Friday, October 23, 2020

Lacuna by N.R. Walker Release Blitz

Chosen by Fate. Together by Heart. Lacuna by N.R. Walker  Now Available.

A boychild swathed in green, a distinct tree-shaped birthmark on his wrist. A girlchild enveloped in red, marked with the three lines of the desert winds. A boy bundled in white, the koi mark on his wrist as defined as his shock of red hair. And a boychild wrapped in black, a raven his mark to serve his fate.

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Twenty-five years ago, the hand of fate marked four newborns and sent them to the four corners of the Great Kingdoms. They were schooled and trained as rulers of their lands in preparation for the Golden Eclipse ceremony: a festival to celebrate a thousand years of peace and prosperity since the Great War.

Crow, ruler of Northlands, a skilled swordsman and expert tactician, is as reclusive and stoic as the mountains that surround him.

Tancho has spent his life in strict discipline, governing the Westlands with a fair mind and gentle hand. Quiet and unassuming, yet lethal in combat, he is the embodiment of the waters he lives by.

Yet the same hand of fate unknowingly linked Tancho to Crow in ways they cannot comprehend. Ruled by the stars, the brother sun and the two sister moons above them, and marked by an alchemical sorcery as old as time, their destinies were never their own.

As the eclipse draws near and the festival begins, word comes of another threat. Invaders from unknown lands bring a war no one was prepared for, and Crow and Tancho must decide on which side of the battle line they stand.

In life or death, their destinies will see them joined either way.

 

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Erica☆☆☆☆
Lacuna is an intriguing MM fantasy standalone from N.R. Walker.

The monarchs of four directional kingdoms are summoned to the center of their land for a celestial event that only happens every thousand years. Each destined ruler was marked with the element from their kingdom at birth, signifying they were to lead.

A unique setup within a fantasy realm, placing all the key players in direct contact with one another within the first few chapters. Evil is afoot, something far more important than a celestial celebration. All four rulers are a week's horse ride away from their kingdoms, leery of one another after decades of education within their time of peace, because long ago the kingdoms were at war with one another.

Told in dual narration, Crow in the Northlands, with his blackbird mark, and Tancho in the Westlands, with his koi mark. The marks of their birth burning in communication with them, the urgency increasing the closer they get to the center. Is it the proximity to the eclipse or something else?

The pages flew by for me in the beginning, as I was immersed in a new fantasy realm, curious to see how Crow and Tancho would be drawn together. Then the angsty deliciousness hit. A gift or a curse? Crow and Tancho were tied together in a way that was somewhat comical because of the frustration and discomfort they were both experiencing.

As a lover of slow-burn, the tension between the pair was entertaining, their banter and issues kept the pages turning. The bro energy was high with their personal sidekicks, adding a humorous bent as their nearest and dearest found delight in taunting their betters.

I won't dive deeply into the world building, the complexity of the fantasy plot, or the magic mechanics, simply because that is something that unfolds as the story itself.

While I was entertained in the beginning third, where I was annoyed when I had other things I had to do when all I wanted to do is sit down and read, there was a wall I hit after that.

The redundancy wall.

While this is common in this genre, I'm not sure I understand why it exists. It's the SSDD syndrome. Where the story stalls, the characters go adventuring. As a lover of fantasy novels, shows, video games, and movies, I understand this for what it is. The lull before the storm where we wait for something to happen, anything to happen, gathering small crumbs of information.

At some point, the cast of characters begin a wash-repeat series of pretty much the same events for days on end, all of it written on the page, not necessarily in detail though. If the journey is seven days, we go through the same series of baths and meals and sleeps seven times. They travel from the center to the other four directions, which means we experience similar scenes in the West, North, East, and South.

This phenomenon slows the pacing, becomes redundant with the same inane actions. Interest wanes. While there are humorous or emotional moments tucked in during these dry moments, the pacing is jarring.

Lacuna started in a steady pace upward, stalled to a crawl in the middle for more than half of the novel. The climax was rapid, to where if you accidentally skipped a page it would be over. I just wish the pacing would have been leveled out throughout the novel, because the climax happened so quickly there wasn't enough time for this reader to truly digest what was happening, enough time to feel any emotions for the characters.

