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Blog Tour & Giveaway: Heart Strain by Sammi Cee & Michele Notaro

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Heart Strain

Interlocking Fragments Series, Book 1

Sammi Cee & Michele Notaro

M/M Contemporary Romance

Release Date: 07.22.19

Cover Artist: Soxsational Cover Art

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Blurb:

Holden~

When I get a call that my twin brother’s been shot, I’m in shock as I head back to Baltimore to be with him. Seeing him in a coma is the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do; sitting here not knowing whether he’s going to live or die is the worst thing I can imagine. But at least Jameson is with me—he makes it more bearable, and I don’t feel like I’m in this alone. With everything going on, I probably shouldn’t be checking out my brother’s work partner, but I can’t seem to help it. Jameson’s been so sweet and kind and considerate; not to mention he’s so sexy I can’t keep my eyes off him.

Jameson~

My partner getting shot and ending up in a coma brings everything in my world to a screeching halt. He’s not only my partner on the police force, but my best friend and confidant. When I see his twin brother, Holden, sitting in the waiting room, I’m overwhelmed with gratitude that he neither blames me nor pushes me away. Now I’m doing my best to take care of him and support him; if only I’d stop noticing how his emotions reflect in his eyes and wondering how it would feel to touch him.

Will the bonding that takes place during their long bedside vigils become more than they expected? Can they be honest enough with themselves and each other to take it to the next level? And if they do, will Holden be willing to sacrifice the life he loves for the brother he’s kept at arm’s length for almost ten years and the man who could end up being his everything?

Heart Strain is the first book in the Interlocking Fragments series, but is a standalone novel. Each book in the series will feature a different couple, but the couples will show up throughout the whole series. This is a contemporary romance intended for 18+.

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Jenn Review

4 Stars

This was my first read from either of these authors and it definitely will not be my last! I really enjoyed this story and the characters. Holden and Jameson really got to my heart right from the start and I certainly felt invested in their journey.

So there’s definitely no meet-cute for these two, we learn that they knew each other in high school, although it’s from a distance, but are thrown back together when Hendrix, who is Holden’s twin brother and Jameson’s partner on the police force, is shot in the line of duty. While tragedy brings these two together, they find they have more in common that they ever thought, as well as a deep attraction and connection.

There are a lot of feels and emotions running through this story, but I think the authors do a good job of creating a balance. There is pain and struggle, especially as these two deal with Drix and waiting to see if he is going to wake up, but there are lighthearted, fun and tender moments as well. It’s clear that these two truly do care for each other, even when it seems like there are other things to focus on. Both Holds and Jameson have to deal with some hurts from the past as well, and while I definitely enjoyed that story line, I’m really hoping that we get some kind of follow-up on both of these guys. It definitely felt like that part of the story was just getting started. I’m also hoping for more romantically for them too, this was certainly a HFN, but again, I feel like it was left a bit open. Overall, I really enjoyed these characters and will definitely pick up the next book in this series!

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Excerpt

Holden~

As soon as the movie ends, I say, “I’m going to start dinner.” I need to get away from him for a minute before he notices what he’s doing to me. Unfortunately, the sexy bastard follows me into the kitchen with Nala trotting behind him.

“What can I do to help?”

I point to a stool. “You can sit down and look pretty while I cook.”

His eyebrows go up a little. “I can’t help?”

“Nope.”

“When did you have time to buy all this stuff?”

“Uh… I woke up early, so I went out this morning before you picked me up.” What I don’t say is that I’ve been having trouble sleeping—no matter how long I run at night or how tired I am—and it seems to be getting worse every night. But that’s not his problem, so I keep it to myself.

He hesitantly sits on the stool and tentatively asks, “Why are you doing all of this?”

Blowing out a breath, I shrug as I get the ingredients out of the fridge. “You’ve been helping me since I got here, and… and I wanted to do something nice as a thank you.”

“You don’t have to thank me.” When I look at him, I can tell he has something else to add, but he doesn’t say whatever’s on his mind, so I just shrug again and get everything ready.

“I made this marinade this morning and the tofu’s been soaking it up all day, so hopefully you’ll still like it even though you like eating animals.”

He laughs out, “Gross.”

I shoot him a grin. “Anyway, I’m gonna do some mashed potatoes and green beans, so hopefully you’ll like at least one thing.”

