Thursday, 11 February 2016

✿ Hooker (LA Liaisons #2) ✿ Brooke Blaine ✿ Cover Reveal ✿

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Title: Hooker (L.A. Liaisons, #2)
Author: Brooke Blaine
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: March 9, 2016
Cover Design: By Hang Lee


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Synopsis

Whoever said singles were missing out by not finding true love and getting married before the age of thirty had never experienced the sheer pleasure of nightly romantic comedy viewings in their underwear while eating one of Licked’s famous Crazy Cat Lady sundaes. Because life just doesn’t get better than that.

At least, it doesn’t for Shayne Callahan. It didn’t take more than a handful of broken hearts after college to solidify that she was better at pairing up those around her than herself. As a matchmaker at the elite HLS—Hook, Line, & Sinker Matchmaking Company—in the City of Angels, she has a knack for finding the other halves of even the most eccentric clients:

Sugar daddy with a foot fetish? Gross, but no problem.
A severe case of nudophobia? Match made before lunch.

But even the most happily independent of women can find their best-laid plans screeching to a halt when they meet that guy. For Shayne, that guy comes in the form of boyishly handsome, suspender-lovin’, dimple-poppin’ Nate Ryan on a pantsless (we’ll get to that later) Metro ride.

Of course, relationships can never be easy. Before the destined lovers can ride off into the sunset, they must overcome a power-hungry and sexual-punning boss, a celebrity scandal and cover-up, and let’s not forget Shayne’s dreadful foot-in-mouth disease—with which there can never be a happily ever after.

Will fate throw Shayne a freakin’ bone? Or will she be destined to live out her life as sexy(ish), single(ish), and L.A.’s finest Hooker (upper)?





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You could say Brooke Blaine was a book-a-holic from the time she knew how to read; she used to tell her mother that curling up with one at 4 a.m. before elementary school was her ‘quiet time.’ Not much has changed except for the espresso I.V. pump she now carries around and the size of her onesie pajamas.

She is the author of the international bestselling romantic comedy series, L.A. Liaisons (“Licked” and “Hooker), as well as Flash Point and The Desperate Man series. The latter, co-authored with Ella Frank, has scarred her conservative Southern family for life, bless their hearts.

If you’d like to get in touch with her, she’s easy to find - just keep an ear out for the Rick Astley ringtone that’s dominated her cell phone for ten years.

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✪ Secret Confessions: Down and Dusty #6 ✪ Skye ✪ Rhyll Biest ✪




They say that no one has secrets in a small townthese women prove them wrong.

Eight brand-new stories from some of Australia's hottest writers in Australia's hottest genre. From the bar stools of the local pub to the wide open plains of the biggest stations in the world, these tales travel the dusty roads to the heart of Australia and the women who understand how to work hardand play even harder.
In the latest in the wildly successful Secret Confessions series from Escape Publishing, the women of Down & Dusty invite you into their livesand their bedrooms.





After five years in the city earning her veterinary degree, Skye Malone is happy to be heading back to Milpinyani Springs, and her best friend Bret. Sure, her crush on him is still at epic proportions, but she managed to ignore it this long, and a good friend is a valuable commodity in a small community like theirs. But Bret spent the last five years growing up, and suddenly Skyes girlhood infatuation evolves into something much stronger and much more dangerousan adult womans desire.





ARC received from publisher via Netgalley for an honest review

Episode six: Skye

What if your unrequited love turns out not to be unrequited after all?

Skye has returned to Mil Springs after completing her veterinary degree, and is back to see the boy she has always loved, Bret.

But wowsers, when there is a bit of an "incident" she finds out that her feelings are reciprocated by Bret.

And do the sparks fly!

I loved a friends to lovers story, especially when we get a bit of history behind id (which can be hard in such a short story).  I didn't feel at all that things were rushed with Skye and Bret and felt that their story took an organic progression to more than friends.

I am really enjoying this series, and looking forward to next week's episode.




 

 

 






I'm an Australian writer of romance published with Harlequin Australia. My first name is Welsh and pronounced 'ril', my second name is pronounced 'beast' (Biest is the German word for beast and I'm a sucker for the German language).

I love to play host to the United Nations of Hotness (in my writer's imagination, at least) and you'll find lots of sexy Soviet men, Teutonic hotties and alluring Aussie blokes and vixens in my books.

When not writing zee sexy times, I can be found at the Naughty Ninjas group author site. If that's not enough lovin' for you, you can also sign up to my newsletter which comes out every two months just bursting and dripping with release news, competitions, give aways and whatnot.

