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Release Day Blitz, Review & GIVEAWAY: Wish You Were Mine by Tara Sivec

We are thrilled to be a part of the Release Day Blitz for Wish You Were Mine by Tara Sivec! This is a beautiful friends to lovers story that gave me all the feels! I hope you’ll check out my review and the great giveaway too!

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~Jenn

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WISH YOU WERE MINE by Tara Sivec

(November 14, 2017; Forever Yours eBook; $3.99)

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Five years.  I would have stayed away longer if I hadn’t received the letter.  Not a day has gone by that I haven’t thought about her, haven’t missed her smile, haven’t wished that things were different.

The last time I saw my two best friends, I vowed to not stand in the way of their happiness, even if that meant I couldn’t be a part of their lives.  Cameron James and her emerald-green eyes were too much of a temptation and I couldn’t stay and watch them together.  Cameron deserved better than me.  She deserved him.

But now that I am back, things are different.  I’m not going to stand by and watch the woman I’ve always loved slip away again.  I’m done living my life with regrets and I’m ready to tell her the truth.  And I’ll do whatever it takes to show her that I always wished she was mine.

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Jenn Review

4 Stars

Tara Sivec really delivers an emotional, touching friends to lovers story with Wish You Were Mine! Oh the feels from this book! Everett, Cameron and Aiden were best friends as kids, you know the kind where you make life-long pacts to always be there for each other, the kind where you have secret special traditions, just the very best kind. But as always, life mixes things up a bit and this book is the journey to see if those childhood wishes can come true.

The book starts with a major punch to the feels, man it got me right away, but it really does set the tone for Everett and his journey back to Cameron. Upon finishing school, Everett decides to follow one of his dreams and become a doctor with Doctors Without Borders. It means giving up on his other dream of Cameron loving him as much as he loves her, but he doesn’t think he’s good enough for her and believes it’s for the best. But five years later, he’s back but now Aiden is gone and Everett is falling apart and afraid to see Cameron in that condition.

Cameron works hard to keep her family’s camp running, it is something so special to her and she refuses to give up. She’s still dealing with the pain of losing Aiden and Everett’s disappearance from her life, but she’s trying. That is until one day Everett shows up at the camp and every emotion is there and just raw. It also happens to be the same time as a surprise visit from someone who may be able to save her business and events throw Everett and Cameron back together right then and there.

These two have been in love with each other their whole lives, but neither has been brave enough to admit it to the other person. There’s been hurt and misunderstandings but when these two finally figure it out – well it was just beautiful. Even though they are kind of forced into friendship again, it really gives them a chance to be together and finally open up. I really liked both Cam and Everett and was definitely rooting for them the whole time. The love these two have for each other, and have had since they were kids, can really be felt. This is a wonderful love story with it’s share of drama but also humor and life-long love! Another touching read from Tara Sivec that will definitely stay in my heart!

 

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About the Author

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Tara Sivec is a USA Today best-selling author, wife, mother, chauffeur, maid, short-order cook, baby-sitter, and sarcasm expert. She lives in Ohio with her husband and two children and looks forward to the day when they all three of them become adults and move out.

After working in the brokerage business for fourteen years, Tara decided to pick up a pen and write instead of shoving it in her eye out of boredom. Her novel Seduction and Snacks won first place in the Indie Romance Convention Reader’s Choice Awards 2013 for Best Indie First Book and she was voted as Best Author in the Indie Romance Convention Reader’s Choice Awards for 2014.

In her spare time, Tara loves to dream about all of the baking she’ll do and naps she’ll take when she ever gets spare time.

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Release Day Blitz, Review & GIVEAWAY: Wheels Up (Out of Uniform #4) by Annabeth Albert

“Sexy, sweet and heartfelt, Annabeth Albert’s Out of Uniform series is a fresh take on Navy SEALs that will delight and entertain romance readers.”

–Layla Reyne, author of the Agents Irish and Whisky series.   

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         Title: Wheels Up

Series: Out of Uniform  #4

Publisher: Carina Press

Release Date (Print & Ebook): November 6th, 2017

 Subgenre: M/M Contemporary Military Romance

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            Their love is forbidden, but their hearts aren’t listening to rules and regulations…

Lieutenant Dustin Strauss is a reformed man. No longer a twentysomething hell-raiser, he’s his SEAL team’s new XO—and a man with a secret. Or seven. He’s kept his bisexual identity under wraps for years, along with his kinky side and a fondness for the military-themed semi-anonymous hookup website Joe4Joe. His latest chat buddy is more than a sexy online distraction—they’re taking their very not-safe-for-work relationship into real time.

Petty Officer Wes Lowe has a smart mouth, a take-charge attitude and an uncanny ability for making things go boom. The life of an enlisted man isn’t always enough to satisfy him, but one wild, no-questions-asked weekend with his online love comes close. When a transfer order comes in, Wes feels ready and centered. He’ll make a good impression on his new SEAL team and keep his growing feelings for Dustin on the down low.

