Sweet Devil Release Day Teaser

Happy Release Day, Becker Gray!

#SweetDevil is now live! 💙

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People like to say the devil made them do it. And they would be right. I can bend anyone to my will. After all, I am the devil of Pembroke Prep. Only one person dares defy me. The one person I’ve ever wanted to be an angel for. But she despises me almost as much as I crave her. Serafina van Doren is the one temptation I can’t indulge, not with the secrets that I keep. But with the clock running out maybe it’s time to tempt her to the dark side.

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— Sweet Devil by Becker Gray —

Hellfire Club (Book Five)

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Release Date: December 7, 2021
Genre: NA/ Contemporary Romance
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— ABOUT THE AUTHOR —


Becker Gray

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Becker Gray is the brainchild of two best friends who love rich boys in peacoats. The Hellfire Club is their first series together.  

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Sweet Devil by Becker Gray

⚠ This review contains minor teasers!

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People like to say the devil made them do it. And they would be right. I can bend anyone to my will. After all, I am the devil of Pembroke Prep. Only one person dares defy me. The one person I’ve ever wanted to be an angel for. But she despises me almost as much as I crave her. Serafina van Doren is the one temptation I can’t indulge, not with the secrets that I keep. But with the clock running out maybe it’s time to tempt her to the dark side.

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• MY REVIEW •

Oh sweet baby devil, this was one hell of a smoking hot, yet torturous love story! When it came to Serafina and Rhys I didn’t know whether to fan my face from all the blush-inducing scenes, or cry frustrated tears from all their taunting moments. 🙈 Either way I thoroughly enjoyed every little bit of their story!


“I smiled a little at the opportunity to have Sera all to myself. No friends, no underlings. Just us. The devil and the queen.”


Their romance was a long time coming since they were first introduced in Wicked Idol. Their intriguing dynamic only build-up suspense as more books in the series followed and it quickly became evident that they had quite an interesting history.

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Like all the books prior, this had a zingy atmosphere that crackled whenever its protagonists were in near vicinity of one another. The banter was exhilarating and the constant one-upmanship between Sera and Rhys was as entertaining as it was jaw-dropping to see. 😈🤭

What I hadn’t expected from this story was the emotional rollercoaster ride that Rhys would take us on with his backstory and how much of his past is influencing his present day life. Have tissues nearby, because I have no doubt you will be as emotionally invested in Rhys and his story as much as I was.

The story progression was well-paced, perhaps a little brisk at times. But there’s never a dull moment as it continuously went from one development to the next, gradually turning Sera’s and Rhys’ fiery teasing into something more in-depth and heartfelt.


“Falling in love is not for the weak or the faint-hearted, because you cannot command your heart to do what you need it to do.”


They’re both outstanding individuals, and what I like about each of them is although this is ultimately a romance story, there’s complexity to these characters and they navigate through very real, very relatable life issues. I connected with Serafina’s struggles as a POC no matter her family’s high social standing. I found Rhys’ past and the impact it has had on his mentality understandable but nevertheless hard to swallow.

It was a relatively short read but it was punchy, multi-layered, and by the end left me feeling a sense of all is right with their world— as it should be. Told from dual POV, not only do we see character growth with these protagonists as they come to grips with their emotions, but it also provided insight to each of their lives outside of Pembroke Prep and into their contrasting family dynamics.

The suspense doesn’t disappoint. The band of supporting characters— the rest of the Hellfire boys and the girls who’ve all stolen their hearts have added extra oomph with their strong friendships and at times light-hearted and witty commentary. I ate up the unpredictability that came with Serafina and Rhys.

Overall, I thought it was a truly beautiful, bittersweet ending to the Hellfire Club. The much-anticipated wait for Serafina’s and Rhys’ story was well worth it. It ended up being the book from the series that evoked the deepest emotional outburst *cough* ugly cry *cough* out of me. I loved it and just like the previous books, this is one I will read again and again whenever I miss these charming Hellfire boys!


“Some things are worth the heartbreak.”


It really is the only set of books that had the right amount of pull in bringing me back to reading high school/ NA fiction again. I would absolutely recommend not just this book but the entire series to friends who love reading romance. With Rhys as the devil in disguise and Serafina as his goddess, their story had strong “love conquers all” vibes that was the perfect closer to the series.

RATING: ⭐⭐⭐⭐½

Thank you Becker Gray and Valentine PR for the opportunity to read an advanced copy! 💙

🔔 Interested in reading Sweet Devil? Grab your copy here: Amazon  |  Apple Books  |  Nook  |  Kobo  |  Google Play

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🔥 Read reviews for the Hellfire Club!

