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Release Blitz: Wild Warrior by Jocelynn Drake & Rinda Elliott

Wild Warrior by Jocelynn Drake & Rinda Elliott

The Weavers Circle #2

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Publisher: Drake & Elliott Publishing LLC

Release Date: August 7, 2020

Heat Level: 4 – Lots of Sex

Length: 106,000

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Blurb

Baer Manning

What happens when Baer spills his big secret about monsters and magic to a total stranger?

Chaos.

In Baer’s defense, he really thought Wiley was a lost brother.

This case of mistaken identity forces the cute artist to stay at the plantation house for his own protection while they search for a way to take down a witch.

Wiley Stuart

He never should have gotten in Baer’s Jeep.

But in Wiley’s defense, Baer is really sexy. And funny. And so sweet. And did he mention sexy?

All his life he’d dreamed of superheroes and a life of action. He just never expected to find himself swept up into a world filled with monsters and goddesses.

Wiley will do anything to stay with this magical band of brothers and help them with their fight. He just wished he could be Baer’s soul mate.

Wild Warrior is the second book in the Weavers Circle series. It includes fast-paced action, running through Savannah, secrets, swimming pool fun, shapeshifting, an elephant, sexy times, lots of snakes, insecurity, three crazy old ladies, and magic!

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Excerpt

There were about five people ahead of Baer in line—all of them staring at their phones or the shiny glass case of a tantalizing rainbow of doughnuts and pastries. Including the sexy blond Mini Cooper owner who was right in front of Baer in line. While Baer was a relatively average height of five ten, the blond was at least a delicate five seven or maybe five eight. The guy looked up from his phone as Baer stepped up behind him, and he flashed a nervous smile.

“Hey,” he greeted in a slightly husky voice and then flushed some more.

Yeah, this guy was all kinds of adorable.

“Mornin’,” Baer replied. “You ever been here before?”

The man shook his head, shoving his phone into his pocket. “No. It was recommended to me recently. When I woke up this morning, I just had to have doughnuts.” He gave a nervous little laugh. “I guess that’s the result of nonstop marketing at its best. It’s fall, so we’ve all gotta eat pumpkin-flavored everything for the next month.”

Blondie had the sexiest southern drawl. It wasn’t too thick. Probably a local, but he’d spent some time out of the area. Just enough to lose some of its natural thickness, but those lilting drawls still mesmerized Baer when he spoke, leaving him wondering how his lips and tongue wrapped around each vowel and consonant.

Good grief. He really did need to grab Grey for a boys’ night out in Savannah if he was going to start fantasizing about a nerdy twink’s mouth. Soul mates and forever sounded great, but it was clear that he needed to get laid. And what better time was there? Things were quiet. They weren’t running and fighting for their lives.

Pumpkin doughnuts and sex could do a growing boy good.

The bell hanging from the front door announced the arrival of another customer. Baer was about to ask the man’s name when the heavy scent of rotting flesh rolled through the room, overpowering the delicious miasma of frosting and fried dough.

Fuck.

He didn’t even need to turn around to know that behind him, pestilents had stepped into the bakery. It wasn’t enough that the alien race was attempting to steal the power of the earth to save their own dying planet while killing all Weavers in the process, but they had to interrupt his attempts at flirting as well? Just not cool.

Silently, Baer cursed himself and his luck. They’d all grown a little complacent over the past couple of months. They’d even started venturing away from the protection of the plantation without backup because the pestilents had stopped attacking.

Apparently they’d gathered enough numbers to make another go at the Weavers, and he’d not been paying enough attention to his surroundings to check to make sure there were no pestilents close. Instead of checking in with the animals in the area that there were no pestilents around, he’d let himself get distracted by big chestnut-brown eyes and a sweet smile.

Twisting around to glance over his shoulder, Baer swore under his breath to find a male and female pestilent standing in front of the door. Humans wouldn’t notice anything different about them, but Weavers could. The air wavered around them as if they radiated heat. And, of course, there was the godawful stench. Pestilents were not meant for this world, and their bodies started rotting from the moment they arrived. Their time in this place was limited, but what time they had was spent trying to kill the Weavers.

