Blog Tour + Review: Needing Him by Kennedy Fox

 

 

 

 

Evan Bishop is your typical hotshot doctor.
Hardass, brooding, and all business.

Instead of working on the family ranch, Evan broke the mold and became an ER doctor.
He’s good with his hands—in more ways than one—smart as a whip and is the definition of God’s gift to women. Being a gentleman is in his Southern roots, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t flawed. Exclusive dating has never been a top priority and his tragic past makes him stay at arm’s length. Deciding to let loose for a wild night, he takes a page from the Bishop brother’s relationship book and hooks up with a mysterious girl he’ll never have to see again, which is perfect for this self-proclaimed bachelor.

Emily Bell is a city girl through and through but is determined to get away from her family and past. All she wants is a fresh start and to make a name for herself in the medical field. No random hookups and no dating coworkers—that’s her new motto after being burned time and again. When she agrees to attend a wedding as a plus-one, she’s soon ditched and left to drink solo—but not for long. Mr. Suit is the ultimate temptation with his Southern charm, messy blond hair, and irresistible sex appeal. Everything about him screams bad news, but he makes her reconsider her rules just for one night.

After all, some rules are made to be broken.

They want the same thing—one night of passion then they’ll go their separate ways. No cuddling afterward. No next day phone calls. No awkward goodbyes. Too bad the universe has other plans—one that’ll be obvious when they report to work on Monday morning.

*A contemporary romance with a little Southern drama. This is book 2 in the Bishop Brothers series. Each book features a different brother and can be read as a complete standalone. HEA guaranteed!*
Not suitable for readers under 18 due to adult language and sexual content.

 

 

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I caved.

 

Fuck me. I caved, and now he thinks he’s in control and God’s gift to the world.

 

Fucking great.

 

I won’t let him manipulate me with sex. He must not be that smart if he thinks that’s actually going to work. I said those things in the heat of the moment and because I really needed to fucking come, but that doesn’t mean I meant it. Hell, I would’ve told him the sky was purple if that meant he’d give me what I needed.

 

Regardless, that was really damn hot. The way I yelled at him, and he yelled back, and then we just attacked each other. Every moment of our first night together has replayed in my head since it happened, but now… angry Evan is the one who will haunt me in my dreams. Angry Evan is hot and demanding and knows just how to tease the fuck out of me. I almost hate him for it. Except I could never hate a man who knows how to worship my body like he does.

 

But God, does he really have to be such a controlling asshole?

 

I scoop my scrubs and shoes off the floor and adjust my just-fucked hair. Once my top is on, I search for my panties. When I don’t find them on the floor, I shake out my scrub bottoms, but they aren’t there either. What the fuck?

 

Panic starts to surface at the realization that I lost my damn panties. Shit, shit, shit.

 

My pager beeps, and it’s painfully obvious I’m going to have to put my pants on without them. Quickly, I finish getting dressed and push my shoes on before grabbing my lab coat and the soiled shirt and flying out the door.

 

I throw Evan’s shirt in the trash before anyone can see me and ask questions.

 

Rushing to the nurses’ station for an update, I look around but don’t see any commotion or people scrambling like normal. “What’s going on? You paged me?” I ask, trying to catch my breath.

 

Fiona looks at me like I’ve gone crazy. She swallows and lowers her eyes before bringing them back up to look at me. She witnessed the heated argument back in the trauma room, and now she looks uncomfortable as hell. “Dr. Bishop asked me to page you. He wanted me to tell you that your break is over and to get back to work.” I can tell she’s uneasy delivering the news, but that doesn’t stop the anger from brewing inside me.

 

The vein in my forehead is about to burst, but I remind myself to play it cool. For all they knew, Evan sent me on the break to calm down, and now I’m the one looking like a slacker.

 

“Okay. Thanks.” I pinch my lips together to prevent any further words from spewing out of me. No one can know that Evan and I are…whatever the hell we are. Considering I came to this hospital to make a name for myself all on my own, the last thing I need is people thinking I sleep my way to the top.

 

Crap.

 

“Dr. Bell,” Evan barks from the other side of the room. He’s holding a pile of charts in his hands that are no doubt from the huge fire incident that just unfolded.

