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The Hot One Release Day Launch

February 27, 2017 Features 0

From #1 NYT Bestselling author Lauren Blakely, comes a hot new standalone second chance romance…

THE HOT ONE!

Want a slow burn, sexy-as-sin second chance romance filled with wit, humor and so much heart? Dive in, and get ready to swoon and fan yourself from the heat!

 

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A sexy, feel-good romance that makes you feel good all over, THE HOT ONE is a hot, second chance standalone romance and the story of confident, charming and cocky attorney Tyler Nichols who is determined to win back his college sweetheart when he runs into her in NYC eight years later. He’ll do anything to win her heart… including stripping naked for her at her office. Can she move on from the hurt and give love a brand new chance? Find out in this sexy, fun, and sizzling romance full of heart, charm and heat! Told in dual POV, THE HOT ONE is being called over-the-top hot and utterly addictive. Grab your copy of THE HOT ONE and get ready to laugh, swoon, and fan yourself from the heat!

The Hot One is love, laugh-out-loud humor, and lust all wrapped up in the perfect package…PURE PLEASURE!!!” ~ Bookalicious Babes Blog

 

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“Lauren Blakely is the QUEEN of sweet, fun, and steamy reads… Her books are utterly addictive.” ~ Angie’s Dreamy Reads

 

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A sexy new standalone romance from #1 New York Times Bestselling Author Lauren Blakely…

Ever notice that sometimes a guy will do something really stupid, like let the love of his life slip through his fingers?

Yeah. I’m that guy. But the instant I run into her again I’ve got one goal and one goal only—a second chance. The plan? Go big or go home.

Fine, at first glance, stripping naked at my ex-girlfriend’s place of work might not seem like the brightest way to win her heart again. But trust me on this count—she always liked me best without any clothes on. And sometimes you’ve got to play to your strengths when you’re fighting an uphill battle. As a lawyer, I know how to fight, and I’m prepared to fight hard for her. Because sometimes you need a second chance at first love.

He’s the one who got away . . .

The nerve of Tyler Nichols to reappear like that at my job, showing off his rock-hard body that drove me wild far too many nights. That man with his knowing grin and mischievous eyes is nothing but a cocky jerk to saunter back into my life. Except, what if he’s not . . .? I’ve tried like hell to forget him, but maybe I’m cursed to remember the guy I fell madly in love with eight years ago. Lord knows I’m not over him, so what’s the harm in giving him a week to prove he’s changed in the ways that matter?

After all, how do you resist the hot one . . .?

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EXCERPT:

Technically, I didn’t drop my drawers the first time I saw her again. Just my balls.

The ones in my hands. Juggling balls.

Here’s how it went down. Picture a Sunday morning in Central Park. A perfect summer day. The grass was green, the breeze was warm, and I’d just spent the last few hours getting acquainted with turtles and frogs at the children’s zoo because I’m an awesome uncle. And Carly’s one cool seven-year-old.

The kid loves all creatures, but especially the ones that jump and crawl, so I took her to the enchanted forest part of the zoo. When we finished, she tugged on my shirt sleeve, batted her hazel eyes, and asked ever so sweetly for an ice cream cone.

Like I stood a chance at resisting her. C’mon. She’s my cousin’s kid, and clearly she gets her charm from our side of the family.

With her hand in mine, we strolled across the grass near the running path, hunting for the nearest ice cream dealer.

And then Carly did that thing little kids do.

She shrieked for what seemed like absolutely no reason. Next, she pointed to an impossibly tall dude wearing a beret while juggling two Rubik’s Cubes, two orange balls, and a small green beanbag.

“He can do five, Uncle Tyler!” Carly shouted, her eyes going wide.

“Five isn’t too shabby,” I said with a shrug.

She turned to me with a questioning stare. “I’ve never seen you do five.”

“That’s because I haven’t shown you all my tricks yet.”

“Can you really juggle five balls?”

I scoffed. “Please, I can do that with my eyes closed.”

I didn’t put myself through law school juggling for nothing.

Just kidding.

You can’t put yourself through law school juggling anything but insane class schedules and lack of sleep.

Carly arched an eyebrow. So did the juggler, as he kept up the cascade of his quintet. Show-off.

“I want to see. Show me,” Carly urged.

Yeah, Carly’s a chip off the old block. She’s all about challenging me, and I’m all about rising to the challenge.

The stick-thin guy with the beret raised his chin. “Have at it, man.”

With clockwork precision, he let the balls fall out of orbit and into his palm. Next, the Rubik’s Cubes. Then the beanbag. He stepped closer, handed me the objects, and flashed a crooked, put-your-money-where-your-mouth-is grin.

Game on.

Packs of runners jogged along, cyclists wheeled over the black asphalt, and rollerbladers whizzed by on the concrete. With my feet parked hip’s width apart, I stood at the edge of the grass getting a feel for the items, weighing them, and then one, two, three, four, five, I whisked each one up into the air in a high oval arc. Round and round, in a perfect five-ball cascade.

Carly clapped, then demanded more. “Yes, now close your eyes!”

I groaned. What was I thinking? Juggling with eyes closed is fucking hard. But I could pull it off for a couple seconds. My special skill. I obliged my niece’s request, pulling off a few quick blind ovals. Five seconds later, after I’d shown off that particular party trick, I opened my eyes.

And I saw a vision from my past.

A blond beauty, with long legs, a lovely round ass, and a high ponytail swishing back and forth across her shoulders. She ran along the path in tiny orange let-me-peel-them-off-with-my-teeth-pretty-please running shorts. And that face. Dear Lord, the stunning face of an angel. High cheekbones. Deep brown eyes that saw me like no one ever had. Those red lips, shaped like a bow. Fuck me, the things she could do with those lips. The things I taught her to do with that sinful mouth.

Delaney sure as hell knew how to use it, and I don’t just mean in the bedroom. We used to talk about anything and everything when we were together in college. Days with her. Nights with her. Best time of my life. That woman was full of spark. Full of fire. So damn passionate. And look at her now.

