The Guy on the Right by Kate Stewart ~ Review & Teaser (@authorklstewart)

I read the blurb for this one, and thought I'd grab it to meet Theo and see his story unfold. For my first Kate Stewart read, I quite enjoyed it as it wasn't too heavy, had fun elements and sweet moments that had my toes curling.

Title: The Guy on the Right
Author: Kate Stewart
Series: The Underdogs #1
Genre: NA Contemporary Romance
Published: July 25th 2019

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Strike One - My mother named me Theodore after her favorite chipmunk.

Not cool, Mom.

I‘ve spent most of my life answering to Teddy, because I couldn’t make Theo work.

Except for here. College. The place where all bets are off, and I’ve managed to redeem myself.
There’s only one problem, my new roommate, Troy, is football royalty and looks like he stepped off the set of an Abercrombie shoot.

Doesn’t matter, I cook a mean breakfast for his panty parade, and we get along well.
And anyway, this year I got the girl. And she’s perfect.

That’s right. Theodore Houseman, former band geek, now marching band rock star has finally landed the girl of his dreams.

Everything is perfect.

That is, until Troy takes a good look at her.

I’m not going down without a fight. As a matter of fact, I’m not going down at all. As glorious as these days may be for my all-star roommate, Laney is my end game.

I may not know much about play strategy, but I’ve been the good guy my whole life. I’ve been listening and I know exactly what women want. Framed in a picture standing next to me, Troy may seem like Mr. Perfect, but he’s underestimating the guy on the right.

Theo and Laney's first meeting was pretty entertaining, as they both went through awkward moments and made each other feel better. They clicked from that first moment, and each time they met afterwards I could see their friendship building. They had so much fun together, not that much in common, but were so good together.

Theo was a really sweet guy, who kept to himself a lot. He was burned by a girl, so was reluctant to move on and put himself in that position again. I liked that he was hesitant and it was nice to see him relax and open up to Laney.

Laney was the polar opposite to Theo, she was loud and spoke her mind. She was an action person and held down multiple jobs. She had a strong relationship with her mother, and grieved the loss of her grandmother. I could see that Theo was getting under her skin, despite not being the usual type of guy she would fall for.

I really wanted to love this book, but there were a few moments that annoyed me. What happened before Theo and Laney met was not cool, and there seemed to be a moment where they had a drink and then drove immediately. What the blurb portrays isn't quite how the book went down either. Otherwise, it was a pretty solid read, with a slow growing romance, and a lot of fun with the characters opening up to one another.
I loved Theo's possessive moment here!

… something inside me snaps and I make a beeline for the maid of honor.
Laney sees me just before I reach her, and I grab her hand, leading her toward the exit.
“Oh my God, my dress is tucked in my panties, isn’t it? I thought I felt too much air down there,” she says, fumbling behind to keep up with me.
Unable to manage a word, I drag her through the endless crowd of buzzing Texans.
“Theo, where are we going, what’s wrong?”
Outside the reception, in the hall, I pin her against the wall, grip her chin, and hear her breath catch just before I crush my mouth to hers. It’s a bold statement, and I’m making it in front of the drunker half of the wedding with zero fucks to give. As far as I’m concerned, the minute our lips touch nothing can touch us.

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USA Today bestselling author and Texas native, Kate Stewart, lives in North Carolina with her husband, Nick, and her naughty beagle, Sadie. She pens messy, sexy, angst-filled contemporary romance, as well as romantic comedy and erotic suspense. Kate's title Drive was named one of the best romances of 2017 by The New York Daily News and Huffington Post. Drive was also a finalist in the Goodread's Choice awards for best contemporary romance for 2017. Her works have also been featured in USA TODAY and BuzzFeed, and translated into five languages.

