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“An incredible story filled with love, angst, and devotion. Five bright stars!”

—Aleatha Romig, New York Times bestselling author

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When We Touch, an all-new sexy, second chance standalone from Tia Louise is LIVE!

Ember Rose was spicy-sweet seduction.

My biggest temptation.

My biggest regret.

I thought she’d always be waiting for me.

I was wrong.

Now I’m back in Oceanside searching for peace, hoping to escape what my life has become.

She isn’t supposed to be here…

Dark hair blowing in the ocean breeze,

Luscious curves barely hidden by thin cotton.

I didn’t come back for her.

But when we touch, I know I’ll do whatever it takes to make her mine…

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About Tia Louise:

Tia Louise is the award-winning, international bestselling author of the ONE TO HOLD and DIRTY PLAYERS series and co-author of the #4 Amazon bestseller THE LAST GUY.

From “Readers’ Choice” nominations, to USA Today “Happily Ever After” nods, to winning the 2015 “Favorite Erotica Author” and the 2014 “Lady Boner Award” (LOL!), nothing makes her happier than communicating with fans and weaving new tales into the Alexander-Knight world of stories.

A former journalist, Louise lives in the center of the USA with her lovely family and one grumpy cat. There, she dreams up stories she hopes are engaging, hot, and sexy, and that cause readers rethink common public locations…

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Available now!!!

 

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Long for Me by Stacey Lynn
Publisher: Carina Press
Release Date: September 4th, 2017

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Synopsis:

My boss already controls my days; do I want to give him my nights, as well?

Rebecca

I’ve seen what happens when you give everything to a man. That’s not what I want. I won’t have my heart crushed in anyone’s fist.

Then he changed everything.

Him. Bennett Ashby. My boss.

Seeing him at Luminous, dressed in leather pants and wielding a whip…

Do I crave this?

My mind says no, but my body is starting to have very different ideas.

Bennett

I knew Rebecca Morales would be the perfect assistant. That’s why I hired her.

I didn’t know that working with her every day would lead to temptation—to own her, to possess her.

When she walked into Luminous, I knew I was screwed. Dipping your pen in the company ink is never smart, but we both agreed what happens at the club stays there.

One night and then it’s back to business tomorrow.

Except I don’t want just one night with Rebecca. I want them all.

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About the Author

Stacey Lynn currently lives in Minnesota with her husband and four children. When she’s not conquering mountains of laundry and fighting a war against dust bunnies and cracker crumbs, you can find her playing with her children, curled up on the couch with a good book, or on the boat with her family enjoying Minnesota’s beautiful, yet too short, summer.

She lives off her daily pot of coffee, can only write with a bowlful of Skittles nearby, and has been in love with romance novels since before she could drive herself to the library.

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Prime Minister – Ainsley Booth & Sadie Haller

 

Loved, Loved this book, because it was so lighthearted and joyous.  It has some kinky stuff but it’s nowhere as dark as Fifty Shades.  Both characters are well-balanced individuals, with somewhat normal families, no dark issues in their childhood.  However, the PM likes it kinky and needs to keep it well hidden because imagine the scandal if the country learns that the PM likes his sex life kinky.  Then he meets this lovely girl who comes to work with his staff as an intern, and he likes her a lot.  So he has three strikes: she’s young, she’s an intern, and he doesn’t know if she’s strictly vanilla or can like some kinky stuff.  How to approach? He’s in a real bind.  As the days go by and he gets more desperate, he flies to his hometown where his best friend and fellow kink partner, fixes him a meet, but it doesn’t work because he wants HER, not anyone else.  Since in this book the character is the Prime Minister of Canada, even if fiction, I couldn’t help but keep an image of the real deal.  After all, both are hotties!!

Ellie is studying for her PhD, so she’s very intelligent, nerdy and slightly clumsy.  She’s fascinated by the PM.  When she calls him Sir, she notices he reacts funny but has no idea why.  All she knows is that she’s called to work for him frequently, assisting in speech writing because she gets him and what he wants to work for in his government. After a rather clumsy attempt made by Ellie to seduce the PM, the boundaries are erased, and they start to be a couple.