But as they log more time online and some very real emotions surface, Dustin and Wes struggle to pretend they’re just a harmless fling. And when his commander introduces Dustin to his team’s newest member, they’re in for the shock of a lifetime…and a crushing disappointment: their difference in ranks means even a friendship without sexual contact could end their navy careers for good.

With their hearts on the line, Dustin and Wes may not survive their next mission, let alone find a way toward a future together.

Jenn Review

4 Stars

Two smoking hot Navy Seals, a forbidden love affair and some kink thrown in all in Annabeth Albert style, YES PLEASE! Dustin and Wes are two men who are not supposed to meet and fall for each other, but thanks to an app, they’ve found each other. What started as an online friendship and then a hookup unexpectedly turns into so much more for these two.

I’m a big fan of Annabeth’s books, I love her characters and stories and this book is no different. There is fantastic chemistry and connection between these two and I totally fell for these two! These are two men who absolutely value their careers in the military, who had no intention of things going that far, but Wes and Dustin cannot stay away from each other. Their connection is just undeniable.

This is one of those stories where the characters are just meant to be, you can just feel it. Life says they aren’t supposed to be together, but nope that’s just not true. Between their passion for their careers and their kinky sides that align so perfectly, Wes and Dustin are absolutely supposed to make it. Another great read from Annabeth Albert that just makes you feel and fall in love!

Excerpt:

“You making me your blanket?” Wes’s smile was so tender that Dustin’s heart pinched—he wanted this for every damn night of his life. He wanted so much more than his sorry ass deserved.

“Don’t go. Not yet.” He wasn’t ready for this to be done, wasn’t ready for the inevitable goodbye and avalanche of guilt.

Wes didn’t answer, smile turning sad and aching, before he kissed Dustin again. And everything was in that kiss—all the feelings they dared not give name to, all the longing, all the wishes and regrets and needs, all piled together.

“I can stay awhile,” Wes whispered against his lips. It wasn’t enough, wasn’t ever going to be enough, but the boulder in Dustin’s throat wouldn’t let him speak, would only let him pull Wes even closer, kiss him that much more desperately.

 

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Annabeth Albert grew up sneaking romance novels under the bed covers. Now, she devours all subgenres of romance out in the open—no flashlights required! When she’s not adding to her keeper shelf, she’s a multi-published Pacific Northwest romance writer.  The #OutOfUniform series joins her critically acclaimed and fan-favorite LGBTQ  romance #Gaymers, #PortlandHeat and #PerfectHarmony series.

To find out what she’s working on next and other fun extras, check out her website: www.annabethalbert.com or connect with Annabeth on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Spotify! Also, be sure to sign up for her newsletter for free ficlets, bonus reads, and contests. The fan group, Annabeth’s Angels, on Facebook is also a great place for bonus content and exclusive contests.

Emotionally complex, sexy, and funny stories are her favorites both to read and to write. Annabeth loves finding happy endings for a variety of pairings and is a passionate gay rights supporter.  In between searching out dark heroes to redeem, she works a rewarding day job and wrangles two active children.

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Release Day Blitz, Review & GIVEAWAY: Reawaken by Christina Lee

Happy Saturday! Today we are excited to be a part of the Release Day Blitz for Reawaken by Christina Lee! This is a fantastic, touching story and I loved it from start to finish! I hope you’ll check out my review plus we’ve got a great excerpt and a giveaway too!

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~Jenn

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REAWAKEN

UNDER MY SKIN SERIES, BOOK 2

CHRISTINA LEE

M/M ROMANCE

RELEASE DATE: 11.02.17

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Losing his adoring husband shattered Tristan Rogers world. For the past few years, he’s been going through the motions, running their dog grooming business while hiding the loneliness he feels down to his bones. When he witnesses an ugly breakup between a pretentious customer and his boyfriend, Tristan can’t help but intervene. Something about the unassuming younger man calls to him, and he can’t help wondering if he’s experienced some heartache of his own.

Life took a tragic turn for Jonas “West” Hollis as a teen, and he’s felt indebted to his overbearing lover ever since. Tristan’s kindness draws him from the start, but with his dreams finally in reach, West can’t risk getting close to someone else. Not now that he can live his life and stand on his own merit.

From innocent texts to companionable rides on Tristan’s boat, what starts as an unexpected friendship between the men sparks into undeniable attraction. Neither are ready for anything deeper than a couple of passionate nights wrapped in each other’s arms but their connection becomes too intense for either to ignore. If Tristan and West want to heal their broken hearts, they’ll need a considerable amount of trust and courage—not only in themselves but also each other.

Jenn Review

4.5 Stars

Christina Lee delivers another emotional, right to the heart story about healing and love! I loved Regret so much and was so excited that she was continuing this series, and I was definitely curious about Tristan. In this book Tristan and West have both experienced great loss in life and are just kind of getting through, but when an unexpected situation throws them together, it may just be the new start both of them need.

