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Release Blitz & Review: Living Out Loud by Nyrae Dawn and Christina Lee

We are excited to be a part of the release blitz for Living Out Loud by Nyrae Dawn and Christina Lee! This was a great read with wonderful characters – Ben and Xavier are so loveable! I hope you’ll check out my review, some fun teasers and the great excerpt!

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~Jenn

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LIVING OUT LOUD

NYRAE DAWN & CHRISTINA LEE

M/M ROMANCE

RELEASE DATE: 09.08.17

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Ben Emerson has lived by his minister father’s rules most of his life. Born into an ultra-conservative church community, he’s finally brave enough to break free and move to San Francisco. Distancing himself certainly helps create a new mindset, but living as an openly gay man takes some getting used to. When he reaches out to Xavier, a childhood friend who lives in the city, Ben isn’t sure how he’ll respond given their thorny history. Ben hopes the familiar connection will help him right some wrongs as well as provide the solace he’s been craving.

Xavier Ramos is who he is, and he doesn’t give a damn what anyone thinks. Whether it’s eyeliner, nail polish, tattoos or his love of hooking up, he uses his body as a form of self-expression but doesn’t let anyone get too close. When Ben reenters his life, Xavier helps him experience the city and feel comfortable in his own skin. Seeing the world through Ben’s eyes, he begins to wonder if he’s also not living as freely as he thought.

When Xavier challenges Ben’s beliefs about sex, it becomes explosive—for both of them. Xavier breaks apart Ben’s sheltered world and shows him what it’s like to live out loud. The more time they spend together, the more Xavier begins to long for Ben in a different way—one that both surprises and scares him. But real life doesn’t fade into the background, so when Ben’s past comes knocking, old habits are hard to break. Testing the foundation of their deepening connection will take a trust that will either bind them…or tear them apart.

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**Ben is from PAINT THE STARS and Xavier is from A HUNDRED THOUSAND WORDS, but LIVING OUT LOUD can be read as a complete standalone.

 

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4 Stars

I’m a huge fan of second chance romances and Living Out Loud is the perfect example of why! This is a story of two childhood friends who lost touch as teenagers and after many years have the chance to reconnect. I loved Ben and Xavier, they are both such sweet, wonderful guys who definitely deserve happiness.

Ben comes from a very religious family, his father is a minister in a very conservative small town church. They have a strict set of beliefs that they force on Ben, making him think he is wrong and sinful to be attracted to men. Xavier’s dad and step mother don’t really care what he does, they throw money at him but not love. Ben and Xavier are friends as kids, that kind of friendship where you really know that other person, like know one else does. But one day when Xavier acts on his attraction to his friend and kisses him Ben rejects him and in that moment everything changes.

Years later, Ben has moved to San Francisco to finally try to live the live he wants, out and proud. He knows Xavier lives in the city and reaches out to him, hoping to re-connect with his friend. Xavier is shocked to hear from Ben for sure, his rejection still stings but the two start talking and their friendship comes back naturally. Ben is naive and inexperienced, still trying to let go of the awful things his father and his church did to him, and when he finds out that Xavier is all about the pleasures of life, he asks for his help. The two start out with the intention of keeping it all physical but both men quickly find themselves feeling more than they ever expected.

I loved these two together, even with their issues Ben and Xavier seem to bring out the best in each other! Xavier gives Ben the confidence to be who he really is and express himself, while Ben softens Xavier and brings love into his life. These guys definitely have smoking hot chemistry, but they have a gentleness and sweetness together too. I loved seeing these two heal and grow together, embracing all the good together. I really enjoyed their journey, Christina Lee and Nyrae Dawn have delivered a wonderful, touching story with so many FEELS! Great characters that I fell in love with and story of healing and love and acceptance that definitely is a must-read!

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“Get your ass down here.” He frowns and I pat the floor beside me. “I’m serious, B. Get your ass down here. You can take it off when I’m done if you don’t like it. How do you know if something’s your style if you’ve never done it?”

