THE BAD BOY EXPERIMENT by Reese Ryan (on-sale Dec.28, Harlequin Desire)
A steamy fling with an old crush who doesn’t do commitment? What was she thinking! Find out in the conclusion to Reese Ryan’s Bourbon Brothers series. What happens when you say yes to a bad boy? Even if divorcée Renee Lockwood were willing to give love a second chance, she wouldn’t choose Cole Abbott. The sexy, successful real estate developer doesn’t do commitment. But he’s perfect for a no-strings fling—exactly what Ren needs now that she’s moved back home to raise her son. Mind-blowing pleasure with the man she once crushed on is harder to quit than Ren expected. Impossible, in fact. Is time running out before the bad boy bolts…or will the results of her experiment surprise her?
REVIEW: THE BAD BOY EXPERIMENT (BOURBON BROTHERS) BY REESE RYAN
The Bad Boy Experiment by Reese Ryan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Fire finds a soulmate. The Bad Boy Experiment breaks every rule when it comes to romance. Renee and Cole push the buttons of the heart with a steamy dance of unpredictable and emotional that worms its way under your skin and into your soul.
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Excerpt, THE BAD BOY EXPERIMENT by Reese Ryan
Renee turned and started down the stairs. Sud¬denly, the door swung open, taking her by surprise. She missed a step, tripping but catching herself on the banister before she face-planted in the gravel.
Graceful, Renee. You’re a regular Misty Copeland.
“Ren?” Cole hurried down the stairs. “Are you okay?”
“Yeah, I’m fine. I thought maybe you’d… I don’t know.” She shrugged. “Changed your mind.”
She was flustered and rambling like a fool. Yep, this was definitely a bad idea.
Stop talking and make a graceful exit, if that’s even possible at this point.
“Not a chance, sweetheart.” Cole extended a hand. “C’mon inside.”
Renee swallowed hard, her hand trembling as she placed it inside his.
Don’t chicken out now.
Cole led her into the kitchen. Like hers, it was out¬dated. It reminded her of her Aunt Bea standing at the old stove making fried corn or her famous chicken and dumplings—the first thing Ren had ever learned to cook.
“Still feels weird being here, huh?” Cole’s voice shook her from her temporary daze.
They entered the living room where an exercise mat and weights were on the floor.
“You were working out. I’m sorry. I shouldn’t have disturbed you.” Ren glanced at the equipment. “I know it’s really late and—”
“Renee…” Cole drew her closer, pulling her attention back to him. His gaze was soft and warm as he stroked her cheek. “It’s okay. We both know why you came here.” He managed to say the words without sounding cocky. “But I need to hear it from you. Tell me exactly what you want from me.”
Ren’s head was spinning. No one had ever asked her that. Not in a relationship or her career. And now that he had, she wasn’t quite sure what to say.
So instead, she clutched Cole’s white Abbott Con¬struction & Development T-shirt, pulled him closer and pressed her lips to his.
About Reese Ryan:
Reese Ryan writes sexy, contemporary romance featuring a diverse cast of complex characters. She presents her characters with family and career drama, challenging love interests and life-changing secrets while treating readers to emotional love stories with unexpected twists. Past president of her local RWA chapter and a panelist at the 2017 Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, Reese is an advocate of the romance genre and diversity in fiction. Visit her online at ReeseRyan.com.
TALL, DARK AND OFF LIMITS by Shannon McKenna (on-sale Dec.28, Harlequin Desire)
His job is to protect his best friend’s sister…not seduce her! Don’t miss the conclusion of the Men of Maddox Hill series by New York Times bestselling author Shannon McKenna. When it comes to his best friend’s sister, he’s tempted to be much more than her protector. Assigned to keep an eye on social media darling Ava Maddox, security expert Zack Austin is more than up to the task. After all, she’s like family. But dealing with the dynamic beauty requires every ounce of patience…and sexual control. They’ve been denying their forbidden feelings for way too long and soon professionalism gives way to passion. Zack’s willing to face her overprotective family’s wrath, but is Ava’s talent for finding trouble about to explode in his face?
REVIEW: TALL, DARK AND OFF LIMITS (MEN OF MADDOX HILL) BY SHANNON MCKENNA
Tall, Dark and Off Limits by Shannon McKenna
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Tempting meets explosive and spills right over into the heart. With Tall, Dark and Off Limits, McKenna stirs up mischief while making a little bit naughty feel so nice. Zach and Ava are an adventure of heart that sets the senses aflame. A spicy delight that keeps readers craving more.
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Excerpt, TALL, DARK AND OFF LIMITS by Shannon McKenna
“No wine,” Zack told the waiter brusquely, realizing too late how stuffy and uptight that sounded. “For me, of course,” he said to Ava. “Feel free to have some. I never drink when I’m working.”
“Good for you.” She smiled up at the waiter, whose name was Martin, according to the tag on his shirt. “I’ll have a glass of red wine, please.”
