Cover Reveal: Broken Juliet (#2, Starcrossed) by Leisa Rayven

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Bad Romeo is definitely one of my favorite books this year. I love how refreshing it felt to read, how angsty and gripping it was from the very beginning. This Starcrossed duology features Ethan and Cassie, two people who repel and attract like magnets. One moment they love each other, the next, one of them pushes the other away. I loved the first book and anxiously await Broken Juliet next year! I’m thrilled to show you the cover which I absolutely love! The colors are so vibrant and striking, and can’t wait to have both these paperbacks on my shelf!

Make sure to pre-order Bad Romeo right now (trust me!) and you can also one-click Broken Juliet by clicking the links below.

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Synopsis

Some loves never let you go…Cassie swore she’d never forgive Ethan for breaking her heart when they were in acting school years ago. He was her one great love, and when he refused to love her back, a part of her died forever…or so she thought. Now she and Ethan are sharing a Broadway stage, and he’s determined to win her back. Finally he’s able to say all the things she needed to hear years ago…but can she believe him? Has he really changed, and what makes this time different from all his other broken promises?The answer lies somewhere in the past, and now the truth will come to light. Will Cassie rediscover what it’s like to be trusting and open again—the way she was before Ethan? Or is it too late for these star-crossed lovers?

Don’t miss this mesmerizing final chapter in the Bad Romeo duet, the unforgettable love story that captured the hearts of over two million fans online.

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Exclusive Excerpt: Beautiful Redemption (#2, Maddox Brothers) by Jamie McGuire

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The Maddox brothers are back, and now we have Thomas Maddox’s story to look forward to! He’s enigmatic and ruthless—the brother who’s hidden much as a special agent of the FBI. Come January 27th, we get Thomas and Liis’ tumultuous story in the second installment of the much-loved Maddox Brothers series, Beautiful Redemption. I’m super excited to give you a sneak peak into the novel with a delicious, suspenseful little teaser!

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Synopsis

BEAUTIFUL REDEMPTIONIf A Maddox boy falls in love, he loves forever. But what if he didn’t love you, first?

No-nonsense Liis Lindy is an agent of the FBI. Deciding she is married only to her job, she breaks off her engagement and transfers from Chicago to the field office in San Diego. She loves her desk. She is committed to her laptop. She dreams of promotions and shaking hands with the director after cracking an impossible case.

Special Agent in Charge Thomas Maddox is arrogant, unforgiving, and ruthless. He is tasked with putting away some of the world’s toughest criminals, and he is one of the best the Bureau has to offer. Though, as many lives as he’s saved, there is one that is beyond his reach. Younger brother Travis is faced with prison time for his involvement in a basement fire that killed dozens of college students, and the media want a conviction. Travis’s only savior is his unusual tie to the mob. In a deal that will spare his brother, Thomas has agreed to recruit Travis into the FBI.

Liis is stubborn, defiant, and yet somehow softens Thomas’s rough edges, making her the perfect agent to accompany him to the ceremony. Posing as a couple, they must travel to Travis & Abby’s beach vow renewal and give him the news, but when the pretending ends, she finds herself wondering if they were pretending at all.

In the second installment of the Maddox Brothers books, experience firsthand the mysterious world of the elusive Thomas Maddox, and how good love can be when you’re not the first, but the last.

Excerpt

“Travis is … hard to explain.”

“You think he’ll get violent?”

“I know he will.”

“I’m assuming you don’t want me to shoot him.” Maddox shot me a look. “Can I shoot you?”

He rolled his eyes. “Travis doesn’t do well when he doesn’t have choices. If he thinks he could lose Abby over it, he’ll fight. Losing her for lying, or losing her because he’s in prison aren’t great choices.”

“He loves her that much?”

“I don’t think that’s an adequate word to describe the way he feels about her. Threatening him with losing her is like threatening his life.”

“That’s awfully … dramatic.”

Maddox considered that. “Drama is the nature of their relationship.”

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Each book can be read as a standalone.

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Tessa-BaileyJamie McGuire was born in Tulsa, OK. She attended the Northern Oklahoma College, the University of Central Oklahoma, and Autry Technology Center where she graduated with a degree in Radiography.Her most recent novel, Walking Disaster debuted at #1 on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestseller lists.

She has also written bestselling contemporary romance Beautiful Disaster, and the Providence series.Jamie now lives in Enid, OK with her three children and husband Jeff, who is a real, live cowboy. They share their 30 acres with six horses, three dogs, and Rooster the cat.

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Special Announcement from Kristen Proby

A Message from Kristen Proby:

Dear readers,

As you know, the With Me In Seattle series came to a close earlier this month with the eighth and final installment, FOREVER WITH ME. I’ve been steadfast in my decision that there would be no further stories from the series, no spin-offs, nothing more. In my mind, it was complete.

And I still feel that the Montgomery/Williams families are complete, and I maintain that I’m happy with their happy-ever-afters.  

