Friday, October 30, 2020

Cover Reveal: Fallen Jester (Tin Gypsy #5) by Devney Perry


FALLEN JESTER
Tin Gypsy Series

Release Date: May 18th, 2021
Cover Design: Hang Le
Purchase Details: www.devneyperry.com/books/fallen-jester

Leo Winter loves his life. He works when he needs money. He rides when he craves freedom. He frequents the local bar when he wants a good time. The Tin Gypsies might be a memory, but the bachelor life he lived with his motorcycle club still suits him fine. So when a one-night stand surprises him at a family barbecue and claims she’s pregnant with his child, he’s certain he’s died and gone to hell.

Cassandra Cline took one night off from her structured life. One. And now her wild fling with the local bad boy has turned her life sideways. Her dreams and academic career are circling the drain, and none of it would have happened if she’d stayed far, far away from Leo.

Except avoiding him is impossible, especially when she’s forced to move home to Clifton Forge, Montana. And he refuses to leave her side when a series of strange accidents put her and their baby at risk. But are they accidents? Or is she standing in the middle of a battlefield she doesn’t understand?

Her only allies are people she barely knows. And a man who has the potential to steal her heart. If only he’d stop playing the fool.  

Thursday, October 29, 2020

Blog Tour: 5 Stars for Blacklisted (Loveless, Texas #3) by Jay Crownover

 

We are so excited to celebrate the release of

BLACKLISTED by Jay Crownover

 with you today by participating in the blog tour!
 
BLACKLISTED is part of the
Loveless, Texas
series
and you can grab your copy now.


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BLACKLISTED by Jay Crownover

Loveless, Texas #3 | Available Now

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About BLACKLISTED:

From the New York Times bestselling author of the Marked Men series comes an irresistible and suspenseful romance between a doctor who plays by the rules and the outlaw who breaks them in order to protect her.

Dr. Presley Baskin has always lived a quiet, calm life. Unfortunately, nothing about her life in Loveless, Texas -- especially not the wild, rowdy, and impossibly close-knit Lawton family who've claimed her -- is quiet or calm. Which is how loner Presley finds herself roped into patching up local bad boy Shot Caldwell against her better judgment. Presley wants nothing to do with the dangerous, brooding leader of the local outlaw motorcycle club. But when someone starts stalking her, Shot is the only person she trusts to help. Plus he owes her one . . .

Palmer 'Shot' Caldwell has always known his life isn't made for relationships. At least until shy, secretive, Presley reluctantly pulled a bullet out of him. He's oddly protective of the pretty doctor, so when she comes to him for help, hard-hearted Shot suddenly realizes there's nothing he wouldn't do to keep her safe.

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What I thought about Blacklisted

Romance readers! There's a new book boyfriend in town and his name is Shot Caldwell! You might remember him from the previous book in this romance series from Jay Crownover. There's a good dose of suspense here as well.

So, when we last met Shot, he was, well, shot a number of times and Dr. Presley Baskin gets the call to come to her sister Kody's Lawton's bar to help him under police radar. It leaves Shot in the position of owing her one, an he doesn't like that. And he doesn't like the fact he's drawn to Presley in a way he hasn't experienced before.

I love a romance where the "never-going-to-have-a-relationship" hero falls really hard, and Shot does just that. He can't stay away from Presley, and she does need his protection since her enemy stalker is still on the loose. Presley tries to stay away from him, not wanting to jeopardize her relationship with her new family, but she can't. He's just too... persistent. Rawr.

When Shot collaborates with Case and Hill to bring down Presley's stalker, things don't go as planned with disastrous consequences. I was surprised by a few things in this book, and the ending was one of them. I just loved it!

Overall, I loved this book and this series. There was a nice amount of suspense complementing the romantic elements. There is a bit of a slow start with this one, but once it gets going, things really move along quite nicely. I loved these characters and I liked how the Lawton family comes together. And really, Shot was most definitely worth it!

An ARC was provided by the publisher. This is my honest review. 

Grab your copy of BLACKLISTED today!

