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New Release: Club Sin Series Bundle by Stacey Kennedy *Giveaway*


Club Sin Series Bundle
by Stacey Kennedy

An Erotic Series
From Loveswept
Released February 3rd 2015


Go deeper than ever into a world of surrender and control. Readers of Fifty Shades of Grey and the works of Sylvia Day and J. Kenner have turned the wicked, wild novels of Stacey Kennedy into a USA Today bestselling series, where powerful men and beautiful women play out their hottest fantasies at Club Sin, an elite BDSM dungeon in Las Vegas. Now the first four electrifying novels are together in one red-hot eBook bundle:

Also includes a preview of Stacey Kennedy’s next Club Sin novel, Tamed!


Meet the men of Club Sin . . .
Dmitri Pratt, a Master who unleashes his lover’s wildest inhibitions with each careful, calculated caress; Aidan Knight, whose dominant façade conceals a devastating loss, something he instantly recognizes in his personally trained sub; Kyler Morgan, lusting after new blood as a Dom who hasn’t had a real challenge in a long time.

. . . and the women who love them.
Presley Flynn, who’s ripe to experience her secret fantasies and determined to surrender to her every desire; Ella Snow, beautiful, inhibited, and innocent in the ways of submission and domination; Mary Schmidt, who cannot bear to embrace her needs with another Dom—until a man who exudes temptation reawakens passions she can no longer deny.

Club Sin is an erotic romance series intended for mature audiences.


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About the Author

Stacey Kennedy is the USA Today bestselling author of the Club Sin series. Growing up, Stacey’s mind wandered the path less traveled, and that path most often led to love. She has always broken rules, and she continues to feed off emotion—always staying true to her heart. Those traits are now the bones of her stories. She lives in southwestern Ontario with her husband, who puts any of the heroes in her books to shame, and their two young children. If she’s not on Mom duty or plugging away at a new story, you’ll find Stacey camping in the summer, hibernating in the winter, and obsessing over Penny Dreadful, Game of Thrones, and Outlander.

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Tour: Alex (Cold Fury Hockey #1) by Sawyer Bennett *Review and Giveaway*

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Alex (Cold Fury Hockey #1)
by Sawyer Bennett

New Adult Contemporary
From LoveSwept (Random House)
Released October 14, 2014



Hockey star Alexander Crossman has a reputation as a cold-hearted player on and off the rink. Pushed into the sport by an alcoholic father, Alex isn’t afraid to give fans the proverbial middle finger, relishing his role as the MVP they love to hate. Management, however, isn’t so amused. Now Alex has a choice: fix his public image through community service or ride the bench. But Alex refuses to be molded into the Carolina Cold Fury poster boy… not even by a tempting redhead with killer curves.

As a social worker, Sutton Price is accustomed to difficult people—like Alex, who’s been assigned to help her create a drug-abuse awareness program for at-risk youth as part of the team’s effort to clean up his image. What she doesn’t expect is the arrogant smirk from his perfect lips to stir her most heated fantasies. But Sutton isn’t one to cross professional boundaries—and besides, Alex doesn’t do relationships… or does he? The more she sees behind Alex’s bad-boy façade, the more Sutton craves the man she uncovers.


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4 stars

Alex Crossman hasn’t earned the title of MVP lightly–on and off the ice. He’s a force to be reckoned with on the ice and he despises it. Somewhere along the line he lost his love for the sport and the more accolades he receives the more he hates it. After a rather disastrous moment, management makes him to clean up his act and volunteers him to be a part of an anti-drug campaign for at-risk youths. Little does he expect his life to be turned on its axis when he meets Sutton, the woman he will be working closely with while developing the program.

Sutton Price works as a social worker and couselor to teens. Her past and her struggles as a teen has made her determined to help teens in the same situation she once found herself in. So when the opportunity to develop a pilot program for at-risk teens presents itself she jumps at the chance head-on. She’s hoping the sport celebrity she’s assigned to work doesn’t derail her plans. But what she’s not expecting is to find herself fighting her attraction to Alex and losing her heart in the process.

I liked this story very much, especially because Alex and Sutton were such great characters to get to know.

Alex is sexy, rude and troubled. His past wasn’t an easy one and although he has come a long way in his career, he’s not happy. Alex doesn’t do relationships and women come and go without much interest on his part. So when he suddenly finds himself wanting something more with Sutton he struggles with feelings of inadequacy, which only serve to bring about the very emotions he has kept hidden since his childhood.

