Love In Due Time by L.B. Dunbar- Blog Tour

Love in Due Time, an all-new second chance romantic comedy from L.B. Dunbar is available now! 

My Take:

 I liked this book a lot, it was nice to read about a mature couple and it was a great example of second chance romance. Nathan sounded like an absolute stud.

I liked Naomi, and it was cool to see a Wiccan heroine and learn more about that, however, there is a fine line between an interesting fact about someone, and that fact being their entire personality. The first half or so of the book her Wiccanism was really all that was defined about her, and was mentioned about every other page.

The second half it evened out and turned really interesting and steamy. 4/5 stars


Blurb: Naomi Winters will be forty—soon-ish—and she’s only been with one man. One night. One time. Long ago. She believes everything happens for a reason, and the universe spoke about Nathan Ryder.

Nathan Ryder isn’t the same man who hightailed his bike out of Green Valley eighteen years ago. As a rule breaker, women are one area he acts a fool. Case in point…the local librarian. He can’t get a read on her, but she’s one risk he’s willing to take. Again.

What do an eccentric librarian and a sexy silver biker have in common? More than you think.

The due date on their love might not be expired after all.

‘Love in Due Time’ is a full-length, contemporary romantic comedy, can be read as a standalone, and is book#1 in the Green Valley Library series.


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Excerpt

“Naomi?” My hands cover her shoulders, holding her steady.

“This is all my fault.” Her eyes widen, the widest I’ve ever seen. Panic fills them.

“What do you mean?”

“I … I can’t believe this happened again.” Her hands come to my chest, and she gently pushes at me. “You have to get out of here.”

“What?” My brows pinch at the harsh tone.

“You need to go. I can’t be near you.” Her voice struggles to stay level. 

Ouch. That stings a little.

“Why?” I take one step back under the force of her hands. 

“I can’t be around you. This can’t happen.”

“Lady, what are you talking about?” My voice roughens.

“Bad things always happen after I’m with you.” 

I stiffen, straightening to my full height. My arms cross and I glare down at her. Saying such a thing is just downright mean. Her head shakes as her fingers curl along the open edges of my work jacket. Suddenly, I feel like she’s tugging me to her instead of pressing me away.

What the …

“When I’m with you, something happens. Something bad.” Her breath catches. “Because we kissed, the library is closing.”

I stare at her. She can’t be serious, but I see the hysteria in her eyes, like a rabid, trapped animal. She actually believes what she says.

“Well, we didn’t kiss,” I remind her, my tone stern and condescending. “I kissed you, remember? And you didn’t kiss me back, so I don’t think it counts.”

She glares up at me, her fingers still gripping my open jacket. Her shoulders fall, her head lowers, and it’s as if I can visibly see her relax, like water cascading down a building, washing over her.

Exhale. Settle. 

Exhale. Calm.

“I didn’t kiss you back?” she questions and then her head pops up again. She nearly shrieks with the hesitant realization. Commence inhaling, like she’s winding up again. Full steam ahead.

“I didn’t kiss you back,” she repeats, her excitement growing. Another exaggerated inhale.

“I didn’t kiss you back!” Now, she’s just downright gloating, and the engine’s ready to blow.

“You don’t have to sound so pleased,” I murmur. I glance up and notice Mrs. MacIntyre watching us through the window of the librarian’s office behind the check-out counter. Her eyes narrow and I’m certain we’re making too much noise for her liking. 

“I … I’m so relieved,” Naomi admits, her head falling forward, her fingers loosening on my jacket. Then her face turns up again. Her lids lift, slow and lazy. Her mouth curls in sweet relief, and she pulls herself up on her toes by the open edge of my jacket and does the damnedest thing. She kisses me.

About L.B. Dunbar

L.B. Dunbar loves the sweeter things in life: cookies, Coca-Cola, and romance. Her reading journey began with a deep love of fairy tales, medieval knights, Regency debauchery, and alpha males. She loves a deep belly laugh and a strong hug. Occasionally, she has the energy of a Jack Russell terrier. Accused—yes, that’s the correct word—of having an overactive imagination, to her benefit, such an imagination works well. Author of over two dozen novels, she’s created sweet, small town worlds; rock star mayhem; MMA chaos; sexy rom-coms for the over 40; and intrigue on an island of redemption. In addition, she is earning a title as the “myth and legend lady” for her modernizations of mythology as elda lore. Her other duties in life include mother to four children and wife to the one and only.

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That Forever Girl- Now Live!

USA Today bestselling author Meghan Quinn’s second book in the Getting Lucky series brings heart, humor, and heat back to Port Snow.

BLURB

There are two little words every small-town man dreads:

She’s back.

Harper Sanders, the girl who was supposed to be my forever, has returned to Port Snow, Maine, for good—and she’s bringing back memories of our shared past.

We once had a bright future together, but when tragedy struck, I threw it all away and pushed her out of my life. People in our small town think I’m cursed, but I know better. I did it all to myself.

And now she’s creating a life of her own in the place where we first fell in love. I can’t fight my feelings for her—or the strong attraction that keeps pulling us together. But after all this time, can she forgive the past and fall in love with me all over again?

