The Reed Rivers Trilogy by Lauren Rowe

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Overall Rating: 5 Stars
Title: The Reed Rivers Trilogy
Format: Audiobooks purchased from AudibleSynopsis:
Swallowing lies has never felt so good.Reed freaking Rivers. I wouldn’t trust a word out of the arrogant music mogul’s mouth if his gold-plated tongue were notarized. The Man with the Midas Touch would say anything to get me into his bed, and I know it. But that doesn’t mean I don’t want him to succeed.
Indeed, the moment I laid eyes on Reed while he was speaking at an on-campus event I’d crashed, my body physically ached to feel his golden fingers—and tongue—all over me. Unfortunately, though, I can’t give into my powerful craving to jump Reed’s cocky bones. Not until I’ve figured out my best strategy with him . . .
The truth is Reed has something I desperately want. Something my heart desires even more than my body craves one night of delicious fun with the yummiest man alive. Reed assumes he’s running this game of seduction. He thinks he’s a thirty-four-year-old big cat on the prowl, and I’m nothing but a blushing twenty-one-year old field mouse with stars in my eyes.
Yeah . . . no.
As Reed is about to find out, he’s not the only cat on the hunt in this game of cat-and-mouse . . . .

 

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Review

I have been waiting for Reed’s book since I read The Morgan Brothers Series years ago.

My expectations were extremely high going into this series, so as excited I was, I was also a little bit worried that Reed would lose his mystique. In the Morgan Brothers books, Reed is such a force. He’s powerful, smart, ruthless, intimidating, and, honestly, pretty mean.

I worried that his character would suddenly turn into an entirely different lovesick character that wasn’t anything like he appeared to be in other novels. This was not the case. Well, not entirely, he did fall hard, but the book did what I hoped: Reed’s character didn’t change, he grew. Or, at least, you got to understand him a bit better. You got to dig a little deeper.

And the ‘how’ of that was pretty brilliant.

Making Reed’s love interest a journalist was absolutely perfect.

You know what else was perfect? Georgina.

She’s not a perfect character – I think she overreacted and was a little immature and frustrating at times, but she was also very young. She acted like someone in her early twenties would, falling into a very big relationship as she did at such a young age – with someone like Reed.

My other worry was that the heroine couldn’t possibly live up to Reed’s super-high standards. Who could bring a man like Reed to his knees?

The answer?

Georgina.

Georgina is confident and captivating. She knows her power and knows how to wield it. She’s just as talented as Reed is, if in a very different field.

Of course, Lauren nails the chemistry, the banter, and the meet-cute. Haven’t we all had fantasies of making eye contact with someone on stage who notices you out of the hundreds in the crowd? So. Swoony.

Reed remains intimidating throughout the entire book. There were moments, especially in the beginning, where I honestly felt like I was in Georgina’s shoes – so anxious about what Reed was perceiving in all of her actions. How he was going to tear it apart.

It made for such an exciting read.

Like I mentioned before Reed isn’t just the a-hole music producer who doesn’t waste his precious time of those who don’t deserve it. In this book, you also learn about his loyalty, his selflessness, and how fiercely he loves. Not just romantically, which is new for him, but platonically as well.

I think some, when reading this, may think it’s a stretch that someone like read can do all of these amazing things for people and truly not think he doing anything special, but when I tell you I know someone exactly like this – I mean it.

It’s my mom.

My mother is one of the most selfless, giving people I’ve ever known, but any time you point it out to her, she rolls her eyes and waves you off. She doesn’t see her own goodness past all her perceived faults.

People like my mom and people like Reed truly think nothing of all they have given and are willing to give because they are so focused on the negative aspects of their personalities.

I. Love. That.

And I love this series.

PS – if you love yourself some good grovel… this book SO gives it to you.


Audiobook Performance: 5 stars

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As much as I love the Dream Team of John Lane and Lauren Rowe narrating her books, there could not have been a better substitute than freaking Jacob Morgan and Andi Arndt. Jacob’s freaking voice as Reed’s was SO perfect.


Butterfly Rating: 4 Stars

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Re-read Worthiness: Yes

I must re-read all of the Morgan Bros, etc books!


Bookshelf Placement: YES!

I NEED THE PHYSICAL BOOKS ASAP!


Book Boyfriend Rating: 5 stars

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Reed. Is. Everything.

 

 

 

How I Met My Book(s): The Morgan Brothers Series by Lauren Rowe

Once Upon a Time I attended my very first Shameless Book Con. This was only the second bookish convention I’d ever attended, the first being Apollycon.

