Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Wright Kind of Trouble by K.A. Linde Release Blitz

He’s 10 years older. But this feels so Wright.

An age gap, enemy’s little sister romance set in the Wright world about Harley Wright & Chase Sinclair from USA Today bestselling author K.A. Linde.

He didn’t know I was ten years younger.
I didn’t know he was a Sinclair.

He didn’t care that I was a Wright.
I knew exactly what I wanted.

Yet, I know none of this when I fall into his bed.

Touching him is like finally waking after a long sleep and the thought of being without him is like driving a knife through my chest. But it's worse—he was almost engaged to my brother's wife—which makes him public enemy number one.

Our families hate each other.
No one can know what we did.
If any of my four older brothers find out, they will run him out of town.

And still… I want him.

NOTE: This is the first book in the Wright duet age-gap romance.

Don’t miss our reviews of other books in the Wright series!
For book seven, A Wright Christmas, click HERE.
For book eight, Wright with Benefits, click HERE.
For book nine, Serves Me Wright, click HERE.
For book ten, Wright Rival, click HERE.
For book #11, Wright That Got Away, click HERE.
For book #12, All the Wright Moves, click HERE.

 

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Wright Kind of Trouble by K.A. Linde

Book 14
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Reviews


Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team


Ruthie☆☆☆☆
This is the seventh book in the series and to get all the goodness you really need to start from the very beginning – as this book covers events from different perspectives which have already happened, and it was so rich to glimpse reminders of big things for other couples from a new line of sight. We also finally get to understand more of Hayley's thinking over that time.

There is nothing to dislike in this sexy waiting game, impossible to resist romance, which has been happening throughout Hayley's undergraduate studies. She and Chase had an instant connection, but he wanted her to have the chance to make her own life rather than being subsumed into his. There is only good in that intention, but it is a difficult one to stomach... for both of them really. I love that we get to see them slip up every now and again and yet they cannot possibly let go entirely.

It is fast-paced and full of fun, so whilst time is passing, we still get plenty of passion and hope for a true happily ever after. We are given somewhat of a cliffhanger, which means I am already in need of the next book, NOW!

 

 

Author Bio

K.A. LINDE is the USA Today bestselling author of the Avoiding series, Wrights, and more than thirty other novels. She has a master’s degree in political science from the University of Georgia, was the head campaign worker for the 2012 presidential campaign at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and served as the head coach of the Duke University dance team. She loves reading fantasy novels, binge-watching Supernatural, traveling, and dancing in her spare time.

She currently lives in Lubbock, Texas, with her husband and super-adorable puppy.

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Monday, February 26, 2024

Scene Queen by Charlie Novak Blog Tour

The Court Book Two. Scene Queen. Every Queen has a Secret.

Note to self: just because he's hot and funny doesn't change the fact he's annoying AF.

Hooking up with my irritating as hell neighbour wasn't on my agenda for the week, even if he is ridiculously gorgeous with a smile that lights up my life. His music is too loud, he’s too nosy… but I can’t stop myself from wanting more than a taste.

It was only supposed to be a one time thing, but now Rhys seems determined to charm his way into my world. And when he gets his nose broken at a rock concert, I'm the one who comes to his rescue.

But there's no time in my life for a relationship. Juggling drag, a paramedic career, and helping with my sister's kids has already pushed me close to burnout, and I'm walking a fine line between survival and exhaustion.

I've always been the one helping everyone else and I can't remember the last time I put myself first.

Maybe it's time to cause a scene and go after the thing I really want: a chance with the sparkling man next door who has terrible taste in music.

Don’t miss our reviews of the rest of The Court series!
For book one, Drama Queen, click HERE.

 

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Scene Queen by Charlie Novak

Book 2
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“You’re such a needy boy, aren’t you? So desperate for praise… for someone to notice you and give you all the things you tell yourself you can’t have or pretend you don’t want. Tell me, what secret fantasies are lurking inside you, just waiting for someone to notice?”

 

Reviews


Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team


Shannan☆☆☆☆
Scene Queen is the second book in The Court series. It can be read as a standalone without issue. But it does help to read what's come before it.