Do I recommend Lacuna? Absolutely, especially to fantasy fans. Honestly, I think this would be a good novel for those who have never read MM before. The connection between Crow and Tancho was written in a way that was beyond organic, the slow-building tension realistic, with the heat level on the lower side into fade-to-black territory. It would be a good starting place for a new reader to dip their toes into the MM genre, where they would no doubt be swimming into the deep end in no time.

 

 

Author Bio

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...

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Love Song by Kylie Scott Blog Tour

There’s always the one that got away. Or kicked you out... Love Song by Kylie Scott.

From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Kylie Scott comes a new story in her Stage Dive series.

There’s always the one that got away. Or kicked you out...

The new darling of rock n’ roll, Adam Dillon, is ready to show his ex-girlfriend, Jill Schwartz, what a mistake she made kicking him to the curb. So maybe he wasn’t the best of boyfriends. Writing great songs and climbing to the top of the charts isn’t easy. Only problem is, he's fast finding out that success isn't everything.

**Every 1001 Dark Nights novella is a standalone story. For new readers, it’s an introduction to an author’s world. And for fans, it’s a bonus book in the author’s series. We hope you'll enjoy each one as much as we do.**

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Love Song by Kylie Scott. A Stage Dive Novella.

Book 4.7
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“No,” said the bodyguard.

“But—”

“Miss, do you have any idea how many people try to get backstage by claiming they have some sort of relationship with Mr. Dillon?” Face a careful blank, the man in the slick black suit stared down at me. He had a point. I’d pushed through a crush of fans, getting my toes stomped on several times, along with taking an elbow to the kidney, just to talk to this guy. God only knew what it took to get near the star of the show.

“I’d imagine a lot,” I yelled back at him. Necessary given the volume of the music filling the space. “The difference here is I’m not lying.”

“But since everyone says that, you can see from my perspective how that’s not actually a point of difference.”

Adam Dillon, rock star extraordinaire, gyrated his slim denim-clad hips like an Alt-Rock Elvis on the nearby stage. He pouted and crooned about the woman who’d done him wrong. Me. That’s right, I was the big bad ex who’d broken him and woke him to the dangers of love. Or so the song said.

The song lied and then some.

According to the lyrics he was currently wailing, I’d ground his heart beneath my five-inch heels before blowing him a kiss goodbye. From memory, there’d been a lot of shouting, but no blowing of kisses. And having just kicked off the flats I wore for work, I’d been barefoot, my legs and back aching. No way had I been strutting around in stilettos. Home from a hard day at the hair salon, I’d returned to find Adam on the couch. The same place he’d been when I’d left for work approximately eleven hours earlier. The same place he’d been for what felt like months as I worked my ass off to pay the rent. That’s when all hell broke loose. However, it wasn’t the only issue that had caused our relationship to bomb. Nothing’s ever simple.

But back to the here and now. I grabbed the slip of paper out of my front pocket, holding it up for his perusal. “My name is Jill Schwartz. How many of those people claiming to know him have one of these?”

His eyes widened as he scanned the name on the check, before widening again at the amount. And fair enough too. I’d had a mild panic attack myself when it had first arrived. When Adam decided to make a statement, he didn’t bother with subtle. If only I could figure out what it all meant. If it meant anything at all, of course. And that question was what had brought me here tonight.

 

 

Reviews


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Ruthie☆☆☆☆
This is the third 1001 Dark Nights book from this series – and it is another very enjoyable novella to add to the Stage Dive collection. By dealing with a second-chance romance, it is easy to accept the speed at which the relationship can develop. It was great to see the band and their successes in life and love, and Adam also took the chance to right a wrong and get a happily ever after that he really wanted.

Jill was an incredibly supportive girlfriend, until she had had enough and kicked Adam out. Now he is a very successful rock star, and most of his songs talk about his split from Jill, but with a completely different take on the truth of its ending. This is such a brilliant set up for a second-chance romance, and I love how it starts with her determined to talk to him after a concert.

