Saturday, December 7, 2019

Blogtour: Stocking Stuffers anthology




Stocking Stuffers
An MM Holiday Romance Anthology
with stories by
H Q Kingsley, Meredith Spies, Angelo Diaz, Denise Wells,
Megs Pritchard, J.P. Sayle, Colette Davison, Alie Nolan 



An MM holiday romance anthology. A collection of sweet, sexy, fun holiday stories from MM authors.


Fix Me Up by H.Q. Kingsley
Nettles Small and Ian Montgomery were best friends once upon a time… 
Nettles Small has retreated to his old family cabin, isolated in the woods for the peace and quiet he needs to write his dissertation. He expects a full two weeks of absolutely no disruptions as he buries himself in research and lab experiments. But when an outdoor experiment goes haywire and his equipment explodes across the mountain, knocking an unsanctioned snowboarder off his board, his plans quickly change.
Ian Montgomery is on his way to the winter olympics. he’s trained his ass off for years and finally made it. But on his way to shred down one of his secret slopes, Ian is unexpectedly knocked off his board by an unknown object and the person who rushes to nurse him back to his feet is someone he had never expected to see again.

Jingle My Bells by Meredith Spies
RowanLess than two weeks till the winter solstice and somehow it's my fault the witches have misplaced their damned bells. If they weren't such jerks about demon-borns being part of the Grand Council and their plans, maybe they wouldn't need to use the stupid things anyway. But until they're ready to admit that without us, there'd be no them, I guess they're out of luck. It's just dirty pool to send Whitaker Frost, scion of the Frost witch clan and sexiest man alive ohmygods to my shop when I've been accused of hiding those damned bells and endangering the witches' annual winter solstice ritual to maintain their powers.
Whitaker 
No matter what Rowan thinks, I haven't forgotten our encounter at the summer solstice, and I know for a fact he hasn't. The way he looks at me when he sees me in his shop just before the winter solstice is enough to set me on fire without the help of any of his demon magic. I don't blame him for being hesitant with me—I am a witch, after all, and witches have been doing their damnedest for centuries to keep demon-born out of magical communities and gatherings. I wish he'd understand that I not only want him in the council, but in my bed, my life...




Jake's Heart for Christmas by Angelo Diaz
Two online friends meeting up for an unforgettable Christmas vacation. 
After facing some trouble back home, Declan was more than eager to spend Christmas with his online best friend, Jake, in his hometown of Winterwood. It was everything he’d hoped it would be. The town was friendly, Jake was a ray of sunshine, and the spirit of Christmas was in every corner. What he didn’t expect was the growing connection between him and Jake. The more time Declan spent with Jake, the more the line between friendship and something more started to blur. Maybe the trip to Winterwood was exactly what Declan needed to find himself again. Now, all he wanted for Christmas was to win over Jake’s heart.  
Jake’s Heart For Christmas is a sweet and spicy Hallmark-style Christmas romance featuring best friends becoming lovers, sexual awakening, first times, hot kiss under the mistletoe, and a happy ending!




Rebel Without A Clause by Denise Wells
I’m the guy who never brings a date to a holiday party. But meeting someone at one is a different story, apparently. The bartender I undressed with my eyes? Whose touch ignited a fire in my soul when his fingers brushed against mine? He’s the one I’m prepared to break all my own rules for.



All Wrapped Up by Megs Pritchard

Crispin Jones had known Roan virtually his whole life, but when his disastrous marriage ended, he began to see Roan in a new light. He wasn’t simply his friend anymore. His feelings had changed to something more. 
Christmas was approaching and Crispin had decided that it was the time to tell Roan the truth. The office party seemed the perfect opportunity. 
Would Roan accept his declarations of love, or would Crispin’s admission ruin years of friendship between them?


A Christmas Wish by JP Sayle
Can Christmas wishes come true? 
Roman Austin is shy, more than a little geeky, and thinks he’s overweight. Past experience has taught him that he’s better off with his nose buried in a book.
Until the boy who left town years ago returns.
Donavan’s return makes Roman face what he’s avoided for years, himself. 
With each new revelation, can Roman see what is right in front of him? 
Will past secrets and a meddling brother stop Roman from finding love with the one man he never knew wanted him? 
A Christmas Wish is a standalone sweet gay romance, a small-town friendship, and a guaranteed HFN.



