Sep 30

RELEASE DAY LAUNCH/GIVEAWAY: ALL THINGS Pretty by M. Leighton

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We are so stoked to bring you the Release Day Launch for M. Leighton’s ALL THINGS PRETTY! ALL THINGS PRETTY is a Contemporary Adult Romance and the third novel in M. Leighton’s Pretty Series. Sig’s book is here!

 

All Things Pretty

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ALL THINGS PRETTY

Pretending to be something they’re not, afraid to trust anyone completely, destined to tear each other apart– this is the story of unlikely love and unbearable consequences.

Sig Locke is a cop. He was raised by a cop and all his brothers are cops. He bleeds blue, believes in right and wrong, and sees in black and white, never in shades of gray.

But that was before he met Tommi.

Tommi, with her long legs and bright green eyes, she captured Sig’s interest from the moment he saw her. Even after he discovered who she was–the girlfriend of a drug dealer, the beauty behind a criminal–he still found her utterly irresistible. What Sig doesn’t know, however, is that she has a secret even a cop can’t uncover.

Tommi Lawrence hasn’t had an easy life, and it only got more complicated the day she met Sig. She learned long ago that she can’t trust anyone. Her gut tells her that Sig is no exception, her heart tells her that he is. But that was before she found out his real identity.

Can love be forged in a fire of lies? Or will the truth destroy them both?

 

Excerpt Final

Her lips are still curved when she turns her attention back to me. Something about the moment hits me like a punch to the gut. I think for a second that I could stand here and stare at her, just enjoy her smile and her happiness for hours. Days, maybe. But I can’t. We can’t. So, instead, I brush a clump of mud from the end of her nose. “Have fun?”

“I did. Thank you. This was so good for him.”

“And you.”

“And me,” she concedes.

“You can be the real you around me anytime. I won’t tell a soul.”

“So you prefer this?”

“Oh, hell yeah! I don’t need glamorous. Or proper.”

“I’m not proper.”

“You forget that I heard your…expressiveness that day on the side of the road. And it didn’t consist of ‘darn’ or ‘golly gee’. But I haven’t heard anything like that come out of your mouth since then.”

“Ladies aren’t supposed to talk that way, according to Lance.”

“I don’t want a lady. I want a woman. One who knows her own mind. One who wears what she’s comfortable in, one who says what she’s thinking.” I take a step closer. I can’t help myself. Her scent draws me in. Even covered in mud, she smells like sexy sunshine. “I want the woman who kisses like she’s on fire and makes me feel like I’m the only one who can put her out.”

“Sig,” she begins.

I break in to cut her off. I know her objections. And I know how much I don’t want to hear them. “I’m just being honest. I’m not even touching you.”

Her eyes are glued to mine, a damn near irresistible gravity pulling us together. “It’s not like you can anyway. I mean, we’re in public. With my little brother. What could you possibly touch?”

I reach down and smear my hand in mud. With her eyes locked on mine, I reach between us and flatten my palm on her chest, right over her heart. “This. I’d touch this.”

 

 

Author PhotoM. Leighton Bio:

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author, M. Leighton, is a native of Ohio. She relocated to the warmer climates of the South, where she can be near the water all summer and miss the snow all winter. Possessed of an overactive imagination from early in her childhood, M. Leighton finally found an acceptable outlet for her fantastical visions: literary fiction. Having written over a dozen novels, these days M. Leighton enjoys letting her mind wander to more romantic settings with sexy Southern guys, much like the one she married and the ones you’ll find in her latest books. When her thoughts aren’t roaming in that direction, she’ll be riding horses, swimming in ponds and experiencing life on a ranch, all without leaving the cozy comfort of her office.

A note from M. Leighton: I love coffee and chocolate, even more so when they are combined. I’m convinced that one day they could be the basis for world peace. I also love the color red and am seriously considering dying my hair.

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Sep 30

REVIEW: Heartbreak On A Stick by Sabrina York

Heartbreak On A Stick

(Hometown Heroes: Hotter Ever After)

by Sabrina York

4 HEARTS
4 Hearts

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This Pets for Vets charity bundle is available for a limited time at a discount of $1.99. 

Presenting a contemporary romance bundle of 16 novels with happily-ever-after endings, including previously published readers’ favorites and brand-new material 

They’re all hometown heroes, guys from small towns who’ve made a name for themselves, big or small, who’ve withstood the odds and risen to the challenge, who are heroes in their own right. 

A LITTLE HARMLESS SEX by USA Today author Melissa Schroeder–When Anna falls for her best friend Max, it might be true love, or the biggest mistake of her life. 

CHANGE THE GAME by USA Today author Lucy Monroe–Alex is looking for revenge. Isabel is looking for a relationship without those pesky things called emotions. Neither will get what they’re looking for, but a whole lot more! 

WILD RIDE (Changing Gears, Book 1) by USA Today author Nancy Warren–Trouble is piling up in the small town of Swiftcurrent, Oregon with hints of a treasure missing since WWII, a motorcycle riding bad boy history prof, a sexy librarian and a murder. It all adds up to a very Wild Ride. 

