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Review Blitz: Dear Bridget, I Want You by Penelope Ward and Vi Keeland

We are thrilled to be a part of the review blitz for Dear Bridget, I Want You by Penelope Ward and Vi Keeland! This is another great, swoon-worthy read from this duo that I definitely recommend – hot British doctor and sweet, sassy nurse – yes please! I hope you’ll check out this book and my review!

Happy Reading!

~Jenn

 

 

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Dear Bridget,

I’m writing this letter because it’s highly doubtful I’ll ever garner the courage to say this to your face.

So, here goes.

We’re totally wrong for each other. You’re the proper single mum with a good head on your shoulders. I’m just the carefree British doctor passing through town and temporarily living in your converted garage until I head back to England.

But here’s the thing… for some bloody reason, I can’t stop thinking about you in very inappropriate ways.

I want you.

The only reason I’m even admitting all of this to you right now is because I don’t believe it’s one-sided. I notice your eyes when you look at me, too. And as crass as I appear when we’re joking around about sex, my attraction to you is not a joke.

So, what’s the purpose of this note? I guess it’s a reminder that we’re adults, that sex is healthy and natural, and that you can find me just through the door past the kitchen. More specifically, it’s to let you know that I’m leaving said door cracked open from now on in case you’d like to visit me in the middle of the night sometime.

No questions asked.

Think about it.

Or don’t.

Whatever you choose.

It’s doubtful I’ll even end up sliding this letter under your door anyway.

–Simon

 

Jenn Review

4 – 4.5 Stars

Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward are definitely one of my favorite writing duos and once again they deliver an entertaining, swoon-worthy book with fantastic characters! One hot-and he knows it British doctor and one nurse who isn’t in her twenties and doesn’t throw herself at him make for a great story!

This was a sweet, fun read and I totally fell for these characters! Bridget is a nurse and works hard to take her of her son after her husband died a couple of years ago. She has no interest in dating again, still not sure she’s ready. Simon is a young hot-shot doctor doing his residency in the US with plans to return to the UK once it’s over, in just a few months. The two have a hilarious meeting in an ER but their story really starts when Simon unknowingly rents Bridget’s spare room for the remainder of his time there. The two have a fantastic chemistry from the start, a bit of flirty arguing but it’s clear that there’s a connection.

Bridget is definitely attracted to Simon, but it’s not just about her, she has her son Brendan to consider too, plus she doesn’t think she can compete with the younger, fitter nurses he usually goes after. But as the two form a friendship she sees the relationship Simon is forming with Brendan and while she loves to see the two of them boding, she’s afraid of what happens (to both of them) when he leaves. Simon has spent his life thinking he doesn’t want a relationship or a family, he became a doctor to save lives and that’s what he’s going to do. He finds though that his flirting with Bridget brings out new feelings he never planned on.

I really enjoyed the build-up to Simon and Bridget’s relationship. They finally give in to their chemistry and what is supposed to be a one time thing definitely doesn’t stay that way. I loved these two, they really bring out the best in each other. Vi and Penelope throw in a fantastic twist in the story though, one I totally loved! Simon truly steps up as the man for Bridget and that really made the story for me!

Another great book from Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward for sure – this was fun and sweet and 100% swoonworthy!

“Love makes you stronger, not weaker”

Penelope Ward is a New York Times, USA Today, and #1 Wall Street Journal Bestselling author of thirteen novels. With over a million books sold, her titles have placed on the New York Times Bestseller list seventeen times. She is the proud mother of a beautiful 12-year-old girl with autism (the inspiration for the character Callie in Gemini) and a 10-year-old boy. Penelope, her husband, and kids reside in Rhode Island.

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Vi Keeland is a #1 New York Times Bestselling author. With more than a million and a half books sold, her titles have appeared in over eighty Bestseller lists and are currently translated in seventeen languages. She lives in New York with her husband and their three children where she is living out her own happily ever after with the boy she met at age six.

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Other books from Vi Keeland & Penelope Ward:

Cocky Bastard
Amazon: http://amzn.to/1LfN3fc
iTunes: http://apple.co/1PffE2J
B&N: http://bit.ly/1EjxNpY
Kobo: http://bit.ly/1UxCSUO

Stuck-Up Suit
Amazon: http://amzn.to/1S3LnpZ
iBooks: http://apple.co/1Qbwy57
B&N: http://bit.ly/29vrQhV
Kobo: http:// bit.ly/1RJdUif

Playboy Pilot
Amazon: http://amzn.to/2d5I5rS
iBooks: http://apple.co/1Wb06Cf
Nook: bit.ly/2caXPEK
Kobo: http://bit.ly/2cJDXO1

Mister Moneybags

Amazon http://amzn.to/2oTaaHf
Barnes & Noble http://smarturl.it/kx7h8m
iBooks http://smarturl.it/3y1tuq
Kobo http://smarturl.it/qqf5ho

Other books from Vi Keeland:

Standalone novels

Beautiful Mistake
Amazon eBook http://amzn.to/2uoeoJN
iBooks http://smarturl.it/20x53a
B&N http://smarturl.it/n8jey6
Kobo http://smarturl.it/1btxsz

Egomaniac
Amazon: http://smarturl.it/b1gi74
iBooks: http://apple.co/2fIsmvC
B&N: http://smarturl.it/t4ohsv
Kobo: http://smarturl.it/azmhq9

Bossman
Amazon: http://amzn.to/2a8D5B6
iBooks: http://apple.co/25x2jyX
B&N: http://bit.ly/29sL4H2
Kobo: http://bit.ly/29lW19I

The Baller
Amazon: amzn.to/1PBF2hG
iBooks: http://bit.ly/iBooksBaller
B&N: http:// bit.ly/BarnesBaller
Kobo: http:// bit.ly/KoboBaller

Left Behind (A Young Adult Novel)
http://www.amazon.com/Left-Behind-Vi-Keeland-ebook/dp/B00OJM92LI/

First Thing I See

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/first-thing-i-see-ms-vi-keeland/1114703332

Life on Stage series (2 standalone books)
Beat
http://www.amazon.com/Beat-Vi-Keeland-ebook/dp/B00ZOMUV12/ http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/beat-vi-keeland/1121715501 https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/beat/id983959123 https://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/beat-5

Throb

https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/throb/id948747986
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/throb-vi-keeland/1121112695
https://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/throb-4

