Jan 232021

Out of Character (True Colors Book 2) by Annabeth Albert

It’s friends-to-enemies-to-friends-to-lovers in this LGBTQIA+ Romance for fans of Red, White & Royal Blue and The Pros of Cons.

Milo Lionetti is not a gamer. Not even close. But when a stupid bet costs him his brother’s prized cards, he’ll do anything to replace them before anyone notices they’re gone. To do that, he’ll need a little help from the best gamer he knows…who also happens to hate him.

Jasper Quigley is known for moonlighting on a popular gaming blog, but he’s eager to stop playing the sidekick. The last thing he wants is to help out Milo and dredge up feelings he’d rather forget. But helping Milo comes with some perks, including getting his help running a cosplay event at the local children’s hospital. All that forced proximity was not supposed to come with kissing, and definitely not falling in love…

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Jan 122021

Stars Collide (Written in the Stars Book 1) by Mia Monroe

He always gets what he wants. Until he meets me.

Above average intelligence is the only break life has given me. I studied hard, got the scholarship to my preferred school, and now I’m poised for my dream job.
That is, until Gabriel struts into my life lobbying for the position he didn’t lift a finger for. And who gets to train him? This guy.

Gabriel is many things- soccer star, golden boy, rival- but this is one thing that won’t come easy to him. I’ll prove I’m the better candidate for the position and somehow manage not to get lost in his eyes.

We spend our days talking about space, and when two stars collide, there’s always an explosion.

Stars Collide is a steamy, low angst, enemies to lovers, opposites attract, MM romance with a determined science major, a former athlete finding his way, a galaxy of assumptions, and only ONE bed. It is book one in the Written in the Stars series, featuring science-loving nerds and the men who fall for them.

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Dec 212020

Falling for My Enemy (Dirty Martini Running Club #2) by Claire Kingsley

What happens when frenemies take the experiment out of the lab and into the bedroom?

Corban Nash is a self-proclaimed data nerd with a sexy half smile and a set of abs that leave girls drooling. He developed a theory he claims will make two people fall in love. And after numerous tests on friends and family, it’s been successful for everyone who’s tried it.

The problem is, it’s never worked on him. And he doesn’t know why.

Still, he’s determined to prove his theory. The only thing standing in his way? Hazel Kiegen.

Hazel refuses to be distracted by Corban’s adorable awkwardness or his temptingly muscular body. He claims to have cracked the code to falling in love, and she’s going to prove him wrong.

From the moment these two rivals meet, their chemistry is irresistible. And what’s wrong with a little sex between enemies? But when they put Corban’s theory to the test for themselves, the results are deliciously unexpected.

Author’s note: STAND-ALONE romcom featuring a sexy nerd with a great big… heart. Tons of tension and witty banter. Super hot frenemies with benefits. Badass lady friendships with a widening circle of trust. And a romantic HEA that will leave you swooning.

Falling for My Enemy was previously titled Love According to Science

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Oct 272020

The Soulmate Equation by Christina Lauren

The New York Times bestselling author of The Unhoneymooners returns with a witty and effervescent novel about what happens when two people with everything on the line are thrown together by science—or is it fate? Perfect for fans of The Rosie Project and One Plus One.

Single mom Jess Davis is a data and statistics wizard, but no amount of number crunching can convince her to step back into the dating world. Raised by her grandparents—who now help raise her seven-year-old daughter, Juno—Jess has been left behind too often to feel comfortable letting anyone in. After all, her father’s never been around, her hard-partying mother disappeared when she was six, and her ex decided he wasn’t “father material” before Juno was even born. Jess holds her loved ones close, but working constantly to stay afloat is hard…and lonely.

But then Jess hears about GeneticAlly, a buzzy new DNA-based matchmaking company that’s predicted to change dating forever. Finding a soulmate through DNA? The reliability of numbers: This Jess understands.