 

Taking a deep breath, I put my lab coat on and dig my stethoscope from the pocket and wrap it around my neck. We have to act impartially to each other publicly, but hell, I didn’t realize how hard it’d be now that we’re together.

 

“Yes, Dr. Bishop?”

 

He doesn’t even look up at me when I approach him, and I hate that it irritates me.

 

“I need you on beds seven through fifteen until the next shift rotation, then finish these charts before you leave.” His head tilts up, his lips in a firm line as he piles the stack in my arms. “I also need an update on the Brauer kids once an hour.”

 

Swallowing, I adjust the charts in my arms to prevent them from falling. I won’t let my pride get in the way of doing my job, and if charts are what I need to do right now, then I won’t make a scene. At least not in front of everyone. However, once we’re alone, I’m going to give him a piece of my mind for treating me like a damn intern again.

 

“Absolutely. Anything else, sir?” My tone is laced with fake sweetness, and he doesn’t flinch a beat at it.

 

“Yes, actually.” He takes a step forward and dips his head until his mouth hovers over my ear. “Make sure those charts are done correctly before you leave. I’ll be looking through them extensively.”

 

“Of course.” I grind my teeth, wishing I could give him a piece of my mind right now.

 

“And since I know you’re going commando, I won’t ask you to perform any oral procedures.” He winks before walking away, making my blood boil.

 

That asshole stole my panties!

 

 

Brooke Cumberland & Lyra Parish are a duo of romance authors who teamed up to write under the USA Today Bestselling pseudonym, Kennedy Fox. They share a love of You’ve Got Mail and The Holiday. When they aren’t bonding over romantic comedies, they like to brainstorm new book ideas. One day, they decided to collaborate and have some fun creating new characters that’ll make your lady bits tingle and your heart melt. If you enjoy romance stories with sexy, tattooed alpha males and smart, independent women, then a Kennedy Fox book is for you!

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Review:

Evan Bishop is by far my favorite Bishop Brothers these days- don’t get me wrong, I loved Alex, but Evan just did it for me. He is moody and mean but deep down a big softy and I LOVE it. This book also had a little something more than your typical romance- a little suspense to go along with it and I couldn’t have enjoyed it any more!!

Dr. Evan Bishop has no desire to settle down and isn’t looking for any sort of relationship, so when he meets Emily at his brother’s wedding, he is just looking for a hookup. However the hookup has gotten under his skin (and out of his clothes- literally you will die when you read what Emily does!) and now he can’t get the Mystery Girl out of his mind. Until he sees her the next day, AT WORK.

Dr. Emily Bishop is the new doctor in town, and while she comes from a line of doctors in the family she took this job because she needed a fresh start and didn’t want to constantly be seen in her father’s footsteps. After she has a “refreshing” weekend, she shows up to work and who else does she see besides the guy that she gave a fake name to! To make matters worse, he is her superior for the next few weeks and they prove to be very interesting!

There is so much sexual tension, there are some extremely funny parts, and there is also this mystery under neath it all that kept me glued to it. I laughed out loud and most of the book and was completely smitten with how much Evan cared for Emily. Something about these books makes me want to sell my city house and buy a big ranch in Texas and have lots of babies so I can be just like the Bishops. I am invested in this whole family but Evan took the cake!

I give this book 5 stars because I loved the drama, I loved the comedy and I loved the story of two people that deserve to be together. They both find each other at the right time, and I truly enjoyed this book! I highly recommend it and think you should definitely read it!

Review: Somebody’s Daughter by Rochelle Weinstein

Title: Somebody’s Daughter

Genre: Fiction

Author: Rochelle Weinstein

Review:

I was sent Somebody’s Daughter by Getred PR in exchange for an honest review- all opinions are mine.

Let me start by saying, I typically stick to the Romance genre, so this book was out of the norm for me and I am so glad that I took a chance on it. Somebody’s daughter was gripping, scary, and eye opening especially given the world we live in today. While I do not have a daughter, I do have two sons and I am positive that the things my parents worried about when I was a kid are not the things I will be worried about with them. I don’t know if me being a parent altered my view on the book, but kids or not every person could stand to read it- bullying and what happened to Zoe could happen to any one of us. We are all human and we all make mistakes. (I just thank the good Lord above there wasn’t Facebook or Youtube around when I was making mine!)

