Archive for the ‘Best Friend’ Category

Title: Rule Bender

Series: Chicago First Responders
Author: BJ Harvey
Genre: Steamy Firefighter/Boss’s Daughter/Best Friends Romantic Comedy (Interconnected Standalone)
Release Date: July 21, 2022

London Kelly is in love with her best friend and has been for years.
Too bad he’s an adorably clueless idiot who a) just doesn’t see what everyone else sees and b) abides by the rule of ‘don’t screw the crew’s sisters, daughters, or exes.’ And since London’s dad is his fire captain, that puts her firmly in the do not touch category.
Then one night, London decides to throw caution to the wind and kisses him, finding her unequivocally placed in the friend zone.
That’s when London decides that maybe it’s time to move on.
Except fate decides to have the last laugh, calling Luca to the scene of a fire at the very same restaurant where London is on a secret blind date, bringing him face-to-face with the reality that he could lose his girl.
Suddenly all bets are off.
Besides, bending the rules isn’t the same as breaking them… right?
***
USA Today Bestselling Author BJ Harvey brings you Rule Bender – Book 4 and the last book in a spin-off to the Cook Brothers steamy rom-com series featuring first responders in Chicago who are fighting the good fight and also finding love at the same time. This series can be read as a standalone and is set in the same world as the Bliss and Cook Brothers series before it.

“I’m not a child, Luc,” London pipes up. I look down at her mascara-smudged glare, my annoyance level dropping at the sight that’s more hilarious and adorable than menacing.

“Never said you were, Lonnie.”

“I prefer being called beautiful,” she grumbles.

I take a step forward and lift the clean corner of the towel and gently wipe around her mouth, my lips twitching as I look down at her gorgeous face. “Beautiful, you’re a cute drunk but you’re also a messy one, especially when you share your liquor with my turnouts and boots.” She giggles and my anger disappears completely. “I’m trusting Brock to—”

Perfect Brock.”

The corner of my mouth tips up. “I ain’t calling him that, beautiful. You know there isn’t a man on earth that’ll ever be good enough for my girl.” 

Her breath catches, a soft moan vibrating in her chest as her eyes flutter closed before slowly opening again. 

“But I want you to go home, grab some water and some Tylenol, and go to bed. I’ll take care of your car and will come get you tomorrow on the way to lunch at my parents’, yeah?”

She stares at me for a good long while, but when the truck’s horn sounds, I know I’ve got to get a move on. “Can you do that for me, Lonnie?”

“Yes, Luc,” she nods, slowly at first then more enthusiastically. 

“Good girl,” I say, earning a beaming, blinding smile this time. “And make sure you text me when you get home. Can you do that for me, beautiful?”

After she nods again, I lean in and touch my lips to her temple, ignoring how right it feels.

Before leaving her, I pin Perfect Brock with a knowing glare. “Straight home, man. I’m trusting you with something precious to me here.” 

He tilts his head, rubbing his chin and studying me. “I can’t work out if you’re an idiot or you just don’t see it,” he says, pulling London snugly into his side. He looks to Cohen. “C’mon. You see it too, right?”

Cohen purses his lips and shrugs, not exactly denying it.

“What the fuck?” I ask.

He leans in and lowers his voice. “One date with this woman and I already know she’s someone special.” 

I grind my teeth together so hard my jaw aches. 

“And I don’t owe you anything, especially not after your friendly disposition tonight. But just so we’re crystal clear, this date stopped being a date when she told me she can’t get over her stupid crush on her best friend, and because I’m a nice guy, a good guy, and not the asshole you seem to think I am, I’ll give you some free advice. You’ve got a choice to make, and you’re gonna have to make it sooner rather than later.”

“Oh yeah? Enlighten me, wise one, who seems to know everything about my girl here.” 

His eyes flash. “You can either open your eyes to what’s right in front of you and how good it could be, or you can let her go so she can get over you and find a man who’ll give her the world she desperately wants from you.”

