Release Blitz & Review – The Rules of Dating, Penelope Ward & Vi Keeland

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

 

Title: The Rules of Dating
Authors: Penelope Ward & Vi Keeland
Genre: Standalone Contemporary Romance
Release Date: September 19, 2022
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It all started when I hosted a little party for a bunch of new friends.

 

Though “friends” might not be the right word since the invitees were all the women I’d found out my boyfriend was talking to behind my back. When the guest of honor walked in—aka my now ex—things took a turn…
Unfortunately, a stranger witnessed the whole blowout. I was in a mood that night and ended up giving this gorgeous guy an attitude, too. As if my night could get any worse, before he stormed off, he informed me he was actually my landlord.
Colby Lennon, along with three of his friends, owned the building where my tattoo shop was located. He and I were total opposites. He wore a tie, oozed confidence that came with years of women falling at his feet, and wasn’t afraid to say what he wanted, which lately—was me.
I hated that I found myself attracted to him. Especially since I was supposed to be on a self-imposed dating hiatus. Yet the two of us couldn’t seem to stay away from each other. We started hanging out, as friends. I even went as far as making rules for what he’d dubbed our “undates.”
But eventually, our explosive attraction became too much to bear, and we broke our resolve. I let my guard down and started to really fall for Colby.
Nothing could have prepared me for the ride he took me on. And I certainly wasn’t prepared for where I’d wind up when the ride was over.
All good things must come to an end, right?
Except our ending was one I didn’t see coming.

 

 

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Sandra's Review

5 out of 5 stars

The Rules of Dating is the newest standalone by one of my favorite duos, Vi Keeland & Penelope Ward. I just know when I open their books I am not going to want to put it down and this one is no different. If you follow my reviews then you know I don’t read blurbs unless it’s a new-to-me author until I am about to review. I do this so I don’t spoil anything, this blurb is amazing so I will make it fast. 
Billie and Colby have been burned in the past, relationship wise. Billie was actually on fire on the night she meets Colby at her tattoo shop so it was the cutest meet-cute but it is an unforgettable one. Neither one of them could stop thinking about it but it was not the time to date so they decide to go on undates. Errands. Adulting. Hanging out with others. All innocent. Friends totally think of their friends naked, right? Yep. One-hundred percent. Will their undates turn into real dates? 
I don’t want to get too far into the storyline but I can say it’s adorable, flirting, sexy, beautiful and in Vi and Penelope fashion, there is an oh, fuck moment. Those always get my heart going and I am here for it. I can also say that I love these characters! Billie a badass boss lady. Colby is a sweet hottie in a three-piece suit. I also have crushes on his three friends. I definitely have my favorite and I am sure Kara (blog partner) knows exactly who 🤣. 
Overall… GO READ THE BOOK! You will love it. Hard. 
Quotes: 
“I kind of like bossy Colby.” 
“Oh yeah? Well I’m happy to boss you around, sweetheart. Just get your ass over here to my bedroom, and I’ll show you.”
“His voice is beautiful, and I’m sure he’s a very talented musician. But I’m not interested in Holden.” 
“No?” She shook her head. 
“How about any of his friends? Because I’ve heard dudes who can bake a cake are way better in bed than the ones who can sing.” Billie’s eyes sparkled. “That cake was pretty delicious.”
She bit her lip. “Fine. Yes, we can be friends.” 
“Great.” I winked. “But just to clarify, I sometimes look at my friends’ asses.”
PENELOPE WARD

 

Penelope Ward is a New York Times, USA Today and #1 Wall Street Journal bestselling author of contemporary romance. 

 

She grew up in Boston with five older brothers and spent most of her twenties as a television news anchor. Penelope resides in Rhode Island with her husband, son, and beautiful daughter with autism. 
With over two million books sold, she is a 21-time New York Times bestseller and the author of over thirty novels. Her books have been translated into over a dozen languages and can be found in bookstores around the world.

 

VI KEELAND

 

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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Release Blitz & 6 Heart and 5 Heart Reviews – The Boyfriend Comeback, Lauren Blakely

September 13, 2022 | Posted in New Release, Release Day Blitz, Review | By

Some men are just off-limits. Like, say, all the other football players in the league.
But I’ve been crushing hard on one quarterback in particular for the last year. When Jason invites me to his place the night before my first pro football game, I say yes so fast. Our white-hot time together answers a lot of questions I’ve had about myself.
Then life happens, and I don’t show up for our second date. The worst part is that he’ll never know how much it meant to me.
And when I’m traded to his cross-town rivals, I know that’s not the time to serve up my secrets either. My team’s PR department wants to double down on our rivalry.
And they’re right. I need to focus on football, not on my interest in men. But the more time I spend doing media appearances and charity events with the generous, quick-witted, popular guy, the hungrier I am for him.
It’s a bad idea to knock on his door late one night. I could lose everything. He’s probably not even home.
But then the door swings open, and I have a choice to make.

