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Confetti – A Truly Beautiful Read

Megan and Storm begin as the typical tropes; the heavier set girl who dates little and finds success in her work to cover for her insecurities and Storm the suave, wealthy upper crust who  is normally scene with high profile models hanging off his arm.

Zane and Jenna Michaelson turn this trope into a lovely deep dive into the character of a person and what makes people worthy of love, life, and limitless dreams. They penned the superficial and swam in the thick roots of what ingredients constitute upstanding moral and ethical human beings. The laughs and tears the Michaelson’s are able to pull from their readers remains on par for the beautiful story of the true depth of loving oneself and understanding the unconditional love for others.

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For shy, overweight, and awkward, thirty-something, Megan Blanchet, life has yet to begin.

Stuck in a rut, for years she’s watched from the side-lines as others found true love and happiness.

At the wedding of her best friend, Beatrice, she’s approached by the devilishly handsome, charismatic, and well-known player, Storm Bloom.

He’s immediately enchanted by Megan, and despite her reluctance, whisks her onto the dancefloor.

As the music reaches its crescendo and jaws drop in disbelief that Storm could ever be interested in her, he steals a kiss, setting in motion a chain of events that rocks Megan’s last vestige of confidence to the core.

Convincing herself that Storm’s interest in her to be that of folly, she initially pushes him away. But allowing her guard to slip, even momentarily, his words strike a chord deep within her heart, and although she’s terrified of making a fool of herself, she offers him one chance to prove there’s more to him than his bad boy reputation would lead her to believe.

Be Still My Beating Heart!

A.M. Johnson knows how to get to the heart of the matter. She never leaves one stone unturned and Meet Me in the Blue checks all the boxers and more. Sometimes a story catches a reader off-guard, and it takes a moment to truly digest the entire story.

This is how Meet Me in the Blue stilled my heart. Luka and Rook are the untold story who windup together after years of being apart. In AM Johnson’s unique way, she weaves in heart-wrenching real-life situations and creates a beautifully told love story.

Meet Me in the Blue is one of those great penned pieces which engages the reader. “Triggering” is not the word I’d use… When I read something that tugs close to the heart and makes me/anyone uncomfortable it should be noted the author crafted a piece that touched the reader in a way nobody else has. It is a reader’s choice to open those emotional floodgates and allow those words to affect them. Too often, readers choose to shut down rather than embrace the journey to see where the author leads them. For me, this is what a crafty author evokes, and it’s an amazing gift. A.M. Johnson provides this delightful present in Rook and Luka’s story.

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Meet me… in the place where the sun kisses the horizon and sinks into blue shades of you and me.

Meet me there… where everything was always perfect. You and me and the damp grass at dawn and the gray dirt in the late evening rain.

Meet me where we were ourselves and not these two people who can’t even say I love you.

Meet me there and maybe we’ll remember…

We’ll remember the us we were before them, before miles, before lost hours, and you’ll ask what color the sky is, and I’ll say blue like your eyes.

And you’ll smile, and I’ll forget I ever missed you.


Luka and Rook have been best friends since they were nine years old.

Five years ago, Luka threw it all away.

When his dad’s health takes a turn for the worst, Luka must come home to say his goodbyes and mend the bridges he burned all those years ago. But coming home is harder than he imagined, and after reuniting with his family, there’s only one person he needs.


His best friend.

The one man he pushed away, the one man, no matter how hard he tried to forget, he can’t stop himself from loving.

Even if loving him means breaking his heart all over again.

Meet Me in the Blue is a stand alone, best friends to lovers, second chance, demi-awakening, MM romance, with a whole lot of small town heart, meddling moms, gossiping townies, self-discovery, a friendship forged of forts, Dungeons and Dragons, and a love that will stand the test of time.

Hitting It Out of the Park

Sloane Howell and Alex Wolf hit it out of the park with Tripp: A Cocky Suits Novel. The witty banter which encapsulates Tripp Patton and Lennon Edwards is brilliantly penned. It wouldn’t be a Howell and Wolf experience without the rich allusion references.

