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Toughest Cowboy In Texas by Carolyn Brown Blog Tour, Review & Giveaway

 

 

 

 

 

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Title: TOUGHEST COWBOY IN TEXAS

Author: Carolyn Brown

Series: Happy, Texas #1

On Sale: May 30, 2017

Publisher: Forever

Mass Market: $7.99 USD

eBook: $6.99 USD

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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Carolyn Brown’s begins an all-new series of rugged cowboys.

 

“This is an emotional star-crossed lovers tale with tangible depths and an attitude that’s relatable to real life.” –RT Book Reviews

 

Last time Lila Harris was in Happy, Texas, she was actively earning her reputation as the resident wild child. Now, a little older and wiser, she’s back to run her mother’s café for the summer. Except something about this town has her itching to get a little reckless and rowdy, especially when she sees her old partner-in-crime, Brody Dawson. Their chemistry is just as hot as ever. But he’s still the town’s golden boy-and she’s still the wrong kind of girl.

 

Brody hasn’t had much time lately for anything other than ranching. Running the biggest spread in the county and taking care of his family more than keeps him busy. All that responsibility has him longing for the carefree days of high school—and Lila. She may have grown up, but he still sees that spark of mischief in her eyes. Now he’s dreaming about late-night skinny dipping and wondering how he can possibly resist the one woman he can never forget…

 

 

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Brody sang along with the radio the whole way back to Hope Springs. Seeing Lila again brought back so many memories. Nothing had been the same after she’d left town. Happy, Texas, didn’t have a movie theater or a bowling alley or even a Dairy Queen, so they’d had to drive all the way to Tulia or Amarillo to have fun. Or they would stay in town and Lila would come up with some kind of crazy stunt that sent their adrenaline into high gear.

Like surfing in the back of my old pickup truck. It’s a wonder we weren’t all killed but the adrenaline rush was crazy wild. He chuckled as he remembered the two of them planting their feet on skateboards in the bed of the truck and then giving Jace the thumbs-up to take off. No big ocean waves could have been as exhilarating as riding on skateboards while Jace drove eighty miles an hour down a dirt road.

Blake Shelton’s “Boys ’Round Here” came on the radio and he turned up the volume. He rolled down the window, letting the hot air blow past him as he pushed the gas pedal to the floor.

Seventy miles an hour, the dust kicking up behind the truck just like the song said. At seventy-five, he checked the rearview and imagined that Lila was back there wearing a pair of cutoff denim shorts, cowboy boots, and a tank top that hugged her body like a glove. Her jet- black ponytail was flying out behind her, and that tall, well-toned curvy body kept balance on the imaginary skateboard every bit as well as it had back then.

At eighty, he tapped the brakes enough to make a sliding right-hand turn from the highway to the lane back to the ranch house. The house was a blur when he blew past it and the speedometer said he was going ninety miles an hour when he braked and came to a long greasy stop in front of the barn doors. Gravel pinged against the sheet metal and dust settled on everything inside his truck’s crew cab. He sucked in a lungful of it but it did nothing to slow down his racing heart, thumping hard enough to bust a rib. Gripping the steering wheel so tightly that his forearms ached, he checked the rearview mirror. The vision of Lila was gone, leaving only a cloud of dust in its wake.

You’re not eighteen, Brody Dawson. The voice in his head even had the same tone and inflection as his mother’s did. You’re a responsible rancher, not a kid who drives like a maniac with the music blaring loud enough they can hear it in Amarillo.

Blame it on Lila. She brought out the wild side in me back before I had to handle all the ranchin’ business, he argued, and felt a sudden rush of shame because he hadn’t stood up for her in those days. Then he had time and opportunities; now he barely had time for a glass of tea with all the sticky situations of Hope Springs falling on his shoulders.

His phone pinged with another text: Sundance is in a mud bog out on the north forty. Need help. Bring rope. Where the hell are you?

Just as he was about to get moving, his grandmother stepped out of the barn and made her way to his truck, shielding her green eyes against the hot afternoon sun. Gray haired and barely tall enough to reach Brody’s shoulder, she might look like a sweet little grandmother to strangers, but looks were definitely deceiving when it came to Hope Dalley. She had a backbone of steel and no- body messed with her.

“Did someone die? I heard you driving like a bat set loose from the bowels of hell. I bet you wore a year’s worth of rubber off them tires the way you skidded to a stop.”

“Everything is fine, but Sundance is in a mud lolly, so I’ve got to get some rope and go help Jace,” Brody said.

“Damned old bull. He got bad blood from his father when it comes to breakin’ out of pens, but he’s a damn fine breeder so we have to deal with his ornery ways,” Hope said. “I’ll go with you and help.”

“We can get it done, Granny. What are you doin’ out here in this hot sun anyway?”

“Bossin’ the boys about how to stack the hay. I can’t just sit around in an air-conditioned house and do nothin’. I’d die of boredom,” she said.

“Long as you’re supervisin’ and not stackin’, that’s fine, but I’d rather see you in the house with Kasey and the kids,” he said.

“I’m not ready to be put out to pasture yet, boy. Kasey don’t need my help. She has the toughest job on the ranch, taking care of those three kids as well as all the household stuff and the book work. That’s a hell of a lot more exhausting and tougher than stacking hay. And she’s doin’ a fine job of it. Now go take care of that blasted bull.” She waved him away.

Fun and excitement were over. It was time to man up and not expect to relive the glory days when Lila had lived in Happy and everything had been fun and exciting.

