REVIEW ~ COMBUST by K. Bromberg

Combust, an all new sexy and emotional standalone by K. Bromberg is NOW AVAILABLE!

 

From New York Times Bestselling author, K. Bromberg, comes the second standalone book in the Everyday Heroes series. Just how hot will firefighter Grady Malone turn up the heat?

Songwriter Dylan McCoy has been burned.

By her boyfriend she found in her bed . . . with someone else.

By the contract she signed that obligates her to work with him until the songs for his new album are complete.

By her agent when she asked Dylan to keep their breakup on the down-low.

When she finds herself in Sunnyville, she refuses to let her new roommate burn her too. Still . . . a rebound has never looked so good.

That’s her first thought when she sees firefighter Grady Malone.
Sexy. Charismatic. Unapologetic. He’s a man who carries his own scars—the ones on his back, the survivor’s guilt on his soul, and the fear in his heart.

When an unexpected visitor puts their roommate status to the test, will their undeniable attraction burn out, or will they both take a chance and play with fire?

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REVIEW 

 Reviewed by Anna Green on behalf of KFF

This is a stand-alone contemporary romance and the second book to the Everyday Heroes series featuring the second Malone brother. The first book in the series was about Grant, a police officer. Well, this book didn’t disappoint me at all. How can one resist Grady Malone, the hot and brooding fire-fighter with his pet pig Petunia? Still recovering from the horrific fire that killed his best friend Drew, Grady barely survived, now scarred for life and his nights are filled with nightmares. This hero is still wrapped up in guilt when he couldn’t save his friend.

Dylan, a talented songwriter who found her rock star boyfriend, Jett Kroger with another woman on her own bed felt betrayed, ran away to lick her wounds and ended up as Grady’s roommate. What I like about Dylan is that she is just like us mere mortals, with weight issues. She is not your typical gorgeous and drop dead love interest, she has “mermaid” thighs and a little bit chubby. But she is also resilient and strong.

This well written romance shows two people who think they are flawed, two beautiful individuals who are slightly broken from their past but they heal each other’s pain. Is it enough though for them to continue their journey towards each other? Grady’s character is a strong individual but also afraid to risk his happiness. He is a man of substance but is so emotionally scarred and needs to get over his guilt.

“We all have scars. Some are visible. Some aren’t. In the end, they represent the fact that you’re stronger now than whatever tried to hurt you.” 

Grady and Dylan started as roommates and from there their friendship turned to love but their psychological scars are the biggest stumbling blocks to their future together. I love this author’s style of writing, very well paced, her characters are fantastic and so are the friends and family around them.

“Because love is rarely pretty. It’s messy. It’s complicated. It’s often ugly, but that’s how you know when it’s right. Pretty doesn’t last. It’s the things you have to work at that make the reward that much sweeter.” 

This romantic tale is definitely worth a lazy afternoon read, emotional, heartbreaking and heart-warming. I can’t wait to read Grayson’s story next! I highly recommend this book.

About K. Bromberg

New York Times Bestselling author K. Bromberg writes contemporary novels that contain a mixture of sweet, emotional, a whole lot of sexy, and a little bit of real. She likes to write strong heroines, and damaged heroes who we love to hate and hate to love.

A mom of three, she plots her novels in between school runs and soccer practices, more often than not with her laptop in tow.

Since publishing her first book in 2013, Kristy has sold over one million copies of her books across sixteen different countries and has landed on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestsellers lists over twenty-five times. Her Driven trilogy (Driven, Fueled, and Crashed) is currently being adapted for film by Passionflix with the first movie slated to release in the summer of 2018.

She is currently working on her Everyday Heroes trilogy. This series consists of three complete standalone novels—Cuffed, Combust, and Cockpit (late spring 2018)—and is about three brothers who are emergency responders, the jobs that call to them, and the women who challenge them.

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RELEASE BLITZ – COMBUST by K. BROMBERG

Combust, an all new sexy and emotional standalone by K. Bromberg is Available NOW!

 

From New York Times Bestselling author, K. Bromberg, comes the second standalone book in the Everyday Heroes series. Just how hot will firefighter Grady Malone turn up the heat?

Songwriter Dylan McCoy has been burned.

By her boyfriend she found in her bed . . . with someone else.

By the contract she signed that obligates her to work with him until the songs for his new album are complete.

By her agent when she asked Dylan to keep their breakup on the down-low.

When she finds herself in Sunnyville, she refuses to let her new roommate burn her too. Still . . . a rebound has never looked so good.

That’s her first thought when she sees firefighter Grady Malone.
Sexy. Charismatic. Unapologetic. He’s a man who carries his own scars—the ones on his back, the survivor’s guilt on his soul, and the fear in his heart.

