Friday, September 18, 2020

Shot in the Dark by Marie James Blog Tour

Shot in the Dark by Marie James


As an IT expert and hacker extraordinaire, Wren Nelson is no stranger to discovering all sorts of secrets online.

He’s a warrior… when he’s behind his computer, that is.

And awkward at best in social situations.

His long hours with Blackbridge Security don’t really provide many opportunities to go out and meet people.

So what is he supposed to do when a wrong delivery—a questionably large box of bedroom toys—ends up in his hands instead of its intended target?

Online stalking has always been his go-to to accumulate information on people, but only seeing Whitney through digital displays isn’t enough. Approaching her doesn’t seem like the best plan either.

What he doesn’t know is that this woman is possibly the only one in existence able to give him a run for his money.

Don’t miss our reviews of the rest of the Blackbridge Security series!
For book one, Hostile Territory, click HERE.

 

 

Shot in the Dark by Marie James

Book 2
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I watch her… I’m a stalker. Not even kind of a stalker. I’m a full-fledged snake.


 

Reviews


Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team


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

Wren is amazing with computers. He is the go-to person at his job to find anyone, hack anywhere, and while the guys like to give him a hard time about him always being in front of the screen, they wouldn't know how to get along without him. Wren also has the most adorably inappropriate pet – it will make you laugh out loud.

Wren isn't one to truly have a great personal life. He's always at work or at his nana's house. When he does find time to hang with the guys, he's very ineffective with flirting and picking women up. Wren is used to online hookups, but nothing with substance or meaning. When he accidentally is given the wrong package and even more, mistakenly opens it at work, what ensues is a somewhat hilarious, but serious relationship with a woman who Wren has to get to know.

Whitney is great with computers in her own way. She is an amazing gamer and a great hacker in her own way. But when she's tasked with finding out about someone high up in the FBI, what she doesn't expect is what follows. With her mind only a little on Wren and how adorable he is with his clumsiness, Whitney has to keep her wits in order to figure out who is truly behind the mystery that she's been asked to uncover.

These two have great chemistry and super fun banter. They have similar appetites and that just makes their encounters that much sexier. I really enjoyed the mystery within the story and felt that there was a good balance of romance and mystery. I can't wait for more books!


Mary☆☆☆☆
Be careful when you receive a package, first thing is to make sure it is yours before you open it. Because you might not want to know what is in the box. That is what happened to Wren when he opened a box and realized it was something not meant for him. The items inside did get his attention though. He wanted to meet the person the box was supposed to go to.

Whitney doesn't know what happened to the box her friend sent to her. When she went to the mailroom at her apartment building, she was handed a box, but it was for the wrong tenant. So did this wrong tenant get her box or was it lost in the mail?

Wren stalks Whitney so he can meet her by chance and the sparks fly between them. He wants to see where things go, but how does he tell her who he is and how he knows who she is. Can Whitney trust Wren when she learns the truth about her package? IS there a chance for a future for Wren and Whitney? And you got to love a foul mouth bird, he will have you in stitches.

This is the second book in this series, and I am loving this group of security guys. This story is filled with fun, laughter, suspense, and two people that are meant to be together. So, sit back and enjoy all that is Wren and Whitney.

 

 

I’m feeling like a complete rock star. Nothing could bring me down right now. I’m ruling my own world right now. Then, I trip on the threshold walking onto the elevator.


 

Author Bio


Marie James is a USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance. She's book boyfriend crazy, the mother of two rowdy boys, and a wife of 15+ years. She's obsessed with tacos, otters, and FunCo Pops figures. Born, raised, and still living in central Texas, Marie spends most of her time locked away writing and reading.

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Honestly, at this point, I’m not completely opposed to kidnapping. I mean, what’s one more felony?


 

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Grease Babe by Elle Aycart Blog Tour

Grease Babe by Elle Aycart


Alden is not only home to the gorgeous Bowen brothers, but also to the OGs, three hilarious octogenarian grandmas who believe age is nothing but a number. After their success helping one grandchild find love, they’ve decided to move on to the next. Nothing will stop them. Not even jail…

Rachel’s upbringing was rough, but at 34, she loves the life she’s built for herself. She adores her grandmother, Alden, and her job as a mechanic. Now, if her grandma and her friends would just stop getting into trouble, everything would be perfect. She’s doing her best to keep them on the straight and narrow, but she spends more time arguing with the sheriff than working in her garage. Case in point the OGs’ latest stunt, which got all of them, Rachel included, sentenced to community service. So now she has to keep an eye on the crazy grannies and on the street teenage thugs she’s been court-ordered to teach mechanics to.
And all thanks to the sheriff and that huge, unbendable stick up his ass.