Contents Include: Forbidden nights, first times, sexy athletes, nosy friends, a meddlesome cat, and two men who are arch rivals.

 

 

Kara's Review

The Boyfriend Comeback is Lauren Blakely’s new MM rivals-to-lovers, second chance football romance! I have been in love with Jason since we first met him in the Men of Summer Series (if you haven’t read that, go and get it now!) Every once in a while a book will just get you in the feels! It comes into your life at the perfect time and you feel it in your heart, body and soul. Jason and Beck’s romance is that book for me this year! There is just something about Jason’s positive attitude, openness, loyalty and humor that draws you in. Beck’s serious, but funny and his struggles made him more human! Together they complement each other perfectly. It’s not easy being the starting quarterback, especially when your crush plays for the city’s other team. It’s also not easy being out and proud in the sports world, but Jason and Beck make it work. They have their ups and downs, but their desire to be together is bigger than all the obstacles. Lauren never ceases to amaze me with her talent for writing deep, fun, sexy characters and she’s quickly become one of my favorite MM authors! Jason and Beck are two of my favorite characters of Lauren’s and you know I don’t say that lightly. There was just something special about these two. They are all heart and soul and their personal stories and their love story just got to me! I hope we see them again soon!

Audio: Teddy and JF were freaking amazing! I love this pairing more than I thought I would. They were the perfect Jason and Beck for me!

 

Sandra's Review

5 out of 5 stars

The Boyfriend Comeback is the first full-length novel in the The Boyfriend Zone series by Lauren Blakely. I recommend reading the prequel, The Boyfriend Kickoff so you get to see where it all started with Jason and Beck. The Boyfriend Comeback is one year later…
Jason McKay didn’t see this play coming… One year after being stood up by the LA quarterback, Beck was back and playing for the rival team in San Francisco. He never forgot their night together but after Beck not showing up for their second date was a hit harder than a sack on the field. He plans to just suck it up, smile and wave if he sees him. He doesn’t have time for distractions, he needs to lead his team to a championship. His first love will always be football so he needs to get his head in the game and his mind off Beck Cafferty. It’s not like they will see each other much anyway, right?
So fucking wrong!
Beck Cafferty has big cleats to fill. He was shocked that he was traded to San Francisco. Last time he was in SF, it was life-changing and maybe this is a sign that it’s time to explain to Jason why he didn’t show-up for their second date. If the man will even talk to him. They are now rivals after all. What he didn’t expect was that he will be talking to him on-air weekly! What he did expect was the chemistry they still share. It’s complicated, passionate, emotional, and very off-limits.
These two!! My God, they are fire! Between their banter and their heat between the sheets, they are everything! But, it’s a huge risk for their careers. Would their teammates, coaches, team owners and especially the fans cancel them if they came out as a couple? They are both under so much pressure already, will it be worth the risk to sneak around? Or should they end it before it truly begins?
I absolutely fell in love with Jason & Beck. They have their struggles and their strengths. Both make them even more special. They made me laugh, cry, blush, and cry some more! I can’t wait for the rest of the series.
Quotes:
“How about a little back-to-back action?” Asher says.
Jason tries to stifle a laugh but fails.
Asher rolls his eye. “Not everything is dirty, McKay.”
“But some things sure sound that way.”
“To you, Jason, to you,” Asher deadpans, but it’s clear he’s entertained by the Hawks quarterback.
This is want. This is thirst. And I will quench it tonight.
“C’mon. Get those lips on mine. You know you want to kiss me. Especially since you like my dimple.”

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.

 

Connect w/Lauren:

Website: laurenblakely.com 

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Release Blitz & Review – Suck This, Lani Lynn Vale

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

 

Suck This

Lani Lynn Vale

Release Date: September 13, 2022

 

About the Book

Blood, sex and alcohol.

 

That was what Club Worth was all about.

 

Ever since vampires had come out to the world, people had been obsessed. Take a walk on the wild side and see what the nightclub was all about.

 

Acadia Powell, on the other hand, didn’t do vampires. Nor did she do messy.

 

What she did do was stay away from people like Constantine Worth, Master of the City, and the most gorgeous man in the history of men. It didn’t matter that he had hypnotizing eyes, beautiful lips, and the sexiest body she’d ever had the privilege of laying eyes on.

