Sunday, January 30, 2022

#SexyNerd #BookReview...The Family Across the Street...#Family #Psychological #Thriller #Suspense #AuthorNicoleTrope

Sometimes, the most perfect families are hiding the most terrible secrets. How well do you know the people next door…?

Everybody wants to live on Hogarth Street, the pretty, tree-lined avenue with its white houses. The new family, The Wests, are a perfect fit. Katherine and John* seem so in love and their gorgeous five-year-old twins race screeching around their beautiful emerald-green lawn.

But soon people start to notice: why don’t they join backyard barbecues? Why do they brush away offers to babysit? Why, when you knock at the door, do they shut you out, rather than inviting you in?

Every family has secrets, and on the hottest day of the year, the truth is about to come out. As a tragedy unfolds behind closed doors, the dawn chorus is split by the wail of sirens. And one by one the families who tried so hard to welcome the Wests begin to realise: Hogarth Street will never be the same again.

A completely gripping, twist-packed psychological thriller, perfect for fans of Liane Moriarty, Sally Hepworth and Lisa Jewell.

The Sexy Nerd's Review

Ooooo-K! This isn’t quite the way I wanted to start my 2022 reading year off, but it is what it is and here we are. I was a bit on the fence with this book, but I think I have bearings on my feelings and how I arrived at this conclusion.

When you live in a neighborhood, it stands to reason you have people all around you. It’s not very often that we get to see into those neighbors’ lives, unless, of course, we’re invited. There’s always that one neighbor that is nosey beyond belief and today it might not be such a bad thing to have one those from time to time.

Gladys is at home seeing to her sick husband and in order for her to get any enjoyment out of life these days, she looks out her window and views what her neighbors are doing. She’s nosey to a fault—whereas she knows Katherine’s entire routine. Oddly enough, the blinds are still down. The children haven’t left for school yet. The husband has left for work but no signs of life from her neighbors across the street. What could this possibly mean?

Gladys decides she’s going to go over and see why Katherine is acting so strange. When she gets a half assed reply, it took Gladys back a bit. This wasn’t the Katherine she knew. So, she goes back home and mind’s her business as she put it. While in her kitchen, she sees a note up to the window—“Halp Us!” And this is where the story begins to take a wrong turn for me.

When I tell you every chapter I wanted to slap the hell out of Gladys, Katherine and one other character that I haven’t mentioned for spoiler sake. If there is one thing that truly angers me when I read it’s when characters continue to do dumb things and never seem to get it right until you get to about ten percent left in the story when they catch a glimpse of sense, but what about all the chapters before when they were so stupid? How many times does someone have to let you know they need help and you just continue to “think” about what to do? If someone puts up a sign asking for help regardless of if it is spelled correctly or not, it would stand to reason, you’d call the police, right? Hmmph, not in this story. It was like this through the entire book. I kept talking to my Kindle the entire time I read and that’s not good when I have people thinking I’m nuts, which I am a little, talking to characters that only exist in my mind. What the hell? These characters were so idiotic and if your life depended on them, you’d be dead for real! OMG! I was just aggravated beyond belief!

I’m not sure how you can call this story an “unputdownable” book. I put it down for a week and a half and was ready to gouge my eyes out by having to delve back into it again. There wasn’t anything happening in this book that I couldn’t figure out. There wasn’t anything surprising about the ending. I figured out most of the story by forty percent in. And my scenario was dead on. Eh, I wasn’t impressed with this story at all. Not one bit. I was frustrated, aggravated and downright exhausted by this story line. I can’t stand dumb characters. And these characters were riddled with stupidity throughout. It liked to drove me insane.

The Sexy Nerd gives The Family Across the Street three additional neighbors to move away from! As you can see, this book was not for me. Oh no, certainly not for me. But, as you know, I never advise anyone not to read a book. If you enjoy a lot of angst and characters who seem to get twisted around their own stupidity, then you’ll certainly have fun reading this book. Good luck with that! Until next time, you know what to do!

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Saturday, January 29, 2022

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#BookBlast...His Wild Flower...#Dystopian #SciFi #Cyberpunk


There’s ugliness in beauty, but there’s also beauty in ugliness… 

We may be monsters, but we are each other’s monsters…

Book Title: His Wild Flower

Author: L. Grey S.

