THE ONE YOU CAN’T FORGET – A Roni Loren Review

There’s an indescribable feeling about a story of personal redemption. This was my first Roni Loren title and you can rest assured that she is now a one-click author for me. Filled with danger, personal struggle, steam scenes, and triumphant successes; The One You Can’t Forget is a heart stopping, pulse-racing romance!

Rebecca’s life isn’t what it should be. A survivor of her high school’s tragic past, as an adult she’s still coping with the stress and what amounts to PTSD from the shock and guilt of that fated day. A recent documentary of the event has pulled all of those nightmares to the forefront. When a late night attack sparks them again, a knight (technically two if you count the dog!) comes to her rescue and sparks another memory. Though their past maybe rocky, Emma and Wes have an undeniable chemistry that allows them to easily float in one another’s orbit. Rebecca can’t deny her attraction to Wes, as a man and as a friend. But her past is a demon that threatens to pull hr down under again. Wes will have to fight harder than he planned to keep this red-head afloat.

Wes is in shock when he realizes the woman he’s saved and the woman’s he’s lusted over was a key factor is him losing everything he’d built. A nasty divorce that led to alcohol and depression and eventually a lost dream was all that was left of Wes’s life. Now he’s rebuilding and the last thing he needs is a woman who could only complicate matters. But there’s a sweetness to Rebecca that he can’t explain. He’s incredibly attracted to her and finds himself falling head over heals anyways.

When a cataclysmic twist comes that I never expected…this book threw me for a loop and has me begging for more! Wes and Rebecca share more sweet than sexy but don’t let that deter you; they steam up the pages whenever they’re alone. Mix in Rebecca’s desire to right wrongs against her past and Wes’s faith in finding his future dream! This is a romance for all readers and one that will keep you grinning and gasping (for MULTIPLE reasons)!


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Most days Rebecca Lindt feels like an imposter…

The world admires her as a survivor. But that impression would crumble if people knew her secret. She didn’t deserve to be the one who got away. But nothing can change the past, so she’s thrown herself into her work. She can’t dwell if she never slows down.

Wes Garrett is trying to get back on his feet after losing his dream restaurant, his money, and half his damn mind in a vicious divorce. But when he intervenes in a mugging and saves Rebecca—the attorney who helped his ex ruin him—his simple life gets complicated.

Their attraction is inconvenient and neither wants more than a fling. But when Rebecca’s secret is put at risk, both discover they could lose everything, including what they never realized they needed: each other

She laughed and kissed him. This morning she’d melted down. But somehow this man had her laughing and turned on only a few hours later. Everything inside her felt buoyed.

She felt…light.

She’d forgotten what that felt like.

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static1.squarespace.com.jpg Roni wrote her first romance novel at age fifteen when she discovered writing about boys was way easier than actually talking to them. Since then, her flirting skills haven’t improved, but she likes to think her storytelling ability has. She holds a master’s degree in social work and spent years as a mental health counselor, but now she writes full time from her cozy office in Dallas, Texas where she puts her characters on the therapy couch instead. She is a two-time RITA Award winner and a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author.

 

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DIRTY-TALKING COWBOY – A Stacey Kennedy Review & Excerpt Reveal

I may have a thing for cowboy romances now. Stacey Kennedy’s new Kinky Spurs series focuses on the Blackshaw brothers. Sexy, swoony, and definitely romance hero material; these three cowboys are here to rope you into their hearts!

Emma has returned to her summer home of her grandmother who’s recently passed. The areas of land and animals couldn’t have come at a better time when Emma needs an escape to heal from heartbreak. She’s left her job and lost the man she thought loved her all in the same day. Licking her wounds in River Rock seems the perfect distraction from the mess of her life. The unplanned distraction? The mysterious cowboy who comes in to the bar, Kinky Spurs, and always locks eyes with her. But Kinky Spurs isn’t just in name; it’s claim to fame is it’s sexy cowboys that come in to “rope” themselves a woman. With a last minute change, Emma is on stage with her mysterious cowboy, Shep Blackshaw. Piercing eyes, smoking body, and a killer smile….Emma is doomed.

After their family loses their father, Shep and his brothers have to make a decision on their families business. A distraction is just what Shep needs from his new responsibilities and nothing is more eye catching than the sexy new bartender at Kinky Spurs. Shep is determined to find out more about her after their steamy on stage encounter with a rope and some intimate eye-locking. When one of Emma’s new horses drags her on a wild chase, Shep is there to save the day and keep her close. But what seemed to be a fun fling for the womanizing cowboy is quickly turning in to a true romance neither planned for.

Their own perceived futures are what get in they way for Emma and Shep. When a piece of Emma’s past comes back to threaten what these two have built, their quiet content country romance is all but shattered. Shep is amazingly charming; I loved his mix of country boy next door and bad boy in the sheets. Emma was a headstrong heroine but I liked her vulnerabilities in trusting her own instincts; it made her incredibly relatable. This is a quick and emotion filled romance for any fan; cowboy, small town, triangle, all of the above. I can’t wait to read more of our Blackshaw brothers based on the teases of the two younger brothers love interests!


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Emma Monroe has returned to River Rock, Colorado, after the death of her grandmother. Now she’s inherited a farm full of abused animals and she’s working as a waitress at the local hotspot, Kinky Spurs. The last thing Emma wants in her life is a man, as she’s still recovering from a recent heartbreak. But when a sensual and powerful cowboy, Shep Blackshaw enters her life, Emma begins to want things she shouldn’t.

