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The Varlet and the Voyeur, an all-new standalone in the USA Today bestselling Rugby Series from Penny Reid and L.H. Cosway is available NOW!

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He kept his salacious secret for years. But soon, everyone is going to be reading about it in their morning paper…

THE VARLET (and the VOYEUR)

William Moore is a long way from home. A farm boy from Oklahoma, he’s now the most well-respected member of the Irish rugby team. But appearances are often deceptive, and Will isn’t the clean-cut, all-American good-guy everyone imagines him to be. He’s got a secret, one that will tarnish his reputation forever.

THE VOYEUR (and the VARLET)

Josey Kavanagh is a self-proclaimed mess, but she’s finally get her shi…uh, act together. She’s set her sights on becoming a veterinarian, but there’s one teeny tiny road bump. Her living arrangements are coming to an abrupt end, leaving Josey homeless and in need of a job to pay her way through college.

THE PLAN

What he needs is a companion to keep him on the right path.

What she needs is an apartment with free rent.

Will is convinced Josey will make the perfect companion, since she’s brutally honest and basically ‘just one of the guys.’ Josey is convinced she can ensure Will doesn’t succumb to his voyeuristic proclivities by keeping a scrupulous eye on him.

Except, what happens when the varlet is tempted by the voyeur, and vice-versa?!

Perchance something very, very volatile. And vexing.

The Varlet and the Voyeur is a full-length romantic comedy novel, can be read as a standalone, and is the 4th(and last) book in the USA TODAY bestselling Rugby Series.

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Excerpt:

*Will*

When I saw how spotless the shared living space was, I allowed my curiosity to get the better of me and peeked my head into her bathroom, Rocky dancing around my feet as I entered the space. The counters were covered in woman-products, but the marble surface and sink were free of water spots, and the glass of the shower had been wiped clean.

I glanced at Rocky. He glanced at me. Bemused, I chuckled to myself, about to turn back to the door, and that’s when I spotted it.

A dildo.

A big, Pyrex dildo.

With ridges.

In the shower.

I froze, blinked, and I stared at it, my brain sluggish. Oddly, I had to remind myself to breathe. Likely because I was . . .

I was—

I was shocked.

I shook myself, tearing my eyes from it and rubbing my chest where an odd kind of pang was spreading mild warmth up my neck.

But why was I shocked?

Why should I be surprised?

Despite my never seeing her that way, Josey was a woman and women have needs.

Don’t they?

I hadn’t grown up around women—any women. My mother died when she had my youngest brother. My grandmother died before I was born. I had no sisters. We lived on a farm, way out in BFN Oklahoma.

Girls—women—and their bodies were sacred lands of the unknown to us Moore boys.

Unbidden—completely unbidden—an image of Josey flashed through my mind’s eye. Her full lips parted, her big eyes closed, causing her thick black lashes to catch droplets of water before they dripped over her sharp cheekbones. Her head would be lolled back as shower spray melted bubbles of slippery soap, sliding down her bare skin as they dissolved. Her legs would be parted, and maybe one hand would be braced against the wall of the shower while the other moved in a steady rhythm.

Holding that huge, glass dildo.

I swallowed a sudden rush of salvia and, unable to help myself, I leaned closer to the sex toy, examining it and comparing its size against my own.

I was bigger.

But not by much.

And for some reason, this realization made me instantly hard.

Crap.

Of course I knew Josey was a woman, but until this moment, I’d never really thought of her that way. Not even the tampon-mountain drove the point home. Up until this point, she was someone I liked as a person, someone who made me laugh, who was smart and compassionate, someone around whom I felt completely comfortable. A good—no, a great companion.

She was still all of those things, except—

Except now I’ve pictured her naked.

Meet Penny Reid:

Penny Reid is the Wall Street Journal and USA Today Bestselling Author of the Winston Brothers and Knitting in the City series. She used to spend her days writing federal grant proposals as a biomedical researcher, but now she just writes books. She’s also a full time mom to three diminutive adults, wife, daughter, knitter, crocheter, sewer, general crafter, and thought ninja.

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Meet L.H. Cosway:

L.H. Cosway has a BA in English Literature and Greek and Roman Civilisation, and an MA in Postcolonial Literature. She lives in Dublin city. Her inspiration to write comes from music. Her favorite things in life include writing stories, vintage clothing, dark cabaret music, food, musical comedy, and of course, books.

