Release Blitz: Stone Cold by Winter Renshaw ~ 5 stars

 

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From #1 Amazon and Wall Street Journal bestselling author Winter Renshaw comes a scorching hot forbidden romance …
 
 
The most humiliating moment of my life begins with an early morning message from my ex’s notoriously heartless best friend.
Jovie—
In no way does this mean my opinion of you has changed.
I’m reaching out because sometime in the middle of last night you tagged yourself in Jude and Stassi’s engagement photo.
I don’t care if you were drunk or it was unintentional. I suggest you remove it immediately since the wedding is in two months (which I’m sure you know since you were clearly FB stalking them). The damage is done, but no reason to make things more awkward.
You’re welcome.
Stone
I waste no time removing my accidental tag before the sharp-tongued novelist in me fires off a response to the man who harbored extreme and inexplicable hatred of me during the three years I dated his best friend in college.
Only I didn’t expect him to respond.
And nothing could have prepared me for what he would say …
… or for all the ways this gorgeous villain with cruel icy blues would become the biggest plot twist my life had ever known.

Stone

The Hannaford Supermarket is packed on this Friday afternoon. I imagine we’re all doing the same thing; ditching work a couple of hours early, grabbing some dinner items, and heading home to kick off our weekend. I wonder if this is what Paul meant when he told me there’s no such thing as a unique experience.

I tuck a six pack of Heineken beneath my arm and head for the meat counter to grab a porterhouse and half a pound of stuffed mushrooms.

“I mean, what would you feed a dog if you had one?” A pony-tailed blonde in neon blue yoga pants asks a pimple-faced butcher.

“I don’t have a dog, ma’am,” he says, his Adam’s apple bobbing.

“But if you did though,” she says.

“I’d probably feed him kibble, ma’am.” His eyes shift toward the long line forming behind her.

“I guess I’ll just take two sirloins,” she says. “The eight ounce, not the five.”

The young man wraps the steak in brown paper for her before sealing it with a sticker.

“Anything else?” he asks.

“That’ll be all, thank you,” she says before taking the package, turning on her heel—and walking right into me. “Oh my god. I’m so sorry. I didn’t see you there.”

In her defense, I was probably standing a little too closer, but the little old lady behind me kept inching closer to me, which made me inch closer to her and it became a big circle jerk of inching.

“Jesus,” I mutter under my breath when our eyes catch.

I’d know those Pacific ocean blues anywhere, the ones so effervescent they almost make me forget it’s been about a week and a half since I ignored her last message.

“Jovie,” I say.

“Stone?” She squints, as if she doesn’t believe her eyes. Then again, I imagine I look slightly different than I did five years ago. Shorter hair. More muscles. Dressier clothes. Bigger big dick energy …

“What are you doing here?” I ask.

The little old lady behind me clears her throat, and I motion for her to go around me.

“I’m watching my neighbor’s dog and he’s refusing to eat. I think he’s depressed. I thought maybe if I got him a steak …” she shrugs. “What are you doing here? I thought you were in Baltimore?”

She remembered …

Our senior year in college, I was accepted into the University of Maryland School of Law that upcoming fall.

“Yeah,” I say. “I was offered a position up here from one of my law professors who was opening a practice here.”

Her lips inch into a wistful yet friendly smile. I’m sure it’s strange seeing me here—of all people. Or maybe she’s looking at me but thinking about Jude. It’s hard to tell. I imagine seeing me all these years later rustles up some old memories she wasn’t prepared to think about at the grocery store on a Friday afternoon.

The last time I hung out with Jovie was before the ill-fated Tulum trip. We were sitting around eating burnt frozen pizza from the campus convenience mart and downing cheap beer. And if that weren’t enough, Jovie forced us to play some God-awful card game where we had to shout certain phrases and clap and make fools of ourselves, but by the end of the night I was drunk enough to actually enjoy it.

The last thing I remember before passing out on the living room couch that evening was Jovie covering me with a blanket before adjusting my pillow so I wouldn’t have a kink in my neck.

I mumbled something to her about not being half bad.

She replied with a coy, “Yeah, I know.”

Everything turned black after that.

Who’d have ever thought that would’ve been the last time we’d hang out, the three of us?

Certainly not me.

I doubt Jude did either.

“You know, I’m still waiting for you to reply to that last message,” she winks and crinkles her nose. “You left me on a cliffhanger.”

