New Release: The Proper Princess, by @MelissaMcClone

She’s been a proper princess—but she wants to rebel.

After the death of her fiancé, Princess Madeleine knows a loveless, arranged marriage awaits her. She’s resigned to her fate until she meets her intended husband. Crown Prince Enrique is gorgeous, but he comes on way too strong, says the wrong things, and fumbles with apologies. He’s more court jester than Prince Charming. How can she marry him?

Enrique might be self-centered and lack social skills, but he’s trying to do better—for himself, his country, and his future wife. Despite their royal union being a political necessity, he wants his marriage with the captivating Madeleine to be a love match. He’s willing to do whatever it takes to woo her. How hard can it be to win his princess bride’s heart?

Nearly impossible, he discovers, because Madeleine seems unwilling—or unable—to give him her heart. On their wedding day, instead of exchanging vows, will the royal couple say goodbye?

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About the Author:

With a degree in mechanical engineering from Stanford University, Melissa McClone worked for a major airline where she traveled the globe and met her husband. But analyzing jet engine performance couldn’t compete with her love of writing happily ever afters. Her first full-time writing endeavor was her first sale when she was pregnant with her first child! Since then, she has published over forty romance novels with Harlequin and Tule Publishing Group. She’s a USA Today Bestselling author and has also been nominated for Romance Writers of America’s RITA® award. When she isn’t writing, you can usually find her driving her minivan to/from her children’s swim practices and other activities. Melissa lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, three children, two spoiled Norwegian Elkhounds and cats who think they rule the house. They do!

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New Release: The Wedding Party, by @thebestjasmine

Jasmine Guillory’s latest book The Wedding Party came out a few days ago. I’m sorry for the delay in announcing it to you, but it’s not too late to grab a copy! I can’t wait to get my hands on this book. I had a copy teasing me at work that I couldn’t process and get out to patrons until Tuesday. And the copy I bought for myself is sitting on a shelf at Tattered Cover in Denver right now. I’ll be picking it up on Sunday when I go there for an event that Jasmine is having with Alexa Martin (author of Intercepted and Fumbled, go read those too!). I can’t wait to meet them both and to get their books signed. I have Intercepted signed already. And I also have The Wedding Party and The Proposal as “signed” Target editions. But I think it would be cool to have Jasmine sign the actual title pages on them both and have them doubled signed editions.

Well, enough rambling. Keep reading this post for more about The Wedding Party! If it’s anything like the first two in this series (don’t have to read them in order), it’ll be worth your time.

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Maddie and Theo have two things in common:

1. Alexa is their best friend

2. They hate each other

After an “Oops, we made a mistake” kiss, neither one can stop thinking about the other. With Alexa’s wedding rapidly approaching, Maddie and Theo both share bridal party responsibilities that require more interaction with each other than they’re comfortable with. Underneath the sharp barbs they toss at each other is a simmering attraction that won’t fade. It builds until they find themselves sneaking off together to release some tension when Alexa isn’t looking.

But as with any engagement with a nemesis, there are unspoken rules that must be abided by. First and foremost, don’t fall in love.

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If you’d like to buy a copy of this book, you can find it on:

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About the Author:

Jasmine Guillory is the New York Times bestselling author of The Wedding DateThe Proposal, and the forthcoming The Wedding Party. Her work has appeared in Cosmopolitan, Real Simple, Oprah Magazine.com, and Shondaland.com. She lives in Oakland, California.

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New Release: Once Upon a Bad Boy, by @MelonieJohnson

Better late than never with this series! While I have Getting Hot with a Scot and Smitten by a Brit on my pile to read, I slacked off and missed the chance you tell you all about their releases in the last few months. Well, at least today I got my act together for the third book in Melonie Johnson’s Sometimes in Love series: ONCE UPON A BAD BOY. Find all you need about the book and where to buy it below. As well as links to the other books.

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A Hollywood actress and a stuntman from different worlds get a second chance at love after they were torn apart as teenagers

Former soap opera star Sadie Gold is determined to overcome her reputation as a spoiled rich girl with more connections than talent. She’s thrilled to score a coveted role in a blockbuster movie—until she learns that the stunt man training her is Bo Ibarra, the guy Sadie lost her heart to years ago.

Sadie and Bo haven’t seen each other in a decade, and their reunion is bringing up desires they haven’t felt since they were teenagers. But Sadie has been holding onto a secret from their past she is desperate to keep hidden.

When a tabloid splashes the secret across the headlines, both of them are shaken from the fallout. Can Sadie convince Bo to take a chance on them again? One thing’s for sure, happy endings don’t come as easily in real life as they do in the movies.

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If you’d like a copy of this book, you can find it on:

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and if you missed them

Getting Hot with a Scot

Amazon | B&N | KoboiBooks

Smitten with a Brit

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About the Author:

A Star Wars junkie and Shakespeare groupie who quotes both Yoda and the Bard with equal aplomb, award-winning author Melonie Johnson—aka #thewritinglush—is a two-time RWA Golden Heart® finalist who loves dark coffee, cheap wine, and expensive beer. And margaritas. And mimosas. And mules. Basically any cocktail that starts with the letter m. She met her future husband in that most romantic of places—the mall—when they were teenagers working in stores across the hall from each other. Today, they live happily ever after in the magical land midway between Chicago and Milwaukee with their two redhead daughters, a dog that’s more like a small horse, and a pair of hermit crabs. After earning her Bachelor of Arts magna cum laude from Loyola University Chicago, Melonie taught high school English and Theatre in the northern Chicago suburbs for several years. Now she writes smart and funny contemporary romance and moonlights as an audiobook narrator under the pseudonym, Evelyn Eibhlin.

