Blog Tour & Reviews – Fling, Adriana Locke

August 18, 2022 | Posted in Blog Tour, Review | By

 

FLING by Adriana Locke

Release Date: August 15th

Genre/Tropes: Contemporary Romance

Grab your suitcase and prepare for the time of your life in this swoony tale that’s as hot as the tropical destination itself. Fans of runaway brides, close-proximity, one-bed, and friends-to-lovers tropes will fall hopelessly in love with this fling-to-forever romance.

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Kara's Review

5 out of 5 stars

Fling is the second book in the Carmichael Family series by Adriana Locke. Oh man am I loving these Carmichael brothers something fierce! This is Maddox and Ashley’s story. I didn’t think anyone could top Moss, but I was so wrong. I can’t pick a favorite! Seriously, Maddox with that smile and his on-point flirt game? Yes, please! He’s so sexy and funny and just the right amount of dirty! And he’s not a player. He wants something and he goes after it. Ashley just called off her wedding, but she still wants to go on the honeymoon since it’s already paid for. She just needs a date. Her friends decide to take matters into their own hands and find the perfect man for her. Turns out it’s Maddox, her childhood friend. Since she’s been back in town, their relationship seems to have shifted. He’s flirting more, she’s reacting in a new way. The attraction is just simmering beneath the surface. What happens when they are sharing a bed and have no distractions? Everything! They have fun, they laugh, they shop. They roll around in the sheets and let down their guards. But what happens when they get back home? Will they extend the fling? Oh man! This book is just fantastic. I couldn’t love Maddox anymore if I tried. He and Ashley are just perfect for each other. They like each other, they have a lot in common. Now it’s more. Maddox had me swooning and fanning myself. Ashley is fun and realizing who she is and what she wants. I love getting to know his brothers more and the motherly advice they both get? Perfection! I didn’t want it to end and I can’t wait to see what happens next!

 

Sandra's Review

5 out of 5 stars

Fling is the second book in the Carmichael Family series by Adriana Locke. You can read each book in the series as standalone but I highly recommend reading them all. Adriana is the queen of writing fun family series. #FamilyGoals. 

 

Ashley cancelled her wedding a month ago and moved back to Kismet Bay. What wasn’t cancelled or refundable was her honeymoon so it looked like she was headed to the Bahamas for four days and three nights. Her friends can’t go, so instead they talk her into having a contest on her social media. The catch? Her friends pick the guy and she won’t know who he is until she’s leaving on a jet plane…

 

No way Maddox was going to let her do this alone or with some asshole. Ashley has always been his dream girl and if this was his only chance, he was going to take it. For years, they flirted. For years, there was something more but they never crossed that line. It was too risky. It still was. He was fling material while she was marriage material. An agreement is made. What will happen when they land back home? 

 

Omfg! These two are 🔥 and swoony. Their flirt game is on-point. So much fun!! I can’t even with these two with their banter. Loved it. Hard. Then there are the brothers. I laughed till I cried. Each brother is so different and I love them all for different reasons and I had my fave picked with Flirt and I am just falling harder and harder. I can’t with his ridiculous and I am here for it. My blog partner knew it was him before I even started the series. Lol. Anyway, I ♥️ Maddox for his protectiveness, smirk, flirt, and the way he knows his best friend, Ash. I can’t wait for Fluke! 

 

Quotes: 

 

I stand and walk around his desk. The closer I get, the more of his cologne I breathe in. 

He looks at me over his shoulder. “Wanna sit?” 

On your face. Yes … maybe.

 

“You’re beautiful,” he whispers against my ear. “Sexy as hell, but so damn beautiful.”

 

“Jess, why are you being so nice tonight?” 

“Why wouldn’t I be?” I glance at Banks. 

He looks terrified.

 

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Blurb:

CONTEST: WIN A DATE TO MY HONEYMOON

 

I realize that a social media post isn’t the usual way to secure a date to your honeymoon—for obvious reasons—but here we are.

My wedding was canceled. What’s not canceled is the nonrefundable, ten-thousand-dollar all-inclusive vacation at a luxury resort, and I’m not about to let it go to waste.

I’m packed and ready to hit the beach. ButI can’t deny that it might be more interesting to honeymoon with someone.

Since my track record of picking dates isn’t exactly golden, I’ve done something that I hope I don’t regret. In a moment of weakness—mixed with panic and fueled by margaritas—I agreed to let my friends choose someone to go with me.

It’ll be a blind date / postnuptial vacation—without the nuptials. A few fun days in paradise with no expectations. No obligations.

Before you say, “pick me for a free vacay!” a few things to consider …

The perfect candidate will be single. He won’t talk too much on the plane. And he’ll be able to leave town quickly.

He will also be okay with sharing a bed. It’s a honeymoon suite, after all.

If you want to be considered, email Rebecca and Sara your application at the address below. (Get creative. There’s a free vacation on the line.)

Wheels up next week!

Godspeed, honeymooners.

 

Grab your suitcase and prepare for the time of your life in this swoony tale that’s as hot as the tropical destination itself. Fans of runaway brides, close-proximity, one-bed, and friends-to-lovers tropes will fall hopelessly in love with this fling-to-forever romance.

 

About the Author:

USA Today and Washington Post bestselling author Adriana Locke lives and breathes books. After years of slightly obsessive relationships with the flawed bad boys created by other authors, Adriana has created her own.

 

She resides in the Midwest with her husband, sons, and two dogs. She spends a large amount of time playing with her kids, drinking coffee, and cooking. You can find her outside if the weather’s nice and there’s always a piece of candy in her pocket.

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Blog Tour & Review – The Close-Up, Kennedy Ryan

August 17, 2022 | Posted in Blog Tour, Review | By

What began as a tiny flame when we were young now threatens to consume us.

The Close-Up, an all-new riveting and emotional Hollywood Renaissance/HOOPS novella from New York Times bestselling author Kennedy Ryan and 1,001 Dark Nights is available now!

I met Nazareth Armstrong when I was eighteen years old. From the beginning, my brother warned me to stay away from him. Told Naz to stay away from me.

Our hearts didn’t listen.

I shared one magical night under the stars with my brother’s rival, thinking it was the start of a once-in-a-lifetime something. But one awful moment ended it all.

Years later when we meet again, we’ve both pursued our dreams, lived a little, found success…but never found love. What began as a tiny flame when we were young now threatens to consume us. I’m more drawn to Naz than ever, but his complicated history with my brother makes whatever this could be…nearly impossible.

But Naz accepts impossible as a dare.

Through his clever maneuvering and dogged determination, I find myself on a yacht with him and his friends cruising through the Mediterranean. It’s a whirlwind set ablaze. Away from reality, surrendering to the tender heat of his touch, I forget that everything could burn.

*This is the love story of Takira, who first appears in Reel, book 1 of the Hollywood Renaissance series. Characters from the HOOPS series also make appearances, but you do not have to read any of those books to enjoy this one.

