Cover Reveal & Excerpt – Before I Let Go, Kennedy Ryan

May 13, 2022 | Posted in Cover Reveal, Excerpt | By

“Award-winning and bestselling “powerhouse” author Kennedy Ryan is at her absolute best in this compelling, scorching novel about hope and healing, and what it truly means to love for a lifetime.”–USA Today  Before I Let Go, an all-new compelling second chance romance and the first book in the new Skyland Series from USA Today bestselling and RITA® Award-winning author @kennedyryan1 is coming November 15th, and we have your first look inside this epic romance!


Their love was supposed to last forever. But when life delivered blow after devastating blow, Yasmen and Josiah Wade found that love alone couldn’t solve or save everything.

It couldn’t save their marriage.

Yasmen wasn’t prepared for how her life fell apart, but she’s finally starting to find joy again. She and Josiah have found a new rhythm, co-parenting their two kids and running a thriving business together. Yet like magnets, they’re always drawn back to each other, and now they’re beginning to wonder if they’re truly ready to let go of everything they once had.

Soon, one stolen kiss leads to another . . . and then more. It’s hot. It’s illicit. It’s all good—until old wounds reopen. Is it too late for them to find forever? Or could they even be better, the second time around?

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The dress’s zipper stubbornly stays put at the middle of my back. Screw it. I’ll ask the hostess to zip me up. I grab my stuff and leave the bathroom just as the outer office door opens and Josiah walks in. His glance skitters over me, starting with my hair and sliding to my bare toes. “Sorry. I didn’t realize you were in here,” he says. Josiah’s face is interesting enough to make handsome look mundane, though the man is undeniably fine. The kind of fine that makes you lose your train of thought mid sentence and bite your lip. Gorgeous dark skin gleams, pulled taut over the high sculpted bones of his face. To be so controlled, nearly austere, there is something boundless about his presence. Standing here with him, that energy, an amalgamation of ambition and audacity and swagger, swirls around us in the office. It’s like being corked into a bottle with a typhoon. His brows lift, querying. I’m staring. “Oh.” I turn my back to him, as much to recover my composure as to get my zipper up. “It’s stuck. Can ya help?” He doesn’t answer, and his steps are so quiet I barely hear him cross the room, so the heat of his body warming my exposed skin startles me. The backs of his fingers brush over my spine as he pulls the zipper. It doesn’t budge at first, so he has to tug. Even just that whisper of a touch reminds my skin how to goose-bump. I glance over my shoulder and up, my breath hitching when our eyes collide. The air around us practically crackles, charged with a familiar current I’d forgotten was even possible. He clears his throat and slides the zipper to the top. “There you go.” I turn to face him and am unprepared for how close he stands. I’m barefoot and my view narrows to the broad chest and shoulders of the man in front of me. We’re not alone like this often anymore, leading separate lives that only intersect at our kids and our business. Kassim and Deja are usually around, or staff, friends, coaches, teachers. It’s rarely just us. We used to know each other better than anyone. Now I’m not even sure what he watches in the little free time he has away from this place, or if he even watches TV at all. “Have you seen Ozark?” I ask. The thick line of his brows dips. “Nah. Should I?” “It’s one of the best shows I’ve seen in a really long time. The acting, directing. The writing is stellar.” I’m rambling. I want to shove a sock in my mouth to make it stop running. “I’ll have to, uh . . . check it out.” He glances at the door. “I need to get back.” “Yeah.” I reach into the bottom of my suit bag to grab my green heels, bending to slip them on. “I gotta go too.” He runs a thorough glance from my head to my shoes. “You look . . . nice.” “Nice?” I scoop up the suit bag, now stuffed with my clothes, and speed to the door, grinning over my shoulder. “Pfftt. I look amazing.” He shakes his head, allowing a small smile. “You look amazing. Have a good time.” “I’ll try not to be out too late. And don’t let the kids stay up all night, Si. They have school tomorrow.” “Like I’m the pushover parent.” We both know he is, so I just stare at him until his smile broadens to that startling brightness that will snatch your breath if you let it. “Get outta here. I’ll see you at the house.” The house. Not home. Not the dream home we worked for and fantasized about for years. Now it’s just the house where the kids and I live. Josiah’s in the same neighborhood, but a few streets over. I’m not sure why my thoughts keep revisiting the past tonight when my reflection, my mindset, everything has “future” written all over it.

