Thursday, September 9, 2021

Blog Tour: Code Name: Tiara by Sawyer Bennett

From New York Times Bestselling Author Sawyer Bennett comes the next book in the Jameson Force Security series. You can read CODE NAME: TIARA now and purchase the paperback. Sign up for Sawyer's newsletter for exclusive details about all of her upcoming titles.


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Code Name: Tiara by Sawyer Bennett

A Jameson Force Security Novel


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I joined Jameson Force Security for three reasons: the missions, the danger, and the money. I definitely didn’t join the team to be an overpriced babysitter for a spoiled princess. Ask anyone who knows me, and they’ll tell you Jackson Gale is an adventurer through and through. Yet here I am, halfway across the world, watching over Princess Camille of the House Winterbourne. Even her name sounds stuck up. After arriving in Bretaria, I realize that Princess Camille is nothing that I expected. Beautiful, smart, and sophisticated, Camille is the very picture of elegance and grace. But under her perfect façade, she is funny, adventurous, sexy as hell, and impossible to resist. And that is a dangerous combination. The closer Camille and I become, the more obvious it is that while she and I are compatible in many ways, our destinies are not. She has a duty to the monarchy, and I’m just an average American who’s fallen for a princess. Everyone says we can’t be together, but how does one walk away from the other half of their heart?  

4 stars

Review by Trinette Dungee

Jackson Gale has US Navy in his blood, as a former SEAL he’s encountered all sorts of danger. Unlike his grandfather, father and brother he has chosen not to make the Navy his life, much to his father’s dismay. He’s left behind the danger for more control over his life, and Jameson Force Security gives him that control as well as danger and adventure. However, occasionally, there are assignments that he’s not crazy about, but it comes with the job. This next assignment is one of those. While everything can’t be adrenaline pumping, the last thing he wants to do is play babysitter to a spoiled, pampered princess. But that’s exactly what his next assignment is, protecting Princess Camille Winterbourne of Bretaria…...Code Name: Tiara. 

"Heavy is the Head that Wears the Crown", no one understands this more than Princess Camille Winterbourne, and she doesn’t even have the crown yet.  While her status has allowed her to live a privileged life, Camille knows she has a responsibility that very few could handle. Once she turns twenty-five her responsibilities to her country will increase so she’s spending the next few weeks touring the United States, and for whatever reason her father and his current security team seems to think she needs additional security from the U.S.. At no point did she imagine her protector would be as hot as Jackson Gale, but he makes it clear he thinks she’s nothing more than a pampered princess. 

Once his mission starts, Jackson realizes that Camille is nothing like he thought. Her days do not consist of sun-bathing, shopping, manicures, and pedicures. His respect for her grows when he learns Camille actually spends her days working for her family’s company, working with multiple charities, and her trip the U.S. isn’t all work. Camille is positioned for a very important role in her country and this little “babysitting job” he’s on is a little more dangerous than he thought. Once she turns twenty-five, she is officially the next in line to inherit her father’s thrown. This now puts the king and the princess in dangerous positions. 

Camille has her realizations about Jackson; he’s not just a hot bod, a trained professional with no emotions. He’s has a deep love for his family and friends and his commitment to both them and his job is admirable.

I loved the relationship between the two. When they do finally give in to the temptation, it’s not all about sex. There’s a friendship and mutual respect. Both go into this relationship with eyes wide open knowing they have an expiration date. I loved that when they parted, they did so selflessly even though it killed them both because they both felt they were doing what was right for the other. This was a quick, fun read. Low, next to no angst and the chemistry between these two was obvious right from the start. Jackson’s dissatisfaction at having this assignment only leads to the semi-slow burn of these two finally connecting. There are a few weeks left of beach and pool time, so definitely squeeze this one in. The Jameson Force Security Team is seven for seven with swoon-worthy heroes with this last installment.


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Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Blog Tour: Chasing Serenity by Kristin Ashley

She’s high heels, he’s hiking boots . . . and they’re perfect together.

Chasing Serenity, an all new steamy and emotional opposites attract stand-alone from New York Times bestselling author Kristen Ashley is available now!

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Kristen Ashley brings a new novel in her River Rain series…

From a very young age, Chloe Pierce was trained to look after the ones she loved.

And she was trained by the best.

But when the man who looked after her was no longer there, Chloe is cast adrift—just as the very foundation of her life crumbled to pieces.