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

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Kara's Review

5 out of 5 stars

The Close-up is book one point five in the Hollywood Renaissance series by Kennedy Ryan. You don’t have to read book one to enjoy this story, but you definitely should because it’s freaking outstanding. You will also see characters from Kennedy’s Hoops series (also fantastic). Reading this book was like a warm hug. A family reunion. A bright spot on a dark day. I actually teared up during a scene where they were all there. This is Takira and Naz’s story. It’s a second chance romance with everything I love. Fun, humor, sexiness, friendship, family and loyalty. Kennedy is one of the greatest writers I’ve ever had to pleasure to read and this story was just phenomenal. They met when they were eighteen and now it’s twelve years later. They’ve lived, accomplished so many things and now it’s their time. A chance meeting stirs up old feelings and Naz isn’t going to let Kira get away this time. He just needs to prove to her that they are meant to be. Finally. Takira wants to be with Naz, but there are other things at play in her life. She gives herself two weeks with Naz but she knows that will never be enough. These two were just fire! I could feel the heat and love and lust. If you’ve read Kennedy before, you will freaking love it. If you are new to her, welcome to the fan club. Now go read all her books!

About Kennedy Ryan USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author, Kennedy Ryan and her writings have been featured in Chicken Soup for the Soul, USA Today, Entertainment Weekly, Glamour, Cosmo, TIME, O Mag and many others. A RITA® and Audie® Award winner, Kennedy writes empowered women from all walks of life and centers those who have found themselves perennially on the margins of traditional storytelling. Her Hoops Series (Long Shot, Block Shot and Hook Shot) and All the King’s Men Series (The Kingmaker, The Rebel King and Queen Move) have been optioned for television. An autism mom, Kennedy co-founded LIFT 4 Autism, an annual charitable initiative, and has appeared on Headline News, Montel Williams, NPR and other media outlets as an advocate for autism families. She is a wife to her lifetime lover and mother to an extraordinary son.

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Blog Tour & Review – The Professor’s Date, Lane Hayes

August 10, 2022 | Posted in Blog Tour, Review | By

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Blog Tour, Excerpt & Giveaway:
The Professor’s Date
By Lane Hayes

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The Script Club, Book 5

The professor, the hair stylist, and a wedding date…

Tommy

Help! My sister is getting married and according to her, I need a date. And a makeover. I’m a busy man, though. I don’t have time to meet eligible bachelors, and the tape holding my glasses together works just fine. Until my hair stylist steps on them.

Yes, Noah, my dazzling dreamboat of a hair guru created a mini disaster, but I don’t mind at all. He’s a sweet, funny, kind jock who—

Screech! No jocks. I have nothing in common with sporty people.

Except…Noah is different.

Noah

I don’t date. However, I’m not opposed to offering fashion advice to a sexy professor in need. A haircut, a quick shopping expedition…

Boom! Mission accomplished.

Not so fast. I’ve misjudged the situation and my attraction to the geek with the tragic sense of style. Sure, Thomas is too smart for me by a long shot, but there’s something about him that makes it easy to forget my past. It might be his quietly commanding nature or his movie-star good looks. Or maybe it’s just him.

All I know is that I’m very tempted to be the professor’s date.

The Professor’s Date is an MM geek/jock romance featuring a nerdy professor, a soccer-playing hair stylist, and a quest for the perfect date!

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Kara's Review

5 out of 5 stars

The Professor’s Date is the fifth book in The Script Club series by Lane Hayes. I love Lane and her books! This is an opposites attract, nerd jock story and I loved it! Tommy, or Thomas is a sexy, nerdy professor. He needs new clothes, a new haircut and new glasses, but he doesn’t want them. He agrees to get a haircut and when he meets his stylist, Noah, he knows his life is about to change. Noah is spunky, fun, sexy and colorful. In addition to being a stylist, he’s a soccer player. It starts out as a friendly favor. Thomas needs Noah’s help with his style and he needs a date to his sister’s wedding festivities. It doesn’t take him long to realize he wants Noah to be his date. He’s attracted to everything about him. He’s fun, sexy, pretty, and confident. The more they get to know each other, the more they fall. Noah has a tragic past and he refuses to bring Thomas down with him. Will Thomas fight for his man? Will Noah let the past go? Oh man! I loved these two. This might be my favorite of the series. They are opposites but just perfect for each other. Overall, I laughed, cried, got mad, got sad and had to fan myself from the hotness!! Can’t wait for the next one!

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Excerpt:

“Thank you. This has been…”

“Not so terrible?” I suggested.

“The opposite of terrible.” He smiled and pointed at my shirt. “Good luck with your mermen.”

“Thanks. When you’re in the market for cool aquatic apparel, you know where to find me.”

His slow-growing ear-to-ear grin transformed his handsome face into a force of masculine beauty. I could almost anticipate his witty comeback delivered with sophisticated panache because right there and then, he could have been James freaking Bond.

But he was Thomas Hartwell, so he said, “It’s probably safest to classify fabled marine life of the part male, part fish variety in a whimsical rather than a cool category. Uh…but as you can probably tell, I’m not an expert at cool.”

My answering smile was so wide it actually hurt my cheeks. If I didn’t make an exit now, I was liable to do something dumb like hike my leg over his hip, and hump him like a ho. And I highly doubted I could patch the aftermath of that kind of faux pas with superglue, so I held out my hand instead.

“You’re cool just the way you are.”

“Thanks,” he replied, slipping his palm against mine in a firm and steady hold that made me weak in the knees.

His touch was strong and soothing. It anchored me and thrilled me at the same time, leaving me wanting more.

Which had to be why I lost my ever-lovin’ mind.

I leaned in to peck his cheek—the same friendly good-bye I would have bestowed on any new friend-slash-acquaintance. I think the gesture caught him off guard because he tilted his face toward me and suddenly, his lips were a mere inch away. I could smell peppermint on his breath and detect a hint of gold in his blue eyes. Damn, he was gorgeous.

And he was right there. So close I could just…seal my mouth over his. So I did.

Yes, I kissed the professor.

And God, it was good.

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The geek, the jock, and a new set of rules…

Topher-

My friend’s brother needs an academic assistant and I need a job. Problem…jocks are my weakness. Seriously. I lose my ability to speak coherently around muscle-bound hotties. Oh yeah, I lose my inhibitions too—not a good look for a guy with a genius IQ. So what am I going to do about Simon?

Simon-

Finishing college isn’t high on my list of priorities, but my future in professional football is looking bleak. I need a plan B or C, and I could use some help navigating life as an undergrad. Topher is perfect. He’s also a little strange…but in a good way. And I like the way I feel when I’m around him—as though anything is possible. Maybe if we follow our hearts, we’ll find what we’re looking for. But that means changing the rules…

Following the Rules is a MM, bisexual awakening romance starring a lovable nerd, a cool jock, and some extracurricular fun.

