Thursday, 10 January 2019

Blog Tour: Monica Murphy's "Thinking About You (Forever Yours #2)."

The Hopeless Romantics Book Blog is pleased to be part of the Blog Tour for Monica Murphy's "Thinking About You (Forever Yours #2)."


Synopsis:

One minute I’m minding my own business at a party and the next I meet this woman who blows my mind. She’s beautiful. Smart. Funny. A little shy. I’m immediately drawn to her. We make an instant connection.


The problem?

Lady Susanna Sumner lives in London.

I live in California

I play professional football.

She works part-time at an art gallery and lives off her family’s money.

Her family is nobility. I come from a single mom who always scraped to get by.

Susanna and I should have nothing in common. But when we’re together, it’s…

Electric.

What are we supposed to do? Can we really make this work? I can’t give up my career. And I can’t ask her to move to California for me. All I know is, I want her in my life.

Desperately. 

Review: Jo 

Towards the end of last year, I had not been reading as much as I usually do, however the moment I began "Thinking About You", my reading mojo returned and I read this book in only a few days. I can always rely on a Monica Murphy novel to get me back on track. I had been patiently waiting for Cannon and Susanna's book since finishing "You Promised Me Forever." The couple had piqued my interest and I had a feeling that their romance was going to be something special. I wasn't disappointed. I loved so many things about Cannon and Susanna's story. It was a love that was both sweet and fun but also hot and steamy in parts. It was everything that I had hoped it would be. 

"No one makes me tingle with just a kiss like you do, Cannon Whittaker."

Cannon and Susanna were both so easy to love characters. Cannon reminded me of a big teddy bear, all cute and lovable. He was also so lovely with Susanna, I had a big grin on my face with how sweet he was with his girl. Susanna was a caring and loving girl who just seemed to be so perfectly matched with Cannon.. I enjoyed that Susanna was British, giving the story a little twist and also adding a bit of a challenge to the couple's growing relationship It was so heartwarming to see this adorable pair together. 

"I'm a different man with Susanna by my side. There's so much still to learn and do,
 but I know without a doubt that she's the woman for me." 

"Thinking About You" was an easy to read standalone romance that was filled with sweetness and light. I enjoyed every minute of being in Canon and Susanna's world. I was sad when it ended. It gets ❤️❤️❤️❤️ from me. 



Excerpt:

“I’m thinking about how beautiful you are,” I answer Susanna truthfully. She really is stunning, in that classic, elegant way some women are. She’s just very…refined? Is that the right word? Her cheekbones and jaw are sharp, her nose is straight, her blue eyes are extra bright and her full lips are the color of a classic red rose.

Her cheeks are the color of pink roses, thanks to the compliment I just gave her.

“Thank you. That’s very sweet of you to say,” she murmurs, casting her gaze downward for a brief moment before she lifts her head. “I can’t believe we’re here. Together.”

“Why do you say that?” I feel the same way, but want to hear her reasoning first before I make any confessions.

“You’re not my type,” she blurts, covering her mouth after the words escape for a brief moment before slowly dropping her hand. “Not that there’s anything wrong with you.”

I raise an eyebrow. “Gee, thanks.”

Her cheeks turn redder. “Oh goodness, I’m not trying to insult you, I just—I’m making a mess of this, and I apologize. What I meant to say is…” She takes a deep breath, exhaling loudly before she continues. “You’re not the type of man I normally date, but there’s something good to be said in that.”

She’s not the type I normally go for either, that’s for damn sure. She’s too prim, too proper, too sweet. “Like what?”

“There’s nothing wrong with trying something a little different sometimes. Clearly who I’ve been dating in the past hasn’t worked, since I’m still single,” she says with a self-depreciating laugh.

“I thought Dickie was your ex-boyfriend,” I point out with a wince. That is the damn worst name on the planet, I swear.

“Oh, it was never too serious with Dickie.” She waves a hand. Laughs again. “That was a long time ago, though.”

“How long?”

