PRINCE OF HEARTS: NICO & ARI DUET (Verona Legacy #1) by L.A. COTTON

“I would kill for you, Arianne. That’s who I am. I might not like everything about my life, my legacy, but this life, the codes I am bound to, run through my blood.”

It's been a while since we've immersed ourselves in a Mafia romance, and didn't L.A. Cotton provide all those feelings we love to experience with these type of reads. You know the ones? They make our hearts flutter whilst simultaneously leaving them a ragged wreck when the author brings you the angst, intensity and the threatening world of the Mafia forbidden romance theme.

 This story was like an intense, intriguing and angsty puzzle piece – every step forward took us two steps back guessing how it was all going to come together – deceit and lies, love and passion, happiness and heartbreak, it was all here, and OMG! We are so ready for more! We cannot wait for the next book, King of Souls! There's no doubt about it. L.A. Cotton wowed us with this book!

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Interview with Stephen Perkins, author of Grand Masquerade

What can you tell us about your new release, Grand Masquerade?

About my latest book release – Grand Masquerade – I would advise everyone to read while the lights are still on! The setting of the book is Rupert, a small and remote farming town, which happens to be haunted by supernatural entities, called the “Others”. Then, there is Richard Madden, a high-tech executive whose company, Morningstar, has developed Minerva, a surgically implantable mind-control application. Standing in the way of mass marketing this device, is presidential candidate Graham Barkley, who, at least publicly, stands opposed to Madden’s project, on the grounds that the device encroaches on constitutional privacy issues. Ostensibly, to settle their public dispute, Madden invites Barkley, along with his playboy young son, Caufield, on a hunting trip to the mountainous woodlands surrounding Rupert. Needless to say, while coming face to face with the “Others”, things don’t turn out exactly according to plan. Though Grand Masquerade is somewhat of a departure from my previous releases, loyal readers will be delighted to discover, the book still retains the familiar elements of both corporate and political intrigue as well as complex and treacherous conspiracies. Grand Masquerade even offers the element of romance. Madden’s son, Caufield, while involved in an investigation with the town sheriff into the mysteries of the “Others”, falls in love with Marigold, a local farm girl. Turns out though, unfortunately for young Caufield, Marigold is not what she appears to be! Undoubtedly, too, newer readers will become surprised and delighted to learn that Grand Masquerade will seem reminiscent of Steven King’s most vintage work. But, once again, I must caution them: Please, read Grand Masquerade while the lights are still on!

Your hosting a dinner party, which three writers are invited?

That is an intriguing question. Out of sheer curiosity, I would like, first, to invite Suzanne Collins, to ask her, why, she felt the need to write another sequel to the Hunger Games and, to ask her, about her reactions to the tens of thousands appearing to have reviewed the book, even though, the book has yet to be officially released to the public and, presumably, no one has yet read it? Does she consider this to be a rather curious phenomenon? Also, out of sheer curiosity, I would invite Stephanie Meyer, to not only enquire of her impressions of the cultural impact of “Twilight”, but, to ask, how she found the time, as a single mother of three children, to even write the book and the series of books which followed? And lastly, I would want to invite Thomas Harris. From that writer, I would hope to learn of his impressions: who is the greater villainous and evil psychopath – would it be Hannibal Lecter or Richard Madden, from Grand Masquerade? I would also wish to know, why , he may think the general public’s utter fascination with such depraved villains persists. I would also hope each of these writers brings over copious amounts of the most flavorful after-dinner coffee, to not only facilitate interesting and lively conversation, but, It seems, I have consumed so much of it this morning, my own personal supply has dwindled!

Which book from your childhood or teenage years has stuck with you as an adult?

‘A Christmas Carol’, from Charles Dickens. I can still recall becoming enchanted with the vividly drawn characters, the intrigue of the gothic setting and, of course, the story’s miracle redemption of Ebenezer Scrooge. To-this-day, the story seems both timeless and immortal.