Jesus Christ.

It had to be illegal to be that smoking hot.

 

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Tyler Nichols. Oh. My. God. The title is definitely apropos. This man is over the top HOT in oh so many ways. The Hot One is a read-in-one-sitting kind of story.” ~ Naughty Girls and Their Books

 

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Author pic - Lauren BlakelyAbout Lauren Blakely:

A #1 New York Times Bestselling author, Lauren Blakely is known for her contemporary romance style that’s hot, sweet and sexy. She lives in California with her family and has plotted entire novels while walking her dogs. With fourteen New York Times bestsellers, her titles have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestseller Lists more than seventy-five times, and she’s sold more than 1.5 million books. In February she’ll release THE HOT ONE, a standalone contemporary romance. To receive an email when Lauren releases a new book, sign up for her newsletter! laurenblakely.com/newsletter

 

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2017 Love-a-Thon: Sweethearts Candy Messages

February 18, 2017 Features 0

Hey guys! I’m excited to be participating in the Love-a-Thon for the second year in the row. This is a prompt that I’ve never done before, so I’m happy to try it out.

● LOVE WINS: A couple you didn’t think would get together, but against all odds, they did

Olly and Maddy from Everything, Everything.

● I DO: A character you’d marry

Four from Divergent and Jonah from Jellicoe Road.

● DREAM BIG: A character whose dreams you want to come true

Starr from The Hate U Give.

● CRAZY 4 U: A character you’re crazy about

Joe from The Sky is Everywhere.

● TRUE LOVE: Your ultimate OTP

Dexter and Remy from This Lullaby.

● TE AMO: A language you’d want to be wooed in

Spanish or French.

● BFF: A character you want to be your best friend

Willowdean from Dumplin.

● WINK WINK: A character you’d want to wink at you

Daemon from the Lux series.

● SWEET TALK: A character who knows how to sweet talk/flirt

Razor from Walk the Edge.

● BEST DAY: A moment from a book you wish happened to you or your IRL best day

In Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda when they go to the supermarket together.

● OOH LA LA: A character you want to slow dance with

Tucker from The Goal.

● LOVE YOU: The character that gets your undying love

Taylor from Jellicoe Road.

So my list was fun to make! I thought this was a creative prompt. I look forward to seeing what other people were able to come up with.

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2017 Love-a-Thon: Book Spine Poetry

February 18, 2017 Features 2

Hey guys! As you guys know, the Love-a-Thon is happening right now. Up next is one of my favorite challenges, book spine poetry. This was so much to do last year and I’m happy to do it again.

The Museum of Heartbreak /

Every Exquisite Thing /

You Know Me Well

When We Collided /

The Only Thing Worse Than Me is You /

P.S. I Like You

Whisper to Me /

Just Listen /

Shuffle Repeat

So here are my answers for the love spine poetry challenge! It was fun to do as usual. I hope that you guys had a good time doing it as well. I look forward to seeing what you came up with.

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2017 Love-a-Thon: Mad Libs

February 18, 2017 Features 2

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Hey guys! I’m excited to be participating in my second Love-a-Thon. The first mini-challenge that we have is to make mad libs but it’s fairy tale edition. I felt like this was a lot of fun to do. I’ve decided to include the code here just so you have the same key that was used right in front of you in case you forget.

1.    LOCATION
2.    CHARACTER (example: assassin)
3.    TYPE OF STORE
4.    BODY PART (plural)
5.    ITEM
6.    ROYALTY (any title you can think of)
7.    REPEAT ITEM FROM #5.
8.    ACTIVE VERB (example: running)
9.    ANOTHER LOCATION
10.    AN EMOTION
11.    MUSICAL INSTRUMENT
12.    PIECE OF FOOD
13.    NUMBER
14.    TYPE OF HOUSE
15.    VOICE ADJECTIVE
16.    DESCRIBE A SOUND (ending with –ing)
17.    ROOM IN A HOUSE
18.    OBJECTS
19.    DESCRIBE AN OUTFIT
20.     INFINITIVE VERB, activity
21.    REPEAT MUSICAL INSTRUMENT from #11
22.    A JOB

Once upon a time, in a far away (1) forest, there lived a smart (2) dragon. She lived alone in a (3) tree stump, where she had grown up with the deceased owner. She had beautiful (4) arms, and she was known for her shiny red (5) earrings, the only thing she had left of its parents.

Alas, the (6) Duchess of the country became jealous and wanted to own these (7) earrings. So, she became a wanted person and had to flee into an unknown forest to find a place to hide. After (8) hopping around for hours, hungry and tired, it stumbled upon a (9) pond. An old lady appeared, offering it shelter from the bitter cold.  She looked at it with (10) pity and said: “I will protect you, but I need your help first. Years ago I lost something precious and I want it back. You need to climb into the sky and get my (11) tuba back. Here is magical (12) bread, throw it into the earth, sprinkle with water and it will sprout a beanstalk. You have (13) three days to return before the stalk withers.”

She followed the instructions given to her, and lo and behold, a beanstalk grew and grew and grew all the way up to the clouds. After an exhausting climb, she saw a huge (14) cabin. She walked to the door and knocked. A (15) obnoxious voice said: ‘Fee-fi-fo-fum, who dares to come and enter my house?” She was not afraid and said: “My name is Jamie and I’ve come to collect an item.”

The door made a (15) squeaking sound when it opened and revealed a large (17) bathroom filled with golden (18) eggs.  She stepped inside and walked towards the spiraling staircase, where a figure moved, cloaked in darkness.

“Who are you? Step in to the light, so I can see your face.”
The beast growled angry. “Why did you come here? I just want to be left alone.” Still, the dragon moved and stood in front of it. There were three horns on his head, and hair all over his face and his mouth was filled with large teeth. He wore (19) a sweater.

