Freda's Voice

A Canadian Lifestyle blogger who is a bookworm and poet.

Dirty Martini - J.A. Konrath

— feeling bloody
Dirty Martini - J.A. Konrath
This is one of my favorite thriller series of all time. Jacqueline Daniels is badass and one of those characters that you just can't get enough of.
This book is no exception!
From the beginning it was an intense, thrill ride that was very different from the other cases Jack has to solve. It made the pages turn more rapidly knowing that something sinister was coming up!
This was a fantastic thriller and maybe a new favorite of this series. I literally flew through the story!
Check out this series, read in order or out of order, it doesn't matter. They're that good!

Coraline - Neil Gaiman

— feeling big smile
Coraline - Neil Gaiman
Why I haven't read this until now, I will never know, but I am so glad that I did!
It is a fun, magical and slightly scary tale for kids. I was drawn right into this weird world that Coraline has on the other side of a door. I really got to love the cat. What a character he turned out to be! The story itself was a great trip, as you would expect from this author.
Now I want to watch the animated film. Of course, I will be comparing the two.
Until then, read this one if you haven't already. It's one of his better books.

The Witch's Vacuum (And Other Stories) - Terry Pratchett

— feeling big smile
The Witch's Vacuum Cleaner: Deluxe Hardback Collector's Edition - Terry Pratchett
I got a free audio copy, so I decided to give it a whirl. I'm so glad I did! What magic lies within!!
It is a great anthology of short stories. Each one is different and most of them had me engrossed. I did lose track on a couple, but audiobooks always do that to me. 
The narrator was great, and I like the use of some sound effects. It brought some of the stories to life.
I really enjoyed The Great Train Robbery, An Ant Called 4179003, and Wizard War. To be fair, this set has me wanted to read more from the author. 

Darling Girl - Liz Michalski (#Win Too!)

— feeling booklikes


I love the classic Peter Pan story.
This is not it. This story is dark and twisted, and I loved that!
For the most part, I enjoyed this retelling. It had Peter Pan as a sinister character, instead of the sweet and charming boy. Plus, there was this addition with the Darling family and their deepest secrets.
During the middle of the book the story was more focused on one thing and I almost got bored. Then it careened back to Peter and I was invested again.
I do wish that the ending was as thorough as three quarters of the book. It felt rushed through. 
Still, it was a decent read and I would read more from this author in the future.

The Backbone of the World - Stephen Graham Jones

— feeling crazy rabbit


I read the synopsis and was so intrigued, I had to read it!
Also being Native, I am drawn to all things surrounding Native culture.
This was also my introduction to the author. So I had many great reasons to be happy going into this.
It was kind of weird though. Not gonna lie. It was also kind of genius. You really have no clue what's happening until the very end, and then you totally get everything.
I loved Frog. She was a character.
I really like those kind of stories. Sadly, they can often be the ones you see other people DNFing, because they don't keep going they miss the brilliance of the whole tale.
I look forward to reading more from this author.


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Ours is a relationship borne of hate, but we can't deny the fire that rages between us.


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His World. His Rules. My Heart.


He's a criminal with no conscience.

The whisper of a name. 

A faceless stranger...

A man content to dwell in the shadows of his underworld.


I'm the light to his dark: an investigative reporter intent on exposing dangerous men like him.

We were worlds apart until I caught his attention.

Now I'm his captive, kept at the whim of a devil with no kindness or morality.


I may be an innocent, but I have my secrets too.

For years I've been fighting a private war with the illegal drugs trade, with the cartel responsible for murdering my brother.

I'm closer to revenge than I've ever been until his duplicity tears my life apart.


Ours is a relationship borne of hate, but we can't deny the fire that rages between us.


Now I have two choices: Save his soul or lose myself to his darkness forever.



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Her and her otters are going to be trouble.


Otterly Into You, a hilarious and sexy, small town rom com prequel from New York Times bestselling author Erin Nicholas, is available now and #FREE! 




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They’re not-quite enemies. They’re not-really friends. They’re definitely not lovers.