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About Kennedy Ryan A RITA® and Audie® Award winner, USA Today bestselling author Kennedy Ryan writes for women from all walks of life, empowering them and placing them firmly at the center of each story and in charge of their own destinies. Her heroes respect, cherish, and lose their minds for the women who capture their hearts. Kennedy and her writings have been featured in Chicken Soup for the Soul, USA Today, Entertainment Weekly, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, TIME, O magazine, and many others. She is a wife to her lifetime lover and mother to an extraordinary son.

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Release Tour & Reviews – Honestly Yours, Jaime Reese

May 13, 2022 | Posted in Release Day Blitz, Review | By

Title: Honestly Yours
Author: Jaime Reese
Genre: Contemporary M/M Romance Standalone
Release Date: May 12, 2022
Cover Design: Reese Dante


“This was a beautiful story of love and found family.”



The truth hurts. But in the end, honesty wins. Or does it?
Warren Prescott loves a challenge. He knows how to play the game and adapts when necessary to succeed in his cutthroat world. Tired of pining for a man he’s wanted for months, Warren intends to seal the deal. Until that man throws him an endearing curveball…
Be honest.
Gian Benedetti doesn’t play games. Success has cost him the personal connections he craves, and he doubts he’ll take another chance on a relationship. Until the attractive, younger man with the brazen personality and confidence stirs his interest.
Except…someone else is playing games.
And threatening everything Gian has worked hard to achieve.
Warren won’t rest until he uncovers the new player and gets his forever with Gian.
But they’ll soon face a hard truth—
Honesty may be what brings them together…
Or it could be the one thing that tears them apart.
Honestly Yours is an age-gap standalone romance. It features a snarky younger man with a giant crush on a good-hearted, affectionate, bisexual older man. Expect some banter, a little mystery, a few twists, a dash of angst, curious parents, animal trivia, and a whole lot of love…and hugs (so many hugs).


5 out of 5 stars
Honestly Yours is Jaime Reese’s newest MM standalone romance. I have read every word Jaime has written and have loved each story. I know when I start one that it is going to be unique, emotional, sexy, and sweet with protective and swoon worthy characters. This one is no different and I loved it.
Warren has been watching Gian for months through surveillance at the exclusive club that he owns. It was finally the night he was going to take his shot at the man of his fantasies. He didn’t really know how to woo a man so he went with cheesy pickup lines and straight honesty. Who knew that was Gian’s kink. Honesty not cheesy pickup lines, but hey, they got his attention. Gian didn’t see Warren coming, he was so unexpected and felt right but he was in the middle of multiple projects. What he didn’t know was that someone was going after him and that person was trying to go through Gian to get it…
And Gian was not about to be used. He was also not going to fuck up a good thing even before their first date. Warren and Gian grew up very differently. Warren grew up knowing what hatred felt like while Gian felt loved from both of his parents. Gian wanted to show Warren that he deserved to be loved and family wasn’t always about blood. But can Gian break down Warren’s walls? Gian wants honesty but in the end will it ruin or grow their relationship when one major truth comes to light?
I loved, loved, loved their story! From beginning to end, their banter, connection, humor, and even cheesy pickup lines made me fall in love with them. I want to hug Warren so hard right now. It’s well-written, funny, emotional, and sexy AF. I also loved the cameos. ♥️
“Thanks for dinner.”
“If I’m going to seduce you, I need to feed you first.” Warren finally met his gaze. “That’s the protocol. Right?”
Gian chuckled. “We’re back to that again?”
“I never left.”
“I’m going to tell this story many, many times.”
“Leave out the part where I’m wearing your apron.” He looked down at the flowery and frilly small slip of material. “I still can’t believe you’re making me wear this.”
“It’s step one on the list. Very important.”
“You can thank me later when you blow me.”
“You’re so romantic.”
“I’ll blow you too. See? I can be romantic.”
5 out of 5 stars

Honestly Yours is Jaime Reese’s new standalone romance. I’m a big fan of Jaime’s and have read all her books. It’s been a while since her last one so I was very excited to hear we were getting something new! New characters (although, we do see one of our faves), new story and a whole lot of sexiness and fun. I think I swooned and laughed equally. Warren has been waiting a long time to make his move on Gian. He’s been watching him and when he finally approaches him, he’s nervous. Gian is very intrigued by the handsome stranger and quickly realizes he likes him. More than just a one-night thing. Gian doesn’t ask for much, just honesty. Warren is in control in the boardroom, he knows exactly what he’s doing. But with Gian he’s unsure, he’s nervous and it takes him a while to realize Gian is just a nice guy who likes to hug. The serious man and his hopeless hugger. They both have a lot going on in their lives. Work, projects, obstacles. But Gian wants Warren and he’s willing to be patient. Warren quickly becomes comfortable and let’s his guard down. Realizes life is easier when you have someone by your side. Someone who cares about you. Loves you. Warren didn’t have a loving father and a perfect childhood. Gian has the best parents (I love seeing awesome Italian parents!) even though they like to meddle, they want their son to be happy and Warren makes him happy. Makes him smile. When Warren’s past comes back and threatens his life with Gian, he needs to fight back. Fight for his new life. Wow. This story was so freaking good! I laughed, cried, smiled, swooned and laughed some more. I loved their banter, the hugging jokes, all of it! I loved Warren’s vulnerability and when he gave up control. I love Gian’s sweetness and loyalty and patience. They balance each other out and make each other better men. This fun and sexy romance was totally worth the wait. Thank you, Jaime!


