A Hair- Raising Story

I have been on a quest to look for a good hair conditioner/ hair serum every since I dyed my hair, no matter what those supermarket packs of hair dye says, the contrary is true: hair dyes are drying. The lot of my hair has been chopped off, but the remaining bits are causing havoc as the colored bits are now my ends.

Fortunately I have found this awesome product from Strawberrynet (again):

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It is Alfaparf 16356311844 Semi Di Lino Moisture Nutritive Leave-in Conditioner – For Dry Hair – 250ml-8.45oz

Half way through the bottle and there is already an improvement to the ends of my hair, and it tangles a lot less and my hair even looks decent even if Prince Brat messes it up with his shenanigans. Free of sulfate and other ‘unfriendly ingredients’  ( I don’t really know what that means, but if they say so), the leave- in conditioner is good at detangling and keeping my colored hair healthy. 

So far I am enjoying this, and a squeeze is enough for my mid-length hair, since it is only the ends that I apply on, and it works well.

Which is better than this guy 

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 Another failure by Schwarzkopf: Schwarzkopf’s Extra Care BB Cream boasted 11 benefits in a tube:
 1. Anti-Breakage                                                2. Split Ends Protection
3. Silky Softness                                                 4. Diamond Shine
5. Strength Against Damage                              6. Frizz Control            
7. Immediate Detangling                                    8. Deep Nourishment
9. Natural Volume                                              10. Moisture Sealing
11. Supreme Repair.

Unfortunately it had failed to deliver for me, it didn’t detangle and most definitely had nothing to do with repair. After finishing the tube I was left disappointed to a point that I wonder if I would ever buy that brand again. There are good brands out there for me to try, so it will be awhile before I consider coming back to Schwarzkopf after two unhappy purchases. 

The Hunter Within

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The Hunter Within
Author: Pam Farley
Genre: Kidnapping, action/ adventure
Prize: 2015 Murray Book Prize

Summary: The Hunter Within is the story of a man, Jack Hatcher, who owns a wild life park near Cape Town. He runs it with the help of his fiancee Rosy, a zoology graduate. To supplement his income, Jack has become involved in the illegal sales of endangered animals, but when officials raid the park, Jack escapes into the clutches of Hans Richter – a corrupt and violent man.
Jack’s only escape lies in transporting a group of young boys from Chad to Australia to supposedly play soccer for business magnate, Trevor McKenzie. McKenzie has other plans for the boys, and both Jack and Rosy find themselves fighting for their lives and the lives of the boys


My Review:

The steam-punk cover is not relevant to the story at all, that being said this book is seriously worth the read, not only because it won a prize, but it is a story that touches a lot of sore points.

Jack Hatcher has hovered near the side of the law for so long that things are starting to fall apart, his dreams of escaping to Australia for a straight life seems far away when dangerous men are involved. When things went awry, he was ‘escorted’ into the hands of Hans Richter, who is a client and have a job for poor Jack.

A book that questions moral and ethical values, something that Jack stills has fortunately. The story also examines South African folklore, adding to the book a certain charm and sinister advantage to the otherwise one sided battle. The scary background story aside, Jack and his rag tag team of young African boys struggle for survival with no hopes of getting out alive, but hopefully Lady Luck smiles on them.

The Hunter Within is a great book but not for ones who are fain-hearted, it examines a lot of issues that we do not talk about: war, child abuse and other topics that are generally swept under the carpet. Those who read it will understand why the Hunter Within can mesmerize and invoke emotions hidden, giving you the urge to do something nice to the world. 

Girl of Myth and Legend


Girl of Myth and Legend Author: Giselle Simlet
Series: The Chosen Saga 1
Genre: Young Adult, fantasy
Publisher: WWS Publishing Ltd

My Review:

I received this from Netgalley for a fair review. 

The title and cover caught my eye, and the synopsis was promising: about a girl who was Chosen to become the most influential, if not the most powerful person of another world. 

I was soon disappointed, never mind how Leonie’s powers come to be, it was also how she had dealt with things that are happening. She was whingy, yet accepting at the same time, with her father Orin trying to guide her through the change. 

