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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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About Kathy Coopmans

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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About HJ Bellus

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 ~ PRINCE CHARMING by CD REISS

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Prince Charming an all-new sexy standalone from New York Times bestselling author CD Reiss is LIVE!

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Prince Charming by CD Reiss

Release Date: January 4th, 2018

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Synopsis

Keaton Bridge is exactly the kind of guy a straight-arrow like Cassie doesn’t need.

For one thing, he’s a criminal—and she fights crime for a living. And being criminally handsome isn’t helping her say no, either. Everything about him screams trouble, from his British accent to his mysterious past.

And Cassie doesn’t do trouble.

Keaton’s got his own trouble. He’s trying to go legit, and an FBI agent hanging around is the last thing that will help his credibility. All it took was one night of passion to sear her into his skin. Now he can’t imagine living happily ever after without her.

All they have to do is walk away.

But neither of them ever walks away from danger.

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★ ★ ★ ★

Reviewed by Sharon Thérèse

I have to say I found the title an interesting one. I’ve always been led to believe that a prince charming would save his damsel in distress but in this case, not is at all what it appears to be. And the cover conjures up a sense of mystery which couldn’t have been better seeing as the main man is clouded in a world of espionage! Thrown into a conundrum of hacker words which of late has become Reiss’ forte, my first impression was would I be able to grasp the cyber terms and who is the real him behind them! I’d conjured up a vague idea of him in in King of Code, but little did I realise until well into this standalone that the man of many facets would go out of his way to confuse not only me, but also the leading lady! So, talking about methods behind his thoughts and desires isn’t in it, but I can honestly say fathoming out how he ticked was a joy in itself… She, the woman in question who’d caught his eager eye for reasons to be divulged, was in for a ride and a half. And I freakin’ well loved their contrasting aspirations! She wants in, he wants out and say no more!

The author’s character development is indisputably good. Keaton Bridge is charmingly Brit to the core. And to top the lot, the author has pulled off his British enunciation to a tee and that’s coming from a Brit! His is a modus operandi calculatingly aloof; reservedly subtle, quite perfectly English! Cassie is ambitious, wary, her weaknesses controlled up to a point; however, up against rules and regulations on the reverse side complicates matters like you would never believe. Ahh…but here’s the trick, Reiss offers her readers a plot that makes the reader doubt just about everything!

No spoiler here! Even though Keaton Bridge had me at the drop of a hat which was really not on considering he’s an online paradox of anonymity and cause for such concern, there’s a ring of truth to all cloak and dagger situations of trust, secrecy and abounding intrigue. Will he give Cassie the valid codes she so sorts after is for you to discover. Is it infatuation, love or does he have something more up his impeccable sleeve to keep her on her toes? And more important, who plays who?

Narrated from dual points of view in present tense, Reiss’ offering has grabbed this reader’s attention with sassy banter, angst in the right places, a digital age storyline and without a doubt, the build-up to amorous scenes nothing less than swoon-worthy. I loved meeting up with Harper and Taylor again and the ending…to say I was gobsmacked would be putting it mildly. The missing star; perhaps my impatience for what was to come in the first quarter, or maybe too many codes and computer jargon which quite honestly shouldn’t have got the better of me but all in all, I highly recommend one-clicking this standalone! Bravo CD!

About the Author

CD Reiss is a New York Times bestseller. She still has to chop wood and carry water, which was buried in the fine print. Her lawyer is working it out with God but in the meantime, if you call and she doesn’t pick up she’s at the well hauling buckets.

Born in New York City, she moved to Hollywood, California to get her master’s degree in screenwriting from USC. In case you want to know, that went nowhere but it did give her a big enough ego to write novels.

She’s frequently referred to as the Shakespeare of Smut which is flattering but hasn’t ever gotten her out of chopping that cord of wood.

If you meet her in person, you should call her Christine.

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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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4.5 Stars ~ 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.