Evan has his hands full. He works full-time as a paramedic, helps his sister by babysitting his niblings, and does his drag shows. The stress of trying to maintain everything is becoming too much but he can't and won't disappoint anyone. When he comes off a particularly hard night shift from his day job, all he wants to do is sleep but his neighbor's horrible music is at a level that won't allow for that to happen. Evan isn't expecting the sexy Welsh man who answers the door. Hooking up with him almost seems inevitable but all it can be is a one-time thing – he has no time to offer for a relationship.

Rhys is having a hard time since his twin brother found himself in a committed relationship. Rhys feels out of sorts being alone. He hates the silence of living alone, the only thing that seems to help is playing his music loud. When his sexy neighbor begs for the music to be turned down, Rhys has a new plan – annoy the neighbor until they hook up. Once Rhys actually sees how much stress Evan is under, he wants to help, to take care of him, to ease his burdens. Little does Rhys realize that while he's trying to do all these things for Evan, he's slowly falling for the man.

There was instant chemistry between Rhys and Evan. I enjoyed seeing Evan's walls coming down little by little and letting Rhys in. Rhys wouldn't take no for an answer and was determined to help Evan in the only ways he knew how. Sweet read. I can't wait for more in this series.

 

 

Author Bio


Charlie Novak. Author.

CHARLIE NOVAK lives in England with her husband and two cheeky dogs. She spends most of her days wrangling other people’s words in her day job and then trying to force her own onto the page in the evening.

She loves cute stories with a healthy dollop of fluff, plenty of delicious sex, and happily ever afters — because the world needs more of them.

Charlie has very little spare time, but what she does have she fills with baking, Dungeons and Dragons, reading, and many other nerdy pursuits. She also thinks that everyone should have at least one favourite dinosaur…

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I shouldn’t have kissed him. I shouldn’t still be kissing him. But he was so fucking annoying it was the only way I could think to make him shut up.

 

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Friday, February 23, 2024

Drama Queen by Charlie Novak

The Court Book One. Drama Queen. Every Queen Needs a Court.

Note to self: dumping cocktails into a man’s lap does not count as a meet cute.

Accidentally throwing a jug of Sex on the Beach onto the hottest guy at drag brunch was not how I wanted to start my performance, and forgetting to ask for his name was the cherry on top.

But when he finds me online and invites me out for drinks, it seems like my chaotic shenanigans might have worked out for once. Falling into bed with West is easy, but balancing a gorgeous, rugby player boyfriend with a day job and drag is harder than dancing in eight inch heels.

And when my participation in a local drag story hour draws the ire of certain locals, it feels like everything might fall apart. West doesn’t understand why I won’t step down, but I’ve never been afraid of being myself.

Now I just need West to stand beside me. Because he’s the only man who’s ever loved me as Rory and Bubblegum Galaxy, and I won’t let that slip away.

You can call me a drama queen, but you’ll never dull my sparkle.

Content Warning: This novel contains an attempted homophobic attack, the use of slurs and violent language.

 

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Drama Queen by Charlie Novak

Book 1
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Reviews


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Shannan☆☆☆☆
Drama Queen is the first book in The Court series.

Bubblegum Galaxy (Rory) loves what she does on stage as a drag queen. She loves working at The Court, but she never expected a misplaced elbow to a waitress with a pitcher of drinks and a sexy rugby player all to happen at the same time. When the pitcher spills in the lap of the rugby player, Bubblegum is mortified. She never expects West to find her online and ask her out for drinks.

West and Rory couldn't be more different but that is what makes them work so well together. Rory has his family’s support in everything he does. West, on the other hand, hasn't spoken to his family since he came out publicly as bisexual. After hearing about Rory's run in with a drunk man spitting a homophobic rant at him and his friends, West is taken back by Rory's confusion at his rationalizing of the incident. After a tough look at himself, he comes to understand he's letting his teammates say demeaning things to him about his sexuality to not cause problems.

I loved seeing West's understanding of himself and that just because he's bi he doesn't need to accept that behavior. And Rory seeing he had an army to protect him at the story time. They had such a sweet relationship. Not at all a fluff read but it dealt with some deep topics as well. I can't wait for more!

 

 

Author Bio


Charlie Novak. Author.