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About 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, 2018-2019, and 2020-2021 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 – Level Up, Kindle Alexander

July 19, 2022 | Posted in Blog Tour, Review | By

Title: Level Up: Ducky’s Story
Author: Kindle Alexander
Genre: MM Romance
Release Date: July 12, 2022
Cover Design: Reese Dante

5 out of 5 stars
Level Up is the second book in the Reigns Brothers series by Kindle Alexander. If you read Secret then you have met Chad as Dylan’s son, and if you read Breakaway then you know Ducky as Dallas’s brother. Now, it’s their time to find love.
Chad and Ducky have been friends for years even though they have never met in person. Chad is a golfer and Ducky is techy but they are both gamers and that is where they started their friendship. They are best of friends but when Chad sees Ducky on an award show he doesn’t recognize him. Ducky ‘s transformation was a total shock to the system. He had a crush on the man for years but this other side has made him want to tell Ducky his truth. Not because of Ducky’s new look but because he needs his best friend right now more than ever. And it turns out, Ducky needed him too.
Two weeks in paradise. Time to reflect on careers, friendships, and love. Chad and Ducky are both going through changes and feeling a void in their lives. This was the time to figure out what that void was and fill it. Was the answer in front of them the whole time?
These two!! So yummy! Hey are from two different worlds but met in the gaming world and it’s where it all started. I knew I was going to love these two but it was more than I expected. I hope to see all these characters again someday.
Quotes:
“Every girl here’s been hitting on Ducky all night and all he does is stare at you.”
“I love your eyes,” Chad confessed, further seducing Ducky with his pretty words. “When I close mine, I see yours.”
“I’m gonna kiss that smirk off your face,” Chad threatened as if that were a real punishment.
“My ass is smirking too,” Ducky teased challengingly.
5 out of 5 stars

Level Up is the second book in the Reigns Brothers series by Kindle Alexander. I’ve been waiting for Ducky’s story since we met him. He’s Dallas’s brother and part owner in StreamTrainer. Chad is Dylan’s son from Secret. Ducky is more comfortable behind the computer and with his online friends. But when he needs to present an award, he asks Greer for help. He didn’t realize that help would be a personal chef, new clothes and hardcore working out. He even decides to cut off all his gorgeous curls. Ducky isn’t comfortable with all the new attention. Chad has been friends with Ducky for a long time. He’s always had a crush on him, but thought he was straight. When Ducky asks Chad to go to Hawaii with him for two weeks, things heat up between these best friends. Neither thinks the other is interested. But when they both realize the attraction and sparks are mutual, it is on! And I was there for it. I loved watching Ducky and Chad fight their attraction and then give in. It was all foreplay and sexiness. And when they go all in, they really go all in. They aren’t going to waste any more time apart. They just have to realize what they want next in their lives. Together. I really loved this story! Ducky and Chad were so much fun and so perfect for each other. Sexy and funny and smart. I loved seeing old friends and wouldn’t mind seeing more from them!

 

“Kindle Alexander takes a caterpillar and molds him into a butterfly and both Chad and Ducky will become instant favorites.” ~The Overflowing Bookcase

 

 

 

Duncan “Ducky” Reigns, metalhead and hardcore gamer, has spent his life railing against the establishment. But now when he looks at himself in the mirror that’s not the person he sees. Though he and his brother have worked hard to create a successful multi-million-dollar company, he’s lost himself and his identity in the process.


Chad Reeves, successful in his own right, has achieved every goal he’s set for himself. But living up to the legacy of his uber-successful father feels like an impossible task. When the heavy burden of a lifelong secret begins to unravel, he’s forced to face the truth. He’s lacking in what matters the most and only one thing can make it right.


Sometimes a simple reboot is all it takes to realize the answers are right in front of you. A soul-searching trip to paradise changes everything for two best friends… if they are brave enough to follow their hearts and reach for the Level Up.

 

Compassion hinted in Teri Reeves serious expression. “Then who is he?” she asked as if it were a given next option.

Hell, maybe it was. She had lived with his father for eighteen years, knowing he was gay for most of that time.

Technically, her question should have made this easier on Chad, but it didn’t. With all the mean-spirited harassment he’d received from the kids in his high school when his father came out, and the untold amount of bullshit he’d had to deal with when their private family affairs began to be splattered all over the local news, made talking about a long-term relationship with another man anything but casual…

Whoa. Step way back.

Wait a damn minute. Long-term relationship? That thought had struck him like a blow from out of nowhere.

Wow, what a moment for an epiphany. He ran unsteady hands nervously through his hair. A long-term commitment from Ducky? Is that what he wanted?

Ducky had never given him any clue that he was anything other than a straight man. Not any of those telltale signs indicating interest in the same sex. The bigger problem was that Ducky hadn’t spoken to him in days. Not one word to all of Chad’s texts apologizing for his unguarded comment.

His heart dipped then fluttered, sending a shiver from his head to his toes and racing back up his spine again. He didn’t like Ducky ignoring him, not one damn bit. Anyone but Ducky.

“Ducky,” he finally whispered. Funny how saying the name out loud seemed to validate his feelings, giving him an inner boost.

His mother blinked then opened her mouth to speak. No words came as she blinked again, closing her mouth. Her head tilted quizzically, and her hand lifted about six inches from her head. She shook her fingers. He took it to indicate Ducky’s mop of curls.

First smile in days. “Yes. Except he’s changed, but I’m really into those curls.”

Chad reached for the cell phone in his back pocket, bringing up an image of Ducky that he’d saved from The Game Awards. He turned the screen to show his mother Ducky’s new look.

She pretty much had the same reaction he had. A moment of pure confusion as she stared at the screen before she took the phone from his hand, using her fingers to zoom in on Ducky’s face. “This is him? He’s very handsome, Chad.” Her brow wrinkled as she glanced up. “You two have similar coloring, but your hair’s darker now.”

Chad nodded and looked down at Ducky’s photo still on the screen. “He and I talk all the time. Mostly online and text, but it’s moved to phone calls now too. We’ve never met face-to-face, but he’s my best friend. I share almost everything with him, yet he didn’t tell me he’d made these changes to his appearance. That’s why I said it wasn’t him during the podcast. It caught me off guard.”

“Because you’re attracted to him?” she asked, looking at the screen again, tapping it to keep the photo up.

“I was attracted to him before he did all this. He’s a really good guy, Mom. Smarter than anyone I know. We’ve been friends since we were on Xbox Live together in early junior high. I think he surpasses Dad with his knowledge of code. Ducky can hack into anything. We’d all be online together and watch him do it when we were younger.” Chad took his phone from his mother, drawing her attention back to him. She needed to hear what he planned to say. “I’ve been dealing with my attraction to guys since way before Dad came out. Ducky was the first guy I was into. I’ve never stopped being into him. He’s funny in this unintentional way, but he laughs at himself. He’s real. The most real person I’ve ever known. I’ve never met anyone else like him.”

“I never had any idea you had these feelings. When I asked the question, I didn’t really expect this response,” his mom said in that way only mothers used when they spoke of the regret of missing something so big. “You were young. You must have been afraid and unsure.”

“Hell no, I wasn’t afraid. Sorry,” Chad said, ignoring the critical arching of her brow at the use of the swear word. “Do you think any child you raised could be afraid of anything?”

He pushed off the counter, tucking his cell phone back into his pocket. “I’ve been with guys, Mom. Lots of ’em. And that’s all I’m going to say so don’t ask me any questions.” He couldn’t contain the shiver running through him at the awkwardness of admitting even that much to his mother about his sex life.

“You’ve been with women, too. Right?” His mom stammered, clearly questioning everything she knew about Chad. “Don’t answer that. It doesn’t matter. How have I never known these things about you before? I tried to be an observant, present mother for your whole life. I love you.” She looked pitiful, causing Chad to give a good laugh as his mother took her seat and lifted her glass of iced tea, taking several long gulps.