“I don’t know. Six months? Nine?” She tilts her head, as if she’s quietly counting back the months. “Eight months, actually. During the winter. He told me I was a bright light on a cold, dreary day once. That was nice.”

For some godforsaken reason, jealousy rises within me, making me clench my fists in my lap. “I guess he’s a goddamned poet.”

I would never think to say something like that to a woman. I’m not one to say a bunch of flowery nonsense to get between a woman’s legs. I’m a little more direct.

She seems startled by my response. “Oh, he wasn’t a poet. Not at all. That was probably the nicest thing he ever said to me while we dated.”

Huh. Well, I guess that makes me feel a little better, but not much.

And why the hell do I care what her ex-boyfriend said to her? This is a one-shot deal. I’ll take her to dinner, hopefully kiss her a little bit in the back of an Uber, maybe even feel her up a little bit too, and then we’re done. I’ll play my game tomorrow, we’ll win because that’s what we do, and then head back home.

End of story.

The server returns to the table with our drinks, making an elaborate show of popping the cork on the bottle of Veuve Clicquot before pouring us each a glass. I didn’t want any champagne, but when Susanna lifts her glass toward me in a toast, I grab mine and clink our glasses together.

“To new friends,” she says, smiling prettily.

“New friends,” I agree, downing most of the champagne in one swallow.


About Monica:

Monica Murphy is the New York Times, USA Today and #1 international bestselling author of the One Week Girlfriend series, the Billionaire Bachelors and The Rules series. Her books have been translated in almost a dozen languages and has sold over one million copies worldwide. She is both self-published and published by Random House/Bantam and Harper Collins/Avon. She writes new adult, young adult and contemporary romance.

She is a wife and a mother of three who lives in central California on fourteen acres in the middle of nowhere along with their one dog and too many cats. A self-confessed workaholic, when she's not writing, she's reading or hanging out with her husband and kids. She's a firm believer in happy endings, though she will admit to putting her characters through angst-filled moments before they finally get that hard won HEA.

Connect with Monica:

Mailing List:: http://bit.ly/IW5U0y


Thursday, 6 December 2018

Blog Tour: Lexi Ryan's "Wrapped in Love (The Boys of Jackson Harbor #4)."

The Hopeless Romantics Book Blog are pleased to be part of the Blog Tour for Lexi Ryan's "Wrapped in Love (The Boys of Jackson Harbor #4)."


Synopsis: 

The rumors are true. I am a hot mess with an awful track record at love. Single mom. Down on her luck. Yeah, I’m bad news. 

So if the hardest part of moving back home to Jackson Harbor was going to be people talking? I’d be fine. I’ve kept my chin up through worse than their decade-old gossip. 

I was wrong. The hardest part is resisting my boss. Brayden Jackson is the very picture of tall-dark-and-handsome. And thanks to an ill-advised one-night stand we had seven months ago, I know exactly what I’m missing when I turn him down. Every. Single. Delicious. Inch. 

But I have my son to care for and my job to keep, so I’ll keep on saying no. 

Until my string of bad luck continues, and suddenly my precious four-year old and I find ourselves with nowhere to live. At Christmas, no less. It’s for my son that I accept Brayden’s offer to stay at his place. One by one, my defenses are falling, as fast as I am. If Brayden was smart, he’d run, because it’s only a matter of time before he realizes he deserves better than what a girl like me can offer. 

Unless, for once, my bad luck is leading me exactly where I need to be.

Review: Jo 

There is nothing more frustrating to me than a slow burn romance, and this book was such a long slow burn that I felt as though I was going to go crazy waiting for things to happen between Brayden and Molly. I'm not saying that I didn't enjoy reading "Wrapped in Love" because I did, it was just that there were so many times throughout this story that I felt like bashing my head against the wall, or maybe bashing Brayden and Molly's heads together and tell them to speed things up. This pair tested my patience more than any other book couple that I've read in a while. 

"Letting Brayden know he makes me feel melty inside-
letting him know how easily I could want more-is dangerous territory." 

