Release Day Blitz & Review – Courage, Kristen Proby

June 22, 2021 | Posted in Release Day Blitz, Review | By

From New York Times Bestselling author Kristen Proby comes an all new novel in her Big Sky series, Courage. This is the first story in the Heroes of Big Sky, all about men in uniform in Cunningham Falls!

Courage by Kristen Proby is now live!

Natasha Mills feels like she’s loved firefighter Sam Waters her entire life. Since she first met him during middle school, she’s harbored a secret crush on her best friend’s big brother. It’s just something she lives with every day–too bad he doesn’t notice her. To Sam, Tash is his little sister’s best friend and that’s it.

Disaster strikes the Waters family, leaving Sam’s sister and her husband dead, and their young children in the hands of Sam and Natasha. Suddenly, these two are navigating the loss of people they loved, while trying to figure out parenthood together. The grief is devastating, and raising twins is harder than either of them bargained for. But in working together, and leaning on each other, Sam and Tash learn that family comes in all different shapes and sizes. The more time he spends with Natasha though, the more Sam realizes just how sweet and sexy she really is. He finds himself slowly but surely falling for her. But when the time comes for him to let her go–will he be able to walk away from the family he’s helped build?

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Sandra's Review

5 out of 5 stars

Courage is the first book in the Heroes of Big Sky series by Kristen Proby, one of my fave authors. You can start the series without having to read the Big Sky and Love Under the Big Sky series’. I have read most but not all of them so I do recommend reading those any time and you will want to after seeing their cameos. I ♥️ Cunningham Falls!
Sam and Natasha have known each other most of their lives. Tasha has always had a crush on her best friend’s older brother but he always just saw her as Natasha’s best friend. He knew she was beautiful but he is ten years older. He couldn’t go there when she was younger but she isn’t just a girl anymore. She is a full-grown woman. A woman he will always be tied to especially after his sister and brother-in-law die tragically and they are awarded custody of twin five-year-olds.
They are a family. Natasha has taken on so much since her best friend’s death. She never knew how much work went in to keeping the family together and sane. Monica made it all look so easy but it was anything but. Both Tash and Sam have to navigate being a family while also figuring out their relationship. Sam also has to make a life-changing his career as a fireman. All the while, they have friends who are more like family supporting them.
Overall, I ♥️ this family. The kids are hard to handle at times but so worth the fight. They are everything to Sam and Tash. Everything they do is for them. This book is fun, sexy, emotional and beautiful. I am excited about what is next to come in the series.
Quotes:
“No. Don’t cover yourself, Tash.”
“You’re just staring at me.”
“Well, yeah. Of course, I am. You’re so damn beautiful it hurts.”
If this isn’t the fast lane, I might want to rethink going into that lane because it could very well kill me dead.
“I’m here for this content. Give us deets. Use all the naughty words, and don’t leave anything out. If you forget something, you have to start over again at the beginning.”

Meet Kristen

Kristen Proby has published more than forty titles, many of which have hit the USA Today, New York Times and Wall Street Journal Bestsellers lists. She continues to self publish, best known for her With Me In Seattle and Boudreaux series, and is also proud to work with William Morrow, a division of HarperCollins, with the Fusion and Romancing Manhattan Series.

Kristen and her husband, John, make their home in her hometown of Whitefish, Montana with their two cats.

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Release Day Blitz & Review – Good Intentions, Ella Frank

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

Gabriel Romero made me hungry for things I’d never wanted, and starved of the things I didn’t think I’d ever need. Until now… Until him…

Good Intentions, the all-new, seriously hot age-gap romance and the conclusion to the Intentions Duet from USA Today bestselling author Ella Frank is available now!

I was never the man who believed in love, romance, or happily ever afters. I was married to my work, and happy to be that way. Until one night, not too long ago, when an audacious young man lied his way into my life and showed me what I’d been missing.

Bold and sexy, with a face that could melt through the iciest of exteriors, Gabriel Romero is the one factor I never saw coming. There are so many reasons we shouldn’t work—my age, his, our career goals in life—and yet we are drawn together by a passion for music, and each other, that neither of us can deny.

I’ve always been the one to think things through, to follow my head instead of my heart. But if I don’t open myself to what’s possible, instead of thinking of all the ways this seems impossible, I might miss out on the best thing that has ever happened to me.

So I’m taking a chance, and laying myself at his mercy, opening my heart with nothing but good intentions. Only time will tell if Gabriel Romero decides to let me back in.

Good Intentions is the second book in the Intentions Duet.

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Sandra's Review

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Good Intentions is the second book in the Intentions duet by Ella Frank. You can not read this one without reading Bad Intentions first. If you are a fan of Ella’s but haven’t started this duet then do it! There are some cameos that you do not want to miss.

Gabe spent the week with Marcus and now it was Marcus’s turn to see how Gabe lives. No driver. No calling in for dinners. No fancy restaurants. They definitely have the chemistry but they are from two different worlds and have a twenty year age gap. They have fun, hot nights, and seem to get each other but is it all enough? They are both at a crossroads in their careers. They have important decisions to make but have only just started their relationship. Can they have it all?

