Monday Musings

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WARNING: I’m about to have some fun at the expense of writers. Y’all know I’m an asshole, so here goes:

Is there an unwritten romance writing rule that you insert these phrases, actions, descriptors into your narrative cause I swear I read these in every other book I read. And don’t even act like you don’t know what I’m talking about…

Exhibit 1: The Messy Bun

This is the go-to hairstyle in romance. The heroine with long hair always pulls her hair into a messy bun, and I.want.to.scream. Can we get a new hairstyle please?

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In my day, your hair was called looking tore up from the floor up

Exhibit 2: Guy gets exasperated and pinches the bridge of his nose

I have never witnessed this in my life. And why does he do that? What does it accomplish because I’ve tried it, and I get nada…

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Where are these men? Where dey at doe? Damn near erry story I read, dude pinches, sucks, tugs, pumps and commands “Come for me…” and the heffa falls apart right at that moment. I feel so damn cheated…

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I know there are more, but these are my top 3. Like for real…

Protected Heart Blog Tour With Author LaQuette!

Protected-Heart-3-ebook.jpgProtected Heart: Queens of Kings: Book 3

by LaQuette

Publisher: Hot Ink Press

Release Date: June 25, 2015

Buy Link: http://smarturl.it/ProtectedHeart

Blurb:

When trust becomes a matter of life or death…

Heart Searlington, captain of the seventy-fourth precinct in Brooklyn, New York, has everything she could ever want. The sexy as sin husband, the perfect house, and the perfect addition to their family, four-month-old Amare.

But when a senseless act of violence threatens the lives of two people she loves, Heart does what comes natural to her…she protects what’s hers.

Kenneth Searlington, billionaire real estate tycoon, is living the ultimate dream—family, friends, and wealth. Life couldn’t be more perfect, until trusting the wrong friend puts his life on the line.

When he can’t trust friends or family, Kenneth takes matters into his own hands. Who should Kenneth trust? The wife who lied, or the friend and family who betrayed him? Maybe the only person he can trust is himself?

When protecting the heart she loves forces Heart to omit certain truths about herself and those she loves, can Kenneth see past her betrayal long enough for her to keep him alive?

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The subtle touch of fingers so familiar to his skin he could confuse it for his own grazed the slick skin of his shoulder until it slid down his back as smoothly as the droplets of water raining down on him.

“You okay?” she asked softly into his ear. “I was afraid today was too much for you. You’ve only been back home a handful of days.”

He nodded his head, eyes still closed to the streaming water saturating the thick strands of his hair.

He felt her hand crawl back up the length of his back, the movement making the muscles that rested just beneath her digits twitch in anticipation. Heart was right, he had returned from the hospital several days before, but in that time the two of them had barely spent any alone time together.

They’d both been physically present, and usually that was all it took to stoke the embers that always seemed to be on a low simmer just waiting for an excuse to fan the flames to full blaze. But since his release there had been something there, something that was keeping them from being them.

Kenneth turned his head slightly toward the sound of her voice. He opened his eyes just enough to see the water-sprinkled vision of her standing to the side of him. He pulled her into his embrace and pinned her back against the wall between his outstretched arms.

There was nothing like the sight of his wife naked and waiting for him. No matter how difficult things were between them they’d always had this. It baffled him that he’d allowed whatever this was between them to fester to the point where he hadn’t touched his wife in days.

The knowledge that she’d kept something so important from him fucked with his head in a way he hadn’t anticipated. Truth was he really hadn’t even given serious thought as to why her omission of the facts about Bryan and Justice impacted him so much.

But to deny himself this, this connection, this reassurance that his world was grounded, that they were whole, what the fuck was he thinking?

He positioned her directly under the spray of water and watched the fullness of her hair flatten against her scalp and back. She would bitch at him later about having to go to the hairdresser, but the thought of that conversation alone was pulling up the corners of his mouth into a wicked smile.

He allowed his fingers to rest at the base of her head, fingers caressing her nape in just the right way to make her fall into his touch. His heart tightened slightly. They’d been stressed and their connection strained, but underneath all the bullshit, it was still there and he was grateful for it.

Their connection is what kept his soul intact, what kept him sane enough to deal with the rest of his life when dealing with the craziness that wealth brought.

“We have a lot to discuss, Heart.”