I attended this event with my sister (and fellow romance lover) and we were so excited and overwhelmed by the awesomeness. Aside from Apollycon, we’d never been surrounded by so many like-minded people in our lives. Everywhere we looked there were books that looked amazing.

I’d gotten quite a bit more involved in the online bookish community back in 2018 at this convention (at least, I think it was 2018, I can’t really remember.) and I’d fallen in love with indie authors. Suddenly, I was surrounded by so many amazing indie authors I had yet to discover.

And one of them was Lauren Rowe.

First of all, the covers for this series are amazing. They would’ve caught my eye, even if I hadn’t heard of Ball Peen Hammer in passing.

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Having recognized the cover and her name as an author I wanted to buy books from, I practically ran over to her table. Unfortunately, though, by the time I got there, she was sold out of Ball Peen Hammer. Instead, she offered me to enter her giveaway for Ball Peen Hammer and Captain, so, of course, I did.

And HOLY CRAP! I actually won!

A few weeks later, when I was hit hard with the flu, my copies of Ball Peen Hammer and Captain came in the mail. I read them BOTH in one day.

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And thus began my love of all things Lauren Rowe.

I ended up purchasing all of her books on audio as well as physical copies because when I love a book, I like to both read and listen to it.

Now, here we are, a couple of years later, and she has come out with a spin-off of The Morgan Brothers Series based on one of the most intriguing characters from that series that I’ve been BEGGING for FOREVER: The Reed Rivers Trilogy. The first two books are already released (and available on Kindle Unlimited!), and the third is releasing TOMORROW, March 19.

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I admit, because of my lack of patience, I’ve been waiting for all three books to release so that I could binge them. And binge them I shall after Historical Romance Readathon ends this week!

4 Star Mini-Reviews: Misadventures on a Night Shift, The Silent Patient, Playing for Keeps, Special Delivery, & The Virgin Gift

Happy weekend, book lovers!

Anyone else want to spend the entire weekend watching and re-watching To All the Boys & PS I Still Love You?

#TeamJohnAmbroseFOREVER

Anyway, that was entirely unrelated to this post.

I thought I’d share some mini reviews with you today. These are books that I’ve read within the last few months – all of which just happen to be rated 4 stars.

 

Misadventures on a Night Shift by Lauren Rowe

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★★★★
My favorite Lauren Rowe book is another book that she wrote for the Misadventures series called Misadventures of a College Girl. So when I saw that she wrote another book for it, I was really excited to read it. I didn’t even read the synopsis, I just went in blind. Which is typically what I do for her books in any case, because I’ll read anything she writes.

This book gave me everything I expect from Lauren Rowe: Great banter, steamy chemistry, laughs, but it didn’t quite reach epic levels like some of her books do. While she is the queen of instalove – one of the only authors who can pull it off, in my opinion – I wasn’t quite feeling it in this one.

If you like rockstar romances, though, this is a really great take on one involving a rockstar who is staying at the same hotel his romantic interest works at.

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The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides


★★★★
In my attempt to read more thrillers (and also my botched attempt at reading all the 2019 Goodreads Choice Awards winners) I picked this book up. I’ve heard a lot about it on Booktube and in the Book Blogosphere as well.

I should preface this by saying, I very rarely read thrillers and mysteries, so it doesn’t take much to shock me or throw me off. I’m not privy to the “typical” devices these types of novels have because I simply don’t read many, so despite being pretty bored through the majority of this book, when the twist hit, it hit me hard.

I did not see the big reveal coming and it took this book from a 2-3 star rating to a 4 star rating.

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Playing for Keeps by Kendall Ryan


★★★★
Kendall Ryan is a romance author whose backlist I am determined to get through for many reasons. She is beloved in the romance community – and for good reason. When I saw that this book was available on Audible Escape and I read the synopsis, I knew I had to pick it up.

It’s a hockey romance, second chance romance, brother’s friend romance, forbidden romance… all the great tropes rolled into one.

While this didn’t quite compare to some of the other hockey romances I’ve read and loved (Pucked, Him/Us Duet) it still is up there on the list.

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Special Delivery by Lauren Blakely


★★★★
This was an audiobook that I listened to around Christmastime. It was short and sweet, and I knew it would be refreshing because that’s what Lauren Blakely books are to me. They’re a nice palette cleanser.

This book started off so strong. The chemistry and banter between the two main characters (both of whom have sworn off relationships of any sort) was so on point. I was immediately shipping them.

