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viernes, 15 de junio de 2018

Would you accept a Wife Arrangement?

Hi, book buddies :-) I bring you a naughty discovery today with this cover reveal. Have you met PENNY WYLDER? If you like well-written, exciting and hot stories, she's your goal now.


The Wife Arrangement by Penny Wylder

Release Date: July 11th


I never wanted a wife. Until I met her.
All my life I've been a lone-wolf. My favorite things are fast cars and a glass of brandy after a long day.
Things were perfect. Until my father reminded me he controls my inheritance.
If I don't bring a wife to the next family vacation, he's cutting me off.
I hate having my hand forced...
But I've got a plan.
I asked my assistant to find me the most non-wife-material girl he can dig up.
Once I parade her in front of my father, he'll be begging me to divorce her.
I'll keep my inheritance without having to change my life for anyone.
It seemed so easy.
Then I met her.
She's everything I never knew I wanted.
And when she finds out I picked her because I thought she'd never fit into my world...
It'll break her heart.
This novel contains a hot alpha billionaire who NEEDS a wife. He won't rest until she's locked down with his ring on her finger. NO cheating, lots of kindle-melting actions, and always a happily ever after!


A USA Today Bestselling author and #1 Amazon bestselling author, Penny Wylder writes what you'd expect-- wild romances. Happily Ever Afters are always better when they're a little dirty, so if you're looking for a page turner that will make you feel naughty in all the right places, jump right in and leave your panties at the door!
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Have a great reading time, book buddies :-) Next week, I'll bring you new stories to drool over!

miércoles, 13 de junio de 2018


Hi, book buddies :-) My most enthusiastic admiration is for this queen of words, SKYE WARREN, and I'm happy to say that reading SURVIVAL OF THE RICHEST has been a thorough pleasure ;-)         



Reading a book by this author is a pleasure on so many levels. Deep, subconscious, beautiful levels. There are so many things to love about this story. The sharp triangle of a woman torn between an unrequited love and a new powerful man who truly pursues her. The desperate longing to be valued and loved by a man who pushes her away in a twisted sense of righteousness. The sensual awakening, the subtle layers of male pride and desire.
To me, this story goes to all those places with masterful intensity, yet it also goes beyond to create a female soul full of light, sorrow, creativity and wonder. I absolutely loved Harper, the artist in her, the feminist voice of her inner thoughts, her love for a place whose ruined splendor called for an act of saving heroism.
As to whom would I choose? Sutton is presented as this charismatic, all-man alpha male who sees the potential in Harper. Of course, you’re going to root for this perfect specimen who can master a woman’s body. This novel is quite partial to him. Though if you read first the prologue, Trust Fun, you’ll do one thing and one thing only. Fall in love with Christopher.
My admiration and compassion are for Harper. That woman is the epitome of vulnerable, strong heroine.
The final part of this drama pulses with sacrifice and loss and surprises and betrayal. Not until the very last pages do you realize the whole truth about these two men, and it was glorious. I’m completely consumed by Harper’s dilemma, and I cannot wait for the next novel.

Survival of the Richest, an all-new emotional and romantic standalone from New York Times bestselling author Skye Warren, is LIVE!


An heiress without a cause. 
Two billionaires determined to claim her. 
And a war fought on the most dangerous battlefield--the heart. 

 My story starts with a plunge into the cold water of Manhattan's harbor. A strong hand hauls me back onto the deck of the luxury yacht. Christopher was supposed to be my enemy. Instead he protects me with fierce determination. That should have been my happily ever after, but then Sutton appeared--ruthless and seductive. He doesn't care that my heart belongs to someone else, because he's determined to win. No matter the cost. It's an impossible choice, but I can't have them both.


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About the mastermind:

Skye Warren is the New York Times bestselling author of dangerous romance such as the Endgame trilogy. Her books have been featured in Jezebel, Buzzfeed, USA Today Happily Ever After, Glamour, and Elle Magazine. She makes her home in Texas with her loving family, sweet dogs, and evil cat.


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Enjoy this wonderful read and don't despair for the second part, it won't be long! ;-)

viernes, 25 de mayo de 2018

A dark romance: Birds of Paradise + giveaway

Hi, book buddies :-) Do you remember this AMAZING cover? Well, I finally had the chance to read the book behind it! :-D

Anne Malcom’s



With an atmosphere of despair, the dark narrative presents the constricted life of an agoraphobic woman whose past is filled with dread and violence.

