You know when you’re looking at someone and you can’t help but smile at how oblivious they are to their own charm? That’s what was happening to me, and it was making me feel…happy. Euphoric. Something indescribable. It was like we already knew each other, like we had met in a previous life. Memories that didn’t exist began exploding in my mind like fireworks. 

Charlotte has spent her twenties adrift, searching for a spark to jump-start her life and give her a sense of purpose. She’s had as many jobs as she’s had bad relationships, and now she’s feeling especially lost in her less-than-glamorous gig at a pie-and-fry joint in Los Angeles, where the uniforms are bad and the tips are even worse.

Then she collides—literally—with Adam, an intriguing, handsome, and mysterious painter. Their serendipitous meeting on the street turns into a whirlwind one-night stand that has Charlotte feeling enchanted by Adam’s spontaneity and joy for life. There’s promise in both his words and actions, but in the harsh light of morning, Adam’s tune changes, leaving Charlotte to wonder if her notorious bad luck with men is really just her own bad judgment.

Months later, a new relationship with Seth, a charming baseball player, is turning into something more meaningful, but Charlotte’s still having trouble moving past her one enthralling night with Adam. Why? When she searches for answers, she finds the situation with Adam is far more complicated than she ever imagined. Faced with the decision to write a new story with Seth or finish the one started with Adam, Charlotte embarks on a life-altering journey, one that takes her across the world and back again, bringing a lifetime’s worth of pain, joy, and wisdom.





Every time I read a Renee Carlino story, I know I’m in for an emotional journey – one that not only transforms the characters in the text but offers insights about life and living to its readers.

Wish You Were Here, Carlino’s newest release, will resonate with readers because they’ll be able to identify with how the heroine views her life and herself due to the fickle way she lives, changing career options, part-time jobs, and unworthy boyfriends because she doesn’t truly know who she is or what she wants out of life. 

Charlotte plays it safe, never truly putting herself out there or putting her heart on the line, partly because she doesn’t think too highly of herself and partly because she doesn’t seem to know how to write her own story…until she finds herself making memories, both real and pretend, with a man who appreciates every breath that he takes and every beautiful moment that he spends with the only girl he wants to always remember, even when his ability to do so is compromised.

Some of Charlotte’s actions towards others and reactions to varying situations will not sit well with readers, but I feel like Carlino deliberately portrays Charlotte as a twenty-something woman who has no idea what she wants to do with her life…someone who really never stops to think about all that she has or takes a minute to look at the world outside of herself and realize how much of it she’s wasting by not appreciating every day that she’s alive. Because as shallow and unaware as Charlotte was at the beginning and throughout the middle of her story, she’s a completely different person once she experiences those meaningful moments with her soulmate and decides to truly figure out what’s important to her and learns exactly how to not let fear stop her from loving…from living…from truly feeling free.

While Wish You Were Here is mainly about Charlotte finding value in her life and realizing the path she’s supposed to take, without the supporting characters in the book, her parents, her brother, her best friend, Adam, and Seth, she would have never reached the sense of peace and awe she has at the end of the book. These people have helped to shape the woman she becomes and while not all of the encounters she has with them are helpful, they all need to occur so that Charlotte can understand herself…understand how to write her life story to the best of her ability, and when it’s all said and done, Charlotte helps these characters to develop into new and improved versions of themselves simply because the new version that Charlotte becomes is someone who knows her worth and goes about showing other people theirs.

Charlotte’s story is one that will stay with me because its message and its lessons are ones that every. single. person. could learn and grow from, especially in this crazy and bizarre world we live in nowadays!

4.5 Poison Apples


“You’re making love sound tragic,” I said.

“No”—he shook his head—“I wouldn’t want it any other way. Tell me about us. What do we like to do?”

“Paint and sail and eat and drink. Just simple things.” “Don’t forget about sex,” he said.
“Yeah, lots of sex. Before the children were born we

“We were practically naked every second of the day.”

“I like that.”

“When they got older, we’d sneak away for weekends and leave them at my mom’s.”

“What are they like? Our children.”

“Happy. That’s all we wished for. We put our love first and it just spilled over into them and now they’re happy.”

Tears sprang from my eyes and ran down my cheeks. Isn’t that what we all hope for when it comes to our children?

His tone suddenly changed. “That’s beautiful, Char- lotte.” It was like he was waking up from the dream. I didn’t want to go back to reality yet, but I knew these fantasies were just to help Adam get his mind off things.