“Mom, all of us are very well-adjusted. You and Dad are great parents. Kids don’t tell their parents everything. You know that. And it wasn’t easy on any of us to have Dad’s sexuality splashed out for the world to see. I get that social media doesn’t hold weight, but when your father owns a social platform that’s bought by a technology giant like Wilder and then those two men become a couple…the children involved are gonna get some backlash.”

“Oh, I need something stronger than flavored tea.”

 

 


 

 

Best Selling Author Kindle Alexander is an innovative writer, and a genre-crosser who writes classic fantasy, romance, suspense, and erotica in both the male/male and male/female genres. It’s always a surprise to see what’s coming next!
I live in the suburbs of Dallas where it’s true, the only thing bigger than an over active imagination, may be women’s hair!
Usually, I try for funny. Humor is a major part of my life – I love to laugh, and it seems to be the thing I do in most situations – regardless of the situation, but jokes are a tricky deal… I don’t want to offend anyone and jokes tend to offend. So instead I’m going to tell you about Kindle
I tragically lost my sixteen year old daughter to a drunk driver. She had just been at home, it was early in the night and I heard the accident happen. I’ll never forget that moment. The sirens were immediate and something inside me just knew. I left my house, drove straight to the accident on nothing more than instinct. I got to be there when my little girl died – weirdly, I consider that a true gift from above. She didn’t have to be alone.
That time in my life was terrible. It’s everything you think it would be times about a billion. I love that kid. I loved being her mother and I loved watching her grow into this incredibly beautiful person, both inside and out. She was such a gift to me. To have it all ripped away so suddenly broke me.
Her name was Kindle. Honest to goodness – it was her name and she died a few weeks before Amazon released their brand new Kindle ereader. She had no idea it was coming out and she would have finally gotten her name on something! Try finding a ruler with the name Kindle on it.. It never happened.
Through the course of that crippling event I was lucky enough to begin to write with a dear friend in the fan fiction world of Facebook. She got me through those dark days with her unwavering support and friendship. There wasn’t a time she wasn’t there for me. Sometimes together and sometimes by myself, we built a world where Kindle lives and stands for peace, love and harmony. It’s its own kind of support group. I know without question I wouldn’t be here today without her.

Find out more by visiting www.kindlealexander.com or email me at kindle@kindlealexander.com

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Blog Tour & Reviews – The Boss Project, Vi Keeland

July 15, 2022 | Posted in Blog Tour, Review | By

 

Title: The Boss Project
Author: Vi Keeland
Genre: Standalone Contemporary Romance
Release Date: July 11, 2022

 

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The first time I met Merrick Crawford was during my job interview.

 

Well, technically, I’d met him twenty minutes earlier when he’d barged into a fitting room a few doors down from my appointment.
I yelled. He yelled. After an argument while standing in my bra, I proceeded to smash the door into the gorgeous jerk, trying to yank it shut.
As you might imagine, I was freaked out when I discovered that the rude guy was my potential new boss.
Yet he didn’t seem to recognize me. Or so I thought… Until we wound up bickering again during my interview and he told me to go sniff my armpit.
Okay, so maybe I hadn’t exactly been changing when he walked in on me. In my defense, I’d been stuck on a hot train for two hours and wanted to make sure I didn’t smell.
I obviously didn’t expect to get the job. But somehow an invitation to a second interview arrived in my inbox.
Before I left, I asked to see Merrick. I needed to know why I was even in consideration after our disastrous start.
Turned out, Merrick only wanted to hire me because I was the least competent candidate. It seemed his board was making him fill the position, against his wishes.
I didn’t really want to work in a place where my boss expected me to fail. But I figured maybe I’d enjoy proving him wrong. It was a little thing I dubbed the boss project.
What I wasn’t prepared for was that there would be other things I’d enjoy doing to Merrick Crawford.
Getting involved with the boss wasn’t the smartest choice.
But you know what they say about choices: Some we regret, some we are proud of. I just had no idea where this one was going to land.

 

 

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5 out of 5 stars
The Boss Project is Vi Keeland’s newest addictive, sexy, and fun romance. I don’t read Vi’s blurbs, I love to go in not knowing anything about what I am about to read. I do know that when I start, I will not want to stop. I fell for these two hard.
Evie was starting over and the day of job interviews was almost over. She was a hot mess so when a man opened the dressing room door while she was changing, it wasn’t her finest moment. She yelled. He yelled. She needed to move on to her last interview so she could go home to a glass of wine. Except, of course the man she just yelled out happened to be the man who was her last interview of the day. Yes, he was hot AF until he opened his mouth… the arrogance was strong with this one.
Merrick didn’t even want to hire a therapist for his hedge fund company but the board is forcing his hand. So, why not hire the woman who had the least experience and bickered with him from the start? It would prove she wasn’t needed. Except, there was one problem. He wanted her. Bad. He didn’t want to want her but she was beautiful, unique, and a bit crazy. She knew exactly how to push his buttons and he sure as hell wanted to push hers.
Merrick and Evie had their baggage but it was time to unpack it. I absolutely loved these two together, from start to finish. Their banter. Their connection. Their passion. The button pushing was flirty, fun, and hot AF. They made me laugh so hard, swoon too, and cry! It’s a roller coaster and I loved it even the twists. And I can’t forget about one of my favorite grandmothers ever. Kitty is a fucking hoot and a half. I want to be her when I grow up.
Quotes:
“You probably shouldn’t have told me you make these when you’re excited or angry. These cookies are the shit, and I’m really good at pissing employees off.”
“Some of the best times in life start off as bad ideas, my friend.”
“If it’s meant to be, you’ll come around when it’s time.”
“How will we figure out if the time is right?” His eyes darkened. “I guess we’ll know when my tongue is down your throat—or better yet, something else.”
5 out of 5 stars

The Boss Project is the newest sexy, fun and emotional standalone from Vi Keeland. I feel like I always say the same thing after I finish one of Vi’s books. ‘The book and the hero are my favorite of hers.’ I just can’t help it! I fell hard and fast for Merrick! And honestly, Evie too! Merrick is sexy, and intimidating, but soft and mushy on the inside. He’s also a total perv and a romantic. The best mix of things! Evie is strong, smart and tells it like it is. She’s been through too much to lie to herself or the people around her. The way they meet is freaking hysterical! And then she sees him again when she’s interviewing for a job. He wants to hire her because she’s not qualified and he doesn’t even want a therapist on his staff. She wants to take the job just to prove him wrong. Turns out he was wrong, she’s really fantastic at her job and he’s extremely attracted to her. But she works for him so he can’t touch her. The more time they spend together, the more they want each other. Both of them have exes who really did a number on them so they are leery to get involved again. They have fun together, they laugh, joke and flirt. Merrick smiles more and learns from her how to make his employees happier. They finally give in to their attraction (after they solve the working for him issue :)) and it’s crazy hot. They just fit together. Physically and emotionally. But when Merrick’s past comes back to get him, he shuts down and runs. Will he be able to tell Evie the truth before it’s too late? Oh man, did I love this story! Once I started I didn’t want to put it down. Merrick’s sexiness and the things that came out of his mouth had me swooning and blushing. They are one of my favorite couples of Vi’s!