“I didn’t feel like answering it.” And it’s the truth.

“That’s your prerogative, I guess.”

I’ll admit, I debated sending her another clever deflection last week, but then I got busy with work and decided it was best just to leave it alone. Besides, some things are better left unsaid.

“You know Jude lives here too,” I say, leaving out any mention of Stassi because it goes without saying.

She lifts her brows. “Okay …”

“You haven’t run into him yet?” I swear he’s never home. Stassi’s always got him running to this festival or that concert or this new restaurant.

She shakes her head, her ponytail flicking over her shoulders.

“I’ve only been here about a year,” she says. “I moved here with my ex … and I guess I haven’t gotten around to leaving yet.”

My chest tightens at the idea of Jovie being with someone new, some faceless pencil dick who probably doesn’t deserve her. From the second time we met, I knew she could never be mine. But even after Jude left her, I never once stopped to picture her with someone new. No need to torture myself.

We linger in silence for a beat, as if neither of us wants to go, yet there’s nothing more to be said.

Her full mouth curls at the sides, flanked by two perfect dimples as she stares up at me through a fringe of curled lashes. I’ve known far too many people who let themselves go after college. The stress of a corporate gig, a robust travel schedule, and a social life that revolves around drinking on the weekends tends to do that to a person. But Jovie looks even more beautiful than she did the night I first saw her.

There’s a calmness about her, as if these last several years in the real world have given her the kind of education she couldn’t get from a four-year institution.

Jovie waves her package of steaks. “I should probably get home and feed Domino.”

“Right.” I rake my hand along my jaw, taking her in for what very well might be the last time.

“It was nice seeing you though.”

Most of the time, when people say that, they never mean it.

“You too,” I say.

She walks away, turning back once more. “You should really think about answering my question …”

“Not a chance.”

She laughs before spinning on her heel and heading to the front of the store to check out.

A moment later, I realize I’m standing there wearing a dopey grin. I’m sure I look like a damn lunatic.

I wipe the expression off my face, get back in line, and order my filet mignon.

Years ago, I used to wonder what would be worse: Jude and Jovie getting married and me having to spend the rest of my life watching my best friend live happily ever after with her? Or Jude sending Jovie packing and me never having to see her again.

It never occurred to me that there could ever be anything in between.

Now I know.

Only I don’t know how I feel about it.

None of these scenarios end with me getting the girl.

Review

This book pulled me in and wrapped me up in it pages.

This forbidden, ex’s best friend romance will surprise you with not only its plot, but its sweetness. The flashbacks, the tension and conclusion make for amazing reading.

You will alternately groan at the what-could-have-beens and cheer while Stone & Jovie navigate the newness of their relationship. I definitely recommend this read!

I voluntarily read & reviewed an ARC of this book.

Wall Street Journal and #1 Amazon bestselling author Winter Renshaw is a bona fide daydream believer. She lives somewhere in the middle of the USA and can rarely be seen without her trusty Mead notebook and ultra portable laptop. When she’s not writing, she’s living the American dream with her husband, three kids, and the laziest puggle this side of the Mississippi.
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Release Blitz: Kiss and Fake Up by Carrie Aarons ~ 4 stars

Kiss and Fake Up by Carrie Aarons is live!

This summer was supposed to be an escape from the city and the demons lurking within it. Too bad the minute I arrive at the beach house I’m sharing with friends, the guy I swore I’d never talk to again in my life walks through the door.

Now I’m not only stuck hiding out from an ex who won’t leave me alone, but with someone who screwed me over before he could even be considered an ex.

That’s right, two years ago Campbell Whitlock double booked me on our fourth date. As in, had a girl show up to the table where he was feeding me off his own fork and barely disguising it as foreplay. Meanwhile, my head and heart had been completely on board to make our relationship more serious.

But a leggy blonde foiled that plan, and I’ve hated him on sight since. The ex-Marine turned millionaire restauranteur didn’t even have the decency to follow me with an apology as I ran out of his own establishment.

It’s just my luck that I’m forced to room right next door to my nemesis, who couldn’t be acting more like a saint if he tried. And then the impossible happens; my ex hunts me down to deliver loaded threats and the fear I thought I’d left behind in Manhattan. Who is the only person to witness it? Campbell, of course.