Then she runs into tall, lanky, unpretentious Judge Oakley, her exact opposite. She shops. He hikes. She drinks pink ladies. He drinks beer. She’s a city girl. He’s a mountain guy.

Obviously, this means they have a blowout fight upon meeting. Their second encounter doesn’t go a lot better.

Judge is loving the challenge. Chloe is everything he doesn’t want in a woman, but he can’t stop finding ways to spend time with her. He knows she’s dealing with loss and change.

He just doesn’t know how deep that goes. Or how ingrained it is for Chloe to care for those who have a place in her heart, how hard it will be to trust anyone to look after her…

And how much harder it is when it’s his turn.

4 Stars 

Review by Lisa Kane

This one started a little slowly for me, but once it picked up, it kept my attention. Chloe Pierce is fiercely independent and has no problem letting the man she is involved with at any time, that the relationship is going nowhere. She comes across a little harsh, but that's just her nature. She's the child of two famous parents and is witness to drama and divorce and feelings that cut to the bone. But she's determined to make her own way regardless of things going on around her. 

Judge Oakley's parents are equally impressive, although his childhood was a lot different than Chloe's. Despite his family's objections, Judge has chosen a life of service, of working for non-profits. His work changes lives, and gives him a satisfaction that the corporate world never could. 

Chloe and Judge meet under rather forced circumstances. Lots of fighting, lots of spark. Judge is not the kind of man to bulldoze his way with Chloe. He's a slow, but steady sort of guy. that works best with Chloe. Getting to know each, the hurts and the scars each carry, makes the story flow. Life is real and has wonderful, romantic moments, but it has those moments that cut to the core. The ones that we learn from, the ones that even years later, we can barely stand to remember. 

I love when you, the reader get to sink your teeth into a story that captures your interest. Sometimes Chloe got on my last nerve, not to the extent that I didn't like her. Now Judge, I had no problem with that man! He's not childish, or temperamental, or self-centered. He's all man, and yet he's not obnoxious, he's comfortable in his own skin. He is the yin to Chloe's yang. 

There are so many secondary characters that frame this story. I'm willing to bet that almost all of them have colorful, rich stories dying to be shared. There's plenty of material to keep this series going for years to come!

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Considering the fact he’d brought in a coffee for his buddy, Rix, who managed the store, Judge was down on the floor where Rix’s office was, not on the top floor where his was, so he saw her when she walked into the shoe section.

He’d dated Meg.

And before Meg, there was Jess.

And before Jess, there was Kimberly.

They all had different color hair, Meg and Jess were tall, Kim was not.

But even so, Judge had a type. 

He knew it.

And that woman who’d strolled up to the shoe displays?

She was his type.

Multiplied by a thousand.

Christ, she was beautiful.

And bad news.

He could tell that last by the outfit, including her ridiculous, high-heeled booties.

He’d worked at River Rain Outdoor stores for nine years—starting as a sales associate when he was still going to college and advancing to director of the Kids and Trails program.

In all that time, he didn’t think he’d ever seen a woman walk into any of their stores wearing shoes like hers.

And when he came down again a half an hour later to hit Rix’s office to make some copies because the copier in the corporate offices at the top level was busted, he noticed she was still there.

He also noticed he had further evidence she was bad news.

That evidence?

The sheer number of boxes of boots that she was trying on scattered around her.

She looked like she’d not set foot on a hiking trail in her life.

And she looked like she was there because she’d already trolled through all the boutiques around the square, but this hadn’t assuaged her shopping fix, because nothing really did.

Therefore, there was a possibility, after making a member of staff bring her fifteen pairs of shoes, she’d walk out not buying anything.

She’d do this not thinking a thing of it.

However, he noted some of the boots she was trying on were riding boots, and Judge could see that round ass of hers in the saddle on top of a horse.

Wearing a riding habit.

Even if she was trouble, and he had not the slightest interest (or he was telling himself that), he couldn’t keep his eyes off her.

Because he was a moron.

That said, she caught his gaze every time.

So he was looking.

But so was she.

His instincts proved true when he came down for the third time with more to copy, and he again walked through the shoe section to get to the office in the back. Doing this close to where she was seated, still trying on boots, because, yes, in the fifteen minutes between then and now, he had not stopped being a moron.

And again, she caught his gaze.

He had no clue why, but as her gorgeous hickory brown eyes hit his, he muttered, “Nice booties.”

Her back shot straight, and she demanded, “What did you just say?”

