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Cover Reveal: “Meaner Than Evil” By Author Jessika Kilde, #ContemporaryRomance #MilitaryRomance Release Date: February 25th 2021 ~ @jessikakilde @DS_PR_Services

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MEANER THAN EVIL

By JESSIKA KLIDE

Genre: Contemporary Romance | Military | Security

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Release Date: February 25

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When human traffickers snatch the woman Jack Black loves, Cock Blocker’s #3 Operator and former Tier One Navy SEAL and the entire Heroes for Hire team must come to the rescue in this action-packed romantic suspense thriller that will leave you breathless in more ways than one. Expect to fall in love with Black Hammer in this edge of your seat adventure and discover what it means to be Meaner Than Evil.

Meaner Than Evil is the second standalone book in a new series of interconnected novels.

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ALL AMERICAN BOY SERIES: Five new releases from five authors! Genre: New Adult ContemporaryRomance ~ #AllAmericanBoySeries @EJBookPromos

 
 

 

Authors: Sierra Hill, Poppy Parkes, Evan Grace, Emily Robertson, Kaylee/Lacey, Kimberly Readnour, Marika Ray, Leslie McAdam, KL Humphreys, Nicole Richard, Remy Blake, Stephanie Browning, Stephanie Kay, Renee Harless, SL Sterling

 

Genre: New Adult/Contemporary Romance
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
That Boy by Remy Blake ➜ February 8th
 
The Boy She Left Behind by Stephanie Browning ➜ February 9th
 
About a Boy by Stephanie Kay ➜ February 10th
 
Lover Boy by Renee Harless ➜ February 11th
 
Saviour Boy by SL Sterling ➜ February 12th
 
 
 
 

 

Welcome to Merlot, CA, an idyllic all-American town in wine country where love is in the air, the boys are grown as fine as the wine and the town is a breeding ground for second-chances, weddings, and brand-new beginnings.
 
The All-American Boy Series gives you a taste of 15 of your favorite bestselling authors’ brand new stories in this shared world experience. All books are standalone but may include cross-over in characters or scenes. 
 
Grab a glass of wine, put your feet up and let us whisk you away to wine country.
 
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The Boy Next Door by Sierra Hill
 
Boy Toy by Poppy Parkes
 
The Boy Scout by Evan Grace
 
The Boyfriend Hoax by Emily Robertson
 
Boy Trouble by Kaylee/Lacey
 
Celebrity Playboy by Kimberly Readnour
 
Backroom Boy by Marika Ray
 
Boy on a Train by Leslie McAdam
 
Bad Boy by KL Humphreys
 
Hometown Boy by Nicole Richard
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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New Release: “Within Reach” By Author H.L. Packer, Series: The Fated Series, #ContemporaryRomance is #AvailableNow ~ #HLPackerAuthor @EJBookPromos

 
 
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Title: Within Reach
Series: The Fated Series
Author: H.L Packer
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: February 8, 2021
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Andrew

 

I had it all.
The easy, quiet life.
Money that made itself and a family I saw when I wanted.
I never expected that one night would change all of that…
 
Jess
I wasn’t looking for love, but when he stumbled through that doorway I knew there was something special about him.
A spark. A connection. Something that not even I could deny…
 
Will fate finally allow them their happy ever after?
Or does it have other things in store?

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Author Adina Grey – “Reading this book is like watching a movie. And I highly recommend it, just, don’t start it in the evening or you’ll end up with a sleepless night, you won’t be able to put it down.”
 

 

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HL Packer is quite frankly a busy bee.
 
An avid readers as a child her love for all things written waned into adulthood, the excitement of real life things taking over. But when her life slowed down as she finished her office job for maternity leave her husband purchased her an ereader and that obsession was rekindled.
 
Quickly she went from reader to reviewer, and then from reviewer to blogger; street teams and promo tours galore. When she began collating her own book boxes over at Romance Readers Book Box UK and the opportunity to include her own words and world, the characters began talking.
 
