Thursday, February 22, 2018

Driving Whiskey Wild by Melissa Foster Blog Tour

A captivating new sexy standalone romance by New York Times bestselling author Melissa Foster.

Special Forces veteran and Dark Knights Motorcycle Club member Bullet Whiskey lives to protect his family, their bar, and the residents of his small hometown. He’s rough, unapologetic, and haunted by a secret, painful past. He’s also a master at keeping people away, and when his sister hires gorgeous and sweet Finlay Wilson to help expand their biker bar, he knows just how to get rid of her.

After losing her boyfriend and her father, Finlay moves back to her hometown to be closer to the little family she has left. She needs her temporary job at Whiskey Bro’s to get her catering business off the ground, and she’s determined not to let the gruff, arrogant mountain of a man Bullet Whiskey scare her off.

Finlay is everything Bullet has never wanted. She’s afraid of his dog, afraid of motorcycles, and sweet enough to give him cavities, but as she weaves her way into the hearts of everyone around him, he’s powerless to resist her charms. Passion ignites, but trust doesn’t come easily, and when their pasts collide, Bullet finds out the true meaning of protecting those he loves.

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Finlay smiled and waved as she slipped into the dingy bar. “Hi. Am I interrupting?” From the scowl on Bullet’s face, she was not only interrupting, but she’d somehow pissed him off. Well, good for him. Let him be angry, the big, tattooed bully. What kind of man comes up to a woman at a wedding and says, Hey, sweetheart, whaddaya say I take you for a ride on the Bullet train?

She smoothed her sundress over her hips, trying to gather her wits about her. Bullet train. She had no doubt he had a train in his pants. The man was larger than life in too many ways to count, and when he set those cold, dark eyes on her, she swore they ignited right in front of her. Lordy, now my pulse is racing. She’d been thinking of that flash of heat ever since the wedding, and she couldn’t deny that it scared her and turned her on in equally frustrating measures. If she were honest with herself, she’d thought she was too damaged after losing Aaron to ever feel this type of spine-tingling excitement over a man again—and the fact that she felt it around a guy like Bullet scared the heck out of her. But this was not the time for honesty. She needed to pull herself together so she didn’t make a bad impression.

Dixie pushed past her massive brother to greet her. “Not at all! I’m glad you made it in.” She gave Finlay a quick hug and then glared at Bullet. “Right, Bull? Aren’t we glad she made it in?”

He lifted his chin in a half-cocked greeting before stalking around the bar and busying himself pulling bottles from shelves. Was he upset that she’d refused his magical penis ride? If so, he was going to have to get over it, and fast.

“Don’t pay attention to him. He had a rough night.” Dixie waved a hand as if Bullet didn’t matter.

Finlay forced a smile, knowing the big oaf mattered a heck of a lot. She’d grown up in Peaceful Harbor, although she was several years younger than the Whiskeys and she hadn’t known them then. She’d moved back into town two months ago, hoping to put down roots near her sister, Penny, after leaving to attend college in Boston nearly a decade ago. Penny had filled her in on the Whiskeys when she’d accepted the catering job for their friends’ wedding. Apparently, the Whiskeys and their motorcycle gang owned her small hometown. Only, according to Penny, it wasn’t like the stories she’d heard about bikers causing a ruckus or scaring people. No, the Whiskeys were known to be good folks, and apparently their gang was more of a club. She didn’t know the difference, but understood that they protected the community, keeping crime down and helping with bullies—except, apparently, for their own big, pushy son. From what Penny had said, they might look intimidating, but beneath all those tattoos and dark leather, they were kind, caring, generous people. She’d noticed that at the wedding, and in the weeks since, as she’d seen Dixie, her other brothers, and their parents around town. They were all as nice as could be. The jury was still out on big, bad Bullet.

But if she was going to spend any amount of time in his presence, he needed to respect her. This was why Penny had pushed her to take this job, wasn’t it? Because she’d been hiding behind her past, living a safe, comfortable, lonely life for so long she’d all but forgotten how it felt to be hit on? And how to handle it. Well, that ended now. She straightened her spine, the way she’d learned to do in culinary school, when top chefs came in to teach and they’d ream the students for the smallest errors. There was no room for thin skin in catering—and she’d be darned if she’d let Bullet Whiskey intimidate her one bit.

