Saturday, January 21, 2017

Book Blitz for Dirty Indiscretions: A Dark Mafia Romance by Penelope Marshall & Roxy Sinclaire (GIVEAWAY)


Readers drawn to gritty romances where the hero walks in a world of greys will find themselves drawn to this story.  Keep reading to get a tantalizing taste of Dirty Indiscretions by Penelope Marshall & Roxy Sinclaire, with its romance of a woman looking for revenge and the man looking to keep her safe while fighting for his own life amidst being betrayed, then add it to your bookshelf.  In honor of this dark romance make sure to fill out the form for the chance to win a $15 Amazon GC too!

Liam:
I was loyal to my boss, Greco. I was there to protect him at all costs. Against all threats. But then I met HER.
Elda caught my eye in a way I could never imagine. I knew I had to have her.
One of Greco’s men betrayed him. But he thought it was me. He tried to get me. I wasn’t going to have any of that.
Elda:
Greco was my father. Not the one who raised me, but by blood. See, he had an affair with my mom, who didn’t know he was married, and she got pregnant with me. He tried to have her killed, but she ended up going into hiding and died while giving birth to me.
Ever since then, I knew I was going to avenge her death. Even if it meant doing it against Greco.
I trained for years to be at the level I am at now. I just needed the right moment to do it.
But then I met Liam right when the moment presented itself. And we hooked up in the closet. And I have no regrets.
But I will have my revenge against Greco.
And I will give myself to Liam. One way or another.


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AUTHOR'S INFO:

Roxy Sinclaire writes steamy, suspenseful, romantic stories as the main genre, and this includes a variety of different topics. Some of these include dark romances, action packed romances, mafia romances, and many more. She currently works in customer relations in New York City, but is trying to fulfill her passion in writing and eventually have her dream job become a reality.



Penelope Marshall was born in the Philippines, and raised in Southern California.
She picked up writing in early 2016 and instantly fell in love with the craft. Her writing runs the romance gamut from sweet romantic comedies, to tough alpha male military suspense thrillers, with a little young adult, and paranormal thrown into the mix.
A good plot twist is what drives Penelope’s writing, striving for that jaw dropping moment at the end of each book.


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Friday, January 20, 2017

Book Tour for Life of the Party by Kris Fletcher (Review & GIVEAWAY)


A woman wanting to run from her past and a man focused on the future find themselves drawn to each other amidst the cutthroat world of politics.  Keep reading to get a tempting glimpse of Life of the Party by Kris Fletcher, along with my impressions of it, then discover even more about this book by visiting the other sites hosting this tour.  In honor of this first installment in the Calypso Falls series make sure to fill out the form below for the chance to win a $25 Amazon GC too!

In this all-new contemporary romance series, the five Elias sisters of Calypso Falls, New York, discover that love sometimes arrives in surprising ways...
Jenna Elias was always the life of the party, coasting on her charm and beauty, hiding the shame of the scandal surrounding her absentee father, a corrupt politician. But the party ended all too soon with an injury that left her partially paralyzed and a husband who simply left her. Now, at age thirty, she’s back in Calypso Falls. She leads a simple existence working in her sister’s coffee shop, but Jenna misses the joy she once had in her life. Then Cole Dekker walks into the coffee shop.
As idealistic as he is sexy, the local lawyer is running for mayor of Calypso Falls. Drawn to Jenna’s quick wit and radiance, he asks her to volunteer for his campaign. As the two start working together, there’s no denying the powerful attraction they feel for each other. A desktop makeout session leads to much more. But when Jenna’s dad returns to Calypso Falls and wants to be a part of her life again, the association could spell political suicide for Cole—and the end of a once-in-a-lifetime chance at true love.