Adrian Skehan, a top-notch detective in Boston, enjoyed putting dangerous criminals and drug kingpins behind bars. He loved his fast-paced, glamorous city life, but after his estranged grandfather had a major stroke, he moved to Alden, became the sheriff and now he spends his days chasing after senior citizens and dealing with the OGs – the bane of his existence – and Rachel, their obnoxious defender.
Terrific career move, really. Way to screw up his life. And his mental wellbeing.

As if life wasn’t hard enough, now the OGs have decided to work on their bucket list… meaning the granddaughter and the sheriff must join forces to survive the mayhem.
He likes his women… ivory-tower delicate. Not loud, highly opinionated and smelling of gasoline.
She likes her men… easy-going. Not arrogant know-it-alls and sticklers for rules.
Keeping these two together is a recipe for disaster. Too bad the OGs don’t see it that way.

 

 

Grease Babe by Elle Aycart

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 definitely recommend that you start at book one to get the full goodness! The OGs are a force of nature, and getting the fullness of their crazy will start your day right, and Mike and Kyra's romance is a good reason to read it too.

We start with the OGs really getting into trouble; in fact, so badly that Sheriff Adrian not only puts them behind bars, but also one of their grandchildren, the feisty mechanic Rachel. He has recently moved out of Boston, and Alden's crazy residents have pushed him too far. He also doesn't understand Rachel and her lack of feminine outfits and her constant garage smell. He is, in fact, a bit of an idiot at this point. It is always here that I stop and wonder how the author is going to turn such thoughts and opinions around!

Rachel ends up with community service and helps a bunch of young felons to do work in her garage. Adrian supervises and starts to appreciate her strength of character and patience. Things turn nasty, complicated, and unsettling in this book, and I loved the twists and turns which finally got there to be a romance at all. It is another excellent read, for completely different reasons.

Thank you, Elle Aycart, for a fun, but also thought-provoking read.


Mary Jo☆☆☆☆
This is not your typical feel-good romance book. Both Rachel and Adrian have pasts they would rather not talk about, yet each knows that secrets ferment and cause things to sour.

We know most of Adrian's secrets from the beginning and as they come to light during the course of the book. The reader can sense there's something more to Rachel, but we don't find out about her past until Adrian does.

Rachel knew that her past would have a direct impact on her budding relationship with Adrian, yet she keeps her secrets. And would have continued to do so until she felt it was right to spill her secrets. Rachel's plan backfired when a stranger outed her not only in front Adrian but also a handful of people she considered friends.

What happens next is that two people have to sit down and have an honest conversation with each other. That takes time when one person believes they were maliciously lied to and the other believes they are not worthy of the other.

 

 

Author Bio



After a colorful array of jobs all over Europe ranging from translator to chocolatier to travel agent to sushi chef to flight dispatcher, Elle Aycart is certain of one thing and one thing only: aside from writing romances, she has abso-frigging-lutely no clue what she wants to do when she grows up. Not that it stops her from trying all sorts of crazy stuff. While she is probably now thinking of a new profession, her head never stops churning new plots for her romances. She lives currently in Barcelona, Spain, with her husband and two daughters, although who knows, in no time she could be living at the Arctic Circle in Finland, breeding reindeer.

Elle loves to hear from readers!


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Draw by V.L. Locey Release Blitz

Overtime Series Book 3. Draw by V.L. Locey


They say first loves never last. Jackie Blue Kalinski was about to show them—whoever they are—that the word never is not in his vocabulary.

From the time Jack Kalinski was a preschooler he had a good sense of who he was and where he wanted to go in life. His childhood was spent drawing beautiful dresses for pretty people, male and female alike. Growing up with two dads who played hockey wasn’t exactly conducive to late night talks about tulle or tailor’s chalk, but he never let that stop his dreams of becoming a fashion designer or expressing the genderqueer heart that beat in his chest. His family’s love and support helped him through some painful losses that shaped him into the strong, vivacious, and charismatic college student he is today. Life hasn’t been a smooth ride, but Jack has persevered and is about to take the fashion world by storm.