“Kenneth I—”

He leaned down and pressed a hard kiss to stop whatever it was she was about to say. Words weren’t what they needed now. He giggled to himself. If their shrink could hear his thoughts she’d be jumping up and down screaming her opposition to his line of thinking.

Kenneth wasn’t against therapy. It had definitely worked to get the two of them back on track, and he definitely wanted them to sign up for a session or two after this latest fiasco, but this wasn’t something that needed fixing. This was the one way that their communication was perfect and they were absolutely in sync.

He plunged his tongue inside the warmth of her mouth and savored the sweet hint of apple juice that danced on his taste buds.

He pulled back just a moment to give them each a chance to breathe.

“I’m not avoiding the conversation we need to have, and as soon as we’re finished in here we’re going to throw on some clothes and go downstairs in the kitchen and hash this shit out over a cup of coffee. But right now, I just need to feel my wife.”

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Author Bio

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2015 Georgia Romance Writers Maggie Award Finalist in Erotic Romance, LaQuette, a native of Brooklyn, New York, spends her time catering to her three distinct personalities: Wife, Mother, and Educator.

Writing–her escape from everyday madness–has always been a friend and comforter. She loves writing and devouring romance novels. Although she possesses a graduate degree in English Lit, she’d forego Shakespeare any day to read something hot, lusty, and romantic.

She loves hearing from readers and discussing the crazy characters that are running around in her head causing so much trouble. Contact her on Facebook, Twitter, her website, Amazon, and her Facebook group, LaQuette’s Lounge.

Other Titles by LaQuette

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Blurb:

The last two years of Heart MacKenzie Searlington’s life have been a constant forward motion of change. She’s been promoted to NYPD captain of the seventy-fourth precinct in Brooklyn, a job she never wanted, but is slowly finding her way through with the help of a dedicated second in command and a house full of exemplary officers.

Married to the sexy and powerful mogul, Kenneth Searlington, Heart is living all of the dreams she never knew to ask for before she fell in love with the man that stole her heart. Although Kenneth bathes her in his love and devotion, insecurities from the past still haunt her and cast a dark veil over their union.

Kenneth Searlington knows only one thing, he worships his wife. He has a singular purpose: to love her as hard as he can for the rest of their lives and to neutralize any threat that dares to come up against them. But how does he protect them when that threat comes from the woman he loves?

Thrown by a devastating loss, Heart allows pain and despair to drive a wedge so large between them they may never be able to recover. Pushed beyond his limits, excluded and taken for granted, Kenneth has to decide whether to allow darker urges to control him, or to use his rage to fight for the one thing he adores, Heart.

Can they mend the rift, or will a divided heart end their legendary love?

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Heart of the Matter: Queens of Kings: Book 1

Blurb:

Heart “Mac” MacKenzie is a tough police lieutenant in the NYPD servicing the rough streets of Brooklyn, New York. She’s a strong leader who doesn’t mind getting in the trenches with the men and women she leads at the seventy-fourth precinct. Her house, her people, and her family—both blue and blood—are the only things that matter. She would live and die for the blue wall that shields her from a traumatic past.

When her captain assigns her a high-profile kidnapping case that she doesn’t want, and insists she allows the missing girl’s irritatingly sexy uncle to tag along during the investigation, her blood boils. Mac has no choice but to do what she always does when things get out of control, lay down the law—her law.

Kenneth Searlington is a rich playboy from the Upper East Side of Manhattan. With stunning looks and an unlimited source of wealth, he’s used to being the center of everyone’s attention, especially the women that he comes in contact with in high society. His life is fun and carefree until his niece, Merridith is kidnapped, and he’s forced to seek out the help of his godfather an NYPD police captain, David Porter.

Afraid and frustrated, Kenneth defers to his uncle’s expertise and his promise that he’s putting his best cop on the case, Lieutenant MacKenzie. When Kenneth discovers “Mac” is actually a sexy as sin lady cop with a fiery temper to match, he decides mixing a little business with pleasure might be just the thing he needs to distract him from long-standing family issues that are trying to crawl their way back into the forefront of his life.

Each used to having their own way, can these two work together long enough to bring an innocent child home? Or will they settle their differences and unyielding attraction in a more carnal way and get right down to the heart of the matter?

