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Release Blast & Review: PASSERBY by Britney King

 Release Date: July 22

“Roils with passion, rancor, and greed wrapped in Southern politesse… King’s intricately woven mystery is sure to please fans of the thriller and suspense genre far and wide.”

 

Jester Falls has always been an idyllic town. Perfect for a getaway. And what better place to stay than Magnolia House, the tourist trap’s most popular bed and breakfast, run by the eccentric Channing family.

 Ruth Channing loves her family—at least what’s left of it. She’d do anything to protect them.

 

But it isn’t until her brother picks up a mysterious woman on the side of Route 78 that Ruth realizes how many definitions the word anything can have.

 

Everything about Ashley Parker rings false: her past, her profession, even her name. Most worryingly of all, her reluctance to leave. 

 

When guests start disappearing, it’s clear there’s more at stake than just the family business… a lot more.

 

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Jenn Review

4.5 Stars

Wow, Britney King really knows how to take readers on a thrilling journey! Passerby is a rollercoaster ride that kept me guessing and on edge and I loved it. I was hooked right from the start and the mystery just kept getting better. I really don’t want to spoil this book so I’m limiting what I will say about the actual story, but it’s got great twists and surprises! The characters are intriguing and the fast pace kept me wanting more. A great psychological thriller for sure!

Meet Britney King

Hello. I’m Britney. 

 I live in Austin, Texas with my husband, children, a dog named Gatsby, one ridiculous cat, and a partridge in a pear tree.

 

 When I’m not wrangling the things mentioned above, I write psychological, domestic, and romantic thrillers set in suburbia.

 

Currently, I’m writing three series and several standalone novels.

 

The Bedrock Series features an unlikely heroine who should have known better. Turns out, she didn’t. Thus she finds herself tangled in a messy, dangerous, forbidden love story and face-to-face with a madman hell-bent on revenge. The series has been compared to Fatal Attraction, Single White Female, and Basic Instinct.

 

The Water Series follows the shady love story of an unconventional married couple—he’s an assassin—she kills for fun. It has been compared to a crazier book version of Mr. and Mrs. Smith. Also, Dexter.

 

Around The Bend is a heart-pounding standalone, which traces the journey of a well-to-do suburban housewife, and her life as it unravels, thanks to the secrets she keeps. If she were the only one with things she wanted to keep hidden, then maybe it wouldn’t have turned out so bad. But she wasn’t.

 

The With You Series at its core is a deep love story about unlikely friends who travel the world; trying to find themselves, together and apart. Packed with drama and adventure along with a heavy dose of suspense, it has been compared to The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and Love, Rosie.

 

The Social Affair is an intense standalone about a timeless couple who find themselves with a secret admirer they hadn’t bargained for. For fans of the anti-heroine and stories told in unorthodox ways, the novel explores what can happen when privacy is traded for convenience. It is reminiscent of films such as One Hour Photo and Play Misty For Me. Classics. 🙂

 

Without a doubt, connecting with readers is the best part of this gig. If you’d like to connect, shoot me an email. You can also find me on FacebookInstagram, and occasionally on Twitter.

 

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Release Blitz, Review & Giveaway: Matched By My Rival by DJ Jamison

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Book Title: Matched By My Rival

Author: DJ Jamison

Publisher: DJ Jamison

Cover Artist: Cate Ashwood

Release Date: July 8, 2021

Genre: Contemporary M/M Romance

Tropes: Enemies to lovers, college jocks, online love match, secret/forbidden love

Themes: Building a new dream, following your heart, forgiveness

Heat Rating: 4 flames

Length: 75 000 words

It is part of a series (Thrust Into Love) but can be read as a stand alone.

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Simon Prentiss: Ex-football star, bitter rival, and…falling for the enemy?

  Blurb

I hate my teammate, Parker Reed.

I hate that he makes me work so hard for my position on the field.

Hate how he always smiles. How easily he shows me up when I’m injured.

Most of all, I hate that he made me lose my temper.

Next thing I know, football is gone. My scholarship is gone. I’m nearly gone, too.

With help, I manage to stay in school for my final semester. At least without football, I can explore a new side to myself. See where my attraction to guys takes me without fear of it affecting my future.

I didn’t see it coming. The cosmic joke. The sweet, patient guy on the hookup app? The one who makes me burn with the desire to have him?

Yeah, it’s Parker.

Our chemistry is off the charts, no matter how much I resent him. Holding a grudge against him is impossible. But when he wants to walk away from everything I lost, can I accept it?

If I don’t, I’ll lose him too–and that can’t happen. Because I don’t hate Parker Reed. I think I love him.

Matched By My Rival is an enemies-to-lovers, jock rivals romance. It’s Book 2 of the Thrust Into Love series but can be read as a standalone.

Jenn Review

4 Stars

This was a fun, feel good story that features college/sports/enemies to lovers friends and it’s a great combination and Simon and Parker are so fantastic together. There’s a great push and pull between these two that really builds into something special despite the initial rivalry. And, given how these two find their romantic connection, well it’s just meet-cute fun.

Both Simon and Parker are talented football players with a good amount of rivalry between them, and then one hotheaded moment changes everything for both men. Simon loses his chance at the football career he always dreamed of, despite the many injuries he’s suffered, and Parker, well he’s now in a position to live out those dreams, even though they may really not be his dreams. After that mess these two connect on a dating app, not knowing who they are actually connecting with, but once they finally meet, you can just feel the real connection they share.

I really enjoy how this story progressed and how their relationship developed. Neither Parker or Simon are out and it’s not supposed to get serious but neither man can deny the reals feels they have. One of things I really enjoyed about their story is how they overcame the challenges, especially when it comes to the big decisions that need to be made. There is a lot of talk of dreams and opportunities and both men have to consider what they want and what it means to them. It was very heartfelt and made me really fall for these guys. Overall, a fun, sweet read that I enjoyed from start to finish!