This story saw another of the swoon-worthy Jackson brothers, Brayden and single parent Molly finally begin to act on their true feelings for one another and eventually become a couple. However, before that actually happened there was a whole host of problems before then. So much was happening between Molly and Brayden, so many ups and downs. Their tale of true love was not a simple one. With each of the pair carrying scars from their past, a relationship wasn't going to be easy, but boy was I willing the couple to work things out. I just wanted Brayden and Molly to take that leap of faith and believe in their love for one another. 

"Love. Somehow it's there, whether we're prepared for it or not. 
It grows whether it's wanted or not."

I really liked Brayden and Molly. Both were lovable characters and I knew that they would make a gorgeous couple. Brayden made my heart melt so many times. He was such a dreamy and sexy guy, Molly would have been mad to walk away. And as for Molly's son. He was too cute for words. Although there was a lot of soul searching and drama throughout this story, there was also some romance and steam thrown in between Brayden and Molly that I loved, Especially towards the end. I adored seeing Brayden and Molly together, finally getting their HEA that they both deserved. It made the perfect gift after their will they/won't they saga. I also loved that this book was a holiday read, making this the perfect time to one-click. If you love slow burn love and a festive romance, this book was written just for you. 

"I see all of you, and I want all of you. 
I'm not interested in picking you apart or only taking the shiny bits. 
I'm in love with the woman who's all of those things." 

"Wrapped in Love" gets ❤️❤️❤️❤️ from me. 



Excerpt:

“Oh, and this box wasn’t labeled. Where do you want it?” Brayden pulls open the flaps of the box he set on the bed when he entered. “Looks like there are some washcloths in here. And . . .” He lifts a stack of washcloths and peers at the contents beneath. His eyes go wide. “Oh.”

The moment my brain registers what he’s looking at, I lunge for him and smack a hand over his eyes. I intentionally put that box in my car, separate from the others. And I forgot.

Brayden’s chest rumbles with laughter, and I want the floor to open up and swallow me whole. 

Brayden Jackson just saw my entire vibrator collection.

He gently pulls my hand away, revealing eyes full of mischief. 

I squeak. “Don’t look in that box again.”

His lips twitch. “But I really, really want to.”

I point a finger at him. “Don’t you dare.” 

He presses his lips into a thin line, amusement dancing in his eyes. Then, as if he can’t help himself, he asks, “Are they all pink?”

“Shut up!” My cheeks are on fire. 

His voice is the softest caress of a whisper when he says, “Molly, your cheeks are almost as pink as your vibrators.”

I smack both hands against his chest. “You did not just say that word!”

“Vibrators?” He grins. Not one of his smirks or half smiles, but a grin, and damn me and my stupid chemical attraction to this man, because it makes me want to slam the bedroom door closed and climb him like a tree. “If you don’t like the word, why do you have—”

I throw my hand over his mouth. “Don’t say it. We agreed we’d keep our relationship professional—that’s what we both wanted. So don’t say it. Don’t even think about it.” Then, because I realize his lips are pressed to my palm and it reminds me too much of our night in New York when his lips were everywhere, I back away.

The warm amusement in his eyes turns to heat. “First of all,” he says, his voice like silky steel, “those were your rules, not mine. I agreed for you, not because that’s what I want.” He drags his gaze over me, and my heart pounds so fast it feels like a hummingbird’s trying to escape my chest. “Second, even if I tried not to think about you using your little collection of pink toys, I’d fail miserably.” He dips his head, and I can feel his breath against my ear as he says, “I’m already thinking about it, and I will be for a long time yet.”



About Lexi Ryan:

Lexi Ryan is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of emotional romance that sizzles. A former academic and English professor, Lexi considers herself the luckiest girl around to make a living through storytelling. She loves spending time with her crazy kids, weightlifting, ice cream, swoony heroes, and vodka martinis.

Lexi lives in Indiana with her husband, two children, and a spoiled dog. You can find her at her website: www.lexiryan.com

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Wednesday, 5 December 2018

Review: JA Huss's "The Dirty Ones."

