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Release Blitz: Never Stay Gone by Tal Bauer

Never Stay Gone | Tal Bauer

Big Bend Texas Rangers #1

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Release Date: October 9th, 2021

Cover Design: Angela Haddon Book Cover Design

Universal Link: mybook.to/NeverStayGone

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Blurb

Six bodies in a single grave… in the same West Texas country where Dakota left everything behind.

Every beat of my heart belongs to you.

Thirteen years ago, Dakota Jennings thought he’d found his forever when he fell in love with Shane Carson. But one afternoon shattered their love story, and both Dakota and Shane left Rustler, Texas, with broken hearts. Even now, Dakota is still feeling the agony of losing Shane. Sure, he’s a Texas Ranger, but that’s not how he wanted to live his life. All he ever wanted was to love Shane.

Loving you is the only time I feel alive.

Shane’s life was supposed to be different than this. There’d been a plan, ever since he was knee-high to his father. But falling for Dakota spun Shane’s world upside down, and for years, Shane has had nothing but the memories of all that he lost: Dakota’s gentle touch, and the sweetness of his lips, and the star-strewn nights they spent wrapped in each other’s arms.

West of the Pecos, there is no law.

When the Rangers get the call about six bodies being pulled out of a mass grave in West Texas, the governor sends Dakota to run the investigation. Dakota heads back to his hometown and comes face-to-face with the last man he ever expected to see again: only now, he’s Deputy Shane Carson… Dakota’s local partner assigned to the case.

There’s nothing Dakota wants more than a second chance with Shane, but so much is stacked against them: six corpses, a murderer on the loose, and history that refuses to stay buried. And the bodies keep piling up as Dakota and Shane try to run the killer down across the West Texas plains.

In a moment, everything changes: the hunters become the hunted, the past fractures, and all Dakota thought he knew comes tumbling down. Secrets break wide open as Dakota remembers–

This is West Texas, and out here, nothing is as it seems.

Big Bend County is a place of beauty and desolation, of secrets and small towns. Where the past and the present collide, and where nothing stays hidden forever.

This MM romantic suspense is the first in the new Big Bend Texas Rangers series. Come along for the West Texas sunsets, the heart-pounding thrills, and the hard-won Happy Ever Afters.

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About The Author

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Tal Bauer writes breathtaking, heartfelt, and often action-packed gay romance novels. His characters are head over heels for each other, and fight against all odds for their happy ending.

Nothing stands in the way of love. Tal is best known for his romantic suspense novels, including the Executive Office series, The Murder Between Us, The Night Of, and his MM sports romance, The Jock.

Visit Tal at www.talbauerwrites.com and on Facebook or BookBub today.

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Another absolute classic from Tal

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This time I half guessed it right 🤣

Tal has such a talent that whenever I find to review his books, I find myself wanting to say the same things each time.

It’s no different here. If you’ve ever read a book from Tal, you should have your survival kit close at hand.

With this book, you’ll need it more than once as your heart will break just like Dakota’s did 13 years earlier when what he thought was his future was shattered by Shane.

I’m not going into any spoilers about the criminal element of the plot.

Other than to say, I’d got it partially right but still missed a crucial bit of evidence.

The scene setting is superb as ever, I really could feel the heat and taste the dust of this somewhat forgotten part of Texas.

This is such a visceral part of the narrative that it drives the story as much as the murder investigation does.

And, as it has law enforcement officers as its key characters, it’s as exceptionally researched as all of Tal’s other books.

Regarding Dakota and Shane, it takes a while for them to reconnect but 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥 do the fires burn when they do!

So many other interesting characters too that I’m intrigued to find out where Tal goes with the series.

#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

Kiss Me #2

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Release Date: July 15th 2021

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Blurb

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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Excerpt

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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