Ellie’s so eager to learn and to please and so intuitive, that she guesses his particular preferences and decides to heartfully embrace the style. They face several obstacles, mainly the press, paparazzi and the public opinion. The PM is constantly aware and protective of Ellie, because she became essential to his existence.

I totally enjoyed this book.

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Sneak peek Afterburn /Aftershock Movie

 

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Afterburn Aftershock Movie Sneak Peek!

From New York Times bestselling author Sylvia Day…Businesswoman Gia Rossi is determined to be successful in her new job, but when her ex lover Jax Rutledge waltzes back into her life, their passionate connection ignites not only in the boardroom, but the bedroom.

Streaming this November on Passionflix.com

You know you wanna watch…

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The Irish Getaway – Siobhan Davis

 

This novella is like a transition between the books in the series.   It fits between Finding Kyler and Loving Kalvin, like a dessert course between dinner courses. The whole Kennedy family and Faye travel to Ireland.  There they will do the touristy thing plus meet with Faye’s grandparents from her biological father, Adam.

Faye and Kyler are an established couple, and their scenes are definitely cheesy with all the loving and sexing.  I get a kick out of seeing Kyler so devoted and accommodating, as compared to the beginning of the series, when he was so hostile and unhappy.  They spend a couple of weeks alone, meeting with Faye’s BFF’s Jill and Rachel.  Then the rest of the Kennedy clan arrive, for a family vacation. There are a couple of parties, one before the Kennedy clan arrive, where we meet Luke, Faye’s ex, and the first conflict in the novel.  Ky doesn’t like when Luke gets all handsy with Faye, so Luke gets thrown out of the party. Next party is the Welcome to Ireland party, held in Rachel’s house.  This clan loves to party and riot.

So they travel all over Ireland, submitting to Alex’s very ambitious travel itinerary, visiting all the tourist places that can exist in Ireland.  I loved hearing about all these places, so I can make my own list if I ever make it to travel to Ireland. All the family got along on this trip, except for Kent who continues to cause trouble.  The whole gang has a great time, partying and getting along, with the usual bickering and spats between siblings.  The older Kennedy’s also have their partying and fighting, as per usual.  Faye gets to be with her new family and gets another chance to experience her half-sister Whitney’s hostility, which is based mostly on jealousy.  She’s not the only girl in the house anymore.  The twins Josh and Jake are adorable. And Faye’s new to her grandparents are awesome and youthful.

The story is very light and airy and fun to read, nothing too deep, just touching on all the different hot spots in the story so far and hinting to where the series is going.  As per Siobhan’s style, there’s a little of everything and the mixture is totally entertaining.

 

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Giveaway for blog tour The Chesapeake Bride

 

THE CHESAPEAKE BRIDE

11th in The Chesapeake Diaries series

Mariah Stewart

Pocket Books

August 29, 2017

ISBN 9781501154355

$7.99

 

Praise for The Chesapeake Bride, Book 11 in The Chesapeake Diaries:

“Stewart succeeds in giving both Owen and Cass a smooth blend of strength and vulnerability, and the setting of this heartwarming romance will draw readers in with its island-life charm.”

—Publishers Weekly

“The Chesapeake Bride is a small-town romance which will leave readers wanting more of the charming characters and unforgettable story. I enjoyed this book so much that I am still running some of the scenes through my head, which shows how fantastic the story is. Another great read by an outstanding author. A Recommended Read!”

—Romance Junkies, Five Heart Review

“The romance is slow and sweet…the lack of unnecessary melodrama, angst, and over-the-top gestures makes this a refreshing contemporary romance between two adults who act as such.”

—Kirkus Reviews

Praise for Driftwood Point, Book 10 in The Chesapeake Diaries:

“This second-chance-at-love romance is gentle and sweet…The colorful friendship between the family matriarchs…charms. Stewart seamlessly checks in with former series protagonists and introduces future romantic pairings without stealing attention from Lisbeth and Alec.”

—RT Book Reviews

Praise for That Chesapeake Summer, Book 9 in The Chesapeake Diaries:

“[That Chesapeake Summer] deftly uses the tools of the genre to explore issues of identity, truth, and small town kinship…Stewart offers a strong statement on the power of love and trust, a fitting theme for this big-hearted small town romance.”

