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Lake + Manning by Jessica Hawkins


Lake + Manning, book 4 in the Something in the Way series

Release Date: February 13th, 2018


Manning and I have what happily-ever-after is made of . . .

A home he built us on the unshakeable foundation we fought for.
A life of laughter carved out of heartache and betrayal.
A love story to stand the test of time.

But between a trust that can’t be broken, joy that can’t be bridled, and passion that would scorch the sun, the empty spaces are becoming more and more difficult to ignore . . .

Fears that keep Manning up at night as he slips from our bed.
Our complicated relationship with a man he respects and one I don’t know how to forgive.
And a sprawling, beautiful home with one small room I’m afraid I’ll never be able to fill.

Manning and I have what happily-ever-after is made of . . .

But I’ll beg the heavens for just one thing more.

Lake + Manning is book four in the Something in the Way series, a love saga. 


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Review by Paula:

Stop whatever your doing unless you have read books 1-3 then continue on, otherwise go read those first before you turn the page. I loved how book 3 ended with Lake and Manning’s story but true fans like myself wanted more and that’s exactly what the author did. I loved every page the happiness, love , strength and stress and then so much love. You end up smiling through tears while reading Lake and Manning’s ending story. We even got to see where other characters ended up and I giggled out loud while reading. It began with one look and it ends with finally the stars where they belong. 5 stars


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Brooklynaire by Sarina Bowen



I spent seven years without knowing Nate’s kiss would light me up inside. And now I’ll never be able to forget it…
“Brooklynaire is a fresh new twist on the billionaire storyline! An absolutely dreamy hero.” ~Lauren Blakely, #1 New York Times bestseller.





I grab a towel off a waiting stack of them and toss it onto the edge. “You can sit and put your feet in.”

She’s wearing a short little knit dress that’s been making me crazy all evening, so it would be easy enough for her to strip off those stockings, sit on the towel, and drop both feet in.

And that’s what she does. She eases one stocking down over a smooth knee and tugs it off.

I don’t want to stand there staring like a middle-school boy. Okay, I do want to. But I don’t want to make her uncomfortable. So I go over to the sound system instead, and I set my phone on the speaker and cue up a really old playlist. One she’ll recognize.

When I turn around again, she’s seated on the towel, both legs hanging down into the churning water. “Ah. Wow.” She looks up at me, her eyes sparkling. “Nice place you got here.”

“Isn’t it?” I toe off my shoes and kick them to the side.

The first song comes on, and it’s a Macklemore tune that we used to play far too often in our first office. Rebecca laughs immediately. “You didn’t! I haven’t heard this playlist in forever. But I’ll bet I still know every transition. Lady Gaga is next.”

“She sure is.”

Rebecca kicks her feet, making a splash. “I have a little confession to make.”

“What’s that?” I loosen my tie and slide the knot out.

“Well…” She grins up at me. “I used to have a crush on you. Back in the early days.”

My hands freeze on the tie silk. “Get out of town. You did not.”

“No, I really did.” Her cheeks are pink. “That first year especially. But you were taken, and you were my boss. Those two things made it pretty easy to tamp down, when you’re a practical girl like me.”

I walk over and drop down beside her, my back to the water, though, because I’m still wearing trousers and socks. “So how does that work, exactly?”

“What?” She gives me a sidelong glance, but then looks away again and won’t meet my eyes.

“How do you stop wanting someone? I’m a practical person, but I don’t see how that makes it any easier. Nothing seems to mute the raging attraction I have for you.”

Her chin turns quickly toward me, and I seize the opportunity to kiss her. And it only takes one kiss—one slide of my lips over hers, and I’m on fire again.

We’re facing opposite directions, so it’s awkward as hell. But I don’t even care. I take greedy sip after greedy sip of her mouth, until she pulls back to stare at me. Her color is high and her eyes are bright and happy. “This is like Twister.”

“It’s better,” I correct. Lady Gaga comes on, just as Becca said she would. “Are we getting into this pool or what?”

Becca kicks a foot in the water. “I’m tempted. But I don’t have a bathing suit.”

