Release & Review – Sailor Proof, Annabeth Albert

September 30, 2021 | Posted in Release Day Blitz, Review | By

The sexy Navy chief and his best friend’s adorkable little brother…

It’s petty, but Naval Chief Derrick Fox wishes he could exact a little revenge on his ex by showing off a rebound fling. His submarine is due to return to its Bremerton, Washington, home base soon and Derrick knows all too well there won’t be anyone waiting with a big, showy welcome.

Enter one ill-advised plan…

Arthur Euler is the guy you go to in a pinch—he’s excellent at out-of-the-box solutions. It’s what the genius music-slash-computer nerd is known for. So when he finds out Derrick needs a favor, he’s happy to help. He can muster the sort of welcome a Naval Chief deserves, no problem at all.

Except it is a problem. A very big problem.

When Arthur’s homecoming welcome is a little too convincing, when a video of their gangplank smooch goes enormously viral, they’re caught between a dock and a hard place. Neither of them ever expected a temporary fake relationship to look—or feel—so real. And Arthur certainly never considered he’d be fighting for a very much not-fake forever with a military man.

 

Kara's Review

4.5 out of 5 stars

4.5

Sailor Proof is the first book in the Shore Leave series by Annabeth Albert. I love when my favorite authors start a new series. New characters to love, new places to want to visit. This is a best friend’s brother, fake relationship story that was fun, sexy, emotional and heartwarming. Derrick wants to make his ex jealous and he needs the perfect welcome home kiss when he gets off his sub after a deployment. His best friend enlists his brother to help out, but neither Derrick or Arthur expect the kiss to be off the charts. It’s very believable, so much so that Derrick is invited to Arthur’s family vacation for a week. In a cabin with one bed. It doesn’t take long for their attraction to take over and it’s not pretending anymore. When they get back to real life, Derrick being deployed and then having to deal with a new relationship and now long-distance. They both have to decide if it’s worth it. I loved how open and honest they were. They communicated their feelings and wanted to pursue their relationship and be a team. I’m also here for the navy dress uniform and the sexiness.

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Release Blitz, Review, Excerpt & *Giveaway* – The Jock Script, Lane Hayes

September 30, 2021 | Posted in Cover Reveal | By

Title: The Jock Script

Series: The Script Club #3

Author: Lane Hayes

Publisher: Lane Hayes

Release Date: Sept. 24, 2021

Heat Level: 4 – Lots of Sex

Pairing: Male/Male

Length: 250

Genre: Romance, Bisexual, Jock and Nerd, Romantic Comedy, Coming Out, Humor

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Synopsis

The nerd, the coach, and the hookup…

Asher-

Swipe left, swipe left, swipe left. Sure, the idea of a quick, no-strings intimate rendezvous via hookup app sounds oddly thrilling, but it’s simply not me. Or maybe it is me, because it happened…and I liked it. Until I realized he looked familiar for a reason. A bad reason. Now I’ve made a faux pas with the sexiest man on planet Earth, and my internal karma system requires me to fix it. Help!

Blake-

I may seem like I have it together, but the truth is, I’m a hot mess. I’m so deep in the closet that I can’t remember my real name some days. That’s okay. The benefit of one-night stands is anonymity. Until Asher. Not a total surprise. I’ve always had a thing for geeks, but I’ve never met anyone like him. He’s a pint-sized dynamo on a quest for perfection who can help me come out…if I follow his script.

Hmm. I’m in.

The Jock Script is an MM bisexual, geek/jock romance starring a bowtie wearing nerd, a sexy lacrosse coach, and a shenanigan inducing script!

Excerpt

Asher closed his mouth in a tight line and sighed. “We should change the topic. Every time I’m with you, I secure my spot in Hades.”

I threw my head back and laughed. “What’s with you and the guilty conscience? I admire your commitment to honesty, Ash, but I don’t think it’s healthy to punish yourself after the fact. Not to mention, your rules seem arbitrary. They don’t make sense.”

“Sure, they do.”

“Hmph. You say sex is a part of nature, and you’re happy to discuss it until your internal sex-o-meter overloads and you decide you’ve overstepped some invisible boundary. It’s like you want to punish yourself for no good reason.”

Asher opened and closed his mouth. “I don’t do that.”

I polished off my salad, pushed my plate aside, and reached for my wineglass. “Yeah, you do. You should give yourself a break once in a while.”

“Says the devil incarnate.”

“Who me?” I flashed a roguish grin. “I’m not so bad, and you don’t have to be so good. Is this the remnants of a super religious upbringing or—”

“Oh, gosh, no. My mother is a hippie. She’s not judgmental at all.”

“Then why—”

“I’m just weird, Blake.”

His tone was firm rather than sharp and sent a strong message that he’d prefer to drop the subject. In fact, he looked suspiciously eager to greet the waiter when he returned to clear our salad dishes and set dinner plates on the table. I observed his animated hand gestures, his starched collar, and perfectly straight bow tie, wondering what he was hiding under all that armor.

Asher wasn’t weird, he was—okay, fine…he was totally weird. But I had a feeling he was compensating too. Making up for something or glossing over an unseen flaw. Sort of like a kid standing guard over a lamp he’d busted by accident. No one would notice as long as he made sure the unblemished side was never shown.

Call me crazy, but that got me. Yes, I was very attracted to him and definitely wanted to get naked and horizontal with him ASAP. But I wanted to know him too. I wanted to peel away his protective layers and study his quirks. His internal system of checks and balances fascinated me.

