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Review
3 Stars
Complicated
The Summer Deal - Jill Shalvis

This is book #5 in the Wildstone series.  This book can be read as a standalone novel.  For reader enjoyment, and to understand the series, I recommend reading this series in order.

 

Brynn comes home after another boyfriend makes her feel less than herself.  The bright spot in her life is her Mom's.  They may be in her business but they bring the fun.  Also being at home she runs in to Eli.  The very Eli with whom she made the summer deal.

 

Eli has his hands full with Kinsey and her health.  With a breath of fresh air, Brynn comes  back to town and its like he can breathe again.  With his protective attitude, he enjoys being in both women's lives.  Even though he is only best friends with Kinsey, her friendship is more like family.

 

This story just kind of pounded into my head.  I felt like each chapter was a sock to the stomach and was like watching a very loud play.  So much action, so much to it, I felt a little overwhelmed.  I do not normally say this about this author's books.  This was a hard one to finish.  Honestly if it was not an author I love well, I would not have bothered.  I give this a 3/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

 

 

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

Blog Tour - Wicked Billionaire

 

Wicked Billionaire

(Wicked Horse Vegas, Book #9)

Sawyer Bennett

Release Date: August 4, 2020

 

 

 

Synopsis:

 

As the prince of a luxury hotel empire, I am as close to American royalty as one can get. I grew up accustomed to a certain lifestyle. One where people give me what I desire and anything, or anyone, else can be bought. Everyone wants a piece of me, yet no one is actually deserving of my time. That changes when Bailey Robbins, the smoking hot housekeeper in one of my hotels, catches my attention. Sure, she has curves for days but it’s her smart mouth I can’t help but be intrigued by. I may have avoided relationships all my life, but something about her makes me want to introduce her to my world. The darker, wicked side of Declan Blackwood.

 

Download Wicked Billionaire: Amazon | Nook | Apple | Google | Kobo Print | Audible (narrated by Lance Greenfield and Kirsten Leigh)

 

 

About the Author:

 

New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestselling author Sawyer Bennett uses real life experience to create relatable stories that appeal to a wide array of readers. From contemporary romance, fantasy romance, and both women’s and general fiction, Sawyer writes something for just about everyone. A former trial lawyer from North Carolina, when she is not bringing fiction to life, Sawyer i s a chauffeur, stylist, chef, maid, and personal assistant to her very adorable daughter, as well as full - time servant to her wonderfully naughty dogs. If you’d like to receive a notification when Sawyer releases a new book, sign up for her newsletter (sawyerbennett.com/signup).

 

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Review
5 Stars
Blog Tour - The What If Guy

 

THE WHAT IF GUY by Lauren Blakely

Audio Release Date: July 21st

   eBook Release Date: July 24th  

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The What If Guy, an all-new sexy romantic comedy standalone by #1 New York Times Bestselling author Lauren Blakely is NOW AVAILABLE!

 

THE WHAT IF GUY is a sexy single dad standalone romance you can escape into!   AVAILABLE NOW!

 

 

 

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Blurb: A sexy standalone romance with a single dad you'll fall hard for!

 

It should be an easy rule to follow - don't bang your boss...

 

But I didn't know who he was when I met him. And the first time I saw him, our connection sounded like the stuff of romantic legends -- that whole "their eyes locked across a crowded room" moment that turned into more.I didn't believe it. . . . until it happened to me.

 

Fine, the charming, clever, sexy-as-sin guy in the tailored suit was only trying to buy the same Snoopy lunchbox (as a gift!), but still, our eyes totally locked, and my lady parts definitely tingled as we vied for the prize. Naturally, I did what any badass business woman would do. Negotiated for the lunchbox, then found my what-if guy online and made plans to see him the next night. One night only -- that was the deal we made.

 

But one fantastic night had us both changing our minds in the morning. And making plans for another. Until I walked into the office to learn he just bought my company. And here's the biggest rule of romantic legends -- no matter what, don't bang your boss.

 

Especially if you're already falling for him.

 

THE WHAT IF GUY is a sexy standalone you can escape into! The other standalone romances in The Guys Who Got Away series include The What If Guy!  