Aw!! I just love this couple. They are both intense and adorable. They are just so much fun and full of sarcasm and heat. And, all the cameos…loved it. So much. I am hoping there is a spin-off for a certain someone. 💞

Quotes:

“I can’t remember what my days were like without talking to you, and I don’t want to.”

“I’m the oldest person in here for as far as the eye can see.”

Gabe ran a hand up my chest. “The sexiest too, and I bet you’re going to look real hot holding an axe.”

I narrowed my eyes. “I’m starting to really question your sanity.”

“Priest, you’re a lifesaver. Actually, Julien is. Let’s go eat before I pass out from hunger.”

“Or get even more delightful from it,” Mr. Madison muttered.

“Yeah, yeah, whatever. Come on, Gabe, you’re about to experience the best thing you’ve ever had in your mouth.” Priest chuckled as Logan stopped in his tracks.

Then my boss grinned at me. “Well, food-wise, anyway.”

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

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

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

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Release Day Blitz & Review – Control Artist, Carrie Aarons

June 18, 2021 | Posted in Release Day Blitz, Review | By

 

 

 

Dahlia Akana has no idea where she’s going in life.

All she’s ever wanted to do is travel, and her inner circle pressuring her to figure out her purpose only makes her wanderlust grow stronger. But she’s comfortable being a nanny to her nieces in the small Pennsylvania town where her sister lives. Though she’s far overstayed her desired timeline, it’s a place filled with friends and familiarity while she plots her next move.

Until she meets the devastatingly gorgeous, obnoxious rookie who is slated to be the next superstar on the town’s top tier baseball team. He’s everything she doesn’t want, but can’t seem to stay away from. As they spend more time together, she discovers that he might just be the anchor she’s always looked for.

When secrets, lies, and a humiliating public scandal rock their world, will she be able to stay with him? Fight for him? Or will her age-old tactic of fleeing erase any shot at a happily ever after?

Garrett Chester has always known exactly what he wants.

To be the best pitcher in the history of the major leagues. And luckily, with more talent in his pinky than other people have in their entire body, he’s well on his way. It’s his attitude that leaves something to be desired. Cocky, reckless and soaking up his newfound fame, the rookie attracts the attention of the tabloid press.

When he meets the feisty woman just as beautiful as the flower she’s named after, she gives him a refreshing reality check. With each passing day, not only does he fall harder, but she makes him want to be a better man.

Except the past that haunts him inevitably catches up, and ends up taking her down with him. Alone, exposed and cast out, it’s a reminder of the childhood trauma that has always plagued him. Can he put the rumors to rest, piece together a career in shambles, and be the hero she needs?

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Sandra's Review

5 out of 5 stars

Control Artist is the fourth book in the Callahan Family series by Carrie Aarons. Each can be read as standalone since they are different couples but I highly recommend reading the series since they are tied together. If you have then you have met Dahlia (Hannah’s sister) and Garrett (the rookie).

Dahlia moved to Packton two years to support her sister and nanny her nieces. It was supposed to be temporary but she hasn’t had the pull to move on. Yet. Which is surprising to her since she was a nomad and loved to travel and not settle in one place. Her family doesn’t get it. They just want her to be happy and Hannah doesn’t see that. Dahlia doesn’t see her future tied to one man! Children, and a white picket fence. She doesn’t want that. She wants to be free. Garrett would be perfect for just that. A roll in the hay with the rookie with a Texas drawl except he was just too young and too cocky for her. But he was persistent, and someone who is that cocky about his bedroom skills usually can back them up. Would giving up her resolve be worth it?

Garrett was new to this lifestyle. Money, women, parties, and everything he could ever ask for. He grew up poor and was living it up. He finally made it to the Big Show and after his rookie year, he was living high. Too high. No, not drugs. The lifestyle. He was arrogant, cocky, and stubborn. He knew his game was on top but now his personal life was hitting the tabloids. Baseball was his life. He wouldn’t go back to the trailer park. But what was wrong with having a little fun? And he knew he would have fun with the feisty Dahlia. He wanted her and he wasn’t going to just walk away from a challenge. But once he had a taste, he wanted more and more. To know her. To enjoy her. He might have been the playboy but she was the nomad. Would should take the risk with him to become more than sex buddies? Would the tabloids ruin everything before they could really get started?

This series just keeps getting better and better. I am not sure if there is more to come but I sure hope so! Garrett is cocky yes but he is also sweet, misunderstood, and a hot mess. I loved seeing all of his sides. The shameless flirt. And he met his match with Dahlia. She is a badass who feels a little lost but knows she will find her way. I love them both. Together, they are explosive and a little out of control, and sweet and it’s them. They made me laugh, cry, and get hot and bothered. ♥️

Quotes:

“I just met you, you’re my boss, and you’re complimenting my boobs? I think I found my new best friend.” I laugh.

She winks at me and takes on a valley girl accent. “That’s because I’m like, a cool boss, not a regular boss.”

“And a Mean Girls reference? Marry me.” I wink back at her.

“You feel like dancing, darlin’?” That deep voice is much too close to the sensitive slope of my ear. I don’t move though, and stop my body from swaying, not wanting to give him the upper hand.

“I hate country music.”

“Aw, sweetheart, that’s not what your hips were saying a moment ago.” That tone is pure sex.

