Monday, February 27, 2017

Release Day Blitz:Cole by Tijan


I shouldn’t have remembered him.

He was just a guy who walked through a restaurant. I didn't know his name. We never made eye contact. There was no connection between us at all.

But I could feel him.

The tingle down my spine. The command in his presence. The snap of tension in the air around him. That was the first time I saw him, and I was captivated.

The second time was different.

He was in the mysterious back elevator of my apartment building. Our eyes met for a fleeting second before the doors closed, and I was staggered. My breath was robbed. My senses on high alert. My body hummed.

That was just the beginning.

He was the leader of the mafia. I was about to fall in love with him, and his name…

Cole Mauricio

Cole by Tijan is NOW LIVE!

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I didn't begin writing until after undergraduate college. There'd been storylines and characters in my head all my life, but it came to a boiling point one day and I HAD to get them out of me. So the computer was booted up and I FINALLY felt it click. Writing is what I needed to do. After that, I had to teach myself how to write. I can't blame my teachers for not teaching me all those years in school. It was my fault. I was one of the students that was wishing I was anywhere but at school! So after that day, it took me lots of work until I was able to put together something that resembled a novel. I'm hoping I got it right since someone must be reading this profile! And I hope you keep enjoying my future stories.

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Sunday, February 26, 2017

Review: Moment of Fate (Moments in Time #5) by Karen Stivali

Bryan Dane’s been living the dream—photography student by day, up-and-coming rocker by night. His summer goals are to earn his last few credits, graduate from NYU, spend as much time in the recording studio as possible, and survive the next few months without sex so he can complete his yearlong goal of self-imposed celibacy. Everything is on track, until he meets Oliver Newcastle.

For years Oliver planned a marriage of convenience with his high school BFF, but now that she’s fallen in love for real, with someone else, it’s no longer convenient. So Oliver came out to his family, quit his job, and left small-town New England for NYC, an intensive summer study program, and a chance to find his own happiness.

From the moment they meet the sexual tension between Bryan and Oliver sizzles. But Bryan wants no part of a relationship, and Oliver wants to sew his wild oats—he just isn’t sure how. Oliver seeks Bryan’s help navigating the NYC gay scene, which throws them together in increasingly more sexual situations until they can no longer deny they're hot for each other. Bryan is desperate to keep things simple, but fate might have other plans.

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What I thought about Moment of Fate

In Moment of Fate, Bryan has made one of those silly resolutions to be celebate for a year.  I'm saying silly because I don't know too many people who follow through on those. Bryan's reasons for celibacy are understandable, that is until he meets Oliver.  

Oliver is in NYC taking a break from NH after breaking his engagement. He's trying to find himself and jumping into the gay scene in NYC seems to be the answer.  Only it isn't quite working out that way for him until he meets Bryan.

I really how their relationship grows from the first time they meet, to the first time they talk, and onto other firsts.  There's a nice slow build here and I loved how they became friends. Oliver is respectful of Bryan's resolution and Bryan is helping his friend explore his sexuality while keeping his resolution, although Bryan blurs the lines at times.

As with all of the books in this series, there's plenty of sexy times.  But I really loved it for what Oliver and Bryan find out about themselves and each other.  I liked how it was really Bryan that learned a lot about himself, especially in the final chapters.  Sometimes fate does step in to intervene!

Milo was a terrific secondary character and I hope to read more about him.  Karen Stivali also does a fabulous job of describing and raising awareness about allergic reactions, their accompanying panic attacks and the effect that chronic illness can have on a person's mental state.     

I've been a fan of this series since the first three books chronicling Collin and Tanner's HEA and each book just gets better.  If you like M/M romance, I would definitely recommend this series.  Moment of Fate works very well as a standalone. 

ARC provided for review. 

About the Author

Karen Stivali is a prolific writer, compulsive baker and chocoholic with a penchant for books, movies, and fictional British men. She's also the multiple award-winning author of contemporary and erotic romances. She writes novels about real life, only hotter.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Cover Reveal: Buns by Alice Clayton

The third in the hilarious yet sizzling hot Hudson Valley series from New York Time and USA TODAY bestselling author Alice Clayton.

Clara Morgan is living the dream, if you can call rebranding hotels that are desperate for a new life and running any kind of marathon a dream. Which she does. But the career she loves and the endurance races that keep her adrenaline pumping have kept her too busy to put down any roots. Growing up in foster care, she’s never been able to establish traditions of her own, which may be why she’s fascinated by the rituals that generations-old family resorts are known for. She’s especially interested in the Bryant Mountain House, and not just for their secret recipe for the yummy, gooey, can’t-get-enough-of Hot Cross Buns….