MMA Fighter series (3 standalone books)
Worth the Fight

https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/worth-the-fight/id805540252
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/worth-the-fight-vi-keeland/1117014180
http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/worth-the-fight

Worth the Chance

https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/worth-the-chance/id813714461
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/worth-the-chance-vi-keeland/1118634058
http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/worth-the-chance

Worth Forgiving

https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/worth-forgiving/id906130022?ls=1&mt=11
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/worth-forgiving-vi-keeland/1120173153
http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/worth-forgiving

The Cole Series (2 book serial)
Belong to You

https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/belong-to-you/id639401754
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/belong-to-you-vi-keeland/1114962845
http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/belong-to-you

Made for You

https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/made-for-you/id84550637
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/made-for-you-vi-keeland/1115883225
http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/belong-to-you

Other books from Penelope Ward:

Drunk Dial

Amazon http://amzn.to/2fXfzKn
iBooks http://apple.co/2tq7dRz
Nook http://bit.ly/2xeEH2H
Kobo http://bit.ly/2ihXnMD
Audio http://amzn.to/2fWnsQg

Mack Daddy:
Amazon: http://amzn.to/2kWzE1S
iTunes: http://apple.co/2iNrIPj
B&N: http://hyperurl.co/aiypfj
Kobo: http://hyperurl.co/r3hv19

RoomHate
Amazon: http://amzn.to/1TksrpE
iTunes: http://apple.co/1PgsvE7
B&N: http://bit.ly/1PLGnSL
kobo: http://bit.ly/1POvSnW

Stepbrother Dearest
Amazon http://amzn.to/1mFNMeg
ITunes: http://bit.ly/YER0mT
B&N: http://bit.ly/1taMFjG
kobo: http://bit.ly/1fJaaBs

Neighbor Dearest
Amazon: http://amzn.to/2aS8BPa
iTunes: http://apple.co/29mC6L8
B&N: http://bit.ly/2akQ2aq
Kobo: http://bit.ly/2axt1SY

Sins of Sevin
Amazon: http://amzn.to/1F9tbc3
iTunes: http://apple.co/1K8mzGg
B&N: http://bit.ly/1hTKAKE
kobo: http://bit.ly/1OaGY3D

Jake Undone (Jake #1)
Amazon: http://amzn.to/1dJrHBC
iTunes: http://apple.co/1fJayQ8
B&N: http://bit.ly/1obAwJ6
kobo: http://bit.ly/1SPKl0M

My Skylar
Amazon: http://amzn.to/1obOG2F
iTunes: http://bit.ly/SLNOTR
B&N: http://bit.ly/SLO1qi
kobo: http://bit.ly/1kNrtAB

Jake Understood (Jake #2)
Amazon: http://amzn.to/1GFdves
iTunes: http://apple.co/1DQQwgC
B&N: http://bit.ly/1FwJC0z
kobo: http://bit.ly/1LQ7Fvk

Gemini
Amazon: http://amzn.to/1vgk1SE
iTunes: http://apple.co/1QTaONj
B&N: http://bit.ly/1KfmLHD
kobo: http://bit.ly/1BGJ2wu

 

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Release Boost: Mercy by Debra Anastasia

 Happy Friday! We are excited to share in the release boost for Mercy by Debra Anastasia! If you haven’t checked out this book yet, I definitely recommend it – a great read!

 

Title: Mercy
Author: Debra Anastasia
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: August 21, 2017
Blurb
He taught me to kill. Murder is in my blood now. It runs
through my veins and though I hide the monster I see in the mirror with ink, it
doesn’t keep him from coming out.
My street name is Mercy, but I never show any. Except
for
 her. I watch Becca, though she doesn’t know. She saved
me a long time ago; the day my father killed my mother. Her bravery turned her
into a target.
My father holds a grudge and knife with the same
proficiency, and Becca is the focus of his hatred. And I’m the only monster who
can save her.
Purchase Links
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Author Bio
Debra Anastasia likes to write from her heart, her soul or
her butt. The genres she dabbles in are examples of that. There are two
paranormal romances in the Seraphim Series and now four contemporary romances
in the Poughkeepsie Brotherhood Series and a stand alone in the same genre,
Mercy. Fire Down Below and Fire in the Hole, Booty Camp Dating Service and
Beast complete her comedy repertoire. The Revenger, a dark paranormal romance,
is finally in the light, and the last, a novella called Late Night with Andres,
is special because 100% of the proceeds go to breast cancer research. 
Debra lives in Maryland with her two kids, husband of twenty
years and two dogs. The king of the house is clearly the tuxedo cat that is the
size of a small donkey. Find about her latest adventures on DebraAnastasia.com
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Review Blitz: Drunk Dial by Penelope Ward

A new absolute must read from Penelope Ward – Drunk Dial is now available. Oh man I loved this book – just fantastic! I hope you’ll check out the book and my 5 star review.

Happy Reading!

~Jenn

 

 

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

It seemed like a good idea at the time. Look up Landon Roderick, that boy from childhood whom I’d never been able to forget—even though he so easily forgot about me—and call him.

Then again, anything sounds like a good idea when you’ve had a little too much wine before bed, right? It was supposed to be just a quick, meaningless, prank call. Instead, I went off on him—unloading thirteen years of pent-up emotions.

I didn’t think he’d call me back.

I certainly could never have anticipated the weeks of sexually tense phone conversations that followed as I got to know the man he’d become.

Turned out, Landon had never really forgotten me, either. That special connection we had was still there. I opened up to him, but there were also things about me he didn’t know. And he had his own secrets.

Over the countless hours we talked on the phone, I wondered what would happen if we actually saw each other. One night, I did something impulsive again. Only this time, I went to the airport and booked a ticket to California. We were about to find out if one phone call could bring two lost souls together or if my drunk dial really was all just a big mistake.

A complete STANDALONE.

 

 jenn-review

5 Stars

I absolutely loved this book! Penelope Ward once again delivers a story that is fun, sweet, sexy and all around fantastic. Second chance stories are a favorite for me and this is at the top of that list – I love the slightly different take on their second chance! I think Drunk Dial is an absolute MUST READ!

Landon and Rana were friends when they were kids but were separated when Rana’s family moved out of the apartment they were renting from Landon’s parents. Both had different accounts of that experience, but even after all these years they still remember each other. One night, Rana drunk dials Landon (best drunk dial EVER) and it leads to a hilarious reuniting of these, and eventually so much more.