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About JAY CROWNOVER:

  Jay Crownover is the international and multiple New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Marked Men Series, The Saints of Denver Series, The Point Series, Breaking Point Series, and the Getaway Series. Her books can be found translated in many different languages all around the world. She is a tattooed, crazy haired Colorado native who lives at the base of the Rockies with her awesome dogs. This is where she can frequently be found enjoying a cold beer and Taco Tuesdays. Jay is a self-declared music snob and outspoken book lover who is always looking for her next adventure, between the pages and on the road.  

Connect with her: Website | Facebook | Instagram | Goodreads | Reader Group

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Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Review: 5 stars for Code Name: Rook (Jameson Force Security #6) by Sawyer Bennett

 

Code Name: Rook
(Jameson Force Security, Book #6)
Sawyer Bennett
Release Date: October 27, 2020

Being a highly skilled operative for a company like Jameson Force Security is exhilarating and important work…until it comes time to date. I like to keep my profession under wraps for a number of reasons. Some of what we do is top secret, most of what we do is dangerous, and more than one woman has tried to latch onto me because she was more enamored with what I do than who Cage Murdock really is. And since I’m more of a ‘here for the night’ than a ‘here for forever’ kind of guy, what’s the harm in a little white lie about my job?

My harmless deceit has never failed me. Until now. Because I met the most amazing woman and did the unthinkable. I married her. And now my beautiful, unsuspecting, probably-going-to-leave-my-sorry-behind-when-she-finds-out-the-truth wife doesn’t know that I’m not a used car salesman like I told her when we met.

As it typically does with lies, the truth is about to come out in a big way when Jaime unwittingly gets herself mixed up with some unsavory characters and I, along with the team at Jameson, have to intervene. Now I need to save my girl and hope I can save my marriage too. Let’s just say I have some serious explaining to do.

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What I thought about Code Name: Rook

Cage Murdock is a player -- until he meets Jaime one night in a bar and she takes him home. For a quick getaway, he tells her he's a used car salesman.  But as continue to see each other, Cage gets more wrapped up in telling her the truth at the right time, and ends up causing a whole lotta trouble for himself.  There's no right time to tell your new wife you've been lying to her.
 
These two are very cute together, and Cage falls hard for Jaime.  It's all very out of character for him, so of course he's going to make mistakes.  Good think he has Jameson Security to help him out.  Kynan gives him good advice and ends up stepping in at a critical moment.
 
I really liked this.  There was a few ways this story could go, and I hadn't anticipated what happened in that final third of the book.  The development of their relationship was fun, with Cage a bit out of his element and a bit unsettled by his feelings after being single for so long. These two are great together, there's plenty of heat and it was easy to want them to resolve their trust issues and find their HEA.
 
There's a nice dose of action in this as well, and I really liked that part of the story. Although I had an inkling something was going to happen, it was a big surprise when it did, and I loved that about this story.  And I did like that Jaime took her time decided what she wanted once the dust cleared.
 
Overall, another entertaining installment in the Jameson Force Security series. It was a quick read with plenty of heat and a nice bit of action. I devoured this in a day.
 
An ARC was provided. This is my honest review.  




 
 
 
About the Author: 
 
  
 New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestselling author Sawyer Bennett uses real life experience to create relatable stories that appeal to a wide array of readers. From contemporary romance, fantasy romance, and both women’s and general fiction, Sawyer writes something for just about everyone.

A former trial lawyer from North Carolina, when she is not bringing fiction to life, Sawyer is a chauffeur, stylist, chef, maid, and personal assistant to her very adorable daughter, as well as full-time servant to her wonderfully naughty dogs.

If you’d like to receive a notification when Sawyer releases a new book, sign up for her newsletter (sawyerbennett.com/signup).

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Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Happy Release Day! Blacklisted (Loveless, Texas #3) by Jay Crownover

 

We are so excited to celebrate
the release of
BLACKLISTED by Jay Crownover
with you today!

BLACKLISTED is part of the
Loveless, Texas
series
and you can grab your copy now.

Join Jay's Group for details
about all of her titles.