Excerpt

The following excerpt is from Simon’s POV, when he realizes that his app hookup is actually
his rival, Parker Reed.
This couldn’t be happening. Parker Reed? Parker Reed was my Thrust match? No, I refused
to believe it.
“There must be some mistake,” I growled.
He didn’t back down. Parker wasn’t the type. But for once, his obnoxious grin was absent.
“No mistake. A surprise, for sure.”
I turned to Rhett, who was watching us with the fascination of a driver gawking at an
accident scene. “I’ll close up if you let me take care of this.”
“Yeah, sure. Bar’s done serving. Knock yourself out, just…clean up the blood before you
leave.” He cut his eyes toward Parker. “Whoever you are, I wish you the best.”
He exited the bar through a little section of counter that raised up, creating a gap. I held it
open for Parker, jerking my chin toward the back room. “Let’s go.”

Parker chuckled nervously as he passed through the bar entrance, brushing against my
chest. I could feel his body warmth, smell his aftershave, an earthy natural scent that suited
him.
Heart pounding, I led him into the back room. Surrounded by boxes of liquor and kegs of
beer, I whirled on him. “Did you know?”
“Wh-what?”
Parker appeared off-balance. Usually he was a smooth fucker.
“Were you playing me?” I demanded, crowding him against a stack of boxes. We were close
to the same size, but I didn’t let it stop me from putting every ounce of threat I could into
my voice.
“No!” The word burst from him, sounding incredulous. “How would I know it was you? We
never shared personal stuff.”
“So it’s a coincidence?” I said skeptically.
“Yes. It’s a really awkward coincidence that the guy I—” His voice cracked, and he looked
away. “I didn’t know.”
“Look me in the eye when you say it.”
Parker reluctantly looked at me, frustration blazing. “You’re such an asshole sometimes,
Prentiss.”
A shocked laugh burst out. “Really?”
“Yeah, I know I screwed up, okay? I never should have gone to that party with Kristin. And
obviously we wouldn’t be here if you knew it was me on that app. But you don’t have to
interrogate me like a fucking criminal.”
A whole series of memories hit me. All those flirty chats. Those sexts that Parker had so
patiently walked me through. I’d thought he was the nicest guy on the planet.
“Fuck me,” I muttered, looking away.
“Please stop saying that,” Parker said in a strangled voice.
I  jerked my eyes back to his face in time to see a look of such lust it shot heat through my
entire body. “What?”
“Fucking you is all I’ve thought about for weeks.” He laughed weakly. “Joke’s on me, huh?”
I couldn’t stop my eyes from making a slow perusal of his body. It was dark, but I could
make out the shape of him. I knew how fit he was. Knew because we had practically the

same body, the way we’d pushed ourselves in training. He was of a slightly leaner build than
me, more flexible. I knew his body intimately too. A series of pics from his profile, and even
more illicit ones he’d sent me directly, had filled in any blanks I might have had.
His chest rose and fell faster. When I raised my gaze to his face, he dragged the tip of his
tongue over his dry lips.
And I lost it.
There was no thought, no reasoning. I’d spent weeks dipping my toe in the water, testing,
evaluating. But now I was in the deep end.
I was ready to swim. Or maybe I’d drown. But if I did, I was taking us both down.
I crushed my mouth to his, shoving him harder into the boxes, and he grasped at my waist
for balance, gripping hard enough to hurt. The pain only fueled my need. I grabbed his hair,
short on the sides but longer on top, and yanked his head back to better devour his mouth.
Weeks of buildup, of flirting with my bisexuality and tempting myself to no end, exploded in
a fiery inferno of need.
I didn’t care if it was Parker. I didn’t care that he was a man I’d blamed and detested. In
some ways, it made it easier.
This wasn’t the love connection I thought it might be. It was unbridled lust, and I was just
getting started.

About the Author

DJ Jamison writes romances about everyday life and extraordinary love featuring a variety of queer characters, from gay to bisexual to asexual. DJ grew up in the Midwest in a working-class family, and those influences can be found in her writing through characters coping with real-life problems: money troubles, workplace drama, family conflicts and, of course, falling in love. DJ spent more than a decade in the newspaper industry before chasing her first dream to write fiction. She spent a lifetime reading before that and continues to avidly devour her fellow authors’ books each night. She lives in Kansas with her husband, two sons, one snake, and a sadistic cat named Birdie.

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Release Blitz & Review: JOCK ROYAL by Sara Ney

We are excited to share the Release Blitz for JOCK ROYAL by Sara Ney today! I really enjoyed this book, it was just so much fun and I’m also sharing me review. I can honestly say you definitely need to meet the yummy British Ashley and all that he brings!
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~Jenn
Release Date: June 24
 

IT’S EASY TO TAKE ONE DARE WHEN YOU THINK IT’S HARMLESS.

Ashley Dryden-Jones is the best rugby player on the field—when I take a dare I instantly regret, I had no way of knowing he was a gentleman. An athlete. British with no plans to stay in the States.

He makes me forget myself, bruises, 5 o’clock shadow, accent and all.

He makes me forget I cannot crawl into bed with him at night—or get drunk and throw caution to the wind for once in my overly cautious life.

Because he’s my new roommate.

ONE STUPID BET LEADS TO ONE UNFORGETTABLE NIGHT.

When I win a trip to Vegas I need a plus one; he’s the strapping, strong and responsible choice. Besides—I’ve never been anywhere and he has.

He is the best friend I didn’t know I needed.

Ashley is one of the good ones—but I’m about to find out how bad this good boy can be.