Kate is a lover of all things '80s and '90s, especially John Hughes films and rap. She dabbles a little in photography, can knit a simple stitch scarf for necessity, and on occasion, does very well at whiskey. ​

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F*ck Marriage by Tarryn Fisher ~ Review & Teaser (@DarkMarkTarryn)

I've finally picked up a Fisher read, and I was quite excited to get into it. It wasn't a bad read, but I would've liked a better ending. I will definitely picking up something else by Fisher in the future.
F*ck Marriage
Title: F*ck Marriage
Author: Tarryn Fisher
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: May 15th 2019

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Two years ago, Billie Tarrow's husband left her for another woman. Shamed and divorced, Billie retreated to her family home in Port Townsend, far from her old life in New York. After a near-death encounter, Billie decides to return to the city that took everything from her.

But sometimes in the midst of heartache, hope suffocates the pain.

Satcher Gable has carried a torch for Billie for ten years. When she suddenly returns to New York a single woman, he can't believe his good fortune. But convincing her to walk away from her heartache is proving more difficult than Satcher anticipated. A changed woman, Billie's only goal is revenge.

Tarryn Fisher is one of those authors that I've been meaning to read, but never got around to, so I thought I'd better get to it once I found F*ck Marriage. It really sounded fun and I wanted to see if Billie was able to move on and find happiness once again.

F*ck Marriage started quite quickly with Billie returning from Port Townsend to New York to the city she loved. She had a place to stay and was beginning to find her feet. After running into Satcher she was offered a job back at the company she started, and working once again with her ex-husband and his fiance.

I liked that Billie was focused when he came to her work and I loved the ideas that she brought to the business. She also was determined to win back her ex. I liked seeing her open up Satcher and soon she began to see him. The more time they spent together, the more I hoped that they would find their happiness together. But as usual, there's a twist, and my heart broke for Billie and Satcher. I could see they were both hurting, but were both stubborn.

There were a few more twists thrown in that left me baffled. I know we all like a bit of drama in our reads, but some of these were really big and rushed twists. Honestly, the last 20% of the book felt forced and I really didn't enjoy how it all wrapped up.

I didn't mind Fisher's writing, and she really did pull me into the story and had me excited to see the main characters together. Some of the side characters annoyed me, especially the ex-husband and his partner. I loved Satchers family, and I really wished Billie had someone she was close to. It wasn't a bad read, but I was left scratching my head a little.
This was a bold moment for Billie that I had to share... she did have a little tattoo that said Paridise 😃

When I join Satcher in the living room, he eyes my legs and whistles low.
“I see paradise,” he says.
I bend at the waist and study my thigh. “No way,” I say. “You have to get really close to see it.”
“That’s not what I’m talking about, Billie.”
I straighten up and he laughs at my blush. Then I do something so completely unlike me. I lift my T-shirt over my head until I’m standing in front of Satcher in only my panties.
“Why just look?” I say.

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Tarryn is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. She lives in Seattle with her children and husband. Her heart is dark but she loves you with it anyway. Tarryn is the founder of Guise of the Villain, a fashion blog, and has written twelve published novels. Tarryn is a Slytherin.

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Kiss and Break Up by Ella Fields ~ Review & Teaser (@_EllaFields)

Ella Fields is a new to me author, so I thouhgt I'd pick up the first book in the Magnolia Cove series to see if I'd enjoy it. Unfortunately, it didn't tick all the boxes for me, so I won't continue the series.
Kiss and Break Up (Magnolia Cove, #1)
Title: Kiss and Break Up
Author: Ella Fields
Series: Magnolia Cove #1
Genre: NA Romance
Published: March 4th 2019

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From bestselling author Ella Fields comes an all-new, turbulent, new adult romance.

Dashiell Thane wasn’t a nice guy.
He was an abrasive, demanding, conniving, intolerable brat.
Yet somehow, we’d been best friends our whole lives.
Until our senior year when I finally decided to dip my toes into the dating pool.

All it took was one kiss for jealousy, lies, and betrayal to sweep in and propel us heart first into dizzying, hostile depths.