AUTHOR BIO

 

Vi Keeland is a #1 New York Times, #1 Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author. With millions of books sold, her titles are currently translated in twenty-seven languages and have appeared on bestseller lists in the US, Germany, Brazil, Bulgaria and Hungary. Three of her short stories have been turned into films by Passionflix, and two of her books are currently optioned for movies. She resides in New York with her husband and their three children where she is living out her own happily ever after with the boy she met at age six.
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Blog Tour & Review – Tease, Melanie Harlow

July 14, 2022 | Posted in Blog Tour, Review | By

I didn’t mean to say I was engaged to a hot billionaire–it just slipped out.

TEASE, an all new steamy fake engagement, small town romantic comedy from USA Today and #1 Amazon bestselling author Melanie Harlow, is now available!

I didn’t mean to say I was engaged to a hot billionaire–it just slipped out.

In my defense, I’d had a really bad haircut, a really strong drink, and I was trying to save face in front of the Mean Girl at my high school reunion.

Lucky for me, I happen to know a hot billionaire. Hutton French and I have been friends forever, and even though big social gatherings are not his thing, I called him from the coat closet and begged him for a favor–show up and play my fake fiancé for the night.

Except that word of our engagement spreads like wildfire. Our families are ecstatic. We’re front page news. My little food blog is launched into the stratosphere.

Of course, I offer to set the record straight right away, but Hutton wants to give it a little time–the phony engagement will keep his matrimony-mad mother and every matchmaking granny in town off his back.

He even suggests I move in with him to make the ruse more real.

And we don’t stop there.

We practice kissing. Undressing each other. Saying things–and doing things–we’d never dare if we weren’t pretending. Because it’s all for show, right? We’re just role-playing. Hutton doesn’t want a real relationship, and I don’t want to get hurt. But the more time we spend faking it, the more I start to wonder.

Could Hutton French and I actually be right for each other, or is it all just one big tease?

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Sandra's Review

5 out of 5 stars

Tease is the eighth book in the Cloverleigh Farms series by Melanie Harlow. You can read each book as standalone but I recommend reading the series since interconnected. And this is the third book in the second generation! It’s time for Mack and Frannie’s daughter, Felicity to find her happily ever after.
Felicity wasn’t part of the it crowd in high school so she really wasn’t looking forward to her high school reunion. She was only going since she was catering the appetizers. She knew she would be running into the mean girl but what she didn’t expect out of her mouth was telling her that she was engaged to a hot billionaire. Not only a hot billionaire but her best friend, Hutton. It was time to send out the bat signal and get him to the party. The lie was only supposed to be for an hour tops but she should had known it would be all over time by morning…
Apparently, everyone knew this was going to happen. Fifteen years of friendship and never once had they crossed the line but nobody was shocked by their engagement except them. They had to go through with this. It had its benefits. It was only going to be for a month. No big deal. Some hand-holding, some kissing, some make-believe. And it was make-believe until it starting feeling too real. They had a plan. No one would get hurt. It was just some fun but could it really be more?
Holy. Hotness. It was always the quiet ones, right? Hot damn, Hutton is ridiculously nerdy hot. Felicity and Hutton always saw each other but now, it was more intense, emotional, and right. I loved these two. They are both adorable and sexy AF. They made me swoon, laugh, and cry! I can’t wait for the next book.
P.S. Make sure to get the bonus scene!
Quotes:
“I could practice undressing you.”
“I definitely think you should,” she panted.
She was familiar to me, and yet she was a revelation.
“Those heels have been driving me crazy all night. I want to do such bad things to you in those heels.”

About Melanie Harlow USA Today bestselling author Melanie Harlow likes her martinis dry, her heels high, and her history with the naughty bits left in. When she’s not writing or reading, she gets her kicks from TV series like Ted, Lasso, Schitt’s Creek, and Fleabag. She occasionally runs three miles, but only so she can have more gin and steak.

Melanie is the author of the BELLAMY CREEK series, the CLOVERLEIGH FARMS series, the ONE & ONLY series, AFTER WE FALL series, the HAPPY CRAZY LOVE series, and the FRENCHED series. She lifts her glass to romance readers and writers from her home near Detroit, MI, where she lives with her husband, two daughters, and pet rabbit.

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Blog Tour & Reviews – The Anti-Fan and the Idol, Rachel Van Dyken

July 8, 2022 | Posted in Blog Tour, Review | By

Make it or break it… Or maybe just break them?

The Anti-Fan and the Idol, an all-new steamy and emotional enemies-to-lovers novella set in the My Summer In Seoul world from New York Times best selling author Rachel Van Dyken 1,001 Dark Nights, is available now!

Make it or break it…

Or maybe just break them?

Ai-Ri has been training under YK Management in Korea for two years without any results. She doesn’t fit the typical mold for a successful K-POP idol image, literally down to her blood type. She has six more months before college entrance exams which means she only has six months to make it as an idol before her dreams are crushed.

Things take a turn when two of the most famous male idols break away from their group and decide to form their own co-ed group, a rarity.

And wonder of all wonders, they need one more girl.

It would be the perfect opportunity, except she hates them.

They are arrogant, entitled, rich little snobs who want the world to worship the ground they walk on. To make matters worse, the only reason they came to her was because they are desperate, which means she needs to prove herself even more.

Tempers and personalities collide when she’s forced to either accept the position or give up on her dream.

But what happens when you suddenly go from anti-fan and enemy number one to stuck in a love triangle between two boys you were born to hate but are somehow falling in love with? And will the group survive the heartbreak that follows when she finally makes her choice?

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

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Kara's Review

5 out of 5 stars

The Anti-Fan and the Idol: A My Summer In Seoul Novella from Rachel Van Dyken is a fun, emotional and quick story in the K-POP world. After reading My Summer in Seoul I knew I wanted this book! Ah-Ri is running out of time to get her big break. Too bad it comes from Ryan and Haneul, jerks from her past. They have a short time to make it big. The first co-ed band. Failure is not an option so they have to put aside their differences and work together. Dance together. Sing together. Touch on accident, touch on purpose. Turns out they don’t hate each other after all, but it’s risky and they can’t afford to get caught. While they are practicing and getting ready, they all learn things about themselves. They laugh, they heal, they grow. And when it’s their time, they shine. Together. Wow! This short story packs a full novel punch. I was sucked in from the first page and didn’t want it to end. I hope we get to see these characters again!

Sandra's Review

5 out of 5 stars

The Anti-Fan and The Idol is a novella spin-off to Rachel’s My Summer in Seoul standalone. I am not a big fan of K-POP but these books are amazing and a glimpse into the world phenomenon. These are all-new characters!! This is their last chance. Haneul and Ryan are best friends and bandmates and they need this to work. A co-ed K-pop group. They only needed one more girl to accept the challenge and their last chance was a girl who wasn’t a fan. It doesn’t help that they have bullied Ah-Ri. She never backs down and that is why they want her. She is different. She is no quitter and they only have a limited time till the Showcase. It’s all or nothing at this point and when she accepts… it’s on. What they didn’t expect was to like her. To really like her and that was dangerous in their industry. I can’t really get into the story anymore than that but I can say that I laughed, swooned, and cried. The book is short but it’s an emotional one. It definitely packs a punch and I hope RVD writes more in this world. Quotes: “Anyone ever tell you how sexy you look when you curse?” he asks. My breath hitches. The lights suddenly go off in the dance studio. “Power outage?” I say. “Good timing,” he replies. “You were a bad idea from the start.” “And you were bad from the very beginning.” I lift my chin. “What could you possibly want?” she asks. “A small spoon,” I answer. “Like I said, NO ramyeon!”
silhouettes of the young couple of the bride and groom in the backlight
About Rachel Van Dyken Rachel Van Dyken is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author of regency and contemporary romances. When she’s not writing you can find her drinking coffee at Starbucks and plotting her next book while watching The Bachelor. She keeps her home in Idaho with her husband, adorable son, and two snoring boxers! She loves to hear from readers!