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Jenn Review
4 – 4.5 Stars
Sara Ney definitely delivers a fun and entertaining read with Jock Royal! I really enjoyed this book, I mean it’s got a dry, funny and yet sweet, rugby playing Ashley, who is a member of the British Aristocracy, how can you not just love all of that?! Add in Georgia, with her humor and kindness and these two are great together, even if they have a not so great meeting – definitely cringeworthy – it’s so worth it!
This was a fun read, after their initial stumble, Ashley and Georgia end up becoming the best of friends, they even end up as roommates. They are just awesome, even as friends, they are funny together, it made me feel like I wanted to be their friend. As their friendship grows so does their attraction and despite their differences everything that builds between them feels very natural. Then there’s a drunken night in Vegas, that may seem like a super gigantic mistake at first really makes them open themselves up to their real feelings and what they want together.
I loved their transition from friends to more, it’s definitely what I was rooting for, but in all honesty it felt a bit rushed. I think I wanted more of the romancy stuff. Don’t get me wrong, I loved them and their story, especially how it all came together (SWOON), I think I just wanted a little more there. Definitely an enjoyable read, fun and witty and sweet, and one I highly recommend.
Meet Sara Ney

Sara Ney is the USA Today Bestselling Author of the How to Date a Douchebag series, and is best known for her sexy, laugh-out-loud New Adult romances. 


Among her favorite vices, she includes: iced lattes, historical architecture and well-placed sarcasm. She lives colorfully, collects vintage books, art, loves flea markets, and fancies herself British. 

 
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Blog Tour, Review & Giveaway: SOMETHING LIKE HATE by Harloe Rae

We are excited to be a part of the Blog Tour for Something Like Hate by Harloe Rae! This is a passionate, fiery read and I’m sharing my review, plus there’s a great giveaway you don’t want to miss!

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SOMETHING LIKE HATE by Harloe Rae

Release date: June 10th

Genre/Tropes: Enemies-to-lovers/Billionaire Romance/Office Romance

A sizzling all-new enemies-to-lovers romance from USA Today bestselling author Harloe Rae where a billionaire CEO battles against a snarky redhead who has her own agenda.

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Blurb:

A sizzling enemies-to-lovers romance from USA Today bestselling author Harloe Rae where a billionaire CEO battles against a snarky redhead who has her own agenda.

“I’d say it’s nice to meet you, but I’ve never been a good liar.”

That’s his initial offense against me.

Don’t worry—there’s plenty more where that came from.

Landon Winters is colder than his last name suggests.

Cruel and callous too.

I’m certain he finds pleasure in making others miserable.

He’s a billionaire by his own making—not satisfied with simply inheriting a white collar and silver spoon.

Landon’s arrogance is so thick I could choke on the stench alone.

He’s also responsible for gouging a jaded chip into my shoulder.

The only saving grace is never having to see him again.

Wishful thinking is a fickle beast.

My boss just announced that Landon is my latest client.

I’ll need to impress him or kiss my promotion goodbye.

Either way, this is my chance to get even.

Revenge is all I see.

The price for redemption is steep.

Landon will pay a small fortune in humiliation.

And I’ll walk away filthy rich in vindication.

Jenn Review

4 Stars

Harloe Rae delivers a seriously strong enemies to lovers read with Something Like Hate! My oh my, Landon and Vannah have a rough start followed by a lot of snark between them, but ultimately it ends in a wonderful love story. This book has strong characters that just don’t back down, whether it’s their hate, their lust or even their love.

Landon and Vannah meet at a wedding and it’s definitely not a meet cute, by any means, but it’s their second meeting that really sets the enemies tone. These two are face to face again, now in a professional setting. Landon is the coldhearted businessman in town to acquire property for a new investment and Vannah is the realtor he is working with. Her promotion depends on this going well, but there’s a lot of rage and snark in this deal too. To say these two are not professional together is an understatement but, that seems to be what fuels their lust that eventually leads to more between them.

There is a unique connection between these two, as much as they seem to hate each other, it’s also what builds their real bond. They bring out that something special in each other together, although they never really lost their edges. It’s definitely it’s own alpha story that leads to true love and happiness for these two. It’s an enjoyable read with a ton of sexual tension, passion and finally sweet love.

About the Author:

Harloe Rae is a USA Today & Amazon Top 10 best-selling author. Her passion for writing and reading has taken on a whole new meaning. Each day is an unforgettable adventure.

She’s a Minnesota gal with a serious addiction to romance. There’s nothing quite like an epic happily ever after. When she’s not buried in the writing cave, Harloe can be found hanging with her hubby and son. If the weather permits, she loves being lakeside or out in the country with her horses.

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Release Blitz & Review: Full Speed Ahead (Food Truck Warriors #4) by Beth Bolden

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Book Title:  Full Speed Ahead (Food Truck Warriors #4)

Author: Beth Bolden

Publisher: Beth Bolden Books

Cover Artist: AngstyG Book Cover and Media Design

Release Date: June 3, 2021

Genre: Contemporary gay romance

Trope/s:  Bodyguard, found family

Theme: Hurt/comfort 

Heat Rating: 4 flames

Length: 84 000 words

It is book 4 in the series. 

The author recommends that readers read at least one of the other books first.

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Lennox’s favorite escape is the Food Truck Warriors . . .until it needs his protection.

Blurb

Ash isn’t running from his past—he’s already left it way behind. He’s built a business from scratch, using all the lessons that his father taught him, and every day at his food truck is a challenge he was born to tackle.

But when a stalker appears, hinting that he knows the secrets Ash has tried so hard to bury, he needs more help than his food truck friends can provide. He needs a professional.

Lennox is a mystery. He’s been coming around the Food Truck Warriors for months now, and nobody knows if that’s even his real name. But Ash knows he’s fascinated by the man, and the feeling seems to be mutual.

When the threat to Ash becomes a little too real, Lennox intervenes, and finally, the electricity between them transforms into something very much like love. But now their safety—and their hearts—are on the line.

4 Stars

This was a fun read and a great addition to this series! I’d been looking forward to Lennox’s story and I enjoyed the relationship between him and Ash, along with the side of mystery!

I really liked the dynamic between Ash and Lennox, their early flirting that develops into a great relationship. I also liked getting to know Lennox, he’s been a bit of a mystery character and I really enjoyed him. I loved his protective side when it comes to Ash and this vandal/stalker. Ash is also a great character, he’s got a great heart and is so determined to be a success on his own.

