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My goal is to bring you a book boyfriend to pine over every month. You’ll find one here whenever you need him.

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Meet Cross Donati

You didn’t get one last month, so our October Bae is a total treat! Cross Donati is the star of Bethany Kris’ Always. He’s  unapologetic, gorgeous, passionate, and Mafia royalty. Cross loves like he lives, rough.  And we have him all to ourselves for a while.

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Bethany Kris’ inspiration for Cross

1 — Cross, tell us a little about yourself.

Look up arrogant in the dictionary. My picture is right there.

I like leather, Doc Martens, guns, good food, a hard fuck, Sunday church, and a girl with green eyes.

Depending on where you pick up my story, I can be anywhere from a teenager, to a man well into my marriage and life. I’ve always been a little difficult and different. I have few enemies, and fewer friends. A single love has ruled my life, changed my games, and determined every step I took.

I say what I say and I do what I want. And I regretted none of it.

2 — What is it like to grow up a Principe della Mafia?

Suffocating and freeing. It is always both.

3 — You’re described as a wild boy by those who know you. Why is that?

I have no filter. I’ve not been given set rules to follow. The scant rules I have been given, I push to their limits. I’m restless. And difficult. Stubborn, and short-fused. I leave far more often than I stay.

4 — People in your world tend to be ruthless in order to survive. How do you balance that?

There’s a balance? I have yet to find it. A smart man once told me that too many think this is a birthright for men like me, but often forget we are just as much made as they are.

5 — Do you ever regret anything or is it no regrets for you?

I’m pretty much a no regrets type. I do what I want.  

Bethany Kris’ Legacy Novels  are crossovers between several her series, starring only second generation of characters

Always: A Legacy Novel is the story Catherine Marcello, the daughter of Dante and Catrina Marcello from the Filthy Marcellos series. And Cross Donati, the son of Calisto and Emma Donati from Donati Bloodlines.  

Bethany stresses that you DO NOT need to read Filthy Marcellos OR Donati Bloodlines to read Always: A Legacy Novel.

6 — So Cross, if you could have been born into a blue-collar life. What line of work would you have pursued? Or is that something you just don’t think about?

Music, likely. But I like this just fine, too.

7 — I’ve heard that you’re in love with a woman Catherine. Can you describe her in your own words?

 She’s … life. Amazing, beautiful, perfect. Sly. Sneaky. Too smart for her own good. A little bit broken. Everything good, honest, and innocent. And everything bad. She’s mine.

8 — What made you fall for her? What makes her different than every other girl you’ve known?

Well, she’s like me. She comes from the same world I do, and that interested me. I don’t tend to find very much interesting about other people at all. I don’t people. She’s not like other people—she’s … in her own world. Her own league. Like me.

9 — In bed, do you always have to be dominant or are you willing to let your woman have the power at times?

 Depends on the point in my life—younger, it didn’t matter. Older, I like my control.

10  —How do you like your sex, with a little rough and rope or silk scarves and blindfolds?

More rough than soft. More dirty than sweet.


If you want to know more about Cross and his lady love Catherine, you must read Bethany Kris’ Always: A Legacy Novel. It’s available now. So don’t wait, get it now because guess what? We get more Cross next month, when Revere comes out! Yes, book 2 is almost here! Go read and if you enjoy it, don’t forget to let Bethany know by leaving a short (or long, if you prefer!) reviewHere’s a little excerpt of my review of Always

I can’t say enough things about how well Bethany Kris wrote this story and what she did with these characters. When you can read a book and you’re a ball emotion in the end because you lived and loved with the characters, that author has done her job.  Read the rest Here


About Bethany Kris

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Bethany-Kris is a Canadian author, lover of much, and mother to four young sons, one cat, and three dogs. A small town in Eastern Canada where she was born and raised is where she has always called home. With her boys under her feet, a snuggling cat, barking dogs, and a hubby calling over his shoulder, she is nearly always writing something … when she can find the time. 

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Meet Jake Ross

I don’t know if I’ve mentioned this before but I’m a huge baseball fan. So, you can only imagine how excited I am about our July book boyfriend. His name is Jake Ross and he’s the star of Rina Gray‘s Crazy for You. Jake’s a pitcher for the most storied franchise in sports, The New York Yankees. The pinstripes may be slimming but Jake likes himself a little thickness. Or so he tells me. . .

