Can we talk about this?” I ask.

“No,” she says, her voice muffled.

I cross the room and pull the blanket off her head. I know she’s hungover, but I can’t just walk away from this conversation. I barely slept last night, freaking torn up about her pregnancy and all its implications, and now she’s telling me she’s not pregnant. She just wants to be, and she wants my help.

What the fuck does that mean?

“Talk.” I fold my arms across my chest.

“I want a family, and I’m sick of waiting for Mr. Right to come along, so I’m going to do it on my own.”

“And you want my help?” Hell. I’m trying really hard not to jump to conclusions here. Emphasis on hard.

“Yeah. I mean, no. I mean . . .” She takes a deep breath. “It sounded like a good idea last night.”

Doing baby-making things with Ava sounds like a good idea to me every minute of every hour of every damn day, but I’m quite aware that doing that with me doesn’t cross her mind nearly as often. Okay, or ever. “Last night, when you asked for my help, you meant you wanted me to get you pregnant?”

She scowls. “Are you being dense on purpose?”

“I promise I’m not.” But if ever there was a conversation where I’m going to need things spelled out for me, this is it. “I just want to make sure I understand.”

She presses her palm to her forehead. “I just wanted you to jack off in a cup and hand it to me. Not the weird way.”

Right. Because that wouldn’t be weird. “I’m sorry.” I hold up a finger. “Give me a sec.” I walk around the room, scanning the ceiling and the corners. I check behind the lamp and crack the closet to look in there.

“What are you doing, Jake?”

I spin on her. “I’m looking for the camera—the one you planted before you Punk’d me. Is that show even still a thing? Because I’m sure I’m being Punk’d right now.”

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