HEARTBREAK ON A STICK by USA Today and New York Times author Sabrina York–When the man who broke her heart ten years ago suddenly returns to town—a hot shot movie star—Gina Fox is determined to avoid him. But for some reason, Jason Sherwood is pursuing her again. 

MADRONA SUNSET by bestselling author Jami Davenport–Meet a wounded warrior suffering from paralyzing guilt and a woman pining for her dead husband–both damaged souls craving comfort for a moment or a lifetime. 

BRACE FOR IMPACT by bestselling author Allie K. Adams–Bush pilot Reid Cavanaugh’s life is turned upside down when he takes a fare that ends up driving his plane into the ground and him into the danger surrounding her. 

HONORABLE SACRIFICE by bestselling author Destiny Blaine–Hired to protect an affluent family with embarrassing secrets, Audra McAllister reconnects with a small-town hero willing to risk everything to win Audra’s heart. 

SHE’S WORTH IT ALL by bestselling author Cathryn Cade–Mase Barnett is a hometown hero with a secret. Natalie Cusco has a broken heart only a strong man can heal. Will this wounded hero risk everything to show her she’s worth it all? 

DECEIVING DANTE by award-winning author Kate Davies–A stolen car on her front lawn. A sexy cop – looking to arrest her favorite student. A principal ready to fire her. Could Ellie’s Monday get any worse? 

ROCK, RATTLE AND ROLL by USA Today bestselling author Cari Quinn and bestselling author Taryn Elliott–A beachfront cottage, hours of alone time, and plenty of skin-on-skin action is just what the rock star and his new wife ordered—until the future comes much quicker than they expected. 

GRAVE DANGER by Golden Heart finalist Rachel Grant–An archaeologist digs up a murder victim in a Northwest archaeological site and must help the hunky local police chief solve the crime before she becomes the next victim. 

TURNING THIRTY-TWELVE by award-winning author Sandy James–Jackie Delgado didn’t want a new man in her life until a dreaded blind date with detective Mark Brennan turns out to be more exciting than she’d ever imagined. 

HIS ONLY DESIRE by Adrianne Lee– Nick Rossetti married the wrong twin sister. Will the right one ever forgive him? Not if her stalker has his way. 

EVEN HEROES CRY by Hildie McQueen–War widow Tesha Washington slowly draws Adam Ford out of the shell that used to be a man, and learns there really is such a thing as starting over.

My Review Final

Hometown Heroes is a boxed set of 14 full length novels. The proceeds of this boxed set is being donated to the Pets for Vets Charity. I absolutely love the idea of this charity and will be buying my copy as soon as it’s released. I was given an advanced copy of Heartbreak on a Stick by Sabrina York to review for this release. 

I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to review this book if I wanted to. Sabrina York is the master of witty banter and dialogue, a great story, and even hotter characters. I swear every time I start another book written by this super entertaining, slightly sarcastic author I remember again why I love her so much! 

Heartbreak On a Stick tells the story of how life can take you in directions you never saw coming, but somehow lead you right back to where you started and where you need to be. 

Jason Sherwood thought he was loved once. Turned out he was wrong and he got his heart broken in a big way because of it. Because of this he left the small town of Ames Lake and the one that broke his heart behind. It was easy enough leaving Ames Lake. As the son of a trash collector Jason was insulted or worse on an almost daily basis. Leaving Gina was harder. Even though she broke his heart and turned out to be the same as everyone else he’s never been able to stop thinking about her. It’s not like life hasn’t worked out for him. I mean he’s the most sought after actor in the country. He’s famous for his talents in and out of movies and everyone knows his name. It just so happens that his career is exactly what is forcing him back to the same town that he swore he would never return to. If an upside to any of it is to be found he knows she won’t be there. Gina left town a long time ago and had no problems with never looking back.

Gina Fox is beside herself with worry. Sure the whole town is over the moon excited for the return of their hometown hero. How quickly one forgets how they treated their hero all of those years before. But, who is she to judge when she wants nothing more than to avoid the jerk at all costs. She’s still smarting over the fact that he left her when she needed him most. She thought he loved her. Boy was she wrong. To make it through those hard times Gina did what she had to and has more than a couple bumps and bruises to show for it, but her life is good and she can’t allow Jason to pop in and take it all away from her. 

I loved Jason! Seeing as how most of the town treated him growing up Jason could’ve returned to town in his limo and shoved his success and life right in their faces, but he didn’t. Even when he tried to be mean he couldn’t do it. I loved his sense of humor and his acceptance of life and the curves it threw his way. The way he talked to Kiki and treated her was adorable and a joy to read. Gina was too accepting of the crap that people shoveled at her at times. I was just waiting for the moment when she let her sister and father have it. Turning the other cheek and being the bigger person worked for her, though. She was a good, hard-working woman and refused to let anyone else’s actions change her. 

Jason and Gina had a ton of obstacles to overcome, but when they got in a room together there was no doubt that they would do just that. Not only was their sizzle and attraction, but they had a true friendship that you could feel. If any of the other books in this set are even half as good as Heartbreak On a Stick I will consider it the cherry on an already perfect sundae. You’ll love this book!

