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Thursday, January 31, 2019

The Break-up Bet - Release Blitz with Reviews



Title: The Break-Up Bet
Author: Cat Carmine
Genre: Standalone Romantic Comedy
Release Date: January 31, 2019



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Never make a bet with a man who plays to win... 



Especially not a man like handsome, arrogant Connor Pratt. 


AKA the huge PITA who’s currently crashing in my spare room. 

AKA my brother’s best friend since they were about six. 

AKA the one guy who still makes me feel like an awkward tongue-tied loser.

But when Connor moved in, I got a glimpse of another side of him. Because, like me, Connor’s going through a nasty break-up. And, like me, he’s just doing whatever he can to get through it. 

Unfortunately, his method involves drinking alarming amounts of whiskey and watching a lot of, um … movies … that make every inch of my skin flush. 

I’m just trying to be helpful when I tell him that he should try my way: copious amounts of baked goods, sappy romantic comedies, and late nights spent whining with girlfriends. 

But I should have known Connor would take that as a challenge. 

Now, he says he’ll try my way of dealing with a break-up … but only if I agree to try his. Six months rent to the person whose method works best. 

We call it the break-up bet. And I’m going to win. Except right now, it feels like there’s a whole lot more at stake than just rent money…


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Review by Barbara


What a fun book to read. It’s Flirty, Sassy, Funny and Romantic all rolled up into one. I simply adored this book from start to finish. It was a total break of fresh air as I giggled all they through it. 

The characters are so much fun, both the main and the secondary ones (which by the way I pray Kyle, Tess, Olivia, Sam and Kennedy get their books as well  - hint hint Ms. Carmine). This group of friends are so well written to the point you feel like you are a part of their lives. The antics will keep you laughing, everything from the cartoon food unmentionables to the crazy bet Lucy and Conner go about getting over their exes. I don’t want to go into too much detail because spoiling this for anyone would be a crime. 

2 Thumbs up for a laugh out loud storyline that will having you smiling throughout. I you some humor with your romance books, I highly recommend grabbing up “The Break-up Bet”. You will be very glad you did



Review by Kathy


Absolutely charming, funny, sweet and adorably quirky; this book combines all of these and bring you a read that you will find hard to put down. You will definitely wear a smile on your face the entire time you read this story of a food blogger (Lucy) who has a passion for desserts and Conner, her brother's best friend. The two are fresh out of break-ups and Lucy needs a roommate...Conner needs a place to stay for a little while. Oh what fun will be had as the sexual tensions builds and their attraction grows.   

The characters are wonderfully written and are so very loveable that you will find yourself cringing over Lucy's awkward moments but laughing at the same time. You can't help yourself from cheering for them. 

Totally entertaining, absolutely enjoyable. I cannot recommend this book high enough. If you want a light read that will lift your spirits and tickle your funny bone..get this book!



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Cat Carmine writes contemporary romance and romantic comedy. She also happens to like drinking wine, eating cake, buying too many books, and snuggling with her elderly cocker spaniel (oh, and her husband too.) She loves — and writes — books with sweet and sarcastic heroines and strong, sexy heroes who like a little bark with their bite. She thinks witty banter is the best kind of foreplay, and she tries to infuse all her stories with heart, humor and heat.

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Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Build - Release Blitz with Giveaway and Reviews



Title: Build: A Bad Boy Snowed In Romance
Series: Burns Brothers #1
Author: Gillian Archer
Genre: Standalone Contemporary Romance
Release Date: January 29, 2019



Blurb

Welcome to Bad@ss Builds where the motorcycles are as sexy as the brothers building them.

Austin Burns:

I thought she wasn’t real the first time I saw her. To be fair I was a hungover mess when I woke up and looked into her gorgeous eyes. After getting the second worst news of my life—that my father would be paroled soon—I’d escaped to my buddy’s posh cabin near Lake Tahoe. Now the maid with the gorgeous eyes is snowed in with me, and I wonder if she might be a better distraction than the mountain of booze I’d planned on drinking. She’s curvy in all the right places, and the snow is falling faster.

