#BlogTour: The Player’s Game by @AliceGaines ~ 3.5 stars

THE PLAYER’S GAME

by Alice Gaines
A Players’ Pact Novel
Publication Date: July 13, 2020
Genres: Adult, Entangled: Indulgence, Contemporary, Romance, Second Chance, Reunited Lovers

SYNOPSIS

I’ve got to admit, life is sweet these days. As a starting NFL quarterback, I do okay, and I haven’t been lacking for female companionship. But I’d give it all up in a heartbeat if I could get back the woman I loved and lost—my ex-wife, Katy.

Now I’m at a wedding, watching one of my best friends tie the knot. I’m happy for him—really. I just wish things had turned out better when I’d taken that walk down the aisle. Still, those days are over.

I’m on my way up to my room when I run into my ex in the elevator. It’s like karma. Has to be. Only she’s with some random guy, who’s getting a little too handsy for my liking. I can’t help myself—I have to say something. Something that ruins her night…and mine, too.

Now, I’m sitting alone in my hotel room, when suddenly, Katy’s at my door, complaining that I ruined her 30th birthday. Her solution—that I give her the night of sexual adventure I’d derailed in the elevator.

I never was very good at saying no to her…

Review

Grant & his ex-wife Katy can’t seem to forget each other. After running into each other on Katy’s birthday, they embark on a short affair to permanently lay to rest the lingering feelings between them, but find a second chance is all their hearts ever truly wanted.

I liked this read. It was pretty light and uncomplicated. I liked the way that Grant & Katy worked through their issues without too much drama & interference from outside forces. I would have liked to have more of their past to read about, though, so I could get more of a backstory of the couple.

I recommend this steamy, well-paced novel.

I voluntarily read & reviewed an ARC of this book, received via NetGalley.

ABOUT ALICE GAINES

Alice Gaines lives in the San Francisco Bay Area in a fixer-upper house she never fixed up. Aside from writing and reading hot, hot romance, she loves cooking, knitting and crocheting, and her church. She has a pet corn snake named Casper. She’s insanely passionate about the funky soul band, Tower of Power.

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USA Today Bestselling author Claudia Burgoa presents a witty, funny & heartfelt billionaire, enemies-to-lovers romance.

I hate my boss. He’s the devil in disguise—but I just can’t seem to stay away.

When my employer Henry Alderidge is set to claim a large inheritance from his deceased father, he drags me along with him—because he needs his assistant. I have no choice but to move across the country with Satan’s bastard and stay with him for over a year in order to pay for my mother’s debts.

Henry drags me to a small town where everyone knows your business and to a family that’s more broken than close. The Alderidge brothers are handsome, arrogant, and sinful.

They’re also too much to handle.

Henry’s dad lost his mind before he died, and the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. I don’t know how I’ll survive for eighteen months with this man.

Except you should never judge a book by its cover. And Henry Alderidge has more hiding beneath the surface than I ever thought possible…

The Baker’s Creek Billionaire Brothers series is a romantic comedy saga packed with the perfect mix of angst, tears, and laughs. If you like strong heroines & alpha males, steamy romances and witty love stories, this series is for you!

#BlogTour: Heartbreak Beat by Elle Greco ~ #4stars

Looking for your next rockstar romance read? Head out on the road with the LA Rock Stars in newcomer Elle Greco’s HEARTBREAK BEAT! Get your copy today or start reading it for free with Kindle Unlimited.

About HEARTBREAK BEAT

Nikki Benson is one of LA’s best drummers.

Rock scion Dion Davis, lead singer for the breakout band Rogue Nation, is her stepbrother from hell.

When Nikki is asked to join Rogue Nation to save their faltering tour, it’s her dream come true. But drumming for the band means being in close proximity to Dion. And this stepbrother from hell is the boy she’s crushed on since she was twelve.

For years, they’ve ignored the explosive chemistry building between them. But living in the tight confines of a tour bus, those sparks will be hard to ignore. And falling in love is the last thing these fledgling bandmates need right now.

Will saving his band mean breaking her heart?

Heartbreak Beat is the first book in the Rogue Rock Star Romance series. Set in the glam and gritty Los Angeles rock scene, the series is filled with swoon-worthy men and badass women, all chasing their dreams in Hollywood’s cut-throat music industry.

