Friday, November 30, 2018


Welcome to Heart Falls, where there's more at stake than the future of the Silver Stone ranch.

A standalone novel by New York Times bestselling author Vivian Arend.

With the ranch teetering on the brink of disaster, accepting an invitation to the gala of the year is a top business priority for Luke Stone. Having a significant other on his arm isn’t merely a good idea, it’s a necessity. Doesn't matter that he’s currently single—there’s a logical solution. Kelli is easy company, a vital part of ranch operations, and willing to sing Silver Stone’s praises all day long. She’ll be perfect.

Kelli James has kept a lot of secrets over the eight years since she boldly walked onto the ranch. Her biggest challenge, though, has been hiding her crush on the sexiest cowboy she’s ever laid eyes on. When Luke informs her they’re headed to the mountains for a week-long, work-related event, she’s not sure what to expect.

That he signed her up to play the part of the perfect rancher’s bride-to-be wasn’t it… 

Release Date: November 20, 2018
Arend Publishing Inc.
Heart Falls #4
Contemporary Romance
Review copy provided by publisher

Liza's Review:

I will openly admit I wanted Luke and Kelli to be together from the very first book in the Heart Falls series. I was super excited to see with A Rancher's Bride, readers would finally get their story, and it was so worth the wait.

I have to be honest and say how much I didn't like Luke's former fiancé Penny. She seemed way too bitchy to ever fit in with the Stone family. Kelli has pretty much fit in from the moment she showed up at Silver Stone and really is just like a member of the Stone family. When Luke needs someone to go with him to represent Silver Stone, and pose as his significant other, the only person he thinks of is Kelli.

I loved seeing Kelli and Luke's relationship move from coworkers to more. They have always had pretty great chemistry and I love the banter back and forth between them. I just have always felt like they understood each other in a way others didn't get. When they shared their first kiss I had all the happy sighs happening and loved how fast it moved from a simple kiss to a smoking hot kiss. I've loved all of the couples from this series to date, but have to admit I've always seen there was more between Luke and Kelli.

A Rancher's Bride gave me all the happy feels the entire time I was reading it. I loved seeing Luke and Kelli share more about their pasts the closer they became. They just felt like the perfect couple to me. They both were so protective of each other and I loved watching them each realize how much they loved one another. I also loved how all the other members of the Stone family never made Kelli ever feel like less than family. The fake relationship to real relationship troupe is one of my favorites and Vivian Arend did it perfectly with A Rancher's Bride. I highly recommend her books to other readers who love contemporary romances. 

Rating: 4 Stars (B)

Tuesday, November 20, 2018


From USA Today bestselling author Caitlin Crews comes A True Cowboy Christmas, the first in a sensational series debut about a cowboy, a farm girl, and the greatest gift of all. . .

Gray Everett has a heart of gold but that doesn't mean he believes in the magic of Christmas. He's got plenty else to worry about this holiday season, what with keeping his cattle ranch in the family and out of the hands of hungry real-estate investors looking to make a down-and-dirty deal. That, plus being a parent to his young and motherless daughter, equals a man who will not rest until he achieves his mission. Now, all Gray needs is the help of his lifelong neighbor. . .who happens to have grown into a lovely, spirited woman.

For Abby Douglas, the chance to join forces with Gray is nothing less than a Christmas miracle. Much as the down-to-earth farmer's daughter has tried to deny it, Abby's been in love with stern, smoking-hot Gray her whole life. So when Gray proposes a marriage of convenience as a way to combine land--and work together toward a common cause—Abby can't refuse. But how can she convince Gray that sometimes life offers a man a second chance for a reason. . .and that their growing trust and mutual passion may be leading to true and lasting love?

Release Date: October 30, 2018
St. Martin’s Press
Cold River Ranch #1
Contemporary Romance
Review Copy provided by publisher

Nikki’s Review:

I'm a sucker for cowboys. I mean, who doesn't like that swagger and charm that can bring a woman to her knees? I was excited to get started on this book. I was feeling kinda festive a little early this year, so this was perfect for that. 