Shep knows sex shouldn’t be on his mind. He’s got a world of responsibility on his shoulders. He’s attempting to save his late father’s cattle ranch, Blackshaw Cattle Company, from foreclosure. But Emma’s heated reactions to his touch make ignoring her impossible. She’s the perfect distraction to make him forget that his father’s company is a sinking ship.

While their nights only heat up, soon emotions become tangled into the mix. Shep’s not only giving Emma the hottest nights of her life, he’s also healing her heart. With every encounter, she forgets her heartbreak. With every naughty adventure, she stops mourning the life she left behind. And with every dirty word whispered from Shep’s mouth, she stops thinking of all the reasons why she shouldn’t fall for him. But when the past comes to claim Emma, she’ll need to choose between the life she thought she wanted and the life she’s grown to love with Shep. How will she say no to forever with a dirty-talking cowboy.

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Emma spun on her heels, opened her mouth, then promptly closed it. All sadness fled in a millisecond.

Leaning against the doorframe, Shep wore only his jeans, no shirt in sight. Oh my fucking God. Dream Shep had nothing on the real thing. Anyone could tell that Shep worked hard for a living. He didn’t seem the type of man that would spend hours in the gym, indicating his job was the reason he was built for hard labor. His wide shoulders, squared chest, gloriously perfect six-pack with deep ridges made for exploring fingers—all of it was mouthwateringly hot.

His voice deepened into a low rumbly tone. “Darlin’, you really need to stop looking at me like that.”

She lifted her gaze to his potent stare. Heat rose to her cheeks. “I’m sorry.”

“Don’t be sorry.” The side of his mouth curved, like he knew the power he had over her. “I happen to enjoy watching you eye-fuck me, but you’re making it hard for me to be a gentleman.”

Her knees weakened, heart raced. How tempting it was to engulf this fiery passion burning between them, not run from it. And how confusing was that? No more casual sex, wasn’t that what she said? She knew where relationships like that ended up, nowhere good. Yet, her mouth parted, and out came, “What if I don’t want you to be a gentleman?”

Something fierce crossed his expression then, darkening his eyes. He stepped forward, bringing all that strong manly heat in close. He smelled of rain and wood and all that was perfect in this world. He dipped his head, and all she had to do was reach out and touch him. “What exactly do you want from me, Emma?” His lips were right there. His naked flesh, right there. “Do you want me to take control of you and roughly take what’s mine for the night?”

His sexy smile revealed a horrible truth. She nearly melted into the floor. “Oh, dear Lord, I told you about my dream?” Please say no. Please say no.

He lifted his hand, gently dragging his knuckles across her cheek. “Ah, but I happen to like that dream you had and shared with me.” He slid his thumb across her chin, tilting her head up to stare deeply into his gorgeous eyes. “You still haven’t answered me. Do you want me to kiss you slowly, savoring every little bit of your mouth?” His thumb brushed across the plumpest part of her bottom lip. “Or shall I punish you with my kiss, making you regret that you ever turned me down?” The heat of his body sizzled against her as he leaned in closer, his warm breath across her mouth. “Tell me, Emma, shall I tie you up with my ropes like I already have? Do you remember what that felt like? Did you like it, sweetheart?”

“You know I liked it,” she managed, breathless.

His grin was pure sin. “You’re right, I do know that.” He dragged his knuckles over her flushing cheek again, seemingly touching her soul-deep. Her mouth parted, breaths became heavier when he ran the pads of his fingers slowly down her arms, the power he exuded like a wall of strength in front of her. “Tell me, Emma,” he finished.

The words nearly fell out of her mouth. She wanted to experience his brand of passion. She got the feeling if she let go with him, he’d deliver where others had failed. Almost as if he’d take away all the pain, all the confusion, and silence her fears.

Her mouth parted to say, Make me forget it all. The words died in her throat. Her fears were bigger and stronger than her desire. She’d been fooled by one man before. The icy cold reminder still splintered her heart, there and unavoidable. “I can’t,” she said softly.

“You can’t.” There was no disappointment in his voice, only firmness. “Then I can’t.”

He took her hand into the strength of his, and she slowly opened her eyes, her breath catching at the contained power in his expression.

Shep breathed sex and passion, and the danger of him presented itself to her. Causal sex was one thing, but she got the feeling Shep didn’t do causal sex. He was pure emotion, total connection, and all intimacy. He’d wrap her up emotionally and take everything she had, and when he was finished with her, he’d demand more.

With his eyes locked onto hers, he led her from the bedroom. Once in the hallway, he turned to her, leaned in, and placed a soft kiss on her forehead. “Good night, Emma.”

She could finally breathe again. “Good night, Shep.”

Then with that blazing-hot gaze pinning her to where she stood, he shut the bedroom door, leaving her, and all her thoughts, alone in the quiet hallway.

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USA Today bestselling author Stacey Kennedy has written more than forty romances, including titles in her wildly hot Kinky Spurs, Club Sin, and Filthy Dirty Love series. Her books are about real people with real-life problems, searching for that special thing we call love…in a very sexy way. When she’s not burning up the pages and setting e-readers ablaze, she’s living her happily ever after with her husband and two young children in southwestern Ontario. She’s a firm believer that wine, chocolate, and sinfully sexy books can cure all of life’s problems.

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