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5 Star ARC Review 🌺 Just An Illusion – Encore by D. Kelly

Reviewed by Jacqui

Words cannot even begin to describe how much I loved this book. I have been in a book hangover since I finished. The Illusion Series has made me laugh, cry, and absolutely know what true love is. Don’t plan on just picking up this book without reading the others. You can’t.  You need to read every incredible book to fully fall in love with Sawyer Weston.

Encore is written from Sawyer’s point of view. It relives some of the other books from the first time he fell in love with his brother’s wife Amelia or Mel as she is known. It brings us more backstory of the anguish he felt over falling for a girl that chose his twin brother Noah.   He could never do anything to hurt his brother and walking away from his brothers happiness with the girl he wants showed his true strength.  The story recounts the tragedy that fell on Sawyer and Amelia and how Sawyer coped with his sadness.   If you’ve read the other books, it gets more into the letters that Noah left for everyone. But the pure love Sawyer has for Amelia out shadows the promise his brother made him make. His love for Amelia goes so much deeper than anyone knew. I loved the way he and his story were written. I almost feel like they are family.   He is so much more than the man whore of Bastards and Dangerous.   The ending was absolutely brilliant and left me wanting more from these characters.   Do you hear me Dee Kelly?!   Don’t be done with these people yet.

Truly a beautiful story that was so well written. Once again Dee, you have blown me away with this story. Thank you for writing it.

We are thrilled to be bringing you the release of JUST AN ILLUSION – ENCORE by D. Kelly, the final book the Illusion series and the conclusion to Sawyer’s story. Make sure to grab your copy today!

About JUST AN ILLUSION – ENCORE

Sawyer Weston has done the unthinkable—he’s fallen for his brother’s girl. He’d never purposefully hurt Noah, but that’s exactly what’s going to happen if he can’t get her out of his system.

A stolen kiss between them finally brings Sawyer to his senses. No matter how much he wants her, Amelia has made her choice.

When tragedy strikes, Sawyer finds himself taking on more responsibility than he ever imagined. Can Sawyer remain the rock his family needs in their time of crisis? Or will he succumb to his deepest desires and fall in love with Amelia all over again?

Just an Illusion – Encore is the conclusion to Sawyer Weston’s story. Every thought, every feeling, are yours for the taking. Are you ready?

Add JUST AN ILLUSION – ENCORE to your Goodreads TBR!

Grab your copy of JUST AN ILLUSION – ENCORE today!
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Don’t miss the other books in the Illusion series!

Just an Illusion – Side A | Just an Illusion – The B Side | Just an Illusion – EP
Just an Illusion – Unplugged | Just an Illusion – Encore

About D. KELLY

Kelly, author of The Acceptance Series, The Illusion Series, and standalone companion novels Chasing Cassidy and Sharing Rylee, was born and raised in Southern California. She’s a wife, mom, dog lover, taxi, problem fixer, and extreme multi-tasker. She married her high school sweetheart and is her kids’ biggest fan.

Kelly has been writing since she was young and took joy in spinning stories to her childhood friends. Margaritas and sarcasm make her smile, she loves the beach but hates the sand, and she believes Starbucks makes any day better.

A contemporary romance writer, D. Kelly’s stories revolve around friendship and the bond it creates, strengthening the love of the people who share it.

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New Release + 5 Star ARC Review ☆ Playing by Heart by JB Salsbury

Reviewed by Jacqui

JB Salsbury, I want to live in your head when you’re writing!
Once again you kept me up late reading. And what a read it was!! I think I am going to have to take down my JT poster and replace it with Jesse Lee.

Jesse Lee has once again woken up with no memories of the past week. All he knows is he had cold water thrown at him and girls in his bed. He doesn’t see a problem here, but his manager and record company see a BIG problem with it.  Now he finds himself detoxing in a room at his brother’s house with a past painful memory staring at him. He has been given 90 days to get it together or he is done. Surprise Arizona is a lot different from Los Angeles. No glitz and glamour, just his brother Ben or Pastor Ben as he is known, an adorable little girl named Elliot, and an ordinary girl who volunteers for the church and takes care of Elliot. His ninety days is either going to kill him or make him look at things (and people) differently.

