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Book Reviews, Contemporary Romance, Year of Reviews - 2021

Review – Scoring With Him by Lauren Blakely

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Scoring With Him; Men of Summer #1 
(#1 of a duet)

Publication Date: July 7, 2021

Genre/Tropes: Duet/Forbidden/Sports/MM Romance

Author: Lauren Blakely

Review Rating: 5 Gold Stars

Review/Synopsis:

Review:

Scoring With Him is filled with Blakely’s signature style, but completely leveled up with all the angst. We are talking a hot, sports romance with ALL the feels and a huge cliffy!!

Blakely has written an MM sports romance where the fictional world is inclusive and gay sports players are living out and proud. I love this suspension of disbelief, it brings a brighter feeling to the overall book and shuffles past a lot of the problems we currently live in. However, she also drops in very real issues that would still arise such as the only two gay men hanging out and a fellow team member noticing. Even if they were only hanging out as friends, that inner feeling of “do they think we are a couple, just because we are gay?”. It was a perfect blend of fiction meeting the real world that gave this book the right amount of angst.

Due to the fact that Declan and Grant play for the same team, there are very distinct issues that normal couples would never come across. These men play a sport at a very high level that a very low percentage of people would never achieve or even think about. With the salaries they are paid Declan and Grant are expected to always perform at their best. Messing up on the field or not having their head in the game and creating conflict within their own team just isn’t something that can happen, ever. But how do you tell that to your heart when the man of your dreams is literally right in front of you?

Declan is the seasoned player and Grant is the incoming rookie. Both men are known to be highly dedicated and neither have been in a relationship during a baseball season. However, they have an instant connection, a friendship that blossoms first, before their chemistry cannot be contained, but given how dedicated they are, rules are put into place and an end date is given, but will they be able to stick to it when it finally comes?

There is a big cliffhanger that will pick up in the next book and with years separating the storylines, but with this tale, Scoring With Him is full of emotions, heat, and our favorite American pastime – baseball.

Synopsis:

An emotional, sexy, forbidden romance! Scoring with Him is the first novel in the utterly addictive Men of Summer Series!

Falling for the rookie wasn’t part of the plan.
As a pro athlete, I have one unbreakable rule when it comes to men — Don’t date another baseball player.
Good thing I haven’t been tempted once in four years in the majors.
Until the day a rising star walks into my locker room. Outgoing, affable, and sexy-as-sin, Grant has confidence and talent for miles. He seems to get me too, maybe because we each have our fair share of secrets and scars — ones we’ll both fight to protect.
But, I’ve got far too much trouble in my past to want to bring any into my present.
All the more reason to resist the kind of dirty deeds his lips and eyes promise.
Even after I plant a scorching, hot kiss on the rookie one night after a game.
Even after he sends me the world’s sexiest selfie.
But when Grant reveals his biggest secret, I’m so damn ready to rip up the rulebook.
Turns out he’s a virgin and he wants me to help him get around all the bases.
The only rule? Don’t fall in love with him as we go.

Scoring with Him is book one in the utterly addictive Men of Summer series. This romance between two professional athletes spans five epic years and continues in Winning With Him.

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WINNING WITH HIM releases August 6th and is the second full-length novel in my utterly addictive Men of Summer series, a passionate and emotional forbidden romance between two professional baseball player heroes spanning five years.

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Cover Reveal - 2021, New Releases

Cover Reveal – Trouble by Tia Louise

Tia Louise has revealed the cover for Trouble!

Releasing July 19, 2021

A super-hot, enemies-to-lovers, billionaire romance 
from USA Today bestselling author Tia Louise.


Legend has it, the man you kiss at a wedding is the man you’ll marry.
In my case, it’s nothing but trouble.


Spencer Carrollton is a dark-haired, hazel-eyed beast.
When I collided with him at my cousin’s wedding, I wasn’t looking for love.
But his naughty eyes flashed, his full lips curled into a knowing smile, and I should have run.
I didn’t.
I kissed him instead.

Then he gave me a job when I needed it the most.
I never get involved with clients, but Spencer Carrollton is wickedly handsome in a bespoke suit.
He’s devastatingly sexy out of it.
He’s possessive, demanding, and the best night I’ve ever had.

He’s an arrogant billionaire, who thinks I’ll fall at his feet, but I’m not going down that road again.
Then he pulls me out of danger and insists I move in with him until it’s safe.
As the nights pass and we grow closer, I know I’m losing this fight.
Spencer Carrollton always gets what he wants.
The trouble is, he wants me.

Cover Designer: Lori Jackson Designs
Photographer: Michelle Lancaster
Model: Tommy Pearce

Pre-order your copy today! 
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Meet Tia Louise

Tia Louise is the USA TODAY best-selling, award-winning author of super-hot and sexy romances. All her heroes are alphas with hearts of gold, and all her heroines are the smart, sassy ladies who love them.  
 
