Release Blitz & Reviews – The Virgin Next Door, Lauren Blakely

August 12, 2022 | Posted in Release Day Blitz, Review | By

Raise your hand if you’ve ever done this. Written a racy message and sent it to—oops—the wrong person.Yeah, me too. Except, I sent my latest Tales of a Naughty Virgin column detailing my fantasies about my hot, charming, thoroughly bangable next-door-neighbor to…MY ENTIRE COMPANY.
Did I mention I’m a children’s book editor?
Well, I was.
At least the column goes viral, but I’m still the gal who gets fired for her not-safe-for-work thoughts about the so-called “Mister Sexy Pants.”
Now I need a job stat, so I jump on the first opportunity. And I come face to face with my new boss.
Mr. Sexy Pants himself.
Item number one on my to-do list? Make sure my boss never finds out his alter ego…since all of New York knows I want Mister Sexy Pants to punch my virgin club card.


5 out of 5 stars
The Virgin Next Door is the first book in Lauren Blakely’s all new series, The Dating Games. I have read all of Lauren’s books and she is absolutely my favorite author so I always get super excited when she starts a new series! New characters mixed with some previous one of course, that’s the Lauren way! 
Veronica is a twenty-six year old children’s book editor by day and a sex columnist by night. She is your friendly neighborhood virgin who knows exactly what she wants in and out of bed. She admits she is picky but she wants her first time to be with someone who is worthy of her V-card. Someone who can give her exactly what she wants and when she meets a stranger in a cake shop, she feels all the tingles and sees all the check marks. Too bad she doesn’t even know his name but to her and her fans, he is Mister Sexy Pants. The man she wants to punch her V-card and her fans know it but will her new boss… The man himself. 
Milo is on a dating hiatus after the hot mess of a breakup with his ex. He needs to focus on his business, Bikes and Blooms and the only girl in his life needs to be Trudy, his pup. It’s been easy until she walks into the cake shop where he is helping a friend out.  She is beautiful but more importantly she is smart, witty and makes him laugh. He didn’t think he would see her again but it turns out they are not only building neighbors but his new employee. Off-limits times two. She intrigues him like nobody ever has. He wants her something bad. On the desk. On the balcony. Anywhere he can have her. He wants to kiss, touch, please her in every way she desires but does she want the same thing? 
Hell yes. 
Holy sexiness, Batman!! Not gonna lie, I have a lady crush on Veronica. Her style is amazing, her brain is powerful and sexy, her love of animals is on point. And of course, I love Milo, he is delicious in every way. He is so sweet with a filthy side and loves his animals too. Together, they are not only hot but just so much fun! Very supportive and passionate. I loved their connection in and out of the bedroom. It was the perfect mix of sweetness, sexiness, and swoon. I am so excited about the rest of the series!! Let the dating games continue…
P.S. I ♥️ StudMuffin, Hot Stuff, and Trudy! 
Angel, stand down. Devil, you’re up. 
As I kiss Milo, I eagerly take mental notes, learning what he likes right as he learns more about what I crave. 
“I’ll spank you for that.” 
“That’s on my list somewhere. Among other things,” she says, then leans in the close to whisper in my ear. 
5 out of 5 stars

The Virgin Next Door is the first book in The Dating Games series by Lauren Blakely. I’m absolutely giddy over a new series from Lauren. New characters to love, new places to visit, new Blakely men to fall in love with. Yes, please! This is Milo and Veronica’s story. She’s a virgin who writes a racy column, The Virgin Club. Her neighbor, Mister Sexy Pants has a starring role in her column and in her life. All of a sudden he’s her new boss. Gasp! Milo can’t believe his luck when his sexy neighbor comes in for an interview. How can this sexy, confident woman he wants to get to know in and out of the bedroom be off-limits now. Just bad luck. Or is it? The more he gets to know her, the more he likes. Her job is just temporary so it’s ok to cross the line. What happens when he finds out all of New York knows about his sexy pants? Oh my Lord! Veronica and Milo are so much fun! The witty banter, the sexy innuendos, the dirty talk. The dogs! I loved every minute of it. Oh, I see you Drew and Axel and I can’t wait to get my hands on you!

Audio: I love Teddy and Vanessa together! They were the perfect Milo and Veronica!


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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

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Release Blitz & Review – What’s It Gonna Take, Lacey Black

August 9, 2022 | Posted in Release Day Blitz, Review | By


Title: What’s It Gonna Take
Series: Burgers and Brew Crüe #5
Author: Lacey Black
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: August 9, 2022






From the first moment I saw Reagan Turner at the bar and restaurant I help manage, I was drawn like never before. She was dating someone at the time, which meant she was off-limits, until the jerk broke up with her. I can’t get her out of my head, can’t stop wanting to kiss those perfectly lush lips. Fighting this attraction has been my kryptonite.
So, I give in to temptation.
Now, all bets are off. One touch, one kiss, one night will never be enough. Of course, I wasn’t factoring in us working together, which means I have to keep my desire—and my hands—to myself.
Should be easy enough.




