By R.K. Lilley
June 11th, 2013



Danika hasn’t had an easy life. Being insanely attracted to bad boys has never helped make it easier.

One look at Tristan, and every brain cell she possessed went up in smoke. This man was trouble with a capital T. It was a given.

She knew better. Bad boys were bad. Especially for her. Considering her history, it was crazy to think otherwise. So why did crazy have to feel so damn fine?

For as long as she could remember, Danika had been focused on the future with single-minded purpose. Tristan came along and taught her everything there was to know about letting go, and living in the present. She fell, hard and deep. Of course, that only made her impact with the ground that much more devastating.

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“I have an idea,” Tristan said, moving around the kitchen counter, and into the dining room. 

He opened up a drawer of the desk that ran along the far wall. 

“That sounds ominous,” I said, following him.

“On a scale of one to ten, how much do you like the last guy that you slept with?” Tristan asked me with an arched brow and a crooked smile, flashing those dimples at me.  He used those things like a weapon.

“My ex?  Negative five, since I’m feeling mellow right now,” I said instantly.

He nodded.  “Exactly.  The last girl I hooked up with threw a drink at another chick for smiling at me, and the one before that started nagging me about my drinking after we’d hooked up one time.  Sex turns women into nagging psychos, and it turns men into straight-up assholes.  Now, how much do you like me?”

I wrinkled my nose at him.  “Right this second?  Well, this little speech is kind of annoying but I do kind of like you most of the time.  I’ll give you a solid five.”

He just grinned, not at all offended.  I don’t think he would have known what to do with me if I wasn’t giving him shit.  “Well, I give you a ten, which averages our friendship out to a solid seven, making you one of my favorite people of all time.  I’d like to maintain our average, so I say we make a list.”

He had actually gotten a pen and paper out, and I made sure he saw me roll my eyes.

His grin just widened.  “That’s what I love most about you.  I never have to wonder what you’re thinking.  It’s all right there on your lovely face.”

My scowl just deepened as I saw what he was writing. 


Because I like you too much to sleep with you

I sighed loudly.  “What is the point of this?  We don’t need to write it down.”

He straightened, giving me a look that made things low in my body clench in the most delicious way.  His gaze was borderline obscene as he eyed me, top to bottom. 

He swallowed hard.  “I need to.  God, Danika, even your feet are fucking sexy to me, and I like you too fucking much to screw it up.  I want to be around you.  I’d be sad if you we didn’t see each other anymore, and I’m batting zero at the relationship thing.  I’m a good friend, though, so yeah, I need a real clear ‘don’t’ list, so I don’t screw it up.”

I smirked at him.  “My feet, huh?  My feet are really that sexy?  You crazy horn-dog.” 

I didn’t want a relationship with him, either.  I knew that it would mean the end of us as friends, but knowing that he found me that sexy made me warm all over.  It didn’t make me feel dirty to have him look at me like that, it made me feel special.  It was a novelty for me, to be sure. 

He laughed and nodded, giving me really good eye contact.  “Yes.  It’s a problem.  I’m a man-whore, and you would tempt a saint.  Let’s find a way to keep our friendship safe.”

I liked that, liked that he valued my company more than my body.  I nodded, finally giving him smile for smile.  “Yes.  That makes sense.  Sex isn’t worth it anyway.  It never leaves me with anything but a need for a date with my vibrator, and that’s if I’m lucky.”

He groaned and slapped his forehead.  “I need to get that image out of my head.  That was cruel.  Do you mean that your last boyfriend didn’t make sure you got off?”  He asked the question like he just couldn’t help himself.  I knew him well enough to know that he couldn’t.

I laughed, trying not to make it sound as bitter as it actually was.  “No.  I’m saying that none of them did.  They couldn’t find a clit with a map.  Selfish pricks.”

He ran a hand over his face, and it went a little slack before he looked at me again.  “That hurts me deep in my soul, Danika.  I wouldn’t do that to you.  I’d make sure you came, first and last.  I’d go down on you every time, if that’s what you like.  I’d lick—“

I held up a hand, giving him an arch look, though I was far from unaffected by his little speech.  I wanted badly to see if he was really that good, but I shook myself out of it.