When an unexpected visitor puts their roommate status to the test, will their undeniable attraction burn out, or will they both take a chance and play with fire?

 

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★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Reviewed by Anna Green on behalf of KFF

This is a stand-alone contemporary romance and the second book to the Everyday Heroes series featuring the second Malone brother. The first book in the series was about Grant, a police officer. Well, this book didn’t disappoint me at all. How can one resist Grady Malone, the hot and brooding fire-fighter with his pet pig Petunia? Still recovering from the horrific fire that killed his best friend Drew, Grady barely survived, now scarred for life and his nights are filled with nightmares. This hero is still wrapped up in guilt when he couldn’t save his friend.

Dylan, a talented songwriter who found her rock star boyfriend, Jett Kroger with another woman on her own bed felt betrayed, ran away to lick her wounds and ended up as Grady’s roommate. What I like about Dylan is that she is just like us mere mortals, with weight issues. She is not your typical gorgeous and drop dead love interest, she has “mermaid” thighs and a little bit chubby. But she is also resilient and strong.

This well written romance shows two people who think they are flawed, two beautiful individuals who are slightly broken from their past but they heal each other’s pain. Is it enough though for them to continue their journey towards each other? Grady’s character is a strong individual but also afraid to risk his happiness. He is a man of substance but is so emotionally scarred and needs to get over his guilt.

“We all have scars. Some are visible. Some aren’t. In the end, they represent the fact that you’re stronger now than whatever tried to hurt you.” 

Grady and Dylan started as roommates and from there their friendship turned to love but their psychological scars are the biggest stumbling blocks to their future together. I love this author’s style of writing, very well paced, her characters are fantastic and so are the friends and family around them.

“Because love is rarely pretty. It’s messy. It’s complicated. It’s often ugly, but that’s how you know when it’s right. Pretty doesn’t last. It’s the things you have to work at that make the reward that much sweeter.” 

This romantic tale is definitely worth a lazy afternoon read, emotional, heartbreaking and heart-warming. I can’t wait to read Grayson’s story next! I highly recommend this book.

 

EXCERPT

Preoccupied with a text on my phone from my agent, I walk into the kitchen and suck in a breath when I come face to back with Grady. He’s standing with his hand on the refrigerator door, head leaned inside, and his back fully exposed to me. It’s broad and strong and scarred immeasurably.

I stare.

I can’t help it. The marks are a dizzying array of dark and light and ridged and smooth. And they’re undeniably burns. Goosebumps chase over my skin as I imagine the pain he must have endured when he got those. I think of his habit of wearing unbuttoned shirts but never going shirtless and the hint of scars just visible above his collar that I never could have imagined led to this roadmap to hell on his back.

A part of me instinctively wants to reach out to touch them, bring some kind of comfort. It sounds ridiculous, even to me, but that doesn’t abate the urge.

“Not pretty, huh? Get a good look while you can.” His voice is gruff as his spine stiffens and body stills, emotion woven through the words.

“Thank God not all of you is pretty. I was beginning to feel majorly insecure having to live with perfection like you,” I say off the cuff, trying to make this situation less awkward. My attempt to settle the sudden tension sparking in the air around us.

“Perfection?” he asks as he turns to face me with a smile that masks the emotion swirling in his eyes.

“Yeah. You have scars. I have mermaid thighs.”

“Mermaid thighs?” He laughs. “What in the world are you talking about?”

“Thighs that touch from the top all the way to my knees.” I shrug as if it doesn’t bug me, as if I’m not highlighting one of the insults Tara threw at me. It’s a whole lot easier to make fun of myself so long as it puts him at ease.

“Do you ever give yourself a break?”

Do you?” I ask the question, sparking a silent battle of wills as we stare at each other and wonder what to say next about the other’s insecurities. Coming up empty, I shift gears. “I think there is some type of rule about how many abs are fair for a guy to have when the rest of us are just struggling to find one of them.”

His smile rings more genuine as he steps toward me, and I step back, my hips leaning against the counter now.

“Is that so?” His voice lowers as his eyes flick to my lips and then back up. “I’m sure you have some under your shirt there.”

Why does the simple action make it seem so hard to swallow?

He takes another step.

“What are you building outside?”

“A playroom.”

A nervous chuckle falls from my lips as I think of all of the versions of playrooms I’ve read about in my romance books. My cheeks stain red as I imagine Grady with a flogger in one hand standing beside a St. Andrew’s Cross.

“A playroom?”

“Yeah.” He takes a step closer so we’re breathing the same air, his voice husky enough to cause every part of my body to grow alert. “A playroom. You know . . . a pool table. Foosball. A real man cave.”

