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

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Strong Enough

by Melanie Harlow & David Romanov

Genre: Contemporary MM Romance

Publication Date: June 19, 2017

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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.

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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.

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Reviewed for Kindle friends Forever by Klaire Sutherland

This was a late addition to our review schedule so there wasn’t really much time to think about the blurb before reading, however within the first chapter it was abundantly clear that Strong Enough was a book that I was going to enjoy. Now, I prefer my books with some grit – a lot or a little – it doesn’t particularly matter, especially with a M/M book, as long as I can sink my teeth into it. Strong Enough is not that kind of book, there’s no dark, gory details within the pages, there’s no rough around the edges alpha males competing with one another but what there is here is a beautiful story that captivates the reader and with each chapter the compulsion to keep reading was there in spades. I loved the ‘easy’ read that this book seemed to be. The words carried me, the story held onto me and didn’t let go. I was sitting with two other bloggers over the weekend trying to explain what it was that hooked me about Strong Enough and I simply couldn’t find the words to explain why. In hindsight, having thought about the book a long time, I think perhaps the fact that it feels like a ‘real’ read, something true to life, is what had me hooked. My understanding is, from the Q&A with the authors at the back of the book, that Strong Enough is somewhat part autobiographical. For me, the writing captures the realism of the story and it’s most likely why I found it so appealing and loved reading it.

The characters had a fantastic depth to them, tremendously likeable even when things were not quite ideal. Derek and Maxim were made for each other, neither expected on another but boy did they have something that we all wished we could find. The chemistry between these two men sizzled from the very beginning. I loved how they met and I loved how they ended up. The secondary characters fell into place pleasantly, complementing the story in all the right places and extremely affable.

I’m not familiar with Melanie Harlow’s writing but I felt that she nailed this. Angsty in all the right places, some serious steam and lots of reflective voice that never bored me. I can’t really say that much more about this book in all honesty, there’s nothing I would change, nothing that bothered me, nothing that made me think twice about awarding this book the 5 stars it so thoroughly deserves. Beautifully written, full of emotion, richly descriptive and perfectly balanced. What I will say is this – Strong Enough surprised me. It’s not the kind of book I read and enjoy, yet this bowled me over. Find a cosy corner somewhere and grab a glass of wine, give yourself a few hours to get lost with Derek and Maxim’s story, you won’t regret a second of it. I promise.

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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About David:

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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                                  RELEASE BLITZ                                   The Bed and Breakfast on the Beach: The perfect           summer beach read 2017 by Kitty French

 

Author: Kat French

Genre: Romantic Comedy

Release Date: 22nd June, 2017

Cover Design: Emma Rogers

Publisher: Avon / HarperCollins

 

 

 

What others are saying:

‘Warm, wild, witty and wonderful. Kat French at her best! KATEY LOVELL

‘I loved her quirky humour and the pace, not to mention the colourful cast. And the setting were amazing. I really was transported. What a happy uplifting book! Funny and evocative, refreshing as a G and T – this book is as good as a holiday!’ JANE LINFOOT

‘Brimming full of joy and sunshine I thought it was gorgeous, lovely characters, wonderful setting, original ideas and Jess and Winnie – well what a fabulous love story!’ JULES WAKE

Synopsis:

A gorgeous summer read to escape with this summer!

A Greek island solves all life’s problems…doesn’t it?

Winnie, Stella and Frankie have been best friends forever.

When their lives unexpectedly unravel, they spontaneously decide to buy a gorgeous B&B on a remote Greek island. Drenched in hot sun, Villa Valentina is the perfect escape from reality. But when Winnie meets Jesse, their brooding neighbour, she finds that Greece is full of its own complications – not least how attractive he is…

Meanwhile, Frankie and Stella are discovering that Villa Valentina has its own secrets – starting with the large supply of gin in the cellar and the arrival of a famous rock band. A band with one very good-looking member who just might distract Frankie from thoughts of her husband…

Smart, sassy and sexy, this summer sizzler is perfect for fans of Lucy Diamond and Jane Costello.

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 ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Reviewed by Rachel & Sharon Thérèse

‘Do you think it’s too early for a G&T?’

We want to go to Greece! We want to go to Ms French’s island in the Med where three gorgeous women turn a new page in their lives, who leave everything behind to start a new journey for reasons you’ll only find out by diving headfirst into this stellar summer read. Escaping to this little piece of paradise is holding on to the memory of an outstanding tale narrated in third person past tense; of three besties finding themselves. Quite honestly, we felt like we were there. As French is such a descriptive writer, she made it easy for us to imagine them preparing their drink of preference on the veranda of their newly acquired B&B overlooking the beach. Don’t get us wrong; there’s much more depth to the plot than just fixing a good ol’ G&T which in itself, is quite another story!

