Jul 242021
 

Till It Hurts by Cora Brent

Release Date: July 29

*Complete stand alone
*Brother’s best friend
*Second chance

No one would say that our story is pretty.
But we were in love before we hated each other.
And we were friends long before that.
Growing up, I saw Jace Zielinski every day.
He lived next door. I cheered him on at football games. I gave him advice on girls. He was my brother’s best friend and the three of us were inseparable.
I didn’t realize I’d already fallen for Jace until the hot summer night when we kissed for the first time.
Our magical season felt like destiny.
And then came the disaster that tore us all to shreds.
I lost Jace. I lost my brother. In many ways I lost myself.
Ten years later, Jace is untouchable in a world of pro athlete fame and glory.
I never wanted to see him again and I’d definitely never pick him to be my hero.
Not even when I’m broke and terrified and running for my life.
But it seems I have no choice.
Somehow we’re both back in the same place where we started.
I have nowhere else to go and Jace refuses to leave.
We’re no longer the same kids who fell in love years ago.
Since then, we’ve become something cruel and terrible.
That doesn’t mean we’ll keep our hands to ourselves.
If anything, I want Jace more than ever.
And we’re foolish enough to repeat our own turbulent history.
Both the parts that felt crazy good.
And the parts that hurt the most.

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Jul 202021
 

Burn (Fuel Series Book 3) by Ginger Scott

**Burn is the third and final book in the brother’s-best-friend, friends-to-lovers Fuel Series by Ginger Scott. This second-chance romance completes this angsty, steamy, new adult trilogy.

Dustin Bridge’s world is about speed. About the edge. His life has been carved by cutting corners and making moves, following impulsive decisions while weighing the facts at hand.

On the track, that has never steered him wrong.

In life, though? That’s another story.

On the cusp of greatness, the world’s up-and-coming racing star seems to be living the perfect story. A hero to his hometown. A partner to his best friend. A man poised to take the throne, to become the greatest, and to reap the rewards and attention that come along with it.

He’s been branded the track’s most eligible bachelor. And rarely does he cross a finish line without a dozen screaming, adoring women brandishing his name on glitter-covered T-shirts across their chests, just hoping he’ll break his own rules and take one of them to bed.

But he won’t. As loose as Dustin may be on the road, he’s become disciplined in life. He let love in completely—once. For one person. Hannah Judge. And she wrecked him.

And now, she’s back.

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Jul 182021
 

Wrong for Him (Love Lottery Book 3) by Christi Barth

Amelia Kirkland’s been head-over-heels for Teague Sullivan forever. Not that she’s ever let him know—as her brother’s best friend, he’s officially off-limits. That’s even more true once they become partners in rehabbing a historic inn. She can’t risk what she’s building with her brother and her friends just to fulfill a lifelong crush. Can she?

When Teague left the Special Forces, he didn’t know what would come next. Until his best friend, Alex, won an inn as a lottery prize and made him a partner. It’s his shot at getting everything he’s always wanted. Except for Alex’s beautiful sister. Amelia’s friendship was a lifeline while he was deployed, but that’s a line he can’t cross. He owes his friend too much to betray his trust. Now, though? Working and living with her every day? He wants more.

If their secret romance is discovered, it could ruin everything before the inn has a chance. But does their one shot at happiness require them to break all the rules?

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Jul 102021
 

Worst Kiss Ever (The Worst Ever Series Book 4) by J. S. Cooper

Camden Kirby has been my arch nemesis since we were kids. He’s been my older brother’s best friend forever and he’s teased me mercilessly all my life. So it was with great displeasure that I had to move in with him and my brother after my apartment flooded. They consider themselves “bachelor bros” and love nothing more than holding “hottie parties” every weekend. Cue major eye roll. Yes, he’s hunky and yes, he has that bad boy twinkling blue eye charisma going for him, but his personality makes him a zero in my eyes.

He thinks that he’s Mr. Cool, just because he has tattoos and a six-pack. I can’t stand him. That is why I have no idea how I agreed to play a game of poker at one of his parties. I should have known it wouldn’t go well for me. I ended up having to kiss him at the end of the night. And well, let’s just say his tight abs weren’t the only hard thing I felt that night.

Now Camden is acting like I’ve always wanted him and I’m determined to bring him to his knees. I’m letting him know that I wouldn’t want him if he was the last man on earth and that he was my worst kiss ever. If only my body would stop telling him otherwise.

