Friday, June 30, 2017

NEW FROM LAURELIN PAIGE: Sex Symbol

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Sex Symbol, a sexy, contemporary romance from New York Times bestselling author Laurelin Paige is now LIVE!

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Sex Symbol by Laurelin Paige Genre: Contemporary Romance

Publication Date: June 30th

Cover Designer: Letitia Hasser, RBA Designs

Photographer: Wander Aguiar

Cover Model: Steven Dehler

Synopsis

Micah Preston is Hollywood’s #1 sex symbol.
A rich and famous actor who has sworn off any serious relationships, the playboy is the media’s favorite bachelor.
But he wasn’t anybody when Maddie Bauer met him seven years ago. Then he was just the hot guy at the party who gave her an amazing orgasm and never called her again.
Now her job as a camera assistant has landed her on the set of his latest movie, and despite her vow to ignore his charm, she finds him pulling her focus.
She just has to make it through the shoot without landing in his bed. But when the legendary bad boy sets his sights on her, how can she possibly resist?
The book was previously published under the title Take Two.

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About the Author:

USA Today and New York Times Bestselling Author Laurelin Paige is a sucker for a good romance and gets giddy anytime there’s kissing, much to the embarrassment of her three daughters. Her husband doesn’t seem to complain, however. When she isn’t reading or writing sexy stories, she’s probably singing, watching Game of Thrones or The Walking Dead, or dreaming of Michael Fassbender. She's also a proud member of Mensa International though she doesn't do anything with the organization except use it as material for her bio. She is represented by Rebecca Friedman. headshothighres

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REVIEW: Stay by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy


REVIEW:

I've always loved hockey books...or any books that feature athletes, actually, but this year I got caught up in the Stanley Cup so I was especially eager to read Stay. I'm relatively new to being a hockey fan (our team, the New Orleans Brass, left a loooong time ago and I lost touch with my hockey fandom) and the WAGS series, among others, made me feel more connected to the game and eager to watch it and read it, so thanks for that Sarina and Elle! What makes this series, and especially Stay, so much fun to read is that it has a great combination of humor, plot, characters, and romance. I liked that Bowen and Kennedy created Hailey and Matt ( or Hottie and Math, lolz) with sore spots in their pasts that made them especially sensitive to what they perceived were their flaws, but that both of them were able to support and work the other one past those things; they were great partners for each other. I also loved seeing characters from previous books, especially Blake and the WAGS, and seeing what they were up to, while also anticipating which character would get the next book. Stay was a sweet, sexy romcom --great for a day when you need a light, fun read.

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SYNOPSIS:

Can you fall in love with someone you've never even met? 

Hailey Taylor Emery has a hunch that her favorite client at Fetch—an anonymous virtual assistant service—is actually hockey star Matt Eriksson. 

Although it's against the rules for her to check his file, she's 95% sure she spends at least part of each day texting with her lifelong crush and catering to his every need. Still nursing a wounded heart thanks to her recent breakup, Hailey is perfectly content with some harmless online flirting... until she has to meet her client. Face to face. Cue: utter panic.

Matt Eriksson is no stranger to heartbreak. He's still not over the destruction of his marriage, and it sucks to be the only guy on the team who knows the truth—that hockey and long-term relationships are a toxic mix. He barely sees his kids, and dealing with his ex makes him feel insane. The only person in his life who seems to understand is someone who won't show her pretty face.

But it's nothing that a pair of fourth row hockey seats can't fix. Hailey can't resist the offer. Matt can't resist Hailey. Good thing he doesn't have to. Fire up the kiss cam!

Warning: Contains rabid hockey fans, misunderstood dick pics, hockey players at the opera and exploding ovaries.

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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

COVERS REVEALED: The Darkest Sunrise Duet by Aly Martinez

Today we are sharing the incredible covers for The Darkest Sunrise Duet by Aly Martinez. Check them out below, along with the blurbs for each title. The first book in this contemporary romance duet will be released on July 13th! Be sure to follow Aly's newsletter to be notified when the books are up for pre-order.

