Genres: Sports Romance
I was born and raised in California. My husband and I met when I was just 16. We were married a few years later, moving to Oregon while he was in the US Coast Guard.
Texas is now where we call home, where our boots rest, and where we’re raising our two little boys and a chocolate lab named Optimus Prime.
Series: Perfect Gentlemen #1
Author: Natalie Gayle
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: April 23, 2018
Carlene/Oz was a widowed 40 year old whom is encourages to go on a trip of a lifetime with a companion, a paid escort to be exact and when Rome enters the picture. She is swept off her feet. In more ways than one. This book is about fate, things happen to make these two meet and its a colliding of souls. I fell in love with Rome and I fell in love with the fairytale.
This book isn’t plain sailing. Nothing happens easily but its a beautiful amazing love story. That will sweep you off of your feet. A huge recommend from me.
Carlene, or Oz as Rome calls her, is fulfilling a lifelong dream to go overseas. She flies into LA ready to meet her tour guide for the two week vacation. Rome is astounded by Charlene’s naturally honest approach to life when he meets up with her and is taken by her pleasant character and easy going manner.
Terrific descriptions of the characters, settings and events that take place in the book make it easy for readers to visualise the story with clarity. It’s also very easy to feel the closeness between the lead characters and as their friendship builds it seems to become more and more tangible. This is due to the clever writing technique and thoroughness of this author. Told from both Carlene and Rome’s perspective we garner a deeper insight to their characters and what makes them tick. Just like how Carlene described the Japanese Gardens in San Francisco ..’The balance is exactly right and the energy just flows.’ So is the relationship that builds between these two interesting and completely opposite characters.
It’s refreshing to read a mature romance but one that is also so ‘real life’. It really is the story of Carlene discovering what she likes and wants in life, experiencing and exploring new things. There is a healthy dose of sexual intimacy but this, in and of itself, is a journey of discovery.
A fabulous story and I’m already eager to read the next book in the series!
Bella Jewel is a self published, USA
Today bestselling author. She’s been publishing since 2013. Her first release
was a contemporary romance, Hell’s Knights which topped the charts upon
release. Since that time, she has published over five novels, gaining a
bestseller status on numerous platforms. She lives in North Queensland and is
currently studying editing and proofreading to further expand her career. Bella
has been writing since she was just shy of fifteen years old. In Summer 2013
she was offered an ebook deal through Montlake Romance for her bestselling
modern day pirate series, Enslaved By The Ocean. She plans to expand her
writing career, planning many new releases for the future.
Mari and Javier were once a fairytale couple, once upon a time! Instead, as the author says so clearly, they “…were in this cyclone of hatred both of us broken, both of us beaten, and both of us defeated.”
Tears rolled down my cheeks at times, from the deep despair I felt. A pain that, although created by words, was so real. This was how emotive the language and scenes were and a very good indication of how the writing is so absorbing and brilliantly crafted.
Raw sexual passion that was hot, hot, hot! The chemistry between Javi and Mari is still sizzling and demanding however it isn’t something that takes over the storyline, it supports it.
There are twists and turns in the plot to change things up and keep readers on their toes, you never know what’s around the corner, which is exciting and entertaining. This fast-paced story is very easy to read, yes there is violence, darkness, the effects of drugs but it is all smoothly blended into the storyline. My only concern is that it is quite short so that’s why I gave it 4 1/2 stars and the only reason.Reviewed by Robyn
Jonathon Turner is going to be the death of me.
Maybe not the death of me…but my panties for sure! They seem to disintegrate the moment he touches me. Looks at me. Smiles at me. Talks to me.
It’s more than physical. He’s breaking through an impenetrable wall.
There’s a problem though—he’s younger than me.
Six. Years. Younger.
Let’s not forget he’s also one of my brother’s best friends.
Oh, the other problem I forgot to mention…
I never wanted to fall in love again.
But you know what they say….never say never.
I didn’t hear a word that the interior designer was saying. I was focused on the way Jonathon looked in those Wranglers. And his boots. And the freaking black cowboy hat that made his grey eyes stand out. I swallowed hard.
Jesus…could this guy get any hotter?
Jonathon caught my stare from across the room. When he smiled my panties nearly disintegrated. The man had never even touched me, and yet one look from him and I was damn near panting.
