Wednesday, May 12, 2021

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, 2021



When I agreed to be his roommate, I had no way of knowing that Cole Anderson was one of my father’s star players.
Having transferred to Aldridge University for my junior year, I wasn’t familiar with anyone on campus.
If there’s one rule I’ve always been supposed to follow it’s don’t date a basketball player.
Cole is different, though, and I don’t want to stay away.
But when he finds out I’m the coach’s daughter I might not have any say in the matter.







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Hi. I’m Micalea. Ma-call-e-uh. Weird name, I know. My mom must’ve known I was going to be odd even in the womb. I’ve written a lot of books. Like a lot. Don’t ask me how many, I don’t remember at this point. I have an unhealthy addiction to Diet Coke but I can’t seem to break the habit. I listen to way too much music and hedgehogs have taken over my life. Crazy is the word that best sums up my life, but it’s the good kind of crazy and I wouldn’t change it for anything.


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How to Catch a Bachelor (Chester Falls #4) by Ana Ashley

 


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T1ghtBuns: I could knead the best bread you've ever eaten on those tight abs.

TopM4N: *snorts* you sure you're on the right app?

I’m a born romantic.
He doesn’t believe in relationships.
Two things we agree on...together we are electric, and we want casual.

We’re both best men at a wedding, and guess where the bachelor party is?
As they say, what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas...or does it?
Waking up married to an unshakeable bachelor is one thing. Accidentally falling in love with him however, is what could get me into real trouble…

How to Catch a Bachelor is the fourth book in the Chester Falls series and features an opposites attract trope, family with a penchant for inappropriate gifting, lot’s of cinnamon buns, and a small town like no other.
 



My Rating - 4.5 Stars!


How to Catch a Bachelor, the fourth book in Ana Ashley's Chester Falls series, is a great addition to this small town series. 

Indy and Tate's story is full of flirting, fun, and sweetness. They connect well from the start and their story develops nicely. There's plenty to laugh about along the way, which is always a bonus. 

Their story includes plenty of seriousness too, as Tate doesn't feel worthy of being loved. Both men have some obstacles to overcome and the emotions are high. It's a nice mix of humor and depth.  

How to Catch a Bachelor is a great, easy to read opposites attract tale. There's plenty to keep you turning those pages quickly. I enjoy every moment of this Ana Ashley gem. 





Tuesday, May 11, 2021

RELEASE BLITZ, EXCERPT & REVIEW - Heartsong (Vino & Veritas #13) by A.E. Wasp

 




HEARTSONG BY A.E. WASP


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The best music comes from the heart.

Sean Anderson has spent his life waiting to get the hell out of West Virginia. His plans got derailed when his dad shipped him off to “pray the gay away,” but he’s over it, ready to prove that he’s a grown-ass man who can take care of himself. Of course, he’d have a better chance convincing himself if he could stop lusting after his grumpy roommate. 

Army veteran Cooper Hill returned to Vermont minus one leg and one career, but determined to build a new life. When an army buddy asks Cooper to keep an eye on his nephew, a junior at the local college, Cooper can’t say no. He’s expecting a sheltered kid. What he gets is a gorgeous young man whose brilliant poetry gives voice to everything Cooper’s been trying to express. He wants Sean more than he’s ever wanted anything. And somehow, miraculously, Sean wants him too. 

But wanting each other isn’t the same as being good for each other . . . especially when past pain threatens to write its own verse in their song.

A stand-alone novel in Sarina Bowen’s True North world, HEARTSONG contains first love, found family, kisses around the campfire, and two caring men who discover they make beautiful music together.




My Rating - 4 Stars!


Heartsong is the thirteenth book in the Vino & Veritas series. This is AE Wasp's contribution to this multi-author series. 

I have mixed feelings about this story. Overall, the story is wonderful and full of heart. But the present tense writing style left me struggling to fully connect throughout most of the book.

Sean and Cooper have an instant attraction to each other, and their romance is sort of insta love since it happens so quickly. Their age difference is a great aspect to this story. 

The men are both well developed, with interesting backgrounds. I enjoy the way the layers are peeled back over time.

Cooper's a totally loveable character. His disability is well explored and extremely emotional. I am impressed with how this is written and enjoyed this element a lot. Best of all though is the way Sean reacts to everything.

Sean's a sweetie from the start, but definitely has some lingering issues to deal with. His pain and PTSD is heart-wrenching. Everything unfolds over time, with one hell of emotional moment towards the end. It makes it a little harder to understand him, as it takes a long time to fully understand Sean. 

