Book Reviews, Contemporary Romance, LGBTQA+, Year of Reviews - 2022

Review – Wicked Heat by Ella Frank

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Wicked Heat; Chicago Heat #1 
(#1 within a duet)

Publication Date: February 22, 2022

Genre/Tropes: Duet/Hero/Grumpy-Sunshine/Contemporary/MM Romance

Author: Ella Frank

Review Rating: 5 Gold Stars



A hot, sizzling start to an opposites attract romance.

Ryan has watched everyone around him fall in love. He’s so adorkably cute, so why can’t he find his dream man? When he’s rescued from potentially losing his wallet by a grumpy firefighter, Ryan can’t shake the man from his mind and when Jameson continues to cross his path Ryan chalks it up to fate.

Jameson is not cuddly, he’s not personable, he’s not looking for any kind of relationship, friendship or otherwise, but when GQ won’t leave his mind he knows he’s in serious trouble. When Jameson needs to find a new place to live, how does fate mess with him again, but by listing the very room that Ryan is needing to rent out. Could these two be destined to cross paths?

Opposites attract and yet as roommates these two are perfectly matched. Neat, tidy, quiet and super hot!! Okay, that isn’t really a roommate requirement, especially when they probably should keep their hands to each other if they want to make their roommate situation last, but when their chemistry is as off the charts like these two…yum! Their attraction and close quarters only heighten that chemistry.

Will these two burn like a fire and then sizzle out, or can they make what they’ve started work? It will take Ryan learning how to scale the incredibly high walls Jameson has erected.

A delicious beginning to this hot duet, with several cameos from some of Ryan’s closest friends and coworkers.



Kind, caring, and protective. Those are the three qualities I’m looking for when it comes to my dream man. In a city as big as Chicago, you wouldn’t think he would be that hard to find, right?


Sure, my boss found a super-sexy detective and my best friend fell madly in love with the most eligible bachelor around. But the only person I’ve met recently is a broody bad boy who saved me at a sketchy pub.

He’s grumpy, rude, and honestly, not that likeable at all. Hardly my “dream” guy.

So why can’t I stop thinking about him?


I don’t do friendships. I don’t do relationships either. The very last thing I’m looking for in life is to fall in love and live happily ever after.

So saving some rich guy from losing his wallet is the last thing I want to do on a Friday night. Especially when he looks like someone who just stepped off the cover of GQ.

Fate seems to have other ideas, though, and every time I turn around, he’s there.

A wicked heat simmers between us, threatening to ignite, and though I’ve been trained to put out the flames, I can’t help but think: What’s the worst that could happen if I let this desire burn out of control?

Wicked Heat is book 1 of 2 in Ryan Carrigan & Jameson Clarke’s story

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Review – The Difference Between Somehow and Someway by Aly Martinez

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The Difference Between Somehow and Someway; Difference Trilogy #2
(#2 within a trilogy)

Publication Date: February 24, 2022

Genre/Tropes: Contemporary/Tragedy Romance

Author: Aly Martinez

Review Rating: 5 Gold Stars



Fantastic!! An emotional rollercoaster with another jaw dropping ending.

After the bomb drop in book one, we pick right back up in book two. We get a closer look at the pain and heartache of what led up to the horrific crash that changed so many lives, while also dealing with the aftermath of decisions made after that incident.

This is the biggest basis for the plot moving forward throughout this middle section of this book. While there are other moving parts; delicious, steamy, and also secretly intriguing moving parts, the question always comes back to what happened leading up to the crash? I loved everything about digging deeper into Bowen and Remi’s life, their heartache and love gripped me from beginning to end.

Aly is a master at fitting the right pieces of the puzzle in at the right time making the plot suspenseful while pulling at all of the appropriate heartstrings. Did I see the bombs waiting for me at the end of this book? That would be a big fat no!! I’m on the edge of my seat needing answers of how everything is going to turn out for this couple.

I’ll be biting my nails until the final book is released even though I should know by now this is how Aly writes her books and yet I’m stunned and shocked every single time. I love it and constantly crave more.


The world gave me everything.

After surviving a plane crash, I was lucky to be alive. It was a harsh truth, but one that changed my perspective on how fragile life could be.

So when a fellow survivor caught my eye, I owed it to myself to take a chance and follow my heart.

Bowen Michaels was guarded and broody, but I saw through his well-formed armor. Much like me, he was broken and lost, but together we found our way through the darkness.

For a brief moment, wrapped in his arms, it felt like maybe he was right about fate and we’d been destined to find each other all along.

But when buried secrets of the past erupt, igniting us both, it was hard to believe we’d been fated for anything other than failure.

The world gave me everything.
And then it took it all away.

