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📚Emily’s Top 10 Books Read In 2020📚

2020 may have been a sucky year but it was actually my best reading year. I read 250 books in 2020 but these 10 stood above the rest. This was also the year I discovered my love of middle grade as I’m sure you will notice in this post. I hope 2021 will bring even more wonderful books into my life and I can’t wait to see what it holds. Let me know if you have read any of these books!

10. Keeper of the Lost Cities: Legacy

(Keeper of the Lost Cities #8)

By Shannon Messenger

Middle Grade

My Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟.5

Synopsis For KOTLC Book 1: Twelve-year-old Sophie Foster has a secret. She’s a Telepath—someone who hears the thoughts of everyone around her. It’s a talent she’s never known how to explain.

Everything changes the day she meets Fitz, a mysterious boy who appears out of nowhere and also reads minds. She discovers there’s a place she does belong, and that staying with her family will place her in grave danger. In the blink of an eye, Sophie is forced to leave behind everything and start a new life in a place that is vastly different from anything she has ever known.

Sophie has new rules to learn and new skills to master, and not everyone is thrilled that she has come “home.” 
There are secrets buried deep in Sophie’s memory—secrets about who she really is and why she was hidden among humans—that other people desperately want. Would even kill for.

In this page-turning debut, Shannon Messenger creates a riveting story where one girl must figure out why she is the key to her brand-new world, before the wrong person finds the answer first. 

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9. Unbirthday

(Twisted Tales #10)

By Liz Braswell

Young Adult

My Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Synopsis: What if Wonderland was in peril and Alice was very, very late?
Alice is different than other eighteen-year-old ladies in Kexford, which is perfectly fine with her. She’d rather spend golden afternoons with her trusty camera or in her aunt Vivian’s lively salon, ignoring her sister’s wishes that she stop all that “nonsense” and become a “respectable” member of society. Alice is happy to meander to Miss. Yao’s teashop or to visit the children playing in the Square. She’s also interested in learning more about the young lawyer she met there, but just because she’s curious, of course, not because he was sweet and charming.

But when Alice develops photographs she has recently taken about town, familiar faces of old suddenly appear in the place of her actual subjects-the Queen of Hearts, the Mad Hatter, the Caterpillar. There’s something eerily off about them, even for Wonderland creatures. And as Alice develops a self-portrait, she finds the most disturbing image of all-a badly-injured dark-haired girl asking for Alice’s help. Mary Ann.

Returning to the place of nonsense from her childhood, Alice finds herself on a mission to stop the Queen of Hearts’ tyrannical rule and to find her place in both worlds. But will she able to do so . . . before the End of Time?

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8. The Tyrant’s Tomb

(The Trials of Apollo #4)

By Rick Riordan

Middle Grade

My Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Synopsis For The Hidden Oracle (The Trials of Apollo #1):

How do you punish an immortal?

By making him human.

After angering his father Zeus, the god Apollo is cast down from Olympus. Weak and disorientated, he lands in New York City as a regular teenage boy. Now, without his godly powers, the four-thousand-year-old deity must learn to survive in the modern world until he can somehow find a way to regain Zeus’s favour.

But Apollo has many enemies—gods, monsters and mortals who would love to see the former Olympian permanently destroyed. Apollo needs help, and he can think of only one place to go… an enclave of modern demigods known as Camp Half-Blood.

Add on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26252859-the-hidden-oracle?ac=1&from_search=true&qid=PeW3USjS0E&rank=1

7. The Ship of the Dead

(Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard #3)

By Rick Riordan

Middle Grade

My Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Synopsis For The Sword of Summer (Magnus Chase #1):

Magnus Chase has seen his share of trouble. Ever since that terrible night two years ago when his mother told him to run, he has lived alone on the streets of Boston, surviving by his wits, staying one step ahead of the police and the truant officers.

One day, Magnus learns that someone else is trying to track him down—his uncle Randolph, a man his mother had always warned him about. When Magnus tries to outmaneuver his uncle, he falls right into his clutches. Randolph starts rambling about Norse history and Magnus’s birthright: a weapon that has been lost for thousands of years.