As the story develops, and Jill gets to meet the band and Adam really shows how he has changed, we must all hope that she is prepared to give him credit for some of the new Adam that he is showing her. It is in direct contradiction to the change in his circumstances, which actually means that he could lie around and expect others to do everything for him.

Fun and sexy read – enjoy!


Shannan☆☆☆☆
Love Song is a second-chance love story within the Stage Dive series in the 1001 Dark Nights collection. It's a quick-read novella but you get a glimpse of Mal and Jimmy and their wives, which is always a plus.

Adam Dillion has finally made it in the rock star world. Most of his songs are about his ex, Jill. They had a blow up of a breakup and haven't talked in a year, until Jill shows up in Adam's SUV after a show to discuss why he sent her a seven-figure check. He thinks he owes her; she wants to know why.

The chemistry is hot right from the start. Being alone with Adam is a terrible idea but Jill came for answers and doesn't want to leave until she has them. Even if that means confronting the feelings she thought she was long over.

Love Song is a quick read but is packed with sexy, sweet moments. l would love a full-length novel of this couple. But I can't ever be sad with small glimpses of Mal!

 

 

Author Bio



KYLIE SCOTT is a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author. She was voted Australian Romance Writer of the year, 2013, 2014 & 2018, by the Australian Romance Writer’s Association and her books have been translated into eleven different languages. She is a long time fan of romance, rock music, and B-grade horror films. Based in Queensland, Australia with her two children and husband, she reads, writes and never dithers around on the internet.

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School and Rock by RJ Scott & V.L. Locey Blog Tour

School and Rock by RJ Scott & V.L. Locey. Arizona Raptors 5

When Colorado Penn finds an unexpected package on his front step, his life will be changed forever.

Colorado Penn is living the dream. Starting goalie for the Arizona Raptors when in season, lead singer for a hard rock band when summer rolls around. He’s the quintessential free spirit who’s making sure he enjoys all the carnal blessings of his athleticism, and gritty singing voice. Now the Raptors are moving into their first playoff appearance in years, but the arrival of an unexpected package means that hockey may have to take a backseat to something way more important. Instead of the usual undergarments from adoring fans, he finds a newborn baby with a small note tucked under her carrier, naming him as the father. He refuses to give up his daughter and is determined to be the kind of father he’d dreamed of having. But to keep Madeline, he’ll need help, and he’ll need it fast. Enter handsome emergency manny, Joseph. They may be opposites, but Colorado starts to see that Joseph’s stable, calm influence makes his chaotic lifestyle choices seem less appealing. There’s something about the man that soothes not only his infant daughter but also the wild child inside Colorado.

Joseph is one year away from getting his degree in planetary science, working cover shifts at the planetarium, and pulling in income with short term manny gigs. Stars collide as he provides emergency childcare for the wild man of hockey, a man who moves so fast through life that he doesn’t know how to stop. Homeless, and caring for his niece, Emma, fate brings Joseph into Colorado and baby Madeline’s life. Madeline is a sweetheart, and Colorado is trying his hardest to make the best decision for his baby girl. He offers his home and an indecent salary, to keep Joseph in his life until summer’s end. Colorado brings mysticism and metal to Joseph’s sanctuary of science, but somehow Joseph needs to tame this shooting star and create a family. Nothing in the contract said Joseph had to fall in love to make that happen, but when it’s time for him to leave, will the void in his heart ever heal, or will it remain as cold as space itself?

Don’t miss our reviews of the rest of the Arizona Raptors series!
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For book three, Shadow and Light, click HERE.
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School and Rock by RJ Scott & V.L. Locey

Book 5
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Ruthie☆☆☆☆☆
Oh, this is such a fun book – and whilst I do believe that you could enjoy it as a stand-alone, it was incredibly rich as the next book in the series. I had to award it five stars because it just was such an engaging, amusing, and romantic read – from a fairly unlikely source... (one time) emu-owning, free-loving Colorado!

We start with a scene which I have to admit had me envisioning a situation much like one seen on Lucifer, as he starts his day. It is a very effective way of bringing the hedonistic lifestyle that Colorado is living. Until a doorbell ringing changes everything.