“Oh, snap.”

She smiles and shakes her head. “Are you really getting in?”

“We don’t have to.” I’m never going to pressure her.

Her fingers trail across the surface of the bubbling water. “But this is an adventure, right?”

“Right.” I stand up and remove my socks. She’s watching me. And I can’t read her expression. “What?”

“Just wondering what else you’re going to take off.” She smiles.

“Come here.” The order rolls off my tongue.

But Rebecca doesn’t blink. She gets up and turns toward me, curiosity in her eyes.

“You tell me. What am I taking off?”

She puts two hands tentatively on my chest, and I make myself be patient. Everything I ever wanted is on the other side of this moment. I just need us to break through this awkwardness—the “will we or won’t we” tension.

Her fingers find the top button of my shirt. “I’m not getting in the water unless you are.”

That’s a compromise I can live with. I find my lower shirt buttons and work upwards, until we meet in the middle. She pushes the two halves of my shirt apart and runs a hand down my bare chest.

My inner caveman stands up and cheers.




Review by Christine:

Brooklynaire by Sarina Bowen is the sexy, geeky, and oh so romantic follow-up to her Brooklyn Bruisers hockey series. We followed the story of Nate, team owner, and Rebecca, team assistant/Nate’s old assistant, throughout the previous books always knowing something was happening but couldn’t really put a pin on it all. Well the fix is in and I adored these two from start to finish! Nate is the perfect guy and not just because he’s rich but because he thinks with his heart when it comes to his friends. Rebecca’s situation made me feel for her and I understood the things that held her back and why she was nervous. It’s hard not to fall for this couple and I dare you to try! 5 “Friends-to-Lovers” stars for Brooklynaire by Sarina Bowen!

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Day by Jessica Florence

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Day ( Hero Society #2) by Jessica Florence
A superhero romance series
Day has arrived

A time for heroes to step into the light.

Leon has never looked upon his gift as anything but a curse. With his
unbelievable strength and speed, all he has ever done is hurt those around

Both, Hero Society and The Raven want him on their team, but he couldn’t
give a damn about either. He aims to live out his life with anger and
resentment on the sea.

Then she happened.

Lilith is a force to be reckoned with and after one drunken night, Leon
finds himself tangled up with her in the form of marriage.

He has one month to avoid his crazy wife and figure out his plan to escape
the fight he’s been unwillingly thrown into.

Will he choose the society or to be taken by the enemy?

The heroes are coming out into the light of day.

Hopefully mankind is ready for them.

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Review by Christine:
Day by Jessica Florence is the second installment of her superhero series Hero Society. It could be read as a standalone, IMO, but best read in series order. Are you a fan of Marvel or DC movies, TV shows or comic books? If so you will love these books! Day follows two new to us characters, Leon & Lilith, though we still get time with Draco & Rose and the rest of the gang. Leon believes his gift is a curse and even though he’s known about his gift for years he hasn’t come to terms with it. Lilith isn’t gifted like Leon but none the less she’s skilled because of her dark past. I adored these two and how they got together and their path. I devoured this story in no time and I can’t wait for the next installment of this amazing superhero story ~ I refused to read the sneak peek because I want to enjoy it all together! 5 “Star” Stars for Day by Jessica Florence
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Gold by Adele Huxley