     

The Darkest Sunrise (The Darkest Sunrise Duet, #1)

Coming July 13

Synopsis:

Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never harm me. Whoever coined that phrase is a bald-faced liar. Words are often the sharpest weapon of all, triggering some of the most powerful emotions a human can experience. “You’re pregnant.” “It’s a boy.” “Your son needs a heart transplant.” Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never harm me. Lies. Syllables and letters may not be tangible, but they can still destroy your entire life faster than a bullet from a gun. Two words—that was all it took to extinguish the sun from my sky. “He’s gone.” For ten years, the darkness consumed me. In the end, it was four deep, gravelly words that gave me hope of another sunrise. “Hi. I’m Porter Reese.”
   
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The Brightest Sunset (The Darkest Sunrise Duet, #2)

Coming July 27th

Synopsis:

Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never harm me. Bullshit. Words destroyed me. “I’m sorry. She didn’t make it.” “Daddy, he can’t breathe!” “There’s nothing more we can do for your son.” Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never harm me. Lies. Those syllables and letters became my executioner. I told myself that, if I didn’t acknowledge the pain and the fear, they would have no power over me. But, as the years passed, the hate and the anger left behind began to control me. Two words—that was all it took to plunge my life into darkness. “He’s gone.” In the end, it was four soft, silky words that gave me hope of another sunrise. “Hi. I’m Charlotte Mills.”

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



OUR REVIEW:

Shel: Y'all let me be real with you for a minute or two. I have THINGS TO SAY about The Weight of Life but I'm so afraid of spoiling it that I don't think I can say them and that sucks--not because I'm all the profound and you'll miss out on that insight or anything but it's hard to express some things without being able to explicitly say certain plot points. Have patience with me; I'm gonna do my best. Court: She did struggle! She got finished before me, and so shared this angsty time with me. And the struggle was real. 

Shel: First, let me start with what a pleasant surprise it was to have a book focused on Mila. Ever since we met her in Into The Tomorrows I've been curious about her and what she thought about Trista and Colin and her part in that triangle; that wasn't the focus of this novel but those questions were definitely answered. The focus here is what a breath of life she really is. Mila has lost someone she loved and she also knows that there's a potential for her to lose her brother in the same way and yet she's characterized as someone who conveys a joie de vivre in almost every step. What's interesting, as I reflect on my initial perceptions, is that the very first scene Barbetti gave me ideas about Mila that were so much sadder and darker than I saw her as for the majority of the novel. Sure, there were times when she had hard days but she really seemed the personification of someone who wanted to live and love and squeeze the most out of every moment. She never seemed to dwell on things too long without recognizing what she could and could not control and moved on from there. Ames was a perfect foil for her. His demeanor, initially, was colder and more distant and suspect. But, just as I pegged Mila wrong at the beginning, I also pegged him wrong too. He turned out to be a really really wonderful and warm guy. Ames was so giving and self-sacrificing, maybe to a fault. Court: I could tell from the first few pages that there would be an even deeper layer to the characters. They meet in an unlikely way, but I liked how the story took off from there. They literally fell into each others lives, and I enjoyed how Mila's observations of Ames and the setting were detailed. I'll be honest, I wasn't sure how I was going to like it right at first but as the pages went on and we got into the thick of it and got to know our characters having Barbetti's writing there to keep us hanging on and flipping the pages.