“Sounds delicious, even the tofu.”

After a minute, I notice him looking a little sad or something, so I finally relent. “Will you stop frowning if I let you help?”

“Yes.” He smiles, just a tad.

“Fine,” I groan. “Help me with the potatoes.”

“Yes!” Jameson grins widely and hops off the stool. “I knew you’d cave.”

I laugh. “Was your plan to sit there looking all sad and pathetic until I did?”

“I was going to start sighing dramatically to add to the effect.”

I elbow him in the side with a chuckle and catch his gaze again. I can feel his warmth radiating off him because he’s standing so close to me. The moment I lick my dry lips, I see his eyes track the movement, and my breath catches. Does he want to kiss me as badly as I want to kiss him? Don’t look at his lips, Holden. Don’t look at them!

I look at his lips. Dammit!

But I catch myself, clear my throat, and force my body to move away from him.

Lucky for me, Jameson isn’t a huge awkward nerd like I am, and he ends up talking about the movie while we cook. Before I know it, he has me laughing again.

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Michele is married to an awesome husband that puts up with her and all the characters in her head—and there are many. They live together in Baltimore, Maryland with their two young boys and two crazy dogs. She grew up dancing and swimming and taught dance—ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, & modern—for ten years before her kids came along. Now she stays home to write about the sexy men in her head and does PTA everything—as long as coffee is involved. Two other tattooed moms run the PTA with her, and though she wants to rip her hair out from it, she still loves it.

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Finding My Forever Series: (Contemporary Romance)

Book 1: Everything In Between

Book 2: A Little Bit Broken

Book 3: Left Behind

Book 4: A True Fit

A Finding My Forever Short Story: (Contemporary Romance)

Falling In Time

A Valentine’s Tail

Flash Me Photos: (Contemporary Romance)

Portfolio #1: Love, Never-Ending

The Fate of Love Series: (Contemporary Romance)

Book 1: Always You

Valentine’s Inc. Series: (Contemporary Romance)

Color My Kiss

Luck of the Ship

The Ellwood Chronicles: (Witch Romance)

Prequel: The Witches Seal

Book 1: The Enchanter’s Flame

Book 2: The Enchanter’s Soul

Reclaiming Hope: (Shifter Romance)

Book 1: How We Survive

Book 2: Rescuing His Heart

Book 3: Keeping Them Unseen

Novella: Finding Our Home

Novella: First Moon Festival

The Taoree Trilogy: (Alien MM Fiction)

Book 1: Taoree

Book 2: Independents

Book 3: Dissolution

Malachai Brothers: Beyond the Veil: (Paranormal Investigations- collab with K.M. Neuhold)

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The Brotherhood of Ormarr: (Dragon Rider Romance collab with Sammi Cee)

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Sammi Cee was raised in a family of readers. Summer vacations consisted of a good book while sitting lakeside from as far back as she could remember. After growing up and having her own children, her appreciation of how the written word could transport you on an adventure, bring you to tears, or give you hope, took on a whole new meaning.

These days Sammi is watching her children develop into fine young ladies while doing the things she enjoys most: drinking coffee, eating chocolate, and writing her own stories.

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Release Blitz, 5 Star Review & Giveaway: Imitation of Life by Felice Stevens

Happy Friday! I am so thrilled to share the Release Blitz for this book, Imitation of Life by Felice Stevens! Definitely a 5 star read for me, I loved it so much! I hope you’ll check out my review and we’ve got an awesome giveaway too!

Happy Reading!

~Jenn

Title: Imitation of Life

Series: Rock Bottom #2

Author: Felice Stevens
Genre: Contemporary MM Romance
Release Date: August 16, 2019
Blurb
Benny DeMarco is the nicest guy you’ll ever meet. He works
hard, takes care of his little sister, and pays the bills. Childhood bullies
and an abusive stepfather invade his dreams, and at times he wishes life would
grant him a do-over. Would he like a boyfriend? You bet. But Benny knows love
isn’t for him. He’s been looked over, looked through, and looked past all his
life. Even worse, the one guy he’s been in love with for almost two years is
the biggest flirt who will sleep with anyone. Anyone except Benny.
 