—Publishers Weekly

“A touching story of self-discovery and homecoming that is sure to warm readers’ hearts…fans are sure to feel right at home in Stewart’s idyllic seaside setting and follow this emotional journey with avid interest.”

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Praise for The Last Chance Matinee, Book One in The Hudson Sisters Series:

“The popcorn, the red velvet seats, the glittering Hollywood stars on-screen…I’ve enjoyed all aspects of going to the movies since I was a kid…so when I saw a vintage theater on the cover of this book, I quickly swiped it up…The tale was a sweet reminder of the importance of family. I can’t wait for the next book in this series!”

—First for Women magazine, July 2017

“[This] lively, warmhearted series starter will have readers eagerly awaiting the second installment.”

—Booklist

“A good read, with a nice blend of mystery, family drama, and romance.”

—Library Journal

 

ABOUT THE BOOK:

New York Times bestselling author Mariah Stewart returns to the cherished Maryland shores of St. Dennis with THE CHESAPEAKE BRIDE (Pocket Books; August 29, 2017; $7.99), the charming story of a jaded architect who meets the one man who could finally melt her heart—if she’s willing to let him in.

Cassidy Logan has sworn off good-looking adventurers, having just divorced the one she’d married. Now working with her father’s construction company to build ecologically friendly, historically accurate homes on the Chesapeake Bay, she’s designing them for Cannonball Island. Knowing there’s been no new construction on the island in almost one hundred years, Cass is sensitive to the heritage and history of the sparsely populated island, and has come up with plans so perfect she’s determined to buy one for herself to live in. Even the fact that Owen Parker—whom she dismisses as a lightweight and a player— seems to be everywhere she goes isn’t enough to deter her from building her dream house.

Owen is and always has been sinfully handsome and wickedly clever, a magnet for mischief as well as the girls in St. Dennis. He’s also a rolling stone, going and doing whatever appeals to him, from flying a mail plane in Alaska to working on a cattle ranch in Australia and a shrimp boat in Louisiana, to surfing and diving in Costa Rica. When an old friend offers him a job salvaging a sunken ship in the Chesapeake, Owen gladly accepts. Something’s been telling him it’s about time to head home to Cannonball Island, and a job is as good an excuse as any. He’s totally smitten with the pretty architect, but it seems he’s finally met a woman who’s immune to his charms. Sooner or later, Owen will have to face the reason why he always runs, because this time, leaving just might be harder than staying.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Mariah Stewart is the award-winning New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of numerous novels and several novellas and short stories.  A native of Hightstown, New Jersey, she lives with her husband and two rambunctious rescue dogs amid the rolling hills of Chester County, Pennsylvania, where she savors country life and tends her gardens.  Visit her website at mariahstewart.com, like her on Facebook at AuthorMariahStewart, and follow her on Instagram at mariah_stewart_books.

GIVEAWAY:

We’re celebrating The Chesapeake Bride and Summer 2017 with one giveaway for Driftwood Point, 10th  in The Chesapeake Diaries Series by Mariah Stewart! The last day for entries will be Friday, September 22nd(the official last day of summer!) The winner will receive one copy of Driftwood Point. U.S. only, please.

 

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A White Picket Fence – Laura Branchflower

 

It’s very difficult to review a book like this! It’s wonderfully complicated, with greatly flawed characters and a magnificent plot.  Or I should say plots, because even though there’s a main plot that tugs at your heart, other side plots are interwoven and connected.  The main one involves adultery, in a couple that have been married for twenty-five years.  Lina and Phil have such a deep connection, such a deep love, that it’s unfathomable that such a thing happened but such are the consequences when the family goes through a crisis.  Their teenage middle daughter had gone through a hard year, first battling drugs, then battling a severe depression, and thanks to her latest psychiatrist, she was slowly coming out and becoming a healthy teenager again.  It was through this crisis that Lina’s and Phil’s connection broke and Phil found solace in another woman’s arms.  Many things happen at once.  Lina finds out about the affair and is heartbroken.  Lina finds herself attracted to her daughter’s psychiatrist, and he returns the feelings.  Phil ends his affair and finds that he has to battle for his wife’s fidelity.  Their daughter Katie is coming out of her shell and finding love in a boy, heavily tattooed, older by two years, singer in a rock band, and with no intentions of going to college.

