Smitten by the Brit, by Melonie Johnson – A Sexy, Romantic New Release!

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Title: Smitten by the Brit

Author: Melonie Johnson

Series:  Sometimes in Love, #2 (May be read as a Standalone)

Release Date: May 28,2019

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Description

English professor Bonnie Blythe expects her life to play out like her favorite novels, especially now that her long-term boyfriend has finally proposed. So when a shocking discovery leads Bonnie to end her engagement, she decides to close the book on love. But the plot thickens when a brand-new character enters the scene—and quickens Bonnie’s heart.

With his brilliant blue eyes, sexy accent, and irresistible charm, Theo Wharton is like a romantic hero straight out of a Jane Austen novel. When fate places Bonnie in England for a summer—conveniently close to Theo—she realizes a hot friends-with-benefits fling is exactly what she needs to start a fresh chapter. Just as Bonnie begins to believe she’s falling in love, an eye-opening revelation into Theo’s life makes Bonnie feel like she’s wandered into one of her favorite books. Will Bonnie have the courage to risk her heart and turn the page with the dashing Brit to find her true happy ending after all?

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Book 1: Getting Hot with the Scot

Coming Soon: Book 3 – Once Upon a Bad Boy

(Available June 25th)

My Review of Smitten by the Brit

Smitten by the Brit (Sometimes in Love, #2)Smitten by the Brit by Melonie Johnson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I loved everything about this story. Theo, the hero, is both noble and vulnerable, an English Duke caught between the American woman he loves and the family legacy he is obligated to protect. The heroine, Bonnie, is vulnerable in a different way, reeling from a broken relationship, fearful of commitment, but falling fast and hard for the man barely knows, but can’t resist. Ultimately, they face an agonizing choice. Their happy-ever-after seems just beyond reach, but the rising tension – and undeniable chemistry – results in a sweet, sexy (!!), passionate, often emotional and ultimately epic romance.
We first met Theo and Cassie in Getting Hot with the Scot, the first book in the Sometimes in Love series by Melonie Johnson. Their attraction was immediate, their chemistry undeniable, but Bonnie was engaged at the time, presumably destined to marry her first and only love, Gabe.

Until she wasn’t.

When Theo arrives in Chicago on business, little does he know that Bonnie is–very suddenly–free and very possibly open to a fresh start. But once thrown together again, their spark becomes a flame, and a future together becomes a real possibility.

Or is it?

This book — their story — has it all. Bonnie is smart, funny, passionate, independent, and determined. Theo is charming, thoughtful, intelligent, committed, drop-dead sexy. Their journey is an emotional roller coaster full of highs and lows, twists and turns, happiness and heartbreak, doubts and fears. The climax is devastating (I cried, and I rarely cry over books anymore), but the resolution is positively glorious.

I will most definitely read Smitten by the Brit again (and again!) because it completely consumed me and left me wanting more of two characters I’m sure I’ll never forget. A word of caution though: although it holds up as a standalone novel, to experience Theo and Bonnie’s relationship from the very beginning — and avoid spoilers for the first book, Getting Hot with the Scot — read the series in order. Then relax with a cup of tea or a glass of wine, put out the Do Not Disturb sign, and enjoy this sweet, romantic treasure.

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About Melonie Johnson

Photo of author Melonie JohnsonAward-winning author Melonie Johnson–aka #thewritinglush–is a two-time RWA Golden Heart® finalist who loves dark coffee, cheap wine, and expensive beer. And margaritas. And mimosas. And mules. Basically any cocktail that starts with the letter m. She met her future husband in that most romantic of places–the mall–when they were teenagers working in stores across the hall from each other. Today, they live happily ever after in the magical land midway between Chicago and Milwaukee with their two redhead daughters, a dog that’s more like a small horse, and a pair of hermit crabs. After earning her Bachelor of Arts magna cum laude from Loyola University Chicago, Melonie taught high school English and Theatre in the northern Chicago suburbs for several years. Now she writes smart and funny contemporary romance and moonlights as an audiobook narrator under the pseudonym, Evelyn Eibhlin. Watch for her contemporary romance debut, THE SOMETIMES IN LOVE series, coming summer 2019 from St. Martin’s Press. Melonie is represented by Pamela Harty of the Knight Agency.

A Star Wars junkie and Shakespeare groupie who quotes both Yoda and the Bard with equal aplomb, you can visit her at meloniejohnson.com and find her on Twitter and Instagram at @MelonieJohnson.

His Demand (The Filthier Duet) by Lisa Renee Jones – Available NOW!

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About His Demand

Gabe Maxwell is a powerhouse in the boardroom, a man with a dark past he’s buried under success and power. He’s not a white picket fence and forever kind of guy and he’s definitely not into redheads. That is until one corners him, kisses him and thanks him for waking her up. Right before she walks away and leaves him. She’s gone and he’s obsessed.