About Kristen Ashley

Kristen Ashley is the New York Times bestselling author of over sixty romance novels including the Rock Chick, Colorado Mountain, Dream Man, Chaos, Unfinished Hero, The ’Burg, Magdalene, Fantasyland, The Three, Ghost and Reincarnation, Moonlight and Motor Oil and Honey series along with several standalone novels. She’s a hybrid author, publishing titles both independently and traditionally, her books have been translated in fourteen languages and she’s sold over three million books.
Kristen’s novel, Law Man, won the RT Book Reviews Reviewer’s Choice Award for best Romantic Suspense. Her independently published title Hold On was nominated for RT Book Reviews best Independent Contemporary Romance and her traditionally published title Breathe was nominated for best Contemporary Romance. Kristen’s titles Motorcycle Man, The Will, Ride Steady (which won the Reader’s Choice award from Romance Reviews) and The Hookup all made the final rounds for Goodreads Choice Awards in the Romance category.

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Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Release Blitz: Hard to Love by K. Bromberg

Hard to Love by K. Bromberg is now live!

New York Times bestselling author, K. Bromberg, is back with a heartfelt, enemies to lovers romance and a hero who redeems himself to steal your heart . . .

He was the one-night stand that didn't exactly go as planned. Now he's standing before me as if he's never seen me naked, telling my manager he'll take the job. Reluctantly.

Finn Sanderson.

Sports agent extraordinaire. Handsome as hell. The man who just signed on to control my every move.

Sure, I'm to blame for my recent bad press, but when your whole life has been so regimented, isn't it normal to want to live it up a little?

But when the partying stops and the grief I'm running from has nowhere else to hide, reality sets in. Turns out, Finn's the only person I have left to help pick up the pieces. The only person to call.

Staying with him is a temporary thing. But when our fighting turns into laughter and our friendship turns into something more, will I fight for a man who swears he's hard to love? Or is it wiser to walk away? To follow the plan?

* * *
Offering to help with a client is a way to repay a long overdue IOU to my mentor. Little did I know she was the woman who left my hotel room at four in the morning.

Stevie Lancaster.

Top-seeded US tennis player. Good girl gone bad. The woman currently about to throw her career away. And now my problem.

The compensation to "babysit" her is great, but she isn't worth my trouble.

But when her world falls apart and she has no one else to turn to, I try to be a good guy by gathering her up and hiding her from the media's eye.

Now she's in my house, in my space, and even though I'm enjoying the side benefits of this unexpected arrangement, surely she's better to leave when the time comes and follow her destiny. Because I'm not the man she needs. Not the man she could love. Right?

4 stars

Review by Jen Skewes 

This is the final installment of the Play Hard Series.  If you have read any books in this series then you have already met Finn Sanderson, and possibly hated him as I did.  But I cannot even believe I am saying this!  After reading his story any dislike that I had for the man completely vanished.  We find out what makes him the man he is today and see that he isn’t such a bad guy after all, and dare I say even sexy!!!!


Stevie Lancaster is at the top of her game. She is one of the top tennis players, who is hard working and focused.  Until she loses the one person in her life who has been there for her, guided her, loved her and was her everything.  After losing her father she is lost.  The hard-working tennis player has become this reckless girl whose name has been all over the papers and not for good reasons.  Her team knows that they need to bring in a reinforcement to help get her back on track.  She’s not really on board with it, especially when she comes face to face with the man who she thought she would never lay eyes on again.


Finn is a sports agent who is all work and well sometimes play.  He is a player, never does relationships and is just fine with one-night stands.  His biggest priority is his job and keeping his clients happy.  When he gets a call from his mentor to step in and help straighten Stevie out, he is hesitant to take the offer.  But this is the guy who was there for him when he first started his career.  He owes him so much, which means if he has to babysit some tennis player who is out of control he will.  It may not be easy to tame here, but it will be harder to keep his feelings out of it.


Finn and Stevie have chemistry that is simply undeniable. They are both very attracted to each other which was evident in that one night they were together.  But they are both very guarded people and in their own way broken.  Stevie’s world was turned upside down when her father died and living life without him proves to be very difficult.  Finn on the other hand is this very closed off individual who owes his view on relationships and woman to his father.  They are about to spend a lot of time together.  Neither one of them happy about the situation.  But could that be because they both have feelings for each other that they cannot seem to admit or come to terms with?  Possibly!!


I loved Finn in this book which I wasn’t sure was possible.  He was sexy and caring and after understanding why he was such a playboy; just made you love him more.  When it comes to Stevie you see how genuine of a person he really is and that just maybe he does have a heart.