I was a fan of the writing and the story – this story needs to be told. I can’t imagine at 14 having to deal with my consequences. I think it’s important for parents to read it because it gives a scenario or a way to deal with it. Zoe’s actions are so real- they are something that you or I, or friends daughters could do and I think it brought it more to life. While there was a lot of pain to read, confusion at times, and many many heartbreaks, I felt like I needed to keep reading because there has to be a rainbow at the end right?

At times, I did sort of predict what was going to happen, and it was cheesy, but I still feel like this book is worthy of taking a chance on. Overall, I give this book 4 stars because it was a well written story, the characters were so real and so in depth and that it felt like I was reading a journal at times, I enjoyed the book (no matter how many times my heart shattered) and I would recommend it to others. This book releases on 4/17 and I think you should pick it up!

New Release + Review: Whispers of My Skin

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Desperate times call for desperate measures.

That’s what they say, right?

Well, I guess it must be true because I’m desperate.

And I’m about to take desperate measures.

That’s why I’m standing at his door, preparing to face him. Even though we are no longer what we used to be. Even though he doesn’t love me as he once did.

The girl he loved is no more, she vanished.

So did he.

Both gone with the wind, left behind in the mists of time.

We grew up, moved on.

But just when it seems there’s nothing left between us, there comes a second chance.

A whisper that grows, won’t be ignored, can’t be ignored as it ensnares us, entwines us.

Whispers of love.

Whispers of my skin.

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Whispers of my Skin was a slow burn, friends to lovers book featuring Tara and Joel. They haven’t seen in each other in awhile but as fate would have it, they are back in each others lives. And to make it even better- a true southern Cowboy read – who doesn’t love a cowboy rancher!

I did enjoy this book- the beginning did a great job of leaving just enough intrigue to keep you reading. You have to know what could events could have possibly transpired that has left Tara in the predicament she is in now.

There was a lot of back and forth between the two- I did love when they would get together, but more often than not something ridiculous would happen that would break them apart. I did enjoy the whole story, but I thought could have been told better with less drama. It was a lot to take in, but at the end of the day I was invested in and enjoyed the characters and their story.

I give this book 3.5 stars because It was well organized, it was captivating, I enjoyed the story and I thought the characters were relatable although at times unrealistic. I picture this book best read on a vacation in the mountains sipping on some coffee and looking at the beautiful land. So if that is something you have planned, pick this book up!

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New Release + ARC Review: Worth Every Risk by Terri E. Laine and A.M. Hargrove

RELEASE BLITZ
Title: Worth Every Risk
A Wilde Players Series Standalone Spin-off Novel
Authors: Terri E. Laine & A.M. Hargrove
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: March 29, 2018

BLURB

USA Today Bestselling authors, Terri E. Laine and A.M. Hargrove are bringing a new sexy standalone contemporary romance novel, Worth Every Risk.

Andi

He was my best friend since we were little.
Even though he was off limits, as we grew up, he became my forever, my everything.
But I couldn’t let my selfish dreams hold him back.
They say that if you love someone, you should let them go.
I did.
He became the world’s greatest soccer player.
Money.
Fame.
Beautiful women.
He had it all.
One thing I never expected was for him to walk back into my life again.

Chase

She was perfect for me in every way.
Once we kissed that first time, there was no turning back.
But I made a mistake by letting her go.
My need for her has only grown.
After three long years, I’ve decided to get her back.
Only I’m too late.
Someone has taken my place.
I don’t know if I still love her or if I should hate her.
One thing is certain.
She is and always has been mine.

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REVIEW:

“We need this break, babe or we’re going to break. And we can’t afford that. Are you with me on this?”

This book was worth every second I read it! I absolutely without a doubt enjoyed this book. The writing was phenomenal and the story will leave your heartstrings worn out from being pulled so much!

Andi and Chase have grown up together and they belong together but Chase gets the opportunity of a life time and Andi knows that she can’t be the one to hold him back. But when it’s time to stake his claim he realizes he might be too late.

