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Title: USE MEAuthor: Kimberly KnightGenre: Contemporary RomanceRelease: February 20
Rhys Cole's life has always revolved around hockey. Growing up, he knew he'd play in the National Hockey League, but when his dream of being drafted didn't happen, he chose the next best thing: becoming a hockey sportscaster for a local sports station. But just like in sports, you win some, you lose some. When Rhys discovers his girlfriend cheating with a stranger in his bed, he walks to the local bar down the street to let off some steam. After moving her way up the journalism field by covering stories in extreme weather conditions and working late hours, Ashtyn Valor is now the lead anchor for the nightly news. Finally settled into her career, Ashtyn is ready to take the next step in life with her boyfriend. But when he unexpectedly breaks up with her, Ashtyn decides to numb the pain with alcohol at the closest bar.Rhys and Ashtyn both expected an evening of alcohol to mask the pain of that October night. What they didn't expect was meeting someone who could shield them from the darkness of their heartaches. Or that their pasts would dangerously intertwine …When obsession becomes dangerous, Ashtyn turns to Rhys for safety. But how safe are they really?The game of love always goes on.And their game was just beginning.
“Sucks your game was canceled tonight.”
“Yeah, but if it hadn’t been,” he said as we began to walk in the direction of my condo, “I wouldn’t have walked in on my cheating girlfriend, and I wouldn’t have met you.”
I could feel the heat hit my cheeks. “This is true, but I wish we would have met under different circumstances.”
“I don’t,” he stated. “Then I wouldn’t have gotten to be your fake boyfriend for a few hours.”
I laughed. “Thank you again for that.”
“Cupcake?” I laughed.
“Because I want to lick and eat you.”
Kimberly Knight is a USA Today Bestselling Author that lives in the mountains near a lake with her loving husband and spoiled cat, Precious. In her spare time, she enjoys watching her favorite reality TV shows, watching the San Francisco Giants win World Series and the San Jose Sharks kick butt. She's also a two time desmoid tumor/cancer fighter that's made her stronger and an inspiration to her fans. Now that she lives near a lake, she plans on working on her tan and doing more outdoor stuff like watching hot guys waterski. However, the bulk of her time is dedicated to writing and reading romance and erotic fiction.
What if Alice didn’t fall down the rabbit hole, but instead, traveled through Lincoln Tunnel into another kind of Wonderland: New York City.
The best day of twenty-five year old Alice Leighton’s life was the day she got to put her nothing special, lil Southern town in her rear-view mirror. Good-bye to phony ‘bless your hearts’ and ‘I’ll pray for you’ crap, all while talking trash behind her back. She’s New York City’s latest addition and she’s going to work her ass off proving she earned her spot in the country’s top grad program. Never again will she let some jerk derail her future and break her heart. Oh, and no more players. She’s D.O.N.E with the ‘cool guys’. Getting caught up in Dare Grangeworth, the art world’s resident bad boy, was not part of her Alice 2.0 plan, even if he is just her type, with his beard, tats sleeves and intense green eyes. When he’s not dodging the press or his cultish fan base, Dare’s making art that makes a statement. Women seem to lose their heads around him – all the more reason why he finds Alice’s candor refreshing. He’s used to women giving in – not giving attitude. He has to get to know this girl, even if it means allowing himself to be the subject of her research. Before too long, he becomes more than a simple outlier she can explain away. And for him everything starts to feel larger than life and upside down, like a heady rush, all while desperately trying not to lose his heart. Become lost and found in this re-imagined story of Alice and her cast of characters, in a world where Wonderland meets Sex-and-the-City.
Born in California and raised in South Florida, Harper Kincaid has moved around like a gypsy with a bounty on her head ever since. For years, she was a jill of all trades and a master of none, but is now tickled hot pink to pen stories that break and mend people's hearts for a living. Kincaid believes seduction occurs from the neck up, which is why her characters are smart, sexy, and slightly quirky - and definitely worthy to be your next hard-core book crush.
When not writing, she adores listening to indie, lo-fi, complaint rock played on vinyl, thetheater, well-informed optimism, happy endings (both kinds), and making those close to her laugh 'til they snort. She is a self-admitted change junkie, loving new experiences and places, but has now happily settled in the cutest lil' town, Vienna, Virginia.
