Thursday, May 16, 2019

Release - Joanne Rock - Perfect Catch

He didn’t think coming home would mean falling in love
Outfielder Calvin Ramsey returns to his Texas farm home after being released from his team, an unexpected surprise sure to tarnish the family baseball legacy. But when he finds a sexy stranger acting as the temporary caretaker for his childhood home, all thoughts of baseball disappear.
She won’t fall for another player
After losing her savings to a swindler ex-boyfriend, Josie Vance moves to Last Stand to start fresh where no one knows her unhappy past or the con that bankrupted her. But her peaceful healing time evaporates when the homeowner’s son arrives and throws himself into life on the farm—and charming Josie. She can’t risk an affair that draws attention to her or her past. Especially not when the public’s fascination with the baseball-playing Ramsey clan is at an all-time high. Can she keep her secrets, her low profile, and her heart too?

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Josie listened to the farm stand cashier explain.
“Clint, went into baseball and then, all of his grandsons went into baseball and the granddaughter… well, she left Last Stand long ago. Cal’s been in the majors the longest, and I like, never see him around here even though I’ve worked here since last fall.”
               So Cal had been keeping secrets from her—of sorts. Or had he assumed she knew about his family full of athletes? His job explained the expensive car and clothes, the body toned like a machine, maybe even the wariness that dogged him. She imagined pro players were hounded by hangers-on who wanted to be a part of their world for selfish reasons.
               But not her. She’d prefer to put ten paces between herself and anyone who was remotely famous. She needed to avoid the spotlight at all costs until the trouble at home died down.
               The phone vibrated three more times and the girl burst into laughter. “Sorry!” she apologized to Josie. “I knew Darlene would go nuts when she heard.” She picked up the phone and flipped it over, eyes scanning fast. “She wants a picture? Oh God, how can I get a picture?”
               Josie figured she’d lost her audience, but since the coast was clear, she couldn’t resist asking one more question.
               “You said he got cut this season?” she asked, wanting to be sure she’d understood. “As in, lost his spot on the team?”
               The clerk nodded. “It was so awful--”
               “Josie, let’s go.” Cal’s voice startled them both as he came through a back door on the opposite end of the store.
               She scrambled back from the counter while the teen dropped her phone. Josie hurried past the blueberries and melons to the archway where Cal now stood, his expression stony.
               Had he overheard her question? Guilt swamped her even as she kicked herself for not being more careful.
               “Ready,” she announced brightly, peering past him into the greenhouse that connected the barn to the farm stand.
               “Are you certain?” His voice was low, just for her ears, before he took her hand and tugged her into the greenhouse behind him.
               A fan whirred overhead, conditioning the air that smelled like potting soil and growing things. He tipped a metal door closed behind them. A door that closed silently and reminded her how thoroughly he’d startled her when he re-entered the store.
               “Absolutely.” She wanted to say it with conviction. To move on and see the bee hives. But her heart was beating too fast with him holding her hand.
               And standing too close to her.
               His green eyes probed hers, his nearness making her recall his very intriguing male physique. Was it really her fault to feel a flare of feminine interest when he was a professional athlete and had the body that went with it?
               “Make sure you know what you’re in for, Josie, before you say yes.” His voice lacked the geniality that she’d heard him use with the young baseball fan. It was all gritty edged and hard now.
               And did something wicked to her insides. Something she couldn’t allow herself to feel so soon after another man had deceived her.
               Nerves made her blurt the first thing that came to mind.
               “I signed on for bee hives.” She’d been very clear about that from the outset, hadn’t she?
               Cal released her hand, but he didn’t back away. “Except now you’ve broken our truce by asking questions. So in return, I’ve got a few questions of my own.”