I don’t typically like Christmasy books, but I was really enjoying this one. Until the end. To be fair, I should’ve known that this was going to be a trope that I don’t like simply by the title, but somehow it went completely over my head.

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The Virgin Gift by Lauren Blakely


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This is another book I probably shouldn’t have picked up because I’m not a fan of the virginal heroine. I get easily annoyed by a goody-two-shoes heroine, however, the premise of this one sounded intriguing and it was on Audible Escape and super short, so I dove in.

And I was pleasantly surprised!

The story involves neighbors who have had a platonic relationship up until the hero discovers the heroine’s sexy to do list/wishlist and the thought of some douchebag doing these things with her – taking her virginity – worries him, so he offers. I ADORED the concept.

And the virginal heroine was tolerable mostly because she wasn’t the picture of pure innocence, I mean, she made the list afterall. If anything she was empowered by her sexuality, even though she’d never actually done any of the things she listed. I really, really appreciated that.

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Rockstar (Morgan Brothers #5) by Lauren Rowe

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Overall Rating: 5 Stars
Title: Rockstar
Author: Lauren Rowe
Series: Morgan Brothers #5
Format: Audiobook purchased from Audible

Synopsis:
It was lyrics at first sight when I saw Violet Rhodes across that crowded party. She was lights and darks, swirled together. Music in motion. And all of it while looking like a hitwoman at an Elvis convention.
I had nothing to offer the intriguing girl but a one-night stand. I figured I’d revel in my last night of anonymity before my first tour and shoot her a quick “We’ll always have L.A.!” goodbye the next morning.
But nothing went according to plan.
In one night, Violet crawled under my skin and into my bloodstream. She tattooed her name across my chest and between my legs. She became my muse. And then she was gone.
Now, months later, here she is again. And in a twist I never saw coming, it turns out Violet is ultra-violet radiation. Beautiful, ethereal light bringing with her the promise of damage and destruction.
My brain tells me to walk away from this girl, but my heart can’t stop feeling like she might be one of a kind . . . the sort of girl who comes along once in a violet moon.

ROCKSTAR is a standalone romance, the love story of Dax Morgan and the electrifying woman who rocked his world during his journey to worldwide rock superstardom.

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Review

I have been anticipating this book nearly as much as I have been anticipating Reed’s book. (Come on, Lauren! Please write his book! PLEEEEEEASE!)

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My Top 5 Favorite Male & Female Romance Audiobook Narrators (and My Favorite Books they Read)

As you may or may not know, I’m an obsessive reader of audiobooks. A decent percentage of the books I read are on audio, and a lot of times, even if I read a physical or eBook and enjoy it, I’ll likely purchase it on audio as well.

I’ve always loved having people read to me, but I totally get that it isn’t for everyone.

I’m a really good multitasker, so listening to audiobooks actually makes me more productive and as long as I’m not reading, writing, or talking while listening to an audiobook, I get sh*t done a lot faster when I’m listening to a book.

If it wasn’t for audiobooks, I wouldn’t have read as many books as I have (200 last year! 150 the year before!). I don’t have a lot of down time to sit and read a book without feeling guilty, but with audio, I can still get what I need to get done while also getting some reading done.

In my many years of listening to audiobooks, I’ve come to love certain narrators and even will purchase audiobooks based on the narrator first, then the author/synopsis second.

I’ve become a huge fangirl of these narrators.

Of course, all of these narrators are popular in the romance genre because, obviously, that’s my main love.

Continue reading “My Top 5 Favorite Male & Female Romance Audiobook Narrators (and My Favorite Books they Read)”

Authors Who I Wish Were My Best Friends

Here’s something you should know about me: I fall into platonic love very easily and very quickly and for very random reasons.


It may be entirely superficial and 100% built upon these imaginary scenarios in my head, but still.

There have been many times I’ve had one conversation with someone and decided that I needed to be best friends with them.

Also, I’m, apparently, very dramatic.

All this to say I’ve found that sometimes an author’s personality so clearly shines through their characters and I’ve found myself thinking about how awesome they must be to have brought such interesting/charismatic/charming characters to life so (seemingly) effortlessly.

To be fair, not every book that contains an interesting character makes me feel like the author would be just as interesting, there are just a handful that have given me that vibe… and at the same token, there are authors who I have met or watched interviews with are amazing, but I didn’t necessarily get that feeling from their books.

