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review 2020-04-29 08:10
New Release Blitz - A Family Affair
 
Title: A Family Affair
Author: Rob Loveless
Publisher: NineStar Press
Release Date: April 27, 2020
Heat Level: 3 - Some Sex
Pairing: Male/Male
Length: 50100
Genre: Contemporary, bisexual, college, gay, HFN, holiday season, jealousy, new adult, revenge, unrequited love
 

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It’s been said that if you love someone, set them free. If they come back they’re yours; if they don’t they never were. But what does it mean when they come back into your life—as your sibling’s significant other?
 
At twenty-five years old, Cal Adams has only ever truly loved one man, the one who broke his heart three years earlier—Andrew Hall. Since then, he has searched for meaningful relationships but cannot smolder the flames of the past his family remains unaware of.
 
As the holiday season approaches, Cal’s younger sister, Claire, brings her boyfriend home to meet the family. When she arrives, Cal is shocked to meet her boyfriend, who is none other than Andrew. In a darkly humorous tale, Cal decides to show his ex what he missed out on.

 

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A Family Affair
Rob Loveless © 2020
All Rights Reserved
 
Cal Adams sat at his desk and shuffled through some papers as he eyed the clock: 5:47 p.m. A mixture of excitement and anxiety churned uneasily in his stomach as the seconds hand ticked away. In thirteen minutes, he would relinquish his work responsibilities and prepare for what was sure to be a big night. A few days earlier, Cal’s parents had called to invite him to dinner Friday night for a special occasion—his baby sister would be home from college for the weekend.
 
Claire Adams was a senior in college and only three and a half years younger than Cal, yet he couldn’t help but refer to her as his baby sister; perhaps that was part of being a big brother. As Claire’s older brother and only sibling, Cal was a bit on edge about that night’s family dinner. After all, Claire wasn’t just coming home to visit; she was bringing along her new boyfriend to meet the family.
 
Cal tuned out the clinking of weight machines and the grunts of fatigued gym patrons as he sat in his office and concentrated on the circumstance at hand. His sister hadn’t had a boyfriend meet their parents since her junior year of high school, which meant this was serious. Cal and Claire had become very close in recent years, but he had not heard much about this boyfriend, including his name. Claire had always been one to maintain a low profile on social media, and only acknowledged she was “in a relationship” a month or so ago—without posting any photos. From what Cal had been able to gather from his phone calls with her, Claire and her boyfriend had only been seeing each other for about six months. So they hadn’t been together that long. Still, this was serious, which worried Cal a bit.
 
Being the big brother, Cal was somewhat protective of his sister, but he was happy for Claire, and he was sure he’d love her boyfriend. After all, Claire had a good head on her shoulders. However, this whole situation made Cal uneasy since it made him reflect on his own lack of success in the relationship department.
 
As the eldest sibling, Cal had always anticipated he would be the first to settle down. However, being twenty-five years old and never having been in a serious relationship, he often felt frustrated and unfulfilled—like something was missing in his life.
 
It wasn’t that Cal was undateable. On the contrary, he was quite attractive, with medium-length, dark-brown hair, piercing gray eyes, sharp features, and a lean build. He was successful, independent, and had an easygoing, fun-loving personality. In fact, he went on plenty of dates, but nothing ever seemed to pan out. Either the chemistry wasn’t there or things just didn’t advance. Cal hadn’t experienced genuine feelings for anyone since—
 
“Hey,” a friendly voice chimed, which snapped Cal’s attention back to work. A petite young woman with a pretty, freckled face and long, ginger tresses appeared at his office door.
 
“Hi, Sophie,” Cal greeted. “Getting ready to head out?”
 
“Yeah, my six o’clock canceled on me,” she informed him.
 
Sophie was a personal trainer at the gym Cal managed and also one of his closest friends. Sophie was a year his senior, and the two had been friends since childhood. They knew everything about each other’s lives: the good, the not-so-good, and the bad.
 
Cal glanced at the clock: nearly six now. “I’ll be leaving in a few too.”
 
