2015, Books, life, Uncategorized

Cherished by You

 Title: Cherished by You (Love in the City #4)
Author: Steph Nuss
Release Date: Oct 7, 2015
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“Move in with me,” he said. 

Being cherished is how Tessa Wilder always imagined falling in love. But for years, she’s always gone for the wrong guys. Now that she’s fallen for one of the good ones, she fears rejection.

“I can’t,” she replied.

Justin Jameson quit looking for a woman after being used so many times for his brains. A bit of an introvert and completely oblivious to women’s advances, he can’t even see that his friend cherishes everything about him.

When Tessa needs a place to stay, Justin’s the first to offer her a room. Hearts are opened; feelings are ventured. They’ll finally know what it’s like to be cherished in the city until one moment threatens the relationship they’ve built.

“I can’t lose you.”

“I can’t believe you agreed to live with a woman,” Cash said, sitting down on the couch in my living room with a beer in his hand.
It was Saturday afternoon, and most of the gang was over at my place, waiting for Tessa and her brother to arrive so we could help move all of her stuff in. Maverick and Harper were at home with their baby girl, Seghen, and Paige had a work function with a client.
I really couldn’t believe it either. I’d never had a roommate before who wasn’t some sort of family member, but I knew I didn’t want Tessa living in some dilapidated hole in Grand Concourse again. Just hearing her talk about growing up there pissed me off.
“Living with a woman isn’t so bad,” Carter stated proudly, with his arm slung over Elly’s shoulder. “They make the place smell good. They’re nice to look at.”
“They cook,” Fletcher added, rubbing Bayler’s thigh. They weren’t living together yet, but they stayed together enough that he enjoyed the benefits of Bayler’s excellent cooking skills.
“Not all of them cook,” Carter retorted, nodding his head toward his wife.
“Hey!” Elly exclaimed, smacking him in the stomach. “I’m cooking your baby right now.”
The room filled with laughter as I paced over to the window and looked down at the sidewalk. I was nervous because I wasn’t sure whether or not Tessa would like living with me. I’d had the place cleaned twice this week in anticipation of her arrival.
“But Tessa loves cooking,” Elly continued, smiling up at me. “You can finally stop eating out every night.”
I scoffed, glancing over my shoulder at her. “I don’t eat out every night.”
Bayler laughed. “All you have in your fridge are takeout boxes and condiments.”
“And beer!” Carter said, clinking his bottle with Fletcher’s.
“Ladies,” Fletcher stated, shaking his head at the women. “Jameson has the necessities. Lay off him.”
“Tessa is going to freak when she sees the fridge,” Elly said, laughing along with Bayler.
I turned to face the gang as anxiety tumbled in my stomach. “What do you mean? Why would she freak out?”
“Because Tessa enjoys cooking,” Bayler explained.
“Yeah,” Elly said, nodding. “She’s used to having a stocked kitchen, especially since she’s cooked for her and her brother most of her life.”
Now I felt bad about not going grocery shopping. The truth was, I did order takeout often, only because it was easier than attempting to cook a meal. I’d grown up with either a maid cooking for me or my grandma, but no matter how many times Janice Jameson tried to teach me how to cook, the meal never turned out the way she made it.  
“You guys can go grocery shopping later,” Cash said, running through the television channels. “That way she can pick out whatever the hell she wants.”
“Maybe she’ll even teach you how to cook,” Elly teased, nudging my arm.
“Yeah,” Bayler continued, pointing her beer bottle at me. “Every guy should know how to cook. Women love a home-cooked meal they don’t have to make themselves.”
“I’m not trying to find a woman,” I stated, furrowing my brows.
The gang laughed at my candid response, despite the fact that it was true. I’d practically given up on finding a good woman during my college years. The girls I seemed to attract back then only wanted my help passing a class. The only date I’d been on since was a few years ago when my grandma set me up with her neighbor, Elly. The chemistry wasn’t there, so we became friends instead, which was perfectly fine with me. She was still in love with Carter, and I’d been a loner most of my life. When Carter moved back to New York, he and Elly started dating, and I gained another friend. Our group of friends continued to grow after that with the addition of Carter’s sisters, Harper and Bayler, falling for two of our own, Maverick and Fletcher.
“I call bullshit, Justin,” Bayler exclaimed, rolling her eyes. She leaned into Fletcher’s side and rested her feet up on the coffee table.
The laughter quickly died down at her blunt retort.
“Excuse me?” I asked, deflecting my surprise.
“All men are predisposed to think with their penises,” she explained, entertaining everyone with her words. “I don’t care how much of a genius you are; you’re still a man, which means that brain of yours down south is focused on sex just like every other man’s.”
Laughter grew louder around me as I stared her down, the smile spreading wide across my face. We got a kick out of giving each other a hard time, and I enjoyed dishing it out just as much as everyone else. Leaning down next to her ear, I said, “No, Bayler, what I meant was, I don’t have to try to find a woman.”
She nearly spit out her beer as she smacked me on the arm and laughed. “See! Just like every other guy! I knew you had a dick in there somewhere, Jameson.”
“Is this the part where I tell you I know how to use it, too?” I asked sarcastically, laughing along with her.
A knock on the door sounded before she could reply, so I walked over to answer it. Opening the door, I found Tessa and a younger guy standing behind her, with three suitcases resting at their sides and a duffle bag slung across his body. She wore an old pair of ripped jeans and a hoodie. Her long brown hair was knotted on top of her head, but it was her light blue-gray eyes smiling back at me that caught my attention the most.
“Hey,” I said, grabbing one of the rollers. “Come on in.”
“Thanks,” she said, crossing the threshold into my apartment.
The Love in the City series is about a group of friends looking for love in New York City. Each book is about a different couple, so they can be read as standalones. The stories are told from both the female and male point of views, and they all end in happily ever afters, no cliffhangers here! Finally, all the book covers are different colors to represent a certain awareness or cause that is referenced in each book. Grab the first book in the series, Wanted By You, for FREE today!
Steph Nuss was born and raised in rural Kansas, where she currently resides with her black Labrador son named Gunner. She grew up with a passion for reading and writing. When she’s not immersed into the land of fiction, she enjoys listening to music that came before her time, watching movies and reruns of her favorite shows, and hanging out with her family and friends. She also has a bachelor’s degree in psychology that she’ll never use…unless she’s profiling her characters of course.


