Who does that sexy silver fox think he is, sitting in her spot in the Busy Bean Cafe?
Over forty, with zero filter, Rita Kaplan loves her coffee, her hiking boots, and her law practice. Life hasn’t always been carefree, though, and Rita’s past holds the scars of poor decisions after deep loss. She survived, though, and no smirky silver fox is going to get in the way of her happiness. Even if he knows how to use his drill, screwdriver, and every other tool in his box to tempt her . . .
Former arson investigator Jake Drummond could add ex-con to his resume if he had one. Instead, he’s serving the final year of his sentence on probation. This involves mandatory AA meetings, hosted by a feisty local attorney, and working on a renovation project, supervised by the same annoyingly attractive whirlwind, who also believes she owns the exclusive rights to a comfy couch in his new favorite coffee shop. Soon she’s everywhere, including the few places she shouldn’t be--like in his bed and in his heart.
Can opposites lower their walls and construct something everlasting . . . or will their connected past lead to demolition for two hearts in need of a rebuild?
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4 Heart Review by Ashley
If ever there was a more unlikely couple it is Rita and Jake. From the first moment I met them I knew I was in for a treat. Throw in some redemption and a second chance at life and love and I was all in.
I adored Rita. She was a woman who had loved and lost, made mistakes and was doing her best to make up for them. She knew what she wanted and what she wouldn't stand for. But when her charge of sorts steals 'her seat' at the Busy Bean, it lit a fire in her and sparked something in Jake too. There was something about Jake that just drew me in. He was hard working and playful. Loyal and doing what he had to in order to try and move on from the night that changed his life.
Too bad he couldn't escape Rita. She was everywhere. Work, his mandatory meetings, the coffee shop, With her kindness, patience, quirks and grace she quickly wormed her way into his heart. But when it was revealed just how closely linked their shared tragic pasts were, it changed everything.
Was the big reveal a bit predictable? Yes. Did I care? Nope. Because it was the fallout from the bombshell that really punched me right in the chest. Could they move on from it? Could they forgive and trust after being burnt once again? Could they survive when the truth really came out?
I loved the way L.B. Dunbar wove conflict, passion and inner turmoil into Jake and Rita's enemies-to-lovers romance. Talk about an emotional roller coaster. Even when their heads and hearts were at war with one another about what to do, there was no denying the deep connection between them. And that ending...a great full circle moment.
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“You,” I hiss, glaring at the most annoying man I’ve ever met, and I’ve met plenty of annoying men. Of course, not all of them were hunky, smirky, sexy silver foxes, but that was neither here nor there. I am standing here, and he is sitting there. “You are in my spot.”
This is the third time this week he’s encroached on my couch in the Busy Bean Café, and three strikes mean you’re out, handsome.
Taking a moment, the offender blinks before narrowing his bluest-of-blue-eyes and glares back at me. For a second, I wonder if I have something on my face. Maybe chocolate in the corner crease of my lips or lettuce in my teeth from lunch.
What the frick is he staring at?
Then he blinks again and slowly leans forward. His arm-porn-worthy forearms rest on his wide-spread thighs as he glances up at me. Since I think he’s about to stand from the place where he’s perched, I speak.
“Thank you.” My mother taught me manners, even if I sometimes lack the use of them. Especially on this occasion, where a hunky, smirky, sexy silver fox who is the most annoying man I’ve ever met is sitting in my spot on the plush peach couch in my favorite coffee shop.
He stops moving at my gratitude and turns his head slowly left to right. Then he swivels at the waist right to left, exaggerating his motions as if he’s searching for something over his shoulders. Did he forget something? Did he drop his phone? His hand moves to his side and smooths over the velvety cushion, stroking it like the soft texture is a pleasure fabric or a preferred pet. My mouth waters for some reason because his movements might match that of him caressing a woman, taking his time to sculpt along her thighs. Maybe glide over her backside. Stroke the inside of her legs and . . .
“Just what are you doing?” He’s taking too long to move it.
“I’m looking for a sign that says this seat is taken.” Turning that edgy face upward, beaming those blue headlights at me, he crooks the corner of his mouth in the smirkiest of smirks. “But as I don’t see one, nor do I see your name on this couch, I think I’ll stay.”
He falls back against the couch as if he’s dropping onto a mattress, tossing himself down into the fluffiest of pillows to catch his hard body in a cushion of heaven. His arms stretch wide to encompass the length of the couch back. He even sighs. A long, lush, deep groan of pleasure emits from him while his eyes close for a second. Then he inhales. When his lids flip open, he spears me in place. That does not stop my mouth.