Joseph is so completely the opposite to Colorado that it is hugely entertaining watching them come to the realisation that their usual type is irrelevant when faced with the reaction they have to each other. As they both come closer to each other, by understanding what is important to each other, and how it fits in with their roles and family responsibilities. The inequality of financial means is balanced by Joseph's skills and knowledge of how to care for Maddie, and his intelligence.

It was really refreshing to get Joseph's views on hockey as someone who is new to the sport. That he has to watch someone he cares about being in goal and attacked by the opposition is endearing and amusing. We also get to experience Colorado's mental state as he has to combine the life of a starting goalie, a new father, and really attracted to a single someone.

We get plenty of team catch up time and time with Colorado's grandmother, who is hilarious and reminds us why he has a free spirit attitude. A fabulous new addition to the series, thank you!


Sarah☆☆☆☆☆
I’ve been waiting for Colorado’s story since he first joined the Raptors and his book is well worth the wait. Colorado’s new nanny, Joseph, is the stabilising influence he never knew he needed, and the two men balance each other beautifully.

Anyone who loved Owen Wilson’s Hansel in Zoolander will love Colorado. Colorado might be a whole lot more intelligent than Hansel, but he has a similar alternative lifestyle, the same innocent warmth, and he constantly makes me laugh. Joseph is a whole lot more straightlaced. He’s a science student working as a nanny and his structured, responsible life is in complete contrast to Colorado’s easy chaos. The two men are brought together by Colorado’s daughter and while it is Colorado whose life changes the most in this book, Joseph is a whole lot more relaxed and easy going by the end.

This isn’t as sexy as some of the books in this series. Much of Joseph and Colorado’s time is occupied by their families and Colorado’s work. The chemistry is great between them but while there are a couple of steamy scenes, there are more warm family moments than racy scenes in this book.

I really enjoyed this story. I keep waiting for all of these interlinked hockey series to start to feel formulaic, but each new couple feels special in their own way. Colorado is right up there with Stan when it comes to favourite hockey players and I absolutely love Colorado and Joseph together. Both Colorado and Joseph’s families are brilliant, and Colorado’s grandmother is particularly special.

I just have one quick (slightly off-topic) rant. This is the second American book I’ve read in the past month where a character has to choose between paying for essential medication and keeping their home. How on earth has this become acceptable romance novel plot material? To a non-American reader, these storylines are heartbreaking and way too common. Americans really need to sort their shit out and demand universal healthcare. In the rest of the developed world, access to healthcare and medication are basic human rights – not expensive luxuries.


Veronica☆☆☆☆
Colorado and Joseph are complete opposites. Colorado is a professional hockey player and the leader singer of a metal band and a free spirit. Joseph is a science nerd studying astronomy while taking care of his sister and niece. The scene where the guys meet for the first time is so fabulous and fun. There were several scenes in this book that had me chuckling and this was one of them.

This story has lots of good elements, including some hockey, a cute baby, a way out there grandma, a bit of drama, and of course, a sweet romance all kicked off by the life changing moment when a baby is dropped on Colorado’s doorstep. The differences between these men made this such a fun story to read but I loved how they complement each other.

School and Rock gave me lots of warm fuzzy happy feelings as well as a few laughs. I completely adored Colorado and Joseph and I hope the authors consider writing a few more stories in their world so we can spend more time with them. A few cute little novellas would be great.

 

 

Author Bio



USA Today bestselling author RJ SCOTT writes stories with a heart of romance, a troubled road to reach happiness, and most importantly, a happily ever after.

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

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

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


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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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Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Blacklisted by Jay Crownover

There's nothing he wouldn't do to keep her safe. Blacklisted by Jay Crownover.

From the New York Times bestselling author of the Marked Men series comes an irresistible and suspenseful romance between a doctor who plays by the rules and the outlaw who breaks them in order to protect her.

Dr. Presley Baskin has always lived a quiet, calm life. Unfortunately, nothing about her life in Loveless, Texas—especially not the wild, rowdy, and impossibly close-knit Lawton family who've claimed her—is quiet or calm. Which is how loner Presley finds herself roped into patching up local bad boy Shot Caldwell against her better judgment. Presley wants nothing to do with the dangerous, brooding leader of the local outlaw motorcycle club. But when someone starts stalking her, Shot is the only person she trusts to help. Plus he owes her one...