 

 

 

 

The What If Guy (The Guys Who Got Away, #2)The What If Guy by Lauren Blakely
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is the 2nd book in The Guys Who Got Away series. This book can be read as a standalone novel. For reader enjoyment and better understand the series, I recommend reading the series in order.

Bryn is pleasantly surprised to meet someone with whom eye contact can give her tingles. Can she take it to the net level? Can this connection be sustained? She will find out if its the last things she does.

Logan's eye meet the woman who is wanting to buy the same item he is. If he didn't need this for his daughter, he would happily let go and give in to the instincts that are kicking in. Sparks that fly between two people like this are rare. He should know.

This book was literally one sexy surprise after another. I will not spoil such talented content. I will however, let you know I have read almost all of this author's titles. This is her absolute best on content alone. The revelations from each chapter for the reader are well worth this amazing read.


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

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About the Author:

 

A #1 New York Times Bestselling, #1 Wall Street Journal Bestselling, and #1 Audible Bestselling author, Lauren Blakely is known for her contemporary romance style that's sweet, sexy and witty. She also writes red-hot, ultra-steamy romance for her Lauren Blakely After Dark line. She'd love to give you a free book today! Check out her web site to grab your free read: https://laurenblakely.co/one-free-book 

 

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“I want you so bad it physically hurts not to touch you.”
Kairos - Mary Calmes

― Kairos by Mary Calmes

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“Just because you type the end to one story doesn't mean you don't get to start another.”
Finding Him - Rachel Van Dyken
~~ Finding Him by Rachel Van Dyken
(Covet series, Book #2)
Review
5 Stars
Surprise
 The What If Guy - Lauren Blakely

This is the 2nd book in The Guys Who Got Away series.  This book can be read as a standalone novel.  For reader enjoyment and better understand the series, I recommend reading the series in order.

 

Bryn is pleasantly surprised to meet someone with whom eye contact can give her tingles.  Can she take it to the net level?  Can this connection be sustained?  She will find out if its the last things she does.

 

Logan's eye meet the woman who is wanting to buy the same item he is.  If he didn't need this for his daughter, he would happily let go and give in to the instincts that are kicking in.  Sparks that fly between two people like this are rare.  He should know.

 

This book was literally one sexy surprise after another.  I will not spoil such talented content.  I will however, let you know I have read almost all of this author's titles.  This is her absolute best on content alone.  The revelations from each chapter for the reader are well worth this amazing read.  I can only give it 5/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

 

 

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

Review
3 Stars
Chances
Lucky Shot - Sarina Bowen

Bess is new employee working for an established sports agency.  With her birthday coming up, her boss invites her to dinner with some new clients.  She figures it will give her experience, so why not go?

Mark AKA "Tank" is excited to be chosen to work with the team in New York.  He was more than pleased to meet such a sexy woman at dinner too.  Maybe they should get to know one another?

This was a quick jaunt into the lives of some very talented characters.  I was pleased to get to read their "meet cute."  Right from the beginning they are attracted to each other.  The fact they are intelligent only adds to the attraction.  We see these amazing characters again in the current book Sure Shot. 

Review
3 Stars
Blog Tour w/Review - A Sweet Mess

 

 

 

 

ABOUT A SWEET MESS:

 

Korean-American author Jayci Lee delights with A Sweet Mess, a delicious and light-hearted romantic comedy that readers will devour and ask for more. 

Aubrey Choi loves living in her small town nestled in the foothills of California, running her highly successful bakery away from the watch of her strict Korean parents. When a cake mix-up and a harsh review threaten all of her hard work and her livelihood, she never thought the jaded food critic would turn out to be her one-night stand. And she sure as hell never thought she’d see the gorgeous Korean hunk again. But when Landon Kim waltzes into her bakery trying to clean up the mess he had a huge hand in making, Aubrey is torn between throwing and hearing him out. 

When she hears his plan to help save her business, Aubrey knows that spending three weeks in California wine country working with Landon is a sure recipe for disaster. Her head is telling her to take the chance to save her bakery while her heart—and her hormones—are at war on whether to give him a second chance. And it just so happens that Landon’s meddling friends want them to spend those three weeks as close as possible...by sharing a villa.