Everyone hopes to find that forever girl…I just hope I haven’t lost mine for good.

THAT FOREVER GIRL

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EXCERPT:

There is no way in hell she’s here.

My family isn’t that cruel. Right?

From my car, I try to gauge the number of bodies in my parents’ house through the windows. Ugh, I can’t see shit.

She can’t possibly be at family dinner. My family loves Harper, but they wouldn’t invite her, not after I called my mom the other day, telling her to put her matchmaking skills to rest. She just chuckled but reassured me she knew what she was doing. Whatever the hell that means.

I was very adamant about leaving Harper alone. The Knightlys can be too much at times, and I’m sure we’re the last thing she needs right when she’s trying to settle back into town.

Resigning myself to the inevitable, I retrieve my keys from the ignition and make my way to the front door. Hand on the doorknob, I take a deep breath and walk into the house I grew up in. The warm walls and carefully hung family pictures greet me first, followed by my family’s raucous laughter emanating from the back of the house.

I remove my shoes and hang my suit jacket on the coat hanger by the front door before cautiously making my way down the long hallway to the connected kitchen and large dining room. Ren, Griffin’s girlfriend, is the first to spot me. She gives me a small smile and a little wave. The rest of the family is scattered around the kitchen as usual, getting in my parents’ way as they try to finish up the dinner prep.

Griffin sees me next. “Ah, you finally decided to join us.” He checks his watch. “I think that was eight minutes in the car. Who had eight minutes?”

Reid raises his hand and hops off the counter, grabbing a bowl from the center of the table and pocketing the wad of cash inside. “I know him too well.” Reid pats me on the back and slips me a one-dollar bill. “Here, this is for you. Thanks for taking eight minutes to prepare yourself to come in the house. Daddy is going to buy a new pair of jeans.” He pats his pockets.

Ignoring everyone and their stupid bet, I pop the fridge door open and grab a water. Reid joins me, sticking his head in the fridge so I’m forced to look at him. “Aren’t you going to ask?”

“Ask what?” I grit out.

“If she’s here. I know that’s why you were hanging out in your car, debating if you should come in or not.”

My skin prickles, and I brace myself for the answer as I shut the fridge door. “Is she here?” I hiss.

Slowly, Reid smiles and nods. “Yup, she’s in the bathroom.”

“Are you fucking kidding me?” I angrily squeeze my water bottle, nearly popping the top off. “Why? Why is she here?”

Reid shrugs. “I don’t know, maybe because she wants to be here.”

“Who invited her? Was it Mom?” I don’t wait for an answer. Instead, I walk over to the culprit, who’s hovering over the stove, stirring a huge pot of chili.

“Oh, hey, sweetie. Cornbread is in the oven, honey is in the crock, and I also got tortilla chips because I know how much you like crumbling them in your chili.”

“Mom, why did you invite her? I told you to leave her alone, to leave usalone.”

“What are you talking about?” My mom looks me up and down and then goes back to the chili.

“Harper. I asked you not to invite Harper.”

The bathroom door opens, and Jen pops out, rubbing her hands together. “Did he come in yet?” Her eyes light up as she spots me. “What time was it?”

“Eight minutes. Reid won.”

Disappointed, she snaps her fingers. “Damn, I for sure thought I was going to win.”

Confused, I turn back to my mom. “Harper isn’t here?”

“No, of course not. I wouldn’t invite her so early. She needs time to settle. What made you think she was here?”

I whip around to find Reid leaning against the kitchen wall, arms crossed and with a giant grin on his face. I point at him. “You better run, because I’m going to fucking kill you.”

Like a bolt of lightning, he takes off, and I chase after him, nothing but pure murder on my mind.

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USA Today Bestselling Author, wife, adoptive mother, and peanut butter lover. Author of romantic comedies and contemporary romance, Meghan Quinn brings readers the perfect combination of heart, humor, and heat in every book.

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The Locker Room- Meghan Quinn

The Locker Room is such a fun, sexy romp. Although I keep claiming I don’t love sports romances, this is a great one! Maybe I do like them and I’ve just read some not so great examples in the past. Knox Gentry is genuinely the perfect man. He is strong, confident, and patient.   Emory Ealson is relatable, feisty, and not afraid to put Knox in his place. The sparks between them are intense, even if they’re not having sex. This book genuinely has some of the hottest non-penetration I’ve ever read. Check it out if you like laugh-out-loud humor, cocky baseball players, or best friend to lover plots. 4/5 stars

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Blurb: 

Have you heard the rumor around campus about the locker room?

If you haven’t, let me enlighten you: Legend has it if you bring a girl into the sacred after-game domain of the baseball locker room, it will end with a walk down the aisle. One rowdy and naked encounter against the lockers with the girl of your dreams will make her your wife. 

Translation: baseball players are stupidly superstitious and believe the locker room has magical powers. 

But not all baseball players are superstitious, me included. 

So when the girl I’ve fallen for brushes me off, I start to question if I need to switch my way of thinking. Maybe it’s time I finally hand out a coveted invitation to the locker room. 
The only question is, will she accept?