One Room at the Inn by Colette Davison
Travel photographer, Ellis, is driving home for Christmas, but a freak snowstorm forces him to seek refuge in the Holiday Inn. He doesn’t expect to meet his two best friends from high school there, or to end up having to share a room with them.
Although eight years apart has changed them all, Ellis realises he still has strong feelings for fit footballer, Zev, and loveable geek, PK.
A game of Never Have I Ever and a bottle of Applejack bourbon leads to revelations about their feelings for one another.
Can anything be the same for these three men after an unexpected night of passion?
One Room at the Inn is a friends to lovers, MMM Christmas romance, with steamy scenes and lots of snow.


Until After Christmas by Alie Nolan

Henry isn't a fan of Christmas and usually spends the holiday alone, wallowing in self-pity. Until he gets drunk with his adorable, awkward co-worker at the office Christmas party and somehow finds himself with Christmas plans for the first time in years.
Callum is tired of his family setting him up with random strangers at Christmas, so when Henry offers to pretend to be his boyfriend for the holiday, it seems like he's found the perfect solution... until real feelings get mixed up into their fake relationship.



Friday, December 6, 2019

Review Tour: The Christmas Oaks by VL Locey





Cover Design: Designs By Sloan




Blurb 

Can the magic of Christmas, and the soft voice of a man who has seen too much, show Bryan a future where anything is possible?

Bryan Graham is shocked to find he’s inherited a hunting cabin in north-central Pennsylvania. From his grandfather of all people; a stubborn man who went out of his way to make Bryan’s childhood miserable. He’d vowed never to go back to the small, rural community of Kutter’s Summit, not that he didn’t have fond memories of the place. It’s just that he’d rather be celebrating a quiet Christmas back in Nashville with his cat and his contracts. 

A couple of weeks of hunting, cleaning, and handyman work, and he can hopefully put the place up for sale and move on with his life. He never expected to find his childhood friend Parson Greer living in the cabin. Parson is no longer a boy, but a handsome, wary man consumed by the demons of a faraway desert war. When a rekindled friendship shifts into something deeper, Bryan finds himself lost in emotions that a workaholic like him has never made time to experience before.






Karen's review:





V.L. Locey has created a holiday story filled with the joy of the holiday season and the promise of new beginnings from second chances with this first book in her new series ‘Laurel Holidays’.
When Bryan Graham left Kutter’s Summit to start a new life in Nashville going back was never a consideration for him. But when his grandfather left his hunting cabin and the land it was on to him, Bryan finds that going back is exactly what he has to do. So he develops a plan and it’s a fairly simle one…Bryan’s plan is to take a couple of weeks to spruce the place up, put it on the market and make a quick sale then it’s back to his Nashville life.
All that changes when Bryan arrives at the cabin only to be met by a less than friendly but equally grown up and handsome childhood friend in the form of  Parson Greer, whose also consumed by the demons of a war that left him with a lot of bad memories to torment his days and haunt his nights.
As Bryan and Parson become reacquainted and their feelings for each other grow, it becomes very clear that it’s going to take more than the good will of the season for these two to make things work. Bryan’s a talent agent for some of Nashville’s brightest stars…unfortunately one of those stars isn’t always making the brightest choices and keeping her in rehab has Bryan popping antacids like Pez candies, Parson’s trying to manage his PTSD on his own and then there’s the issue of Bryan who wants to return to his life in Nashville but he also wants to see what his life could be like with Parson in it.

Review Tour - Promise (Single Dads #3) - RJ Scott





Length: 57,000 words approx.



Cover Design: Meredith Russell



Single Dads Series



Book #1 - Single - Amazon US | Amazon UK | Universal Link

Book #2 - Today - Amazon US | Amazon UK | Universal Link



Blurb

Leo Byrne is a cop, Jason Banks is an ex-con. Even after one stolen kiss, something has to give before Leo can convince Jason that falling in love is even an option.

Adopted at a young age, Leo is part of the sprawling Byrnes family. With his dog Cap, three siblings and a whole mess of nieces and nephews, he is never lonely, and his life is full. Love is the last item on his to-do list, but seeing his best friends Sean and Eric happy and making new families makes him want things he doesn’t think is possible. Kissing Jason at an event to honor his bravery was one thing, but anything other than that is off limits. Until Jason has no one left to turn to, and it’s Leo who helps him at his lowest. Taking Jason and his daughter into his home is one thing, but falling for the ex-con is something else altogether.

