Thursday, April 26, 2018

Royal Treatment by Tracy Wolff


What’s a crown prince to do with time on his hands? Or better yet, who? It’s Prince Garrett’s turn to find love in this mouthwatering standalone novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Royal Pain.

Once upon a time I was being groomed to sit on the throne of Wildemar. Now I’m lucky they let me into the palace through the front door. After I was kidnapped and tortured by extremists, my reward upon my release is that nobody trusts me enough to let me be king. And since my twin brother, Kian, has assumed all my responsibilities, I figure why not take over as the black sheep?

But after breaking things off with my betrothed—we never had much chemistry, anyway—and giving the jetsetting playboy lifestyle a try, I’m starting to wonder if I’m cut out for this s***. Then I meet Lola Barnes, a drop-dead gorgeous entrepreneur from the States who’s as refreshing as she is feisty.

It’s supposed to be a one-night-stand—until the press catches wind of my “new American sweetheart.” Trouble is, Lola’s no sweetheart. But the more I see our names together in the headlines, the more I find myself craving another taste
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Mary☆☆☆☆☆
Prince Garrett, His Royal Hotness, was the crown prince. After he was kidnapped, he had time on his hands to get his mind right, so his father the king thinks. But all Garrett wants to do is forget what happened and move on with his life.

Lola is an American girl who owns her own multimillion-dollar internet vintage clothing company. She meets Garrett one day while he is swimming and when she acts like she doesn't know who he is, he seems to be relieved. But everyone knows who Garrett and his twin brother are.

While Lola tells it like it is and Garrett is proper in every way, they do not seem to be the couple kind of people. But after one date, the people of Wildemar are thrilled Garrett has found such a string woman. So the PR people at the palace wants to use the couple idea to help Garrett get his crown prince status back.

So now while Garrett and Lola are playing the couple, will their feelings for each other grow stronger? Can Lola play the part without losing her heart? Will Garrett finally lose his cool and release all the pain of his kidnapping, so he can finally heal?

I loved the first book, but Garrett and Lola stole my heart. The way he fought to keep his pain hidden and wanting to get his status back until he realized that wasn't all that mattered in life. It was the perfect way to get his life back on track. And Kian will always be Kian, the fun loving second brother.

If you love a great royal romance with a twist, this one is more about the prince than the Cinderella story, then this series is for you. I loved both stories and would even love more. And if you haven't read anything from Tracy Wolff yet you should and pick anything from her, you will not be disappointed.


Ruthie☆☆☆☆
This is the second book in the series (I would love there to be more) and I would recommend that you read them in order. Royal Pain introduced us to younger twin Kian, who has been the playboy of the duo. He suddenly had to step up when his brother, Garrett, is kidnapped, which was not the easiest transition. Now we get to read Garrett's story on his return to the kingdom.

I really enjoyed this book – it had the requisite fairy tale elements but was most definitely not shying away with the difficult times that Garrett is having returning to normal life. His father, the king, has severely undermined his self-respect as he has insisted that Kian remains the crown prince, inferring that Garrett is incompetent. After the strength he showed under torture, this is just destroying him. A distraction in the form of a beautiful, wily, and funny woman called Lola might just be the answer in more ways than one.

Watching Garrett and Lola dance the dance, even under the circumstances that they have agreed to, and as they realise how much they care about each other is a mixture of sexy, fun, and also frustrating. Add in the fallout from the abduction, and we get a very engaging story of two seemingly very different people, who actually have a lot more in common than you would imagine.

Thank you, Ms. Wolff, for a fresh perspective on royal romances.


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Forbidden by Elisabeth Naughton


From New York Times Bestselling and RITA Award-winning author Elisabeth Naughton, the first book in the House of Sin Series.

She has no idea what lurks behind the forbidden doors of the House of Sin...

He is temptation. Forbidden fruit. A craving I can’t seem to resist.

I went after him in search of answers, certain he had blood on his hands. Now I’ve fallen prey to his seductive looks and commanding charisma.

I know he is a threat. He's entwined in a dangerous world I don't understand. But even that doesn’t stop me from aching for his touch, for the taste of his wicked lips.

Before I can truly surrender to the fire smoldering between us, I need to know more. I have to see behind the doors he keeps firmly locked.

I need to discover what he's hiding in the shadowy world known as the House of Sin...

**WARNING!**
This book is very sexy, very dark, and very addictive! Features a mysterious hero with a dangerous secret. This is a big story that can't be told in only one book so there is a cliffhanger - but never fear, book two releases three weeks later.

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Avid Reader☆☆☆☆
M/F BDSM Dark Romance
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Luciano is an enigma. Luciano, or Luc, is trying to live his life, but when he's called to head the family business, he really has no choice. He's thrust into the life he doesn't want and made to heel at his father's whim. He knows that he should not have anyone close to him, but when Natalie comes to his office, he is immediately intrigued with her.