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Excerpt Reveal – Savage by Caitlyn Dare

SAVAGE (Savage Falls Sinners MC #1) by Caitlyn Dare

Release Date: July 1st

Welcome to Savage Falls…

A brand new dark reverse harem bully romance trilogy from bestselling author Caitlyn Dare, coming this summer!

Two dirty-talking tattooed bikers, a pretty boy football player with secrets, and the MC princess who will bring them to their knees…

Are you ready for a SAVAGE summer?

PREORDER IS AVAILABLE!!!

http://mybook.to/SavageSFS

Add to Goodreads:

http://bit.ly/SFSbook1

Excerpt:

My eyes flick to where they’re talking. “You know, it’s rude to whisper.”

“Don’t worry, Sadie, girl, we’ll play soon enough.”

The way he says play ignites a fire inside me. The rational part of me knows I should demand one of them take me home and put an end to this crazy notion. But I’ve never been one to follow the rules or do the right thing. I guess it’s the rebel in me.

“Yeah, okay,” Dane grunts, and my eyes narrow.

“I’ll be back,” Rhett says, giving no explanation as he storms out of the apartment.

“What was all that about?” I ask as Dane stalks toward me, all the concern gone from his eyes, replaced with molten lust.

“Don’t worry your pretty little head about it.” He drops down beside me and runs a finger up the inside of my thigh beside the bandage. “How does it feel?”

“It stings a little, but it’s nothing I can’t handle. What’s going on, Dane?”

“Nothing. Relax.” He drops his head, pressing his kiss to my neck. “Let me take care of you.”

I fist his t-shirt. “You’re lying,” I seethe.

He blows out a frustrated breath, rubbing his jaw. “Someone tried to run us off the road, so excuse me if I’m a little tense.”

“So you think somebody did it purpose?”

“I… that’s what we need to figure out.”

“But who would—”

“Shh.” His lips trail warm, wet kisses down my neck and along my collarbone.

“Dane…” The fight ebbs away as wildfire sweeps through me.

“I’ve waited for this a long fucking time,” he murmurs. They’re the same words he said before.

I want to believe it’s all part of whatever game this is we’re playing, his attempt at disarming me. But there’s raw honesty in his voice that stuns me.

He wants this.

He wants me.

Blurb:

A new dark romance from the bestselling author of the Rebels at Sterling Prep series.

No one knows the code of the Sinners MC better than me.

Born and raised in the club, I’ve spent most of my life rebelling against my daddy’s strict rules and overprotective nature.

When an old MC rivalry resurfaces, I find myself with not one, but two surly biker babysitters. Dane Stray, my ex-best friend, and Rhett Savage, my daddy’s favorite member and perpetual thorn in my side.

I don’t need protecting though, not the way Dane and Rhett think I do. But they’re determined to get all up in my business.

I hate them… except, I also want them. Both of them. Which is kind of awkward because I’m the club princess and one-hundred percent off-limits.

That’s never stopped them taking what they want though.

One of them wants me.

One of them hates to want me.

And me? I just want to survive senior year and finally spread my wings.

But I’m about to learn just how far Sinners will go to protect their own… especially when it’s my life on the line.

SAVAGE is a full length dark enemies-to-lovers/bully romance. This is a why choose novel, meaning the main character has more than one love interest. It is book one in a trilogy.

Genre: Dark romance

Tropes:

Enemies to lovers / bully

High school

MC

Reverse Harem

About the Author:

Two angsty romance lovers writing dark heroes and the feisty girls who bring them to their knees.

Connect w/Caitlyn:

Website: https://www.caitlyndarebooks.com

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Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/authorcaitlyndare

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Cover Reveal - 2021, New Releases

Cover Reveal – Funny Business by Kayley Loring

💗🎤 𝗛𝗢𝗧 𝗖𝗢𝗩𝗘𝗥 𝗥𝗘𝗩𝗘𝗔𝗟 🎤 💗

𝗙𝘂𝗻𝗻𝘆 𝗕𝘂𝘀𝗶𝗻𝗲𝘀𝘀 𝗯𝘆 𝗞𝗮𝘆𝗹𝗲𝘆 𝗟𝗼𝗿𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗶𝘀 𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗝𝘂𝗹𝘆 𝟭𝟱𝘁𝗵! 𝗗𝗼𝗻’𝘁 𝗺𝗶𝘀𝘀 𝗢𝘄𝗲𝗻 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗙𝗿𝗮𝗻𝗸𝗶𝗲’𝘀 𝘀𝘁𝗼𝗿𝘆 𝗶𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗕𝗿𝗼𝗱𝗶𝗲 𝗕𝗿𝗼𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗿’𝘀 𝘀𝗲𝗿𝗶𝗲𝘀!

𝐀𝐝𝐝 𝐭𝐨 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐆𝐨𝐨𝐝𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐝𝐬 𝐓𝐁𝐑 𝐭𝐨𝐝𝐚𝐲!