 

It should be easy for her to stay away, but with each subsequent encounter, it’s becoming harder and harder to fight the growing need inside of her.

 

***

 

Constantine Worth knew that Acadia was off limits. Not only was she human and not willing to slum it with the undead, but she was also the baby sister of the city’s chief of police. The man that liked to arrest him every other day and twice on Sunday.

 

He should hate her based solely on the last name she shared with her brother. Yet each time he sees her, he forgets that he’s supposed to be playing nice. She sets his blood to boil, and each time she lets the verbal slurs flow, he finds it harder and harder to maintain his distance.

 

Soon, he will have to make a choice. Maintain his upstanding relationship with human law enforcement, or take what he wants, and damn the consequences.

 

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Kara's Review

5 out of 5 stars

Suck This is a new paranormal vampire romance by Lani Lynn Vale. I read everything Lani writes, so I didn’t hesitate to grab this one. While it has that signature Lani feel and vibe, it’s different enough to suck you in with the vampires! I love vampires so I really enjoyed this. Constantine and Acadia have chemistry, attraction and something deeper. He’s not just a vampire, he’s the Master of the City, and she’s human. But even though the existence of vampires is new for the world, she doesn’t hate them like a lot of people. And she can’t seem to stay away from him. From the minute Con saves Acadia, she has a target on her back. Now they are both in danger. Con will do anything and everything to protect Acadia. Even the one thing he shouldn’t do. Oh boy! I really loved it! Con was funny, sexy and powerful. Acadia is stubborn, strong and interesting. I loved her brothers and his best friends. Hoping we get all their stories too!

 

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Release Blitz & Reviews: Forever Love Duet Box Set, Siobhan Davis

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

The Forever Love Duet, a captivating, angst-filled and emotional new adult romance collection featuring When Forever Changes and No Feelings Involved from USA Today & Wall Street Journal bestselling author Siobhan Davis is available now!

An emotional, angsty, new adult romance duet from USA Today & WSJ bestselling author Siobhan Davis. Over 700 pages of binge-worthy romance. Each book focuses on a new couple and ends with an HEA.

WHEN FOREVER CHANGES (Forever Love Book 1)

Looking back, I should have seen the signs. Perhaps I did, but I subconsciously chose to ignore them.

From the time I was ten, when I first met Dylan, I knew he was my forever guy.

Dylan was more than just my best friend, my childhood sweetheart, my lover. He was my soul mate. We were carved from the same whole—destined to be together forever.

Until he changed.

And I believed I was no longer good enough.

Until he shattered me so completely, it felt like I ceased to exist.

And I’d never experienced such heart-crushing pain.

Until he leveled me a second time, and I truly wanted to die.

But I had to stay strong because I wasn’t alone in this cruel twist of fate.

I can’t help wondering if I had seen the signs earlier, if I’d pushed him, would it have been enough to save us?

Or had fate already decided to alter our forever?

For readers who enjoy friends-to-lovers, brother’s best friend, second chance, angsty new adult college romance. Some scenes may be triggering – please read the note at the start of the book.

NO FEELINGS INVOLVED (Forever Love Book 2)

Ryan James doesn’t believe in love.

It’s a truth he learned early in life.

He broke his golden rule one time, but Myndi trampled all over his heart, cementing his belief that love is a lie and not worth the effort.

Now he’s returned to his cynical views and promiscuous lifestyle, racking up more notches on his bedpost than he can count.

Until Summer Petersen comes crashing into his world, threatening to knock down his walls with her tempting body and sunny, sweet personality.

Summer is determined to lose her V-card before she starts freshman year of college, and the hot, older guy with the cute dimples, dazzling smile, and rippling biceps is just the man for the job. Ryan doesn’t take much persuading, and he rocks her world, giving her a night to remember.

When they walk away, there’s an agreement it was a one-time thing. Ryan doesn’t do feelings, and Summer doesn’t want to be tied down at eighteen.

But when she moves into her brother Austin’s apartment, she’s shocked to discover her new roomie is the guy who recently popped her cherry.

Ryan can’t believe he slept with Austin’s baby sister, and if he finds out, he’ll literally kill him. Keeping their hook up a secret is nonnegotiable. Keeping his thoughts, and his hands, off Summer, less so. Because the longer he’s around her, the more he finds himself catching feelings for the gorgeous brunette.

Summer doesn’t want to care for her older brother’s best friend, but Ryan makes her feel things she’s never felt before, and she’s slowly falling under his spell.