This is a dark romance with a lyrical prose that has a haunting quality to it. It touches on very delicate issues, and I got emotional over one thing in particular that was so heart-wrenchingly described. Bittersweet and devastating for a woman.

Elizabeth has suffered all kinds of abuse and neglect, yet she finds an oddly comforting harbour in the captivity she endures at the hands of a cold, emotionless and murderous man. They dance a perverted game of pain, survival and craving that's  a bit slow to develop, ugly but fascinating to watch, and you still pray for a happy ending amog dead things, broken hearts and tortured lives.

The characters' sickness feeds off each other and they reinforce it somehow. I can't say that I enjoyed the experience specifically, as they are quite crazy, but it is compelling to see how far they go and if they will finally be able to comfort each other or kill themselves in the end.

There are steamy scenes but laden with pain which can be triggering for some readers. The dialogues sometimes didn't seem too natural, but declarations worthy of a stage. 

This monstruous couple find in each other a sort of warped love, so they change or evolve into an even more twised version of themselves. I was curious to see this to the end which is dripping with blood, vengeance, dark secrets and revelations. Interesting to read an as eery as that cover!

Author: Anne Malcom

I was trapped in the house with a man that had meant to kill me. Might very well still mean to kill me. But not by locked doors, force, or ropes or chains. Not physical ones at least. The man who very well might kill me gave me the impression that he wanted nothing more than for me to walk out that door. I was not his captive. I was my own. I could very well die here. If there was anything left worth killing. If there was anything left in me that wanted to live. He collected dead things, after all. And with every day that passed, I found myself wanting to stay, even if that meant I was part of his collection of dead things. Especially if I was part of collection.  

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About the Mastermind:

Anne Malcom has been an avid reader since before she can remember, her mother responsible for her book addiction. It started with magical journeys into the world of Hogwarts and Middle Earth, then as she grew up her reading tastes grew with her. Her obsession with books and romance novels in particular gave Anne the opportunity to find another passion, writing. Finding writing about alpha males and happily ever afters more fun than reading about them, Anne is not about to stop any time soon. Raised in small town New Zealand, Anne had a truly special childhood, growing up in one of the most beautiful countries in the world. She has backpacked across Europe, ridden camels in the Sahara, eaten her way through Italy, and had all sorts of crazy adventures. For now, she's back at home in New Zealand and quite happy. But who knows when the travel bug will bite her again.

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jueves, 24 de mayo de 2018

I proclaim you a Controversial Princess

Book buddies, I cannot begin to express how excited I am about this story. It's such a satisfaction to be able to read and contribute to the promotion of this book by JODI ELLEN MALPAS whose fan I've been since day one. She writes with so much passion :-)


The Controversial Princess 
by Jodi Ellen Malpas 
Publication Date: May 22nd, 2018 
Genre: Contemporary Romance

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Her father is The King of England.
She is The Controversial Princess.
Regarded as down to earth by the press and rebellious by The King, Princess Adeline refuses to bow to the royal expectations her title carries. She knows better than anyone that the united front of the royal family is nothing but smoke and mirrors – lies and secrets masked by power and privilege. She wants no part of it, and she will never surrender to The King’s demand to marry a man she does not love. But despite Adeline’s determination to retain her free will, she remains deeply unfulfilled, feeling caged and suffocated.
That is until she meets Josh Jameson. Drawn in by his confidence, Adeline is soon captivated by the scandalously sexy American actor. His ability to penetrate her defences overwhelms her – his touch is pure fire, and his allure overpowering. Nothing has ever made her feel so alive in a world where she’s otherwise slowly drowning. However, while Josh may be Hollywood royalty, he’s not actual royalty, and Adeline knows The King and his advisors will do everything in their power to keep them apart.
But Josh Jameson becomes the princess’s ultimate vice.
And although she bows to no one, she bows to him.

First of all, this story is scandalously fun.

Second, the princess on the cover may look demure and graceful, but the real princess inside is rambunctious, booze-obsessed and very unladylike. What's more, the romance is anything but conventional. Don't hesitate and dive in!

