Friday, August 31, 2018

Changing Lines by RJ Scott & V.L. Locey Audiobook Tour


Can Tennant show Jared that age is just a number, and that love is all that matters?

The Rowe Brothers are famous hockey hotshots, but as the youngest of the trio, Tennant has always had to play against his brothers’ reputations. To get out of their shadows, and against their advice, he accepts a trade to the Harrisburg Railers, where he runs into Jared Madsen. Mads is an old family friend and his brother’s one-time teammate. Mads is Tennant’s new coach. And Mads is the sexiest thing he’s ever laid eyes on.

Jared Madsen’s hockey career was cut short by a fault in his heart, but coaching keeps him close to the game. When Ten is traded to the team, his carefully organized world is thrown into chaos. Nine years his junior and his best friend’s brother, he knows Ten is strictly off-limits, but as soon as he sees Ten’s moves, on and off the ice, he knows that his heart could get him into trouble again.


Audiobook Details
Length: 5 hrs, 10 mins
Narrator: Sean Crisden

Add to Goodreads –


Book 1
Audiobook Buy Links

Amazon US  ~  Audible  ~  iTunes

Ebook Buy Links

Amazon US  ~  Amazon UK  ~  Amazon Au  ~  Amazon Ca
B&N  ~  iTunes  ~  Kobo  ~  Smashwords



Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Angela☆☆☆☆☆
When the opportunity to review the audiobook edition of Changing Lines came up, I jumped at it. RJ Scott and V.L. Locey’s Harrisburg Railers series is a favorite among our reviewers, so I couldn’t wait to cue up the audiobook and discover why. On top of that, learning that Tennant and Jared’s romance was being narrated by Sean Crisden meant I was in for an aural treat as well. Yet even knowing that the book was going to be good, I still wasn’t prepared for just how much I would enjoy it. And even four listens later, I’m still enamored with Ten and Jared and the Harrisburg Railers.

To start, I loved the opening scene. With a simple family video conference call, we learn so much about Tennant Rowe, the baby of a hockey family who’s spent a good part of his life trying to escape his older brothers’ shadows. I couldn’t help but wonder if his decision to sign with the Railers was an act of defiance toward his eldest brother, a calculated move to a team his brothers had no influence over and that had picked him for his talent and not because of who his brothers were, or both. Regardless of his motivations, the Railers turn out to be exactly what Ten needs, and not just because it puts Jared in his path. As for Jared, the man made a valiant effort of not getting involved with his former best friend’s little brother, but he had no hope in the face of a determined Ten. Fortunately for Ten – even if he didn’t think so at the time – the nine-year age difference means that Jared has more patience and the ability to delay gratification, and this makes for a slow-burn romance with some very sensual encounters before they go for the goal. This also means that the two get to know each other as men and build the foundation for their relationship based on friendship and intimacy as well as the long-time history. Because the story is told in shifting points of view, we also get to see what’s going on in Ten and Jared’s personal lives away from hockey and away from each other, and this made for a fuller picture of each man, making it impossible for me to not be invested in them as individuals and as a couple. And that epilogue!

I always enjoy Sean Crisden’s vocal performances and Changing Lines was no exception. The voices he created for Ten and Jared were wonderful representations of their differences – youthful vs. mature, rash vs. measured. Crisden’s ability to convey Ten and Jared’s emotions had me riding the rollercoaster with them. And the voice he created for Jared’s almost-father-in-law perfectly encompassed the man’s know-it-all arrogance and made me want to throat punch him… repeatedly… several times. Hmmm, I guess hockey really is a violent sport (lol). Changing Lines was such an entertaining audiobook and I completely understand why my co-reviewers love this series so much. Hopefully, Scott and Locey have plans to release the rest of the series on audio because I’d really love to listen to them all, especially if Crisden is back at the mic for First Season. Until then, I’ll be listening to Changing Lines again whenever I need a sexy M/M hockey romance.


Also Available in the Harrisburg Railers Series

Book 2
Buy Links

Amazon US  ~  Amazon UK  ~  Amazon Au  ~  Amazon Ca
B&N  ~  iTunes  ~  Kobo

For reviews & more info, check out our stop on the First Season Blog Tour.


Book 3
Buy Links

Amazon US  ~  Amazon UK  ~  Amazon Au  ~  Amazon Ca
B&N  ~  iTunes  ~  Kobo

For reviews & more info, check out our stop on the Deep Edge Blog Tour.


Book 4
Buy Links

Amazon US  ~  Amazon UK  ~  Amazon Au  ~  Amazon Ca
B&N  ~  iTunes  ~  Kobo

For reviews & more info, check out our stop on the Poke Check Blog Tour.


Book 5
Buy Links

Amazon US  ~  Amazon UK  ~  Amazon Au  ~  Amazon Ca
B&N  ~  iTunes  ~  Kobo

For reviews & more info, check out our stop on the Last Defense Blog Tour.


