Thursday, August 17, 2017

Antisocial by Heidi Cullinan Blog Tour


A single stroke can change your world.

Xander Fairchild can’t stand people in general and frat boys in particular, so when he’s forced to spend his summer working on his senior project with Skylar Stone, a silver-tongued Delta Sig with a trust fund who wants to make Xander over into a shiny new image, Xander is determined to resist. He came to idyllic, Japanese culture-soaked Benten college to hide and make manga, not to be transformed into a corporate clone in the eleventh hour.

Skylar’s life has been laid out for him since before he was born, but all it takes is one look at Xander’s artwork, and the veneer around him begins to crack. Xander himself does plenty of damage too. There’s something about the antisocial artist’s refusal to yield that forces Skylar to acknowledge how much his own orchestrated future is killing him slowly…as is the truth about his gray-spectrum sexuality, which he hasn’t dared to speak aloud, even to himself.

Through a summer of art and friendship, Xander and Skylar learn more about each other, themselves, and their feelings for one another. But as their senior year begins, they must decide if they will part ways and return to the dull futures they had planned, or if they will take a risk and leap into a brightly colored future—together.

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Thanks for having me here today! I wanted to talk to you about my latest release, Antisocial. Antisocial is a new adult gay and asexual romance set in a fictional college in upstate New York between a one-percenter fraternity boy and a highly antisocial artist. One encounter with Xander Fairchild’s artwork is enough to turn Skylar Stone’s carefully orchestrated life upside down, unlacing his secrets and inviting him into a secret anime-soaked world with a new set of friends.

There are a number of pop culture and Japanese culture references in the story, and one of those references are to a Shinto god named Fudō Myōō. Fudō Myōō, often referred to as Fudō-sama in Japan, is the Japanese version of the Buddhist god Acala. He is the god who is the remover of obstacles, the remover of impediments as we travel toward our enlightenment. He’s one of the five wisdom kings, but because of his frightening appearance it’s easy to associate him more with war than wisdom. His expression is always one of extreme wrath, his forehead wrinkled, eyes squinted or looking askance. He always has a sword and a coil of rope, and he’s framed in fire, usually painted red—this is what will burn away impediments.  He can terrify gods and men and destroy demons, ghosts, and evil spirits.

Fudō-sama is still worshipped in Japan today and has several temples and shrines throughout Asia as Fudō-sama and as Acala. Those who wish to dedicate themselves to Fudō-sama go into rigorous training in the outdoors, often in the mountains, usually carrying a small Acala statue or talisman.

In Antisocial, Fudō-sama is a celebrated main character in the school’s literary magazine, in a manga produced within that publication. Xander is also teased by everyone as being their own Fudō Myōō, always present with a scowl, but he’s also a quiet remover of obstacles as well, once he climbs out of his shell.

I love the energy of Fudō-sama. I don’t have an official Acala statue, but I do have an absolutely wonderful Funko figure of him, which, that there is a Funko figure of a Japanese god makes my life so much more complete. If ever there were a religion and a god that would say, “Yes, go ahead, make a chibi version of this,” it would be Fudō and Shinto. Because he’s a tough guy, yes, but he’s not a bastard. He’s a servant to the people at the end of the day. He wants to help humanity, however it works best. And if it takes a Funko to get the job done, sure.

Here’s a little video I found about Fudō Myōō—a little sampling with some more images and further detail. I hope you find it enlightening, and I hope you enjoy reading about Fudō-sama in Antisocial as well!





Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Sarah☆☆☆☆☆
This is a beautiful new adult story about two young men attempting to grow into their adult selves. At the start of this book, Skylar and Xander exist on opposite sides of university student life. While Xander is reclusive, angry, and obsessed with his art, Skylar hides in plain view behind his money, his fraternity and his perfect smile. When Skylar and Xander meet, they are surprised by the interests they share and the friendship that develops.

