Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Blogtour: The Diary of a Late Bloomer by L.M.L Gil



The Diary of a Late Bloomer 
A quirky coming of age novel
L.M.L Gil
Publication date: June 29th 2020
Genres: Coming of Age, New Adult, Romance, Sports



Every wallflower blooms at their own perfect time, but some like quirky Lo, take longer than others. 
Lo is a sheltered 20-year-old who loves baking, manga/anime, and octopi. 
When she spots her college swim team’s tryout flyer sporting her favorite sea creature, an octopus she knows it’s a sign that she must join the Flying Octopi. The only things standing her way are her social awkward nature and the fact that she just learned to swim. 





We entered a musty smelling store filled with CDs and posters of bands. The loud growling music was only over powered by the employees arguing about the band that was playing. Jackson and Martin darted to opposite sections, leaving me to my own devices.
I took a staircase down to the cellar which was filled with band shirts, vinyl, more posters and a sale section. I browsed through the sale section. In my infinite wisdom, I had only brought $10 dollars, so I couldn’t afford anything at full price.
Over the years I have developed a method of finding new bands I might like: first I look at the covers and titles of the CDs to see if something calls out to me, then I check their song list. If all three interest me, I get the CD.
I had discovered one of my favorite metal bands, Testament, that way. The CDs clanked as I scanned through them. Nothing called out to me.
“I was wondering where you disappeared to,” Jackson towered over me “You’re being anti-social.”

“Huh?” I had forgotten that I came with them.

“We’re supposed to hang out together and you’re here hiding,” he smirked.       
I wanted to argue with him, but I could tell he would win.
“Sorry,” I whispered. 

Jackson came closer. I tried to move back but there was no space. He looked down at me. My heart beat faster. I felt his breath.
“Martin’s waiting for us upstairs,” he said and stepped back.

“No, I’m not,” Martin said, “I wanted to see what they had on sale.”

“There’s a bunch of stuff,” my heart slowed.
Jackson went to look at the band t-shirts while Martin and I flipped through CDs.
“I gave Nirvana another go,” he broke the silence.

“So what did you think?” just hearing their name perked me up.

“I could see what you mean by playing with words,” he looked up at me, “but they’re not my cup of tea.”
Knowing he had remembered our conversation made me feel warm inside. 

“As long as you were open to try.” 

“This is my favorite band,” Martin showed me a CD cover with soldiers on it. 

“BoySetsFire, After the Eulogy.”

I took it from his hand and scanned the song titles. 

“It looks interesting.”

“Yeah, I think you’d like them,” he smiled.

“I’ll buy it then,” I would use all my money.

“I can lend it to you if you want?” he took it and put it back on the stand.

“Sure. I would love that.”

“What would you love?” Jackson slinked behind me.

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Release Blitz: North Point by Thom Collins


Book Title: North Point

Author: Thom Collins

Publisher: Pride Publishing 

Release Date: July 7, 2020

Genre/s: Contemporary M/M Romance, Thriller and Suspense

Trope/s: Going home, murder mystery 

Themes: Fatherhood, survival

Heat Rating: 4 flames 

Length: 61 000 words

It is a standalone story




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Will an idyllic summer holiday lead Arnie to the love of his life, or the end of it?


Blurb

It should be the start of a perfect vacation. After a period of stress, Arnie Walker takes his nine-year-old son AJ home for the holidays. Arnie grew up in Nyemouth, a picturesque fishing town on the North-East coast of England, and he wants AJ to experience the kind of carefree, endless summer he enjoyed as a boy. It’s a short-lived dream. While taking an evening walk along the North Point cliff, Arnie and AJ witness a murder attempt.

For the volunteer crew of Nyemouth Lifeboat Station, it’s a rescue mission like none before, Helmsman Dominic Melton is part of the team who rescue the victim from the deadly North Sea. When Arnie and Dominic come together in the aftermath of the attack, the attraction is instant. Arnie isn’t looking for a relationship. He’s committed to his son’s well-being and has no time for a distraction like Dominic, even though the handsome ex-naval officer is hard to dismiss. Is it possible for Arnie to fulfill his promises to AJ while falling for Dominic?

Despite the distraction, a fledgling killer remains at large. As feelings between Arnie and Dominic develop, so does the danger they are in. North Point may be a beautiful place to fall in love, but it could also be the most dangerous.

