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#Review of Can’t Let Go (the Georgia Boys series) by Chrissy Brown w/a rafflecopter giveaway! #contemporaryromance @Thechrissybrown

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A sweet, yet steamy new adult romance about a girl who’s not ready to fall in love and a boy who isn’t ready to let her go.

Beau
She is beautiful, probably the most beautiful girl I’ve ever seen, but she’s damaged.
Her a-hole exboyfriend broke her.
I still want her.
I can show her that all men aren’t the same
That I’m different.

Mallory
He’s everything I need to stay away from, and I try.
I really do, but he’s relentless.
So, I give in and let him have me.
All of me.
I should have known better.

Read an Excerpt:

Sitting up, I look around. The room’s the same as yesterday, although I don’t know why I expected it to be different. Tiptoeing to the door, I peek my head out and listen. Silence.

Did he ditch me?

Well, I reason, if I have to do the walk of shame I might as well be clean. If by chance he is in the house somewhere, I don’t want to be caught. I scurry to the bathroom, lock the door, and take a shower.

“Morning!” he shouts when I walk out of the bathroom.

In just a towel.

Busted.

His eyes widen, giving my body a once, no, a twice-over. In two long strides, he closes the gap between us. He sucks in a breath, holds it, then lets it out so slowly. It warms my neck, sending goosebumps down my spine. He cups my face, forcing me to look at him. My heart’s racing. His big brown eyes suck me into an abyss I’m not sure I’m ready for.

“I just can’t get over how pretty you are.”

“Uhh.” I look down my nose, only able to see his chest, he’s so close. But it’s better than his face. If I keep looking at that face, I might just let my towel slip. I can’t let him see me naked. For one, I need to wait, put off having sex a little while longer. Secondly, I’m not sure I could handle the rejection if he didn’t try to do something with my naked body. “Thanks.”

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I need to let you know that I almost didn’t finish the book.  For me, this was a tough one to read.  Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t that I didn’t like the book or the subject matter, but it took me longer to connect with Mallory and Beau.  The beginning of the book was a bit off-putting for me.  Maybe I shouldn’t say that but considering that I spent most of my 20’s in a drunken stupor when I wasn’t working, it was kinda like a trigger for me.

One thing that I loved was the dual points of view.  I really like it when an author writes in first person, dual points of view.  I’m old now, so what to know what my hero and heroine are thinking, doing, reacting to.  Most people don’t like that but I do.  Ms. Brown’s characterizaton of Beau and Mallory is well written and descriptive.  Once I got over the first chapter, the book really flowed for me.  It starts in the present, the middle is their relationship and the ending is spot on.  Normally, NA writers try to write like we THINK the characters talk and act.  Ms. Brown nails this aspect of the book.  Maybe that’s why I just cringed during most of the book.  Trust me, I was no angel at this age and at times, I felt like she was writing about my life.

Beau and Mallory are terrific characters, once the book started moving along.  Again, it took me longer to connect but once I did, I fell in love with them.  Mallory has had a horrible relationship before that just about destroyed her and poor Beau, he was just trying too hard.  In fact, at times, I couldn’t believe that Mallory put up with him but that’s what makes their relationship work.  Opposites do attract and these two couldn’t be more opposite.  This book is both sweet and spicy, so be warned.

Overall, I really liked the book.  Mallory and Beau grew on me in the end and I enjoyed them getting their HEA.  It was a hard row for them but in the end, it is worth it.

About the Author:

Chrissy Brown is a Contemporary Romance and New Adult Romance author. She lives in Central Florida with her husband, twin girls, two dogs, and the neighborhood cat.

She enjoys the simple things in life, like cuddling on the couch watching movies with her family, reading, Netflix, and beach trips. She reads two to three books a week, but favors stories with strong women, true love, and steamy scenes.

When Chrissy is not sitting at her computer, fantasizing about gorgeous country boys, she is teaching third graders how amazing books are…and writing, and math. She has also been an amateur wedding photographer and a CNA (to which she gives kudos but says never again.)

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Happy Book Birthday to Battle of the Bulge (OHellNO #4) by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff w/a rafflecopter giveaway! #Review #contemporaryromance @MimiJeanRomance

Battle of the Bulge

Mimi Jean Pamfiloff

Synopsis:

From New York Times Bestseller Mimi Jean Pamfiloff comes BATTLE OF THE BULGE, Book Four of the OHellNO Series. (A Standalone.)

