All of Me
by Emily Duvall
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: May 29th 2019
Maren Cole survived adolescence by relying on her intellect, but has never felt more different as an adult. The diagnosis she received as a person with Autism makes functioning in a fast-paced city with bright lights and big sounds a challenge. Forget about dating. Forget marriage. She would like to survive a conversation. Independence has never been more isolating or confusing and is complicated by a situation that puts her directly in the path of arrogant lawyer Caleb Allan.
Caleb isn’t interested in anyone except himself and his legal career. The one person he doesn’t need to spend time with is the awkward Maren Cole, but their interactions are unavoidable when she has the potential to push his career ahead. Forced to confront the fact that she’s unlike anyone he’s ever met, Caleb knows falling for her will destroy his work. He may also lose his heart to a woman who may never fully love him back.
This is a story of Maren and autism as an adult – Maren is high functioning on the spectrum, but she lacks social cues and skills and this makes it tricky for her to cope with adult life – especially as she has a family which tends to over-smother and over-protect.
She is employed very gainfully and is great at her job – so long as she is in front of a computer and working alone – or alongside a trusted friend. But general workplace skills and coping are tricky for her to navigate. And then she wants to date and wonders about children and marriage.
This story is told very empathetically and using Maren’s voice to tell it was a great device. It really helps the reader understand her life choices and why she lives by rules. I felt that the author was familiar with the syndrome and I also became familiar as the story progressed and I was privy to Maren’s thoughts and rationales.
A good read and worthwhile for anyone who wants to understand Asperger’s behaviours.
by Inara Scott
contemporary fiction, romance,
Entangled Publishing, LLC
Pub Date 26 Aug 2019
As close friends and coworkers, attorney Zoe Riva and tech genius Connor Ashton know they can never get involved.
Until a scooter accident lands Zoe in Connor's arms—and his overnight custody—and she starts to see a man she's never seen before. With her career and her heart on the line, Zoe can't afford to take any chances. But when combustible chemistry takes over, even the smartest people in the room can make the biggest of mistakes…
A romance about two troubled souls, both nerdy and brilliant
but wit troubled backgrounds and difficult family relationships. She is an
engineer and a lawyer, (girls please note this possibility), and he is an IT
They work together and office rules say no romances with
co-workers but.. a nice story with good characterisation.
Knowing Nichelle by Tinsley Sellers Publication date: August 16th 2019 Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
(A Beckley's Daughters Romance) #3
(6 Aug. 2019)
She’s just met the man of her dreams…but he’s not who he said he was. Neither is she. Until they get a second chance to make a first impression. Is he a sophisticated big-city lawyer, or an easygoing small-town woodworker? And if she’s not a career-driven high-powered attorney, then who is she? Hiding behind their masks is second nature until circumstances force them to see beneath the surface and realize just how alike—and in love—they really are. He’s only got one rule: no lawyers. She’s a lawyer. Burned by experience, Buck’s got a rule for a reason. After walking away from a lucrative legal position, he found his peace in Beckley. Life on the farm is simple, and his woodworking business is thriving. He’s not interested in trading his work boots for wingtips and rejoining the rat race. So what if she’s the most compelling woman he’s ever met? She’s only got one requirement: no a**holes. He’s an a**hole. After a disastrous encounter in a trendy bar, Nichelle’s convinced that he’s an over-muscled a**hole. She’s got a sleek car, luxurious condo, and elegant designer clothes. Family comes first, and her legal career is on the fastest track. She’s never met a problem she couldn’t solve on her own. So what if he can see beneath her carefully constructed façade? They’re perfect together. They just don’t know it yet. Welcome back to Beckley, Michigan! Autumn is in the air and as the days get shorter, the air gets cooler and the calm lakes reflect the blue skies and red-gold trees for a double-dose of fall color. The people are just as warm, friendly, smart, funny, and real as you remember. When you need a place to call home, Beckley welcomes you—and sometimes the family you choose is as strong as the bonds you’re born with. If you like small-town romance, you’ll like Beckley. If you like smart heroines who balance demanding professional careers with a commitment to family, friends, and finding love, then you’ll definitely like it here. If you like strong, sexy, hard-working heroes who have not-so-secret soft spots for kids, dogs, and classic cars, you may find that you never want to leave!
I enjoyed reading this book and was tempted to read the books 1 and 2 in the series, but then realised I already knew their outcomes and some of their trials and tribulations so…
I like the town this is set in, but really agree, a coffee shop is needed – perhaps then they wouldn’t spend their time so much in the tavern and get drunk quite so often!
This book gently took you into the issues with racism in the States and some areas, especially small town living. Miscegenation is a term I really haven’t heard for a very long time, and certainly not when my own cousin married a gorgeous tall girl whose father is very dark indeed and mother is Cypriot. A model to look at and I just wonder how he persuaded her into marriage..
I also suspect the issues with lawyers may not be quite as rabid here in the UK although London may be an exception to some extent.
I liked the writing style – it was clean and easy and yet you allowed you to think about issues without being over the top.
Tinsley Sellers grew up in Chicago, spending her summers with her grandparents in a tiny town a lot like Beckley, Michigan. Life took her to Arizona, Washington, and Idaho before she finally found her home in Arkansas. She is married to an amazing, supportive (and handsome!) man, with whom she has rescued three dogs and two cats. When she’s not writing, she teaches physics and engineering at the local university. When she’s not writing or teaching, she’s probably trying new recipes. She enjoys fast cars, loud music, fine whisky, and big books. In no particular order. Author links:
Steal My Heart
contemporary fiction, romance, erotic
(5 Aug. 2019)
When a fantasy turns into a cold reality
Lexanne Harris had a plan down to the last sexy detail. Never did she think her attempt to spice up her love life with her boyfriend would involve her in a burglary with a sexier than sin thief whose emerald eyes and serious between the sheets skills are impossible to forget. As a police detective she is expected to stand on the side of the law and fight for justice. But what happens when the lines of justice blur and what’s wrong becomes way too tempting?
