Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Pre-Order Blitz: Love At Last by Claudia Connor


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Synopsis:

All new romance from New York Times Bestselling Author Claudia Connor…

How many times can you be unlucky in love before you decide it’s not luck, it’s you?

With her ex-groom's words, I’m in love with someone else, still ringing in her ears, Clare Franklin flies off alone to her would-be honeymoon. Forced to accept not everyone gets that happily ever after she’s always dreamed of, she’s done with men. Until she gets tangled up, quite literally, with one sexy veterinarian.

The only thing Dr Deacon Montgomery wants is to share his surgical expertise and get back to his two year old twin daughters. But, the connection he feels with Clare highlights just how alone he really is and makes him wonder if he can be more than doctor and daddy.

Long talks and moonlit walks under the rustle of palms has Clare thinking maybe she gave up on love too soon. Until one phone call from home changes everything.



Excerpt:

His wide, warm palm grazed her lower back as they wove their way through the tables to the exit. They crossed over the water garden in silence, slowing as they reached a fork in the path.

“Which way?” Deacon asked. “I’ll walk you back.”

“That’s sweet, but you really don’t have to. It’s a five-star resort, not downtown Los Angeles.”

Deacon kept walking. “True. But you know, I took you to dinner and all.”

She arched a brow at him. “It’s also an all-inclusive resort. Maybe I took you.”

“Maybe you did.”

He flashed her that slightly lopsided grin that hit her right in the chest. She conceded to the walk, and together, they followed the brick path. The resort was dark, but lights along the sidewalk lit the path and shined up the skinny gray trunks of the swaying palms. It was quiet, and when they didn’t pass even one other person, she was glad he was walking her back.

She slowed as they came to the breezeway leading to her building and pointed up the steps to the second floor. “I’m up there, so…”

Deacon started up the steps. “I’ll walk you to the door. I’m funny like that.”

She probably should have said no, insisted that she could make it to her door on her own. Because of course she could. But she didn’t insist, just followed enormously glad she’d removed the HONEYMOON banner from her door.

They reached her room, and she turned to face him. Just the two of them now, up here, alone at her door. She felt a slight buzzing in her head that had nothing to do with alcohol.

“Well, Clare of the here and now.”

She rolled her eyes at the reminder of her earlier word-vomit ramble. “It was nice to meet you.” She stuck out her hand, hoping it wasn’t sweaty.

“It was nice to meet you, too.”

It didn’t feel like a simple handshake as he wrapped his fingers around hers. “I had fun tonight. You turned what might have been a horrible night into something surprisingly nice.”

“I’m glad.”

“Thank you for catching me and saving my top and for dinner and talking and…” And maybe she could stoptalking.

“You’re welcome.”

A frog gave a low croak, and another answered, but she figured the pounding of her heart was louder.

The buzzing in her head grew louder, and she felt dizzy from looking into his eyes and staring at his lips because she wanted him to kiss her. She wanted to feel those smooth, firm lips on hers, to taste him and feel his arms around her.I'm losing my mind.

“You’re beautiful,” he said. “I’ve been wanting to say that all night.” He lifted his hand and lightly brushed his thumb over her cheek.

Then he leaned in, and she moved. Just…moved. In and up, her fingers twisting in the front of his shirt. She was just falling into the taste of him, just getting that warm, tingling flood of a first kiss when her brain fully registered that he’d been leaning in to kiss her cheek.

“I’m sorry.” She swallowed hard, felt a stinging heat flooding into her cheeks, and wished desperately to disappear. Deacon was staring at her in complete confusion. That made two of them. “I’m… really sorry.”

She spun to her door. A stiff wind sang through the open-air hallway, slapping her hair across her eyes. How she got her key in the lock, she had no idea. Mumbling one more apology over her shoulder, she opened the door and closed it behind her. She stood, heart pounding in mortification, her lips buzzing.

The champagne glasses and fruit and cheese tray had been cleared. The bed had been turned back, and the damn swans were back, nestled in the center of the bed and kissing right on their terrycloth lips.