Jason made a deal to keep his daughter safe and spent years behind bars as a result. Volunteering as a convict firefighter was as much about helping the community as saving his sanity, but now that he’s out, he doesn’t even have that. He’s lost his future, his self-respect, and has no friends or a place to call home. Worst of all, even after rescuing his daughter he still can’t keep her safe from the man who wants to use her as a bargaining chip for money. Meeting Leo might give Jason a way to keep Daisy safe, but falling for the stubborn cop means the truth has to be revealed, and he could lose everything all over again.






Karen's review:



I’m very possibly becoming addicted to this author’s stories. It seems whenever I see a story with her name attached, I’m right there with my grabbie, gimmie hands to get a copy to read and I have yet to be disappointed.
“Promise” is the third book in Ms Scott’s ‘Single Dads’ series. This is Leo and Jason’s story.  We met Leo for the first time in “Single” book #1 of this series and now that his roommates Sean and Eric have each gotten their HEA, it’s Leo’s turn and who better for a cop to fall for, than an ex-con who seems to have more than a couple of secrets.
We met Jason in “Today” book #2, when he saved Eric’s life. When Jason shows up on Leo’s doorstep looking for Eric after his release from prison. Eric’s told him if he ever needed help he could come to him and when Leo sees Jason tired, beaten, ready to drop in his tracks and holding on for all he’s worth to a sweet little girl that he says is his daughter Leo couldn’t imagine someone more in need of help and despite the caution that his instincts are telling him to exercise…Leo’s quickly becomes determined to protect Jason…consequences be damned.
I’ve liked Leo from the beginning of this series and with this book we get an even closer look at this character. Leo’s past isn’t all sunshine and rainbows, he’s got demons of his own that are driving him and as he becomes more and more involved with Jason, he’s forced to confront the past that he’s kept diligently locked away.

Blogtour: Santa's Last Gift by Sandine Tomas



Please say hello to Sandine Thomas with 

Santa's Last Gift 

a Dreamspun Desires title



I’m Sandine Tomas and I’m delighted to have the opportunity to tell you about my new holiday novel, Santa’s Last Gift, by giving you an exclusive excerpt. Plus, there’s an opportunity to win a free e-book copy at the end!


If you are like me, then you appreciate the holidays and all the warmth, laughter and, yes, craziness they can bring. One of my favorite parts of the holiday is coming up with interesting stocking stuffers. The key to finding the best small gifts is to give yourself plenty of lead time. Here are five ideas to consider.


  1. Oriental Trading. This is my staple. You can find dozens of adorable ideas from toys to stickers to games and more. You can stock up and have stocking stuffers for this year and next year and even the one after that.
  2. Iwako Puzzle Erasers. People love to collect these adorable micro erasers of animals and food. They aren’t just erasers, they come apart like puzzles. They are made of recyclable non-PVC material, lead and phthalate free. Not for children under three.
  3. Original Slinky. Available for seven decades, with sales of $300 million worldwide, you can’t go wrong with this addictive toy. Watch the original commercial on YouTube if you don’t mind getting the jingle stuck in your head!
  4. JOYIN Dinosaur Set. Fourteen assorted dinosaurs with moveable legs. I mean, dinosaurs! Enough said.
  5. SUGRU Moldable Glue. Here’s the thing about the holidays—inevitably something breaks. Listed as one of Time magazine’s top 50 inventions, this unique silicon glue can help save a favorite item from the dust bin.


Fun, small erasers pop up in Santa’s Last Gift! Enjoy an excerpt:


