Bossing the Cowboy by Kennedy Fox

4 STARS

Release Date: May 11, 2021

SYNOPSIS: After surviving a messy divorce and custody battle, Dr. Connor Wallen quickly became married to his job. Helping animals is the perfect distraction from his crazy ex, but he finds it difficult to concentrate when an attractive woman joins his veterinary clinic. Getting involved with someone who works for him would only lead to disaster, so staying professional is key. He tries to ignore her, but their chemistry is undeniable.
Elizabeth Bishop can’t stand her boss or how he treats her, but there aren’t many job options in small-town Texas. No matter what she does, it’s never good enough for Connor, but she continues trying to impress him anyway. She’ll never admit she’s attracted to him and denies it every chance she gets. Avoiding him is impossible, but Elle keeps her distance whenever possible. After his walls start to crumble, she knows her feelings aren’t one-sided. She’s tired of playing his games and is ready to prove who’s really in control. Although he pushes her away, she’s determined to pull him closer—showing him exactly what they’ve both been missing.


Bossing the cowboy is Book 4 in the Circle B Ranch Series!
Bossing the Cowboy is a complete stand-alone and can be read without reading any of the other books or spin-off series, but if you prefer to read in order, start with Hitching the Cowboy as the characters and families do interconnect.


REVIEW: This one was a quick read, but a slow burn. Elle was just such a sweetheart and Connor was dealing with a lot. I really liked the dedication of these two had to each other, even though they weren’t actually together for years and didn’t know the other was interested! I am a sucker for this type of loyalty in characters, especially when they aren’t even together. It was also interesting how this story spanned over so many years. It’s always fun seeing all the Bishops and how they play a part in the different romances! They’re such a big awesome family with lots of kids and grandkids. This was just a feel good romance read.

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Brooke Cumberland and Lyra Parish are a duo of romance authors who teamed up under the USA Today pseudonym, Kennedy Fox. They share a love of Hallmark movies, overpriced coffee, and making TikToks. When they aren’t bonding over romantic comedies, they like to brainstorm new book ideas. One day in 2016, they decided to collaborate under a pseudonym and have some fun creating new characters that’ll make you blush and your heart melt. Happily ever afters guaranteed!

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Here With Me by Samantha Young

4.5 STARS

Release Date: May 11, 2021

SYNOPSIS: Settled in the tranquil remoteness of the Scottish Highlands, Ardnoch Estate caters to the rich and famous. It is as unattainable and as mysterious as its owner —ex-Hollywood leading man Lachlan Adair—and it’s poised on the edge of a dark scandal. After narrowly escaping death, police officer Robyn Penhaligon leaves behind her life in Boston in search of some answers. Starting with Mac Galbraith, the Scottish father who abandoned her to pursue his career in private security. To re-connect with Mac, Robyn will finally meet a man she’s long resented. Lachlan Adair. Hostility instantly brews between Robyn and Lachlan. She thinks the head of the Adair family is high-handed and self-important. And finding closure with Mac is proving more difficult than she ever imagined. Robyn would sooner leave Ardnoch, but when she discovers Mac is embroiled in a threat against the Adairs and the exclusive members of the estate, she finds she’s not yet ready to give up on her father. Determined to ensure Mac’s safety, Robyn investigates the disturbing crimes at Ardnoch, forcing her and Lachlan to spend time together. Soon it becomes clear a searing attraction exists beneath their animosity, and temptation leads them down a perilous path. While they discover they are connected by something far more addictive than passion, Lachlan cannot let go of his grip on a painful past: a past that will destroy his future … if the insidious presence of an enemy lurking in the shadows of Ardnoch doesn’t do the job first. 


Here With Me is Book 1 in the new Adair Family Series!


