April TBR + OWL’s TBR

It’s the last day of what has been a difficult month for all of us. I know that you must be as tired of this situation as I am but I am hopeful that as we move into the warmer months we will be able to get back to normality. I am an introverted person who loves being home and even I am starting to miss being out and about. Which means the O.W.L.’s Magical Readthon is a fun distraction for the month of April. I had a hard time narrowing down my career but I ended up going for Trader of Magical Tomes. I only have four classes I need to pass for the O.W.L.’s so I  tried my best to pick books from the usual categories I have on my TBR’s. If you want to find out more about the OWL’s then you can click here for the official website with links to everything you need to participate.

Book of the Month + Charms (a book with white on the cover)

Everyone has been raving about this book and I was so sad that I didn’t pick it as my BoTM last month so I made sure to make it my add on for this month.

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In Oak Knoll, a verdant, tight-knit North Carolina neighborhood, professor of forestry and ecology Valerie Alston-Holt is raising her bright and talented biracial son. Xavier is headed to college in the fall, and after years of single parenting, Valerie is facing the prospect of an empty nest. All is well until the Whitmans move in next door – an apparently traditional family with new money, ambition, and a secretly troubled teenaged daughter.

Thanks to his thriving local business, Brad Whitman is something of a celebrity around town, and he’s made a small fortune on his customer service and charm, while his wife, Julia, escaped her trailer park upbringing for the security of marriage and homemaking. Their new house is more than she ever imagined for herself, and who wouldn’t want to live in Oak Knoll? With little in common except a property line, these two very different families quickly find themselves at odds: first, over an historic oak tree in Valerie’s yard, and soon after, the blossoming romance between their two teenagers.

Told from multiple points of view, A Good Neighborhood asks big questions about life in America today―What does it mean to be a good neighbor? How do we live alongside each other when we don’t see eye to eye?―as it explores the effects of class, race, and heartrending star-crossed love in a story that’s as provocative as it is powerful.

Kindle

My brother recently started reading this book and has been telling me about how crazy of a story it is. I have owned this book for awhile so I’m glad to have an excuse to finally prioritize it. I saw on Goodreads that this is on KU so if you are interested that would be a good way to read it.

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A shocking and empowering true-crime story of three sisters determined to survive their mother’s house of horrors.

After more than a decade, when sisters Nikki, Sami, and Tori Knotek hear the word mom, it claws like an eagle’s talons, triggering memories that have been their secret since childhood. Until now.

For years, behind the closed doors of their farmhouse in Raymond, Washington, their sadistic mother, Shelly, subjected her girls to unimaginable abuse, degradation, torture, and psychic terrors. Through it all, Nikki, Sami, and Tori developed a defiant bond that made them far less vulnerable than Shelly imagined. Even as others were drawn into their mother’s dark and perverse web, the sisters found the strength and courage to escape an escalating nightmare that culminated in multiple murders.

Harrowing and heartrending, If You Tell is a survivor’s story of absolute evil—and the freedom and justice that Nikki, Sami, and Tori risked their lives to fight for. Sisters forever, victims no more, they found a light in the darkness that made them the resilient women they are today—loving, loved, and moving on.

Five Star Prediction + History of Magic (book with witches)

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In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe is a strange child—not powerful, like her father, nor viciously alluring like her mother. Turning to the world of mortals for companionship, she discovers that she does possess power—the power of witchcraft, which can transform rivals into monsters and menace the gods themselves.

Threatened, Zeus banishes her to a deserted island, where she hones her occult craft, tames wild beasts and crosses paths with many of the most famous figures in all of mythology, including the Minotaur, Daedalus and his doomed son Icarus, the murderous Medea, and, of course, wily Odysseus.

But there is danger, too, for a woman who stands alone, and Circe unwittingly draws the wrath of both men and gods, ultimately finding herself pitted against one of the most terrifying and vengeful of the Olympians. To protect what she loves most, Circe must summon all her strength and choose, once and for all, whether she belongs with the gods she is born from, or the mortals she has come to love.

Classic

April is Arab American heritage month so I wanted to pick something that would honor that.

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‘The bride then came surrounded by her slave girls like the moon among stars or a matchless pearl set among others on a string.’

When the beautiful Shahrazad gives herself to the bloody-handed King Shahriyar, she is not expected to survive beyond dawn. But using her wit and guile, she begins a sequence of stories that will last 1001 nights: stories of ‘ifrits and money-changers, prices and slave girls, fishermen and queens, and magical gardens of paradise. This volume also includes the well-known tale of ‘Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves’.

Along with this landmark new translation, Robert Irwin’s introduction discusses the many cultures The Arabian Nights has drawn on and the elaborate structure of the story-within-a-story that defines the collection, as well as the importance to the Nights of locked doors, sex, and the recurring themes of money, merchants and debts. This edition also contains suggestions for further reading, a glossary, maps and a chronology.

Kindle Unlimited

I just saw this morning that this is on KU (it’s also on sale for 1.99) and I have been wanting to read this book since it came out.

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Beware of the woods and the dark, dank deep.

He’ll follow you home, and he won’t let you sleep.

Who are the Sawkill Girls?

Marion: the new girl. Awkward and plain, steady and dependable. Weighed down by tragedy and hungry for love she’s sure she’ll never find.

Zoey: the pariah. Luckless and lonely, hurting but hiding it. Aching with grief and dreaming of vanished girls. Maybe she’s broken—or maybe everyone else is.

Val: the queen bee. Gorgeous and privileged, ruthless and regal. Words like silk and eyes like knives, a heart made of secrets and a mouth full of lies.

Their stories come together on the island of Sawkill Rock, where gleaming horses graze in rolling pastures and cold waves crash against black cliffs. Where kids whisper the legend of an insidious monster at parties and around campfires.

Where girls have been disappearing for decades, stolen away by a ravenous evil no one has dared to fight… until now.

Goodreads TBR + Ancient Ruins (heart on the cover or title)

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Newlyweds Jack and Chloe are building a life together in a modest Chicago apartment. The city is theirs to enjoy as Jack struggles to pursue a writing career and Chloe works downtown, applying herself to the world of high finance. While Jack aspires to be the perfect husband, his own self-doubts and Chloe’s office flirtations cast shadows. Jealousy and misbehavior undermine their notions of themselves and of each other, and their lives take on uncomfortable parallels with the volatile, chaotic existence of their raffish, menacing neighbors. In the intense heat of one Chicago summer, Jack and Chloe’s marriage roils into a queasy chemistry of vanity, lust, and greed.

Thompson writes with piercing insight and emotional truth, setting off literary fireworks.

Literally Dead Book Club

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You probably know someone like Shay Miller.
She wants to find love, but it eludes her.
She wants to be fulfilled, but her job is a dead end.
She wants to belong, but her life is so isolated.