Get ready to fall in love with a Rogue Rock Star.

Add HEARTBREAK BEAT to your TBR!

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Review

Against the drug-infested, sex-riddled world of music that Nikki was born into, her attraction to her stepbrother Dion seems to cause her the biggest distraction.

Nikki has been offered a fill-in position in her stepbrothers’ band – Rogue Nation – after the fatal overdose of their drummer. Facing strong opposition from Dion and dealing with her own self doubt, Nikki’s not sure she can handle the pressure. As Dion runs hot and cold, she’s forced to reassess her priorities and decide what she really wants out of music.

While I enjoyed reading the book from Nikki’s POV, I felt it would have been better served if we got to hear what was going on in Dion’s head at certain pivotal moments. We see Dion as a jerk for most of the book before we see a flip, and it would have been nice to know when he decided to admit to himself that Nikki was more than an annoying little stepsister to him.

Other than that, I enjoyed the book. I liked the dynamic among all the characters – especially the three sisters – and look forward to their individual stories as the series progresses.

I voluntarily read & reviewed an ARC of this book.

About ELLE GRECO

I write fiction about badass women (and the people they love).

Urban Fantasy lovers will know me as Karen Greco, author of the best-selling Hell’s Belle series. My Contemporary Romance books are written under Elle Greco.

While the genres are worlds apart, strong female characters are the chain that links all my worlds.

These women are magical. They wield wicked weapons. They play a mean drum solo. They fall in love. They rule the boardroom and the bedroom.

Whatever they do, they do it with swagger.

My storytelling career began when I forced everyone play “make believe” with me when I was a kid. That eventually morphed into banging out short stories on my mom’s old manual typewriter. As I got older, I graduated to penning bad poetry, then not terrible plays as a teenager. I studied playwright in college but my career took a detour and I ended up working in journalism and then entertainment publicity, which kept me busy for 20 or so years.

My “day job” has taken me from gritty rock clubs in The Bowery to glam red carpets during movie premieres and awards shows. My background working with talent (and the suits) in the industry has served me well with the LA Rock Star Romance series.

A few years ago, I decided to pursue my original passion and a few full-length novels later, here we are.

I love anything spooky and impossible to explain. If you love hanging out in cemeteries, the older the better, I’d totally go on a road trip with you.

I have two rescue dogs, a patient husband, and an awesome kid.

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#ReleaseBoost: Cocky Protector by @AuthorKatMiz

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Life as a CIA operative might be exciting, but living under the radar gets lonely.

Meeting someone, much less having a relationship, is the most impossible mission of all.

There was someone… once. But she was looking for a white picket fence and I was headed for war.
Now, my years of service to my country are catching up with me and I’m ready for a change.
I just never expected that change to be Shannon, or that she would be in trouble.
The man in me can’t forget that damn kiss. The Marine in me is ready to protect her at all costs.
She might not want my help, but I’m not walking away this time.
Even if it won’t have the ending either of us were looking for…

About the Author:

USA Today Bestselling and award-winning author Kat Mizera is a South Florida native. Born in Miami Beach with a healthy dose of wanderlust, she’s called Los Angeles, Long Island, upstate New York, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Atlanta home. She’s never been able to pick which locale is her favorite, but if pressed, she’d probably choose the west coast.

A typical PTA mom with a wonderful and supportive husband (Kevin) and two amazing boys (Nick and Max), Kat can usually be found scrapbooking or indulging in her second love (after writing) – traveling. Greece is one of her favorite places in the world. She loves that Athens is a big city with a small-town feel. The food, beaches and culture keep her going back as often as possible.

Kat’s been a working freelance writer for nearly 30 years. She sold her first article–a review of a rock concert–for $10 in 1985. Since then she’s been an entertainment journalist, waitress, bartender, legal assistant, food critic, magazine editor, substitute teacher, and sports writer. She also spent some time working at A & M Records in Los Angeles.

As you can guess from her Las Vegas Sidewinders series, Kat loves hockey and occasionally writes articles about her favorite team, the Florida Panthers. The rest of the time, she writes novels: sexy, romantic fiction that she hopes makes you as happy as it makes her. There’s something enticing about hockey players and romance…

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#BlogTour: Friends With Benefits by @blanchardbooks ~ 4 stars

Friends with Benefits

Friend Zone Series, #3
by Nicole Blanchard
Publication Date: June 25, 2020
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance

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Tripp Wilder is more than a friend…

..but Ember Stevens is determined not to make him a boyfriend. After a bad breakup, she prefers the sex without the strings and who better to teach her about NSA relationships than her love ’em and leave ’em neighbor, Tripp?