“I have a beautiful 2016 Romanée-Conti that’s open,” Martin told her.
“Sounds lovely.” She gave the waiter that trade¬marked blinding smile that brought men to their knees. Martin stumbled off, probably to walk into walls and tables.
And Zack just sat there, tongue-tied. When Ava Maddox was around, his foot always ended up stuck so far into his mouth, he needed surgical intervention to get it out. She was giving him that look. Big, sharp blue eyes that missed nothing. So on to him.
The restaurant had low light and a hushed ambience, and they were in the back, tucked in a wood-paneled corner booth. Now the challenge was to kick-start his brain into operation, instead of just staring at how beau¬tiful she was in the flickering candlelight.
She just waited, patiently. Like she was all too used to men losing their train of thought as soon as they made eye contact with her. Like she was accustomed to cutting the poor stammering chumps some slack while they pulled themselves together.
Her cell rang, and she gave him an apologetic glance when she saw the display. “Gotta take this. One sec.” She tapped the screen and held it to her ear. “Ernest? Thanks for getting back to me. Are you still in the office?… Yeah? Could you get a cab to swing by the Mathesson Pub and Grill on your way home?… Yeah, I need my laptop, the pink one with the collage cover. I’m talking to the Maddox Hill CSO about the online harassment…yeah, I know, but still…uh-huh. Okay, thanks. You’re my hero. Later, then.”
She laid the phone down. “Ernest is my assistant. He’ll bring my computer here so I can show you the master list of the last few of years’ worth of Blazon’s projects.”
“I’m surprised you don’t have your laptop with you at all times,” he said.
“I usually do,” she said. “But I had every intention of going back to Gilchrist House tonight. I have a crazy weekend coming up. Ernest and I are flying down to the Future Innovation trade show in Los Angeles to-morrow. It’s a very big deal.”
Zack couldn’t hide his disapproval. “Traveling to Los Angeles? Going back to a deserted office late in the evening? Leaving by yourself, going home by your¬self? With all this going on?”
Ava sighed. “Zack, Gilchrist House has a twenty-four-hour doorman. And I would call a car to take me from doorstep to doorstep. I’m not an idiot.”
“I never suggested that you were.”
“I’m not in physical danger,” Ava assured him. “Re¬ally. This is just, you know, the new normal. The incivil¬ity of our modern electronic age. It’s ugly and unsavory, but I’ve got to get used to it and learn to roll with it.”
“The hell you do,” he said. “New normal, my ass. I’ll tell you what’s normal. When I find that bottom-feeding son of a bitch and grind him into paste.”
Ava gave him that narrow, nervous look, which by now he recognized. It was a signal that he wasn’t be¬having professionally. He was too intense. Making it personal.
In a word, scaring her.
“Ah, wow, Zack,” she murmured. “I’m surprised at your reaction.”
“Why? This situation is a disgrace. Why should you be surprised that I’m horrified?”
Her eyes slid away. “Well, I don’t know. It’s just that you’ve never taken me seriously before, so why would you suddenly take me seriously now?”
“I’m sorry I gave you that impression,” he said stiffly. “It wasn’t intentional.”
“Oh, don’t be that way.” Her tone was light. “I’m used to it. I rub a lot of people the wrong way. I’m just too much for people sometimes. Drew’s always on my case about it, telling me to tone it down. And I try, I really do. But it never works. Boom, out it comes. The real Ava, right in your face.”
“He shouldn’t do that,” Zack said forcefully.
“Shouldn’t what? Sorry, but I’m not following you.”
“Drew. He shouldn’t be on your case. He shouldn’t tell you to tone it down.”
Her eyes were big. “Ah… I didn’t mean to get you all wound up.”
About Shannon McKenna:
Shannon McKenna is the NYT bestselling author of seventeen action packed, turbocharged romantic thrillers, among which are the stories of the wildly popular McCloud series and the brand new romantic suspense series, The Obsidian Files. She loves tough and heroic alpha males, heroines with the brains and guts to match them, villains who challenge them to their utmost, adventure, scorching sensuality, and most of all, the redemptive power of true love. Since she was small she has loved abandoning herself to the magic of a good book, and her fond childhood fantasy was that writing would be just like that, but with the added benefit of being able to take credit for the story at the end. Alas, the alchemy of writing turned out to be messier than she'd ever dreamed. But what the hell, she loves it anyway, and hopes that readers enjoy the results of her alchemical experiments.
A CHEF’S KISS BY NINA CRESPO
"Crespo takes the heart on an endearing tale of missteps and new beginnings. A Chef's Kiss is a delicious tale of deep emotions and heartwarming romance." - (Isha C., Blogger, Reader, Reviewer - Hopeless Romantic)
Release Date: December 28, 2021
A welcome second chance...
Or a recipe for disaster?
