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When I am not driving my kids around, cooking for my family, or helping precious people find their dream homes, you'll find me with my nose buried in a book or my kindle. Reading is my vacation. Connecting with the characters in my favorite books is a joy I never knew existed .

Rewrite by Stephanie Rose


Once upon a time, a girl loved a boy and he loved her back. They lived happily ever after.


But our story was never that simple.


I loved Josh with all I had, right until the day he left. Now, all these years later, he was back—and wanting me the way I’d always longed for him. Except now, I belonged to someone else. Someone who never left me the way Josh had. I figured that was the end of our story. I couldn’t alter the past.


I didn’t want to rewrite my future.


Brianna was always more than my best friend. She was the shining light in my black hole of an existence, and I loved her with every cell and bone in my body. I wasn’t good enough for her, though—more the villain than the hero in our fairy tale. When I had to leave, I vowed to come back a better man—for her. But when I finally did return, she wasn’t waiting for me anymore. She had someone new, her very own Prince Charming. Did that mean our story was over? I couldn’t change our past.


It was time to rewrite our ending.






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“This place is amazing, Josh.”

My chest swelled with pride as Brianna’s widened eyes darted around the shop. Maybe it wasn’t really my place, but Uncle Billy trusted me enough to run it on my own. I hired the employees, handled the books, and met with customers. He depended on me instead of waiting for me to fuck up. The local troublemaker came back and made good, but that wasn’t such an easy sell for everyone. Good thing I didn’t give a shit about everyone. The only opinion that ever mattered stood in front of me, beaming with pride.

My mouth split in a wide grin. “Thanks. It’s getting there. Hoping things pick up a little after the holidays. No one wants a new bike when there’s an inch of ice on the ground.” I laughed until Brianna’s face fell.

“Can I ask you something?” She slid into the chair in my office as her lips pursed.

“Of course.” I leaned my hip against the edge of my desk and crossed my arms. “What’s up, Cupcake?”

“Did . . . did you really have a new client in Manhattan last week, when you drove me to work?”

I took in a deep breath and exhaled slowly. “Why would you ask that?”

“Scott and I—” She shook her head and waved her hand. “It’s nothing. Don’t mind me.”

“No.” I nudged her ankle with my foot. “Let me guess. Scott isn’t too happy about me hanging around so much.” I raised an eyebrow.

Brianna reluctantly nodded. “It’s a guy thing, I guess.” She chuckled to herself. “They get territorial if someone else tries to play with their toys.” She laughed until she realized what she said and then covered her mouth with her eyes huge. She was so fucking cute I couldn’t stand it. “I didn’t mean play, I meant . . .” She dropped her head into her hands, and I couldn’t hold in a laugh anymore.

“C’mon, Bri. I’m dying to know.” I peeled her fingers away from her face and crouched in front of her. “What did you mean? Scott thinks I want to play with you? Don’t tell him about the GI Joe and Barbie castle we made when we were kids. He’ll flip the fuck out.” Her cheeks flushed as she nudged my shoulder.

I caught her hand and held it in both of mine. As our gazes locked, laughter stopped. There was no way in hell what I was feeling was only one-sided. I doubted it ever was.

We didn’t talk about it, but I remembered every moment of that night at my apartment. Brianna rushing over to take care of me, the tortured look on her face when I asked her to get into bed with me. It wasn’t my finest hour, but I needed her. My soul cried out for her that night and she came, like she always did. She may have ignored my wimpy confession, but when she said she loved me, I knew she didn’t mean as only her best friend.

“Josh,” Brianna pleaded on a whisper. “Don’t, please.”

“Don’t please what, Bri?” Feeling brazen, I tucked a piece of hair behind her ear and cupped her cheek. I ran my thumb along the delicate curve of her jaw. Her eyes fluttered, urging me on. “Don’t touch you?” I let my finger drift over her full bottom lip. “Don’t kiss you?” I whispered with a husky rasp. Our faces were so close, our lips brushed. Brianna’s mouth parted, and I uttered a curse under my breath. We were so damn close. All we had to do was close that distance. Her hand drifted up my shoulder and clutched the back of my neck.

“Josh,” Brianna sighed as she rested her forehead against mine. “We . . . We can’t.” Her hand drifted down my jaw. Her hooded eyes and flushed cheeks disagreed with the words sputtering from her mouth. I caught her hand and pressed a soft kiss to her palm. It trembled as she took in a quick gasp.

“Yes, we can, Bri,” I whispered as I leaned in. “You’re so damn beautiful.” Shit, I almost tasted her. She stilled as I cupped her neck and inched closer.

