Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Blog Tour & Reviews - The Cad & The Co-Ed by Penny Reid & L.H. Cosway


The Cad and The Co-Ed, an all-new romantic comedy from Penny Reid & L.H. Cosway is LIVE


Bryan Leech is a cad.
Or, he *was* a cad.
No one is quite certain.
Once the quintessential playboy, Bryan claims he’s done with wild parties and weekend benders. No more one night stands leading to mornings he can’t remember; no more binges and blackouts; no more exploits plastered all over the tabloids and rag sheets. According to Bryan, he’s cleaning up his act.
The only problem is, no one believes him.
Eilish Cassidy never thought she’d be a mother at nineteen or still in college at twenty-four. Cut off from every member of her family except her favorite cousin, she’s finally managed to put her life back together. Stronger and wiser, Eilish enters her last semester of university determined to stand on her own. Now she just needs to find an internship.
The only problem is, her best option—by far—places her directly in the path of her son’s father, and he doesn’t remember her at all.
Bryan is determined to prove he’s changed. Eager to settle down with the right woman, he’s got his sights set on the gorgeous redhead who seems terribly familiar.
Eilish is determined to hide her secret. She’ll do anything to keep her child safe, even if that means ignoring her own wishes and desires.
But what happens when Bryan starts to remember? And what will it take for Bryan to convince the girl he forgot that she’s unforgettable?


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Eilish is a single mom finishing her last year of university and getting started on an internship. This lands her directly in the sites of her failed one night stand with Bryan the cad. Or is he still a cad….? It turns out Bryan is now a recovering alcoholic and is really a great guy. He is completely smitten with Eilish and can’t figure out why she is avoiding him. Eilish is trying to test the waters with Bryan to see if he has really changed and ready for responsibility. She is carrying a massive amount of guilt for keeping the secret. I personally felt it was understandable knowing how it all ended and Bryan’s issues.

I really liked these two. Even though it has been a couple of years Bryan is still adjusting to a sober life. He doesn’t know how to go about dating and his biggest concern is keeping his plant alive. I adored Bryan. I loved the fact that he was basically a crotchety old man in a 30 year old body. Eilish learns the man she idolized at 19 wasn’t the real Bryan due to his substance abuse. He was so sweet and fun. Eilish was sweet, stubborn, and a great mother. Her determination to do it all was admirable but frustrating to the men in her life. I loved Bryan’s reaction to their situation. He really grew up in the years they were apart. And he really understood how damage he would have caused if he had been around earlier.

I ate this book up. It was so much fun. It was sweet, funny, sexy, and heartwarming. It was a bit predictable and yes this story has been done before. The difference for me was the baggage that Eilish and Bryan had. They seemed very real and I liked how they worked through it. Plus, the combo of Cosway/Reid always makes the story fresh and amazing.

Bonus: If you loved Sean from the Player and the Pixie you are in for a treat. He is Eilish’s rock. He is hilarious. And I loved his relationship with Patrick. This was just an all-around feel good romance and it will leave a smile on your face. Well Done!


While I've really enjoyed the previous books in this series, Eilish & Bryan's story just caught me more than the others. I think because they both worked so hard to get to the places they are now and it just hit home more for me than the previous books.

Eilish and Bryan hook up at Annie & Ronan's wedding; Eilish is floored that Bryan is interested in her. The next morning, Bryan has no recollection of the previous night due to drunkenness; Eilish is horrified and leaves. Several months later, she discovers she's pregnant, but doesn't inform Bryan since he doesn't remember it and doesn't think he'd want to be involved, nor does she want him to due to his alcoholism.

Flash-forward several years, Eilish is now working with the rugby team. She's managed to keep her son's parentage secret from everyone other than her cousin, Sean, who has been her rock for the last several years. She runs into Bryan and he's drawn to her, but doesn't know why. He's intrigued by her apparent dislike towards him. Bryan has worked hard the past to years to maintain his sobriety. Sean actually pushes Bryan to pursue Eilish, knowing that she still has strong feelings towards him.

Bryan and Eilish have intense chemistry, which they both fight. I'm glad that Eilish finally reveals the truth to Bryan. His response was wonderful, and he agrees that he wouldn't have been the best role model for his son. When he meets Patrick, he's instantly smitten with the boy. Eilish and Bryan don't have an easy road due to meddling family members and friends who try to control their situation and relationship. The interference nearly ruins the tentative relationship they've built.

I liked that both characters had flaws and weren't afraid to show them. I enjoyed that they confided things in each other instead of hiding their insecurities. Overall, I really quite enjoyed this story. If the authors continue the series, I'll definitely pick it up.