But they’re absolutely going to be one of those things when this is over.


He really doesn’t want to want this woman.

Or her otters.


And no, “otters” is not a euphemism.


She has otters. And she wants him to take care of them. And he's going to say yes.

Is that going to get him laid?



Is that a good idea?

Definitely not.


Is he going to do it anyway?

Absolutely yes.


And he isn’t at all surprised to find that’s just the start of all the chaos…


Otterly Into You is the prequel to the full-length, stand-alone, HEA, rom com Kiss My Giraffe! 

Almost Interesting - David Spade

Almost Interesting: The Memoir - David Spade, David Spade, HarperAudio
When I saw this one on sale I had to grab it. David Spade is so funny, and I was hoping the book would be too!
It was, and it wasn't. I hate to admit, I liked him more before I read his book.
He's funny, sure, but most of this book was him telling stories about his life. The ones he chose to tell have my eyebrows raised, I mean, maybe he really isn't that interesting after all, but especially with Chris Farley, I was disappointed in what he revealed to us. They really were not the most flattering things, for a guy who says he loved him. You'd figure the tales he told would be more endearing, not embarrassing. 
So I feel like I wasted a couple bucks here, but that's ok. Not everyone that you admire will be so admirable in the end.
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"The Fey is a romance for people who hate romances, a thriller for people who hate thrillers. If I'd read this on a bus, I swear I'd have missed my stop." - J. Creasey


The Fey by Claudia Hall Christian 


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Sawyer Kanfield
Smoking hot. Sexy as hell.
And the one person who could put me out of business.

Bet Me, an all-new steamy enemies-to-lovers standalone romance in the Kanfield Brothers Series from bestselling author Allie Everhart is live now!


"Bet Me is too much of a temptation to pass up. Everhart teases the senses with  instantaneous heat that threatens to become a character all on it's own." - (Isha C., Blogger, Reader, Reviewer - Hopeless Romantic)




Sawyer Kanfield
Smoking hot. Sexy as hell.
And the one person who could put me out of business.

If he thinks he's going to run me out of town for opening a microbrewery that competes with his, he's in for a fight.

And I'm going to win.

The Kanfield name will get him a few customers, but he knows my beer is better than his. That's why he keeps trying so hard to get close to me.

Flirty comments. Dinner invites. A kiss. He can do all that and more, but I'll never give him my secrets.

I admit I'm attracted to him, but I won't let that distract me. The stakes are too high. I put everything I have into this brewery and if it doesn’t succeed I’ll be left with nothing.

In a town this size, only one of us will survive and it's going to be me.

Except I'm starting to really like the jerk...

Is it possible to have both my brewery and Sawyer? Or will I be forced to choose?




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Bet MeBet Me by Allie Everhart

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Bet Me is too much of a temptation to pass up. Everhart teases the senses with an instantaneous heat that threatens to become a character all on it's own. From longstanding rivalries to unpredictable chemistry and haunting outside sources, Gina and Sawyer make sure there's never a full moment in the small town of Hayden Falls, Chicago.

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Sawyer pretended to hate me, but I know it was all for show. The last night of camp he proved that by kissing me. He told me he had to tell me a secret so I followed him from the bonfire into the woods. He was so nervous, all fidgety and he kept looking at his feet. I asked him what the secret was, and instead of answering me, he kissed me. It was so fast I barely knew what happened. And then he ran away, faster than I’d ever seen him run.


           If he’d stuck round, I probably would have kissed him back, but on the cheek. I’d never kissed anyone before Sawyer. At that age I thought the whole idea of it was gross. But for some reason the idea of kissing Sawyer was less gross than kissing some other boy.


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Allie Everhart is the author of more than 50 books and several bestselling series, including The Jade Series, The Kensington Series, and The Wheeler Brothers. Allie writes angsty love stories, often with a twist of mystery and suspense. She loves reading for hours in a comfy spot, drinking strong coffee, walking in the woods, and writing emotional stories that make the characters work for their happy ending.