Where is your happy place – what brings you joy?

I react with joy while imaging and looking towards the future. Despite everything, this is truly an exciting time to be alive!

What advice would you give to your teenage self?

Don’t take Wendy McManus, the varsity cheerleader from Bishop Fenwick to the senior prom, Steve. Though she’s blonde, with ravishing ice blue eyes, tall, beautiful and, though she may be irresistible in her long blue taffeta gown, she’s got issues, and you’ll regret it!

What scene in Grand Masquerade was your favorite to write?

You’ve posed a challenging question; one that is difficult to answer, especially considering, I had such fun while writing every exciting scene the readers can expect to encounter in Grand Masquerade. If, however, I had to choose but one, I would cite the scene which occurs half-way through Chapter 9. In this scene, Madden’s son, Caufield, journeys deep into Rupert’s mountainous and mysterious forests with Marigold. There, not only do they run into the “Others”, but, they end up facing a pulse-pounding ‘life or death’ scenario. After reading that, I can guarantee, ever reader of Grand Masquerade will want to switch on the lights, and leave them on for the remainder of the book?

 

Stephen Perkins is the author of the new book Grand Masquerade.

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Interview with Stephen Perkins, author of Grand Masquerade

What can you tell us about your new release, Grand Masquerade?

About my latest book release – Grand Masquerade – I would advise everyone to read while the lights are still on! The setting of the book is Rupert, a small and remote farming town, which happens to be haunted by supernatural entities, called the “Others”. Then, there is Richard Madden, a high-tech executive whose company, Morningstar, has developed Minerva, a surgically implantable mind-control application. Standing in the way of mass marketing this device, is presidential candidate Graham Barkley, who, at least publicly, stands opposed to Madden’s project, on the grounds that the device encroaches on constitutional privacy issues. Ostensibly, to settle their public dispute, Madden invites Barkley, along with his playboy young son, Caufield, on a hunting trip to the mountainous woodlands surrounding Rupert. Needless to say, while coming face to face with the “Others”, things don’t turn out exactly according to plan. Though Grand Masquerade is somewhat of a departure from my previous releases, loyal readers will be delighted to discover, the book still retains the familiar elements of both corporate and political intrigue as well as complex and treacherous conspiracies. Grand Masquerade even offers the element of romance. Madden’s son, Caufield, while involved in an investigation with the town sheriff into the mysteries of the “Others”, falls in love with Marigold, a local farm girl. Turns out though, unfortunately for young Caufield, Marigold is not what she appears to be! Undoubtedly, too, newer readers will become surprised and delighted to learn that Grand Masquerade will seem reminiscent of Steven King’s most vintage work. But, once again, I must caution them: Please, read Grand Masquerade while the lights are still on!

Your hosting a dinner party, which three writers are invited?

That is an intriguing question. Out of sheer curiosity, I would like, first, to invite Suzanne Collins, to ask her, why, she felt the need to write another sequel to the Hunger Games and, to ask her, about her reactions to the tens of thousands appearing to have reviewed the book, even though, the book has yet to be officially released to the public and, presumably, no one has yet read it? Does she consider this to be a rather curious phenomenon? Also, out of sheer curiosity, I would invite Stephanie Meyer, to not only enquire of her impressions of the cultural impact of “Twilight”, but, to ask, how she found the time, as a single mother of three children, to even write the book and the series of books which followed? And lastly, I would want to invite Thomas Harris. From that writer, I would hope to learn of his impressions: who is the greater villainous and evil psychopath – would it be Hannibal Lecter or Richard Madden, from Grand Masquerade? I would also wish to know, why , he may think the general public’s utter fascination with such depraved villains persists. I would also hope each of these writers brings over copious amounts of the most flavorful after-dinner coffee, to not only facilitate interesting and lively conversation, but, It seems, I have consumed so much of it this morning, my own personal supply has dwindled!

