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Title: ON THE PLUS SIDE

Author: Alison Bliss

Series: A Perfect Fit, #2

On Sale: June 27, 2017

Publisher: Forever

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Big girls don’t cry. They go after what they want.

Thanks to her bangin’ curves, Valerie Carmichael has always turned heads-with the exception of seriously sexy Logan Mathis. Just Valerie’s luck that the object of her lust-filled affection is also best friends with her overprotective brother. But Valerie’s determined to get Logan’s attention…even if it means telling a teeny little lie to get a job at his new bar.

Logan can’t remember a time when Valerie didn’t secretly fuel all his hottest fantasies. Now the curvaceous she-devil is working behind his bar, tempting him every damn night. It’s only when he finds Valerie’s naughty things-to-do list that Logan decides to break every rule in the book-by making each red-hot deed a reality.

No one warned them that they were going to fall this hard. And no one warned them that sometimes the smallest secrets can have the biggest consequences.

 

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Valerie Carmichael needed a drink. A strong one. Because it was the only way she envisioned herself getting through the night.

An elbow nudged into her side, bringing her thoughts back to the crowded bar. “I can’t see anything through all of these people,” Brett said, scanning the room with his eyes. “Come on, let’s go to the other side so I can get a better view.”

Sighing, Valerie trudged behind him without a word.

When Brett had asked her to attend the grand opening of Bottoms Up, a new bar in their hometown of Granite, Texas, she’d hesitated to say yes. Sure, she was curious what the inside of the recently remodeled bar looked like and had no doubt the place would be jam-packed with handsome, available men. But it was still the last place on earth she wanted to be.

She knew better than to hang out in bars with her older and only—thank God—brother. Every time she’d done so in the past, the nights had always ended the same way. Brett would spend the entire evening hovering over her like a rabid pit bull, daring any single guy with a glint in his eye to look her way. Because Valerie turned heads. She always had.

Oh, she wasn’t silly enough to believe she looked like some gorgeous supermodel with a lean, trim figure or anything. She definitely didn’t. But she had a pretty face, banging plus-size curves, and a lively personality. And that was good enough for her. Valerie was just…Valerie. And damn proud of it.

Across the room, Sam and Leah emerged from the dense crowd, with a beer bottle for him and a glass of water for her. Apparently, Leah was still on that damn diet and counting calories so she would fit into her wedding dress. Though why she didn’t just buy the dress in a larger size was beyond Valerie.

Leah blinked at the sight of her. “Val? What are you doing here? You said you weren’t coming.”

Valerie shrugged. “I changed my mind.”

“Are you feeling okay?”

“Yeah, sure. Why?”

“When you said you didn’t want to go out, I assumed you were sick. You never turn down a night out.” Leah placed her palm lightly against Valerie’s forehead. “You sure you don’t have the flu or something?”

Valerie laughed and pushed her friend’s hand away. “Oh, stop it. I just didn’t feel like getting dressed up. I’m getting tired of the whole bar scene.”

Then Valerie’s heart stopped, along with her lips. Oh God.

Brett stood there talking to a tall, dark-haired man who had one thumb hooked in the front pocket of his jeans while he leaned comfortably against the wall with his right shoulder. She couldn’t see the other guy’s face, but she didn’t need to. Valerie recognized all six feet, two inches of him. Logan Mathis.  

As a plus side gal, I can totally appreciate the books that Ms. Bliss is writing right now.  And even though I’m old enough to be their mother, I have had body issues my whole life.  Believe me when I say that I could TOTALLY relate to Leah in book #1 when it came to her mother shaming her all the time.  I’m 50 years old and my mother STILL looks at me critically when she sees me.  On my 50th birthday, I decided that I can’t please everyone anymore.  I need to please myself first.  I don’t listen to the body shaming anymore.  I’m a grown ass woman that is married with a child.  I needed to do this for me and no one else.  All that said, I can appreciate Valerie with her positive body issues.  She didn’t have anyone shaming her, bringing her down and then to find out that Logan has wanted her for all those years?  Did her body shape come up in conversation?  Nope, well…just that he LOVED her banging curves.

So why the long intro paragraph to start the review?  Because Ms. Bliss has written another great heroine that is REAL.  Relatable, even for this old broad.  I loved how confident she was in her relationships with herself first and then her friends.  Max is a hoot and I’m really hoping that he gets his own book.  What I didn’t like is how her brother, Brett treated her.  I got the whole that their dad died and he felt like he HAD to protect her but he was overbearing.  And that’s being nice about it.  I would have throat punched him a long time ago.  I had a younger brother and if he treated me that way…yep, throat punch.  It took her too long to finally have “the talk” with Brett and by then, I just didn’t care.  Brett didn’t care about her or even Logan for that matter.

