Thursday, November 30, 2023

Stings and Stones by Jennifer Estep

New York Times Bestselling Author Jennifer Estep. Stings and Stones. An Elemental Assassin Short Story Collection. Read it now!

New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Estep serves up an Elemental Assassin short story collection featuring danger, magic, and a touch of romance. Perfect for fans of Ilona Andrews, Anne Bishop, Patricia Briggs, and Faith Hunter.

Flash back to one of Gin Blanco’s many missions as the assassin the Spider. Learn more about Gin’s relationships with her mentor, Fletcher Lane, and her foster brother, Finnegan Lane, and see what trouble the other characters get themselves into when Gin’s not around. From a ghost’s lost love to a villain’s origin story, this action-packed collection has something for every urban fantasy and paranormal romance fan.

The Stings and Stones collection features ten short stories told by various characters:

“Spider’s Bargain” — Gin Blanco
“Web of Death” — Gin Blanco
“Web of Deceit” — Fletcher Lane
“Poison” — Finnegan Lane
“Wasted” — Finnegan Lane
“Tangled Dreams” — Jo-Jo and Sophia Deveraux
“Tangled Schemes” — Bria Coolidge
“Spider’s Nemesis” — Mab Monroe
“Haints and Hobwebs” — Gin Blanco
“Parlor Tricks” — Gin Blanco

Author’s Note: Stings and Stones is a collection of Elemental Assassin short stories. Some of the stories previously appeared on Jennifer Estep’s website, while others have been featured in anthologies.

Don’t miss our reviews of other books in the Elemental Assassin series!
For the novella, Unwanted, click HERE.
For book #15, Unraveled, click HERE.
For book #16, Snared, click HERE.
For book #17, Venom in the Veins, click HERE.
For book #18, Sharpest Sting, click HERE.
For book #19, Last Strand, click HERE.
For the novella, Heart Stings, click HERE.
For the novella, Spider and Frost, click HERE.


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Stings and Stones by Jennifer Estep

A Short Story Collection
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"For the first time in a very long time, I had a real enemy – one who was just as vicious and deadly as I was."



Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Stings and Stones is an anthology collection of short stories from the Elemental Assassin universe, narrated by several of the main cast.

Note: These stories are not new shorts; previously featured on Jennifer Estep's website and within multi-author anthologies. For the first time ever, all the shorts are bundled into one handy location.

I would suggest only reading this collection of shorts if you have read at least the first 10 full-length novels to avoid spoiling the plot, as well as it would help to avoid confusion since the world building would be established.

Even though I had read every single one of these shorts previously, it was delightful to revisit the series again. Gin's sarcastic flair and how she views the world eradicated my reader's block. It was nice to sit down, enjoy a short story for a few minutes of escapism without the long-term commitment of reading a novel from start to finish. I read this during the Thanksgiving holiday while hosting guests, where I took a few minutes to myself to read a short or two at a time.

As soon as I hit post on this review, I have Spider's Bite already queued up. Time to go back to the very beginning and reexperience everything. My name is Gin, and I kill people.



"So far, my retirement was turning into a gigantic bore."


Author Bio

JENNIFER ESTEP is a New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling author, prowling the streets of her imagination in search of her next fantasy idea.

Jennifer is the author of the Galactic Bonds, Section 47, Elemental Assassin, Crown of Shards, Gargoyle Queen, Mythos Academy, Mythos Academy spinoff, Black Blade, and Bigtime fantasy series. She has written more than 40 books, along with numerous novellas and stories.

In her spare time, Jennifer enjoys hanging out with friends and family, doing yoga, and reading fantasy and romance books. She also watches way too much TV and loves all things related to superheroes.

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"The assassin just wouldn't die."

Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Stings and Stones: An Elemental Assassin Short Story Collection by Jennifer Estep to read and review.

Wednesday, November 29, 2023

Inheritance by Nora Roberts

A centuries-old curse. A promise made in the past. A secret only she can uncover.

Inheritance is the first in The Lost Bride Trilogy by #1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts—a tale of tragedies, loves found and lost, and a family haunted for generations.