You probably don’t know anyone like the Moore sisters.
They have an unbreakable circle of friends.
They live the most glamorous life.
They always get what they desire.

Shay thinks she wants their life.
But what they really want is hers.

Transfiguration (a book with a shapeshifter)

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Louisiana cocktail waitress Sookie Stackhouse has her hands full dealing with every sort of undead and paranormal creature imaginable. And after being betrayed by her longtime vampire love, Sookie must not only deal with a new man in her life—the shapeshifter Quinn—but also contend with the long-planned vampire summit.

The summit is a tense situation. The vampire queen of Louisiana is in a precarious position, her power base weakened by hurricane damage to New Orleans. And there are some vamps who would like to finish what nature started. Soon, Sookie must decide what side she’ll stand with. And her choice may mean the difference between survival and all-out catastrophe.

Romanceopoly

Journey’s End (read a fantasy where the main character is a magic user)

A Darker Shade final for Irene

Kell is one of the last Antari—magicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel Londons; Red, Grey, White, and, once upon a time, Black.

Kell was raised in Arnes—Red London—and officially serves the Maresh Empire as an ambassador, traveling between the frequent bloody regime changes in White London and the court of George III in the dullest of Londons, the one without any magic left to see.

Unofficially, Kell is a smuggler, servicing people willing to pay for even the smallest glimpses of a world they’ll never see. It’s a defiant hobby with dangerous consequences, which Kell is now seeing firsthand.

After an exchange goes awry, Kell escapes to Grey London and runs into Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations. She first robs him, then saves him from a deadly enemy, and finally forces Kell to spirit her to another world for a proper adventure.

Now perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, they’ll first need to stay alive.

Coffee Shop (read a book recommended to you in any genre)

Crime By The Book on Instagram raves about this author duo and I love everything that she recommends.

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A riveting new translation of the first installment in the #1 internationally bestselling Joona Linna series, The Hypnotistshows the lengths one determined detective is willing to go to solve a horrific crime.

A gruesome triple homicide attracts the interest of Detective Joona Linna of the National Crime Police. There’s only one surviving witness–the boy whose family was killed before his eyes. The only problem is, he’s lapsed into a catatonic state.

Desperate for information, Linna enlists trauma expert Dr. Erik Maria Bark, hoping to hypnotize the boy and uncover the secrets locked in his memory. But, scarred by past experiences, Bark has sworn never to use hypnosis again. When the doctor breaks his promise, he triggers a terrifying chain of events that will put all their lives in jeopardy.

Killer Crescent (read a thriller where the main character is a detective or PI)

I landed on this one last month too! Which I’m not mad at because I love me a good crime thriller.

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There are two sides to every story: yours and mine, ours and theirs, His & Hers. Which means someone is always lying.

Anna Andrews finally has what she wants. Almost. She’s worked hard to become the main TV presenter of the BBC’s lunchtime news, putting work before friends, family, and her now ex-husband. So, when someone threatens to take her dream job away, she’ll do almost anything to keep it.

When asked to cover a murder in Blackdown―the sleepy countryside village where she grew up―Anna is reluctant to go. But when the victim turns out to be one of her childhood friends, she can’t leave. It soon becomes clear that Anna isn’t just covering the story, she’s at the heart of it.

DCI Jack Harper left London for a reason, but never thought he’d end up working in a place like Blackdown. When the body of a young woman is discovered, Jack decides not to tell anyone that he knew the victim, until he begins to realise he is a suspect in his own murder investigation.

One of them knows more than they are letting on. Someone isn’t telling the truth. Alternating between Anna’s and Jack’s points of view, His & Hers is a fast-paced, complex, and dark puzzle that will keep readers guessing until the very end.

~Cassie

 

Blog Tour: Music From Another World by Robin Talley

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I’m excited to share the latest Robin Talley book in partnership with Harlequin Trade Publishing to promote some of their YA Spring releases. I really enjoyed this book and I’m excited to share my review and an excerpt of the story with you.

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MUSIC FROM ANOTHER WORLD

By Robin Talley

On Sale: Mar 31, 2020 

Inkyard Press

Teen & Young Adult 20th Century United States Historical Fiction

Teen & Young Adult Fiction about Emotions & Feelings

Teen & Young Adult Gay & Lesbian Fiction

9781335146779; 1335146776

$18.99 USD

384 pages

About the book

It’s summer 1977 and closeted lesbian Tammy Larson can’t be herself anywhere. Not at her strict Christian high school, not at her conservative Orange County church and certainly not at home, where her ultrareligious aunt relentlessly organizes antigay political campaigns. Tammy’s only outlet is writing secret letters in her diary to gay civil rights activist Harvey Milk…until she’s matched with a real-life pen pal who changes everything.

Sharon Hawkins bonds with Tammy over punk music and carefully shared secrets, and soon their letters become the one place she can be honest. The rest of her life in San Francisco is full of lies. The kind she tells for others—like helping her gay brother hide the truth from their mom—and the kind she tells herself. But as antigay fervor in America reaches a frightening new pitch, Sharon and Tammy must rely on their long-distance friendship to discover their deeply personal truths, what they’ll stand for…and who they’ll rise against.

A master of award-winning queer historical fiction, New York Times bestselling author Robin Talley once again brings to life with heart and vivid detail an emotionally captivating story about the lives of two teen girls living in an age when just being yourself was an incredible act of bravery.

Review

I highly recommend everyone read this important, powerful, and inspiring read about how difficult it was to be a part of the LGBTQ+ community in the 1970’s. While in 2020 it is discouraging how far society still has to go for true equality for so many people but at least this book shows how some things have improved.

This book is told completely through diary and letter format and I think it was an interesting way to tell the story. It really helped for the reader to completely understand all the feelings and thoughts that Tammy and Sharon are experiencing. Since this is a YA book I am not the target audience and as much as I loved it as an adult I know that I would have loved it even more in high school.

One of the main themes of the book is about how narrow minded and harmful religion can be to anyone that they consider sinners when they themselves are not perfect. This resonated a lot with me because as a Christian I think the biggest problem with Christianity are the people who speak and act in hateful ways and try to use God as an excuse. It is shameful how many believers spend so much time worrying about how other people are living that they can’t (or won’t) recognize how out of touch with God they themselves are.

I also really loved the historical aspect of this book and I am embarrassed to admit how little I know of Harvey Milk considering I grew up in the Bay Area. I’m flabbergasted that the schools I went to never taught anything about him or the Gay Rights Movement. It obviously must have never been included in the curriculum and I hope that it has now and my kids will be learning about this important aspect of history.