Publisher: Self-published

Cover Artist: Tjota Art

Release Date:  December 28, 2021

Genres:  Dystopian Sci-Fi/cyberpunk, Boys Love

Tropes:  Enemies to lovers, slow-burn

Themes: Good vs Evil, courage & perseverance, redemption

Heat Rating:  3 flames     

Length:  80 600 words/ 324 kindle pages

This is a standalone book for now. It concludes, but there’s an open-ended silver lining in the epilogue.


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And coincidences – are they merely fluke occurrences or are they the results of a planned chain reaction?

That is the story of a man who has run away from his past, and another who is running from himself. Pursued by their own demons, the unlikely pair collide fiercely with judgements and misunderstandings. From enemies to lovers, the pair journey on a path to discover truths that they have been denied. But are they ready to face them?

Who is the hero and who is the villain in their story?

And what is their destiny…?

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Chapter 1

Covered in blood, he squeezed his built body under the tight shower, clumsily hitting the on button. Standing naked under running water, he lifted his chin, parted his lips and tasted the chlorine water. The ravishing man ran his thick and rough fingers through his drenched hair.

Blood drained like scarlet before waterfall from his mutilated wound. Unfazed by the stinging pain, he smothered soap over his sculpted torso, crimson bubbles dribbling down his rock-hard chest to those iron abdominals. Attached to his body were a pair of athletic legs and a perky derriere. Wrapped with unsightly scars, each told stories like cave paintings. He brushed his callused fingers over them.

Out of the shower, he raided the minibar. Cracking open a few miniature vodka bottles, he splashed them over his mutilated wound and roughly dressed it before swallowing a handful of painkillers, complimentary of hospitality Alice. Breaths slowing down, his lids turned heavier.

* * *

He peeled open his swollen lids. Painfully tied to a chair with barbed wire, he noticed he was restrained by his own signature Shibari knots. He chuckled to himself; only one madman would mock him with such atrocity.

He heard footsteps approaching. Pricked by thousands of pins and needles, his body went into shock when ice-cold water was splashed onto him.

Laughing sinisterly in a familiar coarse voice, the man beside him smacked Marcus’s cheeks and whispered, ‘Time to wake up, my sleeping beauty.’

His throat tightened: Marcus was voiceless. A sudden punch to his jaw sent a back tooth catapulting out of his mouth. Falling to the ground, Marcus spat out metallic tasting blood between his teeth.

Holding Marcus’s arrow-tipped blades to his throat, the man sneered, ‘How could you, Sheng?! You traitor! I’m going to take away everything you cared about!’

Hah… that’s me…

I am Sheng… I was Sheng…

Faint knocks from a distance distracted the man.

* * *
…they were getting louder. Slowly lifting his lids, Marcus was unsure if he was still dreaming. Stumbling to the door, he was greeted by Alice with breakfast.

Taking one look at the tray of mush, Marcus asked, ‘What’s this?’

‘The Director told me to bring this. High-protein mashed beans with a side of kale salad and toast.’

‘Ugh…’ Repulsed by the unappetising meal, Marcus took a slice of toast then chucked the tray on the desk and pulled a long hoodie over himself to venture outdoors.

Hospitality my arse!

Guided by his lens, Marcus left the heavily guarded building with his head down and scouted around Downtown. He felt as though he had walked into a science fiction movie.

The bustling Downtown was buzzing with flying drones and patrolling robots. Autonomous vehicles were driving themselves seamlessly and accordingly. Transportation capsules were travelling at super speed in transparent tubes which was around Downtown, surrounded by cloud-height skyscrapers.

Still trying to adjust to his new upgrade, Marcus’s cornea lens was being bombarded with relentless data, holograms and augmentations along with all the data from the Solar users. Dazed from experiencing the overwhelmingness that Stig had warned about, he kept bumping into people who were engrossed in their Solar devices. A migraine began to pound against his skull so he turned the lens off.

He wandered into a park. Sitting on a park bench, burying his head against his knees, he rocked desperately to try and force the pain away. A concussion had his brain mixed up, and he gasped when he suddenly flashed back to a pair of bloodstained hands.