Book 6
Buy Links

Amazon US  ~  Amazon UK  ~  Amazon Au  ~  Amazon Ca
B&N  ~  iTunes  ~  Kobo  ~  Smashwords

For reviews & more info, check out our stop on the Goal Line Blog Tour.




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 is the author of the over one hundred novels and discovered romance in books at a very young age. She realized that if there wasn’t romance on the page, she could create it in her head, and is a lifelong writer.

She lives and works out of her home in the beautiful English countryside, spends her spare time reading, watching films, and enjoying time with her family.

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

She’s always thrilled to hear from readers, bloggers and other writers.


Connect with RJ

Facebook  ~  Twitter  ~  Blog  ~  Goodreads
Google+  ~  Instagram



V.L. Locey loves worn jeans, yoga, belly laughs, Doctor Who, Torchwood, walking, reading and writing lusty tales, Greek mythology, the New York Rangers, comic books, and coffee. (Not necessarily in that order.) She shares her life with her husband, her daughter, one dog, two cats, two Jersey steers and a flock of assorted domestic fowl.

When not writing lusty tales, she can be found enjoying her day with her menagerie in the rolling hills of Pennsylvania with a cup of fresh java in hand.


Connect with V.L.

Facebook  ~  Twitter  ~  Website  ~  Goodreads
Google+  ~  Instagram



Sean Crisden

I have been a professional voice artist since 2006 (wait, people pay me for this?) but my history extends further than that. As a child, I was known as “Radio Man” for the articulate, listenable qualities within my voice. I don’t know any other kid who took quite so much pleasure in standing up and reading out loud Tikki Tikki Tembo or Bunnicula for their class.

This lead to an early pursuit of performing and I performed for nearly a decade with the prog rock band Divided Sky as vocalist and guitar player. I have expanded my abilities into on-camera acting, appearing in numerous commercials and films including M. Night Shyamalan’s The Last Airbender. I was even fortunate enough to act in and choreograph the combat sequences in Le Meduse Rouge.

I continue to grow, develop and refine my talents in an ongoing effort to find fulfillment by drinking of my creative well. I also train in several martial arts and do my best despite the lure of my bed and apple pie to stay in excellent physical shape.

Connect with Sean

Facebook  ~  Twitter  ~  Google+  ~  Website  ~  Goodreads



a Rafflecopter giveaway

Hosted by
http://signalboostpr.blogspot.co.uk/


Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free audiobook copy of Changing Lines (Harrisburg Railers #1) by R.J. Scott & V.L. Locey, narrated by Sean Crisden to listen to and review for this tour.

Memento Mori by Lexi Blake Blog Tour


Six men with no memories of the past
One leader with no hope for the future

A man without a past


Jax woke up in a lab, his memories erased, and his mind reprogrammed to serve a mad woman's will. After being liberated from his prison, he pledged himself to the only thing he truly knows-his team. Six men who lost everything they were. They must make certain no one else gets their hands on the drugs that stole their lives, all while hiding from every intelligence organization on the planet. The trail has led him to an unforgiving mountainside and a beautiful wilderness expert who may be his only hope of finding the truth.

A woman with a bright future

River Lee knows her way around the Colorado wilderness. She's finally found a home in a place called Bliss after years lost in darkness. The nature guide prefers to show her clients the beauty found in the land, but she also knows the secrets the mountains hold. When she meets Jax, something about the troubled man calls to her. She agrees to lead him to the site of an abandoned government facility hidden deep in the forest. She never dreamed she was stepping into the middle of a battlefield.

A love that could heal a broken soul

Spending time with River, Jax discovers a peace he's never known. Their passion unlocks a side of himself he didn't even know he was missing. When an old enemy makes his first move, Jax and River find themselves fighting for their lives. But when his past is revealed, will River be caught in the crosshairs of a global conspiracy?

dd to Goodreads –


Book 1
Buy Links

Amazon US  ~  Amazon UK  ~  Amazon Au  ~  Amazon Ca
B&N  ~  Google Play  ~  iTunes  ~  Kobo




“This place is beautiful,” he said when she hesitated.

She nodded but didn’t move from her seat. “I love it here. I went to college in Denver, but I always missed this place. When I was younger, my dad had a house in Creede. He started the business there, but when he could, he moved us out of town. My dad was a loner, I suppose. Creede has a population of four hundred and Dad thought that was way too many people.”

“I know the feeling. I lived in London for a while. That was definitely too many people.” He kept his tone even. It was odd. Now that he was here, that hunger he always felt was tempered by her fear. He’d thought he would take anything offered to him, but he couldn’t having met her. If the blonde had offered herself up, he would have turned her down. Over the two hours they’d sat in the booth, eating fried food and drinking beer, he’d figured something out. Some people were more special than others. River was special. He should be more cynical. He could hear Damon Knight telling him to be cautious, but he couldn’t make himself do it. Perhaps it was the fact that he didn’t have a long well of history to draw from and to teach him that this was likely a mistake.

