DRIVE ME CRAZY by ASH HOSKING

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Title: Drive Me Crazy

Author: Ash Hosking

Release Date: April 27th 2017

Genre: Contemporary Romance

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Drive Me Crazy by Ash Hosking

What an appropriate title! This story certainly had enough back and forth to drive the most easygoing reader crazy. But in a good way. I simply fell in love with these characters. Kara thinks Alex is an arrogant, cocky pig and she has no time for those type of guys. The self-indulgent, self-absorbed arseholes who seem to fill her life.

Alex may seems like the usual player type of guy that Kara has told herself she needs to stay away from. They’re bad for her, and her heart. No good can come of it. But, Alex is nothing like she images and at every turn, he tries to show her. He defends Kara at every opportunity, but she fights him at least until she can’t any more. Because that man, is hot, and ripped. Yes, he’s cocky and full of himself, but he’s sweet and kind too. 

And that’s all she sees whenever he’s near. So, when she finally gives in and lets him show her what she’s missing, she get scared and does something she’s good at. Runs and hide. Avoids, pretends like it never happened.

A man can only take so much before he gives in to the inevitable. Well that’s what Alex thought, but even though he gives Kara the freedom she so obviously wanted, he’s still haunted by her. So stays close and tempts her to try again.

But, Kara’s past taints her feelings making it near impossible to believe in what he tells her.

Will she ever have the strength to see the truth? Can Alex make her see him as the man he truly is, not the arrogant player she first imagined.

Kara is a strong, independant woman filled with self-doubt, she loves for a loving, fulfilling relationship, but is wary after being hurt badly in the past.

Alex doesn’t think he can give his heart again after losing his first love to leukemia. He guards it with everything he has, but one look at Kara and the walls start to crumble.

These two characters worked really well together, although Kara’s fears were annoying at times, I just wanted to shake her. I loved how the story finished though and look forward to the next book from Ms. Hosking.

 

Synopsis

Love finds you when you’re least expecting…

Kara has been stung by cocky, gorgeous men and learnt to avoid them at all costs.

She has a tight hold on the reigns of everything in her life, relationships and emotions included. Until Alex comes along.

He’s the embodiment of everything she hates in a man, yet he stirs up feelings stronger than she’s ever felt before and despite her best efforts, he’s breaching her defenses faster than she can build them.

What do you do when love finds you while you’re determined to lock your heart away?

Alex has perfected his act of a carefree, happy-go- lucky guy, but he’s carrying secrets and emotional wounds that are festering and his reason to keep his battered heart under lock and key. He has a ready supply of willing women to entertain him and can pick them up with very little effort on his part, until Kara.

Now he’s getting rejected at every turn by a stubborn woman he can’t get out of his head and will do anything to have in his bed.

Two people caught in the past and hell bent on living the rest of their lives without love.

One love that won’t be ignored.

One agreement they think will be easy, but is anything but.

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Drive Me Crazy

Text Copyright © 2017 Ash Hosking

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KARA

 

I KNEW ALEX would be trouble for me the moment I laid eyes on him—before he even opened his mouth. It wasn’t the ink covering his arms and his bad boy demeanor, nor the fact that he was the embodiment of everything I hated in the male species. It was because he stirred something in me I’ve never felt before. Not even with Nate, the guy I had given everything I had until he tore my heart out.

I feel my blood heat as it rushes through my body, and my heart gives a weird lurch as my pelvic muscles clench. I casually lean against the counter so I can cross my legs to try to alleviate the tension between them. And that’s all before he turns his attention to me. Those jade green eyes lock onto mine, and I watch as they slowly lower to peruse my body before making their way back to meet my gaze. He smiles a grin I’ve seen too many times on too many handsome, cocky faces to count. It’s a grin that says he’s making plans to get to know my body a whole lot better, minus clothing, and that he’s assured I’ll love every second of it.

Too bad he doesn’t know that smirk and gleam in his eyes is an instant libido killer for me. I’ve been there, done that, got the shirt to prove it, and once is enough for me.

Unlike some girls, I learn from my mistakes.

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Ash Hosking

Ash Hosking is an admitted daydreamer and hopeless romantic with a dirty mind from the Gold Coast, Australia. She lives with her husband and adorable fur baby, Prim, who loves to snuggle on Ash’s lap to keep her from getting anything done. When not at her day job in catering, she can usually be found either working on her next book or reading, including on her lunch breaks. She enjoys warm days at the beach, is addicted to Zarraffa’s mocha fusions and can never say no to a Tim Tam.

