Book Reviews, Contemporary Romance

Review – Fearless King by Maya Hughes

Fearless King; Kings of Rittenhouse #4 (Series)
by Maya Hughes (Author)

This review is from: May 24, 2019 By Kay Daniels
Rating:⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Heat Level:🔥🔥🔥🔥

There are so many things to love about Maya Hughes’ Fearless King

Let me begin by saying I have been enamoured with The Kings since the beginning. The journey Maya has brought us on has been amazing and knowing there is still one more tortured King to go…is it wrong to say I’m excited for his bleeding story. No? Good 🙂

Anyway, here is just a short list of the things I loved about Fearless King:

    • The continual update on all things Kings. Everyone is still with us and I adore the glimpses into their continuing lives; whether it’s good or bad.
    • Grant Atherton, Ford’s baby brother. Seriously, who knew Grant was so adorable? Yes, he has a major crush on Liv, and this alone would make a great story. Living under the limelight of his famous older brother with unrequited love and he’s stinking adorable. Maybe Grant will get his HEA someday too. I can only hope.
    • Sylvia Atherton, Ford’s mother. Considering we don’t get a lot of interaction with the other hockey parents, Sylvia is the unicorn parent we all wish we had growing up. She is sweet, understanding, always there with a warm, baked cookie, and going to bat for you no matter what. She adores both of her boys and Liv, each interaction with her was a joy to read.
    • This is a work of fiction, yes, but I felt there was a lesson to be learned. Are you doing what brings you joy everyday? So many of us don’t and Maya brings about a pretty powerful message through her characters (which I won’t give away so you can enjoy it yourself), but I hope people take away that same wonderful feeling that I did when they are done reading.

Ford and Liv have known each other since they were children, or technically since Liv was a child and Ford was a teenager. It was pretty much an instant crush for Liv, even before she knew what a crush was. Hanging out with her brother, Colm, and his friends was second nature. For the most part they ignored her and Liv’s crush grew as time passed.

“There’s no one else I want in the world, but I can’t have you.”  -Liv

It wasn’t until much later that Ford recognized the side glances, the lingering stares and Liv’s changing body that his feelings began to change, but he also knew he’d never be able to act upon them. Colm was his best friend and he’d never betray that trust.

But…

One kiss was all it took to change things between Ford and Live forever. Feelings they had both long denied burst through the dam they’d both constructed around their carefully constructed lives, but one kiss was all they’d have for a year and a half.

“The kiss that had unlocked a part of my soul and cemented it to hers.”  -Ford

It wasn’t until Colm asked for a favor, one that Ford couldn’t turn down, check in on his disappearing/unresponsive sister while he was out of town. Ford had kept his distance for almost two years and that long ago kiss soon wouldn’t be enough to erase everything he wanted to do to the woman plaguing his dreams.

Falling back into old patterns, easily picking up where their friendship left off, no longer could they deny the chemistry that was between them. They’d circled each other long enough. It was finally time to see what destiny had in store for them. The only questions left were; would destiny favor their long awaited relationship or would fate be fickle and ruin everything they knew and everyone in their lives?

Maya Hughes wrote another great book to add to the Rittenhouse series. Ford will break your heart. He is good man, but makes so many mistakes in trying to be a good man, my heart constantly bled for him. Liv is a good balance for him and the two of them together will melt you right to the ground.

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New Releases

Audio Reveal – Instant Gratification by Lauren Blakely

AUDIO REVEAL!!!

Spurred by listener interest and fan response to her first multicast in Birthday Suit, Lauren Blakely is planning another full-cast narration for a standalone romance. Her September release, Instant Gratification, will be performed by 15 narrators!

A star-studded production of a new standalone romance from number one New York Times best-selling author Lauren Blakely, performed by a full cast of 15 narrators. Led by Andi Arndt and Shane East, the all-star cast also includes award winners and fan favorites: Vikas Adam, Bahni Turpin, Scott Brick, Zachary Webber, Jason Clarke, Emma Wilder, Hillary Huber, Joe Arden, Grace Grant, Marisa Calin, Lili Valente, newcomer Adam Lau and Sebastian York in a special performance as his most beloved character in a Lauren Blakely book — Nick Hammer…

Watch the announcement video here:
https://youtu.be/nhLO7DXFhfw

PREORDER
Audiobook preorder coming in late July (to receive an alert for it: http://www.subscribepage.com/LaurenAudio)

✦Kindle ➜ https://blkly.pub/InstantKindle
✦Apple Books ➜ https://blkly.pub/AppleInstant
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✦Nook ➜ https://blkly.pub/NookInstant
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✦Paperback ➜ https://amzn.to/2VZ98Ks

Blurb:
Snagging a date? Not a problem. But one that meets my special requirements?

