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Release Blitz: Rebound by V.L. Locey

Rebound | V.L. Locey

Overtime #1

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Length: 64,000 words approx.

Cover Design: Meredith Russell

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Blurb

If there’s one thing that’s a certainty in life, it’s change.

It’s taken Victor Kalinski years to settle into the kind of happiness that he thought he’d never find. The small town of Cayuga, New York, has welcomed him warmly. It’s given him a championship team to coach, a tightly-knit group of friends, a father who he has reconciled with, and a safe place to raise the son he adores.

The small town has also blessed him with Dan Arou, his husband and his soulmate, and one of the most skilled forwards on the Cougars. Given Dan’s outstanding play in their recent Calder Cup win, it was inevitable that Dan’s time in the minors was about to come to an end.

When Dan is given a starting position in Boston, Victor’s serene life is thrown into complete chaos. Pride over Dan’s accomplishment fills his heart but facing a long, lonely season in Cayuga is causing no small amount of discord.

Add in a wedding that will give his son a new stepfather, health issues for his dad, and Victor’s own penchant for saying things that aren’t exactly politically correct, and the impending explosion is guaranteed to blow Vic’s life to bits.

Life-altering choices will have to be made. Will Victor rebound from the challenges, or will he be unable to accept the upheavals that life has dealt him?

Point Shot Trilogy – Amazon US | Amazon UK | Universal Link

Coach’s Challenge – Amazon US | Amazon UK | Universal Link

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About The Author

USA Today Bestselling Author V.L. Locey – Penning LGBT hockey romance that skates into sinful pleasures.

V.L. Locey loves worn jeans, yoga, belly laughs, walking, reading and writing lusty tales, Greek mythology, Torchwood and Doctor Who, the New York Rangers, comic books, and coffee. (Not necessarily in that order.)

She shares her life with her husband, her daughter, one dog, two cats, a pair of geese, far too many chickens, and two steers.

When not writing spicy romances, she enjoys spending her day with her menagerie in the rolling hills of Pennsylvania with a cup of fresh java in one hand and a steamy romance novel in the other.

Release Blitz: Wren And Oak by Sam Burns

Wren And Oak | Sam Burns

Rowan Harbor #9

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Length: 45,000 words

Cover Design: Melanie Farlow @ Clause & Effect

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Blurb

Rowan Harbor has been peaceful for a now unprecedented two months, but everyone knows it’s the calm before the storm. The Summer king is coming for the thorn—a weapon destined to bring his end—and Fletcher has never felt so helpless.

When the disturbing dreams start and his mentor, Oak, is hesitant to discuss them, Fletcher doesn’t know where to turn. He and his boyfriend Conner are in the process of moving in together, and he doesn’t want to add anything else to Conner’s list of concerns.

With a vengeful fae waiting for his chance to raze Rowan Harbor to the ground, Fletcher has to find a way to protect everything he loves and survive the coming storm.

The Rowan Harbor Cycle Series

Book #1 – Blackbird in the Reeds – Amazon US | Amazon UK

Book #2 – Wolf and the Holly – Amazon US | Amazon UK

Book #3 – Fox and Birch – Amazon US | Amazon UK

Book #4 – Hawk In The Rowan – Amazon US | Amazon UK

Book #5 – Stag and the Ashe – Amazon US | Amazon UK

Book #6 – Adder and Willow – Amazon US | Amazon UK

Book #6.5 – In Any Light – Amazon US | Amazon UK

Book #7 – Eagle In The Hawthorn – Amazon US | Amazon UK

Book #8 – Salmon and the Hazel – Amazon US | Amazon UK

About The Author

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Sam Burns wrote her first fantasy epic with her best friend when she was ten. Like almost any epic fiction written by a ten-year-old, it was awful. She likes to think she’s improved since then, if only because she has better handwriting now.

If she’s not writing, she’s almost certainly either reading or lost down a Wikipedia rabbit hole while pretending to research for a novel.

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Wedge gets his happy ending and my heart was bursting too

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I’ve been wanting Wedge’s story since he first appeared in Garrett’s stunningly brilliant books Between Ghosts and the Rented Heart series.

Once the joker of the pack, since his accident, he’s retreated into himself and moved back home.

And, once again, I’m tickled by Garrett setting another book in my birth place of Leeds. She gets all the nuisances which make it such a fascinating city right.

Another thing she nails is her military research. I’ve said it before, I’ve family who were Special Forces and they’re a unique breed who never speak other than in abstract about their service.

Garrett’s note at the end of the book is spot on.

Here, Gavin’s army experience and his relationships with Marc and Nat, (and through them also with Jamie and Connor) and their losses and traumas, are so perfectly expressed.

And Yani. I loved Yani. He’s so different from Jamie but he works for Gavin just like the younger man does for Marc. It’s no secret that their book Soul To Keep, is my absolute favourite of all Garrett’s books, but this one comes close.

It’s not your typical Christmas romance, it touches on the harsh realities of big cities and their problems with the homeless and the lack of facilities to care for them.

It looks at both living with OCD and with the aftermath of PTSD, but it’s none the less a tale of hope. Of finding the moments that bring joy and of letting your heart be filled with the spark of love.

A fabulous addition to the military romance shelf of works from Garrett.

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

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The Queen of slow burn banter nails the romance again

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I love the way Anyta Sunday can take a slow burn romance and have the reader absolutely wrapped in the narrative as two people who everyone can see clearly are perfect for each other stumble their way into happiness.

This one gives us Mort’s story, last seen in the festive anthology entry Shrewd Angel where he was a secondary character helping out rock star Pax Polo and it’s a delicious mix of banter and witty dialogue coupled with intense yearning and lots of pining.

