Tuesday, 14 August 2018

✪ Clueless (A Pier 70 Novella) ✪ Nicole Edwards ✪ Release Blitz ✪

Loved Pier 70, But Curious About Milly? Here is her story! 

CLUELESS a Pier 70 Novella by Nicole Edwards



Release date: August 14, 2018





*Contemporary Romance



She’s not ready for commitment...

Milly Holcomb has a history with bad boys. She knows what they’re after, and she knows they’re only good for one thing: a night of wicked orgasms. When she met AJ, she had been prepared for that.


He wants all of her...

AJ Ballard knew from the moment he laid eyes on the feisty blond that she would be worth the wait. However, he hadn’t anticipated their wild nights of passion would result in more than either of them was prepared for.


Sometimes it’s just meant to be.


Hearts flutter when this snarky good girl realizes this sexy bad boy is more than she bargained for.



Will Milly and AJ give in to the attraction they’ve been battling since day one? Or -- because of the consequences of their actions -- will they simply have to settle for being the best parents they can be?

Publisher: Nicole Edwards Limited








May 29, 2016

AJ Ballard stepped into the banquet room, his eyes searching the masses to find someone he recognized. There weren’t many, but he hadn’t expected there to be. He was his brother Hudson’s plus one at this shindig, which meant he was the odd man out. 

It only took a minute to locate Hudson, who was standing by the wall, his eyes locked on someone across the way. With a grin, AJ headed for the bar and asked for two glasses of water. When the bartender passed them over, he offered his thanks, then marched over to the big, brooding man in the corner.

“Hey, bro. What’s up?”

Hudson’s eyes cut over to him briefly. 

They’d boarded the ship roughly an hour before and rather than race down to join the festivities, AJ had opted for a shower. He fully expected this trip to be full of activities because Hudson had already told him Gannon’s best friend/assistant was in charge and she wasn’t one to have everyone sitting around on their thumbs. Being that he was hoping to get a little downtime out of this cruise, AJ figured he’d take it where he could.
And now here he was, in a room filled with strangers, all of them there to celebrate the upcoming nuptials of Cam Strickland and Gannon Burgess, who would be wed in just a few short days.

AJ held up the two glasses of water—he wasn’t much for drinking, and neither was his brother—allowing Hudson to take one.

“You good?” AJ cast a curious glance at his brother, wondering why the frown.

As usual, Hudson answered with a simple nod before sipping his drink. The man might’ve thought he could pull one over on AJ, but he knew better. His little brother—if thirty-five years old could be considered little—couldn’t hide shit from him. Especially not when it came to his interest in one particular blond Hudson worked with.

“So, where’s this boy toy of yours?” he asked just to get a rise out of Hudson.

It worked. His brother flipped him off. He hadn’t expected anything less. Considering his brother was mute and couldn’t speak, his hands did all his talking for him.

When it was obvious he wasn’t going to get anything more from Hudson, AJ grinned. “Okay, fine. My turn.” AJ’s gaze strayed across the room until he located the sexy blonde he’d noticed talking to Cam, the owner of the marina Hudson worked at, a few minutes ago. “Who’s the blonde? She single?”

Hudson’s head snapped toward him, his eyes widening as he quickly jerked his head from side to side. AJ got the distinct feeling he wasn’t answering, per se.

“What does that mean? She’s not single?”

After setting his glass on a nearby table, Hudson started signing a response. You do not want to mess with Milly.

“Milly, huh?” He peered over at her again, admiring the pretty blonde in the sexy red sundress that showcased her tanned legs and her toned arms. Her hair was piled up on her head in some fancy knot, and her eyes crinkled when she laughed. She was, by far, the most beautiful woman in the room. “Interesting name.”

He wondered what it was short for. Unless it was simply an off-the-wall nickname, there were only a few possibilities. Of course, he could only think of one, but the woman did not look like a Mildred. Not at all.

AJ turned back to his brother when Hudson punched him in the arm.

No, not interesting. Nothing about her is interesting. Leave her alone.

AJ laughed. “Since it seems to me that you’re trying to warn me away from her, I’m gonna assume she’s single.”

