Cover Reveal: The Right Stud, Isla Madden-Mills & Tia Louise

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The Right Stud, an all-new steamy standalone from Wall Street Journal bestselling author Ilsa Madden-Mills and USA Today bestselling author Tia Louise is coming June 4th!TheRightStud-Final.jpg

The Right Stud by Ilsa Madden-Mills & Tia Louise
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publishing Date: June 4th, 2018
Cover Designer: Shanoff Designs
Photographer: Wander Aguiar
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Wall Street Journal bestselling author Ilsa Madden-Mills and USA Today bestselling author Tia Louise are back with an all-new romantic comedy filled with Southern sass and steamy scenes that will have you laughing out loud and fanning yourself. Pour the sweet tea and get ready…

“The best way to get over your sh**ty ex-fiancé is to get under a shiny new stud…”
As soon as Mr. Tall, Blond, and Handsome walks into that bar, I know he’s the hook-up I need to get over stupid Cheater Kyle.
A few stolen kisses in a dark hallway, and I’m pretty sure we’re headed for a home run—until he disappears without a trace.
Whatever. Men are all snakes in the grass, and I don’t need a new one anyway.
I resolve to forget about his perfect lips (and chest of steel) and instead focus on turning my Granny’s old beach house into a profitable B&B.
What I don’t expect is for him to show up the next day in my kitchen!
You see, my sexy mystery man is none other than Jax Roland, the drop-dead gorgeous home improvement star of The Right Stud, and he’s got an offer I can’t refuse.
With a suitcase in one hand and a hammer in the other, he wants to move in and renovate my old house while he films his new show.
But my roommate has secrets, and they threaten to rip our blossoming friendship—and possible love—apart.
When push comes to shove, is Jax really The Right Studor is he just another nail in the coffin of love?

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Wall Street Journal bestselling author Ilsa Madden-Mills and USA Today bestselling author Tia Louise are not a secret duo, but simply themselves.

Great friends, former English teachers, and southern gals in real life, they’ve teamed up to bring you laugh-out-loud naughty romances with strong leading ladies and sexy alpha males who know how to please their women… and who sometimes you just want to slap.

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Release Day Blitz: One Baby Daddy, Meghan Quinn



"What are you doing now that your team is out of the running for the Stanley Cup?"

Forget.

I need to forget. I need an escape.

Only one person isn't falling for my reputation as the NHL's Golden Boy; she captured my attention the minute she called me out for snooping through my best friend's house. She didn't want to hear my reason--she only wanted to playfully give me a hard time.

Adalyn is bold, sassy--and the perfect escape.

She's everywhere. In town and in my dreams, and suddenly I need to spend every waking moment with her.

And I do, making this summer the best off-season I've ever had.

But in the midst of getting lost in Adalyn, what I don't expect is to get her pregnant.

And what I definitely don't expect is having to fight for her affection.

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Born in New York and raised in Southern California, Meghan has grown into a sassy, peanut butter eating, blonde haired swearing, animal hoarding lady. She is known to bust out and dance if “It’s Raining Men” starts beating through the air and heaven forbid you get a margarita in her, protect your legs because they may be humped.

Once she started commuting for an hour and twenty minutes every day to work for three years, she began to have conversations play in her head, real life, deep male voices and dainty lady coos kind of conversations. Perturbed and confused, she decided to either see a therapist about the hot and steamy voices running through her head or start writing them down. She decided to go with the cheaper option and started writing… enter her first novel, Caught Looking.

Now you can find the spicy, most definitely on the border of lunacy, kind of crazy lady residing in Colorado with the love of her life and her five, furry four legged children, hiking a trail or hiding behind shelves at grocery stores, wondering what kind of lube the nervous stranger will bring home to his wife. Oh and she loves a good boob squeeze!