EXCERPT:

(Jenna) couldn’t quite stop staring at him.
Her rational brain ticked through the points—attractive guy, my age, waiting politely—while something within her urged her to look harder. Deeper. Before she missed something vital.
Then he raised his eyebrows and tipped his head, and she caught it. The flash of humor. The air of expectancy. The feeling that, in this moment, she was the only thing that mattered to him.
“Could I get a coffee, please?"
Hello, reality, you cruel bitch.
“Um . . . sure. Sorry. I’ll be right with you."
Okay. So his desperate focus had been not on her, but the caffeine she represented. Nothing wrong with that. Better, even, than the possibilities being offered up by her imagination.
She returned to the register and focused on the order she needed to modify. It would be a lot easier if she wasn’t certain that he was following her every move, watching her hands glide across the keyboard like they held Harry Potter’s wand. Or maybe he was the one with the magic. It certainly took all of her resolve to stay on task when she had this sense that she was being compelled to turn back to him.
Lucky for her, learning to walk again had taught her a few things about determination.
At last the receipt was modified. She braced herself and returned to Mr. Compelling with the practiced smile she kept in her pocket for any situation requiring tact and/or faking.
“Sorry for the delay. One coffee, right?"
“Right. Milk, no sugar."
“Let me deliver these and I’ll get right on that."
She reached for the tray, but he placed a hand across it.
“Hang on,” he said.
Well, hell. There was nothing like watching a guy turn into an entitled, demanding jerk to crash through the Hormone Net.
“I’ll be right back.” She said it firmly, resisting the urge to explain playground rules about taking turns to him.
“That’s going to the table in the corner, right? The loud group?” At her nod, he added, “I’m with them. Add my coffee to the bill, let me pay up, and I’ll do the delivery myself."
Her first thought was that Aunt Margie had got things seriously wrong when she said that all men were shortsighted asses who couldn’t see beyond the ends of their peckers.
Her second was that he’d caught her limping and felt sorry for her.
She straightened her shoulders, her backbone, her hips. “Thanks, but I can manage."
“Sure you can. But I’m heading that way anyway."
“That’s very kind of you, but I’ve kept them waiting long enough."
“Yeah, well, I kept them waiting longer. If I come bearing gifts, they might be more forgiving.” The grin flashed again. “In fact, why don’t you toss a few of those muffins on the tray, too. I have a lot of groveling ahead. It might go better if I feed the beasts before I throw myself on their mercy."
How was a girl supposed to resist that?

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MY IMPRESSIONS OF THIS BOOK:

After such an exhausting presidential race I wasn't sure I wanted to read a book set in the world of politics, but the premise drew me in and in many ways it charmed me.  From its appealing main characters to its colorful cast of secondary ones who soon felt like family, this romance depicted the toll being in the public eye has on people.  It's a romance that kept me fully immersed in the connection between a woman running from her past and a man looking towards the future under the watchful eyes of his constituents.

Jenna's family once had a prominent place in the world of politics until her father absconded with money, and faked his own death to hide it, before landing himself in jail.  Along with notoriety from her father she earned her own reputation for being a Party Girl.  After an engagement with a seemingly perfect man ended in disillusionment, along with a life-changing car accident, Jenna's left feeling a bit lost and desperate to start fresh.  Meeting Cole couldn't have happened at a worse time but he's too good to ignore despite her fears over his being a politician.  Jenna's a strong-willed woman who doesn't let her disability hold her back.  She's sassy and outspoken and doesn't hesitate to let Cole know what she wants in and out of the bedroom as they undertake their secretive romance.  With her sisters she's playful and mocking as only sisters can be which made their interactions highly entertaining.  Jenna was ultimately a likable heroine who let fear rule her, until realizing how valuable true love is, to work her way towards a hard-fought HEA.

Cole's a rare man when it comes to politicians as he values honesty and transparency.  He would never judge someone on acts they had no control over and believes in what he sees and hears as opposed to what comes from the outside.  He's a true White Knight who stands strongly alongside Jenna, a quiet support as she deals with her recently released father.  Cole's a sweet and sexy hero, charming in everything he says and does, and he definitely gets my vote. He's quick to admit he's wrong and quick to prove his love in a Grand Gesture that had me swooning.  His interactions with his political team were entertaining and had a familial feel to them as they all had each other's backs throughout good times and bad.  On a whole I'm proud to announce that he's the latest addition to my list of book boyfriends for all his goodness and charm.