Natalie is at Covet for one reason – find out what happened to her best friend. When she meets Luc for the first time, she's intimidated and then thoroughly dismissed. Feeling defeated, she finds a different way into the company. Natalie is very naïve in this story. She is trusting and so virginal it really takes a lot for me to believe that she can even survive this world.

The journey that Natalie and Luc go on is one of danger and lust. There is a lot of chemistry between Luc and Natalie, but their overall relationship is one of mistrust and lies. When the truth comes out, you can't help but wonder where the story will take you – lead you. This was a quick read with a lot of steam. It will be interesting to see if Naughton can hold the storyline throughout. I hope that it becomes more clear and is developed with less "white noise," as I thought this story was good but had a lot of misdirection woven in.


Ruthie☆☆☆
This is the first book in a new series. It certainly sets the scene for us, although in a most disturbing world. It is, however, quite fitting that a fashion magazine would be a good cover for such an operation.

At the heart of the story are Natalie and Luc – a mismatched pair, but clearly one that works for them... sort of. The level of secrecy and mistrust is such that I am not sure how it could ever really work, but no doubt Ms. Naughton plans on showing us in future books. I did find Natalie's ability to determine Luc's every mood by his eyes a little unbelievable at times, and then even when she did, she reacted in denial of what she saw. I get that she was a little (haha) out of her depth, but at some point, she had to trust her own eyes.

This was not really for me, but it is well written, and pages of it I loved, but then it got too dark or twisted, or I became frustrated with bad decisions. I do believe that we will get more clarity as we go forward, but for now, I am stuck in uncertainty.




Before topping multiple bestseller lists—including those of the New York Times, USA Today, and the Wall Street Journal—Elisabeth Naughton taught middle school science. A voracious reader, she soon discovered she had a knack for creating stories with a chemistry of their own. The spark turned into a flame, and Naughton now writes full-time. Besides topping bestseller lists, her books have been nominated for some of the industry’s most prestigious awards, such as the RITA® and Golden Heart Awards from Romance Writers of America, the Australian Romance Reader Awards, and the Golden Leaf Award. When not dreaming up new stories, Naughton can be found spending time with her husband and three children in their western Oregon home.

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Royal Heir by Ruth Cardello


Ruth Cardello, the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Up for Heir, turns a fairy-tale romance into a sizzling bedtime story.

Rachelle Westerly needs a break. After years of acting as the family peacekeeper, she’s finally ready to take a step back. Her movie-star brother has offered her the perfect escape. But on the very first day of her vacation, she steps onto a red carpet and straight into the arms of a real-life prince—and the promise of just the kind of flash and fortune that tore her own family apart.

As the soon-to-be leader of Vandorra, Prince Magnus de Bartelebon always gets what he wants—and the regal bad boy wants the sweet American schoolteacher. Although he should be announcing his engagement of convenience to a neighboring princess, Rachelle is the one he desires in his bed and by his side.

While the drop-dead gorgeous Magnus might be almost everything she craves, Rachelle can’t help but think that falling for him would be a royal mistake. He may be ruling a kingdom one day, but she’s in charge of her heart. And he’ll have to win it with more than a lap of luxury—as inviting as it is.


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Ruthie☆☆☆☆
This is the third book in the series, and I would definitely recommend that you read them in order, as the family dynamics are key to these stories. Each one is unique, and I enjoyed that this one went into the royal prince romance route.

Rachelle, who due to worrying about her estranged brother Eric, is now living in his mansion in London, trying to spend time getting to know him. However, he has other ideas – and as we learn why, it reveals more of the fractures that the family splitting caused in these siblings. She does, however, meet Prince Magnus and has an annoying attraction to the arrogant man. Their first meeting is subject to the most crazy misunderstanding, but is rather funny!

Obviously Rachelle's grandmother, Delinda, has to get involved and everything becomes more than just a fairy tale romance. I can admit that I had a few tears at times, but also did quite a bit of chortling at Rachelle's cheeky ways. It was good to catch up with how the Westerlys are all moving forward too.

Another enjoyable addition to the series – do give them a go, if you haven't already.


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Ruth Cardello was born the youngest of eleven children in a small city in northern Rhode Island. She lived in Boston, Paris, Orlando, and New York before coming full circle and moving back to Rhode Island, where she lives with her husband and three children. Before turning her attention to writing, Ruth was an educator for twenty years, eleven of which she spent as a kindergarten teacher. She is the author of seven previous novels including Bedding the Billionaire, which was a New York Times and USA Today bestseller.

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The Doctor & the Bad Boy by RJ Scott


Mitchell Askett, the recovering alcoholic bad boy, meets Doctor Liam Wolfe, the man who shows him it's okay to love...

