Thursday, January 18, 2018

Book Cover Reveal for Recovered by Jay Crownover


It’s a combustible connection that forms between two very different people in this tale of addiction and embracing the good things in your life.  Keep reading to get a tempting taste of Recovered by Jay Crownover, while spending time drooling over this cover created by Hang Le, then add this emotionally intense story to your bookshelf when it releases on March 27th!

It was hate at first sight...
Affton
I hated Cable James McCaffrey.
He was entitled, spoiled, a user…and an addict.
He was out of control and didn’t bother trying to hide it.
He had everything anyone could want but still seemed miserable and lost.
Every move he made, every mistake he stumbled his way through, rubbed me the wrong way. However, I couldn’t stop myself from trying to save him from himself when no one else would. In the sweltering heat of the summer, Cable taught me that having it all means nothing if you can’t have the one thing you want more than anything else.
Cable
I was obsessed with Affton Reed.
She was rigid, uptight, and no fun. There was something about her innate goodness that called to me.
She acted like she was above all the normal faults and failures that clung to the rest of us like the scent of smoke after a fire.
I was infatuated with her, but that didn’t stop me from acting like she didn’t exist.
In the scorching heat of summer, Affton taught me that there is always a way back from the brink of despair. She showed me that the trick to having it all was realizing that it was already there, in my hands. All I had to do was hold onto it.
The road to recovery is full of twists and turns no matter who is in the driver’s seat.

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Jay Crownover is the international and multiple New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Marked Men Series, The Saints of Denver Series, the Point Series, the Breaking Point Series, and the Getaway Series. Her books can be found translated in many different languages all around the world. She is a tattooed, crazy haired Colorado native who lives at the base of the Rockies with her awesome dogs. This is where she can frequently be found enjoying a cold beer and Taco Tuesdays. Jay is a self-declared music snob and outspoken book lover who is always looking for her next adventure, between the pages and on the road.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Book Review for After Sunrise by Leigh Robbins


After receiving a call from his commander, Sergeant Brett Parker rushes overseas to the military hospital, where two of his Marine brothers are recovering after an IED explosion decimated the rest of their unit. Struggling with survivor guilt, Brett’s thoughts are dark and tortured until he encounters the beautiful brunette in the cafeteria.
Lauren Cage always dreaded getting “the call” every military family fears. Flying to Landstuhl, Germany to her wounded brother’s bedside, she battles the grief threatening to overtake her. Being in a foreign country is intimidating for a young woman traveling alone, but when she meets one of her brother’s best friends and comrades, her anxiety subsides.
After five emotional days, Brett is forced to return to war and Lauren goes home to New York. For over a year, they secretly burn up the internet with a scorching love affair neither time or distance could deny. When entanglements from the past threaten to pry them apart, Brett is faced with a personal dilemma and is forced to embrace his heart’s desire.
FROM THE AUTHOR...This book is for readers over 18+, while it can be read alone, I recommend reading Darkness Before Dawn, Book #1 in the series for fuller enjoyment. After Sunrise- Book #1.5 is a 45K word Novella and a must-read before Book 2 which is coming soon!

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A connection formed at a time of great heartbreak is just the start to the rollercoaster ride of emotions that Brett and Lauren go through in their romance that starts here and is revisited in Ms. Robbins‘ previously released, Darkness Before Dawn.  Glimpses of the emotional and physical ravages of war, along with fears of those back home, fuel this story and ultimately leaves readers hanging in suspense.

Lauren’s always been close to her brother after all the abuse they dealt with as kids, so when she hears that he’s been severely injured on a military op she flies to his bedside.  Mired in fear, and never leaving his side, Lauren’s feeling alone and desperate to find something positive to count on.  Meeting Brett is exactly was she needed at that moment and with time running out before he returns to the war she’ll make every moment count.  Over five days of sharing their fears and through numerous erotically-charged interludes their connection grows and has them looking towards the future.  Emails and internet chats strengthen their bond but reality soon crashes down when she discovers Brett’s been hiding something.  From that moment on she’ll have to decide if he’s worth fighting for or if she should move on without him.  Lauren’s a likable heroine and is strongly supportive of those she considers family.  She has a loving personality and a belief in HEA.  Though she’s terrified of what might befall Brett she still sees only him in her future and proves it through each scorching word she writes to him.  She was all-in from the moment she met him which is why she’s so hurt when she discovers what he’s been keeping from her.  Despite that though, I thought it was a bit immature of her to not hear him out during one of his many attempts to right his wrong.  It’s clear she’ll never be over him and her attempts to do so show her to be a bad liar.