I do a regular podcast called Bookish Tarts with fellow bookish-tart Georgina Penney, where we discuss romance in a high-brow yet potty-mouthed way. And when the moon strokes my inner tentacles of inspiration, I blog on Heroes & Heartbreakers about romancey stuff.












Wednesday, 10 February 2016

♂♂ Release Day Blitz & Giveaway ♂♂ Shifting Gears (Crossroads Novel #2) ♂♂ Riley Hart ♂♂

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Shifting Gears
A Crossroads Novel
Book 2
M/M Romance
Riley Hart

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Release Date: February 10, 2016



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Rod Nelson is used to being someones good time, and thats fine with him. Spending his days at his adult toy store, Rods-N-Ends, he never knows who hell meet. The second Landon Harrison walks in, he has Rods full attention. It seems as if Landon wants him too, so why won't the man jump in the sack with him already?

Landon never thought hed return home to the town where memories lurk around every corner. He has to admit, Rod makes the adjustment a lot easier. He keeps Landon laughing. Despite the fierce attraction between them, hes not willing to risk his newfound friendship to get laid.

Neither man wants something serious, but the more they're together, the harder it is to keep their hands to themselves, until eventually they stop trying.

But flings between friends are never simple, and as they attempt to shift gears, diving into their first relationship, theyre slammed with setbacks. If they want to truly move forward, before they hit the open road together, theyre going to have to let go of a past that could make them crash and burn.



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Damned if Rods hand didnt start to shake. He couldnt move, didnt know what to say, but knew he had to let something pass his lips. Why are you doing this?

The light from the television shone around Landon, and he shrugged. I know its not the same as the real thing, but I just wanted to do something nice for you. Thats it.

Hed done nice things for Rod already, a big one being the way hed let Rod drive his bike.

Whens the last time someone did something nice for you? Landon asked.

The answer was easy. The last time I saw you.

Landon shook his head. That doesnt count. That was selfish. I want someone to ride with, and I like sharing my love of bikes. Unless youre talking about the sex, and then theres the fact that I came so hard I saw double.

But this was just for Rod He tried to make sense of it, tried to work through how theyd gotten here. Landon was the one who made sure Rod knew what this was. It was Landon who didnt want to take the chance that Rod would read something into it that wasnt there and now here he was, doing things like this for him. The kind of thing no one had taken the time to do for him before.

Come on, were going to miss the show again.

When Rod didnt reply, when he couldnt reply, Landon continued, Just ride it out with me. Thats what Im doing, riding it out. Were shifting gears, thats all. Not sure where were going. Not even sure I know how to get there, but lets just try to enjoy the ride.

And he wanted that. Wanted it so fucking much, that the need ate him alive. It scared the shit out of him at the same time.

Still, Rod closed the distance between them. When Landon sat, Rod went to the other end of the couch, lied down, and put his head in Landons lap like hed done fifty times before.

Landon touched his hair, ran his fingers through it and neither of them spoke; they just continued sitting there together, watching the show.




Riley Hart is the girl who wears her heart on her sleeve. Shes a hopeless romantic, a lover of sexy stories, passionate men, and writing about all the trouble they can get into together.
She loves reading, flawed characters, and hanging out with her husband and children, who she adores. She and her family live in Southern California, soaking up the sunshine, while also missing seasons. Not a day goes by that she isnt thankful she gets to wake up and do what she loves.
Life is good. Riley also writes young adult and new adult under the name Nyrae Dawn.

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• Jen Frederick • Jockblocked • #Gridiron2 •

© Bianca Janeane



JEN FREDERICK - JOCKBLOCKED
• release date: 10 February 2016
Gridiron #2


5 Stars
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She’s always played it safe

College junior Lucy Washington abides by one ruleavoid risk at all costs. She’s cautious in every aspect of her life, from her health, to her mock trial team, to the boring guys she dates. When a brash, gorgeous jock walks into the campus coffeeshop and turns his flirt on, Lucy is stunned by the force of attraction. For the first time ever, she’s willing to step out of her comfort zone, but can she really trust the guy who’s determined to sweep her off her feet?

He’s always played around

Entering his last year of college eligibility, linebacker Matthew "Matty" Iverson has the team captaincy in his sights. And it’s his for the taking, if he can convince his quarterback Ace Anderson to give up the starting position. Luckily, Matty already has an edge
the hottie he’s lusting over just happens to be Ace’s childhood best friend. Getting Lucy on his side and in his bed? Hell yeah. Matty is more than confident he can have both, but when he falls hard for Lucy, it’s time for a new game plan: convince the woman of his dreams that she’s not sleeping with the enemy.




