Exclusive cover reveal: Roomies by Christina Lauren

When it comes to that perfect mix of romance, sexiness and humor, no one quite does it like the talented duo (and fave of mine) Christina Lauren. Every page feeds the all-consuming addiction to whichever story of theirs I’m reading and I cannot wait to read this one. Roomies, which is out October 10th, is a modern love story which unravels between two unlikely roommates. I’m thrilled and honored to share the cover with you today! Read all about Roomies below, and please share this post on!

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About Roomies

From subway to Broadway to happily ever after. Modern love in all its thrill, hilarity, and uncertainty has never been so compulsively readable as in New York Times and #1 international bestselling author Christina Lauren’s (Beautiful Bastard, Dating You / Hating Younew romance.

Marriages of convenience are so . . . inconvenient. 

Rescued by Calvin McLoughlin from a would-be subway attacker, Holland Bakker pays the brilliant musician back by pulling some of her errand-girl strings and getting him an audition with a bigtime musical director. When the tryout goes better than even Holland could have imagined, Calvin is set for a great entre into Broadway—until he admits his student visa has expired and he’s in the country illegally.

Holland impulsively offers to wed the Irishman to keep him in New York, her growing infatuation a secret only to him. As their relationship evolves from awkward roommates to besotted lovers, Calvin becomes the darling of Broadway. In the middle of the theatrics and the acting-not-acting, what will it take for Holland and Calvin to realize they both stopped pretending a long time ago?

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Exclusive Excerpt + Giveaway: Beautiful Boss by Christina Lauren

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When it comes to wit, sexiness and romance, no duo does it better than Christina Lauren. Their books are so much fun to read, and always so quickly devoured. Now, Beautiful Boss is coming our way on February 29th—a novella featuring Will Sumner and Hanna Bergstrom, whom we met in Beautiful Player. For new readers, this novella can be read as a standalone since it’s a brand-new story for Will and Hanna.

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Synopsis

Feb-29The ninth work in the New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling series that started with Beautiful Bastard. In this e-novella, Will Sumner and Hanna Bergstrom (from Beautiful Player) find that a wedding and everlasting love were just the beginning.

One Player tamed. One nerd girl satisfied. And one more major life decision to make. When Will fell for Hanna, her quirky sense of humor and fierce dedication to her career were part of the attraction. (Not to mention her coy newbie attitude toward sex and her willingness to let him teach her everything.) But when the job offers start rolling in for her—and oh, they do—Hanna has trouble deciding what she wants, where they should live, and how much she should burden Will with the decision.

Magic between the sheets is only one part of a relationship…getting on the same page is quite another altogether.

Excerpt

I stepped back, staring at myself in the mirror.

“That’s . . . a lot of white,” I mumbled, swiping at the skirt of my dress. Behind me, Mom and Liv gasped emotionally.

“Are we sure I shouldn’t have gone for blue? Red? Something that maybe communicates ‘I have banged this man daily’ versus ‘virginal’?”

Mom let out a quiet “Hanna.”

“What? No one down there is going to see Will in a tux and buy that I didn’t climb all over—” I stopped midsentence, catching sight of Chloe behind me. “Are you… Oh my God, Chloe. Are—are you crying?”

Chloe reached for a box of tissues—one of many placed around the large bridal suite—and pulled one free, using it to carefully dab beneath each of her perfectly lined eyes.

No,” she scoffed. “It’s dusty over here.”

Liv paused with the curling iron held midair and looked back over her shoulder. “I realize I’m the new kid here, but something tells me that’s not normal,” she whispered.

I had to bite back a laugh. My sister had only met Chloe on two other, brief occasions, and she already understood that no, when it came to Mrs. Ryan, tears of happiness were not a normal thing.

“Well, that’s not exactly true,” George said to Liv, waving her off before separating a few of the curls she had just placed in my hair. “We could go see the most emotional documentary ever made, and she would leave with clear eyes. But the time a heel broke off one of her red patent Pradas while crossing Seventh? Waterworks.”

Chloe laughed, smacking his arm. “Didn’t I fire you this morning?”

“Twice,” I answered for him. “You fired him on Sara’s behalf in the elevator when he referred to you as ‘Mistress of the Dark’ in front of that priest, and a second time when he offered to help Jensen get dressed later.”

Mom let out a tiny squeak of surprise.

“Always so helpful, Hanna, thank you,” George said, tugging a little too hard on a lock of my hair. “In my defense, he looked very busy. I was just trying to be efficient. But as a side note: I should have been warned that Hanna’s brother was so adorable, because really? Tall, Scandinavian, and single? I think I’m the one who’s been wronged here.”

Liv leaned down and met my eyes in the mirror. “Your friends are weird.”

“If by weird you mean awesome, then yes,” I said, grinning at her before looking back at Chloe. “I love that you’re getting emotional at my wedding, though. I feel like I’ve unlocked a life achievement.”

