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#BookReview – Mister O by Lauren Blakely

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Mister O
by Lauren Blakely

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is one of those books that you’ll end up re-reading time and again because it’s so good, you won’t be able to help yourself. If you’re in a reading slump and need a good, guilty pleasure read, look no further.

Mister O is hilarious, steamy, and delectable. You start out with a hot, ripped guy in glasses, who happens to write a comic book character turned late-night-tv show… so he’s good looking, smart, AND funny… isn’t that like a TP Trifecta (TP=Total Package)?

Now add in his best friend’s nerdy but awesome younger sister whose awkward self happens to need some pointers in the dating department, and who better to help her than Nick Hammer, her brother’s long-time bff who happens to write a tv show about a guy who saves the day by giving women “O’s?”

Yeah, you can imagine how steamy this is going to get, but in a way that makes you want to go back and re-read certain scenes to make sure you milked all the awesomeness out of them the first time around.

The pacing of this book was great. The writing was great. The story was great. If you like contemporary romance and you haven’t read this yet, I don’t know what you’re waiting for. (And P.S. Sebastian York narrating the audio book on this was… yowza!)

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Boss Unyielding Audio Book – Now Available! (With Audio Sample)

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I have some exciting news to share today about Boss Unyielding!

After weeks of quality assurance checks through ACX, you can now find Boss Unyielding in Audio Book format.

Here’s a sneak peek at the Retail Audio Sample:


Available on the following retailers:

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#BookReview – Egomaniac by Vi Keeland

Books Like This Are Why I Love Reading Romance

 

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Egomaniac by Vi Keeland

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Fantastic read. This book was interesting from start to finish. There was instant attraction and instant chemistry, but a slow burn to get together, and the flirtation along the way was delectable.

I found myself highly, emotionally invested in this book, especially where the ex-bitch wife came in. GRRRR, I wanted to punch that woman right in her pretty face. I also thought it was brilliant to pair a marriage counselor with a divorce attorney, and this made for some exciting, believable, and steamy conflict.

The characters were also very multi-dimensional, and even the secondary characters were vibrant with personality and added to the story in a rich, detailed way.

I also cannot forget to mention that the HEA in this story was so satisfying, this book is exactly why I love reading romance.

Vi Keeland will be added to my list of “Must Read” authors. This is the first book of hers I have read, but I’m already heading over to grab another.
(I listened to the Audio version of this book, and the narration was also fantastic.)

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Influences of Nicole R. Locker – Author of Contemporary Romance

Influences

As a writer, there are certain books from other Contemporary Romance Authors I’ve read that have really resonated with me and played a key role as what I call an “early influencer” in my writing, in both style and content.

They each have similar tropes – Alpha heroes, most have some type of tortured hero/heroine  (or both), and most have a psychological angle that gives their characters a depth that makes them really interesting and relatable.  Each book/series also has a “steam” factor without sacrificing an actual story line, which is something that resonates strongly with me, both in what I like reading and what I like to write.

Here is a list of some that really stand out.  If you read Contemporary Romance, you’ve undoubtedly heard of most, if not all of these, but if you haven’t, they are all highly recommended!


Laurelin Paige – Fixed Trilogy

I can’t remember how I even stumbled upon Fixed On You, I’m pretty sure it was one of those “what to read after Fifty Shades” memes, but I’m glad I did.  The plot in the Fixed series was so addictive, and the main characters were both so flawed, I found myself devouring these books, binge-style.  The conflict was very realistic and well done, with just the right balance.


Jana Aston – The Cafe Series

The Alpha hero, forbidden love, older man/younger woman, Wrong was such a good story.  Aston did a good job with the secondary characters to make way for follow up books.

Sylvia Day – Crossfire Series

I mean, if Gideon Cross (Bared to You) isn’t the hottest Alpha Hero I’ve ever read…  The history of the characters and their tortured pasts, the lengths they are willing to go to for each other, the secondary characters and their issues, the natural progression of the relationship between Hero and heroine, these were all things that resonated with me.  I also appreciated that Eva was written to be a short, curvy woman as opposed to the typical, tall, willowy beauties we normally read about.


E.L. James – Fifty Shades Trilogy

Just to be clear, I have not written any BDSM books (and don’t have any plans to – sorry!), and yes, I know these books could use a thorough editing.  With that being said, the psychological aspect of this series, beginning with Fifty Shades of Grey, was actually pretty profound.  I say this having a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in Psychology, and having been in the Social Services field for 9 years.  Erotic elements aside, this story had a depth that I think was lost on the vast readership these books deservedly amassed.


Other Authors I’m Loving/Learning From Currently

There are some newer (to me) authors that I’ve started reading after I actually started writing my own books (fiction, anyway) who I’m loving and hoping to learn by example  going forward.  Some are not necessarily Contemporary Romance authors, but they are still influencers of my work, nonetheless.  These are:

  • H.P. Mallory (The Peyton Clark Series and the JolieWilkins Series) – I love the semi-realistic paranormal elements in the Peyton Clark Series, and the mystery aspects of her books.  They are so fun!
  • Dannika Dark (The Mageri Series and the Crossbreed Series) – Dark is my all time favorite author.  This woman has mastered the art of character building, and if she weren’t primarily a PNR/UF author, she would have been at the top of this list.  Her world building is phenomenal.
  • Lauren Blakely (Mister O) – Blakely is basically my goal as a writer.  I want to be her, she is just that good.  I’m definitely devouring more of her work to take away as much as I can.

Books By Nicole R. Locker

If you find that these authors and/or books have resonated with you, then definitely give my books a try.  See how they measure up to some of the top ladies in Romance!  Here’s a couple to get you started!

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Preview the first 6 chapters of both books here.

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#CoverReveal – Boss Unyielding: A Secret Baby Office #Romance (With free preview!)

Happy Sunday, Romance book lovers!  I’ve got some exciting news for you.  My latest book, Boss Unyielding: A Secret Baby Office Romance is complete, is now in the hands of my Street Team, and officially available for Pre-Order on all major ebook retailers!

Boss Unyielding

Farren Fields shouldn’t be attracted to her hot, older boss… But she is.

Farren is a lot more than just a young, innocent beauty. She’s a tech genius with a brilliant mind, though no one would ever know it. She’s dreamed of working for the illustrious, Houston-based technology firm, Rayner Technologies, since she was a sophomore in high school. So what if that was only six years ago? She knows what she wants, and she’s not afraid to go after it. That is, until the sexy-as-hell, mysterious, brilliant, Alpha playboy who owns the company becomes the object of her innermost desires.

Rogan Rayner knows his new, star employee is off limits… But when have limits ever stopped him? This time, he may have finally met his match, and it’s nothing like he ever expected.

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Some of the Romance Tropes you’ll see in this book include: Alpha Hero, Billionaire, May/December (older man, younger woman), Forbidden Love (boss/employee), Office Romance, Playboy, Scars, Secret Baby, and Tortured Hero.

Heat Level is a Steamy 4 out of 5.

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