His mouth is vicious, searing hot, and skilled beyond his years. He wasn’t lying when he said he could make me come so many times I’d lose my voice, because with the way his tongue is filthily commanding mine, I can feel an orgasm building. From just a kiss.

 

About the Author

Author of romance novels such as The Tenth Girl and Privileged, Carrie Aarons writes books that are just as swoon-worthy as they are sarcastic. A former journalist, she 

prefers the love stories of her imagination, and the athleisure dress code, much better.

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

 

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Release Day & Reviews – The Virgin Game Plan, Lauren Blakely

June 9, 2021 | Posted in Release Day Blitz, Review | By

 

THE VIRGIN GAME PLAN (Rules of Love #2) by Lauren Blakely

Release Date: June 9th

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Falling for the coach’s daughter wasn’t part of the game plan…

 

THE VIRGIN GAME PLAN, an all-new steamy, swoony standalone from #1 NYT Bestseller Lauren Blakely is NOW LIVE! Grab this forbidden sports romance TODAY!

 

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Sandra's Review

5 out of 5 stars

The Virgin Game Plan is the second novel in the First to Score series by the talented, Lauren Blakely. I was so excited when she announced she was writing a series with not only virgins but baseball!! I grew up loving the game. It’s the sport my family both played and loved to watch. And living in the Bay Area we had two teams. The A’s and the Giants so it’s fun that this series has two SF teams who are rivals. Ok, moving on…
Holden was only a player on the field. He needed to have a connection with a woman before he took her to bed. He also didn’t need distractions. His life was baseball. So when he met a woman who gave good flirty banter and knew her baseball, he was a goner. They spent one unforgettable afternoon and evening together. It ended too soon. Their plans axed a week later. It was over. Or so they thought…
Two years. It was almost two years since that day. Two years since they were in the same town, let alone room. It was fate that brought them back together. Then, a wrench is throw. Reese was Holden’s new manager’s daughter. He was new to the team. She was new to her publicist job. Risks all-around, folks. Off-limits. She was the forbidden fruit. Will they take the risk?
I ♥️ Holden. He is seriously swoony. Sweet. Funny. Smart. Determined. Reese is a badass with her love of baseball, coffee and retro clothes. I want to hang out with her. With them. They are fun, beautiful, and so lovable. I also love their friends!! I can’t wait for them to fall.
Quotes:
The man has a mouth for innuendo and lips made for dirty talk. Words seem to fall from his tongue laced with seduction.
“My God, you’re stunning,” I say as I regard the beauty in front of me wearing a red lace bra. ‘Look at you. Still in your power color.”
She bites her lips, nodding. “Is it working?”
“I feel powerless in front of you,” I say speaking from the truth of my bottomless desire for her.
“Is that a new location in Candy Land?”
“It is. You’ll find it a little east of Blow Job commons. Just south of Lollipop Woods.”
5 out of 5 stars

The Virgin Game Plan is the second book in the Rules of Love series by the fabulous, Lauren Blakely. I am loving this series something fierce! These characters just make me happy! They are all sexy, sweet, funny and talented. I’m envious of their friendship bonds and I want to be friends with the women they fall for! Lauren is the queen character development. She introduces us to them once and we are always eager for more. So much more! The Virgin Game Plan is Holden and Reese’s story. It’s fresh, flirty, and funny. Holden and Reese met years ago and had an instant connection. They talked, shared things about themselves and both wanted more after the night was over. Fate had other plans and their lives and dreams took them in different directions. Now, it’s two years later and they find themselves in the same town, in the same circles. And as soon as they see each other again it’s like no time has passed. They want to pick up where they left off. Until her father becomes Holden’s new coach. Now she’s off limits. But they can’t seem to stay away from each other. Is love worth the risk? I love this story! Holden is swoony, sexy, funny and smart. Reese is independent, knows who she is and talented. They are the perfect match. Career driven, but also want to follow their hearts. They show us that both are possible! This forbidden romance made me swoon so hard! The sexy, second baseman and the coach’s daughter have off-the-charts chemistry! 

 

 

Blurb:

A forbidden romance with the coach’s daughter wasn’t part of my game plan.

I had an excuse two years ago when I met her on campus. She interviewed me for a story on major league baseball’s rising stars, and we shared a hot, passionate night that ended far too soon, and without a mention of who her father was.

Now I know the innocent but sexy woman I can’t stop thinking about is the coach’s daughter.

That means her dad is the guy who determines if I bat fourth in the starting lineup in every game, or ride the bench.

All the more reason to resist alluring, confident, brainy Reese every time I run into the reporter-turned-sports publicist.

That ought to be easy enough, until the time she confesses she’s still carrying her V card, and she’s been wanting me to cash it in since the day we met.

Staying away from her is going to be harder than resisting a fastball down the middle.

Especially since I’m pretty sure she’s the one who got away, and letting her slip through my fingers again would be a rookie mistake.

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 sweet, sexy and witty. She also writes red-hot, sexy romance and 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 50 titles on the USA Today Bestsellers list alone. She’s sold more than 4 million books. She likes dogs, cake and show tunes.