You’re not supposed to kiss your best friend.
You’re definitely not supposed to kiss your best friend while you’re dating someone else.
And the absolute worst thing you could do is fall for your best friend.
Unless, of course, you want to ruin everything.

This one threw me a little, and although I wanted to enjoy the book it was more of a meh read for me. I found it hard to like the characters and I was confused by the way the story unfolded.

I didn’t feel that Peggy and Dash were that close of friends, they spent a lot of time together, but they were polar opposites. He was more a bully to her, and didn’t always treat her well. They were both quick to act, and push boundaries, that almost caused irreversible damage. They both hurt one another and were quick to shut down and push one another away instead of forking together through their issues and feelings.

There was a lot of unnecessary drama and they spent a lot of the book fighting. Just when I thought that things had worked out then one of them would say or do something stupid to throw another spanner in the works.

Even though there was a lot of drama, I could see a lot of potential in the story, but it just didn't work for me. I liked some of the side characters and I'm interested in where their stories may go. Right now though, I'm a little bummed and I'm hoping my next read will get me out of the funk that I'm in...
This was a sweet moment between Peggy and Dash

“You’re wrong. I’ve been committed to you since before we even knew what the word meant. Sex has nothing to do with this. I’d happily only fuck you for the rest of my life, because what I do best?” I blinked away a tear as he smiled a grim, dimple-less smile and went to shut the door. “That would be loving you.”

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Ella Fields is a mother and wife who lives in the land Down Under. While her kids are in school, you might find her talking about her characters and books to her two cats. She’s a notorious chocolate and notebook hoarder who enjoys creating hard-won happily ever afters.

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Fake It 'Til You Break It by Meagan Brandy ~ Review & Teaser (@MeaganBrandy)

I've read a few new authors to me due to my Kindle Unlimited subscription, but I always get super excited when I find one that blows me away like Meagan Brandy did! I will definitely be reading more of her work!
Fake It 'Til You Break It
Title: Fake It 'Til You Break It
Author: Meagan Brandy
Genre: NA Romance
Published: February 4th 2020

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That's what we are.
That's what we agreed to be.

I thought it would be harder, convincing everyone our school's star receiver was mine and mine alone, but we played our parts well.

So well, the lines between us began to blur until they disappeared completely.

The thing about pretending, though, someone's always better at it, and by the time I realized my mistake, there was no going back.

I fell for our lie.
And then everything fell apart.

It turned out he and I were never playing the same game.

He didn't have to break me to win.
But he did it anyway.

I haven't read anything by Meagan Brandy prior to picking up Fake It 'Til You Break It, and I was amazed by the way she wrote this story and captivated me right until the very end. She created a cast of characters that I loved and wanted more of!

Demi was the type of girl that everyone liked. She was smart and athletic. She wasn't one of the popular crew, but she had a good group of friends. At home though, things were a little tense; her mother was pretty absent and her father was remarried and lived out of town. She was able to find peace when she danced, whether at home or on stage.

Nico I really loved getting to know, his story was revealed piece by piece and each time it shocked me a little. It was sweet to see him build a relationship with Demi, even if it started as a fake, but I could see that it was becoming real even though they couldn't see it.

I thoroughly enjoyed this read and each little twist that was revealed. Neither character had easy homelives and tried their hardest to keep it secret. I was impressed with Meagan Brandy's writing style, how she hooked me to the world and the characters that felt real. I'll be looking out for more of her work in the future!
I loved this moment when they were beginning to realise that it was real!

“Don’t play, baby.”
“Tell me I am,” I rasp.
When his brows dip, I continue.
“Your baby.” My eyes hit his. “For reals, not for fakes. For keeps, not for now.”
The heavy thump of his heart beats against my hand, and I flatten my palm there, not wanting to miss the way it’s climbing.
“Pixie.” He leans in, brushing his lips over mine. “You are. You’ve been,” he stresses. “Even when you had no fuckin’ clue... you were my baby.”
He kisses me, and the overbearing weight on my shoulders lifts.
That’s what I am.
He pulls back the slightest bit, whispering into my ear. “And in case there’s room for question, let me clear it up for you. You’re mine, D, and I’m yours. That’s as real as it gets.”

