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Release Blitz: Sass by Jay Hogan

Sass | Jay Hogan

Style #3


Release Date: October 27th, 2022

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𝘍𝘳𝘦𝘦π˜ͺ𝘯𝘨 𝘡𝘸𝘰 𝘩𝘦𝘒𝘳𝘡𝘴. 𝘍π˜ͺ𝘯π˜₯π˜ͺ𝘯𝘨 𝘰𝘯𝘦 𝘭𝘰𝘷𝘦. 𝘍𝘒𝘴𝘩π˜ͺ𝘰𝘯π˜ͺ𝘯𝘨 𝘒 𝘧𝘢𝘡𝘢𝘳𝘦.

For two years I’ve kept Leon Steadman at a safe distance, ever since the night he turned me down flatter than a pancake with a side order of syrupy disapproval. His loss. The world is full of sexy men. One and done is simply good math and efficient use of my time. Or it would be if I hadn’t been lusting after the irritating, judgemental, gorgeous, mountain of a man, ever since.

The less I see of Leon, the better. Bad enough that his tattoo business sits next to Flare, the fashion store I manage, and that he’s friendly with my boss. But now he’s apartment-sitting above the shop, as well. Every time I turn around, Leon is there. In my store. In my space. Messing with my head. Being all nice and charming and acting like maybe he’s not the biggest jerk to walk the earth, after all.

Well, I don’t want or need Leon’s apologies, but maybe if I can have him, just once, it might put an end to this ridiculous hunger that sparks every time I lay eyes on him.

Yeah, I’ll get back to you on that.

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About The Author


Jay is a 2020 Lambda Literary Award Finalist in Gay Romance and her book Off Balance was the 2021 New Zealand Romance Book of the Year. She is a New Zealand author writing mm romance and romantic suspense, primarily set in New Zealand.

She writes character driven romances with lots of humour, a good dose of reality and a splash of angst. She’s travelled extensively, lived in many countries, and in a past life she was a critical care nurse, nurse educator and counsellor.

Jay is owned by a huge Maine Coon cat and a gorgeous Cocker Spaniel

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Sassy is a perfect description for this also swoony romance

Sass-1800x2700Sass by Jay Hogan

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

While this is probably the least “angsty” of the series, it’s by no means lightweight. Jay still covers some pretty big issues with her usual skill and compassionate understanding.

While on the face of it, this is an enemies-to-lovers trope centred narrative, in reality it’s so much more than the sum of its parts.

Kip, aka Chris as Leon calls him, has been a dynamic force in the previous books but here he really gets his chance to shine.

And also to have his halo tarnished as he’s also judgemental and unforgiving, like any human, over what he feels is an insult Leon dished out two years previous.

This means we’re given some interesting flashbacks that take the reader into the journey of Kip and Leon and let us see how they could come together in a believable happy ending.

Before it reaches that stage though, we’re treated to an emotionally complex and thoroughly enjoyable mix of sarcastic retorts, off-the-charts UST, sexual chemistry of the explosive variety, tensions and pain caused by family issues, hurt/comfort of the best kind, capped off with some utterly sweet and completely swoony love.

I’m not sure if this is the final entry or not, but if it is, Jay goes out on a high note.

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

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Release Blitz: Filthy and the Beast by R. Cayden

Filthy and the Beast | R. Cayden

Love Unexpected #4


Release Date: September 30th, 2022

Buy Links:

Amazon US | Amazon UK

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There’s no way in hell I’m falling for a man called the Sledgehammer.

Enzo is a lot of things.

A big grump of a jock.

Twenty years my senior.

My employer.


I’m living with the retired boxer while he recovers from an injury, just here to earn a good paycheck after my life fell apart.

Getting emotionally involved with the man isn’t my job, but my gaze keeps lingering on his thick muscles and the storm clouds in his eyes.

For a million reasons, my geeky heart shouldn’t flutter when Enzo walks in the room.

But then he grunts my name, our eyes lock, and the world turns upside down.

Filthy and the Beast is a steamy standalone M/M romance featuring an older, grumpy jock and the bubbly geek who lands in his mansion and upends his life. It’s got a secret sweetheart, surprise temptation, and a touch of angst. The fourth book in Love Unexpected, Filthy and the Beast can be enjoyed alone or as part of the series.

About The Author


R. Cayden writes steamy MM romance and sweet, easy reads. My novels feature characters learning about love, life, and sex through unconventional relationships.

I’m usually reading and writing, but when not, I’m happily catching time with my husband at the lake, and maybe enjoying a game or two of pool.

Website: https://rcayden.com | Newsletter: https://mailchi.mp/2b216afb50dc/rcayden


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