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One of my all-time favorite reads!!
I loved this story so hard!
I was anxious.
I was heartbroken.
I was surprised.
I was blissfully happy.
I finish with a quote from the Author’s Note at the end of the story.
“The Day of the Duchess is a story finding hope from sorrow-from a marriage that might never work and a loss that might never be overcome – and when I sat down to write it, I had no idea that it would become the story of so many women I’ve known, women who have amazed me with their strength and their ability to face an uncertain future. I could not have predicted that, over the course of writing this book, I would be so inspired by so many -friends, family, readers, strangers, -all made of beauty and steel.
Sara is for all of you.” -Sarah MacLean
Listed from Left to Right:
Amnesia by Cambria Hebert
White Hot (Hidden Legacy, #2) by Ilona Andrews
Bad Dad by Sloane Howell
Wingman by Natasha Anders
The Watcher by Bella Jewel
The Importance of Being Scandalous (Tale of Two Sisters) by Kimberly Bell
The Cad and the Co-Ed (Rugby, #3) by L.H. Cosway & Penny Reid
Cocky Chef by J.D. Hawkins
Saving Mercy by Abbie Roads
Dear Aaron by Mariana Zapata
1001 Dark Knights by Kristen Ashley
Falling Hard by Pamela Clare
Wildfire (Hidden Legacy, #3) by Ilona Andrews
Archangel’s Viper by Nalini Singh
Turn Me Loose by Anne Calhoun
Bombshell by C.D. Reiss
Bossed by Sloane Howell
Buns by Alice Clayton
Tempting Tanya by C.C. Wood
Complicated by Kristen Ashley
RUCKME by Rebecca Norinne
Devil in Spring by Lisa Kleypas
Madly by Ruthie Knox
For the Love of an Outlaw by T.S. Joyce
Everything but Extraordinary by Mary Frame
Unprofessional by J.D. Hawkins
Beard in Mind by Penny Reid
Blood & Bone by C.C. Wood
The Unyielding by Shelly Laurenston
The Hard Truth About Sunshine by Sawyer Bennett
Catch and Release by Laura Drewry
Souls Unchained by C.C. Wood
Dating-ish by Penny Reid
Royal Affair by Marquita Valentine
Hearts on Air by L.H. Cosway
Fracture Love by Ella James
Date of Release: December 27, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance
This was such a fantastic read!
This book had it all.
There was action, suspense, mystery, and of course romance.
I couldn’t help but think while I was reading this story that it was a “very” erotic version of a Jason Bourne story (Robert Ludlum), with the science elements of Universal Soldier (1992 film) and Twins (1988 film).
Sloane Howell is a great writer and he can write some swoon-worthy erotica, but with this book, I was so into the story, the characters, action, and the mystery that I kinda wanted to skip over the steamy parts and get more into the ‘guts’ of the story.
The protagonist Landon Lane is an incredibly loyal, determined, focused, and passionate character.
He will do whatever it takes to protect whom he considers his, and in this book, he is forced to do just that.
But, for me, the best part of this book was how Sloane wrote the relationship between Landon and his son Logan.
It was beautiful, honest, and inspiring.
Buy this book and read it!
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“A good man always takes care of his girl,” Mac said quietly.
Melina’s eyes opened again at those words. “But I’m not really your girl, Mac.”
“So? I should still take care of you.”
“What if I was?”
“My girl?” Mac asked.
Mac cocked a brow, eyeing Melina as she grabbed a loofa off the ledge of the tub and began dropping dollops of milky colored body wash onto the frilly cloth. “I don’t understand what you’re asking.”
Melina drew the loofa over her arms, covering her slick skin in white suds. “If I was your girl, then what would you do, Mac?”
Mac smiled, leaned forward, and snatched the loofa from Melina’s hand. He ignored her quiet ‘hey’ and started running the loofa up and down her legs with smooth, long strokes.
“Mac, I asked you a question,” Melina said.
“I would spoil you rotten,” Mac said, shooting her a look through his hair that had fallen down over his gaze. “Whatever you wanted, whether you needed it or not, I would make it happen. I’d make damn sure you felt as beautiful as you looked, regardless of what you needed to feel that way. I’d take you out every chance I could just to show you off to the people who can’t have you because you’re all mine. But I’d have my fucking hands on you all night so that they knew to stay away. It’d probably feel like my fingerprints were burned into your skin because I’d be holding you that tight.”
Melina’s tongue peeked out to wet her bottom lip. “What else?”
“I’d always keep an eye on you, even if you didn’t know I was doing it, just to make sure you were good and safe. I’d wake you up in the morning, every single morning, with my hands all over you and my mouth kissing all the spots I could find. I’d make sure that whenever you were stressed out, or something was on your mind, bothering you, that you could take some time away from life and the world to be just you again. Simple stuff, you know.”
“Simple.” Melina scoffed. “Right. That sounds more like worshipping, Mac.”
Mac didn’t see the difference. “If a man cares enough, worshipping his woman should be the simplest, easiest, and most obvious thing for him to do every day, doll. She should be the most important thing on his mind. The first and last thing he considers every day and night.”
Melina’s gaze flitted from Mac’s face and then down to the bubbly water. “Oh.”
Oddly, it bothered Mac like nothing else that he could tell Melina had never been given the pleasure of having a man treasure her like she should be treasured. No one had every loved her enough to worship the very ground she walked on, or had seen her for the beautiful gift she truly was.
It nagged in his chest.
Poked at him like a needle.
Over and over.
Like a damned tattoo was being penned permanently to his skin, reminding him that Melina deserved someone who would treasure and treat her the way she should be cared for. Didn’t he have enough going on where this girl was concerned without adding something like that to the pile as well?
Mac sighed, shaking off the strange feeling. “I suppose it doesn’t matter, anyway.”
Melina sucked in a quiet breath before asking, “Why not?”
“You’re not mine, doll. Or at least, you don’t want to be.”
Melina didn’t respond, but she wouldn’t meet Mac’s eyes again.
He continued washing her stress away.
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This is the first book I read by Sloane Howell and this story was such a nice surprise for me.
I loved the characters!
Jenny Jackson was a friggin amazing character to read!
She was strong and smart and did not put up with bullshit. She was also sensitive and only two people were allowed past her walls… until Ethan Mason gradually made his way through.
Ethan Mason was also a great character to meet and slowly develop through the story.
Mr Howell did a wonderful job of developing them to the point where I would’ve loved to hang out with these people.
They were smart, loyal, strong, sarcastic and funny.
The story was great.
It had everything I like in a contemporary romance.
A great storyline, a little angst, instant chemistry and attraction to which the protagonists fought tooth- and- nail until they finally gave in, and of course, well-written sex scenes.
I really like this author’s voice and can’t wait to read the next book in the series “Scored”.
– From October Newsletter
“Here’s the awesome, fun cover for my upcoming novella Planet Dragos. I hope you love it as much as I do!
It’s a little early to be sharing the cover, but I’m excited, so why not?
I’m writing Planet Dragos now. After I finish that story, I will be diving into the third book in the Moonshadow trilogy, LIONHEART, which will be released in late spring of 2018”. -Thea Harrison