This is a book about perception and reality, the conflict between passion and duty, and a story about the power of relationships that don’t conform to social expectations. With at least one of the main characters identifying on the ace or grey-ace spectrum, this story sensitively explores romance without typical sexual intimacy. With such heavy themes and ideas, this should have been a dark, difficult book – but it really isn’t. Something about the cast of new adult characters makes this a hopeful, happy book. These kids still have time to change their futures and to grow into the best versions of themselves.

The romance between Skylar and Xander builds very slowly. It takes time for Skylar to even win Xander’s friendship. Xander is a private person who doesn’t trust easily. Interestingly, Skylar ends up having more secrets than Xander does. Instead of the buildup sexual tension we’ve come to expect in romance writing, Xander and Skylar’s relationship builds on their cerebral connection, their shared passions, and their shared confidences. At times, this relationship felt much more intimate than a typical sexual relationship.

The Japanese culture, language, and art in this story had me conflicted. On one hand, the manga in this book is something that brings Xander, Skylar, and their friends together and it provides Xander and Skylar with a shared focus. On the other hand, the obsession with all things Japanese is a little bit odd. The shared interest reinforces the students’ outsider status but I did get lost at times in long passages about gods and characters I didn’t quite understand.

I have read and loved so many different types of books by Heidi Cullinan. She is one of my favourite authors and I love the diversity in her books. This story is probably closest in style and intensity to her very special ‘Roosevelt’ books. More than a new adult romance, this is a coming of age story and Xander, Skylar, and their friends are unique and wonderfully crafted characters.


Ruthie☆☆☆☆☆
What an amazing story, major book hangover here. Such depth, such intensity, and such profound issues dealt with in a truly gentle, caring, and genuine way, mainly by the two men, but also by many of those around them. The struggle, the love, the disappointments, all described so effectively and shared with us in such well curated writing. I am not a manga fan, yet found myself writing down names to look up and research, so that I can see whether my imagination conjured up the right types of images.

Whilst this is written about college students, they are somehow so mature due to their experiences, yet so innocent in their sexuality. An incredibly arresting mix of serious and then sometimes playful – much like the description of the wave painting... the message is not what you might first imagine, and the richness comes from the attitude of the fishermen, maybe not the impact of the wave.

Give yourself plenty of time to read this book, because it is a weighty read, but I did not find a word which was unnecessary (and I am picky) in the telling of the story. This is for sure now in my special books to be reread pile, because I know I will find it even more rewarding on a second read, when I am not so desperate to know what happens next, but visiting old friends.

Thank you, Ms. Cullinan, thank you.




Heidi Cullinan has always enjoyed a good love story, provided it has a happy ending. Proud to be from the first Midwestern state with full marriage equality, Heidi is a vocal advocate for LGBT rights. She writes positive-outcome romances for LGBT characters struggling against insurmountable odds because she believes there’s no such thing as too much happy ever after. When Heidi isn't writing, she enjoys cooking, reading, playing with her cats, and watching television with her family.
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Gabriel by RJ Scott Blog Tour


Trapped in darkness, can an escort find a man to help him into the light?

Gabriel Reyes never gave in. He fought and was hurt, was abused but escaped with his life. He made his way in the world using the one thing he was good at: sex. He earned a place with a man who controls everything but Gabriel is safe; he’s made it.

Cameron Stafford hires Gabriel for a night, needing nothing more than a pretend boyfriend to get his dysfunctional family off his back. With the money he has in the bank and his own hotel, why won't they just leave him alone? It doesn’t matter that a degenerative disease has stolen his vision, or that his last boyfriend was a bastard who tried to steal from him; for now he has purpose.

When Gabriel and Cam fall for each other, can they find real happiness and, maybe, a forever that will save them both?


A new story set in the world of Jack and Riley Campbell-Hayes and the Double D Ranch, Texas.

Please be aware: emotional and physical abuse are depicted on the page in this book.

