Brighton Walsh, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author

Whatcha Readin’ Wednesday

Hello, all you lovely, gorgeous people! I was doing so good posting and then…well, then life got in the way. I had to take an unexpected break from the blog for a couple weeks because of deadlines and school coming to a close tomorrow (ack!). (I feel like this would be a good time to let you know that this isn’t the only place I blog, and if I’m absent here, it’s probably because I’m running my mouth at either Bad Girlz Write or Writing With the Mentors!) But I wanted to pop in quick and give you a little recommendation, because I always love hearing about fabulous new reads, especially as we dive headfirst into summer!

If you know even a little about me or follow me, well, anywhere, you probably already know Jill Shalvis is my favorite contemporary romance author. When I read one of her books, I know I’m in for a good time. She is my palette cleanser and my guaranteed happy read. There’s going to be a hot alpha, a relatable heroine, great side characters, banter, laughs, swoons, and sex. I was a diehard Lucky Harbor fan, and I was excited for Jill to dive into a new location with new faces we got to meet. I’ll admit I wasn’t won over quite as quickly with Cedar Ridge as I thought I’d be. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed the first two books in the series, but I didn’t love them like I usually love Jill’s novels. I thought maybe the time had finally come and, after reading over 50 of her books, the sparkle had faded. And then came NOBODY BUT YOU. This book, you guys. This book was everything I’ve come to love about Jill’s books all rolled into one delectably sweet and sexy package.

Don’t believe me? Fine. Make me pull out the big guns…

“Your shorts,” she managed. “You’re still wearing them.”

A wicked smile crossed his mouth as he stripped free of them in a single economical movement.

Before she could get a look at the goods, he wrestled her onto his bed. “I fantasized about this last night,” he said, crawling up between her legs and pinned her with his delicious weight.

“About me going commando?”

He smiled, intense, dangerous. “About you beneath me on my bed,” he said, and then rolled so that she now straddled him. “And over me. Scoot up, Soph.”

“Um, what?” Scoot up? To where?

Jacob didn’t repeat himself, just slipped his arms beneath her thighs and physically lifted her farther up his chest and then…

Oh God, and then.

His hands were on her ass, his mouth on ground zero.

Yes, that’s exactly what you think it is. And it’s at 27%. Jill, I’d like to take this time to thank you, from the bottom of my pervy heart.

If you haven’t read Jill yet, what are you waiting for?!

What’s on your TBR list this summer? Or what amazing book did you just finish? Because, you know, I don’t already have enough sitting on my virtual and real bookshelves… 🙂


Fictional Boy I’d Fight My BFF For (14 Days of Fictional Swoon blog hop)

When Jaime asked me if I’d be interested in participating in her and Swoony Boys Podcast’s 14 Days of Fictional Swoon, I said hell yes! Especially when I get to talk about book boyfriends I love. (For details on the blog hop and how to participate in the giveaway(s), check out the link above.)

I’ll admit I’m not a book boyfriend collector like some, but there are a few I’d fight my BFF for. And when I was thinking of who I’d write about in this post, I’ll admit it was hard to narrow it down to just one. There are so many great fictional boys out there. Some of my all time favorites are Etienne from Anna and the French Kiss, Brady from Animal Magnetism, Russell from Make Me, and newly added Jack from The Anatomical Shape of a Heart. But there is one guy who trumps allllll of these others. Strength, loyalty, and being a total sexy beast is what my favorite book boyfriends are made of, and Sean Reilly from Midnight Captive has it all. He is alpha to the core. But not one of those alphaholes I hate. Oh, no, Sean just knows what he wants and isn’t afraid to go after it. And what he wants? Is Bailey Jones. He goes after her with a single minded determination that I found incredibly sexy. He’s not a creep or a stalker, but he makes his interest well known to Bailey. Another thing I loved? He wasn’t afraid to show her just how gone he was over her. An alpha not afraid to show weakness? THE HELL YOU SAY. But this man, you guys. THIS MAN.

The perfect one-liner…

“…I wanted you from the moment I saw you.”

And then we have this little beauty (possession and honesty and vulnerability are, apparently, my kryptonite):

“Mine,” he muttered. “You’re mine, Bailey.” 
She broke the kiss, anger blazing in her eyes. “I don’t belong to anyone.”
“You do tonight.” When she tried to back away from him, he touched her face, gently curling his hand under her chin. “It goes both ways, luv. Because tonight I belong to you.
Surprise flitted through her expression, deepening when he took her hand and placed it directly over his heart so she could feel its irregular pounding. “Feel that, Bailey?”
She nodded wordlessly.
“That’s how badly I want you.” He swallowed, oddly nervous now. “That’s how terrified I am that you might change your mind and walk out the door.”

And then

“You’re scared of me, Bailey.”
Her gaze flew to his. “I’m not scared of you.”
“Yeah, you’re right. You’re not scared—your bloody terrified. You’re terrified of how good I make you feel. You think it gives me power over you.”
She sucked in a shaky breath.
“But for a smart woman, you’re pretty fucking dense sometimes.” His hand dropped from her neck. “Don’t you know by now that you have just as much power over me?”

I mean. I can. Not.

So, yes, for Sean Reilly I would jump into a pool of Jell-O and wrestle my BFF just to claim him as my book boyfriend. And you can’t judge me for it.

Thanks for stopping by, and don’t forget to check out the rest of the blogs participating in the 14 Days of Fictional Swoon Blog Hop! But first, enter below to win a copy of newly released Paige in Progress! Jaime herself called Adam your next book boyfriend, and I don’t think she’d lie to you.

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14 Days of Fictional Swooning Schedule

February 1stFiction Fare

February 1stSwoony Boys Podcast

February 2ndWhoRU blog

February 3rdBrighton Walsh

February 4th– Lost in Literature

February 5thGone with the Words

February 6thAlexa Loves Books

February 7thAndi’s ABCs

February 8th– Huntley Fitzpatrick (hosted on Fiction Fare and Swoony Boys Podcast)

February 9thNo BS Book Reviews

February 10thAshley Herring Blake

February 11thWe So Nerdy

February 12th- Roshani Chokshi

February 13thThe Irish Banana Review

February 14thKristen Simmons

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