Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Winning the Season by Beth Bolden Release Blitz

Release Blitz. Winning the Season by Beth Bolden. December 5 – 9.

Asa might be the head coach, but he’s a man first.

Coach Asa Dawson has fallen wildly in love only twice in his life.

First with football.

Then with Scott Callaway.

But Scott isn’t just the one who got away.

He’s the one person—the one man—Asa hoped might finally show him how all-consuming passion could be.

Instead, fate (and football) intervened and they never got the chance to explore their attraction. Their friendship ended in ruins, Scott left, and Asa’s been torn between hating him and loving him for the last seven years.

Asa doesn’t think he’ll ever see him again, but when his bad habits catch up to him and he doesn’t have a choice but to accept help, he’s horrified—and exhilarated—to learn Scott’s been hired to assist him.

With the final stretch of the Piranhas season falling during the holidays, maybe what Asa and Scott have needed this whole time was a little Christmas magic to remind them the most important job isn’t to win the season—but to finally win each other’s hearts.

Don’t miss our reviews of the rest of the Miami Piranhas series!
For book one, Playing for Keeps, click HERE.
For book two, Playing the Player, click HERE.
For book three, Playing by the Rules, click HERE.

 

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Winning the Season by Beth Bolden

Book 4
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Excerpt



Scott’s hands were still trembling.

It was like being plugged back into a socket, after so long without electricity, being in Asa’s presence again.

Since he’d gotten the call from Beau, he hadn’t really let himself consider what it would mean. What it would feel like.

He’d only allowed himself the worry.

Asa was sick; he was struggling and in the goddamn hospital. Beau had reassured him, more than once, that he’d be fine, that the doctors weren’t particularly worried, they only wanted him to change his lifestyle.

Sleep more. Eat better. Work less.

That, Beau had said, was where he came in. He didn’t know anyone else who’d be able to convince Asa to relax the reins.

Scott had agreed, because after how things had gone seven years ago, how could he not? How could he not be there for Asa when he needed him, more than anyone else?

But he didn’t tell Beau that he wouldn’t be able to convince him of jack shit now.

Asa was, understandably, still pissed.

Scott couldn’t even blame him.

He was still pissed at himself.

He’d known the moment he landed in Washington that it was all wrong, that he’d made a mistake, that instead of trying to be so fucking noble, he should have just taken Asa’s hand and kissed him and learned how to be happy.

No matter what that meant.

But he’d committed to leading Washington’s program, and he’d done that, for six years.

Then a year ago, they’d let him go, and he’d gone home, not to Tennessee, because Asa was still there, and the whole damn state didn’t feel big enough for the two of them, but back home to Alabama, to the small town he’d lived in before he’d gone to college.

“You alright?” Beau asked as they lingered at the front of the conference room, the rest of the coaching staff taking their seats, grumbling all the way.

It was deep into the season, it was the Monday after a game, and they were all tired.

Scott remembered exactly how it had felt, on those Mondays, even though he’d only ever coached in college, never in the NFL.

“Yeah, fine,” Scott said automatically.

He was not fine.

Not even remotely.

He’d thought... well, he didn’t know what he’d thought, exactly. But he hadn’t imagined that he and Asa would meet again like this. He’d imagined running into him—sorta, kinda, on purpose—on the Tennessee campus. He’d imagined making things right.

The part of the imagining he’d purposefully forgotten was that Asa was going to be justifiably pissed at him.

 

 

Reviews


Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team


Shannan☆☆☆☆☆
Winning the Season is the fourth installment in the Miami Piranhas series. I think this could be read as a standalone, but I don't think it should be. You need all the past stories to really fall into this one.

Asa is a determined man. Determined to make it as an NFL coach. He hasn't quite learned the gift of delegating and loves to work hard. When a cardiac event shows him, and everyone else, he isn't superman, they get him help. That help comes in the form of his best friend, Scott. This should excite Asa, but how they left things all those years ago has Asa not grateful but angry.

Asa was married and divorced to a woman and always considered himself straight. But one moment with Scott changed everything. He now saw him differently and couldn't stop the feelings that were developing. Scott had always known he was in love with Asa, but he always checked those feelings, never letting them out of that box until he saw the change in Asa. Did he want the man? Absolutely, but for both of their sakes he could never give in. When he was approached by Washington to coach there, he jumped on it. Maybe time and distance is what they needed... maybe not!