 

 

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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REVIEW ~ SPIRAL OF BLISS: The Complete Series by NINA LANE

 

Title: Spiral of Bliss

Series: The Complete Boxed Set

Author: Nina Lane

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: 26th December, 2017

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Summary

The professor and his beauty…

From an exhilarating crush to the intensities of marriage, Liv and Dean West embark on a passionate lifelong journey together. As the medieval history professor and his beloved wife face both personal challenges and painful battles, they never lose sight of the hope, humor, and devotion that belong only to them.

Liv and Dean’s everlasting romance will melt your heart, turn you on, and enchant you with the power of a love to end all loves.

This set includes all seven Spiral of Bliss books and a bonus short story:

AROUSE
ALLURE
ADVENT (short story)
AWAKEN
ARRIVE
BREAK THE SKY
ADORE
ALWAYS

 

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★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Reviewed by Sharon Thérèse

Having previously read most of the full-length novels in this series, I didn’t have to think twice about one-clicking the complete boxed set. And ooh boy, am I pleased I did! Nina Lane has developed two unforgettable characters whose passion for each other turned my world upside down and inside out. Their sensitivity and sensuality leaps off the pages, their highs and lows so realistic, knocked the socks off me.

AROUSE #1

I first read this book four years ago and I can’t tell you how impressed I was with the original storyline. This time around, it was like watching a movie for the second time. You know…all those little details you think you might have missed but come flowing back. Dean and Liv have been married for three years and are deliriously happy together; however, when a delicate subject is discussed, it puts their marital status quo in jeopardy. Also, Liv feels that Dean hasn’t been totally honest with her. I thought many of her doubts were because of her insecurities which I couldn’t possibly criticize considering what she’d been through. So whether Dean intentionally misled her or not is for your to discover; however, it was made clear to me that all he wants is to protect the woman he adores, the woman who’s his raison d’être. How they deal with this issue and more is exactly what Arouse is about.

ALLURE #2

I learnt a lot about this perfectly flawed couple in Arouse. Yet, having picked up on subtle hints in Arouse, I wasn’t in the least surprised when a problem of a different sort reared its ugly head, causing much unrest. Family conflicts are also the source of misunderstandings that need dealing with, but Dean’s wife is his beauty and although he’s still overly protective of her, Liv wants him to share his fears, bare his soul and trust her judgement. How could he not seeing as hers is a generous heart! I can’t say how much I loved their humour, their little-huge tokens of love and their reminiscences. The banter combined with backstory told from dual points of view is quite mind-blowing and I couldn’t wait for more!          

ADVENT: #2.5 (Bonus short story)

Goodness me, the title for this short but very titillating read couldn’t have been more apt! If I loved this couple in Arouse and Allure, their gorgeousness made me fall even harder for them whilst they shared their first Xmas together. Floved Liv’s pressie to her hubby, the professor, and wish I could say more but I’d spoil it for you.

AWAKEN #3

Theirs isn’t just any kind relationship. They yearn for each other’s company, the chemistry between them is a palpable magnetism and written in such a way, it’s not only believable, but also highly emotional. Life’s learning curve makes them stronger and even more responsive if that were ever possible. That being said and I’m certainly not complaining, they do have a habit of solving their differences in the bedroom. Ooh my word, the scenes are nothing less than erotically explosive, breathtaking and beautifully narrated! The professor…Liv’s soulmate, her yin to his yang, has the challenge of a lifetime which of course, I can’t possibly mention. Despite his ‘beauty’ being there for him through thick and thin, she needs alone time to confront her past which showed me how self-assured she’d become. Dean is as always, chivalrous and learning to share his innermost feelings with her. Wow, wait for the ending folks. I sobbed my heart out!         

ARRIVE #4

Arrive is a little gem of a novella, its seven chapters complimenting Awaken to a tee. If you like the element of surprise, I’d suggest not reading the blurb…mind you, the title and collage book cover does give it away a tad!  The author takes the reader on an emotionally touching journey that comes alive, that you’ll never forget. I’ve tried my hardest throughout this series’ review not to let on certain happenings since I really want you to enjoy it to the full. What I will say is Lane’s gone above and beyond in Arrive and left me in awe of her descriptive writing.    