Which book from your childhood or teenage years has stuck with you as an adult?

‘A Christmas Carol’, from Charles Dickens. I can still recall becoming enchanted with the vividly drawn characters, the intrigue of the gothic setting and, of course, the story’s miracle redemption of Ebenezer Scrooge. To-this-day, the story seems both timeless and immortal.

Where is your happy place – what brings you joy?

I react with joy while imaging and looking towards the future. Despite everything, this is truly an exciting time to be alive!

What advice would you give to your teenage self?

Don’t take Wendy McManus, the varsity cheerleader from Bishop Fenwick to the senior prom, Steve. Though she’s blonde, with ravishing ice blue eyes, tall, beautiful and, though she may be irresistible in her long blue taffeta gown, she’s got issues, and you’ll regret it!

What scene in Grand Masquerade was your favorite to write?

You’ve posed a challenging question; one that is difficult to answer, especially considering, I had such fun while writing every exciting scene the readers can expect to encounter in Grand Masquerade. If, however, I had to choose but one, I would cite the scene which occurs half-way through Chapter 9. In this scene, Madden’s son, Caufield, journeys deep into Rupert’s mountainous and mysterious forests with Marigold. There, not only do they run into the “Others”, but, they end up facing a pulse-pounding ‘life or death’ scenario. After reading that, I can guarantee, ever reader of Grand Masquerade will want to switch on the lights, and leave them on for the remainder of the book?

 

Stephen Perkins is the author of the new book Grand Masquerade.

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FORTUITY (Transcend #3) by JEWEL E ANN

5 incredible stars!!! **NOW LIVE**

‘This girl. She’s life. She pumped my heart when I didn’t think it could keep beating. She filled my lungs when I thought I’d taken my last breath. She crawled up my face and showed me I still had a smile.’

Fortuity by Jewel E Ann was mesmerising, compelling, addictive and had everything we love in our romance. This is a story of second chances and living with grief and heartbreak. It’s about family connections, strength in adversity and love. So much about love. Jewel E Ann is a magnificent Author who grabs your heart and doesn’t let go until the last word on the last page. It’s a marathon and a journey of emotions where by the end you feel an exhausted sense that every word and every action got you to the finish line feeling an overwhelming sense of joy and satisfaction. Fortuity affected us on every emotional scale possible.

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Our Audiobook Playlist For May | 2020

Our Audiobook Playlist For May | 2020

We wanted to share with you some of our favorite audiobooks we’ve been listening to in May. Our playlist includes a little something for everyone from mystery, literary fiction, memoir, fantasy, and romance. Grab your headphones and happy listening!


All Adults Here

by Emma Straub

A school bus accident in town jostles loose a repressed memory for Astrid Strick. Suddenly, she realizes she wasn’t the parent she thought she’d been to her three, now grown children. Her youngest son is drifting and unfocused, her daughter is pregnant, and her eldest seems to measure his adult life according to standards no one else shares. What lapses in her parenting were the ones that mattered?

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The Girl Beneath the Sea

by Andrew Mayne

The first book in the Underwater Investigation Unit series by Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author Andrew Mayne… Coming from scandalous Florida treasure hunters and drug smugglers, Sloan McPherson wants to forge a new path for herself and her daughter. A future out from under her family’s shadow. As an auxiliary officer for Lauderdale Shores PD, she is the go-to diver for recovery of evidence. Then she discovers a dead body in a cancel… a woman with a murky history that collides with Sloan’s.

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Not My Heart to Break

by Willow Winters

The third collection in the Merciless World Series by USA Today Bestselling Author Willow Winters. It includes the entire Hard to Love series… I ran from him, even though my heart knew better. I should have known he would come for me. Men like him always get what they want. He still has the same temptation in his eyes but his gaze is much harsher.