Rachel Tannenbaum:

As a single mom, I don’t have time for men, especially irresponsible tattooed bad boys like my ex. But Austin is hot. And sexy. And stuck here in the cabin with me. I can’t say no to a fling with this bad boy, especially since Austin is so gorgeous and awkwardly sweet.


One night becomes two, and I don’t know if I can risk my heart—and my little boy’s—if Austin wants it to become more when we get through the snow and back to reality.



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Excerpt

I’d just straightened up the pile of mats when a scraping sound caught my attention. Raising the blinds, I looked out the window and saw Rachel standing in the middle of the road, shovel in hand, pushing the snow into big piles. She’d got about ten feet of road cleared in addition to her car.
Did she really think she could plow the fucking road between here and the highway? It was miles of road!
“Son of a bitch.” I ran out of the room. Three steps later, I almost tripped over Blue in the hallway. He’d taken up a post between me and the doorway, almost like he couldn’t decide who he should be guarding. “Hey, boy. You okay?”
Blue sat up with a whine and swung his head toward the front door.
“Yeah, I think we gotta talk some sense in her. She can’t plow the fucking road all by herself. Come on.” I grabbed my coat next to the door and pulled it on over my naked chest. My shirt was balled up somewhere in Cole’s home gym. I shoved my bare feet into my boots next to the door and half-assedly laced them up. Blue whined next to me, urging me to hurry. I ripped open the door, and Blue bounded out, with me close on his heels.
“What the hell are you doing, woman!” I shouted before I met up with Rachel.
She glanced at me then bent down to pet Blue. “What does it look like?”
“It looks like you’re fucking insane. You do know there’s like five miles of road between us and the highway, right? Are you planning on plowing the whole fucking thing by hand?”
“I have to do something!” Rachel waved an agitated hand as she stood back up to face me. “I can’t just sit here and wait for someone to call or show up. I have people waiting on me—my family is counting on me.”
“You think I don’t know that? You think the same fucking thing isn’t happening to me right now? I was supposed to be at work today too. Our scariest fucking client is expecting a bike delivery today, and I’m not gonna be there to stand between him and my brother. That’s my job! That’s what I’ve done my whole life, and today I’m not gonna be there. I won’t be there to protect him.”
Rachel stared back at me with wide eyes, and her mouth opened and closed like a fish.
I sighed as some of my anger melted away at Rachel’s bewilderment.
I hadn’t meant to reveal so much. My shit was my shit. No one else needed to know what was really going on in my life—least of all a piece of ass I’d hooked up with for a night. I just had so much anger pent up. Booze hadn’t helped. Exercise hadn’t helped. Really the only thing that’d worked was when I had her naked and under me, but that’d never happen again.
I needed to get my shit under control.
“Look, I’m sorry, okay?” I reached over and gently took the snow shovel out of her hands. “We all have shit—that’s all I’m saying. Well, that, and there’s no way either of us is going to be able to dig our way out of this mess. There’s too much road between us and the highway. It’s dangerous. We’re better off waiting until the plow comes. I don’t know where the hell Cole’s business manager is, but he still hasn’t called me back. If you’d like, I can call around and see if I can find another service.”
Rachel bit her lip and looked down the long, snow-covered road, her brow wrinkled.
“I’ll even pay.”
Rachel’s eyes shot to mine. “It’s not the money that’s bothering me. Well, it is, ‘cause I can’t afford it, but I’m worried about the weather. There’s supposed to be another system moving in this afternoon. If we can’t get out of here by noon, I doubt you’ll find another outfit willing to come out in the middle of another storm. We could be trapped here overnight again.”
I nodded slowly. “I’ll get on the horn and see if we can get you home to your little boy sooner than later.”
“Thank you.”





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Review by Barbara


What a great start to a series. The book is very well written and the author has given us strong independent leading male and female roles. The storyline will keep you glued to the pages to see what is going to happen next to these to who carry the weight of their worlds on their shoulders.  

Austin is the oldest of the 4 Burns brothers. He has taken care of his brothers with the help of his Aunt since he was a young boy and his father went to prison. When he gets the news that his father is being paroled, Austin flips out. He flees to his buddy’s cabin near Lake Tahoe to drink away his cares and come to terms with the news. Little does he know a snowstorm is coming. 