Little does he suspect that his tidy life is about to be scorched by a chance meeting with one of the men playing hockey on the gay team his father coaches. Martin McKittrick not only catches Jack’s eye, but the much older man wins his heart. The passionate affair with the captain of the Marine Unit of the BFD burns red hot until the new couple run into a few snags that might dampen the inferno: Jack’s ascent into the fashion world, Martin’s job and the inherent dangers that come with it, and the fact that the well-kept secret romance has just been exposed to the world in a rather big way.

Don’t miss our reviews of the rest of the Overtime series!
For book one, Rebound, click HERE.
For book two, Final Shot, click HERE.

 

 

Draw by V.L. Locey

Book 3
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Reviews


Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team


Ruthie☆☆☆☆☆
This is the third book in this series, but it does tie in with the Cayuga Cougars hockey series – which I absolutely recommend to you! Anyone who is a fan will remember Jackie Blue as a child who was going to grow up being the very most interesting character, and Locey has definitely achieved that in this lovely story.

Jack always danced to a unique tune, accompanied by styles most individual, and this is a fabulous celebration of his strength of character and insistence that the drum beat he hears is his own. What is amazing is that Martin, the man he falls for, is absolutely in love with him too and that they forge a path together. In many ways a truly unlikely one, but is that not the way of the world?

I refuse to say anymore, as you need to get a copy and enjoy it all for yourself – but I will say two more things: V.L. Locey manages to use the poetry of Shakespeare's plays to such fabulous effect in this book (I absolutely loved that connection that the men had), and she also recognised that Juki make the absolute best sewing machines in the world (with which I completely agree)!

Read, love, repeat!

 

 

Author Bio



USA Today bestselling author V.L. LOCEY – Penning LGBT hockey romance that skates into sinful pleasures.

V.L. Locey loves worn jeans, yoga, belly laughs, walking, reading and writing lusty tales, Greek mythology, Torchwood and Doctor Who, 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, a pair of geese, far too many chickens, and two steers.

When not writing spicy romances, she enjoys spending her day with her menagerie in the rolling hills of Pennsylvania with a cup of fresh java in one hand and a steamy romance novel in the other.


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Thursday, September 17, 2020

Common Goal by Rachel Reid

Everything they both want is within reach… They just have to be brave enough to grab it. Common Goal by Rachel Reid


New York Admirals goalie Eric never thought his friends-with-benefits arrangement with much-younger Kyle would leave them both wanting more…

Veteran goaltender Eric Bennett has faced down some of the toughest shooters on the ice, but nothing prepared him for his latest challenge—life after hockey. It’s time to make some big changes, starting with finally dating men for the first time.

Graduate student Kyle Swift moved to New York nursing a broken heart. He’d sworn to find someone his own age to crush on (for once). Until he meets a gorgeous, distinguished silver fox hockey player. Despite their intense physical attraction, Kyle has no intention of getting emotionally involved. He’ll teach Eric a few tricks, have some mutually consensual fun, then walk away.

Eric is more than happy to learn anything Kyle brings to the table. And Kyle never expected their friends-with-benefits arrangement to leave him wanting more. Happily-ever-after might be staring them in the face, but it won’t happen if they’re too stubborn to come clean about their feelings.

Everything they both want is within reach… They just have to be brave enough to grab it.

Don’t miss our reviews of the rest of the Game Changers series!
For book one, Game Changer, click HERE.
For book two, Heated Rivalry, click HERE.
For book three, Tough Guy, click HERE.

 

 

Common Goal by Rachel Reid

Book 4
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Carina Press – Harlequin

 

 

Reviews


Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team


Sarah☆☆☆☆
4.5 stars

I love Rachel Reid’s hockey romances and I really love a friends-with-benefits storyline. This book offers both – and I fell hard for both Eric and Kyle.

At the end of his NHL career, Eric has been in the background of this series for a while. I love the contrast between his reputation on the ice and his vulnerability off the ice. The uncertainty he faces on the verge of retirement feels real and very raw. The age gap works between him and the younger Kyle because in many ways, Kyle has so much more life experience. The two men balance each other and they take care of each other.

