Thursday, 15 February 2018

Blog Tour: Lexi Ryan's "The Wrong kind of Love (The Boys of Jackson Harbor #1)."

The Hopeless Romantics Book Blog are pleased to be part of the Blog Tour for Lexi Ryan's "The Wrong kind of Love (The Boys of Jackson Harbor #1)."


Synopsis: 

From New York Times bestseller Lexi Ryan comes a sexy new romance novel about a runaway bride, a single dad who’s sworn off love, and the kind of family secrets that can threaten to break even the deepest bonds.

You never forget your wedding day. Or the moment your twin sister pukes on your bouquet and confesses she’s pregnant . . . with your fiancé’s baby.

I wanted to get away, to hide until my heart mended. I found myself in a strange town with a mysterious stranger whose talented mouth and hands almost made me forget it was supposed to be my wedding night.

Afraid to go home to face my broken life, I pretend to be my twin so I can take her job in Jackson Harbor caring for a six-year-old girl. Imagine my surprise when I find out my new boss is my mysterious stranger—Dr. Ethan Jackson.

I never meant for Ethan to discover my secrets. I never meant for them to matter. But the longer I work with him and his sweet daughter, the harder I fall, and the clearer it becomes that I’m not the only one carrying a secret that could tear us apart.

Get ready to fall for the boys of Jackson Harbor in Lexi Ryan’s sexy new contemporary romance series. These books can all be read as standalones, but you’ll enjoy reading them as a series!

Review: Jo 

I've always enjoyed Lexi Ryan's work, but for some reason I don't remember I've fallen behind on Lexi's novels, so when I saw this book, I knew it was time to get back on track and I'm so glad that I did because I loved Nik and Ethan's story. "The Wrong Kind of Love" was sweet, sexy and fun. It's definitely a book that I'd recommend reading. 

"Do you know how hard it's going to be for me to walk away without fucking you?"
"Then don't."

Nik had lived her life in the shadow of her twin sister, always thinking she wasn't good enough, that her love wasn't good enough. When things went terribly wrong for her in the love department, Nik found herself starting over. New job, new town, new life and new sexy brooding boss, Ethan. The story progressed with an intense, sexy and swoony relationship that develops between Nik and Ethan that I loved every minute of. The pair were so perfect for one another and I just loved how everything played out between them. From the lust and sexual chemistry at the beginning to the dreamy love that grew between them. 

"I thought I was broken forever, and then you showed up. 
Now I want things I didn't think I'd ever want again." 

I also loved the secondary characters and how they added to the story, giving the impression of a happy and friendly group of family and friends that Nik easily settled into. And as for little Lilly, she was so cute. I was so sad when I turned the final pages of this book and can't wait for more from the Jackson boys. This is a series that I'm excited to continue. 

"....maybe, just maybe, I needed all the wrongs to find the right kind of love." 

"The Wrong Kind of Love" gets 4.5 ❤️ 's from me. 


Excerpt:

“Did somebody hurt you?” My gut knots with the question. You can’t save her, Ethan. 

“You could say that.”

I step forward. Maybe that’s why she’s here on this impulsive visit to Jackson Harbor. Maybe she’s running from someone, escaping a home that’s not safe. “Do you have somewhere safe to go?”

“It’s not that kind of hurt,” she whispers. She swallows, and her gaze dips to my mouth. “Why are you so sad?”

Because you remind me of Elena. Because I couldn’t walk away from her either. “I’m just worried about you.” I don’t know if I step closer or if gravity pulls me that way, but in a breath, she’s at my fingertips and my thighs brush her knees.

“Will you do me a favor?” she asks, her attention still on my lips.

“What?”

“Will you kiss me?”

“Nic . . .” I wait for the excuses to find their way onto my tongue, but they don’t, and I realize I don’t want an excuse to walk away from her. My whole body is warm and my fingers itch to touch her. The only thing I want is my mouth on hers. I want to taste her joy and sadness. I want to know how it feels to have that body pressed against mine. 

I’m silent a beat too long, and she winces. “Sorry.”

“Don’t be. It’s not that I don’t want to, but you’re vulnerable.” 

“Are you always so noble?”