I twirled my fork around my pasta and smiled. “You know, I’m no devil and anyone who sucks dick like you cannot be an angel. There’s got to be a good middle ground for us.”

“Yes. As friends.”

“Right,” I agreed, shifting in my seat to adjust my cock when he hummed around a mouthful of pasta. No joke, my dick woke up at the mention of alien sex and was now stretching the seam of my zipper. I sipped my wine and willed my body to get the “friend” memo. “So, buddy…since we’re supposed to be spending time together now, I think you should come to my game next weekend.”

“Game,” he repeated, drawing out the single syllable into two. “The one you coach? Or do you play also?”

“I play with a club team, but our season ended a couple of weeks ago. We’re on a break till summer, which is fine ’cause my kids have finals and my girls’ team is in the last stretch before CIFs.”

“I don’t understand that acronym, but I’ll come to your game and maybe afterward we can do power tool…things.”

“Sounds like a date. The game is at ten at Westgate. I’ll text you the address.”

“Okay. I have questions, like…where do I sit and what should I wear? Also, what are the rules?”

I smiled. “Sit wherever you want and wear whatever you want. The idea is to have fun. Well…and to kick OC Lutheran’s ass. As for the rules…the goal is to put the ball in the net more times than our opponent. You’ll be able to follow along.”

He didn’t look convinced. “I’ll do some research. Now, what about us? Do you want me to be there and not speak or…are you going to introduce me? And if so, what will you say? I need to rehearse my lines.”

“Lines? This isn’t a play, Ash. We’re friends.”

“No, we’re not. We hardly know each other.”

I frowned. “Then we need to fix that ’cause I’m going to introduce you as my friend. It’s less complicated that way.”

“And if someone asks where we met, I’m allowed to improvise, correct?” he teased. taking a big bite of pasta.

Too big of a bite. He slurped a rogue piece of tagliatelle with wide eyes, then covered his mouth with his napkin. It was pretty freaking cute. I pointed at the sauce on his cheek.

When he swiped at the wrong side, I hooked my finger and motioned for him to lean in. I wiped his cheek with my thumb, underestimating the intimacy of the gesture. The strong current of heat and desire sizzling between us threw me off guard, rendering me speechless.

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Kara's Review

5 out of 5 stars

The Jock Script is the third book in The Script Club series by Lane Hayes. I’m loving these jocks and the geeks they fall for. Asher and Blake meet on a hookup app. No names just one night of fun. Blake is bisexual and not out. He’s sick of living a lie and wants Asher’s help to come out. Asher knows this is a bad idea, but it’s in his nature to help people and once he comes up with the script, he knows he can do this. Blake has never met anyone like Asher. He’s sexy, smart, fun and he really wants to be with him. He’s going to follow the script and see where it leads them. Blake is nothing like Asher thought. He’s smart, sexy, funny and really cares about his students. I just adored this couple! I loved Asher and all his nerdy quirks and Blake and his humor. They are so much fun together! Looking forward to the next one!

Meet the Author

Lane Hayes loves a good romance! An avid reader from an early age, she has always been drawn to well-told love story with beautifully written characters. Her debut novel was a 2013 Rainbow Award finalist and subsequent books have received Honorable Mentions, and were winners in the 2016, 2017, and 2018-2019 Rainbow Awards. She loves red wine, chocolate and travel (in no particular order). Lane lives in Southern California with her amazing husband in a not quite empty nest.

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Blog Tour & Reviews – Truth or Dare, Ella Frank & Brooke Blaine

September 30, 2021 | Posted in Blog Tour, Review | By

Truth or Dare, the must read last book in the Dare to Try Trilogy from USA Today bestselling authors Ella Frank and Brooke Blaine is available now!

Truth or Dare is the final book in the Dare to Try trilogy and should only be read after Dare You and Dare Me.

Lieutenant Kieran Bailey never saw his life anywhere but the bustling streets of Chicago—but then again, he never saw his life with a boyfriend, either. That all changed when he fell in love with bombshell CEO Sebastian “Bash” Vogel.

But it’s one thing to fall in love. It’s another to try to build a life together when you live hundreds of miles apart.

How do you choose between everything you’ve ever known and everything you’ve ever dreamed of?

This series must be read in the following order: Dare You (book one) Dare Me (book two) Truth or Dare (book three)

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Kara's Review

5 out of 5 stars

Truth or Dare is the conclusion to the Dare to Try series by Ella Frank and Brooke Blaine. I couldn’t love these two authors more if I tried! This is the final book in Bash and Kieran’s story and let me tell you, it was perfect! We knew they were going to find their happily ever after together, they just needed to figure out how to make it happen. Just some patience and love and the answers came to them. We get more sexiness, more Bailey brother laughs, more from the South Haven crew and just more. The blending of two families, a road trip, a sexy party. Bash and Kieran are relationship goals! Opposites who just work! I’m loving that we are getting stories from some new characters which means we’ll see our boys again! Overall, I loved the entire series and I knew Kieran and Bash’s stories would be great and I’m glad Ella and Brooke decided they needed each other!

 

Sandra's Review

5 out of 5 stars

Truth or Dare is the third book in the Dare to Try series by the fabulous duo of Ella Frank and Brooke Blaine. You need to read this series in order so if you haven’t read Dare You, go one-click that baby now.