It didn’t feel like a mistake.

“Wow. I’ve never been farther than Kansas City.” She still wasn’t moving and her voice had taken on a tremulous tone.

His heart constricted, and it was surprisingly easy to not listen to his dick. His dick was pleading with him to get aggressive. His dick was trying to convince him that if he could get inside her, she would accept him.

Yeah, he wasn’t going to listen to his dick.

“If you’ve changed your mind, I can call my brother to pick me up. I have a phone and so does he. His number is programmed in. I don’t want to scare you. I had a good time talking to you tonight. It was one of the nicest nights I’ve had in a long time.” Ever. It was the best night ever. It was the first night he felt normal, though he wasn’t exactly sure what that word meant. Comfortable was a better one. That tight feeling in his chest had eased as he’d sat in the booth with River and Tucker and Heather.

Although he’d hated lying to her.

She finally turned, looking at him. Her eyes shone in the moonlight. “You mean that, don’t you?”

He wanted to touch her. He’d had to force his hands not to move toward her all night long. The most he’d allowed himself was to have their hips and shoulders touch as they’d sat next to each other. He’d decided it had been a good thing he’d sat next to her because he was fairly certain he had a case of Big Tag’s crazy eyes, and she would have seen them had he sat across from her.

“I do mean it. Please don’t get me wrong. I want you. I would like nothing more in the world than to take you into that cabin, lay you out, and make a feast of you. I want to kiss you and when I say that I don’t merely mean your lips. I want to put my mouth all over your body. But more than I want that, I want you to like me.” It was important somehow. He wouldn’t see her after tonight, but he couldn’t stand the idea that she was afraid of him.

Everyone was afraid of him. Everyone he knew was waiting for his powder keg to blow, but he’d sworn to himself earlier in the evening that it wouldn’t blow around her. He would protect her even if it was only for one night.






Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Avid Reader☆☆☆☆☆
4.5 stars
M/F Romance, Thriller
Triggers: Click HERE to see Avid Reader’s review on Goodreads for trigger warnings.

While this is the first book in The Forgotten series, I suggest that you read the previous books in the Masters & Mercenaries, as there are quite a few crossover characters and plotlines that follow in to this series.

This is Jax's story. The Lost Boys are on the trail of their past and despite the dangers, they want some answers. This story takes them to the mountains and they will need all of their wits about them to figure this mystery out. It also helps that there is a local who is unwillingly, willing to help them.

Jax is immediately connected to River. She's everything he could ever want and despite having such a limited past, he knows that he needs to treat her well. With their growing connection, Jax has to decide whether the mission is more important than his connection with River. He wants to fight her battles for her and protect her from all of the harm they might be walking into.

River is a strong woman, despite recently being kicked while she was already down. Even though she needs the work from Jax's group, when a steamy night with Jax kicks off what could be a dangerous hike/search, River isn't really willing to listen to Jax's lies. River will need to decide if love is a healer or just a cruel word for her. Attraction isn't always enough and even though she knows she could care for Jax, the strange world he lives in might not be for her.

Sides will be taken, lives will be changed forever, and the mystery behind some of the secondary characters is deepened. The mystery within the mystery is great and I can't wait for the next book – I hope it holds more of a key.


Mary☆☆☆☆☆
Memento Mori is the first book in The Forgotten series and I really need to go back and read the Masters & Mercenaries series to catch up on the back stories of these Lost Boys.

The men have come in search of the place where experiments were done that wiped out memories of men like them, maybe even their memories. But can they find this hidden place before those wanting to keep it hidden use it for evil?

Jax meets River and he has found an emotion he never knew anything about, or that he can remember. He wants to spend time with her because of the way she makes him feel.

River is tired of men using her, maybe she needs one night with this stranger to help her move on in her life. He says some weird things, but she can't explain the way he makes her feel.

Can Jax and River continue to see each other without outsiders interfering? Can he keep his nonexistent past from her? Will River learn the truth and push him away? Will Jax give up his life to save her?

This is a first for me from Lexi Blake, but I do have a lot of her books on my “To Be Read” list. I love a good romantic suspense and this one hits all of those buttons. If you are looking for a really good who-done-it and I never thought that one was a bad guy story, then you should read this one. I'm going back and read the Masters & Mercenaries series so I can learn more about these men. I hope you enjoy this story as much as I did. I can't wait for the next book.


Shelby☆☆☆☆
Memento Mori is the first book in Masters & Mercenaries: The Forgotten series. The "Lost Boys" are a group of men who've been abducted and used for nefarious purposes. These men have no idea who they WERE, where they're from, or any important information.

To be completely honest, the beginning of this book was super confusing. There are multiple characters immediately introduced, we're in the middle of a rescue/extraction, and I had to read the first chapter a few times before I was able to get everything and everybody straight. Once I was comfortable and proceeded on, I found the flow of the story was much easier to follow.