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Jul 062021
 

My Cone and Only (King Family Book 1) by Susannah Nix

Wyatt King isn’t looking for love…because he’s already found it.

Too bad she’s off-limits. He’s not going to be the jerk who messes around with his best friend’s little sister, so he keeps his feelings bottled up and settles for acting as her protector instead.

Andie Lockhart’s dreamed of kissing Wyatt for as long as she’s known what kissing is. But since he’s dated nearly every woman in town but her, she’s long since accepted he’ll never see her as anything more than his best friend’s tomboy little sister.

When a real estate developer threatens the beloved old house Andie inherited from her grandmother, her white knight Wyatt swoops in with his handyman skills to save the day. But the more time they spend working on the house together, the harder it becomes to ignore their irresistible attraction.

Until the night an accidental kiss blows the lid off those feelings they’ve both kept buried.

After that, things between them get a lot hotter—and a lot more complicated. Forbidden love, broken promises, family secrets, and jealousy all threaten to tear them apart. If he intends to hold on to the woman he loves, Wyatt will have to put everything on the line.

My Cone and Only is book #1 in the King Family series set in the small town of Crowder, Texas, home of the King’s Creamery ice company. Each book is a standalone, full-length contemporary romance that follows one of the six King siblings as they find and fight for love.

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Jul 022021
 

Alpha CEO by M. Robinson

From Wall Street Journal and USA Today Bestselling Author M. Robinson comes a best friend’s baby sister, second chance billionaire romance.

I came from nothing and made something of myself. I’ve only ever loved two things. Cars and her.

I took that passion and built an empire.

Now I’m the CEO.

The alpha.

On top of the world.

I’m not the carefree man she once knew.

That was the problem with being one of the richest men in the world—everyone thinks they know me, but they only know what I want them to.

I’m demanding.

Arrogant.

Controlling.

My company thinks they can change me. Soften my image. Make me more appealing to the public.

Little do they know, the woman they hired was my best friend’s little sister, and the last time I saw her…

I broke her heart.

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Jul 012021
 

Dirty Toe Drag (Nashville Assassins: Next Generation Book 6) by Toni Aleo

Stella Brooks is a woman who knows what she wants. From her first glimpse of Paris Fashion Week at the tender age of eleven, she has only ever wanted to be a designer. Hardworking and dedicated, she knows she can make a success of it. Until…she is driven to trade fashion for frosting, a move that makes her soul sing but shakes her confidence in her decision-making to her core.
And when you add in that her sexy hookup from her older brother’s wedding is sniffing around again, things are about to get out of hand. Wesley McMillan seems different, no longer putting off love-’em-and-leave-’em vibes, which only adds to Stella’s emotional chaos.
Wesley McMillan has had a thing for Stella since she first served him a fried pickle platter at her mom’s restaurant. He may have only ordered a snack, but he found he wanted a whole meal—in the form of Stella Brooks. How could he not? She’s stunning, smart, and confident. She knows her worth and what she wants, and she owns whatever room she’s in, the ultimate turn-on for him.
He just has two problems: Stella is his best friend’s sister, and she thinks he’s a playboy. The first issue, Wes is willing to face off against. As for the second…Wes doesn’t blame Stella for her assumption. He used to love to play the field, but now that he has his demons under control, he is ready to show her and the world that he is worthy of her love.
Wes may be known for his sick signature move on the ice, but will his dirty toe drag be enough to score Stella’s heart?

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Jul 012021
 

Faking it with my Brother’s Best Friend (Faking It #2) by Melissa Schroeder

Part of the Melissa Schroeder Instalove Collection. One world. Any order. Individual love.

I’ve been in love with Milo Darling for as long as I can remember.

He’s my brother’s best friend and would never be interested in a curvy girl like me. I’ve seen the women he’s dated in the past, and let’s just say they don’t look like me. I’ve come to terms with it…mainly.

When I hear my ex is going to be at a charity ball I have to attend, the natural thing is to ask Milo. He’s safe, and he’s a gentleman, and well, who wouldn’t want to spend the night with the most beautiful man ever created.

Only, he’s not looking at me like I’m just a friend, and when he kisses me on the dance floor, I lose every thought I have ever had in my life. And, yeah, maybe, I’m going to be okay with a one-night fling with the man of my dreams. Who can blame a girl for taking him up on his offer?