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Summer is Here! Time for Some Summer Reading!

Summer started a few days ago, and with that often comes the urge to do some “summer reading”. You’ll see lists of beach reads popping up all over in no time, if you haven’t already. I haven’t looked for them just yet, but I think some of the books later on in this post will be on those lists. What I have looked at so far is Anne Bogel’s Summer Reading Guide 2019, on her site Modern Mrs. Darcy This is a well-rounded list with something for everyone. And if you’re like me, your holds list at the library is full. I was able to get low enough on some of the holds lists that I may be able to listen (I put holds on all the eAudio) to them this summer if I’m lucky.

I don’t always change up my reading mood for the summer. It hasn’t been a thing for me in the past. I feel that working in the library for the last few years and all the hype we put into the summer reading program has changed that. I’ve already been having a big reading year. I’ve already read about 30 novels, and 2019 is just hitting the halfway mark. I’m keeping that momentum going into the summer with my eye on a small section of my TBR pile…ssss.

(Side note: This year’s library SRP theme is A Universe of Stories. This doesn’t necessarily mean only space themed books, but who are we trying to kid? It means SPACE, SPACE, and more SPACE!!!! My only spacey reading has been piles of children’s picture books. But there are so many great ones out this year that it just makes sense. Stalk my Goodreads 2019 read list for some of those titles.)

So, what was the point of this post? Oh, yeah. I wanted to share some of the books I’ve read this year that would be great summer reads, as well as some books on my TBR I wanted to share too before I had the chance to review them. I’d also like to open up the comments section for you to share what you’ve read or plan to read this year and want others to know about.

BOOKS I’VE READ

WHAT I WILL BE READING

Want to Ask Me a Question or Two?

It’s time to have a little fun here on A Life Among the Pages. I’d like to have an interview of sorts on the blog where you, the readers, ask me the questions. Could be about almost anything, though I reserve the right to not answer questions if I don’t feel comfortable to do so. This should be fun, whether you are here for the first time or are a long time reader.

To ask a question, simple click HERE, here, or over HERE. Fill out the Google Form and you’re done.

Depending on whether or not I get anything to ask me questions, I’ll get the “interview” posted in the next two or three weeks. We’ll see what the response is since most things like this that I post don’t get responses. So tell your friends! They don’t need to know me to ask me book related questions.

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New Release: The Lemon Sisters, by @jillshalvis

The New York Times bestselling author of Rainy Day Friends and Lost and Found Sisters returns to Wildstone, California…

Brooke Lemon has always led the life she wanted, wild adventures—and mistakes—included, something her perfect sister, Mindy, never understood. So when Mindy shows up on Brooke’s doorstep in the throes of a break-down with her three little kids in tow, Brooke’s shocked.

Wanting to make amends, Brooke agrees to trade places, taking the kids back to Wildstone for a few days so Mindy can pick up the pieces and put herself back together. What Brooke doesn’t admit is she’s just as broken . . . Also how does one go home after seven years away? It doesn’t take long for Brooke to come face-to-face with her past, in the form of one tall, dark, sexy mistake. But Garrett’s no longer interested. Only his words don’t match his actions, leaving Brooke feeling things she’d shoved deep.

Soon the sisters begin to wonder: Are they lemons in life? In love? All they know is that neither seems to be able to run far enough to outpace her demons. And when secrets surface, they’ll have to learn that sometimes the one person who can help you the most is the one you never thought to ask.

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About the Author:

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jill Shalvis lives in a small town in the Sierras full of quirky characters. Any resemblance to the quirky characters in her books is, um, mostly coincidental. Look for Jill’s sexy contemporary and award-winning books wherever romances are sold and click on the blog button above for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.

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New Release: The Friend Zone, by @AuthorAbbyJim

Fall in love with this “deliciously hot, sweet” (L.J. Shen, USA Today bestselling author) romantic comedy perfect for fans of Christina Lauren and Helen Hoang.

Kristen Petersen doesn’t do drama, will fight to the death for her friends, and has no room in her life for guys who just don’t get her. She’s also keeping a big secret: facing a medically necessary procedure that will make it impossible for her to have children.

Planning her best friend’s wedding is bittersweet for Kristen — especially when she meets the best man, Josh Copeland. He’s funny, sexy, never offended by her mile-wide streak of sarcasm, and always one chicken enchilada ahead of her hangry. Even her dog, Stuntman Mike, adores him. The only catch: Josh wants a big family someday. Kristen knows he’d be better off with someone else, but as their attraction grows, it’s harder and harder to keep him at arm’s length.

The Friend Zone will have you laughing one moment and grabbing for tissues the next as it tackles the realities of infertility and loss with wit, heart, and a lot of sass.

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If you’d like to buy a copy of this book, you can find it on:

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About the Author:

Abby Jimenez is a Food Network champion, motivational speaker, and contemporary romance novelist living in Minnesota. Abby founded Nadia Cakes out of her home kitchen back in 2007. The bakery has since gone on to win numerous Food Network competitions and has amassed an international cult following. Abby’s wry literary wit was spotlighted as the admin behind the hilarious viral comments on the now famous Nadia Cakes Vageode™ cake.

Abby loves a good romance, coffee, doglets, and not leaving the house. Her debut novel, The Friend Zone, is scheduled for release July 2019.

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