Gold by Adele Huxley is LIVE!
Title: Gold
Author: Adele Huxley
Publication Date: Jan 30 2018
Cover Designer: T.E. Black Designs
Genre: Action-Adventure, Mystery, Suspense
Perfect if you love: Hate-to-love, sarcasm, adrenaline action, unpredictable twists, complex relationships, the Olympics, and romance series!
Ending: Happily For Now (Series concludes in Platinum – Dangerous Games 4)
A fight for survival
Ambushed. Attacked. Kidnapped. Penny, Phoenix, and the others are held hostage in a freezing barn. Their chances of escape are slim, slimmer still if Penny can’t figure out who she can trust. 
Penny didn’t come to the Unity Games to make friends, yet the ambush back at the Lodge stung to the core. Unwilling to blow her cover, she’s ready to put some distance between her and Phoenix’s accusing eyes. Figures he’d be the one the kidnappers tie her to. 
Phoenix isn’t having a good week. Heartbroken, scared, and now held hostage. Their only hope of getting out alive is intrinsically tied to trust. Can he believe her? Can she let him in? Will they break through their issues before the kidnapping turns deadly?
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Review by Susan:
This is the third book in the series, it’s not a standalone, you must read the previous books before this one. Wow, this book starts off with a bang and it pretty much continues at that pace till the end. Although this story revolves around Penny and Phoenix, the rest of the gang appear too. We get some answers, but are still left with quite a few more that we hopefully get the answers to in the next book. This book is more action packed than the previous, there are a few twists and turns that you don’t see coming, the reader is kept on the edge of their seat right till the end. It doesn’t end on a cliff hanger as such but sets the reader up nicely for the next book, this was an enjoyable, fast paced read, can’t wait for the next book in this series.  4 Stars
Adele Huxley writes romantic suspense, thrillers, and lots of other things that make your heart race. With a BA in creative writing, Adele has been writing her entire life. She loves to travel, has lived in several countries and states, and splits her time between the US and the UK.
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Scoundrels & Scotch by Alta Hensley


Scoundrels & Scotch is the next standalone Top Shelf romance from Alta Hensley!
Take a sip of this dirty cocktail…


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I’ll stop at nothing to own her.

I’m a collector of dolls.

All kinds of dolls.

So beautiful and sexy, they become my art.
So perfect and flawless, my art galleries are flooded by the wealthy to gaze upon my possessions with envy.
So fragile and delicate, I keep them tucked away for safety.
The dark and torrid tales of Drayton’s Dolls run rampant through the rich and famous, and all but a few are true.
Normally I share my dolls for others to play with or watch on display.

But not my special doll.
No, not her.
Ivy is the most precious doll of all.
She’s mine. All mine.

*Scoundrels & Scotch is a dark billionaire romance. If you don’t like a splash of shock, a dash of taboo, and a heavy dose of sex, then don’t take a sip of this TOP SHELF cocktail.


Review by Victoria:

If you like those of so delicious yet oh so taboo stories, have I got one for you! Alta does it again in this kinky addition to the Top Shelf series!

Ivy is a waitress at the Spiked Rose, a high class club that provides more than just a stiff drink. That is, until she gets fired. One mistake could cost her family the financial support they need. Luckily Victor Drayton steps up to be her knight in shiny armour.
Victor Drayton, a senoir member of Spiked Rose, is also a world renowned artist specializing in shows of the taboo and sexual nature. He spikes peoples curiousity in the darkest ways. His Dolls are known for their appeal and special abilities. Could she really become a Drayton doll though? Does Ivy have what it needs to be a Doll?
This exciting read is filled with passion that will spark from our darkest of thoughts. Alta brings out the inner temptress in us all that we tend to shy away from. Embrace the darkest parts of sexuality and explore. Victor will guide the way with his art that pulls more and more attention to this taboo side. It’s a ride you won’t regret. 5 stars!




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Mister Big Stuff by Weston Parker


I’m a billionaire bad ass.

A military man who’s given up dreams for family.

A loner of sorts.

My father built an empire and left it and every bit of the shit that goes with it in my lap when he died. And I’m in desperate need of a personal assistant.

Someone who will speak straight, man up, take me on head-to-head. Force me to walk the line. Fuck me.

I just never expected it to be her. She’s a single mother. The girl from across the street when I was growing up. My little sister’s best friend. The one I lost my virginity to on a drunk night my senior year. But she’s perfect for the job and honestly, the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen.

She cripples me just by walking in the room.

I want her more than I want my next breath, but does she feel the same? And would it stop me if she didn’t? Fuck no. After a long year of loses, I’m ready for a win. And I’m gonna start with her.

Cause she’s always been mine and we both know it.