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Blog Tour & Reviews – Here Comes My Man, Lauren Blakely

June 28, 2022 | Posted in Blog Tour, Review | By

 

HERE COMES MY MAN

(The Hopelessly Bromantic Duet book 2) by Lauren Blakely

Release date: June 28th

 

From #1 NYT Bestseller Lauren Blakely comes a red-hot, enemies-to-lovers, fake boyfriend, second chance romance! HERE COMES MY MAN, the conclusion to the Hopelessly Bromantic Duet, is NOW LIVE!

 

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Teddy Hamilton and Shane East narrate in duet with a full cast!

 

 

 

START THE DUET TODAY WITH HOPELESSLY BROMANTIC!!

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Blurb:

A red-hot, enemies-to-lovers, fake boyfriend, second chance romance, and the conclusion to the Hopelessly Bromantic Duet!

Let me just say this — fake dating the cocky movie star was not my idea. Especially since he’s my former roomie and, gulp, my secret ex.

But my agent tells me I have no choice since I’m ridiculously overdue with turning in the next big blockbuster love story to my publisher.

Not to mention, ahem, writing it.

Falling for the smooth-talking English hottie once upon a time — fine, twice — were huge mistakes that I shouldn’t repeat, but pretending to like the guy who broke my heart is my only chance at saving my job.

That is, as long as no one finds out that every date we go on, every smile we flash each other for the cameras, and every hot, desperate kiss on the streets of Manhattan is absolutely fake.

Except…it’s not. At least for me.

And he can never know…

Contents Include: Snarky banter, sexy dates, hate s-e-x, seduction by a wordsmith, and two strong, stubborn, clever men determined to resist each other at all costs.

 

Sandra's Review

5 out of 5 stars

Here Comes My Man is the conclusion in the Hopelessly Bromantic duet by Lauren Blakely. My heart was broken at the end of Hopelessly Bromantic but now we get more of them!! And I am always here for more Blakely Men.
TJ hasn’t been able to write a word over the last ten months. He fears he is broken. A man who writes romance needs some inspiration and his own heartbreak isn’t doing it. Jude has landed himself in the tabloids and with award season he needs to clean-up his image. Their agents have come up with a plan… Fake date! Show the world how much they are in love with each other. The writer and the actor. Easy, right? Except their agents don’t know about their pasts. Nobody really does. Their love was a secret…both times around. Will a third time be the charm?
Hate is a strong word. And you know what people say about the line between love and hate. TJ and Jude have gone a loooong ten months since they saw each other again. Ten months of built-up tension. Unknowns and regrets. They don’t know where they stand but they have to stand together to get through until the fake breakup. Fake dates and appearances or are they? There is a fine line, will they cross it?
Of course they do and it is fire!! It is also full of emotions. I just absolutely love these two. They have been through so much. So many obstacles and years between them. This is not only a second chance but a third. It’s a unique story and I loved every word. I am so happy Lauren went with a duet for their epic love story.
Quotes:
“TJ Hardman, you and I know how to sell a kiss. Let’s fucking do this.”
“Maybe I’ll write a long, endless kiss,” I say.
“Then you should do more fieldwork,” he says, inviting me for seconds.
“You’re a sex magician.”
“Abra-cock-dabra,” he says.
5 out of 5 stars

Here Comes My Man is the conclusion to TJ and Jude’s epic love story. You need to read Hopelessly Bromantic first! It started out as a sexy, brief affair with an off the charts connection and ended in heartbreak. Now it’s ten months later and Jude needs help with his image and TJ needs help finishing his book. The answer? Fake boyfriend of course. Jude and TJ are not exactly thrilled about having to see each other again and pretend to be in love. Hardy anyone knows they were involved years ago and no matter what they tell themselves, their chemistry still sizzles. They may still be mad at each other but their bodies still remember the heat. The connection. Once they finally have the conversation about what really happened. They know they need to let go of the past so they can have a real future together. Oh my Lord. This book. These men. I couldn’t love them anymore if I tried! They are just so swoony and sexy and funny and smart and handsome. Just everything. I love their sexy banter and their innuendos. I love their friends and family and I hope this isn’t the last we see of TJ and Jude!

 

 

 

 

About Lauren Blakely:

A #1 New York Times Bestselling, #1 Wall Street Journal Bestselling, and #1 Audible

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 60 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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Blog Tour, Review, Excerpt & *Giveaway* – When it Falls Apart, Catherine Bybee

June 21, 2022 | Posted in Blog Tour, Review | By

 

 

Interview with Catherine Bybee

 

For anyone wondering the plot of your newest release, you give a great sneak peek with the title—When it Falls Apart. What is “falling apart” in this novel?

 

All the threads that hold my heroine, Brooke, together are crumbling down around her. When it Falls Apart begins with Brooke’s romantic relationship crashing and burning. At the same time, in a different state, her father is circling the drain in the ICU. And for the cherry on the top of her “falling apart life”, Brooke has found herself demoted at work. In short, everything in Brooke’s life is dissolving around her.

 

Like all of your books, When it Falls Apart has a beautiful romance, however, there is a rawness about Brooke’s story. How was writing this novel different from your others?

 

If you read my notes both in the front and the back of this novel, you’ll soon realize that the story was very personal to me. Rawness comes from experience. The relationship Brooke has with her father is hauntingly familiar to me and my dad. The emotions that the heroine experienced when taking care of him were easy for me to grasp onto and write about. Sadly, the love story with Luca was completely made up and I didn’t have the support of a strong Italian family to help deal with the struggles, but I digress. 

 

Relationships with a parent who wasn’t there for you growing up are messy. When that parent ages and needs their child, sometimes that help comes with a bucketload of resentment, even if the child wishes they could stop those ugly feelings from creeping up on them. And THAT is the rawness you speak of.

 

Books, TV shows, and movies oftentimes glamorize what it means to care for a loved one. However, in When it Falls Apart you don’t sugar-coat anything about caregiving and the toll it takes on a person. How do you think readers who have been in similar situations will be affected by this story?

 

Justified. Validated. Accepted.

 

It’s a hard job taking care of an elderly family member. And if there aren’t other siblings to help, or won’t help, it’s made even more difficult. It’s difficult, gritty, dirty work that only has a bad ending…eventually. What I do hope my readers take away is that they’re not alone. That the struggle is very real and that if they don’t find balance (which is almost impossible at times) they will burn out completely and not be fit to help at all. I hope my readers are empowered to set boundaries and balance, so they come out on the other side of caring for an elderly loved one whole themselves.