Excerpt

“The police are outside,” Dominic said. “They want statements from all of us.” He had large and very expressive brown eyes. Within them, Arnie saw flecks of amber and gold. With his dark hair and muscular build, Dominic looked every inch a hero.

No, Arnie corrected himself. This guy doesn’t look like a hero. He is a hero. The entire crew are. It was more than the way he looked. There was an aura about Dominic, an undefined energy that made him incredibly attractive. Arnie had worked with some exceptionally good-looking men in his career, bona fide Hollywood heartthrobs, and none of them had Dominic’s naturally sexy quality. Everything about him—his face, his hair, his build—appealed. He was a knockout.

Come on, Arnie thought, pulling himself up. You’ve just witnessed a horrendous crime. A woman is fighting for her life this very minute and you’ve taken a fancy to the local hot guy. Get a grip.

He dunked a biscuit into the tea and ate it. His father was right—the sugar seemed to have an instant effect and his senses became clearer.

“How rough were things out there?” Martin asked.

“The sea’s getting up,” Dominic answered. “The wind too. Another half hour and we might not have got in there. It wouldn’t have mattered if we did. The tide would have taken her by then. It doesn’t bear thinking about.”

“You’re amazing,” Arnie said, and meant it. Dominic and the crew of volunteers had risked their lives for the safety of a complete stranger. They might all have died trying to rescue her.

“I just drove the boat,” he said. “My colleagues— Joanne and Minty—they did the hard work. They transferred the woman from the rock to the boat and kept her stable the whole way back. That’s no easy job in those swells.”

“Does anyone know who she is?” Martin asked.

Release Blitz: Drifter by Eden Winters




Title: Drifter
Author: Eden Winters
Publisher: Rocky Ridge Books
Release Date: 7/7/20
Heat Level: 3 - Some Sex
Pairing: Male/Male
Length: 238
Genre: Romance, Contemporary, Rocker

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Synopsis


Some legends never die.

Killian Desmond met his end in the fiery crash that killed his band, or so the newspapers say. Now a nameless drifter, he plays one pick-up gig after another in a haze of pain and regret, moving on the minute someone says, “You sound like that guy from Trickster.”

Getting outed cost Mike Rose his musical family. A bassist without a band, he’ll play any kind of music to earn a paycheck, but Trickster’s music provides light during the darkest moments of his life.

A chance meeting brings together two lost souls who spark enough heat to set their guitars on fire. Their chemistry, both onstage and off, feels like something written in the words of a song and gives them courage to face life again.

But to seize their future, they have to confront their past.



Excerpt

The throbbing beat blended with screams from the crowd; a crowd hidden by bright lights. Sweat and cologne and beer filled Killian Desmond’s nose. Familiar sounds. Familiar scents.

Home.

Did he love this life or hate it? Who cared, he’d never known another. Back to back with his brother Elliot, he shredded his electric acoustic guitar, improvising for the fans. The strings bent to his callused fingertips, note after note falling from his guitar.

Elliot kept up. Elliot always kept up. Others might get lost in Killy’s musical fantasies, but El gauged Killy’s intentions by the way he moved, held his shoulders, or gestures, like pausing to flip his sweat-dampened hair out of his eyes.

The drummer and keyboardist faded away, letting El set the tone with a deep bass beat.

Killy strutted to the front of the stage. Hot lights illuminated him from behind, shining on sweat-soaked skin. “What you wanna hear?” He didn’t need the words to know they’d be sticking to their prearranged lineup. At their manager’s urging, he’d saved the best for last.

Highway!” roared through the arena.

He grinned and cupped a hand to one ear. “What’s that? I can’t hear you.”

Highway!” roughly six thousand voices cried out in unison, louder this time.

“Aw, c’mon, now,” Killy teased. “We’ll play whatever you want, but you gotta tell us.”

The thunderous chant of “Highway! Highway! Highway!” threatened to blow the roof off the building.

Strolling over a few paces and throwing an arm around his brother, Killy said, “Well, I reckon we better do as they say.”

“Since when have you ever taken orders?” Elliot shot back.

Faster than most could follow, Killy slung his guitar back into place and launched into their best-known riff.

The screaming nearly deafened him. He tried again. On his sixth attempt the crowd settled enough to begin.