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Meagan Brandy is a USA Today and Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author of New Adult and Sports Romance books. Born and raised in California, she is a married mother of three crazy boys who keep her bouncing from one sports field to another, depending on the season, and she wouldn't have it any other way. Starbucks is her best friend and words are her sanity.

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The Rebel King by Kennedy Ryan ~ Review & Teaser (@kennedyrwrites)

I had to pick up The Rebel King immediately after finishing The Kingmaker as it ended on a bit of a cliffhanger. I wasn't disappointed and I wasn't prepared for the emotion my heart would have to deal with!
The Rebel King (All the King's Men Duet #2)
Title: The Rebel King
Author: Kennedy Ryan
Series: All the King's Men Duet #2
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: November 17th 2019

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Ambition. Revenge. Love.

RITA® Award-winning author Kennedy Ryan delivers the gripping conclusion to the All the King’s Men Duet.

Raised to resist. Bred to fight. Survival is in my blood and surrender is never an option.

Though surrender is what Maxim Cade demanded of my body and heart, I had other plans. We were fast-burning fascination and combustible chemistry, but the man I trusted with everything was a trickster. A thief who stole my love. If what we had was a lie, why did it feel so real? The man I swore to hate will have it all, and wants me at his side. But power is a game, and we’re the pawns and players.

Facing insurmountable odds, will we win the world, or will we lose it all?

I was eager to continue with Lennix and Maxim's story as they dealt with a situation out of their control. I loved watching the way that Maxim would move heaven and earth for the love of his life. Despite everything, their love never wavered and the passion never died.

Lennix continued to work with Owen, Maxim's brother, on his presidential campaign. She was a force to be reckoned with and together they were going to go all the way. However, some issue from the past managed to come back and change everything that they were working toward.

Lennix and Maxim struggled a lot with their relationship, and having the time for one another. They had to evolve and learn ways to find time for one another without causing conflict. This book wasn't easy for them, as they faced loss and had to move on. When their whole worlds collided together, it was even harder for them to manage a relationship on the down-low. Sacrifices needed to be made, and it was hard for two stubborn, determined people to make a compromise.

I truly love the cast of characters, Lennix's bestfriend and business partner Kimba, Lennix's Father, her godmother Mena, Maxim's friend and security boss Grim, Owen and his wife, Milli, and even seeing more of Maxim's parents, especially his father Warren. Each character shaped the story and the characters were better people because of them.

This was a terrific duet and I absorbed the story as fast as I could! It was an addictive read and it really opened my eyes to the hardships that Native Americans have faced for centuries. I enjoyed the way Kennedy told this story and how she drew my emotions out, allowing me to shed a tear and fall in love with these fictional characters that feel so real! I hope I get more from some of the secondary characters!! 
I just loved Maxim and the way he always expressed himself to Lennix!

“It’s like I came so close to losing you,” I say stiltedly. “And something in me wants to lay claim to you. I don’t think it’ll be gentle. It’s some caveman shit. I know that.”
“Then I must be on some cavewoman shit,” she says, her smile widening, even though her eyes remain solemn. “Because I feel the same way.”
“You do?” I barely allow the words out in case she says no.
“I do. I was lying in bed, and the sedative worked at first, but I woke up and you weren’t there. Just staring at the ceiling felt wrong. I almost died, and I want to feel alive. Nothing makes me feel more alive than making love to you.”

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“You were it for me before I even knew what it was, Nix,” I say with quiet honesty. “What I’ve done in the last ten years, most people don’t do in a lifetime. I don’t say that to brag, but to say it required everything, all my focus, all my life to build what I have now. It’s in my DNA to do that. My father, his before him, his before him—they were pioneers, businessmen, entrepreneurs who, when others saw flat plains, saw oil fields. When others saw disaster, they saw opportunity. That’s who we are, but I wouldn’t have been that with you. I’m already changing.”
“You are?”
“It’s impossible to be that single-minded when your mind is always somewhere else, and I think my mind would have always been on you.”

