RELEASE DAY BLITZ                           THE WAY BACK HOME by CARMEN JENNER

 

Title: The Way Back Home

Author: Carmen Jenner

Genre: Military Romance

Release Date: 30th May, 2017

 

 

 

Synopsis:


August Cotton shouldn’t be here. When a tragic accident calls him home to Magnolia Springs, this returned Veteran adds his parents to the list of things he’s lost in recent years, right along with his IED detection dog and his left leg. As the sole guardian of his four-year-old sister, August must rely on his Marine training in raising a tiny hellion who’s as stubborn as he is. But the Corps could never prepare him for this. Nor could they prepare him for Olivia Anders, a woman who’ll stop at nothing to get her way.

As owner of Paws for Cause, Olivia is no stranger to the broken men and women who return home from war. She’s no stranger to broken dogs either. In fact, she’s made it her mission to pair the two and enrich both of their lives, but pairing ornery and aloof August Cotton will take some work. The last thing August wants is some pushy southern woman occupying his parents’ bed and breakfast and forcing him to open up about the hell he narrowly escaped, but that’s exactly what Olivia intends.

They complete one another, and yet they can’t stand to be in the same room.

Can Olivia make this hardened Marine feel again and finally show his heart the way back home?

*** Intended for a mature 18+ audience only. This book may contain triggers for some readers.

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Excerpt:

I climb off the bike and slowly push it up the drive before abandoning it in the graveyard of broken mowers, tractor parts, and cars that make up the Cottons’ garage. I’m stalling. I know this. I know that he didn’t mean to hurt me. It was my mistake—I screwed up. I ache all over, and I want to just melt into a hot bath, but the second I walk in the door August is there, towering before me.

“Olivia,” he says. His eyes are red-rimmed, bloodshot, and stricken.

“No.” I shake my head and step back. I’m afraid if I let him apologize, if I don’t walk away now he’ll see between the cracks. He’ll discover why my arms are scarred. He’ll find that darkness within me, and I won’t know how to put it all back inside. I won’t be able to reel in the thread that’s unraveling from my center, promising to smother all that’s good like so much black tar and sorrow. “I can’t. Not tonight.”

“I’m so sorry. I feel sick to my stomach.”

“I can’t do this now,” I say more firmly, pushing past.

“Olivia, please?” August grabs my arms, drawing me against him. I struggle in his grasp, but it’s useless.

“Don’t touch me!” Tears spill over my eyes, and I shut my lids against the pain that feels as if it will tear me in two. “Let me go, please?”

 

    

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Reviewed by Anna Green on behalf of #KFF

This story is about August Cotton, an ex-Marine who was severely wounded during his tour in Afghanistan. He could not cope and decided to stay away from his family and wanders around the country chasing his demons. He receives a phone call and finds out his parents died from a car crash leaving his much younger sister all alone. Reluctantly he goes home to take care of Bettina, the precocious four year old girl with an adorable lisp.

Then we meet Olivia Anders the owner of Paws for Cause, a charity that rescues dogs from shelters and train them as support dogs for vets with PTSD. Olivia comes across as a very strong and stubborn woman but underneath that tough facade is a broken past and her aim is to fix as many people and animals as she can. Olivia is very passionate and single-minded with her project but when she gets to know more about August she can’t help but fall in love with him. The heart wants what the heart wants, right?

The main focus of the book is about Olivia’s project: giving rescued dogs and veterans with PTSDs a second chance in life and how to deal with mental illness. Starting a project in a small town that turns a blind eye on veterans doesn’t make Olivia’s cause very popular. It’s an uphill struggle for her and the attraction between her and August slowly simmers. Their first meeting didn’t go down very well, sharing a mutual dislike for each other but every day they spend working together draws them closer.

The other characters:  Bettina, Josiah, Beau, Dalton, Jude du Pont, Betty the piglet, Zora an ex Military Working Dog and Xena one of the support dogs Olivia trained, make a very interesting and lively menagerie for August and Olivia.

This book is all about second chances not only for the main characters but also for those around them. Olivia managed to turn her life around and help others. August not only lost his left leg during his tour in Afghanistan but he also lost his parents in a car accident. Because of his past he thinks he is not worthy of a second chance. Will Olivia be able to convince him that he deserves a second go in life or will she realise that there are things you just can’t fix?

I have always liked the author’s style of writing. Her characters are so real and well developed, each page you turn you see them growing larger than life. And when she gives you a strong heroine, a damaged hero, a sassy four year old, a piglet, rescue dogs, an insight on mental illness and a very worthy cause, I can’t help but give this book 5 stars!