CHARLIE NOVAK lives in England with her husband and two cheeky dogs. She spends most of her days wrangling other people’s words in her day job and then trying to force her own onto the page in the evening.

She loves cute stories with a healthy dollop of fluff, plenty of delicious sex, and happily ever afters — because the world needs more of them.

Charlie has very little spare time, but what she does have she fills with baking, Dungeons and Dragons, reading, and many other nerdy pursuits. She also thinks that everyone should have at least one favourite dinosaur…

Connect with Charlie Novak!

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Thursday, February 22, 2024

Tempting Promises by Corinne Michaels Release Blitz

Tempting Promises. New York Times Bestselling Author. Corinne Michaels. Available Now. Read Free in Kindle Unlimited.

What’s the worst thing you could do when you’re stranded in the woods with your rival?

Sleep with him. That’s what.

Not only is Rowan Whitlock my sister’s ex, but we’re both vying for the contract that would save my family farm.

So why did it have to be Rowan who came to the rescue after I fell on a remote hiking trail? When the weather turned unexpectedly, we were forced to find shelter and ride out the storm. Only that wasn’t the only thing I ended up riding.

We promise ourselves what happens at the cabin stays at the cabin, but when we get back to Sugarloaf, it’s impossible to stay away from him. Those blue eyes captivate me, his strong body comforts me, and he makes me feel beautiful.

Which is crazy, right?

If only my stupid head would listen and stop this before my heart gets involved, but I keep going back because I’m already in too deep.

I should’ve known that the temptation wasn’t worth the risk because when it all falls apart, our promises are broken, and I’m afraid my heart will never recover.

Don’t miss our reviews of the rest of the Whitlock Family series!
For book one, Forbidden Hearts, click HERE.
For book two, Broken Dreams, click HERE.

 

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Tempting Promises by Corinne Michaels

Book 3
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“They say there’s a thin line between love and hate, what do you say we figure out what side we’re on?”

 

Reviews


Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team


Mary☆☆☆☆☆
This is an enemies-to-lovers story, and it turns out that Charlotte was the one who did not like Rowan because of what her sister told her. It turns out that her sister lied.

After seeing what his mother went through, Rowan has never wanted to be in a relationship. He was fine being single. Charlotte didn't want to get close to anyone because each time she did, they left. First, her parents died in a car accident; then, her grandparents died; and then, her sister left her to live in the city. She thought she was better off alone.

After spending several days together in the woods, in the freezing rain, running low on food, and her having an injured ankle, they turned their dislike into something more. The feeling was sizzling, and it was one way to keep warm.

I love this series and think Rowan and Charlotte are my favorites so far. Their banter and his protectiveness of her made this a true Whitlock story. I was not happy with Charlotte's sister; she was the one who caused all this dislike and she tried to make Charlotte feel bad for loving Rowan. All I can say is you need to read this one, if you haven't, then start from the beginning of the series. You do not want to miss any of the Whitlock brothers. I cannot wait for Brynlee's story.

 

 

Author Bio

CORINNE MICHAELS is a New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of romance novels. Her stories are chock full of emotion, humor, and unrelenting love, and she enjoys putting her characters through intense heartbreak before finding a way to heal them through their struggles.

Corinne is a former Navy wife and happily married to the man of her dreams. She began her writing career after spending months away from her husband while he was deployed—reading and writing were her escapes from the loneliness. Corinne now lives in Virginia with her husband and is the emotional, witty, sarcastic, and fun-loving mom of two beautiful children.

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“I swear, Charlotte, you will submit, and when you do, I’ll take it all from you.”

 

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Tempting Promises (Whitlock Family #3) by Corinne Michaels to read and review.

Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Knife to the Heart by Kristie Wolf Blog Tour

What happens when duty and desire collide like an avalanche?

What happens when duty and desire collide like an avalanche?

All she wanted was a relaxing vacation in the tranquil ski-town of Red Snow, Colorado. But everything freezes for FBI Special Agent Rosalie Zenner when she spots an all-too-familiar deadly threat lurking in the mountain village. Duty-bound to ensure everyone's safety, she must stop a battle-hardened doctor with a reckless plan.