BREAK THE SKY: #5 (Spinoff)

This was the first book I’d read by Lane and not only was it a joy rereading, but I’d also found out that Break the Sky was a continuation of the Spiral of Bliss series. I can assure you my reading enjoyment was hindered in the slightest. Manwhore extraordinaire, Archer West, steps into the scenario and tries to make amends with his estranged brother, Dean. We meet up with Kelsey once again who’s going to kick ass, hidden secrets are revealed and did she drive me round the bend or what! But I couldn’t help connecting to her. She’s irresistibly irritable, made me laugh out loud with her lightening-speed responses and I completely understood that past events which will haunt her right up until the present, would mould her character. 

ADORE: #6

I can’t reiterate how much I adore all the books in the Spiral of Bliss series. Dean is just as gorgeous and as always, puts his family before his career. But in Adore, Lane has changed the tone to fit this couple’s everyday trials and tribulations. New opportunities are on the horizon for Dean. Highly respected by colleagues in his field, it was a matter of time before he’d receive the recognition deserved. However, things aren’t how they used to be at home. It seemed to me Liv was having trouble achieving a work-life balance with other personal obligations, consequently putting stress on their married life. Observing how Dean and Liv look for solutions and find more time for each other was a joy in itself, but when my interest was aroused in the epilogue, I couldn’t help but dive straight into Always.

ALWAYS: #7

Now then, this book and the short story had escaped me and one of the reasons I one-clicked the whole series. I was convinced their journey had come to end, so you can imagine how gutted I felt when Dean whose lion-heart has never wavered, shatters into a million pieces. Faced with the biggest challenge of his life, I thanked all the deities he’d made peace with Archer who would play a crucial part in a story so heartbreaking, a man-sized hankie handy won’t be enough!  All I can say is there is light at the end of the tunnel for the professor and his beauty.

Lane is an exceptionally good writer. She gives you all the feels; makes her unique characters come vividly to life, gives you the rough with the smooth and constantly holds the reader’s attention by adding banter in just the right scenarios in a plot easy to relate to. I plot which I have said before, original. Despite the perfect timing, it is with a heavy heart I say goodbye to the professor, his beauty, Archer, Kelsey, family and friends. Bravo Ms Lane!

 

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AuthorPictureNew York Times & USA Today bestselling author Nina Lane writes hot, sexy romances and spicy erotica. Originally from California, she holds a PhD in Art History and an MA in Library and Information Studies, which means she loves both research and organization. She also enjoys traveling and thinks St. Petersburg, Russia is a city everyone should visit at least once. Although Nina would go back to college for another degree because she’s that much of a bookworm and a perpetual student, she now lives the happy life of a full-time writer.

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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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BLOG TOUR ~ TEAM PLAYER: A Sports Romance Anthology

Eleven authors. Eleven Novellas. This is one thick . . . book.

Christmas just became a whole lot merrier…


TEAM PLAYER, A Christmas Anthology featuring titles by LJ Shen, Kennedy Ryan, Adriana Locke, Mandi Beck, Emma Scott, Charleigh Rose, Ella Fox, Sara Ney, Meghan Quinn, Kate Stewart and Rochelle Paige is LIVE!

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Publication Date: December 14th, 2017

Genre: Contemporary/Sports Romance

Cover Designer: Letitia Hasser, RBA Designs

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Hot jocks. We love them all.

Sexy baseball players. Intense footballers. Sweaty MMA fighters, and sizzling hockey hotties. Score!

The good news? Eleven bestselling authors have gathered to give you a set of stories focused on the men we love most—sports heroes. We bet you’ll love this thick…book.

The bad news? The men in these novellas don’t actually exist.