But, I’ve also heard you when you’ve said that Asher, Matt Montgomery’s partner in TIED WITH ME, deserves to have a happily ever after for himself and his daughter Casey. So, when the lovely ladies from 1001 Dark Nights asked me to participate in their wonderful project, I thought long and hard about whose story it should be about. Seattle is finished, and I’ve moved on to New Orleans for the new Boudreaux Series… And then it occurred to me: why not do both, and offer a companion novella to each of the series?

And so, because you, the reader, has been so insistent that you want to see Asher and Casey find their perfect person, I’m excited to introduce you to EASY WITH YOU. I think you’re going to love Asher and Lila’s love story this spring…

Happy Reading,

Kristen Proby

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Easy With You

Nothing has ever come easy for Lila Bailey. She’s fought for every good thing in her life during every day of her thirty-one years. Aside from that one night with an impossible to deny stranger a year ago, Lila is the epitome of responsible.

Steadfast. Strong. 

She’s pulled herself out of the train wreck of her childhood, proud to be a professor at Tulane University and laying down roots in a city she’s grown to love. But when some of her female students are viciously murdered, Lila’s shaken to the core and unsure of whom she can trust in New Orleans. When the police detective assigned to the murder case comes to investigate, she’s even more surprised to find herself staring into the eyes of the man that made her toes curl last year.

In an attempt to move on from the tragic loss of his wife, Asher Smith moved his daughter and himself to a new city, ready for a fresh start. A damn fine police lieutenant, but new to the New Orleans force, Asher has a lot to prove to his colleagues and himself.

With a murderer terrorizing the Tulane University campus, Asher finds himself toe-to-toe with the one woman that haunts his dreams. His hands, his lips, his body know her as intimately as he’s ever known anyone. As he learns her mind and heart as well, Asher wants nothing more than to keep her safe, in his bed, and in his and his daughter’s lives for the long haul.

But when Lila becomes the target, can Asher save her in time, or will he lose another woman he loves?

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Kristen ProbyNew York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Kristen Proby is the author of the bestselling With Me In Seattle series. She has a passion for a good love story and strong characters who love humor and have a strong sense of loyalty and family. Her men are the alpha type; fiercely protective and a bit bossy, and her ladies are fun, strong, and not afraid to stand up for themselves. Kristen spends her days with her muse in the Pacific Northwest. She enjoys coffee, chocolate and sunshine. And naps.

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Review: Bad Romeo (#1, Starcrossed) by Leisa Rayven

My Thoughts

One of the freshest, most exciting and
addictive books I’ve read this year.

It’s the perfect blend of sweet and sexy,
romantic and heartbreaking, funny and intense.

5stars

Synopsis

Dec-23

When Cassie Taylor met Ethan Holt at acting school, sparks flew. She was the good girl actress. He was the bad boy about campus. But one fated casting choice for Romeo and Juliet changed it all. Like the characters they were playing, Cassie and Ethan’s romance seemed destined. Until he broke her heart and betrayed her trust. Now the A-list heartthrob is back in her life and turning her world around. One touch at a time.

Cast as romantic leads once again, they’re forced to confront raw memories of the heartbreaking lows and pulse-pounding highs of their secret college affair. But they’ll also discover that people who rub each other the wrong way often make the best sparks.

My Review

This book was such a wonderful surprise. I had no idea what to expect, but I reveled in book nirvana as I became engrossed in the addictive, frenzied push and pull between our two main characters. Bad Romeo was jam-packed with conflict, chemistry, sexual tension, humor and engaging dialogue. The story just pulled me in completely. I was so transfixed by the complicated dynamic of the characters, Cassie and Ethan. Through chapters which alternate between past and present, we experience how they fall in love… how their hearts fill and stretch and crack and long for each other over the years. Their love story is volatile, tumultuous and tremendously intense. Because undoubtedly, pair a brooding, enigmatic bad boy with a spirited but inexperienced good girl… and well, sparks will fly.

“I don’t think I ever truly knew the meaning of the word “antagonize” before I met him, but I sure as heck know now. I’ve never had someone rub me the wrong way so intensely before. If I’m being honest, I kind of like the spark.”

When Cassie Taylor lands a career-making theater project, she knows she needs to take it. Problem is, she’d be acting alongside the boy with whom she fell in love, the boy that was her first everything, the boy who shattered her heart in a way that had not yet healed. It had been three years since she’d seen Ethan Holt and she hated him.

“Ethan Holt–the current “It Boy” of the theater world. So talented. Award-winner. Adored by screaming fans. Handsome as hell.”

Ethan and Cassie had met while in acting school, and immediately, it began antagonistically. But while gazes rife with hostility dueled, their chemistry was apparent and undeniable. Together, they were supercharged, whether it be in a turmoil of animosity or the throes of repressed desire. Cassie wanted Ethan, but Ethan seemed to push her away constantly, even though his words and actions indicated otherwise.

“We just don’t mesh. It’s like we’re oil and vinegar. No matter how much we shake each other up, we’re never going to blend.”