‘So what’s going on over at the B&B? “Are you three doing a Thelma and Louise?’

‘Meaning?’

‘Bitter women running off together for an ill-advised adventure?’

We can’t begin to tell you how refreshing it was to read a book whose protagonists’ ages were slightly more mature than what we normally expert to see in this type of genre. Them being older meant we related to Winnie, Frankie and Stella with such an ease, we were even able to put ourselves in their flipflops! Less than a quarter of the way into the story and we’d already made our minds up. We were right in thinking it would primarily be Winnie’s story with Frankie and Stella close behind. French has got talent. Her character development of these bosom buddies who compliment each other but are so not alike, was spot on. And although they do have a strong emotional connection and living under the same roof, there was never any bitching. Quite the reverse actually. Their relationship could be described as all for one, and one for all. Nor did a moment exist when we felt three was a crowd. Of course, they’re out of their depths with not speaking the lingo and all that, so get ready for a few gem cock-ups.

‘Feliz Navidad?’

‘You just wished me Merry Christmas in Spanish. It’s early May, and this is Greece.’

Winnie won us over when she went looking for The Fonz; and not only found it, but also her stroppy Australian neighbour, Jesse. Hmm… it was plain to see what was going to happen here but we really didn’t mind, what concerned us was Winnie getting hurt. You see, Jesse is a confusing guy who blows hot one second and cold the other. When we got to know this sculptor extraordinaire a bit better, was when we began to worry about him because oh boy, does he have problems! We liked that French held his story back, kept us guessing right up until nearly the end of the book. A brilliant piece of writing strategy. One thing we can’t argue about is their sizzling chemistry. Seeing as he’d shown us his snarky attitude thus far, we couldn’t help but warm to him where, in one sexy scenario, Winnie bares more than her soul…and the kiss, no words! Yep, we were well pleased with Jesse. Mind you, we’re not sure who was left more frustrated; him, her or us! The banter between these two is simply off the charts. Jesse’s dry wit and Winnie’s sassy comebacks kept us entertained throughout the read and for such a confessed unromantic, Jesse had our lips quivering when he described to Winnie what he saw in her. That being said, what we really liked and not just with Winnie and Jesse, was listening to all the characters’ inner-thoughts; the advantage of telling a story in third person.

‘I’m not a monk. I fuck sometimes. I even make breakfast afterwards. I’m one of the good guys; I don’t promise the moon on a string, because strings strangle relationships.’

What also caught our attention was how the author adapted the gals abilities to chores of their liking. Frankie’s a dab hand in the kitchen, Stella puts her business skills to good use and Winnie being a mum, is excellent at multitasking. Who made us scream was Stella. She came across as an abrupt, no nonsense kind of person. Then she discovers there’s more to one of the B&B’s guests than meets the eye and it was as if she underwent an inner-change. Frankie. Of all the gals, it was she who touched our hearts most. A worrier, her sensitive soul suffers in silence. Little did she know what was in store for her.   

‘I’m worried people might mistake me for the Virgin Mary if I start riding a donkey around town.’ ‘They might all fall on their knees and worship me.’

‘I reckon you’re safe.’ ‘I don’t think Mary wore hotpants.’

The gals settle in to find out they’re going to have to adhere to well established island customs. Now then, we have inside info; we just happen to know what tipple a certain lady likes! So it was of no surprise to us to learn that the actual plot per se, was going to revolve around this wondrous beverage which has held up an entire empire. What was thrown in for good measure and we liked it a lot was a lesson or three about how it’s made, the importance of a certain berry and why it was worthy of the locals reverence.

‘I quite like the idea of us as bad fairies. Can we have that on the label?’

‘To the Secret Gin Fairies of Skelidos.’

Our rating caused quite an interesting discussion. We never doubted that this story deserved five stars, but… the big but! One of us had issues with a few phrases. She felt this lovely trio of ladies, Brits to the core, wouldn’t have used Americanisms; saying that, her buddy reader felt that the usage of them would be more attractive to the American reader. Me, the blondie writing this paragraph begged to differ saying our American friends across the other side of the ocean love British English. Oops, work this one out–we’re both blonde! Another tinsy-winsy gripe she had was with the editing. A few passages were too wordy and had a clunky feel to them. Nonetheless, the last word was the actual story which in itself, won those five stars hands down. How could it not when one of us had to read it out loud to her hubby because he was curious to see why she was laughing her head off, and had him cracking up, too! Bravo Ms French for a giving us a superb beach read!

