Book Review & Excerpt ~ Engaged to the EMT by Piper Rayne

A Sexy FAKE RELATIONSHIP rom com standalone written by a duo of two USA Bestselling Authors

Luca Bianco is a jerk. There I said it.

He thinks he’s so suave and sexy, walking around in his paramedic uniform stretched out by all his hard muscles and saving lives every day. I swear he thinks every woman in the world would kill for a chance to be with him.

Men like Luca are good for one thing only—a one-night stand—not commitment. I don’t care if my friend did pay good money at a charity bachelor auction for me to go on a date with him, I refuse to do it.

That is until Luca offers me a deal I can’t refuse, and I agree to be his pretend fiancé.

The heat that’s simmered between us for a decade ignites and I’m not sure even Luca will be able to kickstart my heart after I call code blue.

What’s that saying? Love is blind?

Not true. I can see this head-on collision coming a mile away.



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The light from the street reflects the humor shining in his eyes. “I’m just sick of the fighting.”

“Fighting is what we do best. It’s basically how we communicate.” Then all the puzzle pieces join together in my head. I’m so stupid. “You want something.”

We pull up in front of my house just as I realize what a fucking moron I am.

“Nope.” He takes the keys, grabs the bag of food and gets out of the car.

He’s totally playing me. I might not be a psychologist who can quickly spot a liar, but Luca, I know too well. Not well, but when it comes to our interactions—I know him. And this nice Luca, taking me to a Hawks game, buying me dinner, wanting to eat with me…this isn’t the Luca Bianco I know.

I climb out of his car, the slam of the door echoing down the dark residential street. “Tell me what it is you want.”

His lips remain straight, not even a hint of a smile or smirk.

Another clear sign that this isn’t the Luca I know.

“Come on. Let’s eat.” He nods in the direction of my house.

“By prolonging whatever it is, you’re just pissing me off, which means if you need something, I’m more than likely going to say no. Or we could play a little game…”

“How about we eat?” He waits patiently as I insert the key into my door, disengage the alarm that Cristian, Luca’s brother insisted we get installed.

Police officers. Jeez.

We step inside and he’s the one to shut the door and flick the lock.

“Planning to have your way with me?” I’m not serious as I walk into the kitchen to grab us some drinks, utensils, and napkins.

The sound of the television blaring drifts into the kitchen seconds later.

With my hands full, I head back into the living room. “Feel free to make yourself at home,” I deadpan, handing Luca a Vitamin Water and a napkin.

“Thanks.” He lifts the napkin and drink. “And thanks.”

We sit on the couch because although our house is nice and newly redecorated thanks to Maddie’s mad skills, the family room area is small and the best place to see the television is the couch. No worries though, there’s still a cushion between us.

I open up my box of food, a little bit of steam hitting my face. “I can’t just sit here and watch soccer with you and not know what you want.”

I hate that I’ve had to resort to being sincere in my request.

He opens up his own box and I’m a tad jealous I didn’t get the burger. It smells and looks delicious.

Luca doesn’t respond, just stands and heads into the kitchen.

He knows our house way too well thanks to his brothers always suggesting we meet here when we go out.

I pop a cauliflower floret into my mouth, tasting the Korean flavor makes my mouth water. Opening up my Vitamin Water to cool my tongue, I ignore Luca’s return, instead, fixating on the television as he rounds the coffee table in front of me. The couch dips with the weight of his body which is now closer than before.

I’ve never been alone with Luca, much less this close. I feel a shift in our volatile relationship like the stillness before a storm. It’s too quiet. It’s too calm. Too…enjoyable.

“Here.” My gaze shifts from the television, although I couldn’t tell you the score of the game and I see he’s holding half his burger out to me.

“What’s this?” I ask, loading my mouth with another califloret.

Man, it’s hot.

“I think you had a little bit of drool dripping from your mouth when I opened the container. How about we share?”

He smiles. A smile I’ve only ever seen on his face with his friends, or his brothers, and especially his mom. He doesn’t even wear this smile when he’s with girls. At least not that I’ve ever seen. That fact runs around my stomach stirring up the butterflies to max flight.

I don’t like this.

It’s too damn calm.

Where are the eighty mile per hour winds?

“Luca, if you don’t tell me what you want, I’m going to kick you out of my house.” I take half the burger and slide my cauliflower and fries closer to him as an offering.

“You can’t just wait?” he asks, seeming disappointed.

“HA!” I point to him with a greasy finger. “You do want something from me. Tell me what it is.”

“You’re ridiculous you know that, right? A normal person would wait.”

I shake my head. “No, they wouldn’t.”