Shel: Other things I enjoyed about The Weight of Life were some of the conversations that Mila and Ames and Lotte and Asher and Sam had about love and loss and grief. I appreciated all of their perspectives and that they each seemed to know when to be gentle and when to kick ass. I also loved the overall tone of this novel. Rather than create a ton of angsty moments, Barbetti created scenes and a plot that seemed to fit what these characters needed perfectly, if that makes sense? It was softer and the conflict was proportionate to what was going on with these characters. And not to be overlooked---the whole British-ness of this book. Court and I are a sucker for Brit-isms and Sam, his family, and Lotte and Ames definitely gave us those and made me want to jump on a plane to London asap. Court: WE ARE! I too appreciated this about the novel, and that it begins with her looking over the Thames was especially iconic to me. It really brought the setting into the story and we all know how I like that. And...while sometimes I've shied away from books about these very subjects...I'm opening myself up more to how they can help me in my own journey and am finally in a place where I can appreciate them again and other people (including the author and characters as two separate entities is important here, I think) help me do it. So...Thanks for that, Whitney (And Mila and Ames). Because a book like this might be able to heal your heart a little bit too, reader...pick it up!

Shel: I really like that Whitney Barbetti created two characters, Mila and Ames, who could absolutely respect where the other one was coming from. I liked everything about their romance--from their first meeting to their non-dates--and how good they were for each other and seeing that Lotte will have a book in October makes me really excited to visit all of these characters again. Court: Cliche to say "What she said?" If so, I am and I accept it. But...yeah, we've come to know that Whitney Barbetti will inevitably find a way to tug our heart strings a bit...and make us enjoy every second. 


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“Don’t let go.” Those were my first words to him, as I hung over the side of a London bridge. The words I would soon say again, in a moment that didn’t involve bridges, but something much more fragile: my heart.

He held onto me for three weeks, in a time when I needed to be held. Needed to connect to someone who understood how loss tunneled unrepentantly through the fabric of your soul.

Although he said he'd stay, we both knew he wouldn't. I had already survived one loss—I didn't know if I'd survive another. 

Ames

She spun into my life like a tornado of smiles and chatter and everything else I'd long avoided, with a persistence that I admired, albeit begrudgingly. She broke down each neat wall I’d constructed without even trying. Her presence alone caused me to remember what it felt like to smile, to look forward to what the day would bring.

But it was only supposed to last three weeks.

“Don’t let go,” she’d pleaded.

I’d promised her I wouldn’t—but I would. I didn't have a choice.

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COVER REVEAL: So Good by Nicola Rendell


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On the roof of a house outside Truelove, Maine, master carpenter Max Doyle looks down through a skylight and sees the most beautiful woman he’s ever laid eyes on. She’s naked, she’s gorgeous, and everything about her is perfect, down to the ball-busting tattoo of a rose that wraps around her hip. But it isn’t just any woman making his knees buckle. It’s his best friend, Rosie Madden. And as he stands there, mesmerized and precariously close to toppling off the roof, he knows he’ll never, ever be able to look at her the same way again.


Rosie can’t help but notice that Max is suddenly acting very strange—lots of long stares, totally tongue-tied, and not at all like the slightly cocky hunk she’s proud to call her best friend. She can’t figure it out, until later that night when Max rescues her from the world’s worst date, challenges her to a game of pool, and shows her just exactly what she’s got him thinking about. Repeatedly.

But life is complicated. Rosie’s cat, Julia Caesar, wants to eat Max’s dog Cupcake for an afternoon snack. A dream job threatens to pull them apart. And another glance through the skylight changes everything, one more time. Yet try as they might, they can’t go back to being just friends, because falling in love with the one you’ve always adored?

It feels so good.



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Cover Design: Najla Qamber Designs
Cover Photographer: Sara Eirew Photographer
Cover Model: Justin Edwards
Cover Model: Bella/Nikki Sebben

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Nicola Rendell writes dirty, funny, erotic romance. She likes a stiff drink and a well-frosted cake. She is at an unnamed Ivy and prefers to remain mostly anonymous for professional reasons. She has a PhD in English and an MFA in Creative Writing from schools that shall not be named here. She loves to cook, sew, and play the piano. She realizes that her hobbies might make her sound like an old lady and she’s totally okay with that. She lives with her husband and her dogs. She is from Taos, New Mexico.


