#ReleaseBlitz: Brazen Player by @RobinStoneBooks ~ #4stars

Title: Brazen Player
A Cocky Hero Club Novel
Author: Robin Stone
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: September 19, 2021
Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward are excited to bring you the Cocky Hero Club: original works from various authors inspired by Keeland and Ward’s New York Times bestselling Cocky Bastard series.
BLURB
We’re both playing the game. But who’s going to win?
Logan
I should get this promotion to the executive team. I have experience. Loyalty. Smarts.
But the one thing I don’t have is the one thing I’ve never been able to achieve: a family.
My personal life shouldn’t matter, but the executive team is filled with family men and women.
Me? I’ve had a revolving door of dates. It’s just the way I like things—casual, no-strings.
But it’s time to toss out the little black book and get serious.
I need a woman who’s feisty, someone who can handle me.
Someone strong and funny and intelligent.
Someone like that hot little brunette I see in the elevator who sets my libido on fire.
It’s lust at first sight.
Too bad she can’t stand me.
Olivia
Men—the bane of my existence!
Between my nuisance ex and people who think a woman doesn’t belong on a construction site…well, they can all kiss my curvy ass.
As a home renovation expert, I know my way around power tools.
I’m taking things to the next level, renovating and flipping a condo in a high-end building.
I’m out of my element here. I can tell by the way the unit owners look down their noses at my paint-stained clothing and work boots.
Especially the snob in the suit I meet in the elevator.
He thinks he’s better than me. I certainly don’t need a snooty jerk like him…
Until he makes me an offer I can’t refuse.
Brazen Player is a fake relationship romance inspired by Stuck-Up Suit.
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Review

Olivia & Logan meet while Olivia is reconstructing one of the units in the building where Logan lives. At first glance, they are too different; Logan works a desk job, while Olivia works in construction, owning her own company. Also, Logan’s taste in women have usually run towards women who love the spotlight and dressing up, while Olivia is comfortable being super casual. However, as they see more of each other, Olivia is forced to admit that Logan may not be the stuffy, spoilt suit that she first thought, and Logan quickly learns that Olivia is more than just a woman in a man’s job.

I liked the story, and its premise. Logan initially comes off as a douche-y, selfish guy, but Robin Stone convincingly redeemed him into becoming a romance hero. Also, the way Logan & Olivia’s relationship developed seemed real. It didn’t seem forced or too quick to be absolutely unbelievable.

I recommend this quick, light read. It is a good addition to the Cocky Hero Club series.

I voluntarily read & reviewed an ARC of this book.

SEPTEMBER RELEASES
Robin started writing stories when she was five years old. She wrote essays, articles, and over a million words of nonfiction before turning to fiction in 2011. She watched contemporary romance authors having way too much fun, and after writing her first romance, she was hooked.
 
She writes romances starring handyman heroes. Robin’s imagination is filled with delivery men, landscapers, and carpenters. Her books are emotional stories that keep readers coming back for more.
 
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#ReleaseBlitz: The Mistletoe Trap by @CindiMadsen ~ #5stars

THE MISTLETOE TRAP

by Cindi Madsen
Heart in the Game, #2
Publication Date: November 16, 2020
Genres: Adult, Entangled: Amara, Contemporary, Romance, Holiday


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SYNOPSIS

From the moment Julie sees her best friend, Gavin, in the airport, it’s like no time at all has gone by instead of months and months. No matter how long they’ve been apart, their relationship has always been steady, comfortable, and decidedly just friends. Even though their meddling parents have hung what seems like unlimited amounts of mistletoe everywhere she goes this holiday season, Julie knows some things will never change.

Gavin is well-aware his family’s wanted him and Julie to get together since forever, even though he’s been friend-zoned since they could talk—and he’s been happy to play that role. After all, as the new starting quarterback for the San Antonio Mustangs, he’s got enough on his plate without adding romance to the mix.

But between playing elves in the holiday bazaar to nights spent one-on-one watching rom-coms or soaking in their town’s hot springs, suddenly the “reverse parent trap” they’ve fallen into is actually starting to work. But this could be one scheme where letting themselves get trapped might be way too dangerous.