Man, Gray is broody dude. Don't get me wrong, I love broodiness in my heroes, but Gray was on a whole other level. He had every right to be that way; he'd been through the wringer with his relationship with his father and ex-wife. 

I found it a bit hard to believe that the heroine, Abby, would accept a marriage proposal from a guy who had barely spared her a glance. She's loved him from afar, but still. Also, a 30 year old virgin? That one is REALLY difficult to wrap my head around. Abby irritated me with her constant self-doubt. It was all the damn time. Again, I know she's been through a crap ton of stuff in her past, but enough already.

There was so much emotional baggage to sort through with these two. I really liked all the angst in this book. I like something that crushes my heart and then puts it back together. The characters in this book had to really work hard to get their HEA.

The love scenes were forgettable. They were few and far between. I expect more from a romance. I stay away from "sweet" romance for that very reason.

This was a good book, but not amazing. The emotion and angst is what really grabbed me. I liked it enough that I'll look into the next books in the series when they are released.

Rating: 3 Stars (B)

Friday, November 16, 2018


There's sin, and then there's literally going-straight-to-hell sin...

Being in lust with my dead brother's wife pretty much guarantees that one day I'll be the devil's bitch. But Eden Gordon works with me, so it's getting harder and harder to stay away. I promised my family—and him—I would, though.

My days as an MMA champion are behind me. But whenever I see her, with those wicked curves and soft mouth created for dirty deeds, it's a knock-down fight to just maintain my distance. "Hard Knox" becomes more than just the name of my tattoo shop. However, surrendering to the forbidden might be worth losing everything... 

Release Date: October 15, 2018
Entangled Publishing, LLC (Scorched)
Sweetest Taboo #1
Erotic Romance
Review copy provided by publisher

Nikki’s Review:

Just buy the book. Seriously, pull up whatever ebook retailer you use, and BUY THIS BOOK! 

Naima Simone is a new to me author. And if all her books are as amazeballs as this one, she may very well become one of my favourites. 

This book has all the feels. It's crazy hot and delicious, and heart shattering all at the same time. If I wasn't drooling over tatted up Knox, then I falling apart from sadness. 

Eden and Knox are still trying to pick up the pieces after they lose someone they both love so much. Eden lost her husband, Connor, who is also younger brother to Knox. Oh! And Knox loves Eden. He has always loved Eden. Complicated? That doesn't even begin to describe their situation.

There so much push and pull going on in this book. And honestly, that makes this story believable. I mean, who wouldn't be completely confused about falling in love with your dead husband's brother. Or falling in love with your dead brother's wife. Ya, crazy complicated!

I loved everything about their journey. I loved watching them wade through the grief and open up to love. It was hard to read sometimes; I could feel their pain on my chest. It was palpable.

There are very few authors who can pull me in with their writing from page one, but Ms. Simone did just that. The plot was rich with details and emotions that made it so easy to fall in love with the characters.

I can hardly wait for the next book. I hope is Jude's story! 

So ya, just go buy the book. It's as simple as that. 

Rating: 5 Stars (A+)

Wednesday, November 14, 2018



She’s not the woman I thought … but dammit, she’s the woman I want.

Lovely Little Liar, a sexy standalone from New York Times bestselling author J. Kenner, is LIVE!