Kieran and Bash are opposites it most of the ways. The one thing they do have in common is the love they have for each other. It has been months since they met and now they are trying to navigate their relationship in two different states. Kieran in Chicago and Bash in South Haven. City Vs. Beach living. Opposites once again! They are waiting for a sign to figure out what to do next. What they do know is that they want to be together. Always. But can they really make it work?

I can’t really say much more than that except I love this couple. Bash is fabulous. Kieran is unexpected. I just love their banter, sweetness, and the way they make each other feel. Wanted and adored. They may be opposites but they just fit. In every way.

I am crossing my fingers that this isn’t the last time we get to see this group of family and friends! If it is, then what a goodbye.

Quotes:

“You look good in any and everything, Bash. You know that.” Then he licked his lips and lowered his voice, even though there was no one else in the room to hear him. “You look even better with those outfits on the floor.” 

“On the floor? Have you lost your mind? You don’t toss Gucci on the floor as though it’s a shirt you picked up from the mall. My God.”

“We’re leaving those on tonight,” I said, as I ran both hands up his leg. My fingers left goosebumps in their wake. 

“Naughty lieutenant. I thought you were here to put the fire out, not stoke it.”  “Good thing I know how to play with fire and not get burned.”

“Lieutenant, are you trying to make me swoon?” 

“I don’t know—will it make you fall in my lap?”

“Always.”

 

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About Ella Frank Ella Frank is the USA Today Bestselling Author of the Temptation series, including Try, Take, and Trust and is the co-author of the fan-favorite erotic serial, Sex Addict. Her Exquisite series has been praised as “scorching hot!” and “enticingly sexy!”

A life-long fan of the romance genre, Ella writes contemporary and erotic fiction.

Some of her favorite authors include Tiffany Reisz, Kresley Cole, Riley Hart, J.R. Ward, Erika Wilde, Gena Showalter, and Carly Philips.

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About Brooke Blaine Brooke Blaine is a USA Today Bestselling Author of contemporary romance that ranges from comedy to suspense to erotic. The latter has scarred her conservative Southern family for life, bless their hearts. If you’d like to get in touch with her, she’s easy to find – just keep an ear out for the Rick Astley ringtone that’s dominated her cell phone for years. Or you can reach her at www.BrookeBlaine.com.

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Release Day & Review – Forbidden to Love, Siobhan Davis

September 30, 2021 | Posted in Release Day Blitz, Review | By

Forbidden to Love is mafia romance at its best.” -J.A. Owenby, International bestselling author

Forbidden To Love, an all-new dark, forbidden romance set in the same world as Condemned to Love by USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author Siobhan Davis, is available now!

Natalia Mazzone has grown up knowing she is promised to a made man. As the only daughter of one of New York’s most powerful mafia dons, she knows she can’t refuse. It’s her duty, and she would never dishonor her beloved father.

But the man she’s promised to is a monster. And there is nothing but torture, pain, and heartache lying in wait.

So, she grabs happiness when she finds it—in the somewhat reluctant arms of Leonardo Messina.

Leo is her brother’s best friend. A soldato for the Mazzone famiglia. A man with strong ambition and an even stronger resolve. He won’t allow them to give in to temptation, so Natalia is forced to love him from afar.

Until one forbidden night changes everything, and she readily hands Leo the key to her heart.

Leo risked everything for the one woman he can never have. He doesn’t regret it. It saved Natalia from a life of hell, but his actions set her on a different course.

One that doesn’t involve him.

Years have passed, and his feelings remain the same. Yet he keeps his distance, dedicating himself to his new role as underboss to Bennett Mazzone, while the love of his life is married to another man.

Until a twist of fate puts Natalia in his path again, and this time, he is powerless to resist.

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Sandra's Review

5 out of 5 stars

Forbidden to Love is Siobhan Davis’s latest standalone. You do not need to read Condemned to Love to fall in love with this book and it’s characters. If you haven’t read it yet, you definitely will want to afterwards. I have read all of Siobhan’s books and each one is unique and addictive in their own ways. This one is no different. I don’t want to spoil the plot so I will try to make this quick. The synopsis is perfection, really.
Natalia always knew she was going to marry a made man. Not for love. For business. And at a young age she was promised to a monster. She hated him and loved another. A man she would not be permitted to marry. Leo was her everything and she was his but they both knew it could never be. They had one night of happiness and years of torture. It was the only way. They had to put walls up and keep their hearts guarded. Their love never wavered but they had to keep their distance. Years of heartbreak, longing, and tension was all they had. It was better than death, right? Maybe…
Omg!! I love Natalia! She is a complete the badass I knew she would be. Leo is swoon-worthy and so f*cking romantic. I just love them so much. I had a feeling about this two and damn…more than expected and that is the norm when it comes to one of my favorite authors ever. I can’t wait for what she has up next for this family. The writing is addictive along with the story. The couple is beautiful in every way. ♥️
**I voluntarily reviewed an advance complimentary copy of this book.

