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Review Tour & GIVEAWAY: Changing Lines (Harrisburg Railers #1) by RJ Scott & V.L. Locey

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Length: 57,000 words approx

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Can Tennant show Jared that age is just a number, and that love is all that matters?

The Rowe Brothers are famous hockey hotshots, but as the youngest of the trio, Tennant has always had to play against his brothers’ reputations. To get out of their shadows, and against their advice, he accepts a trade to the Harrisburg Railers, where he runs into Jared Madsen. Mads is an old family friend and his brother’s one-time teammate. Mads is Tennant’s new coach. And Mads is the sexiest thing he’s ever laid eyes on.

Jared Madsen’s hockey career was cut short by a fault in his heart, but coaching keeps him close to the game. When Ten is traded to the team, his carefully organized world is thrown into chaos. Nine years younger and his best friend’s brother, he knows Ten is strictly off-limits, but as soon as he sees Ten’s moves, on and off the ice, he knows his heart could get him into trouble again.

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4 Stars

Hockey hunks with great big wonderful hearts, that’s how I feel about this book. I really loved Mads and Ten and their story together – they are great guys on their own but together they totally melted my heart! RJ Scott and V.L. Locey have created a great new series, I already feel so attached to this whole gang.

I loved the hockey and the action and then add the romance in there and this really was a fun read. Mads is a coach and Ten is a player, maybe their relationship shouldn’t be there, but there is also a history between these two men, Mads is friends with Ten’s older brother Brady. Together these two fall crazy in love with each other and have to figure out how they are going to make a relationship work, come out and also there’s hockey!

I really enjoyed the flow of this story, it wasn’t overly agnsty at all, these two really are in it together. I loved how they handled situations together and really became such a strong couple. I think this is a great start to a new series and can’t wait to read more!

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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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V.L. Locey loves worn jeans, yoga, belly laughs, walking, reading and writing lusty tales, Greek mythology, the New York Rangers, comic books, and coffee. (Not necessarily in that order.) She shares her life with her husband, her daughter, one dog, two cats, a flock of assorted domestic fowl, and two Jersey steers.

When not writing spicy romances, she enjoys spending her day with her menagerie in the rolling hills of Pennsylvania with a cup of fresh java in hand. She can also be found online on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and GoodReads.

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New Release Review & GIVEAWAY: The Escape by Nicky James

Title: The Escape: Soren’s Saga
Author: Nicky James
Genre: M/M Romance Contemporary
Release Date: July 14, 2017
 
Dancing, loud music, drinking and sex… 

 


Who wouldn’t love a job that entailed all these things?

After giving up on school and being cast aside by an unsupportive family, Soren Matheson figured he’d landed every young man’s dream job.

But… there is a catch. 

Not everything is as it seems and at the end of the day… 

Maybe even dream jobs don’t exist.

Remy Moretti lives in a world of precision and order. When a chance run-in with a sassy, sarcastic blond one evening upsets his structured world, Remy needs to find out who he is.

What he discovers makes his hair stand on end. 

The defeat and fear hidden behind the young man’s eyes gives him nightmares.

Someone needs to get to the bottom of this.

Until then, Remy will need to do whatever it takes to keep Soren safe.
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4 Stars
I have to start by saying this book wasn’t really what I expected, going into it I thought it would be pretty dark and sad and while it had those moments, for me it felt more like a story of healing and hope and I truly enjoyed it! There are definitely tough moments, they will hurt, but the overall feeling was healing and a wonderful journey of love and finding oneself. I think Nicky James does a wonderful job with Soren’s story, and the way it all came together made my heart incredibly happy!
Soren works in a club as a bartender, dancer and quite often is required to provide sexual services to the clubs VIPs. He’s only 22 and has been working in that club for years. He’s had enough though, he’s miserable and wants out, but he doesn’t see a way out. His life is controlled by the club owner Donny (total scum bag). One night he meets Remy, a magazine editor who likes order, organization and cleanliness. These two should not click, but they do and when Remy realizes what is happening to Soren he promises to help him get out and get his life together.
These two start out building a friendship, one that both men really need and as that develops and trust begins to form they are put to the test and that is when real feelings start to form. These two are so wonderful for each other, Soren discovers what is like to have support and trust and someone who genuinely cares about him, and for Remy, Soren is that person to test him, to challenge him and his OCD habits. These two together made me smile and made me feel; the love, the passion and the hope.
I felt like this story wasn’t so much about Soren’s initial job and what he had to go through, but more about his journey out of it and building a life with Remy. Both of these characters are just absolutely beautiful, Soren broken inside but wanting more and Remy understanding love and family but lonely and wanting to care for Soren. Their romance builds and becomes so solid that you just know these two are meant to be. I thought this was a touching, sweet story that totally took me by surprise. There is some darkness, but then it’s all about the light. This definitely will not be my last Nicky James read!

