Lili Valente has slept under the stars in Greece, eaten dinner at midnight with French men who couldn’t be trusted to keep their mouths on their food, and walked alone through Munich’s red light district after dark and lived to tell the tale.
These days you can find her writing in a tent beside the sea, drinking coconut water and thinking delightfully dirty thoughts.
It may be Winter Games, but the bedroom games are about to begin…
Competing in South Korea on the world stage is hard enough.
Having to spend the entire press tour beforehand with a woman who hates me?
Karma really is a bitch.
While she’s spent the last four years loathing me, I’ve spent them ignoring the guilt that gnaws at my stomach.
All Mia Salter cares about is that I’m her brother’s ex-best friend and it’s her duty to hate me. The funny thing is, I barely noticed her back when she was trying to keep up with us on the slopes. Now, as both of us prepare to go for gold, I’m seeing her in a whole different light—and it involves a whole lotta different positions.
No one said the path to the Olympics would be easy.
I turn my attention back to Candice. “So, are we celebrating something?” I ask.
“Great idea.” Candice raises her hand to flag down the waitress.
The red-haired waitress, Natalie, stops at the edge of our table, an array of empty hot chocolate mugs on her tray. “Hey Rogue,” she says and then looks across the booth from me. “Mia.” Her eyes widen and she does a double take at the both of us.
Yeah, you got it right. Grady Kale and Mia Salter are sitting at the same table together.
“What can I get you?” she grants Candice her undivided attention.
“I need a bottle of champagne.”
“I don’t drink champagne,” I mumble.
“Me either,” Mia murmurs.
Candice’s attention moves from me to Mia and then back to Natalie. “Well, I do. Just a glass then.”
“I’ll grab that for you now.” Her hand lands on the edge of the table, pausing for a second. “Rogue, do you want anything else?”
Mia scoffs, but when my gaze shoots in her direction, she pretends to concentrate on her Bloody Mary.
“Um…yeah, Nat, can you grab me an Amstel?”
Nat’s knuckles knock the wood table. “Sure thing.”
She’s a good distance away before Mia’s gaze stops following her. She has to know Nat, she’s the owner’s daughter and one of Mia’s biggest fans.
“Surprise, surprise, another female who caters to Grady.”
Candice ignores Mia’s snide comment. “What’s up with the Rogue thing?” she asks, sipping her mix drink.
Mia snickers, twirling her celery around in her drink. “That’s what they call him because he only cares about himself.” She looks across the table, daring me to argue with her.
“How’s that?” Candice asks, a little warily.
I bet she knows for sure now that having both of us as clients is a bad idea.
“My friends started calling me that when I was younger because of the tricks I’d do. I’d try stuff no one else would dare to.” My eyes bore over at Mia, but apparently her drink is still more interesting than me because she can’t meet my gaze. “I set myself apart.”
“More like you isolated yourself. I think your nickname should be changed to Ogre.” She laughs to herself, pulling the piece of celery from her drink, smiling to herself.
“Okay, you two. I know there’s history, but we have to remain professional,” Candice says.
“Ogre, huh? I don’t think you were staring at me yesterday like I was Shrek.”
Nat comes back, placing a glass of champagne in front of Candice and a beer down in front of me. I lift the bottle to my lips as Nat slides a plate of pickles, celery, olives and a pepperoni stick in front of Mia.
“Thanks, Nat.” She grabs the pepperoni stick and chomps down on it aggressively. “I love biting down on a good piece of meat.”
Nat glances to me and then hurries off to help some other customers. I wish I could go with her.
“There wouldn’t be a problem if you kept us in our assigned corners,” I say to Candice.
“Unfortunately, that’s not a possibility. Why do you think I’m celebrating?” She lifts her champagne.
Mia’s foot falls to the floor and she lets the celery plop back down into her glass then leans forward, fixing her eyes on Candice.
I swivel in my seat, giving Candice all my attention.
“What exactly are you celebrating?” I ask.
Candice’s smokey grey eyes move between the two of us and then she plasters on the fakest smile I’ve ever witnessed, and I’ve seen many. “You were both chosen to represent the snowboarding team on a press tour. Yay!”
Mia leans back in the booth, downing the rest of her Bloody Mary. “Not going to happen.”
Once again, Mia Salter and I see eye-to-eye about something.
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I am a huge fan of Piper Rayne so when I heard they were writing a new series I was stoked. Cold as Ice is a phenomenal start to this series about a group of snowboarders and their journey to the Winter Classics. It’s funny and romantic and the characters are so much fun and easy to relate to even with them being professional snowboarders.
