Saturday, April 30, 2022

Restrained Desires by Katherine McIntyre


Title: Restrained Desires
Series: Rehoboth Pact, #3
Genre: F/F Romance
Release Date: April 8, 2022
Cover Designer: BookSmith Design


One rule: don’t fall for your best friend’s straight sister. Especially not when she’s pretending to be your fake girlfriend. 

Chelsea Moore is officially divorced from her asshole husband, and after wasting her early twenties putting up with his shit, she’s burning to get out there and play the field—especially a certain kinkier side he made her feel like garbage about.

Kyle Walker’s terrified to put herself out there. According to her mother, she doesn’t have the looks to hook anyone, but what makes it worse is that her dating history falls in line. However, when her family tries to claim she’s not really a lesbian, she tells them she’s bringing her girlfriend to Christmas. Only problem? She doesn’t have one.

In comes sexy, newly divorced, and straight Chelsea Moore to the rescue—her best friend Aubrey’s little sister. She’s doing Kyle a favor—like any friend would—except Kyle’s half in love with her from the moment they start hanging out. All too soon those lines begin to blur—lingering touches, flirting, kissing…. And when they connect on kink and begin hooking up, that’s when Kyle knows she’s screwed. 

Chelsea might have Aubrey to protect her heart, but Kyle could lose both her best friend and the only woman who’s made her feel like she's worth more.

Rating: ☆☆☆☆

Kyle is the last of this friend group who is single. Kyle has always been the quieter, more introspective one of the group, which comes from the constant put downs from her own family about how she looks and her sexuality. She needs a girlfriend to take home for Christmas. Enter Chelsea, her best friend's sister who is in the process of divorcing her husband. Chelsea offers to be her fake girlfriend but it is not long before fake becomes real.

Chelsea is outwardly confident and knows what she wants. She comes to terms with sexuality and her feelings for Kyle really quickly but is not ready to announce it to the world. She knows that it will change her relationship with her father. 

I did really enjoy this book and the characters. Kyle and Chelsea were such contrasting characters but they were what the other wanted and needed to thrive. I loved seeing Kyle come out of her shell from Chelsea's attention and Chelsea having the confidence to be her true self from her time with Kyle. The only thing missing for me was to see them at the family Christmas party that they were working towards. I would have loved to have seen Chelsea stand for Kyle and for Kyle to gain her voice. However, it weas still a really great read.

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Rehoboth Pact Series

Confined Desires (bk 1)

Opposed Desires (bk 2)

Katherine McIntyre is a feisty chick with a big attitude despite her short stature. She writes stories featuring snarky women, ragtag crews, and men with bad attitudes—and there's an equally high chance for a passionate speech thrown into the mix. As an eternal geek and tomboy who’s always stepped to her own beat, she’s made it her mission to write stories that represent the broad spectrum of people out there, from different cultures and races to all varieties of men and women.

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Turning Tables by Alice Takawira


Title: Turning Tables
Author: Alice Takawira
Genre: Women's Fiction
Release Date: May 5, 2022

Two lovers. Two Continents. Two Cultures. One unforgettable love story.

Maita, a Zimbabwean graduate student, has returned to London on summer break with one goal: to reunite with Ade, her Nigerian ex-boyfriend. She made a terrible mistake when she broke up with Ade—and now she wants him back. On the flight to London, she meets Chris, a British gentleman who is instantly captivated by Maita and pursues her relentlessly.

When Ade rejects Maita’s efforts to rekindle their romance, she turns to Chris. As a couple, Maita and Chris are forced to confront racism, the complexities of an interracial relationship, and their insecurities.

But Maita has never forgotten Ade…nor has he ever gotten over her. Then, in a sudden turn of events, a determined Ade resurfaces and attempts to reconnect with Maita. But Chris is doubly prepared to keep her at any cost, unleashing a dangerous chain of events that will forever alter the course of all three lives.

How far will each man go to win her love?

Turning Tables explores the challenges and triumphs of multicultural and multiracial relationships—a poignant and engaging story of the power of love, missed opportunities, second chances, and the pitfalls of obsession.

Alice Takawira was born and raised in Zimbabwe. After receiving a bachelor’s degree in physiotherapy from the University of Zimbabwe, she relocated to London for work. In 2004, she moved to America to attend Emory University and graduated with a master’s in public health. Alice currently lives in Atlanta with her husband and two kids. When she’s not working as a geriatric physical therapist, or chauffeuring her children from one after school extracurricular activity to another, she enjoys relaxing with a glass of wine and binge-watching foreign-language dramas. Whenever possible, she likes to travel, taste exotic foods, and learn some words/ greetings in a foreign language.