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My Beginning

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Genesis Lawrence left her home and family in Brooklyn, New York ten years ago and never looked back. When you’ve spent your entire life protecting yourself from the ones that are supposed to love you, running to the other side of the country seems like the best idea ever. Emotionally bankrupt, she begins rebuilding her life after failed familial connections and a broken marriage leave her too raw to ever believe happiness exists for her. Work as a Physical Therapist in her rehab clinic is all she knows and all she wants.

Drew Marrack has spent the last year of his life trying to end the soul-searing pain of losing his mother by any means necessary, even if that means ending him—literally. After a tragic accident and a r resulting disability that devastates the tattered remnants of his world, only one name can give him a brand-new start: Genesis.

Pain, heartache, secrets, and tragedy from the past bring them together, and then fight to tear them apart. Is new love strong enough to give them the fresh beginning they both need, or is this simply the beginning of their end?

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IR Historical Romances Done Well

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I am a HUUUUGE FAN of interracial historical romance novels. It’s that taboo element along with the how is the author going to realistically pull this off factor that grabs me every time. Now I know there are a few detractors out there who just can’t deal because of the blatant, overt, downright racist elements that accompanied black women at that time, and I feel you! I really do, because when done right, an IR historical is supposed to touch you in that way. I would be side-eyeing (-_-) any IR historical that didn’t discuss racism in the narrative. So what do I consider historical? Personally, any story set in a time that’s 50 years ago or longer, so we’re talking 1965 y’all. Doesn’t seem that long, but there were laws still on the books that made interracial marriage illegal. Laws that could get you killed if you were white and married a black person or vice versa. Damn shame, ain’t it?  But enough rambling, I have chosen 10 books that are historical and interracial, and that I love! This is my favorite genre, so if you have an IR historical book you love and don’t see it listed here, please add in the comments. I’m always looking for something good to read!

(In no particular order)

