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Book Reviews, Contemporary Romance, New Adult, Year of Reviews - 2020

Review – Secret Puck by Rebecca Jenshak

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Secret Puck; Campus Nights #1 
(A standalone within a series)

by: Rebecca Jenshak

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Review/Synopsis:

Review:

A new gang is here at Valley U and they have completely won my heart!! I am smitten…completely and totally in smit and love this new hockey group!

Secret Puck is fun, flirty, and the world sucked me in so thoroughly I almost forgot I was reading.

Heath Payne may be the top scorer on the ice (ok, maybe off the ice too), but he’s not a bad guy. He’s fun, a total flirt, and just an all around nice guy. Yes, his views on love may be a little skewed, as he doesn’t look beyond tomorrow and don’t ask him about the forever and ever kind of stuff because that is a foreign concept, but if you want a good time, Heath is your guy, but don’t worry you are going to fall in love with this man…he is top book boyfriend material all the way!!

Ginny Scott just got out of a long term relationship so she isn’t exactly looking to jump into another one, but hanging out with her brother’s hockey buddies wasn’t exactly on her agenda either. However, his overprotective ways ends up leading her to spending a lot of her time over at his apartment. It’s not exactly all bad especially when Heath is living there and he’s a distraction she doesn’t mind in the least. Ginny is sweet, and smart, but also not a total wallflower. She grew up with a huge, hockey brother and knows how to stand her ground. You will love how easily she fits with Heath and visa versa.

Every moment Ginny and Heath spend together is light and fun making this story light on angst and a total joy to read. Meeting the entire hockey gang makes the book even better as we get to know the new Valley U group intimately, knowing that more books will follow. AND the cherry on top of this fantastic sundae, there is a sweet glimpse of the Smart Jocks for fans of Jenshak’s books.

Synopsis:

Secretly hooking up with the team captain’s sister was a bad idea.
In my defense, the first time I saw her I didn’t know who she was.
Kind, gorgeous, a little naïve. Ginny brightened my world from day one.
I knew I was no good for her. She was just out of a relationship and I had a reputation for having a new girl in my bed every weekend.
I tried to do the right thing. Honest.
I’m the one who insisted we should be just friends.
That lasted about as long as you’d expect.
But Ginny? She’s the best – best friend, best everything.
So yeah, hooking up with the team captain’s sister wasn’t a great idea.
Would I do it again?
In a heartbeat.

The first book in a new college hockey romance series.

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Book Reviews, Bully Romance, New Adult, Year of Reviews - 2020

Review – Bully King by Andi Jaxon

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Bully King
(A standalone)

by: Andi Jaxon

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I was hit by this book in a deeply profound way. Over and over hit in the gut emotionally wrecked over this book. This story was so much more than just about two people falling in love. It was so much more than just about bullying. It was a story that dealt with values and morals and just plain human decency.

Taking place in a deeply southern bible driven town, The Bully King brings to light the condition of how we treat our fellow man, especially when it comes down to, the beliefs that are taught directly from “faith” based people. You know those hypocritical people who clutch their pearls at indecent thoughts, but then have no trouble turning a blind eye on actually helping those less than them. Well…this book will gut you at every turn of this type of event.

Andi Jaxon brought a moral take to gay romance where both sides of the subject had a very hard (at times brutal) look at this subject.

I can honestly say I was raised to love your fellow man and that love is love and we all live under the roof of a very loving God. However, through Jonah’s eyes, for the very first time I saw the struggle that he dealt with everyday. Jonah really showed me the heavy burden he lived with. The burning guilt that he felt about having feelings for boys and how in the eyes of God he knew it was wrong. From growing up under the roof of a pastor who taught and thought these very beliefs, Jonah was made to feel that his thoughts were sinful and that he was an abomination. It was horrible to hear his thoughts, but for the first time ever I truly understood why people are so fearful to come out of the closet. Not only for the religion factor, but the fear of being alone, being rejected, being unloved, you name it fear is attached to it, Jonah really punched me in the gut with his deep emotions.

So yes, call me naive, I know, but again I grew up in the “Free To Be You and Me” culture and in a loving religious atmosphere too, so as much as this book gutted me, I appreciated how it gave me a glimpse into the views of someone growing up homosexual and how they might have to deal with such a heavy thoughts weighing him down.

Jonah’s deep sensitivity was palpable and even when he gave in to his feelings, knowing how much he disliked that side of himself, but that he also recognized that it was a part of him, oh, that poor child I just wanted to wrap him up and let him know that he was loved. At the end of the day, he’s a beautiful human being and Jonah has a huge heart. After all he has to to love a boy like Roman.