As the premier best-man-for hire in all of Manhattan, I promise discretion, so when I need a plus one for a couple of “I dos,” she needs to be A-Plus in reliability.

Fortunately, I have a brilliant solution in asking my best friend’s sister to go on my arm. Truly is my good friend, too, and I trust her completely. Just look how discreet she’s been about the time we spent the night together. But, it was only once, and it was months ago. We’ve been the souls of restraint ever since. I’m sure we can make it through these weddings without banging each other in the limo.

Probably.

Plus, she needs my help with a business proposal. A little I’ll-scratch-your-back-you-scratch-mine doesn’t have to lead to the bedroom, right?

Good thing we know our way around the friend zone. The treacherous, torturous all-too-easy to slide out of friend zone…

Instant Gratification is told from the hero’s POV, so if you loved Big Rock, Mister O, or Full Package, you’ll devour this new standalone rom-com!

 

About the Author:
A #1 New York Times Bestselling, #1 Wall Street Journal Bestselling, and #1 Audible Bestselling author, Lauren Blakely is known for her contemporary romance style that’s sweet, sexy and witty. Her heroines are strong and smart and her heroes have hearts of gold and fantastic funny bones. With fourteen New York Times bestsellers, her titles have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestseller Lists more than 100 times, and she’s sold more than 3 million books.

In June she’ll release SATISFACTION GUARANTEED and in September INSTANT GRATIFICATION.

She’d love to give you a free book today! Check out her web site to grab your free read: laurenblakely.com/one-free-book/

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Book Reviews, Contemporary Romance

Review – The Red Zone by Amie Knight

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The Red Zone (Standalone)
by Amie Knight (Author)

This review is from: May 24, 2019 By Kay Daniels
Rating:⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Heat Level:🔥🔥🔥

The Red Zone is a story that is more than I ever imagined, filled with so many endearing moments, it pulled at all of my emotions. Amie Knight is a true master.

Lukas “Last Minute Lucy” Callihan is at the top of his football career when he receives word that his mother suddenly passes away. Given that she was already raising his special needs sister alone, this news was not only devastating to Lukas, but also meant he had to reprioritize his life. Moving back home so he could take over raising Ella was an adjustment, he wasn’t exactly ready to become a parent to a teenage girl, but he loved his sister and would do anything for her, even play football for a mediocre team. Just when he felt like the world was crashing all around him, he discovered Ella’s teacher was none other than Scarlett Knox, the one girl he actually would have dated back in high school. The only girl who had gotten under his skin. The one and only “Red”.

Scarlett Knox had always been a little awkward, perhaps it was because she was a late bloomer, excelled at school, or a combination of everything. Whatever it was, she never expected to become friends with the star quarterback back in high school. She didn’t understand it herself, but she absorbed every minute he spent with her back then. It was short and so very long ago that when Luk came back into town ten years later not only had she finally blossomed, but she figured he’d all but forgotten about their short time together. She was currently Ella’s teacher and since Lukas was now her guardian there were rules and she didn’t care how sexy Luk still was, Scarlett had a job to do and there could be no distractions.

When Lukas needs help with Ella because let’s face it he knows next to nothing about raising a teenage girl, he turns to the one person he not only knows, but also the one person he can trust, Scarlett. She not only knows Ella better than anyone, but she also knows him. Together they can brave most anything, if she’d only let him in.

Sure Lukas left a decade ago and never looked back, but can Scarlett trust him again? She loves Ella as much as she loves all her students, but she really shouldn’t get involved beyond the classroom, it’s a sticky situation. Can she help a man who is clearly floundering not only in the grief of losing his mother, but also in raising his sister, while still guarding her heart?

The Red Zone was not only a story that covered the importance of family, but also dealing with your emotions in the most trying of times. In today’s world, especially with social media, everyone has to be fantastic all the time, but we all have hard days, difficult days, trying days, etc…

Lukas, Ella, Scarlett, even some of the football team show us that it’s okay not to be okay all the time. It’s okay to ask for help. It’s okay to not have all the answers right when you think you should. It is just okay to feel just okay.