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Rachel, the highly-anticipated and jaw-dropping conclusion to The Last Bachelor Duet from bestselling author Serena Akeroyd is now live!





It took a death for me to realize a hard truth:

I'm not just the Sinners' lawyer.

They're not just clients.

They're family.

But my family is broken, torn apart by politics and dangerous factions who want to control us.

It's no longer enough to stick to the sidelines. It's not enough to be the face of the law amid the MC.

It's time to ascend.

Rex needs his First Lady.

It's time to rain hell.




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With another nod, I strode over to the wardrobe where I’d unpacked last night, and as I grabbed a Henley, some jeans, my boots, a sweatshirt, and my coat, I felt her glance on me as she fastened her dress back up from where she’d pulled the two halves aside to bare her belly to my covetous gaze.

“Ask,” I said gruffly as I turned back to her. “Don’t just bottle up whatever’s on your mind.”

“Where’s your cut?”

“With Wynter. She wanted to make sure I was coming back to her.”

Her eyes rounded. “Oh.”

“We get along well,” was all I said.

“Seems like it.” Her brow furrowed as she stared down at the ground. I wasn’t sure what to expect from her next, but I didn’t prod, just tucked her hand in mine and dragged her back down the hall toward the elevator because we needed to get shit moving.

When we were in her room, she finally said, “I’m glad you’ve built a relationship with her, Rex, and I’m so sorry that I’m the reason why you weren’t there to watch her grow up. You must really hate me—”

My hands were cupping her cheeks before she could finish that sentence. I rested my forehead on hers, and I spoke the words against her lips so she could feel my breath.

“You have nothing to be sorry for. What was done to you was not your choice. You are not the reason things didn’t work out with Wynter. You survived, Rachel, and that’s all I could have asked of you. That you somehow worked out how to wake up day after day and to keep on with your life.

“Wynter—I wish we’d been able to raise her, don’t get me wrong. But it’s never too late to have a relationship. For us to be close. We weren’t there at the start, but life lasts for a hell of a long time, and we can be there for her now, can’t we?”

Her lips trembled. “She’ll hate me for not coming with you.”

“I’ll explain.” I pressed my thumb against her quivering mouth, needing to stop that tremor. “I’m good at explaining, and she’ll understand.

“Nyx can not be in jail, Rachel. I need you to get him out of there, do you hear me?”

Shivering, she nodded.

“If it means you have to pull all the favors you have, if it means you have to break the law, you do it. Agreed?”

“Agreed,” she said on a whisper.

“However, you do not put yourself in danger or in harm’s way, Rachel. Understand?”

“I understand.”


Her lips parted as she stared up at me. Nothing about Rachel was easy to decipher, but at that moment, her eyes darkened with emotions that might as well have spelled out letters for me to read.

  1. L. O. V. E.
  2. W. A. N. T.
  3. N. E. E. D.

They were feelings I hadn’t seen in her expression for years. Not running simultaneously, at any rate. Want and need were one thing, but love, deeply entwined among them, was another.

Seeing them here, now, imbued me with a strength I didn’t know I possessed.

I cupped her chin and, mouth hovering over hers, whispered, “I won’t kiss you goodbye.”

“You left your cut with Wynter and are leaving me with the promise of a kiss?”

Grinning slightly, I nodded and traced my fingers over the soft line of her jaw. “We both have things to do, and if I kiss you, we aren’t going anywhere.”

“You’re right.” She sighed. “I hate that you’re right.”

I pressed a kiss to her forehead. “It happens sometimes.”




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I’m a romance bookaholic and I won’t touch a book unless I know there’s a happy ending. This addiction is what made me craft stories that suit my voracious need for raunchy romance.  I love twists and unexpected turns, and my novels all contain sexy guys, dark humor, and hot AF love scenes.


I write MF, Menage, and Reverse Harem (also known as Why Choose romance,) in both contemporary and paranormal. Some of my stories are darker than others, but I can promise you one thing, you will always get the happy ending your heart needs!



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Three powerful families.

Three arranged marriages.

And one beautiful stranger with a secret who changes everything.