 

 

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I fell in love with Carolyn Brown’s writing style when I read her Lucky Penny Ranch Series so I was excited when I saw she was writing a new series.  The Toughest Cowboy is the first book in the Happy Texas series and this author did an amazing job with introducing us to a new and promising series.  Based on the title I expected a tough cowboy, it is a rough setting but this was a gentle second chance romance.

 

In Toughest Cowboy we are introduced to many characters, who I hope I will get to follow in the future but this story is about Lila and Brody.  Their story is full of regret, pain and a family feud.  This was a long journey and happiness in Happy Texas does not come easy. I loved how the author pulled me into Brody and Lila’s story with not only their journey but also the simple life of ranch life in small town Texas.  I actually felt like I was in that town along with the characters.

 

We do not get Brody and Lila’s past history in great detail but we do get pieces of their past.  The lack of that history did not take away from the story at all, in fact when Brody and Lila talk about their history it felt fresh and raw.  Lila and Brody were great characters, they were both cautious around each other.   I loved how the author handled their second chance, it took time, patience and standing up for what both want in life.

 

Toughest Cowboy in Texas had laughter, tears and very little angst. Once I started I could not stop.   The side characters are hilarious and bought so much to this story. I loved the interactions,  not only between Brody and Lila but with their very opinionated family and friends. This is a great summer read and a great start to future books in Happy Texas.

 

 

 

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TOUGHEST COWBOY IN TEXAS, #1

LONG, TALL COWBOY CHRISTMAS, #2

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 

Carolyn Brown is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling romance author and RITA® Finalist who has sold more than 2.75 million books. She presently writes both women’s fiction and cowboy romance. She has also written historical single title, historical series, contemporary single title, and contemporary series. She lives in southern Oklahoma with her husband, a former English teacher, who is not allowed to read her books until they are published. They have three children and enough grandchildren to keep them young.

 

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Frank at Heart (Foothills Pride series, #6) by Pat Henshaw Release Blitz & Giveaway

 

 

Title:  Frank at Heart
Series: Foothills Pride series, #6
Author: Pat Henshaw
Publisher:  Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: May 31, 2017
Heat Level: 2 – Fade to Black Sex
Pairing: Male/Male
Length: 30,236 words
Genre: Contemporary Gay Romance

 

 

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Everything about thirty-five-year-old Stone Acres hardware store owner Frank McCord is old-fashioned—from his bow tie and overalls to the way he happily makes house calls to his dreams of lasting romance, true love, and marriage. Frank’s predecessors have run the store and been mainstays in the small California town for over a century. While genial Frank upholds tradition and earns the respect of friends and neighbors, he fears he’s too dull and old to attract a husband.

Into his life comes handsome thirty-six-year-old electronic games designer Christopher Darling and his fifteen-year-old son, Henry. Christopher has everything Frank could want in a potential partner: charm, kindness, and compatibility. Also, he’s a terrific father to Henry. When their Stone Acres home turns out to be uninhabitable, Frank offers the Darlings temporary lodging in his ancestral farmhouse, where he and his tenant Emil reside. Since Emil thinks Frank is his, sparks fly. Suddenly, Frank’s monotonous life promises to explode with love and threatens to change him forever.

 

 

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My procedure for hiring was pretty simple. In the identification section of the test, I gave applicants a common nail, a Phillips head screw, a paint stirrer, a tape measure, a claw hammer, a screwdriver, a crescent wrench, pliers, a putty knife, and a box cutter. I gave these objects one at a time to the teen and asked him to identify what the object was, when to use it, and how to use it.

Then I gave the applicant six pieces of precut plywood, eight corner angles, tools, and other supplies, and had him—it was usually a him—follow simple directions to make a box with a hinged flap. The whole test was either incredibly easy or horribly complex and frustrating.

My first applicant was a poster boy for the latter. He called both the nail and the screw a screw, then dissolved into a fit of adolescent giggles. I waited for his mirth to subside. He had no idea about any of the tools except the box cutter, which he simply called a wicked-ass knife.

As I walked into the back room with him for the second part of the test, I was appalled at how little he knew and wondered why he wanted to work at a hardware store. Was it just the money?

I stopped him after watching for five minutes as he tried to figure out how to make the box. When he looked at me with defeat in his eyes, I called a halt.

“Thank you for coming in, Seth. I think we both know this job wouldn’t be a good fit for you.” I looked over his application form. “I think working at one of the mall stores might be more your speed, don’t you?”

He nodded eagerly. “But my folks say that you’re more established and fairer than the mall stores. I wanted to work for the coffee shop or the movie theater.”

“Well, you can tell your parents I appreciate their support, but I’m voting for you to be a real success at either of those other two choices.”

He beamed. As we shook hands, I knew his dad would be in later this week to talk about his son.

Henry turned up alone at two o’clock, and I ran him through the first part of the test. We only hit one snag. We got along too well and ended up having side discussions about the items.

When I handed him the nail, for example, he took it between his fingers and caressed it.

“It’s a two-penny flat-head nail.” He rolled it around for a second. “You know, they used to keep nails in big casks like they do wine. Then they sold them by weighing them. They’d scoop them up out of the barrels.”

Well, I mean, what was I supposed to do? Ignore that? Of course not. I took him into the back room where we stored everything we’d removed when my father updated the store in the 1970s. I showed him the old scoop-shaped scale, and we weighed a few nails and other items hanging around.

“This is so cool, Frank. You should put it back on the counter. I’ll bet everyone would want to see it. It’d give the store an epic feel.”

I wasn’t sure I agreed about the epic part, but maybe it was time to give the store another more modern redesign.

We scurried out of the back room when the bell tinkled and we could hear someone walking around the front of the store talking to Riley. I tried to stop giving Henry the first part of the test, since he still had the box to build. But when we saw the customer was his father, who seemed to be fascinated by the wall of power tools, Henry took out the remaining items in the little bag.