Gino Acosta smiles to keep from crying. Everyone he meets tells him he’s
beautiful and sexy, but Gino knows the truth. His outside may be perfect, but
inside he feels dirty and unworthy. Bounced around as a child, he yearns for
someone to love and a family to call his own. He hops from man to man,
desperate to belong, believing the lies he’s told, but all he finds is a body
for an hour or two. Things would be so different if only he knew—the man he’s
searching for is waiting for him, right under his nose.
 
Benny starts dating the “perfect guy”and it’s okay if there’s no spark—that’ll
happen eventually. Won’t it? Gino’s fast-paced modeling career has taken off,
but once again, he’s trading his body for a dream. When Gino’s world explodes,
Benny must fight for what and who he really wants. Gino must learn to trust
what people tell him—that he’s got so much more to offer than a pretty face and
a moment of pleasure.
 
If all your life you believe you’re nothing, how do you move past heartbreak
and hardship to reach for everything?
Jenn Review

5 Stars

Oh my, I loved this book! I’ve been so looking forward to Benny’s story and it was everything I wanted and then some! I absolutely adored these men and just wanted to wrap them in hugs and love them! An emotional journey, this book shows the power of real love in life.

Benny and Gino, oh where to start with these two…they are both a bit broken and struggling in life, just trying to figure it out. Gino comes from a past with no real love in his life, no parents, no real relationships, but he craves it. He’s gorgeous, people constantly tell him that but they don’t see anything beyond the physical. He’s good for a quick hook-up but nothing more. Benny just wants to take care of his sister, keep her safe from their step-father and succeed at work. Sure, he wants love and happiness but he’s got to focus. The catch, both of these men have feelings for each other but neither thinks they are worthy.

This really was a powerful story, and as much as both of these men have already faced struggles in their lives, they continue as they find their way to each other. Both are hit some devastating issues, but this is when they learn to lean on each other and finally admit how they really feel. I loved them, I loved how real and raw they both are, perfectly imperfect. I know that I can always count on Felice Stevens to deliver a book that smacks me right in the feels and Imitation of Life was perfection!

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 Author Bio

I have always been a romantic at heart. I believe that while life is tough, there is always a happy ending around the corner, my characters have to work for it, however. Like life in NYC, nothing comes easy and that includes love.I live in New York City with my husband and two children and hopefully soon a cat of my own. My day begins with a lot of caffeine and ends with a glass or two of red wine. I practice law but daydream of a time when I can sit by a beach somewhere and write beautiful stories of men falling in love. Although there is bound to be a few bumps along the way, a Happily Ever After is always guaranteed.

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Excerpt Reveal: The Day He Came Back by Penelope Ward

Happy Wednesday! We are thrilled to share this excerpt of The Day He Came Back by Penelope Ward today! I’m definitely excited about this book, and that cover!

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THE DAY HE CAME BACK

(A standalone)

Release date: 8/19/2019

 A Contemporary Romance Novel

 New York Times, USA Today, and #1 Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author

Penelope Ward

  

Excerpt Reveal:

Copyright © 2019

By Penelope Ward

 

I looked down at her fitted white pants, covered in dirt marks. Even though she looked sexy as hell, I had to ask. “Why the hell does my mother insist on the staff wearing all white?”

“You’ll have to ask her, although I like to think of it as practice for my future nursing career.”

“I guess that’s one way to look at it. It kind of freaks me out. It’s like you’re all part of some cult.” I chuckled.

“I wonder what she’d do if I showed up in black. She’d shun me.” She snapped her fingers jokingly. “Oh wait…”

Except I wasn’t laughing now. I felt horrible that she knew exactly how my mother felt about her.

“I’m sorry she’s such a bitch, Raven.”

“It’s not your fault.” She looked out at the ocean, then promptly changed the subject. “You must be excited to go to Connecticut in the fall.”

“At this very moment, thanks to you, I’m in absolutely no rush to leave this spot, let alone Palm Beach.”

She blushed. “You’re funny.”

“You’re f*cking beautiful.” That just came out. “I’m sorry if that was too forward. But it’s true,” I said.

“No.” Her cheeks turned pink. “Thank you.”

“Do you have a boyfriend?”

She pushed some hair behind her ear. “No.”

“I want to take you out.”

She looked down at her empty cup. “I don’t think so.”