As with the other books in this series I also love the food these guys create. It’s such a fun part of the stories too. Definitely and enjoyable mix of romance and mystery with a great ending!

Excerpt 

After climbing into the truck, Ash set his coffee on the counter and checked his watch. His delivery should be here any moment, if they were on time, which . . . Ash had learned practically from the cradle what to do with suppliers who wouldn’t keep to their timelines or couldn’t be relied upon.

They really didn’t want to be late today.

Ash wasn’t in the mood for it.

He glanced out the front window, and froze.

There was a piece of paper taped to it—something that had definitely not been there when he’d closed up last night.

Ash stared at the words, printed in damning black and white.

It was an interview that his father had done—likely one of hundreds, if not thousands, he’d done over the course of his illustrious career. But in this one, he had mentioned his son, Oliver. Who Stephan Atkinson had said with some humor, liked to be called Ash.

A silly affectation, his father told the interviewer, that he would grow out of.

Ash had been . . . maybe thirteen or fourteen if he remembered correctly, when this article had come out, and he’d been furious. It had been one of the many things he’d been pissed at his father for.

Now someone had found it, dredged it out of the bowels of magazine hell, had photocopied it, and taped it to his window. Not facing outwards, so anyone could see it, but inwards, so only Ash could.

Fury flashed with a frightening power through him. He didn’t hesitate. He grabbed his keys, and with shaking fingers, locked up behind him. Walked around to the front of his truck, tore the paper off, leaving the edges trapped by the neatly placed tape fluttering in the early morning breeze, and forgoing his bicycle, took off for the one place that he’d told himself he would not go.

Who else could have done this? Ash thought angrily as he stormed towards his destination. It was still so early the streets were essentially empty. He’s the only one who knows.

The building that Tony had described was only a few blocks away.

It had been remodeled, with a glass-front office on the lower level, and a living space on the top. There were a separate set of stairs leading to a discreet door on a wrought iron landing.

A discreet black-lettered sign, matching the wrought iron of the stairs and contrasting with the freshly painted taupe stucco of the building itself, indicated that this was the offices of Protectorate.

It might be early, but Ash could see a figure already in the office below.

Tony had mentioned offhandedly that Lennox was a workaholic, always in the office, so it was not a huge stretch to imagine that it was him, up early, and already working.

Ash walked over to the door, and pulled it, fully expecting it to be locked, but to his surprise it opened easily.

Even though he must have been the one to unlock it, Lennox looked up with shock as he walked in.

Ash imagined they probably didn’t get much foot traffic.

He stomped over to where Lennox sat at a desk, and slapped the paper down in front of him.

“What the fuck is this?” he demanded to know.

Lennox stared at the writing. He took his time answering, clearly reading through the words on the page once, and maybe even twice. Finally he looked up. “It looks like an interview that your father did, talking about his restaurants, and also his son.” He hesitated. “You.”

“Yes, thank you, I can read just as well as you can,” Ash bit off. “What I mean is why was it taped to my truck’s front window this morning?”

“Taped to your . . .”

“And not facing out, but facing in,” Ash interrupted. “So I would see it, but nobody else. Someone wants me to know they’ve figured out who my father is.”

“And you think that’s me.”

Ash gestured wildly, pacing between Lennox’s desk, and the other, currently unoccupied. “Who else could it be?”

“Do you really think I needed to do this to get your attention?” Lennox asked, his tone dry.

About the Author 

A lifelong Pacific Northwester, Beth Bolden has just recently moved to North Carolina with her supportive husband. Beth still believes in Keeping Portland Weird, and intends to be just as weird in Raleigh.

Beth has been writing practically since she learned the alphabet. Unfortunately, her first foray into novel writing, titled Big Bear with Sparkly Earrings, wasn’t a bestseller, but hope springs eternal. She’s published twenty-three novels and seven novellas.

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Release Blitz, Review & Giveaway: On a Roll (Food Truck Warriors #3) by Beth Bolden

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Book Title:  On a Roll (Food Truck Warriors #3)

Author: Beth Bolden

Publisher: Beth Bolden Books

Cover Artist: AngstyG Book Cover and Media Design

Release Date: May 6, 2021

Genre/s: Contemporary gay romance

Trope/s:  Enemies to lovers, found family

Themes: Building trust, finding love again

Length:  84 000 words

Heat Rating:  4 flames       

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If they could stop arguing for a hot second . . . they just might fall in love.

Blurb

Gabriel Moretti and Sean Cooper should be friends. They’re both passionate about serving delicious food to their customers. They both love to kick back with the other food truck owners at the collective they’ve joined. But maybe it’s possible to have too much in common . . .

Especially when they’ve chosen the exact same name for their food trucks.

Gabriel and Sean know that one of them will have to change the name. The only question is, who’s willing to give in first?

It’s inevitable that with such a difficult decision, their tempers flare. But to their shock, their deeply-buried chemistry ignites too. Could it be that for them fighting is actually flirting, and what they really crave is each other? 

4 Stars

This has been a very fun series and this On a Roll is a great addition! I will admit that given the initial interactions with Gabe and Sean I wasn’t really sure how I’d end up loving these two, but I really did! Two stubborn and determined men, two food trucks and they have the same name, what could possibly happen there?!

Sean moved to LA to follow his dreams and open his food truck, On a Roll. Gabe wants to be independent of his overbearing family and have his own business selling his meatball sandwiches. He’s proud of his food and his truck, On a Roll. These two are good at making yummy food and fighting with each other. The time comes when someone has to change the truck name, but with both men holding strong it doesn’t seem like it’s going to happen. As Gabe and Sean start spending more time together trying to work something out their attraction starts to really burn. It’s supposed to be just sex, Sean isn’t ready to love again, but how long does that really last?

