Book Reviews, Contemporary Romance

Review – The Tip-Off by Rebecca Jenshak

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The Tip-Off; Smart Jocks #3 (Series)
by Rebecca Jenshak (Author)

This review is from: July 18, 2019 By Kay Daniels
Rating:⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Heat Level:🔥🔥🔥

The Smart Jocks series just gets better and better!! The Tip-Off is a wonderful slow-burn novel with a perfectly matched couple. Both Gabby and Zeke are focused, in their own way, and really care about each other emotionally before jumping into something physically, which for both of these characters was absolutely perfect.

Zeke Sweets has a singular focus, basketball. His goal of reaching the NBA hasn’t allowed him for much of anything else; dating, partying, fun. Although if you asked Zeke, basketball is fun, but ask anyone else and they would beg to differ. If you found Zeke, not only would he have his headphones either draped around his neck or on his ears, he isn’t much for conversation, or he would be found with a basketball in his hands. That is until he meets Gabby.

Gabby, Blair’s best friend (you might have met her if you read prior books, but don’t worry it’s not required), also hasn’t experienced much of anything in the past few years, but for a very different reason. Her senior year of high school she was in a very serious accident which basically kept her a hermit, taking online courses to earn her degree. For her final year of college, she has not only decided to attend Valley U, but she has also created a list of things she wants to achieve before her year is over. Her self-imposed hermit status is at an end and fun Gabby is here.

Enlisting Zeke as her partner in crime, or her partner in fun, Gabby and Zeke go about marking lots of things off her list. Zeke isn’t quite sure how he becomes her volunteer, but once he gets roped in more and more he finds himself looking forward to the fun he has around her. Who knew Zeke Sweets knew how to have fun?

For a man who loved his alone time, it doesn’t take long for Zeke to soon crave his time with Gabby and the same can be said for Gabby, Zeke becomes her most important person. Their friendship builds and grows so strong, all the while their chemistry builds until neither can deny what they eventually feel.  But can they really have a future when Zeke is leaving for the NBA and Gabby is just beginning her new found freedom?

The blossoming friendship, emotional bond, and building chemistry was fantastic between Gabby and Zeke! The frequent mention of Zeke’s friends; Joel and Wes (both from the previous books), along with their girlfriends was amazing to have. The third installment to this series is excellent!

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Excerpt/Teaser Share, Release Day/New Release

New Release – Thirty-five and Single by Terri E. Laine

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Title: Thirty-five and Single
Author: Terri E. Laine 
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: July 18, 2019

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USA Today Bestselling Author, Terri E. Laine, brings a new standalone, Thirty-five and Single. 

What can go wrong when you’re getting divorced from your high school sweetheart, it’s your thirty-fifth birthday and you have too much to drink?

Throw in the gorgeous neighbor who comes to the rescue when you can’t seem to open your apartment door after all the alcohol and end up taking a drunken slip and slid across the floor.

Then you look up into his gorgeous face and forget all the reasons why it’s a bad idea to hook-up with said twenty-something neighbor. In fact, it’s a fan-freaking-tastic idea.

Now let the games begin because this is Olivia’s life: – interfering sisters, the ex, co-workers… and Joel, her way too sexy, too young, but oh so hot neighbor.

Wanting to explore single life, Olivia fights her growing connection with Joel. Only he’s is determined to prove to her that age is just a number and she’s is his number one.