Nicky James lives in the small town of Petrolia, Ontario, Canada. She is mother to a wonderful teenage boy and wife to a truly supportive and understanding husband who, thankfully, doesn’t think her crazy.

Nicky has always had two profound dreams in life; to fall back hundreds of years in time and live in a simpler world and to write novels. Since only one of those dreams was a possibility, she decided to make the other come alive on paper.
Nicky writes MM romance books in a variety of styles including contemporary, medieval, fantasy, and historical.

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Review Tour: Promises Part 3 (Bounty Hunters 3) by A.E. Via

Oh, we’ve got a great one today, a whole series in face! I’m so thrilled to share the release of Promises 3 by A.E. Via! I have absolutely just adored this series, the books keep getting better and better! I hope you’ll check out this fantastic series and my review and we’ve got a great excerpt – I think you’ll want to meet Dana and Ford!

Happy Reading!

~Jenn

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Title:  Promises Part 3

M/M GAY CONTEMPORARY/ACTION

Edited by: Tina Adamski

Cover Artist – Jay Aheer

PAGE COUNT – 222

Release Date: June 30, 2017

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Synopsis

A bounty hunter’s partners to lovers’ story.
The hunt is on… and he’s the prey.

Bradford (Ford) King was sure he had the rest of his life mapped out. Though he was no longer a SEAL Lieutenant, his brother was home safe and he had a job that still allowed him to satisfy his hunger for hunting bad guys. Life was simple, no distractions or complications – at age forty-six – that’s all Ford wanted. What he didn’t want was his work partner, sniper/watchman, Dana, giving him s**t all the time.

Dana Cadby had grown up labeled a roughneck from the wrong side of the tracks. He’d fought, scrounged, and survived despite a father that constantly told him he couldn’t. Dana pulled himself up by his own boot straps and made a name for himself in the marksman community. He’d been Duke’s bounty watchman for five years. It was his job to ensure their safety, watch their backs. At thirty-three, he was trusted, well respected by his peers, his bosses, his friends… so why couldn’t he earn the same respect from his partner?

Dana knew he was bisexual before he graduated high school. He also knew he was attracted to the huge, 6’3”, SEAL from the moment he and his brother came to join their team. It wasn’t easy for him to tamp down his immediate reaction to Ford’s thick muscles, full beard, and dark eyes. Still, Dana exhibited nothing but professionalism towards him, not wanting to make his ‘straight’ partner uncomfortable.

After Dana took back his ex-girlfriend, he’d noticed an intensification in Ford’s bad attitude. One that turned aggressive and downright antagonistic, and Dana was damned if he’d just lay down and take it. He was gonna make that man respect him if it was the last thing he did.

When Duke sends Dana and Ford out to track down their most dangerous bounty yet, they both embrace the fact that they make one hell of a team… but they fight tooth and nail against the powerful intimacy brewing between them.
Beware: When Ford and Dana connect, no fugitive can hide from the hunter and his watchman.

This story is a part of a series but can stand alone. It does not end on a cliffhanger and has a HEA.
Disclaimer: This book is about MM romance, albeit there is a very brief MF scene.

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4.5 Stars

I really do love this series and I think Ford and Dana are a fantastic addition! I loved their story, it’s hot and intense, action packed and so much wonderful hot alpha male!

I have to say that I loved these two together, even when they were bickering and barely able to be in the same room together. For me, their chemistry was a tangible thing I felt while reading. The jabs at each other, the almost moments and the feelings that just won’t leave them, I just adored it! They are working to catch a pair of meth dealing brothers who jumped bond and man it’s an exciting ride.

I couldn’t put this book down, I really enjoyed it from start to finish. Ford and Dana are faves for me, like I said I loved them in the beginning but once they figure it out, that they really do love each other, oh that love! Right in the feels! This book, and this series, is full of action, mystery and hot chemistry. I feel like I can always count on A.E. Via to deliver smoldering alpha men who are tough but so freaking loveable. (And don’t even get me started on Brian and how much I just ADORE him!) Another amazing read and fantastic addition the Bounty Hunter series!