Not warning you away from her. Her away from you.

“Oh, come on.” It’d been a long damn time since a woman had caught his attention the way Milly had. For whatever reason, he couldn’t take his eyes off her. Every move she made seemed oddly erotic in nature, calling to him on a completely cellular level.

Now he had to figure out how to introduce himself without coming on too strong. If he was lucky, and she wasn’t too busy, perhaps they could spend some quality time together while they were stranded on this ship for the next seven days.

Hudson elbowed him, then signed: Seriously.

“I promise, I’ll be good,” AJ assured him. “Plus, it looks to me like you’ve got someone who could keep you pretty busy if you’d stop pretending you didn’t want to bang his brains out.”

AJ walked away on that note, not waiting to get a retort from Hudson. He knew his brother was fighting every urge inside him when it came to the man who worked alongside him at Pier 70. AJ had known for a while that Hudson was interested in Teague Carter, but for some reason, he was fighting it.

While Hudson might have all the time in the world to hold out, AJ didn’t. At the ripe young age of thirty-seven, AJ wasn’t getting any younger.

Figuring now was as good a time as any to congratulate the couple gearing up for their nuptials, AJ headed toward them.

Cam noticed him first, a smile on his face as AJ approached.

“Glad you could make it, AJ,” he greeted. “You’ve met Gannon.”

AJ shook Gannon’s hand. “Good to see you again.”

“Likewise,” Gannon stated. His face had a slight green tinge to it, and AJ had to wonder if he was experiencing motion sickness.

Cam continued, “And this is Gannon’s assistant, Milly Holcomb.”

“That’s all I am?” she said with a huff. “Here I was thinking I was his best friend, the one who keeps him in line, who ensures he goes where he needs to go when he needs to go there. And most importantly, the woman ultimately responsible for the two of you getting together.” Her eyes widened. “Shall I go on?”

Cam chuckled. “Not necessary.” He peered back at AJ. “AJ, this is Milly.”

Unable to resist, AJ turned his full attention on the beautiful, sassy blonde. “It’s a pleasure to meet you, Milly.”

Her smile was radiant, transforming her from beautiful to downright gorgeous. Those ruby-red lips beckoned him to step closer, but he fought the urge. He’d just met her, after all.

“Likewise,” she said sweetly, a gleam in her bright blue eyes. “I hear you’re Hudson’s plus one?”

“That I am,” he admitted. “What kind of brother would I be if I refused to accompany him on a cruise to the Bahamas?”

“There are certainly worse things,” she teased.

True. When Hudson had originally asked, AJ thought for sure the man was kidding. But, come to find out, Hudson had been serious about bringing him along, so here he was.

“Is it your first time on a ship?” she asked.

Cam caught AJ’s eye, nodding his head as he took Gannon’s hand and slipped away while Milly was otherwise preoccupied.

“No,” AJ said seamlessly. “And hopefully not my last, either. I tend to go at least once every couple of years.”

“A man of the world?”

“You could say that,” AJ admitted with a smirk, enjoying the way Milly’s eyes casually raked over him.

“So you haven’t settled down yet?”

AJ grinned at her obvious fishing expedition. He hoped like hell that meant she was interested. “Nope. You?”

Milly waved a perfectly manicured hand, the color on her nails matching her dress and her lips. “Not a chance. I’m the kinda girl who ends up with the bad boy, and while it’s fun to entertain them, they’re always looking for the next best thing.”

AJ was suddenly grateful for the idiots in her past. Anyone who would pass her up had to be out of their mind.

And fine, AJ knew more about Milly than he would let on. Being that she was Gannon’s best friend, he’d heard plenty of stories about her in the past year. Since Cam and Gannon had hooked up, they’d spent quite a bit of time at the marina. Because his brother worked there, AJ spent as much time with Hudson as he could, and quite a few of those hours were on the lake. When AJ wasn’t out of town on business, that was. And during that time, he’d heard plenty about the feisty blonde.

Milly’s eyes shifted away from him. She’d just realized Cam and Gannon had slipped away. AJ made a mental note to thank them later.

“So, what does AJ stand for?”

