Friday, April 30, 2021

**BLOG TOUR WITH REVIEW** Mafia King by Rachel Van Dyken

Mafia King: A Mafia Royals Novella, an all new must read standalone novella from New York Times bestselling author Rachel Van Dyken and 1,001 Dark Nights, is available now!

From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Rachel Van Dyken comes a new story in her Mafia Royals series…

One of the first rules they give you when you're undercover—never fall for the enemy.
I didn't just fall for the enemy.
I became what I was supposed to hate.
What's worse: I fell in love with one.
I live a double life, and both sides know it's only a matter of time before I'm forced to choose.
Rebirth through mafia blood.
Or death at the hands of the very government I swore to protect.
I have one more job before my time's up.
I just wish it was anything but babysitting a mafia princess who's half my size but knows how to pack such a brutal punch I worry about my ability to have children.
Tin's small but terrifying.
And I'm her new bodyguard while we all go on a much-needed vacation.
I just have to stick to the plan.
And remember rule number one.
And stop kissing her.

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The door slammed. 

“Honey, I’m home...” I said to myself with a grin. 

I had a bottle of wine out on the living room table, my shoes on the glass as I leaned back and took a swig from my goblet—because why not get fancy at two in the afternoon? 

“It’s ten a.m,” came Tank’s annoyed voice. 

Or ten in the morning…whoops.

“I don’t own a watch.” I shrugged. 

“What’s that on your left wrist, then?”

“Oh, that?” I shrugged. “It’s an Apple watch used strictly for heart rate and exercise purposes.”

“Exercise to you is opening your mouth and closing it, Tiny.” He made it farther into the room, and I tried…I really did. I tried not to check him out. 

Not to stare at his golden skin. 

His bulging biceps beneath his plain black t-shirt. 

The new ink poking out from the V of that same shirt. 

Would he get the Abandonato crest like the rest of the Family? 

I shivered. 

He would look so hot with it across his chest. 

Our crest. 


I shifted my eyes away too slowly, and he caught them with his green-eyed gaze before he licked his full lips like he saw something else he wanted to lick. 

He always looked at me that way—with both annoyance and need. 

And I never knew how to take it. 

On one hand, I wanted to believe the need trumped any annoyance he felt for me, but I knew how he saw me. 

As a spoiled brat with a silver spoon stuck up her ass. 

And even worse now that I was older. 

Now that I was…different. 

“You added more blue.” He jutted his chin toward me and sat down on the chair across from the sofa I was lying on. 

“Yup.” I examined my black nail polish. “I felt like it wasn’t making a strong enough statement.”

He snorted out a laugh. “And what sort of statement were you going for? Gothic chic?”

“What?” I glared at him. “You don’t like it.”

“It’s not you.”

Disappointment threatened to choke me, and shame crawled up my neck by way of a harsh red flush. “You don’t know me.”

“I did.” He locked eyes with me. “Or I thought I did.”

Tonya's Review

5 Stars

This is book 3.5 in the Mafia Royals series.  It is a novella.  But with the way Rachel writes, it sucks you right in and feels like a full length novel.  

This is King and Katrini's story.

My heart hurt for Kat once we see the reason she went from sweet little girl to a rebellious woman.

King is made, but he's also FBI.  He has a huge choice to make.  Pick a side.  He chose the right one.

I absolutely love these books, and characters.  I get sucked in from the very first words.  

About Rachel Van Dyken
Rachel Van Dyken is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author of regency and contemporary romances. When she's not writing you can find her drinking coffee at Starbucks and plotting her next book while watching The Bachelor.
She keeps her home in Idaho with her husband, adorable son, and two snoring boxers! She loves to hear from readers!

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Thursday, April 29, 2021

**BLOGTOUR WITH REVIEW** Reckless by Adriana Locke

"Locke is back and at her best with another heartwarming Mason brother to fall in love with." -- K. Bromberg New York Times bestselling author

Reckless, an all-new swoon-worthy standalone romance in the Mason Family series from USA Today bestselling author Adriana Locke is available now!

“How did you get in here?”

That’s not what you want to hear when you’re staring into the sea-green eyes of the hottest man you’ve ever seen. Yet I suppose it’s a fair question, considering I’m an uninvited stranger standing in Boone Mason’s kitchen.

If you think that’s bad—just wait. It gets worse.

This charming and wealthy playboy, who can’t pay his bills on time or find his way to the grocery store (but we all have flaws, right?), is sweet. Confident. Playful. He’s almost perfect. And, to make matters worse …

He’s smitten with me.