*This anthology does not contain calories, just eleven original, never-before-seen stories by the following authors: Adriana Locke, Mandi Beck, Charleigh Rose, Kennedy Ryan, LJ Shen, Meghan Quinn, Rochelle Paige, Ella Fox, Kate Stewart, Emma Scott, and Sara Ney. We aren’t responsible for melted devices.

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Reviewed by Anna Green on behalf of KFF

Yard Sale by Charleigh Rose

A fun, sexy and quick read. Cam a professional snowboarder hooks up with Mollie who is in a fake relationship with Tucker to appease their families. Mollie and Cam had a one night stand. A few months later they meet again and surprise, surprise! This pair’s story is so steaming hot it’s enough to melt the snow in Aspen. (Rating: 3.5 stars)

Sin Bin by Mandi Beck

This is a light-hearted and fast paced hockey romance written in alternative points of view. Joshua and Stella’s story started as a four night stand. They met and sparks fly, had a wild weekend and went their separate ways. Six months later they bump into each other and he’s in for a big surprise. Will he own up to his new responsibility? She’s a college student and he’s a professional hockey player I do hope they get it sorted out. (Rating: 4 stars)

Sweeping the Series by Kate Stewart

This angsty second chance romance features a baseball pro and a wary PR executive. Ren and Erica met by chance and it was love at first sight. It was baseball that got them together but it also tore them apart. He thought she felt the same but he didn’t realise that her problems with the game ran deeper. A few years later and they were thrown in together. Some questions need to be answered and someone needs to forgive. (Rating: 4.5 stars)

Full Court Press by Kennedy Ryan

This short romance is written in dual points of view. A former NBA player and a successful sportscaster meet for an interview in the locker rooms. He liked her but she wasn’t impressed. Ten years later they meet again. Avery and Decker’s story is a steamy and bumpy ride of an emotional rollercoaster that will break your heart but there just might be a silver lining for them if Avery opens up to Decker and let him in. (Rating: 4.5 stars)

Out of Formation by Ella Fox

This is a sweet romance featuring a former NFL player and a cheerleader. Elena has had a crush on Colin since she was eight years old. Even with the age gap between these two there’s no denying they were meant for each other. Their relationship will make you swoon and melt your heart. (Rating: 4.5 stars)

Slapped Into Love by Rochelle Paige

A light-hearted romance between a hockey pro and an Olympic medallist speed skater. Tamara and Ryan’s story starts with a one night stand, she was gone when he woke up. This pair’s drive for excellence in their respective sports parallels their steamy and hot romps in bed that will not only warm the cockles of your heart but also melt your knickers. A totally enjoyable read, you don’t want to miss it! (Rating: 4 stars)

Back In The Game by Meghan Quinn

I have always loved this author’s funny rom-com stories. Calder is a pro hockey player, a single parent to five year old Shea and the love of his life. Rachel is a kindergarten teacher who is as sassy as they get. One good thing about a short story is it cuts out all the drama and BS and gets right down to the meat of the story. Two people who fall in love fast and have a go at it. Super fun to read! (Rating: 5 stars)

One Good Man by Emma Scott

Wow! I am totally blown away by this very emotional love story of Adrian, a French footballer and Janey, an American student journalist that will surely touch your heart. Told in dual points of view this well written narrative captures the essence of Janey and Adrian’s journey through the 70s, the world reeling from the effects of the war in Vietnam, the soldiers and their families. Vivid images of two countries: America and France amidst the backdrop of French football league with exceptional characters is what you get from this fantastic novella. A short but powerful story, packs a punch! (Rating: 5 stars)

Switch Hitter by Sara Ney

When Lucy, Amelia’s identical twin asked her to bail her out from her date with Dash, a baseball player in their school Amelia didn’t have any choice but to agree with the switch. After all they have done this a few times when they were younger. Little did she know that she’d fall for Dash and some things get a tiny bit complicated. This young adult romance of Dash and Amelia is fun and sweet. Told in alternating points of view, this young couple is perfectly matched. (Rating: 4 stars)

