Friday, November 22, 2019

Unmanageable by Lavinia Kent

A woman with a plan—and the man who shakes it all up.

Veronica Andersen might not need a man in her life, but in the bedroom... well, that’s a different story. With her eye on making partner at her father’s law firm, she doesn’t have time to think about much beyond a fling. So when she can’t get her mind off the hot young thing who walks her dog, Veronica knows exactly what to do.

Brian Walsh isn’t just a dog walker. He’s a former hockey pro who’s rebuilding his life after a career-ending injury on the ice. He’s taking his time and enjoying his current freedom—and the four-legged companionship. If only he could stop fantasizing about the best two legs he’s ever seen...

Brian and Veronica can’t help coming together. Again. And again. Suddenly, Veronica finds herself throwing all her best-laid plans out the window. Could she possibly have fallen in love with a man who’s wrong in every way—except the only one that matters?

Lavinia Kent’s seductive Forbidden Cove novels can be enjoyed together or separately.

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3.5 stars rounded up for Baxter!

This is the second book in the series, and I would recommend book one to you, although it is not essential to have read it to enjoy this one.

I rather like that this series is unconventional in its romantic choices. The last book was about an older woman having a relationship with her stepdaughter's ex. In fact, there was nothing really seedy or sordid about it, but the idea is one which we are conditioned to have preconceptions about. Here Veronica is also older than Brian, but the issue here is one of snobbery about his seeming lack of a proper job. For a lawyer, she is hopeless at keeping her thoughts to herself and she is extremely offensive at times, possibly not even realising that she is doing it. It is not an attractive trait, and one that the reader is forced to confront. I imagine that some people will judge her poorly, and yet be guilty of similar, as we are often swift to form opinions of others... even if reluctant to admit it. So I felt that Kent was making a clever point (as she has done in many books before), although there will some who do not appreciate it.

As we get to see how Veronica has lived her life and how her family have shaped her thinking, it is easy to see why she has become so conditioned by it. I forgave her a great deal when we see what a misogynistic culture she works within, and how lonely she is – with the exception of her dead brother's Basset hound, Baxter. So, she really isn't very skilled in the art of relationships, and certainly struggles to recognise love, or even some levels of human decency. Brian is fascinated by her I think, as she is the opposite of the puck bunnies who have been following him around, and his anonymity is a pleasurable change. Of course, it is that which causes much of the trouble between them, and it was interesting to see how Kent could possibly pull that around. Her solution is the absolute best, and I was very happy by the end of the book that everyone got their just desserts.

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Lavinia Kent is a former two-term president of the Washington Romance Writers and a four-time Romance Writers of America Golden Heart nominee. She lives in Washington, D.C., with her family and an ever-changing menagerie of pets.

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Roxy's Recovery by Kim Breyon Blog Tour

As the newest veterinarian in the small town of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, Vaughn Winters doesn't have time for relationships. He is too busy healing injuries and establishing his reputation as a trustworthy vet. But when a strange man waves him down on a stormy night seeking help for his injured dog, Vaughn simply can't refuse.

Obviously homeless and with no means to pay for Roxy's medical care, Vaughn throws caution to the wind and strikes a deal with the hesitant stranger that would allow Roxy the time to heal and provide some much needed TLC to his property as well. As the days pass, Vaughn's curiosity grows. Alex's dedication to the job is as surprising as the sexy tats hidden beneath his rugged clothes. What could have pushed this kind, hardworking man to the streets, or cast such dark shadows in his otherwise bright blue eyes?

Will six weeks be enough time to earn Alex's trust? Or will asking questions cause him to tuck tail and run as soon as Roxy is able?


Roxy's Recovery is a standalone contemporary romance involving two men, a meddling sister, and a seriously sassy pug.

Warning: Very brief on-page mentions of dog abuse & domestic abuse. It is mentioned after the act has occurred, not during.

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An hour later, we pulled up into the parking lot of Riverbend Reels. I knew the moment I walked into the place that I’d want to come back. There were aisles upon aisles of high-quality but affordably priced gear, all of it aimed at the enthusiastic fisherman.