Yes, he could get hotter. Christ Almighty.
Before I could stop myself, my tongue ran over my dry lips. Jonathon’s brows rose and his boyishly handsome smile turned into a sexy-as-hell grin. When his eyes smoldered, my breath hitched.
I wiped my brow. Shit, is it hot in here?
Jonathon knew where my dirty little mind had taken me, and I was pretty damn sure his was going in the same direction. I closed my eyes and tried not to picture anything sexy, but failed. Me…up against the wall with him buried deep inside me, giving me a long overdue orgasm.
“Waylynn? Waylynn?” Ann’s voice pulled me from my naughty thoughts.
Popping my eyes open, I cleared my throat. “What? Huh?”
With a sweet smile, Ann repeated the question I had totally tuned out.
“The color scheme. Are you good with it?”
I frowned. What in the heck was she talking about? Color scheme? “Umm.”
The young woman waited patiently, while I stood there with my mouth open like an idiot.
“Color scheme?” I asked with a slight smile.
Ann laughed. “Did you even hear a word I said?”
My eyes darted to Jonathon. He was leaning against a desk in the middle of the room. It was the only piece of furniture that had been left by the previous owners of this space. His arms were now crossed over his massive chest, and he wore a shit-eating grin. Did the man know how freaking handsome he was? That sex appeal dripped off of him?
He winked, and I had to lock my knees to keep from falling.
He knew exactly where my mind had gone, because his was there as well.
Turning back to the interior decorator, I replied, “I’m so sorry. Jonathon was distracting me.”
One quick glance back and Jonathon’s smile vanished, replaced by a shocked expression. “Me?” he asked.
I nodded. “Yes. You.”
Ann was now staring at Jonathon. I could see by the look in her eyes and the way she chewed her lip that she was having similar thoughts. It was obvious by the way she was trying not to look in his direction while she talked. She was probably the same age as he was, and that pissed me off. Then again, I had to remind myself that Jonathon hadn’t been staring at Ann. He’d been staring at me.
“What did I do?” Jonathon asked.
I wanted to say that his hotness was making my panties wet, and the throbbing between my legs was making it hard to think, but I decided it was best to avoid the truth.
“That desk you’re leaning on. I keep wondering why the previous owner left it?”
Jonathon looked down at the desk as Ann asked, “Do you want to keep the desk? It would be beautiful refinished.”
I shrugged. “I’m not sure.”
Jonathon walked around it. “I’m sure we could put this to good use. I can come up with an idea or two.”
His head lifted and his eyes caught mine. I swore they turned as dark as the night sky. I swallowed, trying to ignore the pulse between my legs.
Another great story… Waylynn the older sister in the Parker clan; comes back to town broken and alone after her dreams are shattered finding out her husband was cheating on her. In true Parker style this headstrong, feisty lady 180’s her dream of being a dancer in New York in favour of opening a dance studio and teaching dance to the younger generation of the town she grew up in! Enter Jonathan, the hot as sin contractor who is also her bachelor brother Cord’s best friend… The fireworks between the two are instant and not easily contained which leads to hilarious scenes when all the Parker brothers find out!! This book is not without its drama and boy is it something I never saw coming but it so makes the story! If you’re looking for an outstanding series then I highly recommend this one 4 books so far and so far all 5-star reads!!
Reviewed by Nat
Kelly Elliott is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling contemporary romance author. Since finishing her bestselling Wanted series, Kelly continues to spread her wings while remaining true to her roots and giving readers stories rich with hot protective men, strong women and beautiful surroundings.
Her bestselling works include, Wanted, Broken, Without You, and Unconditional Love, to name just a few.
Kelly has been passionate about writing since she was fifteen. After years of filling journals with stories, she finally followed her dream and published her first novel, Wanted, in November of 2012.
Kelly lives in central Texas with her husband, daughter, and two pups. When she’s not writing, Kelly enjoys reading and spending time with her family. She is down to earth and very in touch with her readers, both on social media and at signings.
To find out more about Kelly and her books, you can find her through her website.
Given his well-earned bad boy reputation, Eric is having a tough time scoring.. When single Jean moves to town, she seems heaven sent by the sex gods. Only problem is, she not only wants nothing to do with him, but it turns out that she’s pregnant.
