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review 2020-05-17 08:10
New Release Blitz - Karma's A Bit*h

Title: Karma's a Bit*h
Author: Este Holland
Publisher: Self-publish
Release Date: May 15, 2020
Heat Level: 4 - Lots of Sex
Pairing: Male/Male
Length: 50,000
Genre: Romance, Contemporary, Gay romance, Boss/employee
 
 

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Jake Michelson plays it safe. All he wants to do is keep a roof over his head and graduate from NYU in a few months. He can count on three things in life: his job at Dinkin’s Donuts, his best friend Marri, and school.
 
Archer Ferraro plays by his own rules. The one thing he can’t stand is when bad people get away with doing bad things. He’s dedicated his life to righting the wrongs the police can’t or won’t handle.
 
When Archer accidentally upsets Jake’s life, he vows to make it right and hires him.
Together, Jake and Archer must work on a new case involving stolen jewelry and a womanizer, deal with a lawyer brother and a jailbird father, and stay out of the cops’ way.
 
Should be easy…right?

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“Hey!” Everyone stopped to gawk at the smallish, drunk man with his glasses askew. Jake struggled from my hold and staggered off his stool. “What the hell do you think you’re doing?” He took a few steps toward the asshole cowboy. “We’re having a good time. You can’t ruin our fun with your <em>stooopid</em> face.” Jake hauled back and punched him.
 
“Shit!” I lunged and grabbed Jake around the middle, pulling him away before the cowboy retaliated.
 
The cowboys surged forward, but a piercing whistle ripped through the air and everyone froze. Titus crooked a finger at one of his friends, a guy as big as himself, and pointed at Jake who was once again asleep in my arms.
 
The biker smiled, revealing a gold tooth. I returned it with an aborted one of my own. He slid his arm under Jake’s knees, then wiggled his other arm between us. I held his head as the guy lifted Jake like a child. I grabbed Marri’s hand before she could attack, and I hurried after the dude. He entered a door behind the bar and deposited Jake on a sofa.
 
“Thanks, man,” I said.
 
“No problem.” He slapped my shoulders and my knees almost buckled.
 
Breaking glass and shouts came from the bar, and I winced.
 
A chuckle rumbled in his chest like one their motorcycles kicking on. “Don’t worry. This happens at least once a month.”
 
“Seriously?”
 
“Titus doesn’t like homophobes, racists, or conservatives.” He grinned and headed out the door.
 
Marri and I exchanged glances.
 
“Are your friends okay?”
 
“They left. That’s what I was coming to tell you guys.” Marri peeked out at the bar and shut the door fast as glass shattered.
 
“Shit. Does it lock?”
 
She pushed the little button in the knob, and I laughed.
 

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Karma's a Bit*hKarma's a Bit*h by Este Holland
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Jake has stayed the course and will soon graduate. He is trying to stay on track, and is looking at the goal on the horizon. Then he meets someone who turns his world sideways and upside down.

Archer first comes into Jake's place of business and begs him to sell something unsellable. There are real consequences to this action, for both of them. Then realizing they can help one another, they make a new plan that takes them one step closer to the rest of their lives.

This book is fast paced and literally can go whizzing by. I found I liked the characters lack of steady under their feet as it made for a fun read. Poor guys never know what hit them. From attraction, to change of jobs, to learning to navigate friendships this story has the reader on thier toes just wishing to be in on the action.


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Este Holland is a writer and reader of all things Romance. She's also a treasure hunter, a word wizard, a lover, and a fighter. She was born and raised in WV, and now lives in Virginia. She works in marketing during the day. She began writing novels in 2012.
 
 

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review 2020-05-06 08:10
Release Blitz - Behind The Count

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BEHIND THE COUNT by Kimberly Readnour

Release Date: April 30, 2020

Cover Design: Daqri Bernardo / Covers by Combs

 

Genre: Sports Romance
Trope: Forbidden, angsty, best friend's sister


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Dating my brother’s best friend? Yeah, that’s forbidden…

 

Noah Geren.
Cessna University’s starting catcher.
Sensible.
My life-long crush.
And totally off-limits.

 

I only want a few things in life.
Graduate with a fashion degree.
To be taken seriously.
And Noah Geren.

 

After my first year of college, I let the idea of him go.
And it almost worked

 

Until that late summer night.

 

Shannon Smith.
My best friend’s sister.
The secret star of my late-night fantasies.
Hotter than sin.
Unattainable

 

There’s a code among best friends and teammates—no dating their sisters.
Too bad I didn’t listen.

 

One weak moment changed everything.
And nothing at all.

 

I’m not good for her.

 

They call me the sensible one,
But the more Shannon and I are forced to be together,
Staying away makes less sense,
And the reasons become hard to remember.
But I need to stay strong.
For reasons she’ll never understand.