Seb saw the girls accepting red paper gift bags with candy canes sticking out the top. He remembered the thrill of the little gifts everyone got when they finished visiting Santa. Usually a tiny plastic car or whistle and some candy. Once he got a top and got in trouble for playing with it in the kitchen where it somehow got lodged under the stove. He wondered if it was still there.
Those feelings of simple joy had disappeared over time and distance. The holidays had become a task, fulfilling the fantasies of wealthy business people to impress, substituting faux glitter for actual shine.
Matty squeezed his arm. “Hey, they’re done.”
Startled, he saw Chance and Rowen looking up at him, clutching their bags to their chests. Brows drawn together, Matty cocked his head to regard him.
“Sorry.” He held a hand out and Chance took it while Rowen clutched onto Matty.
Matty stopped to help Rowen zipper her coat before the exit. Taking the cue Seb bent to assist Chance, who gave him a look that made him think of Steph as she took care of it herself.
In the car, the girls spilled their loot out on the backseat. A mini yo-yo poured out of each bag along with an assortment of small holiday-themed erasers and the candy cane.
Matty beamed as if he were six himself. “Cool, those are so neat. Let me see.” He held up the tiny snowman, evergreen, and gingerbread house erasers. After a moment he lowered his head to eye level with Rowen in her car set. “Row, remember, not in your mouth, okay?”
Swallowing, Seb realized that he hadn’t even thought about the potential choking hazard with items that tiny. As if reading his thoughts Matty said, “She’s good about that but it’s best to remind.”
Nodding, Seb asked, “Should we take it away while we’re driving?”

Thursday, December 5, 2019

ARC Review: Hometown Christmas by Garrett Leigh

From the Blurb:
Yani Nicolaou is sworn off love for good. After fleeing a bad break-up in London, the only blood, sweat, and tears he has left are for his gyro stall at the Christmas market. Rebound fling? No thanks. He’s sticking to one-night-stands. 
Ex-army vet Gavin Richie has even less capacity for romance. Managing a homeless shelter while recovering from injury keeps him far too busy. So what if he’s often alone? He’s content being single, or so he thinks until a chance meeting lights a spark he can’t ignore. 
Yani is the warmth and affection Gavin hadn’t known he was missing. As Christmas lights up the city, their lives entwine in more ways than one. Falling for each other is easy. Holding on is harder, unless a hometown Christmas proves their love can last longer than the festive season.



Ky's rating:





A holiday read by Garrett Leigh, "Hometown Christmas" is a story about giving love and compassion to those around you.

Yani is a cook from Cyprus that has lived in England for years while his whole family is back on the island. He has worked many festivals with a food track and it's finally the time for him to do something of his own, so now he has a tent at the market.

Gavin is ex-military, out because of an accident that happened while he was abroad. He's been out for a few years working in night shelters as a shift manager.

Their work places are pretty close so it was inevitable for them to meet at some point. Especially with Yani's best friend also working at the same shelter as Gavin.

Spotlight: The Shooting Season by Isobel Starling



Please welcome Isobel Starling with 

The Shooting Season




Blurb:

Monday 20th December 1897.
Mr. Benedict Hannan, the owner of Hannan’s Auction House in Fitzrovia, receives a letter inviting him to attend the sale of a private collection of Fine Art and antiquities belonging to the Late Lord Percival Ardmillan. Ardmillan is known to Benedict, or rather his son Euan is, and so, Benedict hurriedly travels to the West Highlands to fulfill his dream of owning a particular item from the Lord’s collection—something that he has coveted for thirty years.

In Scotland, Benedict meets the collectors who were invited to bid in the auction. He discovers that the auction of the private collection is not as straightforward as he had imagined.

Forced to come to terms with his past and present desires, Benedict finds himself in the thrall of a mysterious traveler and in turn, gets more than he bargained for this Christmas!


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Excerpt:

