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Release Blitz: His Compass by Con Riley

His Compass | Con Riley

His Contemporary MM Romance #2

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Release Date: January 14th, 2021

Cover Design: Natasha Snow

Length: 85,000 words

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Blurb

Tom has one rule: don’t sleep with the crew. A second chance with a younger, gorgeous deckhand tempts him to break it.

After a busy season as a charter-hire skipper, Tom yearns for some downtime. His lonely heart also aches for adventure with someone special, but paying his bills has to come first. A surprise sailing contract and huge bonus offer his first glimpse of freedom for years. There’s only one catch: he must crew with Nick, a deckhand who jumped ship once already.

Nick’s as young and untested as the new yacht they’re contracted to sail, and he’s just as gorgeous. Forced to spend a month as Nick’s captain, Tom discovers depths he hadn’t noticed. He’s captivated, and happier sailing with Nick than he’s been in forever. However, their voyage is finite, and both men keep soul-deep secrets.

As the contract draws to an end, they must get honest about what’s in their hearts if they want to share a life at sea, and love, forever.

Featuring an age gap that’s only a number, forced proximity that makes hiding attraction impossible, and a yacht that’s nothing but trouble, His Compass is the second novel in the His MM Contemporary Romance series from Con Riley.

♥ This shared-world series starts with His Horizon, but each book follows a different couple, and can be enjoyed as a standalone novel complete with a fulfilling happily ever after. ♥

His Contemporary MM Romance Series

HisHorizon

His Horizon

Book #1

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HisHaven

His Haven

Book #3

Coming April 2021

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About The Author

CON RILEY lives on the wild and wonderful Welsh coast, with her head in the clouds and her feet in the ocean.
Injury curtailed her enjoyment of outdoor pursuits, so writing fiction now fills her free time.

Love, loss, and redemption shape her romance stories, and her characters are flawed in ways that make them live and breathe.

When not people-watching or reading, she spends time staring at the sea from her kitchen window. If you see her, don’t disturb her — she’s probably thinking up new plots.

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Con’s beautiful romance examines the intimacy of a personal journey

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Disclaimer: I alpha read for Con for this one, however all the amazing words are hers alone.

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This is a beautifully written book which looks at the intimacy of not only a physical journey helming a yacht with only a single crew member, but also the personal one Tom goes on the nearer he reaches home.

Saucepot, aka Nicky, is one of my favourite characters ever. He’s a contradiction, with his outwardly distracting attitude of irresponsibility actually acting as camouflage.

He’s really full of bravery, living each day with the inner struggles he’s never been allowed to forget, and a constant sense that people’s lack of faith in him must be true.

I absolutely adored his dawning awareness that the responsibilities Tom gave him were more than his Captain just being a grumpy arse.

Their relationship grows as strong as the currents which carry them back to Blighty.

And I guarantee that when you find out the truth of Nicky’s background, your heart will fully ache with love for him.

There’s a bit of social commentary in this book which feels totally organic in the narrative. It’s not preachy, just an accurate reflection of some of the less pleasant incidents at sea which are sadly all too common at the present time.

It is, however, totally in keeping with the plot itself, it acts as a catalyst to one of the major changes in the development of Tom’s feelings for Nick, and highlights the growing intimacy between them.

There were times when I almost broke my Kindle in rage at Tom and his inability to see what was under his nose because of his determined stubbornness.

At other points, I was almost weeping, which is so rare for me that any book which gets me to that state goes into a special place in my heart.

And ultimately, it made me smile so much at all the different ways love is expressed and experienced throughout.

It’s as turbulent as the waters they sail, as calming as the harbour which shelters them and as steadying as the compass which guides them to each other, and to home.

With guest appearances from my favourite mardy chef Jude and his fabulous boyfriend Rob – see His Horizon – and a hint of who might be appearing in book three, there wasn’t a thing I didn’t adore about this story.

Also, how gorgeous is this cover from Natasha Snow! The absolutely perfect Tom 💕

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

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Release Blitz: Origin By AJ Sherwood & Jocelynn Drake

Origin | AJ Sherwood & Jocelynn Drake

Spells n’ Scales #1

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Release Date: October 2nd, 2020

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Cameron wants to make it clear that he did not go into the festival to find a dragon mate.

Germany is supposed to be an escape. With a new mechanical engineering degree, a new job looming, and a whole life planned out that isn’t his, Germany seems like the best place to find himself.

So how does he end up discovering his lost magic heritage, running from bad guys with a secret agenda, and being adopted by the not-so-extinct Fire Dragon clan?

