RELEASE BLITZ: Vi Keeland & Penelope Ward’s Cocky Hero Club

 

COCKY HERO CLUB
Release Date: May 31, 2020
Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward are excited to bring you the Cocky Hero
Club: original works from various authors inspired by Keeland and Ward’s New
York Times bestselling Cocky Bastard series.
PIN-UP PILOT
BY CLAIRE RAYE
Alexa Purdy has sworn off men, and he’s her worst nightmare.
Arrogant and flirtatious, and now International Airlines’ newest pilot,
Jake Campbell has a panty-dropping smile and a body to match. But he’s no match
for Alexa’s cold heart.
Plagued by a bad reputation and a bitter divorce, Alexa is determined to
make a name for herself outside of the bedroom. As International Airlines’ only
female pilot she’s had to work twice as hard and she won’t let someone like
Jake bring her down. 
But she’s surprised to find he’s nothing like she expected him to be.
Even more surprising is her growing attraction to him and his obvious
attraction to her—an attraction that causes her to question whether swearing
off men is such a good idea after all.
But when Jake’s past resurfaces, she realizes getting close to him may be
her biggest mistake of all.
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FILTHY FIREFIGHTER
BY EMMA LOUISE
He looks like he belongs on stage, stripping out of his
firefighter uniform, not running into a burning building to save me. But thank
God he did.
When the smoke clears and my eyes focus on my savior, one
look at his gorgeous face and tattoo-covered muscles, I know he’ll be too much
for me to handle. It’s a good thing I never have to see him again, right?
Except, losing my home to a fire means finding somewhere new
to live, and guess who just happens to be my new roommate? Hayden Flynn. The
filthy-talking firefighter who’s been front and center of all of my dreams
lately.
Our attraction is undeniable, but it’s the adventures he
takes me on that has me falling for him, each new experience chipping away at
the wall I’ve been hiding behind. 
He wasn’t supposed to see past my scars.
He wasn’t supposed to break me apart piece by piece, then
put me back together again.
He was just supposed to be a firefighter. I didn’t expect
him to end up saving my life, in more ways than one.

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DIRTY LIAR

BY JANICE M. WHITEAKER

Dexter
Truitt ruined my life.
His
impossibly improbable act set off a chain of events I couldn’t make up if I
tried, each one stealing a little more from me.
My
relationship. My business.
My
reputation.
But even
bad times have to come to an end. I thought that was the case when Valerie slid
onto the barstool next to mine and asked me to buy her a drink. 
She was
gorgeous. Driven. Smart.
And
didn’t know who in the hell I was.
Didn’t
know why every other woman in town avoids me like the plague.
Valerie was
a ray of light when I needed it most, and I couldn’t get enough of her. Being
with her made me think I could have it all again.
Showed me I
could have more.
All I
had to do was reach out and take it.
But
all good things must come to an end too.
And our
ending was one I didn’t see coming.

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LAYOVER LOVER
BY JEANNINE COLETTE
& LAUREN RUNOW
Flying the
friendly skies has been more than just a job to me. It’s my home.
Ten years
ago I ran away from everything I’ve known and vowed never to return. That is,
until my flight is cancelled due to weather, and I’m stuck in San
Francisco. 
Fate is not
on my side when I end up in an Uber ride share with the one man I thought I’d
never see again. 
Zack Hunt
was my high school sweetheart, and the boy I walked away from without a note
saying goodbye. Except, he’s no longer a boy. No, this man is gorgeous,
intense, and heated at the sight of me. 
The anger
searing off him is nothing compared to the way my heart pounds from seeing him
again. Words are said. Feelings are crushed. But when he invites me in to his
bar to hash out our past, I find myself following him in, desperate for
more. 
The line
between past and present is blurred when Zack challenges me to a dare—come
back home with him to see what I walked away from. 
Call me a
glutton for punishment, but I do. 
Then I
challenge him right back to live a day in my shoes. 
We drive
home to rediscover the past 
We fly abroad
to live in the present.
When we
stop moving, we realize we may never have a future. 
Layover
Lover is a second chance romance, aligned by fate. Can two lost souls really
find love again on a layover? Or do they need to keep flying?

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BRITISH BANGER
BY JENNIFER WOODHULL
British
accents should come with a warning label. When they’re attached to deep,
baritone voices that belong to sexy, cocky men, you should have to sign a
waiver.
Most people wouldn’t touch short-term rental properties, but since my business
partner took off with my client list, I need every deal I can get. Enter, one
insanely sexy and completely exasperating Camden Reid.

The smug executive found fault with every property I showed him. Too cramped.
Too feminine. Too far from a decent pub.

His demands
were ridiculous, and I couldn’t wait to be rid of him and his British bangers.
Somewhere between the first property and the zillionth, though, my attraction
to Camden grew impossible to ignore.

His insane
demands finally met, the arrogant Adonis proposed we christen his new temporary
home.
Little did I know how addicted I’d become, or just how unforgettable my time
with Camden would be.

After all, I knew we had an expiration date.

All good
things must come to an end, right?

Except our ending was one I didn’t see coming.