“Wow,” Alex murmured, looking around.

“Yeahhhh,” I said, a little dreamily. “They sure know how to lure a guy in.”

Alex chuckled. “Careful, Doc. I might need to wipe drool off your chin.”

I smacked him in the chest and went down the first aisle, reaching out to touch a few of the nicer items on display. For the next two hours, Alex and I wandered nearly every inch of the store, and his teasing only got worse the more excited I became.

Slowly, his teasing morphed into what felt like genuine interest. He began asking me questions about the different kinds of reels and lures, and his eyes shone with excitement as he started to understand the significance of the weights listed on each package. It only made the experience that much more enjoyable for me, having someone there to share it with. And honestly, it was the most relaxed I’d seen Alex since… well, ever.

It wasn’t until I made Alex hold one of the lightweight carbon poles that something clicked into place, and he seemed to understand my appreciation. He turned it over and ran his fingers along the shaft, admiring it.

“Okay, yeah. I think I get it now. This rod feels better than the other one. I like the way it fits in my hand,” he said, noticing the grip.

I grinned, loving the way that innocent innuendo just seemed to roll off his tongue. “You like a nice rod in your hand, do you?”

Alex blushed and stammered for a change of subject. “I meant… It’s… The color is nice too.”

I couldn’t help but laugh. “Has anyone ever told you how cute you are when you’re flustered?”

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Sexy men and adorable dogs are pretty much everything I need in a romance novel. This is the story of a sexy vet who picks up a homeless hitchhiker with a wounded dog. Patching up Roxy’s leg turns out to be the easy part – her owner’s scars cut much deeper. This is a sweet and gentle read about the relationship that slowly builds between Vaughn and Alex while Roxy recovers.

I love dogs in romance writing and Noel and Roxy are wonderful. I actually fell for each of Vaughn’s patients – the author brings the animals to life beautifully. The men in this story are pretty great too. Vaughn’s maybe a little bit too saintly for my tastes but it’s impossible to dislike the selfless vet. Alex’s secrets kept my attention and I loved the slow build romance between the men.

This is a relatively low heat, slow burn romance. It’s kinda an m/m romance novel version of a Hallmark movie. A little bit of troubled back story, a tiny bit of miscommunication, and a whole lot of personal growth. It’s a gentle, easy read that made me feel warm and happy.

I am an Idaho native who grew up dreaming about traveling the world and writing stories. As a child, I would often spend my spare time curled up with my favorite blanket and a notebook, writing another fairy tale. I never would have guessed those fairy tales would one day grow into gay romances, but that is where my heart led me and I am so glad it did. I write about love because I believe it can happen to anyone, with anyone. I also believe dreams never expire, redemption is possible, and true forgiveness can heal us in ways we never expect. I know firsthand how messy life can get, but as any artist will tell you, a little mess is needed to create something beautiful. You can often find me with a mug of coffee in one hand and a dog toy in the other. There is never a day that goes by without my sweet boy insisting on a game – or twenty – of fetch.

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Something Just Like This by Jennifer Probst Blog Tour

From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jennifer Probst comes a new story in her Stay series.

Jonathan Lake is the beloved NYC mayor who’s making a run for Governor. His widowed status and close relationship with his daughter casts him as the darling of the press, and the candidate to beat, but behind the flash of the cameras, things are spinning out of control. It all has to do with his strait laced, ruthlessly organized assistant. Her skills and reserved demeanor are perfect to run his campaign, but her brilliant brain has become a temptation he’s been fighting for too long. Can he convince her to take a chance on a long-term campaign for love or will his efforts end up in scandal?

Alyssa Block has admired the NYC mayor for a long time, but her secret crush is kept ruthlessly buried under a mountain of work. Besides, she’s not his type, and office scandals is not in her job position. But when they retreat to an upstate horse farm for a secluded weekend, the spark between them catches flame, and Jonathan sets those stinging blue-eyes on winning her. Can she convince him to focus on the upcoming election, or will she succumb to the sweet promise of a different future?

