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Kitty's Book Spot!

I enjoy many types of books and genres.  This blog will reflect the latest books, music, movies and any other forms of entertainment that reflect my passions and hobbies.

 

Kitty's Book Spot!  "You keep writing, I'll keep reading."

Audiobook Blitz - Diary Of A Bad Boy

Diary Of A Bad Boy on Audio!!

 

Release Date: July 22nd

 

Genre: Contemporary Romance

 

 

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Diary Of A Bad Boy is now available on AUDIO!

 

Meghan Quinn is so excited to bring you Diary Of A Bad Boy narrated by John Hartley and Lauren Ezzo!! This sassy and sweet romance about an Irish rebel who falls in love with the wrong girl will leave you with a happy heart and a smile on your face. Full of witty banter and swoony moments, it's the perfect romantic comedy to listen to!

 

 

BLURB:

 

Dear Diary,

 

I might have gotten myself into a wee bit of trouble - and I'm not talking about the "court mandated community service", or "therapy sessions from bashing a bloke in the head" kind of trouble.

 

I wish it were that simple.

 

Nope. I'm talking about the "falling in love with one of my client's daughters", kind of trouble...The kind of problem I can't talk my way out of when the truth gets out.

 

How I ended up with her phone is a long story - and when she called to get it back, I took things a bit too far. One innocent exchange wound up leading to so much more.

 

Fun, new, and totally immune to my charm, Sutton is different. And I had no idea she was the daughter of Foster Green.

 

Blame it on the dark colored stout running through my veins, pushing me toward one bad decision after another. Pushing me toward her even though I know right from wrong; even though she's my client's daughter.

 

Dating her might be the best or worst decision I've ever made. Only time, whiskey, and one more roll around the mattress with her will tell.

 

Roark

 

 

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Grab your copy here: https://amzn.to/2JQaTRZ

 

 

 

Cover Reveal - Crave

 

 

 

Crave by New York Times bestselling author Tracy Wolff
Release Date: April 7, 2020

 

 

Crave is a romantic and thrilling tale of forbidden love, about the undying battle between feeling nothing and feeling so much, it could destroy everyone you love.

 

 

Connect with Tracy Wolff online:

 

Website ~ Goodreads ~ Facebook ~ Twiiter

 

 

Review
4 Stars
Challenge
In It to Win It (Wynn Hockey #2) - Kelly Jamieson

This book is #2, in the Wynn Hockey series.  This book can be read as a standalone novel.  For reader understanding, and to avoid spoilers, I recommend reading this series in order.

 

Jean Paul AKA "JP" is instantly attracted to Taylor.  She is everything he can think of that he wants in a woman.  Only she also thinks the worst of him.  Then something happens at his brother's wedding that changes it all.

 

Taylor has never found such a bad boy this charming and sexy.  Their time together makes her think he has a better side to him.  Something no one sees.  Should she try to understand men or hockey players?

 

This book was just BAM! right from the start so intense, hot, and really good.  It sets your heart pumping and then just all heat and action.  I found it be quite the rush.  These characters are also amazing.  Deeper than they seem on the surface and sexier than most this author has brought to the table.  I give this a 5/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

 

 

***This ARC copy was given by Netgalley and its publishers, in exchange for an honest review.

Review
4 Stars
Audiobook Review for Sex, Lies, and Headlines
Sex, Lies, and Headlines - Peter Styles

Simon had one night with the man of his dreams.  Knowing he will never see him again, he tried the number given only to find it fake.  Jokes on both of us, what we felt was real.

 

Luke has thought of nothing else in the six years since he had Simon all to himself.  He is saddened by the fact Simon never called him.  Living a life in the public eye, he feels lonely and that he can never trust anyone completely.

 

This story was very gripping.  A tale of two souls who should have been together and lost so much time.  I was seriously caught right away and had to know the end.  Lucky for me, the story was no too long to listen to and was a real challenge for each character. 

 

The narration was done well and the obvious inflections helped to know the person changes.  The tonal quality overall was good and it ended well for me.  I give this a 4/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

 

 

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

Review
5 Stars
New
Stand In Place - Mary Calmes

Kaenon has to come back to a place that only has bad memories.  His family basically disowned him all in one day.  He loves his grandmother, and with her wishes he comes back home to help her say goodbye.

 

Brody has always wished to tell Kaenon how he felt and never got the chance.  When he takes a look at him in person after so many years he can barely contain his reaction.  Can he convince him to give this a try?