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Release Day & Reviews – 608 Alpha Avenue, Adriana Locke

June 8, 2021 | Posted in Release Day Blitz, Review | By

We are so excited to announce the release of Adriana Locke’s new novella, 608 Alpha Ave. This is a total standalone story about a grumpy, small-town mechanic and a pocket-full-of-sunshine heroine that gets under his skin. Basically—read this now! Even better is that the novella (did we mention that it’s a standalone?) is available in Kindle Unlimited.

Things heat up (and take an unexpected turn) when a self-proclaimed romantic requests the help of a broody small-town mechanic. Grayson Blake is a jackass. There’s no other way to put it. He comes into Fireside every day and orders a beer. It’s nearly impossible to get him to have a conversation while he drinks it. Smiles—or anything remotely close to it—are even more rare. Despite his cantankerous personality, he’s so freaking gorgeous. His thick black hair, broad shoulders, and the tattoos that mark his calloused skin draw me in like a magnet. I don’t even care that he’s ten years older than me. I’m here for the age gap. And his broody, bad-boy persona is entirely more attractive than it should be. I have a thing for the rough-around-the-edges mechanic. And I’ve heard through the grapevine that he has a thing for me too. But getting him to admit it will be as easy as catching lightning in a bottle. Buy Now for $2.99 or Read Free in Kindle Unlimited.  

Sandra's Review

5 out of 5 stars

608 Alpha Avenue is a standalone novella and part of the Cherry Falls romance collection. I have read 99% of Adriana’s books and have loved them all. This one is no different. It’s shorter but still has so much story between the words. 
 
Haley is a bartender by night and a lover of the outdoors with a dream of becoming a writer by day. On the nights she is working, he is there. A man who makes her weak in the knees with just one look. Shoot, not even one look, just hearing his voice or seeing him wave from his truck will do it. She crushed hard on the broody mechanic who sat on his stool every night while watching sports, a man who seemed to be annoyed by her. But, she had hope. She saw his smirk. He needed her help and she needed his. A marketing plan in exchange for a Q&A for her book. Easy, right? 
 
Haha. No. 
 
Grayson was a mechanic and outdoorsman. He was also ten years older than the woman he put in the “off-limits” box. She deserved more than a man like him. No, he wasn’t a manwhore but he could be an asshole. For some reason she liked that. He knew about her little crush. He shouldn’t be near her but he couldn’t stay away. Then, she goes and makes a deal. He didn’t expect one hike to change it all. 
 
Omfg!! I loved them. Haley might be only twenty-one but she knew what she wanted. Grayson is delicious in his alpha ways and his side of sweetness. I am so glad Adriana signed up for not one but two novellas in this series! 
 
Quotes: 
 
“Look at me, planning ahead like an adult.” 
Bryant’s laughter—something I’ve never pegged as annoying until this very moment—rings through the hardware store. “I love a woman with a can-do attitude.” 
Tread lightly, motherfucker.  
I glare at the side of his face, but he’s oblivious. 
 
Grayson is rough and grumpy. He’s raw. He’s roguish and irritable, and that makes him … perfect.  
It doesn’t help that he’s the walking advertisement for the word man with his beard and muscles and—gah!
 
“Lose your shirt too.”  
“I’m the boss here, woman.”  
“That’s cute.”

 

Kara's Review

5 out of 5 stars

608 Alpha Avenue is a standalone romance in the Cherry Falls world. I love Adriana and her books and this one was perfect! Smart, sassy leading lady. Sexy, brooding, alpha-hole hero. On the outside, they don’t even like each other. On the inside, they can’t seem to stop thinking about each other. Grayson has wanted Haley since they day he met her, but he’s older, a tad selfish and knows that one taste of her and he’ll never walk away. Haley can’t help wanting the jerky mechanic. But she knows he will never like her more than just a bartender and an acquaintance. Oh how wrong she is. A simple hike together quickly becomes a turning point in their relationship. Grayson has to decide if he’s going to walk away and never look back or take Haley into his arms and never let go. I loved this story! It’s short, sexy and packs a punch with all the feels!

 