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Release Day Blitz: Piece of Work, Staci Hart

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Marble isn’t the only thing that’s hard at this museum.
His body is as chiseled as Adonis. His lips are as sculpted as David. And his ego is the size of the Guggenheim.
You know the type—wolfish smile and the gravity of a black hole. The kind of man who sucks all the air from the room the second he enters it. My cocky boss thinks this internship was wasted on me, and he doesn’t hesitate to let me know.
But he’s wrong, and I’m going to prove it to him. If I can stay away from his devil lips, that is. Lips that cut me down and kiss me in the same breath, leaving me certain he’s on a mission to ruin my life.
And maybe my heart.
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StaciHartStaci has been a lot of things up to this point in her life -- a graphic designer, an entrepreneur, a seamstress, a clothing and handbag designer, a waitress. Can't forget that. She's also been a mom, with three little girls who are sure to grow up to break a number of hearts. She's been a wife, though she's certainly not the cleanest, or the best cook. She's also super, duper fun at a party, especially if she's been drinking whiskey.

From roots in Houston to a seven year stint in Southern California, Staci and her family ended up settling somewhere in between and equally north, in Denver. They are new enough that snow is still magical. When she's not writing, she's reading, sleeping, gaming, or designing graphics.

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Cover Reveal: Chasing Him, Kennedy Fox




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Cover Design by: RBA Designs
Photographer: Wander Aguiar Photography


John Bishop isn’t your typical single dad.

Reserved, impatient, and utterly clueless.

Running the family’s bed and breakfast has many perks. Working long hours, picking up after the guests, and hearing couples going at it all night long aren’t any of them. Hooking up with girls who come to the ranch for horseback riding lessons? Best perk of them all.

That is until a baby shows up at his doorstep with a note claiming it’s his. Growing up on a ranch was anything but easy, but raising a newborn is proving to be the hardest task he’ll ever tackle. Leaving the bachelor life behind, his only priority is to hire a nanny who can teach him a thing or two about parenting—except he doesn’t anticipate her being gorgeous and quirky with an unhealthy football obsession.

Mila Carmichael has many talents—making balloon animals, creating origami art, and remaining in the friend zone. Often seen as one of the guys, she’s struck out more times than a rookie baseball player.

Seeking a new adventure, she flies to Texas to visit family and is offered a position she can’t refuse. Helping out a new dad should come easy to her, considering her past experience, but what she doesn’t anticipate is him being an attractive Southern temptation.

But that’s only the beginning.

While growing close to his family and falling madly in love with the baby girl who’s stealing their hearts, things are bound to get complicated. Everyone knows not to mix business with pleasure. That means no late movie nights, no stolen glances, and definitely no kissing behind closed doors. Too bad the universe has other plans—one that’ll threaten taking away the main thing that binds them together.

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Brooke Cumberland & Lyra Parish are a duo of romance authors who teamed up to write under the USA Today Bestselling pseudonym, Kennedy Fox. They share a love of You’ve Got Mail and The Holiday. When they aren’t bonding over romantic comedies, they like to brainstorm new book ideas. One day, they decided to collaborate and have some fun creating new characters that’ll make your lady bits tingle and your heart melt. If you enjoy romance stories with sexy, tattooed alpha males and smart, independent women, then a Kennedy Fox book is for you!

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Blog Tour - Review + Excerpt: Bane, L. J. Shen

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Bane, the highly-anticipated next standalone in the Sinners of Saint Series by L.J. Shen is LIVE

Bane

Naked surfer. Habitual pothead. A con, a liar, a thief and a fraud.

Last I heard, he was extorting the rich and screwing their wives for a living.

Which is why I’m more than a little surprised to find him at my threshold, looking for my friendship, my services, and most puzzling of all—looking humbled.

Thing is, I’m on a boycott. Literally—I cut boys from my life. Permanently.

Problem is, Bane is not a boy, he is all man, and I’m falling, crashing, drowning in his sweet, perfect lies.

Jesse Carter

Hot as hell, cold as ice.

I wasn’t aware of her existence until a fat, juicy deal landed in my lap.

She’s a part of it, a little plaything to kill some time.

She is collateral, a means to an end, and a side-bonus for striking a deal with her oil tycoon stepdad.

More than anything, Jesse Carter is a tough nut to crack.

Little does she know, I have the f****** teeth for it.