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Monday, June 26, 2017

REVIEW: Raw Need by Cherrie Lynn




OUR REVIEW:


Shel: I feel like I owe Cherrie Lynn something wonderful because with Raw Need she managed to get me out of spiraling book slump. I'd just come off of consecutive books that weren't working when I spotted Raw Need and after I read the synopsis I had hope that this book would be the one that would set my reading right; spoiler alert: I was right. Raw Need combined a number of things that resulted in my inhaling the story of Rowan and Zane until all hours of the night and morning. I could not, would not stop until I reached the conclusion. 

Court: I haven't had the opportunity to read Cherrie Lynn in a while, but everything I have read in the past I enjoyed immensely...so when this one was coming up for release I was very excited. And Shel is so right. We have so much love for rock stars, and this one is right up the alley for anyone who loves that trope as much as we do. Then...strong heroine? Check. Step right up, we think you'll like this one.

Shel: I'll start with one of my kryptonite --a single parent narrative. I haven't done any soul searching about why I love this type of read so much but I'd bet it'd have something to do with knowing how hard it is to parent without a partner and how I love that a love interest wouldn't use a child as a reason to write someone off. What makes Raw Need  especially interesting is circumstances that surround this couple. When you look at the synopsis you can see that this could easily become soap opera-ish or melodramatic but it really never did. Which leads me to the next thing that I enjoyed.

Court: I like it too, because it is something to be said on the parent side as to how they will go so far to protect their children and also from the having a step dad side of things in that sometimes it is a even greater blessing for a family of someone who will step in and step up and take care of someone else's children. I also had the unfortunate reason of having a parent die prior to my arrival on the planet, but this story rang true in that my parents got together about 6 months after my father passed, and I was about 3-4 months old. SO! in a round about way I was super-SUPER-super connected to this story. 

Shel: Sure this novel had some "bad guys" or situations that provided tension and conflict and those definitely had my blood boiling but those things never went too far. The real tension was provided by Rowan trying to sort through all the emotions she had when it came to her past and her present. And to Zane's credit he was supportive and patient as she worked through those emotions, despite people trying to divert them in other ways.

Court: Ugh. Yes. I cannot even get into this because I would spoil WAY too much, but I was so angry at a few characters and how they handled some things. Some people...the nerve...but I'll refrain from stepping on the soap box too high, k. lol. Zane is a really great character. He has demons, but he has had reasons in his life to find someone to be honest with. I enjoyed the slow burn of them getting to know each other. They're both in a delicate place, so the will-they-or-won't-they really made the story sizzle.

Shel: Add to all of this, a background of famous musician working in a studio and touring and the inherent intrigue and sex appeal that can come with that and you'll see that I stood no chance at resistance. The combination of interesting characters that so happen to have the background stories that I find fun to read, plus Cherrie Lynn's writing and a setting that's close to home (NOLA!) all really worked and made me wonder why it's been so long since I've read her! Court: Nope. No resistance whatsoever. This one flew by, when I was hoping I could make it last longer...and the writing is stellar...the characters are likable and honest and raw and I cannot wait to get more of this series. Damien definitely seems like the wild card baby brother and I cannot wait! 

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Synopsis:
Zane Larson has done everything he set out to do: conquered past demons, saved lives through his music, and toured the world as the frontman for one of the most popular rock bands in the world. This life—and an escape through music—was supposed to be everything he’s ever wanted, but after meeting Rowan, Zane’s no longer sure…

Soon after her husband’s death, Rowan Dugas learned she was pregnant. With grief and uncertainty her only companions, Rowan was only able to find an escape through music; specifically Zane Larson’s hypnotic voice. But after meeting the sexy lead singer of her favorite band, Rowan can hardly believe he’s interested in her. But Zane also has a painful connection to her unborn child - Zane's brother is responsible for her husband's death.

