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Guest Review on a Sneak Peak of The Ones Who Got Away by Roni Loren

Posted May 4, 2017 by Tracy in Reviews | 2 Comments

Reviewer: Tracy
The Ones Who Got Away by Roni Loren
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca
Publication Date: January 2nd 2018
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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four-stars

A fresh new contemporary romance from New York Times and USA Today bestseller Roni Loren that will rock your world.

Twelve years ago, tragedy struck the senior class of Long Acre High School. Only a small number of students survived, a group the media dubbed as The Ones Who Got Away.

Now, web designer Liv Arias, along with the rest of the survivors, have returned to the small Texas town to tell their stories for a documentary. Which means Liv seeing former star-athlete and old flame Finn Dorsey. A lot happened between them that night and Liv is ready to end their decade-long riff and move on. But when her attempt at closure turns into a steamy kiss, moving on proves much more difficult than either of them thought...

Liv's words cut off as Finn got closer. The man approaching was nothing like the boy she'd known. The bulky football muscles had streamlined into a harder, leaner package. The smooth face was now dusted with scruff, and the look in his deep green eyes held no trace of boyish innocence. A thousand things were in those eyes. A thousand things welled up in Liv.

Liv doesn’t really want to be back in her hometown talking about the tragedy that changed her entire life.  She certainly doesn’t want to see Finn as he had a big hand in her experience during the tragedy.  Despite that she can’t help but be attracted to the man that Finn’s become, remembering all the great times they had in high school, even if no one but the two of them knew about their relationship.  Liv just wants to give her interview and get back home, but once Finn kisses her she’s not sure what she wants.

I just got a short sneak peak at The One Who Got Away but it left me completely intrigued – and frustrated that I it ended so soon!  I’ve loved the books I’ve read by Loren and I have a feeling I’ll like this one just as much.  TOWGA obviously has a highly emotional and touchy subject – a mass shooting at a high school – and one that we hear about way too often these days.  I admire Loren for having this romance set post-tragedy and can’t wait to see how she handles the characters with all of their survivor’s guilt.  I think it’s gonna be a great read and can’t wait until January 2018 when it comes out.

four-stars


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Blog Tour: Loving You Easy by Roni Loren

Posted September 16, 2016 by Holly in Promotions | 0 Comments

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Loving You Easy is the ninth book in Roni Loren’s Loving on the Edge series and it’s already getting some fabulous reviews. This series has gone on my wish list so we’re happy to be featuring this book on the blog today.

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Loving You Easy by Roni Loren
Loving on the Edge Series #9
Releases on September 6, 2016 by Berkley

Three lovers really click in the latest from the New York Times bestselling author of Call on Me—

Cora has an amazing sex life. She’s beautiful, daring, and the most popular submissive in Hayven. Too bad none of it’s real…

IT specialist Cora Benning has figured out the key to her formerly disastrous love life—make it virtual. In the online world of Hayven, she’s free of her geek girl image and can indulge her most private fantasies with a sexy, mysterious master without anyone in her life discovering her secrets. Until her information is hacked and she finds herself working to fix the breach under two very powerful men—one who seems all too familiar…

Best friends and business partners Ren Muroya and Hayes Fox were once revered dominants. Then Hayes was wrongfully sent to prison and everything changed. Ren wants to get back to who they were. Hayes can’t risk it. But when they discover the new IT specialist is their online fascination, and that she’s never felt a dominant’s touch, the temptation to turn virtual into reality becomes all too great…

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Excerpt

Cora inhaled through her nose, trying to calm herself. She should be okay. The party was crowded and blending in shouldn’t be a problem.

She moved through the main part of the room, grabbing a glass of wine off a passing waiter’s tray and scanning faces for Grace. Usually her friend was hard to miss, but Cora didn’t see her blond head anywhere. Dammit.

She spotted a table in the farthest spot from the hallway. Two women were sitting there, but there was a chair free. She headed that way and retrieved her phone from her purse so she could text Grace.