I know what you’re thinking. You’re rolling your eyes. You’re assuming this is some opposites attract situation—or that maybe we can be friends who turn into something more.

How can this be a bad thing?

Well, it’s simple. I’m not the kind of girl you fall in love with. Just to be sure, the universe reminds me of that in an unforgettable, in-your-face kind of way.

I might have broken into Boone’s house, but I won’t let him break my heart. I won’t break his either. There’s too much on the line to be that reckless.

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4 Stars

This is the 3rd book in the Mason Family Series.  It is a standalone.  I haven't read the first book and didn't feel like I was missing anything while reading this one.

This is Boone's story.

Boone is the baby of the family.  He's the fun brother, rarely works, can't pay bills on time.  But man, when he does work, he brings in the big contracts. 

What he didn't expect was for his house to be broken into and to find the one.  

Jaxi is on her way to a new, fresh start in Hawaii when she accidently ends up in Boone's house instead of her cousin's.  But all her plans get flipped upside down.

I loved how Jaxi handled the new situation she was thrown into.  She stepped up, no questions asked.  Boone was the same way.  He had no ties to her, but he knew that she needed the help and wouldn't ask.  He could have easily walked away.  He didn't.  

This is a great read.

"You get one life.  If you know what you want, and who you want to spend even a day of it with, you should do that."

About Adriana Locke

USA Today, Washington Post, and Amazon Charts Bestselling author Adriana Locke lives and breathes books. After years of slightly obsessive relationships with the flawed bad boys created by other authors, Adriana has created her own.

She resides in the Midwest with her husband, four sons, and two dogs. She spends a large amount of time playing with her kids, drinking coffee, and cooking. You can find her outside if the weather's nice and there's always a piece of candy in her pocket.

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Monday, April 26, 2021

**RELEASE BLITZ WITH REVIEW** Heart On by Bella Jewel


Let the games begin - the war isn't over yet.


Heart-On by Bella Jewel is now live!


Ramona knows pain and she wears it behind a perfectly made-up mask of laughter, sass and a personality that makes most men weak at the knees.

Emphasis on most men.

Because there happens to be one man her charm doesn't work on...Adan.

Member of the gorgeous biker club who took over the garage next to her best friend Eve's café. Oh, and there's one more tiny little thing...he's now her patient.

After suffering burns in a fire, Adan lost the ability to use not one, but both of his hands. Enter Ramona. Registered nurse on her first job since completing her degree. And of course she's put with the gorgeous, grumpy, rough biker who wants nothing more than for her to leave him the hell alone.

But, alas, she simply cannot.

Stuck together, there is nothing Ramona can do...except her job.

The problem is Adan is making her job very difficult. Not only does he live like he's running a brothel, but the man refuses to do anything she asks him. He's irritated and barely speaks, and when he does speak, it's usually to insult her.

Not going down without a fight, Ramona does everything she can to keep her spirits high, including tormenting the poor man at every chance she gets. She'll get him to laugh before her time with him is over.

Adan will like her.

And she will complete this job with a glowing review.

Not matter the cost.

No matter the game.

He'll get a Heart-On for her...and she'll make damned sure of it.

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4 Stars

This is the second book in the Turf Wars series.  it can be read as a stand alone, but the first book does set this one up.  And this one does the same for the next book.
This is a good read.  I did get a lot of laughs out of it.
There were a couple parts I didn't care for too much, the tent scene, but it didn't take away from the book for me.
I liked Ramona and Adan.  I didn't love them though.  Something felt missing between them and I just can't put my finger on it.


Meet Bella Jewel

Bella Jewel is a self published, USA Today bestselling author. She's been publishing since 2013. Her first release was a contemporary romance, Hell's Knights which topped the charts upon release. Since that time, she has published over twenty-five novels, gaining a bestseller status on numerous platforms. She lives in North Queensland with her fiancé and four beautiful kids. Bella has been writing since she was just shy of fifteen years old. In Summer 2013 she was offered an ebook deal through Montlake Romance for her bestselling modern day pirate series, Enslaved By The Ocean. In 2016 she signed a three book deal with St Martin's Press, and another three just a year later. She plans to expand her writing career, planning many new releases for the future.

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Wednesday, April 21, 2021

**RELEASE BLITZ WITH REVIEW** Ember by Chelle Bliss


Ember by USA Today bestselling author Chelle Bliss, a Men of Inked Heatwave Novel.


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Ember is the seventh full-length standalone novel in the Men of Inked® Heatwave series

Genre: Contemporary romance


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Rocco Caldo is tall, dark, and handsome, but not interested in love. Loyal to a fault, he can’t turn away an old friend in need or a beautiful woman on the run…especially when they have unfinished business.