I love everything about seeing Asa get his happily ever after. Out of everyone, he deserved it the most!

 

 

Author Bio


Fun, Flirty & Fluffy Romance. Beth Bolden

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

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


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Kissing Asa wasn’t an impossibility, it was an inevitability.

 

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Tuesday, December 6, 2022

The Midnight Realm by Sawyer Bennett Release Blitz

The Midnight Realm. New York Times Bestselling Author. Sawyer Bennett. Available Now.

Even kings who serve at the whim of gods break the rules every now and then.

As the newly anointed king of the Underworld, I’ve worked hard to clean up the mess left behind by my predecessor. The realm is in relative peace at the moment, my main focus now on deciding the fate of recently departed souls. It’s a tediously boring task, and honestly, one I despise doing. But just when I think I can’t stand another moment of the monotony, one soul changes it all.

Nyssa McKnight earned her ticket to Hell. She made her choices and even at the prospect of eternal damnation, she doesn’t seem to regret the actions that led her here. I can tell by her utter defiance that life has hardened her, a trait that has carried over to her in death. She should be begging me for mercy but instead calls me a “big old winged bat”. I should toss her right into The Crimson River for her insolence but instead I think I’ll keep her in servitude.

While I struggle to reconcile the intrigue—and attraction—I have for this human, I am forced to spend my days investigating rumors of an uprising in the Underworld. Unfortunately, my desire to keep Nyssa has provided a weak spot for the rebellious Dark Fae looking to gain control, one they’re quick to act on. Now, with Nyssa in danger and my throne threatened, I will stop at nothing to restore order, even if it means letting her go.

Can Amell, the king of the Underworld, find true love, or is he destined to rule alone until the end of days?

The Midnight Realm is a standalone romantic fantasy novel about unexpected redemption within The Chronicles of the Stone Veil series.

Don’t miss our reviews of the rest of the Chronicles of the Stone Veil!
For book one, The Revelation of Light and Dark, click HERE.
For book two, A Discovery of Secrets and Fate, click HERE.
For book three, The Evolution of Fae and Gods, click HERE.
For book four, A Battle of Blood and Stone, click HERE.
For book five, The Rise of Fortune and Fury, click HERE.
For book six, The Shadow Princess, click HERE.

 

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The Midnight Realm by Sawyer Bennett

Book 7
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Christ, this little dead human with a blackened soul and a complete lack of fear of eternal damnation has made my body react in a way no other creature in my existence ever has.

 

Reviews


Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team


Ruthie☆☆☆☆
This is the seventh book in the series, and I have to admit I am a little behind, but the last couple ensured that I was very excited to get my hands on this new release! I definitely would recommend that you read them in order, as the ongoing storylines build and develop in each installment. There is, however, a sufficient, cleverly intertwined recap on the story to date at the beginning of the book which just prompts the memory as to what the state of play is in the series to date!

Nyssa has had a pretty rubbish life to date, and it is about to get a whole lot worse as she is standing on the bridge in hell, waiting to be pushed into The Crimson River... game over! Instead, thanks to her feistiness and the King of the Underworld, who is attracted to her verve, her life (or rather death) changes in ways she would have never imagined!

Drawing from the adventures of the previous book where Amell goes to the rescue of his daughter, Thalia, we find this has caused the displeasure of the gods. Now he will reign in the midnight realm, and how he acts proves him to be dark, yet good. It takes Nyssa a little longer to understand what is going on in the Underworld, and much longer to trust – but it is fun to see the world through her eyes, and to give Amell a reason to go on, now that his planned life has taken a different turn.

The chemistry between the two of them is based not just on carnal lust, but also a meeting of their minds and humour. Amell soon knows what led to her arrival in hell, but gives her the space to explain and the chance to rise above her past and remember the transition she had already started to a new life.

Sexy, fun, intense, and conducted in a world of magic which has rules and ways which she does not understand, Nyssa and Amell light up the page – and the epilogue is everything any romantic could want.


Avid Reader☆☆☆☆
M/F Paranormal Romance

This is the seventh book in this series and they are all amazing. You won't want to miss them.

While you don't necessarily have to read them in order to know what's going on, I would recommend it so that you can better understand the nuances between the characters.