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In the Shadow of the Valley

by Bobi Conn

Bobi Conn was raised in a remote Kentucky holler in 1980s Appalachia. She remembers her tin-roofed house in a vast forest paradise, the sparkling creeks, the sweet blackberries growing along the road… she also remembers her abusive father. Bobi’s rule of survival was to always be vigilant but endure it silently.

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The Prison of Buried Hopes

by C.J. Archer

The fifth book in the After The Rift Series by USA Today Bestselling Author C.J. Archer… On their adventure south to Freedland, Josie, Dane, and their friends have a feeling that someone is following them. Their best move is to hide in the twin cities of Merrin Fahl. But they soon get recognized by strangers.

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Dangerous Engagement

by Charlotte Byrd

The first book in the Wedlocked Trilogy by bestselling author Charlotte Byrd… I have to marry a man I hate to save my father’s life. He is self-absorbed and arrogant. He just wants me as a trophy but I can’t say no. As I walk down the aisle that’s when I see him. The man who showed me that love can petrify you to your core. What happens when I have to make a choice?

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The Buzziest Books of May | 2020

The Buzziest Books of May | 2020

The month of May was a great time for readers with a host of exciting releases from bestselling authors. There were so many page-turning novels that captivated us from cover to cover this month. If you want to catch up on the books everyone was talking about, here are our choices for the buzziest books of May. Happy reading!


Big Summer

by Jennifer Weiner

Release Date: May 5, 2020

Named a Most Anticipated Book of 2020 by Literary Hub, PopSugar, LibraryReads, Booklist, and Library Journal… It has been six years since the fight that ended their friendship, so Daphne Berg is shocked when Drue Cavanaugh walks back into her life. She hasn’t spoken a word to her in all this time, so she is speechless when she asks her to be her maid-of-honor at the society wedding of the summer.

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Camino Winds

by John Grisham

Release Date: April 28, 2020

Bruce Cable’s Bay Books is preparing for the return of bestselling author Mercer Mann. But then hurricane Leo veers from it’s predicted course and heads straight for the island. After a mandatory evacuation is issued, most residents board up their houses and flee to the mainland… But Bruce decides to stay and ride out the storm. The hurricane was devastating. One of the victims was Nelson Kerr, a friend of Bruce’s and a thriller author… But the nature of his injuries suggests the storm wasn’t the cause of his death.

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The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes

by Suzanne Collins

Release Date: May 19, 2020

The brand new prequel in the New York Times Bestselling Hunger Games Series by Suzanne Collins… It is the morning of the reaping for the tenth annual Hunger Games. Coriolanus Snow is preparing for his one shot at glory as a mentor in the Games. The house of Snow has fallen on hard times and its fate is hanging on the small change that Coriolanus can outcharm, outwit, and outmaneuver his fellow students to mentor the winning tribute.

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Her Seafaring Scoundrel

by Sophie Barnes

Release Date: April 28, 2020

The third book in The Crawfords Series by bestselling author Sophie Barnes… Lady Cassandra doesn’t want to get married. But when Captain Devlin brings scandal to her doorstep and offers salvation, she can’t say no. With her daughter’s future at stake, he accepts Devlin’s offer. As long as he agrees to never be intimate with her…

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False Reality

by Cat Gilbert

Release Date: May 18, 2020

Molly McMurray is finally on the path to the career she’s always dreamed of. Or, rather, she was, until HE showed up and ruined everything. She is starting to see and hear things no one else does, and her future as a cop is in jeopardy. She also picked up a stalker long the way. But that’s not the worst part… her first, and possibly last case has a striking similarity to what is happening to her now.

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The Eclipsed

by Dara Kent

Release Date: May 12, 2020

Eighty-nine is just a number. A nameless immortal tasked with ensuring fixed points in time. She has always done her job without fail. But her world is flipped upside down when a jarring discovery, followed by a loss, makes her question everything. Helped by an unlikely ally, Eighty-nine will embark on a journey that will end in a choice… to save reality or let it be ripped apart forever.