2014, Books, life, Uncategorized

It’s time for fun in the sun! #HoneymoonsAreOverrated



Honeymoons are Overrated

Author: Libby Thomas

Genre: Contemporary Romance


Lisa Jenson is an accomplished attorney who gets what she wants in an out of the courtroom.  At least she did, until she met Chad Foster.  Her best friend insists that Chad is actually a great guy, but Lisa’s instincts force her to keep her distance.  When Lisa finds herself on a plane bound for an island honeymoon with none other than the Chad Foster, she has to change her tactics.
Chad Foster is an up and coming landscape architect who understands women.  He knows that Lisa will come around and when she does he is patiently waiting on her.  Chad anticipated the sparks they would set off in the bedroom but he did not anticipate falling in love.

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When you best friend isn’t able to attend her honeymoon and it’s all-inclusive, why should it go to waste?  There just might be a catch, a honeymoon is for two people, right?
When Lisa agrees to get away so that her best friends all-inclusive package doesn’t go to waste, she doesn’t expect to have to share the trip with Chad. Knowing that there aren’t any singles on the island, they are forced to either get along or leave the next day.
Chad has been head over heels for Lisa since he first saw her, but he knows that she continues to run from him.  This week he plans on making her realize that he’s not a bad guy.
As Lisa and Chad decide to have sex with no strings attached, lines get crossed and Lisa has to decide will their relationship continue when they return to the real world.
Honeymoons are Overrated is a carefree and fun story of romance, friendships, and putting yourself out there.  I recommend it love when the good guy wins and you fall for him yourself!


