Wednesday, 9 January 2019

RELEASE BLITZ: Deke (Fake Boyfriend, Book 3) by Eden Finley

Release Date: January 9, 2019
Cover Design: Kellie Dennis / Book Cover by Design
 

Synopsis

 
Ollie
Word of advice: don’t come out to random guys in public restrooms. Even if they’re charming and adorably nerdy and offer to help. My family believe I can’t be happy if I’m not out to the world. I have a bitter ex-boyfriend and an unstable NHL career to show for it. A fake boyfriend seems like an easy and quick solution to get my family off my back, and this guy is volunteering. I take him up on it without asking his name. I really should’ve asked for his name.

Lennon
Word of advice: learn how to introduce yourself properly. In my defense, I don’t recognize Ollie Strömberg right away. I cover football, not hockey. I’m not supposed to see him again, and he’s never supposed to find out I’m a reporter. That all changes when my editor reassigns me. It’s a lesson I should’ve learned by now. Nothing’s changed since high school. Jocks still hate nerds. But even worse, athletes hate journalists. Especially ones who know their secret. 

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Review


RATING:



Ok, if you’re like me and a fan of the series, you’ll be delighted with this one. The first one will always be a top fave (my GR review here). The second one was good, but I thought not as good as the first one (my GR review here), and this one, although it won’t top the first, is better than the 2nd. Having said all that, if you haven’t read the first 2, it’s ok, this is a standalone.

They had an interesting start, on top of practically sitting on opposite side of fence, the athlete and the sports journalist. Ollie and his family are sweet people. I get his reticence about coming out publicly. I get why Lennon just wanted what’s best for him. Lennon, at first, may not have enough to stand out outside of his name, but I’ve grown to really like him. I love his humor. I get why Ollie was willing to do things for him.

One thing that I think that Eden does well are the way her characters interact with each other and those around them. I thoroughly enjoy the naturalness and the humor she injects into it. So, while the storylines are not unique, she makes the characters’ personalities shine.

It’s now established in my head that I’m definitely a fan. Which is why I’m glad the series is continuing even though they won’t be about fake relationships anymore. Hello, how can I not be excited. First, Talon! Then, Jet, yessss!!!



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About the Author

 
Eden Finley is an Amazon bestselling author who writes steamy contemporary romances that are full of snark and light-hearted fluff.
She doesn’t take anything too seriously and lives to create an escape from real life for her readers. The ideas always begin with a wackadoodle premise, and she does her best to turn them into romances with heart. With a short attention span that rivals her five-year-old son's, she writes multiple different pairings: MM, MMF, and MF. She's also an Australian girl and apologises for her Australianisms that sometimes don't make sense to anyone else.  

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Monday, 31 December 2018

TOP 5 2018 Reads

Well, well, another year bites the dust. I thought my 2017 book slump was bad. Turned out 2018 was worse. From my usual over 100 books a year, it went down to roughly half of that in 2017. And guess what, that further went down to more than half again in 2018. O well... I will find my reading groove back, I'm sure... eventually...

 Way fewer books or not, I've decided to still do my Top 5 picks, because why not!



(In chronological order)

1)  Sex, Not Love by Vi Keeland
An auto-read author, Vi knows how to do meet-cute in my mind. This one's no exception. Hunter and Nat, *insert heart eyes*!!!
(Review)

2) Look the Part by Jewel E Ann
Another auto-read author for me. My love for Jewel's words knows no bound.
(Review)

3) Marriage of Inconvenience by Penny Reid
The perfect conclusion(?) to the series. Dan's the man!!!
(Review)

4) Fake Out by Eden Finley
Haven't reviewed this here in our blog but I have on GR. A new-to-me author, don't know how I've not heard of Eden before. Eden completely sold me on the fake relationship trope.
(Review)

5) Riven by Roan Parrish
A superb rockstar romance in my mind. It has all the feels and all the heat.
(Review)


There you have it, folks! Having done this on the fly, I must say I'm so glad I did because remembering these top reads made me remember to appreciate and acknowledge not just these good reads but the good things in general. Despite the crappy things that have happened in the world this year, there were still plenty to be thankful for. And from a reader perspective alone, the words of these authors, the ability to offer reprieve and get lost in the worlds they create, that's a big thing in and of itself.