Torn between the only family she has left, and a life with Zane unlike anything she’s dared to dream about, Rowan’s decision will change her fate forever. This new title from New York Timesbestselling author Cherrie Lynn is a heart wrenching, emotionally intense story that will leave readers breathless.

Friday, June 23, 2017

REVIEW: Oversight by Santino Hassell


OVERSIGHT by Santino Hassell
Series: The Community, Book #2
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date (Print & Ebook): June 26th, 2017
Length (Print & Ebook): 242 pages
Subgenre: Romantic Suspense, Paranormal
Links: (Amazon, B&N, etc are available on release day)

Shel: Is all PNR like this because if it is then why the hell haven't I been reading more of it more often? I'm such a newb when it comes to PNR but if it's anything like the world Santino Hassell has created with this series than I'm one part pissed at myself for not getting into this scene earlier (with the exception of Anne Rice and her Nola Vampires) and one part excited about a whole new world of books that is opening to me. I love how this series blends the world I know into one I don't inhabit (to my knowledge) and makes me seriously question whether psychics exist. Seriously. Mr. Hassell is so convincing in his characterization and world building that it doesn't seem out of the norm that pys on every part of the spectrum could be walking around me right now *shrugs* either I'm that gullible or Hassell is that good (I'm going with the later, for obvious reasons). Court: Shel! Yes! LOL! This is what I've been saying! Now...there is so much to love about this world and it is a world that sucks you in immediately and it multifaceted in a complex way but still tugs at your heart in all of the right moments. The writing is so good, and the characters are complex (I said that I know, but you have no idea how important this is) and the plot is complex and the setting feels like another character. I felt so many emotions in this and any given page might change how those emotions were processed. But at this point, all I can say is wow! Gimme more! 

Shel: In addition to creating a convincing PNR world, Hassell also convinced me to actually like Holden--somehow turning him from a somewhat douchey charm-meister into a man who I ended up feeling a lot of empathy for. And I think that Six was an important part of this change. Actually, there were a few people who may have nudged him along, but Six was the one that had the most significant impact. His lack of tolerance for Holden's bullshit, his unwavering honesty, and his calm and steady influence all helped spur Holden into action. I enjoyed how Hassell created them for each other and how they were equally responsible for helping break down or through barriers that they each used as protective mechanisms. I also liked the dichotomy I imagined between the two- a hardness and a softness, gruffness and charm, experienced and inexperienced--it really worked for me. Court: It did. I also think there are a lot of observations spurned by Six that Holden experienced in how he used his gift to manipulate people. I think that really affected him in a profound way...if we could know what people are feeling at any given moment...and were able to say and do things based on that...just wow. He pondered if any of his interpersonal relationships were ever real, and definitely knew that most of his sexual ones weren't...it really made him grow as a character and I really enjoyed all of the character development intermixed in with all of the action and suspense. 

Shel: Additionally, I enjoyed the way the suspense built and the tension amped up as the novel raced toward the end. I'm just as anxious as ever to see how things will end up for all of these characters. The ending of Oversight has me hungry for answers about so many things and eager to see which of those things Hassell focuses on in the last book. He's done a really great job of handling PNR and romance and suspense and really keeping the threads of all of those things going in a way that is interesting and satisfying while keeping me on edge as I wait for more. Court: Urban fantasy somewhat fits this too...that we're in a realistic setting really makes it all the more believable for us. I fell in love with some characters that we didn't even get to meet and now all that much, and hated others. I really went through the ringer with my emotions, and I have to say...I cannot wait for the next book! You should read this right away because it is amazing. 


Book Blurb:

Spoiler Alert! The following blurb contains spoilers for Insight, book one of The Community.

Holden Payne has it all . . . or so he thinks. As heir to the founder of the Community—an organization that finds, protects, and manages psychics—he’s rich, powerful, and treated like royalty. But after a series of disappearances and murders rock the Community, he’s branded the fall guy for the scandal and saddled with a babysitter.