Archie Bryant, the man with the Buns, is fifth generation and one-day-owner of the charming yet run-down Bryant Mountain House in Bailey Falls, New York. He’s determined to save his family’s legacy from the wrecking ball the old-fashioned way—by gritting his teeth and doing what needs to be done. 

There’s no way Archie will be influenced by the new hotel branding expert his father brought in to turn one hundred and fifty years of tradition on its head just to attract a faster, younger, slicker crowd. But when some of Clara’s ideas start bringing in new, paying customers, Archie can’t deny that she may have just given him a shot at keeping his resort open.
It’s sticky, it’s messy, it’s sweet, it’s Buns.

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 ALICE CLAYTON worked in the cosmetics industry for over a decade before picking up a pen (read laptop).
She enjoys gardening but not weeding, baking but not cleaning up, and finally convinced her long-time boyfriend to marry her.
Now, about that Bernese Mountain dog

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Cover Reveal & Giveaway:Black Hat Hacker by Soraya Naomi

Title: Black Hat Hacker
Series: Chicago Syndicate #6
Author: Soraya Naomi
Genre: New Adult Mafia Romance
Cover Design: The Final Wrap
Release Date: March 28, 2017


You don’t know me.
But that’s only because I don’t want you to.

I have the most lucrative job in the country as a hacker in the notorious underworld. I’ve built entire systems and destroyed evidence for career advancement while stealing and exploiting data for personal gain.
I’m the black hat hacker for the Chicago Syndicate and hold all the dirty secrets of the most powerful men in the U.S. in the palm of my hands, just a keystroke away from mass ruination.

However, no one knows my dirty secret, a decision from my past that’s just aching to blow up in my face and shatter my future. Especially when a certain wavy haired brunette begins to demand my attention with her odd ways and her carefree attitude.

She’s a woman who makes me go against everything I’ve ever believed.
A woman whom I’m forbidden from having my usual one-night stand with, even if she was available.
A woman whom I have to keep from getting herself killed, whether she likes it or not.

You don’t know me, but neither does she…yet.

A standalone novel from the Chicago Syndicate world.
From Soraya Naomi, International Bestselling Author of For Fallon and For Luca. Novel Grounds Semi Annual Literary Awards 2014 winner of Best Breakout Novel For Fallon (Chicago Syndicate, #1).

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I read many genres but favor intense, seductive, and provocative novels where the male character loves fiercely, without remorse or boundaries. I also adore forbidden love tales and have an odd fascination with kidnapping romances. No, I don't secretly want to be kidnapped, though!

I have a passionate obsession with the written word and indulge in chocolate pastries much too often.

My debut novel For Fallon (Chicago Syndicate, #1) was released on July 26, 2014. I’m honored that For Fallon won “Best Breakout Novel 2014” in the Novel Grounds Semi Annual Literary Awards.

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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Review:Dirty Duet (Found in Oblivion #3) by Cari Quinn & Taryn Elliott

He’s the wildest guy in his band, but falling for a virgin groupie-in-disguise might be his craziest move yet.

Keyboardist West Reynolds’s idea of commitment? Going out for breakfast with a woman after a night of bed-breaking action. The only thing he gets serious about is Warning Sign, the band he formed with his two best friends. Then he meets a woman being hauled off by security, and she’s fascinated by him.

To her, he’s a subject to study. Like a bug under a microscope with a big…head.

Lauren Bryant is a student of psychology, and now she’s going in depth on rockstars. Specifically, fans. What makes a woman turn into a lust-driven groupie?

Is it the music?

The fame?

The men?

She isn’t sure, but she never expected to get her own night with a rockstar. One where he’s on top, doing some studying of his own…

She isn’t sure, but she never expected to get her own night with a rockstar. And she just figured out the ultimate way to get inside a subject is to let the subject inside you…

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What I thought about Dirty Duet

Every rockstar romance from this writing duo has been a lot of fun so far, with just the right mix of drama, rock, and romance.  Dirty Duet is no different, and it continues to amaze me how the characters from Cari and Taryn are always unique and interesting.

In Dirty Duet, Lauren is out researching fandom and she's chosen Warning Sign as her research material.  When West Reynolds crowd surfs out to her, and she whips off her shirt, well... game on.

I really liked West. He was sensitive and caring although not too confident when it came to women.  His backstory explains that quite well.  Lauren on the other hand is a brash-mouthed straight-shooter that wants to experience it all.  There's an insta-lust spark between these two that turns into something much more during the time Lauren is on tour with West.

I loved Lauren. She's cute, funny and forward. She says what she means, and she's open to the experiences West brings to her. Some readers may find it hard to believe that she's still a virgin with the mouth she has (TG for Tumblr), but I found it believable that she hadn't had the opportunity to lose her v-card yet. Not everyone cashes that in early!