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Book One: Wicked Idol by Becker Gray
Book Two: Callous Prince by Becker Gray
Book Three: Brutal Blueblood by Becker Gray
Book Four: Ruined Sinner by Becker Gray

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Till Next Time Teaser

Take your first look at Cora Brent’s upcoming release!

#TillNextTime coming December 15! 🏈❤

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I met Colt Malene when I was fourteen years old.

And it seems I’ve never recovered.

He became the headstrong star quarterback in a town that idolized high school football titles.

Meanwhile, I was the coach’s dutiful perfectionist daughter, never daring to step out of line.

We should have stayed far away from each other but we didn’t.

And the volatile fallout was unbearable.

More than a decade has passed and now my father is dying.

He wants to make amends.

He wants to be forgiven for the role he played in Colt’s ruinous downfall and my painful heartbreak.

To give a dying man some peace, Colt and I agree to a plan.

While Colt is here in town, we pretend to date.

We pretend to like each other.

We pretend that the past is buried and forgotten.

But with one reckless, passionate act we carve a new future.

Leading to a fate we never suspected.

In the middle of a storm we never saw coming.

And an ending no one could have predicted…

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— Till Next Time by Cora Brent —

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Release Date: December 15, 2021
Genre: Standalone/ Second Chance/ Contemporary Romance
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— ABOUT THE AUTHOR —


Cora Brent

Cora Brent was born in a cold climate and escaped as soon as it was legally possible. Now, she lives in the desert with her husband, two kids and a prickly pear cactus she has affectionately named ‘Spot’. Cora’s closet is filled with boxes of unfinished stories that date back her 1980’s childhood and all her life she has dreamed of being an author. Amazingly, she is now a New York Times and USA Today bestselling writer of contemporary romance and begs not to be awakened from this dream.

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By Sin I Rise: Part Two Teaser 3

Coming in December #BySinIRise Part Two!

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By Sin I Rise Part 2 (Marcella & Maddox)

A fatal bond that was never meant to be.

Marcella gave Maddox the impossible choice, and he chose her.

Still, she wonders if Maddox is ready to commit to a relationship, or if he’s scared of losing the uninhibited freedom his biker lifestyle offered him.

All his life Maddox knew who his enemies were, but suddenly he’s at a loss whom to trust. Will he ever find a place in Marcella’s life and family, or will old companions give him a new home and purpose?

Can enemies ever truly become lovers if the odds are against them?

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— By Sin I Rise by Cora Reilly —

Sins of the Fathers (Book One: Part Two)

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Release Date: December 15, 2021
Genre: NA/ Mafia Romance
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— ABOUT THE AUTHOR —


Cora Reilly

Author_CoraReillyCora Reilly is the author of the Born in Blood Mafia Series, The Camorra Chronicles and many other books, most of them featuring dangerously sexy bad boys. Before she found her passion in romance books, she was a  traditionally published author of young adult literature.

Cora lives in Germany with a cute but crazy Bearded Collie, as well as the cute but crazy man at her side. When she doesn’t spend her days dreaming up sexy books, she plans her next travel adventure or cooks too spicy dishes from all over the world.

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Clash Of The Nannies Release Day Teaser

Happy Release Day, Bella Jewel!

#ClashOfTheNannies is now live! 🍼

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A nanny is what I am.I’m a good one, too.When I’m hired by a biker and his rich woman, I can’t say no.I can’t afford to say no.I’ve never worked for a biker before, and I certainly haven’t worked for one who is this damned moody and did I mention oh, so gorgeous?Still, here I am.I need the money.I need to escape my past.I need something, anything, to make the demons go away.What I didn’t sign up for was the rich bitch he decided to reproduce with.Not only does she hate me, but she’s from the most wealthy family in town.My days are now filled with country clubs, galas and dressing a baby in clothes I could never afford in my lifetime.Did I mention the other nannies?The stuck up ones?The ones who hate me?Yeah, there’s them.Lucky for me, I have him.A connection that’s undeniable.Only, he’s everything I shouldn’t want.A biker? Bad news.I’m their nanny, even worse.Yet, their relationship is toxic.A one night stand gone wrong.An attempt to make things right for a baby he didn’t know he even wanted.I’m not in the position to be in the middle of that…Yet, there’s something there…Something between us that’s undeniable.This isn’t going to end well…