“I’m sorry it took me so long to do this. Why don’t you look stressed out?”

“There’s nothing for me to stress about. The dress is going to fit you perfectly.” Sam said as she ushered Lisa into the changing booth that already had her dress in it. “Besides, the golf course is handling almost everything. All I have to do is show up. And pick up my family at the airport of course.”

“When are they flying in?”

“Tomorrow morning.” Sam winced. “Even though we tried to book flights three months ago this was the earliest we could get everyone in. Unless they all took a week off and flew in last weekend.”

“Ugh, what would you have done with them for a week?”

“Killed them. I’m sure”

“Who all’s coming?”

“Mom and Dad, T. W. and Sarah, Rick, Grandma, Pap, all of my parents’ brothers and sisters and about ten of my cousins.”

“Holy cow!”

“Yes. There are thirty-four of them.”

“That’s half the plane.”

“We got a group rate. Do you have that dress on yet or are you taking a nap in there?”

Lisa opened the door, and turned around. “Can you zip me?”

“Of course.” They looked at the mirror together. It was a simple strapless dress in royal blue. It fit Lisa like a glove and she looked perfect.

“See no reason to stress.”

“It’s beautiful.” Lisa said. “Are you sure you want me to wear this?”

“What did you think I would make you wear?”

“I’ve never been a bridesmaid before but I thought there was some sort of bylaw requiring some God-awful pink tulle creation.”

“Not for you, gorgeous.” Sam winked at her. “Chad’s going to choke on his tongue.”

Lisa rolled her eyes. “We got lunch today.”

“What? You got lunch with Chad?”




“Is he still living?”

“Of course he’s still living. What kind of question is that?”

“Are you perhaps softening towards him?”

“Don’t be silly. We were comparing our speeches for the toasts.”

“Well that seems like a perfectly reasonable excuse to have lunch with the second hottest man I know.” Sam said tongue in cheek.

“It was a short lunch.”

“How are the speeches?”

“We don’t have them yet. In fact, do you think there is any chance we could skip them?”



“Yes. Luke and I both agree that ninety percent of weddings are useless pomp. The only parts we are serious about are the I Do’s and the cake.”

“For a girl who almost had apoplexy over the decision to move in with him, you are certainly taking this ‘til death do us part business in stride.”

Sam beamed. “What can I say? I’m in love.”

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Libby Thomas is a social worker by day and writer by night.   She has been an avid reader of romance novels since she was 12 years old when she had to sneak them off of her mother’s night stand.

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2014, Books, life, Uncategorized

On tour with Khloe & Colton!

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Title:  Under the Stars

Author: Chelsey Nichole

Genre: New Adult

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Twelve years ago, Khloe Williams left her abusive father, her alcoholic mother, the foster home that didn’t care, and the boy with all the broken promises.

But that was THEN.

And this is NOW.

Khloe has made a name for herself working for the district attorney’s office, becoming one of the top lawyers in North Carolina, and is engaged to Ben Hamilton, a top notch lawyer who worships the ground she walks on. She worked hard to create the life she wanted, hiding her secrets, and happily agreeing to marry the man of her dreams.

But something is holding her back.

And Khloe doesn’t know what that something is.

The bachelorette party started off fun until she sees Blue Eyes. Everywhere she looks, and everywhere she goes, he is there, watching her every move. Khloe knows she should stay away, but he draws her in, and she can’t help but beg for more.

But not all secrets stay hidden.

And not all love stories end happily.

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He let go of the door knob and put his hands on either side of my face and pulled me into him, our lips touching, needing each other like our next heartbeat.  Who was I kidding, I did need him more than my next heart beat.

He lifted me up, and I wrapped my legs around his waist and hooked my arms around his neck.  He walked back to my bedroom and laid me down on the bed, ever so gently.  He unlocked our lips and looked at me, sweeping my bangs out of my eyes.