Nyssa is a human who has had a difficult life. While working, she runs into someone from her past. With no remorse, she takes action. What she doesn't expect is what comes after. Nyssa is not truly afraid of death and knows that she deserves everything that happens to her, but what she isn't expecting is to find the King of the Underworld so fascinating.

Amell is the King of the Underworld. While he isn't there by choice, he knows what his job is and how to do it well. When he meets Nyssa, he's immediately intrigued by her. She isn't a soul that is afraid of him or what is to come. The fact that she has a snarky attitude is icing on the cake.

While Amell and Nyssa navigate the Underworld and their chemistry, forces outside of them will fight to take over.

Amell and Nyssa never thought the hope for love or a connection, and when they find it, it will take all of their trust to truly figure out if this is something they can sustain.

You won't be disappointed in this book and you'll stay up late just to finish it. While it's not as action packed as the previous book, it still has a lot going on.

 

 

“Are you afraid of me?”     “No. Just what you make me feel.”

 

Author Bio


Sawyer Bennett. New York Times Bestselling Author.

New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author SAWYER BENNETT uses real life experience to create relatable stories that appeal to a wide array of readers. From contemporary romance, fantasy romance, and both women’s and general fiction, Sawyer writes something for just about everyone.

A former trial lawyer from North Carolina, when she is not bringing fiction to life, Sawyer is a chauffeur, stylist, chef, maid, and personal assistant to her very adorable daughter, as well as full-time servant to her wonderfully naughty dogs.

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“You should call it The Midnight Realm.”     “You’re quite the romantic with a name like that.”


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Monday, December 5, 2022

A Dirty Business by Tijan

She was torn between the job she lived and the man she needed. December 6th. Kings of New York. Kindle Unlimited. A Dirty Business by Tijan.

From New York Times bestselling author Tijan comes a raw, tempestuous romance between the criminal underworld and a parole officer that paints a thin line between right and wrong.

When Jess Montell meets Trace West at a hockey game, she doesn’t know his name or occupation. What she does know is there’s an instant attraction that’s impossible to ignore—or forget. And forgetting is exactly what she wants to do when she learns he’s not just a successful Wall Street suit but the heir to one of New York’s biggest Mafia families.

The last thing Trace needs is a romantic anything with law enforcement, and parole officer Jess has trouble written all over her. Too bad he likes trouble. Especially when it’s a brunette bombshell with attitude and legs for days.

She’s an absolute spitfire, and he wants to stoke that flame.

Trace didn’t ask for the Mafia life. Jess doesn’t want any part of it. They both know it’s safer to stay away, but the temptation is too hard to resist—no matter how great the danger.

 

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A Dirty Business by Tijan

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Avid Reader☆☆☆☆☆
M/F Romance
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CLIFFHANGER

Jess loves her job. She is a parole officer and is good at what she does. She is also a bartender at a popular bar and she's just as good at that job. Jess has not had an easy life. She has a brother who did an unthinkable thing, but she still loves him. Her dad was not the best person either, but he's gone. Her mom, the most abusive person in her life, is someone who Jess can't seem to let go of, despite the abuse she endures.

Jess' boss is a family friend who has loved her since she was small. He has helped her look after her mom too. Also, Jess has a friend who runs a bar who has also helped her with her mom. They have been her surrogate dads. With things turning up the heat, everyone around Jess is suspect.

Trace is a businessman who is incredibly successful. When he first meets Jess, he's intrigued by her ability to be tough and feminine at the same time. She isn't afraid of him. She doesn't know him. Trace gets information on her and is even more intrigued.

Trace's family life is less than ideal too. Family comes before everything. That also means that when someone threatens the family, it's Trace's job to "take care of the issue." With Trace needing to take over more of the family, his uncle, who Trace sees as more of a father, is relying on Trace to keep the family safe and solvent.

Trace and Jess have an uphill battle. Tijan makes the characters interesting, relatable, and complex. I couldn't put the book down and am really looking forward to seeing more. You won't be disappointed in how this story develops.


Erica☆☆☆☆
A Dirty Business is the first installment in the new series, Kings of New York, by Tijan.

Cliffhanger warning.

Jess and Trace have a clandestine meeting in the stairwell at a hockey game, changing the trajectory of their lives. Jess, who daylights as a parole officer, carries her badge even when she's off duty to keep the parolees on the straight and narrow. In her free time, Jess bartends to barely scrape by to take care of her alcoholic mother. By day, Trace works on Wall Street. By blood, Trace is high up in one of the most notorious crime families in New York.