I entered the blessedly warm first-class lounge car to see six other travelers seated in the high backed leather chairs, reading, playing games of cards and dominoes, and having a much-needed nightcap to push the chill from their bones.  An attendant stood inside the door. He was dressed for service in a black suit, white shirt, and black tie. The man was in his early thirties, with deep-set dark eyes and a military short back and side’s haircut, glistening with pomade.  He bowed graciously.  
“Good evening sir, I am Mr. Cummings, how may I be of service.”  He had a light, gentle Edinburgh accent that reminded me of my time studying in the city.
“Mr. Benedict Hannan, I reserved a first-class compartment,” I responded, taking the ticket from my pocket and handing it to the man.  He took the ticket, punched a hole in it with a small metal punch, gave it back, and then proceeded to assist me in removing my greatcoat.  My own valet knew exactly how to remove my clothing without so much as tracing a finger on me. I was uncomfortable to have my coat removed by a stranger but I gritted my teeth and was done with it.
With my coat over one arm, my top hat and cane in his hand, and taking my overnight case in the other Cummings said,
“Allow me to show you to your compartment, sir.”  He turned and I followed through the lounge that smelled strongly of whiskey and tobacco.  The raucous laughter of the gaming men echoed down the corridor. The interior of the train appeared to me like a gentleman’s club, with plush carpet, furnishings, and wood-paneled walls accented with lighting from cut crystal lampshades.
“There is a bar service until midnight and if you wish to avail of supper, please let me know.  Breakfast is served from six a.m. Do you require an alarm call?” The attendant asked. He led me through the narrow carriage corridor to cabin number six.  Cummings opened the timber and brass door and I followed him into the small compartment. At that moment I heard the booming voice of the station master on the platform outside the window calling “All aboard” and then the shrill of his whistle was followed by the ear-splitting shriek of the train whistle.  The engine shunted forward and to my horror, I barreled into Cummings’s back. The man’s hands were full and on impulse I reached out and gripped his shoulders to prevent both of us from falling. With my proximity to this not too shabby man, immediately, I felt the heat rise to color my cheeks and my hands burned with sensation.  I had lasted a whole year without touching another living soul and feeling the dependable hardness of a man’s back against me, and my fingers gripping strong angled shoulders, elicited a sharp intimate thrill, followed by an immediate dose of burning shame. I unhanded the attendant and took a quick step back.  
“Seems we’re on our way, sir!”  Cummings turned, and his smiling brown eyes met mine.  Then, as if coming to awareness he closed down his expression and continued with his chores.  Cummings straightened up and placed my belongings on the cot bed. He closed my top hat so that it was flat and less cumbersome.  He placed the hat, cane, and small overnight case on a shelf above the cot bed. Then he threaded my coat onto a hanger and hooked it on the back of the door.  
The train rocked and juddered as we headed out into the frigid night, north toward Crewe, Carlisle, and then to Glasgow.  
“Ehhh…Thank you for your assistance, my good man.”  I said awkwardly, swiftly fidgeting to find a sixpence in my pocket to offer him as a tip.  
“I won’t require an alarm call.  But I would like a glass of mulled Port, and whatever you have for supper if you would be so kind.” I dropped the coin into Cumming's open hand and he slipped it into his waistcoat pocket and nodded.  He met my eyes for longer than strictly necessary as if he were making my measure, and I had a feeling he was expecting me to ask something else. Was Cummings dallying with me or was this my deviant imagination at play?  I’d only met the man a minute ago. I felt sweat beading my brow. I did not want to be in the confines of such a small compartment with this younger man.  
“I… I will take my nightcap in the lounge,” I said, a little too roughly.  Cummings nodded.  

Release Blitz: Awakening (Wild Oak, Book 1) by JJ Harper




Book Title: Awakening (Wild Oak, Book 1)
Author: JJ Harper
Publisher: Self-Published
Cover Artist: Tammy Clarke
Release Date: November 26, 2019
Genre/s: Contemporary M/M Romance, MM shifter romance
Trope/s: Wolf shifter, mild fantasy, mention of Mpreg
Themes: Coming of age
Heat Rating: 3.5 flames
Length: 60 000 words/ 240 approx. pages
 


Blurb 

A prophecy, a True Alpha, and fates mates. Can Ascha accept that his life has changed forever?

At twenty-one, Ascha Stanton has it all: a wonderful family, great friends, a long-term girlfriend, and a promising career as an NFL star.

The appearance of three unknown men in his small town changes everything. Not only his life and future but also what he always thought himself to be: straight. Why then is he attracted to the handsome auburn-haired Thaddeus? How can Ascha hear his thoughts? And even more intriguing, what does the mark on both their chests mean?

Thaddeus explains a new path has been paved for him, one with the Wild Oak pack, who has been waiting for seventy years for the True Alpha to show himself and fulfill the prophecy.

Will Ascha accept that Thaddeus is the man he’s destined to be with, and will the rival pack accept him as their new leader?


Awakening is an MM wolf shifter book with elements of fantasy and mention of Mpreg. It includes some sexual content and is suitable for adult readers.



Available on Kindle Unlimited


Excerpt

I stomp through the house, dodging my friends, and out to my truck. I slow down as I get closer. The dark-haired guy with the cold eyes I saw earlier is here, leaning against the side of the flatbed.

“Nice truck,” he says and rights himself. He’s taller than my six foot, but not by too much.