Sixtus Rossi is a broad-shouldered, tattooed lumbersexual with a man-bun and a steely gaze. He’s also an Invulnerable—supposedly impervious to both psychic abilities and Holden’s charms. It’s a claim Holden takes as a challenge. Especially if sleeping with Six may help him learn whether the Community had more to do with the disappearances than they claimed.

As Holden uncovers the truth, he also finds himself getting in deep with the man sent to watch him. His plan to seduce Six for information leads to a connection so intense that some of Six’s shields come crashing down. And with that comes a frightening realization: Holden has to either stand by the Community that has given him everything, or abandon his old life to protect the people he loves.

Excerpt 
Six was sitting behind the desk, once again clad in a skintight polo buttoned up all the way but this time paired with cargo pants. As he sat on the edge of the chair with his thighs spread, Holden was waiting for all those muscles to burst the seams.

"Why do you dress like an extra from Jersey Shore?"

"I'd have to pop my collar for that." He only paused in his typing when a surprised laugh fell from Holden’s mouth. Raising an eyebrow at me, Six said, "Was I not supposed to get the reference?"

"Well, you're a cyborg so I didn't think you would."

Six turned in the chair so he was facing Holden. He had on his default neutral face, but a slight twitch of his brow and lip betrayed possible amusement at the comment. Was there some getting through to him after all, or were they destined to stare at each other in mutual blankness to see who could emote the least for the next… however long he'd be here as Holden's handler?

"Not having an empathy chip doesn't make me a cyborg. There are plenty of ways to figure someone out without feeling any of their vibes."

Holden crossed his arms over his chest and leaned against the wall next to the desk. "As someone who was born with an empathy chip with elephantiasis, color me skeptical."

Six mirrored his post, crossing his arms and leaning back in the chair with his thighs spread. The view of thick thighs and a good sized bulge were a temptation Holden didn't try to resist. He glanced down twice before managing to hold Six's steady gaze.


Author Bio:

Santino Hassell was raised by a conservative family, but he was anything but traditional. He grew up to be a smart-mouthed, school cutting grunge kid, then a transient twenty-something, and eventually transformed into an unlikely romance author.

Santino writes queer romance that is heavily influenced by the gritty, urban landscape of New York City, his belief that human relationships are complex and flawed, and his own life experiences.

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Thursday, June 22, 2017

REVIEW: Strong Enough by Melanie Harlow and David Romanov


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Strong Enough, an all-new sexy standalone from USA Today Bestselling author Melanie Harlow and David Romanov is available now !

OUR REVIEW:

Shel: For readers of Melanie Harlow's romcoms this novel will have a different feel; it does have small bits of humor sprinkled in but a more serious tone was what struck me from the start, and stayed with me throughout. It was with a head tilting interest that I flipped from page to page because I'm not sure I've read a character quite like Derek. He's evidently a son of very conservative parents and those values he grew up with definitely formed his views of himself and what he should want for his personal life. While he had seemingly no problem with how others lived their lives, he felt that he only had one choice, a "traditional" one, and it was really hard to read him struggle with trying to make himself okay with the only choice he had. This struggle became especially more challenging when Maxim entered his life and that's when I struggled with how I felt about him. A large part of me was very frustrated with his struggle because of the way he framed his choices as either a sinful/bad/depraved one or the moral/right/responsible one. I had to come to terms with the idea that there are probably many people out there who think like that. I also felt for how Derek struggled and felt so isolated and sad and yet I also wanted to shake some sense into him and show him how life could be with Maxim. Speaking of Maxim, he was so wonderful. His kindness and willingness to work hard and take risks for his dreams were inspiring. I also loved how he was understanding of Derek's conundrum and yet he didn't diminish himself or push aside what he wanted in order for Derek to continue living in denial; instead, Maxim did the hard thing and stood up for what he thought was the right thing for him.