I loved Sutton. She had a great outlook in life even after everything she had been through. She’s content with her life and although she’s not looking for a relationship, she does yearn to find a man to fall in love with. Sure, she knows Alex is not that man, but her body and heart don’t pay any mind to that fact. She desires him just as much as she longs to comfort him, but Alex is a veteran at keeping everyone at bay and unless he deals with his past and the demons that haunt him she knows there’s nothing she can do to help him. She is supportive without being overbearing and loving without losing herself.

Sawyer Bennett did a wonderful job letting the reader get to know the ins and outs of Alex’s mind. I got to see how deeply affected he was by his past and how those events have turned him into the man he has become. I enjoyed having the chance to experience his emotions first-hand, especially since he struggled so much with them. His development as the story progressed was a treat to read. His growth was subtle and slow in coming but it felt real, primarily in regards to the man he was before he met Sutton.

Sutton and Alex had great chemistry, but it was their connection that truly sold me on their relationship. Their shared moments ranged from the flirty to the lustful and never wavered in their intensity. I loved that Sutton gave as good as she got and that she allowed herself the chance to see beyond Alex’s prickly personality. And believe me Alex was prickly!

This is the first book in the Cold Fury Hockey series and for me it worked in establishing the ground for further installments. The characters were intriguing, the emotions were real and intense and the chemistry was off the charts. I can’t wait for Garrett, the next book in the series. What I saw of Garrett intrigued me and I think his story is going to be as interesting as Alex’s was.

All in all, a great start to a series that will surely leave you wanting more.

*I received a copy of this title in exchange of my honest opinion.




About the Author

USA Today Best-Selling author, Sawyer Bennett, is a snarky southern woman and reformed trial lawyer who decided to finally start putting on paper all of the stories that were floating in her head. She is married to a mobster (well, a market researcher) and they have two big, furry dogs who hog the bed. Sawyer would like to report she doesn’t have many weaknesses but can be bribed with a nominal amount of milk chocolate.

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The Real Thing by Cassie Mae *Review and Giveaway*

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The Real Thing
by Cassie Mae

A New Adult Romance
From Random House–Flirt
Released August 19, 2014



In this electrifying novel from Cassie Mae, two close friends surprise themselves by shifting from platonic love to sexual attraction.

Eric Matua has one friend—his best friend and childhood sweetheart, who needs a place to stay for the summer. Mia Johnson has thousands of friends—who live in her computer. Along with her email chats and Facebook notifications, Mia also devours romance novels, spending countless hours with fictional characters, dreaming of her own Romeo to sweep her off her feet. When she starts receiving supersweet messages from a stranger who thinks she’s someone else, Mia begins to believe that real love is possible outside her virtual world.

When the two friends become roommates, Mia finds herself falling harder than she ever thought she could. But Eric keeps his desires locked away, unsure of himself and his ability to give his best friend what she deserves in a boyfriend. As her advances are continually spurned, Mia splits her time between Eric and her computer. But she soon realizes she’s about to lose the only real thing she’s ever had.

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Eric and Mia have been best friends forever. They’ve shared a multitude of special and unforgettable moments which leads them to have feelings for each other. However, neither is willing to put their friendship at risk by admitting their love for the other.

After graduation they went their separate ways but stayed in touch through the Internet. Skype, Facebook, text messages and phone calls kept them in each others lives. Both are looking forward to spending some face-to-face time while they room together during the summer. But the one thing that kept them in touch these past years is the one thing that will threaten everything they hold dear.

I loved this story!

First, there was Eric. A vulnerable young man who has some self-esteem issues and has loved Mia from a far for years. Not your alpha-male type hero I’ve come to love, but Eric endeared himself to me instantly. I loved his sense of humor, his caring side and his resolve to make a go for what he wanted. He was a breath of fresh air in a sea of arrogant heroes as of late and I couldn’t help but be taken with him.

Then there was the realistic storyline of the girl who is obsessed with everything regarding social media. I liked that the author dared to take an unusual route in regards to the the concept of the story even if the romance part of it was fairly predictable.

I admit that Mia was not my favorites of characters but that was only because I came to love and connect with Eric so easily. Whenever she would push him aside to attend to her damn phone or computer my desire to throttle her increased. This is not to say that I didn’t understand where she was coming from. She was conflicted over her issues and underneath it all she used it to hide behind her fears that Eric was going to ultimately hurt her. She had abandonment issues she refused to face which essentially came to kick her in the behind. But she was smart, funny and loved him with all her heart and that eventually endeared her to me.