“If you think my thoughts are noble right now, you’re even more naïve than I feared.” I lean my forehead against hers. Christ. Who am I kidding? She’s asking me to do something I’ve been thinking about since I first laid eyes on her. I couldn’t deny her if I wanted to, and I don’t want to. Not even a little. 

I cup her face in my hand and run my thumb along her jaw. 

She slides a hand behind my neck. “I like the way you look at me. You make me feel sexy. Wanted.”

“Who made you feel like you weren’t?”

“A mistake.”

“Then he didn’t deserve you.” I lower my mouth to hers, telling myself the kiss will be brief, that I won’t get carried away. But then her other hand joins the first behind my neck, and her breasts press against my chest. Her thighs part, and I step between them in my instinctive need to be closer. A soft moan slips from her lips as our mouths connect.

This girl kisses like she does everything else—with unabashed emotion. She doesn’t hide a thing she’s feeling, and I’m hard even before her mouth opens under mine and our tongues sweep across each other.

I thread one hand into her hair and slide the other up her bare leg, my fingers curling into the flesh of her hip while my thumb strokes her inner thigh. Her skirt is bunched around her waist, and it would be so easy to follow this soft skin up and find her panties. She’s making the sexiest sounds, and I’m dying to touch her, to find out if she’s as turned on as she sounds, but I keep my hand where it is and give her the kiss she asked for. I offer the evidence that she’s sexy and desirable, no matter what some asshole made her think.

The Wrong Kind of Love © 2018 by Lexi Ryan

Meet Lexi:

Lexi Ryan is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of emotional romance that sizzles. A former academic and English professor, Lexi considers herself the luckiest girl around to make a living through storytelling. She loves spending time with her crazy kids, weightlifting, ice cream, swoony heroes, and vodka martinis.

Lexi lives in Indiana with her husband, two children, and a spoiled dog. You can find her at her website: www.lexiryan.com

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Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Blog Tour: Emma Scott's "In Harmony."


The Hopeless Romantics Book Blog are pleased to be part of the Blog Tour for Emma Scott's "In Harmony."


Synopsis: 

The root of all madness is an unbearable truth…

At seventeen, Willow Holloway’s life was torn apart. The happy, driven girl is gone, and she is left wracked by post-traumatic stress her body remembers even if she does not. When her father suddenly uproots the family from their posh penthouse in New York City to the tiny town of Harmony, Indiana, Willow becomes more untethered and lost under the weight of her secret. On a whim, she auditions for a part in the community theater’s production of Hamlet and unexpectedly wins the role of Ophelia—the girl who is undone by madness, and her love of Hamlet… 

Isaac Pearce is from the ‘wrong side of the tracks.’ The town bad boy. Girls pine for his attention and guys are in awe of him. That he’s an acting prodigy only adds to his charisma. Isaac utterly disappears into his characters; the stage is the only place he feels safe from his own traumatic home life. He wants nothing more than to escape to Broadway or Hollywood and leave Harmony behind for good. 

No one can play Hamlet but Isaac, and when the director pairs him with Willow in acting class, they clash again and again—neither willing to open their hearts to anyone. But clashing leads to breaking, breaking leads to the spilling of terrible secrets, and soon Isaac and Willow find Shakespeare’s words mirroring their lives. When they are cruelly torn apart, neither know how this play will end—with madness and heartache? Or healing, love, and the discovery of who they are truly meant to be. 

In Harmony is a standalone NEW ADULT love story, and is intended for readers 18 and up. PLEASE NOTE, this book contains sensitive material such as physical abuse, and the aftermath of sexual assault (off the page). Reader discretion is advised


                     


Review: Jo 

Emma Scott has done it again. She has delivered another novel that is full to the brim with emotion. I loved this book so much. From the moment I began reading my kindle was superglued to my hand. I just couldn't be parted from Willow and Isaac's beautiful yet heartbreaking story. 

"When do I get to feel better? Never. 
I get to carry this memory in my brain and this filth on my body forever. 
A chronic disease and there is no cure."

Willow and Isaac both had equally difficult lives. My heart ached over and over as I discovered what each of these characters suffered every single day. I felt so sorry for Willow and Isaac and wanted nothing more than for someone to wave a magic wand in their direction to make things better. 

