Tuesday, February 20, 2018

NEW RELEASE with BOOK REVIEW! GENTLEMAN NINE by Penelope Ward is now available!


”... amazing dialogue and fun, exciting character interactions with a complicated, heartbreaking but also heartwarming story that was full of surprises.” - Craves the Angst

TITLE: GENTLEMAN NINE
SERIES: (A standalone)
AUTHOR: Penelope Ward
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
RELEASE DATE: February 19, 2018
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COPY PROVIDED BY: Author
RATING: 4.5 Stars!
CLIFFHANGER: No

BOOK BLURB:
From New York Times bestselling author Penelope Ward, comes a new, sexy standalone novel.

Growing up, the three of us were friends.
He was the nerd.
I was the playboy.
She was the beauty.

Deep down, I only ever wanted her. I kept it inside because Rory and I made a pact that our friend, Amber, was off-limits.

He lied.

I went off to college, and he got the girl.
Amber never knew how I felt.
They were together for years—before he broke her heart.

Through it all and across the miles, she and I casually stayed in touch.
When my job sent me to Boston for a three-month contract position, Amber let me stay in her spare room.

Still reeling from her breakup, she’d sworn off men.

One night, I opened her computer to find the shock of my life. She’d hesitantly contacted a male escort company. Afraid to date and get her heart broken again, she was looking for sex with no strings.

Every emotion imaginable ran through me: protectiveness, jealousy—curiosity.
Amber had chosen Gentleman Number Nine and sent him a message.

She opened up to him, confessing, among other things, her physical attraction to her friend—me. But she considered me off-limits—and she thought I was a manwhore. (Ironic, considering the circumstances.)

Eventually, she set up a date to meet Gentleman Nine at a hotel.

When she showed up several nights later to meet him, she got the surprise of her life to see me standing there—with an offer I hoped she wouldn’t refuse.


REVIEWER'S NOTE: I received an eARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.


4.5 Stars!

The Review: 
This was such a fantastic read! I’m a big, HUGE fan of friends-to-lover romances but they’ve become a little stale lately with recycled stories and plots. However, in true Penelope Ward fashion, she threw in a few surprises, a huge twist and took this read from ordinary to extraordinary! It quickly became a phenomenally written second chance romance that explored three intertwined lives who ultimately had to follow their hearts and accept what fate threw at them.

I can’t wait for a reread!

Story/Characters... 
In the past ....
Three best friends. One secret pact.
Channing and Rory are in love with the same girl, but both agree to not pursue her in order to preserve their friendship. However when Channing goes off to college, he comes home to find that Rory not only broke the pact, he also made Amber fall in love with him, leaving Channing without the girl he loved and both of his best friends.

In the present (8 Years later) ...
Heading into town where Amber lives, Channing contacts his friend and asks if he can stay with her during a three month work contract. Amber agrees though just hearing his voice stirs up memories and a buried longing and desire she thought she left behind years ago.

When Channing arrives, his long time friend is suffering heartbreak after their friend Rory broke her heart. And though they both start out with the best of intentions on keeping their friendship strictly in the friendzone, one unintendedly read message changes everything. Channing can’t believe Amber would contact a gentleman's service and in an effort to protect her, decides to take on Gentleman Nine’s persona and offer her the chance to explore their hidden desires with each other.

Well, this is usually the spot where sexy times happen, love blooms and maybe a little bit of conflict ensues but then they live happily ever after, right? Well, things aren’t as simple as that and when the conflict happens, I can honestly say, I didn’t predict this one at all. AND I LOVED THAT! Too often in romance, you see the conflict coming a mile away but I was pleasantly surprised by the turn this book took ... and then I was heartbroken. When all the secrets came out, my chest panged, my stomach dropped out and much like Amber, I was floored. The situation was more complex than you’d think and I was conflicted on how I wanted it to end. There was no simple answer. There was some serious sorrow and angsts going on and you couldn’t help but be twisted up on who to cheer for.

But the author gave us an absolute perfect ending. I’m a huge fan of this author’s work. She always brings the feels and she always gives us amazing characters we can relate to and connect with. This read was no exception. Channing was hot, romantic, sweet, caring and absolutely endearing. Everything about him was just so adorable! Amber was a lovely heroine you can’t help but care about. There was a reason why two men loved her so completely. As for Rory ... I can’t say to much without giving away the twist, but I will say that I loved him, too.