And that night? I will just say that it blows my world apart.

But I know as soon as the sun rises, this girl will have to put on her big girl pants and get on with my life. Because there is one thing I understand and that’s that girls like me don’t get happily ever afters with guys like him.
Author Note: These two might start out thinking it’s all fake, but well, you know how things go in the Instalove World. There’s hijinks, a trip to a drag queen brunch, Milo in a tux, and scene in front of a mirror that embarrassed this author. As always with an Instalove Collection book, low drama, lots of romance, and a happily ever after.

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Jul 012021
 

Shift (Fuel Series Book 1) by Ginger Scott

Dustin Bridges has always had two things he could count on—his fearless instincts behind the wheel and the support of his two best friends, Tommy and Hannah Judge.

Dustin brought the speed.

Tommy, the brains.

And Hannah . . . she was the glue that held everyone together.

Together, they were unstoppable.

From the dirt tracks of their youth to the late-night drag races under a desert moon as teens, the Judge siblings pushed and watched in awe as their friend edged closer to his dream. Always racing, always running. That was Dustin’s gift and curse. And while his life at home was unbearable, his world with the Judges always seemed perfect.

Growing up with people makes for a special bond. But sometimes life has a way of testing just how strong a relationship is. And falling in love with one of your best friends, not to mention your other best friend’s sister? Well, that can be the toughest test of all.

Heartbreak doesn’t know what it’s up against, though, because when there is a prize to be won, nobody bets against Dustin Bridges.

**Shift is the first book in the brother’s-best-friend, friends-to-lovers Fuel Series by Ginger Scott. Books 2 and 3, Wreck and Burn, will release in July!

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Jul 012021
 

Wreck (Fuel Series Book 2) by Ginger Scott

**Wreck is the second book in the brother’s-best-friend, friends-to-lovers Fuel Series by Ginger Scott.

When Dustin Bridges left Camp Verde to try to make it on his own, he left half his heart behind. A life with Hannah Judge was just too dangerous. A mountain of chaos and violence was always aiming for the target on Dustin’s back, and that made giving up the only person he ever loved feel necessary.

But impossible isn’t a word Dustin believes in. Defying odds is what he’s good at. It’s how he’s survived. And when fate calls him home, he sees it as his chance to take back his girl, to make his heart whole and to put his makeshift family back together.

Just one thing. That family? And more importantly, that girl? They want nothing to do with him.

When Dustin left Hannah without a word, he broke a promise. More than that, he broke a bond. He broke Hannah. The life she saw in her future was gone in a blink, and in its place she grew a heart of stone and a craving for danger.

But isn’t danger what Dustin Bridges is really all about?

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Jun 222021
 

Wild Mistake (Wilde Horse Ranch Book 3) by Kim Loraine

It seemed like a good idea at the time.

A two-week Hawaiian vacation with a beautiful woman. What could go wrong? Well, when that woman is my best friend’s little sister, the answer is—everything.

Mackenzie Langston has been in my life since we were kids, and until now I didn’t see past her family and our friendship. So when she tells me she’s sworn off men for the next year after a bad breakup, I jump at the chance to have some company on the vacation I’d booked for me and my cheating ex. But Mack’s all grown up and we’re both on the rebound.

In a romantic suite with just one bed, the weather isn’t the only thing that gets hot.

Turns out, what I thought was a good idea might end up one big mistake.
Especially when my heart’s on the line.

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Jun 172021
 

Because You’re Mine (The Gallaghers #3) by Layla Hagen

This sexy and heart-warming romance about a sworn bachelor falling for his best friend’s sister will melt your e-reader. Happy Ever After – guaranteed!
Can be enjoyed as standalone.

Ian Gallagher loves taking risks. It’s how he turned the business he’s built with his brother into a success. But even he can’t cross some rules. His best friend’s sister is strictly off-limits, but when Ellie moves to New York, he jumps at the chance to help her settle in.

One look at her, and he realizes that not flirting with her will be a lot harder than he thought, and not just because she’s stunning. He enjoys her laughter and merciless teasing. How can he stay away when all he wants is to get closer?