With the glint of her badge, Trace goes from interested in Jess to disgusted. Let's be honest, Trace – you ought to direct that disgust inward, instead of being upset that there are those out there who catch you in the act. Just saying. Weariness of law enforcement would make sense. Disgust is another beast. It's not as if the entitled, privileged Trace is an innocent party being targeted for things outside of his control like many demographics. Eye roll.

As you can see, I wasn't a fan of the loathing aspects. Not pro or con anything, just felt it was unwarranted. Weary, yes. Loathing, no. As the novel unfolds, moral lines blur, just as Jess was afraid would happen, while it has the opposite effect on Trace.

Annoyed with himself, Trace cannot stop thinking of Jess. Do I believe Jess could have moved on after a few stray thoughts toward Trace? Yeah, I do. But Trace was instantly obsessed to stalker degrees. I mean, it was creepy shenanigans to read, and the pages turned at a rapid rate. But it did make me feel empathy toward what Jess was going through too.

Time after time, their lives intersect. Jess is struggling with her uncles (parents' best friends from back in the day) and her mother. Jess's mother is a drunk, but it's the mental instability that takes a toll on Jess. The mental, emotional, and verbal abuse was hard for this reader to stomach. While I felt this dynamic was realistic, there were parts of Jess's backstory that were never explained, as if there was this huge twist that was going to drop out of the air at any moment, but it never happened. So while there was a resolution between Jess and her mother, there was no closure for the reader, since the rage and abuse, along with all the things said and that which was left beneath the surface, was never explored let alone explained. Perhaps in the next installment, but it felt right to give it closure now. The momentum was built, only for it to die out with little to no explanation. Furthermore, the responsibility was accepted by other parties, and I cannot see where Jess's mom would think Jess should shoulder it. I still have no idea why Jess's mother treated Jess as she did, after an entire novel.

The dynamic Trace had with his uncle and their family, his father and sister, and his best friend and his family, along with the strife with the other families was intriguing to unravel. This part of the story took the forefront, thoroughly developed and intriguing, leading to a fast-paced novel.

I was able to spot the main bad guy from the beginning. It would have been more exciting had I not, and less frustrating as well. I just kept thinking how Trace and Ashton were all-knowing yet beyond dim when it came to the bad guy – it was all laid out for them. The other bad guy was a slight twist that I had a gut feeling about, so I enjoyed how that unfolded.

Ashton. Ashton. Ashton. Yes, I cannot wait to read your point of view, but at the same time, I hope there is closure and resolution over an incident, because what was put on the pages wasn't good enough.

The main reason I couldn't give a five-star review is on the character development front. There were times they acted out of character, or far more immature than their age group/education/upbringing/profession, or they acted/reacted to things in a manner that should destroy relationships. A punch isn't enough, let's just put it that way, making Jess go from strong to doormat, be it with her family, Trace, or those in Trace's orbit. Same with Trace, decisive and action-forward in one regard, yet lets things go in the next, things that bite them later.

There were snippets introduced, shown as if important, that were eventually just lost in the shuffle to be forgotten about and never brought up again. These snippets may or may not come up in other installments, but they were written as if they were to be mysteries or twists. Since they were left dangling and barely mentioned, I'm not sure why they were added at all but to distract the reader with a false narrative, same goes with Mom's rage toward Jess.

While I loved every minute of this chaotic story, reading it from cover to cover. Had I read it slower, the issues would have revealed themselves and taken away the entertainment value. I'm a sucker for an angsty trainwreck of a novel, with equally trainwrecked characters – A Dirty Business delivered that in spades.

It doesn't matter how amazingly or poorly plotted, written, and edited a novel is, the true test is if I would do just about anything to get the next installment. In this case, gimme more. Now.


Ruthie☆☆☆☆
This is the first in a new series – and I really would appreciate book two appearing very soon as I am hooked!

What is really clever about this story is that we know that Trace is not someone that we should like, not in any way, and we are encouraged to see his darkness, and his utter unsuitability for Jess... but it is almost impossible not to want them to work out the many layers of complication. Jess's career as a parole officer excludes her from his orbit – he knows this immediately, and it makes him incredibly angry.