I blow on my fingernails trying to get them to dry. Ben doesn’t move right away, but then he slides down to the floor beside me.

My pulse kicks up a notch. I don’t know why I want this so much for him.

He puts his hand on the table and I paint the first nail.

“I feel stupid,” he tells me.

“Do you think I look stupid with it?”

“Hell no. You look hot but—”

“But nothing. Be quiet and let me work.”

He chuckles. “You’re bossy.”

“You ain’t seen nothing yet,” I reply before getting back to work on his nails. His fingers are long, thicker than mine. His hands are beat up from his work, rough and abused with little scratches on them. “I can’t wait till you can touch me. I love rough hands.”

“Oh shit,” he says with a thickness to his voice that tells me he’s getting turned on again.

I finish the first hand before saying, “Now, the other.” He sets that hand on the table, but I grab it, suck one of his fingers into my mouth, even though I hadn’t planned to touch him again tonight.

“Fuck, Xavier,” he says and his eyes roll back in a way that really gets me hard.

“Good?”

“Yes.”

“You’re trembling,” I tell him as his hand gently shakes.

“That’s because I’m really turned on right now.”

ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Nyrae Dawn

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Nyrae Dawn can almost always be found with a book in her hand or an open document on her laptop. She couldn’t live without books—reading or writing them. Oh, and chocolate. She’s slightly addicted.

She gravitates toward character-driven stories. Whether reading or writing, she loves emotional journeys. It’s icing on the cake when she really feels something, but is able to laugh too. She’s a proud romantic, who has a soft spot for flawed characters, who make mistakes, but also have big hearts.

Whether she’s writing young adult, new adult, or adult you can always count on a healthy dose of romance from her books. She likes to tackle tough subjects, and believes everyone needs to see themselves in the stories they read.

Nyrae is living her very own happily ever after in California with her gorgeous husband (who still makes her swoon) and her two incredibly awesome kids.

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Christina Lee

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Once upon a time, I lived in New York City and was a wardrobe stylist. I spent my days shopping for photo shoots, getting into cabs, eating amazing food, and drinking coffee at my favorite hangouts.

Now I live in the Midwest with my husband and son—my two favorite guys. I’ve been a clinical social worker and a special education teacher. But it wasn’t until I wrote a weekly column for the local newspaper that I realized I could turn the fairytales inside my head into the reality of writing fiction.

I write Adult, New Adult, and M/M Contemporary Romance. I’m addicted to lip gloss and salted caramel everything. I believes in true love and kissing, so writing romance novels has become a dream job.

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Blog Tour & GIVEAWAY: Survivor by TM Smith

We are excited to be a part of the blog tour for Survivor by TM Smith! This is a wonderful story about healing and love! We’ve got some great teasers and a playlist to share along with my review and an amazing giveaway you definitely want to get in on!
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Title: Survivor
Author: T.M. Smith
Genre: M/M Romance
Release Date: August 22, 2017

Taylor Langford’s world is torn apart when he is only thirteen years old—his parents killed, leaving him alone and orphaned. With no living relatives, he’d certainly be another statistic if not for the intervention of the policeman who found Taylor in the crawl space where his mother hid him that fateful night. Despite the tragedy and resulting anguish in his life, Taylor knows how lucky he is.

Frank Moore is a rookie with the Dallas Police Department when he and his partner answer a call in Devonshire, one of the city’s more affluent neighborhoods. They think the young boy in various pictures throughout the home has been kidnapped until they find him, shaken but alive. Officer Moore recognizes the pain in the kid’s eyes, having lost his own mother to cancer when he was just a boy. He steps in, making sure Taylor is placed with a loving foster family. Over the years, Frank becomes a permanent fixture in Taylor’s life.

A decade later, the case remains unsolved and the once gangly, uncertain teenager is now a college graduate who knows exactly what he wants. He’s coming home to the man that helped mold and shape his life, the man he’s loved for as long as he can remember, Frank Moore. But Taylor isn’t the only person returning to Dallas, and while Frank is distracted by his own conflicting feelings and the new bond growing between the two, the past creeps up on them, determined to finish what was started ten years earlier.

