Portia "Peaches" Jackson can't seem to catch a break. It's hard enough being a woman of plus size stature in a skinny world while trying to prove to the world that you have what it takes to be beautiful, successful, and ambitious. It's no wonder why her heart crumbles after her relationship with her ex-boyfriend Mase comes to an unexpected end. However, like any other strong woman, Peaches has to put her dreadful past behind her; which is exactly what she aims to do when she goes to California to pursue a career in modeling. Some people call California the "land of dreams", but it quickly becomes the substance of nightmares for Peaches. Although she is accompanied by her new love Geremy who is handsome, genuine, and shows her that good men do still exist; something still is not right. Things are quickly turning out for the worse as drama continues to plague her and unravel the seams of her life that she had so carefully woven back together. Once getting her feet wet in the industry she finds out that her new life holds more secrets than the one she left behind. Peaches is determined to be successful and laugh in the face of those that doubted her. Will she reach her goals with the man of her dreams by her side, or will forces beyond her control doom her to become just another casualty of a love gone wrong?"
Outlaw Pete is a modern legend of a criminal who starts out in diapers and confronts the roughest edges of adulthood. It's one of the most ambitious and original story songs Springsteen has written. When Bruce Springsteen was a little boy, he learned the story of Brave Cowboy Bill, about a pure-hearted little cowboy. It was the first of Bruce's Western loves, which now range from John Ford movies to Mexican music to Native American art. Each of these inspirations, plus what he's learned as a man and a rock 'n' roller about how to combine whimsy and wisdom, were stations on the way to Outlaw Pete , a modern legend of a criminal who starts out in diapers and confronts the roughest edges of adulthood. It's one of the most ambitious and original story songs Springsteen has writtenrhapsodic and harsh, a meditation on destiny, filled with absurdities but not for one second of its eight minutes exactly a joke. It's an elaborate musical drama, weaving into a single tapestry several styles of rock and an orchestration reminiscent of a Morricone soundtrack. Outlaw Pete is an adult book, illustrated by Frank Caruso, who drew and painted its pages. Caruso does more than illustrate the song. His approach, immaculately detailed, simple when it needs to be, parallels Springsteen's blend of absurdity and meditation. The questions about destiny remain unanswered, as they must be, but they're also brought into a different kind of focus. Details that pass by almost unnoticed in the lyrics become central. Reading and listening have rarely so superbly complemented each other. The result becomes the most intense kind of artistic collaboration, a vision shared. But I'm not trying to start anything, so buy it, don't steal it, OK? Dave Marsh
New York Times bestselling author Alice Clayton is a magical mix of humor and heat in The Redhead Seriesa playful series following a sizzling romance between aspiring actress Grace Sheridan and Hollywood's hottest new leading man, Jack Hamilton. In The Unidentified Redhead, ten years after discovering that looks and talent are a dime a dozen in Los Angeles, Grace Sheridan is back and ready to show the film industry that there's more to her than just a head of gorgeous red curls. And Hollywood's newest Brit super-hunk Jack Hamilton certainly agrees. As Grace tries to restrain herself from jumping a man who is nearly a decade her junior, Jack makes it clear that he has zero problems with her age. But as the paparazzi catches up with them, Grace, dubbed the unidentified redhead, is stuck in a bind. A sizzling romance with the newest it boy may garner her industry attentionbut is it the kind of attention she's always dreamed of? As Grace tries to maintain her anonymity in The Redhead Revealed after winning her dream role in a new off-Broadway play, her steamy bicoastal relationship with Hollywood hunk Jack Hamilton is getting harder to keep secret. They say absence makes the heart grow fonder and the libido hotter, but their few weekend visits feel more like fast food than the five-course dinner they crave. As rumors spread like wildfire in the tabloids about Jack and his lovely, leggy ex-girlfriend, Grace starts to wonder if lust alone can keep this feisty duo together. With a hot and heavy relationship with Jack Hamilton, plus the lead role in a new TV dramedy, Grace Sheridan could just pinch herself in The Redhead Plays Her Hand . But a demand from her directors to drop fifteen pounds brings her back down to earth with a thump. Meanwhile Jack, forbidden to reveal their relationship, seems overly enamored with the celebrity lifestyle. And as Grace's new bod incites fiery reactions from fans and paparazzi alike, Jack's jealous fans are viciously slamming her curves. Grace longs for Jack's support, but he's showing up late and disheveled to her most important moments. With tempers between them flaring, Grace might have more to lose than a few stubborn pounds. She and Jack were clearly made for each otherbut will the day ever come when they can walk the red carpet together, hand in hand?
From the bestselling author of Welcome to Forever (Full of heart and emotion!Lori Wilde) comes a sweet, sexy novel about breaking all the rules. In Seaside, North Carolina, the boys on the base are heroesbut that doesn't mean they're always well-behaved. As a preacher's daughter, Valerie Hunt only dates the very respectable, very boring men who meet her father's strict standards. In private, however, she leads a double life as a romance writer of steamy stories about the least respectable sorts of men. Valerie has always kept her hottest fantasies separate from her real life, but when she nearly runs a hot-blooded biker off the road, the lines begin to blur. Even though Valerie almost killed him, Griffin Black can't be angry after he learns the reason for her distracted driving: an unruly puppy belonging to her ailing friend. As a member of the military police K-9 unit, Griffin insists on training the dog himself. But he soon wonders how he's ever going to stay disciplined around the most alluring, down-to-earth, and totally unattainable woman he's ever met. Valerie is the ultimate good girl. And Griffin is going to need all his old tricks to unleash her wild side. Praise for Welcoming the Bad Boy Hot and sweet and adorable and steamy and sexy all at the same time . . . This story captured my heart and left me enamored. Books and Spoons Blog A wonderful series that will have you swoon, laugh, maybe even shed a tear or two at some points, and warm your heart all the way down to your toes (watch out for a bit of heat here and there, too!). . . . The men of Seaside will sweep you off your feet. Roberta's Dream World Readers (and dog lovers!) who like their romance on the sweet and light side will love this one. Girl Plus Books The read was light, fast, sweet, and hit the spot. The Book Junkie With Welcoming the Bad Boy , you are getting a lot more than a bad boy romance or even a military romance. . . . I love absolutely everything about this book. Cara's Book Boudoir Enjoy the fun and try not to fall for Griffin . . . it appears he's already taken. Reviews from the Heart Includes an excerpt from another Loveswept title.