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UNLUCKY IN LOVE by AJ Renee
Release date: January 30, 2019
Genre: Romantic Comedy/New Adult

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Lucky in Love.

That’s the name of the dating app I picked, hoping to find Mr. Better Than Average so I can hold off planning my future as a cat lady.

I’ve been distracted eyeballing a tall, dark, and handsome Latin hottie who works in the library with me. He is way out of my league, and a woman has needs if you know what I mean.

Finding a man shouldn’t be hard when all I have to do is swipe left or right. It’ll weed out the slimy men who have Bad Date written all over them.

Yeah, I’m learning quickly that I’m rather unlucky in love after all. The men I pick need warning labels, kissing lessons, and a good talking-to about manners.

Should I throw in the towel, or will this series of bad dates be exactly what I need to win Mr. Right?

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It’s been a long time since I have released a new story.  The last being Breakthrough in Craving One Night, so when the Billionaire concept popped up, I was drooling!

Whatever You Want, my story in Billionaires Club (Welcome to the Club, #1) is definitely one of my favourite stories, I’ve written so far and with the epic spin of all our stories being intertwined…well, it’s an amazing collection – even if I say so myself.

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Blurb

People say size doesn’t matter, but in a world ruled by cash and currency, the size of your bank account does.

When it comes to the survival of the richest, hundreds have no worth. Thousands are mere pocket change. And millions are nothing more than a beginner’s steppingstone.

But when it comes to blistering hot passion, money doesn’t always speak the language of love. There’s the billionaire boss who falls…

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== BLURB ==
People say size doesn’t matter, but in a world ruled by cash and currency, the size of your bank account does.
 
When it comes to the survival of the richest, hundreds have no worth. Thousands are mere pocket change. And millions are nothing more than a beginner’s stepping stone.
 
But when it comes to blistering hot passion, money doesn’t always speak the language of love.
There’s the billionaire boss who falls for her sinfully gorgeous employee. And the rich
construction worker whose world changes after a hot encounter with a girl from the other side of the tracks. Dollars can’t be turned to hearts.
 
Follow the characters of these five intertwined novellas and discover that you can’t put a price tag on romance.
 
All bets are off when finding love is worth more than millions, and risking it all might just be worth it.
 
Because in this world… it’s all about the billions, baby…

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People say size doesn’t matter, but in a world ruled by cash and currency, the size of your bank account does.

When it comes to the survival of the richest, hundreds have no worth. Thousands are mere pocket change. And millions are nothing more than a beginner’s steppingstone.

But when it comes to blistering hot passion, money doesn’t always speak the language of love. There’s the billionaire boss who falls for her sinfully gorgeous employee. And the rich construction worker whose world changes after a hot encounter with a girl from the other side of the tracks. Dollars can’t be turned to hearts.

Follow the characters of these five intertwined novellas and discover that you can’t put a price tag on romance.

All bets are off when finding love is worth more than millions, and risking it all might just be worth it.

Because in this world… it’s all about the billions, baby…

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NEW RELEASE – Taxed by Love

Title: Taxed by Love
Series: St. Fleur Novel
Author: AJ Renee
Genre: Contemporary Romance
SubGenre: Brother’s Best Friend/2nd Chance
Release Date: August 29, 2018

Love was in the air and Gabrielle wasn’t interested. Even if she was willing to risk her heart again, which she wasn’t, any man would have to get past her overbearing brother first.
 
Andrew was unashamed of his love of women… until he found himself yearning for what his friends had found—love and family. When a gorgeous woman caught his eye at a buddy’s wedding reception, he blindly followed, unable to resist her allure.
 
Their encounter was meant to be no-strings fun, but months later, Gabrielle couldn’t get him out of her mind. Andrew regretted never getting her name or number, leaving them both with only memories and unanswered desires.
 
An unexpected reunion brought the couple to St. Fleur, where trouble had been stirring for their friends and family. Can Andrew persuade Gabrielle to take a risk on a playboy? Or will tragedy jeopardize their chance at love?
AJ Renee is the author behind the St. Fleur series, Beauty Unmasked, Winter’s Surprise, Surviving Paris, and Finding Love at the Falls…. She’s a military wife and mother to three young girls. She graduated from the University of Central Florida with her Master of Science in Criminal Justice and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology while working at the library.
 