When things start heating up, both in and out of the kitchen, Aubrey will have to make a choice—to stick it out or risk her heart.

 

 

Excerpt from A Sweet Mess by Jayci Lee. Copyright 2020 by the author and reprinted with permission from St. Martin’s Griffin.

 

“How’s this?” He’d chosen a small table at the back corner. When Aubrey nodded, he pulled out her chair and took a seat across from her.

 

Their proximity and relative privacy made the air between them hum with electricity. Their knees brushed every time either of them shifted in their seat, sending bolts of desire through him. A sharp intake of breath and a parting of her lips revealed Aubrey wasn’t immune to their magnetic attraction.

 

Landon had dated his fair share of beautiful women. There was no reason to act like a gawky teenager, but his roaring heart and churning stomach said otherwise. He couldn’t remember the last time he’d felt nervous around a woman. Her hand was resting less than four inches away from his, but he broke out in a cold sweat working up the nerve to brush his knuckles against it.

 

He started when Aubrey traced her fingers across the back of his hand with a shy smile. “So, Landon from out of town, what’s your dream?”

 

His blood had gone south at her touch, leaving nothing for his brain, but he was even more dumbstruck by her question. The woman threw him off balance on all fronts.

 

“Not big on making small talk, are you?” He managed to keep his voice steady despite his spinning head and hardening body.

 

“If I’m going to have a chat with a complete stranger, I might as well have an interesting one.” A deep blush stained her cheeks, and her lashes fluttered to hide her eyes. “Besides, you’re leaving tomorrow. I was hoping we could pack a lot into tonight.”

 

Landon sucked in a sharp breath. Her shy and earnest declaration moved him, and he fought the urge to pull her across the table to kiss her senseless. Instead, he lifted Aubrey’s hand and brushed a kiss on her pale inner wrist. A wolfish grin spread across his face when she gasped at his touch.

 

“My dream was to open my own restaurant.” To his shock, the truth stumbled out of him. A truth he’d refused to face for the past decade. Maybe he was desperate to give her an interesting conversation. A memorable one. “Someplace spacious and comfortable where people can enjoy a delicious meal without pretense or a six-figure salary.”

 

“That sounds amazing. What kind of food are we talking about?”

 

“Whatever inspiration strikes me. If I had to label it, New American–slash–Korean fusion will have to do.”

 

“I love Korean food. I would totally eat there.” Aubrey sat forward, her eyes round and sparkling. “So you’re Korean? I am, too.”

 

“Yes, I’m Korean, and you would be more than welcome to eat at my restaurant.”

 

“Are you a chef?”

 

“No, but I trained to be one. Have you heard of the CIA?” 

 

“The Central Intelligence Agency? You learned to cook for undercover agents while dodging bullets and jumping out of airplanes?” She cocked her head to the side and gazed at him with solemn interest.

 

“I . . . um.” Landon was fairly certain she was messing with him, but insulting her wouldn’t be the best way to seduce her. “It’s . . .”

 

Aubrey’s pale skin turned from pink to crimson before she erupted into laughter, her frame trembling like a 6.8 earthquake. She held up a finger, gripping her side, pantomiming she needed a minute. He crossed his arms over his chest and leveled her with a steely glare, which wasn’t an easy feat considering her infectious mirth.

 

“I’m s-sorry, but you had to see your face. You couldn’t decide whether a small-town girl like me knew about the Culinary Institute of America or whether I was pulling your leg.”

 

Mischievous little fox. He needed to get her back for that. “Actually, that’s incorrect.” He drew closer to her, his lips close to her ear, and lowered his voice to a deep, gritty whisper. “I was debating whether or not I should tell you the truth, because if I did, I’d have to terminate you.”

 

Aubrey stared at him in silence for a second, and then a delighted grin spread across her face. “This is fun.”

 

“Yeah, it is.” Landon was surprised to find he meant it. He couldn’t remember the last time he’d had fun. He certainly had pleasant and interesting times, but fun times? No, this felt alien.

 

His earlier hesitation forgotten, he ran his knuckles down the side of her face, relishing the feel of her warm, silky skin. Aubrey leaned lightly into his hand, and her eyes slid shut. She was so responsive to his touch. Landon’s mouth went dry, and all he could think was more. He wanted to make her laugh again. He ached to make her fall apart in his arms with her swollen lips calling out his name.