Starting over in a small town, Jean is determined to turn her wild lifestyle around and be the kind of mother she always wished she’d had. Since local bar owner and all round hottie, Eric Collins, is now determined to steer clear of her pregnant self, it should be easy. When she goes into labour during a snow storm and her car slides on some ice, it’s Eric who comes to the rescue.
There seems to be a bond between them now, but is it enough? And can Eric give up his manwhore ways to be the man Jean needs?
This book was brilliant, I didn’t expect to like it as much as I did. I frankly found Eric to be a self-absorbed, womanizing arsehole but how wrong could I be. Yes, Eric a great looking man and has a gift of the gab with the ladies but Chaser sees him hit a wall and its in the shape of 2 little ladies.
When Jean walks into Dive Bar you don’t expect her to knock Eric’s socks off but that is exactly what she does. This story is fraught with troubles and people interfering but when trouble strikes in a screaming bundle of joy called Ada. Eric steps up and knocks the world around him on their arses. This was when I truly fell in love with Eric.
This book is in much the same vein as the other books and the supporting casts input is just as important in the way this book goes. There is a hell of a lot of shouting. Interfering and judging in this book and I kind of feel for Eric if I am honest. I am so pleased that Jean stands up for him. The pair of them spend the majority of this book in a state of denial. Which makes for a great read.
I laughed and smiled heaps through this book, Stage Dive Again make a great cameo. This book is fantastic and a huge recommend from me.
Reviewed by Donna
I’d been tricked. Betrayed.
After Andre and Jean ate their lunch, we headed outside to deal with her stuff. The cold wind suited my mood to perfection.
Talk about disappointed.
“Don’t lift that, it looks heavy,” I snapped.
Jean blinked. “It’s a pillow.”
“The world’s largest pillow ever. You can’t be too careful.” My gaze roamed over her swollen middle. “You’re . . .”
“Pregnant?” she asked with a voice dripping poison and sugar.
“Are you having trouble with the concept?”
“Absolutely not. I was just going to say huge, that’s all.”
She blew out an exasperated breath. “Thanks, Eric. That makes me feel so much better.”
“I just . . .”
“Don’t bother.” The woman turned back to her sensible, medium-sized SUV and got busy riffling through the contents. I was surprised she’d been able to squeeze into the driver’s seat.
Boxes and stuff took up almost every inch inside the vehicle. Each and every box seemed to have been neatly labeled with the contents.
The woman took her organization seriously. She looked over her shoulder. “You know, I can’t help noticing that Eric-the-smooth-moving-flirt has been suddenly replaced by Eric-the-awkward-jerk.”
“Well, you said you were single.” I folded my arms defensively across my chest.
And then there was an awkward silence.
“Yeah, but . . . I mean, in your condition . . .” I fumbled to a halt.
She turned, face all scrunched up. Like I was the one with the problem.
“Just hop out of the way so I can grab some boxes,” I said, voice gruff.
Still nothing from her. “It’s a second-story walk-up and you have a lot of stuff to get up there. You should be taking it easy.” Hands on hips, I tapped my black leather boot against the sidewalk, waiting her out. “Jean, I’m not trying to insult you. It’s the truth.”
She swore quietly, going back to fussing with the contents in the vehicle. I don’t think any woman has ever given me the silent treatment quite this quickly. Usually I’m good for at least a couple of hours after seeing them naked.
Man, I still couldn’t believe this was happening. God hated me or something. Pregnant women and me were enema. Anathema. Whatever. Now that I’d seen her out in the autumn light, however, she looked younger than I’d first guessed. Despite her tired eyes, her skin was smooth, soft looking. She was likely closer to her early twenties than mid.
“How old are you?” I asked.
“Why do you care?”
I shrugged one shoulder. “Just curious.”
“How old are you?”
She sniffed. “I’m twenty-two.”
Young, like I’d thought. She was probably too immature for me, anyway.
“Come on, Jean. Let me get some of the boxes.”
Boyd ambled out of the Dive Bar, turning his head this way and that, looking up and down the street. I raised my hand and he started over in our direction. The big cook would make short work out of moving all this stuff. Behind us, Andre and Nell came out of the tenants’ entrance to the Bird Building. The place was a big brick building about a hundred years old. Just past the door was an entryway with stairs leading up to the second floor, followed by two empty shops, their windows covered in flyers about local events. Concerts and parades and shit. They’d been vacant for a while, unfortunately. Andre’s Guitar Den came next, then Pat’s tattoo parlor Inkaho, and the Dive Bar on the corner.