REVIEW: I loved the underlying plot of the story. I didn’t know exactly what was going to ensue, which doesn’t happen often. The romantic suspense part definitely kept me guessing! I do like how well Samantha Young writes these emotionally charged characters and scenes. There is so much depth to all of these characters. It was such a weird mix of people, but in a really good way. The fact that the characters are all fairly close in age, even though that includes a dad and a daughter, also played into the fact that the dynamics were not typical and added a lot to the story. The connections and friendships were just so interesting. The pace did seem a little slow to me, but I just think this book was a little on the longer side and I might not have been in the mood for that. There was more than one big thing that happened, so I kind of thought I was at the end of the book a few different times. Luckily, I did really enjoy what happened and I am sincerely looking forward to finding out what happens to the rest of the characters in the next books! Especially Robyn’s Dad!!

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Samantha is the New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of over forty books, several of which have been nominated for Goodreads Choice Awards. She writes adult contemporary and paranormal romance, YA urban fantasy and YA contemporary fiction. Her books have been published in 28 languages in 30 countries. She resides in Scotland.

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Southern Heart by Natasha Madison

4 STARS!

Release Date: March 6, 2021

SYNOPSIS: Some secrets have a way of coming back and haunting us, no matter how much we try to bury them.
Chelsea – Coming back home was supposed to be normal. Not that my life had ever been normal, but it was getting there. Then I opened the door and found a man—broken, bloodied, and fighting for his life. I don’t know why, but I said I would take care of him. I had to. Needed to. He was a mystery, showing up from out of nowhere. But he might have already stolen my heart.
Mayson Carey –
The only thing I have ever wanted in my entire life was to forget who I was. Joining the military helped me do this. Keep your head down and glide through life was my new motto. No strings, no relationships. Nothing. Everything was working until a knock at the door had me face-to-face with the reason I was running. So I ran—I fell into her arms, and she fell into my heart, but I know better than to think it’ll last.
Some secrets have a way of coming back and haunting us, no matter how much we try to bury them.

REVIEW: This was exactly what I expected from a Natasha Madison romantic suspense. An instant and strong connection between the characters and lots of drama! This family has fascinated me throughout all of the books, and it’s really awesome to see the kids get their stories told. I do enjoy the connection between Chelsea‘s relationship and her mother Savannah’s relationship. This series also addresses the impact of family on our relationships and how people view us. I always enjoy seeing that play out. I’m always entertained the strong women in this series and the alpha men that fall for them. Mayson is so endearing, especially as you find out more about him. I do love a tortured male lead. And how Chelsea sees what’s most important about him as a person is just the best. She does something really dumb, and it made me want to reach in the book and smack her, but other than that this was a fun read!

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Noble Prince by Devney Perry

5 STARS

Release Date: November 10, 2020

SYNOPSIS: The night Luke Rosen met Scarlett Marks was the only time he’s regretted becoming chief of police. One horrific night of blood and death, and now she’s living under his roof—all because he swore an oath to serve and protect. Scarlett is stubborn and infuriating. She has no respect for the order in his structured life, and she never does anything she’s told. Worse, she doesn’t seem to care that the information she has on a motorcycle gang means she might end up dead. But her unwavering strength, her courage and tenacity and beauty, makes it impossible for him to abandon her. If Luke is going to keep her safe, he’ll have to make the hardest decision of his life. He can either honor his values as a cop, knowing Scarlett is unlikely to survive . . . or he can break all the rules and protect the woman who’s invaded his home and his heart.


Noble Prince is Book 4 in the Tin Gypsy Series!
Motorcycle Clubs and Small Town Romances


REVIEW: If you follow my reviews at all, you know I love Devney’s books! And I knew I was going to love this book after meeting Luke Rosen in the previous book. I wanted Luke to get a happy ever after so badly, because he’s just a wonderful person. We also meet Scarlett in the previous book, and I was just curious what her character arc would be like after everything she’s been through. Not only as a child, but also with her ex and how that played out with her twin, I needed things to start working for this woman. After her twin Presley’s story, it definitely seemed a little twisted up with Luke having dated Presley, but I think after reading the previous book I knew that Luke and Presley were more friends than anything else. In the beginning of this one, I wasn’t quite positive how it was all gonna come together, I mean I knew it would, but I couldn’t envision it until it was actually happening. That’s something I love about Devney Perry’s writing, she can make me go from reading a situation where I don’t know exactly how I feel about it to being absolutely, completely invested in the characters and their happy ever after! I sincerely enjoyed the whole journey these two went on. This series seems to keep getting better and better, which is why I cannot wait for Cass and Leo’s book Fallen Jester coming May 18, 2021! 