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I never thought of myself as cynical, but getting dumped at the altar changes a man.
Now, I’m all about my job. About building my business and getting on with my life. Don’t get me wrong; I still love women. I love the way they look. The way they smell. The way they feel. Especially the way they feel. And I’ve pretty much made it my mission to give each and every woman who shares my bed the ride of her life.
But getting close? Getting serious? Giving a woman my trust again?
Yeah, that’s not going to happen.
Or so I thought.
Then I met her. It’s funny how things can change in a heartbeat. How one case of mistaken identity can change everything. But there she was, all business and completely uninterested in me. And damned if I didn’t want her. Crave her.
Most of all, I wanted to help her. To keep her and her sister safe. But the more I get to know her, the more I want her. The whole package. The complete woman.
And the miracle is that she wants me, too.
Trouble is, we’ve both been burned before. Now, I know one thing for certain—the only way that we’ll survive the heat that crackles between us is if we both find the courage to leap into the fire together.
Lovely Little Liar is a novella originally published as Bitch Slap. Minor edits, such as expanded scenes, have been made to this book.
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About J. Kenner
Kenner (aka Julie Kenner) is the New York Times, USA Today, Publishers Weekly, Wall Street Journal and #1 International bestselling author of over one hundred novels, novellas and short stories in a variety of genres.

Though known primarily for her award-winning and international bestselling erotic romances (including the Stark and Most Wanted series) that have reached as high as #2 on the New York Times bestseller list, JK has been writing full time for over a decade in a variety of genres including paranormal and contemporary romance, “chicklit” suspense, urban fantasy,  and paranormal mommy lit.

JK has been praised by Publishers Weekly as an author with a “flair for dialogue and eccentric characterizations” and by RT Bookclub for having “cornered the market on sinfully attractive, dominant antiheroes and the women who swoon for them.” A six time finalist for Romance Writers of America’s prestigious RITA award, JK took home the first RITA trophy awarded in the category of erotic romance in 2014 for her novel, Claim Me (book 2 of her Stark Trilogy) and in 2017 for Wicked Dirty in the same category. Her Demon Hunting Soccer Mom series (as Julie Kenner) is currently in development as a television show.

Her books have sold over three million copies and are published in over twenty languages.

In her previous career as an attorney, JK worked as a clerk on the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, and practiced primarily civil, entertainment and First Amendment litigation in Los Angeles and Irvine, California, as well as in Austin, Texas.  She currently lives in Central Texas, with her husband, two daughters, and two rather spastic cats.

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Catch up with the whole Sullivan clan in this funny, sizzling hot, heartwarming novella!

Lori "Naughty" Sullivan has always been a force of nature--and marriage to Grayson Tyler, her sexy cowboy, hasn't mellowed her out one bit. She's still dancing in stilettos, laughing too loud, and lovingly plotting new ways to drive her husband crazy. It's almost time for their most exciting adventure yet, and Lori can't wait for the next phase of their lives to begin--as parents. Especially when she's certain that Grayson is going to be the best father ever. But has he truly made peace with his tragic past? Or will it come back to haunt him just when their future together should have never looked brighter?

Release Date: November 14, 2018
Oak Press, LLC
Sullivans #18.5
Contemporary Romance
Review copy provided by publisher

Liza's Review:

I loved watching Lori and Grayson fall in love the first time, and have to say getting to spend time with them in Falling in Love All Over Again only made me love them even more as a couple.

I love how Lori and Grayson are pretty much opposites in almost every way possible, yet are absolutely perfect together as a couple.  I honestly think their differences are what really makes them work so well as a couple. You can feel how much they love each other as you read each word of this story. I loved so much about this story, but have to say one of the sweetest things was Grayson, his mom, and Lori's mom Mary arranging a babymoon for Lori and Grayson before their baby was born. It was so sweet to give them a getaway just the two of them before they became a family of three. 

Falling in Love All Over Again pulled all the emotions from me. I found myself laughing, smiling, and even crying a few happy tears along the way. I love each installment in the Sullivan series of books, but have to say the San Francisco Sullivans have an extra special place in my heart. I absolutely love getting to spend more time with them. Falling in Love All Over Again was such a wonderful novella and I loved it so much, and have to say I had all the happy tears flowing at the end of the story. Ms. Andre once again delivers an amazing and emotional story for her readers and I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves contemporary romances.

