Title: Pants on Fire
Author: Lacey Black
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: April 7, 2020


Success is what you make of it. That’s my
motto and the premise of my speech; the one I’m heading back to Southern
Illinois University to give at my college alumni reunion. As the morning
co-host of Good Morning, San Francisco, I was asked to be one of the
keynote speakers, and while I’m honored to do so, there’s only one problem. The
other speaker is Danny Ohara, my former boyfriend. Throw in an issue with my
credit card that leaves me stuck at the airport, no rental car in sight, until
a familiar face appears like a guardian angel in sexy black glasses.
Here’s my dilemma with my attraction to Rueben
Rigsby, my airport savior and old friend from college: I’m not supposed to be
attracted to him. At all. He’s my ex’s former roommate. Yet that doesn’t stop
my big mouth from lying about the status of our relationship when we come
face-to-face with said former roommate. As in, we have one.
I don’t know why I agreed to come back to SIU
for the alumni reunion, but I’m damn sure glad I did. When I found the familiar
face stranded at the airport, I readily agreed to give her a ride. It’s great
to catch up with Cricket Hill, as we make our way back to the place we
ultimately met. What I’m not prepared for is this overwhelming attraction I
feel for her. I’m not supposed to notice how amazing her butt looks in a pair
of black yoga pants. She’s a friend. Period.
But Cricket has other plans. When she lies
about our budding relationship to my former roommate and her ex, I have no
choice but to go along with it to save face. I have to pretend to be her
boyfriend. I mean, it’s one little white lie, right?

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Danny does a scan from head to toe, lingering a little too long on my
chest. I cross my arms and narrow my eyes, feeling nothing like I felt when
Rueben did it earlier tonight. Instead, I want to stab his eyes out with a rusty
butter knife and then throw darts at them.
“Good to see you, Cricket,” he finally says when his eyes return to my
“I wish I could say the same to you,” I mumble, stepping around him and
finding the worn throw line on the marred hardwood floor.
“Come on, Cricket, it’s been ten years. Surely you’re not still pissed
off, are you?” he asks, spinning around and following me.
I throw the first dart, ignoring his looming presence beside me.
“Actually, yes, yes I am still mad.” I throw the second dart. “You stole my
car!” I state as I throw the third one with a little too much force and miss
the board completely.
Danny retrieves my three darts before I can, bringing them back to where
I stand. “I paid you for your half,” he reminds me, cocking his head to the
side as if it’s no big deal.
“Six months after you left!” I thunder, feeling that familiar rage
brewing inside me. Instead of punching him in the face—which is taking all the
strength I have not to do—I focus straight ahead and throw the darts.
I can feel his eyes on me as I throw and tuning him out is proving to be
harder than I’d like.
“You look good,” he says as he retrieves the second round of darts.
“Fuck off.”
Danny sighs and hands me the darts. He watches in silence as I throw the
darts a third time. All of my throws are complete shit, probably because I
can’t even concentrate on the round board in front of me. It takes all my
energy not to turn and “accidentally” toss a dart or two at his head. But then
I think about prison and how horrible I’d look in those orange jumpsuits and
decide he’s not worth the energy or time. Plus, I’m not that great of a cook
and I’d probably get stuck with kitchen detail.
“What do you want?” I ask, glancing over my shoulder and wondering where
in the hell Rueben is.
“Saw you over here alone and thought I’d stop by and say hello.”
“I’m not alone,” I argue, then wishing I would have kept my mouth shut.
“No?” he asks, glancing around as if calling me on my bluff when he
doesn’t see anyone remotely close that could constitute as my date. A knowing
grin spreads across his face—one that tells me he thinks I’m lying.
“No,” I insist. “He’s…in the bathroom.”
“Right,” Danny snorts. “It’s okay to be here alone, Cricket. I mean, I’m
here alone too.” He takes a step closer and those pesky hairs at the nape of my
neck stand at attention again. “Maybe it’s fate that we’re both alone tonight.”
“Or maybe it’s because everyone who knows you knows what kind of an
asshole you are and wants nothing to do with you.”
He seems to straighten up at that. “And maybe it’s because you’re cranky
and unforgiving and refuse to let the past go.”
I practically growl at him. “Unforgiving? You’re kidding me, right?”
“I’ve forgiven you for taking my job,” he states, crossing his arms over
his chest.
That makes me pause. “Excuse me? Taking your job?” What the hell is this
guy talking about?
“You don’t think I haven’t noticed you’re the bubbly new co-host of Good
Morning, San Francisco
I roll my eyes. “That was four years ago, jerk. That position hadn’t been
yours in six years. In fact, you were the one who left it, remember?”
He doesn’t seem to have an answer to that. It’s almost like he’s just
trying to grate on my nerves, which pisses me off that I’m actually responding
at all. It’s like I’m letting him win. “All I’m saying is maybe if you were as
bubbly in person as you are on-air, you’d have a date this weekend,” he says
with a shrug.
“I do have a date!”
“Really? Where?” he asks, a growing smile on his fucking face as he
glance around once more.
Suddenly, I feel a presence behind me. It’s familiar and, unlike Danny, a
welcome one. Before I can even think about a consequence or a repercussion, I
practically jump up and throw my arms around Rueben’s neck, saying, “He’s right
Then I kiss him.
Rueben’s arms wrap around me, drawing me against his body, and two things
happen. My body ignites with desire, as if someone doused me with gasoline and
lit a match, and the second is he deepens the kiss. His lips are firm, yet
soft, as he plies my mouth open, his tongue delving inside and sliding against
mine. It’s intoxicating and invigorating, and frankly, out of this fucking
world. I have no idea how long we kiss, all I know is I’d be okay with it never
ending. His lips are masterful, and frankly, I’ve never been kissed like this
before. Ever.
Author Bio
Lacey Black
is a Midwestern girl with a passion for reading and writing. She carries her
e-reader with her everywhere she goes so she never misses an opportunity to read
a few pages. Always looking for a happily ever after, Lacey is passionate about
contemporary romance novels and enjoys it further when you mix in a little
suspense. She resides in a small town in Illinois with her husband, two
children, and a chocolate lab. Lacey loves shooting guns and should only
consume one mixed drink because she’s a lightweight.