“What happened to you?” She reached out to touch one of the horns, but the beast flinched. “Many years ago I was cursed by a witch. I have one year left (20) to love so I can break the spell, but I’m not brave enough.”

“If you give me the (21) tuba, I will help you.”

In keeping its promise, the beast and the dragon worked for a few hours and that afternoon, the beast transformed into an ordinary older guy. “I can’t wait to return to my job as (22) a lawyer in the normal world. Can I come with you?” Together they climbed down the beanstalk, carrying the instrument for the old lady. The moment she saw the guy and her beloved instrument, she started to weep.

“My husband, you have returned!” They hugged and looked at it.

“We have to tell you something,” the old lady said. “You are our child. We were separated after the curse, but now we are reunited!” From that day, the three of them lived together in the forest, happily ever after.

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2017 Love-a-Thon Questionnaire

February 18, 2017 Features 0

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An Introduction to You and Your Blog

1.    What’s your name? Where in the world are you blogging from?

Hey, I’m Rachel. I’m from Huntington, West Virginia.

2.    Tell us your history with reading. Were you always a reader? Were you a reluctant reader? Was there a book that convinced you to become a reader?

I’ve loved reading since I was a little kid. I can’t even remember a time I wasn’t obsessed with books. I was even that weird kid that actually liked taking the AR tests that you had to take each time you read a book in elementary school.

3.    How did you get involved in the online book community?

Well, I really liked blogging and writing in general. Then one day I realized that I wanted to read more books and write about what I was reading. So after reading some other book blogs out there, I realized that this is what I wanted to do.

4.    How did you choose your primary platform (blog, Instagram, YouTube, etc)? How did you come up with your blog name?

I chose blogging out of just wanting a space where I could talk about books. Like I said, I had a major love of writing from the start and writing about books in particular seemed to make sense because I loved them so much. I made this my Twitter name in like eighth grade because I thought I was so cool and clever. It became my blog name because I honestly couldn’t think of anything else.

5.    What’s your favorite thing about the online book community?

I love finding people who love the same books that you do and getting to just fangirl over these books as much as possible is an awesome feeling.

6.    What sort of posts can readers expect from you?

Mostly just reviews and lists. I’m pretty boring for the most part, but I’m hoping to expand that to other more creative posts in the near future.

7.    What book genres do you talk about most?

Young Adult and Romance, both mostly Contemporary.

Favorites

1.    Favorite food? Beverage?

Reese cups and Dr. Pepper.

2.    Favorite color?

Pink.

3.    Favorite things to do apart from reading?

Writing, watching football, baseball, and basketball, and listening to music.

4.    Favorite tv shows?

I watch WAY too much TV. It’s a problem. I love Shameless, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Grey’s Anatomy, This is Us, Scandal, How to Get Away with Murder, Friday Night Lights, Gilmore Girls, Parenthood, and the list goes on and on really!

5.    Favorite movies?

The Princess Bride, Pitch Perfect, Almost Famous, Silver Linings Playbook, and Moonlight. There’s so many more but I can’t think of any at the moment.

6.    Favorite musical artists?

Taylor Swift, One Direction, Twenty One Pilots, Ed Sheeran, Arctic Monkeys, Chance the Rapper, Avett Brothers, The Decemberists, and Bob Dylan.

Book Talk

1.    Favorite childhood books?

I loved Junie B. Jones, Magic Tree House books, Charlotte’s Web, and The Babysitter’s Club.

2.    Favorite books read in the last five years?

Fangirl, Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, Jellicoe Road, Anna and the French Kiss, Eleanor and Park, and so many more!

3.    Favorite genres?

Contemporary and romance YA and also adult romance.

4.    Underrated book, series or author you love?

I feel like a lot of people know who she is, but I absolutely adore Dahlia Adler.

5.    A book you want to see made into a film or tv show?

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell would be awesome. So would Every Day by David Levithan.

6.    Book boyfriend/girlfriend? Book BFF? Book family?

Olly from Everything, Everything. Taylor from Jellicoe Road. Simon’s family from Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda.

7.    Books you want to read in 2017?

What to Say Next by Julie Buxbaum, The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord, Ramona Blue by Julie Murphy, and Bad Romance by Heather Demetrios.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Slow-Burn TV Romances

February 14, 2017 Features 12

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This is a place where you can share all of your lists with other list lovers out there. There’s a new theme every week to center your list around. This week, the theme is all about romance types/tropes in TV, books, or movies. I chose to talk about my favorite slow-burn romances from TV. I thought this was an awesome topic, and I’m excited to show off some of my favorite TV couples that I don’t get to talk about nearly enough. I look forward to seeing what everyone comes up with for this topic.

1. Luke and Lorelai from Gilmore Girls

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Look, Luke and Lorelai are one of my all time favorite TV couples. They are second only behind Coach Taylor and Tami from Friday Night Lights. They are pretty much the sole reason why I wanted to talk about this trope. From the very first episode, it’s obvious that these two have some serious chemistry. They continue to fight it and remain just friends for four whole seasons before they finally have their first kiss. Even after that, they have a ton of obstacles that get in the way of things. Aside from all that, we can’t deny that they are meant to be and I love them so much.

2. Tara and Christian from Dance Academy

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I’m a huge fan of Dance Academy and this couple is a major reason why. They also fit under the category of hate to love and then friends to lovers in a way. In the beginning, I had no clue that they were going to end up together. Although it took them awhile to get there, they eventually found their way and it was magical. I can’t wait to see how things end up for them in the movie that’s coming out here pretty soon!

3. Jim and Pam from The Office

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There’s no way that I can talk about TV couples and not include these two. They fit into a ton of tropes over the years, specifically friends to lovers as well. It’s pretty obvious that they are going to end up together, but it gets delayed for such a long time due to the fact that she’s engaged in the beginning and everything. The chemistry is so electric, and it was such a relief when they finally got married.