Ellie Cavanaugh is living her dream. She’s finally working in a Michelin starred restaurant in New York. Her plan is to get as much experience as possible before opening her own place. Kissing her brother’s best friend is definitely not part of the plan. Neither is opening up to him in ways she never did with anyone.

Ellie knows that Ian isn’t looking for forever though. After all, her brother warned her that Ian was a sworn bachelor. And if she’s honest with herself, Ellie isn’t ready for love either. She’s never let anyone in before. But she can’t help giving in to the growing bond between her and Ian, even if it means putting her heart on the line.

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Jun 162021
 

601 Twilight Lane (A Cherry Falls Romance Book 21) by Kat Baxter

Her brother saved my life overseas. When I was discharged and he reenlisted, I promised him I would do anything I could to keep his baby sister safe.

Taking a job on the police force in the town where she lives seems like the perfect way to keep my promise. But when I arrive in Cherry Falls, I realize protecting Selina is going to be much harder than I thought.

First off, she is on a crazy quest to earn enough money to pay off her father’s medical bills. Even worse, I can’t keep my mind off her sassy, snarky mouth. Not to mention her curvy body.

I am determined to protect her and to keep my distance. Except then she heads to Syn City to double her money at the blackjack tables. And the next morning, we wake up married …

Cherry Falls is filled with returning characters and iconic destinations that will begin to feel like family. When you leave the city, and drive into Cherry Falls, it’s like you’ve finally come home. The cherry on top? Each book delivers a swoon-worthy, sexy romance! So welcome to Cherry Falls, we hope you stay awhile!

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Jun 122021
 

Forever After All by Kaylee Ryan

McKenna

I’ve always had a thing for my best friend’s older brother. In fact, I’ve been planning our wedding since elementary school. Then I grew up, moved away, and studying, and law school became my only focus.

Now that I’m back, the sexy cowboy is everywhere I turn. I shouldn’t mind so much as Rip Callahan is all levels of fine. My problem? His presence… his attention is sending me in a spin. And our reconnection? It’s fast and intense and everything I’ve ever dreamed of.

So why am I getting in my own way?

Rip

I didn’t know the first kiss I ever had would still play on my mind over ten years later. But with beauty and brains, McKenna Dawson is under my skin and very much off-limits.

Crushing on my sister’s best friend isn’t the worst part. That connection? I can’t ignore it. Should I fight it? Probably. Do I want to? Absolutely not.

A challenge among friends is all it takes for me to know she’s what I’ve been missing. That and one incredible trip with those same friends means there’s no going back. Not for me.

It was only supposed to be a weekend, but maybe we were meant to be forever after all.

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Jun 042021
 

Seaside Off Limits (Dixie Point Book 4) by AJ Alexander

Sometimes fantasy can become reality …

Brady Thomas has been the star of my fantasies since I was old enough to have them. As my older brother’s best friend, he never saw me as anything more than a nuisance.
But still, even knowing my feelings for him were unrequited, they persisted. Until one night changed everything.
It’s been almost a year since I last saw him.
A year since he deployed.
A year since he kissed me and then left without a word.
Now he’s home and I’m determined to show him how I feel. Brady may want to pretend nothing happened, that our kiss didn’t mean as much to him as it did to me, but the explosive chemistry between us is too scorching to deny.
Bro code be damned, because I’m not letting anything—or anyone—stand in the way of me getting what I always wanted…
Brady’s heart.

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May 312021
 

Tangled (Willow Springs Series Book 2) by Laura Pavlov

I’ve known Gray Baldwin my entire life.
He’s an arrogant frat boy with a red Solo cup permanently attached to his hand.
And he’s my brother’s best friend.
He’s made it his personal mission to annoy me and when he sets his mind to something, he rarely fails.
But when Gray and I end up at the same college, we can’t seem to stay away from one another.
I’m supposed to hate him, but when I’m alone with Gray, everything changes.
It turns out there is more to this boy than I ever knew.
Our attraction is something that can’t be extinguished.
But Gray is determined to push me away.
And I’m determined to stay.

Kassie’s Review:

Laura never fails to give me all the feels.

I was not expecting this book to hit the way it did but it talked on parents with addictions and reading it at this time struck a cord.

It left me pretty emotional at parts because it was so relatable, well maybe a little higher risk in the book then my life but still. Outside of that, Gray and Gigi are so much fun!