About Siobhan Siobhan Davis is a USA Today, Wall Street Journal and Amazon Top 10 bestselling romance author. Siobhan writes emotionally intense stories with swoon-worthy romance, complex characters, and tons of unexpected plot twists and turns that will have you flipping the pages beyond bedtime! She has sold over 1.5 million books and her titles are translated into several languages. Prior to becoming a full-time writer, Siobhan forged a successful corporate career in human resource management. She lives in the Garden County of Ireland with her husband and two sons. Connect with Siobhan Subscribe to romance newsletter:http://smarturl.it/KennedyBoysList Amazon Author Page:http://smarturl.it/SiobhanDavisAmazon Website:http://smarturl.it/SiobhanDavisWebsite Goodreads:http://smarturl.it/SiobhanGoodreads Facebook page:http://smarturl.it/SiobhanDavisFacebook Facebook group: https://smarturl.it/SiobhanSquad

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Blog Tour & Review – Tagging Up, Carrie Aarons

September 28, 2021 | Posted in Release Day Blitz, Review | By

 

All Anna Callahan wants is her independence.

Being the youngest member of her immediate family, and massive network of cousins, she’s always been sheltered. That ends now. After graduating with her masters in nursing, she’s ready to move out of her parents’ house, whether they support that decision or not. While wallowing in the guilt of that choice at the local bar, she bumps into the one guy she shouldn’t go near.

A player for her family’s team and her cousin’s best friend, Clark should come with a warning label. Not only because he’s the league’s number one playboy, but because he’s significantly older than her.

Unfortunately, they can’t seem to keep their hands off of each other. That initial night together leads to scorching glances across public parties, secret hookups in hidden places, and way more than either of their hearts bargained for.

But being with Clark means lying to those closest to them. When their secret is finally discovered, it sends the already skittish bad boy running for the hills. And although she claimed to want freedom with no strings, Anna can’t help but feel the sharp pull to be with him forever.

Clark Nyle swore a long time ago he’d never be committed to anyone.

After watching his mother ruin his father through adultery and abandonment, he knows that love is for masochists and he certainly isn’t one. Baseball and living life like every day’s a party are his only two passions.

Then his father dies, and he’s forced to question everything. It leads to a barstool, too many drinks, and into the backseat of his car with the one woman he should never have touched.

Now that he’s gotten a taste of Anna, he can’t stay away. Even if their secret affair comes with way too many consequences. Her family owns the team he plays for, not to mention his best friend would cut off his balls if he knew what they were up to. Plus, he doesn’t want anything long-term, and eventually he’s going to break her heart.

But the more time he spends with her, the more he seems to want a different future than the one he always planned on. Until they’re found out, and he’s forced to choose between his demons and the disapproval of his closest friends … or her.

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Sandra's Review

5 out of 5 stars

Tagging Up is the fifth book in the Callahan Family series by Carrie Aarons. I do believe this is the last book in the series but there is potential for more so here’s hoping! Each book can be read as standalone but I recommend reading the series since they are all unique in their own ways. 
Clark was there drowning his sorrows. Anna was there after losing a patient. Two single friends. A little bit too much drinking. Some pent up lust. This book starts out with a bang and I am here for it. 
Clark knew it shouldn’t have happened. Anna is his best friend’s little sister. She was off-limits and he was so not a relationship guy. He never went back twice. And he has known Anna since she was only sixteen. She was too young for him even if she was twenty-three now and he was thirty. She deserves someone who could give her more than one night. She was beautiful, sweet, witty, and didn’t let anyone especially him bullshit her. She told it how it was. And now, Anna was telling him that she is a woman who knows what she wants and it’s more sex with him. Without strings. Without telling her cousin, Walker. It’s none of anyone else’s business.
Anna was tired of everyone treating her like a child. A fragile child who can’t make her own decisions. She was a nurse for f*ck’s sake. She might be the baby of the family but she wasn’t some kind of princess. She was a badass who has wanted Clark since she was seventeen years old and if sex was all he was willing to give, she will take it. In the bathroom. In bed. In a plane. Up against the wall. You get my point. But she also wants to show him that he is good enough. He deserves more. But what will happen when feelings latch on? 
I have been slowly falling for Clark throughout the series and his story was so worth the wait! This man has layers. He isn’t just the team playboy and fun guy. He is so much more. And Anna, I love her too. Together, they are fire and complications. It’s one hell of a ride! 
Quotes: 
I will never, not until the day I die, forget the look on his face when he stepped into me and grabbed the back of my neck. It was possessive, so fucking hot, and like he knew exactly how I wanted to be kissed.
My soul must be floating somewhere up above my body, because I swear I just died. Fucking died and went to lust heaven, because holy Christ, Clark Nyle is dirty talking to me.
“You have no idea how good you can be.”

Meet Carrie Aarons

 

Author of romance novels such as Fool Me Twice and Love at First Fight, Carrie Aarons writes books that are just as swoon-worthy as they are sarcastic. A former journalist, she prefers the love stories of her imagination, and the athleisure dress code, much better.

When she isn’t writing, Carrie is busy binging reality TV, having a love/hate relationship with cardio, and trying not to burn dinner. She’s a Jersey girl living in Texas with her husband, daughter, son, and Great Dane/Lab rescue.
 
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Blog Tour & Review – When Sparks Fly, Helena Hunting

September 24, 2021 | Posted in Blog Tour | By

When Sparks Fly, an all-new sweet and sexy best friend standalone romance from New York Times bestselling author Helena Hunting is available now!

Charming, hilarious, and emotional…When Sparks Fly is Helena Hunting at her very best!

Avery Spark is living her best life. Between her friends, her sisters, and Spark House, the event hotel her family owns, she doesn’t have much time for anything else, especially relationships. She’d rather hang out with her best friend and roommate, Declan McCormick, than deal with the dating scene. But everything changes when she is in a car accident and needs someone to care for her as she heals.