Rating: 5 Stars (A)

Friday, November 09, 2018


With Christmas and a family wedding fast approaching, there’s happy chaos in the air at Waterford Farm. However, not everyone in the Kilcannon clan is caught up in the magic of the moment. Matriarch, octogenarian, and beloved blogger Gramma Finnie hears the clock of her long life ticking far too fast, while her great-granddaughter, teenager Pru, feels squeezed out of planning her mother’s nuptials. 

But when this unlikely duo is tasked with the project of producing the “Somethings” for the wedding – and only have Christmas Eve to get the job done – Gramma Finnie and Pru have a purpose and a plan. They set off to find the perfect old, new, borrowed, and blue treasures, but it doesn’t take long for things to spin out of control faster than Gramma’s Toyota in a snowstorm. Detoured by a stray border collie, thwarted by nature and an elf parade, and trapped by a rifle-toting mountain man, it will take more than the power of the Kilcannon clan to save these two from a Christmas catastrophe. It will take the luck of the Irish, a love story from long ago, and a whole lot of help from the angels to make this holiday merry and bright. 

Release Date: November 9, 2018
South Street Publishing
The Dogfather #8
Contemporary Romance
Review copy provided by publisher

Liza's Review:

The Dogfather series of books is one of my favorites ever from Roxanne St. Claire. With each new installment, I fall more in love with the entire Kilcannon Clan.

Pru and Gramma Finnie are two of my favorite characters from this series. I love how close these two characters are and how Pru keeps Gramma young and Gramma helps Pru have fun. I love they take over finding the “somethings” for the wedding, and get to have a grand adventure at the same time. No adventure with a Kilcannon would be complete without a dog, and I loved Pru and Gramma come the aid of sweet Blue in her time of need.

I love how Gramma Finnie shares stories of the past to help everyone see the right path now. I adored reading about Gramma’s sister and how she met her Seamus all those years ago. Gramma sharing these stories of love with Pru and even their new friend Cutter as the work together to save Blue (Queenie) as she delivers her puppies was perfect. You can’t have a Dogfather book without a special dog, and I absolutely fell in love with Blue along with Gramma.

I love seeing all the Kilcanons come together to help each other out. When Gramma and Pru need a rescue, the Kilcannons are all hands on deck. Seriously I have so much love for this family and these stories and each one just builds on the last as they get better and better.

Bark! The Herald Angels Sing was the perfect Christmas novella for the Kilcannon clan and totally had gotten me into the Christmas spirit early. I highly recommend the entire Dogfather series and have to say Bark! The Herald Angels Sing was an absolutely perfect addition to the series.

Rating: 5 Stars (A)

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Thursday, November 08, 2018


This whole grim reaper thing should have come with a manual.
Or a diagram of some kind.
A flow chart would have been nice.
Charley Davidson is a part-time private investigator and full-time grim reaper. Meaning, she sees dead people. Really. And it's her job to convince them to "go into the light." But when these very dead people have died under less than ideal circumstances (like murder), sometimes they want Charley to bring the bad guys to justice. Complicating matters are the intensely hot dreams she's been having about an entity who has been following her all her life...and it turns out he might not be dead after all. In fact, he might be something else entirely. But what does he want with Charley? And why can't she seem to resist him? And what does she have to lose by giving in?
With scorching-hot tension and high-octane humor, First Grave on the Right is your signpost to paranormal suspense of the highest order.

Release Date: February 1, 2011
St. Martin's Press
Charley Davidson #1
Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy

Liza's Review:

I bought First Grave on the Right for my kindle after seeing lots of talk on twitter, many blogs, and one very long conversation with a bookseller in the Elizabethtown, KY B&N store (who says actual bookstores aren’t still a good thing?). I’m glad I went with my gut instinct and downloaded it to my kindle as soon as I walked out of B&N that day (parking lot Wi-Fi doesn’t restrict kindle like some B&N store Wi-Fi does). 