“Thanks. Do you mind moving away? I like to get going.” The guy gives me the creeps, and I remember Jared’s words. In my head, I try to reach out to Thaddeus, although I don’t why. Why would I trust him? I don’t even know if I can. “He’s here,” I tell him. I feel dumb, but it’s done. I reach for the handle of the cab.

“Hey, Ascha, you forgot your coat,” a voice behind me calls out. I look over my shoulder. Thaddeus is running toward me, holding a leather jacket I’ve never seen before. The dark-haired guy lets out a hiss and curses under his breath.

“Thanks, man.” As I take it from him, my fingers graze over his, and fireworks shoot up my arm. “Get out of here. I’ll get rid of him.”

“Sure, no problem. See you around,” Thaddeus says.

I drive straight home and park in my usual spot next to Dad’s BMW. Mom’s Prius is parked closer to the house. I climb out, but instead of hurrying inside, I stand still for a minute. I’m not alone. Someone is watching me. I can’t see anything in the pitch black surrounding me, but I know it, sense it. Tiny pinpricks are piercing my skin. The clammy feeling is all over me again. I’m burning up. I stagger inside and stumble through the kitchen. I need to get to my bedroom and my bed. If I lie down, I’ll feel better.

“Ascha? Are you okay?” It’s my dad, but I can’t see him properly. My vision is cloudy.

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

ARC Review: Final Play (Fake Boyfriend #6) by Eden Finley


Blurb:
It’s a vacation none of them will forget.

Before their futures become the present, Noah convinces his friends they need a group vacation—a final play before they’re all tied down by responsibility and unyielding schedules. 

Everything is changing. 

Marriage. 

Kids. 

Careers. 

A trip to Fiji is the last hurrah to end all hurrahs. And from disastrous marriage proposals to grand gestures to life-changing confessions, two weeks on a private island becomes the beginning of the rest of their lives. 

**Final Play is a 50,000 word novel told in the point of views of all ten Fake Boyfriend main characters. It contains the boys’ final HEAs. It is not intended to be read as a stand-alone.**


Todd's rating:


 


 "THE BIG SUPER FAKE BOYFRIENDS EPILOGUE"

This story was such a blast and I'm thrilled that Eden decided to write this five-epilogue book to more tightly wrap up the futures of all of the "fake (and not-so-fake) boyfriends" that we've come to love over the course of this series.

The book contained all of the signature humor and irreverence of the series, along with a good deal of steam; however, it also covered more serious subjects, such as proposals, weddings (and non-weddings), career changes, and having children.

In short, this is the book where "the boys" finally grew into full-fledged adults, while still retaining all of their weird, wonderful, and let's face it, over-sexed ways.

This story gave me ALL THE FEELS and I was sad to read the last page, since this series has been one of my very favorites of the last couple of years.

ARC Review: The Christmas Deal by Keira Andrews

From the Blurb:
Will fake boyfriends become the real deal this holiday? 
It’s the most wonderful time of the year—except ex-Marine Logan is jobless and getting evicted. Worse, he’s a new single dad with a stepson who hates him. A kid needs stability—not to mention presents under the tree—and Logan’s desperate. 
Then he meets lonely Seth and makes a deal. 
Can Logan temporarily pretend to be live-in boyfriends to increase Seth’s chances at a promotion? If it provides a roof over their heads for the holidays, hell yeah. Logan considers himself straight—he doesn’t count occasional hookups with guys—but he can fake it. Besides, with his shy little smile, Seth is surprisingly sexy. 
Make that damn sexy. 
Shocked that Seth has only been with one man, Logan can’t resist sweetening their deal to teach him the joys of casual sex. No strings attached. No feelings. No kissing. 
No falling for each other. 
Easy, right?



Ky's rating:




As usual with the Christmas stories that feature a new relationship, things moved fast here. But the good thing is it wasn't very noticeable so didn't bother me.

Logan is at a very low point in his life: he has no money, no job, he's about to be evicted, he lost his wife a few months ago and he's responsible for a teenager that doesn't want to have anything to do with him. No matter how much he tries he can't find a silver lining in the situation he's in.

Seth is lonely after breaking up with his long-time boyfriend a few months ago and doesn't believe love is in the cards for him anymore. The only good thing he has going on is his job but the promotion that he's after doesn't look like it's going to happen because of his single status and how pro-family the owner of the company is.