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Shannan☆☆☆☆
Gabriel Reyes has had a hard life. His mother died when he was young, as a naive child he was taken advantage of and he thought he was saved. He was doing the only thing he thought he was good at... sex. He was doing whatever he had to to keep Stefan happy. In return, Stefan kept him doing bookings and safe, or so he thought.

After a "chance" meeting in Cameron's hotel elevator. Cameron Stafford hires Gabriel for one night to show his dysfunctional family that just because he is going blind, he isn't broken or a waste. After one night, Cam realizes that Gabriel is more than just a sex worker.

Can two broken men make it work? Especially when one believes he never deserves to be happy or loved.

I loved how this story, while involving Legacy Ranch, was more of Gabriel's journey to get there, than life on the ranch itself.

I can't wait to read what's next for Legacy Ranch.


Veronica☆☆☆
Gabriel thinks he owes his life to his pimp/boyfriend Stefan, who saved him from the streets, even though Stefan is abusing him. Gabriel meets hotel owner Cam, when Cam hires him to be his date at a family function. Cam is sick of his family giving him a hard time for being single and treating him like he is incapable because he is blind.

The relationship between Gabriel and Cam develops as Cam deals with his family, who threaten to take away his business, and while Gabriel struggles to deal with the reality of his abuse with the help of Kyle and the Legacy Ranch.

At times I found the situation with Cam's family to be a little contrived. Overall though, this is a good story and I enjoyed watching our heroes struggle and push past the difficulties in their lives to find love.


Sarah☆☆☆☆
This is another gritty and dramatic addition to the Legacy series. Wealthy Cameron meets Gabriel when he hires him as an escort for a family event. Cam’s controlling and manipulative family provides the drama for this story while Gabriel’s inability to escape from a life of prostitution and domestic abuse provides the grit.

Cam seems almost as trapped and lonely as Gabriel at the start of this story. Even though he is wealthy and successful, his blindness keeps him separate and he has to fight his manipulative and controlling family to retain his independence. As much as Cam attempts to save Gabriel, I loved the way that Gabriel also made Cam stronger.

If Cameron has always been privileged, Gabriel hasn’t known anything except cruelty and hardship. In comparison to things he has experienced in the past, prostitution and a boyfriend/pimp who only sometimes hurts him doesn’t seem too bad. Gabriel continued to surprise me in this story. As Cam’s escort, he is smooth, confident, and perceptive. Later, we see him fearful and broken and we also see him as strong and defiant.

Cam and Gabriel don’t spend a whole lot of time together in this story. Theirs is a relatively low heat story and the most romantic moments are those stolen from Cam’s glamourous high pressure life and Gabriel’s grim reality when the men spend time doing ordinary things together. The connection between Cam and Gabriel is sweet and they are gentle with each other. I’m glad that most of the ‘saving’ of Gabriel is done by other characters because it allows Cam and Gabriel to remain equals and to work as partners.

The Legacy series is a spinoff of the Texas series, further expanding the soap opera style world of Riley and Jack Campbell-Hayes with a little more grit than the original series. I think I’ve read most of the previous books but there were still several references to names and events that I struggled to recollect. This book might be able to stand alone but I think readers should at least start at the beginning of the Legacy books.


Ruthie☆☆☆☆☆
This is a truly remarkable and special book – but definitely not an easy read. Gabriel is a man who has suffered a lot, and is still in the grips of a manipulative handler. Getting inside his head is an emotional experience; both incredibly moving and painful. Be prepared to try and persuade him to behave differently, again and again.

We also have the chance to put ourselves in Cam's shoes, as he deals with his physical limitations and, much more significantly, navigates his way through the restrictions forced upon him by his family. Somehow, he and Gabe forge an unexpected connection, which leads to an amazing love story.

There are some important characters who also make contributions to the richness of this story – Six being an obvious example (and I love how it is quietly slipped in that he too changes by the end of the story). Gabriel's understanding of Sophie's situation and prompting Cam to act is a lovely thread too.

