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Release Blitz: I’m Not Your Enemy by Cara Dee

I’m Not Your Enemy | Cara Dee

A Camassia Cove Universe Story

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Release Date: October 21st, 2021

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𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘭𝘪𝘯𝘦 𝘣𝘦𝘵𝘸𝘦𝘦𝘯 𝘭𝘰𝘷𝘦 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘩𝘢𝘵𝘦 𝘩𝘢𝘴 𝘯𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘳 𝘣𝘦𝘦𝘯 𝘴𝘰 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘯, 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘉𝘭𝘢𝘬𝘦 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘚𝘦𝘣𝘢𝘴𝘵𝘪𝘢𝘯 𝘳𝘦𝘵𝘶𝘳𝘯 𝘪𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘴𝘦𝘲𝘶𝘦𝘭 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘣𝘰𝘵𝘵𝘭𝘦𝘥-𝘶𝘱 𝘩𝘶𝘳𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘴𝘰𝘮𝘦𝘩𝘰𝘸 𝘫𝘶𝘴𝘵 𝘣𝘳𝘪𝘯𝘨𝘴 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘮 𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘯 𝘤𝘭𝘰𝘴𝘦𝘳.

Sebastian was right. I was a coward. I ran my closeted tail all the way back to Georgia. Once I got there, I had no place left to hide. My life imploded.

But when I was welcome nowhere, I still had to go somewhere. I could barely look my sister in the eye, facing Sebastian didn’t even exist on my radar, and I was prepared for my brother-in-law’s protective hostility.

I just didn’t have a choice. For once in my life, I wanted redemption. I wanted to belong somewhere, and I was ready to work for it. Sebastian was the exception—hard no. I might have screwed up royally, but he wasn’t so damn innocent.

He’d hurt me too, and he better not push me. In fact, it was best we avoided each other altogether. So it didn’t make a lick of sense for me to seek him out to provoke a reaction.

𝘛𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘴𝘵𝘰𝘳𝘺 𝘵𝘢𝘬𝘦𝘴 𝘱𝘭𝘢𝘤𝘦 𝘪𝘯 𝘊𝘢𝘳𝘢 𝘋𝘦𝘦’𝘴 𝘊𝘢𝘮𝘢𝘴𝘴𝘪𝘢 𝘊𝘰𝘷𝘦 𝘜𝘯𝘪𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘴𝘦, 𝘢 𝘧𝘪𝘤𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯𝘢𝘭 𝘵𝘰𝘸𝘯 𝘸𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘦 𝘢𝘭𝘭 𝘣𝘰𝘰𝘬𝘴 𝘴𝘵𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘰𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘪𝘳 𝘰𝘸𝘯, 𝘶𝘯𝘭𝘦𝘴𝘴 𝘰𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘸𝘪𝘴𝘦 𝘴𝘵𝘢𝘵𝘦𝘥, 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘥𝘦𝘳 𝘤𝘢𝘯 𝘫𝘶𝘮𝘱 𝘪𝘯 𝘸𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘳 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘺 𝘸𝘢𝘯𝘵.

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It was still weird for me to be part of a family dinner where no one said grace. It’d been the rule for as long as I’d lived. If dinner was among family and you sat at a table, someone said grace.

Fuckin’ heathens up here.

I removed my ball cap and left it on my lap.

“Momma, can we live in an RV?” Teddy asked.

“You think we have too much space at home?” Soph smirked.

Teddy grinned sheepishly. “No, but we could go anywhere!”

I chuckled and grabbed myself a Coke.

“Where would all your toys go?” Dylan asked.

Teddy hadn’t considered that. “Maybe in my room at Bastian’s house?”

Sebastian shot him a little grin but didn’t say anything. He was usually so vocal. Now, because I was here, shit was weird. He hadn’t looked my way once. Not a glance as far as I knew.

Isabella was getting fussy in Dylan’s arms, and Soph said she couldn’t put off feeding her any longer. She excused herself to head inside and nurse the little one.

“Don’t step on Oppy and Percy, please,” I said.

“Oh! I wanna see them, Uncle Blake!” Teddy pleaded and almost knocked back his chair when he stood up. As if I could deny him. “Momma, I go with you.” He grabbed a new pizza slice and tumbled toward Soph.

Dylan turned a perturbed look Soph’s way. “You’re leaving me with those two?” He just didn’t know how to whisper.

Soph thought that was hilarious and just giggled in response. Then she disappeared into the trailer with the kids, and the tension automatically turned awkward and agitated. The latter came from Sebastian, because without Teddy around, he didn’t have to pretend.

“Are you gonna fucking eat or what?” Sebastian asked irritably.

I glanced at Dylan, who was in the middle of finishing a slice, and it dawned on me that the question was for me.

“Huh?” I managed. Wow, he was talking to me.

Sebastian flicked me an impatient look. “You’ve lost weight, and you’re not eating. Are you sick or just dumber than you look?”