There is a pivotal moment right towards the end of the book and I was on the edge of my seat, looking at how much of the book was left and I was screaming inside wondering how everything was going to turn out alright…I won’t give away what that moment was or even how Amie in her magically gift made me bawl my eyes out and basically waved her magic wand to make it all happen. All I will say is at that moment you realize that everyone, yes, everyone has moments of doubt, frustration, insecurity, panic, etc…and even the smallest person or most insignificant thing can make a huge impact in someone’s life. Just remember you never know what someone else is going through, so always be kind to one another.

Pick up The Red Zone on May 30th, you will not be disappointed.

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Cover Reveal, New Releases

Cover Reveal – Queen Sized by Madison Faye

COVER REVEAL
Title: Queen Sized
Book 7 in the Royally Screwed series of standalone contemporary royal romances
Author: Madison Faye
Genre: Standalone Contemporary Royal Romance
Cover Design: Coverlüv
Release Date: May 27, 2019

BLURB 

She’s a curvy, royal beauty. I’m a savage, commoner beast.
I’m no King, but I’ve got a big staff and a thick crown – all for her, and fit for a Queen.

As the Captain of the Royal Guard, duty has always come first. Duty, honor, and a fierce loyalty to King and Kingdom. But, that’s before she comes falling into my world and into my arms.

Literally.

Queen Alessia is all woman. Curves for days, built for sin, and soft, pouty lips that I’m dying to taste. She’s also the definition of off-limits: young, royal, innocent, and engaged for political reasons to a man who doesn’t deserve her.

She’s also never been touched. But then, neither have I.

A life spent training as an underground fighter and then a soldier means there’s never been a woman before her. Not ever. But Queen Alessia will be my first, she’ll be my only, and she’ll be my last.

She makes me lose control and break every single one of my rules. And today, I’m going to break my vows as a soldier. Guard her and watch her while she marries another man?

Fuck that.

Queen Alessia’s been mine since the moment she fell into my world. And today, I’m going to remind of that, if it’s the last thing I do.

GOODREADS LINK: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/45445409-queen-sized

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AUTHOR BIO

USA Today and #1 bestselling contemporary romance author Madison Faye is the dirty alter ego of the very wholesome, very normal suburban housewife behind the stories. While she might be a wife, mom, and PTA organizer on the outside, there’s nothing but hot, steamy, and raunchy fantasies brewing right beneath the surface!

Tired of keeping them hidden inside or only having them come out in the bedroom, they’re all here in the form of some wickedly hot stories. Single-minded alpha hero, sinfully taboo relationships, and wildly over-the-top scenarios. If you love it extra dirty, extra hot, and extra naughty, this is the place for you! (Just don’t tell the other PTA members you saw her here…)

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AUTHOR LINKS

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Madison-Faye/e/B019Q7NTNC
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Release Day/New Release

New Release – Ring around the Rosey by L.A. Fiore and Anthony Dwayne

RELEASE BLITZ
Title: Ring around the Rosey
Authors: L.A. Fiore & Anthony Dwayne
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: May 24, 2019

BLURB

After tragedy rocks the small town of Danville Creek, best friends Emma Blake and Branch McKenna are ripped from the only homes they’ve ever known.

Twenty years later, they are called back to… Rosey Plantation.
A getaway shared by their parents and… the place they were all found dead.

As they get the house ready to sell, they uncover clues to a game—a handcuff key in a trinket box, eye bolts anchored into the basement wall, silk bindings in unusual places—and discover it wasn’t a retreat but a place to play.

While Emma and Branch find solace in one another, and explore some of their own dark fantasies, mysterious things start happening. Convinced they need to play the erotic game, or end up like their parents, their lives start to unravel.

Some say ghosts can haunt, but when the danger becomes real, they find themselves racing against the clock to find the killer among friends before history repeats itself.

Are you ready to play, Ring around the Rosey?

They all fall down.

GOODREADS LINK: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/45362012-ring-around-the-rosey

PURCHASE LINKS

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AUTHOR BIOS & LINKS

L.A. Fiore

LA Fiore is a hybrid author of thirteen novels. She believes in a happily ever after, but she likes to make her readers work for it. When she’s not writing, she can usually be found in the garden or hanging on the deck with her family and friends. She lives in Bucks County, Pennsylvania with her husband and two kids and their four fur babies.