Those cheeky characters quickly found themselves down on the page and her first series was in progress.
 
When she is not coordinating her worlds, you can find her running around after her free-spirited three children, and husband, or tending to the dogs, bearded dragons, and snakes that also reside with them.
 
A break can be found soaking in a bubbly bath or enjoying a glass of wine, often still with a book in her hand.
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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New Release: “Adored by Jonah” Series: Small Town Love, By Author Elisa Leigh, #ContemporaryRomance is #AvailableNow ~ @eleighauthor @reader_pa

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Jonah Wright co-owns the Jolly Ski Resort in the small town of Jolly, VT, with his older brother Justice. Watching Justice find love with Delaney is the best thing that could have happened, for his brother. The only thing he needs now is to find his woman and make a family of his own.

Madelyn Russo is new to Jolly. She’s been here once when visiting her sister Melissa, but when she found her husband cheating on her, she knew right where she was heading as soon as the divorce was final. She never thought at twenty-eight she’d be a single mom of a sweet four-year-old, but she’s okay with it. The only thing that matters is making sure her daughter is happy.

When Jonah helps Madelyn in a moment of panic, he falls for her instantly. She’s the woman he’s been looking for, now he just needs to convince her of it. Too bad Madelyn isn’t interested. Jonah bides his time, eventually convincing her to take a chance on him.

Come along and discover a love worth fighting for this Valentine’s Day

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New Release: “Crazy with You” Series: Matchbox #2, By Author: E.H. Lyon, Genre: Contemporary Romance/Romantic Comedy is #AvailableNow ~ #ehlyonauthor @GiveMeBooksPR

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Title: Crazy with You
Series: Matchbox #2
Author: E.H. Lyon
Genre: Contemporary Romance/Romantic Comedy

Release Date: February 3, 2021
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This sexy real estate agent just met his match with crazy…
Max Katz follows a strict rule about dating clients—he doesn’t. It’s a reason that he prides himself on being the local real estate guru in Sage Creek, Colorado. And it’s a reason why Max sticks to asking for the number of the beauty he meets at the local bar Matchbox—because said beauty isn’t his client.
Until she is.
But Harper Ives enjoys making Max’s job difficult. The free-spirited newcomer to town is every fantasy for Max come true, including the one about the kindergarten teacher ready to school him. Yeah… Max may need to consider an amendment to his rules.
Because they are two souls on the same crazy wavelength, and if spirit animals exist, then these two have found one another. Love at first sight is an understatement. But when you fall hard and fast then something is bound to go wrong.
Crazy with You is the second sweet and sexy standalone novel from the “Matchbox” series where you can revisit all your favorite characters throughout.
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EXCERPT
“Bye, Max.” I get out of the car.
“Bye, Harper… wait, it’s only halfway through the weekend. Maybe I should be a good realtor and show you the area some more?”
I lean down and through the open window on the car door. “What would that entail?”
“Restraint,” he deadpans, and I love his remark.
I twirl some hair around my finger and offer, “Well, I can bring my handcuffs if you feel it’s necessary.”
A slow-forming grin swells on his face again. “Something tells me that you are not even joking. I will text you, Harper,” he promises.
I nod with a droll smile before he drives away.
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AUTHOR BIO
E.H. Lyon hates folding laundry and decided one day to avoid it by writing fun, witty, and steamy stories. An American from the Midwest, she now lives in Europe with her small pack of humans. She believes the essence of balance is sitting on a yoga mat listening to music while eating a donut. And she absolutely loves finding a new book boyfriend to swoon-over, hearing from other authors, and connecting with people who read her books.
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Available Now! ~ “Play to Win” A Southern Gentleman Series Novel, by Author: Ja’Nese Dixon, Genre: Steamy Contemporary Romance, Release Date: August 20, 2020 ~ @janesedixon @GiveMeBooksPR

 