The more Randolph talks, the more puzzle pieces fall into place. Stories about the gods of Asgard, wolves, and Doomsday bubble up from Magnus’s memory. But he doesn’t have time to consider it all before a fire giant attacks the city, forcing him to choose between his own safety and the lives of hundreds of innocents. . . .

Sometimes, the only way to start a new life is to die.

Add on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15724396-the-sword-of-summer?ac=1&from_search=true&qid=wvUOnOK9vI&rank=1

6. Keeper of the Lost Cities: Nightfall

(Keeper of the Lost Cities #6)

By Shannon Messenger

Middle Grade

My rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

5. Night of the Dragon

(Shadow of the Fox #3)

By Julie Kagawa

Young Adult

My Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Synopsis For Shadow of the Fox (#1): One thousand years ago, the great Kami Dragon was summoned to grant a single terrible wish—and the land of Iwagoto was plunged into an age of darkness and chaos.

Now, for whoever holds the Scroll of a Thousand Prayers, a new wish will be granted. A new age is about to dawn.

Raised by monks in the isolated Silent Winds temple, Yumeko has trained all her life to hide her yokai nature. Half kitsune, half human, her skill with illusion is matched only by her penchant for mischief. Until the day her home is burned to the ground, her adoptive family is brutally slain and she is forced to flee for her life with the temple’s greatest treasure—one part of the ancient scroll.

There are many who would claim the dragon’s wish for their own. Kage Tatsumi, a mysterious samurai of the Shadow Clan, is one such hunter, under orders to retrieve the scroll…at any cost. Fate brings Kage and Yumeko together. With a promise to lead him to the scroll, an uneasy alliance is formed, offering Yumeko her best hope for survival. But he seeks what she has hidden away, and her deception could ultimately tear them both apart.

With an army of demons at her heels and the unlikeliest of allies at her side, Yumeko’s secrets are more than a matter of life or death. They are the key to the fate of the world itself. 

Add on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/44900350-night-of-the-dragon

4. Keeper of the Lost Cities: Neverseen

(Keeper of the Lost Cities #4)

By Shannon Messenger

Middle Grade

My Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

3. Keeper of the Lost Cities: Lodestar

(Keeper of the Lost Cities #5)

By Shannon Messenger

Middle Grade

My Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

2. Pride and Prejudice

By Jane Austen

Classic Literature

My Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Synopsis: Since its immediate success in 1813, Pride and Prejudice has remained one of the most popular novels in the English language. Jane Austen called this brilliant work “her own darling child” and its vivacious heroine, Elizabeth Bennet, “as delightful a creature as ever appeared in print.” The romantic clash between the opinionated Elizabeth and her proud beau, Mr. Darcy, is a splendid performance of civilized sparring. And Jane Austen’s radiant wit sparkles as her characters dance a delicate quadrille of flirtation and intrigue, making this book the most superb comedy of manners of Regency England.

Add on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35261321-pride-and-prejudice

1 Kingdom of the Wicked

(Kingdom of the Wicked #1)

By Kerri Maniscalco

Young Adult

My Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Synopsis: Two sisters.

One brutal murder.

A quest for vengeance that will unleash Hell itself…

And an intoxicating romance.

Emilia and her twin sister Vittoria are streghe – witches who live secretly among humans, avoiding notice and persecution. One night, Vittoria misses dinner service at the family’s renowned Sicilian restaurant. Emilia soon finds the body of her beloved twin…desecrated beyond belief. Devastated, Emilia sets out to find her sister’s killer and to seek vengeance at any cost-even if it means using dark magic that’s been long forbidden.