“You are the most beautiful woman I’ve ever seen.  I’ve waited so long to have you again…to taste you again, Khlo.”

I smiled, he was going to make me cry.

“For tonight, it’s just you and me, Khlo.  No one else,” he said as he crashed his lips into mine again.

I finally convinced myself that this was real…that he was real and tonight, I was his and he was mine.

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2014, Books, life, Uncategorized

Tate is not #Unforgettable @Shantel_Tessier




My name is Tate. And all my life I have kept secrets. The type of secrets that haunt your dreams at night. I wake up hating the world, and I go to sleep knowing that the memories of my past will visit me-reminding me that I once was weak and a coward. I’ll never be that person again.
But there is one person who has made me think there may be more to life than hatred and revenge. Missy fills me with hope. But hope is what makes you weak, makes you think you can be better, and it’s a lie.
A man like me deserves to be alone forever because one day, I will come face to face with my past, and I will destroy it. Even if that means destroying myself in the process.
But what I didn’t know was that she has nightmares of her own-because of me. For the first time in my life, I want to save someone. But how can I save her when I can’t even save myself?

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Shantel is a Texas born girl who now lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma with her high school sweetheart, and their three year old little princess. She considers herself extremely lucky to be a stay at home wife and mother. When she’s not reading or writing, she spends her time with family and friends.

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2014, Books, life, Uncategorized

It’s all about a Ball in Hand!


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Ball In Hand

Author: Libby Thomas

Genre: Contemporary Romance

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When Sam Middleton catches her classy boyfriend in the throes of a supremely unclassy affair, she retreats to the comfort of a dingy bar that reminds her of home. There, a much younger man entices her to play a game of pool.

He needs a roommate. She needs a place to stay. One thing leads to another and Sam finds herself moving into an apartment building full of college boys. Sam is not easily enticed by the bevy of young studs, but the ambient testosterone causes Sam to reevaluate her position and thrust herself back into the dating pool-table that is.

Dating is much more fun now that she is older, wiser, and the ball is in her hand-so to speak.

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Libby Thomas is a social worker by day and writer by night.   She has been an avid reader of romance novels since she was 12 years old when she had to sneak them off of her mother’s night stand.




2014, Books, life, Uncategorized

A Review —–> Pulled by AL Jackson



Melanie Winters and Daniel Montgomery shared a love most only dream of, a love they believed bonded them together for life.

When their world is shattered by the tragic loss of their daughter, overwhelming grief and misguided guilt distorts the truth, and their relationship ends in uncertainty and unanswered questions.

For nine years, they drift through life, each unable to forget the one who holds the strings to their heart. In an attempt to escape the pain of her past, Melanie finds herself trapped in a loveless marriage, while Daniel loses himself in a career that means nothing without Melanie by his side.

Now, when their lives again intersect, neither can deny the connection they felt so long ago. But will the power that drew them together be enough to heal the wounds from their past, and will they have the courage to overcome the insecurities and fears that threaten to keep them apart?

Pulled is a story of attraction and separation, of destiny and duty, of a love so strong it refuses to give up even when all others have.

“Okay, this one did it for me in a big way. I’m an angst-lover. And by that I mean, I’m a Thoughtless, Beautiful Disaster, Love Unscripted, Slammed, Fifty Shades of Everything, kind of reader. But there’s gotta be an HEA. And not a half-done HEA but a real yeah-this-story-has-been-agonizing-but-look-it-was-all-worth-it HEA. So, that said, I earnestly recommend this book. If you’re like me, you’ll like this. Enjoy!” LitJunkie


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In the words of Jillian Dodd, ifly AL Jackson!  Pulled is a story of love, loss, resentment, and never moving forward!

Melanie has left Colorado because her relationship will never work with Daniel.  She married Nathaniel and knows from day one she will never be happy.
Over the years she has tried to forget Daniel, but she can feel him calling her.  All of these feeling come to a head and when Nathaniel goes all alpha male.  She has to decide what choice to make, but she refuses to break up a family.