Devil’s Angel, an all-new steamy new adult standalone romance from bestselling author Julie Capulet is available now!




They say family is something you’re born with. Mine abandoned me long ago. They say true love is a myth. Mine showed up as a gorgeous devil who almost killed me. I fought back. Our bodies and our hearts knew, even if our realities would never allow it.




I’m one of five heirs to the Ramsey fortune and estate, a hundred acres of tropical paradise on the island of Kauai. I’m also the chosen one—a detail that’s about to ruin my life. My marriage will be arranged, to secure the alliance between families.


But when a chance encounter with a mysterious stranger literally slays me, she changes everything.


This is more than obsessive lust. It’s the kind of star-crossed love worth dying for. And it’s a risk I’m willing to take. Because settling for a future without her is no longer an option.


 DEVIL’S ANGEL is a steamy standalone new adult arranged marriage romance set in paradise. It contains scorching hot love scenes and is intended for readers 18+






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I walk the six blocks to Perfection Catering to start work.

They’re already loading up the vans parked out in front, so I show my ID to the driver and get into the van, where Maggie has saved a seat for me.

“I can’t believe we’re going to Seven Mile Beach,” she gushes.

“What’s Seven Mile Beach?”

“Are you kidding me? It’s only the most expensive residence in the United States. We’re working for the Fitzpatricks today. It’s Vivi Fitzpatrick’s twentieth birthday party.”

“Vivi Fitzpatrick.” Doesn’t ring a bell. “Should I know who that is?”

Maggie rolls her eyes, like she can’t believe anyone could be so obtuse. “What am I going to do with you? The Fitzpatricks are celebrities. They own the most exclusive high-end hotels in Waikiki. Their resorts are where the tourists with serious money stay.” Maggie keeps up with all the latest social media gossip.

I, it has to be said, don’t.

“Here, I’ll show you their photos.” Maggie knows I don’t really have the time or the data to scroll the internet non-stop. She fills me in on all the gaps in my celebrity education.

“This is Malachi.” She zooms in. “Isn’t he absolutely gorgeous?”

I guess he is, in an internet-worthy sort of a way. He has black hair and white teeth. He’s surrounded by beautiful women in bikinis smiling vapidly for the camera.

“Perri, Tatum and Vivi Fitzpatrick’s follower numbers on Instagram are ranked one, two and three in the world.” Maggie scrolls further. “Here’s a photo of the three of them.”

I point to the sister in the middle as she zooms in. “Is that Tatum?” I recognize her face.

“Yes. And this one’s Perri. And that’s Vivi on the right.”

Vivi isn’t smiling. Perri is wearing a lot of make-up. She has a weird sheen to her, like she could be made of plastic.

I don’t get a chance to ask Maggie more questions because we’re driving up to a massive gate. We come to a stop and several security guards climb aboard. The van is searched and we all have to be checked with metal detectors to make sure we’re not armed. Which seems a little over the top but I guess these celebrities can’t be too careful.

We finally pass the inspection and our fleet of vans gets waved through. A palm-tree lined entrance winds along a grassy slope overlooking a golden sand beach and the turquoise water.

Maggie and I are both wide-eyed as we drive into the compound. The house looks like a five-star plantation-style hotel with modern additions. There’s a gigantic lanai and a glittering infinite pool surrounded by palm trees. The entire place gleams with money.

We’re led inside, and put to work alongside the army of staff that are already setting up the outdoor area with the tables, decorations, an outdoor up-market tiki bar and a giant buffet.

The day goes quickly, and the limousines start pulling up just after six o’clock. Maggie and I are given trays with flutes of champagne and told to stand near the entrance so we can serve the new arrivals. From here, Maggie fills me in on who’s who.

“I love this job,” Maggie gushes. Then her eyes go wide. “Holy shit, that’s Jagger King!” He’s stepping out of a white stretch limousine. He has straw-colored blond hair that catches the early evening sun. The rolled-up sleeves of his shirt show off his gold chains, his suntan and his tattoos. “God, he’s so beautiful.”