The ending of this book was a little over the top but it was fun to picture all the drama and I think it wrapped everything up in a satisfying way. I also appreciate how Talley chose to leave the reader with feelings of hope and encouragement about the future. Don’t forget to scroll down to read the way the book starts and see for yourself some how engrossing it is.

Robin Talley credit Courtney Rae Rawls

About the author

Robin Talley studied literature and communications at American University. She lives in Washington, DC, with her wife, but visits both Boston and New York regularly despite her moral opposition to Massachusetts winters and Times Square. Her first book was 2014’s Lies We Tell Ourselves. Visit her online at robintalley.com or on Twitter at @robin_talley.

Social Links:

Author website: https://robintalley.com/

Facebook: @robintalleywrites

Twitter: @robin_talley.

Instagram: @robin_talley.

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6469490.Robin_Talley

 

Excerpted from Music from Another World by Robin Talley. © 2020 by Robin Talley, used with permission by Inkyard Press.

Tuesday, June 7, 1977

Dear Harvey,

I hope it’s okay for me to call you Harvey. In school, when they taught us to write letters, they said adults should always be addressed as “Mr.” or “Mrs.,” but from what I’ve read in the newspaper, you don’t seem much like the adults I know. I’d feel wrong calling you “Mr. Milk.”

Besides, it’s not as if I’m ever going to send you this letter. I’ve never kept a diary before, but things have been getting harder lately, and tonight might be the hardest night of all. I need someone I can talk to. Even if you can’t answer back.

Plus, I told Aunt Mandy I couldn’t join the prayer circle because I had too much homework. Tomorrow’s the last day of school, so I don’t have any homework, but she doesn’t know that. If I keep writing in this notebook, maybe she’ll think homework is really what I’m doing.

I guess I could write to my new “pen pal” instead. That might count as homework. It would be closer than writing a fake letter to a famous San Francisco homosexual, anyway, but I can’t handle the thought of writing to some stranger right now.

Technically you’re a stranger, too, Harvey, but you don’t feel like one. That’s why I wanted to write to you, instead of “Dear Diary” or something.

It’s ironic, though, that my pen pal lives in San Francisco, too. I wonder if she’s ever met you. How big is the city, anyway? I read a magazine article that said gay people could hold hands walking down the street there, and no one minds. Is that true?

Ugh. The prayer circle’s starting over. Brett and Carolyn are leading the Lord’s Prayer again. It’s probably the only prayer they know.

We’ve been cooped up in the church basement for five hours now—my whole family, plus the youth group, plus a bunch of the other Protect Our Children volunteers. Along with Aunt Mandy and Uncle Russell, of course. The results from Miami should come in any minute.

You probably already know this—wait, who am I kidding? Of course you know, Harvey—but there was a vote today in Florida. They were voting on homosexuality, so our church, New Way Baptist, was heavily involved, even though we’re on the opposite side of the country. Everyone in our youth group was required to volunteer. I worked in the office Aunt Mandy and Uncle Russell set up in their den, answering phones and putting together mailings and counting donations to the New Way Protect Our Children Fund. We had bake sales and car washes to raise money to send to Anita Bryant, too.

You know all about Anita Bryant, obviously. You’re probably just as scared of her as I am. Although, come to think of it, whenever I see you in the newspaper, you look the opposite of afraid. In pictures, you’re always smiling.

Don’t you get anxious, having everyone know? I’m terrified all the time, and no one even knows about me yet. I hope they never find out. 

Maybe I should pray for that. Ha.

Okay, the Lord’s Prayer is over and now Uncle Russell’s making everyone silently call on God to save the good Christians of Florida from sin. I hope I can keep writing without getting in trouble.

Ugh, look at them all, showing off how devout they are. The only two people in this room who aren’t clasping their hands in front of them and moving their lips dramatically are me and Aunt Mandy, but that’s because I’m a grievous sinner—obviously—and Aunt Mandy keeps peeking out from her shut eyes at the phone next to her.

I’m not sure how much you can concentrate on God when you’re solely focused on being ready to snatch up the receiver the second it starts to shake. Maybe she’ll grab it so hard, it’ll crush to a pulp in her fist like one of Anita Bryant’s fucking Florida oranges.

I wonder what you’re doing tonight, Harvey. Probably waiting by your phone, too. Only you’re in San Francisco, and if you’re praying, you’re praying for the opposite of what Aunt Mandy and everyone else in our church basement is praying for.

It seems pointless to pray now, though. The votes have already been cast, so we’re just waiting to hear the results. There’s a reporter from my aunt and uncle’s favorite radio station in L.A. sitting at the back of the room, ready to interview Uncle Russell once we know what happened. Even though we basically already do.

My mom showed up at church tonight with a box of balloons from the supermarket, but Aunt Mandy wouldn’t let anyone touch them until the announcement, so at the moment the box is sitting in the closet under a stack of old communion trays. The second that phone starts to ring, though, 

I just bet Aunt Mandy’s going to haul out that box and make us all start blowing up those crappy balloons.

I wonder if you’ve heard of my aunt. She wants you to. She knows exactly who you are, of course—you’re her enemy.

Which makes me your enemy, too, I guess. I’m not eighteen, and it’s not as if I could’ve voted in an election in Miami even if I were, but I’ve still spent the past two months folding up comic books about the destruction of Sodom to mail out to churches in Florida.

I’m a soldier for Christ. That’s what Aunt Mandy calls me, anyway. And since I do everything she says, she must be right.

Writing to you instead of praying with the others is the closest I’ve ever come to rebelling. That’s how much of a coward I am, Harvey.

I wish I had the nerve to tell my aunt to go shove it. That’s what I’d really pray for—the nerve, I mean. If I thought prayer ever helped anything.

Shit, the phone’s ringing. More later.

Tammy

Buy Links:

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Music-Another-World-Robin-Talley/dp/1335146776

Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/music-from-another-world-robin-talley/1131130958#/

IndieBound: https://www.indiebound.org/book/9781335146779

Books-A-Million: https://www.booksamillion.com/p/Music-from-Another-World/Robin-Talley/9781335146779?id=7833509719461

AppleBooks: https://books.apple.com/us/book/music-from-another-world/id1458725405

Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Robin_Talley_Music_from_Another_World?id=yEy7DwAAQBAJ

~Cassie

 

Sale Alert!! March 2020 Harlequin Romances

Square image_Enjoy 50% off March Harlequin Series ebook titles!

On Tuesday my Harlequin contact, Lisa, let me know that they are hosting a 50% off all their March ebooks sale. You all know how much I love Harlequin romances so I immediately clicked on the link that she sent and started ordering myself some. Today I wanted to not only share this awesome sale with you but I also thought it would be fun to do a haul of the books that I have purchased. As of right now there is no end date for this sale but since it has been going on for a few days already you might want to jump on it!