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I'm learning that no one can write an antihero quite like L. J. Shen does. And boy Bane was a pretty freaking special kind of man! There is so much shadiness and bad stuff in his life, past, present, future?? He had been dealt a shitty hand while growing up and he made the most of himself with what he could, no matter how wrong it was. He made a name for himself doing every shady business there is, his reputation preceded him... Everyone in town knew who he was and what he did. And some knew just what cards to play to get what they wanted...

“What would it take for you to have coffee with me?” He breathed hard, picking up where we’d left off. Last time, I told him he’d need to save my life. I guess he just had. “For you to tell me why you want to do this.” “I need to fix you,” he said, his greens on my blues. To. Fix. You.

Bane has a new plan in motion, but in order to achieve that plan, he needs financial help. He gets it, but he also gets more than he bargained for. The deal is $6mil for 6 months to get the girl out of her shell. 

The girl, you may ask? Jesse Carter. The girl with the Pushkin tattoo he had seen a couple years earlier and wanted for himself, except then she had been someone else's. 
Now, she is a shell of the girl she had been then. Now, she was the Untouchable. All due to the incident, a horrendous night at the hand of her boyfriend and a couple of friends. Since then, Jesse would barely leave the house, the only friends she had were her dog and her elderly neighbor who suffered Alzheimer's. Jesse was alone in the world. Her mother, if you could call her that, had made that night worse and was hiding more secrets than a vault. 

My first thought seeing her was that she was nowhere near Quasimodo-ugly. She was beautiful, and that was the understatement of the fucking century. The second thought was that I’d already seen her. I didn’t need her to gather those inky strands of hair up to see the Pushkin tattoo. A girl like that, you don’t forget. It was years ago, on the beach, but I remember how carnal the need to conquer her had been.

Come in Bane... and in just a few encounters, the old Jesse starts coming back. She had only been waiting for someone who would make her see the good of the world again, for someone to show her they truly cared. 
Everything is going as planned except the fact that they both fall in love and for Bane, loving and having Jesse in that sense is breaking the contract. When he makes the right decision and calls off the contract, he sees just how he has been played and in how much sh*t he is. And even though, he's willing to lose everything he has to have Jesse, he had no idea how this one thing would snowball into so many more and all the hidden secrets would come out. Which is just blow after blow after blow for Jesse...when all the hidden memories and secrets resurface...and while now she knows all the truth involving Bane, the princess saves herself in this one and that will only happen with time. Time Bane needs to give her.

“You should know better than anyone that words have an impact.” “What’s that supposed to mean?” I turned to him fully, yelling now. My palms itched to slap him across the face. Seagulls floated above us, eavesdropping. “It means that you’re impossible.” He finally sighed, shaking his head. “Maybe I am. So don’t try to make me possible.” I turned back to my vehicle, yanking my door open. “Fine. Go ahead. Hide from the world.” “I’m not hiding.” “Whatever helps you sleep at night, Snowflake.”

Want to know how Roman and Jesse's story ends? Go 1-click this book and read, read, read. 
It's a pretty epic story with so many twists and turns that will have you reeling, and secrets coming out of the wood works left and right that will leave you breathless and the best part of it all? Watching Bane fall in love and be in love. I loved watching Jesse change him, even if it were small changes here and there. These two are so worth a read. Two outcasts who have been dealt very sh*tty hands and thrown together under false pretenses but turn it all around and make it all bearable it in each other's arms.

“Does she need you?” The third question left me unprepared. Did Snowflake need me? Was it fucked-up to think that she did? Because she definitely needed someone. I didn’t think I was the best choice she had, but I sure as hell was the only thing available currently. “She needs me.” I didn’t just say the words. I felt them. They crushed into my chest. Because I needed her, too.


Note: This book is a standalone. You do not have to read the other books in the series to read this one. There are a couple mentions to characters in previous books but no mention of anything important you needed to know from the other books. I have only read the first book in the series before I read this one and it was completely fine. Of course,I'm dying to read the rest of the series even more now but I was already planning to anyway eheh. I'm so curious to read Trent's book though, ah!

Rate: 4,7 / 5 stars

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Bane

Then.