Dr. Cannon Ford, the small town’s selfless hero, is ready to pay any price to fulfill a life-saving promise, even negotiating with a criminal. But when the stunning FBI agent stands in his way from protecting his community, he's hit with a snow-melting attraction.

Caught between the monster from her past and the rugged, possessive doctor determined to make her leave, she refuses to let their explosive passion compromise her oath to catch a killer. While Cannon may not hold a badge, he's willing to take lives to save everyone he holds dear, including the woman who’s ensnared him.

As blood stains the icy trails, Cannon and Rosalie navigate impossible choices more perilous than the killer’s chilling plans. One wrong move could lead to a fate worse than a Knife to the Heart.

Welcome to Red Snow, where heroes emerge from the shadows, and love and danger entwine on every snowy slope.

 

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Knife to the Heart by Kristie Wolf

Book 1
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“If I would have known you were wearing lace under your bulletproof vest, I would have taken out every sniper myself so we could call it a night and get you naked.”

 

Reviews


Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team


Avid Reader☆☆☆☆
M/F Romance Mystery

Rosalie is on vacation – boarding down the mountain – wanting to forget the past just for a little bit. When she meets a handsome person on the mountain, she can't help but want to throw caution to the wind. Rosalie is actually in town for her cousin's wedding and wants to have a relaxing time.

With the past creeping in, Rosalie knows that she'll have to face it sooner or later. When she finds herself in the ER, the last person she expects to see is her mystery man.

Cannon is the CEO of the local hospital and loves what he does. When the hospital is hijacked and subjected to a ransomware attack, Cannon doesn't really know what to do. However, he has a sister who is needing a specific clinical trial at the local hospital and Cannon will stop at nothing to get it there.

When Cannon and Rosalie meet again, Rosalie sees that the hospital is under an attack and since that's what she does, she offers her help. However, Cannon isn't sure.

As the attacker moves closer and closer, Rosalie's past comes crashing into her present and it will take Cannon's hidden talents to help solve the mystery of who's attacking the hospital and the local people in town.

You won't be disappointed in this story. It's fast paced and the romance, while sometimes a little unconventional and unbelievable, still adds to the story. I can't wait for the next installation.


Ruthie☆☆☆☆
3.5 stars rounded up for a despicable baddie!

This is the first book in a new series, and definitely had a lot to commend it – I will be looking out for future stories, and hope to catch up with Rosalie and Cannon.

The story revolves around a cybercrime, which then develops in a collection of terrorist acts, all to gain the attention of FBI agent Rosalie Zenner. As we get to learn her backstory, it explains some of the complications, moving the original situation – the freezing of the hospital data for ransom – into an escalation of much more intense significance.

I did find that the pacing was a little slow and that the narrative could have been snappier, but the underlying story was interesting enough to keep me reading. I liked the romance in that they were two people who deserved some happiness, but their habit of disappearing at key moments for some privacy didn't always fit in with the drama unfolding around them, and somehow lessened the tension in the wrong way, at least for me.

I cannot imagine how the drama can keep up this pace in the next installment – I await its release with interest.

 

 

“You’ll comply with everything I tell you to do.”     She licked her lips. “Think so?”     “Know so.” His grin curled into a savage snarl. “On your hands and knees.”

 

Author Bio

KRISTIE WOLF is an award-winning author of steamy romantic suspense.

When she was a teenager, she read her first romance novel and connected with it so deeply that she immediately told her mother she was going to write one. She is thrilled to bring that dream fully to fruition with the release of Too Dangerous to Love, book one in the Project VIPER series.

While her career as a marketing professional in the government technology space hasn’t taught her to troubleshoot a computer, she’s fascinated with what happens when technology spectacularly fails. The chilling stories she’s heard from the nation’s tech leaders are the catalyst for plots about maniacal terrorists but don’t worry. Her military and law enforcement alpha heroes and badass heroines always save the day while burning up the pages and finding happily ever after. She’s looking forward to sharing the VIPER world with you starting with the October 2023 release of Too Dangerous to Love, followed by the releases of Too Deadly to Love, Too Damaged to Love, and Too Cold to Love.