“It’ll be fine,” she assured Dixie, and walked directly behind the bar to the mountain of a man who was trying his best to ignore her. Every step made her heart beat faster. Holy moly, she hadn’t remembered him being that tall. She was only five three, but even though she had heels on, he was well over a foot taller than her.

She reached up and tapped Bullet’s shoulder. It was like tapping stone covered with a black leather vest. He turned slowly, his broad chest and massive arms suddenly taking up all the extra space. She stared up at him. His dark beard and eyes gave him a menacing look. She swallowed hard, steeling herself to say her piece. In the next second those angry eyes turned even hotter and hungrier than they’d been at the wedding.

Her traitorous insides flamed.

Oh boy. She was in way over her head. This man probably got everything he wanted from women with that look. He cast some sort of spell with his leather wrist cuffs, scary-looking silver and black rings, and go-ahead-just-try-to-mess-with-me attitude.

Forcing her sternest expression, she said, “Bullet, if we’re going to work together, I expect you’ll let what happened at the wedding go and get behind me on this project.”

He cocked his head, his lips curving up in a wicked smile that brought goose bumps to her entire body as he said, “I’m happy to get behind you anytime, sweetheart.”

Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

This is the third book in the series and is an excellent addition to it. I would certainly recommend that you read them in order, but it would read well as a standalone too. A great mix of super sweet and hard biker romance.

Bullet has spent his whole life taking responsibility for everything and everyone. It is exhausting, guilt inducing, and has completely taken over his life. So, he cannot believe that the delicate, beautiful Finlay should enter his dark world. She however has a very different view on their differences, and similarities. I love how their worlds collide and then meld. They are two really special people, who definitely deserve the happiness that the other unconsciously offers them.

It was no surprise to me that this is another fabulous book from Ms. Foster – she has such a way with giving us people who allow us into their lives and hearts. Anyone who has read any MC / biker book will have smiled at Finlay's disregard of convention, and how Bullet gives her protection. Utterly delicious, and great fun.

Each of these books is very satisfying, and the series as a whole is on my reread list... but there are a few more to come before I give myself the pleasure of reading them all in sequence together.

This is the third book in The Whiskeys series and I think it might be my favorite so far. Bullet is the older brother of the Whiskey kids and he has always been the protector of the other siblings. But after years in the military, he has his own demons to deal with. He runs Whiskey Bro's, the bar that has been in the family and part of the Dark Knights MC for years. Bullet only wants to keep his family, his club, and the people of Peaceful Harbour safe. That puts a lot of pressure on a person.

Finlay decides to move back to her hometown after losing her boyfriend and her father a few years ago, she wants to start her catering company in Peaceful Harbour, which will put her closer to her sister, Penny. When Dixie, Bullet's sister, asked Finlay to help with the bar’s renovation and menu, she is drawn to Bullet but he is so intimidating. Finlay can tell he is a protector and he seems to be trying to run her away from the bar.

Bullet doesn't want Finlay around the hard bikers at the bar, she is too sweet and innocent. But when Finlay stands up to Bullet, it only goes to show him that she is not a delicate flower. He finds himself drawn to her. He wants to spend more time with her. But can he spend any time with Finlay without his PTSD getting in the way? Will Finlay be able to handle his past, his demons, and his pain?

I really loved Bullet and Finlay and felt their past and heartache. Even though Bullet had talked to his brother, Bones, and a therapist, he found it easy to talk to Finlay about his past and demons. And she was able to share her past with him too. This story can be read as a standalone but I would recommend reading the others in the series first, you don't want to miss a thing.

As always with the Whiskeys, they’re an addicting, swoon-worthy family and reading about them is always an adventure. Tru Blue has been my favorite book in this series but this book is my next favorite – it’s a quick read that I couldn’t put down!

Bullet Whiskey’s life is all about protecting – be it his family, friends, or absolute strangers. If they’re in need, Bullet is there to help. Finlay Wilson is new to the town and just getting her catering business off the ground. Bullet and Finlay first met at a Whiskey wedding where Bullet propositioned Finlay. Now, Finlay is going to be working at the Whiskey bar, helping revamp things while Bullet fights tooth and nail to keep her away from the guys at the bar – and to get her to give a fling with him a chance.