 

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JUST THE SEX by LK COLLINS

 

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Just The Sex Vol. 2 is back by popular demand and lets you skip straight to the lip-biting sexiness dreamed up by the erotic romance husband-and-wife duo behind the naughty alter ego, LK Collins!

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WARNING: This book is Erotic Romance and contains mature subject matter. Not intended for those under 18, but those over will thank us later…happy reading!

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RIOT STREET by TYLER KING

Riot Street, an all-new standalone from Tyler King will be here April 30th!!!

Sometimes, getting in too deep is the only way to survive . . .

As darkly charismatic as he is unpredictable, Ethan Ash knows me better than I know myself. He’s spent years unraveling the family scandal I’ve tried desperately to escape. I once thought that made us adversaries. Now he’s the closest ally I have left.

Ethan’s both the chaos around me and the deep, calm center where I feel safe. People warn me about him, tell me he’s dangerous. Don’t fall for him. But it’s too late. Because I can’t tell where my addiction ends . . . and his obsession begins.

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Release Blitz for Living With Doubt by Riann C. Miller

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Title: Living With Doubt

Series: Regret Series #2

Author: Riann C. Miller

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: April 24, 2017

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Reviewed by Cee Cee Houston

Living With Doubt by Riann C Miller

We first met Jake and Lacey in Chase and  Jordan’s story. Right from the outset it was clear that Lacey didn’t suffer fools gladly or take any bullshit either. She was quick to put Chase’s dad in his place and continues to do so in her own story. She is hiding something though, and her attraction to Jake is only part of it.

Jake came across as a playboy with a devil-may-care attitude but where Lacey was concerned, he was all in from the first moment.But things aren’t as simple as they look, both Jake and Lacey have secrets they want to repress and keep hidden from the world and each other. The one secret the can’t hide is how they make each other feel.

I love how this story took it’s time, finding it’s feet and giving the H/h time to get to know each other. The chemistry between the two was hot, and the sex scenes worth waiting for. But, ultimately, it was the story that made it worth reading.

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She’s hiding from everyone… 

I don’t need a happily ever after filled with fake promises, animosity and eventually a divorce to be content. I’m living the dream…my dream, regardless of what anyone thinks of me. My meager life was perfect until a cocky football player wormed his way into my existence.

Once upon a time, I played an unconscious role in my own life, a mistake I have no plans of repeating. I pride myself with my outspoken and frequently excessive nature. It’s the consistent reminder of the person I refuse to become ever again.

He’s the ultimate playboy… 

Life is perfect. I’ve lived and breathed football since I was a kid, and now I’m making millions playing in the NFL. I keep women around for one reason, but never the same one. The only attachments I need are family and friends but life has a bizarre way of proving a person wrong. When a concussion leaves my best-friend’s life spinning out of control, the last thing I expected was to meet an outrageous woman who leaves me begging for more.

She lives in New York.
I live in Arizona.

She promised me one night, but I discovered that’s not enough. Now, I need to figure out if I’m a pro off the field because I’m about to play the biggest game of my life.

Adult Contemporary Romance: Due to language and sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18. Each book in The Regret Series can be read as a standalone.

 


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I take a deep breath and slowly exhale. When I turn back around, I find I’m still being watched. “And who are you?” I question as his eyes dance back and forth while a slow sensual smile takes over his gorgeous face.
I don’t date. I don’t have time in my life for a man, and when I go out looking for a way to relieve my sexual tension, I don’t choose men who have legs the size of tree trunks. But this one happens to turn me on in a way I haven’t experienced in years. If we were back in New York, I’d be willing to give him a try—just for one night.

“I’m Jake Girard.” He sticks out his hand to greet me.

When I slip my fingers into his, the hair on my arm stands to attention.

“Nice to meet you,” he drawls.

My breath gets caught in my throat as I stare at his lips.

“And you are…?” He trails off as my brain desperately tries to remember what he asked me.

“I’m Lacey Davis.”

“Well, Ms. Davis, it’s damn nice to meet you.” My eyes widen as he crosses his colossal arms over his chest.

