Enjoy Thursday in the Park

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Ah, parks. Does anyone remember parks, you know, the places with trees that actually have little green things on them? What are those called again? It starts with an “L.”

Well, until we finally pry winter’s cold, bony hands from us, we’ll have to find our springtime in the covers of a book. What better place than in a late-in-life romance?

Thursdays in the Park by Hillary Boyd. Amazon for $0.99. Called “a warm and well-written case for love affairs in later life” (Daily Telegraph), Thursdays in the Park was a runaway best-seller in the united Kingdom. Boyd’s debut novel is a touching, romantic tale of new attraction and old loyalties.

Jeanie is on the brink of turning sixty, and the man she’s been married to for more than half of her life has suddenly abandoned the marital bed. When Jeanie’s husband George retreats from his conjugal duties, she is deeply hurt and very confused: Has she done something wrong? Is he in love with someone else? Her pained bewilderment turns to anger as he remains unable, or unwilling, to provide answers. The bright spot of Jeanie’s week is Thursday, the day she takes her granddaughter to the park. There, one day, she meets Ray — age-appropriate, kind-hearted, easygoing, and downright sexy. In short, he is everything that George is not. As her relationship with Ray begins to blossom and she begins to think that her life might hold in store a bold second act, she begins to wonder if she has the courage to take a step off the precipice of routine and duty and into the swirling winds of romance.

Bluegrass State of Mind on Free Book Friday

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With the weekend nearly here, a little romance is in order with the first book in Kathleen Brooks’ Bluegrass series. This week’s Free Book Friday starts with some Southern comfort and Kentucky horses, and it should warm you up, even if you haven’t hit springy temps where you are.

Bluegrass State of Mind by Kathleen Brooks. FREE from Smashwords.com
McKenna Mason is on the run, leaving her luxurious NYC lifestyle behind. She finds a home in beautiful Keeneston, KY where she starts her new job as an Assistant DA. She finds more than she bargains for when reuniting with a teenage crush, Will Ashton. Will’s horse farm has seen its share of trouble leading up to the Derby. Can Will and McKenna work together to cross the finish line in time?

Start Your Day with Complications Over Coffee

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Romance is in the cup, or so it appears in this contemporary romance from Asrai Devin. Or over the cup. Whichever. Either way, it looks like a fun, light read perfect for a Wednesday.


Complications Over Coffee (Up In Flames) by Asrai Devin. Amazon for $1.99. Nicole received the news seven months ago: men are cheating scum. She is close to signing her divorce papers, or she thought she was. Then her lawyer calls and says her soon to be ex-husband wants to sell the house and take custody of their two children.

Nicole turns to her new friend Mandy Turner for support. Where she inevitably ends up with a crush on the handsome and charismatic Corey Porter.

Corey had lived his life apart from others until he met Mandy Green, who has taken Corey’s one time confession for a family to heart. She would like to see Corey settled and happy as she is with Kip. So she starts on her quest by sending him on a blind date, later speed dating and an attempt at on-line dating.

Corey has his reasons for wanting to stay single. And he has no intention of talking about them. Even to his best friend Mandy. He would do anything for her, so he goes along with her match-making attempts, even though it drives her crazy.

Nicole and Corey meet in the Turner driveway one day, while Corey is running from Mandy and Nicole has just returned from a meeting with her lawyer. Corey invites Nicole to vent to him. When she does, her passion ignites desire in Corey, which leads to a heated kiss. And then an embarrassed parting.

Circumstances throw Nicole and Corey together again and again.

While Nicole struggles to finalize her divorce, find a job, she also fights a growing. Corey struggles with his tight hold on bachelor hood and his temper.

Kip has some struggles of his own while he tries to deal with his wife’s growing belly and the reality that he will have a baby to look after.

Will Nicole and Corey successfully keep their lives untangled? Or will they give in to their desires and let their lives get complicated?

Heat Up Your Week with Ignite

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For the next few posts or so, I may be mixing it up with the format of the book posts, where you can get them, and possibly the types of books as well. Wonkiness will nearly certainly ensue.

With that, I think Tuesday morning is the perfect time to bring a little heat. Warning: this one’s for grownups.

Ignite
by R.J. Lewis. Amazon for $0.99.

They grew up together as the closest of friends… and then more. When Sara Nolan and Jaxon Barlow decided to be together, their relationship as a young couple was consumed by a love that was both passionate and beautiful. Sara had it all when it came to a boyfriend: romance, trust, and a protector of all things bad. Jaxon had given her his bleeding heart for the keeping.
The last thing Sara expected was to ruin it all. Falling into a darkness that turned her loving relationship into a chaos of deceit and violence, she walked away from the pain she was inflicting on the man she loved, never seeking to return again.
But when Sara is forced to return to her hometown, she didn’t anticipate for Jaxon to be there. Nor does she anticipate the change in him; a change so harsh and callous, he is a stranger with a dangerous agenda of his own. Ignited by her past feelings and the reminder of the guilt she carries in her heart, Sara attempts to avoid Jaxon at all costs… only to find herself trying to pull him out of the same darkness she was once in.

***WARNING: There are many adult situations in this book that might be offensive to some readers: sexual situations and strong language especially. Book is intended for mature readers.****

Ignite #2, titled Burn, is out now.

Kicking off Free Book Friday with a Wishing Star

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So every Friday, A Bit to Read will feature free books. And by “free books,” I mean books that were free at the time I selected them; like the weather, traffic lights and our minds, these things are subject to change. Happy Free Book Friday! I think it calls for a little romance.

Maddy’s Star (Wishing Star Book 1) by Kate Rosebrook. FREE from Smashwords.com
Three women. Three stars. Three wishes.

When three friends make wishes on their piece of the metal Wishing Star, they start to see their dreams come true. But they didn’t know about the supernatural power behind the star, or the deadline to return each piece before their lives are overcome with danger.