At least she thought she did, until her test shows an unheard-of 98% compatibility with another subject in the database: GeneticAlly’s founder, Dr. River Pena. This is one number she can’t wrap her head around, because she already knows Dr. Pena. The stuck-up, stubborn man is without a doubt not her soulmate. But GeneticAlly has a proposition: Get to know him and we’ll pay you. Jess—who is barely making ends meet—is in no position to turn it down, despite her skepticism about the project and her dislike for River. As the pair are dragged from one event to the next as the “Diamond” pairing that could make GeneticAlly a mint in stock prices, Jess begins to realize that there might be more to the scientist—and the science behind a soulmate—than she thought.

Funny, warm, and full of heart, The Soulmate Equation proves that the delicate balance between fate and choice can never be calculated.
Publication Date : May 18, 2021

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Sep 172020

The Devil Next Door by Jade West (Black Mountain Academy)

Tyler Rain is a jerk. Nothing but an arrogant prick who has been pushing me around since the moment I first walked into Black Mountain Academy.
He hates me.
He hates the way I walk. He hates the way I talk. He hates the way I’m such a nerdy, introverted loner sitting in the corner of class.
But there’s more.
He hates the way I can’t help but look at him with lust in my eyes whenever he’s giving me the middle finger.
He hates the way I want him, even though I can’t stand the sight of him.
And maybe… just maybe… he hates the way he wants me back…

I’m Lewis Headley.
The new boy at Black Mountain Academy.
Tyler Rain’s next door neighbor… and his secret fantasy.

Update 21.11.2020: Releasing December

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Sep 142020

Not My Match (The Game Changers Book 2) by Ilsa Madden-Mills

Wall Street Journal bestselling author Ilsa Madden-Mills delivers a smart and sexy romance about a professional football hottie and the girl he’s sworn to never touch.

Homeless and heartbreakingly innocent, Giselle Riley walks into my penthouse and chaos follows.

I shouldn’t have invited the girl genius to live with me, but it’s clear she needs my help—not only for a place to lay her pretty blonde head but in finding real love, which she’s not going to get with the crazy men she picks up online.

Too bad she’s a twenty-four-year-old virgin and I’m a bad boy wide receiver. She’s off limits for a hardcore player like me—and we’re just friends.

Instead, I’m her matchmaking service, no matter how jealous it makes me when I tag along on her dates.

I can keep my self-control. Right? No way will I give in to everything inside me that dreams of a girl like her in my world.

I may be the best wide receiver in the country, but how could I hold on to a girl like her?
Publication Date : January 19, 2021

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Sep 142020

My Fake Christmas Fiancé (Kane Christmas Book 1) by Julie Kriss

Dear Wesley Kane,

We are not getting married. I know we had to get engaged as part of our companies’ merger plans, but a fake engagement is all I’ll agree to. For business purposes. We are never, ever getting married.

We have nothing in common. I’m the nerdy do-gooder girl with glasses and you’re the playboy with a new woman on his arm every week. I’m not your type, and you’re not mine.

Okay, so you’re incredibly gorgeous. And funny. And you keep giving me That Look. And you’ve ditched all your other girlfriends for me. And I’ve seen you in nothing but your boxer shorts, and I’m still thinking about it. Because…wow.

We have to be married by midnight Christmas Eve, and the deadline is getting closer. It doesn’t matter if you might be my dream guy. It doesn’t matter if I’m falling for you—it’s just a business deal.

We are never, ever—

Oh God, I just kissed you again.
Publication Date : October 22, 2020

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Sep 062020

For The Taking (Gaming The System Book 8) by Brenna Aubrey

So I married my nemesis…
My new life in the States and dream job as a game tester just hit a massive snag. If I don’t want immediate deportation on my to-do list, I need help, stat. Quickest solution—marry Lucas Walker, my cranky and oh-so-annoying co-worker.

Still, this can work. We’ll have rules and have to stick to them. I won’t think about his muscled arms or how stupid handsome he is even while he pushes all my hot buttons. It’s a marriage on paper only. I need to remember that.

