Christina Lee’s Regret – powerful tale of second chances releases today

Today also sees the release of Christina Lee’s superb second chances romance Regret. Once again I’m joining in with the Release Day Blitz to help promote this fabulous book and giving readers a sneak peek inside the pages.

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COVER DESIGN: KANAXA

EXCERPT

“Tally pawed at the pillow for a few seconds before finally sinking down, apparently resigned to her position. I straightened to back out of the room, only then allowing my gaze to slide over Brin’s sleeping form. My pulse spiked when I noticed his eyes on me.

“Not sure Tally will want to sleep without you,” he rasped out. The words were like a thunderbolt to my chest. As if he was referring to more than the dog finding her way to my bed.

“Not sure I’ll want to sleep without her,” I replied in a hoarse voice, attempting to get my emotions under control.

Without you. Because you’ve taken up residence inside my heart once again. But maybe you’ve always been there, winding inside my rib cage, coiling around my lungs. Making it impossible to breathe, to think, to stop wanting.

As I turned to leave, his warm fingers curled around my wrist, searing into my skin. My breath caught in my throat. It was the first time he made the first move and my heart bloomed into an impossibly large bouquet of hope and aching desire inside my chest.

Our gazes snagged and held as his other hand slowly reached for the edge of the blanket and pulled it aside.”

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My review of Regret can be found HERE.

AUTHOR BIO

Mother, wife, reader, dreamer. Christina lives in the Midwest with her husband and son–her two favorite guys. She’s addicted to lip balm, coffee, and kissing. Because everything is better with kissing.

She writes MM Contemporary as well as Adult and New Adult Romance. She believes in happily-ever-afters for all, so reading and writing romance for everybody under the rainbow helps quench her soul.

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Release Day for Santino Hassell’s Oversight

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Today is the release of Santino Hassell’s Oversight, The Community #2 from Riptide Publishing.

I’m joining in with the release day buzz here on Mirrigold’s Musings by offering readers this little sexy sneak peek inside the pages of this fabulous paranormal suspense romance which will keep you firmly on the edge of your seat

My own review of this excellent follow up to The Community #1 Insight, can be found here.

“He half-expected to be shoved away and for a fist to crash into his face right before the taste of iron bloomed in his mouth, but it didn’t happen. The hands gripping him closed down harder, grinding bone and muscle, but that was the only way Six reacted. He was frozen as Holden stroked his tongue gently and coaxed it into a response before sucking it entirely into his mouth.

A groan muffled against him, low and quickly aborted, but Holden heard it. And he felt the way Six leaned into him. It was barely a response, but it encouraged Holden to pin Six against the door and dive into a hungry kiss. Slicking tongues, frantically moving lips, and a full body press that made it quite clear that Six was into this. His dick was fully rocked up in a way that could not be explained by anything other than arousal for Holden.

It was right about the time triumph usually exploded in Holden’s chest with invisible banners and balloons celebrating a conquest, but this time he felt apprehension. He didn’t want to end this kiss. He wanted Six to keep exploring the inside of his mouth with a delightfully frantic lack of finesse, and he wanted a genuine fucking smile once they were done. But that wasn’t in the cards. That wasn’t what this was about.”

Author Bio:

SH imageSantino Hassell was raised by a conservative family, but he was anything but traditional. He grew up to be a smart-mouthed, school cutting grunge kid, then a transient twenty-something, and eventually transformed into an unlikely romance author.

Santino writes queer romance that is heavily influenced by the gritty, urban landscape of New York City, his belief that human relationships are complex and flawed, and his own life experiences.

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Brilliant historical fantasy novel

Spoils of WarSpoils of War by Hannah Walker

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’ve never read Hannah Walker before but I suspect that will change quite quickly following this book.

This is everything I love in a fantasy novel just minus the magic. It has a feudal style medieval feel to the worlds, it has hot alpha men, powerful but also compassionate and loving and it has a great plot.

Both the MCs in this one are men who know their own worth but are still humble enough to courageously put their kingdoms before their feelings.