 

This is just an amazing read.  Right from the start, I was hooked.  Then I found that this character had such a story.  Very compelling and sincere.  I loved the banter and family.  Really great to the point I hope we see more of the characters.  I give this a 5/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

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“...he had no doubt that he knew who Ty was now, inside and out. He knew every one of Ty's quirks and weak spots and favorite things. He knew what Ty found funny and what annoyed him. He knew what would break his heart. He knew how to touch him to drive him wild, and when to back off when Ty was having a bad day. He knew that Ty was kind and loyal and funny, that he had a deep sense of honor and righteousness. He knew that Ty would die to save a stranger, and kill to save a friend. That was the type of man he was.”
Stars & Stripes - J. F. Harding, Abigail Roux

~ Stars & Stripes by Abigail Roux

(Cut & Run series #6)

Review
5 Stars
Blog Tour w/Review - Making Up

 

 

Making Up

by Helena Hunting

 

Synopsis:  

 

A new standalone, laugh-out-loud romantic comedy by New York Times bestselling author Helena Hunting.  

 

Cosy Felton is great at her job—she knows just how to handle the awkwardness that comes with working at an adult toy store. So when the hottest guy she’s ever seen walks into the shop looking completely overwhelmed, she’s more than happy to turn on the charm and help him purchase all of the items on his list.  

 

Griffin Mills is using his business trip in Las Vegas as a chance to escape the broken pieces of his life in New York City. The last thing he wants is to be put in charge of buying gag gifts for his friend’s bachelor party. Despite being totally out of his element, and mortified by the whole experience, Griffin is pleasantly surprised when he finds himself attracted to the sales girl that helped him.  

 

As skeptical as Cosy may be of Griffin’s motivations, there’s something about him that intrigues her. But sometimes what happens in Vegas doesn’t always stay in Vegas and when real life gets in the way, all bets are off. Filled with hilariously awkward situations and enough sexual chemistry to power Sin City, Making Up is the next standalone in the

Shacking Up world.    

 

 

 

Bio:  

 

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of PUCKED, Helena Hunting lives on the outskirts of Toronto with her incredibly tolerant family and two moderately intolerant cats. She's writes contemporary romance ranging from new adult angst to romantic sports comedy.  

 

Buy-Book Link: https://us.macmillan.com/books/9781250253378

 

 

   

 

We’re a couple of minutes away from my apartment, which also means we’re almost at the end of our date. End-of-date protocol often means a goodnight kiss.

 

And I’ve eaten onions. Lots of them. What the hell was I thinking? I feel around in my shorts pocket, hoping I have a random stick of gum. I find a tiny square packet and pull it out, along with an old tissue. I shove that back in my pocket and sigh with relief as I carefully open the Listerine Pocketpak. There’s one strip left. I pop it in my mouth, wishing I had water since my mouth is dry and I’m suddenly super nervous.

 

Griffin pulls up in front of my apartment building. I swallow a bunch of times, trying to get the strip to dissolve on my tongue and glance out the tinted window, seeing it from his perspective. I don’t live in a bad part of town, but I sure as hell wouldn’t leave this car sitting out here for any length of time unless I wanted it keyed or stripped down.

 

Griffin shifts into park and turns to me, one hand resting on the back of my seat near the headrest. “I had a great time, Cosy.”

 

“Me too, thanks for dinner.” I tried to fork over my share, but he was quick on the credit card draw.

 

“It was my pleasure.” He leans in the tiniest bit, a nonverbal cue that he’s going in for a kiss.

 

I mirror the movement, giving him the go ahead. My stomach flutters in anticipation. I exhale slowly through my nose. Even though the Listerine strip should be doing its job to mask the onions, I don’t want to ruin the moment by breathing that in his face.

 

His fingertips skim my jaw, and I close my eyes. And then his lips brush my cheek. I wait for them to move a couple of inches to the right, but after what feels like a lot of seconds—and is probably only a few—I crack a lid.

 

Griffin is still close, a wry smile on his lips and a smolder in his eyes.

 

“Seriously, that’s it? A kiss on the cheek?”

 

His smile widens, making his eyes crinkle at the corners. He’s nothing like the guys I usually end up on dates with. College boys don’t take things slow. If I were out with one of the guys from school, I’d be sitting in a beat-up Civic with some stupid music playing, and he’d be all over me with his tongue halfway down my throat, copping a feel.

 

“I thought all the onions you ate were the equivalent to garlic for vampires.” Griffin fingers my hair near my shoulder. I’d really like him to finger something else. Wait. I mean I’d like to feel his hands on me. Not in my pants. Okay, maybe I’d like them in my pants, but not after date number one.

 

“I wasn’t thinking, and I really like onions. A lot. In hindsight, it’s not a great date food. I feel kinda dumb. And I guess at first I wasn’t so sure about you. How was I supposed to know you’d actually be kind of normalish?”

 

“Normalish?”

 

“Well, you drink club soda on purpose, so you can’t be all there.” I tap his temple.

 

Griffin circles my wrist with his fingers and drops his head, lips brushing over my knuckle.

 

“We can’t all be perfect, now, can we?”

 

“I suppose not, and perfect is boring.”