“Any fun weekend plans?” Sophie asked.
 
“Well, I have that family dinner tonight, but I’m not sure if I would call it fun.”
 
“Ohh, that’s right!” she said. “Claire’s bringing home the boyfriend. What do you know about him?”
 
“Nothing,” Cal replied. “Honestly, I don’t even think my parents know much about him.”
 
“So this is a pretty big deal,” Sophie stated. “It sounds serious.”
 
“Yeah, it does,” he sighed with a lack of enthusiasm before he shut off his computer.
 
“Uh oh, sounds like someone’s big brother senses are tingling,” she teased.
 
“It’s not that. I’m sure this guy is great. And I’m happy for Claire, I really am. But I’m twenty-five years old and—”
 
“Cal, you can’t keep thinking like that. You’re young, and you’ll find someone.”
 
“That’s what all my friends say, but you guys are all in relationships,” Cal countered. “You and Rich have been together for years.”
 
“Believe me, you’re gonna find someone. Soon. I’m sure of it,” Sophie reassured him as she gave his arm a squeeze. “By the way, I forgot to ask, how did the date go with that guy last night?”
 
“Eh, it was fine…at first.”
 
“At first?” she questioned.
 
“Yeah, I mean, he was cute. We just grabbed a coffee. And he seemed to have a good personality.”
 
“So what happened?”
 
“He started talking about how he loves popping molly.”
 
“No!”
 
“Oh yeah. And then he told me Lana Del Rey’s music makes him horny. Those were his exact words.”
 
“What!” Sophie gasped in disbelief. “He did not!”
 
“I’m telling you I can’t make this stuff up,” Cal chuckled as he shook his head in disbelief. “And really, Lana Del Rey? I didn’t know melancholic songs could get someone all hot and bothered.”
 
“You’re such a normal guy. How come you always find these crazies?”
 
“I don’t know, I guess they’re drawn to me,” he joked. “But, in all seriousness, I hate these stupid dating apps. I wish I didn’t have to use them, but I don’t know how else to meet someone. Every time I do meet someone from the apps though, they’re crazy or—”
 
“Or you don’t feel the spark.”
 
“No. At least not like I had with—”
 
“Hey”—Sophie interrupted in a soft voice—“it’s been over three years.”
 
“I know. I know,” Cal stated. He stood from his desk and grabbed his charcoal peacoat. “And I’m over it—believe me—I am. I just get scared that—”
 
“Don’t be. You’ll have those feelings again. You’ll find that spark.”
 
“Yeah, I know,” he sighed with a slight shrug before he hit the lights and left his office with Sophie. The two exited the gym in silence and were soon embraced by the crisp air of late November.

 

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A Family AffairA Family Affair by Rob Loveless
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Cal comes home for the holidays to meet his sisters new beau, only to find he is already intimately acquainted with him. His ex stands there and they treat one another like strangers. Can he even call him an ex?

Andrew has been the one that got away. The one who broke his heart. He has tried to move on, but failed miserably. Now with someone new on the horizon he is not even sure to pursue it since Andrew is back in his life.

This was such a reality check. I loved the way it was handled. I also love the author telling the story as it would have happened in real time. I can only hope we get to see it on a big screen someday.


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Meet the Author

 

 

Rob Loveless is a corporate communications professional, and currently resides in Pittsburgh, PA. He has been an avid reader and writer from a young age, being influenced by authors like J.K. Rowling and Dan Brown. When he’s not working or writing, Rob enjoys being active, exploring what the Steel City has to offer, and traveling.

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Release Blitz - The Wedding War
 
 
Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer...
 
The Wedding War by Liz Talley is available now!
 
“Liz Talley clearly understands women—the enduring power of friendship, the strength and beauty of the human heart, the many ways that forgiveness heals. Funny and heartbreaking, The Wedding War is sassy Southern women’s fiction at its absolute best.” —Mariah Stewart, New York Times bestselling author
 
 
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Once upon a time, Melanie Layton and Tennyson O’Rourke were inseparable—but their friends-4ever promises were shattered when an explosive secret was revealed at Mel’s wedding, a secret that destroyed her family. The two haven’t spoken for the past twenty-some-odd years, and they’d be happy if they never crossed paths again.
 