Brett Parker thinks of his fellow teammates like family which is why he’s devastated to learn that they were attacked while he was on leave.  His team was left virtually destroyed with only two soldiers left alive but with horrendous injuries.  It’s left Brett questioning “what if” and wanting to embrace life to the fullest which makes his initial meeting with Lauren momentous.  Amidst heartbreak over what’s befallen his teammates he finds himself clinging to her, giving her support while getting his own bit of forgiveness.  Numerous scorching encounters and long talks lead to an unforgettable few days that leaves him conflicted once they’re apart.  He longs to be honorable, but he also longs to be happy, which are at war with each other as he’s keeping a secret that will cause Lauren pain.  His reasons for not telling her about what awaits him back home was not done maliciously though, but it certainly led to the same kind of fallout.  On a whole I liked Brett and didn’t hold his decision against him as he immediately knew he did wrong and was quick to try to make things right.  When he was with Lauren he was carefree, but when he went home he felt trapped and once he lost Lauren he was lost himself.  I ached for him and am fearful of what will befall him now that his hope’s been taken away.

This was a sexy story full of heart and soul.  It vividly depicted the high cost of war, both physical and mental, and kept me glued to the pages.  The romance between Brett and Lauren was crackling from the very beginning with a sense of foreboding of what might happen once he heads back out into the field.  There was a sense of desperation too that made their sensual encounters a bit frantic.  Lauren’s anger was understandable at first but I felt that by not listening to Brett’s explanation she was purposely punishing him and it frustrated me as her own life decision felt like she was just settling.  This is a compelling story on its own, but it’s so much richer reading it in conjunction with the first installment in the Never Lose Sight series, as you get a more fleshed-out understanding of their epic romance.  Being left with a cliffhanger here made me want to scream, but I’m greatly anticipating what comes next for these two as they struggle through love and war.

My rating for this is a B+

*I got this book from Hidden Gems for review in exchange for my honest opinion.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Book Blitz for Quest for a Popstar by Katie Hamstead (GIVEAWAY)


A singing competition is the setting for a romance between two people torn between reality and love and what it all means for their futures.  Keep reading to get a tempting taste of Quest for a Popstar by Katie Hamstead, then add it to your bookshelf.  In honor of this first installment in the Reality Romance series make sure to fill out the form below for the chance to win an e-copy of this book along with-copies of two other books from Ms. Hamstead’s backlist too!

I haven’t done much performing, not since high school. Yet here I am, backstage, waiting for my turn to audition.
I’m excited, I’m nervous, and after witnessing the talent of the Murphy family, I almost throw in the towel. But I don’t. I walk out on that stage, and I never could have predicted what happens next.
The subsequent events fall like well lined-up dominoes. My life, my world, everything changes. Suddenly, success is overshadowed by exploitation, loyalty wrecked with betrayal, and trust slaughtered by life-changing secrets.
Oh, and then there’s Lucas, the guy—of course, there’s a guy—who might end up being the deciding factor on whether walking out on that stage will end up being the best decision of my life...
…or the worst.


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Born and raised in Australia, Katie's early years of day dreaming in the "bush", and having her father tell her wild bedtime stories, inspired her passion for writing.
After graduating High School, she became a foreign exchange student where she met a young man who several years later she married. Now she lives in Arizona with her husband, daughter and their dog.
She has a diploma in travel and tourism which helps inspire her writing.
When her debut novel, Kiya: Hope of the Pharaoh, climbed into bestselling status, she believed she was onto something, and now has a slew of novels now available, and is published through Curiosity Quills Press, Soul Mate Publishing, and REUTS Publishing.
Katie loves to out sing her friends and family, play sports, and be a good wife and mother. She now works as an Acquisitions Editor to help support her family. She loves to write, and takes the few spare moments in her day to work on her novels.


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Monday, January 15, 2018

Book Cover Reveal for The Escort by A.M. Salinger


After a combustible start to their relationship, readers are reunited with a couple whose lives are anything but calm in this suspenseful and erotically-charged novella.  Keep reading to get a tempting glimpse at the book cover for The Escort by A.M. Salinger, the second installment in the Nights series, then count down the days until this m/m-fueled book releases on February 9th!