Meet Penny Reid:

Penny Reid is the USA Today Bestselling Author of the Winston Brothers and Knitting in the City series. When she’s not immersed in penning smart romances, Penny works in the biotech industry as a researcher. She’s also a full time mom to three diminutive adults, wife, daughter, knitter, crocheter, sewer, general crafter, and thought ninja.


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Twitter: @ReidRomance

Meet L.H. Cosway:

L.H. Cosway has a BA in English Literature and Greek and Roman Civilisation, and an MA in Postcolonial Literature. She lives in Dublin city. Her inspiration to write comes from music. Her favorite things in life include writing stories, vintage clothing, dark cabaret music, food, musical comedy, and of course, books. She thinks that imperfect people are the most interesting kind. They tell the best stories.


Connect with L.H. Cosway:

Twitter: @LHCosway

Review Jordan Reclaimed, Preload series by Scarlett Cole

 Title: Jordan Reclaimed
Author: Scarlett Cole
Series: Preload
Release Date: February 28th 2017


Jordan Steele’s life began when he was ten. When he was taken from his parents and a house that was never a home. When he met his brothers, the other lost and abandoned boys in his group home. When he learned what friendship and family and love looked like.

Now he’s made good, touring the world with the band he and his brothers formed in that crowded group home. No one but his found family really knows the man under the fame and fortune, the scars he hides behind the rockstar lifestyle. Until he sees her through the windows of the National Ballet, dancing, and suddenly the world doesn’t seem so dark.

Aleksandra Artemov ticks all the ballet boxes. Father a legendary Kirov dancer. Check. Prepping since birth for classical ballet. Check. Compulsive control over the food she eats. Check. Principal dancer at The National Ballet of Canada. Check. But what she craves is freedom.

She craves Jordan.

Everything about him should terrify her. His size, his tattoos, his edge. But he doesn’t. He stirs her very soul. Jordan has nothing but himself to offer her, and he's never been good enough for anyone. Can he figure out how to face his own demons before he loses his light for good?

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Review by Iza

I've been looking forward to reading this book after meeting Jordan in The Purest Hook, where the Preload band gives us insight into their pasts. Each and every member has his own demons, some worse than others. 

Seems Jordan is among those with the worst demons. My heart broke for him, I got teary-eyed whenever he shared a bit of his childhood with us. You see, we don't get to know it all from the get-go. Everything is revealed step by step, and it always happens when triggered. 

I don't want to reveal too much, but I will say that many times I wished to pull Jordan to my bosom and never let go. It's insane the things he had to go through. Yet there he was and he was perfect. Even in broken or jagged pieces, he was perfect. And real. 

I'm a little unsure about my feelings toward the heroine. I admit she annoyed me a time or two because she was too stubborn and I felt that she sometimes let bad things happen, even though she knew better. I think that's what pissed me off. She wasn't ignorant. 

But let's not dwell on that. Everyone should decide for themselves how they feel about the hero and heroine. As a whole, I liked them, though it felt like they fell for each other a bit fast. It felt a bit insta-love. 

Anyway, I enjoyed this book, I really liked it and can't wait to read more! I love Ms. Cole's writing style and am looking forward to more books. 

I voluntarily reviewed an ARC copy of this book. My rating is 4 stars.

Author Bio

Two-time RITA finalist, Scarlett Cole, is a contemporary romantic suspense / contemporary romance author (represented by Beth Phelan at The Bent Agency). Author of the Second Circle Tattoos Series. The Strongest Steel was a Best Debut Goodreads Author Finalist 2015, and Authors on the Air Global Radio Network #1 Contemporary Romance Pick for 2015.

When Scarlett isn't writing, she spends her time reading, hoarding mason jars, and working out to off-set an epic sour candy habit. 

Having travelled the world for work and fun, Scarlett is a citizen of both Britain and Canada. A true city-dweller, she considers Toronto and Manchester home and likes to set her books in vibrant locations such as Miami and Los Angeles.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Beard Mode - Lani Lynn Vale

Title: Beard Mode
Series: The Dixie Wardens Rejects MC Series #1
Genre: MC Romance
Release Date: February 23, 2017
Cover Model: David Byers