4. Chandler and Monica from Friends

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I absolutely love Rachel and Ross together too so I wasn’t sure who I should include. I went with Monica and Chandler because even though the slow-burn and will they or won’t they thing doesn’t last as long, it’s still definitely up in the air in the earlier seasons. I just thought they were a stronger couple as a whole. I just love them both so much.

5. Peyton and Lucas from One Tree Hill

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Though they get together pretty early on, they have TOO many obstacles that get in the way. The whole love triangle between them and Brooke was a dark time for me. We always knew that these two were meant to be together, so all the other relationships that happened felt so pointless.

6. Ben and Leslie from Parks and Recreation

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The chemistry between them is so real from basically the moment that Ben shows up. However, there’s a lot of complications since he happens to be her boss and everything. They are still yet another cute couple that I adore. I have to admit that Andy and April are my favorite couple on the show, but these two were pretty great as well.

7. Rory and Jess from Gilmore Girls

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So I cheated and had to add two from Gilmore Girls. This wasn’t totally a slow-burn since the feelings were clear from the start, but they took a ridiculously long time to get Dean out of the picture. I’m honestly still pissed about how things didn’t go down between them in the revival, but I’m still holding out hope because I really believe that they make the perfect couple. Jess has really matured since his early days of being a bad boy, and Rory is honestly not all that mature so I think he would help her out. Wow, it’s weird how reversed the roles are right now.

8. Seth and Summer from The OC

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How can you not adore these two? Ryan and Marissa were clearly hot messes, but these two always had it together for the most part. They were rather dysfunctional at times, but they still balanced each other out. Seth is seriously the most adorable fictional character in the whole world and I’m still not over the fact that he isn’t real. I love Seth and Summer and always will.

9. Wade and Zoe from Hart of Dixie

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It’s pretty obvious that I just really like Rachel Bilson. She was awesome in Hart of Dixie. I was a huge fan of her and Wade together from basically episode one. They were a major slow-burn due to the fact that Zoe had feelings for other people and whatever. I also thought the whole storyline where she was like engaged to someone else was ridiculous. But of course, Zoe and Wade found their way back to each other and it was beautiful.

10. Lydia and Stiles from Teen Wolf

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So I’m not even sure if this should be on here. I stopped watching Teen Wolf awhile ago, and last time I checked, Stiles and Lydia haven’t even kissed. They’ve both been with other people for most of the series, but I’m really hoping that they end up together. I find it so adorable how Stiles has had this crush on her for such a long time. I’m going to be depressed as hell if this doesn’t happen.

There’s my list of some of my favorite TV slow-burn romances. I could honestly keep on going because this was such a fun list to make, but I’ll spare you guys. I hope that everyone has an awesome Valentine’s Day! Make sure to share your list with me. I hope you guys have a great rest of the week!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books I Wish Had More Kissing

February 7, 2017 Features 3

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This is a place where you can share all of your lists with other list lovers out there. There’s a new theme every week to center your list around. This week, the theme is all about top ten things that you wish that books have more of. I stuck with the original theme of kissing since kissing books are simply my thing. I look forward to seeing what everyone else comes up with.

1. The Truth About Forever

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There are a number of Sarah Dessen books out there that belong on this list. I settled on The Truth About Forever because it’s the one that really stands out to me due to it’s lack of kissing. Come on Wes and Macy, you need to kiss A LOT more than you actually do.

2. First & Then

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Devon and Ezra were one of my absolute favorite couples last year. However, there is definitely a severe lack of kissing throughout the book. I’m not going to lie, I swoon over literally every single interaction that the two have throughout the story. But I believe that they would have been made even better with more kissing.

3. The Sky is Everywhere

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I’m honestly still pissed off about the kissing that happens between Lennie and Toby. However, I absolutely adore Joe and Lennie together. Joe is one of my all time favorite book boyfriends for sure. Joe and Lennie need more kissing scenes, and poor Toby needs to be gone entirely.

4. Anna and the French Kiss

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I do like that the romance in this book moves at a realistic pace. However, I will never ever object to even more kissing scenes between them. There honestly wasn’t enough for me.

5. Jellicoe Road

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This is one of my all time favorite books. Jonah and Taylor are probably my OTP. I go back and read literally every single kissing scene that happens probably a little too frequently. There’s really only like three or four BIG kissing scenes between them, and I need about one hundred more than that.

6. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

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My feelings on Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda are pretty similar to Jellicoe Road. I go back and read the adorable scenes that happen between Blue and Simon all the time. It just never gets old to me. However, I would be cool with Becky revealing Blue’s identity a little earlier just so we get more actual kissing.

7. Faking Normal

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Faking Normal is a pretty heavy book that touches on the serious subject of rape and the aftermath of it. Bodee was such a swoony and amazing friend to Alexi even before they started dating. I don’t think that Courtney could have written this book any better, it’s already basically perfect. Selfishly though, I’d love to have more kissing scenes.

8. The Scorpio Races

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Wow, this book is seriously amazing. I wanted a ridiculously long time to read it, but I’m glad that I finally got to it. Anyway, Sean and Puck make an awesome team to say the least. I get that there’s more important issues going on in the book like the actual races. But the romance was also a highlight for me and I would’ve loved to have more kissing scenes.

9. P.S. I Like You

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Kasie West isn’t capable of writing a bad novel in my book. She always writes the cutest and swooniest romances. P.S. I Like You is probably one of my absolute favorites. I loved the whole hate to love thing that they had going on, but I could have used even more kissing scenes.

10. More Happy Than Not

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This is actually the only book on this list that I don’t really consider to be a romance. Yes, there’s romance that goes on throughout it, but it’s rather subtle and not the central focus. It’s more about the main character coming to terms with his sexual identity. I think that it could use more kisses and romance just because it’s depressing as hell. There needs to be more kissing just to lighten things up a bit. Seriously, the title is extremely misleading, there’s not much happiness in it. But it’s still a fabulous book and I highly recommend it! It’s just more heavier than what I normally read.