 

“You’re beautiful,” Landon murmured, unable to look away from her.

 

“So are you.” Aubrey’s lips curved into a barely there smile that squeezed his heart.

 

He’d gone to the brewery for a pint to wash away the bitter taste of his sorry day, but he’d discovered something far more intoxicating—something potent enough to tip him off-balance. Aubrey made his blood sing and his rational thoughts melt away. The floor seemed to grow solid and strong, and his body settled heavily into his seat like he’d dropped anchor across from her—as though she had a gravitational pull all her own and he was helpless against it.

 

He’d led a nomadic life for a decade. He didn’t know how to stay still for long. The smart thing to do would be to run the hell away from this woman, whose mere proximity made it unimaginable to even leave the table.

 

But smart wasn’t part of his vocabulary at the moment. Greedy, feral, and desperate passion overwhelmed all else. He stood abruptly from his seat, and Aubrey’s mouth parted in surprise. Then he grasped her hand and raised her to her feet.

 

“Do you want to get out of here?” His eyes bored into hers, his desire and urgency displayed for her to see.

 

“Yes.”

 

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

 

JAYCI LEE writes poignant, sexy, and laugh-out-loud romance every free second she can scavenge and is semi-retired from her fifteen-year career as a defense litigator. She loves food, wine, and travelling, and incidentally so do her characters. Jayci lives in sunny California with her tall-dark-and-handsome husband, two amazing boys with boundless energy, and a fluffy rescue whose cuteness is a major distraction. She is the author of A Sweet Mess.

 

Buy this book: https://us.macmillan.com/books/9781250621108

 

Author website: https://jaycilee.com

Author Twitter: @authorjaycilee

Author Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authorjaycilee

 

 

Blog Tour - The Bridesmaid
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Check out my stop on the blog tour for The Bridesmaid by Vic P. Victory!
 

The Bridesmaid
by Vic P. Victory
Genre: Adult Romance/Comedy
Release Date: April 2020

Summary:

May I introduce Emma to you?

Emma, early thirties, dependable magnet for mishaps, “screw ups”, and small to medium catastrophes, trusting victim of womanizers, and a newly minted frustrated single. Nachos with cheese sauce, frozen chocolate tarts, family packs of vanilla ice cream, a little too much red wine, and a gigantic serving of self-pity are helping her drown her misery.


When her friend Olga choses Emma to be her bridesmaid amidst her own personal crisis, she would rather burst into flames. After an initial period of stagnation, she begins to accept the task thrust upon her, and fully dedicates herself to project “Wedding”.


If only it wasn't for the bride, who slowly mutates into a self-righteous, megalomaniac, obsessed with perfection and allergic to any well-meant criticism. In other words, a bridezilla. Despite Olga’s unrealistic expectations and unabashed fits of rage, Emma resists the thought of a jumbo-sized Kentucky fried chicken bucket, straightens her 3-buttons-blouse, pulls herself up, has another sip of red wine, and charges into the fight to save a wedding and a friendship.

Review
4 Stars
New Release Blitz - Out On The Serve

 

Title: Out on the Serve

Series: Out in College, Book 7

Author: Lane Hayes

Publisher: Lane Hayes

Release Date: July 10

Heat Level: 4 - Lots of Sex

Pairing: Male/Male

Length: 55K

Genre: Romance, New Adult, Bisexual, Friends to Lovers, College romance, Athletes, Volleyball, Humor

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Synopsis

 

Roommates to friends to lovers…

 

Elliot-

I need a roommate fast. Even a temporary one. Beggars can’t be choosers. Going pro after graduation has been intense, and time is precious. Thankfully, Braden seems cool. He’s a little quirky…and very sexy. Of course, I would never get involved with a roommate. That’s a bad idea. Isn’t it?

 

Braden-

Moving to Long Beach seems like a no brainer. It’ll be a perfect chance to wind down before grad school and a nice respite from my folks. Plus, my new roommate is a great guy. A little messy, but sweet. Gotta admit, I like him more than I should. And we’re off to a strange start when a mutual friend hooks me up with his ex. Elliot’s the one I want, but going from friends to lovers is a risk. We could end up out on the serve…or we could win it all.