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This is Book 1 in the Tin Gypsy Series!

What I liked about it:
Enemies to Lovers
Strong Female Lead
Hot Male Lead with a Dangerous Edge
Romantic Suspense


This is Book 2 in the Tin Gypsy Series!

What I liked about it:
Marriage of Convenience
Strong Female Lead
Tortured Male Lead (we met him in Tragic!)
Romantic Suspense


This is Book 3 in the Tin Gypsy Series!

What I liked about it:
A Stubborn & Strong Jilted Bride
More than a Pretty Face Male Lead
Romantic Suspense with all the Twists


devney perry

Devney is a USA Today bestselling author. Born and raised in Montana, she loves writing books set in her treasured home state. After working in the technology industry for nearly a decade, she abandoned conference calls and project schedules to enjoy a slower pace at home with her husband and two sons. Writing one book, let alone many, was not something she ever expected to do. But now that she’s discovered her true passion for writing romance, she has no plans to ever stop. Devney loves hearing from readers! Connect with her on social media.

Holding You Close by Kennedy Fox

4 STARS!

Release Date: March 16, 2021

SYNOPSIS: After serving a decade long prison sentence for an accident that resulted in my husband’s death, Noah Reid returns. Even if he was my childhood best friend and the first man I secretly loved, I refuse to make it easy for him. But the heart never forgets and those old repressed feelings quickly bubble to the surface. Loving him is a dangerous game but one I’m willing to play. Flirting leads to falling between the sheets, and I’m forced to deal with the guilt of what we’re doing. Viciousness towards Noah runs rampant and while revenge trickles through the streets of Lawton Ridge, I realize there’s more on the line than just my heart. While I’m afraid that my son and I will be caught in the crossfire of those who want to hurt Noah, I can’t walk away. Secrets are revealed and revelations are made, but losing him again isn’t an option—especially since I’m pregnant.


HOLDING YOU AWAY is a slow burn, angsty friends to lovers romance with lots of small-town, Southern drama.
It’s book 2 in the Noah & Katie duet and must be read in order.

Check out Book 1: Pushing You Away here!


IF YOU LOVE:
✔️Childhood friends… to enemies…to more?
✔️Single parent
✔️Small-town drama
✔️Suspense
✔️Hero redemption


REVIEW: After that cliffhanger, I was so ready for this one. I have been so curious about both Katie and Noah since we got hints about their situation during Tyler and Gemma’s Duet. I knew they’d have a rocky ride! I kind of guessed a lot of what was going to happen, but I was still interested to see what Kennedy Fox was going to do with this one. They definitely did some great foreshadowing in this one and gave us a lot of the aftermath of all the craziness. It was nice to see how these two adapted to all of the things against them after the dust had settled. In true Kennedy Fox fashion, there was the drama, they were steamy times, and there were the awesome friendships. I do love this crazy interconnected group of friends, that’s for sure. Oh, and of course we got little snippets of what Everleigh will be dealing with in her duet with Archer, and man, I do not think I’m ready for the wildness that is her.

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The Ex-Con Duet Series is 3 duets all interconnected in the same world 💗 
Meet Tyler, Gemma, Noah, Katie, Archer, & Everleigh from Lawton Ridge, Alabama! All of our heroes are ex-con’s and finding their HEA’s after lock up. If you love small-town, Southern romances with a side of drama and humor—this is the series for you!

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Brooke Cumberland and Lyra Parish are a duo of romance authors who teamed up under the USA Today pseudonym, Kennedy Fox. They share a love of Hallmark movies, overpriced coffee, and making TikToks. When they aren’t bonding over romantic comedies, they like to brainstorm new book ideas. One day in 2016, they decided to collaborate under a pseudonym and have some fun creating new characters that’ll make you blush and your heart melt. HEAs guaranteed!

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The Trouble with Wanting by Jillian Liota


This is Book 1
in the Cedar Point series!  


