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Release Blitz: The New Guy by Sarina Bowen

The New Guy | Sarina Bowen

Brooklyn #11


Release Date: February 28th, 2023

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My name is Hudson Newgate, but my teammates call me New Guy.

That was my nickname in Chicago, too. And Vancouver. That’s what happens when you keep getting traded. Brooklyn is my last chance, especially after my poor performance last season.

But I can make this work. The new guy knows to keep his head down and shoot the puck. The new guy puts the game first.

What he doesn’t do is hook up with the other new guy—a hot athletic trainer who lives in my building. Gavin needs this job with my team. He’s a single dad with responsibilities.

We can’t be a couple. My arrogant agent–who’s also my father–will lose his mind if I’m dating a dude. And my team needs me to score goals, not whip up a media circus.

Too bad Gavin and I are terrible at resisting each other…


About The Author

Sarina Bowen is a 24-time USA bestselling author, and a Wall Street Journal bestselling author of contemporary romance novels. Formerly a derivatives trader on Wall Street, Sarina holds a BA in economics from Yale University.

A New Englander whose Vermont ancestors cut timber and farmed the north country in the 1760s, Sarina is grateful for the invention of indoor plumbing and wi-fi during the intervening 250 years. She lives with her family on a few wooded acres in New Hampshire.

Sarina’s books are published in more than a dozen languages with fifteen international publishers.

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Sarina delivers another ice hockey romance that hits the spot

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Straight onto the Favourites list with this one!

Sarina writes conflicted young men so well and here she’s excelled with Hudson Newgate aka New Guy.

He’s the son of a double Stanley Cup winner who’s now his agent, he’s bisexual and in the closet, having been burned when he tried to come out to his team aged just 20 and getting traded a few hours later.

So he’s understandably wary when the guy he has an aborted hook-up with not only turns out to live next door but is also the new trainer for the ice hockey team he’s just arrived at following another trade.

His fourth in five years.

Gavin, on the other hand, is a young man who’s been through more than he should have at his relatively young age. He’s a single dad and a widower, having lost his husband in a car accident a few years earlier.

The tension between them is delicious though, as Sarina carefully piles on the attraction, but also the friendship that slowly grows as they work together to help Hudson recover from a hip injury.

With a secondary plot involving snooty, rich grandparents trying to invalidate all Gavin’s plans to bring up his adopted daughter Jordayn, who is an absolute delight, there’s plenty of tension to keep the narrative flowing.

Tension also comes from Hudson’s fears over coming out and there’s a fair bit of justified angst as he and Gavin struggle once they accept they’re not just having sex but both have caught feelings.

I have to say, I was waiting for the blow to come but even so, it still surprised me when it did and with the sharp quickness with which everything changed.

I’ll leave it to you to discover how the obstacles are overcome, but I did love where and how this book finishes.

As it’s connected to Sarina’s existing Brooklyn series’, I’m not sure if this will be another spin-off, but I hope so, as there are a couple of potential side characters I would love to know more about!

With a perfect blend of feels, the right kind of drama, romance, and excellent ice hockey references, this book ticked all my boxes.

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

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Blog Tour: The Asylum Fight Club Series by Tibby Armstrong & Bianca Sommerland

The Asylum Fight Club Series | Tibby Armstrong & Bianca Sommerland

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Fated. Forged. Forever.

A place where men live and love by their fists—and ropes are for more than just the ring—The Asylum Fight Club isn’t the easiest place to live or work, but it’s a haven and a home for three men who’ve put their livelihoods—and lives—on the line to build a members-only gay sanctuary.

At the heart of The Asylum, Lawson Gaumond, Noah Leonov, and Curtis Smith, are three ex-lovers with one mission: to protect those they care for at all costs in an often unforgiving world of violence and vice.

They are three men, with one vision. Their bonds forged in blood. Fated to be together. Forever.

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The Asylum Fight Club #1

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If there were an emergency number for adulthood, Matt Kincaid would have dialed it months ago. Raising his kid brother alone is already an uphill battle, never mind when an ugly gang initiation lands the teen in lockup. Again. Only, this time for a hate crime against a local fight club, where settling debts isn’t taken lightly. When the club offers to let Matt risk everything in a long-shot match with a man who’s as brutally handsome as he is tough, he jumps at the chance.

If Matt wins, all will be forgiven. If not? Well, he might as well move in, because ‘The Law’ will own his ass…for a very long time.