After that the point of view changed to a Kytaen named Korren and his story. The book changes point of view from time to time, ensuring that readers get best of both worlds. But seriously, what is the deal with this Korren? He is supposed to be a guardian, yet he acts like the lame side kick in games, where they do nothing but waste your breath/ bullets on stupid things, and then sprout nonsense like it has anything to do with the story.

Then there was the story and plot, very well worn, too generic that I could see where this goes before Leonie even decides. Disappointing as a reader to see through every character and subplot, I have lost count of mental eyerolls I did reading Girl of Myth and Legend. Kytaen Korren might not have a big part to play yet, but we shall see, so far he is not performing well enough as a guardian.

Terms and magic might be new, but the fundamental structure is essentially the same, which makes this review hard to write. One hand: a new character, promising with new ideas, the other hand the story is hardly original and impacts on the whole series. 

While I wonder if book 2 is worth reading, I would wait until the reviews come out before deciding if this is worth following.

Let The Waves Come In


Let The Waves Come InAuthor: J.L. Leslie
Genre: Romance

My Review
Thank you to the author for providing the book for a fair review. 

Aubrey Somers reached 18, and her best friend Derek held a party for her, but that is not what she wants. When Declan, her best friend’s older brother appears, her birthday wish came true.

Fast forward a few years, Aubrey has a job and a life in New York, although she is still trying to pick up the pieces. Best of all, Derek is still her best friend in California. Her peaceful life is shattered when Declan comes back into her sight, and this time it does not seem that he would be letting go.

A typical chick- lit with a lot of adult action, Let the Waves come in is an enjoyable read for a short afternoon. It promises good characters with a solid background, but it is a romance chick-lit so not much can be said without ruining the story. 

Best for those who wants a short read that gives you the fuzz. 

Onyx Webb: Book Five: Episodes 13, 14 & 15

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Onyx Webb: Book Five: Episodes 13, 14 & 15Authors: Richard Fenton, Andrea Waltz
Publisher: Lust for Living
Genre: ghost, thriller, fantasy
Series: Book 5 of Onyx Webb series

My Review

I am grateful to the authors for letting me continue reading this series in exchange for a fair review. I have been a follower of Onyx Webb series since it first started. It has been a wonderful journey and hopefully I get to continue being on their list of reviewers.

The mystery is almost solved, but the characters still have loose ends to tie up and a past that they wish to erase. Onyx’s meeting with an old friend, Koda’s trouble with his obsession, an unseen foe targeting the Mulvaneys. This is all part of the series’ three episodes. It may sound like a lot, but three episodes of fast paced chapters will leave you wanting more. 

Onyx Webb series is an ongoing one, so you do have to read from book one, the characters grow on you and the authors keep adding new characters when some become irrelevant to the story. You might think that none of them are related, but they are linked via a string of events that is like an intricate web.

It is fair to say that it has been a long journey that has intrigue, murder and mystery surrounding it, I had enjoyed reading all the character’s troubles and decisions it feels like being part of their lives. This is one of the series that I hope the end is near yet a little bit sad when it comes.  

For fans of mysteries, murder and paranormal events, Onyx Webb has it all, from ghosts to mafia and from greedy thieves to generous souls, there is something for everyone to enjoy in this book.

 

Onyx Webb: Book Five: Episodes 13, 14 & 15


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Chapter Reveal: Dirty Sexy Secret

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Today we are having a chapter reveal for DIRTY SEXY SECRET by Nazarea Andrews. This book will release May 30th. Dirty Sexy Secret is an adult contemporary romance, standalone novel, that is the first in the brand new series – Green County.

 

 

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DIRTY SEXY SECRET Blurb:

 

Even when you know better….
There are a million reasons why Hazel Campton is off limits: she’s a journalist. I’m a cop. Oh, and she’s my foster sister.
My secret is I didn’t care. I haven’t stopped wanting her since I slept with her the night before she left.
She’s trouble. Always has been.