5 STARS

Release Date: July 20, 2020

SYNOPSIS: Ruby Roberts is heading to Cedar Point to connect with the father who left her behind. A handsome stranger on her cross-country flight isn’t what she’s expecting, but their relaxed smiles and easy conversation leaves free-spirited Ruby wanting something… more. Boyd Mitchell is flying home for some end-of-summer relaxation and time with his favorite people – his family. A talkative seat-mate that pulls him out of his carefully crafted shell is the last thing he wants, but he can’t seem to resist her charm. When Boyd and Ruby end up in the same lakeside town, their banter and flirtation quickly become a steamy fling that leaves them both breathless. Neither of them are expecting to find a romance that has them both reconsidering everything they believe about love. As their time in Cedar Point comes to an end, the two will have to decide whether they want their connection to turn into a real-world relationship, or whether wanting more is nothing but trouble.


Review: I sincerely love when an author can make me go from not really feeling a character to being absolutely in love with them. I wouldn’t say I didn’t like Boyd in the beginning, but the airplane scene didn’t really make me like him that much as a male character. I’m all about male leads that are super into the female leads, and he was so standoffish. What’s interesting though is that I think he was super into her, but he’s so stuck in his ways that he can’t get past that. This total coincidence only happens in a romance, but it was so perfect! I also really appreciate the journey these to go on and the growth they both experience together. Something I really love about Jillian Liota‘s books is that there’s always this realness to the characters that makes them so relatable. Ruby is so heavily impacted by her past experiences and Boyd is so understanding when it comes to everything she’s dealt with. He sticks around and that makes him so much more amazing as a male lead. Seriously, Boyd’s growth as a character is what won me over in this on. Ruby and Boyd come from completely different families which also impacts how they interact with each other. And when we meet Boyd Mitchell’s family, it definitely makes me wanna know all about them! I’m very excited to dive into the series and see what happens all of his siblings in Cedar Point.


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The Trouble with Wanting
The Opposite of Falling
The Start of Someday


About Jillian Liota

Jillian Liota is a new author writing contemporary romance and new adult fiction. She lives in Kailua, Hawaii with her amazing husband, 2 cats, and 3-legged pup.  She is the author of the new adult romance novel The Keeper, which focuses on a female college soccer goalie, as well as the follow up novella, Keep Away. Her newest release, Like You Mean It, is in the contemporary romance genre and has a more mature voice, as it follows a pregnant mother finding love in a new town. The next novel in the Like You Series, Like You Want It, will be published in Spring 2019. She has a master’s in Higher Education and Student Affairs, and she is passionate about all things improvement, development and organization. She’s also a big fan of taking walks with her husband and dog Maia, reading romance (obviously), watching a handful of horrible reality TV shows, and exploring the island she calls home.  

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Rules for Dating Your Ex by Piper Rayne

5 STARS!

Release Date: September 1, 2020

SYNOPSIS: If your ex arrives in your hometown eighteen months after you walked out on him while you were eight months pregnant, follow this short list of rules before you give him a second chance.
Rule #1 – Don’t stand in the way of your brothers who want to rough him up.
Rule #2 – Don’t meet him for coffee and agree to allow him to meet your daughter.
Rule #3 – Don’t drool when your daughter falls asleep on his chest for the first time. It’s just your ovaries talking.
Rule #4 – Don’t let him hold your hand. While we’re at it, no hugs, no kisses on the cheek… just no physical contact in general. That only leads to remembering better times.
The last one is the most important…
Rule #5 – When you find yourself needing someone’s help and you’re tired of always asking your family, don’t let him be the one who’s there for you.
Because all those good qualities of his will suck you right back in and you’ll have no chance of fighting your feelings, especially now that he’s ready to be a father to your daughter.


Review: I cannot believe this is the last Bailey’s book. It makes me so happy and so sad at the same time. Haha. First, let’s talk about how amazing Lake Starlight and all the Bailey’s are. they may just be my most favorite fictional family. The loss and connections they share are so endearing. It’s also wonderful to see each Bailey come into their own. And let’s not forget the star of the show, Grandma Dori. She is the matchmaking queen behind the scenes and such a little spitfire. I love how meddlesome she is, seriously always adding a good laugh or a put-them-in-their-place talk. She is an element throughout these books that makes them that much better.