Player two, press start.
When that exasperating Canadian, Katya Ellis, asked for help, I agreed because she was willing to help me in return. She doesn’t need to know it’s in my best interest for her to stay in the country. Nope, this is a business arrangement through and through. Which means I’ll set aside all those involuntary fantasies I’ve been having about her shapely body pressed to mine…

What could go wrong? Welp… as it turns out, just about everything.

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Sep 022020

At Any Price (Gaming The System Book 1) by Brenna Aubrey

This novel was featured at Bustle.com as one of “13 Romance Novels That Should Be On Every Woman’s Bucket List.”bit.ly/1ImJbsp

When Mia Strong, popular gaming blogger, auctions off her virginity online, she knows she’ll make waves. But what she will not be making is a love connection. Her rules are set in stone: One night. No further contact.

It’s a desperate step, but it’s the only way she can go to medical school and pay her mother’s mounting hospital bills.

Adam Drake, the enigmatic auction winner, is a software prodigy who made his first millions at seventeen. Now, in his mid-twenties, he’s sexy, driven and–as CEO of his own gaming company–he’s used to making the rules. Before Mia knows what’s happening, he’s found the loophole in the rules of her auction. Every stipulation she’s made to protect her heart gets tossed by the wayside.

She can’t tell if he’s playing her…or if he’s playing for keeps.

When I am in a mood of reading a book with kick a** heroines and geeks, this book comes to mind.

Mia Strong is a geek who has a popular gaming blog. She is out there doing her stuff, but still a virgin and this needs to be taken care of. From her point of view, she doesn’t want more than 1 night to get it over with. This is also because she needs the money to go to medical school and pay her mother hospital bills. So why not auction her virginity?

What she doesn’t know is that Adam Drake has other plans. After seeing her ad, he accepts her conditions and wants to be the man of the night.

You will be thrown in, in a world of gaming and billionaires and you’ll get everything you were looking for. Trust me, this book is worth reading.

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Jul 022020

Nerdy Little Secret by Carrie Aarons
Expected publication: July 10th 2020

I’m sleeping with the nerd.
The nice guy.
The science geek who wears periodic table t-shirts around campus.
That’s my dirty little secret, but it began long before he unknowingly transferred to the same college I attend. We met at the summer camp I was mandated to work at, and our hush-hush affair started behind the kayak cabin and in the darkened canteen long after our respective campers went to sleep.
When Mick Barrett, rockstar name a complete red herring, enrolls at Salem Walsh University, we’re both shocked the first time we bump into each other. And he’s … surprisingly cold. With goals and secrets of his own, Mick is closed off and uninterested, something I’ve never encountered from the opposite sex.
My bruised ego has no time to recover, however, when he discovers the real secret I’m keeping, one that’s even more detrimental than our steamy summer fling. Agreeing to become my tutor, and help me save my future, the glasses-wearing swimmer, with the body of an Olympian under that punny math sweatshirt, begins to grow on me. Again.
Except we both have bigger things to focus on than sneaking around. Plus, we’re not made for each other. He’s aiming to be the next doctor of our generation, while I’m just hoping to survive my Saturday morning hangover.
Too bad our bodies, and hearts, start to believe otherwise.
Which has me questioning; can my dirty little secret become a happily ever after?

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Jun 192020

Mom-Com (Reality of Love Book 2) by Marika Ray

This single parent dating experiment is about to go viral…


When my eight-year-old son starts asking question about love, I decide to use a magazine article on how to woo a woman to prove, once and for all, that romantic love doesn’t exist. Companionship, habit, mild fondness, sure, but not that thing called love. I have my hypothesis ready and I’m dead set on experimenting on my new neighbor, the single mom who does the weirdest things.

But my experiment goes awry in unexplainable ways…


When dating apps fail me spectacularly, I decide to go old school and use a 1950s magazine I dug up at a yard sale to help find Mr. Right.

Fifty Ways to Find a Husband.

Sounds legit.

Problem is, my new neighbor, Mr. Science Professor, keeps blocking my attempts. And keeps losing his shirt. How does a book nerd have so many muscles anyway? Thing is, my kids like his son and we start spending a lot of time together, which is distracting me from my ultimate goal: to find a husband to sweep me off my feet and be a good father to my kids.

