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Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Picture the small town of Piney Falls, an autumn festival with booths, pie contests, live music, and a crackling bonfire. Now picture a fake engagement ruse that sparks late night kisses among the flickering flames.

This is The Billionaire's (Not So) Fake Engagement.

what to say about this 5-book series that I've poured my heart into...

I love the Benton Family!
I love their resilience, their loyalty, and their close family connection, which is what makes this finale a perfect fit!

Both Burke and Justine have longed for a close family connection. Both have experienced loss, heartache, and a sense of rejection. And both feel an absolute joy from the Benton family's embrace.

Their past struggles also make the romance between them so much sweeter! A sweetness that, thanks to Justine, Burke learns to slow down and savor.

You must read the excerpt below. It's so much fun!
I decided to put the first in the series free for a few days, so please pass it along to a friend who hasn't started the series yet.

All the details are below.
Thanks for the love and support, book friends!

Oh, and before I forget, this book also starts a fun fake fiancé series with a group of your favorite clean romance authors, to stay tuned for more.

Blessings, ♡

Kimberly Krey :)

One little nod.
Just one simple nod under pressure and Burke found himself fake-engaged to a gorgeous country girl who needed a lift.

She cries about cats dying that aren't even hers.
She turns old furniture into beautiful pieces of art.
And she tells her aging grandpa that she's engaged so he'll stop hooking her up with odd guys who come through town.

The crazy thing is, Burke might actually be falling in love with her.

Excerpt from The Billionaire's (Not So) Fake Engagement:
“Remember the mean girl I told you about? The one who bugged me about not having a mom?”
“Yeah, she was a jerk at the grocery store too,” he said with a nod. A smile stretched over his lips before she could add to it. “Wait, is she gunning for it too?”
Justine nodded. “And guess what? If she wins this year, she’ll be the first girl to win Pie Princess three years in a row.”
Burke’s jaw went hard. “That’s not going to happen.”
“It’s not?”
“Not a chance. I’m telling you, this pie is something else. But…” His eyes went wide with worry. “You guys probably don’t have a store open all night, do you?”
She grinned. “The grocery store’s not even open now.”
Burke shot the dashboard a look. “It’s not even three yet.”
“Yeah, but it’s the festival. Everything shuts down for it. What ingredients do we need?”
He shook his head. “I’m still a little disturbed that everything shuts down for this.”
She laughed and gave his arm a slap.
“We need butter,” he said, “flour, salt, vinegar. Let’s see…sugar and cinnamon, of course. Lemon juice…”
“I’ve got all of that,” Justine said. “But what’s the vinegar for?”
He puffed his chest. “The crust.”
“Hmm. Is that a secret ingredient?”
Burke nodded.
“And are there apples in this apple pie of yours?”
His expression turned chagrined. “Yes. And they have to be good ones. Granny Smith. Is it too late to get our hands on those?”
Justine considered that. “No,” she realized. “There are crates of produce stacked outside the market. We can slip a few dollar bills through the moneybox.”
“Sounds like…something that would never fly where I’m from, but that’s perfect,” Burke said. “So it’s on.”
Why did she like hearing him say that so much? “Okay,” she said. “But what about the Pie Prince contest? If I win princess, they’ll have me dance the first dance with the prince.”
“You didn’t tell me there was a contest for guys. If that’s the case, I’ll do what it takes to win.”
An untamed thrill shot through her chest. “Just like that?”
He nodded. “I’m not going to let one of these local goons twirl my fiancée around the dance floor. What do I have to do?”
“Eat a pie with your hands behind your back. Faster than the other guys.”
Another warm thrill sank deep into her chest. She smiled before realizing something—he probably wouldn’t be in town for the dance.
“Actually,” she said, “maybe we shouldn’t go after the titles after all.”
He tipped his head. “Why not?”
“Because the dance happens the day after Thanksgiving at the tree lighting ceremony.”
“The tree lighting ceremony?” His brow furrowed. “Man, they really keep you busy, don’t they?”
She chuckled, then sighed, hating the idea of Burke not being around for that. “It’s okay,” she said. “What you’re doing…what you’ve done, it’s already so generous. I don’t want to keep you up all night and force you to scarf down pie and worry about…”
She stopped there when she realized his eye had wandered. Justine studied him as his gaze followed something through the window.
At once he set his eyes back on her. He searched her face for the slightest moment, and then moved in as if he were about to kiss her.
“Hold still,” he urged under his breath. He moved in closer then, gliding his cheek ever so gently, teasingly, against hers. “I don’t mind coming back for the tree-lighting,” he said under his breath.
Goosebumps rippled up her arms as his facial scruff tickled her skin. He settled very close to her ear where his hot breath caused yet another round of goosebumps to surface.
She froze in place, unwilling to disrupt as he pressed a soft, heated kiss just above her jaw. His lips trailed over her skin, his breath teasing along the way, until he was at her earlobe again.
A deep wave of bliss rushed through her, settling low in her tummy.
“They’re watching us,” he rasped in a whisper.
She managed something she hoped he’d take as a nod, though she barely dared move for fear it would stop him. In truth, she did not want the moment, so very much like the one from her dream, to end.
At that thought, he came in once more, pressing the slightest kiss on her earlobe before circling the tiny diamond stud with his teasing lips.
Justine fisted the blanket in her lap as more goosebumps came.
“Sorry,” he said, the word barely audible as he kissed her cheek once more. He pulled back then, slid a finger along her jaw, and fixed those blue eyes on her. He looked so…calm compared to her.
Justine forced her fist to soften. She smoothed out the blanket beneath her hand as she worked to form an intelligible word.
“The game is afoot, princess,” he said with a wink. He grinned triumphantly. “I’ll get your door.” And then he was pushing his own door open and climbing out.
A jagged breath passed through her lips as he circled the car. The game was afoot, was it? It seemed so. It also appeared that Burke was a seasoned all-star while she was a mere novice.
Tonight’s event would be different from a quiet, meet-the-parent type of situation they’d had with Gramps. They were supposed to be an engaged couple. At least Burke seemed to know what he was doing. Thank heavens.
Now it was her job to keep up.

