New Release + Review: Love Bank by Marika Ray


Title: Love Bank
Series: Jobs From Hell #1
Author: Marika Ray
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Release Date: February 6, 2020


In hindsight, maybe I should have known my biggest
nemesis would end up locking up my heart.
Believe it or not, running a fertility clinic in Auburn Hill, located right
next to a prison, isn’t the worst thing. Nope, the worst thing is the
infuriatingly sexy warden of the new prison – who doesn’t care that his
newly-released inmates are stopping by my clinic on their way out of town to
make a “deposit” for some quick cash. Sure, it’s his circus, but according to
him, those clowns aren’t his responsibility once they walk out the door.

Until one of them pulls a gun on me in a desperate robbery attempt and I
realize I have to be a little more…ahem…persuasive with the warden. Stumbling
upon him in a compromising position is just the leverage I need, and I’m not
above a little blackmail. Turns out, he’s not above pushing me up against the
door and kissing the hell out of me either.

Adding in ex-lovers, magical goats, scheming mayors, gossiping mail carriers, a
man-hating mother, and nonstop seagull shenanigans makes me realize one thing.

Don’t bank on love developing here in Auburn Hell.




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Britt’s 🎩🎩🎩🎩🎩 hat review:

Have I ever mentioned how much I love Marika Ray? Because I SERIOUSLY love Marika Ray. Her books never fail in filling me up with joy. Having a bad day? Marika Ray’s writing will fix it. Feeling down? Marika Ray’s writing will fix it. Just need to escape into something that will make you smile and laugh? You guessed it, Marika Ray. Every book is like a brand new adventure in laughter, love and friendship and Love Bank has all that in spades.
I was cracking up at Lucille and Bain’s little war (that’s right, enemies to lovers y’all!) it was both hilarious and honestly, pretty dang brilliant the jabs they took at each other. And don’t even get me started on the residents of Auburn Hill, AKA Hell. Every new face I met was better than the next.
And can we just talk about the sisterhood in this book? One of my absolute favorite things about Marika’s writing is the strong sense of women supporting women in every book. Where this could have easily gone the route of mean girls vs shy “nerd” it was the total opposite. Taking her back, being true supportive friends. Absolute beauty.
Of course there’s no shortage of swoon here either. Bain and Lucille have scorching hot chemistry that ramps up until it explodes into some magnificent heat. Hand in hand with that heat was a sweetness that really made me fall completely in love with this couple. Every tiny detail of their story comes together creating a super fun, hilarious and adorable romance I couldn’t get enough of.

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She pulled back
abruptly and whisked the stack of paper off my desk. She slapped one of the
flyers on my chest and walked back toward the door like that was the end of
I was getting real sick and tired of her discombobulating me like that. As a
jail guard and now warden, I was used to people listening to me. I should be
ending the conversation. Other people should jump to do my bidding. This role
reversal was like one of those plastic tags on brand-new clothing that you
accidentally leave in the fabric, causing it to scrape against your skin and
lead to all kinds of irritation.
I hopped out of my chair and followed her, intent on putting my foot down like
a man, while also placating her so she didn’t run to our fellow citizens and
complain about me. I was dancing a fine line, but I was willing to two-step if
for no other reason than to make sure Lucille didn’t get away with blackmail.
Not on my watch.
As I stalked after her, I glanced down at the flyer, doing a double take when I
saw the picture right smack dab in the center of the piece of paper.
“Come donate to the Coastal Fertility Bank” in all capital letters, centered
over a picture of a specimen cup. But upon closer scrutiny, it wasn’t just any
specimen cup. It was my specimen cup. With my goddamn name on it for all the
world to see.
My feet halted their movement. Every single cell in my body flared to life with
a stress signal. A state of emergency was declared inside my body, flooding my
vision with a bright haze of red. My fingers tingled.
I was going to kill her.
The paper started to shake. Right before I crumpled it into my fist and tossed
it to the ground. I looked up at her over by the door, seeing an entire ream of
papers in her hand, all printed with my specimen cup front and center.
She cocked a hip and even with a level of anger I hadn’t felt in a very long
time pulsing through my body, I noticed. I noted every little thing about her
from her stiletto heels to the hair on her head that was finally down and so
luscious I wanted to grab hold of it and tug.
“Oops. It’s pretty fuzzy. I’m sure people won’t be able to make out your name.
Besides, I only put them up on a few poles on Brinestone Way so far.”
She wrinkled her pretty little nose and I took a step toward her. Then another.
She’d already put them up?
Her eyes widened a fraction, seeing me advance on her. She waved the flyers
around confidently, like she still had the upper hand. And fuck it all to hell,
she did.
I didn’t like that. Not one bit.
Another step closer and some of that confidence faded.
“What are you doing?” Her voice hitched in the middle.
Another step and she backed up quickly.
One final step to put me toe to toe with her and she reared her head back, eyes
wary, cheeks flushed. Her back pressed against my closed door and she couldn’t
run. The devil in me, the one she’d backed into a corner with her blackmailing
schemes, stood up and announced himself the winner of this situation. All I had
to do was show her I wouldn’t be messed with.
I did what every hot-blooded male does when they’re so mad at a woman they
can’t see straight.
I indulged in revenge.
My hand lifted, my fist releasing only long enough to drag my fingers through
her hair and clench again, forcing her head to tip back with my forceful tug.
My arm slid around her waist and in the back of my mind, I memorized the feel
of her body pressed between me and the door. She gasped upon contact and I took
full advantage.
My lips crashed down onto hers, their only mission to subdue and humiliate. My
tongue swiped a taste of her lips and all hell broke loose. The red alert
inside my body changed in an instant. Instead of wanting to eliminate her, I
wanted to consume her right then and there so she’d always be a part of me. I
wanted to breathe the same air and coexist in the same space as her body, just
so I never had to let go of her silky skin. She fit perfectly against me, her
curves smashed against my chest, her lips perfectly pliant as I explored.
A groan rent the air and I feared it was mine.


Author Bio


Marika Ray
spends her time behind a computer crafting stories, walking the beaches of
southern California, and making healthy food for her kids and husband whether
they like it or not. Prior to writing novels, Marika held various jobs in the
finance industry, with private start-up companies, and then in health &
fitness. Cats may have nine lives, but Marika believes everyone should have
nine careers to keep things spicy.
enjoys writing all types of fiction novels, based on what inspires her. Right
now she’s working on a new steamy RomCom series along with sweet romances to
make your heart explode. All her books come with a money-back guarantee that
you’ll smile at least once with every book.
information can be found at


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