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— Clash Of The Nannies by Bella Jewel —

Turf Wars (Book Five)

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Release Date: November 22, 2021
Genre: Contemporary/ MC Romance
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— ABOUT THE AUTHOR —


Bella Jewel

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Bella Jewel is a self published, USA Today bestselling author. She’s been publishing since 2013. Her first release was a contemporary romance, Hell’s Knights which topped the charts upon release. Since that time, she has published over twenty-five novels, gaining a bestseller status on numerous platforms. She lives in North Queensland with her fiancé and four beautiful kids. Bella has been writing since she was just shy of fifteen years old. In Summer 2013 she was offered an ebook deal through Montlake Romance for her bestselling modern day pirate series, Enslaved By The Ocean. In 2016 she signed a three book deal with St Martin’s Press, and another three just a year later. She plans to expand her writing career, planning many new releases for the future.

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Clash Of The Nannies by Bella Jewel

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A nanny is what I am.I’m a good one, too.When I’m hired by a biker and his rich woman, I can’t say no.I can’t afford to say no.I’ve never worked for a biker before, and I certainly haven’t worked for one who is this damned moody and did I mention oh, so gorgeous?Still, here I am.I need the money.I need to escape my past.I need something, anything, to make the demons go away.What I didn’t sign up for was the rich bitch he decided to reproduce with.Not only does she hate me, but she’s from the most wealthy family in town.My days are now filled with country clubs, galas and dressing a baby in clothes I could never afford in my lifetime.Did I mention the other nannies?The stuck up ones?The ones who hate me?Yeah, there’s them.Lucky for me, I have him.A connection that’s undeniable.Only, he’s everything I shouldn’t want.A biker? Bad news.I’m their nanny, even worse.Yet, their relationship is toxic.A one night stand gone wrong.An attempt to make things right for a baby he didn’t know he even wanted.I’m not in the position to be in the middle of that…Yet, there’s something there…Something between us that’s undeniable.This isn’t going to end well…

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• MY REVIEW •

A bittersweet ending to the Turf Wars series. I’ve enjoyed them all, as each one has been such entertaining reads. Clash of the Nannies is a secret/ nanny romance with a bit of a love triangle twist.

What made this book for me was Hugh. Aw swoon! 😍😍 He is probably the sweetest biker/ hero from the entire series, hands down! As the story progresses, you steadily see Hugh’s character growth from a biker with no commitments to becoming a responsible adult needing to take care of another human being.

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Maggie is not your conventional nanny. She’s an opinionated heroine and she will put her two cents in for any situation. What made Maggie relatable to me is she’s a heroine of Asian descent—and to be more specific, one of a Filipino background. She represented some cultural diversity not just within this story but within the Turf Wars world, albeit she’s only partly Asian and her mixed heritage doesn’t play a huge part in her character, but it’s still a rarity (at least for me) to find a Filipino character in any of my reads, especially one who plays a main character.

The storyline also broaches on serious subject matters such as social standing, prejudices, and bullying. The experiences Maggie is confronted with are relatable, real-life situations, and although these topics are sensitive, especially for those who can relate, Jewel has written-in determined characters and has tried to keep the overall atmosphere as lighthearted to ensure it doesn’t become too dramatic or deflating.

Overall, another amusing rom-com with minimal MC elements in the background. Just like the previous books in the series, it was told solely from the heroine’s perspective. It’s a relatively short read with fast-paced storytelling, and because of that reason the conclusion ended quite abruptly with relatively quick resolutions (considering it’s the final book in the series). There are plot points that were left unanswered, and unexpected new ones introduced last minute that left me feeling a little taken aback. It was a lot to process in a short amount of time. 😱

I’m not a big fan of the ending, in general. Whilst bonds and friendships were constantly developing and expanding with each new book in the series, with this book it culminated with strong “end of an era” vibes that had me a little taken aback. As I mentioned earlier, it really is bittersweet.

However, putting the ending aside along with the quick resolutions, I did enjoy the growing friends-to-lovers relationship between Hugh and Maggie. It’s a nice change of pace from the enemies-to-lovers/ hate-to-love storylines from the previous books. It centres around Maggie’s day-to-day duties as a nanny in a high society environment. It has great balance of romance, family, and friendship within the storyline that I thought were real winning elements.

I recommend the entire series. Although it’s MC-lite, I honestly didn’t mind that the club was the background as it gave way to each of the hero’s personal life almost outside of it. You still get hot bikers without the dark MC elements. It’s a great series for readers who want to slowly transition into MC romance reads without having delve into the grittiness just yet.