Ouch. “Can I ask why?”

“It’s not that I’m not interested, but…you’re leaving in the fall, so I’m not sure it makes sense to start anything up. Then there’s the bigger issue of your mother. I just don’t think it’s a good idea.”

“I get it.” I nodded. “I understand.”

Holy sh*t. I wasn’t used to rejection. I couldn’t remember the last time a girl had said no to me. I swear to God, my dick just stiffened. What was it about the chase that was so damn arousing? I had to find another way…

“Can we hang out as friends, then?”

She grinned skeptically. “Friends?”

“There’s this improv club near where you live. I wanted to go check it out this weekend. Would you want to go with me?”

“Venturing to the other side of the bridge, eh?” she teased. “What would Mother think?”

“Will you come with me, wiseass?”

“Seriously, what if your mom finds out?”

“She won’t. She doesn’t really question where I go. I’ll just tell her I’m going to meet a friend. And thanks to your rejection, that won’t be a lie, right?”

Raven blinked for a while before she finally answered, “Okay. Yeah.”

My heart sped up. “Yeah?”

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From New York Times bestselling author Penelope Ward, comes a new standalone novel.

 

It was the summer of my life.

I’d met the guy of my dreams.

Unfortunately, he was the son of my uppity employer—and very much off-limits.

But Gavin was a rebel. He knew his mother would disown him if she found out about us; in his eyes, we just had to be careful.

He never treated me as his mother did—like hired help.

Instead, Gavin put me on a pedestal and loved me harder than I’d ever been loved in my life.

 

What a summer it was.

Until it all ended—badly.

 

I was never supposed to see Gavin again.

That didn’t stop me from thinking about him every day for ten years.

I knew little about his life now, just that he was an entrepreneur living an ocean away.

 

When a twist of fate had me working again in the very place our love affair started a decade earlier, I knew it was only a matter of time before I might see him again.

But I wasn’t prepared.

What if he hated me?

What if he loved someone else now?

I wasn’t prepared for all the unknowns.

 

And most of all, I wasn’t prepared for today to be the day he came back.

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BIO:

 

Penelope Ward is a New York Times, USA Today and #1 Wall Street Journal bestselling author of contemporary romance.

 

She grew up in Boston with five older brothers and spent most of her twenties as a television news anchor. Penelope resides in Rhode Island with her husband, son, and beautiful daughter with autism.

 

With over two million books sold, she is a 21-time New York Times bestseller and the author of over twenty novels. Her books have been translated into over a dozen languages and can be found in bookstores around the world.

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Release Blitz & Review: PLAYING FOR KEEPS by Kendall Ryan

Hot new HOCKEY series alert! Oh my gosh you guys, this was such a fun read and we so excited to share Playing For Keeps by Kendall Ryan! Hot hockey player, best friend’s little sister – it’s just great! I hope you’ll check it out along with my review!

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PLAYING FOR KEEPS

Hot Jocks, Book 1

By Kendall Ryan

Release Day: August 13th

About the Book

I’ve never been so stupid in my entire life.

Elise Parrish, my teammate’s incredibly sweet and gorgeous younger sister, should have been off-limits, but my hockey stick didn’t get the memo.

After our team won the championship, our flirting turned physical, and I took her to bed. Then shame sent her running the next morning from our catastrophic mistake.

She thinks I don’t remember that night – but every detail is burned into my brain so deeply, I’ll never forget. The feel of her in my arms, the soft whimpers of pleasure I coaxed from her perfect lips….

And now I’ve spent three months trying to get her out of my head, but I’m starting to understand she’s the only girl I’ll ever want.

I have one shot to show her I can be exactly what she needs, but Elise won’t be easily convinced.

That’s okay, because I’m good under pressure, and this time, I’m playing for keeps.

Get ready to meet your new favorite hot jocks in an all new series of stand-alone novels. If you like sexy, confident men who know how to handle a stick (on and off the ice), and smart women who are strong enough to keep all those big egos in check, this series of athlete romances is perfect for you!

 

Jenn Review

4.5 Stars

Hot new hockey series from Kendall Ryan, yes please!! Oh what a start Playing for Keeps is, I totally loved Elise and Justin and the whole cast of characters here! Fun, sexy and totally swoon-worthy!