Nathaniel is an ass, and from day one I wanted t beat him!  He’s controlling and thinks he owns Melanie.  Well, y’all know as well as I do, no one owns anyone.
Daniel finds a light I. His dark world, but with Vanessa in his present, will he be able to move forward with his past.

This story is one that will have you pulling for love, but also family.  Pulled will pull at your heart and make you feel for each character!Pulled2

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A.L. Jackson is the New York Times bestselling author of Take This Regret and Lost to You, as well as other contemporary romance titles, including If Forever Comes, Pulled and When We Collide, as well as the New Adult Romance Come To Me Quietly due out January 7, 2014.

She first found a love for writing during her days as a young mother and college student. She filled the journals she carried with short stories and poems used as an emotional outlet for the difficulties and joys she found in day-to-day life.

Years later, she shared a short story she’d been working on with her two closest friends and, with their encouragement, this story became her first full length novel. A.L. now spends her days writing in Southern Arizona where she lives with her husband and three children. Her favorite pastime is spending time with the ones she loves.


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2014, Books, life, Uncategorized

It’s time to INDULGE!



Release Date: June 3, 2014

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Stay With Me by Abigail Lee 
No Turning Back (Full Circle #1) By Casey Peeler
Uncomplicated: A Vegas Girl’s Tale by Dawn Robertson and Jo-Anna Walker
Tied Up In Heartstrings by Felicia Lynn 
Adam’s Apple by Liv Morris
Seduce by Missy Johnson
Undescribable by Shantel Tessier 
Teach Me Love by S Moose
Entangled by S.E.Hall

Stay With Me by Abigail Lee 
Recovering from a devastating heartbreak, Bailey Hart has sworn off all relationships. Everything is going according to plan until a mysterious new guy moves to her small town. Will Bailey’s stubbornness force her to stay on the path she has laid out for herself, or will Ty Jacobs find his way into her already broken heart?

No Turning Back (Full Circle #1) By Casey Peeler 
Charley has been away from home for only forty-eight hours before she breaks the two promises she made to herself.  How will her first semester of college end? Joe, Cash, or alone?

Uncomplicated: A Vegas Girl’s Tale by Dawn Robertson and Jo-Anna Walker
One high class business man. And one night neither of them will ever forget.

Tied Up In Heartstrings by Felicia Lynn (Heartstrings Series #1)
Tragedy ripped the security from her life. Left a single mother, Alexis’s fear of loss insulates her from the rest of the world. A man from her past has always been in love with Alexis. He’s never met anyone that measures up to her. Is love enough to overcome loss and heartbreak?

Adam’s Apple by Liv Morris 
Eroticism. Love. Redemption. Ancient sexual practices mix with Adam’s dark past in this Amazon bestseller when he meets a NYC socialite and Tantra sex instructor. Told uniquely in Adam’s point of view.

Seduce by Missy Johnson 
Cocky, British Womanizer Jack Falcon is about to learn even he isn’t immune to falling in love

Undescribable by Shantel Tessier 
Samantha- A broken hearted bartender just wants to get on with her life and forget about men.
Slade- The towns cocky, foul mouth playboy decides he needs her and won’t take no for an answer.
Will Samantha let Slade prove his love is real, or will she push him away?

Teach Me Love by S Moose
A sexy, rich, CEO and a single mother. Both broken. Neither were looking for love, but who says love plays fair. 

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2014, Books, life, Uncategorized

Time for a Last Second Chance @CaiseyQuinn


Last Second Chance

Contemporary Romance

Release Date: May 12, 2014

Goodreads link:  https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20723588-last-second-chance 


 When Stella Jo Chandler gets an offer to work at the Second Chance Ranch celebrity rehab facility right after graduating from Texas A&M, she’s tempted to turn it down. She wants to help real people with real problems, not spoiled celebrities going on vacation for publicity. But growing up on her family’s ranch left her with a love of horses that draws her to the opportunity. How bad can babysitting a bunch of strung out celebrities be?