RATING: ⭐⭐⭐¾

Thank you Bella Jewel and Valentine PR for the opportunity to read an advanced copy! 💗

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🧁 More reviews for the Turf Wars!

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Book One | Biker Schmiker by Bella Jewel
Book Two | Heart-On by Bella Jewel
Book Three | Pop Goes The Biker by Bella Jewel
Book Four | Tartlet by Bella Jewel

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Happy reading, guys! Catch you in my next one! Xo

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Pop Goes The Biker by Bella Jewel

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• BLURB •

I’m trouble with a capital P

I know what I want in life, and I go for it.

Nobody stands in my way, not even the big group of bikers who caught me red-handed stealing from them.

I’ll do as they ask.

I’ll be their good little slave.

I’ll make their money and pay off my debt.

I’ll also make them think twice.

Think twice about holding me.

Think twice about isolating me.

Think twice about the moment they decided keeping me was worth more than the trouble I bring.

And oh, do I bring some trouble.

Their little club won’t know what hit them.

My name is Poppy, and I’m a bad, bad girl.

Hell follows me, and the devil himself won’t mess with me.

They’ll wish they left me alone.

Oh, indeed…

Pop goes the biker.

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• MY REVIEW •

Oh. Em. Geeeeee! 😍😍😍 With each new addition, this series just keeps getting better and better. Pop Goes The Biker was such a fun, entertaining-as-hell romance story! I read it in one sitting and it left such an impression on me that I kept going back hoping if I reread it enough times it’d eventually get out of my system. FYI: It took a little while. 

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Each book so far has some level of hate-to-love/ enemies-to-lovers storyline between its protagonists, but this one just had an extra level of zing! The banter between Poppy and Beckett were off-the-charts amusing! 😂

This series as a whole is easy on the MC aspect but from all the books, this one features it the most as a big part of the storyline centres around Beckett’s club. I thought it was an amazing contemporary rom-com with hot bikers and occasional “club business” present.

It’s another relatively quick read that I wish had a few more chapters just so it didn’t feel like it concluded abruptly in the end. But other than that, I was completely hooked and giggling my ass off the entire time! Poppy and Beckett were locked in a fiercely heated, yet entertaining battle of wits that only made their chemistry all the more authentic. It can get angsty at times and it was verging on a slow burn romance, but the build-up only served to increase the intensity between the two as the story progressed.

There are a couple of twists and turns, and the entire story is told solely from Poppy’s point of view. It’s a bit of shame we don’t get Beckett’s as well but honestly, once I settled into the story I got over the fact fairly quickly.

If you like sunshine x grumpy/ hate-to-love romance tropes, my gosh this book will satisfy that craving! The cast of characters are all so likable— Poppy is spunky, with a strong independent personality. Beckett is a bit of serious sourpuss but it’s adorable seeing him get all riled up (and it doesn’t hurt that he’s described looking fairly similar to Thor; the God of Thunder himself)! *waggles brows* 😍🤤

There’s already a sweet little world-building in place that expands with each book, so I recommend you read all the books in the series in publishing order to get the full Turf Wars experience. They can technically be standalone stories, but trust me when I say if you read them from the beginning, by the time you get onto this book, you’ll be itching to know Poppy’s and Beckett’s story!

You can expect to see solid comraderies in this world that added extra oomph and amusement to the storyline— one with the club members, and the other with the women who’ve formed their own girl gang of sorts. It’s total comfort read, with an overall easy-going storyline. It does contain adult themes and minor darkish content, but in my opinion, nothing triggering. However, if cheating and/or love triangles are a big no-no for you, then maybe give this one a miss.

There are certain plots within the story that can be a sensitive subject for some readers as it concerns making one’s own personal choices in life and the protagonists debate about it. There’s a good chance you won’t agree with a lot of their actions. They can be reckless and it shows. They go through emotional turmoil and life-altering situations, and in my opinion it could’ve been a little more in-depth, and at times major groveling was needed yet it was otherwise lacking. Sigh. But this particular topic, although constantly up for debate in our society, has also made this story relatable. It added a sense of realness in an otherwise fluff-adjacent romance story.

Overall, effortless to follow and most certainly a mood-boosting read. It’s another great addition to the series. I’ve read a handful of Jewel’s books, and so far I’ve found her writing style favourable, so I’d recommend giving this one a try. It’s a series where the fun, playful, and vibrant covers match the stories within.