The royal life of duties and public performance in the story is shown in detail and counterbalanced by a wild behaviour behind closed doors for this strong-willed princess. She's in charge of her rebellious bouts of fun because she cannot decide on anything else. After all, her father the King rules her life, too.

That's why meeting Josh Jameson is like applying fire to black powder.


The first encounter between the hot American actor and the sassy British princess is alive with incendiary flirting and electrifyingly naughty passion. It surprised me to say the least. It's hot, it's outrageous, and so forbidden it is plain sinful.

The heat crosses boundaries and will tinge your cheeks. All of them :-D

Though this romance is more than flesh-deep. It touches on the need to connect with another human being beyond traditions or expectations. It appeals to anyone's crave for freedom and true happiness.

I love, love the moment Adeline and Josh give in and accept their fierce longing for each other. They share moments of stark pleasure and delightful laughs. Those conversations around a certain premiere are so heartfelt!

This mismatched couple fights against hungry media, old-fashioned royals and unmovable conventions to get their happily-ever-after. Entertainment and gasps are guaranteed throughout that process.

The drama gains momentum up to an exhilarating climax overflowing with defiance, tragedy and a wildly shocking cliffhanger. Wow. I NEED the continuation that will release this August! Like oxygen…

Read Today!


Leaning over, he kisses the tip of my nose. “Now, food’s on the way. We’ll have a carpet picnic, what do ya say?” “I’ve never had a carpet picnic before.” “Say what?” He looks horrified. “Never?” My shoulders jump up on a little shrug. “It’s all fine dining, posh china, and solid silver cutlery at a table that’s so shiny you can see your face in it.” “Then tonight we fix that.” He pulls me up and walks us through to the lounge. “Get all the cushions on the floor.” He pulls a throw off the back of a chair and wafts it into the air while I pull all the cushions from the couch. I watch as Josh gets on his hands and knees and starts pulling at the corners of the blanket, straightening it out and placing cushions. I have a permanent smile on my face, fascinated by his deep concentration. 

“You are doing a tremendously good job,” I say, clearing my face of my smile when his motions falter and he looks up at me. One of his eyes narrows, and in a lightning move, he snatches my wrist and yanks me down to the floor. I cry in surprise, being rolled to my back until I’m once again pinned against something by his body. Not that I’m complaining. Would never dream of it. I blow a tickling hair from my nose and grin at him. “You’re making fun of me.” He dips and bites the end of my nose. “Not at all.” I chuckle, squirming beneath him while he makes a meal of my face. 

“Too good for a carpet picnic, are you? You want a throne?” “Definitely not,” I blurt. “Unless your face will be my throne.” Josh pulls back speedily on a little choke, his eyes bulging. I press my lips together as he stares at me in shock, like how could such a vulgar thing have fallen from the lips of a princess? “I think I just fell in love with you.” It’s my turn to choke. “Blimey, you fall easily, don’t you?” “Actually, I don’t fall at all.” “No?” 

  He shakes his head. “Baby, I’ll be your throne any day of the week.” “Honored.” “It is me who’s honored. It’s not every day a real-life princess tells you she wants to sit on your face.” Laughter erupts from deep within me, my eyes clenching shut, my head thrown back. My position and lack of control gives Josh the perfect opportunity to ravish my throat. And he does, growling dramatically, squirming above me...rubbing me. 

Jodi Ellen Malpas wrote her debut series, The This Man Trilogy, in secret, worried about what people might think if they knew what her imagination was capable of. She was shocked herself. But she finally found the courage to unleash her creative streak and self-published THIS MAN – the first book of the This Man Trilogy – in October 2012. She took a chance on the story with a hero who soon became one of modern day fictions most prolific alpha male characters. Jesse Ward – also affectionately known as The Lord of The Manor, sparked incredible reactions from women across the globe and catapulted Jodi into the world of women’s fiction.
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Jodi went on to self-publish the second book in the trilogy, Beneath This Man in Jan 2013, just before Grand Central Publishing, part of the Hachette Book Group, picked up the popular trilogy and the unknown Jodi. The third book of the trilogy, This Man Confessed, took Jodi to the top of the bestsellers lists, earning her the proud title of #1 New York Times Bestselling Author. This Man has since been voted one of the top romance novels of all time.
With so much love, enthusiasm and a thirst for her words from her readers, Jodi suddenly wasn’t afraid of her imagination anymore. She went on to write The One Night Trilogy with the delectable and mysterious Miller Hart, and stole the hearts of her readers once again. Her first stand-alone novel, THE PROTECTOR, released in September 2016 and has since been nominated for a Reviewers’ Choice Best Book Award. Jodi’s next stand-alone novel. THE FORBIDDEN, is set for release in August 2017.
All seven of her published novels have hit the New York Times best sellers list – as well as the Sunday Times list and various international best seller lists. Her work is now published in over 24 languages across the world.
Jodi was born and raised in the Midlands town of Northampton, England, where she lives with her two boys and a beagle. She is a self-professed daydreamer, a mojito addict, is famous for her obsession with Converse, and has a terrible weak spot for Alpha Males. Writing powerful love stories and creating addictive characters has become her passion – a passion she now shares with her devoted readers