As I said before the romance was fairly predictable, but it was those special moments shared by Eric and Mia that kept me interested. Their connection had already been established, but after being apart for so long, it was nice to see how they reconnected. Especially once they admitted their feelings for each other. That alone brought forth a mix of flirty, funny and often times emotional moments, which I truly enjoyed.

I do want to mention that unlike other New Adult books this one was fairly clean. The sexual tension was always there but the act itself was tamed. Some disliked that aspect of the story, but I think it added to the cuteness of the romance. In my case, their connection and chemistry was perfectly written to fit the characters.

All in all, a sweet and funny friends to lovers story that managed to pack enough emotions and realism to make it memorable.

*I received a copy of this title in exchange of my honest opinion.


About Cassie Mae

Cassie Mae
Cassie Mae is a full-time writer and mother from Utah. She loves being glued to the computer, thinking up new stories, and writing the day away while the kids run wild at her feet. When she finished her first novel, she started a blog that now gets more than five thousand hits a month. Her group blog is also dedicated to reaching out to aspiring authors by providing critiques and other marketing tools to help them succeed in the industry. When she’s not writing, she’s spending time with the youth in her community as a volleyball and basketball coach, or searching the house desperately for chocolate.

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Third Degree by Julie Cross *Review*

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Title: Third Degree

Author: Julie Cross

Release date: March 25, 2014

Published by: Flirt (Imprint of Random House)

Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance

Source: eArc



Fans of Monica Murphy and Tammara Webber will savor this New Adult novel—a story about coming of age in the heat of the moment—from Julie Cross, the internationally bestselling author of the Tempest trilogy.

I used to be “Isabel Jenkins, child prodigy.” As lame as that sounds, at least it was an identity. But now I’m not sure what I am. I just failed the most important exam of my life—the emotional readiness test required to get into a medical residency program—and it turns out my parents can’t stand each other. Now I’m trying to figure out how to pick up the pieces of my life, and that means re-enrolling as a college freshman, but this time I’m shutting the books and majoring in being eighteen.

But so far, my roommate hates me and I’m not into the party scene. The only good thing about school has been getting to know my insanely hot RA. Marshall Collins makes me wonder about everything I missed while I was growing up too fast. Pretty soon we’re hanging out constantly, but for the first time, I find myself wanting more than a no-strings-attached physical relationship. And the lesson I really need is one Marsh definitely can’t teach me: love. Because I’m going to be alone forever if I don’t learn fast.

Advance praise for Third Degree

“With quirky characters, laugh-out-loud moments, and a touching romance, Third Degree is a refreshing entry in the New Adult genre. I can’t wait to read what Julie Cross comes up with next!”—Roni Loren, bestselling author of Need You Tonight

“I fell for quirky, brainy, socially awkward child prodigy Izzy and even more so for her sweet, compassionate, and hot RA, Marshall. I was rooting for their happily-ever-after and was sighing with satisfaction by the end.”—Christina Lee, author of the Between Breaths series

“Loved! Fans of Huntley Fitzpatrick’s My Life Next Door and Tammara Webber’s Easy will fall hard for this book.”—Krista Ritchie, co-author of the Addicted to You series

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4 stars

It’s a great feeling when you start reading a book and are immediately drawn into the story. Especially when you’re not expecting it to happen!

I really enjoyed this one.

Isabel was a great character — the kind you don’t understand very well and find it hard to connect to because she’s just that different, but one you can’t help but be curious about and come to are for in the end. As a child prodigy she was hilarious, as a young woman struggling to find her place in the world she was adorable.

Nevermind Marshall. He was awesome. The kind of character that quickly endears himself to you making you wonder what his imperfection is. I loved him!

I especially loved them together. They were so different but perfect for each other bringing out the best out of each other while allowing themselves the chance to discover how to let go of the walls they had around themselves. Together they learned to open up, embracing the life they were meant to lead and finding love along the way — something neither one of them was expecting.

Light on the angst, but not light in the range of emotions, Isabel and Marshall’s story was one packed full of light and funny moments, honest interactions and some mighty steamy encounters. Kudos to Julie Cross for bringing forth such a different and entertaining read.

All in all, a wonderful story about two completely different people taking a risk and allowing their connection to develop into something that would forever change their lives.

* I received an ARC copy of this title in exchange of my honest opinion.