Palmer 'Shot' Caldwell has always known his life isn't made for relationships. At least until shy, secretive, Presley reluctantly pulled a bullet out of him. He's oddly protective of the pretty doctor, so when she comes to him for help, hard-hearted Shot suddenly realizes there's nothing he wouldn't do to keep her safe.

Don’t miss our reviews of the rest of the Loveless, Texas series!
For the prequel novella, Unbroken, click HERE.
For book one, Justified, click HERE.
For book two, Unforgiven, click HERE.

 

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Blacklisted by Jay Crownover

Book 3
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Ruthie☆☆☆☆
This is the third (plus book 0.5) book of the series, and continues on from book two, so I would definitely recommend that you read them in order. We had just found out that the Lawton siblings have a half-sister, Presley, and she is somehow involved in the death of their father.

Presley is an ME who just got a promotion and suddenly her life isn't just plagued with strange occurrences, but she is in danger. After a few issues, her half siblings rally round to help. What's more, Kody asks for her help in saving Shot, the biker club leader, and so she ends up with him owing her his life. I really enjoyed how these two characters work out the ramifications of this debt – and for sure, she needs all the help she can get, but the inconvenient feelings she has for the man are something that confound her.

I really enjoyed catching up with the previous three couples, and seeing how Kody had turned her business around now that Hill is in her life. Plans for Della and Crew's wedding were also fun elements, in what was quite a dark and nasty plot against Presley. It is amusing that Shot, who is hardly a paragon of virtue, turns out to be the light in her life.

I have really enjoyed all four of these stories, and can highly recommend reading them all in one go, as they fit perfectly together.


Mary Jo☆☆☆☆
Good girl meets bad boy. Good girl runs far and fast from bad boy. Bad boy can't stay away from good girl. Good girl finds bad boy irresistible.

Isn't this what we all fantasize about? The good girl falling for the bad boy and reforming him to fit in with normal society, keeping just enough of the bad boy to keep us satisfied at home?

Too bad that's not Shot Caldwell. It's not that he's terrible, but he does stand with one foot on the wrong side of the law. Meeting Presley Barnes when she has to patch him after being shot isn't the best way to make a good impression on the upstanding and up and coming high profile coroner. Nor does Shot like to be indebted to anyone outside of his club.

When trouble finds Presley, Shot gets drawn into the mix by saving her life. Repayment made. Then when trouble continues to find Presley, Shot can't help himself but get involved. While he doesn't want Presley, he doesn't want her hurt – or dead, either.

When you take a walk on the wild side in Loveless, there's a good chance you will end up with new family, friends, and a love that you didn't anticipate.


Veronica☆☆☆☆
Blacklisted is an opposites-attract romance. Some stories like this have the characters clashing while the sparks fly, but I never felt the clash here. They are aware of their differences and work with it. My favorite thing about Blacklisted is the way Presley and Shot affected each other. She is conservative and stable, and it gave Shot a calmness he doesn’t get elsewhere being the president of an MC. On the other hand, Shot is a confident man who lives life his way and doesn’t follow the law, and his outlook on life inspires Presley to come out of her shell and stop hiding away. I love the way they fit together and try to work together because it showed their maturity.

Another really good thing about Blacklisted is the action. There are a few different action scenes throughout the story, but there is an early one that really got my heart pumping and is a reminder that Shot is dangerous and ruthless when it comes to going after what he wants.

What didn’t work so much for me in Blacklisted was the amount of internal monologues from Presley. It got repetitive and there were times it felt like it wasn’t adding anything to the story repeating things, it was just adding pages to the book.

Overall, I had a good time with reading Blacklisted, and I enjoyed Presley and Shot as a couple – 3.5 stars from me.