In the end, Heartsong is a beautiful hurt/comfort story that I might connect with more on a different day. If this AE Wasp book was written in past tense, I would be rating it higher. But for me, that left me distracted a lot. The journey for these men is wonderful, full of emotion, both good and bad. It's definitely worth a read. 




Head down against the driving rain, body hunched over the injured dog, I don’t see the taillight of the car pulling out of a parking spot until it’s almost too late. Oh fuck. I close my eyes, turn the dog away, and brace for the impact.

Strong hands clamp down on my upper arms and yank me back. My back slams against a hard, broad chest, and then all three of us, me, my rescuer and the dog, are stumbling into the back bumper of a minivan.

The hands around my arms tighten and I lean against this stranger’s body for a second. The guy is almost the same height as me, but much broader, his chest wide and warm against my wet back. The feel of stubble against my cheek and warm breath blowing over my ear makes me shiver.

“Sean?” he says, voice deep and smooth.

Oh, holy hell. Can it be?

“Cooper, get the hell in here!” a second man calls from behind us.

A’course it is.

I straighten up and try to pull away. I swear his hands tighten on my arms, tugging me back against him for a glorious but far too brief moment before he lets me go. When I look over my shoulder at him, our eyes meet and my words lock in my throat as a sizzle of electricity shoots down my spine. It’s so real, I swear lighting must have touched ground somewhere. By the way his eyes widen, Cooper feels it, too.

I can’t hear anything except our breathing and the rain pounding on the gravel parking lot, soaking my thin t-shirt, and plastering Cooper’s hair to his head.

In my arms, the dog whimpers, and still I can’t look away from Cooper’s piercing gaze. What the hell is going on?

He starts to speak, and I sway towards him, holding my breath.

Those dark, intense eyes narrow and he scowls. “Don’t you fucking know how to drive?”

Speechless, I reel back and he grabs my arm again to keep me from losing my balance.

“Jesus Christ,” the older man says. “Don’t either one of you idiots have the sense God gave a goose? Get the hell inside.”

Cooper drops my arm like it’s scalding him, and I tear my gaze away from his angry face. An older guy with dark-brown skin, grey beard, and salt-and-pepper dreadlocks tied behind his neck waves at us from the open doors of the diner.

Grateful for the save, I walk carefully to the doors and into the diner.

“What happened?” the man asks as I pass him.

“This kid hit a dog and then almost got hit by a car himself,” Cooper answers from behind me.

“Are you always such a dick or is today special?” I snap at him.


RELEASE BLITZ & REVIEW - The Ballad of Crow and Sparrow by VL Locey

 


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Cover Design: Designs By Sloan

Length: 74,337 





Sometimes a man’s biggest blunder can turn into his greatest triumph.

Orphaned at fourteen, Crow Poulin now has to hunt and trap the White Mountains of Arizona, as his father had taught him, all alone. It’s a lonely existence, until one morning, while checking his trap line, Crow finds more than a rabbit in a snare. He stumbles across the outlaw Jack Wittington lying half dead in the wilds. He takes the wanted man in, heals him, and in return for saving his life, the smooth-talking criminal invites Crow to join his family. Starved for human interaction and a father figure, Crow leaves the mountains behind for what he assumes will be a brighter future.

Six years pass. Crow is now a man, as well as a member of the Wittington Gang. He may be considered an outlaw, but his father’s morals are warring loudly with the lifestyle of his adopted family. When the gang decides to rob a train, Crow has no choice but to go along to keep a tight rein on the more bloodthirsty members. It doesn’t take long for the scheme to go horribly astray.

Instead of gold-filled coffers, the gang finds Spencer Haughton, son of cattle baron and railroad tycoon Woodford Haughton, cowering in the family’s opulent private car. The outlaws grab the sickly heir in hopes of ransoming him off. Things then go from bad to worse for them when the law rides down on the Wittington hideout and Crow is given Spencer to hide until the ransom is paid. The pretty young man is nothing at all like anyone Crow has ever met before. Delicate, refined, well-educated, and possessed of a singing voice to rival the songs of the birds in the trees, Crow slowly finds himself falling for the winsome rich boy. But can two such opposite souls find the love they’re both seeking in each other’s arms?



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My Rating - 5 Stars!

The Ballad of Crow and Sparrow is a wonderful historical romance by VL Locey. 

I love every moment of this tale. Not only is it the first romance I have read with a mixed raced, half Indigenous man, but he falls for a rich, white young man. 

Crow's tale is full of heartache and pain. Left alone in the mountains after his father dies, his life changes forever when he helps an injured man. 

