Monday, June 15, 2020

Bottle Rocket by Erin McLellan Release Blitz

Freshly single Rosie Holiday is on the hunt for passion and excitement. This leads her to Leo Whittaker—a bad boy who waltzed out of town, and her life, thirteen years ago. Leo isn’t the type to stick around, but Rosie’s not going to let a no-strings opportunity pass her by.

When a business trip sends Leo back to his hometown, the last thing he expects is for his first love to hand him a list of scorching-hot escapades and a deadline. He’s happy to help Rosie discover her bossy side in the bedroom. Or in a fireworks stand. Or at a Fourth of July barbecue.

Their chemistry burns bright and fast, but what tore them apart years ago is still between them. They are polar opposites. A reserved kindergarten teacher and an irreverent artist. A nester and a wanderer. It will take a spark of imagination and a lot of love to keep their second-chance romance from flaming out.

Reader Warnings: explicit sex and language; discussions of cheating, gaslighting, and divorce. Click HERE for more detailed info.

Bottle Rocket is a queer second chances M/F Independence Day novella featuring a good girl kindergarten teacher who loves to be bossy and a bad boy erotic artist who loves to be bossed.

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Dean explained that the art utensils they would need were at the back of the class and students could take their pick. Then he said, “Before I get our model, I’d like to remind everyone to treat him with the utmost respect. I’m going to pass around the class etiquette contract. Please read it, sign it, and pass it back.”

Rosie sat up straight. A sudden dread filled her chest. She grabbed her phone out of her pocket to check if she was in the wrong room.

She reread the description on the events page for the community center, but nothing there seemed awry. Dean was passing out copies of the contract and pens.

Rosie leaned over to her neighbor, showed her the phone, and said, “Is this the still-life painting class?”

The woman beside her squinted at the phone before saying, “No. That’s tomorrow and is a beginner class. See, June thirtieth in the description? Today is June twenty-ninth. This class is Intermediate Figure Drawing. We draw a different nude model every week.”

“Oh shit.”

This was what happened when her week wasn’t dictated by a kindergarten classroom. She couldn’t keep her Mondays straight from her Tuesdays or Wednesdays or Thursdays.

Now she had a dilemma. She could stick this out, try to draw a nude person, and move on to the Summer of Rosie: Take #7. Or she could leave immediately. The class was free, and the whole purpose of her little experiments this summer was to experience new things. Find passion in life. Fill the hole where her marriage used to be. On the other hand, this class would be way out of her depth, and, because she was an amateur artist, she suspected it would be insensitive to stay.

Before she could make her move, she was handed a contract to sign, and Dean, who had stepped out, reentered the classroom with a dark-headed man in tow. She couldn’t see the other guy clearly through Dean, but the hem of a navy silk robe fluttered around his shins.

Dean spoke quietly to the model for a few seconds before stepping out of the way to collect the contracts. Without hesitation, the model took off his robe. Rosie felt rude looking at the man straight on. She also felt rude leaving too abruptly. What if he thought she was offended by his nakedness?

She would have to sneak out. Maybe she could claim to need a bathroom break and not come back.

In her peripheral vision, she caught a smattering of black, delicate tattoos across the model’s chest, arms, and hands. He had nice hands. He sat down on the cushion and leaned back, his whole body on display. She blushed, reacting to the weird situation and her own embarrassment. Her gaze snapped up to his face because that seemed the safest place to look.

It was not.

Her vision wavered, the room going blurry.

It was like her mind was separate from her body, because she absolutely did not mean to stand up and send her chair scraping back on the tile floor. The racket was overwhelming, but it took an extended beat for the noise to fully reach her.

Every muscle in her body wound tight. She was hot. It was hot, right? Too hot.

She glanced around. Everyone was staring at her. Everyone. Including the nude man in the middle of the room, who also happened to be… her first? What did you call the adult version of the teenager you lost your heart to over a decade ago?

A walking naked nightmare, that’s what.

Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

I rarely think that a novella can give me five stars of enjoyment, but WOW, this one is a really fun read, and phwoar, it is scorchingly hot in a wonderfully naughty, but oh so nice a way. Definitely make sure you have a cool drink on hand and ideally, sit in a private space as you read!

This is the third in the series, and I have to admit that whilst I really enjoyed the previous two, this one is my absolute favourite. It easily could have been a good read, but by just making Rosie behave in a way that I think none of us would have expected... bang... it is fabulous. Do read the first two if you haven't already, as there are lots of links which I think enrich the story further.

From the way we know she cared for her siblings, to little touches which mean so much to her – like Leo's mum paying her grandmother a compliment – to finding her new thing this summer, we get a sense of who Rosie is, and so want her to be able to find the happiness that she most definitely deserves. That it comes in the form of a highly sensual erotic artist who she loved, and loved her as a teen... well, we are thoroughly invested in that for sure.

The descriptions of the erotic adventures are just so sensual and sit so beautifully alongside a delicious story of two best friends spending time together doing ordinary things. I will definitely be reading this again, as it was full of everything good and desirable.

This is a sexy, steamy read. A second-chance romance, the connection between Rosie and Leo is playful and sweet. Straddling the line between romance and erotica, this is a fun, sex positive book that follows kindergarten teacher Rosie as she acts out her fantasies and explores her kinks.

The whole premise of the kindergarten teacher falling for an erotic artist made me smile. I love how this series happily challenges tired erotica clichés and allows readers to explore less traditional kinks alongside the characters. In this book, Rosie gets to explore her dominant side, and Leo’s bisexuality is definitely a thing – but not an issue for either of them. I really love all the sex toy play in this series, and I love that the men get to be as excited about toys as the women.

This book is a perfect summer read. The history between Leo and Rosie is sweet while their reconnection is hot. While this is probably more erotica than romance, there is enough story and character development to make the characters feel real and very lovable. This feels like erotica for a woke Millennial/Gen Z audience and it is miles away from the cheesy and often problematic ‘50 Shades’ style of writing I tend to associate with the genre.

Also Available in the So Over the Holidays Series

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For reviews & more info, check out our stop on the Stocking Stuffers Blog Tour.

Book 2
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For reviews & more info, check out our stop on the Candy Hearts Release Blitz.

Erin McLellan is the author of the Farm College, So Over the Holidays, and Storm Chasers series. She enjoys writing happily ever afters that are earthy, emotional, quirky, humorous, and very sexy. Originally from Oklahoma, she currently lives in Alaska and spends her time dreaming up queer contemporary romances set in the Great Plains. She is a lover of chocolate, college sports, antiquing, Dr Pepper, and binge-worthy TV shows.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Bottle Rocket (So Over the Holidays #3) by Erin McLellan to read and review for this tour.

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