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Friday, April 29, 2022

Not Fooling Anyone by Allie Winters


Not Fooling Anyone, an all-new fake relationship college romance from Allie Winters, is available now in Kindle Unlimited! 

The deal is simple—pretend to be Ethan’s girlfriend for a psych study and we each get a nice payday. Despite him being a dumb jock who willingly gets punched for fun at my dad’s boxing gym, I can handle it. I’ve mastered the art of keeping others at a distance. Especially after… Well, never mind that.

Except, I didn’t count on him not understanding the definition of boundaries. Suddenly, we’re having to fake being in love all over campus to keep up the ruse. And when he tries to slip under the barriers I’ve worked so hard to create? Yeah, that’s not happening. Even if it turns out he’s surprisingly understanding… and funny… and charming… and smarter than I ever would have given him credit for. Not to mention that muscled body from all that boxing…

No, that’s irrelevant. I may have misjudged him, but that doesn’t mean I’m interested. He has no idea what kind of baggage I’m carrying. A relationship is the last thing on my mind.

Even if I’m not fooling anyone.

‘Not Fooling Anyone’ is a full-length contemporary romance and can be read as a standalone. Book #2 in the Lessons Learned series, Educated Romance World, Penny Reid Book Universe.


Rating: ☆☆☆☆
Lexie is just trying to make it through college but an undeserved reputation from some not so nice girls has followed her to college is preventing her from earning as a bartender. There is little option available but to take part in a psych study but she needs a boyfriend.
Enter Ethan. A guy who is training to be box by her father. A guy she sees as a jock. He is her only option to get into the study but she gives off a vibe of disliking him.

She is prickly, quiet and introverted and Ethan is outgoing. Lexie has had a difficult upbringing that has shaped her and kept a wall up around her to protect her, not helped by high school bullies. Ethan's upbringing was the complete opposite with a nurturing and supportive family. These differences are apparent in their personalities. As Ethan breaks down her walls, she needs to open up and show her vulnerability.

I really enjoyed this book and the way that their fake relationship became the real thing. I loved seeing Lexie open herself up. They support each other to be better versions of themselves.

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“We need to talk.”

Wow, just what every guy wants to hear five minutes into his new fake relationship. “Are you breaking up with me? And just when I thought we were having a real breakthrough.”

Those full lips of hers twitch, even as she rolls her eyes, but she stays silent as she steers me over to the corner of the lecture hall, her arm still linked with mine, and waits until we’re out of earshot of others to whisper, “We have to come up with a game plan.”

“I think what you meant to say was thank you, Ethan. You’re my hero.”

She blinks up at me and lets go of my arm, crossing her arms over her chest. She’s got this shapeless black hoodie on, the same as last night, but her face is clear of the heavy makeup today, her hazel eyes filled with annoyance.

“Thank you,” she mutters. I don’t doubt her sincerity, but I still can’t help teasing her a little all the same.

“Was that painful? You looked like you were in pain saying that.”

Her mouth tilts up at the corners for the briefest moment before she stops herself. “I’m being serious here. I really am grateful. I just don’t… I don’t like being in anyone’s debt.” She looks down, the smallest bit of vulnerability seeping through before she clears her throat, looking back up at me. “How about I tutor you so we’re even?”

Tutor me? She honestly thinks I’m a meathead. I shrug, inwardly grinning. I can’t wait to see the look on her face when she finds out the truth. “Sure. I never turn down free help.”

“So how do you want to play this?”

“For being your fake boyfriend during the study?”

She nods, gaze darting about.

“Do you not trust me to keep my mouth shut around others?” I ask.

She releases a sigh. “I’m just double-checking.”

“Why’d you pick me?”

She blinks up at me, caught off guard. “You were right there.”

Fair enough. “So you don’t have anyone else you’d rather do this with?”

Her gaze narrows slightly. “If you’re trying to ask if I’m seeing anyone, the answer is no.”

Guess that was kind of obvious. “And you need the money because you’re not making enough tips at the bar?”

“How do you—” She cuts herself off. “Oh, my Dad.” She drums her fingers against her arm. “Yeah. Listen, I get that I put you in a tough spot. I’m…” She looks down at her crossed arms. “I’m sorry. If you don’t want to go through with it, I understand.”