I loved the friendships they have with their fellow soldiers too and the sneaky political plotting worked well to drive the tensions in the romance.

I know this is marketed as a stand alone but I’d love to read more of this universe as I want to know more about the rest of the gang.

Also truly gorgeous cover, one of the reasons I picked this out to read.

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This book just hit all my buttons and almost made me cry

RegretRegret by Christina Lee

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book needs a tissue warning! I didn’t full out blub but I was so close and definitely had very leaky eyes at the ending.

Sometimes a book just resonates with you as a reader and this was one of those for me. I could feel every ounce of Nick’s guilt and grief and all I wanted to do was reach into the book and wrap him in the world’s biggest hug.

Brin, on the other hand, for a lot of the book I wanted to sit down and just talk to, get inside his hurt and ask him to think logically about why Nick might have done what he did. His hurt was perfectly valid and I totally understood why he’d cut him off but as soon as they reconnected, it became really clear there had been something seriously wrong at the heart of Nick’s behaviour.

There’s nothing more delicious to me than a true enemies to lovers or second chance romance and this book turns both up in spades. Christina Lee is a writer who has such an authentic way of connecting her readers to the characters she’s writing. They are honest and real and flawed but also beautiful and hopeful and loving.

The sadness at the centre of this book is also wholly believable, it never once feels like a plot point thrown in just to create the drama. It was heart-breaking and something you know sadly happens more than we’d like to think and which leaves people living half lives.

The characters which surround Nick and Brin are also fully drawn out, inhabiting their own slice of the story perfectly and bringing the necessary depth to anchor their relationship reconnection on.

I’m really hoping this is the start of a new series Christina because I want to know more about Tristan and the mysterious Mr V’s boyfriend!

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Another excellent mystery

Shortbread and Sorrow (Peridale Cafe Mystery #5)Shortbread and Sorrow by Agatha Frost

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Yet another excellent mystery from the pen of the delightful Agatha Frost.

This one has a slightly different feel to it as the setting in Scotland brings an air of brooding which is as oppressive as the ancient castle Julia finds herself in.

There’s the usual odd twist which I never saw coming and this one’s a clever mix which fools the reader into making an assumption about what’s going on.

All the Peridale Cafe mysteries have been an enjoyable romp and this one is no exception.

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Hot as the cover with a great story inside

Pounding Skin (Skin Deep Inc., #2)Pounding Skin by L.A. Witt

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Absolutely as hot as the photo on the cover! Overall I enjoyed this one more than book one, even though I’ve given them the same rating.

There’s far less angst in this one, for most of the book the MCs are happily together just getting on with having some of that amazing sex LA Witt is so, so good at writing.

There’s little in the way of outside forces creating tensions, it all comes from the relationship development itself and even that isn’t particularly bad.

Jon needed his eyes opening to see what he was potentially throwing away and Matt needed to wake up and realise he wanted more and that he wouldn’t wait around. Thankfully some proverbial head knocking resulted in some top class grovelling and an epic HFN nudging into a HEA.

Nice to see Colin and Daniel from book one not only still together but thriving and I’m loving the book three pairing.

#ARC received from the publishers via NetGalley in return for an honest and unbiased review.

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I love Six – not much more to say (other than superb world building as always)

Oversight (The Community, #2)Oversight by Santino Hassell

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I love Six. What an amazingly crafted character he is in a world of excellence.

The plotting, pace and narrative of this one feels quite different from book one, another example if the supreme talent Santino has for creating his unique worlds.

Book one felt all uncertain and a bit slower because Nate himself was unsophisticated and unsure. Here the pace is more frantic and zips along between elements mirroring the journey Holden is taking as he realises The Community isn’t quite what it seems.

The connection between Six and Holden is at once beautiful to read and also strangely haunting as a man dubbed a cyborg for his emotionless state meets one famed for his oversharing.

Tensions abound as the series long story arc expands to include other members of The Community and I hope book three isn’t too long coming to wrap it all up!

#ARC received from the author via A Novel Take PR in return for an honest and unbiased review.

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