“You must work out. A lot.”

Jake smiles as he rubs his jaw. “You really don’t know who I am?”

I step back as my eyes roam down his body once more. Nope…I would definitely remember meeting this man. I shrug, hoping I appear unimpressed. “Why would I know you?”

He studies me closely. “You’re from New York, correct?”

“Yes…”

“New York happens to have two NFL teams. Are you seriously telling me you never watch football?”

“Football?” I distractedly question.

“Yes. I’m Chase’s friend, but I’m also his teammate. I play for the Arizona Cardinals,” he proudly states, to which my mouth drops open. He’s a football player. He’s a humongous football player who thought I would recognize him from either his face or name.

“Nope…” I pop the P louder than necessary. “Never heard of you before. I guess out of the almost nine million people who live in New York, you were bound to find someone who doesn’t give a damn about football.”

 

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“You want to tell me why you’re here?” She tilts her head back, gracing me with the view of those beautiful blue eyes.

My lips quirk up into a smile. “I told you already. My dick misses you. I tried to tell him you aren’t interested in a repeat, but he wasn’t convinced.”

“You’re seriously talking about your dick as though it’s a person? I thought only horny teenagers did shit like that?” She raises an eyebrow before pushing herself off my lap.

“What can I say, around you that’s exactly how I feel.” I might be smirking, but I’m not joking. All I have to do is think about her and I’m rock hard. “I’ve already agreed to be your dirty little secret, so what’s the big deal? I’m going to be in town for…a few more days. A week or so tops, so I don’t really see what the problem is.”

Her eyes dart around the room before finally stopping on me. “I don’t think it’s a good idea.”

“Why not?” I counter. “We’ve already been together, and it’s not like I’m asking you to skip work or even fucking date me.” I attempt to keep the frustration out of my voice, but this woman is starting to drive me crazy.

“Look, it’s not you, it’s me—” She stops talking when I fall back onto her bed in laughter. I end up laughing so hard I have to wipe my eyes.

“Do you have any idea how many times I’ve had to say that? Shit, the irony here is classic.”

“I’m serious, Girard.”

“So am I, Davis.” I hate it when she calls me Girard. I want to be more than just a football player in her eyes.

“You’re just not my type,” she adds in a lame attempt to prove some point about us not being together.

“I’m not asking to marry you, Davis. I just want to fuck your brains out for a few days before I fly back to my side of the country.”

 

 

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Riann C. Miller lives in southeast Kansas and writes steamy contemporary romance stories. When she’s not reading or writing, she spends time with her friends and family or you might catch her watching a baseball game with a beer in her hand.

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Where I Found You (Heart’s Compass #1)by Brooke O’Brien

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Title: Where I Found You (Heart’s Compass #1)

Author: Brooke O’Brien

Release Date: May 8th 2017

Genre: New Adult | Suspense

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How do you protect your heart?

Build a wall.

Lock it away.

Let no one in.

Everyone should have a childhood worth remembering. Only I remember mine for all the wrong reasons. Starting over in a new town is hard enough. When you are running from your past, it doesn’t get any easier.

I was ready to say goodbye to the burdens I have carried. The pain I’ve experienced is more than anyone should have to face.

Then I met him…

He takes my breath away. I can’t ignore the way he makes me feel. I know he has the power to destroy me.

And that’s what scares me the most.

 

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Brooke O’Brien is the author of the Heart’s Compass series. Her debut novel, Where I Found You, is set to release on May 8th, 2017.

Brooke lives in the Midwest with her high school sweetheart and their three children (both human and furry). Growing up Brooke always had a love of writing; she started out writing poetry when she was young and began journaling her thoughts as she grew older. Diving head first into a good book has always been therapeutic for her. Now her two passions have collided.

Brooke believes that you can cure any bad day with chocolate and a good book. She enjoys spending time with her family, collecting signed paperbacks, going to the movies, and watching basketball and football.

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Release Boost for Fox by S.M. Lumetta

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Title: Fox

Author: S.M. Lumetta
Series: Bodhi Beach #1 (Standalone)

Genre: Romantic Comedy
Release Date: April 17, 2017

 Reviewed by Cee Cee Houston

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Fun and flirty. Hot and sexy.

