BLOG TOUR ~ GETTING PLAYED by Emma Chase

A magnificent read from New York Times bestselling author Emma Chase, and today we’re thrilled to be on tour with her  all-new contemporary romance stand-alone in the Getting Some duet, GETTING PLAYED


Dean Walker is all about keeping life simple. He’s effortlessly talented and intelligent-spending his summers playing drums in the local band and the rest of the year teaching high school in the same Jersey town where he grew up. He likes his love life simple too, enjoying the commitment-free hook-ups his good looks and sexy charm have always made oh-so-easy.

Then he meets Lainey Burrows. And his simple, easy life gets turned upside down.

One wild one-night stand was all it was ever supposed to be, so Lainey is shocked when she discovers that her sizzling summer fling is also her son’s new math teacher. What ensues is an addictive, insatiable, sweet romance that won’t be simple, but it will be more than worth the fight.


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Reviewed by Sharon Thérèse at KFF

Ten per cent into the book and the pages were already heating up. It certainly felt like Chase had done a reversal by not holding back on the steaminess when actually, this couldn’t be further from the truth. You’ll know what I mean when you dive into Getting Played, but one thing’s for sure, she managed to get this reader hot and bothered pretty darn quick. Something that’d slipped my mind is that Chase’s bedroom scenes are magnificent. Not sure if I should use this adjective but they simply are. And I could have kicked myself for not having caught up with her books, especially Getting Schooled. Although it’s the first book in the Getting Some duet, I never felt I’d missed out.

‘Dean’s body is a wonderland, and I explore every bit of it. And he plays me like an instrument.’

Now then, apart from seriously contemplating grabbing a fan, my next impression was that there’s so much more to this contemporary romance than meets the eye. I wasn’t wrong. Chase writes with an immense amount of flair, capturing my attention from beginning to end. Bit of advice here; I started the book at daft o’clock which wasn’t such a good idea. Apart from the sleep deficit, trying not to disturb my better half while reading in bed wasn’t easy, either.

“I have this theory, it’s stupid. Life is full of surprises — good and bad. And this one. . . ”

Oops, Dean Walker forgot to ask for her phone number while on a summer tour with his band! Back in Lakeside, his other love is teaching and boy, would I have liked to have a maths teacher like him! He’s really good at what he does and gives his students confidence, even lets them ask personal questions if they earn the privilege. Cheeky monkeys! They don’t hold back once they get going.

“You can ask anything — that’s the whole point. Hit me.”

Yet observing him deliberate over that one night he’d spent with the woman who left without much ado had me grinning from ear to ear. It’s always been the other way round and he can’t quite get around that fact or stop thinking about her. Hmm…just maybe she’s the one who got away, but there’s nothing he can do about it. So, is he a tad big-headed? Well, yes and I was pretty pleased his ego was brought down a notch or two.

‘It happens. When you’re good looking, naturally charming teacher, student crushes come with the territory.’

Lifestyle blogger extraordinaire, Lainey Burrows has an opportunity of a lifetime, doing up a run-down house in Lakeside. Her followers will be in for a treat ‘cause she’s about to show them how to save a penny or two, recycle and watch her refurbishing it. Single mum to a lad who’s older than his years and super intelligent, the poor chap never really fitted in but he does here. His school mates are cool and guess what, his teacher even cooler! Lainey is adorable. Her future pretensions regarding relationships made me kinda sad though. So when the unthinkable happens, her ‘let’s get on with it attitude’ and make the most of a situation she’d never envisaged being in, literally bowled me over.

“You know you’re, like, the best kid ever right?”
“I do okay.”

Please, please don’t read the blurb. I went in blind and it really paid off. The surprise is a game-changer for Dean, no pun intended, and if I’d been swooning over him before, he’s now left me in a right blubberin’ mess! Chase has made her characters come alive in a love story where the dialogue flows with no boundaries, perfect banter in realistic surroundings and romance….this is it! I loved the secondary characters, the family feel-good take on the story is blinkin’ marvellous, and the emotions…WOW! My recommendation. Read it. Bravo Chase and thanks for the Star Wars mention. That tickled me pink!

“Boba Fett didn’t say that.”
“No?”
“The actual quote is ‘He’s no good to me dead.’ ‘Cause he was, you know, talking about Han Solo.”


EXCERPT

© 2019 Emma Chase
All rights reserved.