Bethany thought she had the love of her life. She is the marrying kind of girl and thought he was it. Now, she is without a car, (there may or may not have been a fire) and throws herself into volunteering at the church and taking care of the Pastor’s daughter. But a rude and crude addition to the house has her on edge. She avoids him as much as she can until what she mistakes for moans of pain turn out to be a whole different kind of moaning. Her avoidance is short lived when she is assigned to drive him around to meetings and deal with his overall grumpiness. It’s only ninety days of her life. Or maybe not.

This is a romantic story that doesn’t start out that way. Both are happy annoying each other, her with her singing and him with his constant focus on sex, but soon find themselves slowly working themselves into each others heart.

Thank you JB Salsbury for bringing us a story that will make others believe that enemies can become so much more.
BLURB

Jesse Lee is the worst!

He’s a multi-millionaire, triple-platinum-selling, Grammy-Award-winning man-slut—a worldly, self-indulgent heathen. I wouldn’t sleep with him if he were our last chance to ensure survival of the human race. The only reason I put up with him is because he’s my boss’s brother.

Whatsherface is one of those holier-than-thou types.

She’s bossy, has a horrific singing voice, and she’s so ordinary, she practically blends in with the eggshell-colored walls—the complete opposite of anyone I’d bang. The only reason I put up with her is because my career is on the line.

Playing by Heart is an enemies-to-lovers romance where opposites not only attract, they ignite.

New Release + 5 Star ARC Review 🌺 JUST AN ILLUSION – ENCORE by D. Kelly

Reviewed by Suzi

Best book yet!

Wow! Just when you thought it was okay to read this book, mostly because you made it through all the hard stuff already. Theses guys jump right back in and give you all the feels all over again. Have tissues in hand, not just a few maybe few boxes. This story is all Sawyer, his point of view, his ideas and thoughts. Dee. Brought her A game on this one. Who would have thought that our sexy, cocky Sawyer could be such an incredibly soft hearted, sweet romantic. As his story unfolds you really do start to fully understand the bond Sawyer and Noah had and it’s truly incredible. Although Mel and Sawyer have there moments and their ups and downs, the power of love is truly an amazing thing and this book right here is a truly amazing book.

We are thrilled to be bringing you the release of JUST AN ILLUSION – ENCORE by D. Kelly, the final book the Illusion series and the conclusion to Sawyer’s story. Make sure to grab your copy today!

About JUST AN ILLUSION – ENCORE

Sawyer Weston has done the unthinkable—he’s fallen for his brother’s girl. He’d never purposefully hurt Noah, but that’s exactly what’s going to happen if he can’t get her out of his system.

A stolen kiss between them finally brings Sawyer to his senses. No matter how much he wants her, Amelia has made her choice.

When tragedy strikes, Sawyer finds himself taking on more responsibility than he ever imagined. Can Sawyer remain the rock his family needs in their time of crisis? Or will he succumb to his deepest desires and fall in love with Amelia all over again?

Just an Illusion – Encore is the conclusion to Sawyer Weston’s story. Every thought, every feeling, are yours for the taking. Are you ready?

Add JUST AN ILLUSION – ENCORE to your Goodreads TBR!

Grab your copy of JUST AN ILLUSION – ENCORE today!
Amazon | Apple Books | Kobo | Nook

Don’t miss the other books in the Illusion series!

Just an Illusion – Side A | Just an Illusion – The B Side | Just an Illusion – EP
Just an Illusion – Unplugged | Just an Illusion – Encore

About D. KELLY

Kelly, author of The Acceptance Series, The Illusion Series, and standalone companion novels Chasing Cassidy and Sharing Rylee, was born and raised in Southern California. She’s a wife, mom, dog lover, taxi, problem fixer, and extreme multi-tasker. She married her high school sweetheart and is her kids’ biggest fan.