Okay, let’s get to Sedona. Something I sincerely appreciated about Sedona is how on the DL she is. She’s dealt with some drama and hurt, yet she’s not there stealing the show of her other siblings. We barely know about her, or her situation, until we get to the end of book 8. And even when we finally see all that she’s been through, she quietly perseveres. At the same time, she isn’t a pushover and seems to know herself really well. I just appreciated how she stayed true to herself throughout this book.

Oh Jamie and his naiveté. He has so much potential, and I loved finally getting to know him after the tiny glimpses we’ve gotten throughout the books. Seeing him interact with his daughter is the sweetest too. I thought Piper Rayne did a good job of portraying his alcoholism and how it continues to impact him. I feel like he had a lot of growth while him and Sedona were apart, but he also does a lot during this story. One thing about Jamie and Sedona as a couple that I absolutely love is their trust in each other, even after everything. This is a couple that is really just meant to be.

Rules for Dating Your Ex was the perfect ending to The Bailey’s Series. I am so thankful to have been able to read and review these books for Piper Rayne through Wildfire Marketing Solutions. This is one of my top romance series of all time and I would definitely recommend it!

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The Bailey’s Book 1: Lessons from a One-Night Stand

The Bailey’s Book 2: Advice from a Jilted Bride

The Bailey’s Book 3: Birth of a Baby Daddy

The Bailey’s Book 3.5: Operation Bailey Wedding

The Bailey’s Book 4: Falling for my Brother’s Best Friend

The Bailey’s Book 5: Demise of a Self-Centered Playboy

The Bailey’s Book 6: Confessions of a Naughty Nanny

The Bailey’s Book 7: Secrets of the World’s Worst Matchmaker

The Bailey’s Book 8: Winning My Best Friend’s Girl


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Piper Rayne, or Piper and Rayne, whichever you prefer because we’re not one author, we’re two. Yep, you get two USA Today Bestselling authors for the price of one. Our goal is to bring you romance stories that have “Heartwarming Humor With a Side of Sizzle” (okay…you caught us, that’s our tagline). A little about us… We both have kindle’s full of one-clickable books. We’re both married to husbands who drive us to drink. We’re both chauffeurs to our kids. Most of all, we love hot heroes and quirky heroines that make us laugh, and we hope you do, too.

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Southern Sunrise by Natasha Madison

5 STARS!

Release Date: July 7, 2020

SYNOPSIS: Buried secrets never stay hidden in the South. Emily – I fell in love with him when I was fourteen. Under the stars, he told me he loved me, and under the stars we promised to love each other always. But under the stars, he broke my heart by walking away. He left me without a second glance. I was just an afterthought.
Now he’s back, but this time, I’m not falling for his Southern charm. Maybe. It’s time I get my happily ever after, even if part of me wishes he was still mine.
Ethan – I found out on my twenty-first birthday that everything I thought I knew was a lie, and the man I had grown up thinking was my father wasn’t. The pain I felt blinded me, making it impossible to hear what anyone said. I left them all behind, including her, my best friend and the woman I was going to marry. Five years later, I’m back, only to find the woman I still love has another man’s ring on her finger. She’s going to marry my best friend unless I stop her. And this time, I only have until sunrise to change her mind.

REVIEW: Okay, this may have been my most favorite of the series. I was a little worried about Emily being engaged, because I hate when characters break up relationships, but Natasha Madison plotted this story perfectly. It was amazing to see the long term consequences of the prior characters’ choices to keep certain things secret. Whether it was for good reasons, or not, it still caused damage. It was also intriguing to see how it played out over years with these people that had all become family. It’s all a little heartbreaking, but at the same time, it showed how strong love and family is. I just had so much empathy for Ethan and I loved seeing him work to overcome his own mistakes. Anyway, this was one hell of a way to wrap up this series!

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Reckless Memories by Cathrine Cowels

4.5 STARS

Release Date: May 12, 2020

SYNOPSIS: I loved him before I knew what the word meant. From skinned knees to first dates and everything in between. But he was never mine to love. I settled for friendship, even though I always wanted more.