She thinks that imperfect people are the most interesting kind. They tell the best stories.

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The Rugby Series by Penny Reid and L.H. Cosway

Contemporary Romance/Sports Romance

I received an advanced copy of this book. I swooned. Then I wrote this review.

The Varlet and the Voyeur

Overall Rating: 4 (sXe)

 

Quick & Dirty summary: William Moore is the All-American boy on the Irish Rugby team. Quiet, sweet, and a true gentleman, Will doesn’t draw too much attention to himself. That is, until a scandal outs Will’s secret love life. Will will do what it takes to make sure he stays on the straight and narrow so the rugby team isn’t negatively impacted, even going so far as to hire a babysitter. Josey couldn’t be a better babysitter if she tried. She’s outspoken, she’s transparent, and she desperately needs a new place to live. But when Josey herself becomes a temptation for Will, the two must figure out how to navigate their working/living/loving? relationship.

I love Josey. She is awkward, and nothing makes me happier than seeing the klutzy girl get the guy. I don’t think I’m spoiling anything by saying that. But Will was a surprise to me-a good surprise! He is much darker than I expected. He is the perfect leading man because he has a lot of depth under those manners.

The pacing of the novel is great. The dialogue is wonderful. And I read this book in a snap because I couldn’t put it down. Really, there is nothing for me to complain about. Except, you knew there was going to be an “except,” the central conflict toward the end of the book had me a little baffled. It didn’t quite gel for me. That’s a personal issue and I’m sure when you read the book you won’t think twice about it.

I think this may be my new favorite book in this series. I do love Brian a lot, but Will and Josey together and magical.

Is it worth buying? (Kindle $5.99)
Yes. This story will make your heart burst with longing and love. It’s relatively expensive on my stingy scale of ebooks, but you’ll love it. And it’s free in Kindle Unlimited.

Something else you might enjoy:
Try Painted Faces by L.H. Cosway. There’s nothing about the story that is overtly similar to The Varlet and the Voyeur, except that the hero seems to have a secret, at least at the beginning of the story.

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The Varlet and the Voyeur, an all-new standalone in the USA Today bestselling Rugby Series from Penny Reid and L.H. Cosway is LIVE!

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He kept his salacious secret for years. But soon, everyone is going to be reading about it in their morning paper…

THE VARLET (and the VOYEUR)

William Moore is a long way from home. A farm boy from Oklahoma, he’s now the most well-respected member of the Irish rugby team. But appearances are often deceptive, and Will isn’t the clean-cut, all-American good-guy everyone imagines him to be. He’s got a secret, one that will tarnish his reputation forever.

THE VOYEUR (and the VARLET)

Josey Kavanagh is a self-proclaimed mess, but she’s finally get her shi…uh, act together. She’s set her sights on becoming a veterinarian, but there’s one teeny tiny road bump. Her living arrangements are coming to an abrupt end, leaving Josey homeless and in need of a job to pay her way through college.

THE PLAN

What he needs is a companion to keep him on the right path.

What she needs is an apartment with free rent.

Will is convinced Josey will make the perfect companion, since she’s brutally honest and basically ‘just one of the guys.’ Josey is convinced she can ensure Will doesn’t succumb to his voyeuristic proclivities by keeping a scrupulous eye on him.

Except, what happens when the varlet is tempted by the voyeur, and vice-versa?!

Perchance something very, very volatile. And vexing.

The Varlet and the Voyeur is a full-length romantic comedy novel, can be read as a standalone, and is the 4th(and last) book in the USA TODAY bestselling Rugby Series.

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Download your copy today or read FREE in Kindle Unlimited!

Amazon US: https://amzn.to/2l89gDn

Amazon Universal: http://mybook.to/TheVarlet

Add to GoodReads: https://bit.ly/2jqFMiU

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Meet Penny Reid:

Penny Reid is the Wall Street Journal and USA Today Bestselling Author of the Winston Brothers and Knitting in the City series. She used to spend her days writing federal grant proposals as a biomedical researcher, but now she just writes books. She’s also a full time mom to three diminutive adults, wife, daughter, knitter, crocheter, sewer, general crafter, and thought ninja.