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A.E. Via is an author in the beautiful gay romance genre and also founder and owner of Via Star Wings Books. Her writing embodies everything from hopelessly romantic to adventure, to scandalous. Her stories often include intriguing edges and twists that take readers to new, thought-provoking depths.

When she’s not clicking away at her laptop, she devotes herself to her family—a husband and four children.

Adrienne has tons of more stories to tell, so be sure to visit her site to learn more! Go to A.E. Via’s official website http://authoraevia.com  for more detailed information on how to contact her, follow her, or a sneak peak on upcoming work, free reads, VSWB submissions, and where she’ll appear next.

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Excerpt

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Ford’s hold around his entire upper body kept him from being able to do anything but snarl his frustrated words. “Why, Ford? You’ve been an ass ever since I got back with her.” Dana struggled, getting more pissed off by the second. “Answer me. Why don’t you want me with her?”

“Because you deserve better than that,” Ford said too quietly for the other guys to hear, and let Dana go.

When Dana rose up, he saw Ford’s broad back heading towards the locker rooms. Quick stood with the other guys, a confused expression crossing his face before he turned away, shaking his head in disgust. When Dana walked by, Duke grabbed his arm. “Whatever’s going on between you two, you better fix it, and fast. I need the two of you working together, not against each other.”

“It’s all good,” Dana said with little conviction and headed to the back of the gym.

Dana was coming through the locker room doors just as Ford was coming out with his bag slung over his shoulder. He hadn’t even bothered to change out of his sweaty clothes. Dana frowned, hoping they could talk this shit out. He refused to let Duke pull him off the streets because he and his partner had personal beef. Ford might be okay with that, but he sure wasn’t. Dana grabbed Ford’s bicep when he tried to brush by him. “Hey.”

Ford looked down where Dana’s hand held him. It took a few tense seconds before Ford’s eyes traveled up Dana’s upper body to his face. When they finally locked eyes Dana thought he saw something in Ford’s hard glare, but it was gone before he could process it. “Did you mean what you said?”

“I never say anything I don’t mean.” Ford’s voice was gritty and harsh but his words weren’t. “You deserve better than her.”

Dana couldn’t help staring at Ford’s firm lips and the sexy, dark hair surrounding them. He wasn’t sure when they’d inched in closer, but somehow they were face-to-face. “Did you have someone better in mind, Bradford?”

Ford’s mouth parted a fraction but nothing came out. When it looked like he was about to answer, the locker room door burst open – a maintenance man – breaking whatever link was building between them. Ford pulled his arm away and turned back to the door, never answering Dana’s question. If only they hadn’t been interrupted. Dana growled in annoyance. All he’d needed was ten more seconds to confirm his crazy, but hopeful, suspicion. Did Ford find him attractive? He’d assumed Ford was straight, but he’d also never seen him date anyone, never heard him speak of any hookups. Dana was bisexual, but very few people knew that. It’d been many years since he’d hooked up with a man. Even longer since he’d had a relationship with one.

 

 

 

 

Review Tour & GIVEAWAY: Finding Home by Meg Harding

Happy Friday! We are excited to be a part of the review tour for Finding Home by Meg Harding! I really enjoyed this book, you definitely want to meet Jaden, Chase and Magneto! I hope you’ll check out my review and the great giveaway too!

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Buy Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK

Length: 68,000 words

Cover Design: Garrett Leigh @ Black Jazz Design

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Jaden Matthews has never known his father or his father’s family, but he’s about to get a crash course on having siblings. With the recent passing of his grandmother, he’s discovered he has three half-brothers and part ownership of a gym. In Serenity, Florida. His life in New York has hit a rocky road, so maybe this is the vacation he needs to get things back on track.

Chase Michaels lost his future in a car crash almost ten years ago, and he’s made a new one for himself in Serenity. One that doesn’t include getting emotionally involved with people who are just passing through. But Jaden makes his common sense flee and his gut react. He’s got one month with the man who made him believe in taking a chance.

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4 Stars

I really enjoyed this story, it was sweet and touching and I really like the characters. Jaden and Chase were fantastic and gave me the feels and the smiles!

Jaden’s having a rough time, he’s lost his job and his husband and also a grandmother, but he’s gained new half-brothers he didn’t know about so he sets off to Florida to get to know his new family. From the start of his adventure, I was hooked on this story. I loved the description and feeling and totally loved Magneto! Chase is an absolutely adorable and endearing character and right from the start I thought he was perfect for Jaden. While Jaden gets to know his brothers he gets to know Chase as well and the two have a great chemistry and it could be the start of something great.