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Tuesday, October 29, 2019

28 Days With a Billionaire

She knows him as the billionaire jerk who ruined her life. Too bad he's her new boss.

Good morning to you, friends!

You guys, I can't even tell you how happy I am to share my new release with you. It has taken me an awfully long time to figure these characters out and give them the organic love story they deserved.

James & Camila are two characters who totally came to life for me. They each had hardships holding them back. James was trying desperately to work through his brother's tragic overdose. And Camila was dealing with a dark secret from her past, one she's kept hidden from even her closest friends.

I loved the interactions between these two. From their first explosive introduction where Camila accidentally shatters quail egg over him and his diamond-crested cufflinks, to the long-awaited first kiss and beyond, I enjoyed the way they reacted to the chemistry between them, and how they helped one another work through the stumbling blocks from their past.

I hope you, too, will enjoy 28 Days with a Billionaire.

The details are below.

Have a blessed day, friends!

~ Kimberly Krey :)

28 Days with A Billionaire By Kimberly Krey

She knows him as the billionaire jerk who ruined her life. Too bad he's her new boss. When private chef Camila Lopez meets billionaire James Benton for the first time, he ends up with egg yolk on his diamond-crusted cufflinks. It was an accident on both parts, but James' cruel date makes sure Camila pays a price by losing her swanky clientele over the mishap.

Luckily, Camila is offered a month-long job at a beachside villa. She's certain it will give her career the boost she's been praying for. But what happens when she finds out she'll be working for none other than James Benton--the guy with the cufflinks who ruined her life?

James Benton has one strict rule: No getting personal with the people who work for him. But when he escapes to deal with his brother's tragic death, rescue comes in the face of his beautiful private chef. Never has breaking a rule looked so good. Will it lead James to the love of his life or leave him with another lesson learned and a broken heart?

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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Chemistry of a Kiss! Sweet YA Romance

I"m happy to announce that Book #5 in the Sweet Water High Series is here!

Guys, I had so much fun discovering Harper Tisdale, her unique family dynamic, and her complicated feelings for Jett Bryant, a guy who's been in her life since she kissed him on the playground back in kindergarten.
These two have great chemistry, even if she squirms a little over having to be his partner in her Marriage and Relationships class. Especially once she discovers their research topic: The Chemistry of a Kiss.
There's flirtation and tension and the promise of something more. A dynamic complicated by the fact that she's dating bad boy, TJ Reynolds.
Of course, life's never perfect; I remember sifting through my own issues of insecurity and difficulty over my parent's separation and divorce. I'm a sucker for bonding moments that make me believe that my characters are truly falling in love; they're are often my favorite scenes to write. You'll find those, as well as some tender, age-appropriate kisses in this sweet romance novel.
I really hope you enjoy CHEMISTRY OF A KISS.