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DOCTOR HEARTBREAKER

BY KATHRYN M. HEARST

The nurses
call me Dr. Heartbreaker. They say I put the hot in hot-shot
cardiologist.
Not that it
matters. I never stick my tongue depressor in my co-workers.
What can I
say? I play by a set of personal rules.
Even if
those rules eliminate 99.9% of the woman I come in contact with from my
dating-pool.
Even if
those rules landed me on a blind date with Emily, my childhood sweetheart, a
woman I hadn’t seen since I broke her heart freshmen year of college.
Let’s just
say the evening was a disaster. She took one look at me, and it was…
Date over.
Do not pass go. Do not collect your two-hundred dollars.
The thing
is, I can’t stop thinking about her. She was my first kiss, and every other
first that two people could share.
She’s the
only woman I’ve ever loved.
How can I
make her understand what really happened between us when she wants nothing to
do with me?
How can I
let her walk away again, when it could mean another ten years wondering…what
if?
The
answer’s simple. I can’t.
Unfortunately,
the solution to my dilemma is a five-year-old Colombian girl with a deadly
heart condition. The same little girl Emily’s non-profit organization brought
to the United States to receive life-saving surgery.
When the
chief of staff informs me, I need to improve my public image because my bedside
manner sucks–not THAT bedside manner. I’m just fine between the sheets, thank
you very much—I agree to perform the girl’s operation…
Because
spending more time with Emily is worth the risk.
Even if it
means I have to break every rule in my playbook.
Even if it
means destroying myself in the process.
I’ll do
anything for a second chance with the woman who’s owned my heart since the
first-grade.
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FATEFUL FIGHTER

BY KATHY COOPMANS

“I want a
divorce.”

No woman wants to say those words. No woman who is still in love with her
husband anyway.Our marriage has been tested, repeatedly.

It’s been dragged through tabloids and rumors and fans that just won’t let us
be.

Through it all, we’ve remained unbreakable.

We didn’t have the perfect marriage because perfection doesn’t exist.

But we had love. We had trust. We had chemistry that to this day sets
everything inside me on fire.

Then one life-threatening statement creates a chain of lies that leaves me no
choice but to say those horrible words.

I never thought I’d say them.

I never thought my husband would ignore me when I did.

I never thought the man I love would sever the vows we took.

I never thought I’d pack my bags and move from our home in L.A. to our getaway
cottage in Hermosa Beach.

Then again, I never thought he’d choose the fate of his life over his fate with
me.

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BRAINY BARTENDER

BY NATALIE ANN

Add one
hidden past. A dash of a pretend role. A shot of steamy chemistry. Put it in a
shaker, then pour for one exotic cocktail on the rocks!
Wesley
Templeton was determined to not follow in his namesake’s path as a Cardiac
Surgeon. Was he smart enough for it? Of course, he was a genius after all. Did
he have the time and patience to master the craft? Absolutely. Was he going to
let his controlling grandfather hold his trust fund over his head until he
achieved what was expected of him? Hell no!
Harper
Fairchild was the redheaded stepchild. Literally. Smart, nerdy, picked on, and
often thought of as an outcast. Her social life was a dismal as her family
relationships, so she left when she could and made a new life somewhere else.
Unfortunately she found it was hard to break the mold of what cast her as
undesirable. Until she loses a bet with a coworker and has to be made-over for
a blind date. When that turns into another disaster she escapes to a bar to
nurse her emotional wounds, striking up a conversation with the sexy bartender
and wondering if she could keep up the ruse of the confident sexy chick she was
pretending to be.
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MASTER MANIPULATOR

BY NICOLE S. GOODIN

From International Bestselling Author, Nicole S. Goodin, comes a sexy new
standalone novel.
He was infuriating, arrogant and conceited. He was also my new seatmate.
Fifteen hours stuck next to the definition of tall, dark and handsome,
and the only thing on his mind on our trip from California to Sydney… was me.
Ky Bateman made no secret of the fact he wanted me, and I made it clear
he drove me crazy.
When my resolve finally wavered, we made a bet. I lost, he won, and I
found myself on the back of his motorcycle, on the adventure of a lifetime.
I never intended to fall for the master manipulator, especially when I
knew I was keeping secrets that could destroy everything between us.
All good things must come to an end, right?
Except our ending was one I didn’t see coming.
Author note – Master Manipulator is a full-length standalone novel. Due
to strong language and sexual content, this book is not intended for readers
under the age of 18.
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CRUEL BELOVED

BY T.L. SMITH

Sign on the dotted line…
I, Carla Star, agree to marry you, Corton Whiskey, on the date supplied in the attached contract. In signing this document, I agree that I shall not, by any means, try to break this contract. I understand that if I do, the envelope held in escrow will be released to the parties identified within the contract, and I shall forfeit my right to the privacy currently afforded to me by the aforementioned Mr. Corton Whiskey.
 
Aubrey Bateman
Lawyer acting on behalf of Mr. Whiskey
 
I received this contract, hand-delivered, and I’m now staring at it in disbelief. Me, the daughter of a senator, is being bribed by a one-night stand.
 
If he thinks he can blackmail me with his perversions, he can damn well think again.
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Blog Tour: Love in Deed (Green Valley Library #6) by L.B. Dunbar

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Well I’m just slightly late for the blog tour of this book I totally adored, because well life imploded a bit last week. But ya know this is sorta a book about life imploding, changing our directions but being open to finding new things to appreciate. Beverly and Jedd both experienced things that changed their lives, but when they find each other they come alive. Check out my review and an excerpt from the story below. And make sure you not only check out other SmartyPants Romance releases, but also L.B. Dunbar’s other books!

Happy reading!! ~ Amber

Love in Deed, an all-new standalone contemporary romance from L.B. Dunbar, is now available in Kindle Unlimited!

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Sometimes it takes an outsider to force us to see who we are. The real struggle is accepting what we learn. For Beverly Townsen, nothing could be closer to the truth. Virtually a shut-in, Beverly has pulled back from Green Valley’s community, preferring the isolation of her farmhouse and her daily routine of viewing home improvement television shows. When the opportunity arises for her own home improvement and a personal re-assessment, she’s not so excited about the reality of real life versus DIY programs.