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The Rocky Orchard

by Barbara Monier

Release Date: May 12, 2020

Mazie has returned to her old farm-her family’s summer home and a pivotal refuge throughout her life. As she gazes towards the rocky orchard above the house, movement in the far distance captures her attention. An elderly woman names Lula emerges from the morning fog and a gentle, cautiously loving relationship between youth and age begins.

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Flight of the 500

by C. D. Tavenor

Release Date: May 25, 2020

Raith is a synthetic intelligence down on his luck. He loves to race, so when given a chance to participate in a hyper-experimental faster-than-light space race, he jumps at the opportunity. But he may have got more than he bargained for, as corporations and shadowy collectives fight over the technology that makes the race possible.

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Bestsellers Now in Paperback | May 2020

Take a look at this month’s selection of bestsellers now in paperback! April had a great selection of bestselling books to check out from thrilling mysteries to enthralling literary reads, and insightful biographies. Pick up these latest paperback books by bestselling authors Le Child, Michael Connelly, Lisa Scottoline, Elizabeth Gilbert, Jennifer Weiner, Pierce Brown, and many more!


Mystery, Thriller & Suspense


Literary Fiction


Fantasy & Science Fiction


Young Adult


Biography & Memoir

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THE FIRST SCORE by AMIE KNIGHT

We loved this one! Check out our Review & Exclusive Excerpt

‘I hated how much he made me feel. And I loved it. I loved it more than anything.’

The First Score by Amie Knight was such an emotional and angsty read, we literally could not put it down. A unique take on a soulmate love story spanning years. Talk about slow-burn romance, this right here is the definition of it and it was deliciously agonising and left us emotionally frustrated, but in a really good way. Beautiful, heartbreaking, funny and just so agonisingly good! The First Score covers a multitude of serious issues as well as a delectable friends to lovers’ romance.

Oh, be still our beating hearts, because Oliver may be one of our favourite male characters we’ve encountered in a while. He was just everything.

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Books To Read For Fans Of Michael Connelly

Books To Read For Fans Of Michael Connelly

Michael Connelly is a New York Times Bestselling Author of mystery and thriller novels. Some of his popular releases include the Harry Bosch, Renee Ballard, and Lincoln Lawyer series. If you’ve been on the lookout for some fantastic new mystery, thriller, and suspense novels, you won’t want to miss these books to read for fans of Michael Connelly!


Never Walk Alone

by Willow Rose

Release Date: May 29, 2020

The fourth book in the Harry Hunter Mystery Series by bestselling author Willow Rose… The world is on lockdown and a woman has been kidnapped from her apartment. Detective Harry Hunter is on the case. At the same time, his sister shows up after not seeing each other for a year. It seems Harry’s sister knows more about the virus than she lets on. Soon he starts to think the virus is connected to the missing woman.

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For the Garden

by Lisa Slater

Release Date: May 6, 2020

Sarina Rose was left in a downward spiral after the unimaginable murder of her twin sister, Samuella Rose. Fifteen years later the case is still wide open. The only way she has managed to keep her head above water is due to her attractive massage therapist, Duane Whitson, who she tries to keep at a distance, and Clyde Small, the detective who has never given up searching. However, it is her roommate that introduces her to dream interpretation. But that’s where the interpretation stops.

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Blood Never Washes Out

by C.C. Scharon

Release Date: May 16, 2020

DEA Agent Jake Castillo’s life is a lie and he doesn’t know it. He is left with PTSD after witnessing two fellow agents killed right before his eyes. Now he has a thirst for revenge on the drug lord who murdered them. When the enigmatic Gabriella abducts Jake, he wakes up a week later in his home with no memory of what happened. He is convinced the kidnapping was not random and returns to Colombia to unravel the secrets of his past.