His apology tour apparently extends to offering himself up as my fake boyfriend to scare off my stalker. While the plan is moronic and means having to spend more time with him, the danger I feel is real. Having a hulking, intimidating boyfriend, fake or not, might be exactly what I need.

With every passing day, pretend date, emotional gaze and midnight run-in, our relationship starts to feel less like a deal and more like something very similar to the connection I thought we had years ago. Even though I promised myself I’d never give him a second chance.

But what happens when the person protecting me starts to feel like the one I want to trust forever?
And how will I recover if his favor was done only to gain forgiveness, instead of a chance at falling in love?

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Campbell Whitlock has spent every day of the past two years kicking himself for letting Heather walk out of his restaurant. When he finds out they’ll be spending the summer together, he’s determined to get her to forgive him, and see him in a different light. But when his attempt at faking a relationship to keep her safe changes to very real feelings, he’s even more resolved to show her that he’s the man she’s been waiting for.

On top of her most recent relationship troubles, Heather has just found out that the man she almost completely fell for two years ago will be spending the summer in the Hamptons along with their mutual friends. Pissed, afraid and confused, she tries to ice him out. But when Campbell begins to care for her and steps up for her, she begins to feel all the old feelings coming back.

I liked this romance. The suspense aspects were a bit scary (even though it was pretty light), but the overall vibe of the book was still laid-back and fun enough for me to enjoy.

Meet Carrie Aarons

Author of romance novels such as Fool Me Twice and Love at First Fight, Carrie Aarons writes books that are just as swoon-worthy as they are sarcastic. A former journalist, she prefers the love stories of her imagination, and the athleisure dress code, much better.

When she isn’t writing, Carrie is busy binging reality TV, having a love/hate relationship with cardio, and trying not to burn dinner. She lives in the suburbs of New Jersey with her husband, two children and ninety-pound rescue pup.

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Cover Reveal: Pinky Promises by Stefanie Jenkins

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Pinky Promises is book three in The Promises Series by Stefanie Jenkins is coming March 18th!

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Blurb

One night. One pinky promise to remember.

Brynn Macallister and Callum “Cal” Murphy have been best friends since before they could walk. His calming touch brings her peace in the stifling society life they’ve grown up in and grounds her like nothing else can.

When that touch turns to more than comfort, it ignites a fire within Brynn she never knew existed. Suddenly the lines of friendship look a little blurry—and neither of them are ready to go back.

But when Cal’s father pushes him toward marriage—to someone else—they’re forced to admit there’s more between them than they’re ready to let go of.

As lies and deceit threaten to unravel them, will they have the strength to overcome it, or will their pinky promises be a thing of the past?

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Release Blitz: Doctor Mistake by J. Saman ~ 5 stars

Doctor Mistake by J. Saman is now live!

He’s my best friend’s older brother. My boss. And now my new roommate…

In the hospital, death always comes in threes. Apparently, so do mistakes.  Mistake number one? My fiancé, who I just learned is cheating on me. So much for being the strong, in control doctor who’s always on top of her game…  
Mistake number two? Knocking on the wrong door.
The door I thought still belonged to my best friend now belongs to his older brother, my obnoxious, overly cocky, gorgeous-as-sin attending physician, Carter Fritz.
The billionaire playboy gives me a place to stay, and a shoulder to cry on. But when he makes me feel seen for the first time in I don’t even know how long, I tell myself I don’t regret what was easily the hottest, most earth-shattering night of my life.
That is until mistake number three comes along…and I’m staring down at a stick with two pink lines.
Having a baby at this stage of my residency could cost me everything I’ve worked so hard to build.
But Carter? He’s undeterred. He doesn’t just want more; he wants it ALL.
Including me.
But what happens if following my heart turns out to be my biggest mistake of all?

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Review

I discovered J. Saman last year, and she’s one author I’ve resolved to keep reading this year. She has a way with words and emotions, that even when the setting is chaotic it makes you feel the depth of feeling she’s trying to convey.

Grace & her attending physician, Carter, have history – she’s best friends with his brother, and have known each other since they were children. Carter has been able to do an unbiased job evaluating her residency for the past year. However, when her engagement ends suddenly, Carter suddenly finds it hard to keep hiding his feelings for her. But Grace doesn’t trust easily, and her insecurities present Carter with an uphill battle.

“There is no one else for me but you.”