What happens when your body decides to play games and not behave in the way it’s supposed to? That’s the question that Sophie is left facing when her doctor tells her that at the age of 28 she is perimenopausal. At the very least. Worst case scenario, she was in full on menopause. All it meant to Sophie was that her choices of when or if to have a child were being taken away from her.
Faced with the daunting and expensive option of harvesting and freezing her eggs or chasing down a hot-bloodied donor, she chooses option 2, due to lack of funds. After months of bad dates she is left with ask a friend as her only viable choice.
Enter Fox, childhood best friend and a manic, crazy sometimes overly childish guy. He saves the day, agreeing to help stuck a bun in her oven. Hilarity ensues along with some seriously sexy scenes.
It’s only meant to be sexy for the sake of procreation, but life has a way of making you see people in new light. Sophie’s epiphany scares her but she hopes Fox shares her new view. But does he?
Will he stick around for the long haul, or bail at the first opportunity?

Fox and Sophie, or Lolls as he calls her short for Lollipop, are a super cute couple. I really loved their chemistry and the way the played off each other. The story was great, had me crying ( mid-Atlantic no less, that got some looks, let me tell you).
I’m looking forward to supporting characters Doc and Nora’s tale as I’m sure they have one to tell.

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What’s a little sex between friends?

Sophie Fordham never thought much about motherhood until her body forced her to. With the onset of early menopause, she knows if she wants to have a baby, it’s now or never. So what’s a single, financially-strapped girl to do? Go with what you know, of course.

Fox Monkhouse has been Sophie’s gorgeous best friend since preschool. This sun-kissed surfer boy has no shortage of ladies, but she’s hoping he’ll put that aside to help her out. As there’s never been anything romantic between the two, things get awkward when she asks him to put a bun in her oven—especially since it has to be done the old-fashioned, no-pants dance way.

When Fox agrees to do the deed, Sophie is ecstatic. But she soon realizes that this chance at a baby could cost her everything. Keeping sex and emotions separate is clearly not in her wheelhouse especially when her best friend is involved. If their relationship can’t evolve into something new, their unusual arrangement could destroy the friendship of a lifetime.

 

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Chapter 1

 

The Diagnosis: “It’s menopause.”

Laughing. All the laughing. Until Doctor Beaufort looks at me like I’ve cracked. I stop myself and swallow. “Wait, what do you mean, ‘it’s menopause’?”

“Sophie, your symptoms and test results point to perimenopause. Your estrogen levels have been a little all over the place, and with your erratic cycle, it’s extremely likely that early menopause has begun.”

I’m glad I’m not drinking or eating because I would have choked. Oh, scratch that—I’m choking on my own spit. It’s so great that I don’t even need to put anything in my mouth to choke.

The studio audience in my head reacts on cue, complete with cheering and lewd gestures.

“I’m sorry?” I ask, my throat on fire as I cough roughly. I sound like a veteran smoker. Or maybe even like I’ve moved past that into voice box territory.

My doctor finally notices my insta-panic and waves her hands in front of her face. “That is to say it could be.”

I gasp, hacking up a lung for good measure and in hoping I heard her wrong. “But… I’m twenty-eight.”

This is where the audience supports my outrage with a sharp gasp followed by a dead silence.

Doctor Beaufort smiles, her teeth blindingly white next to her dark skin, but it does not comfort me. “I’m aware of your age,” she says with humor. “But I’m pretty sure this is premature menopause. It can hit women as young as their early twenties, though it’s rare.”

I stare at her, my mouth agape but still trying to form a word or two. All that comes out, though, is “buh buh buh… buhhh.”

For all the erratic and weird symptoms for the past six, maybe eight months, I never even considered this a possibility. Ever since I dumped that life-suck Brett, I blamed everything—from cycle woes to crazy unusual mood swings and a bout or three of awful night sweats—on stress and the breakup. Though the first missed period caused a different kind of nightmare. Or as my best friend Nora put it, The Pregnancy Panic Heard ’Round the World.

Dr. Beaufort is talking, but my brain is white noise. I’m forced to shake my head a bit to tune back in.

“Twenty-eight is certainly not common either but it’s not unheard of,” she continues, oblivious to my dumbstruck noises—or maybe because of them. “And it’s not immediate. As you probably know, menopause itself is a process. It can take years to complete itself. So you may still have time to have a child if that’s in your life plan! Many women going through menopause have a ‘oops’ baby.”