Then, like he hasn’t just laid me out where I stand, he carefully turns London around and walks her down the sidewalk away from us, leaving me standing there wondering what the hell just happened.

BJ Harvey is the USA Today Bestselling Author of angsty contemporary romance, romantic comedy, and sometimes a little bit of romance suspense. She regards herself as a smut peddler, suspense conjurer, and a funny romance thinker upper. An avid music fan, you will always find her singing some hit song badly and loving every minute of it. She’s a miner’s wife, a mom to two beautiful teenagers, and was born in New Zealand and currently lives in Perth, Australia.
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Title: Rule Bender

Series: Chicago First Responders
Author: BJ Harvey
Genre: Steamy Firefighter/Boss’s Daughter/Best Friends Romantic Comedy (Interconnected Standalone)
Release Date: July 21, 2022
London Kelly is in love with her best friend and has been for years.
Too bad he’s an adorably clueless idiot who a) just doesn’t see what everyone else sees and b) abides by the rule of ‘don’t screw the crew’s sisters, daughters, or exes.’ And since London’s dad is his fire captain, that puts her firmly in the do not touch category.
Then one night, London decides to throw caution to the wind and kisses him, finding her unequivocally placed in the friend zone.
That’s when London decides that maybe it’s time to move on.
Except fate decides to have the last laugh, calling Luca to the scene of a fire at the very same restaurant where London is on a secret blind date, bringing him face-to-face with the reality that he could lose his girl.
Suddenly all bets are off.
Besides, bending the rules isn’t the same as breaking them… right?
***
USA Today Bestselling Author BJ Harvey brings you Rule Bender – Book 4 and the last book in a spin-off to the Cook Brothers steamy rom-com series featuring first responders in Chicago who are fighting the good fight and also finding love at the same time. This series can be read as a standalone and is set in the same world as the Bliss and Cook Brothers series before it.

“Lonnie’s the one who met Luca Rossi and fell head over heels at first sight,” my sister Violet declares.

“That’s old news, Vi,” I mumble, my cheeks burning hot.

“Hey. It’s cute. Kinda adorable. And even after you went away and came back, you’re still friends with him, despite everything.”

“Despite nothing. He’s gone from ‘no, I don’t see you like that’ to ‘I’m going to drop two thousand big ones and give you the date of your dreams with the man of your dreams then give you the best sex of your life and—’” I slap my hand over my mouth, my wide eyes slowly scanning the amused and approving faces of my friends and family.

“I knew it!” Val says. “It’s still eww because he’s my brother, but good on Luc. At least he’s got that working for him. The rest can be a work-in-progress.”

“As much as I hate to admit it, if you’ve got chemistry, respect, honesty, and yes—hot sex—anything is possible, ” Skye adds.

I sigh. “Do I have honesty though? Because he took three years to make a move after more than a few chances.”

Renee shrugs. “Maybe he’s just slow on the uptake.”

“More like a damn snail,” Val says.

Skye giggles. “Or a sloth.”

Val’s brows furrow “Is a sloth slower than a snail?”

“Wait. Let’s look it up.”

 

BJ Harvey is the USA Today Bestselling Author of angsty contemporary romance, romantic comedy, and sometimes a little bit of romance suspense. She regards herself as a smut peddler, suspense conjurer, and a funny romance thinker upper. An avid music fan, you will always find her singing some hit song badly and loving every minute of it. She’s a miner’s wife, a mom to two beautiful teenagers, and was born in New Zealand and currently lives in Perth, Australia.
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Title: Getting It Wrong

Duet: Addy’s Rollercoaster Duet #1
Author: Michelle Mankin
Genre: Romantic Suspense (Love Triangle, Mafia, Best Friend, Second Chance, Rockstar)
Release Date: February 24, 2022
 
 
“One man wants to win her heart. The other wants to rule her. Getting it Wrong by NYT bestselling author Michelle Mankin is a love triangle like you’ve never seen. It will hit you hard in the feels. The warning in the blurb is legit-real.-I think I need counseling” -Julia Shah, Goodreads reviewer