I really enjoyed the slow-burn build between West and Tristan. These two have been through some very rough times and both seem to realize that what they really need, at least initially, was friendship. Slowly these two break down walls together and open up to each other. My heart hurt for them both at times, their struggles and pain so very real. But I truly admired these guys too! West is determined to be his own man and have his independence and Tristan is so patient and kind and helpful too.

This is one of those books I truly enjoyed from start to finish! The characters are so well developed and their story is compelling. There isn’t over the top angst in this book, more of a journey of healing for these two men. They certainly have things to overcome and not everything along the way is perfect, but it feels real and raw. I also loved seeing characters from the first book again too, always makes my heart happy! Reawaken is definitely a must read from me, I adored these two together and the happiness they found with each other. For Tristan and West, it was an unexpected journey, but it was beautiful and touching! Another wonderful read from Christina Lee!

 

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EXCERPT

“Take yourself out so I can see you,” West suggested with a devilish gleam, and I did a double-take, marveling at the contradiction. Gone was the moody, unsure kid, only to be replaced by the liberated, playful man filled with hope and mischievousness.

“What—right now?” I looked along the shoreline, and outside of a couple of faraway boats, we were virtually alone. Still, I shook my head. “I can’t—”

“Sure you can,” he replied with a smirk. “You look so impressive manning this boat. Distinguished, even. It would be hot to see you holding your cock while your other hand grips the wheel.”

“Goddamn, West,” I ground out as our eyes met briefly. “Haven’t you come into your own… What happened to my quiet and shy companion?”

He laughed and then shrugged. “Guess he finally went after what he needed. And who he wanted.”

When he curved his eyebrow in challenge, I shivered. My gaze panning the shoreline, I already knew I planned on doing precisely what he asked. Fuck, he knew exactly how to light me up and appeal to my whims—all of which seemed to include him in one fashion or another.

I jerked the throttle and reduced to a slower speed before my hand drifted to my shorts. I tugged them just far enough down that the head of my cock was exposed above the waistband as I gripped my shaft.

“Nice,” he murmured in appreciation as he gazed fixedly at my dick. He stood, sidled next to me, and dragged his fingers along my shoulder blades, making the hairs on my neck stand up. Thankfully there was a glass partition that extended along the sides of the steering wheel, so unless you had a direct view, you wouldn’t realize that I held my cock in my fist.

West’s fingers slid beneath the waistband and into my crease.

“So hot,” he whispered in my ear.

“Fuck,” I groaned, arching my back.

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Mother, wife, reader, dreamer. Christina lives in the Midwest with her husband and son–her two favorite guys. She’s addicted to lip balm, coffee, and kissing. Because everything is better with kissing.

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Release Day Blitz, Excerpt, Review & GIVEAWAY: Shattered Pieces by K.M. Neuhold

Today we are happy to be a part of the Release Day Blitz for Shattered Pieces by K.M. Neuhold! We have a great excerpt to share, my review as well as a great giveaway!

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~Jenn

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SHATTERED PIECES

HEATHENS INK SERIES, BOOK 4

K.M. NEUHOLD

M/M ROMANCE

RELEASE DATE: 10.31.17

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“I was sure my heart had withered away years ago, but then you smiled at me and I felt it beat again.” ~Gage

Years ago, I fell in love with my best friend’s little brother. Then, he took his own life, leaving me shattered and unable to piece my heart back together. I’ve been a zombie for nine long years. Until a crazy, gorgeous man walked into Heathens Ink and injected color back into my world of gray. No matter how hard I try to resist Beck he just won’t give up on me. I would need steel willpower to withstand his gorgeous long legs in his high heels, and his drawer full of lacy lingerie. But is this just a kinky hook up or does it have the possibility for more?

“We’re both broken, but our jagged edges fit together well” ~ Beck

When you’re half of a whole you never contemplate what life would be like without your matching piece. Since my twin sister, Brianna, died last year, nothing I do seems to quiet my soul. I know there has to be some way for me to feel happy and whole again. And, when I look into the pained eyes of the tattoo artist at Heathens Ink I feel like I have a purpose. I can’t explain it, but I feel like I have to find a way to put him back together.

Shattered Pieces is book 4 in The Heathens Ink Series and can be read as a standalone.

Jenn Review

4 Stars

I have to admit, I am new to this series but after reading this book I definitely want to check out the rest of the books as well! Gage and Beck are two men who have experienced loss and know grief. When they meet, Gage is a shell of the person he used to be, just going through the motions and Beck well he’s struggling with who he is and who he wants to be. This is definitely an emotional story that’s not always easy on the heart but it was a touching and healing journey for both of these men.