  1. plumvilleBeing Plumville by Savannah J. Frierson: If you are new to the genre and want a good foundation to start, this is IT! I have probably read this story no less than 20 times. You will fall in love with Benny and Cora as I have. Beginning in 1950’s Georgia all the way thru the mid-70’s, Being Plumville is the story of two children who grow up as friends not knowing there is a such thing as black and white, and as they become teenagers, they experience the divide and learn their places in society. As they attend the same small college together, that friendship goes through some trials as they fall under the influence of societal and peer pressure to remain separate. Eventually, they grow closer and fall in love. Given the climate of the times along opposition from family and friends, Benny and Cora prove that love really conquers all, but the road ain’t easy whew. I really wish Ms. Frierson would write a follow up on Benny and Cora as married adults. I would love to see how things were for them living in Boston-of all places! And we know how racist that city was back in the 70’s…
  2. tsunamiThe Summer of Tsunami by S. Campbell Williams: Oh this story got me right in the damn feels! It reminds me a lot of Being Plumville, not in plot or setting, but just the overall sweetness of how the story was told. It lulls you and pulls you in as if you’re sitting back listening to one of your elders telling you how she and her man met and fell in love. Tsunami or Tsu is visiting her country cousins in Lexington, Va for the summer in 1961. There she encounters Paul Morrison, and the sparks immediately fly. You know how you meet someone, and there’s just this instant connection like you’ve found the person you were destined to be with? Yeah, this is one of those stories. From the old country store to the southern dialogue, the storytelling is so picturesque. Paul and Tsu go through some shit in this one. It’s bad enough being an interracial couple in 1960’s Virginia, but when your own best (and horribly racist) friend wants your girl for himself, that adds an additional layer of drama and heart palpitations to the story. Definitely add this one to your collection!
  3. fancyThe Fancy by Mercedes Keyes: This lady right here can tell a damn good story! It was the cover that initially grabbed me, and I haven’t looked back since. The Fancy is book 1 in a series called Cora’s Daughters, but each book in itself is a stand alone. Quinton is a doctor and confirmed bachelor. When he saves the life of a slave trader’s mother, he is “gifted” with Suga, the beautiful daughter of one of the trader’s older slaves. Suga is definitely sweet-and feisty. Quinton ain’t down with slavery so he grapples morally with keeping Suga but at the same time he knows that her life will be worse if she remains where she is. Together they forge north where he sets up practice and tries to establish some sort of life with Suga-but in what capacity? There’s a My Fair Lady element to this story which is an interesting twist with even more interesting results. Definitely worth the click.
  4. whiplashWhiplash by Yvie Towers: I must caution you. THIS BOOK IS NOT FOR THE FAINT AT HEART! It is not a sweet nor romantic read, but is a tell it like it is story about the horrors of slavery, what slaves endure, and how one white slave owner battles his own feelings of self-hatred and love for one of his slaves while trying to maintain his role as overseer (hmmm have you seen Twelve Years A Slave?) This is probably the realest “romance” I’ve ever read about slavery and what happens when bot the slave master and the slave catch feelings. This is book 1 of 2. I have not yet read book 2 because I first need to reread this one to reacquaint myself. It’s definitely worth reading.
  5. pearl Plucking The Pearl by Afton Locke: This is also a gritty, love story (at least in my opinion.) Set in 1930’s Maryland, this is the story of Pearl, a refined, Northern woman, who goes to live with her country ass kin off the shore in Maryland after the death of her mother. It is immediate culture shock for Pearl because her family is poor and is literally living hand to mouth. She is shunned by her family for being too sidity, not too mention being another mouth to feed. To help make ends meet, Pearl gets a job shucking oysters, and there she meets Caleb, the plant owner. These two enter into a forbidden, yet passionate love affair that threatens not only their personal safety, but Caleb’s business and everyone’s livelihood. This story is very scenic and rich in imagery and very authentic. This was a real nail-biter for me.
  6. coverFilthy Lucre by Sharon Cullars: This is definitely a fave! Set again in the 1930’s, this story also features some real-life historical figures-Bonnie and Clyde! Teddy Holliday is robbed of her last few bucks at the local (racist) general store and to add insult to injury, she unknowingly takes in a bank-robbing boarder named Louis. Soon Louis and his gang holes up in Teddy’s house where they’ve taken her hostage while they hide out from the law. The tension is thick, but Teddy and Louis can’t deny the strong attraction between them. Like all the other recs, this one is filled with rich imagery of life in the 30’s-the old dusty roads, the cars, cooking techniques, the fashion…The ending was the absolute best. Sharon Cullars is a masterful storyteller, and she is truly slept on.
  7. sunshineAin’t No Sunshine by Leslie Dubois: This is the type of book that when you finish, the first words out of your mouth are: What the fuck did I just read?! There is a twist in this story that is so sick that you won’t know if it’s the truth or a lie. I still don’t know what to believe! All I’ll say is everybody isn’t who they’re supposed to be. Set in 1960’s Virginia, Stephen is in love with Ruthie, and Ruthie loves Stephen, but racism and abuse aren’t the only things keeping these star-crossed lovers apart. You MUST read this book! Leslie Dubois is the truth!
  8. zoeZoe by TA Ford (aka Sienna Mynx): Have you seen the movie Belle or read Cinderella? If you have, then you definitely want to read this book because the parallels are very similar. Zoe is a mixed-race woman in the Napoleon era who is the product of a Frenchman and his African mistress. Zoe is raised in a life of privilege despite her heritage, and she is forever reminded of it. She never lets the fact that she is biracial prevent her from thinking any less of herself. She always holds her head high and commands respect. She is not without enemies, mainly, her stepmonster who is hell bent on making sure she knows her place. Enter rogue lothario Julien, and the stakes just got higher. Definitely worth the read.
  9. takenTaken by Koko Brown: Olivia Bryant is the prototype for the early 20th century modern woman. She does not have time nor the inclination for men. She is career-focused, but underneath it all she has a thing for the brash, arrogant Khalil Francois Duis. This story spans the globe from New York to North Africa. Khalil is the ultimate alpha male, and what Khalil wants, Khalil gets. And he wants Olivia. This story is rich in imagery and often hilarious. Click it up!
  10. chanceChance Encounter by B.D. Anderson: I loved this story. It takes place in the early 60’s in Virginia (very popular no?). Paris is about to start her freshman year of college at Howard University. Driving home one night, she gets a flat tire and is helped by a young white boy named Billy. This story has a lil twist because Paris is older than Billy by a few years so she has no interest in romantically, one because of his age, and two because he’s white, and it’s forbidden. Billy is one persistent fellow though because he is totally head over heels for Paris and makes his intentions known early. Paris can’t help but t be charmed by his gentlemanly manners and genuine interest in her romantically. It’s a tough road for these two, and reading how it all plays out is well worth it.

Again, if you’ve read some great IR historicals, please drop them in the comments. I’m trying to grow my library!