“Amazing, heart wrenchingly good.” -France Colón, Goodreads reviewer

 
A deeply emotional standalone romantic suspense duet by New York Times bestselling author Michelle Mankin

ADDY FOOTIT is different from most seventeen-year-olds. She doesn’t have the luxury of dreaming about her future. She must plan for it. Abandoned by her father and living with a drug addicted mother, her number one priority is taking care of her younger sister Rachel. It isn’t easy. Nothing in Southside Seattle is easy. It’s a struggle to survive. Music is Addy’s only escape from her bleak world. When she listens to it, she can pretend she is anywhere and believe anything is possible. Her handsome best friend BARRY EVANS understands her predicament. It’s not much different from his own. He is a great source of comfort and strength for her.

Addy has one indulgence. COLLIN MURPHY. Her number one crush is one of the most popular guys at Southside High. Collin can have any girl he wants, and he sets his sights on Addy when her younger sister joins his rock band. The gorgeous guitarist isn’t the only one who notices how pretty Addy is. Martin Skellin, the rich and

powerful owner of the club where Collin’s band ABCR performs, becomes obsessed with Addy.

One man wants to win her heart.

The other wants to rule her.

And another could be just who she needs, but she can’t cross that line. She can’t risk losing him.

Will the band ABCR become a success? Will Addy and her sister escape Southside? Will her plans secure her future or destroy it?

Getting it Wrong is book one in this standalone romantic suspense duet. You will want book two, Getting it Right, as soon as you finish book one. This book contains 56 angsty chapters. It’s a page-turning story that will make you want to throw your e-reader at times. Do not read if you want a boring book. You will cry. It’s one of the most emotional romances the author has written. You will be in a book hangover and desperate for book two at the end.

 
 

SHARE the pinned release post on my author page for your chance to win a signed book https://geni.us/AuthorMichelleMankin

 
 
 

 
 
MICHELLE MANKIN is the New York Times bestselling author of the Black Cat Records series of novels.
Fall in love with a rock star.
Love Evolution, Love Revolution, and Love Resolution are a BRUTAL STRENGTH centered trilogy, combining the plot underpinnings of Shakespeare with the drama, excitement, and indisputable sexiness of the rock ‘n roll industry.
Things take a bit of an edgier turn with the TEMPEST series. These pierced, tatted, and troubled Seattle rockers are young and on the cusp of making it big, but with serious obstacles to overcome that may prevent them from ever getting there.
Rock stars, myths, and legends collide with paranormal romance in a totally mesmerizing way in the MAGIC series.
Get swept away by temptation in the ROCKSTARS, SURF AND SECOND CHANCES DIRT DOGS ROCKSTAR series.
STORM, a #1 bestseller best friends to lover’s standalone. A spin-off from the Dirt Dogs Rockstar series.
Romance and self-discovery, the FINDING ME series is a Tempest spin off with a more experienced but familiar cast of characters.
The ROCK F*CK CLUB series is a HOT, girl-power fueled reality show with the girls ranking the rock stars.
IN HIS EYES, a standalone spin-off featuring Tyler Vaughn and Dolly Byron from the ROCK F*CK CLUB
ONCE UPON A ROCK STAR series. Your favorite fairytales just got sexy.
NO QUARTER, a spin-off from the Tempest series. A next generation of Southside High seniors who rock hard and love harder.
When Michelle is not prowling the streets of her Texas town listening to her rock or NOLA funk music much too loud, she is putting her daydreams down on paper or traveling the world with her family and friends, sometimes for real, and sometimes just for pretend.
BRUTAL STRENGTH series:
Love Evolution
Love Revolution
Love Resolution
Love Rock’ollection Box Set
TEMPEST series (also- available in audio):
SOUTHSDE HIGH
Irresistible Refrain
Enticing Interlude
Captivating Bridge
Relentless Rhythm
Tempting Tempo
Scandalous Beat
The Complete Tempest Rock Star Series, Books 1-6
The MAGIC series (also available in audio):
Strange Magic
Dream Magic
Twisted Magic
ROCK STARS, SURF AND SECOND CHANCES DIRT DOGS ROCKSTAR series (also available in audio):
Outside
Riptide
Oceanside
High Tide
Island Side
The Complete Rock Stars Surf and Second Chances Dirt Dogs Rockstar Series, Books 1-5
FINDING ME series (also available in audio):
Find Me
Remember Me
Keep Me
ROCK F*CK CLUB Girls Ranking the Rock Stars series (also available in audio):
ROCK F*CK CLUB, Girls Ranking the Rock Stars, Book 1
ROCK F*CK CLUB, Girls Ranking the Rock Stars, Book 2
ROCK F*CK CLUB, Girls Ranking the Rock Stars, Book 3
ROCK F*CK CLUB, Girls Ranking the Rock Stars, Book 4
ROCK F*CK CLUB, Girls Ranking the Rock Stars, Book 5
ROCK F*CK CLUB BOX SET, Books 1-5
ROCK F*CK CLUB, Girls Ranking the Rock Stars, Book 6
In His Eyes, A Spin-off, Standalone from the RFC
STORM, A Standalone Spin-off from the Rock Stars, Surf and Second Chances series
Once Upon A Rock Star:
The Right Man
The Right Wish
The Right Wrong
No Quarter:
Hot Summer School Night
Breaking Her Bad
STAY CONNECTED
For texted release alerts and a chance to win a signed paperback with every release: Text ROCK BOOK to 33777 (US only)
For chapter reveals, release info, and other exclusive content, sign up for the Black Cat Records newsletter
For behind the scenes, advance teasers, giveaways, and ARC opportunities, join my reader group, the Rock All Stars.
 