I have no idea if what I’m saying makes sense, but just in case it does and you haven’t given up on reading this blog post yet, here is my list of authors who I want to be BFFs with because their personalities seem to shine through their characters and story-telling:

I’ve limited myself to two recs per author because otherwise this could get excessive.

Lauren Blakely

Lauren Blakely 100% inspired this post. I’ve read one of her books a long time ago, but I just recently went on a Lauren Blakely binge and I’m absolutely living for her books, now. It wasn’t until I read my 3rd or 4th book by Lauren that I realized just how much I loved the author based entirely on her characters.

Lauren has such a way with writing incredibly charismatic, self-deprecatingly hilarious heroes who are magnetic without taking themselves too seriously. They’re such a refreshing reprieve from the cocky jerks (soft side or not) that got so popular in the romance world recently.

Her characters also seem to have this inherent goodness that is incredibly attractive – and not necessarily in a romantic way. They’re the kind of characters you’d happily have as a friend or a lover and I feel like only someone who has that type of personality themselves could create characters like that so convincingly.

Clearly, Lauren Blakely’s characters have convinced me that she is an amazing human being and I want to be her best friend.

Also, when I gushed about the first couple of books I read by her and asked for more recs in my favorite audiobook FB group, Lauren Blakely HERSELF responded with her recs for me! It was really hard not to immediately be like, “OMGPLEASEBEMYBESTFRIENDILOVEYOU!”

Book Recs:

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♥ Most Valuable Playboy

Lauren Rowe

Between writing delightfully outrageous characters and such convincing instalove stories, it is no wonder that this Lauren made it on my list. I mean, read Ball Peen Hammer and then tell me you don’t want to just sit down and have a conversation over drinks with Lauren.

Many of her characters have that same draw-you-into-their-unusual-hyper-world-and-nickname-you vibe, it’s hard to imagine she wouldn’t also have at least a touch of those traits.

I have, in fact, met Lauren in person albeit very briefly at signings, and her warmth could be felt even at the back of her table’s line.


I met her twice… can we just go ahead and buy BFF necklaces yet?

Book Recs:

♥ Misadventures of a College Girl
♥ Ball Peen Hammer

Mariana Zapata

Mariana writes such low-key hilarious characters with fantastic inner monologues, I’m guessing that her thoughts mimic those of her characters as well and, girl, I’m right there with her. I feel like my inner monologues would speak her hers on a spiritual level.

I met Mariana for the first time at Shameless Book Con in Orlando a few months ago and OMG SHE BROUGHT HER MOM WITH HER AND I FELL A LITTLE BIT MORE IN LOVE WITH HER.

She’s so freaking sweet and absolutely adorable  in person. She has this super subtle awkwardness that makes me want to squeeze her because, I mean, how can someone who has a cult following be so humble?    

Book Recs:    

♥ The Wall of Winnipeg and Me
♥ Lingus

Sierra Simone

Ok. Sierra Simone fans. Don’t even tell me you wouldn’t want to hang out with Sierra at your house with a glass of wine and talk about all the dirty things you wouldn’t even talk to your best girlfriends about.

Honestly, I just want to pick that brain of hers and learn allllll her tips and tricks.

Sierra was also at Shameless and she seems like such a beautiful, cool person.

Book Recs:

♥ American Queen
♥ Priest

Jana Aston

It’s not often that I am absolutely dying with laughter and all sorts of other feelings while reading a book, but Jana Aston manages to bring that out of me.

I’m not usually into the slapstick funny romcoms, sometimes they can be too over-the-top for me, however, Jana is just enough without being too much.

I also had the chance to meet Jana at Shameless a couple months ago and I swear I only talked to her for a couple minutes and she already had me laughing. At one point, I was in Sierra’s line and Sierra said something about being really interested in the Catholic faith and Jana (who was at the table next to her)  just leans over and was like, “Wait… What? I would’ve never thought that about you.” It was obviously 100% sarcastic. If you’ve read Sierra’s Priest series, you’ll understand the hilarity of that comment.

Book Recs:

♥ The Wrong series

I am 100% positive that I will have left someone off of this list and immediately regret it once this posts, so don’t be surprised if you see a volume 2 of this post soon.

Favorite Reads from October 2018

Here are my favorites from the past month.

Favorite Reads from October

Images link to Goodreads

Sinner (Priest #2) by Sierra Simone
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I’m not a good man, and I’ve never pretended to be. I don’t believe in goodness or God or any happy ending that isn’t paid for in advance.