I’m a coward. Everyone is dead and I’m still breathing. I failed to rescue them.

Guilt… Marcus was tormenting himself with it. He was nothing but a lone wolf prowling in a foreign land, purposeless and meaningless.

He took a deep breath... and ended up choking himself with a pungent stench of drunkenness. Passed out beside him (at ten in the morning) was a man hugging an empty bottle of champagne at ten in the morning. With thick, scruffy hair over his face, Marcus could not get a good look at the intoxicated person. Missing a shoe, shirt unbuttoned, half undone tie – the man clearly had had a bit too much fun.

The drunk propelled his guts and Marcus sprang away nimbly like a ninja. Holding his breath from the awful stench on his hypersensitive nostrils, Marcus caught the drunk before he rolled into his own sick. Laying the drunk down, he draped his hoodie over the man.

And left.

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Little Grey Soul

Eye for Beauty,

A Boys Love devotee,

A storyteller of fictional fantasies.

Root of the East,

With a voice of the West,

Blending them makes writing Best!

Little by little,

Grey celebrates the middle,

Soul behind my writing is for you to unriddle.

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Friday, January 28, 2022

#BookBlitz...Absolute Zero...#Contemporary #Erotic #Romance #ThrillerAndSuspense #Giveaway

Book Description

Sex, murder, cover-up…a lethal combination.

Fourteen days until Sierra Hunt’s brother is sentenced to life in prison for a crime he didn’t commit and the cover-up is so outrageous it’s almost unbelievable. Sierra had no way of knowing that the man with whom she had an explosive one-night stand would hold the answer to her desperate need.

Vic ‘Eagle’ Bodine wanted more than the unexpected one night with the woman who rocked his world. He was shocked when she turned out to be Galaxy’s newest client, and that they’d be joined at the hip as they worked to save her brother from an unjust imprisonment.

Galaxy will need to live up to its motto of We are your last resort for this one, the mother of all cover-ups. But Eagle is going to make damned sure that he gets it done…and at the same time convince Sierra that they belong together.

Reader advisory: This book contains scenes of violence, and mentions of off-page murder and murder.

Absolute Zero by Desiree Holt

Book 4 in the Galaxy series

Word Count: 71,697
Book Length: SUPER NOVEL
Pages: 272



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If someone had explained to Sierra Hunt what absolute zero was, she would have told them that it was exactly where she was. At a total standstill. And her pounding head wasn’t helping the situation. She pried her eyes open and looked around. Where was she, anyway? Her hotel room? No, not hers, but one like it. Then whose? She scrunched her forehead trying to remember exactly where she was and how she’d gotten here. Was this a repeat of Jeremy’s situation?


Jeremy. Her brother. Then it all came rushing back at her.

The trip. The last chance. Then the disappointment and depression. The depressing phone call to her brother. The man in the lobby.

They had spent a fortune on attorney fees trying to arrange an appeal, but all for nothing. Every attempt after the first one had been denied and now every option that they’d had was exhausted. Every attorney she had consulted—if quick brushoffs could be called consulting—explained they had no additional grounds. The three other attorneys she’d tried previously had all told her they saw nothing to indicate there were grounds for yet another appeal. And the governor’s office would not take her call.

Jeremy was already showing the physical effects of being in prison, and she’d begun to fear for his mental health as well.

Cheryl Andrews, Jeremy’s wonderful girlfriend, somehow continued to believe in him but then she’d became ill with a bad case of the flu and had died in days. Jeremy still had not recovered from the loss.

Sierra had flown here to New Orleans to meet with a high-profile attorney who she’d been told was a champion of difficult cases like this. He was her last chance, the man she was told who could find a loophole. He’d refused to make an appointment, but she figured if she just showed up, he’d at least have to give her fifteen minutes. She’d waited all day in his office, only to have him tell her she should accept the fact her brother was guilty and prepare herself for the fact he would die in prison. She left his office depressed and discouraged. She had one option left, but she couldn’t exercise it until the morning, damn it.

On top of that, for the past few weeks she’d had the uncomfortable feeling someone was watching her. Following her. She’d been doing weird things to see if that was true, but if it was, whoever was on her tail was very good at it.