Then Emilia meets Wrath, one of the Wicked-princes of Hell she has been warned against in tales since she was a child. Wrath claims to be on Emilia’s side, tasked by his master with solving the series of women’s murders on the island. But when it comes to the Wicked, nothing is as it seems… 

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#RecentlyReleased ~ “Tackling Love” Series: Tackling #1, by Author: Kathleen Kelly, Genre: Sports Romance, Release Date: August 20, 2020, #AvailableNow ~ @kkellyauthor @GiveMeBooksPR

 

 

Title: Tackling Love

Series: Tackling #1
Author: Kathleen Kelly
Genre: Sports Romance

Release Date: August 20, 2020

 

Blurb
Colton
Anders
Quarterback
for the New England Warriors.
Playboy,
cocky, self-assured, used to getting what he wants.
Skye
Hadley
Teacher at
a high-profile private school.
Quiet,
plays it safe, never break the rules.
Unexpectedly,
their two worlds collide.
Colton
tempts Skye one night and she throws caution to the wind, taking him home.
Unknowingly
propelling herself into a world filled with fans, media, and an abundance of
unwanted attention.
The media
are grueling, but their chemistry is undeniable. Vulnerable in lust, Skye wants
nothing more than to give in to her heart’s desires.
With
the world watching, will Colt be able to win Skye over in this fun, sports,
romance?

 

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Author Bio
Kathleen Kelly was born in Penrith, NSW, Australia. When she
was four her family moved to Brisbane, QLD, Australia. Although born in NSW she
considers herself a QUEENSLANDER!!

She married her childhood sweetheart and they live in Toowoomba.

Kathleen enjoys writing contemporary, romance novels with a little bit of
steam. She draws her inspiration from family, friends and the people around
her. She can often be found in cafes writing and observing the locals.

If you have any questions about her novels or would like to ask Kathleen a
question she can be contacted via e-mail: kathleenkellyauthor@gmail.com
or she can be found on Facebook. She loves to be contacted by those that love
her books. 

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#RecentlyReleased ~ “Texting Titan” by Author: Kaci Rose, Genre: Steamy Sports Romance, Release Date: August 20, 2020, is Available Now ~ @AuthorKaciRose @GiveMeBooksPR

 

 

Title: Texting Titan

Author: Kaci Rose

Genre: Steamy Sports Romance

Release Date: August 20, 2020

 

Blurb
A football player, a secret crush, and the Hail Mary text
that would change everything…

Avery had no idea who the mystery text came from, but she owed them
a thank you. Because of their message, she showed up at a party for the
football team and caught her boyfriend cheating. But the messages don’t stop
there. Whoever the person she nicknamed Titan truly was, they offered her
support and friendship when Avery needed it most. Now, she finds herself
longing to meet her hero face-to-face.Denver isn’t sure if Avery even remembers the kiss they shared
freshman year, but he’s thought about it every day since. As much as he wanted
to be with her, family obligations pulled him away. It was torture watching her
date another member of his football team, yet he never would have intervened if
they were happy. One thing he wouldn’t do was stand back and watch as his buddy
cheats on her time and again. When it’s revealed that he is her mysterious
Titan, Denver prays it will be the beginning of his second chance.

But his family responsibilities haven’t lessened. And her trust in football
players has been destroyed. Can the pair score a touchdown into their
happily-ever-after under the scrutiny of the stadium lights?

This is a Steamy, Small Town, College Football Romance. No Cliffhangers.

As always there is a satisfying Happy Ever After.

If you love steamy romances with insta love, hot love scenes, small towns, and
football, then this one is for you.

 

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Author Bio
Kaci Rose runs on coffee, chocolate, and Oreos. She writes
the type of romance books she wants to read.
Kaci loves her book boyfriends with tattoos, muscles,
beards, and a little dirty.
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#NewRelease ~ “Baller” Series: Heritage Bay #5, by Author: M.A. Foster, Genre: Contemporary Romance, Release Date: August 21, 2020 ~ @authormafoster @GiveMeBooksPR

 

 

Title: Baller

Series: Heritage Bay #5
Author: M.A. Foster
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: August 21, 2020

 

Blurb
They say if you love someone, set them free, and if they
come back, it’s meant to be.
I didn’t exactly set Vanessa free.
I screwed up.
She left.
Five years later, she’s back wearing another man’s ring.
And this time I have no choice but to let her go.
But fate has other plans for us.
And once again, I find myself face-to-face with the love of
my life.
I take that as a sign from the universe that we truly are
meant to be.
She wants me to let her go.
Believe me, I tried. Not once but twice.
It broke me.
It broke her.
It broke us.
I won’t make the same mistake again.
Because if you truly love someone, you don’t set them free.
You hold on to them with everything you’ve got.