"In that moment, it seemed so easy. So perfect,
 I could almost forget the words were written for a tragedy."

Together Willow and Isaac found in each other a spark of light in their dark lives and they grabbed onto one another and their love grew into something so special. I loved this couple together, but I knew that their relationship was going to be almost impossible. What followed was a romance that both melted my heart and also left me gasping for breath as everything went wrong. In true Emma Scott fashion, this book was one hell of an emotional roller-coaster. 

"Doubt thou the stars are fire, Doubt that the sun doth move, 
Doubt truth to be a liar, but never doubt I love. 
The words were ours now. Mine and Willow's." 

I urge you to one-click this book today. Don't miss this gorgeous tale of love, hope and courage. 

"I hear it Isaac, I hear it in every look, every touch. I hear you. 
The words of your heart." 

In Harmony gets ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ from me. 




Excerpt: 

“I’m so…not into being with someone right now,” Willow said with a nervous lilt to her words. “Not for a while, anyway.”

I heard a whisper on the breeze, or ever again. A heaviness in her eyes hinted she had lost something and had almost given up trying to find it.

She hasn’t given up, I thought, a fierce admiration welling in me. That’s why she’s doing the play. To find it again.

In that moment, I vowed to try to cut out all the egotistical bullshit and jealousy over Justin. The dance was out of range now anyway. I couldn’t ask her to go even if I wanted to. Which I didn’t. My job was to help her find what she was looking for in Hamlet, however I could. Even as it dented my eagerness to get the hell out of Harmony.

Willow shielded her eyes from the sun and squinted at me. “So what about you?”

“What about me?”

“Do you like anyone?” she asked, her voice a half tone higher than usual. She laughed. “That’s such a high school thing to ask.”

“No,” I said. “If all goes to plan, I’m leaving Harmony, remember? Stupid to start something now.”

“Sure. Makes sense.”

A silence fell.

“Yeah, so I probably won’t go to the dance,” Willow said. “I’m not good in that kind of situation anymore.”

“What kind of situation?”

She shook her head. “Never mind. I should get back.”

Willow started to scoot down off the block. I held my hand out to her to help. She hesitated for a fraction of a second and then took it. I held my other hand out and she took that too. I steadied her as she hopped down and then we were standing face to face. Close enough I could see her pale blue eyes had lighter shards of blue in them, like a topaz. Close enough to smell the sweetness of her breath—coffee tinged with sugar. Close enough to dance if we wanted.

“Thanks,” Willow said, gazing up at me.

“Sure,” I said.

I still held her hands. She didn’t let go.

“So,” she breathed, still not moving.

“Yeah.”

I glanced down at our hands. I hadn’t touched something this soft and good in ages. The sleeve of her coat bunched up and I spied a black mark on the inside of her forearm, close to her wrist. Willow drew in a breath as I turned her hand over. An X, about the size of a quarter, was stark on her pale skin.

She tugged her hands away. “I really need to get back.”

Every instinct cried out to take her hand again, to ask her what the X meant. To lick my thumb and erase it off her skin. I didn’t know what it meant but the sight of it made my stomach feel heavy.

“Willow—”

“I doodle when I’m bored. I told you that.” Her voice was sharp but her smile wobbled. “Let’s go.”

We walked the short distance back to town wordlessly. Back in front of the theater, Willow shouldered her bag and glanced around. “Thanks for today. I think Martin would be happy with our progress.”

“I do too.”

God, would he, I thought.

“So, I guess I’ll see you Monday?” she said.

“You have a ride home?”

“Oh, uh…” She still wouldn’t meet my eyes. “I was thinking of walking.”

“To Emerson Hills?” I said. “That’s a mile and a half and it’s getting dark soon.”

She raised her brows. “I’m not allowed to walk in the dark?”

“You’re allowed,” I said, “but I don’t want you to.”

Author Bio

Emma Scott writes romances with flawed characters, characters with artistic hearts: builders, poets, and writers of various makes and models. And love always wins. Always. 
Where to Find Emma:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EmmaScottwrites
Twitter: @EmmaS_writes
Instagram: @EmmaScottWrites


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Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Review: Tiffany Reisz's "The Lucky Ones."