Lina’s mother Alice had deep beliefs in astrology, and had warned Lina that she was in danger of adultery this year.  She had also prepared Lina’s and Phil’s astrological charts and they all knew they were cosmic soul mates.  It means that whenever one is going through a bad moment, the other one feels it and knows to go to the rescue.  During their lifelong love, Phil has rescued Lina many times, and this has made Lina very dependent on Phil.  Lina doesn’t feel safe if she doesn’t have Phil with her and this fear is stronger at night.  When they were teenagers, Lina went through a traumatic experience and it was Phil, with his psychic connection to Lina, who got there on time to rescue her.  Since then they have been inseparable until this crisis came upon them.

Lina depends a lot on Dr. Nick Drayton to talk things over.  Sometimes he talks to her like a doctor, other times like a friend.  But always like a man who is attracted to her.  Their lives become even more interwoven, because his son starts at the same school as Lina’s younger son Logan, and they both play lacrosse, so they strike a friendship and are together a lot.  I loved this character, he was at times very brainy, sometimes he went into psychiatrist mode even in social moments, but he was there for Lina every moment of her journey.  Even though he fell in love with her, he always kept a respectful distance because he knew she was in a very vulnerable situation.  Also, because he felt Lina’s deep connection with Phil.

Secondary characters are almost as important as the principals.  Lina’s mother is a strong influence in Lina, her sisters Adele and Shiloh, and Lina’s daughter Katie. She’s very open and liberal in her beliefs and installs in Katie a curiosity about astrology, which Phil abhors.  And yet, when Alice has broken sliding doors, Phil runs to fix them.  Lina’s family is very closely interwoven with Phil’s family. And Lina’s best friend is the wife of Phil’s partner in their law firm.  So when the marriage wobbles, everyone in their world is affected.  Lina has to walk a very difficult path in finding herself and deciding how to proceed in this new situation she finds herself.  She has all these many insecurities and this strong love for her husband.  She’s trying to find a balance, a way out to balance her hate / love feelings for her husband, but the other woman finds ways to shake their foundation.

I found Lina so human, so good, so wonderfully flawed.  And Phil is shown in the beginning to be a self-righteous douche.  Yet, as the story develops, you find that, even with his very visible defects, he’s a man who accepts his mistake, makes penance, and has very strong convictions which translate to some rigidity in their family rules.  Yet, Lina finds the strength of character to go against Phil’s rigidity and tempers it.  His devotion and love for Lina shines throughout all the book, his repentance and his total acceptance of his culpability.  I think that was his strong suit, that he stayed strong and protective and at Lina’s bidding and even though he was fighting for his marriage, he respected Lina’s need for space.  His dealings with their children were also heartfelt.  He was very strong and center at their lives, and they even complained that he was more involved now in the middle of the crisis than before.

There was a parallel plot going on with Lina’s and Phil’s marriage troubles.  It was like a separate but connected YA novel, involving Katie and Matt.  Katie had to deal with her parent’s close supervision due to her past psychological problems, and with the crush she was feeling for Matt.  She dabbled a little bit in white magic and tried to cast a love spell to Matt.  Then when he shows interest, she frets that it was due to the spell and not real feelings.  Just like a teen!

This was a book with a very wonderful convoluted plot and strong feelings.  My heart actually hurt at times with Lina.  I loved her fights with Phil because she never went for the jugular, she was just stating her hurt, her feeling of betrayal, her confusion, tried to make Phil understand her feelings and her need of space.  This is one of those books that leave you feeling and thinking for a while afterwards.

 

 

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Corrupt – Jessica Prince

 

This book was not very convincing for me. Garret and Gwen went from a fighting relation to a sex relation and then to a love relation too fast. I had a hard time seeing what made them fall in love, since they were fighting so much of the time. It felt like the fact Gwen was beautiful and Garrett was hot was all it took.