Jedd Flemming understands physical pain and personal loss, but it’s never stopped him from bucking forward in life. A former military man and rodeo star, his life as a nomad comes to an end with false accusations and a family matter back in the Valley. It’s been a long journey to find his way home and once there, there’s nothing he wants more than to reclaim what he’s lost…and maybe the elusive female reclusive who holds a sliver of his past.

With an unprecedented proposition, Beverly finds a stranger living in her barn, raising horses on borrowed pastures, and plowing his way into her vacant heart. Old hurts linger, but sometimes love in deed is louder than words.

‘Love in Deed’ is a full-length contemporary romance, can be read as a standalone, and is book #6 in the Green Valley Library series, Green Valley World, Penny Reid Book Universe.

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amber-review  5 Stars

I absolutely loved this story! L.B. Dunbar wrote the heart back into Beverly, a character previously glimpsed in a few of both Penny Reid’s Winston Brothers books and Love in Due Time as being bitter, cold and a recluse. All those things were true to a degree, but learning the why and seeing her blossom was everything! Gah! When Jedd Fleming shows up on Beverly’s porch things get really interesting because it’s then we see Bev start to try and come back to life. Jedd and Beverly have flaws, have secrets, have wished and dreams. Watching them both dance around the other before giving in to desire was a delight. Throw in all the added layers to this story and I didn’t want it to end!! And now I want more of Jedd’s friends and to know Scotia’s (Beverly & Naomi oldest sister) story and to see what’s next from Dunbar in Green Valley!

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Excerpt

“Momma,” she whispers, and I turn at the soft question in her voice. Her eyes scan my face. Does she fear she’ll look like me one day? Those bright eyes will dim, and lines will form in the corners. Will they be rivers formed from tears, or will she eventually find laughter? Does she wonder if her lips will match mine, permanently curled downward? Can my girl still smile? Will her hair go gray too young as mine did? Will the stress of her life turn her into someone lonely and lost?

I blink back the tears fighting for release. I won’t cry. Nothing left to cry over. It’s all gone.

“Do you fancy him?” my daughter asks, and I choke on the question.

“What…? I…of course not. Don’t be silly. I’m sure he’d be more interested in the likes of you.”

“What’s that supposed to mean?” Hannah asks, brows rising in surprise.

“I’m sure I don’t need to explain the birds and the bees to you. Men like him only want young things and only want one thing from those young things. I don’t think he should stay here,” I sneer, recognizing the pulse at my neck and the thump of my heart. My daughter is a pretty girl, and this older man could be attracted to her for all the wrong reasons. Young girls go for older men to solve their daddy issues.

“He’s sleeping in the barn,” Hannah counters, her voice deepening in displeasure. Ticking off points on her fingers, she continues, “We don’t need to feed him. He’ll rebuild at his expense or hire what he can’t do himself. The back field will be plowed and prepped for spring planting.”

I snort in response, but my eyes return to Jedd’s movement. Into the barn. Out in the yard. My observation traces down his perspiring spine to the waist of his pants where his shirt has untucked. My fingers curl on the armrest of the rocker as my eyes outline the fine globes accentuated by those smooth pants. My mouth goes dry.

What is it about this man? Why am I suddenly lusting after him?

I can’t. That’s the bottom line. I can’t anything him. Under fifteen percent and tight pants and a perfect backside is still a man with empty words.

My eyes fall blindly on the reality television program. The only man a girl can count on is the fictional kind. I force my attention away from the barn, but my eyes seem to have a will of their own.

“We can’t have a stranger living in our barn,” I huff. Jedd stops, turning in his tracks with a pile of lumber on his shoulder as if he heard me, which is impossible on two counts: the panes of glass and his lack of hearing. Still, he stills, and his eyes narrow on the house as if he knows I’m watching him, I’m talking about him, and I don’t agree with this arrangement.

“Too late. He’s moving in.” Hannah definitively nods, dismissing my opinion as Jedd swings back around. She leans down to kiss my cheek and then exits my room, but I remain transfixed.

Suddenly, reality is more fascinating than television.

My eyes continue the cat and mouse game of watching Jedd disappear and then reappear. I don’t know how much time transpires, but eventually, the bed of his truck is empty. Still, I hold my breath as if the barn is a giant octopus, swallowing him whole. I fear he might disappear forever like Howard did, which is the silliest thought I’ve had in a decade. I don’t need Jedd. We don’t need Jedd. There will be no attachment to him.

But then, Jedd appears at the open barn door and gives a single wave toward the house, and I smile in spite of myself.

About L.B. Dunbar

L.B. Dunbar has an overactive imagination. To her benefit, such creativity has led to over thirty romance novels, including those offering a second chance at love over 40. Her signature works include the #sexysilverfoxes collection of mature males and feisty vixens ready for romance in their prime years. She’s also written stories of small-town romance (Heart Collection), rockstar mayhem (The Legendary Rock Stars Series), and a twist on intrigue and redemption (Redemption Island Duet). She’s had several alter egos including elda lore, a writer of romantic magical realism through mythological retellings (Modern Descendants). In another life, she wanted to be an anthropologist and journalist. Instead, she was a middle school language arts teacher. The greatest story in her life is with the one and only, and their four grown children. Learn more about L.B. Dunbar by joining her reader group on Facebook (Loving L.B.) or subscribing to her newsletter (Love Notes).