Things get comical quick when my best friend records everything in her daily newspaper column. I can’t help but wonder if single moms like me can actually catch a husband. Or will this Mom-Com go viral as an epic train wreck?

I bought this book because it was free. Otherwise, I am not sure my I would have loved spending money on this one. It is a Rom-Com and it’s light and funny, and trust me when I say I paid money on books I couldn’t even finish, so it was a fun read.

My problem was that the hero was supposed to be a geek, a science professor, and sometimes he was inconsistent with what his character is supposed to be. Because of this, I couldn’t connect with them as a couple, or more, which is a shame because this trope is one of my favorite.

Lily-Marie has a new neighbor. She finally started dating after 2 years of being single and now she has a 50’s list on how to catch a husband. When her new neighbor turns out to be slightly awkward, she tries to focus her list on anybody else. Unbeknownst to her, Jameson has a list to prove on his own, and his sole focus is Lily-Marie.

The entire book focuses on them trying to finish this list, so there are some funny moments when I burst out laughing so kudos to that!

This is not the first Marika Ray book I’ve read, so I know her work and love it.

Since this is book 2, I have not read the first one in the series and I did not impact my story. The 3rd book is about Lily-Marie’s best friend, Gabby, but that can also be read as a standalone.

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Jun 142020

Bohemian by Kathryn Nolan

Two souls, drawn together beneath a fierce sky…

Calvin Ellis’s neat and orderly life is shattered when his grandfather dies, leaving him ownership of a quirky bookstore in Big Sur, California. The Mad Ones: once a place famous for poetry readings and bohemian rebellion, it now teeters on the brink of financial ruin.

Lucia Bell’s glamorous life as a super model is put into stark perspective when she shows up for a photo shoot, at a bookstore, in the middle of nowhere. She finds herself oddly intrigued by the quiet, nerdy owner with the huge glasses reading behind the register.

One night they share a passionate and frenzied kiss against a bookshelf. Outside the store, lightning strikes. Trees topple. And the world shakes beneath their feet.

As the storm tears its way through Big Sur, Calvin and Lucia share and explore their most secret desires. Hopes and dreams they once thought lost are recaptured. But inevitably, as reality roars back, they find themselves stuck at a crossroads.
Two conflicting paths. And each must make their own decision.

Which life will they choose? And will it include the other?

Authors Note: Opposites attract. Shy nerd (with a dirty mouth). Gorgeous supermodel. Secret love notes. Poetry. Hidden desires. Quirky small towns and funky book stores. Hot springs. Wild storms. True love.

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May 282020

Talk Nerdy to Me (Sterling Shore #12) by C.M. Owens

Despite the fact it seemed like Base Masters was all over Sterling Shore, I’d never really known much about him, aside from random factoids. Things like… he’s a semi-estranged cousin of one of my brother’s friends, plays guitar in a local band, and he doesn’t get mentioned much unless he’s on stage.

Until… he decided I was going to be his first real-life muse, moved himself into my spare room, and started splashing the walls with pictures of my face next to his lyrics…

His weirdness differs from mine, but he’d be a perfect candidate for my hymen situation. Then I could finally move on to the next personal challenge on my list. The only problem is that he’s yet another man afraid of a virgin.

I genuinely never expected it to be so difficult to lose one’s virginity. I think the world has filled me with false expectations of debauchery coming so easily.

The human element always messes up the plans in my head.

Talk Nerdy To Me is the story of little Brit as she is next for her story.

We’ve known Brit since book 3, when Dane Sterling found out he has a half sister. She is extremely smart, has a memory of a dictionary and is a little bit awkward. Let’s just say she is not used to having social skills.

While we had guesses on things she’s said during the series, now we finally get into her mind.

It’s hilarious and you will love the brotherly love the guys have for her.

In her quest to get rid of her virginity, she stumbles on Base Masters, the solist of the band that plays at Dane’s club and also Tag’s cousin. He doesn’t know what hit him.