 

“That it is.” He hums against my skin, and I feel it through my entire body. “I would like to try that kiss again, if you’re still interested.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Making UpMaking Up by Helena Hunting

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

 

This is book #4, in the Shacking Up series. This book can be read as a standalone novel. To avoid spoilers and gain full understanding of this series, I recommend reading these in order.

 

Cosy has a hard job. She is Las Vegas, working at an adult toy store. When Griffin comes in she assumes he is just another perv off the street. Lots of those in Vegas.

 

Griffin is bowled away by Cosy from the moment they meet. He just has to figure a way to get her to go out with him. How will he ever survive a future that could be so blank now that he has met the one?

 

This is in my opinion, this author's best work to date. The characters feel very real. Flawed, good looking, and struggling to show excitement for their current situation. Then they get together and magic! I loved their banter and the heat was sizzling over. ***This early copy was given by Netgalley and its publisher, in exchange for an honest review.

 

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Helena Hunting Blog Tour Q&A MAKING UP

 

  • What inspired you to write Making Up?

 

I’d introduced Griffin in the previous Shacking Up Series novels, Shacking Up and Hooking Up—he was a bit of a mystery for readers because he was talked about, but not really present. I had a very clear picture in my mind of who he was, and the kind of woman who would end up being the perfect fit for him, and it was not his fiancé from the previous books.  

 

  • Introduce us to your main characters!

 

Griffin Mills is the oldest of the three Mills brothers. At thirty-three he’s had several very long term relationships and was formerly engaged, but that relationship went up in flames. He’s gorgeous, smart, loves the numbers side of the family business he’s part of—a chain of hotels he’s set to inherit with his brothers. Also, he’s a little awkward, which I love, because there’s nothing quite like a hot guy who doesn’t have all the lines and fumbles a bit when he’s dealing with someone he’s attracted to. It makes for some hilarious banter with his love interest, Cosy Felton. Our heroine is a twenty-two year old who has been a bit of a nomad for most of her life, but is finally finishing school and happens to work at an Adult Toy Store part time. It’s definitely not her favourite job, but it pays the bills. She’s sassy, not much of a planner and definitely more than Griffin bargained for.   

 

  • Lots of aspiring authors out there. Any advice for them?

 

Just keep writing. Every day put words on the page and surround yourself with positive people who are there to support you. Ask questions, join book groups, be an avid reader and an observer.

 

  • How is Making Up different from your other books?

 

Making Up has a trope I’ve never really explored or played around with before, so it was a lot of fun to write. While I’ve written age gaps before, it hasn’t been a key part of the storyline, or had a significant impact on how the characters perceive the relationship. Griffin and Cosy are from two very different worlds and balancing their expectations and insecurities was one of my favourite parts of writing their story. Making Up has my signature quirky, sassy heroines and I love writing heroes that are sexy, yet a little awkward. While it’s a light read, there’s some drama, and some heavy baggage, which I think grounds the story and balances out the hilarity.

 

  • I know asking someone’s all-time favorite book is a loaded question so what’s your current favorite read?

 

I’ve been so lucky to read so many amazing books this year but I’m going to go with Broken Knight by LJ Shen which releases this August. I love YA/NA romance and angst, and she knows how to deliver both flawlessly.

 

  • Alright, the ultimate question: why should we read your book?

 

We all need a little escape from our own realities once in a while and Making Up is a fun, sexy romance that’s perfect for the summer. Also, Griffin is hot, and not particularly suave at times. I think we can all appreciate a guy who doesn’t have all the lines, especially if he looks like he should.

 

  • A famous movie producer wants to make your books into movies and they want you to cast your characters from Making Up. Which actors/actresses make the cut?

 

This is always a fun question and I’ll be 100% honest, I never actually look at actors prior to writing a story because I generally have a picture of the character in my head. But, I went on a Pinterest mission and Alex Morgan (she’s a soccer player, not an actress) would make a fabulous Cosy if she suddenly switched career paths. Hailee Steinfeld (Bumblebee) is super sassy, and could definitely play up the humor in this story, so she would be a legitimate actress choice. Gabriel Macht has a great smolder and can rock a seriously sexy suit, so I think he’d be great as Griffin.

 

  • Favorite quote or scene you wrote in Making Up?

 

  Making Up is definitely a rom-com with some incredibly hilarious moments, but Griffin has some heavy baggage, which means there are also serious moments, and this is one of my favourites: “Talk to me. Fall apart on me. Show me your weakness so I can give you my strength.”  

 

  • What inspired you to become a writer?

 

  I’ve always loved to write, but finding time was a challenge during university and then afterward I was building a career and we renovated a house down to the studs—which takes up a lot of time and doesn’t leave much of an opportunity for putting down words (but it was an amazing experience). When I gave birth to my daughter she struggled to sleep—or rather stay asleep—and that meant I spent a lot of time awake in the middle of the night. So I started writing again during those late nights, and finally penned my first full novel.  