JL: Jake, tell us a little bit about yourselfImage of Jake Ross

 I’m originally from Mobile, Alabama and resided there until I was drafted by the New York Yankees. I have two brothers, two nieces, and two nephews and a hell-raising grandma. Actually, can I retract the mention of my grandma? Otherwise she’s gonna write me out of her will again and hit me with her heavy ass purse. Okay where was I? Mom and dad are still together. They believe in the union of marriage and love, so they gave me a lot of hell about my past exploits with women. 

 Most people assume I’m a huge jock, but that’s only a small part of me. In college, I majored in communications, I’m a huge comic book fan and a fun evening for me these days includes Netflix shows like Luke Cage and Daredevil. But, before I met my girl, I won’t lie…I was heavy into the party scene.

JL: You could have played any other sport. Why Baseball?

 When I was younger, I was overweight and I was definitely an indoors kid. Imagine the kid with coke bottle glasses, with a few comics in my backpack. My parents were old school and believed that kids should be outside playing.  We butted heads but then came to an agreement that I had to play one organized sport. I chose baseball because it seemed like less running—especially being a pitcher. After a season of playing , I was hooked. I tried out for the school team in middle school and made the B-squad. I knew that if I wanted to play varsity I needed to focus on being healthy and getting into shape. So I dropped the weight, had a growth spurt, and transformed during my freshman year in high school.

JL: You have a reputation for being a player. Do you want to set the record straight?

 I was a player B.C. that is Before Charlotte. As a matter of fact, that’s how we met. My publicist will kill me for admitting this, but after the story broke about my…fun times with a certain actress and model, my reputation plummeted. There was a time when I was more known for my extracurricular activities rather than my talent as a pitcher. Not gonna lie, I hated it. I worked my ass off and I’m an All-star player. Back then I had a different mentality, as long as I was upfront about things with women, and I didn’t hurt anyone, it was nobody’s business but ours. Besides, I volunteered my time with the youth, so I couldn’t be as bad as the media portrayed me to be, right? Wrong. Sponsors didn’t see it that way. I understand now that it’s important to protect your brand, whatever it may be.

 Anyway, Charlotte worked at the center where I spent time with mentoring young athletes. She got sick one day and I took care of her. From there, we found we have mutual interest and the relationship grew into something special.

JL: When it comes to women, what quality do you find most attractive?

Confidence. There is nothing sexier than a woman who owns her sexuality. You have a lot of junk in your trunk, jiggle in your wiggle? Own it. Love it. Doesn’t matter, step into a room and tell yourself that you are the most interesting woman in the world and everything else will shine through.

JL: Yes, that’s great. Has it always been that way?

I used to be known for dating models, but  I’ve always loved a woman with curves.

JL: How do you usually woo a woman into your bed? Are you a sweet talker or a let me show you kind of guy?

Haha. Now y’all are getting personal! So we’re doing B.C. (Before Charlotte), I didn’t really have to woo. I know this sounds cocky, but being a famous athlete made sweet talking unnecessary. However, I do believe actions speaks louder than words. So I’m more of a “show you” kind of guy. If you trust me to take you to my bed, then I’m going to take care of you. All. Night. Long. 

JL: What’s the most romantic thing you’ve done for a woman you cared about?

Before Charlotte not a damn thing. After, well, it’s kind of personal. Let’s just say Charlotte is really into superheroes and I did something that allowed her to see herself as I see her—Supergirl and Wonder Woman rolled into a sexy package.

JL: There’s a little rumor about you and a certain PR person. Care to comment?
I’m a straight shooter so I’ll come out and say it. Charlotte Jones is a game changer. She flew into my life like a curveball and I didn’t know which way she was going, but I was able to catch her somehow. And now, I’m never letting her go.

JL: In bed, would you rather hit a straight out 400 f00t home run or an inside the park with the bases loaded?

Inside the park…bases loaded… Heart racing. Pulse pounding. Anticipation. You either go big or go home. When it comes to my woman we go BIG at HOME.
Rapid fire questions:

High Socks or Low Cuffs?
Low cuffs.

Low key night at home or slow dancing at a posh lounge?
Low key night at home.

Batting Gloves or Bare Hands?
Bare hands.

On your girl: Boy shorts or thongs?

Boxers, Briefs, or Nothing?
Boxer briefs.

Whew! I want more. Don’t you? You can get to know Jake even better, read Crazy for You. It’s available August 19, but you can pre-order today! 

About Rina Gray

Photo of Author Rina GrayRina Gray is a contemporary and paranormal romance writer. She is also a digital marketing professional who discovered her love of writing in 2012. Writing has always been Rina’s passion, though initially, she tried to deny it. In college, she served as the copy editor for the entertainment magazine and newspaper. During her tenure, she had the opportunity to interview various talented entertainers including Chris Rock and the cast from Reno-911.