Stevie is this person who not only has amazing talent but is also strong and beautiful and right now is a little lost.  She has a lot to deal with emotionally, but she is a string woman who when she puts her mind to it can really come back out on top.


I really loved this book.  Finn and Stevie were so perfect together.  They were hot and steamy, fun and sweet and I loved the banter.  I do wish there was a little more of them together and more emotional moments between them. But aside from that this was a great finish to this amazing series.  

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New York Times Bestselling author K. Bromberg writes contemporary romance 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 but can't help 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 and her mind scattered in too many different directions.

Since publishing her first book on a whim in 2013, Kristy has sold over one and a half million copies of her books across eighteen different countries and has landed on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestsellers lists over thirty times. Her Driven trilogy (Driven, Fueled, and Crashed) is currently being adapted for film by the streaming platform, Passionflix, with the first movie (Driven) out now.

With her imagination always in overdrive, she is currently scheming, plotting, and swooning over her latest hero. You can find out more about him or chat with Kristy on any of her social media accounts. The easiest way to stay up to date on new releases and upcoming novels is to sign up for her newsletter or follow her on Bookbub

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Release Blitz: Yours to Keep by Claudia Burgoa

I love him.
I love him even during those moments.
Those aching moments he can't stand to feel.

Yours to Keep by Claudia Burgoa is now live!

Opposites attract in this dynamic romantic comedy featuring M/M leads by USA TODAY Bestselling Author Claudia Burgoa.

I know everything about brains, but nothing about hearts.

Love isn't in my future. Romance isn't in my cards. I focus on my job and nothing else. Neurosurgery doesn't play well with distraction, anyway. If only my meddling, matchmaking Mom would get the hint.

Accepting a move to Baker's Creek, getting off her radar and away from any eligible bachelors that she knows should keep me safe, right?


I might not want a boyfriend but I do have a type: broody, angsty, and quiet. And there's one of those living in this small town.

Vance Aldridge.

He's a military man who's numbed himself to the point of no return. He's been forced to choose between love and family one too many times, and I just saved the life of his baby brother.

He fascinates me far beyond his chiseled good looks. I want to know how he thinks, what makes him tick, and if I can make him smile...

But can I learn to read his mind without giving away my heart?

The Baker's Creek Billionaire Brothers series is a fun and flirty saga that combines sweet stories with sensual heat. This is a gay male contemporary romance that's sure to make your heart swoon.

4.5 Stars

Review by Jen Skewes

From the moment I finished the first book, I loved this series and quickly started the next one. After each book I fell more in love with the Aldridge men and could not wait for Vance’s book. I knew it would be he last of the series which meant we would get to read the letters from their father.  But my excitement for this book was really due to Vance himself. He’s the quiet brooding, mystery type of guy that you can’t wait to read all about. You want to dig deep and find out why he is this way, what gets under his skin, why is he so guarded and most importantly, will the man who seems to have no feelings, fall in love?


Vance is an ex-military guy whose life seems to be a mystery to all. Throughout this series we wonder where he goes and what exactly did he do before coming to Bakers Creek. We eventually find all that out, but now Vance must face his past, face what recently happened with Beacon and figure out what is next for him.  I order for him to continue working for The Organization he must see a therapist.  While he seems against it and feels like it won’t do any good, he surprisingly comes to like seeing him and talking to him.  But it is Darren Russell that manages to flip Vance’s world upside down.


Darren is a neurosurgeon who is hired by the Aldridge family to help Beacon recover.  They offer him a position in Baker’s Creek, which means he must quit his practice and move to this small town.  But it just may be exactly what Darren needs in his life.  And spending time with the sexy Vance is a big plus.  Darren is flirty, hot, has no filter and talks a bit too much for Vance’s liking. He gets to him, but he has no idea why.  Well, I think we know why, it’s just something that Vance does not want to admit.


Vance is a man that does not know how to feel.  He is used to one-night stands and casual sex.  Darren has no interest in relationships and has been hurt badly in his past. Seems to me that they are perfect for each other.  But then feelings get in the way and they also get hurt.  Will Vance find his happily ever after.  


I loved Vance and Darren together.  It was like Darren was the light to Vance’s dark.  Vance did not know how to love or feel.  He was programmed a different way growing up.  He is guarded and not very open with his life or feelings. Whereas Darren is outgoing, flirty, fun and it made for great banter between the two of them.  I loved watching the two of them slowly falling for each other and realizing that what they had was more than just casual.  They both managed to peel back each other’s layers and helped each other move on from the past.  