End Zone by L.J. Shen

This is a childhood friends to lovers romance written in alternating points of view. Reading this author’s angsty novella makes you wish there was more because I felt like a passenger in a speeding car looking out the window watching Sage and Jolie’s life on a blur. Sage is the star quarterback of the school and Jolie his best friend since they were little is also his roommate. This well written romance captures their budding friendship which later on develops into deeper love when they grow up.  This is a great short story about young love. (Rating: 5 stars)

This anthology is a great collection of different stories, just perfect for a lazy weekend of binge reading. The stories will make you feel emotional, make you smile and you have a bit of a laugh at the antics of some characters. Grab a glass of wine and enjoy! Over all rating: (5 stars)

Meet the authors:

LJ Shen

L.J. Shen is an International #1 best-selling author of Contemporary Romance and New Adult novels. She lives in Northern California with her husband, young son and chubby cat.

Before she’d settled down, L.J. (who thinks referring to herself in the third person is really silly, by the way) traveled the world, and collected friends from all across the globe. Friends who’d be happy to report that she is a rubbish companion, always forgets peoples’ birthdays and never sends Christmas cards.

She enjoys the simple things in life, like spending time with her family and friends, reading, HBO, Netflix and internet-stalking Stephen James. She reads between three to five books a week and firmly believes Crocs shoes and mullets should be outlawed.

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Kennedy Ryan:

Kennedy Ryan is a Southern girl gone Southern California. A Top 100 Amazon Bestseller, Kennedy writes romance about remarkable women who find a way to thrive even in tough times, the love they find, and the men who cherish them.

She is a wife to her lifetime lover and mother to an extraordinary son. She has always leveraged her journalism background to write for charity and non-profit organizations, but enjoys writing to raise Autism awareness most. A contributor for Modern Mom Magazine, Kennedy’s writings have appeared in Chicken Soup for the Soul, USA Today and many others. The founder and executive director of a foundation serving Georgia families living with Autism, Kennedy has appeared on Headline News, Montel Williams, NPR and other outlets as a voice for families living with autism.

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Adriana Locke:

 A contemporary romance author running on coffee and sticky kisses from my rowdy four little boys.

From Indiana, I’m a true Mid-Westerner. Life, for me, is about family, faith, and food. When I’m not running my kiddos around or having a lunch date of fajitas with my husband (and high school sweetheart), you can find me outside. I love a good sunny day almost as much as I love candy, random quotes, and steamy bad boys in fantastic books.

I’m on nearly every social media platform. Please find me on the ones you frequent – I love chatting with readers.

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Mandi Beck:

Mandi Beck has been an avid reader all of her life. A deep love for books always had her jotting down little stories on napkins, notebooks, and her hand. As an adult she was further submerged into the book world through book clubs and the epicness of social media. It was then that she graduated to writing her stories on her phone and then finally on a proper computer.

A nursing student, mother to two rambunctious and somewhat rotten boys, and stepmom to two great girls away at college, she shares her time with her husband in Chicago where she was born and raised. Mandi is a diehard hockey fan and blames the Blackhawks when her deadlines are not met.

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Emma Scott:

I write romances with flawed characters, characters with artistic hearts: builders, poets, and writers of various makes and models. I love to write book lovers; those who have found refuge, companionship, and escape in books, much as we do in real life. I like realism, honesty, authenticity in storytelling. I love to write about enduring love, soul-deep love, in as real a setting as I can make, but with big smooshy HEAs. I believe in diversity, open-mindedness, and inclusion. I like sweetness mixed with steam, love conquering all, and above all, hope. Love always wins.

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Charleigh Rose:

We are a duo of an international best-selling author and a blogger who teamed up to write the taboo, thought-provoking stories we want our audience to have–without filters.

Both Charleigh and Rose are committed to giving you witty, sexy, intelligent novels that will leave you wanting more.

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Ella Fox:

When she’s not writing, Ella indulges the gypsy in her blood and travels the country. Ella loves reading, movies, music, buying make-up, reading Tmz, Twitter and pedicures… not necessarily in that order. She has a wild sense of humor and loves to laugh. Her favorite thing in the world is hanging out with her family and watching comedy movies.