A note from the author…

I hope you enjoy Frank and Taylor’s story. It’s been a long road to get them settled, but I’m happy with where this story has taken them. When I started this book, the intent was to write a stand-alone story, but that has changed. Characters continually evolve throughout the writing process, and there are several characters in the book that want to tell their story. I’ve grown especially fond of Rory and I can’t wait to write his book, which will take us back to when he first joined the Bureau, and continue on to his happy ever after.

Please be advised: This is a May/December romance, and as in life, there are sexual situations that take place prior to the main characters finding their way to one another. This is not gratuitous; it is meant to show character growth and self-realization. There is absolutely no cheating.

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4.5 Stars
I feel like I have to start by talking about this cover, I am absolutely in love with it! There is something so very beautiful about it, but something that evoked a lot of feeling for me before I even started the story! And oh what a story, I think TM Smith did a great job with this book, it is filled with emotion and love, and while there is pain the love is what wins.
The prologue absolutely got my attention and sent a chill down my spine. I knew immediately I was going to be hooked on this story. Taylor is only 13 when his parents are brutally murdered while he was hidden away in the attic. The police officer who finds him, Frank, waits patiently for Taylor to feel safe enough to come out of his hiding spot. The two form a bond then and it grows as Taylor grows up with Frank always a part of his life. This story alternates between Frank and Taylor’s POVs and starts when Taylor is still a teen. I really liked the early chapters as Taylor grew up, I really felt like I got to know him. As Taylor graduates from college he knows it’s time to confess his true feelings for Frank, and at the same time Frank is thinking the same thing and both men scarred that it could ruin the friendship they already have.
I absolutely adored Frank and Taylor together, once they finally confess their feelings it’s just so natural and loving between them. They have a shared past, one that includes a lot of pain but deep down they know each other so well and have loved each other for so long that their relationship is natural. It may seem like insta-love but I liked it – these two are just meant to be. Just as things settle between Frank and Taylor though the past comes back to get them and the truth comes out about what really happened the night Taylor’s parents were murdered.
There really was so much to love about this story, the bit of mystery surrounding the murders, the deep love between Taylor and Frank and also the wonderful supporting characters. TM Smith does a fantastic job of mixing in humor and sweetness into these characters. Frank’s partner Caleb and his wife are just pure awesomeness and Taylor’s adoptive parents are great, so loving and supportive. I felt like this was an honest story, Taylor struggles with what happened but he has a wonderful support system around him and he has Frank. Overall this was a great read that I could not put down! I love Taylor and Frank and their beautiful, healing love. I’m definitely excited to see what TM Smith is going to do with Rory!!

 


A military brat born and raised at Ft. Benning Georgia; TM Smith is an avid reader, reviewer and writer. A Texas transplant, she now calls DFW her home. Most days she can be found curled up with a good book, or ticking away on her next novel. 

Smith is a single mom of three disturbingly outspoken and decidedly different kids, one of which is Autistic. Besides her writing, she is passionate about Autism advocacy and LGBT rights. Because, seriously people, Love is Love!


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Series Recap Blitz with Reviews and GIVEAWAY: Heart & Haven Series by Heloise West

 

 

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Hitting Black Ice (Book #1)Amazon US | Amazon UK
 
Length: 75,000 words
 
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ER physician’s assistant Hunter guards his heart carefully, but that doesn’t stop him from falling for Shawn, the front desk clerk. He keeps his distance from relationships for a reason, but just can’t help himself when it comes to Shawn.



Shawn is on the run from the law and love to protect himself and anyone else involved. One man is dead because of him, and his life now is simple and easily thrown into a bag at any hint of danger. Until he meets Hunter, and he no longer wants to run.



Forced into a hostage situation, buried passion explodes in the aftermath, and sex in the supply closet brings their hearts back to life. Tentatively, step by step they begin to explore a relationship together until the past catches up with Shawn.