 

Excerpt

 

Ten minutes later, I tied a towel around my waist and opened the bathroom door to release some steam just as Braden opened his bedroom door. It might have been my imagination or wishful thinking, but I could have sworn he eye-fucked me before he met my gaze.

 

“Mornin’,” I said in a raspy voice.

 

“Good morning.”

 

“How’d you sleep?”

 

“Pretty good. Are you going to the beach today?” he asked awkwardly.

 

“Yeah. I’m leaving soon.”

 

“Hmm. I heard the swell is huge,” he said in a fast, clipped tone.

 

I crossed my arms and leaned against the doorjamb. “Yeah, I heard that too. There’s some big storm off the coast of Mexico.”

 

“Right.”

 

“Want to come with me?”

 

“To Mexico?”

 

I barked a laugh. “No, dork. To the beach.”

 

Braden chuckled. “Believe it or not, I’m going to the theater. Sophie talked me into trying out the assistant gig. Hopefully, it’ll keep me out of trouble.”

 

And there was the opening I needed. I wasn’t sure how to word it, though. The hint of unease between us told me that I should proceed with caution. We had to be on the same page and willing to try something new and—fuck. My window of opportunity was closing. Braden’s cheeks reddened as he mumbled a good-bye. I grabbed his wrist before he closed his door, ignoring the spark and sizzle that zipped along my spine.

 

“Hang on…thank you.”

 

“For what?”

 

“The cereal.”

 

“Oh.” He let out a half laugh and yes…his face went a shade pinker. Fuck, that was both cute and hot at the same time. “It was silly.”

 

“I love silly. I’m a huge fan of all things ridiculous. Ask anyone.”

 

“I believe you.”

 

“Good. So…let’s agree that this doesn’t have to be weird. We’re grown adults. Well, you are anyway. We can call it a celebratory kiss if you want and move on. What d’ya say?”

 

“Yes, okay. I’m—I’m sorry about”—he circled his wrist meaningfully—“everything. I overreacted.”

 

“You mean the part when you yelled at me for getting sand on the floor? I forgive you.”

 

“No, I was serious about that part.”

 

“I know. But don’t worry about the other thing. Boners happen.”

 

Braden sputtered. “I did not have a boner.”

 

“Liar. We both did. Might have been your mom’s fudge,” I teased.

 

“You think my mother’s homemade fudge gave you a hard-on,” he repeated incredulously.

 

“Dude, chocolate totally gives me wood. Or maybe she added a chemical substance that made us too relaxed.”

 

“Like what?” “I don’t know…weed?” Braden snickered. “Unlikely. My mom is very proper. I don’t think she even knows what weed looks like.”

 

“Hmm. You seem kind of proper too. Do you take after her?”

 

“Maybe, but I know what weed looks like,” he assured me. “My roommate in the dorms my freshman year was very fond of the stuff. We didn’t get along at all. He was a total—”

 

“Slob?” I supplied, quirking my brows.

 

“Yeah.” He shrugged carelessly. “I was probably overbearing, but in my defense, I come from a super rigid household. I’m an only child, and I was sick a lot when I was little. I had colic and sensitivity issues. I’d break out in rashes if I was in the sun for five minutes or if I ate citrus. My asthma was off the charts. I had a nebulizer at home, and I carried inhalers everywhere I went.”

 

“That’s a lot of information,” I said with a laugh.

 

He winced, then sucked in a deep breath. “Sorry. I don’t know what’s wrong with me. My geek is showing.”

 

“Ha. Nothing wrong with that. You like me, eh?”

 

Braden chuckled. Like I’d hoped he would. “What makes you think that?”

 

“You kissed me. Twice. We might as well get married and pick out His and His towels. Thoughts?”

 

“Great idea. Just don’t tell my mom. She’d have a heart attack. She was already worried I’d moved in with you because you were my…”

 

“Boyfriend,” I supplied.

