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Series Review Your & GIVEAWAY: Storm Season and No Pressure by Elle Keaton

 

Storm Season (Accidental Roots #1): Amazon US | Amazon UK
 
Length: 308 Pages
 
Blurb


They say you can’t go home again, Adam Klay doesn’t intend to until the death of his father, a famous artist, forces his return to Skagit, Washington. Cleaning up his father’s chaotic life was never on Adam’s bucket list. Worse, Adam finds himself inexplicably drawn to the elusive, terminally-clumsy, gorgeous, Micah Ryan. No way is he getting involved with someone from his hometown, he’s always insisted the best view of Skagit was in his rearview mirror.

Micah Ryan has been coasting on auto-pilot since his family was killed in a car accident a decade earlier. He runs a web business and has an irritable cat. He hardly leaves his house, unless it is for his afternoon espresso. His world tips upside down when Adam Klay rolls into town. For the first time in years, he feels alive. Unfortunately, Micah’s return to the living has been noticed and is not appreciated.


Someone has a secret. Someone is exploiting the vulnerable youth population in Skagit. Teenagers are disappearing, young women turning up dead, the dirty secrets of Skagit are surfacing.

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3.5 – 4 Stars

I loved the idea of this book – that blurb totally caught my attention as I am a huge fan of mystery and romance together. There is also that element of opposites attract that I really enjoy and I think overall, Elle Heaton delivers pretty well.

Adam doesn’t want to be back in his hometown, he has an open case involving a child he needs to focus on, not on the memories of his childhood. But, with his father having recently passed away and everything in Adam’s name he has no choice but to return. He quickly meets Micah, he’s clumsy and attractive and everything Adam doesn’t need in his life. Micah really hasn’t been living life since his parents and sister were killed in a car accident years ago, he’s just going through the motions. When he meets Adam though its like something in him awakens and he can feel again. Even though Adam is just there to go through his father’s place, not in any official capacity, when dead bodies start turning up he becomes involved in the case.

I loved Micah and Adam together, even as different as they are, they just belong together. Adam’s gruff and grumpy nature are soothed by Micah, and Micah comes alive around Adam. We really get to know a lot about these characters and their lives, I really liked that about this story. There’s a lot of history and it builds the story and the characters very well. I also liked the blend of romance and mystery, it’s easy to fall with Micah and Adam all the while holding my breath waiting to see what was happening next in the action. This story kept me guessing up until the end, the mystery as well built up and the romance.

I did have some issues with the flow at times, not quite sure of transitions but as I read and became more familiar with the writing style it seemed to get easier. Overall, I enjoyed the story line and adored Adam and Micah. I am looking forward to more in this series!

No Pressure (Accidental Roots #2): Amazon US | Amazon UK
 
Length: 224 Pages
 
Blurb
 

Home is where the heart is, right? Except when it’s not. Not when you’re afraid for your life.

Joey James has given up on finding his ‘Prince Charming’. There is no such thing, he needs to be realistic about his chances of a lasting relationship. A chance encounter with a former school mate at the local grocery store changes everything-maybe. Before Joey can decide what to do about it, he is swept into a terrifying scheme. Forced into helping a dangerous stranger in exchange for his family’s safety, Joey begins a perilous journey into the criminal underbelly of Skagit. He will do whatever is needed to protect his family.

Buck Swanfeldt had a secret crush on Joey James in high school. Social anxiety and a two-year age difference made it impossible for him to approach Joey then. Life since high school has been challenging. And lonely. Eight years later, fate brings them together and Buck decides to act. He utterly fails. He would have left it at that, except fate seems to be intent on pushing Joey in his direction, and clearly Joey needs someone at his back.

Dark, sordid secrets hiding in Skagit are bubbling to the surface, danger lurks in unexpected places. Buck has never been anyone’s hero but something about Joey has him throwing caution to the wind. Together the two men take on a dangerous force greater than themselves. But sometimes our worst enemy is ourselves.

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4 Stars

Oh this series just got even better! I absolutely adored Buck so much, with his sweet heart and good nature. He’s shy and adorable and just my favorite. Oh yeah, and Joey is pretty awesome too! This really is a great addition to the series, bringing the story and the characters much deeper.

This book focuses on local mechanic Buck and nurse Joey. The two went to high school together, but Buck is a few years younger and unfortunately for him, Joey doesn’t seem to remember him. Buck has had a crush on him for a while and just when he decides to act on it, Joey’s life ends up being turned upside down. He’s thrown into a world of what looks like child trafficking and some type of mob, only going along with their demands to keep his mother safe. Buck can tell something is going on with Joey and next thing you know they are both involved, trying to save kids and stop these horrible crimes.

I really enjoyed this book, diving deeper into the dark side of this small town. Joey and Buck are both wonderful men who find themselves thrown into some terrifying situations. Despite their sweet attraction to each other, danger always seems to be around the corner. I was definitely rooting for these two, Buck and his sweet naiveté truly deserved to his happily ever after! But just as it looks like things may be working out he is forced to deal with old demons and struggles to move forward.