Gage lost his first love at a very young age, an age when everything seems possible but it’s not what happened for Gage and Johnny Ten years later, Gage is still struggling with Johnny’s death and refuses to let anyone in. Beck lost his twin sister, the one who stood up for him and encouraged him to be true to himself. He misses her every day and when decides to get a tattoo in her honor his tattoo artist is grumpy Gage. The two men connect right away, both broken but it is going to take some time for either of these men to open their hearts again.

I really enjoyed the flow of this story, it was emotional and had it’s dramatic moments without being overly angsty. These two become friends, and then friends with benefits but it does take some time for them to figure it all in terms of an actual relationship. It felt like a pretty natural transition, coming to terms with their feelings. Of course there are set backs for these two, Gage has to come to terms with his feelings for Johnny as well as Beck and whether there is a future for them. Beck also knows he can’t play second best to a ghost.

The best part of this story for me was how these two finally figured it out and worked through things together. Beck brings light and happiness back into Gage’s life and together these two learn how to love again. This was definitely a story that went straight to the feels, heartbreaking at times, but in the end my heart was very happy! I’m really looking forward to catching up on the rest of the series.

 

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“Dance with me.” Beck holds his hand out to me. His eyes spark with amusement at what I’m sure is the obvious horror in my expression.

“I don’t dance.”

“Come on, you’re supposed to be trying fun, new things. I’m not expecting Fred Astaire, just stand in my general vicinity and nod your head to the beat.”

I sigh in resignation and take Beck’s hand, refusing to notice how soft his skin is or how good it feels to touch someone, however casually.

Still clutching my hand, Beck starts to dance. He starts out tame, simply swaying to the music. But, before long he’s spinning and shimmying like a ballerina on crack. Even being goofy and over the top he’s utterly graceful. And the joy in his expression is heartbreaking in its beauty.

When he spins out and then into my arms like a tango dancer, a laugh escapes from my chest, too full of a warmth to contain it.

“You have a really nice laugh,” Beck says, smiling up at me.

My heart thuds violently against my ribcage. Some long-forgotten place in my brain wakes up from its long slumber and starts to make irrational demands like kiss him and make Beck mine.

I pull my arms back, forcing a smile as blood rushes in my ears. Beck isn’t mine. He can never be mine. I had someone who was mine and I broke him beyond repair.

“I’m afraid I’m a bit rusty,” I admit with chagrin.

“Never too late to pick it back up again,” Beck reasons, stepping close again but not so close to warrant another retreat on my part.

His lips are rosy pink and so soft, slightly parted and unbelievably tempting. I can’t remember if we were discussing laughing or kissing and I don’t really care.

“For the first time in a long time I’m starting to wonder if that’s true.” The hope my statement sparks in Beck’s eyes forces me to backpedal as guilt washes over me. “It feels wrong to imagine happiness is possible, even in some vague, future way.”

“I’m not going to give you any trite bullshit like saying Johnny would’ve wanted you to be happy. I didn’t know Johnny and even if I had there’s no way to know what he would’ve wanted because he’s gone. But you’re still here. You still have a life, a heart, and the right to be happy whether now or in a vague future.” The way Beck holds my gaze is like a cobra ensnaring a mouse. “You don’t need Johnny’s permission to move on and be happy. You only need to give yourself permission.”

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Blog Tour, Excerpt & GIVEAWAY: (Un)Masked by Anyta Sunday & Andy Gallo

“What made the book for me? One word: Gristle.

Gristle, the straight boy, Jay’s best friend, his “bro,” is one of the best characters I’ve had the joy to read this year. His devotion to Jay is breathtaking, his snark so very snappy […]. Read this book if nothing for the character of Gristle. […] Spectacular.”

–T.J. Klune, Author of For Real, Bear, Otter, and the Kid, and Lightning-Struck Heart

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Title: (Un)Masked

 

Publisher: Anyta Sunday & Andy Gallo (Self-Published)

 

Release Date (Print & Ebook): October 30, 2017

 

Subgenre: MM gay paranormal romance, magical realism, new adult

 

Book blurb:

 

Walker has two wishes: to perform the play of his dreams alongside his best friend at Wellington’s Tory Street Theatre, and to meet that special someone. Someone he’d go to the ends of the earth for. Someone who might only exist in fairy tales.

When Jay meets accordion busker Lethe Cross, it’s like living a dream come true. Lethe’s music captivates Jay, and he resolves to meet the man who plays so beautifully. But then he discovers Lethe’s life is more like a nightmare. The phrase “down on his luck” can’t begin to cover it. Determined to help, Jay does some snooping for answers—and winds up on the wrong end of a centuries-old curse. The good news is there’s a way to break it. The bad news is it might cost Jay his life.

This book was previously published by Dreamspinner Press. This updated 2nd edition has some rewritten parts and has been line edited again.