This is a high heat read – with a little bit of kink. For a hockey romance, there’s not a whole lot of bling or flash – though Eric’s house is pure property porn – and the connection between Kyle and Eric builds quietly. Rachel Reid writes great romance and this one gave me all the good feels.


Erica☆☆☆☆
Common Goal is the fourth installment in the Game Changers series. While it could most definitely be read as a standalone with little to no confusion, there are cameos and continuing interactions with past narrators, as well as the introduction to the two narrators in this novel during past installments. I don't believe there would be more of an emotional impact in reading the series versus this as a standalone when it comes to this couple in question.

Hockey. Bisexual. Age-gap. Slight BDSM bedroom sports.

Goalie Eric is newly divorced. Lonely, despite the camaraderie of an entire team having his back, because as the goalie he sets himself apart, but mostly because he's one of the oldest members of the team, one who doesn't drink and is a vegetarian, along with one who doesn't have a string of flings to add to the locker room banter. Mostly, it's Eric himself who creates this divide, failing to see how badly his teammates want to interact with him.

We previously met Kyle, the friend and bartender coworker who has an unrequited crush on Kip. He's still nursing a broken heart because Kip is madly in love with Scott, while trying to ignore his feeling in favor of a close platonic relationship.

On the relationship front, both Eric and Kyle have hang-ups on what the other represents. Kyle is into older men but has been burnt badly because of it, while Eric thinks himself an octogenarian and Kyle a child.

Age was the focus, but this portion was a major con for me, aside from the teammates’ jokes that had me busting a gut. Eric is stuck on his age, which became annoying for this 42 year-old to read, how I am ancient and decrepit and should just crawl into a grave and wait for the Grim Reaper to claim me.

All said in jest on my part, but it did get annoying coming from Eric's nonstop inner monologue about his ancientness. I understood it from a professional athlete standpoint, and the jokes made at his expense were really funny, as well as simply said because they were actually calling Eric out, not because they felt he was old. I understand this was a hang-up for Eric, but it was like beating a dead horse then dragging it through hundreds of pages. A handful of times, we'd get the picture. After that, it just became overkill and slightly insulting to anyone older than 40 reading the novel, borrowing some of Eric's self-loathing over his age.

The team camaraderie was most excellent, especially how Eric's teammates tried so hard to include him in everything. I experienced a ton of feels during those moments. The warm and fuzzy and the humorous, especially from Ilya. The fact that after all this time, I immediately read Ilya with an accent added to the humorous bent. Ilya, now he's a fan favorite, every cameo turning into a scene-stealer.

The intellectual and art outside interests connected Eric and Kyle, bridging the gap in their ages until it wasn't a big deal for this reader, as well as when they were in each other's orbit. I understood why Kyle was seen younger than he was. Almost 26, the fact that he was still in college made him appear more 17-21 than half a decade older. Then there was Eric, who behaved and hated himself as if he were on death's door, when he was still in his prime. These issues made the age-gap wider than it truly was.

The romance was overshadowed by the angst dealing with the age-gap, especially since it was obvious how Kyle emotionally distanced himself from Eric the entire time due to his past trauma with an older man. This took the warmness out of the romance, detaching their connection for the sake of angst, removing the feels for me.

Bi-discovery, that was insanely hot and silly and awkward and endearing. Kyle acted older in this regard, while Eric was sexually stunted after twenty years of marriage to a woman he wasn't feeling a spark toward. Thankfully, the ex wasn't shown as a villain or in a bad light. But it was most definitely authentically and realistically written.

I will say, it was a struggle for me, because the role reversal was at odds with their personalities. I am a sucker for power-exchange, and I understand all the facets of it, but there were a few personality traits missing from their everyday lives to extend into the bedroom for the believably factor. This isn't in regards to Eric.

Kyle acted mature only in the bedroom or during art discussions with Eric, yet silly and childish for large portions of the novel, where Kyle and Kip took on distinctly teenager-ish, effeminate personalities, yet acted like grown men at other times. The flip-flop of personalities traits was a struggle for me, a struggle to grasp who these men truly were and what was an act. I understand that they are young, but it came across as more high school than college graduates on the cusp of the paths they'd take for the rest of their lives.