I exhale a shaky sigh, suddenly more than aware that he’s so close, shirtless, sweaty, and smelling like sun and soap mixed together. But it’s his eyes that make my thoughts falter. There’s an intensity to them I don’t expect from the perpetually cheerful Grady Malone.

“Ah, that kind of playroom . . .” But my words trail off as he steps even closer and braces his hands on the counter on either side of me. I can hear his intake of breath. The music floating in from outside. The pound of my pulse in my ears.

“Hey, Dyl?”

“Yes?” Our eyes hold, my lips fall lax.

“I need you to open up.”

What?” I question as his hand brushes against my hip and his fingers pull on the drawer handle I’m standing in front of.

“I need the bottle opener. You’re standing in front of the drawer it’s in.” His lips spread into a full-fledged grin as I scramble away from the counter and, of course, run smack dab into the hardness, all six foot plus of him.

And then I rebound off him again in a flustered state that has him laughing and me stuttering. “Sorry. I wasn’t—I didn’t . . .” His arms hold on to my biceps to steady me, which prompts me to look up and meet his eyes.

“We need to stop meeting like this,” he murmurs, the heat of his breath hitting my lips.

“We do.” Brilliant, Dylan. Freaking brilliant response. “I’ve gotta . . . I’ve gotta get back to . . . to writing.”

About K. Bromberg

HeadShot ColorNew York Times Bestselling author K. Bromberg writes contemporary novels that contain a mixture of sweet, emotional, a whole lot of sexy, and a little bit of real. She likes to write strong heroines, and damaged heroes who we love to hate and hate to love.

A mom of three, she plots her novels in between school runs and soccer practices, more often than not with her laptop in tow.

Since publishing her first book in 2013, K. has sold over one million copies of her books and has landed on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestsellers lists over twenty-five times.

In April, she’ll release The Player, the first in a two-book sports romance series (The Catch, book 2, will be released late June), with many more already outlined and ready to be written.

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RELEASE DAY ~ UNDEFEATED by Stuart Reardon & Jane Harvey-Berrick

 

 

UNDEFEATED
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A powerful contemporary romance set in the fast-moving world of international rugby.

When your world crashes down
When they all say you’re out
When your body is broken
I will rise.
I will return.
And I will be undefeated.

Nick Renshaw is the golden boy of British rugby. When a serious injury threatens his career, he starts to spiral downwards, a broken man.
Feeling abandoned and betrayed by those closest to him, he fights to restart his life. Maybe there’s someone out there who can help him. Maybe he can find his way back toward the light. Maybe … not.
Dr. Anna Scott might be the one person who can help Nick, but she has her own secrets. And when Nick’s past comes back to haunt them both, the enigmatic doctor is more vulnerable than she seems.
Broken and betrayed, the struggle to survive seems intolerable. Who will give in, and who will rise, undefeated?

 

4.5 Stars ~ Reviewed by Anna Green on behalf of KFF

I was quite impressed by this contemporary sports romance written by two authors, their first collaboration. I have read a fair enough share of sports romance but this is a cut above the rest mainly because even though written in third person which isn’t my favourite style, it is narrated in a way that gives the reader a lot of information about rugby but not to the point where it puts me to sleep or make my eyes glaze over.

Dr. Anna Scott, an American sports psychologist just moved to the UK to escape a scandal and make a fresh start. Her previous relationship was a disaster. She just opened her new business and can’t afford to make a failure of herself. A driven and strong independent woman who needs to validate herself to her parents, she’s carrying a lot of baggage and getting involved with one of her patients doesn’t seem like the best way to do it. Is she willing to sacrifice love over career?

Nick Renshaw, who has rugby running through his veins ever since he was a young boy, is the star of the rugby league and on the verge of realizing his dream when recruited to one of the top premier leagues in rugby. But when things seem too perfect, everything falls apart including his relationship with his fiancée. Scandal on top of another scandal plagued his career and personal life. Will he be able to rise above this trials and tribulations?

This is a well written tale of two people who underwent a lot of highs and lows, success and failure, sadness and joy, both with each other and when they were involved with other people. I feel for Anna and Nick’s pain when their secret relationship imploded. When you think everything is finally smooth sailing, another test to their relationship comes along. However, these two are resilient and strong, they are a formidable pair.

“When your world crashes down… When they all say you’re out…When your mind is broken… I will rise…I will return… And I will be undefeated.”

I love the authors’ style of writing. It is fast paced and it gripped me right from the first page I just couldn’t put it down.  I felt like I was there in the stadium during the World Cup final. I felt the passion, the adrenaline, the anxiety and the euphoria it was almost like watching a movie in my mind. It is this style of writing: the technical details of the sport, that special feeling of sharing the experience that sets this book apart from the rest of the stories I’ve read of the same genre. I have never been a big sports fan, although when push comes to shove I’d rather watch a rugby match than a football match. I am totally gob-smacked that not once did I skim through some pages of this book, I savoured all the words and thoroughly enjoyed all pages of this story! 