Click the link here to shop on the Harlequin site.

Click here to shop the sale on Amazon.

Book Haul

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A Westmoreland man always gets what he wants! Follow the Denver Westmoreland clan in these two classic, fan-favorite novels from New York Times bestselling author Brenda Jackson — collected here in one volume!

Westmoreland’s Way

There was a secret to real-estate tycoon Dillon Westmoreland’s heritage—and business owner Pamela Novak had the key. Though the raven-haired beauty was ensnared by a shifty fiancé, Dillon—eldest of the Denver Westmoreland clan—couldn’t resist a mind-blowing night in her arms. And after that incredible passion… Well, once a Westmoreland claimed the woman he wanted, he wouldn’t let anything tear them apart!

Originally published in 2009

Hot Westmoreland Nights

He knew better than to lust after the hired help. But Ramsey Westmoreland’s new cook was just so delectable…it was enough to make the Denver rancher rethink his rules. When temptation got the best of him, he discovered Chloe Burton was just as hot in the bedroom as she was in the kitchen.

Though their affair was growing steamier by the minute, Ramsey couldn’t help but question Chloe’s true motives. And when he discovered her ultimate betrayal, he was set to satisfy himself with cold showers. Until he realized his fatal mistake: never underestimate the power of the human heart, especially a Westmoreland’s.

Originally published in 2010

*These next four books I bought as a box set because they all sounded so good to me. I’ve never read anything from the Dare category of romances so I’m very excited for these.

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Enemies make the best lovers when an angry ballerina and a brash billionaire face off in New York Times bestselling author Anne Marsh’s latest hot-as-hades DARE novel!

If billionaire Max O’Reilly doesn’t take my video off his hookup app, I’ll destroy more than his high-end laptop. But this computer genius is no geek. He’s all tanned skin and hard muscle and knowing looks. And my man picker must be broken beyond repair, because I can’t help responding to his cocky grin.

Max has figured out my secret: I love to be watched. But I never imagined my hateful ex would upload a video of me pirouetting in nothing but my ballet slippers. Now my job as a social media influencer is on the line. Because who’s going to hire an unwitting porn star to promote their products?

The Silicon Valley CEO wants to make it up to me, and I do need a respectable-looking fake boyfriend to save my reputation. But when a game of beachside truth or dare turns X-rated, the heat between us could fry any electronic device. And when the king of kink wants more than a hookup, I know I should exit stage right before I’m the one who gets burned.

Harlequin DARE publishes sexy romances featuring powerful alpha heroes and bold, fearless heroines exploring their deepest fantasies.

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One sexy assignment leads to off-the-charts passion in USA TODAY bestselling author Cara Lockwood’s latest sizzling DARE novel!

Playboy billionaire Wilder Lange is 100 percent sex. Women probably stand in line to worship him. But sex columnist and expert Harley Vega isn’t one of them. Especially since he eliminated her publishing job. Living in New York City takes stamina—and a lot of cash—so she has to find a new job. Fast.

Enter Wilder with his broad shoulders and almost jet-black hair. The gorgeous man has a very unusual request. He needs her expertise, and it must remain confidential. He also wants Harley—a woman with brains, sensitivity and a beauty she hasn’t noticed until he makes her look in the mirror.

Now Harley finds herself in close confines with the sexiest man on earth, one she should detest. He has her questioning her own knowledge of a topic she has studied for years: unbridled passion. She’s the one who’s supposed to uncover his secrets, not the reverse. Their crazy chemistry defies logic and soon Wilder shows her pleasure that makes her forget her own name. Is it even crazier to think they could bring this connection beyond the bedroom?

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“Women don’t always get their needs met by a man.”

“Then that man isn’t doing his job properly.”

Ex-model-turned-entrepreneur April Sinclair fully expects to be laughed out of yet another attorney’s office. But with her adult toy business on the line, April desperately needs Logan Fitzpatrick’s help. All she has to do is explain to the gorgeous lawyer—whose eyes hold a decidedly wicked gleam—that she’s being sued. By a celebrity. For a faulty vibrator. No, that’s not awkward at all

April expects Logan to be shrewd, and even to be something of an arrogant prick. She’s not expecting just how this professional legal consultation has taken a very personal—bordering on sensually promising—air. The kind that makes April want to test her entire selection of adult toys with Logan, right here…and right now.

She thought she could keep control. She thought she could call the shots. But one touch from Logan’s sensual, slow and exquisitely thorough hands, and April is consumed by a craving for him that burns hotter with every encounter.

She knew Logan Fitzpatrick was dangerous—and capable of fulfilling her every desire. Now she’s falling for the one man who could destroy every part of her business…along with her heart.

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Alya Petrova is ready to move on from her past with a red-hot fling in Sweden…and her sexy bodyguard Henning Fischer knows exactly what she needs!

Model Alya Petrova is finally going to meet the man who has kept her safe from afar for the past three years. She’s been offered the photoshoot of a lifetime at the exclusive Icehotel in Sweden, but thanks to her dangerous ex, she needs a bodyguard when she’s traveling. Who better than sexy surveillance specialist Henning Fischer?

Since the fallout of a tragic case five years ago, former police officer Henning has made it a rule to never, ever meet his clients…but Alya is different. Henning has protected and fantasized about Alya from afar for so long, but even he is shocked by the explosive desire he feels for her in person.

The fiery pair are both running from troubled lives, so the scorching chemistry between them is the perfect distraction in wintry Sweden. Henning and Alya soon give in to temptation and indulge their wildest fantasies for a few days of ecstasy. But will their passion survive the scars of their pasts?

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A Colton must solve a DNA mystery…

…and save his family from ruin.

One phone call suddenly upends Asher Colton’s life. He discovers his baby daughter might have been switched with single mom Willow Merrill’s. Worse, the day care owner vehemently hates his family. But for the babies’ sake, they work to uncover the truth about the births as threats to the Colton family—and Willow’s business—mount. But can the truth set free a love-scarred rancher and his harshest enemy?

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From passion to betrayal and back again…

He knows she’s coming for him… And he’s ready to turn the tables!

When tabloid columnist Elena Rollins shows up uninvited to a private, star-studded party at Mesa Falls, Gage Striker sees red. Though it’s been six years since their abrupt breakup, the scars—and attraction—are still fresh. Certain his ex has a score to settle, the playboy banker vows to protect his ranch’s scandalous secrets. Protecting his heart is a different story.

~Cassie

On My Radar: April 2020

A few days ago I told my husband that the first thing I’m going to do when the world starts to go back to normal is run to my favorite bookstores. I miss being able to just go and grab a coffee and wander around the store and pick up a few goodies. I’m sure you all understand the feeling!