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AUDIOBOOK REVIEW TOUR: Forgotten (Heaven and Hell Club Book 2) by Colette Davison

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Book Title: Forgotten (Heaven and Hell Club Book 2)

Author: Colette Davison

Publisher: Independently published

Narrator: Piers Rymans

Release Date: May 5, 2020

Genre: Contemporary M/M Romance

Trope/s: hurt/comfort, small age-gap, disabled MC, one-night stand to lovers

Themes: Being true to yourself, trusting in others

Heat Rating: 3-4 flames.

Length: 7 hours and 42 minutes

It’s the second part of the Heaven and Hell Club series.

It can be read as a standalone, but it’s better if read after Broken.

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Blurb

Can Jared build a future when he’s forgotten his past?

Jared is determined to make the most of his second chance at life.

A passionate one-night-stand with a cocky pole dancer leaves him wanting more, but will the truth of his past work against him?

Can Kyrone help Jared to come to terms with his injuries, solve some of the mysteries of his past and deal with what it really means to forget ones past?

Forgotten is the second book in the Heaven and Hell Club series. It’s a hurt/comfort romance, with two men who need to learn to be true to themselves. It can be read as a standalone, but works better if read after Broken.

 

Jenn Review

4 Stars

I enjoyed this storyline as well as the narration, I think Piers Ryan did a good job bringing these characters to life and making them unique! Jared’s story just broke my heart but I really liked the way Kyrone supported him and took care of him!

Jared is trying to rebuild his life after an accident took his memory. He’s picked a new city and has a job he enjoys. He meets Kyrone and the two have an immediate connection and hot chemistry. It may start off all physical for these two but it becomes surprisingly emotional! Their story really is beautiful, it’s really about strength and finding yourself. I’m definitely glad to have discovered this author and the emotional stories!

About the Author

Colette’s personal love story began at university, where she met her future husband. An evening of flirting, in the shadow of Lancaster castle, eventually led to a fairytale wedding. She’s enjoying her own ‘happy ever after’ in the north of England with her husband, two beautiful children and her writing.

 

 

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Teaser Reveal: LONER by Harloe Rae

Happy Friday! We are excited to share the Teaser Reveal for LONER by Harloe Rae today! This cover is so very stunning and I’m really looking forward to reading this book!

 

LONER by Harloe Rae
Release date: June 11th

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Blurb:
“Everyone deserves a chance to be rescued.”

That’s the mantra I’m repeating when a well-equipped biker pulls over to save me. One glance at the scowl Crawford Doxe is wearing proves he isn’t impressed with the task. My efforts to change his mind deflate faster than the shredded tire at our feet. But disgruntled or not, my so-called hero still agrees to fix my flat.

I don’t expect to see Crawford again, but he’s suddenly very visible in our small town. Avoiding him would be my preference. That’s not how this story goes. For whatever reason, my daughter finds an ally in the broody mechanic. Denying her is something I do my best to avoid. I can only hope Crawford’s shine wears off before he tarnishes what little trust still exists.

As if the odds are ever on my side.

Commitments are a foreign concept to him. He doesn’t make any promises to try. That should’ve been enough for me to steer clear. It most certainly isn’t.

What follows can only be described as a disastrous clash of epic proportions.

But one indisputable fact remains. That lone soul has no plans of opening his heart.

About the Author
Harloe Rae is a USA Today & Amazon Top 10 bestselling author. Her passion for writing and reading has taken on a whole new meaning. Each day is an unforgettable adventure.

Harloe is a Minnesota gal with a serious addiction to romance. She’s always chasing an epic happily ever after. When she’s not buried in the writing cave, Harloe can be found hanging with her hubby and son. If the weather permits, she loves being lakeside or out in the country with her horses.

Harloe is the author of the Reclusive series, Watch Me Follow, and #BitterSweetHeat series, Ask Me Why, Breaker, Keeper, and Loner. These titles are available on Amazon.

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New Release 5 Star Review: Pieces of You by N.R. Walker

Title: Pieces of You

Author: NR Walker

Genre: MM Romance

Series: Missing Pieces, Book 1

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Missing Pieces Series, Book One.

Dallas Muller has everything he never expected he’d have. He owns a successful motorbike mechanic shop in Newcastle, and he’s madly in love with his boyfriend of four years, Justin Keith.

Justin has always struggled to find where he fit in, never realising his true worth or what it means to be loved—until he met Dallas. Living and working together might be too much for some, but Dallas and Justin wouldn’t have it any other way.

When a terrible accident tears their world apart, Justin’s left with no memory of Dallas or their relationship. Trying to put the pieces back together is almost impossible when some pieces are blank and some are missing altogether. Dallas has to let Justin find his own way back to him and just hope that their love will light the way.

 

Jenn Review

5 Stars

I didn’t just read this book, I devoured it – I could not put it down and just fell completely in love with Dallas and Justin! I honestly feel borderline obsessed with this couple, they just stole my heart! I’m generally a big N.R. Walker fan and I’m pretty sure this is my new favorite!

Justin and Dallas have been together for about 4 years, they are building a life together, until one day when Justin is involved a freak accident that wipes away his memories for the last 5 years, including Dallas. Dallas, being the amazing man that he is, stands by Justin, vowing to help him through his recovery and hopefully rebuild their relationship.

There was just something so very special about this book. Despite the circumstances and everything these two go through, this story really is full of hope and love! There were so many touching moments, Dallas and Justin really do seem just meant to be! I couldn’t put this book down and I am so looking forward to more of their story, I definitely need more of these two!

 

N.R. Walker Bio

N.R. Walker is an Australian author, who loves her genre of gay romance. She loves writing and spends far too much time doing it, but wouldn’t have it any other way.

She is many things: a mother, a wife, a sister, a writer. She has pretty, pretty boys who live in her head, who don’t let her sleep at night unless she gives them life with words.

