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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.


***This early copy was given in return for an honest review.

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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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text 2020-04-21 08:10
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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Save the date for this funny and poignant novel of family, friendship, letting go, and moving on by the award-winning author of Room to Breathe.
 
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.
 
 

About the Author:

 

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 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

RELEASE BLITZ

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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SYNOPSIS

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!


***This ARC copy was given in exchange for an honest review.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
 
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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review 2020-03-31 07:10
Blog Tour w/Review - Code Name: Hacker

 

 

Code Name: Hacker

(Jameson Force Security, Book #4)

Sawyer Bennett

Release Date: March 31, 2020

 

 

 

Synopsis:

 

I’m not the same Bebe Grimshaw I was years ago. The woman I was spent years behind the bars of the highest security women’s prison in the nation, my punishment for hacking nuclear codes as part of a crime syndicate I’d gotten in way too deep with. The woman I am today doesn’t regret what I did, or the fact that I got caught, but I am remorseful for the years I lost with my son, Aaron. Released from my sentence early thanks to Kynan McGrath, I joined his team at Jameson Force Security and now put my skills to use helping people.

 

I’m just trying to get back a piece of what I lost, focusing solely on raising Aaron and my work at Jameson. As long as I have my son and my career, I’m content. But life has a funny way of letting you know exactly what you need, and when a devastatingly handsome stranger named Griffin befriends Aaron at the park, I have to consider I might be missing something. A part of me that was locked away long ago reawakens, and I find myself looking at Griff in a way I’ve not looked at a man in more than a decade.

 

Just when I think things are starting to look up, my world is turned upside down. Turns out that meeting wasn’t an accident, and things aren’t going my way at all. Griffin Moore is the man sent here to kill me.

 

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Code Name: Hacker (Jameson Force Security, #4)Code Name: Hacker by Sawyer Bennett
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is book #4, in the Jameson Force Security series. This book can be read as a standalone novel. For reader to understand series, and to avoid spoilers, I recommend reading this fast paced series in order.

Briana Belle AKA "Bebe" has gotten a surprising second chance at life with her son. Getting out of prison seemed like an impossibility. Now she is in danger from her past and those whom she has never named when she was put away. She has no idea until the first man she has been attracted to in such a long time comes along.

Griffin knows he must do a job. Only the sparks he feels flowing between himself and the amazing Bebe are so new and amazing. While he does not want his employer to start a killing spree with his name on it, he also does not want to harm a hair on her head. Can they move on past the lies and the secrets?

Right from the very start this book was racing toward the finish line. With enough action to be made into a movie, this series and especially this story suck you in and fulfill an action hero need. Sexy with a good heat level that burns through the whole book, it still shows how a hard man can be tender.


***This early copy was given in exchange for an honest review only.

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One lucky winner will win a $50 Amazon gift card to celebrate the release of Code Name: Hacker!

For your chance to WIN, go to --- > https://sawyerbennett.com/giveaways/code - name - hacker/

 

About the Author:

 

Since the release of her debut contemporary romance novel, Off Sides, in January 2013, Sawyer Bennett has released multiple books, many of which have appeared on the New York Times,USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestseller lists.

 

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 daughter, as well as full-time servant to her 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 even better, both.

 

Sawyer also writes general and women’s fiction under the pen name S. Bennett and sweet romance under the name Juliette Poe.

 

Connect with Sawyer:

 

Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Goodreads | Book + Main Bites | BookBub | Amazon | Newsletter | Master Blogger List

 

 

 

 

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