He grimaced.  “Sorry, sorry.  That was out of line.  You can’t tell me stuff like that.  It makes me want to punch somebody and, well, do things to you that do not need to be spoken out loud.  But it does prove my point about me needing a ‘don’t’ list.”

I nodded.  It was becoming apparent that we both needed one.  “Yes.  Don’t you worry about poor old me.  I like my vibrator just fine.  Better than any cock that’s ever come near me, in fact.”

He closed his eyes, lowered his head, and held up one finger as though he needed a moment. 

I giggled, because I had been trying to torment him, and I saw by the oversized bulge in his jeans that I’d succeeded.

I snapped my fingers at him.  “Okay, okay, let’s get on with it.  Get started with your list.”

1. No sex, no making out, no kissing.

“No getting off and thinking about you?” I asked.  Yes, I was trying to torment him.

He held up that finger that made me giggle again.  He looked like he was thinking hard for a long moment, finally shaking his head.  “Nope.  Can’t do that.  Sorry.  It’s like saying I won’t get hard when I see you wearing a bikini.  It would just be a lie.  But I won’t torture you with the details, I swear.”

I nodded, still smiling.  Teasing just never got old with him.  He made it so much fun.  He made absolutely everything fun.  “The same,” I told him.  “I’ll try not to be too loud when I cry out your name as I get myself off.”

He shook his head, looking pained.  “So jacked up,” he muttered under his breath. 

After a long pause, he started writing again without another word.

2. No getting jealous or complaining about who the other one is dating or hooking up with.

“That goes for you too, right?” I asked archly.  “No hitting guys in bars for looking at me funny.”

“I didn’t hit him.  I just choked him a little.”

“Um, yeah, that sounds worse than punching.  Not helping your argument.”

He completely ignored that, writing.

3. We can hang out whenever we want, but we won’t call it a date, even if we’re doing date-like things

“Would oral be considered date-like?” I asked, just messing with him, as usual.  I’d never been able to have sexual banter with a man that didn’t end up making me feel like shit.  It was just the opposite with Tristan.  For some reason, it made me feel warm and fuzzy every time.

He sent me a twisted grin.  “I’m pretty sure that would be breaking the no kissing rule.”

“Pretty sure leaves wiggle room.”

He gave me a look that could only be described as longing.  “I do love the way you wiggle.”

I giggled.

He went back to writing.

4. No nagging.

“That counts for you, too.  No telling me when I’ve had too many shots.  That’s for me to decide.”

He sent me an exasperated look.  “Well, if you drink enough shots that you climb on the bar to dance, and some guy grabs you, don’t nag me for beating the shit out of him.”

“That sounds like a clear violation of rule number,” I pointed out.

“That’s not jealousy.  That’s me being protective of my buddy.”

I rolled my eyes.  It was a fine line.

He started writing again.

5. Always remember that we like each other too much to sleep together, and that sleeping together will ruin EVERYTHING.

6.  If the words ‘I love you’ are ever mentioned, it will be assumed that it is in a friendship type context.

7. No talking dirty, or talking about dates with your vibrator.

He sighed, immediately crossing #7 out.

7. No talking dirty, or talking about dates with your vibrator.

“That one is just no fun at all,” he explained.

I giggled.  Only Tristan could make me giggle. 

He sent me a warm smile.

“I named my vibrator after you,” I told him with a smirk.  “He’s small, but he makes up for it by working hard.”

He straightened, moving a little close to show me just how small he wasn’t.  I backed up to the edge of the table, and he followed.

He gave me his sinful smile.  “I’m big like this everywhere.  Don’t make me prove it to you.”

I rolled my eyes.  “Every guy says that.  It would be refreshing to meet a guy that just admitted to being average-sized, or God forbid, small.”

He shook his head.  “You want me to do something crazy.  I see your game now.  Not falling for it.”