She loves to write steamy romance with suspense and a happily ever after. When she isn’t writing or interacting with her readers, you can find her spending time with her family or reading. AJ enjoys traveling, researching family history, and all things New Orleans.

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Title: Taxed by Love
Series: St. Fleur Novel
Author: AJ Renee
Genre: Contemporary Romance
SubGenre: Brother’s Best Friend/2nd Chance
Release Date: August 29, 2018
Love was in the air and Gabrielle wasn’t interested. Even if she was willing to risk her heart again, which she wasn’t, any man would have to get past her overbearing brother first.
 
Andrew was unashamed of his love of women… until he found himself yearning for what his friends had found—love and family. When a gorgeous woman caught his eye at a buddy’s wedding reception, he blindly followed, unable to resist her allure.
 
Their encounter was meant to be no-strings fun, but months later, Gabrielle couldn’t get him out of her mind. Andrew regretted never getting her name or number, leaving them both with only memories and unanswered desires.
 
An unexpected reunion brought the couple to St. Fleur, where trouble had been stirring for their friends and family. Can Andrew persuade Gabrielle to take a risk on a playboy? Or will tragedy jeopardize their chance at love?
AJ Renee is the author behind the St. Fleur series, Beauty Unmasked, Winter’s Surprise, Surviving Paris, and Finding Love at the Falls…. She’s a military wife and mother to three young girls. She graduated from the University of Central Florida with her Master of Science in Criminal Justice and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology while working at the library.
 
She loves to write steamy romance with suspense and a happily ever after. When she isn’t writing or interacting with her readers, you can find her spending time with her family or reading. AJ enjoys traveling, researching family history, and all things New Orleans.

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Check out the book trailer I finally finished for Widower’s Aura! I’m super excited for you to check it out!

 

 

Widower’s Aura is the first novel in the St. Fleur series by AJ Renee. This steamy smalltown romance will keep you on the edge of your seat. Can Noah, an ex-military widower, save Sofia, a sexy photographer, when he couldn’t even save his own wife?

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Living in a world full of colors, Sofia Brazier escapes a career gone south as a juvenile probation officer in New Orleans. After moving to the small town of St. Fleur, Sofia opens a photography business in hopes of ridding her life of all the dark auras surrounding the damaged souls she once tried helping. Her comfortable new life is upended when widower, and ex-security-forces-turned-handyman hunk, Noah Tyler enters the local pub.

Noah attempts to avoid the voluptuous beauty who has captivated his every thought. That is, until his daughter vandalizes Sofia’s building and effectively seals their fate. After cutting his daughter a break, Sofia begins tearing down the walls he built after his wife’s death.

Just when life finally seems worth living for Noah, Sofia finds herself the victim of a string of crimes. Can he protect Sofia when he failed to protect his own wife?

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Taxed by Love by #AJRenee
Release Date: August 29, 2018

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Title: Taxed by Love
Series: St. Fleur Novel
Author: AJ Renee
Genre: Contemporary Romance
SubGenre: Brother’s Best Friend/2nd Chance
Release Date: August 29, 2018

 

Love was in the air and Gabrielle wasn’t interested. Even if she was willing to risk her heart again, which she wasn’t, any man would have to get past her overbearing brother first.
 
Andrew was unashamed of his love of women… until he found himself yearning for what his friends had found—love and family. When a gorgeous woman caught his eye at a buddy’s wedding reception, he blindly followed, unable to resist her allure.
 
Their encounter was meant to be no-strings fun, but months later, Gabrielle couldn’t get him out of her mind. Andrew regretted never getting her name or number, leaving them both with only memories and unanswered desires.
 
An unexpected reunion brought the couple to St. Fleur, where trouble had been stirring for their friends and family. Can Andrew persuade Gabrielle to take a risk on a playboy? Or will tragedy jeopardize their chance at love?
She should have known better than to come outside with him. Their attraction had been instantaneous, but the little something more than sexual tension that she couldn’t identify was a problem.Gabrielle avoided relationships. At least she had for the last two and half years. Fuck buddies. That was what she could handle—until they forgot the rules and told her they loved her and wanted to be with her.