 
I find Lainey in the living room—standing on a ladder, with those long, toned legs peeking out from itty bitty cotton black shorts and a power drill in her hand, while Bruce Springsteen sings “I’m Goin’ Down” from a speaker in the corner.
And, dear God—the things I could do to her on that ladder.
Wonderful, filthy things that instantly make my heart pound and my cock throb. She’s the perfect height for me to just walk over there and put my mouth between her legs. I picture it, see it in my mind—the way she’d grip my hair and pant my name, arch her back and writhe against my face . . .
But then I catch sight of the small bump of her stomach, and reality smacks me in the head. I think about the baby—and how making Lainey lose her mind three feet off the ground wouldn’t be the safest option. My protective instinct overrides the desire to get freaky on the ladder.
“Hey, Dean.” She sets the drill on the ledge and picks up a beeping light green rectangle, running it along the wall.
“What are you doing up there?” I ask.
I don’t have a decorative bone in my body, but the room looks good—with light gray walls and navy corduroy covered couches, reclaimed wood tables and a dozen different-sized candles filling the white-washed brick fireplace. It’s clean and simple but warm, the kind of place you’d look forward to coming back to every day.
“I’m going to hang up those boards.” Lainey gestures to three square planks, with ornamental arrows burned black into the wood. “I just want to make sure this stud-finder works.”
“If you’re looking for a stud,” I wink, “I’m standing right in front of you.”
“Ha-ha. I’ll keep that in mind.”
She turns back to the wall, reaching up over her head and stretching onto her tippy toes on the narrow step. I move under the ladder to catch her if she goes ass over end, and a stab of terror slices through me at the thought that Lainey would still be doing this if I wasn’t here. Alone. Without Jason even in the room in case something went terribly wrong.
What the hell is up with that?
“I read that you’re not supposed to reach above your head when you’re pregnant.”
“That’s just an old wives’ tale.”
I wrap my hands around her hips, holding her steady.
“Maybe the old wives knew what they were talking about. Come on, come down.”
Slowly, Lainey lowers her arms and turns in my hands. I lift her off the ladder by her hips, tilting my head back and holding her above me for a moment, before sliding her slowly down. And the feel of her softness rubbing against me, the friction—it’s fantastic.
When her feet are on the ground, I dip my head and our faces are just millimeters apart. Close enough to count the sprinkle of cute, light freckles that dust the bridge of her nose.
“That’s better,” I say softly, taking the stud-finder out of her hands. “I’ll do it.”
“Okay.” Lainey’s tongue peeks out, wetting her bottom lip. “Thanks.”
Like I said . . . fucking killing me.
 

Meet Emma

New York Times bestselling author Emma Chase writes contemporary romance novels known for their clever banter, emotional, and sexy, swoon-worthy moments. Her books have been translated into over twenty languages around the world. 

Emma lives in New Jersey with her amazing husband, two spirited children, and two adorable, but badly behaved dogs. She has a long-standing love/hate relationship with caffeine.

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DOWN TOO DEEP by J. Daniels is LIVE!

We are bringing you New York Times bestselling author J. Daniels’ brand new contemporary romance in the next thrilling instalment of the Dirty Deeds series, DOWN TOO DEEP


Two single parents and three adorable kids are about to have a summer they’ll never forget in this sexy, heartwarming new novel of the New York Times bestselling series.
Following the sudden death of his wife, Nathan Bell spent nearly two years burying himself in work and neglecting his biggest responsibility: his daughter. Overcome with guilt, he wants to connect with little Marley, but he doesn’t know how to do it alone. And then Jenna Savage throws him a lifeline.
A single mom of twins, Jenna is more than capable of taking care of Nathan’s adorable two-year-old and wants to help Nathan however she can. As the days go by and her attraction to Nathan grows, she can’t help wondering what might happen if they became a family for real. And the closer everyone becomes, the more right it feels.
Falling in love forces Nathan to face his biggest fear, and when hearts — both big and little — are on the line, the only thing scarier than needing Jenna and her kids so much is losing them all.

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Meet J. Daniels

Daniels is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Alabama Summer, Dirty Deeds and Sweet Addiction series.

Best known for her sexy, small-town romances, her debut novel, Sweet Addiction, was first published in 2014 and went on to become an international bestseller. Since then, she has published more than ten novels, including the Dirty Deeds series with Forever Romance.