This morning I read a really interesting article about how this pandemic is affecting publication dates. I think all the books I’m sharing today are still keeping their date but I guess there is a possibility that it could change.

*All books are listed in order of publication date (hopefully!) and all synopsis come from Goodreads.

April 2

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All I wanted to do was run away, I never expected to crash into his arms…

After leaving the city life behind to escape my loveless marriage, I moved to small town Havenbarrow for a fresh start.

What I didn’t expect was to find myself drawn to the town’s black sheep.

They called him troubled. Cold. A man with a dark past.

What everyone seemed to miss about Jax was the splashes of light in his eyes. The random acts of kindness he performed when no one was watching. The way he made me smile and laugh.

Jax helped unpack the baggage I’d been carrying around with me. He was patient with my pain and gentle with my scars. He was the stillness during my hurricane.

Yet when both of our pasts came back to haunt our present days, we realized quickly that sometimes love stories didn’t end the way we’d hoped.

Sometimes you were left with only the damage from the storm.

*Book One in New Compass Series of Standalone Novels.

April 7

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The first novel written for an adult audience by the mega-selling author of the Divergent franchise: five twenty-something heroes famous for saving the world when they were teenagers must face even greater demons—and reconsider what it means to be a hero . . . by destiny or by choice.

A decade ago near Chicago, five teenagers defeated the otherworldly enemy known as the Dark One, whose reign of terror brought widespread destruction and death. The seemingly un-extraordinary teens—Sloane, Matt, Ines, Albie, and Esther—had been brought together by a clandestine government agency because one of them was fated to be the “Chosen One,” prophesized to save the world. With the goal achieved, humankind celebrated the victors and began to mourn their lost loved ones.

Ten years later, though the champions remain celebrities, the world has moved forward and a whole, younger generation doesn’t seem to recall the days of endless fear. But Sloane remembers. It’s impossible for her to forget when the paparazzi haunt her every step just as the Dark One still haunts her dreams. Unlike everyone else, she hasn’t moved on; she’s adrift—no direction, no goals, no purpose. On the eve of the Ten Year Celebration of Peace, a new trauma hits the Chosen: the death of one of their own. And when they gather for the funeral at the enshrined site of their triumph, they discover to their horror that the Dark One’s reign never really ended.

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Charlotte has everything in life that she ever could have hoped for: a doting, artistic husband, a small-but-thriving flower shop, and her sweet, smart five-year-old daughter, Daisy. Her relationship with her mother might be strained, but the distance between them helps. And her younger brother Rocco may have horrible taste in women, but when he introduces his new girlfriend to Charlotte and her family, they are cautiously optimistic that she could be The One. Daisy seems to love Ruth, and she can’t be any worse than the klepto Rocco brought home the last time. At least, that’s what Charlotte keeps telling herself. But as Rocco and Ruth’s relationship becomes more serious, Ruth’s apparent obsession with Daisy grows more obvious. Then Daisy is kidnapped, and Charlotte is convinced there’s only one person who could have taken her.

Ruth has never had much, but now she’s finally on the verge of having everything she’s ever dreamed of. A stable job at a start-up company, a rakish, handsome boyfriend with whom she falls more in love with every day—and a chance at the happy family she’s always wanted, adorable niece included. The only obstacle standing in her way is her boyfriend’s sister Charlotte, whose attitude swerves between politely cold and outright hostile. Rebuffing Ruth’s every attempt to build a friendship with her and Daisy, Charlotte watches over her daughter with a desperate protectiveness that sends chills down Ruth’s spine. Ruth knows that Charlotte has a deeply-buried secret, the only question is: what? A surprise outing with Daisy could be the key to finding out, and Ruth knows she must take the chance while she has it—for everyone’s sake.

As the two women follow each other down a chilling rabbit hole, unearthing winding paths of deceit, lies, and trauma, a family and a future will be completely—and irrevocably—shattered.

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Fried Green Tomatoes and Steel Magnolias meet Dracula in this Southern-flavored supernatural thriller set in the ’90s about a women’s book club that must protect its suburban community from a mysterious and handsome stranger who turns out to be a blood-sucking fiend.

Patricia Campbell had always planned for a big life, but after giving up her career as a nurse to marry an ambitious doctor and become a mother, Patricia’s life has never felt smaller. The days are long, her kids are ungrateful, her husband is distant, and her to-do list is never really done. The one thing she has to look forward to is her book club, a group of Charleston mothers united only by their love for true-crime and suspenseful fiction. In these meetings, they’re more likely to discuss the FBI’s recent siege of Waco as much as the ups and downs of marriage and motherhood.

But when an artistic and sensitive stranger moves into the neighborhood, the book club’s meetings turn into speculation about the newcomer. Patricia is initially attracted to him, but when some local children go missing, she starts to suspect the newcomer is involved. She begins her own investigation, assuming that he’s a Jeffrey Dahmer or Ted Bundy. What she uncovers is far more terrifying, and soon she–and her book club–are the only people standing between the monster they’ve invited into their homes and their unsuspecting community.

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Will a damsel in distress
be his redemption?

A notorious heartbreaker

is about to meet his match…

When the “thief” caught driving his stolen vintage car turns out to be a stunning runaway heiress, Mercury Steele is conflicted. On the one hand, Sloan Donahue, penniless and on the run from her tyrannical family, triggers the billionaire playboy’s protective instincts. But she also triggers red-hot desire. Mercury refuses to think his simple seduction is becoming something deeper, especially when Sloan is keeping secrets…

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Some families we’re born into

Some we find for ourselves

When Serenity Alston swabbed her cheek for 23andMe, she joked about uncovering some dark ancestral scandal. The last thing she expected was to discover two half sisters she didn’t know existed. Suddenly, everything about her loving family is drawn into question. And meeting these newfound sisters might be the only way to get answers.

The women decide to dig into the mystery together at Serenity’s family cabin in Lake Tahoe. With Reagan navigating romantic politics at work and Lorelei staring down the collapse of her marriage, all three women are converging at a crossroads in their lives. Before the summer is over, they’ll have to confront the past and determine how to move forward when everything they previously thought to be true was a lie. But any future is easier to face with family by your side.

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Sometimes the happiness we’re looking for has been there all along…

Adele and Justine have never been close. Born twenty years apart, Justine was already an adult when Addie was born. The sisters love each other but they don’t really know each other.

When Addie dropped out of university to care for their ailing parents, Justine, a successful lawyer, covered the expenses. It was the best arrangement at the time but now that their parents are gone, the future has changed dramatically for both women.

Addie had great plans for her life but has been worn down by the pressures of being a caregiver and doesn’t know how to live for herself. And Justine’s success has come at a price. Her marriage is falling apart despite her best efforts.