Exhausted, she’d been paying no attention to anything as she made her way through the hotel lobby. Hot tea, she told herself. That was what she needed to soothe her nerves. The drinks wagon was still open in the lobby, and the scent of the various brews tantalized her senses. She chose peach, a flavor that always helped her relax.

Then, as she turned away to head toward the elevators, she bumped smack into a solid wall of masculinity, spilling her hot tea all over the shirt of the man standing in front of her.

“Oh, my god! I am so sorry.”

She looked up…and up. The first thing she noticed was he could model for a photo of warriors. He was tall, lean, muscular, with a shadow of a beard lining his jaw. His eyes were a piercing blue, and the whole image was accented by a stripe of white hair that ran backward from his forehead. For a moment she was frozen in place, mesmerized. Then reality jabbed her. She grabbed napkins from the drinks wagon and tried to blot his shirt dry, but he stayed her hand.

“I’ll handle it. Don’t worry.” But he was pulling the damp material away from his chest and removing the hot liquid from his skin.

His voice was rich and deep and sent shivers along her spine. A sharply defined jawline and angular cheekbones were highlighted by electric blue eyes and thick lashes. His lips, curved into a hint of a smile, looked as if they were usually set in a grim line. She wondered what had created that change.

“No, no, I am so sorry. I—”

Flustered, she made things worse because she was still holding the now half-empty cup of tea and more splashed out of it. When she turned to toss the cup into the trash, her hand bumped the metal edge of the counter. She dropped her purse which then fell open, scattering her things on the floor.

If she could have melted into space, she would have done it. Instead, she crouched down, doing her best to gather items and stuff them back into her purse. And of course, the stranger insisted on helping her.

She grabbed her key card from her purse, and in the process scattered some of the contents again. God. If only the floor would just open up and swallow her.

“You going to your room? Come on, I’ll make sure you get there.”

Go with a strange man up to her room? Was she crazy? Absolutely not!

“No, thanks, I—”

“You’re bleeding.” The stranger took her hand and lifted it. “You must have hit it pretty hard on the counter.”

She glanced down, shocked to see blood welling from a long cut and running down over her fingers. Holy god. What next?

The stranger grabbed more napkins and pressed them against the cut.

“You can’t let something like that go. It needs attention. If you’d rather, I can take you to a walk-in clinic—?”

“No. Please.” That was all she needed. “I just want to get to my room.”

“Do you have bandages? Antiseptic? If not, you could be courting an infection. I can fix it, at least temporarily.”

She was so rattled she didn’t even have the brains to refuse. Instead, she let him lead her across the lobby to the elevators. Inside the car, he punched the button for the tenth floor.

“I’m on nine,” she protested.

“But the first aid’s on the tenth, in my room.”

He was taking her to his room? What if he…?

“Don’t worry.” He grinned at her. “I’m not planning to attack you. That is, unless you want me to. Ah, here we are.”

Still in a daze, she followed him down the hall and into his hotel room. She had to admit he was very efficient in cleaning and bandaging her cut.

“Are you a doctor?”

He shook his head. “Former SEAL. We learn how to field dress wounds. Okay, there you are.” He frowned. “You’re still trembling. What can I get for you?”

“Can you just hold me for a minute? I’ve had the day from hell and this hasn’t helped.”

For a moment he looked as if he were about to refuse. But then, just as she was about to get up, he put his arm around her and pulled her against him.

“We should at least introduce ourselves. I’m…”

She held up her hand. “No names, okay? I… It’s better this way.” She tried a smile. “More mysterious.”

“Okay. Just call me Eagle, then.” His mouth curved into a hint of a very sexy grin. “That was my call sign in the SEALs.”

She figured the streak in his hair had something to do with that.

When she didn’t respond, he shrugged. “Okay. No problem.”

And still he held her.

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Desiree Holt

A multi-published, award winning, Amazon and USA Today best-selling author, Desiree Holt has produced more than 200 titles and won many awards. She has received an EPIC E-Book Award, the Holt Medallion and many others including Author After Dark’s Author of the Year. She has been featured on CBS Sunday Morning and in The Village Voice, The Daily Beast, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, The London Daily Mail. She lives in Florida with her cats who insist they help her write her books, and is addicted to football.