1806: Astrid Poole sits in her bridal clothes, overwhelmed with happiness. But before her marriage can be consummated, she is murdered, and the circle of gold torn from her finger. Her last words are a promise to Collin never to leave him…

Graphic designer Sonya MacTavish is stunned to learn that her late father had a twin he never knew about—and that her newly discovered uncle, Collin Poole, has left her almost everything he owned, including a majestic Victorian house on the Maine coast, which the will stipulates she must live in it for at least three years. Her engagement recently broken, she sets off to find out why the boys were separated at birth—and why it was all kept secret until a genealogy website brought it to light.

Trey, the young lawyer who greets her at the sprawling clifftop manor, notes Sonya’s unease—and acknowledges that yes, the place is haunted… but just a little. Sure enough, Sonya finds objects moved and music playing out of nowhere. She sees a painting by her father inexplicably hanging in her deceased uncle’s office, and a portrait of a woman named Astrid, whom the lawyer refers to as “the first lost bride.” It’s becoming clear that Sonya has inherited far more than a house. She has inherited a centuries-old curse, and a puzzle to be solved if there is any hope of breaking it…


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“So no, I’m not going to let some dead, murderous witch scare me off. It’s not her house. It’s mine. I don’t believe in curses, but if I did? If you can cast one, you can break one.”     Cleo picked up her wine, toasted. “That’s damn right.”



Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

This is the first book in a trilogy, and it definitely leaves you wanting more – and quickly! So cliffhanger haters, be warned!

I love the layering of this story, and the time travel dreams which soon cause the heroine, Sonya, to wonder just what she has stepped into!

We meet her dissolving her relationship and leaving her job due to an unfaithful and vindictive fiancé. She is then catapulted into a new life, as an heiress of a haunted mansion in Maine, with a decision to stay man free seriously challenged by the arrival of the rather wonderful Trey.

As she tries to rebuild her career, and understand the somewhat cryptic messages and frightening dreams of her inheritance, we travel with her in this unexpected change of direction of her life – finding out more about her father's family is intriguing for sure. I loved that once her best friend Cleo came to visit, she decided to also move and support her in this adventure – always good to have a friend by one's side when things go really weird!

Expect lots of gothic drama and modern-day romance in this very engaging and page turning story... I just need book two and soon!



She got out, simply stood in the kick of wind and studied, what, through fate or lineage or the luck of the draw, could be hers.


Author Bio

NORA ROBERTS is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than 230 novels, including Legacy, The Awakening, Hideaway, Under Currents, The Chronicles of The One trilogy, and many more. She is also the author of the bestselling In Death series written under the pen name J.D. Robb. There are more than 500 million copies of her books in print.

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“How are you liking the manor? Everybody up there treating you all right?”     “I like it very much, but it’s just me.”     He winked at her. “It’s never just you in Lost Bride Manor.”


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Tuesday, November 28, 2023

Consort of Fire by Kit Rocha

Consort of Fire by Bestselling Author Kit Rocha

From cult-favorite writing duo Kit Rocha comes a fiery novel set in a lush fantasy world brimming with ancient magic, dangerous secrets, and erotic connections.

For three thousand years, an ancient dragon god has protected the borders of the Sheltered Lands. In return, he makes only one demand: every one hundred years, the mortal ruler must send their heir to serve as his consort… for as long as they can survive.

Sachielle of House Roquebarre is the thirty-first consort to be sacrificed to the monster who guards the mountain passes. She is young, beautiful—and she has three secrets.

First: she’s a disposable orphan trained in seduction.

Second: her handmaid, Zanya, is an assassin and the only person she has ever loved.

Third—and most dangerous: she’s cursed. Sachi and Zanya have five weeks to murder the Dragon in his bed. If they fail, the mortal king’s curse will steal not just Sachi’s life, but her very soul.

The Dragon has only one secret: he is nothing like what they have been told. And he will do whatever it takes to possess them both.


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Consort of Fire by Kit Rocha

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

I'm just going to come out and say it, I LOVE this book! It has interesting characters (all of them), lots of angst, slow building romance, and did I mention the gods?

We start by being introduced to Sachielle, who is a princess who's being delivered to the Dragon as an agreement that's been carried out for hundreds of years. She is to be his consort, and the bridge between humans and gods. When humans are involved, no one can be trusted.

Zanya, the trusted handmaiden, is Sachi's best friend, confidant, and true love. What could go wrong when watching the love of your life being bound to another? Not only good at saying hair, she has a way with weapons...

