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Release Blitz: Unshackled by Cara Dee

Unshackled | Cara Dee

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Release Date: November 19th, 2021

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Blurb

In the wake of the bloodiest war the Sons of Munster had seen in a long time, we were supposed to celebrate our victory and move on with our lives. I wanted to see my brothers-in-arms dance and drink way too much. I wanted to hear laughter and Irish music. Instead, we were a syndicate crushed by grief.

Shannon O’Shea had lost more than most, and every fiber of my being screamed at me to pull him from the depths of his despair. As the father of my best friend, he’d been there for me when my parents kicked me out for being gay. Now it was my turn. I had to find the answers. I had to rescue him.

The day he asked for a favor and demanded discretion, the plan unfolded before my eyes, and I couldn’t resist the temptation. No names, no faces. He wouldn’t know it was me in the darkness. At the same time, the shackles around my wrists tightened as old enemies slithered back out of the gutters of my city, and my brothers and I were once again on the warpath.

Unshackled spares no one, and along the way, you’ll get everything from high-speed car chases, secret meetings in the dark, and the rawest hours of grief, to strong family ties, humor, and unconditional love.

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Excerpt

Seventeen minutes later, I returned to my own place a changed man. A deaf man.

I rubbed my ear and tossed my keys on the hallway table.

Shan was sitting on the couch, sipping a drink. Vodka, judging by the bottle on the coffee table.

“What’s the occasion?” I asked.

He glanced over at me, and the languidness of his movements told me everything I needed to know. He’d been at it for a while.

I removed the bottle and returned it to the cabinet.

“I need a favor,” he muttered. “I…I can’t ask sober.”

I frowned and sat down next to him. How bad could it be? Our guys in the syndicate turned to me for favors all the time. With my position, I was more connected than the boss himself, ’cause Finn had to stay clean. He couldn’t get his hands dirty for nothing.

“Whatever you need, sir. You know that.”

He nodded with a dip of his chin, then finished his drink and set the glass on the table. “You’ve set men up with mistresses and girlfriends before.”

Shite.

I’d been waiting for this, yet I hadn’t expected it so soon.

“Aye.” I eyed him carefully. His pain was as evident as usual.

But maybe it wasn’t so soon after all. It’d been over a year since Grace had died.

“Do you want me to arrange something for you?” I asked. “I can get it done in a couple of hours.”

He swallowed hard. “I miss human touch, but I don’t wanna see anyone.”

I felt my forehead crease. I could relate to the yearning, but I wasn’t sure if he was talking literally about the last part. “You mean you don’t want a relationship, or you want it anonymous?”

“Both,” he rasped. Then he cleared his throat. “I’m not looking for intimacy. Just physical. No faces, no names, no talking, no off-the-books apartment, nothing social.”

I nodded slowly, the alternatives appearing in my head—or disappearing, one by one. I wanted to say intimacy was exactly what he needed, but it was his choice. There were still options.

“That leaves you with massage parlors and fetish clubs,” I answered.

“It has to be dark,” he insisted. “Pitch black.”

Okay. He really didn’t wanna risk seeing a face. Fine, I could work with that. A certain underground club came to mind, and it was run by a friend of Colm’s. Aside from the main club being an essential location for our drug trade, it had an upstairs area with a VIP section, a hallway full of private booths, and a couple rooms with viewing windows for live porn.

“Any other preferences?” I asked. “I reckon you don’t care if she’s a blonde or a redhead in the dark, but body type? Age? You want her screened and on birth control so you can go without rubbers? You care about safewords? You want a subservient little thing or a bossy—”

“Jesus,” he muttered and rubbed his temples. “It suddenly feels too complicated. And at the risk of making it worse, I’d prefer a man.”

Fuck my life. Fuck my life hard.

About The Author

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I’m often awkwardly silent or, if the topic interests me, a chronic rambler. In other words, I can discuss writing forever and ever. Fiction, in particular. The love story—while a huge draw and constantly present—is secondary for me, because there’s so much more to writing romance fiction than just making two (or more) people fall in love and have hot sex.

There’s a world to build, characters to develop, interests to create, and a topic or two to research thoroughly.

Every book is a challenge for me, an opportunity to learn something new, and a puzzle to piece together. I want my characters to come to life, and the only way I know to do that is to give them substance—passions, history, goals, quirks, and strong opinions—and to let them evolve.

I want my men and women to be relatable. That means allowing room for everyday problems and, for lack of a better word, flaws. My characters will never be perfect.

Wait…this was supposed to be about me, not my writing.

I’m a writey person who loves to write. Always wanderlusting, twitterpating, kinking, cooking, baking, and geeking. There’s time for hockey and family, too. But mostly, I just love to write.

Find Cara on social media here:https://www.caradeewrites.com/cdwlandingpage

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Cara pulls all the emotional strings in this epic Mafia romance

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

So I’ve not read the This Life I series but that didn’t stop me from falling headfirst into this epic Mafic romance.