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Kennedy RyanA RITA® Award Winner and Top 25 Amazon Bestseller, Kennedy Ryan writes for women from all walks of life, empowering them and placing them firmly at the center of each story and in charge of their own destinies. Her heroes respect, cherish and lose their minds for the women who capture their hearts.

She is a wife to her lifetime lover and mother to an extraordinary son. She has always leveraged her journalism background to write for charity and non-profit organizations, but enjoys writing to raise Autism awareness most. A contributor for Modern Mom Magazine, Kennedy’s writings have appeared in Chicken Soup for the Soul, USA Today and many others. The founder and executive director of a foundation serving Atlanta families living with Autism, she has appeared on Headline News, Montel Williams, NPR and other media outlets as an advocate for families living with autism.

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The Kingmaker by Kennedy Ryan ~ Review & Teaser (@kennedyrwrites)

I haven't read anything by Kennedy Ryan in a long time, so when I stumbled across this duet I had to get it. Boy was it a good read, and you bet I had to read them back to back... it was a sizzling read, with heart warming and intense moments that had me eagerly flicking the pages!
The Kingmaker (All the King's Men Duet #1)
Title: The Kingmaker
Author: Kennedy Ryan
Series: All the King's Men Duet #1
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: November 17th 2019 (first published October 25th 2019)

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"I'd do anything to keep her."

Power. Passion. Betrayal.

Rita Award-winning author Kennedy Ryan delivers the epic first installment of the All the King's Men Duet.

Raised to rule, bred to lead and weaned on a diet of ruthless ambition.

In a world of haves and have nots, my family has it all, and I want nothing to do with it.

My path takes me far from home and paints me as the black sheep. At odds with my father, I'm determined to build my own empire. I have rules, but Lennix Hunter is the exception to every one of them. From the moment we meet, something sparks between us. But my family stole from hers and my father is the man she hates most. I lied to have her, and will do anything to keep her. Though she tries to hate me, too, the inexorable pull between us will not be denied.

And neither will I.

When I started the Kingmaker, I could tell it was going to be a real eye opener. I learned about Lennix and her Native American heritage, the troubles they all faced and how she was taking on the world. I could see the impact that Maxim left on her soul and I had hope that these two would find each other once again.

I enjoyed watching Lennix and Maxim's connection grow over the years. The first initial meeting was when Lennix was 17 and Maxim was 24. It was a huge moment for both of them and shaped the way they were going to go in the next years. When they reconnected years later, they shared an amazing time together and I could see how deep that connection was. However, a few secrets and misdirections would break what they had and it was going to be a long time before they crossed paths again.

I loved how passionate each of them were to their careers and their beliefs. Lennix was determined to make change and getting people to see her and hear what she had to say, defending her lands and her peoples heritage. She shaped a career to help those in politics who were making change and those who would help her with her goals in the future.

Maxim was also looking to change the world through green fuels, which cased conflict with his father as he was a fossil fuel tycoon. He travelled a lot so that he could understand our world and had every intention of becoming rich at what he was doing. He wasn't a saint but he was an amazing man with a vision.

I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know Lennix and Maxim, and seeing them grow into amazing people. They were both strong people and the time apart made their relationship more intense. It wasn't an easy journey, but I loved the way that Kennedy wove the tale and I loved getting to know each character that she introduced. That ending though, had me on edge and I had to dive into the sequel immediately!

I just loved Maxim and how he always expressed what he wanted!

“I have to leave now for this expedition, but we’re not done.”
“I say we are.” My voice is shockingly steady, considering how I’m trembling inside.
“We’re not. Do what you need to do. Change your world,” he says softly, his eyes connected to mine so intensely there’s no hope of looking away. “I have to go make my world, but when the time is right, I’ll be back for you.”