From start to finish I found this to be a satisfying read with a slew of appealing characters and a romance that fully invested me in its outcome.  The romance between Cole and Jenna was sweet and sexy, as well as scorching.  As her disability was also addressed it made their connection more realistic too.  The secondary characters, especially the Elias sisters, were strong with unique personalities that allowed them their own moments to shine and it has me excited for their own stories to be told.  With so many good qualities making up this romance I still felt like something was missing, something holding me back from loving it.  Although I'm not quite certain what that "something" is, I can say that I felt as if the story dragged in the middle and the background story of Jenna's father was a bit over-the-top.  Despite that I still recommend this book for its timeliness to bring us all back from the ledge of a devisive election!

My rating for this is a B+

*I got this book from NetGalley for review in exchange for my honest opinion.

AUTHOR INFO:

Kris Fletcher writes about small towns, big families, and the love that grows despite them. She has a thing for underdogs, which probably explains her lifelong devotion to the Toronto Maple Leafs. Kris shares her central New York home - fondly known as Casa Kitty – with her husband, kids, two cats, and a large population of wild killer dust bunnies. You can learn more about Kris, her books, and the view from her balcony at her website. 


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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Book Tour for Real Good Love by Meghan March (REVIEW)


Fun and flirty interactions with scorching interludes add up to an entertaining conclusion to the burgeoning relationship between two very different people.  Keep reading to get a tempting glimpse of Real Good Love by Meghan March, along with my impressions of it, then add this second installment in the Real Duet to your bookshelf.

From USA Today bestselling author Meghan March comes a sexy new duet with a hero you won't want to miss.
I’ve had my fair share of bad boys, but nothing prepared me for what it was like to be with a real good man.
Logan Brantley changed everything.
Somewhere along the way, what started as a fling became the best part of my life.
He makes me want all the things I’ve never had, like forever and happily ever after, but nothing worth having comes easily.
Everyone is betting on us to fail, but I’m ready to fight for this real good love.

EXCERPT:
Im a woman on a mission when I step off my last flight at six oclock at night, annoyed it took me an entire freaking day to get here since I made my plans at the last minute. As soon as I leave the rental car desk, Im headed for my first destination. Logans shop.
Hes never going to know what hit him. My skirt is short, my heels are tall, and my hair, skin, and nails are perfect from the pampering I managed to sneak in this week.
I pull into the parking lot an hour and a half later, mostly because I was so busy singing along to every kick-ass female anthem on my playlist that I missed the turn and went fifteen miles in the wrong direction.
But no one needs to know that little detail.
The lights are still on, and Logans truck is parked in its normal spot alongside the building. No other cars remain in the lot.
I pull out my phone and switch it out of airplane mode. I told myself I kept it there all day because I was worried about the safety of my flights and obviously because of the FAA regulations, but thats total bull.
I didnt trust myself not to answer what must be at least a few messages from Logan. I wanted this to be a surprise. Like when Logan thought I might be pregnant, this is a discussion that needs to happen in person.
A few text messages pop up from him immediately, and theyre progressively more . . . let’s call it assertive.
My Sexy Man: Bruce, call me.
My Sexy Man: Seriously, babe. Call me.
My Sexy Man: CALL ME.
My Sexy Man: This radio silence shit will not fly. Call me, Bruce.
My Sexy Man: Banner Regent, dont even try to dodge me. I know where you are, and I will come to you and show you how a real man handles this situation.
A smile spreads over my face. Ive come to terms with a few things in the last twenty-four hours, and one of them is that I dont care if Im the first one to say those words Ive been holding back. I love Logan Brantley, and Im not going to let another day go by without telling him. To his face.
After I park, I slide out of the car, careful not to pull a Britney and flash anyone my vag because Im going commando under this skirt, and strut my ass up to the entrance.
I push on the door that opens into the waiting room, but it doesnt budge. Locked. Well, dammit, thats not part of my plan. I bang on it, but no one comes. The beat of whatever rock song hes listening to is thumping through the walls.
I pull my phone out of my wristlet and text him back.
Banner: Open the damn door.
A response pops up in seconds.
My Sexy Man: What door?
Banner: Im waiting.