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Slater’s Vendetta

by T.J. Jones

Release Date: May 1, 2020

The fourth book in The Slater Mysteries by bestselling author T.J. Jones… Eric Slater normally wouldn’t hurt a fly but don’t mess with the people he loves. A street gang has moved into the old neighborhood and they are leaving their mark everywhere. When a woman is being harassed, Slater steps in to help. In doing so he makes a dangerous enemy and befriends a small boy. When the woman is found dead, Slater and Maggie are both suspects… but there are plenty of other possibilities.

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On the Border

by Betta Ferrendelli

Release Date: April 18, 2020

The fifth book in A Samantha Church Mystery by bestselling author Betta Ferrendelli… An anonymous letter arrives at the newspaper with a whistleblower’s claim that his company is involved in murder, money laundering, and is harboring undocumented workers. Reporter Samantha Church sees a major news story unfolding. She recruits a cub reporter, Hunter John Hollingsworth, to help her with the investigation. The informer’s cousin is missing and feared dead, Sam and Hunter are quickly drawn into the impending story.

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Revelations: Sunken Treasure Lost Worlds

by Hep Aldridge

Release Date: May 21, 2020

The second book in the Risky Business Chronicles by bestselling author Hep Aldridge… Colten X. Burnett and the Risky Business Team are confronted by new perils and discoveries in their quest for treasures and historical findings. The mystery deepens from the peaks of the Andes to the ocean floor off Florida’s Space Coast. Will they find the elusive treasure galleon and is the golden library in Ecuador real?

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Books To Read For Fans Of L.J. Shen

Books To Read For Fans Of L.J. Shen

L.J. Shen is a USA Today Bestselling Author of steamy contemporary romance novels. Some of her recent popular releases include The Hunter, Angry God, In the Unlikely Event, and Broken Knight. If you’re in the mood for some sexy new novels, don’t miss these books to read for fans of L.J. Shen. Enjoy!


TNT

by Giulia Lagomarsino

Release Date: May 18, 2020

The 23rd book in the Reed Security Series by bestselling author Giulia Lagomarsino… I’m struggling to get back to normal after I found my girlfriend murdered. Everyone looks at me like I am damaged, but they have do not know the truth. When they find out they will never look at me the same again. But a one night stand changes everything.

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Promise Me Forever

by Kate Stewart, A Zavarelli, BB Reid, and Kennedy Ryan

Release Date: May 14, 2020

The third collection in the Top Shelf Romance series… Promise Me Forever is the brand new collection from some of the biggest names in contemporary romance. The collection includes: Drive by Kate Stewart, Ghost by A Zavarelli, The Stolen Dust by BB Reid, and Flow & Grip by Kennedy Ryan.

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Faking It with the Frenemy

by Nadia Lee

Release Date: May 22, 2020

The new romantic comedy from New York Times Bestselling Author Nadia Lee… I have two goals for my life: To earn my $500K five-year anniversary bonus and to never think about my past… Especially Wyatt Westland. Everything was going great until he popped back into my life and moved in next door.

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Beautifully Cruel

by J.T. Geissinger

Release Date: May 15, 2020

He was a stranger. A dark and dangerous presence who came from the shadows one rainy night to save me from a vicious attack. I don’t know his name or where he came from. All I knew was that the only place I’ve ever felt safe was in his arms… But safety was just an illusion.

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Protecting You

by Claire Kingsley

Release Date: May 21, 2020

The first book in The Bailey Brothers Series by Claire Kingsley… Grace Miles misses her friendship with Asher, but as they grew older, they grew apart. And to be honest, how could he fall for her when they spent their childhood getting muddy in the creek? But something feels different this summer. Asher is flirting with her.

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Dream Maker

by Kristen Ashley

Release Date: May 26, 2020

The first book in the Dream Team Series from New York Times Bestselling Author Kristen Ashley… Evan “Evie” Gardiner has spent her life being the responsible one, but enough is enough. She is finally going to follow her dreams. But first, she needs money for tuition. Working as a dancer a Smithie’s club is the perfect solution.

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