 

  • What is a typical writing day like?

 

  I usually start with a run and then copious amounts of coffee while I manage the administrative side of things—ie emails, social media posts etc. But when I sit down to write I have a playlist I put on repeat, more coffee, sparking water (so I can stay hydrated) and my cat Pumpkin generally lies on top of my closed laptop and supervises me for the day.   

 

  • Do you have any interesting writing quirks or habits?

 

  I listen to the same playlist while I write a novel. So if it takes me two months, then I listen to the same set of songs for two full months. I’ve destroyed A LOT of albums for my husband over the past several years. I just need the background noise, and listening to the radio or unfamiliar songs can be distracting.

   

  • What has been one of the most surprising things you’ve learned as a published author?

 

  I’ve only been in the industry for five years and there has been so much change, learning to adjust and adapt and just staying true to your personal goal is really the most important thing I’ve learned. I think when you start out there are just so many unknowns, and taking risks can be scary, but if you don’t take those risks, it’s hard to grow as an author.  

 

  • Can you tell us about what’scoming up next after this for you writing wise?

 

  I have one more book in The Shacking Up Series, HANDLE WITH CARE, which releases at the end of August! Griffin’s cousin and best friend, Lincoln Moorehead, is the hero and if you didn’t know, he is also Armstrong’s brother. Lincoln is the polar opposite of Armstrong so it was so fun to write. I can’t wait for people to meet Griffin and Cosy and Lincoln and Wren.   

 

  • How can readers connect with you online?

 

  They can connect with me all over social media!

 

Website→   http://www.helenahunting.com/

Amazon →  http://amzn.to/1y6OBB7 

Twitter → http://bit.ly/HelenaHTwitter 

Facebook  → https://www.facebook.com/helena.hunting69/

Pinterest →  http://bit.ly/1oQYRVN 

Instagram →  http://instagram.com/helenahunting Goodreads→ http://bit.ly/GoodReadsHH NEWSLETTER  → http://bit.ly/HelenaHnewsletter 

Bookbub →  http://bit.ly/BookBubHH 

Facebook Reader Group  →  http://bit.ly/TheBeaverDenHH 

 

 

Review
4 Stars
Blog Tour w/Review - Carpool

 

Carpool by Noelle Adams is available NOW!

 

 

Book Info:

 

Title: Carpool

Series: Milford College #1

Author: Noelle Adams

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Publishing date: July 17th, 2019

 

 

Summary:

 

The last thing I want is to share a forty-five minute commute with the most obnoxious (and attractive) man I know. But I can't afford a new transmission right now, so I'm stuck with Marcus for at least a month.

He promises to be good, but Marcus Greene is never good. And I'm not sure how long I can resist him.

Carpool is the first book in the Milford College series, novellas about the faculty and staff of a small liberal arts college.

 

 

 

Read now on:

Amazon | Barnes & Nobles | IBooks | Kobo

 

 

 

 

Carpool (Milford College, #1)Carpool by Noelle Adams
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Jennifer has basically grown up in the same small town as Marcus. When her grandmother warns her to stay away from him - she takes it seriously. She takes everything seriously.

Marcus is completely shocked when the woman of his dreams asks him for a favor. As they get to know one another by carpooling to and from work, they are surprised to find common ground. Now if he could just convince her to give him a shot......

Such an amazing and sexy book. Felt like I was right there feeling the emotions of the characters. Their journey may have been a long one, but with the right words it can be the best one. I was very happy to root for these two to be together.


***This ARC copy was given in for my honest opinion and review.

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About Noelle Adams:

 

Noelle handwrote her first romance novel in a spiral-bound notebook when she was twelve, and she hasn’t stopped writing since. She has lived in eight different states and currently resides in Virginia, where she reads any book she can get her hands on and offers tribute to a very spoiled cocker spaniel.

 

She loves travel, art, history, and ice cream. After spending far too many years of her life in graduate school, she has decided to reorient her priorities and focus on writing contemporary romances.

 

 

 

Review
3 Stars
New Release Blitz - Bumper To Bumper

 

Title: Bumper to Bumper

Author: Gretchen Evans

Publisher: NineStar Press

Release Date: July 15, 2019

Heat Level: 3 - Some Sex

Pairing: Male/Male

Length: 19300

Genre: Contemporary, age gap, contemporary, dirty talk, gay, hookup app

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Synopsis:

 

Gabe is bored with hookup culture. He’s in his thirties and wants something more stable. But sitting in traffic is even more boring. He expects more of the same tired, headless torsos when he swipes open Cruised, the most popular hookup app for men, during his morning commute. Instead, he meets Mark. Mark is handsome, funny, and interested in conversation. He’s also interested in meeting Gabe in coffee shop bathrooms for quickies on the way to work.

