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I’m startled out of my thoughts when my brother jumps up and shouts a
bunch of profane nonsense, hands flailing like he’s trying to swim on land, or
approximate the chicken dance while on an LSD trip.
“You can’t do this! It’s absolute bullshit!” Armstrong yells.
I look around the table, trying to piece together what I missed.
“I’m sorry, Armstrong. I know this is a shock, but we feel it’s in the company’s
best interest to put Lincoln at the helm during this transitional stage,” G-mom says
At the helm? I look to G-mom who’s busy not looking at me.
Armstrong jabs at finger at himself. “But I’m the one who’s put in all the time
here! I deserve to run the company! Lincoln doesn’t know the first thing about
Moorehead. All he knows how to do is dig wells and forage for food in the
wilderness. How are those valuable assets here?” He turns his attention to our
mother. “Did you know about this? How can you let this happen? Look at him. How
can that be the face of our company? He looks like he crawled out of a gutter and
mugged a twenty-year-old college kid on a bender. How is this better for our bottom
My mother clasps her hands in front of her. “I’m sorry, Armstrong, but this
decision wasn’t mine to make. I know this is hard for you, but your grandmother
Armstrong stomps his foot, exactly as a toddler would. “The company is
mine! Lincoln can’t have it!”
I raise a hand, half to quiet my brother and also to find out what the freaking
deal is. “Whoa, let’s back this bus up. Can someone explain what’s going on?”
“You’ve been appointed as the CEO of Moorehead Media, according to the
will,” Christophe—no R, because that would make it far too pedestrian a name—my
father’s lawyer says.
I’m working on trying to remain calm as I address my grandmother. “You
didn’t say anything about me being CEO. You said you needed my help.”
“Running the company, yes,” she says through a practiced, stiff smile.
It’s her warning face, but seriously, when she said she needed my help for a
few months I figured it meant I’d be keeping Armstrong in line while she sorted out
who was going to take over the company, which I realize now was a stupid
“I didn’t think that meant CEO. How am I going to run a company with this
dickhead on staff?” I motion to my brother.
“The name calling is unnecessary,” G-mom replies.
“Lincoln’s not even part of this family! He hasn’t attended one event in the
past five years except for Dad’s funeral. He didn’t bother coming to my wedding and
now he’s going to run the company? How is that fair?”
I snort. “Your wedding was an expensive joke.”
He crosses his arms over his chest. “I was set up. Amalie had cold feet and
made me out to look like the bad guy.”
The woman beside him shoots him a disgusted look.
Armstrong clears his throat and tugs at his collar. “My wedding is not the real issue. The point is that you’ve never involved yourself in any part of this family and now you think you can come in and take over. I will not stand by and let this happen!” He keeps jabbing his finger at me as if he’s engaged in a finger sword fight.
I lean back in my chair and lace my fingers behind my neck. Armstrong has always been reactive. And self-absorbed. For a while, it seemed like he finally had it together—back when he was engaged. But ever since that fiasco of a wedding he seems to have come completely unglued. Again. But worse this time. “Someone needs a timeout.”
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of PUCKED, Helena Hunting lives on the outskirts of
Toronto with her incredibly tolerant family and two moderately intolerant cats. She’s writes
contemporary romance ranging from new adult angst to romantic sports comedy.
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THE WRONG GENTLEMAN by Louise Bay Release Date: February 19th
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Blurb: Landon Wolf thinks Skylar Anderson is exactly like every other blonde he’s taken to bed. He soon finds out he couldn’t be more wrong.
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About the Author: USA Today bestselling author, Louise Bay writes sexy, contemporary romance novels – the kind she likes to read. Her books include the novels Faithful (not currently on sale as undergoing maintenance!), Hopeful, The Empire State Series, The Royals Series and The Nights Series (both series of standalones books each following different characters).
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It’s only the fourth of January and already read some of the most amazing books have been released or soon to be released by some of the best authors.