It’s the best of both worlds. She gets all the fun aspects of a relationship–the sex, the cuddling, the secrets in the dark–without all the obligations and resentment that go along with it.

Ember Stevens is everything he wants…

…but can’t have. Tripp lost his chance at a relationship with Ember years ago and has settled for being her BFF ever since. Now that she’s on the market again, he refuses to let his second chance with her pass him by.

Except she’s not interested in commitment.

Stuck between a rock and a hard-on, Tripp agrees to show Ember how to navigate the world of casual sex, but he’s determined to convince her that nothing can go wrong when a friendship comes with a guaranteed happy ending.

Review

When all is lost, our friends are who we can lean on, right?

Ember’s relationship with Tripp can’t be classified as “just friends”, but the two have made their non-romantic relationship work for roughly 4 years. But, one kiss changes everything in the biggest way.

I liked Tripp and his easy brand of confidence and understanding. He was patient with Ember as she sorted her issues out, but knew exactly when to push her to get out of her head. He makes me want my own replica of him.

Ember is accustomed to taking care of everyone to the detriment of her own needs and wants. And for some time, she’s wanted Tripp. As she navigates her family & personal problems, she’s amazingly resilient but she’s the only person who doesn’t see it. I liked that she finally stood up for her sisters so that they could have a stable home.

I enjoyed this warm, heart-stoppingly sweet romance.

I voluntarily read & reviewed an ARC of this book.

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About Nicole Blanchard

Nicole Blanchard is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of gritty romantic suspense and heartwarming new adult romance. She and her family reside in the south along with their menagerie of animals.

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#ReleaseBlitz: Heartbreak Beat by Elle Greco

Looking for your next rockstar romance read? Head out on the road with the LA Rock Stars in newcomer Elle Greco’s HEARTBREAK BEAT! Get your copy today or start reading it for free with Kindle Unlimited.

About HEARTBREAK BEAT

Nikki Benson is one of LA’s best drummers.

Rock scion Dion Davis, lead singer for the breakout band Rogue Nation, is her stepbrother from hell.

When Nikki is asked to join Rogue Nation to save their faltering tour, it’s her dream come true. But drumming for the band means being in close proximity to Dion. And this stepbrother from hell is the boy she’s crushed on since she was twelve.

For years, they’ve ignored the explosive chemistry building between them. But living in the tight confines of a tour bus, those sparks will be hard to ignore. And falling in love is the last thing these fledgling bandmates need right now.

Will saving his band mean breaking her heart?

Heartbreak Beat is the first book in the Rogue Rock Star Romance series. Set in the glam and gritty Los Angeles rock scene, the series is filled with swoon-worthy men and badass women, all chasing their dreams in Hollywood’s cut-throat music industry.

Get ready to fall in love with a Rogue Rock Star.

Add HEARTBREAK BEAT to your TBR!

Get HEARTBREAK BEAT on Amazon!

 

 

About ELLE GRECO

I write fiction about badass women (and the people they love).

Urban Fantasy lovers will know me as Karen Greco, author of the best-selling Hell’s Belle series. My Contemporary Romance books are written under Elle Greco.

While the genres are worlds apart, strong female characters are the chain that links all my worlds.

These women are magical. They wield wicked weapons. They play a mean drum solo. They fall in love. They rule the boardroom and the bedroom.

Whatever they do, they do it with swagger.

My storytelling career began when I forced everyone play “make believe” with me when I was a kid. That eventually morphed into banging out short stories on my mom’s old manual typewriter. As I got older, I graduated to penning bad poetry, then not terrible plays as a teenager. I studied playwright in college but my career took a detour and I ended up working in journalism and then entertainment publicity, which kept me busy for 20 or so years.

My “day job” has taken me from gritty rock clubs in The Bowery to glam red carpets during movie premieres and awards shows. My background working with talent (and the suits) in the industry has served me well with the LA Rock Star Romance series.