Okay so let me start off by saying that I had no idea what this book was going to be about. I saw that it was a retelling of Alice in Wonderland and I was sold. Alice in Wonderland is one of my all-time favorite stories. I do want to say that while I loved every moment of this book and getting lost in the characters and the story line, I'm only rating this book a 3 out of 5 because for one I don't have a half system, but also because the ending, for me, came out of no where and ended very abruptly, that I wanted a little more if that was truly where the author was going to end it. It is honestly just a personal thing, but I got all excited for Alice and then we get one tiny piece and then the end.
But outside of that little tid bit I LOVED THIS BOOK!!!! OMG from the very first page to Alice and a man running into each other, her calling him City, him picking up on her southern accent and calling her Dixie and all sorts of other southern names, but really looking for her name. Alice pretty much on the side walk of New York City puts him in his place and he is so taken back by it, that he's immediately interested in her. She won't give up her name and they part ways. It isn't until he's in the cab that he finds her purse and decides back at his office that he is going to go through it. And my favorite line from this book came when he calls her to let her know he has her purse and even though she knows he's gone through it and has her name, it isn't until he actually says it that makes everything come together and ovaries explode. His line is simple and not noteworthy outside of text, but he says, "I think you know the answer to that Alice." And imagining him using her name for the first time is again the image of ovaries exploding.
Alice is studying to become a sex therapist and even though this is the carer path she has chose, she doesn't have a ton of experience in that area. But her one professor gives her a task to complete for grad school and eventually she gives into her desires that she tries to play off as just a clinical experiment and begins a relationship/sexual relationship with City who is also known as Dare. I really like Dare's character and the fact that he knows who he is as a person, as a man, and as a man in a relationship. There's no I need to change my ways for her, or any of that I don't have my crap together. It's a nice change of pace. This book gives Alice and Dare plenty of ups and downs and curves and when something comes up that could not only threaten their relationship, but Alice's career will they survive? You'll have to fall down the rabbit hole and step into the world that Harper has created to find out. Truly is a good read.
Lady Eleanor Russell needed a husband. Immediately. With no male heir, when her father died, the vast family estate would revert to the Crown. But no man would choose an unattractive, outspoken, independent, spinster of mature years as a bride—so she’d buy a husband.
An impoverished third son of aristocratic birth, Lord Miles Everleigh, tall, elegant and immensely handsome, relied on wealthy widows to clothe, house and feed him. In exchange, they received a charming, accomplished companion, both in and out of the bedroom. But this lifestyle wore away a man’s self-respect; he was not the male whore his step-brother had named him.
When Eleanor “bought” Miles as a husband, she never intended to lose her heart. When he accepted her proposal, Miles never imagined he’d want more from Eleanor than her money.
Excerpt of A Husband for Hire by Patricia A. Knight
hese are the best marital prospects you can discover? In all of London?”
The Lady Eleanor Constance Russell, sole offspring of The Right Honorable Earl of Rutledge and The Right Honorable Countess of Rutledge slapped the sheet of paper she’d been reading down on top of the mahogany desk and bestowed on her London barrister the look of a woman at her wit’s end. Grief for her dying parents and a sense of utter desperation had driven her to actions she considered borderline insanity. If she accepted any of the names on this list, she might as well rent rooms in Bedlam. Eleanor fought the hysteria surging in her breast and tried for a more cajoling tone. “Surely you can come up with more worthy candidates?”
The barrister who had served her family for the last forty years sat immobile in his great chair, hunkered down behind his great desk, his hands steepled in front of his narrow-lipped mouth. “This was no small task you set before me, Lady Russell. We are at war with France. Many of our most eligible men fill our army and navy.”
Her troubled gaze swung outward. Outside the windows of Elsington & Elsington, the London hansom cabs clopped past in the traffic-clogged street. Everyone had business to conduct it seemed. With a heavy sigh, she returned to the issue that had torn her away from the bedside of her failing but beloved parents and the celebrated stud farm into which she’d poured twenty-plus years of her life.
Her eyes flicked to the sheet in front of her, and she jabbed at it with an index finger.“Sir Clive Wellery. Fifty-six years of age, just interred his fourth wife, has no property of worth, eleven dependents ranging in age from two months to twenty-two years, known for a propensity to overindulge in spirits and gambling, currently renting a six-bedroom house in Bloomsbury.” She shuddered and whispered, “Eleven children.”Her eyes rose and gazed at the gentleman across the desk from her then dropped back to the paper.