All in all, the series as a whole has been beyond entertaining, the gamut of emotions. I most certainly recommend
Common Goal, the Game Changers series, and Rachel Reid to fans of the MM romance genre, particularly the sports subgenre.


Ruthie☆☆☆☆
This is the fourth book in the series – it also ties in with book one, where Kyle worked with Kip in the bar, and Eric was a friend and teammate of Scott. That said, you could read it as a standalone and still enjoy it for sure.

Eric is nearing the end of his hockey career. He is thinking about the future and how his life will be. He loves art and has been collecting it and filling his large house with it for years. When he finds that Kyle also loves art, he has to accept that there is more to the 'young' man than he had given him credit. Whilst Eric is worrying about being too old and too new at realising his interest in Kyle, he really would like to examine his attraction and learn about how to pursue a man. Kyle is unexpectedly reluctant, as there is clearly a connection between them. We learn why eventually – these two guys really need to speak more and rely on their internal voice less!

I enjoyed catching up with other characters from previous books and chuckling at the fun they bring to this story. I found the pace and the relationship did work in the context of these two guys – and look forward to seeing them in future installments.


Veronica☆☆☆☆
Eric is 41-years-old and playing what will be his last year of professional hockey. Recently divorced, he is a pretty reserved kind of a guy, he doesn’t drink, is into clean eating and taking care of his body, and he loves art. So his best mate steers him in the direction of 25-year-old Kyle, a bartender who is studying art history, thinking they could be friends.

Eric and Kyle are attracted to each other but in the beginning, different assumptions, including Kyle’s assumption that Eric is married and straight. When Eric confirms he is bisexual, Kyle offers to help Eric get out in the dating scene, but it is clear that the only person Eric is interested in is Kyle.

These two are off-the-charts hot in bed and Kyle takes the lead, broadening Eric’s horizons. Their age difference isn’t even a consideration when they are burning up the sheets. The problems arise when they leave the bedroom and their brains get in the way. The thing is, when they stop thinking so much out of the bedroom, they have a great time together. And I had a great time right along with them but I could understand, at least initially, Eric’s concerns.

I’m not a fan of romances with large age-gaps but I have to say, I was won over by this story. Their age-gap is a big deal for Eric and it stands in the way of him finding happiness with a guy that is clearly perfect for him. That is when I realised the age-gap just doesn’t matter, their happiness is more important.

I adored reading Common Goal and I feel like this story has opened me up to reading a whole new sub-genre of romance novels I would usually avoid. Just thinking about this story now is making me smile. Common Goal gets four happy stars from me.

 

 

Author Bio

 

Rachel Reid has always lived in Nova Scotia, Canada, and will likely continue to do so. She has two boring degrees and two interesting sons. She has been a hockey fan since childhood, but sadly never made it to the NHL herself. She enjoys books about hot men doing hot things, and cool ladies being awesome.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Common Goal (Game Changers #4) by Rachel Reid to read and review.

Flirting with 40 by K. Bromberg Blog Tour

Available Now. Flirting with 40 by K. Bromberg


An all new flirty, lighthearted, standalone romance by New York Times bestselling author K. Bromberg guaranteed to make you swoon.

Blakely Foxx is having one of those years.

Her divorce may have been finalized a few months ago, but her ex is already engaged to someone half her age. Her younger boss is determined to sabotage her chance at getting the promotion she rightly deserves. And to make matters worse, she’s closing in on the big 4-0. There isn’t enough wine or ice cream in the world to convince her things will turn around.

When Blakely meets Slade Henderson, she’s left wondering why an early-thirties, hotter than hell, cardiothoracic surgeon would take an interest in her.

She’s been warned that he’ll break her heart, but she’s willing to take the chance. Not only is he helping her get that promotion, but in the process, he’s encouraging her to find the parts of herself she’s lost over the past few years.

Slade shows her that good guys really do exist, but who knew the hardest part about turning forty would be realizing the man you thought was a rebound, is actually your happily ever after?

 

 

Flirting with 40 by K. Bromberg

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Excerpt



“The way I look at it, you owe me one.” His voice is just loud enough for me to hear over the din of the restaurant.