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EXCERPT

When I meet Joel Matthews, I’m in an unexpected place in life.
Divorceville.
I mean who expects that after fourteen years of marriage to your high school sweetheart.
Not me.
It hits me while celebrating my birthday with my sisters that I’m thirty-five and single. Shouldn’t I finally date someone other than my ex?
I totally deserve that, right?
After way too many lemon drop shots, I’m tricked into trying on my younger sister considerate gift as she put it. Did I mention it’s a gag gift? A “my milkshakes bring all the boys to my yard” t-shirt and velour sweatpants with “Sin-a-Buns” written across my bottom which she finds all too hilarious.
That’s how Joel finds me, too smashed to open my apartment door and when I do, I take a drunken slip and slid across the floor with my Sin-A -Buns on full display.
Joel doesn’t seem to notice. Then again, I swear I heard a chuckle. But no matter, he’s right there to make sure I’m okay as any knight in shiny armor should do.
Okay, where did that come from? Clearly, I’m not in my right frame of mine.
When I look up into his gorgeous face, I forget all the reasons why it’s a bad idea to hook-up with my twenty-something neighbor. In fact, it’s a fan-freaking-tastic idea.
(Ride that pony, girl? Did I really just think that?)
Until I wake in the morning with a delicious ache between my legs and a pounding headache. I’m mature enough not to regret it, but adult enough to realize it can’t happen again.
First—I’m too old for him. He’s in his twenties for goodness sakes.
Second— I’m single for the first time in years. Like I’ve only ever dated one guy.
Third—Shouldn’t I date multiple men before I find the one? Wasn’t that my first mistake?
Only Joel isn’t giving up.
He’s determined to prove age is just a number—
And I’m his number one.

AUTHOR BIO

Terri E. Laine, USA Today bestselling author, left a lucrative career as a CPA to pursue her love for writing. Outside of her roles as a wife and mother of three, she’s always been a dreamer and as such became an avid reader at a young age.

Many years later, she got a crazy idea to write a novel and set out to try to publish it. With over a dozen titles published under various pen names, the rest is history. Her journey has been a blessing, and a dream realized. She looks forward to many more memories to come.

You can find more about her books at www.terrielaine.com.

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Release Day/New Release

New Release – Back for More by Kayley Loring

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Title: Back for More
Author: Kayley Loring
Genre: Contemporary Romance/Steamy Romantic Comedy
Release Date: July 18, 2019

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WES

When I was a kid, my dad was the gardener for the richest man in town. His daughter, Lily Barnes, told me she could never like a guy like me. Then she kissed me and told me it would never happen again. When it happened again, she told me she could never love me because she was going to leave this place, and I would never leave my dad.

We were never quite friends, not exactly enemies, and we could never quite stop secretly kissing each other.

She never said goodbye before running off to try to make it as an actress. That was her dream, and I wanted her to chase it. Okay, maybe I hated her for it, just a little.

Now she’s back, with no money and even more sass.

A lot has changed around here…except for my hidden feelings about Lily Barnes.

LILY

So, it turns out I’m a terrible actress and now I’m back!

When my father offers me a job at his company, I actually think he’s finally decided I’m worthy of one day taking over the family business. Imagine my surprise when I find out that the gardener’s son is the one who’s being groomed to take over, and I’ve been assigned to work for him.

Wes Carver has always been rich in confidence and abs, but now he’s rich in everything, including disdain for yours truly.

If he thinks I’m not built to work, he’s wrong.

If he thinks he can boss me around just because he’s my boss, he’s delusional.

If he thinks I’m still the girl who could never love him…I may be a better actress than anyone thought.

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AUTHOR BIO

Kayley Loring has, until recently, been a borderline workaholic living in Los Angeles.  In the summer of 2017 she moved to a beautiful suburb of Portland, Oregon.  She can now breathe clean air while enjoying the great outdoors and drive around without swearing at strangers.  It’s pretty great.
When not writing funny sexy sweet romantic comedy novels, she can happily channel her obsessive energies into plant hoarding, book hoarding, and staring at male models on Instagram (for research!).  The rest of the time, she’s painting, feeding animals, eating her way through Portland with friends, cursing the many hours it takes to work off those delicious Portland meals, and trying to make her gosh darned wavy hair behave itself.

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Release Day/New Release

New Release – Holding Out For Harper by Gabrielle Ashton

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Title: Holding Out For Harper
Series: Holding Out #2
Author: Gabrielle Ashton
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: July 18, 2019

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Harper Brown is a snarky pain in Sebastian Hastings’ ass.

His brother’s assistant not only seems to hate his guts, but she’s also not afraid to talk back to him and tempting enough to distract him from the billions he should be earning.

Then pictures of their one hot kiss leak to the gossip mags, and Sebastian has a brilliant idea.

What better way to get the gold diggers off his back than to take himself off the market?

It’s the perfect solution.