He is everything I’ve ever wanted in a man. And I will do anything to get him. Even if I have to lie to him — Ethan
He is a sinful temptation. A guy who loves pushing all my buttons. But I can’t touch him. And I most definitely cannot have him — Joe
Ethan Skye has had only one goal in mind since the first night he walked into Saron, the most exclusive gay club in Tokyo: to win the heart of Joe Cavendish, its brooding owner and the man he’d fallen in love with at first sight. When Ethan takes a job as a bartender at Saron to get closer to Joe, little does he know that his actions will set him in the sights of an obsessive admirer.
Jaded by his troubled past and with his heart very much guarded, Joe Cavendish has one strict rule in life: never mix business with pleasure. Unfortunately for Joe, one cocky, sexy bartender seems intent on testing that resolve to its very limits, and Joe finds his patience and his libido increasingly challenged as he fights his growing attraction for his new employee. But after Joe discovers the danger Ethan is in, his possessive instincts compel him to take on the role of Ethan’s personal bodyguard and pretend lover.
Can Joe protect Ethan from his increasingly violent stalker and maintain his own sanity while he gets up close and personal to the alluring young man storming his way inside his numb heart? Will Ethan overcome Joe’s stubbornness and convince the club owner to take a chance on love? Or will the secrets they’ve been keeping from each other threaten their fragile, burgeoning relationship?
Discover Ethan and Joe’s story in this second novella in the hot, contemporary romance series Nights by A.M. Salinger.
This is a novella length MM romance with a HEA.


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AUTHOR INFO:

Ava Marie Salinger is the pen name of an Amazon bestselling thriller author who has always wanted to write scorching hot contemporary and erotic romance. In 2017, she finally decided to venture to the steamy side. NIGHTS is the first of several sizzling series featuring sweet, sexy men and women with dark pasts and a whole lot of love to give to the ones brave enough to fight for their hearts. When she’s not dreaming up hotties to write about, you’ll find Ava creating kickass music playlists to write to, spying on the wildlife in her garden, drooling over gadgets, and eating Chinese.

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Sunday, January 14, 2018

Book Blitz for One Night by A.M. Salinger (GIVEAWAY)


A one-night stand surprisingly becomes something more in this m/m novella of painful pasts and a future of doubts that’s the first step in a journey that’s just begun.  Keep reading to get a tempting taste of One Night by A.M. Salinger, then add it to your bookshelf.  In honor of this first installment in the Night series make sure to fill out the form below for the chance to win a Kindle Fire or a $50 Amazon GC!

One night was all I asked for. For him to show me how good it can be. — Gabe
One night was all I promised. To give him the best time of his life. — Cam
Gabe Anderson wants nothing more than to overcome the scars of his past. Moving to a new city halfway across the world is one thing. Walking into the most exclusive gay bar in town to hook up with a perfect stranger is a whole new ball game.
Cam Sorvino doesn’t do relationships. Period. Having buried his dark childhood behind him, he lives life to the fullest and likes his sex hot, dirty, and for one night only. Though Cam’s instincts tell him that Gabe isn’t the one-night kind of guy, he can’t stop himself from approaching him. When Cam discovers the true extent of Gabe’s harrowing secrets, he makes him an offer he cannot refuse: one night of mindless pleasure to help him overcome his phobia of intimacy.
But when morning comes, will Cam be able to let go of the one man who is able to stir new feelings inside his cold, dead heart?
If you like sweet, sexy men with dark pasts and a whole lot of love to give to the ones brave enough to win their hearts, then you’ll love this first novella in the hot, contemporary romance series Nights by A.M. Salinger.
This is a MM romance with a HFN. Cam and Gabe’s HEA is coming mid 2018!