There were so many layers to this story, there were times when it totally made me laugh, seriously swoon – I mean what kind of awesome guy mails a date, and there were times when it grabbed my heart too. Both Landon and Rana have their flaws, neither are easy characters and Penelope Ward does a great job creating that angst and struggles. It feels read and raw and it’s all a part of their journey. I love how everything was handled in this story, the good, the bad and the painful and as it all comes together so beautifully.  Landon and Rana are perfectly imperfect and their journey together is one of my favorites!

 

Penelope Ward is a New York Times, USA Today, and #1 Wall Street Journal Bestselling author of thirteen novels. With over a million books sold, her titles have placed on the New York Times Bestseller list sixteen times. She is the proud mother of a beautiful 12-year-old girl with autism (the inspiration for the character Callie in Gemini) and a 10-year-old boy. Penelope, her husband, and kids reside in Rhode Island.

 

Connect with Penelope Ward

Facebook Fan Group | Facebook | Website |Twitter | Instagram

Other standalones from Penelope Ward:

Mack Daddy:
Amazon: http://amzn.to/2kWzE1S
iTunes: http://apple.co/2iNrIPj
B&N: http://hyperurl.co/aiypfj
Kobo: http://hyperurl.co/r3hv19

Neighbor Dearest:
Amazon: http://amzn.to/2aWvypX
iBooks: http://apple.co/29mC6L8
Nook: http://bit.ly/2akQ2aq
Kobo: http://bit.ly/2axt1SY

Stepbrother Dearest:
Amazon: http://amzn.to/1mFNMeg
iBooks: http://bit.ly/YER0mT
Nook: http://bit.ly/1taMFjG
kobo: http://bit.ly/1fJaaBs

RoomHate:
Amazon: http://amzn.to/294lIeT
iBooks: http://apple.co/1PgsvE7
Nook: http://bit.ly/1PLGnSL
kobo: http://bit.ly/1POvSnW

Mister Moneybags: (co-written with Vi Keeland)
Amazon: http://amzn.to/2ny7GhN
iBooks: http://smarturl.it/3y1tuq
Nook: http://smarturl.it/kx7h8m
Kobo: http://smarturl.it/qqf5ho

Playboy Pilot: (co-written with Vi Keeland)
Amazon: http://amzn.to/2dbetFA
iBooks: http://apple.co/1Wb06Cf
Nook: http://bit.ly/2c9vRdV
Kobo: http://bit.ly/2ctb6dv

Stuck-Up Suit: (co-written with Vi Keeland)
Amazon: http://amzn.to/1S3LnpZ
iBooks: http://apple.co/1Qbwy57
Nook: http://bit.ly/29vrQhV
Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/stuck-up-suit

Cocky Bastard: (co-written with Vi Keeland)
Amazon: http://amzn.to/1MvHLg2
iBooks: http://apple.co/1PffE2J
Nook: http://bit.ly/1EjxNpY
Kobo: http://bit.ly/1UxCSUO

Sins of Sevin:
Amazon: http://amzn.to/1F9tbc3
iBooks: http://apple.co/1K8mzGg
Nook: http://bit.ly/1hTKAKE
kobo: http://bit.ly/1OaGY3D

Jake Undone (Jake #1):
Amazon: http://amzn.to/1dJrHBC
Nook: http://bit.ly/1obAwJ6
iBooks: http://apple.co/1fJayQ8
kobo: http://bit.ly/1SPKl0M

Jake Understood (Jake #2):
Amazon: http://amzn.to/1GFdves
Nook: http://bit.ly/1FwJC0z
iBooks: http://apple.co/1DQQwgC
kobo: http://bit.ly/1LQ7Fvk

My Skylar
Amazon: http://amzn.to/1obOG2F
iBooks: http://bit.ly/SLNOTR
Nook: http://bit.ly/SLO1qi
kobo: http://bit.ly/1kNrtAB

Gemini:
Amazon: http://amzn.to/1vgk1SE
Nook: http://bit.ly/1KfmLHD
iBooks: http://apple.co/1QTaONj
kobo: http://bit.ly/1BGJ2wu

Blog Tour, 5 Star Review & Excerpt: Bad Deeds by Lisa Renee Jones

Oh holy moly! We are thrilled to be a part of the blog tour for Bad Deeds by Lisa Renee Jones but I have to say I am absolutely still reeling from this book! It is intense and complicated and yes it has an incredible dramatic freaking cliffhanger but it’s so worth it! I hope you’ll check out my 5 star review and the awesome excerpt! AND if you haven’t read the first two books, now is your chance – they are on SALE!

Happy Reading!

~Jenn

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Bad Deeds: A Dirty Money Novel by Lisa Renee Jones
Release Date: August 8th, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Would you bleed for the one you love?

To save his family empire from the grip of the drug cartel, Shane is pushed to the edge of darkness, forced to make choices he might never make. His father is dying. His brother is desperate to rule the empire and this means war and all gloves are off. His brother only thought he knew what dirty meant. Shane is about to give it new meaning. There is another war brewing though, and that one, is inside him, his battle between right and wrong, light and dark, and in the heat of the night, it is Emily he turns to for escape. Driving her to new limits, pushing her to accept a part of him that even he cannot.

In every one of Shane’s seductive demands, Emily can taste and feel, his torment, his struggle to save his family and not lose himself. But he is losing himself, and that is a problem just as dangerous as her secret, that still lurk in the shadows, a threat to the Brandon Family waiting to erupt. No matter where she and Shane have traveled, or will travel in the future, she can’t just sit back and watch him become everything he hates, everything he never wanted to become, everything she tried to save him from when she tried to run. It could be their undoing, the end. His end.

This is war, blood will spill, and someone in the heart of the Brandon family will not survive….

 

jenn-review

5 Stars

Okay, if you haven’t read the first two books in the Dirty Money series, stop now and go read them! Bad Deeds definitely cannot be read as a standalone. Now that that’s out of the way oh holy moly – Lisa Renee Jones that cliffhanger – I can’t even!

The Brandon family and Emily are back and just as intense as ever! Shane is still working hard to keep the villains, including his own brother, out of Brandon Enterprises, but it is no easy feat. His father and mother are dishing out their own mind games and it really just feels like you never know what is coming next. The cartel is involved even deeper and players are starting to reveal themselves. Emily and Shane’s bond continues to hold strong despite what is going on around them.