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Have a great reading time, book buddies. And be as creative as you can :-)

Cover reveal for The Survival of the Richest

Hello, book buddies :-) I'm always on the hunt for novels by SKYE WARREN, so I jumped at the opportunity to host the cover reveal on my humble blog :-D

Survival of the Richest, an all-new emotional and romantic standalone from New York Times bestselling author Skye Warren, is coming June 12th!


Survival of the Richest by Skye Warren

Publishing Date: June 12thGenre: Contemporary Romance

A Park Avenue princess...
My story starts with a plunge into the cold water of Manhattan's harbor. A strong hand hauls me back onto the deck of the luxury yacht. Christopher was supposed to be my enemy, the son of my mother's latest husband. Instead he protects me with fierce determination when I need him most.
This tale begins with a fall, but it doesn't end there.
Because another man wants me.
Sutton wants to consume me with a passion more feral than kind. In the lush emotional wilderness I'm not sure I want Christopher to save me this time...
Or if there will be anything left if he tries.
SURVIVAL OF THE RICHEST is a book about finding your soul's desire, even if the search leads you places you never expect. A woman torn between two men. An impossible choice. And a war fought on the most dangerous battlefield--the heart.


About the mastermind: Skye Warren

Skye Warren is the New York Times bestselling author of dangerous romance such as the Endgame trilogy. Her books have been featured in Jezebel, Buzzfeed, USA Today Happily Ever After, Glamour, and Elle Magazine. She makes her home in Texas with her loving family, sweet dogs, and evil cat.
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Tune in later on today, I have another great book coming up with a review ;-)

miércoles, 23 de mayo de 2018

I love my Dirty Rich Cinderella Story

Hello, book buddies :-) Never could I resist a legal suspense romance by the smart Lisa Renee Jones. And here she is with DIRTY RICH CINDERELLA STORY!

Title: Dirty Rich Cinderella Story
Author: Lisa Renee Jones
Release Date: May 23, 2018

A new sexy standalone from Lisa Renee Jones…


With only nine months left at Stanford, and despite being top of her law school class, Lori Havens takes leave to care for her sick mother. That means she juggles three jobs, the best of which is researcher for novelist, and syndicated columnist of "Cat Does Crime," Cat Summer.

One evening after finishing up her work at Cat's apartment building, Lori has an encounter with a sexy stranger, and does something out of character. She goes home with him. The night is perfect, he's perfect, wealthy, powerful and from out of town. Morning comes, and despite their connection, Lori leaves before he finds out she's far from the equal he believes her to be. She's not a charity case and she's not after his money. She will make her own. In other words, she leaves before her prince charming finds out she's no princess.

Flash forward a few months, Lori's mother is healing, and Cat's husband, Reese, has merged his firm with another and Lori lands an internship there, with school credit and scholarship money.. Everything is falling into place. That is until fate reveals a wicked twist of events and Lori walks into a conference room to find her new boss, Cole Brooks, one of the partners, is her one-night prince charming. One sizzling shared look across a boardroom, and it's clear: this man is not done with her. It's not long before Lori is informed that she'll be working high profile cases with her one night prince charming which will require long nights and travel, starting immediately.


Prepare yourself for the best.

Every time there’s a new romance by this author, I jump with joy. Because I know I’ll get hotness that equals the level of quality and smart thinking.