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Flow by V.L. Locey

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Flow Venom #5

By V.L. Locey

MF Erotic Hockey Romance


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Life hasn’t been easy for Venom goalie coach, Alice Dunlop. She battled her way out of childhood poverty to earn recognition as a medal winning player in her youth. After a terrible loss ended her first marriage, she vowed to never put down roots in one city ever again. Then the offer to coach in the pros came along and with that job, a move to the City of Brotherly Love was required. She never expected to meet Bruno “The Bruiser” Bonbano, the burly ex-Wildcats defenseman. Things were supposed to be all about the physical and not so much the emotional. Guess no one told Alice’s heart that.

As her team scratched and clawed its way through a season filled with ups-and-downs, Alice found herself forming a true bond with the city, the players, and the other coaches. She also ended up falling in love with Bruno. As her team rolls into the playoffs, Alice and Bruno are about to come face to face with devastating news. Secrets decades old will be revealed that may bring the life she now has crashing down around her. In the face of a medical nightmare, will love, family, and hockey be enough?


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There were two things I could count on every morning. One was waking up with a man who was roughly the same size, strength, length, soft downy furriness, and temperament as a grizzly bear. Two was Regimental Sergeant Major Bigglestrap would be at my door precisely at seven with breakfast, the Philadelphia Inquisitor, Philly’s biggest daily newspaper, and a proper dose of dry British commentary to go along with my muffin and coffee. If the resident manager of the Philadelphia Century Way was taller, stronger, hairier, and grumpier I’d set my cap for him.

Thing Number One had one massive arm resting on my hip as he huffed into the back of my head. The hair covering his chest, stomach, and thighs tickled my back and ass but it was a pleasant tickle, not the kind that made you shriek. Figuring that Bruno wouldn’t rouse unless I dropped a safe on him, I wiggled my ass back into him, keeping my eyes shut as I willed sleep to come back. His body heat radiated out and over me. I sighed and burrowed my face into my pillow, inhaling the scent of clean linen and hot man.

“You wiggling that ass against my dick for a reason?” my bed partner asked, his arm sliding forward to allow his hand to slip between my legs.

“I’m cold,” I replied.

“Uh-huh.” Bruno grunted, cupping my mound gently as his cock slowly plumped up. Generally morning sex wasn’t my thing. Grungy mouth, unwashed body, sleep dirt in my eyes, no lipstick. Something about Bruno Bonbano seemed to make me forget a lot of my hang-ups from time to time. I’d just parted my legs for his seeking fingers when two sharp, precise knocks fell on the door. “For fuck’s sake.” Bruno snarled into the back of my head.

“I can tell him to leave the food.” His hand slipped out from between my thighs as his lips fell to my shoulder. He nipped the skin lightly then patted my stomach.

“Nah, let him in. I have to meet Alain in an hour at the practice rink to help set up that summer league.”

Knowing the hoped-for tryst was not going to happen, I sat up, thumbed some hair from my face, and enjoyed the sight of my lover leaving my bed. Bruno was a large man. He stood six feet six inches and weighed probably two-fifty or two-sixty, all that still solid muscle. Wide shoulders and lean waist, he’d been a force to be reckoned with as a defenseman back when he played for the Wildcats. The rigors of professional hockey and several concussions had nudged him into retiring. Nudged might not be the right term. According to Alain Lessard, who has known Bruno since birth, the last concussion had body-checked the man out of the sport. To this day, he’s not quite right, and I have fears…

“Are he and Viviana staying here for the summer then?” I asked while kicking off the covers and burrowing around in the clothes piled in a nicely stuffed chair for my robe. Thank God for room service and hotel laundry. Bigglestrap knocked again. I hurried to pull the quilted belt attached to my robe from the mound of dirty clothing.

“Don’t know yet. Probably.” Bruno padded past the door, turned the knob, and flung it open. I spun around and shoved my arms into the robe, bitching at Bruno all the while. “Morning, Biggie.” Bruno grunted before closing the bathroom door behind his bare ass.

“Yes, well, good morning to you as well, Mr. Bonbano. Coach Dunlop, you’re a vision as always,” the resident manager said then stepped into my room. Rick, the bellhop who always brings my breakfast scurried into my suite, parked the trolley, tapped his hat, and then hustled out.