I really liked Adam and Micah but Joey and Buck totally stole my heart. Their journey together definitely wasn’t easy but their chemistry together was and I loved seeing that develop. Even when they struggle, it’s clear they want to be together. Even if that means asking for time and help! There were times that this book had me totally swooning, holding my breath and even a few moments of heart break, but it was a totally engaging read. I seriously love these two and can’t wait to see where this series goes next. It was also great getting to see characters from the first book so involved in the story still and meeting new ones too! Overall, a very enjoyable read but make sure you read book 1 first so you know what’s going on!



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Author Bio
 

Author, photographer, rare Pacific Northwest Native, Elle grew up in Seattle, WA., with the Cascade Mountain range to the east and Olympics to the west. Less than two hours northwest lie the majestic San Juan Islands. To the northeast is the Methow Valley and the scrub deserts of Eastern Washington. Geography ripe with material.



A graduate of Western Washington University, Elle has a BS in biology which taught her to be tenacious. The closest she has come to biology since then is having two kids. Like an experiment or something. She’s lived in four states (none of which were gaseous), London England, and Hong Kong; always knows what time it is, and has no problem finding parking even in the most difficult places. Cannot balance a checking account.



Elle’s series Accidental Roots, mostly set in the Skagit Valley of Western Washington, will make its debut spring of 2017. Storm Season is tender, sometimes irreverent, full of nosy neighbors and help when the hero didn’t think he needed it. Writing has always been a passion but not something she was able to take seriously until recently. Now her head is full of ideas and not enough time in each day.

 

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Release Blitz & GIVEAWAY: As You Wish by Isobel Starling, Narrated by Gary Furlong

 
 
Ebook Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK
 
Narrator: Gary Furlong
 
Length: 4hrs 9mins
 
Blurb
 

One wedding, two best men, one hell of a love story!



Declan Ramsay’s brother Oliver was marrying Annabelle Aiken at a fairytale castle on the banks of Loch Ness in Scotland. The bride and groom decided that Annabelle’s gay younger brother would share the best man duties with Declan. Declan had never met the kid who was to be his joint best man. Sam Aiken was abroad, working as an interpreter and finishing his studies. He wouldn’t meet Declan until a few days before the wedding, so the best men communicated and planned their speech by email for more than a year.



But on meeting Sam Aiken, Declan is surprised to realize the kid isn’t a kid at all, but a tall, blond, and athletic young man. Declan is sure he’s straight, so he’s alarmed by the ferocious attraction he feels for Sam. And as the attraction is reciprocated, the events at Dunloch Castle change everything Declan has ever believed about himself.



But, is Samuel Aiken all that he appears to be?

Author Bio
 

Born in Germany, Isobel Starling spent most of her twenty-year professional career making art in Ireland. She relocated to the UK and, faced with the dreaded artist’s creative block, Isobel started to write and found she loved writing more than making art.



The ‘Shatterproof Bond’ series is an Amazon Gay Romance bestseller. Isobel has just completed her eleventh book and signed French and German and Italian, translation and publishing rights deals for the whole Shatterproof Bond series. The ‘As You Wish’ translation “Comme Vous Voudrez” is a best seller on Amazon France. It was released in German in March 2017, and as an audiobook in May 2017.



Isobel’s greatest love is writing M/M relationships, and she hopes one day to actually finish the fantasy novel that she put ‘to rest’ three years ago.

 

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Release Blitz & GIVEAWAY: Equality (Dublin Virtues #2) by Helena Stone

 Today we are excited to share the release blitz for Equality (Dublin Virtues #2) by Helena Stone! I really enjoyed the first book in this series and am really looking forward to Lorcan and Eric! Make sure to check out the awesome giveaway too!
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~Jenn

 

Buy Links: Pride | Amazon US | Amazon UK

Publisher: Pride Publishing

Length: 58,300 words

Dublin Virtues Series

Patience (Book #1) Pride | Amazon US | Amazon UK

Renewal (Book #3) Pride | Amazon US | Amazon UK 

Blurb

Love is love. But what if the fight for equality gets in the way of building a relationship?

Lorcan Barratt has never considered himself relationship material. After his parents made it perfectly clear they’d never welcome a partner of his into their home, he learned to love his own company and can’t imagine sharing his life with another. After a single passionate kiss with Eric Kavanagh—the night before he travels to Canada for three months—Lorcan’s no longer sure he wants to be on his own. The problem is, he has no idea what sharing his life with someone else might entail.

Eric Kavanagh grew up in a loving and supportive family and always assumed he’d end up in a committed relationship. Sure that he’s found the one, Eric doesn’t worry about the fact that Lorcan has no experience when it comes to love and relationships. They are good together, so what could possibly go wrong?

When both men get involved in the marriage equality referendum in Ireland, it appears to bring them even closer together until Lorcan’s insecurities get the upper hand and he shuts Eric out. Will the fight for a yes-vote cost them their relationship or will they be able to find a balance between the love they share and the need for equality?