“I can imagine a long life with you,” he said. “I can imagine what a great wife you’d be.”

I pulled my hand out of his. “The story is about you and me.” He didn’t say anything; he just nodded and then continued to stare out the window. I bent and kissed the top of his head again, and whispered, “It’s about us. Don’t take that away from me.”

Renée Carlino is a screenwriter and bestselling author of contemporary women’s novels and new adult fiction. Her books have been featured in national publications, including USA TODAY, Huffington Post, Latina magazine, and Publisher’s Weekly. She lives in Southern California with her husband, two sons, and their sweet dog June. When she’s not at the beach with her boys or working on her next project, she likes to spend her time reading, going to concerts, and eating dark chocolate. Learn more at



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RELEASE REVIEW: Irresistible You by Kate Meader


Hot in Chicago series author Kate Meader returns with her all new, scorching Chicago Rebels hockey series, featuring her signature “steamy sex scenes, colorful characters, and riveting dialogue” (Romantic Times). Three estranged sisters inherit their late father’s failing hockey franchise and are forced to confront a man’s world, their family’s demons, and the battle-hardened ice warriors skating into their hearts.

Harper Chase has just become the most powerful woman in the NHL after the death of her father Clifford Chase, maverick owner of the Chicago Rebels. But the team is a hot mess—underfunded, overweight, and close to tapping out of the league. Hell-bent on turning the luckless franchise around, Harper won’t let anything stand in her way. Not her gender, not her sisters, and especially not a veteran player with an attitude problem and a smoldering gaze designed to melt her ice-compacted defenses.

Veteran center Remy “Jinx” DuPre is on the downside of a career that’s seen him win big sponsorships, fans’ hearts, and more than a few notches on his stick. Only one goal has eluded him: the Stanley Cup. Sure, he’s been labeled as the unluckiest guy in the league, but with his recent streak of good play, he knows this is his year. So why the hell is he being shunted off to a failing hockey franchise run by a ball-buster in heels? And is she seriously expecting him to lead her band of misfit losers to a coveted spot in the playoffs?

He’d have a better chance of leading Harper on a merry skate to his bed…

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I’m a sucker for a good sports romance story, especially of the hockey variety, so when I was offered an advance copy of Kate Meader’s Irresistible You, it was a no-brainer to dive into the world of the Chicago Rebels and the three sisters who now own/run the team, the same women who not only have to save the franchise but also need to repair their relationships with one another. Both of those objectives seem impossible when Meader enlightens readers to the Rebels consecutive losing records and the bad blood amongst the sisters due to their father’s inability to love them all equally, placing impossible standards on one more so than the other, creating jealousy between the two oldest and not giving any of girls an opportunity to truly get to know one another without feelings of insecurity and heartbreak getting in the way.

While all three sisters have responsibilities when it comes to the Chicago Rebels organization, Harper Chase is at the helm, making the big decisions and working to prove not only her father wrong about her abilities as a female owner in a testosterone-filled sport but all of the naysayers who have already decided the Rebels don’t stand a chance at a playoff spot because they’re a team of misfits surrounded by too much estrogen, which can only lead to pansies and whiners on the ice.

The Rebels ‘road to the cup’ is beyond a cinderella story; in fact, it’s pretty much an impossible feat, but when Harper brings in a veteran center, shaking up the dynamics of the team as well as the front office, she proves the kind of risks she’s willing to take and believes that her knowledge and her leadership skills will get the job done, even if it means trading for the ‘unluckiest guy in the NHL’ and crossing lines that she sure as hell knows better than to cross.

Remy DuPre is not your typical hockey player, which makes him quite the appealing hero. Between his Cajun background, New Orleans charm, strong family bonds, and French pet names, Remy is one intriguing book boyfriend, and his appeal when it comes to the opposite sex makes even a hardass like Harper Chase vulnerable to his many positive attributes despite her no fraternization rule and her need to control her feelings, never allowing another man to make her weak.

Kate Meader does a great job of slowly building Harper’s ‘essential’ relationships, not only with Remy but also with her two remaining family members. Neither one of these bonds can instantly occur because there are many issues to contend with and without both sides committing to understanding the other one and allowing them the chance to see who they really are despite the preconceived notions and rumors, nothing will improve between Harper’s personal and professional relationship with Remy or her need to work with her sisters in order to achieve her goals with the Rebels as well as her potential happiness with Remy.