 

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 Jenn Review

3.5 – 4 Stars

I thought this was a very touching story, one that was different but very emotional! The book focuses on Jay and Lethe and their journey together, but Gristle is really just as important as the other characters. Life is not easy for any of these characters, they struggle for sure, but they find beauty and love in life, even if it hurts.

Jay and Gristle are the best of friends, are roommates and really are everything to each other. Their goal is to get their play to a good theater, and perform for all to see. They are working hard to make it happen too. They may not have much in the way of money or possessions but they treasure each other and what they have. Then Jay meets Lethe, he plays beautiful music that Jay is drawn to, just like the man himself. There’s something different about him though and when Jay learns the truth it’s shocking for sure. Lethe is cursed, one that’s been handed down for generations, and when people look at him, they see a mask, the face of someone they desperately want to see again. But not Jay, he sees Lethe and the two quickly form a beautiful relationship. Life’s not that easy though and tragedy strikes leaving Jay broken and seeing someone other than Lethe when he looks at him. They truly do love each other though, and now the question is how they make it work?

I did enjoy this story, although for the majority of this read everything felt bitter-sweet. My heart really hurt for all of these characters and what they all had to go through. There really is so much love in this story, but again it felt so bitter-sweet most of the time. These characters love each other so much that they are willing to make sacrifices for each other, just hoping to give happiness to that person. This really was a touching story from start to finish and I especially enjoyed the way it all came together in the end, my heart was finally happy!

Excerpt 

Lethe turned, and I reached to the beginning of the strap. I was tired. It’d been so long now. I missed seeing him. “Really look at me, Lethe.”

“We’ve talked about this.”

“But—”

“It’ll hurt you.” He stopped, swinging away from me, shoulders curving. “I’ll be hurting you. And—”

I rested my forehead on the back of his neck. “When you take it off, I’ll be seeing you. Please, look at me.”

His back shuddered, and his voice came out strained. “I can’t take that risk.”

I tightened my grip on his shoulder and moved my head away. “Don’t you trust me?”

“Yes, I trust you.”

“What is this, then?” My insides hitched with my voice, showing the cracks of the broken me that I struggled to keep together. “I’m sick of looking at that stupid mask, Lethe. It’s been too long.”

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Heart-stopping slow burn.

Anyta Sunday is a big, BIG fan of slow-burn romances. She loves to read and write stories with characters who slowly fall in love.

Some of her favorite tropes to read and write are: Enemies to Lovers, Friends to Lovers, Clueless Guys, Bisexual, Pansexual, Demisexual, Oblivious MCs, Everyone (Else) Can See It, Slow Burn, Love Has No Boundaries.

Anyta writes a variety of stories, Contemporary MM Romances with a good dollop of angst, Contemporary lighthearted MM Romances, and even a splash of fantasy. Her books have been translated into German, Italian and French.

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Andy Gallo’s stories capture how he wished he’d spent his formative years, instead of how it really happened. Unfortunately for his characters, they find themselves infused with some of Andy’s less noble qualities.

A hopeless romantic, Andy writes seated next to a hundred year old Smith Brothers typewriter he inherited from his grandfather. He also dreams of superheroes and wizards and sees no reason why two men with superpowers can’t fall in love just like everyone else. Although not all of his stories have a paranormal bent, a touch of the supernatural never derailed a good read in his mind.

Married and living his happy ever after, Andy helps others find their happy endings in the pages of his stories. He and his husband of more than twenty years spend their days rubbing elbows with other parents as they raise their daughter. Embracing his status as the gay dad, Andy sometimes has to remind others that one does want a hint of color even when chasing after their child.

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Blog Tour: Author, May I? by Aden Lowe

 Today we are excited to be a part of the Blog Tour for Author, May I by Aden Lowe! This is a fun, entertaining read and if you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to meet your favorite book boyfriend, you don’t want to miss this story! We’ve got a great excerpt today and I hope you’ll check out my review.
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~Jenn
Title: Author, May I?
Author: Aden Lowe
Genre: Romance
Cover Design: Ashley Wheels
Release Date: August 29, 2017 

 


 

I’m an author. You know, the kind no one ever sees. I never leave my home in the woods. You’ll never know who I really am.
When a dickhead cover model steps over the line with my assistant, I have no choice. I always protect what’s mine, no matter what lines it crosses.
So, I cross the biggest line of them all.
I bring Johnny Quick to life.
He’s the ultimate bad boy.
He’ll stick a knife in your ribs, fuck your wife, and blow your wad at the track, all in the same day.
Every woman wants him. Nothing can touch him. Not even the law. He’s unstoppable.
And he’s fiction.
Johnny’s the star of my bestselling Romance series. Now I need him to do a real job. That’s where it all goes to hell.
Fiction collides with reality…
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**This is a stand alone story, built around depictions of true accounts of happenings within the Indie Author community. It contains violence, crude language, sexual situations, a few cliches, and some stereotypes thrown in for good measure.***

