Friday, April 30, 2021

COVER REVEAL - Stadium Series by SA Clayton

 

Today we are participating in a 3-part cover reveal event! Today we are sharing the cover for the third book in the series, Fast Ball. The book will be releasing in July and preorder links will be available soon.

 

FAST BALL by S.A. Clayton

Contemporary Romance | Stadium Series, #3

Releasing in July

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Fastball- Noun: A pitch thrown at or near a players maximum velocity

Neither Josh nor Harper know what their relationship would become, but over time they’ve relied on each other to pick the other when the world seems to want to keep them apart.

Nothing is ever easy when it comes to love and when secrets are revealed, relationships will be tested and the pressure might just become too much.

Their love is strong, but sometimes these things need to burn down so something better can rise from the ashes.

 

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HARD BALL by S.A. Clayton

Contemporary Romance | Stadium Series, #1

Releasing May 17th

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Hardball- Noun: A forceful uncompromising method employed to gain an end. Meeting Harper Stevens was never my plan. She crashed into my life and knocked me on my ass. The only problem? She wants nothing to do with me. Josh Anderson is everything I didn’t want in my life. He was persistent, cocky and ever worse? The star third baseman for the Hawks. After my fathers death I swore I’d never be a part of that world again. And yet here I am thinking about a man who lives and breathes baseball. I can’t seem to shake him or the memory the way his hands felt on my skin. Can I set aside my fears or will my past ruin everything?

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CURVE BALL by S.A. Clayton

Contemporary Romance | Stadium Series, #2

Releasing June 14th

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Curveball- Noun: Something which is unexpected, surprising, or disruptive. Josh Anderson always prided himself on his work ethic. He’s never met a challenge he couldn't overcome, but Harper Stevens is something he never expected to have to work for. Yet, he’ll work as hard as he can to prove to her just how much she means to him. Harper Stevens knows Josh is unlike any man she’s ever known. She craves him more than she wants to admit, yet her past seems to have an invisible hold on the future she craves so much. Both will be faced with truths neither expected. The question is, will they be able to work through them together, or will it tear them apart and shatter everything they’ve created.

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S.A. Clayton lives in a small town outside of Toronto, Canada with her husband and her scary large collection of books that seem to take over every room.

She has worked on both sides of the publishing industry, both in a bookstore and for actual publishing companies. Although she loved both for different reasons, she found that writing was her true passion and has spent the last few years breaking into the industry as best she can.

She is a lover of all things romance and began her writing journey in her late twenties. Since then, she has immersed herself in the romance genre and couldn't be happier.

When she's not writing or reading, she enjoys binging a great Netflix show (Stranger Things anyone?), baking (because who doesn't love cookies!), and spending time with her family.

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The Queen and Prince Philip: The Early Years (The Royal House of Windsor) by Helen Cathcart

 


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A celebration of the love story between Britain’s longest reigning monarch and her royal consort.

‘If I am asked today what I think about family life after 25 years of marriage, I can reply with simplicity and conviction. I am for it.’ – The Queen, 20th November 1972

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip enjoyed seventy-three years of happy married life together – the longest marriage of any royal British couple in history.

But how did they meet? What did their families think of their burgeoning relationship? What obstacles did the young couple face before and after their marriage? And how did a childhood friendship grow into the love story of the century?

In The Queen and Prince Philip royal biographer Helen Cathcart superbly reconstructs the early years of Elizabeth and Philip’s relationship, tracing their growing affection from the summer of 1939, when ‘Lilibet’ was a teenager and Philip a dashing navy cadet, through their wartime courtship and magnificent wedding in 1947 at Westminster Abbey. She skillfully narrates their adjustment to new parenthood in Clarence House and how, shortly afterwards, both their lives changed forever when Elizabeth ascended the throne as Queen in 1952 and Philip became Prince Consort.

Set against a revealing background of family and wider social events, this is the first full story of their early years together as husband and wife documented from family letters, royal journals and the personal recollections of those close to the royal couple.
 




My Rating - 4 Stars!


The Queen and Prince Philip: The Early Years is a delightful read by Helen Cathcart.