No one has ever understood Mitchell Askett. The bad boy. The alcoholic. The loser. Buying into the Ellery Mountain resort and placing down roots in the community for himself, his sister and his niece puts him on the radar of the Fridays and Doctor Liam Wolfe.

He soon realises he has friends in his new home who don't judge him for what happened before and finally begins to escape his past. When he falls hard and fast for the doctor, he even sees a future for him in Ellery.

But when his new happiness is threatened first by family interference then by disaster, he begins to lose faith, until Liam shows him it's okay to ask for help.


Author’s Note: This book was previously published. The second edition features new cover art and the book has been re-edited with no changes to the original story line.

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Ruthie☆☆☆☆
This is the fourth book in the series, and I would definitely recommend that you read them in order, as each one builds on the last. They are great anyway, so why wouldn't you want to read them all?

This installment tied in some previous loose ends about the change of ownership of the cabins and gives another of the Friday club a chance at happiness. Some difficult issues have dogged Mitchell in the past, but he has made significant changes to make the life of his sister and niece a better life. I loved that Liam doesn't judge him for his past but falls for him in the present.

It has got to be Jamie's turn soon, so I am reading on!




RJ’s goal is to write stories with a heart of romance, a troubled road to reach happiness, and most importantly, that hint of a happily ever after.

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

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


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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

As I Am by Melissa Collins Release Blitz


Chase Hansen. Broke. College drop out. Male stripper.

My life wasn't at all what I imagined it would be. I should have been finishing up college, interning with a well-respected business, partying with my friends. But instead, I was raising my seventeen year old brother, struggling to make ends meet. Love wasn't even on my radar. Besides, what did I have to offer? A few crumpled singles pulled from my G-string? Defeated and exhausted, I knew I had zero chance of finding someone to love me just as I am.

Noah Carpenter. Angry. Betrayed. Doctor.

Just when I thought my life was going exactly as it should, everything turned upside down. With my final rotation in medical school complete, I finally achieved my lifelong dream of becoming a doctor. What I never expected was to catch the man of my dreams in our bed with the man of his. Beyond infuriated, I struggled to piece together the remnants of my life. Just when I'd decided to give up on love altogether, I found a man who loved me just as I am.

Author’s Note: This is the extended version of the short story which originally appeared in the Drunk in Love Anthology.

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Sarah☆☆☆☆
This is the story of an unlikely romance between a male stripper and a young doctor. It starts with the death of Chase’s parents and Noah’s first big mistake as a doctor. There is instant attraction between Chase and Noah when a bachelorette party first brings them together, but Chase’s grief and new responsibilities leave little room for a relationship.

Chase’s grief feels terribly real in this story. His changed circumstances feel almost impossibly unfair. I loved his grit, his resilience, and the way he cares for his brother. He isn’t ready for a relationship when he meets Noah, but he needs the connection he finds with Noah.

Noah’s world is very different but the emotional and physical strain of his job also feels very real. As a new doctor, he struggles to meet the superhuman expectations he has for himself. The relationship between Noah and Chase develops slowly. Noah’s stress and Chase’s grief don’t always allow them to communicate effectively and some of their arguments feel contrived and a little bit childish. Despite Noah’s age, this book often feels like a new adult romance.

This story isn’t always plausible – there is one scene at the end that I still can’t quite wrap my head around – but it is an engaging and emotional read. I liked and felt for both Noah and Chase.


Angie☆☆☆☆
This was a sweet love story involving Chase and Noah, both having some issues they need to overcome before they can fully trust and love each other. Chase has struggled most of his life but is doing his damnedest for his brother, Benny, since their parents died. Noah was trying to make his crappy relationship with Rob work until he walked into his worst nightmare. A hot, chance meeting at a strip club changed Noah and Chase’s lives. While the sex was first and sooo hot, it took a while for these two to trust each other. I liked the buildup of the story and I liked how Benny was part of the entire story and didn't get pushed to the wayside. I'll admit I cried a few times. It was a good story!






Melissa Collins has always been a book worm. Studying Literature in college ensured that her nose was always stuck in a book. She followed her passion for reading to the most logical career choice: English teacher. Her hope was to share her passion for reading and the escapism of books to her students. Having spent more than a decade in front of a classroom, she can easily say that it’s been a dream.

Her passion for writing didn’t start until more recently. When she was home on maternity leave in early 2012, she read her first romance novel and her head filled with the passion, angst and laughter of the characters who she read about it. It wasn’t long before characters of her own took shape in her mind. Their lives took over Melissa’s brain and The Love Series was born.

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Hot Response by Shannon Stacey


The men of Boston Fire are back and hotter than ever! Don’t miss this brand-new novel from New York Times bestselling author Shannon Stacey.