“I owe it to you?” I sputter.

Mm-hm.” He nods resolutely as he puts more space between us, and my lungs find a way to breathe. “You ran out the other night without giving me a chance. I could be the best thing that ever happened to you—platonic or otherwise—and you might have missed that opportunity if we hadn’t run into each other on the street this afternoon.”

Or otherwise?

He’s talking nonsense but is doing it so convincingly that I try to talk myself out of what he’s successfully talking me in to. “I don’t—”

“Does my age unnerve you?” he asks.

“Your age doesn’t matter.”

“Exactly.” He smirks. “So, why are you making it matter?”

I walked right into that one.

“We’re at different phases of our lives. You’re in your residency. I’m a divorcée with baggage—”

“Everyone has baggage. It just looks different from person to person.” He leans back in his chair. “What are you afraid of? Getting to know someone new? Taking a chance? Stepping outside of the box for once? Finding yourself again?”

His words root deep into me and take hold. “I appreciate you trying... but we’ll never pull it off.”

“Yes, we could.”

“No one would ever believe it.”

“Quit letting them—whoever they are—put you in a mold, Blakely. Make your own damn mold. You might surprise yourself in the process.” His dimples deepen, and his eyes are as unwavering as his resolve.

“How do I know you aren’t some Ted Bundy in waiting?”

His laugh is throaty and rich and draws the stares of those around us. “I’m in the business of saving lives, not taking them.” He takes a sip of his beer. “Next excuse?”

“I’m...” I’m at a loss, and a small thrill of adrenaline shoots through me. This isn’t something I’d ever do, and yet, the idea of it is invigorating, almost freeing. I chew the inside of my cheek as I contemplate agreeing to Slade’s crazy scheme.

“What do you say?”

Say yes.

“It isn’t a crime for a younger man to think an older woman is attractive.”

I bite my bottom lip as the smile creeps around it.

He is drop-dead handsome.

“We go as friends. I help you out. No strings attached.”

The answer is yes.

“When’s the last time you threw caution to the wind? When’s the last time you did something unexpected no matter how small?” he asks.

It’s always yes.

“I can’t believe I’m saying this,” I mutter.

“Saying what?”

“Fine. Yes. Okay.”

 

 

Reviews


Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team


Ruthie☆☆☆☆☆
This is a hugely enjoyable and fun read. The leads are really appealing and intelligent, with relatively normal lives, and both just needed a reminder of the good things in life – luckily, K. Bromberg caused them to meet, and the rest... well it's all in this book!

Blakely is such a well-penned character, and one that I definitely would like as a friend. She is competent, caring, and owns her errors and flaws, possibly even too much. Thrown into a spin by her marriage ending, and acknowledging that her pretentious husband's expectations of her were holding her back, she is deeply hurt to find that her replacement is so truly vacuous. But step in Slade, and give some more reality and remind her of her strengths.

Slade's got some completely different issues going on, but as it happens, it means that he can give Blake the attention he wants and she deserves. And he does so with style and fun. And if she is a little older than him, he is not in any way bothered... I love his commitment to persuading her of this.

I pretty much read this in one sitting, just having to stop for sleep. Absolutely loved it, so sexy, so sweet, so fun, and possibly most importantly, it felt so real. Another winner from the very talented K. Bromberg, thank you!


Mary☆☆☆☆
Blakely is content with her life; after her divorce a few months ago, she doesn't think she needs to make waves or make any new changes to her life. But when she meets a younger man who is more than interested in her, she begins to think she might enjoy a little flirting.

Slade is on leave from his job. He was trying to protect a patient, and others thought he went too far. When he meets Blakely, he wants to get to know her better. She is so different from the girls his age and he likes that.

As they spend more time together, they find that they are compatible in more ways than one. They seem to need each other to make the other shine. Blakely needs Slade to show her the woman he sees in her, and that she can be the woman that he sees.

This is a fun, flirty, and sexy story with a happily ever after for a woman who found her true love turning 40. I love K. Bromberg, she has a way of telling a story that will capture your heart, sometimes the story will make you bleed and, in the end, you will be whole again. Grab this one and enjoy the ride with Blakely and Slade.