EXCERPT:

What the hell am I doing here?
Gabe Anderson scanned the crowded club in the mirror opposite the bar before looking down into his scotch with a self-deprecating smile. This had seemed like such a great idea an hour ago, when he’d been staring at an empty weekend in an even emptier apartment.
Saron was located in a side alley, a short walk from Shinjuku’s main club strip. Despite its somewhat shady location, the place oozed style.
Gabe had hesitated when he’d seen the suited doorman guarding the entrance and wondered if access was by invitation only. He only knew of Saron from overhearing his clients mention it a few nights ago. From what he’d made of their excited conversation, it was the place to hang out in Shinjuku if you were of a particular sexual inclination.
The doorman had checked Gabe over for all of three seconds before wordlessly unclipping the rope from the stanchions framing the steel doors. He had obviously passed some kind of test, though what it was he didn’t know.
Beyond a foyer with a cloakroom manned by a male attendant who looked like he’d walked straight out of a GQ shoot were a set of shallow steps leading to a wide, sunken floor.
Despite the butterflies churning his stomach, Gabe had stopped and stared appreciatively at the decor. As a consultant for one of Chicago’s biggest design firms, he could tell how much money had gone into giving Saron its unique look. The club was drowned in deep reds, dark purples, and rich earth tones. Scattered across the oak floor were Brazilian cherry wood tables and armchairs boasting plush velvet upholstery and satin cushions. Discrete booths dotted the walls and afforded privacy to those who needed it, although the muted lighting provided enough of that as it was. A polished mahogany counter with wine-red leather and walnut stools ran the length of the bar on the right.
At the far end of the room, a woman in a black cocktail dress stood on a raised podium. She was crooning a song in a sultry, deep voice, her eyes closed and her glossy ruby lips glistening in the mellow spotlight. Behind her, cymbals vibrated gently, a piano tinkled, and a saxophone hummed, the sounds somehow rising above the voices of the men packing the place.
It was as he’d made his way to the bar that Gabe had realized why the doorman had let him in. From the looks of the club’s patrons, Saron catered exclusively to an upscale clientele. He was willing to bet a week’s wages none of the suits in the place cost less than five hundred dollars.
“Ah, fresh meat.”
Gabe froze in the act of sitting on a barstool, his gaze swinging up to meet a pair of amused green eyes on the other side of the mahogany counter.
“Excuse me?” he said stiffly.
The bartender, a striking blond in a slate, silk tuxedo vest and crisp white shirt, flashed him a grin.
“I’ve not seen you around these parts before. What will it be?”
Gabe swallowed, wondering whether the man had seen straight through him and grasped the reason he had come to Saron.
“What will what be?” he mumbled, unable to mask the apprehension in his voice. The bartender pursed his lips and observed him with a shrewd expression before leaning across the counter.
“Relax,” he murmured in Gabe’s left ear. “I can tell it’s your first time in a place like this. If you keep up that deer-in-the-headlights look you’ve got painted across that pretty face of yours, you’re gonna be a target for every sleaze ball in this club. And, trust me, they might be wearing thousand-dollar ensembles, but some of these assholes are nothing but dirty pigs in suits.”
An involuntary bark of laughter left Gabe’s lips at the mental image the bartender’s words had conjured. The sound carried along the counter, drawing stares.
The knot of tension that had been sitting between Gabe’s shoulder blades ever since he ventured into Shinjuku eased as he smiled at the bartender.
“I’ve never been called pretty before.”
The guy winked.
“Trust me, you’re the hottest thing on legs in this place right now. Besides me, of course.”
Gabe chuckled and ordered a scotch, his confidence boosted by the compliment.
Two months had passed since he’d relocated to Tokyo from Chicago. When his bosses had sprung the offer on Gabe in early spring, the chance of a fresh start in a place void of the dark memories that had plagued him for eight years was too much of an attractive proposition for him to reject. He’d left Chicago with two suitcases and five crates full of books and artwork, the only things he had to show after a decade in the city.
Though he had been prepared for the culture shock, life in Tokyo had still come as a surprise, albeit an invigorating one. He had always had an interest in the country and its intoxicating mix of traditional and contemporary customs ever since he made his first business trip to the Japanese branch of the firm four years ago.
Luckily, his new position suited him to a T. He had thrown himself into his first assignment with his usual drive and passion, leading the team under him to make good on a project, one which his predecessor had only made a half-assed attempt to complete. He had delivered on time, on budget, and on schedule, despite the nearly impossible deadline. The crazy hours and weekends he had put in had not gone unnoticed, and the praise lavished on his team at the grand opening of their client’s luxury hotel earlier that week was all the acknowledgment Gabe needed to realize he had made the right choice in moving to this city. The fact that the money he was making could easily afford him a two-bedroom condo in the exclusive neighborhood of Meguro didn’t hurt, either.