Author BioHelena Stone can’t remember a life before words and reading. After growing up in a household where no holiday or festivity was complete without at least one new book, it’s hardly surprising she now owns more books than shelf space while her Kindle is about to explode.

The urge to write came as a surprise. The realisation that people might enjoy her words was a shock to say the least. Now that the writing bug has well and truly taken hold, Helena can no longer imagine not sharing the characters in her head and heart with the rest of the world.

Having left the hustle and bustle of Amsterdam for the peace and quiet of the Irish Country side she divides her time between reading, writing, long and often wet walks with the dog, her part-time job in a library, a grown-up daughter and her ever loving and patient husband.

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Email: helenastoneauthor@gmail.com
 

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Review Tour & GIVEAWAY: Ellery Mountain Books 1-3, by RJ Scott

Ellery Mountain Series
 
The Fireman & The Cop (Book #1) Amazon US | Amazon UK
The Teacher & The Soldier (Book #2) Amazon US | Amazon UK
The Carpenter & The Actor (Book #3) Amazon US | Amazon UK
 
The Doctor & The Bad Boy (Book #4) Amazon US | Amazon UK
The Paramedic & The Writer (Book #5) Amazon US | Amazon UK
The Barman & The SEAL (Book #6) Amazon US | Amazon UK
The Agent & The Model (Book #7) Amazon US | Amazon UK
 
Cover Design: Meredith Russell
 
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The Fireman & The Cop


Rescuing a cop from a burning precinct is in Max’s job description; falling in love was never part of the deal.

Max Harrison moved from the city to take up a role as assistant to the mayor, while also a volunteer firefighter. When he meets Finn Ryan in Ellery, he falls in lust that burns as hot as the fires an arsonist is setting in town.

Finn Ryan is a cop, and somehow he’s attracted trouble. Going back into a fire to rescue the town drunk is just the start. Now he has to rely on the man he’s falling for to make sure it doesn’t end with him dying.

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4 Stars
A firefighter and a cop – need I say more? Seriously though, this was a fun and quick read that was action packed for both Finn and Max. I really liked these two and loved how their relationship developed even amidst the chaos that seemed to be all around them.
When the police station is deliberately set on fire, Finn rushes in to save someone who’s in lockup, even if he’s the grumpy town drunk. When Max is called to the scene he rushes in to save Finn, and he gets there just in time. Despite injuries and smoke and fire, these two click immediately, they have an undeniable chemistry. Though, as they try to get to know each other Max gets pulled away for fires started around the town and Finn keeps ending up in dangerous situations, certainly seems like it’s personal. These two try to figure out who is after Finn and why, and in that process totally fall head over heels for each other!
I loved these two together, yes there’s insta-love but it just feels right. Even though this is a quick read, it’s full of action, super hot chemistry and sweet love. The romance between Max and Finn is tied in with the mystery of who is targeting Finn very well and definitely held my attention. I love that this a start of a series because I can’t wait to see more of these two as well as get to know the rest of the group better!
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The Teacher & The Soldier


Soldier, Daniel Skylar, falls hard and heavy for school teacher Luke Fitzgerald. How can he make him stay in Ellery?

Luke Fitzgerald left Ellery Mountain for college and vowed never to come back. When his abusive father is murdered, he has no choice but to return. Luke only goes home to sell off his share of the Ellery Mountain Cabins, but everything changes when he meets the son of the other owner. Daniel Skylar lives every day to the limit and sees a future in Luke.

It doesn’t matter what Daniel says, or how much he needs Luke. Luke isn’t staying once everything is sold off. Surely Daniel can understand that what they have between them is just a two-week fling; there is no way it could be love.

Can Daniel persuade Luke that they are in love, and they can build a future together?

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4.5 Stars
RJ Scott definitely knows how to write broken men and completely nails it with Luke! Oh, he just broke my heart and had me rooting for a super schmoopy HEA for him. Daniel is the perfect match for him, able to work through his panic and pain and I absolutely adored these two! I was already a Daniel fan after The Fireman and The Cop but totally fell for him and his story.
Luke is returning to Ellery for the sole purpose of signing some papers, settling his father’s estate and then getting back out. He doesn’t want to be there, with the memories of his abusive father who was recently murdered. Half of the property Luke’s father owned belongs to Daniel and his mother and while the two don’t start off so well, they find something special together.
Daniel may come off as the tough former Marine, and no doubt he’s tough, but he has such an amazing heart! Between his goals of opening a facility for soldiers coming home with PTSD to his compassion, understanding and love for Luke, he’s just amazing. Initially these two intend to spend two weeks enjoying each other and their super chemistry but as Luke prepares to leave both men realize they have much deeper feelings than they ever expected.
This story gave me all the feels! I didn’t expect that much emotion packed into a short story and I loved it! The relationship between these two felt so real and raw. Once again, I love this town and these characters and am already ready for the next book.
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The Carpenter & The Actor
 

Jason is running from tragedy, hiding in Ellery, but it’s only when he meets Kieran that he finds love.