 

Mark doesn’t rush out of the room after sex either. He’s tender and sweet, and way more than Gabe had hoped for. The sex is hot, but the connection between Gabe and Mark is something deeper. Gabe’s feelings grow each time he and Mark text, but seeing an attractive woman driving Mark’s car stops Gabe cold. He doesn’t want to hookup with a cheater. He doesn’t want to stop seeing Mark either. But could it all be a misunderstanding? Gabe knows nothing about Mark’s life or how to negotiate a hookup into something more. Does Mark want something more, or is he already taken?

 

 

Excerpt:

 

Bumper to Bumper

Gretchen Evans © 2019

All Rights Reserved

 

Gabe’s car lurched as he stomped on the brake. His bumper stopped inches from the expensive-looking sedan in front of him. He was going to be late. Again. He groaned and let his forehead rest on the steering wheel.

 

The traffic on I-40 was terrible. Every day it seemed to get worse. It was also unpredictable. Some days, his twelve-mile commute to the office took fifteen minutes. Other days, it took forty-five. It was impossible to tell which it would be before hitting the on-ramp.

 

At least he wasn’t the only one suffering like this. He spent so much time sitting in traffic during morning rush hour that he recognized a lot of the cars around him. It was a strange camaraderie. There was the middle-aged lady in the tiny hatchback whose hair color changed every week. The old hippy in a political-bumper-sticker-covered hybrid always rode in the left lane, even when traffic cleared up. The white luxury SUV driven by the angry twentysomething blonde only showed up some days, but she had passed him on the shoulder first thing this morning. He did his best to ignore the giant red truck with gun and Confederate flag stickers that always cut in front of him.

 

He moved ahead a few feet but stopped almost immediately. The car behind him swerved onto the shoulder to avoid rear-ending him. If someone hit him, he’d at least have a good excuse to give to his boss. But there was no way his twenty-year-old, hand-me-down car would survive.

 

Gabe gave up dreams of getting into a minor fender bender and inched ahead again. There must have already been an accident up ahead. Traffic was always slow, but it wasn’t usually this bad.

 

Sure enough, a fire truck and police car zoomed past on the shoulder. Great.

 

He picked up his phone to text his work wife he’d be late. He’d done that a lot lately, so she was a pro at covering for him. Maggie was great to have around but definitely the only type of wife he was ever going to have. She dodged traffic by taking backroads to the office, so Gabe didn’t feel too bad getting her to cover his ass. Her idyllic suburban lifestyle could support his terrible commute.

 

Maybe Miss Impatient in the SUV was the cause of whatever had them all trapped here. Gabe was annoyed enough to smile at that uncharitable thought.

 

Text sent, and he was still sitting at a dead stop. There was no harm in using your phone in the car if you weren’t actually driving, right? The highway was basically a parking lot right now.

 

Gabe tapped open Cruised, the hookup app he’d had the most luck with in the past.

 

Not that he’d had much luck. In quantity, sure, he’d had lots of luck. Gotten hella lucky. But in terms of quality? Nah. It was a desert of huge cocks with no brains attached out there. But, it couldn’t hurt to look. Looking was pretty much all he did these days, but it was nice to see some headless torsos and dick pics. Better than trying to figure out what the specialty license plate in the lane next to him meant.

 

He thumbed through profiles, most of which he’d seen before. It didn’t seem to matter if he was checking at home, work, or in the club, it was always a collection of the same tired old faces. Or not-faces. As frustrating and predictable as morning traffic. He glanced away from his phone to cover a few feet of space left open by a car switching to a moving lane. Why was the lane next to him always moving?

 

His phone buzzed in his hand—a surprise. No one ever messaged him first. Well, some guys did but no one he wanted to respond to. The message wasn’t from a name he recognized either.

 

SilverFoxxx

 

That had promise. He swiped the message open.

 

Hello.

 

That had…less promise. But at least it wasn’t a dick pic right away. And he’d managed to spell out “hello.”

 

Hi, Gabe tapped out as he crawled forward. He kept one eye on his phone and the other on the bumper in front of him.

 

The response came back immediately. Maybe everything seemed instantaneous when Gabe was traveling along at less than five miles an hour.

 

Your pictures make you look attractive.

 

Was that a neg? thats bc i am attractive

 

Your pictures make you look VERY attractive.

 

Damn right Gabe’s pictures made him look attractive. He’d spent a long time taking the perfect selfie to highlight his dark eyes and scoured through old text messages to find a shot of him at the beach to show off how his light-brown skin shone in the sun. It helped that the clearly defined abs he’d once had were on display too. Gabe tapped over to his mystery man’s profile but didn’t find anything other than the stranger’s picture. No preferences, or kinks, or anything.