Payback- Amy Daws

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Payback, Amy Daws’ sexy new book is out now! One click it here: https://geni.us/AmyDawsPayback

(ARC Review) All Allie Harris wants is a little payback on her cheating ex-boyfriend.  Find a hot stranger, do a little striptease on camera, send to the ex to prove she’s moved on. At least that was the plan, until things progressed much further than just a striptease, and Allie found herself connecting with Roan in ways she didn’t expect. Despite living a world apart, she decides not to share the sexy video with her ex.  Two years later, they are brought together again and neither has forgotten the night they shared. Roan is eager to start over with her- but what will happen if/when Roan finds out about the sex tape recorded without his consent?

Returning to the world of the Harris Brothers (if you have not checked out Amy Daws’ Harris Brothers series – GO DO IT) felt like being wrapped in a hug- comforting and familiar. It revisits all our old favorites, even including a good old fashioned Harris Brothers Shakedown. The sparks between Allie and Roan are explosive from the beginning, and grow more intense throughout the book. I really enjoyed Roan’s backstory and meeting his family, their history was something I only have vague knowledge of so I always enjoy learning new things.

The moral conundrum over the existence of the tape is an interesting one. I could never quite shake the feeling of ickiness that Allie recorded Roan without his consent, but I do think her character development was very good and she did try to fix the mistake.  Overall I really enjoyed it. 4/5 stars


Official Blurb:

ALLIE HARRIS WANTS PAYBACK.
Her cheating ex deserves to see her living her best life; a one-night-stand with a hot South African soccer player would be the perfect revenge. Right?

Wrong. Allie is so, so wrong.

ROAN DEWALT HAS ALL THE MOVES.
On and off the field he’s at the top of his game. Roan respects hard-work, dedication—and follow through. He’s not a one and done kind of man, and he’s far from being done with Allie Harris.

One sexy night and two years later, Allie’s job brings her back to town. An opportunity for the perfect replay Roan has been fantasizing about since they slept together.

THE PROBLEM?
Allie Harris has a secret; one she’s been keeping from Roan all this time. Video proof of their one night together—taken without his consent.

Will Allie’s payback plan come back to bite them both? Or can she erase her past mistake and embrace a new future with Roan?


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Gaining Miles- Claire Kingsley

This is obviously a story written as a treat for fans of the series already, I wouldn’t necessarily recommend it on its own. But considering I am a huge fan of the series, I loved it. It doesn’t have an overly elaborate plot, but it is a sweet story about two characters we’ve grown to know and love throughout the series and how they get their HEA. Ben is such a strong, steady character I especially enjoyed learning more about him and his backstory. It wraps up the series in a lovely, soft, romantic way.

There is also bonus content at the end that sets up the author’s next series which I am very much looking forward to.

I very much recommend this if you’re a fan of the series, you will not be disappointed.

And if you’re not a fan of the series (yet)? Now’s the time! The full series is available now on KU and it is so worth your time. It’s got romance, heat, mystery, humor, and an awesome family dynamic.

Series I’m Loving:The Big Sky Series

Technically I believe this is two series according to Goodreads, but contains many overlapping characters existing in the same small town. There are currently 8 books or novellas in the series (written by Kristen Proby) but there is an exciting crossover event to come that will bring a new book by the author and 6 new novellas from guest authors that will take place in Cunningham Falls or include characters we’ve met before (more on this soon!).

I think there’s too many for me to talk about on a book by book basis, so I’ll just give my thoughts on the series in general.

I love the small but vibrant town that is adjacent to Glacier National park and a ski resort, so there is no shortage of activities for the characters to partake in. The descriptions are so good I feel like I’ve been to this place. Each couple is different, obviously, but in general the men are strong, reliable, and faithful, and the women are even stronger, sassy, and career oriented. There is is a bit of drama but not a lot of angst.

In general these are sweet stories about falling in love. There’s not a lot of will they-won’t they- you know for sure they will. They tend to fall in love early on in the books, the rest is hot sex and figuring out how to fit into each other’s lives.

The truth is they read to me like the harlequin romance novels I used to sneak from my mother when I was young, but updated for today’s audience. I really enjoyed reading each one. They are quick, fun reads that leave you feeling good about love.  

I can’t wait for the crossover series to see more of the town and its characters!

Tumble- Adriana Locke

Neely Kimber’s back in her hometown after burning out at her big city job after avoiding it for a decade. Shortly after arriving she immediately runs into her ex, the reason she’s been avoiding the town.  She finds herself growing closer to him, after she realizes the young girl she’s been mentoring is his daughter. Can they overcome their past to work together on their future?

I love Adriana Locke’s writing style. She engages you immediately, and you really grow to know her characters and their intentions.  This book is a good one if you like a small town, single father, second chances story. And I do love all those things!

However I always have issue when the “hero” is a dumbass and makes dumbass decisions that impact our heroine and everyone else without consulting them. It’s so insulting to the heroine and the reader. I understand he was young and thought he was doing what was best but it’s super annoying.  I just can never get over details like this and it kind of spoils the book for me. I’m still going to give it 4 out of 5 stars due to the awesome writing and characters.