Title: Play to Win

A Southern Gentleman Series Novel

Author: Ja’Nese Dixon
Genre: Steamy Contemporary Romance
Release Date: August 20, 2020
Blurb
Kamals an
ex-football player. Jayda
s a single
mother uninterested in another relationship until she sees Kamal with her
daughter.
Every rejection will only make his victory sweeter. He plans to lick,
taste, and devour her like the delicacy she is until the world, her ex, and
Jayda recognize his name tatted on every inch of her curvy body.
Kamal never plays by halves, and Jayda has a thing or two to show this
deviously handsome player. But when the past runs an interference, they
ll learn in matters of the heart there are no rules.

 

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Excerpt
I navigate the bumpy gravel drive in my heels and rolling luggage until a
wheel locks up. I rock the bag side to side, searching for the issue. “Where
are you?”
“Let me help you with that.” I look toward the deep voice and I’m met
with a smile. My heart skips a little and I’m stunned.
“Uh… I think it’s a rock.” I say without drooling.
He picks up the sixty-pound bag without issue, moving it to the sidewalk.
I open my mouth to thank him when I see all eyes on us. I nervously chuckle.
“I’ll take it from here. I don’t want you to lose your place in line.”
“I’m already seated. I saw you struggling and thought I’d lend a hand.”
“Is that so?”
“Yes, ma’am.”
“Ma’am?” I laugh and he stammers a little. “I’m much to young to be
addressed as ma’am, don’t you think?”
“It’s how my mother raised me.” He flashes a trillion-dollar smile that’s
derives straight from the steamy depths of hell because it’s downright sinful.
The man is a work of art.
Powerful jaw. Broad shoulders. Beneath that shirt is a chiseled body, I’m
sure. I swallow around the stone in my throat as he hunkers closer and examines
the wheels on my bag.
“Here’s the issue.”
I blink, and his face is close. Super close. I’m finding it hard to
breathe and when I do, I inhale a long drag of temptation.
Can a man smell yummy? Yes.
Better than the scent of homemade southern food lingering in the air?
Absolutely.
God, yes.
“Everything all right?” A crease of concern bunches between his dark
brown eyes.
“Uh…”
My lungs empty as I take a quick inventory of the man in front of me. A
man rendering me speechless in the right way. This moment is going down in the
books. But in my defense, I’m delusional and sleep deprived. That’s what it is.
I lay a hand over my galloping heart, fighting to string together a response.
I inhale and… oh hell, that damn delicious scent tickles my nose, and the
sensation travels through my body, awakening a whisper of attraction. I groan.
Stop breathing, Jayda. Just stop breathing. I chastise myself the moment
I lock eyes with him.
“Yeah, I…” I shake to quiet the voices in my head. “Long morning of
travel.”
I can’t look away, and neither does he. I came to Southern Soul to meet
my best friend, Catrina. I figured staying with her for the week would makeup
for Brett ditching me.
Damn, Texas has some fine ass men. The masterpiece before me has a beard
and full eyebrows. He’s groomed, but all man. His golden peanut butter
complexion reminds me of my Reesie Piecie. And with that thought comes the
thorn in my side, Brett.
“Huh, thanks. I got it. I appreciate your help.” I stand and he moves
with me until he’s towering over me.
And he’s tall. I almost groan again, but I hold it in. It’s time for me
to find Catrina. Unlike my boyfriend, I’m a lot of things, but I’m not a
cheater. The moment I want someone more than what I have, I’m out. At least,
that was before I had Reese. Now, I stay because… staying’s the right thing to
do.
“My pleasure. Name’s Kamal Montgomery. And you are?” He extends a hand.
“Jayda Dallas.” I take his hand and immediately regret it. A trail of
heat flows from him to me in a timeless extension of energy, paralyzing me.
“Huh, someone’s waiting for me. Thanks again.”
I retract my hand, but not before he flips it over. The perfect thick
brow of his arches in an unspoken question. I slip my hand from the warmth of
his. But the heat of his touch lingers.
I rub my hand along my skirt, trying to erase the memory as I reclaim the
handle of my bag and start rolling towards the front of the line.
“Hey, Jayda!” Catrina sings, wrapping me in a sisterfriend hug as we
squeal like kids. When we finally step back, she takes possession of my bag.
Then she stares at the man now standing beside us. “Kamal.”
Kamal nods, “Enjoy your meal, Jayda.” Then he disappears.
Author Bio
USA Today
Bestseller, Ja’Nese Dixon writes tales of romance laced with strong women,
stronger men, and family values that based on more than blood. Her happily ever
afters are written to inspire. So, if you’re looking for a page turner that
will leave you blushing, with your heart racing, and lying to yourself about
reading “just one more chapter” then grab one of the authors twenty-something
books.
Ja’Nese is
an avid reader and coffee drinker living in Houston, TX with her husband, three
adult children, and her spoiled diva dog. Want to learn more? Join her
newsletter and get exclusive reads, all the inside details, and a first look at
what’s to come at www.janesedixon.com.