My fingers twitch to reach out to her, but she’d probably karate chop my hands away. “I said I’d be the love of your life, didn’t I?”

The small smile she gives in response is worth continuing with… whatever this is we’re doing.

About Allie Winters

Allie is the author of the Suncoast University series, the Bishop Brothers series, and the Lessons Learned series. She lives in sunny Florida with her husband, daughter, and two cats. A librarian by day, she spends her nights writing happily ever afters. She enjoys reading, playing video games, and all things Disney.

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Until Arden by Skye Callahan


Title: Until Arden
A Happily Ever Alpha World Novel
Author: Skye Callahan
Publisher: Boom Factory Publishing, LLC
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Cover Design: RBA Designs & Fel Wetzig
Release Date: May 6, 2022


A fresh start is finally in view for Arden Winters after escaping an abusive relationship, but settling in a new town, with a new job, and a two-year-old son has its fair share of obstacles. When her car throws a fit on the way to work and dies in the parking lot, her manager offers a solution—in the form of a broad-shouldered hunk who just happens to be in the restaurant having a couple of drinks with his boss. 

Dash Hardt gave up on love years ago, but with one look at Arden, the shadows of his past shrink away. He begins to wonder if there’s something to this “boom” his bosses have always gabbed about but cracking away the chip on Arden’s shoulder that seems to weigh more than the crappy car she’s driving won’t be easy.

Can he win her trust before the threat of her ex sends her running to another state—again?

Until Arden is part of the Aurora Rose Reynolds' Happily Ever Alpha World. If you loved Until Talon and Until Jax, then you will want to read Until Arden.




Skye Callahan is a bestselling Romantic Suspense author on iBooks, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble and was named a Rising Star in Romance by iBooks in 2015.

Skye enjoys writing fiction to explore the darker aspects of human nature and the resiliency needed to survive and overcome difficult situations. She hopes to show that even through the darkest moments and overwhelming circumstances, one can find the inner strength to adapt and eventually heal.



Aurora Rose Reynolds and her husband, Sedaka Reynolds, created Boom Factory Publishing to use their experiences to expand and promote upcoming and existing indie authors. 

With over five years in the industry, and millions of books sold worldwide, we know what it takes to become a successful author and we will use this knowledge to take our authors to the next level. 

“As a successful hybrid author in this ever evolving industry, I know that you’re only as successful as the team that is promoting you!” – Aurora Rose Reynolds


Jane Deyre by Nelle L'Amour


Title: Jane Deyre
Author: Nelle L'Amour
Genre: Romantic Suspense, New Adult
Tropes: Age Gap, Single Father/Nanny, Forbidden Romance, Retelling
Release Date: April 28, 2022


“Seriously amazing! One of the best books I’ve ever read!” —S.E. Rose, USA Today bestselling author

A steamy and twisty contemporary retelling of Jane Eyre from USA Today bestselling and #1 Amazon all-star author, Nelle L’Amour.

When legendary actress Edwina Rochester offered me a job to be the nanny of her five-year-old goddaughter, I didn’t expect to end up living at Thornhill, her infamous Hollywood mansion. The site of a kidnapping, suicide, and possible murder.

Nor did I expect to fall in love with my charge’s devastatingly handsome father, Ward Rochester. A man who’s totally off limits and is hiding a secret.

As my feelings for him deepen, strange, frightening sounds start coming from the room next to mine. My most intimate possessions go missing. And someone’s leaving me notes, threatening my life.

Should I trust the mysterious, mercurial Mr. Rochester? My heart tells me yes. But my brain tells me run.

The problem, reader, is I have no place to go. And I cannot resist him.

Will I get the happily ever after I’ve always longed for? Or will I be the next victim of The Curse of Thornhill?

Nelle L’Amour is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, who lives in Los Angeles with her Prince Charming-ish husband, beautiful twin princesses, and a bevy of royal pain-in-the-butt pets. A former executive in both the entertainment and toy industries with a prestigious Humanitas Prize for promoting human dignity and freedom to her credit, she gave up playing with Barbies a long time ago, but still enjoys playing with toys with her hubby. While she writes in her PJs, she loves to get dressed up and pretend she’s Hollywood royalty. Her steamy stories feature characters that will make you laugh, cry, and swoon and stay in your heart forever.