RATING: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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🧁 Read my reviews for the Turf Wars!

Book One | Biker Schmiker by Bella Jewel

Book Two | Heart-On by Bella Jewel

Book Four | Tartlet by Bella Jewel


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Kiss To Remember Release Day Teaser

#KissToRemember is finally here!

Happy Release Day, Anna B. Doe! 💚

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Some moments define the trajectory of your life.

Grace Shelton has experienced her fair share of loss and trauma, but moving to Blairwood is her chance for a new beginning.

For Trent Remington, going to college is a chance to break free of his overprotective parents and finally play basketball.

Some moments will change it forever.

When Grace collides into Trent by accident, she sees the last person she ever expected to find – the boy that’s been haunting her dreams for the past three years. Trent might belong to another girl, but he can’t seem to get the redhead with the sad eyes out of his mind no matter how hard he tries.

Together, they might risk everything for a chance at love, but will a kiss be enough to make him remember?

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“Grace.”
The hairs at my nape rise at his soft whisper. I slowly lift my head until my eyes meet his.
I can hear the echo of my heartbeat in my eardrums as we stare at one another. Feel the persistent beat in the base of my throat.
Thump-thump-thump.
One lock falls down on my face. I reach up to push it back, but Trent’s faster. His hand brushes against my cheek, his rough fingertips grazing over my skin. Goosebumps cover my flesh, making a shiver run through me.
Weak.
So freaking weak.
“T-Trent?”
My tongue darts out, sliding over my lower lip. Trent’s eyes fall down, zeroing in on my mouth, and a little bit of air that was left in the cab of the truck is suddenly sucked away, making me breathless.
He cups my cheek. That invisible force pulling me to him is back at work. Unable to resist it, resist him, I lean my head to the side, loving the feeling of his warm skin against mine.
We’re close.
So freaking close.
I’m not sure which one of us closed the distance, but it’s not there. His warm breath touches my cheek. That intoxicating smell, a mix of cedar, sandalwood, sweat, and something that’s uniquely Trent, fills all my senses, making me dizzy.
I place my hand on his chest, my fingers trembling. The need to pull him closer is overwhelming, but I can’t.
He’s not yours.
I close my eyes. My throat bobs as I take a deep breath, but even that doesn’t help.
“I-I c-can’t do this,” I stutter, barely pushing the words out.
“Why?”
He can’t be serious.
“W-why?” With every ounce of power I possess, I push him away. “Why?” I repeat, this time, my voice is firmer. “You’re hers!”

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— Kiss To Remember by Anna B. Doe —

Blairwood University (Book Four)

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Release Date: November 19, 2021
Genre: College/ Sports Romance
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— ABOUT THE AUTHOR —


Anna B. Doe

Anna B. Doe is a young adult and new adult contemporary romance author. She writes real-life romance that is equal parts sweet and sexy. She’s a coffee and chocolate addict. Like her characters, she loves those two things dark, sweet and with little extra spice.

When she’s not working for a living or writing her newest book you can find her reading books or binge-watching TV shows. Originally from Croatia, she is always planning her next trip because wanderlust is in her blood.

She is currently working on various projects. Some more secret than others.

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Green Release Day Teaser

#Green — The newest book in the Evil Dead MC 

Happy Release Day, Nicole James! 💀❤

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Can a face from my past change my future?

When an invitation shows up out of the blue, I’m reminded of a promise I made to a girl twenty years ago and suddenly my heart is pounding.

Do I dare keep it?

She’s the one girl that ever meant a damn to me, and the one girl that got away. She walked out of my life once and it devastated me. Now life is giving me another shot, but if she walks out on me a second time I don’t think I’ll survive it.

Second chances don’t come around very often. Not for a one-percent biker like me. There are no do-overs in the MC life. Not when you’re staring down the barrel of a gun. Not when you’re deciding whether to pull the trigger.

But love? Maybe for once the luck of the Irish will shine down on me and give me a second chance with the one girl I let slip through my fingers.

Living with regret is a hard pill to swallow.

Living with the same regret twice? Impossible.

Sometimes facing your past can be the scariest thing you’ll ever do.

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The sound of a pack of Harleys coming up the street draws my attention and I wander to the front of the house to peer out the window. It’s four of my brothers. They slow to make the turn into my driveway.

I backtrack through the house and go out the back door to meet them. They park and dismount, pulling their helmets off.

“Wondered how long it’d take before you found the place.” I smile. “I hope to God you brought beer.”