“Everything’s good to go. Alex and I gave it a cleaning last week just to be sure,” said Nell, smacking a kiss on Jean’s cheek.
“You’ll meet Alex later. She’s probably busy working or something now. She’s sort of a shut-in.”
“You two didn’t have to do that,” said Jean. “Thank you.”
Andre leaned against the SUV. “Your furniture got delivered yesterday too, so it’s all good to go.”
“Excellent,” said Jean. “I can’t wait to sleep in a decent bed again. Road trips when you’re seven months’ pregnant kind of suck.”
“Who’s minding the kitchen?” I asked.
“Lydia will text Boyd if they need something,” said Nell.
“We’re only going to be a few feet away from the place.”
“I own the kitchen, Eric. Not you,” she said. “You’re in charge of the bar, that’s all.”
One of Jean’s eyebrows inched up slightly. So I might have implied that I was the sole owner. Shit happened.
I crossed my arms. “Fine. No need to bite my head off.”
“My best online friend just moved to town. We’ve been texting and skyping for months. She’s been an absolute rock for me through all the nerves of being pregnant again,” said Nell. “Stop messing with my happy.”
And then there was an awkward silence. Great. If only there was some way to get out of helping without looking like a raging asshole. The possibility of anything happening between me and Jean had been buried six feet deep, never to be spoken of again.
Kylie is a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author. She was voted Australian Romance Writer of the year, 2013 & 2014, by the Australian Romance Writer’s Association and her books have been translated into eleven different languages. She is a long time fan of romance, rock music, and B-grade horror films. Based in Queensland, Australia with her two children and husband, she reads, writes and never dithers around on the internet. You can learn more about Kylie from http://www.kylie-scott.com/
But as the proceedings get messier and secrets are revealed, Hunter’s running
out of tricks to keep both parties happy. And when someone sets Riley’s pub on
fire, he can’t help but suspect his own client. Torn between his professional
code of ethics and his intense connection with Riley, Hunter finds himself at a
crossroads wondering whose interests he’ll ultimately protect.
Chantel Fernando is an author I have been wanting to read for quite a while, her books I will definitely be exploring further.
Take one charming lawyer who is extremely sexy, add a sassy, strong woman who runs and owns a pub and is going through a messy divorce then throw in a big dose of douchebag..her ex-husband and you have a recipe for one very entertaining story.
The character and scene descriptions are so clearly written it is very easy to visualise the story as you go on, it’s a fast-paced, easy to read one too. Yes..there is an emotional roller coaster but one worth riding! Many, many humorous scenes but also some heartbreaking ones and scenes that literally make you want to slap a particular character, mainly the ex-husband!
This story has a bit of everything really; sweet romance, ‘good and bad’ characters, humour, a touch of suspense and mystery, vengeance and second chances.
I totally recommend this story to everyone.
New York Times, Amazon & USA Today Bestselling Author Chantal Fernando is thirty-one years old and lives in Western Australia.Lover of all things romance, Chantal is the author of the best selling books Dragon’s Lair, Maybe This Time and many more.
When not reading, writing or daydreaming she can be found enjoying life with her three sons and family.
Chantal loves to hear from readers.
Release Date: April 11, 2018
Paisley and Royce meet when she is about fourteen and she immediately crushes on him. With her father owning and running a large security company and Royce as his employee, Paisley fears she will never have her fantasy of a romance between them come true, especially as she is about seven years his junior.
There are great characters in this story, starting with Paisley and Royce who are both strong and honest people. I particularly enjoyed their honesty during their ‘talks’! Erik and Polly are protective and kind, the type of people who treat their employees more like family. A few interesting characters show possible future stories which is exciting. Brinley is a character that peaks your interest straight away and continues to hold it.
The book deals with quite a few sensitive issues like physical and mental abuse, guilt and death, all intricately woven into the storyline without the need for graphic details. The visuals are still loud and clear though.
Basically, this is a sweet love story but be warned there are a few curve balls thrown into the mix.