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3 out of 5

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Sep 29

ARC REVIEW: Finding Julia by Desiree Holt

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Finding Julia

by Desiree Holt

4.5 HEARTS

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Blurb

Sometimes life is not fair. For Julia Patterson meeting Luke Buchanan opened the door to a new life and brought her to life as a woman. In his arms she learns for the first time how real passion and emotion can enrich your life. He claims her body with the pleasure of erotic sex and his heart with unrestricted love. But Fate was laughing at Julia, just as she is about to step over the threshold into a wonderful new life. When her almost-ex-husband Charles is diagnosed with a fatal heart condition her divorce is put on hold along with the rest of her life. Turning her back on Luke and the intense passion and emotion they shared is the most difficult thing she’s ever done. But Julia has a secret, one that Charles has discovered and uses like a club. Thirteen years later when Luke walks back into her life the passion and emotion are just as explosive as ever. Will they finally have their chance at happiness or will her secret destroy it forever?

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Finding Julia is a heart wrenching story about a woman who spends most of her adult life stuck between a rock and a hard place. This is a story about love lost and love found, about making hard choices, and then having to live with the consequences of those choices when things don’t turn out like you planned. It’s also a story about forgiveness, perseverance, determination and that it is never too late to find that happily ever after.

Julia Patterson thought her dreams came true when she married Charles. With his privileged upbringing and charm, he quickly swept her off her feet, taking her far away from the dysfunctional home life she had with her parents. She longed to have a family of her own and a stable home life. But when her knight in shining armor revealed his true colors, she found that she was no better off than she was before. Now in the garment business with her friend, Claire, and the mother of 7 year old twins, she finally realizes enough is enough and is divorcing Charles, or at least she is trying to. Charles is all about appearances, and he is so worried about what people will think about him getting divorced that he tries to get her to change her mind. As an attorney, he knows how to stop her at every turn and draws out the divorce proceedings. It is like an ongoing nightmare for Julia.

But then things start to look up. Right before Thanksgiving, during a meeting on a business trip, she meets corporate executive, Lucas Buchanan. Their attraction is instantaneous, and leads to a night of scorching hot passion, leaving them both with the yearning for something more. With Luke, a divorced father of two children himself, Julia finds what she has been missing all these years living under Charles’ thumb: an easy, carefree relationship filled with sexual chemistry and the freedom to be who she really is, not who someone wants her to be.

But just when Julia thinks she finally has found happiness with Luke, Charles suffers a life changing setback, forcing her to re-evaluate her priorities. When Charles uncovers a secret she has been hiding from everyone, including Luke, he uses that against her to wield his way back into their home. But secrets always find a way to get out and this one will change her life and the lives of everyone around her forever.

It would be pretty safe to say that we all have known someone like Julia, or know somebody who knows someone like her. She is a good person who goes into a marriage with the highest of hopes only to have them dashed when she realizes her spouse isn’t the same person she originally married. She is a mother who puts her kids first and puts herself last. Some may say Julia is entirely too weak, a doormat of sorts, because she never seems to stand up for herself and fight for what she wants. But in truth, I think that she is the opposite. It takes a strong person to do what they feel is right for them despite what other people may think. Julia is a woman who is damned if she does and damned if she doesn’t, continually having to make difficult choices based on what she believes is best for her children. But unfortunately not all of her choices are the right ones and people get hurt in the process herself included. Could she have done things differently? Of course she could have. Sometimes in life you end up taking the safest route compared to taking one that leads you into the unknown. Like they say, don’t judge someone until you have walked a mile in their shoes. And I don’t think any of us would want to be in Julia’s shoes.

You can say that Charles is cold, critical and controlling. One look at his parents and you automatically know that he is the product of his environment. Probably to him, the way he thinks and acts toward Julia is normal. To me that doesn’t make him powerful but insecure. People who act like that have doubts about themselves and their relationships, so they make others feel like they have the upper hand when they do those types of things. I don’t know, maybe that is the only way Charles thought he could keep Julia with him. Julia said that she couldn’t believe that someone like him would want someone like her. But maybe Charles felt like she was too good for him so he needed to keep some kind of hold on her to keep her around. As much as Charles would never be a candidate for Husband of the Year, on some deeper level you know he must love Julia. I mean, it wasn’t like his family or friends rolled out the welcome mat to her. They disliked her, yet Charles bucked the system and married her anyway. And for someone who is constantly worried about how people perceive him that has to mean something. Did he marry her thinking that he would be able to mold her into the kind of wife he wanted? No doubt. But with his money and influence he could have found plenty of women to fit that bill, instead he chose Julia. When things fall apart and he forces her to take him back in to their home, there is no doubt that move was certainly about him having the upper hand. But I also felt like it was him wanting to find a way to be back in his old life again, to be in a place where he once felt loved. Call me crazy, but when Charles suffers that life changing setback, I felt sorry for him when his parents turn their backs on him when he needed them the most.

I found Charles’ best friend, Rod, to be an interesting character. He is the type of person you can’t even love to hate. You just plain hate him. He despises Julia and takes every opportunity to let her know that. Fiercely loyal to Charles, Rod makes sure that when Charles’ grip finally loosens around Julia’s throat, his hands are right there to take over the job. But in the back of my mind I always wondered why he was so spiteful toward Julia. It is obvious that Charles and Rod have a very close relationship, and while there is an explanation as to why, one just has to wonder if there was an intimate element to their relationship that no one knew about.