FBI agent Nick Truman has finally found his man, but when Shawn escapes, he focuses his attention on Hunter. Shawn returns, even though it means sacrificing himself to save Hunter from the man who framed him for murder.

 

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3.5 Stars

This is a fun, action packed story from start to finish! This is one of those books that keeps you guessing, you’re not always sure who you like and who you don’t! We meet Hunter and Shawn (we later learn he is Alex) working in a hospital, stealing glances at each other. Hunter has had a crush on Shawn for a while and when get up the nerve to finally ask him out it doesn’t go as he had hoped. The two are thrown together though when a drive by shooting has them hostages in the ER. Passion, secrets and lies follow though and these two have to try to find the truth if they stand a chance to be together for real.

 

There is a lot of action in this story and I really enjoyed the pace of this book. Hunter is a great character, I really felt for him and everything he was going through. He is still suffering from the trauma his ex put him through and the situations he finds himself in with Alex are a real test for him. Alex/Shawn, oh I felt for him too, trying to figure out which end is up with that guy. He’s been through so much and doesn’t know who to trust and yet he always finds Hunter. I really liked these two together and was definitely rooting for them, they really deserved to find that happy place. I liked the mystery of this story too, figuring out who the real bad guys are. This one really kept me on my toes from start to finish!

 
Send Lawyers, Guns & Roses (Book #2)Amazon US | Amazon UK
 
Length: 82,000 words
 
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When Hunter and Alex (formally Shawn) are given the vacation of a lifetime, it’s a chance for them to pay attention to romance and get out of the path of danger. The tiny Caribbean island of Saba is gorgeous, the first to have marriage equality, and the Sabans are the nicest people on earth.



There’s lots of rum poolside for relaxing and a room with a mirror on the ceiling for passion. Hot karaoke nights, cold beer, and new friends.



Their new friends Orfeo and Max, and Max’s sister Talisha, share a troubling secret. Alex and Hunter want to help. As a hurricane bears down on them, a dead body surfaces, and a purple backpack loaded with stolen jewels leads a gang of dangerous men to the island.



Alex would rather poke his own eyes out with a pointy stick than call on his old enemy Nick Truman for help; he’d also do anything to keep Hunter out of danger. But even his old nemesis can’t reach them now.



Once again, they only have each other to depend on as their paradise is about to become hell on earth.

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3.5 Stars

This book brings us back to Hunter and Alex as they try to put their lives back together after everything they have bee through. I would definitely recommend that you read Hitting Black Ice first and know how these two started out. I enjoyed this book, glad to see Hunter and Alex together and making it work. This book also packs a lot of action and story just like the first book.

Hunter is recovering and knows he needs to find a job again soon and Alex is working as a bartender while he waits to hear about his FBI application. Not the dream situation for either man but they are making it work as best they can. A visit from Alex’s moms sends these two on a three week vacation to a small island in the Caribbean.  It all starts out great, sun and water and a lot of hot and sexy moments for these two, but it’s not as peaceful as it should be. Orfeo, an island resident and someone Alex knew from his visit to the island as a kid, is a zen, yoga doing artist and a great friend but there are secrets he’s keeping with Max and his younger sister Talisha. Hunter and Alex know that there is more going on with that group but no one’s being honest. It’s not until a hurricane hits the island and lives are at stake that the truth comes out. Alex and Hunter again find themselves trying to survive.

There is a lot to this story, the first part focusing on Hunter and Alex recovering and rebuilding and then they get their vacation. Both men are still trying to come to terms with what happened with Nick and as they try to heal, they learn more about the situation that makes it even harder for them. I thought it was really interesting the way it is all connected. I really liked Orfeo and Max, especially once you learn the truth about them. I also liked that while there is action and suspense and you are left wondering if this whole crew is going to make it out alive, there isn’t unnecessary angst for Hunter and Alex. I really love these two together! Overall this was another fun, action filled read and I absolutely adored the ending!

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Heloise West, when not hunched over the keyboard plotting love and mayhem, dreams about moving to a villa in Tuscany. She loves history, mysteries, and romance of all flavors. She travels and gardens with her partner of 10 years, and their home overflows with books, cats, art, and red wine.