“Baby?” I ask, and I sound like I’ve never heard of them. I flash back to The Scare and for a quick second, wonder if that wouldn’t have been a blessing. Jesus, no. Then I’d be attached to Brett forever. I shudder. My credit score is still in the toilet because of him. That’s more than enough of a legacy and intrusion on my life.

My resulting silence stretches out before the both of us, but not because I have nothing to say or ask. It’s mostly because I find that I cannot speak.

“Sophie?” Dr. B begins, and I think she asks me a question, but it sounds like I’m underwater.

I have sudden trouble focusing and feel my body sway. The room leans into a cartwheel and everything goes black.

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When I wake, I’m happy to find I did not, in fact, fall off the “spread and swipe” table after all. However, a nurse holds my legs up toward the ceiling. Dr. Beaufort hands me a paper bag.

“I’m not hyperventilating, Dr. B,” I murmur, pushing the bag away. I sound drunk. Great. Maybe I had a stroke, too? That would be a tasty cherry on top of this shit sundae. “I choked and then I freaked out.”

I’m well aware of my dramatic tendencies. At times. Occasionally. When it suits me.

“You passed out,” she says simply, no judgment. “Do you feel light-headed?”

I do a mental check. “I’m good.” Sitting up slowly and with assistance, I notice the nurse is my oldest friend in the world, Fox Monkhouse.

“What the fuck?” I try to kick him, but it comes across like the death throes of an extremely long, uncoordinated fish. “I’m commando, Fox! Shouldn’t there be a female nurse in here?”

The attempted kick seems even more foolish now. I pull my hospital gown tight in the back and slap my thighs together to hide my cooter.

“Mr. Monkhouse was just outside when you fainted. And he has a master’s in nursing,” Dr. B adds, unaware that I’m familiar with his qualifications. Even so, that doesn’t mean I want him all up in my lady biz. “He’s a professional.”

“Yeah, but a professional what is debatable,” I say.

He breaks into a huge grin.

Jerk. “What are you even doing here? You work at Shoreline!”

Fox rubs the corner of his eye with his middle finger. “Same hospital network,” he says, faux professionalism oozing everywhere. “They needed a floater today.” He makes an incredibly immature face behind Dr. Beaufort’s back as I try desperately not to crack up at “floater.” His immaturity rubs off too often for my own good. A few instances of which flit through my mind. The facial expressions that result are likely horrifying. I’m glad I cannot see my face right now.

“Are you all right, Sophie?” she asks, looking at me with concern. “I take it you and Fox are friends.”

I fake a cough and clear my throat. “Fine. And yes, I guess you could say we’re friends.”

Fox snorts, tucking a stray sun-kissed curl behind his ear. The rest of his shoulder-length blond hair is tied back. “I’ve known Sophie since we were… I’m not sure, five?”

“Four,” I correct, just to be a bitch. He rolls his eyes, and I smile. “When my family moved in down the block, I hadn’t started preschool yet.”

“Oh, right. We bonded over the ice-cream man.”

“Rocket Pops.”

“Ohh,” he moans, damn near orgasmically. Dr. Beaufort shoots him a look, but he’s not paying attention. “I loved those.”

“It’s basically frozen sugar and food coloring,” Dr. B throws in her two cents. “It’s—”

“Don’t crap on my childhood, Beaufort,” he snaps jokingly, but realizes his place with an “oh shit” expression. “I mean, yes, doctor. Sorry. Yes, of course. You are totally correct.”

The idiot pauses to clear his throat. I catch Dr. B minutely shake her head in what I assume is exasperation. I completely understand where she’s coming from. After an awkward beat, he picks up where he left off.

“Anyway, Sophie wouldn’t go to school unless I was in the same class. She needed me.”

“He was held back,” I add. “Started preschool at seven.”

Fox coughs, “Asshole!”

Dr. B rolls her eyes before looking at me. “I stand corrected on the professionalism. Are you feeling okay?”

“I’m good, Dr. B,” Fox says.

“I’m okay,” I say at the same time. At least, I’m okay where the fainting is concerned. The rest is still pretty sketchy.

“Good,” she says, eyeballing Fox with a sliver of a smile on her face. She pats me on the shoulder and tells me to get dressed. “We can chat more in my office before you go. Mr. Monkhouse, let the patient dress, please?”