Told mostly in dual POV’s between Channing and Amber, I was surprised when Rory’s voice made an appearance, but seriously happy! The author made the right call in giving him his own voice because it opened my eyes to the entire story and I was thankful we got to know him better.

The Wrap Up: 
This read started out a bit slow. I was pretty sure I knew where it was headed and I kept reading because I’m a huge fan of this author and knew the story would be good. But boy was I surprised. The conflict was painful to read and in the end, the book turned out fan-freaking-tastic! On a side note, I will say I was a little disappointed by the lack of depth in the sexy scenes, but it was an amazing read and entirely unpredictable, which made up for anything it might have lacked in that department.

Gentleman Nine had some amazing dialogue and fun, exciting character interactions with a complicated, heartbreaking but also heartwarming story that was full of surprises. I LOVED the story, I LOVED the characters and I LOVED the perfect ending.


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ABOUT THE AUTHOR...

Penelope Ward is a New York Times, USA Today, and #1 Wall Street Journal Bestselling author. She’s a seventeen-time New York Times bestseller. Her novels are published in over a dozen languages and can be found in bookstores around the world. Having grown up in Boston with five older brothers, she spent most of her twenties as a television news anchor, before switching to a more family-friendly career. She is the proud mother of a beautiful 13-year-old girl with autism and a 12-year-old boy. Penelope and her family reside in Rhode Island.

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NEW RELEASE! EULOGY (Eagle Elite #9) by Rachel Van Dyken is NOW LIVE!


TITLE: Eulogy
SERIES: Eagle Elite #9
AUTHOR: Rachel Van Dyken
AGE GROUP: New Adult
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
RELEASE DATE: February 20, 2018
PUBLISHER: Van Dyken Enterprises INC
PAGES: Approx. 448
BLITZ COORDINATED BY:
Social Butterfly PR

BOOK BLURB:
All is lost.

All.
I don't recognize myself in the mirror anymore.
My thoughts are filled with hatred and dripping with rage.
I've lost my soul.
She took it to the depths of Hell with her and haunts me with images of what could have been.
Sixty lives are mine to take.
Sixty lives stand in the way of my vengeance.
Sixty lives plus one more.
Mine.

When the last drop of blood falls — mine will be spilled.
Only one person stands in the way.
She doesn't realize I'll kill her too.
I don't own a heart.
And even if I did — I wouldn't fall prey to its lies again.
I am Chase Abandonato.
Heir to a legacy of betrayal.
And I will kill them all.
Even if it means pointing the gun at myself.
A life for a life.
A soul for a soul.

Now I lay me down to sleep… I pray the Lord my soul to keep.
Blood in. No out.


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ABOUT THE AUTHOR...

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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Monday, February 19, 2018

NEW REVIEW! CRAVING (Steel Brothers #1) by Helen Hardt:


"... I enjoyed the mystery and I liked the sexy scenes but overall, I didn’t connect with the story and I found it hard to like the characters ..." - Craves the Angst

TITLE: Craving
SERIES: Steel Brothers #1
AUTHOR: Helen Hardt
AGE GROUP: Adult
GENRE: Erotic Romance
RELEASE DATE: May 18, 2016
PUBLISHER: Waterhouse Press
PAGES: Approx. 288

COPY PROVIDED BY: FREE at Amazon
MY GOODREADS REVIEW LINK
RATING: 2.5 Stars!
CLIFFHANGER: YES!

BOOK BLURB:
After being left at the altar, Jade Roberts seeks solace at her best friend’s ranch on the Colorado western slope. Her humiliation still ripe, she doesn't expect to be attracted to her friend’s reticent brother, but when the gorgeous cowboy kisses her, all bets are off. 

Talon Steel is broken. Having never fully healed from a horrific childhood trauma, he simply exists, taking from women what is offered and giving nothing in return... until Jade Roberts catapults into his life. She is beautiful, sweet, and giving, and his desire for her becomes a craving he fears he'll never be able to satisfy. 

Passion sizzles between the two lovers... but long-buried secrets haunt them both and may eventually tear them apart.



2.5 Stars!

The Review: 
This was an okay read for me. I enjoyed the mystery and I liked the sexy scenes but overall, I didn’t connect with the story and I found it hard to like the characters sometimes.

Jade Roberts was left at the altar and moving to Steel Ranch in Colorado at the insistence of her best friend, for a little bit of peace and quiet and maybe a new start, was just what she needed. But one look at the middle brother, Talon Steel, and all good thoughts get overruled by the dirty thoughts she can’t help but think whenever he’s around.