She likes it when they do dirty, dirty things… but likes it even more when they fall in love.

She used to think having people in her head talking to her was weird, until one day she happened across other writers who told her it was normal.

She’s been writing ever since…

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COVER REVEAL: The Rivals by Vi Keeland

We are excited to share the Cover Reveal for The Rivals by Vi Keeland – and boy what a cover it is! I’m definitely looking forward to this book!

 

Title: The Rivals
Author: Vi Keeland
Genre: Standalone Contemporary Romance

Cover Design: Sommer Stein, Perfect Pear Creative

Photo: Walter Chin

Model: Tobias Cameroon

Release Date: July 13, 2020

 

Blurb
The feud between Weston Lockwood and me started at the altar.
Only neither of us attended the wedding, and the nuptials happened decades before either of us
was born.
Our grandfathers had been best friends and business partners, at least up until my grandfather’s
wedding day—when his bride-to-be blurted out she couldn’t marry him because she was also in love
with Weston‘s grandfather.
The two men spent years fighting over Grace Copeland, who also happened to be their third
business partner.  But in the end, neither man could steal half of her heart away from the other.
Eventually, they all went their separate ways. Our grandfathers married other women, and the two
men became one of the biggest business rivals in history.
Our fathers continued the family tradition of feuding. And then Weston and I did, too.
For the most part, we kept as much distance as possible.
Until the day the woman who started the feud died—and unexpectedly left one of the most valuable
hotels in the world to our grandfathers to share.
Now I’m stuck in a hotel with the man I was born to hate, trying to unravel the mess our families
inherited.
As usual, it didn’t take long for us to be at each other’s throats.
Weston Lockwood was everything I hated: tall, smart, cocky, and too gorgeous for his own good.
We were fire and ice.
But that shouldn’t be an issue. Our families were used to being at war. There was just one minor
problem, though. Every time Weston and I fought, we somehow wound up in bed.

 

 

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New Release: You Belong With Me(With Me in Seattle #14) by Kristen Proby

 

Happy Release Day Kristen Proby!!!

I’ve loved this series since discovering Natalie and Luke’s story in Come Away With Me. And with every spin and new connection she introduces, I fall more in love with the characters and world she has created. I can’t wait to dive into the latest with Archer and Elena, it’s a second chance romance (my favorite troupe!) and it looks to be not only an amazing story of love reconnection but also a bit of suspense thrown in. So make sure you check this one out wherever you buy books! Oh and the audio version is already live on Audible as well.

Enjoy and happy reading! ~ Amber

 

From New York Times bestselling Author Kristen Proby comes an all new stand-alone novel in her beloved With Me In Seattle Series…

 

You Belong with Me is now live! 

 

Elena Watkins is used to getting what she wants. She grew up the daughter of one of the most powerful mafia bosses on the west coast, an indulged, rich girl who got away with everything.

 

Except the love of her life.

 

Archer was the king of their high school. His charming grin swept her off her feet. Days after graduation, they ran away together and eloped. Elated to spend the rest of their lives together, Archer and Elena were on cloud nine.

 

Until Elena’s father discovered what they’d done. 

 

He swore to keep them apart, even if it meant taking Archer’s life. Knowing what her father was capable of, Elena left Archer, and never looked back. The pain of leaving him would pale to the pain of losing him.

 

That’s what she’s told herself every day for twelve years. But now her father is dead, and Archer is back. Finally, they should be able to piece the broken pieces of their love back together.

 

But the mafia has a long memory. 

 

 

 

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Kristen was born and raised in a small resort town in her beloved Montana. In her mid-twenties, she decided to stretch her wings and move to the Pacific Northwest, where she made her home for more than a dozen years. 

 

During that time, Kristen wrote many romance novels and joined organizations such as RWA and other small writing groups. She spent countless hours in workshops, and more mornings than she can count up before the dawn so she could write before going to work. She submitted many manuscripts to agents and editors alike, but was always told no. In the summer of 2012, the self-publishing scene was new and thriving, and Kristen had one goal: to publish just one book. It was something she longed to cross off of her bucket list.

 

Not only did she publish one book, she’s since published close to thirty titles, many of which have hit the USA Today, New York Times and Wall Street Journal Bestsellers lists. She continues to self publish, best known for her With Me In Seattle and Boudreaux series, and is also proud to work with William Morrow, a division of HarperCollins, with the Fusion Series. 

 

Kristen and her husband, John, make their home in her hometown of Whitefish, Montana with their two pugs and two cats.

 

 

 

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Blog Tour: Upsy Daisy by Chelsie Edwards

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Hello fabulous readers! So if you haven’t figured it out yet over the past year I have fallen into the Penny Reid Universe and I don’t wanna leave! So her SmartyPants Romance has been the most amazing thing for lovers of her world. And anyone that has read any of Penny’s Green Valley stories or heck any of the other Green Valley set stories from previous SmartyPants releases, knows Daisy’s Nut House (hello donuts). So the announcement of Upsy Daisy was an origin story that every fan should be excited about, or at least I know I am! Check out the excerpt below and if you are a KU subscriber, check it out today! I know I will be diving in to it really soon.

Happy reading! ~ Amber

College, cookies, capers, Oh my!

Upsy Daisy, an all-new first love college romance from debut author Chelsie Edwards, is now available in Kindle Unlimited!

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Daisy Payton has everything.

Exceptional grades.

Impeccable clothes.

Model family.

But perfection comes at a high cost, and Daisy is wilting. Determined to use college as her chance to bloom anew, she’s focused on only one thing, leaving the Payton name behind and forging her own path—even if she has to tell the teeniest of fibs to do it.