The women looked up when she reached their table. Cora smiled. “Hi, do you mind if I sit?”

The older of the two women waved a hand. “Not at all, please do. We were just about to go to the bar anyway.”

“Oh, you don’t have to get up. I—”

But they were already up and gathering their things.

God. She was apparently wearing people repellant tonight. She resisted doing a sniff test to make sure her deodorant was working and then plopped down in one of the chairs. The last thing she wanted to do was sit at a table alone again, but she needed to text Grace, and standing around with no one to talk to looked even more conspicuous. She set down her wine so she could type two-thumbed.

Cora: Where r u??? #911

The message sent, but as Cora stared at the screen, no little dots popped up to indicate that Grace was responding. “Come on, where the hell are you?”

She opened up her favorites list, ready to call Grace until she answered, but before she could hit the button to dial, a hand planted on the table right next to Cora’s wine, rattling the glass.

She startled but didn’t look up. That hand was all she could focus on. Because somehow, she knew. Tan skin and long fingers, the edge of a colorful tattoo peeking out from a shirt cuff.

Cora prayed for a trap door. An eject button. An invisibility cloak.

None appeared.

In one fluid motion, the chair across from her was pulled out and dragged closer. Her guest slid into the spot. Uninvited. Unapologetic. His mere presence demanded she respond. There was a sense of… provocation. Almost a dare. Cora forced herself to look up.

Shit. The curse almost slipped out.

It was worse than she’d thought—the looking. The guy could’ve just stepped off the red carpet. Charcoal suit, plum-colored T-shirt, a mess of perfectly styled jet-black hair, and a face that was so beautiful it’d almost seem feminine if not for the hard angle of his jaw and the shadow of stubble. This was a guy who knew he looked good and wasn’t afraid to use it like a weapon.

He gave her an unreadable smile. “This seat taken?”

Her throat felt like it’d narrowed to nothing, but she forced words out. “Seems a little late to ask.”

The man’s coal eyes sparkled, like he was in on some eternal joke. And he was. He knew. Somehow in this sea of people he’d picked out the girl from the dark. He knew she’d just watched him get off in the hallway, and she couldn’t play it off.

“I’m sorry.” She blurted—too loud, too sharp. One hundred percent without grace. Fantastic.

He leaned back in his chair, grabbed a drink off a passing waiter’s tray, and hooked an ankle over his knee, looking like he could literally be comfortable anywhere with anyone. “You were there first. Maybe I should apologize. Though, what you were doing all alone in the dark has got me curious.”

She cleared her throat, trying to tap the brakes on her body’s railroading response to this man. He was a stranger, but they’d shared this intensely sexual moment. Her wires were crossed, her body confused. “I was just trying to find a quiet place to make a call. But I… couldn’t get a good signal. Then… you walked in with your… a woman.”

He smiled and his gaze strayed toward the bar. Cora couldn’t help but follow it. It’s like he’d put his hand on her head to make it turn. At the bar, a woman with a long ponytail and blue maxi dress was in the arms of a man with salt-and-pepper hair. They were kissing—a little too passionately for this kind of party.

And Cora couldn’t help it—she had the thought. Can he taste this man’s come on his girlfriend’s lips? The thought tripped a wire inside her. One it shouldn’t. Her cheeks burned. “If you’re worried that I’m going to say anything, I’m not. Not my business.”

“You’re right. It’s not.” Her companion looked back to her, a secret smile playing around the edges of his mouth. “But it wouldn’t matter if you did. He already knows. He was the one who set it up.”

Cora’s lips parted. On some level, she knew that kind of thing happened. She was no innocent. But she couldn’t hide her knee-jerk reaction or shake off the sense that this man was toying with her. “Then why did you come over here? If you’re not worried about me outing you?”

He frowned, a line appearing between his dark brows. “I don’t recognize you. Have you been to one of Grant’s parties before?”