“Look, handsome, this is my spot. Everyone knows it’s my spot. Think Norm in Cheers, where everybody knows his name. This is where I sit.” I shouldn’t have called him handsome. He probably already knows he is. In fact, I’m certain he knows he’s good-looking. I don’t know how he even faces himself in the mirror every morning. He’s that good-looking.
“I’m curious if everyone is always glad you came . . .” His eyes narrow at me, and I ignore the emphasis he’s put on a certain term. I will not fall for these kinds of wordplay games, nor will I falter under the curl of his sassy mouth. Even the crinkle of his nose as he annunciated that word was hot.
“Of course, they’re always glad I’m here, occupying my spot.” My voice hardens as my fists clench at my sides. I’ve had a day, and I just want to sit in my happy place and sip some coffee. Is the Busy Bean the most convenient spot for me to haunt? No, it is not, but I’ve been to worse places—been there, done that—and I will not be going back. I live halfway between Colebury and Montpelier, where my law office is located, and coming here is out of my way most days. But today is one of those days when I need my spot and a good cup of dark roast, and I do not need this hunky, smirky, sexy silver fox glaring back at me or his fine backside taking up residency on my couch.
Get a grip, Rita.
Technically, I don’t own the couch or the right to claim this space as mine. The Busy Bean Café is owned and operated by Audrey Shipley and Zara Rossi, both excellent businesswomen. They’ve taken this quaint location on the old gin mill property and made it into something special. With brick-red walls and chalkboard painted beams overhead, the creaking wooden floors and eclectic mixture of furniture begs a person to come in and linger, which is what I do—often. Not to mention, the coffee is divine. The dark roast is a special blend introduced to the place a while back and the addition of delicious cupcakes on the menu from Oh, For Heaven’s Cakes makes this place more than just a coffeehouse. It’s heaven in Vermont.
It’s my heaven, and the devil himself is sitting here.
Jake Drummond is his name, actually, but that’s semantics to me. He’s quickly becoming a huge thorn in my side
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Title: One More Sip
Series: Hideaway Bar #1
Author: Gia Kim
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: August 4, 2021
Can a shattered heart learn to love again?
For one glorious year, Kailey Wright had the life she always dreamed of. Newly married to the love of her life, the two were working to build a beautiful future... when tragedy struck.
Kailey is convinced she’ll never love again. Especially not since she learned the true anguish of loss.
After a one-night stand goes horribly wrong, bartender Jax Rowe swears off women. He’s had enough of the drama and games.
Then... he meets Kailey.
Overcome by heartache, she’s as emotionally unavailable as they come. At first, Jax wants only to bring a bit of happiness back into her life. Now, he finds himself falling for her hard and fast.
Wrought with guilt over spending time with Jax, Kailey uncovers truths her husband kept hidden that prove there was much about him she didn’t know. Will these revelations be enough to open her heart to love once more? Or will ghosts of the past prevent her from moving on?
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The same unknown number popped up again, and I rejected the call for the third time. Who keeps calling me?
I washed down the rest of my sandwich with a swig of water and headed out of the breakroom when my phone vibrated again. That time, I answered it.
“Listen, I don’t know why you keep calling me, but I’m not interested in whatever you’re selling. Plus, I’m at work, so I have to go,” I snarled at the caller.
There was a cough on the other end, followed by, “Mrs. Wright?” The voice was surprisingly calm, so I paused to listen before hanging up.
“Yes, this is she.”
“Mrs. Wright, this is Officer Brown.” He paused. Why is a cop calling me? My stomach sank. Something was wrong. “Your husband’s been in a car accident, and he’s being taken to Texas General Hospital.”
I gasped, and my heart stopped. “Is he… okay? Is he… alive?”
“I advise going to Texas General as soon as possible.”
The officer hung up, and everything began moving in slow motion.
I half ran to the front and saw Patricia, our office manager, at her desk. “Patricia,” I huffed. “Derrick’s been in an accident. He’s being taken to Texas General. Can you reschedule my patients? I have to go.”
Patricia frowned, and her sapphire-blue eyes etched with concern. “Oh, my God, Kailey. Yes, of course. Go be with your husband. I’ll reschedule your patients.”
Taking no time to even issue a thank you, I turned and headed back to my desk to grab my purse, then jogged out while fishing inside my giant purse to find my car keys. Pissed that I couldn’t find them, I threw my purse to the ground as I approached my car door and pulled all my this-and-that crap out until I saw shiny silver waiting for me at the bottom.
My heart beat out of my chest. I was anything but calm. Where had he been going at this hour? He should have been at work. I had so many questions. My mind went to a million worst-case scenarios about Derrick, but I refused to go down that black hole. I needed to make it to the hospital in one piece.