Declan avoids relationships, giving him a playboy reputation that he lives up to when he puts a one-night stand ahead of a promise he made to Avery. While he may not have been the one driving the car, he feels responsible for Avery’s injuries and is determined to make it up to her by stepping into the role of caretaker.

Little did they know that the more time they spend in compromising positions, the attraction they’ve been refusing to acknowledge becomes impossible to ignore. When they finally give in to the spark between them, neither is prepared for the consequences. Their love is fragile and all it will take is a blow from the past to shatter it all.

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Kara's Review

5 out of 5 stars

When Sparks Fly is a new friends to lovers romance from Helena Hunting. I love a good friends to lovers story and this one was great! Avery and Declan have been friends and roommates for years. There might have been feelings years ago, but it’s been a platonic relationship. Until it wasn’t! Avery needed help recovering from a bad car accident and Declan needs to be the one to take care of her. All the time spent together twenty four-seven reignites the attraction they let go of years ago. Now it’s on fire! But they are still friends and roommates and not sure what happens when life gets back to normal. Declan has some baggage he needs to work through and Avery needs to give him time to figure it all out! I loved this story. It was fun, sweet, sexy and emotional!

Excerpt

Commotion from across the field catches my eye. Two of the riders seem to be at odds with each other. The hand on hip, head tip, nose-to-nose business gives me reason to believe there’s some kind of disagreement happening. “That doesn’t look very friendly.” I nod in their direction. “Maybe the horses need a time-out,” Harley mutters. I give her the side-eye, and she fights a smirk. “Uh-oh, we have hand and hobbyhorse flailing,” London says, pulling my attention back to the field. The argument seems to be heating up, not cooling down. “You need to deal with that.” London gives my shoulder a shove. She’s amazing with finances and she’s great at connecting me with the right vendors, but dealing with conflict is not her strong suit. “Not in the mood to mediate stuffed horses?” I drop my bag on the ground beside Harley’s feet and briskly cross the field as the argument escalates to yelling. I’m about twenty feet away when one of the men hauls off and whacks the other one with his hobbyhorse. “Whoa! Whoa! Gentlemen! Time-out. That’s not very sportsmanlike conduct!” I call. My admonishment goes unheeded, and the two men begin dueling with their hobbyhorses. The bigger of the two jabs the other man in the stomach and snatches his hobbyhorse when he loses his grip on it. “Gentlemen! Please!” I shout, but it’s hard to be heard over their yelling and the newly formed crowd of hobbyhorse enthusiasts who have gathered and are now heckling the fighters. Two other men toss their hobbyhorses to the hobbyhorse-less man with shouts of “Kick his ass!” And here I thought this was a chill sport. Apparently I’m very, very wrong. The hobbyhorsers face off again, each one holding a broom horse between their legs and another like . . . a sword, maybe? It reminds me of medieval jousting. Especially when they start stomping their feet, pawing at the ground, and prancing in place. I know things are about to escalate when they shake their heads back and forth, braying loudly and breathing out through their noses in a hardy snort. Then they run toward each other, while yelling. Even if they’re beating on each other with stuffed horse heads, I’m not interested in anyone ending up with a concussion. I jump in between them before they collide, which I realize a second too late puts me in a very perilous position. However, the man on my right swerves at the last second and ends up crashing into the trough, toppling it and at least half a dozen of the “feeding” hobbyhorses. The other man skids to a stop mere inches from me, loses his balance, and falls backwards onto the ground. It rained yesterday, so while it’s sunny and dry now, the ground is still soft and mucky. And he happens to land in a seriously squishy pile of muddy grass. He also manages to hit himself in the family jewels with the hobbyhorse. He rolls onto his side, clutching the muddy horsehead and his junk. It’s quite the spectacle. Before it turns into absolute mayhem, I grab the megaphone from the group MC and shout, “Whoa, Nelly!” like an idiot. However, it does the trick. Every single one of them freezes. “Rider number seventeen and twenty-three, you are disqualified from this round for roughhousing and inappropriate use of your hobbyhorse!” I’m totally making this up on the fly, but someone needs to get these guys under control, and they don’t seem to be able to manage it on their own. The guy who nut slapped himself—number twenty-three—picks himself up off the ground and hobbles gingerly over to the bench, which is now assigned to disqualified hobbyhorsers. Number seventeen throws himself down on the other end with a huff. I lower the megaphone and cross my arms. “This is supposed to be about team building and sharing something you’re passionate about. If you want to joust, I suggest you either join a club or interview for a position at Medieval Times.”

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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of PUCKED, Helena Hunting lives on the outskirts of Toronto with her incredibly tolerant family and two moderately intolerant cats. She writes contemporary romance ranging from new adult angst to romantic sports comedy.

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Release Day & Review – Tagging Up, Carrie Aarons

September 24, 2021 | Posted in Release Day Blitz, Review | By

Tagging Up by Carrie Aarons is now live!

All Anna Callahan wants is her independence.

Being the youngest member of her immediate family, and massive network of cousins, she’s always been sheltered. That ends now. After graduating with her masters in nursing, she’s ready to move out of her parents’ house, whether they support that decision or not. While wallowing in the guilt of that choice at the local bar, she bumps into the one guy she shouldn’t go near.

A player for her family’s team and her cousin’s best friend, Clark should come with a warning label. Not only because he’s the league’s number one playboy, but because he’s significantly older than her.