 

 

AUTHOR’S BIO: 

 

Carmen Jenner is a thirty-something, USA Today and international bestselling author.

Her dark romance, KICK (Savage Saints MC #1), won Best Dark Romance Read in the Reader’s Choice Awards at RWDU, 2015.

A tattoo enthusiast, hardcore makeup addict and zombie fangirl, Carmen lives on the sunny North Coast of New South Wales, Australia, where she spends her time indoors wrangling her two wildling children, a dog named Pikelet, and her very own man-child.

A romantic at heart, Carmen strives to give her characters the HEA they deserve, but not before ruining their lives completely first … because what’s a happily ever after without a little torture?

 

    

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PUBLISHED TITLES TO DATE: 

Welcome to Sugartown (Sugartown Series #1)

Enjoy Your Stay (Sugartown Series #2)

Greetings from Sugartown (Sugartown Series #3)

Now Leaving Sugartown (Sugartown Series #4)

Sugartown: The Collection

REVELRY (Taint #1)

KICK (Savage Saints MC #1)

TANK (Savage Saints MC #2)

Finding North

Toward the Sound of Chaos

Harley & Rose

 

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Release Blitz : Captain by Lauren Rowe

Title: Captain
Author: Lauren Rowe
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
Release Date: May 15, 2017
Blurb
From, Lauren Rowe, the USA Today and International
bestselling author of The Club Series and Ball Peen Hammer comes a sexy standalone romance: Captain.

It wasn’t the way this kind of story was supposed to go . . .

Insta-love isn’t supposed to turn into insta-hate.

But that’s exactly what happened when the hot-as-hell dreamboat I met in a bar
turned out to be a lying, cheating scumbag-player-douche looking for nothing
but a little side action. Jerk.

And he has the nerve to call me a liar and a “sociopath”? Assh*le.

And now, three months later, through a mind-blowing series of events I couldn’t
have predicted in a million years, it turns out my boss is marrying his sister
in Hawaii and I’ve got to play nice with him for an entire freaking week.

Okay, sure, I’ll put on a happy face this week and act like I’ve never even met
the jerk before–did I mention his sister is marrying my boss?–but that
doesn’t mean I’ll like it. And it certainly doesn’t mean I’ll stop secretly
hating the cocky bastard’s guts.

Because I do.

I hate him.

I really do.

I just wish my brain would explain the situation to my body . . . because every
time he flashes that panty-melting smile at me, it takes all my self-restraint
not to jump the bastard’s hot-as-f*ck bones.

 

REVIEW 

Reviewed by Anna on Behalf of KFF

~ 4.5 Stars ~

This is the first book I’ve read by author Lauren Rowe, a standalone sexy romance with a lot of funny moments. The characters are also featured in other books which I haven’t read yet.

The two main characters are Ryan Morgan aka Captain and Tessa Rodriguez aka T-Rod. There are a lot of secondary characters which can be confusing especially the Morgan clan. So we have the Morgan siblings: Eldest son, Colby aka Cheese, second son Ryan, then we have Kat, the only girl in the family, Keane a former baseball player turned male stripper and the youngest of the brood is Dax, future rock star.

Tessa works for Josh who is Ryan’s soon to be brother-in-law. Ryan and Tessa meet in a bar without realising that both are somehow connected. Is it love or lust at first sight? But something happens that night that leads Ryan into a merry chase with Tessa.

I must be honest I found the first few chapters a bit slow but after getting into a few more chapters I was hooked. Ryan and Tessa are hilarious at times. The banter between these two just made me giggle and the Morgan family rooting for them are so much fun to read.

“Fuck if I know!” she shrieks. “I’ve done nothing! I’ve said nothing! I’ve been my usual, boring potted-plant self around them at all times. I have no freaking idea why they’re both utterly convinced I’m some kind of beacon of wonderfulness who’s destined to incubate your babies!”

Half of the story is set in Hawaii for Josh and Kat’s wedding where the Morgan clan and Josh’s brother Jonah, their friends and frat brothers all in attendance. Imagine this: the backdrop of Maui combined with a lot of testosterone hotness of the Morgan brothers and their equally as hot friends and future in-laws plus the sizzling sex scenes between the two main characters.

This author gives you the total package in Ryan. Tatted and pierced, quotes lines from Moby Dick and is so romantic he will make you swoon:

“Baby, I’ve loved you from the minute I laid eyes on you.” I swallow hard. “You’re my fate. My destiny. And I knew it the minute I saw you.” A lump rises in my throat. “Tessa, my love for you is involuntary. You’re my “kick” when the doctor bangs on my knee with a hammer. I’ve got no choice but to love you.”

