Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Review & Giveaway: HAT TRICK by RJ Scott & V.L. Locey (A Railers Novella-Harrisburg Railers #8)





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Length: 50,000 words approx.
Cover Design: Meredith Russell

Harrisburg Railers Series

Book #1 - Changing Lines - Amazon US | Amazon UK
Book #2 - First Season - Amazon US | Amazon UK
Book #3 - Deep Edge - Amazon US | Amazon UK
Book #4 - Poke Check - Amazon US | Amazon UK
Book #5 - Last Defense - Amazon US | Amazon UK
Book #6 - Goal Line - Amazon US | Amazon UK
Book #7 - Neutral Zone - Amazon US | Amazon UK


Blurb

Stan Lyamin has seen many of his dreams come true. He’s found his soulmate, loves Noah like his own, hoisted the Cup, and has his Mama living with him in his new country. But his fantasies of a loud, loving, madcap home overflowing with childish laughter linger. When a distant family member passes, Stan and Erik immediately agree to take in the two orphaned children, but that means a trip back to Russia for Stan, an idea that both exhilarates and terrifies him.

Erik’s world tilts on its axis when a phone call wakes him and Stan in the middle of the night. Abruptly, Stan is returning to Russia, making deals, working with people who know people, and fully intending to bring two orphaned children home. The red tape is overwhelming, and Erik is alone in Harrisburg with the nearly impossible task of finding a nanny who can speak fluent Russian. Being on his own is one thing, but add in fears about Stan’s safety and team issues, and Erik is finding everything hard to balance; not least of which is spending quality time with Noah.

When their family expands from three to five, the journey won’t be easy, but love can always find a way.


Carra's Review

The Harrisburg Railers series is a favorite of mine, and Stan is far and away my favorite character in the series.  I loved his and Erik’s story in Poke Check, so getting an update on their lives and a new twist to their family situation was a treat.  In addition, we get to see all the other guys from the team, and new information on Ten that will make fans of the series very happy indeed!

Stan’s quaint way of speaking gets me every time, and his quirky mind and some of the things he comes up with just kept a smile on my face throughout this story.  And Erik—the sweetheart—goes right along with him, and their love is even more obvious now than it was the first time around.

The majority of the book is relatively angst-free; honestly I thought the only part that was a bit stressful was Stan’s trip back to Russia to pick up the kids.  But you know…Stan KNOWS people.  So as ominous as the trip may have seemed, I was pretty confident that part would work out fine.  

But the fact that there wasn’t really any conflict does mean that a lot of the story is day-to-day stuff with the guys, so I have to admit my mind did wander just a tad.  There were also some points when even I got a little tired of Stan’s exceedingly overdone way of talking…but because he’s Stan I overlooked that in the end.


A solid 4 stars for Hat Trick…just know before reading this that it really doesn’t stand alone—you should have at the very least read Poke Check before starting this one, and ideally have read the entire series in order so you are up to date on all of the guys’ situations.  And as with the rest of the books in this series, this one is meant for readers 18+ for adult language and sexual content (when the guys could sneak it in!).


About the Authors

USA Today bestselling author RJ Scott writes stories with a heart of romance, a troubled road to reach happiness, and most importantly, a happily ever after.

RJ Scott is the author of over one hundred romance books, writing emotional stories of complicated characters, cowboys, millionaire, princes, and the men who get mixed up in their lives. RJ is known for writing books that always end with a happy ever after. She lives just outside London and spends every waking minute she isn’t with family either reading or writing.

The last time she had a week’s break from writing she didn’t like it one little bit, and she has yet to meet a bottle of wine she couldn’t defeat.

She’s always thrilled to hear from readers, bloggers and other writers. Please contact via the links below:



USA Today Bestselling Author V.L. Locey – Penning LGBT hockey romance that skates into sinful pleasures.

V.L. Locey loves worn jeans, yoga, belly laughs, walking, reading and writing lusty tales, Greek mythology, Torchwood and Dr. Who, the New York Rangers, comic books, and coffee. (Not necessarily in that order.) She shares her life with her husband, her daughter, one dog, two cats, a pair of geese, far too many chickens, and two steers.

When not writing spicy romances, she enjoys spending her day with her menagerie in the rolling hills of Pennsylvania with a cup of fresh java in one hand and a steamy romance novel in the other.