“Chicks can’t be bodyguards. Especially hot chicks.”

MY NAME IS MITCH HOFER. I’m a world-famous swimmer from Australia, best known for three things: my gold medals, my looks, and filling out a swimsuit with my…eh-hem—bulky equipment. Let’s just say there’s a reason my nickname is “the Bulge.”

But beyond the fame, sponsors, and glory, there’s more to me than people know, including one hell of a mess I’ve gotten mixed up in. Life-or-death stuff, so bring in the professionals. Just don’t give me a chick bodyguard. Especially a young hot one who distracts me at every turn and hates my guts…

MY NAME IS ABI CARTER, and I hate Mitch Hofer. Yeah, he might be the sexiest champion swimmer in the world, but I’d give this guy a gold medal for being a first-class jerk.

Unfortunately, my boss has given me a choice—guard Mitch or get another job. And I really need the money. I can be professional, but if Mitch says “chicks can’t be bodyguards” one more time, I just might strangle him myself.

Still, something about the way Mitch keeps looking at me makes me think there’s more to his story. It’s almost as if he’s trying to drive me away. But why?

I’ve read this entire series and it just gets better with each book.  But what really sets this one apart is that even though the “bulge” is talked about all throughout the book, this is a sweet romance that relies on the characters and their dialogue instead of the smexy times.  Sure the smexy times are more at the end of the book and its hawt, but we really get to know Abi and Mitch.  Plus, come on, no one writes a rom-com like Ms. Pamfiloff.  I couldn’t help but giggle throughout most of the book.  The “enemies to lovers” trope is perfection when Ms. Pamfiloff’s writes it.  Sure, sure, I’ve read other books using the same trope but Ms. Pamfiloff is the queen in my opinion.

So why did I like the book?  Easy, I just pictured Ian Thorpe as Mitch.  And yes, I do watch the Olympics, especially swimming.  *sigh*  I remember the battle between the Aussies and Americans.  Gary Hall, Ian Thorpe, Janet Evans, etc.  Most fun I’ve ever had watching the Olympics.  But I digress…okay, so it’s the characters, Abi and Mitch.  Abi and Mitch are very well thought out and well-written characters.  You get to know them, their thoughts, reactions but more importantly how they relate to each other.  You can also relate to them as real people.  Abi with her issues and Mitch with the ongoing threat to him and why.  It was interesting getting into Mitch’s head when it came to swimming and why it was so important to him.

Abi is just pure fun and joy.  I loved that Georgie and Sam played a big part in this book.  You need to read book #3 for them.  Oh man, I missed them and it was great to see Tass and Elle from the first two books, too.  I forgot how much fun Elle and Tass really are the geekiness is still strong with those two.  LOL!  Plus, getting the real story about Georgie and Abi and the deep love that they really have for each other.  And I can’t forget Sam.  The banter between Abi and Sam is classic but you can see the real respect that they have for each other.

I’m not going to spoil how the book plays out but I highly recommend that if you are looking for a fantastic enemies to lovers story, look no further than this book.  In fact the whole series.  The books can be read out of order so don’t worry about that.  I can’t wait to see the next book in the series.  Leland, hopefully, will continue the story about the photos and how he ties into Mitch.

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MIMI JEAN PAMFILOFF is a USA Today and New York Times bestselling romance author with over a million books sold worldwide. Although she obtained her MBA and worked for more than fifteen years in the corporate world, she believes that it’s never too late to come out of the romance closet and follow your dream. Mimi lives with her Latin Lover hubby, two pirates-in-training (their boys), and the rat terrier duo, Snowflake and Mini Me, in Arizona. She hopes to make you laugh when you need it most and continues to pray daily that leather pants will make a big comeback for men.

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Smart Tass (Book #1)

From New York Times Bestseller Mimi Jean Pamfiloff comes SMART TASS, a new Romantic Comedy.

He’s the hot quarterback all the girls want.

She’s the smart girl he loves to pick on.

And now that they’re all grown up, things are about to get geekin’ ugly…

My name is Tass. I’m smart, I’m driven, and I am determined not to let prankster Hunter Johnson continue raining on my parade. When we were little, he’d pull my hair and call me names. When we were teenagers, he’d throw food and tease me for being a flat-chested virgin.