When you are recovering from a book funk or just finished a dark story then this angst-free light-hearted romance of Tessa and Ryan is the perfect book to follow through. And I definitely would look up the other characters and read their stories. 4.5 stars from me!

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Author Bio
USA Today and internationally bestselling author Lauren Rowe lives in San Diego, California, where, in addition to writing books, she performs with her dance/party band at events all over Southern California, writes songs, takes embarrassing snapshots of her ever-patient Boston terrier, Buster, spends time with her wonderful family, and narrates audiobooks. Much to Lauren’s thrill, her books have been translated all over the world in multiple languages and hit multiple domestic and international bestseller lists. With enticing characters, enthralling situations and a general love of romantic fiction, Lauren has created a world of her own, full of wit and sensual desire.
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                                  RELEASE BLITZ                                       CRAZY FOR YOU by DAISY PRESCOTT

Title: Crazy For You

Author: Daisy Prescott

Series: Love with Altitude #2 (Standalone)

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: 28th March, 2017

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Blurb

 

My savior isn’t prince charming.
I’m not that lucky.
He’s my worst nightmare.
He’s my one night stand from two years ago.
And he doesn’t remember me.
 
What happens on vacation doesn’t always stay on vacation. Especially in a place like Aspen. I moved to the mountains for my dream vet job. I never expected to run into the man of my dreams. Again.
 
I never thought I’d see her again.
My Cinderella didn’t leave me a shoe to find her.
Not that I’d need random footwear to recognize her.
Her kiss is something I’ll never forget.
 

Work hard. Play hard. I’m paid to be a nice guy on the slopes, but what I do in my off time isn’t always about making good choices. That’s the fun of living in a ski town. I stay while the women come and go.

Crazy Over You is a standalone romantic comedy and the second book in the Love with Altitude series. 

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★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Reviewed by Anna Green on behalf of #KFF

 

A cute romantic comedy set in Aspen. This is the first book I have read by the author and the first few pages caught my interest right from the start.

Mara is a veterinarian who just moved to Aspen for her new job. She has a dog named Tapper, a three-footed wonder dog and two psychotic cats named Fred and George. I like Mara’s character. She is honest and loves her animals although apparently she hates horses. Oh, and yes she has no filter as well. “Sorry about the biting. I didn’t want to scare the dogs by screaming your name and having it echo over the mountains. The hills are alive with Mara’s orgasm and all that jazz”. I love this woman! She has so many foot-in-mouth moments that made me smile and giggle throughout the book.

Meet Jesse, he works in the slopes of Aspen and is one of the guys in the ski patrol team keeping the area safe. His dog Fern also works for the ski patrol and her job is mainly to search for people buried in an avalanche. Jesse is the loner type and trusts his dog more than humans. Losing a family member from an accident made him more the way he is now.

Jesse and Mara first met when she had a panic attack on the ski slope and Jesse had to “rescue” her. It turns out that this isn’t their first meeting. They actually first met two years ago when Mara and her friends went vacationing in Aspen, she got drunk, danced on the bar as a dare and fell on Jesse. She thought they had a one night stand but could not remember. They pretend to not recognise each other on the ski slope.

The relationship between these two is a slow burn, they did kiss but it shows that it’s not insta-love. There was attraction at first sight obviously but they took their time. It’s actually refreshing to read a romance story and the main characters do not engage in sex scenes on the first half of the book. And when the main characters have very interesting pets, it’s a sure fire formula for an engaging romantic comedy. I like this author’s style a lot.  I would highly recommend this book to friends. 4.5 stars from me!

 

Excerpt

 

“I’m paid to be a nice guy.” He gives me a sweet smile while his eyes shine with mischief. 

“You’re only nice when you’re being paid?” I squint at him with distrust.

“You make me sound like a male escort.” His smile falters but the mischievous spark doesn’t fade.

“Your words not mine.”

“Better than a stripper. At least I don’t have to prance around on stage in a thong.” He chuckles.

But I’m not laughing.

Stripper.

The word echoes around in my head as a strong sense of déjà vu hits me smack in the face.

Me dancing on a bar in a short, silver dress. Me practically showing off the goods to a crowd of cheering men.

Oh no. Oh shit. Friends, we have a problem.

My savior isn’t prince charming.

No, I’m not that lucky.

He’s my worst nightmare.

He’s my one night stand from two years ago.

 

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Author Bio

USA Today Bestselling Author Daisy Prescott writes romantic comedies about real love.

