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Despite their misunderstanding and rough start, things heat up quickly for this unlikely pair...
I am pleased to announce a cool book blog tour going on right now, presented by Alexa Rivers, an author I met during my journey! Congratulations on your contemporary romance!
When a new book comes out, it is always an exciting time for authors!
Plus, here at the I Love Romance Blog, we love discovering romance novels!
Let’s hear a little about this great book…
This is the blurb for A Place to Belong:
When Felicity Bell walks into her new rental, the last thing she expected was to find Wyatt Dawson, her hot new neighbor, half-naked in her kitchen. Despite their misunderstanding and rough start, things heat up quickly for this unlikely pair. Fall for this hard-working hottie in A Place to Belong by Alexa Rivers, an Opposites Attract Romance, the next book in the Blue Collar Romance Series
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From Alexa Rivers comes an opposites attract romance packed with humor, emotion and a sizzling happily ever after.
Horror author Felicity Bell moves to the charming town of Oak Bend after being shunned from the last place she called home. When she walks in the door of her new rental, she doesn’t expect to find a half-naked man standing in her kitchen. There’s just one problem: Wyatt Dawson seems to think it’s his kitchen. Misunderstandings aside, her new neighbor is lumberjack hot, and his grumpiness only makes her more determined to bring a little joy to his life, even if he’d rather be left alone.
Burned by his past, Wyatt isn’t about to let the cheerful free spirit next door into his heart only for her to crush him when she flits out of town again. But with his well-meaning, matchmaking, mother on the case, these two end up spending far too much time together and things between the unlikely pair quickly heat up. It may be true what they say—opposites do attract, but only if their relationship can survive Wyatt’s interfering ex-girlfriend and Felicity’s fear of history repeating itself.
Welcome to Oak Bend, where blue-collar hotties work hard and love even harder, especially when it comes to landing their happily ever after.
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Alexa is giving us a peek at her modern romance, A Place to Belong, today.
Author: Alexa Rivers
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: September 10, 2021
Here is an excerpt.
I should have known the moment I saw her that this was no coincidence. A hot crazy lady randomly appears in my house? Not fucking likely. This has Mom’s fingerprints all over it, and the keys clutched in the blonde’s hand are the nail in her coffin. I sigh. The woman is eyeing me like I’m a rabid dog about to strike. Or at least, that’s how she’s looking at me now. I caught the flash of heat in her gaze when my towel dropped a moment ago.
Groaning again, I lean against the doorframe and wonder what I did to deserve this. I’ve spent a long day completing work on a brick fence. My back aches, and all I want is to crack open a beer and watch hockey.
“So?” The blonde clasps her hands together, fidgeting. She’s pretty, if a bit skittish. Her moss-green eyes dart around the kitchen, returning to me every few seconds as though she’s wary of taking her attention off me for too long. “What’s going on?”
I nod toward the keys in her hand. “Those belong to my mother. She owns the house next door, which is the one you actually rented.”
“Oh.” Her slim shoulders slump in relief, and her curls bounce. “Thank goodness for that. It’s all a big misunderstanding.”
I laugh dryly. “It’s no such thing.”
A furrow forms between her brows. “What do you mean? Surely she just gave me the wrong set of keys.”
She seems baffled by my cryptic comment, and I sigh, already able to tell that she’s the type who’s curious enough to stick around until I explain everything.
“Mom intentionally sent you here,” I say, figuring I may as well get the awkwardness out of the way. I’m sure it’s not the only time she’ll be subject to Mom’s match-making machinations if she plans to live next door. She has a wholesome, sweet vibe that Mom will just eat up.
Yeah, I’m going to be dodging this woman for the foreseeable future.
“She hoped we’d run into each other, and that I’d be smitten with you. She set us up.”
“Oh.” This time, there’s a whole other level of meaning to the word. But then she cocks her head, and the furrow deepens. “I wouldn’t have thought you needed to be set up.” Her gaze rakes over me once again, and I can’t help but puff out my chest. It’s been a long time since anyone looked at me with such blatant appreciation, and I can tell she doesn’t even realize she’s doing it, or else she’d be mortified.
“I don’t,” I reply firmly, and her eyes snap up to mine. A delicate, pink flush journeys down her neck. Damn, I need to get rid of her before I actually do start to find her charming. “Here. I’ll get you my key for the place next door, and you can give me that one.” I nod at the key in her hand. She drops it on the counter.
“I’m so sorry about this.” She wrings her hands, looking awkward as fuck. “I didn’t mean to just walk into your house and make myself at home.”
“I know you didn’t,” I assure her. “I’m going to come closer now, is that okay?”