Jason McInnery, hounded by the paparazzi after his brother’s death, runs to the one place where he hopes people won’t sell him out. The place where he was born. Hiding in the tourist cabins at Ellery Mountain Resort out of season, he thinks he finally has room to breathe.


Kieran Dexter is a man who knows what he wants; gorgeous actor Jason tied up and begging. When the hottest sex he’s ever had turns to feelings of love, he’s faced with convincing Jason to give them a try and stay in Ellery.

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4 Stars

Another great addition to the Ellery Mountain series! I love all of these characters and the fact that they are all part of each other’s books and meeting the new guys! Kieran is exactly what I thought, spunky and sassy but adorably sweet as well. Jason is a great match for him, strong and caring but a challenge as well.

It was fun to see the differences in these characters, Kieran is a carpenter and a humble, small town guy while Jason is a well-known and very successful actor from Hollywood. He needs some down time where he can hide out as he still tries to come to terms with his younger brother’s death a year ago. These two meet at the cabins and with the rest of this crew, something that starts out as a couple weeks of fun turns in to more.

These two were sweet together, right from the start. Kieran is certainly attracted to Jason but doesn’t swoon over him because he’s famous, he genuinely likes him. They do make a great couple, actually giving each other what the other person needs so easily and naturally. I also loved how they understood each other and neither man had to give up who they were to be happy together, they figured it out together.

I seriously love this series and can’t wait to start the next book! These Ellery Mountain boys are some of my favorites!

 

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RJ Scott is the bestselling romance author of over 100 romance books. She writes emotional stories of complicated characters, cowboys, millionaire, princes, and the men and women who get mixed up in their lives. RJ is known for writing books that always end with a happy ever after. She lives just outside London and spends every waking minute she isn’t with family either reading or writing.



The last time she had a week’s break from writing she didn’t like it one little bit, and she has yet to meet a bottle of wine she couldn’t defeat.



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Review Tour & GIVEAWAY: Urgent Care (Hearts & Health #3) by DJ Jamison

I’m a total fan of second chance romances and am excited to share Urgent Care by DJ Jamison! This story is a great addition to the Hearts & Health series and I hope you’ll check out my review and the awesome GIVEAWAY too!
Happy Reading!
~Jenn

Buy Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK


Length: 61,500 words

Hearts And Health Series

Heart Trouble (Book #1) Amazon US | Amazon UK

Bedside Manner (Book #2) Amazon US | Amazon UK

Blurb


Nursing student Xavier James is shocked to run into the first man to ever break his heart while at a gay club. His ex is sexier than ever, but Xavier is not going down that road again … only, when they end up working together at an urgent-care clinic, his willpower will be tested.



Trent Cavendish made a huge mistake at age 18 when he walked away from his first love. Twelve years later, Trent is rattled when his friend suddenly dies. He takes a hard look at his life, realizing how empty it has become. Determined to re-evaluate his priorities and make amends, he returns to his hometown to win Xavier’s forgiveness and maybe even his heart.



Times have changed. Instead of the sweet but tame boyfriend he left behind, he finds a smoking hot man dressed in bits of lace and silk. Trent’s good intentions turn to lust, and love isn’t far behind. But Xavier is wary. The villain of his memories is proving to be a decent guy, but has he really changed or is Xavier just a new goal to chase?

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4 Stars

I have definitely enjoyed this series and was really looking forward to Xavier’s book and I wasn’t disappointed! I’m a big fan of second chance stories and this book hit all the marks for me when it came to that story line. I was totally rooting for these two and their much deserved HEA!

Xavier and Trent dated in high school and had plans to go to college together, but when Xavier made the choice to put his family before going off to college, Trent ends things and walks away. Over a decade later neither man has really moved and when reality hits Trent with a wake up call, he knows he needs to try to fix things with Xav.

I really felt for these guys, they had a wonderful love at a young age, but that same young age had them making quick decisions where both men ended up hurt and angry. When Trent returns to Ashe to try to make things Xavier really makes him earn it. Xavier doesn’t want to get hurt like that again and has to decide if he can let Trent back into his heart. I loved how these two come back together though, realizing that their love for each really never disappeared. These two have struggles to face though, it’s not all easy, even when they think they have a second chance. They have to learn to trust each other and work together, and it’s definitely tested.

I really enjoyed their journey, it was a great mix of sweet, loving, hot and challenging. These two definitely have HOT chemistry together and a connection that runs deep. I loved the appearances of Zane and Paul, that was a fun addition to the story. I do have to admit that I struggled a bit with Helen and her role in their story, for some reason it was hard for me to fully get on board with it, but in the end I was okay. I did love the way it all came together and seeing Xavier and Trent get their happiness and love was satisfying!

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Author Bio

DJ Jamison worked in newsrooms for more than 10 years, which helped tremendously when she began her series centered on The Ashe Sentinel, a fictional small-town newspaper in Kansas. She lives in the Midwest with her husband, two sons and three glow-in-the-dark fish.