What she didn’t count on was being roped into a tangled mess with infamous rocker and three-time rehab drop out Van Ransom on her first day. And she sure didn’t expect to feel the overwhelming attraction that pulls her to the man who has more issues than she can count on both hands. Like the hotel rooms and tour buses he’s famous for trashing, the havoc he could wreak on Stella’s heart would be irreparable.

Van isn’t at Second Chance for publicity or because he’s suffering from “exhaustion”. He’s on the brink of destruction, and he needs the kind of help Stella isn’t sure she can give. But without her, he’ll lose everything. Because he’s on his last second chance.



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Stella Jo Chandler seems to have it all on the outside.  She grew up on a horse ranch, loved to ride, and had dreams of bringing home the Triple Crown, but one fall at the Kentucky Showmaster’s Showcase and those dreams were shattered.  She never got back on a horse again, but she still loved them deeply.  Growing up with a harsh, demanding mom who only wanted a real-life doll to dress up and show off, and a dad who never gave her the time of day no matter how hard she strived for perfection to please him, the barn was the only place she felt happy, wanted, and needed.  Now that’s she’s graduating college, her mom wants her to move back home where she belongs, but Stella is offered a job at the Second Chance Ranch, a celebrity rehab facility.  Not sure if that’s what she wants, but positive she doesn’t ever want to go back home, her decision is made when she bumps into a beautiful stranger during a tour of the facility.

Van Ransom is the gorgeous, mesmerizing, tatted-up lead singer of the band Hostage for Ransom.  After waking up in a hospital (again) after nearly OD’ing (again), his manager and his label have had enough, so he’s given an ultimatum – either he successfully completes 90 days in rehab and gets his stuff together, or he loses the record deal, his manager, and his band.  He’s tried the rehab thing again and again, but this is his last second chance.  He’s not happy with the choices he’s given, after all, the drugs and alcohol are the only things that drown out the voices and dreams that torture him constantly, but if he gets to see the beautiful girl he bumped into while checking in, maybe it won’t be so bad.  She tries to deny him, but Van Ransom wants her, and he always gets what he wants.

Neither can stop thinking about the other.  For the first time, Stella makes Van actually want to be a better person, someone worthy of her, and he actually cares about how she feels, unlike all the other women, the ones who he’s only with for a release of the sexual kind.  Stella knows Van is dangerous and a cocky womanizer, but she can’t help but want to help him, to fix him.  She tries to keep everything professional – a relationship with a patient is grounds for immediate termination – but with the feelings he makes her feel, that is becoming impossible.

Van knew he was broken – from the hellish childhood he had, the dark secrets he carries deep inside, and the drug addiction he can’t quit.  Stella is broken in her own way – she’s empty inside, she feels nothing.  Stella wants to fix Van, to unlock what is buried deep, but will she fail him like she has everyone else?  Van is the only one that has been able to make Stella feel anything, and she desperately needs to him to bring out that side of her, but will he ruin her like he has so much else in life?  Together, can they heal each other without ruining their own lives in the process?

Last Second Chance is a story about healing, living life, forbidden love, and finding light in the darkness, and I absolutely LOVE everything single thing about this story.  Van Ransom can hold me hostage anytime 😉 There is just something about a beautifully broken man that draws me in, makes me want to fix him and make him whole.  Caisey Quinn is one of those authors that I will read everything new put out, no questions asked.  She has the ability to bring out your emotions and make you feel everything the characters are feeling, and Last Second Chance is no exception.  Do yourself a favor, 1-click it now!

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Caisey Quinn lives in Birmingham, Alabama with her husband, daughter, and other assorted animals. She is the bestselling author of the Kylie Ryans series as well as several New Adult Romance novels featuring country girls finding love in unexpected places. You can find her online at www.caiseyquinnwrites.com .


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2014, Books, life, Uncategorized

Secrets Behing Those Eyes!