Because Irresistible You is told through both Remy and Harper’s perspectives, readers see beneath the characters’ facades, learning much more about them than they’re willing to give the other characters in the story. And, as things between Remy and Harper begin to change, we also understand Harper’s hesitancies when it comes to giving herself to Remy, and even though he adamant claims to the contrary, Remy makes her feel wanted and capable; he makes her acknowledge that she deserves to be loved and to be cherished despite her father’s treatment of her and he also helps her realize that she needs people in her life to lean on…people who are willing to step up for her and support her in every way possible.

Remy and Harper’s story is a great start to a brand new series from Kate Meader, and with the introduction of the other characters in the story, I can’t wait to see who Meader puts together and how the Chicago Rebels fair now that the team seems to be meshing and are no longer the unlucky losers of the NHL.

4.5 Poison Apples

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From New York Times Bestseller Kendall Ryan comes a sexy new stand-alone novel in her Roommates series.

The smoking-hot one-night stand I was never supposed to see again?

Yeah, well, I might be pregnant, and he’s my OB-GYN.

Get ready to fall head over heels madly in love with the hottest OBGYN doctor you have ever met! This full-length standalone contains the most hilariously awkward lady-doctor visit, lots of playful banter and some good ol’ fashioned baby-makin’!







The idea of soul mates is an interesting one; it’s a belief that some people adamantly subscribe to, but it’s also one that many others don’t buy into simply because of the sheer number of people one meets during his/her lifetime.

Regardless of which side readers of Kendall Ryan’s newest release, The Soul Mate, are on, the undeniable attraction and the pull the hero and heroine feel towards each other in the story speak to an inexplicable connection between them – one that at least one of the main characters believes is their destiny while the other one is too afraid to label any part of what’s being felt because past experience dictates that there’s no such thing as a single person who’s meant to be theirs and theirs alone.

Dr. Mason Bentley whole heartedly believes that there is one woman out there for him…his one true love, and as soon as he finds her, he knows that, together, they can tackle any obstacle and overcome anything that threatens what they have. Due to his beliefs, he lives his life navigating the world of dating always conscience of meeting and claiming his soul mate.

Bren Matthews might believe in everyone having one special someone, but her fears and her upbringing keep her emotionally unavailable and force her to protect her heart at all costs, running from the pain that could possibly occur by letting down her walls and giving someone else the power to destroy her.

Mason and Bren couldn’t be more opposite in their beliefs about love and commitment, so the fact that they can’t stop thinking about their one night together and what it could ultimately mean makes the story line intriguing and a bit perplexing. And then when Kendall Ryan puts Mason and Bren in a  situation where they could possibly be linked to one another for the rest of their lives, the whole dynamics of what they were supposed to mean to each other is drastically altered, leading to decisions and actions that have Mason setting a clear path to the one thing he’s always wanted while pushing Bren too hard and too fast, forcing her to shut down and build up her walls as high as they can go so she doesn’t have to face Mason’s feelings or deal with her own.

I love that Mason’s the one who believes in the idea of love and romance, and the way that he goes about winning Bren over, declaring that she’s the one almost instantly will definitely have readers swooning. Some readers might be a bit frustrated with some of Bren’s actions, but Ryan does a good job of clearly explaining why Bren is the way she is and what it costs her to even contemplate giving Mason and his desire to be with her a chance.

The Soul Mate is a sweet and steamy read that gives readers hope that love at first sight and finding one’s soul mate can still occur even in contemporary society – one filled with heartache, divorce, and selfishness. Mason is a wonderful hero who never gives up on Bren because he 100% believes that they’re meant to be together, and while Bren is a harder sell when it comes to defining what she feels for Mason, her struggle means there’s still a way for Mason to break through the wall that surrounds Bren and dismantle it with every kind gesture, every sweet word, and every attempt to make them more than a one night stand.

4 Poison Apples


About the Author

A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of more than two dozen titles, Kendall Ryan has sold over 1.5 million books and her books have been translated into several languages in countries around the world. She’s a traditionally published author with Simon & Schuster and Harper Collins UK, as well as an independently published author. Since she first began self-publishing in 2012, she’s appeared at #1 on Barnes & Noble and iBooks charts around the world. Her books have also appeared on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists more than three dozen times. Ryan has been featured in such publications as USA Today, Newsweek, and InTouch Magazine.