 

 

 

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Stuart Reardon

 

Stuart is a retired England International Rugby League player who’s career spanned 16 years as a professional playing for several top League clubs.  He has had several major injuries that nearly ended his career just as in Undefeated, the amazing collaboration with Jane.
Currently he is a Personal trainer living in Cheshire, and has an online fitness program: Fear Nothing Fitness.

 

 

Jane Harvey-Berrick

 

I enjoy watching surfers at my local beach, and weaving stories of romance in the modern world, with all its trials and tribulations.
It’s been the best fun working with Stu on this story. And yes, he did think about joining the Marines once.
 

 

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           RELEASE BLITZ ~ FULL CONTACT                      by HJ BELLUS & KATHY COOPMANS

Full Contact, an all-new sexy, crossover standalone romance from HJ Bellus & Kathy Coopmans is NOW AVAILABLE!

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Genre: Sports Romance

Release Date: 10th January, 2018

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A mafia princess. The nation’s favorite football player. Can they make it work?

An unlikely matching of the stars.
The opposites had it all for one year.

Justice Bexley, the daughter of Cain and Calla leaders of The Diamond Syndicate, sacrificed true love to protect Liam. Her selfish action destroyed them both.
Liam Blake moved on with his prestigious career. However, his outlook on life was never the same. If his parents could fight for true love with a Pinky Promise he can keep moving forward. At least he tried convincing himself of that.

Some say true love has a way of finding its way back. Justice and Liam know better to believe. That’s up until the day they find themselves in a heated meeting.

She owns a new football team.
He’s coming back from an injury and thirsty to prove the nation wrong.
Years of pent up anger and hatred may fuel an epic second chance love story or ruin both of them for good.

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3.5 Stars ~ Reviewed by Anna Green on behalf of KFF

This contemporary sports romance between a mafia princess and a pro football jock is told in dual points of view, a crossover and written by two authors. Although I haven’t read any books by H J Bellus, I have read some of Coopman’s work. According to the blurb this can be read as a standalone I would however suggest you read the other books that are connected to this one to get the feel of the main characters in this story.

Justice Bexley is a mafia princess who fell in love with Liam Blake in college. She left him with a letter whilst he was sleeping and fast forward seven years later they meet again. This time she is the big boss of a new football club and she is trying to recruit him to play for her team. Reading throughout the book I get the idea of her parents, Cain and Calla Bexley’s extraordinary relationship, I wish I had the chance of reading it first before I read this story. Justice’s character I find lacking in depth and in my opinion maybe because throughout her life everything was handed to her in a silver platter and the only hardship she felt was pining for Liam when they split up. I can’t relate to her character at all and not because she’s connected to the mob.

Liam Blake was one of the top stars of the football league but he was forced into the sidelines when he got injured. He has a tight relationship with his parents and sister and I can see their close bond. Although bitter and resentful when Justice dumped him, he still harbours some feelings for her but can he forgive her for what she did?

The first half of this book was a tad slow for me. I miss that emotional pull between the main characters, for sure the sex scenes are hot but I can’t help but feel the lack of oomph between Justice and Liam. Their story chugs along quite nicely with some conflicts thrown in and thankfully the pace picks up at the last half of the book. The last chapter of this book was written in Alex’s (Justice’s cousin and part of the mafia crowd) point of view so no guesses here on whose story it is going to be next. I have a hunch that Alex’s tale will be more intense. As mentioned before maybe it would help if you read Cain (the Bexley’s story) and Pinky Promise (the Blake’s story) it might shed more light on both families’ background and provide more strength to Justice and Liam’s romance.

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USA Today Best Selling Author Kathy Coopmans is a Michigan native where she lives with her husband, Tony. They have two son’s Aaron and Shane.

She is a sports nut. Her favorite sports include NASCAR, Baseball, and Football.
She has recently retired from her day job to become a full-time writer. 

She has always been an avid reader and at the young age of 50 decided she wanted to write. She claims she can do several things at once and still stay on task. Her favorite quote is “I got this.”

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HJ Bellus is a small town girl who loves the art of storytelling. When not making readers laugh or cry, she’s a part-time livestock wrangler that can be found in the middle of Idaho, shot-gunning a beer while listening to some Miranda Lambert on her Beats and rocking out in her boots.

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RELEASE BLITZ ~ RYDER by K A SANDS

Title: Ryder

Author: K A Sands

Series: The Razer Series Book #1.5

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: 30th January, 2018

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Synopsis

Ryder Laurent has lived an unapologetic life, not caring how others viewed him or how questionable his actions were. Covered in an abundance of ink, and sporting a ‘devil may care’ attitude, he’s every bit the bad boy he appears to be.