Enter Jenna, his friend and co-worker and Logan's sister who has a spur of the moment idea that somehow grows into this big deception in the span of ten minutes. Seth can just watch and nod along as Jenna goes on to the their boss about his supposed fiance, Logan.

Review Tour: What Lies Beneath (Lancaster Falls #1) by RJ Scott





Length: 5hrs 44 mins 

Narrated By: Sean Crisden

Publisher: Tantor Media




Blurb
In the hottest summer on record, Iron Lake reservoir is emptying, revealing secrets that were intended to stay hidden beneath the water.

Best-selling horror writer Chris Lassiter struggles for inspiration and he's close to never writing again. His life has become an endless loop of nothing but empty pages, personal appearances, and a marketing machine that is systematically destroying his muse. In a desperate attempt to force Chris to complete unfinished manuscripts his agent buys a remote cabin. All Chris has to do is hide away and write, but he's lost his muse, and not even he can make stories appear from thin air.

Sawyer Wiseman left town for Chicago, chasing the excitement and potential of being a big city cop, rising the ranks, and making his mark. A case gone horribly wrong draws him back to Lancaster Falls. Working for the tiny police department in the town he'd been running from, digging into cold cases and police corruption, he spends his day's healing, and his nights hoping the nightmares of his last case leave him alone.




Karen's review:






The setting for “What Lies Beneath”, the first book in RJ Scott’s ‘Lancaster Falls’ series, is of course the small town of Lancaster Falls, and as is often the case with small towns it is rife with interesting characters each one having their own secrets, leaving the reader to wonder: Who are you? How much do you really know? And how are you involved? Small towns; you’ve gotta’ love ‘em!
When Sawyer Wiseman left Lancaster Falls to become a police officer in the big city of Chicago, returning home broken and battered wasn’t a part of the plan, but we all know life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans, and that’s what happened to Sawyer. So now he finds himself back in the town he grew up in working for the Sheriff’s Department with a boss whose actions are often questionable at best telling him to go out to the Dwyer cabin and check on the person who’s taken up residence in it. 
Sawyer expects to find an elderly recluse not Chris Lassiter a hot young author of horror stories whos struggling with writer’s block who’s more than a little bit interested in the sexy, small town deputy sheriff standing on his doorstep. Now all Chris needs to do is convince Sawyer that what he thinks is a bad idea could actually turn out to be the best thing that’s ever happened to either one of them.
Even when Sawyer begins to acknowledge that he’s interested in seeing where things can go between them it becomes a bigger challenge than either man has anticipated with the demands of Sawyer’s job rapidly increasing, as well the pressure on Chris to produce the next bestselling book in his popular horror series is increasing as his time to meet this deadline runs out. 
Sawyer and Chris both quickly realize that in spite of the fact, that circumstances should be pulling them apart they seem to be turning to each other with increasing frequency.

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

ARC Review: A Villain for Christmas (A Snow Globe Christmas #4) by Alice Winters


Blurb:
Despite growing up in a family of villains, I’d rather curl up and read than commit crimes. When I get coerced by my brother into helping him rob a bank, I run into August, my childhood crush—also known as Chrono, the city’s greatest superhero. He’s sexy, sweet, and suddenly he’s asking me to Thanksgiving with his parents. It’s probably because he doesn’t realize that I’m Leviathan, a villain with the power of telekinesis. And I can’t tell him because he’d never forgive me and would stop doing things like cooking for me—wait, maybe that would be a good thing, since he’s a terrible cook. It doesn’t help that my parents think they’re the ultimate villains and won’t stop getting in my way, although they can’t even steal toilet paper without getting caught.



But when real supervillains (not the wannabe kind that I grew up with) start targeting August, I might be forced to show everyone who I truly am: a slightly warped and snarky man who’d really rather read a book than save anything… besides August. I’ll tear this world apart just to get another glimpse of him in those glasses and spandex suit. I’ll do whatever it takes to keep him safe, even though it means exposing my true identity. Luckily, August still cares about me, proving that even a villain and a hero can fall in love. Hopefully, we’ll be able to save the world in time for Christmas.