Stephanie Rose grew up loving words and making up stories. Being able to share them with readers is her dream come true. This lifelong Bronx girl loves Starbucks, wine and 80s rock. Her voice often gets mistaken for a Mob Wives trailer.


She married her prom date and has a seven-year-old LEGO obsessed son. She believes there is nothing sexier than a good guy who loves with all his heart, and has made it her mission to bring as many as she can to the page.


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New to the Game by Juno Chase

I am voluntarily reviewing this arc.
New to the game was written nicely and had some face fanning moments but ultimately, this book was not one of my favorites. 

First, it took until I was about 20% in to start to care, at all, about the characters. It was just to slow paced for me. Second, I don’t like when politics are brought into entertainment. I don’t like it in my sitcoms. I don’t like it in my movies. I don’t like it in award shows. I didn’t by like it in my romance novels. I have no problem with opposing views and I love watching political new casts of all kinds. However, I don’t like when it’s mixed in to something that’s just supposed to be fun. So I wasn’t a huge fan of this book, I’m sorry. But hey, if you like the political thing, once you got into the book a little, there were some nice points.

In His Silks by Patricia D. Eddy

I am voluntarily reviewing this ARC.

I was pleasantly surprised that this story was not what I had thought. Yes, there was a D/s component to this story, so the title is warranted, but there is so much more. The love story builds at a steady, but unhurried pace. The author doesn’t just jump into their their physical relationship. It starts with a slow simmer and organically builds heat to the point of boiling over. These characters chemistry is delicious. I love that the sub plot of this story is believable and full of adrenaline. 

In His Silks is a fun, steamy read, with a lot of heart.

Shades of Her by Ozlo and Priya Grey

I am voluntarily reviewing this ARC.

I won’t give anything away other than what’s already in the description. I feel so bad for these characters because the set up of this romance has heartache and destruction written all over it. None the less, I felt myself lost in the story. This concept should irritate me because in essence, there is sort of cheating going on. I mean, not really, but infidelity of the heart. However, the way this author writes these characters and this story…it just works. So don’t let the description throw you, if you’re like me, and this feels like people are getting hurt, because in the end there is a very satisfying HEA. It’s not just thrown in to satisfy that need, but it is the end of a journey that is full of self discovery, and true love, for these characters. Very good read!

Don’t Look Back by Jennifer L. Armentrout 

Don’t Look Back by Jennifer L. Armentrout
I took my daughter to the library and was browsing. This beauty just jumped out at me. I couldn’t believe there was a Jennifer L. Armentrout book that I had not read yet.

As usual, this one hooked me from second one!

This is a YA book, and is very suspenseful. Even though is is a YA book, there were parts that had me fanning my flushed face. That I’d just the way Jennifer L. Armentrout writes, she puts you right there in the story, in the main character’s head. She writes character’s that haunt you. Samantha, in this book, suffers amnesia after a traumatic event in the woods. In this story, she learns who she was before this event, and who she really is now. Sam gets a second chance at life. A chance to right her wrongs and be a good person. Through all this, there is a race to find the person that caused the trauma and to remember the circumstances surround it.
This book is a must read. I have only good things to say here, and that I need another Jennifer L. Armentrout ASAP!!!

Twisted Love by Lily Knight

I am voluntarily reviewing this ARC.
I just started Twisted Love and had to start this review. Right now, only 12% in, I have a strong distaste for Ben. When I say say distaste, I mean, want to puke cause he is making me so mad, distaste. I’m letting you know this because if somehow he is transformed and I end up loving him, you won’t think me a liar as you begin this book. Only time will tell. I’m going to get back to reading.
I just finished the book, and I will say that Ben becomes a little less offensive as the book goes on. I hate doing this, but I didn’t love this book. The accents kind of kill it for me. I felt like I was watching guys and dolls, or at times the voice that came through my head was that Italian bar owner from It’s A Wonderful Life. I wish the chemistry would have built more. Ultimately, I’m sorry to say, I didn’t love this book. But you might. 

Something True by Sabrina Stark

I am voluntarily reviewing this arc.

Book 1 left me in pieces. Not nice Ms. Stark! Not, nice. But alas book 2 is here and all is well with the world again.
There are moments in a book that are just so …satisfying. For instance, a total jerk wad hemming and hawing for words, or a friend having just the right zinger to say at just the right time. This book is full of those! I love it!! The banter is just hilarious, and in the end, all the bad guys get their just reward, and the good guys…what do you think? They live happily ever after. Something true is a funny, sweet and utterly satisfying read.