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Release Blitz: Feinted Love By Elle Keaton

Feinted Love By Elle Keaton

Crimes of the Heart #1

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Release Date: September 17th 2020

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A gambit for love and a half-baked revenge plot; one hot Seattle summer…

Arnie

One minute I’m minding my own business enjoying the sunshine, next I’m wearing my iced coffee.

I’m going to teach Tobias Barrington a thing or two; the first: you don’t always get what you want. I have no idea what the second is, I’ll cross that bridge when I come to it.

Falling in love with Tobias is not on my list of lessons.

Tobias

I’ve never forgotten Arnie Ferguson, or the night we had together. When I find him again, I want to get to know him—as more than a friend.

I may come from a wealthy family; but I know better than most that money can’t buy happiness. But brash, socially awkward Arnie Ferguson makes me think happiness is possible when you let your heart chose.

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From Tobias’s POV

Charley raises an eyebrow. “So, coffee guy…”

“His name is Arnie.”

“Coffee guy to me, until he decides to learn my name.”

“I like him, Charley.”

“You don’t even know him.”

“I know a little. He’s maybe a year or so younger than me, he graduated from a high school in north Seattle, and he has a degree in data science.” I can online stalk as well as anyone.

And, even though it was ages ago, I remember what it was like to be with Arnie, how good he felt in my arms, and how horribly disappointed I was when the police arrived and broke up the party. My one and only rebellious act; I’d been grounded for an entire year.

“First of all, I don’t want to know how you found that out—but still, second of all, you don’t really know him.”

I sigh but nod, because it’s true. “But I want to get to know him.” How do I get to know someone who seems to hate me? And who my dad is certain to despise.

As if reading my mind, Charley says, “Your dad will hate him. I suppose there’s not a better reason to date the guy.”

Andrew will hate Arnie. And he won’t be polite about it. If the two ever meet, my dad will take one look at Arnie and immediately know how much he makes, where he buys his clothing, how much he has in savings—and that information will leave Andrew cold. As he puts it, he doesn’t mind much that I’m gay, but I should date in my socio-economic zone.

I glance across the table. Charley is watching me closely. I sigh again. “Maybe if I manage to date Arnie, my dad will get so angry he fires me and forgets I exist?” I hadn’t considered that angle before. It was a possibility.

“There’s always hope. Have you come up with a strategy?”

“Not anything more than to keep going into the Buzz when he’s working until he gives me some sort of sign—or gets a restraining order.”

“Hmm.” Charley sips at his drink while he considers my problem.

While Charley plots, our food arrives. We eat silently, both lost in thought. This is one of the things I appreciate most about Charley: he never cares that I’m not super chatty and don’t always have something to say. We’re very opposite personalities, but we mesh. I only wish we were remotely attracted to each other; it would solve a lot of my troubles. My dad may not approve of Charley on a personal level, but his family has even more money than ours.

“Okay,” Charley says. “I’ll drop by the Buzz a couple more times with you, mostly so I can rile him up—it’s fun.” He laughs. “And then I think you need to fly on your own. See if you can catch him coming in for his shift, or even better, getting off work. Then just talk to him. Don’t let yourself get in your own way.”

“I’m really bad at talking,” I remind him.

“But you’re not,” Charley says. “You just need to break the ice.”

Somehow, I think Charley’s idea of breaking the ice is different from mine.

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About the Author

Elle hails from the northwest corner of the US known for, rain, rain, and more rain. She pens the Accidental Roots series, the Never Too Late series, and the soon be published Hamarsson and Dempsey series, all set here in the Pacific Northwest. All Elle’s books feature hot mm romance with the guarantee of an HEA. The men start out broken, and maybe they end up that way too, but they always find the other half of their hearts.

Elle began publishing March 2017, now she has ten books out. Fall 2019 Elle is adding a third series, Hamarsson and Dempsey, also set in the Pacific Northwest. H&D will focus on a single couple as they navigate the treacherous waters of romance and police work.

Elle loves both cats and dogs, Star Wars and Star Trek, pineapple on pizza, and is known to start crossword puzzles with ballpoint pen.