How did I end up in a fake relationship with the gorgeous captain of the basketball team, Jett Bryant? Where do I start?
Back in kindergarten, I used to dream about kissing that adorable brown-eyed boy. He was also the pastor’s son but that didn’t stop me from chasing him down, tackling him on the playground, and kissing him smack on the lips.
Then in eighth grade, I was about to kiss him for real (as real as a spin the bottle kiss could get) but Jett ruined it by telling everyone about the playground kiss so I kissed some guy named James instead.
Fast-forward to our senior year where Jett and I got partnered in Marriage and Relations class and were asked to research—of all things—The Chemistry of a Kiss. It had me thinking about those yummy lips of his a little, but I kept my focus strong since I was dating TJ Reynolds, one of Sweet Water’s most misunderstood bad boys and lead singer of Grungetown. But somewhere along the way, TJ got jealous and kissed Jett’s vicious ex-girlfriend and that’s how he became my ex and that’s when the whole fake relationship idea started in the first place.
The trouble is, all the feelings I had for Jett over the years came pouring back as we spent time together, and our topic wasn’t helping the situation one bit. Neither were the incredible kisses he gave me as we “pretended” to like each other. Things really get complicated when Jett starts cozying up to me when nobody’s around to witness it. Maybe this whole fake relationship is turning into the real thing. But how can I be sure?


“So you’re so confident, are you? About your kissing ability?”
A triumphant grin spread over his face. “Yes.”
“How? How can you be sure?” I don’t know why, but suddenly I started to feel like I needed space so I scooted my chair back a foot or two. It didn’t feel like such a weird thing to do until Jett stared down at the space between us with a furrowed brow.
Slowly then, he pulled away from the back of the chair, leaned forward to drop his elbows to his knees, and squared a good, hard look at me. “That’s a good question.”
A blast of firecracker-heat flared in my chest. Just where was he going with this? But then every fiber in me threatened to go limp as I realized exactly where he was going with it.
“How about we let you be the judge.”

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Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Sweet Beach Romance That's Making a Splash!

It's release day for my sweet beach romance, CATCHING WAVES!
And you can get it today for just 99¢ or free in KindleUnlimited.

What can I say about these characters?
Ah! Carly is such a tender soul. She's battling difficulties over a great loss in her past and struggling to help her ex-boyfriend do the same. She hopes the two might have a future, but the greater part of her knows it's not meant to be. In walks the one and only Gage Craven. He needs surfing lessons for his upcoming lead in a Hollywood movie, and Carly's just the woman for the job, whether she likes it or not.
And Gage! He's always longed for his famous father's affections, and accepting the movie role gained him that very thing, but at what cost? Can he keep Carly as well as his father's love, or will he have to let go of one to hang onto the other? I love the undeniable chemistry between these two characters! And even more, I love the courage, strength, and resiliency they show in their journey. I hope you enjoy it as well!

When Carly trains Gage how to surf for his upcoming movie role, their chemistry makes a splash!

Gage Craven has finally gained his famous father's approval by agreeing to star in a Hollywood film. And while he's basking in the feels of being his old man's pride and joy, Gage can't help but worry over the many ways he could lose it. Topping Dad's must-do list are two very simple words: Stay Single. After all, what other father and son team could claim to have taken the title of Hollywood's Most Eligible Bachelor? But when Carly Bridger surfs in and takes Gage's life by storm, he stands to lose the relationship he worked so hard to earn. No doubt Carly's worth the risk, but will Gage's Hollywood ties scare her away?

Second-grade teacher Carly Bridger is on the verge of breaking free from her past--namely, a cowboy poet named Jimmy who loves his broken heart more than her. Carly can only hope her summer job teaching surf at the Royal Palm will move her one step closer to the life she longs for. That hope comes to life when Hollywood hunk, Gage Craven, shows Carly she is able to feel something for another man after all. Yet just as hope for a future with Gage begins to flourish, the past she's trying to forget comes back to haunt her.