About the Author:


Claudia Connor is the author of the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling series, The McKinney Brothers. Her debut novel, WORTH THE FALL, hit the New York Times Bestsellers list in 2014 and received numerous Best Contemporary Romance of 2014 accolades.

Claudia attended Auburn University, where she received her undergraduate and master’s degrees in early childhood education. After teaching kindergarten and first grade for ten years, she retired to be a full-time mom to her three daughters. Always a lover of books, and always one to have stories playing in her mind, she decided to try her hand at writing. It took seven years to finish her first novel and a new love was born.

Claudia lives near Memphis, Tennessee with her husband, three daughters, two cats, and a singer-songwriter Siberian Husky. She continues to write warm, heartfelt, and emotional romances with a bit of steam, a lot of family and always a happily ever after.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

When a Scot Ties the Knot (Castles Ever After #3) by Tessa Dare

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Synopsis:

On the cusp of her first London season, Miss Madeline Gracechurch was shyly pretty and talented with a drawing pencil, but hopelessly awkward with gentlemen. She was certain to be a dismal failure on the London marriage mart. So Maddie did what generations of shy, awkward young ladies have done: she invented a sweetheart.

A Scottish sweetheart. One who was handsome and honorable and devoted to her, but conveniently never around. Maddie poured her heart into writing the imaginary Captain MacKenzie letter after letter … and by pretending to be devastated when he was (not really) killed in battle, she managed to avoid the pressures of London society entirely.

Until years later, when this kilted Highland lover of her imaginings shows up in the flesh. The real Captain Logan MacKenzie arrives on her doorstep—handsome as anything, but not entirely honorable. He’s wounded, jaded, in possession of her letters… and ready to make good on every promise Maddie never expected to keep.


Review:

I'm really glad I found Tessa Dare. This is my second from her and it was just as much fun as the first one.

Maddie is really shy and doesn't do well in crowds. Like she has a panic attack and freezes if there are a lot of people around. So with the start of her season in London coming soon she panics and does what anyone in her situation would do, invents a guy. A Scottish guy who is her love. A Scottish guy who is a soldier and so not around. She writes him letters and sends them off assuming they will never go anywhere. Afterall she made the whole thing up and she didn't even address them to a real military post. After a few years she knows what she has to do. She can't keep up the charade forever so she kills him off in battle and pretends to be devastated. Now she can work on her drawings in peace and not worry about having to marry and all of that. She is much better by herself and happy living with her aunt.

Maddie was not expecting her lies to come back to her like they did. One day Logan MacKenzie actually shows up on her door! Something she never thought would happen. Apparently her letters were delivered to him and when he and his men get back to Scottland and need a place to live he shows up on her doorstep. And blackmails her into marrying him or he will reveal her lies. Oh these two were fun. Logan is big and gruff and a giant teddy bear. He likes to act like he doesn't care, but you can see he does. Beneath his bluster is a heart of gold. He is only doing what he is doing to help his men. To help the other guys he is in charge of that came home to nothing. I so love big tough teddy bear guys!

And Maddie was so much fun. She is attracted to Logan for sure, but she doesn't really want to be married. At least at first. If she can just find her letters then Logan can't blackmail her and she can continue living as she has been living. Only spending time with Logan starts making things get a bit fuzzy. She doesn't want to marry him right?

I really enjoyed this story. Logan and Maddie are so cute together and I love their back and forth. They were both wonderful characters and I loved watching them fall for each other. What started off as a lie and blackmail turns into so much more. This was a really fun read.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Disgrace by Brittainy C. Cherry


Disgrace, an all-new emotional standalone from Brittainy C. Cherry is coming April 26th and we have the gorgeous new cover!

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Coming April 26th, 2018

Synopsis: 



Each day I prayed for my husband to love me again.

After seventeen years together, he walked away from me, and into the arms of another.

I didn’t know how to cope. I didn’t know my worth. I didn’t know how to exist without him by my side.

All I wanted was for him to come back to me.

Then, Jackson Emery appeared.

He was supposed to be a distraction for my mind. A summer fling. A confidence boost to my bruised heart.

We were perfect for one another, because we both knew we wouldn’t last. Jackson didn’t believe in commitment, and I no longer believed in love. He was too young for me, and I was too damaged for him.