Jax is a lost soul. His adult memories consist of some horrendous abuse, terrible crimes, and being surrounded by his "brothers". No family, no love or affection, no pleasant memories of any kind. He's ready to join the real world and experience life and love.

River has serious trust issues (well deserved, if I may say so). She's dealing with grief, has been screwed over, and is at a low point. When Jax notices her, she can't believe it's her that he's interested in.

This story contains sweet romance, action, intrigue, and a bit of suspense. There are so many characters that I can't mention all of them, but they each play their part in the story. I liked the "Lost Boys" story line and this is what kept my interest. I removed a star due to the heroine's antics.

I do want to know what happens next as I'm totally interested in each of these guys’ stories!


Ruthie☆☆☆☆
This is a fantastic new spin-off from the Masters & Mercenaries series. I would highly recommend that you read that series as it is brilliant and will also give you a better understanding of where this story is rooted. You will not regret it, as it is a brilliant series, combining thriller and espionage with some very hot and erotic romances.

As a newcomer, you will soon learn about the heinous crimes committed on the Lost Boys, and how they went on to commit crimes themselves. But one can only ever feel sympathy for these men, even if they are hardened and ruthless at times. The M&M team have been working hard to protect them, and to try and help them assimilate to civilian life. But first they have to try and find the research that caused them to be what they are, both to prevent it happening again and possibly to help them regain their pasts.

Jax is one of the Lost Boys, and he is finding it strange not living as they had but is also desperate for a more normal life. Even if on a mission, time in nature brings him comfort. Meeting River is like opening his eyes to the possibility of positive emotions and a brighter future. But he also knows that the road to a relationship is long and complicated, and fundamentally dangerous. However, he really has no choice but to pursue her, as she makes him feel.

As we follow the mission, and the romance, it is almost impossible not to become invested in the outcome and wish for it to work out well. There is still plenty of drama to play out in this complex, convoluted thriller, but it is a great start to a new series.


Mary Jo☆☆☆☆
This novel is classic Lexi Blake. I love being back in Bliss and catching up with old friends.

The life that Jax is living is not the one he had hoped to have had – that is if he could remember what it was like to hope. He's been tortured, abused, and coerced to kill on behalf of his "mother", the evil Dr. McDonald. Her death may have freed his body, but his mind and soul are still caged by what was done to him.

His one chance to find out who he was before "mother" took him, brings him to Bliss and into the path of River Lee. River has lived her own version of hell, which includes watching her father die of cancer and marrying a con man who stole all of her savings and is now threatening her further.

Ms. Blake has an uncanny ability to write stories that hook the reader from the first paragraph to the last and immediately want more. I'm one of those readers, wondering what I'm going to read between now and March when book two comes out.






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

Connect with Lexi

Facebook  ~  Twitter  ~  Instagram  ~  Website  ~  Goodreads




Hosted by
http://www.inkslingerpr.com/


Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Memento Mori (Masters & Mercenaries: The Forgotten #1) by Lexi Blake to read and review for this tour.

Out in the Deep by Lane Hayes Release Blitz


Derek Vaughn is a little too serious. He’s a type A control personality with a penchant for order and a love of water polo. But he’s determined to enjoy his last year of college. The real world with a serious job and big expectations can wait for a few months. He’s going soak up every minute on campus with his friends and teammates before he moves on. The only possible kink in his plan is the new guy on the team… also known as his nemesis.

Gabe Chadwick has big Olympic dreams. His transfer between Southern California universities has nothing to do with scholastics. The degree is his backup plan. He’s not there to party or make friends. And he certainly isn’t going to announce his sexuality. But he can’t deny there’s something special about the uptight team captain. However, when an unwitting friendship and mutual attraction collide, both will have to decide if this is the real thing or if they’re about to lose it all in the deep.

Add to Goodreads –


Book 1
Buy Links

Amazon US  ~  Amazon UK  ~  Amazon Au  ~  Amazon Ca
~  Available with KindleUnlimited  ~




Maybe I just needed a good night’s sleep. It had been a long day. And a weird one. I could never have dreamed up a scenario featuring Gabe Chadwick in my house after this morning. But here he was.

I gave him a thorough once-over as he walked into the kitchen. And again, the first thing that crossed my mind was, “Wow, he’s really fucking hot.”

“Nice place.”

“Thanks. Do you want some water or something?” I asked, awkwardly pointing at the fridge.

“No, thanks. I’ve had enough tonight,” Gabe replied with a laugh.

I should have said good-bye then and escorted him to the door, but I had a strong desire to keep him talking and maybe dispel the weird admiring thoughts going through my brain. Yes, Gabe was a good-looking guy, but I shouldn’t be fixating on his long eyelashes and the way the kitchen light framed him in a halo of sorts. I couldn’t let him go until my brainwaves returned to normal, and he was the same annoyingly smart and talented opponent I’d played against occasionally for years. The thing was, I didn’t really know him and at that moment, I wanted to.