Shaking her head free from her thoughts, she knew exactly what she needed to do. “Do you even remember my name?” His eyes darted away, so Gabrielle stepped into him. Startled eyes looked down at her. “It’s okay. Let’s chalk it up to being too loud inside.”

Relief softened his face, and she couldn’t help but admire how handsome he was. Gabrielle cupped his face and brought it to hers. Their lips softly pressed against each other’s, testing the sensation, memorizing the feel.

The door opened again, and she hid her face in his body. When the street quieted, she peeked around him.

“Come on.” She slipped her hand into his larger one and pulled him toward the side of the building, away from intruding eyes and nosey family.

Silence cocooned them, and shadows hid their secrets. His handsome eyes watched her, waiting to see what she would do next.

Gabrielle stepped into him, his heat warming the front of her body. “Kiss me,” she demanded, her eyes drawn to his full lips.

His large hands cupped her face, tipping it up before taking her lips in a slow kiss. A fire ignited in her belly the moment his tongue swept inside her mouth. Gabrielle rolled to her toes and locked her fingers behind his neck.

One of his arms banded around her waist, pulling her tightly against him. Her breasts strained against the dress and his erection pressed against her belly. The kiss was wild, stealing her breath and all thoughts straight from her mind. She tipped her head back, searching to fill her lungs with the oxygen it needed.

He moved his mouth down the column of her neck, stopping at the tops of her breasts. His sigh tickled her sensitive skin, and he peppered more kisses along the side of her neck and shoulder.

She’d never had a one-night stand. Gabrielle may have enjoyed no-strings-attached sex, but she’d been careful in choosing her partners. At this moment though, she quit thinking things through.

Andrew’s free hand cupped her ass, pulling her up and into his hard dick. She needed desperately to kiss him, and since he was occupied with sending bolts of desire down between her legs, she settled on his neck. Breathing him in, she sighed before flicking out her tongue and tasting him.

They made out like overeager teenagers in the dark, away from prying eyes, his fingers kneading into her hips and ass. Hers dug into his scalp as she sucked on a sweet spot on his neck. His touch and kisses added to her tipsy state.

“More…” she whimpered, warmth spreading across her cheeks at her wanton behavior.

Andrew lowered the zipper at her back enough to free her breasts. The cool air sent goose bumps along her fevered flesh.

“Wow.” He sighed and flicked his tongue against one nipple then the next. “Beautiful, absolutely beautiful,” he murmured against her skin before sucking a nipple into his warm mouth.

 

AJ Renee is the author behind the St. Fleur series, Beauty Unmasked, Winter’s Surprise, Surviving Paris, and Finding Love at the Falls…. She’s a military wife and mother to three young girls. She graduated from the University of Central Florida with her Master of Science in Criminal Justice and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology while working at the library.
She loves to write steamy romance with suspense and a happily ever after. When she isn’t writing or interacting with her readers, you can find her spending time with her family or reading. AJ enjoys traveling, researching family history, and all things New Orleans.

 

 


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No Going Back

Summer has been crazy for my family and I know it’s been nuts for everyone else. That’s why opening up my email and finding this review posted is making my day! It’s always fun to see how others react to the stories I’ve crafted. I know why I love them, but hearing why others love them makes all the stress and worry behind each book worth it! Thank you Astronima’s on Pointe Reviews and Proofreading for taking a chance on my stories!

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AJ is an author that I’m happy I found. I try to snatch a few extra minutes to read her stories. This one, I stayed up to finish. Now I only have one more to read of hers and I’ll be caught up! Maybe another sleepless night is in order haha.

JJ and Rocco are two characters we’ve met before in AJ’s St. Fleur series. This can be read as a stand-alone and you won’t be lost. That said, I definitely recommend reading them all.

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Rocco is the mysterious mechanic. He doesn’t talk about his personal life. A chance mistake will make it so he doesn’t have the option. Especially when JJ is the one asking questions. Rocco gets a shot at winning the heart of JJ and he won’t let go this time. His plans include forever. Rocco struck me as a proud man and protector. When his sister…

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Here is my interview with AJ Renee

Check out my interview with Fiona Mcvie!