Four-time RITA nominee Joanne Rock has never met a romance sub-genre she didn't like. The author of over eighty books enjoys writing a wide range of stories, most recently focusing on sexy contemporaries and small town family sagas. An optimist by nature and perpetual seeker of silver linings, Joanne finds romance fits her life outlook perfectly--love is worth fighting for. A frequent speaker at regional and national writing conferences she enjoys giving back to the writing community that nurtured and inspired her early career. She has a Masters degree in Literature from the University of Louisville but credits her fiction writing skills to her intensive study with friend and fellow author Catherine Mann. When she's not writing, Joanne enjoys travel, especially to see her favorite sports teams play with her former sports editor husband and three athletic-minded sons.


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Release + Review - Amy Daws - Payback

Her cheating ex deserves to see her living her best life; a one-night-stand with a hot South African soccer player would be the perfect revenge. Right?

Wrong. Allie is so, so wrong.

On and off the field he’s at the top of his game. Roan respects hard-work, dedication—and follow through. He’s not a one and done kind of man, and he’s far from being done with Allie Harris.

One sexy night and two years later, Allie’s job brings her back to town. An opportunity for the perfect replay Roan has been fantasizing about since they slept together.

Allie Harris has a secret; one she’s been keeping from Roan all this time. Video proof of their one night together—taken without his consent.

Will Allie’s payback plan come back to bite them both? Or can she erase her past mistake and embrace a new future with Roan?


Amy Daws is an Amazon Top 25 bestselling author of sexy, contemporary romance novels. She enjoys writing love stories that take place in America, as well as across the pond in England; especially about those footy-playing Harris Brothers of hers. When Amy is not writing in a tire shop waiting room, she's watching Gilmore Girls, or singing karaoke in the living room with her daughter while Daddy smiles awkwardly from a distance. 
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“Welcome back to the world of the Harris family, 5 stars”

Alice was on the rebound when she first met Roan. She never expected to run into him again years later. He might be responsible to one of the best nights of her life but she won’t go there again. Allie has a guard around her heart and she won’t let him in. But Roan has other plans.
Roan has been thinking about Alice since the night he met her. She took his breath away. Now she’s back and he’s not willing to let her walk away from him again. Will he be able to break down her walls and make her fall in love with him? Only one way to find out…
The energy between these two was undeniable. I loved the kind of guy Roan is. He’s all about proving people wrong. Alice is finding her way and honestly between Roan and her Harris cousins she’s a little overwhelmed. Speaking of those Harris’ we get a sneak peak at all of the ones who came before Allie that we love and it just made the story all that much better. If you take a chance on Payback you won’t regret it. And may I just say that Daws British English is on point for an American writer.
Writing style-5/5

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Release + Review - Rachel Magee - Beach Wedding Weekend


About Beach Wedding Weekend:
You’re invited to a sunny beach town
for a witty, heartwarming romance.

When Brody broke up with Paige and went to Europe, he suggested that someday, they’d pick up right where they left off. A hopeless romantic, she believed him.

But when they meet again, Brody’s dating a gorgeous actress.

They’re all going to attend the same wedding, and Paige plans to win Brody back. She even enlists her best friend’s brother, Aiden, to pretend to date her and make her ex jealous. A breezy, charming restaurant owner, Aiden actually avoids serious relationships, but as a fake boyfriend, he’s perfect.

As old friends and exes take part in wedding preparations and enjoy the beauty of the Florida coast, they begin to see themselves—and each other—in a new light.

This summer romance includes a free Hallmark original recipe for BBQ Brisket Tacos with Sunshine Slaw.
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 Rachel wrote her first novel when she was twelve and entered it into a contest for young author/illustrators. Unfortunately, the judges weren't impressed with her stick figures, so she dropped the dream of becoming a world-famous illustrator and stuck to spinning stories. When she's not busy working on her latest book, she loves to travel with her family and friends. By far, her favorite destination is the beach, which tends to work its way into most of her stories. Between vacations, you can find her at home in The Woodlands, TX with her wonderful husband, their two adventurous kids and a couple of spirited pets.