She nods, but her eyes remain on me as I enter the kitchen and head for the key hook by the fridge. I remove the one for the rental and replace it with the key she left on the counter, then offer her the one she actually needs. Our fingers brush as she takes it, and something jolts in my chest. Shaking it off, I snatch my hand away and check that the towel is still secure. The last thing I need is to give her another peep show.
“That key will open the front door of the house next door. Hold onto it for now, and I’ll get Mom to drop by with the proper key tomorrow.”
“I can do that.” She smiles, and I resist the urge to fall back a step, because it lights up her entire face, elevating her from pretty to gut-wrenchingly beautiful. “I don’t want to put you out any more than you already are.”
“Don’t worry about it.” Despite my frustration, I find my lips curving. “It’s not you I’m angry at.”
Her expression softens. “Please don’t be too mad with Nadine. She seems like such a nice person, and I’m sure she only wants to make you happy.”
Damn, she has a point. But whether her intentions are good or not, it won’t stop me from giving Mom a piece of my mind. She needs to know it’s not all right to hand out my house key to total strangers just because she wants grandbabies.
PRAISE FOR A PLACE TO BELONG
“The perfect small town romance with all the feels! Felicity Bell has been moving from place to place her life. First, her mother would move her all over for whatever man she was seeing at the time, and as she got older, she too started moving. For Felicity, it was because conflict was never her thing and when something would go wrong, she would move to avoid uncomfortable situations. Now, she is tired of moving and wants to settle down in one place.
Wyatt Dawson has been burned in the past and he will never put himself in that position again to get his heartbroken. No matter how attractive his new neighbor is. As a brick mason his job is long hours and hard work, but he doesn’t mind it but as his days continue on, he notices that Felicity has wormed her way into his stomach with her delicious desserts and is slowly worming he way into his heart.
Can these two put aside their issues and trust that people can change?
This was a beautiful opposites attract romance with a quirky meddling mother and a crazy ex-girlfriend. A Place to Belong had all the small-town charm that I love in a story with serious steam and a heart melting HEA!!” –Jessi C‘s review (Amazon)
“The title says it best. Needless to say, he does everything in his power to focus on his job and not the sexy woman until a suspicious man shows up around her. The chemistry is intense, and the magnetic pull can’t be ignored. But is it enough…is Felicity there to stay, will Wyatt realize what he has missed/missing, will he open up giving her a chance, has she found a place to belong, to feel connected to, and can they find happiness?” –Dee‘s review (Amazon)
“His mother has been throwing ELIGIBLE women his way since he broke up with his long-time AND cheating girlfriend. Wyatt is determined to focus on his job as a brick layer (I don’t think in all the 4 million romance books, I have read have I encountered a brick layer!) and ignore the fact that Felicity is charming, sweet, funny, smart and gorgeous. Pretty soon, Wyatt is not able to ignore Felicity, especially when it looks like an unscrupulous man is sniffing around her. But is Felicity here to stay? Will she be able to find a place to belong in Oak Bend? I really enjoyed this story and loved how the author took us inside to watch their struggles and strength. In addition, this book shows a very amusing sample of opposites attract; I really enjoyed quiet Wyatt’s inner musings about how much Felicity talks! So funny.” –Kindle Customer‘s review (Amazon)
Wow, a meddling mother! Haven’t seen that trope in a while… ♥♥♥
Sounds like quite a tale!
Thank you for telling us about your new book, Alexa! I know I can’t wait to read this intriguing read!
A Place to Belong looks fantastic! ♥ We’ll be sure to check it out!
Alexa Rivers is the author of steamy and heartfelt small town romances.
She lives in a small town herself, complete with nosy neighbors and quirky traditions.
She shares a house with a neurotic dog and a husband who thinks he’s hilarious.
When she’s not writing, she enjoys travelling, baking and decorating cakes, eating those cakes, cuddling fluffy animals, drinking excessive amounts of tea, and absorbing herself in fictional worlds.
About The Blue Collar Romance Series
Escape to Oak Bend where blue-collar hotties work hard and love even harder.
From broody carpenters to sexy electricians, these eight standalones are packed with small town feels, heat, and heartwarming happily ever afters.
Enjoy your favorite tropes written by an amazing group of authors: Jaymee Jacobs, Alexa Rivers, Evelyn Sola, Kate Carley, Tracy Broemmer, Mila Nicks, Claire Wilder, and Moni Boyce.
Fall head over heels for swoon-worthy book boyfriends who aren’t afraid of a little hard work for that happily ever after.
Thank you for telling us about your great book tour! I know readers can’t wait to get ahold of this contemporary romance!
Thanks again to Alexa and her blog tour sponsor!
We hope to see you back on ILRB sometime.
Happy reading, everyone! ♥♥♥ Have a great rest of your week!