Everything was fine, until one night my heart skipped a beat.

I didn’t expect him to make me laugh. To make me think. To make my sadness somewhat disappear.

When our time was up, my heart didn’t know how to walk away.

Each day I prayed for my husband to love me again, yet slowly my prayers began to shift toward the man who wasn’t right for me. 

I prayed for one more smile, one more kiss, one more laugh, one more touch… 

I prayed for him to be mine.

Even though I knew his heart wasn’t destined to love.


About the Author:

Hi! I'm Brittainy! Join me as we travel through my mind as a Romance Author. This includes such things as my random thoughts, tricks, tips, things I'm learning, things I'm re-learning, things I'm forgetting, and my weird ways of crafting stories.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Romancing the Duke (Castles Ever After #1) by Tessa Dare

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Synopsis:

In the first in Tessa Dare's captivating Castles Ever After series, a mysterious fortress is the setting for an unlikely love . . .

As the daughter of a famed author, Isolde Ophelia Goodnight grew up on tales of brave knights and fair maidens. She never doubted romance would be in her future, too. The storybooks offered endless possibilities.

And as she grew older, Izzy crossed them off. One by one by one.

Ugly duckling turned swan?

Abducted by handsome highwayman?

Rescued from drudgery by charming prince?
No, no, and… Heh.

Now Izzy’s given up yearning for romance. She’ll settle for a roof over her head. What fairy tales are left over for an impoverished twenty-six year-old woman who’s never even been kissed?

This one.


Review:

Romancing the Duke was such a fun read! Why haven't I read Tessa Dare before now? Well, probably because I don't like the covers. Really I don't like the covers of most old-timey books even though I love old-timey books in general. I am glad I gave Tessa Dare a chance. This definitely definitely won't be my last (I may or may not have already put every other book of hers on my hold list at the library...)

Izzy has been struggling to get by. She is almost completely out of money, she has nothing since her father's sudden passing, and no one to really help her out. She has been trying to survive, but it is hard. So when she receives a letter stating that she received an inheritance from someone she is hoping for a few hundred pounds to help her get by. She doesn't expect to show up at a decrepit castle with a grumbly, handsome man living in it having no idea what she is talking about. She definitely didn't expect to inherit the castle itself and have to fight the grumbly man for it.

Ransom is a Duke, but he has been holed up in his castle almost completely by himself for the past 7 months. Ever since the accident. Or whatever happened to him. He is rough around the edges, but you can see he cares, he just doesn't want to show it. With his past and upbringing it is no wonder he is not the kind, caring person that he could be. That he is in secret. Oh, I loved Ransom so much! I love the big, tough, grumbly teddy bears. Oh, he was fun.

Ramson and Izzy were awesome together. He keeps trying to run her off with threats of ruining her, but he doesn't realize that Izzy wants that. She has dreamed of love and kisses and everything like that her whole life, but everyone treats her as a little girl because of the fairy tales her father wrote. The fairy tales that are incredibly popular, that everyone loved. She is so kind to the fans of her father's stories. So kind to all the people who ask her the same questions since the stories were cut off mid-scene when he died unexpectedly! They all want to know what happens next, but there is no next now. So when Ransom actually treats her like a woman and not a little girl as everyone else does she loves it. She wants more of it.

With the two of them stuck in the castle together and drawn together it was only a matter of time because dratted feelings start getting involved. Neither of them expected it, both think the other couldn't possibly care for them, but they were so sweet together. Ransom has a great deal of pride and doesn't want anyone's help, but he is so kind with Izzy. So...everything. They both were. Not that it is easy. They are both stubborn and want what they want and they were so much fun to watch. I loved this story and can't wait to read more from this new to me author!

Rating:  ★ ★ ★ ★1/2

Monday, April 9, 2018

Played (Gridiron #4) by Jen Frederick

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Synopsis:

She's been playing it close...

Ara Martin and college football star Ty Masters have been best friends since the first day of school when Ty literally ran her over. She fell for him immediately, but having lived under the shadow of her famous father, she knows a relationship with irresistible Ty would only end in heartbreak. For four years, she’s kept her feelings hidden. But one drunken encounter weeks before graduation is about to expose Ara’s biggest secret and destroy her most treasured relationship.