The Hopeless Romantics Book Blog are pleased to be a part of the Release Blitz for JA Huss's "The Dirty Ones."

Amazon.com:     https://amzn.to/2QxWvTP
Amazon UK:      https://amzn.to/2BPZ3EJ

Synopsis:

They say write what you know.
So that’s all I did.
I wrote dirty. I wrote erotic. I wrote… the truth.

And then they called me a liar. 

But it’s not me who’s lying.
It’s them.

Review: Surj

It's been a good few months since I've read a book and wow, what a book to get over that dry spell!!! I've just finished “The Dirty Ones” and yes, it's another "OMG" read!!!! This author really is like the  gift that keeps on giving when it comes to the stories she writes and she delivers EVERY SINGLE TIME. 

Keira, Conner and the gang's story was one hell of an intriguing, suspenseful, crazy ride and with each and every page turned, I felt like I could have been reading an "Agatha Christie" novel, the "Who done it" vibe ever present. No, this wasn't a murder mystery but all those feelings that those books elicit, that desire for answers was a constant and ensured this book held my attention from start to finish. 

I loved the ever thickening plot and the twists and turns that are so synonymous with this authors  writing. And yet again, we were given a unique story line that (in a saturated market place) most authors struggle to deliver. This was such an engrossing, sexy as hell, psychological thriller. And as for that very unexpected climax... I think there will be many a gasp from the readers when they get to certain parts of the book!!! Lies, deceit and truths .... or were they????? Prepare to have your mind blown. This really is up there with the best of Julie's twisty tales for sure!!! 

A must read that is absolutely worth going in blind!!!  

An easy 5 ❤️'s for "The Dirty Ones." 

Tuesday, 4 December 2018

Blog Tour: Elizabeth Hayley's "Misadventures with a Country Boy (Misadventures #17)."

The Hopeless Romantics Book Blog are pleased to be part of the Blog Tour for Elizabeth Hayley's "Misadventures with a Country Boy (Misadventures #17)."


Synopsis:

Brooke Devereaux has a lot she wants to escape from: a career she never asked for, a future she doesn’t want, and parents who’ve only ever seen her as a business opportunity. But in her desire to experience life, she quickly realizes she’s lacking in one very important skill—how to survive on her own.

Former soldier Cole Timmons is an expert at running away. Whether it’s from his rural hometown, alcoholic father, or painful memories, Cole doesn’t hesitate to leave… Until he encounters an out-of-place woman at a gas station in the middle of nowhere. The wealthy “princess” couldn’t be more different from the country loner, and the pair get off to a rocky and misadventurous start.

But sometimes exteriors are armors meant to deceive. Sometimes what’s beneath reveals more than anyone ever realized. Sometimes, in order to stop running away, a person simply needs to find something to run toward.

Review: Jo

This book was such a fun read. It was my second novel from Elizabeth Hayley and I enjoyed every single second. I will be on the look out for more from these two fab romance authors for sure. 

"You belong in the world while all I want to do is exist on the fringe of it." 

"Misadventures with a Country Boy" follows the story of Cole and Brooke, two people from very different worlds that were brought together through fate. I loved the characters in this book. As soon as I met Brooke, I was intrigued by her and that intrigue just kept on growing the more that I read. I wondered what Brooke's history was and what were the reasons behind her actions that lead to her meeting Cole. As I began to discover Brooke's back story, I understood and could empathise with her struggles. I found myself rooting for Brooke to have the future that she wanted. Especially if it was with sexy country boy, Cole. Cole truly was Brooke's hero, finding her when she needed someone the most. From that moment on, Cole took care of Brooke, giving her the support that she deserved. He was a sexy alpha, protecting her like a knight in shining armour. He was also extremely sexy and gave the story an extra blast of heat. Together, the pair sizzled. 

"I can't let anyone else have you. You're mine. So if I don't deserve you, 
I'll just have to become someone who does."

