Contemporary, New Adult, Romance

Release Blitz + Review + Excerpt: Cheat Codes by Emily Goodwin

Archer has always wanted what he can’t have—Quinn Dawson. Since the moment he saw her, he’s been denying his feelings for her, ignoring the void in his hear he knows only she can fill.

Everything about them was wrong, the kind of wrong that felt so right. But none of it mattered. Not the terrible timing. And definitely not the mess it would create if Archer made a move on his best friend’s baby sister.

It was supposed to be one night, but one night is all it takes to make everything more complicated, and they only have nine short months to sort it all out.

No, none of it mattered. Until it did.



5 stars

Romance | New Adult | Contemporary

***Received an Advanced Readers Copy during a Blog Tour in exchange for an honest review***

Don’t judge me but the FIRST series I read from Emily Goodwin was her Contagious series, which I do still need to actually type up reviews for, because it is zombies and that series is amaze-balls, but really different from her romance genre. But even from that series I have grown to really enjoy Goodwin’s writing style especially when I dived into Free Fall. So tickle me excited when Cheat Codes popped up on a sign up, hello obviously I was fast with the signage! I honestly cannot get enough of this woman in my life…

What do I like most about her writing style? Oh that is easy because in many cases yes an overall plot needs to be established and believable for a reader, but it really depends on the build and dynamics of the characters. Goodwin has such an incredible way of creating real feeling, depth inciting characters that makes both sides of the romance relatable. 

I personally always a fan of the men in romance novels, I mean who isn’t? Panty dropping, sexy delicious fictional men to obsess over is always my favorite wet dream pass time, but what I found myself gushing more over was Quinn. She was sweet, nerdy with a bit of quirk, and more importantly she was strong willed. She spoke her mind when she needed to and backed down when she wanted. This mixed with the scrumptious hot doctor Archer, who had more of a grounded, guarded personality, he was the one this go who really kept things, or rather people at a safe distance. 

Why? Multiple reasons. And in my opinion are justifiable, which adds a little more tension to the pot of chemistry. Seriously that chemistry was melt off your seat good. From the moment they meet up in the first chapter through the moments of banter and tension, Archer keeping his distance, Quinn trying not to overthink things – it is a mixture of delicious proportions that I loved drooling over. 

Something I will also admit as to my obsession, because honestly this was just so well written, I loved the plot dynamics. This is mainly because it is one of my favorite romance tropes – best friends’ sibling romances. Especially one with actual history depth, one with an established basis as to their chemistry. Cheat Codes was an example of this done right, at least in my opinion. Quinn and Archer had their separate takes on when they met, growing up together, and more importantly their opinions of the other during this time. It wasn’t like Archer came one day and said ‘oh wow, nerdy sister got hot tits’ kind of insta-love. There were crushes, there were friendships, feelings, connection and this dynamic had depth to the story. It aided the plot that helped the romance really shift where it needed to be without causing harm to the flow.

Oh my lanta – that cliffhanger! I mean why? WHY DO YOU HAVE TO BE CRUEL… I will tell you one thing though, at the end of that ARC there was a link that said ‘CLICKIE CLICKIE‘ to me to sign up for the next book because I flipping need it. Need it like I need air. Seriously, this was perfection. Absolute amazing. 

Bottom line, this was such a great read. The tension, the connection between Quinn and Archer was plum delicious. Goodwin is definitely drowning my TBR with her books. She has such an amazing writing style that within the first chapter of any book I read of hers I am instantly hooked and Cheat Codes delivered as I have come to expect nothing less of phenomenal from this author. I cannot gush enough or peer pressure enough to get everyone to buy whatever you can from Goodwin, I promise you will not be disappointed. 


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Those little bitty shorts ride up her tight ass as she walks. I want to put my hands
on it. Press my cock up against it as I kiss her neck, gathering her hair into one hand and move it over her shoulder.

I swallow hard. I can’t think like that. Not here. Not now. Not ever.

“Are you done?” Quinn puts one hand on her hip and for a split second I think she knows what I’m thinking.

“Yeah,” I say, picking up my last piece of bacon. I pop it in my mouth and stand, bringing my plate over to the sink. Quinn takes it from me and bends over to let the dogs lick the remnants of eggs. Her ass is in the air right in front of me, and I wonder if she’s doing it on purpose to get a rise out of me.

Because she is, and I have to change my stance thanks to my hardening cock.

“Quinn,” I start, not sure what to say, but I have to say something. “We should talk.”

“About what?” She straightens up and rounds on me, crossing her arms. Her eyes meet mine, drilling in with an intensity I’ve never seen from her. She has little flecks of blue in her brilliant green irises that I haven’t noticed before.

I move closer, stepping over Boots. If I say it now, there will be no more wondering. No more waiting. She’ll either take me or leave me, but at least I’ll know. I can kiss her now or move on. Somehow, someway.

It’s not hard. All I have to do is open my mouth and let the words come out, speaking with unwavering vehemence as I tell her how I feel. Yet, I can’t.

Standing here looking at Quinn, with her messy hair, thick sweater hiding her perfect tits, and dogs circling around her feet in hopes of more food, I feel more nervous that I did the first time I stood in front of a patient on the operating table with a scalpel in my hand.


“Your wrist. How’s your wrist?”

“My wrist?” she questions, nostrils flaring. She lets out a sigh and picks up the plate the dogs licked clean. “Same as yesterday. I ordered a posture brace on Amazon to help with my shoulder pain, not that you care.”

I’d offer to massage her shoulders, but the moment my hands land on her back, all bets are off. Suddenly, Quinn advances. She’s inches away, arms crossed tightly over her chest and head tipped up to mine.

“That’s not what you wanted to talk about.” She pulls her bottom lip between her teeth and cocks her head. “Is it?”


“Don’t Quinn me, Archer Jones. You know as well as I do you weren’t going to talk to my about my wrist.” She lets out a frustrated breath and lets her arms fall to the sides. Her fingers brush against me, and my skin feels electric just from that small touch.

Goddammit. “But fine. I’ll play that game. Here.” She holds up her hand. “Examine me, doctor.”

Her words are meant to mock, but they do the opposite. I’ll examine every inch of her body. Twice. Three times. Just to be certain nothing was missed.

I take her wrist and tug her forward, knocking her off balance so she falls against me, both her hands flat on my chest. I slip my other hand around her waist, stopping at the small of her back. Quinn’s lips part and she gasps.

Instead of struggling to get away, she relaxes in my arms, and nothing has ever felt more

Even though this is wrong.

Quinn is in my arms, back arched and tits against my chest. My cock is hard, pulsing against the confines of my jeans. Thunder booms above and Quinn shivers.

“Do you still want to talk?” My voice is gruffer than I intend, but the harshness does something for Quinn. She slides her hands up my chest and around my shoulders.

“There are other things I’d rather do,” she says, voice breathy. Fuck. She’s killing me. She brushes her hips against mine, feeling my erection through my pants. “And I think you would too.”

I do. I so fucking do and she knows it.

“Archer,” she says softly and hearing her whisper my name is almost enough to make me come right then and there. I slowly bring my face down to hers. I’m going to kiss her. After all this time, it’s finally fucking happening.

Author Bio

Emily Goodwin is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author of over a dozen of romantic titles. Emily writes the kind of books she likes to read, and is a sucker for a swoon-worthy bad boys and happily ever afters.

She lives in the midwest with her husband and two daughters. When she’s not writing, you can find her riding her horses, hiking, reading, or drinking wine with friends.

Emily is represented by Julie Gwinn of the Seymour Agency.

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