 Lucy is busy with college. She loves her mock trial classes and studying. She loves having a plan and a pro and con list and risk assessments for everything.
That's why she only dates 'safe' guys. Other guys, hot, popular guys, would be too dangerous.
And especially hot, adorable and smart football players are strictly forbidden by her best childhood friend Ace. The quarterback isn't allowed to date her roommates, and she's not allowed to date his teammates.

But that pact was made before she met Matt Iverson.
He's such an adorable, flirty, fun and hot guy!
She shouldn't start anything with him. Because...RISKY!
But he doesn't stop showing up at the coffee place where she's working - and he hates coffee!!!
It's really hard to resist him - this will probably be the first time she has to break one of her promises and go against everything in her carefully planned life.

But does one-night stand expert Matty deserve that chance?
He wants to deserve it, but after he finds out that Lucy is best buddies with his QB, things take a turn for the worse..... Because Matt has been tasked with persuading Ace to change positions on the team - Coach has his eyes set on another up-and-coming Highschool QB susperstar!

Will the QB problem stop Matty & Lucy's love story before it even began??
 
WHAT WiLL HAPPEN TO LUCY & MATTY??
WiLL THE TWO OF THEM GET THEiR HEA?
WiLL THERE BE A HORRiBLE CLiFFHANGER???



I'm not telling you that of course...

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This book was amazing!
Matty was already this hilarious background noise in SACKED, and he's even better now.
He's not your typical dumb jock. He's smart, he's good at school and he's such an adorable and funny flirt!
Lucy doesn't stand a chance!!!!

 

Even though it's totally unnatural for Matt to only want one girl for mor than a night, he wants Lucy. He could have every girl in a 1000 mile radius - he's a football star after all - but he wants her. Probably because she's not one of those always willing jersey chasers.... And it's sooo adorable to watch them. To watch Lucy try to resist Matty's charms ... he's so sweet with her. And the way he handles her health problems is adorable too! I loved those two together!

Also amazingly funny is Hammer - with those girl magazine colums he's writing!!! I loved him!
I really hope he'll be the star of the next book!!

Again, like with SACKED, I think, that a good editor could've cut a few pages of words out of the story - there was a bit too much about that Mock Trial stuff and a bit too much bla bla here and there...but I still loved Matty's story very much!!!!

JOCKBLOCKED was an amazingly adorable and funny and sexy romance! I loved watching them flirt and fight their way to their Happy Ever After!



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Tuesday, 9 February 2016

✤ His Light In The Dark ✤ L.A. Fiore ✤ standalone ✤

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L.A. FIORE
HIS LIGHT IN
THE DARK

• release date: 9 February 2016
• 360 pages

 ★★★★
4.25 Stars

My first memory was of a slap, hard across the face: the sting on my cheek and the jarring of my bones as I slammed back into my bed. It was my dad who had hit me.

I had been four.

Most of my memories were much of the same and no one ever saw, no one ever fought to help, no one ever cared.

Then we moved.

My new neighbor cared, rescued the twelve-year-old I had been from a beating. Always thought I'd suffer the nightmare alone, I was wrong.

Mace Donati saved me that day in all the ways a person could be saved.

And his daughter, Mia, she became the friend I had always wanted, my conscience when my own faltered, the light that led me home when I had lost my way.

The girl who grew into the only woman I would ever love.

But when you realize you're more like your father than the good people who took you in and gave you a home, the only way to return their kindness is to let them go.

I let them go, got so far lost in the shadows I couldn't remember who I was anymore. Mia never gave up on me. She fought for me, kept the light on so I'd find my way back.

And when I did, life threw us a curveball. I had to hurt Mia in order to save her.

But when my past comes back to haunt me and I almost lose her, I'm ready to fight for her...fight to find a way back into her heart while keeping the demons from my past from finishing what they started.

Cole Campbell






Cole and Mia's story begins years ago when he moves in next door to her.
Both only have their Dads left. Their moms disappeard forever ago.
The only difference is: Mia's Dad is the most perfect Dad a little girl could ever wish for.
And Cole's Dad is a mean, angry, violent Drunk!
One of those hitting sessions, when Cole was 12, was witnessed by Mace, Mia's Dad, and he stepped in to rescue Cole.
That's how he ends up staying next door most of the time.
But then, when Cole is 15, something happens that sends Cole away for a few years. And once he's back he thinks he's not good enough anymore for the Donatis.
But Mia never forgot him and her Dad never stopped fighting for him.