Each book in the Heart in the Game series is STANDALONE:
* The Wedding Deal
* The Mistletoe Trap

Review

“Time spent in the pursuit of love is never a waste.”

What a fun, heartwarming romantic comedy!

With one of my favourite tropes and set in one of my favourite seasons of the year, Cindi Madsen wowed me with her words and characters. I was hanging on to every scene, eager to see when and how Gavin & Julie would get together.

The Frost & O’Neill families were awesome! I loved their machinations and plots to get Gavin & Julie together – and they were absolutely shameless! I also loved Gavin’s football team. They made for hilarious scenes, too.

Full of love, hope, shenanigans and Christmas cheer, this book is a must-read. I recommend it wholeheartedly and unreservedly.

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

ABOUT CINDI MADSEN

Cindi Madsen is a USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance and young adult novels. She sits at her computer every chance she gets, plotting, revising, and falling in love with her characters. She loves music and dancing and wishes summer lasted all year long. She lives in Colorado (where summer is most definitely NOT all year long) with her husband and three children. She and her family also take their Marvel addiction very seriously, as their one-eyed cat, Agent Fury, and their kitty named Valkyrie can attest.

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#BlogTour: Exploring the Rules by @MariahDietz ~ #5stars

Exploring the Rules, an all-new swoon-worthy enemies-to-lovers standalone romance from USA Today bestselling author Mariah Dietz is available now!

Chloe Robinson is determined to be more spontaneous, exciting, and ‘fun’—whatever that means. Her resolve is put to the test when she learns her twin sister has arranged for them to return to their junior year at Brighton University with a road trip across the country with their best friend, Cooper, and the one person Chloe works to avoid at all costs: Tyler Banks.

Tyler Banks is the heir to Banks Luxury Resorts and Hotels, and this year’s “star football player.” Tyler’s life and future appear bright and endless as the universe, except, his life is in a constant state of balance and currently his greatest balancing act is allowing Chloe to ignore him and believe he’s her enemy when she’s becoming his reason to succeed.

Two and a half weeks.
Seven cities.
And one game of truth or dare that is about to expose everything.

Review

I really enjoyed this read.

Tyler & Chloe can’t stand each other, but something keeps drawing them together at every opportunity. Chloe is a planner, a rule-follower. However, her attraction to Tyler doesn’t follow any familiar pattern and she’s afraid now, that she might be in too deep to claw her way out.

Tyler has been attracted to Chloe from the first day he saw her, but fear and uncertainty have kept him away. Believing himself to only be able to cause her pain, he tries his hardest to get her to dislike him, but his plan backfires as he finds himself eager to soak up every single minute with her.

This story shows how giving people second chances to prove themselves could be beneficial. And it reminds us that, no matter how tough it may be, love is worth fighting for.

I hadn’t read Mariah Dietz before, but I truly look forward to reading more of this series.

I voluntarily read & reviewed an ARC of this book.

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Excerpt

He stops in front of me, dropping his dilated eyes to my mouth, and for a second, I’m so sure he’s going to step forward and kiss me that I’d bet my private invitation to the planetarium next week on the fact. I’ve been on the receiving end of this look before, with the same guy. I’ve seen this exact brand of need and desire darkening his gaze when he invades my space and pushes every limit. I’m so confident he will kiss me that I tilt my chin up to receive him, regretting the instant that I do, because it’s not a thought or a need that dictates the movement—it’s him.
He releases a quiet noise that sounds so much like a scoff. I instantly pull back, humiliation already tinting my cheeks.
“Maybe next time you’ll get your wish.”
“I don’t know what you’re talking about,” I tell him.
His eyes are sharp as they come down on me, a wolf smile. “You’re a terrible liar.” He turns on a heel and heads toward the stairs that lead to the VIP section, taking them two and three at a time.
Anger quickly follows embarrassment like a shot of liquor, contorting the memory and making everything sting as I wait for Nessie to return.

Meet Mariah


Mariah Dietz is a transplant from the Pacific North West, now living in the South with her husband and two sons who are the axis of her crazy and wonderful world.
Mariah grew up in a tiny town outside of Portland, Oregon where she spent the majority 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 sons, good coffee, books, travel, and dark chocolate. She also has a deep passion for the stories she writes, and hopes readers enjoy the journeys she takes them on, as much as she loves creating them.
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#ReleaseBlitz: Exploring the Rules by @MariahDietz

Two and a half weeks.
Seven cities.
And one game of truth or dare that is about to expose everything.