The story doesn’t end there and I will try to keep it short so that I don’t ruin it for anyone, but please know this book has everything you could possibly want out of a romance novel. It also holds a special place in my heart because it deals with a child needing medical attention and my husband and I have gone through that. It is the closest thing I have seen that depicts so beautifully realistic the things that parents go through when they have a sick child and how you can come out on top- how you can work together and make a relationship work even in stressful times.

I absolutely recommend this book and give it 5 stars because not only was it beautifully written, but it was one of those books that just sticks with you. It is realistic and yet I still got my HEA that I love. As soon as it’s released you should add this to your TBR.

AUTHOR BIOS & LINKS

Terri E. Laine

Terri E. Laine, USA Today bestselling author, left a lucrative career as a CPA to pursue her love for writing. Outside of her roles as a wife and mother of three, she’s always been a dreamer and as such became an avid reader at a young age.

Many years later, she got a crazy idea to write a novel and set out to try to publish it. With over a dozen titles published under various pen names, the rest is history. Her journey has been a blessing, and a dream realized. She looks forward to many more memories to come.

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A.M. Hargrove

One day, on her way home from work as a sales manager, USA Today bestselling author, A. M. Hargrove, realized her life was on fast forward and if she didn’t do something soon, it would be too late to write that work of fiction she had been dreaming of her whole life. So she made a quick decision to quit her job and reinvented herself as a Naughty and Nice Romance Author.

Reader, Writer, #WalterThePuppy Owner, Dark Chocolate Lover, Ice Cream Worshipper, Vodka Aficionado, Coffee Drinker, she believes coffee and ice cream should be added as part of the USDA food groups. Find out more at www.amhargrove.com

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New Release + Review: Getaway Girl by Tessa Bailey

 

Title: Getaway Girl
Author: Tessa Bailey
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
Release Date: March 26, 2018

Blurb
This unlikely
getaway driver never expected to help
the mayor escape…
After a six-year
absence, Addison Potts is back in Charleston to stir things up. And what better
place to make her villainous return than her estranged cousin’s wedding? Only,
the nuptials hit a snag when the bride doesn’t show, leaving Addison to play getaway
driver for the jilted groom. A groom whose heartbreaking smile and deep,
southern drawl she should not be noticing…
Elijah Montgomery Du
Pont is the future mayor of Charleston. From his military career to city hall,
every detail of his life has been meticulously planned. Until now. His only
respite from life’s sudden upheaval is Addison, his new, improbable best
friend. She makes him happy. Grounds him. And public disapproval be damned,
he’s not willing to give her up. But with an election on the line and public
pressure rising, Addison—and the cruel hand of fate—might not give him a
choice.

 

Review:

“Not loving you would have been crazier than loving you at first sight”

I really do enjoy reading books about love at first sight- there is something about that “theory” that has always intrigued me and this book gave me all of the feels! Cover of the book -Hot, first few pages- hotter, and the overall story- HOT HOT HOT! Addison and Elijah belong together and I was so excited to get to read their story.

Addison is back in Charleston, SC. She sees the groom of the wedding she is attending and can’t help but think that he should not be getting married. Crazy thought to think that thought at a wedding, and an even crazier thought when you combine it with the fact that she has never met the man, doesn’t know anything about him, AND he is getting married to her cousin- yes you read that right! Once you dive further into the book, you will understand that it was just something that couldn’t be helped from Addison, that it was love at first sight. Honestly, I wasn’t even mad at the girl cause when you know, you know. Elijah somehow winds up in Addison’s car after the ceremony ends and what follows is what makes the book so great!

This was my first book by Tessa Bailey and surely will not be my last. I loved the fast pace of the book and I loved how interesting the story was. Each character had their own quirks and things about them that I just loved reading about, and you couldn’t help but want to know more and more while reading. It was a fun and quick read for me and while the book had a HEA, there were many moments where I wanted to punch Elijah right in the face. However, at the end in my opinion he redeems himself and makes you swoon over him because you know this is true love! It had moments of intrigue with the backstory including some family drama, the perfect balance of steamy scenes, and a great ending that will keep a smile on your face for days.