Lisa Renee Jones really creates a powerful, ruthless story full of mystery and suspense and what the hell is happening, and I can’t get enough. This is one of those books that I just couldn’t put down and I NEED MORE! The ending ripped me apart and I feel like there is a part of me just holding my breath until I can find out what has really happened. I really have loved this series, it’s complicated and edgy mixed with passion and love. You think you’ve got something figured out and then there’s a new twist making you re-think every theory. I definitely cannot wait to see what happens next and seriously, if you haven’t read this series you really should!

Excerpt:

“What is in your head right now?”

His eyes heat, darken. “You. Always.” He inches back and looks at me. “You’re mine. Mine to protect.” His voice is low, fierce, and he grips my panties and yanks them away. “Mine to fuck.”

I gasp and grab his shoulders. “Shane.”

His answer is to wrap his arm around my waist, pull me close, his cheek against mine, his fingers pressing into the V of my body. “Wet, just the way I like you,” he says, pressing two fingers inside me. “Wet for me. And too fucking perfect for my sanity sometimes.”

“That doesn’t sound like a compliment,” I pant out, grabbing the lapel to his suit as a sweet ache begins to build in my sex as his thumb strokes my clit.

“And no one else,” he murmurs, nipping my earlobe, “will ever touch you like this.” His fingers caress deeper inside me. “No one,” he adds, “will ever make you say their name like I want you to say mine right now. Say it.”

“Shane,” I whisper, and not because he wants me to, but rather because it’s there on my lips, the way I wish his tongue was on my lips now. “Shane, I—”

Seeming to know what I need, he cups my head and kisses me, long, slow, sensual strokes of his tongue that somehow make every touch of his fingers more intense.

“Come for me,” he murmurs, and this time when he kisses me, I start climbing that wall to release, and I’m there at the top in an instant. I stiffen while his fingers and tongue tease, please, and then I jerk, I’m over it, tumbling in an instant into shudders and shakes. Shane’s lips lift from mine as he breathes with me. His fingers slow as he eases me through the waves until I collapse against his chest.

He tangles his fingers in my hair and drags my mouth back to his. “And no one but me will ever make you come like that again,” he declares, the waves of his emotions beating down any embarrassment I might feel over having had an orgasm on his father’s desk.

“No one has ever made me feel what you make me feel, Shane.”

Bad Deeds Available

Order Your Copy Today!

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Start the Series Today!

99 CENT SALE – Hard Rules (Dirty Money book 1)

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$1.99 SALE – Damage Control (Dirty Money book 2)

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Add to GoodReads: https://goo.gl/Cmv8pT

And Lisa has a chance for readers to read the first TWO CHAPTERS of book 4, END GAME, early PLUS the first chapter of SETH’S story (Poison Kisses) as well!

More info: https://us.macmillan.com/smp/promo/endgamepreordergiveaway

About the Author:

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones is the author of the highly acclaimed INSIDE OUT series. Suzanne Todd (producer of Alice in Wonderland) on the INSIDE OUT series: Lisa has created a beautiful, complicated, and sensual world that is filled with intrigue and suspense. Sara’s character is strong, flawed, complex, and sexy – a modern girl we all can identify with.

In addition to the success of Lisa’s INSIDE OUT series, Lisa has published many successful titles. The TALL, DARK AND DEADLY series and THE SECRET LIFE OF AMY BENSEN series, both spent several months on a combination of the New York Times and USA Today bestselling lists. Lisa is also the author of the bestselling DIRTY MONEY and WHITE LIES series. Presently, Lisa is working on her Murder Girl/Lilah Love series to be published by Montlake.

Prior to publishing Lisa owned multi-state staffing agency that was recognized many times by The Austin Business Journal and also praised by the Dallas Women’s Magazine. In 1998 Lisa was listed as the #7 growing women owned business in Entrepreneur Magazine.

Lisa loves to hear from her readers. You can reach her at www.lisareneejones.com and she is active on Twitter and Facebook daily.

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Connect with the Author:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorLisaReneeJones/

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Twitter: @LisaReneeJones

Stay in touch with Lisa by joining her mailing list:

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Website: http://lisareneejones.com

Audio Tour & GIVEAWAY: After the Fire by Felice Stevens

Today I’m so excited to share my audiobook review for After the Fire by Felice Stevens narrated by Kale Williams. I am a huge Felice fan and now Kale Williams too, he does a great job telling this emotional story! I hope you’ll check out my review, the excerpt and don’t miss the awesome giveaway!

Happy Reading!

~Jenn

 

After the Fire

Through Hell and Back Series, Book 2

Felice Stevens

M/M Romance

Release: 02.24.17

Audio Release: 07.11.17

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Narrator: Kale Williams

Cover Design: Reese Dante

Cover Photo: Alejandro Caspe

BUY LINK

Amazon US: http://amzn.to/2v0Nwx2

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A single bullet destroyed the dreams of Dr. Jordan Peterson. With his lover dead, Jordan descends into an endless spiral of self-destruction that nearly costs him his friends, his career and his life. When Jordan finds himself working closely with the aloof Lucas Conover, the investment banker’s mysterious past and unexpected kindness shocks him back into a life and emotions he’d thought lost forever.

The betrayal by the foster brother he’d worshiped, taught Lucas Conover never to trust or believe in anyone. Living a solitary life doesn’t free him of the nightmare of his youth; it reinforces his belief that he would never fall in love. When the death of one of his clients forces him to work closely with Dr. Jordan Peterson, he meets a person whose suffering exceeds his own. Though Jordan rejects his effort to help, something within Luke pushes him discover more about the first man to ever get under his skin.

As Luke lets down his guard and Jordan lets go of his pain, desire takes control. Each man must come to terms with past struggles if they are to create a future together. And learning to trust in themselves and love again after tragedy and a lifetime of pain, may be the only thing that saves them in the end.

This is a re-release of the original version published in 2015. It has been re-edited with over 4000 words of additional content added.

 

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4.5 Stars

After The Fire is the second book in the Through Hell and Back Series and Felice Stevens delivers a powerful and emotional story and so does narrator Kale Williams. One of my favorite things about Felice’s books is the strong emotion and for me Kale Williams captured all of that so well. There were distinct voices for the characters, their personalities expressed so well.