Then there's Ash, also known as the Dragon, a god who is fulfilling his duties and waiting for the moment he's been promised for centuries. He's a flawed character yet resilient, patient, kind, and likeable.

I love this world, each domain has its own flavor. The slow burn really built up my anticipation of things to come. The ultimate sacrifice each one is ready and willing to make...

Overall, I LOVED this. The story was awesome: I love the world, I like these characters, the romance was HOT, and I can't wait to read the next book in this series!

This is the first book in a new series, and I am definitely keen to read on when the next one is available. It is a hefty tome and there is a lot of world building alongside the main storyline. I normally read a book like this in a couple of days, but it took double that, so be prepared for quite a long read. It is dense and full of detail, as well as some of the hottest scenes between the fascinating trio of Dragon, consort, and attendant.

I thought that the characters were introduced well and given shape thanks in part to Ash's bedtime stories. They are a close bunch and there is some particularly fun banter following some of the nights of passion – difficult to hide that you are getting excited when the earth literally rumbles in excitement for you!

I loved the twist at the end – lots of clues but thankfully not too many, breadcrumbs to give us the ideas until the big reveal! Already looking forward to the next installment.

3.5 stars

Consort of Fire is the first installment in the Bound to Fire and Steel series.

I enjoyed the storyline but...

The good: a polyamorous storyline featuring a sort of established FF couple shrouded in a fantastical world featuring gods walking among humankind, filled with betrayal. Anxiety-filled angst. An imbalanced power dynamic throughout all their intermingled relationships. Watching the one you long to have be mated to the one you're destined to end. Forced to end the one you're bound to when they are a part of you now. Angsty deliciousness.

An orphan acting as the heir for a bloodline who is contractually obligated to serve their descendants up to the dragon as his consort every hundred years. The king uses Sachielle and Zanya to end the contract. Sachielle is the imposter led to the dragon's lair, with her lover assassin acting as her handmaid, Zanya. Their souls are at risk if they do not take out the dragon to forever end the contract. Whereas Ash, the dragon god, is merely misunderstood, not the monster the masses spread gossip about.

The highlight of the story for me was in the beginning portion of the novel when Ash would spontaneously combust into flames, then have to burst into dragon form and take to the skies because he was so overcome by the glow of his new "human" consort.

This is a slow burn romance, pun intended. I love me some slow burn to establish a relationship and show all the appropriate feels (see bad section). But there was zero feels from such emotionless characters, only for them to all end up in bed together.

I enjoyed the story but...

The bad: the overall tone, writing style, perspective, and world building.

Consort of Fire hit the trifecta of all three of my top pet peeves. Too many narrators: Sachielle, Zanya, and Ash, which wouldn't have been an issue for me if not for... no chapter headings to let the reader know who is narrating. Shifting narrator mid-scene. Since this was third-person, all three emotionless narrators sounded exactly the same, where I was never quite sure who was narrating until something pinpointed to who, only to be proven wrong a paragraph later, until I realized the narrators where shifting willy nilly for no apparent reason, as it didn't help the storyline along, only caused me mass amounts of confusion.

It took me the better part of two weeks to wade through this slog of a novel. Keep in mind, I can bang out a fantasy trilogy in a day and a half if I'm properly inspired. I honestly thought I was suffering from the dreaded reader's block since I did enjoy the storyline. Reading another novel in one sitting showcased how it wasn't me, it was the book. When I was about to throw in the towel, the novel finally picked up near the end.

Slog is the best way to describe how I felt while reading. The storyline was buried beneath the overly complex world building that wasn't truly complicated. The world building was not organically flowing from the three narrators. Info-dumps of information, most of which just overly complicated matters but wasn't actually necessary. There were times I found myself just zoning out, mind wandering rather than reading, only to skim almost a chapter to get to something, anything happening on the pages.

The tone. All three narrators sounded the same. Ash, while ancient, sounded juvenile like a young adult. I was shocked to discover Sachielle was nearly thirty when the way she spoke and carried herself was also young-adult-like. But it was how emotionless the third-person perspective with roving narrators made the story that was a real issue for me.

I couldn't fall into the story due to the way it was written. I wasn't invested in the storyline with how it was buried beneath the heavy burden with overly complicated world building. And I couldn't root for the main characters since they felt like nothing but emotionless drones playing out the parts written for them.