A guarded woman with too many burdens on her capable shoulders meets the epitome of tall, dark and handsome one night that turns into an experience of trust and steamy passion. But morning comes and she flees. Life and its burdens await on the other side of this heart-changing night.

I love the dynamics between strong and smart characters who finally meet their match, yet also the vulnerability in their own armours that opens them up to a real connection.

The narrative is invigorating and the dialogues move with a fast pace. I found it very engaging how the plot moves along. Neither Cole nor Lori can forget their irresistible night together, but fate works against them first only to plunge them into a high-risk situation. Fantastic setting-up.

From the moment they are forced to interact again, it's the continuation of an emotional tug-of-war they began under the sheets. It's so intense and addictive. He is in control, she is ambitious and fighting for her dreams, and their fiery chemistry could strengthen or destroy the work they share. To me, it's deeply gripping this juggling of legal cases, business drive, and a romantic bond blossoming amid fear, distrust and loss. All these being a baggage they have to counteract in order to be the strongest themselves they can be and trust love again.

I enjoyed all the phases of the relationship. It really sufffers from the strain of Lori's trust issues and Cole's pushy need to show his feelings by fixing problems that belong to her. All the legal battles were very interesting, and I wonder about Ashley's ordeal. That would be a good novel, too.

The romance got resolved a bit quickly in the end, but with a lof of emotion and passion. and let me tell you, the words that describe the intimacy, both physical and emotional, are so, so convincing ;-) Superb.

I own you.

With those words, my words, my intent in the air, and my fingers still tangled in Lori’s hair, I kiss her, a deep, possessive kiss meant to claim her, take her, make her mine, if only for this night. And she knows it too, because when my lips part hers, she pants out, “No one owns me.”

“Then, sweetheart, you’ve never been properly fucked.” I slide my hands under her jacket, settling my palms on her shoulders.

“I guess that depends on how you define properly.”

I turn her to face in the opposite direction, dragging the jacket down her arms and tangling it around her wrists, and then I lean in close. “As dirty as possible,” I promise. “And with you on my tongue, in as many ways as we both find possible.”

“Is this how you own me?” she demands. “By binding my arms?”

“As much as I’d like to have you at my mercy, sweetheart,” I say, tossing the jacket aside, and turning her to face me, “I’m selfish enough to want your hands and mouth fully available, in any way, shape, or place you so choose to use them.” I walk us backward, toward the oversized chair made perfectly for the kind of hot, wild fuck in our near future, before my hands fall from her waist. “I want to watch you undress.”

“When do you undress?” she challenges.

“We have one condom, sweetheart. Let’s make it last. Undress for me, Lori.”

Her teeth scrape her bottom lip, and for just a moment, her eyes cut, but not before I see the flicker of nerves in her stare. And right then, I know that I’ve read her accurately up to this point. I know that her control is both a necessity and a wall that protects her. I know that no one has made it safe for her to leave those things at the door. No one has ever seen her really truly naked and the only way that happens, is to do exactly what I’m doing. Push her out of her comfort zone, pull her into the moment, where she forgets the walls, and lives nowhere but here in the moment. That’s the place where nothing exists but the two of us.

Her eyes meet mine again, and I see the decision in them. She’s not going to run like she did on the street tonight. She unzips her skirt, and caresses it down her slender, but curvy hips. It pools at her feet, and she kicks it aside, allowing me to admire her long legs in lacy thigh-high hose, my gaze catching on the slender strip of lace in the vee of her body.

Her fingers catch on the hem of her blouse, and she tries to hide the small, inhaled breath of courage she draws before pulling it and her loose bra over her head. She tosses it, and stands before me, creamy pale perfection in nothing but silk and lace, her breasts high, full, nipples puckered to a pretty pink that will soon be in my mouth. “You’re beautiful,” I say. “Come here.”

“Quid pro quo,” she declares. “I’m naked, you’re naked.”

We’re still doing the push and pull, but I don’t mind, not when my mouth is soon to be all over her body, which means her mouth will soon be all over my body. I don’t want her kneeling before me unless it’s to put her mouth on my cock. That’s not my goal, not this time, at least. It’s to own her, and that means she is so damn present, she can’t think, she can only feel. That takes trust and I decide to meet her halfway. I sit down and take off a shoe, showing it to her before setting it down.