I enjoyed this read. I thought I loved Oliver & Amelia, but Carter & Grace have my heart right now. Carter is afraid that Grace would reject him because his feelings are too much, while Grace fears that she isn’t worthy of unconditional love. I loved the way he pursued her, as well as the unconventional methods to get her attention. When Grace finally stopped running, she had absolutely no doubt that Carter did love her.

“My heart doesn’t beat without yours beside it.”

I recommend this read unreservedly and wholeheartedly. It’s sweet, warm, oh so hot and full of secondary characters that have you excited to see where this series will go.

I voluntarily read & reviewed an ARC of this book.

Meet J. Saman

J. Saman is a USA Today bestselling author who is addicted to Diet Coke, sour candy, and indie rock. She swears way too much (especially after a glass of wine) and has a penchant for sarcasm (or so her husband and children like to tell her).

She’s an admitted lover of second chance romances, love triangles, and the perfect amount of angst. She is best known for writing contemporary romance filled with smart, strong women, and sexy alphas who have a softer side–especially for their women.

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Blog Tour: The Bareback Cowboy by Melanie Munton ~ 4.5 stars

Title: The Bareback Cowboy (Southern Hearts Club, #4)
Author: Melanie Munton
Genre: Romantic Comedy

Release Date: November 23, 2021
Cover Designer: L.J. Anderson at Mayhem Cover Creations
Hosted by: Buoni Amici Press, LLC.

He might be one of the best riders in the world,

but she’ll give him the buck of his life.

WOULD YOU RATHER… Go through your entire life without ever falling in love?

OR… Have a rough-and-tumble cowboy stomp all over your heart with his sharpened spurs before riding off into the sunset like John f***ing Wayne?

Yeah, that happened. And frankly, I knew better. All cowboys are trouble. I’ve grown up around them my entire life, so I know how they operate. I’ve broken some of the toughest horses in the business. But for some reason, I found this thoroughbred impossible to resist.

A lot of good it did me too. Nothing but tears and comfort eating in the aftermath.

Suddenly, after a year away with no phone calls or texts to show for it, he’s back. He thinks we can pick up where we left off. But I’ve got news for him: His eight seconds with me are already up.

Little do I know, there’s a reason why he’s come back.
And it’s the absolute last thing I expect.

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Review

I was so glad to catch up with the ladies of the Southern Hearts Club! I have loved their journeys to love thus far, and this story did not disappoint.

Quinn & Trace’s story is hot and fun. I couldn’t put the book down – their chemistry was sizzling! I liked that Trace exceeded Quinn’s expectations. He was possessive and sweet, with just the right amount of determination so Quinn could give him another chance. Quinn is a strong woman; she’s had setbacks, but she’s conquered them. Love is a different sort of battle than she’s used to dealing with, and Trace isn’t exactly the type of man she’s used to, either.

I really enjoyed this installment. All the rodeo & bronc riding lingo was fascinating. Calli was a bright star, too, and an absolute sweetheart. All the girls of the Southern Hearts club brought their usual fire to the book – especially Gretchen. I totally loved the epilogue. I look forward to more from Melanie Munton.

I recommend this book unreservedly.

I voluntarily read & reviewed an ARC of this book.

“You’re not Quinn Prescott.”

My arm drops. I’m not even sure how to react to that, let alone what to say. My inner brilliance comes up with, “I’m not? Then maybe I should call the DMV and tell them they made a mistake on my ID.”

His frown only deepens. “I don’t hire minors. Even if you’re legal to work, wages get muddy with minors and it’s not worth navigating.”

Uh…minor?

Cut him.

Is he actually serious? Sure, I’m short. Barely 5’1”. And yeah, I’m pretty small and petite. Always have been. I was teased relentlessly about it in grade school because I always looked years younger than everyone else in my class. Among their many nicknames for me, I think their favorite was “Pipsqueak Prescott.”

But a minor?

This dude must be trippin’ off gin and juice.

“I’m twenty-four,” I state very clearly and a little impatiently.

His expression clears…and there it is. However he was struggling to see me before, he’s somehow figured it out and is now looking at me like he suddenly has free rein to do so. As if he’s actually letting himself really look now.

“I’ve heard that Morty and Quinn Prescott are some of the best horse trainers around,” he says dubiously. “And that you, in particular, have tempered some of the most unmanageable mounts. They say you have a gift.”