“Where do you live?” I asked.

“About fifteen minutes away. I scored an apartment by campus. I have one roommate. Brent’s a volleyball player. We might get a third to cut expenses, but I don’t want to share a room, so that’ll be up to him.”

“Sharing a room gets old fast. Evan and I knew we wanted to live together, but I’d probably smother him in his sleep if I had to listen to him snoring every night a few feet away from me,” I said in a lame-ass effort to keep him talking.

Gabe chuckled. “That would be rough. Evan seems like a cool guy. Is he as neat as you? This house is spotless.”

“No, that’s all me. I can’t help it. I have a thing about order. Evan’s a slob. You should see his room. At least he tries in shared spaces. I don’t bug him about his unmade bed, scattered clothes, and random dishes he leaves on his nightstand as long as he keeps the bathroom and kitchen tidy. He’s been on the receiving end of a couple of classic Vaughn meltdowns,” I said with a self-deprecating shrug.

“A Vaughn meltdown,” Gabe repeated. “That must be a version of what I experienced this morning when you tried to drown me.”

“Fuck off.” I laughed, then looked away quickly when a rush of heat flooded my cheeks. Oh, my God. Please don’t let me blush. Not now. He’ll know something’s wrong with me.

Gabe stepped closer to me and cocked his head. “Are you blushing?”

Great.

“I don’t blush.”

“Whatever you say.” He winked and gave me a mischievous smile that turned me inside out.

This couldn’t be happening.




Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Ruthie☆☆☆☆
This is the first book in a new series, and I am looking forward to future installments. This one is set around a water polo team in a hot and sunny place, and the college levels of freedom, which work denies us. It was lovely escapism!

Faced with his ex-girlfriend making out at a party with Gabe, his archrival at water polo, Derek realises that his jealousy is over Gabe, not Amanda, and has to finally acknowledge that he is definitely bi. As luck would have it, Gabe was only making out with her to make Derek jealous too – and soon they fall into a secret but intense relationship. I loved their tentative, sincere, and deepening romance playing out to a backdrop of training, studying, and avoiding being obvious. Of course, they do have to decide whether to take the next step, and how – but when the decision is forced upon them, just what will happen? Read the book to find out, it is well worthwhile!


Sarah☆☆☆☆
This is a sunshine-filled California romance about beautiful men who spend most of their time in the pool wrestling in tiny swimsuits. Eye candy for the imagination, it is the story of two college water polo players who find themselves surprised by the sudden attraction between them.

Derek is a loveable hot mess. His temper gets him into trouble, but the same impulsiveness also allows him to embrace his feelings for Gabe without much angst. We meet him in his last year of college and he does a whole lot of growing up in the story. Gabe is more grounded and more driven – and his careful nature is a good match for Derek. He is more certain of his sexuality but also more cautious about revealing it. Derek’s affluent helicopter parents may have made life a little too easy for him but Gabe has had to work crazy hard for everything he has. I love the way these two balance each other.

This is a happy, feel-good new adult romance. It is a light and easy read that never gets too dark or heavy. The romance between Gabe and Derek is sweet and I loved the heat between them. It is a quick read – perfect for a beach holiday or a bubble bath.


Erica☆☆☆☆
4 Summer Read Stars.

After a bit of a rough start for me, not being pulled in due to the 'telling' storytelling, I was hooked to the very end once the novella found its pace.

As a sucker for love/hate, will they won't they, slow-burn romance, Out in the Deep hit all those notes for me. As soon as I connected to Derek, I read the book in one sitting. Resonating with me, I felt Derek's fury over Gabe rubbing him wrong, obviously on purpose. The tension was palpable, making the heart race during their intense interactions.

Derek's the captain on his college water polo team, only to find out his nemesis is joining the team. Gabe unintentionally gaslights Derek when it comes to the refs and the couch, both when on opposing teams and when on the same team, fueling the love/hate vibe.

The tension shifts to baiting banter and lust-fueled interactions, evolving into more for Derek and Gabe.

There's a small cast of characters, offering the opportunity for new installments, as well as a teaser of the next, which I cannot wait to get my hands on.

Why 4 instead of 5 stars?

The start was a difficult one for me, with a laundry list type feel instead of scenes, like a rundown of events told not shown. As I said, the novella found its pacing and I was hooked like a kitten after catnip.

My biggest issue was with the ex-girlfriend. It wasn't her actions that annoyed me, as people behave this way on a daily basis – it was how the author had Derek apologizing to her. People break up. To borrow Derek's words, he owed her nothing. It had been a year – it's on the ex if she is still harboring feelings for him. Women need to be held responsible for their actions, no differently than men should as well. While I appreciate that the author tried to show another side, in hope to not vilify women, those actions were only validated once she received gifts of food and apologies, not reprimands and restraining orders. On the reverse, if an ex-boyfriend stalked you, you'd get a RO for safety reasons. Let's also not forget using men to get his attention – human beings as if they are props. Why did this bother me so much? As I said, people act like this daily, but what I didn't appreciate is how the author had Derek (the victim) apologizing for being victimized. Full. Stop.

