Saturday, November 30, 2019

Mistletoe Kisses by Liam Livings









Blurb

Steven spends Christmas with his parents in the New Forest. His workaholic boyfriend Edmund is stuck in London. Concussed from an accident, Steven wakes in hospital. Everything feels…odd.

His mother’s taken up baking, their house is decorated like Christmas is on overdrive, the town pottery needs saving from Edmund’s company takeover. Rugged yet reserved carpenter Rich, offers to save the pottery. But only if Steven helps.

Snowed in, opposites attract, small town, mistletoe kisses, ice skating, hot chocolate, sweet Christmas romance for everyone who’s ever loved those made-for-TV Christmas movies, and wished there was a gay romance version. With a twist.



Review 
My Rating - 5 Stars!

Liam Livings' Mistletoe Kisses is classic Hallmark movie, yet with that gay couple we all wish Hallmark would feature.

This is a light-hearted concussion inspired reality check. It's pure delight, as Steven is stuck in a Hallmark like Christmas movie.

And best of all, the humor that's infused throughout is fantastic. Not only does the author capture all that's great about these Christmass movies, but the author mocks them throughout, which is fabulous!!! I cannot stop laughing at the fade-to-black moments. 

Omg, just read this book!

And yes, just like any Christmas movie, there's an important life lesson. I can't recommend Mistletoe Kisses enough! Love it!!!



Christmas in Paris by Riley Knight







Blurb

A romantic Christmas with the hottest guy he's met in a while--but he's straight...

Ray Myers just wants his daughter to have the same opportunities as other kids. When her teacher offers a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Paris for the class, he knows he has to do whatever it takes to get her to Paris, even if it means going along himself. That's how he ended up where he is now: spending Christmas in the most romantic city in the world with someone that he, despite being straight, is finding more and more attractive all the time.

Simon Taylor just wants to make it to retirement and keep things interesting for him and his students. After being cheated on, he's not going to trust again. But when a passionate parent comes to him, something starts to change, and the Paris air might just bring a Christmas love story after all.
Christmas in Paris is a 50,000 word gay-for-you romance with adults-only heat and a happily ever after to warm your winter season



Review 
My Rating - 4 Stars!


Riley Knight's Christmas in Paris had me hooked from the start. Not just a vacation fling, but one between a teacher and a student's parent, it's fun, flirty, and definitely forbidden. 

One has to love Ray. He's lost his job, is raising his daughter alone, and will do anything for her. As a result, he ends up chaperoning her class trip to Paris for Christmas with her teacher Simon.

The Paris aspect is always in the background, adding some magic to the story. But the real beauty comes from the first kisses and the first times. Their story includes a whole lot of sneaking around, and just the right amount of angst. There's nothing unique, classic angst, but it's a good read. 


A short story, the reader doesn't get a whole lot of the student aspect, only the parts that affect their relationship.

I love the characters and I love the flow. The forbidden and vacation fling aspects are well done. I absolutely loved this. The only downfall is the way the angst is done, as it's completely predictable and seems forced. There's nothing wrong with it, but it's just a little over the top.

Definitely check out Christmas in Paris when you're in the mood for a sweet read. This OFY romance is definitely a fun holiday romance.




Friday, November 29, 2019

RELEASE BLITZ & REVIEW - No Place Like Home by Annabelle Jacobs






Length: 48,000 words approx.

Cover Design: Natasha Snow





Blurb

Will Oliver get the gift he’s hoping for this Christmas?


Oliver Walker’s Christmas is shaping up to be a quiet one. That is until hunky neighbour Ed Middleton moves in next door.

Attraction is instant, but Ed is only there temporarily and neither wants to start something with an expiration date.

As the festive season approaches, holiday cheer wraps around them, and giving in to temptation is inevitable. But Ed is still set on moving in the new year—a fresh start, miles away from those he’s closest to.

If Oliver doesn’t want to lose his heart, he’ll have to show Ed that home is wherever he wants it to be, and love is possible no matter what.


Review 
My Rating - 4.5 Stars!



No Place Like Home is a touching neighbor romance by Annabelle Jacobs.

Oliver and Ed meet during a funny misunderstanding, then strike up a neighborly friendship.

Ed
is definitely attracted to Oliver, but their age difference makes him weary. What follows is a super sweet story. Ed and Oliver are only going to be together for a short time, but the relationship they develop during that time is super meaningful. And hot!

Their tale is full of some great secondary characters, with family members who are terrific, and a cute cat!

No Place Like Home touches on the lesson that what we think we need to do isn't always the right thing. It's okay to re-evaluate and change one's plans.




Annabelle Jacobs lives in the South West of England with three rowdy children, and two cats. An avid reader of fantasy herself for many years, Annabelle now spends her days writing her own stories. They're usually either fantasy or paranormal fiction, because she loves building worlds filled with magical creatures, and creating stories full of action and adventure. Her characters may have a tough time of it—fighting enemies and adversity—but they always find love in the end.




Email – ajacobsfiction@gmail.com






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Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Mercutio by JI Davenport











Mercutio by J.I. Davenport
Release date: November 25, 2019
Genre: Historical, Queer/LGBTQ+ Literary Fiction




Synopsis for Mercutio:

Return to the sensuous world of Romeo and Juliet to discover the story of Mercutio, Verona’s most flamboyant citizen!
​Prancing on the sidelines of the bitter feud between the House of Montecchi and Capuleti, Mercutio harbours his own secret conflict: he is hopelessly in love with his best friend, Romeo Montecchi. When he spies true love blossoming between Romeo and a young Capuleti girl one fateful summer’s eve, Mercutio fears he has finally lost the man he loves, forever.
​Turning to drink, drugs and ever wilder escapades in an effort to ease his aching heart, Mercutio starts to come off the rails, hurtling towards his own spectacular fate ...