Kelly has been writing since she was young and took joy in spinning stories to her childhood friends. Margaritas and sarcasm make her smile, she loves the beach but hates the sand, and she believes Starbucks makes any day better.

A contemporary romance writer, D. Kelly’s stories revolve around friendship and the bond it creates, strengthening the love of the people who share it.

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New Release + 5 Star ARC Review ❤︎ Saint (Mercy Book 2) by JB Salsbury

Reviewed by Jacqui

Just so you know, Ghost Girl is the first book in this series and needs to be read first.

If ten stars were possible, this book would definitely deserve it. As it was said in the book, “Everything is a journey, a wild ride with constant surprises.” This story was a journey through wanting to save the one you love no matter what it means to you. A story with surprises that will make you cheer and then cry, but a good cry.
When Milo and Mercy head to Mexico, they think it will only be for a short time. But revenge is the only thing Milo sees. Finding the one who held Mercy captive for so long and getting justice for Mercy. The only problem is that Mercy has gone from one prison to another. Stuck in the compound of El Jefe, Milo’s father, Mercy wants to know where Milo goes every night. When she follows him one night, things go wrong immediately. Now Milo is in a race against time to find Mercy. Knowing his father does not approve, Milo goes against the demands of his father to find Mercy and it could mean his life in the LS. The LS hold onto his every move and he is willing to risk it all to let Mercy have a normal life. But a life that may not include him.

I can barely put into words the way I feel after reading this book. Mercy and Milo are characters so incredibly written you get lost easily lost in the story. At one point I felt like I was right there along with Milo and looking for Mercy. I was so caught up in the passion the two have for each other because the writing makes you feel that. The ending pulled at my heart and I wanted to slow down reading to make it last. But it had to end and there is no other way I would want to see the ending. It completely fits the characters of Mercy and Milo.
JB Salsbury, once again I am in awe of you and your talent for telling a story. Don’t stop doing what you do best. Thank you for bringing us Mercy and Milo and their beautiful story.

Synopsis

Milo sold his soul to the devil to save an angel.
Now he’s after revenge.

There are worse prisons than the lush estate of a notorious drug smuggler in Mexico. Mercy lives out her days alone and hidden from the world, but her sleep is riddled with nightmares of the muti and all the boys and girls just like her who weren’t lucky enough to get away.

If the people who kept her as a child are in Mexico, is it possible she could find them?

What starts as vigilante justice unravels a web of human trafficking deeper and darker than Milo and Mercy could’ve imagined. When she comes face-to-face with the people she once considered family, she proves she is far from the Angel they raised her to be.

About the Author

JB Salsbury, New York Times Best Selling author of The Fighting Series, lives in Phoenix, Arizona, with her husband and two kids. She spends the majority of her day lost in a world of battling alphas, budding romance, and impossible obstacles as stories claw away at her subconscious, begging to be released to the page.

Her love of good storytelling led her to earn a degree in Media Communications. With her journalistic background, writing has always been at the forefront, and her love of romance prompted her to write her first novel.

Since 2013 she has published six bestselling novels in The Fighting Series and won a RONE Award.

For more information head over to jbsalsbury.com for the latest news, quizzes and downloadable swag!

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New Release + 5 Star ARC Review 💗 Restored Dreams by L.B. Dunbar

 

Reviewed by Jacqui

I would highly recommend reading Mid Life Crisis before jumping into this book.
First off, the cover. Damn! When the cover fits perfectly for the story and main character, you know the book is going to be amazing. LB Dunbar has brought us another book for the over 40 crowd. Let me just say, a man with silver hair can knock your socks off.
Brut and Lily have been sidestepping each other for 22 years when Lily had her heart broken by Brut. Now they find themselves at the same beach house for a week long vacation. Instead of trying to avoid each other, they decide to give into the week of being together and see what happens. What they discover is that the attraction is still there. So begins what should have happened years ago. All thanks to Brut’s brother Hank who set Brut and Lily up.
These two have incredible chemistry thanks to LB Dunbar. I love the fact that once again she has written a story where the characters are older and have lived the life they wanted and are doing what they have set out to do. They are beautifully written and it was very easy to get lost in their story.
Once again LB Dunbar, thank you for incredible storytelling and showing us that life over 40 can still be a lot fun.