The truth behind Howell and Wolf sailing that ball over the back wall resides in the push and pull between the dynamic characterization they build between Tripp and Lennon. Watching these two develop over the course of their story leaves the reader with a vast array of emotions. One special gift Howell and Wolf leave the readers with is not knowing exactly who to root for as both characters come ready to play ball.


Tripp Patton is not the guy you take home to meet your mom.

He is the number one sports agent in the world, and he didn’t get there by playing nice.
On the verge of signing the biggest player of his career, someone gets in his way.

Lennon Edwards, a younger agent trying to make a name for herself. She’s hungry for success, relentless, and drop-dead gorgeous.

As the two go to war, attraction finds its way into the equation. Will Tripp crush Lennon’s hope or be the man of her dreams?

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The Glow Up Shines Bright

Chris and Aidan exude the college boy yin and yang. One has a solid foundation of where the future will lead and the other questions his path. The push and pull of the pressures of life and the hopeful college learning experience takes the reader down a different path as AM Johnson uses her knack of slowly sewing together real life with the power of fiction. Chris and Aidan’s story hits so many perfect crescendos on both the relationship front and the realism that there is no chance for the reader to doubt how powerful and playful these two become through learning how to trust, commit, and love unconditionally. Once again AM Johnson creates characters the reader falls in love with and roots for as they deserve the world on a platter.


•Chris Delaney•

I’ve promised myself that this was going to be the year to finally buckle down. I’m a junior, and I’ve settled on a major. I’ve got focus and determination. The one thing I haven’t figured out yet? How to deal with the massive crush I’ve been harboring on the guy in study carrel six.

I don’t know his name and some of my friends think it’s time for me to move on, but he has this whole sexy, broody, dark eyes and messy hair thing going for him. And yeah, he seems like he could be my polar opposite. The kind of unapproachable, serious type who doesn’t smile much, but I’d like to think he’s all rays of sunshine underneath his stormy expressions and disheveled demeanor. All that intense energy… I dig it.

I want to know him.

The rub?

I’ll have to find the courage to actually introduce myself.

•Aiden Russo•

The college experience is supposed to be parties, drinking, and fun with a few classes mixed in. It sounds pretty amazing, right? For me, it turned out to be endless lectures, avalanches of homework, and copious amounts of caffeine. The study carrel might as well be my dorm room. And that guitar under my bed? It’s got two years of dust growing on it. But this is the life I have to lead if I’m ever going to help my dad.

Pre-med isn’t for the weak.

The problem? Loneliness holds me hostage.

If only I could find someone willing to break through my ever-present cloud bank, and remind me what it’s like to have fun again.

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Bitter Sweet Heart Checks all the Boxes

Helena Hunting checks all the boxes and scores big with Bitter Sweet Heart. Maverick Waters carries the world on his shoulders. He’s an altruistic young man, mature beyond his years. However, hidden deep inside lives a little boy hiding in the shadows of his past. He holds that boy at bay until he meets his destiny and lighthouse in the storm in Clover Sweet. The hot summer one-night fling haunts him in ways he didn’t expect. His world stops when Clover stands at the podium of his senior writing class, The professor who slipped into his life changes his hopes and dreams.

Maverick Waters scores all the points with his dynamic characterization. Hunting’s development between Maverick and Clover not only shows physical chemistry but digs deep into two people truly committed to unconditional love. For readers unfamiliar with the Pucked series this particular novel shows a new side of the Waters family and the depth of commitment, love, and understanding each member contributes to the dynamic.

Hunting brilliantly weaves the humor and lightheartedness of this hockey series but she threads in more heartstring pulling which ultimately leaves Maverick as one of the most well-rounded men in the series. He and Clover work through more than their share and the dynamic of the age gap washes away with each step they move forward.

If you have not slipped your feet onto the ice and ventured down the path of this hockey series, it is high time to do so. Hunting builds a world well worth the read.

