Review Tour: Lucky by Garrett Leigh

Lucky | Garrett Leigh

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Buy Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK

Length: 70,000 words approx.

Cover Design: Garrett Leigh @ Black Jazz Design

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Blurb

 

Dominic Ramos is a Premiership football player with a secret. There are no trophies for being gay in his game. Locked into his rep as the meanest defender on the pitch, keeping his secret is soul-crushing, but love has no place in his sport, even if his soft heart craves it.

Lucky Coleman is on his knees when he meets a man with more money than sense. It’s a Grindr hook-up for cash, not a love match, but dreaming of his desperate, kind eyes earns a place amongst his numerous bad habits.

Meeting once was risky, twice pushes Dom’s courage to the limit. Losing Lucky seems inevitable, but his tight grip on his image counts for nothing when Lucky starts to fall.

Catching him could cost Dom everything, but if he can set his heart free, getting Lucky long term might be a risk worth taking.

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Garrett Leigh is an award-winning British writer and book designer, currently working for Dreamspinner Press, Loose Id, Riptide Publishing, and Fox Love Press.

Garrett’s debut novel, Slide, won Best Bisexual Debut at the 2014 Rainbow Book Awards, and her polyamorous novel, Misfits was a finalist in the 2016 LAMBDA awards.

When not writing, Garrett can generally be found procrastinating on Twitter, cooking up a storm, or sitting on her behind doing as little as possible, all the while shouting at her menagerie of children and animals and attempting to tame her unruly and wonderful FOX.

Garrett is also an award-winning cover artist, taking the silver medal at the Benjamin Franklin Book Awards in 2016. She designs for various publishing houses and independent authors at blackjazzdesign.com, and co-owns the specialist stock site moonstockphotography.com with renowned LGBTQA+ photographer Dan Burgess

Website: http://www.garrettleigh.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/garrettleighauthor/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Garrett_Leigh

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Blog Tour: Risking It All by Morningstar Ashley

Risking It All | Morningstar Ashley

Begin Again #2

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RELEASE DATE: 07.09.18

Cover Artist: Designs by Morningstar

Cover Photo: David Velez Fotografia

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07H57WCJR

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07H57WCJR

Amazon AU: https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B07H57WCJR

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Blurb

Jaden King was raised in Boston to a wealthy family that taught him what love and hard work is. He has a challenging and rewarding career until everything was turned upside down. What was once a promising future has quickly become a frightening and unknown reality. After months of dealing with the fall out on his own, he decided getting away–or more realistically, running away–to White Acre and his best friend sounded like the perfect plan.

Danny Keegan is a laid-back man with simple tastes and an even simpler life. He adores the little town of White Acre where he grew up, he loves his parents, and he enjoys his uncomplicated life. He’s always told himself the fact that he’s a closeted gay man in a conservative, parochial town wasn’t an issue and coming out of the closet wasn’t necessary. But with the addition of Jaden in his life he realizes as happy as he is, he could be happier and the future of a love of his own doesn’t seem so out of grasp as it always had.

When Jaden and Danny meet, their chemistry is undeniable but playful flirting doesn’t mean anything. They start spending all their free time together, and what started as a simple friendship quickly turns into something much more than either saw coming. But, Jaden carries a secret that could end it all before it even begins. And though Jaden is scared to tell the truth and risk everything that has come to mean so much to him, he knows that he can’t go on without laying himself bare, leaving Danny with an important, life-changing choice to make. His content little life or what could be the love of his life.

Will Jaden’s truth be too much for Danny, or will Danny decide a life out in the open, full of love, laughter, and passion is worth risking it all?

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Excerpt

The doorbell chiming through the house interrupted his thoughts. Good, he was tired of thinking about it. Hence why he hated lying around doing nothing. Too much thinking happened. Sigh. Maybe he should just go back to Boston.

The chill that ran down his spine halted all thoughts of that. Not yet. He wasn’t ready.

He got up off the lounge. His body immediately protested the move, wanting nothing more than to crawl back onto it, but finding out who arrived at Mac’s humble abode was too intriguing to pass up. Plus, he was bored and nosy.