Want more? “I don’t get it,” I mutter.   My hand stills against the countertop, a white bar rag clutched firmly in my grasp.  Natalia Barlow leans across the end of the bar, putting her ass and the top of her thong on full display for the table of bikers behind her. An unlit cigarette is perched between her cherry-red lips, threatening to topple to the floor as she catches me looking and smirks.  I roll my eyes and turn my back to her.   “I don’t get it,” I say again, louder this time.  My gaze fixes on the man—the only man—occupying a barstool on this side of the restaurant. Grayson Blake. Black hair, scruffy beard, tall, and oh-so muscular with tattoos etched into his tanned skin. Word has it that he has flames inked on his right hip, and when he moves, they dance as if they’re alive.  I’ve mentally filed that away because it’s something I’ll (sadly) never know for myself. Guys like Grayson Blake? They go for women like Natalia. Vixens. Women who give as good as they get. Women who understand them or, at the very least, the games they play.  I’m not one of those women. It will be both my personal and professional downfall.  Grayson lifts his beer bottle, and as if it pains him to do it, he slides his gaze to mine.  I swallow. Hard.  It doesn’t matter that I’ve worked at Fireside Bar and Grill for two years or that I’ve spent countless hours behind this very bar while Grayson sits on the other side, I can’t think straight when he looks at me. I also can’t look away. It’s quite the predicament.   “It just perplexes me,” I say, sinking my gaze into the steely depths of Grayson’s eyes. My voice isn’t quite as confident as it was a few seconds ago. It’ll come back around, though. It just takes a moment to get my bearings.  Grayson’s features are void of humor. Or emotion. Or curiosity. He watches me as if I’m a toddler and he’s in charge of making sure I don’t choke on a peanut or small coin.   I bite my lip. “I just … Natalia …” I shrug, my voice fading into the rock music playing overhead.  Grayson’s thick, engine grease-stained fingers grip the bottle. “Am I supposed to ask?”  The grit of his tone washes against my skin, leaving a flurry of goose bumps in its wake. It’s this way every time he talks to me. And whenever he talks to Corbin, the bartender who’s training me in the art of bartending so I don’t have to just waitress anymore. Come to think of it, I also have the same physical reaction to him when I’m in the Cherry Street Market Grocery Store buying bagels and I hear him talking from an aisle over.  Who am I kidding? I react this way every time I’m in Grayson’s proximity. Hell, I shivered in my flip-flops when I caught wind of his cologne outside of Pearl’s Pawnshop and Liquor Store last week.  “Are you supposed to ask what?” I ask him.  “About whatever you keep jawing about other there—about Natalia, I reckon.”  “Well, since you asked—” “I didn’t.” He smiles a lopsided, amused smile that makes me wonder if he’s smiling with me or at me. “I asked if I was supposed to ask. I didn’t ask.”  I narrow my gaze. “You know what, Grayson Blake? You’re an asshole.”  He brings the beer bottle to his lips, hiding a satisfied grin, and pulls his gaze back to the hockey game on the television in the corner.

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Release Day & Review – The Rival, Kendall Ryan

June 1, 2021 | Posted in Review | By

Title: The Rival

Series: Looing to Score

By Kendall Ryan

Release Day: June 1, 2021

 

About the Book

 

Dump my cheating ex? Check.

 

Land an amazing job with Boston’s professional hockey franchise? Check.

 

Fall stupidly in love with hockey’s favorite bad boy? Ugh.

 

After wasting years of my life with the wrong person, I told myself all I wanted was a little no-strings fun. Enter Alex Braun—a wealthy, handsome, notorious playboy who’s equal parts charming and dangerous as hell to my wounded heart.

 

After enduring a very public breakup of his own, the sexy player doesn’t want to be anyone’s forever. Too bad he barreled his way into my heart, instead of just my bed.

 

But this professional athlete knows a thing or two about competing, and he won’t let go so easily.

 

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Sandra's Review

5 out of 5 stars

The Rival is the second book in the Looking to Score series by Kendall Ryan. Each book can be read as standalone but I recommend reading the series since it’s so awesome. If you read The Rebel then you have met Alex Braun, Eden’s ex and newly appointed bad boy in the NHL after their breakup. And Aspen, Eden’s friend and assistant.
One summer. One cabin. Two broken hearts ready to heal. One red-hot kiss after an unexpected night. Aspen has been around the hockey team since she took her job as the owner’s assistant. Alex never really surprises her anymore until he showed up and listened. He was the playboy over his first season with the team but it was time to get his act together. Which meant he had to stay out of the gossip papers. No women. No drinking. No fights. So, spending the summer at a cabin six hours away in Canada was the best solution. It would give him time to regroup which was exactly one of the reasons why Aspen was going as well.
It wasn’t supposed to be about being shacked up with a beautiful woman who amazed him at every turn. Aspen didn’t expect him. She was warned but she saw Alex differently. He was sweet, swoony, flirty, and best of all…a damn good cook. She felt safe and comfortable around him. And he felt the same. They could be themselves. So, what not have a summer fling? They were both single, mature, and attracted to each other. But, what will happen when the off-season ends and they have to go back to reality?
I loved these two!! Alex wasn’t my fave in The Rebel but I didn’t hate him. I do love me some bad boy. But, really, I fell for him hard in this book. I also loved Aspen, she is sweet, a book lover, and knows to stay out of the kitchen. Ha. They both went in without really knowing the other and came out knowing every inch…
Quotes:
There’s something about this sexy lumberjack look that has all my attention. Is lumberjack porn a thing? If not, it is now, and I’m thoroughly enjoying it.
“You don’t want anyone knowing beneath the tough hockey persona that you’re actually a nice guy?”
I grin at her. “Hell no. That would totally ruin my reputation for being a dick.”
She chuckles as we load the bags into the car. “Well, I’m on to you.”
“You suck, Braun.”
“Believe me, I know.” I chuckle darkly.

About Kendall Ryan

 

A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of more than three dozen titles, Kendall Ryan has sold over 3 million books and her books have been translated into several languages in countries around the world.

Her books have also appeared on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists more than 100 times. Ryan has been featured in such publications as USA Today, Newsweek, and InTouch Magazine.

 

She lives in Texas with her husband and two sons.

 

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Blog Tour, Review & Excerpt – A Kiss for A Kiss, Helena Hunting

May 31, 2021 | Posted in Blog Tour, Review | By

There’s a small complication. A beautiful, sexy complication named Hanna.