One of the things I loved most about this story was Jaden’s personal growth. He learns about who really he and who he wants to be and for me that was incredibly touching and made my heart happy. He learns that life isn’t about pleasing other people or becoming who they want you to be, but people loving you for who you are. This book has a great flow, Meg Harding really can tell a great story. It made me laugh and swoon and left me happy!

 

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Meg Harding is a graduate of UCF, and recently completed a masters program for Publishing in the UK. For as long as she can remember, writing has always been her passion, but she had an inability to ever actually finish anything. She’s immensely happy that her inability has fled and looks forward to where her mind will take her next. She’s a sucker for happy endings, the beach, and superheroes. In her dream life she owns a wildlife conservation and is surrounded by puppies. She’s a film buff, voracious reader, and a massive geek.

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Review Tour & GIVEAWAY: Iudicium by TC Orton

I’m excited to share something a little different today! I totally stepped out of my comfort zone and had a blast with this interactive fantasy novel, Iudicium by TC Orton. This was fun, although it definitely has dark potential but I hope you’ll check out my review and there’s a great giveaway too!
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Length: 61,000 words



Each Path Choice: 30-40k words



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After being incarcerated at a prison that leans over the edge of the world, Fayt must do whatever it takes to escape (or simply survive) the horrors that await him. You will take control of Fayt and guide him on his path, but be careful, for not everyone posing as an ally will lead you down the road to freedom.

Note: This is an interactive story, and it is important that you keep a record of your choices close by.

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4 Stars

Ok, I have to say that this was definitely stepping out of my comfort zone, but oh what a fun ride! This is the first time I’ve experienced an interactive story but I think TC Orton has created something fun! The imagery in this story is fantastic and really made it an experience. I also had a great time trying to make decisions for Fayt, what it would mean for his journey. This story can go dark but it can also be sweet, it all depends on the path you choose.

While this was a first for me, I don’t think it will be my last. I really enjoyed the fantasy, the characters and the twists. I have to admit that I few times I was worried about where my decisions would take me, but in my end, I was happy! Now we’ll see if I go back and mix things up for Fayt! This was an interesting and fun read and I’m definitely looking forward to checking out more from TC Orton!

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Born January 6th 1993, T. C. resides in the United Kingdom, living with his partner Peter Jones and their dog, Drake.

T. C. has had a passion for supernatural stories from a young age, often scribbling down his latest ideas instead of focusing on whatever task was at hand during the long school days. At the age of twelve, he penned his first romance story featuring himself and the boy he had feelings for set in a fantastical land full of werewolves and wizards. Ever since that day, T. C. has made it his mission to entwine his leading gay protagonists with epic paranormal adventures.

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Review Tour and GIVEAWAY: Romancing The Ugly Duckling by Clare London

We are excited to be part of the review tour for Romancing the Ugly Duckling by Clare London. This was a wonderful, sweet story and I loved it from start to finish! I hope you’ll check out my review as well as the great giveaway!

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Length: 63,000 words

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Cover: Bree Archer

 

Blurb

Is this the makeover of a lifetime?

Ambitious fashionista Perry Goodwood lands the project of his dreams—track down a celebrity family’s missing brother in the Scottish Highlands and bring him back to London for a TV reality show. But first he must transform the rugged loner into a glamorous sophisticate.

Greg Ventura has no use for high fashion. He lives on the isolated island of North Uist to escape the reminder that he’s nowhere near as handsome as his gorgeous brothers and avoid the painful childhood memories of being bullied.

Greg wants nothing to do with city life, and Perry’s never been outside London. When Perry is stranded on North Uist, this conflict seems insurmountable. But Greg is captivated by the vivacious Perry, and Perry by both the island and his host. However, Perry’s one heartfelt wish remains: that ugly duckling Greg fulfill his potential as a swan.

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4.5 Stars

There was something incredibly special about this book for me, I absolutely fell in love with Perry and Greg and their amazing setting in Scotland. I loved the idea of the ugly duckling story and I think Clare London really delivers with this fun, sweet read!

Greg and Perry do not seem like they’d ever be friends, let alone of a love match but their journey together proves they are just perfect for each other! Greg comes from a beautiful family, all of his brothers are gorgeous and famous and in order to land a reality show deal they need Greg to be a part of the family again. Perry is given the task of giving Greg the makeover of a lifetime, but he has to leave posh London and head to Scotland for this job. It’s something neither man really wants and they certainly do not get off to a good start but as they get to know each other, they discover something very special.