This book covers a lot of years - from when Mia was 7 all the way until after College....
Lots of things happen and most of those things are stopping Cole from being with Mia ...

WHAT WiLL HAPPEN WiTH MiA &  COLE???
WiLL THERE BE A HEA???
WiLL THERE BE A HORRiBLE CLiFFHANGER???


Nope - I'm not telling you



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I REALLY LOoOVED THE BOOK!

Ugh, such a beautiful story.
You fall in love with little Cole during the first line you read.
And you just want to cry and hug him all through the book.



He's had such a horrible childhood, until he met the Donatis...
And Mia.
Such a sweet and adorable little girl.
She's all glitter and princesses and Cinderella on DVD.
One would think her big, tattoed Dad wouldn't know what to do with such a child, but he's just perfect with her. And with Cole too.

When Cole is 15 and this thing happens, and even before...you just want to close the book and stop reading - afraid of whatever bad thing is coming :(


But of course you won't stop reading. ☺ You just HAVE to know how Mia and Cole's story will end - or rather, how their love story will get started in the first place...

I really enjoyed reading it.
It was my first Fiore book - and I don't know - it's probably just me being weird, but I had some huge problems with her writing :/
She sounds very british here and there, and this story is set in Philadelphia, so there shouldn't be any britishness in there. And the way she lets people talk. Little Mia talks way too old for her age. Everyone always leaves out the 'I' at the beginning of a sentence - that bothered me A LOT!!! Another thing I personally hate in my books, when people begin a sentence with 'I've something to tell you...' those I've's at the beginning sound sooo weird :/
That was my problem with the writing and now to the story.
I don't even know what to say.
The first 10% ... I was soooo in love with the story and I had high hopes for wherever this book would lead the reader, but.... It almost felt like I was reading a diary. I'm writing this now that I'm only 50% into the book and up until now it's like Mia and Cole just fast-forwarded through their lives. And so much got lost on the way. I would've been happier with hearing a few pages from their Childhood and then the author should've done a 10-year-later thing and not constantly those 6 months later - 1 year later - 2 years later - one week later, there was just way too much in this book. Either it should've been a 3-book thing or a much shorter one book thing. But the way it turned out is a bit weird. It's a bit like Ms Fiore started with an amazing story idea in her head, but after writing 10% she got kind of lost in there somewhere :( I don't know how to explain it any better :/

BUT - I still loved Cole and Mia and Mia's Dad so much - I had to keep reading to find out how their story would end!!!


HIS LIGHT IN THE DARK was a really moving and adorable and exciting Romance about two amazing people who fought their way through so much pain to finally get their Happy Ever After . . .  GO & GET IT & FALL IN LOVE WITH COLE TOO!!!




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In elementary school, third grade I think, I wrote a book as part of a class assignment.  It had a cardboard cover, the pages were typed and the illustrations were done in my seven-year-old hand.  The title: The Case of the Missing Jewels.  The main character was my stuff rabbit Whitey.

I won an award through the school district for that book and it was then that I realized I could share what was in my head with others. Later, in University, I majored in Economics but that's pretty dry material, so I started writing daily tales that starred my friends. They were silly and fun and each ended in a moral, something profound like: Never eat a pickle in cowboy boots unless you're walking backwards. By the time I graduated, I had quite a following.

My dream has always been to write: to lose myself in the world of my creating. After University, while working in Corporate America, I wrote novel after novel, many finished—far too many unfinished—and I tried to get them published the old-fashioned way: query letters to literary agents with no luck. My husband encouraged me to go the ebook route but it had always been a dream to get that box of books: the first off the presses.

In 2012, I relented and published six of my books on Amazon as ebooks.  It was really more a lesson for my kids to go after their dreams; to teach them by doing and not just saying. I really never thought any of my stories would take off and so I was taken completely by surprise at the success of Beautifully Damaged.  In the Spring of 2013, I got the call I had been dreaming about getting since my first novel back in 1993: a publishing house was interested in Beautifully Damaged and the sequel. This past February, I got that box.  I was really sick with the flu, but I watched as my husband opened the box and just seeing my book looking back at me, I'll never forget it.

I can't even begin to tell you what it feels like to be living my dream.  I wouldn't be here if not for the fans of Beautifully Damaged, so thank you for helping to make my dream come true.