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MY IMPRESSIONS OF THIS BOOK:

This book picks up immediately after the jaw-dropping cliffhanger seen in the previous installment in this series that's full of scorching encounters, witty and flirty banter, and a bit of suspense revolving around meth in a small town. From there action in and out of the bedroom is nicely balanced with edge of your seat suspense as the identity of who's running the rural meth ring is slowly revealed. Their identity is well-hidden and I didn't figure it out until very late in the story as plenty of red herrings were introduced along the way.

Throughout all the danger, the romance between Logan and Banner continued to flourish. Banner's unexpected inheritance and Logan's growing fame for car restoration kept them busy but brought them closer together as they were wholeheartedly supportive of one another which made them a formidable couple. With dreams of their future and the "L word" being passed around their connection was solid and any small obstacles were quickly resolved in erotically-charged forgiveness.  Their banter and interactions outside the bedroom were fun, flirty, and full of dirty talk that had me blushing and giggling like a school girl.

Surrounding this entertaining main couple were the colorful denizens of Gold Haven with all their inherent tendencies to gossip and be quick to judge. Some were more likable than others as they found friendship with Banner, among them Julianne and Nicole, who were hard working and strong-willed with stories I long to have told. Others let jealousy rule them which led to a few cat fights along the way for Banner which had me smiling as well as rooting for her as her talent for biting words were a perfect weapon for her to wield. Gold Haven was vividly depicted and reminiscent of the small town I grew up in with all the stereotypical highs and lows, as well as current problems with drugs.

From start to finish this story held me captive with its rapid fire banter and crackling interactions between friends and lovers. Banner and Logan's interactions were scorching and unashamedly erotic in their words and deeds. Friendships were formed to entertain while providing wholehearted support when needed and they too made me smile. Romance and suspense were beautifully balanced to keep me turning the pages in anticipation of a conclusion that ultimately had me cheering. Those looking for an unforgettable main couple, memorable secondary ones, and quote-worthy dialogue will find this duo a decadent delight worthy of a place on your shelf.

My rating for this is an A-

*I got this book from the author for review in exchange for my honest opinion.


PREVIOUS BOOK IN THE REAL DUET SERIES....

REAL GOOD MAN
From USA Today bestselling author Meghan March comes a sexy new duet. We've all had the bad boys, now it's time for a Real Good Man.
Fall for a woman over text messages? No way in hell.
Reality can never be as good at the fantasy, right?
Wrong. It’s better.
Banner Regent is smart, funny, and she’s so far out of my league, she might as well be royalty.
I’m a mechanic from Kentucky. She’s a New York City party girl.
We were never supposed to meet, but one text started something neither of us saw coming.
How do you seduce the woman who already has everything?
Show her what it’s like to be with a real good man.

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AUTHOR INFO:

Meghan March has been known to wear camo face paint and tromp around in woods wearing mud-covered boots, all while sporting a perfect manicure. She's also impulsive, easily entertained, and absolutely unapologetic about the fact that she loves to read and write smut. Her past lives include slinging auto parts, selling lingerie, making custom jewelry, and practicing corporate law. Writing books about dirty talking alpha males and the strong, sassy women who bring them to their knees is by far the most fabulous job she's ever had. She loves hearing from her readers at meghanmarchbooks@gmail.com

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Book Tour for Afraid to Fly by L.A. Witt (Review & GIVEAWAY)


Readers drawn to wounded warrior stories will find themselves charmed by this romance of two men trying to overcome scars brought on by their military pasts.  Keep reading to get a tempting glimpse of Afraid to Fly by L.A. Witt, along with my impressions of it, then learn even more about it by visiting the other sites hosting this tour.  In honor of this second installment in the Achor Point series leave a comment letting us know what draws you to reading m/m romances for the chance to win a $10 Riptide Publishing GC and winner's choice of two books from Ms. Witt's backlist too!

Once a fearless fighter pilot, Commander Travis Wilson is now confined to a desk. It’s been eight years since the near-fatal crash that grounded him, and it still rules his life thanks to relentless back pain.
Lieutenant Commander Clint Fraser almost drowned in a bottle after a highly classified catastrophe while piloting a drone. His downward spiral cost him his marriage and kids, but he’s sober now and getting his life back on track. He’s traded drones for a desk, and he’s determined to reconcile with his kids and navigate the choppy waters of PTSD.
Clint has been on Travis’s radar ever since he transferred to Anchor Point. When Clint comes out to his colleagues, it’s a disaster, but there’s a silver lining: now that Travis knows Clint is into men, the chemistry between them explodes.
It’s all fun and games until emotions get involved. Clint’s never been in love with a man before. Travis has, and a decade later, that tragic ending still haunts him. Clint needs to coax him past his fear of crashing and burning again, or their love will be grounded before takeoff.