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Jenn's Review 

Are you ready for a wedding? Beach Wedding Weekend is a friends to lovers/best friend’s brother romance novel. This book was okay, but it wasn’t a home hitter for me. The plot and characters were good, but the rest just didn’t click for me personally.
The plot of the book was good. I liked the idea of friends faking a relationship for mutual benefit. Add in the ex coming back with the new girl, you can bet drama and scandal are on the menu. I liked the plot. It was enough to keep me wanting to stay in until the end.
Paige is a good character. She had flaws I didn’t really care for, but for the most part I enjoyed her. She is quirky and fun. I like how she cares for others. Then you have Aiden. He is the definition of a playboy. Aloof and careless, he lives life by not taking it too seriously. I really liked how he was learning to find balance in his life.
The heat in this book I found lacking. I don’t mind less heat in a book, but this one I felt needed it. The chemistry between the characters was there, but it was muted. I felt the main girl was so caught up in her past, I wasn’t really able to root for her future.
The writing style of this book was ok. The pace of the book was a bit slow for me. I felt at times the book was dragging on. I did like that the story was told from a dual point of view. I also liked the other characters in the book. I really enjoyed the wedding aspect along with the ending.
In conclusion, this was an okay book. I really think this book would be for those who want a light read with minimal action. Especially those who like there books with less heat. I personally wouldn’t read this book again, but encourage you to try it for yourself.
Plot: 4/5
Characters: 4/5
Heat: 3/5
Writing Style: 3/5
Overall: 3/5

Release + Review - Roxie Noir - Enemies with Benefits

Enemies with Benefits, an all-new contemporary romance from Roxie Noir, is now live!

I don’t love him. I don’t even like him.
I just want him.

Eli Loveless was my nemesis from the first day of kindergarten until we graduated high school. Everything I did, he had to do better - and vice versa. The day he left town was the best day of my life.

Ten years later, the day he came back was the worst.

Now he’s my co-worker.

Grown-up Eli Loveless is sexy as sin. He’s hotter than asphalt in the summer. The irritating kid I once knew is gone, and he’s been replaced by a man with green eyes, perfect abs, and a cocky smile.

It’s bad that I want him.

It’s worse that he wants me back.

There are looks. There are smirks. There are smiles that make my panties burst into flame.

And then there’s a shared kiss that leads to the hottest night of my life.

This is no office romance. This is a five-alarm fire.

What’s a girl to do when the man I can’t stand is the one I can’t stop lusting after?

Enter into a friends-with-benefits agreement, of course.

No dates. No relationship. Just blisteringly hot sex, because if there’s one person I could never fall for, it’s Eli.


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I love writing sexy, alpha men and the headstrong women they fall for.

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Get ready for a competition you won’t want to miss! Enemies with Benefits was a great novel. This book had me drawn in from the beginning and kept me guessing until the very end. I enjoyed the plot and character building. If you like romance, comedy, competition, and some sabotage, then this is the book for you.
What starts off as a terrible date turns into Violet’s worst nightmare. The boy who was the bane of her existence all through school is back in town and is much more man than boy now. What do you do when the lines between love and hate start to blur? Well take a gander and find out.
Violet is a great character. She is strong and independent. She is caring and kind. Even more, she has goals for herself and I have no doubt in my mind that with her personality and attitude, she will reach them. She is a go getter and I love it. Then you have Eli. I loved his journey. He left town looking to find the “more” that is out in the world. Fate leads him back home, but will he stay for good or does he have a gypsy soul?
With a name like Enemies with Benefits, I was expecting heat. Boy did the author deliver. That wonderful line between love and hate leads to these characters having explosive chemistry. Add in the fact that they are in competition and each see each other in a new light and well you can just imagine where this goes. The heat was great in this book.
The writing style of this book is great. The story is told in a dual point of view. The pace of the story is steady. The author not only built the main characters, but also developed the minor characters. There is a bit of mystery in the story. This story really begs the question: Can you forgive the past transgressions of a person to learn to trust them in the present?
Overall, this is a great story. I really loved everything about it. I was so sad that it was over once I reached the end. I would recommend this book to others.
Plot: 5/5
Characters: 5/5
Heat: 5/5
Writing Style: 5/5
Overall: 5/5

