Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Amazing news from Elle Kennedy! Announcing The Legacy (Off-Campus #5)

 

The international bestselling Off-Campus series returns with a collection of four novellas by New York Times bestselling author Elle Kennedy! This brand-new installment provides the much-anticipated answer to the question: where are they now?

The Legacy will go live on September 21, 2021, and will be available as an eBook, or in pocketbook size. Links for the print edition will be coming soon, but the digital copies are already up for pre-order!

Kindle: https://geni.us/LegacyAmz

Apple: https://geni.us/LegacyApp

Nook: https://geni.us/LegacyNook

Kobo: https://geni.us/LegacyKobo

All links in one place: https://shor.by/TheLegacy

 

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Now live! These pocketbooks are mass-market paperback size and feature the original Abs covers!

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Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Release Day Blitz & Excerpt for Fighting the Fire (Warrior Fight Club #3) by Laura Kaye

 

Today we have the release day blitz for Laura Kaye’s new contemporary romance, FIGHTING THE FIRE!
 
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Title: Fighting the Fire
Author: Laura Kaye
Genre: Contemporary Romance
 

Here’s what you’ll get in Fighting the Fire:

Smart-ass firefighter hero who's also a closet nerd

Kick-ass ER nurse heroine

Frenemies to lovers when she nurses him back to health

Superhero movie marathon fun

Snarky banter for days!

A Note from Laura:

Dear Readers,

I’m so excited to share my new standalone romance, Fighting the Fire! This is the fourth book in my Warrior Fight Club contemporary romance series, which mixes military and sports romance elements to tell the story of an MMA training club which creates a found family for veterans transitioning to civilian life and dealing with their war-borne demons. In Fighting the Fire, Sean and Daniela are two of my favorite characters I've ever written--they're both strong, loyal, snarky, and hiding some pretty deep hurts that in the end make them so perfect for each other. And all that frenemies tension makes the chemistry between them hot AF! I hope you love them as much as I do!

xx Laura Kaye

About Fighting the Fire

One night is never enough…

For firefighter Sean Riddick, Warrior Fight Club keeps the demons of his past at bay, even though it means seeing Daniela England. Her ball-busting sarcasm drives him nuts, and he knows he’s damaged goods anyway, but he can’t help but remember how good they were together that one time. Now he wants to take her to the mats no matter how much they go toe to toe.

ER nurse Daniela England has lost so much that she’s vowed never to need anyone again. Fight club helps her beat back her survivor’s guilt, but it means dealing with Riddick. The hot-but-infuriating firefighter is everything she wants to avoid, which is why their one-night stand was a mistake. Now she needs to keep her distance so it doesn’t happen again.

But when Dani witnesses Sean’s motorcycle accident, she steps up to help him recover. One on one, they get beneath all the snark and find a connection neither expected. As Sean heals, the sparks between them burst into red-hot passion—and ignite old wounds. Now there are fires all around—and they have to decide which they’ll fight and which they’ll let consume them. 

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Excerpt

The next thing Dani knew, she was over Sean’s shoulder and being carried into the house. Up the stairs. 

“Sean, put me down. You’re gonna hurt yourself, you big idiot!” She tried to twist out of his hold, but his arm was tight around the backs of her legs.           

“I’m fuckin’ fine,” he said in a sexy growl. “And we both know you like getting held down, so don’t pretend that this isn’t making you wet.”           

“Damn you,” she said, dizzy more from the force of her arousal than hanging upside down.

           He let out a sexy chuckle as he started up the stairs to his second floor. Her thinking brain wanted her to tell him he was going to hurt himself again, but she surrendered to the baser part of herself. The part that knew Sean was right.

          She was already wet.

         He dropped her unceremoniously on his big bed. The gray-and-white-striped sheets were messy, and the hunter green comforter was folded back, all as if Sean had just rolled out of bed. It made it feel more intimate, somehow, like she was seeing into a part of his life that she wasn’t meant to see. She rolled to find Sean tearing the button-down off, exposing those muscled shoulders and ridged abdomen. His bruising wasn’t quite as dark now, and in places was turning yellow-green as it healed.

        Dani’s gaze dropped down to the considerable bulge that filled out the front of his jeans. God, she wanted him to absolutely overwhelm her. And she knew he was one hundred percent capable of it, too.

 

What I thought about Fighting the Fire

Laura Kaye is back! I have so missed her stories and was thrilled to read this third title in the Warrior Fight Club series. The WFC is a place for the broken to work through their emotions and deal with the traumas they have experienced through physical activity.  

I love the camaraderie in this series, and especially the steamy hot couples who find their way from broken to HEA. Laura Kaye knows exactly how to ramp up the sexual tension from the start, and Fighting the Fire keeps things steamy throughout. 