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 Release Date: May 13, 2014

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Scarlet Leigh Johnson hasn’t had the easiest life, it’s been full of heartbreak and abandonment issues. So when she’s accepted to her dream school in her hometown of Savannah Georgia she’s ecstatic. Only one thing steps in her way. Community Service. She lost her temper just a little bit and now has to pay her dues. Her plan now, just get through this and never look back. Go to SCAD and make her dreams come true. That is until the biggest, cockiest, smartass she’s ever met crosses her path. She doesn’t want to deal with another pre-Madonna rich boy. But behind all of his smartass quips she’s sees the pain he’s hiding in his eyes.

Ryder Grayton Abbott is a Cotton heir and all about having a good time. Until one nights good time lands him community service. His plan is to muscle through it and get it over with. Just a few weeks building a house and he could go back to working on his farm and having a playboy lifestyle. Women he loves women, he just doesn’t trust them. They all want something from him. That is until he meets Scarlet. She wants nothing from him except maybe to kick his ass if he talks to her. He can see the fear that lies deep in her eyes. He wants her he can’t explain it, maybe it’s just a self-challenge, since he’s pretty sure she hates him. He knows she doesn’t trust him and he’s pretty sure he doesn’t blame her.
Meet two people that have a bundle of insecurities and need each other more than they realize.

This is the first book in the spin-off series from the Amazon Bestselling Temptation Series.

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“She could love you for the rest of your life or break you in half if she had to. A true Southern Belle.”

Scarlet Johnson has worked her butt off to graduate early and attend SCAD on a scholarship, but now she may lose it all since she’s landed herself in jail – all thanks to her losing her cool after finding her boyfriend, Dustin, in a very disturbing situation.  Thankfully the judge goes easy on her and is letting her off the hook after doing some community service.  Now everyone thinks she’s the “crazy ex”, and she doesn’t deserve to be one being punished, but she can’t tell anyone the truth about what really happened with Dustin.

Ryder Abbott is a party boy, rich heir to the family cotton business, and H-O-T – and he knows it, cocky bastard.  After finding himself in some trouble after a night of drinking, he’s lucky to get off with just community service, but he’s still not happy.  But this time, daddy’s not getting him out of it, it’s time for Ryder to learn a lesson.

When Ryder sees Scarlet at the Habitat for Humanity house they’ll be working on, he is immediately attracted to her, but she shuts him down just as fast.  She’s not dealing with another spoiled, rich kid, she’s learned her lesson with that.  This only makes Ryder more determined – at first just to get her in his bed, but it doesn’t take long for her to work her way into his heart.  Scarlet tries to resist, but it’s hard when Ryder keeps popping up everywhere and helping her out of bad situations.  She likes him, but her past with Dustin has filled her head with insecurities about dating guys “outside of her social class”.  Both of them have a sadness in their eyes from their pasts – can they help heal each other and make each other truly happy?  When danger threatens Scarlet, Ryder will stop at nothing to save her.

I fell in love with the characters in this story, especially Nana Pearl!  Being from the south, I could relate to so much of this story (especially the language), and I loved that I was familiar with a lot of the places.  Secrets Behind Those Eyes is a great, quick read, and a feel good story with just enough drama thrown in to keep in interesting.  I love how Scarlet makes Ryder want to be a better guy, and I can’t wait to see where life takes them.  Although I am very curious about Gable and Ivie…looking forward to their story next!

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Not long after the guys go outside Anna and Gabby show up.  Daria pulls them over to the kitchen window to look at Ryder.  Anna pipes up.  “Ooh he’s hot.”

Daria laughs.  “You should have saw him when he came to the door. He was like half unsure of his self, half pissed off.  It was sexy.  But I think when Cade’s big ass answered the door he about pissed his pants.”

I laugh.  “Well we had a little issue and I didn’t think to let him know I’d left town, plus all the stuff with my phone he couldn’t get a hold of me.  He panicked a little and called Gable to find me.”