Let’s start with Jessica Hawkins new release from December 28th, Right Where I Want You is an enemy to lovers, forbidden office romance giving us the light-hearted banter, some of the most laugh out loud scenes, (elevator) and the hottest love story since Lake and Manning. You are going to fall in love with Sebastian & Georgina, their story, their friends, and the dogs!
Next up is A Place Without You by Jewel E. Ann published on January 1th a little earlier than expected which is always welcomed. The Law of Henna and Bodhi: When love breaks, fall inward, fall together, and fall hard. Then let time pick up the pieces. Everything feels temporary when you’ve experienced tragedy—until Henna Lane meets Bodhi at a music festival. Young and spontaneous, they have a lust for seizing the moment, falling hard and fast. When Bodhi is forced to leave without a goodbye, Henna thinks she’ll never get over him. But then she meets Mr. Malone, her sexy, new guidance counselor. They are reckless. They are forbidden. When their secret is discovered, Henna has to choose between finishing school—banned from seeing Mr. Malone—or dropping out to follow her nomad dreams. Henna chooses her dreams. Over time, she learns that life is not a destination or a journey, some things are more than temporary, and the forbidden can never be ignored. But if she returns for him, will he still be hers? A Place Without You is an emotional story of young love, shattered dreams, and impossible decisions.
Wow, this was not was I was expecting and it’s just so much more. There is no other way to explain this story, it’s more than love at first sight, it’s more than forbidden love, it hits every emotional button and then some, “well it’s like a white T-shirt with french fries and ketchup. It’s messy but worth the risk”. I hope you add this to your TBR pile.
On January 8th two long awaited books will be released.
Promises by Aleatha Romig is the final book of the Web of Sins trilogy. As the title implies Aleatha gives us all the answers we were waiting for from Secrets and Lies and she delivers like no other Author can. She can spin the yarn with the best of the best! So, if you haven’t read Secrets or Lies, (book 1 & 2) in this trilogy now is the time to catch up.
Untied by Lydia Michaels is the second book in the Mastermind series, it’s
Elliot Garnet has never been popular. His aptitude and single-minded focus on success has earned him a fortune but has led to a solitary existence and a desire to keep his private life private. Romance holds little temptation, but there’s one woman who never fails to unravel his composure. Except, she’s so far out of his league they only ever speak in his fantasies, until fortune—or fate—causes their paths to cross again.
Revolving door of attractive men entering and exiting Nadia’s life, she’s yet to find Mr. Right. And after a disastrous date with yet another Mr. Wrong, she’s doubtful she’ll ever find true love, until an unexpected hero comes to her rescue. Elliot’s reserved, quiet nature lures her in, but the moment she gets too close he pulls back, tempting her all the more.
She’s an impulsive romantic and he’s a methodical realist. Their volatile chemistry ties him in knots, and despite his efforts to hide his painful past, Nadia slowly unravels his secrets and Elliot becomes unhinged, uncensored … untied.
Finally, we have The Kiss Thief by LJ Shen which releases on January 9th.
They say your first kiss should be earned.
Mine was stolen by a devil in a masquerade mask under the black Chicago sky.
They say the vows you take on your wedding day are sacred.
Mine were broken before we left church.
They say your heart only beats for one man.
Mine split and bled for two rivals who fought for it until the bitter end.
I was promised to Angelo Bandini, the heir to one of the most powerful families in the Chicago Outfit.
Then taken by Senator Wolfe Keaton, who held my father’s sins over his head to force me into marriage.
They say that all great love stories have a happy ending.
I, Francesca Rossi, found myself erasing and rewriting mine until the very last chapter.
And somewhere between these two men, I had to find my forever.
The Kiss Thief is an original story of love, life, and possibilities. The Kiss Theif stole more than just a kiss, he took her dreams, her predestine life with another man, and her innocence. However, Francesca is a powerful sheep that brings the Wolfe down to his knees in this unlikely twisted fairytale.