Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Blogtour: Fish On A Bicycle by Amy Lane

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Fish On A Bicycle 

Fish Out Of Water #5


Jackson Rivers has always bucked the rules—and bucking the rules of recovery is no exception. Now that he and Ellery are starting their own law firm, there’s no reason he can’t rush into trouble and take the same risks as always, right?

Maybe not. Their first case is a doozy, involving porn stars, drug empires, and daddy issues, and their client, Henry Worrall, wants to be an active participant in his own defense. As Henry and Jackson fight the bad guys and each other to find out who dumped the porn star in the trash can, Jackson must reexamine his assumptions that four months of rest and a few good conversations have made him all better inside.

Jackson keeps crashing his bicycle of self-care and a successful relationship, and Ellery wonders what’s going to give out first—Jackson’s health or Ellery’s patience. Jackson’s body hasn’t forgiven him for past crimes. Can Ellery forgive him for his current sins? And can they keep Henry from going to jail for sleeping with the wrong guy at the wrong time?

Being a fish out of water is tough—but if you give a fish a bicycle, how’s he going to swim?

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The Irredeemable 

By Amy Lane

So Henry—the innocent client in Fish on a Bicycle—was a supporting character from another book that needed redemption. And, as it turns out, he wasn’t as bad as he made out to be—he was trying to do what was right a lot, and, well, that gets confusing when your father has a heavy fist and outdated ideas.

But Henry was redeemable. 

But what about the guy he supposedly killed and threw in a dumpster?

Well, it turns out, we knew that guy.

Scott—aka Martin Sampson—was a bad guy from another book. A drug abusing, stalking psychopath who was last seen being carted off to jail after vandalizing his ex-girlfriend’s house because she wouldn’t let him in. He was Dex’s (from Dex in Blue) ex-boyfriend, and the things he did to mess with Dex and Kane were many and awful.

And oddly enough, I got letters about the guy.

“Can you reform Scott?”

“No!” I’d laugh. “The only way to make anybody feel sorry for that guy is if I killed him off!”

Stop looking at me like that!

No, seriously—it’s not like he was real! He was a pretend bad guy! He hooked John on cocaine to get him to sell Dex into a last porn scene with him. He was a super awful scumbag. This guy was absolutely, positively not going to get his own book, or his own romance, or his own happy ever after.

And seriously, I’ve never been happier to throw somebody in the dumpster with a gaping and fatal head wound.

But then, as Jackson Rivers and Ellery Cramer start looking into Scott’s life to clear Henry of suspicion for his death, I remembered my basic belief that most monsters—not all, but most—are made and not simply conjured out of thin air. 

Scott was a monster—how was he made?

Monday, October 14, 2019

Review Tour: Conspiracy Theory by Elle Keaton

Exclusive to Amazon and Available to Borrow With Kindle Unlimited

Length: 78,000 words approx.

Cover Design: Garrett Leigh @ Black Jazz Design

Years of grueling police work have left Niall Hamarsson jaded and disillusioned with life…although it’s likely he’s been that way all along. The last straw lands when the DA refuses to try a case Niall worked for years to bring to justice. Within hours he finds himself heading to the only place he’s ever been able to call home—a place he knows he doesn’t belong.

Mat Dempsey returned to Piedras Island after his father’s death. These days he’s Island County’s sheriff. He’s happy enough, even if moving home from San Francisco effectively forced him back into the closet. Mat’s well-ordered universe collapses when a local’s body is discovered floating in the cold waters of Hidden Harbor’s marina. All hell breaks loose in the community, and accusations fly…all coinciding with Niall Hamarsson’s return.Niall and Mat have a history, and it’s not one Mat’s proud of. He owes Niall an apology, even if it means getting down on his knees. However, Mat’s first priority is investigating the murder before his community tears itself apart and he may have to ask the aloof Niall Hamarsson for help.

Push apart, pull together, yes or no... The chemistry crackles between them but will the two men be able to put aside their pasts and embrace a future?


Jewel's review:

In this latest suspense series, by Elle Keaton, we have ourselves a murder!

Niall Hamarsson is bitter and cynical. After a rather tragic childhood followed by the isolation of his teenage years, Niall left Piedras Island, where his grandparents raised him, to go to college and then the police academy. After more than a decade on the force, Niall is a burnt out homicide detective and ready to walk away from it all. So he does, going back to the island, where he never felt at home or accepted, to try to figure out what to do with the rest of his life.

Mat Dempsey is sheriff of Piedras Island. It was never really in his ambition to come back home to run for sheriff, but here he is and he likes his life. About the only thing he doesn't have is someone to share his life with, but he's ok with that, for now. Life is usually pretty quiet in the winter on the island, with no tourism to speak of, so when there's a murder - the first in a very long time - and then other seemingly random crimes, Mat finds himself unseasonably busy and trying to figure out just where Niall fits in.