Be sure to have plenty of tissues to hand, because this is certainly a book which will bring tears to the eye (for both sad and joyful reasons). And whilst I would recommend that you read Kyle first, so that you have some of the background of Legacy and Gabriel's links with it, you could start here and then go back and read Kyle.

Thank you, Ms. Scott, for an intense, life affirming, and deeply romantic story.


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RJ Scott is the bestselling gay romance author of over ninety MM romance books. She writes emotional stories of complicated characters, cowboys, millionaire, princes, and the men who get mixed up in their lives. RJ is known for writing books that always end with a happy ever after. She lives just outside London and spends every waking minute she isn't with family either reading or writing.

The last time she had a week’s break from writing she didn't like it one little bit, and she has yet to meet a bottle of wine she couldn’t defeat.

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Tigers on the Run by Sean Kennedy


Young Australian Micah Johnson is the first AFL player to be out at the beginning of his career. Retired professional football player Declan Tyler mentors Micah, but he finds it difficult, as Micah is prone to making poor life choices that land him in trouble. Nothing Dec can’t handle. He’s been there, done that, more times than he’d like to admit. Being Simon Murray’s partner all these years has Dec quite experienced in long-suffering and mishaps.

As usual, Simon thinks everything is going along just fine until his assistant, Coby, tells him a secret involving an old nemesis. Simon and Dec’s problems mash together, and to solve them, they must undertake a thousand-kilometer round trip in which issues will have to be sorted out, apologies are finally given, and a runaway kid is retrieved and returned to his worried parents.

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Erica☆☆☆
I need to be honest, while I read and enjoyed Tigers and Devils, I skipped Tigerland. Why? I was satisfied where Simon and Declan ended the book – it felt final, like the beginning of their happily ever after together. I sensed Tigerland would just be unnecessary drama driving a wedge between my much-beloved couple, before drawing them back to exactly where Tigers and Devils left off. Going with my gut, I read reviews, finding out I was correct. This is great for readers who want to 'hear' more from their favorite characters, but I don't read as most readers do. I struggle with continuations where the main characters are in a 'good' place, only to be manipulated by the author until they arrive back to where they originally were. If they hadn't been 'there' yet, I would have read Tigerland in a heartbeat.

With the blurb of Tigers on the Run, I assumed there would be new narrators, with the storyline focusing on characters who were shown in past books. This is my bad. I'm so used to reading standalone series, or a mishmash within a series, where some books are the same characters, and others are by different narrators, so I didn't realize this would also be narrated by Simon.

In the future, which many fans were most likely salivating to know the outcomes for Simon and Declan and all of their friends and family, Tigers on the Run catches everyone up to speed. With three storylines running parallel but never truly intersecting, the contents of the blurb happen near the conclusion of the novel.

Simon is snarky and sarcastic, which is fabulous in the right mood, but also taxing and a bit annoying if not. This is solely dependent on the reader. Often times I found myself snorting out loud, or shaking my head at how ridiculous he was. I'd missed him from Tigers and Devils, by not reading Tigerland, but also knowing I could only deal with him in small doses. Anyone who has read Simon's narration will understand what I'm trying to put across.

Declan is sainted, but he comes off as a bit too perfect in a condescending way. At least that's my take on the guy. Simon's at fault, or whomever else, because Declan is always right – no matter what. While not humorous like Simon's antics, this is also slightly grating on the nerves (if the mood is right – wrong?).

Tigers and Devils was the strength of the series, not only the foundation but the actual story. It felt like Tigers on the Run was another installment to showcase Simon being Simon as the reader experiences the side characters soap-opera-worthy, over the top drama and angst.

I'm glad I read Tigers on the Run, as I had missed Simon's voice murmuring in my head. But felt not much happened with the plot, other than drama to draw out a story. Truth be told, I was satisfied at the end of book one. Wishing to read Micah's future books, I continued with the series. Now I'm second-guessing myself, fearing Micah's books will take on a similar path.

I'm in the minority here – this is my personal reading tastes, not enjoying a story being drawn out. I'm positive MM romance fans will enjoy the series, and not be able to get enough of Simon (which is why Tigerland and Tigers on the Run no doubt exist).


