Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Read This Steamy Excerpt From Strictly Professional

Cali inched her way down the staircase. She could hear Matthew already in the kitchen and braced herself to see him again.
He was facing away from her when she entered, reaching into the silverware drawer. When he shut the drawer, he seemed to sense her, looked over his shoulder, and smiled. She felt her stomach do a little flip.
“Good morning.”
She pushed a lock of her hair behind her ear and took her usual seat at the island. “Good morning.”
Matthew brought two bowls of fruit and two muffins over before sitting down beside her. He grabbed a muffin and started eating.
Cali stole several glances at him, but he continued to stare at his food. It was like she wasn’t even there.
He speared his last piece of fruit with his fork and paused before taking a bite. “Did you have anywhere you needed to go today? I know my presence is intrusive but it shouldn’t stop you from your normal activities. I’ll try to make myself as inconspicuous as possible.”
She froze with her fork midway to her mouth. Was he really doing this? Again? Was he really going to ignore what had happened? What kept happening?
Dropping her fork down in her bowl with much more force than necessary, Cali stood and marched over to the sink. She couldn’t believe him.
The bowl clattered against the stainless steel surface of the sink as she not so gently placed it inside. She stood with her hands gripping the sink, trying to breathe through the emotions running through her.
Cali felt Matthew come up beside her and whirled around to face him—ready to do battle.
“Cali? What’s—”
“Don’t you dare ask me what’s wrong!”
He stood there looking lost.
She clenched her fists, trying to keep her temper in check, but she was livid. Was he really this clueless?
“You’re really going to do this, aren’t you?” She didn’t really expect an answer. “Again.”
Matthew gave no response. Other than to flex his jaw, he didn’t move.
Cali combed her fingers through her hair in frustration and then let her arms fall back down to her sides. She needed to get away, so she pushed off the counter and walked away. “I give up.”
She only made it two steps before Matthew grabbed her arm to stop her.
He scanned her face as if he were looking for the answers to solve the world’s deepest mysteries. “Cali?”
“How many times?” she asked. “How many times and then you just close down and act like nothing happened?”
 “Three,” he said, his voice flat.
She stepped closer and looked into his eyes. She hadn’t expected him to answer her. Or if he did, she was expecting something more along the lines of, ‘I don’t know what you’re talking about.’
Matthew met her gaze with firm determination. “In my office.”
He took a step closer. “In your office.”
Cali watched the movement of his throat as he swallowed. The room seemed to be getting warmer.
Matthew took another step, closing the distance between them. “Last night.”
Her heart was hammering in her ears. He was right in front of her now. Close enough that she could feel the heat radiating off him. Close enough that she could smell the cologne he was wearing.
“That’s how many times I’ve almost kissed you,” he whispered, his breath ghosting across her face, his lips mere inches from hers.
She couldn’t pull her gaze away from his.
“Four.” He said it so soft she could barely hear.
Cali’s heart skipped a beat and it felt as if all the air had been sucked out of the room.
He tilted his head forward, bringing their lips even closer. “Tell me no, Cali. Tell me to stop.”
Matthew’s eyes were pleading with her—almost begging her to stop him—but she remained silent. She wanted this. More than anything she wanted this.

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Monday, May 11, 2020

Review: Love Under Construction by M.C. Cerny

Hunter Hart knows construction.
He knows relationships hurt after watching his parents self destruct.
Somehow he forgot all the warnings when Taylor Jane Bryant blasted through the crumbling foundation around his heart.

Taylor Jane Bryant knows home design.
Well... she thinks she knows based on marathon sessions of her favorite television show.
Now she's all grown up and ready to nail the last stud, Hunter Hart.

A romantic comedy by M.C. Cerny, Love Under Construction is book one in the Love By Design series. Come meet a sullen, stubborn hero with a 2x4 stuck up his rear about falling in love, and a heroine who has watched every episode of the Property Brothers ready to flip her dream house. Between every construction nightmare possible, animals that need to move out, and friends determined to interfere, what could possible go right? Step into a small town with a big heart, and laugh your way into love. Each book in the LBD series is a standalone HEA romance.