There’s something about the charismatic, flirty bar manager that pulls me in. When my boyfriend breaks up with me via text message, I suddenly see Garreth Taylor in a whole new light. He’s gorgeous, fun, caring, and everything a single woman could ever want. And for some reason, he seems to have his sights set on me, even if he doesn’t say it outright.
So, I make the first move.
The result is both explosive and dynamic, and before I know it, one night turns to two. He has a hang-up, however, about being professional while at work, and draws a line in the sand.
Looks like I’ll have to show him how fun it can be to cross it.




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5 out of 5 stars
What’s It Gonna Take is the fifth book in the Burgers and Crüe series by Lacey Black. You can read each book as standalone but I highly recommend reading the series since this crew is so much fun, sexy, and swoony. This is Reagan (Madelyn’s cousin) and Garreth’s (Burgers and Brew manager) story!
Garreth moved back to Stewart Grove four years ago and has been the manager at Burgers and Brew every since. He has always been a shameless flirt where Reagan is concerned and he loves her reaction everything he throws it down her way. It’s been all fun since she wasn’t available and he wasn’t ready but now? It’s on. He has crushed on her for years and now it was time to prove to her that he doesn’t flirt with just anyone…it’s for her and only her.
Reagan is starting over. She is single and starting a new job as a hostess for Burgers and Brew. She loves these guys, Jameson is even married to his cousin so it’s the perfect fit. The problem? Not falling for her boss. The man who has shamelessly flirted with her for years. The man who could be dangerous to her heart. But now that they work together, can their chemistry go anywhere?
Of course!
These two are soooo much fun! I felt their connection from the very beginning to the very end. Garreth is so damn swoony, funny, sexy, and supportive. Reagan is so witty, sexy, smart, and strong. Together, their flirt game is on-point, their chemistry is fire, and they know exactly how to push each other’s buttons in the best of ways. I love them!! I can’t wait for the next book. Oh, it’s going to be a fun ride…
“Thanks, Grandma. You’re the best.”
She signs dramatically and replies, “I know.”
Kissing him never gets old. There’s nothing better.
She might initiate the kiss, but I take complete control, sliding my tongue into her mouth and trying to show her just how much she means to me with a single kiss.




My blood is boiling.


What kind of douche canoe sends a text to break up with a woman, and then shows up at the same place said woman you just broke up with is eating dinner?
Justin fucking Morales, that’s who.
I want to punch him in his smug, dirtbag face, but I won’t because my employers frown upon it. Well, maybe not Jameson as much as the others, especially when he hears what happened to his wife’s cousin. He’d probably jump to the head of the line to knock out a few teeth.
I remember growing up with Jameson and Walker. They definitely weren’t afraid to get into parking lot scuffles. We didn’t hang in the same circles, but I never had any issues with them. I was just more focused on getting good grades, playing baseball, and getting into college.
Reagan approaches where I stand, eavesdropping on her confrontation and not ashamed in the least. Her eyes are cast down at first, and when they finally meet mine, I can see her embarrassment and anger swirling together like a tornado. Part of me wants to reach out and pull her against my chest, vowing to kick his ass for hurting her, but I know she won’t appreciate that right now.
Instead, I go to the one place I know will get a reaction out of her. “I’m so turned on right now,” I mutter, throwing her a wink and a smile.
And just like that, the shock and rage reflecting in her stunning eyes falls away and is replaced by laughter. “Oh my God,” she sputters through her giggle fit. “What is wrong with you?”
See? This right here. I’d rather see her happy and laughing instead of what that asshole made her feel like. When she smiles, there’s this light that surrounds her. It’s vibrant and makes me feel like I won a million dollars or something equally as badass.
“You wound me, love.” I place a hand over my heart and sigh dramatically.
Reagan rolls her eyes, much as I’d expect her to. “You’re nuts.”
I sober and step closer, greedily breathing in her sweet scent. “Do you want me to drop a drink in his lap? Or maybe step on his patty before I serve it? I’d do it in a heartbeat, for you,” I tell her, only half-joking.
Reagan gives me a sad smile, and Jesus, I don’t like it. “I do appreciate the offer, but I don’t think that’s necessary. Please don’t make any health code violations on my behalf,” she replies with the faintest grin on her pretty lips.
“If you change your mind, send me a signal, okay? Maybe blow me a kiss from across the room or twerk. Twerking’s always good.”
Her face completely relaxes as she laughs and shakes her head. “You’re terrible. I’m going to head back to my friends,” she says, reaching out and squeezing my arm. Little bolts of lightning streak through my veins and land firmly in my balls. It’s hard to just stand here and watch her walk away. “Oh, Garreth?”
Glancing up, I meet her gaze. “Yes?”
“Thank you. For making me smile.” She rewards me with another small smile.
My throat is tight with emotion. “Anytime.”
Reagan rejoins her party, immediately jumping into an animated telling of what happened over with Justin. As much as I’d love to go over there, I can’t. I have a job to do, which right now, is serving the ex. Even if I’d rather kick his ass out or just flat out refuse to serve him, that’s not my job, and I always strive to do the best job I can.