He grinned. Adoration and energy flowed from the crowd, straight into his veins, to gather strength and escape through his fingers and his voice.

His deep growl purred through the arena, pouring out the melody he’d written in a single night in a hotel room God knew where. High on life, cheap vodka, and the rush of their first big show, he’d settled onto the bed in the dark, except for the flickering image of a black and white movie on the TV, sound turned down, and began strumming.

The words flowed out of him unbidden, leaving him raw, shaken, and in possession of a number one hit.

He didn’t sing or play Highway—the melody made him its bitch, possessing him, demanding release into the world.

Who was he to refuse?

Monday, July 6, 2020

ARC Review: Spotlight (Famous #2) by Eden Finley


Blurb:
Ryder
When I quit the biggest boy band on the planet, I was supposed to get my life back.
It’s not that I wanted to leave the spotlight. I felt like I had to for my daughter. Her picture shouldn’t be splashed all over the tabloids.
I thought I could do this parenting thing on my own, but it’s obvious I need help. I just didn’t expect to find it in the form of a gorgeous guy I meet by chance.
I can put my attraction aside for my daughter’s sake. I’ve put my whole life on hold for her.
If only he wasn’t so tempting.
Lyric
Working as a nanny is my backup to my backup plan. My first plan is fame, but something always holds me back.
When I randomly run into Ryder Kennedy and end up becoming his daughter’s nanny, I figure it’ll be a short-term thing.
But then Ryder finds out I can sing. He wasn’t ready to give up music, and now he’s found a new way to have it: through me. He wants to produce my demo and make me a star.
He says I was born to be in the spotlight, but I think I was born to run from it.
It doesn’t help that each day I’m with him and his daughter, the deeper I fall into fantasies of being part of their family. And not just as the nanny.


Todd's rating:




I adored this second book in the "Famous" series right out of the gate, where pop star Ryder met up-and-coming musician Lyric in McDonalds (?), after Ryder overheard Lyric telling his young nephew how badly he thought Eleven, Ryder's old boy band, sucked.

Despite their odd first meeting, Ryder ended up hiring Lyric to be his 4 y.o. daughter's nanny, which of course led to pining and, eventually, to a big ole' case of The Feels from both guys.

They were a very well-suited pair; however, when Ryder offered to help him with his music career, Lyric's staunch refusal to become a sell-out, like his deceased musician father, became a point of contention for them to overcome.

I thoroughly enjoyed how, no matter their desire to play nice and avoid fights, both Ryder and Lyric communicated openly with one another.

This eventually led to Lyric finally admitting that no major record label contract would ever be good enough for his strict standards, then him finally getting out of his own way, so that both men could be happy and move forward. Together.

Blogtour: The Midwest Series by Brigham Vaughn


The Midwest Series

by Brigham Vaughn

It was more than a decision, it was serendipity. 


A former college hockey stars decision to come out of the closet and reunite with his high school boyfriend does more than change the direction of their lives.

It sets into motion events that will lead to their respective best friends, a former hockey player and a psychology major, being stuck on a summer road trip together.

They cross paths with another old friend, an injured pro baseball player whose been forced to move in with his physical therapist. Old hurts are healed and the six become close friends.

When a night out for the guys leads to their meeting an Olympic hopeful swimmer who is fascinated by a drag queen it’s clear that none of their lives will ever be the same.

They are standalone stories featuring four different couples. Reading in order is helpful but not required.

Overall Heat Rating for the series: 4 flames: Detailed love scenes, graphic description of anatomy and of sexual acts.

Publisher: Two Peninsulas Press (self-published)

Cover Artist: Brigham Vaughn


BOOK 1

Book Title: Bully and Exit

Length: 78 986 words/ 264 pages

Release Date: First edition – July 9, 2015 Second edition – June 30, 2020

Genre/s: Contemporary M/M Romance, Bisexual Romance, Sports Romance

Trope/s: Jock/geek, opposites attract, second chance

Themes: Coming out, forgiveness

It is a standalone story.



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 It's time to leave college and the closet behind.

Blurb

Nathan Rhodes has put hockey first for most of his life, but as graduation looms, he has a different goal in mind. He needs to come out and reclaim his first love. If only Caleb will believe him...