“How are you still single?”

“Cause I’m a hugger. Apparently that scares the shit out of people.”

“It sure does.”


“Vanni! Your boyfriend is so handsome.” Warren leaned into Gian. “Okay, I like her.”

His father appeared from the driver’s side of the SUV. “He’s so young!” Warren snickered.

“Great, Pop. Make me feel old. He’s thirty.”




Jaime Reese is the alter ego of an artist who loves the creative process of writing, just not about herself. Fiction is far more interesting. She has a weakness for broken, misunderstood heroes and feels everyone deserves a chance at love and life. An avid fan of a happy ending, she believes those endings acquired with a little difficulty are more cherished.




Blog Tour & Review – Starry-Eyed Love, Helena Hunting

May 13, 2022 | Posted in Blog Tour | By

Charming, hilarious, and emotional, Starry-Eyed Love is Helena Hunting at her very best!

Starry-Eyed Love, an all-new hilarious and heartwarming workplace romance from New York Times bestselling author Helena Hunting is now available!

Having just broken up with her boyfriend, London Spark is not in the mood to be hit on. Especially not when she’s out celebrating her single status with her sisters. So when a very attractive man pays for their drinks and then slips her his number, she passes it right back to him with a ‘thanks, but no thanks’. As the business administrator for their family’s event hotel, the Spark House, London has more important things to worry about, like bringing in new clientele.

As luck would have it, a multi-million-dollar company calls a few months later asking for a meeting to discuss a potential partnership, and London is eager to prove to her sisters, and herself, that she can land this deal. Just when she thinks she has nailed her presentation, the company’s CEO, Jackson Holt, walks in and inserts himself into the meeting. Not only that, but he also happens to be the same guy she turned down at the bar a few months ago.

As they begin to spend more time together, their working relationship blossoms into something more. It isn’t until their professional entanglements are finally over, that London and Jackson are finally ready to take the next step in their relationship. But between Jackson’s secretive past and London’s struggle with her sisters, London must question where she really stands – not just with Jackson, but with the Spark House, too.

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5 out of 5 stars

Starry-Eyed Love is the second book in the Spark House series by Helena Hunting. I love Helena and her books and Jackson Holt is one of my favorite heroes of hers. (And let’s be serious, that’s saying a lot!) The first time London meets Jackson is in a bar when he hits on her. She declines his number since she just got out of relationship. The second time she meets him, she’s giving a presentation to his company and realizes he’s the billionaire CEO. Yikes! All of a sudden he wants to be involved in business at a level he never has been before. Jackson never thought he’d see the gorgeous blonde again, but he can’t believe his luck. Now he’s working with her and helping her make business connections. He believes in her family business and wants her to succeed. Only now he can’t date her until his involvement is over. It’s two months of hell. But fun and exciting. He introduces her to people, spends time chatting with her, texting her and finding reasons to be in Colorado. London is having a hard time balancing the business at Spark House and doing what she loves, her Etsy store creations. And spending time with Jackson is getting to be one of her favorite things. She can’t get a read on him all the time, but when he finally admits he wants to date her as soon as the auction they are working on together is over, he’s not kidding. At the end of the night he asks her out and gives her the best kiss of her life. Their chemistry was off the charts before, now it’s just fire! They can deal with the long distance, but when his past comes up London isn’t sure she can trust him. Will Jackson be able to convince her to give him another chance? Oh boy! I really loved London and Jackson. London is so talented and funny and smart. She’s doing things that don’t come naturally to her for her sisters and the business but she loves them that much. Jackson is sexy and fun and swoony! He treats her as an equal and says the most meaningful and sweet things to her. Overall, I laughed, cried, cheered and smiled a lot! I enjoyed it more than the first book! I loved seeing Linc and Griffin again too! Looking forward to Harley’s story.

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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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