But now that we’ve ended up at the same college, he’s out of his hot head if he thinks he can keep messing with my life. It’s like he’s fixated on me or something. Well, guess what, Mr. Amazefootball? I’m not that geeky little girl anymore and you do not screw with a smart woman.

So what’s my plan?

It’s definitely wild, and he’s about to find out…

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Oh Henry (Book #2)

From New York Times Bestseller, Mimi Jean Pamfiloff, Comes OH, HENRY, Book Two of the Ohellno Series. (Stand Alone Story w/ Teaser for Next Book.)

SHE’S GOT ME BY THE FOOTBALLS…

My name is Henry Walton, and though I’ve been called many things throughout my life—tree trunk, moose, walrus—I am now six foot five, solid muscle, and the hottest defensive end in the NFL college draft. This is the moment I’ve been waiting for: fame, women, and glory.

Just one problem: I’m suddenly in a bad slump. And it started the moment I got dumped by Elle, the nerdy goddess with thick glasses, a smokin’ hot body, and a genius IQ.

So what gives? We only dated for a few weeks, and it’s not like I’ve missed her. (Much.) Regardless, all the facts point to one conclusion. Elle is my lucky nerd-charm.

So call me superstitious, but I have to get her back before I lose everything. Even if she’s the last girl I should want and she now hates my guts.

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From New York Times Bestseller, Mimi Jean Pamfiloff, comes a new Romantic Comedy.

He’s the meanest boss ever.

She’s the sweet shy intern.

They’re about to wreck each other crazy.

My name is Sydney Lucas. I am smart, deathly shy, and one hundred percent determined to make my own way in the world. Which is why I jumped at the chance to intern for Mr. Nick Brooks despite his reputation. After ten failed interviews at other companies, he was the only one offering. Plus, everyone says he knows his stuff, and surely a man as stunningly handsome as him can’t be “the devil incarnate,” right? Wrong.

Oh…that man. That freakin’ man has got to go! I’ve been on the job one week, and he’s insulted my mother, wardrobe shamed me, and managed to make me cry. Twice. Underneath that stone-cold, beautiful face is the evilest human being ever.

But I’m not going to quit. Oh no. For once in my life, I’ve got to make a stand. Only, every time I open my mouth, I can’t quite seem to muster the courage. Perhaps my revenge needs to come in another form: destroying him quietly.

Because I’ve got a secret. I’m not really just an intern, and Sydney Lucas isn’t my real name.

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Author Interview and #Review of Enticing the Boss by Lily Bly w/rafflecopter giveaway! #contemporaryromance @LilyBlyLove

Enticing the Boss

by Lily Bly

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GENRE:   Contemporary Erotic Romance

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BLURB:

Jean Price has loved her boss for the last six years. Unfortunately, he’s been engaged to her treacherous stepsister. When the wedding is called off and a project puts Jean in close proximity with the sexy CEO, she jumps at the opportunity to show him how she truly feels. It’s time to start enticing the boss.

David Shep is finally seeing his father’s protégé for the stunning woman she truly is—in the office and in his bed. But when her support is conspicuously absent when he needs her most, he can’t help but wonder if he can trust her with his heart.

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Excerpt One:

“David?” His gaze bolted up toward me, startled. Thank goodness he’d missed my personal tirade in the hall. He was slow to reply, as if recognizing me through a fog. “Jean.”

He breathed the word, and I tried hard not to get excited over the relief he seemed to pack into the single syllable. I took a few more steps into his office. It was in as much disarray as David. File drawers yawned open here and there with folders skewed at angles. White boards were covered with almost unintelligible notes.

“I didn’t expect to see you here this late.” I adjusted the strap of my purse across my shoulder and smoothed the lapel of my coat. He attempted to smile, but his expression fell far short of his usual jaunty grin. Instead, he let a frown fall and shrugged his shoulders, smoothing wrinkles on his normally pristine white shirt across the breadth of his chest.

He sighed, scrubbing a hand over his face. “Beth dumped me.”

“What?” I couldn’t believe it. David and Beth had one of those annoying fairytale love stories behind them that I couldn’t stand, but it wasn’t just because I was in love with the prince and, at times, had considered driving a stake through Beth’s heart. David and Beth seemed well-staged for happy ever after. No one except me—prince included—seemed to notice that the woman everyone thought was Cinderella had, in fact, always been an ugly stepsister.


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Welcome, Lily Bly! Please start off by telling us a little about yourself.