Theater geek Caleb Stockwell gave up on love when his boyfriend chose the closet over being with an openly bisexual guy. Now, he hides his heartbreak behind a string of casual hookups. He loves the drama on stage, but he’s done with the drama of Nathan Rhodes. For good.

Nathan is determined to right the wrongs of four years ago, but the clock is ticking.

One month until he and Caleb go their separate ways. One month to take a final shot at winning Caleb's heart back. 

Win or lose, everything is on the line.

BOOK 2

Book Title: Push and Pull

Length: 91 467 words/ 316 pages

Release Date: October 24, 2018

Genre/s: Contemporary M/M Romance, Bisexual Romance, Sports Romance

Trope/s: Opposites attract, enemies to lovers, road trip

Themes: Coming out, acceptance

It is a standalone story.



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 It was just supposed to be a road trip.


Blurb

Former hockey player Brent Cameron has a plan now that he's out of the closet. He'll take a summer road trip, find a job, and settle down with a fellow jock. Lowell Prescott is not part of that plan, but when Brent’s travel companion bails, he’s the only option.

Out and proud, Lowell has a love of sports, a flair of fashion, and a disdain for anything conventional. Burned by past relationships, he’s wary of jocks who want to change him—and that includes Brent Cameron.

Tempers flare and sparks fly as the miles disappear behind them. Just as it seems they might be on a journey to something more than Lake Superior, Brent receives a phone call that could change everything.

Will Brent stay with Lowell and ignore a friend in need, or go sit by the bedside of the man who broke Lowell's heart?

The stakes are high when you play for keeps.



BOOK 3

Book Title: Touch and Go

Length: 101 817 words/ 410 pages

Release Date: September 27, 2019

Genre/s: Contemporary m/m romance, bisexual romance, sports romance

Trope/s: Opposites attract, hurt comfort

Themes: Redemption, pride, coming out

It is a standalone story.



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 It was supposed to be a secret fling.


Blurb

Micah Warner spent his whole life dreaming of pitching in the big leagues. Signing with a minor-league team near Chicago puts him one step closer to making that a reality. But there are no out players in pro ball, so any involvement with a man must be discreet.

Physical therapist Justin Lamb loves his job with the Cougars. A romantic at heart, he wants to find lasting love—with a man or woman—but traveling with the team makes it difficult to maintain a long-term relationship.

Micah offers Justin a no-strings-attached way to blow off some steam, and Justin reluctantly agrees. It doesn’t take long before they’re both in over their heads but falling in love will risk everything.

With their careers and relationship hanging in the balance, they have one last play to make.

It’s time to take a swing for real and lasting love.


BOOK 4

Book Title: Advance and Retreat

Length: 105 980 words/368 pages

Release Date: July 14, 2020

Genre/s: Contemporary m/m romance, sports romance, bisexual romance

Trope/s: Opposites attract, age gap

Themes: Acceptance, coming out

It is a standalone story.



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Olympic-size dreams come at a price.

Blurb

Openly gay college swimmer Ian Harrington feels like he's fighting against a current of tragedy. He's grieving the loss of his parents and best friend, and now he's dealing with a toxic coach and judgmental brother. But he won't let that stop him from chasing his dream: Olympic gold.


Ricky Chavez has just about everything he wants in life: a great career, a supportive family, and a side gig as drag queen Rosie Riveting. The only thing he's missing is a partner to share it all with.


When the two men connect after Rosie’s performance, they're immediately drawn to one another. But it's never that simple. Ricky isn't the type of man to hide, and with Ian's coach breathing down his neck, he can't openly love a drag queen without making waves.


They'll have to brave deep waters to make it to the finish line.



Excerpt from Bully and Exit

Nathan’s voice was soft when he spoke, gentle like it’d always been. “Caleb Stockwell. I’ve been looking for you.”

Caleb cleared his throat and ignored him, tipping the bottle up for another long drink. He licked the spiciness from his lips as he debated making another run for it. There was a shrub blocking his way in one direction and a hockey player in the other. Even if he hadn’t been drinking, the odds weren’t in his favor. “Nathan Rhodes,” he managed.

“Damn I can’t believe it’s you!” Nathan leaned in and Caleb pulled back, uncomfortable with him being so close.