“Is he a movie star too? He looks like one.”

“No, he works for his family,” Maggie explains. “All the Kings do. They own banks, skyscrapers and basically half the real estate and businesses in Honolulu. If the Fitzpatricks are the Hollywood of Hawaii, the Kings could be described as the Wall Street.”

“He doesn’t look like a banker.”

“That’s because he has so much money, he can look however he wants.” Two other people get out of the limo. “There’s Stone,” Maggie whispers excitedly.

Stone is tall and lankier than his brother. He’s wearing sunglasses and black clothes.

“And there’s Aurora.” Maggie is totally starstruck.

Aurora has dark red hair and a sexy, femme fatale look. She’s wearing a red dress, if it could even be called a dress. It’s more like a shred of ripped fabric that’s covering only the most necessary areas.

The Kings are coming up the steps. Maggie and I watch them as they help themselves to champagne. Up close, they’re even more striking. Their clothes and their obvious, glittering wealth give them a power that’s hard to describe. Jagger is the most physically stunning, but all three of them have a magnetic, sparked presence, like if you touched them they might give you an electric shock.

As Jagger takes a champagne flute from my tray, his gaze lands briefly on my face. His gold hair catches the light almost theatrically but his irises are a very dark brown. As our eyes meet, something about him seems almost weirdly ... familiar. But why would it? I most definitely have never met Jagger King. Maybe I’ve seen a photo of him somewhere before. He winks at me before sauntering off into the growing crowd.

Maggie exhales a shaky breath. “Did you see that? He looked right at you!”

There’s some commotion as more people make their entrance behind us, from the interior of the house.

“It’s Perri and Vivi,” Maggie exclaims with hushed awe. “Vivi is the one in purple.”

Both women are dark-haired and exotic-looking. They’re wearing the most to-die-for outfits I’ve ever seen.

“Oh, look, here comes Echo Ramsey.”

A valet opens the door of the next car and a young woman steps out. “Who’s Echo Ramsey?” I whisper back.

Maggie gives me a look. “You seriously must be living under a rock, Cassidy. You’ve never heard of Echo Ramsey?”

“Uh ... no.”

“The Ramseys live on Kauai,” Maggie explains patiently. “All three families are interconnected. There are a lot of marriages between the families and they own businesses together. The Ramseys are more reclusive than the others.”


“They just prefer to stay out of the limelight. Their house is like a castle. It’s surrounded by acres of land and high, guarded walls. I’ve heard it’s like an absolute fortress, but inside there’s this beautiful haven, with all kinds of orchards and botanical gardens. The Ramseys live like they’re still on the frontier. They ride horses. They grow crops and they live almost entirely off the land.”

“Wow.” I imagine what that must be like. To catch your own fish or pick fruit off your very own trees.

“My friend’s cousin went to a party there once. She said they all look like supermodels.”

“Echo Ramsey sure looks like one.”

Echo is willowy thin with dark, glossy long hair that’s beautifully cut. She’s almost ethereal-looking, like she could be half fairy or a nymph who just wandered in from a magical woodland. There’s a quiet gravity to her. It’s the groundedness of someone who belongs and who walks around every day feeling the effortless security of that. You can tell she’s loved. You can tell it holds her up and shapes the way she looks at the world. I have a radar for that kind of thing because it’s so absent in my own life.

“Blaise Ramsey is stunning too,” Maggie says. “They all are. I’ve seen the occasional photo of Remington, in the city. He’s the oldest. He’s on the board of some of the businesses the families co-own. He’s huge and built like a fighter. So are Knox and Wolf. They train in MMA, I’ve heard. But they hate publicity. There are a lot of cousins and extended family too, like a clan, but it’s the five siblings that get talked about most.”

And now I’m curious. “What about the other two? Knox. And Wolf.” They have unusual names.