“So now I get a socked foot?” she teases, and I can feel a hint of her tension easing away, her comfort in her own skin begins to settle into place. I can feel her easing into me and the night, letting me glimpse the real woman, not the stranger.

And I find that I surprise myself by how much I want to know this woman, not just fuck her.

“The pants don’t come off with the shoes on,” I tell her, and by the time I’ve removed the second shoe, she’s standing in front of me, every creamy white, naked inch of her. She grabs it and tosses it.

“Now the pants,” she orders, making it clear that she’s no submissive, that she can hold her own, and I fucking love it. “Or the shirt.”

I reach for her hips and walk her between my legs. “You’ve distracted me,” I tell her, my lips brushing her belly, my tongue drawing a circle. She trembles beneath my mouth, and I glance up at her. “You’re owned when you can think of nothing but the person you’re with. Nothing but what they might do to you now, and in the next moment.” I twine the string at her hips in my fingers. “Or where they might lick, kiss, or touch.” I drag her panties down her legs and then lower my mouth to her sex, where I let my breath tease her. “Tell me to lick you,” I order.

Her fingers curl around the material over my shoulders. “No.”

I bite my bottom lip and shake my head. “That’s too bad, because I really wanted to know how you taste.” I nip her hip and when she gives a surprised yelp I lave the wound with my tongue, glancing up at her. “Do you want me to—?”


“Say it, Lori...”
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones is the author of the highly acclaimed INSIDE OUT series.

In addition to the success of Lisa's INSIDE OUT series, she has published many successful titles. The TALL, DARK AND DEADLY series and THE SECRET LIFE OF AMY BENSEN series, both spent several months on a combination of the New York Times and USA Today bestselling lists. Lisa is also the author of the bestselling WHITE LIES and LILAH LOVE series. 

Prior to publishing Lisa owned multi-state staffing agency that was recognized many times by The Austin Business Journal and also praised by the Dallas Women's Magazine. In 1998 Lisa was listed as the #7 growing women owned business in Entrepreneur Magazine.

* Enjoy your reading time :-)

martes, 15 de mayo de 2018

Your Honor is so hot

Hi, book buddies :-) I've discovered a new author to read (stalk) :-D As soon as I glimpsed the word judge in the synopsis, I knew I had to read this!

Your Honor
Author: Kristi Pelton
Genre: New Adult Romance

He’s about to overrule her world.

There are no accidents. People cross paths for a reason.
I’m not sure why ours crossed but within a second, I realized, she could destroy everything.
There’s a code of ethics in some professions where certain relationships are frowned upon.
She’s the prosecutor. I’m the judge. Sleeping with her is all sorts of hell no!
Ethic review boards could remove me from the bench—as in “You’re fired.”
Even worse, my father would kill me if his name were tainted. But it would kill me more not to have her.
They say rules are meant to be broken. But is she worth the risk?
The only thing I was sure of—I wanted to completely overrule her perfect little world.


I’d never encountered a romance where the main character was a judge, so I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to read this. The very hot male character is the judge in question, and he reflects the title’s double entendre with style. After all, Your Honor is about his profession and his moral compass.

Both characters struggle with the imposition of the law against their romantic entanglement. They fight their attraction with titanic efforts which meant lots of tension, angst and strained longing.

It’s light and funny when they meet in very enigmatic circumstances. The female character is adorably quirky when she proposes something outrageous. Fluently narrated, with double POV and fast-paced chapters, what’s supposed to be a fling grows exponentially into an undeniable connection. Then the bomb explodes, turning their cosmic one night-stand into a test from fate.

Judge and assistant attorney clash in this inner battle of torn desires that cannot transcend into the public eye. Despite’s the judge’s cold and hostile resistance, his resolve is also melting, and I loved that about him. He’s not a bad man, and he’s falling for the pretty, tempting and smart woman he cannot have.

Oh, the heat is intense!