“Jaden!” Mac’s voice yelled out deep and loud as he stepped into the foyer behind Mac. Jaden swore the man had no manners.

“Mac, you do not need to bellow. Didn’t your parents teach you how to use your indoor voice?” Jaden asked as haughty as he could.

Mac startled, probably not expecting him to be so close, then his near-constant smirk appeared as he replied, “Forgive my rudeness, my King.” Then the man bowed. Snarky bastard was making fun of his last name.

Jaden was really enjoying getting to know Mac. “Clearly, the art of sarcasm runs strong in you. But I love the title. Do continue to use it,” Jaden replied with a wave and a wink. It was then he turned his focus on Danny—yummy, bearded, gorgeous Danny—standing at the front door. Danny was the epitome of tall, dark, and handsome but with a boyish next-door charm. Dark brown hair, tanned skin from his work outside, and hazel eyes—more gold than brown with little flecks of green around the iris—made Danny one yum yummy package Jaden wouldn’t mind unwrapping.

“Oh, wishes do come true. It looks like my handsome knight in shining armor has shown up to rescue me,” Jaden purred.

“I don’t know about the knight in shining armor bit, but I’m here to take you to Allie. She said you have plans to hang out tonight.” Danny’s voice was deep and smooth, sounding like silk would feel as it slid over Jaden’s skin.

Jaden didn’t know what he was talking about because he was sure he had no such plans. Something in Danny’s eyes told him to just go along with it. Maybe this had to do with the broken voicemail Bennett left him earlier. It had been so bad, he had no way of understanding what was said.

“Oh yes, my knight, how could I forget plans with my dear Allie? Let me just grab my things from my room then we can go.” Jaden walked upstairs to his room, torn between wanting to hang out with Allie and wanting to spend time with Danny flirting.

Five minutes later, Jaden was climbing into Danny’s truck—climbing being the keyword since the truck was so tall he felt like a child, small and clumsy, trying to get into it. It was the least graceful he’d ever been in his life.

The beast of a machine was over six feet tall and dark blue with silver running boards which did nothing to help him get into the vehicle without using all his muscle. His muscles weren’t much since he hated working out and figured all his walking in the city was the equivalent to going to the gym.

As soon as he settled into his seat—buckling up, of course—Jaden turned to face Danny. “Where is it we’re going exactly? Because I don’t remember making plans with Allie. Or are you kidnapping me? I could absolutely get on board with that,” Jaden said playfully. “I bet you’re the type with a secret sex dungeon in your basement where you torture poor innocent boys like me.” Jaden fluttered his eye lashes, holding his hands to his chest in mock innocence. “Not that I’m opposed to a little torture of the sexual kind.”

“You’re trouble, aren’t you, Jaden?” Danny glanced over at him, smirking before looking back at the road.

“With a capital T,” Jaden replied, biting his lip. “

All I know is Bennett needed you out of the house for something to do with Mac, and I owed Allie a favor, so I came to get you to take you to her.”

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Morningstar Ashley is a transplant from the Yankee-controlled territory of New York, and now finds herself in the heartland of cowboys and longhorns—Texas. Armed with her imagination, wit, and trusty sidekicks in the form of her two crazy kids, devoted dorky husband, big lap dog, and rambunctious cats, Morningstar spends her time reading the books she loves, crafting her own characters, and arguing the merits of hot chocolate over the bitter brew known as coffee. (Hot chocolate wins, FYI.)

After a lifetime of trying to get people to realize her first name wasn’t Ashley, Morningstar decided the best way to settle the debate was to put her name on a book cover. Now she find the accomplishment of publishing so satisfying her mind won’t stop creating stories of love across the spectrum of LGBTQA+.

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Review Tour: His Heart or Mine by C S Joyce

His Heart Or Mine | C S Joyce

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Length: 60,000 words approx.

Cover Design: German Creative Design

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Blurb

 

“There’s something about the way he’s looking at me now, determined. Like he might ruin me if given half the chance.”