 
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Title: Getting It Wrong
Duet: Addy’s Rollercoaster Duet #1
Author: Michelle Mankin
Genre: Romantic Suspense (Love Triangle, Mafia, Best Friend, Second Chance, Rockstar)
Release Date: February 24, 2022
 
 
 
 
 
“One man wants to win her heart. The other wants to rule her. Getting it Wrong by NYT bestselling author Michelle Mankin is a love triangle like you’ve never seen. It will hit you hard in the feels. The warning in the blurb is legit-real.-I think I need counseling” -Julia Shah, Goodreads reviewer

“Amazing, heart wrenchingly good.” -France Colón, Goodreads reviewer

 
 
A deeply emotional standalone romantic suspense duet by New York Times bestselling author Michelle Mankin

ADDY FOOTIT is different from most seventeen-year-olds. She doesn’t have the luxury of dreaming about her future. She must plan for it. Abandoned by her father and living with a drug addicted mother, her number one priority is taking care of her younger sister Rachel. It isn’t easy. Nothing in Southside Seattle is easy. It’s a struggle to survive. Music is Addy’s only escape from her bleak world. When she listens to it, she can pretend she is anywhere and believe anything is possible. Her handsome best friend BARRY EVANS understands her predicament. It’s not much different from his own. He is a great source of comfort and strength for her.

Addy has one indulgence. COLLIN MURPHY. Her number one crush is one of the most popular guys at Southside High. Collin can have any girl he wants, and he sets his sights on Addy when her younger sister joins his rock band. The gorgeous guitarist isn’t the only one who notices how pretty Addy is. Martin Skellin, the rich and

powerful owner of the club where Collin’s band ABCR performs, becomes obsessed with Addy.

One man wants to win her heart.

The other wants to rule her.

And another could be just who she needs, but she can’t cross that line. She can’t risk losing him.

Will the band ABCR become a success? Will Addy and her sister escape Southside? Will her plans secure her future or destroy it?

Getting it Wrong is book one in this standalone romantic suspense duet. You will want book two, Getting it Right, as soon as you finish book one. This book contains 56 angsty chapters. It’s a page-turning story that will make you want to throw your e-reader at times. Do not read if you want a boring book. You will cry. It’s one of the most emotional romances the author has written. You will be in a book hangover and desperate for book two at the end.

