Desert Island Books with Brooke Cumberland (1/2 of the USA Today Bestselling duo Kennedy Fox)

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[Note from Frolic: We are so excited to have author Brooke Cumberland of USA Today Bestselling duo Kennedy Fox guest post on the site today. Take it away Brooke!]

This is one of those questions that readers often ask or get asked. There’s usually those “rebels” who say “I’d bring my Kindle and never run out of books!” But let’s assume this desert island has no electricity to which the Kindle will eventually run out of battery. Let’s assume we can only bring paperbacks with us, so these are the books I’d bring with me to read over and over again!

The Last Letter by Rebecca Yarros

For when I’m in the mood for a beautiful and heartbreakingly tragic romance, this is the book I pick up. It’s so much more than a romance or family drama. It’s considered woman’s fiction in some ways, but the parts weaved in are about family, grief, military life, loss, and dealing with real life issues. Ella and Beckett are two characters that I felt so close to, felt such a strong connection while reading (alongside the two kids in this book) and most readers like me, found themselves sobbing while reading the last 15%. This story is about managing real life situations while falling in love when you least expected it. It’s about leaning on someone when you’re determined to be strong enough and also realizing it’s okay not to be strong enough. This book holds heavy material, but it is also so beautifully written that it drew me into every page, and I never wanted to say goodbye to these characters who I fell so hard for. I can’t imagine life without this book, which is exactly why I’d bring it with me.

Archer’s Voice by Mia Sheridan

This book has been one of my top favorites since it first released in 2014. I remember Mia telling us in an author group before she published how nervous she was for this book. It’s too different, she said. He’s my favorite and what if no one loves him like I do?, she asked. Can you even imagine a world where she didn’t publish this book and we never got to meet Archer? This is one of the most beautiful books I’ve ever read. I no doubt shed some tears. I smiled and laughed. I melted and swooned. Archer is a quiet boy, he’s not rugged and alpha male, he’s not your “typical” hero that we see today. He’s damaged. Loyal. Sweet. I fell for him so damn hard. The female heroine, Bree is one I loved so much too. Archer and Bree are one of my favorite fictional couples. Not only is this story so unique, so emotional and beautiful, but it’s one I could re-read and never get tired of it making it the perfect desert island book!  

Where I Belong by J. Daniels

If I’m going to be stranded on a deserted island, I’m going to need some steamy romance for those lonely, quiet nights which is why I picked a J. Daniels’ book. Not only is her writing addictive, but her heroes are full on alpha male and know how to claim their women. Add in sexy cops and small town? I’m in! I read this book during the summer of 2014 and it’s stuck with me ever since then. The entire Alabama Summer series can’t be missed.

This is book 1 in the series and my favorite. I also love a good trope or two and this one has plenty—enemies-to-lovers, southern romance, small town romance, single dad, brother’s best friend, summer fling, ugly duckling to bombshell (I don’t know if that’s an official trope, but it fits anyway). Like I said, this book has everything!

J Daniels’ writes her men so well it’s hard to pick which one of her male characters is my favorite. Dirty talkers (my weakness)—check. Sexy men in uniforms (handcuff fantasy, anyone?)—check. Possessive alpha males (YES!)—check.

Ben Kelly could keep me company during those cold nights, so I’m packing him with me!

Men of Honor Series by KC Lynn

This is one series I couldn’t just pick one book, so I’m packing up the entire crew and taking Jaxon & Julia, Sawyer & Grace, Cade & Faith, and of course, Cooper & Kayla with me. I stumbled across this series after knowing KC Lynn for a while in the book world. I decided to binge read over the course of four days and I was every bit addicted and consumed with this entire series.

If I’m going to be stranded for who knows how long, I’m taking this crew and devouring them every chance I get. This series is filled with so much emotion, beautiful writing, and some heartbreaking situations. The men are full-on alpha males, fight for who they want, and take care of their women. They play hard and love harder. I remember messaging KC Lynn and giving her mini updates, how I was handling the emotions she was putting me through, and then cursing her out at times too. Reading this series was like going through a journey—one I didn’t see coming and now I devour everything KC delivers.

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About the Author:

Brooke Cumberland & Lyra Parish are a duo of romance authors who teamed up to write under the USA Today Bestselling pseudonym, Kennedy Fox. They share a love of You’ve Got Mail and The Holiday. When they aren’t bonding over romantic comedies, they like to brainstorm new book ideas. One day, they decided to collaborate and have some fun creating new characters that’ll make your lady bits tingle and your heart melt. If you enjoy romance stories with sexy, tattooed alpha males and smart, independent women, then a Kennedy Fox book is for you!

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Baby Mine (Hunter & Lennon, #1) by Kennedy Fox, out today!

I saw her first.
Blonde. Gorgeous. Feisty.
I was smitten. 

But it didn’t matter because she chose him and he was my best friend and roommate. I’d never be able to compete with that, so I pushed her away instead. It was easy when she lived hours away, and I didn’t have to see her every day, but then she moved in with us. 
Now, I’m screwed.

To her singing in the shower every morning, dancing in the kitchen while she makes coffee, and doing yoga in our living room, I can’t stop thinking about her in all the wrong ways. She’s not mine and never will be, but that doesn’t stop me from wanting to push her against a wall and claim her mouth.

She’s constantly on me for making messes, bringing chicks home every weekend, and being a smartass when their PDA gets on my nerves. Considering neither of them know how I feel, it’s not fair for the way I act toward them. I should move out so I can get over her for good; however, the selfish part of me can’t let go. 

But then the unthinkable happens… 
When my best friend dies in a motorcycle accident, the two of us are left to grieve our loss together. Instead of pushing her away, I pull her closer. 

Just as we come to terms with our new reality, she finds out she’s pregnant with his baby. 
And I’m left to make the hardest decision of my life…  


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