That was before. Before he ripped my world apart and didn’t bother sticking around to help me pick up the pieces. I knit every last shred back together all on my own. And I’ve all but forgotten his name.

Now, he’s back, and everything is torn apart once more. But he’s not the only one doing the tearing this time. And there might be no stopping the person who has it out for us both.

REVIEW

Wow. Talk about emotional. I sincerely enjoyed every moment of this book. This is a new-to-me author that I have been wanting to read for a while. The journey the main characters go through together and apart is heart-wrenching and yet so wonderful. There were so many elements that just pulled me right in and I could not put the book down. I don’t want to spoil anything, but Ford and Bell’s bond from the very beginning is what dreams are made of. And Bell! She is just so strong and caring, I love everything about her! This book touches on the realities of life and growth we experience that can make us realize we didn’t know as much as we thought we did as kids. I always feel that small towns are their own character in books like these. The people in them push the story along, whether in a good or bad way. And this small town was no different. I had a feeling of who the bad guy was, and I turned out to be right, but I sincerely enjoyed getting the missing details at the end that brought it all together. I would definitely recommend this one and I’m looking forward to the rest of the series! And I may just have to check out this author’s backlist asap!

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Already Gone by Kristen Proby & K.L. Grayson

5 STARS!

Release Date: August 27, 2019

SYNOPSIS

Falling in love is easy…

New Hope, South Carolina is my home. It’s where I grew up, got into trouble, and fell in love for the first time. Scarlett Kincaid was more than the girl next door, she was my best friend, until she decided that small town life wasn’t for her. One minute she was here, and the next she was gone.

The girl I used to fish with down at the creek is now the biggest name in country music. She headlines world tours, has won four Grammys, and I haven’t seen her since. Until today when she sped through town in her fancy car. One look at her big brown eyes was all it took to stir up a whole slew of emotions. Emotions I’d long ago buried and sure as hell don’t have time for.

It’s the aftermath that’s hard…

There are two things in my life that matter. My music, and my dad. Twelve years ago, I packed a bag and chased my dream. Leaving New Hope and escaping the gossip mill was the easiest decision I ever made. I never planned to return, but my father needs me, and he always comes first. So, I did what I had to do. I cut my tour short and came home, despite having a sister who hates me, and a community that doesn’t trust me. 

And then there’s Tucker Andrews.

When he propped an arm on the roof of my car, pulled down his sunglasses and flashed his police badge, I nearly swallowed my tongue. Gone is the lanky boy who used to throw rocks at me and pull my pigtails. Tucker is now a six-foot package of brawny, sexy man wrapped in more muscle than I have hit singles. Did I mention he’s a cop and a single dad?

My goal was to help Dad, and get back to my life. But what am I supposed to do when the life that used to strangle me suddenly fits like a glove, and makes me dream of things I never thought I’d have? What happens when the boy I walked away from years ago becomes one of the most important people in my life? I don’t have room for a man much less love.

Right?

Because it’s impossible to hold onto someone who’s already gone.

REVIEW

Second chance romance? Check.

Single dad? Check.

Small Town Romance? Check.

Female lead pursued dreams? Check.

This book has it all, and the writing flows really well! Seeing childhood friends reconnect is a favorite of mine. Throw in a hot single dad, and you might as well have written the book just for me. Not to mention, I love how small towns are characters in and of themselves! I definitely shipped Scarlett and Tucker, and I just enjoyed this journey with them so very much. The dual points of view make the story that much better. I’d definitely recommend this one!!

Thank you Social Butterfly PR for an eARC in exchange for an honest review!!

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EXCERPT

New Hope, South Carolina.

Population 6,129.

I know every soul represented in that number. Not a single one of them drives the shiny red Mercedes that just went speeding by.

Seventy-five in a forty-five.

I flick on my lights and press on the gas, sending my cruiser flying past the city limit sign and the godawful billboard that sits directly behind it; the one declaring New Hope home to country music superstar, Scarlett Kincaid.