Blog Tour With Author Harper Miller

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Book Title: Renewed (The Kinky Connect Chronicles Book 2)
Author: Harper Miller
Genre: Erotic Romance/Erotica and Interracial/Multicultural Romance
Release Date: June 22, 2015
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I was hurt. I was heartbroken. I felt abandoned and emotionally drained.

Sometimes heartache can open new doors.

Of course, names have been changed to protect all parties involved, but this is my story.

*Disclaimer* This is a novelette. Not a short story, novella, or novel. Content is intended for a mature audience, 18+.

Renewed is the second installment in The Kinky Connect Chronicles. The Kinky Connect Chronicles are short erotic stories/novelettes all wrapped up in neat little bows. These stories are standalones. No cliffhangers in the lot!

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brwngrltrvler: I’m not in NYC at the moment. I’m overseas, for work.

JapKenDoll: Nice! Your passport is getting a workout. That’s right, you did say it was late where you are. Where’d your travels take you?

brwngrltrvler: Why are you asking? You plan on flying all the way from New York, Superman? I’m in London.

There’s a long pause.

JapKenDoll: Good thing I just got my cape back from the dry cleaners. 🙂 Tanya, I kid you not, I’m in Paris for work. It’s Fashion Week, which is a pretty big deal in my industry. I realize this is going to sound crazy, and you’ll probably say no, but I’d like to meet you. I fly out of De Gaulle with a layover at Heathrow for about an hour tomorrow. We can grab a cup of coffee as friends.

Well, that explains him checking into a hotel. Friends. Hmm, friends. Well, Kenji said he was transparent, but he doesn’t want to be just friends; I am sure of it. We were chatting via a kink-centric website. This is where people went for hookups. I’m sure he wanted something, something I most likely couldn’t give him.

brwngrltrvler: That’s a bad idea, Kenji.

JapKenDoll: Better to meet in London than New York, right? Afterward, you go off in your direction, I go in mine, and we never have to see each other again. Humor me. Have coffee with a man you’ll never see again. 🙂

I know it’s a bad idea, everything in my being is screaming it’s a bad idea. I’m emotional, I’m raw, I’m . . . stupid.

brwngrltrvler: What time?

Yes, incredibly stupid.

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Meet the Author

Harper Miller is a thirty-something native New Yorker. She’s traveled the world and lived in a variety of places but always finds her way back to the Big Apple.

A lackluster love life leaves time to explore new interests, for Harper it is writing. The Sweetest Taboo: An Unconventional Romance is her debut novel. In her mind the perfect Alpha male possesses intellect, humor, and a kinky streak that rivals the size of California.

When she isn’t writing, Harper utilizes her graduate degree in the field of medical research. She enjoys fitness-related activities, drinking copious amounts of wine, and going on bad dates.

She loves hearing from readers. Feel free to reach out!

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Cover Reveal With Amarie Avant

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My girl author Amarie Avant has blessed me with yet another exclusive cover reveal for her wildly popular Fear series (Yes, this is a billionaire story. Yes, I stan for my friends regardless so suck it up :D) So without further ado…

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The Blurb:

What once was yours is now mine… Those very words are death to the ears of Victor D’Ross, Duke of Arlington. A royal. A billionaire. A man with a keen mind for murder. More than a man, he is accustom to getting just what he wants. The beast desired Luxury Whitson while preparing to carry out a hit on her father. Instead of an assassination, his side hobby, Victor fell for the young woman with a kind heart. Now, she has been abducted. Luxury is the “property” of another.

Murder, mystery, and intrigue will up the stakes. Only time can tell if Victor will save Luxury before her abductor slowly stakes claim to her mind, body, soul…

This is the suspenseful romantic conclusion to the Fear: Falling in Love with an Alpha Billionaire series

Fear III drops 6/29 and will be available on Amazon and Kindle Unlimited.

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About The Author:

Mother of two. Wife of one alpha. And alpha to his alpha.
Lover of thrills and enticingly sexy chills.
Azusa Pacific University alumni where God comes first. This dyslexic and highly attention deficit author has received two Bachelors and a Masters in Counseling. Though sociopaths are very interesting, and coupon shopping is just as thrilling as action or cartoon movies, Amarie Avant has taken on romance.
Beware anytime you open an Amarie Avant novel: This is not your ordinary love story…

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Book Recommendation: A Storm Is Coming by LaShawn Vasser

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A Storm Is Coming is about a beautiful and tough as nails corporate attorney, Braylee Hinsdale, who must use every trick in the book to keep the handsome and powerful Alexandro Manchetti from losing everything.