Embarking on an illicit affair behind Austin’s back has train wreck written all over it, but provided they keep their feelings in check, they can end this before he ever finds out.

It’s not like either of them is in love.

Right?

For readers who enjoy brother’s best friend/best friends’ little sister, age gap, second chance, forbidden, angsty new adult romance.

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Sandra's Review

5 out of 5 stars

♥️ WHEN FOREVER CHANGES When Forever Changes is Siobhan Davis’ next angsty and emotional read. I have read almost all of Siobhan’s books and have loved them all but this one is my new favorite!! I wrote so many notes while reading but I won’t be using any of them. I do not want to spoil the story. The synopsis is perfection. Gabby found her forever when she was only ten years old. Their lives were planned out. Their love epic. He was her everything and she was his. Then things changed. He changed. She didn’t know what was happening to the boy she fell in love with. He was crushing her. Over and over. She didn’t know what to do with this. Everything was changing so rapidly. Will their love survive or will the fairytale end? She knew deep down love was still there but was it enough? Ok. That’s all I can really say and I know it wasn’t much. I will say that it was one of the most emotional reads I have read this year. I cried so hard. I also felt angry. I wanted to throw my iPad. I wanted to slap some characters. I wanted to hug some too. I was all of the place with this one and I loved it. My heart was in it from the very beginning until the very end. Overall…it was an emotional rollercoaster that gave me every last feel. I laughed. I swooned. I cried. I flushed. I cringed. It was everything I never expected. I knew Siobhan would get me angst but damn…the emotional toll was not what I totally expected. P.S Enjoy my tears, Siobhan. Quotes: “You deserve the world, Dimples, and I intend to give it to you.” “Oh, honey, don’t waste your time trying to figure out the inner workings of the male brain. You’ll just give yourself a headache.” “It’s amazing what one can accomplish with the right motivation,” I joke. ♥️ NO FEELINGS INVOLVED No Feelings Involved is Siobhan’s next standalone novel. If you read When Forever Changes then you might remember Gabby’s brother, Ryan. This is his story!! I liked him in her book and totally fell for him in his. I actually didn’t even read the synopsis but when I saw his name in the book I was so excited. I always read the synopsis before I write my review so no spoilers this one explains a lot so I will make this quick. No promises though. Summer doesn’t want to start college as a virgin. She doesn’t want to lose it to some frat boy who doesn’t know what he is doing on a drunken night out. She also doesn’t want to be tied down so she is on the hunt for an older experienced man who will make her first time a night to remember then walk away. She found just the man. Ryan. Just Ryan. He checked off all her boxes. Hot, older, sweet, and wants just one night. And oh what a night it was… Ryan didn’t see her coming. His new roommate. His best friend and business partner’s little sister. Summer. He was fucked. It’s been a month since he was with her. He hasn’t even been with anyone since then. He never thought he would see her again. And now, she was living in the room next to his? Yep. Fucked. Fucked because he wants her again. And again. Too bad she was off-limits. Summer wants to have the college experience. Frat parties. One night stands. Even stressful exams. She always wants Ryan James. Can she have it both ways? Can they have an exclusive friends with benefits deal until it feels too much? Ryan doesn’t believe in love and she isn’t ready for it. It’s a win-win, right? I loved this book! Siobhan always brings the drama! The perfect amount of it. It’s not too much to drive me crazy. It’s just enough to keep the pages turning. I loved the characters too. Summer is blunt, sassy, beautiful, and sweet. Ryan is swoony, funny, and a little broken. Overall…I couldn’t put it down! It gave me all the feels. In Siobhan fashion…the twists. It was also great catching up with previous characters. Quotes: “I have a pretty spectacular ass,” Summer says, wiggling her butt and winking. “I’d stare at my butt too, if it was possible.” “Is this your girlfriend?” Myndi asks, her tone hopeful as she pins Summer with an eager smile. “She’s mine,” Billy cuts in, strolling into the room like he owns it. “The ball’s in your court, Ryan. But plan your move carefully, because the next move is your last one.” ***I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book
About Siobhan Siobhan Davis is a USA Today, Wall Street Journal and Amazon Top 10 bestselling romance author. Siobhan writes emotionally intense stories with swoon-worthy romance, complex characters, and tons of unexpected plot twists and turns that will have you flipping the pages beyond bedtime! She has sold over 1.5 million books and her titles are translated into several languages. Prior to becoming a full-time writer, Siobhan forged a successful corporate career in human resource management. She lives in the Garden County of Ireland with her husband and two sons.