I really did adore both of these men, they are both so good and sweet and just loveable – even though Greg doesn’t believe it at all! I did feel for him, he grew up with his jerk brothers calling him names and making him feel less than because he didn’t have their model good looks. He’s carried that with him all of his life, but Perry won’t stand for it and I loved his determination to show Greg how great he really is.

I couldn’t put this book down once I started reading, it was fun and sweet and touching and I think Clare London has done a great job bringing their story full circle. There are fantastic supporting characters in this story that add to this story as well. This story really had it all, it made me smile, it made me swoon and at times it made my heart hurt a little but in the end, I was left so very happy!

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Clare London took her pen name from the city where she lives, loves, and writes. A lone, brave female in a frenetic, testosterone-fuelled family home, she juggles her writing with her other day job as an accountant.

She’s written in many genres and across many settings, with award-winning novels and short stories published both online and in print. She says she likes variety in her writing while friends say she’s just fickle, but as long as both theories spawn good fiction, she’s happy. Most of her work features male/male romance and drama with a healthy serving of physical passion, as she enjoys both reading and writing about strong, sympathetic, and sexy characters.

Clare currently has several novels sulking at that tricky chapter three stage and plenty of other projects in mind… she just has to find out where she left them in that frenetic, testosterone-fuelled family home.

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Review Tour: Summer Heat by Jay Northcote

Today we are excited to be a part of the review tour for Summer Heat by Jay Northcote!  Jay delivers a great summer fling, friends to lovers story that totally made me smile! I hope you’ll check out his new book and my review!
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Length: 47,000 words approx.
Blurb

A summer fling is an ideal cure for a broken heart. But when it’s with your best friend, things get complicated.

When Adam is dumped by his boyfriend, a week away at a beach resort seems like a great opportunity to get over his ex. Sun, sea, and no-strings sex will be just the boost he needs to move on with his life.

Adam’s best friend, Finn, agrees to accompany him at short notice. Finn’s had a crush on Adam for years, but is determined to put his feelings aside and be the perfect wingman in Adam’s time of crisis.

A spontaneous threesome with another guy forces Adam and Finn to confront their attraction to each other. Having a holiday fling together wasn’t part of the plan, and as their trip heats up, they soon realise that one night of fun won’t be enough for either of them.

The passion might be scorching, but their hearts and friendship are on the line. If their romance is going to survive the flight home, they have to be honest about what they want.

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4 Stars
Summer Heat is a fun, lighthearted summer read with low-angst that will leave you with a smile. Jay Northcote delivers a great friends-to-lovers romance with smoking hot chemistry in a beautiful location.
Adam and Finn have been friends for years, and although Finn has always had a crush on Adam, their one chance didn’t go anywhere and they became great friends. Adam got involved with an older guy named Drew and Finn felt like he really lost his chance with Adam. But one night, Adam shows on up Finn’s doorstep with a his stuff and announces that he and Drew split up. Finn is quick to take Adam in and then finds out that Adam has a vacation planned, one that he and Drew were supposed to take together and now Adam invites Finn along. It’s supposed to be a relaxing, fun time, maybe some hookups and getting over the breakup. But one wild night will make Adam and Finn question their feelings for each other, but can it become more than friends.
I loved these two! They are adorable and fun and definitely meant to be! It’s easy to see that these two clearly have feelings for each other, feelings they both have been trying to deny since it didn’t work out the first time. They have a great friendship too, and I liked that both seemed to take that in account when things were turning real on the romantic side. They both go into this thinking it’s a vacation fling, but they both want more. They are sweet and adorable and I loved them. This is a great summer read that totally made my heart happy!

 

 

 

 

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Jay lives just outside Bristol in the West of England. He comes from a family of writers, but always used to believe that the gene for fiction writing had passed him by. He spent years only ever writing emails, articles, or website content.

One day, Jay decided to try and write a short story—just to see if he could—and found it rather addictive. He hasn’t stopped writing since.

Jay writes contemporary romance about men who fall in love with other men. He has five books published by Dreamspinner Press, and also self-publishes under the imprint Jaybird Press. Many of his books are now available as audiobooks.

Jay is transgender and was formerly known as she/her.