Gia Kim runs on coffee and chaos.
The perfect day includes a cup of joe and a running to-do list.
With two littles and no personal space, she escapes into her romance novels to stay sane. Each chapter draws her more into a realm filled with star-crossed lovers and happy endings.
These novels and sweet escapes have inspired Gia to start the journey of being an author herself, with a debut novel releasing soon!
She wants to write stories of her own about everyday couples that have whimsical meet-cutes, where they fall in love and get their HEA.
Title: Hidden Hollywood
Series: Happy Endings Book Club #1
Author: Kylie Gilmore
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Release Date: October 18, 2016
She’s on top…
When superstar actress Claire Jordan researched her role for the Fierce trilogy movies, she never expected the bond she feels with the author and her romance book club aka The Happy Endings Book Club. Soon Claire finds herself confessing her secret longing for a regular guy—no more egocentric wealthy players—and the book club is all too ready to help. In disguise as a regular girl, she’s all set for a date with book-club-approved Josh Campbell.
He’s on top…
Billionaire tech CEO Jake Campbell is weary of gold-digging women, especially the glamorous superficial types. So when his identical twin, Josh, calls in a favor, asking Jake to step in as him on a date, Jake figures one of Josh’s cute girl-next-door types might be just what he needs. One night of passion with the sweet girl next door leaves Jake wanting more, except she seems to have vanished.
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Claire bit her lower lip. “This is why I can’t have real relationships. I can’t trust anyone.”
“You can trust me,” Jake said.
She sighed. “I don’t even know you.”
“Get to know me.”
“Jake…” She looked away.
“One date, the real deal. Jake and Claire.”
He could tell she was tempted. She didn’t give him a no right away and now she was searching his face, looking for the truth. He leaned forward, brushing his lips against hers, coaxing. He pulled back and met her eyes, fully prepared to do this all night if he had to. Coaxing, charming, easing his way in. He’d thought coaxing would be too difficult with the way he wanted her, but having her pull away was much harder.
She spoke quietly. “You don’t want that kind of spotlight on you. It’s not pretty.”
It wasn’t a no.
“I want you, and whatever comes with it, I don’t care.” He cradled her face with both hands. “I want Claire.”
She closed her eyes, and he dropped his hands to her shoulders, sliding them down the satiny smooth skin of her arms to her hands. He took her hands from behind her and pulled them forward, just holding them. She didn’t pull away. He sensed she was leaning toward letting him in.
Finally she spoke, the words filling him with elation. “We’d have to keep it quiet.”
Not that he wanted to keep it quiet. He just wanted to be with her so much he was willing to play the game her way. For now. He kissed her softly and spoke against her lips. “Is that a yes?”
“Yes.” She shoved him away. “Now stop kissing me. One date. Jake and Claire.”
“Why do I have to stop kissing you?”
“Because you want to get to know me, remember?”
“I can get to know your body first. Get reacquainted.”
She laughed. “Yeah. I’ve heard that one before.”
He figured she probably did. Everyone wanted the sexiest woman alive. He’d seen the magazine giving her that honor and her bikini body splashed everywhere. He knew that kind of attention didn’t always bring out the best in people, and he realized he had to stand out from the pack.
He stepped back and helped her off the table.
“Such a gentleman,” she teased.
“It’s all an illusion,” he replied, not bothering to hide the edge of unsatisfied lust in his voice.
“Story of my life,” she said breezily. “I’ll text Hailey to let you know when I’m free.”
“At least give me your number now that we’ve established how much you lust for me.” She laughed, and he grinned. “I’d like to stop going through other people.” He pulled his cell from his pocket, punched in the code, and handed it over.
She typed her number in while saying, “I never give this number to anyone. Only a handful of people have it on a need-to-know basis. Can you handle that kind of responsibility?”
“What do you think?” It was an honor and, hell, he’d earned it with all his restraint.
She met his eyes, fire back in hers. “I hope so. I swear I will hunt you down—”
He cut her off with a kiss. Not a gentle one. The kind that said he’d be taking what he wanted and she’d damn well like it. She sagged against him.
When he was good and ready, he broke the kiss and snagged his cell from her limp hand. “Later, Claire Jordan.”
She fought back a smile and then beamed a big one at him, stunningly beautiful in her well-kissed, hot-for-him state. “Later, Jake Campbell.”
He grinned and headed out the door. Now that was more like it.
Kylie Gilmore is the USA Today bestselling author of the Unleashed Romance series, the Rourkes series, the Happy Endings Book Club series, the Clover Park series, and the Clover Park STUDS series. She writes humorous romance that makes you laugh, cry, and reach for a cold glass of water.
