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TGIF, Readers! Lets start the weekend off with a friends to lovers romance by Shelley Munro - Secret Lovers, the 1st book in the Friendship Chronicles! Enjoy and don't forget to add Secret Lovers to your shelves!
A teeny-tiny crush. Maggie Drummond has one on her close friend Connor Grey. Unfortunately, he prefers leggy blondes and Maggie is stuck with her deep brown hair and determined curves.
Then, there is her newfound pursuit of kinky—no, more adventurous sex. Nothing too bad, you understand. It was reading the steamy romance that sent her on a jaunt down Spanking Avenue and now she has set up an anonymous blog to explore her interest. Perhaps it’s best if she sticks with Greg, her current boyfriend. She can ask him to spank her…even if Connor pops into her fantasies like a seductive magical genie.
The recent changes in Maggie don’t escape Connor’s notice. Now that her boyfriend has dropped her, and luck has gifted him with inside knowledge, he can finally—carefully—make his move. But, given his family history, laying a hand on any woman, even in fun, is a line he’s reluctant to cross.
As Maggie gives in to the temptation to let Connor add spicy sin to her life, she finds herself juggling lies, half-truths, friendship and sensual delights. Her job is in jeopardy—and she’s falling in love. Exploring her fantasy is one thing, but she’s beginning to question if indulging her own pleasure is worth the cost to everyone around her.
Warning: Contains a girl-next-door with spanking on her mind and a sexy rugby player who sees past her shyness and insecurities to the sensual possibilities beyond.
This gritty and blistering hot romance brings vulnerabilities and emotional issues in the explorations of pleasure to light and readers can’t help but get caught up in Maggie’s life as she gives into the temptation of letting a friend spice up her life. Friends with benefits takes on life Connor sets out to convince Maggie to indulge in a relationship with him, only it’s just the beginning for him. Talk about star crossed, both of these captivating characters want a relationship with the other but aren’t willing to go that extra step of putting their heart out there for varying reasons, this keeps the relationship in a rocky slope with lots of emotional turbulence that grips readers by the heart.
Friendships are threatened, careers are destroyed and hearts are broken in the name of love and this story has them all exploding in one stunning liaison. Maggie also secretly longs for some kink in her life and has started a blog that she hopes will remain anonymous which adds heat and turmoil to the story as she explores the whole how to angle of achieving what she wants when it’s not the norm. Readers can’t help but relate to the story whether this story is about their particular desire or if they have something else in mind, the doubts and insecurities and moral issues are similar which makes it easy for readers enjoy and indulge some intimate fantasies with Maggie and Connor.
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Secret Lovers is the 1st book in the Friendship Chronicles (previously known as Love and Friendship) series
1 Secret Lovers (previously titled The Bottom Line)
2 Reunited Lovers (prevously titled Past Regrets)
3 Clandestine Lovers
4 Part-time Lovers
5 Enemy Lovers
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USA Today bestselling author Shelley Munro lives in Auckland, the City of Sails, with her husband and a cheeky Jack Russell/mystery breed puppy.
Typical New Zealanders, Shelley and her husband left home for their big OE soon after they married (translation of New Zealand speak – big overseas experience). A twelve month long adventure lengthened to six years of roaming the world.
Enduring memories include being almost sat on by a mountain gorilla in Rwanda, lazing on white sandy beaches in India, whale watching in Alaska, searching for leprechauns in Ireland, and dealing with ghosts in an English pub.
While travel is still a big attraction, these days Shelley is most likely found in front of her computer following another love – that of writing stories of romance and adventure. Other interests include watching rugby and rugby league (strictly for research purposes), and curling up with a good book.
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One autistic coffee shop owner, one morose mug maker, and a mostly cheerful police detective.
Fie Morogh Russell goes off to war with a broken heart and returns with a shattered spirit. He hermits away in Bideford, Devon, making mugs, with his service dog, Haggard, for company. Post-traumatic stress turns every memory into a minefield, and life is dismal with one or two rare exceptions.
Davet Heuse drags his younger brother to Bideford for a new start. Both autistic, the two siblings have fought hard to enjoy freedom by the seaside. While Davet runs a coffee shop from his tiny house, his brother pursues his dream at university.
Detective Sidney Little has transitioned from military service to the police force easily. His unrequited crushes and his estranged father are the only points of frustration in his life. He hasn't quite figured out how to deal with either problem.
When a tragic accident brings Davet's world crashing down around him, can Fie and Sid help him through the pain of loss?
Fie, Davet, and Sydney make such a wonderful romance. This is my favorite book I have read by Dahlia Donovan. Here, she balances the very serious topics here of grief, PTSD, and social prejudice against people with autism.
Each hero is fully developed and that balance and watching them date and court is wonderful. The youngest of our heroes, Davet, is created with the agency too often taken away from characters with disabilities. We get to see Fie's healing journey. Sydney finally get his man and another man too.
The dark moments of this book (and there is a darkness in the hopeless of the limits of what can done with certain pains in this story) are lifted by the joy of watching these three fall in love.
The book doesn't real realistically with how a poly relationship might be taken in a small town but the power in the other elements of the plot allow me to suspend my disbelief.