I adored the progress of Brooke and Cole's relationship. I loved every moment of their blossoming love. It made my heart happy to see how perfect the couple were for one another. I'm not saying it was all blissfully happy. It wasn't all hearts and flowers for Brooke and Cole, however everything turned out in the way that I wanted and I had a huge smile on my face as I reached the last page. I was more than happy with how cute Cole and Brooke's story turned out. I was also given a lovely surprise as there was a gorgeous bonus chapter from "Misadventures with My Roommate." I was so excited to read more from Blake and Gavin. 

"Did you think I was going to let you out of my sight? Silly boy. You're stuck with me now."
"That's everything I could want."

"Misadventures With A Country Boy" gets ❤️❤️❤️❤️ from me. 


Meet the Author:

Elizabeth Hayley is actually “Elizabeth” and “Hayley,” two friends who love reading romance novels to obsessive levels. This mutual love prompted them to put their English degrees to good use by penning their own. They learned a ton about each other through the process, like how they clearly share a brain and have a persistent need to text each other constantly. They live with their husbands and kids in a Philadelphia suburb. Thankfully, their children are still too young to read.



Thursday, 29 November 2018

Review: Heather Morris "The Tattooist of Auschwitz."


Synopsis: 

In April 1942, Lale Sokolov, a Slovakian Jew, is forcibly transported to the concentration camps at Auschwitz-Birkenau. When his captors discover that he speaks several languages, he is put to work as a Tätowierer (the German word for tattooist), tasked with permanently marking his fellow prisoners.

Imprisoned for over two and a half years, Lale witnesses horrific atrocities and barbarism—but also incredible acts of bravery and compassion. Risking his own life, he uses his privileged position to exchange jewels and money from murdered Jews for food to keep his fellow prisoners alive.

One day in July 1942, Lale, prisoner 32407, comforts a trembling young woman waiting in line to have the number 34902 tattooed onto her arm. Her name is Gita, and in that first encounter, Lale vows to somehow survive the camp and marry her.

A vivid, harrowing, and ultimately hopeful re-creation of Lale Sokolov's experiences as the man who tattooed the arms of thousands of prisoners with what would become one of the most potent symbols of the Holocaust, The Tattooist of Auschwitz is also a testament to the endurance of love and humanity under the darkest possible conditions.

Review: Jo

"The Tattooist of Auschwitz" was a brutally honest story of courage, survival and true love in the most heartbreaking of situations. Powerful, amazing and a must read. I haven't stopped thinking about this book since I turned the final page. 

"Every day of your life, if you wake up in the morning it's a good day, 
live the life the best you can," 

Craving a book that would wow me, I remembered that I had this novel on my kindle, waiting for me to pluck up the courage to read what I knew would be an emotional read. I was instantly pulled in to Lale's account of his real life story of how he survived the most hellish place on earth and found his soulmate. I was transfixed, but also horrified at the treatment that Lale, Gite and the other prisoners dealt with at the hands of the evil SS officers. 

"As they disappear into the darkness, Lale makes a vow to himself. 
I will live to leave this place. I will walk out a free man. 
If there is a hell, I will see these murderers burn in it."

This wasn't a comfortable read, nor was it a love story filled with hearts and flowers. However it was a story that took my breath away and I was in awe of the bravery that Lale showed every single day as he fought through the horrendous challenges he faced to live and also help Gita and his fellow prisoners. He truly was an inspirational and heroic man. His story deserves to be read and shared throughout the world. 

"There will be a tomorrow for us. On the night I arrived here 
I made a vow to myself that I would survive this hell. 
We will survive and make a life where we are free to kiss 
when we want to, make love when we want to."

Lale and Gita's story will stay with me always. I implore everyone to take some time to read this epic take of love in a dark and frightening world. 

"This is the deepest love he’s ever felt."

"The Tattooist of Auschwitz" deserves every single ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ I can give it.

Monday, 26 November 2018

Review: Cherrie Lynn's "Breathless (Ross Siblings #5.5)."