He’s been playing for keeps…

Ty is about to be drafted into the NFL, but his personal life is a mess. He’s got an agent he doesn’t like, a brother who can’t stop offering his opinion, and a beautiful woman he craves but can’t have. He can fire his agent and ignore his brother, but he’s not sure what to do about Ara. Ty’s been able to run down every quarterback he’s faced, but his sexy, stubborn best friend keeps slipping through his fingers.

Luckily, he's not one for giving up, and once he gets his hands on her, he's never letting go.

Review:

Played was a cute read. I love friends to lovers story and this was a great one. 

Ara and Ty have been bff since freshman year when they literally ran into each other. Ara may have a crush on Ty, may love him, but nothing will ever come of it. Friendships last forever, but romances don't and she doesn't want to loose him. So she will be his friend forever and only that. 

Ty has like Ara from the first moment he ran into her. But she has placed him firmly in the friend zone so that is where he is trying to stay. Only he keeps imagining more with her and he can't get it out of his mind. Especially now that the rest of his life is in a bit of turmoil. He has never been a particularly good boyfriend, but maybe that is because he has never dated the right girl. And he is not one to give up, so once he decides Ara will be his there is nothing stopping him when he knows she wants it too. 

I really loved Ty in this story. Sure he is a bit dense at times, he is a good guy, but a bad boyfriend. He just kind of coasts through his life outside of football, his one true passion. Football is his life and girlfriends always seem to get tired of coming second. Even so I really liked him. He was so sweet with Ara. Even when things get crazy and he doesn't have much time he always makes time for her. I loved reading his chapters and seeing how he saw her and what was happening between them. I loved him. He knows how to push when need be so they both get what they want. 

Ara was an interesting one for me. I loved her at first, but then she started driving me batty. I know she has seen a lot of not so good examples of relationships, but Ty is so sweet and she is such a coward. She never really goes after what she wants by telling herself she doesn't really want it. She could be annoying at times, but I still enjoyed reading her story. Sure everything gets reasolved a little too quick and easy in the end, but it was a fun read regardless. 

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Our Forever (Our Forever #1) by Elena Matthews

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Synopsis:

When you fall in love with your best friend, it’s the kind of love that’s supposed to last forever.

Jo Donovan was a true believer of happily ever afters—until her best friend, Christopher, was killed in Afghanistan, destroying her belief that fairy-tale endings existed.

Destroying her. Destroying her world.

Five years later…

Jo finds herself still stuck in the past, unable to find closure with Christopher’s death.
When she moves to Austin, Texas, with her son, Junior, she’s finally given the fresh start she’s been desperately seeking.

What she doesn’t know is that the fresh start comes in the form of her sexy neighbor, Drew Greyson.

Their friendship starts off rocky, but eventually, a spark between them ignites. It isn’t long before that spark turns explosive, and she finds herself falling for him.

Drew wants to be her everything, her forever, but will Jo’s pain from losing Christopher stop her from following her heart?


Review:

I was really surprised how much I enjoyed Our Forever. I usually have a difficult time with books where people move on after the death of their partner because it is usually way too quick for me. Or with the best friend. A lot of times I feel like the first relationship is somehow diminished and I don't like that. You can definitely love more than one person in your lifetime, especially if the first person is taken away from you. So I don't usually read this kind of thing, but after reading the synopsis and seeing it has been five years I thought it might be alright and I will give it a try. I started reading and Jo is still so broken from the loss of her Christopher I thought how in the world will the author pull off this story and have me enjoy it? There is just no way she can be this broken and move on with her neighbor and have me be okay with it. But I was wrong. I was more than okay with it, I loved it! I loved Jo and Drew and everything that happens between them. It worked in such a wonderful way. This book was way better than I had hoped and I love when that happens!