“Apparently Wolf is crazy and, like, armed. He’s some kind of weapons expert or something. I don’t know much about Knox. My friend’s cousin said he was the most gorgeous of all of them. He’s seriously hot and he spends most of his time swimming and hunting. He’s sort of wild and outdoorsy, like a tropical island version of a hot mountain man. He’s hardly ever seen. I’ve never seen a picture of him. But according to my friend, all the Ramsey men are absolutely lethal—I mean, I don’t know why you’d describe someone you just met as lethal, but that’s what she said.”

“Wow,” I say again. It all sounds so wildly romantic. Keeping to yourselves. Swearing loyalty to your clan.

Growing up like I have, I’ve always coveted the idea of a haven. What would that be like, to belong to a place that’s guarded and beautiful and filled with people who know you and who care about you enough to keep you safe?

I wish I could find out.


About Julie Capulet



Julie Capulet writes contemporary romance starring sexy, obsessed alphas and the sweet & sassy women who bring them to their knees. Her stories are inspired by true love and she's married to her own real life hero. When she's not writing, she's reading, walking on the beach, drinking wine and watching rom-coms.


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She’s my best friend’s kid sister.

Now she’s not a kid any more.


Break the Rules, a small-town, brother’s best friend romance full of steam and laughs from bestselling author Roxie Noir is ZERO PENNIES for a limited time only!




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She’s my best friend’s kid sister.

Now she’s not a kid any more.


As a forest ranger, I believe in the simple life. I prefer cabins to apartments, trails over freeways, and trees to people. My life is orderly, predictable, and quiet.


Until it’s hit by a woman I never saw coming -- Hurricane June.


She’s fierce. She’s feisty. She has a laugh like the first day of spring, and she’s so pretty that I can’t breathe when I look at her. June will only be in town for a few months—just while job-hunting. She won’t last until winter, but how can I resist?


Except I have to. She’s my best, oldest, and most loyal friend’s baby sister.


Betraying him would be the worst thing I’ve ever done. Not betraying him might be the hardest.


Especially once we start working together on a secret project. All this spending time together, sneaking around at night, and lying to her brother about what we’re doing sure feels like more than friendship.


June might break my heart.

Her brother might break my nose.


But I guess some things were made to be broken.



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#1 Learn Pole Dancing - Lillianna Blake

— feeling smile
#1 Learn Pole Dancing (Single Wide Female: The Bucket List) - Lillianna Blake, P. Seymour
I saw this for free on Amazon and thought it looked fun. I wasn't wrong either! I literally laughed out loud at one point just picturing a moment in Samantha's life. It was so funny, I even shared it with the hubby.
I would pay to read more, and it looks like I will because no more are free. It's worth it though. Samantha is a relatable character, and her "bucket list" sounds like a ride I want to be on! Even if only through reading.
A short but cute read! I definitely recommend!

My Evil Mother - Margaret Atwood

— feeling wink
I'm wasn't going into this read with any expectations. Just the title intrigued me, so I grabbed it.
I'm glad I did too! It was a neat little story about a girl who's mom is a witch. As much as I would like to deny it, I connected to this story in so many ways. My mother is not a witch, but carries some of the same attributes. I empathized on so many levels.
It could've been longer and had more to it at the same time though.

The Eyes Of The Dragon - Stephen King

— feeling booklikes
The Eyes of the Dragon - Stephen King


I never thought I'd see the day that I would be reading a fantasy novel from a horror master, but here we are!
It wasn't a masterpiece, but I still really enjoyed it. It was easy-to-read, had adventure and cunning things happen. There was dragons, royalty and magicians. It had so many great elements of fantasy that I look for.
The story itself was around the two princes. I liked the story, but felt it took forever to get to where it ended. Then the ending felt rushed. 
I'm hoping the next book, Fairy Tale, is better. We will see though.


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A series from the popular 425 Madison Ave series....



Unexpected Love at the fast-paced 425 Madison Ave apartment building is a must read contemporary romance series from Lauren Helms. Featuring three couples and their charming and entertaining journey to their happily ever after.



When disgraced high-society princess Emmy hires maintenance man, Jake as her fake boyfriend, will the lines blur the more time they spend together? Fall in love with Jake and Emmy in BOYFRIEND MAINTENANCE, a fake relationship romance.