Justin is a successful hockey player, in his prime and known as a bit of a manwhore. Thanks to his not so wonderful parents, he’s not the kind to believe in true love. Justin has known Elise pretty much his whole life, she’s his teammate and best friends younger sister and she’s always been off-limits. But one night, with too much alcohol and too much attraction and that all changes. It was supposed to be a mistake, one night, but it’s not enough and these two just can’t resist. But can they be friends with benefits or is there really more there for them.

I’ve gotta say that I just loved these two together, Elise is sweet and sassy and Justin is sweet in his own way and definitely sexy! He’s got just enough broken in him that I felt it in my heart. Once Elise is really a part of his life, he opens his heart and it’s clear that these two are just meant to be. It’s a pretty straightforward, well told (sexy) story as Justin and Elise figure out exactly what they mean to each other. I love the best friend’s sister angle and loved getting to know Owen and the rest of the crew as well. Definitely a fantastic start to a new series and I’m already looking forward Owen’s story!

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Blog Tour, 5 Star Review & Giveaway:

 

Happy Friday! Today I am excited to share Heart Unbroken by Andrew Grey! This is such a great series and this is a fantastic addition, I absolutely loved this book. I hope you’ll check out my 5 Star review and we also have an awesome giveaway!
Happy Reading!
~Jenn

 

Title: Heart Unbroken
Author: Andrew Grey
Series: Hearts Entwined Series (Book 4)
Genre:M/M
Contemporary Romance/ Gay Romance/ LGTBQA
Release Date: Aug 6 2019
Edition/Formats Available In: eBook & Print (1st
Edition)
Blurb/Synopsis:
Car restorer Dean Milford knows how to make damaged things
beautiful again. Only, after a bad breakup, he loses sight of who he is,
playing the field and distracting himself with any man he comes across. But now
there’s only one guy who really matters to him. And maybe with his latest
restoration job—a vintage Cobra—he’ll get the chance to let him know.
Losing his sight wasn’t the worst thing to happen to Lee
Studer—losing his independence was. It’s taken a while, but he’s finally found
his place in the world—in a garage. Funny enough, his acute hearing allows him
to pinpoint engine problems just by listening. And even better, he’s going to
have a chance to help his long-time crush, Dean, rebuild his fantasy car.
As the restoration comes together, so do Lee and Dean,
building a friendship that quickly turns into so much more. But before they can
think about a future together, they have to deal with the past. Only that turns
out to be more dangerous than either one ever dreamed….
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5 Stars
As a huge fan of this series I was really looking forward to this book and Andrew Grey definitely did not disappoint! I loved this story and I totally adored both Dean and Lee! If you have not read this whole series, I definitely recommend it and there characters are somewhat connected. There is something so incredible special about the way Andrew Grey brings the characters in this series to life, especially the characters with disabilities. I love that push boundaries and explore their abilities and are just downright amazing.
Lee lost his sight years ago and is finally at a point where he is adjusting to a new way of life. He is making friends and working a mechanic (yup, that’s right) alongside Scott, who happens to be deaf. They work together magically are pretty much the best. Dean had his heart broken by his ex and has turned to a hook-up, playboy life to keep himself from getting hurt again. But when he visit’s Trevor’s shop he can’t help but notice Lee. When work brings the two men together, it seems like their connection is just undeniable, but of course it’s never that easy. Someone is after Lee and Dean struggles with whether he is good enough, together though they may just figure out what real love is.
Both of these men have their issues, and yes there are times when they struggle but holy moly did I have so much respect for Lee especially, reclaiming his independence and finding his strength. These two are really great for each other, together they find their strengths and a real genuine love. I loved so much about this story, and these two are definitely among my favorite Andrew Grey couples! A definite must read.
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Lee  and Scott were done with the Cadillac. Scott was just moving the car out of the bay  when a hand touched Lee’s shoulder. Lee tensed until he smelled Dean. “You two do amazing work.”

“I hear the problems, and he sees them. I know my way around most engines, and he guides me. I wouldn’t be able to do this job without him.” Lee was well aware that Scott would be a great mechanic whether he was there or not. He was grateful that Scott worked with him, and he hoped he was helping Scott more than he was slowing him down.