Base has been introduced little by little, more so when the girls go to watch him because he is gorgeous.

I am happy that Brit is with Base since they are the characters we’ve seen along the way.

In this book we get the final cliffhangers to the last book: The Wedding. Be sure to give me your thoughts on this one.

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May 282020

Hardwired (Hacker #1) by Meredith Wild

Devour the addictive #1 NYT series that’s sold over a million copies worldwide about a bad boy hacker billionaire and the whip-smart woman he can’t resist.

Determined to overcome a difficult past, Erica Hathaway learns early on how to make it on her own. Days after her college graduation she finds herself face to face with a panel of investors who will make or break her fledgling startup. The only thing she didn’t prepare for was going weak in the knees over an arrogant and gorgeous investor who’s seemingly determined to derail her presentation.

Billionaire and rumored hacker Blake Landon has already made his fortune in software, and he’s used to getting what he wants with very little resistance. Captivated by Erica’s drive and unassuming beauty, he’s wanted nothing more since she stepped into his boardroom. Determined to win her over, he breaks down her defenses and fights for her trust, even if that means sacrificing a level of control he’s grown accustomed to.

But when Blake uncovers a dark secret from Erica’s past, he threatens not just her trust, but the life she’s fought so hard to create.

I was looking for some books with a hacker theme and cam across this one.

Blake Landon is a mystery. When he meets Erica Hathaway in a board meeting, trying to pitch her business idea, he wants her and is willing to do whatever to have her.

What Erica wanted was an investor to fund her internet start-up, not a guy to lose herself into.

To be honest, even if I found Erika a very driven woman, sometimes I felt like she was all over the place. The relationship she has with Blake will develop along the way, but there is a clash of control none of them wants to lose. She is supposed to be a Harvard Grad, but damn, sometimes she was so immature, you start to question her sanity.

It has a bit of Fifty Shades vibe drama, but you should give it a try. And I say this because Blake will invade her life and try to make her, his. She tries to resist, but how can she, when a billionaire hacker wants her bad.

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May 282020

Code Name: Sentinel (Jameson Force Security #2) by Sawyer Bennett

As a former member of the United States Secret Service, I’m no stranger to putting my life on the line in the name of duty. Having left the nation’s capital to re-settle in Pittsburgh, the skills I acquired during my tenure in Washington have made me a valued member of the team at Jameson Force Security. But when the President comes seeking a favor to protect his niece, I find myself on the fast track back to the Oval Office.

Simply put… she’s beyond brilliant. A nationally renowned energy scientist, Barrett Alexander is on the verge of a breakthrough that will change the world. Unfortunately, that has also made her the target of a suspected terrorist cell. And while Barrett doesn’t believe she’s in any real danger, the President isn’t willing to take chances with her life.

As the threats against Barrett become more calculated, I decide taking her on the run is her best chance of survival. Danger, isolation, and attraction ensure we grow closer than I’d ever thought possible. When I realize I want to keep her safe for reasons that have nothing to do with my job and everything to do with the woman I’ve fallen in love with, no one is safe from the hell I’ll rain down on those that threaten her.

I have been waiting for Sentinel as soon as I finished book 1 of the series. Cruce Britton intrigued me and I wanted his story.

If you’re looking for some PI where they guard the damsel in distress, aka smart and too stubborn and sexy scientist, this book is for you. And she’s the niece of the President of the free world.

So, after Cruce saved the life of the VP now current President he searched for other career opportunities. He is still in good terms with his former employer and that is why he and his new boss, Kynan gets hired to protect his niece, Barrett Alexander from a supposed threat.

Barrie is an energy scientist in the break of discovery something people will benefit or do whatever to get their hands on her formula.

The book was a bit short but on point.

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Apr 212020

Big Player (Size Matters Book 3) by Blake Wilder

I’ve got a big pro football contract, a big appetite for women, and a big mouth. It gets me into trouble more often than not… but this time it lands me with a nerdy little PR gatekeeper who is supposed to control me.