MY IMPRESSIONS OF THIS BOOK:

The Navy men and women of Anchor Point are back in this angst-ridden romance between two men riddled with pain over their nightmare-inducing pasts.  With physical and emotional pains weighing on them both they find solace and acceptance in each other's arms until fear drives them apart.  With their HEA on the rocks will the other be brave enough to fight for what he knows is right for both of them or will he leave him adrift?

From the moment readers are introduced to Clint and Travis they see a memorable coupling, a coupling made up of older men left battered and bruised by wartime acts who have rebuilt their lives after deciding they could no longer hide the truth of their orientation.  They're left scarred with PTSD, chronic pain, and for one, he's had to overcome addictions.  They're also left jaded and disillusioned by the military and fear what will come after their service ends. It's only in each other's arms that they find peace and quiet, as well as love...which catches both of them by surprise.  Theirs is a combustible relationship, one that flared very quickly and had them burning up the sheets and our eReader's pages from the very start. Theirs is a relationship that's easily accepted by those around them but it's Travis's fears that are the biggest roadblock to their HEA.  Fears over his disability, and the limitations it places on their sex life, have him constantly thinking of the end while Clint's focused on their future.  It makes for realistic storytelling but frustration for the reader which ultimately leads to an ending that shows that wisdom comes with maturity.

On a whole this was an intensely emotional m/m romance.  It sets itself apart from the crowd with its older protagonists and by not having the stereotypical roadblocks at play in keeping these two men apart.  Their sexual interludes were erotic, original in compensating for Travis's chronic back pain, and were nicely balanced with scenes that allowed them to connect on a deeper level. Along with this unique main couple came interactions with the couple from the previous book in this series which gives readers nice follow-up on how their romance has progressed, as well as showing them to be a supportive sounding board.  If there's one thing that held me back from loving this book completely it's that it went on way too long and I got a bit bored in the middle section. Despite that I definitely recommend this book for its memorable older couple and creative handling of disability and romance.

My rating for this is a B-

*I got this book from NetGalley for review in exchange for my honest opinion.

AUTHOR INFO:

L.A. Witt is an abnormal M/M romance writer who has finally been released from the purgatorial corn maze of Omaha, Nebraska, and now spends her time on the southwestern coast of Spain. In between wondering how she didn’t lose her mind in Omaha, she explores the country with her husband, several clairvoyant hamsters, and an ever-growing herd of rabid plot bunnies. She also has substantially more time on her hands these days, as she has recruited a small army of mercenaries to search South America for her nemesis, romance author Lauren Gallagher, but don’t tell Lauren. And definitely don’t tell Lori A. Witt or Ann Gallagher. Neither of those twits can keep their mouths shut…


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Monday, January 16, 2017

Book Cover Reveal for In the Moment by Alison G. Bailey (GIVEAWAY)

Readers looking for a gut-wrenching read will be drawn to this tale of healing through the power of love.  Keep reading to get a tempting glimpse of In the Moment by Alison G. Bailey, then get ready to add it to your bookshelf when it releases on February 14th.  In honor of this romantic tale of sacrifice make sure to fill out the form below for the chance to win a $20 Amazon GC and signed copy of this book too!


Life is made up of moments. If you’re not in one, then you’re not living.
Cadence Fletcher wants to start a new chapter in her life. The problem is, the nightmare she’s been living for the past two years has stripped away her identity, leaving behind only a shell of who she used to be. Until one night. One random meeting. And one moment, brought her heart, soul, and body back to life.
From the very first moment he saw her, Luken Schaffer couldn’t get Cadence out of his mind. He wanted her. He needed her. And wasn’t going to back down until he got her.
But when Luken reveals a family secret, Cadence is torn between living the life she always dreamed of, and sacrificing it all, so that Luken has a chance at the future he deserves.