Trevor Boone has nothing.

Abandoned as a child.

Raised by distant relatives.

Constantly reminded he’s a burden.

Trevor’s lived at the edges of opulence for years, having all he’s ever desired dangled just out of reach. But his ambition is finally about to pay off and nothing will distract him from his goal—finishing college top of his class and starting life, on his own terms.

When Daisy and Trevor meet it’s clear from the start that they’ll tempt each other to distraction, can they learn to put their ambitions aside and fall or will they lose it all?

‘Upsy Daisy’ is a full-length romance, can be read as a standalone, and is book #1 in the Higher Learning series, Green Valley World, Penny Reid Book Universe.

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Excerpt

My room was small with pale yellow walls, one window on the far wall, two closets, two raised beds, and a single dresser. I’d beaten my roommate there and claimed the bed closest to the window. We’d made quick work of the cleaning and had gotten a good way through the decorating and hanging my clothes before Dolly flopped on the bed and called me to sit next to her.

I knew what was coming next. It was one of my favorite Dolly speeches. It was the “Today You Become a Woman” speech. My conservative guess was I’d become a woman twenty-three times in the last few years. It’d happened when I’d gotten my driver’s license, when I’d gotten asked to the junior prom, when I’d gone to the senior prom, graduation day … you get the drift. Dolly was good with marking milestones with big speeches.

She’d begin gently but I knew it wouldn’t stay gentle for very long, she would poke and pry and try to get me to cry and suddenly I was tired and ready for her to go.

“Do you like your room?” she asked innocuously.

I nodded, because I knew she hated when I nodded. Instead of reacting she simply stared and stared until I said, “Yes, it’s nice, a bit small for two people but I’m sure my roommate will be nice and we will make do,” I said it more hoping than knowing.

Dolly smiled, and then after a moment said, “Don’t be angry with your father …”

I stared at her confused, waiting for her to go on. She seemed to be struggling for words and so I patted her leg reassuringly. “Don’t worry, I’ll write him a letter. Or better yet, I think I saw a pay phone at the end of the hall, I’ll call him and tell him I’m not angry he couldn’t make the trip.”

She sighed. “No, Daisy, I know you’re not angry over that.”

There was another pause and she took a deep breath. “Daddy wanted to surprise you. He thought you might be more comfortable in your own room here since you have your own room at home.”

I continued to stare at her. “He called in a favor with one of his friends at the Alumni Association and they made special accommodations for you … someone will be by to collect the extra bed—”

“No,” I said more forcefully than I intended. I wasn’t angry with Dolly.

Although she had kept this from me until now, so maybe I should’ve been. In fact I definitely should’ve been.

“Dolly, why didn’t you tell me?”

“I knew it would make you upset. There is no use trying to change what’s done.”

“No use? Would make me upset? I am way past upset. I don’t want special accommodations. I don’t want my own room. I don’t want to be treated differently,” I hollered.

“Daisy, calm down. This isn’t the end of the world.”

How could I explain that it wasn’t the end of the world, it was a continuation of the same world.

And that was the problem.

I wanted to be Daisy Payton here, not Daisy Payton.

Because Daisy Payton played a mean game of spades, and knew how to cornrow in every direction. She had a natural head for figures, and could even do three digit multiplication in her head. She loved the Temptations and could cut a rug on the dance floor with the best of them. She could bake better than your eighty-five-year-old granny. She studied geography for fun. She got a four-point-oh during the worst year of her life. She was good with potted plants but terrible in the garden; weeds were foes she could not defeat. She’d been kissed twice. Once was awful and once was amazing, so amazing that she did it again, and then again—so really four times, but three of the kisses happened in one session. And she wanted opportunities to roll that fifty-fifty dice again to find out how the next kiss would be.

But Daisy Payton?

Daisy Payton had a powerful father. (That poor man.)

Daisy Payton was a rich girl. (She’s not but it doesn’t matter if people think you are.)

She had a dead brother, who got murdered in Vietnam. (What a useless war.)

Daisy Payton had a mother who was there and then *poof* was gone from breast cancer. (Poor Daisy.)

Daisy Payton went from rich girl to poor girl. Poor little rich girl that everyone looked at with pity.

And she hated it.

She hated that everyone, everyone thought they knew her.

She hated the assumption that if they hurt with her, or worse, for her, then it made the pain better, as if that made it the entire community’s pain; when it absolutely didn’t.

She hated that she still read and reread the letters from her brother. Some of the pages had wrinkles from being crumpled in fits of anger because oh, she was so angry when he left. And then she felt guilty and stupid and horrified that she’d almost destroyed his letters when they were all that was left. Some were starting to show signs of age, yellow in some spots and the ink fading in others, and she hated that too because how could so much time have passed without him?

And she hated that her mother had been helping her shop for homecoming dresses and was buried before Thanksgiving. It had spread so fast.

No junior prom dress shopping. No junior prom.

She barely remembered her senior year.

She hated that her friends and family and perfect strangers spoke to her in hushed tones and assumed she was broken.

She hated that they were right.

Because the ache inside her was relentless. It constantly missed her brother. It constantly missed her mother. It would not abate. It could not be moved. She was thoroughly, horribly, broken and all that brokenness was put up for examination by an entire town. That just couldn’t happen here.

For the whole of her life, the whole of Green Valley had treated her differently, and she absolutely hated it.

But she wasn’t in Green Valley now. And Daisy Payton had a plan.