Neither woman knows how to start life over but both realize they can and must support each other the way only sisters can. Together they find the strength to accept their failures and overcome their challenges. Happiness is within reach, if only they have the courage to fight for it.

Set in the stunning coastal town of Half Moon Bay, #1 New York Times bestselling author Robyn Carr’s new novel examines the joys of sisterhood and the importance of embracing change.

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The perfect couple…or the perfect lie?

A year and a half ago, Gemma met the love of her life, Danny. Since then, their relationship has been like something out of a dream. But one Friday evening, Gemma returns home to find Danny is nowhere to be seen.

After two days with no word from her husband, Gemma turns to the police. She is horrified with what she discovers – a serial killer is on the loose in Bristol. When she sees the photos of the victims she is even more stunned…the victims all look just like Danny.

But, the detectives aren’t convinced by Gemma’s story. Why has no one apart from Gemma seen or heard from Danny in weeks? Why is there barely a trace of him in their flat? Is she telling them the truth, or are there more secrets and lies in this marriage than meets the eye?

April 21

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From the author of Jar of Hearts, a mother driven to the edge by the disappearance of her son learns her husband is having an affair with the woman who might have kidnapped him.
Four hundred and eighty seconds. That’s how long it took for someone to steal Marin Machado’s four-year-old son.

Marin had the perfect life. Married to her college sweetheart, she owns a chain of upscale hair salons, and Derek runs his own company. They’re admired in their community and are a loving family. Up until the day Sebastian is taken.

A year later, Marin is a shadow of herself. The FBI search has gone cold. The publicity has faded. She and her husband rarely speak. The only thing keeping her going is the unlikely chance that one day Sebastian reappears. She hires a P.I. to pick up where the police left off, but instead of finding him, she discovers that Derek is having an affair with a younger woman.

Kenzie Li is an artist and grad student—Instagram famous—and up to her eyeballs in debt. She knows Derek is married. She also knows he’s rich, and dating him comes with perks: help with bills, trips away, expensive gifts. He isn’t her first rich boyfriend, but she finds herself hoping he’ll be the last. She’s falling for him—and that was never part of the plan.

Discovery of the affair sparks Marin back to life. She’s lost her son; she’s not about to lose her husband, too. Kenzie is an enemy with a face, which means this is a problem Marin can fix. But as she sets a plan in motion, another revelation surfaces. Derek’s lover might know what happened to their son. And so might Derek.

April 23

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Nans neighbor’s grandson has been wrongly accused of murdering his wife and Lexy, Nans and the gang are eager to find the real killer.

But there is only one odd clue – a corn muffin. Luckily the suspect list is long including members of the victim’s family who have a very unusual and suspicious profession. Too bad the husband had motive and his alibi is flimsy. Is he innocent or is he being framed?

When the investigation leads them to a mysterious woman, the case takes a curious twist and Ruth’s contact inside the prison reveals stunning information that turns the case on its head.

April 27

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Introducing Annabeth Albert’s Hotshots series—the emotions and intensity of Chicago Fire with the raw, natural elements of Man vs. Wild.

Danger lurks everywhere for Central Oregon’s fire crews, but the biggest risk of all might be losing their hearts…

Smoke jumper Lincoln Reid is speechless to see Jacob Hartman among his squad’s new recruits. Linc had promised his late best friend he’d stay away from his little brother. And yet here Jacob is…and almost instantly, the same temptation Linc has always felt around him is causing way too many problems.

Jacob gets everyone’s concerns, but he’s waited years for his shot at joining the elite smoke jumping team, hoping to honor his brother’s memory. He’s ready to tackle any challenge Linc throws his way, and senses the chemistry between them—chemistry Linc insists on ignoring—is still alive and kicking. This time, Jacob’s determined to get what he wants.

Close quarters and high stakes make it difficult for Linc to keep his resolve, never mind do so while also making sure the rookie’s safe. But the closer they get, the more Linc’s plan to leave at the end of the season risks him breaking another promise: the one his heart wants to make to Jacob.

April 28

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Beth, Portia, and Eddie Morgan haven’t all been together in years. And for very good reasons—we’ll get to those later. But when their wealthy grandfather dies and leaves a cryptic final message in his wake, the siblings and their respective partners must come together for a cross-country road trip to fulfill his final wish and—more importantly—secure their inheritance.

But time with your family can be tough. It is for everyone.

It’s even harder when you’re all keeping secrets and trying to forget a memory—a missing person, an act of revenge, the man in the black truck who won’t stop following your car—and especially when at least one of you is a killer and there’s a body in the trunk. Just to name a few reasons.

But money is a powerful motivator. It is for everyone.

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A powerful handsome rogue finally meets his match in Gone With the Rogue, the second book in the First Comes Love series from bestseller Amelia Grey.

She had an acceptable marriage of convenience. Now widowed, can this determined and beautiful mother find true and forever love?

The sinking of the Salty Dove took her husband’s life―but it didn’t drown Julia Fairbright’s courage to endure. She creates a proper life for herself and her young son. But now, the ton’s most notorious rogue is back in London, and how he makes Julia feel is anything but proper. She can’t deny the desires he awakens in her, even though she knows that the handsome devil will surely break her heart.

Garrett Stockton owns a successful shipping company and is rumored to have a woman on every continent and half-a-dozen in England. The truth, however, is that Garrett has but one mistress: the wide open sea. That is, until he meets Julia, whose spirit of independence matches his own. What begins as a flirtatious battle of wits turns far more passionate than either of them could have imagined. Suddenly, Garrett’s only desire is to sail into the sunset with Julia as his wife and young Chatwyn his son. But she won’t take his hand―how can he convince her that his love is real and his heart is hers?

~Cassie

WWW Wednesday: 3/25/20

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This week has gone by surprisingly fast for me and I can’t believe that it is already Wednesday. My kids are officially off Spring Break and are doing distance learning so I’m sure that has a lot to do with it. This fun weekly meme is hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words and all you need to do to participate is answer the following three questions.

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you will read next?

 

What are you currently reading?

I’m reading Truths I Never Told You for a blog tour next month and I’m enjoying it although it’s not what I thought it was going to be. I thought it would be about the mystery of the main character finding out what happened to her mom almost forty years ago. While the mystery aspect is still there it is more a book about postpartum depression and postpartum psychosis. I think it is interesting but I also feel like if I didn’t have a personal connection to this story I wouldn’t like it as much.

I realized last week that I have only read one of my TBR books so I’m trying to focus only on those this week. My reading has significantly slowed down so I know I won’t finish them all this month which is disappointing but obviously none of us could have predicted how much our lives would be changing. I am loving The Joy Luck Club and it is also another book about motherhood. Amy Tan’s writing is absolutely beautiful and I love every part of this book. I know I read this in high school and also watched the movie then but I honestly don’t remember any of the story! I’m only 33 so it’s not like it was that long ago…. although I guess it kind of is.