I found the fact that Jess could work in a bar and wear her badge slightly jarring – I am convinced that in the UK that would just not be allowed – but it was quite a clever way for her to keep an eye on her parolees, even if inappropriate to be moonlighting. I found her relationship with her 'uncles' and their dealings with her alcoholic mother very messy and confusing, but I guess it took a level of shine off her character which made it easier for her to be considering Trace at all.

I enjoyed the twists and turns, which are done as always with style by Tijan, and I just love the point where things become clearer, and unexpected plotlines find their way to resolution – at least partially. That moment when Trace becomes potentially a suitable boyfriend for Jess is when you know that your mind has been messed with again by this talented author!

Enjoy, I certainly did!

 

 

I needed to forget meeting him, forget talking to him, forget touching him, forget his kisses, forget how I felt with my body over his in his vehicle last night. All of it. Done. The end.

 

Author Bio

TIJAN is a New York Times bestselling author who writes suspenseful and unpredictable novels. Her characters are strong, intense, and gut-wrenchingly real with a little bit of sass on the side. Tijan began writing after college, and once she started, she was hooked. She's written multi-bestsellers including the Carter Reed Series, the Fallen Crest Series, Ryan's Bed, Enemies, and others. She is currently writing many new books and series with an English cocker she adores.

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Friday, December 2, 2022

Turn Me On by Lauren Blakely Release Blitz

Available Now. Turn Me On by Lauren Blakely.

The first rule of being an attorney is don’t sleep with your clients.

The second rule is–see the first rule.

Those guidelines don’t account for a man like Zane Archer though. The major leaguer is all confidence and big D energy as he swaggers into my life one night at a hotel bar, determined to spend the night with “the sexy suit,” as he calls me.

I’m so damn tempted to say yes, especially when my new client devastates me with a scorching kiss that has me reconsidering all my life choices.

The catch? If I tear up the rule book, my reputation as a lawyer to the most bankable stars in pro sports is on the line. Including my new goal of striking the deal of a lifetime for him – one he desperately needs to take care of his family.

Instead, I fight like hell to stay professional as I work closely with the man I can’t have.

But the more time we spend together, the more his irresistible charm threatens to break my resolve... right along with my heart.

Turn Me On is forbidden MM sports romance between a sports agent and an athlete…

 

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Turn Me On by Lauren Blakely

Book 2
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Shannan☆☆☆☆☆
Turn Me On is the second book in the Winner Takes All series. It can be read as a standalone without issue.

Zane Archer is an upcoming baseball star playing for the Dragons. He wants to get a sponsor so he can help his brother and his niece. When he meets his new agent, Maddox, to help make that happen, they have an instant attraction between them. The draw is undeniable for both of them. They know they can't be together since it will affect both of them, but they can't stop how they feel.

I loved the instant attraction, delayed gratification of this one. The angst and build up of the emotions between them were perfect. I couldn't get enough of Maddox and Zane together. It was a sexy read for them to describe, in detail, their fantasies for the other and then for them to play out was hot!

I love a good m/m baseball read and can't wait to see what's next in this series!


Ruthie☆☆☆☆
I really enjoyed this sports romance with a forbidden twist; plenty of ethical behaviours; the odd deviation from said ethics; and an attraction that could not be denied.

Zane and Maddox are instantly interested in each other, but it turns out that they will have a professional relationship which precludes them acting on their chemistry. They both accept this and hate it – and as they will be working together to get new endorsement contracts, that means that it is really important that they behave.

I loved the delicious tension between the two men – it feels like you could cut it with a knife. They dance around it, they try and resist, and they realise that maybe this may be that most important relationship that should not be ignored.

It is wonderful seeing two people work together at building a solid foundation in order to determine whether the difficult decisions are the right ones to take, or whether this is all a fantasy that should be denied. It is hugely engaging, tense, and delicious all the time.

Great addition to the series.


Avid Reader☆☆☆☆
3.5 stars
M/M Romance

Maddox is a lawyer and a good agent for his clients. He follows the rules and gets results. When he starts with a new company, Maddox wants to hit the ground running. When he first meets Zane, Maddox knows that his job just became harder – and in more ways than one. Zane is insanely attractive, and Maddox wants to throw the rules out the window and take what he sees.

Zane loves his life. He is great at his job, loves his friends, and can't think of anything he truly needs. But when he sees Maddox, he knows that it's something he wants. However, with his job and who Maddox is to him, Zane isn't sure that's a good thing right now.