Red Dog grins, pulls a twelve-pack out of his saddlebag, and holds it up. “Like American Express . . . don’t leave home without it.”

I fold my arms. “Okay, you’re allowed in. What about the rest of you? Do you come bearing gifts?”

Wolf pulls a bottle of Jack out of his saddlebag. “Does this get me inside?”

“You also may enter.”

I look at Cole and Crash and arc a brow. “Well?”

Cole scoffs. “You’re lucky we hauled our asses over the mountains to come see the place.” They both shoulder past me.

Crash slugs me in the chest as he tromps up the steps. “Let’s see this Tyrolean Haunted House you’re livin’ in, Green.”

Boots trudge inside, and four leather-clad men plus myself take up most of the space in the kitchen.

Red Dog hands me the case of cans. “Don’t say I never gave ya nothin’.”

I tear it open and pass them each a beer.

They wander around the house, checking each room.

“Christ, Green, what are you going to do with a place this big?” Cole asks.

“I know who’s having the next Christmas party,” Wolf says. “Bet you could fit a ten-foot tree in this entryway.” He stares up.

“Look at that staircase, man. How old is this place?” Red Dog asks.

“1889,” I reply.

Red Dog looks up the stairs. “How many rooms you got in this place?”

“Fifteen.”

“Some rich guy build it?”

“Railroad baron or so I’ve been told.” I shrug. “Never really researched it.”

Crash looks over at me, resting his elbow on the banister post. “Seriously, Green, how are you gonna pay to heat and cool a place this big, not to mention the upkeep and repairs?”

“Gram left me some insurance money. If it gets to be too much, guess I’ll sell it.”

We move to the dining room and sit around the big table.

Cole slouches back in the chair at the head of the table, one arm hooked over the back. I sit on the opposite end. Wolf and Crash sit in the middle, while Red Dog leans a hip against the buffet.

“You movin’ in probably lowered the home values of everybody in the neighborhood,” Crash jokes.

“Drive over wasn’t as far as I thought,” Cole says.

“Nope, just twenty minutes from the clubhouse.”

“How you likin’ it so far?” Cole asks.

“Better than where I was,” I reply, and wait for the jokes. My brothers don’t fail me.

“Anything’s better than that trailer, Green.” Crash grins at me.

I can’t argue with him, so I don’t bother.

Wolf leans his elbows on the table. “So you gonna hire a maid to keep the place clean?”

I know he’s only half-joking. “Yeah. Gonna make her dress in one of those little skimpy French maid outfits.”

Red Dog chuckles. “Good luck with that. Maybe you can get one of the strippers from the club to come and play house with you, Green.”

Wolf swivels to him. “Haven’t you heard, bro? Our boy here has sworn off strippers.”

“Nah, can’t be true. Say it ain’t so, Green.” Red Dog laughs and props a hand on the buffet. It lands on the invitation. He glances down, frowns, then picks it up and reads it. “What’s this? You’re cordially invited to the class of 2001 twenty-year reunion. Damn, Green, you’re gettin’ old.”

I nod and take a hit off my beer.

“Wait, you graduated high school? And you’re still that dumb?” Wolf teases.

“He probably paid someone to take the test.” Crash grins at me.

“Or slept with the teacher.” Cole joins in.

“You goin’?” Red Dog asks.

“Yeah.”

“You’re kiddin’ me. Why would you go to something like that?” Wolf asks. “We have better parties at the clubhouse any day of the week.”

“I made a promise to this girl that I would.” That gets all their attention.

“You got a high school sweetheart, Green?” Wolf teases, making kissy faces.

“Grow up,” I snap.

“What kind of promise?” Crash asks.

I explain.

Cole arcs a brow. “So you made a promise to show up at this thing, and if you’re both single, you’ll date this chick whom you haven’t seen in twenty years?”

“I keep my promises, especially to Sara.”

“You mean you suckered some high school girl into this pact? I think we need to rescue her.”

“Ha ha. You guys are hilarious. I said I’d go, and I’m going.”

Red Dog huffs a laugh. “No kidding? You’re really gonna get all dressed up and go to this fancy ball?”

“It’s not a ball,” I argue.

“Says here it’s in the ballroom of the Fife Estate. Sounds like a ball to me,” he says, scanning the invitation. “Dude, did you even read this thing?” He proceeds to read aloud. “We’re recreating the magic of our Fairytale Prom at the ballroom and gardens of the Fife Estate . . . a night of enchantment under the stars . . . Black Tie required. That’s a ball, bro.”