**Every 1001 Dark Nights novella is a standalone story. For new readers, it’s an introduction to an author’s world. And for fans, it’s a bonus book in the author’s series. We hope you'll enjoy each one as much as we do.**

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This book 3.5 in the series – I think you can certainly enjoy it as a standalone, but once you have met the human and animal inhabitants of Hudson Valley, I am sure that you will be intrigued by their stories too.

Although this is a novella, it is a very satisfying read. Jonathan and Alyssa have worked together for the last couple of years and spend a lot of their time together. Both have been feeling much more than professional interest in each other, but the public nature of Jonathan's life would make even thinking about having a relationship dangerous. This set up means that they can jump over any concept of insta-love, rather it is admita-love... but is that enough, and is life in the public eye too much for the very reserved Alyssa.

Their weekend at the B&B with the rest of the "Stay" family is a wonderful oasis in the crazy of public life, and gives them and us a chance to see how they could be.

I loved the mixture of politics and country, of family and public responsibilities, but most of all, I loved that the interactions between Jonathan and the very well read Alyssa. I am very much looking forward to Chloe's story.

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This is a novella and is very much a part of a series. And while you don't necessarily need to read the other books to know what's happening in this one, I highly recommend reading them. They make this novella that much stronger.

Jonathan is the mayor of New York City. He loves what he does and really wants to make his city a better place. He has been widowed for five years and in that time, he's tried to bury his grief in his work. He also had to re-work his relationship with Chloe, who we met in a previous book. Now that he has a handle on his job and his home life, he knows that he wants something more.

Alyssa is amazing at her job. She can multitask and handle a crowd whenever she's called to do so. But she has always had a crush on her boss and over the years, it's only gotten stronger. Alyssa loves her job and doesn't want to do anything to jeopardize it. She'll just continue to push down her feelings and do her job.

After a benefit that left both Alyssa and Jonathan flustered, these two will have to decide if they can take the leap and allow their mutual attraction to blossom. Jonathan knows what he wants. He wants Alyssa. But Alyssa will have to decide whether or not love is worth the risk. Can Chloe and Jonathan show Alyssa that it is? Or will she be destined to pine for Jonathan as she helps him with yet another campaign?

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Jennifer Probst wrote her first book at twelve years old. She bound it in a folder, read it to her classmates, and hasn’t stopped writing since. She took a short hiatus to get married, get pregnant, buy a house, get pregnant again, pursue a master’s in English Literature, and rescue two shelter dogs. Now she is writing again.

She makes her home in Upstate New York with the whole crew. Her sons keep her active, stressed, joyous, and sad her house will never be truly clean.

She is the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of sexy and erotic contemporary romance. She was thrilled her book, The Marriage Bargain, was ranked #6 on Amazon’s Best Books for 2012, and spent 26 weeks on the New York Times. Her work has been translated in over a dozen countries, sold over a million copies, and was dubbed a “romance phenom” by Kirkus Reviews.

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Thursday, November 21, 2019

Hidden Truths by K. Webster & Nikki Ash Release Blitz

From USA Today bestselling author K Webster and Nikki Ash comes Hidden Truths: a romantic suspense.

My life was easy, simple, fun.
Until I got wrapped up with the wrong people.
Nothing but a piece of property to pay for the sins of my father.
I’m to be married off to a handsome monster.
I see his truths every day, and it’s hard not to fall for the enemy.
He won’t let me escape, but I’m not sure I want to.
I wanted to marry for love, but it looks like love is a lie.

*Hidden Truths is book one in the Truths and Lies Duet*

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M/F Mafia Dark Romance

Whew! This book will suck you right in. It's dark, twisted, and while there are some parts that made my stomach hurt, it's very well done. This isn't for someone who is easily offended or someone who may be sensitive to consent, but if you can handle those things, you'll absolutely enjoy this dark romance.

Kostas Demetriou is the son of a mobster. He is next in line to take over the business and when a family rival comes to the table empty handed, the Demetriou clan will do what it takes to make sure that an example is made. Kostas is a hard man. He has grown up being groomed to take over and even though his father is sometimes allowing him to make the calls, Kostas knows that when his father says what's happening, that becomes law.