He held them up one at a time and rattled off their names and purposes.

“There!” he crowed, smiling up at me. “Now what do you want me to make?”

I showed him the wood, tools, and directions and left him to the project. When I saw he was reading through the directions, I walked over to his dad. Riley’d already moved back behind the counter and seemed to be working on some inventory sheets.

“I’m not here to ask how he’s doing, so don’t think I am.” Christopher didn’t turn around when I got up behind him. He was staring at the power saws.

“He’s doing fine.” I didn’t step too close, but drat if I didn’t want to. I wanted to put my hand on his shoulder and squeeze. Or if I was even bolder, I’d put my arm around his waist and snuggle his head back onto my shoulder.

Weren’t those counterproductive daydreams? Now I’d have to wait a moment before I could go back to check on Henry. Overalls worn in public, especially if I was in the vicinity of Christopher, were my groin’s personal enemy.

Christopher turned his head. We were close enough to kiss if I leaned in a little more. I didn’t. Instead I stepped back, although I did smile.

“Can I peek?” Christopher was whispering like we had secrets.

I leaned back and looked over my shoulder at his son. Henry was nearly finished with the box. He was studying the directions like they were a map to the El Dorado treasure.

“Sure. Go ahead and peek. He’s just about done.”

I sounded as stunned as I felt. First off, Christopher and I were standing too close and whispering. I felt his warmth, and my cheeks burned. As I tried to shake myself back to reality, the second reason I was a little stunned hit me. Henry was on the final step of building the box. How could he be done so quickly?

As I walked back toward him, he held the box at eye level in one hand and opened and closed the hinged door. Henry looked up as I entered the workroom.

“I don’t get it,” he said. The hinged door snapped shut as he let it go. “What’s it for?”

He seemed so puzzled that I started to chuckle. Then at his stricken look, I stopped.

“It’s not useful in itself. It’s just a test to see if you can follow directions and know how to use the tools.”

His face darkened as I explained.

“You use up all of this stuff for that? Anybody can make this.” He put the box down, acting a little disdainful and a lot put out.

“You’d be surprised.” I didn’t elaborate. Why tell him that another boy who was in the same grade couldn’t figure out the directions at all?

I picked up the box and studied it. He’d done a remarkable job in so little time. He’d even used the flush piano hinges instead of the more cumbersome butt hinge, even though the directions didn’t specify which would be better for the project. His box opened and closed easily, and the corners made perfect ninety-degree angles.

I started to put the box down, but Christopher reached for it. I passed it over and watched a moment as he held it up, a look of awe on his face.

“Henry, this is—” he started, but his son stopped him.

“Dad, I’m taking a test here.”

With a sheepish grin and an amused side-glance at me, Christopher put the box down, said a short “Sorry,” and returned to the front of the store.

Again, I hid my amusement at how well they interacted and shelved my amazement at how Christopher had shared the moment with me. I ran my hand over the top of the box. This one I’d keep.

As I was about to find out when Henry could start work, the bell tinkled. I looked over my shoulder to see a newcomer hurry in. His sneakers squeaked on the wood floor.

“Hi. You the owner?” he greeted me.

I looked around for Riley but couldn’t see him anywhere. Had he called it a day and gone home? I wouldn’t blame him. Except for the Darlings, it’d been slow.

When I nodded at the customer, he launched into a fairly typical request. He and his wife had bought some Ikea furniture, and now he couldn’t put it together. I told him what I told everyone, to bring it into the shop and we’d assemble it for him.

Then I told him the setup fee, said it would take a week or so, and took down his name and contact information as he started to thank me. After I told him the store was actually closing right now, he left reluctantly, looking at the merchandise around him as he shuffled to the door. This time I locked it and put out the Closed sign. Christopher had said he wanted me to visit the Adams-Scott House this afternoon, but first I had to hire Henry officially.

“So, Henry, when would you like to start?”

He was staring at the door and the escaping customer. I had to ask the question twice.

“Who puts together the Ikea stuff?” Henry responded instead of giving me a date.

“Riley and I do. When we get a chance. We do it between other things. Why?” The truth was we both hated assembling the furniture because it was tedious.

“May I do it?” The eagerness in his question caught me off guard.

“You want to put together Ikea furniture?” He didn’t mean it, did he?

“Yeah. Cool. I love Ikea!” Henry beamed at me as if to ask “Doesn’t everyone?”

 

 

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Pat Henshaw has spent her life surrounded by words: teaching English composition at the junior college level; writing book reviews for newspapers, magazines, and websites; helping students find information as a librarian; and promoting PBS television programs.

Now retired, Pat, author of the Foothills Pride Stories, was born and raised in Nebraska and promptly left the cold and snow after college, living at various times in Texas, Colorado, Northern Virginia, and now Sacramento, California. Pat has found joy in visiting Mexico, Canada, Europe, Nicaragua, Thailand, and Egypt, and relishes trips to Stowe, Vermont, to see family.

Two of her fondest memories include touching time when she put her hands on the pyramids and experiencing pure whimsy when she interviewed Caroll Spinney (Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch). Her triumphs are raising two incredible daughters who daily amaze her with their power and compassion. Her supportive husband keeps her grounded in reality when she threatens to drift away while writing fiction.

 

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New Release ** When It’s Real by Erin Watt ** Beth’s 5 Star Review

 

 

Wealth, fame and a real-life romance she never expected—seventeen-year-old Vaughn Bennett lands it all when she agrees to become a pop star’s fake girlfriend in this smart, utterly addictive novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author duo Erin Watt 

Under ordinary circumstances, Oakley Ford and Vaughn Bennett would never even cross paths. 