Website: http://www.lafiorepublishing.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/l.a.fiore.publishing
Twitter: https://twitter.com/lafioreauthor
Instagram: https://instagram.com/lafiore.publishing
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6553058.L_A_Fiore
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/L.A.-Fiore/e/B00BDAHVMG

Anthony Dwayne 

Anthony started writing years ago as a hobby, but it quickly turned into a passion. He first began publishing under the name, Kane Caldwell, but has since changed the name he will continue publishing under. He is the epitome of a country boy with jeans, t-shirt, hat (No, not a cowboy hat. Lol), scruffy face, work boots on, driving his truck and definitely not a guy you’d picture writing romance. Anthony works in the construction business where he runs his own crew. He has two awesome boys, and an amazing woman that keeps him on the edge. He drinks way too much coffee and probably curses in one day what others curse in their lifetime. Lol! Anthony resides in the south where the weather is warm but most times sweltering hot. During down time, he loves to be surrounded by family, friends, great food, or engrossed in a good book. And of course, putting his imagination to work, where reality and fantasy collide.

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Release Day/New Release

New Release – A Fierce Princess by S.E. Rose

RELEASE BLITZ
Title: A Fierce Princess
Series: The Poisoned Pawn Duet #1
Author: S.E. Rose
Genre: Romantic Suspense/Royal Romance
Release Date: May 24, 2019

BLURB

One Princess. Two Lives. And a sinister secret that will change her world forever.

Princesses are supposed to be polite and poised. Princesses are supposed to put duty before self. Princesses are not supposed to live double lives.

Princess Susanna’s search to find her mother’s cherished crown that went missing the day she was killed is about to lead her on a quest to stop an assassin from killing a man. Only this isn’t any man, this man is a prince, a prince that has no idea that he’s royalty.

What happens when a princess attempts to save a prince? Can she keep him alive? Can she keep herself from falling for him?

GOODREADS LINK: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/44006759-a-fierce-princess

PURCHASE LINKS

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TRAILER

https://youtu.be/MkibkmkXY2A

COMING SOON

#2 A Valiant Prince – Releasing June 21, 2019

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AUTHOR BIO

S.E. Rose lives in the DMV.  And if you know what that means, then you know where she lives.  She currently resides with her husband, two children, and always at least two cats and usually other random creatures her children decide they need.  While she works at a desk during the day, her evenings and weekends are devoted to writing and editing her romance novels.  She loves all things wine, coffee, tea and dark chocolate; that’s right, dark chocolate. In her spare time, she enjoys photography, traveling, going to concerts, and reading.
http://www.seroseauthor.com

AUTHOR LINKS

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SE-Rose-Author-1542533779175901
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Podcast: https://kissandtellromance.podbean.com
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GIVEAWAY

There is a giveaway for a signed copy of Geneva Lee’s Command Me, a 2 ounce Edit Romance Body Butter, a signed copy of A Fierce Princess + a $10 Amazon gift card (1 winner, open internationally)

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Release Day/New Release

New Release – Just One Look by Maria La Serra

RELEASE BLITZ
Title: Just One Look
Series: The One Love #2
Author: Maria La Serra
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: May 24, 2019

BLURB

What do a hotshot lawyer and a moonlighting beauty have in common? Not much, but when they have to put their differences aside for a good cause, anything can happen. Maybe even love.

Victoria Fairfax wasn’t looking for love. Instead, she was hoping to earn enough money to start her own catering business by working nights as a bartender for charity events. However, love might have been looking for her when Jack Turner, a handsome guest, comes to her rescue after a man harasses her on the job.

Jack seems like the perfect guy—a successful young lawyer at one of the biggest law firms in the city with charm to spare. The only problem is, Victoria’s deep-seated hatred for lawyers. Despite her growing feelings for Jack, she can’t bear to get too close to him in case he turns out to be just as rotten as the lawyers from her past. As Jack falls more and more for Victoria, he realizes that his relationship is more complicated than he could have ever imagined, and he faces a difficult choice—to choose between the well-being of one of his clients or his growing feelings for Victoria.

Will they unravel the tangled web of their past and present and heal after a lifetime of pain? Or allow their past to keep them apart?

GOODREADS LINK: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/42983528-just-one-look

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AUTHOR BIO

A Montréalaise who used to be a fashion designer before becoming a writer. She will try everything at least once—except for skiing, hiking, camping, or anything relating to activities done in the great outdoors. When she’s not working on her next book, you could find her spending time with her husband and kids.

AUTHOR LINKS

Website: https://maria-laserra.com
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GIVEAWAY

There is a giveaway for a $20 Amazon gift card

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