Kristie resides in Maryland with her husband – aka her tech support – and her two teenagers who participate in nearly every sport or activity ever invented. Many of her words are written on the pool deck, on the sidelines and in the bleachers, or in her car.

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Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Till There Was You by Lindsay Hameroff

A recipe for love that hits all the right notes. Now Available. St. Martin’s Griffin.

Culinary student Lexi Berman, 24, has one goal: to make her late mother proud by becoming an executive chef in a Michelin-star restaurant. And she isn’t going to let anything–or anyone–get in the way. But when she meets Jake Taylor, a dive bar musician who charms her with show tunes, she makes a rare exception to her no-dating rule. After a steamy weekend together, Jake leaves for L.A. to record his demo, and Lexi never expects to see him again. And she definitely doesn’t expect him to become an overnight celebrity, with a breakout single that’s almost certainly about her famous blueberry pancake recipe.

As Jake’s star rises and the world speculates about the subject of his song, Lexi keeps the affair to herself. After all, she’s finally found her footing at her new restaurant job, and even has a prospective romance with her coworker. But when a distraught Jake turns up on her doorstep late one night, her carefully-laid plans are thrown for a loop. Though she and Jake try to be friends, things between them soon reheat faster than a bowl of Lexi's matzah ball soup. But a relationship with Jake means risking her face in tabloids, withstanding cruel internet comments, and worst of all, jeopardizing her career. As Jake’s upcoming tour approaches, and rumors swirl about him and another pop star, Lexi has to decide if holding onto her meticulously-planned future is worth walking away from what could be the perfect recipe for love.

Set both in the chaos of fame and the high stakes world of New York City restaurants, this novel sprinkles in a second chance at love and a dollop of celebrity drama to create a romantic romp that will make even the most jaded reader smile.

 

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Till There Was You by Lindsay Hameroff

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Reviews


Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team


Ruthie☆☆☆☆
I am a big fan of rock star romances and love reading books which have chefs/cooks in leading roles, so this was definitely a book I had to read.

There is a lot of backstory as to why Lexie wants to be a chef, and I think that the descriptions of her studies in culinary school and her experiences at the veg station are really well written, and undoubtedly will resonate with chefs everywhere! I also recognised the Chef and the impossibility of having a life outside the confines of the kitchen or the team. It builds the tension on how she is going to imagine a relationship could work – and it is indeed not something she truly believes can happen.

A chance meeting with Jake turns out to be a time to take risks and cook blueberry pancakes... little could she imagine that her life would be upended nearly as much as his so soon!

I liked the tension, the unpleasant agent, the beautiful co-star, and as Jake is going through his reinvention as a rock star, Lexie also has a posse who have their own adventures and provide her with different meaning to events unfolding.

I am confident that you will enjoy the unexpected romance between a dedicated musician and career chef.

 

 

Author Bio

LINDSAY HAMEROFF is a writer, humorist, and former English teacher raised in Baltimore, MD and based in Harrisburg, PA. Her writing has been featured in McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, The Belladonna, Weekly Humorist, and other outlets. She also co-edits Frazzled, a parenting humor site. Till There Was You is her first novel.

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Monday, February 19, 2024

The Step Bet by Riley Hart & Devon McCormack Blog Tour

The Step Bet. Riley Hart & Devon McCormack.

TROY

Sometimes I want to punch that smirk off Atlas McCallister's pretty face.

He's cocky. A troublemaker. A pain.

And, unfortunately, my stepbrother.

We've been fire and kerosene since our parents got together, and to keep from exploding into fistfights, we've used challenges, dares, and bets to battle out our differences.

Our past bets have been a little inappropriate—scandalous, even—but Atlas's latest bet has gone too far.

Do I really believe if he loses, my straight stepbrother is gonna mess around with a guy? And not just any guy: me, his rival and nemesis?

Not a chance.

But if he's so confident he's gonna win... well, my big stepbro must not know me as well as he thinks...

ATLAS

I love getting under Troy's skin.

Mr. Former Prom King. Mr. Heartthrob. Mr. Infuriatingly Perfect. Messing with him is too easy. Too fun. Maybe that's why I'm a little obsessed with him.