Then she walks into his office and back into his life, and he has to have her. It doesn’t matter that she’s the kind of woman you marry. It doesn’t matter that she’s everything he avoids because she’s everything he wants.

Only Abbie isn’t the good girl she seems. She has secrets and a past and soon, she’ll pull Gabe into her bed, her life, and that spells more than obsession. It spells danger.

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My Review of His Demand

Wow. Just…Wow.

I LOVED His Demand — and I knew I would. Gabe Maxwell has been a sexy, snarky, uber-alpha enigma since we first met him in Lisa’s Dirty Rich series. His story promised to be a little bit dark, a whole lot sexy, and a genuine emotional roller coaste. It checked off all of those boxes and a few more. I know I will read it again, maybe even later tonight.

I admit, I’ve enjoyed every book in the Dirty Rich series. And until today, Reid Maxwell was my go-to bad boy billionaire. But Gabe? He’s breath-taking. Funny. Drop-Dead Sexy. Protective. Secretive. Dangerous. Deeply conflicted. But also amazingly tender, thoughtful, affectionate, and loyal — all attributes he believed himself incapable of. Until Abbie.

This book has its share of frustrating moments – mostly in the push-pull, “Are you in or are you out?” battles with his equally strong, equally secretive, deeply damaged love interest, Abbie. But if ever two people deserved, needed, and were meant for each other, this couple is IT. Their story will capture you, heart and soul. It will – at least in this first installment – leave you with more questions than answers. But it’s totally worth it. And — if that isn’t enough to sell you on His Demand, along comes a dog named Dexter who is so, so perfect for Gabe that he brightens even the darkest moments in this highly suspenseful story.

If you’ve read the other books in this series, you’ll enjoy brief revisits with Grayson and Mia, and Reid and Carrie. Knowing their stories will help you appreciate this one even more – but if you haven’t read them yet, you can start with His Demand and catch up later. Unlike some series spin-offs, this book can stand on its own.

There is a cliff-hanger, but please don’t let that stop you — you need this book, if only for the anticipation that after some harrowing days ahead, Gabe and Abbie will find the healing they both need, and Lisa’s readers will once again be left blissfully satisfied.

Meet Lisa Renee Jones

Lisa Renee Jones, Author of DenialNew York Times and USA Today bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones is the author of the highly acclaimed INSIDE OUT series.

In addition to the success of Lisa’s INSIDE OUT series, she has published many successful titles. The TALL, DARK AND DEADLY series and THE SECRET LIFE OF AMY BENSEN series, both spent several months on a combination of the New York Times and USA Today bestselling lists. Lisa is also the author of the bestselling WHITE LIES and LILAH LOVE series.

Prior to publishing Lisa owned multi-state staffing agency that was recognized many times by The Austin Business Journal and also praised by the Dallas Women’s Magazine. In 1998 Lisa was listed as the #7 growing women owned business in Entrepreneur Magazine.

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The Princess (Filthy Trilogy #2) , by Lisa Renee Jones – Available Today!

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Title: The Princess

Series: The Filthy Trilogy #2

Author: Lisa Renee Jones

Release Date: January 22, 2019

ABOUT THE PRINCESS…

The second book in the Filthy Trilogy – Eric and Harper’s story continues…

He’s the bastard of the empire, a savant, a genius, and a self-made success. He left it all behind, but he came back for her.

Their passion is a flame that ignites more than their bond. It ignites secrets, lies, and a puzzle that once solved, will shake them to the core.

You know one deep, dark secret, but you do not yet know anywhere near everything.

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AN EXCERPT FROM THE PRINCESS…

I forget everything but him. How can I not? He owns me. That was my fear, but I don’t feel fear now. No fear at all. But there are other emotions, a swell of unnamed emotions overwhelming me. We’re in his territory, his home, the danger and darkness of this night, driving confessions and intimacy to a whole new level. “I’m not just going to fuck you, Harper,” Eric promises. “I’m going to make love to you.”

Love.

I spoke that word to him, so hearing it on his lips shouldn’t send shockwaves through me, but somehow it does. It shouldn’t make my chest expand with fear that I didn’t feel moments before, but it does. I both want him to love me and fear the moment he does. With love comes real pain when he tells me to walk away and gives me a shove when he doesn’t really follow, because he decides the bastard and the princess can’t survive.

My walls erect. I need to protect myself. “What happened to fucking the princess and leaving her behind?”

“We just had this conversation. I’m not leaving you again.”

“And yet you told me to leave.”

“I did,” he says. “But I’m a bastard, remember? And not just any bastard. I’m the one who wants you too damn much now to do what’s right. You run. I’ll run faster. I’ll come for you.”