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AUTHOR INFO:

Alison G. Bailey is an award winning, Amazon and International bestselling author living in Charleston, South Carolina. At an early age she fell in love with writing, reworking scenes from her favorite TV shows and movies with new dialogue. Alison wrote and produced several stage plays before turning her sights on the book world.
Under the influence of a copious amount of Diet Pepsi and nonstop listening to her Spotify playlists, Alison writes unique emotional stories full of love, laughter, and romance.


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Book Tour for Falling For the Player by Jessica Lee (Review & GIVEAWAY)


Fans of m/m romance will find themselves quickly caught up in all the angst of opposites attracting in this journey to HEA full of ups and downs.  Keep reading to get a tempting taste of Falling For the Player by Jessica Lee, along with my impressions of it, then add it to your bookshelf.  In honor of this scorching tale of reunited lovers make sure to fill out the form below for the chance to win 2-$5 Amazon GCs too!

Bad boy and former NFL running back Patrick Guinness is tired of meaningless sex. Ever since his scorching hot one-night stand three years ago, no one has interested him. So when Max Segreti wanders into his mechanic shop—and his life again—Patrick can't stop thinking about the totally-out-of-his-league law student and the possibility of getting him out of his system once and for all.
Max Segreti has spent his entire life doing what his father wants. But when he runs into the hotter-than-hell player he’s never been able to forget, he’s not thinking about studying for the bar. A distraction is the last thing he needs, but after an encounter leaves him wanting more, Max embraces the chaos that Patrick brings…even as he knows it can’t last. They're too different to ever have a future together.

EXCERPT:

Jumping up, Patrick yanked his soaked shirt over his head.
Damn, that shit is hot!
“Oh, fuck!” Max grabbed the wet shirt and tried to soak up the remaining coffee dripping off Patrick’s skin. “God, this is my fault. I should have been more careful.” Then Max jerked his own T-shirt off and blotted Patrick’s chest with it, his expression twisted with concern. “Are you okay?"
He was fine. Not that Max would stand still and listen long enough to find out. Fuck, the guy was too adorable. Patrick was lucky the coffee had been Max’s heavily creamed version and so not hot enough to do any damage.
Patrick braced his hands on the other guy’s shoulders, trying to hold him in place, but it wasn’t working. “Max,” he called out to him.
“Do we need to get you to the ER?"
“I’m fine."
“Shit, Patrick, I--"
Seizing one of Max’s wrists, Patrick hauled him against his chest, bringing a halt to whatever else he’d been about to say. Max looked up, his eyes wide, stunned.
“I’m okay,” Patrick whispered. He couldn’t stop drinking in the other man’s features. Strands of Max’s dark hair had fallen forward onto his forehead. The guy had the most expressive dark blue eyes, with small flecks of amber around the pupil he hadn’t noticed until now. Patrick followed the bridge of the man’s perfectly straight nose lower to where it ended above the carved V of his mouth. Outside of his looks, Max was everything Patrick never went for, smart and obviously rich, judging by the expensive car and his big-ass condo. Back home, the only way he and Max’s type would have mixed would have been when he worked on their cars. Funny how his popularity as a football star placed him, for once, on the other side of the tracks. Someone who would soon be rolling in the big bucks. The pink tip of Max’s tongue appeared, momentarily short-circuiting Patrick’s train of thought as Max licked his full lower lip.
Fuck.
Patrick wasn’t sure who moved first, but the next thing he knew, he had his fist clenched in Max’s short, thick hair and his lips sealed against Max’s. A hard shudder of pleasure raced over him, and Patrick’s cock bucked against the confines of his zipper. Max groaned, his mouth roaming every inch of Patrick’s mouth, as if he couldn’t get enough. But Patrick matched his every move, unsure who needed the contact, the pleasure, more.


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MY IMPRESSIONS OF THIS BOOK:

Fans of m/m romances will find this tale an entertaining read, a bit predictable at times, but one that will pull you into the angst-ridden connection between two men from very different worlds.  As Max and Patrick work through issues of self-esteem they also struggle with familial judgments that had me rooting for them every step of the way.