I love this series and these characters, and Luke and Jordan just totally went straight to my heart. Both men are struggling, Jordan still reeling after the sudden death of his fiance a year ago, and Luke, well Luke has major abandonment issues and lives a very solitary life. These two don’t meet under the best of circumstances and definitely don’t get along right away, but as they have to work together they find a special connection. It’s not easy though, there are demons and secrets and their fragile relationship may be doomed before it really gets going. As these two try to work through the issues, they are again tested and that’s when their real feelings come out.

These two really are just wonderful for each other, both having dealt with so much pain but still realizing the love they have for each other (even if it shocks them both.) There is so much to be dealt with between these two, but they stick together and work it out. Luke and Ash, dealing with their past, oh my heart! Felice again creates a hugely emotional story with all the feels but sweetness and love all around too. I definitely love her writing and think that Kale Williams does a great job bringing the story and the characters to life! I will always read any Felice Stevens book and now I can add Kale Williams to narrators I truly enjoy!

 

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“We have a board meeting next week to decide if we want to accept sponsorships or not. I’m all for getting companies to donate as much as they want.”

Pushing his artichoke around the plate, Jordan chewed his bottom lip in thought. “I understand, but I don’t want this to become something they crow about and take credit for. It isn’t about them or us. It’s about what Keith wanted and helping the kids of the community so they have a safe place to come to every day if they choose. We have to make them want to come. So for sure we’ll try and get the computer companies to donate their computers and the libraries to donate children’s books. But this is always going to be The Keith Hart Center for Youth. Not XYZ Corp Center. I’m doing this to help Keith’s dream become a reality.”

Noting Lucas’s silence, Jordan quirked a brow. “Did I surprise you? You’re awfully quiet.”

The chatter from the cavernous dining room filled the silence, while he awaited Lucas’s response.

“I agree. For the record, I never intended to acknowledge the corporate sponsors any more than having maybe a plaque in, say the computer area, stating, Computers Generously Donated by…whomever we choose. As you put it so very well, it isn’t about them.” Once again, he flashed that charming grin that lit up his normally austere face.

A tug of desire hit Jordan low in his belly and the breadstick crumbled in his hand. For almost a year he’d barely thought about sex. In the cold hours of the dark, he’d awaken from dreams where he’d been making love with Keith, and his body’s natural urge had led him to finish off with his hand. But not until this moment had he felt a pull toward another man. Disturbed, Jordan studied Lucas from beneath lowered lashes, pretending to concentrate on his food.

For God’s sake, what was he even thinking? Shaking his head, angry with himself for having those traitorous urges, Jordan drank down half his sparkling water, his hands shaking so badly he feared Lucas might comment. Lucky for him, the waiter approached to take away their dishes, engaging Lucas in conversation so he saw nothing.

Lucas wasn’t even his type. Jordan ran a critical gaze over the enigmatic man sitting across from him. Sure, he had the broad, muscular build similar to Keith but personality-wise, the two men were nothing alike. Keith’s friendly, joyful personality drew people to him; they couldn’t help but want to be his friend. Totally unlike the quietly serious Lucas Conover whose lone-wolf persona and hands-off attitude screamed, Don’t ask, don’t touch. Jordan excused this inexplicable physical reaction as his first time in months being in close proximity to a man.

“You okay, Jordan? You looked kind of sick for a moment.”

As far as he knew, there wasn’t yet a cure for being heartsick and heartbroken.

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Felice Stevens has always been a romantic at heart. While life is tough, she believes there is a happy ending for everyone. She started reading traditional historical romances as a teenager, then life and law school got in the way. It wasn’t until she picked up a copy of Bertrice Small and became swept away to Queen Elizabeth’s court that her interest in romance novels was renewed.

But somewhere along the way, her reading shifted to stories of men falling in love. Once she picked up her first gay romance, she became so enamored of the character-driven stories and the overwhelming emotion there was no turning back.

Felice lives in New York City with her husband and two children. Her day begins with a lot of caffeine and ends with a glass or two of red wine. Although she practices law, she daydreams of a time when she can sit by a beach and write beautiful stories of men falling in love. Although there is bound to be some angst along the way, a Happily Ever After is always guaranteed.

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Blog Tour & Excerpt: Twisted Twosome by Meghan Quinn

LOVED this book – absolutely just going to gush I loved this book! We are thrilled to be a part of the blog tour for Twisted Twosome by Meghan Quinn! This was a huge 5 star rating from me, I hope you’ll check out my review and the fantastic excerpt!

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Publication Date: August 3, 2017

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Racer McKay is a broody bastard.

From the moment I met him, he’s been rude, irritable, and unbearable.

A contractor working to remodel my parents pool house for extra cash, he stomps around in those clunky construction boots with his tool belt wrapped around his narrow waist, and a chip on his shoulder.

Racer McKay is also infuriatingly . . . sexy as hell. I want to take that pencil tucked behind his ear, and draw lazy lines slowly up and down his body all the while wanting to strangle him at the same time.

We try to stay out of each other’s way . . . that is until I have no other option but to ask for his help.

But what I don’t realize is he needs me just as much as I need him. I have money he’s desperate for, and he holds the key to making my dreams come true.

Our pranks turn from sarcastic banter, to sexual tension and lust-filled glances. Bickering matches quickly morph into slow burn moments. We’re hot, we’re cold. We push and pull. I need him, I don’t want him. We’re on the verge of combusting with an agreement dangling dangerously between us. Neither one of us can afford to lose one another and yet, we’re finding it quite hard to decipher the line that rests between love and hate.

 

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5 Stars

Meghan Quinn is quickly becoming a big favorite for me when it comes to romance and laughs and Twisted Twosome is exactly why! This book was fantastic – laughs, feels, smexy moments, just fantastic! At one point I actually had to put the book down because I was laughing so hard I couldn’t see through the tears! It also has plenty of emotion and feels too, Meghan Quinn just nails it.

Racer, oh he may just be one of my new favorite book boyfriends, he’s sassy and hilarious and has an amazing heart. I absolutely adore him and his quirks. He’s a hard worker who is responsible for his dad’s medical bills and just trying to make ends meet.  Georgiana really has a strong, gorgeous personality but she comes from high society money and there are expectations – she is supposed to find a suitable husband and do charity work. These two are total opposites but after some super awesome snarky banter they find a connection but don’t worry, the banter only gets better from there, just add schmoop.