When he ends up living with outlaws, the details are fascinating. I adore that it's the Indigenous man who wants to do right by people. I absolutely love seeing the author erase stereotypes. 

And then he meets Sparrow. 

Everything about the two men is fabulous. The way they come together, the circumstances that brings them closer, and everything that develops, is riveting. 

I love the mountains and the way the author brings them to life. The two men are alone, dealing with nature and keeping themselves clothed, safe, and fed. 

The hesitation that occurs is emotionally written, and easy to feel. The fear that's between them becoming lovers jumps off the pages. 

And then, ohhhh, they are hot together. 

I love it all. 

If you enjoy historical romances, The Ballad of Crow and Sparrow is a must read. VL Locey brings a lot of adventure and heart into this sweet romance. 

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USA Today Bestselling Author V.L. Locey – Penning LGBT hockey romance that skates into sinful pleasures.

V.L. Locey loves worn jeans, yoga, belly laughs, walking, reading and writing lusty tales, Greek mythology, Torchwood and Dr. Who, the New York Rangers, comic books, and coffee. (Not necessarily in that order.) She shares her life with her husband, her daughter, one dog, two cats, a pair of geese, far too many chickens, and two steers.

When not writing spicy romances, she enjoys spending her day with her menagerie in the rolling hills of Pennsylvania with a cup of fresh java in one hand and a steamy romance novel in the other.



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A Pinch of Mystery (Greywood's Second Chances #1) by Lula Duval

 


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An enemies-to-lovers, former best friends, second chance love story.

CODEY:
I still have it bad for Fallon Brown, even though he probably hired a hitman the minute he heard I was back in town.


My life is a mess. My brother ran away and left me in charge of our sick dad. My best friend Fallon, a.k.a. the love of my life I betrayed years ago, hates my guts. To top it all off, I’m broke. The only way for me to give my father the medical help he needs is to sell Harold Cronunberg’s house: the biggest, fanciest house on the market. Unfortunately, to do that, I’d have to double-cross Fallon once again. And this time, I could lose him forever.

FALLON:
Codey F*cking Fellini is back in Greywood, and he wants to steal my house? Hell no.


Apparently, it wasn’t enough for the barbarian to shatter my heart into pieces twelve years ago. No, he needed to show up unannounced to ruin my life again. Well, I, Fallon Benjamin Williams Brown, will make sure this doesn’t happen. I am Greywood’s official realtor. This snack of a man is going to stay as far away as possible from me, my heart, and what’s in my pants… and the house, too.

A Pinch of Mystery is the first installment in the new series: Greywood’s Second Chances. The series will follow Fallon and Codey as they give their love, their lives, and themselves a second chance.




My Rating - 5 Stars!


A Pinch of Mystery is the first book in the Greywood's Second Chances series. It's the cutest, sweetest, funniest, small town cozy mystery series. 

Codey and Fallen get a second chance at romance when Codey returns home. The two dated in the past but left things on a bad note. Now they're reunited and are both realtors who are competing for a listing. Love the enemies to lovers and rivals aspect.

What follows is a feel good small town cozy murder mystery, as the two men also fall in love. 

I am not a big fan of cozy mysteries, but this one is absolutely delightful. The men and their story take second place to me, with the town and the craziness of everything being the highlight. 

That said, the romance is cute, with a great ending. 

The writing style is easy to read and completely humorous. You have to love when an author can make a murder mystery delightful. But the towns' people, as well as the couple, provide constant humor. 

Everything about A Pinch of Mystery is fabulous. I love Lula Duval's light-hearted tone and the constant humor, as well as the banter and sass. This two story collection is an absolute delight, which I highly recommend.



Monday, May 10, 2021

RELEASE BLITZ, EXCERPT & REVIEW - Daybreak (Vino & Veritas #12) by Kate Hawthorne

 




DAYBREAK BY KATE HAWTHORNE

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When a sunny young musician gets stranded with a grumpy mechanic during a snowstorm, a lack of heat is the least of their problems…

Liam Luckett is on an adventure. He's dropped out of his Master's program without telling his overbearing parents and set off on a road trip across the country. Armed with little more than his guitar, he’s looking for his best life. He never expected his car to break down in the middle of nowhere Vermont with a huge storm pending, leaving him stranded and at the mercy of a hunky local mechanic.

Jasper Cunningham is in a holding pattern. Three years after the death of his husband, he still hasn’t moved on. A hot, younger, stranded tourist is exactly the sort of complication this mechanic has been avoiding. But he also can’t leave him in the snow. He brings Liam home and lets him sleep on the couch. The air is heavy with more than snow, and when the power goes out, the two men become closer than either of them expects.