Synopsis: 

Seth and Macy Warren haven't been married long, but they have their eyes on the future. Macy is excited to start a family, while Seth debates the pros and cons of giving up their spontaneity for the potential perils of parenthood. But Macy thinks she can convince him...

When he gets a chance to relive some of his past glory days by rejoining his former band onstage, though, he jumps at it. Still, she thinks she can turn the trip to his gig into some baby-making fun. Until she comes face-to-face with a part of Seth’s past that she'd hoped to never deal with again.

Macy knows she shouldn't have her doubts. But she also knows that when you have everything, you have everything to lose.


Review: Jo 

I first discovered Cherrie Lynn about five years ago, not long after I reignited my love of reading. I read a few of the books in the "Ross Siblings" series and loved them so much that they have stayed with me. I'm not sure why I didn't continue with the series, I'm pretty sure I planned to, but I guess I just forgot as I became swamped in an endless amount of romance books that I wanted to read. So, as soon as I saw this book, I was reminded of Seth and Macy's first novel and instantly requested this new novella. This new instalment had so much going for it and I'm happy that I took the time to be reunited with Cherrie's work. I am looking forward to catching up with more of her books in the future. 

"Who needed drugs, who needed alcohol, who the fuck needed the stage, 
when they could have this." 

This short story saw me catching up with Seth and Macy. The sexy couple were now happily married, living out their fairy tale life when Seth gets the invite to do a one off show with his old band. What unfolds from then on was a cute and steamy tale that I thoroughly enjoyed. I loved how things had turned out for Seth and Macy. They were still so madly in love and crazy happy together, however Seth returning to his past sees Macy's old insecurities resurface. 

"You're my fucking world. My heart beats for you. Only you."

As well as the beautiful swoon-worthy romance and the red hot sex that I was reading, I also loved that this story was a story about marriage and a long lasting relationship rather than a tale of first and new love. It made me so happy to see how hard Seth and Macy worked on their marriage and how that hard work paid off. It was a refreshing change to read a story about the ups and downs of making a relationship work for the long haul. Seth and Macy still had that chemistry that had drawn me to them at the beginning of the series. Their love story continued to be everything that I had hoped. 

"There's nowhere else on earth I would rather be than here, right now, with you."
"Macy, every moment with you has been that way for me. Every fucking moment."


"Breathless" gets ❤️❤️❤️❤️ from me.


Thursday, 15 November 2018

Blog Tour: Helena Hunting's "Pucked Love (Pucked #6)."

The Hopeless Romantics Book Blog are pleased to be part of the Blog Tour for Helena Hunting's "Pucked Love (Pucked #6)."


Synopsis: 

As an NHL player, relationships haven’t been my thing. Shrouded in secrecy and speculation, they never last very long. But then that’s what happens when you require an NDA before the first date. 

Until Charlene. She’s like a firefly. She’s elusive, and if you catch her she’ll burn bright, but keeping her trapped dulls her fire and dims her beauty. 

I caught her. And as much as I might want to keep her, I’ll never put the lid on her jar. Not at the risk of losing her. So I've let her set the rules in our relationship.

But as long hidden secrets expose us both, I discover exactly how fragile Charlene is, and how much I need her.

We’re all broken. We’re all messed up. Some more than others. Me more than most.

Review: Jo 

"Sometimes the most broken souls find each other, 
as if their missing pieces exist in another person."

Out of all the couples from the "Pucked" series, Darren and Charlene have been the most mysterious. I have always wondered what was truly going on with the pair so reading this novel was a must. I was itching to get stuck into this final instalment and what an eye opening read it was. "Pucked Love" was full of surprises as I discovered the real Darren and Charlene. If you are fan of this series, you won't be disappointed. 

"My head is a mess of memories, 
and my heart is bleeding with emotions I can't filter." 