A liar.

A con.

A godless thief.

My reputation was a big wave that I rode, one that swallowed everyone around me, drowning every attempt to fuck with what’s mine.

I’d been known as a stoner, but power was my real drug of choice. Money meant nothing. It was tangible, and therefore easy to lose. See, to me, people were a game. One I’d always known how to win.

Move the rooks around.

Change the queen when necessary.

Guard the king at all fucking times.

I was never distracted, never deterred, and never jealous.

So, imagine my surprise when I found myself being all three at once.

It was a siren with coal black hair who robbed me of riding the biggest wave I’d seen that summer. Of my precious attention. Of my goddamn breath.

She glided from the ocean to the beach like nightfall.

I crouched down, straddling my surfboard, gawking.

Edie and Beck stopped beside me, floating on their boards in my periphery.

“This one’s taken by Emery Wallace,” Edie had warned. Thief.

“This one’s the hottest masterpiece in town.” Beck had chuckled. Con.

“More importantly, she only dates rich bastards.” Liar.

I had all the ingredients to pull her in.

Her body was a patch of fresh snow. White, fair, like the sun shone through her, never quite soaking in. Her skin defied nature, her ass defied my sanity, but it was the words on her back that made my logic rebel.

It wasn’t her curves or the way she swayed her hips like a dangling, poisonous apple that warranted my reaction to her.

It was that tattoo I had noticed when she swam close to me earlier, the words trickling down the nape of her neck and back in a straight arrow.

My Whole Life Has Been Pledged to This Meeting with You

Pushkin.

I only knew one person who went gaga over the Russian poet, and, like the famous Alexander, he was currently six feet under.

My friends began to paddle back to shore. I couldn’t move. It felt like my balls were ten tons heavy. I didn’t believe in love at first sight. Lust, maybe, but even that wasn’t the word I was looking for. No. This girl fucking intrigued me.

“What’s her name?” I snatched Beck’s ankle, yanking him back to me. Edie stopped pedaling and looked back, her gaze ping-ponging between us.

“Doesn’t matter, bro.”

“What’s. Her. Name?” I repeated through a locked jaw.

“Dude, she’s, like, way young.”

“I will not repeat myself a third time.”

Beck’s throat bobbed with a swallow. He knew damn well that I didn’t mess around. If she was legal—it was on.

“Jesse Carter.”

Jesse Carter was going to be mine before she even knew me.

Before I even knew her.

Before her life turned upside down and her fate rewrote itself with her blood.

So here was the truth that even my lying ass wouldn’t admit later on in our story—I wanted her before.

Before she became business.

Before the truth caged her in.

Before the secrets gushed out.

I never did get to surf that day.

My surfboard broke.

Should have known it was an omen.

My heart was going to be next in line.

And for a small chick, she did one hell of a fucking job obliterating it.

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LJShenL.J. Shen is an International #1 best-selling author of Contemporary Romance and New Adult novels. She lives in Northern California with her husband, young son and chubby cat.

Before she’d settled down, L.J. (who thinks referring to herself in the third person is really silly, by the way) traveled the world, and collected friends from all across the globe. Friends who’d be happy to report that she is a rubbish companion, always forgets peoples’ birthdays and never sends Christmas cards.

She enjoys the simple things in life, like spending time with her family and friends, reading, HBO, Netflix and internet-stalking Stephen James. She reads between three to five books a week and firmly believes Crocs shoes and mullets should be outlawed.

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Review: The Wright Love, K. A. Linde



The Wright Love -- May 15th

A sexy new contemporary romance duet from USA Today bestselling author K.A. Linde…

I have the perfect life.
Until the day my husband tragically dies.
Being a single mom and widow was never part of the plan.
When David Calloway enters my life, I have no room for love in my heart.
But he’s determined to do right by me.
Could he be the Wright love?

The Wright Love is the first book in the Wright Love Duet, and Sutton and David's story will conclude in The Wright One—coming May 29th! Get ready for your newest binge read.