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Review Tour & GIVEAWAY: Maybe This Time by Annabelle Jacobs

Today we get to share in the release blitz and review tour for Maybe This Time by Annabelle Jacobs! I’m excited to share my review and this great giveaway! And can I just say how much I love this cover!!

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Length: 60,000 words approx

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Moving into a new home starts with a bang when Ryan Blackwell celebrates turning thirty. Being hungover means he’s bleary-eyed and clumsy the next day, but even in that state, he can appreciate how sexy and fit his neighbour is.

Matt Thomas isn’t looking for anything long-term—one and done is usually his life rule. Why settle down early, like his sister, when casual relationships are so easy? With Ryan living in the same building, chance encounters are inevitable. When one night together becomes two, a friends-with-benefits deal seems a natural progression.

There’s only one problem: sex with no strings relies on matching expectations, so Ryan can’t help worrying. His huge heart always wants more, but Matt’s been clear about his limits. As passion leads to caring, they’ll have to make some tough decisions—maybe this time, breaking some rules will be worth it if that means they’ll get to share a future.

 

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4 Stars

This is a wonderfully fun story of Matt and Ryan, two adorably clueless men who completely fall for each other while insisting they are ‘just friends.’ I really liked these two, they were sweet and charming and their story had a nice, laid-back feel to it. Maybe this time is the kind of story that puts a smile on your face right from the start and it pretty much stays there to the end.

Matt and Ryan are to pretty regular guys who meet when as Ryan is moving into the same building where Matt lives. They don’t get off to the best start, but soon find a connection and strike up a friendship. Matt doesn’t do relationships, one and done is how he operates but after a hook-up with Ryan he seems okay wit the idea of friendship and maybe some extra benefits too. Ryan likes Matt and is trying not to get attached, he doesn’t do the whole friends with benefits thing all that well but he’s determined to make it work to keep his friendship with Matt. The two men start spending more and more time together and realize they enjoy their time together and actually are looking forward to it.

Again, these two are just adorably clueless and it makes for a fun read. It’s sweet to see Matt come to the realization that he’s not only allowed space for Ryan to be his friend, he actually wants more with him. Ryan too spends so much time convincing himself he’s good with the way things are that when it comes time to come clean about feelings it surprises him. I really enjoyed this story, it’s low-angst but filled with heat and sweet. There were some great funny moments and I loved how genuine Matt and Ryan are, I’d definitely want to be friends with them. Overall this was a very enjoyable comfort read that I have no doubt I will go back to when I want that happy heart smiley feeling!

 

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Annabelle Jacobs lives in the South West of England with three rowdy children, and two cats. An avid reader of fantasy herself for many years, Annabelle now spends her days writing her own stories. They’re usually either fantasy or paranormal fiction, because she loves building worlds filled with magical creatures, and creating stories full of action and adventure. Her characters may have a tough time of it—fighting enemies and adversity—but they always find love in the end.

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Review Tour & GIVEAWAY: Out of the Shadows by K.C. Wells

We are excited to be a part of the review tour for Out of the Shadows by K.C. Wells! I really enjoyed this sweet story and hope you’ll check out my review and the awesome giveaway!

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Buy Links: Dreamspinner | Amazon US | Amazon UK

Length: 62,991 words

Cover Design: Bree Archer

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Blurb

Can he step out of the shadows and into love’s light?

Eight years ago, Christian Hernandez moved to Jamaica Plain in southern Boston, took refuge in his apartment, and cut himself off from the outside world. And that’s how he’d like it to stay.

Josh Wendell has heard his coworkers gossip about the occupant of apartment #1. No one sees the mystery man, and Josh loves a mystery. So when he is hired to refurbish the apartment’s kitchen and bathrooms, Josh is eager to discover the truth behind the rumors.

When he comes face-to-face with Christian, Josh understands why Christian hides from prying eyes. As the two men bond, Josh sees past his exterior to the man within, and he likes what he sees. But can Christian find the courage to emerge from the darkness of his lonely existence for the man who has claimed his heart?