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Review Tour & GIVEAWAY: Like Ashes We Scatter by Brandon Nave

 Happy Friday! I’m so excited to share Like Ashes We Scatter by Bradon Nave! This was a beautiful story and I hope you’ll check out my review as well as the great excerpts and there’s a fantastic giveaway too!
Happy Reading!
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Title: Like Ashes We Scatter
Author: Bradon Nave
Genre: NA Romance Standalone
Release Date: June 13, 2017
Bishop Holloway is woken by an unsettling telephone call. Minutes later, tragedy strikes.
​Across town, Alex Ayers is watching a loved one succumb to a horrible illness, helpless to stop it.
​But out of scattered ashes, hope can bloom, and sometimes tragedy can beget a miracle.
​Alex can’t bear to tell Bishop about the fateful connection that binds them. She fears his love for her isn’t strong enough to survive if he knew. But no secret stays hidden forever, and now Alex might lose the man she loves, and the family she’s fought so hard to save.

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4 – 4.5 Stars
Wow! This was an incredible emotional and touching story, and while it’s not my usual book I’m so glad I read it! This is a journey of healing of love and while I went into it expecting a love story between Bishop and Alex, that was there but this book was so much more.
This story focuses on Bishop, Alex and Tyson mainly, with Bishop’s mother and brother Nathan as important parts as well. These two families are connected by a tragedy that hurts one family and saves another. Bishop’s world is shaken and almost shattered but when he meets Alex he feels that light again, like there is life still in him. Alex is the one who knows the truth about the connection between their families and as they grow closer she knows she has to tell the truth but is afraid of what will happen.
This felt like a very personal journey reading it, the emotions raw and real! Alex and Tyson have a beautiful relationship, the most amazing brother and sister to each other. And Bishop, oh my heart hurt for him and his struggles as he deals with what happened to Nathan. He has great support from his mother, but he has to heal himself, she can’t do it for him. I really liked the love and support in this book, from all the different sides. Bradon Nave has done a beautiful job connecting these people and their journey. This was a wonderful read that I highly recommend! This was my first book by this author but definitely not my last!
23yo Alex and her dying 17yo brother, Tyson at the baseball field. 

There was no field, only a blanket of snow and a thousand memories dancing in her brother’s eyes. His smile—classically beautiful—was perfection. Absent their mother and sitting in the warmed car nestled to the chain-link fence, Alex and Tyson silently watched the numerous snowflakes falling fat from the sky to cover their world. There was no wind—no biting, bitter agony about the atmosphere. There was only a calming peace that nearly resembled acceptance.

Taking her brother’s hand, she squeezed it lightly. “Tyson Kade Ayers…you have no idea how proud I am to be your sister. You’re my everything.”

“You know…” His words all but trailed. “That statement might get us arrested. Incest…is…frowned upon.”

Chuckling, she kissed his cheek as his eyes remained fixed on the mound. “You were amazing out there, Ty.”

“Were? Let go of my hand, woman. I can go nine innings right now.” His sarcastic, raspy comments—soft and slow—had her teetering—her eyelids nearly spilling her emotions onto the somber scene. Completely aware that this very conversation would be ever etched on her memory all her days, she carefully contemplated her next words…before they left her mouth, a phone was vibrating.

Looking toward the gearshift, a 0000 flashed on the smartphone screen. “That’s my boss with my new schedule—”

“Alex…that’s my phone. That could be Dr. Jones.”

Reaching for the phone in frantic fashion, Alex pressed the green accept button. “Hello.”

“Alexandra?”

“Dr. Jones?”

“Is Tyson with you?”

“Yes, we’re at the baseball—”

“You’re in town, correct?”

“Yes.”

“I need you to come to the hospital, now…nine one, one. It’s happening.”

The female physician’s words seemed more a cruel joke than a potential pardon.

“You’re…you’re serious?”

“Alexandra! Tyson, to the hospital, now!” 

“Holy shit! We’re on our way!”

Hanging up the phone, she looked to her brother, his skin was a ghostly, pale white—illuminated by the blinding snow behind his beautiful face.

“Alex…” His lip quivered—a sliver of hope cracked through his eyes.

Grabbing either side of his face, she pressed her grinning lips to his forehead. “We’ve got to go now, Baby-Ty.”

“Is this really happening, Alex? Is this…oh my God. Is this really happening?”

His smile—the smile one gives upon learning returning a death sentence might be an option, was beautifully crafted on him. 

“Let’s go, Ty.” 

“Wait! Alex…just…just wait.”