Gwen had too many losses in her life and was leery of trusting someone and then losing them. She lost her Dad during college, and had to drop out to help her mother manage their farm; then her mom developed cancer and died six months later, and two months after that she lost the farm where she grew up. All those losses make her skittish and fearful. Thanks to her best friend Corinne, she was slowly coming out of her stupor and had a job that she liked. One night Corinne convinced her to go out to a glam party and she ended up in Garrett’s bed. Garrett is the drummer of Civil Corruption, famous rock band. Next morning, she was kicked out of the house like a groupie or one-night stand, very humiliating. And three months later, she finds out she’s pregnant.

She went through hoops to convince Garrett, the band’s lawyers, and the manager that the child was indeed Garrett’s, then rejected any monetary maintenance.  All she wanted was for her baby to have a father.  One of my favorite moments was when she left the meeting with management and finds Garrett leaving the elevator and gives him a right hook. Serves him right for being so douchey.

Three years later, and after many tour trips, and a sleazy rock star’s life, Garrett decides he wants more time with his daughter. He hates where Gwen and Liddy live so convinces them to move in with him.  And that’s when the gist of the action occurs.  Once I got past the speed of their connection, the rest of the book was very entertaining.  There are the horrible Kimber and Chris, the other band members who apart from being drunkards are agreeable and loving to Liddy, and BFF Corinne who hooks up with the band’s bodyguard.  Another thing I liked is that the sex scenes are not excessive so there was not so much skimming done.  One thing I didn’t love was Gwen’s repugnance for paparazzi and reporters which made her turn paranoid about being seen with Garrett in public.  I don’t understand why she couldn’t embrace the life she was living and opt for a good security detail.  Anyway, this was the main conflict of the story so it was necessary.  I loved how Garrett loved his little girl and how loving he was.  He even played dolls!  Both Garrett and Gwen made Liddy their first priority and Garrett moved from being a sleazy rocker to a great dad.  From the setting, I guess we’ll be getting more books about the group and am very anxious to read Declan’s book, his story seems to be very intense.

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Hollywood Scandal – Louise Bay

 

This is the classic trope of a Hollywood actor who goes to an itty bitty town in Maine to film a movie and finds that the natives don’t know him.  He’s ecstatic because he can do his running with no fear of a fan or paparazzi stalking him.  He’s running during a storm and gets a phone call from his agent, so he shelters below a gazebo to take his call.  From out of nowhere appears this goddess yelling at him; he thinks it’s a rabid fan and turned out she sees him as a crazy idiot and is moving him from the metal roof of the gazebo so he’s not struck by lightning and screws up the town’s tourist season.  So these are Matt Easton and Lana Kelly.

Lana was born and raised in Worthington.  She dreamed of leaving for New York to study and make it big with her jewelry designs.  But something happened when she was in college, which we don’t know until later, and she came back home, a little broken. She continues with her jewelry designs, but with a town store and online shop and makes a decent living.  When Lana’s father died, she sold her childhood home and bought two cottages; she lives in one and rents the other one, right next door.  Her BFF Ruby, who left town with her, stayed in New York and is living her dream.  She’s now co-managing the cottage rental with Lana and they’re doing very well.  Ruby is all the time encouraging Lana to go back to the workshop and make her one-of-a-kind great designs.  But now Lana lives a safe life, content with her cottage, small shop and the people from town that she knows so well.

Matt has some fences to jump.  After his third movie went blockbuster, his success went to his head and he went crazy drinking, doing drugs and women.  He arrived on set drunk, partied too hard and almost ruined all that he had worked for.  It took a visit on set from his father, and seeing the disappointment in his father’s face, to set him to rights.  Nevertheless, the damage was done and he now had to walk a straight line.  He’s very ambitious and he wants to go far in his career, like winning a franchise.  He’s near so he has to be relentlessly working towards that goal.  To this end, he hired a publicist in addition to his agent, to help him achieve his goal. And here I learned that in Hollywood they have hired girlfriends; that is, he had a contract with another actress to pose as his girlfriend and to appear in places together.  The contracts are mutually advantageous, they promote their movies and serve to clean up reputations, such as Matt’s.