BLACKLISTED by Jay Crownover

Loveless, Texas #3 | Available Now

------------

Grab your copy of BLACKLISTED today!

Amazon | Nook | Apple | Kobo | Google

About BLACKLISTED:

From the New York Times bestselling author of the Marked Men series comes an irresistible and suspenseful romance between a doctor who plays by the rules and the outlaw who breaks them in order to protect her.

Dr. Presley Baskin has always lived a quiet, calm life. Unfortunately, nothing about her life in Loveless, Texas -- especially not the wild, rowdy, and impossibly close-knit Lawton family who've claimed her -- is quiet or calm. Which is how loner Presley finds herself roped into patching up local bad boy Shot Caldwell against her better judgment. Presley wants nothing to do with the dangerous, brooding leader of the local outlaw motorcycle club. But when someone starts stalking her, Shot is the only person she trusts to help. Plus he owes her one . . .

Palmer 'Shot' Caldwell has always known his life isn't made for relationships. At least until shy, secretive, Presley reluctantly pulled a bullet out of him. He's oddly protective of the pretty doctor, so when she comes to him for help, hard-hearted Shot suddenly realizes there's nothing he wouldn't do to keep her safe.

Add BLACKLISTED to your Goodreads TBR here!

Grab your copy of BLACKLISTED today!

Amazon | Nook | Apple | Kobo | Google

---------------------

 

About JAY CROWNOVER:

Jay Crownover is the international and multiple New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Marked Men Series, The Saints of Denver Series, The Point Series, Breaking Point Series, and the Getaway Series. Her books can be found translated in many different languages all around the world. She is a tattooed, crazy haired Colorado native who lives at the base of the Rockies with her awesome dogs. This is where she can frequently be found enjoying a cold beer and Taco Tuesdays. Jay is a self-declared music snob and outspoken book lover who is always looking for her next adventure, between the pages and on the road.  

Connect with her: Website | Facebook | Instagram | Goodreads | Reader Group

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Monday, October 26, 2020

Surprise! A Brand New M/M Romance from Sarina Bowen

ROOMMATE by Sarina Bowen

Coming January 12, 2021

Photo by Wander Aguiar
Cover design by Christine Coffey

Wanted: One roommate to share a 3-bedroom house, split the rent, and ideally not be the guy I can’t stop thinking about.  

I’m a man with too many secrets, so the last thing I need is a new roommate with a sexy smile and blue eyes that see right through me. Eight years ago, Roderick left town after high school. We’re not friends. I owe him nothing. But back then, I let one of my secrets slip, and he’s the only one who noticed. 

Part of me knows I should run far, far away. But the other part wants him to come upstairs and spend the night. But if I let him in, I could lose everything.

Seeking: a room to rent in town. I’m tidy, have no pets, and I will feed you homemade bread. 

I should probably add: Gay AF, and has no filter. It’s no wonder my new landlord is so wary of me. 

A smarter man would ignore those hot glances from the broody lumberjack. He may want more from me than another fresh-baked pretzel. But if I push my luck, I’ll end up back on the street.

Too bad I’ve never been smart with my heart… 

 

Blog Tour Excerpt & Review: Feel the Fire (Hotshots #3) by Annabeth Albert

 

Title: Feel the Fire
Author: Annabeth Albert
Series: Hotshots, #3
Length: 336 pages
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Imprint: Carina Press
eBook On-Sale: October 26, 2020
eBook ISBN & Price: 9781488076855, $4.99 U.S.
MMP On-Sale: October 27, 2020
MMP ISBN & Price: 9781335459527, $8.99 U.S.

Book Description: The third installment of Annabeth Albert’s Hotshots series—the emotions and intensity of Chicago Fire with the raw, natural elements of Man vs. Wild.

When their career paths bring two high school sweethearts together again, the forest isn’t the only thing ablaze…

Fire behavior specialist Luis Riviera goes where his job takes him. But when he’s assigned to an arson investigation in Central Oregon—the place he left his broken heart twenty years ago—he’s afraid of being burned all over again.