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Release Blitz & Reviews – Dirty Groom, Mira Lyn Kelly

August 9, 2022 | Posted in Release Day Blitz, Review | By


Dirty Groom

Book 7 in the Slayers Hockey series

Mira Lyn Kelly

Release Date: August 9th, 2022


It seems like a solid plan…

  • Get hitched, Vegas style.
  • Lose each other’s numbers, permanently.
  • Avoid pitfalls of real marriage forever.

…Until I sober up, and my wife is already gone.


It’s what we agreed to. But I don’t like it.


A year later, I find her. I have another solid plan to undo our mistake.


Only now, I’m not so sure the cocktail napkin with our prenup can protect me from the one thing I swore I wouldn’t do… fall in love.









Kara's Review

5 out of 5 stars

Dirty Groom is the seventh book in the Slayers Hockey series by the fabulous Mira Lyn Kelly. I love this series so hard! Mira always gives us the perfect mix of humor, sexiness, hockey and friendship. The writing is top-notch and the characters are sexy and fun! If you read Dirty Christmas, you got a glimpse of Diesel and Stormy. If you haven’t, go and read that right now! You won’t be sorry! I love nothing more than a grumpy sexy hero and Liam Diesel is the perfect one. Diesel and Stormy met at a bar in Vegas, both running from something. So what do you do when you swear off relationships? Get married of course. Then Diesel wakes up and she’s gone. A year later he sees her and he really only wants one thing, a divorce. But sometimes you get what you need and not what you want! Stormy doesn’t want to be divorced. There are worse things than staying married to the sexy hockey player. What’s the harm as long as they’re both on the same page? Right? Oh boy! I loved Diesel and Stormy so much! He is grumpy, but he’s also sweet and Stormy is bad@ss. Together they made me laugh, had me cheering, and fanning myself! I loved getting to see my beloved Slayers players and I loved seeing more Noel! Overall, the series just keeps getting better and better! So much so that I can’t even pick a favorite!


Sandra's Review

5 out of 5 stars

Dirty Groom is the seventh book in the Slayers Hockey series by Mira Lyn Kelly. You can read each book as standalone since each one is a different couple. If you read Dirty Christmas then you will get more of Noel and Misty’s story and finally find out what happened in Vegas with Noel’s teammate, Liam Diesel.
It was Christmas Eve and two people who want to forget meet at a bar in Sin City. By the end of the night they are married with prenup written on a cocktail napkin. No real names. No phone numbers. Most women don’t want lies but she did. She didn’t want to know anything about her new husband. A man who treated her with respect. Who admired her strength. Who woke up alone after she snuck out of the hotel room the next morning. Stormy didn’t think she would ever see her husband again…
The moment he saw his wife he was not going to let her go. At least until she signed the divorce papers. He hadn’t seen “Jane Jones” in a year and it was just his luck that he saw her at the airport. A one-hour conversation turned into more talking and then it was too late, they were more connected in an unexpected way. Liam and Stormy make a deal. Love was not involved. They would go their separate way, with a end date. They had their reasons for not wanting a real marriage. Ever. To anyone. What they didn’t expect a year ago was falling in love…
These two!! They are badass, passionate, and so much fun! They also have pasts they need to fight against. I loved this story! The writing is top-notch, the characters are so lovable, and I can’t wait for more!
“Put her down, Nichols.” Maybe I’ll need to stay a while to make sure she’s okay.
“Oh my God, Noel,” Misty laughs, trudging through the snow behind him. “You are so extra.”
“One more, gorgeous. Give me one more, and then I’ll give you what you want.”
“Remind me of all the reasons why we decided this was a bad idea.”





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Hard core romantic, stress baker, and housekeeper non-extraordinaire, Mira Lyn Kelly is a USA TODAY bestselling author with over a million readers worldwide. She writes sizzly love stories with hot, possessive heroes who know how to laugh, heroines who give as good as they get, friends as close as family, and happily ever afters up-against-the-wall style! Growing up in the Chicago area, she earned her degree in Fine Arts from Loyola University and met the love of her life while studying abroad in Rome, Italy… only to discover he’d been living right around the corner from her back home. Mira now lives in Minnesota with her husband, four amazing children and two ridiculous dogs. When she isn’t reading, writing, or indulging her weakness for hard cut abs, she can be found running the kids around, watching the Chicago Blackhawks, and cooking with her family and friends.


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Release Blitz & Review – The Mazzone Mafia Box Set, Siobhan Davis

July 31, 2022 | Posted in Release Day Blitz, Review | By

The Mazzone Mafia Box Set, a page-turning dark mafia romance collection featuring Condemned To Love, Scared to Love and Forbidden to Love from USA Today & Wall Street Journal bestselling author Siobhan Davis is available now!!

A complete dark mafia romance trilogy from USA Today & WSJ bestselling author Siobhan Davis. Over 1,000 pages of binge-worthy romance. Each book focuses on a new couple and ends with an HEA.

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Sandra's Review

5 out of 5 stars

Condemned to Love is Siobhan Davis’s newest addictive novel. I have loved every one of her books and when she announced she was writing a mafia story…I was screaming inside. I love mafia and with Siobhan’s additive storylines I knew I was going to fall hard and want more before I even started. I was right. 

