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Utterly brilliant – and surprisingly moving – intro to this new romantic suspense series

Ride the Lightning CoverRide the Lightning by Aimee Nicole Walker

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Well, I wasn’t expecting to get all teary reading a romantic suspense but I should know with Aimee Nicole that there’s nothing conventional about her stories.

This first offshoot from the Zero Hour series is superb. It focuses on Jonah St John, the criminal analyst at the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, and a cold case he’s asked to investigate by his next door neighbour Marla.

And how much did I love Marla, I think she’s one of the best characters Aimee’s written, I loved her sass, her sadness, her balls-to-the-wall attitude and her unquenchable desire to see justice done for her murdered friend.

I’ve no idea on the accuracy of investigations, of cold cases and how hard it is to re-open them, but I was absolutely carried along as Jonah and his two friends, and fellow crime podcast friends Rocky and Felix (who we’ve already met in the previous series) started to dig up information.

The pacing in this was brilliant, I picked it up this morning, read until I had to start work, and then grabbed it again as soon as I was done to get to the conclusion as soon as possible.

Regarding who the bad guy turns out to be, it did seem a bit of a familiar way in which the romance suspense trope often goes – but it wasn’t enough to spoil the ride and Aimee Nicole’s narrative definitely provides all the necessary information and justifications to make them the perpetrator.

That’s my single thought out loud as it’s not a negative at all, only a commentary on the commonalities of the genre trope as a whole which, let’s be honest, happens with pretty much all the various types of romance stories as well!

I loved this one and book two has me chomping at the bit to see just why Felix hates the reporter responsible for another crime related podcast so much. Enemies to lovers, coupled with a (hopefully) second chances narrative, is one of my absolute favourites.

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

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Cover Reveal: Power Plays & Straight A’s by Eden Finley & Saxon James

Power Plays & Straight A’s | Eden Finley & Saxon James

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Release Date: June 29, 2020

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FOSTER:

“Look out for Zach and don’t hit on him.”

My brother’s request sounds easy enough. Keep an eye out for his best friend on campus and keep my hands to myself.

Easy.

Even if Zach is a quintessential nerd, who I’ve always thought was cute, I don’t have the time to think with my … stick.

There’s only one stick I should be focused on this year, and that’s my hockey stick. My goal once I graduate is to get an NHL contract.

The last thing I need is a distraction. On or off the ice.

Only, keeping to the rules is harder than I thought it would be.

ZACH:

People confuse me.

And no one more than Foster Grant.

I’ve barely spoken two words to him in the whole time I’ve known him, but the second I step foot on campus, he’s impossible to shake.

I can never anticipate his next move. And whenever we’re together, my next move is a total mystery as well.

I want to give in to him, but that might mean coming clean about something I’ve never been bothered about before.

I’m still carrying my V-card.

And I think it’s time to turn it in.

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Excerpt

Zach looks absolutely adorably hot. Adorably hot is not exactly a cohesive description, but I don’t know how else to put it. He’s wearing the tightest jeans I’ve ever seen him in, his hair has some sort of product worked through it, and he’s wearing a button-down shirt that’s about a size too big.

He stands at his door, blinking at me as if he’s forgotten how to talk.

I lean in. “I think the word you’re looking for is hi.”

“Umm … hi.”

“Yay, good start.” I run my gaze over him again, and the shirt thing clicks. “Did my brother dress you?”

His eyes widen. “No! Umm, maybe.”

Seth appears behind him.

I bow to my brother. “Well played. Nothing is a better cockblocker than knowing my date is wearing my twin’s clothes.”

Seth laughs.

“I can’t wait for you to meet some girl. There is going to be payback. I don’t know how yet, but there will be.”

Zach looks down at his shirt. “Should I change?”

“Nope.” I grab his hand. “Hope you know how to sew, brother, because that shirt’s coming back buttonless.”

“Okay, okay, you win. He can keep the damn shirt. Now it’s his. Just don’t hurt it.”

I’ll defile it instead. 

I interlace my fingers with Zach’s as I lead him across campus to Greek row.

“Where are we going?”

“Frat party.”

“W-what? Is that your idea of romance?”

“Nope. It’s my idea of college.” I stop walking and tug on his hand. “College experience you need to have number sixteen: frat party.” I smile wide.

“Seth took me to a few parties.”

“Frat parties? How long did you stay?”

He stares up at me defiantly. “I’ll have you know, I lasted two drinks at one of them.”

“Whoa. I take it all back. You’re a party animal, and I don’t know if I’ll be able to keep up. Have you sought counselling for your partying addiction?”

Zach shoves me with a laugh. “Shut up.”

I love playful Zach. 

“Are you forgetting the whole”—he points to himself—“doesn’t do well in groups thing?”

I pull him along again. “Yes, we’re going to a party, and yes, there will be lots of people there, but you’re forgetting the most important part.”

“Awkward conversations and small talk with people I don’t know?”

“Funny, but no. I will be right beside you the whole time, and we’ll get to stand there and analyze everyone.”

It’s Zach’s turn to stop walking. “H-how do you know I do that?”

“I’ve seen you do it. You look at everyday interactions like they’re fascinating. You do it in class, and you were doing it that day in the dining hall.” I shrug. “It’s your thing.”