Synopsis: 

They called themselves “the lucky ones.” They were seven children either orphaned or abandoned by their parents and chosen by legendary philanthropist and brain surgeon Dr. Vincent Capello to live in The Dragon, his almost magical beach house on the Oregon Coast. Allison was the youngest of the lucky ones living an idyllic life with her newfound family…until the night she almost died, and was then whisked away from the house and her adopted family forever.

Now, thirteen years later, Allison receives a letter from Roland, Dr. Capello’s oldest son, warning her that their father is ill and in his final days. Allison determines she must go home again and confront the ghosts of her past. She's determined to find out what really happened that fateful night--was it an accident or, as she's always suspected, did one of her beloved family members try to kill her?

But digging into the past can reveal horrific truths, and when Allison pieces together the story of her life, she'll learns the terrible secret at the heart of the family she once loved but never really knew.

A vivid and suspenseful tale of family, grief, love—and the dark secrets that bind everything together—Tiffany Reisz’s latest is enthralling to the final page. 

Review: Jo 

"The Lucky Ones" was a part mystery and part romance novel that kept me gripped from the moment I began reading. Tiffany Reisz's writing is so fantastic that she never fails to pull me in from the very first words and that's exactly what happened with this story. With an intriguing plot, brilliant characters and a blossoming love story, this was a book that I thoroughly enjoyed. 

"If one could marry a moment in time, she would have married that one. 
That moment when the stars were laughing with her and not at her. 
That moment when the sand in the hour glass was on her side 
and the house was once again her home." 

This book follows to story of Alison, who returns to her childhood home in the hope of finding answers from her past, only to open an enormous can of worms. Alison really did open Pandora's box in this story and what followed was a tale of endless secrets and lies that I was forever second guessing. 

"Too many secrets in this house. 
So many they were starting to feel like ....lies." 

I loved Alison. She was funny, sassy and strong. A real ass-kicking heroine of the story. Tiffany always creates such brilliant female characters, the type of women that I would love to be like. I also enjoyed the other characters in the story and getting to know each of their back stories. There was definitely enough in this book to keep my mind busy. 

"...the truth is I chopped so much wood because I want to keep you warm forever." 

If you love Tiffany Reisz's work, or you long for a novel to get completely lost in, this standalone read is the one for you. 

The Lucky Ones gets ❤️❤️❤️❤️ from me.

Thursday, 8 February 2018

Review: Charlie M. Matthews's "The Wrong Game"

Amazon.com:  http://amzn.to/2E4eFax
Amazon UK:   http://amzn.to/2E0QTvK

Synopsis:

Taylor Lawson - 

Tall, tanned, and stupidly muscular, Taylor Lawson was the definition of a bad boy–an overconfident footballer whose arrogance knew no bounds. His deep brown eyes were a thing of beauty–enough to make you want to bare your soul to him and a whole lot more. 

When his father was sent to prison, Taylor's life spiralled out of control. Everything he thought he knew was a lie, and his passion for the game to a backseat to everything else in his life. 

Wasted, and angry at the world, Taylor could see no way out. He was soon forced to realise that not everything in life was easy. But fighting your fears and taking back control was the easy part. Learning to hold on to that control would be Taylor's biggest challenge yet. 

Lola Henderson - 

After the accident that ripped her world out from underneath her feet, Lola struggled to find her place in the world again. Living through an endless nightmare, so scared and unsure of herself, and with fear playing a continuous loop, she was fighting a losing battle. 

Winslow Falls was meant to be the fresh start she needed to find herself again, but when she locked eyes with the star striker on the college football team, she knew she was done for. 

Would Lola continue to avoid the boy who made her feel things she knew was wrong? Or would fate throw them together, forcing them on to an unlikely path of friendship? 

Maybe Taylor was exactly who she needed in her life to overcome the fear that plagued her every day. 

"Two wrongs didn't make a right. But in our case they did."

Review: Jo 

This one was a freebie that sounded like my kind of read, so I clicked and was not disappointed. I enjoyed this YA standalone story of a college/school romance that contained an intriguing twist to it. I also liked that it was set in England, which changed things up a little from the previous books that I have read in this genre. 