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Release + Review - Lani Lynn Vale - F-Bomb

You murder a man, and all of a sudden people are scared of you.
Slate Solis went from being a guy that people went to in times of need to an ex-con that people crossed
the street to avoid being too close to.
He knows he’s done wrong, but out of all of his sins, only one really bothers him—coveting thy
neighbor’s wife.
Harleigh Belle—the cute little lady that never gives him a second glance.
After seeing her for the first time while he was in prison, she’s stayed on his mind for three long years.
Each time she comes in to visit with her friend on family day, he can’t help but stare.
Then the day comes that he’s set free, and he’s almost disappointed that he’ll never see her again.
Except fate has different plans.
He hasn’t been back in his house for more than three hours when he sees her.
Harleigh Belle in all her glory…oh, and her husband that is everything Slate isn’t.
He tells himself that her being fifty feet away from him, all day every day, is a complete coincidence.
One that he shouldn’t take advantage of. The more time passes, the harder it gets to stay away. Until
one day, and one very ill-timed thunderstorm, ruin everything.
Who knew that baby-making-weather was a real thing?



Lani Lynn Vale is a USA Today Bestselling Author of over thirty titles. She is married with three
children, two dogs, two cats, a donkey, and a couple (a couple also meaning over twenty)
When she’s not writing, you can find her curled up in her favorite chair reading.
Lani is married with three children and lives in the Great State of Texas.
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Johnaka's Review
“Finding HEA when you least expect it, 5 stars”

Harleigh was intrigued by Slate when she first saw him. What she didn’t expect was for their worlds to later collide. There is something about him that pulls her in. Will Harleigh be able to convince him he deserves more than what he thinks he does?
Slate thought he knew love at one point but he was wrong. There is no denying that he wants Harleigh the question is he good enough. He can’t seem to stay away from her though. Will Slate be able to lay old ghosts to rest to start something with Harleigh?
I loved the way these two interacted. They had the perfect amount of push and pull. I wanted them together from the get go. Like all of Vale’s books in the Bear Bottom MC there is just enough mystery and intrigues mixed in with humor. You cannot go wrong with this series.

Writing style-5/5

Release + Review - M. Robinson - Choosing You

A single glance. 

A fleeting moment. 
A solitary touch could make everything worth it. 
This was my breaking point. 
This was where I lost myself completely. 
I did the only thing that made sense. 
The only thing I had left to give. 
I begged her…

To take me with her.


Before I knew what was happening, I blinked, and I was suddenly sitting in my car. Aimlessly staring out the windshield with a bottle of Jack gripped tightly in my grasp. There was nothing left of me, just a hollow shell of a man slouched over in the driver’s seat. One leg hanging out the open door with the other firmly pressed on the brake pedal. My weighted-down head bobbed side to side, trying to remain conscious as I chugged yet another swig of the fiery burning liquor. Welcoming the sting as it soared down my throat. Except I didn’t feel a fucking thing other than the agonizing pain that had taken over my being. Not even the whiskey could make that go away.


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“where is Bailey? 5 stars”

Robinson is a genius. Choosing You is the second book in the Pierced Hearts duet. Robinson gives us all the feels and answers. The Pierced Hearts duet has the same vibe as the Good Ol’ Boy series and I loved going back to that kind of book by her. There is just something about Aiden that pulls you in. When I received the book, I had decided to hold off for a day to read but then when I woke up I couldn’t put it off anymore. I absolutely devoured Choosing you in a few hours’ time. I forgot all about my adulting responsibilities and got sucked into this world M created. In the process I fell in love with some new characters, saw glimpses of some old ones and loved every single minute of it. If you take a chance on this series you won’t regret it. She tears you apart then slowly but surely puts you back together with Aiden and Camila. One-click now.




Writing style-5/5