“Fife Estate? Where’s that?” Wolf asks.

“Says here its thirty miles south of San Francisco, nestled on the slope of the Santa Cruz Mountains . . . blah, blah, blah . . . built in 1917 . . .”

“Will you shut up about that,” Wolf grabs it out of Red Dog’s hands and looks at me. “Green, are you serious about this stuff?”

“What stuff?”

“This pact or promise or whatever you made with this girl.”

“Yeah. I’m serious.”

“You realize this is like in two weeks?”

“Yeah, so?”

“You RSVP?”

“Yeah. Couple days ago.”

“What were you plannin’ on wearing?”

Laughter breaks out around the table.

“Dude, do you even own a suit?” Crash asks.

“Crap, hadn’t thought of that.”

More laughter.

“What’s so funny?” I ask.

Wolf grins. “You. You’re like a reverse Cinderella. What you need is a fairy godmother.”

“He needs like a pack of ‘em,” Crash adds, finishing off his beer, and crushing the can in his hand.

“I think this calls for a run to the nearest tux shop,” Wolf says, looking not at me, but at Cole who grins and nods.

“I think you’re right, brother.”

“Oh, no,” I protest, but they’re already standing. Red Dog grabs me by the underarms and hauls me up.

“Oh, yes. Come on.”

Wolf is already pulling up the nearest location on his phone. “Ten minutes from here.”

And so, in no time at all, I find myself standing in front of a mirror in a black tux, with some old man measuring my inseam.

“While you got that tape measure out—” Red Dog starts to joke, staring at my crotch.

“Shut up,” I tell him.

The man ignores him and measures my arm and shoulders. “Very good, sir. We’ll have it ready for pickup on Thursday, next week.”

I slip the jacket off into his waiting arms. “Thanks.”

The guys all move out to the street, while I pay at the counter and get my receipt. I shove it in my pocket and head outside where my brothers wait by the bikes parked at the curb. They’ve given me hell for the last hour, and no doubt won’t be letting up until the big day, but for a chance to see Sara again, I’ll put up with whatever they dish out.

Cole is sitting sideways on the seat of his bike, smoking a cigarette. He grins up at me when I come through the door. “Remember, Cinderella, you turn back into a pumpkin at midnight.”

“Green, what if she’s a dog?” Wolf asks.

“She wasn’t a dog.”

“Been twenty years, dude,” he reminds me, and it gives me pause.

“There’s that deer-in-the-headlight look of panic I’ve been waitin’ for,” Crash says, chuckling.

“Crap,” I whisper the word, wondering if I haven’t thought this through. “I have no idea what I’m getting myself into, do I? What if she’s not my style?”

“Your style? You mean fast and easy?” Crash snipes.

“He means a stripper,” Wolf clarifies, laughing.

“Just look her up on social media,” Cole suggests.

“Do I look like a person who uses social media? Besides her name is very common, and there’s like a thousand people who pop up.”

“Maybe you need to bring a date,” Wolf suggests.

“A date? Green?” Red Dog laughs.

Cole chuckles, meeting my eyes. “I’m sure he could pay one of the girls down at the strip club to go with him.”

“Let’s go. Any excuse to stop by there is a good one in my book,” Wolf says, waggling his brows.

“F that,” I protest.

“Come on, Green. We have to nail this down today. You gotta be fair and give the girl time to come up with a dress for this shindig, don’t you?”

I roll my eyes.

“Mount up, Green,” my VP orders with a grin.

I jam my helmet on my head, and swing my leg over my seat, lifting it off the kickstand. “I hate you all.”

I drowned out their round of laughter with the roar of my Harley.

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— Green by Nicole James —

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Release Date: November 18, 2021
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Evil Dead MC (Book Fourteen)

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— ABOUT THE AUTHOR —


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Nicole James is a USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author who loves writing about hot alpha men who’ll do anything for the women they love! Her stories are filled with struggle, conflict and real human emotion. She is the author of the Evil Dead MC series, the Brothers Ink Tattoo series and more.

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Kiss To Remember by Anna B. Doe

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• BLURB •

Some moments define the trajectory of your life.

Grace Shelton has experienced her fair share of loss and trauma, but moving to Blairwood is her chance for a new beginning.

For Trent Remington, going to college is a chance to break free of his overprotective parents and finally play basketball.

Some moments will change it forever.

When Grace collides into Trent by accident, she sees the last person she ever expected to find – the boy that’s been haunting her dreams for the past three years. Trent might belong to another girl, but he can’t seem to get the redhead with the sad eyes out of his mind no matter how hard he tries.