I ended up really loving Sean and Gabe! They pick and pick at each other, but there’s always something burning right under the surface between them. Most of the time their fights just left me feeling amused. And in the middle of that is a lot of strong emotion. These two end up falling deeper and harder than either man expected, but Sean has some painful secrets and those have to be dealt with if he’s ever really going to be able to move on. My heart hurt for his what he was going through, what he was feeling. And Gabe, oh I ended up loving him and his heart more than I ever expected. It was heartwarming and sweet, two men finding a real love they truly deserve.

Excerpt 

“Someone’s name needs to change by September first,” Tony said. “That’s the first home game at the Coliseum,” he added, referring to the home football stadium of the University of Southern California—the lot was situated only a few blocks away from the stadium entrance, and they already knew on game days, they’d be overwhelmed.

“Alright,” Sean said. “We’ll figure something out.” That gave them a little over a month to either make a decision—or kill each other. Whichever came first.

Tony stood. “Good luck,” he said. “I’ll be around if you decide you need a referee.” And then he was gone, leaving the two of them alone.

Sean couldn’t remember a time they’d ever been alone. Their friends had probably gone out of their way to make sure of that. Not sure if anything would still be left standing if it was just the two of them.

“Not for this,” Gabriel said, and the underlying intensity—the intimacy—in his voice made Sean’s hand freeze on his beer bottle.

He glanced up, and Gabriel was staring at him, those dark eyes reflecting his tone. More than once during the last two years, Sean had been reminded of his very first reaction to Gabriel.

Tall. Big. Broad. Beautiful.

It had been the first time since Milo that he’d seen a guy and felt that instantaneous moment of attraction. Then Gabriel had opened his mouth, and the moment was gone, but it had existed.

Sean often remembered it at the worst possible times. Like right now.

“So,” Sean said, clearing his throat. Trying not to think of how dark the corner of the bar was, how the flickering candle on the table was reflected in Gabriel’s eyes. How the light turned his face into a Renaissance masterpiece. “How are we going to do this?”

“All business,” Gabriel teased, but the edge of his voice was almost . . . sweet. Like he thought Sean’s attempt to be professional wasn’t annoying, but cute.

Something that Sean never expected from Gabriel was sweetness.

“Did we have something else we needed to talk about that isn’t business?” Sean wondered.

“No, but we have time. Over a month,” Gabriel said, taking a sip of his beer. “What’s the rush? Maybe we’ll negotiate better if we get to know each other first.”

“You mean that you want to charm me first so that you’ll get the upper hand.” He didn’t really think that was true—Gabriel could be difficult and frustrating and slippery, but Sean wasn’t sure that he’d do something so underhanded. He wasn’t a bad guy. Sean had learned that much by watching his friendship with Tony and Lucas and Ash and Tate blossom.

Even their own relationship, while still combative, had lost the sharper edges in the last few months.

Gabriel shrugged. “The best negotiation is one where we both get what we want.”

“I’m not sure how we can do that,” Sean admitted. “We both want the same thing.”

“Do we?”

Sean made a frustrated noise. “You know we do. We’ve wanted the same goddamn thing for the last two years, and you even threw a meatball at my chest to try to get me to cave. So don’t start, okay? I’m not stupid. I know exactly what you’re after.”

“Do you?” Gabriel’s mouth curved into something dangerous. Or maybe that was the unwanted attraction to him blooming inside Sean.

“You want to win,” Sean said.

“Maybe we can figure out a way we can both win,” Gabriel suggested.

“Based on what I know we want, I find that hard to believe,” Sean said. Then hesitated. This was exactly why Tony hadn’t wanted to leave them alone. Had wanted to play referee. He hadn’t thought they could do this on their own. Maybe he was right. But then, they’d never actually tried either.

Gabriel drained the rest of his beer and set it on the table with a decisive click. “I need more alcohol for this,” he muttered, standing up. “You want something?”

About the Author 

A lifelong Pacific Northwester, Beth Bolden has just recently moved to North Carolina with her supportive husband. Beth still believes in Keeping Portland Weird, and intends to be just as weird in Raleigh.

Beth has been writing practically since she learned the alphabet. Unfortunately, her first foray into novel writing, titled Big Bear with Sparkly Earrings, wasn’t a bestseller, but hope springs eternal. She’s published twenty-three novels and seven novellas.

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New Release Review & Excerpt: HEARTSONG by A.E. Wasp

We are excited to share another addition to the Vino & Veritas world, HEARTSONG by A.E. Wasp is now available and I loved this book so much! I’m sharing my review and we’ve got a great excerpt as well!

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~Jenn

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HEARTSONG BY A.E. WASP

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About the Book:

The best music comes from the heart.

Sean Anderson has spent his life waiting to get the hell out of West Virginia. His plans got derailed when his dad shipped him off to “pray the gay away,” but he’s over it, ready to prove that he’s a grown-ass man who can take care of himself. Of course, he’d have a better chance convincing himself if he could stop lusting after his grumpy roommate.

Army veteran Cooper Hill returned to Vermont minus one leg and one career, but determined to build a new life. When an army buddy asks Cooper to keep an eye on his nephew, a junior at the local college, Cooper can’t say no. He’s expecting a sheltered kid. What he gets is a gorgeous young man whose brilliant poetry gives voice to everything Cooper’s been trying to express. He wants Sean more than he’s ever wanted anything. And somehow, miraculously, Sean wants him too.

But wanting each other isn’t the same as being good for each other . . . especially when past pain threatens to write its own verse in their song.

A stand-alone novel in Sarina Bowen’s True North world, HEARTSONG contains first love, found family, kisses around the campfire, and two caring men who discover they make beautiful music together.

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Jenn Review

4.5 Stars

I really am loving the Vino & Veritas world and Sean and Cooper are a loveable, wonderful addition! This story has age-gap, first-time and hurt-comfort, but it’s not overdone, in fact it’s a beautifully touching story with so much feeling!