 

Even his picture was just his head and shoulders, turned slightly away from the camera but not fully in profile. And with the sun shining directly behind him so everything was in shadow. The only things easily seen were the outline of his jaw and the clean-cut lines of his hair, but that was it. Very artistic, but not very illuminating.

 

your picture doesn’t make you look like anything

 

A little snide, perhaps, but these conversations never went anywhere. SilverFoxxx would eventually ask for a dick pic, Gabe would say no, and that would be the end of it. Or he would skip straight to asking to meet up for a fuck. Gabe might say yes, but he always ended up disappointed.

 

He was reaching the point where meaningless hookups weren’t doing it for him anymore. Even if the sex was good, it left him strangely listless afterward.

 

Maggie would say that was what happened when you turned thirty, and Gabe would tell her to take her soccer mom ass back to the suburbs and shut up about it.

 

That didn’t mean she was wrong, though.

 

His phone buzzed again.

 

I value discretion.

 

Was this guy a robot? Who said stuff like that? Who texted in full sentences?

 

Traffic started to clear a bit, and Gabe was able to get up to nearly twenty miles an hour. It was exhilarating but short-lived. They slowed back to a crawl less than a quarter mile later. He was going to be very late.

 

With his foot firmly on the brake and nothing else to do, Gabe turned back to his phone. SilverFoxxx’s last message continued to glow up at him. It was too tempting to ignore.

 

a hookup app isn’t for u if u want to be discreet

 

He should have spelled out you. SilverFoxxx probably thought he was an idiot. Ordinarily, Gabe didn’t care about stuff like that, especially from randos on Cruised, but this time, he was anxious. He stared at his phone until the car behind him laid on the horn.

 

Gabe crawled two car lengths forward but stopped again. Lights flashed on the left shoulder ahead of him. Hopefully, traffic would clear after this accident, and he could get to work.

 

The vibration of his phone in his hand sent a little thrill down his spine. Traffic was trickling forward, so Gabe glanced back and forth between his phone and the road.

 

But it’s convenient. What are you here for?

 

Gabe wasn’t sure what to say. He could be flirty. Or more than flirty and jump to the next predictable step. Or he could be honest.

 

not sure. mostly bored in traffic

 

Didn’t anyone ever tell you not to text and drive?

 

There was no hint of tone, but Gabe smiled anyway. Deep, rich, and sardonic—this guy’s voice was already in his head. So Gabe’s type. Obviously, he wasn’t stretching. Not at all. SilverFoxxx sounded like he was teasing.

 

im rebelious

 

I bet you are.

 

Gabe’s grin grew wider. This was fun. No gross comments or pushy requests yet. It was like SilverFoxxx could actually hold a conversation.

 

His phone buzzed again before he was able to think of a response.

 

Traffic is clearing up.

 

Gabe checked the location information. It seemed like SilverFoxxx was closer than he’d been before.

 

are u texting and driving too?

 

Gabe skidded all the way into the work parking lot looking for a response that never came.

 

 

Purchase:

NineStar Press | Amazon | Smashwords | Barnes & Noble | Kobo

 

 

 

Bumper to Bumper (Cruised, #1)Bumper to Bumper by Gretchen Evans
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Gabe is sick of the long boring commute to work. He is also sick and tired of hook ups that go no where. Trying one app just one more time he hits the proverbial jackpot. Now all he has to do is convince Mark he is worth taking the chance.

Mark is very attracted to Gabe and he is not afraid to show it. He finds the best locations to meet up and make sure to get alone time with the amazing Gabe. The only catch here is he really wants to take it to be something more. Is it time to try?

This short story is a sweet tickle of hotness. The book itself may be small, but the content is still very HOT! Nice treat for any avid romance reader.



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Fate
Forty Days & One Knight - Samantha Cole

This is book #2, in the Trident Security: Omega Team series.  This can be read as a standalone novel.  For reader to completely understand, I would recommend readers read in the order intended.

 

Darius is undercover with a hellish drug lord, when in comes more women for his human trafficking ring.  This one he recognizes.  She is someone who can blow his cover too.

 

Princess Tahira has no idea where she and her cousins have been taken to.  She must escape or fall victim to the worst sort of crime.  Good thing a hero is there in the shadows.

 

Such a dark and stormy knight!  Sorry did not mean to be flip.  This read is actually quite difficult and a warning to the readers is in order.  If you have been following along with this incredible series you will not want to miss this one.  You have danger, suspense, heat, tension, friendship, and more.  I was happily to find these characters are so deep there is so much development to them.  I give this a 4/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

 

 

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5 Stars
Mine
Making Up - Helena Hunting

This is book #4, in the Shacking Up series.  This book can be read as a standalone novel.  To avoid spoilers and gain full understanding of this series, I recommend reading these in order.