Grady is sexy and I loved him a lot! Mia is such a strong female character and I want her to be my best friend. I loved these two together and I really enjoyed their story. As always the supporting characters were great as well and I can’t wait to read the next story in this series. I already know that I want to know as much as I can about these couples which is pretty much par for the course when it comes to Piper Rayne’s books.
Rating: 5 stars
About Piper Rayne:
Piper Rayne, or Piper and Rayne, whichever you prefer because we’re not one author, we’re two. Yep, you get two USA Today Bestselling authors for the price of one. You might be wondering if you know us? Maybe you’ll read our books and figure it out. Maybe you won’t. Does it really matter?
We aren’t trying to stamp ourselves with a top-secret label. We wanted to write without apology. We wanted to not be pigeon-holed into a specific type of story. Everyone has their favorite authors, right? And when you pick up their books, you expect something from them. Whether it’s an alpha male, heavy angst, a happily ever after, there’s something you are absolutely certain the book will contain. Heck, we’re readers, too, we get it!
All that, AND we thought it’d be a helluva lot more fun if we did this writing thing together!
What can we tell you about ourselves? We both have kindle’s full of one-clickable books. We’re both married to husbands who drive us to drink. We’re both chauffeurs to our kids. Most of all, we love hot heroes, quirky heroines that make us laugh, and lots of sexy times. Here’s hoping you do, too!
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When sexy Joe Malone never calls after their explosive kiss, Kylie shoves him out of her mind. Until she needs a favor, and it’s a doozy. Something precious to her has been stolen and there’s only one person with unique finder-and-fixer skills that can help—Joe. It means swallowing her pride and somehow trying to avoid the temptation to throttle him—or seduce him.
the best thing to do . . .
No, Joe didn’t call after the kiss. He’s the fun time guy, not the forever guy.
And Kylie, after all she’s been through, deserves a good man who will stay. But everything about Kylie makes it damned hard to focus, and though his brain knows what he has to do, his heart isn’t getting the memo.
… is enjoy the ride.
As Kylie and Joe go on the scavenger hunt of their lives, they discover
surprising things about each other. Now, the best way for them to get over
“that kiss” might just be to replace it with a hundred more.
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I have been super excited to share this bullet journaling resource ever since I found out Kalyn Brooke was writing it. I was lucky enough to be able to get an advanced copy and I was blown away by how simple she is able to describe the bullet journaling process.
If you are like me, then you have tried pretty much every planner out there and have never found your planner peace. That’s where bullet journaling comes in. Kalyn explains how to start your own bullet journal and why it doesn’t have to be fancy to be the perfect planner for you. In this guide, she will walk you step by step through the process of setting up your own journal to suit your personal needs. It can be overwhelming to even think about trying to draw up your daily pages let alone all the other pages you might need but this guide breaks everything down for you and makes it easier to understand.
I had tried my hand at bullet journaling before but mainly used it for collection pages since I didn’t feel like I had the time to devote to making any of the fancy pages you see all over Instagram and Pinterest. Since reading this guide, I have been encouraged to pick my journal back up and have actually already started using it to plan for next year. It is really a game changer and the bonuses that come with it make it that much sweeter. I would recommend this guide to anyone struggling to find their planner peace, anyone who struggles to keep up with everything on a daily basis, anyone who loves making lists, and anyone who wants to customize their planner to fit their needs.
Rating: 5 stars
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"Swank's fluffy, feel-good storytelling proclaims the primacy of love as a force to which everyone should surrender-the bachelors destined to star in future installments haven't got a chance." --- Publishers Weekly (starred review) on Only You
First love is better the second time around.
Matt Osborn had no idea coaching his five-year-old nephew's soccer team would get him so much attention from the mothers-attention he doesn't want now that he's given up on love and having a family of his own. Yep, Matt's the last of his bachelor buddies, and plans on staying that way. That is, until he finds himself face-to-face with the woman who broke his heart.
Single mom Anna paused her life in England to help her father recover from an illness. She can't afford complications, and too-hot-for-his-own-good Matt Osborn-her almost former fiancé-is definitely a complication. He's a reminder of what might have been-or should have been. That irresistible pull between them isn't over. Not even close. But if she's not careful, she'll break both their hearts . . . again.
Always You is the third book in the Bachelor Brotherhood by Denise Grover Swank. It is the final book in this series and though you can technically read them as standalones, you won’t want to.
Matt is the last of his bachelor buddies and he has no plans to change that anytime soon. Little did he know that he was about to come face to face with the woman who broke his heart twelve years ago when he became the coach for his 5-year-old nephew’s soccer team. Anna is back in town to help care for her father. She signs her son up for soccer and runs into none other than Matt. She turned down his proposal all those years ago to pursue a career in international finance. She is still obligated to return overseas and her ex wants a second chance but she has always loved Matt. Will they be able to make it work now?