A few years ago, I decided to pursue my original passion and a few full-length novels later, here we are.

I love anything spooky and impossible to explain. If you love hanging out in cemeteries, the older the better, I’d totally go on a road trip with you.

I have two rescue dogs, a patient husband, and an awesome kid.

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#ReleaseBlitz: Cocky Protector by @AuthorKatMiz ~ 4 stars

Cocky Protector by Kat Mizera is now live!
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Life as a CIA operative might be exciting, but living under the radar gets lonely.

Meeting someone, much less having a relationship, is the most impossible mission of all.

There was someone… once. But she was looking for a white picket fence and I was headed for war.
Now, my years of service to my country are catching up with me and I’m ready for a change.
I just never expected that change to be Shannon, or that she would be in trouble.
The man in me can’t forget that damn kiss. The Marine in me is ready to protect her at all costs.
She might not want my help, but I’m not walking away this time.
Even if it won’t have the ending either of us were looking for…

Review

This is a sweet second chance romance.

Shannon has never forgotten Ace – the one who got away. He made one single night so special that the memory has never left her. Ten years later, he’s back, as handsome as ever, but in protector mode. Will their unplanned second chance work out?

This romance was very sweet. I also liked the twist that the author brought to the suspense angle. I had a smile on my face as I read the final page.

I enjoyed reading this book, and I recommend it.

I voluntarily read & reviewed an ARC of this book.

About the Author:

USA Today Bestselling and award-winning author Kat Mizera is a South Florida native. Born in Miami Beach with a healthy dose of wanderlust, she’s called Los Angeles, Long Island, upstate New York, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Atlanta home. She’s never been able to pick which locale is her favorite, but if pressed, she’d probably choose the west coast.

A typical PTA mom with a wonderful and supportive husband (Kevin) and two amazing boys (Nick and Max), Kat can usually be found scrapbooking or indulging in her second love (after writing) – traveling. Greece is one of her favorite places in the world. She loves that Athens is a big city with a small-town feel. The food, beaches and culture keep her going back as often as possible.

Kat’s been a working freelance writer for nearly 30 years. She sold her first article–a review of a rock concert–for $10 in 1985. Since then she’s been an entertainment journalist, waitress, bartender, legal assistant, food critic, magazine editor, substitute teacher, and sports writer. She also spent some time working at A & M Records in Los Angeles.

As you can guess from her Las Vegas Sidewinders series, Kat loves hockey and occasionally writes articles about her favorite team, the Florida Panthers. The rest of the time, she writes novels: sexy, romantic fiction that she hopes makes you as happy as it makes her. There’s something enticing about hockey players and romance…

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#ReleaseBlitz: Boom by Sabrina Stark ~ #4stars

Title: Boom
Author: Sabrina Stark
Genre: Enemies-to-Lovers Romantic Comedy
 Release Date: June 25, 2020
Blurb
New from a USA Today Bestseller: One crumbling house. One exploded truck. And two people who think they can’t stand each other.Arden Weathers. She’s a girl on a mission, and that mission most certainly doesn’t involve Brody Blastoviak, the hometown hottie who made her college prospects go boom, and not in a good way, six years ago.

Brody Blastoviak. He knows better than to stick his you-know-what into Crazy. So why is he losing his cookies over Arden Weathers, the uptight chemistry partner who “accidentally” torched his truck back in high school?

Now, older and wiser, these former classmates are supposedly on the same team – working to restore a crumbling beach house that both of them want to claim as their own. Too bad for Arden, Brody holds not just the deed, but all of the cards and clout, too.

She’s a broke college graduate while Brody is not only hotter than ever, but obnoxiously rich and famous, thanks to Blast Tools, a rags-to-riches brotherly venture. It’s all so stupidly unfair, especially when Arden makes an appalling discovery. Turns out, she’s not nearly as immune to Brody’s charms as she thought.

And Brody? Let’s just say, this tool-toting billionaire is reluctantly learning that the girl of his nightmares just might be the girl of his dreams.

***This enemies-to-lovers new adult romance is a fun, full-length standalone billionaire romantic comedy with a guaranteed happily-ever-after!***

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Review

Arden comes back to her hometown only to find that her cousin lied to her about their grandparents’ home. Now, not only is she out of thousands of dollars, but she’s also out of the house she loved as a child. The new owner is the one man she wished she never had to see again – Brody.