Unfortunately, they can’t seem to keep their hands off of each other. That initial night together leads to scorching glances across public parties, secret hookups in hidden places, and way more than either of their hearts bargained for.

But being with Clark means lying to those closest to them. When their secret is finally discovered, it sends the already skittish bad boy running for the hills. And although she claimed to want freedom with no strings, Anna can’t help but feel the sharp pull to be with him forever.

Clark Nyle swore a long time ago he’d never be committed to anyone.

After watching his mother ruin his father through adultery and abandonment, he knows that love is for masochists and he certainly isn’t one. Baseball and living life like every day’s a party are his only two passions.

Then his father dies, and he’s forced to question everything. It leads to a barstool, too many drinks, and into the backseat of his car with the one woman he should never have touched.

Now that he’s gotten a taste of Anna, he can’t stay away. Even if their secret affair comes with way too many consequences. Her family owns the team he plays for, not to mention his best friend would cut off his balls if he knew what they were up to. Plus, he doesn’t want anything long-term, and eventually he’s going to break her heart.

But the more time he spends with her, the more he seems to want a different future than the one he always planned on. Until they’re found out, and he’s forced to choose between his demons and the disapproval of his closest friends … or her.

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Sandra's Review

5 out of 5 stars

Tagging Up is the fifth book in the Callahan Family series by Carrie Aarons. I do believe this is the last book in the series but there is potential for more so here’s hoping! Each book can be read as standalone but I recommend reading the series since they are all unique in their own ways. 
Clark was there drowning his sorrows. Anna was there after losing a patient. Two single friends. A little bit too much drinking. Some pent up lust. This book starts out with a bang and I am here for it. 
Clark knew it shouldn’t have happened. Anna is his best friend’s little sister. She was off-limits and he was so not a relationship guy. He never went back twice. And he has known Anna since she was only sixteen. She was too young for him even if she was twenty-three now and he was thirty. She deserves someone who could give her more than one night. She was beautiful, sweet, witty, and didn’t let anyone especially him bullshit her. She told it how it was. And now, Anna was telling him that she is a woman who knows what she wants and it’s more sex with him. Without strings. Without telling her cousin, Walker. It’s none of anyone else’s business.
Anna was tired of everyone treating her like a child. A fragile child who can’t make her own decisions. She was a nurse for f*ck’s sake. She might be the baby of the family but she wasn’t some kind of princess. She was a badass who has wanted Clark since she was seventeen years old and if sex was all he was willing to give, she will take it. In the bathroom. In bed. In a plane. Up against the wall. You get my point. But she also wants to show him that he is good enough. He deserves more. But what will happen when feelings latch on? 
I have been slowly falling for Clark throughout the series and his story was so worth the wait! This man has layers. He isn’t just the team playboy and fun guy. He is so much more. And Anna, I love her too. Together, they are fire and complications. It’s one hell of a ride! 
Quotes: 
I will never, not until the day I die, forget the look on his face when he stepped into me and grabbed the back of my neck. It was possessive, so fucking hot, and like he knew exactly how I wanted to be kissed.
My soul must be floating somewhere up above my body, because I swear I just died. Fucking died and went to lust heaven, because holy Christ, Clark Nyle is dirty talking to me.
“You have no idea how good you can be.”

Meet Carrie Aarons

Author of romance novels such as Fool Me Twice and Love at First Fight, Carrie Aarons writes books that are just as swoon-worthy as they are sarcastic. A former journalist, she prefers the love stories of her imagination, and the athleisure dress code, much better.

When she isn’t writing, Carrie is busy binging reality TV, having a love/hate relationship with cardio, and trying not to burn dinner. She’s a Jersey girl living in Texas with her husband, daughter, son, and Great Dane/Lab rescue.
 
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Release Day & Reviews – The Virgin Replay, Lauren Blakely

September 24, 2021 | Posted in Release Day Blitz, Review | By

THE VIRGIN REPLAY by Lauren Blakely

Release Date: September 24th

THE VIRGIN REPLAY by Lauren Blakely is NOW AVAILABLE!

Make sure you grab this sexy, friends-to-lovers romance TODAY!!

 

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Sandra's Review

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The Virgin Replay is the third book in the Rules of Love series by the ever-talented, Lauren Blakely. I am loving this series full of ballplayers and badass babes. You can read each one as standalone but I recommend reading the series since it’s fantastic! And Grant and Declan’s story (Men of Summer series) is also connected. If you have read any other books then you have met Sierra (Grant’s sister) and Chance (Grant’s teammate). I have been waiting for this story and it’s so worth the wait x10. 
The bro code. You know, aka the guy code. Don’t touch a friend’s or teammate’s sister, daughter, mom. Hell, even cousin. You don’t want to mess with friendships or chemistry on the field. 
Chance never had an issue with this code. He was married to his college love for ten years so he was never tempted to break the code. Any code. But over the last year after a very public divorce, he has been thinking about it. Sierra Blackwood was a temptation. A beautiful, smart, baseball-loving bar owner who make him weak in the knees. The problem? She was his long-time friend and teammate’s little sister. That didn’t mean he couldn’t ask her to be his fake date to a wedding they are both attending anyway, right? That’s not breaking any rules, right? Not like anything is going to happen. 
Sierra was married to her bar. It was her baby. She worked hard to get where she was today. She didn’t need a man to keep her happy but that didn’t mean she didn’t have secret crushes or wicked desires. With him. So, when he asked her to be his fake date for a Hawaiian wedding? She couldn’t say no. And she hoped he wouldn’t say no to her question. She knew he was the one she had been waiting for but would he bend the rules for one night? It’s not like they would be a thing. It would be a fling. That’s all. No-strings attached. It’s a win-win really. But, what will happen when they have to go back to reality? 
So delicious!! Sexy, passionate, sweet, and filthy. I just love these two. Sierra knows exactly what she wants and Chance is a fabulous listener. I loved their friendship over the series. It was build-up to this. Everything. They are fun, hot, spontaneous, and beautiful. They just did it for me. I can’t wait for the next book!! 🍒
Quotes: 
We won’t rock the boat either. 
We’ll rock the bed instead. 
“You like it a little hard? A little dirty?” 
Her breath comes in a harsh pant. “I do. I don’t want to be treated like a flower. I want to be treated like a woman. Like a woman who’s not breakable.” 
“Kiss me hard. Kiss me ruthless.” 
Kara's Review
5 out of 5 stars