Yet, despite having relocated thousands of miles to the other side of the world, his mind would not let go of the bite of his past. Which was why, when faced with the prospect of his first free weekend and the boxes he had yet to unpack, he had looked up Saron’s location on the spur of the moment and decided to take a gamble.
He had promised himself this move would not be just a fresh start for his mind, but for his body, too. That he would start taking risks in his personal life again. That he would not let the bastard who had made it impossible for him to ever have a satisfying physical relationship win.
Fifteen minutes into his first drink and Gabe wondered whether he had made a bad choice. So far, Ethan, the bartender, had helped him field a burly, yakuza-looking type with tattoos up the side of his neck, three old men with sweaty palms and bald patches, and a couple of young guys who looked barely past the legal age of drinking.
With his lean build, dark hair, and blue eyes, Gabe knew he was an attractive prospect. Add in that he was a foreigner and he was coming to the conclusion that he had become a beeline for all the men in the bar who wanted to make a conquest out of the white guy – a white notch in the proverbial bedpost. They all wanted to fuck him or be fucked by him.
A cynical half-smile twisted his lips at that thought. If only they knew.
He raised a hand to the back of his neck and rubbed the warm spot that had been bothering him for a while. Something made him look up from his drink then – call it instinct or that subconscious voice that warns of imminent danger. Movement in the mirror opposite the bar caught his gaze. Or, more precisely, a lack of it.
Stormy gray eyes pierced him from the other end of the club. They locked on him, a beam of light in the gloom. Transfixing him. Immobilizing him.
Gabe’s breath caught in his throat, every muscle in his body tightening in fight-or-flight mode.
The man sat apart from the crowd, alone at a table that could have accommodated three, a tumbler full of dark liquid clasped casually in his left hand. His red silk tie was crooked, as if he had slipped a finger through the knot to loosen it. The top two buttons on his white shirt were open, revealing tan skin covering toned muscles and a hint of curls.
Gabe couldn’t tell whether his hair was dark brown or dirty blond. It was hard to say in the dim light. What wasn’t hard to see were the subtle and not-so-subtle stares the other men in the bar were giving the stranger.
With his stubbled face, smoldering looks, and what appeared to be an incredibly ripped body beneath a custom-tailored charcoal suit, the man looked like a king sitting on a throne, commanding a roomful of servants. Servants who appeared more than willing to either get fucked by him or fuck him if he so much as lifted his little finger.
And a man like that would not have to ask twice.
Envy and irritation flashed through Gabe at that thought, shattering the spell he found himself under. He broke eye contact, shocked by the feelings suddenly flooding him, and glared at his half-empty glass. It seemed to mock him, as if it were a reflection of his own life. A half-empty, broken shell. Incapable of touching someone or to be touched.
Gabe lifted the glass and downed the rest of the drink with an angry flick of his wrist. Fire singed his throat. He welcomed the burning sensation, hoping it would calm the pounding in his chest and the tightness in his belly and groin that told him his body had reacted to the stranger.
A full glass of scotch appeared next to his empty tumbler.
Gabe looked up at Ethan, puzzled.
A remorseful grimace flashed across the bartender’s face. “Looks like we’re no longer the two hottest bastards in this joint. Here, compliments of the King.”
Gabe stared at the drink before slowly looking over his shoulder, his pulse picking up speed.
Gray Eyes raised his glass in a toast. A teasing smile played on his sculptured lips before he knocked back his drink.
You’re kidding me.
Gabe tried to block out the heated tingle running across his skin at the stranger’s cocky smirk and the way his powerful throat muscles worked when he swallowed. He turned to Ethan.
“That’s his actual name?”
Ethan grunted. “Well, no. But the asshole sure acts like one.”
There was movement in the mirror opposite Gabe.


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AUTHOR INFO:

Ava Marie Salinger is the pen name of an Amazon bestselling thriller author who has always wanted to write scorching hot contemporary and erotic romance. In 2017, she finally decided to venture to the steamy side. NIGHTS is the first of several sizzling series featuring sweet, sexy men and women with dark pasts and a whole lot of love to give to the ones brave enough to fight for their hearts. When she’s not dreaming up hotties to write about, you’ll find Ava creating kickass music playlists to write to, spying on the wildlife in her garden, drooling over gadgets, and eating Chinese.


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