The situation might be challenging but Lexanne is determined to get assigned to the case, recover the jewels and catch the culprit.
The question is: What will she do with her sexy cat burglar when she catches him?
O’Brian, author of Steal My Heart, a
hot, contemporary romance with elements of mystery and suspense
Can you tell your readers
something about why you chose this particular topic to write about? What
appealed to you about it? Why do you think it is different and your approach is
Steal My Heart has been percolating in
the back of my mind for years. What might happen when a woman plans to act out
her sex-with-a-cat-burglar fantasy with her new boyfriend? What if her plans were
to go awry in a deliciously naughty way? I never thought I’d be brazen enough
to write this novel, but the boldness of my protagonist drew me in. I’ve always
had a strong first-person voice and decided to showcase that by writing a hot,
fast-paced, contemporary romance with a heroine who knows what she wants, isn’t
afraid to admit it and is willing—at least to herself—to own her mistakes.
How many times have you
been rejected before your first novel was accepted or before this book was
I don’t know how many
times I’ve been rejected, but it’s a lot,
so I choose not to count them. Those rejections taught me to be a better writer
and to have a tough skin. I started
seriously writing in 2011 and joined Romance Writers of America a year
later. That’s where I really learned my
craft and made the contacts I needed to begin submitting. I went from form
rejections, to the occasional encouraging note, to personalized feedback.
Overall the agents and editors who rejected my work were generous in their
comments, and it made at tremendous difference.
I finished four novels over eight
partial and abandoned manuscripts. Steal
My Heart is my fourth completed novel and the first to be published.
Did you need to self-publish
on e-books before a publisher took you up?
Knowing I needed affirmation
that my work was ready for publication, I chose not to self-publish. Each
rejection was the impetus I needed to get better. Entering contests also provided valuable feedback.
I never ruled out self-publishing, but I
didn’t want to put my work out there before it was ready. Once accepted, this
book went through three rounds of edits: developmental, copy-editing and
proofreading. I’m grateful for the expertise of my publisher and editors, who
not only made the story better and me a better writer, but caught mistakes I
missed. One such mistake was assuming the signature of an artist I referenced
was legible. The copywriter of her own initiative looked up the signature and
let me know that my characters wouldn’t be able to read it off a painting. This
required I rewrite the dialogue in that scene for accuracy. So to the writer
considering self-publishing, I’d advise investing in professional editing. I
know my book is much improved because of it.
What do you read when you
are ill in bed?
When I’m ill and don’t
want to think too hard but want immediate gratification and distraction, I go
straight for smart, sassy heroines in pretty dresses. For me, this usually translates into a
What is your favourite
I read primarily romance.
It’s what I want to write, so I immerse myself in all its subgenres:
contemporary, historical, romantic suspense, and paranormal. I enjoy its many
heat levels, everything from sweet to hot.
I’ve been known to veer off into science fiction and mystery, but still
crave that happily ever after.
What have you done with the
things you wrote when in school?
I love perusing my college
papers. I was so smart. Sometimes I wonder at the vocabulary I used. I was
quite the literary writer. But the ability to write a superlative essay does
not translate to commercial fiction. I was quite stunned at how difficult it was
to write a romance. Romance writers make it look easy. The easier a story is to
read, the harder it is to write. What
did translate from school was the drive to write well. University classes taught me to work hard and
to work on deadline.
Do you have an unusual
I don’t how
unusual it is, but I love visiting museums. I can get lost, literally, in a
museum for hours. I recently visited the Metropolitan Museum in New York City
and had to leave after three hours. It was heart-breaking. I could’ve spent
I also really
like being on the water. Every time I go on vacation, I find myself on a boat.
I love harbor cruises and ferry rides. And windy days on the water are the
Having lived in both California and Texas, Aimee O’Brian now resides in the beautiful wine country. With her three children grown and experiencing their own adventures, she and her husband are free to explore the world. When she’s not reading, writing, or planting even more perennials in her garden, she can be found stomping through ancient ruins and getting lost in museums.
New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh kicks off her new Hard Play contemporary romance series with a sizzling story that’ll leave you smiling… Sailor Bishop has only one goal for his future – to create a successful landscaping business. No distractions allowed. Then he comes face-to-face and lips-to-lips with a woman who blushes like an innocent… and kisses like pure sin. Ísa Rain craves a man who will cherish her, aches to create a loving family of her own. Trading steamy kisses with a hot gardener in a parking lot? Not the way to true love. Then a deal with the devil (aka her CEO-mother) makes Ísa a corporate VP for the summer. Her main task? Working closely with a certain hot gardener. And Sailor Bishop has wickedness on his mind. As Ísa starts to fall for a man who makes her want to throttle and pounce on him at the same time, she knows she has to choose – play it safe and steady, or risk all her dreams and hope Sailor doesn’t destroy her heart.
A review about the first books in this series.
Cherish Hard is the #1 in hard play series
Fun with great chapter titles 4 stars.
Rebel Hard is #2 in the series.
Not quite as good #1 including the chapter titles, less fun and more family angst – definite appeal for the Bollywood storyline to certain readers if not me. 3 stars.