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Hello and welcome to my blog, Author Interviews. My name is Fiona Mcvie.

 

Let’s get you introduced to everyone, shall we? Tell us your name. What is your age?

 Hi everyone! I’m AJ Renee and I’m 34 years old.

Fiona: Where are you from?

The correct answer is everywhere. I’m an army brat and air force wife. I consider Florida home as that is where all our family is. While born and raised here on the mainland I also consider myself Puerto Rican.

Fiona: A little about your self (ie,  your education, family life, etc.).

I went to the University of Central Florida and graduated with a Master of Science in Criminal Justice and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. I married my husband and we continued our lives within the military community as he too is an army brat. We’ve moved four times in the past eleven…

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St. Fleur Novel #5 Coming soon!

You read that right! The FIFTH novel in the St. Fleur series is releasing soon! Mark those calendars, August 29th you have a date with Andrew and Gabrielle in Taxed by Love. I can’t tell you how much I love these characters! Below is the blurb for the story. It’s with the proofreader now for any final touches and it’s off for formatting. The cover reveal will be July 30th so please stay tuned! My St. Fleur Belles group is already getting little sneak peeks. If you want in on the fun, please consider joining us! I hope everyone is enjoying their summer! Happy Reading! ~ AJ

TAXED BY LOVE

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Blurb:

Love was in the air and Gabrielle wasn’t interested. Even if she was willing to risk her heart again, which she wasn’t, any man would have to get past her overbearing brother first.

Andrew was unashamed of his love of women… until he found himself yearning for what his friends had found—love and family. When a gorgeous woman caught his eye at a buddy’s wedding reception, he blindly followed, unable to resist her allure.

Their encounter was meant to be no-strings fun, but months later, Gabrielle couldn’t get him out of her mind. Andrew regretted never getting her name or number, leaving them both with only memories and unanswered desires.

An unexpected reunion brought the couple to St. Fleur, where trouble had been stirring for their friends and family. Can Andrew persuade Gabrielle to take a risk on a playboy? Or will tragedy jeopardize their chance at love?

Don’t forget to add Taxed by Love to your TBR list on Goodreads!

UPDATES…

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I know I haven’t been around much. We’ve had a busy week with family. My oldest got Student of the Month, the two older ones had their Girl Scout end of year ceremony, the oldest did her 1st communion and snagged 2nd place in the 2nd grade spelling bee to mention only a few things that filled the last few days in our family.
 
As soon as the last of my company leaves I will be reading over some of my coworkers stories for a new anthology I’m in. I’ll then add to my story so we can deliver a kick ass project to our readers. I’m really excited to work on this piece and hope you love it as much as we do.
 
Taxed by Love, St. Fleur #5, just came back from the editor and I’ll go over that after my anthology piece is complete. I hope to have a release date and cover to share with you in the next month or two.
 
Lastly, I have a side project I want to finish. It will be a standalone story. I’ve been pretty hush hush over this one and I know I’m teasing you just by mentioning it. 
 
If you’re part of my St. Fleur Belles reader group on Facebook then you know I’ve been trying to balance my time better between work and family. The girls will be home for Summer and I hope to enjoy it to the max. They only stay little for so long, right?
If you ever have any questions for me please reach out. The craziness has me a bit scatterbrained, but I love hearing from readers. You help keep me and my stories going.
 
I hope this finds everyone well! 
Happy Reading!
-AJ

Book Review – No Going Back

Quick review on No Going Back by the Romantic Reads and Such Blog!

It’s wonderful reading that readers are enjoying my work. Thank you for taking the time to review!

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This book was so enjoyable.  Not having any experience with Renee’s style, I was pleasantly surprised by how natural and easy a read it was.

*****

No Going Back

St. Fleur #4 / Standalone

by AJ Renee

Contemporary Romance

Blurb:

Rocco St. Martin stuns the people of St. Fleur when he shows up at Whiskey’s Pub with a black eye. The whispers only become worse when he’s spotted in handcuffs, exiting Deputy Sheriff JJ’s cruiser.

JJ is left with more questions than answers after Rocco refuses to say what happened. Since the stubborn man won’t take her help, she has to resort to keeping a closer eye on him.