Bullet was one of my favorite characters that I’ve read in a while – he’s sexy, rough around the edges, and has quick wit that had me cracking up. Finlay is his perfect balance and the author did such a fantastic job with their banter. I’m looking forward to more from The Whiskeys.

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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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Nobody Does It Better by Lexi Blake Blog Tour

A spy who specializes in seduction

Kayla Summers was an elite CIA double agent, working inside China’s deadly MSS. Now, she works for McKay-Taggart London, but the Agency isn’t quite done with her. Spy master Ezra Fain needs her help on a mission that would send her into Hollywood’s glamorous and dangerous party scene. Intrigued by the mission and the movie star hunk she will be shadowing, she eagerly agrees. When she finds herself in his bed, she realizes she’s not only risking her life, but her heart.

A leading man who doesn’t do romance

Joshua Hunt is a legend of the silver screen. As Hollywood’s highest paid actor, he’s the man everyone wants to be, or be with, but something is missing. After being betrayed more than once, the only romance Josh believes in anymore is on the pages of his scripts. He keeps his relationships transactional, and that’s how he likes it, until he meets his new bodyguard. She was supposed to keep him safe, and satisfied when necessary, but now he’s realizing he may never be able to get enough of her.

An ending neither could have expected

Protecting Joshua started off as a mission, until it suddenly felt like her calling. When the true reason the CIA wanted her for this assignment is revealed, Kayla will have to choose between serving her country or saving the love of her life.

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Her eyes came up, a flash of recognition there. “Yes?”

“Are you going to sign the contract or do you have more questions?”

She picked up the pen sitting on top of the contracts that would bind the two of them together for the next six months. They would reevaluate the relationship at that point in time, but for the next six months, she was his. His bodyguard. His submissive.

Bought and properly paid for. He would take care of her and she would give him what he needed.

She signed with a flourish and sat back, a gleam of curiosity in her eyes.

He was curious, too, and there was zero reason to not satisfy their curiosity. Hard and soft limits had been gone over. They would find their communication style as they went along. But first she should understand that he was in control.

“Come sit on my lap.”

She didn’t hesitate. She stood and turned, shifting so she could maneuver her way onto his lap.

Her weight came down on him and he wrapped an arm around her waist. Damn but she made him feel big. He’d seen her take out a man twice her size, but sitting here in his lap she felt small and vulnerable, and fuck but that did it for him.

He slid a hand along her knee, letting himself indulge in the silky-smooth feel of her skin against his palm. “Did you do as I asked?”

He was well aware his voice had gone husky, deeper than normal.

“Yes, Joshua.” She squirmed the tiniest bit, as though trying to find a comfortable position. It might be difficult for her because she was sitting right on his cock, and it was harder and thicker than he could ever remember it being.

“How can I trust you?” This was all part of the game he loved. Here he could let go and play out the darker of his impulses—to control, to take, to possess.

See. Want. Have.

“You’ll have to check,” she replied. “Though shouldn’t we go inside?”

He reached out and picked up his cell with his free hand, pushing one number and connecting to the security room. He put them on speaker. She needed to understand what she was up against in order for the game to be fair. “Landon?”

“This is Burke,” the deep voice replied. “Shane’s on patrol. What can I do for you?”

“Burke, I would like to fuck my submissive on the third-floor balcony. Is anyone watching us? Can you see any cameras pointed our way?”

A low, masculine chuckle came across the line. “No, Mr. Hunt. And given the angle relative to the beach, you should enjoy your evening without worry. The only peepers I would worry about would be your next-door neighbor, and Jared is out for the night.”

“I wouldn’t care if he wasn’t. Keep up the good work.” He hung up and his hand tightened. “I would prefer when we’re playing that you don’t question me like that. I know where I want to fuck you. I know when I want to fuck you, and I’m in charge. If I want you in the middle of a crowded freeway, your only response is a yes or a no. Not to question me.”

She seemed to relax back against him, as though she was giving up the struggle and choosing to submit. “Yes, Joshua. Yes, I understand, and yes to the sex. Please.”

He liked the breathy please and loved how she squirmed. Still, he wasn’t absolutely sure she’d obeyed him, and he was a man who required proof. He slid his hand up her thigh. “Spread your legs for me.”