About the Author

Julie Cross lives in Central Illinois with her husband and three children. She’s a former gymnast, longtime gymnastics fan, coach, and former gymnastics program director with the YMCA. She’s a lover of books, devouring several novels a week, especially in the young adult and New Adult genres. She’s also a committed (but not talented) long-distance runner, creator of imaginary beach vacations, Midwest bipolar weather survivor, expired CPR certification card holder, as well as a ponytail and gym shoe addict.

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Along Came Trouble (Camelot #2) by Ruthie Knox

Along Came Trouble (Camelot, #2)Rating: 2.75 stars

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group – Loveswept (March 11th 2013)

Available at: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo

Synopsis: Ruthie Knox’s Camelot series continues in this sizzling eBook original novel, featuring two headstrong souls who bump heads—and bodies—as temptation and lust bring nothing but delicious trouble.

An accomplished lawyer and driven single mother, Ellen Callahan isn’t looking for any help. She’s doing just fine on her own. So Ellen’s more than a little peeved when her brother, an international pop star, hires a security guard to protect her from a prying press that will stop at nothing to dig up dirt on him. But when the tanned and toned Caleb Clark shows up at her door, Ellen might just have to plead the fifth.

Back home after a deployment in Iraq and looking for work as a civilian, Caleb signs on as Ellen’s bodyguard. After combat in the hot desert sun, this job should be a breeze. But guarding the willful beauty is harder than he imagined—and Caleb can’t resist the temptation to mix business with pleasure. With their desires growing more undeniable by the day, Ellen and Caleb give in to an evening of steamy passion. But will they ever be able to share more than just a one-night stand?

Review: After reading the blurb for this book, I was so excited to start it. It seemed like something I would love. The tough ex-military man, the stubborn woman, mutual attraction and a conflict. What’s not to love?!

Turns out that there were some things that I didn’t love.

First, what’s Ellen’s problem? I understand that she went through a difficult time in her previous relationship and lost herself, but that didn’t justify treating Caleb the way she did. She was rude and thoughtless and I just didn’t like her much. There. I said it, I didn’t like her. I’m all for strong willed, independent women, but she took it a bit too far. She was wrong every step of the way and Caleb just kept giving her chances to make up for it.

Second, can someone please explain to me how Caleb, a level headed man used to thinking things through and analyzing situations from every angle, can fall in love with Ellen within a couple of days? Lust, sure! Who wouldn’t like to scratch an itch. But love? Nope, couldn’t understand it, didn’t see the connection.

Third, where was the connection? I could easily see the sexual tension. Hell, Ellen hadn’t had sex in a while and neither had Caleb. But where’s the getting to know you part. Again, this wasn’t Caleb’s fault, Ellen didn’t help one bit.

What I did enjoy was Jamie’s story. Now that was a fun and touching story. Okay, I’m not saying the Ellen and Caleb’s story was a loss. Actually, I enjoyed Caleb very much, especially his interactions with his family and the emotions he displayed. And yes, I admit, Ellen sort of, kinda redeemed herself a little bit there in the end, but I still don’t like her. There. I said, again. Oh, yes, Henri was adorable too!

Although this is the second book in the Camelot series, it can be read as a stand alone. I have to admit that I will be picking up Katie’s story, Flirting With Disaster. She was a treat to read and what I read of her story has me intrigued.

This is the first book  by Ruthie Knox that I’ve read and since every other review I’ve read of her books are singing her praises, I will give her books another try.

I received this title from the publisher in exchange of my honest opinion.

One Little White Lie by Loretta Hill

One Little White LieRating: 4 stars

Publisher: Random House – Australia (February 1st 2013)

Available at: Amazon, Kobo

Synopsis: A hilarious romantic novella from Loretta Hill (author of bestselling The Girl in Steel-Capped Boots). When One Little White Lie turns into a red-blooded reality!

What do you do when your best friend is the serial match maker from Hell?

Single girl Kate Dreson knows that her friend, Lisa, is not going to leave her alone unless she tells her that she is happily dating someone. Who knew that One Little White Lie could so blatantly backfire?

The imaginary boyfriend she described to her friend so lovingly suddenly walks into her life and starts making himself comfortable in it.

Trapped by her lie, poor Kate is powerless to stop him. But the real question is, does she really want to?

Review: Kate is tired of her friend Lisa setting her up with guys that are not worth the trouble, especially since she doesn’t see the need to be dating anyone at the moment. She is focused on finishing her PhD and has a life plan that doesn’t include putting her heart on the line so that it could be shattered to pieces like it had on her previous relationship. Her mistake? Telling her that she has a secret boyfriend and embellishing with a couple of details from her fantasy man.