I couldn’t hold back a smile, because I had been egging him on.  The man was so outrageous, he’d do anything on a dare.  I shrugged.  “I’ll never know, but in my imagination it’s very clearly average, bordering on small.  No way to change it.”

He pursed his lips, his fingers going to the button on his jeans. 

I slapped my hands over my eyes, running away and giggling like a kid. 

He overtook me in seconds, picking me up easily.  He flung me over his shoulder, heading to the back door. 

I knew where this was leading. 

“Put me down!” I screeched between giggles.  “I just washed my hair!”

“Every time you make me want to pull my dick out for you, for any reason, I’m throwing you in the pool.  This is for the sake of our friendship, Danika.” 

I was already flying through the air before he’d finished talking.  I heard him say Danika right before my head went under. 

The bastard.  A quote from Danika not long after…

“It wasn’t a don’t list, you douche bag!  It may as well have been a fucking to-do list!”



Ambrosia by Erin Noelle
coming June 24th 2013

After coming to terms with the tragedy that rocked her world, Scarlett MacGregor has returned to try to pick up the pieces of the broken relationships that she left behind….

Ash and Mason were left devastated and heartbroken following Scarlett’s sudden, unannounced departure. They are both ready and willing to forgive her and welcome her back into their lives with open arms. However, a lot can happen in 8 months…

Scarlett must learn to overcome the obstacles thrown in her path to prevent the past from repeating itself. Can she learn to fly with her own wings and discover the secret to eternal love?

“As his lips seared mine and our tongues danced in harmony, he poured his soul into me, and I took the ambrosia that led to all three things for me ~ happiness, immortal love, and perfection.” – Scar

Ambrosia is the 2nd book in the Book Boyfriend series… Metamorphosis is Book 1 and can be found here…


Title: Very Bad Things (#1 Briarcrest Academy)
Author: Ilsa Madden-Mills
Expected release date: September 10, 2013
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Age Group: Mature YA and NA
Cover Designer: Toski Covey Photography and Sommer Stein- Perfect Pear Creative
Model is Mariah Jane Scott


Born into a life of privilege and secrets, Nora Blakely has everything any nineteen-year-old girl could desire.  She’s an accomplished pianist, a Texas beauty queen, and on her way to Princeton after high school.  She’s perfect…
Leaving behind her million-dollar mansion and Jimmy Choos, she becomes a girl hell-bent on pushing the limits with alcohol, drugs, and meaningless sex.
Then she meets her soulmate.  But he doesn’t want her.
When it comes to girls, twenty-five-year-old Leo Tate has one rule:  never fall in love.  His gym and his brother are all he cares about…until he meets Nora.  He resists the pull of their attraction, hung up on their six year age difference.
As they struggle to stay away from each other, secrets will be revealed, tempers will flare, and hearts will be broken.
Welcome to Briarcrest Academy…where sometimes, the best things in life are Very Bad Things.

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About the Author:

Ilsa wrote her first work at the age of twelve when she penned a little ditty about a handsome prince who had no sense.  Since then, she’s written plays, poems, and numerous short stories.  Very Bad Things is her first full-length novel and part of a new series called Briarcrest Academy.

She graduated summa cum laude with a master’s in English.  After graduation, she directed plays, worked with autistic children, helped start a children’s clothing company, and eventually had a family.  Now, she spends her days with two small kids and her Viking husband.  When she’s not typing away at a story, you can find her drinking too much coffee, jamming out to Pink, or checking on her carefully maintained chocolate stash.

She loves to hear from fans and fellow avid readers.  You can find her on Facebook and a soon to come author website.


Being Kalli by Rebecca Berto
Publication date: TBA
Genre: NA Contemporary Romance


There are two things you should know about Kalli Perkins.

1. She’d rather do it in public than be alone with a guy.

2. She loves her little brothers more than her mom does.

Kalli doesn’t pretend to be a good girl. At nineteen, she’s never been in love and doesn’t ever intend to be. She has her issues handled. She’s managed to keep the secret of what happened to her nine years ago from her mother, although her mother’s usually high anyway and barely notices Kalli or her little brothers.