I loved everything about this story and it totally made me swoon! This story shows that first impressions really aren’t everything and how important it is to get to know a person. Both Racer and Georgie have strong opinions about each other and both couldn’t be more wrong. I loved what these two became together, especially Georgie, fulfilling her dream and stepping out of her debutante ways. And yeah, Racer totally stole my heart! I definitely recommend this book, it was fantastic and fun and swoony and a new favorite for me. I’m already looking forward to whatever Meghan writes next! Now, I’m going to find some Little Debbie snacks and read this again!

 

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Why is it so goddamn drafty in here? I grip my hammer in my hand, my tool belt riding low on my hips, and my stereotypical construction hat rests on my head as I finish up the project I was hired to do.

Taking a quick look around, I search the bedroom looking for an open window or AC vent that’s blowing a cold breeze right against my dick and sac, making it almost impossible to look semi-decent in this scrap of fabric.

“Mmm, I think you forgot a nail on the ground over there,” says the throaty, smoke-filled voice of Mrs. Sage, who is lying across her chase lounge wearing a silky pink robe that is barely tied around her waist. She makes it her mission to show me as much skin as possible, and as we’re talking about skin showing . . .

I bend down to pick up the nail she’s pointing at as the thin strip of man thong material rides higher up my ass crack than I care to admit.

Let’s pause for a second.

Are you wondering to yourself, is Racer really wearing a man-thong as he finishes building a solid oak shelf?

The answer is yes. Yes, I am.

I’m Racer McKay and I wear man thongs for older, rich women while I work on simple projects around their houses. Excuse me, I mean mansions.

Don’t worry. Yes, I’m also very much ashamed to admit the level I’ve stooped to in order to make some cash. I have my pride, but right now, when I’m offered three hundred dollars more to build a shelf in a man thong, I’m choosing to seize the opportunity.

Self-respect was thrown out the window two years ago when a pile of bills and responsibilities were thrust in my direction without any preparation or warning. Making money is as vital as breathing to me, so I will take it any way I can get it.

Cue the man thong.

“Oh, you’re right. Here it is,” I say, holding up the nail. “Thanks for the help, Mrs. Sage. I would hate to see you hurt yourself from my lack of attention to detail.”

She waves me off and puffs her chest toward me, her robe slipping farther apart, showing the cleavage of a very saggy pair of breasts. I’ve seen my fair share of boobs and even though I don’t mingle sex with work, I can’t help but want Mrs. Sage to remove the robe just so I can see what she has hidden under the silky fabric.

How saggy are we talking here?

I’m interested for exploratory reasons, for knowledge of every kind of breast out there. Because right now, Mrs. Sage looks like she’s rocking a pair of pancakes that have been flattened by a steamroller.

“You would just have to nurse me back to health if that happened.” Her finger trails up her varicose vein-covered leg to her geriatric hip. I hold back the shiver that wants to spin up my spine.

All I can say is . . . can’t unsee that.

I nervously laugh and tuck my hammer into its holster. “Not much of a nurse, Mrs. Sage. I might hurt you even more.”

“I don’t mind getting hurt.” She starts to spread her legs and that’s when I call it a day.

I turn around quickly, snag my jeans and slip them up and over my legs, struggling with my tool belt getting in the way. Once things are in place, I remove my hat, put on my shirt, and then cover my hair with a backwards baseball cap. The peep show is over.

Once dressed, I gather my tools, tuck my construction hat under my arm, and turn to Mrs. Sage. This is my least favorite part, getting the old bird to pay up.

“Leaving already?” She pouts, lipstick on her teeth.

“Unfortunately, I have another engagement I’m running late for.” A lie, but it’s the only way I know to get out of here.

“That’s a shame. I really should book you for a whole day. That way you can’t skirt out of here earlier than I’m ready for.”

She walks out of the den and into the entryway where she opens her purse and pulls out a wad of one-hundred-dollar bills. My brain explodes from the amount of cash in her purse, as if it’s chump change she’s ready to throw around at a parade dedicated to her and her riches.

“What do I owe you? Six hundred?”

Fuck, it’s five hundred and if I wasn’t a nice guy, I wouldn’t correct her, but I believe in good karma. Especially considering where my bad luck has gotten me—trying to climb my way out of a large debt. I try to put as many good vibes out in the world as possible.

“We actually agreed upon five hundred, Mrs. Sage.”

“Such a bargain.” She flips through her cash, pulls out five bills—damn—and hands them over to me. “Shall I call for my next project?”

I pocket the cash. “Email is best, Mrs. Sage. I always feel awkward taking phone calls at work.”

“Such a hard worker.” She pats my face and leans forward, lips puckered, but I step to the side avoiding an attack from her old-lady lips.

As I depart, I wave my hand in the air and say, “Thanks, Mrs. Sage. I look forward to your next email.”

Out of her reach, I toss my tools in the back of my truck, enter the cab, and place my hands on the steering wheel as I exhale a long pent-up breath.

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Born in New York and raised in Southern California, Meghan has grown into a sassy, peanut butter eating, blonde haired swearing, animal hoarding lady. She is known to bust out and dance if “It’s Raining Men” starts beating through the air and heaven forbid you get a margarita in her, protect your legs because they may be humped.

Once she started commuting for an hour and twenty minutes every day to work for three years, she began to have conversations play in her head, real life, deep male voices and dainty lady coos kind of conversations. Perturbed and confused, she decided to either see a therapist about the hot and steamy voices running through her head or start writing them down. She decided to go with the cheaper option and started writing… enter her first novel, Caught Looking.

Now you can find the spicy, most definitely on the border of lunacy, kind of crazy lady residing in Colorado with the love of her life and her five, furry four legged children, hiking a trail or hiding behind shelves at grocery stores, wondering what kind of lube the nervous stranger will bring home to his wife. Oh and she loves a good boob squeeze!

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Release Day Review & GIVEAWAY: Mondays With You by KJ Lewis

We are so exited to share Mondays with You by KJ Lewis today! I loved this book, man it gave me some serious FEELS! I hope you’ll check out my review and don’t miss the awesome release day giveaway! 

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mondayswithyou High-school teacher West Connors struggled to put the pieces of his heart back together after the sudden departure of his best friend, Blake Thomas, from his life ten years ago. While loves have come and gone, West has never quite filled the hole in his heart Blake left behind.