I have never been a huge fan of the Royal family, but with recent events, I have become intrigued.

I am thrilled to have discovered this book, finding it lovely and sweet, as well as informative.

The author takes a look back at how Elizabeth and Philip meet and their family life that followed.

I'm not going to give much detail. Either you know a lot about them already, or you'll learn along the way. Actually, either way, you'll probably learn more through this book.

The writing is great, written in a British tone for sure. It's a great nod to the long romance between the couple.

This is definitely worth a read for anyone interested in the Royal family.




Up in Smoke (Hotshots #4) by Annabeth Albert

 







Three Men and a Baby meets Backdraft with explosive chemistry and heartfelt feels.

Freewheeling smoke jumper Brandt Wilder thrives on adrenaline. He’s never met a parachute he can’t repair or a dangerous situation he couldn’t wrangle his way out of. He’s popular and fun-loving and not at all looking to settle down or form lasting relationships. It’s a lifestyle that’s served him well…right up until the day he finds a baby on his doorstep.

Shane Travis is used to putting his country music career—and his own happiness—on hold after his sister rolls through his life. Like last spring when she convinced him to try skydiving for his birthday—and she walked away with the hot parachute instructor.

Now he gets to deliver the piece of news that will upend Brandt’s carefree life: he very well might be a dad.

Shane’s niece is safe in Brandt’s strong, capable hands, but too many questions remain unanswered. Co-parenting while they sort it out leads to late-night talks, and soul-bearing confessions lead to a most inconvenient attraction. Still, Shane can’t leave this makeshift family behind—even if it means playing house with the one man he can’t resist.





My Rating - 4 Stars!


Up in Smoke is the fourth book in the Hotshots series by Annabeth Albert. It's easily read as a standalone. 
I love this series, but I struggle with this one. 

Brandt and Shane are reunited when Shane shows up with Brandt's baby in tow. With baby Jewel being abandoned by Shane's sister, suddenly the two men are left with a baby. 

There are a lot of readers who don't like siblings sleeping with the same person. If you are one who hates that, run from this book. 

Personally, I can overlook the sibling thing, but I wish they had met when Shane shows up with the baby, and not the year before. I think that would have helped me connect with them more as a couple. 

They're hot together, but it all falls a little flat for me. The baby stuff is good, both sweet and cute. I love the way they are with Jewel. I enjoy how easily their lives and priorities change. 

Family is a large aspect here, with two men who both never had their feet firmly planted in a family unit. With Jewel, and the two falling in love, they find themselves with a family for once. 

I usually love the author's writing style. Written in alternating first person pov, with a pleasant tone, and plenty of humor, it's an easy read. But this one definitely is slow and drags a bit. I found myself skimming during the middle. 

I think I found myself waiting for a scary moment for Brandt with his job, like we've seen before, but that never happens. 

Overall, Up in Smoke is a good read. This Annabeth Albert book is my least favorite in the series as far as the romance is concerned, but I still enjoy it. 



Thursday, April 29, 2021

RELEASE BLITZ & REVIEW - MF - Writing the Rules (The Dating Playbook #6) by Mariah Dietz

 

WRITING THE RULES (The Dating Playbook #6) by Mariah Dietz

Release Date: April 29th

Genre: New Adult Sports Romance 🏈


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Poppy Anderson was nailing her sophomore year at Brighton University. She liked her classes, had the greatest best friend, and was finally ready to start dating again. Or she was … until her ex, Mike, transferred to Brighton and started exchanging long stares and inside jokes that Poppy thought he’d forgotten.

 

Paxton Lawson was long ago labeled ‘The Golden Boy.’ Starting quarterback and team captain at Brighton University, his future was brighter than the sun until a short path of indiscretions tarnished his name and potentially his future. When he learns that his sister’s best friend, Poppy, has backed herself into a corner and is facing as many doubts and uncertainties as he is, Paxton suggests the biggest ruse of the year: a fake relationship.

 

Writing the rules was supposed to make things clear, defined, and definite. Only, their relationship becomes increasingly complex as the lines are blurred, days become weeks, and kisses for show begin to feel like confessions.