It wouldn’t be a big deal if this were actually her home. It’s not. Scarlett may have been born here, but her fancy boots haven’t landed on this soil in over a decade.

All it took was one call from a hotshot music executive to send her packing before the ink was dry on her high school diploma. Scarlett flew from this town fast enough to leave our heads spinning. Before any of us could process what had happened, little Scarlett Kincaid—the same girl who used to build forts with me in my living room while my mama made us mac ‘n’ cheese—had a hit single sitting at number one on the Billboard charts.

She went from homecoming queen and most likely to marry a rich spouse in our senior yearbook, to the queen of country music.

The country loves her. Hell, the whole world loves her.

New Hope…not so much. And it’s high time that fucking sign comes down. 

But first, I have to deal with this speed demon in the sexy red car.

I sound the sirens, and the car pulls to the side of the road and waits while I walk to the driver’s side window. It’s still up, the heavy tint preventing me from seeing inside. With a hand on my holster—because you never know what you’re going to walk up on—I knock on the window.

The dark glass lowers.

My first thought: this woman is absolutely gorgeous. Long, dark hair. Pouty lips. And a tiny pink dress. Her eyes are covered by oversized aviators, but I’m sure they’re as pretty as the rest of her.

My second thought: what crazy excuse is she going to come up with to try and get out of this ticket? It never ceases to amaze me the things women are willing to do to keep from getting into trouble. I’ve been offered everything from a blowjob to a pay-off to marriage. 

“Do you know why I pulled you over today, ma’am?”

“Tucker?” The woman smiles, then pushes her sunglasses to the top of her head. And that’s when I see the brown eyes I’ve spent more than a decade trying to forget. “Tucker Andrews, is that you?”

I step back and square my shoulders. “You can call me Officer Andrews. Do you know why I pulled you over today, ma’am?”

“Tucker.” The woman laughs and shakes her head. “It’s me, Scarlett.”

At the mention of her name, I’m met with an onslaught of flashbacks. Running hand and hand through the neighborhood with her, laughing and playing, only to have her ignore me the second we got to school. The popular crowd versus the nerds who desperately tried to fit in. She the former, me the latter, and the pain it caused every time she acted as though she didn’t know my name. For years, I pretended it didn’t bother me because I knew that when I got home, Scarlett would meet me at the fence, and the awkwardness from the day would dissipate as though it never happened. 

But it did. Day after day after day. I was a glutton for punishment. There was nothing in the world I loved more than Scarlett Kincaid, and it didn’t matter how badly she hurt me, I was always willing to forgive her. 

Her smile and laugh might’ve gotten to me in middle school and high school, but I refuse to let it affect me now. 

“I know who you are.”

Her smile falters.


ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Kristen was born and raised in a small resort town in her beloved Montana. In her mid-twenties, she decided to stretch her wings and move to the Pacific Northwest, where she made her home for more than a dozen years. 

During that time, Kristen wrote many romance novels and joined organizations such as RWA and other small writing groups. She spent countless hours in workshops, and more mornings than she can count up before the dawn so she could write before going to work. She submitted many manuscripts to agents and editors alike, but was always told no. In the summer of 2012, the self-publishing scene was new and thriving, and Kristen had one goal: to publish just one book. It was something she longed to cross off of her bucket list.

Not only did she publish one book, she’s since published close to thirty titles, many of which have hit the USA Today, New York Times and Wall Street Journal Bestsellers lists. She continues to self publish, best known for her With Me In Seattle and Boudreaux series, and is also proud to work with William Morrow, a division of HarperCollins, with the Fusion Series. 

Kristen and her husband, John, make their home in her hometown of Whitefish, Montana with their two pugs and two cats.

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K.L. Grayson resides in a small town outside of St. Louis, MO. She is entertained daily by her extraordinary husband, who will forever inspire every good quality she writes in a man. Her entire life rests in the palms of six dirty little hands, and when the day is over and those pint-sized cherubs have been washed and tucked into bed, you can find her typing away furiously on her computer. She has a love for alpha-males, brownies, reading, tattoos, sunglasses, and happy endings…and not particularly in that order.

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