Henri is tired of meaningless relationship where the women are only interested in his money. He wants an honest woman who will love him for who he is and not how much money he can bring to the relationship. He asks his brother for help and finds himself in a crowded club where he stumbles upon Kate. Immediately, he recognizes that she is the woman for him and searches for her. His mistake? Asking Lisa for her help minutes after Kate informed her of her ‘secret boyfriend’. Recognizing the perfect opportunity to set Kate up with the man of her dreams, Lisa arranges for them to meet.

What comes next is a series of events that will have you laughing and some that will have you feeling bad for Kate and Henri. I was laughing at how the events played out on that first meeting, getting a little teary eyed when Kate and Henri stumble into their first hurdle and grinning like a fool as Kate and Henri finally come together.

Loretta Hill delivered a sweet, funny novella with interesting characters, a little angst and a lot of romance.

I received this title from Random House Australia through NetGalley in exchange of my honest opinion.

Bloom (Random Romance #2) by Kate Belle

Bloom (Random Romance #2)Rating: 4.5 stars

Published: January 30th, 2013

Publisher: Random House Australia

Available at: Amazon, eBooks.com, Kobo

Synopsis: The second in a series of erotic novellas, each featuring different women whose lives are changed by Ramon Mendez, a handsome, charismatic lover of women…

Thirty-six-year-old Emma’s life looks as perfect as could be. She loves her straight-laced husband Gary, who has given her three beautiful children and a secure life. But something is missing in her marriage. Gary hardly notices her anymore and she feels frumpy and invisible.

Her friend, Lisa, talks her into joining a social boot camp class at the local gym. Emma immediately recognizes their instructor as the gorgeous runner she sees each evening while walking her dog in the park. He introduces himself as Ramon Mendez. In spite of herself Emma is besotted.

Before long her mind is filled with guilty fantasies of him. One evening, when things at home have become too much to bear, she bumps into him alone in the park. An opportunity presents itself and no one need ever know. Ramon promises and delivers everything that’s missing from her marriage – passion, romance and excitement – but Emma must discover if they are the things she really wants.

Review: Emma is married with three children. As a lot of couples experience once children come into the picture, Emma and her husband have drifted apart. Their lives have become routine. While her husband’s focus is on work, hers is on the children and the home. Emma still loves her husband and longs for the days past when with just one look they were all over each other. She is supportive of her husband’s career and appreciates all he does for the family, but she can’t help but think that he doesn’t love her anymore because all her attempts at rekindling the romance in their marriage have been rejected by him. She is not naive, she knows that their dynamic has changed, but she wants to be seen, cherished and loved by her husband. She plans to take her husband on a weekend getaway to revive the sex in their marriage and encouraged by her friend she joins a gym class to lose some weight before her birthday.

In comes Ramon. He is her instructor in the Boot Camp class she joined. She can’t believe her luck – good or bad – that Ramon is the very man who has played the main role in her fantasies since the day she saw him running in the park where she walks her dog. To her surprise, he recognizes her and encourages her to continue with the class when she’s ready to quit. She struggles with the workouts and her needs and when the opportunity presents itself to be with Ramon, she decides to put her needs aside and be faithful to her husband. However, as the days pass and the distance between her and her husband increases she finds herself questioning her decision.

Once again, the writing was very good. With flirtatious dialogue, real emotions and lust-filled rendezvous, Kate Belle brought to the page a believable story of rediscovering oneself and going for what we want. The story felt real to me and I easily related to Emma. She had concerns about her marriage that a lot of women have and that made it easy for me to connect to her. From a desperate, confused woman to a determined wife who wanted her husband to see her, her development was a joy to read. I admired her perseverance and her courage.

This time around Ramon surprised me even more. He was gentle and understanding and his awareness of what Emma needed to find herself were right on point. Everything he conveyed was enlightening and added to the story, especially to the way Emma would carry herself later on.

I am looking forward to reading more about Ramon and the way he helps women rediscover themselves.

I received this novella from Random House Australia through NetGalley in exchange of my honest opinion.

Breaking the Rules (Random Romance #1) by Kate Belle

Breaking the Rules (Random Romance #1)Rating: 4 stars

Published: January 30th, 2013

Publisher: Random House Australia

Available at: Amazon, eBooks.com, Kobo

Synopsis: The first in a series of erotic novellas, featuring different women whose lives are changed by Ramon Mendez, a handsome, charismatic lover…

Grace is a beautiful woman in complete control of her world. A long time ago she chose a career – as Associate Professor of Social Science – over children and marriage, and has never regretted it.