The pestilent woman wore a pair of ragged jeans, and her brown hair was pulled back in a tight ponytail, making her angular features seem that much sharper. A feral grin pulled across her thin lips when she spotted him. She lifted the shotgun in her hands to her shoulder and pointed it straight at his chest.

Baer sucked in a breath. Was she really going to open fire in a small building crowded with people? Everyone was going to be killed or injured. Not only one fucking Weaver.

Pivoting on the balls of his feet, Baer wrapped an arm around Blondie’s slender waist and dove over the closest table. A shocked yelp left the man’s lips, but he didn’t fight Baer as they tumbled to the floor. With his free hand, Baer grabbed the edge of the table, pulling it onto its side. They landed with the surprisingly thick wooden barrier at their backs just as the shotgun exploded in the room, slamming into the far side of the table and a scattering of chairs.

Meet the Authors

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Jocelynn Drake and Rinda Elliott have teamed up to combine their evil genius to create intense gay romantic suspense stories that have car chases, shoot outs, explosions, scorching hot love scenes, and tender, tear-jerking moments.

Their first joint books are in the Unbreakable Bonds series.

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Weaver Series

Con Riley delivers a glorious romance in Saving Sean

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Not sure what happened to my original reviews of Con’s books, only Must Like Spinach seems to have survived.

Anyways, Saving Sean is being re-released shortly with a new cover and a bit of a re-work but it’s not changed enough to take away from this glorious romance which is one of my favourites from Con.

Saving Sean is as much about Peter finding a new direction as it is about the titular character. But it’s so much more than just a romance. It’s about finding acceptance, it’s about learning how to move on, it’s about putting the past to bed and looking to the future.

It deals with the mental illness of a character who has died at the time the book starts and it examines how just one small thing can push someone over the edge (don’t worry there’s no trigger warnings necessary imho – it deals with OCD rather than suicidal impulses).

And, while this book takes place over a super short time period, it never feels it. To me, it’s like time stretches out across infinite days while Peter and Sean fall in love at the same time as they fix up Sean’s cabin and work out both of their complex feelings for their families’ past lives.

Peter and Sean connect on hundreds of levels, but I think one of the main ones is that they both understand how the other became disconnected and they’re both determined to move beyond and try to make a difference.

I loved how Con’s other interconnected couples get involved here as well, I’m a big fan of Joel and Ethan, although Aiden’s a bit of a pratt at first in this one. We do see the genus of his own story and his relationship with Marco begin in this book though and it’s lovely to know what’s coming next if, like me, you’ve already read Aiden’s Luck

If you read Saving Sean before, then I’ll just say Con’s tidied it up, made it more linear and with less jumping around, and it’s had another edit, but the same beautiful love story is still at its heart.

I had the privilege of proofing this new edition for Con. The review is my own honest and unbiased opinion.

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Wedge gets his happy ending and my heart was bursting too

68340519_2437327196355521_4708214407677607936_oHometown Christmas by Garrett Leigh

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I’ve been wanting Wedge’s story since he first appeared in Garrett’s stunningly brilliant books Between Ghosts and the Rented Heart series.

Once the joker of the pack, since his accident, he’s retreated into himself and moved back home.

And, once again, I’m tickled by Garrett setting another book in my birth place of Leeds. She gets all the nuisances which make it such a fascinating city right.

Another thing she nails is her military research. I’ve said it before, I’ve family who were Special Forces and they’re a unique breed who never speak other than in abstract about their service.

Garrett’s note at the end of the book is spot on.

Here, Gavin’s army experience and his relationships with Marc and Nat, (and through them also with Jamie and Connor) and their losses and traumas, are so perfectly expressed.

And Yani. I loved Yani. He’s so different from Jamie but he works for Gavin just like the younger man does for Marc. It’s no secret that their book Soul To Keep, is my absolute favourite of all Garrett’s books, but this one comes close.

It’s not your typical Christmas romance, it touches on the harsh realities of big cities and their problems with the homeless and the lack of facilities to care for them.

It looks at both living with OCD and with the aftermath of PTSD, but it’s none the less a tale of hope. Of finding the moments that bring joy and of letting your heart be filled with the spark of love.

A fabulous addition to the military romance shelf of works from Garrett.

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

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