Sierra fell in love when she was thirteen. Her love was twenty-one and dating her devil of a sister. She knew she was too young for him but her heart knew he was it. He was the only one who saw her and didn’t treat her like an outsider. She didn’t understand why he was with her sister. She wasn’t too surprised when it didn’t work out but didn’t understand how he could just disappear. She didn’t think she would ever see Bennett again. That was until her twenty first birthday. In Vegas. And he was definitely not the man she fell in love. He was a cold-blooded killer. A sexy AF one who gave her a night she would never forget and one he says wasn’t memorable at all. 

Six years ago he threw her out like the trash and now he wants to protect her. It’s a complicated story. One I can’t get into without spoiling all the fun twists and oh, fuck moments. I will say I loved it. I love them. It was rollercoaster of emotions from anger to swooning. From laughing to crying. I know it states it’s a standalone but I am so hoping it turns into a series! 


“Don’t pretend you weren’t doing some fantasizing of your own, Firefly.”

“You’re still just a little girl trying to fit into a world you don’t belong in.”

“Bennett! What have you done to this girl?” 
“Nothing she hasn’t enjoyed.”


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. 


Scared to Love is the third and final book in the Mazzone Mafia series by Siobhan Davis. Each book can be read as standalone but I HIGHLY recommend reading them in order since they all tie together. I love mafia and I love Siobhan so I am crazy about this series. It’s never boring with this family…

Serena’s life has been hell over the last twelve years. The only light in her life is her children. Her bastard of a husband tried to break her down daily and when he is killed she is relieved. It doesn’t mean she is safe, she is mafia after-all but she feels safer with her sister Sierra and her husband Ben. And him. Alessandro. A man who saved her once. A man who she trusts with her life. A man she could fall for if she wasn’t so broken. She believed he deserved a woman who wasn’t damaged and has a houseful of baggage. It really didn’t matter either way, she wasn’t ready and may never be for a man like him. What she doesn’t see is what he sees, a badass woman who could bring him to his knees and he wouldn’t even fight it…

But before he can prove it they first need to survive the unexpected. 

Holy twists, Batman! I absolutely love the way Siobhan’s mind works. The darkness. The twists. The angst. The chemistry. The connection. And the characters are truly badass in all the ways. I loved watching Serena’s journey and Alesso’s too. They both have scars inside and out. Together, I could feel their deep connection and I loved that Alesso is so swoony and doesn’t care who knows it. It was awesome to catch up with the rest of the family #FamilyGoals. I can’t wait for what Siobhan has planned for us next. 


“You are so beautiful, Serena. Your legs are the stuff of dreams. Your body the ammunition for all my fantasies.”

“If you’re not my ally, you’re my enemy.”

“Fuck, he’s got it bad.” Leo jokes with Ben. 
“Fuck you. You are both every bit as whipped as I am.”
“Truth,” they say at the same time.

**I voluntarily reviewed this book after received an advanced copy.

Condemned to Love

Her teen crush is now a ruthless killer and powerful mafia heir. Will one life-altering night unite or destroy them?

Bennett Mazzone grew up ignorant of the truth: he is the illegitimate son of the most powerful mafia boss in New York. Until it suited his father to drag him into a world where power, wealth, violence, and cruelty are the only currency.

Celebrating her twenty-first birthday in Sin City should be fun for Sierra Lawson, but events take a deadly turn when she ends up in a private club, surrounded by dangerous men who always get what they want.

And they want her.

Ben can’t believe his ex’s little sister is all grown up, stunningly beautiful, and close to being devoured by some of the most ruthless men he has ever known. The Vegas trip is about strengthening ties, but he won’t allow his associates to ruin her perfection. Although it comes at a high price, saving Sierra is his only choice.

For readers who enjoy age-gap, sister’s ex, second chance, dark mafia romance.

Forbidden to Love

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.

For readers who enjoy brother’s best friend, second chance, dark mafia, forbidden romance.

Scared to Love

Serena has felt trapped her entire life, living a lie because it was demanded of her. Years of torture at the hands of her sadistic husband have left her battered and bruised, but not defeated. She needs to stay strong for her children, and she’s determined to reset her future.

The future she has all thanks to Alessandro.

He saved her that fateful night when her husband died, and he continues to save her as she struggles to piece her life back together. Yet the closer they get, the more it terrifies her because no man has ever made her feel like this.

It can’t work.

She’s too broken.

He’s too young.

And she’ll never trust a made man again.

For readers who enjoy friends-to-lovers, second chance, reverse age-gap, forbidden, dark mafia romance.


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Release Blitz, Excerpt & Review – Taking the Fight, L.P. Dover

July 28, 2022 | Posted in Excerpt, Release Day Blitz, Review | By

Title: Taking the Fight
Series: Gloves Off – Next Generation
Author: L.P. Dover

Romantic Suspense, Sports Romance; MMA Fighters, Female MMA Fighter
Mafia Romance, Alpha Male, Dark, Edgy, Underground Fighting Ring, Sexy
Friends to Lovers, Best Friend’s Sister

L.P. Dover, the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who brought you the tantalizing Gloves Off series, presents Gloves Off – Next Generation. This brand-new saga of interconnected standalones unites new characters with beloved originals in dark and sexy stories laced with suspense!