But good luck with that. Eloise and her kitten sweaters and sexy as hell glasses have me ready to use my mouth in a whole different way…

I’m not your typical nerd girl. Instead of video games, I love football. I’ve landed my dream job managing social media for my favorite team, but with Dakota North as quarterback it’s a 24/7 job.

When I’m told I have to spend a week making sure Dak doesn’t tweet, he seems hell-bent on using that time to flirt with me. I have to ask myself, what is more important- losing my v card to an alpha quarterback or keeping my perfect job?

A Size Matters story.

Blake Wilder is a Pen Name and was born from the authors Erin McCarthy, Mari Carr, and Erin Nicholas
There is NO READING ORDER! They are not connected (except for being about big, hot, alpha guys and the sassy girls who handle them) so you can jump in anywhere!

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Mar 242020

A Matchless Romance (Aisle Bound #4) by Christi Barth

When a Chicago matchmaker transforms an awkward nerd into a sexy stud, she’s sorely tempted to keep him for herself!

Tabitha Bell is the face of Chicago’s premiere matchmaking service. At least, she hopes it will be, someday, once business takes off. Struggling to stay afloat, she can’t afford to turn down any client. Not even an impossible-to-train nerd who substitutes sex with triathalons.

His inability to talk to women almost cost Drew Watson his job. He’d be perfectly happy sequestered in his office, designing blockbuster video games. But his boss considers talking to funders a non-negotiable requirement. Who better than a matchmaker to teach him about the opposite sex?

Once Tabitha looks beneath his cliched hoodie and uncombed hair, she discovers more than six feet of sexy physique. When the urge to kiss him becomes irresistible, Tabitha tells herself it’s a logical step in learning his attributes. One taste isn’t enough to satisfy either of them. Tabitha yearns for a relationship that’s more than skin deep. And yet she’s got to unleash the new and improved Drew on the single women of Chicago to collect her fee. Or might Drew talk her into turning their fling into a matchless romance?

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Feb 122020

The Perfect First (Fulton U #1) by Maya Hughes

“How long do you last in bed?” Those were her first words to me, swiftly followed up with, “And how big would you say you are?”

Persephone Alexander. Math genius. Lover of blazers. The only girl I know who can make Heidi braids look sexy as hell. And she’s on a mission. Lose her virginity by the end of the semester.

I walked in on her interview session for potential candidates (who even does that?) and saw straight through her brave front. She’s got a list of Firsts to accomplish like she’s only got months to live. I’ve decided to be her guide for all her firsts except one. Someone’s got to keep her out of trouble. I have one rule, no sex. We even shook on it.

I’ll help her find the right guy for the job. Someone like her doesn’t need someone like me and my massive…baggage for her first time.

Drinking at a bar. Check.

Partying all night. Double check.

Skinny dipping. Triple check.

She’s unlike anyone I’ve ever met. The walls I’d put up around my heart are slowly crumbling with each touch that sets fire to my soul.

I’m the first to bend the rules. One electrifying kiss changes everything and suddenly I don’t want to be her first, I want to be her only. But her plan was written before I came onto the scene and now I’m determined to get her to re-write her future with me.

Title: The Perfect First (Fulton U #1)
Author: Maya Hughes
Publication Date: April 25th, 2019
Shelves: Contemporary; Romance;
Format: Kindle (342 pages)
Rating: 8/10

The first thing that made me pick this book was the cover. Plus collage athletes and nerds.

I was in a bad mood when I started this due to some personal problems and just wanted an easy one to not dig into my emotions and make me feel better with their story.

I got what I wanted, but I don’t think it’s a book I’ll re-read anytime soon.

The story was sweet, Persephone “Seph” Alexander is finally away from her parents, but has little time to do so many first before her father makes her go to Harward and “become better”. She’s a math genius who spent all her time indoors, homeschooled etc.