There’s nothing ordinary about Oakley. This bad-boy pop star’s got Grammy Awards, millions of fangirls and a reputation as a restless, too-charming troublemaker. But with his home life disintegrating, his music well suddenly running dry and the tabloids having a field day over his outrageous exploits, Oakley needs to show the world he’s settling down—and who better to help him than Vaughn, a part-time waitress trying to help her family get by? The very definition of ordinary

Posing as his girlfriend, Vaughn will overhaul Oakley’s image from troublemaker to serious artist. In return for enough money to put her brothers through college, she can endure outlandish Hollywood parties and carefully orchestrated Twitter exchanges. She’ll fool the paparazzi and the groupies. She might even start fooling herself a little. 

Because when ordinary rules no longer apply, there’s no telling what your heart will do…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I am a reader that always struggles when starting a new book, doesn’t matter how much I have been dying to read it or how much I love the author’s writing, I always find myself procrastinating to pick up my kindle when I know it’s to start a new book.  This one probably took me three or four attempts just to get past the first few pages, something needing to be done always distracted me, but I finally said enough is enough, this one sounds like a great read and I love the collaborated work of the authors that come together to be known as Erin Watt.  Well once I finally got my mind set to picking this one up and sticking with it, by the end of the first chapter I was hooked and by the end of the day, I was done.

 

Vaughn isn’t your typical 17 year old. Her and her older sister are have been raising their 12 year old twin brothers for the past two years after a tragic car accident killed both their parents.  In trying to help her older sister out with keeping them afloat, Vaughn took summer courses so she would graduate early.  She planned to take a year off to figure out what she wanted to do but also work to help make money to pay the bills.  Oakley is your typical 19 year old Pop star.  He has emancipated himself from his parents, loves to party, loves to drink and he loves women which all tends to land him in the news, and not in a good way.  Oakley also finds himself in a bit of a creative block at the moment.  To get him back on track, his agent and publicist decide to find him a fake girlfriend to clean up his image, some girl that is more “normal” in their eyes that will help give him some good press.

 

I normally am not a fan of YA reads but must say that although this one was a YA read, it didn’t have the YA feel to it.  I have loved everything this dynamic duo has collaborated on and knew I needed to check this one out.  The moment Oakley and Vaughn were in the same room with each other, I fell in love with them as a couple.  I loved the dynamic the author built between them and the banter was perfect, to the point I could feel myself smiling as I read.  I was a bit giddy in spots watching things develop between these two, starting out as hate and slowly turning into something sweet and oh so special.  I love when a book does that, truly sucks me in and makes me feel completely part of their story and never wanting it to end.  Which I hope is this case, even though this book may be done, I am so hoping to see more of their story through getting Paisley and Ty’s story.

 

This book is told in dual POV and I love that we got both character’s POV.   In getting both we got so much more of the story, we got to see the real Vaughn and the real Oakley, something I don’t feel we would have truly gotten in full depth had it only been a one sided POV.  I absolutely loved the main two characters but the whole cast of characters in this book truly made the story.

 

Oakley was cocky and arrogant, and was your typical rock star but that wasn’t the real him.  I loved how bit by bit we got to see the real guy behind all that fame and fortune.  He was just a guy that truly never got much of a childhood due to having famous parents and becoming a star shortly after becoming a teenager.  He was just a lonely guy who had it all, well except for the love of someone that loved him for him and not what he had or what he did.

 

I instantly connected to Vaughn.  Yes she once totally swooned over Oakley and didn’t deny that he was very hot to look at but she didn’t allow all that to turn her to mush in her presence.  I loved how sassy she was and I loved how she didn’t put up with his attitude and cockiness.  I also loved the heart of gold she had.  She was willing to put her life on hold to help her older sister out to make things better for her family. 

 

This was a really phenomenal and very real feeling story that I can’t say enough about.  There were so many great moments, moments that had me giggling at the banter between these two, moments that had me totally swooning over Oakley Ford and those special touching moments that gave me those butterflies and shivers all at once.  Oh to have Oakley Ford sing to me and look at me the way he looks at Vaughn.  I may have procrastinated in picking this one up but I must say once I did, it didn’t take me long to not be able to put it down and completely inhaled this one in less than a day.  I tend to not give many books 5 stars but for me this one truly was a fabulous 5 star read and one that will be on my top ten for 2017.

 

 

 

 

 

 

About The Authors

 

Erin Watt, aka Elle Kennedy & Jen Frederick

A USA Today bestselling author, Elle Kennedy grew up in the suburbs of Toronto, Ontario, and holds a B.A. in English from York University. From an early age, she knew she wanted to be a writer, and actively began pursuing that dream when she was a teenager.

Elle currently writes for various publishers. She loves strong heroines and sexy alpha heroes, and just enough heat and danger to keep things interesting!

Bestselling author Jen Frederick lives with her husband, child, and one rambunctious dog. She’s been reading stories all her life but never imagined writing one of her own. Jen loves to hear from readers so drop her a line at jensfrederick@gmail.com

BLACK TIE OPTIONAL by Ann Marie Walker Release Blitz & Review

 

 

BLACK TIE OPTIONAL by Ann Marie Walker

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Publication Date: May 30, 2017

eBook ISBN: 9781250120021; Price: $3.99

Paperback ISBN: 9781250163738; Price: $15.99

 

 

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The Proposal meets Two Weeks Notice in Ann Marie Walker’s new standalone romantic comedy, Black Tie Optional, which New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Probst calls, “a fun, sexy romp that will keep every reader entertained!”