When Taylor Hamilton resurfaces, someone he’d thought was dead years before, his life flips. He falls back in love with the woman he’d met eight years earlier.

A year into their almost perfect relationship, Ryder wakes one morning to cold sheets, and Taylor running all over again, leaving him no answers.

Except this time, he knows where she is, and vows to bring her back home. With mistakes from his past hell bent on making sure Ryder is in for the fight of his life, he finally learns the true meaning of love and family.

Can he track down his demons and put them to bed before they destroy any chance he has at being the man he craves to be?

Or will Taylor disappear from his life a third and final time?

*Full of surprises and revelations, heartache and joy, Ryder is the conclusion you’ve all been waiting for.

*Please note – 18+ – contains adult content.

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★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Reviewed by Anna Green on behalf of KFF

At last, we finally get to read Ryder’s story. I advise you read the previous books first. This novella is written in alternating points of view and this is the book where you get to know more about Ryder and his past. I felt at first that Taylor and Ryder’s story should have been written in one whole book instead of two separate novellas but I guess I was wrong.

After the horrific events from the previous book which involved Taylor’s sister, Laura and her partner Lucca, Ryder’s best friend, Taylor suddenly upped and left Ryder high and dry; with Ryder none the wiser.

Considering what Taylor went through and how many times she’s pulled up her big girl knickers that it has morphed into a thong, I can understand why she needed time away from Ryder. And now added to the chaos is Alexa, Ryder’s ex-girlfriend, his past relationship catching up with him. With Lucca’s missing ex-wife, Stella, the evil puppet master still pulling the strings, will this pair ever catch a break?

This very well written romantic suspense by this new author skilfully interweaves each event and characters into the timeline that everything falls perfectly in sync its gripping storyline will keep you on edge.  What a fantastic job well done, I am totally impressed!  And even though this is a novella it gives you just the right amount of Ryder’s past and present and yet it makes you want for more, enough to whet your appetite for the next book. I cannot wait for when the evil monster ex-wife comes out with her own brand of crazy. Bring it! I highly recommend this book.


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After eight long years of running, Taylor Hamilton has had enough of looking over her shoulder.

Tired and emotionally spent, she comes face to face with her past. Walking away had never been her intention. But how can she come back to the man whose heart she broke, right along with her own?

Can Taylor find the home she so desperately craves, without putting those around her at risk?

Can she come home again to the man who promised her forever?

 

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Life can change in a split second, a minute moment, an infinite hour.
For Laura Hamilton, her split second lasted 2,880 minutes. 48 hours to be exact. She barely escaped with her life. With a body full of scars and a heart full of hurt, the twenty-nine-year old clothes designer spent the following eight years clouded with grief, believing herself to be too broken to ever see the beauty in her surroundings again.
After a last-ditch attempt to scrape some semblance of her pieces together goes disastrously wrong, Laura’s pushed pin guides her to the sleepy village of Beaufort. No longer content to hide behind her sister, or languish in the depths of her sorrow, she finds a measure of peace among paranoia and fear, carving out an existence she is almost comfortable with.
Laura inadvertently catches the eye of the enigmatic hotelier and newcomer, Lucca Rinaldi. For the first time, her heart begins the slow trip towards letting another man into her life. Passion and pain go hand in hand when the couple finally meet.
Little does she know that Lucca’s history is not so far in the past as he thinks. His troubled affairs follow hot on his heels, bringing scorn and hate back into her fold. When their pasts collide with explosive consequences, Laura’s bitter memories threaten to pull her under when a walking nightmare crashes back into her life, bringing terror along for the ride.
The seconds are counting down – but who gets to call time?

*Please note – suitable for 18+ only due to adult/graphic themes and possible trigger content.

Meet K A

K A Sands is an exciting new author who has a passion for reading and more often than not, can be found with her nose stuck in a book. She loves angsty, dark reads but is not averse to the fun, light hearted side either. Typically, a romance reader, of most genres/sub genres, she loves reading a debut herself. Her passion for the written words goes back to her childhood and she has always dreamed of writing and telling the world her stories.

Not quite a stay at home mum, K A Sands has a busy life which she shares with her husband of twenty-two years and her little monkey boy. Her adult children have flown the coop already, but still manage to come home for ‘mama’s lasagna.’

Avid eater of mayonnaise and chips, anti-get-fitter, lover of cheesy music and a fierce advocate of things close to her heart. She enjoys doing Photoshop manipulations and would love to be a whiz using it… maybe one day. She has a bucket list as long as her arm, which includes skydiving and visiting Cambodia. And wants to travel the world.