Love with Altitude, her newest Rom Com series, is set in Aspen, Colorado features life and love in a small town. Her Modern Love Stories feature characters in their thirties and forties finding and rediscovering love in unexpected and humorous ways. The popular Wingmen books star regular guys who often have beards, drive trucks, and love deeply once they fall.

Born and raised in San Diego, Daisy currently lives in a real life Stars Hollow in the Boston suburbs with her husband and an imaginary house goat. When not writing about herself in the third person, Daisy can be found traveling, gardening, baking, or lost in a good book.

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                                   RELEASE BLITZ                                          CO-WRECKER by MEGHAN QUINN

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Co-Wrecker, an all new sexy, laugh out loud romantic comedy is LIVE!

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Co-Wrecker by Meghan Quinn

Publication Date: March 23, 2017

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Photographer: Lauren Watson Perry

Synopsis:

What do ice cream and Sadie Montgomery have in common? They’re both ice cold, but one taste is never enough.

I wanted to be friends — I would have even settled for her seeing me as anything but a nerd — but there was no getting through. So just like any hard-headed, red-blooded man out there, I made up my mind.

I’d make my coworker fall for me.

I’d like to say it was simple, but like every other epic love story, all it took was one drunken night and a lot of naked courage to get the girl. For a moment, at least.

Love with a coworker is never simple, especially since Sadie’s trying to keep us on the low. Not to mention her persistent ex-boyfriend who won’t leave her alone. But I’ve never been good at giving up, and I don’t plan to start now.

The whole thing is a recipe for a rocky road, but I plan to eat the whole gallon, no matter how bad the brain freeze.

 

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★ ★ ★ ★

Reviewed by Anna on behalf of #KFF

This is the second book I have read by author Meghan Quinn. Co-Wrecker is the fun, light-hearted story of Andrew and Sadie.

Andrew has just transferred to Binghamton University to get away from his “ordeal” at his previous university. He is the witty, hot looking nerd and he is funny too. To keep himself busy and earn some money before school starts he decided to get a job at “Friendly’s” as a fountain boy and this is where he meets Sadie, his co-worker. Sadie’s character is quite moody and a bit standoffish. She has a close group of friends who we get to meet later in the story.

I like the author’s style of writing. Reading Andrew and Sadie’s banter throughout the whole book made me laugh, snort and giggle at some parts. Their first encounter especially reminds me of a Mr. Bean moment and ends up with Andrew giving Sadie the nickname Sturdy Tits.

All through the first half of the book we can see Sadie’s slowly thawing icy demeanour towards Andrew. How can she not fall for this cute nerd who looks like Ryan Reynolds with a mind like Sheldon from The Big Bang Theory and apparently is also well endowed. He is all that and more!

Not everything is hunky dory for our heroine, Sadie. Her being aloof and closed-in stems from a sad childhood and a recent tragic event which leads her into keeping a lot of secrets from her friends and family. Her ex-boyfriend Tucker is part of her close circle of friends and he still carries a torch for her albeit one that Sadie is dying to extinguish when she gets involved with Andrew.

But when the basis of a new relationship is founded in lies, will it last or will it crumble? She needs to fess up fast or she might lose him. Is she brave enough to tell him the whole sad story? She needs to pull up her big girl pants or there will be no more walking-like-a-duck-the-morning-after courtesy of Mr. Cannon Cock.

Fluctuating body temperatures, that’s what you get when you read Andrew and Sadie’s story. Ice cream sundaes, steamy sex scenes and a funny love story. The first can give you brain freeze, the second makes you hot and bothered and the last will warm your heart.

I would have gladly given this story five stars but that darn childhood tale of the fat dog (I won’t go into details why) makes this a four star read from me.  ****

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About the Author:

A BLONDE AT HEART

Born in New York and raised in Southern California, Meghan has grown into a sassy, peanut butter eating, blonde haired swearing, animal hoarding lady. She is known to bust out and dance if “It’s Raining Men” starts beating through the air and heaven forbid you get a margarita in her, protect your legs because they may be humped.

Once she started commuting for an hour and twenty minutes every day to work for three years, she began to have conversations play in her head, real life, deep male voices and dainty lady coos kind of conversations. Perturbed and confused, she decided to either see a therapist about the hot and steamy voices running through her head or start writing them down. She decided to go with the cheaper option and started writing… enter her first novel, Caught Looking.

Now you can find the spicy, most definitely on the border of lunacy, kind of crazy lady residing in Colorado with the love of her life and her five, furry four legged children, hiking a trail or hiding behind shelves at grocery stores, wondering what kind of lube the nervous stranger will bring home to his wife. Oh and she loves a good boob squeeze!

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