Gavin Boudreau lives for the job, but he also believes in “work hard, play harder.” As the youngest guy in Ladder 37, he figures he’s got plenty of time before settling down becomes a priority. Soft, pretty women who aren’t looking for promises are exactly his type, and he’s comfortable with that. Working with a gorgeous EMT isn’t going to change who he is.

The last thing Cait Tasker needs in her personal life is a firefighter whose challenges on-scene have been a thorn in her side from minute one. Her plate’s too full for a man anyway. Back in her childhood home to help her family cope with an unexpected tragedy, she’s got enough to handle without throwing a hot, testosterone-laden fireman into the mix.

As long days on the job lead to long nights together, Gavin and Cait will discover how far temptation can take them—and what happens when the one you thought was all wrong for you turns out to be the person you can’t live without.

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Avid Reader☆☆☆☆
M/F Romance
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Gavin is a successful firefighter who is newer to his company. He takes his job seriously, but also knows how to let loose and have a great time. He has always liked to push the local ambulance EMT, Cait's buttons. He doesn't know why he likes it or why she's so easy to tease. However, when things get serious, Gavin makes a concerted effort to make sure that everyone around him is safe and healthy.

Cait is a serious EMT. She has a family that she is making sure stays as put together as it can. Her mom and younger brother are having difficulty adjusting to a family death and Cait is there to help them through. However, with her job and her family, that leaves little time for a personal life. Despite her attraction to the annoying firefighter, Gavin, Cait can't really do much about it.

When Cait and Gavin decide that their friendship is worth it, to see what might be if they give themselves a chance, both parties will need to make sacrifices and concessions. Cait will need to decide if her personal life can overcome her work and family life and Gavin has to decide how hard he'll push to have his personal life exceed what he's expected.

This is a story about loss, love, friendship, and finding the right balance between work and family. These characters have great chemistry and banter. I really enjoyed watching their relationship and their own personal struggles develop and find a resolution.

I have not read the previous books in this series and didn't ever feel that I was missing anything.



New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Shannon Stacey lives with her husband and two sons in New England, where her two favorite activities are writing stories of happily-ever-after and driving her UTV through the mud.

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Set Ablaze by KC Burn


California firefighter Hayden Hurst is starting to realize there’s more to life than fighting fires and drinking with his buddies. He has room in his home and his life for someone special, but no one has stood out among his hookups. And while he’s out at work, admitting he’s gay is very different from showing up at social functions with a man. He’s afraid that’ll be too much for his less-than-accepting “friends.”

Broadway dancer Jez Bouchet hasn’t been mistaken for straight since he was gay-bashed at seventeen. After getting a lucrative job offer in Hollywood, he uproots his life in New York and drives to Los Angeles. His brother, who is Hayden’s best friend, arranges for him to crash at Hayden’s place.

The attraction between Hayden and Jez is unexpected but fiery, and they succumb before they’re even sure they like each other. But Jez hates Hayden’s homophobic friends, and Hayden knows Jez is too flamboyant for him to fly under the radar. Then there’s the complication of Jez’s brother.

Despite those hurdles, they fling themselves into a relationship. But Jez has secrets: a tiny spoiled dog and a determined stalker. If he doesn’t come clean, he might torch their burgeoning relationship before it has a chance to bloom.

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Sarah☆☆☆☆
3.5 stars

I really enjoyed this sweet and reflective romance, but it isn’t quite what I expected from the cover or the blurb. It’s the story of Hayden, a not-quite-closeted firefighter and Jez, his new roommate (and a Broadway dancer). Jez’s flamboyant arrival forces Hayden to reevaluate his own identity and the toxic bro-culture he clings to.

While I was expecting steamy firefighter scenes, this book takes a hard look at friendship, respect, and identity. There is some heat, but I liked the way the story pushes beyond romance tropes to examine some difficult realities faced by gay men – even in liberal environments like LA and New York.

I didn't love this story. I’m not sure two men would ever talk so earnestly with each other and there were a few moments when Jez and Hayden push past cute into adorable in a way that made me feel slightly nauseous. Time lurches in the story and I didn't always have a good grip on the timeline of the book. Some of the characters are too cliché to be believable or have an impact, and other characters like Jez's brother aren't coherent through the book. But I appreciated the ideas and I loved Jez’s fierce resilience and Hayden’s aptitude for reflection and change.



Author of gay erotic romance, writing for Loose Id, Carina Press & Dreamspinner Press. Occasionally NSFW. KC Burn has been writing for as long as she can remember and is a sucker for happy endings (of all kinds). After moving from Toronto to Florida for her husband to take a dream job, she discovered a love of gay romance and fulfilled a dream of her own—getting published. After a few years of editing web content by day, and neglecting her supportive, understanding hubby and needy cat at night to write stories about men loving men, she was uprooted yet again and now resides in California. Writing is always fun and rewarding, but writing about her guys is the most fun she’s had in a long time, and she hopes you’ll enjoy them as much as she does.

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