If you haven’t started reading yet, NOW IS THE TIME!!!!
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Cover Reveal - 2022, New Releases

Cover Reveal- One-Timer by Teagan Hunter

Teagan Hunter has revealed the cover for One-Timer!

Releasing: March 24, 2022

Cover Design: Outlined with Love Designs

“I’m pregnant.”

That’s what my teammate’s sister-in-law told me after our one-night stand.

I didn’t expect to see Hollis again, let alone end up raising a child with her.

We set some ground rules–we’ll raise the baby together, but that’s it.
No relationship, no future, and definitely no kissing.

But the more time we spend together, the harder it is to keep track of where the lines were once drawn.

I’m known for my one-timer on and off the ice, but this game with Hollis just got a lot more complicated…

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TEAGAN HUNTER is a Missouri-raised gal but currently lives in South Carolina with her Marine veteran husband, where she spends her days begging him for a cat. She survives off coffee, pizza, and sarcasm. When she’s not writing, you can find her binge-watching various TV shows, especially Supernatural and One Tree Hill. She enjoys cold weather, buys more paperbacks than she’ll ever read, and never says no to brownies.
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Cover Reveal – Gotta Be Bayou by Erin Nicholas

“If you love sexy, small town romance and book boyfriends hotter than a southern summer night, Erin Nicholas always delivers!”
–Carly Phillips, New York Times bestselling author

Gotta Be Bayou, a sizzling new enemies-to-lovers, small town romance from New York Times bestselling author Erin Nicholas, releases September 13th and we have the smokin’ hot cover!

Sleeping, unwelcome, on the couch of the woman most likely to cut him up and feed him to a gator isn’t the best idea.

Even if he deserves it.
Even if it’s for her own good.
Even if she makes him hotter than a Louisiana summer night.

Sexy, broody, FBI agent Spencer Landry is not leaving that couch until he knows that fiery investigative journalist Max Keller is safe.

Unless she lets him into her bed . . . again.

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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Erin Nicholas has been writing romances almost as long as she’s been reading them. To date, she’s written over thirty sexy, contemporary novels that have been described as “toe-curling,” “enchanting,” “steamy,” and “fun.” She adores reluctant heroes, imperfect heroines, and happily ever afters.
Erin lives in the Midwest, where she enjoys spending time with her husband (who only wants to read the sex scenes in her books), her kids (who will never read the sex scenes in her books), and her family and friends (who claim to be “shocked” by the sex scenes in her books).

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New Release – A Very Vegas St. Patrick’s Day by Kayley Loring and Connor Crais

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Cover design: Kari March

Cover photo: Wander Aguiar

Cover model: Sam Myerson


The audiobook is a duet narration by Connor Crais and Mackenzie Cartwright.

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You might think the problem would be waking up in Vegas, hungover,

next to a beautiful woman who’s wearing your boxer briefs

and finding out ya married her in the middle of an epic drunken night of festivities.

But you’d be wrong.

I, Nolan Cassidy, international charmer and maker of mischief have fallen head over heels for Cora Delaney.

I want to be married to the lass.

So you might think the problem would be that she wants an annulment.

But again you’d be wrong—stop getting it so wrong.

I, Nolan Cassidy, with my devil tongue and Irish accent, will no doubt change her mind.

Does the problem lie in that she has a son who doesn’t like me and is as clever and crafty as I?

Or that I’ve only got one month—until St. Patrick’s Day—to prove to my one true love

that I can be a good husband and father?

C’mere and I’ll tell ya…

None of that is the problem.

I’m a problem.

My boxing days may be behind me

but the fight never left me.

When I see something I want, I get it.

And nothing is going to stand in my way.

Not my new wife’s hesitation nor her son’s doubts.

So buckle up, strap in.

Because I’m no longer in the business of wanting.

I’m in the business of having.

Which is gonna make for one wild Paddy’s Day.

Read Kay’s Review: A Very Vegas St. Patrick’s Day

𝗔𝗱𝗱 𝘁𝗼 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗚𝗼𝗼𝗱𝗿𝗲𝗮𝗱𝘀 𝗧𝗕𝗥



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Before writing steamy romantic comedy novels, Kayley Loring got a BFA in creative writing 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 an Amazon Top 25 bestselling author who is breathing cleaner air and writing dirtier words. It’s an adjustment she’s happily getting used to.

Rest assured that her funny sexy sweet romances have no cheating or cliffhangers, and always have HEAs!


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Connor Crais is a classically trained actor living in the Midwest with his wife, two kids, and rescue greyhound. He has been both a stage and television actor, and before plunging into the romance genre, he had been narrating commercials, audiobooks, and explainers for well over a decade from his home studio. From alphas to bosses to cocky sports stars (a particular favorite), he loves sparring with beautiful, sassy heroines (and their talented narrators) but also loves winning them over and reaching that happily ever after. He is excited to now create those stories as an author.


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