Logan is a man of mystery.  I loved how he was “trying” to stay away from her but in the end, the heart wants what it wants.  Their chemistry is beyond hot but in the end, he ended up being a bonehead, as usual.  LOL!  What is it about men?  I loved his relationship with his mother and the scene at the end of the book made me chuckle.  She finally let him have it and then the fog lifted for him.

To say this book is hot would be an understatement.  But it also has heart and relatable characters.  I liked how Ms. Bliss had Logan and Valerie confront their fears and let their emotions shine on the pages.  If you have never read a book by Ms. Bliss you are missing out.  She is a talented author that writes real, relatable characters with a bit of sass, a whole lot of hot but in the end, you will be smiling in the end.

 

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Alison Bliss grew up in Small Town, Texas, but currently, resides in the Midwest with her husband and two sons. With so much testosterone in her home, it’s no wonder she writes “girl books.” She believes the best way to know if someone is your soul mate is by canoeing with them because if you both make it back alive, it’s obviously meant to be. Alison pens the type of books she loves to read most: fun, steamy love stories with heart, heat, laughter, and usually a cowboy or two. As she calls it, “Romance…with a sense of humor.”

 

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Dating the Wrong Mr. Right

by Amanda Ashby
Publication Date: June 19, 2017
Genres: Adult, Entangled: Bliss, Contemporary, Romance

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SYNOPSIS:

Pepper Watson has lost everything–her job, her fiancé, and the future she’d so carefully planned. Now she’s back at Wishing Bridge trying to figure out her next step. Her new plan does not include the ever-so-sexy Ben Cooper. Nope. She’s getting her life back on track, and getting out of this little town as fast as possible.

Ben Cooper is doing his best to build his business and help his parents. The last thing he needs is the distraction that is Pepper Watson. She might be prickly every time he’s in her presence, but he sees another side of her. The side that has set aside her dreams to help her sisters. And then there’s the fact that kissing her is pretty much the best thing that’s ever happened to him.

He’s putting down roots. She’s running away. It’s going to take more than a wish for these two to find their happily ever after.

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EXCERPT #2)

“So, about the kiss. Thank you for going along with it.”

“That’s it?” Coop growled. It wasn’t the first time he’d encountered Pepper’s steel wall, but right now he wasn’t in the mood. “You have a secret fiancé—”

“Ex-fiancé,” she corrected, and then a hint of color rose to her cheeks. It was part of the enigma he’d been trying to unravel ever since he’d known her. That she could be cold and warm at the same time.

And that it can turn me on so much.

“Fine. You have a secret ex– fiancé.” Not that he should be surprised. After all, she’d already achieved the first thing on the damn plan of hers—to get out of Sunshine and back Seattle. No doubt marrying a rich douche named Paul was number two. It shouldn’t piss him off but it did. “And you pretended we’re a couple in front of him. Not just manhandling me—”

“Manhandling?” He watched her nostrils are. “Please, I held your hand and kissed you.”

“Without my consent,” Coop said, as some of his annoyance was replaced by amusement. Pepper was clearly uncomfortable. Baiting her was a game he’d long played since she had no idea how sexy she looked when she was pissed off. He folded his arms and sat down, stretching out his long legs, just like he’d done a hundred times in the past. It’s just normally when he did it, Pepper was nowhere in the vicinity. She was off following her dreams and forgetting about everyone she’d left behind. “I was just innocently standing there.”

“You’re never innocent.” Pepper folded her arms, mirroring his own. It was a dance he knew well. Bulls locked horns, he and a Pepper locked arms. And yet there was something about the dance that was irresistible. A switch he couldn’t help but press. For better or worse, Pepper was the only woman who had ever made his heart pound when they spoke.

“And neither, it seems, are you. Why are you angry? Is it because you secretly enjoyed the kiss? I certainly did.”

And some.

He’d always suspected that underneath Pepper’s buttoned up shirts there was a fire burning. Now it was confirmed. It was also why he’d had so much trouble getting over his damn crush. Somehow he didn’t think that the kiss was going to make it any easier.

“That’s because you’re a serial flirt who’d probably enjoy kissing anyone,” she retorted, her checks coloring. “And I’m annoyed because now you know about Paul, you’ll tell Bec, who will tell Emmy, and then it will turn into drama.”

“Ah, and your image as an unflappable perfect Seattle lawyer will be destroyed,” he said before narrowing his eyes. “Hell, Pepper. You got engaged and didn’t even tell your sisters. Why?”