Great believer in second chances, insta-love (because her love is a product of that), fairy tales and monsters… K A Sands just wants to write all the words for you.

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REVIEW & EXCERPT TOUR ~ THREE BLIND DATES by MEGHAN QUINN

 

“Good Morning Malibu, it’s another beautiful day on the west coast! I’m Noely Clark, your host: and I’m in the market for love…”

When the publicity team of the new local restaurant, Going in Blind, began their search for a hot, local celebrity to promote the wildly popular eatery, they couldn’t have found a better person than me.

Outgoing? Check.
Single? Check.
Open to finding love? Check.

I signed up immediately.

A hopeless romantic with an exceedingly demanding schedule, I’ve found it impossible to find the man of my dreams—so Going in Blind seems too good to be true! That’s until they start setting me up on dates—three very different, very attractive, very distinct blind dates—and only one thing is for certain . . .

I’m in big trouble.

Good Morning Malibu,
I’m Noely Clark, and I have a choice to make.
The question is who will I choose; the suit, the rebel, or the jock

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Reviewed by Anna Green on behalf of KFF

This is a contemporary romance with a lot of hilarious moments. Ms. Quinn never fails to weave in her trademark sense of humour and funny banter between the characters that will make you smile, giggle and laugh out loud when reading Noely’s story.

Noely Clark is a host in a TV morning show, sassy, funny and a successful career woman but she is lonely. She wants the picket fence, kids and the whole package. But in order to have those she needs to find The One first. When she had the opportunity to meet someone through a new app’s unique scheme she decided to have a go at it.

Jack is the hot and sexy businessman who Noely felt a special connection with when they met that first time. Both love the movie You Got Mail, so it must be a good sign isn’t it? With sparks flying on their first date, we hope it could only get better with The Suit. Wrong!

And then we have Beck, The Rebel. He is the bad ass biker, divorced and seems to carry a lot of baggage with him but dang he is sexy, dances the rumba or samba or whatever it was that involves a lot of dirty dancing. And he speaks Spanish too!  Could he be The One?

Hayden is a hockey pro that recently got transferred to the Quakes in Malibu, a sweet nice guy with the perfect abs, who can resist him? Noely and Hayden also seem to have that mutual attraction going on. What a dilemma for a young woman who is ready to march down the aisle but she needs to find her bridegroom first.

What I like about this light-hearted romance is it takes you back to the days of meeting someone who might just be the perfect guy for you: the giddiness, the butterflies- in- the- stomach feeling and the wobbly knees that come with it when you meet that someone special. I can’t help but compare The Suit, The Rebel and The Jock against each other all three are seriously sexy hunks and good guys. What more can a woman ask for? If I were Noely I’d feel like Goldilocks trying to choose which of the three beds to lie in.

The very funny scenarios provided by the main characters, the equally entertaining Dylan, Noely’s co-host/best friend, Noely’s brother Alex, his wife Lauren with their smarty pants daughter Chloe had me in stitches. If you only get to read one romantic comedy book this year, this has got to be The One. I dare you not to laugh! I can’t wait to read the stories of the other two guys who didn’t get the girl.

EXCERPT

I didn’t realize how close I was to the restaurant because I’m ten minutes early. Does that make me seem desperate? No, I chastise myself. It shows that I respect the other person’s time . . . right?

God, dating is the worst. There are so many unspoken rules you have to follow to not look desperate, or to not look like a psycho, or a creep, or horny, or—

“Can I help you, miss?”

Straightening up, I turn toward the hostess stand, which is a beautifully carved piece of wood. Standing behind it is an exotic, tall woman with long black hair, stunning grey eyes, and a massive engagement ring on her hand. Please tell me she got that rock from dating someone in this program.

Don’t get me wrong. It’s not that happiness for my life is dependent on getting married, but to see a success story in the flesh—particularly for me—would be encouraging.

“Hi, yes, I’m Noely Clark. I have a date at seven tonight with”—I lean forward, feeling silly and whisper—“with WindsorKnot.”

Her smile is kind and reassuring, making me feel a little calmer. “Yes, Miss Clark, I have you here for seven. You’re date hasn’t arrived yet, so can I show you to the bar for a drink while you wait?”

“That would be lovely, thank you.”

With my clutch tucked under my arm, I follow tall, dark, and beautiful to the bar where a very handsome Asian man is standing with a towel draped over his shoulder and a bright grin on his face. He’s wearing a button-up shirt with rolled sleeves, a brown vest covering his chest, which totally channels his inner Justin Timberlake.

“Danny, this is Miss Clark. She has a reservation at seven. Would you be so kind to make her whatever drink she would like?”