Blurb

More
romance for the over forty.
Brut Paige needs a life break.
As caretaker to his brother, his business, and his son, he’s used to being the
man to get things done.
Yet, along the way, he’s forgotten how to have fun.Lily Warren deserves a vacation.
She’s worked hard to establish her bakery, a lifelong dream. She’s proud of her
accomplishments.
But, she knows there’s something missing.

A broken heart tore them apart.
A little matchmaking forces them together…
Twenty-two years later.

Funny thing about being over forty—forgiveness and frosting can lead to all
kinds of trouble…or restored dreams.

+ + +

If you loved Hank Paige in Midlife Crisis, you’ll want to learn more about his
brother, Brut, a sexy silver fox mechanic, and the lost woman of his dreams.

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Author Bio
L.B. Dunbar loves the sweeter things in life: cookies,
Coca-Cola, and romance. Her reading journey began with a deep love of fairy
tales, medieval knights, Regency debauchery, and alpha males. She loves a deep
belly laugh and a strong hug. Occasionally, she has the energy of a Jack
Russell terrier. Accused—yes, that’s the correct word—of having an overactive
imagination, to her benefit, such an imagination works well. Author of over two
dozen novels, she’s created sweet, small town worlds; rock star mayhem; MMA
chaos; sexy rom-coms for the over 40; and intrigue on an island of redemption.
In addition, she is earning a title as the “myth and legend lady” for her
modernizations of mythology as elda lore. Her other duties in life include
mother to four children and wife to the one and only.

New Release + 5 Star ARC Review 🌺 GhostGirl by JB Salsbury

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ghost Girl JB Salsbury

Reviewed by Jacqui

Have you ever stayed up late, reading a book you can’t put down, and then wake up the next morning still thinking about the story? Ghost Girl by JB Salsbury is that kind of book. I didn’t want to put it down or for the story to end. (Good thing it doesn’t) It’s a love story unlike one I have ever read. A story of two people who are complete opposites finding the realness in each other to make an unlikely pairing.

 

Milo lives in a foster home with his two younger brothers. The eldest son of a notorious gang leader in LA, Milo has fought to keep his brothers out of the hands of the gang. Living in a foster home that welcomes all of them has become his life. Even at the age of twenty, he still has a home there. He’s working for the school he attends as well as finishing his education. He doesn’t want to be the next gang lord. He just wants to provide a safe home for his brothers. He’s on track when his foster family takes in another teenager.

 

Mercy has lived a confined existence. Her looks make her stick out from most and she has been made to believe she  is more than she really is. It is the only life she has ever known. Her world comes crashing down when she wakes up in a psychiatric facility and then is taken home by her therapist. She is thrown into a life so unknown to her. She has no idea how to be a teenager or even what the outside world is. Fortunately for her, she has found a guardian angel in Milo. He teaches her and protects her at first out of concern, but then out of love. He will do what he needs to do to keep her safe from people still looking for her. Including going back to a life he gave up. Mercy is everything to him.

 

JB Salsbury has brought these two characters together and in turn has created a beautiful love story that no one would have expected. You become entranced by Milo and Mercy’s story. Already a huge fan of her work, this book solidified to me why I will always fangirl over JB Salsbury. It takes a lot to tell such a moving story and she nailed it. Seems like I say this a lot, but thank you JB Salsbury for introducing Milo and Mercy to me. XOXO

BLURB

 

She was brainwashed into believing she could save mankind.

Now, she’s the one who needs saving.