Sean is finally getting out of West Virginia and away from horribly painful memories. He’s looking to continue his education, make friends and finally live as an out and proud gay man. Well he’s sure going to try. The plan is for him to stay with his uncle’s friend, a military vet with a house on the lake. He’ll stay there and help with repairs around the house. The trip doesn’t have a great start though when he gets caught in some nasty weather and it only gets worse when the car in front of him hits a little dog and when he tries to rescue it, he finally meets his new roommate Cooper. With a scowl and soaking wet, he’s still the most gorgeous man he’s seen. It’s a jarring start in many ways for these two, but it’s just the beginning.

In this book both Cooper and Sean are dealing with different traumas and working to overcome painful pasts. Cooper injured in an accident then discharged from the military, he’s not trying to rebuild his life, with one less limb. He lives on his own and pretty much keeps to himself, no real network of friends around him, but growing up in foster homes it’s what he’s used to. Sean is trying to be who he is, to be happy accepting that he is gay, but his past haunts him, shame from his family and downright torture and abuse from being forced into a conversion camp. It may sound like it could lead to an overly dramatic story, but it really isn’t, it’s told wonderfully, and these two are truly great for each other.

I loved how their relationship builds, yes there is an instant attraction, but it takes some time for them to act on. Both men crave stability and love and that’s what is built between them. There is a lot of emotional growth for these characters, some incredibly painful revelations but ultimately there’s so much true love here. I absolutely loved the way Cooper supports Sean, loves him through all the pain and Sean is there by Cooper’s side as well, brining light into his life. A wonderful and touching read and again a fantastic addition to the Vino & Veritas world!

Excerpt 

Head down against the driving rain, body hunched over the injured dog, I don’t see the taillight of the car pulling out of a parking spot until it’s almost too late. Oh fuck. I close my eyes, turn the dog away, and brace for the impact.

Strong hands clamp down on my upper arms and yank me back. My back slams against a hard, broad chest, and then all three of us, me, my rescuer and the dog, are stumbling into the back bumper of a minivan.

The hands around my arms tighten and I lean against this stranger’s body for a second. The guy is almost the same height as me, but much broader, his chest wide and warm against my wet back. The feel of stubble against my cheek and warm breath blowing over my ear makes me shiver.

“Sean?” he says, voice deep and smooth.

Oh, holy hell. Can it be?

“Cooper, get the hell in here!” a second man calls from behind us.

A’course it is.

I straighten up and try to pull away. I swear his hands tighten on my arms, tugging me back against him for a glorious but far too brief moment before he lets me go. When I look over my shoulder at him, our eyes meet and my words lock in my throat as a sizzle of electricity shoots down my spine. It’s so real, I swear lighting must have touched ground somewhere. By the way his eyes widen, Cooper feels it, too.

I can’t hear anything except our breathing and the rain pounding on the gravel parking lot, soaking my thin t-shirt, and plastering Cooper’s hair to his head.

In my arms, the dog whimpers, and still I can’t look away from Cooper’s piercing gaze. What the hell is going on?

He starts to speak, and I sway towards him, holding my breath.

Those dark, intense eyes narrow and he scowls. “Don’t you fucking know how to drive?”

Speechless, I reel back and he grabs my arm again to keep me from losing my balance.

“Jesus Christ,” the older man says. “Don’t either one of you idiots have the sense God gave a goose? Get the hell inside.”

Cooper drops my arm like it’s scalding him, and I tear my gaze away from his angry face. An older guy with dark-brown skin, grey beard, and salt-and-pepper dreadlocks tied behind his neck waves at us from the open doors of the diner.

Grateful for the save, I walk carefully to the doors and into the diner.

“What happened?” the man asks as I pass him.

“This kid hit a dog and then almost got hit by a car himself,” Cooper answers from behind me.

“Are you always such a dick or is today special?” I snap at him.

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Blog Tour & Review: Heavy Lifting by Andrew Grey

Hope it’s been a great weekend! We are excited to be a part of the Blog Tour for Heavy Lifting by Andrew Grey today! I really enjoyed this sweet story and am sharing my review, plus we’ve got a great excerpt you don’t want to miss!
Happy Reading!
~Jenn
Title: Heavy Lifting
Author: Andrew Grey
Series: Standalone
Genre:  M/M Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: April 20, 2021
Edition/Formats Available In: eBook
Blurb/Synopsis:
Would-be journalist Reg Applewhite is a slight, geeky guy who knows from high school experience that he’s the perfect size to be shoved into a locker. He writes for his sister’s fashion and gossip blogs and is very understandably reluctant when assigned to cover a local bodybuilding competition for material.
Jack Ponte is a physical god, with a perfect body, poise, and intense eyes. But it’s his grace that captures Reg’s attention, and when Reg asks for an interview, Jack agrees. After all, he’s looking for a life after bodybuilding, and Reg’s blogs offer a chance at something less fleeting.
During the interview, they discover mutual interests in fashion and video games that lead to friendship and deeper feelings neither expects. Reg finds it hard to believe that a god-man like Jack would see anything in him, and Jack is just as shocked when Reg seems to see beyond his looks to the person inside. But there is a price to pay for everything, and Jack draws the kind of unwanted attention that could threaten to pull them apart… or worse. Together they need to figure out a way to lift each other up and push through the challenges
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Jenn Review

4 Stars

This was a really sweet story from Andrew Grey, I really enjoyed it and definitely liked these characters. Jack and Reg are both very likable guys, they have a quick connection and just seem to fit together. Jack is a bodybuilder in the height of his career, Reg works for his sister’s blog and is asked to do a story on Jack and hopefully dig up some gossip. That’s definitely not what Reg finds though, he finds a great guy who is genuinely interested in him.

I really enjoyed how the relationship builds between Jack and Reg, it felt very genuine and real despite their differences. Jack is a muscular, big guy and Reg is more of a geeky, skinny guy and a lot of their story is about exploring those differences. Whether it’s the food challenges, Jack has a strict diet he follows to the clothing angle, which was fun to follow as Jack finds his passion in regards to clothing, these two really work together throughout their journey. It’s not an overly angsty book, they face a few challenges but again, work through things together, proving how strong their new bond really is.