 

 

Author Bio

JAY CROWNOVER is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Marked Men Series, the Saints of Denver Series, the Point Series, Breaking Point Series, and the Getaway Series. Her books have been translated in many different languages all around the world. She is a tattooed, crazy-haired Colorado native who lives at the base of the Rockies with her awesome dogs. This is where she can frequently be found enjoying a cold beer and Taco Tuesdays. Jay is a self-declared music snob and outspoken book lover who is always looking for her next adventure, between the pages and on the road.

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Brandon by Melody Anne

Brandon by Melody Anne Available Now

From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Melody Anne comes the third book in the Anderson Billionaires series—a feel-good romance about learning to trust and believing in happy endings.

Air Force pilot turned electrician Brandon Anderson never thought he’d have money or security, so the inheritance he and his brothers receive from his billionaire uncle seems too good to be true. Brandon can’t help but wonder if there are strings attached. After all, his uncle loves to meddle…

Working alongside his brothers to build a new veterans center, Brandon just wants to get the job done. That all changes when his uncle asks Chloe—the beautiful and confident daughter of a famous chef and food critic—to design the center’s kitchen. Brandon and Chloe have a steamy chemistry, but he struggles with allowing himself happiness, and Chloe is a perfectionist determined never to be in a long-term relationship. Now Brandon has to convince her to finish this job with him.

Brandon and Chloe are used to putting work first, but as they grow closer, they’ll learn that even a real-life love story can have a fairy-tale ending..

Don’t miss our reviews of the rest of the Anderson Billionaires series!
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Brandon by Melody Anne

Book 3
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Ruthie☆☆☆☆
This may be the third in the series, but any fan will know that there is a big collection of books with the similar premise – interfering and matchmaking older generation... and they are very good at it! Even knowing that it is not really a secret, it is great fun watching the lengths that will be taken to ensure that the pairing really does work. It is really very amusing, even if one has to agree with the 'victims' sometimes that they aren't that keen on being manipulated in their romances.

Brandon has two brothers who have already caught the love bug, so he is even more on guard and disinterested than them, but of course, that does not mean that he will be tested in his resolve to remain single! He is very happy to be involved in the new building project as he knows how valuable the centre will be for ex-servicemen. His time in the Air Force has given him a good insight into that. But having to work with Chloe on the kitchen design is challenging, to say the least.

Chloe is very close friends with Brooke and Sarah, who are now in romances with Brandon's brothers, so it is inevitable that the six of them will spend time together. But Chloe is not interested in a relationship, even if the one night they did spend together was spectacular. She would rather the memory than get involved and get hurt. As Brandon gets up the courage to acknowledge his feelings, now the challenge is to make Chloe see how it could be too.

I love all these books and find them to be perfect escapism – I am back in a world full of characters I know well, and I love catching up with them and seeing who is next in line... and we get a strong hint as to who will be next too!


Mary Jo☆☆☆
Brandon's time in the military did not prepare him at all for his uncle's meddling ways. Sure, he's grateful for the money that his uncle, Joseph Anderson, has given him as part of the legacy of the family he never knew. What he didn't expect was his uncle's penchant for matchmaking.

Chloe Hitman has been in the restaurant business in some form or fashion all her life. Her mother is a food critic and her father a well-renowned chef. She knows that her choice of careers is a disappointment to her parents – running a cafe in small town – but it's exactly where she wants to be. She wants to be part of something, part of the fabric of this community. She also knows to watch out for Joseph Anderson and his matchmaking. It's not that she's adverse to love, she just doesn't have time for it and to make her restaurant a success.

Joseph Anderson plays the long game and slowly moves the pieces in where he wants them and let's nature take its course. So he's not surprised to find that Brandon is not only attracted to Chloe, he's doing his best to crack through those walls. Chloe, on the other hand, is not looking for love and is doing her best to make her interest in Brandon seem casual.

A very good book and worth the afternoon spent ignoring housework.


Avid Reader☆☆☆
M/F Romance

I was so looking forward to this story. Brandon and Chloe hooked up after a wedding, but then realized that they probably were just hooking up to hook up. However, once Brandon realizes that he truly wants to see where things might go with Chloe, he's hard pressed to back down.