 

Brooke gets virtually no support from her significant other, which has her reevaluating their relationship. She realizes she has settled and has to make some hard decisions. Do you think this happens too many times to women in real life?

 

100% Yes! There is a song by Taylor Swift with a line that says, and I’m paraphrasing here, I can be what you want for the weekend. But often that weekend ends up being a relationship that women hold on to or are convinced they can’t live without. Often it takes a huge shake-up to remove yourself from that situation. But once you’re away from the day to day dysfunctional relationship, the easier it is to see the dysfunction.

 

After her breakup and move, Brooke is not looking for a relationship. In fact, she tells her best friend: “I haven’t wiped off my smeared mascara from Marshall yet, the last thing I want is to jump into anything else.” Her crying over a man lasts all about two minutes when she meets Luca. Tell us about him.

 

Hmmm, Luca… he is the kind of man who doesn’t want a place on Brooke’s dance card…he wants to rip it up.

 

Luca is wired to help the people in his life. Brooke becomes a part of his inner circle simply by moving into the family building where he sees her every day.

 

Now, if Luca had flat out asked Brooke on a date, she would have run the other way…so no, he doesn’t go about it that way. He simply shows up and does not leave. Not when things get tough, or messy…or when his own past peeks its head in. Luca is a man who is right there at Brooke’s side without question or censor on why she does the things she does. His support and validation of her feelings is the part she was missing. Add in the hunky Italian single father and “Mamma Mia!”

 

At first, Luca is not thrilled that Brooke is renting a room in his family’s building. What changes his mind about her?

 

Her strength and vulnerability. I know that sounds contradicting, but some of the strongest women I know have a big vulnerable spot in their life that if you know them well enough, you see. The biggest smiles often hide the deepest pain. Luca sees her struggle and dedication to helping her elderly father and since family is first on Luca’s list, she passes his unconscious test.

 

Luca’s family, the D’Angelo’s, are incredibly close and share everything from ownership of the family restaurant to helping care for Luca’s daughter Franny. How is this different from Brooke’s relationship with her family?

 

Brooke doesn’t have that family. She has a father who abandoned her as a little girl that she carved out a relationship as an adult, and now she’s charged with caring for. Even her previous romantic relationship didn’t support her unconditionally the way the D’Angelo’s do for each other. She’s rather dumbfounded when they start treating her like family. It’s a wonderful thing to watch happen.

 

San Diego’s Little Italy plays a huge part in the story. The community, language, and food are in full display. Tell us about your own experiences in your adopted city.

 

I love Little Italy, the food, the pace… the people. There are many places in San Diego that are overrun with the college scene, San Diego is a college town. But Little Italy is more family friendly. Very touristy, but there isn’t a day you don’t see locals hanging out. I go to the farmer’s market often. Pick up authentic Italian ingredients for my own home cooking. I try new restaurants and take all my friends there when they are visiting from out of town. Not to mention it was the closest thing to the “real Italy” that I could go during the travel restrictions. So why not write about it and tell the world of this small island within San Diego that shouldn’t be missed?

 

There are two more siblings in the D’Angelo family. Where will you be taking readers next with the series?

 

Chloe is a yogi. Think Bali!

 

And Giovanni loves wine… think Tuscany, Italy.

 

I cannot wait to show you what I have in store for these two!

 

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Excerpt

 

“Oh my God, Carmen. He was standing at his car first thing this morning. Like ‘hop in, bella, let’s get stuff done today.’ Who does that?” 

 

Brooke had picked up the phone as soon as Luca was off in search of a dump guy. 

 

“We’re talking about the single, hot, Italian dad, right?” 

 

Brooke rolled her eyes. “Yes. Luca.” 

 

“Oy, oy, oy.” 

 

“Stop it. I need advice. And I need it before he gets back.” 

 

Carmen stopped teasing. “You don’t need advice. You need to relax. He sounds like one of the good ones. Let it happen.” 

 

“Let it happen,” she mocked. “I don’t ‘let’ things happen. It happens to me and it’s never good.” 

 

“You didn’t used to be such a pessimist.” 

 

“Once upon a time the glass was half full. Not these days.” 

 

“Okay, Debbie Downer. You want my advice . . . here it is. Keep doing whatever it is you’re doing.” 

 

“I’m not doing anything. Zero effort.” 

 

“Really?” Carmen didn’t sound convinced. “Makeup . . . a nice dress?” 

 

Brooke hesitated. “Maybe . . . a little last night, but that was it.” 

 

Carmen chuckled. 

 

“Carmen!”

 

“Sorry. Okay . . . any red flags?” 

 

Brooke thought about that. “He loved his ex-wife.” 

 

“That’s a red flag?” 

 

“I guess not.” 

 

“Is he good to his mom?” 

 

Brooke looked back on the dinner the night before. “To the whole family. He takes being the oldest brother quite seriously.” 

 

“And his daughter?” 

 

All Brooke could do was smile. “Great dad. We should all be so lucky.” 

 

“He’s Italian, does he smoke?” 

 

“No.” 

 

“A lot of Italians smoke,” Carmen pointed out. 

 

“In Italy. The San Diego variety are less in that wheelhouse.” 

 

“That’s good.” Carmen sighed. “I don’t know what to tell you, Brooke. How does he kiss?” 

 

“He hasn’t kissed me,” Brooke nearly yelled. 

 

“Now then . . . we have a problem.” 

 

“There hasn’t been . . . I don’t even know if—” 

 

“Stop right there. He did not drive your sorry ass all the way to Upland to do grunt work all day if he wasn’t interested in kissing you, bellllaaa. More than that, you want him to.” 

 

Brooke closed her eyes, and even in her own head she couldn’t convince herself that Carmen was wrong. 

 

“Let it happen. You deserve some happiness, Brooke.” 

 

The van with the air conditioning repair guy pulled into the driveway. 

 

“I gotta go.” 

 

“I want a kissing update the next time we talk,” Carmen teased. 

 

“Love you,” Brooke said with a laugh.

 

“Back at ya, boo.” 

 

She hung up. 

 

Her best friend was such a dork.

 

***

 

 

 

Title: When It Falls Apart

Author: Catherine Bybee

Release Date: June 21, 2022

Publisher: Montlake 

 

Summary

 

Brooke Turner has always had a complicated relationship with her father. But when his health takes a turn for the worse, she drops everything to care for him. He’s her dad, after all, and he needs her. What Brooke doesn’t anticipate is the unraveling of her long-term relationship and a cross-country move to San Diego’s Little Italy.

 

Luca D’Angelo is the oldest of three children and a single father to a young daughter. When his mother rents the top floor of their house to Brooke, he’s angry. Who is this beautiful stranger with no ties to the neighborhood? Can she be trusted in such close proximity to his family?

 

As Luca learns of Brooke’s difficult journey with her ailing father, his heart softens. And Brooke, who witnesses Luca’s struggle as a single parent, develops feelings for him, too. But when it all falls apart, will love heal their wounded hearts?