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Sara Ney:

Sara Ney is the USA Today Bestselling Author of the How to Date a Douchebag series, and is best known for her sexy, laugh-out-loud New Adult romances. Among her favorite vices, she includes: iced latte’s, historical architecture and well-placed sarcasm. She lives colorfully, collects vintage books, art, loves flea markets, and fancies herself British.

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Meghan Quinn:

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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Kate Stewart:

Kate Stewart lives in Charleston, S.C. with her husband, Nick, and her naughty beagle, Sadie. A native of Dallas, Kate moved to Charleston three weeks after her first visit, dropping her career of 8 years, and declaring it her creative muse. Kate pens messy, sexy, angst-filled contemporary romance as well as romantic comedy and erotic suspense because it’s what she loves as a reader. A lover of all things ’80s and ’90s, especially John Hughes films and rap, she dabbles a little in photography, can knit a simple stitch scarf for necessity only and does a horrible job of playing the ukulele. Aside from running a mile without collapsing, traveling is the only other must on her bucket list. On occasion, she does very well at vodka.

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Rochelle Paige:

Rochelle Paige is the Amazon bestselling author of nineteen books. She absolutely adores reading and her friends growing up used to tease her when she trailed after them, trying to read and walk at the same time. She loves stories with alpha males, sassy heroines, hot sex and happily ever afters. She is a bit of a genre hopper in both her reading and her writing. So far she’s written books in several romance sub-genres including new adult, contemporary, paranormal and romantic suspense.

She is the mother of two wonderful sons who inspired her to chase her dream of being an author. She wants them to learn from her that you can live your dream as long as you are willing to work for it.

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5 ★ REVIEW ~ THE MAN IN THE BLACK SUIT by SYLVAIN REYNARD

 

Title: The Man in the Black Suit

Author: Sylvain Reynard

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Release Date: 19th December, 2017

Cover Design: Heather Carrier Designs

PR: Nina Bocci

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Acacia Santos excels at her job as concierge at the prestigious Hotel Victoire in Paris. When her superior, Marcel, is attacked in a supposed random mugging, she is tasked with serving one of the hotel’s most mysterious and attractive guests.

Nicholas Cassirer checks into the hotel under an assumed name every three months. Usually, he stays in the penthouse suite with a beautiful female companion but on this occasion, he arrives alone and is displeased in having to deal with someone new. A match of wits ensues as he tests Acacia’s expertise with a series of almost impossible demands. Her intelligence and creativity rise to the challenge, earning his respect.

They strike a tenuous accord until Acacia discovers a famous stolen painting in his suite, she contacts a former boyfriend who works for the elite BRB, a unit of French law enforcement that deals with art thefts.

Nicholas is questioned by police and released when it is revealed the painting is a reproduction. Irked with her behavior, Acacia’s supervisor demotes her threatening dismissal and the cancellation of her work permit.

But Acacia has already attracted Nicholas’s attention. Remorseful that she may lose her job on his account, he offers her a choice – she can wait until her supervisor dismisses her, or she can leave the city of lights behind and become his personal assistant.

Acacia initially refuses his offer, but Nicholas is persistent. He reveals himself as a man who quietly acquires stolen art in order to restore it to its rightful owners. Faced with mounting familial debts and the possibility of dismissal and deportation, she agrees to work for him.

Nicholas opens up a whole new world of beauty and intrigue to Acacia as they travel the globe. Soon the line between employer and assistant is blurred, and the two lonely people embark on a passionate relationship.

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Reviewed by Rachel & Sharon Thérèse

“Art is for everyone, but without access, it becomes elitist.” 