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Blog Tour & GIVEAWAY: A Worthy Man by Jaime Reese

 Today I’m so thrilled to share my review of A Worthy Man by Jaime Reese! This is a wonderful, emotional, hope-filled story that I just completely adored! I hope you’ll check out my review as well as the excerpt and there’s a fantastic giveaway too!
Happy Reading!
~Jenn
Title: A Worthy Man
Series: The Men of Halfway House #5
Author: Jaime Reese
Genre: M/M Romance
Release: May 2, 2017
Photographer: Eric McKinney of 6:12 Photography

A story of two men and the boundless love that forever changed them. 


Vannguard Shaw has spent the last ten years serving a life sentence and adjusting to the ache of solitude. He accepts his fate, a sacrifice for the only man he ever loved and the one person who saw beyond his rough edges.

Drayton grew up with a trust fund and pre-planned future, but an unexpected encounter one night forces him to abandon everything and start from scratch. He is now a self-made man and developer of one of the most sought after electric exotic automobiles in the world with a fortune greater than that of his birthright. Yet, he’d surrender it all—again—for the only man who’s still ever-present in his heart.

After a decade and entirely too much distance between them, Vann is suddenly released back into a world that has been nothing but cruel. Drayton never lost hope they would once again reunite and pick up where they left off, but Vann’s stubborn nature and repeated encounters with a heartbreaking world prove to be a challenge.

Vann needs to tap into his fighting spirit’s reservoir of strength and hope life doesn’t punish him for taking a chance. Only then will he realize his own value and feel worthy enough to finally have Drayton’s heart. And their chance at forever.


* Although part of a series, this full-length novel can be read as a stand-alone. *Word count: 124K

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4.5 Stars

I have really enjoyed The Men of the Halfway House series and this book just blew me away. I love a second-chance story and these books have all definitely been about second chances, but for Dray and Vann their second chance is a bit different, and I loved it. This story is low on angst but big on emotion and love and hope!

Dray and Vann met when they were teens and had an immediate connection. Neither of them really fit in, but they fit together. Dray was the rich, smart kid but really couldn’t read people. Vann is the tough, poor kid with a rough upbringing. They shouldn’t be friends but they are best friends and it becomes more, both knowing they’ve found their true loves. But tragedy strikes and Vann ends up in prison, serving what is supposed to be a life sentence. He doesn’t want Dray to see him like that but each week Dray writes to Vann, telling him about himself and sharing their memories. Dray isn’t about to give up on Vann and eventually he works for his release and ten years later Vann is out of prison, and hopefully back in Dray’s life.

For me, this was a story about hope; hope for love, for rebuilding their lives together and hope for the future. Vann struggles with his worth in life and man was it a powerful journey with him as he discovers who he is and how valuable he is. He’s always loved Dray but hasn’t always felt worthy of that love. I loved that Dray never lets him doubt that for a minute. And on the other side, Dray has his own insecurities that Vann so easily and naturally helps him overcome. These two are just amazing together, bringing out the best in each other.

Even though this story is low on the angst it still carries so much emotion. Both Dray and Vann have been through so much, but these are two are so truly committed to each other it’s about working it out together. This is a book that will absolutely capture your heart and make you just fall in love! I think this story is a fantastic addition to this series and cannot wait for more! A definite must read!

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“Emotionally, beautiful and inspiring” – Amanda L Amazon Reviewer

“A great addition to this series. One of the most romantic books I’ve read this year.” – Bayou Book Junkie

“Overall…Their story is beautiful, heartbreaking, inspiring, sexy, and moving.” – Two Book Pushers

 

“C’mon,” Drayton said, tugging Vann by the hand. After breakfast and a countertop quickie, they had immediately returned to the bedroom and had been hibernating there since. He had no objection to spending all day in bed, but he had a surprise for Vann and couldn’t stand waiting any longer. “I want to show you the rest of the house.”
“But I like the bedroom.”
Drayton chuckled, pulling him up with more force. “We can come back after.”

“Fine,” Vann grumbled, finally sitting up on the bed with a dramatic pout.


“You’re cute when you don’t get your way.”

“Cute enough to stay in bed?” He waggled his eyebrows and petted the bed. “It’s really soft.”
Drayton leaned in and gave Vann a chaste kiss, jerking back quickly to avoid his grasp.

 

Vann’s laughter filled the room. “Damn. You’re still super-fast.” He reluctantly stood and stretched his arms over his head.

 

Drayton’s lips parted, enjoying the flex of muscles.

 

“Like what you see?” Vann asked, delivering a cocky grin as he seductively licked his lower lip. “Let’s get back in bed—”
Drayton threw his head back and laughed. “You’re still persistent as hell. C’mon. I want to show you something.”

 

“I want to show you something too.”

 

“This is important.” Drayton crossed his arms. “We can skim the other rooms but there’s one that’s special. It’s…yours.”