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REVIEW AND EXCERPT BLITZ: Wicked Wish by Sawyer Bennett

Jorinda Pearce thought she did everything right – graduated from college, married her long-time sweetheart, established a career. But what does she have to show for it now? A degree she doesn’t use, a job she hates, and an ex-husband that broke her heart.

Looking for a long overdue adventure, Jorie takes a walk on the wild side and attends a masquerade event at The Wicked Horse Vegas. It’s exactly the escape she’s looking for, and even better, she can explore anonymously. Drawn to the man masked in black leather with the body of a god, Jorie finds the greatest pleasures of her life at the hands of a stranger.

Walsh Brooks is the most sought after man in The Wicked Horse. Sex is nothing but a game to him and he’s the type that will always leave at the end of the night without looking back. Unfortunately for Walsh, there’s no way he can walk away from the mysterious green-eyed beauty behind the mask of sapphire feathers, because he knows exactly who she is.

Jorie is his best friend’s little sister and there’s not another woman in the world that’s more off limits.

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Sawyer Bennett has created quite the sexual playground in her Wicked Horse series; it’s a place that allows people to serve their baser needs and discover exactly what kind of kink gets them off without judgment or criticism. Sexual discovery takes a guilt free path in both the open and private rooms of the Wicked Horse, which makes it the perfect environment for Jorie Pearce to figure out if she’s as bad in bed as her husband said she was or if she simply needs a new partner – one who awakens her sexual needs and desires and connects with her in a way that no one else ever has.

Enter Walsh Brooks…

It’s clear from readers’ first introduction to Walsh that he’s one kinky S.O.B., which makes the Wicked Horse Las Vegas the perfect arena for the kind of filthy fucking that gets him off, and while his kind of play may not appeal to every female at the sex club, he has a never ending supply of hot women more than willing to embrace his kind of sexual debauchery, including the one woman who should be completely off limits – Jorie Pearce – his best friend’s little sister.

The way that Sawyer Bennett writes Walsh and Jorie’s first encounter at the Wicked Horse allows their true attraction and connection to be felt despite the reactions that come after their anonymous encounter. And, because they unknowingly cross a line that they wouldn’t have crossed if they knew the truth, they’ve set something in motion that refuses to free them regardless of who will be hurt when the truth comes out.

The secret sexual relationship that Walsh and Jorie decide to pursue comes with an array of complications – ones that could break their hearts, break brotherly ties, and destroy a bond that’s been there since Jorie was 16 years old. And, as Sawyer Bennett takes her characters down this tenuous path, she does a great job of illustrating the true dynamics of Walsh and Jorie’s no-strings screwing by how they constantly yearn for each other and are overwhelmed with feelings simply from being in one another’s presence despite Walsh’s adamant claim that he doesn’t do relationships and can never offer Jorie forever.

Wicked Wish continues to illustrate the freedom that exists in Bennett’s sensually erotic world; Jorie gains self-esteem and asserts her adventurous side as Walsh’s sexual partner. But because of the secrets that surround their new found connection, Walsh and Jorie are playing with fire, and regardless of how hot they are each time they’re together, when the truth is revealed, they won’t remain unscathed, which means that any decision made will destroy more than one relationship in ways that they may be severed forever.

I really enjoy the best friend’s little sister trope, and while sometimes these stories tend to follow the same plot line and script, Sawyer Bennett expands the central story line by providing insight into how Walsh and Jorie’s bond began, clearly illustrating how their feelings grow each time they’re together, and showing that both Walsh and Jorie understand what the risks are in pursuing this kind of a relationship and choose to do so anyways because sometimes that’s the only way they can truly feel alive.

Now if Micah can just mass produce his one-of-a-kind sex tables/contraptions for not only business but home use…I bet he’d be a millionaire in no time;)

4.5 Poison Apples


Squaring my shoulders, I march into The Royale and head straight for the concierge desk. I haven’t been in this casino before. Hell, I haven’t been in hardly any of them. Sure, I’d only grown up about forty-five minutes away, but gambling and all-you-can-eat buffets held no interest to me.

From Micah bragging about his best friend over the years, I knew Walsh orchestrated the purchase of the land, then pulled together financing with two other partners to build this casino. It’s one of the most popular on the strip, boasting five-star dining, old-world elegance, and superior customer service. Again, all this from Micah, but honestly… I’m so proud of Walsh, too. We may have lost touch over the years, but I’ll never forget all the ways in which he acted as a big brother to me.


Okay… that’s gross. Thinking of Walsh like a brother.