And then the light mood bursts into a mad drama of broken hearts and hurtful ethics. They love each other fiercely in secret even to each other. I loved it!
There’s a final part that is a rollercoaster of tears, public scandal, life-changing surprises, a woman getting the love she deserves and a man earning a second chance with all his might and heart. My verdict is total compliance :-D

“All rise.”
The moment the words were spoken, my heart began to beat out of my chest, this was it. My first official court moment. Everything i’d studied and prepared for. I was so nervous. It wasn’t until Jenner strolled through the chamber door in a pressed black robe that I felt faint. Literally faint; my head swam.
No. No. No. No. This wasn’t happening. Jenner Weber? Judge Jenner Weber? The Honorable Jenner Weber? Dear God. Indiana Jones—virginity nabber.
“Thank you. You may be seated,” he announced and I sat or collapsed.
He hadn’t seen me yet. I watched waiting for his eyes to land on me.  My heart beat like the rattle of a snake. The folder he reviewed had to be the case we were here for.
“The court calls the case 17JC2091. May I have the appearances please?”
There it was. His eyes lifted to meet mine. A brief moment of hesitation. The last time his eyes were on me, his dick was inside of me. Ok…not quite, but close.
I stood, my knees trembling. “May it please the court, Lucy Edwards appearing for the State.”  I had no idea how those words came out.
His serious eyes shifted from me to the guardian ad litem with almost no appearance of recognition. It required effort to listen to her words. Then it was my turn again.
Jenner roughly cleared his throat. “Ms. Edwards, State’s position?”
Wobbly knees and all, I got to my feet again. “Yes, Your Honor. Um. Based off the state’s petition, we are requesting the newborn respondent be placed in the custody of the Department of Children and Families. Yesterday, the newborn tested positive for opiates and heroin, after delivery. The baby remains in the neonatal unit suffering from withdrawals. The mother, Heather Cook, admitted to using prior to going to the hospital to give birth. Clearly, Your Honor, the health, safety and welfare of this child are at risk. The State is requesting the child remain at the hospital in the temporary custody of the agency. Thank you.”
“Ms. Scheels?”
“Thank you, Judge. I concur with the state and would ask for a no-contact order with parents unless DCF can secure supervised visits at the hospital.”
Damn it. I should have thought of that. Jenner wrote something down and then his eyes moved to the parent’s attorney.
“Mr. Gibson?”
“Your Honor. Parents are not objecting to custody. However, they are opposed to supervised visits. They have not shown any indication of fleeing with the baby or any indication of putting the child at risk.”
I shot up out of my chair. “We object, Your Honor. They haven’t put the baby at risk? The mother used heroin prior to birth, drugging herself and her baby with a highly addictive drug. The baby is in the neonatal intensive care unit, Judge. The State would be opposed. If the parents can provide a negative urinalysis prior to the visit, then we would not be opposed.”
Jenner’s eyes bore into me, then quickly flitted back to the bench at the papers before him. As much as I should have been thinking about that baby, the only thing on my mind was the shock in my heart and the heat between my legs. So many things flashed through my mind. He knew my name. I knew his.
“Based on probable cause, the court is ruling in favor of the State. The child will immediately go into police-protective custody until DCF can get workers assigned. I’m ordering UA’s on the parents to begin prior to any supervised visit. This matter will be set for pre-trial on the next docket September 17. All parties are ordered to reappear. Is there anything further to come before the court at this time?”
“No, Your Honor,” I said softly, and all other parties stayed silent.
“Hearing nothing further, this matter is in recess,” Jenner gruffly spat out and stormed from the courtroom, file in hand.
“Wow, he seems even testier than normal,” Deb whispered.
Offering a nervous smile, I stacked my papers, not caring anymore about their organization. I’d organize and take notes of what happened when I returned to my office. When my brain could work again. I silently prayed my legs would get me there.
“Hey, Lucy. It wasn’t you. You did nothing wrong,” Deb said, sliding her file in her briefcase.
Oh my God. If she only knew. If she only knew?  If anyone knew! My breakfast from earlier churned in my stomach, threatening to come right back up.
“Lucy? You ok?”
“Yep. Just taking it all in. My first official court appearance.”
Free from the courtroom and finally in the hall, the air cooled my face as I walked.  My erratic breaths were starting to settle, but my brain synapses couldn’t keep up with the mile-a-minute activity snapping off. The second I got to my desk, I found my cell phone to see if there was something…anything… from Jenner. There wasn’t. Weber? So, he was related to Supreme Court Justice Weber… like United States Supreme Court Judge… F*ck me.
That night at home, I kept my phone by my side. Hoping. Waiting. Dreading. I started to text him fifteen times. I typed out long texts, shorts texts and finally, I settled for simple.


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