I give this book 5 stars because it was the perfect read for me, and I would definitely recommend it to my fellow book lovers. It has everything you could want out of a romance book and just enough mystery surrounding the story to keep you hooked and zoned in until you finish the book. I totally got lost in the story and absolutely loved it and think you will too! Getaway Girl is must read and you will not be disappointed!

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Excerpt
“Well…” I
stop to clear the rasp from my voice. “If there’s no picture of us together, we
should take one.”
“Good
idea.” He crooks his finger at me, unwittingly sealing his fate. “Come here.”
I put my
jacket on downstairs when I thought we were leaving, but I take it off now,
simply letting it fall. “I want you in the mayor’s chair.”
His eyes
stray to my pooled jacket, then tick to mine. “You what?”
“In the
picture. I want you sitting in the chair.”
“Oh.
Right.” He slides out the brown leather, high-back executive chair and drops
into it. “What about you?”
My bravery
slips. Whose wouldn’t? This powerful, gorgeous man sits before me, outlined by
the city he’s been elected to run. His thighs are thicker than my waist, his
sleeves caught up around his elbows. A strong man. A man of conviction who will
not be seduced unless he really wants to be.
Or is driven
out of his mind and can’t resist.
Before I
can second-guess myself, I move between his outstretched thighs and ease myself
onto his lap. “Addison.”
I send him
an innocent look over my shoulder. “Yes, Captain?”
His chest
rises and falls. Once. Twice. “Take the picture.”
The fact
that I’m playing with fire stops psyching me out…and begins to excite me. Maybe
it’s the gravel in his tone…or the big fists that come to rest on the desk.
No…it’s definitely the way he presses his nose to my hair and inhales. As if
I’m not going to notice. But I do. I do and it makes me braver. Makes me throb
between my legs.
“The
picture, Addison.”
“Sorry.” I
lean across the desk where I set my purse, taking my time digging through to
find my cell before pulling it out, searching for the camera app. All the
while, his muscles bunch beneath me, harder and harder…and that’s when I feel
it. His erection lifts under my backside, so thick and glorious, I bite my lip
to stop from crying out. I want to, though. I want to sob at the proof that
he’s physically attracted to me and at least I have that much.
My hands
are shaking as I lift the camera, my instincts screaming at me to grind down.
Elijah’s breath is pelting the back of my neck. Other than that he’s completely
still, though. But when I flip the camera around to selfie mode and get my
first look at his face, there isn’t a jury on the planet that would rule him
unaffected. His eyes are closed, nostrils flared, mouth open against my hair.
“You’ve got five seconds,” he says. “Take it, or—”
“Or what?”
Elijah stands up and takes me with him, my ass pressed to his lap, feet
dangling off the ground. As if I weigh nothing more than a child. It only lasts
for a couple mind-blowing seconds, though, before he settles me on the ground
behind his desk. His heat begins to leave me and I sense my chance slipping
away, so I twist around to face him. Still mere inches away from me, he pauses
with his head tipped forward, hands flexing at his sides. “We could be more
than friends.” After easing myself backwards onto the desk, I snag his necktie
and tug him closer, guiding his hips between my open thighs. “Just for
tonight.”
His laugh
is more like a rough expulsion of air, the scent of bourbon hitting me. “That’s
not how things work,” he says, his palms scraping up my thighs, twisting in the
hem of my dress. “Goddammit, Addison. You’re not supposed to tempt me like
this.”
Tempted.
He’s tempted. My blood cells crash together. “I don’t always do what I’m
supposed to,” I murmur, leaning up to bring our mouths close, a breath
separating them. “If I wasn’t your friend, would you kiss me right now?”
His eyes
fasten on my mouth, seeming darker than usual. Predatory. “You felt what you
did to my cock, sugar. You know the answer to that.”

