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Release Blitz: Sass by Jay Hogan

Sass | Jay Hogan

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Release Date: October 27th, 2022

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Blurb

𝘍𝘳𝘦𝘦𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘵𝘸𝘰 𝘩𝘦𝘢𝘳𝘵𝘴. 𝘍𝘪𝘯𝘥𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘰𝘯𝘦 𝘭𝘰𝘷𝘦. 𝘍𝘢𝘴𝘩𝘪𝘰𝘯𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘢 𝘧𝘶𝘵𝘶𝘳𝘦.

For two years I’ve kept Leon Steadman at a safe distance, ever since the night he turned me down flatter than a pancake with a side order of syrupy disapproval. His loss. The world is full of sexy men. One and done is simply good math and efficient use of my time. Or it would be if I hadn’t been lusting after the irritating, judgemental, gorgeous, mountain of a man, ever since.

The less I see of Leon, the better. Bad enough that his tattoo business sits next to Flare, the fashion store I manage, and that he’s friendly with my boss. But now he’s apartment-sitting above the shop, as well. Every time I turn around, Leon is there. In my store. In my space. Messing with my head. Being all nice and charming and acting like maybe he’s not the biggest jerk to walk the earth, after all.

Well, I don’t want or need Leon’s apologies, but maybe if I can have him, just once, it might put an end to this ridiculous hunger that sparks every time I lay eyes on him.

Yeah, I’ll get back to you on that.

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About The Author

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Jay is a 2020 Lambda Literary Award Finalist in Gay Romance and her book Off Balance was the 2021 New Zealand Romance Book of the Year. She is a New Zealand author writing mm romance and romantic suspense, primarily set in New Zealand.

She writes character driven romances with lots of humour, a good dose of reality and a splash of angst. She’s travelled extensively, lived in many countries, and in a past life she was a critical care nurse, nurse educator and counsellor.

Jay is owned by a huge Maine Coon cat and a gorgeous Cocker Spaniel

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Sassy is a perfect description for this also swoony romance

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

While this is probably the least “angsty” of the series, it’s by no means lightweight. Jay still covers some pretty big issues with her usual skill and compassionate understanding.

While on the face of it, this is an enemies-to-lovers trope centred narrative, in reality it’s so much more than the sum of its parts.

Kip, aka Chris as Leon calls him, has been a dynamic force in the previous books but here he really gets his chance to shine.

And also to have his halo tarnished as he’s also judgemental and unforgiving, like any human, over what he feels is an insult Leon dished out two years previous.

This means we’re given some interesting flashbacks that take the reader into the journey of Kip and Leon and let us see how they could come together in a believable happy ending.

Before it reaches that stage though, we’re treated to an emotionally complex and thoroughly enjoyable mix of sarcastic retorts, off-the-charts UST, sexual chemistry of the explosive variety, tensions and pain caused by family issues, hurt/comfort of the best kind, capped off with some utterly sweet and completely swoony love.

I’m not sure if this is the final entry or not, but if it is, Jay goes out on a high note.

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

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Release Tour: Short Stack by Lily Morton

Short Stack | Lily Morton

A Short Story Collection

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Release Date: October 2nd, 2020

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What happens after the happy ending?

Drawn together for the first time, this is a collection of Lily’s short stories about the much-loved men from her Mixed Messages and Finding Home series. Follow them through awkward marriage proposals, birthdays, a fraught babysitting job, and a very drunken Eurovision Song Contest party.

It includes stories previously written for her website and readers’ group, along with deleted scenes and four brand new and exclusive short stories – Bad Valentine, Marrying Jude, Babysitting Billy, and House Hunting.

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Excerpt

Dylan comes towards me, and before I can duck, he sticks something on my head.

“What the fuck is happening?”

Dylan pulls something over my shoulders, unfolding a flurry of bright fabric before tying it around my neck. He decorates me with a few more things and takes a step back. As if synchronised, he and Jude burst into peals of laughter. I catch a glimpse of myself in the mirror. I’m wearing a white tabard with a red cross on it and a Union Jack flag that he’s tied around my neck like a cape. He’s accentuated the outfit with a bright red wig with pigtails.

“What am I supposed to be?”

Dylan blinks in quite a disbelieving way. “You’re Saint George, the patron saint of England.”

“Was he a lawyer?” I fiddle with my cape. “And a part-time superhero?”

He tuts and reaches out to straighten my cape. “I tried to get you another costume, but it didn’t come in time, so I’ve improvised.”

“And where does the wig come in?”

He shrugs. “It was the only one they had left in the shop.”

I’d like to point out that they’re not wearing wigs, but by now I know the wisdom of not arguing with Dylan when he’s got that look. I glance in the mirror again. “Dylan, really? Are you angry with me in some form or another?”

“No, why?”

“Because why else would you do this to me?”

“For fun,” he says and nods his head emphatically. There’s a somewhat messianic gleam in his eyes which usually only occurs at festivities like Christmas and birthdays.

“Oh, okay. Fun. Is this the Mitchell brand of fun where there’s a vague threat of violence if I don’t enjoy myself?”

He steps closer, and I inhale the scent of his shampoo. “It’s not a vague threat,” he whispers and sticks a piece of cardboard in my hand.

“What is this?”

“Eurovision Bingo,” Jude says earnestly. “I hope I win. There’s a bottle of Advocaat for a prize.”
“You were a supermodel. Didn’t you save enough money to buy your own?”

“Pfft,” he says dismissively. “It’s not the same as winning one.”

“Or drinking it. Have you actually tasted Advocaat? There’s a reason why it’s always a prize in a raffle.”

“Don’t listen to him, Jude,” Dylan says briskly, pushing me down into a chair and straddling my lap. “It’s easier if you don’t take any notice of the words.”

“I knew you never listened to me,” I say, my hands coming up to cup his hips. “It was blatantly obvious with the amount of errors I had to live with at work.”

“You’re so funny,” he says sweetly. “I wonder how much funnier you’ll get before I won’t sleep with you tonight.”

I shut my mouth with an audible snap, and he laughs before kissing me gently. “That’s what I thought, lover.”

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About The Author

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Lily writes contemporary romance novels, and specialises in hot love stories with a good dose of humour.

Lily lives in sunny England with her husband and two children, all of whom claim that they haven’t had a proper conversation with her since she bought her first Kindle.

She has spent her life with her head full of daydreams and decided one day to just sit down and start writing about them. In the process she discovered that she actually loved writing, because how else could she get to spend her time with hot, funny men!

She loves chocolate and Baileys and the best of all creations – chocolate Baileys! Her lifetime’s ambition is to have a bath in peace without being shouted by one of her family.

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