But now Mel’s daughter and Teeny’s son have fallen in love—and announced their engagement.
 
Which means the two women must tolerate one another and play nice long enough to plan their children’s dream wedding. From the beginning, they clash. Melanie imagines a classy, elegant event, in keeping with tradition. Teeny’s vision is a bit more extravagant, and thanks to her habit of marrying well, she’s got the cash to plan the flashiest wedding of the season.
 
Complicating matters are the men in their lives: Tennyson is falling for the wrong guy, and Melanie is trying to hold on to a flailing marriage. Amid the flurry of cake tastings, dress fittings, seating charts, and bridal showers, Mel and Teeny confront their past mistakes—with twenty years of pent-up drama.
 
When the day of the wedding finally arrives, their friendship might just be something old and something new.
 
 

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USA Today best-selling author Liz Talley loves staying home in her jammies and writing emotional women's fiction and romance. Liz has published twenty-seven books, reaching number one in kindle romance. Her stories are set in the South where the tea is sweet, the summers are hot, and the porches are wide. Liz lives in Louisiana with her childhood sweetheart, two handsome children, two dogs and a mean kitty. You can visit Liz at www.liztalleybooks.com or follow her on Instagram or facebook to learn more about her upcoming books.

 

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review 2020-04-12 08:10
Audio Blitz - Out On The Ice

Title: Out On The Ice
Series: Out in College, Book 5
Author: Lane Hayes
Publisher: Lane Hayes
Narrated by: Michael Dean
Audio Release Date: March 30, 2020
Heat Level: 4 - Lots of Sex
Pairing: Male/Male
Length: 6 hrs and 22 mins
Genre: Romance, New Adult, Bisexual, Enemies to lovers, College romance, Athletes, Hockey, Baseball, Humor
 

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Colby Fischer is a bad boy with attitude and a chip on his shoulder. As a senior at a Southern California college, he knows this may be his last shot. He doubts he’ll ever become the hockey legend he dreamed of being as a kid, but he definitely doesn’t want to be an accountant. Things get interesting when he’s asked to train the new intern at his step-dad’s firm, who happens to be the troublemaker from his econ class. And the one guy Colby can’t stand.

Baseball is Sky Jameson’s life. He’s happy to be back at Chilton for his senior year, but he’s burned a few bridges and has a bit too much free time off-season. He could use the money and something to keep him busy until his season begins. But his accidental crush on his prickly coworker could be a problem. Colby is straight and Sky is in the closet. Their timing isn’t great, but the intense attraction is hard to deny. With his final season on the hockey team in the balance, Colby may have to decide if he’s ready to come out on the ice.

 

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“What position do you play?” Sky asked, pealing the label off his water bottle.
 
“Right wing. Forward. Think of soccer where the front line moves the ball down the field. We do the same with the puck.”
 
“I know how it works. I’ve watched a lot of hockey.”
 
“Have you ever played?” I asked.
 
“No. Baseball was always number one for me. Besides, hockey is kind of…rough. There’s always a fight. And the game moves so fast, it’s hard to see the puck sometimes.”
 
“Not if you pay attention.” I raised my beer bottle in a mock toast and grinned. “And I like it rough.”
 
Sky pursed his lips and stared at me…or maybe he was staring at my throat. I couldn’t tell. “Me too. But not on the field. It distracts from the game.”
 
“In hockey, it’s part of the game. If you can’t defend yourself, your teammates, and the ice, you have no right to be out there. Might as well take up ice dancing or something,” I snarked, only half kidding. “And no offense, but ice dancing is a hell of a lot more entertaining than baseball. Trust me, I know. I played Little League for a couple of years. I used to beg the coach not to put me in the outfield. Geez, you could take a fuckin’ nap out there some days, you know?”
 