Exploring the Rules, an all-new enemies-to-lovers sports romance guaranteed to bring all the feels from USA Today bestselling author Mariah Dietz is available now!

Chloe Robinson is determined to be more spontaneous, exciting, and ‘fun’—whatever that means. Her resolve is put to the test when she learns her twin sister has arranged for them to return to their junior year at Brighton University with a road trip across the country with their best friend, Cooper, and the one person Chloe works to avoid at all costs: Tyler Banks.

Tyler Banks is the heir to Banks Luxury Resorts and Hotels, and this year’s “star football player.” Tyler’s life and future appear bright and endless as the universe, except, his life is in a constant state of balance and currently his greatest balancing act is allowing Chloe to ignore him and believe he’s her enemy when she’s becoming his reason to succeed.

Two and a half weeks.
Seven cities.
And one game of truth or dare that is about to expose everything.

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Meet Mariah

Mariah Dietz is a transplant from the Pacific North West, now living in the South with her husband and two sons who are the axis of her crazy and wonderful world.
Mariah grew up in a tiny town outside of Portland, Oregon where she spent the majority 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 sons, good coffee, books, travel, and dark chocolate. She also has a deep passion for the stories she writes, and hopes readers enjoy the journeys she takes them on, as much as she loves creating them.
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#ReleaseBoost: The Wrong Brother by @amanda_siegrist

Title: The Wrong Brother
Series: perfect for you #1
Author: Amanda Siegrist
Genre: Contemporary Romance
 Release Date: August 11, 2020
Blurb
Objective: Get hired as a temporary secretary and find out if Champ Holloway is a dirty, cheating scumbag.
Time Frame: One week.
Gabby would do anything for her best friend, Mia. Anything. That’s what besties are for, right? But going undercover at her boyfriend’s work to find out if he’s cheating seems a bit extreme. Except she can’t say no. Never to Mia. The moment she walks in and sees her boyfriend, she knows she made a mistake. He’s sex on a stick, and she wants to take a delicious bite. He’s also a bit too arrogant, needs to work on his pleases and thank yous, and he never smiles. Everyone should smile at least once a day. It’s one long week of a battle of wills, sinful glances, and keeping her hands to herself. All she can do is repeat Mia. Mia. Mia. This is all for Mia. Until she realizes…there are two Mr. Holloways. And she got hired by the wrong one.
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Excerpt
Maybe she should’ve said something to his sweet comment. It’s not like a guy never said she was beautiful before.
But it was the first time she believed it. How did one respond to that? A simple thank you didn’t seem enough. Not to mention awkward. Did she say he was handsome back? He was, but that also felt awkward.
“Gabriella, can I get up?”
“You don’t like where you are?” she asked with a teasing grin. But the panic was setting in. He wanted to pull away from her already. She should’ve responded to his comment.
He kissed her again. “I want to toss this condom away, grab us some beers, and have round two—slower this time. I want to love your body as slowly as I possibly can, savor every single minute. Because I like exactly where I am.”
Oh.
Wow.
This, at times, arrogant, thoughtless man, who could work her until her feet wanted to fall off, could also be the sweetest, kindest man she had ever met. Every time he said such wonderful words, it broke a part of the impenetrable wall she had built a long time ago to keep from getting hurt.
Because keeping people outside of the wall was always easier than letting them in.
This wonderful man was creeping his way inside her walls.
She bit her lip as a smile appeared. “I like exactly where you are, too.”
(Copyright © 2020 Amanda Siegrist)
Author Bio
I’m a USA Today Bestselling Author that loves to write sweet contemporary romance and romantic suspense novels, although I am partial to romantic suspense. Honestly, I love anything that has to do with romance. As long as there’s a happy ending, I’m a happy camper. And insta-love…yes, please! I love baseball (Go Twins!) and creating awesome crafts. I graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice, working in that field for several years before I became a stay-at-home mom. I have a few more amazing stories in the works. If you would like to connect with me or see important news, head to my
website at http://www.amandasiegrist.com. Thanks for reading!
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#BlogTour: Restraint by @AuthorALocke ~ #5stars

RESTRAINT by Adriana Locke
Release Date: August 3rd

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Blurb:
Blaire Gibson knows better than to have one-night stands.