Alexandro is powerful, handsome, ridiculously sexy and has just suffered an unimaginable loss.

He needs her skills as a kick-ass attorney to win what he’s being told is unwinnable.  His case is unlike any other Braylee has ever faced.  It will demand everything from her.

From the beginning, the pull of his sexy to her sensuousness was almost impossible to deny.  A romance between them is simply out of the question.  But, what can they do when neither can escape their red-hot attraction?

Some have said they can sense when A Storm Is Coming, but neither were prepared for the storms ahead.

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This is the first book I’ve read in a very long time where I could actually relate to the heroine on a deep, personal level. Had me like

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I was also much more interested in her than him. You can read my full review here, and then go click it up:

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Monday Musings: I’m So Over It…

Hell No!

And what exactly are you over you may ask? Well, I’ma tell you:

  • The Billionaire’s Black Lover
  • In Love With The Werebear Billionaire
  • The Billionaire’s Ebony Nanny
  • The Alpha Billionaire’s Black Stripper Jumpoff
  • The Black Teacher’s Billionaire Affair

You get it…

I find these titles not only fucking ridiculous, but absolutely insulting and exploitative to black women everywhere. One, you’re telling me that all black women care about is a man with money, and two, black women aren’t good enough to be anything to a billionaire than a piece of ass…even if initially. I not only refuse to read these kinds of titles, but I won’t support or promote them either. Ugh…

 

Cinderfella: A Review

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I LOVE YOUNG ADULT/NEW ADULT ROMANCE! I live vicariously through these fictional characters because I was a late bloomer. When I find a great read, I gush, and blast, and fangirl, and review. So I present, Cinderfella by author Xavier Neal.

Ugh, where do I begin? This story was so good. This was one finely-written young adult story. Cinderfella is a twist on the classic theme of two people from the opposite sides of the tracks who meet and fall in love only they deal with way more than just social and economic class. This story is not only about class and privilege, but more serious issues like teen parentage, domestic abuse, drug abuse, and eating disorders. What’s even better is none of it is told in a preachy, over-the-top, here’s the lesson to be learned sort of way.

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Connor is poor and struggling not only financially, but mentally and emotionally to just make it through until he graduates high school. He’s up for a drama scholarship that can get him out of his current situation and into college, but he has obstacles, the main one being his 3 year old daughter MaKayla (who is the highlight of this story. OMG, I just wanted to scoop this lil girl up and hug and kiss her the whole time I was reading!) Connor and Mak live in the seedier part of town with his mom who is not only an alcoholic, but a drug addict, and the town ho. Every day is a challenge. Connor is not only father to Mak, but also his own mother. Had me like:

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Gianna is the spoiled, troubled rich girl who is starving for the affection of her parents. She lashes out by using drugs and getting into all kinds of trouble. She and Connor meet when they are paired in their drama class for a scene they must perform for their final grade. These two are oil and water and hate each other-in the beginning. It’s not until after a series of heated exchanges and threats of failing the class and expulsion that they reach an impasse and agree to be cordial and work as a team. Well, you know, one thing leads to another, and despite all efforts to avoid catching feelings, Connor catches feelings. And so does Gianna. A couple is born.

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So much transpires from this point. Connor and Gianna learn each others’ secrets that threaten their relationship, not to mention outside parties that want to break them up. This is such a great story. This is not about a couple of horny teenagers humping. Nope. You won’t find any sex in this book and the storytelling is so good that you won’t even miss it. It’s just non-stop drama about two young people who are forced to deal with the consequences of their actions. I would really love a follow up to see how this young family is doing. Click it up!

Rating: *****

Forever?

Like Tevin sang, I’m ready…

The Intoxication of Vera Roberts

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“What is that you want from me?” Mariana asked. “You know what I am; you know what this is.”

Scott circled his whiskey glass and revealed a cunning smile. “I want to love you like a ’90’s R&B song.”

Mariana shyly looked away before she met with Scott’s crisp green eyes again. She hated how he could get inside her head with almost the same ease he did in between her legs. “And what song would that be, Mr. Reed?”