“Of course.” He winks at the hostess who presses her warm hand on my arm.

“Enjoy, Miss Clark. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask. My name is Veronica, this is Danny, and we will be happy to serve you in any way.” With a parting grin, she moves back to her hostess spot.

Well, she’s nice.

“Miss Clark, please take a seat. What would you like?”

My tight, formfitting red dress makes my hop onto the bar stool a difficult task, but with a pleading prayer to the dress gods and a swift jump, I situate myself, only breaking a minor sweat.

I let out a sigh of relief and place my hands on the bar in front of me, scanning the glitzy bottles of “muscle relaxant.” “Hmm . . . how about a Moscow Mule?”

“Coming right up.” He gets to work and I watch as he magically floats around the bar, pulling the ingredients. “We recently bought new copper mugs, and I’ve been dying to use them.”

“Yeah? Am I the first?”

Winking, he says, “You are.”

If I didn’t know any better, I would say Danny is a bit of a flirt. Either that or he’s super friendly. Or simply made to be a bartender.

From beneath the bar, Danny pulls out a shiny, hammered-copper mug, and I’m instantly taken by the design. So sleek, just like its surroundings. The restaurant, with its white exposed brick, natural wood features, electric colors, and stone tabletops, is sexy, yet inviting. The friendly waitstaff is an absolute bonus. Every table is cornered off in its own spot, never getting too close to the other tables around it, and the mood lighting is on point with dim Edison bulb lights hanging from the ceiling and tabletop candles. I’m feeling the mood.

Despite the welcoming atmosphere, I can’t help but feel nervous, even after my brief exchange with WindsorKnot. There’s something to say about a blind date: the anticipation, the unknown, the knowledge that you’re having dinner with someone to possibly form a romantic relationship. It’s intimidating, but exhilarating all at the same time.

Could this be the last time I ever go on a first date? Will he like me? Will he want to get to know me?

Butterflies float around in my stomach and my cheeks heat as Danny places a napkin in front of me, topped by my drink with a lime slice on the side.

“Here you go, Miss Clark. Please enjoy.”

I smile politely. “Thank you.” When I take a sip, I’m instantly assaulted by the ginger-lime combination. Perfect. “This is fantastic.”

“Good.” Danny winks again and like an old-time bartender, starts drying a tumbler with the towel hanging over his shoulder. Eyeing me for a second, he asks, “A little nervous?”

After taking a sip from my drink, I lick my lips and nod. “Just a little.” I scrunch my nose, squinting ever so slightly. “Is it obvious?”

“Nah, you look pretty chill compared to a lot of blind daters I see come through the door.”

“Oh, I’m sure you see a lot of different reactions to these dates.” I lean forward, the cold wood of the bar cooling my sweaty hands, and whisper, “Any good stories you can tell me?”

Danny chuckles quietly and leans forward himself, taking a look from side to side before answering. “Plenty, but looks like your date just arrived.”

My date just arrived?

The temperature in the room seems to go up a thousand degrees as my body seizes and my shoulders tense. “Oh God, can you see him? Is he hot? What does he look like? Should I turn around? No, I shouldn’t, he would know I was checking him out.” Whispering a little louder, I ask again, “Just tell me, is he cute?”

Danny’s eyes scan over my head and his smile stretches across his face. “That’s for you to judge, not me.” Damn you, Danny.

Oh Christ, I’m not ready.

That’s right, I’m not freaking ready for this.

I get it, I know I said I was ready, that I wanted to do this, that I was all-in, that I wanted to find my soul mate, but now that I’m here, seconds from meeting “the one,” I’m pretty sure I’m going to throw up. Yep, I’m going to throw up. I can feel it rising.

Oh God, I’m going to retch all over him, right on his shoes. I know it. It’s bound to happen.

“Relax, you’re going to have fun,” Danny whispers before he turns to the bottles behind him.

As if the light hairs on my arm can sense it, they stand at attention as the sound of faint footsteps come closer.

Click, click, click. The cement floor leaves zero room for sneaking up on anyone.

Don’t throw up, don’t throw up. Think compliments, think pleasantries, think—

“Hello.”

Smooth molasses drips over my shoulders as the most velvet of voices I’ve ever heard echoes behind me, pulling me away from the death grip on my copper mug and turning me in my seat to face one of the most handsome and polished men I’ve ever seen.

 

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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RELEASE BLITZ ~ CARNIVAL by JANE HARVEY-BERRICK

 

 

Author: Jane Harvey-Berrick

Title: Carnival

Series: A Standalone Story in The Traveling Series

Release Date: 26th December, 2017

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Empty inside, cold in his heart, Zef turned to whisky and drugs to fill the void.