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Tuesday, February 19, 2019

New Release-Review: MY FAIR BRADY by K.C. Wells



MY FAIR BRADY
BY K.C. WELLS


Blurb

A spur of the moment invitation changes two lives.

Jordan Wolf’s company runs like a well-oiled machine. At least until his PA, Brady Donovan, comes down with the flu and takes sick leave. Then Jordan discovers what a treasure Brady is and who really keeps his business—and Jordan in particular—moving like clockwork. So when Jordan needs a plus-one, Brady seems the obvious choice to accompany him. After a major shopping trip to get Brady looking the part, however…. Wow.

Brady has a whole new wardrobe, and now his boss is whisking him away for a weekend party. Something is going on, something Brady never expected: Jordan is looking at him like he's never seen him before, electrifying Brady's long-hidden desires.

But can the romantic magic last when the weekend is over and it’s back to reality?

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Carra's Review

Office romances are always a favorite, and this one adds the extra of the fake boyfriend trope with a touch of Pygmalion to make things even more interesting.  Plus, it’s also one of those “he was right there in front of me all along”…so from the start My Fair Brady has a lot of things going for it that I enjoy in the books I read.

Jordan is the boss, and like many bosses he knows he has a fantastic personal assistant in Brady, yet he’s still honestly kind of oblivious as to exactly how essential Brady truly is.  Well, that is until he has to go without Brady for more than a day (yep, I know how that goes, I’m a bit of a Brady too in that respect).  Brady really is amazing though—├╝ber-organized, intelligent, and he keeps everything at work running smoothly.  And while he initially comes across as the nerdy, quiet guy who keeps to himself, one of my favorite things about this story is how much he comes out of that shell and becomes more comfortable around Jordan as things between them progress.

I liked the majority of the supporting characters, and thought they added nicely to the story—with the exception of the b*tch at the party.  I really could have done without her, and frankly didn’t think her appearance did much for the story.  Everyone else was great though, especially Jordan’s friends Drake and Belinda.


There’s plenty of sweet, but also a good shot of heat, and in the end My Fair Brady gets a solid 4 stars from me.  Contemporary M/M romance fans will enjoy this one, especially if these are tropes you like—they’re definitely done well here.  This book is meant for readers 18+ for adult language and sexual content.


About the Author

K.C. Wells started writing in 2012, although the idea of writing a novel had been in her head since she was a child. But after reading that first gay romance in 2009, she was hooked.

She now writes full time, and the line of men in her head, clamouring to tell their story, is getting longer and longer. If the frequent visits by plot bunnies are anything to go by, that’s not about to change anytime soon.



New Release-Excerpt & Giveaway: YEAR OF THE DEMON by Tara Fox Hall (Unhallowed Love #2)

Series: Unhallowed Love Book 2
Genre: Paranormal, Erotic Romance, Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Melange Books
Publication Date: February 19, 2019
Will a demon-hunting priest and a wizard bent on world dominion end Shaker's happiness with his human Mistress Debbie?
CEO Debbie and demon Shaker's first year of partnership was a smashing success for both Pandora Productions and their own new intimate relationship, ending with the announcement of their engagement last New Year's Eve. Shaker now inhabits a human host, Pandora's rising action star Jett Black, putting the possibility of a family within Debbie's tentative grasp as the couple pledges their love at the altar. But as before, one crisis after another ensues, beginning with Titan's push to assimilate Pandora and the death of Debbie's father, bringing her back together with her estranged family, and into the sights of a demon-hunting priest, Father Matthew, who will stop at nothing to not only send Shaker back to the Hell he came from, but also ensure Debbie is free of sin...permanently. When Shaker is sent back to Hell, Debbie is left bereft, her team of allies decimated, her best friend in a coma, she must decide if she will succumb...or rise from the ashes and fight ruthlessly for everything she loves, no matter the cost.