 
 
 

SHARE the pinned release post on my author page for your chance to win a signed book https://geni.us/AuthorMichelleMankin

 
 
 
 

 
 
MICHELLE MANKIN is the New York Times bestselling author of the Black Cat Records series of novels.
Fall in love with a rock star.
Love Evolution, Love Revolution, and Love Resolution are a BRUTAL STRENGTH centered trilogy, combining the plot underpinnings of Shakespeare with the drama, excitement, and indisputable sexiness of the rock ‘n roll industry.
Things take a bit of an edgier turn with the TEMPEST series. These pierced, tatted, and troubled Seattle rockers are young and on the cusp of making it big, but with serious obstacles to overcome that may prevent them from ever getting there.
Rock stars, myths, and legends collide with paranormal romance in a totally mesmerizing way in the MAGIC series.
Get swept away by temptation in the ROCKSTARS, SURF AND SECOND CHANCES DIRT DOGS ROCKSTAR series.
STORM, a #1 bestseller best friends to lover’s standalone. A spin-off from the Dirt Dogs Rockstar series.
Romance and self-discovery, the FINDING ME series is a Tempest spin off with a more experienced but familiar cast of characters.
The ROCK F*CK CLUB series is a HOT, girl-power fueled reality show with the girls ranking the rock stars.
IN HIS EYES, a standalone spin-off featuring Tyler Vaughn and Dolly Byron from the ROCK F*CK CLUB
ONCE UPON A ROCK STAR series. Your favorite fairytales just got sexy.
NO QUARTER, a spin-off from the Tempest series. A next generation of Southside High seniors who rock hard and love harder.
When Michelle is not prowling the streets of her Texas town listening to her rock or NOLA funk music much too loud, she is putting her daydreams down on paper or traveling the world with her family and friends, sometimes for real, and sometimes just for pretend.
BRUTAL STRENGTH series:
Love Evolution
Love Revolution
Love Resolution
Love Rock’ollection Box Set
TEMPEST series (also- available in audio):
SOUTHSDE HIGH
Irresistible Refrain
Enticing Interlude
Captivating Bridge
Relentless Rhythm
Tempting Tempo
Scandalous Beat
The Complete Tempest Rock Star Series, Books 1-6
The MAGIC series (also available in audio):
Strange Magic
Dream Magic
Twisted Magic
ROCK STARS, SURF AND SECOND CHANCES DIRT DOGS ROCKSTAR series (also available in audio):
Outside
Riptide
Oceanside
High Tide
Island Side
The Complete Rock Stars Surf and Second Chances Dirt Dogs Rockstar Series, Books 1-5
FINDING ME series (also available in audio):
Find Me
Remember Me
Keep Me
ROCK F*CK CLUB Girls Ranking the Rock Stars series (also available in audio):
ROCK F*CK CLUB, Girls Ranking the Rock Stars, Book 1
ROCK F*CK CLUB, Girls Ranking the Rock Stars, Book 2
ROCK F*CK CLUB, Girls Ranking the Rock Stars, Book 3
ROCK F*CK CLUB, Girls Ranking the Rock Stars, Book 4
ROCK F*CK CLUB, Girls Ranking the Rock Stars, Book 5
ROCK F*CK CLUB BOX SET, Books 1-5
ROCK F*CK CLUB, Girls Ranking the Rock Stars, Book 6
In His Eyes, A Spin-off, Standalone from the RFC
STORM, A Standalone Spin-off from the Rock Stars, Surf and Second Chances series
Once Upon A Rock Star:
The Right Man
The Right Wish
The Right Wrong
No Quarter:
Hot Summer School Night
Breaking Her Bad
STAY CONNECTED
For texted release alerts and a chance to win a signed paperback with every release: Text ROCK BOOK to 33777 (US only)
For chapter reveals, release info, and other exclusive content, sign up for the Black Cat Records newsletter
For behind the scenes, advance teasers, giveaways, and ARC opportunities, join my reader group, the Rock All Stars.
 
 
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