 

Abandoned with his two younger brothers, Milo Vega was placed in foster care. Now a twenty-year-old high-school senior covered in gang tattoos and working as the school’s janitor, he is living a life vastly different from the one he was destined for.

 

When another foster joins the family, this one from the psychiatric facility, Milo’s skeptical. A rare genetic condition makes her unlike any girl he’s ever seen, and he wants nothing to do with the one he calls Ghostgirl.

 

Despite his reluctance, his protective instincts flare when she enrolls in school, and eventually, an unlikely friendship grows between them. When a tragic event snaps her fragile psyche, Milo is faced with the possibility of never seeing her again.

 

Unless he risks it all to save her.

 

 

 

 

 

About the Author

JB Salsbury, New York Times Best Selling author of The Fighting Series, lives in Phoenix, Arizona, with her husband and two kids. She spends the majority of her day lost in a world of battling alphas, budding romance, and impossible obstacles as stories claw away at her subconscious, begging to be released to the page.

Her love of good storytelling led her to earn a degree in Media Communications. With her journalistic background, writing has always been at the forefront, and her love of romance prompted her to write her first novel.

Since 2013 she has published six bestselling novels in The Fighting Series and won a RONE Award.

For more information head over to jbsalsbury.com for the latest news, quizzes and downloadable swag!

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New Release + 5 Star ARC Review ❤️ Midlife Crisis by L.B. Dunbar

Midlife Crisis LB Dunbar

Reviewed by Jacqui

LB Dunbar you have done it again! You have given us a story that speaks to so many readers. A story that is not about twentysomethings who have perfect lives. This is a story about finding love again after 40. If you read her previous book, After Care, you already have a taste of what is to come. Mature characters with mature problems. As a mature reader, I devoured this story.

 

Hank Paige is a former rockstar with a rockstar past. Working for his brother in the family car restoration business has him wanting to find that one person. He’s been in love before, but this feels different. It feels real and reciprocated.

 

Midge Everette is a divorcee with three boys. Since her husband left her for a younger woman, she was convinced that she would never find anyone else. Then she meets Hank and he makes her feel like the most desirable woman in the world.

 

So there story begins. You get some more of Edie and Tommy as well as Ivy and Gage. We also get to meet some new characters which has me excited for what LB Dunbar has up her sleeve. Keep bringing us stories with real life problems and characters over 40. I’m fiftysomething and I love that these stories show that passion and fun isn’t just for the younger crowd. I look at my silver headed husband and think damn, how did I get so lucky. LB Dunbar, you’ve had me as a fan from the beginning. I don’t see that ending anytime soon. Thank you for this amazing story.

 

A sexy silver fox might be the perfect solution to a midlife crisis.

❤ ❤ ❤

Midlife Crisis

Another romance for the over 40

By L.B. Dunbar

Romantic Comedy

Midlife Crisis LB Dunbar

Midge Everette.

I’m forty-one today.

It’s my birthday,

And I’m crying over burnt toast.

That’s not some euphemism.

Literally, I’m sobbing over stupid bread,

so I call a crisis center.

I just need someone to talk to about life.

Only I recognize the smoky voice of the man on the line.

In the name of all things, don’t let it be…

Hank Paige.

As a former rock star,

I once had it all.

Fame. Fortune. Females.

Except for the one thing I wanted most.

Now, I fix cars and restore other people’s dreams.

I just want to be somebody’s someone.

And there’s a certain woman with captivating eyes,

I want to fulfill my dreams.

For the love of all things, please let it be her…

In the midst of questioning everything,

could love be the resolution to a midlife crisis?

❤ ❤ ❤

If you loved Tommy Carrigan in After Care meet his best friend and former drummer, Hank, as he discovers romance in his forties.

Book 2 of the silver fox, former rock stars can be read as a standalone.