What did you recently finish reading?

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I loved the first part of this book but about half way through it turned into a complete convoluted mess. I am honestly so disappointed by this and I almost gave it one stars but decided that since I did really like the beginning I would give it two. Graham Moore also made a bizarre and tasteless choice to use his POC characters to talk about race and racism. First off it is something that wasn’t even needed in the story and second of all in 2020 you would think if he wanted to make these race proclamations he would choose to use a white male character to do so. I think I will be avoiding this author in the future.

What do you think you will read next?

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This book is on my TBR and I am also so in love with this series. The Hades Hangmen books means so much to me and I read all seven books (and three novellas) in about two weeks at the beginning of the year. I know that I will fly though this book in probably a day and I can’t wait to be back in this world.

~Cassie

Harlequin series launch: Tactical Crime Division

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I was so excited when Harlequin reached out to me and let me know about this new series they are launching next month with one book coming out April-July. Not only do these books sound right up my alley but I also think its really cool that each book in the series is written by a different author!

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Perfect for fans of Criminal Minds and Blacklist

Uncover the lives and loves of the FBI elite as they take on the toughest assignments. This is a new four-book miniseries featuring an ensemble cast of characters spread across 4 books, featuring 4 urgent cases, with one stellar team of crime solving experts. 

Each title can be read as a standalone novel, featuring a unique hard to solve crime case.

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And Harlequin also put together such a cool book trailer that got me even more hyped for these books.

How amazing is that!? I especially love that these are Harlequin intrigue books which means they are all roughly around 200 pages. That means the action is almost non stop and can be easily read in one sitting!

You can buy the first book HERE and also find more about the other three books in the series.

~Cassie

Recommendation: Booktubers

You would think being stuck at home all the time would mean that I am getting more reading done but in reality I’m really struggling to concentrate with everything going on. I know that I am not the only one that is feeling this way and I see a lot of people recommending shows to binge but I thought it would be fun to share my favorite booktubers. I tried to come up with people that you might not already know of in the hopes that you might find at least one new person to follow.

For fans of History

I have an interest in history but it is not something that I read all that often. Maybe one or two books a year at the most but I enjoy Peg and her passion for the genre. I also have learned a lot of history just from watching her videos which I have used to impress my dad, ha!

If you’re interested in University/Classical Studies vlogs

I find University/College vlogs so interesting and I feel like I learn so much from Emma about what it is like to be a student with an English major. Her weekly vlogs are my favorite and I appreciate how much of an effort she puts into them. Emma also has been dealing with a concussion and she has been pretty open and honest about how it affects her. I found her videos about a week after I got out of the hospital and it has meant so much to me to have someone who understands what it means to have a chronic debilitating condition. I still don’t have a diagnosis but my neurologist has narrowed it down to two things and I will be redoing some tests in June to see if we can finally get confirmation.

For the romance lover

I feel like Jessica is pretty well known but to me she has the best romance content. She has recently started branching out a little with her reading but she still is where I learn about a lot of new romance coming out. Jessica also has the best recommendation videos for almost any kind of trope you can think of.

If you like in depth reviews

Jess isn’t not a booktuber in the sense that she has lots of other fashion/makeup content but her book videos are my favorite. She has studied literature in-depth in University and I love the way she talks about books. Jess reads a lot of literary fiction and award winning fiction so she always helps me learn about what’s going on regarding those types of books.

~Cassie

Blog Tour: Hers To Tame by Rhenna Morgan

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Today I’m excited to be sharing my review of Hers To Tame for the blog tour put together by Carina Press. This is a book that I think so many of you will enjoy!

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Title: Hers to Tame

Author: Rhenna Morgan

Series: NOLA Knights, #2

Length: approx. 85,000 words

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Imprint: Carina Press

eBook On-Sale: March 16, 2020

eBook ISBN & Price: 9781488054167, $3.99 USD

MMP On-Sale: March 31, 2020

MMP ISBN & Price: 9781335962645, $8.99 USD

Book Description: Book two of NOLA Knights, the heart-stoppingly sexy spin-off series by Men of Haven author Rhenna Morgan

As an avtoritet for the most powerful crime syndicate in New Orleans, Kir Vasilek doesn’t act without purpose, doesn’t speak without thought and never, ever loses his cool. The lives of his brothers, his family, depend on it. But then Cassie McClintock strolls back into his life, and staying cool is next to impossible. Cassie was the one who got away—and Kir is willing to break all his own rules to keep it from happening ever again.

It’s one thing to report on the Russian mafia; it’s quite another to sleep with one of them, especially one as dangerous, and as sinfully sexy, as Kir Vasilek. Even though the information he once provided helped make her career—and the memory of his touch still keeps her up at night—Cassie knows too much about his world to go down that path.

But when Kir reaches out for help after a rival family comes for one of his own, Cassie doesn’t want to say no, either to investigating a gruesome murder or to the heat that pulls her right back into his arms…and his heart. Taming Kir—and helping to save the family she’s come to call her own—is not the story she thought she’d write, but it’s the one she’s determined will get a happy ending.

Hers to Tame is the highly anticipated follow-up to His to Defend. And don’t miss Roman’s story in Mine to Keep, coming soon from Rhenna Morgan and Carina Press.

Review

This book would be perfect for romance lovers who don’t like dark romances but enjoy an alpha male. Kir and Cassie have an intense connection and I think the second chance romance aspect was a great choice for them. It made everything feel more realistic when things between them start moving at a quick pace. Kir’s family and Cassie’s Aunt brought so much to the story that I absolutely loved when they were on the page. Despite this being a mafia romance there was not a lot of action and the story definitely started dragging with all the talk and building of Cassie and Kir’s relationship. I appreciated when there was more people added to the story because it kept the momentum going. The end of the book did finally have the action I was hoping for but unfortunately it was mostly done off the page. Keep scrolling to read an excerpt and get a glimpse of the connection Kir and Cassie have.

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Author Bio

A native Oklahoman, Rhenna Morgan is a certified romance junkie. Whether it’s contemporary, paranormal, or fantasy you’re after, Rhenna’s stories pack romantic escape full of new, exciting worlds, and strong, intuitive men who fight to keep the women they want. For advance release news and exclusive content, sign up for her newsletter at http://RhennaMorgan.com. You’ll also find all of her social links there, along with her smoking hot inspiration boards.

 

HERS TO TAME by Rhenna Morgan Excerpt

“Please take this in the spirit it’s intended, but you work for a man who’s suspected of leading a growing crime family. I don’t think me telling you where I live is a good idea.”

“1023 South Franklin Avenue.”