“Trevor and I have come to an agreement. I’ve been restoring cars for the last decade out of my home garage, but I can’t keep my head above water. So he and I are going to partner together.”

“Down at the old Sears place? Trevor has been looking into that lately, and he always seems to be able to find the right fit for his ideas.”

“Yeah, exactly. And he said you and Scott might be interested in working with me. I do a lot of the body work—that’s my specialty—but I need experienced people to rebuild the engines and things like that. I can do it, but I’m better at other parts of the process.”

“I can talk with Brent and Scott.” Lee was excited about the possibilities. He’d heard one of the guys mention that Dean had just come across a Cobra he intended to restore. Lee’s hands itched to spend some time with that engine.

“Please do that. We’d all be working for Trevor, so things wouldn’t really be that different. But you’d have the chance to work on classic cars for a change, bringing them back from the dead.” Excitement filled Dean’s voice, and it was catching.

Lee nodded as his nose filled with the richness of Dean’s cologne , even over the garage’s exhaust fumes and grease. “Okay. I’ll think about it,” Lee said, wishing he had more questions, if only so he could get Dean to stay and talk with him a little while longer.

 

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Andrew grew up in western Michigan with a father who loved to tell
stories and a mother who loved to read them. Since then he has lived throughout

the country and traveled throughout the world. He has a master’s degree from

the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and works in information systems for a large corporation.

Andrew’s hobbies include collecting antiques, gardening, and
leaving his dirty dishes anywhere but in the sink (particularly when
writing)He considers himself blessed with an accepting family, fantastic friends, and the world’s most supportive and loving partner. Andrew currently lives in beautiful, historic Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

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Review Tour & Giveaway: Trusting The Elements by Elle Keaton

 

 
Length: 50,000 words approx.
 
Cover Design: Cate Ashwood
 
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Blurb



There’s nothing like a near death car accident to open your eyes. Otto Proulx decides surviving was a sign; he’s being given a second chance to claim the life he wants to live. For the past few years he’s been hiding in the shadows, vague texts from a troubled ex-partner keep him at home along with his general lack of luck in the romance department. This is his last chance, he’s certain, this time he’ll meet the man for him, the one he’s sure is out there somewhere.



Greg Trainor runs a specialty kite shop and helps his friends out when they ask. That’s the kind of guy he is, if somebody needs something, they call on Greg. He’s a big guy and no genius, but he’s dependable. So…yeah, when he sees a car precariously perched on the side of the road, he stops to help out; it’s what he does.



One night of passion leads to…several more and suddenly both men are searching around to define what they have together. Neither wants to scare the other off and neither wants to ask for more. Will the two men be able to set aside their fears and create a family together, trusting the elements are in their favor?


Jenn Review

3.5 – 4 Stars

 

This was a fun, sweet story! It was different than I expected from the blurb, but I definitely enjoyed Otto and Greg. They meet on a rainy night after a car accident, just briefly, but run into each other again later that evening and it’s just meant to be!

 

There was such a sweetness to this story that just made my heart happy. Both of these men are so genuine and good, even with a bit of drama thrown in we still see what great guys they are. There’s just a bit of mystery to add to their falling in love story as well. Overall, I really liked these characters and their story, definitely more of a feel-good read and I’m looking forward to more!

 

 

Thanks for stopping by, I’m Elle Keaton and I hail from the northwest corner of the US where we are known for rain, rain and more rain. I write the Accidental Roots series, set here in the Pacific Northwest featuring hot mm romance and the guarantee of a happy ending for my men. They start out broken, and maybe they end up that way too, but they always find the other half of their hearts.



I started writing way back when but only began publishing about two and a half years ago and now have nine books out. Each features a couple in my little universe, sometimes there is added mystery and suspense.



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Release Blitz & Giveaway: Mad About the Boy by Beth Laycock

Hope it’s been a great week so far! Today we are excited to share the Release Blitz for Mad About a Boy by Beth Laycock! There’s a great giveaway too!

 

Buy Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK | Universal LinkExclusive to Amazon and Available to Borrow with Kindle Unlimited
 
Length: 62,000 words approx.
 
Blurb
 

Something’s waiting for Eli. Somebody’s watching his every move…



Eli is used to looking after himself. Single for longer than he’d care to admit, he doesn’t need a man for more than a hookup, not when he’s got his loyal dog, Zeus, by his side.