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Cricket and Danny were college sweethearts and had planned their future together until he not only ended their relationship but also took over her car and the apartment they planned to live in together. Rather than crushing her dreams she used his betrayal as fire and has created a successful career in television over the last decade.

Rueben is the perfect combination of smart and sexy. He was roommates with Danny while they were in college so he and Cricket forged a friendship as well. They are both attending their college reunion when he not only comes to her rescue at the airport but with her ex as well. What starts out as pretending to date to push away her ex becomes more but what happens when the reunion comes to an end?

Hot chemistry, witty banter and great characters all add up to an entertaining story that doesn’t disappoint.


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Hate to Date You, an all-new standalone contemporary romance in the Dating Series by New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Monica Murphy is LIVE!

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Stella Ricci is bored.

Her overprotective family barely let her out of their sight, despite the fact she’s a grown woman. Yes, she loves her job at her family’s café and she’s the best barista in the entire Monterey Peninsula, but is that enough? She’s thinking no. But what else can she do?

Enter Carter Abbott. Burnt out after the never-ending grind of selling high end real estate in Los Angeles, he’s returned home, unsure of what to do next. He needs someplace to crash temporarily until he gets back on his feet.

It’s easy for Stella to suggest Carter move in. Temporarily of course. It’ll give her someone to talk to. The only problem?

That one night stand Stella and Carter had about a year ago. They never talked about it. They still don’t really talk about it. Despite the fact that the old chemistry has come back full force. Living together has made that obvious. Should they admit that one night wasn’t enough? Or will dating each other turn into an epic fail?

Only one way to find out…

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Monica Murphy is the New York Times, USA Today and #1 international bestselling author of the One Week Girlfriend series, the Billionaire Bachelors and The Rules series. Her books have been translated in almost a dozen languages and has sold over one million copies worldwide. She is both self-published and published by Random House/Bantam and HarperCollins/Avon. She writes new adult, young adult, and contemporary romance.

She is a wife and a mother of three who lives in central California on fourteen acres in the middle of nowhere along with their one dog and too many cats. A self-confessed workaholic, when she’s not writing, she’s reading or hanging out with her husband and kids. She’s a firm believer in happy endings, though she will admit to putting her characters through angst-filled moments before they finally get that hard won HEA.

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It’s HERE!! Never Kiss a Stranger is LIVE!! You will love this hilarious enemies-to-lovers romantic comedy featuring a feisty wedding planner and a sexy mysterious hero. #OneClick today!




Ellis Atwood is the devil. Ok, maybe that’s too harsh. Ellis Atwood is ruining my life.

First, he demolishes a perfectly good wedding trellis.

Second, he destroys a gorgeous doggie wedding that I spent ages planning. (I kid you not.)

Third, he makes me feel all warm and fuzzy, and that is not ok. I prefer the cold and harsh way my fiancé makes me feel so much better. (wait, that didn’t come out right.)

Fourth, and there is a fourth, he gets me all wound up and flustered.