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Connect with Penny:

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Meet L.H. Cosway:

L.H. Cosway has a BA in English Literature and Greek and Roman Civilisation, and an MA in Postcolonial Literature. She lives in Dublin city. Her inspiration to write comes from music. Her favorite things in life include writing stories, vintage clothing, dark cabaret music, food, musical comedy, and of course, books.

She thinks that imperfect people are the most interesting kind. They tell the best stories.

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Connect with L.H. Cosway:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LHCosway/

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McGavin Brothers-Kendra’s Book!

The McGavin Brothers Series by Vicki Lewis Thompson

Contemporary Romance/Western

I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I liked it & I reviewed it–simple as that.

 

A Cowboy’s Charm (Book 9)

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Overall Rating: 4 (sXe)

Quick & Dirty summary: Quinn Sawyer and Kendra McGavin are experienced enough to know the difference between friends and lovers. The attraction they feel is mutual, but with Quinn’s home being an 8 hour drive from Eagles Nest, there’s isn’t much hope for a romantic relationship. Despite the obstacles in front of them, Kendra and Quinn know how special it is to find someone special.

I love that this book focuses on a more mature romance. Kendra is actually quite young for having 5 adult sons, so it feels like a mature romance only because she has adult kids wandering around her farm. I won’t give away any spoilers, but Kendra struggles a little with her identity, as Quinn poses a change to her routine and sense of self. I love this aspect of the book. It gives it depth and some conflict that isn’t driven by external drama.

This is a relatively short book, so the pacing is quick, but my one wish is the author had spent more time filling in some of the scenes. Don’t get me wrong, the character development is strong, especially because we’ve gotten to know Kendra and Quinn in previous books, but I wish we got to see more of them. One scene that comes to mind is when Quinn drives through the night-I would have loved to have seen more of that.

In any case, this is a great book. I am happy that Vicki Lewis Thompson tackled it, especially since we get to see Kendra, especially, over the course of the series.

Is it worth buying? (Kindle $0.99)

This is a well-written book and at just under a dollar, is a great buy!

Something else you might enjoy:

You should read the previous books in the series. It will make this book more enjoyable.

This Book Touched My Soul (Seriously)

Marriage of Inconvenience

 

Knitting in the City Series book 7 by Penny Reid

Contemporary Romance

 

I received a free copy of this book because I’m a lucky woman. This book touched my heart and I had to share it with you. This book is a standalone novel, technically, but it is the final book in a series with a lot of characters, so it’s best read in order.

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Overall Rating: 4.5 (sXe)

 

Quick & Dirty summary: Kat Turner and Dan O’Malley have been giving each other the eye for a while now. When Kat finds herself in a jam, she turns to Dan the Security Man (see what I did there with rhyming?). Dan has kept his eye on Kat for a while, so he’s happy to help, even if helping means marrying.

I love this book. I love it so much for so many reasons it’s difficult to elucidate them all. The most immediately obvious thing I love about this book is Dan & Kat. I love them as individuals but together they are magic. They have great chemistry and make an ideal partnership.

More generally, this book is very dynamic. It moves along at a great pace. There is not a lot of angst, so if you’re into love triangles or over-the-top drama, you’re out of luck. There’s a bit of intrigue in this novel, kind of like the first book in the series, which drives the plot along in interesting ways. And like all of Penny Reid’s books, there is a great sense of character development.

One of the most powerful ways Kat and Dan grow over the course of the book is in regards to Kat’s past and family. I don’t want to give away anything, but Kat’s story resonated with me on a very deep and personal level. Her fears and insecurities are ones I have experienced first-hand and reading her story meant so much to me. To read about someone who has gone through some of the same things I’ve gone through makes me feel less alone. Not to put too fine a point on it, but immediately after finishing the book, I sent Penny a message because I couldn’t NOT share how much I felt for this book. And Penny, being a wonderful person, was kind enough to message me back and share a little bit more about this story. It’s well-worth the read.

Is it worth buying? (Kindle $5.99)

Yes.

Something else you might enjoy:

Try the Geek Tycoon by Vicki Lewis Thompson. It has a little bit of corporate espionage and there isn’t a lot of drama. It is also the first book in a series, so it’s very accessible.

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There are three things you need to know about Kat Tanner (aka Kathleen Tyson. . . and yes, she is *that* Kathleen Tyson): 1) She’s determined to make good decisions, 2) She must get married ASAP, and 3) She knows how to knit.