Author Bio

Tessa
Bailey is originally from Carlsbad, California. The day after high school
graduation, she packed her yearbook, ripped jeans and laptop, driving
cross-country to New York City in under four days.
Her most
valuable life experiences were learned thereafter while waitressing at K-Dees,
a Manhattan pub owned by her uncle. Inside those four walls, she met her
husband, best friend and discovered the magic of classic rock, managing to put
herself through Kingsborough Community College and the English program at Pace
University at the same time. Several stunted attempts to enter the work force
as a journalist followed, but romance writing continued to demand her
attention.
She now
lives in Long Island, New York with her husband of ten years and
six-year-old daughter. Although she is severely sleep-deprived, she is
incredibly happy to be living her dream of writing about people falling in
love.
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Blog Tour: ARC Review + Excerpt of The Swedish Prince by Karina Halle

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The Swedish Prince by Karina Halle
Publication Date: March 22nd, 2018
Genre: Contemporary Romance

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I never believed in fairy-tales.

Never held out for Prince Charming.

Growing up poor in small-town California as the oldest of six siblings, I knew I would never ride off into the sunset with anyone. That was even more apparent when a senseless tragedy took the lives of my parents, forcing me to become the sole guardian of our dysfunctional household at the mere age of twenty-three.

Then a fateful encounter literally brought Prince Charming to my dusty doorstep.

At first I thought Viktor was just your average businessman passing through, albeit obscenely handsome, six-foot-five, blue-eyed, and mysteriously rich.

But soon I discovered the truth behind Viktor’s façade.

Beneath his quiet, enigmatic gaze and cocky charm, is a man who is running away from who he really is. A role he’d rather not fulfill.

He is Viktor of House Nordin, His Royal Highness, The Crown Prince of Sweden.

Yet uncovering Viktor’s secret was only the first step.

I didn’t expect to fall in love with him.

I didn’t expect to have my whole life turned upside down.

When you’re from two different worlds, can your hearts meet somewhere in the middle?

Or do happily-ever-afters only exist in fairy-tales?

The Swedish Prince is a standalone romance inspired by Roman Holiday.

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Excerpt:

“Do you need any help?” Callum asks Viktor as he sorts things.

Callum has never asked to help me in the kitchen before.

Viktor smiles at him appreciatively and I’m aware of how charmed they are of each other. It warms my heart.

“Well let’s see,” Viktor says and takes off his suit jacket, hanging it on the back of the chair, and starts rolling up his sleeves. His tanned, muscled forearms pop against the white fabric as he folds it around his elbow. Hot damn. Forget about warming my heart, this is warming up other places.

“What are you good at Callum?” he asks.

Callum taps his finger against his chin in thought. “Math.”

“That’s great. I meant in the kitchen.”

“Slicing things,” he says with a big smile. “Or stabbing things.” Evil giggle.

Viktor’s eyes widen briefly. “Okay, so we’ll keep you away from the knives.” He looks at me for help.

I shrug. “Beats me, he’s never wanted to help me in the kitchen.”

“Because you’re not James Bond,” Callum says.

“Well sorrrrrry,” I tell him. I can’t blame the kid. Viktor in his suit in our kitchen is probably the most exciting thing to ever happen to us.

“Have you ever grated parmesan, Callum?” Viktor asks him while rummaging through the drawers and finding the cheese grater. He raises it up triumphantly while I silently shake my head, no way. A cheese grater is just a knife with scales.

“Nevermind,” Viktor says quickly, placing the cheese grater far away from him. “How about you just sit there and sing me songs. I rather liked your rendition of Dancing Queen.”

Oh god. Now that I know “Dancing Queen” was sung to his actual mother the night before she became queen, by ABBA themselves, Callum’s version seems even more crude.

“I forgot the lyrics,” Callum says with a shrug. “But I can rap.” He clears his throat like he’s about to sing an opera. “I like big poops and I cannot lie.”

I roll my eyes and give Viktor a warning look. He asked for this.

“Can I help with anything?” I ask coming around the table beside him.

“An apron would be great,” he says. His hands are already floured from handling the fresh pasta so I grab an apron hanging in the pantry – one that has chickens all over it, my mother was obsessed with chickens – and bring it over to him.

We smile at each other as he lowers his head so I can slip the top strap over his neck. With his head at my height, I take a moment to run my hands through his hair under the guise of fixing it.