When a kiss turns into more and a secret is being kept, can they build flawless foundations? Fall in love with Levi and Becca in FLAWLESS FOUNDATIONS, a best friend's sibling, marriage of convenience, with a touch of enemies to lovers romance.



When a little luck turns into something more unexpected, will it end up being too good to be true? Join Kevin and Lucy on a trip to Vegas they will never forget in UNEXPECTED EXPECTATIONS, a rags to riches romance.



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Boyfriend Maintenance #1



Emmy King became a disgraced high-society princess when she walked away from her family’s money. Jake Harper is the sexy yet uninterested apartment building’s maintenance man. When the two agree to help each other out, they quickly realize the more time they spend together the more the lines get blurred. Fall in love with Jake and Emmy in Boyfriend Maintenance, a fake relationship romance.



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Flawless Foundations #2



Born from money, Levi was destined to take over the family business. Becca has always had a crush on her bestie’s big brother, but she hadn’t planned on shaking things up. When a kiss turns into more and a secret is being kept, can they build flawless foundations? Fall in love with Levi and Becca in FLAWLESS FOUNDATIONS, a best friend sibling romance.



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Unexpected Expectations #3



For Kevin Harper and Lucy Miller, what started as a $10 raffle ticket turned into a vacation in Vegas and a whole lot of expectations that neither of them saw coming. When a little luck turns into something more unexpected, will it end up being too good to be true? Find out in UNEXPECTED EXPECTATIONS, a rags to riches romance.



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About Lauren Helms



Lauren Helms is a romance author her nerdy and flirty contemporary words. Lauren has forever been an avid reader from the beginning. After starting a book review website, that catapulted her fully into the book world, she knew that something was missing. While working for a video game strategy guide publisher, she decided to mix what she knew best--video games and romance. She decided to take the plunge and write her first novel, Level Me Up. Several published novels later, Lauren created PR company, Indie Pen PR, to help other authors promote their books.



Lauren lives in Indianapolis, Indiana sharing her love of books and video games with her own Gamer Boy husband and three young kid nerds who will hopefully grow up to share the love of things that united Lauren and her husband on their own happily ever after.



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KISMET, from #1 NYT bestselling author @LaurenBlakelyBooks is coming April 8th!! YES, it is releasing early! 

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When a scorching hot one-night stand with a stranger turns into a deliciously forbidden office romance...
My first evening in London feels like kismet when I bump into a charming, book-loving Englishman, and by the end of the night, he’s making me see stars. I’m floating when we make plans to meet again.
Then fate decides to pull a fast one on me.
Turns out my smoldering new lover is my red-hot competition, and we’re vying for the same promotion at the elite auction house I crossed an ocean for.
If that’s not enough, the hottie and I are forced to work together on a brand new collection.
Every. Single. Tempting. Day.
What's an American woman in London to do?
Staying far, far away would be the safe choice, especially when I learn about his past and how it mirrors mine.

But I don’t always play it safe with my heart…

Contents Include: A grumpy/sunshine office romance, secret gardens, knee-weakening kisses by the river and a hero who loves books.

Kismet is an MF, dual POV, sexy standalone romance that you'll love!




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My Thought's Exactly - Lily Allen

— feeling alien


I knew Lily Allen was a celebrity, but honestly, that's where it ended for me. I wasn't sure if it was acting, singing or something else all together. Still, I found this book as a way to learn more.
I felt like I connected with her on so many levels, and disliked her all at the same time. I've never been famous, wrote music or even played in a band, but I was a drug addict and lived a very toxic life for a short time. Those moments in the book, I knew how she felt. I knew why she was doing it. I totally got it!
She is such a narcissist though. She openly admits it too. That is frustrating. It sucks as a reader, trying to get to know her too.
I feel for her. I feel like she should want more for herself since she so candidly tells the reader how she has the means to do what most people can't. But I digress....
Not a book I'd recommend, fan or not. Her fans may not like some of the things she says in this book and the ignorant reader, like me, definitely will not.

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