She straightened. Technically, she wasn’t crashing this thing. Grace’s boss had been the one to get the invite and had let Grace come on his behalf with a plus one. But Cora suddenly felt one hundred percent out of her league and like she’d been left out of some joke. Not that she was going to let this guy know that. “No. Haven’t had time to get to one before now.”

“Well, then I’m over here because things seen out of context by those who don’t know what they’re looking at can be misconstrued and get people in trouble. From the outside looking in, what happened could look… non-consensual. I needed to make sure you understood.”

“You needed to cover your ass. Got it,” she said, unsure why it came out with a biting edge to it. “You’re good.”

His eyebrow arched and he shifted forward in his seat, bracing his forearms on his thighs and pinning her with that gaze. “Plus, I thought I should know the name of the woman who chose to stay and watch while another woman sucked me off.”

The words hit her like a stun gun. Zap! And all she could hear in her head was him saying, Suck it.

Suck. It.

She should be offended, disgusted. They should not be having this conversation. Instead, her heart tried to pound out of her chest and her skin went tingly. “You don’t need my name.”

“Mmm.” He nodded. “True. But you want to tell me anyway. Just like you wanted to stay longer and watch it all.”

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About the Author

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Roni wrote her first romance novel at age fifteen when she discovered writing about boys was way easier than actually talking to them. Since then, her flirting skills haven’t improved, but she likes to think her storytelling ability has. Though she’ll forever be a New Orleans girl at heart, she now lives in Dallas with her husband and son.

If she’s not working on her latest sexy story, you can find her reading, watching reality television, or indulging in her unhealthy addiction to rockstars, er, rock concerts. Yeah, that’s it. She is the National Bestselling Author of The Loving on the Edge series from Berkley Heat.


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Guest Review: Wanderlust by Roni Loren

Posted July 19, 2016 by Tracy in Reviews | 0 Comments

Guest Review: Wanderlust by Roni LorenReviewer: Tracy
Wanderlust by Roni Loren
Published by Penguin, Intermix
Publication Date: July 19th 2016
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four-stars

Restaurant critic Aubrey Bordelon is never at a loss for words to describe her meals in the fancy restaurants of New Orleans. But after her magazine’s high-profile music reporter falls ill, she finds herself out of her element and in a sea of screaming fans awaiting Wanderlust’s lead singer, Lex Logan. The sound of his voice gives her goosebumps, and the stage presence of the hard-bodied rock star takes her breath away. So when he pulls her onstage for a sexy stunt, she knows she’s in real trouble.

Lex doesn’t want to pretend that the sparks on stage between him and Aubrey never happened, but it certainly makes the fact that she’s writing a story on his band all the more dangerous. The last thing he needs is some nosy reporter revealing their problems to the world. But the sexy Southern belle doesn’t give up easily, and soon he’s wondering if the best way to chase her off the story is to coax her into his bed…

Aubrey is a bit uncomfortable with her new assignment.  She’s to spend a week with the band Wanderlust and write a story about it for the magazine she works for. Unfortunately, that’s not really her thing as she’s a restaurant critic.  She may not be thrilled with the assignment but when she’s in the concert the lead singer of Wanderlust captures her attention.  When she’s pulled up on stage so that Lex Logan, lead singer, can do a body shot off of her, Aubrey knows she shouldn’t but she can’t help herself.

Meeting Lex back stage after the concert isn’t what Lex thought it would be.  He thought he was going to get to meet the hot brunette he brought up on stage but he gets the buttoned-up reporter instead.  He doesn’t want to do the interview as he only agreed to it because his friend Nick works for the magazine.  Though Nick has appendicitis Lex still has to go through with the interview.  He decides that if he sleeps with Aubrey (which would be absolutely no hardship) then he can get her off the story as he could claim conflict of interest, etc.  Lex doesn’t count on getting to know Aubrey and getting to like her more and more.

