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A combination of fake relationship and second chances makes this a winner

56241486Hit the Brakes by Beth Bolden

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I read this book so long ago as I beta read it for Beth but it’s still as clear as day to me.

It fits perfectly into Beth’s wider universe for any reader who is familiar with the rest of her books.

But it’s also a good standalone for those who don’t know who Colin O’Connor is (foolish people, he’s the best, go read Rainbow Clause immediately! 🥰 ) as he makes a special guest appearance.

And if you haven’t read Wyatt/Ryan’s Kitchen Gods romance or the other Riptide NFL books there’s still enough explanation given to root the narrative for Chase and Tate’s romance.

It’s a beautiful second chances relationship between two guys who almost kissed in one confused encounter in high school before going their separate ways.

Now 10 years later Chase is an NFL star with the Riptide and Tate is running his food truck and struggling to keep it going.

He has a chance to join the Food Truck Warriors but only if he can demonstrate higher sales

His sister realises superstar Chase is the same guy Tate had a crush on and launches a social media campaign making it sound like he loves their grilled cheese sandwich.

Chase reconnects with Tate, but this time he isn’t running away. He proposes a “fake boyfriend” scheme to help with Tate’s sales, and all bets are off.

Their sexual exploration and emotional connection really is on fire and there’s loads of humour in this one.

It’s probably the funniest so far as Tate fights against his feelings, which are all still just waiting to burst out.

It’s not all plain sailing though, Chase has a self-destructive streak which pops up whenever he’s under stress and he explodes big time when he’s challenged on his motivation for ‘coming out’ by a fellow gay NFL player.

Apart from Colin and Nick, these two make a great case for beating Heath and Sam into second place as my faves from Beth.

There’s just something truly wonderful about people finding love in a place where they almost had it, except for circumstances.

The Food Truck Warriors are all utterly brilliant and just wait till you get book three 😉

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

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Cover Reveal: Calling Your Bluff by Saxon James

Calling Your Bluff | Saxon James

Love’s Gamble #2

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Release Date: May 5th, 2020

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Universal Buy Link:  https://getbook.at/CallingYourBluff

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Calling your bluff

Blurb

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Four years ago, I met Liam Holdsworthy.
Hot, snarky, and hiding behind a sadness I couldn’t place. I wanted him, even back then. There were only two problems.
One, I was deeply closeted.
And two, he was dating my best friend.
Now I’m retired from the NFL and openly out, there’s nothing to stop me from getting my gay on.
When Liam comes back into my life, and I find out he’s single, I’ll find any reason to spend time with him. That’s how I created a list of gay first experiences I coax him into helping me with.
But I don’t just want his help.
I still want him.

Liam
After leaving a long-term relationship with a closeted NFL player, I went through a string of guys trying to find the one. None of them were boyfriend material, let alone the forever type.
I’m looking for a guy to come home to. Someone serious and down to earth.
I’m definitely not looking for Cooper Zane.
Yet, I can’t shake him, and not only because I’m helping him with his big bi bucket list. Every time I see him is like a shot of adrenaline to my system, and I’m always left wanting more.
I need Mr. Serious, and Cooper’s the least serious person I’ve met.
He’s newly out.
He’s never had a relationship.
And most importantly, he may be retired, but he’s not done with football.
He’ll do anything to get it all back. And I’m not prepared to be relegated to the sidelines ever again.

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About The Author

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Saxon James is an author from Australia who’s obsessed with writing queer characters. She has a range of books from YA to adult and they all have one thing in common: swoony, sweet love.

When not writing, Saxon exists on a diet of coffee and chocolate while putting her KU subscription to the test.

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Giveaway

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Cover Reveal: Under Pressure by Lauren Ashley

Under Pressure | Lauren Ashley

Love and Football #1

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Release Date (Print & Ebook):  October 1st, 2019

Length (Print & Ebook): approx. 50,000

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Universal Link: http://books2read.com/u/38EPWB

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Blurb

Rookie quarterback, Drew Carmichael, is under pressure like never before.

When Drew abruptly and unexpectedly comes out of the closet, his life is upended. The media is hounding him. Fans and haters are scrutinizing him nonstop. Worst of all, team management is wary of him, unsure if he’s worth all the hassle.

He’ll do anything to stay on his home state’s NFL team, including pretending to be in a serious and committed relationship. The only problem is his fake boyfriend is Scott Hunter – the irresistible pop-country music star and his secret teenage crush.

Scott Hunter is used to being under pressure. He’s dealt with it his whole life, handling it all with grace and an unwavering smile on his face.

When his manager presents him with the long-awaited opportunity to come out of the closet, he jumps on it, no questions asked. Pretending to be Drew Carmichael’s boyfriend should be easy. Simple. Fun.

He never expected or wanted to start caring about the golden boy of football. That’s definitely not part of the plan. Neither is fooling around with him on a football field…

Touchdown.

Warnings: Brief mentions of religious upbringing/unsupportive parents, past sibling death from a car accident.

Excerpt

 An idea suddenly pops into my head and before I’ve even had time to think it through, I’m pushing Drew up against a nearby tree, the element of surprise working in my favor.

His mouth falls open in shock, but there’s an unmistakable blaze of desire in his eyes.

“What are you doing?” he asks.

“Do you trust me?” I ask instead of answering his question. It’s a loaded question, but for some reason I really need to know before I go any further with this.

He’s silent for a moment, but then nods his head yes.

Thank God.

“So,” I say in a low, playful voice. “Let’s give them something to talk about.”

About The Author

Lauren Ashley discovered her love for books at an early age. She is a hopeless romantic at heart and believes that everyone deserves their happily ever after. An East Coast native hailing from the Tri-State area, Lauren hates the cold weather, but loves her chunky sweaters and cups of coffee.

When she’s not writing, she can be found traveling, binge-watching TV, spending time with loved ones, and obsessing over all things Harry Potter.

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Twitter: www.twitter.com/authorlashley

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