After inundating the reader with world building, it takes a backseat to erotica featuring the three main characters. All this buildup over the main happenings with the plot, and it just fizzled out and was anticlimactic. It ended up feeling like the two weeks of work I put into attempting to read this novel were merely a vehicle for the three of them to showcase their bedroom gymnastics, so I was salty about it and didn't find any of this particularly titillating or heated. The steam felt out of place after such a slow slog through the mythology and magic system.

As this is a fantasy novel, I expected adventuring, exciting action, and battle scenes. Not much was happening until the very end of the novel to set up the next installment and hook the reader. So it felt like a sale's pitch more so than a plot device to move the story forward. I wanted that vibe revealed in the last portion of the novel to be throughout the entire novel.

Will I read the next in the series? No. This is a situation where it just wasn't my cup of tea, the writing style is not for me. No matter how good the premise may be, I worry the next book will be another slog to get to the meat of the story, only for the erotica to be showcased instead.

Since no two readers read the same book, perhaps the writing style will be your cup of tea.



Author Bio

KIT ROCHA is the pseudonym for cowriting team Donna Herren and Bree Bridges. After penning dozens of paranormal novels, novellas, and stories as Moira Rogers, they reinvented themselves by writing the nine-book multiple-award-winning—and extremely steamy—Beyond series, which became an instant cult favorite. They followed it up with two spin-off series, including the popular Mercenary Librarians trilogy published by Tor. Now they’re leaping into sexy epic fantasy with happily ever afters.

Their favorite stories are about messy worlds, strong women, and falling in love with the people who love you just the way you are. When they’re not writing, they can be found crafting handmade jewelry, caring too much about video games, or freaking out about their favorite books or TV shows, all of which are chronicled on their various social media accounts.

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Wednesday, November 22, 2023

Get Frosted by Amy Aislin Release Blitz

Release Blitz. Get Frosted by Amy Aislin. November 21 – 25.

For years, Mik has wanted nothing more than to put coal in Rudy Snow's stocking.

As former pro hockey players, they’ve been rivals for years. It started in Mik’s rookie season, when a reporter pitted him against his older brother's best friend. Rudy pushes Mik’s buttons like no one else, going out of his way to one-up him at every turn.

Now they’re both pub owners in a small town that takes Christmas to a level best seen in Hallmark movies, but not much else has changed. They’re still rivals, this time pitting gingerbread martinis against pomegranate sangria.

But when they’re forced to work together to plan a special holiday party, sparks ignite. Maybe it's a bad idea to put coal in Rudy's stocking after all. They both might just catch fire.

Then again, what better way is there to stay warm on a cold winter's night?

Christmas Falls is a multi-author M/M romance series set in a small town that thrives on enough holiday charm to rival any Hallmark movie. Each novel can be read as a standalone.


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“You certainly know how to make a splash,” said a dry voice at his elbow, shaking him out of his irritation.

And setting into motion a new kind of annoyance that fizzled in Mik’s blood. “No one asked you,” he said to his brother’s best friend.

Rudy Snow raised one dark eyebrow, because of course he could do that. When Mik tried, he ended up with both eyebrows at his hairline.

“It’s certainly...” Rudy cast his gaze around, taking everything in. “Unique.”

“It’s majestic.”

“It looks like the Island of Misfit Toys. All you’re missing is a Charlie-in-the-Box.”

Crossing his arms over his chest, Mik clenched his teeth. “You’re not allowed to judge. You don’t even have a wreath on your front door.”

Rudy made a sound in the back of his throat, a rumbly laugh that made the back of Mik’s neck itch. “Do you often happen to find yourself outside my house, Miki?”

Mik’s stupid feelings went all gooey at the nickname. Or maybe that was just hunger. “It’s on my way to work.”

“Sure. If you take the long way.”

God. Why did he have to be so annoying?

And hot.

And annoyingly hot. All dark-haired and dark-eyed and scruffy-jawed, with a natural tan to his skin that perpetually made him look like he’d just come from the beach. He stood a couple of inches taller than Mik’s five feet eleven. At a year older than Mik’s thirty-one, Rudy was as fit now as he’d been when he’d played in the NHL, even two and a half years post-retirement.