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SEAN KENNEDY lives in Perth, Western Australia, but his heart still belongs to his hometown Melbourne—which is also the home of Simon Murray and Declan Tyler from his series Tigers and Devils. A disciple of cult leader David Lynch, Sean is breathlessly awaiting the revival of Twin Peaks in 2016.

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Wildly Wedded Wife by Erica Chilson


Bethany Oman: Another six months and my thesis will be finished, and then I can stop this suffocating charade. My dream is to become a therapist specializing in sexual dysfunction. What better way to write my thesis than in a Playroom filled with sexual deviants? Only problem, I had to become a deviant in order to gain entrance to the Playroom… and then I had to explain my motivations to Augustus Kline, who offered me protection for a very steep toll.

My other dream is standing before me, smirking with anticipation. My original, lifelong-dream, who could easily destroy any hope of my becoming a therapist if I’m not careful.

And Rory Essex makes me feel anything but careful.

Willing to do anything it takes to gain the woman he loves, Rory makes a deal with Beth, which forces him to bargain with the Devil Himself.

Accepting Augustus Kline’s toll into the Playroom, Rory gains the key to making Bethany his Wildly Wedded Wife.

Author’s Note: Wildly Wedded Wife is Book #2 in the Blended Series. Contemporary Romance with erotic themes, featuring MF & MM scenes.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Shelby☆☆☆☆☆
This was a cute, quick read involving characters that were mentioned in Good Girl.
I LOVED the note from the author in the beginning of this novella... AND her note before Chapter 8 (not that I heeded that note, but it was nice to have it).
I have to say that for a novella, this really felt like a complete story based on one event.
I really did want to know the how/why of Rory and Bethany and this book gave me everything I needed to know.
Looking forward to the next book!

After re-reading this, I have to add that you can really feel the love that Rory has for Bethany. This short novella is a refreshing love story.


Mary Jo☆☆☆☆
This short novella tells the not so innocent story of how Rory and Bethany finally hooked up. Beth has adored Rory for years and when he finally notices her, she puts him off. Her education is more important that having a man, or so she believes.

Rory is tired of waiting and does something Beth never thinks he would do: he gains admittance to the Playroom.

Hot and steamy with a bit of angst thrown in, you have a story worthy of the Blended family.

Nicely done, Wicked Writer, nicely done.


Veronica☆☆☆☆☆
Beth has wanted Rory for as long as she knew what that meant and spent her younger years chasing him. But now that they are older and he is chasing her, she is saying no until she finishes school.

Beth is a member of the Playroom and pays a high price in order to have access to Auggie, who is the subject of her thesis. In order to get the woman he loves and access to the Playroom, Rory will have to pay his own price.

I love the way their traditional style romance of childhood friends is woven in with the deviance of life of the participants in the Playroom. Beth and Rory are a couple that were meant to be. The story is fun, romantic, sexy, and has a good dose of screwed up crazy thrown in too. I loved it.


Ruthie☆☆☆☆☆
Ms. Chilson reminds us in the beginning of this novella that she is more used to writing weighty novels – and I for one am delighted that her books are always an amazingly substantial read. Yet she has quite definitely got the art of writing a short story at her fingertips too. This lovely insight into the world of two side characters of the Blended series is a hit!

This is the hot, steamy, yet incredibly poignant and romantic story of Bethany and Rory. It falls between Good Girl and Widow, yet it can most definitely be read after Widow without any loss of impact at all.

Go on, get your copy and indulge in this wonderful, sexy read.


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Erica Chilson does not write in the 3rd person, wanting her readers to be her characters. Therefore, writing a bio about herself, is uncomfortable in the extreme.

Born, raised, and here to stay, the Wicked Writer is a stump-jumper, a ridge-runner. Hailing from North Central Pennsylvania, directly on the New York State border; she loves the changes in seasons, the humid air, all the mountainous forest, and the gloomy atmosphere.