It’s hard to resist the thing you’ve always wanted…
Growing up with Brandon Archer means I know him. Good. Bad. Everything in between.
It’s just never mattered.
My secret? That night. The one I stole, that’s kept me from Archer and Green County, for four years.
Now I’m home, and nothing has changed. Except me. And not in the way that means a damn thing.
Because I still want him.

Everything can change with a knock at the door…
Secrets. Everyone has them. Archer. Me. This town.
Perfection only runs surface deep in Green County. When there’s a knock at me door, it’s a familiar face all covered in danger, and all those secrets we hide? They’re about to come tumbling out.

The first in a sexy new series about Green County, and the people who serve there.

 

 

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Excerpt:

Three killers, two cop, and a journalist walk into a bar.
Sounds like a bad joke, right? It’s not.
It’s the end–dear god I hope it’s the end–of the worst two days of my life.
I just hope we all walk out alive.

Chapter 1.
Some people say you can’t go home again.
And that is a complete pile of bullshit. You can. It just won’t be home.
I should know. I did it.
Green County doesn’t change. It’s been four years since I bolted and six months since I sucked up all my pride and ego and came back. And it still struck me as strange. Green County was exactly the same. Same ridiculous festivals. Same leafy boulevards and parks filled with yoga moms and shrieking children. The same gossips line the coffee shop and eye me when I step in.
They’ll chatter my every move to Eli later, cooing over him while warning that I was too skinny, too wild too rude too too too.
They did the same thing in high school. It was just as fucking annoying then as it is now.
Nothing changed in Green Co. If you want change you go somewhere else and you let it wrap you up tight and fight like hell to keep from being dragged back.
Eli gets pissy when I say shit like that. But Eli never left Green Co. Never felt the need to get out, to see and shape the world. He’s always been more than happy to see and shape the County.
And you know, he was right. He was good at it. I loved that he cared so much about Green Co. That he wanted to save the little Kansas county from itself.
Someone had too.
I flash the ladies a smile as I order two extra-large iced coffees. Cindy grins at me, punching in the order and adding a slice of banana bread and her boxed lunch.
“Long day, Hazel?”
I grin, a half quirk of my lips that passes as a grin these days. “It’s a day ending in Y, Cins. Those are always long.”
She gives me a smirk that tips toward worry. “You need a day off, sugar.”
I make a face, and drop a twenty on the counter as I take my order. “I don’t even know what I’d do with that much free time.”
She arches an eyebrow at me and I grin at her.
“Hazel, my love,” Gabe says, sailing through the door of the coffee shop as I turn away from the counter.
I swallow the grin before it twists into a smirk. “Gabriel,” I say, almost frosty and he laughs.
Smug bastard.
“We should carpool, love, if we’re going to keep meeting like this. Save the planet and all.”
“Because you care so much about the damn planet,” I scoff, and he makes a face, all wounded dignity.
The problem with that face is that I know Gabe. I’ve known him my whole life.
Gabe is everything I ran away from when I left Green County. Everything I wanted to forget. The smirk that means trouble and the too sharp eyes that sees right through my quick easy lies and watches with concern when I isolate.
Fucking bastard is my neighbor. He’s too damn close for comfort and too damn nosy for his own good.
And coming from an investigative journalist, that’s pretty fucking nosy.
“I’ve got work, Gabe. So as much as I’d love to spar,” I shift my boxes and nod at the door.
“Hazy,” he says, and it draws me up. Because once, we were friends. We were impossibly close. He was my rock, and I threw him away. Because I was so fucking determined. To be more. To get out. I fucked up and I ran, and I left Gabe behind with all my other mistakes.
I always regretted that. Hurting Gabe.
“Wine night?” he asks, slightly pleading, and I flinch, falling back a step.
It’s still too soon for that shit. And he sees it in my eyes.
His smile dips, just a little. Just enough that I notice. Because I know him better than he knows himself, and I can read his sadness in the line of his shoulders.
“Maybe next week,” I offer, shuffle stepping closer to the door. Aware of all the church ladies watching, and Cindy, standing at the counter, her lips pulled down in a frown, and worry.