More Summer Reads by Kat French

HarperCollins UK sale: 99 pennies on Amazon

My Perfect Stranger: U.K | U.S

Love Your Neighbour: U.K | U.S

 

Meet & Connect with Kat:

Kitty French author

Slightly less smutty alter-ego of Kitty French, USA Today bestselling smut fictionista. USA Today bestselling author Kitty French writes sexy, escapist reads hot enough to burn your fingers…

The Knight Trilogy has been a best seller around the globe, and is available as individual books or as a complete trilogy box-set.

Regular Sex, nine sizzling individual short stories in one book with a bonus of Knight and Sleigh was published on 26th May.

SIGN UP FOR KITTY’S NEWSLETTER for all the gossip and release information by emailing on kittyfrenchwriter@me.com

Kitty is also the disreputable alter-ego of a romantic comedy writer Kat French.
As Kat, her romantic comedies Undertaking Love, The Piano Man and One Hot Summer are available now.

Kat was born and raised in the heart of the Black Country, where she still lives with her husband and her two little boys.

She grew up with a healthy obsession for books, and several years ago she promised her husband she would write novels if Santa gave her a macbook for Christmas. It’s a promise she is very glad to have kept.

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                                  RELEASE BLITZ                                       HYDE’S ABSOLUTION by NINA LEVINE

The highly anticipated fourth book from Nina Levine’s Sydney Storm MC is available now!

Are you reading to meet this possessive biker?

The Sydney Storm MC are back and war is coming.

Monroe Lee is a handful.
She fights me, challenges me and tries to resist me.

Where I’m jagged, she’s smooth.
Where I’m dark, she’s pure.
Where I’m broken, she’s whole.

I am not a good man.
I’ve hurt everyone I’ve ever loved.
I should walk away before I ruin her too.

But fuck, we are fire together.
And I’ve been out in the cold too long.
At a time when everything is falling down around me, she might just be my saviour.

This story contains all the panty-melting sexiness and alpha goodness that Nina Levine books are known for.

Order your copy today to receive the LIMITED EDITION ebook version that will have a BONUS King chapter in it! All release week copies will contain this bonus chapter.

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I tore my attention from Hyde and gave it back to Tatum when she said, “I’ll call you tomorrow.”

Hyde’s presence had pretty much wiped all coherent thought from my mind, so I simply nodded and murmured, “Okay.”

As she and Nitro walked away from us, Hyde moved closer. His scent almost hypnotised me, if that was even possible. Looking down at me, he said, “What are you drinking?” The husky tone of his voice was like the final nail in my coffin. He could lead me down the path to sin with that voice.

“A cosmo please.”

He turned to the waiting bartender and ordered drinks before shifting his gaze back to me. His body was so damn close it almost pressed against mine. His eyes dropped to my chest. “You weren’t made to be subtle, were you, sugar?”

“Can’t say that word’s in my vocabulary, no.” The way he was devouring my body told me I’d made the best decision when I bought the black dress I wore tonight. Knee length with a plunging neckline and accentuated with a belt around my waist, it clung to every curve I had. My girls were up and proudly out, just the way I liked them. I mean, if you had it, flaunt it, right? And I’d had the red in my hair touched up that afternoon. It hung in lazy vivid red curls to just below my breasts. I wasn’t sure which part of me he thought wasn’t subtle, but I guessed it had something to do with my dress by the way he seemed unable to draw his gaze from my body.

Finally he found his way back up to my face. The heat flashing in his eyes shot a round of lust through my veins. Good God, this man, though. I wondered if he had any idea of the storm he caused within me. “Don’t ever add it.” If what he said didn’t make my legs sway a little, the forceful, gravelly way he said it did.

The bartender placed our drinks on the counter, distracting us from each other. Hyde dropped some cash on the bar, took a mouthful of his whisky and looked back at me while I got down as much of my drink as I could in one mouthful. God knew, I needed it. I could stand my ground with any man, but Hyde had a way of catching me off guard.

“You calm down after that thing about owing me money this morning?” And there he went, flipping my feelings about him on their head.

I fixed him with a look that let him know I wasn’t impressed. “I didn’t have anything to calm down from.”

“You seemed all worked up about it.”

I threw some more of my cocktail down my throat. “I wasn’t.” But I was getting there now, that was for sure.

