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Release Blitz: A Vigil in the Mourning by Hailey Turner

A Vigil in the Mourning | Hailey Turner

Soulbound IV

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Release Date (Print & Ebook): April 6, 2020

Length (Print & Ebook): 102,951

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Author Site: https://haileyturner.com/book/a-vigil-in-the-mourning

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Blurb

The devil you know is never the one you should trust.

Special Agent Patrick Collins is dispatched to Chicago, chasing a lead on the Morrígan’s staff for the joint task force. Needing a cover for his presence in the Windy City, Patrick is ordered to investigate a politician running for mayor. In the lead up to election day, not everything is what it seems in a city where playing to win means appeasing the gods first and the electorate second.

But Chicago brings its own set of problems outside the case: a stand-offish local god pack, a missing immortal, and Patrick’s twin sister. Fighting Hannah and the Dominion Sect provides Patrick with a sinister reminder that some blood ties can never be cut.

Left behind in New York City, Jonothon de Vere finds himself targeted by hunters who will go through anyone to kill him—including the packs under his protection. With a bounty on his head, Jono is forced to make a choice that Patrick would never approve of. Doing so risks breaking the trust he’s built with the man he loves, but not acting will give the rival New York City god pack leverage Jono can’t afford to give up.

When Patrick and Jono reunite in Chicago, Patrick must confront the fraying of a relationship he’s come to rely on for his own sanity. But fixing their personal problems will have to wait—because Niflheim is clawing at the shores of Lake Michigan and the dead are hungry.

A Vigil in the Mourning is a 102k word MM urban fantasy with a gay romantic subplot and a HFN ending. It is a direct sequel to A Crown of Iron & Silver. Reading the first book in the series would be helpful in enjoying this one.

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Excerpt

Patrick shoved the TSA badge, a set of janitor keys, someone’s paper boarding pass, and a lanyard with LaGuardia printed on it into his jacket pocket, fingertips glowing from a look-away ward. Sparks of his magic twisted through the air in their immediate area as the ward directed everyone’s attention away from them.

“I told you to keep your hands to yourself when we went through security,” Patrick hissed.

“Maybe people shouldn’t leave stuff lying around waiting for someone to take it,” Wade muttered.

“They were wearing the damn things!”

Wade shrugged, gaze darting around as they walked through O’Hare, apparently unrepentant of his thieving ways. “I want a hot dog.”

Patrick rolled his eyes and kept walking. “I spent fifty dollars on the plane feeding you. Can we get out of O’Hare first?”

“But Chicago Style Hot Dogs is right there.

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About The Author

Hailey Turner is big city girl who spoils her cats rotten and has a demanding day job that she loves, but not as much as she loves writing.

She’s been writing since she was a young child and enjoys reading almost as much as creating a new story.

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I’m glad I stuck with this interracial romance as it turned into a great read

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I am so glad I persisted with this book because the first quarter of it was a bit of slog through as nothing much really goes on and there’s a lot of exposition to set the scene.

However, it really is a fabulous book once it kicks in and I absolutely loved all the dynamics at play in the various different relationships and friends’ groups that it explores.

Jeremiah is a complex character and I really felt for him with the weight of his family’s expectations pressing on his decisions. He’s a good guy, and I bristled at how some of his family behaved towards him. He’s not the typical paramedic all action hero type you can get in opposites’ attract type stories.

He had layers that I really enjoyed discovering the more the book went on, his relationship with his best friend Chucky and his girlfriend Ronnie added more dimension to the narrative.

Collin was a sweetie, completely mired in the rut of his life, not knowing what he wants to do and hanging onto his two best friends because they’re safe and familiar.

When he meets Jeremiah there’re sparks and a dancing around which eventually plays off into a very satisfying romance.

I’d certainly read more in this series and it’s great to read more interracial romance with people of colour in focus.

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Release Blitz: Reserved by V.L. Locey

Reserved | V.L. Locey

A Bryant Park Novella #4

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Length: 40,000 words approx.

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Blurb

Not even the darkest night can extinguish the radiance of two loving hearts coming together.

Life is a daily celebration for Adrian Pontimore, the hottest new event planner for the Manhattan elite. His days are a high-priced whirlwind of cocktail parties, weddings, conventions, tea parties, housewarmings, and baby showers. Everything is simply amazing for the owner of Quintessentially Adrian Event Designs. Until the dark and hate-filled side of life rears its ugly head, tearing apart the delicate happy bubble that Adrian has constructed around himself.