Will these crashing tides destroy their budding relationship, or will their new love be strong enough to survive the storm? **Be Advised** This book contains the sensitive topic of infant loss.

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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Small Town Romance in Cobble Creek!

I'm happy to announce my Cobble Creek Small Town Romance Collection!

I really enjoyed discovering the small town of Cobble Creek and the charming folks who live there. The Sheriff's Bride took my emotions by storm as I wrote of Sheriff Trent Lockheart's story and the way Jessie was able to help him heal. Plus, these two had a whole lot of sparks!

Bear the Lumberjack was such a great character as well with a passion for his career and of course Maddie, the woman he's falling in love with. Maddie has a bad past to work out, something that's complicated by her man-hating mother and gunshy sister, but if anyone can prove that there are good men left in the world, Bear Schaefer can. The sparks continue with this couple as well.

And lastly, we have Anthony Marino, the handsome owner of Tony's Diner who rocks a man bun like Bandarez, according to Kira. In this story, Kira feels she has a lot to prove, and I loved discovering what that journey looked like for her. Anthony has to let go of his own fears in order to help her grow, which was far from easy after all that he's been through. This one, too, as plenty of romantic sparks!
I hope you'll enjoy these three romances as much as I enjoyed writing them.

Enjoy three small-town romance novels set in the lovely town of Cobble Creek.
The Sheriff's Bride: Trent Lockheart might be the new sheriff in town, but he can’t stop Jessie Jean from stealing his heart.
Sheriff Trent Lockheart knew he’d be in for a challenge when he moved from the big city and a large police force to the small Wyoming town of Cobble Creek. But at least he’d be able to stick to his bachelor ways without temptation. So he thought. Cobble Creek isn’t overflowing with young, single ladies, but Jessie Jean—the gorgeous brunette who runs the Country Quilt Inn—proves more tempting than any woman he’s known.
Jessie doesn’t care much for the new sheriff in town. After an explosive first meeting that almost ends in Jessie’s arrest, she’s even more determined to plan on dinner for one for the rest of her life. Sure, the new sheriff is seriously attractive, and after a second, much less dangerous run-in, he might not be that bad, but Jessie has no plan to marry, date, or even let a man into her life. Still, as the days pass, Trent’s surprising charm works past Jessie’s determination, and she finds promise in their budding relationship.
After opening up about the difficulties in her past, Jessie finds that Trent is guarding a dark tragedy of his own, one that might threaten their chance at a future together.

The Lumberjack's Yuletide Bride: Maddie Collins, first-grade teacher at Cobble Creek Elementary, is not a man-hater. Sure, her absent father gave men a bad name, and her mother always warned her that high hopes were dangerous things, but Maddie still hopes to find a man who’ll return the love she has to offer. When lumberjack, Bear Schaefer takes an interest in her, Maddie allows her hopes to soar above the treetops.
Bear Schaefer, aka poster boy for Big Daddy Mills, has been dying to get back to Cobble Creek. As part owner and operator of an environmentally proactive logging company, he has a list of things vying for his attention. But none are quite so alluring as the lovely Maddie Collins. Date after date their connection grows deeper while the sparks grow hotter. Yet just as things become serious between them, a vengeful woman from Bear’s past threatens to tear them apart. With Maddie’s hopes for love so high, and Bear’s love so deep, a fall would be more devastating than a forest fire.

The Snapshot Bride: Love is in the air in Cobble Creek—for everyone but Anthony Marino. Month after month the owner of Tony’s Diner watches happy couples stroll through that bell-chiming door, and he can’t help but wonder if it will ever be him. The winds shift drastically in his favor when Kira Moretti rings that very same bell. During a childhood visit to Cobble Creek, the outgoing girl pegged him with his first kiss. When she sets those brown eyes on him years later, he’s pleased to find the feelings are still there. But is Kira here to stay, or does she—like the other women in Anthony’s past—have her eyes set on a different life?
It’s no surprise that Kira Moretti has an imperfect past that soiled the family name. So when Grandpa Moretti leaves his Cobble Creek photography studio to her in his will, Kira’s determined to prove herself worthy. Cobble Creek is just as charming as she remembered, and even better—so is the handsome guy from Tony’s Diner. Chemistry between them sparks fast, and soon Kira’s certain she’s right where she needs to be. But when someone from her past shows, offering long-sought redemption, Kira has to make a choice. Stay with the man she’s just fallen in love with, or take the offer and risk losing him forever.