 

 

 

About the Author

L.B. Dunbar has been accused of having an over-active imagination. To her benefit, this imagination has created over twenty novels, including the creation of a small-town world (Sensations Collection), rock star mayhem (Legendary Rock Star series), MMA chaos (Paradise Stories), rom-com for the over forty (The Sex Education of M.E.), and a suspenseful island for redemption (The Island Duet). Her alter ego, elda lore, creates magical romance through mythological retellings (Modern Descendants). Her life revolves around a deep love of reading about fairy tales, medieval knights, regency debauchery, and strong alpha males. She loves a deep belly laugh, a strong hug, and an occasional margarita. Her other loves include being mother to four grown children and wife to the one and only.

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New Release + 5 Star ARC Review 🌺 Behind Me By Piper Reagan

Behind Me by Piper Reagan
Reviewed by Jackie

If I could give this book 10 stars, I would. What an amazing first full length novel from new author Piper Reagan. I thought her first book Fast Forward was good, but if she keeps going at this pace, she is going to have a incredible career as an author.

Josephine (Joss) has lost her way in life. From that fateful day ten years ago to now, she has kept herself isolated, only having a few friends. On a night out with the girls, she lands in the arms of a handsome stranger, Cain. A night of incredible chemistry and mind blowing sex has Joss sneaking out the next morning to keep her secret hidden. But Cain is not one to give up. He is going to make this girl his, no matter what she is hiding.

I couldn’t put this book down. It takes you on a journey of every emotion you could imagine. Joss and Cain are written with such incredible chemistry it will have you cheering for them. I didn’t want their story to end. Be prepared to sit and take all of this book in one sitting. If things like sleep and work didn’t get in my way, I would have holed up for hours. Piper Reagan, thank you for such an extraordinary story. You have a fan for life. I can’t wait to see where your stories take me next.

Synopsis

don’t even know who I am anymore.
Josephine… My birth name. The one my parents gave me and the one they can have. It makes me no difference.
Joss… That’s what my friends call me. I like it. It means they know me. Sort of.
Blue J… My stage name. It hides me when I need it to.
Bird… That’s what he calls me. And he’s the only one.

He gave me a new name. One that was branded on my skin our first night together, placed there by his lips. The night that was supposed to be our first and our last. Because if he sees the me hiding behind the fake name, will he even want me?

Cain
She slipped out, right through my fingers. But that won’t work for me. Her voice made an impression, her touch left its mark. And when I find her, I’ll make sure she remembers the way it felt.

But how can a girl who hides herself, living her life in a convent and afraid to face the world, ever fall for a man who kills people for a living? Can the death row prison guard and the girl struggling to break free come together? Or will their differences keep them from finding their forever?

Behind Me is a contemporary romance with adult language and sexual content and is intended for an audience 18 and over.

 

 

 

About the Author

Piper Reagan is a wife, mom, dog lover, and avid reader. Her love for books led her to throw her hat in the ring and write one of her own. When she’s not bustin’ tail at her day job, she’s sneaking in time to read and write, which has been her greatest escape from day-to-day stress.

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New Release + 5 Star ARC Review ✻ Flash Point (The High Sierras #1) by Diane Benefiel

 

Flash Point (High Sierras 1)

Diane Benefiel

Reviewed by Jacqui
Once again Diane Benefiel has written a story that captured me from page 1. Her ability to tell a story that makes you want to keep reading is incredible. This time her story focuses on Emmaline Kincaid or Emma. She has just inherited her grandfather’s fishing resort. She has no idea what to do but vows to make it work. With a little elbow grease and the help of new friends, she starts rebuilding what her grandfather started and a place she has fond memories of. Unfortunately, someone in the small town of Hangman’s Loss has other ideas and is desperate to run her out of town.

But as every great story it needs a hot sheriff who can help keep her safe, and maybe fall in love with her. Everyone knows Chief Bradley Gallagher in Hangman’s Loss. He is a standup guy who will do just about anything for you. But when he meets Emma, his focus turns to one thing, keeping her safe and finding out who is trying to destroy her. Up for the challenge Chief Gallagher sticks close to Emma and will protect her at any cost. What he didn’t expect was to find the one person that completes him and makes solving this case even more important.

