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

His Heart or Mine (Individualists #1)His Heart or Mine by C.S. Joyce

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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Release Blitz: His Heart or Mine by C S Joyce

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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Solid romance in the Graves Brothers’ series

Playing Life (Graves Brothers #2)Playing Life by V.M. Sanford

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is another solid entry in the Graves Brothers series from V.M. Sanford and features an ice hockey player deep in the closet and the eldest brother Kenny.

It’s a bit slow to get going and it feels a little bit repetitive on the odd occasion, but other than that, it’s a sweet, fairly low steam romance.

There were errors in the ARC but I’d expect them to be cleaned up by release and the narrative isn’t too complicated. Kenny’s family are a great bunch and it was good to catch up with them again.

It’ll be interesting to see who is up next, Cam or Orlando.

#ARC kindly provided by the author in return for an honest and unbiased review.

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Game Changer is an almost perfect sports romance

Game ChangerGame Changer by Rachel Reid

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Oooh I loved this one. I totally get what Dani meant though with her comment that there’s lots of sex because there definitely is!

However, I didn’t find it too overwhelming or that the narrative was missing out on story development because of all the sex. I think it felt believable for me that a closeted ice hockey star would go absolutely nuts once he’d found someone he trusted enough to be himself with and Scott and Kip were smoking hot!

I absolutely adored the meet/cute in this one. Scott comes into the shop where history graduate Kip is working while he tries to find a dream job in a museum and orders a smoothie. Kip has no clue that he’s the captain of the city’s New York Admirals and a bit of a sports megastar.

I also loved that this pair, in the main, talked a lot. There wasn’t really much in the way of miscommunication up until the Admirals made the playoffs and Kip started to feel a bit like a dirty secret as Scott became super busy but couldn’t/wouldn’t bring him along to any of the club’s official events.

The blow out was fairly short and over with a bit of common sense talking by Kip’s dad (who was awesome) and from Scott’s friends on the team (also awesome!) and I’d like to also give a shout-out here to all the secondary characters, who were fully fleshed out and quite vivid even in their limited page time – especially Kip’s best friend Elena and Maria who he worked with at the smoothie bar.

Now I want more from the Admirals because there’s that long tall Finnish defender and the somewhat mouthy Russian from the Boston opposition who I think might be open for more adventures!

#ARC kindly provided by the publishers Carina Press via NetGalley in return for an honest and unbiased review

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Release Blitz: Lost In Indigo by V. L. Locey

 

Lost In Indigo | V. L. Locey

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Buy Links: 

Amazon US: https://amzn.to/2uaNNyk

Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/2L0woSA

Kobo – https://tinyurl.com/y9zeb87g

Cover: Designs By Sloan

Length: 70,695 words approx.

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Blurb

Mathieu Beresford was so close to seeing his dream come true.

The thirty-eight-year-old captain of the Buffalo Surge had led his team to the final round of the playoffs with his aggressive defensive play and leadership. During the first game of the championship series, he was taken down, and his leg snapped upon impact with the boards. From his hospital bed, Mathieu watched his team go on to win it all.

Adrift in anger, resentment, and the new direction of his life, he returns to his mansion along the St. Lawrence River. Alone and sulking, Mathieu is not prepared for Indigo Neu to enter his life.

The gender flux twenty-year-old botany major signs on to play nursemaid, confidant, and groundskeeper over the summer and slowly leads Mathieu out of his confusion––one tender smile and touch at a time.

The deeper Mathieu falls, the more he wonders if being lost might not be so bad after all.

About The Author

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V.L. Locey loves worn jeans, yoga, belly laughs, Doctor Who, Torchwood, walking, reading and writing lusty tales, Greek mythology, 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, two Jersey steers and a flock of assorted domestic fowl.

When not writing lusty tales, she can be found enjoying her day with her menagerie in the rolling hills of Pennsylvania with a cup of fresh java in hand.

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