"There was this girl—so shy and unsure of herself—quiet and timid, 
until that first stroke of heat danced upon her. 
Once lit, she would become this big force of energy 
that you couldn’t tear your eyes away from, 
never wanting to miss a single second of it. A firebox."

This story focuses on football player, Taylor and Lola, a girl who was trying to start a new life after an accident had turned her world upside down. I liked the main characters of the story a lot. Taylor had been a player and a bit of a bad boy in the past, however with Lola, I saw a whole new side to him that I loved. As usual with a YA story there was the common teenage problems, but when Taylor and Lola were together they made a lovely couple and I adored the change in Taylor. I rooted for their relationship to work every step of the way. The development of their relationship, as well as the fact that I was curious to see what would happen with Lola, kept me turning those pages and as I reached the final few chapters, I was happy with how everything came together for this young couple. 

"In reality, we shouldn’t have worked. 
But in our case, two wrongs did make a right, 
because despite the odds, we had each other and 
together we could find that balance we needed in order to survive."

If you love young adult sports romance, this one is for you. 

"The Wrong Game" gets ❤️❤️❤️❤️  from me.

Monday, 5 February 2018

Review: Jo Watson's "Love to Hate You."

Amazon.com:

Synopsis: 

Sera is usually a good girl. (Except for one wild night in the backseat of a stranger's car!) But what happens when that bad boy turns out to be her new boss? And what happens when he wants more than one night...and he can be very persuasive...

Review: Jo 

I've wanted to read a Jo Watson novel for a while now so I jumped at the chance to review"Love to Hate You." And it truly was the best decision because this was a fantastic story. A story that became more and more addictive with each new chapter. I was so hooked on Ben and Sera's romance that I didn't stop reading until my kindle battery died and I had no option. 


"Your touch is like a drug and all I want is my next hit." 

The story of Ben and Sera was a passionate, fiery and highly amusing read. I loved the way that the couple's relationship progressed. From the angsty and hilarious banter to the gorgeous slow burn. I adored every single minute of it. Slow burns are a mixed bag for me, sometimes I love them but more often than not, they either drive me crazy or I end up losing interest and I give up. Thankfully this one was a relationship that I enjoyed. The chemistry between the couple was so intense and the way they acted towards each other kept my entertained throughout every chapter. There was a few occasions when I wanted to step into the book just to tell Sera to stop being so difficult, but other than that, I loved what was happening. 

"There's nothing you could tell me that would make me think, 
or feel, anything less for you."

The main couple were both easy to love and root for. Sera was strong, independent and selfless. She also had a fun sense of humour which I saw a lot of throughout her dialogue with Ben. I spent a lot of time chuckling at the things Sera said or did during this book. Ben was so lovely. I fell for him the minute I met him. He didn't need any help winning me other. I loved everything about him. I swooned over the way that Ben treated Sera. For him it was insta-love and there was no hiding that. Ben went all out in demonstrating his feelings for Sera and it melted my heart. He was a man that turned my heart to mush. 

"I want to be part of your life. Even the bad bits." 

Before I go, I just want to also include Sera's friends JJ and Bruce in this review because they were a delightful addition to the story. I loved the dynamics of their relationship with Sera. They were equally as lovable as Ben and Sera. 

This novel was a brilliant read from beginning to end. Ben and Sera's love made me smile and with a perfect epilogue that finished off the story in the best way, my heart was deliciously full. 

"Love to Hate You" gets an easy ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ from me.

Thursday, 1 February 2018

Review Tour: L.H. Cosway's "The Cracks Duet"

The Hopeless Romantics Book Blog are pleased to part of the Review Tour for L.H. Cosway's "The Cracks Duet" 

A Crack In Everything (The Cracks Duet #1)
Amazon.com: http://amzn.to/2FxJJvo
Amazon UK:  http://amzn.to/2GBIIny

How The Light Gets In (The Cracks Duet #2)



Synopsis: 

Life used to be simple.

I was a city girl with humble dreams. Then Dylan O’Dea broke into my flat, held me against the wall and told me to stay quiet.
It was like in the movies, where the universe zeros in on a single scene. I looked into his eyes and knew he was going to change me.