Tucker Ryland had planned to join his first love, Luis, in LA after high school graduation, but life got in the way. Now a fire management expert and a divorced father of teen twins, Tucker’s thrown for a loop when he finds himself working side by side with his Luis, now all grown up and more intriguing than ever.

Though consumed by a grueling fire season and family responsibilities, the two men discover their bond has never truly broken. Tentative kisses turn to passionate nights. But smoking sheets aside, old hurts and new truths stand in the way of this time being the start of forever.

Danger lurks everywhere for Central Oregon’s fire crews, but the biggest risk of all might be losing their hearts. Don’t miss the Hotshots series from Annabeth Albert: Burn Zone, High Heat and Feel the Fire.

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Excerpt

“I’m sorry, we’re getting who?” Tucker was usually all about getting through the morning meeting as quickly as possible, and he’d learned through years of working with Fred that too many questions would slow the boss down, lead to tangents and rambles and a lost morning he could have been working. And a lost morning meant being late getting out of here in the afternoon, meant another hasty dinner for him and the twins and grumbles all around. So he made a point of paying attention to the announce­ments and getting information right the first time, but this time he had to have heard Fred wrong.

“New fire behavior specialist out of California—Angeles National Forest is sending him since we’re still under a hiring freeze and now down to a bare-bones op­eration. You know all that. You were complaining about overtime last week.”

“I get that we need some more boots on the ground. But I’ve been working as burn boss the last several fires, and Garrick’s coming along too. Would be nice if they’d send us some more admin support and not someone who’s going to expect a leadership role.”

“Don’t get your feathers ruffled. You’re both an asset to incident command, sure, but we need this guy’s fire behavior experience, especially as it pertains to arson. He’s got the analytical skills we can use and the experi­ence to back it up.”

“Glad they’re finally taking the arson suspicions seriously. And what did you say the name was?” That last part was what he really wanted to know. He could deal with the problem of too many chefs in the kitchen, but he could have sworn Fred had said—

“Luis Rivera. Comes to us with great experience.”

“Sounds good.” He managed a nod, even as his head swam. Fuck. Maybe there were a lot of guys with that name in the LA area. Maybe it was some stodgy near-retiree and not the darkest, deepest pair of eyes Tucker had ever known. The voice husky and earnest. The smile he’d never forget.

“Apparently he knows the area at least a little is what his boss told me on the phone.”

And with that, Tucker’s cornflakes and coffee turned to bricks in his stomach, a heavy weight he hadn’t felt in eons. There might be plenty of guys with that name in California but there had only been one Luis Rivera in central Oregon, the one who’d left with Tucker’s heart all those years ago.

“They’re making me go.” Luis’s voice had wavered, first time Tucker had seen him cry since he’d broken his arm back on a fourth grade dare, and even then, he’d been more mad than sad, all sputtering bravado. This was a level of devastation Tucker had never seen from his friend.

His chest hurt, like he was some hapless cartoon char­acter and his heart really had been cleaved in half by this news. Scooting closer, he wrapped an arm around Luis’s slim shoulders, trying to be brave for both of them.

“You could stay with us to finish school. Share my room and—”

“I’m hardly your parents’ favorite person.” Luis’s weighty sigh hit Tucker like that time a swing had slammed into his gut, because he was right. Tucker’s par­ents weren’t going to come charging in to save the day.

“I’ll wait for you,” he promised.

Only Tucker hadn’t. And if it was that same Luis, well, there wasn’t going to be any avoiding him. As short­handed as they were, it wasn’t like Tucker could claim some of his mountain of unused vacation days. Fred would want him working closely with this person. But maybe he could figure a way around—

“Should be here any minute.”

Or not. Damn it. He needed time to sort himself out, time he apparently wasn’t going to get because here came Fred’s assistant, Christine, knocking at the conference room door, ushering in…

A stranger.