Definitely recommend this tension-filled, steamy, warm and fuzzy novella to fans of the author and MM romance fanatics.


Shannan☆☆☆☆
Out in the Deep is the first installment in the Out in College series.

Derek is a college senior. He's confident in himself and his place on the school water polo team. Until one drunken interaction with his rival, Gabe, changes everything he thought he knew. He's confused why he's drawn to Gabe. He can't stop thinking about that drunken night in the bathroom. Gabe and Derek fall into a secret relationship where they can't get enough of each other. When they are forced to either reveal their relationship or walk away, who will win or lose in this battle?

I enjoyed this read. It was sexy watching these two find something within each other.

Out in the Deep is well worth the read! I can't wait for Evan's book next!!


Angie☆☆☆
To be honest, I was bored when reading this book. I am sure I'm in the minority, but it just didn't work for me. The first few chapters were too wordy, which automatically turned me off. I need dialogue. Derek is bi, he figures that out when his ex is making out with Gabe at a party. There was a lot of drinking and partying, mostly due to Gabe and Derek being young and in college but it got old. I didn't feel any chemistry between Gabe and Derek but that could have been because I felt the book was written through Derek's eyes. I'm sure others will enjoy this story, it just wasn't for me.



Lane Hayes is grateful to finally be doing what she loves best. Writing full-time! It’s no secret Lane loves a good romance novel. An avid reader from an early age, she has always been drawn to well-told love story with beautifully written characters. These days she prefers the leading roles to both be men. Lane discovered the M/M genre a few years ago and was instantly hooked. Her debut novel was a 2013 Rainbow Award finalist and subsequent books have received Honorable Mentions, and won first prize in the 2016 and 2017 Rainbow Awards. She loves red wine, chocolate and travel (in no particular order). Lane lives in Southern California with her amazing husband in a newly empty nest.

Connect with Lane

Facebook  ~  Twitter  ~  Website  ~  Goodreads
Google+  ~  Instagram



a Rafflecopter giveaway

Hosted by
http://indigomarketingdesign.com/


Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Out in the Deep (Out in College #1) by Lane Hayes to read and review for this tour.

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Unexpected by Aleatha Romig Blog Tour


*Paul*

What will happen... when Jenn learns the truth that has been brewing deep inside me?
...when she learns my desires have been restrained?
...when containing them is no longer possible?
Will she flee when there’s no place to run?


Traveling to the isolation of a tropical island, we agree to lay our marriage and our future on the line. It’s the only way to face the demons—my demons—that threaten our life together.
For us to make our marriage work, we must break down barriers, reveal the hidden places, and shine light where darkness has taken root.
This reprieve from life is meant to be about us, our marriage, and our future.
It is... until the unexpected happens...

Will our marriage survive? Will we?

This suspenseful, steamy stand-alone novella follows Paul and Jenn Masters, characters previously introduced in the novella Unconventional. This quick, spicy story may be read completely on its own or even before Unconventional.

If you enjoy a fast and furious, heart-thundering ride that leaves you breathless and perhaps a bit hot and bothered, check out New York Times bestselling author Aleatha Romig’s The Vault novellas: Unconventional and Unexpected.

Have you been Aleatha’d?

Add to Goodreads –


Book 2
Buy Links

Amazon US  ~  Amazon UK  ~  Amazon Au  ~  Amazon Ca
B&N  ~  Google Play  ~  iTunes  ~  Kobo



I close my eyes and allow my body to simply react.

It’s been too long.

It seems as if recently I’ve overthought everything—every action... word... everything—between Paul and me. The process is exhausting, and I’m too tired to continue. I don’t know what will happen over the next ten days. All I know is that I want what’s in front of me.

Forget that.

I want what’s intoxicating me—my husband’s embrace, the spicy scent of his skin, the way his erection probes my tummy through our clothes, and the sweet sensation of his kiss.

Sex may not save our marriage, but damn, right now as our kiss deepens, I’m on fire. Like a field of grass that’s withstood a drought, the flames grow. Small explosions detonate throughout my body—tiny flares roaring to a blaze and blasting our world. Each is a reminder that there’s been only one man who has ever made me feel completely and utterly loved, worshipped, and satisfied.

The one man who is with me now.

A moan escapes my lips as Paul reaches for the hem of my sundress and lifts it over my head. Just as quickly, he tugs off his own shirt, and I’m surrounded by his strong arms. His wide chest smashes against my breasts, and our hearts work together, the presence of the other increasing their rhythm. The faint taste of the salt air lingers on my lips as I kiss his neck, chest, and torso.



Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Avid Reader☆☆☆☆☆
4.5 stars
M/F Romance
Triggers: Scenes with some BDSM elements

Paul and Jenn are at a crossroads. The question is whether or not they can save their marriage. What Paul and Jenn don't know is that they both have been dishonest in their relationship. It's time to lay their cards on the table and figure out whether or not they can save themselves and their relationship.

This is a quick read. I did not read the previous book in this series but was never lost nor didn't know what was happening.

These two have to come together, change their communication and show each other that no matter what, they love each other. I really enjoyed this quick, steamy read.


Mary☆☆☆☆☆
What do you do when your marriage is over and all that is left is to sign the divorce papers? You take your therapist’s advice and go away for a vacation where the two of you can talk about the problems in your marriage.

Paul and Jenn Masters have secrets they are keeping from each other but they thought it wasn't causing problems in their marriage. But when Paul told Jenn his desires, she knew that her past would have to be revealed. While on the tropical island and no one else is around, she will learn Paul's secret and find that she is really alright with his desires too. And it seems their marriage is going to be saved until the unexpected happens.

Can Paul and Jenn's marriage survive what happened on the island? Will they give up and sign the divorce papers after all? Can Paul forgive her for the secret she keeps about her past?

I didn't read Unconventional, but I am going to go back soon and read it and see what I missed on this couple. As usual, Aleatha Romig has written a story that has you right there, believing and feeling this couples’ pain and happiness. She knows how to tell a story to keep you entertained until the very end. I can't wait to see what she comes up with next.


Ruthie☆☆☆☆
This is a pretty full on story for quite a short book – and has some quite disturbing elements, which might upset some, so do take note of the triggers.

Jenn and Paul are just about to sign their divorce papers when they realise that it is a final step, and just maybe that is a mistake. So they jet off to a private island to recapture the best parts of their past. This becomes a very sweet, but also by turns very erotic holiday, with Paul finally admitting to his needs, and Jenn having to revisit her previous failed relationship which centred around BDSM, but not in a good way. It was fun and hopeful. Cue a big storm and some pretty awful events which throw their lives into turmoil.

This is a sexy read, which starts from the beginning of a new relationship, based on the friendship of a married couple who lost their way. It is a very enjoyable read.




Aleatha Romig is a New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author who lives in Indiana, USA. She grew up in Mishawaka, graduated from Indiana University, and is currently living south of Indianapolis. Aleatha has raised three children with her high school sweetheart and husband of over thirty years. Before she became a full-time author, she worked days as a dental hygienist and spent her nights writing. Now, when she's not imagining mind-blowing twists and turns, she likes to spend her time a with her family and friends. Her other pastimes include reading and creating heroes/anti-heroes who haunt your dreams and bring your imagination to life!

Aleatha released her first novel, Consequences, in August of 2011. Consequences became a bestselling series with five novels and two companions released from 2011 through 2015. The compelling and epic story of Anthony and Claire Rawlings has graced more than half a million e-readers. Aleatha released the first of her series Tales from the Dark Side, Insidious, in the fall of 2014. These standalone thrillers continue Aleatha's twisted style with an increase in heat.

In the fall of 2015, Aleatha moved head first into the world of dark romance with the release of Betrayal, the first of her five novel Infidelity series that has taken the reading world by storm. She also began her traditional publishing career with Thomas and Mercer. Her books Into the Light and Away from the Dark were published through this mystery/thriller publisher in 2016.

In the spring of 2017, Aleatha released her first stand-alone, fun, and sexy romantic comedy with Plus One, followed by the sweet stand-alone, One Night.

Aleatha is a "Published Author's Network" member of the Romance Writers of America and PEN America.  She is represented by Kevan Lyon of Marsal Lyon Literary Agency.

Connect with Aleatha

Facebook  ~  Twitter  ~  Blog  ~  Goodreads
Google+  ~  Instagram


Hosted by
http://www.inkslingerpr.com/


Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Unexpected (The Vault #2) by Aleatha Romig to read and review for this tour.

Private Charter by N.R. Walker


Stuart Jenner’s job is high stress, high stakes, and everything he’s strived for. So why, when the apex of his career is within reach, does he stumble? At his doctor’s insistence, he books a privately chartered yacht to sail around the Whitsundays for two weeks of sun, surf, and sex. When his friend-with-benefits bails on him at the last minute, Stuart decides to go alone.

Foster Knight left the rat race behind six years ago, bought a yacht, and now calls the Great Barrier Reef his home. Sailing tourists around tropical waters is all in a day’s work, and he’s never been happier. When his next client arrives alone, the two-week charter will be the most private job he’s ever had.

Foster can see how stressed and exhausted Stuart is, and he promises him extensive rest and relaxation. Stuart slowly realises his original plan for two weeks of sun, surf, and sex might not be lost yet. Confined to a yacht, isolated by aqua-coloured oceans and the sweltering sun, Stuart and Foster are about to find out just how hot the tropics can get.