Court: Right? He ended up being behind Maxim and his sister in the favorite characters department because he was so wishy washy in his choices. While I knew that his journey to self acceptance was probably going to be a big part of this story, sometimes I felt so bad for Maxim that I jut wanted to smack Derek! I suppose the old adage that if people communicated like they should we wouldn't have real life problems...and wouldn't have conflict in our books...I suppose we'd have very short books! So! I suppose that means for sure that things wouldn't be easy. At all. But...I really enjoyed the story and how they came to know each other and the premise was really good. The writing was really good. Derek is a challenging character to like, but I think we both got there with him in the end. He's complex...and can I say thank goodness for dual POV!


Shel: As I stated earlier, this novel definitely had a more solemn tone than some of Melanie Harlow's other works but it's still very much a novel in her style: it was easy to read, very steamy, with great secondary characters and an ending that made me smile. And even though I had a hard time with Derek's struggle (and I honestly think that's what Harlow wanted us to have), it was a struggle that made me pause and think and I love it when that happens. Add to all of this the very fresh take of matching an American and a fresh off the plane Russian trying to find his place in a new country, and I found Strong Enough to be a novel that I know I'll be thinking about for quite a while. Court: It is exactly what she wanted us to have, darn it all, lol. There is definitely an abundance of character growth and development here, and the plot grew even stronger as we went so that was incredibly delightful. We just didn't like Maxim being a not-so-dirty-little-secret, and we wanted him to come to terms with that asap! I enjoyed this one and stayed up way later than I should have to finish it!!! Moral of the review: read this book! 


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Strong Enough

by Melanie Harlow & David Romanov

Genre: Contemporary MM Romance

Publication Date: June 19, 2017

I wasn’t looking for Derek Wolfe.
I wasn’t looking for anybody. All I wanted was to start a new life in America. But when I found myself stranded here with no place to go, he came to my rescue, offering me a place to stay.
He’s smart, successful, and sexy as hell—I can barely sleep knowing he’s right down the hall. And when the chemistry between us explodes one night with fierce, fiery passion, it’s hard to deny there’s something real between us.
But he does.
He says he was drunk. He says it was a one-time thing. He says he’s not into guys and what we did meant nothing.
He’s lying. Because it happened again, and again, and again. And it’s better every time.
I know we could be good together, and I want the chance to try, but I’m done hiding. If he’s not strong enough to admit the truth, I’ll have to be strong enough to walk away.

Excerpt:

Figuring I’d had enough booze to blunt his effect on me, I rolled up the sleeves of my black button-down shirt and moved next to him. “I’ll help you.” “Okay.” I caught him trying to not to look at my wrists and forearms, and it made me smile. How does it feel to want someone and have to hide it? “You wash, I’ll dry?” “Sounds good.” We worked in silence, shoulder to shoulder, and I found myself increasingly—and disturbingly—pleased at the thought of him being attracted to me and being forced to conceal it. It was fucking horrible of me to take pleasure in his discomfort, but I liked being secretly wanted. Being illicitly desired. Being the object of his covert glances and maybe even his darkest, dirtiest thoughts. I let our arms touch more than necessary, as thrilled by the physical contact as I was by the thought of what it might be doing to him. For there is no man who does not sin. My dick started to get hard, clearly unbothered by the whiskey that was breaking down my inhibitions, pushing past all my defenses, and letting my imagination run wild. What’s in that gorgeous head of yours, Maxim? What’s behind those cobalt eyes? What would you do to me, if I let you? What would you let me do to you? “Carolyn is so nice,” he said, handing me the last serving dish left to be dried. What? He was thinking about Carolyn right now? He wasn’t supposed to be thinking about Carolyn—I was, goddammit! But I wasn’t. “Yeah.” He turned off the water. Rested his wet hands on the edge of the sink. “I didn’t realize you had a girlfriend.” And I heard it in his voice—the slightest edge of jealousy, so faint I might never have noticed it had I not been so hyperaware of everything about him right now. I fucking loved it. “She’s not my girlfriend.” “Oh.” Now there was confusion. “I guess I misunderstood.” “She wants to be my girlfriend.” Silence. Of course there was silence. Maxim would never ask what the problem was. But I wanted to tell him. I wanted him to know. I wanted to share the impossible longing I felt with one person who might understand it. “The problem is me.” He was completely still. Before I could stop myself, I covered his right hand with my left. “Sometimes I don’t know what I want.” He yanked his hand from beneath mine and we faced each other. For the first time tonight, I looked him right in the eye. Nothing around us existed for me anymore. I heard only his breath. Smelled only his skin. Saw only his guarded expression. I had to have him. SBPR-MHDR-SE-AvailableNow