My chest swells with enormous pride at the compliment and at the knowledge that influential individuals in our field are actually touting our expertise. But it’s the tone with which he says all of it that rankles on my already prickly nerves.

Disbelief.

I huff, planting my hands on my hips. “What exactly were you expecting? A two-hundred-pound cowhand with a sailor’s mouth and a wad of dip in her lip?”

I immediately realize I shouldn’t have said that. Because he seems to take it as an invitation to conduct a more thorough inspection of my body. From the top of my shoulder-length brown hair and diamond stud nose ring, to the tank top and untucked flannel shirt, to the denim shorts, and finally, to my lace-up, calf-high combat boots.

Despite the fact that I first sat a horse at three years old and have grown up in the rodeo business, cowboy boots have never been my thing. They aren’t a prerequisite to being an expert horsewoman, thank you very much. I just feel more comfortable this way.

“The combat boots were a shock,” he eventually says after his gaze once again finds mine.

The urge to grin hits me, but I instantly quash it. Something still has me on the defensive with this cowboy. Then again, I’m always on the defensive. With almost everyone. I can never seem to turn it off.

And something tells me that with this guy, I’m going to have to keep my back up.

Because if I so much as blink, he might try to get me on my back.

Melanie grew up in a small town in the Midwest. After marrying her husband, she decided she wanted to try coastal life because why not? A few months later, they moved to North Carolina where she discovered her passion for writing, and they never looked back. They are now enjoying life with their beautiful daughter in Savannah, GA and loving every minute with their little Georgia peach.

Melanie’s other passion is traveling and seeing the world. With anthropology degrees under their belts, she and her husband have made it their goal in life to see as many archaeological sites around the world as possible.

She has a horrible food addiction to pasta and candy (not together…ew). And she gets sad when her wine rack is empty.

At the end of the day, she is a true romantic at heart. She loves writing the cheesy and corny of romantic comedies, and the sassy and sexy of suspense. She aims to make her readers swoon, laugh out loud, maybe sweat a little, and above all, fall in love.

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Review: Handle With Care by A.N. Verebes ~ #4stars

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Handle With Care by [A.N. Verebes]

What would you do if you had twenty minutes alone with your idol?

Gemma Fox is a self-confessed unlucky-in-love geek treating herself to a weekend at a pop-culture convention on Australia’s sunny Gold Coast.

Drawn there by the temptation of seeing her celebrity crush, Everett Rhodes, the last thing she expects is to wind up trapped in an elevator with him. Parting ways, Gemma has no reason to suspect that their paths will cross again. After all, he’s a celebrity. She’s just a fan who lives on the other side of the planet.

Besides, her life is not a rom-com. (At least, that’s what she keeps telling herself.)

However, life has other plans. And Everett -stupidly charming, frustratingly handsome Everett- is hard to resist.

But when things get complicated, Gemma and Everett are both faced with the same dilemma:

How can they make things work when they live in completely separate worlds?

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Review

Gemma is beside herself when she gets to share an elevator ride with her celebrity crush, Everett Rhodes. After a less than sophisticated sojourn in said elevator, she is convinced that they will never meet again. But after Everett makes an effort to extend their acquaintance, and seems to be just as into her as she is into him, her visit to Pop!Con takes on a different feel.

I liked the book. It’s a sort of slow burn, with lots of steamy tension. Gemma & Everett’s romance story captivated me. I found myself eager to see what happened next as Gemma & Everett went from strangers to friends, to lovers in a way that seemed natural. For a debut book, it really knocked my expectations out of the water, and having an Australian vibe was another plus. With lots interesting secondary characters and intriguing scenarios, this is a book I recommend.

I voluntarily read & reviewed a complimentary copy of this book, via Voracious Readers.

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About A.N. Verebes

A.N. Verebes

Anita (A.N.) Verebes is a daydreamer, writer, and author of the debut romance novel ‘Handle With Care’. As a professional civil marriage celebrant, Anita makes a living telling other people’s love stories and celebrating real romance! Also armed with a Bachelor of Education (Secondary), Anita is a qualified -but not practising- High School English teacher who loves to read anything she can get her hands on, including fanfiction. (And, yes, she’s written her fair share of that, too.) Living directly between Queensland’s sunny Gold and Sunshine coasts, Anita spends her days exploring the Great South East with her husband and their two rambunctious sons. When at home, she’s also a slave to two cats and one very spoilt Great Dane X.