Chloe dabbed her eyes and sniffed into her tissue.

“God, what the hell is wrong with me? This is all just so… sweet.”

“Did the BB finally… break you?” George asked with dramatic awe.

“I will smack you with a hammer,” she told him with a glare. “Even in that fancy suit.”

“This is awesome for me.” Sara came up behind Chloe and hugged her. “Usually I’m the one crying.”

“Because you’re constantly pregnant,” Chloe reminded her, reaching back to gently pat Sara’s enormous, round belly carrying Baby Stella Number Two.

“It sure feels that way.” Sara kissed her cheek. “But look.” She lifted her chin, meeting my eyes in the mirror. “You’ve distracted Hanna from being nervous.”

“What on earth could you possibly have to be nervous about?” Liv asked, pulling a pin from my hand and giving it to George to tuck into my hair. “You and Will are both thoughtful, intelligent, and conscientious. You guys are going to be great at being married.”

Our eyes met, and when she smiled at me, I had to bite my lip to keep from getting a little emotional myself.

“If any man ever looks at me the way Will looks at you,” George added, “I’ll propose, marry, and ask for his babies right there on the spot. Will can barely wait for this wedding. I’m surprised he hasn’t convinced you to run off to Vegas.”

Liv looked at him over the top of my head “I’m not. If he’d ever suggested that, our mother would have cut off all his favorite parts.”

In unison, we all turned to look across the room at Mom, who was standing quietly near the window, watching the whole conversation. She gave a decisive nod, and I just about burst out laughing.

George held up an authoritative hand. “Alas, I’m afraid I can’t let that happen. I’ve agreed to let Hanna marry the man of our dreams today, provided she shares all the intimate details. We need those parts.”

I was getting married today. Me.

I’d pinch myself, but if this was a dream, I never wanted to wake up.

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Christina Lauren talk about the inspiration behind Wild Seasons series

I love talking with Christina and Lo from the fab writing duo Christina Lauren! Every time we get together it’s a frenzy of laughs, fast talking, non-stop book recommendations, and on my part, a whole lot of gushing over the Wild Seasons books!

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I have LOVED every book in this series and the latest, Wicked Sexy Liar, is amazing! If you haven’t given these a try, you must! Touting the perfect mix of humor, heat and romance, each book will leave you with the best book hangover! Plus, each novel can be read as a standalone, so there’s no reason not to jump in!

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One of our favorite compliments came from a reader we met while visiting New York. She said that our books were like little sightseeing tours, and as a New Yorker, she was shocked by how accurate some of our descriptions in the Beautiful series had been. We spend a lot of time on Google and Google Maps—sometimes right down on street level—making sure these details are right, and that you really can get to point A from point C, so we were flattered beyond belief!

It would be impossible for us to talk about the Wild Seasons without explaining how the entire thing came about. In 2013 we were in France promoting the release of Beautiful Bastard. It was Christina’s first trip to France and Lo was having a blast showing her around. We’d stopped in a store on rue Saint-Honoré and the girl who helped us was from America—Southern California, to be exact. When we asked how in the world she’d ended up living in France she explained that she’d married a Frenchman and moved to Paris with him.

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We were fascinated. The wheels started turning and that night we sat in a coffee shop in Paris and came up with the basic story for Sweet Filthy Boy.

I think this is the actual plotting moment, courtesy of Mr. Lo

Most of the Wild Seasons take place in San Diego (one of our favorite places), but a chunk of Sweet Filthy Boy happens in Paris (another favorite city full of some of our favorite people).

Jardin du Luxembourg, or the Luxembourg Garden is located in the 6th arrondissement of Paris. This is where Ansel and Mia spend their first real day together, and should be on every tourist’s list.

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Centre Georges Pompidou is an architectural wonder in the Beaubourg area of the 4th arrondissement of Paris, and houses the Musée National d’Art Moderne, which is the largest museum of modern art in Europe. This building is amazing and really does look like it’s wearing its structural skeleton on the outside. On the roof is Le Georges, a real restaurant with the most amazing view of Paris, and where fictional Ansel and Mia meet up for dinner and a little ::ahem:: pretend.

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The view at dinner

Vegas is where our story all begins, and where three of our four couples tie the knot for the first time. There’s been a little bit of Vegas in both of our series’ to date, and our favorite place there would have to be the Bellagio, and the area surrounding it (Mon Ami Gabi restaurant in the Paris hotel, and The Chandelier Bar in the Cosmopolitan).

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Balboa Park and the San Diego Zoo play a part in both Sweet Filthy Boy and Wicked Sexy Liar. Mia’s favorite place to be alone and think is a little corner behind the reptile exhibit at the SD Zoo, and London’s picnic in Balboa Park with the girls is sort of ambushed in WSL. I won’t give too much away on this one but definitely visit if you’re ever in San Diego.