Adam:

Success can mean a lot of things. To me, it meant living a lie and getting away with it.

But pretending is exhausting. My sister’s wedding in Italy was exactly what I needed. A week on the Amalfi coast with sunshine, wine, and zero complications.

Too bad the universe saw an opportunity to ruin that plan. Because what could be more complicated than the arrival of an attractive man who sees right through my act? One that is determined to remind me that you can’t hide who you really are.

What if he tells people my secret? Or, worse still, what if I can’t control these feelings. Because right now I’m feeling all sorts of things – fear, anger, lust…

No, I need to keep this thing under control. I can’t give in.

But what if, just once, I didn’t fight it?

Jacob:

After a series of bad decisions, running away to Italy seemed like the perfect escape. A fresh start in a new country. Nothing and no one would bring me back to Ireland.

When I meet Adam at my friend’s wedding, I’m captivated. There’s something about this rugged stranger that makes me forget that I keep messing up every part of my life.

I know it’s a bad idea and I know I’m playing with fire. But when anger turns to passion I know I can’t stay away.

He can pretend all he wants but that man belongs in my bed. He might only be here for one week, but I intend to make the most of it.

After all, I can’t ask him for more when I’m not sure I’ll stick around.

But what if, this time, I didn’t run?

The Individualists Series

Book #2 – The Heart Dealer – Amazon US | Amazon UK (Out September 20)

 

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Author Bio

Author C S Joyce is infatuated with love, romance and the complexities of relationships. In her novels she tries to capture that elusive spark of love and add a little magic of her own.

She writes contemporary MM romance with a dash of humor thrown in because love and laughter go great together.

You can stay up-to-date with new releases by signing up to Carrie’s newsletter on her website: www.csjoyce.com

Or you can find her on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/csjoycebooks/

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Release Blitz: Lucky by Garrett Leigh

 

Lucky | Garrett Leigh

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Buy Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK

Length: 70,000 words approx.

Cover Design: Garrett Leigh @ Black Jazz Design

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Blurb

 

Dominic Ramos is a Premiership football player with a secret. There are no trophies for being gay in his game. Locked into his rep as the meanest defender on the pitch, keeping his secret is soul-crushing, but love has no place in his sport, even if his soft heart craves it.

Lucky Coleman is on his knees when he meets a man with more money than sense. It’s a Grindr hook-up for cash, not a love match, but dreaming of his desperate, kind eyes earns a place amongst his numerous bad habits.

Meeting once was risky, twice pushes Dom’s courage to the limit. Losing Lucky seems inevitable, but his tight grip on his image counts for nothing when Lucky starts to fall.

Catching him could cost Dom everything, but if he can set his heart free, getting Lucky long term might be a risk worth taking.

Garrett Leigh is an award-winning British writer and book designer, currently working for Dreamspinner Press, Loose Id, Riptide Publishing, and Fox Love Press.

Garrett’s debut novel, Slide, won Best Bisexual Debut at the 2014 Rainbow Book Awards, and her polyamorous novel, Misfits was a finalist in the 2016 LAMBDA awards.

When not writing, Garrett can generally be found procrastinating on Twitter, cooking up a storm, or sitting on her behind doing as little as possible, all the while shouting at her menagerie of children and animals and attempting to tame her unruly and wonderful FOX.

Garrett is also an award-winning cover artist, taking the silver medal at the Benjamin Franklin Book Awards in 2016. She designs for various publishing houses and independent authors at blackjazzdesign.com, and co-owns the specialist stock site moonstockphotography.com with renowned LGBTQA+ photographer Dan Burgess

Website: http://www.garrettleigh.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/garrettleighauthor/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Garrett_Leigh

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Lots of promise from this debut author

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My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Lots of promise from this new to me author but just needing some polish.

NOTE 18/09/2018: I’ve just found out the ARC I had was unedited due to circumstances out of the author’s control so I feel I need to point this out.

That aside, the story itself is quite angsty and I didn’t find either character particularly engaging at first. Adam is so deep in the closet he’s practically mothballed. Jacob at first seems to be a sweetheart but he viciously turns and inflicts pain on those he’s supposed to care for if he feels under threat.