One night at a party, Kalli makes a bet with her friend, Nate, that could change everything. Their friend, Scout, tells them there’s no uncrossing the friendship line once it’s crossed—even though they were both drunk. But Kalli can’t imagine how anyone could want her damaged self for anything more.

She didn’t count on Nate. Nate’s very capable of satisfying her not only under her clothes, but in her heart, too.

She just doesn’t know it yet.

About the Author:

Rebecca Berto is a new adult contemporary romance author. She is also a freelance editor.

She writes stories that are a bit sexy, and straddle the line between Literary and Tear Your Heart Out. She gets a thrill when her readers are emotional reading her stories, and gets even more of a kick when they tell her so. She’s strangely imaginative, spends too much time on her computer, and is certifiably crazy when she works on her fiction.

Rebecca Berto lives in Melbourne, Australia with her boyfriend and their doggy.


Life doesn’t look like it’s supposed to for Daniela, aka Dani. After a painful break-up with Rick, Dani decides she doesn’t want to deal with the hassles of relationship.

After almost two years, Dani’s friends stage an intervention, forcing her out of her holding pattern and back into the real world of dating. 

Liam, a down to earth firefighter, may be just the person to show her she’s still worth something. Their chemistry is instant and            
electric. But will Dani be able to trust her patched-up heart with him? 

And what will happen when Rick decides he’ll go to any lengths to get her back?

Toski’s review of The Do Over

When you read a great book, it takes a day or two to let it all sink
in enough to be able to talk about it. The Do Over was def one of “those” books.   I was sucked in from chapter one and this book didn’t let go until you finished every.single.word.

This is a story of a girl Dani, who dates a guy total D-bag named Rick.  A year into their relationship he decides it just isn’t working for him anymore and kicks her to the curb. Dani is left brokenhearted and turns to her friends, her kindle, and her book boyfriends for two years to heal her broken heart. Her friends eventually stage an intervention because she has no life, no man, and isn’t living in reality but in “book life.” Dani is 100% Team Kindle and plans to NEVER fall in love again.

Enter Liam Lucas.. First off, I think I have an obsession with man names with the same beginning initial and last initial. Liam Lucas rings in my ears and heart like Kellan Kyle, so immediately I LOVE him. (KK is always forever and ever #1 so ALL boys are rated on a Kellan Kyle scale.) Dani being a nurse has to take her CPR training and the old instructor can’t make it so Lieutenant Liam Lucas fills in. He’s a firefighter, blonde hair, gruff, and the most beautiful man she has ever laid eyes on. They have an immediate connection but she leaves without him getting her number so she knows she will never see Liam again.

Then fate steps in. 

They end up seeing each other again out and from there their relationship blossoms into one we read about in our romance novels.  Liam is a TRUE life book boyfriend. She falls so head over heels in love with him- you know he is her soul mate.  Then, Rick steps back in wanting her back and has completely changed his ways into the man she always wanted.  Or so he says- but how can she ever trust him?

This book left me all like “OH yea, oh my – did THAT just happen, Noooooooooo, you are KIDDING ME, I hate you d-bag, WHAT ARE YOU THINKING????, and then back to awwwww, swooooooon, and tears.”  It has it all- angst, love triangle, romance, STEAM thru the roof.  Chapter 29- I NEED A MINUTE.  I was…speechless. 

To rate this book a 5 is seriously an understatement.  It is AMAZING. I would give it 10 stars. Definitely one of my favorites of the year. It grabbed me, sucked me in, chewed me up, spit me out and I LOVED every single minute of it.   I fell in love with EVERY character. Yes, even d-bag Rick will win you over by the end. 
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About the Author:

A.L. Zaun graduated from Florida International University with a degree in English Literature a long time ago.  A degree she didn’t use at all in her professional endeavors.  She loves to read, write and take pictures.  She walks around with her camera, and most importantly she has her e-reader available at all times.  Healthcare Management by day, Mommy in the evening and most nights, you can find her sitting in front of her laptop with a bottle of Diet Pepsi, bringing the voices in her head to life on the pages of her debut novel, The Do Over.  