 

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4 Stars

Well this is just a wonderful, sweet story about two men who are just supposed to be! I really loved the tenderness K.C. Wells brings to this story and these characters. Christian was horribly injured years ago and it left him with some bad scars. He’s spent the last eight years living in isolation, not wanting people to see him. When Josh, a handyman he’s watched working in the area ends up being the one to do some work on his apartment, the two end up face to face and it’s not what either man expected. Josh doesn’t see a disfigured monster and Christian doesn’t want to hide from him.

I really enjoyed this story, it’s a slow burn without the overly dramatic angst, but it’s a sweet story. One of healing and friendship and love. I loved getting to know Christian and Josh as their relationship progressed. They have great personalities and I wanted to be friends with these two. This is one of those reads that just makes your heart happy – it’s one of those books you read when you want to feel good with fantastic characters who truly deserve to find that real, forever love.

 

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Born and raised in the north-west of England, K.C. WELLS always loved writing. Words were important. Full stop. However, when childhood gave way to adulthood, the writing ceased, as life got in the way. K.C. discovered erotic fiction in 2009, when the purchase of a ménage storyline led to the startling discovery that reading about men in love was damn hot. In 2012, arriving at a really low point in life led to the desperate need to do something creative. An even bigger discovery waited in the wings—writing about men in love was even hotter….

K.C. now writes full-time and is loving every minute of her new career. The laptop still has no idea of what hit it… it only knows that it wants a rest, please. And it now has to get used to the idea that where K.C goes, it goes.

And as for those men in love that she writes about? The list of stories just waiting to be written is getting longer… and longer….

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Review Tour & GIVEAWAY: The Bones of Our Fathers by Elin Gregory

We are excited to be a part of the review tour for The Bones of Our Fathers by Elin Gregory! This was a fun read and I hope you’ll check out my review and the awesome giveaway!!

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Length: 80,000 words approx

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Malcolm Bright, brand new museum curator in a small Welsh Border town, is a little lonely until – acting as emergency archaeological consultant on a new housing development – he crosses the path of Rob Escley, aka Dirty Rob, who makes Mal’s earth move in more ways than one.

Then Rob discovers something wonderful, and together they must combat greedy developers and a treasure hunter determined to get his hands on the find. Are desperate measures justified to save the bones of our fathers? Will Dirty Rob live up to his reputation? Do museum curators really do it meticulously?

Answers must be found for the sake of Mal’s future, his happiness and his heart.

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4 Stars

This was a fun read – I loved the setting and the characters and the story as a whole. Elin Gregory delivers an entertaining tale with Mal and Rob and their adventure. Mal is an archaeologist who has just moved to the history rich town to run the local museum. He quickly meets Rob, the digger driver and the two have an instant connection. When a discovery is made on a building site that has some major historical value, the town and Rob and Mal are tested.

I think Elin Gregory does a fantastic job of creating this world, these characters feel very authentic, the good and the rough. I loved the way they were all connected with each other and their history. Mal is the newcomer in this community and there are some challenges for him, understanding the significance of the family ties is important and unfortunately tests his budding relationship with Rob more than once. But these two are so right for each other, they are good at finding their way back together. I loved the relationship between them, they definitely made me smile! Their relationship is sweet and just meant to be.

There is a good mix of quirky characters, sweet love and a very interesting discovery. There’s a bit of drama but nothing overly angsty, just added to the story. Overall, this was a fun read that I enjoyed from start to finish.

 

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Elin Gregory lives in South Wales and works in a museum in a castle built on the edge of a Roman Fort! She reckons that’s a pretty cool job.

Elin usually writes on historical subjects, and enjoys weaving the weird and wonderful facts she comes across in her research into her plots. She likes her heroes hard as nails but capable of tenderness when circumstances allow. Often they are in danger, frequently they have to make hard choices, but happy endings are always assured.

Current works in progress include one set during the Great War, another in WW2, one set in the Dark Ages and a series of contemporary romances set in a small town on the Welsh border.