But as they work together in a roundabout way to renovate her grandparents’ home, Brody & Arden realise that maybe, just maybe, they don’t know everything about each other, but that there could be a whole lot to like.

I liked the premise of the story. The Blast brothers’ relationship dynamic is intriguing. I look forward to each remaining brother’s story.

I voluntarily read & reviewed an ARC of this book.

Excerpt
To my infinite horror, I was staring into the hard gaze of Broderick Blastoviak – aka
Brody Blast, a guy I’d known back in high school.
We had a history, and it wasn’t terrific.
In school, he’d been a total trouble-maker through-and-through. Cocky. Obnoxiously
brilliant. And too dangerous by half.
Unlike me, he never, ever followed the rules – and yet, he never seemed to pay for it.
That dickweed had cost me a full-ride scholarship. He was the reason I’d been working two jobs to pay for college, even while taking on far too many student loans.
In a roundabout way, this also meant that he was the reason I hadn’t been able to purchase this house on my own, back when I’d had the chance three years ago.
I freaking hated him.
And boy, did he hate me, too.
Even if I hadn’t known this already, the look in his eyes would’ve been proof enough.
I sputtered, “What are you doing here?”
He gave me a look. “You mean in my house?”
“Oh come on!” I said. “It can’t be your house. There’s no furniture. And besides, why would you want to live here? Don’t you have houses all over the place already?”
This wasn’t as far-fetched as you’d think. Brilliant or not, Brody hadn’t gone to college.
Instead, he’d founded a tool-and-die company with his two older brothers and then proceeded to take the market by storm.
These days, Blast Tools – that was the name of their company – was famously successful, just like the company’s three founders.
And I meant “famous” quite literally.
A few years ago, by some miracle, the brothers had gotten themselves a weekly cable show on the Home Network, where they used their own tools to remodel older homes or
sometimes build new ones.
And just for the record, they looked very good doing it.
Damn it.
Author Bio
USA TODAY Bestselling Author Sabrina Stark writes fun contemporary romances featuring plucky girls and the bad boys who capture their hearts. She’s worked as a fortune-teller, barista, science writer and alas, jobs that required a hairnet. She has a journalism degree from Central Michigan University and is married with one son and a bunch of very spoiled kittens. She currently makes her home in Northern Alabama.
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#BlogTour: Undisclosed by @LizaGaines ~ #5stars

About the Book:

Undisclosed by Liza Gaines

Series: A Public Relations Novel, Book 1

Publisher: self-published

Release Date (Print & Ebook): June 16, 2020

Length (Print & Ebook): 75,000 words

Subgenre: Contemporary Romance

Warnings: accidental pregnancy, politics, cliffhanger

Order Links:

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B086R8T739

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UNDISCLOSED is a contemporary romance, about old summer flings, a secret pregnancy, politics and the return of old flames.

After a summer fling in college, Gwen disappears leaving Mac to wonder what happened to her.  When she reappears a dozen years later to work on a presidential campaign with him, she has a secret that turns his life upside down but the magnetic pull between them is as strong as ever.

Book synopsis:

Gwen

When I stroll into my job interview at a prestigious PR firm in D.C., the last thing I expect is my teenage fling, the sexy and enigmatic Mac, behind the desk. The firm’s newest client is a woman running against the incumbent President of the United States, and I want this job so desperately that I can taste it—not to mention I have reasons for needing the income. Big secrets I’ve kept from Mac.

Mac

Gwen disappeared years ago then shows up in my office, looking beautiful as ever. And, even worse, it kills me that she’s the perfect person for the job. I’m going crazy being in her proximity all the time, pretending we never spent that one hot summer together. Then I discover what Gwen’s been hiding from me—a young son with my eyes. Suddenly, my whole world’s upended. Between complications with my messed-up family, issues on the campaign trail, and the chemistry reigniting with Gwen, I’m forced to decide what really matters…and the kind of man and father I want to be.

Review

I need book 2 immediately!

Since she disappeared from his life a little more than a decade earlier, Mac has thought of Gwen constantly. He is shell-shocked to see her walk through his door as a potential hire. What is even more perplexing to Mac is that despite her going incognito all those years ago, he still wants her.