About Chelsie Edwards

Chelsie Edwards’ mother declared her a smarty-pants at 4 years old; now she gets to be one professionally. She manages project timelines by day and book timelines by night. She resides in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. and has no dogs, fish, or birds, but her neighbors cat “Buddy” keeps her company by sunbathing on her porch. Her debut novella is scheduled to be released Spring 2020 on Smartypants Romance and will chronicle Daisy and Trevor’s journey.

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Book Blast & Review: Sicarii (Parts 1-3) by Adrienne Wilder

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Book Title: Sicarii (3 book series)

Author: Adrienne Wilder

Publisher: Self-published

Cover Artist: Adrienne Wilder

Release Date: April 28, 2020

Genre/s: Contemporary M/M Romantic suspense

Heat Rating: 4 flames

Length three books total: 160 454 words/627 pages

Is it a standalone story across three parts.

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Marcel isn’t going to save them.

He’s going to change them.

Because life is a gift.

Jenn Review

3.5 – 4 Stars

So I’m going to post this as a series review, I’m not really sure how to review each installment individually. This series really was interesting and different, once I started reading it was like a fell down some strange and intriguing rabbit hole. Overall I did enjoy this series, trying to sort through Jacob and Bens’ journey, rooting for Sam through and just wondering about Marcel, the ultimate anti-hero!

I don’t really want to go into too much detail about the story, it’s unique and should be experienced! It’s a fascinating world Andrienne Wilder has created! If you’re in the mood for a read a bit darker, that crosses some lines but also has reasons why, this is a great read to get lost in!

Sicarii Part 1

 

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Ben Corbin lost his parents then his uncle and clues to the man responsible take him to the small town of Spencer. While Ben is determined to get justice for the murder of his family, he finds himself drawn to Jacob Moser, an ex-prostitute with ties to the killer.

Jacob Moser owes his life to Marcel Serghi. A man forged into a killer under the most brutal conditions. A man who saved him when no one else would.

Ben and Jacob, two men from completely different worlds, who have no idea how much they need each other until a killer brings them together.

 

Sicarii Part 2

 

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Ben Corbin has been swept up in a vicious game of revenge. A pawn to be sacrificed in a life or death game of chess.

In order to survive, Ben must make a deal with the devil, Marcel Serghi.

A mistake from Jacob’s past is brought into the game. And it could cost Jacob more than his pride.

It could cost him Ben.

Ben and Jacob, two men from completely different worlds, who have no idea how much they need each other until a killer brings them together.

 

Sicarii Part 3

 

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Marcel Serghi lives by the rules of his House Sicarii where he was honed into the perfect killer; merciless, emotionless, incapable of remorse.

Jacob Moser has always had undying loyalty to Marcel for saving his life.

Until Ben.

Now Jacob must make a choice, to love or live. Because breaking a vow with Marcel means returning what he gifted Jacob.

A chance to live.

Ben and Jacob, two men from completely different worlds, who have no idea how much they need each other until a killer brings them together.

 

Excerpt

Chapter I

The killer watched.

Light bled from Sam Water’s window, backlighting his silhouette. The pencil danced in his hand. Whatever drove him from his bed must have been important. He was up early, even for a school day.

Marcel leaned against the porch railing and coaxed a cigarette from the package in his hand. The momentary flame from the lighter outlined the web of scar tissue across his palm and three and a half fingers. The car bomb had also spared his thumb. A good thing. Learning how to write with his left hand would have been a bitch.

Not that an old dog couldn’t be taught a new trick. He was no old dog, but the teachings ingrained in him had been done so under conditions leaving no room for change.

The cherry of his cigarette flared in the darkness.

Night in this suburban neighborhood was nothing like where he’d grown up. Tucked in the mountains, there were only the stars, the moon, and the occasional candle. There the darkness wasn’t just a state of being. It was a living thing. All-consuming and unforgiving, conspiring with the wilderness to kill those too weak to survive.

Here the darkness was just a veil; once lifted, life returned, shattering any chance of reaching such perfection.

The storm door to the house opened, and the wooden slats on the porch creaked.

Mild green tea and aloe mixed with the honeysuckle blooming along the split rail fence nestled between the houses. The heat left over from the shower clung to Jacob’s skin.

“I wish you wouldn’t smoke.” In the darkness, there was only the sound of his breathing, the rustle of his clothes, the weight of his body pressing against the space around Marcel. A space that shrank to nothing with another small step.

Jacob’s caress traced the line of Marcel’s jaw. Layers of scars disrupted the gentle movement.

“Did you find your money?” Marcel exhaled a stream of bitter smoke.

“You gave me too much again.”

“It is a tip. For…you know. Good service.”

Jacob teased his fingers down the back of Marcel’s neck. There was more in his touch than physical contact. There was longing, yearning, endless want. But Marcel would never be able to give the man what he yearned for.

“You don’t need to tip me. You already give me so much.”

“I make you live in a motel.”

“Only because it’s close.”

“I could buy you a house.” The tip of the cigarette flared. Jacob was right, he shouldn’t smoke. Damn things never tasted like anything but shit.

“I don’t want a house.”

“You should. You are young. Young people should want a house. A family. A car. You have nothing.”

Jacob rested his cheek on Marcel’s shoulder. “I have you.”

“Nothing.” Marcel snuffed out the cigarette between his finger and thumb, then slid the butt into his shirt pocket. “You should go. Get some sleep.”

“I napped.”

Marcel cupped Jacob’s chin. He didn’t need the light to know how Jacob pleaded with his eyes.

Marcel saw it every time they were together. “No. I have told you many times.”

“Maybe I keep hoping.”

“It is a waste.”

“I don’t see it like that.”

“I could let you go. I could give you enough to go wherever you wanted. Back to school, maybe. What was it you wanted to do again?”

“I don’t want to go to school.”