 

“Yeah, except she has a hard time saying that word, so it comes out in a strained whisper like…boyfriend.” Braden modulated his voice to sound like a scared woman. He grinned when I busted up laughing, and I could have sworn a ray of sunshine burst through the wall of our apartment.

 

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Out on the Serve (Out in College, #7)Out on the Serve by Lane Hayes
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Elliott needs a roommate in a hurry. His old roommate is leaving and he needs someone to take her place quickly. With Braden, he finds more in common than at first sight.

Braden and Elliott have more than just friends alike. They both love volleyball and sports. When they become roomies, there is so much more between them than meets the eye.

This story was a fun read. This series always has such varied and interesting characters. I found this couple very easy to relate to. Their story was compelling and the humor on point.


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

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Meet the Author

 

Lane Hayes 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. 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 winners in the 2016, 2017, and 2018-2019 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
4 Stars
Hottie
The Marriage Effect - Karla Sorensen

Logan has a full plate. He works hard to be the best at what he does for his team.  He is the guardian to his four younger sisters.  When he meets Paige at a team event he gets scared that he has found the one who can change his priorities.

 

Paige has never stayed in one place for long.  When she has to get married, it is rather convenient that so does Logan.  The fact that they are attracted to each other and generate that much heat? Priceless.

 

I loved reading this story.  I was sucked in from the very first, and literally laughed out loud in parts.  There was so much to this book.  Humor and so many sparks I cannot believe my e-reader did not catch fire!  With an interesting story, and some fun background characters this one was a sure win.  I give this read a 4/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

Review
5 Stars
Waiting
Power Plays & Straight A's - Eden Finley, Saxon James

Foster goes off to the new year of college with a focus in mind - Hockey.  Then his brother adds a twist.  He asks him to keep an eye on his best friend who will be attending the same institution of learning.  The same best friend who is close to his brother, whom he has avoided since he felt the pull of attraction.

 

Zach is not a people person.  He is however, a Foster person.  He has always wanted Foster. He gets single minded in his studies and can be a bit different.  Foster never makes him feel that way. 

 

This couple had me rooting for them from the very first chapter.  I enjoyed this read.  I found the characters very real and fascinating.  There was humor and heat, and a real connection.  I could not put this book down.  I give this a 5/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

Review
3 Stars
Challenge
A Sweet Mess - Jayci Lee

Aubrey runs a really successful bakery that is only threatened by the hottest specimen she has met in a long time.  She finds out later he wrote the worst review about her place.  Then has the nerve to claim he can still help her.

 

Landon is honestly meaning well.  He does not want to put his reputation on the line by retracting the review that caused all the devastation.  Yet somehow in between this all is electricity that crackles and sparks that fly for the two of them anytime they are in the same room together.

 

Surprisingly enough, this book has lots of humor, ideas for great recipes, and more than meets the eye.  I had a hard time getting the book finished as the couple were interesting and so was the plot - only I felt something was lacking there.  The heat and the chemistry were on point but something was just missing.  It is worth a read, as it has really deep characters who get more background story as you read.  I found it be a 3/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

 

 

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

Review
4 Stars
Steady
Out on the Serve - Lane Hayes

Elliott needs a roommate in a hurry.  His old roommate is leaving and he needs someone to take her place quickly.  With Braden, he finds more in common than at first sight.

 

Braden and Elliott have more than just friends alike.  They both love volleyball and sports.  When they become roomies, there is so much more between them than meets the eye.

 

This story was a fun read.  This series always has such varied and interesting characters.  I found this couple very easy to relate to.  Their story was compelling and the humor on point. I give this a 4/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

 

 

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

Teaser Reveal - The What If Guy

 

THE WHAT IF GUY by Lauren Blakely

Audio Release Date: July 21st

eBook Release Date: July 24th  

Add to Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/52905542-the-what-if-guy  

The What If Guy, an all-new sexy romantic comedy standalone by #1 New York Times Bestselling author Lauren Blakely is releasing in Audio on July 21st and eBook on July 24th!  

 

THE WHAT IF GUY is a sexy single dad standalone romance you can escape into!   

 

 

 

Blurb:

 

It sounded like the stuff of romantic legends -- that whole “their eyes locked across a crowded room” moment that turned into more. I didn’t believe it. . . . until it happened to me.