Scott stood up and walked over to Mariana. He took out a ring box and kneeled down before her. He opened the box, revealing a stunning diamond in a platinum setting. “Forever My Lady.”

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Series Spotlight With Author Mo Kenyan

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M.O. Kenyan is not a new author on the scene. She’s written several books in fact, and this one is a personal favorite. But, we’re here to spotlight M.O. Kenyan’s series, The New Yorker, and the latest book Once Upon A Playboy . Peep the excerpt below!

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Excerpt:

DJ had never run away from anything in his life, until this moment. He couldn’t explain it, but his heart had kicked into gear when he looked into those deep, emerald eyes. She was trouble, and DJ couldn’t afford that kind of trouble at the moment. He was here trying to find himself, not his heart. He took out his phone and called Ava. “Change of plans. Meet me at my cabin instead.”

DJ gave one backward glance and instantly regretted it. Now he knew why they said once you decide to move on never look back. Eve, that was her name, it had to be creational. She was standing at the window, watching him with a look in her eyes that he hoped didn’t mean more than a normal crush. DJ knew how to handle girls with crushes. He gave them a kiss, a night of sex, a piece of jewelry and it was ci vediamo mai, as they said in his mother’s language. And for those who didn’t understand, see you never. However, emerald didn’t look like the type a man had fun in the sack with and waved goodbye to. Not without taking a serious blow to the heart. That was damage he couldn’t take at the moment. Falling in love was definitely not an option.

Then walk away. Stop staring at her. Don’t notice how perfectly the sun illuminates her glowing face. Look away from her thick hair that you would love to bury your fingers in as you kiss her. And, for the love of God, do not look into her enchanting emerald eyes.

“Mio Dio, don’t do this to me now.” DJ wasn’t a religious man, but when he came across a woman like Eve, it was hard not to believe in divine intervention. He put on his sunglasses and half-ran, half-walked away.

A night with Ava, followed by a binge of sex with a few willing names he had in his phone directory, and in a few days he wouldn’t remember Eve. Deciding never to go back to the coffee shop was also an added advantage. If he didn’t see the object of his…desire…no, torture, he wouldn’t think about her. Out of sight, out of mind.

DJ walked down the path that led to his beach cabin. It didn’t help that it was only a hundred yards from the café. He would have to look into moving. DJ stopped in his tracks and laughed at himself. He couldn’t believe that he was willing to go through so much to avoid an attraction… that’s what it was. Love at first sight was saved for little children and their fairy tales. This was real life. Kono knew that, so did Reno and now Rayne. He needed to focus his attention on helping his big brother with their sisters. Thinking about the love he had for two of the most important girls in his life was bound to overturn the…fascination, for want of a better word, he had with Eve.

For the moment, burying himself deep into a vivacious redhead with the talent of making a man buck in bed like a fish out of water would have to do. DJ stepped into his cottage and stripped off his shirt and jeans. He poured himself a glass of whisky and sat by the window, waiting. The moment he looked at his watch there was a knock on the door. Even though Ava regularly dropped by for sex, he never gave her a key. A key symbolized more than he was willing to give. It meant walk into…no, invade…my life when the need arises. Come snoop in my things. Put my drawers in disarray as you arrange yours. And in DJ’s bathroom there was definitely no room for two toothbrushes.

DJ opened the door and Ava greeted him with a smile and a bikini top that showed more than it should. Her bare legs peeked from under the sarong she was wearing. With one sweep of his gaze he took her all in. That was the moment he knew he was fucked, screwed, done for. Instead of pulling Ava into his arms and devouring her sexy body, he got the urge to shut the door in her face. His survival instincts kept him from doing it. Instead, he stepped back and let her walk in.

“Hallo, darling.” The sway of her hips seemed more exaggerated with each step she took. “I had to change my outfit since you changed our rendezvous place. I thought you liked the coffee there. It is morning.”

Ava swirled around and, by the frown on her face, DJ knew they were about to get into it.

“Whisky, this early in the morning? I know it is happy hour somewhere, but that somewhere is not here.” She looked down at her watch. “It’s barely ten o’clock, for Christ’s sake. I will not have an alcoholic for a beau.”

“Then it’s a good thing I am not your beau.” DJ threw back the contents of his glass and sat back in an arm chair. “Take your clothes off.”

“I see you got a head start.”

“Stop talking and start stripping.”

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