Except as things with Harper heat up, it becomes harder for Sebastian to remind himself that she’s only playing his fiancé for the money.

He’s a man who always gets what he wants. But is Harper more than he bargained for?

HOLDING OUT FOR HARPER is a steamy, fake relationship, enemies to lovers romance. It is the second book in the Holding Out series and can be read as a standalone.

GOODREADS LINK: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/46255688-holding-out-for-harper

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#1 Holding Out For Paris

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AUTHOR BIO

Gabrielle Ashton is a contemporary romance author, and self-confessed book addict. She loves to read anything from contemporary, to paranormal, to historical: you publish it, Gabrielle will read it!

When she’s not writing about her favorite romance tropes in gorgeously exotic locations, Gabrielle studies law and also works as a television producer. On any given day she wakes up at three in the morning for work, fits in a few classes at university then comes home and writes.

Gabrielle grew up in Australia, has lived in Paris, and now resides in Sydney with her boyfriend, two dogs and cat. Although, said boyfriend is making a strong case for a pet bird.

AUTHOR LINKS

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Release Day/New Release

New Release – My Blue by Emery Jacobs

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Title: My Blue
Author: Emery Jacobs
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: July 18, 2019

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Leo 
For most of my life, Ella Blue had been by my side. My best friend. My whole world. Then she vanished. Without a trace. I didn’t know how to move on without her, but I knew in my heart I’d never let her go—I’d wait for her forever.
Ella Blue 
For me, no time has passed. I have no clue what happened to the last eight years of my life.
I have no memories of a life without Leo. He’s always been my one constant. And now I’m stuck in the past, trying to figure out if we can find our way back to each other.
How can I move forward when I don’t know what I’m leaving behind?
Ella and Leo must rediscover their love—a once-in-a-lifetime love…for the second time.

GOODREADS LINK: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40771621-my-blue

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AUTHOR BIO

Emery grew up in Southern Arkansas and has lived most of her adult life in Northern Louisiana. She spends her days working as a Nurse Practitioner in rural health and her nights reading, writing, and occasionally sleeping.
She loves real life romance…lots of angst and heartbreak, but always a happy ending.

AUTHOR LINKS

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Release Day/New Release

New Release – MY BROTHER’S BILLIONAIRE BEST FRIEND by Max Monroe

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One minute, I’m a woman trying to find her way in the world, and the next, I’m the sender of six of the most embarrassing text messages that have ever been sent in the history of time—or the cell phone.

Whatever.

My Brother’s Billionaire Best Friend, a hilarious romantic comedy from New York Times bestselling author Max Monroe, is available now!

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Mabel “Maybe” Willis died a virgin at the very young age of twenty-four.

She leaves behind her parents, Betty and Bruce, her brother, Evan, a laptop filled with one too many Jason Momoa memes, and a Kindle library with more books than one human being could ever finish in a lifetime.

Cause of death: a text message.

Okay. So, I didn’t die.

But I may as well have.

One minute, I’m a woman trying to find her way in the world, and the next, I’m the sender of six of the most embarrassing text messages that have ever been sent in the history of time—or the cell phone. Whatever.

We’re talking code red, send a flipping mayday, the apocalypse is coming kind of texts.

And I didn’t just send them to some random person I’ll never see again.

No. That would be too easy.

I sent them to Milo Ives.

The man who played a starring role in all of my teenage fantasies—and my brother’s lifelong best friend.

And, boy oh boy, has he grown up.

He’s hard-bodied, blue-eyed, jawline-of-stone handsome, crazy successful, and has more money in his bank account than my brain can fathom.

Deflower me, please? I said.

Yeah. Send help.

 

Download your copy today for only 99 CENTS or read FREE in Kindle Unlimited!

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About Max Monroe:

A secret duo of romance authors team up under the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling pseudonym Max Monroe to bring you sexy, laugh-out-loud reads.

Max Monroe is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author of more than ten contemporary romance titles. Favorite writing partners and long time friends, Max and Monroe strive to live and write all the fun, sexy swoon so often missing from their Facebook newsfeed. Sarcastic by nature, their two writing souls feel like they’ve found their other half. This is their most favorite adventure thus far. ​

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Cover Reveal, New Releases

Cover Reveal – ALPHAS CONFESS ALL ANTHOLOGY

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Alphas Confess all, an all-new anthology featuring 10 bestselling authors and benefitting 4 Paws for Ability, is coming September 17th and we have the steamy cover!