The brothers best friend/best friends sister trope is starting to become a favorite of mine. Specially the over-protectiveness but pretending it’s because your watching out for your best friends little sister, love it!

We of course, got more Magic Willows so that made me happy.

The girls are growing up and it’s so much fun watching them develop into adults and really go after what they want.

Can’t wait to continue this series!

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May 072021
 

Tangled (Willow Springs Series Book 2) by Laura Pavlov

I’ve known Gray Baldwin my entire life.
He’s an arrogant frat boy with a red Solo cup permanently attached to his hand.
And he’s my brother’s best friend.
He’s made it his personal mission to annoy me and when he sets his mind to something, he rarely fails.
But when Gray and I end up at the same college, we can’t seem to stay away from one another.
I’m supposed to hate him, but when I’m alone with Gray, everything changes.
It turns out there is more to this boy than I ever knew.
Our attraction is something that can’t be extinguished.
But Gray is determined to push me away.
And I’m determined to stay.

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May 052021
 

The Blind Date by Lauren Landish IS LIVE EARLY!!!

A Blind Date? It could be a match made in heaven. Or a total disaster.

I’m Riley Watson, bringing a dash of sunshine here and a drop of positivity there. That’s how I live my life, focusing on the good that’s all around us if we look for it. There’s just one thing missing—Mr. Right.
So I agree to try a new dating app and find my perfect match. The catch? No pictures.

Fun times… until my Blind Date shows up. That can’t be the same man I’ve been talking to all week!

Noah Daniels is my brother’s best friend and we have absolutely nothing in common.
He’s grumpy, I’m sunny.
He’s a workaholic executive, I’m a freelance influencer.
He plans everything, and I go with the flow.
This has to be a horrible joke—or is it?

I shouldn’t want him, but when he touches me, I turn into a mushy pile of hot hunger.
I should tell him to get lost, but when he opens his heart, I can’t turn him away.
And the more I know, the more I want him.

Is the wrong man my Mr. Right after all?
The Blind Date will release Monday, May 10th!