So that’s my list for the week. I felt like the topic this week was such a fun one to do! Truthfully, I could probably come up with a lot more titles than just these ones, but I’ll spare you guys the rest of them. What books did you guys  pick for your list? Share them with me! I love looking at what other people come up with. I hope you guys have a great rest of the week!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten 2017 Debuts I’m Excited For

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Wow, so I haven’t done one of these Top Ten Tuesday posts in forever! I’m happy to do the first list of 2017. So yeah, Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week, the lists revolve around a different theme. This week, the theme is about 2017 debuts that we are most looking forward to. There’s so many great books coming out this year so I’m excited to talk about some of them! Without further ado, here are my picks.

1. After the Fall

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This book seems to touch on very timely and important subjects, so I really really want to read it. Based on the description, it seems as if After the Fall confronts issues of rape culture and dealing with rumors in high school and also some other tough subjects. There can never be enough books about these subjects in my opinion. I can’t wait to get my hands on this one!

2. How to Break a Boy

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If I’m being honest, I don’t totally know what this book is about. I’ve just seen the cover and thought it looked interesting enough. I’ve seen at least one review already that wasn’t so good and another that was extremely positive. I’m not entirely sure if I’ll absolutely love this one, but I’m looking forward to it nonetheless!

3. Kissing Max Holden

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I read parts of this on Swoon Reads awhile back, but I’m still looking forward to reading the complete version. This book looks really romantic, fun, and adorable so I can’t wait to read it!

4. The Other F-Word

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This book seems to be a hilarious and unique YA book that I can’t wait to read. It’s about two teens who were conceived via in vitro fertilization and they go in search of their biological parents. This is a subject that I’ve honestly never seen tackled before so I think that’s really awesome and timely.

5. The Sky Between You and Me

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This is one that I have on my Kindle but simply haven’t gotten around to reading yet. It’s about a competitive horse-racing girl who also deals with having an eating disorder. I think the subject looks interesting and important. I’ll hopefully get around to reading it soon enough!

6. The Hate U Give

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So this book probably has the most hype out of all the debuts out there. Though it’s not even published yet, it already has a movie deal with an awesome actress set to play the main character. Unfortunately, the author has also gotten some attention because she was the focus of some awful Twitter trolls. Regardless of anything surrounding the book, the book itself also looks amazing! This was inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, because it deals with the issue of police brutality among other important and timely issues. I can’t wait for this one!

7. Girl Out of Water

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Speaking of trolls, this author also had to deal with an unfair amount on Twitter and Goodreads. I hate that the author had to go through that experience like Angie Thomas did. But anyway, Girl out of Water looks like an amazing read and I can’t wait for it to come out!

8. A List of Cages

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A List of Cages tackles the issue of foster care, which I think is something not talked about nearly enough. The homes and backgrounds that we come from very much set the stage for how we behave, for both better or for worse. This looks like a beautiful and emotional story. It will definitely be a tough one to read, but an important one nonetheless.

9. It’s Not Like It’s a Secret

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This is also a totally diverse book. It’s also one of the only LGBTQ books that I have on this list, which is really shameful on my part. Anyway, I’m really looking forward to reading this one!

10. When Dimple Met Rishi

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I think the whole arranged marriage thing sounds really interesting and actually hilarious in this description. A lot of the other books on this list deal with very serious and emotional issues, so it’s nice that this one seems to be funny and a lot more on the light side of things. Not to mention the fact that it also seems super diverse, which is always nice to see!

So there you go, those are ten debuts that I’m most looking forward to this year! I’m really happy to be back doing these lists because they are just so much fun to make. I also love looking at everyone else’s lists as well. I hope you enjoyed reading my picks. Be sure to share the link to yours as well! Thank you guys, and I hope you have a great rest of the week.

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2016 End of Year Book Survey

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Happy New Year everyone! I’ve been slacking on posts majorly here recently, but I decided that I wanted to participate in the end of the year book survey just to reflect on the progress that I’ve made this year. Thanks to Jamie of Perpetual Page Turner for making this wonderful survey for the 7th year in a row!

 

Number Of Books You Read: 238
Number of Re-Reads: 0
Genre You Read The Most From: Contemporary/Romance

 

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1. Best Book You Read In 2016?

Favorite YA contemporary romance books released this year:

Girl Against the Universe by Paula Stokes, Walk the Edge by Katie McGarry, Wanderlost by Jen Malone, and P.S. I Like You by Kasie West.

NA/adult romance:

Undecided by Julianna Keyes, Sustained by Emma Chase, Strong Signal and Fast Connection by Saninto Hassell and Megan Erickson, and the Addicted series by Krista and Becca Ritchie.

Fantasy:

The Winner’s Kiss by Marie Rutkoski, Lux series by Jennifer L. Armentrout, Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater, and The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stifevater.

Historical:

Outrun the Moon by Stacey Lee and Salt to the Sea by Ruth Sepetys.

 

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?

The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon and When We Collided by Emery Lord.

 3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?  

Probably Undecided because I knew literally nothing about it but it was such an amazing read. And also Wanderlost by Jen Malone was also a surprising one that I knew nothing about and loved.

 4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?

Definitely Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda!

 5. Best series you started in 2016? Best Sequel of 2016? Best Series Ender of 2016?

I’m not a big series fan honestly, but probably the Lux series even though it’s been out for awhile. The Winner’s Kiss was definitely the best for me, mostly because I didn’t finish reading The Raven Cycle like so many other people have.

 6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2016?

Santino Hassell, Megan Erickson, and Adam Silvera.

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?

Probably Outrun the Moon and Salt to the Sea, literally the only two historical fiction that I read this year but I really enjoyed them both.

 8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?

Girl on the Train. It wasn’t my favorite honestly, but I can’t deny that I wasn’t able to stop reading it once I picked it up.

 9. Book You Read In 2016 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

The Upside of Unrequited before it releases in 2017.