Rachel is a strong young woman who works 3 jobs to take care of her young son and her wheelchair bound mother. Her son and mom are her priority even to the point she basically has no life outside of work and taking care of them. When Rachel is sent to clean a cabin in Tahoe she runs into a drunken Austin and thanks to the snow storm, she gets stuck in Tahoe. From here the story takes off. As they get to know each other and give into their attraction to one another, I mean what else is there to do when you’re snowed in, we find that Austin is a protector and wants to break down Rachel’s walls and get to really know her. Rachel thinks Austin to be in the here and now and not always run when things get tough. 

What happens when the road clear and these two are free to go home? What happens when real world problems happen in their lives? This is a great read that I highly recommend and this reader can’t wait for the 2nd’s Burns brother brother to hit the shelves.   



Review by Kathy


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Gillian has a bachelor’s degree in mining engineering but prefers to spend her time on happily ever after. She writes the kind of stories she loves to read—the hotter the better!

When Gillian’s not pounding away on the keyboard, she can be found surfing the couch indulging in her latest reality tv fixation, baking something ridiculously tasty (and horrible for her waist line) or snuggling with her husband.

Home is currently in the wilds of Nevada with her amazing husband, ridiculously cute kiddo, and goofy dog.


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Monday, January 28, 2019

Kings of Mayhem - Release Blitz with Reviews



Title: Kings of Mayhem
Series: Kings of Mayhem MC #1
Author: Penny Dee
Genre: MC Romance/Contemporary Romance
Release Date: January 28, 2019



Blurb

When a King loves
He loves hard

CADE
I’ve loved her since we were five years old.
We grew up side by side.
Two kids tied together by the Kings of Mayhem Motorcycle Club.
But I broke us.
I broke her.
So, she fled.
Now she’s back after twelve long years.
And I’m going to show her all the reasons why we should be together and make her forget all the reasons why we shouldn’t.


INDY
I’m back in town but only because I have to be.
I’m here to help my mom bury my father.
And the sooner we get it done, the better.
Because I want to see Cade as much as I want a hole in the head.
He broke me once—no, he broke my everything— and I’ll be damned if I’ll let him do it again.
Get in and get out. That is the plan.
But you know what they say about best-laid plans.


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Review by Barbara


What an amazing storyline. This is one of those books that grab you from the start, melt your heart and have you rooting for a happing ending. The characters are so well written and defined that they seem to come to life and make you feel like you are right there living life beside them. 

Cade and Indy had been best friends since childhood. For Cade he knew Indy was his; at first his best friend, then his girl and if he had his way, his ole lady. But Indy wanted away from MC life. Cade didn’t want to lose her so he was going to leave with her. Something his father was not about to let happen. But all is for not when Indy walked in on Cade and sees him having sex with another girl. So she does the only thing she can. she runs. She runs out of state to college and becomes an ER Doctor, following her dread and doing everything she can to put Cade and her MC life behind her. 

As for Cade, he stayed with the MC, lived a reckless lifestyle, since his whole world had left him. He put everything he had into club life and eventually became the MC Prez. But on the inside, he never got over Indy. 

When her father dies, Indy comes home for the funeral. Not for her dad, but be there for her mother. He mantra “Get in and Get Out” and back to her life, she can’t afford to lose herself to her old way life and especially not Cade. But Cade has other hopes. Maybe, just Maybe when she learns to truth of that awful night she might forgive him. Can Cade convince Indy to hear him out and give them a chance? And what about her old friends, will they forgive her for running out without a word and never looking back?

This is an exciting, well written book that will having you roped in and refuse to let go. This emotional ride is one I highly recommend grabbing up. 5 Stars and 2 Thumbs up for this Must Read and bring on book 2, I can't wait.