I absolutely love second chance romances and Denise Grover Swank does an excellent job of delivering a sweet story that is heartwarming a little humorous. I really enjoyed these characters especially the kids! I am sad to see this series come to an end but I look forward to reading more from this author in the near future.
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A sexy romantic comedy standalone in the Modern Love series.
Who knew sleeping with the enemy could be this fun?
Was the one night stand a good idea?
Well, no. Probably not in retrospect.
In my defense, I had just moved back into my grandparents' house, I'd lost my dream job, and a guy on Tinder had stood me up. It was like life had suddenly stamped 'loser' on my forehead.
So when the guy behind the bar started giving me the look...you know, the one that promised I'd be screaming his name into the wee hours of the morning? When that guy also has the perfect amount of scruff on his chiseled chin, biceps bulging out of his t-shirt, and a cocky grin you knew he'd earned in the sack...when he gives you that look, you don't bother to figure out what your six degrees of separation are. You jump on that horse and ride it!
Pun fully and completely intended. And accurate, by the way.
I fully admit to feeling sorry for myself and acting impulsively, but by the time I'd figured out who the bartender was, I was already falling for him.
I love all of Piper Rayne’s books so much and I was ecstatic when I learned they were releasing an audio version of The Bartender. I didn’t think the book could get any better but I was blown away by how much I loved listening to this book.
Molly Mermelstein brought such life to these characters and I don’t think anyone could have done it better. She truly encompassed the essence of this story and delivered it wrapped up with a nice bow on top with the emotion and voices she brought to the table.
I can’t wait to hear the rest of the Modern Love series!!
Meet the Authors:
Award-winning contemporary romance author, Kadie Scott, grew up consuming books and exploring the world through her writing. She attempted to find a practical career related to her favorite pastime by earning a degree in English Rhetoric (Technical Writing). However, she swiftly discovered that writing without imagination is not nearly as fun as writing with it.
No matter the genre, she loves to write witty, feisty heroines, sexy heroes who deserve them, and a cast of lovable characters to surround them (and maybe get their own stories). She currently resides in Austin, Texas, with her own personal hero, her husband, and their two children, who are growing up way too fast.
Stefanie London is the USA Today bestselling author of over ten contemporary romances with humour, heat and heart.
Originally from Australia, she now lives in Toronto with her very own hero and is currently in the process of doing her best to travel the world. She frequently indulges in her passions for good coffee, lipstick, romance novels and zombie movies.
FBI agent Max Carter lives his life by a strict set of rules—rules that don’t allow for distraction, deviation…or a relationship. But tell that to his matchmaking mama. To avoid yet another set-up, he announces he has a girlfriend. And now has to produce said girlfriend at Christmas dinner. Maybe Santa has a suitable actress in that red bag of his…
Gina Castillo is about to break her building’s iron-clad “no pets” policy to give her little brother the perfect Christmas gift—a dog. Too bad Max, the most inconveniently sexy tenant in the building, catches her red handed. Gina expects to be evicted, but instead finds herself blackmailed into playing the role of his girlfriend.
Two lies plus one dog should equal a hot mess of a holiday, but attraction and Christmas magic might just defy the rules…
The Attraction Equation is such a cute fun read. Max is super strict about rules while Gina is a rule breaker. They meet when Gina is sneaking around trying to hide a dog that breaks her building’s “no pet” policy. Max needs a pretend girlfriend to keep his family from trying to set him up so he blackmails Gina into being that girl.
I loved that these characters are complete total opposites. On the surface it doesn’t seem like they would necessarily go together but I think that’s what makes it work. Gina is fun and flighty while Max is a no nonsense FBI agent. He is super quirky and Gina accepts all of his quirks.
I really enjoyed this story and can’t wait to read more from this author!
Rating: 4.5 stars
Trouble Next Door is a fun romantic comedy that will leave you wanting more. Stefanie London has written a fantastic book and I don’t know why I haven’t read more from her already.
McKenna wants to start her own makeup business and decides that since she is giving up men she will focus on that. When a package she ordered is delivered to the wrong person, she meets her sexy neighbor, Beckett. Too bad that mix up was super embarrassing and hilarious. Beckett is essentially married to his job which costs him his fiance and her dad’s money for his startup. He makes a deal with McKenna to get his sister to hire her for her wedding in exchange for McKenna teaching him how to get his fiance back. Of course, it isn’t going to be easy.
Beckett reminds me of a few of my guy friends with his geeky ways and I loved this! I wasn’t sure if I was going to like McKenna at first but I ended up really liking her by the end. I was smiling pretty much the entire time I was reading this book and it’s been a stressful couple of months so I really needed that! I look forward to reading more from this author.
Rating: 5 stars