Blake Thomas gets things done. As a handler for one of the top political fixers in the business, he focuses on work, friends, and one-night stands. He’s fooled himself into thinking he’s conquered the demons of his past until he runs into the best friend he was forced to leave behind when he was sixteen.

When their jobs force them into a fake relationship, Blake learns something about his childhood best friend and eventually about himself.

As they try to repair their damaged friendship, they find that moving forward can sometimes lead you back home.

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4.5 Stars

I have to say this book totally took me by surprise! I loved the sound of the blurb and was excited about it, but it was so much MORE! It was emotional and intense and I just could not put it down. West and Blake absolutely stole my heart and their story made me laugh, cry and totally swoon!

West and Blake were best friends from the time they were six until Blake disappeared when they were 16. West had no idea what happened to him, where he went or if he was even still alive but there was always a part of his heart that belonged to Blake. Imagine his surprise when he shows up for a meeting and there is Blake sitting at the table. Turning West’s entire life upside down, Blake is now back in his life and supposed to pretend to be his boyfriend.

This story absolutely sucked me in, from the very start I absolutely had to know what was going to happen next. From understanding why Blake disappeared to figuring out what would happen to their friendship and then when it became more, I just couldn’t stop reading. There’s also an element of mystery in this story involving the community center and missing money, but honestly I was so focused on Blake and West and what was happening between them that I sometimes forgot about that part of the story.

These two don’t really have it easy, they have a shared past filled with love but also pain. West is dealing with the reappearance of Blake and all the emotion that comes with that but there’s anger for the years gone by with nothing. Blake’s scars run deep and he comes to terms with what he really feels for West he also struggles with whether he could be worthy of him and his love. I loved these two together, the passion and the love is so intense! I loved their journey, even the tears and the end was just absolutely beautiful! I highly recommend this book and am looking forward to more from KJ Lewis!

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New Review: Hello Forever Sarina Bowen

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A SINGLE BASKETBALL GAME CHANGES EVERYTHING…

When they were only teenagers, Axel and Caxton were caught making out in the woods at church camp. And afterward, Cax had disappeared from all the youth group activities.

Six years later, Axel is astonished to spot his first love’s face in the crowd of a college basketball game he’s watching on TV—at a school which has just offered him a job. It’s a thousand miles away, in a tiny rural town. But suddenly, he can’t wait to get there.

Cax can’t believe his eyes when Axel appears in the same Massachusetts town where he now lives. And he’s still just as drawn to Axel as ever. But he can’t let himself go there again, because loving Axel will mean giving up everything else he holds dear.

Both men have so much to lose. But as far as their love is concerned, it’s Hello Forever.

Hello Forever is a stand-alone novel with no cliffhangers. Readers of Goodbye Paradise will get to check in on Caleb and Josh and their clan

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4.5 Stars

Sarina Bowen delivers another fantastic read! I’ve been so excited about this book, I loved Goodbye Paradise and Ms. Bowen certainly delivered. I really love second chance love stories and this one is excellent! This book definitely can be read as a stand-alone but I would recommend Goodbye Paradise as a wonderful book too plus we get to see a bit of Josh and Caleb in this book.

 Axel and Cax were friends when they were young but after getting caught together at a church camp Cax disappears from Axel’s life and it isn’t until years later while watching a college basketball game online that Axel sees him again, and it changes everything.

I loved both Cax and Axel right from the start, both of these characters are just so easy to love. Cax is doing what he always does, hiding himself away and trying to help raise his brothers and protect them from their awful, hateful father. There is something so very special about the way these two re-connect! They have a great connection, despite their years apart, you can just feel that these two are meant to be together. It’s not that easy though, there are definitely challenges for these two – mainly Cax’s father. He’s afraid of what will happen if his father finds out he’s gay and what would happen to his brothers.

This was an emotional read and I felt for what Axel and Cax went through and the pain caused by his father. But there is such wonderful love in this story as well, between Axel and Cax, Axel’s amazing mom and of course Josh and Caleb too. I loved this journey from start to finish and in the end my heart was so very happy! For me, Sarina Bowen has become one of those authors that when I see her name I know I’m going to read that book! I’m really hoping that we get a Jason book next!!

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Sarina Bowen is the USA Today bestselling author of steamy, angsty Contemporary Romance and New Adult fiction. She lives in the wilds of New England.

She is the author of The Ivy Years, an award-winning series set amid the hockey team at an elite Connecticut college. Also, the The Gravity series.

With Elle Kennedy, Sarina is the author of the RITA award winning HIM, and its sequel, US, as well as the WAGs novels.

Sarina also has a new Vermont contemporary romance series, True North. She’s also unrolled new hockey novels from Penguin Berkley including Rookie Move.

Sarina enjoys skiing, espresso drinks and the occasional margarita. She lives with her family, eight chickens and more ski gear and hockey equipment than seems necessary.

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Blog Tour & GIVEAWAY: Until You by Denise Grover Swank

Today we are a part of the blog tour for Until You by Denise Grover Swank! This was such a fun read that I just fell in love with! I hope you’ll check out my review as well as Denise’s top 5 cocktail list! And there’s a great giveaway too!

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UNTIL YOU by Denise Grover Swank (May 30, 2017; Forever Mass Market Paperback; $7.99; Bachelor Brotherhood Book 2)

“Swank’s fluffy, feel-good storytelling proclaims the primacy of love as a force to which everyone should surrender-the bachelors destined to star in future installments haven’t got a chance.” — Publishers Weekly (starred review) on Only You

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Never settle down. Ever.

Workaholic Lanie Rogers lives a completely nomadic lifestyle. Her job keeps her on the move, and relationships are a complication she doesn’t need. That is, until she meets Mr. Tall, Dark, and Hotness at a pre-wedding party. Complicated? Maybe. But lately, Lanie’s life has been missing a little something—and sexy playboy Tyler Norris offers something she definitely can’t refuse.

Tyler has always been a little too popular with women for his own good. Ever since he and his buddies vowed to remain bachelors, Tyler figured he was safe from temptation. Lanie and her gorgeous brown eyes are about to prove him so, so wrong. With one kiss, the heat is intense. After one night, it’s pure combustion. It was supposed to be a no-strings fling—until these two commitment-phobes each discover the one undeniable exception to their rule.

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4 – 4.5 Stars

I really enjoyed this story and Tyler and Lanie are fantastic characters. This book was a lot of fun to read and had me smiling and giggling and just falling in love with these two. This book can definitely be read as a standalone.