What can I say?  Bliss is my second favorite line from Entangled.  I love sweet romances as much as the steamier but I also like that Bliss stories are centered around family.  The family is always first and it should be.  That said, there is one sister in this book that I really wanted to bonk upside her head at times.  Of course, I haven’t read the other two books but at some point, I thought that maybe Pepper would tell her off.  Or maybe even Coop.  *sigh*  It never happened though.

What I did like was the somewhat enemies to lovers trope.  These two grew up together but Coop is best friends with her sister, Bec, and Pepper and Ben’s twin were friends.  It is like they avoided each other on purpose as teens so it was fun to see how they couldn’t avoid each other as grown ups.  And they really couldn’t be more suitable for each from the start.  The stubbornness from Pepper is great.  I could relate to wanting to never coming back home.  When I got married, we only lived in my hometown for about 2 years and have lived in East Texas since 2006.  Plus, with some much loss, again, I could understand.  That said, why or why did she EVER hook up with Paul.  What a douche.  In fact, why didn’t she really slap him for all of his dirty dealings?  Anyway…

Coop, I loved from the start.  He has happy for the most part.  Sure, he was trying to get his parents out of debt but his life was on the farm with his friends.  It was his happy place.  A safe place.  His best friend was there.  What made him endearing to me was that he knew from the start that Pepper is his perfect match.  It just took a little longer for Pepper to finally figure it out.  Their dialogue is relatable, funny and emotional.  I liked that he made Pepper actually talk to him.  It was refreshing that our hero had to do that.

Overall, I loved Pepper and Coop.  Pepper had the most growth in the book and at the same time, the most to lose.  She’s the one that finally had to figure out what was most important to her and what home means.

 

ABOUT AMANDA ASHBY

Amanda Ashby was born in Australia but now lives in New Zealand where she writes romance, young adult and middle grade books. She also works in a library, owns far too many vintage tablecloths and likes to delight her family by constantly rearranging the furniture.

She has a degree in English and Journalism from the University of Queensland and is married with two children. Her debut book was nominated for a Romantic Times Reviewers Choice award, and her first young adult book was listed by the New York Public Library?s Stuff for the Teen Age. Because she’s mysterious she also writes middle grade books under the name, Catherine Holt and hopes that all this writing won’t interfere with her Netflix schedule.

She also runs writing workshops and loves to speak to people about Buffy (er, she means writing). See her Website for more information.

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Reckless Need

by Scarlett Scott

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GENRE: Historical Romance

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A staid duke

Heath, the Duke of Devonshire, has been living a passionless life of penance after losing the woman he loved. Determined to do his duty, he’s in search of an innocent bride with a sterling reputation. A bride who’s nothing at all like Tia, Lady Stokey.

A bold lady

The Duke of Devonshire may be handsome, but he’s as boring as a bowl of porridge. Or so Tia thinks until he carries her to her chamber and undoes half her buttons while kissing her senseless.

A decadent desire

The moment he scoops the delectable Tia into his arms, Heath wants her in his bed, and he’ll stop at nothing to have her there. When they unleash the scandal of the century, they must face consequences that are deeper and far more dangerous to their hearts than either of them imagined. Will they find love, or was the reckless need between them doomed from the start?

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He opened the door and froze on the threshold.

She was within, all right. And she was bloody well half-naked, standing before a crackling fire in nothing but her corset and chemise. Her lovely hair was unbound, hanging to her waist, her delicious curves on full display from nipped waist to lush hips and bosom.

Her gaze caught his. “Heath,” she said softly. “I should have expected it would be you.”

He wasn’t certain if she meant that in a good sense or in a bad sense. Belatedly becoming aware of the wind and rain at his back, he stepped all the way into the cabin and closed the door behind him.

“Are you injured?” he demanded, closing the distance between them easily.

Relief coursed through him, banishing the very real fear that had taken up residence within him ever since learning of her disappearance. He wanted to take her in his arms, but after their last discussion, he hardly knew where they stood.

She caught her lower lip between her teeth in that way she had that he already found mesmerizing. “Once again, I landed with an appalling lack of grace. I’m afraid my bad ankle rather bore the brunt of it.”

She convulsed with a violent shiver then, her teeth chattering. To hell with the walls she wanted to build between them. “You’re cold.” He shucked his wet coat and wrapped his arms around her, drawing her into the warmth of his body. She didn’t protest, snuggling against him like a little kitten. He tucked her head beneath his chin, the sweet perfume of violets wafting up to tease him. “Better?”

“I suppose it depends upon one’s definition of the word,” she quipped.