There are no limits to what Lawson ‘The Law’ Gaumond will do to protect the club he and his former lovers built. An inner-city sanctuary where Anniston Falls’ gay leather culture thrives, The Asylum Fight Club isn’t an easy place, but it’s home. Taking on a local hothead whose younger brother vandalized the space isn’t high on his priority list, but there’s something about Matt that cries out for a firm hand.

Lawson’s never backed down from a fight, and he’s not about to start when there’s no way he can lose.

When renewed gang violence erupts, spilling blood over The Asylum, Lawson and Matt must confront their pasts to find a way forward. Gunshots and knives should be harder to survive than this rough love, but coming to the ring armed with nothing but the truth is their greatest challenge of all.

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The Asylum Fight Club #2

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Raised and trained by The Asylum Fight Club’s most infamous owner, Reed Dane is almost untouchable. Might sound dope, but there are disadvantages to his ‘privileged’ status. His guardian’s reputation makes a serious relationship impossible—turns out the club’s members are addicted to breathing—and the one man Reed truly wants sees him only as a stray his former lover brought home.

An endless string of one-night stands lacks the intimacy Reed craves, but at least edgy post-fight hookups distract him from what he’ll never have. Until he takes a wrecking ball to the walls that set him apart.

Curtis Smith is a lot of things—MMA fighter, club owner…son of a drug lord—but one thing he’s not is prepared to face temptation exploding past his carefully built boundaries. Reed is forbidden, to him most of all, but resisting what they both want becomes impossible with the sub challenging him at every turn. And with his past threatening everything The Asylum has been built to protect, Curtis can’t afford to be addicted to Reed’s brand of candy coated sin.

He can’t deny himself one taste before his stolen time runs out. Because when it does, all that will be left behind for Reed is a memory…

And his heart.

Hard Justice

The Asylum Fight Club #3

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Scandalous headlines threaten to turn Jamie Kent from a pop star to a pariah on the regular, but this latest one is a little too close for comfort. The Asylum Fight Club seems like a good place to hide out…until he has to prove he belongs – deep in a lifestyle with a contract and rules he breaks within the first five minutes. Staying means complete surrender, but a lifetime scripting love songs didn’t prepare him to give his heart to the one man who claims everything he has to offer.

The day he returns from prison.

Reputation has its own kind of power in a place where pain and pleasure depend on who’s in control. Entangled in the lives of those he’d give anything to protect, Noah Leonov rarely takes chances, but the hardened fighter refuses to abandon the vulnerable new sub to vultures who could tear his life apart with a camera flash. With the cage where he spent two years fresh in his mind, Noah won’t trap the man he loves in his brutal world. Jamie deserves the glamour and fame, where he can have more than a broken man can provide.

He belongs in the spotlight.

Neither man ever had the choice to decide their own destiny. Imprisoned by the roles they’re forced to play, their key to freedom might be to do the unexpected.

Refuse to let go.

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Past Justice

The Asylum Fight Club #20

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This is not a beautiful love story.

But there is beauty in the darkness, and a love within family forged in blood, pain, regret, and triumph. To start here is to slip back to where it all began. From the boy who embraced a tempting nightmare to escape a hopeless reality, to the men who came together to find a home where even the most fragile heart, or the most depraved one, can be made whole.

The Asylum is more than a fight club.

Two teens raised within this haven drift away from the core of all it has to offer, drawn back as adults to find what they lost. One man, Sinaan ‘Sin’ Persaud, can bring them together, but only once he uncovers the war waged within the walls where romance can bring the sweetest pain and pleasure comes from indulging in things most speak of only in whispers. To first claim Garet Kincaid, he must join the young man on a road to redemption that began before he was even born.

To understand the challenges they all face is to explore a history dangerously close to repeating itself.

And expose the lies and secrets threatening to tear the foundation from the roots.

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About the Authors

Bianca Sommerland, author of the award winning Dartmouth Cobras series, was born and raised in Montreal, Quebec.

After hitting the USA TODAY Bestsellers list, and being invited to teach several classes on writing in the sports and BDSM genre, they retreated to their writing cave and can still be found there, doing what they’ve always done. Which is writing whatever the characters tell them to.

Tibby Armstrong is the author of the (in)famous Hollywood and Boston After Dark series. She resides in her Connecticut hometown one mile from her ancestral family book farm.

Seriously. There might be more books in her great-grandparents’ 20 room Victorian farmhouse than in the local Barnes & Noble. With a Master’s in Library Science and three cats, she’s destined to be happily single and reading Romance novels until the end of her days.

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