Mik had considered himself lucky to be drafted to his brother’s team’s rival. With Mik playing for Washington and Josh playing for Pittsburgh, it had given Mik the chance to step out of his brother’s shadow and assert himself as his own person. And playing up the rivalry between their teams had been all sorts of fun at family get-togethers.

The problem Mik hadn’t anticipated had been twofold.

First, because Josh’s rookie year had been the gold fucking star of rookie years, Mik had been instantly compared to him when he’d been drafted a year later, forevermore casting him in the role of Josh Gilmore’s little brother.

Second, there was Pittsburgh defenseman Rudy Snow. And Pittsburgh defenseman Rudy Snow wasn’t shy about checking his teammate’s little brother into the boards during Mik’s first Washington versus Pittsburgh game.

“It’s no secret in the league that your brother and his teammate Rudy Snow are good friends,” a reporter had said to Mik during the post-game interview after that game. “What do you have to say to your brother’s best friend after that check in the second period?”

Um, nothing?

He’d barely known Rudy. Plus, checking was what hockey players did.

While both those things were true, that hadn’t been what the reporter wanted to hear. So Mik had smirked and said, “That he better watch out. He won’t get the jump on me again. In fact, next time, I’m going to swipe the puck out from under him and score. Just wait and see.”

Mik had later learned that Rudy had responded to that with a pithy, “He can try.”

And that was it. Instant rivalry.



“You like me,” Mik said against Rudy’s lip. His voice dropping an octave.     “You’re just figuring that out?” Rudy grasped Mik’s chin in two fingers. “You make my head spin.”



Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

This is one of a series written by a talented group of authors, and it really did a great job of bringing Christmas to the forefront of my mind... as well as being a really fun, sports-related romance. Both Mik and Rudy have retired from the NHL, and work in competing bars in the festive town of Christmas Falls.

Mik was always in the shadow of his also NHL playing older brother, Josh, and has almost forgotten how it is to be oneself, so often is he referred to as the younger Gilmore brother. Josh's best friend, Rudy, has had a nomadic life to date, with parents who spend their time moving, and so, after two and a half years in one place, he is feeling ready for a change – yet he still has a crush on Mik, and is not sure whether to act on it. On the ice they were big rivals, and have found it easy to continue the antipathy, but is it real, or does he stand a chance?

As they both come to realise there is definite chemistry between them, Rudy's inability to settle is going to challenge Mik's need to be near his family – the tension is not dramatic, but rather emotional and thoughtful, and was accompanied by a lovely ease between the men which neither of them wanted to lose.

A really enjoyable read, thank you.

Get Frosted has a good mixture of fun, lighthearted romance and seriousness. I love that once Rudy decided he was interested in Mik, that he went for it and that their antagonistic history went out the window and the men pursued their romance. The only problem was while Rudy knew he wanted Mik, he was also itching to leave Christmas Falls, where he had lived for the last two and a half years, and take a potential new job in another state. You could really feel the tension this creates in the new relationship.

It was a joy to experience Rudy and Mik’s romance as they fall in love and deal with a little bump in the road. I’m a sucker for a small-town Christmas romance and Get Frosted was right up my alley. I loved experiencing Rudy and Mik’s romance as they fall in love and deal with life’s ups and downs. I even cried a happy tear or two.

I loved the town of Christmas Falls and all the activities going on in the town over the holiday season. The Christmas trivia night that the men went to on a date sounded like great fun. Christmas Falls is a place I’d love to visit. So I was happy to discover that Get Frosted is just one of many stories by different authors set in Christmas Falls. I’ll definitely be checking out the other books in this series.



Author Bio

AMY AISLIN has lived with her head in the clouds since she first picked up a book as a child, and being fluent in two languages means she’s read a lot of books! She first picked up a pen on a rainy day in fourth grade when her class had to stay inside for recess. Tales of treasure hunts with her classmates eventually morphed into love stories between men, and she’s been writing ever since. She writes evenings and weekends—or whenever she isn’t at her full-time day job saving the planet at Canada’s largest environmental non-profit.

An unapologetic introvert, Amy reads too much and socializes too little, with no regrets. She loves connecting with readers. Join her Facebook Group to stay up-to-date on upcoming releases and for access to early teasers, find her on Instagram, or sign up for her infrequent

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Had Rudy been flirting with him? Had Mik flirted back? Wait. Wait, wait, wait. Had the past however-many years of NHL rivalry actually been flirting in disguise? Holy. Shit.