Chloe is a successful business owner and chef. However, she has always been compared to her father, the famous chef, and the harsh food critic, her mother. She has always felt that she didn't truly ever live up to her potential and even with the success of her place, she still feels like she has to defend it when her mom comes to town.

Brandon and Chloe are tasked with helping get a veteran's center up and running. Each have their own talents and bring those to the table. I think where I got lost in this story is that there was a lot of repetitiveness from previous stories.

Brandon and Chloe could have had an amazing story but they almost get lost in the histrionics of the previous books. I wish that the book focused more on them rather than other characters. Also, Brandon, to me, was stalkerish and pushy. I didn't really get the chemistry between the two main characters much.

While this had a lot of potential for me, it just didn't really live up to what I was expecting. It is a quick read, so you'll finish with relative ease; however, if you're expecting an epic love story, you'll be disappointed.

 

 

Author Bio

MELODY ANNE is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the popular Billionaire Bachelors, Surrender, and Baby for the Billionaire series, as well as the young adult Midnight series. She collaborated with J.S. Scott and Ruth Cardello for the anthology Taken by a Trillionaire.

Melody holds a bachelor’s degree in business but found her true calling when she was first published in 2011. When she isn’t writing, she cultivates strong bonds with her family and enjoys time spent with them, as well as with her friends and beloved pets. A country girl at heart, she loves her small town and is involved in many community projects.

Melody has earned a spot on multiple bestseller lists and is a three-time Amazon Top 100 bestselling author. Best of all, she gets to do what makes her happiest—live in a fantasy world 95 percent of the time.

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Tuesday, October 20, 2020

The Princess and the Player by J. Santiago Release Blitz

The Princess and the Player by J. Santiago Now Available

Her Royal Highness, Eleanor Altamirano, lives a structured life dictated by both her position and experiences. Plagued by panic attacks, Ele requires predictability in her schedule. Directed by the crown prince to cover an appearance with the National Football team, she reluctantly attends.

One of the most recognizable footballers, Tristan Davenport lives large and publicly, entertaining the masses with his frequent social media posts. Chosen to be a representative to meet the royal delegation, Tristan eagerly accepts.

It is supposed to be a staged meet-and-greet—not a tour, not a connection, not a kiss. Going off script for the first time in years, Ele relishes the adventure until a panic attack drives her away. She doesn’t get an opportunity to make amends until she is ordered to go to America as part of the delegation for the World Championship Cup. When her apology leads to more kisses, Tristan and Ele decide to mix royal and football business with pleasure.

But the championship lasts only a month, and Ele’s future is waiting. Responsible to her country and family, Ele knows their affair must end, but Tristan is a competitor who doesn’t want to come in second to anything—not even a kingdom.

 

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The Princess and the Player by J. Santiago

Book 1
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Ruthie☆☆☆☆
This is the first book in a new series, and I think that the world building is done rather well – in fact, we are given important information throughout the story, so it feels organic. I am definitely looking forward to future books, as we get some great hints of the direction that some plots may take.

Princess Eleanor has a secret; part of this is that she can have crippling panic attacks. When one happens when she is with leading footballer, Tristan Davenport, her entourage are staggered at how he manages to pull her around from the attack. Thus starts a complicated, but very secret and very passionate... hookup? Short-term relationship? Impossible romance? As they try and find time in between the football tournament in the States and her royal duties, they get closer emotionally as well as physically, but protocol is not in their favour. We get to see that they go all in, even if the chances of it ending in heart break are very high.

This is a fun mix of a sports romance and a royal one. I think it does a good job of setting up a situation which we want to succeed, but really everything is piled up against them. I am looking forward to seeing how the relationship develops in the next installment.

 

 

Author Bio



J. SANTIAGO is a graduate of Villanova University and the University of Pennsylvania. She gets her love of sports from her fifteen-year career in the field and a houseful of boys who love to play. A former English and history teacher, she understands and embraces the power of stories in our lives.

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“Always your majesty, because you Ele, you are my queen.”

 

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Torn Apart by K. Webster & Nikki Ash Release Blitz

Torn Apart by K. Webster & Nikki Ash Available Now

From USA Today bestselling author K. Webster and Nikki Ash comes an angsty, new adult, reverse harem romance.