 

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📝Review📝: “His Princess” House of Payne Novella, By Author Stacy Gail, Genre: Contemporary Romance, AVAILABLE NOW! ~ My Rating: 4 🌟🌟🌟🌟 ~ @Stacy_Gail_

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His Princess
A House Of Payne Novella

By
Stacy Gail

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Genre:  #ContemporaryRomance #Novella

POV:  First-person Dual perspectives

Kindle:  100 pages

My Rating:  4

Cover:  5

Publication:  August 13th 2020

Read:  August 10th 2020  *review copy provided by the author

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Synopsis:

“Got a name, my princess?”

When Joelle Fielding attends a function for Chicago’s society elites, she’s stunned to find herself swept off her feet by a man who believes that not only is she a princess, but that she’s HIS princess. Falling in love at first sight isn’t a part of her career-oriented life goals, but with the sexy Gus Bloch insisting she’s meant for him, those life goals might be changing.

By fourteen, Gus had been on his own on the Southside’s mean streets. When life had been at its bleakest, he’d dreamed of his future and the kind of woman he would someday share his life with. One look at Joelle, and he knows he’s finally found her. Nothing will stop him from convincing her that he’s the man for her—not even Joelle herself.

Joelle has never wanted anyone like she wants Gus, but all too soon insta-love and the demands of reality find themselves on a collision course. Is Gus really the man for her when he’s forced to see she’s no one’s princess?

38,000 words

***This novella is a standalone prequel to the novel, HOUSE OF PAYNE: LOKI. Because of that, this novella has only a small epilogue (sorry!). There are no love triangles, no cheating, and no cliffhangers. HEA guaranteed. Due to adult language and sexual content, this novella is not intended for people under the age of eighteen.***

 

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A slow smile curled his mouth, and to Joelle’s surprise she found she couldn’t look away from the two perfect dimples that appeared in his lean, clean-shaven cheeks. Had there ever been a more perfectly symmetrical face, with sculpted cheekbones, squared-off jaw and, heaven above, dimples? The more she saw of him, the more she realized that perfection could exist. “The moment I saw you, everything about you became my business.”
“Oh, really?” Wildly her heart bounced around in her chest like one of those bouncy balls she’d loved as a child. “How do you figure that?”
“It’s pretty simple.” He shifted a shoulder, like freaking Atlas shrugging. “I saw you standing there, and something inside me clicked into place. I’m not fighting that, and neither should you. It won’t do you any good.”
“My goodness.” It took all her strength not to pearl-clutch, but damn, it was hard. This man came on like a freight train, and for a wayward moment she could only wonder what he was like in bed… “I think there’s a song like that.”
“I guess this could be called an enchanted evening, now that I think about it. It’s not every day you meet the one that stops you in your tracks and makes you think of things like forever.”
Okay, pearl-clutching was a necessity when a man said things like that. “Anyone ever tell you that you have a tendency to overwhelm?”
“Not my fault. I’ve lost one helluva lot of time with you, so I need to catch up.”
“Catch up? We just met.”
“Yeah, but I’ve been looking for you my whole damn life. Got a shit-ton of catching up to do.”