He was grateful that she didn’t seem at all rattled. She was herself, with a rapier-sharp tongue always at the ready. He’d never met a woman quite like her, and he was increasingly drawn to her despite his every good intention. “Are you warmer?” he clarified.

“A bit.” Her teeth chattered again. “How did you find me?”

“Luck.”Or perhaps a lack thereof, because surely the fates were laughing at him now.



Welcome Scarlett! Please start off by telling us a little about yourself.

 

Thank you so much for having me here! I’m a Pennsylvania girl, born and raised, and I have a wonderful Canadian husband who I lured here as well. We have adorable twin two-year-olds, which means our house is filled with chaos, laughter, and toys.

Is Reckless Need a single title, or part of a series?

It’s Book Three in the Heart’s Temptation series.

What were your inspirations for the story?

The work of British artist Edward Burne-Jones inspired me a great deal when I was researching for this book. His paintings are so lush and beautiful! The hero in Reckless Need, Heath, is an artist as well.

Please share your setting for Reckless Need. Have you ever lived or visited there? If so, what did you like most?

This book is set in Victorian England, and a great deal of it unfolds in the country. Sadly, I’ve never visited England yet though I do have it on my list of places to go!

When did the writing bug first bite?

I wrote my first “story” in first grade, complete with illustrations. Something about a princess and her castle, I think. And I never really stopped—just kept writing until I finished my first book at 14. Naturally, that book was awful, but I still have it!

Who are you favorite authors, book/series?

I love Lisa Kleypas books! I have some of her old paperbacks on my Forever Shelf, but I also love her Ravenels and Wallflowers series.


If you could have an author roundtable discussion with any authors, who would you invite?

I’d invite my fellow indie published historical romance authors—so many of them are doing amazing things.

Do you have any hobbies or special things you like to do in your spare time?

I like reading when I can sneak it in, but I also enjoy cooking, gardening, camping, and singing karaoke whenever I have the time.

What’s the strangest thing you’ve heard or seen?

I had to think about this one for a while. This might sound gruesome, but the strangest thing I’ve ever seen is a shrunken human head on exhibit in a museum. It’s frightening and surreal all at the same time.  

What is the one thing that you would tell an aspiring writer to do?

I think the most important thing an aspiring writer can do is to do her homework and learn everything there is to know about writing from the craft to the publishing end of things. There’s no such thing as learning and knowing too much, and researching before you jump is going to prevent you from making decisions you later regret. Also, don’t forget to be kind and supportive to your fellow writers!

My, my.  It’s been a while since I’ve read a really spicy historical romance.  And I’m glad that it was this one.  I’m really beginning to enjoy reading historicals again.  Especially the ones that I have picked up later.  I don’t have to read about parties, the ton, and endless other things that I couldn’t care a fig about.  😉

What sets this apart from the pack are the characters and the pasts that both of them have to overcome to get the HEA.  Heath is dealing with the death of his betrothed from years ago and Tia is dealing with finally falling in love.  Their back stories are interesting and I’m glad that Heath’s included art.  The scenes surrounding his art were emotional and hot.  I know, right?  I won’t go into in the review, but painting for Heath is a big part of who he was and who Tia wishes he still was, in a sense.  The way she defies him but it is totally done out of her love for him.  *swoon*  Too bad, it takes it badly.

Throughout the book, we see the growth that they need to have to finally admit that they truly love each other.  Now, the beginning of the book is beyond hot, sensual, and the banter between them is some of the best that I have read in a historical romance.  Yes, it’s that good.  Plus, the cabin scene is arguably one of the best scenes written, contemporary or historical.  The emotions, dialogue, and setting are just pure perfection.

Ms. Scott has written a sensual tale of two people that on paper shouldn’t be together but can’t fight the love that they have for each other.  Of course, now that I have had a taste of Helen’s story, I have to read it.  I realize that the review is a bit short but I don’t want to ruin the book for you.  It’s just that good.  You must go and read this book.  If you like it on the spicier side, its for you.  If you want true character growth and depth, this book is for you.  If you want to see two stubborn people fall in love…then yes, the book is for you.

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Award-winning author Scarlett Scott writes historical and contemporary romance with heat, heart, and happily ever afters. Since publishing her first book in 2010, she has become a wife, mother to adorable identical twins and one TV-loving dog, and a killer karaoke singer. Well, maybe not the last part, but that’s what she’d like to think.

A self-professed literary junkie and nerd, she loves reading anything but especially romance novels, poetry, and Middle English verse. When she’s not reading, writing, wrangling toddlers, or camping, you can catch up with her on her website www.scarsco.com. Hearing from readers never fails to make her day.

Scarlett’s complete book list and information about upcoming releases can be found on her website, www.scarsco.com.

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