#𝗣𝗿𝗲𝗼𝗿𝗱𝗲𝗿 𝘁𝗼𝗱𝗮𝘆!

🎧 AUDIOBOOK 🎧

Audiobook will release on August 5th. MULTICAST DUET NARRATION! Narrated by: Teddy Hamilton and Emma Wilder, featuring Jason Clarke, Zachary Webber, Mackenzie Cartwright and Connor Crais!

BLURB

A single dad, a model, and a comedian walk into a bar… They’re all Owen Brodie.

It’s only funny if you aren’t the hilarious struggling comedian who has been hired to be his son’s nanny for the stand-up tour.

 

Dear Ms. Hogan,

I’m emailing to offer you the job as my son’s nanny because Sam had a temper tantrum when I told him I can’t hire you to come on my stand-up tour with us. “She heckled me at a club a few years ago,” I wanted to say. “She is the sassy little turd who trolls me on Twitter,” I could have told him. “She’s an even bigger pain in the butt when we’re face-to-face,” I thought to myself. What I would never tell him is—things could get complicated. For reasons.

Let me know if you want the job.

With great reluctance,

Owen

#AdorableHowObsessedYouAreWithMe

 

Dear Mr. Brodie,

Thank you for your email. Please inform Sam that I like him very much and would love to be his nanny and accompany him on your terrible joke of a stand-up tour.

I can assure you—things will not get complicated. For many, many reasons.

Primarily because Owen Brodie isn’t funny, and he can suck it.

Out of financial desperation and a fondness for your son,

Frankie

#GetOverYourselfPrettyBoy

PREORDER

Amazon Universal: mybook.to/FunnyBusiness

Add to your Goodreads TBR http://bit.ly/FB-KL-GR

Cover Design: Kari March

Cover Photo: Miguelanxo

Cover Model: Raúl Lidón

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Before writing steamy romantic comedy novels, Kayley Loring got a BFA in creative writing from a Canadian university and had a fifteen-year career as a screenwriter in Los Angeles (under a different name). She mostly wrote PG-13 family comedies that studios would pay her lots of money for and then never make into movies. In 2017 she decided to move to the Pacific Northwest and write about all the fun stuff that she wasn’t allowed to write about in those PG-13 scripts. Now she’s breathing cleaner air and writing dirtier words. It’s an adjustment she’s happily getting used to.

AUTHOR LINKS

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Dark Romance, New Adult, Release Day/New Release, Suspense Romance, Year in Releases - 2021, Year of Reviews - 2021

New Release – Crowned Crows of Thorne Point by Veronica Eden

 Release Date: June 28

 

 

What’s worth the price of a secret?
 

To get an audience, you have to give up something. A secret, a favor…something that hurts. Welcome to Thorne Point, where darkness rules.

Rowan
I enrolled at Thorne Point University to be closer to my brother.
Now my world is falling apart.
Ethan is missing.
Every day I can’t find him it plays on repeat.
The search for answers turns up nothing and I’m running out of options.
But there’s a rumor on campus.
And I’m desperate enough to seek out the Crows as my last resort.
Wren Thorne’s reputation precedes him, but I won’t take no for an answer.

Wren
The night belongs to us.
We run this town.
Wear the rumors like crowns.
But after losing the most important thing to me, my brothers are all I have left.
Our bond runs deeper than blood.
When Rowan comes looking for our help, I do one thing I shouldn’t: break all my rules.
She asked for monsters? I’ll show her one.

Warning: This is part of a continuing series and each book ends on a cliffhanger!

Crowned Crows of Thorne Point is a dark new adult enemies to lovers college romantic suspense intended for mature readers. This book is the first in the Crowned Crows series following a gritty brotherhood of antihero bad boys and the feisty heroines that capture their hearts. Each book in the series should be read in order to understand the continuing plot. If you’re not a fan of morally bankrupt book boyfriends, steer clear. This mature new adult romance contains dubious situations, crude language, and intense sexual/violent content that some readers might find triggering or offensive. Please proceed with caution.

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Meet Veronica Eden

 

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Veronica Eden is an international bestselling author of dark new adult romances + reverse harem romances with spitfire heroines and irresistible heroes.
 
She loves exploring complicated feelings, magical worlds, epic adventures, and the bond of characters that embrace us against the world. She has always been drawn to gruff bad boys, clever villains, and the twisty-turns of morally gray decisions. She believes sometimes the villain should get the girl and is a sucker for a deliciously devilish antihero. 
 
Veronica also writes romance as Mara Townsend. 
 
When not writing, she can be found soaking up sunshine at the beach, snuggling in a pile with her untamed pack of animals (her husband, dog and cats), and surrounding herself with as many plants as she can get her hands on.

 

To learn more about Veronica Eden, visit here!