Now, Roman…a boy who had the town at his fingertips, didn’t understand his attraction to Jonah, at first, but he went after him anyway. Roman is an alpha in every sense of the word. He’s basically slept with every girl in town pretty much because he could, but when Jonah moves to town there is something about the preacher’s son that he can’t take his eyes off of.  Roman comes from a former NFL father, but his father is also abusive.  The town turns a blind eye to what his father does because what happens in someone’s home isn’t exactly anyone’s business, especially when you can play football.

Roman doesn’t have a lot of room in his life for religion. He figures a God wouldn’t turn an eye on his family and allow the abuse to happen, but he likes Jonah and these two try to understand humanity together in a world that doesn’t always make sense. I also like that Roman doesn’t allow Jonah to get away with wallowing too long in self pity or self doubt. Roman is the man Jonah needs and at times Jonah is the partner Roman needs when he needs someone to rely on as well. These two balance each other out perfectly.

Know that this book is very emotional, but will stick with you long after you read it.

Synopsis:

*An MM Bully Romance*

I’m the pastor’s son.
He’s the star quarterback for a small Kentucky high school.
While the town worships him, I pray for God to take my life.
He makes my life a living hell by making me his victim.
This perverse game we play could end us both.
How can something that feels so right be so wrong?
The price if the truth is discovered is death, but I can’t stop.
Neither can he.
No one can know.
Can I risk it?
Is Roman King worth dying for?

**This story is a bully romance including dubious consent, assault, talk of suicide, and is intended for readers 18+. Please proceed with caution.**

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Cover Reveal, New Releases

Cover Reveal – Cruel Intoxication by Kelli Callahan

COVER REVEAL
Title: Cruel Intoxication
Series: Underground Kings #4
Author: Kelli Callahan
Genre: Dark Romantic Suspense
Cover Design: Silla Webb
Photo: Wander Aguiar
Model: Sonny Henty
Release Date: October 22, 2020
BLURB

Promise me you’ll love again. I hear the last words my wife said to me every day.
A promise I have never and will never fulfill.
My heart is stone. Impenetrable. I don’t care. I spent twenty years in prison for a crime I didn’t commit. The punishment is what I deserved. For not being there for her. I’m on one mission now. And it isn’t to find love like I promised.
It’s to kill the man that killed my wife.
It’s near the anniversary of her death now and I’m in the woods, camping.
Hunting. Keeping my skills sharp. And that’s when I happen upon her. She’s stumbling naked in the forest, cut, bruised, and half dead. I should give her to the authorities, but something about her makes the stone of my heart crumble a bit. But years ago, I made a promise I couldn’t keep.
And this girl is better off without me. I’m tarnished. No matter what, no matter how tempted, no matter how much I crave her touch, I cannot give in. Promises are made to me broken. But can I live with broken promises? The more I convince myself that I can, the more whiskey says I can’t.


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AUTHOR BIO

Kelli writes hot and steamy romances with delicious alpha males who will not stop until they get the women they crave exactly where they want them. Kelli’s heroes are tough as nails, hot as sin, and underneath the rough exterior is a heart of gold begging to be unleashed. If you think you can tame them, you’re probably right, but it won’t be an easy journey.


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Book Reviews, Suspense/Intrigue Romance, Year of Reviews - 2020

Review – Body of Trust by Jeannine Colette

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Body of Trust
(A standalone)

by: Jeannine Colette

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In one night your entire world can change. Amelia discovers that she is not only has she been living in a bubble and her family is part of the Mafia, but the man she has had a crush on may hold more secrets than she knows and yet may be the only man she is able to trust with her life.

In this fast paced, nail biter new book by Jeannine Colette, Amelia’s ordinary world is blown wide open in one night while having drinks with her best friend. She’s lived in blissful ignorance that her family is part of the Mafia, while she lives a mundane existence crunching numbers as an auditor in an accounting firm. Her one indulgence is gorging on the eye candy, bartender-Jessie, where she meets her best friend every week for drinks. Never in her wildest dreams did she expect a shootout to occur on one of her weekly visits, nor for Jessie to turn into a James Bond and protect her with his life.

Once her life implodes Jessie doesn’t leave her side, turning up to save her life on multiple occasions and calming her down when the panic begins to set in. Perhaps the most startling revelation on top of her family keeping secrets from her entire life, Jessie not only is there to protect her, but wants to do it because he has feelings for her that he’s been harboring for quite some time, but that isn’t the only secret he is keeping.

Jessie is more than just the bartender than he has let her believe. He’s a man with lots of secrets and no matter how much Amelia is falling for him, she isn’t sure if she should trust him. Could he be setting her up to take the fall? Told from Amelia’s POV, this Mafia princess has to put her total trust in a man and it’s the scariest and most thrilling decision of her life.

A total of 4.5 stars for this surprise book with thrilling action and a book filled with secrets.