 

Cosy has a hard job.  She is Las Vegas, working at an adult toy store.  When Griffin comes in she assumes he is just another perv off the street.  Lots of those in Vegas.

 

Griffin is bowled away by Cosy from the moment they meet.  He just has to figure a way to get her to go out with him.  How will he ever survive a future that could be so blank now that he has met the one?

 

This is in my opinion, this author's best work to date.  The characters feel very real.  Flawed, good looking, and struggling to show excitement for their current situation.  Then they get together and magic! I loved their banter and the heat was sizzling over.  I give this a 5/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

 

 

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4 Stars
Commitment
Unspoken Vow - Eden Finley

This is book #2, in the Steele Brothers series.  This book can be read as a standalone novel.  For reader understanding and to avoid spoilers, I recommend reading this great series in order.

 

Brody has been asking Anderson AKA "Anders" out for some time now.  It's not like Anders wants to say no.  He just knows he could drown if he says yes.  Then they change their status to roommates.

 

Anders is Brody's idea of perfection.  He is HOT with a capitol H!  If he could just stop turning him down and give things a chance..... well maybe someday.  For now, they will be friends and build trust.

 

This was a great addition to the series!  I love that the characters were really flawed in ways that seem impossible.  The story went by at a fast pace and I could not put it down.  It is amazing how the author can touch on these complex subjects and not gloss over but make them real.  Really impressive to me.  I loved it and give it a 4/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

 

 

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5 Stars
New Release Blitz - Out In The Field
 
Title: Out in the Field
Series: Out in College #4
Author: Lane Hayes
Publisher: Lane Hayes
Release Date: July 11
Heat Level: 4 - Lots of Sex
Pairing: Male/Male
Length: 51K
Genre: Romance, New Adult, College, Coming Out, Baseball, New Adult, Humor, Opposites
 

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Max Maldonado loves baseball. He knows playing first base at a private college probably won’t get him to the big leagues, but he doesn’t mind. He loves the game and his teammates. If he has to stay in the closet until he graduates, that’s okay. Baseball comes first. Relationships are complicated anyway. And after his recent messy breakup, Max prefers to keep things simple.

Phoenix Bell is a fabulous theater geek. He’s excited about his recent transfer to a new school with an elite liberal arts program. Life has been on hold for a while, but this opportunity feels like the fresh start he was hoping for when he moved to California. And the chance reunion with the hot closeted jock is an unexpected surprise. The two men have nothing in common and their timing couldn’t be worse. However, when their unconventional alliance blossoms into friendship and perhaps something more, it may be time to make some hard decisions. And perhaps risk it all…out in the field.

 

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We were quiet for a moment. We shared his drink in silence as occasional bits of conversation and laughter from the party drifted our way. We were far enough from the action that the excess noise didn’t penetrate our cocoon. Just a couple of strangers in the dark again, minus the club music and lights and unrealistic hopes from the first time. I didn’t know about Phoenix, but this felt cathartic somehow. Like a fresh start.
 
“What else is going on? You look sad. It’s not me, is it?” I asked with a comedic expression.
 
He chuckled. “No. This is nice. I just—I tend to get a little blue on the night of the final performance. The anticlimactic feeling sucks, but it’s the nature of the beast. The cycle of slowly learning lines and getting to know your castmates is followed by long rehearsals where everything starts to gel. The excitement builds before the shows and everyone gets better and better and then…<em>boom</em>! It’s over. All that momentum and all the joy that comes from being part of something special disappears overnight. I’m gonna wake up in the morning back at square one.”
 
“That’s depressing.”
 
“Thus the vodka.” Phoenix raised his cup and took a sip. He set it between us before flashing a lopsided smile my way. “It’s just part of the process. I’ve been doing some version of this for years. You’d think I’d be better at transitioning from high to low.”
 
“Hmm. It’s kinda the same in baseball. When we start in January, most of the guys are out of shape and out of sync. We have to get used to a new crew and figure out how to work together. By the time our season ends in May, we’re a well-oiled machine. I’m not always sad when it’s over. Sometimes I really need the break. But by June, I miss it. The best thing to do is to stay in the game as much as possible. Play, watch, read stats. There’s probably a theater equivalent.”
 
“Sure. It’s called ‘get a new part.’ I’m already memorizing the script for the spring production at the Arts Center. They’re doing <em>Chicago</em>. God, I love that show. So many juicy roles. ‘And all that jazz,’ ” he sang that last line, then took another drink and handed his cup to me for no particular reason.
 
I widened my legs and propped my elbows on my knees. His gaze dipped briefly to my crotch before he licked his lips and glanced away.
 
“Who do you want to be?” I asked. “I mean…in the play.”
 
“In a perfect world, I’d be Roxie. But…I have a dick, so I’ll have to audition for Billy and pretend not to be crushed when they give me the role of prison guard or mafia henchman number two.”
 