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Welcome to Drake Isle

Books 1-2 in The Drake Isle Series

by Allie Boniface

Genre: Small Town Contemporary Romance

Welcome to Drake Isle, where time moves differently, the air feels cleaner, the sun warmer, and the world feels calmer…”

Emotions are intense and unstoppable. This island is filled with love.”

I want to live on Drake Isle!”

Find out why readers love Allie Boniface’s island romance series in this duet boxed set:

Because of You (Book One) -

Ten years ago, Piper Townsend fell to her death from the top of a fraternity house, and no one on Drake Isle has ever been the same. Blake Carter's fraternity was scandalized. Misterion College closed down. And Blake's girlfriend Emmy fled the island after her best friend died and never looked behind her.

Now Blake's the CEO of a multi-million dollar tech firm looking to relocate to the island. Emmy owns a yoga studio in the building he wants to buy. They haven't spoken in ten years. They're on opposite sides of the bargaining table. But old flames die hard, and sometimes soulmates can set the world on fire all over again…

Finding You (Book Two) -

Lillian Santini came to Drake Isle pregnant, broke, and alone. Two decades later she owns a renowned beauty salon and has raised her twins to adulthood. Fiercely independent, she has no interest in settling down. Then she meets Trey.

Trey lives a jet-set life on the mainland, a billionaire who's hidden a shockingly abusive childhood from the world. His best friend, the only person who knew his secrets, died in a tragic accident twelve years earlier. Lil and Trey’s attraction is instant. Their desire is powerful. But can two people from different worlds find love on Drake Isle, or will past secrets tear them apart?

Bonus Story! Deck the Isle is a sweet Christmas story that takes place between Books 1 and 2 and highlights the island decked out at holiday time (along with a few more secrets between characters…)

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Thursday, January 27, 2022

#BookTour...The Unexpected #Series...#Steamy #Romance #Giveaway

The Unexpected Series is a steamy romance series where anything can happen and probably will. Each book in the series is a stand-alone happily ever after, or happy for now book. While they are stand-alone, the books are all centered around Safety Zone Security and the employees there. Characters from one book will continue throughout the rest of the series.

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The Unexpected Series Book 1

by Stacy Eaton

Genre: Steamy Romance

What happens when a neighbor accidentally opens a birthday present sent to you?

Lexi Miller lives a disciplined lifestyle, with no interest in spicing it up. With a great job and a best friend who tries everything to get her to break out of her dull life, it’s not until her birthday present arrives at her door, opened by a stranger, that Lexi needs to rethink her life.

Alex Miller is working on his second career after retiring from the military. He’s excited to be helping his best friend Jake Taite get his new business, Safety Zone Security, up and running. Plus, he can’t wait to build a relationship with his teenage daughter.
When a package shows up on his doorstep, he is kind enough to deliver the box to the rightful owner. When Lexi opens the door, Alex finds himself unexpectedly intrigued with his beautiful neighbor.

With misunderstandings, a few laughs, and some abrupt tension concerning a business trip, Lexi has to decide if her love for Alex is a gift or a curse.

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Unexpected Arrivals

The Unexpected Series Book 2

What happens when an unknown woman drops a baby in your lap?

Trevor Vaughn loves his job, his women, and his bachelor’s lifestyle. Sadly, for him, all of that might change when Davina Daniels walks into his office pushing a stroller. The problem is that Trevor doesn’t have any idea who Davina is.

After begging for her help, Davina and Trevor form an unexpected friendship that will bring them together in time for their friend’s wedding and a night of steamy romance.

With misspoken words, a dangerous trip, and Devon being rushed to the hospital, the chances that they can repair the relationship are slim to none. Will Trevor and Davina find a way back to each other, or will his unexpected arrival end it for good?

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Unexpected Trouble

The Unexpected Series Book 3

What happens when you run into your high school sweetheart after nineteen years?

Big things are happening at Safety Zone Security, and before a client meeting, Gregory Blaire heads down to Cocoa’s Coffee Café to grab some much-needed caffeine. Running into his high school sweetheart was almost the last thing he excepted, but the jewelry store heist that went wrong tops even that.

As hard as Maggie Valor works to build her career as a serious journalist, she’s stuck as a romance advice columnist, and she’ll do just about anything to change that. She might even get the chance when she finds herself held hostage.