Accidentally she meets Reece, because she dumbly put an ad to get rid of her virginity. When Reece finds out what she’s up to, he takes matters into his own hands and is determined to go through her list, but with any sexual stuff. Skinny dipping, hell no. Sex? Again, no.

But Reece has his own drama, and soon he finds himself lost in Seph, but will this cost his pro carrer?

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Nov 262019

Attraction (Elements of Chemistry #1) by Penny Reid

One week.
Private beach.
Invisible girl.
Jerk-faced bully.

What’s the worst that could happen?

Kaitlyn Parker has no problem being the invisible girl, which is why she finds herself hiding in various cabinets and closets all over her college campus. Despite her best efforts, she can’t escape the notice of Martin Sandeke—bad boy, jerkface bully, and the universe’s hottest, wealthiest, and most unobtainable bachelor—who also happens to be Kaitlyn’s chemistry lab partner.

Kaitlyn might be the only girl who isn’t interested in exploiting his stunning rower’s build, chiseled features, and family’s billionaire fortune. Kaitlyn wants Martin for his brain, specifically to tabulate findings of trace elements in surface water.

When Kaitlyn saves Martin from a nefarious plot, Martin uses the opportunity to push Kaitlyn out of her comfort zone: spring break, one week, house parties, bathing suits, and suntan lotion. Can she overcome her aversion to being noticed? Will he be able grow beyond his self-centered nature? Or, despite their obvious chemistry, will Martin be the one to drive Kaitlyn into the science cabinet of obscurity for good?

Excerpt Attraction (Elements of Chemistry #1) by Penny Reid


I jumped at the sound of my name coming from Martin’s lips and turned to face him. I also, for reasons known only to my subconscious, balled my hands into fists and lifted them between us, like I was prepared for a fist fight or a boxing match.

He studied my defensive posturing and smirked, taking the seat Sam had vacated without asking permission. Meanwhile I glared at him, my mental wall up and prepped, though my hands fell back to my lap. I had to do this because… super-hot boy alert level ten thousand.

“Sandeke,” I said. I knew I sounded ridiculous, like I was greeting a sworn enemy, but I had to be on guard.

His gaze skated over my face then flickered to my hands, still fists, on my lap. Then he gave my hands a smile. Apparently they amused him.

“Are you going to hit me?”

“I don’t know,” I answered honestly. “It depends on if you take your pants off again.”

“You’ll hit me if I take my pants off?”

“Yeah… I might give you a junk-punch.”

He laughed, very loudly and very suddenly, and with the complete abandon that comes from being surprised. But his laugh was a radioactive seduction and had a half-life of infinity. I wanted him to stop laughing never. It made his eyes crinkle and his mouth curve in a sinful smile, showcasing his excellent dental hygiene regimen.

He also looked so different. He usually wore an expression of perpetual unimpressed boredom. Perpetual unimpressed boredom was a good look for him, a very good look. As were all the other expressions I’d seen, like distrust, mischievous amusement, thunderous anger, unveiled interest, etc.

But laughter… he almost looked happy. Happiness on Martin was a revelation of beauty and physical perfection married to excellent and infectious good-mood-vibes. I let my fists drop. Less than a minute into our first interaction on this trip and my carefully constructed defenses had been virtually blown to bits.

I might as well wave the white panties of surrender.

“Oh, well. Barnacles.” I said to nothing and no one.

His laugh gradually receded and his eyes flickered over me. “No more fists.”

“Nope. There’s no use,” I’m sure I sounded despondent.

“So you think I could take you in a fist fight?”

“I think you could take me whenever…” I shrugged. “If you wanted to, and I really only have myself to blame.”

Martin narrowed his eyes, and they sharpened, surveying me. “You don’t look happy about this.”

“I’m not.”

“Why not?”

I stared at him for a beat then freely admitted the truth. “Here is the problem Martin. I feel like I like you.”
The sharpness in his gaze softened and his mouth curved into a lazy, satisfied smile. “That doesn’t sound like a problem to me.”

“But it is,” I pressed. “Because the feeling originates entirely in my pants.