But one night changes the course of his life. He meets Dominic, an actual copper and not the stripper he thought his best friend had hired for his birthday. Unfortunately for Eli, after his night out celebrating, a gift awaits him at home—but not a pleasant one.



His birthday may be over, but the threats keep coming. Keep escalating. Keep hurting those close to him. Just how far will the monster behind them go? And how much will Eli lose before he can stop them?

Beth Laycock’s books are influenced by her time living overseas as well as the gritty, urban landscape of the north of England where she grew up.



She has been reading romance since she was old enough to tell herself that line every book lover does—just one more chapter.



As a teenager she attempted to write her first novel, and many more since then that are still gathering dust on her bookshelf. It wasn’t until she discovered the M/M genre that her muse showed up and refused to quit telling her stories about beautiful men finding love together. She hasn’t stopped scribbling them down since. Beth’s muse usually shows up when she is in the shower, is allergic to cleaning, rarely lets Beth watch TV, and insists she drinks copious amounts of coffee so she can turn caffeine into words.



When not writing or reading Beth can be found procrastinating on social media or being dragged around the English countryside by her dog.



Beth loves to chat about books on social media or you can email her at beth@bethlaycock.com

 
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New Release 5 Star Review: Midnights & Mimosas by R.L. Griffin

Guys! I’m so freaking excited about this book! Midnights & Mimosas by R.L. Griffin is out now and it’s fantastic! I absolutely loved it and hope you’ll check it out!

~Jenn

Title: Midnights & Mimosas
Series: Drinking #2

Author: R.L. Griffin

Genre: Romantic Comedy
Release Date: July 26, 2019

Blurb

Is there really such a thing as a quarter life crisis? You bet your ass there is. We should be married, maybe with kids, have a great job – but have a body like you don’t, and have our lives all figured out. There is this existential pressure on women to have it all and do it all. Even if you rebuff this pressure, subconsciously, it’s still there. Middle fingers up to assumptions about where we should all be with our lives at a certain point. Am I right?

I’m Laura Kincaid. The last year of my life has been what dreams are made of, but I think I’ve forgotten my own dreams. My best friend and I traveled across the country with no responsibilities. However, the lack of structure and routine got to me, and now I’m a little lost and I can’t figure out why. I’m a planner, a doer, and a lover of all things sparkly. My quarter life crisis started one night when I realized I was in love. Don’t worry, reading about my hot mess will make you feel better about yours.

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Jenn Review

5 Stars

I have been waiting for a new R.L. Griffin book and I can say that she 100% delivered! I loved Laura’s story with all my heart, yes I loved her in Sunshine & Whiskey but I have a whole new take on her now! She wasn’t what I expected, her story wasn’t what I expected but damn, I love her.

This is Laura’s journey and as with any book from R.L. Griffin it took me on an emotional ride. Sure she is sarcastic and funny but she’s got some real pain in there too and as it all unfolded it broke my heart at times. I laughed, and hurt and got a little mad, but I loved it. I loved the realness and the rawness I felt from her, and the strength she has, even if she thinks she’s broken. And then there’s Max, and their complicated situation. I understood it, I could see where it was all supposed to be casual fun, and then the heart gets involved and for Laura, what do you do when you don’t think it’s supposed to happen?!  And what happens when you find out that the other person is just as broken?

So yeah, she’s part hot mess, part amazeballs and when you add in Max, Megan and the rest of the crew it’s an amazing ride! I love that R.L. Griffin can make me laugh and cry and feel in every book! This is a must read!

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R.L. lives in the Atlanta area with her husband, son, and dog. After going to law school at American University, Washington College of Law, she settled back in the state in which she grew up but only after she fell in love with D.C. She worked in the Senate during the impeachment trial and the Department of Justice.  She writes romantic suspense, romantic comedy, psychological thriller and coming of age books. You never know what you’re going to get.

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Release Blitz & Giveaway: Soul on Fire by Tal Bauer

 

 
 
Length: 75,000 words
 
Blurb
 

A deadly virus burns through the jungle, leaving nothing but corpses in its wake. Everyone flees from the outbreak—except for the terrorists intent on weaponizing the catastrophe.