Wedding planner Kate Ashby’s fear of flying is eased by a sexy stranger and one slow lip lock that rockets her into another obit.

CEO Luke Cannon has just traded seats with his identical twin. Little did he know that an innocent kiss while pretending he was his brother would soon create havoc.

What happens in the air doesn’t stay up there. Once on tropical land, Kate believes that the handsome stranger who gave her the best kiss of her life is now her new client, Drew Cannon, fiancé to the beautiful and wealthy Lauren Kincaid. While Kate struggles with the intense feelings she thinks she has for Drew, Luke discovers Kate’s been hired to plan his brother’s destination wedding. He also realizes the initial sparks they shared 30,000 feet up are now mistakenly aimed at Drew.

Can Luke get Kate to realize that the feelings she has are for him? He’s got forty-eight hours in paradise to try. Sensuality Level: Behind Closed Doors

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About the Author:

Robyn Neeley is an East Coaster who loves to explore new places; watches way more reality TV than she cares to admit; can’t live without Dunkin Donuts coffee and has never met a cookie she didn’t like. If you have a must read romance suggestion or a fabulous cookie recipe, she wants to know. Visit her at



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Title: The Trouble With Goodbye
Author: Sarra Cannon
Release date: May 2013
Publisher: Dead River Books (self-published)
Age Group: New Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance


One night can change everything…

Two years ago, Leigh Anne Davis shocked everyone in tiny Fairhope, Georgia when she broke up with her wealthy boyfriend to attend an Ivy League university a thousand miles away. At school, she finds a happiness and independence she’s never known.

Until one terrifying night takes it all away from her.

With no place else to go, Leigh Anne heads home to reclaim her old life. A life she worked so hard to escape. On the outside, she seems like the same girl everyone has always known. But deep inside, she’s hiding a terrible secret.

That’s when she meets Knox Warner, a troubled newcomer to Fairhope. His eyes have the same haunted look she sees every day in the mirror, and when she’s near him, the rest of the world fades away. But being with Knox would mean disappointing everyone all over again. If she wants to save what’s left of her old life, she has no choice but to say goodbye to him forever.

Only, the trouble with goodbye is that sometimes it’s about courage and sometimes it’s about fear. And sometimes you’re too broken to know the difference until it’s too late.

Jenn’s Review of The Trouble with Goodbye

This was a story of one broken girl and one broken boy trying to piece together their pasts and learn to trust and love again.  It was a little on the short side, and I didn’t like the way it ended, but over the story was well written and clean. 

When we first meet Leigh Ann she is on her way home for the summer or maybe longer from college in Boston.  It’s quite obvious she has a lot on her distracted mind and we soon find out that something happened but what happened doesn’t come out till almost the very end of this book.  That part to me felt slightly rushed…

Knox oh my he is a sweetie and I fell in instant love with his character.  He is sweet and caring, even though he has gotten a bad rap for not wanting to date any of the local townies… Poor guy I felt badly for him that he got a bad rep because he DIDN’T want to sleep his way through the town.  Knox doesn’t open up to anyone.  He quietly goes about his life until a dark night on a back road changes something for him…

Leigh Ann has done what’s expected all her life, forced to make some of her own decisions Leigh Ann has to decide if for one she is going to tell the truth about her past, and two if she is going to go against everything everyone else wants for her and become her own person.  Choosing the boy she wants instead of what’s expected, choosing her own destiny is mostly what this book is about.  

So what I didn’t like was how short the book was.  I thought that most of the characters were well developed, with maybe the exception of Penny who was her best friend. Since she is getting the next book I figure this might have been done on purpose. I see it is a series but the next book description talks about Penny which was Leigh Ann’s best friend growing up and her crush who happens to be her brothers best friend.  I wanted a little bit more and I was a little disappointed with the end. .  I’m not sure if Leigh Ann and Knox’s story will continue and that’s what disappointed me some.  I wanted to see more from them and where things were going to go, so I was left a little big hanging at the end… 

I wish that she would have at least given us an epilogue to explain what was left out.  You’ll see what I mean but I still recommend reading this one.  It’s a sweet story and Knox was worth it!  Totally SWOON WORTHY!  Sigh… I couldn’t stop thinking about how adorable he really was…

Still the book was a good read and the story was written well.  It was a sweet book and I really enjoyed Knox’s character, so I give it a rating of 4 stars!!!  