#ReleaseBlitz: There’s Something About Molly by @Hovlandwrites ~ #5stars

There’s Something About Molly by
Christina Hovland is now live!

Keeping it together. Barely.

Molly Princeton hasn’t met the right guy. Yes, she’s a dating coach. But she’s also a single mom with a rocky relationship history. She may be able to help others find love, but she doesn’t really need it in her life. Happiness doesn’t require falling in love. Winning a matchmaker competition however requires being part of a couple. And darn it, she needs to win this one. That’s when she sets her sights on Gavin Frank—the one man she would absolutely never fall in love with.

Gavin is her nemesis, her best friend’s ex, and yeah, okay, he’s sexy as sin. He’s also off limits. But she’s out of other options. Plus Gavin could use a fake relationship to keep his meddling mother from setting up blind dates with every available woman in the Mile High City. There’s no way he’d fall for Molly. None. Nada.

The two quickly learn there’s a thin line between hate and love, and she finds herself tipping onto the wrong side. For the first time, she doesn’t have all the answers. What the heck is she supposed to do next? Lucky for her, Gavin realizes there’s something about Molly he can’t resist…

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You can’t not love this read.

Molly is resolved to stay hating her best friend’s ex-husband, so she’s confused when she suddenly CANNOT find good reasons to keep hating him anymore. When fate literally forces them together over and over, she realises that there might be something about Gavin that she’s only just seeing for the first time.

I laughed at Molly’s internal dialogue and the children’s shenanigans a lot. I also love how supportive Molly’s friend group is, too. Each woman in the group knows that everyone has their back, but they also know that they will tell them the truth, whether they want to hear it or not.

I recommend this read wholeheartedly, and look forward to more in the series.

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Meet Christina Hovland

USA Today Bestselling Author Christina Hovland lives her own version of a fairy tale–an artisan chocolatier by day and romance writer by night. Born in Colorado, Christina received a degree in journalism from Colorado State University. Before opening her chocolate company, Christina’s career spanned from the television newsroom to managing an award-winning public relations firm. She’s a recovering overachiever and perfectionist with a love of cupcakes and dinner she doesn’t have to cook herself. A 2017 Golden Heart® finalist, she lives in Colorado with her first-boyfriend-turned-husband, four children, and the sweetest dogs around.

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#ReleaseBlitz: Austin’s Revenge by @authorjaxmckay1 ~ #5stars

Austin’s Revenge by Jax McKay is now live!

I never forgot the one night I had with Violet.
Now she’s my assistant and I’m going to make her mine.

Being forced into early retirement wasn’t all that bad.
After all, now I am running my own MMA promo company.
With my best friends and my brother at my side we can’t fail.

The last thing I expected them to do was hire me an assistant.
And I definitely wasn’t prepared for her to walk in.
Violet Lancaster…

The one night stand I never forgot.

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Review

Note: Read Awakening before you read this.

Through a mixture of love and respect for the sport and his desire for revenge, Austin and his friends finally have followed through on Austin’s spontaneous decision to retire from MMA fighting and form his own company. As the group has never had to deal with administration duties on a large scale, they are forced to hire someone. Both Violet & Austin are surprised – they had a one night stand before Austin’s retirement. Though they never forgot each other, they never expected to see each other again. But behind-the-scenes machinations may not have the best of intentions for them.

I liked this read. I loved the mix of suspense, revenge/blackmail and steam. The story also showcases friendship, forgiveness and second chances, which struck the perfect balance. I only take issue with some OW drama that wasn’t resolved, in my opinion. But, I cannot wait to read more from these Ares Falls billionaires.

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Meet Jax McKay

Born and raised in Chicago, Jax was a quiet soul who kept to himself but let his personality fly in his writing. He realizes sometimes its easy to write than it is to talk about what you’re going through so he uses his writing to help others relate. When he’s not writing he’s working out embracing a clean eating lifestyle.