Our latest bet is the perfect way for me to test the bisexual waters, and once I dive headfirst into the deep end, I don't want to stop.

With Troy. My stepbro.

It was supposed to be just a little fun, yet with each touch, I like him more than I should. It wasn't supposed to go this far. Now I want Troy to be all mine.

But what we're doing has bigger consequences than our little step bet, and when the stakes are this high, is it worth gambling our hearts when we know this is a game we both could lose?

This is the first book in the Peach State Stepbros series. It can be read as a standalone.

Trigger Warning: The Step Bet is a steamy romance, but one of the secondary characters struggles with addiction. This may act as a trigger for some readers.

 

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The Step Bet by Riley Hart & Devon McCormack

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Excerpt



ATLAS

My eyes shouldn’t be on my stepbrother’s ass when he walks away, not only because of the familial relationship, but because I’m supposed to be as straight as Troy is queer. I’ve never fucked a guy, never wanted to fuck a guy. I don’t have a problem with anyone who does. It’s just never been something that’s crossed my mind, but still I watch Troy the way I always do, remembering what it was like the day he wore a pair of panties—panties that only I knew about. What it was like seeing him shift and being the only person who knew why. Knowing he’d worn them all those years ago because those were the terms. He lost, so he had to submit to my naughty little punishment, crafted especially for him.

It gave me the best kind of rush. Made me feel something other than anger and my hatred of the world. These games I play with Troy make my head less chaotic. They feel good. Thinking about our bets still makes me feel that way.

Because even though I can’t sort out why, there’s always been something different about the way I react to Troy. He’s fascinating as fuck, which pisses me off but also keeps drawing me in.

“Hey, man. Why’d you wanna meet here?” Taylor asks as he approaches me with our friend Brenner. My gaze darts around to make sure none of Troy’s boys are in earshot. The last thing I need is them hearing I made up the whole Taylor-and-Brenner-wanted-to-come argument. Jesus, Troy’s got me fucked up. Now I’m making up excuses to be at a party where he is.

“Cheap booze,” I reply, which is partly true. The frat charges a small fee to get in, but now we get to drink all their alcohol.

“Bet.” Brenner grins. He’s always down to get drunk. I am too.

The guys grab a drink while I watch my stepbro plead my case to his friends. When they look my way, I raise my cup to them and offer my best smile. It seems to work because they shake their heads and say something to Troy but walk away without coming over to harass my ass.

Taylor and Brenner return with red cups full to the brim with frothy beer, and we shoot the shit for a while.

“How’s class going?” I ask, still watching Troy. My stepbro is studying mechanical engineering, something he’s always loved and been good at.

“Eh, it’s school. How good can it be?” Taylor replies.

“Mine are pretty cool, actually,” Brenner says. “I’m really digging my History of Contemporary Architecture class.” He licks the beer foam from his top lip.

I only met them when I started at Peach State, but it didn’t take long to learn that Brenner is obsessed with architecture. He doesn’t take much seriously, but he does that.

“Cool,” I reply, and then we listen to him ramble about it.

The backyard of the frat house is getting more and more crowded, filled with annoying people I have no desire to be around. Fucking Troy and the weird things he makes me do.

“At least there are some fine-ass girls here tonight,” Taylor says, taking in the view. I can’t deny that he’s right.

“Guys too.” Brenner bounces on his toes, unable to keep still. He’s bisexual, so you never know whom he’s going to end the night with.

I agree with them while watching Troy over my cup as I take a drink. Now he’s talking to a guy I don’t recognize. His gaze darts my direction before it shoots away again, and he transfers his weight from one foot to the other. I tell myself it’s because of me, which sends warmth through my belly and might make me even more fucked up than I already knew I was. Making him a little uncomfortable shouldn’t feel good.

“I thought you weren’t allowed at Alpha Theta Mu parties, Atlas?” Danielle says. She’s in my Classical Sociological Theory class and is always flirting with me. She’s hot—long brown hair, brown eyes, and an ass that doesn’t stop, so it’s not like I mind when she hits on me. I quite enjoy it, to be honest.

“Aw, come on. You know I do what I want. Who’s gonna tell me I can’t go somewhere?” I tease. Of course, I wouldn’t be here if Troy hadn’t put a leash on his boys, but that’s beside the point.