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Tuesday, November 21, 2023

Daring Enough by Kelly Elliott Release Blitz

Daring Enough. New York Times Bestselling Author. Kelly Elliott. Now Available.

Rose Shaw has no idea what she wants. She put aside passion for practicality, earning her degree in a subject she likes, but doesn’t love. Same for her job as a junior architect. And don’t even get started on her personal life… been there, done that, got betrayed for her effort. So when sparks fly after meeting a renowned MLB player while on vacation, she takes him for what he is—a homerun in the sack, but nothing more. The next day, she sneaks back to Montana, leaving Bryson behind… but the memories of their night together refuse to disappear so easily.

Bryson Robinson knows exactly what he wants. His parents are a love-at-first-sight success story, so he recognizes what he felt with Rose Shaw during their night together could be the real deal. She has no interest in long-distance dating… so when the league’s best pitcher gets devastating news that could be the third strike for his career, he turns it into a win, going all in to get the girl. Starting with a home in Montana—and hiring Rose to design it.

Now he just has to convince her that not all men, including MLB superstars, are players… if she’s daring enough to take the risk.

Daring Enough is the fourth book in the Love in Montana series. It can be read as a standalone, but for a better reading experience the author suggest reading the series in order.

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Daring Enough is the fourth installment in the Love in Montana series. It can be read as a standalone it is a continuous series and reads better in the order that the author intended.

Rose Shaw is surrounded by couples and people in love. That’s all she ever wanted for herself – for someone to look at her like her dad looks at her mom. But she was so scared to open herself to someone else after getting cheated on by someone she loved and had her heart shattered. She was in a battle with herself, not knowing what she really wanted to do with her life or what her passion in life is. Meeting Bryson Robinson, an MLB pitcher who lived and played for the Seattle Mariners, Rose never saw coming. Rose and Bryson shared a night that neither will soon forget but Rose can't be with someone who she wouldn't see often, regardless how much she trusted and loved him.

Bryson Robinson is at the top of his game. He's the best in the league on the mound but he wants more in his life. He hasn't dated in over a year after being cheated on by someone who was more invested in his money than the man himself. When Bryson spends that night on the terrace with Rose, something inside of him changes and he knows what he wants in his life. But waking up alone and knowing Rose ran instead of saying goodbye. Bryson makes some big gestures that freak Rose out, but he refuses not to fight for her.

"Buckle up, Bryson. You're in for one hell of a bumpy ride. Hold on tight, and do not give up no matter how much she pushes you away."

I enjoyed the story but Rose, unlike other heroines in the series, seemed to go back and forth so much on her feelings it put me off. I really liked Bryson, and once Rose got her stuff together, I did like her more and the story seemed to flow better. And I always enjoy seeing past characters, especially the OGs to the Montana series, the parents. They are all some of the best characters in Kelly Elliott's worlds.

I can't wait to see where Lily's book goes, and I hope and pray it's Maverick and not Ben!!



Author Bio

Kelly Elliott. New York Times Bestseller.

KELLY ELLIOTT is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling contemporary romance author. Her bestselling works include Wanted, Broken, Lost Love, and Never Enough, to name a few.

Kelly lives in central Texas with her husband, Gus, her chocolate lab, four cats, and endless wildlife creatures. When she's not writing, Kelly enjoys reading and spending time with her family.

To find out more about Kelly and her books, you can find her through her website.

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“I’m scared,” I whispered as I closed my eyes.     “Baby, tell me what you’re scared of because I would never hurt you.”     Now Available. Kindle Unlimited.


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Monday, November 20, 2023

System Overload by Saxon James Blog Tour

When it comes to Keller… it’s impossible for me to walk away. Kindle Unlimited.


Banging my son’s bestie was a total accident that will never, ever happen again. I’m sure of it.

While he might be gorgeous and caught me in a weak moment, when it comes right down to it, my son has been my entire life for the last twenty-six years. I don’t know how to be anything other than his dad.

But with Molly heading off to Seattle, he leaves me with a parting gift: Will.

His best friend.

And my new roommate.

Still, I’m determined to focus on my plan of finding someone to settle down with and to start living for me.