See, this feels good. This feels right.

“LUCA!” I scream.

He blows out a breath. “Fine. I need a favor from you.”











Piper Rayne, or Piper and Rayne, whichever you prefer because we’re not one author, we’re two. Yep, you get two USA Today Bestselling authors for the price of one. Our goal is to bring you romance stories that have “Heartwarming Humor With a Side of Sizzle” (okay…you caught us, that’s our tagline). A little about us… We both have kindle’s full of one-clickable books. We’re both married to husbands who drive us to drink. We’re both chauffeurs to our kids. Most of all, we love hot heroes and quirky heroines that make us laugh, and we hope you do, too.

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Book Review ~ Engaged to the EMT by Piper Rayne

I received an ARC of Piper Rayne’s Engaged to the EMT. This is the 3rd book in the Blue Collar series and the first book of Pipers and Rayne’s I’ve read. Only found out they are 2 authors by reading this book. You don’t need to read the first 2 books in the series to understand what’s happening in this book.

I loved this book. Definite 5 star read! I loved both characters, they were perfect for each other and it was fun reading them fall for each other. The perfect romantic comedy with a sexy paramedic and a spunky physical therapist. I can’t wait to go back and read the first 2 books in the series to find out if the other 2 Bianco brothers are as swoon worthy as Luca.

Lauren and Luca went to high school together. Lauren ended up dating Luca’s best friend but Luca liked Lauren and in an effort to never want to betray his best friend he found it best to act like he hated her. They both hated each other so when Luca comes up with the idea to pretend to be engaged to show his mom he’s got his act together before she goes in for heart surgery, Lauren is the perfect girl for the job. Their hate for each other will keep them from falling for each other during this pretend engagement.

Book Review ~ In Her Space by Amie Knight


I received an ARC of In her space to read and review. In her space is a continuation of Liv and Adam’s story 10 years later. Adam is back for revenge on the people who took him from Liv. It was a beautiful story, you could see Adam and Liv’s love for each other shine through the pages. There was tragedy but in the end but it only brought Adam and Liv closer together and helped to mend relationships that were broken 10 years ago.

Unlike the first book, this book grabbed your attention right away and kept it. I finished the book in 5 hours where the first book took me 2 weeks to read. I was so excited to receive the second book in the story to finish this love story. These characters are the definition of love. Money, social status, none of that mattered to these two and it was great to see these feelings finally extend to the friends from Liv’s past. I loved this book, and the 2 epilogues were a perfect ending to this roller coaster love story.

Book Review ~ Control by K. Bromberg


5 star must read!!!!

I received an ARC for K. Bromberg’s Control. Control is a novella from the Everyday Hero’s series. It’s Desi’s story, Emerson’s best friend. I absolutely love Desi’s spunk, I think she’s my favorite heroine in this series!

I loved this book but it was too short, but then again I feel this way about book from Kristy. I didn’t want the book to end but that’s nothing new when you read a good book. Both Desi and Rez have demons they are trying to rid from their mind and both are not interested in that happily ever after that most people are searching for. Desi doesn’t do relationships, she bails the minute things get too comfortable. Rez is married to his job as the leader of a SWAT team, he doesn’t have time for relationships and doesn’t want a wife and a family on his mind while he’s in a complicated dangerous place at work and cause someone or himself to get hurt or worse killed. They should be perfect for each other right? That fact scares Desi and she puts up her defenses to keep him out.

The story was amazing. Kristy did a good job at keeping you interested in the story line. It was impossible to put the book down, so impossible that I finished it in a matter of hours. The book is part of a series but it’s a standalone book meaning you don’t have to read any other books in the series first, you can jump right in. If Kristy is a new author to you, I highly recommend picking up this book for a sneak peak into her writing. She is one of my favorite authors and I have loved every single one of her books she’s written.

Book Review ~ Raise your game by Cassia Leo

I received an ARC of Raise your game by Cassia Leo and it was amazing! I loved everything about the book! The banter between the couple was so real, like they were a real couple. There are several books out there about pretend couples who fall in love but this one stands out. They go to a couples sex retreat to find intimacy again and have to pretend to be a real married couple with problems. That was no problem for these two who bickered like a married couple all the time! Unlike with other books, I didn’t fall in love with Logan until the very end of the book, until then he was just a guy. Sophie though, she was great! I would love to have her personality and to meet her in real life. It’s usually the male character I want in my life but not with this book.

I can’t wait to read this book again, I will definitely be buying a copy to support the author and looking into her other books. She has a great writing style and I loved every minute of reading this book. Definite 5 star read!