Max has always been the responsible one, always doing what others expect of him, until that one unforgettable night with a college football player on the cusp of fame.  It's a night where he let loose and indulged and it ruined him for any other man since.  Despite that one moment Max has stayed true to his graduating law school and keeping his orientation out of the public eye as his father desires.  A chance meeting with Patrick though reawakens old desires and takes them on a journey of desperation that has the differences in their incomes a major roadblock.  From the first page to the last Max remains sweet and kindhearted, only wanting to love and be loved by Patrick.  For so long his father has made the way he lives his life a dirty little secret and he's accepted it. Being with Patrick though inspires him to stand up for himself in a moment that had me cheering.

Patrick's always known he was bi-sexual and has sowed lots of wild oats throughout his college football career with each one less memorable than the last.  It's not until the night where he's feeling at his lowest that he meets the one man he's unable to forget.  The years since then have been unkind and left him a different man, one less self-assured in some ways except when it comes to his desire for Max.  Theirs is a combustible relationship that always feels as if it's on precarious footing with every erotic encounter feeling frantic.  Patrick's clearly a dominant, in and out of the bedroom, and the result is someone who's a bit touchy when it comes to money which leads to a big (and unnecessary) misunderstanding.  He's also a man weighed down by the pressures of raising his brother alone and anger at not living up to his expectations which left me heartbroken for all he's lost and rooting for Max to heal him.

On a whole this is the kind of romance you've seen before with obstacles that are predictable.  What saves this story is the main couple, who are far from perfect, but captured my attention nonetheless.  Their personalities may be different with their unequal socioeconomic statuses and natures but they're decadently delightful together as they burned up the pages.  Max is the calming influence with the positive outlook while Patrick is brooding and darkly sensual. I liked both of them but wish more time had been spent getting to know them on a more deeply personal level as their burgeoning relationship seemed to be all about sex.  Surrounding this combustible couple is a small cast of secondary characters who subtly influenced Max and Patrick's relationship.  From Max's supportive best friend to his judgmental father to Patrick's troubled younger brother these influences end up feeling stereotypical with roadblocks quickly resolved.  Ultimately this is a story that kept me fully invested in the HEA of two men who clearly make each other happier despite their differences and I recommend it for the warm fuzzies the conclusion left behind!

My rating for this is a B-

*I got this book from the author for review in exchange for my honest opinion.


AUTHOR INFO:

Jessica Lee is an EPIC eBook Award winner and international bestselling author of paranormal romance. She lives in the southeastern United States with her husband and son. In her former life, Jessica was a science geek and spent over twenty-five years as a nurse. But after the birth of her son, she left her medical career behind. During that transition, she discovered her passion for writing romance and has never looked back. Jessica Lee is currently published with Entangled Publishing and Resplendence Publishing. Plus she has several self published titles available.


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Book Review for Finding Kyle by Sawyer Bennett


Opposites attracting and a life full of secrets drive this romance of a hero whose past haunts him still and the kindhearted young woman he's drawn to despite the danger to her heart and soul.  Keep reading to get a tempting glimpse of Finding Kyle by Sawyer Bennett, along with my impressions of it, then add this just-released small-town romance to your bookshelf!

When you’ve lived your life as a criminal...
When you’ve done unspeakable things...
When your soul has become dark and stained...
The path to redemption begins where you least expect it.
Kyle Sommerville is in hiding and doesn’t want to be found by anyone. Certainly not by his quirky, free-spirited neighbor who’s managed to push her way past the walls he’s built around him. But Jane Cresson’s indomitable will and insatiable curiosity about her reclusive neighbor makes it impossible for Kyle to stay immersed in his dark world.
Little by little, she claws through his shell.
Day by day, she gets him to smile a little more.
Night by night, they both find pleasure they never knew existed.
When Kyle’s terrible past is exposed, Jane begins to think she’s in over her head. Can her love for this broken man finally clear his path to redemption, or will Kyle’s darkness finally extinguish every bit of hope she’s put into him?

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MY IMPRESSIONS OF THIS BOOK:

Those looking for a romance that puts readers through a gamut of emotions will want to add this charming and sexy read to their bookshelf.  From its likable characters to its fun and flirty banter to feelings of suspense permeating the story, readers will find themselves quickly captivated and sad to see this story end.  From the first page to the last it's a hard book to put down.