If not for the bravery of one of New York’s finest, Adrian’s days fussing over décor and bridal parties might have come to an abrupt end. There’s something about a man in uniform, but there is something extra special about Officer Galen Ellison. Not only did he save Adrian’s life, he’s slowly winning his heart.

It’s going to take time, patience, and good humor to help Adrian overcome the fears that haunt the shadows now, but those are qualities that the handsome, affable beat cop seems to have an abundance of.

Tales Of Bryant Series 

Book #1 – Tales of Bryant – Amazon US | Amazon UK | Universal Link

Book #2 – Nine Small Sips – Amazon US | Amazon UK | Universal Link

Book #3 – Fade In – Amazon US | Amazon UK | Universal Link

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About The Author

USA Today Best-selling Author V.L. Locey – Penning LGBT hockey romance that skates into sinful pleasures.

V.L. Locey loves worn jeans, yoga, belly laughs, walking, reading and writing lusty tales, Greek mythology, Torchwood and Doctor Who, 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, a pair of geese, far too many chickens, and two steers.

When not writing spicy romances, she enjoys spending her day with her menagerie in the rolling hills of Pennsylvania with a cup of fresh java in one hand and a steamy romance novel in the other.

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A bit more of a serious visit to the Bryant Park world from VL

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Righty, this one was a tad more angsty than the others in the series and involves an incident which could be a potential trigger so do be aware.

However, I couldn’t have been happier with how VL handled this whole relationship.

I adored Adrian, with his fussy ways and his extravagant clothing and out there personality. NYPD park cop Gallen was just the perfect calm and settled soul to work his magic on the events planner.

There was plenty of time given to Adrian’s need to recover from what happened and nothing was rushed or glossed over, especially considering this is a novella length book.

The serious side is nicely balanced by some humour and Brian Gilles biting wit as he helps Adrian get over his move to Brooklyn 😁

I’m really looking forward to the next book in the series, which will be Caiden’s fabulous chef and all-round housekeeper Luis.

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Release Blitz: Fool For Love by Felice Stevens

Fool For Love | Felice Stevens

Lost In New York #1

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Release Date: February 5, 2020

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Blurb

When Presley Dawson falls in love with a married man, he knows it’s wrong but can’t help himself. For the first time he’s wanted and desired and not so lonely. When his lover returns to his husband, Presley doesn’t worry. He always comes back—until he doesn’t.

Years later, Presley is stuck in neutral and lonelier than ever. He can’t forget his past and doesn’t know how to reach for his future. When his best friend suggests a support group to work through his grief, Presley agrees but without much hope; nothing has helped before. At the first meeting, he’s instantly attracted to Nate and struggles not to fall so far, so fast. He won’t be fooled again.

Nate Sherman is only attending a support group to get his family off his back. True, he hasn’t slept through the night in over three years, but he has reasons. Discovering your father—the man you love and idolize—is a liar and a cheater will do that. And dying in his girlfriend’s bed? No wonder Nate has trust issues.

Meeting Presley changes everything. Nate sees Presley’s sweet nature and good heart and when he sets boundaries for their relationship, Nate surprises himself by willingly going along. With Presley by his side, Nate is able to sleep again and find the trust that he’s lost in himself and other people. He can even fall in love.

But Presley is keeping a secret and if he tells Nate, it could be the end of everything between them. He knows it’s wrong to start another relationship based on a lie. But it isn’t a lie if you don’t say anything.

Is it?

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About The Author

I have always been a romantic at heart. I believe that while life is tough, there is always a happy ending around the corner, my characters have to work for it, however. Like life in NYC, nothing comes easy and that includes love.

I live in New York City with my husband and two children and hopefully soon a cat of my own. My day begins with a lot of caffeine and ends with a glass or two of red wine. I practice law but daydream of a time when I can sit by a beach somewhere and write beautiful stories of men falling in love.

Although there is bound to be a few bumps along the way, a Happily Ever After is always guaranteed.

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Blog Tour: House Rules by Ruby Lang

House Rules | Ruby Lang

Uptown #3 *

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Length: approx. 47,000 words

Imprint: Carina Press

On-Sale: February 10, 2020

Format & Price: eBook $3.99

ISBN: 9781488055164

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Blurb

ROOMMATE WANTED to share a gorgeous sun-filled apartment in Central Harlem. Must love cats. No ex-husbands or wives need apply.