I scrub my mind clean of that thought and demand myself never to do that again.

Rather, I’ll never forget all the ways in which Walsh provided me friendship and support in my formative years.

Yes… much better.

“Can I help you?” a man behind the concierge desk asks with a genuine and friendly smile. Not snooty as I would expect in a fancy hotel, and I guess that goes to the superior customer service The Royale strives for.

“Yes… hi,” I say as I nervously tuck my hair behind my ears on both sides. “I need to see Mr. Brooks. How do I go about getting access to his apartment?”

Micah told me some time ago that Walsh lives here.

The concierge never loses his friendly smile, but a single eyebrow arches high at my temerity.

“Oh, gosh,” I stammer. “That came out stalkerish. Mr. Brooks… I mean, Walsh… and I are longtime friends. He used to babysit me.”

“Your name?” the man asks as he pulls up something on his computer.

“Jorie Pearce.”

After a moment of scanning, he looks up at me. “Your name isn’t on the approved list.”

“Well, he’s not exactly expecting me.”

“I’m sorry, Miss Pearce,” he says with true regret in his voice. “But our policy is strict. No one gets up to the private penthouse without their name on the list.”

I lean on the desk with one elbow and lower my voice. “Just out of curiosity… are there any women on that list?”

The eyebrow shoots up again.

“No, wait,” I say hastily as I hold my palms toward him in a silent plea to not process my last request either mentally or on the computer. “That’s totally stalkerish, and I didn’t mean that.”

“Miss Pearce,” the concierge says, now with a hint of annoyance. “Perhaps you’d like to leave a message? I can get it up to Mr. Brooks today and he can call you.”

“No, I need to see him now,” I tell him firmly. “And I swear it’s not to cook a rabbit in a pot on his stove. Can you please just call up to his apartment?”

“That’s not our policy—”

“Look,” I snap as I lean across the desk slightly. “I’m a lifelong friend of Walsh’s. My brother is his best friend. We lost touch for a few years, but we ran into each other last night. I really need to talk to him about something that happened last night, and I’m not leaving this hotel until you call up to his apartment.”

The eyebrow doesn’t arch but it does draw inward to meet its match on the other side as he considers what I just said.

“I swear to you,” and here I pause to look at his name tag, “Bentley. Please just call him. He won’t be mad.”

With a sigh, he relents and picks up the phone receiver, punching in a five-digit number. After a pause, he says, “Mr. Brooks… I’m very sorry to disturb you, sir, but there’s a Miss Jorie Pearce here to see you. She says she’s a longtime friend.”

I watch as Bentley listens, but I can’t gauge what’s being said as his face remains blank. Finally, he says, “Very good, sir.”

I take this to mean I’ll be getting an escort to the penthouse suite, but Bentley replaces the receiver and says, “I’m sorry, Miss Pearce. But Mr. Walsh told me to tell you he’s busy and can’t receive you right now.”

My eyes narrow at Bentley. “I don’t believe you. Call back and let me talk to him.”

“I assure you, I just talked to him and that’s what he said.”

“Call him back,” I order as I point to the phone.

“I can’t,” he says almost with a wail. “If I do, he’ll fire me.”

Okay, that hits home. I don’t want to get anyone in trouble, so I say, “Fine. Give me just a moment.”

I take a few steps away from the concierge desk and pull my iPhone out. I shoot off a quick text to Micah. What’s Walsh’s phone number?

I wait a few moments, but I know Micah is awake in San Francisco at this hour. His phone is always on, and he never ignores a text from me.

He responds with the number before I can even start to tap my foot with impatience, adding on, Why?

I hate the lie, but I write back, Came to Vegas for the day. Thought I’d see if he could meet up for lunch. Haven’t seen him in years.

Cool, he writes back. Tell him I said, “what’s up, douche?”

I roll my eyes as I text back, Real mature. Love ya. Later.

After I save the number to my contacts, I open a new text to Walsh. Let me up to see you or I’m going straight back to The Wicked Horse to satisfy some further curiosities I have.

I hit send and then walk back to the concierge desk. I merely lean one elbow on it and watch Bentley with a silent smile. The phone rings about ten seconds after that.

Bentley’s eyes fly to mine as he listens, and then says, “Yes, sir. Right away.”

When he replaces the receiver, he says, “I’m to show you to the penthouse elevator.”

“Thank you, Bentley,” I say brightly.