When the details of his injuries come to light, will Rocco finally accept her help? Or will he be yet another man who doesn’t understand what it takes to be with a cop?

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Rocco St. Martin stuns the people of St. Fleur when he shows up at Whiskey’s Pub with a black eye. The whispers only become worse when he’s spotted in handcuffs, exiting Deputy Sheriff JJ’s cruiser.

JJ is left with more questions than answers after Rocco refuses to say what happened. Since the stubborn man won’t take her help, she has to resort to keeping a closer eye on him.

When the details of his injuries come to light, will Rocco finally accept her help? Or will he be yet another man who doesn’t understand what it takes to be with a cop?

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Rocco St. Martin stuns the people of St. Fleur when he shows up at Whiskey’s Pub with a black eye. The whispers only become worse when he’s spotted in handcuffs, exiting Deputy Sheriff JJ’s cruiser.

JJ is left with more questions than answers after Rocco refuses to say what happened. Since the stubborn man won’t take her help, she has to resort to keeping a closer eye on him.

When the details of his injuries come to light, will Rocco finally accept her help? Or will he be yet another man who doesn’t understand what it takes to be with a cop?

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The first three St. Fleur novels, finally all in one book! A must-read for lovers of steamy, small-town romance, it is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat through three incredible full-length stories! Fall in love with St. Fleur!

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“You’re staring,” she told him.
 
Rocco shrugged. “How are you?”
 
“I’m good.” She tilted her head. “What’s going on?”
 
“Why does anything have to be going on?” he asked, curious to see if she’d admonish him. When a smile tipped the corner of her mouth, Rocco smirked.
 
JJ lifted her glass and drank. Rocco watched the column of her neck as she swallowed and imagined kissing his way down all that fair skin. He shifted in his seat, placing his ankle on his knee to see if that would ease the pressure forming in his pants.
 
“Well, for one, you’ve never sat with me for a meal,” JJ said as she put the glass on the table.
 
Rocco nodded. “True, and you’ve never felt the need to drive by the garage ten times a day.”
 
A blush covered her cheeks and swept down her neck. The color only highlighted her beauty and made his mind consider other ways he could make her turn that red. He was a rat bastard. He shouldn’t have embarrassed her like that. “I’m sorry.”
 
She shrugged. “Don’t be. It’s true. I’ve been worried about you.” The words came out whisper soft and he almost missed them.
 
The waitress returned with his food, and he sat forward. “Why?”
 
“Why what?”
 
“Why are you worried about me?” Her concern touched him, and he had to stop himself from rubbing his chest. Rocco was the oldest child. He wasn’t accustomed to others worrying about him—ever.
 
JJ placed her fork down. “Rocco, there’s obviously something going on with you. If you need—”
 
“Ah,” he said, pushing down his disappointment. “That’s all this is about.”
 
They stared at each other a moment before she said, “Ye—no… no, it’s not.”
 
Rocco raised an eyebrow. “No?”
 
Before JJ could say anything, her phone on the table rang. She looked from the caller to Rocco and sighed. “Sorry,” she said before answering the call. “Jolie. —Hey, what’s going on? —Oh, okay. Sure, I can be there.” Her eyes darted toward Rocco and away.
 
Rocco took another bite of his burger and listened as the conversation went on for another minute.
 
“Sorry about that,” she told him after ending the call.
 
“Everything okay?”
 
JJ raised an eyebrow. “Why, Rocco, I might think you’re worried about me.”
 
“Would that be so bad?”
 
The teasing expression on her face softened. “No. That could be nice.”
 
“Oh yeah?” he asked, unable to stop his chest from puffing out some.
 
JJ laughed, and the sound was feminine and sexy. “Yeah.” She pushed her plate away and dropped some money on the table. “Well, I need to go.” JJ slid out from the booth. “That was my sister, and she needs me to come over.”
 
“Have dinner with me?” Rocco blurted.
 
“Yes,” she said at the same time he said, “I mean…”
 
“Yes?” Rocco asked.
 
“I’d love to have dinner with you.” JJ winked.
 
His cheeks pulled back tightly. “Great, how does Friday sound?”
 
JJ laughed. “Today is Friday.”