Can lies lead to truths? And what happens when the rules they wrote begin to expire?

 

One lie,

Two hearts,

And fifteen years of friendship are about to be put to the ultimate test.

 

This is the last book in The Dating Playbook series and can be enjoyed as a complete standalone. 

 




My Rating - 5 Stars!


Writing the Rules is a delicious fake boyfriend romance. The sixth book in The Dating Playbook series by Mariah Dietz, it's a great combo of best friend's brother, college sports, and friends to lovers. It's just awesome. 

I adore Paxton and Poppy together. The way they slowly, yet naturally, go from pretending to real feelings, is awesome. 

The complication of Candace and Mike are awesome. Some readers won't like this, but I definitely do. Both are written realistically, although typically annoying, but I like the addition. We all know women who are all about dating the athlete who's expected to get rich.

That said, I definitely wanted to smack some people around, including Hudson. 

And hot damn, the author definitely delivers with the heat!

I love this quote. "Sometimes the goal isn't the dream that's right for us."

Writing the Rules is one of those college romance books I couldn't put down. Everything about this Mariah Dietz read is riveting and enjoyable. This is the kind of book I wish I could read everyday. I absolutely love it.





Mariah Dietz is a USA Today Bestselling Author and self-proclaimed nerd. She lives with her husband

and sons in North Carolina.

Mariah grew up in a tiny town outside of Portland, Oregon where she spent most of her time immersed in

the pages of books that she both read and created.

She has a love for all things that include her family, good coffee, books, traveling, and dark chocolate.

She’s also been known to laugh at her own jokes.



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RELEASE BLITZ & REVIEW - MF -Overtime (Moo U #5) by Kat Mizera

 





OVERTIME BY KAT MIZERA

Release Date: April 26, 2021
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Hotshot hockey star Patrick Graham has been groomed for the pros since before he could walk. Fast forward to his junior year of college, and he’s having the time of his life. What could be better than pucks, partying, and having his pick of campus women? But if Patrick doesn’t buckle down and get his grades up, he could find himself benched for the championships. Could a beautiful brainiac be the solution to his problems?

Nineteen-year-old Master’s student Ellie McGinn could do so many things with her biology degree, but her mother is pushing her toward a future she doesn't want. Tutoring a hockey hottie seems like the perfect opportunity to start making her own choices and living life on her own terms.

When learning turns to yearning, will they be ready to face the heat and heartache that love can bring?





My Rating - 5 Stars!


Overtime is a wonderful sports romance by Kat Mizera. The fifth book in the multi-author Moo U series, it's a great addition to this world of hockey romance. 

I love this book. I enjoy seeing this side of Patrick, as he wasn't quite so loveable in Paxon's book, Gametime. I am thrilled to have his character redeemed.

The way everything develops between Patrick and Ellie is sweet. Their meet cute is unique and definitely left me feeling a bond between the two. 

I appreciate the uniqueness of Ellie, with her being a genius. And of course her mother's behavior, although horrible, is understandable. I enjoy seeing a character like this, who's world is so pressured, come into their own.

Their story is full of intense attraction, very little actual tutoring, and lots of hot sex. Their journey is full of ups and downs, some major life decisions, and I love it all. And the sex is definitely sizzling. 

Gametime is everything I enjoy about college romances. I love seeing people fall in love during this phase of their lives. I love the new freedom their independence brings and contemplation of future goals. This book grabbed my attention at the start and I couldn't put it down. I am absolutely obsessed with the Moo U world.





I hoped he wouldn’t run screaming from the restaurant at the serious turn our conversation had taken, but he was so easy to talk to. We had a lot in common, which I never would have imagined. His overbearing father, my overbearing mother, and a lot of concern about this whole idea of adulting. He was twenty-one, and hadn’t been nearly as sheltered as I had, but I heard a lot of the same insecurities in his voice that I often felt in myself.

         We talked and drank soda until we were the last people in the restaurant and we finally paid the bill and walked out to my car. I didn’t want this night to end but he had another game tomorrow and I needed to spend the whole day working on my research paper if I was going to go out again tomorrow night.