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Behind the Count (Cessna U Wildcats #2)Behind the Count by Kimberly Readnour
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is book #2 in the Cessna U Wildcats series. This book can be read as a standalone novel. To avoid spoilers, and to understand the series, I recommend reading this great series in order.

Shannon is trying to live her best life. She has overcome weakness, health issues, and has learned to stand on her feet. Now she is trying to survive college with her overprotective brother hovering nearby.

Noah has been in love with Shannon for a while now. She seems attracted to him as well. If only he wasn't best friends with her brother. That is a bond he cannot risk.

This was such an emotional roller coster ride. I was glad I was on it, however. I had been excited to read this story and it did not disappoint. This couple has eyes for each other and truly excels when they are together. If only they could learn to jump in. I loved that is was fast paced, had lots of heat, and was sincerely a longtime coming.


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Unexpected Love, book two of the Unforeseen Destiny Series, is a #1 Amazon Kindle bestseller in the Medical Romance. Her series, the Bad Boys Redemption, has spent many weeks on the Amazon's sports fiction bestseller's list.

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Blog Tour w/Review - Behind The Count

RELEASE BLITZ

BEHIND THE COUNT by Kimberly Readnour

Release Date: April 30, 2020

Cover Design: Daqri Bernardo / Covers by Combs

Genre: Sports Romance
Trope: Forbidden, angsty, best friend's sister


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SYNOPSIS

Dating my brother’s best friend? Yeah, that’s forbidden…

Noah Geren.
Cessna University’s starting catcher.
Sensible.
My life-long crush.
And totally off-limits.

I only want a few things in life.
Graduate with a fashion degree.
To be taken seriously.
And Noah Geren.

After my first year of college, I let the idea of him go.
And it almost worked

Until that late summer night.

Shannon Smith.
My best friend’s sister.
The secret star of my late-night fantasies.
Hotter than sin.
Unattainable

There’s a code among best friends and teammates—no dating their sisters.
Too bad I didn’t listen.

One weak moment changed everything.
And nothing at all.

I’m not good for her.

They call me the sensible one,
But the more Shannon and I are forced to be together,
Staying away makes less sense,
And the reasons become hard to remember.
But I need to stay strong.
For reasons she’ll never understand.


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Behind the Count (Cessna U Wildcats #2)Behind the Count by Kimberly Readnour
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is book #2 in the Cessna U Wildcats series. This book can be read as a standalone novel. To avoid spoilers, and to understand the series, I recommend reading this great series in order.

Shannon is trying to live her best life. She has overcome weakness, health issues, and has learned to stand on her feet. Now she is trying to survive college with her overprotective brother hovering nearby.

Noah has been in love with Shannon for a while now. She seems attracted to him as well. If only he wasn't best friends with her brother. That is a bond he cannot risk.

This was such an emotional roller coster ride. I was glad I was on it, however. I had been excited to read this story and it did not disappoint. This couple has eyes for each other and truly excels when they are together. If only they could learn to jump in. I loved that is was fast paced, had lots of heat, and was sincerely a longtime coming.


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Having a true passion for romance and HEA's, she took the leap from the young adult genre to romance and never looked back.

Unexpected Love, book two of the Unforeseen Destiny Series, is a #1 Amazon Kindle bestseller in the Medical Romance. Her series, the Bad Boys Redemption, has spent many weeks on the Amazon's sports fiction bestseller's list.

Kimberly worked as a Registered Nurse for fifteen years before hanging up her stethoscope. When she isn't running her own business, you can find her tucked away writing.


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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
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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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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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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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Blog Tour - Broken Warrior

 

Title: Broken Warrior

Series: The Weavers Circle #1

Author: Jocelynn Drake & Rinda Elliott

Publisher: Drake and Elliott Publishing LLC

Release Date: April 24, 2020

Heat Level: 4 - Lots of Sex

Pairing: Male/Male

Length: 97,304

Genre: Romance, Fantasy, Paranormal romance, urban fantasy romance

 

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Clay Green

 

A brotherhood? Monsters? Goddesses? Magic? The world has become a strange place. After a life on the run, Clay Green is rescued by a crazy old lady with a shotgun and an even crazier story about monsters, goddesses, and a secret brotherhood. Gifted with the power of the earth, Clay must locate his missing “brothers” before invading monsters can destroy everything. As if that’s not enough to contend with, Clay can’t keep his hands off the man trying to rebuild the plantation house he’s temporarily living in.

 

Dane Briggs

 

Something strange is going on… Dane knew restoring the old plantation house wasn’t going to be an easy job, but at least none of the clients were going to be underfoot. Since losing his wife and child, the only way Dane can keep going is to focus on the work. But that focus crumbles the second Clay appears covered in blood and barely hanging on to life. Mystery and danger cling to Clay and the other men who suddenly show up. A smart man would walk away. Dane chucks smart out the window in favor of hungry kisses and the silken slide of skin against skin. He doesn’t understand what’s happening, but there’s no question that Clay needs him. He’s just not sure his heart can survive being broken again if something happens to Clay. Broken Warrior is the first book in The Weavers Circle series. It includes fast-paced action, explosions, hurt/comfort, sexy times, animal shenanigans, wounded hearts, three crazy old ladies, and magic!

