Book Blast: Kiss Your Scars by Avril Ashton

Kiss Your Scars | Avril Ashton

Loose Ends #3

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MM Romance

RELEASE DATE: 02.20.18

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Being the king of Atlanta’s underworld used to have its perks, but lately all undercover agent Renzo Vega has seen is the downside. Someone is auctioning off women in his city, and he’s damn sure not about to let that offense stand. Just as he’s set to make a move, Renzo’s club is ambushed and he’s shot. Unsure of who to trust, he turns to the one man he definitely knows wants him dead.

Yanked from his bed, blindfolded and spirited away in the middle of the night, Lowell Scott is shocked to find the darkly gorgeous Renzo bleeding and in need of his help. The very last thing he wants is to come to the aid of the man responsible for his cousin’s death, but the knife at his throat doesn’t give Low much options.

Close proximity doesn’t temper the hatred Low harbors for Renzo, it only brings up new problems. Like the vicious attraction Low struggles to control, and bullets that won’t stop flying. It’s a tough sell to believe there’s anything good in a man as unapologetically dangerous as Renzo.

And even if Low could forgive the unforgivable, Renzo is still shadowed in secrets. When they’re exposed, those secrets will bring far-reaching consequences that could sever not just their shaky bond, but Low’s family ties as well.

This is book three in the Loose Ends series, but can be read as a standalone.

Warning: Contains references to subjects that may be triggering. Please read with caution.

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EXCERPT

Everything about him was magnetic and dangerous, and he moved like a rogue wave on an abandoned beach, wiping away your foundation before you had a chance to prepare for the hit.

Right now his gaze devoured Low, making it hard for him not to squirm.

“There is something between us.” Renzo put his hands in his pockets. Low tried not to notice the way that action tugged his pants waist lower and rucked up his shirt. “You and I both know that.”

“No.” Low held up a hand when Renzo took a step forward, but that didn’t stop him from coming closer. “I have a boyfriend.” So yeah, he’d upgraded Chance. “I don’t want you.”

“Yes.” Renzo got in Low’s space, trapping Low between him and the locked door. “You have a boyfriend but here you are, sneaking off to see me. Why are you at my club? Are you here looking for love? Looking for a fuck?”

Low’s eyes widened and Renzo touched him, a slide of his knuckles down his cheek. That touch. He’d thought about. He’d fantasized about it. He’d grieved for the loss of it.

“Doesn’t matter which. I’m good for either one.”

Low jerked his head up and slid closer. He couldn’t help it, couldn’t fight the coil in his belly that pulled tighter with every word Renzo spoke, bringing them together until their bodies made contact, front to front.

Step away. He should step back. But Renzo kept him right there with his heat and the smell of him. Low leaned forward slowly, seeking more of it.

The heat.

The scent.

His lips brushed Renzo’s neck.

Renzo groaned. Low’s entire body clenched.

Have mercy. “Leave me the fuck alone,” Low whispered. But there was no force beyond that plea. Just empty words mocking him, because the truth was he wanted Renzo closer.

Renzo grabbed him by the arm and pushed him up against the mirror overlooking the main area of the club. They could see out, but no one could see them as they stood, Renzo at Low’s back, humping him, sliding his hardness all over Low’s ass. Slowly.

Fucking painfully slow.

“Watch him,” Renzo murmured at his ear. “Watch your boyfriend. Does he know he’s your second choice, Low?”

He shuddered, panting, but he still held his head high, squirming as he tried to get away from Renzo’s hold. “I don’t know what you’re talking about.”

Renzo laughed. “You know.” His tongue slid over the shell of Low’s ear.

Low’s breath hitched as he locked his knees to keep from falling. Renzo melted him. He destroyed Low and he remained in that grip, loving their destruction.

“Where does Chance think you are, Low? Men’s room? Outside getting some air? When you leave here, will you tell him where you were, I wonder?” Renzo nipped at his earlobe and Low gave him everything. Every shudder, every gasp. “You gonna tell him you were rubbing your ass all over my cock, Low?”

“No.” He moaned. God. Fuck. Low gave up his moans, too. “Please.”

“You gonna tell him you can’t stay away from me? That you only brought him here to make me jealous?”

“I don’t want you.” His voice was an embarrassingly thin thread of sound that wavered under the weight of Renzo’s touch, like a ribbon wrapped around a tree branch, fighting against a heavy wind.

“Doesn’t matter how much you tell yourself you hate me,” Renzo whispered. “You still close your eyes when Chance touches you and pretend it’s me.”

The stark truth in those words buried him. “No.”