“Aaron James,” he said simply. “And Milly? It’s short for…?”

“I’d tell you, but then I’d have to kill you,” she said, flashing her pearly white teeth.

He laughed. The girl had spunk. He liked that. “Have it your way,” he said with a grin. “But don’t blame me if I end up calling you something else during the heat of the moment.” He purposely looked away. “A decent turnout, yeah?”

Milly cleared her throat and it was followed by a soft laugh. He glanced her way and noticed her smiling. At least she hadn’t shot him down yet.

“So far, so good.” Her bright blue eyes locked on his face. “Looks as though all the important people have arrived.”

Was he included in that count? Did she consider him to be important? For something other than the wedding, maybe?

“Well, as much as I’d love to stay and chat,” she said with a one-thousand-megawatt smile, “I really do need to keep the grooms-to-be from wandering too far.”

AJ hated to let her leave, but he understood. “Well, I hope to see you again. Maybe I could buy you a drink. You know, when you’re not keeping everyone in line.”

“Maybe,” she said with a coy grin. “Better chance of that passionate moment that way.”

Her witty comeback made him laugh out loud. “Noted.”

She continued to smile. “It was great to finally meet you, AJ.”

AJ nodded, then watched as she turned to leave. When Milly glanced back over her shoulder, he ensured they made eye contact again. Although he’d expected this to be an interesting adventure, he damn sure hadn’t expected this little twist.

​And he hoped like hell he’d have the opportunity to get to know Milly more during the trip. A whole lot more.






✪ BOY TOY ๐Ÿค Sarina Bowen & Tanya Eby ๐Ÿค #ManHands3 ๐Ÿค standalone ✪

© Bianca Janeane







• standalone RomCom
• 14 August 2018
• 452 pages
• Book #3 in the MAN HANDS series
(can be read as a standalone - but PLEASE read the other books too! ☺)


★★★★★
5 Stars
BOY TOY, a new stand-alone comedy by Sarina Bowen & Tanya Eby

Liam

The moment Sadie Matthews walks through the daycare center door, I feel my world tilt in her direction. Again. I fell for her when I was fourteen, and I’m still not over her. Problem: she still thinks of me as a teen she used to babysit. But I’ve learned a few things about pleasing a woman in the last fifteen years. I can’t wait to show her how good it could be. I need to move quickly before I lose her again. This is more than a game to me, but I still plan to win.

Sadie

I’ve just survived the worst year of my life. As a single mom of twin toddlers, I don’t have time for a man. I barely have time to finish a thought. Who knew that Liam McAllister would grow up to be so devastating? He’s everything my husband was not: tall, built, and willing to have a tea party with my girls.

I can’t possibly get involved with him. He’s too young for me. Too handsome. But he’s so persuasive...






We already met Sadie in the first two books. She used to be married - more or less happily. Now she's a single mom to her two adorable 2-year-old twin girls Kate and Amy.
Enter Liam - he's working at the day care center where Sadie has to park her girls every morning.
Liam used to be madly in love with Sadie. 15 years ago, when he was a pimply 14 year old and Sadie was the hot 20 year old nanny for his younger siblings.
Liam is still mega-attracted to Sadie - he could definitely see something long-term. But Sadie couldn't start anything with him, right? She's not a cougar!!! But he's sooooo hot and nice and amazing with the girls ... ugh .....

WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO SADIE & LIAM???
WILL THERE BE A HEA??
READ THE BOOK TO FIND OUT
 



ADORABLE!


I loved every moment of this story.
The three girlfriends together are hilarious!
The toddlers are mega adorable!
Sadie and Liam together are SPARKAGE!
They would be so amazing together, but of course poor Sadie thinks it would be wrong to date such a young guy. The babysitter of her kids!
But five years younger is nothing! 29 is the perfect age for a guy, right???!!!☺
And then there's also the fact that Liam might have to leave the country for his university research stuff for a few months ... Added to that are problems with her ex husband and his parents ....Those two definitely have some stuff to overcome until we can ride off into our happily ever after sunset together!

This was such an amazingly adorable and funny and sexy and swoony romance with some serious moments and problems thrown into the mix!