Photographer: Michael Stokes

Aaron don’t ever call me Fatbaby’ Sims is lucky to be alive. Or at least that is what everyone keeps telling him. He doesn’t feel lucky, though.
He’s scarred, has more than a little bit of a bad attitude, and there isn’t a single day that goes by that he doesn’t wish his wife would’ve just finished off the job.
After being denied his old position at the fire department, he leaves, and doesn’t look back. He heads straight to Alabama and into the semi-welcoming arms of The Dixie Wardens MC. There he becomes a part of a brotherhood that forces him to get back in the land of the living.
Imogen is a smart girl. A girl who doesn’t always make the best decisions.
Her heart is in the right place when she walks into that prison, but it doesn’t take long for her to realize that her heart shouldn’t have had any say so in the matter. Especially when one wrong move lands her in the arms of a scarred man that looks frightening enough to scare any sane woman away.
Immediately enthralled by the angry man, she tries to get closer to him. But the harder she tries to get to know him, the further he pushes her away.
The only thing Aaron wanted to do after his now ex-wife was sent to jail was escape. Escape the awful memories. The pity-filled eyes. The curious glances.
He does a damn fine job at ensuring he draws as little as attention as possible, but then that annoying woman with her startling blue eyes starts hammering away at his resolve. Makes him feel when he doesn’t want to feel.
Imogen comes into his life and carves out a place for herself, obliterating his defenses one heated kiss at a time.
It doesn’t take long, and he realizes he’s in deep. Too deep to ever want to come out.
Imogen will know what it’s like to be loved by a reject.

Lani. Lani. Lani. You're killing me with each new book. I've been waiting for Aaron "Fatbaby" Sims book for a while now and you didn't disappoint.

After going through a horrific accident at the hands of his ex-wife, Aaron thinks he can only be seen for his scars. Both physical and emotional. Except, in walks Imogen. His feisty and cute neighbor, and acquaintance from the past, who is busy trying to make it in life and assisting in raising her nephew while her sister is deployed overseas.

I loved how Imogen never saw Aaron as a person with a scarring disfigurement. I mean she saw them, it couldn't be helped. But seeing them and not really noticing them are two different things. Which is just one of the things Aaron needed to heal his soul. These two had chemistry that could be felt and that makes for a great book. Well done, Lani. I give it 5 stars.

“Lani Lynn Vale has a way of taking your soul and twisting it and tearing it up, but then somehow, some way making sure that the book still makes you have a goofy freaking happy smile, and all in love with her by the end of it.” - MJ’s Book Blog and Reviews
“It was sooo good and I am sooo excited that this was my first Lani Lynn Vale book...gasp....can you believe I have not read one of her books yet??” - iScream Books
“Don’t think about it, just go one click this book and you’ll enjoy it like, I did. One thing about this author is she keeps getting better every time. You will never be disappointed about it, I promise.” - Fabulous Ladies Book Blog

“New guy.”  Someone muttered behind me.
I turned only my head to find Stone, the president, staring at me with hard eyes.
“Yeah?” I asked him, dropping my bag on the floor and heading in his direction instead of out the door like I’d originally intended.
“You’re here because you have a special set of skills that we need.”  The leader of the band of misfits, Stone, drawled.
I nearly laughed.
“That sounds like a bad line out of a movie.” I muttered, wondering where he was going with this.
He tossed me a glare and then yelled.
“Truth!”  Stone yelled.  “Ghost! Get the fuck in here!”
Ghost and Truth walked in the door at the same time, both of them turning to the side to walk inside, and stared at Stone
“Ghost, hold Truth down so New Guy can give him the fuckin’ shot.” Stone grumbled.
Ghost tackled Truth and wrestled him to the desk, then sat on him while Stone leaned back and watched.
“No, motherfucker!” Truth yelled.  “I don’t want it!”
“It’s the fuckin’ flu shot, you dumb shit.  Not a fuckin’ tracking device. Take a fuckin’ chill pill.”  Stone grumbled, staring at the scuffle that was going down in front of him.
I picked up the syringe from the table, similar to the one I’d given everybody else’s flu shot with, and stabbed it in the meat of Truth’s arm.
Truth bellowed in rage, and I flipped the guard up on the syringe before tossing it into the trash can.
“Done?” I asked Stone.  “I have to get to work.”
Stone nodded.
“Yeah, thanks.” He nodded. “Have fun at the nut house.”
I grunted something unintelligible, causing him to laugh.
“Don’t sound so excited.” He laughed.
I flipped him off and walked out the door just as Ghost was letting Truth up
“Why you gotta be such a big motherfucker?”  Truth growled.  “If you’d been anyone else, I’d have gotten away.”
“Why do you think I called Ghost instead of anyone else?”  I heard Stone reply.

I’m a married mother of three. My kids are all under 5, so I can assure you that they are a handful. I’ve been with my paramedic husband now for ten years, and we’ve produced three offspring that are nothing like us. I live in the greatest state in the world, Texas.