Renzo ignored his weak protest. “Does he know what you like, huh?” He touched Low, one hand at his chest, lips at his ear. “Has he fucked you lately?”

“Renzo.”

“Yes.” Renzo moaned, too, the sound hitting Low in the balls. “The way you say my fucking name.” He pressed closer, rocking against Low. He clasped Low’s throat, tilting his head against his shoulder. “Good?” he asked, voice turned husky. “He fucks you good, Low? The way you want, the way you need?”

“I don’t…” Low choked, but he was moving with Renzo, on him, sliding up and down, riding the hard ridge of Renzo. Unable to stop. Just for a second. He’d forget himself just for however long it took for this hunger to work its way through him.

“Does he eat you out? Lick it up?” The hand around Low’s throat tightened. “Does he tell you you’re the best?”

Low sobbed for him, trembling, fingers clinging to the hand Renzo had splayed over his lower belly. Done, he was fucking done.

“You’re the best I’ve ever had, Low, and I haven’t even fucked you yet. Let me get that.” He touched lower, cupping Low’s erection through his jeans and squeezing. “Let me tear it up while you call me Daddy. Let’s stay here, like this, you riding me till we both come.”

“No!” Low wrenched himself away, stumbling as he glared at Renzo as arousal crawled along his spine. “You killed my cousin.”

Renzo shrugged. “Did I?”

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A Caribbean transplant, Avril now lives in Stone Mountain, GA. with a tolerant Spousal Equivalent. Together they raise an eccentric daughter who loves reading and school (not so much school anymore). Avril’s earliest memories of reading revolve around discussing plot points of Nancy Drew and The Hardy Boys with an equally book-minded mother

Always in love with the written word, Avril finally decided to do the writing in August of ’09 and never looked back. Spicy love scenes, delicious heroes, and wicked women burn up the pages of Avril’s stories, but there’ll always be a happy ending; Av remains a believer of love in all its forms.

A lover of cake, the ID Channel and the UFC, Avril writes Erotic and GLBT Romance.

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Release Blitz: Tank by K.M. Neuhold & Nora Phoenix

Tank | K.M. Neuhold & Nora Phoenix

Ballsy #2

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M/M ROMANCE

RELEASE DATE: 28.04.18

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Shallow pretty boy, conceited fuckboy, immature assclown. Take your pick, they all apply to Brewer. The world is his ass buffet and we’re all on the menu. I’ve never hated anyone like I hate Brewer. But when Rebel pairs us to do a scene together, I have to admit I’m looking forward to taking all my irritation out on his…well, you get the picture. But when one scene turns into a whole fake relationship, I’m not sure we’re going to make it out of this without some bloodshed.

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Tank has got to be the most boring, stuck up ass I have ever met. That man does not know how to have fun, not even when he’s doing a scene. And if there’s one reason to smile, it’s working with me, right? All the more reason to keep my real self from him because he’d laugh me out of the room. But when we have to pretend we actually like each other, something unexpected happens. The more time we spend together, the more I see a different side of him…and dare to show a different side of me. What the hell is happening?

Tank is the second book in the Ballsy Boys Production series. It can be read as a stand-alone, but it more fun reading in order. Expect plenty of laughs and a lot of sparks.

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Tank surprises me again when that big hand comes down on my lower back and gently follows the slope of my ass, first my right ass cheek, then my left. “You know, fuckboy, as much as I detest that cocky attitude of yours, I can’t deny I really dig your ass.”

My breath about halts in my lungs. Holy fuck, is Tank actually complimenting me? The world must be ending.

“You wanna know what I like? You feel like a man. You’re rough, and you’ve got all these muscles that tell me you work out or shit, and you’re strong, and I really, really like that.”

He trails my crack with two fingers, and I shiver involuntarily. He steps in closer, bends his head towards me so his mouth is close to my ears, yet his voice is loud enough to be picked up by the mic. “You wanna know why I like that?”

That’s a rhetorical question, right? ‘Cause for some reason taciturn Tank is talking all of a sudden, and his words are hypnotizing. So are his fingers that travel lower and lower, before finally finding my hole.

“I love it because I don’t need to be careful with you, do I?”

Suddenly his two fingers push inside, and I can’t hold back a little moan. The sneaky asshole has found an inconspicuous way of testing to see if I prepped. The fact that he can slide in like this tells him everything he needs, and I know he should be able to feel the lube that’s still inside.

“Oh, no, I don’t have to treat you like you’re delicate china, ‘cause you can take my cock, can’t you?”

It’s not until he grabs my by my hair and pulls my head back that I realize what he’s up to. Fucking hell. He’s watched my videos, just like I watched his. And he’s got my number down pat.