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Oh man I was so excited to dive into this book, even though I knew by the end I'd be dying because I have to wait until the second book to come out to find out what happens. K. A. Linde was so so wright, I did binge this baby but who can blame me?! I was just way too excited and curious and the book felt a little short, not gonna lie, so you really can't blame me at all.

The Wright Love was told at a fast pace, things happened much faster than I had been expecting but they still felt very wright. And I mean David and Sutton already knew each other for a year and had a good friendship, so it wasn't that fast I guess. I had just been expecting a little more angst because she is a widow but expectations aren't always met right?! And I'm not disappointed in the least, the book did have angst and I really enjoyed it and the fact that Sutton didn't let her mourning rule over her moving on (much). I actually loved the pace and the balance in this story, it really felt like the wright one for them. 

There David was. My friend. A constant companion through the last year. He towered over even Jensen, easily dwarfing my small frame. His hair was dark blond and gelled to perfection. His eyes were a hazel brown that changed with his mood. Right now, they were nearly gold from the afternoon sun shining in from the windows. And his fashion was even better than my own. Gray slacks and a blue button-up, the sleeves rolled up on his muscular arms. He was…David. Just David. Yet…that look.

Sutton struggles to move on and to find her place in life but she finds the strength to open her heart to new things and possibly a new love.
David has felt a strong connection to Sutton since the first day they met, the worst day of her life. He always hoped that one day she'd maybe move on and see him like he has always seen her.

Once upon a time, I’d seen a genuine smile from Sutton. A year ago, she’d looked up at me from a blanket on a marathon track, and her radiance had shown through. Her head haloed by light, she had been so full of joy and on top of the world. Now, her cheeks were hollowed out. She’d lost weight. She was a shell of the butterfly I’d seen that day. Yet still beautiful and surviving and alive. She was getting through one day at a time, and I couldn’t ask for more than that. Though I wanted to.

I met David in Morgan's book - The Wright Secret - and I have loved him ever since! He is such a great friend, and guy in general and boy he did not disappoint one bit, not even when his secret came out in the end and left me having a jaw dropping moment because I hadn't been expecting that at all. AT ALL. There were hints that he was hiding something from her but they were very subtle and it just never crossed my mind that it would be THAT. I'm dying to find out what happens in The Wright One, not just regarding Sutton but all the Wrights, everyone loves David and I just can't wait to see their reactions!  

His eyes were bright gold in the porch light. They spoke of devotion and desire. His face was so near mine. His body so warm. It had been so long since I felt anything like this. A dull buzz rang in my ears as everything else slipped away. I wanted to reach out, and I wanted to stay put. I didn’t know what to do. I didn’t know what to say. All I could do was stare up at him, wavering with what my body was telling me. “I really want to kiss you,” he admitted. I drew in a sharp breath. Those words shattered any illusion we’d put on this night. “But this is all up to you.” His hand moved to my jaw, slipped down my neck and over my shoulder, and reached down to grasp my other hand. “This is whatever you want it to be. Ball is in your court.”

David & Sutton were the freaking cutest. You won't be able to not fall in love with them, mainly David because he has an heart of gold, he does. I just loved him and how thoughtful and understanding he was,  so much . I also loved watching Sutton get a bit of her old life back after losing Maverick. She deserved to have a little fun and a lot of love after the year she had been through. 

“I bet you were a good little boy and waited until you were allowed,” she teased. “I waited for you.” Her eyes were bright as she leaned over the kitchen counter. “Is that so?” “Of course. You were worth waiting for."

The Wright Love is an alluring tale of loss, of learning to live with the pain and coming to terms with moving on and finding love again after losing the most important person in one's life. It will leave you desperate for more of these two, and to find out how it will all come full circle in the conclusion of this duet.

Rate: 5/5 stars





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A new sexy contemporary romance duet from USA Today bestselling author K.A. Linde…

Secrets swarm all around.
My world is crumbling under the strain.
I don’t know if we can survive this.
My heart is in the Wright place.
But is his?

The Wright One is the last book in the Wright Love Duet that began in The Wright Love. Find out if Sutton and David survive their world of secrets in the conclusion to the Wright Love duet!