“This is nice,” Dylan said. “We should do this more often.”

I furrowed my brow and wondered what the hell Sebastian’s problem was. Okay, I could venture a guess, but if he wanted to avoid me, avoid talking to me, he didn’t have to worry about what I ate.

“I don’t know what you’re talkin’ about—I haven’t lost any weight.”

“Dumber than you look, then. Because yeah, you have.” He tossed a crust into one of the boxes and leaned back, his posture and expression saying he was letting it go. He didn’t wanna talk anymore.

“So how are the Pugs doing, Blake?” Dylan interjected. “Or was it Bulldogs?”

I slid my stare to Dylan instead and let some humor seep in. Bless him. “You don’t have to run interference, buddy. When Sebastian’s ready to hash things out like a real man, these passive-aggressive little bitch fits will be history.”

“Boy, there’s nothing passive about my aggression,” Sebastian laughed. “Unlike that snide remark you just offered.”

“What was that, baby? Yeah, I’ll be right there.” Dylan abruptly left his seat and fled inside.

Christ. We knew how to clear a room. Or a patio.

“We might as well get this out of the way so we can move on,” Sebastian told me, and I lifted a brow, admittedly curious. “Soph told me you were building them a house, and it goes without saying that I will be here to help out whenever I can. But as far as I’m concerned, there’s no reason you and I gotta talk. We’ll act civil around Teddy, and then—” He shrugged. “I’ll just wait until you run back into your closet in Georgia again.”

Nice speech. He had it all figured out, huh?

“All right.” I nodded with a dip of my chin. “I take it you’re not interested in an apology for leaving the way I did.”

He smiled faintly, a humorless twist of his lips that left me a few degrees colder. “No, you can save your excuses for someone who gives a rat’s ass.”

“Got it,” I replied tightly.

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About The Author

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I’m often awkwardly silent or, if the topic interests me, a chronic rambler. In other words, I can discuss writing forever and ever. Fiction, in particular. The love story—while a huge draw and constantly present—is secondary for me, because there’s so much more to writing romance fiction than just making two (or more) people fall in love and have hot sex.

There’s a world to build, characters to develop, interests to create, and a topic or two to research thoroughly.

Every book is a challenge for me, an opportunity to learn something new, and a puzzle to piece together. I want my characters to come to life, and the only way I know to do that is to give them substance—passions, history, goals, quirks, and strong opinions—and to let them evolve.

I want my men and women to be relatable. That means allowing room for everyday problems and, for lack of a better word, flaws. My characters will never be perfect.

Wait…this was supposed to be about me, not my writing.

I’m a writey person who loves to write. Always wanderlusting, twitterpating, kinking, cooking, baking, and geeking. There’s time for hockey and family, too. But mostly, I just love to write.

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Release Tour: Love at Fourth Sight by Ariella Zoelle

Love at Fourth Sight | Ariella Zoelle

Suite Dreams #3

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Release Date: October 15th, 2021

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When Luca’s job brings him to a small town for business, he quickly discovers the magic of falling in love with a feisty local.

Luca Revello

As someone who grew up in the city, I experience some culture shock when I travel to the picturesque, small town of Wintervale to help an older couple launch their new ski resort. While almost everyone warmly welcomes me, I seem to rub the owners’ son the wrong way. While Albie seems determined to chase me away, his feisty nature makes him irresistible to me, despite our fifteen year age difference.

It may not be love at first sight, but by the fourth time we meet, I feel like I’m starring in my very own romantic comedy with Albie. Can the magic of a small town bring us a happily ever after worthy of the best schmoopy movies?

Albie Farnese

I want to hate Luca with everything I have. An outsider like him should have no business telling my family how to run our business. But instead of the stuffy, obnoxious know-it-all I expect to show up, Luca has the audacity to be charming, handsome, hilarious, and ridiculously perfect, making it impossible to hate him. Ugh, he’s such a jerk.

If I can’t hate him, I guess that means I have to love him for being the living embodiment of my dream boyfriend. The man even bakes like a master pastry chef! Who could resist a baking god? Certainly not me. Honestly, his only flaw is not being a permanent resident of Wintervale. But I can be very persuasive when it comes to getting what I want, so why should I let that pesky little detail stop us from being together?

Love at Fourth Sight is the third book in the Suite Dreams series and part of the Sunnyside universe. This novel features a small-town, age gap, instalove, opposites attract romance. If you love cute sweetness, sexy fun, and no angst stories that will make you laugh and swoon, you’ll enjoy this satisfying HEA without cliffhangers. Each book can be read as a standalone or as part of the series in order.