“I will,” he says with a nod. She smiles as she walks out.

“Did you sleep with her? Or are you trying?” I ask him.

“I don’t shit where I eat,” he says.

“Oh, really?” My eyebrows jump for my hairline as my eyes drill into him my blatant disbelief.

“She’s twenty years older than me!”

I tilt my head, waiting. He’s holding out. He knows damn well he’s nailed a colleague or two well into their forties. Such as… “Rita?”

His mouth drops open, his dual-colored eyes going wide. Thanks to his scrubs, the green one shifts to blue-green or turquoise like the ocean and the hazel one looks golden. I still marvel at how strange yet beautiful they are.

“Wow, pulling out the stops,” he says. “Fine, I have cleaned up on the nurse aisle before, and a couple docs, but I’ve learned my lesson. It gets ugly.” He opens the door and stops. “Get dressed.”

I wait for him to close the door behind him before I peel off the gown and put on my clothes.

“Why’d you faint?” he asks when I get out into the hall. He’d clearly waited just outside.

I lightly punch his arm, noting a slight sunburn on his nose. Someone went surfing this morning and forgot his sunblock. “Don’t you have actual work to do, stalker?”

“Not at this very moment.” He looks around. “So what’s up? Are you okay?”

“Low blood sugar,” I lie. It feels gross, especially given his sincerity. I never lie to my best friends. “Forgot to eat this morning.”

“Forgetting to eat? That’s not like you.” Likely sensing my bullshit, he steps a little closer. “You’d tell me if something was wrong, wouldn’t you?”

I’m warmed by his concern, but I’m not yet ready to discuss anything. Time to redirect.

“Are you calling me fat, Monkhouse?” I like giving him shit. Not to mention, I’m quite comfortable in my own skin. At five foot nine, I’m pretty lanky with the exception of a bit of a bubble butt that popped out when I was in college.

“Always, Porky.”

An elderly woman walks by at that very moment. She stops to spit at him and expresses her extreme outrage on my behalf. “Horrible man! You want me to crush his man business?” she asks me, holding up her cane, which has flames painted on it.

“Um,” I stammer. I pretend to think about it while Fox’s eyes grow wide.

He purses his lips as if to say, “be serious!”

I turn back to my savior. “That’s very tempting, thank you. But I’m okay.”

“You’re sure?” Harley Quinn’s grandma doesn’t buy it, and is clearly looking to dole out a beatdown. Maybe she got bad news today, too.

“Totally.” Leaning toward her, I cup a hand by my mouth to offer an aside. “I have it on excellent authority that his dangle isn’t exactly swinging in the breeze, if you know what I mean.”

She nods knowingly and threatens Fox with her badass cane one more time before walking away.

“Wow,” I say after she turns the corner. “That was like tenth grade all over again.”

In high school, I struggled to keep on weight because my metabolism was pretty high. Some incredibly rude people called me “Rexy,” so Fox would call me “Chubs” in protest. He got in loads of trouble because the perceptive teachers of Bodhi Beach High assumed I was, in fact, anorexic and Fox was bullying me. Since the actual name-callers were girls, that slipped right under their radar. Fox, however, was loud and proud about it. It was a hell of a mess, but in the end, it was just my friend sticking up for me in his own poorly thought-out, controversial way, as per usual.

“I’ve never been threatened with the official cane of the Hells Angels before,” he says, wiping the spit off his scrubs.

“Go back to work,” I say with a giggle. “I’ll talk to you later.”

“You coming to the barbecue this Saturday?” he calls after me. “It’s my birthday, you know.”

“Wouldn’t miss it, old timer. Is the bonfire going to be legal this time?” I wink. Fox’s house is on the beach. It was his grandpa’s and he inherited it, the lucky prick.

“Of course not!” He rethinks his volume. “I mean, yes. Yes, it is. Bring beer. Oh, and is your brother coming?” he asks.

“You know, I haven’t talked to Cameron in a few. Seems like he’s been a little incommunicado, according to my mom. I don’t see how he’d miss it though.”

Fox nods. “Well, I hope he can make it! Tell him to come in drag because I want to motorboat him again. I don’t know where he got those falsies, but they were super comfortable to stick my face in.”

I perform the expected eye-roll followed by an about-face toward Dr. Beaufort’s office. “See you then, perv,” I call.