Dirty talk, check.

Hair pulling, check.

Rough fuck, how much do you wanna bet that’s what about to happen?

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When she was a little tot, Nora’s mom got a library subscription for her. That, as they say, was that, and a lifelong love for books was born. Nora never stopped reading and doesn’t exaggerate when she says she devours books, rather than plain reads them.

She started writing stories as soon as she could hold a pen, and wrote her first full book as a teen (on a typewriter!). It took her waaaay too long to follow her dream to become a romance author.

Nora writes M/M romance, because hello, sexy boys, and likes her men flawed, strong, and a tad broken. She appreciates a little kink, but insists on a happy ever after.

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A wonderful return to Ellery Mountain

The Sinner and the Saint (Ellery Mountain #8)The Sinner and the Saint by R.J. Scott

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I wasn’t sure, when I heard RJ was heading back to Ellery Mountain, whether it would still be as good as the seven previous novellas given that all the characters had been nicely getting on with their lives in Mickey’s book.

But, I should have had faith as we get two new characters with links to the area who are another perfect fit into this small town with its close knit community and strong friendships.

I laughed out loud at the reference to long running British TV hospital drama Casualty, and I chuckled with delight at Nick’s sharp tongue and sarcastic response to Ben at their first meeting.

Things aren’t maybe quite as developed as they have been in other books in the series, but it isn’t to any detriment. Both Nick and Ben are fleshed out with unique voices and characteristics and I believed the Army medic could find peace with a British actor escaping from his wealthy family.

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

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Racing driver Tyler gets his HEA in this latest Significant Brothers romance

Clutch (Significant Brothers, #5)Clutch by E. Davies

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book was just what I needed – and what I expected from Ed Davies. It was a sweet read with very little angst, a great romance between two guys who’d never looked, or wanted, something more than a hot one night stand.

Both Tyler and Alec were well drawn characters, each unique personality perfectly complementing the other. This book’s also quite amusing at times and is liberally sprinkled with song lyric references which had me chuckling a lot.

Ed is an auto read author for me, I know what I’ll get from him but with enough variety that it never feels like I’m reading the same book twice. His Significant Brothers series has been a hit throughout and I’ve not disliked a featured couple yet.

This pair though I really loved, they were both super sweet and both, while seemingly outwardly very confident, had moments of shyness and doubt and Alec’s blushes were delightful!

They’re also incredibly sexy together and I think this book has some of Ed’s most racy scenes in it including one of my perennial favourites – wall sex!

I loved the support network outside of the Significant Brothers in this one too. Tyler’s team at the race track and their WAGs were great and central to the plot, which was also nicely paced and believable.

The epilogue’s super sweet too and now I can’t wait for Josh’s story – which I hope will be Book Six and, sadly, probably the final one in this series of the high school best friends who stuck together once they all realised they were gay or bi.

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

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Herc’s Mercs Series by Ari McKay: My Round Up of Books #1 to #6

The Bigger They Come (Herc's Mercs #1)The Bigger They Come by Ari McKay

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I thoroughly enjoyed this bodyguard and client falling in love during a job romance even with the slightly over the top towards the end stalker plot.

Both Cade and Jude were sympathetic characters and I liked their dynamic together and completely believed in their feelings for each other.

There’s good world building and a bunch of interesting secondary characters that I look forward to reading more about as the series progresses.

Line in the Sand (Herc's Mercs Book 2)Line in the Sand by Ari McKay

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Short but sweet second offering in the Herc’s Mercs series. I really liked both Jon and Alex and the romance felt believable and even the big jungle adventure didn’t become two outlandish.

There’s low steam in this one and lots of caregiving and a nice lack of angst and I was rooting for them from the start.

Bloody But Unbowed (Herc's Mercs Book 3)Bloody But Unbowed by Ari McKay

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is my favourite so far, featuring street smart but not academically smart Daryl, a potential Nobel Prize winning scientist and a whole bunch of dodgy terrorists.

It’s also the sexiest so far in the series with the two men not only getting down and dirty in the Amazonian jungle but also continuing their escapades once they got back from the rescue mission.

They have insane chemistry and there wasn’t a whole lot of angst to make the plot last longer. Each man has his hang ups but together they just work.

Once A Hero (Herc's Mercs Book 4)Once A Hero by Ari McKay

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I am thoroughly enjoying this series from Ari McKay as various different members of Herc’s mercenary team find themselves falling in love.

Each story has had quite different settings, even if the premise of falling in love is central and I really liked this one with former stealth specialist Ezra and his Judge employer Mason.