Talia Nikolaides is your typical college student. She goes to class, has a boyfriend, and goes to parties. She comes from a home where her parents are divorced. She has lived with her mom and her stepdad for a while now. She is also close with her brother and her grandparents. But when she is summoned to her dad's, Talia knows it can only lead to bad things. What she isn't expecting it to be collateral damage.

Watching Talia and Kostas is sometimes infuriating and sometimes incredibly hot. There are so many family members involved in this story and making sure you know what role they each play is key to understanding the dynamics. It's well planned, developed at a great pace, and I absolutely LOVED the story.

This is the first book in the series and the pages just flipped by. I can't wait to see what happens in the next installment, because when this one ended, I actually yelled at my Kindle. Pick this up and you won't be disappointed.

There are several triggers involving mafia life. If you're sensitive, this might not be the book for you.

I knew when I saw that K. Webster had a new duet coming out that I HAD to read it. Along with author Nikki Ash, this is a story that will have your head spinning but leave you wanting more.
Talia is in college, living a carefree life and about to go to America with her boyfriend. Then her brother arrives to take her back to see their father. She doesn't know why or what is going on and her brother doesn't know either or will not tell her.

Kostas family is part of the mafia and they basically own the island of Crete. No one messes with them or their family. He is perceived as a monster. He wants people he has to deal with to see him that way too. So they will be very afraid of him and will not try to cross him.

But when Talia's father crosses Kostas’ family, it is Talia who has to pay the debt. While Kostas' father doesn't tell him why he holds a grudge against her father, he doesn't see it as a hardship to marry her. She is beautiful after all.

Will Talia and Kostas get married and live happily ever after? Will they learn the real reason his father hates her father? Will Talia be able to finish her last year of college? Are there any enemies of Kostas that will try to harm Talia?

This story is filled with suspense, action, intrigue, lust, sexiness, and is fast paced until the cliffhanger ending. So, sit back and enjoy the rollercoaster ride that authors K. Webster and Nikki Ash have started and it is wide open. I cannot wait for book two.

I am a huge fan of mob books and Webster and Ash don't disappoint with Hidden Truths.

Talia is forced to pay for the sins of her father by marrying the son of one of the most dangerous men in Greece. She's forced to give up her life in Italy, her boyfriend, and her college. Talia and Kostas’ families have a history that no one could have predicted. Kostas isn't any less scary than his father, but he finds himself softening for Talia in ways he never expected. Together they find their own normal until one day everything changes.

Webster and Ash keep the drama and suspense going in book one of Truth and Lies Duet. Kostas draws you in to his dark world. I can't wait for the next installment in this duet.

K Webster is a USA Today Bestselling author.  Her titles have claimed many bestseller tags in numerous categories, are translated in multiple languages, and have been adapted into audiobooks.  She lives in “Tornado Alley” with her husband, two children, and her baby dog named Blue. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, drinking copious amounts of coffee, and researching aliens.

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Nikki Ash resides in South Florida where she is an English teacher and mom by day and a writer by night. When she’s not writing, you can find her with a book in her hand. From the Boxcar Children to Wuthering Heights to the latest Single Parent Romance, she has lived and breathed every type of book.

Reading is like breathing in, writing is like breathing out. – Pam Allyn

While reading and writing are her passions, her two children are her entire world. You can probably find them at a Disney park before you would find them at home on the weekends!

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Dangerous Games by J.T. Geissinger

The game isn’t over until somebody dies.

Eva knows what it’s like to be imprisoned by a man’s twisted obsessions. But after running, hiding, and finding refuge in a rescuer’s arms, she’s suddenly pulled back into the black hole of her past. Kidnapped by her sadistic ex, Dimitri, and with the love of her life left for dead, Eva is facing down the worst of her demons alone.

If Dimitri wants to play sick games, Eva’s ready. She already knows how dark they can get. But despite her fears, she hasn’t been abandoned. Naz is in hot pursuit. And the last thing Dimitri expects is for a dead man to come calling. For Eva and Naz, worlds apart yet bound by fierce and unbreakable passion, it’s time to beat the devil.