Connect with Siobhan Subscribe to romance newsletter:http://smarturl.it/KennedyBoysList Amazon Author Page:http://smarturl.it/SiobhanDavisAmazon Website:http://smarturl.it/SiobhanDavisWebsite Goodreads:http://smarturl.it/SiobhanGoodreads Facebook page:http://smarturl.it/SiobhanDavisFacebook Facebook group: https://smarturl.it/SiobhanSquad Instagram: https://smarturl.it/SiobhanInstagram TikTok:https://www.tiktok.com/@siobhandavisauthor BookBub:http://smarturl.it/SiobhanDavisBookbub

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New Release & Reviews – Sparked, Lili Valente

August 30, 2022 | Posted in Release Day Blitz, Review | By

 

Seven years ago, Sam and I were best friends and the goofiest computer nerds in New Jersey and, possibly, the world.

We also made a pact to meet up and get busy if one or both of us were still virgins by our twenty-fourth birthdays.

I assumed that was a silly pinky swear we’d both forgotten about until Sam shows up at my twenty-fourth birthday party, ready and willing to make good on our bargain.

Boy is he ready…

Gone is the lanky kid with glasses who made me snort-laugh when we played video games. In his place is a sex god with massive biceps, designer clothes, and a smolder that transforms women to quivering puddles of lust.

I’m out of my league with this new Sam.
But I’m also every bit as drawn to him as I used to be.

So, when he dares me to give him a chance to prove he’s still the same trusted kindred spirit I remember, I agree.

What do I have to lose, aside from my V Card?

Oh, right. My heart…

 

Amazon US: https://amzn.to/3tELnqu

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Kara's Review

5 out of 5 stars

Sparked is the fourth and final book in the V-Card Diaries by the fabulous Lili Valente. I’m loving this series and have been waiting for Jess’s story! The brilliant game designer finally gets her second chance with her childhood best friend. Jess hasn’t seen or heard from Sam since high school graduation and now he shows up at her twenty-fourth birthday party with a job offer and to collect on their pact to sleep with each other if they are both virgins when they are twenty-four. Sam never forgot about Jess. She’s his person and it was time he finally came home for her. She’s still as beautiful as he remembers, and sassy and spunky and smart. He just needs to convince her to take a job and spend time with him. Except he’s keeping a few secrets. He’s not about to go down without a fight. He just needs to convince Jess he’s worth it. I love Jess and Sam! I love that he grew up to be extremely handsome, but he doesn’t even realize it. And Jess is so funny and cute. Together they are a match made in heaven. I loved seeing Evie and Harlow again. I will miss these characters!

 

Sandra's Review

5 out of 5 stars

 

Sparked is the fourth book in the V-Card Diaries by the hilarious, Lili Valente. You can read each book as standalone but I recommend reading the series since this crew is friendship goals. Jess is the the last virgin in the household and her childhood friend just showed up to collect on their pact…
Sam and Jess made a pact the summer before senior year at coding camp that if they were virgins at twenty-four, they would be each other’s firsts. Six years after disappearing after graduation Sam walks back into Jess’s life on her twenty-fourth birthday. It was very unexpected and confusing. She didn’t think she would ever see him again. Was he there just to have sex with her? Was he really a virgin when he looked that good? He was not the lanky, nerdy teenager of her past. He had muscles, wore leather, and overall delicious-looking. And his flirt game was panty-melting…
Sam had to see her. For more reasons than their pact. He had two weeks in NYC to prove to her that he can be trusted with her heart and her lady-parts. He knows he fucked up all those years ago but he was here now to set the record straight. Will he be able to break down the walls Jess has setup around her?
These two are so much fun! I have been waiting for Jess’s story and it was so worth the wait. She is a badass game designer who doesn’t let many people into her world. Sam is nerdy-hot. Together, they made me laugh, tear up, swoon, and laugh some more. I am excited about what is coming up next and hope to see all these characters again.
Quotes:
“I have an appreciation for odd. And the way your butt looks in tight pants.”
“I’m a fan of your butt in tight pants, too,” I murmur, dropping my head closer to hers. “Another reason we should burn these khakis.”
“You’ve been glowing, honey.”
“Sparkling like you fell into Evie’s glitter stash,” Harlow agrees.
“You’re my dark ring of power, Sam. I’m helpless against your vibes, and it scares me.”

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Release Blitz & Review – Crying Shame, Rebel Shaw

August 30, 2022 | Posted in Release Day Blitz, Review | By

 

Addyson

Life just threw me a curveball. I have to find a new place to live, but it must be in-district, because my son has his heart set on riding the bus to his first day of kindergarten.

