The Birthday List…New Release

BIRTHDAY LIST COVERHappily married to her college sweetheart, Poppy lived a blessed life with the husband of her dreams. Then everything changed. She is no longer a wife. She is no longer the envy of her single friends. Now, people look at her with pity as they whisper a single word behind her back.

Widow.

Years after her husband’s tragic death, years of pain and sorrow and wishing for the life she’ll never get back, Poppy decides to finish Jamie’s birthday list. She’ll do the things he wanted to most. Because maybe, just maybe, if she can complete his list, she can start to live again.

Poppy expects going through the birthday list will be hard. She expects it to hurt. But what she doesn’t expect is Cole. Could the man who delivered the news of her husband’s death and shattered her heart be the one to help her put it back together again?

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EXCERPT

Turning to the door, I smiled, ready to greet my late-evening customer, but faltered as the door closed behind him.

Cole Goodman was walking my way.

My belly dipped as I took him in. His aviator sunglasses were perched on top of his chocolate-brown hair. A black polo stretched across his broad shoulders and pulled tight across his muscled arms. His pale-blue jeans molded to his Herculean thighs before draping down to his black, square-toed boots. The leather belt on Cole’s trim waist held both a shining badge and a holstered gun.

Cole smiled and locked his light-green eyes on mine as he crossed the room.

His straight, white teeth made my breath hitch—something that had happened last night more times than I wanted to admit.

Molly, who had turned around from her seat to greet our customer, spun around so her back was to Cole. Her cheeks flushed as she whispered, “Wow.”

Wow was right.

Cole Goodman was—simply put—gorgeous.

He could give a woman a speeding ticket and get a thank-you in return. He inspired women to attempt push-ups in a karate class just for the chance to watch him sweat through his gi. Cole made grown women blush like teenagers and giggle in corners, like those girls at the dojo last night.

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Only You…Review

ONLYYOUBlurb: Nate Pearson is ridiculously handsome and wears the hell out of a suit and tie, but I’ve seen the parade of beautiful women leaving his apartment across the hall—a different one every time—and I want no part of it. When it comes to romance, I’m looking for something real, something that will last: the happily ever after. As a divorce attorney, he loves to tell me there’s no such thing. As a wedding planner, I choose to disagree. We disagree on almost everything, in fact. Everything except James Bond. The only time we really get along is when we’re watching 007 flicks together, and I’ll admit—he has rescued me from a disaster or five. So when one of the baton twirlers from his parade leaves a baby girl at his door with a note that says “I’ll come back for her” and he begs me for help, I can’t turn him down. But it’s a mistake. Because watching him with his daughter, I start to see another side of Nate, a side that has my breath coming faster, my body craving his, my heart longing for him to change his mind about love and tell me there’s a chance for us. I don’t want to be just another girl leaving his apartment in the morning. I want to be the one he asks to stay.

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Review: I LOVED IT! I kinda figured I would. I mean come on…a wedding planner and a divorce attorney, I just knew this was gonna be good. To be perfectly honest, it could’ve been a longer book. It should’ve been a longer book. There is a lot of story that could be flushed out but that doesn’t take away from the book. Just know you will want more. More Nate, more Paisley, and more Emme.

It is written in alternating POVs (the H and h) which is something I adore. It also starts out hilariously! Although I can’t blame Emme for what she does, however, the calamity that ensues after makes you fall in love with this cute wedding planner. Now, I started to get mad because of the insta-love but then I remembered that they’ve been neighbors and friends for years, therefore, they get a pass for moving so fast once they started. This book is full of fun, sexy and all the swoony romance we all crave. Emme and Nate make a great couple and I seriously want more.

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Sinner…Review

Man! Sierrra Simone, I was doubting you but now I am a believer.sinner

I’m not a good man, and I’ve never pretended to be. I don’t believe in goodness or God or any happy ending that isn’t paid for in advance.
What do I believe in? Money. Sex. Macallan 18.
They have words for men like me—playboy. Womanizer. Skirt chaser.
My brother used to be a priest, and he only has one word for me.

Sinner.

***Sinner is a standalone companion to Priest about Father Bell’s brother Sean. You do not have to read Priest or Midnight Mass to read Sinner***

Review: After reading the first in the Bell brothers saga, Priest, I really wasn’t sure how I was going to feel going into Sinner, you can say I was a skeptic. However, as I reached the end of the book I could honestly say I enjoyed it very much. I am a rare highlighter when it comes to books I read on my Kindle. I always see those perforated lines that others have highlighted and I’m like, whatever, but this time I was highlighting my ass off. Not because those stupid lines were there but because I genuinely felt something I could relate to. That’s not to diminish the importance of those that highlight the f*ck out of sections because obviously, you relate to something as well, but…wait…why am I? Anyway, let me say, I’ve never ever EVER thought to put sex and religion together in a romance. EVER. It seems…sacrilegious, but Ms. Simone’s attempt at this a second time went down a little smoother than it did the first time.

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STOP NOW…I AM GOING TO SEMI-SPOIL THIS BOOK BELOW

SINNER.1So, Sean spots this beautiful African American girl at a party and is ready to bang her, only she is 17 years younger than him and he finds out she is going to be a nun. So this is where these books intersect. Sean hates religion, she’s finna be all up in religion, however, she wants to pray at the altar of orgasmic bliss before she dons the habit and gives up penis forever. The struggles these two battle with is what makes this book good. She NEVER questions her faith and I love that about her. She doesn’t let him or his magic stick sway her in her mission. I also love that the author wrote about privilege from a Caucasian perspective. The gala scene where Zenobia explains why she doesn’t go off on the snooty b*tch that “mistakes” her for the help is something that made the hairs on the back of my arms stand up and something that I can relate too oh so well. Now before anyone gets there panties in a bunch, this isn’t a race book but it does deal with it in a palatable way for the ever so sensitive, IMO.

Sean’s journey is what intrigued me the most. I think it is because I knew the major transformation was going to be with him. How is this cynic going to change? Is this pre-nun going to make him a believer? If so, how does the sex play into this? This is what kept me going. I needed answers because this man’s reason for turning his back on his faith was strong and I felt his pain. I love how the author works this out. There are so many things that make you go, “hhhmmmmm.”

Anyway, the story becomes somewhat predictable in the sense that you know what is going to happen, however, the journey there is what makes this interesting.There is one part toward the end that made me a little uncomfortable but this was one sinful journey that I didn’t mind taking. I am going to give this book 4.25 stars. It fairs so much better than Priest.