Instead, he ended up with a prison sentence and a new determination to get clean and make something of his life.

Since his release, Zef has been on the road, finding his spiritual home with a traveling carnival and working as a motorcycle stunt rider.

Live fast, live hard, keep moving.

He doesn’t want to be tied down to anyone or anything. Fiercely loyal, the only people he cares about are his brother and his carnie family.

Until a crazy girl who’s run away to join the circus crashes into his world.
But now his old life is catching up with him, and Zef has to choose a new road.

A standalone story, and the last one in the TRAVELING SERIES.

 

 

 

4.5 Stars ~ Reviewed by Anna Green on behalf of KFF

This is the fourth book and final installment to the Travelling series and can be read as a standalone although I would strongly suggest reading the previous books as they are all brilliant.

In this book we get to read Zef’s story, the silent and brooding daredevil who’s had his share of ups and downs, the most recent one finding out that his long distance relationship has ended. I have always admired this author’s style of writing; she digs deep through the carnie life and makes the reader feel as if they are living inside the book. One gets all the glorious details, the interesting family dynamics and hierarchy within the carnies and the business aspects of it.

When Sara, the eighteen year old stowaway joins their group, Zef’s life became more interesting. Their friendship slowly grows into something special in which the author takes us through their emotions,  Zef’s reluctance in getting involved with Sara because of their fourteen year age gap, and Sara’s hero worship of Zef makes their story a sweet and slow burn romance.

The other couples from the previous books: Kes and Aimee, Luke and Zach, Tucker and Tera and also Zef’s brother Dan with his fiancée Lisanne and the patriarch of the carnie clan Ollo (with Bo his capuchin monkey) who although small in stature is bigger than life; his advice and his wisdom makes his character in this series so special. “The carnival is a place to become the person you could be or should be; a place to start over.”

There was no need for me to reread the previous books because their story all intermingled in this book and once you start reading it all comes back to you.  And this being the last book of the series makes me sad to say goodbye to these very interesting friends. Zef and Sara’s story may not be like Kes and Aimee’s fireworks in the sky type of romance but more like striking a match to light a candle in the dark that slowly and steadily glows and shines through. This final book is the perfect ending to a great series.

 

 

 

It wouldn’t have been so bad if I’d landed on my good leg, but I didn’t, and the pain was so intense, my vision went black and all I knew was deafening silence.

I woke up a few seconds later wondering if I’d died and gone to Heaven, because the view was pretty damn good and surely an Angel was watching over me. But as my vision cleared, I realized that Sara was on her knees in the dirt next to me. I think she was screaming, but my ears were ringing so badly, I couldn’t tell.

“…call an ambulance?”

I struggled to sit up, but she held me down by my shoulders.

“What?”

Kes was next to me, lifting my visor carefully.

“Wait for the paramedics, man.”

Flames of pain were running up from my ankle to my thigh.

“I think I fucked up my knee again,” I groaned.

“Does anything else hurt?”

“Only my pride,” I lied.

Kes grinned and I heard Tucker’s relieved laugh behind me. I squinted up at him.

“Everyone else okay?”

“Yeah, Zef,” he grinned. “We’re all good. You certainly gave the crowd their money’s worth. Can you do that again?”

Then Sara screamed at him.

“Shut up! Shut up! He could have died! He’s hurt! He’s really hurt, and you’re just making a big joke of it!”

And then she burst into tears.

Tucker’s mouth dropped open, stunned into silence. I saw Kes gesturing to Aimee to take Sara away.

“No! I’m not leaving him!”

And she flung herself across my body, gasping and crying. I thought she was going to have a complete meltdown when the paramedics tried to pull her off me.

“Sara, honey,” I gritted out while my whole body felt like it had been run over by a charging rhino, “they’ll do a much better job of getting me onto a stretcher if you climb off of me now.”

“Oh!”

She stumbled back, wiping her eyes and nose as I helped the paramedics get me onto the stretcher.

The crowd was on their feet, expressions of interest or horror, depending on how macabre they liked their shows, so I gave them a quick wave and heard applause and cries of relief.

“We’ll see you at the hospital,” Kes called after me.

I gave him a thumbs up, then relaxed back on the stretcher, my knee throbbing like a mofo. Sara was walking next to me, still crying, so I lifted up my gloved hand and she clung onto it as if it would save her from drowning.

But waking up and seeing her sweet face, thinking it felt like Heaven, I wondered if I was the one who was drowning.

 

 

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Writing is my passion and my obsession. I write every day and I love it. My head is full of stories and characters. I’ll never keep up with all my ideas!

I live in a small village by the ocean and walk my little dog, Pip, every day. It’s on those beachside walks that I have all my best ideas.

Writing has become a way of life – and one that I love to share.

 

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