Diane Benefiel you blow me away every time I read one of your books. I can’t wait to see what happens next in Hangman’s Loss. Thank you for bringing us Emma and Brad’s story.

Reconsidering Her Options
 
Stalwart, honest, a stand-up guy – high praise, right? Wears his jeans just right, single, a catch – pretty much everyone in Hangman’s Loss, a quirky little town in the Eastern Sierras, adores the hell out of Police Chief Bradley Gallagher. Yet, new resident Emma Kincaid is determined to keep him at arm’s length, and with good reason. But vandalism, arson, and a violent attack have her rethinking her stance. Has someone from her past caught up with her, or is the escalating threat coming from within her newfound community? Sparks fly as Brad races against time to keep her safe, and passions combust when they join forces to combat the danger.
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Excerpt

Okay, there was a cop out there and not all cops were bad.
That was rational. She wasn’t a kid again, in a patrol car paralyzed by terror.
Dread gripped her at the realization that, as much as she hated the idea, she
would have to trust this cop.



“I repeat, this is the police. Come out with your hands up.”

Bracing herself, she tried to speak but a dry throat made her voice inaudible.
A convulsive swallow, and she tried again. “I’m coming out.”
Cautious, she eased into the doorway. She pushed open the screen, grip tight on
the heavy flashlight, then hesitated, blinded by the powerful beam of his
light.
He stood in front of the porch, a shadow darker than the rest. “Stop. Lower
your flashlight to the floor.”
Emma ordered herself not to freak out. Crouching, she reluctantly set down her
only possible weapon. “This is my place. I can be here.” Even to her own ears,
her voice sounded tight with dread.
“We’ll figure that out.” When she’d risen again, he continued, “Put your hands
behind your head and come down the steps.”
Emma raised her arms, linking her fingers behind her head. Slowly she moved
forward. That voice kept whispering in the back of her mind. He could be a
rogue cop. He could rape and kill her, bury her body out in the woods somewhere
and no one would even know she was gone. If he made one wrong move, she’d take
her chances and run. Poised for flight, she couldn’t keep a hard shiver from
wracking her body.
“What’s your name?”
His voice had a low timbre that was somehow calming. They probably taught the
technique in cop school. She tried to see beyond the blinding light but
couldn’t make out his features. “My name is Emma, and this is my property.” She
paused. “Can I put my hands down?”
She’d never felt more vulnerable in her life when the cop ignored her question
and moved behind her. She tensed as he gripped her wrists with one warm hand
and conducted a quick pat down with the other. “Is there anyone with you?”
Her heart beating so hard it was a wonder she didn’t pass out. Emma conducted a
fast internal debate on whether to admit there was no one else, but realized
she had no choice. She was alone. “It’s just me.”
The unyielding presence behind her made her hyperaware. The creak of the
leather cop belt, the hiss of his radio, even the scuff of his boots on gravel
brought back frightening flashes of memory that served to reinforce that she
was at his mercy. And that this could go very, very badly for her. To the
depths of her soul, Emma hated feeling so vulnerable.
He released her clasped hands and moved to stand in front of her. Angling the
flashlight so it wasn’t shining directly in her face, he stood back, watchful.
A stillness settled over him. He stared at her, making her aware of the pull of
his gaze. After a long, arrested moment he appeared to gather himself.
“You can lower your hands now. Sit down on the steps.” He pulled the radio off
his belt, low voice reporting his location and situation, then strode back to
his vehicle to open the rear door.
Sinking onto the porch steps, Emma watched as he leaned inside to retrieve
something, then moved to the driver’s door to reach in and flip off the
headlights. His radio buzzed and he paused to respond. He had the sure,
economical movements of a supremely self-confident man.
The dome light of the SUV lit him from the side, showing a strong profile. His
eyes were on her but he was a good thirty feet away. He responded to the radio
and took his gaze off her to lean farther into the vehicle.
Watching him warily, Emma thought briefly, insanely, of running. She could do
it. Just slip into the darkness and find safety in the trees. But that would be
madness. So far he’d done nothing threatening, other than being a cop, and,
more importantly, she hadn’t done anything wrong. But having the legal right to
be here sure didn’t make her feel any safer.
“Don’t even think about it.”
Emma startled, looking up to find him staring at her across the distance.
Great, the cop was a mind reader.
 