Review by Kathy


Good God, this book almost killed me. I mean, I have never wanted to hit a woman so much in my life (character woman that is) as I did Indy. If she wouldn't have done what she ended up doing towards the end, I think I would have thrown my kindle and went after the author!!! LOL. There are a couple of question I have about things that took place in this book, but I'll save them for the Author because that would give too much away in the story line, and you just need to read this incredibly written book with characters that will capture your heart. Indy and Cade have been best friends since they were five years old. As they grew into teenagers, those feelings changed and the two young people became lovers. More than lovers, they were deeply in love, with plans for college and a future with a home and babies. But one night, one night changed all of that and Indy ran and did not return for 12 years when she had to return home to bury her father. She's changed in that time, she's now a doctor. Cade, he's changed too. He's harder, darker and ALL MAN!! But the one thing that hasn't changed, the feelings that they still have for each other, although one refused to acknowledge those feelings and keeps pushing them further down. But when love is true and love is strong, it will not be denied. It takes work and Cade gives it everything he can to get his girl to return to him. The ending of this story will have your jaw dropping and wondering when the next book will come out and what will happen and who done it???

I actually adored this book and Cade and Indy's story (despite wanting to clobber her a few times). The supporting characters are charming and quite engaging, and yes they are bikers but still...they often make you smile. Even the crazy ol lady that...well you'll have to read that part! 

Great read and I highly recommend it.