Since the release of her debut contemporary romance novel, Off Sides, in January 2013, Sawyer Bennett has released more than 30 books and has been featured on both the USA Today and New York Times bestseller lists on multiple occasions.

A reformed trial lawyer from North Carolina, Sawyer uses real life experience to create relatable, sexy stories that appeal to a wide array of readers. From new adult to erotic contemporary romance, Sawyer writes something for just about everyone.

Sawyer likes her Bloody Marys strong, her martinis dirty, and her heroes a combination of the two. When not bringing fictional romance to life, Sawyer is a chauffeur, stylist, chef, maid, and personal assistant to a very active toddler, as well as full-time servant to two adorably naughty dogs. She believes in the good of others, and that a bad day can be cured with a great work-out, cake, or a combination of the two.


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BLOG TOUR REVIEW: The Forbidden by Jodi Ellen Malpas


The Forbidden by Jodi Ellen Malpas
Publication Date: August 8th, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance

The Forbidden, an all-new story from Jodi Ellen Malpas is available now!


Annie has never experienced the ‘spark’ with a guy-that instant chemistry that renders you weak in the knees. That is, until a night out brings her face to face with the dangerously sexy and mysterious Jack. It’s not just a spark that ignites between them. It’s an explosion. Jack promises to consume Annie, and he fully delivers on that promise.

Overwhelmed by the intensity of their one night together, Annie slips out of their hotel room. She is certain that a man who’s had such a powerful impact on her must be dangerous. She has no idea that he belongs to another. That he’s forbidden.

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“The Forbidden” is exactly that. Not allowed. Prohibited. Banned. At least, that’s what society says. But what about your heart? It took a massive leap of faith for me to put these words on paper. I’ve always said that I write what my heart tells me to write, not what people want me to write. Never has my own motto been so significant in my writing career. I questioned my sense when I came up with the idea of The Forbidden. Then I reminded myself of my motto, of my heart’s desire, and my heart really wanted to tell this story, despite knowing that it might not be what people expect from me. I couldn’t let my fear of the taboo subject matter dictate my writing. So I dove right in—no holding back, no inhibitions, no softly-softly approach. The Forbidden is controversial. I’ve no doubt it’ll cause debate, and I’m cool with that. As a writer, you accept that what you send out into the world is going to be picked apart, sometimes for the good, sometimes for the bad. This story is about the conflict. The feelings. The questions. It’s about the heart ruling the head. I ask you to go into it with an open mind, and please remember that it is a story. One of passion, of love, and of heartache. It’s about falling in love with the wrong person at the wrong time. Because it happens. Every single day. But above all of that, it’s about being true to yourself and your heart. It’s about finding your soulmate and fighting for them. It’s about standing by what you believe in. And we all believe in true love.



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If there’s one thing I’ve learned about Jodi Ellen Malpas’ writing from the many books I’ve read by her, it’s that she allows her characters’ voices and their wants and needs to guide how she crafts their story lines, allowing them to dictate every aspect, even if they take her down a path filled with a multitude of obstacles – ones that are self-created as well as ones induced by other people’s actions and attitudes.

In Malpas’ newest release, The Forbidden, she delivers a complex and multi-layered story that poses a series of difficult questions – ones that don’t have easy answers – even though according to the dictates of society, the conclusions should be straight forward, leaving nothing open-ended because that would go against long held beliefs.

When it comes to matters of the heart, it’s clear that nothing is black and white; lust/love makes people irrational and reckless, which means that people will do just about anything in order to revel in the raw and carnal feelings that make them feel alive and adored.

From the very beginning of Annie and Jack’s story, Malpas captures the instant and intense attraction between them; their words and their actions resonate their need for one another. They aren’t thinking rationally or about the consequences of their actions because the fuse that was lit makes it impossible to do so. It’s not that Annie and Jack don’t understand the repercussions of their lust filled actions; it’s simply that their every thought is consumed by the other and despite the fact that it is the wrong time to pursue their unexplainable connection, their hearts are controlling them, which means that any intelligent thought is lost beneath the consuming desire they have for one another. For much of the story, Annie and Jack travel this forbidden path – one that they know they should regret, but they can’t or won’t walk away from each other because that would destroy them so much more than admitting the truth of their situation.