Talon is quiet, reserved ... and tortured by a mysterious past he’s never talked about. He keeps walls in place to hold everyone at a distance, taking comfort in one night stands to satiate his needs, but one look at Jade and he finds he might want more than he thinks he deserves.

I liked the initial sexual tension between Talon and Jade. The moment they were in a room together, fireworks exploded and their chemistry was undeniable. And there is a mystery and traumatic pain surrounding Talon that drew me to him immediately, but soon, I lost interest. There didn’t seem to be a whole lot of story going on. There wasn’t much in the way of character development and though the sex scenes were seriously hot, soon the dirty talk started to feel a little cheesy and over the top. Don’t get me wrong. I LOVE dirty talking alpha men who can be total arseholes, but there was a disconnect with Talon I can’t quit pinpoint. All I know is I didn’t really like him and I really didn’t care for Jade either.

Talon has a lot of buried secrets and though we get snippets during this first book, I was disappointed more wasn’t revealed. In fact, so little was revealed, I wasn’t hooked enough to move on to the next book to find out what happens next. I didn’t grow to really care about what happened to him in his past or what obstacles were being set up for his future.

The writing was good and the author knows how to throw sexy, meaning for pros but other than the sexual tension between Jade and Talon, there weren’t many “get to know you” moments or anything to connect the characters together for them to feel so passionately about one another so quickly. I mean, they were down right NEEDY for one another within a few short chapters and it felt forced.

And that ending came out of nowhere ... and not in a good way. There didn’t feel like much of a lead up to it and it really didn’t make much sense. It felt thrown in just for dramatic effect and what’s worse was I didn’t realize there was a huge cliffy. But that was my own fault. I should have done more research. I just didn’t care for the way it ended. If it had made more sense, if there had been a build up to it, I could go with the flow, but much like the rest of the book, it just didn’t grip me.

Overall, I wasn’t a huge fan of this read but I liked the author's style. I’d love to try another book by her and see if maybe this one was just a one off for me.


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NEW RELEASE! GENTLEMAN NINE by Penelope Ward is now LIVE!

   

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TITLE: GENTLEMAN NINE

SERIES: (A standalone)
AUTHOR: Penelope Ward
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
RELEASE DATE: February 19, 2018
COVER RELEASE COORDINATED BY:
InkSlinger PR

BOOK BLURB:
From New York Times bestselling author Penelope Ward, comes a new, sexy standalone novel.

Growing up, the three of us were friends.
He was the nerd.
I was the playboy.
She was the beauty.

Deep down, I only ever wanted her. I kept it inside because Rory and I made a pact that our friend, Amber, was off-limits.
He lied.

I went off to college, and he got the girl.
Amber never knew how I felt.
They were together for years—before he broke her heart.

Through it all and across the miles, she and I casually stayed in touch.
When my job sent me to Boston for a three-month contract position, Amber let me stay in her spare room.

Still reeling from her breakup, she’d sworn off men.

One night, I opened her computer to find the shock of my life. She’d hesitantly contacted a male escort company. Afraid to date and get her heart broken again, she was looking for sex with no strings.

Every emotion imaginable ran through me: protectiveness, jealousy—curiosity.
Amber had chosen Gentleman Number Nine and sent him a message.

She opened up to him, confessing, among other things, her physical attraction to her friend—me. But she considered me off-limits—and she thought I was a manwhore. (Ironic, considering the circumstances.)

Eventually, she set up a date to meet Gentleman Nine at a hotel. 

When she showed up several nights later to meet him, she got the surprise of her life to see me standing there—with an offer I hoped she wouldn’t refuse.

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Amazon | iBooks | Amazon Paperback |
Nook | Kobo | AUDIO Amazon | Audible



ABOUT THE AUTHOR...

           

Penelope Ward is a New York Times, USA Today, and #1 Wall Street Journal Bestselling author. She’s a seventeen-time New York Times bestseller. Her novels are published in over a dozen languages and can be found in bookstores around the world. Having grown up in Boston with five older brothers, she spent most of her twenties as a television news anchor, before switching to a more family-friendly career. She is the proud mother of a beautiful 13-year-old girl with autism and a 12-year-old boy. Penelope and her family reside in Rhode Island.

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Thursday, February 15, 2018

COVER REVEAL with GIFT CARD GIVEAWAY! VLAD (The V Games #1) by Ker Dukey​ and K Webster​ is coming soon!