 

 

Author Bio

 

 

New York Times bestselling author K. BROMBERG writes contemporary romance novels that contain a mixture of sweet, emotional, a whole lot of sexy, and a little bit of real. She likes to write strong heroines and damaged heroes who we love to hate but can't help to love.

A mom of three, she plots her novels in between school runs and soccer practices, more often than not with her laptop in tow and her mind scattered in too many different directions.

Since publishing her first book on a whim in 2013, Bromberg has sold over 1.5 million copies of her books across eighteen different countries and has repeatedly landed on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestseller lists over thirty times. Her Driven trilogy (Driven, Fueled, and Crashed) is currently being adapted for film by the streaming platform Passionflix, with Driven available now.

With her imagination always in overdrive, she is currently scheming, plotting, and swooning over her latest hero. You can find out more about him or chat with Kristy on any of her social media accounts.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Flirting with 40 by K. Bromberg to read and review for this tour.

My Fallen Saint by J. Kenner

His touch is her sin. Her love is his salvation. My Fallen Saint by J. Kenner


His touch is her sin.
Her love is his salvation.

Charismatic. Confident. Powerful. Controlling.

A brilliant investor with a Midas touch, Devlin Saint turned a modest inherited fortune into billions, and now operates one of the world’s foremost international philanthropic organizations. He’s a man determined to help the underprivileged, to fight injustice, and to make the world a better place. And that, at least is true.

It’s not, however, the full truth.

Because Devlin Saint is a man with a dangerous secret. One he’ll do whatever it takes to protect. And when investigative reporter Ellie Holmes turns her attention to an unsolved murder, she finds herself caught in a web of intrigue and passion as Devlin draws her closer and closer. But as the intensity and sensuality of their relationship grows, so do Ellie’s suspicions. Until she is no longer certain if the heat between her and Devlin is real, or only a facade he constructed to hide his dark and twisted secrets.

 

 

My Fallen Saint by J. Kenner

Book 1
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Reviews


Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team


Avid Reader☆☆☆☆
M/F Romance
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Ellie really enjoys her job. She loves writing and getting into a story. When her uncle is murdered and she goes home to try and figure out why, she is confronted with a past that she thought was behind her. Ellie is trying to get her past and present to mesh, but it's proving more difficult.

Devlin is a mystery for most of this story. He has a past that nobody really knows about and he has a personality that is both alpha male and dangerous bully, all wrapped in a delicious package. His past has dictated who he became as an adult, but he never forgot the first love in his life either.

Ellie and Devlin have to navigate their current situation, learning whether or not they can trust each other, and with their growing attraction getting in the way, they will have obstacles, large and small, to fight against. This is a fantastic story with a lot of angst, sexiness, and alpha behavior. While it doesn't exactly end on a cliff hanger, there most definitely is more to the story and I can't wait to read it.


Ruthie☆☆☆☆
3.5 stars

I am a huge fan of J. Kenner, and so was delighted to get this first book in the series as soon as I could. There is always the danger with this kind of series that you know going in that there is no resolution, and often you end on more questions than answers. I have to say I am grateful that it did not end on the kind of cliffhanger that just takes your breath away – but rather a new mystery to solve.

Overall, I really enjoyed the plot, and the writing is, as always with Kenner, excellent. I read the story in no time at all, as I wanted to know what happened next, why, and to whom. That said, I found the backstory to why they knew each other sometimes made Ellie in particular seem very immature. I like that she is no simpering beauty, but a woman with a cop career behind her and now is an investigative journalist, but... I did find it difficult to believe that she had never done any of the digging that she does now, before. I am still confused by that. But I went with it, and we do get a plot-twisting tale with a very hot burgeoning romance spilling out at the sides.

I feel you need to read it, so I don't risk revealing the wrong detail, and I am sure that you will be as curious as I am as to how this will move forward in the next installment.

 

 

Author Bio



J. KENNER (aka Julie Kenner) is the New York Times, USA Today, Publishers Weekly, Wall Street Journal and #1 International bestselling author of over one hundred novels, novellas and short stories in a variety of genres.

Though known primarily for her award-winning and international bestselling erotic romances (including the Stark and Most Wanted series) that have reached as high as #2 on the New York Times bestseller list, JK has been writing full time for over a decade in a variety of genres including paranormal and contemporary romance, “chicklit” suspense, urban fantasy, and paranormal mommy lit.