Daniels grew up in Baltimore and currently lives in Maryland with her husband and two kids. A former full-time Radiologic Technologist, she began writing romance after college and quickly discovered a passion for it. You’ll still catch her in scrubs every now and then, but most of her time is spent writing these days—a career she is eternally grateful for.

Always an avid reader, Daniels enjoys books of all kinds, but favors Romance (of course) and Fantasy. She loves hiking, traveling, going to the mountains for the weekend, and spending time with her family.

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DREAMS OF 18 by Saffron A. Kent is LIVE!

Today we are delighted to be bringing you USA Today bestselling author Saffron A. Kent’s all-new contemporary romance, DREAMS OF 18 


“You don’t go around kissing your best friend’s dad, do you?
Even though that’s all you ever dream about.”

Violet Moore is in love with a man who hates her.

Well, to be fair, she kinda deserves it.

On her eighteenth birthday, she got drunk and threw herself at him, causing the biggest scandal of their sleepy suburban town.

Now, everyone thinks she’s a slut and he has disappeared. Rumor has it that he’s been living up in the mountains of Colorado, all alone and in isolation.

But Violet is going to make it right.

She’s going to find him and bring him back.

No matter how cruel and mean he is. Or how much he hurts her with his cold-hearted and abrasive ways, she won’t give up.

And neither will she think about his tempting lips or his sculpted muscles or his strong hands. The hands that she wants on her body, touching her, feeling her skin…

The hands that make her want to forget everything and kiss Graham Edwards – Mr. Edwards, actually — again.

Because you don’t go around kissing your best friend’s dad, do you?

Even though that’s all you ever dream about.
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Previously titled Nicotine Dreams

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Reviewed by Donna on behalf of KFF

Violet Moore is an eighteen-year-old who finds herself in a situation that causes all sorts of trouble. She kisses her best friend’s dad. It happens to be her birthday and she’s drunk. This causes the mother of all scandals. The guy in question is 18 years older and also the football coach at their local school in a sleepy town in Connecticut. She’s in love with him and he hates her.

Violet is deemed the town slut and when Graham Edwards disappears into exile in the mountains of Colorado, she wants to put the mistake right and sets about finding him. Mr Edwards has a tough exterior and Violet won’t be deterred by his rude, cold-hearted behaviour. She tries to push aside the alluring man with his muscles and his strong hands touching her all over, or his lips that she has already touched. Silly girl from the moment she saw Mr Edwards, she’s always dreamed about him touching her and kissing to forget.

The reader will learn early on that poor Violet doesn’t see herself as a normal teenager. She has so many hangups due to her rough start in life. It’s almost like she is invisible. Violet loves to write in her journal and eat her lollipops. Graham Edwards lives for his son Brian; in fact, he moved them to Connecticut for a better future for his son. Graham has had tough times in his younger years and he strives for his son to not experience what he has.

Oh my god, I absolutely love the forbidden story and I really was chomping at the bit to discover the fallout from the kiss between Violet and Mr Edwards. What looks to have destroyed their lives in a split second made me wonder where the rest of their journey would take them. Chapter to chapter unfolded a deep meaning to their story.

Nothing was always as it seemed as there were so many layers to the protagonists. The supporting characters were all great and my goodness me, I wanted to throttle Violet’s family at times. Also, I loved that we got to see some past characters from previous workings which made me smile and gave a small fraction of insight of where they were at with their lives. It was a very nice touch on Ms Kent’s part.

When we got to the steamy parts, they weren’t just steam, they were damn right filthy. Who doesn’t love a dirty talker with some seriously filthy situations that make a girl blush? I liked Violet and her maturity. At times I felt she could have been immature, but having read right to the end was when I realised it was all down to her vulnerability.

The penmanship and the author’s ability to tell a tale with such intricate description is nothing less than perfect; however, at times there was a bit of repetition which was overlooked as I delved deeper into the story. We also get a fantastic musical accompaniment which is in two playlists. One of which Violet titled her kickass playlist and the other is Graham and Violet’s. I’ve enjoyed listening to them and using the tracks to visualize moments in their story. I highly recommend you pick up this book and keep an open mind. Dig deep and you will have an enjoyable journey.

MEET SAFFRON

Saffron A. Kent is a Top 100 Amazon Bestselling author of Contemporary and New Adult romance. More often than not, her love stories are edgy, forbidden and passionate. Her work has been featured in Huffington Post, New York Daily News and USA Today’s Happy Ever After. 

 She lives in New York City with her nerdy and supportive husband, and a million and one books.

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