The Man in a Black Suit is an exceptionally good read for various reasons. Staccato sentences used in the intriguing prologue become a rhythmic sequence of words instantly capturing our attention. Also, the pace of this story kept us on edge in a standalone novel which is so much more than a romance. Mystery and suspense flow non-stop; sublime character development and remarkable dialogue in just the right places, (yeah, we’re suckers for it), couldn’t have been better. Were we able to put this book down? No…we read it in one sitting! Disconnect from daily humdrum? Absolutely! To give you an idea of the plot without letting on, Reynard has touched on delicate world issues in an extremely realistic manner. He unleashed his storytelling abilities through a nail-biting narrative, respecting our beliefs and opinions regarding the difficult times we live in, and all we can do is categorise his writing as masterful. And before we go any further, the cover has to be mentioned. In keeping with the author’s other book covers, this one is no less elegant, eye-catching and as always, manages to capture the feel.

“We create something together we don’t have apart.” 

Reynard’s heros and heroines love hard, are vocally expressive with their sentiments and desires, so therefore it was of no surprise for us to find his protagonists truly lovable. Regardless of the difference in their cultural backgrounds which we have to add, refreshingly innovative, he hit home—made them come alive in our sitting room, made us root for them.

“You’re beautiful and charming and good.”
“Don’t put me on a pedestal. I’ll fall.”
“I’ve got you Acacia.”
 

Nicolas Cassirer didn’t keep us guessing for long, Acacia Santos was for us, a tad enigmatic seeing as her past wasn’t clear until well into the read. But even when thrown into the most complex of situations, her actions spoke louder than words. Both are talented, strong-minded and both are on par with each other. Of course, we didn’t find out how she’d acquired her many talents straightaway. Once the story unravels, all revealed literally left us aghast.

“…. I don’t want anything from you.”
“Perhaps that’s why I want to give you everything.”
“You are the only one who never wanted anything from me.”
 

Never acting in haste, Nicholas has a vengefully well-thought-out plan. His reasons for taking such a dangerous path are comprehensible, heartbreaking and open up in a world of art taking the reader on a journey across the globe. He fiercely believes in an ‘eye for an eye’, but little did he know who or what he’d be up against. Much to Acacia’s concern and of her own doing, she’s caught up in the crossfire putting her career in jeopardy. Ahh, but as you will see, this woman is not just your ordinary concierge.

“I’m a concierge, not a saint.”
“Nor am I, mademoiselle, I assure you.”
 

We adored the references to certain works of art, artifacts and relics that had us consulting their accuracy. We shouldn’t have been worried though. Reynard’s forte is without a doubt, detail. Not only does he know what he’s talking about but more important, makes the reader want to know more about cities visited, countries’ cultures, understandings and religious tendencies. If only we could overcome disputes with such finesse as does he, what a beautiful world it would be!

“You can’t fault an art collector for appreciating beauty.”
“I’m not eager to be collected.”
“If a man were fortunate enough to win you, he’d give away his collection.”
 

Secondary characters play a huge part and we loved to hate them…or not! As did Acacia, we had to gain our own perspectives and not dwell on certain incidents which took place! Ooh, and we mustn’t forget the steamingly hot scenes. Reynard held back in The Man in the Black Suit just enough to get us wondering whether or not their attraction for each other was going to flower into something more. Playing the waiting game is his style; was it worth it…boy oh boy, a definite yes! We can’t recommend this read enough. It has everything and more besides and for us, is a must one-click. Bravo Sr Reynard!

 

 

Meet SR

I’m interested in the way literature can help us explore aspects of the human condition – particularly suffering, sex, love, faith, and redemption. My favourite stories are those in which a character takes a journey, either a physical journey to a new and exciting place, or a personal journey in which he or she learns something about himself/herself.

I’m also interested in how aesthetic elements such as art, architecture, and music can be used to tell a story or to illuminate the traits of a particular character. In my writing, I combine all of these elements with the themes of redemption, forgiveness, and the transformative power of goodness.

I try to use my platform as an author to raise awareness about the following charities: Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep Foundation, WorldVision, Alex’s Lemonade Stand, and Covenant House. For more information, see my Charities page.

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