Caleb laughed bitterly. “It’s me. Now that you’ve satisfied your curiosity, you can run along.” He motioned with his hand, encouraging Nathan to leave.

“It’s really good to see you,” Nathan said, ignoring him. He took a seat on the pile of discarded construction materials, his knees brushing Caleb’s as he lowered himself down. Caleb pulled away as if scorched.

“Yeah? Too bad I can’t say the same,” he muttered, his head swimming as the alcohol began to hit him. He eyed Nathan’s long, long legs and the way he was pinned in by them, remembering the way they’d felt tangled with his as they came, panting shallowly against each other’s skin. It brought it all back; the scent of Nathan’s cologne, the taste of his skin, the way Caleb’s heart raced in his chest when Nathan held him close. It brought back the memories the ones he’d worked so hard to run from. The good and the bad. The sharp, intense happiness of falling for Nathan. The aching, crushing hurt that paralyzed Caleb for months after Nathan was no longer in his life. Everything he’d buried four years ago and vowed never to touch again.

He caught the first glimpse of doubt on Nathan’s face. “Are you okay, Caleb?”

Release Blitz: Princess Bachelorette - An Exclusive Selection of Princess Bachelorette Stories



Princess Bachelorette: An Exclusive Selection of Princess Bachelorette Stories
Published by: Enchanted Quill Press
Publication date: July 1st 2020
Genres: Fairy Tales, Fantasy, New Adult, Young Adult




Your favorite fairytale love stories, but not how you remember them… 
Enchanted Quill Press takes you on a journey to far away lands and kingdoms that need an heir to continue their reign. 
Come on a journey to meet the fairytale princesses you know and love and find out how they met their love match in these never seen before retellings.
With a matchmaking competition to win the heart of the princess, this set will leave you wondering, will she choose her Prince Charming?

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Sunday, July 5, 2020

ARC Review : All That Remains (Lancaster Falls Trilogy #3) by RJ Scott

Blurb :

Federal Agent Lucas Beaumont has an agenda—get himself assigned to the case of the apparent serial murders at Lancaster Falls, find out who the murderer is, and then lay the ghosts that haunt his grandfather to rest. In the midst of a horrific murder investigation, the only peace he gets is from simple moments in a warm kitchen, talking to hotel owner, Josh. Attraction to the easygoing man is something he didn’t expect; in doing so, he opens himself to hurt, but at the same time, he begins to fall in love.

Josh is struggling to keep the Falls Hotel, even with every cent he has invested in its upkeep. The one thing keeping him above water is the not entirely legal work he does on the side—a steady income that not even his son knows about. When the FBI takes over his hotel for the duration of the Hell’s Gate serial killer case, Josh is faced with the real possibility that Lucas will not only discover his secret but also steal his heart.

When tragedy hits Josh and his son, and when it seems all hope is lost, can Lucas rescue them both?

Christelle's rating:




The final instalment of the “Lancaster Falls trilogy” : Not a standalone at all, obviously.

What a *great conclusion / resolution* of the plague and secrets shadowing the small town of Lancaster Falls and which shattered the lives of many of its inhabitants. All the pieces finally fit together in a dreadful picture. The angst is there but not overwhelming as most of the horrors are suggested but, thanks for small favors, not graphic.

As for the pace, well-done with the author spreading clues bit by bit to raise the readers’ suspicion about the whodunnit and sharing the shock-wave it would create.

Blogtour: MacLeods of Skye series by JR Salisbury



Taming Lily 
MacLeods of Skye Book 4 
by JR Salisbury 
Genre: Historical Scottish Romance 


Lady Lily MacLeod has had enough of her oldest brother's meddling. While in London, Rory MacLeod, duke of Skye has promised his sister to an earl who is twice her age in hopes of taming his unruly sister. An arranged marriage where husbands view their wives as simply a broodmare in hopes of producing an heir. In a desperate attempt to avoid her fate, Lily flees and finds herself hiding on a train bound for Edinburgh.

Tobias Campbell, duke of Aberdeen is unsure what to make of the filthy stowaway found hiding on his rail car. Part of the well crafted tale she tells rings true, but Tobias is certain the chit has secrets. Secrets he intends to uncover.

In spite of being betrothed to another, the usually meticulously organized duke finds himself extending his protection to his houseguest. The last thing he expected to was to fall madly in love with the beautiful and mysterious lady.