This is a touching love story.
You know, including this in the long-running KCPD series is a bit of a stretch when you spend most of the book not knowing who the H is and how he ties in. I suppose I should have recognized the name dropping but it was an email so...:shrug
The story starts out with the H finding himself reading a wedding invite - from his former girlfriend (dumped him when he proposed) and his college room-mate. Along with the invite were notes from the couple expressing concern and a desire for all three of them to be bestest friends again. Are you kidding me?!
To my everlasting disappointment, instead of sending a missive telling them where to shove their friendship, where to go, and explicit directions on how to get there, the H..goes back home to VA to attend the wedding, thereby turning his man card into a wad of toilet paper and flushing it, along with his dignity.
Not happy with the inauspicious beginning here, and frankly disappointed he didn't punch the groom in the face after the wedding. But this wasn't about that couple - they quickly disappeared on their honeymoon (may the mosquitoes of the Caribbean see them as an all-you-can-eat buffet). It is about the bride's little sister, who has had a crush on the H since puberty I suppose, and her scatterbrained neighbor who bit off way more than she could chew and as is discovered, skipped the wedding because she was being killed for her troubles.
We then meet the local deputy who varies between being an ass, to a creep, the the deceased's boyfriend who appears strung out or something, a lawyer, a thug, an ex boyfriend who'd gotten tired of scatterbrain's stringing him along (and she wanted him to be happy for her that she'd found what she wanted to be Mr Right. It's like a disease where people don't seem to realize that expecting someone you dumped to be best buddies is a huge stretch).
Then the texts start, and after she a) figures out she's being spied on through a window and b) figures out what her late friend was talking about, they figure out what the deceased had that was so important, but not why. They also figure out that whoever is watching knows they know, so they run.
They stay at the H's family house (abandoned for at least a year), deciding to stay dressed - at least until they give in to the urges and make woohoo. Then of course, the bad guys show up, set fire to the place and here they gotta get dressed so they can run (facepalm)
They do eventually make it back to KC where we find out just how this ties in to the series (oh, so THAT's who he is), set up a trap, get confessions, get the bad guys caught (lawyer = thug too apparently, and yep; deputy was crooked), confess their ILYs, the end.
Some thoughts/issues - H was an agent for WITSEC, and paid visits to a few of his former clients along the way. This allowed him to dump his ride (made them harder to track), get fed and febreezed... and yet, they couldn't manage to find someone who could gas up the wheels while they stayed out of sight.
He was concerned that someone had gotten into her apartment but after figuring out she didn't have a landline, dismissed it as them trying to bug her phone and not checking deeper into things.
The aforementioned nookie on the run - after the decision to stay dressed rather than change into PJs in case they had to make a run for it, that's a bit more than changing. After all, in a pinch, you can run in your PJs - people show up in walmart all the time like that.
Going from one sister to another. ick And of course, going to the wedding in the first place "so people would stop worrying about him". IMO, the people "worrying" about him gave up their right to be concerned.
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To win, you have to play the game...
Rising hockey star, Nate Calloway has overcome a lot to get where he is. Playing professional hockey for the Las Vegas Sidewinders, he plans to keep his head down and do the one thing he’s good at: hockey. Everything is going according to plan until a gorgeous and spunky journalist falls into his lap. He might be a pro, but off the ice his lack of experience with women has him struggling to make the right move.
Fresh out of college, Chelsea Baldwin has landed her dream job working for a local newspaper. She finds herself in the locker room of a pro hockey team when she gets her big break much sooner than expected. Falling for one of the players, literally, wasn’t how she’d planned to start her career.
A pro-hockey player and a sports reporter shouldn’t be dating, but undeniable chemistry has them drawn together, despite the consequences. When the stakes rise, their trust in each other is tested both in and out of the locker room. But this is one game that they're determined to win...even if they have to make up their own rules.
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Kat Mizera is a South Florida native. Born in Miami Beach with a healthy dose of wanderlust, she’s called Los Angeles, Long Island, upstate New York, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Atlanta home. She’s never been able to pick which locale is her favorite, but if pressed, she’d probably choose the west coast.
Kat’s a typical PTA mom with a wonderful and supportive husband (Kevin) and two amazing boys (Nick and Max). When she’s not writing, she’s either scrapbooking or indulging in her second love (after writing) – traveling. Greece is one of her favorite places in the world. She loves that Athens is a big city with a small-town feel. The food, beaches and culture keep her going back as often as possible. She hopes to retire there one day so she can spend her days writing books on the beach. Kat has been a working freelance writer for nearly 30 years. She sold her first article–a review of a rock concert–for $10 in 1985. Since then she’s been an entertainment journalist, waitress, bartender, legal assistant, food critic, magazine editor, substitute teacher, and sports writer. She also spent some time working at A & M Records in Los Angeles.
As you can guess from her series, the Las Vegas Sidewinders, Kat loves hockey. She is also a freelance hockey writer, covering her favorite team, the Florida Panthers, and any other teams that have an interesting story. The rest of the time, she writes novels: sexy, romantic fiction that she hopes makes you as happy as it makes her. There’s something enticing about hockey players and romance…
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