Kyle always wanted to be a hero and took great pride in becoming an undercover agent to bring down a corrupt MC.  The line between hero and villain became quickly blurred though as he got caught up in his role and took part in acts that haunt him still.  In hiding and presumed dead, after bringing his MC down, he awaits the trial in which he'll give his testimony and finally get back to his life.  Being in hiding is a frustrating time, tedious and lonely, as he tries not to make an impression on anyone that will bring danger to his door.  With a sexy neighbor, who doesn't take no for an answer, within arm's length hiding out soon becomes more difficult though.  With her sweet smile, kind heart, and innocent questions it's hard for him to remain aloof as he becomes more drawn to her.  With his time in town running out, and with danger coming ever closer, his heart and soul won't be the only thing left broken in a burgeoning relationship that brought a smile to my face.  Kyle's a dramatically different man after his years spent with Mayhem's Mission, he's harder and more jaded, unable to see goodness in others or himself.  He's content to be alone, biding his time until he meets Jane with her boundless energy and unending goodness. She wears him down and becomes the lone bright spot in his tainted life.  With obsession outweighing common sense he undertakes a relationship with her that reminded him of the man he used to be, and who he longs to be again, which left me aching for him.  Ultimately, Kyle's a good man who sacrificed his very soul to do what was right and is now paying a heavy price before getting a reward he never expected.

Jane's the proverbial good girl.  She never seems to stray from the path of goodness, content with the life she's made in her hometown.  Her life is ordered and quiet, but it's all her's which gives her a feeling of pride.  She's an unconventional heroine in some ways, quirky with her knowledge of film quotes, but with a backbone that won't let her back down from anything.  She's always gone for the good guys before but soon finds herself drawn to the tatted-up bad boy next door.  They start out as tentative friends but soon become more in a relationship fueled by desperation as Kyle's time in Misty Harbor winds down. Jane's immensely likable and loyal with a heart of gold and joy that radiates off her.  She's a bit quirky and somewhat naive about sex but is just what Kyle needs to find his way back to the land of the living.  Being with Kyle gives this kitten claws and I enjoyed seeing her stand up for herself when her ex seeks to bruise her ego.  Throughout the story Jane's the perfect heroine, bringing joy to one and all, and deserves her richly rewarding HEA after rescuing a man who saved so many others..

From the first page to the last I found this a sexy and satisfying romance.  With a main couple you can't help rooting for in a relationship that's sweet and scorching I couldn't turn the pages fast enough.  Theirs was an erotically-charged friends-to-lovers connection that nicely balanced steamy interludes with intimate talks and playfulness to keep me fully invested in their HEA.  While their romance was fun to see flourish, I found the suspense a bit lacking.  Once danger came knocking it was resolved before it barely began, despite how much build-up preceded it.  Along with a memorable main couple came a colorful cast of secondary characters, denizens of a quaint small town who subtly pushed Kyle and Jane together.  Jane's friend Miranda was more than subtle in pushing them together and I enjoyed her bold and brash nature that was in juxtaposition to Jane.  The two of them together were an entertaining match that made me want to be their friend too.  On a whole this was a fun and flirty story about redemption that wore its heart on its sleeve and kept us entertained every step of the way!

My rating for this is a B+

*I got this book from NetGalley for review in exchange for my honest opinion.


AUTHOR INFO:

Since the release of her debut contemporary romance novel, Off Sides, in January 2013, Sawyer Bennett has released more than 30 books and has been featured on both the USA Today and New York Times bestseller lists on multiple occasions.
A reformed trial lawyer from North Carolina, Sawyer uses real life experience to create relatable, sexy stories that appeal to a wide array of readers. From new adult to erotic contemporary romance, Sawyer writes something for just about everyone.
Sawyer likes her Bloody Mary’s strong, her martinis dirty, and her heroes a combination of the two. When not bringing fictional romance to life, Sawyer is a chauffeur, stylist, chef, maid, and personal assistant to a very active toddler, as well as full-time servant to two adorably naughty dogs. She believes in the good of others, and that a bad day can be cured with a great work-out, cake, or a combination of the two.