Gabby laughs.  “Oh so he went all caveman on your ass.”

I laugh.  “I guess so.  But he did admit to sitting in the barn and getting drunk with my calf.  Even though it’s not my calf it’s his I just named him.”

“So how did you guys meet?”  Anna asks.

“During community service.”

Anna laughs.  “Oh yeah the ex’s car.  I have to say you might be Cade’s little sister and not mine but I was very proud of you that day.  It was like something Gabby would’ve done.”

“Anyway. He hit on me I shot him down.  Like shot him down bad.  He kept kind of stalking me until I said yes to a date.  He took me on an awesome first date and I guess according to him now we are boyfriend and girlfriend.”

They all laugh and Daria speaks up.  “Caveman style.  Honey go ahead and figure you are going to marry that man.  Only two people who love each other can act that crazy to one another and that guy is over the moon for you.”


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S.M. Donaldson is a wife and mother based on the Gulf Coast of the Florida Panhandle. She’s funny, sarcastic and has been known to have a potty mouth. She’s worked in many different fields in her life but, she has always dreamed of writing short stories and books. She recently penned her first series of novels Sam’s Choice and Sam’s Fight for Freedom. She is currently working on The Temptation Series.

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Put your Guard up, & get Defensive! @writerjdrivera


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Vanessa Smith has her heart guarded. She’s been married to a man that sleeps around and has made her think she’s ugly and undeserving. Everything changes when she is knocked down by the famous basketball player, Jackson Berrios. A friendship ensues and everything she thought she knew about men turns out to be wrong. 

Jackson Berrios was out for a run in a new city when he made contact with the beautiful Vanessa Smith. He instantly knew she was different from most girls but can he make her see that he’s different from her cheating husband?


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The follow-up novel to the novella Guarded

Once you find the love of your life, it’s all sunshine and roses, right?

Not for most relationships and definitely not for Vanessa Smith and Jackson Berrios.

Vanessa Smith is finally divorced from her awful ex-husband and is in a committed relationship with basketball star, Jackson Berrios.

Vanessa’s ex-husband has come back into her life just when she needs a friend.  The friendship could complicate the relationship between her and Jackson. Will the couple be able to get through their pasts coming back to the surface?  Can two different circumstances tear them apart or sear them together?  Will they iron out their problems and have a happily ever after…?

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First off, if you haven’t read the novella Guarded, do it! What are you waiting for? In Guarded, we meet Vanessa & Jackson, and also their friends and exes, and Defensive picks up where Guarded left off. Vanessa still finds it hard to believe that the hot new star player for the Oklahoma City Thunder basketball team, Jackson Berrios, chose her for his girlfriend. He could literally have any girl he wanted, but he chose her, and she couldn’t be more thankful. She’s still getting used to being in the spotlight, and with the whispers constantly surrounding her, she has trouble trusting that he actually loves her and will not leave her.

Throw in some MAJOR shockers from people in both Jackson and Vanessa’s pasts, and it seems the relationship may be doomed before it ever gets a good start. And just when you think it may be possible to handle one situation, another bombshell is dropped. When history starts to repeat itself for Vanessa, will she push Jackson away to guard her heart? Can Jackson convince her to let her defenses down and see that he truly loves her? Vanessa thinks she will never be able to give Jackson what he wants, can the couple really have their happily ever after?

Defensive is a beautiful story of love and acceptance, family and protection, forgiveness and moving forward, and I really enjoyed the journey of Jackson and Vanessa. There were bumps along the way, but what relationship doesn’t have those? I’m also glad Shane got a little redemption for himself – I still don’t like him, but at least now we sort of know why he was the way he was. I really hope we get Amanda and Landon’s story (Vanessa’s BFF and brother), I’m routing for them!

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J.D. Rivera lives in Oklahoma with her husband and two boys. Her life consists of school projects, homework, cartoon shows, and little league sports. She loves Diet Mountain Dew, the OKC Thunder, costume jewelry, the beach, and reading.


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