What's hotter than a sexy guy being all adorable with those two twin girls? Ugh!



Those two little girls are soo cute. I love the little future football player with her helmet! LOL!

I adored this book and I really hope those 2 ladies will bring us something new one day soon!
There's still Sadie's sister and Braht's brother left to find partners for! And I wouldn't mind reading about Liam's siblings either! So that's 5 more possible books by those 2 amazing writing partners! YAY!

Another thing I really like - the setting of these books. We're in Grand Rapids, Michigan. No book has ever stepped foot into Michigan. I really love it when we're in a real place. Not some imaginary town in Anywhere, USA.

BOY TOY was such an amazing romance!
Funny  Sexy  Sweet • Serious • Perfect 
Run to your nearest amazon for your own Liam! This one is MINE!!!!




Copy received for an honest review

This book.  This book was everything!  From the minute I picked it up, I was hooked.  I was out on a day trip with friends, and I had to take my Kindle with me, as I didnt' want to stop reading.

Sadie is friends with Ash and Brynn from Man Hands and Man Card (please tell me you have read them, and if not, why not?).  These three ladies together are a hoot!

Sadie is a divorced mum of twin 2 year old girls, who are absolute scene stealers.

Liam is their day care teacher - whom Sadie used to babysit.
  Can anyone say "le sigh - man looking after kidlets"

Once they meet up again, sparks fly.  Sadie is having all sorts of "hot for (early childhood) teacher thoughts, and Liam's babysitter crush is back bigger and better than ever.

I love them together.  I love that there is no over the top drama, that they work things out like adults, and even though they have their hurdles, they don't do stupid crap about them.

I will say that I wanted to deck Sadie's ex D!icker....  I mean Decker.  He is a douche canoe of the biggest kind!

But 2 year old Kate made up for everything.  She is awesome lol

I couldn't help but smile the whole time I was reading Boy Toy.  I laughed, I cried, I swooned.

I hope that Ms Bowen and Ms Eby continue writing together, as this Man Hands series would have to be one of my favourite series of the year.

I can't wait to see what they bring us next.

5 big fat ducks!

 