“You should.”

“I’m happy.”

“You need more than an old man’s cock in your ass. You could go back and get your degree.”

“It takes years to be a doctor, and that dream sailed a long time ago.”

He was young enough to catch up to it. Or simply change direction altogether. All Jacob needed was motivation. A reason to want more. Someway for him to see there was more.

Marcel leaned down, and Jacob tipped his face up, leaving his mouth an inch, maybe less, but definitely not more, away from Marcel’s.

“You need to save those for someone you love.” Marcel traced the bow of Jacob’s lips with his thumb.

“Maybe I have.”

“No, Jacob. I fuck you. That is all.”

“And I’m okay with that. I—”

Marcel stopped him with a press of his finger. The tremor running down Jacob’s body was nothing more than a flutter of his pulse.

Jacob swallowed. “Please don’t send me away.”

One day Marcel would. But not today. Or tomorrow. Jacob wasn’t ready. “Friday. Ten o’clock.”

Marcel went back to tracing Jacob’s lips. He deserved to be kissed, to be loved. But that part of Marcel had been stripped away those nights on a mountain ledge when he was a boy.

“Go home.” He patted Jacob’s cheek. “Rest. You will need it.”

The whisper of tennis shoes against wooden slats faded into steps of rubber soles on concrete. Then those too were gone, leaving Marcel to the darkness.

In the window of the house next door, the boy finished writing whatever had pulled him out of bed. He folded the piece of paper in careful movements. Then he disappeared from view, and the patch of light coming from his lamp winked out.

And the killer watched.

 

About the Author

I am a writer of contemporary and speculative fiction and artist of all things monster. I live to create new worlds and the people in them. Several of my books have been best sellers both nationally and internationally.

I do my best to write original stories with powerful characters and emotion as well as a fast-paced plot. My goal isn’t just to deliver a good story but to take the reader into the story and let them experience the characters as if they are right there with them.

While almost all my books have a romantic element, I will be the first to admit, they are not traditional romance. In fact, I’d like to think there is nothing traditional about them. And the stories I paint are done so way outside the lines of traditional genres.

One of my favorite things to do as a writer is push the boundaries of what makes a story and to deliver the unexpected and maybe even change the perspective of the reader.

My characters are more often than not, beautifully flawed, not always the good guy, and make mistakes. Their stories will take dark turns which, in the end, make the light at the end of the tunnel all the brighter.

If you’re looking for something different, exciting, and unique, my books are for you.

Check out my website for updates and how to contact me. I love hearing from fans.

 

 

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New Release Review & Giveaway: Never Say Never by Felice Stevens

Happy Saturday! We are so excited to share Never Say Never by Felice Stevens today! I so loved this book, and this entire series, and am sharing my 5 Star Review! We also have a great Giveaway too!
Happy Reading!
~Jenn
Title: Never Say Never
Series: Lost in New York
Author: Felice Stevens
Genre: M/M Romance
Release Date: May 21, 2020 

 

One taste leaves them wanting more…

 

 

 

INGREDIENTS:
Francisco “Frisco” Martinelli. Hot and spicy. Beautiful on the outside, dark and damaged on the inside. Handle with extreme caution.
Salvatore “Torre” Rossi. Sweet with a kick of spice. Gentle at first, can become swiftly and irrevocably addictive to the heart.
A RECIPE FOR ROMANCE
One snobby food critic who doesn’t believe in love
One down-to-earth food blogger who does
Add a touch of suspicious brother
A heaping serving of best friend who’s been waiting for this to happen
Blend with secret identities, past hurts, and judgments.
Stir in equal portions of desperate longing, desire, fear, and snarky humor.
Set over open flame, step back, and wait for sparks to fly.
Serve as is for an explosive love story that will leave you with a full heart and a ridiculously happy smile at the end.
Jenn Review

 

5 Stars
It’s no secret that I love Felice Stevens and this series and Never Say Never is a fantastic addition! Enemies to lovers and great food, it’s a perfect combination, and add in Felice’s amazing ability to deliver deep characters and intense storylines and it’s a major win! I’d been looking forward to Frisco’s story and it definitely delivers!
Frisco and Torre are such a great pairing, these are two very strong men, not what either expected but so very perfect for each other! Frisco is a food critic, known for his high end restaurant reviews, he’s a bit snobby and brutally honest sharing his opinions. Torre is a food blogger who’s passion is sharing relatable, affordable places with good food. Online these two hate each other, that is until they come face to face.
One of my favorite things about this book is the passion, whether it’s about food, restaurants or each other there is so much passion! I also loved their determination! There is a lot that these two face together, especially Frisco. He’s never really believed in love, never really experienced real love and having Torre in his life changes everything for him. I really felt for him and the pain he experienced, but I loved seeing him work through things with Torre. Learning to let him, and his family, in and seeing what it really means to let people into you life in a real and true sense.
I really loved how this story unfolded, the journey these two have together! This book made my heart so happy and I fell in love with Torre and Frisco and loved getting to see Press again! Another absolutely stunning book from Felice Stevens!
Felice Stevens has always been a romantic at heart. She believes that while life is tough, there is always a happy ending just around the corner. Her characters have to work for it, however. Like life in NYC, nothing comes easy, and that includes love.
 
She lives in New York City and has way too much black in her wardrobe yet can’t stop buying “just one more pair” of black pants. Felice is a happily addicted Bravo and Say Yes to the Dress addict and proud of it. And let’s not get started on House Hunters. Her dream day starts out with iced coffee and ends with Prosecco, because…why shouldn’t it? You can find her procrastinating on FB in her reader group, Felice’s Breakfast Club.
 
 
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