Sky laughed. “Fuck you. You obviously don’t know what you’re talking about. Baseball is a game of strategy.”
 
“Strategy my ass,” I huffed, smiling to take the sting from my words…even though I kinda meant it. “It’s one of those weird sports where everyone gets pumped when nothing happens. ‘Oh, it’s a no-hitter. That’s amazing!’ Sure…but nothing fuckin’ happened! No one hit the ball, no one rounded the bases, no one slid to home plate. No one had to even wash their damn uniforms! And you know why?”
 
“Why?”
 
“’Cause nothin’ fuckin’ happened,” I replied, taking a long sip of my beer as I let the sweet sound of Sky’s laughter wash over me.
 
God, he had a great laugh. It made me like him a little more. And yeah, as much as I didn’t want to admit it, I liked Sky. He was smart, talented, easy on the eyes, and he had a sense of humor.
 
“That just proves baseball players are smarter than hockey players,” he taunted.
 
“Said no one anywhere ever.” I held my hands up in surrender when he flipped me off. “Hey, I’m kidding. I like baseball fine. I told you I follow the Tigers. I still have the jersey my dad bought me when I was ten. Dude, I’d wear it if I still fit in it. What’s your position?”
 
“Shortstop. I’ve played almost every position at one time or another but I like it the best. You gotta be quick, have a strong arm, and good instincts. I also have a long wingspan. That helps.”
 
“Makes sense. I don’t know about wingspan, but you gotta be quick in lightning fast hockey too with quick reflexes. Big ol’ quads help.” I smacked my thighs and chuckled. “Mine are kinda huge.”
 
Sky gave me a lopsided smile. “I noticed. It’s hot.”
 
“You think muscular legs are hot?”
 
“I do. Believe it or not, it wasn’t your sweet personality that made me look twice. It was your thighs.”
 
I snickered. “That’s weird.”
 
“Maybe, but it’s true. You always wore shorts to summer school. I used to come in a little late so I’d get a good look at you before I sat down. I purposely didn’t sit next to you because I knew I’d get caught staring. And the one day I did, you were the one who got caught.”
 
“Are you telling me that all this started because of my thighs?” I asked, narrowing my gaze suspiciously.
 
Sky nodded. “Basically…yes.”
 
We held eye contact for a moment then busted up.
 
And when our laughter faded, the mood changed all over again. I felt that same crackle of heat and sexual energy I always did when I was around him, but this time I knew what it was. And though I might have been unsure, I wasn’t afraid.
 
I leaned forward on my barstool and motioned for Sky to close the distance. He brushed his nose against mine. I held my breath and waited for him to make a move. Any move at all. When he blinked, I licked the corner of his mouth then pressed my lips to his and closed my eyes.

 

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Out on the Ice (Out in College, #5)Out on the Ice by Lane Hayes
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is book #5, in the Out In College series. This story can be read as a standalone novel. For reader understanding, and to avoid spoilers, I recommend reading this series in order.

Colby meets Sky in a summer class. They start as enemies, or so Colby thinks. Once they do get to know each other, the attraction intensifies and nearly burns him up.

Sky has no idea how to fix this confusion with Colby. It does not seem he will ever have a chance to be more. Is what he is feeling enough to take a chance on someone for a future?

This was a solid addition to the series. In the long awaited Hockey version, the MC's are both busy with their own sports and schedules when they meet in class. I loved the banter. I found the pace good, the heat at a good level, and the story read so good I could not put it down.  The narrator does such a wonderful job on all the voices.  They are so distinct and different, its almost like watching a movie from another room, where you cannot see the picture.  Makes for a fun listen and a solidly good read.  
 
