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If Jelly Beans Were Kisses by Virginia Barlow is a Celebrate Weddings Event pick #romance #giveaway

Title: If Jelly Beans Were Kisses

Author: Virginia Barlow

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Book Blurb:

Jillian Andrews enjoys being a detective with the Dallas Police until a drug cartel wounds her and kills her partner. Blamed for the incident by fellow officers, Jill discovers a voice-activated recorder in her car and smells a setup. Detective Zachary Tillman, Jill's new partner, has her back while his manner and nearness send heatwaves through her recently divorced sworn-off-men heart and body. Together they have to find the mole before any more cops die. As the attraction between them escalates, so do the plans of the villain who wants her dead.


“Can I give you a lift?” A sexy male voice spoke to her right.

Turning, she met Tillman’s blue-eyed gaze.


Getting into his car would break her vow to keep men a minimum of six feet away. This one possessed black hair, mesmerizing blue eyes, a sexy smile, and a killer body.

Gazing down at his handsome face and breathing in the warm musk of his skin sent tingles through her. The man’s sex appeal hit her like a semi-truck, and her stomach fluttered with excitement.

With little effort, he could have her naked in bed doing all the things Doug said she wasn’t any good at. Her brow wrinkled. She couldn’t risk the pain of rejection, and recent experience taught her all men were douche bags, no matter how appealing. Shaking her head, she answered his question the only way she could. “No thanks. I need the exercise. See you at work.”

“You’re wet, cold, and you’re in your bare feet. Not to mention your broken arm and the bruises I know you’ve got. Get in the car, Andy, and tell me why your scumbag ex took your wheels.”

“You saw Doug?” Jill tripped on a rock and stubbed her toe. Cursing, she hobbled on one foot to see the damage, ignoring Tillman.

“I did.” He shifted into park and climbed out. Striding toward her, he opened the passenger door and waved her toward it. “What would my grandma say if she knew I let a lady in distress walk home alone, wounded, in the rain and did nothing to help?”

Jill stared at him and then at the car. She’d be too close and breathe the same air…

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What makes your featured book a must-read?

Fans of mysteries and romance will find this to be both a quick uplifting read. - InD'tale Magazine

Giveaway –

Enter to win a $15 Amazon gift card:

Open Internationally. You must have a valid Amazon US or Amazon Canada account to win.

Runs June 6 – June 12, 2023.

Winner will be drawn on June 13, 2023.

Author Biography:

I have always loved reading romance novels. I used to sneak them from my mom’s room as a young girl and read them while she was gone. As I grew older, my reading and tastes expanded to sci-fi, dystopian, paranormal, and fantasy.

I considered becoming an author in my late twenties but as a busy mother with toddlers, I didn’t have the time. Later, in my fifties, I decided to give it a try and have enjoyed every word of it since. I recently signed my thirteenth contract and am doing my happy dance as I type this. My husband of forty-one years is my greatest support as are all my kids. Most of them are grown and carving out lives for themselves. They are the beat of my heart and with every grandchild, the rhythm gets stronger. I enjoy every moment of my life.

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Jun 13, 2023

My little sister cut her hair days before my wedding & it’s like that in all the photos lol


Rita Wray
Rita Wray
Jun 07, 2023

Sounds like a book I will like.


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Jun 07, 2023

Thank you, Virginia, for sharing your book in our Celebrate Weddings Bookish Event!

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