Anyway, this was another in this series that I enjoyed and there are glimpses of characters from the other rock series from Cari Quinn and Taryn Elliott that always makes it fun to read.

If you are looking for a steamy, sexy falling-on-love story with not a whole lot of drama, Dirty Duet might be for you. 

ARC provided for review. 

About the Authors 
USA Today bestselling author Cari Quinn likes music and men, so she figured why not write about both? When she's not writing, she's screaming at men's college basketball games on TV, playing her music too loud or causing trouble. Sometimes simultaneously.

USA Today bestselling author Taryn Elliott is obsessed with rock stars, men, and her unending playlists--maximizing these things seemed like a very good idea. When she's not writing, she's losing hours to hot men on TV, and/or a graphic design project. Multitasking is her middle name.

They decided to combine forces and found that hey...this writing deal is even more awesome when you collaborate with your best friend.

And so Lost in Oblivion was born.

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ARC Review: Roman by Sawyer Bennett

Title: Roman (Cold Fury, Book #7)
Author: Sawyer Bennett
Genre: Contemporary romance, sports romance

New York Times bestselling author Sawyer Bennett steams up the ice all over again as the Carolina Cold Fury hockey team’s hottest bad boy gets his first taste of something good.

In a league full of troublemakers, Cold Fury defenseman Roman Sýkora stands out—at least when it comes to negative publicity. When he’s not chilling in the penalty box, the sizzling Czech skate demon is racking up tabloid headlines for his scandalous behavior with the ladies. But now Roman’s feeling the burn from management to clean up his act, or else. Luckily he’s got an enticing distraction: a fun-loving barista who plays the ukulele and brings out a side of Roman he didn’t know he had.

Lexi Robertson came to Raleigh, North Carolina, to finally meet her father, Brian Brannon, and her half sister, Gray, both of whom work in the Cold Fury’s front office. That’s where she first meets sexy, intimidating Roman—who’s really a big softie at heart. As one relationship takes off, another begins: Brian seems to be clicking with Lexi’s boss at the coffee shop. But when the friction between Roman and her new family heats up, Lexi wonders whether she’s a pawn in their game. Feeling hurt and foolish, Lexi’s ready to quit while she’s ahead. Trouble is, Roman’s not ready to quit on her.

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What I thought about Roman

Roman’s dedication to his sport has left him with an emotional void and his sex scandals and other bad boy  activities have given him a reputation with the GM of the team. On the day he’s meeting with the GM to be told he needs to clean up his act, he runs into Lexi who is there to meet her father and half sister who have no idea she exists.  Talk about family drama! 

Lexi’s father is more accepting of Lexi’s claims, but her half-sister questions her motives. When there’s some mega-attraction between Roman and Lexi, her half sister  isn’t too thrilled about them dating because of his reputation.  So Lexi is faced with the dilemma of going for the guy she is attracted to, or risking her new relationship with her newly found half-sister.

This is definitely an opposites attract (and very sexy) sort of story. Lexi is very independent and makes Roman work for it, which was a nice touch. I liked how he handled these new feelings toward Lexi, even though they scare him.

The story is told in dual POV from Roman and Lexi and with a surprise POV from Lexi’s father which adds a nice treat to the book with a more seasoned romance between Brian and Lexi’s boss Georgia.  The scenes between these two were equally interesting.

Roman works very well as a standalone, as this was my first book read in this series and I didn’t have any trouble following along. If you are a fan of sports romance, you will want to check this out.  I really like Sawyer Bennett’s writing voice and it comes across very well in Roman. 

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About the Author
Since the release of her debut contemporary romance novel, Off Sides, in January 2013, Sawyer Bennett has released more than 30 books and has been featured on both the USA Today and New York Times bestseller lists on multiple occasions.

A reformed trial lawyer from North Carolina, Sawyer uses real life experience to create relatable, sexy stories that appeal to a wide array of readers. From new adult to erotic contemporary romance, Sawyer writes something for just about everyone. Sawyer likes her Bloody Marys strong, her martinis dirty, and her heroes a combination of the two. 

When not bringing fictional romance to life, Sawyer is a chauffeur, stylist, chef, maid, and personal assistant to a very active toddler, as well as full-time servant to two adorably naughty dogs. She believes in the good of others, and that a bad day can be cured with a great work-out, cake, or a combination of the two. 


Release Day Review: The Vanishing Hour by Seraphina Nova Glass

  ABOUT THE VANISHING HOUR: Grace Holloway keeps to herself. Since narrowly escaping death at the hands of the man who kidnapped her, she...