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His Princess (A novella from the world of House of Payne)His Princess by Stacy Gail

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

First thing I need to say…..If you don’t like instalove/lust, and an alpha hero who can be a huge a**hole, then this book isn’t for you. When I accepted this book for review, the author warned me there would be a moment where I would want to strangle Gus and she was so right, lol. He is intense and takes cocky and arrogant to the extreme. Joelle, on the other hand, was perfect. She is independent and will always fight for what is right. There were moments I was so proud of her. That said, after Gus realized his mistake, he was all in trying to fix it. I love a groveling hero.

I won’t go into details as this book is short. I did enjoy it; the author writes well and kept me engaged. I will also say, this is only the first for me; I will definitely read more from this author. Stacy Gail was a first time read and I am happy to say I look forward to more of her titles. I’ve fallen down the rabbit hole on Goodreads while stalking her House of Payne series. There are so many books, I’ll just have to start from the beginning.

This is my honest and unbiased review and I thank you for taking the time to read it. 🙂

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📝Review📝: “Show Stoppers” (Chicago First Responders #1) by Author B.J. Harvey, Genre: #ContemporaryRomance, Release Date: August 31st 2020! My Rating: 5 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 ~ @bjharveyauthor @EJBookPromos

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Show Stopper
A Chicago First Responder Novel #1

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By
B.J. Harvey

Genre:  #ContemporaryRomance #FirefighterHero

POV:  First-person dual perspectives

My Rating:  5

Cover:  5

Publication:  August 31st 2020

Read;  August 17th 2020  *Review copy provided by Enticing Journey Book Promotions

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Synopsis:

The first time they meet it’s by chance.

The second is surely a coincidence.

The third…it’s either destiny or he’s a stalker.

Renee Hamilton has a thing against men in uniform. In her experience, they play hard, lie harder. Marco Rossi has a thing for feisty brunette women with a backbone and a smart mouth, especially one in particular who’s playing hard to get.

She’s fiercely independent and wants better for herself.
He loves helping people so much it’s literally his job.

Worst case scenario, they crash and burn.

Lucky for Renee, Marco has a hose, he knows how to use it, and he happens to love putting out all kinds of fires; real or otherwise.
***
USA Today Bestselling Author BJ Harvey brings you Showstopper – Book 1 in a new spin-off to the Cook Brothers rom com series featuring Chicago first responders fighting the good fight and also finding love at the same time. Set in the same world as the Bliss, Game, and Cook Brothers series before it.

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

5 Stars!
This was my first book from this author, and I loved everything about it!
This book was amazing in many ways AND I’m thrilled I found a new author to read. Show Stopper is a spin-off of one of B.J.’s series.’ She has many books that are interconnected stand-alone and I am definitely going to be checking them out. One of my favorite aspects of any novel are secondary characters. If written well, they can make the book greater. If not, then focus is only on the main H/h and as a result the book can become a bit monotonous. That is not the case with this book. There are many secondary characters who, have a story to tell, a background you want to learn about. Truthfully, with this book, one of the secondary characters I want to see get a happily-ever-after is Scotty. There are quite a few characters so I hope the author will give us his book.

Now on to Show Stopper.. At first, I didn’t get the title. What does it have to do with a real estate agent and a firefighter? When that bit was revealed to me, I swooned. This hero was amazing. I also loved that he was older, in his late 30’s. Marco was at a place in his life where meaningless hookups got old. He wanted something more. He wanted a woman to wake up with and come home to every night. But Marco didn’t want a Suzy-homemaker. No, he wanted a sassy, independent woman who knew her own worth and made sure he knew it too. The moment Marco met Renee; he knew she could be the one he’s been searching for. Renee was a great character and I loved her take no nonsense persona. She was strong-willed and a go-getter. But she was also kind, caring, loving and deep inside, a woman afraid of having her heart broken again. The relationship between Marco and Renee started off slowly, as it should. Their chemistry was scorching from the very moment they met, however they did not jump into each other’s arms immediately.