My god. This is what heaven feels like. His hair is so thick and lush and silky, the ultimate sensory experience. I get a whiff of his shampoo, something woodsy and herbal that makes me want to drool. How I want nothing more than to just grab a few strands between my fingers and give it a sharp tug. I want to see the easy-going expression on his face become something raw and wild.

He sneaks a glance up at me and I realize how inappropriate I must be touching him like this.

“Your hair was a little messed,” I say quietly, then I go behind him and tie the straps around his lower back. Damn, if Callum wasn’t sitting right there and watching this whole scene, I’d start running my hands up and down his back, feeling every hard, taut muscle, and then climb him like a jungle gym. He’s just so tall, his shoulders so broad and wide, that I feel like I take up no space at all next to him, like Viktor commands every atom in the room when he’s around.

But Callum is watching, very intently I might add, and whatever intimacy I had conjured up by putting an apron vanishes.

Meet Karina:
Karina Halle is a former travel writer and music journalist and The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today Bestselling author of The Pact, Love, in English, The Artists Trilogy, Dirty Angels and over 20 other wild and romantic reads. She lives on an island off the coast of British Columbia with her husband and her rescue pup, where she drinks a lot of wine, hikes a lot of trails and devours a lot of books.

Halle is represented by the Root Literary and is both self-published and published by Simon & Schuster and Hachette in North America and in the UK.

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My Review:

I seriously swoon every time I read a Karina Halle story and this one was no different! I absolutely adored the Swedish Prince, always more and never less!
This is a fairly tale- a full length romance novel that I have been dreaming she would write and SHE DID IT! You can tell she poured her heart and soul into this book. It is loosely based on the Roman Holiday mixed in with a little bit of Shameless (totally channeled Fiona Gallagher the whole time I was reading it) and it will sweep you off of your feet. If you are looking for a book that will sweep you into a fairy tale world, a world that we can only imagine as lowly plebeians, this this is the book for you. The characters are carefully thought out, the story is believable with just the right amount of magic and it definitely hit the sweet spot I was looking for.
In my opinion this was a fairly long book for me to read, and although it was lengthy the back story and the whole plot NEEDED to be there- so it had to be a full on novel. Don’t let the length scare you- it is totally worth it. Maggie and just your average girl that has to step up to the plate when life throws her a curve ball. Viktor might be the next crown Prince of Sweden but that doesn’t mean he is untouchable to life in the real world. Their mutual life happenings is what brings them together, and Karina does not disappoint in the steamy, hot, angst- filled scenes.
I gave this book 4.5 stars because it was a book that I loved and that I would recommend others to read. It had the perfect amount of everything I look for in a Romance Novel and this story did not disappoint. Although it was her first “royal” novel, I hope she will write again because this story was brilliant!
 Have you read Karina Halle or The Swedish Prince?  Let me know your thoughts!

 

Review: A Slippery Slope by Tanya Gallagher

Title: A Slippery Slope

Genre: New Adult Romance

Author: Tanya Gallagher

I absolutely adored A Slippery Slope! I loved the story, I loved the characters and I love the fact that Natalie Bloom is one bad ass boss lady!!

Natalie has just had to move back home thanks to a cheating boyfriend and finds herself in a place that many of have been before- not really sure of where to go from here and working a dead end job that isn’t really doing what you love. Upon returning home though, she sees Jackson- the guy that was her best friend before leaving and that the guy that broke her heart before leaving. Natalie is used to running away. She just proved herself again to never face her problems. But now that she has returned home, she needs to face life and figure out what she wants out of it, and who she really wants to be with.

I love the chemistry between Jackson and Natalie. I love the back history of them, and I loved how they have both found themselves in this slippery situation (literally) 😉 The story is funny and there were many times I was dying laughing. All of the characters make up important parts of the book. Just picturing each scene in my head made me want to keep reading and she what other kind of mess she could get into.

I give this book 4 stars because I really did enjoy this nice refreshing and light-hearted read. It kept me intrigued enough to want to know what happened, was funny as all get out, and at the end of the day worked out the way I wanted it to. There was no major twist or anything surprising, but that is ok- it didn’t need it! I would read another book by Tanya and would recommend this book to anyone who was looking for a friends to lovers/enemies to lovers type book. Great job!

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