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Nov 242019

Time (Laws of Physics, #3; Hypothesis, #2.3) by Penny Reid

A (brokenhearted) physicist.

Now an infamous (who is LITERALLY EVERYWHERE!! UGH!) musician.

The worst has already happened.

Mona has learned that she has nothing figured out and plans are meaningless. After leaving her in Aspen, Abram is now breaking sales-records, rising to rock star fame almost overnight. Mona can’t seem to escape him. He is literally everywhere, or at least images of him are.

Just when she thinks things can’t get any more confusing, Abram returns . . .

What happens next? Only TIME will tell.

Excerpt Time (Laws of Physics #3; Hypothesis #2.3) by Penny Reid

I wrapped my arms around her body, lifted her off the ground, and kissed her lips.

She was warm, and soft, and tasted like peppermint and honey. I bit back a groan.

God, she felt good. Great. Celestial. Heavenly. I may have surprised her, but she responded immediately, enthusiastically, twisting her arms around my neck, opening her mouth and welcoming the invasion of mine.

It wasn’t enough.

It was a crumb, and I was starving. Desire—to tighten my hold, devour, take, keep, cherish, to never let her go—obscured thought and sight, and I slipped a hand under her shirt to touch the silky skin of her back, sliding my fingers upward until they rested under her bra strap.

Mona lifted her chin, breaking our mouths apart, and I kissed the point of it, the elegant line of her jaw, the tender spot beneath her ear, the hot skin where Mona’s graceful neck met the slope of her shoulder. I was so hungry for her, I couldn’t stop myself from tasting every exposed inch.

“Abram,” she said, her voice a breathless, disbelieving whisper, followed by a little laugh. Her fingers flexed at the back of my neck, pressing me closer. Every part of my body hummed and vibrated, unable to contain the immensity of now, of this divine feeling.

“You’re here,” she said, her soft voice full of wonder and happiness, soothing the ravenous panic holding me hostage for the past six days. It had been a peculiar kind of madness, not being able to reach her while pretending all was fine, pretending she didn’t occupy my mind every second of the day. But receding now, it left a new kind of turmoil and urgency in its wake.

We had no time.

No, I corrected myself, We have time. We have the rest of our lives.

“I need your fu—your phone number.” I spoke gruffly against her neck, squeezing my eyes shut and breathing her in, again and again, the heat and sweetness of Mona.

I’d missed her, and that was a gross understatement. I’d been speeding toward this moment for days and being with her now felt like the aftermath of a head-on collision. Stupefied, frantic, but determined to enjoy every shared second remaining. My hands were shaking.

We have time. Calm down. Calm down.

Mona laughed lightly, the sound melodic, beautiful, and she pressed a kiss under my ear. “Why didn’t you just ask Leo? Or send me an email?”


I worked to keep the darkness of my thoughts from showing on my face as I leaned away, letting her slide to the ground but unwilling to release her fully, fisting my unsteady hands into her T-shirt. “I couldn’t find an email for you anywhere, and neither could Marie. She tried calling your department for me. They told her all media requests had to go through the PR department at the university and it would take two weeks to a month for a response.”

“Ah, that’s true. My email is on lockdown, otherwise it gets out of hand.” She nodded contritely. “But what about Leo?”

“Leo.” I forced my jaw to relax and I lowered my voice but couldn’t completely disguise the intensity of my wrath. “Leo wouldn’t give me your number.”

Mona’s hand moved to my face, her palm pressed against my cheek, the pads of her fingers softly stroking my beard. “What? Are you serious?”

“Yes,” I ground out. “He said he was doing me a favor. So I flew to LA.”

“You flew to LA?” I felt her body tense, and the moment realization dawned, her beautiful eyes growing impossibly large as they moved over my face. “You must be so tired and—but I wasn’t in LA, I was—”

“Here. Yes. I found that out yesterday when I stopped by your department at Caltech and they told me you weren’t due back until Friday,” I rushed to explain, multitasking, using the time to devour the sight of her, soak and submerge in the reality of being here with her.

Calm down. We. Have. Time.

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