What do I believe in? Money. Sex. Macallan 18.

They have words for men like me—playboy. Womanizer. Skirt chaser.

My brother used to be a priest, and he only has one word for me.

Sinner.

You guys… this book was everything I hoped it would be after reading Priest. Sierra Simone has done it again.

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Misadventures on the Rebound (Misadventures #18) by Lauren Rowe

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Overall Rating: 5 Stars
Title: Misadventures on the Rebound
Author: Lauren Rowe
Series: Misadventures #18
Format: Hard Copy ARC from Author
Synopsis:
***MISADVENTURES ARE STANDALONE ROMANCES THAT CAN BE READ IN ANY ORDER***

After getting canned from her dream job this morning and played in spectacular fashion by her boyfriend this afternoon, Savannah “Savvy” Valentine is having a truly awful day. Which is why she’s currently drowning her sorrows in whiskey and self-pity in a shabby bar along the route to Las Vegas.

In light of today’s double whammy, Savvy isn’t sure why she’s still heading in the direction of her five-year high school reunion. The only reason she’d wanted to attend the reunion in Vegas in the first place was to show the captain of the football team, the guy who took her virginity and then promptly rejected her, that the captain of the math team grew up to have all enviable hot things: hot body, hot boyfriend, and hot career. Now, the only “hot” thing about Savvy Valentine is her mess.

But when a gorgeous stranger with sandy hair, a leather jacket, and motorcycle helmet walks into the bar, Savvy’s awful day suddenly looks a whole lot brighter. The man is perfection. Sexy and mysterious. And he’s heading to Las Vegas, too.

Can one wild night with a sexy stranger in the middle of nowhere lead a girl to fall desperately and deeply in love in Las Vegas? Savvy Valentine is about to find out.

 

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Review

To be completely honest, I didn’t really know much about this book before I got it. I knew it was in the works, but I also knew that if I read the synopsis before it came out, I’d become ridiculously impatient for its release… so I just added it to my TBR and tried to forget about it until release day to save myself from suffering.

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Authors I’m Looking Forward to Meeting at Shameless Book Con

Shameless Book Con is about a month away and I’m so ridiculously excited!

I was lucky enough to attend this convention last year with my sister and this year I’m attending with my mom and my sister. Even though we only live two hours away from where the event is being held, we’re still getting a hotel room so we can all hang out together in Orlando for a couple days.

Anyway, as I always do when I register for a book convention, I check out the list of authors attending the event and make a list of all the authors I want to meet. Usually, a few days before the event, the organizers release and map showing where all the authors will be sitting, so I go through that and map my course.

This time around, I figured I’d share the list of authors I’m super excited to meet at the convention … and one of their books that I’ve either read and loved or want to read.

New-to-Me Authors I’m Looking Forward to Meeting at Shameless Book Con

 

Alessandra Torre

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Autumn Jones Lake
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Kandi Steiner
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KK Allen
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Meredith Wild
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Olivia Cunning
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Skye Warren
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Authors I Love at Shameless Book Con

Emma Scott
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Jana Aston
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Laura Kaye
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Lara Adrian
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Mariana Zapata
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Marni Mann
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Sierra Simone
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Trisha Wolfe
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Are you going to Shameless Book Con?

 

 

 

 

Meet My Book Boyfriend: Tyler Caldwell

Welcome to a new series where I’ll be introducing you to one of my (many) book boyfriends.

Introducing… Tyler Caldwell from Misadventures of a College Girl by Lauren Rowe

Tyler Caldwell is, hands down, my current favorite contemporary romance book boy friend. Why? Let me count the ways.

 

Why I Love Tyler

Within the first few seconds of meeting this character, his personality shines through. He’s the kind of charming that can be spotted from across the room … the type of person that attracts people to him like a beacon.

Tyler is that super talented popular guy we’ve all known, who also just happens to be really nice to everyone. He’s not overly sweet, though. Honestly, everything about him is just right.

For example, he’s confident, but not cocky. He’s funny, but not over-the-top. He’s talented, but not without hard work and his fair share of setbacks. He’s committed without being overbearing. He’s honest and up front, but not cruel.

But, perhaps the best thing about Tyler is not only his own passion and purpose, but how he fuels those two things in others. Those are two very attractive traits that I don’t see very much in romance novels.

I think it’s all of those subtle balances that make Tyler perfect, but believable. Lauren Rowe has a gift for creating incredibly real characters and chemistry, without having to throw in a traumatic past.

 

Tyler Vibes

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