Seventeen years ago, different dreams pulled Simon Mizrahi and Lana Kai apart. But when Lana takes a position as a chef back in Manhattan, her apartment search puts her right in her ex-husband’s path. Music teacher Simon is also hunting for a new place to live, and when Lana proposes they be platonic roomies, well…it’s not the worst idea he’s ever heard.

A sunny uptown two-bedroom sounds far more appealing than the cramped, noisy space where he’s currently struggling to work. Still, Simon has seen firsthand that Lana’s a flight risk, so he agrees on a trial basis.

Three months. With strict boundaries.

Living together again feels wonderfully nostalgic, but when the ex-couple’s lingering feelings rise to the surface, the rules go out the window.

Of course, chemistry was never their problem. But while Simon’s career feels back on solid footing, Lana is still sorting out what she wants. With their trial period soon coming to an end, they’ll have to decide if their living arrangement was merely a sexy trip down memory lane or a reunion meant to last.

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Excerpt

She kissed him as they traveled uptown, under the too-bright lights of the rattling, rumbling 2 train, her hands stealing up past the thick collar of this coat, to his warm neck, to his hair.

“We’re disgracing ourselves,” Simon murmured, even as he nipped her earlobe and his fingers found the zip of her jacket and pulled it down. “Making out on the train, like teenagers.”

He watched the progress of the zipper avidly, as if it would reveal more than her scarf, her sweater, more layers and layers of clothing, as if he could see down to her skin. Then he tipped his tongue up to catch her again in a lush kiss.

She pushed her breast, or the area of her clothing that covered it, shamelessly into his hand, and he gave a muffled gasp that only made her wilder. The train seat felt too smooth and unsatisfying against her restless thighs.

Every stop on the walk home was marked by where they paused to kiss, where Simon pushed her up against a wall, and she ground her hips against his. A car slowed once and honked while they were pressed on the brick beside a beauty salon. Its headlights illuminated their desperate bodies, causing Lana to bury her head in the front of Simon’s coat. Simon laughed softly, an edge of incredulity in the sound.

“We should get back.”

“Yes.”

They hurried now, swinging around the corner and down the block, through the gate and up, up the stairs, the thumping of their footsteps loud and urgent. Lana couldn’t help blushing at how impatient their running sounded. She and Simon burst in the door and into their dark hallway. Before the door fully closed, they’d fallen on each other, tripping in their haste to kick off shoes and unzip and unbutton each other, to unwind. It was as if they expected someone would stop them, someone wise and mature who’d tell them to think this through. But of course, they were the adults here, they were the ones in charge.

The fact that this was a bad idea only made Lana want it more.

Copyright © 2020 by Mindy Hung

About The Author

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Ruby Lang is the author of the acclaimed Practice Perfect series. She is pint-sized, prim, and bespectacled. Her alter ego, Mindy Hung, wrote about romance novels (among other things) for The Toast.

Her work has also appeared in The New York Times, The Walrus, Bitch, and other fine venues. She enjoys running (slowly), reading (quickly), and ice cream (at any speed). She lives in New York with a small child and a medium-sized husband.

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A truly gorgeous exploration of learning to trust

Fool For Love Ebook CoverFool for Love by Felice Stevens

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

So many bits of this I absolutely loved.

I wasn’t at all down on Presley, even though he’d been the other man who we’d met in Running from My Heart which covered how Arden – Presley’s married lover Jared’s husband – had moved on.

Felice hadn’t written Presley as an unfeeling arse, so I didn’t have any rage against him. Quite the contrary, I wanted to see him find someone who wasn’t just using him and who truly loved him for himself.

Nate was that person but oh boy, he was a gigantic arse at times as well. Superior and judgemental, even if it came from a place I completely understood, I found that I wanted to shake him as much as I wanted to hug him.

But, I loved how they managed to find their way back together, even after they’d both made mistakes and hurt the other. I loved Nate’s family, I loved Pres’s best friend Frisco.

The only thing that personally threw me, even though it fit in with Pres’ job as an antiques dealer, was all the references to really famous names in the pieces he had in his store.

Coming from the same town as the great cabinet maker Thomas Chippendale, I was a bit taken aback to read about one of his tables being in a house sale 😁 only because I’m used to them being museum pieces or in huge stately homes!

That was a minor quibble though and didn’t really take anything away from the overall excellence of the storytelling. Now I’m really interested to see what happens with Monroe, who heads the grief counselling sessions that Presley and Nate met at and his mysterious visitor.

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