For Dylan, the sky was always falling. He showed me how our world is a contradiction of beauty and ugliness. How we choose to ignore the awful and gloss over it with the palatable. How you need just a tiny drop of something unsavoury to create every great scent.

Pretty deep for a pair of teenagers living in a block of council flats in inner city Dublin, right? Probably. But we weren’t typical. We both had our obsessions. Mine was growing things, Dylan’s was scent. He taught me how to use my nose, and I introduced him to the magic of flowers.

I had no idea that one day he’d build an empire from what we started together. But before that, there was love and happiness, tragedy and epic heartbreak…

My name is Evelyn Flynn and I’m going to tell you about the crack in everything.

How the Light Gets In (Cracks Duet #2)

He came back to me 16 minutes and 59 seconds into Beethoven’s Symphony no. 7.

We parted amid tragedy, so it seemed poetic. Dylan O’Dea, my childhood sweetheart, had once meant everything to me. Now we were strangers, and honestly, after eleven years I never thought I’d see him again.

I lived in the world of the average, of getting paid by the hour and budgeting to make ends meet. But Dylan, he lived in the world of wealth and success. He’d achieved the great things I always suspected he would. The dissatisfaction he’d felt as a teenager had obviously been an excellent motivator.

He started a business from scratch, pioneered a brand, and created perfumes adored by women across the globe. I was just one of the people who’d been there before. Now he was living his best life in the after.

And me, well, I’d been in a dark place for a while. Slowly but surely, I was letting the light back in, but there was something missing. I was an unfinished sentence with an ellipsis at the end. And maybe, if I was brave enough to take the chance, Dylan could be my happy ending.



Review: Jo 

I have so much love for this gorgeous tale of first love and second chances. LH Cosway has always delivered such stunning novels and this was another one that was simply impossible to put down. "The Cracks Duet" captured my heart and consumed me from the very first moment I met Dylan and Evelyn. 

"I can only see my dreams clearly when I look through you first." 

Spanning many years, this duet told the story of two adorable characters as they first fell in love as teenagers and continuing on until they were given a second chance as adults. I absolutely loved these two characters. Evelyn was so sweet and lovely and Dylan just stole my heart. He was a bit of a hot headed bad boy, but with an intelligent mind and a heart of gold. I swooned over him as a teenager and swooned again when I met him as an adult. And as for the way he treated Evelyn, wow. This boy was someone special. 

"I knew I'd never love anyone in my life like I loved Dylan O'Dea. 
He would always own my heart. Always." 

The romance between Dylan and Evelyn was so wonderful. I adored watching the development of their relationship and delighted with how perfect they were for one another. They were true soulmates, something that they both realised in later years. Once they found there one true love, it was impossible for them to move on from each other. Their love was unforgettable. 

"This isn't the end for us. I promise. This is just the in-between.
 I'll find you in the after." 

As well as Dylan and Evelyn, I also enjoyed the secondary characters from the story. I loved getting to know each and everyone of Dylan and Evelyn's family and friends. They were a fun bunch of people that added extra warmth to the book. I smiled so much whilst reading this story, especially during those final few chapters. They were an absolute joy to read. 

"It's always only been you. It only ever will be you." 

This book truly contained everything to keep me hooked. Beautiful writing, gorgeous characters, a heartwarming story, a twist that I didn't see coming and the most delicious dreamy romance. I couldn't give this book anything less than ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️. It's a book that I would easily recommend reading.




L.H. Cosway lives in Dublin, Ireland. Her inspiration to write comes from music. Her favourite things in life include writing stories, vintage clothing, dark cabaret music, food, musical comedy, and of course, books. She thinks that imperfect people are the most interesting kind. They tell the best stories. L.H. is represented by Louise Fury at The Bent Agency.

Social Media Links:FB: www.facebook.com/LHCosway





Monday, 29 January 2018

Release Blitz & Review: K Bromberg's "Combust (Everyday Heroes # 2)."

Amazon.com:   http://amzn.to/2DVxED5
Amazon UK:    http://amzn.to/2GqjhFs

Synopsis:

From New York Times Bestselling author, K. Bromberg, comes the second standalone book in the Everyday Heroes series. Just how hot will firefighter Grady Malone turn up the heat?