         “Where do you live?” I asked him when we got into the car. It was a frigid January night and I shivered as I waited for the heat to kick in.

         “In the apartments on Bellamy,” he said.

         I knew just where those apartments were located since a lot of Moo U students lived there and it wasn’t far. I’d considered living there too but I got my room and board for free between being a resident assistant in the dorm and my teaching, and I liked the fact that I didn’t have to count on my parents for housing. They already paid for my car, insurance, and phone, so I’d been willing to suck it up for the tiniest bit of freedom.

         He told me where to drop him off and I pulled up to the curb.

         “Tonight was great,” he said, turning to me. “I’m really looking forward to doing it again tomorrow night.”

         “You are?” The words slipped out before I could stop them, and I mentally grimaced, wishing I knew how to be a little coy, a little flirty, instead of insecure and out of my league.

         “Well, yeah.” He frowned. “Aren’t you?”

         “I haven’t dated anyone since I came to college,” I blurted out. “I was only fifteen then, so I was too young for college guys, and now that I’m legal, most guys think I’m dorky. So I don’t know how this works. If you’re just trying to be nice so I’ll tutor you, you don’t have to because I’d do it anyway. As a favor to Paxton.”

         “You think this is about tutoring?” He looked both a little mad and a little sad, which confused me even more.

         “I don’t know why the captain of the hockey team—who can and does sleep with everything that moves—is interested in me when not a single guy on campus ever has been before.”

         There. I’d said it. It was out in the open now and if nothing else, he’d know I wasn’t naïve enough to think he really wanted to date me.

         “You haven’t gone out on a single date the whole time you’ve been here?” he asked, ignoring everything else I’d said.

         I shook my head. “Not a real date, like we had tonight. I’ve met guys at the library or for coffee, but never like this.”

         “Their loss is my gain.” He reached out and pushed one side of my hair behind my ear. “I thought we had a connection,” he said softly. “That night at the party. I think you’re pretty and smart and sweet. It has nothing to do with tutoring or anything like that. I don’t know what other guys see when they look at you, but I’ll be honest and say that someone as smart as you is probably a little intimidating.”

         “And you’re not, um, intimidated?” Why did I say “um” all the time? I sounded like a nervous twelve-year-old.

         “No.” He leaned forward, his eyes locked with mine. “Not even a little. And I think maybe the best way to prove that to you is like this.”

         Oh-shit-oh-shit-oh-shit—he was kissing me. His lips were lightly pressed to mine, caressing them as if they were made of glass. Gentle whispers of skin against my mouth, nothing like I’d imagined kissing a hottie like Patrick would be. I’d only been kissed a handful of times before and it had always been sloppy and wet; this was ridiculously sweet. And definitely not sloppy.

         Not even when he slid his tongue along the seam of my lips, gently prying them apart. My mouth opened of its own volition, anxious for more, because nothing had prepared me for this. When our tongues finally met one another, it was like a magnetic force had drawn them together and I couldn’t do anything but go along for the ride. It felt like my whole body was involved, instead of just my mouth, and I let myself get swept away.

         I might have whimpered in protest when he finally pulled away, and the look in his eyes was one I’d only ever read about in books. I didn’t know men actually looked at women that way. It didn’t have to be love or anything that deep, but sheer, unadulterated desire? I’d never seen it outside of movies and this was way, way better because it was directed at me. The fact that I turned him on enough to put that look there, well, that was something new to me and it did all kinds of things to my nether regions.

         “I should go,” he said softly, still watching my face with that look that made me shiver all over.

         “It’s late,” I said out loud, though I really wanted to sit here long enough for him to kiss me again.

         “I had fun tonight. And I’d like to go out with you again after the game tomorrow…if you want to.”

         “I…yes.” I almost said “um” again but caught myself. “Yes, I’d like to.”

         “Good night, Ellie.” He pressed his lips to mine, chastely this time, and then got out of the car and bounded up the steps of his building.

         I was in so much trouble.



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...