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Sometimes, all sin needs is a little confession.

And sometimes, those who need it the most have the highest walls, the darkest secrets…the dirtiest desires.

You’re obsessed with what he’ll do to you. How he’ll possess you in every way possible. Every naughty, forbidden way…

These heroes, created by ten of romance’s leading stars, are ready to step out of their shadows and confess all…to you. The wickedness of their world. The midnights of their fantasies. The forbidden fruit of their needs.

Are you daring enough to accept?

Once Upon An Alpha along with 4 Paws for Ability, and ten bestselling authors, bring you this page turning, limited edition, anthology that’s sure to keep you up well past your bed time and craving your own Forbidden Encounter.

Participating Authors:

Shayla Black

Lexi Blake

Sidney Bristol

Mari Carr

Sierra Cartwright

Katana Collins

Jenna Jacob

Geneva Lee

Angel Payne

Willow Winters

Pre-order your copy today!

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Cover Designed by Rachel Connolly

Photographer: Wander Aguiar

Models: Andrew Biernat & Sofia Romero

About 4 Paws for Ability

4 Paws for Ability is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to place quality service dogs with children with disabilities and veterans who have lost use of limbs or hearing and educate the public regarding use of service dogs in public places.

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Connect with the Authors

Shayla Black

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Lexi Blake
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Sidney Bristol

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Mari Carr

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Sierra Cartwright

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Katana Collins

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Jenna Jacob

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Geneva Lee

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Angel Payne

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Willow Winters

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Release Day/New Release

New Release – Interference by Harlow Cole

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Title: Interference
Series: St. Michaels Duet #1
Author: Harlow Cole
Genre: Contemporary Sports Romance
Release Date: July 18, 2019

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Brayden
I’m a goddamn prodigy.  It’s true. Ask anyone.
I threw my first curveball the day I was born.

The whole town is waiting on me.
To live up to my father’s famous name. To reach for the stars.

All I want to reach for is her.

But Ashley is the sweet addiction I can’t afford. She’s my best friend’s sister. Hell, she’s practically my little sister. For years, I’ve protected her from guys that want one thing. What happens now that I’ve turned into one of them? Who’s gonna shield her from the way I was made, from my little white lies and from what I’m about to become?

My game plan sounds simple: Pitch my way into the Major League draft and stay out of Ashley Foster’s pants. That first part may be statistically difficult.

The second feels damn near impossible.

Ashley
From the moment we met, I knew he was trouble.
The kind my mother sent me to find.
The type that ruins you for any other brand.

When we were young kids, I didn’t know what to call the frogs and butterflies that danced in my belly whenever Brayden came near. Now I know they have a name.

Those three little words that could heal or destroy him.

Before Brayden, my life was normal. And then it wasn’t. It couldn’t be. Ever again. How was I to know stealing his seat would change all our lives?

Anger and forgiveness share two halves of the same coin.
Our story might make you choose sides.

Interference is a slow burn, coming of age romance that takes readers from the sweet anticipation of first times to the passion of soul mates finally staking their claim. With a touch of Dawson’s Creek and a taste of Friday Night Lights, it is the first half of the completed St. Michaels duet.

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COMING SOON

#2 Stealing Home – Releasing August 1, 2019

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AUTHOR BIO

Harlow Cole is a former journalism student, turned techie, turned mother, who finally decided at age forty-plus what she wants to be if she ever she grows up. Her writing journey first began in sixth grade, when she and her best friend penned boy band fanfiction in an old spiral notebook. Harlow is a connoisseur of peanut M&Ms, brand-new school supplies and angst-filled love stories that always end happy. At fifteen, she met her first love. They’ve now been married for twenty years. They reside in suburban Washington, DC, where Harlow moonlights as a taxi driver for their farting beagle and teenage twins. Interference and Stealing Home are her debut novels.

AUTHOR LINKS

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