What I especially loved was the relationship that Vance had with Dr. Sanders.  He had a way with Vance that helped him understand himself better and finally be able to pen up to someone.  I also loved the relationship between Hayes, Henry, Peirce and Vance.  We see these boys really come together and become a family.  A family that teases each other but also supports them and is there for them.  I love all of the Aldridge boys, but it was those three that we saw the most in this book.  This was the perfect ending to this fantastic series.


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Sunday, September 5, 2021

Cover Reveal: Well Played by Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward

Title: Well Played
Authors: Vi Keeland & Penelope Ward
Genre: Standalone Contemporary Romance
Cover Design: Sommer Stein, Perfect Pear Creative
Photo: Celso Colaco
Model: Gonçalo Teixeira
Release Date: October 25, 2021


It all started with a bet.
When my young son inherited half of his great grandfather’s historic inn, I decided to move us both to the place where I grew up.
Notice I said half of the Inn. The other half now belonged to Levi Miller, the famous quarterback who had other ideas about what we should do with the property.
We won’t mention that I accidentally injured him during our first meeting, causing him to get eight stitches.
You could say we got off on the wrong foot.
We bickered a lot as we both moved into the property while we figured things out.
He wanted to unload the rundown place which, admittedly, needed a lot of work.
I wanted to restore The Palm Inn to its original beauty and re-open it as a bed and breakfast.
We couldn’t agree on anything. So Levi made me a proposal. One he thought I would surely lose. If I could sell out the place by the time he had to leave for training at the end of summer, he would back off and let me run it.
But in the weeks that followed, we got more than we bargained for while we were living under the same roof.
Levi and I got closer, and before I knew it, my nightly fantasies about the brawny Adonis became a reality. Not to mention, he was so great with my son.
We were in over our heads in more ways than one.
Because not only was he the last man on Earth I should be falling for because of our deal, but Levi was also my ex’s older brother.
And now the inn was the least of my problems.


Vi 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 twenty-five 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 is a New York Times, USA Today and #1 Wall Street Journal bestselling author of contemporary romance. 

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 two million books sold, she is a 21-time New York Times bestseller and the author of over twenty novels. Her books have been translated into over a dozen languages and can be found in bookstores around the world.



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Saturday, September 4, 2021

Release Blitz: Make You Miss Me. by B. Celeste

 Release Date: September 2

Stevie Foster thought her happy ever after would come easily after saying “I do” to her high school sweetheart at nineteen.

But twelve years later, she finds herself divorced, settling into a new home, in a new town, with a new job as an elementary teacher trying to pick up the pieces as she goes.

On top of struggling to cope with the future she always wanted versus the one she’s been dealt, she soon realizes that her new neighbor is a strict, stone-faced man she’s all too familiar with.

Lieutenant Colonel Fletcher Miller.

The man once in charge of her ex-husband’s unit.

And as if the reminder across the street of what she lost wasn’t painful enough, she also becomes his young son’s teacher.

A single dad. A divorcee. A second chance at love neither knew they’d get.

3.5 Stars
Review by Jen Skewes

Stevie is still trying to move on from her divorce which was a little more than 2 years ago. She bought a new house by herself, has a new job that she loves and a neighbor that is not only sexy and a good guy, but he is her ex-husband’s former boss.  She has no business looking at him, but when he looks like Fletcher does, she cannot help herself.  She knows that she is not ready for any relationship at the moment and moving on is proving to be harder than she had hoped.  But slowly Fletcher works his way into her life. He is there with a helping hand when she needs it.  He is kind and patient and completely understands her situation and what she is feeling.  Everything that she wants in a man, but why is she still holding back?


Stevie has been hurt bad, but I also think that she is still trying to find herself.  She is now dependent upon herself and no one else.  And as she thinks back to the years she was with her ex; she is finding more and more that he was not the right one for her.  She lived her life to please him and not herself.  Meeting Fletcher has opened up her eyes to so much, especially when it comes to what she deserves n life and moving on as well.  


Fletcher is a single dad who noticed Stevie the moment she moved across the street.  But this is not exactly the first time that he noticed her.  He wants to help her in any way that she can.  He also wants more than just a friendship but knows that it needs to be done at Stevie’s pace.  He is the gentlest, kind, good hearted man who happens to also be very sexy.  My goodness is he sexy!!!