When my brother’s sexy best friend suggests we move in with him, I have to remind myself the offer was for his spare bedrooms… not his bed.

Graham was my childhood crush and being in proximity with him is bringing back all kinds of feelings I thought were long gone. Looks like this time, he’s experiencing them too.

The problem is, now I have a son to think of. We’ve been through enough, and I can’t risk his heart… or mine.

Graham

My gorgeous new roommate is off limits. Not only is she my best friend’s little sister, she’s a single mom looking for help… not a hookup.

From the moment she’s under my roof, sparks fly, and suddenly the girl I’ve known my whole life becomes the woman I want long term.

I know I should stay away. Addyson deserves better than sneaking around, but she’s afraid to give me more. Plus the little boy she’s trying to protect… he’s already stolen my heart.

To let her get away… let them get away, would be a crying shame.

5 out of 5 stars
Crying Shame is a new standalone by Rebel Shaw. It’s their first standalone actually and I am here for it. I loved Royal and this book is just as amazing but with a different feel. It’s more about family.
Graham and Addyson have known each other for most of their lives. Graham is Addyson’s older brother’s best friend and have been best friends since they knew what the word friend meant. And Addyson has had a crush on Graham since she was a teenager. When she got pregnant, she had to let her crush go. She had a little man to take care of and Graham wasn’t exactly a serious relationship kind of guy. He still wasn’t. That was until he saw Addy in a different light. It was like a light switch. One minute he was the protective friend and the next he wanted her like no other woman. It was a total shock to his system and Addy was even more confused…
Did he only want her now since she needed a place to stay after her apartment was flooded? Did he really understand that her and Noah, her five-year-old son were a package deal? Graham was always there for her but this was different. This was everything and Addy didn’t know what to do with that. She could handle her heart being broken but not Noah’s. But damn, the man was easy to fall for especially when she had dreamed about this for years.
I ♥️ Graham and Addyson! They are adorable, sweet, flirty, and hot AF. They just click. I also love Noah, that little man is adorable, smart, and his bond with Graham is goals. Maybe one day we will see these characters again, I can only hope.
Quotes:
“You’re Addyson. Sexy as fuck, a kick-ass mom, a loving sister and daughter, and the woman I can’t stop thinking about.”
“I’ve been dying to kiss you all day,” I whisper, turning us so she’s out of sight in case her son returns.
“Yeah? Prove it,” she whispers, her sweet voice all breathy.
“You make it impossible for me not to fall for you.”
“I’ll catch you. My arms are wide open. I’ll catch you both.”
AUTHOR BIO
 
Rebel Shaw is the alter ego of the romance writing duo Lacey Black and Kaylee Ryan.
 
 
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Release Blitz & Reviews – Sinful Mafia Prince, Ella Frank & Brooke Blaine

August 29, 2022 | Posted in Release Day Blitz, Review | By

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

“They took something that belonged to me—and nothing will stop me from getting him back.”

The Fiores have made their move. In a last-ditch effort to save their crumbling empire, they’ve managed to take back their heir, landing a blow to the Rossettis—in particular, Dom. But failure is not an option for Dom, and soon he finds himself at a crossroads: Follow his father’s orders and leave Luca to the wolves, or defy the boss and get back what he lost. The question is, will Luca choose to trust Dom to keep him safe even after all he’s put him through, or will he put his future in the hands of his long-lost family instead? As the war between enemies reaches its breaking point, both Dom and Luca face the most difficult decision of their lives. Do they fight for their families or do they fight for each other? Sinful Mafia Prince is the second and final book in USA Today Bestselling authors Brooke Blaine and Ella Frank’s M/M Mafia romance duet. It should only be read after Forbidden Mafia Prince.

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Sandra's Review

5 out of 5 stars

Sinful Mafia Prince is the second book in the The Malvagio Duet by one of my favorite writing duos, Ella Frank and Brooke Blaine. You have to read Forbidden Mafia Prince beforehand. SMO starts where FMP ended, with Luca with a family he doesn’t know…
 
Dom shouldn’t want him. He should just let him go. He should just leave the smart ass who doesn’t know how to shut up with the Fiores. Let the Fiores deal with him. It would make his life easier except it seems Dom doesn’t want easy and he wants what’s his… Luca. His father has other plans and though Dom enjoys bending the rules, going after Luca would not only break them, it would shatter them. Will it be worth it? Would Luca even trust him after what they have been through?
 