Everything about billionaire Coleman Grant III oozes power and sex. And not the perfunctory kind either, but the sheet clawing, heart stopping, gasping for air after you’ve screamed so loud you can’t breathe kind. From his dark wavy hair that stands in an artfully rumpled mess, to the blue eyes that sear your skin, to his full, sensual lips – on the surface he’s pure perfection.

Too bad he’s an asshole. An arrogant, uptight corporate raider hell bent on destroying the environment one species at a time.

Everything about Olivia Ramsey screams hippie humanitarian. From her blond hair tied in a sloppy bun, to her faded jeans with the Bonnaroo patch sewn on the thigh, to her combat boots still splattered with mud from the previous day’s site visit.

So it makes perfect sense that they would get married. In Vegas. Stone-cold sober.

Cole needs a wife. Olivia needs to save an endangered species. But what starts as a marriage of convenience soon turns into a battle of wills and sexual tension. Love is a game, and Olivia and Cole are ready to win.

 

 

 

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Olivia’s eyes darted up to meet his. Surely, she’d known this was coming? It was how every damn wedding ended. And what was the big deal anyway? It was just a kiss, something they’d done countless times the night before. Then why were his palms sweating? And why did it suddenly feel like Tiny Angus was duck walking across his gut? Cole knew the answer, even though he tried his best to push the thought from his mind. This wasn’t just any kiss. It was the kiss to seal their union.

He leaned forward ever so slightly and touched his lips to hers. He only meant for it to be a quick peck, just enough to satisfy the witness’s watchful eyes. But her mouth was so soft, softer than he remembered from the night before, and she tasted so sweet, like vanilla and cherries, and before he even realized it, he was cupping her jaw and deepening their kiss. Her lips parted, inviting him in, and he took full advantage, his tongue sweeping over hers in firm, lush strokes. With a soft moan, her body went lax against his and for a few brief moments, Cole forgot not only where they were, but why.

Elvis cleared his throat in a not-so-subtle reminder. Cole pulled back, and the King nodded his approval. With a curl of his lip, he tossed a white scarf in Olivia’s direction and mumbled a familiar “Thank you, thank you very much.” A track of “Viva Las Vegas” began to play from the speakers and with his cape held aloft to properly display the red, white, and blue eagle bedazzled on the back, their minister made a dramatic exit.

“I guess Elvis has left the building?” Olivia joked.

“Thank fuck.”

After a few awkward moments, she asked. “So what now?”

Cole checked his watch. “We better get back to the hotel.” The combined bachelor and bachelorette party for Matthew and Emily was later that night. And even though a loud party was the last thing Cole was in the mood for at the moment, it was, after all, the reason they were in Vegas.

“Oh right, we have that thing tonight.”

“Yeah, the thing.” Jesus, they sounded like a couple of middle school kids having an awkward conversation behind the school cafeteria. Maybe they could spend their honeymoon locked in a closet for a round of Seven Minutes in Heaven.

“Supposed to be the hottest club in town,” Olivia added as they made their way through the chapel doors and into the parking lot.

Cole squinted at the setting sun. “That’s what I heard.”

“So I guess I’ll probably see you there.”

He kicked a piece of gravel with his shoe. “Probably.” Yup, it was exactly like middle school. Only there wouldn’t be Seven Minutes in Heaven or anywhere else for that matter. His new bride had made it very clear that, despite the mind-shattering orgasms he’d given her the night before, she had no desire to consummate their marriage. Then again, she did seem rather invested in that kiss and as much as it pained him to admit it, so was he. Despite her smart mouth and stubborn attitude, the fact remained that he wanted her. In his bed, on her knees, bent over his sofa. Fucking hell right now he’d even settle for the backseat of his rental car. Perhaps she was feeling the same way. And it was their wedding night after all . . .

Cole looked up, hoping to gauge her interest, but it

was too late. She was already gone.

 

 

 

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This it the first book I have read from this author but certainly will not be the last. Loved the chemistry between both Cole and Olivia. The two main characters banter was great and the back and forth one-liners were fantastic.

 

“You look beautiful with that much eyeliner. Who did your makeup, Ozzy Osborne?”

 

The secondary characters added the perfect layer to the story. The book had me hooked from cover to cover.

 

I have to admit I am not a huge fan of third person but even though this book was told in third person it was written so well I was able to connect with the characters, which is usually hard for me when not told in first person.

 

The story is about two people that agree to get married for their own reasons but realize that there is more there than just the reasons they agreed to get married in the first place.  The plot is not one that I haven’t read before but the author did a good job at keeping it interesting and realistic.

 

The book was written well and flowed really good from start to finish.

 

 

 

 

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Ann Marie Walker writes steamy books about sexy boys. She’s a fan of fancy cocktails, anything chocolate, and 80s rom-coms. Her super power is connecting any situation to an episode of Friends and she thinks all coffee cups should be the size of a bowl. If it’s December she can be found watching Love Actually but the rest of the year you can find her on Twitter, where she would be happy to talk to you about alpha males, lemon drop martinis or supermodel David Gandy. Ann Marie attended the University of Notre Dame and currently lives in Chicago.

 

 

 

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Release Blitz ** Found Underneath (Finding Me #2) by K.L. Kreig

 

 

 

 

 

 

Title: Found Underneath
Series: Finding Me #2
Author: K.L. Kreig
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: May 30, 2017

 

 

 

 

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It began as a ruse.Take a girlfriend. Divert the press from the fucked up mess that’s my family
until my father is re-elected. Stage a public breakup. Move on.

Only that brilliant plan went straight south the moment I set eyes on Willow
Blackwell.

I found her.