Dani and Sean have been circling around their sexual tension for months, but Dani has hardened her heart to relationships. They hurt too much. Taking her tensions out in Warrior Fight Club helps her through the grief she felt after losing her husband.  Sean has his own demons and they take it out together on the mats of Warrior Fight Club where the sexual tension between them combusts.

When Sean is involved in a serious motorcycle accident right in front of Dani's eyes,she steps up to help Sean through his recovery. Sean's vulnerability lowers Dani's defenses and boom, they can't deny what's going on between them any longer.

 There weren't any big surprises in Fighting the Fire -- it's just a good old-fashioned love friends to lovers romance that brings Dani and Sean out of their darkness and into the light of the future. 

Fighting the Fire left me feeling good and wanting more from this author. Loved everything about this one. 

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About the Author:

Laura Kaye is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of over 40 books in contemporary, erotic, and paranormal romance and romantic suspense, and has sold nearly two million books in the U.S. alone. Laura grew up amid family lore involving angels, ghosts, and evil-eye curses, cementing her life-long fascination with storytelling and the supernatural. A former college history professor, Laura also writes bestselling historical women's fiction as Laura Kamoie. Laura lives in Maryland with her husband and two daughters, and and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.  

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Monday, March 29, 2021

Three Release Day Reviews & Excerpts: Undercover by Eliot Grayson PLUS Aftermath by L.A. Witt PLUS Booklover by J. E. Birk

UNDERCOVER BY ELIOT GRAYSON
Release Date: March 29, 2021
Cover Design: Christine Coffey

Gabe wants Alec between the sheets…too bad Alec’s undercover already…

Rich kid. Party boy. Gabe is tired of the labels. He’s a smart guy, but ever since he got kicked out of grad school, people are only interested in his no-limit credit card and his pierced ears…and other places.

Tall, dark, and scowling Alec hates Vermont, with its artisanal-freaking-everything and its irritating people. To be fair, most people irritate Alec, including the FBI director who sent him here to investigate a smuggling scheme involving yoga mats. 

When one of the cutest twinks Alec’s ever seen takes an interest, Alec knows there’s an ulterior motive. No one with multi-colored hair, piercings, and an ass like that would want boring, serious Alec. The kid must be up to no good. Either way, Alec can’t blow his cover. If only he could keep his hands off of Gabe long enough to find out what he’s up to…

Can they ignore their explosive chemistry long enough to foil a smuggling ring? Or will their budding relationship sink faster than a yacht full of contraband?

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Excerpt

I swallowed hard, not missing how his eyes flicked down to my throat for a second, and finally found my voice. “What do you want?” I’d tried for challenging, but it came out husky and a little plaintive. Like I’d really said something more like, Looking for a good time?

He took another step, putting him squarely into my personal space. I caught a faint thread of the scent of him, leather and man, just like I’d imagined. Oh God.

“I’m kind of new in town,” he said, still staring right into my eyes. I pressed my hands back against the side of the building, concrete rough beneath my sweaty palms. “Where does a guy go to have fun in Burlington, anyway? You kind of look like you’d know.”

He looked down, pointedly doing a sweep of me from my purple Chucks, up my skinny legs, over my chest—lingering there for a second; could he see the outline of my right nipple piercing through my shirt?—and back up to my ear piercings and multicolored hair. He landed right back on my eyes again. His own seemed wider and darker. Dilated. Yeah, he liked what he’d seen.

Fuck it. Maybe there was something wrong with me—okay, I knew there was something wrong with me. I always went for the wrong guys, and this was wronger than usual.

But fuck it, seriously. I’d never been cornered in a park by a guy who looked like he could break me in half, and maybe I’d been missing out. Not like I could get away if I wanted to.

And I really, really didn’t want to.

 What I thought about Undercover

Alec hates Burlington but he's stuck there undercover on a drug case. When he sees Gabe at Vino & Veritas, he's thinking he might at least get a lead on the criminals. Only one problem -- he's also attracted to Gabe and it wouldn't be ethical to use Gabe like that, but Alec wants Gabe.

Gabe too finds Alec intriguing and he struggles with doubts about his own judgement and mistakes of the past. He thinks maybe Alec is different that the others and lets himself fall. I love that Alec really wrestles with his conscience, knowing it wasn't right to use Gabe for the case while lusting after his body, but things between them quickly get to the point of no return.

There's a bit of a drug dealing mystery that comes to a tense situation and when Gabe finds out that Alec was undercover, he feels used again and betrayed. The exciting conclusion brings just the right amount of angst and maybe a watery eye or two, as Gabe struggles with what happened, and Alec mourns the loss of someone he really cares about.

It was easy to root for them to get their HEA -- I really liked this story mostly because I really liked Alec and Gabe, in spite of some flaws in judgement. They were really good together. Undercover delivers on the HEA in a lovely way for Alec and Gabe and I loved that the most about this story.