Being a billionaire heiress isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. In fact, it sucks. Determined to live a quiet life, Kat Tanner changed her identity years ago and eschewed her family’s legacy. But now, Kat’s silver spoon past has finally caught up with her, and so have her youthful mistakes. To avoid imminent disaster, she must marry immediately; it is essential that the person she chooses have no romantic feelings for her whatsoever and be completely trustworthy.

Fortunately, she knows exactly who to ask. Dan O’Malley checks all the boxes: single, romantically indifferent to her, completely trustworthy. Sure, she might have a wee little crush on Dan the Security Man, but with clear rules, expectations, and a legally binding contract, Kat is certain she can make it through this debacle with her sanity—and heart—all in one piece.

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Meet Penny Reid:

Penny Reid is the USA Today Bestselling Author of the Winston Brothers and Knitting in the City series. When she’s not immersed in penning smart romances, Penny works in the biotech industry as a researcher. She’s also a full time mom to three diminutive adults, wife, daughter, knitter, crocheter, sewer, general crafter, and thought ninja.

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An Inventive Retelling of a Fairy Tale

Written in the Stars Series by Brittany Holland

Contemporary Romance

Happy Ever Never (Book 1)

I received a free copy of this book. I decided to review it because I like it.

Happy Ever Never

Overall Rating: 3.5 (sXe)

Quick & Dirty summary: Willow and Piers had promised to be together forever starting with a blood bond when they were nine. But broken promises and people determined to keep them apart cause Willow to flee. After a tragedy brings Piers back into Willow’s life, secrets are revealed and people’s motives are made clear. Will the last wishes of a loved one help bring Willow and Piers back together again or have the secrets ruined their young love?

This is a story based around the fairytale of Peter Pan. It’s not a simple retelling, which I enjoy. Piers and Willow are both likeable characters. They are sympathetic and their shared past makes their love story sweet and believable. I’m looking forward to the other books in the series, especially if they are based on the secondary characters who make up the Lost Boys group.

I did have some problems with this book, though. The main problem I had was it felt very disjointed. There are parts where the writing is smooth and the dialogue is realistic. But there are other parts where I felt like I was dropped into the middle of a different story, or a story where I missed some details.

Despite that, I had a fun time reading the book. It’s sweet and it made me feel good. I do want to say that the summary on Amazon did not make sense to me after finishing the book. So, if the summary puts you off, I think you should see if the summary I wrote above is more inline with your interests.

Is it worth buying? (Kindle $2.99)
I don’t think I’d buy it, but I do think it’s worth a read through Kindle Unlimited or your local library. It’s a sweet book that will revive your belief in love.

Something else you might enjoy:
You have to read An Offer From a Gentleman by Julia Quinn. It’s the third book in one of my favorite series of all time, the Bridgertons. It’s a take on the Cinderella story and you don’t have to read the entire series to read this book.

 

Judgement Road by Christine Feehan

Torpedo Ink Series by Christine Feehan

Contemporary Romance

Judgement Road (Book 1)

 

I received a free copy of this book through NetGalley.

 

Judgement Road

Overall Rating: 3.5 (sXe)

Quick & Dirty summary: Reaper has turned off his sexuality. He is a killer. He was trained to be a killer since he was a young child. And he’ll do anything he can to protect the motorcycle club that is his adopted family. Anya is thankful for her job working at a motorcycle bar. She’s settled in and everyone seems to like her except Reaper. But Anya has a dangerous secret.

This is a great first book in a new series. I really enjoyed the dynamics of the Torpedo Ink motorcycle club. The backstory is really interesting and Reaper’s past is just heartbreaking. Anya is a very likable character and the dynamics between her and Reaper are strong.

There is also a lot of action in this book. Guns are blazing, people die and there’s a bit of suspense. Torpedo Ink is a dangerous club and is not for the faint of heart. I cannot wait for more books in the series.

Is it worth buying? (Kindle $7.99)

I enjoyed this book a lot, but it’s too much money for me. I’d recommend borrowing it from the library. That being said, if you are really into MC romance novels, then it might be good to get on the ground floor with this series.

Something else you might enjoy:

Try Reaper’s Property by Joanna Wylde. It’s another edgy motorcycle club book and it’s the first in a long series.