Charley Davidson is one of the best characters I’ve ever read about. She is the grim reaper and dead people see her as sparkly. She works as a PI to help dead people who have been murdered find their killers so they can move on. She also has been having some really hot dreams involving Reyes, who she remembers seeing from the very first moment she was born. Charley remembers every single thing that has happened since the day she was born. She can be pretty snarky at times, but she is also super smart and I love smart women in books.

While Charley is helping the police solve the murder of 3 attorneys, she is also trying to figure out who and what Reyes really is. She also has to deal with skip tracer Garrett Swopes, who knows her secret thanks to her Uncle Bob, who gave up her secret after having a few too many beers one night. Uncle Bob is on the police force and Charley uses her talents to help him solve crimes, much as she did for her dad before he retired. Garrett doesn’t know what to do about Charley. I could see he was attracted to her, but didn’t believe she could really see and talk to dead people. Charley’s focus throughout the entire book was really saving Reyes. She knew he had been in her life since she was born and wanted to know who he really was, especially since he didn’t seem to age.

I liked First Grave on the Right when I read it originally. I found myself really loving it on my most recent reading. The humor in this series really is something that started with this very first book and it has kept me coming back for more. I also highly recommend the audiobooks in this series. Lorelei King absolutely brings the characters and the story to life with her narration.

Original Review Rating: 4 Stars (B+)
Updated Review Rating: 4.5 Stars (A)

 Q&A with Darynda Jones

How did you come up with Charley?
So, I’m lying in bed one morning, waiting for my turn in the shower, when Charley popped into my head in all her glory. I loved her from the get-go. I will add that I was looking for her. I had just typed The End on my second complete manuscript, a YA titled Death and the Girl Next Door which later sold to my amazing editor along with the Charley books. So, I was craving another project. I knew I wanted it to be adult and paranormal. That was all I had. And then Charley walked in.

What has it been like to planning and writing this series, and how does it feel to be wrapping it up?
I had no clue! I dreamed, of course. We all do that. But for that dream to become a reality…it’s quite surreal. I have the best job in the world. Planning and writing the last two books have been bittersweet. I love writing these books so much, so the fact that it’s coming to an end is a little heartbreaking, but I want to go out with a bang. Like a HUGE one. I hope everyone loves reading them as much as I’ve loved writing them.

Are there any side characters or plots you wish you would have developed more?
Actually, yes. In Fifth Grave Past the Light, I brought in a character named Nicolette Lemay, gave her an insanely cool gift, then never brought her back in again. We see her briefly in Twelfth Grave, but I wish I’d done more with her.

Can you give us a sneak peek into how it all ends? What do you hope readers feel as they reach the last page?
I am very hopeful that readers will feel a sense of happiness, closure and (dare I dream?) euphoria. All I can say is that this book is truly darkest before the dawn. Charley and Reyes have accidentally opened a hell dimension within our own, and they have to figure out how to close it before it takes over the world. But it’s expanding exponentially, and soon there will be nothing left of the world as we know it. But with a little help from Charley's departed mother, one clue leads Charley in the right direction and, hopefully, to the secret to stopping the hell dimension and save all of humanity. Sadly, she only has three days to do it. 

What's the next project you're working on?
Right now I am working on a brand new series, a trilogy set in a small town in New Mexico with a sheriff named Sunshine, a missing girl named Olivia, and a murder suspect named Levi. Too bad she is in way over her head, especially since the missing girl is her daughter's best friend and Sunshine has been in love with Levi since she could breathe. 

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Grim Reaper Charley Davidson is back in the final installment of Darynda Jones’ New York Times bestselling paranormal series! 

Charley Davidson, Grim Reaper extraordinaire, is pissed. She’s been kicked off the earthly plane for eternity—which is exactly the amount of time it takes to make a person stark, raving mad. But someone’s looking out for her, and she’s allowed to return after a mere hundred years in exile. Is it too much to hope for that not much has changed? Apparently it is. Bummer. 