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“What do you want?”
“The same thing I wanted ten years ago.” I soften my tone. “A chance with you.”
“Because no one else has done what you did for me. Not before you and not since. I want to see if what we had, what we should have had, is still there.”

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Kennedy RyanA RITA® Award Winner and Top 25 Amazon Bestseller, Kennedy Ryan writes for women from all walks of life, empowering them and placing them firmly at the center of each story and in charge of their own destinies. Her heroes respect, cherish and lose their minds for the women who capture their hearts.

She is a wife to her lifetime lover and mother to an extraordinary son. She has always leveraged her journalism background to write for charity and non-profit organizations, but enjoys writing to raise Autism awareness most. A contributor for Modern Mom Magazine, Kennedy’s writings have appeared in Chicken Soup for the Soul, USA Today and many others. The founder and executive director of a foundation serving Atlanta families living with Autism, she has appeared on Headline News, Montel Williams, NPR and other media outlets as an advocate for families living with autism.

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The Cruelest Stranger by Winter Renshaw ~ Review & Teaser (#WinterRenshaw)

I've read a few books by  Winter Renshaw, and each one has failed to blow me away. Here's a short review on The Cruelest Stranger... unfortunately it wasn't for me.
The Cruelest Stranger
Title: The Cruelest Stranger
Author: Winter Renshaw
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: January 20th 2020

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The first time I saw him was at a bar called Ophelia’s on a misty Thursday night. I was there to drown my sorrows after a trying day, he was there to escape the storm. After a brief yet incredibly cruel exchange, the handsome stranger bolted before I had a chance to tell him off. Incensed and two cocktails deep, I followed him out the door, determined to give the audacious Adonis a piece of my mind.

Tearing after him in heels and barely able to keep up in the freezing rain, I ended my chase when I realized where he was going.

They say never to judge someone unless you know their story.

I never could have anticipated his...

And I never could have anticipated the way our paths would cross again—or that I would one day find myself falling for a man with a hollow cavity where his heart should be, a man as callous as he was beautiful, as complicated as he was mesmeric.

They say never to judge someone unless you know their story.

This one’s ours.

This was an ok read. I picked it up as it sounded interesting, and 79% of reviews gave it 5 Stars. I found it hard to connect to the characters. Bennett was a jerk to start with, quick to fire up. He had money and should’ve sorted things out earlier instead of being so cruel. Astaire was a sweet woman, but I felt she was a little childish and was quick to react and run away from issues instead of being an adult and talking things through.

I felt that the read didn’t flow through properly either, it would jump over important moments and even days would pass. I picked upon the twists early, so there wasn’t a lot of build up to the story. A few threads weren’t really tied up properly, and to me they felt unfinished. With a bit of polishing, I think this read could be better. The idea was really good, I liked Honor, and even Ophelia, so I would’ve liked a bit more depth and connection to Bennett and Astaire.
I was happy that Bennett was finally able to feel once again.

“Call me old-fashioned, but the idea of spending the rest of my life taking care of you makes me feel things I never thought I was capable of feeling.”
“Yeah? Like what?”
I kiss her again, my mouth grazing hers. “Everything.”
“I was numb before I knew you,” I say. “But with you, I’m alive for the first time. You make everything new and exciting and I know I sound like a greeting card right now but I don’t care because I want to spend the rest of my life with you, Astaire Carraro. And I want you to know that I love you more than I’ve ever loved anything in my entire life. You’re my person. You’re my reason. You’re my whole damn world.”

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Winter  RenshawWall Street Journal and #1 Amazon bestselling author Winter Renshaw is a bona fide daydream believer. She lives somewhere in the middle of the USA and can rarely be seen without her trusty Mead notebook and ultra portable laptop. When she’s not writing, she’s living the American dream with her husband, three kids, and the laziest puggle this side of the Mississippi.

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