Synopsis:

It started as a typical Friday night.
I went to Villa Russo, took a seat at the bar, had drinks with my cousin, and flirted with the beyond gorgeous blue-eyed bartender, Jesse Grant.
And then bullets rained down on the restaurant.
Jesse jumped over the bar, throwing his body over mine, and lead me to our escape into the hidden underground tunnels once run by the New York Mafia.
He saved my life that night.
And, he took ownership of my body and soul.
Then, he betrayed me.
Jesse isn’t just a bartender. He’s a man undercover, but for whom he won’t say. He’s playing two sides and I have to trust he’s the saint he claims, and not the devil I fear.
My life is on the line and everywhere I go he is there in the shadows earning my trust and making me fall for him even harder.
Mobsters, and mayhem. Lies and betrayal. My world is turned upside down, and I only know one thing to be true.
Jesse Grant is dangerous… for my heart.
It’s a matter of trust that he won’t be the one to break it.

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Contemporary Romance, Release Day/New Release, Year in Releases - 2020, Year of Reviews - 2020

New Release – Defy You by Tracy Lorraine

RELEASE BLITZ
Title: Defy You
Series: Rebel Ink #3
Author: Tracy Lorraine
Genre:Contemporary Romance
Release Date: October 8, 2020
BLURB

I hated her defiance…

But it made me want her even more. 

Her brother was my friend… and my boss. She was off-limits. 

Kassie Fox.   

From the first moment she looked in my direction, I knew she would be mine.   

It’s impossible to stay away. 

I’m breaking all the rules… and I’m shattering the golden one I live by. 

Never trust a woman. Ever.

The more she pushes, the more I pull. We’re the same. I know what she needs. 

And I’m about to prove that she can trust one man. Her man. 

Me. 


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AUTHOR BIO

Tracy Lorraine is a M/F and M/M contemporary romance author. Tracy recently-ish turned thirty and lives in a cute Cotswold village in England with her husband, daughter and lovable but slightly crazy dog. Having always been a bookaholic with her head stuck in her Kindle Tracy decided to try her hand at a story idea she dreamt up and hasn’t looked back since.


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Sneak Peek – I Promise You by Ilsa Madden-Mills

Will this quarterback score the girl or make the biggest fumble of his life?

I Promise You, an all-new not-to-be-missed, new adult, sports romance sure to make you swoon from Wall Street Journal bestselling author Ilsa Madden-Mills is coming October 12th, and we have the first sneak peek!

I can’t move. I’m rooted to the black and white linoleum tile on her floor as I stare at her. My chest rises, inhaling gulps of air. She took off her hat at the door, or somewhere, and pulled her hair out of her ponytail. Gleaming brown, copper, and blonde strands spill around her shoulders. Three colors in anyone’s hair should be over the top, but on her it’s…
My eyes scan over her face, clearly lit by the florescent lights in the apartment.
Adrenaline hits my bloodstream. Swaying on my feet, I right myself with effort.
She’s—holy shit—the girl from the bonfire.
Same face, petite body, and fierceness.
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Synopsis

Dillon McQueen: Babe. I promise. You want me.
Serena Jensen: Um, who are you?

There’s a legend at Waylon University: the first girl you kiss freshman year at the bonfire party is the one you’ll never forget. She’ll crawl under your skin and never leave. She’ll spark a passion so fierce you’ll burn the world down to possess her.

You might even put a ring on it.

As in all things with fate, timing is everything. That kiss can go horribly wrong. She might run in the opposite direction. And boy, did Serena run.

Dillon is Waylon’s hotshot quarterback with something to prove. All he wants is to graduate and make it to the NFL. What he doesn’t need is to finally meet the mystery girl he kissed at the bonfire freshman year. Isn’t it enough that she’s haunted his dreams for more than a thousand nights?

Fate laughs in his face when he runs into the quirky girl at the Piggly Wiggly. Surrounded by his entourage, he’s got all the Oreos in his cart; she gets revenge by buying every six-pack of his favorite beer.

Obviously, that legend is a curse. She’s not his type and hates him. Worst of all, how can she not remember him when she left a Serena-shaped hole in his heart for the past three years?

So why can’t he stop trying to win her?

Will this quarterback score the girl or make the biggest fumble of his life?

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About Ilsa Madden-Mills

Wall Street Journal, New York Times and USA Today best-selling author Ilsa Madden-Mills is best known for her angsty new adult romances and romantic comedies.

Eight of her eleven novels have placed in the Amazon Top 10 Best-seller List: Dirty English #1; Fake Fiancée and I Dare You #2; I Bet You, Filthy English, and Very Bad Things #6; Boyfriend Bargain #8; The Last Guy, her collaboration with Tia Louise, #4.

A former high school English teacher, she adores all things Pride and Prejudice, and of course, Mr. Darcy is her ultimate hero.

She’s addicted to frothy coffee beverages, cheesy magnets, and any book featuring unicorns and sword-wielding females. Feel free to stalk her online.

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