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 4 Stars
Ever wonder what would happen if an author brought your favorite dirty-talking, alpha male villianish character to life to protect those he cares about, well Aden Lowe has done it with this book! Johnny Quick is The Author’s most famous, foul mouthed character and he is one heck of character, coming on the pages and into the real world. Aden takes you inside Johnny’s mind as he’s sent to help The Author’s PA deal with some jerks at a signing.
I really thought this was a fun read, really going to a different side of the story, changing up the usual romance MO. It was interesting and new and I really enjoyed the ride! Johnny is the rough guy who gets the good guys their HEAs in his books, but never getting his own. That is until he meets an author at the signing, and it changes him, beyond the character he was created to be. It was fun to see those changes progress and how that impacted The Author and his plans.
Aden Lowe really delivers a new, unique view of the book world, the characters and those big author events. It was dramatic, exciting, funny and at times sweet in a Johnny Quick kind of way. I definitely enjoyed this book and I know these are characters that will stay with me!

Soft fingers trailed over my arm and down to my hand, where her fingers laced into mine, and held my full attention. “Let’s go, baby.”

Shocked, I didn’t resist in the slightest, and followed her right on out of the bar, all thoughts of the waitress gone. Who the fuck knew why a gorgeous chick like her would grab a perfect stranger and lead him out of the bar like that, but hell, I wasn’t fighting it. “You know, sugar, all you had to do was ask.”

She led me into the elevator and waited for the door to close.

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Release Blitz & Review: Crave: Part Two by E.K. Blair

Happy Monday! Today we are excited to be a part of the release blitz for Crave: Part Two by E.K. Blair! This is the conclusion of the Crave series and I hope you enjoy my review!

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~Jenn

Title: Crave: Part Two

Series: Crave Duet #2

Author: E.K. Blair
Genre: New Adult Romance/Coming of Age
Release Date: October 16, 2017
Blurb
Weeks became
months, and months became years. Each day nudged Kason deeper into his
addiction. Each memory of the girl destroyed fed the craving for what he could
never have again. 

Leaving a life-altering first love behind, Adaline tried moving forward to find
love and trust and happiness. Pain eventually faded, wounds slowly healed, yet
scars were forever left behind.But some scars feel like kisses.

When the shattered pieces of their hearts are forced to meet again, the two of
them must decide how much pain their love is worth enduring.

This is what happens when one person loves beyond the craving and the other
craves beyond the loving.

 

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Jenn Review
3.5 – 4 Stars
Crave: Part Two picks up right where the first book ends, jumping right back into the story of Adeline and Kason! This book is not a standalone so make sure you read the first book before picking up this one. Ady and Kason don’t have an easy journey and E.K. Blair definitely takes readers on an emotional and sometimes painful journey.
Now starting college, Ady is getting settled into her dorm and the idea of college life when one night at a party, everything changes for her. She becomes a victim but truly struggles with how to deal with everything. Her solution is start pushing people away, convinced that she is protecting those she loves. In an ultimate decision, she decides leaving Tampa would be best for her, leaving a broken Kason behind. With the help of her best friend Micah she’s going to try to start over in Miami. But the pain and fear of that night don’t leave her, eventually she will have to talk about what happened to her. She leaves her first love behind, hoping the pain will lessen as the days pass and maybe it does, years go by and life changes, then one day a phone call reunites her with Kason when he needs her the most, and now both Ady and Kason have to explore what kind of love they really shared.
This book is very well written and the story is raw and powerful! Ady goes through something traumatic and as a young woman doesn’t know how to handle to emotions, pain and guilt she feels. I truly felt for her and what she experienced. That being said, I didn’t like her much for most of this book and I definitely struggled with that. Her decisions and behavior often frustrated me and while I understood it, I didn’t like it. My heart broke for all of these characters, Ady, Micah and especially Kason. With all that being said, I loved the way E.K. Blair brings this story to a close, the ending is just as raw as the rest of the story, not perfect but beautiful. Kason and Ady truly find that real, forever love, it may not always be easy but it’s definitely worth it!
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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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Review Blitz: Dirty Little Promise by Kendall Ryan

Today we are excited to be a part of the Review Blitz for Dirty Little Promise by Kendall Ryan! This is a fantastic series you definitely don’t want to miss! I hope you’ll check out my review and these great books!

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~Jenn

 

Conflicted in the depth of her feelings for bad boy Gavin Kingsley, lonely librarian Emma Bell knows he’s all wrong for her—yet the heart wants what it wants.

But if she gives into his dark, erotic desires will she lose herself completely?

Passion, drama and suspense combine in the highly-anticipated conclusion to Emma Bell’s love affair with the alpha and enigmatic Kingsley brothers. Secrets will be exposed, sides will be chosen, and nothing will ever be the same.

This is book two in the series, following Dirty Little Secret.