Author Bio

National Readers’ Choice Award winner for her novel, Solitary
Man, Diane Benefiel has been an avid reader all her life. She
enjoys a wide range of genres, from westerns to fantasy to mysteries, but
romance has always been a favorite. She writes what she loves best to read
– emotional, heart-gripping romantic suspense novels. She likes writing
romantic suspense because she can put the hero and heroine in all sorts of
predicaments that they have to work together to overcome.

A native Southern Californian, Diane enjoys nothing better than summer.
For a high school history teacher, summer means a break from teenagers, and
summer allows her to spend her early mornings immersed in her current writing
project. With both kids living out of the house, in addition to writing, she
enjoys camping and gardening with her husband. Diane loves hearing from her
readers.

New Release + 5 Star ARC Review ❤︎ After Care by LB Dunbar

 

 

 

After Care by LB Dunbar

Reviewed by Jacqui

Love doesn’t care about age or health. Love is finding the one person who sees you for you, despite your saggy belly or age. For Edie Williams this all comes true while on a vacation with her kids in Hawaii. There she meets Tommy Carrigan, a gray haired, tattooed hunk of a man who seems out of her league. How wrong she was. One week with Tommy Carrigan and Edie feels alive again. He makes her feel and gives her some hot sex she never got from her ex. He showed her how to live again. He showed her what true love really is.

Tommy and Edie’s story is refreshing to read. LB Dunbar writes them as real people that some may be able to relate to. They aren’t perfect. They aren’t 20 somethings who don’t say what they want. They are mature (or somewhat mature) adults who have experienced life and are looking for someone who makes them feel wanted and special. I wish I could give more than 5 stars. I loved everything about this book. The chemistry created for the couple by LB Dunbar is why her books are so incredible to read. She can draw you in with such an easy reading flow it’s hard to put her books down. I think I started to read slower so it wouldn’t end. I don’t know how many times I thank the author for her ability to tell stories that leave a memory. This is a book I will remember. So once again LB Dunbar, thank you for giving us Edie and Tommy and letting people know that over 40 is not a bad thing.

Blurb:

Breast cancer survivor Edie Williams is ready to live.

Divorced. Mother of two.

She’s planned the vacation of a lifetime for a reboot,

only to encounter an awakening adventure—Tommy Carrigan.

Manager of the band Collision, Tommy Carrigan has his plate full.

Independent. Carefree.

He’s on an annual holiday with his band family,

when the unexpected happens—Edie Williams.

Love might be just what the doctor prescribed,

but can it survive the world of rock-n-roll?

 

 

If you enjoyed The Sex Education of M.E., you’ll love After Care, another romance for the over-forty from L.B. Dunbar. Continue the adventure previously published in Love Notes, the newsletter of L.B. Dunbar.

About the Author

L.B. Dunbar has been accused of having an over-active imagination. To her benefit, this imagination has created over twenty novels, including the creation of a small-town world (Sensations Collection), rock star mayhem (Legendary Rock Star series), MMA chaos (Paradise Stories), rom-com for the over forty (The Sex Education of M.E.), and a suspenseful island for redemption (The Island Duet). Her alter ego, elda lore, creates magical romance through mythological retellings (Modern Descendants). Her life revolves around a deep love of reading about fairy tales, medieval knights, regency debauchery, and strong alpha males. She loves a deep belly laugh, a strong hug, and an occasional margarita. Her other loves include being mother to four grown children and wife to the one and only.

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