To do it they’ll have to be just as ruthless, seductive, and cunning. With every pulse of the heart, they must risk it all to play Dimitri’s final game to its harrowing end—and win.

The epic conclusion to the thrilling Dangerous Beauty series.
This is NOT a standalone.

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Oh. My. Goodness.

This is the third and final book in a trilogy, and there is no doubt that you must read them in order. I finished this a couple of days ago, but had to calm down a bit before I could review it!

We have known from very early on just how evil and perverted Dimitri is but being a witness to it, is absolutely horrible. If you are of a delicate disposition, this part of the story may just push you over the edge. I had to stop and close the page a few times and remember it is fiction.

Geissinger does a fantastic job of catching up the reader who read the last installment when it came out and may have forgotten the intricacies over the months. In every other respect, Naz and Eva have been on my mind, wondering how on earth she will be able to free herself of her past, and have a chance at the happily ever after that they both so richly deserve.

Incredibly satisfyingly resolved, and definitely placed on my To Re-read List. Thank you, J.T. Geissinger (even if you made me very uncomfortable!).

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J.T. Geissinger is a bestselling and award-winning author of emotionally charged romance and women’s fiction. Ranging from funny, feisty rom-coms to intense, edgy suspense, her novels and novellas have sold more than one million copies and been translated into several languages.

She is the recipient of the Prism Award for Best First Book and the Golden Quill Award for Best Urban Fantasy and is a two-time finalist for the RITA Award from the Romance Writers of America. She has also been a finalist in the Booksellers’ Best, National Readers’ Choice, and Daphne du Maurier Awards.

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Buried Secrets by John R. Petrie

Teen detectives Wyatt and Timothy are determined to find out what happened to a group of boys who disappeared years ago—but surviving the mystery might be as challenging as solving it.

To make ends meet, Wyatt works construction instead of attending school, and it’s in an old house he’s gutting that he finds a collection of articles about a missing boy. Wyatt knew Bobby LaFleur before he disappeared, and this new clue stirs up Wyatt’s old memories.

Sheriff’s son Timothy Mitchell can’t resist a challenge—or the chance to show his dad he’s more than capable of working in law enforcement. Together with Wyatt, he investigates the disappearance and learns Bobby isn’t the only victim—and that Wyatt and Bobby were more than friends. As the case grows darker and more twisted, the connection between Wyatt and Timothy deepens. But the secrets they uncover could get them killed.

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Buried Secrets is a young adult novel in which local teen Wyatt asks the sheriff’s son, Timothy, for helping in finding out what happened to his friend, Bobby, who disappeared four years prior. Timothy wants to be a cop and agrees to help Wyatt try to solve the mystery, and also hopes to impress his dad.

This story mixes teenage romance and mystery well and also deals with the family lives of these two young teens. I loved the family dynamics we see with Timothy’s family. Timothy is openly gay, and he has accepting and supporting parents. Wyatt’s home life is the complete opposite with a drunk, neglectful mother who is full of prejudice.

On the mystery, as a reader, with a few clues I figured out what had likely happened early on but I enjoyed seeing Timothy figure it out and watching the story unfold. There is a good helping of danger and suspense to keep you a bit on edge right through the story. On the romance side of things, I liked the age appropriate romance. These guys are smart enough to realise they are still young and they don’t go rushing into things they might not be ready for.

I really enjoyed Buried Secrets. It has a good, fast pace and I had a good time reading it. A solid three stars from me.

John R. Petrie grew up in Boston and now lives in the Bronx, NY. Almost his entire working career has been spent around books, from his first job in the town library to more than twenty years bookselling in one of the biggest bookstores in the US. He’s also worked for the Housing Works thrift stores in NYC, Valiant Entertainment Comics, and is now a bookstore manager, which gives him too much access to books and not enough time to read them.

He’s had stories published in True Romance magazine, had a play he wrote produced at his college, acted, danced, and was nominated for a Barrymore award playing Belize in Angels in America.

He stays up too late, eats too much junk food, and has been reading Wonder Woman comics for over forty years.

He is very, very happy to be published by Harmony Ink Press. He hopes to continue writing stories which make people smile.

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