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We attend San Diego Comic Con every year, so the Gaslamp District has become one of our favorite places. Not only is it just an awesome area, but it holds a lot of memories for us as well. Oliver’s store, Downtown Graffix, is located here. And even though we don’t give a specific address, Tahiti Felix’s Master Tattoo Parlor and Museum was a big inspiration. It’s also where we got our matching tattoos so WIN/WIN.

The calm before the storm… #SDCC

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If you’re ever in downtown San Diego there are two places you have to eat. Mary Jane’s is located in the Hard Rock Hotel on 5th, and it’s where the guys meet for breakfast in Dirty Rowdy Thing. The oatmeal Ansel has is out of this world. Bar Basic is in the East Village and home to the best pizza you’ll ever have. Get the Mashed if you go there: White sauce, mozzarella, mashed potato, bacon. JUST TRUST US.

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An actual Lauren in the actual Mary Jane’s during SDCC

There are a few beaches mentioned in Wicked Sexy Liar. Blacks Beach is gorgeous with a view of La Jolla Cove off in the distance, there’s also a clothing optional section so don’t forget your sunscreen (heheh). Tourmaline Surf Park is at the northern end of Pacific Beach, and is where London teaches Luke how to Surf. It’s known for the massive cliffs that tower over the beach, and if you happen to spot Luke while you’re out, please send him our way.

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Review: Wicked Sexy Liar (#4, Wild Seasons) by Christina Lauren

My Thoughts

Wickedly sexy, flirty and fun to read!
Everything I want to read in a contemporary romance.

5stars

Synopsis

Feb-02When three college besties meet three hot guys in Vegas, anything can—and does—happen. Book Four in the New York Times Wild Seasons series that began with Sweet Filthy Boy (the Romantic Times book of the year that Sylvia Day called “a sexy, sweet treasure of a story”), Dirty Rowdy Thing, and Dark Wild Night.

For two people ambivalent about dating and love, they sure get naked around each other an awful lot . . .

London Hughes is very content to surf daily, tend bar, hang out with her group of friends, and slowly orient herself in the years after college. Everything’s going great and according to the non-plan.

But when a wave knocks her for a loop one morning, then Luke Sutter’s flirtatious smile knocks her for another that evening, she veers slightly off course…and into his path. Sure, he’s a total player, but the Why not—it’s only one night is a persistent voice in her ear.

For his part, Luke’s been on hookup autopilot for so long that he rarely ever pauses to consider what he’s doing. But after an amazing time with London, he realizes that he hasn’t been moving on from a devastating heartbreak so much as he’s been drifting to wherever—and whomever—the current takes him. With London he wants more.

Every relationship involves two people…plus their pasts. And as much as she enjoys her fling with Luke, when London learns about his past—more specifically, who’s in it—everything becomes the brand of complicated she strives to avoid. It’s up to Luke then to change some things in order to try and ensure he’s not something she’ll outright avoid as well.

My Review

I’m obsessed with this entire series. Every book is entirely consuming, fabulously flirty and fun to read. Every story touts the perfect mix of heart, humor and heat. And just when I think I couldn’t love a couple more, along come Luke and London.

I loved them!

Theirs is a story rife with angst, riddled by fears of the past, and reluctant to a desire that brightly burns between them.

You may recall Luke Sutter—the Luke that was Mia’s first love. As fate would have it, Mia found Ansel one drunken Vegas night, but Luke, on the other hand, has been hopping from one bed to the next, his phone fastidiously brightening with texts from girls who seek him out. But when London Hughes catches his eye, he can’t seem to turn away.

London is a girl happy to catch her high on the waves during the day, while tending bar at night. She’s not looking for a relationship, certainly not with the kind of guy who sits on the opposite side of the bar. One night, however, Luke’s charm knocks out her usual defenses… enough for her to break the rules.

“Sex with a guy like Luke is supposed to mean multiple orgasms and a smile you have to explain to your friends the next day. It’s also supposed to be a one-time thing.”

Luke and London are both drifting through their own lives, each working through past heartbreaks and hangups. So when something significant sparks to life, it’s a big surprise they each struggle to process. Can she trust him to stay the course? Could she mend the pieces of a heart broken long ago? Wasn’t this supposed to be a fun, casual romp between the sheets anyway? Making complicated matters more complicated, once London learns he’s that Luke from Mia’s past, she knows she needs to stay away.

“Luke seems to get me, better than I like to let him believe. Unfortunately, he’s flaky, has douchey friends, is a womanizer, and–after this morning’s drama?–completely off-limits.”

These reluctant lovers fall in love slowly, a delicious slow burn that kept me up all night reading with a huge smile plastered on my face. The quick-witted banter, the push and pull, the off-the-charts chemistry… I just couldn’t get enough. I absolutely love Christina Lauren and their singular style of storytelling, and Luke and London’s story is another home run for this talented writing pair!

“I’m thinking that you’re mine…”

“Fucking all yours.”

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