Her knees fell apart, and he could feel the heat from her core. He slipped a hand up until he made contact with her softest skin. No panties. Nothing but wet heat waiting for him, and it was obvious the play had cranked her up, too. His free hand eased one button on her shirt free, and then another and another until he could move in like a soldier conquering territory. No bra. Her breasts were like the rest of her. Soft and delicate. One nipple rolled against his palm, hardening then and there.

“I can see you’ve been an obedient sub,” he said, his mouth against her ear. “You need to stay that way or there will be punishment. I’m not a sadist, Kayla. I truly don’t get off on your pain, but I will give it to you if you need it. I am a disciplinarian. I gain satisfaction from your obedience. In exchange, I’ll show you how good it can be to obey me.”

Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Avid Reader☆☆☆☆
4 stars
M/F BDSM Thriller
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Joshua and Kayla have a very lucrative relationship with each other. Joshua is looking for a submissive who can also protect him and Kayla is trying to do the right thing for her agency and country.

Kayla has been living a double life for years. She knows her job and knows that she's amazing at it. What she is lacking is a companion. When she is hired on to protect Joshua, she knows that her employment is supposed to appear like a true D/s relationship.

Joshua has been searching for a submissive who he can play with, but he also knows that he has to take the people stalking him seriously. What he doesn't realize is how lonely he's been. When he meets Kayla, there is an instant attraction and he knows that they will match well.

Both are expecting to carry out their contract and go their separate ways. However, fate and love hand them a very different situation and both need to decide how they want to proceed. There will be betrayal in several forms, risky situations, old players and new players coming at the mystery from several different angles. I really hope in the next book there are more answers, but this was a fast-paced, steamy read that was very enjoyable.

This is the fifteenth (!) book in the series, and really you need to read them all to understand a lot of the back story, and all the threads that are woven through this tale. Whilst there are pointers to remind someone who hasn't read one in a while, I am not sure that a newbie would really get the implications of everything that is in play. So, I definitely recommend that you jump in at book one and just keep going. The concept of using Bond titles is incredibly fitting, as the stories are the ultimate in unbelievable, but fascinating spy cross and double cross. And right to the end of this one, I was trying to believe my gut feelings but being led along another path. If you enjoy the franchise, then you will definitely enjoy how the espionage is convoluted, continues through the novels, and links with the BDSM seamlessly.

On the overall plot which has been working through all the books, I think that Ms. Blake had an impossible task to make everything tidy at the end... and in fact, there are a few strings which will make good starts to off-shot series in the future. But as much as was possible, I was convinced by the elements we are given access to, as being resolved.

The romance that features in this book starts as fake, and yet Josh and Kay find a connection that they neither expected nor can really accommodate in the plan that each has hatched. Whilst I am not usually a great fan of the inner voice, in this book it is essential, given the level of subterfuge and dissembling. Knowing that they were falling in love made the story a lot more poignant and I did have to stop reading a few times to catch my breath when things got extra tense.

Good, chunky, well-paced, and satisfying read, thank you, Ms. Blake.

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Lexi Blake lives in North Texas with her husband, three kids, and the laziest rescue dog in the world. She began writing at a young age, concentrating on plays and journalism. It wasn’t until she started writing romance and urban fantasy that she found the stories of her heart. She likes to find humor in the strangest places and believes in happy endings no matter how odd the couple, threesome, or foursome may seem.

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Submit by Bailey Bradford

Larry didn’t think he was made for happy-ever-afters, until one Dom changed his mind.

Larry likes to keep his BDSM and sex separate. He has his reasons and he doesn’t have to explain them to anyone else. Though he has a friend in another sub, Hank, no one knows Larry—maybe not even Larry himself.

Life takes twists and turns one can never predict. When one of those twists turns out to be a Dom Larry is attracted to, Larry’s secretive life and hidden desires threaten to come bubbling to the surface.

But for that to happen, he’ll have to learn to trust someone.

Bo Olsteen always wears his leather hood when he’s at the club. He likes to keep a firm line drawn between the Dom and the man outside of BDSM.

He hasn’t gotten laid or had a scene with a sub in far too long to admit. No one has caught his attention until he sees one blond man with boundaries all over the place and a chip on his shoulder at the BDSM club in Ravon.