Not the boy Tucker had known. A man. One with a couple of flecks of gray in his dark hair, which was neatly styled, not all choppy and goth, and he had a lean, muscu­lar build, taller than him by a couple of inches, not some scrawny kid. His shoulders were solid, a man who had known his share of heavy labor, and the biceps peeking out of his forest service polo said he kept that work up. The edge of a tattoo played peekaboo with his sleeve. Tucker’s memory had miles of smooth tawny skin, no tat­toos or scars like the one this guy had on his other arm.

But right when Tucker’s shoulders were about to relax, the pit in his stomach starting to ease, the guy frowned, and Tucker would recognize that hard, defiant look any­where. Luis’s head tilted, revealing the familiar curve of his neck to his shoulder that Tucker remembered all too well.

“Tucker?” The Californian accent drew out the vowels in his name, an effect that could make him feel special and singled out when whispered on a starless night. But add a little disdain and a deeper timbre than Tucker recalled, and it made him feel like an unwanted extra in a surfing movie.

“Yeah.” He nodded, head feeling untethered, like a helium balloon about to escape.

“What the—” Luis blinked, then drew his shoulders back, professional distance taking over, smoothing his facial features and softening his next few words. “Sorry. Wasn’t expecting…”

“Y’all know each other?” Fred stood to greet the newcomer with a hearty handshake. “Now, that’s just great. Small world, right?”

“Right,” Tucker echoed weakly, unable to take his eyes off Luis. “Small world.”

Too small. Especially considering that he’d once seen the miles between them as an uncrossable sea, a distance so great it made his brain hurt almost as much as his heart. Once upon a time, he would have given anything to end up in the same room again, weeks of working together looming, and now he’d trade an awful lot to avoid it.

 

 What I thought about Feel The Fire

Fire behavior specialist Luis Riviera isn't excited to return to his home town to help deal with a potential arson situation. It's not the work, it's the fact he will most certainly run into Tucker Ryland, his best friend who happened to break his heart.

Tucker is just as uncomfortable. Just seeing Luis messes with his mind and heart.  There's a lot of past these two fire fighters will need to work through in order to even have a chance of moving forward to a better place. But some relationship bonds are hard to break, even if there's some conflicts from the past to resolve. Neither man knows what happened after high school, and twenty years is a long time to hold a grudge.

One of the reasons I love Annabeth Albert M/M books is that there is a good mix of emotion with the physical interactions that eventually develop. In this story, those emotional bonds are strong and it doesn't take a whole lot for them to come back to life. And from the "heat" standpoint, both men have twenty years of life experience now and know themselves and their needs, which makes for some real sexual heat as Luis and Tucker give into their desires for each other. Wowza!

But there are still issues they will need to resolve if they want a future together -- namely, Tucker's home and family is in Oregon and Luis lives in LA.  Will they be able to make it work? That is the question.  I adored the fact this was a romance between two mature adults who had were willing to put in the work to figure things out. 

I loved Tucker's family. His boys are pretty amazing, and their family unit is important to the story. The firefighting aspects to the story are well researched and well done, although at times hard to read because of the reality of the current wildfires out west. Some of the arsonist story line is resolved off-page, so the focus is really on the main characters.

Feel the Fire can be read as a standalone in this series. 

An ARC was provided by the publisher. This is my honest review.

About Annabeth Albert

 

Annabeth Albert grew up sneaking romance novels under the bed covers. Now, she devours all subgenres of romance out in the open—no flashlights required! When she’s not adding to her keeper shelf, she’s a multi-published Pacific Northwest romance writer.

Emotionally complex, sexy, and funny stories are her favorites both to read and to write. Annabeth loves finding happy endings for a variety of pairings and is a passionate gay rights supporter.  In between searching out dark heroes to redeem, she works a rewarding day job and wrangles two children.

Connect with Annabeth Albert

Website: http://annabethalbert.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AnnabethAlbert

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/annabethalbert

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/annabeth_albert/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6477494.Annabeth_Albert

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Annabeth-Albert/e/B00LYFFAZK

Release Day Review: The Five Year Lie by Sarina Bowen

Bestselling romance author Sarina Bowen’s debut thriller, about one woman’s search for the truth after receiving a text from her deceased ex...