I’m not going into details so you can enjoy this book on your own and I’ve no doubt you will. This book has humor, light angst, if any, a great group of supporting characters and a swoon-worthy hero. Of course there is an antagonist as well which adds a hint of suspense. All of these elements add up to a truly enjoyable read. I definitely recommend this book; a great start to B.J. Harvey’s new series.

This is my honest and unbiased review and I thank you for taking the tie to read it. 🙂

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#NewRelease ~ “Unexpected Expectations” (425 Madison Series) Genre: Contemporary Romance, Rags To RIches Romance, by Author Lauren Helms is Available Now! ~ @LaurenEHelms

What started as a $10 raffle ticket, turned into a vacation in Vegas and a whole lot of expectations that neither of them saw coming. For Kevin and Lucy, it was just supposed to be a little fun but when they are served with a large dose of luck, everything suddenly becomes unexpected. Readers will fall in love with this rags to riches romance from Lauren Helms. The 425 Madison series is back with season three and Unexpected Expectations is now live!

Kevin

With everyone around me settling down, I’m happy to continue living my life single and carefree.

That is unless I can convince the concierge, Lucy Wilson at 425 Madison to finally take me up on that offer to go out on a date.

She’s beautiful, friendly, and her compassion for each and every one of the residents is admirable. Something tells me that she doesn’t see herself that way at all though.

This is why I’ve made it my mission to break her out of her overly cautious shell starting with a lucky penny and a $10 raffle ticket.

It was all supposed to be a little fun but when a large dose of lucky graces us, everything suddenly becomes unexpected.

Lucy

He thinks I don’t see him, but I do. Oh yes, I’ve been aware of the all too good looking Kevin Harper for quite some time now.

The thing is, I’m not sure that we have enough in common and I sure don’t have the free time for a social life between my job and school. Dating? That’s pretty far down on the list of things I’d like to check off – not by choice.

That is until Kevin convinces me that a little fun is good for the soul.

What started as a $10 raffle ticket turned into a vacation in Vegas and a whole lot of expectations that neither of us saw coming.

I always believed in fairy tales, but I wonder if what we have is too good to be true. I can only hope that it’s true what they say…

After all, 425 Madison is the perfect place to fall in love.

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Copyright @ Lauren Helms 2020

My fingers brush the smooth copper coin reminding me that I have a second mission to complete. I pinch the coin between my fingers and walk toward the concierge desk. Just like I hoped she would, there stands one of the most beautiful women I’ve ever seen. Standing around 5’4, the golden-haired beauty has curves in all the right places. She’s soft around the edges, but I can tell by the way her uniform fits her body that she’s got a sexy as fuck body underneath. Today, her thick locks are pulled low in the back, but her waves fall over her shoulder. I’d love to give that hair a yank in the throes of passion. Shit, I’d love to do a lot of things to this girl.

I’ve flirted with Lucy for a while now, and she’s one of my favorite parts of visiting the building. I’m not a shy man, and I enjoy a good romp between the sheets, but Lucy, I could tell right off the bat is the kinda girl you don’t have meaningless romps with. Nah. She’s a take-home-to-your-momma kind of girl.

My mom would love her.

Maybe, one of these days I’ll ask her out. Heck, I don’t even know if she has a boyfriend or not. It’s never stopped me from flirting, but flirting is harmless. The lady seems damn good at her job, maybe she is just that good at dealing with flirts like me every day.

I come to a stop in front of her, leaning my arm on the desk.

“Heya, Lucy. Seen any tangerine trees or marmalade skies lately?” The Beatles reference earns me a stunning smile.