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Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Her TV Bachelor Fake Fiancé

I am just so so happy about sharing this new release with you! I've always wanted to write a TV bachelor themed book, and I have to say, it was so much fun!

I can't wait for you to read about Canyon Byer. He's been deemed shallow by some audience members, but you'll discover just what caused the pharmaceutical rep turned model to hide parts of who he is.

And Cambria! She has not had an easy go at life, but she is strong and resilient and kind enough to give Canyon another chance after he offended her on the show.

Their romance is tender, and enhanced by honest hurts and vulnerabilities from their past that deepen their connection and eventually allow them to trust each other more.

I sincerely hope you guys will enjoy this one!
You can read the blurb below.

Please let me know how you like it!

Cambria gave this year’s TV Bachelor the face-slap seen & heard across America.
Can she offer him redemption too?

Canyon Byer, pharmaceutical rep turned famous model, is the new eligible bachelor on Find My Fiancé. Weeks into filming the reality TV show, Canyon earns the title of America’s Shallow Bachelor for sending home the audience’s favorites. As the finale draws near, he needs a shot at redemption, but in order to get it, America’s favorite bachelorette—the same woman Canyon wishes he hadn’t wronged—will have to give him a second chance.

While Cambria Wilson sits among family and friends during finale night, mixed feelings fight for a place in her heart. Sure, she and Canyon shared a very memorable kiss and she’d even been falling for him until she realized what a jerk he was, but that doesn’t explain the strange sadness that looms as she waits to see which of the finalists he’ll propose to.

In a surprise twist during the final episode, Cambria learns that Canyon’s not going to propose to either of the bachelorettes left on the show. In fact, he’s about to appear on the doorstep of a woman he hopes to win back—all on live TV.

The bachelorette will be asked to join Canyon on a two-week winter wonderland getaway. Cambria would bet her Soap and Body Shop that she’s the last woman he’d choose; that Now an entirely new proposal is laid out before her, but in offering him redemption, will she risk losing her heart? is, until the chime of her doorbell proves her wrong.Now an entirely new proposal is laid out before her, but in offering him redemption, will she risk losing her heart?
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Thursday, October 18, 2018

The Fearless Warrior: Navy SEAL Romance Series 2.0

Who's ready for Jace's story?

Hey guys!

Release day for The Fearless Warrior is here at last!

I'm really hoping to hit a personal goal with this new release, and that is to break into Amazon's top 100 in Kindle Sales by the end of the day! If you'd like to see how my rankings are coming along, feel free to go here, then scroll down to product details.

You'll see things like File Size, Publication Date, and a list of other things. But at the bottom of those options you'll find Amazon Best Sellers Rank. (In this case, we want the numbers low—under 100 low!)

Now, onto the book.

I had so much fun getting to know Jace and Amy, the lead characters from The Fearless Warrior, and I can't wait for you guys to get to know them too.

I really think you'll enjoy their love story! We've got sweet flirtation and playful banter. Late-night kisses and hopes for a promising future. But woven through each scene is the threat over Amy's head, and Jace will do anything to keep her safe.

The book blurb is pasted below. And remember to check those rankings and see how we did. I say we because without readers like you they wouldn't go very far!

Hope you're all having a great week!

The Fearless Warrior by Kimberly Krey
When Jace moves in with Amy to protect her from a predator, romance blooms, and Amy wonders who will protect her heart.

Denver’s Average Amy does TV reviews for the latest trends, but when her name ends up on a human trafficking website, life feels anything but average. Especially when old crush turned hot Navy SEAL Jace Burns shows up at her door offering protection. Protection from who? What? And did she already mention hot?

Jace Burns is known for his fearless nature. He’s risked his life overseas, endured time as a prisoner of war, and was even presumed dead. Too bad all that goes out the window when he comes face to face with Amy Nelson. He hadn’t paid close attention to her in high school but he’s paying attention now.

While romantic sparks fly and the danger begins to grow, one question fills Amy’s mind: Are Jace’s feelings real, or is he using her to help take down the threat? 99¢ for a limited time.