These two have to navigate their lives, the lives of their friends, and figure out if what they have is truly something to fight for.

This was a slower start for me. It took me about 2/3 of the book to really get into the story. These two flirt and tease throughout the entire story. As the reader, it was fun and flirty to watch. I enjoyed the story and can't wait to see what's in store next.

 

 

Author Bio

A #1 New York Times bestselling, #1 Wall Street Journal bestselling, and #1 Audible bestselling author, LAUREN BLAKELY is known for her contemporary romance style that’s sexy, sweet, and witty. She also writes USA Today bestselling LGBTQ romance.

With fourteen New York Times bestsellers, her titles have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestseller lists more than 100 times, with more than 65 titles on the USA Today bestsellers list alone. She’s sold more than 5 million books.

A Brown University graduate, Lauren likes dogs, cake, and show tunes and is the vegetarian at your dinner party.


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Thursday, December 1, 2022

A Hard Day for a Hangover by Darynda Jones

Some people greet the day with open arms. Sheriff Sunshine Vicram would rather give it a hearty shove and get back into bed. Available wherever books are sold: 12/06/22.

The blockbuster conclusion to the bestselling Sunshine Vicram trilogy

Some people greet the day with open arms. Sheriff Sunshine Vicram would rather give it a hearty shove and get back into bed, because there’s just too much going on right now. There’s a series of women going missing, and Sunny feels powerless to stop it. There’s her persistent and awesomely-rebellious daughter Auri, who’s out to singlehandedly become Del Sol’s youngest and fiercest investigator. And then there’s drama with Levi Ravinder—the guy she’s loved and lusted after for years. The guy who might just be her one and only. The guy who comes from a family of disingenuous vipers looking to oust him—and Sunshine—for good.

Like we said, the new day can take a hike.

Compulsively readable, laugh-out-loud funny, and brimming with big-hearted characters, A Hard Day for a Hangover will have readers cheering to the very last page.

Don’t miss our reviews of the rest of the Sunshine Vicram series!
For book one, A Bad Day for Sunshine, click HERE.
For book two, A Good Day for Chardonnay, click HERE.

 

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A Hard Day for a Hangover by Darynda Jones

Book 3
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Veronica☆☆☆☆☆
A Hard Day for a Hangover is the third book in the Sunshine Vicram series and the previous book left us with a bit of a cliffhanger, so I’ve been really looking forward to seeing what was going to happen next between Sunshine and Levi.

A Hard Day for a Hangover is hugely entertaining. From the mystery of who stabbed the town flasher with a knitting needle to who broke into a little old lady’s house, the escape of a prisoner and, more seriously, the case of an unidentified teenage girl left for dead on the side of a mountain, there is never a dull moment. The book combines humour, clever mysteries, loveable, quirky characters, and a dose of action and danger. I’m completely in love with Sunshine, Levi, Auri, and the people of Del Sol and I didn’t want the book to end. There is still more to learn about these people and I’m dying to spend more time with Auri and Cruz and see their teenage romance play out. I hope that the author is going to give us more stories from this town because this has been one of the best series I’ve ever read and I want more.


Shelby☆☆☆☆☆
Book three in the Sunshine Vicram series, A Hard Day for a Hangover, was as good, if not better than the first two!

Sheriff Sunshine and the law enforcement officers responsible for the safety of Del Sol, New Mexico are in the middle of a situation.

Actually, make that a few situations... such as the resident flasher being stabbed and an inmate escaping. Can't forget to mention the discovery of a body in the desert, which leads to a full-fledged investigation. This story doesn't pick up steam as it goes – it's fully charged from the get-go!

Wait, I can't leave out Auri, the teen wiz! The junior investigator who has such an amazing heart and sarcastic approach (my fav). She is such an incredible character, smart and young. This story really is Auri's but I will let you find out for yourself.

I love this town and its quirkiness, I adore Sunshine and her attitude, but I really appreciate Levi Ravinder and all that he brings to the table. This series just sucks you in. I was laughing, crying, laugh-crying, and cheering for the good guys. You never know what's going to happen, but somehow it all makes sense and leaves me wanting more!


Ruthie☆☆☆☆☆
This is the third book in the series, and I would highly recommend that you read them in order. In fact, I would do more than that – you NEED to read them in order. If you are not up to date, then please go back and enjoy all the fabulousness that is Sunshine, Auri, and Levi from the very beginning.