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K.A. Linde is the USA Today bestselling author of more than fifteen novels including the Avoiding series and the Record series. She has a Masters degree in political science from the University of Georgia, was the head campaign worker for the 2012 presidential campaign at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and served as the head coach of the Duke University dance team. She loves reading fantasy novels, geeking out over Star Wars, binge-watching Supernatural, and dancing in her spare time.

She currently lives in Lubbock, Texas, with her husband and two super adorable puppies.

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Cover Reveal: Love Machine, Kendall Ryan




A best-friends-to lovers standalone romance from New York Times bestselling author Kendall Ryan.

After a rather uncomfortable ladies’ night involving a cucumber-wielding instructor with judgy eyes, I’m forced to admit my weaknesses. Rather than point blame at my lack of a sex life, I’m ready to roll up my sleeves and get to work.

As a junior executive who’s clawed her way up the corporate ladder, failure is not in my vocabulary. Confident and bold in other areas of my life, I have to admit it’s time to up my bedroom game.

Asking my friend Slate Cruz is really the only option. Slate is like a walking billboard for sex. The man gets more ass than a toilet seat. There’s no way I’ll want more from this playboy than a little inspiration to revive my inner sex kitten.

Except, what happens if I do?




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A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of more than two dozen titles, Kendall Ryan has sold over 1.5 million books and her books have been translated into several languages in countries around the world. She's a traditionally published author with Simon & Schuster and Harper Collins UK, as well as an independently published author. Since she first began self-publishing in 2012, she's appeared at #1 on Barnes & Noble and iBooks charts around the world. Her books have also appeared on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists more than three dozen times. Ryan has been featured in such publications as USA Today, Newsweek, and InTouch Magazine.

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Review: Arrogant Devil, R. S. Grey

R.S. Grey's newest romantic comedy, ARROGANT DEVIL, is available now! Find out more about it below and pick up your copy today!

 

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Everyone in Cedar Creek, Texas, knows Jack McNight is an arrogant devil. Physically, I get it: he’s tan and fit, with coal-black hair that’s clearly been scorched by hellfire. Oh, and his personality? It burns just as hot.
When I show up on the doorstep of Blue Stone Ranch, I’m run-down and rockin’ my last pair of underwear. I’m hoping for a savior, but instead, I find him.
My opinion of Jack is marred by a dismal first impression, but his opinion of me is tainted even before I arrive. He’s heard I’m a spoiled princess there to take advantage of his goodwill. To him, I’m more trouble than I’m worth.
Our button-pushing banter should get under my skin. His arrogance should be a major turn-off. Problem is, devils are known to offer their own form of temptation.
Every one of his steely glares sends a shiver down my spine.
Every steamy encounter leaves me reeling.
Sure, it could be the Texas heat messing with my head, but there’s no way I’ll survive the summer without silencing him with a kiss and wrestling him out of those Wranglers.
Who knows…going to bed with the devil might just be the salvation I’ve been looking for all along.

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 Arrogant Devil is the perfect read for you. It'll put you through all the emotions and you will not want to put it down. From the insane chemistry between Meredith and Jack, to the anger you'll feel for Meredith about what her sister and consequently Jack think about her. It definitely pissed me off a couple of times.

Jack was really the definition of Arrogant Devil. Everyone in town ran away from him. The only things he cared about was the ranch, his dog Alfred and his grandmother Edith, the rest he could care less about.  He was a d*ck most of the time. 
Jack had lost both his parents in a car accident while he was in college and that had changed him fundamentally. He had hardened his heart and never let anyone in. 
He had inherited the Blue Stone Ranch, in which he has been working since he graduated from college, and the other Blue Stone businesses in Cedar Creek. He is very hardworking and a sexy hot 'cowboy' that will make you blood boil from time to time with his asshole attitude.

I’ve forgotten my agenda, my name, the year. The president? What’s a president? He stops what he’s doing and turns to look at me. The profile—which was already killing me—changes to the full-frontal view, and I’m hit with the realization that I was married to Andrew for five years and never once felt weak in the knees like I do now, but that can’t be right. Maybe I’m just exhausted from my walk—all four minutes of it.