Last but not least, I have to talk about Lucas (Luke) Buchanan a/k/a Mr. Tall, Dark and Delicious. From the moment he set eyes on Julia in their meeting he feels an instant connection with her and it is thrilling. His former marriage had left lasting scars and he wasn’t sure if he was ever going to feel excited over someone else again. But Julia changed that and when they spend the night together it’s like watching gasoline get thrown on a fire. It’s explosive! Julia is understandably self-conscious about her body especially since she is a little older and has had children but Luke makes her feel completely as ease. I absolutely love the way he worships her body, making her feel beautiful and cherished and alive. Gorgeous, kind, incredibly understanding and fantastic in bed, Luke is definitely all that and a bag of chips!

Finding Julia is a must read for any contemporary romance fan. Beautifully written, this book was originally published in 2010, and is now being re-released by Lyrical Press, an imprint of Kensington Publishing with a gorgeous new cover!

*This book was provided by the Publisher and NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review*

 

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Sep 28

SUNDAY SWAG GIVEAWAY

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Welcome to Sunday Swag! I absolutely love swag. I think it’s the perfect thing to collect. You can have a whole bunch and it doesn’t take up a lot of room. One day it occurred to me that a lot of people might have the same feelings about swag as I do. That’s when the idea of a Sunday Swag feature came to me. I could both show off my love of swag and give some away! Plus, it’s a great way of spreading the word about all the fabulous authors out there!

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This week I’m spreading the word about Katie Reus!

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Katie Reus is the New York TimesUSA Today, andIndieReader bestselling author of the Red Stone Security series, the Moon Shifter series and the Deadly Ops series. She fell in love with romance at a young age thanks to books she pilfered from her mom’s stash. Years later she loves reading romance almost as much as she loves writing it.

However, she didn’t always know she wanted to be a writer. After changing majors many times, she finally graduated summa cum laude with a degree in psychology. Not long after that she discovered a new love. Writing. She now spends her days writing dark paranormal romance and sexy romantic suspense.

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Sep 28

REVIEW: Campus Craving by Mia Downing

Campus Cravings 

by Mia Downing, Kyann Waters, Cassandra Carr. Annabeth Albert,

Bianca Sommerland, Whitley Gray, Dalton Diaz, Sara York, L.A. Witt

4.5 HEARTS

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Welcome to Cathia University, where school is in session! Nine of today’s hottest gay romance authors have crafted brand-new interrelated novellas celebrating everything wonderful about college, including sophisticated professors, sexy teaching assistants, ambitious grad students, and spirited undergraduates, all looking for the same thing: an A+ in true love. 

Annabeth Albert: Winning Bracket

Metrics and tournament brackets—who knew they were sexy? When competing dorm advisors Edwin and Ollie bet on a basketball tournament, neither expects he’s risking his heart. As the challenge becomes a hot bedroom battle to avoid real feelings, the two “frenemies” must change their definitions of losing to win a shot at lasting love. 

Cassandra Carr: The Eloquent Jock 

Hockey jock and English Lit major Brendan knows he’s gay, but hasn’t come out to anyone, fearing a possible backlash. Then he’s tapped to be a TA for a hot professor and feels an immediate connection. Now he must decide how much he’s willing to risk to score the ultimate goal. 

Dalton Diaz: Lesson Learned

Adam Warren is counting down the days until he can put “Professor” next to his name—and his disastrous past with Tyler Ford behind him. When a fluke puts Tyler in Adam’s class, the graduate assistant faces some hard choices while Tyler faces an uphill battle for a second chance at first love. 

Mia Downing: Switching Leads 

Coach John Graham needs a new assistant for Cathia U’s equestrian team. The last person he expects to get the job walks into the barn and stops his heart. How is he supposed to focus on the team when his ex-lover—sexy horse trainer Finn Parker—wants back into his life…and into his bed? 

Whitley Gray: Artistic Endeavor 

When friends ask one-night stand connoisseur Michael Esteban to introduce shy virgin Cobey Miller to the joys of sex, Michael balks—lust is his thing, not teaching. But Cobey’s problem meeting men fuels Michael’s decision to help Cobey become a gay-sex-loving guy. It’ll all be fun and games—unless someone falls in love. 

Bianca Sommerland: Solid Education 

Gage Tackett comes off as a bad boy—detached and maybe a little dangerous. Definitely not Vet Sciences Professor Derek Paulson’s type. When Gage arrives at Derek’s veterinary clinic with a frostbitten stray dog, Derek realizes his most difficult student has a few things to teach him. Things he’s more than willing to learn. 

KyAnn Waters: Private Lessons 

Ryan Kane could lose his scholarship and his position on the pitch. Jake Finely offers to help. Only Ryan and Jake discover their private lessons have more to do with sex ed than Business Ethics. When a tenured professor offers Ryan an indecent proposal to make the grade, will he choose soccer or Jake? 

LA Witt: Did Somebody Order a Pizza? 