Two men, neither of them expecting the connection that bursts to life between them, are about to learn the power in true submission.

Publisher's Note: This book was previously released elsewhere. It has been revised and reedited for release with Pride Publishing.

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Avid Reader☆☆☆
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Bo and Larry are a quirky couple. Larry is closed off and despite his traumatic history, he is looking to find a connection. While he doesn't necessarily want to find a meaningful relationship on a whim, he looks at his friends and how happy they are in their relationship, he yearns for that too.

Bo is a sadist who is only a sadist in the bedroom and when someone is willing. He seems to take and leave the power exchange in his relationship. When he sees Larry submitting at the club, he can't help but be intrigued.

Bo and Larry develop a relationship that is based on their mutual power exchange, but their relationship is not necessarily all that unique.

This is a quick read where you have a firm connection and see that develop into a relationship fairly quickly.

This is the second book in the series, and I can recommend Exchange (Power #1) to you. I don't think you need to have read it first, but this follows on chronologically.

Ms. Bradford is brilliant at writing about the different hues of BDSM. No assumptions, no formulae, each person has different needs and desires. In Larry she has created someone who has a very good reason for his kinks and wants. He is clearly a good guy, and when it is revealed just what happened to him, those needs make much more sense. Luckily, he and Bo have a strong attraction, and take the time to get to understand each other, in and out of the club.

Another great installment, thank you, Ms. Bradford.

Look, this is a short story so there isn’t a huge amount of build up for fleshing out, but this story really got to me. I found myself tearing up over things I usually wouldn’t.

Larry hasn’t had an easy life and the only one in his life who cares about him is his friend, Hank. After he does a scene at the club with Dom Bo, he starts to think about his life and wants things he hadn’t dared think about before. He wants love and to let someone in to his life.

*Sigh*. Submit is a lovely story. I just love m/m BDSM and these novellas give me a little bit of a comfort read without taking up too much time or brain power, and leave me happy.

I love this series, my only complaint is how short the books are. The first two would have been awesome as full-length novels. Each book can be read as a standalone. We briefly met Larry in the first book. He is so sweet and has kind of a mystery to him and why he wants things the way he wants them. Bo hasn't clicked with anyone in forever and when he meets Larry, he is intrigued. For being such a short book, we did get to see these two grow together and become an awesome pair. Short, hot, and a little bit of sweet. Highly recommend.

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A native Texan, Bailey spends her days spinning stories around in her head, which has contributed to more than one incident of tripping over her own feet. Evenings are reserved for pounding away at the keyboard, as are early morning hours. Sleep? Doesn't happen much. Writing is too much fun, and there are too many characters bouncing about, tapping on Bailey's brain demanding to be let out.

Caffeine and chocolate are permanent fixtures in Bailey's office and are never far from hand at any given time. Removing either of those necessities from Bailey's presence can result in what is known as A Very, Very Scary Bailey and is not advised under any circumstances.

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Model Bodyguard by Lissa Kasey

Things are going well for androgynous model Ollie Petroskovic, ex-Marine Kade Alme, and their business, Haven Investigations, until rock star Jacob Elias shows up in need of their services… and trouble follows.

Jacob is a playboy with a serious penchant for kink, slaves, and sex toys. He’s also Ollie’s ex—and all that implies. With the media exploiting his personal life, a stalker sending blood-soaked “gifts,” a bumbling security team, and a family he can’t trust as far as he could throw them, Jacob is in desperate need of a bodyguard for his latest tour, and Kade can’t refuse.

While Kade deals with new doubts about his partnership with Ollie and struggles with reminders of his war injuries, Jacob’s stalker escalates from blackmail and threats to murder. As Kade and Ollie work to keep Jacob safe and find the culprit behind the attack, a web of family secrets, lies, and abuse slowly emerges, leading up to a final confrontation that they might not walk away from—and that will have lasting repercussions for Kade and his relationship with Ollie.

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Avid Reader☆☆☆☆
M/M Romance, Mystery
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Ollie and Kade are a solid couple. They love each other and despite some of their own insecurities, they balance each other well.

When Ollie's ex-boyfriend hires them, Kade knows that Jacob, the ex, has ulterior motives, but also realizes that there is a real threat to him as well.