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2016?

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11. Most memorable character of 2016?

I really loved Simon from Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda. You’ll see this book on my list a lot even though it released in 2015, I didn’t read it until 2016.

 12. Most beautifully written book read in 2016?

I thought Girl Against the Universe was pretty great.

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2016?

The Problem with Forever.

 14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2016 to finally read? 

Definitely The Scorpio Races!

 15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2016?

“People really are like houses with vast rooms and tiny windows. And maybe it’s a good thing, the way we never stop surprising each other.” — Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda.

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2016?

Shortest: Plus One by Brighton Walsh.

Longest: The Wall of Winnipeg and Me by Mariana Zapata.

 17. Book That Shocked You The Most

Possibly Girl on the Train.

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)

How am I supposed to pick just one??

Jake and Chelsea from Sustained were pretty perfect.

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

Sloane and her dad from This Adventure Ends.

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2016 From An Author You’ve Read Previously

Walk the Edge by Katie McGarry.

21. Best Book You Read In 2016 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda and I’m so happy that I did! Also All The Bright Places, which I honestly didn’t enjoy all that much.

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2016?

Well the last book that I read was Salt to the Sea and I’m in love with Florian.

23. Best 2016 debut you read?

The Only Thing Worse Than You is Me by Lily Anderson and Lucky Few by Kathryn Ormsbee.

24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?

The Scorpio Races was great!

25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?

The Only Thing Worse Than You is Me.

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2016?

All The Bright Places made me ugly cry for sure.

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

Lucky Few.

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

Salt to the Sea.

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2016?

The Sun Is Also a Star though I didn’t love it at all.

30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?

 

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1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2016 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2017?

I’m honestly not sure because I’m looking forward to a lot of the 2017 releases.

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2017 (non-debut)?

How to Make a Wish by Ashley Herring Blake.

3. 2017 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

The Hate U Give and After the Fall.

 4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2017?

I’m really not sure since I don’t read that many series or sequels.

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2017?

Attend more author and book related events! I also want to work on posting a lot more than I currently am.

6. A 2017 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone:

History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera, By Your Side by Kasie West, and The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli.

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Wound Tight Release Day Launch

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It’s release day for Wound Tight by Tessa Bailey! Check out this fantastic new release and grab this sexy new contemporary m/m romance today!

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About Wound Tight:

A sexy new M/M romance from New York Times Bestselling author Tessa Bailey

 

When CEO Renner Bastion walks into a room, everyone keeps their distance. Well, everyone but the sarcastic, tattooed, Boston-bred security guard whose presence has kept Renner in New Jersey longer than intended. As if the unwanted attraction isn’t unsettling enough, Renner finds out his protector isn’t as unavailable as originally thought.

 

Milo Bautista just came out to his wealthy, ultra-confident boss, a man he secretly respects and admires…in more ways than he’ll admit. Worldly, experienced Renner would never look in his direction, let alone share some of that confidence he wears like a cloak, so Milo has set his sights on someone else to be his first.

 

Until Renner offers him private lessons in seduction…

 

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Chapter One.

Would you rather was Renner Bastion’s least favorite game.

Scratch that. All games were his least favorite.

He couldn’t help playing one, however, as he stared down at his factory floor. Security guard Milo Bautista flirted with one of the older female assembly line workers, twirling her by the hand as if they were on a cruise ship dancing to bongo music. Renner stood in an air-conditioned office, surrounded by silence. So. Would he rather be upstairs in his impeccably clean suit, or downstairs, covered by factory grease that seemed to ooze from every corner of his New Jersey manufacturing plant? Considering that Milo and the woman looked joyful while Renner was in a shitty mood, he didn’t have an answer.

How you like them apples?

Jesus. Thanks to Milo, he was even starting to think in a Boston accent. The man who’d ordained himself Renner’s personal one-man security detail without permission was more Boston than Mark Wahlberg at a fucking Red Sox game. Wearing Paul Revere’s hat.

And yet here Renner was, kind of wishing the jerk would come upstairs where he belonged, instead of making the female population of Hook swoon.

“There’s a good sign it’s time to go home,” Renner muttered, his breath creating condensation on the glass. He’d been saying the same thing for weeks now. It’s time to go home. Not to his two-bedroom in Hook, though. His apartment in Manhattan. Or his flat in China. Or any one of the homes he’d rented to keep an eye on his other ventures.

The damage sustained by the factory explosion in Hook had been repaired weeks ago, the construction no longer requiring his daily supervision. God knew his employees were sick to death of his presence, turning their backs whenever he passed through their midst. Yet here he remained, in this town full of nosy people constantly wanting to grill meat and drink beer from cans, watching everyone else live from the other side of the glass.

“What a cliché you’ve become.” Renner reached to his left, pouring whiskey from a glass decanter into a tumbler and lifting it to his lips for a long sip. “Resented boss. Spoiler of fun.” The liquor lit a path of fire on its way down. “The one who gets shit done and signs everyone’s paychecks. Don’t forget that part.”

As if Renner had spoken into the intercom instead of to himself, Milo’s smooth movements snagged while dipping the enamored worker. His dark-haired head came up, his gaze finding Renner upstairs, that eyebrow tilting as if to say, want to take a picture, boss man?

That was their relationship, if you could refer to it as such. Renner gave Milo orders, as he did to all of his employees, and Milo told him to shove it, going about following instructions in his own way. His signature loose-limbed, ready to rumble, swaggering way. Sometimes he even winked at Renner while following through, which in itself should have been grounds for firing. Even if winking didn’t break any codes of conduct per se, it certainly violated Renner’s own unwritten rule book. As did Milo’s walking into his office without knocking and throwing sarcasm Renner’s way at every available opportunity.