Paul Switzer has been miserable ever since his childhood love, Cory Bowman, chose a fraternity over him. When a pizza delivery to the frat house lands the exes face to face for the first time in eighteen months, the wound is reopened… and so are Paul’s feelings for the only man he’s ever loved. 

Sara York: The Dust Of Everyday Life 

Cole only has the courage to lust after the swim team from afar. When Seever asks to share a table at the packed coffee house where Cole is studying, he’s sure it’s a joke. But after one touch and one scorching kiss, Cole thinks the chance meet could lead to something with substance.

My Review Final

First off let me say I am very picky about what anthologies I choose to read because the stories in them can be very hit or miss. Some can be excellent and some can be bad. Anthologies like Campus Cravings are why I keep taking the risk and reading them. Every story was a very good read, that being said I still liked others better but every story was a 4 star story.

These authors should be very proud of themselves. With all of them being set at Cathia University they could have very easily have gotten stale and boring. It could have been the same story with different names but it wasn’t. I even felt like there was a difference in heat level as well. Some with very little sexy scenes and some with a bit more. Some characters had more experience than others and all those little differences helped make each story different from the last. Some stories were T.A./Student Jock/Non-Jock the combo of heroes never was dull.

This may have been the first m/m antho that I enjoyed from beginning to end. I loved that they kept the romance hot. I enjoy m/m’s with a focus on romance because it feels more real to me. Let’s be honest you kind of need more than just sex to make a good romance novel.

I highly recommend this antho to every m/m reader out there. If you are looking to branch out to m/m read this antho. Heck if you love romance novels than check out this antho. So basically you should check out the book. You won’t regret it. Lol

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3 out of 5

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Sep 27

BOOK SPOTLIGHT/BLOG TOUR/EXCERPT: McFarland’s Farm by Cardeno C.

Today, we are proud to be a part of the McFarland’s Farm blog tour!

McFarland’s Farm

(Hope #1)

By: Cardeno C.

Book Blurb

Wealthy, attractive Lucas Reika treats life like a party, moving from bar to bar and man to man. Thumbing his nose at his restaurateur father’s demand that he earn his keep, Lucas instead seduces a valued employee in the kitchen of their flagship restaurant, earning himself an ultimatum: lose access to his father’s money or stay in the middle of nowhere with a man he has secretly lusted over from afar.

Quiet, hard-working Jared McFarland loves his farm on the outskirts of Hope, Arizona, but he aches to have someone to come home to at the end of the day. Jared agrees to take in his longtime crush as a favor. But when Lucas invades his heart in addition to his space, Jared has to decide how much of himself he’s willing to risk and figure out if he can offer Lucas enough to keep him after his father’s punishment is over.

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WARNING: M/M content!

“Please tell me you can go again,” Lucas said breathlessly.

“Won’t be a problem,” Jared assured him. “Just give me a few minutes to recharge.” He flicked his tongue over Lucas’s lips, pulling back with a grin when Lucas darted forward and tried to catch him.

“Come here,” Lucas said playfully. “I’m hungry.”

Jared chuckled. “I don’t think my tongue’s going to fill you up.”

“Oh no?” Lucas leered at him and waggled his eyebrows. “You have something else in mind?”

“As a matter of fact, I do.” Enjoying the game, Jared took hold of Lucas’s hand and brought it between them, resting it on his package.

“Mmm, I can see that.” Lucas gently cupped Jared’s sensitive balls before running one finger up his satisfied cock. “This is nice and thick. It’d really fill me up.”

“Why do I suddenly feel like I’m in the middle of a cheesy porno?”

Scrunching his nose in an incredibly adorable way, Lucas nodded. “You’re right. That last line was total Velveeta. I blame it on the hunger.”

“You didn’t finish your dinner,” Jared said as he rolled off Lucas and lay on his side. He grasped Lucas’s hip and tugged him forward so they were chest to chest. “Do you want me to go get you a snack?”

“And where, pray tell, do you plan to find such a thing?” Lucas draped his leg over Jared’s waist and played with the hair on his chest.

“Uh.” Jared thought through the contents of his kitchen. He wasn’t much of a snacker so he didn’t buy chips or cookies or crackers. “I, uh, can heat up—”

“Let me help you out by giving you the answer to my question.” Lucas paused and looked at him meaningfully. “If it’s food, we won’t find it in your kitchen.”

“Oh.” Jared blinked in surprise. “Are we low on food?”

“Low?” Lucas snorted. “Sure, we can call it low.” He leaned forward and circled Jared’s nipple with this tongue. “Or we can go with accuracy and call it nonexistent.”

Still satisfied from his orgasm, Jared enjoyed Lucas’s attention without losing focus on the conversation. “When I got my breakfast out of the freezer this morning, I could have sworn there were lots of meals left in there.”

“Let’s take a moment to repeat what you said.” Lucas cleared his throat. “When I got my breakfast out of the freezer.” He arched his eyebrows. “Why is your breakfast in the freezer? And your lunch? And your dinner?”

“I’m sorry,” Jared said, immediately feeling guilty about forcing a man accustomed to chef-prepared cuisine to settle for Hungry-Man. “I know you don’t like the frozen meals, but I don’t have time to cook, and even if I did, I hate doing it. Tomorrow’s Friday. How about we go into town and eat at Jesse’s?”