Cameron blames tall, dark, and sexy Alric, king of the Fire dragons. His fated mate. Because of course he is, and mates are meant to take the blame, right?

It may take a hot second, but as Cameron learns more about the scarred Alric and the life he’s landed in, Cameron realizes that perhaps this is where he’s meant to be, magic and mates and kidnapping and all.

Turns out coming to Germany wasn’t an escape but his awakening.

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It stood like a fairytale, all white and pristine as it soared into the sky, the round towers on top ending in conical tin roofs. It looked like something out of a child’s storybook, and Cameron had to blink several times to convince himself that his eyes weren’t playing tricks. “Holy shit, Alric! That’s a stunning castle. And you live in it?”

“I do indeed, along with the rest of my family. It’s a very large building so it can accommodate all of us with ease.” His expression turned sad for a moment. “More than we currently have, in fact.”

Cameron sensed there was some tragic history behind that statement. He didn’t want to pry and reopen old wounds. So he changed the topic a little to something else. “How long has the castle been standing? You said it was to replace the other one, that burned down in 1300-something.”

“You’re correct. It was built late 1300 and finished in early 1400. So, some time.”

“The upkeep on this thing must be insane.”

“Oh, I have a little help on that. Fortunately.” Alric’s mouth grew in a smile that suggested he’d just told a joke, something Cameron didn’t know enough to get. “But there’s something up here that I want to show you—oh dammit.”

Cameron’s head snapped around to see what had caused Alric to swear. For a split second, he didn’t see anything and was confused. Then he saw it, soaring through the clear blue sky, angling down and toward their direction.

A dragon. In full flight.

“I told him not to do that,” Alric sighed, already sounding resigned.

Cameron wanted to say words. Many words. He garbled on them, not able to get a single syllable out, eyes threatening to pop out of his head altogether. “Ashohjokjsdfronheeeeee—”

“Sorry, that’s Ravi. As I’m sure you’ve discovered, he’s impulsive.”

That was not the question Cameron meant to ask, but crap on a stick, that was the same guy who’d glommed onto him yesterday?! But the guy yesterday had had dark hair and a sort of Middle-Eastern look, and the dragon above his head was slate blue, and those colors didn’t really match up, and why was Cameron thinking about colors of all things when he had a dragon literally flying overhead, and wow, brain, can we focus a little here on the important things?

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About the Authors

AJ Sherwood

AJ Sherwood believes in happily ever afters, magic, dragons, good men, and dark chocolate. She’s often dreams at night of delectable men doing sexy things with each other.

In between writing multiple books (often at the same time) she pets her cats, plays with her dogs, and attempts insane things like aerial yoga.

She currently resides in Tennessee with aforementioned cats, dogs, and her editor/best friend/sister/partner in crime.

Connect with AJ: https://www.ajsherwood.com/

Jocelynn Drake

New York Times Bestselling author Jocelynn Drake loves a good story, whether she is reading it or writing one of her own. Over the years, her stories have allowed her to explore space, talk to dragons, dodge bullets with assassins, hang with vampires, and fall in love again and again.

This former Kentucky girl has moved up, down, and across the U.S. with her husband. Recently, they’ve settled near the Rockies.

When she is not hammering away at her keyboard or curled up with a book, she can be found cuddling her cat Demona, walking her dog Ace, or playing video games. She loves Bruce Wayne, Ezio Auditore, travel, tattoos, explosions, and fast cars.

She is the author of the urban fantasy series: The Dark Days series and the Asylum Tales. She has just completed a gay romantic suspense series called The Exit Strategy about two assassins falling in love and trying to create a life together. Her newest project returns to her vampire roots with a MM paranormal romance series Lords of Discord.

With Rinda Elliott, she is one half of the Drake & Elliott writing team and has produced such series as Unbreakable Bonds, Ward Security, Pineapple Grove, and Weavers Circle.

With AJ Sherwood, she is journeying into a new MM paranormal romance series called Spells n’ Scales that is set to launch in September 2020.

Connect with Jocelynn: https://jocelynndrake.com/

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To celebrate the release of Origin, AJ & Jocelynn are giving away a US prize and an International prize!

  • US Winner – signed paperback copy of Origin and a swag bundle of an Origin bookmark & commissioned Origin art print/bookplate
  • International Winner – an ebook of Origin & a swag bundle of an Origin bookmark & commissioned Origin art print/bookplate (Bookplate will be signed)

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