Excerpt

“I’m hoping to build a family, one of my own,” Debbie said without thinking, then flushed, knowing Shaker had heard her. “This has all been a lot to deal with. I’m not planning on making any big decisions about my life this year, other than to get married. And I do have my own company to run, that I’ve put my heart and soul into.” The latter literally.
The buzzing feeling suddenly increased. Debbie struggled to her feet.
“What’s the matter?” Father John said, his brows knitting.
“I tell you, there’s something here!” came an insistent voice. “I can feel it.” Another young pastor came into view, agitated.
A large man was following him. This tall man stopped still, then swiveled his head to stare right at Debbie. “I feel it too.”
He knows. Somehow, he knows. Shaker!
There was no response.
“Go in the back, I’ll check the front.” 
The young pastor hurried back in the direction he’d come. The tall man headed right for Debbie.
Shaker! Debbie headed for the door, making excuses to Father John of forgetting the plane was leaving early, anything to get to the door. But the tall man was faster and blocked her path.
Father John nodded. “I’ll hope to see you soon, Debbie, but not too soon. You take care of yourself, and please let me know if you change your mind. Bless you.” He turned and headed away. Debbie thought to call him back, but she knew it wouldn’t be any use. He might care about me, but he’s not going to save me from a demon hunter.
“Hello,” the tall man said. “Your name is Debbie?”
“You already know that,” Debbie said defensively. “Did you send those priests away?”
“Pastors,” the man corrected. “And yes. One is a kindly old man who just wants to help people. The other can feel the demon bound to you and would kill you where you stand, if I hadn’t shielded you.”
“Why would you do that? Who are you?”
“I’m an angel, of course.”

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About Tara Fox Hall

Tara Fox Hall's writing credits include nonfiction, erotica, horror, suspense, action-adventure, children's stories, and contemporary and historical paranormal romance. She is the author of the paranormal fantasy Lash series, the paranormal romantic suspense Unhallowed Love series and the paranormal romantic drama Promise Me series. Tara divides her free time unequally between writing novels and short stories, chainsawing firewood, caring for stray animals, sewing cat and dog beds for donation to animal shelters, and target practice. All of her published children's stories to date are free reads on www.childrens-stories.net.

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Monday, February 18, 2019

Review: DAMON & PETE: PLAYING WITH FIRE by K.C. Wells writing as Tantalus


DAMON & PETE: PLAYING WITH FIRE
BY K.C. WELLS writing as TANTALUS


Blurb

It started as a bet.
One that Pete had every intention of losing.
Except as the weeks and months went by, the aftermath of that bet brought changes to both their lives. 
Profound changes.
One brief kinky session in Damon’s basement set the ball rolling, but that was just sex.
What they ended up with was so much more.

Five previously published short stories appear for the first time in one volume – e-book and paperback – with a bonus: Pete’s Treat, a Valentine’s Day tale with a difference.

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Carra's Review

I didn’t get the chance to read the Damon & Pete stories the first time around, but you can be sure I’m VERY glad I dove into the full collection here.  These two are an erotic romance fan’s dream come true—brought together by a previously unknown shared enjoyment of BDSM and various kinks that surfaces after a bet between them, which leads to a deeper connection and so much more.  Go into this one with an open mind…and maybe a fully charged set of batteries! *gasp*

The character background is relatively light, with more of the story concentrating on their current situation and how things develop between the two men after their first insanely hot encounter.  Relationship development is central to their story as they settle into their D/s roles; it’s not all about the sex though their sexual connection does play a strong role in the evolution of their romance.  

What I really liked was how you could see the BDSM side enhance their romantic connection, and their romantic connection enhance their D/s relationship.  The trust that develops between them is solid and intense, as is how secure they become in their eventual love for each other.

If you’re here for the naughty side of the coin, you will not be disappointed.  There are plenty of opportunities to indulge, and the more exposure Pete has to it all, the more adventurous and curious he becomes.

This story was a 4.5-star read for me, and I’d definitely be interested in hearing more about the supporting characters that were introduced.  There is one element of the bonus material (“Pete’s Treat”) about which I was wary—as I’m guessing other readers might be too—but be sure to read the section the author adds after the end of the story so you have a better understanding before rushing to judgement.  This book is meant strictly for readers 18+ for adult language and explicit, erotic sexual content.


About the Author

Tantalus

Tantalus is the alter ego of K.C. Wells.

For those who like their stories intensely erotic, featuring hot men and even hotter sex… 
Who don’t mind breaking the odd taboo now and again… 
Who want to read something that adds a little heat to their fantasies… 
…there’s Tantalus. 
Because we all need a little tantalizing.