Songwriter Dylan McCoy has been burned.

By her boyfriend she found in her bed . . . with someone else. 

By the contract she signed that obligates her to work with him until the songs for his new album are complete.

By her agent when she asked Dylan to keep their breakup on the down-low.

When she finds herself in Sunnyville, she refuses to let her new roommate burn her too. Still . . . a rebound has never looked so good.

That’s her first thought when she sees firefighter Grady Malone. 
Sexy. Charismatic. Unapologetic. He’s a man who carries his own scars—the ones on his back, the survivor’s guilt on his soul, and the fear in his heart.

When an unexpected visitor puts their roommate status to the test, will their undeniable attraction burn out, or will they both take a chance and play with fire?

Review: Surj 

Wow, Kristy Bromberg sure did light the mother of all fires with her latest addition to the "Everyday Heroes" series and boy did I feel like my emotions had been burned to a crisp by the time I turned the last page. Seriously peeps, what a read. This one hit me right in the solar plexus from the get go knocking me for six not once but time and time again. I didn't think my heart would recover. Kristy writes angst so so well and "Combust" was a prime example of that. It was devastating and gut wrenching but perfectly balanced with that signature sweetness, humour, romance and chemistry this author is renowned for. 

"...love is rarely pretty. It's messy. It's complicated. It's often ugly, 
but that's how you know it's right. Pretty doesn't always last. 
It's the things you have to work at that make the reward that much sweeter."

"Combust" gave us the story of Grady Malone, a sexy as sin firefighter who was deeply troubled, carrying the burden of unfounded guilt that came as a result of a tragic event from the past. His leading lady came in the form of Dylan McCoy, a song writer who had been burned by every man that had meant something to her. To top it off, in the world of showbiz where image was everything, Dylan felt like she didn't belong, harbouring her own insecurities when it came to body image. Each of these characters had their own story to tell, and each one left my heart hurting. 

Every touch is a splash of gasoline on a smoulder. 
Every kiss is a match being lit. 
every groan a lick of flame searing both my skin and my soul. 

Kristy Bromberg wrote a perfect slow burn romance with "Combust" and I savoured every mouth watering part of it. The "housemates to friends to more" story was written in such a way that I was engrossed and couldn't wait to see what came next. Although there were some light hearted and funny moments between the couple plus an undeniable chemistry that had me rooting for the pair, overall, this was a story that brought out the natural born fixer in me. I wanted to take away their insecurities, vulnerabilities, hurt and pain. I wanted each of them to see their self worth, to see their beauty both on the outside and within. I wanted them to realise just how perfect they were. I just wanted to .... to make everything better for them. I guess this is where the uplifting moments came because despite what I've said, there were times my heart felt so full of pride when Grady and Dylan overcame hurdles in their lives. those moments made all the anguish and angst worth it because when that grin spread on my face, it would take a lot to wipe it off. 

“We all have scars. Some are visible, some aren’t. 
In the end, they represent the fact that you’re stronger 
now than whatever tried to hurt you.”

It was great catching up with the rest of the Malone clan, from the parents to the brothers, this really was a family unit of the best kind. The banter between the brothers had me in stitches but equally, the love and support they offered one another made my heart swell with pride. 

This really was another great addition to the "Everyday Heroes" series peeps. The writing was outstanding as always and so full of emotion and feeling and in terms of the storyline, although not completely unique, I love how this author put her own twist on it to make it her own. 

Find 'em hot and leave 'em wet just got a whole new meaning. 

Grady and Dylan's story gets ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️


Excerpt

Preoccupied with a text on my phone from my agent, I walk into the kitchen and suck in a breath when I come face to back with Grady. He’s standing with his hand on the refrigerator door, head leaned inside, and his back fully exposed to me. It’s broad and strong and scarred immeasurably.

I stare.

I can’t help it. The marks are a dizzying array of dark and light and ridged and smooth. And they’re undeniably burns. Goosebumps chase over my skin as I imagine the pain he must have endured when he got those. I think of his habit of wearing unbuttoned shirts but never going shirtless and the hint of scars just visible above his collar that I never could have imagined led to this roadmap to hell on his back.