OMG seriously, this one pulls every emotion going as Kellan Ford (who I recognised from his appearances in Cara’s Auctioned series), pines for his best friend’s dad Shannon.

Although Shannon’s bisexual and his wife always knew, very few others did, so Kellan’s always had a hopeless attraction for him, or so he thought.

This slow unfolding of the desire between them is brilliantly done throughout the book.

What I loved most about this is how Cara never shies away from Shannon’s difficulties in moving on with the loss of Patrick and Grace. There’s no magic dick here, no suddenly okay being in a relationship with another man.

Both men are also dealing with copious amounts of grief following the multiple deaths the Sons of Munster have suffered during a bloody gangland war, including said best friend Patrick and his mother Grace – Shan’s wife and the woman who helped bring Kellan up after he was thrown out for being gay.

The tensions throughout this book are tight with fear, with guilt and secrets, with foreboding as members of the rival Italian family the Sons thought they’d finished off are seen skulking around Philly.

Honestly, I had no clue where this book was going to go but I was more than happy to come along for the ride – literally including high-speed car chases, dodgy dealings, torture and more murders.

None of these characters is even remotely what could be considered a good man even Shannon, who’s been a psychiatrist helping thousands of people over the years the Sons have been operating, doesn’t have clean hands.

But I was surprised by how little I cared – so long as Kellan and Shannon were able to move beyond their traumas and work out that they were more than just extended family and could be actual family.

This book is scorching hot too. There’s a Daddy/boy vibe with without any of the other kinks that go along with it, Kellan wants to take care of his Daddy but he wants to be able to lean on him too.

Definitely one to savour.

#ARC kindly received from the author in return for an honest and unbiased review.

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Release Blitz: Summer Kisses by Charlie Novak

Summer Kisses | Charlie Novak

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Release Date: July 15th 2021

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Two chefs. Two summers. One shot at a second chance.

Aaron’s Plan Then: Get a better job Learn more skills Get money for restaurant Don’t fall in love with Josh

Now: Finesse menu Stop being angry at Josh Swear less (Ben’s idea) Stop wanting to kiss Josh Get Michelin stars Stop being in love with Josh

Josh’s Plan Then: Start new job Try not to burn out Don’t fall in love with Aaron Seriously. Don’t. It will only end badly…

Now: Survive the summer Get a new job? Don’t get involved with Aaron again Don’t think about kissing him Don’t think about his smile Don’t think about how much you still love him

Summer Kisses is a 78,000-word contemporary MM romance featuring two chefs with a complicated history, clashing egos, cheese toasties, and two summers that will change everything. It is part of the Kiss Me series and can be read as a standalone.

Content Warning: This novel contains mentions of drug use and issues of alcohol abuse.

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Josh POV

“Okay,” I said, sliding onto the plastic bench as Aaron played with the console to input our names. “I know what we should bet.”

Aaron smirked. “What?”

“Well, we’re here for three games, right? So I feel like there has to be a prize for each game and a grand prize. And maybe mini prizes… or forfeits.”

“That sounds fair,” Aaron said, looking through the row of balls and testing them. “If I win a game, you have to do whatever I want for a night. And if I win overall,”—he thought for a second, his grin widening—“you have to admit, in public, that I’m the best chef you’ve ever worked with.”

I laughed. “Seriously? Okay, well if I win one game, you have to fuck me however I want. And if I win two or more games, then you have to let me fuck you.”

Aaron’s eyes went wide, but he didn’t automatically object. That was interesting. He’d never bottomed for me before, and now I wanted a go at his ass more than anything. But that wasn’t all I wanted. “And if I win overall, then you have to admit, in public, in front of people—in fact, you have to do it in the middle of the next Sunday lunch service we’re both on—that I’m the best chef you’ve ever worked with and that you’d be lost without me.”

Aaron stared, then he burst out laughing. The sound was rich and loud, and it filled my heart with such joy I thought I might burst. “Oh, it’s fucking on,” he said, picking up a bright yellow ball. I saw fiery determination burning in his eyes. “And one more thing. Every time you get a gutter ball, you have to give me a blow job. Because clearly you suck, so you might as well put that skill to better use.”

I snorted. “Fine. But you have to do the same for me. Now stop putting off your inevitable loss and bowl.”

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About the Author

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Charlie lives in England with her husband and a dachshund named Biscuit. She spends most of her days wrangling other people’s words in her day job and then trying to force her own onto the page in the evening.

She loves cute stories with a healthy dollop of fluff, plenty of delicious sex, and happily ever afters — because the world needs more of them. Charlie also believes that loves comes in all shapes and sizes.

Charlie has very little spare time, but what she does have she fills with cooking, pole-dancing, reading and ice-hockey. She also thinks that everyone should have at least one favourite dinosaur…

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To celebrate the release of Summer Kisses, Charlie is giving you a chance to win an e-set of the Kiss Me Series so far (2 ebooks; Summer Kisses and Strawberry Kisses)

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