Neither of them is very sympathetic at all but the book itself kept me reading because I wanted to see how their inevitable about-face would take place.

There’s still loads of bumps on the way and towards the end, it felt a bit like we were lurching from one crisis driven moment to another.

But the narrative managed to pull itself together and there was a very sweet epilogue which puts them in a very strong HFN with a HEA on the horizon.

I’m definitely interested in book two though as the brief glimpse of one of the protagonists in this book whetted my appetite.

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

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His Heart Or Mine | C S Joyce

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Buy Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK

Length: 60,000 words approx.

Cover Design: German Creative Design

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Blurb

 

“There’s something about the way he’s looking at me now, determined. Like he might ruin me if given half the chance.”

Adam:

Success can mean a lot of things. To me, it meant living a lie and getting away with it.

But pretending is exhausting. My sister’s wedding in Italy was exactly what I needed. A week on the Amalfi coast with sunshine, wine, and zero complications.

Too bad the universe saw an opportunity to ruin that plan. Because what could be more complicated than the arrival of an attractive man who sees right through my act? One that is determined to remind me that you can’t hide who you really are.

What if he tells people my secret? Or, worse still, what if I can’t control these feelings. Because right now I’m feeling all sorts of things – fear, anger, lust…

No, I need to keep this thing under control. I can’t give in.

But what if, just once, I didn’t fight it?

Jacob:

After a series of bad decisions, running away to Italy seemed like the perfect escape. A fresh start in a new country. Nothing and no one would bring me back to Ireland.

When I meet Adam at my friend’s wedding, I’m captivated. There’s something about this rugged stranger that makes me forget that I keep messing up every part of my life.

I know it’s a bad idea and I know I’m playing with fire. But when anger turns to passion I know I can’t stay away.

He can pretend all he wants but that man belongs in my bed. He might only be here for one week, but I intend to make the most of it.

After all, I can’t ask him for more when I’m not sure I’ll stick around.

But what if, this time, I didn’t run?

The Individualists Series

Book #2 – The Heart Dealer – Amazon US | Amazon UK (Out September 20)

 

Author Bio

Author C S Joyce is infatuated with love, romance and the complexities of relationships. In her novels she tries to capture that elusive spark of love and add a little magic of her own.

She writes contemporary MM romance with a dash of humor thrown in because love and laughter go great together.

You can stay up-to-date with new releases by signing up to Carrie’s newsletter on her website: www.csjoyce.com

Or you can find her on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/csjoycebooks/

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Another fabulous slice of British life from Garrett

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

There isn’t anyone, imho, better at writing these gritty slices of British life than Garrett Leigh.

There are trigger warnings for this one to be aware of but the narrative itself isn’t overly angsty or too dramatic

In this one, the first in a new series, we get a closeted Premiership footballer and a young guy down on his luck and hooking up on Grindr for enough cash to get off the. streets.

It’s not your usual fare though, as the hook up where Lucky meets Dom is his first time and he’s not too good at the keeping things professional lark.

Both men find something unexpected in the other which leads them to question where their lives are at.

There’s the usual trials and tribulations of dealing with the fears of being outed – and let’s not go there on how there’s been less than a handful of top-level footballers who’ve come out and one ended up taking his own life a few years later…

As a Brit, what happened to Justin Fashanu is a very vivid memory from my 20s which still saddens me two decades later.

But here all is handled in a completely believable way without over-egging the pudding. Dom’s fears are completely understandable and it’s only as he realises his life is stifling and that his manager has already spent years falsifying his publicity trail that he starts to wish things were different.

Finding Lucky acts as a catalyst for change but he has his own problems to deal with and watching the two of them muddle through attraction into friendship and then love isn’t an easy ride.

But the saying goes that nothing worth having comes easy and the fumbles and hiccups along the way only serve to strengthen feelings.

I loved this, as I’ve loved all of Garrett’s books and the sneak peek of book two has only intrigued me more!

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

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