Excerpt The Blind Date by Lauren Landish

Riley
R: Hey, I’m here a bit early. Found us a table.
A moment later, Mark replies.
M: Great! I just turned into the parking lot. I’ll be inside in 3 min.
I smile. That’s so Mark. Not ‘in a minute’ or ‘see you in five’, but specific . . . three minutes. I bet I could time him and he’d be spot on.
I wiggle in my chair, smoothing my dress and my hair. Then, just in case, I huff a breath into my palm to make sure it’s okay. Minty fresh.
Taking a quick glance around, I see three other women in blue. Uh-oh, how will Mark know which one is me?
I don’t get a chance to figure that out because a man comes up the winding staircase, and at first, what I see is a thick shock of nearly jet-black hair, definitely a business cut, with no hair touching the collar of a bright white shirt. He takes another step, and broad shoulders clad in a smoke-gray suit come into place, not so wide that he casts shadows when he walks, but strong and athletic.
I can feel my body start to yearn, and my core starts to yell yes! yes! yes! with every beat of my heart.
Another step, and he starts the turn that’ll bring him up to the café level, and my mind really, really needs to slow down. Still, it’s somewhere for my nervousness to go, and I eagerly anticipate his approach. He hits the landing, and as he turns this direction, I start to get up.
“Mar—”
My knees become unhinged as he comes around a bookshelf and I see who he is. Not Mark.
Noah Daniels. My brother’s best friend.
Panicking, I duck my head down reflexively.
What is he doing here?
Oh, no! I can only imagine if Mark shows up right now and Noah sees us. He’ll for sure embarrass me and ruin the whole thing. And if he finds out that I used the app, the teasing will be even worse. I’ll never live it down! Even though there’s nothing wrong with it, it’s the sort of button a brother pushes on repeat just to get a rise out of you. And with Noah being his best friend? Button pushing times two.
I keep my head buried, snagging a newspaper from the next table over, and pretend to read. But Noah walks right by me. He does a double-take, and I see the smile fall from his face as he says, “Riley?”
I look up, and I can’t help but lift my lip in a sneered response. “Well, hello, Noah. Fancy seeing you here.”
What am I saying? Have I turned into some nineteen-forties Hollywood starlet? At least I can tell Mom that she doesn’t have to worry about my being too influenced by my ‘porn’ book choices. I’m suddenly so strait-laced, I feel like there’s a corset squeezing my insides into goo.
Noah doesn’t look fazed at all. If anything, he looks amused. “I suppose so. I’m meeting someone.”
“Me too,” I snip back, ruffling my stolen newspaper.
“Does River know?” he asks, one dark brow lifting harshly.
“What I do or don’t do, and who I do it with, is none of my brother’s business,” I tell him primly.
Why does Noah Daniels rub me the wrong way? I don’t even know him except from hearing stories from Arielle and River. We’ve barely met in passing! He came to Mom’s with River once and pissed me off and hurt my feelings with some stupid comments about my ‘sunny personality’.
I can’t put my finger on it, but he makes my skin feel like it’s on inside out and full of cactus barbs. I want to scratch and spit and bite back against everything he says. No one else makes me feel like that. I’m Riley Sunshine, after all, but he makes me feel like Riley Doom-and-Gloom.
His chuckle prickles over me, and I can feel my face flushing. “Who you do? I definitely think River would have an opinion on that.”
“You think Arielle cares who you . . . do?” I hadn’t meant it like that, but now that he said it, I won’t back away from the challenge of his words.
“Arielle would have an opinion on what I eat for breakfast, how often I shit, and whether I sleep on my right or left side. She would definitely care who I . . . fuck.”
Ooh, he’s upping the ante.
“Fine. They’d care, but not if they don’t know.” The threat is implied, or at least, I hope it is. “Now, if you’ll please excuse me.” I dismiss him, hoping that Mark hasn’t seen me talking to someone else. That’d be a definite faux pas on a first date.
“Sure, sure. Have a good . . . date,” Noah says, stumbling over the word. He looks around and sees a woman sitting at a table alone. He smiles broadly, something I’ve never seen him do. It changes his entire face from harsh and brooding to something brighter, and dare I say . . . happier?
Good for him, I think, though I feel sorry for her.
That’s tacky, Riley, I scold myself, not liking the ugly thought.
I can’t help but watch as Noah makes his way through the maze of tables. He takes a deep breath, his broad shoulders lifting and lowering as he straightens his back. Almost like he’s nervous.
But the great Noah Daniels does not get nervous. I know that much from River. He goes on and on about how stone-cold brilliant Noah is, getting entire boardrooms of people eating out of the palm of his hand with his brains by never leaving a single detail to chance. He’s a perfectionist to a dangerously unhealthy level, only leaving the office when River drags him out.
Arielle says Noah was a great big brother growing up, but as she’s gotten older, he forgets she’s a grown woman who does whatever the hell she wants, whenever she wants to. He’s always trying to talk her into getting a better-paying job, investing in mutual funds, and saving for a rainy day. As if he knows what she needs better than she does.
I might be being a bit dramatic, but I don’t hold Noah Daniels in high regard. He’s not a bad guy, he’s just an uptight, grumpy, money-driven one.
Noah comes around to face one of the other women sitting alone. I see his mouth move but can’t read what he says. The woman nods, gesturing to the chair, and Noah sits down with a smile.
Of course, his date’s already going great. He probably planned it that way.
Meanwhile, Mark said three minutes and it’s definitely been at least seven. I hope he’s not lost. I really hope he didn’t see me talking to Noah and leave. And more than anything, I hope he didn’t catch sight of me and bail.
I lick my lips. Nope, not thinking like that. No negativity. You don’t need that vibe for even a moment, Riley. Happy thoughts, positive thoughts.
Mark will come up the stairs any moment, see you, and it’ll be all sunshine and rainbows. A happy, ninety-six percent match. One River and Noah never need to know was assisted by their app.
Time drags, and I start to feel stupid. I mean, I ditched my socks, I ditched my Docs, and I got dressed up, only to apparently get stood up. In front of an audience, no less. Namely, Noah.
I’m about to get up and leave when I see Noah rise from the table with his date. She reaches out to him, and he shakes his head, thunder written on his face. Guess it’s not going so well, after all. His smile has disappeared as if it never was, to be replaced by his usual Grumpasaurus grimace.
Noah sits down at an empty table, fidgeting with his phone. He glances up, and his gaze spears through me, pinning me in place. Those dark eyes dare me to say one word about whatever messy mistake his date was.
I don’t feel any joy in that, though, so I offer a small smile of pity and go back to looking around. Should I wait any longer? Should I message Mark?
I know if I don’t message him, I’ll always wonder what happened, so I pull up my big girl panties—which, again, are clean, Mom!—and message him.
R: Get lost? I’m waiting in the café upstairs.
I watch my phone closely, needing an answer.
M: Me too.
Huh? I scan the room, looking for someone looking for me. Looking for a guy in a blue tie. Looking for someone who looks like their name is Mark, though I don’t know what that ‘looks’ like.
R: Where are you sitting? I got us a table, but I can come to you.
I watch the three dots appear and then . . .
M: Raise your hand, Rachel.
I blink. That would make it easier for Mark to find me, but it seems embarrassing somehow. I glance back at Noah, but he’s staring at his phone intently, probably deleting his date’s name and number.
Slowly, I raise my hand and scan the room, looking for my dark-haired stranger to make his way to me.
But no one is coming. I look around once more to find Noah’s eyes locked on me. For as dark as they are, they seem to shine bright in this light, lit from within by some type of fire. His jaw is tight as he grits his teeth. I watch, rapt, as he stands from the table and covers the space between us in marked strides.
Standing at my table, he growls, “Rachel?”
I see it then. Dark hair, perfectly knotted royal blue tie and suit, works too much, dedicated, and loyal. But Mark is also sweet and kind and funny. All things Noah is not.
Or at least not that I’ve ever seen.
“Noah? Or should I call you Mark? Is this some kind of prank? Did my brother put you up to this? Or Arielle?” I hiss. “No. This is over the line, way over the line. Even for them.”
My voice is getting louder, and I can feel eyes on me. Eyes I don’t need.
Without waiting for a response, I head for the stairs, trying not to run because I know I’ll trip and fall in these stupid heels. And wouldn’t that be the punchline in whatever joke Noah is trying to pull?
Poor, lonely Riley Sunshine, falling down the stairs after the worst first date in the history of ever.
I make it to my bug, but even the sight of the yellow car that always makes me smile does nothing for me.
Not him. Not Noah Daniels.