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Chapter 1: Albie Farnese

As he got closer, I noticed the man was gorgeous. Tall, with a lean swimmer’s build and broad shoulders, his chiseled features were enough to cause anyone to swoon. His dark hair was cut short, and he had just the right amount of scruff to give me inappropriate thoughts about a guest. After all, I had a strict rule about never getting involved with someone staying with us at our hotel. I couldn’t help but be a little awed that somebody so attractive had such an easygoing, friendly smile as he approached me. When he stopped in front of me, I thought my heart would fly out of my chest and into his arms.

“Clarence tells me you’re Albie,” he said in a baritone voice that sent shivers through me.

“Uh-huh” was the only thing I could get out in my stupefied state as I stared up at him in awe. Was some fairy-tale kingdom missing its Prince Charming? Because there was no way the man could be real.

His full lips turned up in amusement as he grew playful. “He also mentioned you would take good care of me.”

The innuendo in his voice cranked the blast furnace inside of me to a roaring blaze. I couldn’t stop myself from saying the first thought that popped into my mind. “Oh, I’d be happy to take very good care of you.”

His pleased smile was more dazzling than the sun coming out after a long, gray winter. “Then I think we’ll get along nicely.”

“I hope so.”

He turned his attention to the building, looking up at it with an impressed expression. Our hotel was stunning, with a stone-and-wood exterior and sloping roofs that gave it a high-end lodge feeling, while the interior was all modern luxury. “This place is more beautiful than in the photos online.”

“It really is. Pictures don’t do it justice.” I puffed up with pride before I remembered my hotel manners. Getting off the bench, I gestured for him to follow me. “Let’s get you inside and checked in. Where are you coming from?”

“Palomina, California,” he replied as he fell into step beside me. “Something tells me I’ll be a lot happier here, though.”

“We’ll guarantee it.” I led him over to the front desk, which was made from beautifully stacked stones and black slate. “This is my sister, Adeline. She’ll check you in.”

She was shameless as she looked him over with a pleased smile. “I’ll be happy to take care of anything else you might need, too.”

“That’s great to hear since I’m planning on being here for a while.”

I chided myself over my first reaction being pleasure over having the chance to get to know him. When hotel guests were off-limits, I had no business getting my hopes up about him.

“Well, we’ll just have to take extra-special care of you in that case.”

He chuckled in amusement before he pulled out his wallet to give her his ID and credit card. “This is definitely the most hospitable welcome I’ve received at a hotel in a long time.”

My sister’s eyebrows shot up in surprise as she looked at his driver’s license. I wondered if maybe he had a funny name until she spoke the words I least wanted to hear. “I can’t tell you how happy we are that you’re here, Mr. Revello.”

“Please, call me Luca.”

It felt like someone had doused me in freezing cold water and left me outside in a windy blizzard. My temper flared over him having the audacity to be so charming and gorgeous when he was here to ruin everything. He was supposed to be a weaselly bastard with no sense of humor, wearing fancy wingtip shoes that he’d bust his ass on the ice with. How dare he show up looking like a guy I’d love to curl up in front of a fire with and sip spiced hot chocolate with! That took some real fucking nerve.

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About the Author

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Ariella Zoelle adores steamy, funny, swoony romances where couples are allowed to just be happy. That means she writes low angst stories full of heat, humor, and heart. But sometimes she’s in the mood for something with a bit more angst and drama. And if you are too, check out her A.F. Zoelle books.

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Flaming hot resolution to Sebastian & Blake’s “enemies” romance

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My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

Like book one, I don’t really think this is an enemies to lovers trope book and, also like book one, I don’t think it needed to be a separate publication.

Obviously it’s a duo, so part one is told from Sebastian’s POV and this one is all Blake’s but, imho anyways, it could have been done in the one book.

Still, what’s in this book is superbly written, as is everything from Cara. It’s off the charts hot and includes some of my favourite kinks (Blake is very much a slave to Sebastian’s commanding ways and gets off on the humiliation of being told he’s a cum dump, a whore for Seb’s cock etc) which is ridiculously hot.

It also has an excellent secondary narrative running through it about finding a home, about the importance of surrounding ourselves with people who support us and that, sometimes, it’s those who should be closest to us that can cause the most hurt.

My heart ached for Blake because he’s very definitely not a bad man at all, he’s conflicted and he’s fallen in love for the first time ever and doesn’t know what to do with his feelings.

I was pleased that things weren’t dragged out unnecessarily, there is a bit of “hate sex” right at the start when Seb and Blake first run into each other when there’s no-one else around, but other than that, this is more a book about reconnecting.

Teddy was his usual awesome self, I also very much appreciate Sophie and David, Blake’s siblings, and I love Dylan, Soph’s partner, who is all ends up just a decent bloke. I also loved the wee guest appearance of one of my absolute favourite characters of Cara’s Darius Quinn 🙂

Ultimately though, this is a book about loving someone because they make your day brighter, your future happier and your life something to be enjoyed, and you do the same for them. It’s a really gorgeous relationship – once the pseudo enemies thing is out of the way!

#ARC kindly received from the author in return for an honest and unbiased review

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