 

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Author Bio
M.A. Foster was born and raised in Tampa, Florida. She’s
married to her high school sweetheart and mother to two grown boys. She loves
fur babies, chocolate, lattes and all things sparkly. When she’s not reading or
writing, she’s either catching up with friends and family or chatting with her
readers and fellow author friends on Facebook.
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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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#NewRelease ~ “Blood Ties” Series: The Abiding Series Book 2, by Author: B.C. Morin, Genre: Paranormal Romance Suspense, Release Date: August 21, 2020, is Available Now! ~ @BCMorinauthor @EJBookPromos


Title: Blood Ties
Series: The Abiding Series Book 2
Author: B.C. Morin
Genre: Paranormal Romance Suspense
Release Date: August 21, 2020
Can you ever truly escape your past?
 
B.C. Morin returns to her world of vampires, werewolves, nephilim, and the carefully created hybrids who are now fighting to keep the crumbling peace between the species.
 
“The past cannot be changed, forgotten, edited, or erased. It can only be accepted.” ~Unknown
 
Especially if the past made you the rare immortal hybrid you are today.
Emeline Huntley is a survivor. A reluctant immortal who has lived through losing her family, being experimented on, wearing a clockwork collar that could behead her at any moment, and being under the control of one of the most ruthless men she has ever had the displeasure to know. Now, she and her lethal and intoxicating husband Alexander, also a hybrid have become peace-keepers. If you consider vigilante mercenaries for hire, peace-keepers, that is.
Emeline and Alexander have been thrust into the center of a surge of murders that threatens the already fragile state of affairs between vampires and werewolves. When a hooded figure targets them at home in the States and they run out of answers here, Emeline and Alexander have to go home to England. Fighting ghosts of the past as much as the enemies of the present, they find that this is far more than a species war. Someone is playing a deadly game and Emeline and Alexander are in their way.
Enemies are gaining ground as danger closes in on the couple and the past they have tried so hard to avoid rushes back. Calling on the very vampire and werewolf they were created from, Alexander and Emeline try to get to the bottom of it all and stop the mysterious figure before more lives are taken. But as the dead ends keep piling up, time is running out…


Originally from Miami, Florida, award winning author B.C. Morin now lives in Jacksonville, Florida with her husband, two children, and American Bullhuahua, Max.
 
When she’s not writing her next paranormal romance, adult contemporary, or epic fantasy, she enjoys spending time with her husband and kids, drinking wine and coffee (not together, ew), pinning things she may not make on pinterest, making clay creations, and not writing her bio in the third person.
Learn more about B.C. and her books on Instagram (bcmorinauthor), her facebook author page, or Twitter (@BCMorinauthor).

 

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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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#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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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.


But wait, there’s more!!

Don’t miss Boyfriend Maintenance and Flawless Foundations, both by Lauren Helms, featured in the first two seasons!

Read Boyfriend Maintenance, Jake & Emmy’s story on Amazon today!
Read Flawless Foundations, Levi & Becca’s story on Amazon today!

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.

Make sure to follow the 425 Madison Avenue Facebook page for more on release dates, cover reveals, and author spotlights. For exclusive excerpts, giveaways, and news subscribe to our 425 Madison newsletter!

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The first set of books in the Driven KB Worlds are LIVE!!!

Inspired by K. Bromberg’s Driven series, each author wrote their own story to fit in the world. We hope you’ll fall in love with their new stories and characters while revisiting Colton, Rylee, and the gang from mine.

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