 AFTERMATH BY L.A. WITT

Release Date: March 29, 2021
Cover Design: Christine Coffey

Brent Weyland was the life of the party until an injury ended his hockey career. Now he’s retreated alone to a lakefront house, trying to make sense of a life and body that don’t feel like his anymore. 

Jon Norquist was happily married right up until he wasn’t. Now a single father in his forties, he’s trying to figure out what comes next. In the meantime, he pours his heartache and regret into the lyrics he sings for the wine bar crowd a couple of nights a week.

When a friend coaxes Brent out for a night of wine and music, he puts Brent and Jon on a collision course. Their chemistry is instantaneous. Jon gives Brent’s battered body a much-needed remedial lesson in pleasure. And Brent gives Jon a reason to smile again. 

Multiple reasons, actually. Neither man wants anything serious, but love has a habit of showing up whether it’s welcome or not. No matter how hard they try, the two can’t help having feelings for each other, even as life continues to throw them curveballs.

But they’ve both got baggage to unpack and hurt to move past, and if they can’t leave their pasts in the past, they might just miss out on an amazing future.

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Excerpt

If there was one thing I was good at when I performed onstage, it was engaging my audience without being distracted by them. The lighting here at Vino and Veritas didn’t mask the crowd in shadows like bigger venues did—no blinding stage lights in my eyes obscuring the people beyond them—which meant I could make out a lot of faces. And there was usually a fair amount of activity, too. People came and went. Waiters brought out drinks and food. Bartenders poured drinks. Quiet conversations went on. Some loud ones, especially as more alcohol flowed.

I was used to it, and I was never distracted by it. The sea of motion and faces was easy to ignore.

Except for that guy’s face.

One glance at him, and thank God I’d been between songs, or I’d have forgotten what I was doing.

And it didn’t help at all that he’d been looking right back at me as if I’d caught his eye the way he’d caught mine. Not just like people casually watched a performer onstage, but like something I’d done had made him stop dead and stare. He was still, his eyes wide and his lips parted as he stared at me. I couldn’t tell if it was a trick of the lights, but I swore he blushed too.

As I played on, I kept my gaze down, or at least tried to only let it drift toward the side of the room where he wasn’t sitting. Otherwise I was going to go blank on every note and every lyric.

But then I was far enough into the music that I forgot, and I glanced in that direction again, and there he was, still looking right at me, and—

What song is this?

I only missed a beat or two, fortunately, and I recovered quickly. I doubted many people noticed, if any of them did. In a venue like this, a lot of people were only half-listening, as opposed to during an actual concert when they were all focused on me. I was background noise for most, even those who applauded between songs. Just as well when I was this distracted.

By some miracle, I made it through my set, and people didn’t mutter things like, “Oh my God, finally,” or “One more and I was going to stab my own eardrums” as I left the stage. Given that this hadn’t been my best or most focused performance, I’d take it.

In the back room where overflow books and promo items from the bookstore were kept, I put my guitar in its case and downed the rest of my water bottle. That had been, hands down, the hardest set I’d done since I’d started singing here. The first few had been tough because the emotions had been a lot more raw—because I’d been real smart, singing what I’d just written about my painful divorce-in-progress—so it had been rough for a while. But even during that period, I’d never actually struggled like I had tonight to remember lyrics and chords, or to keep my fingers from slipping or my tongue from getting tied. 

And now I needed a drink. Not just water this time, either. 

So, I left my guitar and jacket in the back where they were safe, and then headed up to the bar for a glass of wine. Only one, since I was driving. I’d probably have a couple more when I got home. Maybe not the healthiest thing in the world, but I’d been in a shitty place all day, and singing about my divorce poured some salt in wounds that hadn’t closed yet. I wasn’t apologizing for numbing that with a little alcohol once in a while. 

“The usual?” Rainn asked over the bar.

I shook my head. “Glass of pinot blanc.”

Our eyes met. Then Rainn nodded and stepped away to get the wine. He knew me and what I’d been through the last several months, so he didn’t question me. He just didn’t need to know that my ex-wife wasn’t the one screwing with my concentration tonight. 

He handed me the glass, and I thanked him before taking a sip. I wasn’t much of a drinker, but I had to say, I loved the wine they poured in this place. One of these days, I’d buy a bottle or two to keep at home. Maybe after I finished redoing the kitchen and had a place to put a wine rack.

That was another depressing thought that didn’t need to take hold tonight, so I focused on enjoying the amazing wine while I wound down after my set. My son was at his mom’s tonight, so I didn’t need to rush out of here to pick him up from the babysitter. I preferred the evenings where he was with me, but when he wasn’t, I couldn’t complain about relaxing here for a little while.

Someone stepped up to the bar beside me, and as I moved aside to give them some room, I glanced up and—

Oh. God.