“Takes one to know one!”

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After a more in-depth conversation with Dr. B, I’m not very good anymore. I may only have one good year of fertility if I want to conceive a baby without assistance. Or I could have five years, maybe more, but even that’s hard to say. Menopause is not only hard to predict, but makes my cycle erratic, which heavily lends to the odds against me. I thought I wanted kids but I’m hella single at present. It’s been eight months since I dumped Brett, and after that debacle, the “do I want kids” question is, well, questionable. With my new and the-opposite-of-improved timeline, I’m forced to address an issue I should have had more than a decade to consider.

Freezing some eggs is supposedly a legit option as I’m otherwise healthy and a good candidate for it. “But I wouldn’t wait,” Dr. B had said, stressing the point that I might not have very long to decide. “Think about it. You have a little time, but don’t think too long. Before you know it, it could be too late.”

I told her I didn’t have to think. I don’t have tens of thousands of dollars to plunk down on iced egg-os. Thanks to Brett’s bullshit and my stupid trusting heart, I loaned him the money to start his deejay business. I blame blind lust.

I ended up charging a bunch of stuff, which the imbecile sold for cash to blow at the bookie’s. Turned out, he didn’t want to start a business, just further a secret gambling habit. My credit took a nosedive along with our relationship. I’m still wading out of the debt he helped create and I have no money left to take out a hit. Where’s the justice?

I have my grandma’s 1967 Mustang convertible that’s worth a little money, but she’s not all original or in the greatest shape. I’d also need much deeper, unindebted pockets to pay for the work needed to make her a showstopper. I can’t imagine parting with it to pay shit off for my stupidity.

With all this on my shoulders, I sit in my not-very-cherry classic Mustang convertible in the parking garage and cry. And cry. And cry until I’m thoroughly dehydrated and have a mark from the steering wheel on my forehead. The setting sun is piercing directly through the structure when I come up for air.

It’s well past rush hour, and there shouldn’t be much in the way of gridlock left on the 405. So there’s that.

 

 

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S.M. Lumetta was born in Detroit, MI, and now resides in NYC. Since she was small, she has adored storytelling in all its forms, especially books and films. Sooner and later, she figured out that since her love of words was overwhelming, she had no choice but to take the words in mind and share them. Romance is her favorite read, but horror and crime novels are a close second. She loves to travel and has a bucket list of places to visit long enough for several lifetimes. She also has a plethora of unnecessary t-shirts, a penchant for sarcasm, and a unholy love for the oxford comma.

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Title: One Final Chance

Author: LK Collins | @authorLKCollins

Release Date: April 21st 2017

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What happens when the one you’re meant to be with has been right in front of you all along?

Fallon Wrenshaw never screamed one single word so loudly in all her life.

Her throat burned.

Her ears rang.

All she wanted was for him to stop, but it didn’t matter—it was too late.

What’s done was done.

And in that moment, she realized she’d been blind to the truth for years.

All her greatest fears turned into her sad reality. She watched it all unfold right before her, no longer able to deny it.

Her heart shattered so thoroughly, she couldn’t imagine going on.

That was . . . until Parks.

He helped her see things differently.

He always had.

He was her light—her constant—her salvation.

He was her best friend and he’d been there all along, it just took her a while to see what was meant to be, and when she did, she worried it was too late.

That she’d lost her one final chance at love.

 

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From International Bestselling Author, LK Collins, comes One Final Breath an emotional and unforgettable read about losing the one you love and learning how to go on without them.
LK Collins is the naughty alter ego for the husband-and-wife duo behind multiple bestselling and international bestselling novels. This real-life couple is downright dirty in the bedroom, which bleeds through the pages of their steaming hot stories. While LK writes the books, Mr. Collins, the tattooed god himself, is the mastermind behind so much of the page-turning sexiness.

If you are looking for a scorching read with chemistry so intense it jumps off the pages, then an LK novel is for you. From standalones to series, their stories will have you blushing and panting, ready to reread them the moment you’ve finished. The heroes are alpha, demanding, filthy-talking men that will do anything for their girl…or to get them.

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One life.

One choice.

One love.

Sometimes it’s all we get and one moment could change it all.

I hate the number one—it haunts me; my every waking moment is a constant reminder of what I lost.