Two months ago, everything changed. The enemy no longer feels the need to sulk in the shadows. Instead, he hides in plain sight and prepares his attack… against Reagan Jameson.

Reagan knew this day would come. She proudly holds the featherweight title and is known as one of the sexiest female fighters in MMA history. She can handle her own, and that’s exactly what she plans to do with Nikolai. Unfortunately, things aren’t as they were before. When given an offer she can’t refuse, Reagan is well aware nothing good will come of it.

They promised her power, prestige, and money… a world full of intrigue and dangerous desires. Not being able to resist the allure, she gives in and becomes a pawn in their game. She’s able to fool those closest to her into believing everything is okay… except for Braden Emerson.

Braden’s reputation as one of the toughest fighters in the circuit hasn’t gone unnoticed. In fact, it’s his skills that get him lured into the pit of danger. While he vows to keep Reagan safe no matter the cost, his desire for her is used against him. As passion ignites between the pair, they must work together if they hope to survive.

Fighting for a title is one thing, but nothing beats the stakes of fighting for love. This is one TKO that could cost them everything.


No cheating. No cliffhangers. Just hot, dirty-talking fighters who want to take you down to the mat.


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Sandra's Review

5 out of 5 stars

Taking the Fight is the second book in the Gloves Off- Second Generation series by L.P. Dover. You do not need to read the Gloves Off series to fall hard for the second generation but you will want to! I do recommend reading the second generation series in order though even if not required. There is a storyline that will flow throughout the series.
Braden (Pax and Gabby’s son) and Reagan (Ryley and Ash’s daughter) have been on edge in their intense sexual tension since they were sixteen years old. Reagan is a fighter and it’s been the biggest fight to not take up Braden on all his flirty offers but she can’t risk her heart. Braden is a flirt and can’t be taken seriously but now at twenty-five he is done watching her walk away. He wants to prove to her that she is truly the only one he wants. The only one he needs. He knew it wouldn’t be easy especially now that he senses that she is hiding something…
Reagan didn’t want to keep secrets from her family and friends especially the man who has always protected her even when she pushes him away. But, it was necessary and she knew the minute she agreed to the terms with the enemy that she was in deep. She truly didn’t know how deep it was going to get and now she had to fight for not only freedom but love.
I knew these two were going to be so much fun but damn. Their banter, sexual tension, and passion is delicious all around. The storyline is full of suspense, enemies, friendships, and love. This series is full of the same and I can’t wait for the next book.
“I’m following you home. I told you that you’d be seeing a lot more of me.”
“Great,” I grumbled, “just what I wanted … you up my ass.”
Braden smirked. “Not my thing, sunshine, but I’ll make an exception for you.”
“You’re ridiculous.” My gaze locked on his backward hat. “You look stupid, by the way.”
Braden’s eyes twinkled. “You’re the only one who’s complained.”
Whenever Braden got close to me, I could feel the burn in my veins. Just watching him train put me on the brink of orgasm.
“Better watch out, she’s going to kick your ass.” She rushed outside to join Emma at the patio table by the pool.
“Don’t threaten me with a good time,” I joked. “I love it when she fires back at me. She does it every time; it never fails.”



Whenever Braden got close to me, I could feel the burn in my veins. Just watching him train put me on the brink of orgasm. What made it worse was when we would spar together. He’d always find a way to get me down on the mat with his body between my legs. That was why I refused to train with him alone. Then again, I’d never really gotten the chance to with so many people being at the gym.

Waving a hand in front of my face, I blew out a breath, hoping the heat on my cheeks would ebb. Once I had enough time to cool down, I grabbed the wedding portfolio on my bookshelf and quietly crept down the hall to see what Braden was doing. He’d turned his ball cap to the front, but I didn’t regret telling him that he looked stupid with it backward; it kept him on his toes. However, I honestly did think he was cute with it that way, but I wasn’t about to tell him that.

His focus was on a shelf on the wall lined with pictures, mainly of Peyton and me, but there was one of my mom and Braden’s mother together with their arms around each other’s shoulders. They were best friends.

“I bet my mom can’t wait for yours to get back in town. I don’t think they’ve seen each other in four months. That’s like a century in best friend years,” I called out.

Braden chuckled and turned around. “Is that how you are with my sister? It’s been a while since you’ve seen her.”

Peyton is my best friend, but I loved her like a sister. Nodding, I focused on the picture of Peyton and me on the beach, posing for the camera in our bikinis with the ocean behind us.

“I love her just as much as I love Emma,” I stated.

A smirk spread across his face. “Then what happened with me? Our mothers forced us together our entire lives and yet you hate me. What gives?”

Batting my eyelashes, I smiled back. “I don’t hate you, Braden. I just think you, my brother, and Ripp have the big-head syndrome. My cousin, Brooks, is excluded from this.” Brooks was the only one out of our group that was responsible. He chose to become an FBI agent instead of a fighter. Now he was away on an undercover mission, and I had no clue when I’d see him again.