She prides herself on her decision-making skills. It’s the one asset that has never let her down. But even the best thinkers have weaknesses. Hers is a delicious business mogul with a quick tongue. Unfortunately for her, that tongue is good for more than just talking.

Holt Mason doesn’t need to justify anything to anyone.

He wants Blaire. He pursues Blaire. And he gets Blaire because that’s how his life works.

Until it doesn’t.

What begins as a single night in a hotel room spirals into an unusual agreement. As late nights provide the space to trade secrets and walls come tumbling down, more is shared than just pillow talk.

They both should’ve known better. They should’ve shown restraint. Because when guards are dropped, hearts get hurt.

*RESTRAINT is a brand-new standalone romance from USA Today Bestselling author Adriana Locke.

Review

Blaire considers herself smart, so having a one-night stand is not something she would ever advocate. Romance and all its shenanigans have left her more than a little cold, too. She also knows better than to continue said one-night stand as a multi-night stand with a stranger, but all her common sense seems to leave her when in Holt Mason’s presence. She finds herself being brave enough to try different things – but how brave would she be in the face of love?

Holt knows that there is something special about Blaire Gibson the minute he bumps into her in the middle of the airport. Her determination to stay aloof does nothing to push him away. He is initially confident that a temporary fling should sate his hunger for her fire, but as they spend time together, he realises he cares about more than just a roll in the sheets with her. Will he convince himself that he is enough for Blaire?

This romance is full of love, laughter, acceptance and the knowledge that once you’re willing to try, anything is possible. I loved the Mason family. The brothers are hilarious and entertaining together. We’ve already had a taste of the different personalities, and I’m honestly looking forward to each story.

I voluntarily read & reviewed an ARC of this book.

About the Author:
USA Today and Washington Post bestselling author Adriana Locke lives and breathes books. After years of slightly obsessive relationships with the flawed bad boys created by other authors, Adriana has created her own.

She resides in the Midwest with her husband, sons, and two dogs. She spends a large amount of time playing with her kids, drinking coffee, and cooking. You can find her outside if the weather’s nice and there’s always a piece of candy in her pocket.

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#Release Blitz & #Blog Tour: Smitten by @laurenrowebooks ~ #5stars

SMITTEN by Lauren Rowe
Release Date: July 27th

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Blurb:
I met Alessandra at a party. Tried to impress her. Was almost positive I was going to fail.

I think I said something along the lines of, “I’m a Goat called Fish who’s hung like a bull—but not really. I’m actually pretty average.” Smooth. I know. Try not to be jealous.

When she laughed—and I mean, really laughed—I knew she wasn’t like the other girls I’d been meeting on tour. Hell, she wasn’t even in the same stratosphere as those fangirls and gold-diggers.

At one point during the party, Alessandra said, “There’s nothing like a girl’s first love.” I knew she was talking about the first smash hit by my band, 22 Goats. Alessandra said it was the first song she’d heard by us and it “hit her like a ton of bricks.” Ironic, seeing as how I was having the same reaction from being in her presence.

I made it my mission to impress her. Give her the kiss of a lifetime that night. But since I’ve always been the dude with zero game, nothing went according to plan.

I’m not giving up, though. I’m going to win this girl over. I’m done sitting on the sidelines, watching the bad boy getting the girl. This time, the nice guy will finish first. Even if it’s the last thing he’ll do.

Smitten is an all-new standalone friends to lovers romance!

Review

This is a book that I absolutely adore!

Fish & Ally were so cute, even in their awkwardness. I loved the humor and ribbing from Fish’s friends. I particularly liked Ally – shy, yet sweet, and searching the right person to share her moment. So relateable! This is a book I recommend wholeheartedly – it’s filled with love, quirky humor and music galore. I was smiling for most of this book.

You’ll feel fireflies, butterflies and probably a whole zoo as you read lol! You’ll love it!

I voluntarily read & reviewed an ARC of this book.