As sad as I was that this was the conclusion of the trilogy, I could not help but hide away and read it from beginning to end in almost one sitting/lying. It is really great to be back with the madness, to get some answers for Sunshine, some happiness for her family's future, and some mystery solving along the way – in no small part, in the hands of Auri.

I am loathed to reveal any more, but I can say that I fell straight back into their world and enjoyed every minute, laughed, may have shed a tear or two, and was delighted as it all pulled together and went just where every invested reader would wish.

I have pencilled in a couple of days in the Christmas holidays to read all three back to back – because who doesn't like Sunshine in their lives?

 

 

Author Bio

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author DARYNDA JONES won a Golden Heart and a RITA for her manuscript First Grave on the Right. A born storyteller, she grew up spinning tales of dashing damsels and heroes in distress for any unfortunate soul who happened by, annoying man and beast alike. Darynda lives in the Land of Enchantment, also known as New Mexico, with her husband and two beautiful sons, the Mighty, Mighty Jones Boys.

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ARC provided by

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of A Hard Day for a Hangover (Sunshine Vicram #3) by Darynda Jones to read and review.

Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Starry-Eyed Love by Helena Hunting

Now Available. Starry-Eyed Love by Helena Hunting.

Charming, hilarious, and emotional, Starry-Eyed Love is Helena Hunting at her very best!

Having just broken up with her boyfriend, London Spark is not in the mood to be hit on. Especially not when she’s out celebrating her single status with her sisters. So when a very attractive man pays for their drinks and then slips her his number, she passes it right back to him with a ‘thanks, but no thanks.’ As the business administrator for their family’s event hotel, the Spark House, London has more important things to worry about, like bringing in new clientele.

As luck would have it, a multi-million-dollar company calls a few months later asking for a meeting to discuss a potential partnership, and London is eager to prove to her sisters, and herself, that she can land this deal. Just when she thinks she has nailed her presentation, the company’s CEO, Jackson Holt, walks in and inserts himself into the meeting. Not only that, but he also happens to be the same guy she turned down at the bar a few months ago.

As they begin to spend more time together, their working relationship blossoms into something more. It isn’t until their professional entanglements are finally over, that London and Jackson are finally ready to take the next step in their relationship. But between Jackson’s secretive past and London’s struggle with her sisters, London must question where she really stands – not just with Jackson, but with the Spark House, too.

Don’t miss our reviews of the rest of the Spark House series!
For book one, When Sparks Fly, click HERE.

 

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Starry-Eyed Love by Helena Hunting

Book 2
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Reviews


Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team


Ruthie☆☆☆☆
This is the second book in the series, and I would recommend that you read them in order, as the story is ongoing.

London and her sisters, Avery and Harley, run their family hotel business now that their grandmother has retired. Whilst this was Avery's lifelong ambition, London had a completely different dream that she has put on hold to support her much loved offspring. As the business manager a lot of responsibility lies with her and is keen to partner with an organisation which will guarantee their long-term future.

By a twist of fate, a group who offers support to environmentally friendly businesses happens to have at its head the very man who asked London out months earlier. So now London must weigh up the value to the business with the chemistry that she feels for someone who she should not date due to the conflict of interest. Jackson, as the head of Holt Media, is also aware of the optics, but his feelings for London are so unexpected and so strong that he knows he has to get the deal done sooner, leaving him free to enjoy her company. It cleverly adds the frisson of illicit romance without it really being wrong, which I found fun. Their relationship feels very genuine, and it is impossible not to want them to work out the issues which they face.

I enjoyed the sisters' interactions as they work together and manage the competing demands on their time. I wish we could see what London's craft creations look like, but I can certainly see her sitting making tiny stars!

I am already looking forward to the next installment, as we will get to see more of this new romance, and also see whether Harley can find her happily ever after too.

 

 

Author Bio

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author HELENA HUNTING lives outside of Toronto with her amazing family and her two awesome cats, who think the best place to sleep is her keyboard. She writes all things romance – contemporary, romantic comedy, sports, and angsty new adult. Some of her books include Meet Cute, Pucked, and Shacking Up. Helena loves to bake cupcakes and has been known to listen to a song on repeat 1512 times while writing a book, and if she has to be away from her family, she prefers to be in warm weather with her friends.

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ARC provided by

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Starry-Eyed Love (Spark House #2) by Helena Hunting to read and review.