“Big-head syndrome?” Braden asked, grinning slyly. “Are you saying I have a huge dick?”

I held up a hand, cutting him off. “I can’t with you right now. I’m talking about the disease you have where you think you’re all that.”

Braden thrust his head back and laughed. “And what? You think you’re not the same way? I’ve seen all the men who want you, Reagan. It’s hard not to when all they do is stare. You enjoy the attention.” He marched over and stood in front of me, his body so achingly close I could feel the heat radiating from him. “And don’t you dare say otherwise. We both know it’d be a lie.”

I did like the attention, even more so now that I’d won my title and had millions of followers. What I craved more, though, was his attention. There was never a lack of it, but I could never get enough. I wanted more than the verbal sparring that was common between us. My phone beeped with an incoming text, so I stepped back to distance us.

Emma: Where are you? Carter just put the burgers on the grill.

I quickly texted her back.

Me: On my way.

“We have to go,” I said, looking up at Braden. “What are we going to tell Emma when she asks why you’re with me?”

Braden’s lips tilted up. “She’s marrying my cousin, Reagan, and I’m the best man. We could always say we’re trying to conserve gas.” His gaze narrowed playfully. “You make it sound like there’s something secret going on between us. Am I missing something?”

“Nope. There will never be anything between us,” I claimed. “That’s wishful thinking on your part.”

Braden stared into my eyes and then down to my lips. “Whatever you say, sunshine. You know one day, you might regret not taking me up on my offers.”

I followed him out the door and locked it while he strolled down the stairs. “I’d rather be a nun,” I shouted.

He laughed the whole way to his car. Who was I kidding? I wouldn’t last a second as a nun.


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Release Day & Reviews – Forbidden Mafia Prince, Ella Frank & Brooke Blaine

July 25, 2022 | Posted in New Release, Release Day Blitz, Review | By


Forbidden Mafia Prince is the first book in USA Today Bestselling Authors Brooke Blaine and Ella Frank’s M/M mafia romance duet.

Forbidden Mafia Prince by Brooke Blaine & Ella Frank is now live!

“What are you going to do with me?” “Whatever the hell I want.”

In Manhattan, tensions are rising. In a play for power, the Rossetti family has made a decisive blow, crippling their rivals—an act that has forced the Fiores to make a desperate move to maintain their supremacy. Many miles away, Luca Davis, a young medical student, has no idea his life is about to change. No idea that everything he’s been told about his life has been a lie. Enter Domenico Rossetti, the ruthless Mafia prince. Powerful and unforgiving, he’s a savage in a suit—and the one who holds the cards when it comes to his new captive. But when the war escalates and both are forced into seclusion, the two men are faced with a new threat: the rising sexual tension between them. You don’t fall for the one person you’re supposed to hate, but it’s a temptation neither can resist. Because falling in love with the enemy isn’t only wrong—it’s forbidden. And the cost for defying everyone will be their lives.

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5 out of 5 stars

Forbidden Mafia Prince is the first book in the Malvagio duet by one of my favorite writing duos, Ella Frank & Brooke Blaine. It’s forbidden. It’s mafia. It’s M/M. I love all three tropes and to have all three is one book? I. Am. Here. For. It. 💋
One minute Luca Davis was studying his rotation schedule at Yale medical school and the next in was tied to a chair in some kind of dungeon. He didn’t know what the f*ck was going on but he wanted answers. That was when he walked in. A sharped-dress man who looked like wanted to kill him on-sight. The man wanted answers he couldn’t give him. Apparently, they were enemies. He didn’t understand it, he grew up in CT, his parents were normal, his childhood was happy. His life was nothing like this strangers. This man was full of darkness.
Dom saw innocence in Luca. He always saw more but he needed to remember Luca was the enemy not a man he could make scream unless it was in pain. He thought it would be easy till his father, his boss tells him he has to stay in the penthouse. With Luca. A war has started and he needed Luca to survive until he needed to be taken out. Just wanting a man in his world was one thing, sleeping with the enemy is another…
Omg!! This story is full of suspense, heat, and emotions. I can’t wait for Sinful Mafia Prince! Thank God Ella and Brooke aren’t making us wait too long.
“For a college boy, you’re really not as attentive as I thought you’d be.”
“Playin’ hide and seek, boss?” 
“I thought Luca here could use some exercise after sitting all day. Too bad he couldn’t get any further. What a shame.”
“Hey—smartass. Cut the shit.”
“Or what?”
“Or I’ll cut out that tongue you think is so fucking talented.”
5 out of 5 stars

Forbidden Mafia Price is the first book in The Malvagio Duet by one of my favorite writing duos, Ella Frank and Brooke Blaine. I love mafia, m/m and Ella and Brooke so I was very excited to get my hands on this! Luca is just going about his life as a med student at Yale one day and the next he’s locked up with Dom, a jerkface, sexy Mafia prince. He has no idea what is going on or why they have him. He’s also really mad that he’s attracted to him. Dom can’t believe he finally found him. The heir to his family’s rival. Now he just has to keep him safe until they decide what to do, while he tries to keep his hands off the sexy, younger man. The sexual tension between them is off the charts, but Dom can’t risk the plan for one taste of Luca. The more time he spends with him, the more he learns. Is it really black and white? Does it have to end the way he planned? Holy cliff hanger! Ella and Brooke love to leave us hanging and I love them for it! It’s just extra foreplay! I loved Dom and Luca. Luca seems to bring out the human side of Dom and Dom brings out the mouthy side of Luca. Their relationship is forbidden, and I can’t wait to see what happens next!!