Then Ramon Mendez walks into her office.

Ramon is about to commence his PhD, a work on erotic literature, and from the outset there is something about him that makes Grace’s blood run hot.

Aware of the need to maintain her professional reputation, she rejects his subtle advances, but he persists. And during their intimate supervision sessions, her defences start to crumble.

For Ramon’s ‘work’ is to expose desires within Grace she never knew existed…

Review: Oh my! This is one hot read. From the start Kate Belle draws the reader into the story introducing you to Grace. She is a career driven woman who decided to forgo men, marriage and children to focus on her career. She considers her friendship with a male colleague “the most fulfilling relationship with a man she’d ever had.”

In walks into her office Ramon Mendez. A handsome PhD student, he rattles her in way that she never imagined. She considers him rude and pretentious and she is determined to keep him at bay. But his voice, his passion and his confidence lures her in.

Ramon is every woman’s fantasy. Young, smart and exuding passion with every confident step he takes and every grin he gives, he is convinced that there is more to sex than just the coming together of two bodies and he is determined to prove Grace wrong.

And he does indeed!

The writing was both sensuous and erotic with a complex character in Grace and an alluting character in Ramon. Their chemistry was off the charts HOT and when they came together it was as great as I was anticipating. However, what I enjoyed the most was watching how Grace was learning to let herself feel. From wearing her hair loose around her shoulders to her boldness in the bedroom with Ramon, her letting go was a great step in her development. I was intrigued by Ramon’s theories about sex and by him personally. I was curious as to why he was doing this for Grace and of how he got pleasure out of helping her. I can’t wait to read more about Ramon’s adventures and ‘research’.

I received this novella from Random House Australia through NetGalley in exchange of my honest opinion.

Lana’s Lawman: A Loveswept Classic Romance by Karen Leabo

http://img2.imagesbn.com/images/174260000/174266236.JPGSynopsis: In a tender story of fateful encounters and second chances, Karen Leabo maps the territory of true yearning and its power to heal old sorrows.

Though it’s been years since Sloan Bennett has seen Lana Gaston, time melts instantly when he comes to her rescue during a Texas thunderstorm. Lana was everything a teenage bad boy couldn’t have . . . but she felt like his for three magical weeks. Then she broke his heart—and Sloan walked away from Destiny, Texas. But now he’s back, wearing a badge, and wondering if fate has decided to give him another chance.

A struggling single mom, Lana can’t help looking back at all the wrong choices she made. With Sloan so close again, she’s filled with old regrets and deep new longing. Could the silly souvenir of a policeman’s badge, given to her by a fortune-teller, have more meaning than she ever dared to dream? Once, Lana didn’t have the courage to tell Sloan how much she cared. So she hurt him instead. But as his sensual lips dare to kiss away yesterday’s pain, she’ll risk her heart to let him know that this time, she’s his forever.

Includes a special message from the editor, as well as excerpts from these Loveswept titles: Blaze of Winter, Light My Fire, and Santerra’s Sin.

Rating: 3 stars

Review: I will be absolutely honest here and tell you that this was a very hard read for me. I liked the book and its not bad by any means. I just could not connect to Lana. I tried, I really, did but I just could not do it. As a struggling single mom myself, I could understand her stubbornness of making it on her own and not relying on a man for certain things. But Sloan came across like a very descent man from the start and her constant doubts about his intentions really grated on my nerves.

From the beginning I liked Sloan. He was a very open and caring man who only wanted the best for Lana and her son. Each time they came together I liked him a little more. Again, Lana not so much. I found her inner thoughts to be repetitive and annoying. She kept thinking the same thing over and over. I saw her as overly defensive towards Sloan and at times I just skimmed directly to dialog. Through the dialog I could better understand what she was rambling about. Her insecurities were more relatable to me and her reactions to Sloan were more realistic. However, in the end, I can honestly say that I could see her point in hesitating. I just don’t think that it should have been brought to the surface so much.

The writing was very good in the sense that each character was developed fully and the dialog was very interesting. I am glad that the author did not bring them together sexually right away, it would have been extremely unbelievable to me even if their chemistry was palpable from the start. I liked the storyline brought into the story, it really made for the growth of the characters and gave great insight into them.

All in all, a good read. I just like to connect to my main characters, so it bothered me that I could not do that with Lana.

I would like to thank NetGalley and Random House for the opportunity to review this book. This title is available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other book retailers.