A Kiss for A Kiss, an all-new second chance-at-love mature adult romance from New York Times bestselling author Helena Hunting is available now!

I’m Jake Masterson, single dad, and the General Manager of Seattle’s NHL team. I walked away from a career as a player so I could raise my daughter. For the last twenty-plus years, Queenie has been my main priority, but now she’s getting married. And there’s a small complication. A beautiful, sexy complication named Hanna. She’s my son-in-law’s older sister. Or at least that’s how they were raised. The truth is a little more scandalous than that. I’ve been drawn to her from the moment I laid eyes on her. And I spent months trying to keep a lid on that attraction. Until we finally give in. It starts with one searing kiss, but quickly ends with us between the sheets—and in the shower, and the hot tub, you get the picture—and turns into months of sneaking around. Here’s the problem: we live on opposite ends of the country. It can’t be anything but casual. And as I’ve already said…it’s complicated. But when Hanna finds out she’s pregnant…suddenly things get real serious.

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Kara's Review

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A Kiss for a Kiss is the fourth book in the All In series by Helena Hunting. Oh Jake, be still my heart. I loved you when we met you as Queenie’s dad. And I knew you and Hanna were perfect for each other. You had similar stories, a lot in common and crazy hot chemistry. But your daughter is marrying her son (who everyone thinks is her brother). To say it’s complicated is an understatement! They decide they are better off as friends so they don’t complicate things any further. And then Hanna finds out she’s pregnant. She’s forty-six and thought she was in perimenopause but now she’s pregnant and lives across the country from Jake and her son. Jake wants to be involved, but how is that going to work. They both have jobs and families. They both compromised things in their lives when they had Ryan and Queenie. But they are older and wiser and just talk to each other about how they feel. Not only do they want to raise this baby together, they want to be together. I couldn’t love this book more if I tried! I loved that Jake and Hanna are my age! It was refreshing to watch them communicate like adults. I loved their banter, the sexiness, their openness. Pretty much loved everything!!

  Excerpt   “You’re trouble tonight, aren’t you?” Her fingertips dance along my traps as she brushes past me. “And yes, to answer your question, I did, in fact, bring the red bikini.” She disappears down the hall to the spare bedroom, where she’s sleeping tonight. Because I invited her to stay at my place this weekend rather than at King’s. It’s not that she isn’t welcome there. It’s more that she wants them to have their privacy. It also means I get more time with Hanna, so it’s a win all the way around. And I’d be lying if I said I hadn’t been thinking a lot about time alone with her this weekend.  I change into my swim trunks, pour myself a scotch, heavy on the rocks, and her a glass of wine before I make my way outside. I set the drinks on the outdoor dining table, remove the hot tub cover and check the temperature, making sure it’s not too hot.  Once I carry the drinks over and set them in the cup holders, I sink into the hot, bubbly water, stretch my arms out, let my head fall back and my eyes close. All the time I’ve been spending with Hanna is starting to get to me.  Reminding me that I’m in my forties, and very much still a bachelor. There are a lot of reasons why getting involved with Hanna on a romantic level would not be a good idea. Queenie and King’s relationship being at the forefront.  But she’s fun. And sexy. And we get each other.  A minute later, the sound of the sliding door opening and closing and the slap of flip-flops against the deck have me cracking a lid.  “You better not be sleeping already!” she calls out.  “Not sleeping, just waiting on you.” I watch as she pulls the tie on her robe and the terry fabric slips over her shoulders, revealing that red bikini I’m such a fan of. Hanna is all curves. Amazing curves. The kind I’ve fantasized about putting my hands on plenty of times over the past several months. And with us spending a lot more time together, it’s been hard not to give in to the constant draw.  I rise from the water and hold out a hand as she climbs the steps. Her fingers slip into my palm, sending a jolt down my spine and a stirring inside my swim trunks.  “Could you try to be a little less beautiful all the time?”I tease as I help her into the tub. “Could you try to have more of a dad bod?” She drags her fingers down my abs, brows waggling, a smile on her gorgeous face. “You are definitely good for my ego, Jake.” She pats me on the chest and sinks into the water on the opposite side of the tub from me.  Which is probably a good thing since I feel like we’re playing with fire tonight. The kind I wouldn’t mind pouring a gallon of gasoline on just to watch it burn brighter.  “That was a great engagement party. I think the kids had fun, don’t you?”She stretches her legs out. Her toes skim the outside of my thigh and I barely resist the urge to run my hand up her calf.  I don’t know what’s in the air tonight, but things seem…different. Heightened.  “Yeah. It was good,” I agree. She pokes me with her toe. “Then why are you frowning? You’ve been off all night. What’s going on?” With all the planning and talks we’ve been having, Hanna and I have gotten to know each other better. And she can read me pretty easily.  “I don’t know. On one hand, I’m happy for King and Queenie and I know he’s going to be a great husband to my daughter, but I spent all these years raising her, and being there for her. They’ve been living together for months, but for some reason, it’s all kind of hitting me. It’s real now.” I take a sip of my scotch. “It’s different from when she went away to college, and even when she moved out of the pool house and in with King. There’s this hole I didn’t expect.” “It sounds like empty nester’s syndrome.” She moves to the spot beside to me, where the glass of wine I poured her sits.  “Is that what this is? I’m all morose and shit.” She chuckles and props her elbow on the edge of the tub. “You need to look at it with a fresh perspective, that’s all. You’re not losing your daughter. It’s different with girls. Sure, she’s found her partner in life, but she’s always going to be your baby girl. And the two of you are so close.” “I don’t know what to do with all of this freedom,” I admit. “My entire life up to this point has been revolved around raising Queenie and my career.” “Which means you did your job. And that’s a good thing. Think about it, Jake. This is the great part about having a kid young. Sure, you lost out on the freedom of your twenties, but in some ways, this is even better. You’re in your forties. You have a great job, you’re in incredible shape.” She twists and pulls her knee up so it rests against my thigh, her arm extending along the back of the tub, fingertips skimming my . “You have all of your hair.” “I’m definitely grateful for the last one,” I joke.  “You have great hair.” She runs her fingers through it. “It’s sexy.” She bites her lip and then shakes her head. “Anyway, what I’m saying is, you’re in the prime of your life. Most people in their forties are raising teens, or maybe their kids are getting ready to go to college. You’ve done all that. Now you can just live. You can date. Have fun. Do whatever you want.” “Fun would be good.”My gaze drops to her lips. “And I’d like to do whatever I want.” “Me, too.” Her bottom lip slides through her teeth. “Like right now I could kiss you.” “You definitely could.” I skim her thigh under the water with my fingertips.  She nods. “There’s nothing stopping us.” “So why aren’t your lips on mine yet?” I ask.  Hanna shifts again, her wet palms come to rest on either side of my jaw, and she presses her soft lips to mine.  I slip my hand under her hair and wrap it around the back of her neck. For a moment, I question whether this is a good idea. But when our lips part and our tongues meet, I forget all the reasons why it might not be.  I groan as I sink into the kiss and our tongues tangle. She tastes fruity, like the wine she’s been drinking. She straddles me and settles in my lap, her breasts pressing against my chest.  She breaks the kiss for a moment and our eyes meet. “I’ve been thinking about this for months.” “I’ve wanted to know what your lips taste like since the first day I met you.”    