“Lord Hilary Vance. Sixty-four years of age, of no property or spouse. No dependents, an unfortunate victim of the ‘China disease.’” She cleared her throat. “I understand there is no opium den he does not frequent.”
The barrister sat motionless in his chair and gave her a disapproving frown. She rolled her eyes. “I am thirty-years-old, sir. I’m not an ignorant debutante.”
“I disapprove of your unorthodox education, Ma’am. It did you a great disservice, and so I told your father.”
You old fusspot. Eleanor swallowed her retort and returned her gaze to the page on the desk. “And then there is Sir Aubrey Dedham… really, Mr. Elsington? Really? The fellow lives at the molly houses.” She frowned as her barrister stirred awkwardly in his high-backed chair. “Did you think I didn’t know the meaning of the term? How am I supposed to persuade a sodomite into marriage with a woman when he is not inclined toward women in the first place?” She scowled. “Though perhaps my possessing no feminine attributes is a recommendation.”
“Lady Russell, please…”
Eleanor held up a gloved hand. “Stop. I know what you are going to say. £30,000 will make any man blind. And this last entry.” She sighed and relaxed her upright spine for one moment before resuming her erect posture and folding her hands in her lap. “This last marital candidate.” She could feel the heat climb her neck into her cheeks at the thought of a man that elegant ever giving her a second look and if he did… she’d probably turn and flee.
“The Lord Miles Everleigh, twenty-five, the third of four sons, whose eldest brother is the new Duke of Chelsony. I understand Lord Miles lives on the charity of “friends” in return for his convivial companionship and educated guidance on the purchase of fine bloodstock. What could induce…”
She closed her eyes and fought back the tears that threatened. How had she come to this? Was she going to go through with an action that in her more rational moments caused her to lose the contents of her stomach? In short, yes. The alternative was even more appalling.
One thought of the manor house with its 100,000 acres of attached properties and villages all peopled with men and women who relied on her family for their livelihood... the thought of all this reverting to the Crown because of some quirk in the laws of primogeniture? Accompanying the loss would be the upheaval and complete displacement of the lovely Thoroughbred mares and stallions of impeccable breeding whose pedigrees she could recite to the nth generation and all their offspring, in short, the entire racing stud she’d helped her father make so fabulously successful. Well, it was enough to make anyone cry.
Despite having three torturous seasons on the marriage mart ten years ago, no eligible man—there’d been numerous made ineligible by virtue of being unacceptable to her parents or unacceptable to her—had stepped forward with an offer to make her his wife. All the wealth and property she would bring with her was insufficient incentive to overcome her plain features, awkward deportment and utter lack of the slightest feminine attribute, so… she’d have to buy a husband—and soon. With no male heir, upon the death of her father, the estate, and all its entailed properties would be subject to the peregrinations of escheat.
“Mr. Elsington…please. What could possibly recommend me to Lord Miles Everleigh? Even rusticating as I have been, I hear the on-dits about the ever-so-handsome and sophisticated Lord Miles Everleigh. There will always be other options for a man like this, much better options than a gawky plank of an ape-leader with shriveled social skills who reeks of the stables and is his senior by five years.”
The man across from her cleared his throat. “My lady…if I may be allowed…” He looked over his pince-nez. “The marriage agreement that you have required me to draw up demands a gentleman of a certain …” He shifted uncomfortably. “Ah…”
“Let me assist you. The word you want is desperation. It wants a gentleman who has reached a point of desperation. Well, Mr. Elsington, find more candidates. This week. I’m running out of time.”
“Err, yes, Lady Russell. Quite.” His eyes softened. “How is your father, my lady?”
Eleanor dropped her eyes and fought for composure until she was sure she could speak without succumbing to tears. “The physicians tell me, ‘at most a few months’. He could go at any time.”
“My sincere regrets, ma’am. Lord Rutledge is a fine gentleman.”
With a murmur of thanks, she inhaled and rose to her full height. Mr. Elsington was not a short man, but as he stood to escort her out, she topped him by a full head, reminding her yet again of her abysmal lack of any physical feature possessed by an even a moderately desirable woman. She hardened her jaw as she marched out of the law offices to her waiting carriage. There was no point in dwelling on a source of immense hurt that her adoring parents and formidable fortune hadn’t protected her from, nor the reasons for her present desperate action. She decided on the instant to go to the one place in all of London where she’d always felt at home regardless of the strictures of polite society and Richard Tattersal’s distinct lack of welcome for those of her sex.