She’s missed her daughter. She’s missed Reyes. She’s missed Cookie and Garrett and Uncle Bob. Now that she’s back on earth, it’s time to put to rest burning questions that need answers. What happened to her mother? How did she really die? Who killed her? And are cupcakes or coffee the best medicine for a broken heart? It all comes to a head in an epic showdown between good and evil in this final smart and hilarious novel.

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author DARYNDA JONES won a Golden Heart and a RITA for her manuscript First Grave on the Right. A born storyteller, she grew up spinning tales of dashing damsels and heroes in distress for any unfortunate soul who happened by, annoying man and beast alike. Darynda lives in the Land of Enchantment, also known as New Mexico, with her husband and two beautiful sons, the Mighty, Mighty Jones Boys.
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Wednesday, November 07, 2018


Nevada Frida Baylor and Connor Ander Rogan cordially invite you to join their wedding celebration. Summoning, weather manipulation, and other magical activities strictly forbidden.

Catalina Baylor is looking forward to wearing her maid of honor dress and watching her older sister walk down the aisle. Then the wedding planner gets escorted off the premises, the bride’s priceless tiara disappears, and Rogan's extensive family overruns his mother’s home. Someone is cheating, someone is lying, and someone is plotting murder.

To make this wedding happen, Catalina will have to do the thing she fears most: use her magic. But she’s a Baylor and there’s nothing she wouldn't do for her sister's happiness. Nevada will have her fairy tale wedding, even if Catalina has to tear the mansion apart brick by brick to get it done.

Release Date: November 6, 2018
Avon Impulse
Hidden Legacy #3.5
Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance
Review copy provided by publisher/Edelweiss

Liza's Review:

Diamond Fire is a novella set in the Hidden Legacy world. I was super excited to get Nevada and Rogan's wedding story, and really enjoyed getting to learn more about Nevada's sister Catalina. I will say I wish we had gotten a little bit more from Nevada's point of view, but did love her sharing how she first met Rogan's mother at the start of the book.

Catalina and her sister Arabella are forced to become the wedding planners/coordinators when Nevada pretty much can't work with anyone else. When a Rogan family heirloom goes missing, Catalina makes it her main job to find it before the wedding. While Catalina had been a part of the Hidden Legacy series, she was more a supporting character and I felt like she just is starting to come into her own in Diamond Fire. I enjoyed seeing Catalina's style of investigating, and seeing her explore her magic powers and how they could work to get the answers she needs. I felt like Nevada was more a fly by the seat of her pants investigator; Catalina tends to be methodical in her investigating. 

I really enjoyed Diamond Fire and seeing Nevada and Rogan get their happily ever after. I also really loved getting to know Catalina more. I'm excited to read future Hidden Legacy novels from Catalina's point of view and see her grow even more in her magic and as a character.

Rating: 4.5 Stars (B+)

Monday, November 05, 2018


Jason "Still" Waters' life looks perfect from the outside—money, fame, and the words "World Champion Bull-Rider" after his name. But Jason has a secret, one he never planned on telling anybody...until he meets Simone. She's the kinky girl of his dreams...and his conservative family's worst nightmare.

"Picture Perfect Cowboy" is a standalone erotic romance from Tiffany Reisz, set in her bestselling Original Sinners series. An abridged version was previously published in 
"Exposed: A Romance Anthology" as the novella "The Watermark."

Release Date: November 5, 2018
The Original Sinners #10
8th Circle Press
Erotic Contemporary Romance
Review copy provided by publisher

Liza's review:

The Original Sinners series is one of my favorite series of books ever. No matter which book I'm reading, Tiffany Reisz manages to pull me in from the very first page. Picture Perfect Cowboy was a picture perfect addition to the Original Sinners series.

Jason Waters comes from a super conservative family and truly believes his sexual fantasies means there is something wrong with him. Until he meets Simone. Let me just say I really loved that Simone seemed to understand who Jason was pretty much from the moment they met and I loved she was totally willing to help him learn the lifestyle. Simone has been trained under the absolute Masters with Søren, Kingsley, and Nora, and there is just a sweetness and a strength about her that makes you fall a little bit in love with her on the page.