Kylie lives in New York with her family, two cats, and a nutso dog. When she’s not writing, reading hot romance, or dutifully taking notes at writing conferences, you can find her flexing her muscles all the way to the high cabinet for her secret chocolate stash.
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Title: Rebel Rage MC Rocker
Author: Addy Archer
Genre: Rockstar/Biker Romance
Release Date: August 3, 2021
Notorious rockstar, guitarist, biker, Prez, heart-stealing bad boy. I fit many labels and have been called every name in the book by women who don’t get what they want; me. I couldn’t care less, I live by my own rules and take what I want.
Things take a spin when a woman doesn’t worship the ground I walk on but instead flat out refuses me. The rocker life isn’t for everyone, neither is the biker life; good thing I thrive in both worlds and won’t back down for anything or anyone. Especially when it involves an intriguing woman.
She might be on the run for a past filled with death and fear, but it holds no place in the future I have in mind for the both of us. If we still have one after the music fades, the lights come on, and the screams are silenced.
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The girl in his room and his actions just now scream narcissistic bad boy musician. Well, he’s about to get his ass kicked. Thinking he can embarrass me. Ha! I’ll freaking show him. Tequila induced big girl panties or not, backing out isn’t an option.
He glances over his shoulder and gives a sharp whistle. The guy who took his guitar earlier comes rushing back with a Gibson Hummingbird and hands it to him. He holds it out to me with a smirk and I can’t help myself when I cringe at the thought of playing, mainly because I know my fingers are going to hurt from not playing for such a long time. Great. Now the arrogant asshole thinks I’m cringing for my upcoming embarrassment.
Deciding I might as well warm his ego up to its pending doom, I lean in and ask, “What’s your name?”
He rears his head back and growls, “Are you fucking kidding me?”
“I wouldn’t ask if I knew.” I shrug.
“Owen,” the man snaps and grabs the mic giving me a condescending look. “Folks, we’re gonna let this little one have her few minutes of fame. Better cover your ears just to be sure ’cause I’ve heard some of the things coming out of her mouth and it wasn’t pretty. But I guess everyone deserves to shine, right?”
A wave of screams and clapping flows through the air as if he’s giving me a chance to shine in the spotlight out of the goodness of his heart. I repeat; arrogant sonofabitch.
Throwing the guitar strap over my shoulder, I put my fingers in place and internally smile at the familiarity. No matter how much I hate being on stage because it’s tied to many emotional memories, the feel of the guitar is soothing.
“Here you go, doll,” the man I recognize from backstage who carried naked Sandy off tells me as he plugs in my guitar and hands me a pick.
“Why thank you, handsome.” I give a grateful smile to the bass player. “Are you and the rest of the guys going to back me up?”
The corner of his mouth twitches. “Sure thing, what do you have in mind?”
“Does the song ‘Lovely Lost’ ring a bell?” I question, requesting the number one hit I had with my father.
“Ah, a rock song from what, five years ago? A fine choice, one we’ve covered a few times so I’m sure we can manage,” he replies with a grin showing off his white teeth and stalks to the other guys to pass on what song I’m going to do.
I step forward while Owen places the mic back into the stand and covers his hand with it as he leans in and asks me, “And what name do you want me to tie to your performance? You can still back out, you know. Let me take over while you stand there and look pretty, then we’ll go backstage and–”
I’ve had enough and cut him off with, “No worries, Owen. You’ll know my name soon enough. Might even scream it too.” I wink and my fingers start to strum, knowing the song by heart because I was the one who wrote it.
Addy Archer is the pseudonym of a contemporary and romantic suspense writing team who love rough bikers twisted with a hint of romance and sassy women. When they aren't working on their next book, they enjoy long walks with their two hairless dogs.
Ambitious by K.M. Scott
New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author of Contemporary Romance
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The exciting conclusion to Cash and Savannah’s story that began in Ravenous!
The truth of who Cash March really is has been revealed for the whole world to see. Now he must face the consequences for his actions.
Just as he’s found the woman of his dreams, his very future is threatened. Will she stand by him now that the truth is out?
All Savannah sees is another promise of happiness being cruelly stolen from her. This time, though, she can save the man she loves.
But will she take the chance of a lifetime and risk all she has for Cash?
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K.M. Scott writes contemporary romance stories of sexy, intense, and unforgettable love. A New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, she's been in love with romance since reading her first romance novel in junior high (she was a very curious girl!). Under her Gabrielle Bisset name, she writes erotic paranormal and historical romance. She lives in Pennsylvania with a herd of animals and when she's not writing can be found reading or feeding her TV addiction.