“You’re bad, Atlas McCallister.”

“I am. You wanna be bad with me tonight?” I quirk a brow at her. It’s a cheesy line, but I figure she’ll take it for what it is. I want to hook up tonight, and she’ll either be down or not, and if not, then I’ll go on my way.

“You know I do.”

I set my cup down, the beer already forgotten. “Come here, then.” I hook my finger in the belt loop of her shorts and tug her closer. Danielle comes easily. “Let’s stay here for a while first.” Because I’m curious who the guy is with Troy and if they’re going to disappear together for the night.

Brenner and Taylor mumble something about me being a lucky motherfucker, and to them, I probably am. Not just because of Danielle, but because they don’t know shit about my life, not really.

They don’t know how much I hate my father, that even being in the same room with him makes me feel like I’m suffocating.

They don’t know that every time I look at him, I’m drowning in the pain of losing my mom. That I stood by while he’d broken her heart so he could play house with Troy’s mom. One big happy family. Fuck that noise.

It’s all on me that my friends don’t know much about my life. We basically live to bust each other’s balls. It’s our friendship language, but I also know I can trust them. They’d be there for me if I let them. I just don’t know how.

Danielle presses her breasts against my chest, and I let my hand slide down her back, then land high on her ass, in the same spot I’d once had Troy’s name written… Like, what the fuck even is that? I don’t understand how he gets me to do shit like that. I excuse it with the logic that if I don’t follow through with the bets I lose, he won’t follow through with the bets I win—and that is the best fucking feeling.

Danielle’s lips ghost over mine, and I kiss her back, tongue in her mouth. When I look over again, Troy is watching me, and damned if I don’t watch him too while I’m kissing her.

 

 

Reviews


Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team


Shannan☆☆☆☆
The Step Bet is the first book in the Peach State Stepbros series.

Troy and Atlas were thrown together when they were fourteen. Troy's mom married Atlas's dad. Neither wanted to be in that situation but Troy was trying while Atlas appears to be holding a grudge more often than not. They both are attending the same college and have a competitive streak a mile wide with each other. Then one bet becomes all they can think about and maybe all the frustrations they have with each other isn't because of hate after all.

These characters had such great chemistry. The banter back and forth, the sweetness when they finally let it show, and they were explosive together. I enjoyed the bit of family drama, and my heart broke for both of them when they finally let themselves be vulnerable.

These authors are a great duo together and I can't wait for more!

 

 

“You’re not the only one who likes marking what they want.”     Troy looks blissed out, pupils wide, and turned on as fuck.     “I can handle that.”

 

Author Bio


Riley Hart

RILEY HART’s love of all things romance shines brightly in everything she writes. Her primary focus is Male/Male romance but under various pen names, her prose has touched practically every part of the spectrum of love and relationships. The common theme that ties them all together is stories told from the heart.

A hopeless romantic herself, Riley is a lover of character-driven plots, many with flawed and relatable characters. She strives to create stories that readers can not only fall in love with, but also see themselves in. Real characters and real love blended together equal the ultimate Riley Hart experience.

When Riley isn’t creating her next story, you can find her reading, traveling, or dreaming about reading or traveling, spending time with her two snarky kids, and swoony husband.

Riley Hart is represented by Jane Dystel at Dystel, Goderich & Bourret Literary Management. She’s a 2019 Lambda Literary Award Finalist for Of Sunlight and Stardust.

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Devon McCormack

DEVON MCCORMACK grew up in the Georgia suburbs with his two younger brothers and an older sister. At a very young age, he spun tales the old fashioned way, lying to anyone and everyone he encountered. He claimed he was an orphan. He claimed to be a king from another planet. He claimed to have supernatural powers. He has since harnessed this penchant for tall tales by crafting worlds and characters that allow him to live out whatever fantasy he chooses. Devon is an out and proud queer man living in Atlanta, Georgia.

Devon's body of work ranges from erotica to young adult, so readers should check the synopses of his books before purchasing so that they know what they're getting into.

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“Clearly, I can’t be totally straight. You get my dick hard, Troy. That doesn’t happen between two straight guys.”

 

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