 
***I voluntarily listened to this copy in exchange to give my own words and opinion to this audiobook.



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Purchase the other books in the Out in College Series

Out in the Deep (Out in College, Book 1)
Out in the End Zone (Out in College Book 2)
Out in the Offense (Out in College Book 3)
Out in the Field (Out in College Book 4)

 

Meet the Author

 

Lane Hayes is grateful to finally be doing what she loves best. Writing full-time! It’s no secret Lane loves a good romance novel. An avid reader from an early age, she has always been drawn to well-told love story with beautifully written characters. These days she prefers the leading roles to both be men. Lane discovered the M/M genre a few years ago and was instantly hooked. Her debut novel was a 2013 Rainbow Award finalist and subsequent books have received Honorable Mentions, and were First Place winners in the 2016 and 2017 Rainbow Awards. She loves red wine, chocolate and travel (in no particular order). Lane lives in Southern California with her amazing husband in a newly empty nest.

 

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review 2020-04-12 03:44
Audiobook Review - Out On The Ice
Out On The Ice - Lane Hayes,Michael Pauley

This is book #5, in the Out In College series. This story can be read as a standalone novel. For reader understanding, and to avoid spoilers, I recommend reading this series in order.

Colby meets Sky in a summer class. They start as enemies, or so Colby thinks. Once they do get to know each other, the attraction intensifies and nearly burns him up.

Sky has no idea how to fix this confusion with Colby. It does not seem he will ever have a chance to be more. Is what he is feeling enough to take a chance on someone for a future?

This was a solid addition to the series. In the long awaited Hockey version, the MC's are both busy with their own sports and schedules when they meet in class. I loved the banter. I found the pace good, the heat at a good level, and the story read so good I could not put it down.  The narrator does such a wonderful job on all the voices.  They are so distinct and different, its almost like watching a movie from another room, where you cannot see the picture.  Makes for a fun listen and a solidly good read.  I give this a 4/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

 

 

***I voluntarily listened to this copy in exchange to give my own words and opinion to this audiobook.

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review 2020-04-08 08:10
Release Blitz - POP STAR

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POP STAR by Eden Finley

Release Date: April 8, 2020

Cover Design: Cate Ashwood
Photographer: Wander Aguiar
Model: Jacob K.

Genre: M/M Contemporary Romance

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Harley

What happens when the most successful boy band on the planet breaks up?

How about twenty thousand fans screaming my name.

But the price of fame comes with an increased risk to my safety.

I’ve been avoiding the dreaded B word for as long as I can, but after a close call with a rambunctious fan, I can’t do it anymore.

It’s time to give in.

I need to hire a full-time bodyguard.

And when he shows up, he not only screams badass, he’s another B word I try to stay away from: boyfriend material.


Brix

Protecting people is not what my company usually does, but the boss knows I need money, and the pop star is offering an insane amount to live with him and make sure no more crazy fans break into his house.

I’m doing it for the money and nothing else.

He may be the prettiest man I’ve ever seen, and I may feel sorry for the celebrity life he’s been forced into since he was a teenager, but that doesn’t mean anything.

Just because he fascinates me, that doesn’t mean I like him.

It doesn’t.

Professionalism. I’m gonna live it. Breathe it. Enforce it … Mostly.

 


 

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Pop Star (Famous #1)Pop Star by Eden Finley
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Harley has had quite the scare. An overzealous fan who threatens him in his own home. He has never wanted or needed a bodyguard. Times are about to change.

Brix just wants to do his job, get paid, and go home. He never wanted to get feelings for someone he was charged with protecting. That was before he was charmed by a musician he has never heard of.

I absolutely loved these characters. I cannot wait for the next installment in this series, and this one isn't even out yet. Every single one of the characters in this book brought laughter or something fun. I was completely impressed with the fast pace of the story as well. Lots of heat, and so may surprises for the reader. I only wish I could give it more than the 5/5 Kitty's Paws UP!


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Eden Finley is an Amazon bestselling author who writes steamy contemporary romances that are full of snark and light-hearted fluff.

She doesn't take anything too seriously and lives to create an escape from real life for her readers. The ideas always begin with a wackadoodle premise, and she does her best to turn them into romances with heart.

With a short attention span that rivals her son's, she writes multiple different pairings: MM, MMF, and MF.

She's also an Australian girl and apologises for her Australianisms that sometimes don't make sense to anyone else.
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