About Helena Hunting

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

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Release Blitz & Review – Let Me Love You, Siobhan Davis

May 31, 2021 | Posted in Release Day Blitz, Review | By

Let Me Love You, the highly-anticipated and jaw-dropping conclusion to the All of Me Duet from USA Today bestselling author Siobhan Davis, available now!

My heart and soul forever belong to two men. It’s an irrefutable truth that won’t ever change. Reeve is the air I breathe. Dillon is the fire that consumes me. How am I expected to live without a part of my heart?

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Sandra's Review

5 out of 5 stars

Let Me Love You is the second book in the All of Me duet by the Queen of Twists, Siobhan Davis. You can not read this book without reading Say I’m the One first. So if you haven’t done that yet…do it now!! Go…enjoy!! I really can not say much about the story without spoiling anything. I can say that this duet is epic! I have been on some crazy emotional rides but this one is wild, heartbreaking, swoon-worthy, and poetic. It hit on every last emotion. It’s full of love, laughter, passion, twists, turns, loopy-loops, family, friendship, and angst. I couldn’t put it down!
I usually add quotes but I couldn’t even do that afraid of giving anything away. Holy. Fuck. Seriously, read this duet. The writing is addictive. The storyline is epic. The characters are so well-developed and fantastic. It’s one of my favorite reads of the year! 💞
*I received this book in exchange of an honest review.
 

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About Siobhan

USA Today bestselling author Siobhan Davis writes emotionally intense young adult and new adult romantic fiction with swoon-worthy romance, complex characters, and tons of unexpected plot twists and turns that will have you flipping the pages beyond bedtime!

Siobhan’s family will tell you she’s a little bit obsessive when it comes to reading and writing, and they aren’t wrong. She can rarely be found without her trusty Kindle, a paperback book, or her laptop somewhere close at hand.

Prior to becoming a full-time writer, Siobhan forged a successful corporate career in human resource management.

She resides in the Garden County of Ireland with her husband and two sons.

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Release Day & Review – A Kiss for A Kiss, Helena Hunting

May 27, 2021 | Posted in Release Day Blitz, Review | By

There’s a small complication. A beautiful, sexy complication named Hanna.

A Kiss for A Kiss, an all-new second chance-at-love mature adult romance from New York Times bestselling author Helena Hunting is available now!

I’m Jake Masterson, single dad, and the General Manager of Seattle’s NHL team. I walked away from a career as a player so I could raise my daughter. For the last twenty-plus years, Queenie has been my main priority, but now she’s getting married. And there’s a small complication. A beautiful, sexy complication named Hanna. She’s my son-in-law’s older sister. Or at least that’s how they were raised. The truth is a little more scandalous than that. I’ve been drawn to her from the moment I laid eyes on her. And I spent months trying to keep a lid on that attraction. Until we finally give in. It starts with one searing kiss, but quickly ends with us between the sheets—and in the shower, and the hot tub, you get the picture—and turns into months of sneaking around. Here’s the problem: we live on opposite ends of the country. It can’t be anything but casual. And as I’ve already said…it’s complicated. But when Hanna finds out she’s pregnant…suddenly things get real serious.

