Tag Archives: "straight" MC

Bash finally gets his story told and I’m totally here for it

DareYou AMAZONDare You by Ella Frank & Brooke Blaine

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

As this is a trilogy, I knew we’d get mini cliffhangers at the end of each book, but even so, this one frustrated me.

Not because it’s a cliffhanger, but because of the type of “dramady” plot trope used to create it.

Begin Whinge 

I hate with the power of a thousand burning suns the whole ‘misunderstanding of a situation’ angle and that it’s used here annoyed me because it was out of character for how both men had been behaving until that point.

That and the fact that character X appeared literally out of nowhere just for said plotline.

End Whinge

Up until that moment, everything about this book was going beautifully for me and I know it’s a personal bugbear not an actual fault 😁

I’ve been dying for Bash’s story for almost two years, I loved the idea of a crossover with Ella’s Chicagoverse, Kieran Bailey especially, and everything was working out in a way which felt honest.

The meet cute was fab, Kieran’s fascination with Bash was totally believable, his growing attraction coming out of spending time together was absolutely understandable.

They just click from the off, they’re comfortable in each other’s company and they’re funny, flirting and exploring the delights of Chicago as Kieran plays tour guide.

The set up for the first spark between them had me cheering and when the UST finally boils over, it’s a visceral connection which scorches the pages.

I know Brooke and Ella will steer the story to a joyous, happy ending in the final book, but sometimes I wish I didn’t have to suffer through the angsting first!

At least they don’t leave us waiting long, book two is out next month and the last part in September 😁

I’m also seriously keen to see what Keiran’s going to do to win Bash back round to believing he wasn’t just “straight guy experimenting” because he’s going to need to be very persuasive.

Our Bash needs someone willing to fight big for him and lay their vulnerability on the cards, so come on Keiran, go fix this!

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

View all my reviews

Release Blitz: Ache by Marley Valentine

Ache | Marley Valentine

Ache Banner

Release Date: June 22nd, 2021

Universal Link

Add to Goodreads

Ache Cover

Blurb

I couldn’t tell you when I fell in love with Gael Herrera, but I wish I knew how to make it stop.

Falling in love with a straight man is a rookie mistake. But falling in love with my soon-to-be-married-to-a-woman best friend is nothing but heartache.

Through all the years, and all the men I’ve fooled around with, he’s always been at the back of my mind. An unrequited crush I wish I could shake. A dream that was never going to come true.

When I whisk him off to a surprise bachelor party weekend in Vegas, I surrender to the idea that this is an opportunity for me to finally let go of my feelings for him and say goodbye.

But after a heated exchange and an even hotter kiss, everything I thought I knew about our friendship changed.

Maybe I had it wrong. Maybe, after all this time, we were more than best friends. Maybe, just maybe, he felt it too.

Ache Marley Valentine Teaser 1

Excerpt

“Gael,” I breathe out. “Please.”

He shakes his head, and even though every fiber of my being knows how dangerous this is, being like this, I stay still. I stand there and let him hold me, intimately, as he tells me he loves somebody else.

Slowly, his hands rise, ghosting the length of me and settling on either side of my neck. “Ask me why I’m not with you. Why I’m not marrying you.”

Unable to look at him, I turn my head, and he persists with the questioning. “Ask me why, Jordan.”

“Stop,” I plead. Forcefully, I step out of his hold and let my eyes land on his. “What is the point, Gael?” I ask, exasperated. “What is the fucking point of rehashing all the things we want and can’t have?”

“Why can’t we have them?” he says.

Ache Marley Valentine Teaser 2

About the Author

marley-valentine-logo

Living in Sydney, Australia with her family, Marley Valentine is a USA Today bestselling author and a former social worker who uses her past experiences to write real life, emotional and heartfelt contemporary romance.

She enjoys mixing it up with both M/F and M/M Romance incorporating all forms of life, lust and love as her characters embark on their journey to their happily ever after.

When she’s not busy writing her own stories, she spends most of her time immersed in the words of her favourite authors.

Marley enjoys interacting with her readers so please feel free to reach out to her via Facebook, Instagram, email and/or subscribe to her newsletter.

Social Media

Website: https://www.marleyvbooks.com

Newsletter: https://bit.ly/MarleyVNL

Audio Newsletter: https://bit.ly/MarleyVAudio

Facebook: http://bit.ly/2VuYfg8

Instagram: http://bit.ly/MVBooksIG

Twitter: http://bit.ly/MarleyTwitter

BookBub: http://bit.ly/MVBookBub

Amazon: http://bit.ly/MarleyV

Goodreads: http://bit.ly/MVGoodreads

grr-tours-promo

Ache IG Sized Out Now

Release Blitz: Shot in the Dark by Riley Long

Shot in the Dark | Riley Long

RB Banner

Release Date: October 6th, 2020

Universal Link

Add to Goodreads

SHOT IN THE DARK Cover

Blurb

If you win the bet, we’ll let you disappear. If you lose, you’ll be trapped on stage forever.

Charlie I’m definitely straight, but when rock god Eli Steele offers me the opportunity of a lifetime in exchange for being his fake husband for a year, I can’t say no. That’s how I find myself sharing a bed – and more than a few kisses – with the lead singer of Blood Money. All I have to do is stay focused on my work and pretend to be in love with him. Easy, right?

Eli I took a stupid fucking bet and now I have to convince Charlie to fall for me without using mind control. He’s straight, but the bigger problem is that he’s human and I’m not. Once he finds out I’m really a vampire, will he be able to look past my fangs and see what’s in my heart?

Teaser 1

Teaser

I dropped my voice. “He kissed me.”

“Oh my God. Was it amazing?”

I shrugged. It had been amazing, but I wasn’t sure I wanted to admit it just yet. “What does it mean?”

“It means he likes you, fuck-face. Do you like him? I thought you were straight.”

I combed my fingers through my hair, my shoulders tensing up. “I don’t know.”

“Did you tell him to fuck off immediately? Or, y’know, did you let him kiss you?”

“I sort of let him, I guess.” That was an understatement. I’d pulled his body against me like I’d needed him to save me from drowning.

“Did you like it?”

It was the single greatest kiss of my life. “Um, I guess.”

“Do you want it to happen again?”

More than I’d ever wanted anything in my life. “I don’t know. Is it normal to feel like this for a guy when you’re straight?”

Mark snorted and reminded me of Drew. “Probably not, but who the fuck cares what you call yourself? Just relax, have fun, and see what happens.”

Teaser 3 Author Logo

About the Author

Riley Long is a wife and mother living a quiet life in Virginia, with her husband, son, and one goofy pit bull. She passes her evenings writing, reading, and watching bad television (or not so bad television). For fun, Riley participates in NaNoWriMo, GISH, and reads with her book club, the BAMFs.

She likes things with silly acronyms. The craziest thing Riley has ever done involves whipped cream and hugs. Riley writes sweet and sexy romance, with a special place in her heart for hipsters and musicians.

Social Media

Book Bub: https://www.bookbub.com/profile/riley-long

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/13515411.Riley_Long

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B01578N1BO

Twitter: https://twitter.com/writerrileylong

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/writerrileylong/boards/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/writerrileylong/

Website: https://rileylongwrites.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WriterRileyLong/

https://www.facebook.com/groups/RileysReaders

https://www.facebook.com/rileylongwrites

Giveaway

To celebrate Riley’s release, we are giving readers 1 of 2 chances too win an e-copies of Shot in the Dark & the book of your choice from Riley’s published works!

A Rafflecopter Giveaway

grr-tours-promo IG Sized Out Now