Aubrey tries to fight Lex and the attraction she feels for him but he turns out to be a much better person than she thought at first.  She finds herself falling in love with him but she knows nothing can come of it because he’ll be leaving town soon and Aubrey will be left alone to deal with her inner demons.

This was another great story from Roni Loren.  When I first read her novella, Nice Girls Don’t Ride, I knew she was someone I needed to read more of in the future.  The characters in Loren’s books are just so normal.  They deal with normal problems in their lives but they deal with them well. Loren always drags me into a book and I don’t want to put it down until I’m done.

In this story I wasn’t sure if I liked Lex at first because he seemed like a bit of an ass (that’s what Aubrey thought as well) but as I read on I saw that he was a much nicer person.  Lex got close to Aubrey pretty quickly and discovered that she’d been living a pretty hard life for the past few years.  He got to see another side to Aubrey when he was with her and he realized that that was the real Aubrey, not the stick in the mud she tried to be.  Lex worked to get Aubrey to break out of her stiff mold but her parents and her past wouldn’t let her do that.  He was really a nice guy and I loved how he tried so hard for her.

Aubrey had so many problems she was dealing with.  Her dad was running for mayor of New Orleans and wanted Aubrey to be the perfect daughter.  Unfortunately, she wasn’t and they didn’t let her forget it.  She had been responsible for the death of her sister and it wasn’t bad enough that it ate her up inside every day, her parents had to look at her and make her feel worse.  I truly wanted to hurt her parents in many ways.  Asses.  Aubrey, once she let herself relax was a girl who loved life and Lex helped her see that she needed to live it instead of doing what everyone else wanted her to do.  Their relationship had its issues at first but in the end they were more than good and they made me smile with how it all ended.

Overall a really great story, a good romance and one I definitely recommend.  If you haven’t read any books by Roni Loren I would suggest you do so – I don’t think you’ll be sorry.

Rating: 4 out of 5

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Guest Review: Yours All Along by Roni Loren

Posted June 29, 2015 by Tracy in Reviews | 1 Comment

Guest Review: Yours All Along by Roni LorenReviewer: Tracy
Yours All Along by Roni Loren
Series: Loving on the Edge #7.5
Published by Intermix
Publication Date: June 16, 2015
Genres: M/M
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four-stars

Four years after an accident tore their friendship apart, Hunter and Devon are living separate lives. Hunter is now the all-America hero—a congressman’s son and a pro pitcher in Houston preparing to marry his beauty-queen girlfriend. Devon is in Dallas running a new restaurant.

But when Hunter unexpectedly shows up in Devon’s bar, Devon can’t turn him away. Damn it if the man isn’t still gorgeous. But engaged? Hell no. All he’s doing for Devon is bringing back memories of their college-roommate days, and the night their relationship went too far. Turns out Hunter has never forgotten it either.

Now Devon can’t help but be drawn in all over again by the only guy who’s ever gotten close enough to break his heart. Maybe one more night together would be enough for both of them to finally move on. Or maybe one night will change everything…

Tracy’s review of Yours All Along (Loving on the Edge #7.5) by Roni Loren

Hunter feels like he’s suffocating. His fiancé is constantly talking about wedding arrangements and the wedding is still 3 months away. She finally realizes that he needs a break and decides to send him to a resort where a friend of hers works. He heads down there but ends up at the restaurant where his one time best friend, Devon, works. Hunter gets drunk on wine and Devon ends up driving him to his hotel. While in the car Hunter thinks back on their friendship and its abrupt ending four years before.

Back in college they had been in the same fraternity. Devon was gay and out and Hunter had no problem with that, unlike the other guys in the house. Hunter volunteered to room with Devon and from there their friendship grew. With their easy relationship and kidding around soon the other guys in the house were treating Devon like one of the guys. Devon loved his best friend but he was also in love with him. One night sharing the same bed (after another frat house pranked them) the walls came down between them and soon they were sharing more than a bed.