My center. My future. A soulmate with the will of a mule and the mouth of a
harpy.

I now want things I never wanted before. Permanent kinds of things.

Only Fate—and her ex—have other plans for us.

In some sort of cosmic impossibility, our lives unknowingly intersected years
before when tragedy befell both our families. Once the devastating truth is
finally revealed, the future I’d found in her will come crashing down around us
and for the first time in my life I’m completely helpless.

I may very well lose the only woman I’ve ever loved to a past neither of us saw
coming.

*Warning: 18+ only. Contains foul language, explicit sex and a hot alpha (or
two, or three). NOTE: This is NOT a standalone. It’s the conclusion to LOST IN
BETWEEN, which MUST be read first.

 


 

 

 

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As a USA Today Bestselling author, I write stories that are deeply emotional with flawed characters, because humans ARE flawed and if we read about perfect characters living in their perfect world, first of all, snoozer, but secondly, we never experience the gratification of redemption.Outside of writing, I’m just a regular ol’ Midwest girl who likes Game of Thrones and am obsessed with Modern Family and The Goldbergs. I run, I eat, I run, I eat. It’s a vicous cycle. I love carbs, but there’s love-hate relationship with my ass and thighs. Mostly hate. I like a good cocktail (oh hell…who am I kidding? I love any cocktail). I’m a huge creature of habit, but I’ll tell you I’m flexible. I read every single day and if I don’t get a chance…watch the hell out. My iPad and me: BFFs. I’m direct and I make no apologies for it. I swear too much. I love alternative music and in my next life I want to be a bad-ass female rocker. I hate, hate, hate spiders, telemarketers, liver, acne, winter and loose hairs that fall down my shirt (don’t ask, it’s a thing).

 
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Cover Reveal & Pre-Order ** A License to Jizz by Thor Cox

 

 

 

 

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Graffiti City: Cummageddon
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A LICENSE TO JIZZ

 

 


Suzy Suxxx takes both of her jobs very seriously. As one of the hottest porn stars in Graffiti City, she keeps the adult citizens happy with her gravity-defying moves on the set. As a secret Sexual Liberation Underground Taskforce (S.L.U.T.) agent, codenamed Starfish, she keeps innocents safe.

The supervillain business has been booming lately. With a recent spike in activity from the evil Legion of Absolute Domination (L.O.A.D.), Suzy is up to her eyeballs in boy-joy juice to keep her unique superpower flowing. Quite frankly, it’s exhausting.

After being on call 24/7 for weeks, all she wants is a damn night off.

But things are looking up when a religious hunk of a villain appears at the scene of a crime she’s investigating. Not only does Celibator’s puritanical innocence threaten to bring Suzy to her knees, but he could also help her hook the biggest bottom-dweller in the L.O.A.D. pond: the Jacker. Rumor has it, the Jacker has his sights on purloining Abraham’s Testicles.

As in, THE Abraham. From the Bible.

If L.O.A.D. gets their greasy hands on this powerful magical artifact, it could mark the beginning of an unholy war against humanity, fought with sexual weapons of mass destruction.

A superhero’s work is never done, and there are no nights off.

Griffin City is screwed, motherfuckers. Long live Graffiti City.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Spy Who Jizzed Me

 

 

 

Thunderjizz

 

 

 

Live and Let Jizz

 

 

 

Jizzraker

 

 

 

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Thor Cox spends his days hunting frost giants in the land of ice and snow. When he’s not slaughtering jötnar, wrestling polar bears in the Svalbard, or carving magical runes from the bones of his enemies, he writes superhero porn.
 
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New Release ** Shacking Up by Helena Hunting

 

 

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Ruby Scott is months behind on rent and can’t seem to land a steady job. She has one chance to turn things around with a big audition. But instead of getting her big break, she gets sick as a dog and completely bombs it in the most humiliating fashion. All thanks to a mysterious, gorgeous guy who kissed—and then coughed on—her at a party the night before.

Luckily, her best friend might have found the perfect opportunity; a job staying at the lavish penthouse apartment of hotel magnate Bancroft Mills while he’s out of town, taking care of his exotic pets. But when the newly-evicted Ruby arrives to meet her new employer, it turns out Bane is the same guy who got her sick.

Seeing his role in Ruby’s dilemma, Bane offers her a permanent job as his live-in pet sitter until she can get back on her feet. Filled with hilariously awkward encounters and enough sexual tension to heat a New York City block, Shacking Up, from NYT and USA Today bestselling author Helena Hunting, is sure to keep you laughing and swooning all night long.

 

 

 

 

 

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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of PUCKED, Helena Hunting lives on the outskirts of Toronto with her incredibly tolerant family and two moderately intolerant cats. She’s writes contemporary romance ranging from new adult angst to romantic sports comedy.

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Cover Reveal ** Fire In The Stars by Nikki Groom

 

 

Book: Fire in the Stars (Steel Souls#2)

Author: Nikki Groom

Genre: MC/Dark Contemporary Romance 

 

Release Date: 19th June

 

 

 

 

 

 

Synopsis
This is Book 2 in the Steel Souls series. 
The series DOES need to be read in order!

When Sadie Foster’s world collided with Ramsey Dalton, she never expected to find herself in the middle of a vicious war between two motorcycle clubs. Caught in a web of secrets and lies, Sadie begins to question everything about herself, and her life.

Ramsey is struggling to keep it together. With the conflict between the Steel Souls and The White Wolves coming to a head, Sadie’s life isn’t the only one at risk. Pulled in all directions, Ramsey is torn between his feelings for Sadie, and his ability to keep everyone he cares about safe from harm.