And Gabe shrugs it off. Beams at me like a fucking lunatic, and nods.
Gives me the out.
I flash him a quick smile and move toward the door, and he steps to the side, giving me a sardonic smile.
Because he’s Gabe.
And this is Green County.
And nothing here changes. Not really.
The door opens and Brandon Archer steps through, all long legs and wide shoulders and a face that’s so fucking pretty it’s almost painful. His green eyes, so expressive and alive find me, and go blank. And I almost drop my bags.
Because if there was ever a mistake I made, it was him.
Eli steps in a half step behind, and a half foot taller, all big smiles and big shoulders and big hands. My brother is big everything.
His eyes brighten when he sees me and he pushes past Archer to wrap me in a hug.
It’s been about twelve hours since I saw my foster brother, so of course he’s tackle hugging me in CinSations. While Archer watches, those moss green eyes probing me. I squeak and Elijah relinquishes me reluctantly. I drive an elbow in his gut. “Dumbass. You spill my coffee, you replace it.”
He doesn’t even blink. He just shoots a quick look at Archer, an eyebrow quirked in question.
Because of course they don’t talk. How silly. Why would they?
See—this right here? This is why I left. Because I can’t handle seeing the epic fucking bromance that is Elijah Beasley and Brandon fucking Archer.
I shift, and Archer smiles, a slow curling thing that I want to smack off his face. “Hazel, sugar, you need a hand?”
My smile feels more feral than sweet, and his eyes are sparkling, that fucking amused she’s so cute light I’ve seen for so many years. “Thanks, but Gabe is helping me. Right?” I side eye my friend who gives me this extravagant bow that doesn’t say, you just blew me off.
Thank Christ for Gabe.
I twist and give Archer a smug smile. “Have a good day, Officer.”
Gabe snorts at that as he takes my bag and one of my coffees. I think I’m in the clear. That I’m safe, and out of the danger zone that is Archer.
And then his hand closes around my arm, and it pulls me to a stop.
He’s always been ridiculously able to pull me to a complete stop with almost nothing. “You can’t hide in that farmhouse forever, Hazel,” he murmurs, and I flush.
Damn fair skin. A blush is too fucking easy to see and he’s always been too fascinated with pulling them from me. I can almost feel the low chuckle he gives as he lets me go, and I fall back a step.
It’s a retreat, and that’s just another reason I scowl at him. “Tell Eli I’m making dinner on Sunday. Mama Nora is coming over.” I push past him and Gabe slips an arm around my shoulder, ignoring Archer’s sharp spike in tension. “You aren’t invited,” I add, all sugar sweet. And then I’m gone.
“Tension between you and Green Co’s finest, love?” He asks, and I should. I know I shouldn’t, but I relax into him, for a moment. Let all the years and time and secrets fall away and let him be my friend. Just for a moment.
“I’m not ready for this, Gabe,” I murmur, and he pushes a blond curl out of my eyes, watching me with those strange honey warm eyes of his. And then he nods.
“Ok. Not now. But we will talk. Soon. I just painted a target on my back and Archer’s never liked me to begin with. You owe me.”
I huff out a breath, and let my gaze dart up to him. Gabe gives me a patient, waiting look and I nod.
Because apparently things do change.
Gabe can grow up, even just a little.
“Ok. Tomorrow.” I say, and he nods. Brushes a kiss over my hair and hands me my bags as I slide into my truck.
And then he stands there, watching, braced between me and CinSations as I drive away. He was my best friend, a lifetime ago before I fucked up everything.
I wonder if maybe he could be again.

 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

 

NazareaAndrews

Nazarea Andrews (N to almost everyone) is an avid reader and tends to write the stories she wants to read. Which means she writes everything from zombies and dystopia to contemporary love stories. When not writing, she can most often be found driving her kids to practice and burning dinner while she reads, or binging watching TV shows on Netflix. N loves chocolate, wine, and coffee almost as much as she loves books, but not quite as much as she loves her kids. She lives in south Georgia with her husband, daughters, spoiled cat and overgrown dog. She is the author of World Without End series, Neverland Found, Edge of the Falls, and The University of Branton Series. Stop by her twitter (@NazareaAndrews) and tell her what fantastic book she should read next.