 

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Jenn Review

4 Stars

I was really looking forward to the other half of Emma and Gavin’s story and Kendall Ryan does not disappoint! Their story is full of passion and love and a little mystery thrown in there too! This is not a standalone so if you haven’t read Dirty Little Secret, and you totally should, read it first!

This story picks up where Dirty Little Secret leaves off, Emma is questioning what she really means to Gavin and Gavin knowing it’s time to reveal some secrets. There is also Emma’s relationship with Cooper that has to be addressed as well, Emma is going to have to pick a brother.

This is one of those moments where I don’t want to give anything away and spoil the story! I will say that I loved the direction this story went. We really get to see Gavin’s walls come down and he opens his heart. He’s definitely been through his share of heartache but to see him open up, it just made my heart happy. There are still challenges for all of these characters though, some even life threatening, but oh what a journey! This story is addicting and passionate, I mean scorching, and I couldn’t put it down! I’m definitely excited to see what happens next for this group, I’m hooked!

 

 

 

 

The start to a sexy new series from New York Times bestselling author, Kendall Ryan…

 

She’s much too innocent for me, but that doesn’t stop me from wanting the sweet, young librarian. I’m dominating and possessive, and my control streak runs a mile wide.

The way she looks at me—like I’m one of the heroes in the books she loves, like I’m broken, and she wants to be the one to piece me back together—it only complicates things further. I’m nobody’s hero.

But there’s no denying my tragic past reads like one of her favorite literary classics. It’s raw. Visceral. Captivating. And together, we’re a perfect mess.

How am I expected to resist when the sexual sparks zap between us and set me on fire? The need to control, and claim her force my walls to come tumbling down, but when she learns my dirty little secret, will my world come crashing down with it?

 

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Blog Tour & Excerpt: All or Nothing by Felice Stevens

Happy Friday! Today we are excited to be a part of the blog tour for All or Nothing by Felice Stevens! I’m a huge fan of her books and this is another great addition, you definitely don’t want to miss Adam and Rico’s story! I hope you’ll check out my review and the great excerpt we have to share!

Happy Reading!

~Jenn

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All or Nothing an all-new, steamy MM romance by Felice Stevens is available NOW!

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All or Nothing
by Felice Stevens
Publication Date: October 3rd, 2017
Genre: Contemporary MM Romance

A past he couldn’t forget

Adam Barton is living his dream of working as a firefighter in his small Texas town, but a tragedy from his youth continues to haunt him. He decides New York City is the perfect place to start a new life and joins the FDNY, living and loving his own way—no strings and nothing personal. Until he catches sight of Rico Estevez, the sexy chef with the mysterious smile who rocks his world. After one explosive night together, Adam craves another….And then another. The more he and Rico are together, the more Adam wants him.

A future he never imagined

Rico Estevez is living a lie. For years he’s hidden his sexuality, afraid to hurt the career of his politically ambitious father. He’s the perfect American―the best schools, top of his class and most importantly, to his father, a successful businessman. Who needs a boyfriend when sex is so easy to find? Starting a torrid love affair with Adam Barton isn’t a problem; neither one is looking toward forever. But Rico’s father is about to get the chance of a lifetime and Rico feels forced to play by his rules.

Rules are made to be broken

Adam proves more unforgettable than Rico ever imagines, but he gives in to family pressures above personal desire. When a fire reunites them, both men discover their passion for each other hasn’t died; rather it’s stronger than ever. Want turns to need and something more dangerous to their hearts—love. Adam and Rico know if they want to have it all, they can let no one and nothing stand in their way of a life together.

Jenn Review

4.5 Stars

Felice Stevens always delivers an emotional, powerful story and she’s done it again with All or Nothing! I totally fell in love with Adam and Rico and their journey to find happiness. This is a story about accepting and loving who you are and finally opening yourself to real love.

Rico and Adam both go through life avoiding relationships, thinking random hook-ups will do for them. They don’t think that love and commitment is going to be a part of their lives, that is until they act on the intense connection between them. Neither man can seem to stop thinking about the other, despite their initial intentions but both of these men have secrets, ones that may tear them apart.

Rico works hard at his catering store with his business partner Gideon, fulfilling his dream. Despite being his best friend, Rico still keeps Gideon at arms length, never really letting him in. With his father heavily involved in politics, Rico knows he can’t openly come out and live like Gideon and his fiance Jonah. Adam is a firefighter, a proud and brave one, but he lives with the pain of his past, losing his first love.

This story went straight to my heart right from the start. Both of these guys carry around pain but find that when they are together, that pain seems to lessen. They have something so very special together, and even when they are fighting it, it cannot be denied. These two really have to learn to open up and embrace the future, not be stuck in the past and Felice Stevens does a wonderful job creating that journey for these two. I loved how their story came together and seeing both Adam and Rico grow and fall in love with each other. Their story is packed with emotion and love and is another perfect example of why I love Ms. Steven’s books.

Excerpt:

“I don’t know why it’s been so hard to forget this. I should become numb to it like the other guys.”