“Why can’t you be Billy?” I asked before draining the vodka cocktail.
 
“I don’t have the right look. You’d actually be a perfect Billy. Have you ever thought about acting?”
 
“Me?” I pointed at my chest incredulously. “Fuck, no.”
 
“Why so adamant? It’s fun.”
 
“Theater stuff just isn’t my thing. I play baseball.”
 
“You can’t do both?”
 
“Nope. Not me. And I’m not interested anyway.”
 
He sighed dramatically. “Well…you were a good fantasy while you lasted.”
 
“What’s that supposed to mean?” I asked with a faux scowl.
 
“Just what you think it means. I know close to nothing about you except that you’re a decent kisser and—”
 
“Decent?” Now the scowl was real.
 
“Okay, better than decent. You were amazing. A real-life Prince Charming. But we can be friends now and—”
 
“I don’t want to be your friend,” I intercepted.
 
“Why not?”
 
“ ’Cause I like you.”
 
“That makes no sense.”
 
“Yeah, it does. I—” I hesitated for half a second before crashing my mouth over his.
 
And damn, kissing Phoenix was better than I remembered. I caressed his jaw tenderly before tilting my head to deepen the connection. I didn’t want to overwhelm him, but damn, it took everything I had not to put my hands all over him. I licked the corner of his mouth and groaned. He tasted sweet—like cherries or something. That had to be his lip gloss, I mused before driving my tongue inside.
 
Phoenix didn’t seem to mind. He moaned when I cupped his neck and tilted my head slightly to soften the connection. I flicked my tongue at the corner of his mouth before biting his bottom lip and pulling away. The kiss was sweet but much too short. And yeah, I was incredibly impressed with my restraint, but I couldn’t afford to start something we’d both regret later. Phoenix wasn’t a stranger anymore. He was a fellow student who knew my biggest secret. I should have been more concerned with resetting boundaries and moving on. But it didn’t feel that simple.

 

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

This is #4, in the Out In College series. This book can be read as a standalone novel. For reader enjoyment and to avoid spoilers, I recommend reading these stories in order.



Max finds out someone he had met in the past is now attending his school. It would not matter, except this is someone he cannot forget. Now he can't stop thinking about him night and day. Can he get past the hang ups and take a chance?

Phoenix AKA "Nix" is thrilled to be at a school that offers so much more. When he runs into Max - he is not sure how to react. He knows he is not out and there can be nothing more than a hook up. The real questions is can he keep his heart out of it?

I thought this was a great addition to the series. I loved the banter and the very real conversations these characters had. I felt like this was a very real story. This is the best book of the series so far, in my honest opinion.


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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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Carpool - Noelle  Adams

Jennifer has basically grown up in the same small town as Marcus.  When her grandmother warns her to stay away from him - she takes it seriously.  She takes everything seriously.

 

Marcus is completely shocked when the woman of his dreams asks him for a favor.  As they get to know one another by carpooling to and from work, they are surprised to find common ground.  Now if he could just convince her to give him a shot......

 

Such an amazing and sexy book.  Felt like I was right there feeling the emotions of the characters.  Their journey may have been a long one, but with the right words it can be the best one.  I was very happy to root for these two to be together.  I give this a 4/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

 

 

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Simple
Bumper to Bumper - Gretchen Evans

Gabe is sick of the long boring commute to work.  He is also sick and tired of hook ups that go no where.  Trying one app just one more time he hits the proverbial jackpot.  Now all he has to do is convince Mark he is worth taking the chance.

 

Mark is very attracted to Gabe and he is not afraid to show it.  He finds the best locations to meet up and make sure to get alone time with the amazing Gabe.  The only catch here is he really wants to take it to be something more.  Is it time to try?

 

This short story is a sweet tickle of hotness.  The book itself may be small, but the content is still very HOT!  Nice treat for any avid romance reader.  I give this a 3/5 Kitty Paws UP!

 

 

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

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5 Stars
Heat
Out in the Field (Out in College #4) - Lane Hayes

This is #4, in the Out In College series.  This book can be read as a standalone novel.  For reader enjoyment and to avoid spoilers, I recommend reading these stories in order.

 

Max finds out someone he had met in the past is now attending his school.  It would not matter, except this is someone he cannot forget.  Now he can't stop thinking about him night and day.  Can he get past the hang ups and take a chance?

 

Phoenix AKA "Nix" is thrilled to be at a school that offers so much more.  When he runs into Max - he is not sure how to react.  He knows he is not out and there can be nothing more than a hook up.  The real questions is can he keep his heart out of it?

 

I thought this was a great addition to the series.  I loved the banter and the very real conversations these characters had.  I felt like this was a very real story.  This is the best book of the series so far, in my honest opinion.  I give this a 5/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

 

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