Desperate times call for desperate measures and Lily and Tobias aren't the only ones caught up in this battle of strong wills and love. 

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Lord Malcolm's Heart 
MacLeods of Sky Book 3 


Having completed his family obligations, Malcolm MacLeod finds himself in Paris for a long awaited holiday. Parties, theater, cards, and of course women are in his sights for the coming weeks. What he doesn't expect is to run into a neighbor from Skye who is traveling with his red haired, temptress of a niece. Mac immediately finds he attraction far stronger than simple lust.

Sorcha MacDonald, the niece of Ivan and Ian MacDonald. Born and bred in America to their late brother, William, Sorcha has more on her plate than accompanying her ailing uncle throughout the continent. She must find a husband - quickly per the terms of her father's will, or forfeit her inheritance. The moment Sorcha lays eyes on Mac, she knows she's found her heart.

As in all love stories, there is a twist...Malcolm's two younger brother's Tavish and Kentgem. The pair have their own scheme to ensure the MacDonald fortune will become theirs. Or will it? 




The Sins of Rory MacLeod 
MacLeods of Skye Book 2 


A riveting tale of family, love, and betrayal.

Left jilted at the altar by his bride, Rory MacLeod, the Duke of Skye and chief of the MacLeod clan finds himself becoming the subject of unsavory gossip.

Marriage to a respectable young lady of impeccable breeding is the only way Rory can hope to silence the gossips.

Licking his wounds, he returns to London for the upcoming session of Parliament and Season. He brings with him his sister Lily. It will be her first season and one which Rory intends to find a bride of his own. He doesn't have to look far.

Victoria, the Duke of Hargrove's daughter, catches more than his eye the moment he meets her. She is everything his duchess needs to be. She is smart, beautiful and devoted to Rory. Not even his darkest secret can sway her.The bliss of married life is ripped apart by betrayal of the worst kind. His sister is kidnapped and forced into a marriage with only one purpose. Money. Even worse is who is behind it all.

With his own reputation and that of his family and clan at stake, Rory must carefully negotiate his sister's return without the world finding out about his secret. Not only could it bring shame to everyone he holds dear, it would mean his ruination and worse. 





Donnan's Rose 
MacLeods of Skye Book 1 


A Scottish tale of privateers, whiskey, handsome men in kilts, family, and the fiery young woman who dared to love a MacLeod.

As the fourth MacLeod son, Donnan MacLeod does not have to take on the responsibilities his older siblings do. He is free to keep his business private. As a privateer, he sails the channel looking for smugglers. Very elite smugglers.

It's not until he returns to Skye for his mother's birthday that Donnan begins to lose control of his life. And it's all because of a woman, the one woman he's loved since childhood. The woman he desires above all others - that is, should he ever think of taking a wife.

Rosalind, strong willed and opinionated far more than most, is determined to find out what Donnan is hiding. Never before had they kept things from each other, but Rosalind is convinced he's keeping something huge from her.

Everything changes in the blink of an eye.

Stowing away in the back of Donnan's coach, Rosalind changes their lives forever. The adventure begins... 

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Saturday, July 4, 2020

ARC Review: His Horizon by Con Riley

Blurb:

Temperatures rise when there are two cooks in Jude’s kitchen...

Jude’s drowning in guilt when he can’t save his family business single-handed. The last person he expects to throw a lifeline is Rob, a rival chef who once beat him to first place in a cooking contest.

Two chefs working together won’t be easy. Not when Rob is everything Jude isn’t—popular, extroverted, and a one-time hook-up. What’s worse is that Rob wears his heart on his sleeve while Jude’s still in the closet.

Jude’s dilemma doesn’t end there. Rob’s rescue package comes with conditions that mean sharing everything from the profits to Jude’s sleeping quarters. Sleeping with the enemy will either be a disaster or signal a much brighter future, but only if Jude can meet Rob’s final condition and love him in the open.

Sandra's review:





There's not a Con Riley book I haven't loved, and this one, the first in a new series, was no exception. Another thing I tend to expect in one of Con's novels is grief in some form, and the pain that comes with it. Again, this book was no exception. I'm going to do my best to keep my review spoiler-free.