 

 

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“And were you attacked on your walk? Some kind of flying suckerfish? Because that’s definitely not a hickey on your neck,” Baer continued.

 

Grey lifted his mug of coffee to his lips again, but he paused long enough to agree.

 

“Definitely not a hickey.”

 

Without thinking, Clay slapped his hand to the spot Dane had sucked on during round one—or was it round three? Fuck, he’d come so many times last night, his balls should need a week to recover, but his dick was refusing to take orders from his brain or balls. The damn thing wanted to say “Fuck coffee” and crawl back into bed with Dane. Laughter rang out in the kitchen, and Clay groaned. He’d never had a roommate, but he sort of imagined this was what it was like. Fuck, when all six of them were in the plantation house, it would be like a goddamn frat house. Grabbing a mug out of the cabinet, Clay continued to ignore the duo at the table as he poured himself a cup of liquid sanity. He took his time, adding a little sugar, and then turned to the table. Before he took one step, he lifted a hand, and whatever Baer had been about to say stopped in his throat. “I won’t discuss it. Not one word,” Clay said firmly.

 

Baer’s shoulder’s slumped, and his mouth snapped shut. He looked like a sad puppy for all of two seconds before he was up and happy again. “I’m sure Grey is one of us,” Baer announced, moving on to an entirely new subject.

 

At least this was one Clay was willing to tackle, even if he wasn’t sure he had the brainpower for it yet. If anything, it gave him something to think about besides Dane. “Yeah, I kind of thought that last night too.” Clay settled into a chair across from Baer and Grey. He could use a long, hot shower and a clean set of clothes, but one look at the eager expression on Baer’s face and he knew the man would follow him to the bathroom to discuss this. He could do without them sharing the bathroom with him.

 

“When I saw him running with you toward the Jeep last night, I swear I got the weirdest feeling of déjà vu. I know we’ve done this all before. Well, maybe not at that club, but the running together, the fighting together.” Baer rested his forearms on the table and leaned forward. “Even when we got back to the house, I felt like I knew him. Known him my whole life.” “The same way you feel with me?”

 

Baer nodded.

 

Clay looked over at Grey, who had both hands wrapped around the dark-blue coffee mug resting on the table in front of him. A deep frown was pulling at the corners of his mouth and drawing lines between his thick eyebrows. Without the threat of death and destruction looming over their heads, Clay took a moment to actually look at the man. Gray hair highlighted his temples, and more of it flecked the closely trimmed beard lining his jaw and chin. He was paler than himself and Baer, as if he were more likely to spend long hours inside the house, but there was no missing the lean muscles that filled out his wrinkled button-down shirt. Maybe a swimmer. Or a runner. “What do you think?” Clay prodded when Grey remained silent.

 

“That this is all stupid, ridiculous, and utterly impossible,” Grey grumbled. His hands tightened on his mug, but he didn’t lift it back to his mouth.

 

“But?”

 

“I can’t deny I have the same feeling of déjà vu with both of you. Something-something inside of me keeps claiming that I know.”

 

Clay glanced over at Baer.

 

“Did you tell him?”

 

“Oh, he fucking told me so much,”

 

Grey answered for him with a rough bark of laughter. “Powers and goddesses and other dimensions with alien monsters trying to kill us so they can destroy the world. I heard plenty last night.”

 

Closing his eyes, Clay pinched the bridge of his nose and sighed heavily. Yeah, that was pretty much how it all sounded. Insane and impossible. That was his life now to a T. Opening his eyes again, he stared at Baer. “And you told him all this stone-cold sober?”

 

Baer’s chest puffed up and he grinned broadly at his friend. “No!”

 

Clay rolled his eyes.

 

“I found that cheap bottle of whiskey we lost. I think Jo hid it. But anyway, we killed that bottle, and I explained about the pestilents, Weavers, and the Circle.”

 

Clay looked over at Grey, waiting for his response on how the hell he took this information while loaded up on cheap whiskey.

 

“And then he turned into an ostrich,” Grey said in a deadpan voice.

 

“I was trying for a peacock. Something flashy,” Baer commented in a low voice. “Broke the coffee table.”

 

“I panicked!”

 

“You were drunk!” Clay shouted.

 

“Birds are hard,” Baer muttered under his breath, his eyes locked on his coffee mug in front of him in a pout.

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 Jocelynn Drake and Rinda Elliott have teamed up to combine their evil genius to create intense gay romantic suspense stories that have car chases, shoot outs, explosions, scorching hot love scenes, and tender, tear-jerking moments. Their first joint books are in the Unbreakable Bonds series.

 

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