Some readers may not be able to see past the forbidden aspect ofAnnie and Jack’s relationship, and I can’t blame them for their inability to do so. But I will say that Jodi Ellen Malpas does a fantastic job of providing a comprehensive view of their situation – one that illustrates how an independent, intelligent, and anti-relationship woman can be blind-sided by all-consuming feelings for someone she just met and one that gives insight into the life and trials of a man who seems to only come alive after he meets a woman who makes him risk everything to claim her for his own.

4.5 Poison Apples

About Jodi

Jodi Ellen Malpas wrote her debut series, The This Man Trilogy, in secret, worried about what people might think if they knew what her imagination was capable of. She was shocked herself. But she finally found the courage to unleash her creative streak and self-published THIS MAN – the first book of the This Man Trilogy – in October 2012. She took a chance on the story with a hero who soon became one of modern day fictions most prolific alpha male characters. Jesse Ward – also affectionately known as The Lord of The Manor, sparked incredible reactions from women across the globe and catapulted Jodi into the world of women’s fiction.

Jodi went on to self-publish the second book in the trilogy, Beneath This Man in Jan 2013, just before Grand Central Publishing, part of the Hachette Book Group, picked up the popular trilogy and the unknown Jodi. The third book of the trilogy, This Man Confessed, took Jodi to the top of the bestsellers lists, earning her the proud title of #1 New York Times Bestselling Author. This Man has since been voted one of the top romance novels of all time.

With so much love, enthusiasm and a thirst for her words from her readers, Jodi suddenly wasn’t afraid of her imagination anymore. She went on to write The One Night Trilogy with the delectable and mysterious Miller Hart, and stole the hearts of her readers once again. Her first stand-alone novel, THE PROTECTOR,  released in September 2016 and has since been nominated for a Reviewers’ Choice Best Book Award. Jodi’s next stand-alone novel. THE FORBIDDEN, is set for release in August 2017.

All seven of her published novels have hit the New York Times best sellers list – as well as the Sunday Times list and various international best seller lists. Her work is now published in over 24 languages across the world.

Jodi was born and raised in the Midlands town of Northampton, England, where she lives with her two boys and a beagle. She is a self-professed daydreamer, a mojito addict, is famous for her obsession with Converse, and has a terrible weak spot for Alpha Males. Writing powerful love stories and creating addictive characters has become her passion – a passion she now shares with her devoted readers


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“The Temptation Series by Ella Frank was proof that if we open our minds and our hearts to love without boundaries, the result is nothing less than extraordinary.”

— Audrey Carlan, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author

Tate, the sexy new installment in The Temptation Series by Ella Frank is coming September 12th!


Tate (Temptation #5) by Ella Frank

Publishing Date: September 12th, 2017

Genre: Contemporary MM Romance

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William Tate Morrison – The man who came into my life and turned my entire world—and me—on its ass.

Logan Mitchell has always been a man with a plan.

One for work. One for his relationship. And one for his life. Which is exactly the way he liked it—until recently.

Now with words like marriage and weddings floating around his head, Logan’s plans have suddenly changed course, and where they want him to go has him feeling somewhat distracted.

Tate Morrison knows Logan better than anybody else—or so he thinks. So when his lawyer is finding it hard to sleep at night, he chalks it up to the craziness that has recently descended on their lives.

Never in a million years would he guess what’s really on Logan’s mind. 

Tate is the fifth book in the Temptation Series, and the next chapter in the lives of the two men we have all come to know and love.

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Ella Frank is the USA Today Bestselling author of the Temptation series, including Try, Take, and Trust. Her Exquisite series has been praised as “scorching hot!” and “enticingly sexy!”

A life-long fan of the romance genre, Ella writes contemporary and erotic fiction and lives with her husband in Portland, OR.  You can reach her on the web at and on Facebook at

Some of her favorite authors include Tiffany Reisz, Kresley Cole, Riley Hart, J.R. Ward, Erika Wilde, Gena Showalter, and Carly Philips.


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Dirty Filthy Rich Love by Laurelin Paige

Release Date: September 11th

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I’ve discovered Donovan Kincaid’s secret.

It’s dirty and filthy and rich – as dirty and filthy and rich as he is – and it haunts me as much as he ever did.

Even after knowing what I know now, I still want to talk to him, to touch him. But there’s an ocean between us, and I’m not sure it can be crossed with something as easy as a phone call or a plane ride.

Yet I’m willing to try.

He doesn’t know this yet, but this time I’m the one with the power. And maybe – just maybe – if the air were cleared and all our secrets bared, there could still be a chance for us.

And this dirty, filthy thing between us might end up being love after all.




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