Jo is a single mom after the loss of her first love, Christopher. She is still in a bad way, in a dark place, and doesn't know how to move on. Or if she ever will. How can you replace that person who was your everything? Why would you want to? She is strong for her son, but it is hard. When she moves to try and get a fresh start somewhere where everyone doesn't know her things don't go as planned. For one thing her neighbor is super hot, but she is definitely not ready to be thinking of him as anything other than her annoying neighbor. Only there is something there and maybe she can figure her way out of this darkness. 

Drew is Jo's neighbor and they don't meet on the best of terms. But he was incredible. I loved Drew so so much. He is so sweet and kind and funny and everything you could want. He is the best. Especially with how he is with Jo and her son. He doesn't push her or rush her or anything, he tries to just be there for her. He wants to be with her, but only if she is ready to be with him. It can be hard at times to watch the person you are starting to really care for being so upset, but it can be worth it in the end. He was so sweet and I loved how genuinely great he was. If he cares about you he would do anything for you which he more than proved with his past actions. When we find out about his life and how it could have been very different right now if he has been selfish I fell for him even more. He was amazing and I was so happy that he found Jo. I know they have a rocky start, and some things happen along the way that I expected to happy and wasn't looking forward to, but the author handled them so much better than I had hoped. This was a really surprising wonderful read for me. I can't wait to read more from this author. 

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★1/2

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

DITCHED by R.C. Boldt


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Synopsis:

He’s playing for the heart she’s had sidelined for years.

IVY HAYES

Dating can be a rocky journey. Once the new shine wears off, you may end up with a case of buyer’s remorse.

That’s where I come in. I set the backdrop and coach you through the breakup.

Don't want overblown drama, hard feelings, or a drink tossed in your face? Then I'm your fairy godmother, child.


BECKET JONES

As an NFL quarterback, endorsement ads and the media pandering after me are all part of the game.

Ivy Hayes is the first woman who doesn't care about my money and the notoriety that goes along with it.

But I'm a long-term guy, and she operates strictly in the now. Which means I need to bring my A-game.

Otherwise, I’ll end up getting ditched.

Review:

I loved Ditched so so much. I'm used to reading sports romances where the famous guy is a ladies man and sleeps around before finding the one and then things are great. But we don't have that with this story. No, Becket is awesome. He is a genuinely good guy. He loves what he does and he uses his fame and fortune to help others. He gives back, he helps others, he is just a great person. No wonder everyone loves him. But he is definitely a relationship guy. He doesn't do the one night stands and all of that. He wants commitment and to find the other half of him. Beckett is everything. He is sweet and kind and sexy and everything you could want wrapped up in a one person. Becket was amazing. 

Ivy hasn't had the best experiences with relationships, so she doesn't do them. She has a bit of a rocky past and doesn't want to subject anyone to all of her drama that would come up if it ever got out. She also is really great at helping people break up without drama. If you are a big name or in a sticky situation and want to break up with your current significant other, but are worried about how they will take it, Ivy and her friends at Ditched are there for you. They will make it painless and help get you out of the relationship still looking good. No fuss, no muss, no drama. Love is an illusion and she won't do that. She will sleep with someone, she is upfront that it is just sex, but that doesn't always mean the guys don't get attached. Becuase Ivy is pretty awesome even if she is jaded. She is still so sweet and kind and caring and hilarious and everything you could want. Just because she has sky high walls around her heart doesn't mean she is a mean person. I loved Ivy. So so much. 

Ivy and Becket meet under some unusual circumstances. She doesn't know who he is, but through talking on the phone for a while she starts to like him. Something that wasn't supposed to happen. She can't do relationships. Especially when she finds out who he really is. She couldn't do that to him. 

I loved these two together. Ivy fights things between them as best she can, but sometimes you have to know when to give in and accept what happens. To really move on from your past and start a future with someone. And Becket is so sweet. He knows Ivy says no relationship, but he likes her. Really likes her and can see a life with her. He is not one to give up easily. Not that he forces her to do anything, but slowly but surely he gets under her armor and works his way into her life. They were amazing together. I loved them both and wanted things to work out so badly for them. Becket was incredible and it was nice to read a pro football player being such a good person. So sweet and kind and wonderful to Ivy who is a bit off balance at the moment. Ivy who doesn't really know what she is doing because she has never connected with someone like this before. Ivy who needs to learn to trust someone else and fully let them in if they are going to make it. My heart hurt for both of them at times, but it was worth it in the end. I really enjoyed this story. RC Boldt is quickly becoming one of my new favorite authors!