 

Fine, the charming, clever, sexy-as-sin guy in the tailored suit was only trying to buy the same Snoopy lunchbox (as a gift!), but still, our eyes totally locked, and my lady parts definitely tingled as we vied for the prize.

 

Naturally, I did what any badass business woman would do. Negotiated for the lunchbox, then found my what-if guy online and made plans to see him the next night.

 

One night only -- that was the deal we made.

 

But one fantastic night had us both changing our minds in the morning. And making plans for another.

 

Until I walked into the office to learn he just bought my company.

 

And here’s the biggest rule of romantic legends -- no matter what, don’t bang your boss.

 

Especially if you’re already falling for him.  

 

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Review
3 Stars
New Release Blitz - Drifter
 
Title: Drifter
Author: Eden Winters
Publisher: Rocky Ridge Books
Release Date: 7/7/20
Heat Level: 3 - Some Sex
Pairing: Male/Male
Length: 238
Genre: Romance, Contemporary, Rocker

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Synopsis

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Some legends never die.
 
Killian Desmond met his end in the fiery crash that killed his band, or so the newspapers say. Now a nameless drifter, he plays one pick-up gig after another in a haze of pain and regret, moving on the minute someone says, “You sound like that guy from Trickster.”
 
Getting outed cost Mike Rose his musical family. A bassist without a band, he’ll play any kind of music to earn a paycheck, but Trickster’s music provides light during the darkest moments of his life.
 
A chance meeting brings together two lost souls who spark enough heat to set their guitars on fire. Their chemistry, both onstage and off, feels like something written in the words of a song and gives them courage to face life again.
 
But to seize their future, they have to confront their past.
 
 

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The throbbing beat blended with screams from the crowd; a crowd hidden by bright lights. Sweat and cologne and beer filled Killian Desmond’s nose. Familiar sounds. Familiar scents.
 
Home.
 
Did he love this life or hate it? Who cared, he’d never known another. Back to back with his brother Elliot, he shredded his electric acoustic guitar, improvising for the fans. The strings bent to his callused fingertips, note after note falling from his guitar.
 
Elliot kept up. Elliot always kept up. Others might get lost in Killy’s musical fantasies, but El gauged Killy’s intentions by the way he moved, held his shoulders, or gestures, like pausing to flip his sweat-dampened hair out of his eyes.
 
The drummer and keyboardist faded away, letting El set the tone with a deep bass beat.
 
Killy strutted to the front of the stage. Hot lights illuminated him from behind, shining on sweat-soaked skin. “What you wanna hear?” He didn’t need the words to know they’d be sticking to their prearranged lineup. At their manager’s urging, he’d saved the best for last.
 
Highway!” roared through the arena.
 
He grinned and cupped a hand to one ear. “What’s that? I can’t hear you.”
 
Highway!” roughly six thousand voices cried out in unison, louder this time.
 
“Aw, c’mon, now,” Killy teased. “We’ll play whatever you want, but you gotta tell us.”
 
The thunderous chant of  “Highway! Highway! Highway!” threatened to blow the roof off the building.
 
Strolling over a few paces and throwing an arm around his brother, Killy said, “Well, I reckon we better do as they say.”
 
“Since when have you ever taken orders?” Elliot shot back.
 
Faster than most could follow, Killy slung his guitar back into place and launched into their best-known riff.
 
The screaming nearly deafened him. He tried again. On his sixth attempt the crowd settled enough to begin.
 
He grinned. Adoration and energy flowed from the crowd, straight into his veins, to gather strength and escape through his fingers and his voice.
 
His deep growl purred through the arena, pouring out the melody he’d written in a single night in a hotel room God knew where. High on life, cheap vodka, and the rush of their first big show, he’d settled onto the bed in the dark, except for the flickering image of a black and white movie on the TV, sound turned down, and began strumming.
 
The words flowed out of him unbidden, leaving him raw, shaken, and in possession of a number one hit.
 
He didn’t sing or play Highway—the melody made him its bitch, possessing him, demanding release into the world.
 
Who was he to refuse?
 