Luca is confused AF. He just wants to go home. Back to his busy life. Back to med school but two mafia families have other plans. He is torn between two families at the moment. He is also torn between two worlds. Torn between what’s real and what’s an illusion. Is Dom playing him? He doesn’t know who to trust and given the choice, would he go with Dom, stay with a family who threw him away, or back to his old life?
 
This duet is downright sinful and I am here for it. I can’t get into the story more than I have but I can say I am hopeful that I will see some characters in the future.
 
Quotes:
 
“You still ask too many questions.”
“And you still never answer any.”
 
“Too bad this isn’t a fantasy, then, huh? You’ll come when I fucking tell you to.”
 
“The day I got my first look at you, I knew I was in a world of fucking trouble.”
 
5 out of 5 stars

Sinful Mafia Prince is the second and final book in the The Malvagio Duet by the fabulous Ella Frank and Brooke Blaine. You must read Forbidden Mafia Prince first! We pick up right where we left off. Dom has to decide what to do next. Luca needs to figure out who to really trust, a known enemy or an unknown one. This story takes Dom and Luca’s relationship to a new level. Now that they have no other distractions, they get to know each other more. Dom opens up about his past. But is it even possible for them to have a future together? That’s all I can really say! You won’t be disappointed if you read this duet. Ella and Brooke give us the lust, humor, danger, sexiness and fun that we crave from their books!

 

Meet Brooke

Brooke Blaine is a USA Today Bestselling Author best known for writing romantic comedy and M/M romance. Her novels lead with humor and heart, but Brooke never shies away from throwing in something extra naughty that will scandalize her conservative Southern family for life (bless their hearts).

She’s a choc-o-holic, lives for eighties bands (which means she thinks guyliner is totally underrated), believes it’s always wine o’clock, and lives with the coolest cat on the planet—her Ragdoll/Maine Coon mix, Jackson Agador Spartacus.

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Meet Ella

Ella Frank is the USA Today Bestselling Author of the Temptation series, including Try, Take, and Trust and is the co-author of the fan-favorite Preslocke series. Her Prime Time series has been praised as “highly entertaining!” and “sexy as hell!”

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

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

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Release Blitz & Review – Strange and Unusual, Lani Lynn Vale

August 23, 2022 | Posted in Release Day Blitz, Review | By

 

Strange and Unusual

Battle Crows MC, Book 

Lani Lynn Vale

Release Date: August 23, 2022

 

About the Book

The moment he divorced his ex-wife, Jeremiah decided two things.

 

One, he would never, ever get into that kind of situation again—i.e., marriage.

 

Two, he would spend more time doing what he loved—baking, riding motorcycles, spending time with the Battle Crows MC, and getting some quiet time for just himself. Pretty much doing the things he enjoyed, that his ex-wife could no longer ruin.

 

And, months after his divorce was final, he’s held strong.

 

He hasn’t gotten entangled with a woman. He’s opened his own bakery. And he’s never been closer to his club.

It has to be why he allowed them to have a massive club party at his place, which became the cause of Gracelynn Barry entering his life.

 

If he’d known Gracie was going to be his employee, he definitely wouldn’t have slept with her.

 

Yet, there he is, in the middle of an interview, finding out not only was the woman he slept with the most viable applicant for a job he very much needed filled, but that she’d recently broken up with the man he loathed. The second reason he’d divorced his ex-wife. Erich. His ex-stepson.

 

To say life is simple for Jeremiah would be a joke of epic proportions.

 

It’s time for him to buckle up.

 

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Kara's Review

5 out of 5 stars

Strange and Unusual is the sixth book in the Battle Crow MCs series by Lani Lynn Vale. I’m really enjoying this series and I’ve been waiting for Jeremiah’s story. Lani didn’t disappoint with the humor, sexiness and emotions. Jeremiah and Gracelynn realize they have a lot in common when they first meet. After spending some time together they like each other more and more. And in a twist of fate, she’s interviewing to be his new baker at his bakery. Jeremiah is still dealing with his ex-wife and he isn’t interested in getting involved with another woman ever again. Until Gracie. There’s just something about her sassy mouth, curves and how much fun they have in the kitchen. She doesn’t take his crap or let him get away with being a jerky boss. Jeremiah and Gracie share a past enemy and things get very complicated and very scary. I was shocked! I know Lani likes to throw us curve balls, but whoa! We get to see more of Bram and Dory and I can’t wait to see what their full story is going to be. I love seeing all our favorite club guys and their women!a

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Release Day Blitz & Reviews – Code Name: Omega, Sawyer Bennett

August 16, 2022 | Posted in Release Day Blitz, Review | By

Code Name: Omega
Sawyer Bennett
Release Date: August 16, 2022

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Synopsis:

I joined the team at Jameson Force Security three months ago and it’s one of the best decisions I’ve made. Leaving behind the Marine Corps together, my dog Omega and I made the cross-country trek to Pittsburgh for an exciting new career. Now I get to spend my days doing dangerous missions with my team and Omega gets to spend his days relaxing, unless there are explosives to be sniffed, and then he’s all paws on deck.