Ollie is working hard to keep his past behind him, but with his ex in danger, Ollie still knows that deep down, despite the abuse he suffered, Jacob can be a good person.

There are a lot of people involved in this story and each one has a lot to gain. The mystery portion of this story is very fast paced and well developed. You want to guess throughout and when you finally figure it out, it's not a huge shock.

What I think makes this story the most interesting is Kade's predicament. I can't wait to see what happens in the next story and who comes forward as the alpha male.

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LISSA KASEY is more than just romance. She specializes in in-depth characters, detailed world building, and twisting plots to keep you clinging to your book reader. All stories have a side of romance, emotionally messed-up protagonists, and feature LGBTGA-spectrum characters facing real-world problems, no matter how fictional the story.

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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Kian by Melody Anne

New York Times bestselling author Melody Anne’s sizzling novel of ex-lovers locked again in a game of hearts.

There was a time when surgeon Kian Forbes would have surrendered every cent of his vast family fortune if it could make Roxie Gilbert happy. That was before she skipped town, broke his heart, and sent him spinning through a string of forgettable one-night stands. He never even knew he’d fathered a child—with Roxie’s sister, no less. But in the wake of tragedy, little Lily needs a home. And Kian wants his daughter. But Roxie’s not giving in or giving up without a fight.

Fearful of her intense feelings for Kian, Roxie ran. Now that her sister’s death has brought her home, she intends to take custody of her niece and avoid Kian—easier said than done on both counts. With their wealth and power, the Forbes men are accustomed to winning. And as she and Kian are forced to spend time together for Lily’s sake, saying no to everything he wants proves impossible… even though it means risking both their hearts all over again.

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Avid Reader☆☆☆☆
3.5 stars
M/F Romance
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I really wanted to love this story. The premise had me so excited. However, when I began reading, right off the bat, I was disheartened by Kian's role and his aloofness to his own child. You're thrown into the situation without a warning and then thrust into a love story. There was really no build up and no segue to get to the love story.

Once we were in to the love story, then it became more about Kian and Roxie figuring out if they had their chance and it was too late or if they were both willing to take another chance.

I really liked how Kian's family was involved in the story. They were supportive without being overly intrusive.

I thought that there was a lot of angst throughout between Roxie and Kian. They seemed stunted in the development with each other – very juvenile.

Overall, it was an okay story with a lot going on. However, I think it would have been more powerful had the main characters been less juvenile about their situation.

Mary Jo☆☆☆
I liked this story, but the pace to me was inconsistent.

The plot point of Kian sleeping with Roxie was addressed but not in what I would call a meaningful way. In small towns, I think it would be hard not to know who had a child and who the child's father is.

Roxie comes home to take care of her sister's daughter after her sister is murdered and finds out that her ex-boyfriend is the child's father. Kian finds out about his daughter on the mother's death bed.

Both Roxie and Kian have underlying issues that need to be resolved, including the reasons why Roxie left him the first place, and how Kian is going to build a relationship with his child. The issues are addressed but not in the depth that I would have to like to have seen.

3.5 stars of confusing romance

I have read many of Melody Anne's books in the matchmaking/interfering father series, and this is a spin-off from those. It takes a less than usual path, but I liked where it ended up. I think that the blurb could just as easily excite you as deter you – but actually, read the book and then make the call, as all is not as it seems.

Kian is an interesting mix of entitled, confident professional, and yet romantically broken, by the woman who has now come back into his life by a totally unexpected and life changing route. I really could not find anything to dislike about him, although I did wonder why he did not follow Roxie and ask her why?

Roxie does not come out well in the behaviour stakes here. She may have gone off to make a life for herself, but at the expense of others, whether Kian or her sister, Pamela. For that, her reasoning (whining) really does not make a great deal of sense. I don't often dislike female leads, but I struggled to find any redemption in her behaviour or character – other than the fact she acknowledged she behaved badly. But hey, Kian is in love with her, his family forgive her, and they clearly have chemistry.

Slightly stranger book than usual in terms of the feelings it brought out, but a well written book nonetheless.

Melody Anne is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the popular Billionaire Bachelors, Surrender, and Baby for the Billionaire series, as well as the young adult Midnight series. She collaborated with J.S. Scott and Ruth Cardello for the anthology Taken by a Trillionaire.