Add to Goodreads –



Buy Links

Amazon US  ~  Amazon UK  ~  Amazon Au  ~  Amazon Ca
~  Available with KindleUnlimited  ~



Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Ruthie☆☆☆☆
This is a really good read, and probably should be adopted by the Australian tourist board, as it certainly made me want to visit all those magical coves, and dive with the fishes! (Okay... and the men.)

Foster has it made, he has made that transition to a life he chooses, but when Stuart, who is his next charter client, comes on board alone, the rules of engagement with passengers suddenly change. We get the privilege of coming along for the ride, and to enjoy watching them come to terms with what they are, what they could be, and the cost. Stuart has been warned by his doctor that his health is at risk, but could he really give it all up like Foster has done? There are some really good points made by them both, in terms of love, life, and what is important, but most of all it is a great read about two guys who just recognise a fellow spirit and enjoy each other. Does it last? Well, you need to read it and find out – but I can tell you that it is a very satisfying read!


Veronica☆☆☆☆
Set in Far North Queensland, Stuart charters a yacht to sail around the Great Barrier Reef. But when his travelling companion cancels, it ends up just being Stuart and the sexy Captain Foster on the holiday. Private Charter is the kind of book that is going to make you want to take a holiday somewhere tropical and sunny. With descriptions of the beautiful blue water, warm sun, and breathtaking sunsets, it was easy to imagine being in Stuart's place.

The ensuing romance between Stuart and Foster is pretty hot Meeting Foster, who was also once in Stuart’s line of work, has Stuart doing what I’m sure many of us do when we go on holiday somewhere amazing – evaluating our lives and wondering if we should leave the rat race and aim for something better.

I had a bit of a false start with Private Charter. As an Aussie, I hate when Aussie authors change our language to make it easier for American readers to understand. It is unlikely other readers will notice this, but it bugs me no end. I told myself to stop being so pedantic and kept reading and I’m happy I did. This story is a very sexy and an easy winter read (or a summer read for those in the northern hemisphere). It is the sort of book where you can just sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride to the happy ending that you know is coming. This story was just what I was in the mood for. Good, fun reading. 3.5 stars from me.


Sarah☆☆☆☆
This is the story of the romance between a burned out city financier and the skipper of the boat he hires to tour the Great Barrier Reef. It’s a steamy read full of flirtation, innuendo, and some thoughtful reflections.

This is a lighter, fluffier read than most books by NR Walker. Between Stuart’s tiny white speedos and the sexy games the two men play with tequila, there is a playful feel to this book. The attraction between Foster and Stuart is instant but the seduction is delightfully slow and built on playful banter. It is only after Foster and Stuart build a relationship that the story turns more serious as Stuart reflects on his career and his future. I really loved both of these men and I love how the connection that starts out as a playful, sexy hookup becomes something much more.

The setting of this story makes it come alive. I loved Foster’s yacht, the food he cooks, and the men’s experiences as they swim and snorkel. The author’s descriptions are sensual and evocative, and I was desperate to visit Australia by the end. This is an easy, sexy read and a wonderful fantasy escape from real life.


Shannan☆☆☆☆☆
I thoroughly enjoyed Private Charter. The descriptions were so detailed I wanted to feel the sun on my face or the drop of the boat off a wave caused by the bad weather. Loved the ending but was sad to see it end.

Stuart has scheduled a long overdue vacation at the request of his doctor. Stuart is one of the best at what he does, but the toll it's taking on his body and mind is huge. Stuart plans a charter yacht for two weeks with his man of the week. He is looking to relax, rejuvenate, and have lots of sex.

Foster has found his key to happiness. He does what he loves, sailing his yacht, meeting new people, and having an amazing view.

I loved the push and pull of these two characters. The chemistry was explosive and my god, the white speedos. Watching them learn about each other and themselves made for a slow burn. Private Charter is definitely worth the read!


Angie☆☆☆☆☆
Sun, sex, and Speedos. This book is full of all three and I loved every minute of it. Stuart and Foster were so good together. They had things in common and Foster taught Stuart how to sail and how to let go and have fun. There was just a bit of angst and even that bit made me cry. I wanted to take a sunny vacation after reading this. I really enjoyed it and the epilogue. This is a book I will re-read when I need a hot, sexy read.



N.R. Walker is an Australian author, who loves her genre of gay romance. She loves writing and spends far too much time doing it, but wouldn’t have it any other way.

She is many things: a mother, a wife, a sister, a writer. She has pretty, pretty boys who live in her head, who don’t let her sleep at night unless she gives them life with words. She likes it when they do dirty, dirty things... but likes it even more when they fall in love.

She used to think having people in her head talking to her was weird, until one day she happened across other writers who told her it was normal.

She’s been writing ever since...

Connect with N.R.

Facebook  ~  Twitter  ~  Website  ~  Goodreads
Google+  ~  Instagram




Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Private Charter by N.R. Walker to read and review.