Uncovering a new reality at every turn, Ramsey and Sadie are pushed to their very limits and forced to evaluate everything they know to be true. But things are not always as they seem. And knowing who to trust can mean the difference between life and death.

There’s no denying the chemistry between them, and it seems their paths were always destined to cross. But is their connection strong enough to withstand the storm?
Because the reality is, there’s no war without passion, and no love without loss…

 

 

 

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Nikki Groom is a hopeless romantic, lover of all things happily ever after and firm believer that love makes the world go around.

In her spare time, you will find Nikki laughing with her very treasured family, walking with her beloved dog in the hundred acre wood or curled up in a cosy corner with words and wine.

She lives in East Sussex with her husband and two children. Having turned her hand to many things over the years, Nikki is now proud to add ‘author’ to that list.

Having always been a dreamer, Nikki’s imagination stretches far and wide, which enables her to get lost in faraway places and imaginary people.

Nikki loves to chat, especially about books! You can find her here…

 

 

 

 

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Chance At Redemption by Samatha Harris Blog Tour, Review & Giveaway

 

 

Chance at Redemption
Samatha Harris
(Madison Square #3)
Published by: Limitless Publishing
Publication date: May 23rd 2017
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance

Gwen Stevens had a privileged life until her father spoke three little words that turned her world upside down. “You’re cut off.”

Broke and desperate, Gwen is forced to accept a waitressing job, but this glimmer of hope has a price. As if being a cocktail waitress isn’t bad enough, she has to do it in a dive bar called The Den, and her bad luck doesn’t stop there. She also needs to deal with the new owner, a blue-eyed, self-righteous ass determined to make her life miserable.

Liam Sinclair walked away from the entitlement and obligation his family planned for him, vowing to make his own way in the world…

Adjusting to life as a new business owner, Liam has experienced more than his fair share of setbacks. When his only waitress breaks her leg, his sister takes it upon herself to hire a replacement—a spoiled, self-indulgent hothead with too much makeup and more than enough attitude. Gwen represents the world he’s trying to escape, a world of excess and greed that he was never cut out for.

Appearances can be deceiving, and first impressions aren’t always right…

Despite their apparent differences, the tension between them turns to a fiery passion that neither of them can resist. Together they find balance and learn to appreciate the simpler things in life. But Gwen soon discovers that old habits die hard, and one mistake is all it takes to ruin everything.

Forgiveness must be earned, but even a villain deserves a chance at redemption…

 

 

 

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Even though this is a stand alone series I would recommend reading the first two books first because we see Liam and Gwen in them. I’m must say I really disliked her character when I did see her in the previous books. Of course I was skeptical coming into this one.  Gwen was one of those characters that I wanted to throat punch.  I wasn’t sure if Gwen’s character could find redemption. I am so glad that put my big girl panties on and dove in. I loved seeing how Gwen  was forced to go out into the world and become an adult after her father cut her off.

 

I really appreciated the time and length the author goes throw to show readers that Gwen can and will redeem herself.  She’s at the lowest part of her life but she also knows she needs to step up.  Getting offered a job at The Den is her start.

 

Liam was the perfect character to tame Princess Gwen.  He’s had a rough time with his parents and instead of following their dreams he goes for his own and walks away from the money.  I loved everything about Liam. From his big heart to his overall good nature he was just awesome. He was a character that had heart and went after what he wants despite what others say and do.

 

The chemistry and banter between the character was intense and engaging.  I loved the pull they had as well as how they both saw beyond what others saw.  I have to say I was really glad that we finally got to see this story unfold.  It was a journey for both characters and both found that they wanted redemption.  Of course this would not be part of the Madison Square series without the added angst and drama.

 

This story is well written and completely pulled me and held my focus.  It flowed easily and never faltered from their journey. I love this author’s writing style.  Take a chance on this journey, it’s worth the ups and downs.

 

 

 

 

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Samatha “Sam” Harris lives near Baltimore, Maryland with her husband David and daughter Ava. Born in Florida, she migrated north which most people agree was a little backwards. She has been an artist all of her life, a Tattoo Artist for more than ten years, and a storyteller since she was a kid.
Sam has a slightly unhealthy love for Frank Sinatra, classic movies, and Jazz and Blues music, but her first love will always be reading. From Romance, to Thrillers, to Historical Fiction and everything in between, she loves to become a part of the story. As a writer she tells the stories that she would want to read.

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Taken by Elena M. Reyes and N. Isabelle Blanco Release Blitz, Review & Giveaway

 

 

Title: Taken

Series: Voyeur #1

Authors: Elena M. Reyes & N. Isabelle Blanco

Genre: Dark Erotic Romance

Release Date: May 24, 2017

 

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I was drugged.

Now, I’ve woken up in a dark, luscious room.

A deviant playground.

I’m not alone.

The person that was drugged and taken with me is here, too.

My confidant.

Someone that I had come to see as a brother.

My best friend.

Suddenly, there’s a voice coming through the speakers, telling us we’ve both been chosen to die.

The only way out? Do everything we’re told to do.

This person wants to watch us. They want to be entertained. As she says, “I want to see you come.”

It’s simple: either we f*ck, or die.

 

 

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Sweat beads at my brow as the breath whooshes out of me.  I’m bent over, arms dangling down. Beneath me, the most delicious, hardest length I’ve ever felt presses into my mound. I want to rock against it.

I can’t move.

He won’t let me.

He keeps me like this, draped over his lap, immobile.

The sound of a strike reverberates throughout the room, but silence remains. No noise. It isn’t allowed.

Moisture drips from my every pore, and yet, I’m focused on this one drop as it gathers at the center of my forehead. Becomes bigger.