Overall, this was definitely a feel good read, I loved these two and following them as they get to know each other and fall in love made my heart happy! I really loved the way their story came together, it felt just perfect for them. Andrew Grey once again delivers a book I easily fall in love with!

Excerpt

Jack was standing off to the side, trying not to pace through his nerves, when the door opened again and a tall, lanky man strode in like he belonged there. He had an amazing face, with huge blue eyes, a strong jaw, and a roman nose above full lips. His clothes were bulky, but Jack could tell the guy was way more sleek than muscular. That made him wonder what he was doing here. This was supposed to be for contestants only. “Can I help you?” Jack asked, approaching the man, wondering if he should just call security.

“I’m…,” the man stammered. “I’m Reg Applewhite with the fashion press, and I wanted to see if I could get a story about you, Mr. Ponte.” His gaze was surprisingly steady, and Jack was a little taken aback that this guy seemed to know him, or at least of him. It wasn’t like he was famous or anything.

In the last year, Jack had begun to make a name for himself in the fitness world. He worked as a fitness model and had done a number of spreads in various exercise and fitness magazines. Lately, he had been getting calls from sporting goods companies to model their fitness wear, and he had even been asked to appear in an online menswear catalog. All that had brought in a nice living, but it hardly made him famous. He did natural bodybuilding shows like this one because it was a chance for him to network, get some exposure, and then maybe add a few more clients that he could pass on to his agent, Galena, for bookings. The shows helped him build his print and online work, and the magazine and catalog work made him in demand for shows like this. At least for now, it was all working for him.

Jack nodded and then shrugged. “Sure. I’ll be glad to talk to you after the show.” Publicity from various sources was good. It helped raise his visibility. After all, he was no Arnold, and he never would be. Personalities and crossovers like that happened very rarely. And Jack was well aware that he had an expiration date on his current career. He was in demand at the moment, but there would be someone younger and better-looking waiting in the wings to replace him as the man in demand. “I can meet you out front once the awards have been given out and I have a chance to change.”

“Great. Water Street Brewery is a few blocks away. We could meet there if you’d like. They have great salads and things like that.”

Jack hesitated. He rarely ate out if he could help it. His diet was incredibly regimented, and he didn’t break it for anything. He had to stay lean and maintain his muscle, so he ate exact amounts at very specific times. But he was sure he could find what he needed. “Okay. I’ll meet you there.” The organizers were calling his weight class, so he said goodbye to Reg and stood at the end of the line. His agent had negotiated that he would be the final person to compete in his class.

He turned as he waited, watching the other guys prepare, and saw Reg watching him. Jack smiled, and Reg smiled back, color rising in his cheeks before he turned away and left the room the way he’d come. Jack wondered if Reg had snuck backstage just to try to talk to him. After all, he hadn’t approached any of the other contestants. Well, Jack would see if this guy was on the level, and if he wasn’t, he’d leave and head on to the tiny apartment he called home.

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 Tour: Kill Me Tomorrow by Britney King

Title: Kill Me Tomorrow
Author: Britney King
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Release Date: April 1, 2021
 
 
From the bestselling author of The Social Affair and HER comes a mind-bending thriller that’s soaked with raw sensuality, as an investigator’s search takes a wicked turn when he meets a beautiful and provocative woman.
Ali is a sex therapist-slash-guru, famous for the work she does helping others find pleasure.
The problem: Ali can never quite find it for herself.
Her life’s work makes nothing taboo, nothing off limits. And she’s tried everything short of murder. Although, with the way things are going, it’s not off the table.
When Ethan Lane is hired to investigate the death of a wealthy bachelor, he isn’t expecting to stumble into a string of murders. The victims are men, and all members of a popular dating app. Operating undercover with a profile of his own, he meets the woman of his dreams—who also happens to be his best suspect.
The question: Can Lane stay alive long enough to prove his theory? And does he want to?
Jenn Review
4 Stars
I know that I can always turn to Britney King when I’m in the mood for something that will mess with my mind and leave me saying ‘what just happened’ and she’s done it again with Kill Me Tomorrow. It is twisty and complex and truly kept me guessing, I would think I had an idea and then nope, whole new twist. I continually questioned who I liked and who I suspected and it was such a thrill ride!
I really don’t want to give this story away, but Ali, Ethan and another unknown will take you on a journey that is suspenseful, sexy and thrilling. I really love Britney King’s ability to tell a story. It’s definitely not one dimensional you feel yourself invested in what is happening. I highly recommend you pick up this book and see if you can figure out who the killer is!
Hello. I’m Britney.

I live in Austin, Texas with my husband, children, a dog named Gatsby, one ridiculous cat, and a partridge in a pear tree.

When I’m not wrangling the things mentioned above, I write psychological, domestic, and romantic thrillers set in suburbia.


Currently, I’m writing three series and several standalone novels.

The Bedrock Series features an unlikely heroine who should have known better. Turns out, she didn’t. Thus she finds herself tangled in a messy, dangerous, forbidden love story and face-to-face with a madman hell-bent on revenge. The series has been compared to Fatal Attraction, Single White Female, and Basic Instinct.

The Water Series follows the shady love story of an unconventional married couple—he’s an assassin—she kills for fun. It has been compared to a crazier book version of Mr. and Mrs. Smith. Also, Dexter.

Around The Bend is a heart-pounding standalone, which traces the journey of a well-to-do suburban housewife, and her life as it unravels, thanks to the secrets she keeps. If she were the only one with things she wanted to keep hidden, then maybe it wouldn’t have turned out so bad. But she wasn’t.

The With You Series at its core is a deep love story about unlikely friends who travel the world; trying to find themselves, together and apart. Packed with drama and adventure along with a heavy dose of suspense, it has been compared to The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and Love, Rosie.

The Social Affair
 is an intense standalone about a timeless couple who find themselves with a secret admirer they hadn’t bargained for. For fans of the anti-heroine and stories told in unorthodox ways, the novel explores what can happen when privacy is traded for convenience.