“Ty, we can’t.”

“What if it doesn’t work? What if…what if I don’t wake up?”

The fear in his eyes was acute—something dreadful only now realized. 

“Tyson…”

“I’ve…I accepted it, Alex. I accepted I’m gonna die. But not today. I need my month…I need my weeks. They can’t…they can’t wave this in my face now…why now?”

“Tyson…I need you to look at me. I know you’re heart’s racing and you’ve got a million worries running through your beautiful head. This could be it, Baby-Ty. This could be your ticket to thirty. You’re talking about months and weeks when—”

“I don’t wanna die today, Alex.” His soft pitched proclamation coupled with the welling tears in his buzzing eyes sent Alex reaching for him. “I don’t wanna die…I don’t…I don’t wanna die.”

Hugging him, she eyed the oxygen tank in the floor board. She instantly replaced the idea of his wake with his return to the pitcher’s mound. “You have been so brave for so long…if you can just be brave today…and if you can’t it’s okay because I’m not going anywhere. No matter what happens I’m not going anywhere, Tyson.

“I’m so scared, Alex.” His fear shook through in their embrace—it seemed every ounce of her brother was saturated in an awful horror. “I can’t be brave, I can’t be strong anymore…” His words left him in a soft, nearly breathless cry.

“I can, Ty.” Pulling away slightly, she kissed his wet cheek. “We have to go.”
Alex and Bishop.

They now stood surrounded by grand, dark-wood shelving and books from the marble flooring to the ceiling. Bishop watched Alex trace the hardbacks with her fingers, reading some of the titles aloud.

“They’re not all medical…I’m impressed, Bishop.”

“My parents love fiction.”

“Who doesn’t?”

Bishop walked behind her, purposefully breathing hot breath on her neck. “I do.”

“What’s your favorite genre, Mr. Holloway?” She slowly turned to him.

“I’m not particularly picky as long as there’s a happy ending.”

“That sounds dirty, Bishop.”

“It can be…depending on the genre.” He moved closer, smiling.

“I’m scared Bishop.”

“Of?”

“Happily never after.”

“What are you talking about? We’re a match, Alex. I literally love every second I’m with you. It’s like fate.”

As he took her hand, her gaze shied from his.

“What if I rushed fate, Bishop? What if…what if everything was going to work out as it should have but I rushed it?”

“That doesn’t make sense to me, Alex.”

Softly, his thumb and index finger raised her chin so her eyes were level with his.

“Yeah…I know, Bishop.”

Sensing her despair, he pulled her to him, looking down into her eyes. “What do you feel like reading tonight?” His question was asked in a goofy whisper, but had her blushing just the same.
As she worked her hands into his front pockets she kissed his cheek. “Something hot.”
Award winning author, Bradon Nave was born and raised in Oklahoma. He attended a small school during junior high and high school, and graduated with only three people in his class. After graduate school, he decided to devote his spare time to his passion of writing. Bradon currently lives in Piedmont, Oklahoma, with his wife and two young children. He loves running, being with friends, and writing.
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Review Tour & GIVEAWAY: Renewal (Dublin Virtues #3) by Helena Stone

We are excited to be a part of the Review Tour for Renewal by Helena Stone! This is a series I’ve really enjoyed and am really impressed with this lasted addition – check out my review to see why! 🙂 I hope you’ll check it out as well as the awesome giveaway!
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Length: 64,000 words


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When everything changes, can renewal bring redemption?

Shane Boyle left Dublin for America, burning most of his bridges, certain his future lay in Florida. When a family crisis forces him back to the city he grew up in, he knows his life will never be the same again. With his sister close to death, his mother and five-year-old nephew Danny need him not just to be around but also to be the rock they can depend on. Torn between panic about his new responsibilities and despair at his impending loss, love and a relationship are the last thing on his mind.

Chris Anderson left Australia for Dublin ten years ago with no intention of ever going back. For reasons he can’t explain, even to himself, he hasn’t been in a relationship for almost as long as he’s been in Ireland. Now thirty-five years old, he wonders what happened to his dream of a lasting bond and a family to call his own.

When Shane and Chris hook up one night in a pub, neither knows that the next day they’ll meet again, this time as colleagues in a tattoo parlour. Chris has no idea about Shane’s dodgy past and Shane can’t figure out the mountain of a man who refuses to take no for an answer. Having to reinvent his whole life is only the start of Shane’s process of renewal. Will Chris turn out to be his savior or his downfall?