Him.

 What I thought about Aftermath

Former hockey professional Brent gives in to his friend's coaxing to get out of the house as he recovers from a painful career-ending injury. They go to Vino & Veritas, and there Brent is immediately taken by the performer, a country-singing silver fox named Jon who noticed him too. All systems are full steam ahead for a hookup.

Things don't go quite as planned and instead of walking away, the men decide to have a special friends-no-relationship agreement. As their friendship grows, so does their feelings. It might sound strange, but I really liked Brent's story of recovery. His doubts about himself and his relationship with Jon really rang true, and his anguish about not being able to do what he could before was so well done. And who couldn't love Jon for his patience and depth of friendship? 

I found this story to be packed with emotion and the sensitive subjects it takes on were fresh and unique to my reading history. It says something important about what sports can do to both body and mind when in the wrong hands.

I loved the depth of emotion in this story and things moved along at a pace that kept me turning the pages. The aspects of chronic pain, sexual dysfunction and sports-ending, life-changing situations was handled with sensitivity that I appreciated, especially as someone who has experienced a loved one going through something similar. Overall I loved this unique story. Recommended for M/M romance readers.



 

BOOKLOVER BY J.E. BIRK

Release Date: March 29, 2021
Cover Design: Christine Coffey
 

Jamie Morin’s college GPA drops every time a cow breaks through a fence, but he’s determined to get his degree and keep his parents’ Vermont dairy farm afloat. He’d rather be reading than milking, but he can’t let his family down…not the way his brother did. So the last thing he needs is distraction in the form of an irresistible bookseller with a mysterious backstory.

Briar Nord has a lifetime of experience proving that happily-ever-afters only happen in his favorite books. But his luck might be changing. He’s got a great job at a bookstore, and he lives in a city that puts maple syrup on everything. But Briar knows not to trust anything--or anyone--too closely, and that includes a gorgeous farm boy with soulful eyes and too many obligations. 

When Jamie joins Briar’s romance novel book club, they both feel an instant connection and soon they’re turning pages long into the night. But Briar’s past was bound to catch up with him. Sometimes, though, it takes two heroes to write a new ending . . .  

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Excerpt

 I start heading toward the circle of couches and chairs near the back where the inaugural meeting of The Booklover Club is supposed to take place. I make a quick stop at a shelf of new titles because the store’s got at least three that I’ve been meaning to read. I grab one of them, a nonfiction book about dairy farming, and I take a quick pause to wonder if my wallet can handle a bookstore binge. I’m still reading the inside of the jacket flap when I hear a voice behind me. 

“Can I help you?”

I turn around and try not to do that thing Jeremy says I sometimes do, where I just stand there staring at someone or something without speaking. In my defense, I think the problem comes from spending most of my childhood surrounded by cows. Sometimes I just forget how to people. 

            Especially when incredibly hot human beings are standing in front of me. Which is happening right now.      

This guy looks exactly like Porter, one of my other favorite book characters. He’s in Alyssa Samuel’s gay romance novel Lost Key, and right now I can’t help but wonder if he walked right off the pages of that book and into this store. The Porter look-alike in front of me has sharp, angular cheekbones sitting under hazel eyes and dirty blond hair and eyebrows. He’s got some scruffy I-wanna-be-a-beard-but-I’m-not-there-yet hair around his chin that’s straight out of the Vermont tourist brochures. His head is covered by a pilling green tuque, and his skin is this olive tone that should be next to impossible for any white guy to have in Vermont in March. He’s wearing a flannel shirt and jeans, which is pretty much the stereotypical Vermont uniform, but somehow on him it manages to look cool and unique.

            And as if all that weren’t enough? He’s carrying a stack of books.

            Some men dream of seeing their perfect lover strutting around in hot lingerie or tiny speedos. I dream of my perfect lover naked, with a stack of books strategically placed in front of them.

 What I thought about Booklover

Moo U student Jamie Moran wants to be a librarian, but for now he's stuck running between school and the family farm to help out his dad. To say he's burning the candle at both ends is an understatement.

Briar Nord loves his job at the V & V bookstore and spends most of his time keeping his fingers crossed his past doesn't catch up with him. When he meets Jamie at the romance book club he starts at the bookstore, he's torn between a keeping his distance and his secrets or giving into the pull he feels when he's with Jamie. In typical romance fashion, he gives in, but they both agree they don't have time for relationship.
 
When someone from Briar's past shows up to bully him into hurting the people he cares about, Briar must decide if he's going back or moving forward. Jamie must also decide his own priorities between school, career, family and farm. 
 
There's a nice level of conflict with this story and Briar and Jamie are just so dang cute together!  Everyone in the V&V world thinks so!  It was great to get a glimpse of some of the previous characters in the series,and I just loved how everything got wrapped up in Booklover.
 
 

 

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...