 

Vann sobered. “You’ve given me enough to cover every event for the rest of my life and then some. I don’t want—”
“It’s also for me. I’ll watch you while you use the room.”

 

“Hmm.” Vann pursed his lips. “Okay, you’ve got my attention.”
After a little more bargaining, Drayton finally lured Vann out of the bedroom and down the hallway. He opened the door to his office and stepped inside. “This is the room I’m usually in when I’m here.”
“Not anymore.”
He chuckled as they exited the office. They walked down the hall to the room he’d had converted into a gym.
“Damn, this is nice.” Vann checked the different weight options and looked at each of the machines.
“You’ve got everything here for all types of routines. And if you don’t like the view, you’ve got a TV.”
“The view’s beautiful.”

 

“Whatever we need to change out or add, we’ve still got space. I do a lot of thinking while I’m on the treadmill, so we’re not getting rid of that.”

 

Vann chuckled. “Okay.” He walked over to Drayton and leaned in for a slow kiss.
“Mmm. What was that for?”
“Is this the room I’ll use while you watch me? I promise I’ll make you sweat too.” 
Jaime Reese is the alter ego of an artist who loves the creative process of writing, just not about herself. Fiction is far more interesting. She has a weakness for broken, misunderstood heroes and feels everyone deserves a chance at love and life. An avid fan of a happy ending, she believes those endings acquired with a little difficulty are more cherished.

 

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Release Blitz & GIVEAWAY: Urgent Care (Hearts and Health #3) by DJ Jamison

Happy Friday! Today we are excited to share in the release blitz for Urgent Care (Hearts and Health #3) by DJ Jamison! This has been a fun series and I’m definitely looking forward to diving into the next story for this group! I hope you’ll check out the excerpt and awesome giveaway!
Happy Reading!
~Jenn

 

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Length: 61,500 words

Hearts And Health Series

Heart Trouble (Book #1) Amazon US | Amazon UK

Bedside Manner (Book #2) Amazon US | Amazon UK



Blurb


Nursing student Xavier James is shocked to run into the first man to ever break his heart while at a gay club. His ex is sexier than ever, but Xavier is not going down that road again … only, when they end up working together at an urgent-care clinic, his willpower will be tested.

Trent Cavendish made a huge mistake at age 18 when he walked away from his first love. Twelve years later, Trent is rattled when his friend suddenly dies. He takes a hard look at his life, realizing how empty it has become. Determined to re-evaluate his priorities and make amends, he returns to his hometown to win Xavier’s forgiveness and maybe even his heart.

Times have changed. Instead of the sweet but tame boyfriend he left behind, he finds a smoking hot man dressed in bits of lace and silk. Trent’s good intentions turn to lust, and love isn’t far behind. But Xavier is wary. The villain of his memories is proving to be a decent guy, but has he really changed or is Xavier just a new goal to chase?



Excerpt



Xavier wore a pair of tight white shorts that practically glowed against his skin tone and an electric blue sleeveless top that showcased his muscles. He added just a touch of make-up, nothing too over-the-top, and his hair was unrestrained for once, spilling to his shoulders and brushing bared skin.

The expressions coming his way, a mix of confused and aroused, made Xavier grin.

His soft feminine touches emphasized his natural masculinity, and people weren’t always sure what to make of him.

He stopped at the bar to order a drink. In the mirror overhead, he watched a man approach. He was tall, lean and casually sexy in jeans and a T-shirt that hugged his thighs and chest in all the right ways. He had dark hair, which had always been Xavier’s type. He kind of looked like Xavier’s roommate at first glance, which was a bit weird, but Zane was a sexy fucker. No denying that.

This is promising. I might even get 8 hours’ sleep tonight unless he’s a total beast in the sack.

Xavier looked down as the man neared, not wanting to seem too eager. He felt the warmth of another body behind him and the press of a hand against his back. Slowly, the stranger’s hand slid up his spine to the nape of his neck, sending tingles through him.

This was one presumptuous fucker, but it was hot.

A breath whispered against his ear. “You are a goddamned treasure, you know that?”

Xavier couldn’t help it. He snorted a laugh. “You lay it on thick.”

The man gripped his hair, tugging Xavier’s head back. “I just go after what I want, and I don’t apologize for it.”

The words should have been sexy. But Xavier’s head tilted back, his gaze slid over, and he saw the face of the guy manhandling him.

“You sure don’t,” he said flatly.

Trent Cavendish’s expression froze. He looked stunned, an expression Xavier hadn’t seen in more than a decade. He hadn’t seen any expression on the man’s face since he left so many years ago.

His surprise faded quickly, replaced with lust as his eyes scanned Xavier’s body.

“Fuck, baby,” Trent whispered, his voice rough.

Fuck was right. Just his luck he’d reel in his ex-boyfriend from high school. The one who’d torn out his heart and stomped on it — and insulted his family and his principles while he was at it.

This excerpt was edited for length and does not match the content of the book exactly.