The Virgin Replay is the third book in the Rules of Love series by Lauren Blakely. This series is so freaking good! We have already fallen in love with Chance and Sierra throughout the series, and now we get to watch them fall for each other! Ever since Chance became single, there has been a sizzling attraction between them. He goes to her bar with his teammates, but sits at the bar and chats with her. But she’s totally off limits because she’s his teammate’s sister and he’s not willing to risk ruining his relationship with Grant, Sierra’s brother. Chance is a good guy and he likes to follow the rules and do the right thing. Sierra is a temptation he’s willing to bend the rules for. He needs a date to his cousin’s wedding, a fake date of course. And it turns out Sierra also has something she wants Chance for. She doesn’t have time for relationships, she’s too busy making her business the best it can be. Sometime in the Hawaiian sun, things stop being fake but are still only going to be temporary. Even though they both want more, neither one is going to admit it. And then it’s time to put all feelings on the table and take a gamble on love. Oh man! I love this forbidden, friend’s sister love story! It’s sexy, sweet, fun and addicting! We get to see all our faves and I love every minute I get to spend with Chance and his friends and teammates!

 

Blurb:

A virgin, an athlete, a fake romance, and only one bed in the hotel room.

Following rules shot me to the top of my game as an all-star baseball player, and the golden rule is this — don’t hookup with your teammate’s sister.

But ask her to be your fake date when you desperately need one for a family wedding? Nothing in the guy code against that. Plus, the flirty, feisty Sierra’s my friend too, so why the hell not pretend we’re madly in lust for two days in Hawaii?

No hardship in a make believe kiss here, a fake smooch there, as long as we don’t cross any dangerous lines.

Then, the hotel books us into the same suite. Which means she’s showering near me, putting on itty bitty bikinis in the same room, sliding into that king-size bed wearing only a black lace cami.

But I resist…until the night she tells me she’s been waiting for me to be her first. And there’s nothing fake about my desire to say yes, even though that’s definitely against the code. But, maybe only if someone catches feelings? And neither one of us will.

Until I do…

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Bestselling author, Lauren Blakely is known for her contemporary romance style that’s

sexy, sweet, and witty. She also writes USA Today bestselling LGBTQ romance.

 

With fourteen New York Times bestsellers, her titles have appeared on the New York

Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestseller Lists more than 100 times, with

more than 55 titles on the USA Today Bestsellers list alone. She’s sold more than 4.5 million books. A Brown University graduate, Lauren likes dogs, cake and show tunes and is the vegetarian at your dinner party.

 

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Release Blitz & Review – The Lies We Steal, Monty Jay

September 23, 2021 | Posted in Release Day Blitz, Review | By

 

 

Release Date: September 23

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s been months since the day we stood above that empty grave that stunk of burnt flesh and secrets. All of us were dressed to the nines, one of us wearing a wedding dress, a day that was supposed to mark the beginning of a new adventure.

It marked the bitter end of our vengeance.

We have done things that have marked our souls for eternity.

But before we get there, we have to go back.

Back to where it all started. 

The place I could find in my sleep.

Hollow Heights University in the macabre, somber seaside town of Ponderosa Springs.

A college for prestigious, wealthy children to receive the highest education. A town drowning in treachery and secrets that became our damnation.

But it wasn’t the forest surrounding the grounds or even the mysterious hidden mausoleum that haunted me.

It was them.

The ones that lurked in the night, things so wicked, so twisted, so evil, they would become the rulers of my nightmares.

The Hollow Boys.

One wrong move and I landed myself directly in their line of fire.

This is not a story about love, it is not a story of happy endings.

Love just happened to blossom in our sorrows, in our pain, our fear, our blood.

Every terrible thing they ever did, we watched, we helped, we loved them anyway.

Some run from their monsters, we fell in love with ours.