With Maggie putting herself in the way of danger, stepping into Safety Zone Security to help with a client, and then pushing to join an operation, all Greg can see is trouble. Especially since the police are questioning her, someone is sending her threatening packages, and she is determined to drive him wild.

The only thing Greg wants to do is figure out how to keep the woman out of trouble, away from his job, and nowhere near his bed-or worse, his heart.

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Unexpected Storms

The Unexpected Series Book 4

What happens when you take a chance to dance with a stranger?

Ali Davidson is ready for a relationship; only the conventional methods aren’t much help. Working long hours as a head chef doesn’t either. Could being a contestant on the May I Have This Dance television show help her find love on the dance floor?

Harvey Melton works long hours and travels a lot, but while burning time off from work, his sister begs for his help. Harvey would do anything for his sister, including dance on her silly television show while trying to keep it quiet from his pals at the office.

Ali has to decide between her three dance partners, which two she will ask back for a second dance, and then choose between them to explore a relationship. With Ali trying to decide between the two final men, she has significant distractions in her kitchen.

When patrons get sick, and her reputation is on the line, friends step in to help and enlist the guys at Safety Zone Security. When they arrive, Ali is surprised to see Harvey, and the attraction between these two is undeniable and stormy. But will those storms ruin any chance they have?

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Unexpected Desires

The Unexpected Series Book 5

What happens when you find out she doesn't exist?

Being the technical specialist at Safety Zone Security has its perks for Mike Johnson. One is to have the ability to find virtually anything out on anyone that he wants to. Well, except for the woman who is sending his libido into overdrive. On her, he can find nothing.

Kelly Smith keeps to herself and has only a few work friends. When questions arise, it’s easier to pack up and leave than answer. That is until Mike scares the bejesus out of her at the cemetery and then shows up at her place of employment and ends up wearing her entire tray of drinks.

Now Kelly finds herself wanting to talk, but what she says might not help their relationship. In fact, it could destroy it before it even begins. Will Mike and Kelly deal with the unexpected desires between them or will her past life quench the flames for Mike.

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Unexpected Ties

The Unexpected Series Book 6

What happens when the woman you desire asks for your trust?

Jake Taite, the owner of Safety Zone Security, is brash and quick to lose his cool. When he finds out his father is dying, Jake needs to figure out a way to let his father know he’ll be fine after he’s gone.

Alice is far from the girl next door and is never afraid to voice her opinion, especially when it comes to her boss. If only he could trust her enough to let her in.

While on a trip to Las Vegas, Jake has an idea, but can Alice handle the unexpected ties thrust on her? Will Jake be able to deal with the ties she wants to put on him?

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Stacy resides in southeastern Pennsylvania with her husband, who works in law enforcement. She has a daughter in college and a son who is currently serving in the United States Navy.

Stacy writes a variety of genres, but mostly romance. She enjoys writing real-life stories that people can relate to with real-life problems, emotions, and solutions.

Her favorites: Classic cars, photography, Disney, music, coffee, and her favorite sweatshirt that says, You are dangerously close to getting killed in my next novel.

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Going home can be the best medicine.

Country boy Colum Boyle has been home to work the family farm for a while now. He’s shocked when he’s sent to pick up his sister’s best friend for a wedding, and he realizes he’s never gotten over her.

Veterinarian Xaya Asher isn’t sure all the mental preparation in the world has her ready to face Colum again. The sparks between them are combustible and soon the flames erupt.

Do these two have what it takes to overcome the obstacles before them?

Love & Moonshine by Aliyah Burke

Book 2 in the Family Forever series

Word Count: 31,215
Book Length: SHORT NOVEL
Pages: 131



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“Line two, Dr. Asher.”

Jogging up the hallway from the back, Xaya waved a hand in acknowledgment to her practice manager as she passed the woman’s room.

The morning had been crazy and she was trying to get to her office for a moment of rest and food. That was the main thing. The half a bagel she’d inhaled at the ass-crack of dawn this morning hadn’t been what she needed to keep up with the expenditure of energy she’d expelled so far today.

“We ordered out—there’s a sandwich on your desk because I know you didn’t bring anything in with you.”