It is reminiscent of films such as One Hour Photo and Play Misty For Me. Classics. Without a doubt, connecting with readers is the best part of this gig. If you’d like to connect, shoot me an email. You can also find me on FacebookInstagram, and occasionally on Twitter.

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Blog Tour & Review: Tour of Taste of Fear by Davidson King

Taste Of Fear

Joker’s Sin book 4

Davidson King 

MM Romance/Action/Suspense/Close Proximity

Release Date: 03.08.21

Blurb

Ciro Navarro has never had it easy, but he learned to survive. Nightmares of a past he cannot erase plague him but thankfully, much of his horrible life is in the rearview mirror. He lives in the present, focusing on his found family, lifelong friends, and the job that fulfills him. Ciro’s circle is small but tight; if you’re in it, you are his world. And somehow he’s become a rescuer—at the slightest hint someone he cares about is in trouble, he comes running.

After years of hard work and patience, Xander has fulfilled his goal and made a name for himself as a world-renowned chef. He lives his dream every day: cooking up and serving recipes that bring people joy. Though he has restaurants in several locations, it’s Haven Hart Xander calls home, and he can’t imagine settling anywhere else. Life is good. In fact, everything in Xander’s life is perfect…until people from his past start turning up dead.

When word of a serial killer hell-bent on ending Xander comes to light, Ciro’s instincts kick in and he vows to keep Xander, the sweet and humble man he finds himself gravitating toward, alive. The seriousness of what is happening rattles Xander, and he allows Ciro into his home to protect him. Close proximity heats things up and shows Ciro and Xander how much they’ve come to mean to each other, but the precautions they’ve taken may not be enough to keep them safe.

When the unthinkable happens, they are put to the test. Can Xander and Ciro survive the crazed serial killer who stands in the way of their forever?

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Jenn Review

4 – 4.5 Stars

I was excited to see Ciro’s book in this series and I have to say that Davidson King did not disappoint! I loved this book and these characters and getting to know the mysterious Ciro made me so very happy! I also really loved Xander and thought he was the perfect match for Ciro! Their journey is filled with so much emotion and ultimately love.

Xander is a popular, well known chef, he loves his restaurant in Haven Hart, it’s his life. He learns about the death of a friend, another chef he knew in college, one of four that all lived in the same off campus house. While at the funeral he learns that another of their roommates had also been murdered, and it wasn’t a coincidence, both chefs were tortured and murdered. Now, it is feared that the killer will come after Xander and their other former roommate Foster. It is recommended that Xander be under protection for the time being.

Ciro is the mysterious bouncer at Joker’s Sin, he’s lived a hard life but finds himself wanting to protect people, so when he sees Atlas talking to a clearly shaken up Xander he naturally steps in to help. His initial plan is to set up Xander with protection, but when his go-to is busy Xander steps in to keep Xander safe himself.

I really loved these two together, they have great chemistry, it’s definitely hot, but what I really loved was the emotional connection they shared. These are two very different people who have lived very different lives, but together they share something deep and special, it’s like a natural understanding and acceptance. They are just so perfect for each other. I also loved the mystery side of this book. There is a serial killer after a group of chefs, and it was fun as this group figured out the who and the why. A perfect combination of romance and mystery, I loved the rough edges and soft romance, it really captured my attention from start to finish. I highly recommend this book and this series, deep and imperfect characters finding happiness and love!

Excerpt

I found myself wondering what he’d order as we walked up to the counter. What did a chef get at other food establishments? What kind of coffee? When the woman asked what we’d like, I gestured for him to go first. “Hmm, maybe just a black coffee, medium, please.” Black coffee? “You’re a monster,” I said, and he looked over at me with wide eyes. “Pardon?” “Black coffee? That’s not right, not at all.” He chuckled. “And what is right?” “I will have a hazelnut coffee, with hazelnut swirl, and cinnamon, large, please.” I quirked a brow at him after I ordered. “No. Not even a little of that is right. All sugar.” He moved down to the pickup area and I followed. “You’re a chef, you’re supposed to order things like truffle coffee with gold flecks of vanilla sprinkles or something.” He laughed so loudly, the few people who were in the place turned toward us. “That’s such a stereotype.” He took his coffee when the woman handed it to him. “But…black? It’s tasteless sad water.” He shook his head, brought the cup to his lips, and sipped. “Mmm.” Oh, shit. My mind was off coffee and on to how I liked the way he hummed. “So good,” he said with a smile. “No. I like my coffee happy.” I took my cup, dropped a tip for the barista on the counter, and moved toward the far booth. I sat, my back facing the wall so I could see all the comings and goings. Xander sat across from me. “I remember about a month ago, Max, who works at Joker’s Sin with you, came into the restaurant to pick up an order. He was going through the carryout bag, and I asked him what he was looking for. He said he had to make sure the hollandaise sauce was in there, or ‘he’ would be upset.” Oh, fuck… “Well, Max is weird, so.” I drank my coffee, hoping the conversation would drop. “Are you the ‘he,’ Ciro?” He was enjoying this. “How’s your sad coffee, Xander?” He took another sip and smiled softly. We sat in companionable silence for a few minutes. I wanted to bring up what was going on, to ask what was so bad in his life that he had the HHPD as bodyguards, but he was so at ease, and I didn’t want the scared man I’d seen earlier to return. “Go ahead and ask.” Xander looked at me, worry marring his beautiful face. I took a deep breath and asked, “Who wants to hurt you, and why?”

Davidson King, always had a hope that someday her daydreams would become real-life stories. As a child, you would often find her in her own world, thinking up the most insane situations. It may have taken her awhile, but she made her dream come true with her first published work, Snow Falling. She managed to wrangle herself a husband who matched her crazy and they hatched three wonderful children. If you were to ask her what gave her the courage to finally publish, she’d tell you it was her amazing family and friends. Support is vital in all things and when you’re afraid of your dreams, it will be your cheering section that will lift you up.

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