 

I’m a romance author with titles published through The Wild Rose Press. I’ve also started recording audiobooks for other authors. My first two will come out in the spring of 2019. I’m married and have two kids and two cats. I love computers and any new technology. I always spend way too much money at Best Buy.


Is Enticing the Boss a single title, or part of a series?


It’s the first novella in the Passion’s Price series. All of the books will be erotic romances and star a different member of the Price family. Jean Price is the heroine of Enticing the Boss. Her brother’s story is coming up next.


Please share your setting for Enticing the Boss.

 

The novella takes place in a present-day fictional city in New Hampshire called Elmburn. I’m building it into its own world for more books in the series. The second one takes place in Colorado, but the series will return to Elmburn periodically.


Have you read any new releases or authors that you would recommend?

I’m sorely behind on my TBR list. By the time I get to the books that I added as new releases, they’re no longer new. I recently finished Signs of Attraction by Laura Brown and You’re the Rogue that I Want by Samantha Holt. I’d recommend them both. I also reread Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn after watching the HBO miniseries adapted from it. I’d recommend that book to anyone who likes psychological thrillers. I think it’s the best of her novels.


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

 

I’d choose Vi Keeland, Heather Graham, Heather Gudenkauf, Gillian Flynn, and Tom Hanks (yes, he’s also an author among his many other talents).

 

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

 

I love hiking and hunting, and I hope to learn more about archery this year. It helps that I live in the middle of nowhere. I also love watching movies, new releases and old classics, in all genres except horror. I will watch psychological thrillers and paranormal films though if they’re not too gory. I also love, love, love attending live theater, especially plays, musicals, and comedy shows. When I travel, I always try to find tickets to something. I wish I could say I was crafty, but I have a closet of unfinished projects.

 

What’s the strangest thing you’ve seen?

 

A two-headed calf in The Carter County, MT, Museum. My grandmother lives nearby, and I would spend summer weeks with her when I was a kid. We would always go through the museum. They have an amazing fossil collection in addition to Montana history displays, but that two-headed calf has always been my first stop there. I’ve taken my kids to see it, too.


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

 

I would advise new writers to take a break when they need it but not to give up. This is a difficult business. As I get deeper in, I’m developing a love-hate relationship with it. Patience is key.

 

What are your favorite writing resources?

Autocrit and Scrivener are my favorite software resources. I use Scrivener on my iPhone, iPad, and Mac. Projects sync flawlessly through Dropbox, which I’ve used as a backup system for all my writing for many years. I’m very fond of the Writer’s Guide Thesaurus series by Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi, especially The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Character Expression.

For a hot, short story, it definitely packs a punch.  Why yes, this is a hot, sexy book but it’s so worth it in the end.  Plus, considering this is a twist on Cinderella, it makes it that much sweeter.  This will be a shorter review because of the length of the book, but I will definitely look up Ms. Bly in the future.  In fact, I can’t wait for Jean’s brother’s book.

You’ve all read about the employee pinning for the boss before but Ms. Bly uses a roadblock in the essence of the evil stepsister.  The creativity that Ms. Bly uses is great.  I won’t tell you what the sisters did to each other but it was epic on the revenge.  He He!  If I had one gripe, I would have liked some interaction from the parents.  Especially the dad and if you read the book you might agree with me.  I just felt like he didn’t understand his own daughter’s issues with the stepsister.

David is a dream.  Realizing that what is already had in front of him and acting on it as he did.  Dang, that is hot in my book.  But there is also a very tender side to him, too.  The shower scene, in particular.  Not many writers can write a scene like that and you can actually feel the tenderness that he has for Jean.  And of course, finding out something very emotional afterward, just had me tear up a bit.  Jean is NOT a whimpering wallflower.  She is a strong woman that unfortunately has a very cruel stepsister.  I would have said something at the end of the book to her but what happened (revenge) in the end is epic.  Pennywise.  Genius.

If you are looking for a short, hot book with characters that you care about, this is for you.  The Cinderella twist is great, the revenge is epic (again) and the ending is just too sweet.

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

 

Lily Bly lives in North Dakota and looks forward to winter. She prefers Marvel over DC, acoustic over electric, and tea over coffee. She thinks that love—whether sweet, sappy, or tough—is the stuff of life and likes her reading and writing to be chock-full of it. Before finally taking the plunge to write full time, she worked in various industries including funeral service, law enforcement, veterinary service, and retail health food. She writes heroines who can hold their own and heroes dying to hold them.

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