Cassie stopped so hard she wobbled slightly in her heels. “How did you… I mean, I only just moved in there.”

His smile softened and his words were offered with gentle deliberateness. “I’m a very thorough man, Cassie. You can’t possibly think I wouldn’t learn everything I could about a person before I shared important information with them.”

Very thorough.

Frighteningly so.

She shook the foreboding off and resumed her trek to the station, albeit on slightly less stable legs. “All the more reason for us to meet someplace public.”

“All right. Then I’ll pick you up and take you somewhere.”

“Not necessary.” She checked both ways on the street and hurried across. “Just tell me where you want to talk, and I’ll meet you there.”

“I’m afraid my retrieving you and escorting you is nonnegotiable.”

She frowned at him, but kept going. “You’ve got a lot of points you won’t negotiate. Tell me why this one’s one of them.”

“Because while I’m very much interested in hearing what you have to share, I’m not interested in anyone else hearing. The best way to ensure our privacy is to make sure no one else knows where we’re going—including you.”

She stopped just six feet from the station’s front door. “You don’t trust me?”

“Should I?”

Hmm. He did kind of have a point. And given how she’d stiffed him after their second date, he still might be wondering if she’d simply used him. “Fine. Pick me up at my place tomorrow at eight. But don’t pick any place fancy. A coffee shop, or someplace simple. And not Starbucks either. It’s criminal what they charge for coffee.”

His mouth twitched as if it were all he could do to keep a wisecrack trapped behind his lips. “You seem determined to expose me to establishments with limited standards.” He nodded, the picture of gentility and confidence. “I’ll endeavor to pick a location that suits your expectations.” He held out his hand, palm up. “Until tomorrow, then.”

He had great hands. Not too smooth like someone trapped in an office, but a man’s hands. Slightly calloused, with long fingers and blunt fingertips. Of all the things she’d replayed from their time together, his touch had been the most frequent. Which was exactly why she’d be smart to avoid any and all physical contact with him going forward.

Glutton for punishment and well-mannered Texas girl that she was, she slipped her palm against his.

Oh, yeah.

Still amazing.

Electric and warm. Supercharged and bristling with promise.

And that was just her hand.

“Thank you again for the dinner. It wasn’t necessary, but I appreciate it all the same.” Hating the breathiness in her voice, she tried to release her hand.

Kir held it tight, the pad of his thumb subtly moving over the tender spot between her thumb and her forefinger. As if he were remembering other, more intimate places he’d touched her. “I assure you. The pleasure was all mine.”

He gently released her, turned without the least amount of hesitation, and strolled toward the parking lot like he didn’t have a care in the world.

Watching him was something to relish. An indulgence she didn’t even realize she’d taken until he 

stepped off the sidewalk and turned to open the door to his car.

Great. And now he’s busted you ogling him.

She swung one of the double glass doors open and strode into the arctic reception area.

“Girl, that dude was hot,” Bonnie said before Cassie’s eyes could adjust from the blinding sunshine outside. “He your boyfriend?”

“Oh, no.” She set the paper bag on the counter and shook her head. “Just a contact that helped me out on a few stories a while back.”

And ruined me for other men, but why quibble over details?

Bonnie took the bag and opened it, but the look on her face and her answering chuckle said she didn’t buy a word Cassie’d said. “Uh-huh. Looked to me like he was plotting how to peel you out of your professional getup.”

Yeah, it’d felt like that, too. But she wasn’t going to think about that now. Or ever, if she could help it. “Nope. Just talking business.” She waved toward the bag and headed back toward the newsroom.

“Good business, or bad business?”

Cassie swung the door to the hallway open and cast Bonnie one last look. “I haven’t decided yet. Could have been the lottery, or the biggest wrong turn of my life.”

Copyright © 2020 by Rhenna Morgan

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Website: http://rhennamorgan.com/ 

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~Cassie

 

WWW Wednesday 3/18/20

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Today is Wednesday so I’m here to do my favorite weekly meme. WWW Wednesday is hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words and all you need to do to participate is answer the following three questions:

  1. What are you currently reading?
  2. What did you recently finish reading?
  3. What do you think you will read next?

What are you currently reading?

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I am really loving this book. I have only read about 50 pages but I am so into it and I just want to sit down and devour it. This book has one of my favorite tropes which is the podcast/documentary element. This author also wrote the screenplay for The Imitation Game so that should tell you how amazing his writing is.

What did you recently finish reading?

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I just talked about this in my Backlist Readathon Wrap Up and I will also being doing a full review but I did end up really enjoying this. If you are a fan of hard science fiction then I highly recommend this book to you. I definitely feel like I learned a lot and I will be picking up more from this author.

What do you think you will be reading next?

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When the backlist readathon started I put this book down again. I have been reading this on and off since October 2018!! When I am reading this I am so immersed in the story which I think is part of the problem because I have no problem picking it up from where I left off. I am currently around 65% through with it (IT ha) and my fingers are crossed that March 2020 is the month I will finally finish this.

~Cassie

Backlist Readathon Wrap Up

Last week was the Backlist Readathon  and I managed to read four books and complete all the prompts. I also feel so accomplished that I managed to read my most intimidating read. I technically finished it yesterday but I have been reading that book since last summer and it feels like a big weight has been lifted off me. I am planning on doing full reviews for all the books I read so I will just give you my rating, what prompt it fits and a couple of thoughts on each book.

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Prompt: Read a book that has been recommend to you (my son)

Rating: 4/5

Thoughts: A large majority of this book isn’t very original but I did really like the characters and the ending was fantastic. I was also impressed with the world building and how complex it was.

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Prompt: Book you were most excited for

Rating: 4.5/5

Thoughts: I love how this book was written. There are so many different threads of story and I was captivated watching it all come together. I even ventured out to the bookstore to see if they had the next book in this series but of course they didn’t. So I bought My Dark Vanessa instead ha! But I will be ordering it from an online indie bookstore soon.

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Prompt: Shortest backlist title & Diverse book

Rating: 4/5

Thoughts: This was an interesting essay that really highlights the devastation that tourism and colonization have on a small country. I do however wish that it had been more historically accurate and it makes me uncomfortable that it is marketed as non fiction.

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Prompt: A book that intimidates you & A book with blue on the cover

Rating: 4/5

Thoughts: I flew through the first two parts of this book but wow it took me a loooonng time to get through part three. I started reading this in August 2019 and I just finished it yesterday. Part three takes place five thousand years after the events of the first two parts of the book.  And this a hard science book so I really struggled with all the world building that went on for a large portion of this part. It was definitely interesting and made me think and learn about things I don’t have a lot of experience in. I just wish that there had been more action mixed in and it wasn’t saved all for the end although I don’t know how the author could have done it any differently.

~Cassie