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ReleaseBlitz: Mister Know-It-All by @ASDuncanWrites ~ 4.5 stars

Title: Mister Know-It-All
A Cocky Hero Club Novel
Author: Amélie S. Duncan
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Release Date: August 8, 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
What’s a girl to do when she discovers that her boss/boyfriend (I don’t need a lecture, thank you very much!) is a cheating windbag?
Dump him and quit her job, of course.
After that, it was supposed to be the Summer of Me—a totally self-indulgent few months.
Except that I met a drop-dead gorgeous Viking with a bossy attitude.
We clashed on his arrogance and crassness, but geek bonded over Star Wars and Star Trek.
He offered himself as a no-strings-attached candidate for my get-my-groove-back sex plan, and I left because he already had a girlfriend, even if they were on a break.
But I couldn’t stop thinking about him.
I really, really needed to find someone less complicated, but he infiltrated my thoughts.
He was hot, after all (And his towel might have slipped on purpose.) Seriously hot.
No matter how many times I decided not to pursue anything with him, he kept showing a softer side of himself.
But we couldn’t keep going like that, neither here nor there.
Some decisions had to be made.
One that could change everything.
If someone had told me how my Summer of Me would end? I’d never have believed them.
But I regret nothing.
Mister Know-It-All is a steamy enemies to lovers romantic comedy inspired by Stuck-Up Suit.
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REVIEW
When her academic & love life are thrown into chaos at the same time, Jasmine Bisset decides to flee Boston and head to New York for some fun and much-needed “me time”. But she encounters a cocky, nerdy man who not only annoys her, but threatens her “no man for the summer” pledge. Accustomed to being secondary to mostly everyone in her life, will Ford Lingren’s determination to put her first embolden her or will it scare her away, especially as his past seems to not want to let him go?

Ford Lingren has been stuck in one place for awhile. Not looking for any distraction, his attention is diverted in a spectacular way when, as a favor, he has to play host to Jasmine. He realises that she matches him in a way that he could have only dreamed possible. But when his attention is diverted as his past returns and his obligations increase, will he find a way to keep Jasmine? Or will they have to remain as friends who got away from each other?

This story is not just cute; it is sweetly romantic. Ford & Jasmine were not looking for each other, yet they couldn’t help but keep but coming back to each other over and over. The way Ford made Jasmine feel seen melted me repeatedly, as well as the way he fought for their love.

I recommend this read. The couple is an intriguing one, and the author wove their story masterfully.

I voluntarily read & reviewed an ARC of this book.

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Amélie S. Duncan writes contemporary romances. Whether writing in the erotic, sports, or dark genres, all of her stories at the heart are character-driven. Her inspiration comes from many sources, including her life experiences and travels. She lives on the West Coast of the United States with her awesome husband and her sweet golden retriever Rosco.
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#ReleaseBlitz: Smash by S.M. West

SMASH

The Trojan Series
by S.M. West
Publication Date: August 5, 2021
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Rock Star Romance

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SYNOPSIS

Smash – verb: violently breaking into pieces.

One date with the wrong man is all it takes to open my eyes.

I’m in love with Grayson Bennett.

My best friend. My confidant. My protector.

The man who treats my son like his own.

Friendship is no longer enough.

I want more.

More of him.

More of us.

More of…everything.

And Gray wants the same.

He calls me his everything.

My son and I are his future.

For one brief moment in time, things are perfect.

Until a visit from my ex turns my world into a nightmare.

Drowning in countless questions with no answers, I struggle with the truth of my past.

Demons threaten to not only destroy me, but also to decimate my forever with Gray.

People always say love is the strongest force on the planet.

But this time, I’m not sure if even love is enough to defeat the darkness.

Review

Daisy and Gray have been dancing around their attraction for each other for 3 years. Just as they decide to be honest with each other and take their friendship to another level, they are blindsided with news that threatens their budding romance.

This book has light suspense, lots of drama and a little boy that’s central to the story. Many times, romance authors tend to treat children as background noise, as a mere trope filler, but I liked that the author didn’t separate Daisy’s motherhood and her child’s existence from the story, or use his presence to fill plot holes.

You’ll be rooting for Gray & Daisy even as Daisy’s world seems to crumble around her. With interesting secondary characters, Smash piques my curiosity about the rest of the series. I recommend the read.

I voluntarily read & reviewed an ARC of this book.

ABOUT S.M. WEST

S.M. West writes romantic suspense and sexy, angsty contemporary romance. She’s a self-professed junkie of wine, chocolate and travel. If she isn’t writing or hanging with her family, she can be found planning her next adventure!

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