On that note, I wish you all a new prosperous year full of blessings and good reads!


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Saturday, 8 December 2018

REVIEW BLITZ: Across the Horizon by Aly Martinez

     

“Sometimes love happens when you least expect it.” That was what my husband’s mistress told me the day I found out about their affair.


I didn’t believe it until five minutes later when mouth-watering celebrity chef Tanner Reese walked up, tossed his arm around my shoulders, and told my cheating husband to take a hike. Tanner and I couldn’t have been more different. He spent his weekends at clubs, rubbing elbows with fellow A-listers. I spent mine in yoga pants with cheese boards and a glass of wine—or six. Our relationship shouldn’t have worked, but it did. That is until Tanner proved to me that even though love happens when you least expect it... So does heartbreak.

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EXCERPT

 I shifted the phone to my other ear and asked her, “Did you just get in bed?” “If, by bed, you mean carrying a glass of wine out back to swing in the hammock, maybe.” I bit my bottom lip, my head falling back against the headrest. For most men, this would have been an innocuous statement. But for a hammock connoisseur like myself, this was the normal guy equivalent of her saying that she liked to give blowjobs during halftime. “You have a hammock out back?” There was a delay in her response, which was followed by a subtle kiss of her lips on what I assumed was a wine glass. “Don’t knock it until you try it. It’s one of the most underrated luxuries in outdoor furniture.” “Oh, I’m not knocking anything. Rope or quilted?” “Mayan, actually.” “Oh, sweet heavenly baby Jesus, she’s beautiful and knows her hammocks. I’ve never been so turned on in my life.” She giggled, pausing for another sip. “You know, if you leaked this hammock fetish to the press, you could probably increase demand by five million percent and singlehandedly lower the country’s unemployment rate.” Okay, so at some point during the day, she’d figured out who I was. But! Even with this knowledge, she was trying to avoid a date with me and was not elbow-deep in planning our televised wedding. This was a definite plus in my book. “Yeah, but then, when I talked to beautiful women like yourself, I’d have no idea if the hammock was your idea or a ploy to impress me.” “Jeez, that’s sad, Tanner,” she said, her sweet Southern accent like a wave rolling over my name. I’d meant it as a joke, but it was the absolute truth when it came to dating. Early on in my career, I’d done a rapid-fire interview about my personal life. One of the questions had been: What would your ideal woman order on the first date? Truth be told, the only thing I hoped my ideal woman would order was something she wanted. I didn’t factor into that. But I’d been on my last question in my last interview of the last day of a month-long press tour. My face had hurt from fake smiling, I’d been in desperate need of a shower, a smoke, and sleep, and my mind had been mush, so I’d prattled off the first thing that had come to mind: shrimp and grits. That one little answer somehow made it onto my Wiki page, and after that, every woman I’d taken out ordered shrimp and grits. One of them even had a shellfish allergy and nearly ended up in the hospital. And this insanity was not limited to women outside of the spotlight. I’d once gone on a date with America’s princess of pop, Levee Williams. We’d hit it off at a charity event. For one of the most famous women in the world, she was a surprisingly nice girl, gorgeous, and funny as all get out. But the first time I took her out? One guess what she ordered. I was at the end of my rope with dating and lost my freaking mind before storming out like an asshole. That night, as I was reporting shrimp and fucking grits as an error to Wiki, I noticed that her page listed it as her favorite food. I’d never had the balls to contact her again, and I once hid behind a palm tree on Rodeo Drive when I heard the clamoring of paparazzi calling her name. But that’s neither here nor there. In short, while finding a woman was all too easy, dating was hard. But that wasn’t about to stop me from trying with Rita.


   


REVIEW

RATING:



Few things you need to know first as you read this review:

I'm a huge Aly fan.
I love the Darkest Sunrise duet that spawned this.
I love Porter, Tanner's brother, from that story.
Even then, beside Porter, I love the entire Reese family, which includes Tanner.

On that note, this review will be most likely tinged by my love of that duet. And guess what, I so totally dug Tanner! Just as much as Porter. Mama Reese definitely raised winning fellas, swooooon!!!!