Apparently Milo fell into some kind of gray area that allowed him to disrespect Renner’s authority and retain his job. The rugged Bostonian may have been hired several months ago by Vaughn, the head of factory security and an old army buddy of Milo’s, but Renner had the ultimate power to hire and fire. Putting up with the subtle jabs and sarcasm had nothing to do with Renner’s reluctant fascination with the security guard. Or the way a flame lit under his blood every time the man was close by. Nothing whatsoever. He had a strict set of rules when it came to other men, and Milo violated them all by being his employee. Not to mention being too young…and too straight. Like, chest bumps and beer koozies straight. In other words, Renner was doing his best to ignore how Milo’s security shirt had come unbuttoned halfway to his belt and sweat was beginning to catch the bright factory lights—

“Right.”

Renner swallowed the remaining inch of whiskey and turned away from the window. He needed to get some sleep. He’d been working on a new contract pitch for three days, and his common sense was beginning to blur. The account he was trying to land didn’t want to use their facilities, anyway. Despite Bastion Enterprises’ pristine track record, the rejections continued. Why was he trying so hard?

Because that’s what Renner did. He worked until he collapsed. Late hours, red-eye flights, exhaustion, coffee, whiskey. Repeat. After being doubted by countless associates on his rise to the top, a fire burned in his gut, daring him to prove himself. It never, ever went away.

Yes, work was his cruelest vice, and it kept him moving. Never settling. He certainly didn’t make habits of outstaying his welcome in one town. A place where he didn’t warrant so much as a wave when walking down the street. It was absurd that Milo, an employee who had about as much respect for Renner as a delinquent child for a school principal, should make him feel…welcome. For the love of God, he’d greeted Renner with a middle finger this morning and yet somehow, Renner had been looking forward to it. At least it was an acknowledgment.

Time to go home. Seriously.

Back to the city. Back to sanity. Back to dating men who were available to him.

Why was there so little appeal to the latter?

With an irritated curse, Renner went to his desk and began shoving files into his leather briefcase. If he went out the back door, he wouldn’t have to ruin everyone’s fun downstairs. His Mercedes was parked a few blocks over, despite Milo’s insistence that he “pahk in the freakin’ laht,” so he would avoid that argument as well.

That was not a disappointed tug in his stomach; he’d just skipped dinner.

Milo watched the light go out in Renner’s office and knew the stubborn prick was going to try to sneak out without him. The guy really thought he was untouchable, didn’t he? But in a town full of people who disliked him—especially after firing their beloved mechanic, Duke, and the explosion that followed—Renner didn’t get to waltz around in the dark in his five-thousand-dollar suit. Maybe Hook was slightly safer than Milo’s old Boston neighborhood, but at age twenty-six, caution still ran in his blood.

He’d been hired to keep the factory safe, and that duty extended to Renner, the factory’s owner, whether the dude liked it or not. The army had taught Milo to take his responsibilities seriously, and after a disorganized, all-around backward youth, he’d learned there was satisfaction in being thorough. To be proud of a job.

Responsibility. Yeah. That was so why he was so protective over Renner.

Milo snorted to himself and gave a sweeping bow to the woman in front of him. She was sweet, this lady. Kind of reminded him of the librarian who’d kept a forty-ounce in her desk back in middle school. Quick with a joke and loved anyone who noticed she still had a little fire in her. “All right, pretty lady. I have to take off.” Milo took her hand, giving her one final spin. “You go easy on the boys at the Third Shift tonight. Just remember who got you warmed up.”

She doubled over and laughed along with her friends, who’d stayed behind to watch. “Why don’t you come out and give me a spin yourself?”

“Ah, you know how it is.” He winked at them as he re-buttoned his shirt. “Hot date.”

Milo left them laughing on the factory floor as he jogged toward the back exit. Wondering how far Renner had gotten without him, his smile dimmed. Bet he hadn’t even parked that Mercedes in the gated lot, like he was supposed to. Maybe the guy liked being reminded. Good. That’s exactly what was going to happen.

Crisp, fall coolness slithered inside Milo’s shirt when he slammed out of the factory, the metal door booming shut behind him. He took a right and hit the sidewalk, knowing Renner liked to park near the coffee shop so he could feed his caffeine addiction immediately after stepping out of his shiny black ride in the mornings.

Yeah, he’d been observing his boss somewhat…closely. But not only for the reason Renner assumed. Also known as the same justification Milo gave himself—that he wanted to excel at his job. It was more than that, though. Maybe his careful following of Renner’s movements had begun as a way to keep the factory owner safe, but it had developed into something else entirely. Curiosity. Even…awe on occasion. What would it be like to be so comfortable, so sure of himself, the way Renner was? Being that the guy was private as hell, Milo had a feeling his boss wouldn’t like it one bit if he knew Milo was following him…hoping to learn.

The possibility of Renner’s being pissed wasn’t stopping Milo from going after him, though. Honestly, he wasn’t sure if there was anything that could. Which was pretty fucking confusing. Considering Milo was carrying a torch for someone else.

That troubling thought was still weighing Milo down when he turned the corner and finally heard footsteps. Heavy, purposeful ones that belonged to Renner. Up ahead, the lights of his boss’s Mercedes flashed, signaling that he’d unlocked the car with the key chain remote. Any second, he would be safe inside the vehicle and Milo could go back to his apartment. For now, he would just hang back in the shadows and watch—

Three men converged on Renner from all sides.

Milo was already running, cursing under his breath about stubborn city people and gated parking lots. He was still a full block behind Renner, so he was forced to watch some punches being exchanged…and not surprisingly, some of them were being thrown by Renner. Built like a hockey goaltender, the man was intimidating. He just was. That was half the problem with him walking the dark streets of Hook. There were a lot of good people in this town, but there were also men who wanted very badly to put rich, arrogant Renner in his place, and maybe get a packed wallet in the process.

Yeah, Renner was holding his own, but the odds were against him. He delivered a right cross to one of the hooded attackers’ faces, but two of the men grabbed him from behind, allowing the punch recipient to get his revenge. Renner’s head snapped back, and that’s when Milo reached the group, drawing his Colt in one smooth motion.