 

 

 

 

 

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Sandra's Review
5 out of 5 stars
The Lies we Steal is the first book in the Hollow Boys series by Monty Jay. I have read all of Monty’s books and I fell in love with this enemies-to-lovers story, hard. I was warned it was going to be dark and that just made me want it more. I crave darkness and this book delivered.
Briar grew up a thief. She was trained to pickpocket, break into safes and do anything she had to to survive. And now she was in a different world. Hollow Heights U in Ponderosa Springs on the seaside of Oregon. She went from a girl living in a trailer park in Texas to a girl living in a dorm room in one of the most elite colleges in the country in one of the richest cities. She just wanted to be invisible and have a fresh start where nobody knew her name. It didn’t take long for that to go to s*it. The moment he locked eyes with hers, she knew he was trouble. And when they spoke, she knew she was f*cked. He was the exact kind of boy she needed to stay away from. He would bring her into the dark…
Alistair only cared about three people. Silas, Thatcher, and Rook. Three of the most loyal friends anyone could ask for. If you saw one one campus, there was another one next to them. Usually all four. Everyone is town knew The Hollow Boys, and everyone knew to stay out of their way. That was until her. Briar didn’t cower, she thrived in Alistair’s stare. From the moment she didn’t walk away from him, he knew she was different. He hated her for it. And after one night that changes everything, he was going to ruin her. The Hollow Boys were out for revenge and she wasn’t going to f*ck that up.
OMFG! This story is total badassery. From the boys to the girls involves. Four psychos, all with different personalities with one goal. I love Alistair and his intensity and loyalty. He may seem like he has a black soul but I guarantee you will fall. And Briar, she is a true badass boss. Together, these two are explosive! I also started to fall for the other boys. I have my favorite already. It was love at first read. Haha. I am excited about the next book after a little sneak peek. I have a feeling this is going to be one of my favorite series’.
Quotes:
He sheds his suit jacket, tossing it onto the desk, while he takes his time rolling his sleeves up to the elbows. All of this a part of the mental game he plays.
We were a good contrast, he and I. He was cold and calculated. I was instinctive and hot-blooded cruelty.
The perfect pair of sociopaths.
There was just something about Alistair Caldwell that made me panic. Something inside of him was so dark, so damned, that it called to the deepest parts of my soul.
“Can’t have you forgetting who you belong to. I told you Briar,” He breathes, “you’re mine.” 
“I’m gonna rip that silver fucking spoon right out of your mouth just to feed you back all your territorial bullshit.” 
“Little Thief, there is no spoon. I learned to lick wealth from knives.”

 

 

 

Meet Monty Jay

 

Monty Jay likes to describe herself as a punk rock kid, with the soul of a gypsy who has a Red Bull addiction. 
 
She writes romance novels about insane artists, feisty females, hockey players, and many more. 
 

 

When she isn’t writing she can be found reading anything Stephen King, getting a tattoo, or eating cold pizza.
 
 
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Release Day & Review – Inmate of the Month, Lani Lynn Vale

September 21, 2021 | Posted in Release Day Blitz, Review | By

 

 

Inmate of the Month

Souls Chapel Revenants MC Book 7

Lani Lynn Vale

Release Date: September 21, 2021

About the Book

A porn video changed his life.

 

One second, he has an ex with an ax to grind, and the next, he’s internet famous—and definitely not in a good way. In an, it’ll ruin your career, kind of way.

 

Only, Laric didn’t know that he was internet famous.

 

Not until a black-haired beauty walks into his life, and stumbles over every word that she says because all she can picture is him doing the unthinkable for the world to see.

 

Sadly, that’s not the only thing wrong in his life. His world is messed up, and he likes it that way.

 

There’s no room for a woman that wants to fix him.

 

Because fixing requires intimacy, and intimacy isn’t something that Laric does. Not after the life that he’s lived, and the things he’s done to survive. Oh, and let’s not forget the fact that he’s a felon, and he has no regrets about how he got that title.

 

The last thing he needs in his life is a woman that has her head in the clouds and thinks this world is made of butterflies and confetti.

 

However, Catori isn’t who she seems.

 

The day she meets tall, dark, and handsome, he saves her life. And then never leaves—though not for his lack of trying.

Not that she’s complaining about the way they’re thrown together, time after time. She’s more than willing to have a man like Laric around. Mostly because she’s already seen the good in him that he refuses to admit that’s there.

 

He may be a biker that does questionable things, but in her heart, she knows that he does those bad things for good reasons. And she’s not about to throw away the chance at happiness just because he thinks he knows what’s best for her.

Plot twist: she knows what’s best for her. And that’s him.

God help her.

 

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Kara's Review

5 out of 5 stars

Inmate of the Month is seventh book in the Souls Chapel Revenants MC series by Lani Lynn Vale. I am loving this series and we are finally getting Laric’s story! He’s been a mystery for a few books now. Recently finding out he’s Lynn’s son and not knowing how to handle that situation. He’s gotten to be good friends with the guys and when he saves Catori’s life the first time he sees her. But it’s not the first time she’s seen him. Oh boy. He’s the man she saw in that ahem, video where she couldn’t stop watching. Now he’s going to protect her and soon he never wants to let her go. Catori never expected her stalker to take things this far, but now she’s shacked up with Laric, so it’s not all bad. After a few days with him, she doesn’t ever want to leave. She really likes his friends, who are more like family and he fits in with her family perfectly. Is it too soon for declaration of love and forever? Heck no! I loved Laric and Catori. I laughed out loud, loved the tension and am looking forward to the next one!

 

About Lani Lynn Vale

Lani Lynn Vale is a Wall Street Journal & USA Today Bestselling Author of over thirty titles. She is married with three children, two dogs, two cats, a donkey, and a couple (a couple also meaning over twenty) chickens.

 

When she’s not writing, you can find her curled up in her favorite chair reading.

Lani is married with three children and lives in the Great State of Texas.

 

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