 

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4 Stars

I feel like I have to start by saying I went into this one wondering how Helena Stone could make Shane into a redeeming character after his jerkiness but she really delivered. I appreciated what Shane was dealing with in Renewal and felt for him and it really did my heart good to see him grow. I adored Chris right from the start and so loved his loyalty towards Shane, not dismissing his crappy behavior in the past but believing in his future. These two really are meant to be.

Shane has returned to Ireland because his sister is on her deathbed and he, along with his mother, will be caring for her young son Danny. (Who is totally heart-meltingly adorable!) He’s back working at the tattoo parlor he used to work for and just trying to make it through each day. Chris works for Troy but ends up helping out at the parlor where Shane works. The two form a very tentative friendship at first, but there is an undeniable connection between them. Shane is good at pushing people away, it’s what he’s always done, but sweet heart Chris isn’t going to let Shane push, not this time.

This story definitely has some heavy, emotional moments that made my heart hurt, but it also had some wonderful smiles and heartwarming ones as well. This is a journey of healing for Shane and allowing someone else in his life in a very real way. Chris is that perfect person for Shane, who won’t take crap from him, won’t make excuses and will love him anyway. I was definitely surprised by this book and really enjoyed it. It’s more of a slow-burn story, really focusing on the relationship and healing. If you’ve read the first two books in this series (which you totally should) definitely give Shane a second chance!

Author Bio
Helena 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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Review Tour & GIVEAWAY: Back Home by RJ Scott

 Happy Friday! Today we are part of the review tour for Back Home by RJ Scott! I adored this book, so full of emotion and love and I hope you’ll check out my review and the awesome giveaway too!
Happy Reading!
~Jenn



Buy Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK

Cover Design: Meredith Russell

Length: 52,147 words

Blurb


Falling for his brother’s boyfriend broke his heart. Now he’s back home and falls in love all over again.

One birthday kiss and Kieran realizes he is in danger of falling for his brother’s boyfriend, Jordan. Leaving for college, then moving to another country is the only way to ease the ache in his heart.

But, when his father becomes ill and his sister begs him to come home, Kieran returns for good. He finds the family business nearly bankrupt and Jordan, the man he ran from, beaten down by despair and guilt.

Friendship is what they promise each other as they work to repair the business, but it could never be enough for Kieran. When secrets spill, and there are vital decisions to be made, Kieran realizes two things; he’s back home, and he wants to stay with Jordan for good.


Now he just needs to convince Jordan.

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4 – 4.5 Stars

This is why I love reading R.J. Scott books – so much feeling and emotion! Back Home grabbed me by the heart right from the beginning and never let go, oh I adored both Jordan and Kieran and their journey together. I felt like this story started with the angsty parts and worked through it as the story went on, and I loved that about this book!

Jordan has known the Addison family since he was a kid when he became friends with their oldest son Brad. The two were best friends and eventually became a couple, building a life together. There’s also Brad’s younger brother Kieran, who’s always had a crush on Jordan, and to escape those feelings he moves to London after finishing high school. But tragedy strikes, taking Brad from them and leaving both Jordan and Kieran carrying heavy guilt, for different reasons. A couple years later and Jordan is still running the construction company with Mr. Addison but as his health is failing Kieran returns home and finally real feelings have to be revealed.

There is a lot of pain in Kieran and Jordan, both men still carrying the hurt and guilt that came from losing Brad. Kieran knows he still loves Jordan, but he thinks Jordan hates him. Jordan feels the guilt of Brad’s death every day and tries to push away the feelings he’s carried for Jordan. As the two start working together to save their company, the real truths come out and just maybe they can start to heal.

This book was emotional to say the least, but it was a beautiful journey of healing and finding real love. Both Kieran and Jordan learn that they have to be open and honest with each other, and admit that things weren’t always what they had seemed to be. They both also have to move on from the past. Not only is their relationship special, but I adored the relationship between Jordan and the Addison parents, Phil and Anna were such loving characters and I loved how they played a role in Jordan and Kieran finding their happiness together.

I really enjoyed the flow of this book, the highs and lows for Kieran and Jordan and how they worked through it together. I have long been a fan of Ms. Scott’s books and Back Home is another great addition to her collection. Powerful story with beautifully damaged characters who really do deserve that happily ever after.

*I voluntarily reviewed this book for The Geekery Book Review

 

May 24 

Author Bio

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.

mailto:rj@rjscott.co.uk
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