While this didn't quite hit the spot for me, it's got nothing to do with Aly and/or her writing. It's all on me. I've been on this book slump for over a year now that I can't quite seem to shake off. Having said that, for me to to have still enjoyed this tremendously, goes to show how much reading pleasure Aly's writing gives me.

If you've read the Darkest Sunrise duet like I have, you'd have met Tanner and Rita. And if you're like me and the rest of the fans of that duet, you'd have wanted to read their own story. For side characters, their personality leapt off the pages. Seriously! But if you haven't read that duet, it's ok, you won't be lost. Their story could stand on their own. I think you'd love them regardless. While it's interesting to see this timeline from Tanner and Rita's POVs, this is totally their time, totally their story.

I think their first meeting falls under meet-cute. From there, Rita didn't stand a chance resisting Tanner's charm. How can she! These Reese boys, I tellz ya! Charming, check! Funny, check! Sweet, check! Adorable, check!

Rita is almost like Tanner's female version. Just as charming, funny, sweet and adorable.

Never a dull interaction with these 2, even in their trying times. Such is life, isn't it? For all the trials, we go thru, we use humor to carry us thru. At least I do...

In the end, I got a sweet story. I think it would've helped if there was more heat, but that's just me. In the end, I'm just glad I got more Tanner, and that alone is worth the stars I give this book.


PS.
Love the shoutout to Levee:)


 


Originally from Savannah, Georgia, USA Today bestselling author Aly Martinez now lives in South Carolina with her four young children. Never one to take herself too seriously, she enjoys cheap wine, mystery leggings, and baked feta. It should be known, however, that she hates pizza and ice cream, almost as much as writing her bio in the third person. She passes what little free time she has reading anything and everything she can get her hands on, preferably with a super-sized tumbler of wine by her side. 




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Thursday, 6 December 2018

RELEASE DAY: Across the Horizon by Aly Martinez

   
   


“Sometimes love happens when you least expect it.” That was what my husband’s mistress told me the day I found out about their affair.

I didn’t believe it until five minutes later when mouth-watering celebrity chef Tanner Reese walked up, tossed his arm around my shoulders, and told my cheating husband to take a hike. Tanner and I couldn’t have been more different. He spent his weekends at clubs, rubbing elbows with fellow A-listers. I spent mine in yoga pants with cheese boards and a glass of wine—or six. Our relationship shouldn’t have worked, but it did. That is until Tanner proved to me that even though love happens when you least expect it... So does heartbreak.

AVAILABLE NOW 

AMAZON US | AMAZON UK | AMAZON AU | AMAZON CA


   
     

    

Originally from Savannah, Georgia, USA Today bestselling author Aly Martinez now lives in South Carolina with her four young children. Never one to take herself too seriously, she enjoys cheap wine, mystery leggings, and baked feta. It should be known, however, that she hates pizza and ice cream, almost as much as writing her bio in the third person. She passes what little free time she has reading anything and everything she can get her hands on, preferably with a super-sized tumbler of wine by her side. 




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Friday, 9 November 2018

COVER REVEAL: Across the Horizon by Aly Martinez

If there's anything to get me back on to blogging, this is it, I'm telling ya! Or if anyone can, Aly it is! Just sayin... 

Excited for this!!!

 

         

“Sometimes love happens when you least expect it.” That was what my husband’s mistress told me the day I found out about their affair.

I didn’t believe it until five minutes later when mouth-watering celebrity chef Tanner Reese walked up, tossed his arm around my shoulders, and told my cheating husband to take a hike. Tanner and I couldn’t have been more different. He spent his weekends at clubs, rubbing elbows with fellow A-listers. I spent mine in yoga pants with cheese boards and a glass of wine—or six. Our relationship shouldn’t have worked, but it did. That is until Tanner proved to me that even though love happens when you least expect it... So does heartbreak.

PREORDER NOW 

AMAZON US | AMAZON UK | AMAZON AU | AMAZON CA

   
       

Originally from Savannah, Georgia, USA Today bestselling author Aly Martinez now lives in South Carolina with her four young children. Never one to take herself too seriously, she enjoys cheap wine, mystery leggings, and baked feta. It should be known, however, that she hates pizza and ice cream, almost as much as writing her bio in the third person. She passes what little free time she has reading anything and everything she can get her hands on, preferably with a super-sized tumbler of wine by her side. 