I’ve only read one story by Roni Loren and that was an m/f romance novella. I really liked her style so when I saw Yours All Along I had to see what it had to offer. I’m so glad I read it because it was just a sweet story.

I really liked both Hunter and Devon as characters. While most of the book was a flashback to college there was enough in present time to satisfy my curiosity about them. I liked them as young men and as full grown adults as well. I felt they were perfect for each other and adored the chemistry between them. Even when Devon was pissed off at his friend you could tell he cared about him.

I didn’t think the ending was abrupt exactly, but it ended with Hunter’s decision to be who he was. I wish we would have gotten a little bit more at the end of the book with regard to the fall out that was bound to occur from Hunter’s revelation about his love for Devon. I would have loved to have had Hunters father’s expression described when he found out he couldn’t control his sons decisions any longer. That would have been awesome. lol

In the end I thought it was a very sweet and lovely story. I love friends to lovers stories and this sexy little novella hit the spot.

Rating: 4 out of 5

This title is available from InterMix. You can buy it here or here in e-format. This book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

four-stars


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Guest Review: Nice Girls Don’t Ride by Roni Loren

Posted April 16, 2015 by Tracy in Reviews | 1 Comment

Guest Review: Nice Girls Don’t Ride by Roni LorenReviewer: Tracy
Nice Girls Don't Ride by Roni Loren
Published by Penguin
Publication Date: April 21st 2015
Genres: New Adult
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four-half-stars

Natalie Bourne thinks she has the perfect night planned for her twenty-first birthday. But when her car breaks down and her boyfriend bails on her, she’s left stranded in an auto shop dealing with a way too cocky, way too hot mechanic, who seems to be intent on pushing every button she has.Monroe Hawkins knows he shouldn’t be messing with a girl from the uppity private college. Especially when he can tell she sees him as the help. But he’s having trouble resisting the redhead with the smart mouth and the killer legs. So when Natalie’s night goes from bad to worse, there’s no way he’s letting her spend her birthday alone. He makes her a deal—he’ll take her home but not until the sun comes up.Ten hours, one motorcycle, and the city of Austin at their fingertips…things are about to take a major detour. And soon, there may be no U-turn in sight.

Tracy’s review of Nice Girls Don’t Ride by Roni Loren.

Natalie is having a crappy 21st birthday and it only goes downhill after her car breaks down. Luckily she’s saved by a good Samaritan tow truck driver, Monroe, who happens along. He takes her back to the auto shop to try to fix her car while she tries to get in touch with her boyfriend so he can pick her up.

When she finally get in touch with Caleb he lets her know that he’s working and won’t be able to get away but she soon finds out that’s all a lie. Not only is he free but he’s using the reservation he had for HER birthday to take another girl out. Natalie figures this out soon after and goes to confront him with a little help from Monroe – who had offered to drive her home.

Natalie gives her bastard boyfriend the what-for but then just wants to wallow in her pity. Monroe makes her see that Caleb isn’t worth crying about and he proposes another idea – stay up all night and have the kind of fun she couldn’t have with her uptight ex. Natalie decides to take Monroe up on his offer and it’s soon obvious that it’s going to be the best night of either of their lives.

This was such a cute novella. I loved almost every minute of reading it – even if parts were a little unlikely. I thought that Monroe and Natalie were just so adorable together and so perfectly matched.

The blurb makes you think that Monroe is all bad boy biker but he’s got more to him than meets the eye and a soft spot in his heart for family. He really was wonderful and pretty perfect – despite that love of eighties metal. lol

What Natalie went through on her birthday really sucked but she was smart enough to realize that Caleb was a jerk. There wasn’t any hoping they’d get back together, etc. and I admired Natalie’s intelligence in that matter.

I was happy that things turned out for both Natalie and Monroe in the end. I smiled a lot throughout the book but the last part gave me an “awww” moment and had me grinning from ear to ear. Yes, yes, I am a sap. 🙂

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

This title is available from InterMix. You can buy it here or here in e-format. This book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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