Charlene and Darren's story was a tale of secrets, love, and above all else trust as the couple attempted to pull down one another's barriers so they could take their relationship to the next level. After two years of keeping things casual, I was excited that things were finally progressing between the pair. I adored the development of both the lead characters and also the relationship and love that grew between Darren and Charlene . Now that I was finally discovering the real people, I became fully invested and hoped that they could find their fairy tale ending. 

"....I want this with you, and I don't care if it's messy 
and fucked up and no one understands it but us." 

Another thing that I loved about this novel was that every Pucked couple was featured throughout this story, and it made me so damn happy to have their input into Darren and Charlene's romance. I also enjoyed catching up with how they were all doing. I really do love the Pucked gang. Helena has created such a fun and easy to love group of characters and a fantastic series that never fails to put a big smile on my face. It's definitely up there with my favourites. I can't recommend this series enough. 

"I'll give you anything you want, Charlene. Just stay with me, 
let me love you like I'm supposed to, let me be exactly what you need." 

"Pucked Love" gets ❤️❤️❤️❤️ from me. 



Excerpt: 

You’re turning twenty-six. It’s your champagne birthday, so we need to do something fun.” Violet bounces, making her boobs shake and my mimosa slosh perilously. “It should be themed! We can all wear leather chaps!”

“Could you be any more cliché?” I roll my eyes. “Just to be clear, Darren doesn’t own chaps.”

“Just a ball gag and a mask with no eye holes, according to Alex.”

And we’re back to my sex life. I knew I was getting off so easy.

I wonder if Darren is catching this kind of heat today. I seriously doubt it’s worse than what I’m getting since I don’t think his friends are likely to push his buttons, but I’ll have to ask when I speak to him next. I’m not sure when that will be, either. The message I sent about Gertrude was pretty straightforward and doesn’t necessarily require a response. Maybe I should’ve worded it differently.

Sunny raises her hand, like we’re all still in middle school and she’s waiting her turn to speak. “Wouldn’t a mask with no eyeholes be dangerous? You wouldn’t be able to see where you’re going.” Her eyes widen, and she looks around the room. “And what’s a ball gag?”

I honestly love that Sunny has grown up in this highly overinformed society and still manages to be innocent. 

“Yeah, Char, wouldn’t a mask with no eyeholes be dangerous?” Violet props her fist on her chin and smiles. “And please, do explain what a ball gag is.”

“I’m not sure you really want the answer to that, Sunny.” Poppy gives me a look I can’t quite decipher.

Sunny twirls her hair around her finger. “Why not?”

“Where’s the harm in a little bondage-sex education? It’s not like Miller’s ever going to go out and buy either item for her. First of all, Alex would murder him, and secondly, I don’t think that’s Miller’s thing.”

Sunny’s face lights up, and she does jazz hands. “Oh! I think I know what Miller’s thing is!” 

Lily grins. “Eating your cookie?” 

“He really likes to do that, a lot. When my belly gets too big I’ll have to watch from the mirror.” She gets a faraway look in her eyes. “But he has another thing! Kind of like how you and Randy are always getting it on in bathrooms, except I think it’s a bit more sanitary.”

“And it doesn’t cause thousands of dollars of damage,” Violet adds.

Lily throws her hands up in the air. “That sink was already falling off the wall. It’s not my fault it broke!”

“That was one expensive orgasm,” I say.

“And Randy says it was worth every penny.” Lily’s smile is devious as she bites her knuckle, then turns to Sunny. “Anyway, back to Miller’s thing.”

Sunny wiggles around excitedly in her chair. “So Miller paints my toenails for me.”

“Miller’s thing is painting your toenails?”

“Yes. Well, no. I think he likes my toes.” Her fingers go to her lips, and she looks around the room, her cheeks flushing.

“Say what now?” Violet asks.

”Sometimes he kisses them.” She covers her mouth with her palm and says something unintelligible.

Violet sits forward in her chair. “Hold on a second, does Buck have a foot fetish?” 

“Um, I don’t know.” Sunny looks worried now. “Is that weird? Is it, like, mask with no eyeholes kind of weird?”


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