Then Molly hits me with another gift: he’s asked Will to help find me the perfect partner.


Molly leaving me to run away across the country made one thing very obvious. I crave stability. I crave a life where I get to control what happens to me, without the constant threat of having to move home to my homophobic family.

All I need to focus on is work and making enough money for the downpayment on my own place.

Except now I’m living in the spare bedroom of the man I’ve been in love with for years.

The same bedroom where we had one very messy, very quick, accidental frot sesh.

Now I’m cooking for him every night, and we’re working out together every morning. It’s all feeling very domestic and my heart can’t separate reality from the fantasies in my head.

I know I’m going to get hurt.

It’s only a matter of time.

But when it comes to Keller, it’s impossible for me to walk away.

Don’t miss our reviews of other books in the Divorced Men's Club series!
For book two, Platonic Rulebook, click HERE.
For book four, Employing Patience, click HERE.


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System Overload by Saxon James

Book 5
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The veins down his biceps stand out enticingly, and only the threat of him dropping a very heavy weight on his very pretty face makes me concentrate on his lift rather than him.



Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

System Overload is the fifth book in the Divorced Men's Club. It can be read as a standalone, but it reads so much better if you read what has come before it to get the full impact of these characters.

System Overload is so full of angst and want. I loved everything about it.

Keller was a teenage dad. It's not something he wanted but he stepped up and was the best father he could be to Molly. Molly is facing his own life crisis, and moving across the country to Seattle will leave his best friend, Will, and his dad, Keller, alone. Molly's way to help them both is Will moving in with Keller. Unknown to Molly, Will has been in love with Keller for eight years and after one drunken night neither talk about, Will is hesitant but so excited.

Keller has been in dad mode for years always putting Molly first and now with Molly moving, Keller knows it's his turn for happiness. But everywhere he looks he isn't interested except Will. Something about Will draws him in. He loves spending time with him, and Keller knows touching can't happen, BUT oh, the loopholes they find to work around that. Loopholes, and a little help from the Divorced Men's Club, brings these two men happiness they never thought they'd find, but will it last? What will Molly think about his best friend and his dad being involved?

I read this in one sitting. I couldn't put it down. I had to know what was going to happen between these sweet men. Their chemistry is everything. And as always, the Divorced Men’s Club makes everything so fun with their "help," I can't wait for what's next for this group. I can't wait to get Mack's story!

4.5 stars

I love this series. I couldn't wait to read this book, as soon as it hit my e-reader I jumped in. If you have read the series, you know who Keller and Will are. You know that Will has been crushing on Keller forever but will never do anything because Keller is his best friend Molly's dad. I loved how the relationship built between Will and Keller, it wasn't instant, it built slowly. Sometimes too slowly, LOL. I also loved seeing the other characters from the other books, this is a great group of guys!! When Will and Keller finally give in, things are even hotter! My only disappointment was when they actually went to tell Molly. Molly's reaction wasn't what Will and Keller were expecting, BUT I wanted to know more about what Molly really thought. He had a different scenario in his head, and I wanted to know a touch more about that and why he felt that way and it was kind of skimmed over. I am patiently waiting for Mack's book. I have a feeling it'll be a good one!

This is the fifth book in the series, and series readers will enjoy catching up with earlier relationships, and know both Keller and Will already.

Keller has brought his son up since he became a dad at 16, so the age gap between him and his son Molly's best friend, Will, is not all that great. So even though there is the discomfort in their minds, and Keller's habit of reminding him regularly of him being Molly's best friend drives Will crazy, it is clear that they are both very attracted to each other.

Thankfully their mutual friends have some fun making sure that Keller gives them a chance and realises that Will is exactly the man he wants long term. They certainly turn up the heat even before they get together, and there is no stopping them once they do!

I really enjoyed this latest installment, thank you, Saxon James!



“Maybe you need to say no to working out with him?”     “Umm… did you miss the part where I said he does it shirtless?”     “Did you miss the part where you called it hell?”


Author Bio

Saxon James, Male, Male Author

SAXON JAMES unapologetically writes happy endings for LGBT+ characters.

While not writing, SM is a readaholic and Netflix addict who regularly lives on a sustainable diet of chocolate and coffee.

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Will’s breathing deepens and then he says in a rasp, “Everything about you interests me.”


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