There was also an added bonus of a great kid who acted like a typical 12 year-old and not an overly educated or intellectual prodigy and we got to hear about the other guys in the firm still being happily in love.

Now onto book five 😉

The Harder They Fall (Herc's Mercs Book 5)The Harder They Fall by Ari McKay

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This one was a bit different to the others as it involved two of Herc’s employees falling for each other in the midst of a threat when one discovered a whole load of criminal activity during routine IT work.

I liked the contrast between the two guys but I also wanted to shake Chris for his insecurities and the way he treated Jason.

Jason himself was very much a sympathetic character and his fears about being hurt all over again were completely justifiable.

The secondary plot proved a good one to hook the rest of the second chance romance on and it had a good bit of action.

Where Angels Fear To Tread (Herc's Mercs, #6)Where Angels Fear To Tread by Ari McKay

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Well that was action packed! Another utterly different style of meet and romance than any of the others in the series and thoroughly enjoyable.

I loved the juxtaposition of Geo’s control and the shibari ropes with the chaos and mayhem of the flight through a country in turmoil.

I loved Ellen, a feisty and strong spirited politician with lots of good advice to hand out when our mercenary got a little too caught up in his own head.

It’s also way more violent than any of the previous and I have to say,:

***SPOILER***

I felt really bad for the poor guys who didn’t make it even though they’d only just been introduced in this book!

#ARCs kindly provided by the authors in return for an honest and unbiased review.

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Loved this angsty installment in the Hearts & Health series

IMG_4833Surprise Delivery by D.J. Jamison

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Full review to come tomorrow as my Kindle’s about to die 😉

Oooh this one was angsty! Or rather, this one was more angsty than previous ones have been but it was also exceptionally good and I loved pretty much all of it while also raging at Eric’s horrible family at the same time!

I felt so bad for Casper but I also wanted to shake him at times because he’d just fixed in his head that anything more deep than sex would be betraying his lost love Kage. I liked that Kage wasn’t an overwhelming presence overall in the narrative though. When he was mentioned, it completely fit into the direction the story was going.

Eric was awesome though. Not quite the uptight Hospital Administrator he’d appeared in the series’ earlier books but actually quite willing to let go when given a reason to do so and desperately wanting to do the right thing for his niece and the hospital’s budget.

I liked the angsting but I was glad it didn’t go into unreasonable territory and that Casper realised he’d screwed up (even though it didn’t happen until the end of the book, it was warranted) and did all he could to rectify his mistakes.

It’s also seriously hot!

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

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Review Tour: Poke Check by RJ Scott and V.L. Locey

 Length: 50,000 words approx
 
Cover Design: Meredith Russell
Harrisburg Railers Series
Book #1 – Changing Lines
Book #2 – First Season
Book #3 – Deep Edge
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One scorching summer in each other’s arms could never be enough.

Stanislav “Stan” Lyamin is happy playing for the Railers. The towering goalie is well-loved, respected, and making a home for himself even though that home only contains him, his cat, and his growing Pokemon trading card collection. Stan prefers it that way.

He’d given his heart to a man in a secret affair, and that man walked away, leaving Stan shattered. Now Erik is back in his life, and he has the same tumultuous effect he had on Stan’s heart as before. This time it’s not just a kissable mouth and sweet blond curls that Erik has brought to Harrisburg, there’s a soon-to-be ex-wife and a precious baby.

Despite the vow Stan made to hate Erik forever, he’s now finding it harder and harder to turn away.

Erik Gunnarsson’s dream had always been to play in the NHL, he just never imagined he’d land a contract with the Railers. Who would have thought that fate would put him on the same team as Stanislav Lyamin; the man whose heart he’d callously broken?

Secrets and lies had defined their summer relationship, and the choice that Erik made to end it all haunts him still. In the middle of a messy divorce and with a baby in tow, Erik finds himself back in Stan’s life. Now all he has to do is be the best dad he can be, prove to the team that he deserves the chance to stay on the roster and try his hardest to get Stan to forgive him.

Is it possible to persuade a man who hates you to give love a second chance?

RJ’s goal is to write stories with a heart of romance, a troubled road to reach happiness, and most importantly, that hint of a happily ever after.

RJ Scott is the bestselling author of over one hundred romance books. She writes emotional stories of complicated characters, cowboys, millionaire, princes, and the men who get mixed up in their lives. RJ is known for writing books that always end with a happy ever after. She lives just outside London and spends every waking minute she isn’t with family either reading or writing.

The last time she had a week’s break from writing she didn’t like it one little bit, and she has yet to meet a bottle of wine she couldn’t defeat.

V.L. Locey loves worn jeans, yoga, belly laughs, Dr. 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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