We open the book to Jude's coming home from a long trip that took him halfway around the world to search for his parents who disappeared with their boat during a huge storm while sailing. Gay, but closeted, and having left home as soon as feasible to escape potential judgment, Jude not only deals with the loss of his parents, but also believes that his father would never have been okay with him being gay, and now he'll never get the chance to even find out for sure.

Just before his parents' disappearance, Jude was a participant in a cooking contest, where he met Rob so there's a bit of history between the two. Upon returning to his home in a small village on the Cornish coast, expecting to find only his sister waiting for him and to help her with their parents' inn/pub The Anchor, Jude finds the business mostly in tatters but in the process of being changed into a B&B, and the other man occupying his room.

Rob won the cooking contest after Jude's hasty departure to search for his parents, and has used his winnings to help The Anchor stay afloat, while working with Louise to turn the inn/pub from its previous incarnation as a beach tourist summer spot into a boutique hotel/restaurant.

ARC Review: Better Have Heart (Harrison Campus #2) by Andy Gallo & Anyta Sunday

Better Have Heart (Harrison Campus, #2)
Blurb:
They hate everything about each other, so why do they harmonize so well?
Isaiah Nettles wants a chance. A chance to help his family.
The prestigious Gage Scholarship will secure his future. He needs this. The competition might be hot, but Darren Gage is a golden child. No way will Isaiah let an entitled rich kid be handed the award.
But what if Darren is more than an entitled rich kid?
Darren Gage wants to be seen. Seen as more than just his name.
The Gage Scholarship will let him shine. He needs this. Sure, Isaiah is insanely sexy—and right to stand up for himself—but he is the competition. No way will Darren let just anyone take his legacy.
But what if Isaiah isn’t just anyone?
"Better Have Heart" is an enemies to lovers, slow burn M/M romance with a HEA. This New Adult, college, opposite attract, rich-boy poor-boy novel can be read as a standalone.

Todd's rating:




This was a fun and compelling "competitors to lovers" story with a suuuuuuper-slow-burn edge.

After a few bad experiences dating wealthy guys at Harrison, cash-strapped scholarship student Isaiah had a huge chip on his shoulder when it came to rich frat boys.

Enter Darren, the richest of the frat boys, and one of the asshole characters from book 1 of the series, who also happens to be Isaiah's competition for the scholarship that Gage desperately needed to better support his struggling family.

And although Darren didn't need the scholarship financially, he saw it as a way to begin repairing the broken relationship with his once-close father, which has suffered since he came out as gay.

Friday, July 3, 2020

Blogtour: Back to You by Kiska Gray


Back to You 

by Kiska Gray  


back to you ebook-2I’m in love with Dane Fisher.

Not only is he my best friend, but he's the one to pick up the broken pieces when my life falls apart. We're partners-in-crime. He's the peanut butter to my jelly, and I've loved him for as long as I can remember.

But he can never find out. It would kill me to lose him.

And then I lose him anyway.

Yet, the universe has a way of bringing us together again—and this time, I’m not giving up on us.

It will always come back to him...




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Excerpt:



“Thanks for tonight,” I said, turning to him. “It was really—”
Like a heat-seeking missile, Dane’s lips crushed against mine. I groaned. His hand found the back of my neck. Mine were already fisted in his leather jacket. Dragging him closer, I inhaled the spicy mint aroma on Dane’s breath, then parted my lips to welcome him in. We weren’t clueless kids anymore.
That much was obvious by the way his mouth plundered mine.
Yes, yes, yes.
I forgot how to breathe. I forgot everything but the warm, familiar taste of Dane as we shared the same space, one soul with two heartbeats. The world kept turning, but we were frozen in this moment. Wrapped up in each other. Desperate to make up for lost time.
When we finally broke apart, our chests were heaving. My heart was doing the tango, and I could see his pulse beating rapidly in his throat. His eyes sparked with heat. It did all sorts of things to my nether regions. I really wanted to climb on top of him, grind myself against him, and kiss him until my lips were bruised and we were both sweaty and spent.
Instead, I settled on a rather chaste peck on the lips. His eyes widened. He knew I was teasing him, so I smirked and walked my fingers up his chest.
“Good things come to those who wait. Call me,” I said before letting myself out. Dane honked the horn.
I exhaled a laugh and flipped him the bird.
I’d only been inside long enough to shuck my coat and boots and grab a bottle of water from the fridge, when my phone went off. I knew it was Dane before I ever pulled it out of my pocket. 
“What? Miss me already?”