“Gwen’s the most potent drug I’ve ever encountered…”

Gwen is carrying around the guilt of not being able to provide a father figure to her son. When she does find her son’s father, telling him isn’t as easy as it sounds. Not only must she deal with the awkwardness as she restructures her life around her son knowing Mac is his dad, but she must also deal with an inconvenient attraction to Mac that she must confess never dulled over the passage of nearly 12 years.

I can’t wait to find out what caused the current dynamics in Mac’s family to cause him to doubt his aptitude for fatherhood. Also, with a cliffhanger like that, I can’t wait to see what happens to Mac & Gwen’s new normal. I like the political intrigue, and can’t wait to see what else lurks beneath the surface of that angle.

I recommend this novel. Fans of political drama, teasing siblings and family secrets will enjoy it.

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EXCERPT REVEAL

“No. You can put your dick wherever you want,” she snaps.

Sweet, innocent Gwen. Will you ever learn not to give me an opening like that? “Can I?” Taking a step closer, I crowd her against the wall opposite the vending machines. With my hands on either side of her shoulders and her bucket of ice pressed between us, I dip my head and skim my lips over her throat. “Can I really? Because there’s only one place I want to put it right now, baby.”

Tell me to stop. Slap me. Do something, I silently plead with her, even as I press closer, because I know this is wrong, but I can’t stop myself.

“Don’t call me that. I know why you do it.” Her voice is sharp but a little ragged with vulnerability too. She’s angry, all right, but not because her boss is being holy-fucking-hell-I’m-going-to-sue-you-and-own-your-company-when-this-is-over inappropriate but because I called her “baby.” A pet name she used to love to hate.

“I don’t think you do, Gwen,” I murmur, teasing my fingers under the hem of her shirt to stroke her hip, contemplating the wisdom of taking the bucket away from her.

“Mac…” It’s a strangled squeak of sound, barely recognizable as my name, and the bucket slips from her grasp and clatters to the floor, scattering ice around our feet.

Not wasting a second, I press forward, crushing her against the wall as our mouths come together. Just as it always did, our kiss seems to speak a language known only to us, unique and intimate and full of all the things neither of us has the courage to express with words. When she sucks on my lower lip, she’s saying I’ve missed you, and when I nibble at the corner of her mouth, I’m asking why did you go? She bites me. It doesn’t matter, I’m here now. I lick the seam of her lips. I want you. She opens for me, inviting me to deepen the kiss. Then take me.

About the Author:

Liza Gaines grew up in Michigan before moving to Virginia in 2007.  She misses her family and the Great Lakes but has otherwise fallen in love with her adopted home state.

A dedicated reader, Liza often has her nose in a book.  She also enjoys cooking, baking, knitting, and watching terrible science fiction movies with her husband.  Their small farm in Fredericksburg, Virginia is home to an ever-expanding menagerie that currently includes three dogs, five cats, two horses, and three goats.

Connect with Liza:

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/LizaGaines

Website:  http://www.lizagaines.com/

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#ReleaseBlitz: Fool for Him by @AuthorRCMartin ~ 4 stars



Fool for Him
R.C. Martin
(Foolish at Heart, #1)
Publication date: June 17th 2020
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Haunted by a history she can’t rewrite, her heart is cracked and fragile—wrapped in the lies she’s certain are true.

Teddy has played it safe for the last four years, avoiding romantic entanglements altogether. She spends her days working with her best friend at Mountain Time Art and hides behind her camera in her spare time. She’s convinced the boundaries around her heart are necessary, and her life is fulfilling enough.

The day Judah St. Michaels enters the gallery, she’s reminded her life could be more. Though, as gorgeous as the tall, handsome man in a suit may be, she’s sure he’s far from safe.

When the pull of the seductive man becomes all consuming, Teddy finds herself falling into temptation. But the deeper she gets, the louder her past demons become.

She’s irreparable, and no good man deserves that.

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Review

Teddy is convinced she cannot be enough for any man, but Judah’s attention makes her have second thoughts. Still, with his commitment-shy past and her insecurities, the way forward in terms of a relationship seems uncertain. Just when Teddy thinks she and Judah have found their stride, however, her past strikes with a vengeance.