I’ve spent the past three years in college terrorizing the dean, also known as my father.
I’m everything he hates.

Troublemaker.
Slacker.
Gay.

But I’m only getting started.
I’m about to make Dad really proud with my newest life choices…

I fall for my best friend, Mia, who’s a freaking chick.
I’m dying to make out with my enemy, dude bro Brayden.
And best of all, I want to bone my new roomie, Drew, who happens to also be the school’s new hockey coach.

Senior year’s great.
I’m still the world’s worst human.
I’ve made all the wrong decisions, and when Dad gets wind of my newest mess, he might actually disown me this time.

But I can’t stop.
I don’t want to stop.

In typical Ashton Carter fashion, I wreck my life in the worst possible way.
It isn’t until it’s all torn apart, I realize I have a problem.
Me.

Authors’ note: Torn Apart is a full-length mature, new adult #whychoose romance between friends to lovers, enemies to lovers, with a bit of taboo thrown in. This story contains MF/MFMM/MM scenes. It’s the first book in the Torn and Bound duet and ends with a cliffhanger.

 

 

Torn Apart by K. Webster & Nikki Ash

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I want the light and the dark, the shallow and the deep. I know we just met, but I want all of you.


 

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Shannan☆☆☆☆☆
Torn Apart is the first installment in the duet series Torn and Bound.

Instantly, you are sucked into the dynamic of this story. There is Ashton, who is one hundred percent gay. He has never questioned that fact until one kiss with his best friend, Mia, has him questioning everything. Mia, who is in love with Ashton but knows nothing could ever come of it. Then we have Drew, who is the sexy ex-NHL hockey player turned college hockey coach, who has a history with Mia and baggage with the cocky captain Brayden. Lastly, there is Brayden. He is a beast on the ice and holds some serious resentment toward Drew for actions in the past. Brayden is dating Mia while defending Ashton and questioning the truce with Drew. The one common dominator in all of their relationships, there is a piece of all of them that want the others.

Their lives all entwine and you can feel the tension seeping out of the pages, whether it's sexual or anger. I found myself rooting for different couplings to happen and can't wait to get the ending to see if the one big mmfm moment actually happens. You get a little taboo and a whole lotta sexy in this one. Book two cannot come out fast enough!!


Mary☆☆☆☆☆
4.5 stars

I didn't know what to expect in this story because I didn't even read the blurb before accepting this copy. I knew I wanted to read it even without reading it – I always want to read books from K. Webster and Nikki Ash. Their stories are great and sometimes make you think. And this one was a rollercoaster ride of what is going on and who is going to end up with whom.

Ashton and Mia are best friends, he is gay and she is in love with him or so she thinks. Brayden wants Mia and Ashton wants Brayden. And then there is Drew, he meets Mia while she is out with the girls and he turns out to be the new hockey coach. And Ashton's father, the dean of the college, has him staying with Ashton. Brayden and Drew grew up together and had a falling out and haven't spoken in a few years.

So now the four of them are together and you will not believe what is going to happen. My mind is still reeling. I need book two NOW!!!! If you are looking for a story that is a little out of your comfort level and on the taboo side, then you need to read this one. I love this author duo and cannot wait for more from them.

 

 

He tastes like whiskey and bad decisions, and nothing has ever tasted better.


 

Author Bio



K WEBSTER is a USA Today Bestselling author.  Her titles have claimed many bestseller tags in numerous categories, are translated in multiple languages, and have been adapted into audiobooks.  She lives in “Tornado Alley” with her husband, two children, and her baby dog named Blue. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, drinking copious amounts of coffee, and researching aliens.

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NIKKI ASH resides in South Florida where she is an English teacher and mom by day and a writer by night. When she’s not writing, you can find her with a book in her hand. From the Boxcar Children to Wuthering Heights to the latest Single Parent Romance, she has lived and breathed every type of book.

Reading is like breathing in, writing is like breathing out. – Pam Allyn

While reading and writing are her passions, her two children are her entire world. You can probably find them at a Disney park before you would find them at home on the weekends!

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It was us against the world… until it wasn’t.

 

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