Blogtour: The One Night Plan by Riley Long


The One Night Plan 

by Riley Long

  Crushing Series, Book 3

One-Night-Plan-CoverLucas landed his dream job working public relations for bands in LA, and to kick off his new life, he allows himself a scorching one night stand with a sexy stranger. The only problem? The stranger turns out to be his most famous client.

Working this closely together will be hard, but it turns out keeping their hands off of each other is harder. Can Lucas resist his rockstar's charisma and stick to the one night plan? If he can't, can he convince the rockstar of a new plan: love?

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Lucas nodded and stood, ready to follow Nick just about anywhere. The guy was hot, with his husky voice and his muscular arms, and his confidence was magnetic, drawing Lucas in. The way he’d touched Lucas’s thigh made his whole body scream out for more. Lucas didn’t see any red flags or hear any warning bells. He’d had a handful of hookups with varying degrees of satisfaction, though usually not with strangers. Something about this guy felt right. And just like moving to LA, just like taking off to find the bar, when something felt right, Lucas felt compelled to go with it.

Outside of the bar, Nick led the way, guiding Lucas several blocks farther into the city. They soon arrived at a hotel that was … well, not what Lucas had expected. He’d figured Nick would guide him to a cheap, anonymous motel with questionable cleanliness. That’s what usually happened with his one-night stands, right? Instead, they’d arrived at a shiny new building, several stories high, the front modern glass and metal, everything very angular. Lucas raised his eyebrows, mentally reassessing the situation. Who are you, Nick, to take a stranger to such a nice hotel for a hook-up?

Audiobook Review Tour: The Proposal by Piper Scott


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The Proposal 

by Piper Scott


Narrated by Michael Ferraiuolo

Single Dad Support Group, Book 2 

Length: 7 hrs and 22 mins

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After four years spent apart, Aaron is on his way home to marry the love of his life—his best friend. The proposal? It’s about to end in disaster. 
Dedicated, determined, and head-over-heels in love, Aaron is ready to settle down with the man of his dreams—his best friend, Gage. With a prestigious degree under his belt, a promising career ahead of him, and a loving boyfriend to pamper and spoil for the rest of their lives, the future is brighter than it’s ever been.

Isn’t it?

The lie Gage has been living for the last four years is about to fall apart, and there’s only one way he can see himself holding it together. The proposal? It’s everything he’s ever wanted, but something he might never be able to have…

When the steamiest summer of Gage’s life leaves him pregnant with Aaron’s child, Gage knows what he has to do. He’s made Aaron a promise, and the future of their family depends on it.

Forced to keep his son a secret from everyone—even Aaron—Gage does whatever it takes in order to keep a roof over their heads. But when his child gets sick and Gage can’t afford medical treatment, he has a difficult choice to make.

How far will he go to keep his future family together?

When an unexpected reunion brings Aaron and Gage back together, they’re faced with a choice: overcome the obstacles standing in their way to becoming a happy family, or accept that the proposal they’ve both been dreaming of is never going to happen.

The Proposal is a 70,000 word contemporary omegaverse mpreg novel featuring a quirky group of single dads, a live stream you’re never going to forget, pretty pearls in naughty places, and a love that neither time nor distance can tear apart.

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The tears in Gage’s eyes grew heavier. They gleamed in the lackluster hall lights, but they didn’t stream down his cheeks. The sight of them tore what was left of Aaron’s heart apart, but he couldn’t find it in himself to step forward and wipe them away. That wasn’t his place anymore. Gage had found someone else to care for him—someone else to share his heart with. Aaron hated the thought of it, but there was nothing he could do. If Gage had moved on, that was it. Nothing he could do could make him stay.
“I love you, too,” Gage said. He reached out for Aaron’s hand again, but Aaron backed away. He couldn’t bring himself to touch Gage for fear that he’d feel the sparks they’d once shared all over again. “It wasn’t supposed to be like this. If I’d known you were coming home, I would have told you. I didn’t know. I love you.”
“Then whose child is that?” Aaron asked. The putrefying sensation in his chest continued to fester. He wasn’t sure it would ever go away. “How can you say that you love me when you had a child with someone else?”
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