And last, when he unexpectedly kissed me it made me forget my own name, or the fact that I’m getting married…in a month.

Please someone help me out. I’m a mess.

Worst part is, Ellis isn’t the bad guy I first thought he was.

And being forced to spend time with him is making me realize that he needs my help more than anything.

So what’s a girl like me to do?


I’m only in town long enough to figure out a plan with my brother on how to save our brewery from the awfulness that is my father. Oh and be in a wedding.

Where I may or may not be crushing a little too hard on the bride-to-be. (spoiler alert, I’m crushing hard.)

She’s really cute. Like seriously.

And she has the cutest job, she’s a dog wedding planner. (I kid you not.)

I can see why Henry loves her.

I can see why everyone loves her.

I can see why I’m falling for her.

I’m usually not a relationship-type guy. Call it picky or whatnot, but usually I get bored easily. So, my plan is simple. Spend as much time with Kiki (soon to be Faniki, I know) and hopefully get bored with her adorkable smile and sexy legs that go on for miles.

Then, I can save the brewery, be the best man of the wedding, and get my butt back to Chicago and away from the happy couple.


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Kiki owns a dog grooming business with her best friend, but they have a unique twist which allows dogs to commemorate their love for each other with a service.    After a short engagement she is also planning her own wedding except she is beginning to wonder if it is a bit premature especially after she shares a kiss she can’t stop thinking about with a sexy stranger.


Ellis is back in town to make the family business viable once again.     He needs capital and Henry is willing to provide it if he helps his fiancé plan their wedding.    The only catch is that Henry’s fiancé is the woman he shared a kiss with and spending time with her could either be the best thing to happen to him or the worst.


This was such a fun and unique story.     The antics of not only Kiki and Ellis but the secondary characters will bring a smile to your face and although the feelings they have for each other complicate both their lives they wouldn’t have it any other way.

Guts & Glory: Brick by Jeanne St. James
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No one would ever expect what haunted him because he hid it so well….

As a former Navy SEAL sniper, Brick has faced his share of intense situations, but nothing could have prepared him for his latest assignment. The king of hookups, going undercover with a ring on his left finger may as well be a noose around his neck. If that’s not enough, he’s paired with a whirlwind of a woman who’s as outspoken as she is curvy.

Fresh off the heels of a life-changing breakup, Londyn crashes at her sister’s house. To prevent knocking heads with her future brother-in-law, Mercy, she jumps at the opportunity to take the undercover job that has her “playing house” with the notorious playboy of the Shadows crew. His laid-back personality, coupled with stunning good looks, should make this a walk in the park. If they weren’t trying to catch a murderer.

Brick, however, is unprepared for the intimacy that comes with living as a married couple and soon the lines between real life and assignment begin to blur. But beneath his easygoing smile there’s a secret he hides from the world. One he’s not sure he’s willing to let it come to light.

Note: Brick is the sixth book of the Guts & Glory series, a six-book spin-off from my Dirty Angels MC series. While it’s recommended to read both series in order, each book can be read as a stand-alone. As with all my books, this has an HEA, no cliffhanger or cheating.

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JEANNE ST. JAMES is a USA Today bestselling romance author who loves an alpha male (or two). She was only 13 when she started writing and her first paid published piece was an story in Playgirl magazine. Her first romance novel, Banged Up, was published in 2009. It was rereleased recently under the title Damaged and became a USA Today bestseller. She is happily owned by farting French bulldogs. She writes M/F, M/M, and M/M/F ménages.

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He’s dangerous.

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Wicked Ever After, the steamy, highly anticipated conclusion to the Wicked and Devoted Duet by New York Times bestselling author Shayla Black, is out now!

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He’s dangerous. She’s his—even if he scares her. But once he unravels her secrets,

he’ll risk everything to claim her for good.

Sniper Pierce “One-Mile” Walker nearly had everything he ever wanted—until a fateful mission stripped it all away. Now an outcast, he’s forced to watch the off-limits beauty who stole his heart slip through his fingers. Left with nothing but revenge, he’s determined to defeat evil and win her back. But when he learns she’s planning a future without him, he vows he’ll break every rule and defy all odds to make her his again—forever.

Brea Bell was always a good girl…until Pierce Walker. Despite everyone’s warnings, she gave the rough warrior her body—and her heart. When she receives news that shatters her world, he devastates her by walking away. Terrified of losing all she’s ever known, Brea tucks away her dreams and commits to a “safe” future. Then Pierce appears in the dead of night, challenging and seducing her. Brea isn’t sure she can trust him…but she also can’t say no.