About the Author:
Lauren Rowe is the USA Today and international #1 best-selling author of newly released Reed Rivers Trilogy, as well as The Club Trilogy, The Josh & Kat Trilogy, The Morgan Brothers Series, Countdown to Killing Kurtis, and select standalone Misadventures.

Lauren’s books are full of feels, humor, heat, and heart. Besides writing novels, Lauren is the singer in a party/wedding band in her hometown of San Diego, an audio book narrator, and award-winning songwriter. She is thrilled to connect with readers all over the world.

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#CoverReveal: Coldhearted Heir by @MichelleAHorst

COLDHEARTED HEIR (Trinity Academy #1) by Michelle Heard
Release Date: August 26th
Genre: New Adult Romance

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Blurb:
From USA Today Bestselling author Michelle Heard comes a new HOT friends to enemies to lovers standalone.

Everything changed the night my boyfriend died.
What should’ve been the most special moment of my life turned into a nightmare. Because of Hunter Chargill, I lost the love of my life. I’ll never forgive him.

Hunter used to be one of my best friends, but it turns out he’s nothing more than an arrogant a-hole determined to make my life a living hell.
But he should’ve known you can’t break something that’s already broken.

I manage to avoid him until my freshman year at Trinity Academy. Our cruel words and intimidating touches quickly spark a flame, and instead of us going down in a blaze of hatred, desire sizzles to life.

I know I’m in trouble when I start enjoying our fights. Instead of wanting to punch him, I find myself wondering what his lips would feel like on mine.

A stupid game. One kiss. And my perfectly constructed walls come crashing down around me.

I should feel guilty and make Hunter pay for what he’s done.

But sometimes a tormentor becomes a protector.

About the Author:
Michelle Heard is a Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling Author who loves creating stories her readers can get lost in. She resides in South Africa with her son where she’s always planning her next book to write, and trip to take.

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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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Release Blitz: Black Knight (Royal Elite #4) by Rina Kent ~ 5 stars

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Love is impossible. Hate is an open game.

Kimberly

He was once my best friend, now he’s my worst enemy.

Xander Knight is heartbreakingly beautiful.

Ridiculously popular.

Brutally cruel.

He’s a knight but won’t do any saving.

Xander

We started as a dream, now we’re a nightmare.

Kimberly Reed is pathetically fake.

Terribly innocent.

Secretly black.

She can hide but never from me.

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Review

All too often, the traumas of our childhood follow us longer than we’d like.

“Sometimes, what you want is the one thing you can’t get.”

Xander & Kimberly both come from dysfunctional homes. Broken and flawed, they somehow match: emotions, personalities & souls. When they finally clear the obstacles between them, it’s pure magic. Their love and relationship is incredible.

This story resonated with me because of the way the author made me feel about Kimberly. I felt so much of her pain, her depression & desperation through Rina Kent’s words. I actually cried while reading most of her early POV. I was so moved by what she endured and then eventually overcame, though I haven’t ever experienced anything she went through. She channeled her insecurities into engineering her transformation and her strength is a thing to be admired.

Xander was more than an @$$hole when this story started. Then, as the story continued, I couldn’t help but sympathise with him. His indifference and cruelty masked a deep pain that he didn’t know how to deal with. Yet, when it counted, he stepped up for Kimberly, and blew me away when he showed his caring side.

Before I was even 10% through with this book, I knew I wouldn’t rest til I finished it. I especially enjoyed the plot twists. This book is a heavy hitter that I recommend while echoing the author’s disclaimer.

I haven’t read the other books in the series, but I had very little trouble following the plot. I look forward to reading the other stories in the series.

I voluntarily read & reviewed an ARC of this book.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Rina Kent is an international bestselling author of everything enemies to lovers romance.

Darkness is her playground, suspense is her best friend, and twists are her brain’s food. However, she likes to think she’s a romantic at heart in some way, so don’t kill her hopes just yet.

Her heroes are anti-heroes and villains because she was always the weirdo who fell in love with the guys no one roots for. Her books are sprinkled with a touch of mystery, a healthy dose of angst, a pinch of violence, and lots of intense passion.

Rina spends her private days in a peaceful town in North Africa daydreaming about the next plot idea or laughing like an evil mastermind when those ideas come together.

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