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Blog Tour: Ebb and Flow by Andrew Grey

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We are excited to be a part of the blog tour for Ebb and Flow by Andrew Grey! I hope you’ll check out my review and this great read!

Happy Reading!

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Title: Ebb and Flow

Author: Andrew Grey

Series: Love’s Charter (Book 2)

Genre:  M/M Contemporary Romance

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Release Date: Aug 18 2017

Edition/Formats Available In: eBook & Print

Blurb/Synopsis:

To achieve happiness, they’ll have to find the courage to be their own men.

As first mate on a charter fishing boat, Billy Ray meets a lot of people, but not one of them has made him as uncomfortable as Skippy—because he’s drawn to Skippy as surely as the moon pulls the tides, and he’s almost as powerless to resist. Billy Ray has spent his life denying who he is to avoid the wrath of his religious father, and he can’t allow anyone to see through his carefully built façade.

Skippy is only in town on business and will have to return to Boston once he’s through. But he doesn’t count on Billy Ray capturing his attention and touching his heart. After all, his father has certain expectations, and one of them is not him staying in Florida.

Billy Ray doesn’t realize just how much he and Skippy have in common, though. They’re both living to please their fathers instead of following their own dreams—a fact that becomes painfully obvious when they get to know each other and realize how much joy they’ve denied themselves. While they can’t change the past, they can begin a future together and make up for lost time—as long as they’re willing to face the consequences of charting their own course.

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Review

4 Stars

Ebb and Flow is the second book in Andrew Grey’s Love’s Charter series and my first book in this series. I haven’t read the first one yet, and while I felt like there was a story there from some of the other characters I didn’t feel like I was really missing anything when it came to my feelings about Skippy and Billy Ray. (Although, I definitely want to read the first one!!) I really enjoyed this story and these characters and felt for what they both went through with their fathers.

Skippy and Billy Ray definitely don’t seem like a natural fit, Skippy is a successful lawyer and Billy Ray has lived in this small town his whole life and works on a fishing boat, but these two have a connection right away and soon find out they have more in common than they ever would have expected. I really liked these two together, they totally worked for me! Both of these men struggle with fathers who do not accept them and yet they spend their lives trying to be what those fathers want. When these two meet, it’s like something clicks for both of them and they realize there is more to life than their fathers opinions.

I liked Skippy but it was Billy Ray that really got to my heart. He is such a sweet guy but has experienced so little love and care in his life. I really loved seeing him grow and embrace his relationship with Skippy. He becomes so much stronger and is a great match for Skippy, showing him what is really important.  Overall, I really did enjoy this book and the characters and am really looking forward to more of this series!

 

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Andrew Grey

Andrew grew up in western Michigan with a father who loved to tell stories and a mother who loved to read them. Since then he has lived throughout the country and traveled throughout the world. He has a master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and works in information systems for a large corporation.

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

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Review 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.

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~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.

 

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Other standalones from Penelope Ward:

Mack Daddy:
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Neighbor Dearest:
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Stepbrother Dearest:
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RoomHate:
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Mister Moneybags: (co-written with Vi Keeland)
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Playboy Pilot: (co-written with Vi Keeland)
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Stuck-Up Suit: (co-written with Vi Keeland)
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Cocky Bastard: (co-written with Vi Keeland)
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Sins of Sevin:
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My Skylar
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Gemini:
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Release Blitz & Review: Mercy by Debra Anastasia

We are excited to share another great read today – Mercy by Debra Anastasia is now live! This book is raw and gritty and definitely a must-read! I hope you’ll check out the awesome teasers and my review.
Happy Reading!
~Jenn

 