Melody holds a bachelor’s degree in business but found her true calling when she was first published in 2011. When she isn’t writing, she cultivates strong bonds with her family and enjoys time spent with them, as well as with her friends and beloved pets. A country girl at heart, she loves her small town and is involved in many community projects.

Melody has earned a spot on multiple bestseller lists and is a three-time Amazon Top 100 bestselling author. Best of all, she gets to do what makes her happiest—live in a fantasy world 95 percent of the time.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Kian (Undercover Billionaire #1) by Melody Anne to read and review.

The Hockey Player's Heart by Jeff Adams & Will Knauss

Hometown hero. Hockey superstar. Perfect boyfriend?

When hockey star Caleb Carter returns to his hometown to recover from an injury, the only thing he’s interested in is a little R & R. He never expects to run into his onetime crush at a grade school fund-raiser. Seeing Aaron Price hits him hard, like being checked into the boards. The attraction is still there, even after all these years, and Caleb decides to make a play for the schoolteacher. You miss 100 percent of the shots you never take, right?

Aaron has been burned by love before and can’t imagine what a celebrity like Caleb could possibly see in a guy like him. Their differences are just too great. But as Aaron spends more time with Caleb, he begins to wonder if he might have what it takes to win the hockey player’s heart.

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This is a proper romantic fantasy – a famous hockey player falls for a small-town teacher.

As with all Dreamspun Desires stories, both Caleb and Aaron are perfect leading men – if a little bit too good to be true. The famous professional hockey player is humble enough to donate his time and money to an elementary school charity event. He cares for his sister and still holds a torch for his high school tutor. Aaron is a selfless, dedicated teacher who devotes himself to his students. They are both sweet and heroes in their own way.

These two are almost too perfect together. Between romantic dinners, coaching hockey together, and stolen kisses by a frozen pond, these two are fairytale sweet. Theirs is a pure sugar rush romance full of all sorts of good feels.

Because they fit so well as friends and lovers, the very minimal conflict in this story seems slightly contrived. Aaron doesn’t think the distance between Caleb’s New York team and his own job in rural New York is workable. He doesn’t think he fits in Caleb’s world and he is worried about Caleb’s travel schedule.

This is very much a Dreamspun Desires story. It’s a simple, very sweet, low heat romance. It’s supposed to be predictable and very low angst. I really enjoyed the characters in this story and it is beautifully written.

Jeff Adams

JEFF ADAMS has written stories since he was in middle school and became a gay romance writer in 2009 when his first short stories were published. Since then he’s written several shorts and novels and he plans to keep writing as long as wonderful readers keeping picking up his books.

Jeff lives in rural northern California with his husband of twenty years, Will. Some of his favorite things include the musicals Rent and [title of show], the Detroit Red Wings and Pittsburgh Penguins hockey teams, and the reality TV competition So You Think You Can Dance. If forced to pick his favorite book, it would be a tie between Michael Chabon’s The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay and David Levithan’s Every Day.

Jeff is the co-host of Jeff & Will’s Big Gay Fiction Podcast, a weekly show devoted to m/m romance as well as pop culture. New episodes come out every Monday at

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Will Knauss

WILL KNAUSS is a child of the seventies. When he wasn’t twirling around on the playground (like Lynda Carter from Wonder Woman), he wrote stories and performed plays for family members. Enthusiasm for his theatrical presentations varied. Before becoming an author, Will’s work experience ranged from hotel housekeeper to retail clerk. While living in New York, he even worked as a Wax Museum tour guide.

In 1995 he asked the man who would eventually become his husband on a date. No Netflix and chill for them, though, remember, this was the Dark Ages (aka the midnineties). They went to an actual theater to see the John Carpenter remake of Village of the Damned. They have been inseparable ever since.

Each week, Will shares his love of gay romance fiction with the listeners of the Big Gay Fiction Podcast, a show he co-created with his husband and fellow author, Jeff Adams.

Other random facts: He loves Jacqueline Susann’s Valley of the Dolls and Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City. He can answer any question about Bette Davis (he’s that obsessed) and has an ever-growing collection of Wonder Woman ephemera (see Lynda Carter reference above).

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of The Hockey Player's Heart (Hockey Hearts #1) by Jeff Adams & Will Knauss to read and review.