“Told you to park in the lot, boss man.”

“Now really isn’t the time, Bautista.”

Milo’s smile was tight as he leveled the gun beyond Renner’s shoulder. “You’re going to want to step away from him. I’ve got aim for days.”

“Aw, look at that,” said the man who wasn’t holding back Renner. “His boyfriend came to rescue him.”

“Oh, come on,” Renner said, looking almost relaxed. “He’s really not my type.”

Milo ignored the weird discomfort in his chest. “Yeah. I won’t lose any sleep over that black eye he’s going to have, but I would over losing my job.” He strode forward and grabbed a hold of Renner’s thick biceps, pulling him out of the men’s hold. Backing both of them up so he could have a clear angle on all three perpetrators, Milo jerked his head in the direction of the nearby alleyway. “Are you sticking around so I can call the cops, or what? Get the hell out of here.”

Milo and Renner were silent as the men took off into the darkness, kicking trash can lids as they went. Only then did Milo let out the breath he’d been holding, his arms lowering in degrees. If even two of the attackers had been carrying weapons, things could have turned out way worse. Thank God they appeared to be nothing more than some misguided kids. In a close-knit place like Hook, sometimes judgment calls had to made about what represented actual danger and what actions could go a long way toward keeping the respect and admiration of people in town. Still, looking the other way bothered Milo. Especially when someone could have been hurt. Renner, specifically.

“Next time you might not be so lucky, you know,” Milo said, turning toward Renner. His usual lecture was poised right on the tip of his tongue, but he couldn’t bring himself to utter a single word of it when faced with the swelling of Renner’s right eye. “Shit.” A lump grew in his throat. “Sorry I didn’t come sooner.”

Renner scoffed and ducked past a cringing Milo. Why had he apologized like that? The guy was open to sympathy like the military was open to accepting poodles as recruits. As in, not open to it. That wasn’t how he and Renner worked. Milo had learned to navigate his boss by giving as good as he got.

Letting on that he secretly respected and admired the man was out of the question.

Milo swallowed and tried again, catching Renner just before he could climb into the Mercedes. “You going to say thank you or anything, you ungrateful dick?”

Renner had already opened the driver’s side door, but he slammed it closed now, striding back toward Milo with a curious look on his face. “Actually, I have a question.” He seesawed his hand between their chests. “What are you doing? Why do you insist on following me? I’m a grown man, Milo. I have the right to get mugged in peace.”

“Wow. You just said that out loud.” The back of Milo’s neck pulled taut at the line of questioning, but he forced a belligerent expression. “I’ve told you before, this is my job—”

“No.” Renner shook his head. “No. You’re not assigned to me. I didn’t ask you to be my watchdog. This is all of your own free will.”

Damn. Milo hadn’t expected this. At least, he hadn’t expected Renner to get in his face like this. So…close. Like the way he got close with other men? What did he think about Milo’s face from such a scant distance? “I…uh.” Milo stepped back, replacing the gun in its holster on his belt. “Like I said, you’re welcome. I’ll see you tomorrow.”

“I’m going back to the city in the morning.” That statement hung in the air between them like low fog. Or was Milo only imagining it? Just like he was imagining the hard drumming inside his rib cage? “Before I go, Bautista, I want you to tell me what all this is about. We don’t even like each other, right? And yet here you are. You’re constantly around, worrying about my safety. I…” He loosened his tie with rash movements. “Perhaps the differences in my…biology make me seem different from someone like you, but I’m the furthest thing from weak—”

“That’s what it is,” Milo blurted, shocking himself. What was the point in keeping the truth to himself anymore, though, if Renner was leaving in the morning? “Not the part about you being weak. I don’t think that. The opposite, actually. You’ve got a pretty nice right hook there, boss man.”

Renner raised an eyebrow.

“Okay.” Christ. His blood was flowing in seventeen directions, his tongue weighing as much as a horse in his mouth. This was real. This was happening. “Okay, I’ve been watching you. All right?”

A heavy beat passed. “Why?”

See, that’s where things got murky. It had started as a way to study Renner’s confidence, hoping to build his own. Along the way, though, Milo had gotten…off track. By more than a few degrees. Instead of learning how to be comfortable in his own skin by following the lead of a man who epitomized confidence, Milo had developed something of a crush. Who wouldn’t? Renner was concise, demanding and intelligent, and he didn’t give a fuck who disapproved of him. A badass who could raise an eyebrow and have employees running for cover.

Not to worry, though. Milo had righted the wayward course. He was charted in the right direction once again. In no world did Milo and Renner make sense. Nor did his boss ever look at him with anything other than vexation. It was a dumb infatuation on Milo’s end and nothing would ever come out of it. He actually had a chance with someone else. Someone he genuinely liked. The man who’d stirred his first attraction to the same sex. Maybe his ill-advised interest in Renner had been taking a front seat lately, but that was a proximity issue. Things would change.

A lot of things. Starting now.

“I just…I have a thing for someone. And I don’t know how to approach him about it.” The drumming in his ears beat louder. “You’re the only guy I know who—”

“I’m sorry.” Renner held up a finger. “Did you just say you have a thing for a him?”

 

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Tessa Bailey Bio:

Author Bio: Tessa Bailey is originally from Carlsbad, California. The day after high school graduation, she packed her yearbook, ripped jeans and laptop, driving cross-country to New York City in under four days.

 

Her most valuable life experiences were learned thereafter while waitressing at K-Dees, a Manhattan pub owned by her uncle. Inside those four walls, she met her husband, best friend and discovered the magic of classic rock, managing to put herself through Kingsborough Community College and the English program at Pace University at the same time. Several stunted attempts to enter the work force as a journalist followed, but romance writing continued to demand her attention.

 

She now lives in Long Island, New York with her husband of nine years and four-year-old daughter. Although she is severely sleep-deprived, she is incredibly happy to be living her dream of writing about people falling in love.

 

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