Introverted, but not socially awkward, Erica prides herself on thinking first and filtering her speech. There are days she doesn’t speak at all. If it wasn’t for the fact that she lives with her parents, giving her a sense of reality, she would be a hermit, where the delivery man finds her months after expiration.

Reading was an escape, a way to leave a not-so pleasant reality behind. Reading lent Erica the courage she gathered from the characters between the pages to long for a different life. Writing was an instrument of change, evolving Erica into the woman she is today- a better, more mature, more at peace thinker.

Erica has a wicked mind, one she pours out into her creations. Her filter doesn’t allow all of it to erupt, much to her relief. Sarcastic, with a very dark, perverse sense of humor, Erica puts a bit of herself into every character she writes.

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Swept into Love by Melissa Foster Blog Tour


It’s been years since Sally Tuft’s husband died and she was left to raise her teenage son alone. And almost as long since she told the only other man she’d ever wanted that they should be just friends. Now her son has left for college and Sally has no distractions to keep her from thinking about her best friend and coworker, Gage Ryder, and what could have been.

Gage always believed that one day Sally would move past the death of her husband and they would finally explore the passion that’s simmered between them since the day they met. Tasked with opening a new youth center in Oak Falls, Virginia, Gage hopes the trip away is just what they need to finally come together.

Before Gage and Sally ever reach Oak Falls, one night at a conference changes everything, putting their friendship—and their love—on the line, and the two must decide if getting swept up in love is the beginning of forever, or the end of their friendship as they know it.

The Ryders are a series of sexy stand-alone romances. These hot contemporary romance novels feature alpha male heroes and sexy, empowered women. They're flawed, funny, passionate, and relatable to readers who enjoy new adult romance, contemporary romance, and women's fiction.

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Sally Tuft awoke to a freight train running through her head and the worst cotton mouth she’d ever experienced. She lay on her back, eyes closed, trying to remember what happened last night after the conference she’d attended. Thank God what happened in Vegas stayed in Vegas, because she didn’t need her boss finding out she got rip-roaring drunk. She rolled onto her side, coming face-to-face with hot whiskey breath. Her eyes flew open and she bolted upright, clutching the sheet to her chest. Her heart pounded wildly as she took in the gorgeous sandy-haired man lying next to her. Oh shit! Shit, shit, shit!

No. This can’t be happening.


She slammed her eyes shut, trying to calm her mounting panic by breathing deeply, but that made her head hurt even worse.

Her eyes opened slowly, roving over Gage Ryder’s scruffy jaw and the full lips she’d fantasized about so many times she should be arrested. This was bad. Very bad. Gage had been her best friend and co-worker since her husband was killed in a skiing accident several years ago. And worse, he was her son’s confidant. The man whom Rusty went to with problems his father was no longer there to help him with.

Her gaze trailed over his broad shoulders and muscular chest as realization set in. She bit her lower lip, holding her breath as she lifted the sheet. Please let me have something on. At least underwear. The pit of her stomach twisted at the sight of her closer-to-forty-than-thirty, less-than-perky bare breasts, and stomach that had never quite regained its elasticity after having her now twenty-year-old son. Oh God!

Gage rolled onto his back, and her eyes were drawn to the formidable bulge lifting the sheets. Look away. Look away.

She couldn’t look away. He’d made his feelings for her clear without ever actually spelling them out. Would he mind if she looked? Oh God! I should mind! She needed to force those desires back into Ignore mode. Closing her eyes and gritting her teeth, she tried to do just that. But the urge to look was too strong, and they popped open again, drinking in every hard inch of him.

His left arm stretched over his head, coming to rest on the pillow. The other reached beneath the sheet and adjusted himself. Her nipples prickled to tight points. Now was not the time to get turned on, but she couldn’t stop staring as he sleepily pushed the sheet down his chest, revealing solid abs she’d seen a million times—but never once in bed. They were sexier than when he was playing basketball or chopping wood to heat his home. Oh God, she loved to watch him chop wood.