When Omega—who I affectionately refer to as Bubba—snacks on something he most definitely shouldn’t have, an emergency trip to the vet introduces me to Abigail Blackburn. She’s a little quirky, a lot smart, and completely captivating. She also has a penchant for trouble and when Abby makes it her own personal mission to expose the puppy mill industry, she finds herself mixed up with unsavory characters who aren’t happy with her efforts to cut into their profits

This seedy underbelly is a dangerous place, particularly for a well-intentioned, yet somewhat naïve, small-town vet. What began as peaceful protests outside of local pet stores has escalated into something that threatens Abby’s safety, and I refuse to sit by and watch her get hurt. Somehow this raven-haired beauty has gotten under my skin, and I don’t hesitate to call in my teammates at Jameson to help keep her safe.

Now I find myself trying to balance my need to protect Abby while helping her successfully complete her mission, but also redirecting her focus long enough to show her that I’ve completely fallen for her. One thing is certain—this is going to be my toughest assignment yet.

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Sandra's Review

5 out of 5 stars

Code Name: Omega is the tenth book in the Jameson Force Security series by Sawyer Bennett. I am obsessed with this series. You can read each book as standalone but the whole series is just fantastic. Each couple is so unique and their meet-cutes are epic.
Kellen McCord is the newest member of Jameson Force Security. He moved from California three months ago with his dog, Omega who also goes by Bubba. Both Bubba and his owner were in the Marines together. Bubba is retired and now Kellen has started fresh with Jameson and is closer to his parents. What he didn’t expect when he took his dog to the vet one day after coming off a mission was to meet her. A woman who captivated him from the start.
Abby wasn’t looking for love. Her love was saving animals. It was her passion and she was going to take down the puppy mill in town. Then he walks in. A sexy man who loves his dog, who had tattoos, and made her swoon. Don’t you worry, she doesn’t forget about the puppy mill. She is more determined than ever to take them down. And when Kellen, a man who hasn’t even kissed her yet wants to protect her, she knows he is going to change her life forever.
This might be my favorite Jameson book! I mean dogs, come on. Ok, the sexy man and the badass woman who captivated him got to me too. Lol. I loved the storyline, the characters, catching up with the group, and of course the dogs. Kellen and Abby’s connection is felt from start to finish. I am not sure if this is the end of the series but I am so hoping that it’s not.
Quotes:
“If you’re looking for me to be the good little girl and accept your gentlemanly offer to slow down, you’re kissing the wrong girl.”
“You’re a regular Boy Scout.”
“The things I want to do to you they don’t teach in the Boy Scouts.”
“Can’t wait to see what you’ve got.”
I can tell that Abby Blackburn is definitely going to be trouble, and I’m here for it.

 

 

5 out of 5 stars

Code Name: Omega is the tenth book in the Jameson Force Security series by Sawyer Bennett. I love this series so much. These characters are family and they are loyal and fun and loving. We met Kellan and his dog in the last one and I knew his story was going to be good. It’s such a breath a fresh air to read a romance where the hero is straightforward. He says what he means and he does what he says he’s going to do. Kellan isn’t wish-washy. He’s instantly attracted to Abby and he says so. He doesn’t play games, he tells her what he wants and isn’t afraid. And guess what? It’s exactly what she wants too! That just made me so happy! Kellan is protective and sexy and fun. And Abby is smart and dedicated to her job and all animals. I love Bubba and Princess. I love seeing all the characters from past books too. Overall, I loved it. I laughed, cheered, smiled and didn’t want it to end.

 

About the Author:

New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestselling author Sawyer Bennett uses real life experience to create relatable stories that appeal to a wide array of readers. From contemporary romance, fantasy romance, and both women’s and general fiction, Sawyer writes something for just about everyone.

A former trial lawyer from North Carolina, when she is not bringing fiction to life, Sawyer is a chauffeur, stylist, chef, maid, and personal assistant to her very adorable daughter, as well as full-time servant to her wonderfully naughty dogs.

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Release Blitz & Review – The Close-Up by Kennedy Ryan

August 16, 2022 | Posted in Release Day Blitz, 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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