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Kara's Review

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A Kiss for a Kiss is the fourth book in the All In series by Helena Hunting. Oh Jake, be still my heart. I loved you when we met you as Queenie’s dad. And I knew you and Hanna were perfect for each other. You had similar stories, a lot in common and crazy hot chemistry. But your daughter is marrying her son (who everyone thinks is her brother). To say it’s complicated is an understatement! They decide they are better off as friends so they don’t complicate things any further. And then Hanna finds out she’s pregnant. She’s forty-six and thought she was in perimenopause but now she’s pregnant and lives across the country from Jake and her son. Jake wants to be involved, but how is that going to work. They both have jobs and families. They both compromised things in their lives when they had Ryan and Queenie. But they are older and wiser and just talk to each other about how they feel. Not only do they want to raise this baby together, they want to be together. I couldn’t love this book more if I tried! I loved that Jake and Hanna are my age! It was refreshing to watch them communicate like adults. I loved their banter, the sexiness, their openness. Pretty much loved everything!!

About Helena Hunting

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

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Release Blitz & Review – Tie Me Down, Melanie Harlow

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

Like any cowboy, he’s good with a rope and knows exactly how to tie me up. But what if I want him to tie me down?

Tie Me Down, an all new smoldering second-chance romance from USA Today bestselling author Melanie Harlow is now live!

Just friends. That’s all Beckett Weaver and I have ever been. Sure, he’s a hot cowboy who left Wall Street behind to take over his family’s ranch. Yes, I’ve had a secret crush on him since we were seventeen. And who wouldn’t appreciate those strong hands, that massive chest, and the way he fills out a pair of Levis? He makes a girl sweat just looking at him . . . and I look. A lot. But I’m a single mom trying to move on with my life, and he’s running that ranch single-handedly while taking care of his elderly father. We don’t even live in the same state. I only returned to my hometown of Bellamy Creek to sell my late mother’s house, and he just invited me and my son to stay with him because he’s got a big heart. That’s not the only big thing he’s got–which I discover the night I finally sneak across the hall to his bedroom and shed my inhibitions right alongside my pajamas. And once we give into each other, we can’t stop. The hayloft. The bed of his truck. The dock by the pond. Nothing has ever felt so right, but his past has taught him not to believe in happily ever after, and every perfect night I spend in his arms brings us closer to goodbye. Like any cowboy, he’s good with a rope and knows exactly how to tie me up. But what if I want him to tie me down?

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Sandra's Review

5 out of 5 stars

Tie Me Down is the fourth and final book in the Bellamy Creek series by Melanie Harlow. It’s a bittersweet ending to this amazing series connected by four best friends in a small town. Four friends who live for old man baseball, family, and now their loves.
Fifteen years ago the boys graduated high school and went their separate ways but were always there for each other. Since then they have all made it back to their hometown of Bellamy Creek. Beckett went to Harvard to Wall Street and a years years ago he left the big city to takeover his family’s farm and take care of his father. Every time he looked at the old maple tree he thought of the girl who got away. Maddie Blake. His friend, neighbor, and now the woman who was going to be staying with him for the next two weeks with her son, Elliott.
Maddie left her hometown and never looked back. She stayed in touch with Beckett for years. He was her rock for years until she had to make a choice. When she called him months ago she didn’t know how he would feel and when he invited her and her son to stay with him on the farm while she prepared her mom’s house to sell, it was unexpected. She had a crush on him at seventeen and when she sees him again at thirty-three, it was no different. He was all man. He smelled like hard work and dedication. He looked like sex on a stick. But it was his heart that melted her. Made her swoon. And once she got a taste of him, it was on. He knew how to tie her up in all the sweet and naughty ways but is he willing to tie her down for the long haul?
Omg, I loved this book and this series!! I can’t even pick a favorite anymore. I love all these old men of baseball and the women who love them. And the kids!!! Elliott is amazing! I want his pink boots. This book made me swoon, cry, get hot and bothered and cry again. Such an emotional and beautiful ride. I am excited about what Melanie has for us next.
P.S. Make sure to read the bonus scene.
Quotes:
“Are you staying here too?”
“Yes,” Elliott replied.
“Well, good. That’s good.” My dad nodded in satisfaction. “You’ll like it here. Sometimes they don’t let you out when you ask, but mostly the people are nice.”
“I’m good with a rope, you know.”
My stomach tightened. “I bet you are, cowboy.”
“Is it time?” Cole asked.
“Yes. But you’re so adorable with your group hug, I don’t even want to break it up.”
“It wasn’t a group hug,” scoffed Griffin, adjusting his lapels.
“It was a team huddle.” Moretti fussed with his cuffs. “A very manly team huddle.”

About Melanie Harlow

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

Melanie is the author of the CLOVERLEIGH FARMS series, the ONE & ONLY series, AFTER WE FALL series, the HAPPY CRAZY LOVE series, the FRENCHED series, and the sexy historical SPEAK EASY duet, set in the 1920s. She lifts her glass to romance readers and writers from her home near Detroit, MI, where she lives with her husband, two daughters, and pet rabbit.

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