TITLE: Vlad
SERIES: The V Games #1
AUTHOR: Ker Dukey​ and K Webster​
AGE GROUP: Adult
GENRE: Dark Romance
RELEASE DATE: February 26, 2018
COVER RELEASE COORDINATED BY:



ABOUT THE AUTHORS...

Ker Dukey...
My books all tend to be darker romance, edge of you seat, angst filled reads. My advice to my readers when starting one of my titles...prepare for the unexpected.

I have always had a passion for storytelling, whether it be through lyrics or bed time stories with my sisters growing up.

My mum would always have a book in her hand when I was young and passed on her love for reading, inspiring me to venture into writing my own. I tend to have a darker edge to my writing. Not all love stories are made from light; some are created in darkness but are just as powerful and worth telling.

When I'm not lost in the world of characters I love spending time with my family. I'm a mum and that comes first in my life but when I do get down time I love attending music concerts or reading events with my younger sister.

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About K Webster...
K Webster is the author of dozens romance books in many different genres including contemporary romance, historical romance, paranormal romance, and erotic romance. When not spending time with her husband of twelve years and two adorable children, she’s active on social media connecting with her readers.

Her other passions besides writing include reading and graphic design. K can always be found in front of her computer chasing her next idea and taking action. She looks forward to the day when she will see one of her titles on the big screen.

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$20 Amazon Gift Card
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NEW RELEASE with SIGNED GIVEAWAY! THE RUNNER'S DAUGHTER by Jessica McCrory is LIVE!


TITLE: The Runner's Daughter
SERIES: Bastards of Corruption #2
AUTHOR: Jessica McCrory
AGE GROUP: Adult
GENRE: Romance, Suspense
RELEASE DATE: February 15th, 2018
PUBLISHER: Jessica McCrory Books
PAGES: Approx. 241

BOOK BLURB:
FBI agent Caid King has fought long and hard to end the corruption within his organization. After the fall of Clayton Matthews, he returns to New York with his head held high and his eye on the next target. He never could have imagined that the dangerous man he’s set his sights on would have ties to the beautiful blonde he found himself instantly drawn to.

Jemma Saige thought she had it all figured out. Her rules for survival were simple. Keep your head down, your bags packed, your running shoes on. But when she meets a man at her local gym, their attraction threatens to break the last and most important of those rules: don’t get tied down.

Now with Jemma’s secrets out in the open and both her and Caid’s lives on the line, can they find a way to work together? Or will Caid turn his back on the runner’s daughter?


READY TODAY!
The Runner’s Daughter: Universal book link: books2read.com/u/mdNMaX





The first book in the series is available now on Amazon and Kindle Unlimited!
The Charitable Bastard→ http://amzn.to/2ABwFHm
 Although both books stand by themselves, it is recommended you start with The Charitable Bastard. Available on Amazon and Kindle Unlimited!
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR...

"​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​I have always had a love of stories and the different worlds you are able to explore when you crack open the cover to a good book."​

I was born in California and moved to Texas with my family when I was a teenager. I have always been an avid reader and have been writing stories since I was a kid! It has always been a dream of mine to have my stories published and it is beyond exciting to see that dream coming true!

I have a caffeine addiction, I am a wine (red!!) lover (my favorite being Crush by Dreaming Tree!) and I love T-shirts (the kind with the hilarious sayings on them). I am OBSESSED with the TV show Scrubs and I watch it constantly. I have an amazing husband who is more supportive than I could have ever hoped for, two sweet kiddos (who keep my life wonderfully eventful), three dogs, a rabbit, and most recently Hefty Smurf the beta fish.

Growing up, reading was my way to escape reality whether it was good or bad at the time and I want my stories to offer readers the same kind of adventure I have sought out in between the covers of a book.

Stalk Jessica McCrory Online:
E-mail: authorjessicamccrory@gmail.com



The author is giving away...
* a SIGNED paperback of The Runner’s Daughter
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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

EXCERPT REVEAL for GENTLEMAN NINE by Penelope Ward! Coming in one week!


TITLE: GENTLEMAN NINE
SERIES: (A standalone)
AUTHOR: Penelope Ward
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
RELEASE DATE: February 19, 2018
COVER DESIGNED BY: Letitia Hasser, RBA designs
COVER MODEL: Lucas Garcez
COVER PHOTOGRAPHY: Sven Jacobsen
REVEAL COORDINATED BY:
InkSlinger PR


BOOK BLURB:
From New York Times bestselling author Penelope Ward, comes a new, sexy standalone novel.