Cassie is a girl who is riddled with insecurities. She’s never confident enough to stand her ground or voice her true opinion in front of others. She fears being discounted and ignored, yet with Ethan, she can’t help but say what she feels. She’s assertive, opinionated, honest and unyielding, engaging in a fierce verbal warfare that only further fuels their chemistry. And even though Cassie seems to break though to Ethan in a way no other can, she doesn’t know what to make of his behavior. Does he want her or not? And how much more of his vacillating ways can she take?

“We’re like these giant magnets that keep flipping over and over again, pulling each other in, then pushing away.”

But just as the shields weaken for Ethan, and Cassie gives him a chance, he takes everything and betrays her in a way that cut deeply.

“I tried to convince myself I wanted nothing from you and ended up losing everything.”

I love that this novel is almost like two stories entwined. One is the coming-of-age story where these two people meet and fall in love. Their time together is filled with heartache and strife. Ethan is anything but romantic. He’s mean and cantankerous and entirely confusing. Cassie is insecure and love stricken. Together they are, in actuality,  a romantic tragedy. Two star-crossed lovers too impassioned to make it work. The second part of the story is an emotional second chance romance, brimming with regret and longing and supplication. Ethan is not the same person he once was and neither is Cassie. Their roles reverse to some extent and their future teeters on Cassie’s ability to trust Ethan.

I also love the title of the book, which I think is applicable in multiple ways. Ethan is everything a “leading” man is not. He doesn’t do romance. He doesn’t do relationships. He’s unapologetically arrogant and unyielding. He also told her from the very beginning that he would be bad for her, a truth Cassie learned the hard way. Ethan Holt is truly a bad Romeo who has broken Juliet.

Overall, Bad Romeo just felt so different and fresh. It had great dialogue, bold characters, perfect pacing and an engaging framework built upon an interesting theater backdrop. I loved how she explored the richness of opposing forces, blurring lines between love/hate, true selves/facades, desire/antagonism, attraction/repulsion, chemistry on-stage/off, future possibilities/past demons. It’s difficult to believe this is her debut novel, as it’s ingeniously crafted and so well written. For all those reasons mentioned above and many more, this is one of the must reads of the year and absolutely one of my most favorite. I LOVED IT!

“…as much as I used to think you were better off without me, you’re not. You need me just as much as I need you. We’re both hollow without the other, and it’s taken me a long time to realize that.”

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The series is a duology told in two parts: Bad Romeo (Dec 23) and Broken Juliet (Apr 28).

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Cover Reveal: Asa (#6, Marked Men) by Jay Crownover

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Marked Men fans, I present to you the super-hot bad boy criminal, Asa Cross!

I adore this cover! HOT! HOT! HOT! I admit, I may have looked at it a bazillion times.

The Marked Men series by Jay Crownover is one of my favorite ever. It’s my own brand of weakness… I love the guys, their strong, but relatable women, the tats, the friendships, the sexiness… so many things. And Asa… he may be my very favorite of them all.  He’s all kinds of trouble too, especially for a gorgeous cop like Royal Hastings.

Asa is coming to your e-readers on April 21st, so mark the date and pre-order now!

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Synopsis

Starting over in Denver with a whole new circle of friends and family, Asa Cross struggles with being the man he knows everyone wants him to be and the man he knows he really is. A leopard doesn’t it change its spots and Asa has always been a predator. He doesn’t want to hurt those who love and rely on him, especially one stunning arresting cop who suddenly seems to be interested in him for far more than his penchant for breaking the law. But letting go of old habits is hard, and it’s easy to hit bottom when it’s the place you know best.

Royal Hastings is quickly learning what the bottom looks like after a tragic situation at work threatens not only her career but her partner’s life. As a woman who has only ever had a few real friends she’s trying to muddle through her confusion and devastation all alone. Except she can’t stop thinking about the sexy southern bartender she locked up. Crushing on Asa is the last thing she needs but his allure is too strong to resist. His long criminal record can only hurt her already shaky career and chasing after a guy who has no respect for the law or himself can only end in heartbreak.

A longtime criminal and a cop together just seems so wrong . . . but for Asa and Royal, being wrong together is the only right choice to make.

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Reading Order and Links

Each book in the Marked Men series can be read as a standalone, but best enjoyed as a series.

My ReviewsRule | Rome | Nash | Rowdy

About Jay

Jay Crownover is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Marked Men series. She also introduced the dark and sexy world of The Point that started with BETTER WHEN HE’s BAD and is currently working on her newest series The Saint of Denver. Like her characters, she is a big fan of tattoos. She loves music and wishes she could be a rock star, but since she has no aptitude for singing or instrument playing, she’ll settle for writing stories with interesting characters that make the reader feel something. She lives in Colorado with her three dogs.

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As a part of my Favorite Things holiday giveaway, I’m giving away signed copies of Nash and Rowdy. Make sure to click on the image below with more info on how to enter!

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