Thursday, February 23, 2017

Reviews Black Hearts, Sins Duet #1 by Karina Halle

Title: Black Hearts
Author: Karina Halle
Series: Sins Duet
Release Date: February 19th 2017


For Vicente Bernal, truth is all he’s known. The son of an infamous drug lord, Vicente was born to help run the family business, which means he’s been raised on a throne of sordid pasts and dirty laundry, violence and pride. But when Vicente stumbles across someone he’s not supposed to know about – a woman from his father’s checkered past – he sets out to California to find her behind his father’s back.

What Vicente doesn’t expect to find in San Francisco is Violet McQueen, the woman’s twenty-year old daughter. Beautiful and edgy with a vulnerability he can’t resist, Violet tempts Vicente from afar and though he promised himself he’d stay away from her, curiosity and lust are powerful forces. Besides, Vicente has always gotten everything he wants – why shouldn’t he have Violet too?

Soon his wants turn into an obsession, one that sweeps Violet into his games as they fall madly, deeply in love with each other, the type of first love that can drive a person mad.

But it’s a love with tragic consequences.

Both the truth – and the lies – not only threaten to tear them apart, but threaten their very lives.

Someone has to pay for the sins of the fathers.

And they’ll be paying the price with their souls.

Black Hearts is a BRAND NEW STANDALONE DUET - the second book and conclusion, Dirty Souls, releases March 17th.

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Review by Shanda

3.5 stars

Black Hearts is the story of Violet and Vicente. They are the offspring of characters from the Artists Trilogy and Dirty Angels series. 

Vicente stumbles on info about his father Javier’s past. Javier is determined that Vicente (his second in command) will soon take over the cartel. Vicente is not really into the idea of taking over. After uncovering old letters he decides he wants to know more about his father. He sets off for California in search of Ellie and his father’s secrets. He changes his plans when he discovers Ellie’s daughter Violet.

Violet seems like she is at that stage of life where she is discovering herself. She is also suspicious of her parents and ends up uncovering a secret about their past. Along the way she meets Vicente and he shakes things up. He is sexy and intriguing and they fall for each other fast. 

I found Violet to be a bit petulant. I give her some slack because she is young and searching. But she gets really angry about her parent’s secrets and acts out. Yes, Camden and Ellie should have revealed some truths earlier. But parents don’t have to share all their dirty pasts. I get the impression their relationship with their kids isn’t that strong. Violet also could have sat them down and asked them questions. Instead she hooks up with a guy just as secretive and then lashes out at her mom in anger. I had trouble understanding her. Vicente appears to be nothing like his father. He seems to want a different life but his motives confused me at times.

I wanted to love this one but it was just okay for me. I think it was predictable and probably a bit generic. It has a lot of what readers will love; sex, lies, secrets, cartels, insta-love, and Javier setting up trouble in the background. I have high hopes for the finale Dirty Souls. You already know Javier has something planned that is going to hurt Vicente. Will Vicente turn out to be a better man than his father or the same? Will there be a big showdown between the families in the end? We shall see…….

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Guest Review by Angie

*3.5 stars*

I was so excited when I found out Halle was writing this but now I feel so-so about it. If you've read The Artists Trilogy and the Dirty Angels series then you already know exactly who Violet McQueen and Vicente Bernal are. They are the children of Camden & Ellie and Javier & Luisa, respectively. But they're all grown up now. This story is set in San Francisco in the year 2034 or so. I liked Halle's interpretation of current events on the future (the wall between the U.S. and Mexico was half built and abandoned). But for those who don't like politics in their romance novels, don't worry she doesn't overdo it. 

Vicente wants to know more about his father. He found a box filled with all things Ellie Watt and he's curious about who she was to him. Javier is now living a quieter life in Mexico now that he's no longer number one drug Lord. Vicente was always raised to take over, however, so he wants some time to have fun in America. Why not spend it in San Francisco and look up Ellie as well. 

Violet is a photography student. She still lives at home. Camden is running Sins and Needles and Ellie is an accomplished photographer. Turns out they've hidden everything about their past from their children (Violet has a half-brother, Ben). One day Violet snoops through the mail and catches her parents in a lie. 

Vicente decides to go through Violet to meet Ellie. The two connect right off the bat and their passion only grows as the weeks pass. 

I was so disappointed with Ellie and Camden in this book. I didn't know who these people were. All these years later, they're still paranoid. They came off as weak. I didn't like all the secrets they were still keeping from their grown children. Especially when the truth would have at least put them on high alert. Ellie and Camden knew something was off. I thought Violet was kind of bratty. She was ignoring red flags and putting herself in dangerous situations. I also hated how Vicente treated Ellie. I really hope he gets knocked down a peg. I have high hopes the mama bear in Ellie gets awakened in book two. I'm looking forward to the showdown.