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

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Release Blitz & Reviews – The Godparent Trap, Rachel Van Dyken

July 19, 2022 | Posted in Release Day Blitz, Review | By

The Godparent Trap by Rachel Van Dyken is now live!

Life’s Too Short meets The Unhoneymooners in this sparkling, steamy, and swoon-worthy novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Rachel Van Dyken, in which two sworn enemies must share house, home—and maybe their hearts—when they become co-parents after a sudden loss.

Colby’s living her best life: as a popular food blogger, she gets to fulfill her dreams of exploring the globe. But her world comes crashing down when a tragic accident leaves her co-guardian of her best friend’s two adorable children. Not only does she need to put down roots—fast—but she’ll be sharing custody with the one man she can’t stand sharing a continent with, let alone a house. Accountant-extraordinaire Rip values rules and plans. But when he loses his sister and his best friend and becomes an insta-guardian all in one night, Rip sees his organized life imploding. What he really doesn’t need is his sister’s irresponsible, flighty—albeit kind and gorgeous—best friend making it worse. Rip doesn’t trust Colby to take their new responsibilities seriously, while Colby can’t believe Rip thinks children will thrive under his rigid control. Yet soon Rip and Colby discover they need each other more than they hate each other. Could it be possible that following their hearts is just what their new little family needs?  

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5 out of 5 stars

The Godparent Trap is Rachel Van Dyken’s newest standalone rom-com. I love that RVD can write mafia and hilarious rom-coms. She kills me with her humor and The Godparent Trap is one of my favorites. The characters. The storyline. So good!
Colby and Rip are complete opposites. He is all about rules, structure, and numbers. She is all about traveling, food, and fun times. They are tied together for life since his sister is her best friend. They even went on one date years ago and it was a disaster. Rip thinks she is a hot mess who needs to get a real job and get her life together. Colby thinks he has a huge stick stuck up his ass and needs it surgically removed. They try to stay on their sides but they are always thrown together. And now, they were living under one roof to raise two children under the age of six. Two children grieving their parents while they were grieving she was grieving her best friends and he was grieving his best friend and sister. They needed to figure out a way to do this. To give Ben and Viera all the love and joy. Together.
That’s really all I can say about the story but I will say that I love this two! Hard. Their banter is on-point. Hilarious. Flirty. And a bit dirty. I loved seeing these two navigate life, family, and love. I laughed so hard and swooned too. I so, so love Ben and Viera too. They are so much fun, smart, and just all around adorable.
I ♥️ Banks!
“Did Colby just…leave?” I asked the universe and the two children I had to keep alive for the next few hours while starved of caffeine.
“She left a note!” Ben grabbed the yellow sticky note and frowned. “‘Suck-er.’ Hey, isn’t that a lollipop? Are we getting candy for dinner?”
“Aunt Colby? Are you OK?” Viera tugged on my shirt. “You’ve been staring at Uncle Rip like he’s a cookie!”
“I’ve got this, just go to work, change the world one tax deduction at a time.”
“I really should wear a cape,” I teased
5 out of 5 stars

The Godparent Trap is Rachel Van Dyken’s newest rom-com! This is an opposites attract, sister’s best friend story. Rip and Colby are complete opposites and have been in each other’s lives for years. They don’t get along at all. But after a tragic accident, they are now raising Rip’s sister’s kids. He lost his sister and she lost her best friend. They have to learn how to co-parent and live together. It’s not going well at first. Colby is a hot mess. She’s all over the place and up to this point has been a travel blogger. Rip is all about structure, rules and math. They never realized how hard raising two kids under five was. At first all the responsibility falls on her, but when the tables turn, Rip realizes how hard it actually is. Along the way, they lean on each other, talk, fight and realize they have always cared for each other. Now they are actually a family. Rip realizes life’s too short so he needs to get his girl. Colby lets down her guard so she can let Rip in. It was an emotional, fun and sexy story that had me crying, laughing and totally relating!


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Rachel Van Dyken is the #1 New York Times Bestselling, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of over 90 books ranging from contemporary romance to paranormal. With over four million copies sold, she’s been featured in Forbes, US Weekly, and USA Today. Her books have been translated in more than 15 countries. She was one of the first romance authors to have a Kindle in Motion book through Amazon publishing and continues to strive to be on the cutting edge of the reader experience. She keeps her home in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, adorable sons, naked cat, and two dogs. For more information about her books and upcoming events, visit

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Release Day & Review – Love Lessons, Sarina Bowen

July 12, 2022 | Posted in Release Day Blitz, Review | By


He needs an image makeover, she needs a mojo upgrade. A new lessons-in-seduction hockey romance from Wall Street Journal bestselling author Sarina Bowen.