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Apr 242021
 

Model Behavior (Wrecked Roommates #1) by Kelsie Rae

Vain, stubborn, sexy AF model meets best friend’s little sister in need of a fresh start…

When you reach rock bottom, the only place to go is up…
Or, for me, apparently it’s straight into the arms of the one person who’s off-limits.
My brother’s good friend and my new roommate.
Crap.
It wasn’t supposed to happen.
The one rule set when I moved in with them was no sexy shenanigans. Period.
Which should have been easy since the last thing I wanted after catching my boyfriend cheating on me was to start up a forbidden romance.
Especially not with the cocky, arrogant, too-hot-for-his-own-good River.
But when he needs a favor that ends up with us half naked and all over each other…
It lights a spark that soon erupts into an inferno.
And sneaking around only adds fuel to the fire.
After all, River is a sucker for things he can’t have.
And now he wants me.
But when the past catches up with our present…
Old wounds and new secrets will be exposed.
Ones that might send me right back to where I started.

If you love forbidden romance, jealous exes, and sexy alpha heroes, then you’ll love Model Behavior by Kelsie Rae. One-Click today!

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Apr 182021
 

The Right Kind of Wrong by Fabiola Francisco

He’s the ultimate bachelor. She’s never had a one-night-stand until now. When the unexpected happens, will they realize there’s more between them than friendship?

The last thing I expect is to wake up in bed next to my brother’s best friend. It’s a mistake I hope to forget when I go back to my life in Madrid.

But Camden is determined to pursue me despite the distance. I was wrong to think an ocean apart would be far enough to clear him from my mind and move on.

Especially when a positive pregnancy test shatters every plan, every dream.

Now I’m forced to tell a man who hasn’t had a serious relationship in all the years I’ve known him that he’s about to be a dad.

As soon as he learns the news, he’s on my doorstep, winning my heart and proving that he’s set on being a father to this child.

I begin to see a different version of the man I thought I knew, but life has other plans for us. And right when I think I’ve found a way to be with him, the unexpected throws our lives into chaos, threatening to rip it all apart.

The Right Kind of Wrong is a touching and swoon-worthy romance. If you like sexy heroes, witty banter, and surprise twists, then you’ll love this brother’s best friend romance.

Read this feel-good romance today!

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