Read about Leigh Ann and Knox Journey 
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About the Author:

Sarra Cannon grew up in a small town in Georgia where she learned that being popular always comes at a price. She is the author of the young adult paranormal Peachville High Demons series, which she first began self-publishing in October of 2010. Since the series began, Sarra has sold over 120,000 copies and recently signed a contract with Sea Lion Books to create a graphic novel adaptation of Beautiful Demons, the first book in the series.

Sarra lives in North Carolina with her amazing husband, her new baby boy, and her teeny tiny Pomeranian, Snickerdoodle.



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With his tight leather pants and a sharp edge that makes him dangerous, Jet Keller is every girl’s rock and roll fantasy. But Ayden Cross is done walking on the wild side with bad boys. She doesn’t want to give in to the heat she sees in Jet’s dark, haunted eyes. She’s afraid of getting burned from the sparks of their spontaneous combustion, even as his touch sets her on fire.

Jet can’t resist the Southern Belle with mile-long legs in cowboy boots who defies his every expectation. Yet the closer he feels to Ayden, the less he seems to know her. While he’s tempted to get under her skin and undo her in every way, he knows firsthand what happens to two people with very different ideas about relationships.

Will the blaze burn into an enduring love. . . or will it consume their dreams and turn them to ashes?

Toski’s review of Jet
 Starting Jet I had my doubts of how much I would honestly like it because I loved Rule so much. Let’s face it- Rule is a HARD act to follow.  I am a sucker for the “broken but can be fixed with the right girl bad boy type” and being a musician is the cherry on the top.  In real life I am a fixer and I need to have fixable characters in the books I read. Starting out, I thought Jet was the “broken” one but realized quickly Jet was NOT Rule. He was going to be the “fixer” and I wasn’t sure how much I honestly would like that.  To me, the woman is ALWAYS the brains in a relationship so how could this honestly work? 

You met Ayden in Rule as Shaw’s BFF and room mate and I loved her from the start. Then Jet, Rule’s bad boy rocker friend who lives the rock and roll lifestyle to the T.  In this book they end up roomies along with Cora – the tattoo girl from Rule’s shop (who I also LOVED in Rule.)   There is alot of built up “tension” between Ayden and Jet. The attraction is obvious – though both deny it and it’s only a matter of time before that attraction or gravity brings the two of them together.  Ayden is dating a guy who is referred to “sweater vest” <— AND I LOVED THAT and Jet is just bringing home a new number by the night. The problem is Sweater vest and the numbers aren’t going to keep Ayden and Jet  from the inevitable- each other.

As the story unfolds, you find out some pretty nasty past secrets about Ayden as well as Jet and honestly you realize- they NEED each other but have so much baggage that neither of them want to burden the other with.  Without giving any spoilers I can quote my favorite line of the book

“When the right one comes along, you figure it out. You move mountains, you change your life and do whatever it takes to keep them with you”

And you know what makes you fall in love with Jet? He is a hard core rocker but Ayden is a country music lover- Tim Mcgraw, Kenny Chesney, Taylor Swift- that is her type of music but every night he serenades her with old country classics.  SWOOOOONING.  Every girls dream is just that- have a guy she loves sing to her. He doesn’t have to be great but come on ladies- we all want that.  I am a music lover so of course that spoke to me. 

At first I was going to rate this a 4. Simply because it was not Rule. Then I realized that really is NOT fair to Jet. I mean, I would NEVER want to judge someone based on their friends right? So, even though Rule and Shaw are a part of this story – this is Jet and Ayden’s story- And I fell in love with them both. 
My rating.. 4.5
I’m a sucker for the rockers what can I say ?
Can Jet and Ayden make it work with all the odds stacked against them? How much baggage is too much baggage and when is someone to damaged to repair? HURRY go buy this today, right now, one click and fall in LOVE with another Marked Man. Because those tattoos are just one more reason to LOVE JET <3

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*Note: UK and Australia: Jet’s release date has been moved to June 20th.