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DJ Jamison worked in newsrooms for more than 10 years, which helped tremendously when she began her series centered on The Ashe Sentinel, a fictional small-town newspaper in Kansas. She lives in the Midwest with her husband, two sons and three glow-in-the-dark fish.

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Release Blitz: A Worthy Man by Jaime Reese

I am so excited to share the release of A Worthy Man by Jaime Reese! I am currently reading this book and it is amazing and oh the FEELS! I’ll be sharing my review of this book next week but I can already tell this is definitely one you don’t want to miss!  Today we’ve got some awesome teasers and an excerpt!
Happy Reading!
~Jenn
Title: A Worthy Man
Series: The Men of Halfway House #5
Author: Jaime Reese
Genre: M/M Romance
Release: May 2, 2017
Photographer: Eric McKinney of 6:12 Photography

A story of two men and the boundless love that forever changed them. 


Vannguard Shaw has spent the last ten years serving a life sentence and adjusting to the ache of solitude. He accepts his fate, a sacrifice for the only man he ever loved and the one person who saw beyond his rough edges.

Drayton grew up with a trust fund and pre-planned future, but an unexpected encounter one night forces him to abandon everything and start from scratch. He is now a self-made man and developer of one of the most sought after electric exotic automobiles in the world with a fortune greater than that of his birthright. Yet, he’d surrender it all—again—for the only man who’s still ever-present in his heart.

After a decade and entirely too much distance between them, Vann is suddenly released back into a world that has been nothing but cruel. Drayton never lost hope they would once again reunite and pick up where they left off, but Vann’s stubborn nature and repeated encounters with a heartbreaking world prove to be a challenge.

Vann needs to tap into his fighting spirit’s reservoir of strength and hope life doesn’t punish him for taking a chance. Only then will he realize his own value and feel worthy enough to finally have Drayton’s heart. And their chance at forever.


* Although part of a series, this full-length novel can be read as a stand-alone. *Word count: 124K

Vann grew silent again, rubbing his thumb along Drayton’s hand. “I’m tired of life kicking my ass all the time.”

“Then maybe it’s time you kicked back.”

“Um, I’m pretty sure that’s the kind of shit that would land me back in that hell.” He patted their clasped hands with his free one. “You’re supposed to be the smart one in this relationship.”

Drayton chuckled, thankful the teasing side of Vann was still present. “What I mean is…don’t let this shit hit its mark. You’re not this tough guy everyone thinks you are.”

“You’re supposed to tell me how badass I am and how you’ve been fantasizing about me every night.”

Drayton threw his head back and laughed.

“I missed hearing your laugh all those years,” Vann whispered.

He sighed as he tilted his head toward Vann. “I need you to listen to me. Okay?”

Vann nodded, staring at their clasped hands.

“You’ve got a good heart, and I’ve learned that’s both a strength and a weakness. It’s the reason you are the most caring man I know, but also the reason you feel this pain so much.”

“You’re getting better at this whole reading people thing.” Vann tilted his face toward him, his eyes pleading as if making an effort to absorb his message. “I’m not the same guy I used to be.”

“You’re still my Vann.” Drayton reached out, placing his palm against Vann’s chest. “In here.”

“I feel as if I take one step forward then get kicked ten steps backward.” Vann softly thumped the back of his head against the wall, another tic that seemed to linger after all these years.

“You’re a fighter.”

“That’s what Four Finger Fred said.”

“Who?”

“Never mind,” Vann mumbled.

“You’re not a quitter, so don’t you dare start now. You always find a way to make things work.” Drayton quieted, hoping to convey every ounce of love he felt for the man staring back at him. “That relentless fighter, he’s the guy I fell in love with when I was a kid and he’s the guy who had the strength to pull through the last ten years. And he’s the guy staring back at me right now. Who I love. Back then, now, and always.”

“You’re a romantic fucker,” he said with a weak chuckle. Vann ghosted his fingers along Drayton’s jaw, his focus following his fingers as they traveled down his neck. Drayton’s chest tightened when Vann looked up and gave him a lopsided grin—one that bore a hint of youthful innocence Drayton hadn’t seen in so long. “I’m supposed to be the strong one, standing guard while you change the world. Now…I just feel so fucking lost.”

Drayton leaned in and pressed a kiss to Vann’s lips. “You and me, we’re a team. Don’t ever forget that. I’ll stand guard for you until you find your footing again.”

Vann wrapped his arms around Drayton’s shoulders and held him close. “Thank you.”

He slid his arms around Vann and sighed. He stroked the back of Vann’s hair and hoped his message had been received, and that his words had enough power to cast out the evil demons trying to imprison Vann’s spirit.
Jaime Reese is the alter ego of an artist who loves the creative process of writing, just not about herself. Fiction is far more interesting. She has a weakness for broken, misunderstood heroes and feels everyone deserves a chance at love and life. An avid fan of a happy ending, she believes those endings acquired with a little difficulty are more cherished.