 

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Roger & Gallet versus Model Co

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Roger & Gallet Bois D’ Orange Huile Sublime Perfumed Dry Oil Spray, 3.33 Ounce

Contains:.6 active plant oils (orange essential oil for toning and vitamin E ). Dermatologically tested, it is suitable for dry, sensitive skin. Silicone free, non comedogenic. 
96% natural origin

 

 

 

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Modelco Macadamia + Luxury Facial Oil Nourish & Restore 17 Ml

Contains: Macadamia nut oil, Rosehip oil, Vitamin E, Damask Rose, Tamamu Seed oil, Rose Geranium, Lavender oil, Lemon Myrtle, Co-enzyme Q10, Essential Fatty Acid


Which one do I like more? At the moment seems like Modelco’s Macadamia + luxury oil is winning with its quality oil. Not that I do not like Roger & Gallet’s dry oil, it is great but somehow it does not seem to be effective in helping my dry skin. Winter is always a drying time for me, with heaters blasting and the cold air blowing when it is not raining cats and dogs.

So far, I am using both, the spray for my body, which absorbs quickly and rubs in beautifully for a wonderful fragrance. The spray head means that I get small droplets every time and I can spray a few more times if need be. Dry oils are supposed to be quick in absorption and this is no exception, but I find it annoying if I have to tilt it at an angle.

The ModelCo’s facial oil though is a normal oil, so massaging is a must. That is fine as I use it on my face, which benefits from a light massaging and it does not make my skin any oilier after. Yes, facial oil is godsend for me during winter, it keeps my face well hydrated while not inducing facial oil being excreted, the theory of dry skin = more oil does sometimes come true (?) I think.

I would probably try other brands of dry oil before recommending Roger & Gallet as I have tried better brands before this one, but Model Co. is a good choice if you want a good facial oil that does not break the bank, plus the benefit of being able to apply it on your hair is a plus. 

Winter: Lunar Chronicles 4

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 Winter (Lunar )
Author: Marissa Meyer
Series: Lunar Chronicles #4
Genre: Action, adventure, young adults
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends 

My Review
Got this from the library, as you can see from the sticker and the nicely wrapped book =d

The final installment of Lunar Chronicles is not one to disappoint, Princess Winter is the sort of main character in the book, and probably the game changer in the series. We know that Cinder had a Cinderella theme, Scarlet was red riding hood, Cress was Rapunzel’s story (which I didn’t review for some reason). Fairest came in before Winter, a story about how Queen Levana became the villain of the story, and how by some weird chance Cinderella is the main character.

It’s not a bad use of fairy tales, I have seen worse and this one is original and exciting enough for me to keep going: a cyborg girl, one who had no super skills yet strangely dragged into this mess, and a very smart girl who is supposed to be dead. In Winter, a disfigured Snow White who seems to be still prettier than the Queen, not perfect but somehow fitting. 

Not just the characters, but a good way to utilize the hero and the heroines well enough in this final battle with a Queen who is not easy to kill, it takes team work! I somehow wonder if the ‘seven dwarfs’ were a bit overkill, it was worth seeing the faces of the enemies when Winter showed up with her team. I admire her creative use of key characters.

Overall, Winter might be the strongest book in the series, it had the climax and the ending to fit such a long series, and yet part of me feels that it would have been nice to have Princess Winter a little bit more screen time or strength in the book, but hey… I am satisfied as a fan and follower of the Lunar Chronicles series. 

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Tempt Me

Tempt Me (Zane Series Book 2)
Author: J.L. Leslie
Series: Zane Siblings 2
Genre: Romance, Adult

My Review

I have received Tempt Me from the author for a fair review.

Dylan Zane is the jerk in the Zane trio, he has it all: money, looks and women who crawls into his sheets willingly for a chance to be Mrs. Zane. Riley Daniels is a social worker and best friend with Wren Davis’, girlfriend to Dylan’s brother Stellan. Tempt Me’s relationship is more frenemies than the slow and steady Tame Me or hot and hard Tease Me. 