A part of me instinctively wants to reach out to touch them, bring some kind of comfort. It sounds ridiculous, even to me, but that doesn’t abate the urge.

“Not pretty, huh? Get a good look while you can.” His voice is gruff as his spine stiffens and body stills, emotion woven through the words.

“Thank God not all of you is pretty. I was beginning to feel majorly insecure having to live with perfection like you,” I say off the cuff, trying to make this situation less awkward. My attempt to settle the sudden tension sparking in the air around us.

“Perfection?” he asks as he turns to face me with a smile that masks the emotion swirling in his eyes.

“Yeah. You have scars. I have mermaid thighs.”

“Mermaid thighs?” He laughs. “What in the world are you talking about?”

“Thighs that touch from the top all the way to my knees.” I shrug as if it doesn’t bug me, as if I’m not highlighting one of the insults Tara threw at me. It’s a whole lot easier to make fun of myself so long as it puts him at ease.

“Do you ever give yourself a break?”

“Do you?” I ask the question, sparking a silent battle of wills as we stare at each other and wonder what to say next about the other’s insecurities. Coming up empty, I shift gears. “I think there is some type of rule about how many abs are fair for a guy to have when the rest of us are just struggling to find one of them.”

His smile rings more genuine as he steps toward me, and I step back, my hips leaning against the counter now.

“Is that so?” His voice lowers as his eyes flick to my lips and then back up. “I’m sure you have some under your shirt there.”

Why does the simple action make it seem so hard to swallow?

He takes another step.

“What are you building outside?”

“A playroom.”

A nervous chuckle falls from my lips as I think of all of the versions of playrooms I’ve read about in my romance books. My cheeks stain red as I imagine Grady with a flogger in one hand standing beside a St. Andrew’s Cross.

“A playroom?”

“Yeah.” He takes a step closer so we’re breathing the same air, his voice husky enough to cause every part of my body to grow alert. “A playroom. You know . . . a pool table. Foosball. A real man cave.”

I exhale a shaky sigh, suddenly more than aware that he’s so close, shirtless, sweaty, and smelling like sun and soap mixed together. But it’s his eyes that make my thoughts falter. There’s an intensity to them I don’t expect from the perpetually cheerful Grady Malone.

“Ah, that kind of playroom . . .” But my words trail off as he steps even closer and braces his hands on the counter on either side of me. I can hear his intake of breath. The music floating in from outside. The pound of my pulse in my ears.

“Hey, Dyl?”

“Yes?” Our eyes hold, my lips fall lax.

“I need you to open up.”

“What?” I question as his hand brushes against my hip and his fingers pull on the drawer handle I’m standing in front of.

“I need the bottle opener. You’re standing in front of the drawer it’s in.” His lips spread into a full-fledged grin as I scramble away from the counter and, of course, run smack dab into the hardness, all six foot plus of him.

And then I rebound off him again in a flustered state that has him laughing and me stuttering. “Sorry. I wasn’t—I didn’t . . .” His arms hold on to my biceps to steady me, which prompts me to look up and meet his eyes.

“We need to stop meeting like this,” he murmurs, the heat of his breath hitting my lips.

“We do.” Brilliant, Dylan. Freaking brilliant response. “I’ve gotta . . . I’ve gotta get back to . . . to writing.”

About K. Bromberg

New York Times Bestselling author K. Bromberg writes contemporary novels that contain a mixture of sweet, emotional, a whole lot of sexy, and a little bit of real. She likes to write strong heroines, and damaged heroes who we love to hate and hate to love.

A mom of three, she plots her novels in between school runs and soccer practices, more often than not with her laptop in tow.

Since publishing her first book in 2013, Kristy has sold over one million copies of her books across sixteen different countries and has landed on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestsellers lists over twenty-five times. Her Driven trilogy (Driven, Fueled, and Crashed) is currently being adapted for film by Passionflix with the first movie slated to release in the summer of 2018.

She is currently working on her Everyday Heroes trilogy. This series consists of three complete standalone novels—Cuffed, Combust, and Cockpit (late spring 2018)—and is about three brothers who are emergency responders, the jobs that call to them, and the women who challenge them.

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