*Note: I received a free copy of this book for voluntary review consideration

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★1/2





About the Author:

RC Boldt currently lives on the southeastern coast of North Carolina, enjoys long walks on the beach, running, reading, people watching, and singing karaoke. If you're in the mood for some killer homemade mojitos, can't recall the lyrics to a particular 80's song, or just need to hang around a nonconformist who will do almost anything for a laugh, she's your girl.


Catering to the CEO by Samantha Chase

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Synopsis:

Jaded CEO Adam Lawrence knew exactly how to get what he wanted in business and in the bedroom. When independent, sexy and impossible to ignore Cassie Jacobs dares to best him on a business deal, Adam vows revenge. But how far can he go when the two find out that they about to become family?

Review:

Catering to the CEO was such a fun read! Cassie and Adam were so great together! I love their banter and back and forth. Oh, it was fun!

Cassie has a catering business that she loves. Cooking is her thing, the thing she loves, the thing she does for those she cares about, it is her thing. Whenever they have a family get together she cooks. She has been working with Adam and his company for a while now, but her catering business is still new. She can't afford to let arrogant Adam make last minute changes that will cost her too much. Changes that are outside the terms of their contract. She can't back down no matter what. And Adam doesn't take kindly to that. He vows to get revenge on her because he is always right and what he says goes. Only they then find out that his mom and her dad are getting married. So they will have to see each other at family gatherings throughout the years. So maybe they can try and be civil...

Oh, these two were fun. They have that don't really like each other turns to liking the other when you get to know them thing going on. But how can they start something that might end and leave awkward family gatherings for years to come? Especially when Cassie's siblings will definitely have her back. And Adam doesn't want a relationship. He doesn't believe in love. So why does he want to be around Cassie so much? Why does he care how she is feeling and want to be there for her?  I really enjoyed reading their story. And their banter was awesome!

*Note: I received a free copy of this book for voluntary review consideration

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Lucas (Preston Brothers #1) by Jay McLean is currently free!



Lucas is currently free on Amazon!! Grab your copy today before the sale ends!

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Synopsis:

In a sprint, every millisecond counts.

When you’re waiting for love, those milliseconds can feel like eons.

High school senior Lucas Preston has it all: star of the track team, a scholarship waiting for him, an apartment to himself and a revolving door of girlfriends. He also has an older sister, five younger brothers and a father who relies on him to make sure those brothers don’t kill each other.
His saving grace? Lois “Laney” Sanders, a girl he started to fall in like with when he was just eleven.


A girl who became his best friend, his confidant, his courage.

It took only sixteen clicks and eight seconds for Lucas to realize that his like for Laney had turned into love. 


Eight life-changing seconds. 

It’s also the exact length of time it took to lose her.



OTHER BOOKS IN THE SERIES

Logan – A Preston Brothers Novel #2 

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Synopsis:

As a kid, Logan Preston was a brat.

Through his teens, he became the bad boy.

Now, at nineteen, no one knows what the hell to expect.

High school dropout, Logan Preston is a good-for- nothing stoner.

A black sheep.

A disappointment.


The worst Preston Punk of the lot.

At least that’s how everyone in his small town makes him feel.

But Logan Preston has secrets.

Secrets so dark and so deep below the surface that the only way he can fight them is to stay high, high, high.

He wears cockiness as a mask.

Arrogance as his armor.

Until one girl, one night, asks one life-changing question:

What's beneath the bravado, Logan Preston?





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About the Author:


Jay McLean is an international best-selling author and full-time reader, writer of New Adult Romance, and most of all, procrastinator. When she's not doing any of those things, she can be found running after her two little boys, playing house and binge watching Netflix.

She writes what she loves to read, which are books that can make her laugh, make her hurt and make her feel.

Jay lives in the suburbs of Melbourne, Australia, in a forever half-done home where music is loud and laughter is louder.