When he realizes that the goddess at the gazebo lives next door, he strikes an acquaintance with her.  Invites her to drink wine, chats her up, etc.  He’s delighted she doesn’t recognize him.  She’s a little reluctant because she thinks he’s beautiful but dumb.  But he’s good at wooing and wins her over.  Right after they make love for the first time, his publicist bursts into the room, and starts yelling stuff about his girlfriend, Audrey, and NDA’s.  She runs scared and then gets really mad because once again she trusted and was betrayed.  Now Lana’s mad and Matt’s determined to win her over, again.

Thus starts their relationship.  He wants things from her that she cannot give. She shuns any kind of publicity, so they hide from paparazzi, other people, town gossip.  There are two great secondary characters, Mrs. Wells, who is the town psychic and Mr. Butcher, who used to be a big name in the fashion world in New York, and now walks around with a Pomeranian who wins the best dressed dog award anywhere.  There’s also a lady who walks her cat with a leash.  All are seen as normal people and loved by the community.  Lana says that you meet with these two characters, you are caught up with all town gossip. Mrs. Wells predicts that she will meet a guy and go through a storm; Mr. Butcher urges her to submit her design to the big stores in New York because her talent is wasted in this little town.

I found Lana to be a little stubborn in wanting to hide, a little paranoid in fact.  She’s frozen into her little world that she has trouble trusting and venturing out of her bubble.  Matt shows his stuff by being constant, concerned and compliant with Lana’s needs.  They helped the other grow in their craft. Matt pushed Lana into making an original piece of jewelry and showing it to develop her market beyond Worthington. Lana in turn convinced Matt that he isn’t just a pretty face and he can option a book he liked a lot and turn it into a movie. Since Matt used to be a model, he doesn’t feel he has the chops in the business to move on to producing. This part of the book I liked a lot.

The storm that Mrs. Wells predicted does arrive yet Lana moves in little steps.  The rest of the book is classic trope, Lana is stubborn, Matt is understanding, Ruby would kick Lana’s ass every time she went paranoid.  It was entertaining, even is somewhat predictable.  I liked the dual POV which allowed me to see what he thought and she thought.  You get more insight into the characters and understand where they come from.  Characterization was great in this book. And even if a little predictable, it was full of romance and feeling.

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Lucas – Sawyer Bennett

 

Luc Fournier is Marc Fournier’s “little” brother, and he has just joined the Cold Fury hockey team.  He’s happy, single, and loving the life of a hot and famous hockey player.  He’s a little disgusted at seeing his brother and other teammates being so domesticated, and swears he’s going to be single for a long, long time.  Then karma bit him.  He had a one night stand with a beautiful girl he met in a gala and the condom broke.  And he ended up joining the future father gang ahead of all his friends and brother.  Having been raised in a family with a high moral compass, Luc is determined to do right by his baby.  Stephanie is a little standoffish and secretive, but she’s also determined to get along with Luc so they can co-parent their child.

I love all Sawyer Bennett books.  In this Cold Fury world, the good part is you get to see all the characters from previous books, so it’s a blast.  Even more, we get to see a lot of Marc and Jules.  Jules is like Luc’s conspirator in dealing with Stephanie, because she’s sometimes very remote and Luc can’t get through to her.  Stephanie is fun and sexy but keeps her feelings very closed up.  She has a hard time opening up to people, even though she yearns to feel the closeness of friends and family.  Stephanie was raised by nannies, her selfish and self-indulgent parents had no time and no desire to raise a child and frequently told her so.  She feels like no one can love her and has a very thick core of protectiveness around her heart, which leads to intimacy problems. She has a really strong sense of worthlessness and it breaks your heart.  It’s very difficult for Stephanie to let someone in, and she’s trying but not fast enough for Luc.  Luc, on the other hand, wants to help, wants to give her what she never had, and makes mistakes by being pushy and smothering.  Both make a lot of effort and make mistakes but they develop a deep connection.

I love how she gets integrated into the circle of the Cold Fury girlfriends/wives.  She’s organizing a non-profit in which school age kids visit old folks in nursing homes.  The old folks are cheered by the kids and the kids get after school care.  Jules helps Stephanie organize it.  Luc’s parents also appear, and we see Luc’s little sister have a thing with Van, Luc’s roommate.  So now we know who will be the guy in the next Cold Fury book.  I love this world, with the families, the friends, the teamwork and the support they give to one another.  It’s a feel good book apart from the smexy times.

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