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The For Him Series Heats Up!

A.M. Johnson continues writing the perfect feels in the next installment of the For Him series with To Whom it May Concern. Clay Saxton and Syrus Albie make magic over the microphone while they partner up with a manuscript, a beautiful voice, and a passion warming their souls—not only in the task at hand but on a personal level neither expected.

Syrus, the nerdy introvert with quirky ticks turns out to be a character who finds his wings when Clay turns out to be the one to tear Syrus away from his cocoon. Each man, a success in his own rights, also hides behind barriers they’ve built for themselves. The experience of watching them grow when one spark lights a new pathway breathes life into both characters and turns them from static to dynamic in no time.

A great novella that will put a smile on your face.


To whom it may concern,

I can’t be sure what you’re into, that being said, if you like sexy and sweet romance with a whole lot of quirk, keep reading…

Ever since Clay Saxon’s parents passed away a year ago, he’s been stuck in a rut, running their business, and suffering from the worst writer’s block ever. But when Syrus Albie, aka yellow sweater guy, (you’ll see) walks into The End Book Store, Clay’s mundane little world turns to sunshine.

I don’t want to ruin it, but I can definitely say, when an introverted as hell narrator finally meets his favorite author and crush, all of his usual protocols go up in flames.

Set in the For Him World, this standalone is the perfect introduction or addition to this steamy MM collection.

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Wildflower—Nothing More Pure!

Mae Wood clears the path for another later in romance. Riggs and Julianna light Vermont on fire with their bees and beer intimacy. Wood’s talent lies in the weight of painting strong women and men who respect them for those high aspirations, smarts, and sexy good looks. Her characters never dance around a lack of intellect and they all have lived a few decades, making life experience something they reflect on readily.

Riggs and Julianna provide a great platform for midlife restarts and the recognition of changing gears when the time comes. One of the strengths Wood brings to this story is her solid research and dabble in both the bee and beer industries. She also provides untraditional roles for women, yet creates them to be not only bright in their careers but beautify soft where necessary. These fine details leave the reader wanting more of the Vermost and also of the Runaway Pond Brewing gals!

Knowing that life is full of high topping powerful situations as well as pitfalls lower than hell, Wood’s sums it all up here. “You look around and see what you have and it may not seem special at first, but then you put in the work, and sometimes what comes out is just magic.”

If you’ve not read Mae Wood, you don’t know what you’re missing!

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When the prize is love, sometimes you get stung. But if you’re lucky, you just might hit the sweet spot…

Juliana Burton needs a medal at Speakeasy’s beer festival to push her brand-new brewery into the spotlight. She thinks she knows how to do it, too–with a beer made exclusively from Vermont hops, barley and the best honey in the state. Too bad the only thing standing in her way is a six feet tall, smokin’ sexy, and her secret high school crush.

After a very public disaster in Boston, Riggs Lyon is home with his teenage son in tow.  Riggs is taking over the family beekeeping business with an eye to offload it and start life over somewhere where “Lyin’ Lyon” isn’t a joke. Selling honey to Juliana doesn’t make business sense. She can’t afford the high prices Lyon honey fetches in specialty shops and farmer’s markets. But somehow, he’s having trouble saying no to anything she asks for, whether it’s in the hive or in the bedroom.

Dear Mr. Brody: More than Meets the Eye!

Amazon Cover Dear Mr. Brody

The world of Lowe Literary gets better and better with every new story. Van and Parker won over my heart and my soul as each of them navigates a new experience entranced with one another. Their perspectives resonate with so many and AM Johnson nails their pursuit of happiness.

In true Johnson style, she weaves in the pain and difficulty of the conflicts at hand and then wraps the reader inside the character development and creates an amazing real to life read. Her ability to develop sophisticated compelling realism within each work is what brings her creativity to a new level with each work she pens.

If you’re ready to get torn down and built back up with two amazing characters, then Van and Parker are your next read. Once again, I bow in awe to the talented AM Johnson.