“Take me to Tattersalls, John. They have advertised some young breeding stock I want to inspect. We need some outside lines to cross on Dare To Dream.”
“Yes, your ladyship.” With a tip of his beaver brim, he helped her into the carriage and climbed onto the box. At John Coachman’s instruction, the groom stepped away from the leaders, sprang to the back of the carriage and the team of beautifully matched bays stepped smartly away.
Patricia A. Knight is the pen name for an eternal romantic who lives in Dallas, Texas with her horses, Italian Greyhounds and rescue mutts—and the best man on the face of the earth—oh yeah, and the most enormous bullfrogs you will ever see. Word to the wise: don’t swim in the pool after dark.
Let me start off by saying that I've wanted to read a historical book for awhile now, but I've been hesitant just because I wasn't sure what to expect and because sometimes I worry that (with a good one) the language would kind of go over my head and the time period and society in general. I wanted to wait for the right book to come along to break my v-card if you will that could get me into a historical romance. I'm so glad I waited until this book. This book was amazing and pulls the reader in from the first few pages. A 30ish year old woman needs to marry to keep her family's estate among other things because she's a woman and not a man and therefore, needs to proposition a man to marry her. She will pay him very handsomely to basically just take his name and maybe at some point have his kid, to transfer the deed of the estate, other than that he's free to do whatever he wants. For that time period could you image the scandal this would have caused. So of course I'm immediately enthralled with this book. :)
Eleanor is apparently super plain and tall. She's not the dainty woman from this time period and so she sticks out and apparently because of this, she hasn't had any luck in the romance department. My heart really goes to her, because that's a sh*tty reason for someone not to want you. Because beauty isn't always on the outside, and let me just say I'm sure not all the men in this era were all that great looking either so ya know you shouldn't pass that kind of judgement. Anyways Eleanor was all about her horses and she knew so much information it was really impressive and while looking into a horse she sees this man, who is taller than her, actually looking back. Later we find out this is Miles who is one of the gentlemen she is going to proposition. He's really good looking and even though she's never been interested in a man in her life, she's interested in him.
I thought I might not like Miles because most of the guys are always douches in the beginning, but I really didn't get this feeling from him. More than that, he was truly a gentleman. My biggest issue with reading a book like this, is in this day and age women are all equality and I do for me and feminism and who needs a man, and if I go on a date I'm paying or paying for my half. And while I agree with some equality, I miss gentlemen manners and jesters. Holding doors or carriages, or when Miles and Eleanor go horseback riding, he dismounts first to help her off. Stupid little things like that make me miss this time and era and some the way men were. Now don't get me wrong I don't miss all of it, like the fact that if I was my parents only child and a woman I shouldn't inherit the estate because I was born with the wrong body part between my legs.
Anyways...so Miles accepts Eleanor's terms and they begin their courtship and friendship into knowing one another. Miles has plans and with this money will truly see them come to life. He's gentle with Eleanor and accepts all her quirks and oddness and I love that even more about him. Beyond that Eleanor really likes him too and I want that for her. I want something to come of this. But after mishaps and pride and stubbornness they go their separate ways. However, when people come knocking and questioning Eleanor's marriage she must seek out the help of Miles and even though she was horrible to him and hurtful, he is there the instant she needs him. I LOVE IT!!!! It was probably my biggest awww....moment in the book. Next to Mile's gift to Eleanor for their marriage. But because they are spending more time together feelings and and other things keep getting in the way. I like the way Patricia didn't beat around the bush with some things because some romance stories people NEVER talk and you are always yelling at your tv or book or kindle like OMG if you would just say what you are feeling at this moment everything would work out. GRRR....you had some of that here, but not all, which was a nice change of pace.
OHHHHHH and let me tell you the parents are AMAZING and I could not in my wildest dreams do what they did. And Eleanor's mother telling her husband to not die until Eleanor is married and such and then going further with things. She cracks me up and I love it. Overall, this book had everything you could want in a book, friendship, hardship, romance, mystery, suspense and so much more. This is definitely a must read.