Author Bio

Karina Halle is a former travel writer and music journalist and The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today Bestselling author of Where Sea Meets Sky, Racing the Sun, The Pact, Love, in English, The Artists Trilogy, Dirty Angels and over 20 other wild and romantic reads. She lives on an island off the coast of British Columbia with her husband and her rescue pup, where she drinks a lot of wine, hikes a lot of trails and devours a lot of books.

Halle is represented by the Waxman Leavell Agency and is both self-published and published by Atria Books/Simon & Schuster and Hachette in North America and in the UK.


Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Reviews - Preston's Honor by Mia Sherdian


There were two brothers—identical twins—and though I loved them both, my soul belonged to only one.

Annalia Del Valle has loved Preston Sawyer all her life. The daughter of an impoverished migrant farmworker, she grew up as an outcast in what was no more than a tiny, cooped up shack in California’s Central Valley. But her heart found freedom in the land, in the wide-open spaces of Sawyer Farm, and in the boys who were her only friends.

Preston has yearned for Annalia since he was a boy. But a sense of honor kept him from pursuing her until he’s unable to hold back any longer and their worlds—and bodies—collide one hot summer night. A night that sets off a chain of events that will alter their lives forever.

Now Annalia is back in town after disappearing without a trace for six long months. Determined to reclaim her heart, her life, and the baby she left behind—the son who was created in a moment of lust and love and pent-up yearning.

Preston has survived grief, a ravaging drought, and the despair of heartache, but he’s not sure he can survive Annalia again. And he might be unwilling to try. Will pride and bitterness keep him from the one thing he’s always longed for?

How do you heal what is irreparably broken? How do you forgive that which is unforgivable? How do you discover that real honor comes not from circumstance, but from the place deep in our hearts where truth resides? And how do you move beyond the wounds of the past to discover that some loves are as solid as the ground beneath your feet, and as enduring as the earth itself?

THIS IS A STAND-ALONE SIGN OF LOVE NOVEL, INSPIRED BY GEMINI. New Adult Contemporary Romance: Due to strong language and sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18.


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4.5 stars

Annalia Del Valle is a dreamer. The daughter of a migrant farm worker Lia wants to leave the impoverished life she has for bigger things. All Preston has ever wanted was Annalia and his farm.

Lia’s mother worked on the Preston brother’s farm. Although her mother changed jobs Lia’s friendship continued with the twins Cole and Preston. These three grew up together and they all cared deeply for each other. The boys didn’t see the differences they had but Lia knew they were from different worlds.

Cole and Preston both care for Lia. When she is old enough to date they have to decide who gets her. Cole cares for Lia but not to the extent that Preston does. Lia and Preston have loved each other for years but have never communicated it to each other. They cause a lot of hurt and pain by not speaking their truth to each other sooner. it finally comes to a head and they can’t deny it any longer. Their moment of passion changes their world dramatically by two events: one beautiful and one tragic.

I adored Lia. Although this story is the sign of Gemini with the twins Cole and Preston; this story was really Lia’s journey. One of my favorite things about a Mia Sheridan book is she writes heartbreaking heroes. In this story the person that touched my soul with her story of childhood to adulthood was Annalia. My heart hurt for the loneliness and rejection she felt growing up. Then at a young age she becomes a mother and enters a hostile home. Her love story with Preston never got to fully develop and she feels lost. You could feel her isolation and fear. I liked how Lia issues were handled and understood why she had to leave for those six months. The story did drag a bit in some places. It did lack some romance but this was because of how things played out for these two. As I stated I felt this was Lia’s journey so it’s not heavy on romance.


4.25 stars

Preston has adored the impoverished Annalia (Lia) since he first set eyes on her when they were children. We know from the prologue that Preston and Lia have a child together; what we don't know is what caused their separation.

We get a lot of back story with Preston and Lia; how they first met, how their friendship and ultimately, how their love story developed. Their story isn't an easy one; Lia suffers with feeling inadequate due to her poverty and the way she's been seen by her mother since her birth. Preston feels a sense of honor, being bound by a promise to his brother, and his attraction to Lia is pushing his limits and his honorable intentions.

When Preston and Lia finally decide to hash out their rift, it's cathartic, not only for them but for the reader as well. We get into why Lia ran and why Preston didn't pursue Lia more, when that have saved them both a lot of heart ache. I enjoy that they decided to fight for each other, instead of letting hurt feelings get in the way. The epilogue is sweet, and exactly what I love to see in an epilogue. I love getting those little glimpses into the future.