This ridiculous and snarky holiday novel is 92,000 words and contains a villain turned unlikely hero (even if he’s a manager's worst nightmare), a superhero with a fondness for suckers who absolutely does NOT use his powers to cheat on board games, a hairless cat with an unfortunate name, bumbling family members that try to be evil but are mostly just embarrassing, a snow globe with mysterious powers, betrayal, true love, a risqué Santa suit, and the saltiest chicken ever.



Although this book is part of A Snow Globe Christmas series, it is a complete standalone, and it isn’t a requirement that you read the previous books to follow along. We wish everyone a happy holiday season.


Todd's rating:




A refreshing, light-hearted, super feel-good, superheroes and villains story!

Would-be villain Landon, aka Leviathan, just wanted to read. Full stop. He wanted nothing to do with his family's evil deeds, yet somehow still kept finding himself getting pulled into their wacky, doomed schemes.

As the only major superhero protecting the entire city, August, aka Chrono, had very little choice in his life. He did his job or people died, as simple as that. But he wasn't happy and he wanted more.

Fast forward one failed bank robbery later and August "rescued" Landon as he was fleeing the scene of the crime and injured himself. Yes, the very robbery he'd just helped to commit.

I adored seeing Landon and August's quirky romance bloom, as it was revealed early on that they'd attended middle school together years before, but hadn't been friends at the time.

Release Blitz: Angels Sing by Eli Easton






Cover Design: Reese Dante

Daddy Dearest Series

The Daddy Dearest series features single dads. Each book in the series features a new couple and can be read as a stand-alone.


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Blurb

Jamie Bailey has not had such a wonderful life. He gave up his dreams of Harvard at 18 to raise his sister’s unwanted baby, and later a prized job to help a sick friend. Now the father of six-year-old Mia, and assistant manager at Raven Books, Jamie’s dreams are dashed once again when Uncle Billy admits the bookshop is in dire straights.

Stanton Potter, son of the most notorious businesswoman in Bedford Falls, loves his job teaching at the local elementary school. But he’s less than thrilled when he is forced to put together a Christmas pageant with first-graders, including Mia Bailey.

When Stanton meets Jamie, angels sing. Jamie’s gender-bending fashion sense and sweet aura have Stanton suffering through the worse crush he’s had since he was a teen. But can there be any hope for them when Jamie and Mia’s lives are about to be uprooted?

This Christmas, it’s Jamie’s turn to receive a little help from heaven.


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Monday, December 2, 2019

ARC Review: Angels Sing (Daddy Dearest 2) by Eli Easton

Blurb:
Jamie Bailey has not had such a wonderful life. He gave up his dreams of Harvard at 18 to raise his sister’s unwanted baby, and later a prized job to help a sick friend. Now the father of six-year-old Mia, and assistant manager at Raven Books, Jamie’s dreams are dashed once again when Uncle Billy admits what dire straights the bookshop is in.

Stanton Potter, son of the most notorious businesswoman in Bedford Falls, loves his job teaching at the local elementary school. But he’s less than thrilled when he is forced to put together a Christmas pageant with first-graders, including Mia Bailey.

When Stanton meets Jamie, angels sing. Jamie’s gender-bending fashion sense, and sweet aura, have Stanton suffering through the worse crush he’s had since he was a teen. But can there be any hope for them when Jamie and Mia’s lives are about to be uprooted?

This Christmas, its Jamie’s turn to receive a little help from heaven.

Dani's rating:

I hate saying anything negative about an Eli Easton book because I love her work. Most of her stories are 5 star reads for me. The first Daddy Dearest book certainly was.

However, while I liked Angels Sing, I didn't love it. Because reasons, the main one being:

SO MANY DAMN KIDS.

Yes, yes, this series is about daddies, but the kids (not just Mia, Jamie's daughter, but all of Stanton's 1st grade students) took over the story line. Stanton is pushed into being a 1st grade substitute teacher, and one of his tasks is helping the kids put together a short Christmas program. Jamie, his student Mia's dad, volunteers to help.

Stanton, who's bi but has never really explored his attraction to men, has a huge crush on feminine Jamie, but the MCs are never really together outside the kid-infused setting.

A couple sexy scenes, which are perfectly lovely (the kimono scene is HOT!), are included, and I didn't need any more steam, but I wanted these guys to have some adult time: a dinner date, walk in the park, ANYTHING besides talking about the Christmas pageant and Mia. As it stands, the relationship development was minimal.


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