The Zane Siblings have a past that everyone wants buried, but when a situation with one of Riley’s clients arise, the limelight quickly shifts to the skeleton in the closet. Being rich and famous, the Zane sibling’s have to deal with media and the risk of their private lives being in public.

Dylan seems like a kid at times, and seems to dislike Riley and her association with his sister and sister in law; but when she needed him, he was there, saving her and helping her out when Riley needed a helping hand. Pretty soon they know each other enough to reveal their inner souls.

There are still mistrusts and fear around those two when it comes to relationship due to past history, it is a long way to work out their differences and issues to reach conclusion that everyone had hoped for.

I like Tempt Me as Dylan and Riley are strong minded characters that had let their past shape them, eventually overcoming problems plaguing their relationship. This second instalment is probably my favorite out of the three siblings as it features more conflicts and resolution.

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Dylan Zane has everything he wants. He’s co-owner of a lucrative business, rich, good-looking, and has willing women available any time he wants them. He’s never felt like he’s been missing out on anything. Until he met her…

Riley Daniels knows she shouldn’t be attracted to Dylan Zane. He insults her, makes her second-guess herself, and they argue more than they get along. But there’s times she sees another side of him and she knows there’s more to him…

They both have a past they’d rather keep hidden. But secrets have a way of coming out. Especially when you don’t want anyone to know about them.

Riley decides she’s going to tear down those walls Dylan has built and tempt him into becoming hers. He’s worth it. Isn’t he? Can she handle what it takes to tempt Dylan and will Dylan let her love him when he thinks she offers a life he doesn’t want or deserve?

Find out in the second installment of the Zane Series: Book Two. **All books in this series are stand-alone novels and can be read without reading the other books in the series. No cliffhangers.**

**Due to mature content, language, and sexual scenes this book is for mature readers only.**

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Tame Me

Tame Me (Zane Series: Book 1)Author: J.L. Leslie
Genre: Romance Series: Zane Sibling 1

My Review

Thank you to the author for providing Tame Me for a fair review.

Wren Davis has no time for love, ever being a caretaker since her father left the family after finding out that her sister is sick. The position of housekeeper would be well paid enough to pay the bills, her own dreams can wait, her family is more important.

Stellan Zane expected an old lady to be his housekeeper, being a control freak who had given strict instructions to his sister about who he had wanted to look after his home, and beautiful young Wren is definitely not what he had ordered. She looks so lovely in maid uniform, and she seems to be uninterested in pursuing a relationship with the famous Zane siblings.

The story is slow, which is expected if the girl is generally trying to avoid having a life of her own. But Stellan is persistent, and extremely good at persuading Wren that she needs to have a life. A tug of war over love, the sibling’s lives are slowly revealed over time as the reader and Wren discovers Stellan’s secrets and fears. 

Tame Me is not a fast paced, full on story that leaves you out of breath, it is more like a heart warming book that you enjoy with a box of chocolate while chastising Wren for being a chicken when it comes to her own life. There are sad moments and happy ones, it makes the story more realistic and that box of chocolates would definitely complement the bittersweet situations.

Stellan Zane and Wren Davis are total opposites in character, hence it makes Tame me a good story to start off, while it is part of a series, I read this second and it felt alright, good to know that you do not have to read it in order to get the gist of things.

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Wren Davis has always been the responsible one. The caretaker. She’s always put her life on hold for others. When she takes a job as Stellan Zane’s housekeeper, she does it to take care of her sister. Her own life can wait. Only she wasn’t expecting to find him so irresistible…

Stellan Zane is used to getting what he wants, when he wants. No woman gets to him. No woman really knows about him or his past. When he lets his little sister hire him a housekeeper, Wren Davis is not what he was expecting. And she’s his employee. Yet, she’s what he wants…

Unable to fight their attraction, the two embark on a relationship that’s supposed to be uncomplicated. Allowing Wren to have the carefree life she’s never had and Stellan to enjoy the type of relationship he always gets. But when exes interfere, the unexpected happens and things become complicated, can Wren tame Stellan…and will he allow her to?

**All books in this series are stand-alone novels and can be read without reading the remaining books in the series. No cliffhangers!!**

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