Angry and betrayed, he leaves to pursue vengeance, while her sins are exposed to the world, forcing her to fight painful battles. Can Brea and Pierce conquer the dangers that threaten their happily ever after…or will fate wrench them apart forever?


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Shayla Black is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of nearly eighty novels. For over twenty years, she’s written contemporary, erotic, paranormal, and historical romances via traditional, independent, foreign, and audio publishers. Her books have sold millions of copies and been published in a dozen languages.

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When an enemy from Pierce’s past resurfaces he face the fact that the only way to keep Brie safe is to ensure that she isn’t in his life but when she makes a bold move of her own he decides that the only recourse he has is to eliminate the threat against them.

In the past Brie has always done what she was expected to do so when she receives some surprising news, she turns to her best friend Cutter. Their plans to handle the situation sets in motion a chain reaction as Pierce will do whatever is necessary to reclaim the woman he loves.

The chemistry between Brie and Pierce is hotter than ever, the suspense continues and seeing how Pierce made Brie stronger and how she makes him feel shows how they couldn’t be a better match.


A ROYAL AFFAIR (A Dirty Royals Novel) by Vivian Wood
Release Date: June 2nd


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Take one dirty, devastatingly handsome royal prince and one rebellious, pink haired, hot as hell punk rock chick.
Multiply that by their growing attraction to each other.
Ramp up the tension by putting them on opposite sides.
That equals a spark that smolders between them, threatening to ignite
They both walk the razor’s edge together…
You’ve never seen anything like Margot and Anders falling in love!



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Vivian Wood is a USA Today, Wall Street Journal, and Amazon Top 20 bestselling author.

Vivian likes to write about troubled, deeply flawed alpha males and the fiery, kick-ass women who bring them to their knees.

Vivian’s lasting motto in romance is a quote from a favorite song: “Soulmates never die.”

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They’re caught on thin ice…
Las Vegas Sidewinders: Ian by Kat Mizera is available now!
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Caught on thin ice between desire and legacy…Scottish-born hockey player Ian Campbell is so much more than a professional athlete and he has the birthright to prove it. But all he cares about is the next championship. Not his law degree and not the weight of the family legacy waiting for him back home; but time is running out on the deal he made with his grandfather. While home for the summer, a gorgeous American stumbles into the local pub and provides him the perfect distraction.

Photojournalist Everly Adamson finds herself in Scotland on the business trip of a lifetime. A past mired in secrets and betrayal fades away when she’s behind the lens of her camera; nothing and no one can take that feeling away. Even though a handsome, professional athlete moonlighting as her knight in shining armor is trying to distract her— and she can’t seem to stay away.

As their summer romance intensifies, neither of them is prepared for the collision of their two worlds. Ian’s family legacy prevents him from trusting her, and Everly refuses to love a man who won’t. The resolution may be more than either of them can afford…

About the Author:

USA Today Bestselling and award-winning author Kat Mizera is a South Florida native. Born in Miami Beach with a healthy dose of wanderlust, she’s called Los Angeles, Long Island, upstate New York, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Atlanta home. She’s never been able to pick which locale is her favorite, but if pressed, she’d probably choose the west coast.

A typical PTA mom with a wonderful and supportive husband (Kevin) and two amazing boys (Nick and Max), Kat can usually be found scrapbooking or indulging in her second love (after writing) – traveling. Greece is one of her favorite places in the world. She loves that Athens is a big city with a small-town feel. The food, beaches and culture keep her going back as often as possible.

Kat’s been a working freelance writer for nearly 30 years. She sold her first article–a review of a rock concert–for $10 in 1985. Since then she’s been an entertainment journalist, waitress, bartender, legal assistant, food critic, magazine editor, substitute teacher, and sports writer. She also spent some time working at A & M Records in Los Angeles.

As you can guess from her Las Vegas Sidewinders series, Kat loves hockey and occasionally writes articles about her favorite team, the Florida Panthers. The rest of the time, she writes novels: sexy, romantic fiction that she hopes makes you as happy as it makes her. There’s something enticing about hockey players and romance…

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When Everly finds herself in Scotland to take of pictures of the local castles it seemed like a dream come true but now she finds herself without a car, no phone and no access to funds. Fate must have been smiling down on her when she enters a bar and meets Ian who becomes her Prince Charming in a kilt.

Ian is facing a crossroads in his life as he is torn between loyalty to his family and his love of playing hockey for the Las Vegas Winders. He is back in Scotland for some clarity and when he meets Everly she gives him a new purpose, but will the secrets of her past destroy the future they could have together?

Humor, heat and all the feels as the author takes us on a romantic trip through Scotland that you won’t forget.