Little About Mia
Mia Sheridan is a New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestselling author. Her passion is weaving true love stories about people destined to be together. Mia lives in Cincinnati, Ohio with her husband. They have four children here on earth and one in heaven.

Monday, February 20, 2017

New Cover Reveal - Beneath the Burn by Pam Godwin



They meet by chance. The timing is wrong.
Three years later, she finds him again, but their separation was poisoned with narcotics and bloodied by enslavement.
Her freedom gambled away, Charlee Grosky escapes the international businessman who held her captive. But his power reaches beyond her protective barriers and threatens everyone she has come to love.
Jay Mayard wears his tortured secrets under his rock god facade. Drugs are his release, even as he seeks to be the man forged of the steel only she can see.
In a celebrity world filled with paparazzi, groupies, and drugs, Jay and Charlee must face their worst fears. When the battle is over, what will be left...Beneath The Burn.

Meet the author

Pam Godwin Books GrayScale
New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author, Pam Godwin, lives in the Midwest with her husband, their two children, and a foulmouthed parrot. When she ran away, she traveled fourteen countries across five continents, attended three universities, and married the vocalist of her favorite rock band.
Java, tobacco, and dark romance novels are her favorite indulgences, and might be considered more unhealthy than her aversion to sleeping, eating meat, and dolls with blinking eyes.

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Friday, February 17, 2017

Chapter Reveal - Mister Wrong by Nicole Williams

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Coming February 27th


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Cora Matthews grew up with the Adams boys, twin brothers and best friends who wouldn’t let anything come between them except for one thing—her. One of them became her best friend, the other, her fiancé.

She always knew she’d wind up marrying one of them, and Jacob Adams is the very epitome of Mister Right. At least he is up until he fails to show up for their wedding day. Not that Cora realizes it. At first.

As Jacob’s best man, and identical twin, Matt makes a split second decision, but one that will affect the three of their lives forever—he steps in to take his brother’s place. In front of the altar, exchanging vows with the woman he’s secretly been in love with for years.

Cora eventually finds out about the groom swap. The morning after the wedding. As if realizing she just slept with her fiance’s brother wasn’t disturbing enough, she’s forced to confront her feelings for Matt Adams she thought she’d buried years ago.

Matt’s wrong for her. In every way. But through the course of her real honeymoon with her fake husband, she starts to uncover truths both Adams brothers were hoping to keep hidden, for opposite reasons. One to protect himself, the other to protect her.

She married the wrong brother, but what if he’s been the right one all along?