“That sounds good. I called the grocery store, and they’re open until nine. Do you think you can finish what you need to do outside in time to get cleaned up, go to dinner, and still leave an hour or so for shopping?”

“An hour?” Jared repeated. “What are we going to do at the store for an hour?”

“Well, I’ve never been there, and I think it’s a fair bet you’re not all that familiar with anything outside of the frozen food aisle, so I want to leave us enough time to find everything on my list.”

“List?”

“Yeah.” Lucas nodded and moved his finger over the same path his tongue had taken, tracing the perimeter of Jared’s nipple. “I got all the urgent invoices, emails, and letters out today, so I had time to poke around online. I made a list of meals to tide us over for a week, and I need to stock up the kitchen.”

“You’re going to cook?”

“Like I said earlier, one of us has to and you work longer hours. Besides, I think maybe I’ll enjoy it. I’ll for sure enjoy eating food that’s not loaded with preservatives.” Lucas nudged Jared’s shoulder until he tipped onto his back. Then he crawled onto his lap. “What do you say?” he asked as he ran his fingers through Jared’s beard.

“Say?” Jared mumbled, distracted by how good it felt to have Lucas touching him. “Uh-huh, sure. We can go to Smitty’s after dinner.”

“Good.” Lucas grinned at him, a hint of mischief in his eyes. “But that’s not what I meant.” He tilted his hips back and rubbed his ass over Jared’s groin.

“It isn’t?” Jared asked hoarsely. “What did you mean?”

“I meant, what do you say about going again?” He moved back and forth, giving Jared delicious friction right where he wanted it most. “You up for it?”

 

About The Author

Cardeno C. – CC to friends – is a hopeless romantic who wants to add a lot of happiness and a few “awwws” into a reader’s day. Writing is a nice break from real life as a corporate type and volunteer work with gay rights organizations. Cardeno’s stories range from sweet to intense, contemporary to paranormal, long to short, but they always include strong relationships and walks into the happily-ever-after sunset.

Cardeno’s Home, Family, and Mates series have received awards from Love Romances and More Golden Roses, Rainbow Awards, the Goodreads M/Romance Group, and various reviewers. But even more special to CC are heartfelt reactions from readers, like, “You bring joy and love and make it part of the every day.”

 

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Sep 26

RELEASE ANNOUNCEMENT: Finding Julia by Desiree Holt

 

COMING SEPTEMBER 29, 2014!

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Sometimes life is not fair. For Julia Patterson meeting Luke Buchanan opened the door to a new life and brought her to life as a woman. In his arms she learns for the first time how real passion and emotion can enrich your life. He claims her body with the pleasure of erotic sex and his heart with unrestricted love. But Fate was laughing at Julia, just as she is about to step over the threshold into a wonderful new life. When her almost-ex-husband Charles is diagnosed with a fatal heart condition her divorce is put on hold along with the rest of her life. Turning her back on Luke and the intense passion and emotion they shared is the most difficult thing she’s ever done. But Julia has a secret, one that Charles has discovered and uses like a club. Thirteen years later when Luke walks back into her life the passion and emotion are just as explosive as ever. Will they finally have their chance at happiness or will her secret destroy it forever?

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“Our executive vice president is tied up in a meeting right now,” Howard whispered as the executive staff filed in. “He’s the one who says yea or nay. He’ll join us as soon as he can.”

Great. Would he expect her to do it all over again for him?

She sighed and began her presentation again.

It was well into the afternoon and she was pulling out copies of the proposed budget to distribute when the door to the boardroom opened quietly, and Julia’s stomach dropped to the floor. She felt as if an electric surge slammed into her, plucking at every one of her nerve endings.

The man who silently took a seat at the end of the table wasn’t necessarily handsome, but he was one hundred percent male. Liquid brown eyes were framed by the thickest lashes she had ever seen on a man. She noticed the strong jaw and the lines of character etched on an incredibly masculine face. Straight brown hair, a hint of silver reflecting in the lights, was worn just a little long, giving him a slightly rakehell look.

The classic dark business suit barely concealed the power he radiated. More than that, he exuded an aura of self, of authority, of comfort in his own skin few men were able to attain. She could think of only three words to describe him. Dark. Edgy. Dangerous. In her entire thirty years, no man had ever affected her the way this man did. Certainly not Charles. She clamped down on her reaction, forbidding herself to let her thoughts wander into forbidden territory. As she’d learned, her judgment where men were concerned left a great deal to be desired.

“Let me interrupt a moment.” Manning jumped to his feet. “Julia, meet Lucas Buchanan, our executive vice president. He’s been in another meeting until now.”

“I’m pleased you could join us, Mr. Buchanan.” Julia pasted on her professional smile and hoped her voice sounded firmer to the others than it did to her.

Lucas Buchanan nodded at her. “Luke, please. Sorry to be late. Please don’t let me interrupt.”

She struggled to pick up the threads of what she’d been saying, her brain suddenly addled, and her hands unsteady. It took every ounce of personal discipline to keep focused on her presentation.

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Desiree Holt on Finding Julia

People say that writing is a solitary occupation and to a great extent it is. I mean, no one can do the writing for you, nor would you want them to. But it also takes a lot of research, especially for me. I am known as Miss Picky because I go to great lengths to get things right.