“Hi Kevin, how are you today?”

I give her my sexiest smirk. “I’m better now that I’m seeing your gorgeous face.” My words hit their mark, and Lucy’s cheeks turn a sexy shade of pink.

“Okay, Mr. Charmer.” She giggles a bit. I always feel like an accomplished mother fucker when I get a girl to giggle. Especially a girl like Lucy, she’s not a giggler. Which is something I dig about her. Besides her looks, she seems to be whip-smart and down to Earth. Most likely, she doesn’t come from money, or why would she be working this gig? She has to deal with the rich and spoiled day in and day out, and she doesn’t lose her cool. I’ve seen her in action, and I’ve seen the way some of the residents treat her. I’ve had to bite my tongue a few times. As Jake has reminded me, this place is private property, I can be banned from the building.

I snap my finger, pretending to recall something important. “I actually have a gift for you.”

Two dainty eyebrows arch in surprise as I lift the penny between my thumb and forefinger.

“A penny?” Her tone is full of amusement.

“Yup. I found a penny outside the building. You know what they say, “If you find a penny, pick it up, if it’s heads, you’ll have good luck.” I smirk as I finish the saying. Pleased with the soft smile that plays at her kissable lips.

“You know, I’ve never told anyone this before…” She leans toward me and lowers her voice as if she doesn’t want anyone to hear. “When I see a penny on the ground, if I notice its tails up, I lean down and flip it over. Hopefully, I can help someone else find a little good luck.”

My heart slams against my chest. Her words nearly cause me to stumble. Who is this woman? She takes the time to flip over a penny just in case the next person who comes along can find a lucky penny? Why does hearing this nearly shatter my charming, nothing gets to me-exterior?

Why?

Because I do the exact same thing.

I clear my throat.

“Don’t worry, Lucy girl, your secret is safe with me.” I extend my hand toward her, and she holds out her hand. I carefully place the penny in her open palm and slowly drag my fingers across her bare hand. I’m expecting the sizzle from our touch, but I don’t miss Lucy’s reaction to our chemistry when I hear her tiny intake of breath.

She closes her hand around the lucky penny and pulls her fist in toward her chest, holding it to her heart.


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About Lauren Helms

Lauren Helms is a romance author her nerdy and flirty contemporary words. Lauren has forever been an avid reader from the beginning. After starting a book review website, that catapulted her fully into the book world, she knew that something was missing. While working for a video game strategy guide publisher, she decided to mix what she knew best–video games and romance. She decided to take the plunge and write her first novel, Level Me Up. Several published novels later, Lauren, with her book bestie, also formed PR company, Forever Write PR, to help other authors promote their books.

Lauren lives in Indianapolis, Indiana sharing her love of books and video games with her own Gamer Boy husband and three little kid nerds who will hopefully grow up to share the love of things that united Lauren and her husband on their own happily ever after.

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About the 425 Madison Series

Welcome to 425 Madison Ave the perfect place to fall in love. Rounding out the summer with some hot city nights and coasting into fall with more cool characters at this famous high-rise, 425 Madison is returning for a third season!

With some familiar faces and some brand new residents – you’ll be sure to find an author you love and a trope to ignite your taste buds after all 425 Madison IS the perfect place to fall in love!

We’ve got an amazing line of up must-read romance authors including, Lauren Helms, Allie York

J Marie, Kay Gordon, Marcie Shumway, Aubree Valentine, S.L. Sterling, and Fiona Tulle

Prepare for pages packed with new romances, characters, and tropes all from the same well-loved high-rise apartment building in NYC.

Season One and Two feature stories from some of your favorite romance authors: Leigh Lennon, MK Moore, Allie York, Aubree Valentine, Kay Gordon, Lauren Helms, Sylvia Kane, Katy Ames, KC Enders, Marci Shumway, and C. Lesbirel. All these authors came together, each with a standalone romance for you to enjoy. Covering all of your favorite tropes each tale offers you something new, something different.

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