Very early, the reader understands Teddy’s reticence towards the opposite sex, and her fascination with Judah, in spite of his arrogance. The push and pull between them, mainly engineered by Teddy, showed that she had backbone, and at times, revealed a strength she was hesitant to acknowledge she possessed. I understood Judah’s initial position, and to an extent admired him for it; he was who he was. I liked watching his character evolution as he developed feelings for a woman he thought would only be a passing fancy.

I wasn’t expecting a cliffhanger, so that threw me off. Up to that point, the book had my attention. The way the dual POV was written was different, but good. I enjoyed the secondary characters, too. This emotional read will suck you in so deep before you know it.

I voluntarily read & reviewed an ARC of this book.

EXCERPT:

Geoffrey was always telling me I possessed enough talent to earn a living photographing people. While art was my life, my photography was just a hobby. The pieces that surrounded me at the gallery—that was real art. Working for him and Andrew at Mountain Time Art was my dream come true. Any images I might have been able to capture through my lens was just good for the soul.

It wasn’t unusual for me to lose time in my work. Without even realizing it, I whiled away the entirety of the afternoon editing photos. My apartment was quiet, save the click of my mouse as I sharpened and cleaned up images. It was peaceful. A loud knock on my door jarred me from my solitude, and it was then that I became cognizant of the time.

I eyed the small plate beside me, sprinkled with the crumbs of a muffin long forgotten, and a pang of hunger hit me. It was like the world stood still for a while, and a single knock brought me back to reality. I was pushing myself up onto my feet when another round of rapping sounded against my door. This time, the announcement was followed by his voice.

“Freckles, it’s me.”

The sound of him made me quicken my pace. I twisted my locks free and swung open the door without hesitation. “Hey, you.” I gave him a quick once over in an effort to get a sense of his state of being.

It was unlike Geoffrey to look anything other than stylishly disheveled. He was quite handsome, in a very aryan manner. He had a head full of blond hair, which he wore in such a way that was messy but sexy at the same time. He also took exceptionally good care of his body. I called him my Viking, because he was built like one. Except, in that moment, he just looked broken, dressed in a pair of old sweats—his blue eyes sad and red-rimmed.

“What are you doing here?” I asked him, not unkindly.

“Last night, he was a fuck face,” Geoffrey mumbled. “Today—well, he’s still a prick, but he’s my prick. And he’s gone. But—I can still smell him in the bed, and see him in the shower, and hear him in the kitchen and I just…”

His words trailed off, but I didn’t need him to say any more. I reached for the paper sack in his grasp, then took his hand in mine as I pulled him inside.

“What’d you bring me?”

“A pint of coffee ice cream. The vanilla’s for me.”

As I shut and locked us in, he made his way to the couch. I trailed after him and peeked into the bag. A quiet chuckle tickled my throat when I spotted The Notebook, Crazy, Stupid Love, and Blue Valentine keeping company with our ice cream.

“Babe, you know you don’t like these movies, right? Are we just ogling Ryan Gosling tonight?”

He shrugged when I looked over at him, and that was all the answer I needed.

“Okay. Well, we should probably order in,” I informed him as I headed for the kitchen. “We’ll get sick if all we eat tonight is ice cream.”

“Pizza’s on its way. Double pepperoni.”

I stopped and peered back at him from over my shoulder. He wasn’t looking at me, his attention zeroed in on his lap, but I didn’t need to see into the windows of his soul to know how badly he was hurting. And yet, in spite of his pain, he had brought my favorite ice cream and ordered my favorite pizza.

He was right. Reeve was a fuck face, with no idea who he’d thrown away.

Author Bio:

There’s a place where your mind can escape, your body can find rest, and your heart can soar – and R.C. Martin wants to take you there.

R.C.’s journey into the world of indie-publishing began like so many of her peers – with a big dream and a basket full of rejection. Confident that she’d one day pen a book someone would say yes to, she spent years crafting stories which became the foundation of her craft. When she’d finally written “the one,” she just knew – and there was no rejection strong enough to stop her from sharing her novel with the world. In 2015 she published her debut, and the rest, as they say, is history – only far more romantic.

In a voice all her own, she strives to capture the magic of a kiss, the passion in a lovers’ embrace, and even sometimes the breathtaking ache of a broken heart. A true believer in the power of love and the grace found in redemption, you can trust this hopeless romantic to take you on an emotional ride that leaves you forever changed.

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