After I’m arrested for throwing a raucous party, my hockey team says I have an image problem. And I need to fix it, stat.

Charity work? Check. Haircut? Sure. But I draw the line at hiring my neighbor to style me. In the first place “style” shouldn’t be a verb. And I’m tired of people who’d judge me on appearances.

Vera and I don’t see eye to eye on anything. She wants me to try on clothes, while I just want to remove hers. She’s distractingly pretty, with soulful eyes and a sinful mouth that likes to argue with me.

But when management threatens my summer vacation, I grudgingly agree to Vera’s unusual proposal: she’ll give me an image makeover. But in return, she wants lessons in the art of seduction.

It sounds a little nutty, but I know a good opening when I hear it. Besides, it’s not like I’ll ever fall for her…



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5 out of 5 stars

Love Lessons is the seventh book in the Brooklyn series by Sarina Bowen. This is a lessons-in-seduction romance between Ian and Vera. They are neighbors and don’t even really like each other. Vera is friends with Charli and the other girls and she’s accompanying them with their sexy hockey player boyfriends to Italy for a two week vacation. Leading up to the trip, Vera and Ian keep crossing paths. They can’t help but always argue, but there’s a slow flirty simmer just underneath. Ian wants to rip off Vera’s sexy fancy clothes and she just wants to slap him. But when they are the only people not coupled up in Italy, they end up spending more time together. Relaxing, drinking, flirting. When Vera tells Ian she needs lessons to seduce her ex-boyfriend, he’s more than happy to help her. Turns out she doesn’t really need to learn anything. She just needs to relax and turn off her brain. Then it is on. It’s sexy and fun. They get to spend the entire trip together. The days arguing and spending time with their friends. The nights in her bed exploring each other. What happens when they are back in NY? Does the summer fling end? Holy moly! I loved Ian and Vera! They are such opposites but they just mesh together. All the fighting is foreplay! Overall, I laughed, cried, smiled a lot and had to fan myself. Sarina just keeps giving us hockey hotties to love!

Audio: Joe Arden and Rose Dioro were fantastic! This was my first time hearing them together and I loved the pairing of his sexy, deep voice and her clear, powerful one. I’ll be listening to more dual POV from Joe and Rose!


New Release and Reviews – Dirty Christmas, Mira Lyn Kelly

July 12, 2022 | Posted in Release Day Blitz, Review | By


DIRTY CHRISTMAS is a sexy, feel-good standalone novella, set in the Slayers Hockey world.

As car-jackings go, I know I lucked out. But still.

Christmas is rough.

Now I’m stuck in some tiny twinkle-light town with my plans to avoid the holiday hype blown to *holly* hell.

I’m starting to suspect there’s no escaping this lump of coal when a feisty redhead lands in my lap.

Suddenly, I know exactly what I want for Christmas.

Now I just have to convince her I’m not the naughty player she thinks I am and to give me a chance to score a permanent spot on her nice list.









Kara's Review

5 out of 5 stars


Dirty Christmas is a novella in the Slayers Hockey series by Mira Lyn Kelly. This story has some of my favorite things: Christmas, hockey and Mira! I instantly fell for Noel and Misty. They were so much fun together and since they were stuck, they made the most of it. After all, it is Christmas. It’s a novella, but it gave me everything I love in a romance novel. And we get to see Stormy and Diesel and I can’t wait to see what happens in Dirty Groom! Also hoping we see Noel and Misty again!



Sandra's Review

5 out of 5 stars

Dirty Christmas is a novella in the Slayers Hockey series. You can read it as standalone and if you haven’t read the rest of the series yet, you will want to. I already read Dirty Deal and there was a hint that something happened to Noel Nichols and Diesel over Christmas and now I know half of it…

Noel and Diesel were supposed to be on their way to Sin City when Diesel stole Noel’s truck and like his ass was on fire out of the airport. Only to stop at an apartment complex in a small town. That was when Noel saw her and proposes within a few minutes to a beautiful and funny woman who loves mini-marshmallows in her hot cocoa. He didn’t even know her name. But for real, they spend Christmas Eve together. Noel finds Misty to be witty, beautiful, funny, and he wants more. Now, he just has to convince her that he is only a player on the ice and not off it. Will Misty give him a chance for Christmas? And what happened with Diesel? You will find out in Dirty Groom!! I can’t wait.


“So enough about them. Who are you?”
I laugh. “Um, not interested.”
This guy has player written all over him. Not my thing, hot or not.

“No boyfriend?”
“Really? We’re engaged, and you ask me this now? No.”

“Look at you, beautiful.” Noel walks a slow, assessing circle and bites his bottom lip, giving this tree bedroom eyes so sexy I’m embarrassed to admit I feel a flutter in my belly. “Tall, full backside. I just want to run my hands over—”
“Noel, do you need a minute alone? Or do you want to get your hands out of her branches and cut her down?”


Level Up Release Day Blitz & Reviews by Kindle Alexander

July 12, 2022 | Posted in Release Day Blitz, 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.
“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.

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