About the Author

Jay Crownover is the bestselling author of Rule. Like the characters in her Marked Men series, she is a big fan of tattoos. She loves music and wishes she could be a rock star, but since she has no aptitude for singing or instrument playing, she’ll settle for writing stories with interesting characters and that make the reader feel something. She lives in Colorado with her three dogs. 


Title: ShameLess
Author: Mel Ballew
Expected Release Date: August 7
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Cover Designer: Mae I Design and Photography



“If all you can do is crawl, start crawling. Soon, you’ll be able to stand. First, just crawl.”

S’renaty James lives a privileged life most her age only dream of living. She is beautiful and popular with her entire life ahead of her. Life could not get any better.

Until her entire life shifts, crashing around her…

Bound by devastation, persecuted by the ones she used to call ‘friends’, haunted by disturbing nightmares, and filled with self-blame, she vows to overcome.

Stefan is everything S’renaty swears to avoid. He is carefree and charismatic. He is primitive, complicated and a total badass. He makes her melt like fine chocolate under a hot summer’s sun the first time their eyes meet. There is something about him, and she makes it her mission to find out.

When he meets S’renaty James, he is not prepared for what comes over him because for the first time ever, a girl leaves him breathless. Now, his primary responsibility is to keep her safe. He will do anything to protect her. Even lie… Stefan is the one person she has trusted with her heart. After keeping an unforgivable secret, he could be the one to shatter it to pieces. In fact, he may even destroy her beyond repair. Will she overcome and forgive, letting go of the pain, guilt and shame? Or this time, will she be stronger than the hardest lesson of her life — and, become totally ShameLess?

About the Author:

Mel Ballew resides in rural Pennsylvania with her husband and daughter, along with their two adorable cats.
An avid reader, she has always had an equal passion for writing and has written her entire life, to date. Her mother initially birthed, inspired, and encouraged these loves. The two often discussed writing together but unfortunately, that dream never came to fruition.

Years later, this happened, that happened—life happened.

She stepped away from writing to place more focus on being wife and a full-time mom. Today, she would not have changed a thing. The day her daughter was born became the first day she realized a significant rhythm to her heart was also born. Her daughter, now preparing to go off to college, has grown into a beautiful and responsible young adult.

A twisted turn of events in September 2009 left Mel unable to work outside of the home. Forced to consider other options, and while embracing a therapeutic approach of transcribing all of the challenges facing her, post-accident, she returned to journaling. Once again, the writer within her has been re-birthed—awakened from slumber.

Mel is a hopeless romantic. Blessed, she has her very own soul mate, which she calls husband, best friend, and lover.

She is a simple country gal, with a profound love of true simplicity. She is just as hopeless in her love of nature and regards many of her writing aspirations to appreciating its beauty, although every single story is birthed from her dreams. Sometimes, in life, simply enjoying a chilled glass of sangria on a warm summer’s eve or indulging in her love of chocolate and peanut butter is an expression of enjoying such simplicity. For her, these moments are truly d’vine.





Lauren broke off an engagement with her old boyfriend because she caught him cheating on her. She’s ready to move on, but work has been keeping her too busy.

Marcus is a player, never settling down with one girl. No one seems to meet his long list of requirements in a woman.

Marcus and Lauren have worked for the same company for years, but in locations across the country from each other. They’ve been flirting for months, but Lauren was with Kyle. Now that she’s single and Marcus is coming to town for a few days, they finally hook-up, both assuming it’s just a fling. Once Marcus gets home, they both realize they want more. Can they make a long distance relationship work? And when Lauren’s old boyfriend comes back to win her affection, can Marcus compete with their history?


Author Bio:

Scarlett lives in the Midwest with her family. When she’s not busy writing steamy stories, she can be found with her nose in a book, camping, or geocaching with her family. She loves Diet Coke, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, and 80’s hair bands.