Rina has always been an avid reader, sneaking to read her mother’s books she had no business reading i.e. Stephen King’s The StandIt, and Anne Rice’s various vampire series. As a pre-teen, she received a load of romance novels from a family friend and from that point on, she devoured any book related to romance or horror.

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Meet Laird Alec MacLean

O ur guest this month is Laird Alec MacLean of the Isle of Photo of Laird Alec MacLeanMull. He’s tall, broad-shouldered with pale blue eyes “the color of a cloudless sky on a cold winter day.” In other words, the pure embodiment of a Book-Bae if you ever met one! I’m are so excited to have him us today. Alec is the hero of Madeline Martin’s Enchantment of a Highlander.

1-Alec, I’m so happy to have you chatting with me today. I read somethings about you and I can tell you all my lady readers and I definitely want to get to know you better. Can you share a little about yourself with us?

I’m laird of the MacLean clan, returned from my travels to oversee the rebuilding of Duart Castle. My da was an arse who let everything fall apart around him, including the verra people who live there.

I’ve got a lad who travels with me named Duncan. The boy doesna have anyone else, so I keep him on, even if he talks enough to put the lasses to shame and somehow always manages to find himself in trouble.

2-At the beginning of your story, you’re returning to take control of your lands. Where were you before that?

Anywhere but home. Trust me, if ye knew the former laird, ye’d understand why. I fought as a hired sword, sometimes with friends, sometimes for my own reasons. It’s a good thing too, mind ye – the repairs of Duart Castle and restoration of the land and people will be a considerable fortune to put to rights.

3-You come home to a clan in misery and they don’t know you very well. What do you want your people to know about you?

I’m no’ my da. I dinna let myself touch drink like he did, and I dinna take my rage out on others. I want to make right all the wrongs of his lifetime. Even if they canna forgive my bloodline, I hope they’ll support me in my efforts for their benefit.

4-You seem like such a nice guy. Is there a part of you that’s not so nice? Who gets to see that?

I dinna talk about this generally. My da had a darkness to him. It made him drink and that drink led to hate and violence. I feel it on me, pressing into my mind, begging me to give in to the ugliness that pulled him down. Celia has seen it before. She dinna run from me, but be sure she certainly put me in my place! 

4-Laird, we are very interested about what you like in a woman. Quiet and submissive or outspoken and bold?

I always thought I liked a compliant lass who dinna want any attachments – that is until I met Celia. She’s a spitfire who is unpredictable at best and doesna suffer fools, even lairds. That said, I suppose I’ll have to go with outspoken and bold with a bonny face and a fine set of wide hips.

5-Word on the streets . . . err, the hill is that you have a thing for the witch, I mean healer. Tell us about Celia. We’ll try not to get jealous!

The world thinks she’s a witch. I can see why, if I’m being honest. The lass has the stars in her eyes and a white gold glow to her hair that puts the stars to shame. She’s the bonniest lass I’ve ever seen. And she works miracles unlike any I’ve ever laid eyes upon before. She doesna bleed her patients, or use leeches and other various methods I’ve seen. But with her hands, she manages to bring babes back from the dead and cure various other illnesses. The lass has an even hand for stitching too – barely a scar left. *pulls open his leine for all to see the narrow scar on his broad chest*

6- So, you probably don’t know this because of the 409 year difference and all, but one of my main guys is named Alec McLean. And you both are sexy, strong leaders, haunted by their fathers. And you both seem to like your women strong and in command. What advice can you give Alec McLean when dealing with his lady love, Carissa?

*chuckles* Dinna fight it, lad. She’s going to win ye over – it’s better if ye dinna struggle, aye?

7-What’s it like to wear a kilt and what do you do to keep warm in the cold highlands? Does the draft ever bother you?

Ach, it’s liberating. I dinna have leather chaffing my stones and clinging to me. The wool is made of the finest quality and bound with so tight a knit that when wet, it expands and keeps all the wind out. Ye’ve got this piece here *holds up a length thrown over his shoulder* that ye can wind around yer head when it rains or curl around yer shoulders when the cold bites. If the English had real men, they’d have adopted it by now too I’d wager.  

8-I know you’re busy but please, one last question. What do you think men in my century get wrong when trying to conquer a lady?

Skinny jeans. Just go with a kilt, lads.

Learn more about the Laird by reading Enchantment of a Highlander.