After their ill-fated fling quashed her dreams, small-town chef Philippa Gayle’s onetime rival-turned-lover Dominic Crawford upended her life. But when Philippa’s forced together with the celebrity cook on a project that could change her life, there’s no denying that the flames that were lit years ago were only banked, not extinguished. Can Philippa trust Dominic enough to let him in...or are they just cooking up another heartbreak?
REVIEW: A CHEF' S KISS BY NINA CRESPO
A Chef's Kiss by Nina Crespo
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Second chances have many twists and turns. Crespo takes the heart on an endearing tale of missteps and new beginnings. A Chef's Kiss sprinkles a spoonful of sugar into a flavorful look at heartache. The end result is a delicious tale of deep emotions and heartwarming romance.
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About Nina Crespo
Nina Crespo lives in Florida where she indulges in her favorite passions -- the beach, a good glass of wine, date night with her own real-life hero and dancing. Her lifelong addiction to romance began in her teens while on a "borrowing spree" in her older sister's bedroom where she discovered her first romance novel. Let Nina's sensual contemporary stories and steamy paranormal tales satisfy your own craving for love, romance, and happily ever after.
STRANDED WITH HER GREEK HUSBAND by Michelle Smart (on-sale Dec.28, Harlequin Presents)
Michelle Smart unravels the mysteries of a Greek marriage in this emotional reunion romance. Keren fled the island of Agon heartbroken, convinced her marriage was over. Now she must return to face her gloriously handsome estranged husband, Yannis, and end things for good. Instead, she finds herself marooned on Agon, and Yannis insists she spends three final days with him first! With nowhere to run from the fierce longing he reawakens, Keren must open her eyes to the whole truth. Not just the tragedy that broke them, but the joy and passion she’s tried—and failed—to forget…
REVIEW: STRANDED WITH HER GREEK HUSBAND BY MICHELLE SMART
Stranded with Her Greek Husband by Michelle Smart
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Heat, heartache and healing. Stranded with her Greek Husband is a tumultuous trek into misconceptions and second chances. Smart plays the heart with an expert hand.
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Excerpt, STRANDED WITH HER GREEK HUSBAND by Michelle Smart
Would it help if I apologised?’
She couldn’t stop her stare darting to him. ‘I’m staying for three days not three weeks, Yannis.’
To her surprise, a grin spread over his face. It was a heartbreaker of a smile, all lopsided and…sexy.
She quickly looked away.
Keren didn’t want to see his smile and remem¬ber how it had once been part of the Yannis Filipidis package that had seduced and charmed her from the moment she set eyes on him.
Their first meeting had been at the opening of a new contemporary art gallery at Agon’s palace that Yannis and his brother had helped curate as a favour to the King. The palace had artwork and an¬tiquities dating back millennia, but the modern King wanted to bring it more fully into the twenty-first century. Knowing their King wanted to attract a younger, hipper clientele, the PR people behind the launch reached out to Keren and invited her to at¬tend and review. That she was no art critic and had only visited and reviewed two art galleries in all her travels—reviewing offbeat bars and restaurants and activities like elephant trekking were more her thing—didn’t matter to them. It was her audience they wanted to connect with. They’d offered to pay for her flights and accommodation and promised no interference with what she published on her blog. As Agon had been on her wish list of countries to visit, she’d been thrilled to accept.
She remembered the funky feel of the gallery. The creative and delicious cocktails and canapés she’d been plied with by the eager PR team. The buzz that had permeated the air.
But mostly she remembered the incredibly tall, in¬credibly gorgeous man dressed in a dapper pinstriped suit propped against the wall with a bottle of lager in his hand, oblivious to the lusty stares being thrown his way because his entire focus had been on her.Keren had come to Agon intending to stay for a long weekend. It had ended up being her home for two years.
The man whose attention she’d caught that night and married six months later was still grinning. ‘But you are staying,’ he pointed out smugly.
‘Under duress. And only for three days.’
‘Three days is long enough to convince you to stay.’ Then the smile fell. He tilted his head. ‘Would you believe any apology?’
‘Then I shall save my breath for when you do be¬lieve it.’
‘Save it but don’t hold it,’ she advised.
The smile returned. ‘You would give me the kiss of life, surely?’
Before she could respond, he swept past her, his arm brushing hers, and engulfed her in a cloud of the cologne she hadn’t even realised she’d been avoiding inhaling until it was too late.
Grinding her toes into her sandals, Keren closed her eyes and tried her hardest to ride out the wave of longing ripping through her.
They were just echoes of the past. Memories.
Memories she’d locked away on her flight out of Agon.
About Michelle Smart:
Michelle Smart is a Publishers Weekly bestselling author with a slight-to-severe coffee addiction. A book worm since birth, Michelle can usually be found hiding behind a paperback, or if it’s an author she really loves, a hardback. Michelle lives in rural Northamptonshire in England with her husband and two young Smarties. When not reading or pretending to do the housework she loves nothing more than creating worlds of her own. Preferably with lots of coffee on tap. www.michelle-smart.com.