Everything’s out of control.

Crazed.

Hyper-awareness consumes my every breath.

I count to ten and it falls to the ground.

A small splat no one will ever hear. And yet, I do. The sound as it hits the floor causes my breathing to stutter and skin to prickle with goose bumps.

“The last ten, love,” Noah whispers, his hand massaging the heated flesh beneath his fingertips. It hurts, but the pain is replaced by a yearning so strong that I whimper in his lap.

Like a bitch in heat I arch and ask for more.

His touch.

His desire.

To make this burning within my veins stop.

With one hand he gathers the hair at my nape and forces my head back. A harsh tug—I’m in his control—forces my eyes to his. Hooded dark blue eyes look at me with concern, but behind their depths I see another emotion burning.

Lust.

His want mirrors my own. This perversion is awakening something darker from within. It grows—chokes us, because behind it all we were meant to end up like this. My body at his hands. In his control.

Those hungry eyes look at me. Silent communication. Are you okay?

I blink back a please and the asshole smirks. Aware of what I need even as my mind fights the sins I have laid bare to his eyes.

My release is so close. A fresh round of arousal drips from my core and onto his boxers.

I’m positioned over his lap, ass up, and the very tip of his cock is against my hip. He’s hard. Jerks against me when I gyrate against his length.

“Please,” I beg aloud this time and his hold on my hair tightens. The hand kneading my ass cheek spreads me open to look at my depravity. At what his own hands have caused.

That thong, that minuscule piece of fabric, can’t hide what this game is doing to me. The evidence, slick and inviting, is on his lap.

I shift against his cock and he hisses. “Be still!”

A crackle follows his command and we both shiver. Each time it appears, things change, become more.

Dangerous.

Frantic.

Wicked.

“Very good my pets, but the audience wants more. Lose the panties, but without her standing up. Be creative, and there will be a reward.”

I exhale shakily. “Do it.”

“Are you sure?” As the word leave his lips, those same fingers that a minute ago exposed me to his eyes, now hold my panties in his grip. He doesn’t wait for a reply.  A tug follows his question, the sound of fabric stretching meets my ears, and I nod.

Another pull and I feel every welt that forms on my skin from the rough treatment. The sole sounds in the room are his harsh breathing and mine. Loud exertion, but at the same time desperate for more.

What else could I say? No. Please don’t?

It would’ve been a bullshit lie and we both know it. The voice commands and we follow. It asks and we accept our fate.

There’s a sick part of me that relishes in this madness. Craves him. My Noah.

We have been dealt our cards; there is no escape. We must accept our fate.
Either we fuck each other, or we die.

 

 

 

 

This book was sick, dark, twisted, depraved and I loved every second of it! It was a short read but the authors created an amazing story that held me at the edge of my seat the whole way through.

 

Taken was a serious mind fu*k there is no other way to put it. Like if you are looking for some fluffy read this is  not the book for you. I read through the blurb and thought OK this doesn’t sound bad… Wrong!  I love dark and gritty and these authors delivered it in spades despite the book being short.

 

This is a mystery that I had to put together slowly.  Noah and Ivy wake up after being drugged and taken to an undisclosed location.  The room  in itself is  confusing. It is beautiful, elegant and inviting  however the dark walls, lack windows, doors and the speakers on the wall scream trouble.  Just like Ivy and Noah we do not know why they were taken, or know what the purpose of their kidnapping is.

 

The voice that speaks to them commands their obedience or their would be consequences.  Let me tell you if they disobey the punishments are cruel and vile, but they try to find strength with each other.

 

I swear the authors created an intricate story that raised more questions than answers.  I found myself searching for clues and praying to the book gods to give me a sign as to what was going on.  I couldn’t stop reading and kept digging like a dog in search of a bone.  If you ask me what the book is about I’d tell you, READ IT because I’m seriously at a loss as to how to describe it without giving details away.  Should you click? Yes will you be pleased. Will you have that WTF moment? Absolutely!

 

 

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Elena M. Reyes

 

https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-ntLVVyD3mB0/WSCZSTS2bXI/AAAAAAAAw_8/zRIPGkXdDr49Td7lv2YEy2gBwAim_d3ZQCLcB/s1600/Elena%2BM.%2BReyes.jpgElena M. Reyes was born and raised in Miami Florida. She is the epitome of a Floridian and if she could live in her beloved flip-flops, she would.

As a small child, she was always intrigued with all forms of art—whether it was dancing to island rhythms, or painting with any medium she could get her hands on. Her first taste of writing came to her during her fifth grade year when her class was prompted to participate in the D. A. R. E. Program and write an essay on what they’d learned.

Her passion for reading over the years has amassed her with hours of pleasure. It wasn’t until she stumbled upon fanfiction that her thirst to write overtook her world. She now resides in Central Florida with her husband and son, spending all her down time letting her creativity flow and letting her characters grow.

 

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Isabelle Blanco

https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Wp4amD_Kznw/WSCZRRDFqMI/AAAAAAAAw_4/xqWP9jeHQisqntNQDSSeV40PgeKanfktgCLcB/s1600/N.%2BIsabelle%2BBlanco.jpgIsabelle Blanco is the Amazon Bestselling Author of the Allure Series, the Need Series with K.I. Lynn, and many others. At the age of three, due to an odd fascination with studying her mother’s handwriting, she began to read and write. By the time she’d reached kindergarten, she had an extensive vocabulary and her obsession with words began to bleed into every aspect of her life.

That is, until coffee came a long and took over everything else.

Nowadays, N. spends most of her days surviving the crazy New York rush and arguing with her characters every ten minutes or so, all in the hopes of one day getting them under control.

 

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