Jason and Simone totally worked for me as a couple. While Jason wants to be the master in the bedroom, there is still a playfulness about him both in and out of the bedroom. He is also such a sensitive and caring person, and always concerned about never going too far as to actually hurt Simone. I loved seeing Simone help Jason discover his true self and watch them fall in love along the way. This story had smoking hot moments followed by some of the sweetest and most touching moments. I loved watching both Jason and Simone grown into their relationship.

Picture Perfect Cowboy was a wonderful story. Fans of the Original Sinners books will love the time we get with Søren and Nora along the way as well. Picture Perfect Cowboy was a fast-paced romance that drew me in from the very beginning. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys erotic contemporary romances.

Rating: 5 Stars (A)

Thursday, November 01, 2018


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“Smart, sassy, and utterly delightful! Get ready to fall head-over-heels in love with Lucy, one of the wittiest and most inspiring heroines I’ve ever met!”

- Annika Martin New York Times bestselling author

Muffin Top, a hot romantic comedy from USA Today bestselling author Avery Flynn is available now!

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The only thing about me that’s a size zero is the filter on my mouth. I’ve got a big personality, a big rack, and a big number on the scale. And I’m perfectly fine with that.
But when some random guy suggests I might not be eating alone if I’d ordered a salad instead of a hamburger I’m shocked silent, which is a feat, trust me.
That brings us to one sexy fireman named Frankie Hartigan. He’s hot. He’s funny… And he’s just apologized for being late for our “date” then glared at the fat-shaming jerk. Next thing I know, he’s sitting down and ordering himself dinner.
I have no problem telling him I don’t need a pity date . . . unless of course it’s to my high school reunion next week. Oops where did that last bit come from? And what do I do now that he’s said yes?!
Because this is no make-over story, and I think Frankie is using me for something. I just have to figure out what…

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The temptation to say “Yes, Frankie, please squash him like a bug while I clap and watch” was so, so strong—like, the guys who pull semi trucks with their teeth strong. Instead, Lucy played along with her best friend’s fiancé’s brother— OMG, that was now the name of her imaginary all-girl ska band—and smiled sweetly up at him.

“He was bothered by my dinner order, honey.”

“Really?” Frankie looked down at her plate, over to the dipshit, and then right at her. There was no missing the devil in his eyes right before he turned his attention back to the other man. “What’s wrong with what my girl’s eating?”

Mr. In Her Business blanched. Literally. The color drained out of his face so fast that he resembled one of those swipe right before and after photos on makeover blogs. How in the hell she managed to not laugh out loud she had no frickin’ clue.

“N-n-nothing,” the man stuttered.

Nope. He was not getting off that easily.

She looked up at Frankie, still standing next to her chair, his big hand braced on the back of it, and said in the clueless voice that anyone with a brain would know meant there was danger ahead, “He said I should have ordered a salad, then I might have a chance to move from a five to an eight. I’m a five because I have great tits.”

Thunderous didn’t begin to describe the dark look of pure vengeance that crossed Frankie’s face, making even the freckles that crossed over the bridge of his nose look scary. Mr. Buttinsky made a little squeaking noise that reminded Lucy of the sound of air coming out of a balloon when someone pulled the tip taut as it was deflating. Frankie took a step forward, menace vibrating off of him in waves. The other guy didn’t bother to say a word, he just took off, weaving his way at a fast clip through the crowded bar and out the front door. Lucy liked to imagine that he peed his pants a little as he did so.

“Thanks, Frankie,” she said to the man still staring at the departing figure of Mr. Peed His Pants. “I owe you one.”

Her ginger knight in well-fitting jeans and a T-shirt made some kind of noise that maybe was a response in the affirmative. It sounded kinda like “no problem.” Whatever. She was used to that from guys. She was only of interest until a hotter, skinnier, or prettier woman came along. It

was the universal fat chick cloaking device.