Excerpt:



It was always difficult to ignore the moment Mercutio entered a room. The people of Verona had mostly given up trying. Best let him have his moment, or he may never quieten down!
‘Buona sera, one and all!’ he cried, bursting into the ballroom in a flourish of canary-yellow silk. A sea of faces turned his way, and he greeted them with a frivolous bow.
No one could deny that he at least gave them something to look at. His doublet was undeniably as bright and gay as a canary, heavily brocaded with leaves and flowers in white and gold thread. His fancy sleeves were puffed at the shoulders and slashed to reveal naughty glimpses of violet satin. Tight, particoloured hose flaunted his legs to their utmost shapeliness. His head was topped with a cap of outrageous purple velvet, matching the vibrant gloves adorning his hands.
Velvet gloves in summer? Only Mercutio!
Yes, indeed, he was fair, and it went beyond his sun-blond hair. There was a natural symmetry to his face and body that was nothing short of statuesque. The length of his neck, the width of his shoulders, the curve of his jaw — even the shape of his ears — all were as exquisitely formed as if sculpted by an artist. Yet, it was simply the way he was born. His eyes mirrored the sky: azure by day, sapphire by night. While his lips were not the fullest, they were of the finest shape and definition thanks to their deep crimson colour. He would never deny that Romeo had always been the one with the lips.
Whether Mercutio was vain or not was a difficult question to answer. You had to understand him. He often complained, himself, of the young men he saw preening about the city, obsessed with image and etiquette. He certainly did not count himself amongst that pride of peacocks. He was too much the rule breaker and rebel at heart, delighting in the controversy and outrage he excited as much as the envy and admiration. He was beautiful and fashionable and a living satire of men’s vanity. While others might boast of the height of their brows or the shapeliness of their calves, Mercutio was more likely to pull down his hose and extol the peachiness of his buttocks. In fact, the habit had earned him the epithet il Callipigio, which alluded to sculptures of the goddess Aphrodite that had been worshipped by the ancients for their “lovely buttocks”.






About the Author:

J.I. Davenport has a B.A. in English literature and creative writing from the University of Greenwich. He lives in London with his family and a tomcat named after Cesare Borgia, who he is forever trying to persuade not to invade Naples!


Author links:

Twitter: http://twitter.com/JIDavenport5
Instagram: http://instagram.com/j.i.davenport
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/19749759.J_I_Davenport



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REVIEW - Promise (Single Dads #3) by 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.


Review 
My Rating - 5 Stars!


Promise, the third book in RJ Scott's Single Dads series, is a heart-wrenching tale of doing everything possible to protect one's child.

Leo's a cop who's always longed to have a family of his own. A kiss with the handsome Jason soon changes everything for him, leading him to the family of which he wants to be a part.

This is an amazing romance between a cop and an ex-con; two men who have no business being together. Their story involves dealing with danger, greed, and more. 

Jason will do everything he can do protect his daughter. Not being able to trust people, he
struggles to let Leo into their lives. The connection and attraction is there, but trust is the big issue for Jason. This part is so well written.

Little Daisy is adorable and her background is tragic. If you like kids, you will absolutely fall in love with Daisy. 

The writing is superb, with fantastic complex main characters, a great storyline, and a whole lot of heart. As an avid fan of RJ Scott, I am not surprised about falling in love with Promise. It's a tender tale, full of heart, romance, and love. And the ending is amazing!!!





USA Today bestselling author RJ Scott writes stories with a heart of romance, a troubled road to reach happiness, and most importantly, a happily ever after.


RJ Scott is the author of over one hundred romance books, writing emotional stories of complicated characters, cowboys, millionaire, princes, and the men who get mixed up in their lives. RJ is known for writing books that always end with a happy ever after. She lives just outside London and spends every waking minute she isn’t with family either reading or writing.


The last time she had a week’s break from writing she didn’t like it one little bit, and she has yet to meet a bottle of wine she couldn’t defeat.


She’s always thrilled to hear from readers, bloggers and other writers. Please contact via the links below:




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Buy Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK | Universal Link

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.

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USA Today bestselling author RJ Scott writes stories with a heart of romance, a troubled road to reach happiness, and most importantly, a happily ever after.

RJ Scott is the author of over one hundred romance books, writing emotional stories of complicated characters, cowboys, millionaire, princes, and the men who get mixed up in their lives. RJ is known for writing books that always end with a happy ever after. She lives just outside London and spends every waking minute she isn’t with family either reading or writing.

The last time she had a week’s break from writing she didn’t like it one little bit, and she has yet to meet a bottle of wine she couldn’t defeat.

She’s always thrilled to hear from readers, bloggers and other writers. Please contact via the links below:

Email RJ rj@rjscott.co.uk | Facebook | Twitter | BookBub | Instagram | Pinterest




PRE ORDER BLITZ - Nice Guys Don't Win (The Boys #2) by Micalea Smeltzer

Title: Nice Guys Don't Win Series: The Boys #2 Author: Micalea Smeltzer Genre: New Adult College Romance Release Date: May 19, 20...