When I was writing Finding Julia, there were some specific scenes in the story that I needed details on. For example, there’s a cabin in the woods in Massachusetts. I had to know if there was still open land outside Boston, where it was, how much open space, all that good stuff. I managed to find a real estate agent who was willing to take time out of her busy day to answer my questions, although I think she was secretly hoping I was actually looking for property to buy.

There is also a scene at a restaurant called Harry’s House. Now this is of course a fictional place but it’s based on a real restaurant, Little Harry’s, a French colonial structure in Detroit with a lot of ambience. I lived in that city fir twenty-five years and Little Harry’s was a place where Detroit’s gentrified elite as well as their Mafia elite frequently dined. Media were strictly prohibited so it was a place where people could be assured of privacy, especially with the restaurant divided into small rooms.

Unfortunately it no longer exists. Singer Anita Baker bought it and planned to turn it into a recording studio. She ran into so much resistance she built an IHop instead. Kind of like when my late husband and I went to Texarkana to see some of the historic landmarks of his ancestors and at one spot found a Taco Bell.

Oh, well.

Desiree Holt picKnown the world over as the oldest living author of erotic romance, and referred to by USA Today as the Nora Roberts of erotic romance, Desiree Holt

is three times a finalist for an EPIC E-Book Award (and a winner in 2014), a nominee for a Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Award, winner of the first 5 Heart Sweetheart of the Year Award at The Romance Studio as well as twice a CAPA Award winner for best BDSM book of the year, and winner of the Holt Medallion for Excellence in Romance Literature. She has been featured on CBS Sunday Morning and in The Village Voice, The Daily Beast, USA Today, The (London) Daily Mail, The New Delhi Times and numerous other national and international publications.

“Desiree Holt is the most amazing erotica author of our time and each story is more fulfilling then the last.” (Romance Junkies)

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Sep 25

EXCERPT REVEAL: Tyler’s Undoing by L.P. Dover

 

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Release Date
October 6, 2014

 

She was what he wanted … but she was also his undoing.

Through mutual understanding, Tyler’s secret affair with Gabriella Reynolds has come to an end. It’s a decision that not only saves their friendship, but it’s one that will change his life forever.

For the past couple of years, Tyler Rushing has been known as one of the UFC’s most memorable and sexy heavyweight fighters. Now he has the chance to win the title and claim the fame he so deserves. He has everything he could ever want until Kacey Andrews walks through the door of his gym, wanting nothing to do with him. Keeping his eyes off of her is a challenge; there’s an innocence about her that draws him to her, and he’s not going to stop until he makes her his. Little does he know that Kacey Andrews isn’t a stranger. She’s a part of his world; he just doesn’t know it. It’s a secret she’s worked hard to keep hidden.

Kacey spent years trying to get away from the fighting world, away from the man who’s hated among the MMA elite … her brother, Kyle Andrews. Unfortunately, she’s brought back into it when Tyler’s relentless battle for her heart wins her over, drawing her in. The only problem is that secrets never stay buried forever. In the end, Tyler has a decision to make, and it’s one that can possibly destroy his and Kacey’s life … forever.

 

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Down the hall, I saw Gabriella, dressed in a white sundress with her long, dark hair pulled high into a ponytail.

What the fuck? Tell me she’s not knocking on Tyler’s door.

My stomach coiled into knots and I held my breath as I waited on whoever was behind the door to answer. Please don’t let it be Tyler. Slowly, the door opened just a crack and when I saw who was there I gritted my teeth tight, the pain exploding into my head. It was Tyler, wearing only a white towel around his waist. Blood boiling, I watched as he opened the door and she walked in, kissing him on the cheek as she passed.

Frozen in place, I clenched my hands into tight fists and felt the anger boil through my veins. Before Tyler shut the door, he stopped and slowly directed his attention to me. Immediately, he glanced into his room and then back at me, wide-eyed and shaking his head. “Kacey, no,” he shouted. “It’s not what you think.”

Turning on my heel, I glared at him one more time over my shoulder before taking off down the hall.

“Kacey, stop! Please, beautiful . . .”

I didn’t stop; I kept going. The last thing I wanted was to be made a fool of in front of everyone—possibly people who knew my brother and who could recognize me. Instead, I kept running in hopes of getting as far away as I could, away from Tyler’s voice screaming my name.

Looking back, I didn’t see him behind of me, but when I turned around, I ran right into a set of arms that closed tightly around my waist.

“Kacey, what the hell are you doing here?”

Immediately, I froze and glanced up into the same set of sea green eyes I used to look at almost every day of my life. “Paxton,” I breathed.

Tyler shouted my name and Paxton instinctively held me tighter, protectively.  “What’s going on?” he demanded, glaring down at me.

He looked like he was about to leave anyway since he was dressed in a black T-shirt and jeans with his bag slung over his shoulder. Quickly, I pushed him toward one of the doors. “I can explain, but first, I need you to get me out of here.”

“Is that Rushing calling after you?”

“Yes, now let’s go!”

Keeping his arm around me, he rushed me toward the door and out into the heat-filled night. What the hell was I going to do now?