He drank some more whisky, keeping his eyes steady on mine. “Okay.”

Okay? Oh no he didn’t. He didn’t get to end a conversation with that bullshit. “Okay? Seriously, you’re going to end with that?”

“It seemed pointless to argue.”

I finished my drink and placed the empty glass down with some force. Sliding off my stool, I said, “We weren’t arguing. I was simply telling you like it was.”

“Yeah, I’ve picked that up about you.”

My eyes practically popped out of their sockets. “Picked up what about me?”

“That you like to tell men like it is.”

“I do not! You just have this way of pushing my buttons. I feel like it’s you, not me.”

His lips twitched. “Sugar, if I knew which buttons I was pushing, I’d push them some more. I never said I didn’t like the way you told me how it was.”

I snatched my bag off the bar. I needed a moment to get my thoughts under control. In the space of seconds I’d switched from wanting him to wanting to smack him to wanting him again. My mind needed a break from the whiplash. I took a step away from the bar and said, “I’ll have another cosmo.”

Without waiting for his response, I headed in the direction of the ladies room. I’d almost made it there when a hand slid around my waist and I was pushed up against the wall in the dark hallway. A hard body pushed against mine as the hand around my waist slid down to settle on my ass and warm breath whispered across my cheek. “My cock likes that attitude of yours. Surprised the fuck outta me, but I can’t deny I want more of it.”

The proof of his statement ground against me, sparking need all over me. Every inch of my skin blazed with desire. I gripped his shirt with both hands and found his eyes. “You and I weren’t made for each other, Hyde.”

“I’m not saying we were.”

My body went to war with my mind. It fought me kicking and screaming, desperate for what he was offering, but I didn’t want to surrender. “So what’s the point of starting something?”

He pushed his cock harder against me. “I came here against better judgement tonight. Nitro told me you’d be here and I came because I couldn’t, for the fucking life of me, get you out of my head. I want my hands on those curves of yours and my dick as far inside you as you can take it.”

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If you haven’t started this series yet, download the first book, Relent, for FREE today and catch up on the series everyone is talking about!

Book One in the new Sydney Storm MC series.

A biker torn between loyalty to his club and love for his woman.

I let Evie Bishop go once. I won’t make that mistake again.

I’ve loved Evie since we were kids, before I found the Storm MC.
Long before I sold my soul to the devil.
I never wanted to bring her into this world, but a man can only go so long without the woman he loves by his side. I need her like I fucking need air and I won’t stop until she’s mine again.
I knew she’d battle me.
I knew I’d have to fight hard for her.
But I never thought I’d be in this predicament—torn between her and my club.
The thing about me, though, is that I’ll do anything for those I love. Even if it could cost me everything.

Standalone Motorcycle Club Romance

This spin-off series can be read without reading the original Storm MC Series.

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Dreamer.
Coffee Lover.
Gypsy at heart.

USA Today Bestselling author who writes about alpha men & the women they love.

USA Today Bestselling Author Nina Levine is an Aussie author who writes alphas with a side of dirty and sassy women who don’t hand their hearts over easily.

When she isn’t creating with words, she loves to create with paint and paper. Often though, she can be found curled up with a good book and some chocolate.

 

 

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                                  TEASER BLITZ                                                       TIED BY CARRION COLE

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Tied, the anticipated follow-up to Torn, by Carian Cole releases on MONDAY, June 26th!
He’s the only one that has ever made me feel. And I want to make him feel, too.

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Synopsis:

He was the myth and the legend of our small town. But no one knew the truth… except me.

Me
My childhood was stolen by a monster. I’ve forgotten what love feels like. What happiness feels like. What hope feels like. I am numb.

Him
He’s possibly as damaged as I am. Maybe even more. Scarred just as much on the inside as the outside. Just like me. He doesn’t speak. He doesn’t smile. He hides in the woods like an animal. I should be scared of him. But I’m not. He’s the only one that has ever made me feel. And I want to make him feel, too. everything…

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About the Author:

I have a passion for the bad boys, those covered in tattoos, sexy smirks, ripped jeans, fast cars, motorcycles and of course, the sweet girls that try to tame them and win their hearts.

My first novel in the best-selling Ashes & Embers series, Storm, published in September of 2014. I have many books and sequels slated for this series. My new spin-off series, Devils Wolves, launched in 2016 with the best-selling novel, Torn. There are several books planned for this series as well.

Born and raised a Jersey girl, I now reside in beautiful New Hampshire with my husband and our multitude of furry pets and spend most of my time writing, reading, and vacuuming.

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