Excerpt


CADE

I heard her as soon as I entered the building.
“It’s a classic, sonny boy, and you don’t fuck with the classics.  Do you hear me? Or has that combover blocked your ears?”
I couldn’t help but grin. The voice belonged to Sybil Calley, my formidable, charismatic grandmother. Seventy-something-years old, she was a force to be reckoned with and very rarely backed down in an argument. Any poor soul who took her on was in for a fierce fight, and by the sounds of it, Tito was about to feel the full force of hurricane Sybil.
“It’s blasphemy! That’s what it is. Blasphemy! Why, I bet Deborah Kerr is rolling in her grave, God rest her beautiful soul. How dare you stain such a beautiful story with your weirdness, you rude little boy!”
As I rounded the corner, Sybil and Tito came into view. Tito was standing with his back to the wall with his arms in the air, while my formidable grandmother yelled at him. He looked terrified.
“Grandma Calley,” I interrupted, trying to contain my grin. Seeing me walk in, Tito looked relieved and relaxed his arms.
Sybil wasted no time in getting straight to the point. She held up a DVD so I could see the cover. “Did you know about this?”
I took it from her and couldn’t help but grin at the cover. Pure spank bank bullshit that sells. But definitely not what you wanted your grandmother looking at in front of you.
“How on Earth did you even know about it?” I asked.
“I might be edging close to buying the farm, Cade, but I’m not quite dead yet. You know I like to keep my finger on the pulse. It’s Tuesday, and I know you drop into this pit of despair on Tuesdays, so I came down to speak with you.” She gave Tito a withering look. “Ran into this little twerp and found this . . .”
She ripped the DVD out of my hands and held it up. The cover was a rip-off of An Affair To Remember, except it was titled, An Anus to Remember. Gay porn. It was a bestseller.
“It’s a disgrace, Cade. An absolute disgrace.” She pushed the DVD into Tito’s chest. “You should be ashamed of yourself.”
“Ain’t nothing wrong with a bit of man-on-man love, Grandma,” I said, trying to diffuse the situation. Sybil could be unpredictable at times.
“I know that! Man on man. Woman on woman. I don’t give a goddamn! What I do care about is taking a classic and turning it into smut. Now that is not right, Cade. Not right. You don’t fuck with the classics.”
“Cade, this can’t keep happening,” Tito moaned.
Sybil turned back to Tito. “I’m seventy-three years old but I ain’t dead yet, sonny. I’m the original biker queen and I’m still packing as much attitude as I did back when my old man started the Kings of Mayhem more than fifty years ago. If you ever mess with one of the classics again and put your perverted stamp all over it, I will knock you on your ass, do you hear me?”
Again, I struggled to contain my grin.
Tito, however, looked unraveled. And he had every cause to be because I had no doubt Sybil meant what she said. She was a classy lady who never left the house without taming her bright red hair and putting on a thick coat of red lipstick. But she was a biker queen first. Tough. Fierce. With a mean right hook.
You didn’t fuck with Sybil Calley.
Taking pity on Tito, I slunk an arm around Grandma’s shoulders and guided her toward the front door.
“Now, Grandma, you can’t come in here and get up in Tito’s grill about things. Head Quarters is off limits to MC women, remember?”
That rule had come about after Sybil had swept through Head Quarters like a hurricane and upset an entire cast of actresses on the set of a movie we were making called Some Like It Hard. Sybil was a die-hard Marilyn fan and managed to put the fear in all the actresses who were on set, leading to a mass walk-out and halting production for three days.
Not that Sybil paid any attention to rules. She was the original rule breaker. She did what she wanted, when she wanted. And if it suited her, she’d blame her forgetfulness on her age to get away with it, despite being sharp as a tack.
She waved off the mention of the rules.
“If that little pervert can’t handle a seventy-year-old woman, then he needs to take a cup of cement and harden the fuck up.” She glanced over her shoulder and narrowed her eyes at Tito as we were walking away, and muttered, “little pussy.”
I tried not to laugh because that would only encourage her, so I asked, “Grandma, why are you here?”
She relaxed and smiled. “Now, Cade, you know you’re my favorite grandson—”
“You say that to all your grandsons . . .”
“. . . and I love you. So I wanted to see how you were feeling about Indy coming home.”
“This isn’t her home anymore, Grandma. She lives in Seattle now.”
“Thank you, Captain Obvious. But you know what I mean.” Her face softened as she took my hand. “I know the affect that girl has on you. I just wanted to make sure…”
“What?”
She smacked me hard on the arm. “That you’re not going to be an ass about it.”
I couldn’t help but grin. Good on Grandma Sybil.
“A lot of water has passed under the bridge, Grandma. I’m not an eighteen-year-old psychopath anymore.”
Sybil didn’t look convinced. “You’re a Calley and we’re passionate sonsofbitches. When we love, we love big, and if that love dies, then we die a big death along side it. I should know. When your Pappy died, my heart went with him.”
I couldn’t help but smile at my feisty grandmother.
“I’m sure Jury wouldn’t like to hear you say that,” I said.
Jury was my grandma’s sixty-year-old boyfriend.
“Jury isn’t the love of my life. Your grandpappy was. Jury knows I’m just after his body.”
I raised an eyebrow at her. “Grandma, there are certain things a grandson should never hear his grandmother say, and that’s right up there with them.”
She waved me off. “The body may be old and the reflection in the mirror might be slightly different, but the mind is still twenty years old. I might not be able to do it the way I used to but—”
I stuck my fingers in my ears. “Lalalalalalalalala . . .”
She rolled her eyes. “Fine. I’ll let you think that I don’t do the things I still did when I was twenty.”
“Seriously, Grandma . . .” I begged, pained by the mental images.
Sighing dramatically, she changed the subject. “Your mom is making dinner for Lady and Indy. Somehow I was extended an invitation. I assume you’ll be there.”
To say Sybil and my mom didn’t exactly get along would be an understatement. The civil unrest had ended years ago, but in its wake was a frosty cold war of mammoth proportions. Mother-in-law and daughter-in-law didn’t exactly see eye to eye.
I nodded. “I’m heading over there now.”
“Fine. I’ll follow you. Lord knows I’ve had my fair share of pussy and cock today.”
I opened the front door for her and shook my head. “Jesus Christ, Sybil. My ears are bleeding.”






Early Reviews

“This book drew me in from the first page and I couldn't put it down.” — Goodreads Review

“Penny Dee writes some of the hottest sex scenes I’ve ever read.”— Bookarella Blog

“Cade and Indy’s journey was all kinds of angsty/swoony goodness.”— Goodreads Review

“This story is gonna grab you hard and not let go until it's ready. This story is full of angst and redemption! It's going to make you feel ALL THE FEELS!— Goodreads Review

“This book right here.... OMG kept me on my toes. I finished it in one sitting. The author had me captivated the whole time.”— NetGalley Review



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#2 Brothers in Arms
Releasing February 26, 2019





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Penny Dee writes contemporary romance about rockstars, bikers, hockey players and everyone in-between. She believes true love never runs smoothly, and her characters realize this too, with a boatload of drama and a whole lot of steam.

She found her happily ever after in Australia where she lives with her husband, daughter and a dog named Bindi.



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