He was currently in a bit of a pickle due to his secretary, Meredith's sister Helen, being on vacation and also having had his housekeeper quit recently. So when Helen calls about her sister being on the way to Texas and in need of a job, despite everything else Helen tells him about her, when Meredith shows up he offers her a job - to be his housekeeper, hoping that she being the princess she is would either say no, or quit after the first day. But that's not who she is, at all.

“Total avoidance is working out pretty well,” I quip. “I’ll just continue that forever.” “Forever, huh? Strong words for someone on their second day.” I try not to smile. “That’s how long I plan to stay—either that or until we’re so sick of each other that you fire me.” “That’s how you think this is gonna end?” Now we’re both fighting smiles. “I won’t be quitting, if that’s what you’re getting at.” He rubs the back of his neck as he turns for the back door. “We’ll see.”

Meredith is a strong women who has been kept silent for a long time about the truth of her life, and now has finally set herself free from what was diminishing her fiery personality. She comes to Blue Stone Ranch praying for a new start, to find help to start over a new leaf. Instead she comes in contact with the Arrogant Devil himself, who doubts her intentions, thinks she's just a spoiled princess who will leave after a couple days and go back to her rich hubby...A sexy as sin man who fights her every inch of the way and is happy to make her life hell. But Jack's asshole attitude only makes Meredith's attitude more resilient, she wants to prove him wrong and more importantly, she wants to be the best employee Jack McKnight has ever had because she can't lose this job. She has nowhere else to go. 

Meredith soon wins over the whole town of Cedar Creek and finds a true friend in Edith, who is the first one to help her and, to understand how much she needs this new job and what she's obviously running from. She also helps Meredith understand Jack a little better but that in no way makes him less an asshole. He is too blinded by what Helen told him about her sister and what her life was like to see the real Meredith, to see that's she nothing like a spoiled princess. He fights her, not wanting to believe that she'll stay, not wanting to let her in only to watch her leave soon after.

He hoists me higher and I’m reminded that I’m still wrapped around him like an anaconda. Damn. This is hot, but it’s not right. When I imagined having sex with him on this twin bed, I was fully sober and on top, riding him like…well, a cowgirl. “I didn’t think this was how tonight would end,” I whisper against his cheek. “I think you’re really handsome, like so so so bangin’ sexy, don’t get me wrong, but I’m pretty drunk and sleepy.” I’m pawing at his chest. I’m running my hands along his strong jaw, feeling it for the first time. It’s magnificent. He is magnificent. “Meredith, I said I’m putting you to bed, not taking you to bed.” “Oh, I see, Mr. Verb Man, got different verbs for all occasions.

These two seem like oil and water, like they just won't mix. In truth, their fiery banter is fueled by the huge chemistry they share, it slowly burns and burns for most part of the book, until their attraction starts to boil and neither of them can lie to themselves anymore. And once Jack learns the truth about why Meredith ran away, there is no chance on holding back anymore. It's then you see Jack's good heart and the gentleman in him because then he is anything but the arrogant devil with Meredith, he is her very prince charming.

“Well yeah, because I find you…”—she waves her hand up and down my body and then clears her throat—“very good-looking.” “Uh-huh.” “And we’re both available.” “I’m aware.” “And I think we should kiss.” Gulp. “And break lamps.” Her euphemism makes me smile, but then reality catches up with me. “Believe me, I want to break thousands of lamps with you, but you just got out of a bad relationship.” “Right. So did you.” “I don’t want to take advantage of you.” “Noble, but unnecessary.”

Arrogant Devil was a witty, romantic and just delightful read. It had the usual R. S. Grey flair and it also had a little bit of angst which is that is the perfect combo for me. I loved this book and these characters. Already cannot wait for the next one!

Rate: 4,5 / 5 stars




About R.S. Grey

R.S. Grey is the USA Today bestselling author of thirteen novels, including THE FOXE & THE HOUND. She lives in Texas with her husband and two dogs, and can be found reading, binge-watching reality TV, or practicing yoga! Visit her at rsgrey.com



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