Release Blitz: Natural Disaster by Erin McLellan

Book Title: Natural Disaster

Author: Erin McLellan

Publisher: Erin McLellan

Cover Artist: Brooke Albrecht

Release Date: October 11, 2019

Genre/s: Contemporary m/m romance, workplace romance, action/adventure romance

Trope/s: workplace romance, forced proximity, enemies-to-lovers

Themes: storm chasing, weather, trust, finding a home, partnership/friendship

Heat Rating: 4 flames 

Length: 50 000 words/190 pages

It is a standalone story.


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When two tornado chasers form a reluctant team, the pressure between them builds…

Human-interest reporter—and son of a famous storm chaser—Guthrie Gale wants nothing to do with severe weather. But his station’s director insists he join the storm chasing team, or else, and worse yet, she pairs him with hotshot rookie chaser Luke Masters.

All Luke wants is to be a part of the KTTY family, and he won’t let prickly Guthrie Gale spoil his chance. Little does he realize Guthrie’s anxiety around storms is more than justified.

As Oklahoma’s unpredictable tornado season picks up, Guthrie and Luke strike up a turbulent working relationship that shifts between lust and bickering. But when they are forced to outrun a dangerous twister, their trust is tested and the desire between them flashes quick as lightning, threatening to burn more than just their careers.


Guthrie Gale hated spring in Oklahoma almost as much as he hated meetings right after lunch.

Rain spattered against the windows of the KTTY news station, the sky a deep and ominous blue. Clouds darkened the city skyline, casting a murkiness over the land.

Guthrie had read the forecast and weather maps this morning. They weren’t expecting anything but rain, but he was still on edge.

He jumped as Debbie Debarr cleared her throat to bring the news team’s attention back where it belonged—on her, the boss.

“We’re expecting an active tornado season, as always, and we’re short-staffed. That means some changes are coming down the pipeline. With Mack out on maternity leave, we’d like someone to do double duty.” She paused dramatically before dropping her bombshell. “Guthrie, guess what, bub? You’re up.”

Guthrie fought a frown. He glanced around the room at the anchors, reporters, writers, weather team, and storm chasers. No one was surprised he’d been picked. Most of them knew his history. His dad’s history.

But he wasn’t part of the weather team. He was a field reporter, for heaven’s sake. Not a storm chaser.


Sunday, October 13, 2019

ARC Review: Beauregard And The Beast by Evie Drae


A Once Upon a Vegas Night Tale

His greatest prize can’t be won in the octagon.

Champion MMA fighter Adam Littrell needs no distractions as he prepares for the fight that will determine whether he retires. But when he opens the door of his swanky Las Vegas home to his new personal assistant, Bo Wilkins, staying focused becomes a struggle.

Aware of Adam’s surly reputation, Bo doesn't expect to like his new employer, let alone fall for him. But Bo is pleasantly surprised when a shared love of books leads them to study for their GEDs together and plan for a life after their current careers. Adam won't be able to fight forever, and Bo wants a relationship on equal footing.
But just as their relationship is getting off the ground, the sister Bo raised needs his help, and he drops everything. With Adam’s final match looming and Bo in a different city, reuniting will be the real challenge.

Sandra's review:

As you probably surmised from the title, this is a retelling to some extent of Beauty and The Beast, in which the beast is not a cursed prince, but a famous MMA fighter named Adam who's been dubbed The Beast because of his performances in the ring, and our beauty's name is Beauregard who goes by Bo and becomes the Beast's new PA.

Adam is only a beast in the ring, and it's a persona he wears in public only. Privately, he's a generous, kind, and somewhat goofy guy, grumpy in the morning BC (before coffee) and hard to raise from sleep. His friend Kyle hires Bo to be Adam's PA, which turns out to be exactly what Adam never knew he needed.

Bo is no pushover, and while he's initially a wee bit intimidated by Adam's reputation as surly and ferocious, he pretty quickly realizes that the beast is in reality a sweet lapdog. And Bo cannot help but fall for Adam.

Adam feels much the same - impressed by the small man who single-handedly challenges and inspires him to reach for something that he's so far only dreamed of having.

There's obviously an opposites attract theme at play, but what I really loved about these characters is that they challenged each other to become better, fit together more easily, find common ground in even mundane things. Of course, there are also grand gestures that fit perfectly with Adam's generous natures and created somewhat humorous moments when Bo is awed by opulence. I loved that the author gave the characters some of the original characteristics - Bo loves to read, Adam's private side being so different than his public persona - but still made them feel like real people and not caricatures.

The romance starts off as a slow burn with some serious UST, but once they give in to the attraction, the fire burns brightly. I will also mention here that the author wrote the steamy scenes with emphasis on the intimacy between the characters. Evie Drae simply blew me away with her carefully chosen words.

I enjoyed the secondary characters also, namely Kyle and Bo's little sister Lulu. Kyle was the instigator - he brought Bo into Adam's life - and Lulu was at once the driving force for Bo taking the job and ultimately the reason for both a near derailment of the romance and them getting their HEA.

This is a really sweet, often funny, and well-told romance between two very different men who are absolutely perfect for each other.


** I received a free copy of this book from its publisher in exchange for an honest review. **

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