Growing up, the three of us were friends.
He was the nerd.
I was the playboy.
She was the beauty.

Deep down, I only ever wanted her. I kept it inside because Rory and I made a pact that our friend, Amber, was off-limits.
He lied.

I went off to college, and he got the girl.
Amber never knew how I felt.
They were together for years—before he broke her heart.

Through it all and across the miles, she and I casually stayed in touch.
When my job sent me to Boston for a three-month contract position, Amber let me stay in her spare room.

Still reeling from her breakup, she’d sworn off men.

One night, I opened her computer to find the shock of my life. She’d hesitantly contacted a male escort company. Afraid to date and get her heart broken again, she was looking for sex with no strings.

Every emotion imaginable ran through me: protectiveness, jealousy—curiosity.
Amber had chosen Gentleman Number Nine and sent him a message.

She opened up to him, confessing, among other things, her physical attraction to her friend—me. But she considered me off-limits—and she thought I was a manwhore. (Ironic, considering the circumstances.)

Eventually, she set up a date to meet Gentleman Nine at a hotel. 

When she showed up several nights later to meet him, she got the surprise of her life to see me standing there—with an offer I hoped she wouldn’t refuse.


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Excerpt Reveal for GENTLEMAN NINE

G9,

Is that what your friends call you? I like that. Thanks for the answers.
That’s an interesting question—why tonight of all nights? Well, I saw my ex tagged on Facebook with another woman, and that put me over the edge. But it’s more than that. Lately, I’ve developed a strong attraction to a good friend of mine, and that’s sort of screwing with me a bit. He’s actually temporarily living in my condo, but he’s someone I’ve known for years. I’ve always thought he was extremely handsome, but it’s complicated. He and I would not be a good match romantically. He’s not the monogamous type, or at least, he never used to be. We’re better off as friends. He was also the best friend of my ex years back, so there’s that. Having him around, though, has made me more sensitized to my sexual desires. Little things like the waft of his scent, the way he touches the small of my back when he passes by me in the kitchen…it’s like my body is on this constant state of alert. So, I was thinking if I could just—for lack of a better word—get laid, maybe I could get this feeling out of my system.

—Amber


My jaw was open as I just sat there staring at the screen.

Holy shit.

I read it again.

And again.

And again.

I honestly didn’t think that Amber felt that way about me. She would always make jokes about me being good-looking, but her attraction to Rory proved that her taste wasn’t exactly conventional. Now, I really felt like shit for invading her privacy, because there was no way she would’ve been okay with confessing that to me. I never imagined any of this had to do with me. I’d assumed it was solely about Rory.

She wanted to use another man to f*ck me out of her system?

That revelation left me shocked and confused—not to mention hard as f*ck thinking about the fact that Amber wanted me.



ABOUT THE AUTHOR...

Penelope Ward is a New York Times, USA Today, and #1 Wall Street Journal Bestselling author. She’s a seventeen-time New York Times bestseller. Her novels are published in over a dozen languages and can be found in bookstores around the world. Having grown up in Boston with five older brothers, she spent most of her twenties as a television news anchor, before switching to a more family-friendly career. She is the proud mother of a beautiful 13-year-old girl with autism and a 12-year-old boy. Penelope and her family reside in Rhode Island.

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COVER REVEAL - THE PANTY PROJECT by Danielle Torella is coming soon!


TITLE: The Panty Project
AUTHOR: Danielle Torella
RELEASE DATE: March 23, 2018
PUBLISHER: Danielle Torella


BOOK BLURB:
Imagine if you would.

A nearly thirty year old woman-girl on her couch, wrapped in an over-sized comforter from her bed, the blanket over her head like a hood.

No makeup. Bad hair. Stained night shirt.

Next to her on said couch, numerous candy wrappers, a few slices of two day old pizza in a box, but will probably still get eaten, even though it might be beyond edible.

Oh, and let’s not forget about the four wine bottles on the coffee table in front of her, but no glasses, because she just drank them straight from the bottle.

Not a pretty picture huh? Well, I don’t feel pretty about it and why am I here like this now?

Shall I rewind for you? Okay, thought so.

Here is the story about how a girl (that’s me) and how I had the job and the guy of my dreams… Or so I thought.






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