Heat rushes up my neck. “Fucking me is safe,” I whisper. “Fucking me is—”

“Fucking you is perfect,” he says. “And I will fuck you, Harper. Every way I can think of and every day, but right now, I’m going to show you more than the bastard. I’m going to make love to you.” His lips part mine, his tongue stroking deep, stroking long, exploring, and the demand I’d felt in him when he’d snapped is nowhere to be found. There is just this sultry, sexy, caress of his tongue that seduces me and tears down my walls.

I am his to do with as he pleases. I am his to please or otherwise. I think he really will break my heart. I think he knows it, too, but it’s too late to turn back. We’re on a path together that must be traveled, no matter where it leads.

MY REVIEW OF THE PRINCESS…

The Princess (Filthy Duet, #2)The Princess by Lisa Renee Jones
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

The Princess, book two of the Filthy Trilogy, releases today– and if you’ve read book one, The Bastard, my guess is you’ve already downloaded and devoured this sexy and suspenseful sequel – and possibly pre-ordered book three, The Empire. And if you’re like me, you’re counting the days until this wild ride concludes, hoping for the happy-ever-after that seems so far out of reach right now.

The Princess picks up on the cliff where Lisa left us at the end of The Bastard, and the intensity ramps up from beginning to end – which, of course, leaves us with yet another mind-bending cliffhanger.

We learn a great deal more about Eric Mitchell, the protagonist, a Harvard-educated attorney, ex-SEAL, intellectual savant, and self-made billionaire employed by his best friend, Grayson Bennett (from Dirty Rich Betrayal). Through Eric’s POV and some flashbacks to his adolescence, we are able to better understand the events in his life that have made him who and what he is, and why he so deeply hates his estranged “family.” We feel the constant push-pull of his fragile relationship with Harper, who is truly the love of his life – but is also a member of the family he’s grown to despise. We also feel the sense of desperation, frustration, and confusion Eric experiences as he tries–in vain–to figure out who his enemies are, and what their agenda might be. Lives are on the line at every turn. The wolf is literally at the door from page one until the end–yet their identities and the roles they play in this complex, emotional thrill-ride remain unknown.

Eric is a well-developed, complex character, reminiscent of another of my favorite heroes–Shane, from Lisa’s Dirty Money series–another compelling story that explores family dynamics, greed, power, deception, and betrayal. But Eric is uniquely unforgettable, from his tattooed sleeves to his endless supply of Rubik’s Cubes. His struggles feel real and relatable. Despite the fact that he’s a brilliant billionaire and the alpha hero ideal we romance lovers crave, he’s defies the stereotype in his own brilliant, rebellious way.

Harper, on the other hand, is less appealing as a character, and I honestly can’t say why I feel that way, other than the fact that she just doesn’t “stand out.” It may be that we don’t know enough about what happened in her life over the six years between her first encounter with Eric and their steamy, conflict-riddled reunion. It may be that she lacks any defining characteristic, or flaw, that makes her Eric’s equal. More often than not, she feels like a stereotype – more a submissive, passive victim than a strong, loyal partner. But her role in the story is so critically important, I expect we will understand her much better by the time it reaches what promises to be a spell-binding conclusion.

One of the things I most enjoy about Lisa’s stories is the way she weaves familiar characters into the fabric of every story. It’s a treat to re-visit Mia and Grayson, the Walker brothers, and their team of security experts – especially Savage, who is one of my all-time favorites. They don’t feel like secondary characters, they feel like friends and family, adding a sense of comfort that contrasts with the unrelenting suspense of the current story. I’ve already spotted a couple of new – and one or two previous – characters that I hope to see again, perhaps in their own standalone or series.

As I closed my e-reader at the end of my Filthy reading marathon (I re-read The Bastard before diving into The Princess) I realized that Lisa has, once again, carefully positioned all of the dominoes, but we can still only see one side of them. The tipping point is coming, the point at which deeply held secrets will be revealed, the villains and their motives will be exposed, and the dominoes will crash in rapid succession.

I can’t wait.

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THE FILTHY TRILOGY…

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THE BASTARD (book one) – Available Now

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THE EMPIRE (book three) – March 12, 2019

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Author Lisa Renee Jones
CREDIT Teresa Lee Photography

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones is the author of the highly acclaimed INSIDE OUT series.

In addition to the success of Lisa’s INSIDE OUT series, she has published many successful titles. The TALL, DARK AND DEADLY series and THE SECRET LIFE OF AMY BENSEN series, both spent several months on a combination of the New York Times and USA Today bestselling lists. Lisa is also the author of the bestselling WHITE LIES and LILAH LOVE series.

Prior to publishing Lisa owned multi-state staffing agency that was recognized many times by The Austin Business Journal and also praised by the Dallas Women’s Magazine. In 1998 Lisa was listed as the #7 growing women owned business in Entrepreneur Magazine.

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