Rebel Bishop is a single mom, looking for shelter, not a handout. But when her path crosses with an old flame, they uncover an ember of passion that’s been smoldering inside them both for over a decade.

Can they move beyond their tragic pasts, allowing the flame to burn bright into their future?

Ember is the seventh full-length standalone novel in the Men of Inked® Heatwave series by USA Today bestselling author Chelle Bliss®.

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Tonya's Review

5 Stars

This is the seventh book in The Men of Inked: Heatwave series.  While it is a stand alone, I think you get more enjoyment by reading them all.

The previous book, Spark, had me on my toes with the car accident at the end.  We didn't know if Rocco or Carmello were hurt bad, or even worse...dead.

But this is Rocco's story.  It's been ten years since the accident.  We do learn all about it.  And we do get that chapter.

Rebel was there also.

A lot has changed in those ten years.  But what hasn't changed is the inferno between Rocco and Rebel.  They may not have been around each other those years, but it never died down.

I love how alpha and protective Rocco is.  Rebel is awesome.  But she hasn't had an easy life at all.

This is such a great read!

I can't wait for Carm's book next.  He's gonna get knocked on his ass.

Meet the Author

USA Today bestselling author Chelle Bliss currently lives in a small town near the Gulf of Mexico. She’s a full-time writer, time-waster extraordinaire, social media addict, and coffee fiend. She’s written over ten books and has two series available. She loves spending her free time with her boyfriend, 2 cats, and her hamster.

Before becoming a writer, Chelle taught high school history for over ten years. She holds a master’s degree in Instructional Technology and a bachelor’s in History. Although history is her first love, writing has become her dream job and she can’t imagine doing anything else.






Tuesday, April 20, 2021

**RELEASE BLITZ WITH REVIEW** Quit Bein' Ugly by Lani Lynn Vale


Quit Bein’ Ugly

The Southern Gentleman Series Book 3
Lani Lynn Vale

Release Date: April 20, 2021


About the Book

There’s a crush, and then there are the type of feelings that Croft Cruisie evokes from a person.

He’s everything that any straight woman would want: tall, handsome, charismatic, muscular, and sweet.

At least, Carmichael thought he was sweet, until he brings another woman to the gym she owns with her brother, on the night that’s to be their first date, and lets her know in a quick and painful, non-verbal way that her feelings are not reciprocated.

Fast forward six months, and she’s still trying to move on from the rejection.

It doesn’t help that the jerk moves in next door to her, and that she has to see him workout shirtless every single day.

How can a woman get over a silly crush when that silly crush won’t so much as give her room to breathe?


Croft doesn’t know what happened.

One day he was supposed to go on a date with the girl that wouldn’t leave his thoughts for even a second, and the next she’s avoiding him like the plague.

No matter how hard he tries—and admittedly, it isn’t all that hard due to the biggest case of his career taking over his life—he can’t get her to tell him what he did wrong. She refuses to give him a second chance.

At least, not until he’s nearly killed in front of the courthouse, that is.

The moment he sees his chance, he pounces. Or, more literally, he limps.

But the limping is what draws Carmichael in. The Southern charm that was instilled in him since birth will be what gets her to stay.

That’s his plan, anyway.

Funny thing about plans… they never seem to work out how you expect them to.


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5 Stars

This is the third, and sadly, final book in The Southern gentleman series.  They are stand alones, but all three are fantastic reads.

I swear, Lani's books make it so hard to find something else to read after I finish one of her books.

This is Croft and Carmichael's story.

I absolutely love their story.  Croft was so dense at the beginning of the book.  I don't blame Carmichael for ignoring and skipping their date.  I would have done the same thing.

The "squeeze it like a watermelon until it pops" scene had me busting up laughing so hard my husband and kids looked at me like I was crazy.  This scene also shows just how much of a badass Carmichael is!

This is another awesome read that I couldn't put down!  I'm feeling an entire re-read of all Lani's books getting ready to start.

"The path to inner peace begins with four words: not my fuckin' problem."

"So my neighbor with big titties is outside gardening topless today.  I just wish his wife would do the same thing."



HISSY FIT: The Southern Gentleman Series, Book 1

He is the one that never looks her way.


He is handsome and strong.


He is rough around the edges and mean.


He is everything she’s ever wanted.


He doesn’t even know she exists.


Her life is a joke.




She doesn’t step on cracks in the sidewalk.