“That’s not who you are. You care about people. It’s why you do your job so well.”

Surprised at Rico’s insight, Adam gave him a shy smile. “I didn’t think you noticed.”

“I noticed.”

The song ended, yet they remained on the dance floor, with Rico half-hidden in the shadows, silent yet with a presence so overpowering, Adam couldn’t help but be drawn to him. Rico reached up, grasped the nape of his neck, and pressed their mouths together, and as always, it took only the touch of those firm lips to crumble his defenses. They remained on the dance floor, kissing until the sound of whistles and clapping brought Adam back to reality.

Shrugging it off, Rico took his hand, and they returned to the bar, where their burgers awaited them. That revelation by Rico had shaken Adam, and he chewed and swallowed his food, sneaking sideways glances at Rico, frustrated at his inability to gain any sense of Rico’s thoughts behind that neutral mask.

“So how long have you two been dating?” Dale wiped up the counter, getting rid of their empty plates.

Holding his breath, Adam waited for Rico to answer.

“It’s not like that. We’re friends.”

“Yeah.” Adam gave Dale a weak grin, but by the bartender’s dubious expression and quirked dark brow, Rico’s explanation didn’t go far toward convincing Dale.

“Whatever you say, Rico.” He set a fresh foamy glass of beer in front of each of them. “Here’s to your kind of friendship. I’d like to find it for myself.”

“I need to settle the check. Here’s my card.” Rico scowled and flicked the card over to Dale, then took a long drink, finishing half his beer in one gulp. Not once had he looked at Adam since they’d sat down from dancing.

Unsure what to do or say, Adam sat quietly and finished off his drink while Rico signed the receipt. When Rico got up to leave, Adam followed his lead and shook Dale’s hand.

“Thanks for everything.”

“No, thank you. And take care of him. He’s kind of a mess.”

“You coming?” Rico’s face was a storm of emotions.

Without responding to Dale, Adam hurried outside to join Rico, who’d already left. “Rico, wait up.”

Rico halted and turned, his face no less dark than earlier, but Adam recalled his words on the dance floor.

“Uh, thanks for dinner. Do you want—”

“Come back with me?” Rico crowded close, his breath smelling sharp from the beer, and Adam wanted to taste his tongue. “Spend the night?”

While in Leary’s, Adam hadn’t been certain he’d be invited back to Rico’s, but he wasn’t about to question his luck right now.

“Yeah, if you want.”

Rico ran his nose down Adam’s cheek, and goosebumps prickled up his arms despite the warmth of the evening.

“I want,” Rico whispered. “I want you.”

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I have always been a romantic at heart. I believe that while life is tough, there is always a happy ending around the corner, My characters have to work for it, however. Like life in NYC, nothing comes easy and that includes love, but getting there is oh so fun and oh so sexy.

I live in New York City with my husband and two children. My day begins with a lot of caffeine and ends with a glass (or two of red wine). I practice law but daydream of a time when I can sit by a beach somewhere and write beautiful stories of men falling in love. Although there are bound to be a few bumps along the way, a Happily Ever After is always guaranteed.

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New Release & Review: The Ghostwriter by Alessandra Torre

We are thrilled to share the release of The Ghostwriter by Alessandra Torre! This was an amazing, gripping read and I hope you’ll check out my review and this must read book!

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~Jenn

The Ghostwriter
By Alessandra Torre

Genre: Psychological Suspense / General Fiction

Standalone, 316 pages

 

SYNOPSIS:

I have three months to write the last book of my life. Three months to confess the details of that day, and how it changed everything for me.

My name is Helena Ross. I’ve written fifteen romance novels, ten of which have become international bestsellers. But this one isn’t a romance. This novel holds only the truth, which I have run away from for four years. The truth, which I have hidden from the police, from my loved ones, from the world.

This final book?

It’s my confession.

Jenn Review

4.5 Stars

Wow just wow! Right from the start the angst of this book just grabs you and really never lets go! The Ghostwriter is one of those books that is difficult to write a review for because while it was an amazing, gripping read I don’t want to give even one bit of this story away. I feel like this is one of those books that a reader has to experience, every emotion, every surprise and dramatic moment. I think Alessandra Torre has created an amazing reading experience, and no it’s not a warm fuzzy HEA book, not by any means but it will make you feel and think and cry! I couldn’t put this book down once I started, reading late into the night because I had to know what really happened, and once it all came together, it blew me away!

I definitely recommend this book, just make sure you are prepared for it! The writing is fantastic, the story is different and powerful and definitely a 2017 must read!

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Alessandra Torre is an award-winning New York Times bestselling author of fourteen novels. Her books focus on romance and suspense. Torre has been featured in such publications as Elle and Elle UK, as well as guest blogged for the Huffington Post and RT Book Reviews. She is also the Bedroom Blogger for Cosmopolitan.com.

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