K.C. Wells

K.C. Wells started writing in 2012, although the idea of writing a novel had been in her head since she was a child. But after reading that first gay romance in 2009, she was hooked.

She now writes full time, and the line of men in her head, clamouring to tell their story, is getting longer and longer. If the frequent visits by plot bunnies are anything to go by, that’s not about to change anytime soon.




Wednesday, February 13, 2019

New Release & Giveaway: THE PIRATE'S JEWEL by Ruth A. Casie (Pirates of Brittania Connected World)

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Ruth A. Casie
Series: Pirates of Britannia Connected World
Genre: Historical Romance, Pirates, Medieval Romance
Publisher: DragonMedia Publishing
Publication Date: February 12, 2019
Deception and family honor are at stake and her heart as well.
Wesley Reynolds will do anything to avenge his family's banishment from Dundhragon Castle even throw in with the notorious pirate, MacAlpin. His plan, ruin Lord Ewan's trading network. He has a more devious plan for his father's 'best friend', the man who abandoned them at the eleventh hour. He'll ruin the man's most precious jewel, his daughter Darla. Wesley's so close to ruining the trade network and succeeding he can almost taste it, but revenge is not nearly as sweet as Darla's kisses.
Darla Maxwell, beloved by her parents has no prospects of marriage. Her father and Lord Ewan search to find her the right husband. Darla's special gifts are frightening to many. She has visions that often come true. The murky image of a man haunts her, she's sure it's Lord Ewan's soon-to-be son-in-law, but the vision morphs when she meets Wesley. The meaning couldn't be any clearer to her, her destiny lies with Wesley.
When revelations surface indicating Wesley has been deceived and his revenge misplaced. Will he find the truth of what really happened to his family in time to stop the pirates? Will Darla ever forgive him? Will he ever forgive himself?

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About Ruth A. Casie

RUTH A. CASIE is a USA Today bestselling author of historical swashbuckling action-adventures and contemporary romance with enough action to keep you turning pages. Her stories feature strong women and the men who deserve them, endearing flaws and all. She lives in New Jersey with her hero, three empty bedrooms and a growing number of incomplete counted cross-stitch projects. Before she found her voice, she was a speech therapist (pun intended), client liaison for a corrugated manufacturer, and vice president at an international bank where she was a product/ marketing manager, but her favorite job is the one she's doing now-writing romance. She hopes her stories become your favorite adventures.

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Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Pre-Order & Giveaway: YEAR OF THE DEMON by Tara Fox Hall (Unhallowed Love #2)

Will a demon-hunting priest and a wizard bent on world dominion end Shaker's happiness with his human Mistress Debbie?

Series: Unhallowed Love Book 2
Genre: Paranormal, Erotic Romance, Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Melange Books
Publication Date: February 26, 2019
CEO Debbie and demon Shaker's first year of partnership was a smashing success for both Pandora Productions and their own new intimate relationship, ending with the announcement of their engagement last New Year's Eve. Shaker now inhabits a human host, Pandora's rising action star Jett Black, putting the possibility of a family within Debbie's tentative grasp as the couple pledges their love at the altar. But as before, one crisis after another ensues, beginning with Titan's push to assimilate Pandora and the death of Debbie's father, bringing her back together with her estranged family, and into the sights of a demon-hunting priest, Father Matthew, who will stop at nothing to not only send Shaker back to the Hell he came from, but also ensure Debbie is free of sin...permanently. When Shaker is sent back to Hell, Debbie is left bereft, her team of allies decimated, her best friend in a coma, she must decide if she will succumb...or rise from the ashes and fight ruthlessly for everything she loves, no matter the cost.

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Pre-order your copy today. Releasing Feb 26, 2019.