 

 

About the Author:

lpdoverUSA Today Bestselling author, L.P. Dover, is a southern belle residing in North Carolina along with her husband and two beautiful girls. Before she even began her literary journey she worked in Periodontics enjoying the wonderment of dental surgeries.

Not only does she love to write, but she loves to play tennis, go on mountain hikes, white water rafting, and you can’t forget the passion for singing. Her two number one fans expect a concert each and every night before bedtime and those songs usually consist of Christmas carols.

Aside from being a wife and mother, L.P. Dover has written over nine novels including her Forever Fae series, the Second Chances series, and her standalone novel, Love, Lies, and Deception. Her favorite genre to read is romantic suspense and she also loves writing it. However, if she had to choose a setting to live in it would have to be with her faeries in the Land of the Fae.

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Sep 24

REVIEW: The Return of the Rebel by Jennifer Faye

The Return of the Rebel

by Jennifer Faye

4 Hearts

4 Hearts

From Goodreads

The guy from the wrong side of the tracks… 

Being promoted should be a dream come true, only it means working closely with Cleo’s childhood crush, Jax Monroe. Jax may no longer be the rebel she remembers, but he still gets her heart racing like no other. 

Jax cares too much about Cleo to let her get too close—but keeping his distance is proving impossible! As Jax reveals the extent of what he’s been through, will Cleo show him that some things are too precious to put off until tomorrow?

My Review Final

I love Jennifer Faye! Her books just make me feel all good and gooey. The Return of the Rebel is no different. Jax and Chloe have tons of obstacles and past hurts to overcome, but if anyone can do it it’s them. 

Jax Monroe was tired of being known as the town loser, so when he had a chance to get away he did. He not only escaped the town, he thrived. Finding out his business partner was embezzling wasn’t fun, but Jax did the right thing by turning him in. But, now he’s getting threats ordering him to not testify. Jax figures it would be best if he found a great hotel and casino in Vegas and just lie low until after the trial. 

Chloe knows what the old saying means when they say you can’t go home again. She moved to Las Vegas to escape the confines of what her family expected of her, but she had never thought it would tear her world apart. Her father died in a terrible accident and her mother blames her for it. Now, she gets a call saying the family ranch is in trouble and they need Chloe’s help to bring the loan up to date. Her whole fate is in the hands of a high roller that’s coming into town. The more he gambles and the happier he is the more money Chloe will make to send home to her family. 

Chloe has had a crush on Jax for as long as she can remember, so when he turns out to be the high roller that’s directly responsible for not only her helping her family, but keeping her job she is not so sure of how this will all turn out. Jax broke her heart and just left town without looking back. 

Hotness Rating 

2 out of 5

2 Flames

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Sep 23

REVIEW: Crimson Heart by Heather McCollum

Crimson Heart

(Highland Hearts #3)

by Heather McCollum

4 HEARTS

4 Hearts

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Elena has spent her entire life hiding her family name while walking the thin line between lady and servant in a Protestant household. Keeping the secret of her lineage has been a success for years, but now, with a new, fiercely Catholic queen on the throne, Elena’s Protestant caretaker is being targeted. And when Bloody Mary discovers Elena’s true identity, she must not only flee to Scotland for her freedom, but also for her life. 

Highland warrior, Searc Munro, has secrets of his own. In a family of healers, his own dark, killing magic must never be known. But when his father’s life is threatened, Searc unleashes his lethal power to save him. With his clan’s suspicious glances and whispers plaguing him, he sets off alone, only to find another use for his magic in saving a beautiful lass being attacked in the forest. 

Teaming up as exiles, Elena and Searc head toward Edinburg to find refuge. Yet, with a series of ritual killings haunting the city and a traitor attempting to assassinate Scotland’s regent, suspicion turns to Searc. As word of another British heir reaches the country, the two must find a way to trust each other, despite their secrets, before it’s too late.

My Review Final

Crimson Heart is the third book of the Highland Hearts series by Heather McCollum, but can indeed be read alone. If you love a great historical, highlander story with just a touch of magic and fantasy you’ll love this book! 

Searc Munro was born with a curse that he’s hidden from his family until one day when his father was seconds from being killed at the hands of an enemy. Without thought Searc allowed his rage to overtake him and he unleashed all of his fury literally sucking the life right of the man on the other end of the sword. Saving the life of his father was a good thing, but it didn’t stop Searc from fleeing his family home. He couldn’t bear to see the fear on the faces of his clansmen. Having no destination in mind Searc just kept moving. That is until he came across Elena. 

Elena couldn’t believe her luck when Searc happened upon her being accosted by some pretty bad characters. At least she thought it was luck until she really looked upon her savior. He was huge and sexy and very distracting. She has spent her whole life guarding her secrets and depending on only herself. To rely on anyone else would only put them in danger. But, circumstances and fate keeps throwing them together.

I love a highlander story. Some can be really hot and some can be sweet. This particular story was a good combination of the two. Searc was so sexy and all alpha highlander, but sweet and kind, as well. I can’t wait to read more from the amazing Munro clan.

This book was provided to me from NetGalley.com in exchange for my honest review.

Hotness Rating 

3 out of 5

3 Flames

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