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.
 jenn-review
4 – 4.5 Stars
Debra Anastasia delivers a gritty and raw and unlikely love story with Mercy. In true Debra style these are not the perfect cookie-cutter characters with a nice, sweet life. Nope, this story is filled with drama, angst, pain and murder, but she also works in her style of humor and sweet love.
Nix meets Becca on one of the worst days of his life when he is only a young boy. He’s just witnessed his mother’s murder, is absolutely terrified of his monster of a father and while in the grocery store an awesome little girl stands up to his father, telling him not to hurt Nix. This one event will change not only Nix’s life, but Becca’s as well.
Years later Nix has become a completely different person, he no longer resembles his father, is known as Mercy on the streets and is covered in ink but he still watches out for that superhero of a little girl. He watches from a distance but he’s made it a mission to protect Becca from any evil his father may have planned. Becca on the other hand doesn’t know what’s out there, she is trying to live her life, working and dodging the men her mother sets her up with.
I don’t want to give anything away, I think Becca and Fenix have to be experienced, but this was an intense and exciting read. And I just have to say I LOVE this cover!  Going into this book I thought I knew what to expect but these characters and their story was so much more complex that I expected. I loved Becca and Fenix so much!! Fenix is broken and damaged and he just breaks my heart. He’s been through so much in his life and despite how scary he looks he really does have a wonderful and tender heart. He doesn’t stop sacrificing to save others, especially Becca. Becca, still that awesome sassy superhero girl! I absolutely loved this girl and who she becomes – I mean holy moly Debra, you did something awesome. This book was a fantastic journey that had my emotions going all over the place, what a great ride! If you’re a fan of Debra’s Poughkeepsie series I think you’ll love this book!
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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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Release Blitz & Review: Crave Part One, by E.K. Blair

New Adult/Young Adult readers – we have an awesome new book for you! Crave Part One by E.K. Blair is now available and a must read! E.K. Blair delivers an emotionally charged young-love story that you don’t want to miss! I hope you’ll check out my review and this book!

Happy Reading!

~Jenn

Title: Crave: Part One

Series: Crave Duet #1

Author: E.K. Blair
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Release Date: August 14, 2017
Blurb
Kason and Adaline.
From the moment
they met, they started to fall. Neither of them predicted just how far the drop
would be, though.
Loving Adaline was
all Kason had ever wanted to do. But layer by layer, he started to unravel,
forcing Adaline to face an addiction she never could’ve imagined.
This is what
happens when one person loves beyond the craving and the other craves beyond
the loving.

 

jenn-review

4 – 4.5 Stars

Teenage love and angst at it finest! Oh man, E.K. Blair delivers one hell of a story filled with that first-love, emotionally charged read full of drama, love, addiction and high school. Adaline and Kayson were both very likable characters for me, even in the rough moments. This book really took me back to that YA/NA feeling when every emotion runs high.

I think the blurb of this book does a great job keeping the bulk of this story a mystery and I certainly don’t want to spoil that. That being said, I really felt like I experienced this story, I felt what Adaline and Kayson were going through and I was totally immersed in their story. While E.K. Blair definitely hits all the marks for that first love feeling, there are some very unique situations in this book for these characters. I definitely think it is an interesting twist, especially for characters so young.

One of things I enjoyed most about this story is that while yes, these characters are in high school, it did not feel like an immature read. It’s powerful and makes you think about dealing with emotions and issues at that age. I loved these characters, and not just Adaline and Kason but the friends as well. This book does end on a cliffhanger but it was totally worth it and part two is only a few months away… Definitely a great read from E.K. Blair and I’m anxiously awaiting what happens next!

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Crave: Part Two releases October 16
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Author Bio
E.K. Blair,
takes her readers on an emotional roller coaster with her dynamic and intense
writing style. Noted for her ability to create fleshed-out characters that will
evoke a realm of reactions, you can be assured that her stories will linger
with you far beyond the last word.
 
A former first grade
teacher with an imagination that runs wild. Daydreaming and zoning out is
how she was often found in high school. Blair tends to drift towards everything
dark and moody. Give her a character and she will take pleasure in breaking
them down, digging into their core to find what lies underneath.
 
Aside from writing,
E.K. Blair finds pleasure in music, drinking her Starbucks in peace, and
spending time with her friends. She’s a thinker, an artist, a wife, a mom, and
everything in between.
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