Her eyes moved to the other wood in sight. She heard a whimpering sound and realized it came from her. She snapped her mouth shut. She had to get out of there before he woke up and realized what they’d done.

What if he remembered what happened—or didn’t—last night? She was never going to drink again. Not in this lifetime, and definitely not with Gage Ryder.

She clutched the sheet and slid to the edge of the bed, struggling to dredge up memories of last night from the muddled recesses of her mind, but her head was spinning. At least her hangover had taken a backseat to the reality of having slept with Gage. He rolled toward her as she stepped quietly from the bed. The sheet caught beneath him and pulled from around her. She gasped, her hands darting to cover all her private parts as Gage’s amused blue eyes opened and followed her frantic hands. A slow smile crept across his gorgeous face. She needed more hands! She yanked the sheet from the bed and turned around.

“Don’t look!” she yelled as she tried to wrap it around her. “Oh my God. Gage!

“Sally…?”

“Don’t say a word. Wait. Please tell me we didn’t have sex. Just…” She shook her head and spun around, bringing Gage and all his naked glory into full view. For a second she was struck mute, her jaw hanging open. His thick arousal lay nestled between powerful thighs, on a manicured tuft of dirty-blond hair.

“See something you want?” Gage said with a chuckle, snapping her brain into gear.

“You’re naked!” She spun around again, breathing so hard she feared she might pass out.

“You whipped the sheet off me,” he said far too casually.

I’m naked!”

“I see that, and I prefer you without the sheet.”

“Gage!” She huffed. “Put a pillow over yourself! Cover that thing up.”

He sighed loudly and she heard the rustling of the pillow.

“Okay, Salbird. I’m covered, but given that we’re both naked, I’m pretty sure you got more than an eyeful last night.”






Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Ruthie☆☆☆☆☆
If you have never read a Melissa Foster book before, then I can only ask you why? She is an author at the top of her craft – and this story is no exception. As you will probably know, there are many, many books which all interlink, and yet this would be very rich as a standalone too. That said, why would you not want to immerse yourself in the goodness that comes from reading a Foster novel?

If only I had a Gage in my life – probably a sentiment echoed by every reader of this super sexy, romantic, and wonderfully rich novel. Sally is one lucky lady – and after all the years that they have been friends, a mad moment gives them both the chance to indulge in something they have both wanted forever, and been too cautious to grab. There are plenty of grabby hands once the barriers are down, and it is such fun watching their new reality emerge.

Be ready for some delicious heat, some sparkling wit, and some hilarious 'can't wait another moment' embarrassments... fortunately they are far too involved in each other to really care! We get to spend a good length of time with them and the rest of the family, which brings us to a perfect finale, which really proves just how perfect Gage is.

Be warned, you will not want to put this down once you have started, so unless you want an all-nighter, or a burned dinner, please plan sensibly! That said, it is worth the tired morning after, as you can replay it in your mind and smile along with the rest of the Ryder clan.




Also Available in the Love In Bloom: The Ryders Series

Book 1
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For reviews & more info, check out our stop on the Seized by Love Blog Tour.


Book 2
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For reviews & more info, check out our stop on the Claimed by Love Blog Tour.


Book 3
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B&N  ~  Google Play  ~  iTunes  ~  Kobo

For reviews & more info, check out our stop on the Chased by Love Blog Tour.


Book 4
Buy Links

Amazon US  ~  Amazon UK  ~  Amazon Au  ~  Amazon Ca
B&N  ~  Google Play  ~  iTunes  ~  Kobo

For reviews & more info, check out our stop on the Rescued by Love Blog Tour.




Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes sexy and heartwarming contemporary romance and new adult romance with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Melissa’s emotional journeys are lovingly erotic and always family oriented–perfect beach reads for contemporary romance lovers who enjoy reading about wealthy heroes and smart, sassy heroines.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Swept into Love (The Ryders #5) by Melissa Foster to read and review for this tour.