“Some were born to sand and wind, on the sea they make their home
 
Some may live a hermit’s life, on a mountain all alone
 
Or in a glass and metal cage, high up in the sky
 
Packed in tight with a thousand souls, all trying to get by
 
Nine to five may work for some, but that don’t work for me
 
Saddled to day in day out, no, I need to be free
 
Living a life all on my own, free of family, lover or friend
 
On the highway I was born, it’s there I’ll meet my end.”
 
Alone, just him and the highway, until the chorus.
 
“On the highway I was born, it’s there I’ll meet my end.”
 
Elliot’s sweet tenor wrapped around Killy’s pack-a-day growl, blending together seamlessly.
 
The audience joined in, chanting, “Highway! Highway! Live and die on the highway!”
 
Rob kept pace on the drums, a musician not really worthy of the band they’d become, and Ace, a friend and one hell of a musician, wound his way through the twists and turns on his keyboards.
 
“The only home I’ll ever know stretches from sea to sea
 
No start, no end, no in between, just miles of road and me
 
Living a life all on my own free of family, lover or friend
 
On the highway I was born, it’s there I’ll meet my end
 
Highway! Highway! Live and die on the highway!
 
Highway! Highway! Live and die on the highway!
 
Highway! Highway! Live and die on the highway!”
 
The mass of humanity might have started chanting again for all Killy knew. His world boiled down to this moment, the music, his brother, his friend, and the life laid out for him long ago, the first time his mother brought him and Elliot onstage.
 
They’d stayed. She’d gone.
 
Here they still stood, though she didn’t.
 
Never would again.
 
Nope, no bad thoughts. Just the music.
 
Note after note poured from him like rain, blocking thought and feeling.
 
He crashed to his knees, striking a chord and letting his guitar speak for him. Caught in the spotlight, he leaned back in a signature move his manager made him practice, making his shirt ride up to show some skin, while his hair fell back, glittering like gold in a strategically placed spotlight.
 
The blue streak, his own addition, voiced his defiance at being a commodity.
 
He should’ve been exhausted after the show they’d put on, but in that moment, he swore he could go all night.
 
He jumped to his feet, racing across the stage and running through part of the guitar solo for those seated to the left of the stage, then reversed course to the right, repeating the solo.
 
Arms reached for him, a thousand voices calling his name.
 
Rejoining Elliot centerstage, he launched into the chorus and let the others join him.
 
After extending the song by two more choruses, he finally wound down.
 
An announcer stepped up on stage, to catcalls, whistles and ear-splitting shouts. “Let’s hear it for Trickster!”
 

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DrifterDrifter by Eden Winters
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Killian has already lost so much. After tragedy, you look for the little things that mean a lot. He decides the music means the most. Until he meets someone who gives him a reason to have hope.

Mike too has lost so much. He is excited to find someone who he actually has so much in common. Is it worth it to get your hopes up? Maybe there is a future with another lost soul who knows how it feels to lose.

This story felt to me like the epitome of a slow burn. Slower than I actually preferred, but the build was worth it as the backstory pays off as you read. Such sad lives until they come together and you know it is meant to be. Great book for a good cry, and two truly realistic characters that make you feel in such a genuine way for them.


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

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Meet the Author

 

 

 

You will know Eden Winters by her distinctive white plumage and exuberant cry of “Hey, y’all!” in a Southern US drawl so thick it renders even the simplest of words unrecognizable. Watch out, she hugs!
 
Driven by insatiable curiosity, she possibly holds the world’s record for curriculum changes to the point that she’s never quite earned a degree but is a force to be reckoned with at Trivial Pursuit.
 
She’s trudged down hallways with police detectives, learned to disarm knife-wielding bad guys, and witnessed the correct way to blow doors off buildings. Her e-mail contains various snippets of forensic wisdom, such as “What would a dead body left in a Mexican drug tunnel look like after six months?” In the process of her adventures she has written twenty gay romance novels, has won Rainbow Awards, was a Lambda Awards Finalist, and lives in terror of authorities showing up at her door to question her Internet searches.
 
When not putting characters in dangerous situations she’s a mild-mannered business executive, mother, grandmother, vegetarian, and PFLAG activist.
 
Her natural habitats are airports, coffee shops, and on the backs of motorcycles.
 

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