My Review:

I liked Hunter and Taylor Jane and wanted to see their romance flourish (I'm a bit of a sucker for a good friends to lovers romance). These two have been friends since high school and have a long history. There's always been an attraction there, but they haven't acted on it because they were afraid it would ruin their friendship.

This is a blue collar romance, as the title implies, which I love. Taylor Jane buys a fixer upper and convinces her best friend, Hunter, who owns his own construction business, to help flip the house.

There are some funny bits in the story, but there are also some things that while probably meant to be funny just got on my nerves...mainly two of their friends. It really pulled the book down for me as they were always turning up when all I wanted to do was focus on the developing relationship between Hunter and Taylor Jane.

The writing was good and the editing was solid. I won't be continuing this series because the next book involves the two characters that got on my nerves in this one. However, I will most likely check out other books by this author.


About The Author

M.C. Cerny fell in love with books after experiencing her first real ugly cry reading, Where The Red Fern Grows. Her debut romantic suspense novel, Flashpoint was written in a series of post-it-note ramblings that would likely make her idol Tom Clancy and her mother blush. She is a post graduate of NYU, and calls rural NJ home with her menagerie of human and fur-babies. When M.C. is not writing, you'll find her lurking in Starbucks, running stupid marathon, singing Disney show tunes, and searching out the perfect shade of pink nail polish. xoxo 


Friday, January 10, 2020

Review: Nights With Him by Lauren Blakely

A sensual and smoldering standalone romance novel from #1 NYT Bestseller Lauren Blakely!

An extremely eligible bachelor in New York, Jack Sullivan is the total package, handsome as hell, rich as sin, and charming as anything.

But the powerful and successful sex toy CEO has commitment issues a mile-long after the tragic way his relationship with his fiancée ended.

He's looking for a way to erase the pain and that arrives in the form of Michelle Milo. From her pencil skirts to her high heels, she's his perfect fantasy, especially since she doesn't have room for anything more in her life.

When Jack proposes a deal - share her nights with him for thirty days of exquisite pleasure, then they walk away, his proposition sounds blissful.

And it is full of bliss and ecstasy, until trouble from the past threatens their present arrangement...

My Review:

Jack and Michelle are a pretty dynamic couple. And this book is HOT! These two steam up the pages right from the start and they don't stop until the last page.

He runs a sex toy business with his sister and she is an intimate relations therapist. Their professions mean that neither shy away from sex and are open to just about anything in the bedroom.

I have to be honest and say there was almost too much sex for me in the book. There were some scenes I thought would have worked better if they were fade to black verses a written out sex scene, but on the flip side all the sex scenes were spicy and sometimes a bit kinky.

The story flowed well and I really liked all the characters, including the supporting ones. They were all easy to relate to and well rounded. The conflict in the story was realistic and I didn't find any major editing or plot issues in the book.

I would highly recommend this to anyone who is looking for a spicy romance read.

Friday, December 27, 2019

Review: Her Guarded Hero by Caitlyn O'Leary

Can He Save Her Life? Can She Save His Soul?

Navy SEAL Dalton Sullivan, once again, seeks solace in the wilderness. As he treks through the forests surrounding Lake Tahoe shots ring out, and he watches in horror as a woman is thrown off her horse and lands unconscious at his feet.

Aurora Chance has no idea why someone wants her dead. When Dalton offers to keep her safe, she is pressured by her family to accept his help. As the danger intensifies, Dalton becomes her safe harbor. Meanwhile Dalton wrestles with demons from his past as Aurora becomes a beacon of hope that he knows he doesn’t deserve.

Will Dalton have to give up his life in order to save Aurora? Will Aurora survive and prove to Dalton he can trust her with his heart?

Her Guarded Hero will take you on an emotional, action-packed read that will leave you craving more. Don’t miss out, one-click this story today.

My Review:

This story opens with a bang. Literally.

Dalton is on leave from his duties as a SEAL, and while hiking int he woods he hears a gun shot. But it isn't aimed at him. It's aimed at a woman on horseback.

This situation throws Dalton and Aurora together. He's convinced that the shots were no accident and is determined to protect her.

