My Favorite Authors/Books

One of my all time favorite books is Binding Arbitration. Make sure you have a full box of Kleenex nearby because you are going to need them. There is a prequel available, Cutters vs. Jocks, that would be helpful to read first, but it isn't necessary. This is just one of those stories that sticks with you. I have read it several times, something I rarely do.

Through the corridors of the Windy City's criminal courts, single mother Libby Tucker knows exactly how far she'll go to save her cancer-stricken son's life. The undefeated defense attorney is prepared to fight, but the cost of this victory requires revisiting old heartache.
Seven years ago, Libby had a one night stand with Aidan Palowski that ended in a pregnancy and him deserting her at their college graduation. Libby has worked her backside bare for everything she's attained, while Aidan has been indulged since he landed in a pile of Gold Coast money. Libby fears asking Aidan to live up to his biological duty could jeopardize the only thing the jock worships: his celebrity baseball career. But when Aidan learns about his son's desperate need, it pricks open the wound he's carried since he abandoned Libby and the child.

All Libby needs is a little anonymous DNA, but Aidan wants to recapture all he lost the day he walked away from her. There's more to settle between Aidan and Libby than heartache, redemption, and forgiveness because Libby might not be able to save her son without sacrificing her own heart.

I didn't like Aiden in the beginning of the book. He seemed like such a cocky, self centered man that he just ticked me off. He needed to man up and take responsibility for his actions. There were so many times I just wanted to smack some sense into him in the beginning. But then he began to change. Things got better and he became a man any woman would want to call her own.

Libby has grown into a great mom. She'd do anything to help her son, Cass, including sucking it up and asking Aiden for help. She's done well on her own for 6 years.  I'm not sure what it was about her, but I liked her from the very beginning.

One little part that bothered me was the umpire that would "talk" to Aiden. That didn't seem to fit in with the rest of the story, but I just took it as Aiden's conscience talking to him, trying to steer him in the right direction. Those parts weren't enough to keep me from enjoying this wonderful story.

Windy City writer Elizabeth Marx brings cosmopolitan flair to her fiction, which is a blend of romance and fast-paced Chicago living with a sprinkle of magical realism. In her past incarnation she was an interior designer--not a decorator--which basically means she has a piece of paper to prove that she knows how to match and measure things and can miraculously make mundane pieces of furniture appear to be masterpieces. Elizabeth says being an interior designer is one part shrink, one part marriage counselor and one part artist, skills eerily similar to those employed in writing.
Elizabeth grew up in Illinois and has also lived in Texas and Florida. If she's not pounding her head against the wall trying to get the words just right, you can find her at a softball field out in the boonies or sitting in the bleachers by a basketball court. Elizabeth resides with her husband, girls, and two cats who've spelled everyone into believing they're really dogs.
Elizabeth has traveled extensively, but still says there's no town like Chi-Town.
Elizabeth writes:
Contemporary Romance/Chick Lit, Cutters vs. Jocks: Binding Arbitration
Historical/Time Travel: To Breathe the Breath of Isis
Mature YA/ Urban Fantasy: The Seer's 7 Deadly Fairy Tales, A Compendium & All's Fair in Vanity's War
You can contact the author at or visit her website

I can't say enough about this amazing book. It was just a fun read filled with humorous situations and a lot of sexual innuendo. Make sure you have enough time to read this book. Once you start it, you will not want to put it down. 

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He was someone who belonged in my wildest fantasies instead of a rest stop in the middle of Nebraska.
A sexy, cocky, Australian named Chance was the last person I expected to run into on my cross-country drive.
When my car broke down, we made a deal. Next thing I knew, we were traveling together, spending sexually-tense nights in hotels and taking unplanned detours.
My ordinary road trip turned into the adventure of a lifetime. It was all fun and games until things got intense.
I wanted him, but Chance wouldn’t make a move. I thought he wanted me too, but something was holding him back.
I wasn’t supposed to fall for the cocky bastard, especially when I knew we’d be going our separate ways.
All good things must come to an end, right?
Except our ending was one I didn’t see coming.

What and amazing read. I devoured this book in no time at all. I just couldn't put it down. I couldn't wait to see what would come out of Chance's mouth next. He perfected sexual innuendo comments.  He was absolutely perfect, the title of the book fit him perfectly. He was so cocky, but he was so sweet too. His personality was just a perfect mix. 

The best part of Chance was that he knew how to push Aubrey's buttons and really enjoyed doing it. I loved seeing her all riled up. She must have enjoyed it though, because she put up with him for their entire trip. 

I loved this book from beginning to end. There were so many different twists and turns that I didn't expect that I was captivated the entire time. There were so many times I was laughing out loud or just covering my mouth in shock at the turn of events. I just can't describe how perfect this book was. It's one I will enjoy re-reading soon, something I haven't done in a long time. I just haven't found a book worthy of re-reading for a while. 

This stand alone is written in dual POV. 


Vi Keeland
vi keeland bio.pngVi Keeland is a native New Yorker with three children that occupy most of her free time, which she complains about often, but wouldn't change for the world. She is a bookworm and has been known to read her kindle at stop lights, while styling her hair, cleaning, walking, during sporting events, and frequently while pretending to work.  She is a boring attorney by day, and an exciting smut author by night!
Penelope Ward is a New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal Bestselling author. She grew up in Boston with five older brothers and spent most of her twenties as a television news anchor, before switching to a more family-friendly career. She is the proud mother of a beautiful 10-year-old girl with autism and a 9-year-old boy. Penelope and her family reside in Rhode Island.

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