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Blog Tour: The Selkie’s Coat by Drea Roman

The Selkie’s Coat | Drea Roman

Waves of Fate #1

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Release Date:  April 11th, 2020

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A marshmallow alpha with more heart than sense and a stubborn human omega trying to guard his heart fall in love in this first story from the Waves of Fate omegaverse.

“Oops! You dropped your coat!” With these words, waiter Daniel Collins turns alpha selkie Gregory Samson’s life upside down. Because that coat is not some fancy heirloom fur. No, it is Gregory’s selkie pelt, which magically connects him with his seal animal inside.

When Gregory hears Daniel’ voice, he knows the rare human omega is his mate. Too bad Daniel has more than a few misgivings about trusting his heart to a selkie. Because the magical seal shifters have one of the worst player reputations of all shifter kind and Daniel fears a broken heart. How will Gregory convince Daniel to give him a chance?

It wouldn’t be so hard if Gregory’s mother and everyone else would just stop meddling!

Brought together by the magic of Gregory’s coat, can the pair weather insecurities, an interfering mother, meddling friends, and a disgruntled inner animal?

The Selkie’s Coat is book 1 of the Waves of Fate Omegaverse. It can be read as a standalone.

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From Chapter 6: Gregory

“Can selkies tell time underwater?”

I nearly choke on the water I just sipped and barely manage not to spew it across the table. “What?” I cough out as I wipe my mouth.

“Sorry, wasn’t trying to choke you.”

“Why would selkies need to tell time underwater?” The corners of my mouth tug into a genuine smile. “Are you trying to tell me a selkie joke?”

I am thrilled with the idea my mate wants to joke with me, especially considering how disastrously our interactions have gone since our decidedly “meet-cute,” this wonderful lunch aside. Internally, I sigh at myself. “Meet-cute” indeed, if that involved one’s mother interfering and several near-calamitous misunderstandings.

Daniel cocks his head and studies me a second with serious eyes. Then the smile I longed for without knowing it spreads across his face, and I fall a little more for the sweet charms of my all-too-serious omega. “No, are there selkie jokes?”

At my nod, he leans forward, and I mirror the movement, bringing us a smidge closer over the table.

“Like what?” His voice is a whisper now like we are sharing childhood secrets. I wrack my mind for any scrap of memory, but the only thing my short-circuiting brain provides is a terribly lame knock-knock joke. But with Daniel looking at me expectantly, with an open expression instead of the guarded one I have been favored with several times this afternoon, I go for broke.

Grinning, I wink at him before ruining any chance I have of him not seeing me as a dork.

“Knock, knock.”

“Who’s there?” Daniel dutifully responds.

“Sealed.”

“Sealed who?”

“Sealed with a kiss. Smack. Smack.” I make a kissy face and noise, turning my head from side to side as if kissing a friend on the cheeks.

Daniel looks shocked a moment, then bursts out laughing. I savor the sound, and my selkie curls up in the warmth of it.

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Drea Roman is an over-educated lady with cats, a ferret, lizards, a fiancé, a sister, and a wonderful village of like-minded friends, authors, and artists. All of this coupled with too many day jobs makes Drea a ridiculously busy woman.

She has two series: Hearts Intertwined is contemporary MM romance and Waves of Fate is omegaverse shifter.

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Great use of Scottish folklore in this selkie shifter romance

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My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

I really liked a lot of this book, Scottish/Irish folklore is a real favourite of mine and something you don’t see often in paranormal books, so I adored that this was about a selkie.

Both Daniel and Gregory were clearly drawn characters, they had unique voices and I liked the narrative choices Drea made with both men having internal struggles to accept their full identities.

Where it dropped a bit for me personally was on the flip flopping of Daniel’s feelings and instead of it neatly fitting into the plot element of him coming to terms with not only being a human omega but also being a fated mate for a shifter, instead it just irritated me (sorry!)

That was a very minor point though in what was, overall, a really good read, with a good level of world-building for this new series and lots of knowledge about the setting being passed out without it ever feeling like I was just getting an info dump.

The secondary characters were also an interesting bunch and I’m looking forward to seeing Henri finally get his happy with a selkie who will treasure him not use him.

I’m also interested to see if Drea is building up for a redemption arc for Gregory’s manipulative cousin Cody, that would be a good tale to weave.

I’d not read this author before and I will definitely look out for their other works, I liked the narrative style and the pacing.

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

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