 

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Release Blitz & GIVEAWAY: Once Call Away by Felice Stevens

Title: One Call Away
Author: Felice Stevens
Genre: M/M Romance
Release Date: April 28, 2017
Blurb
When a brutal attack from a jealous competitor
leaves Noah Strauss, darling of the modeling world, physically scarred and
emotionally damaged, he quits the runway to become a psychologist. Using his
contacts from his time in the spotlight, he creates One Call Away, a radio show
dedicated to gay men looking for love, advice or someone to talk to. But with
secrets of his own and a mother who refuses to understand the career path he’s
chosen, the one person Noah can’t seem to help is himself.

On a drunken dare from the senior partner’s grandson, Oren Leavitt calls Noah’s
radio show, pretending to be gay. Only Oren isn’t certain if he’s pretending.
He’s left his strict Orthodox Jewish upbringing behind, but the guilt remains.
Guilt that his actions have prevented his sister from finding a husband and
guilt that he’s failed his parents. Talking to “Dr. Noah” helps, and
as he finds himself calling the man again and again, he knows he must be
honest. But Oren is unsure if he’s lying to Noah or himself.

For Noah, trust is paramount; he’s been deceived in his personal and
professional life and while he desperately wants to help Oren, he also finds
himself falling for the sweet and tortured man. Oren is trapped: he risks
losing his job and more importantly the love and security of his family but
knows he can’t hide if if wants to be with Noah. When unresolved heartaches
from the past rise up to control the present, Noah and Oren discover that love
often comes from the most unexpected places, and sometimes a call for help not
only saves a life, it can be a new and beautiful beginning.

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4.5 Stars
Oh this story is just beautiful! Felice Stevens has a remarkable ability to write stories and characters that just go straight to the heart and she has most definitely done it again with One Call Away! Noah and Oren just *sigh* my heart!
Noah and Oren will take you on an emotional journey of self discovery and love! What starts out as a phone call becomes friendship and finally everything! There is so much emotion and feeling in this story that you can feel it right along with these two. Despite having professional success both of these men so lonely and fragile, but once they find each other it truly changes their lives.
I loved the journey with these two, the connection they shared and the chemistry too! Noah and Oren grow together and heal themselves along the way. This is definitely one of those stories where you know these characters were just meant to be, two halves coming together to finally be whole. I pretty much feel like picking up a book by Felice Stevens is going to give me all the feels and leave my heart ridiculously happy and One Call Away certainly did all of that! This was another don’t miss read!
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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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Review Tour & GIVEAWAY: Moments by RJ Scott

 

 



Buy Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK

Cover: Meredith Russell

Length: 54,000 words

Blurb

An actor on possession charges, hell bent on destroying his own life meets a man who quietly works to make the world a better place.


Jacob Riley is a typical Hollywood former child star with issues. He has already done prison time and at the age of twenty-six has been arrested again.

Ethan Myers is the owner and manager of Macs, an education center providing teaching and learning to local low income families. Losing his partner to cancer leaves him lost and alone and he buries himself in his work to start to mend his broken heart.

Sparks fly when Jacob has to complete his community service at Macs. Their relationship grows against a background of disenfranchised street gang members, arson, the Oscars, and despite their prejudices.


Can Jacob Riley be saved?

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4 Stars

Moments is one of those books that is an easy read, a fun story to fall into and fall in love with. Ethan is such a wonderful character and I absolutely loved him right from the start! Jacob on the other hand isn’t quite so easy to love in the beginning, but he definitely gets there!

Jacob starts off as a bit of a cliche – the entitled actor with substance abuse issues, blames everyone else for his problems. He’s not the most loveable guy when we meet him. He’s faced with additional prison time but his father steps in and works a deal where he does community service at an adult education center called Macs. For Jacob Macs is a way out of trouble but for Ethan it’s everything. It’s in memory of his partner who passed away, someone who Ethan still grieves for and misses terribly. Ethan works hard to provide a safe, helpful place and he won’t let Jacob distract from that work.

Jacob and Ethan definitely don’t get along right away, they seriously butt heads, but quickly the two men warm a bit to each other and there’s a respect and friendship. Jacob sees the work done at Macs and finds himself becoming a part of it, learning about himself and healing too. Ethan sees that as well and the two men find a connection together.

For me, this was a story about redemption and worth, for both men. Jacob finally growing beyond his entitled, spoiled mentality and Ethan embracing the future and letting someone in again. I loved seeing these two heal together and learn to love each other. Sure they hit some bumps, and RJ Scott throws in a little angst at the end, but it’s meaningful to this story and proves just how much Jacob and Ethan really do love each other. Another great read from RJ Scott!

 

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RJ Scott is the bestselling romance author of over 100 romance books. She writes emotional stories of complicated characters, cowboys, millionaire, princes, and the men and women who get mixed up in their lives. RJ is known for writing books that always end with a happy ever after. She lives just outside London and spends every waking minute she isn’t with family either reading or writing.

The last time she had a week’s break from writing she didn’t like it one little bit, and she has yet to meet a bottle of wine she couldn’t defeat.

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