Determined not to let it annoy her as much as it usually would, she turned back to her jalapeño cheeseburger, spicy fries, and soda. Now she could finally enjoy her dinner in peace.

Alas, it wasn’t meant to be. Frankie clunked down a three-fourths filled mug of beer on the other side of her table, pulled out the chair across from her, and sat down. Before she could even ask what he was doing, he waved the waitress over and told her he wanted whatever Lucy was eating, plus an extra order of fries and another beer. Once she’d left, he turned his attention to Lucy and gave her what could only be described as a vibrator smile. She named it that in her head—thankfully only in her head—because she now had a desperate need for her vibrator and maybe a fresh pack of batteries.

“You’re not gonna make me eat alone now that we’re on a date, are you?” he asked, swiping one of her fries.

About Avery

USA Today bestselling romance author Avery Flynn has three slightly-wild children, loves a hockey-addicted husband and is desperately hoping someone invents the coffee IV drip.

She fell in love with romance while reading Johanna Lindsey’s Mallory books. It wasn’t long before Avery had read through all the romance offerings at her local library. Needing a romance fix, she turned to Harlequin’s four books a month home delivery service to ease the withdrawal symptoms. That worked for a short time, but it wasn’t long before the local book stores’ staffs knew her by name.

Avery was a reader before she was a writer and hopes to always be both. She loves to write about smartass alpha heroes who are as good with a quip as they are with their *ahem* other God-given talents. Her heroines are feisty, fierce and fantastic. Brainy and brave, these ladies know how to stand on their own two feet and knock the bad guys off theirs.

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Liza's Review:

I've wanted Frankie Hartigan's book from the moment we first met him. I knew it would take a super special woman to make him give up his man-whore ways, and honestly I absolutely loved Lucy Kavanagh so very much!!!

I can say enough times how much I loved this story. Muffin Top is a sweet, sexy, funny, and snarky story. I have to say that Lucy Kavanagh is one of the best heroines ever from Avery Flynn. I love she makes no excuses for her size and is extremely happy with her life. Of course her size seems to be an issue for others, and because of how she was treated in high school, she really isn't looking forward to going home for her high school reunion. Enter Frankie Hartigan, who gets extremely pissed to hear some random guy food shaming Lucy at the bar for her food choices. I won't lie, when he wanted to flatten the guy for being such a tool, I started falling head over heels for Frankie. When he agrees to be Lucy's fake date for her high school reunion, I tumbled over completely.

Muffin Top pulled all the emotions from me. I loved watching Frankie and Lucy go from basically only hanging out in passing when their friends were together to falling in love over a wild and fun road trip. Frankie is on a dating and sex sabbatical and Lucy needs a fake date so her high school friends won't give her a hard time. Seriously the more time these two spent together to more I fell in love with them as a couple, just as they fell in love with each other. They had smoking hot chemistry from the moment they actually gave in to their attraction, and I loved they each really seemed to get the other.

Not saying everything was easy for these two to get their final happily ever after. Lucy and Frankie both have issues that each could have ended any chance of them being together. I completely understood where Lucy was coming from, but hated seeing her color Frankie based upon how people from her past had treated her. Frankie's past as a man-whore totally played partly into Lucy's insecurities, as she went against every type Frankie had ever had. Love is a roller coaster, and the ride to happily ever after for Frankie and Lucy kept me on the edge of my seat. Through tears of pain and happiness, Muffin Top gave me the perfect ending for Lucy and Frankie. Seriously everything about this book just gave me the feels.

Avery Flynn has been a go-to author for me pretty much from the moment I read her first book. She writes rom-com that is full of emotions and I always find myself laughing out loud multiple times while reading her books. I highly recommend Muffin Top to readers who love emotional contemporary romances.

Rating: 4.5 Stars (A)