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Follow the book tour from February 22 - March 7, 2019.
Visit each tour stop daily and discover more features, excerpts, reviews, interviews, fun facts and more! To check the latest tour schedule, visit the Year of the Demon Book Page at Book Unleashed.
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About Tara Fox Hall

Tara Fox Hall's writing credits include nonfiction, erotica, horror, suspense, action-adventure, children's stories, and contemporary and historical paranormal romance. She is the author of the paranormal fantasy Lash series, the paranormal romantic suspense Unhallowed Love series and the paranormal romantic drama Promise Me series. Tara divides her free time unequally between writing novels and short stories, chainsawing firewood, caring for stray animals, sewing cat and dog beds for donation to animal shelters, and target practice. All of her published children's stories to date are free reads on www.childrens-stories.net.
Tara Fox Hall's Email: tarafoxhall@gmail.com

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Monday, February 11, 2019

New Release-Excerpt & Giveaway: NOBLE HOPS by Layla Reyne (Trouble Brewing #3)



Noble Hops 
(Trouble Brewing #3) 
by Layla Reyne

Publisher: Carina Press

Release Date (Print & Ebook): 
Ebook/Audio: February 11, 2019
Print: February 26, 2019

Length (Print & Ebook): 320 pages
Subgenre: M/M Romantic Suspense

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Blurb

Everything Dominic Price has worked hard to uphold is about to come crashing down on everything he holds dear.

So much for the quiet life. Just as assistant US attorney and brewery owner Dominic Price is settling into a comfy new chapter with his partner, FBI agent Cameron Byrne, the sudden death of Nic’s father puts their happily-ever-after in jeopardy. Nic immediately suspects foul play, his prime suspect a notorious gangster his father was indebted to—only now the loan shark is out for blood.

Cam has been longing for Nic to finally let him in on this very personal case. But when Nic’s belief that he’s the sole Price heir is upended, the line between personal and professional starts to blur, leaving Cam unsure of where he stands.

Nic is depending on Cam’s kidnap and rescue expertise to save his recently discovered family member before it’s too late. But with a dangerous threat closing in, the ghosts from Nic’s past cast long shadows. Any relationship could crack under the pressure, but for Nic, finding his family might mean losing the love of his life.

Layla Reyne says: Nic and Cam have to fight for their lives and their happily ever after in this exciting, action-packed conclusion to the Trouble Brewing series.

"Well-matched protagonists fueled by love and purpose risk everything to bring a slick gangster down in a thriller both hot and sweet, wrapping up a well-done M/M series in style." 
-- Library Journal

“I adore this series, and I can't wait for more Nic and Cam!”
-- Author of The Fall, May Archer, on Craft Brew (Trouble Brewing #2)


Excerpt

Cam was more than a little disappointed.

The press had wanted a show this morning and now that he and Nic were ready to give them one, Vaughn was arriving at SFO’s private terminal. Sure, Cam could have leaked what was about to happen here—like someone had leaked the news of Curtis’s death—but their friends also frequently used this terminal. Privacy was part of what they and others paid for here; he didn’t want to violate that expectation, for their sake.

Without a crowd of press, the line of suited federal agents, with him and Nic standing in front, was unmistakable. Which was probably why Vaughn was taking his sweet ass time disembarking. Cam had offered to storm the plane with his agents but Nic wanted to wait. That, however, was twenty minutes ago and Nic’s shoulders were inching higher. Cam wanted to lay a hand on his arm or back to ease him, but with the agents behind them, he settled for stepping closer and putting their heads together, like they were having a tactical discussion.

“He wants to provoke you,” Cam whispered low. “You need to bring back the mask. Be the magician.”

Nic glanced sideways, taking his eyes off the G5. “The magician?”

“That’s what Aidan calls you.” Cam chuckled at Nic’s eye roll, glad for the break in the tension. “I know it’s a mask, but it’s still remarkable how you pull it up on command and keep your cool, no matter the situation.”

“That’s not being a magician. That’s being a SEAL.”

“Then that’s who you need to be.” Nic had given him this lecture more than once over the past year, and it’d saved him time and again. Kept him in the Agent Byrne mindset when Cameron Byrne, brother and son and former thief had been scratching beneath the badge’s surface. “You need to be Captain and Assistant US Attorney Dominic Price right now, not Dominic Price, son of Curtis Price.”

Nic’s shoulders lowered another notch. “Thank you for coming with me.”

“No place else I’d rather be.” 


About the Author

Author Layla Reyne was raised in North Carolina and now calls San Francisco home. She enjoys weaving her bi-coastal experiences into her stories, along with adrenaline-fueled suspense and heart pounding romance. When she’s not writing stories to excite her readers, she downloads too many books, watches too much television, and cooks too much food with her scientist husband, much to the delight of their smushed-face, leftover-loving dogs. 



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