Both Tyler and Lanie firmly believe they aren’t the relationship types; Tyler has sworn off women for a while after a slightly crazy experience and Lanie is completely devoted to her job. These two are thrown together in a wedding party and so begins their hilarious and hot journey to finding love.

I seriously loved these two – they totally cracked me up and are the kind of people I would want to be friends with. Lanie is a strong woman who is proud of what she has accomplished, it doesn’t make her perfect though and meeting Tyler really does show her that there is more to life than work. Tyler is sweet and funny, although he has a history of being a well known womanizer, he’s changed his tune. It’s undeniable that he and Lanie have great chemistry and one hot kiss quickly turns in to more.

I loved the development of the relationship between these two, it was a great combination of sweetness, hot moments as well as funny and real. They do have some real challenges, but I loved the way it was handled, not over the top but enough to make you feel. The secondary characters are also great, I really loved seeing Tyler with his brothers! Overall, this really was a fun read that kept me entertained from start to finish. I’m definitely looking forward to more of this series!

*I voluntarily reviewed an advanced copy of this book for The Geekery Book Review.

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Denise Grover Swank was nice enough to stop by and let us know her Top 5 favorite cocktails or drinks! Love her answers!

1)   Mojito –the perfect drink when it’s really hot

2)   Red wine sangria—but only when it’s homemade. Nothing from a bottle

3)   Margaritas—sometimes it’s the perfect drink

4)   Hard Raspberry lemonade—my homemade version

5)   Relax Riesling—sometimes you just need a glass of wine. 😉

About the Author

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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Denise Grover Swank was born in Kansas City, Missouri and lived in the area until she was nineteen. Then she became a nomadic gypsy, living in five cities, four states and ten houses over the course of ten years before she moved back to her roots. She speaks English and smattering of Spanish and Chinese, which she learned through an intensive Nick Jr. immersion period. Her hobbies include witty (in her own mind) Facebook comments and dancing in her kitchen with her children. (Quite badly if you believe her offspring.) Hidden talents include the gift of justification and the ability to drink massive amounts of caffeine and still fall asleep within two minutes. Her lack of the sense of smell allows her to perform many unspeakable tasks. She has six children and hasn’t lost her sanity. Or so she leads you to believe

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New 5 Star Review: Ricky by Ashley John

I loved this book and am thrilled to share it today! Ricky by Ashley John! It’s a powerful, beautifully told story about the power of love! I’m a huge Ashley John fan and this is one of my new favorites! I hope you’ll check out my review.

Happy Reading!

~Jenn

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On the surface, Ricky Thompson’s life is one long party. His razor sharp wit and unwavering sexual confidence masks his true pain and suffering, and that’s how he wants to keep things. Ten years after the death of his fiancé, Ricky has completely given up on the illusion of love. Wild nights in the bar and even wilder casual sex have become his coping mechanism, and he wants to keep the party going at whatever cost. When he is attacked in a dark alley and left for dead, Ricky’s life takes an unexpected turn and the party suddenly comes to an end.

Chase Brody doesn’t know where life is taking him. Between running his gym and raising his son, Dylan, the only time he puts himself first is his once a week trip to the gay bars. His family has convinced him he needs to find a mother for Dylan, so he keeps his sexual desires secret. He always believed women were for love and men were for sex, but he is forced to reevaluate everything he thought he knew when he stumbles across a helpless man in need of his help.

After Chase takes Ricky to the hospital, he offers him free self-defense classes, but it soon grows into something more complicated and both men are forced to listen to their hearts once again. Chase doesn’t know how Ricky will fit into his difficult life, and Ricky can’t seem to let go of his past heartache. With so much at stake, will these men admit they were wrong about love and surrender their hearts to each other, or is the risk too great?

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5 Stars

I have loved everything I’ve read by Ashley John and I can definitely now add Ricky to my loved list! There was something so special and touching about this story and I just loved every minute, even when he had me in tears!

Ricky, oh I feel like I need to enter a sigh after I say his name, he is such a powerful character, not an instantly loveable one, he’s definitely got some attitude, but he’s a strong one indeed. He doesn’t believe in love anymore or for that matter seeing anyone more than once. After the death of his fiancé years earlier, he believes love only leads to pain. He has his friends, his work and Miss Kitty Litter, his drag persona to keep him happy. Until one night in a dark alley he is beaten and left for dead.

Chase is a single father, he co-owns a gym with his brother and isn’t quite sure where he falls when it comes to his sexuality. He enjoys being with men but pictures himself settling down with a woman, mostly for his son’s sake. It doesn’t help that his homophobic dad, his brother and his crazy wife are all trying to push him into finding a woman. He does go out to the gay bars when he can, usually for a quick hook up, until one night in an alley he discovers someone who’s been badly beaten. He calls for help and stays with this person in the hospital, trying to help Ricky recover.

There is so much emotion in this story and I really felt it all. Ricky is not an easy character to just love, he’s snarky and bitter and always puts himself first. But, as I started to see the softer side of him, the side that is still in pain, I was rooting for him and wanting him to let other in and be loved again. Chase completely stole my heart right from the start! He’s a very sweet guy who loves his adorable son and just wants to give him the best life he can provide! These two start off forming a friendship as Chase tries to help Ricky and it quickly becomes more. They definitely seem like an unlikely pair but my heart was totally invested in these two, they just worked for me.

There really is a lot to this story, a lot of emotion that both Ricky and Chase have to sort through and experiences that will shape their relationship. I loved watching them open up to each other and then yes wanted to throw things at Ricky when his stubbornness took over! Ricky has a good amount of angst, but not too much, I never did want to give up on these two. I absolutely adored the way this story came together in the end and was proud of both Chase and Ricky for standing up and loving themselves and each other.

Ricky is another beautiful and heart stealing book from Ashley John that will definitely stay with me! I cannot recommend this book enough and am truly looking forward to whatever comes next!

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About Ashley John

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Ashley John is a young gay author of gay romance novels. Living in the north of England with his fiancé and two cats, Ashley John spends his days writing down the voices he hears in his head. His books are primarily romance dramas with sprinklings of erotica and he has a knack for making you feel like you’re living right beside the characters he creates. Ashley John is also a keen artist and he puts his artistic side to designing all of his own covers.

Find Ashley John at ashleyjohn.co.uk

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