He was wrong for her.
That was the only thought running through my head as I rechecked every inch of the church. So completely wrong for her. This latest disappearing act, the most recent proof. He’d skipped out on her before, but today was different.
Today, they were supposed to get married. Today, Cora Matthews would become Cora Adams. She’d have my last name. But not in the way I’d hoped for—not that I hadn’t accepted that years ago.
She’d chosen him. My brother. My twin brother. She’d chosen him forever ago, and that was that. She’d been as good as Mrs. Jacob Adams since the day Cora Matthews first showed up in our lives eighteen years ago.
At least until today, when Cora was going to be marching toward an empty altar in fifteen minutes if I didn’t find the supposed Mister Right. Jacob wasn’t the right one—for a dozen reasons I could list—but he was who she wanted and he’d done his best to convince her she was all he wanted too. But I knew better.
My brother had always been indulged; being the “firstborn” son—by a whole three minutes—to a wealthy family has a way of doing that. The problem arose when the boy grew into a man who wanted to be equally indulged in all sorts of ways that a wife would likely frown upon. Jacob wasn’t the right one for her. I knew that. Hell, I think even he knew that when he surfaced from his self-adoring stupor every so often.
Not that I was the right one for Cora either. I was just as wrong for her as Jacob was, but in a different way. See, where he’d always loved her too little, I’d loved her too much. So I’d kept my secret for years and watched the girl I loved fall in love with the brother I’d shared a womb with for thirty-eight weeks. The brother I loved and looked after, despite his faults.
God knew I had a shit ton of my own.
That was why I was about to start tearing this church apart in order to find him. I was looking after his interests as well as Cora’s, because even though he had a piss-poor way of showing it, he loved her. In his own way. If you could call what Jacob felt for anyone love. In a way, it was love, but in another way, it was the opposite.
“Where the hell’s Jacob?” The senior Adams, also known as Dad, asked when I circled into the lobby again, hoping my missing brother had magically appeared. He was holding my brother’s tux zipped up in an expensive bag and looking at me like I was failing the task of keeping track of my brother as I’d failed all the rest presented to me in life.
Where the hell’s Jacob? How many times had I asked myself that question? How many times had I probably known or had a good idea where he was?
“He’s back in one of the church offices waiting. Just got here.” I had to slow myself down when I heard the words wobble. It had been years since I’d stuttered over a word, and now was not the time to resurrect that old habit. “I’ll take it down to him.”
I grabbed the tux from Dad and backed down the hall, trying to ignore the stuffed sanctuary and the orchestra playing some song that sounded more fitting for a funeral than a wedding.
That was what this was about to become if I didn’t do something. Whether it would be my dad murdering me for flunking my best man responsibilities of keeping track of the groom, or me murdering Jacob when I finally found his pathetic ass after doing this to Cora on today of all days, someone was going to die.
“That tux isn’t going to put itself on a groom, Matt. Get after it.” Dad motioned me down the hall before he marched toward the sanctuary like he was ready to get this over with.
He wasn’t thrilled about the wedding. Didn’t exactly approve of the match. It wasn’t that he didn’t love Cora, because he did, like a daughter. He just didn’t find her fitting as a daughter-in-law, especially to his prized firstborn who was incapable of doing wrong. He probably wouldn’t have cared so much if she was marrying me, which was disconcerting to say the least. The only person who’d approve of Cora and me ending up together was my dad.
As I jogged down the hall, carrying a found tux to a missing groom, Dad’s last words replayed through my mind. That tux isn’t going to put itself on a groom.
A groom.
A groom.
My plan was already forming as I ducked into a dark church office, my fingers working my tie loose. Jacob wasn’t just my twin brother—he was my identical twin brother.
I was maybe a little bit taller and he was maybe a little bit fuller, but not enough that anyone would notice. Not enough, I hoped, that Cora would notice. She used to confuse us all the time when we were growing up together and still, on occasion, she’d mistake me for Jacob and Jacob for me. Like the last time I’d been at her and Jacob’s condo when she’d thrown a surprise party for him. I’d been talking with a group of old friends, she slid by me, found my hand, and gave it the briefest of squeezes. She’d thought I was Jacob. I knew that because she never touched me anymore. At least not on purpose. We used to be comfortable enough with each other that she’d hug me without thinking, but that changed when she and Jacob became a thing. An official thing.
She didn’t touch me anymore, not even to nudge me for saying something stupid, which I said all too often in her presence. But that night, she’d touched me. And a year later, I could still remember the way her small hand felt falling into mine.
Cora would be distracted today—nervous. I knew because she’d told me how panicked she was about standing in front of five hundred people. She’d be so distracted by trying to keep herself from passing out or hyperventilating, so would she really notice if the man standing across from her in front of that altar was me?
I was banking on the chance that she wouldn’t, as I changed from my suit into Jacob’s tux as fast as humanly possible. The clock on the wall was fast, hopefully, or else I had two and a half minutes to get my ass up front so that when Cora started down the aisle, she’d have someone waiting for her.
Someone who loved her.
As I tied the shiny dress shoes, I tried to put aside all of the inner voices telling me how wrong this was. How utterly and unforgivably wrong this was. I knew it was wrong. I knew that. But it was just as wrong to do nothing. It was wrong to let Jacob ruin another moment for her. By doing something that I knew was wrong, I hoped I was ultimately doing the right thing.
Maybe he wasn’t where I thought he was, hungover and waking up in some girl’s bed. Maybe he’d gotten into an accident or been kidnapped or . . . damn, then I’d feel like a real piece of shit for thinking the worst about my own brother. Maybe something legitimate had come up and he’d have some great explanation and I’d pull him aside to let him know I’d stepped in and no one besides us would know what had gone down.