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~Leftie
 

Tuesday, 24 July 2018

RELEASE BLITZ: The Naked Truth by Vi Keeland

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A Standalone Second Chance Romance Novel
By: #1 NY Times Best Selling Author, Vi Keeland

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RELEASE DATE: Monday, July 23, 2018

Synopsis: It was just a typical Monday. Until the big boss asked me to make the pitch for a prospective new client. After two years on shaky ground at work because of my screw up, an opportunity to impress the senior partners was just what I needed. Or so I thought… Until I walked into the conference room and collided with the man I was supposed to pitch. My coffee spilled, my files tumbled to the ground, and I almost lost my balance. And that was the good part of my day. Because the gorgeous man crouched down and looking at me like he wanted to eat me alive, was none other than my ex, Gray Westbrook. A man who I’d only just begun to move on from. A man who my heart despised—yet my body obviously still had other ideas about. A man who was as charismatic and confident as he was sexy. Somehow, I managed to make it through my presentation ignoring his intense stare. Although it was impossible to ignore all the dirty things he whispered into my ear right after I was done. But there was no way I was giving him another chance, especially now that he was a client…was there?

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  About the Author: Vi Keeland is a #1 New York Times, #1 Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author. With millions of books sold, her titles have appeared in over ninety Bestseller lists and are currently translated in twenty languages. She resides in New York with her husband and their three children where she is living out her own happily ever after with the boy she met at age six.


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Friday, 15 June 2018

RELEASE BLITZ: The Varlet and the Voyeur by LH Cosway and Penny Reid

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The Varlet and the Voyeur, an all-new standalone in the USA Today bestselling Rugby Series from Penny Reid and L.H. Cosway is LIVE!

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He kept his salacious secret for years. But soon, everyone is going to be reading about it in their morning paper…

THE VARLET (and the VOYEUR)
William Moore is a long way from home. A farm boy from Oklahoma, he’s now the most well-respected member of the Irish rugby team. But appearances are often deceptive, and Will isn’t the clean-cut, all-American good-guy everyone imagines him to be. He’s got a secret, one that will tarnish his reputation forever.
THE VOYEUR (and the VARLET)
Joesy Kavanagh is a self-proclaimed mess, but she’s finally get her shi…uh, act together. She’s set her sights on becoming a veterinarian, but there’s one teeny tiny road bump. Her living arrangements are coming to an abrupt end, leaving Joesy homeless and in need of a job to pay her way through college.
THE PLAN
What he needs is a companion to keep him on the right path.
What she needs is an apartment with free rent.
Will is convinced Joesy will make the perfect companion, since she’s brutally honest and basically ‘just one of the guys.’ Joesy is convinced she can ensure Will doesn’t succumb to his voyeuristic proclivities by keeping a scrupulous eye on him.
Except, what happens when the varlet is tempted by the voyeur, and vice-versa?!
Perchance something very, very volatile. And vexing.
The Varlet and the Voyeur is a full-length romantic comedy novel, can be read as a standalone, and is the 4th(and last) book in the USA TODAY bestselling Rugby Series.

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Start the Series of standalones with The Hooker and the Hermit!

Meet Penny Reid:

Penny Reid is the Wall Street Journal and USA Today Bestselling Author of the Winston Brothers and Knitting in the City series. She used to spend her days writing federal grant proposals as a biomedical researcher, but now she just writes books. She’s also a full time mom to three diminutive adults, wife, daughter, knitter, crocheter, sewer, general crafter, and thought ninja.
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Connect with Penny:
Twitter: @ReidRomance

Meet L.H. Cosway:
L.H. Cosway has a BA in English Literature and Greek and Roman Civilisation, and an MA in Postcolonial Literature. She lives in Dublin city. Her inspiration to write comes from music. Her favorite things in life include writing stories, vintage clothing, dark cabaret music, food, musical comedy, and of course, books. She thinks that imperfect people are the most interesting kind. They tell the best stories.
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Connect with L.H. Cosway:
Twitter: @LHCosway



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