JK has been praised by Publishers Weekly as an author with a “flair for dialogue and eccentric characterizations” and by RT Bookclub for having “cornered the market on sinfully attractive, dominant antiheroes and the women who swoon for them.” A six time finalist for Romance Writers of America’s prestigious RITA award, JK took home the first RITA trophy awarded in the category of erotic romance in 2014 for her novel, Claim Me (book 2 of her Stark Trilogy)
and in 2017 for Wicked Dirty in the same category. Her Demon Hunting Soccer Mom series (as Julie Kenner) is currently in development as a television show.

Her books have sold over three million copies and are published in over twenty languages.

In her previous career as an attorney, JK worked as a clerk on the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, and practiced primarily civil, entertainment and First Amendment litigation in Los Angeles and Irvine, California, as well as in Austin, Texas. She currently lives in Central Texas, with her husband, two daughters, and two rather spastic cats.


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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of My Fallen Saint (Fallen Saint #1) by J. Kenner to read and review.

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Going Under by Skye Jordan

He's the very definition of commitment, and falling for him is a non-negotiable no way. Going Under by Skye Jordan


Another sweet & steamy read from New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Skye Jordan!

Some women want roses and I love yous. I want hot guys and great sex.

Maybe I've absorbed too much testosterone employed in the male dominated world of mechanics, only, I'm no longer working on a cruise ship with sexy men around every corner. I'm building a business with my two best friends in a small town where reputation is everything.

But it’s only six months before I can take my money and run--straight back to the sea. Only this time I'll have my own sailboat, choose my own destinations, and live by my own rules.

When I meet Dr. Delicious over stitches, we've got instant heat, but he comes with major drawbacks, starting with an affinity for dating and ending with his status as a single dad.

Before I know it, I'm putting together a frilly "dream bed" for Christmas and teaching his oldest to repair a carburetor.

Dr. Delicious is the very definition of commitment, and falling for him is a non-negotiable no way.

Too bad my heart hasn’t gotten that memo.

Books in the Wildfire Lake series can be read as stand-alone novels.

Don’t miss our reviews of the rest of the Wildfire Lake series:
For book one, In Too Deep, click HERE.

 

 

Going Under by Skye Jordan

Book 2
Buy Links

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~ Also Available with KindleUnlimited ~

 

 

Reviews


Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team


Avid Reader☆☆☆☆
M/F Romance

This is the second book of the series and while you don't need to read book one to understand what happens in book two, I highly recommend reading them in order.

KT is a confident, strong, independent woman. She knows what she wants, how she wants it, and isn't afraid to go after it. When she sees an attractive new guy in the ER, and he turns out to be her doctor, she doesn't let a little thing like ethics get in her way. She lets him know that she's willing to hook up with him if he wants. KT knows that her relationship with her girlfriends is solid and she also sees what she could have, might want, and is a little too scared to reach for.

Ben, Violet, Poppy, and Jazz are all adjusting to a new normal. While Ben knows that working allows him the ability to provide for his daughters, he also knows that he can't give them all they might need. With the death of his wife, Ben is now the sole provider and when he is home, he wants to wear only his dad hat. But when he meets KT for the first time, the attraction is unmistakable. However, he has never been a one-night stand or hookup guy. He has always had a steady relationship. But when KT and him continue to meet and he sees how amazing KT is with his daughter, Violet, Ben can't help but start to make plans.

These two have explosive chemistry that jumps off the page. I loved how their relationship developed and even though they both brought baggage with them, unpacking it together is what made them so strong. I am really enjoying this series and can't wait for Chloe's story.

 

 

Author Bio


Skye Jordan is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than twenty-five novels.

She was born and raised in California and has recently been transplanted to Northern Virginia.

She left her challenging career of sonography at UCSF Medical Center to devote herself to writing full time, but still travels overseas on medical missions to teach sonography to physicians. Most recently, she traveled to Ethiopia and Haiti.

Skye and her husband are coming up on their thirty year wedding anniversary and have two beautiful daughters. A lover of learning, Skye enjoys classes of all kinds, from knitting to forensic sculpting. She is an avid rower and spends many wonderful hours on the Potomac.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Going Under (Wildfire Lake #2) by Skye Jordan to read and review.