And maybe Jacob had decided to turn over a new leaf and not be such a selfish prick, I thought with a sigh.
Pausing in front of the picture hanging beside the door, I adjusted the bowtie as best I could before tearing the door open and jogging down the hall. Jacob’s tux was a little big for me, and his shoes a little small, but those were minor discomforts compared to what my psyche was putting me through.
The ring.
After sprinting back to the office, I wrestled the ring box out of the pocket of my jacket, along with my wallet and phone—just in case I didn’t make it back here anytime soon—then I kicked my suit behind a bookcase in the event that someone stumbled into the room to find an abandoned suit and started asking questions.
My dad’s face was red by the time I made it inside the sanctuary, but when he saw me, his face relaxed and he smiled. It took me a moment to realize he wasn’t smiling at me—he was smiling at Jacob.
Dad never really smiled at me too much. Smirks were more the way of it.
“Where the hell’s Matt?” one of the groomsmen, Hunter, whispered when I passed.
God, this church was stuffed to capacity. And hot. And lacking in oxygen.
“Barfing up his guts,” I answered quietly, reminding myself that I was Jacob and needed to talk and sound like him.
The groomsmen rocked with silent laughter. They were all Jacob’s friends; none were mine.
“Go figure. We’re the ones drinking places dry, and it’s your brother, the DD, yacking his insides out today.”
My shoulder lifted in the dismissive way Jacob’s did. “Some guys have all the luck.”
“And some guys named Matt Adams have none,” Aaron, another groomsman, whispered up the line.
Didn’t I know it?
They didn’t make any more jokes or jeers at my expense because they knew better. Jacob and I might have seen things differently and been as unalike as two people could be, but we were twins. He stood up for me and vice versa. He had my back, I had his.
As my current predicament proved.
The orchestra broke into a new song—the "Wedding March". The collar of Jacob’s dress shirt felt like it was strangling me at the same time it felt like someone had just dialed up the temperature in the room by twenty degrees.
What am I doing? Why am I doing it? Is it right? Or wrong?
The answers to those questions didn’t have a chance to form because that was when I saw her. Like the thousands of times before, the world faded away when Cora Matthews walked into the room. When she started down the aisle, I swayed a little and had to step out of line to keep myself from toppling into the minister.
“Easy there, big guy,” Hunter said under his breath, elbowing me. “Too late for cold feet. Bride is en route.”
I wanted to tell him it wasn’t cold feet I had, but something else. It was the feeling of being so sure of something that the rest of the world seemed off-kilter. So sure of something that the rest of the world just didn’t make sense. I’d never been as certain of anything as I was about the woman walking toward me, about to marry me.
Under false pretenses.
I had to remind myself of that when Cora’s eyes found mine and her plastered-on smile crumbled behind a real one. She was smiling at me the way she smiled at him—like I was her world.
Matthew Adams had never been her whole world, but unknown to her, she’d been mine. That was why I was standing here now, posing as my twin brother, as his fiancée took the final steps toward me. I was doing this for her because I knew she loved him, and I didn’t want to see her hurt again at my brother’s hand.
Marry the woman you love, Matt, then let her spend the rest of her life with the man she loves.
The orchestra was just playing its final chords when Cora stopped beside me, her eyes matching the real smile still on her face. God, she was beautiful.
Too beautiful, I thought again, as I noticed the line of groomsmen appraising her with more than just casual regard. Cora had always been more than another one of the pretty girls; she was the standout. Every guy knew the type. The girl who shouldn’t be real, but there she was, passing you in the hallway every morning. The girl who’s noticed by every person she passes, male or female. She was so beautiful on the outside, few people took the time to get to know the beauty hiding underneath, but I had. I knew she was beautiful everywhere.
Jacob. Channel Jacob, I reminded myself as everyone took a collective seat behind us.
“Hey,” I whispered to her, winking.
Hey? What a moron. Who says hey to the woman he’s about to marry when she stopped beside him looking so damn perfect. I couldn’t feel my lungs.
“Hey,” she whispered back, like she didn’t think anything of it.
Because, yeah, Jacob totally would have said hey to his bride like a moron.
Cora had been versed in moron for practically two decades.
As the minister started droning on about something I probably should have been paying attention to, I tuned out. This wasn’t my wedding. This was hers. This was his. So instead I watched Cora, memorizing every detail of her face as she stared at the man across from her, who loved her like she was both a poison and an antidote.
When the pastor asked if I promised to love and cherish her, in sickness and in health, until death do us part, that was the easiest question I’d ever had to answer. It was the simplest part of this mess of a day.
“I will.”

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Nicole Williams is the New York Times and USATODAY bestselling author of contemporary and young adult romance, including the Crash and Lost & Found series. Her books have been published by HarperTeen and Simon & Schuster in both domestic and foreign markets, while she continues to self-publish additional titles. She is working on a new YA series with Crown Books (a division of Random House) as well. She loves romance, from the sweet to the steamy, and writes stories about characters in search of their happily even after. She grew up surrounded by books and plans on writing until the day she dies, even if it’s just for her own personal enjoyment. She still buys paperbacks because she’s all nostalgic like that, but her kindle never goes neglected for too long. When not writing, she spends her time with her husband and daughter, and whatever time’s left over she’s forced to fit too many hobbies into too little time.

Nicole is represented by Jane Dystel, of Dystel and Goderich Literary Agency.