It’s a classic brother’s best friend/best friend’s younger brother romance, but there’s also a depth to the story which comes as the plot unfolds and more is found out about why Mort wasn’t with the family during their most difficult time.

There’s angsting because Felix still thinks Mort’s in love with his older brother (the said best friend Roch – and yes that might be meant to be pronounced rock ala the book’s instructions but sorry, I called him Roach all the way through in my head 😉 )

But ultimately there’s the gorgeous fall into love which Anyta is just so, so good at.

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

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Release Blitz: Confessions: Henri by Ella Frank

Confessions: Henri | Ella Frank

Confessions #5

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Blurb

Good and bad. Right and wrong.

Life would be easy if things were always that simple.

That’s never been the case for Henri Boudreaux.

Son of a criminal. Ex-boyfriend to a Priest.

Henri’s made a career out of getting in trouble and avoiding the law.

So when he winds up in bed with it, he knows that things are about to get…complicated.

But what’s life without taking a few risks?

And what’s a risk without the threat of being caught?

No one’s ever accused Henri of being a good man.

And Officer Craig Bailey is about to find out just how bad he can be.

Confessions: Bailey

Confessions Series #6

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Start The Series with Confessions: Robbie

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Relationships are complex.

Love ever-changing.

And when it comes to rules of the heart,

they were made to be broken…

That’s what Robert Antonio Bianchi was telling himself, anyway.

Otherwise, he really had no excuse for what—or who—he’d done.

No excuse, except for his lonely heart, a pitcher of margaritas, four Bitter Bitches, and the apparent need to confess all his weaknesses to the two men he knew would bring him nothing but trouble.

But trouble was nothing new.

Just ask his crazy sisters or any of his friends, and they’d be the first to tell you:

 If there was a bad decision to be made, Robbie always had a knack for making it.

And thus begins the story of the priest, the princess, and the prick.

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07B9V58Q6

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Confessions-Robbie-Book-1-ebook/dp/B07B9V58Q6

About The Author

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Ella Frank is the USA Today Bestselling Author of the Temptation series, including Try, Take, and Trust and is the co-author of the fan-favorite erotic serial, Sex Addict. Her Exquisite series has been praised as “scorching hot!” and “enticingly sexy!”

A life-long fan of the romance genre, Ella writes contemporary and erotic fiction.

Some of her favorite authors include Tiffany Reisz, Kresley Cole, Riley Hart, J.R. Ward, Erika Wilde, Gena Showalter, and Carly Philips.

If you’d like to get to know Ella better, you can find her with her co-author Brooke Blaine getting up to all kinds of shenanigans on Facebook at The Naughty Umbrella

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Beautifully relatable characters and a complex romance make this a hit

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I loved this book big time. I’m already a big fan of Jay’s writing but with this book she’s outdone herself, touching on a complex medical issue and ensuring Drake’s character is not only believable but absolutely relatable.

Both characters are wonderfully expressed, and while I totally fell for Drake, with his spikes and bristles, my heart dropped fully into Caleb’s hands.

I have a soft spot for cops at the best of times (one of my exes was a policeman) but detectives who fall for spikey and bristly midwives with a chronic illness and do their absolute best to find out all they can about it to be a good potential boyfriend are even more delicious.

There’s lots of medical stuff in this but it never overwhelms the basic narrative of two men with very different experiences and personalities falling in love.

I will say that a certain plot element which comes in later in the game, while it works well as a tension point, felt a wee bit just too convenient and I’d maybe have preferred the understanding from Drake about his feelings to have come without needing it.

But, it’s an incredibly minor point, a personal niggle only, and it never took me away from the overriding message of taking chances and living whatever life you get given to the best of your abilities.

#ARC kindly received from the Publisher Dreamspinner Press in return for an honest and unbiased review

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An absolutely delightful foursome of romances with a foodie twist

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

What an absolutely delightful set of romances from the Ari McKay writing duo!

All previously released, I believe each has been tweaked and book one – Bay Leaves and Bachelors – certainly isn’t the same as the original as there were no fortune tellers in sight!

Instead, we’re offered up a restored historic plantation owner turned restaurateur and a historian and it’s a sweet read with just a little bit of tension caused by a meddling outsider.

I loved that Clay came to see that he wasn’t the boring, stiff historian he’d been accused of being by a former lover and I adored Rhys’ determination to see himself as a sexy and desirable man.

With Fennel and Forgiveness it was all about second chances, Max was determined to take the opportunity fate gave him when it threw him back in the path of his former lover Darius, now Maitre’ de at Montgomery House.

There’s lots of delicious tension here as it’s perfectly clear Darius is just as much in love with Max as he was seven years earlier and with a bit of meddling help from their friends, eventually they get their act together.

In Ginger and Gentlemen we get a really lovely best friends to lovers romance which stars executive chef Stephen Pierce’s little brother Ian and his business manager and friend Matt.

I loved this one, it had both the vibe of the friends to lovers scenario where each has feelings but doesn’t know how the other man feels and doesn’t want to risk the friendship, coupled with a side plot of estranged brothers reconnected.

Lots of emotional fireworks, a seemingly cursed TV show and a storm which breaks more than just the roof of Ian’s diner all add up into nice and spicy romance.

The best, imho, is saved for last when Cinnamon and Seduction finally sees Stephen realise he’s in love with his Personal Assistant Robert.

Robert’s been holding a torch for his boss since the day they met, but after seven years, he’s beginning to think nothing will ever change the way Stephen sees him until their friends start to run a campaign of interference.

This was fairly angsty for such a short story, packed with fears and insecurities but never too over the top and, while things could have been solved with a conversation, I did like the way the narrative allowed each man to reach their own awareness that they needed to fight for the other.

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