“And you, Sergeant Major, are full of shit. Thank you.” I took the neatly folded daily newspaper from him then lifted a few lids off the servers. Eggs, bacon, toast, coffee, and orange juice. “Looks delicious. Anything new in this?” I shook the paper before pouring myself a cup of coffee. The thin man in the black suit shook his neatly-combed head. Jane had once commented that you could plumb a house with Bigglestrap’s part, and she was right. I often wondered if he used a ruler to ensure his dark hair was parted correctly.

“No, nothing of great interest. The mayor is talking about a summer fest which could be rather refreshing. Let’s hope he doesn’t invite that tawdry chit who won that last talent show the radio station that employs Ms. West ran. I’ve heard more melodious tunes coming from my parrot, Joffrey.” He moved around the suite opening draperies as he chatted with an air of professional confidence. Why he – the resident manager – came to my room every day like this was anyone’s guess. Bruno said he thought Biggie, a nickname that Bruno had picked up from Jane, had a crush on me. I thought that was utter horseshit and had told Bruno that. Still, his coming here every morning was a bit odd but welcomed just the same. I liked him, and I loved his hotel. Renting a suite here was perfect. Month to month commitment. No roots to hold me in this city if the skyscrapers began to capture the dark memories of my lost son. “Oh! And there’s a lovely article about the Venom on the front of the sports page. Seems your women making it into the playoffs while the Wildcats didn’t is setting off the wagging tongues.”

“I figured that would twist a few panties.” I commented then took a sip of the hotel’s amazing coffee.




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V.L. Locey loves worn jeans, yoga, belly laughs, walking, reading and writing lusty tales, Greek mythology, Dr. Who, Torchwood, the New York Rangers, comic books, and coffee. (Not necessarily in that order.) She shares her life with her husband, her daughter, one dog, two cats, a flock of assorted domestic fowl, and two Jersey steers.

When not writing spicy romances, she enjoys spending her day with her menagerie in the rolling hills of Pennsylvania with a cup of fresh java in hand. She can also be found online on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and GoodReads.


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Gone Writing Publishing M/F Backlist Books and Upcoming Releases

Pink Pucks & Power Plays (Book One of the To Love a Wildcat series)

A Most Unlikely Countess (Book Two of the To Love a Wildcat series)

O Captain! My Captain! (Book Three of the To Love a Wildcat series)

Reality Check (Book Four of the To Love a Wildcat series)

Language of Love (Book Five of the To Love a Wildcat series)

Final Shifts (Book Six of the To Love a Wildcat series)

Clean Sweep (Book One of the Venom series)

Twirly Girl (Book Two of the Venom series)

Tape to Tape (Book Three of the Venom series)

Roster Addition (A To Love a Wildcat novella)

Angle Play (Book Four of the Venom series)

Coming 11/1/17… Flow (Book Five of the Venom series)

Coming 3/14/18…Blueline (Book Six of the Venom Series) Improper Fraction


Gone Writing Publishing LGBTQ Releases

Playmaker (An F/F Venom series novella)

Improper Fraction



Independent LGBTQ Releases

Holly & Hockey Boots (An M/M holiday hockey romance novella)

Point Shot Trilogy

Snap Shot – Cayuga Cougars #1

Changing Lines – Harrisburg Railers #1 – Coauthored with Rj Scott

Open Net – Cayuga Cougars #2

First Season – Harrisburg Railers #2 – Coauthored with Rj Scott

Rookie Moves (Part of the 2107/2018 Changing on the Fly M/M charity hockey anthology)

Coming 12/1/17 … Deep Edge – Harrisburg Railers #3 – Coauthored with Rj Scott



Coming 1/10/18…Coach’s Challenge – Cayuga Cougars #3

 Coming 2/14/18…Poke Check -Harrisburg Railers #4 – Coauthored with Rj Scott

Coming 3/14/18…Blueline – Venom #6

Coming 5/15/18…Harrisburg Railers #5 – Coauthored with Rj Scott

Coming 6/27/18…Overtime – Cayuga Cougars #4