Every silken note Liam sings on that guitar thaws Jasper’s heart a little.  Suddenly, Liam’s itchy feet aren’t so eager to move on. When their feelings get too big to ignore, the bond they’ve formed is tested. Will daybreak leave them going their separate ways? 

This opposites-attract, hurt/comfort romance features a grumpy widower who is only soft for one specific blue-eyed musician, a remote farmhouse, a friendly dog, and enough snow to knock the power out until love catches fire. 




My Rating - 5 Stars!


Daybreak is the twelfth book in the Vino & Veritas series. This is Kate Hawthorne's contribution to this multi author series. 

Liam and Jasper are just wonderful together. They meet during a snowstorm and get to know each other with some forced proximity. Yeah! 

Both men are intriguing and well developed. Jasper is torn between his attraction to Liam, and his feelings for his deceased husband. Everything about his connection with Liam is fabulously done, as he has to decide between giving into a chance to love again or not.

As for Liam, I enjoy his journey. He's desperately torn between grabbing onto is own passions, or traveling the life his father expects of him. It's interesting and easy to believe.

They are totally wonderful together and I enjoy seeing the progress both make in their lives. And damn, I love that they bring completely opposite life experiences to their relationship.

Daybreak is a sweet and tender second chance at romance. Kate Hawthorne had me riveted throughout this romance. I highly recommend it. 






I reached up and wiped my face, and Liam laughed, standing up and

coming around the table. He batted my hands away and notched himself

between my spread thighs. He reached up and swiped his fingers over

my cheeks, looking down at me with eyes that looked a little scared and

a little sad. 

“That’ll do,” he said, threading his fingers through my hair.

A rumbling groan fell from my mouth and I leaned into the touch. He kept

touching me, working his fingers from my hairline to the back of my head

over and over until I felt heavy and hazy with sleep.

“You were out there awhile,” he murmured, “considering you only crossed

one thing off your list.”

I sighed and rolled my neck, pressing my forehead against his stomach

and bracketing my hands around his slender hips. 

“I finished your car,” I told him.

“So…” His voice was barely louder than a whisper. “So, it’s all fixed, then?” 

“Fixed.” 

The confirmation had my chest tightening, my organs suddenly too big for

my ribs, the curved bones constricting around my lungs, my heart.

“You gonna take off?” I asked, even though the words sliced my tongue

as I forced them out.

“Uhm…” Liam joined his fingers together at the back of my head, tight

enough that I couldn’t not be aware of the pressure he used to hold our

bodies together. “Not quite yet, if that’s okay with you.” 

“Yeah.” I breathed in the smell of my soap on his skin. “That’s okay

with me.”


How to Catch a Bodyguard (Chester Falls #3) by Ana Ashley

 


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When your life is in danger, the last thing you should do is fall in love...especially with your bodyguard.

Connor hasn’t just had a bad day or bad week. More like a bad year. Things have been going downhill since he dumped his girlfriend and to top it all of his house has been ransacked.

Ever since James returned to Chester Falls a year ago, his past has come to haunt him. Especially in the image of his childhood best friend who ran out on him after a moment of weakness.

Two best friends reunited.
A bisexual awakening.
An escape artist pet turtle.

James’s first and only instinct is to protect Connor from whoever is trying to harm him. But will being his secret crush’s bodyguard end up putting his heart in harm’s way?

Welcome to Chester Falls, where you can expect to meet sweet men, sexy situations, interfering friends, lots of feels, and a happy ever after.

Book Three in the Chester Falls series. How To Catch a Bodyguard is a sweet and steamy MM romance novel with no cliffhanger, and a guaranteed HEA.





My Rating - 4 Stars!


How to Catch a Bodyguard is a 
cute and sweet second chance romance. The third book in the Chester Falls series, this Ana Ashley book can easily be read as a standalone. That said, reading the series in order definitely adds to the charm. 

There's plenty of humor in this tale. My favorite aspect has to be Bubbles, the pet turtle. I love Bubbles!

As for Connor and James, I enjoy their story a lot. Former best friends, with years of silence between them after a kiss, their reunion is nicely done. I enjoy watching their romance develop, and I love the ending. Oh, yeah, and they are certainly hot together. 

Theirs is a story with some danger mixed in with a sexual awakening. 

Overall, How to Catch a Bodyguard is a cute and fun romance. This Ana Ashley read is a delightful addition to the world of Chester Falls. 


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...