• EXCERPT •

I messed up. Big time.
These are my thoughts as I rush into the bathroom for the world’s fastest shower. The hot spray of water judges me as I hastily wash Liam off my thighs.
A better mother wouldn’t let this happen. I shouldn’t have a younger lover. If I didn’t, he wouldn’t be so deliciously appealing. I couldn’t lose my mind, wake him up out of a sound sleep to ride him like a pony. And then collapse beside him in peaceful, sated slumber.
Seriously, how did I let that happen?
You know how, my hormones scold me. Because he’s the hottest thing you’ve ever tasted.
Oh yeah. That.
After showering I get dressed at top speed. Poor Liam is currently shouldering all my parental responsibilities. Throwing on yesterday’s sundress, I pause for a moment to pop a birth control pill, because that’s one thing I won’t goof up.
Then I hurry downstairs.
The sight in the kitchen gives me heart palpitations. But not because there’s flour dusting much of the countertop. Rather, it’s the hot, shirtless guy holding my toddler and making a dump truck sound as Amy tips the measuring spoon over a bowl.
“Yes! Well done, little miss,” he says, relieving her of the spoon. “Batter up!” he says, easing her to the floor and catching Kate, who’s trying to climb him like a tree.
Aren’t we all.
Liam easily rests Kate on one of his perfect arms, measures a half teaspoon of baking powder one-handed and then hands the spoon to Kate. “Beep beep beep,” he says, making the sound of a truck backing up. “Look out below!”
Kate dumps the spoonful into the bowl and giggles.
“Awesome. Who wants to add the milk?”
“My do it!” Amy yells.
Boy, I need another minute of alone time to compose myself. Because I love this picture a little too much. I love Liam’s ease with my girls. I love how calm he is at the center of toddler-induced mayhem.
It causes a little pain in my heart as I allow myself one more comparison to my former life. The truth is I never once saw Decker elbows-deep in kitchen chaos with a kid on one arm. Starting breakfast with twins in tow? He was more likely to captain a NASA expedition to Mars than he was to do this simple Saturday morning thing.
I feel like crying for no reason at all. Clearly I’m on some kind of emotional overload. Maybe coffee will help.
Sliding into the kitchen, I go right for the coffee grounds.
“Mama!” Amy says. “Wiam making pancakes.”
“That is amazing,” I say in a wobbly voice. “What a lucky girl you are.”
“Sorry about the mess,” he says, casting a glance in my direction. And I know he doesn’t just mean the flour on the counter, but the bigger mess of waking up naked in my bed.
“You know,” I say with a small sigh. “Messes shouldn’t scare me so much. It’s going to be fine.”
Liam’s smile is so filled with relief, that I now feel like an ogre. This man wants to make pancakes with us on Saturday morning, and I said no to that before? I’m clearly insane.
“Which frying pan should I use?” he asks, casting an eye on the cookware hanging from the rack over the sink.
“Oh, no. You want this.” I pull a double-burner griddle out of a lower cabinet.
“Oooh,” he says. “Mommy has the fancy pancake griddle.”
Kate giggles. She’s gazing at Liam as if he invented fun.
And in my life, I guess he did.
Here’s the tricky thing about being a shrink—sometimes you notice that you’re doing something that’s exactly contrary to the advice you’d give your patients.
I’m having one of those moments right now.
If I had a single mom in my office telling me there was a lovely guy in her life who was kind to her kids—and yet she was giving him the stiff arm? I’d tell her: “Be kind to yourself. Don’t push away the good people in your life, especially if you think you don’t deserve them. Let people surprise you.”
I’m such a hypocrite.
Also, I need caffeine.
Ten minutes later I’m sipping from a mug of coffee, but Liam’s is cooling on the countertop. The man has his hands full right now as he puts pancakes on the griddle with “help” from my daughters.
“How about a few of these?” he asks, holding up a bag of chocolate chips. Meanwhile, Kate waves the spatula around like a ninja. “A guy needs to make smiley faces in his pancakes sometimes.”
Good. Lord. It’s a miracle I’m not just a puddle of my former self right now. This is some serious mommy porn I’m watching. Shirtless guy feeds toddlers before eight a.m. I walk over to the high cabinet where I keep the ramekins. “We could make smiley faces with dried organic currants,” I say, just to be a pain in the ass.
Liam makes a face of disgust as I take the chocolate chips from his hand and pour some into a ramekin. “Joking! Here.”
He gives me a big, hot smile. Okay, it probably wasn’t meant to be hot, but I feel flutters down below.
“Choc-it!” Kate yells, grabbing for the ramekin.
“Easy,” Liam says with a laugh. “That’s for my artwork. Come here and I’ll show you.”
I set the table and pour the sippy cups of milk. And Liam manages to serve up two smiley pancakes—one for each girl—at exactly the same moment, in exactly the same size. This is a man who knows his way around toddlers.
“Not cut it!” Amy yells when I approach her plate with a knife. She picks up the pancake in two hands and takes a bite right out of the side of its face.
“Okay, right.” I back away. Forks are optional today, then. No big deal.
Liam takes advantage of this moment of quiet to quickly pour six more pancakes onto the griddle. He leans over his work, dotting them with chocolate chips.
I step closer to him and put a hand on his lower back. “Thank you,” I whisper.
“For trashing your kitchen?”
“No.” He glances at me and I give him a shy smile. “For being so amazing all the time.”
His eyes get very warm, and I just want to stay right here in that blue-eyed gaze as long as I can. “This might be a good time to confess that I didn’t make smiley faces on my own pancakes.”
“No?” I look down at the griddle. Side by side, two of them have a different design—little bullseyes in their centers. “Those are…?”
“Boobs,” he whispers. “My inner fourteen-year-old has a dirty mind. He can’t shut it off sometimes.”
“Drink your coffee,” I whisper, handing him the mug. “Sit down. Let me finish these for you. Or go put on a shirt because my inner fourteen-year-old has her tongue hanging out all the time, too.”
He gives me a wicked, wicked smile and then runs upstairs to find his shirt.

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