What I liked...

Dalton's backstory was flushed out well by the author. He was leery about getting into a relationship and once the reasoning is revealed, it makes sense as to why he's cautious.

Aurora is sort of a 'horse whisperer'. Her specialty is taking in abused horses and rehabilitating them. She has a calming way about her, which Dalton needs.

I also enjoyed getting to know her grandfather. He was a character in and of himself.

What I didn't like...

Aurora made a really stupid decision in the story. I get why she did it, so it wasn't completely out of character, but it was stupid nonetheless.

Would I recommend this book?

Yes! If you like contemporary romance, especially military romance,  you should enjoy this story.

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Kyle and Janey Are Coming!

Available December 10, 2019

Can he keep his hands off her long enough to catch a killer?

Detective Janey Davis is trying to find a killer. When another body turns up outside the small town of Liberty, Indiana, she’s sent to investigate. Nothing prepares her for what she finds there...and it has nothing to do with the case she’s working on. It’s the deputy who’s been assigned to tag along on her investigation.

Kyle Reed has been a sheriff’s deputy since returning from the Army ten years ago. He loves his job and the small town of Liberty, which is why he’s determined to help Detective Davis find out who murdered a man and dumped his body on the side of a country road. What he wasn’t prepared for was the undeniable chemistry between them.

After convincing her to attend a get-together with him at a friend’s farm, Kyle and Janey give in to their passion. The problem is, he doesn’t want just one night. Can he convince her to give a relationship between them a chance?

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Sunday, October 28, 2018

Can she fulfill her master's final command? #SixSentenceSunday #MilitaryRomance

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Grace took a shaky breath, opened her car door, and placed her feet on the pavement. Each step she took toward the brick building felt heavier than the one before. She felt naked. Exposed. And utterly terrified. It was the first time she’d been without her collar for almost ten years.

Longing for His Kiss 

Eight months ago, two uniformed men showed up at Grace Martin’s door and told her that her husband wasn’t coming home. She’s tried to move on, but nothing will make that ache in her chest go away. Kurt wasn’t only her husband. He was also her Master. With him gone a part of her is missing and she has no idea how, or even if, she can repair the hole that has been left.

A lot has changed in the last eight months for Alexander Greco. He was injured, spent six months in a VA hospital recovering, was discharged from the Army after ten years of service, and then moved himself halfway across the country to find his friend’s widow. He has a letter to deliver to Grace—her husband’s final goodbye.

Little does either of them know the letter contains something that will change both their lives.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

I'm Not Looking For A Submissive... #SixSentenceSunday #FemDom

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Finally, Beth couldn’t take it any longer and turned to face him. “I don’t know what you’re looking for, but let me spell out exactly what I’m not looking for. I’m not looking for a submissive and I don’t play with random partners.”

“I understand.” His voice was smooth, and it sent tingles down her spine. This was not good.

Burning for Her Kiss

Beth Davenport has no interest in getting involved with another man for the foreseeable future. To say her last relationship ended in disaster would be a colossal understatement. The only reason she agrees to put in an appearance at Serpent’s Kiss, a private kink club in downtown St. Louis, is because her best friend, Nicole, won’t quit nagging her. When she walks in the door that night, the last thing she expects to do is meet a man who will have her reconsidering her ban on men.

As a captain with the St. Louis Fire Department, Drew Parker is used to being in charge. His crew relies on him to make sure they know what they’re doing and return home to their families after every shift. It isn’t, however, what he wants in a relationship. Drew decides to join Serpent’s Kiss to see if what appeals to him in fantasy is something he wants to explore in the real world. He’s also hoping that he’ll be lucky enough to meet a woman with whom he can explore his desires. The night Beth walks into the club, he is intrigued. Drew has to get to know her better.

After what happened to her, Beth is reluctant to get involved with Drew. It doesn’t matter that he is sweet and charming. She’s been burned before and Beth doesn’t think she can survive having her heart crushed again. Drew, however, won’t take no for an answer. He wants a relationship and is determined to chip away at her defenses until she relents. Will she give him a chance, or did her ex leave her with scars too deep to heal?