She laughs at inappropriate times.


She talks when she shouldn’t.


She is clumsy and trips on air.


She is finally on his radar.


God help her now.


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LORD HAVE MERCY: The Southern Gentleman Series, Book 2

Poor judgment: knowing better yet doing it anyway.


Flint Stone is a professional in every way.


He’s a police officer with the K-9 unit and works at Gun Barrel High as the school resource officer. In his spare time, he’s working his heart out to create a successful gym from the ground up.


He’s loved by every single person he ever encounters—student, faculty, and employees—Everyone but Camryn Elvis Presley.


The only thing they have in common is their mothers’ poor excuses for names.

Period. The end.


So why is it every time she crosses his path that he has the urge to mess up her perfectly curled hair? Or unbutton a few of her prim and proper buttons?


He knows he should stay away, yet like the high schoolers he’s around every day, he has no choice but to react first and think about the consequences later.


Side note—bad decisions are made, leading to lapses in judgment that threaten both of their jobs. Yet when the time comes, neither one can seem to find the wherewithal to care. Why? Because being bad feels so good.


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About Lani Lynn Vale

Lani Lynn Vale is a Wall Street Journal & USA Today Bestselling Author of over thirty titles. She is married with three children, two dogs, two cats, a donkey, and a couple (a couple also meaning over twenty) chickens.


When she’s not writing, you can find her curled up in her favorite chair reading.

Lani is married with three children and lives in the Great State of Texas.








Tuesday, April 6, 2021

**NEW RELEASE WITH REVIEW** Jailbait by Lani Lynn Vale



Souls Chapel Revenants MC Book 3

Lani Lynn Vale

Release Date: April 6, 2021


About the Book

The first time I saw her was across the room at a bar. I had no idea at the time that she was only sixteen. All I knew was that she was beautiful, she was sending me do-me vibes from across the room, and I was fresh off a deployment where there’d been nobody but men for nine of the longest months of my life.


The second time that I saw her was at a court hearing that would decide how long I’d be sent to prison for. She was a cute little curly-haired blonde with wide, expressive eyes, a banging body, and the reason that I’d gone to prison in the first place.


The third time I saw her was through a glass divider of the prison visitation room as she waited for her stepfather, my lawyer, to tell me how sorry he was that he lost my case. Especially when I’d been the one to kill the man that was about to kill his daughter.

The last time, the time that I decided enough was enough, was when I saw her at my bar eight weeks after I’d been set free.


Unlucky for her, I’d stopped being a good guy about two seconds after those bars closed behind me twelve years ago. Now all that was left was a shell of a man that didn’t see the good in anything. Anything except for her.


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Tonya's Review
5 Stars

This is the third book in the souls Chapel Revenants series.  While it could be read as a stand alone, there is a series story line that deals with the how and why these men were released early from prison.
This is Trick and Swayze's story.  They first met when she was seventeen adn he was twenty-one and fresh from a deployment.
He did go to prison because of her, but not for what you might be thinking.
I absolutely love Swayze's "take no crap" attitude.  She doesn't put up with anything, and doesn't trust many people.  But, who could blame her.  Just about everyone was corrupt when she was growing up, and not much has changed since then.
Trick has been through a lot.  He didn't deserve to be sent to prison.  But like I said, there are a lot of corrupt people.
I love how their story played out.  The characters are awesome and I loved them both.

"I don't want to adult today.  I don't even want to human today.  Today I want to goat.  Eat all day, and head butt anyone that tries to stop me."





About Lani Lynn Vale

Lani Lynn Vale is a Wall Street Journal & USA Today Bestselling Author of over thirty titles. She is married with three children, two dogs, two cats, a donkey, and a couple (a couple also meaning over twenty) chickens.


When she’s not writing, you can find her curled up in her favorite chair reading.

Lani is married with three children and lives in the Great State of Texas.








**RELEASE BLITZ WITH REVIEW** My Almost Ex by Piper Rayne

Release Date: April 6

In the middle of a crowded bar in our small Alaskan town, my estranged wife snuggles up to me as if we’re still a happy couple.

Don’t get me wrong, we were a happy couple—before she walked out on me a year ago. We were the high school sweethearts everyone thought were destined to be together forever. We thought so too, which is why we married shortly after graduation.


We had a good marriage. Until she left me without any real explanation.


Now, she’s back—and this is the real kicker—she has amnesia and thinks I’m still her husband. Technically I am, although the divorce papers are sitting at the lawyer’s office.