About the Madeline Martin

Photo of Author Madeline MartinMadeline Martin is a USA Today bestselling author of Scottish set historical romance novels with strong heroines and tons of high-action plot twists. 
She lives in sunny Florida with Mr. Awesome (a man who truly deserves such a great name) and two wonderfully magical girls, known collectively as ‘the minions’.
She enjoys working out (to support her love of Nutella and wine), traveling, and doing fun kid-like things with the minions.
In addition to working full time, writing, mothering and keeping everyone in the house alive, she also supports a FB addiction where you can not only read about all her daily antics (and see how addicted she really is to cat memes and videos), but you also might have an opportunity to win a free book from another author during her weekly Free Book Friday giveaway.
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Meet Miles Gardner

Miles, rebellious Billionaire from New England, is the star ofImage of Love Me Now by Cate Tayler  Cate Tayler’s novel, Love MeNow.  And we have him all to ourselves today!

JL: Miles, tell us a little bit about yourself

MG: If you ask some people, there isn’t much to tell. On the surface, I’m just your average playboy billionaire, a yes-man doing his parents’ bidding, never quite living up to his dead older brother’s ideal, drop-dead gorgeous and a rock star in bed. But the truth is more real and less glamorous. I’m a photographer, mostly landscapes and portraits. I run my gallery like a non-profit, using the proceeds to fund local art programs for underprivileged kids. I like Froot Loops, Cherry Coke, and cruising around my new hometown of Mystic Point, CT in my vintage A6 Frua Spyder, my girl at my side. But the rock star in bed thing… that’s 100% true.

JL: What do you like the most about yourself? The least?

MG: I think it’s easier to list all the things you don’t like about yourself: I can be smug and pretentious. I’m slow to warm up to people. Trust is a hard thing. Hell, it took me twenty-five years to finally realize my cousin Henry wasn’t the douche I thought he was. Now he’s like a brother to me. What do I like most about myself? How I am when I’m with Calista, my fiancee. She makes me a better man, a better human being.

JL: What are your views on sex?

MG: I used to think it was a means to an end. My end, particularly. I always made sure she was satisfied, even before I let myself get off, but it was more a point of pride than actually caring for the other person. I just wanted the release. But that was all just sex. Now I make love, to one woman, and it’s a damn religious experience.

JL: Have you ever been in love? If so, describe what happened.

Until I met Calista, I never thought I’d fall in love. I didn’t want to fall in love. That’s one of those inconvenient emotions that just didn’t fit with my lifestyle. But then this sassy, sexy Greek goddess dropped into my life and turned it all upside down. At first she didn’t like me, but I won her over. Then I broke her heart. And then she broke mine. I could write an entire book about the ordeal!

JL: What does your ideal woman look like?

MG: She’s short — excuse me, petite — very curvy. Long, curly raven-black hair, eyes dark and glittery, like chocolate diamonds. Breasts to make you weep and an ass so lush and firm… Mmm-mmm. But that’s nothing compared to what her heart looks like. It’s big and soft, and it beats a rhythm that keeps mine in tune. 

JL: What do you look for in a potential lover?

MG: Someone docile and submissive, who loves to cater to my every — Ouch, Calista! <rubs shin> Let me rephrase that… someone who’s my equal in every way – intellectually, emotionally, sexually. I didn’t realize until I met my amazing fiancée how much more satisfying the passion and the sex are with a woman I respect, admire, and can have intelligent conversation with. Ability to bring knees to forehead is a bonus.  

JL:  What is your favorite sport? Team?

MG: Any sport. I once watched professional tag on some obscure Euro sports channel. But I’m a die-hard, blue-blooded Bruins and Pats fan. Calista says it’s the only thing she’d change about me, but what does she know? She roots for the Jets. Ouch!

JL: Most important question yet: boxers, briefs, or nothing?

MG: My fiancée says that’s for her to know and you to never find out, or she’ll have my balls.

You can learn all about Miles and his love Calista by reading Love Me Now. Available on March 23. You can also visit:

About the Cate Tayler

 Author Cate Tayler's imageCate Tayler is a beach baby, born and raised on the Connecticut coastline. She met the love of her life while serving in the US Air Force, and after extensive overseas travel, they are now raising their four children in the wild suburbs of Maryland.

When she’s not living her own happily ever after, she’s creating them in her small-town romances. Because the world always needs more happy endings!

In addition to writing, her passions include cooking, everything 80s, sappy Hallmark movies, Arrow (specifically, Stephen Amell’s abs), and the Miami Dolphins. You can connect with her at her website:

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