Together, they might risk everything for a chance at love, but will a kiss be enough to make him remember?

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• MY REVIEW •

An utterly thought-provoking, emotional, and heart-clenching journey wrapped up in world-building perfection! I couldn’t get enough of it and never wanted it to end. Doe has time and time again written stories within the Blairwood University series that are so real, so worthwhile that they just stay with you long after you’ve finished reading them. Kiss To Remember is without a doubt an epic addition to the series! I’m still reeling! 😱

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I’ve thoroughly enjoyed each book, but Kiss To Remember evoked the same feels in me as when I had read Kiss Me First. There’s just something extra special about these stories, these characters that won me over so easily.

The world-building is vividly exceptional and I think a big reason to that is because of the prologue Kiss Before Midnight. Not only does it introduce Grace and her personal story, but it gives you a sense of time spent with her. There’s a three year span between the prologue and the main story, and you get a deep view of what has happened within that timeframe. Once you start this book, you’re already invested in Grace and understandably sympathising with her frame of mind.

What constantly had me thinking throughout were the “what-ifs”. There’s a truckload of them, and it’s always lingering near the foreground of the story as it develops. I was constantly second-guessing EVERYTHING! 😲🙈

Other than what the prologue provides this is one of those stories where you need to go in blind to get the full reading experience and to ensure you make up your own opinions about the characters and the situations they find themselves in.

I loved the unpredictability of it all! 👏👏👏 It’s the main factor in why I was so immersed in Grace’s and Trent’s story from cover to cover. It also has a beautiful youthful romance— an air of innocence in their developing feelings which at times I found angsty but still charming nevertheless. It’s well-paced, with a gradual build-up, and told from dual POVs. I can’t fault the storytelling as I thought it was well-written and brilliantly executed. It’s a story that I can go back and read over and over again and never tire of.

The supporting cast added extra dimension and provided secondary storylines in the background. If you’ve read the previous books in the series, these characters will be familiar to you and it’s always nice to see what they’ve been up to since their own stories were told. Other than the romance, there are genuine solid friendships present. They provided crucial support systems for both Grace and Trent, and I thought their concerns and overprotectiveness were understandable considering what both these protagonists have and are going through in their lives.

Another thing I’ve come to find about Doe’s writing is she creates characters with a distinctiveness to them, whether it be through their appearance, upbringing, personality traits, and/or even interests. Doe is slowly but surely building up her cast of characters as more books are added into the world yet you can effortlessly distinguish them apart from one another. They all have different backgrounds and each one is as intriguing as the last. Full of contrasts and dynamics.

Grace has quite a history and her character is totally fleshed-out as she develops in this book. She’s a likable, authentic heroine who straight-up just seems like a good-natured human being.

At first Trent seems like an easy-going, athletic hero but there’s more to him than meets the eye. Whilst this book has an overall heartwarming atmosphere to it that’ll have you sighing in happy contentment, the characters are complex, so trust me when I say Trent will have you stumped (but in a good, addictive way)! 😉

I strongly recommend it to fellow romance readers. If you like new adult, college romance reads, this one is perfect to snuggle up under the blankets with. It’s the fourth book in the series but it can be read as a standalone novel. If you’re new to Blairwood University, all the books can be read as standalone novels and, in any order, too, although I recommend reading them in publishing order.

RATING: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Prequel: Kiss Before Midnight

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From the very first moment, Grace Danielle Shelton laid her eyes on Mason LeBlanc, he stole her breath away, but what will happen now that he sees her too?

Kiss Before Midnight is a New York Knights/ Blairwood University crossover short story.

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After having recently read Kiss To Forget with Yasmin and Nixon’s story, I was curious about Grace (an old friend of Yasmin’s) and what her deal was. When it was mentioned at the end of the book that there was a little novella about Grace included in the romance anthology Mistletoe Kisses, I knew I had to read it. And well…?

OMG I need more! 🤗 Adorable young love, first dates and sweet kisses. This little snippet was perfection but nowhere near enough. I hope we got a full novel for Grace and Mason soon! Because I need to know what happens to them next.

Edit: It showed the innocence of young love, possibilities, and just an all-around feel-good atmosphere. Unbeknownst to me, this novella was the introduction to what ultimately ended up being a mammoth journey of star-crossed lovers and second chances.

RATING: ⭐⭐⭐⭐½

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Happy reading, guys! Catch you in my next one! Xo

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