“I love you, Mrs. Connie.” And it was true, she loved her staff.

“Yeah, yeah,” the manager teased back.

With the door closed behind her, she walked to her desk and sat with a groan. The hot roast beef sandwich tempted her and the smells rising from it had her stomach chiming in on its opinion of how this should go. Phone or food first?

She kicked off her shoes once she’d taken her seat, stole two bites just to make her mouth happy, then she picked up the phone.

“Dr. Asher.”

“Xaya? It’s Avery.”

She frowned and shook her head before the smile overtook her. “Girl, what are you doing calling me on this line? I have a cell phone of which I’m fairly certain you have the number.”

“I wanted to give you a heads-up before I start hammering away at you on the cell.”

“I’m putting you on speaker so I can eat.” After doing just that, she took another big bite of her food and moaned in contentment.

“You sure you’re eating food and not getting dick?”

She snorted. “Positive. Now come on, tell me what this is all about. Why do I need a heads-up and what’s it going to cost me?”

“A plane ticket.”

Sucking gravy off her thumb, she scowled. “Everyone okay?”

A deep breath. “Yes. Lani’s getting married.”

“Oh my God!” Xaya clapped her hands. “This is incredible. She found someone we’re all okay with?”

“I miss you, Xaya. I love how you need to make sure you’re going to be okay with him as well, but yes. We do love him. His name is Sanders and no, not as in Colonel.”

She snorted because that was exactly where her mind had ventured. “Okay, so we approve of him, good. Why do I need a heads-up? I would love to come for the wedding. She’s like my own little sister. Where is it? Maui? Baja? Cabo? Paris? Italy? Bahamas?”

“You know Lani. It’s home.”

Her fork clattered to the desk, leaving behind a smear of mashed potatoes.


Was that her voice that squeaked when she asked that?


Xaya sighed. The denial built on her tongue. She wasn’t ready to head back to the small town she’d grown up in down south. Conception. School just hadn’t been a blast for her and to return was not something she wanted to do.

“I know,” Avery said quickly. “You didn’t have a lot of fun here, despite us having fun. It wasn’t easy for you but you did it. You survived. Lani wanted me to ask you and I’m willing to cash in any and all chips I have with you to get you here for her wedding. It’s all she wants, so what’s it going to take?”

“Nothing.” As soon as the word left her mouth she knew it was true. She would do anything for Avery, her best friend outside of her cousins, and Lani was also included in that.

“Text me the information and I’ll make the arrangements. You know there isn’t anything I wouldn’t do for Lani.” And that was true. She and Avery’s family had been fiercely protective of that particular Boyle sibling. “Still going to cost you, though.”

“What?” she demanded in false outrage. “Are you sure?”

“More and more so with each passing second. And you better make it worth my while.”

“Okay, how about this… I give you one hot—your words not mine—brother of mine, Colum Boyle.”

If she’d had any food in her mouth she would have spit it out. Or choked. Colum had been five years their senior and, good Lord, he’d starred in all of her fantasies. No one in school had been able to compare to him.

“Pretty sure you’re pimping out your brother and I’m not sure he’s going to be okay with that.”

“Doesn’t matter what he thinks. This is about me making sure we’re square.”

Xaya laughed. “You totally mean that, don’t you?”

“Of course.”

“You can’t sell your brother to be my sex slave for the time I’m up there.”

“I never mentioned slavery. More like an escort.”

She dug back into her food, highly amused by the conversation. “How about we discuss payment that doesn’t include you selling off a family member for favors?”

“You’d take him.”

“Not even necessary to discuss this because we’re not using him as money.” Fuck yes, she’d take him. Especially if he’d only improved on what she remembered from the last time she’d seen him, right before he’d gone and joined the Marines.

“Dr. Asher. Hit and run inbound. They’ll be here in ten minutes.”

“Thanks, Melody.” She stole one last bite and took a drink. “Sorry to cut this short, Avery.”

“I know, I heard. I’ll text you the deets. And, Xaya?”

“Yeah?” She stood and readjusted her lab coat before swiping her cell and sticking it in her back pocket.

“Thanks for coming.”

“I meant what I said, Avery. I wouldn’t miss it for the world.” She hung up the phone and ran out of her office.

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