He still looks unsure.

“If you ever become uncomfortable, we can leave. I promise.”

“Okay.”

“And …” I wrap my arms around him and pull him against me. “You’re also forgetting a major frat party rite of passage.”

“Keg stands.”

“Nailed it.” I move closer. “Actually, I was thinking about the tradition of hooking up in an upstairs bedroom or bathroom.”

Zach’s cheeks flame red. “I-I’m not … I’m not having sex in someone else’s house.”

I fake shock. “Your mind is so dirty. I’m talking about making out.”

He looks like he doesn’t believe me.

“No sex in someone else’s house,” I say seriously.

“Thank you.”

We start walking again. We’re almost there now, and I can’t resist teasing him a little more.

“Question?”

“Mm?”

“Is a blowjob considered sex?”

He almost trips over his feet.

Luckily, I catch him.

Tonight is going to be so much fun.

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About Eden Finley

Eden Finley is an Amazon bestselling author who writes steamy contemporary romances that are full of snark and light-hearted fluff.

She doesn’t take anything too seriously and lives to create an escape from real life for her readers. The ideas always begin with a wackadoodle premise, and she does her best to turn them into romances with heart.

With a short attention span that rivals her son’s, she writes multiple different pairings: MM, MMF, and MF.

She’s also an Australian girl and apologises for her Australianisms that sometimes don’t make sense to anyone else.

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About Saxon James

Saxon James unapologetically writes happy endings for LGBT+ characters.

While not writing, SM is a readaholic and Netflix addict who regularly lives on a sustainable diet of chocolate and coffee.

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Release Blitz: Say You’ll Be Nine by Lucy Lennox

Say You’ll Be Nine | Lucy Lennox

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Release Date: June 2nd, 2020

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Blurb

One dilapidated cabin in need of renovation.

Two stubborn men pretending to be a couple.

Three summer months to get the job done.

Four tangled legs in only one bed.

Five cameras catching it all for YouTube.

Six hundred thousand Instagram followers.

Seven nosy family members with Opinions.

Eight thousand reasons they should never fall in love.

Nine million reasons why they will.

Say You’ll Be Nine is a standalone novel.

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Excerpt

Thinking about Cooper though… well, that did something to me. It made me annoyed, mostly, but for some reason that annoyance made itself known through what I’d begun to think of as “angry dick.” Yes, thoughts of arguing with Cooper made me hard. And since I was fixing to spend the entire summer sleeping near, fighting with, and pretending to kiss and hug the man, this was going to be a problem.

“Keep it together,” I grumbled under my breath. Nacho’s ears perked up in the rearview mirror. “Oh, not you, baby. You’re fine. Go back to sleep. Daddy’s just having a sexuality crisis, no big.”

I remembered one time when Cooper was staying over during a spring break, I’d come home late from helping a neighbor fix his tractor shed and run right into Cooper pouring himself a glass of ice water in the darkened kitchen. He’d been standing there in nothing but navy-striped boxer briefs, and I’d stared at him like he was some kind of alien.

“Nine,” he’d said slowly. “Didn’t know you were out this late.”

I’d glanced my fill of his entire body, curious more than anything about what another man outside my family looked like without his clothes on. Since I’d helped my dad on the farm and worked at Walt’s, I hadn’t played school sports and had the locker room experience like some others had.

I remembered the air getting weird between us and his underwear getting bulgier as we stood there. Had it been possible he was getting hard for me? I’d known he was gay, but this was something else.

“Uh, yeah,” I’d croaked. “Was working at the farm next door. Sorry.” I’d scooted past him and raced for my room, kicking myself for apologizing for being in my own damned kitchen. After that, every time I’d seen Cooper I hadn’t been able to help but look at his fly to see if he was getting hard for me again. It had been this inappropriate addiction I’d had that had pissed me the hell off and started the odd discord between us. Was it ego? Did I really care if some gay guy found me attractive?

So yeah. I was sweating buckets and probably going to puke and faint at the same time the minute I saw him at the renovation cabin. Super-duper.

When I finally pulled off the deserted mountain highway and onto the road where the property was located, I finally pulled over and upchucked into the weeds at the side of the forest. Nothing like christening a new place with a little vomit.

Nacho whimpered and whined from the half-open window, so I waved my hand at him to let him know I was still alive. I used some napkins from the side pocket to wipe my mouth and then swished with water from my water bottle. Finally, I popped in some mint gum from the console and tried to take a deep breath. At least now I wasn’t going to puke when I saw Cooper.

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About The Author

After enjoying creative writing as a child, Lucy didn’t write her first novel until she was over 40 years old. Her debut novel, Borrowing Blue, was published in the autumn of 2016.

Lucy has an English Literature degree from Vanderbilt University, but that doesn’t hold a candle to the years and years of staying up all night reading tantalizing novels on her own. She has three children, plays tennis, and hates folding laundry.

While her husband is no shmoopy romance hero, he is very good at math, cooks a mean lasagne, has gorgeous eyes, looks hot in his business clothes, and makes her laugh every single day.

Lucy hopes you enjoy sexy heroes as much as she does. Happy reading!

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