 

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Kara's Review

5 out of 5 stars

When it Falls Apart is a new book in a new series by Catherine Bybee. I love it when my favorite authors write new series’. It gives me new characters to fall in love with, and I feel hard and fast for Luca, Brooke and Franny! I also love a good Italian family in my romance stories and the D’Angelos are top-notch! Brooke gives up her life to help her ailing father. She moves to a different state, needs to find a place to live and a place for her father so he can get the care he needs. They have a strained relationship, so it’s tough for her to keep trying, but she does. When she randomly ends up in an Italian restaurant in San Diego, it just feels like the place she was meant to be. She meets the family who runs it and just feels like she’s home. When she’s offered the top floor apartment, the chef, Luca, isn’t thrilled there’s a stranger in his house. But the more he sees her and watches her struggle, the more he wants to care and protect her. Brooke has never had anyone truly want to help her. It’s hard to accept Luca’s help, but once she does and she gets to know him, she realizes she’s happy. Her life might actually be falling into place. She might actually be falling in love. I loved watching Brooke and Luca fall for each other. They each fought it, but it was just meant to be. Luca’s daughter Franny is freaking hilarious and I loved the relationship she had with her dad, Brooke and her family. The D’Angelos are family goals and they remind me a lot of my family! This story made me miss Italy and made me want a huge bowl of pasta! Overall, I loved the journey Brooke and Luca went on to find each other. The past leads you to where you are meant to be. It’s a feel good, fun and sexy story and I’m looking forward to more in the series!

About the Author

New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author Catherine Bybee has written twenty-eight books that have collectively sold more than five million copies and have been translated into more than eighteen languages. Raised in Washington State, Bybee moved to Southern California in the hope of becoming a movie star. After growing bored with waiting tables, she returned to school and became a registered nurse, spending most of her career in urban emergency rooms. She now writes full-time and has penned the Not Quite Series, the Weekday Brides Series, the Most Likely To Series, and the First Wives Series.

 

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Blog Tour, Review & Excerpt – Vengeance of a Mafia Queen, Siobhan Davis

June 3, 2022 | Posted in Blog Tour, Excerpt, Review | By

They tried to take everything from me.

But where they failed, I will succeed.

Unless he becomes my weakness.

Vengeance of a Mafia Queen, an all -new dark enemies-to-lovers mafia romance full of suspense from USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author Siobhan Davis, is available now!

Losing my innocence at thirteen, in the most brutal way, changed me. My kidnapper stole my childhood and tried to break me. The knowledge my father orchestrated the entire situation hardened my heart, and instead of grieving his death, I celebrated it.

One down. Many more to go.

My burning need for revenge has only grown over the years, keeping me focused on my goals and enabling my rise to power.

Made men are weak. A pretty face and the promise of a good time easily distracts them.

Now, I’m in charge. 

Men bow before me.

Except for him—the brother of my abductor. Massimo fights me every step of the way, but I’m not about to let the explosive chemistry between us deter me from my chosen path. His family is my enemy. He is my enemy, even if he doesn’t know it yet.

I won’t stop until all those who wronged me are punished. 

By the time they realize I’m coming, it will be too late. 

They tried to take everything from me.

But where they failed, I will succeed.

Unless he becomes my weakness.

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Sandra's Review

5 out of 5 stars

Vengeance of a Mafia Queen is Siobhan Davis’s newest addictive story. It’s a standalone set in the Mazzone Mafia world. You do not have to read the Mazzone Mafia series to read this book but if you did then you will be seeing some of those badass characters. And if you didn’t, you will want to read it afterwards. I don’t want to spoil the story so I will try to make this short.
 
Catarina is out for vengeance. She was only thirteen when she was kidnapped and tortured in the most brutal of ways. She wasn’t that little girl anymore, she was a fucking queen who was going to bring every man and woman involved to their knees, begging for their lives. Who she didn’t expect was him. Massimo Greco, a man who tortures her in other ways. The chemistry is explosive, addictive, and she knows she needs to fight it. To fight him. He is the the enemy. His family is the enemy and they all must be taken out…
 
Massimo didn’t expect her. A woman who he never forget. She is a complete mystery to him but at the same time, he knew her. She was a fighter. Men were terrified of her but her bite only turned him on. It fueled him. She might try to fight it, fight them but he wasn’t backing down. He wants her. Only her. His queen. But will she let him in?
 
Wow!!! These characters kept me on the edge of my couch with their heat, banter, and explosiveness all around. I might just be in love with both of them! *swoon* I have read most of Siobhan’s books (all but her sci-fi books, which I hope to read one day) and have loved them all. Each story is unique, addictive, and full of suspense, twists and turns. I am sure I drop my jaw at least once with every book. I can’t wait for the Accardi Twins duet!
 
P.S. Make sure to read the Bonus Content! 🔥
 
Quotes:
 
Vengeance is a never-ending fire that refuses to extinguish.
 
“Stop eye fucking me. We’re trying to have a serious discussion.”
“I can’t help it. You’re fucking beautiful. It’s only natural to stare.”
 
“This is going to be fast, hard, and dirty.”

 

Excerpt

Lust blazes in his eyes. “I will wait for you to come to me.”  “You’ll be waiting,” I blurt, irritated when amusement skates across his face. I hate how he can obviously tell it’s a lie. He can see I’m floundering. That his want is not one-sided.  “I have a hand, and my blue balls can be patient.” A teasing smile spreads across his mouth, and I’m ensnared. Massimo is truly beautiful, and I only hope I’m strong enough to resist. I already suspect I’m not. “To a point,” he whispers against my ear, sending warm shivers coursing along my flesh. I squirm on his lap, failing to ignore the hard, thick length pulsing underneath me.  Massimo groans, and his eyes darken with undeniable desire. “You were put on this earth to test me. I’m sure of it.”  I can’t smother my smile in time.  “One kiss,” he says, his eyes dropping to my mouth as his tongue darts out and he wets his lips. “Would you deny your husband a kiss on his wedding night?”  “I have kissed you today.”  He shakes his head as his fingers sweep back and forth across my mouth, making it harder and harder to resist temptation. “I have kissed you. You have gone along with it because it was expected.”  He’s as delusional as me if he truly believes that. I drive my hands into his hair without even thinking about it. “Will everything be a negotiation between us?”  His brows climb to his hairline and a devilish grin widens his lush mouth. “Do we know any other way to be?”  “One kiss. Just one kiss.” The words feel like lies as I spout them.  “That is all I am asking.” He closes his eyes, moaning softly as my fingers explore the thick strands of his black hair. “That feels so incredibly good.”  I brush my mouth against his, and his eyes pop wide. His hands flatten against my back, pushing me in closer to his tempting body. I can indulge in one kiss. It is my wedding night after all, and my husband is one of the sexiest men alive. It’s not wrong to take this one thing for myself, right? “Just one kiss,” I remind him as our breaths comingle.  “Only one.”  Closing my eyes, I lower my mouth to his and descend into sheer bliss. He lets me control it, at first, and I’m surprised at the potent need driving me to take everything as I prod at the seam of his lips with my tongue. He opens instantly, letting my tongue plunge inside his mouth. I reposition myself on his lap, straddling his hips, so I can properly kiss him, and it’s that moment when all bets are off.  Copyright Siobhan Davis © 2022 

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 Instagram: https://smarturl.it/SiobhanInstagram TikTok:https://www.tiktok.com/@siobhandavisauthor BookBub:http://smarturl.it/SiobhanDavisBookbub

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