One day, I met a guy and I fell in love.

He asked me one question…I said yes.

Our life was perfect…until one day everything changed.

I watched him slowly slip and fade away.

The one person I loved, my best friend, my partner, my everything, was slowly dying right in front of my eyes.

The doctors said he had one year left; he only lasted one month.

As I held on to his hand, he took one final breath and slipped from this world.

Leaving me; one woman, one broken heart, one child to show the world to…all alone.

This is my story about the power of one…

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Who knew my brother’s friend could be Mr. Right, and not just Mr. Right Now? 

 

My brother refused to introduce me, so I blame him. If he’d just caved, and introduced me to Jasper, I wouldn’t be in this mess. I mean, really, what’s the big deal? I’m not interested in the guy’s looks.

Oh no, I want his cold hard cash. (Be honest, you were expecting that other four letter ‘c’ word weren’t you?)

Now, before you go getting all judgy, I’m not a gold digger. I have a legitimate business opportunity for Jasper to invest in. The problem is that my stick-up-his-ass brother is embarrassed that his twin sister invents kick ass sex toys. His problem, not mine.

So, I took matters into my own hands. Defeat isn’t a word in Lennon Hart’s dictionary.

Using my stealthy P.I. moves, I narrowed my search to a time and place where I knew I could find him. It was completely innocent. A chance meeting that would give me the opportunity to pitch my business.

It wasn’t until I sat down across from the gorgeous panty soaking man in front of me, that I realized I wanted so much more than just his money. I could very well want his heart if I wasn’t careful.

Apparently my P.I. skills aren’t as stellar as I thought because Jasper had his own secret—and it changed EVERYTHING. 

 

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Piper Rayne, or Piper and Rayne, whichever you prefer because we’re not one author, we’re two. Yep, you get two established authors for the price of one. You might be wondering if you know us? Maybe you’ll read our books and figure it out. Maybe you won’t. Does it really matter?

We aren’t trying to stamp ourselves with a top-secret label. We wanted to write without apology. We wanted to not be pigeon holed into a specific outline. We wanted to give readers a story without them assuming how the story will flow. Everyone has their favorite authors, right? And when you pick up their books, you expect something from them. Whether it’s an alpha male, heavy angst, a happily ever after, there’s something you are absolutely certain the book will contain. Heck, we’re readers, too, we get it.

What can we tell you about ourselves? We both have kindle’s full of one-clickable books. We’re both married to husbands who drive us to drink. We’re both chauffeurs to our kids. Most of all, we love hot heroes and quirky heroines that make us laugh, and we hope you do, too.

 

 

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#Blurb

“Stupid.”

One word that could ruin a person.

One word that can change a life.

One word that can destroy a mind.

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Sophia Bennett heard it all her life. Smart, sweet, and shy, she hesitated to voice her ideas and opinions in fear of hearing that dreaded word, “Don’t be stupid, Sophia.”

She became introverted, quiet. Talking to people became a struggle she fought to control. She turned into a woman she never thought she’d be.

Seen but never heard.

Appearance became everything.

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A fake smile and sad eyes draw him in.

Her intoxicating innocence has him obsessed with the need to know everything about her.

An unknown threat has them questioning everything about her life.

Lennox soon makes it his mission to convince her to give him One Chance, but will she after her world crumbles

before her?

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Amazon bestselling author of The Protectors Series and The Possessed Series.

I’m never quite sure what to say here.

So here goes…

I’m a Canadian girl through and through, I love the mountains, yet I hate the snow. The summer here gets HAWT and I wish it was year round.

Some of my favorite things are cookie dough ice cream from Marble Slab, every Die Hard movie made, and crime drama shows on TV.

I swear like a sailor, don’t do frilly girly things. BUT I love when my husband treats me like a queen.

I take photos for fun, and write to breathe. I love to be as creative as I can, when I can.

These are some of my favorite things about me. Do you wanna know the best part of me?

My family.

My mom and Grandma have supported me through every bad decision, and cheated on the good ones. They’re strong woman who I look up to!

My husband, Steven, Scuba Steve, we’ve been together since I was 17, had our first baby, Savannah, when I was 18, and were married when I was 19. 3 boys, Chase Liam & JD, and 12 years later our family is complete.

Without their constant support (And sometimes badgering) I don’t think I would be the woman I am today.

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