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About Melanie:

Melanie Harlow writes sexy, emotional romance about strong, stubborn characters who can’t help falling in love. She’s addicted to bacon, gin martinis, and summer reading on the screened-in porch. If she’s not buried in a book or binging on Netflix, you might find her running, putting a bun in someone’s hair, or driving to and from the dance studio. She lives outside Detroit with her husband and two daughters. Melanie is the USA Today bestselling author of the HAPPY CRAZY LOVE series, the FRENCHED series, MAN CANDY, AFTER WE FALL, IF YOU WERE MINE, and the sexy historical SPEAK EASY duet, set in the 1920s.

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For David Romanov, STRONG ENOUGH is to a great extent autobiographical. Born in Russia and raised in Europe, he landed in the United States at the age of 24, where he learned a lot about cultural differences between East and West. David firmly believes in ‘The One’ and learning through love. When he isn’t traveling or educating Melanie in Russian culture, he enjoys books and the company of his husband and dog in Los Angeles.

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

COVER REVEAL: The Time In Between by Kristen Ashley

   

From New York Times Bestselling author Kristen Ashley, comes the third and final book in her The Magdalene series—THE TIME IN BETWEEN—releasing August 29, 2017! Don’t miss the beautiful cover below, and pre-order your copy today!

   

About THE TIME IN BETWEEN (The Magdalene Series #3):

After a painful loss, Cady Moreland is coming to Magdalene to start the next chapter of her life. A chapter that began eighteen years ago but had a heartbreaking ending. The time in between was full of family and friendship, but Cady could never get the man she fell in love with all those years ago out of her heart.

Coert Yeager has learned to live without the girl who entered his life right when she shouldn’t and exited delivering a crippling blow he never would have suspected. The time in between was full of failing to find what he was missing…and life-altering betrayal.

But when that girl shows up in Magdalene and buys the town’s beloved lighthouse, even if Coert wants to avoid her, he can’t. A fire in town sparks a different kind of flame that won’t be ignored.

As Cady and Coert question the actions of the two young adults they once were thrown into earth-shattering circumstances, can they learn from what came in between and find each other again?

     

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    About Kristen Ashley: Kristen Ashley was born in Gary, Indiana, USA and nearly killed her mother and herself making it into the world, seeing as she had the umbilical cord wrapped around her neck (already attempting to accessorize and she hadn't taken her first breath!). Her mother said they took Kristen away, put her Mom back in her room, her mother looked out the window, and Gary was on fire (Dr. King had been assassinated four days before). Kristen's Mom remembered thinking it was the end of the world. Quite the dramatic beginning. Nothing's changed. Kristen grew up in Brownsburg, Indiana and has lived in Denver, Colorado and the West Country of England. Thus, she's blessed to have friends and family around the globe. Her family was (is) loopy (to say the least) but loopy is good when you want to write. They all lived together on a very small farm in a small farm town in the heartland. She grew up with Glenn Miller, The Everly Brothers, REO Speedwagon and Whitesnake (and the wardrobes that matched). Needless to say, growing up in a house full of music, clothes and love was a good way to grow up. And as she keeps growing, it keeps getting better.