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I never meant for any of this to happen, to fall for you. It doesn’t matter that we’re both adults, or how much we want this to work. The college policy is clear. I can’t see a way around this without one of us getting hurt. If I would’ve known who you were when we met online, I would have never pursued a relationship. I’m new to all of this, and besides my daughter, getting to know you has been the best thing to ever happen to me. But I can’t make you hide again. I won’t. It’s not fair to either of us.

Deepest regrets,



Dear Mr. Brody,

You’re right, we are adults. I’m twenty-four years old, and I think I can decide for myself what’s best for me. If this is about you losing your job, I’ll walk away. But if this is you trying to protect me, then you’re an idiot. I want you. I care about you. My past isn’t an issue. What we’re doing… it isn’t the same thing. If we have to hide, so be it. I’m not ready to let you go.

Your Lost Boy,


Not So Sincerely, Yours is All Peaches and Cream!

Love is never easy, and Anders and Ethan find themselves thrown together without any warning. A.M. Johnson develops Anders and Ethan with a comfortable playful tone while uncovering the ugly struggle of commitment, giving too much of oneself in prior relationships, and family stress over sexual orientation choices. Johnson handles the trials and tribulations of Anders and Ethan with sincerity and authenticity to provide both the ugly truths and the lovely blossoms of a new budding romance. She is gifted in delivering the spice of passion and painful realizations but also lacing the characters with the delicate warmth of a more homey peaches and cream sweet treat. Anders and Ethan rate as one of the top couples to root for and is a read not to be missed. Get your copy of Not So Sincerely, Yours now!

NOT SO SINCERELY, YOURS (For Him Series #2) by A.M. Johnson

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About last night… I could blame the bourbon. I could say I let things get out of hand, that I should have never called you, but I’m done lying to myself—to you. I know what you’re going to say. You’re not very good at keeping your opinions to yourself, but this can’t happen. It’s inappropriate, at best. I’m your boss. Not to mention, you’re clearly still hung up on him. I’m not a consolation prize.



You didn’t think it was inappropriate when you had your tongue down my throat, but I digress. As for your accusation, I’m not the only one stuck in the past, but at least I’m not running from it. I can’t believe I’m about to say this… Maybe you’re right. You shouldn’t have called me. Especially if you never intended to own it. Own that you wanted it to happen. Admit that you wanted me.

Not so sincerely,


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LJ Shen The Devil Wears Black

The Devil Wears Black contains a paradox that Maddie Goldbloom can’t run away from. Her battle to refuse yet accept the wild proposition she’s presented with by her ex, Chase Black, starts with her empathetic heart on her sleeve and ends with her breaking down barriers she never anticipated unfolding.

LJ Shen continues her antihero trope and explodes it into another universe. She dangles the perfect man in Ethan Goodman right before one’s eyes and then douses the reader with the Devil in black. The cloak of darkness surrounding Chase is brilliantly executed, and in Shen’s signature penning, she forces the reader to love to hate him.

Maddie is Chase’s perfect sparing partner. She’s strong, opinionated, and recently grown into her own self-confidence which shines when challenged with the indecent proposal Chase presents to Maddie. This story goes beyond the wolf circling the lamb and explodes into two dynamic characters taking their seats among the gods of lore. Shen’s ability to create two dynamic characters learning the ropes of life, loss, and love reaches new heights with The Devil Wears Black.


Maddie Goldbloom stitched up a plan to ensure everything in her life was perfect – from a career in fashion to a chic NYC apartment to a pediatrician boyfriend.

When her ex, Chase Black, storms back into her life with an outrageous request, her immediate reaction is to refuse him. But he only wants to fulfill his father’s last wish. So even though he’s the man who broke her heart, playing his fiancée shouldn’t be hard, especially if it means she gets to watch the arrogant devil squirm a bit.

What ensues is a chain of events that detonates Maddie’s life – and when Chase’s walls come down, they both are forced to face reality.

They say keep your enemies close. But what if your enemy is also the man you love?



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