Lieutenant Elliot Davis, US Navy SEAL, is sent to rescue CIA officers from their clandestine base in Goma, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and evacuate them out of the country. What they’ve uncovered sends Elliot back to the Congo, trying to prevent an attack that could spark a global pandemic.



Dr. Ikolo Ngondu runs a refugee hospital caught between the advancing rebels intent on slaughtering everyone in their path and Elliot’s mission to find and capture their leader. In the chaos of a surprise attack, Elliot’s target slips away, and the only way to find him is to plunge into the Congo’s dark, dangerous, and fevered forest with Ikolo as his guide.



Together they track a burning shadow through Africa’s broken heart, and Elliot struggles to reconcile the world he finds with the life he’s lived as a black man in the West. He looks to Ikolo for answers and finds a man with a core so bright and fierce he scorches Elliot’s soul.



Even as they race against time, Elliot and Ikolo have no idea what’s been set in motion with their mission: a dark secret lies at the center, one that leaves billions of lives hovering between life and death.



And through it all, a question burns inside Elliot, one that only Ikolo may hold the answer to.

Tal Bauer is an award-winning and best-selling author of LGBT romantic thrillers. He is happily married and lives with his husband in Texas. Tal is a member of the Romance Writers of America.



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Review Tour & Giveaway: Chef On Top by MJ O’Shea

Happy Wednesday! I hope it’s been a great week. Today we are part of the Review Tour for Chef on Top by M.J. O’Shea. I’m sharing my review and we’ve got a great giveaway!

Happy Reading!

~Jenn

 

 

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Sizzling In The Kitchen Series
 

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Book #2 – Chef Vs Chef – Amazon US | Amazon UK | Universal Link

 
Blurb
 

Chef Jake Casey has never been what you’d call… liked. By anyone. He was the odd outcast son of the town drunk, and he’s spent his adult life doing everything he can to be nothing like his father. If that meant stomping on a few dozen toes, so be it. But contrary to popular belief, he is human. It gets a little old being alone all the time. When he lands a new job on the other side of the country, Jake decides he’s going to change. New city, new restaurant, new Jake.



It’s going pretty well until his first and only friend’s ex shows up with a fiancé in tow. Ty is horrified. Jake might not have much practice with the friend thing, but he decides he’ll do what everyone in the movies always does – he offers to be Ty’s fake boyfriend. It can’t go wrong. Right?



Ty Caldecott knows better. His life isn’t a teen rom-com and situations like these always end up in humiliation. But the prospect of seeing Taran every day with that ring shining on his finger makes Ty want to vomit. Ty doesn’t want to look like a pining loser, so he tells Jake he’s in.



It can’t go wrong.

 

Right?

Jenn Review

3.5 Stars
I feel like this is a slightly difficult book to review, because there was so much I liked about this book, but in the end I really felt like I just wanted more. It started off great and I totally bought into their story. Jake is known for being a great chef and a massive jerk, but he’s tired of that life and is given the chance to start over at a new restaurant in Las Vegas.  Ty, well he’s just all around wonderful and easy to love. He’s not looking forward to working with Jake, but once he’s in Vegas he sees this new side to the chef and the two form a genuine friendship.
I loved seeing Jake’s softer, sweet side, he totally owned me and I just wanted him to finally find some happiness in life and it’s clear that Ty just may be the perfect person for him. Then when Jake and Ty find themselves in a pretend relationship, but is it really, there seem to be some pretty real feelings developing. But of course, mistakes are made and it ends up that both Jake and Ty could get hurt.
There really is not a lot of angst in this book, the Jake and Ty have come up towards the end. The majority of this read is sweet and fun, and I think I was really hoping for more of that in the end. For me, it felt abrupt and incomplete which was tough because I had really enjoyed these characters and their story, it had heart and I was definitely rooting for them. Overall, yes I did enjoy the book and totally fell for these characters.

MJ O’Shea has never met a music festival, paintbrush, or flower crown she can stay away from. She loves rainstorms and a perfect cup of tea, beach days, music, bright colors, and more than anything a cozy evening with a really great book.



She is from the Pacific Northwest. While she still lives there and loves it, MJ has the heart of a wanderer. So she puts all her dreams of far off places and extraordinary people in her books.



Except for every once in a while when she does what all travelers have to do on occasion… come home.

 

 

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