I really enjoyed this book.  I enjoyed seeing the growth in Stevie and how she had to come to terms with her divorce and falling in love again on her own.  But I also loved the connection she had with fletcher.  It was a very slow burn between the two of them, which I loved.  But for me there was a little something missing with this one.  I think for me personally I wanted Fletcher’s POV.  There were so many times that I wanted to know what he was thinking and feeling.  I also hoped for more interaction between them and with his son as well.  More of the emotional connection and less inner monologue.  


This was my first book by this author.  I enjoyed this book and loved the characters.   I cannot wait to read more from her.  

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B. Celeste was born and raised in Upstate New York where she still resides with her four-legged feline sidekick Oliver “Ollie” Queen.

Her love for writing began with poetry, which she learned to write after watching her father write poetry for her mother, before she found interest in short stories, novellas, and novels.

After getting two degrees in English and Creative Writing, B has written over 12+ full length novels, been invited to many signings around the world, and hopes to begin traveling to see readers worldwide.

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Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Release Blitz: The Aristocrat by Penelope Ward

Title: The Aristocrat
Author: Penelope Ward
Genre: Standalone Contemporary Romance
Release Date: August 30, 2021


From New York Times bestselling author Penelope Ward, comes a new standalone novel.

The one that got away. Every girl has one, right?
Mine was a charming, British aristocrat who turned my world upside down one summer.
From the moment I first spotted Leo in the distance through my binoculars, I’d been captivated. I certainly never expected to find a man showering outside of the property across the bay in his birthday suit.
Then I noticed his housemate staring back at me with binoculars of his own—watching me watching Leo.
That made for an interesting conversation starter when I inevitably ran into them.
Turned out, the handsome Brits were only renting that house for the summer in my seaside town.
Leo and I formed an instant connection, even though we were technically opposites by all appearances. I taught him how to dig for clams, and he taught me that not all wealthy and powerful guys are pretentious.
Despite knowing he was totally wrong for me, I couldn’t seem to stay away.
It was a wild and crazy few months. And before I knew it, we’d fallen in love.
We both had one wish: more time together.
But Leo had obligations back home. He lived a life I’d never fit into. And I was going to law school. So, we decided to end it and never look back.
A part of me always felt like I’d let my soulmate walk away.
I believed our story was over.
Until five years later when he sent me a letter that shook me to my core.
I’d thought my world was turned upside down that first summer?
Well, I knew nothing yet.

4 Stars

Review by Lisa Kane

Felicity Dunleavy is back in Narragansett, Rhode Island after graduating from college and working in Boston for a few years. She's twenty-four and is getting ready to head to law school. She's returned to stay with Mrs. Angelini at the house she's shared with her for years. It's quiet and familiar and home. 

When she first lays eyes on the hero, it's one of those off chance things that will forever be remembered with embarrassment. (and lust!) Not long after, Felicity formally meets Leo Covington and his obnoxious cousin, Sig. An invite to tea opens up a whole new path for Felicity, one that just might lead to the rabbit's hole. 

Leo and Sig are visiting from England. One last hurray before Leo must return home to reality. He is vague about it, but it seems that whatever his future holds, it is what is expected of him, not necessarily what he wished it might hold. Leo is more than a little interested in Felicity, the ginger haired beauty is mesmerizing him. But he is here for only a month and as much fun they are having getting to know each other, there is an expiration date looming. 

Theirs is no summer time fling, both Leo and Felicity develop deep feelings for each other, but there are so many obstacles. As the blurb suggests, five years go by and Felicity receives a letter that will change both their lives. That's as far as I can go with details, too much and it will spoil the plot. I will say that Sig deserves a story of his own. I want it to begin at the ending of The Aristocrat. 

If you have read any of Penelope Ward's books then you know to expect the other shoe to drop. The thump of your stomach, the "no way did I read that" moment. Don't read this book late at night, because you will want to read until the end and the lack of sleep will catch up with you. (learn from my experience!) 

There were a few scenes where I wished there had been more explanation, more insight into the whys and hows but it is what it is and I filled in the pieces with my own imagination. As all her epilogues are-this one has a great one and I got a little misty reading it. 




Penelope Ward is a New York Times, USA Today and #1 Wall Street Journal bestselling author of contemporary romance.

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 two million books sold, she is a 21-time New York Times bestseller and the author of over twenty novels. Her books have been translated into over a dozen languages and can be found in bookstores around the world.






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