She’s desperate to remember her life in Sunrise Bay but I only want to find out why she left me. Once we conjure that memory up, it’s sayonara because there’s no second chances here. But as you probably already figured out, things didn’t go quite as I planned.

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Tonya's Review
5 Stars

This is the second book in the Greene Family series.  They are stand alones, but you'll want to read about all the siblings.  Plus we get to see Stella (Bailey series) and of course Dori is in this story as well.
This is Adam and Lucy's story.  They were high school sweet hearts and married young.
But Lucy left Adam.  It's been a year and now she's back.  He's ready for a divorce, and she has amnesia.
This is a great read.  Both characters are fantastic.  my heart broke for Adam.  And for Lucy.  Neither knew why she left.  My heart broke more when we did find out the reason behind her leaving.
I really didn't like Lucy's mom.  I wanted to slap her so hard.
You do need to read this!

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Piper Rayne, or Piper and Rayne, whichever you prefer because we're not one author, we're two. Yep, you get two USA Today Bestselling authors for the price of one. Our goal is to bring you romance stories that have "Heartwarming Humor With a Side of Sizzle" ( caught us, that's our tagline). 

A little about us.... We both have kindle's full of one-clickable books. We're both married to husbands who drive us to drink. We're both chauffeurs to our kids. Most of all, we love hot heroes and quirky heroines that make us laugh, and we hope you do, too. 

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Friday, April 2, 2021

**BLOG TOUR WITH REVIEW And Giveaway** Fighting The Fire by Laura Kaye

Today we have the blog tour for Laura Kaye’s new contemporary romance, FIGHTING THE FIRE! Check it out and order yours now!

Title: Fighting the Fire

Author: Laura Kaye

Genre: Contemporary Romance


Here’s what you’ll get in Fighting the Fire:

Smart-ass firefighter hero who's also a closet nerd

Kick-ass ER nurse heroine

Frenemies to lovers when she nurses him back to health

Superhero movie marathon fun

Snarky banter for days!

A Note from Laura:

Dear Readers,

I’m so excited to share my new standalone romance, Fighting the Fire! This is the fourth book in my Warrior Fight Club contemporary romance series, which mixes military and sports romance elements to tell the story of an MMA training club which creates a found family for veterans transitioning to civilian life and dealing with their war-borne demons. In Fighting the Fire, Sean and Daniela are two of my favorite characters I've ever written--they're both strong, loyal, snarky, and hiding some pretty deep hurts that in the end make them so perfect for each other. And all that frenemies tension makes the chemistry between them hot AF! I hope you love them as much as I do!

xx Laura Kaye


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One night is never enough… For firefighter Sean Riddick, Warrior Fight Club keeps the demons of his past at bay, even though it means seeing Daniela England. Her ball-busting sarcasm drives him nuts, and he knows he’s damaged goods anyway, but he can’t help but remember how good they were together that one time. Now he wants to take her to the mats no matter how much they go toe to toe. ER nurse Daniela England has lost so much that she’s vowed never to need anyone again. Fight club helps her beat back her survivor’s guilt, but it means dealing with Riddick. The hot-but-infuriating firefighter is everything she wants to avoid, which is why their one-night stand was a mistake. Now she needs to keep her distance so it doesn’t happen again. But when Dani witnesses Sean’s motorcycle accident, she steps up to help him recover. One on one, they get beneath all the snark and find a connection neither expected. As Sean heals, the sparks between them burst into red-hot passion—and ignite old wounds. Now there are fires all around—and they have to decide which they’ll fight and which they’ll let consume them.

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Tonya's Review
4 Stars

This is the third book in the Warrior Fight Club series.  They are stand alones.  It's been awhile since I have read the first two, so my memory is hazy on them.  but, I didn't feel like I was missing anything while reading this story.
Sean is prior Navy and he is a firefighter.  He does have some demons from being active duty.  WFC and his job helps though.  But when a bad accident happens and he has to take a break from both, the self doubt and guilt comes back.
Dani was a medevac nurse in the Army.  Now she's an ER nurse.  She has lost a lot.  She's a badass though.
Who would have thought Deadpool would bring these two together.
They are both awesome people.  They help each other heal.
This is a great read.

About the Author:

Laura Kaye is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of over 40 books in contemporary, erotic, and paranormal romance and romantic suspense, and has sold nearly two million books in the U.S. alone. Laura grew up amid family lore involving angels, ghosts, and evil-eye curses, cementing her life-long fascination with storytelling and the supernatural. A former college history professor, Laura also writes bestselling historical women's fiction as Laura Kamoie. Laura lives in Maryland with her husband and two daughters, and and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.  

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