~Pre-Release Review~Risk Taker (Mixed Messages #3) by Lily Morton~

 

40849061Title: Risk Taker
Author: Lily Morton
Series: Mixed Messages #3
Page Count: 288 pages
Genre(s): M/M, Romance
Release Date: July 22, 2018
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: ✮4 Stars✮

~Synopsis~

Being in love with your best friend is hard. 
Henry’s the odd man out. All his friends are settling down, and his reputation as the Hook-Up King of London seems more like a curse than a blessing these days. Especially when it keeps photojournalist Ivo, his best friend and the brilliant man he’s loved since they were fifteen, at arm’s length. But that’s where Ivo wants him, right? Putting aside his feelings, Henry decides to give up casual sex and look for the real deal. After all, he has no chance with Ivo – or does he? 
Henry is everything to Ivo. Best friend, soul mate, the one person who has never let him down. The one person he is loyal to above everything and everyone. But Henry’s in a box marked best friend and that’s where Ivo’s kept him for nearly twenty years, despite steadily falling in love with the gentle man. And besides, why would Henry want to date Ivo? Burned out and injured, he’s the walking embodiment of damaged. 
Distance has helped Henry and Ivo keep a lid on their attraction, but when they find themselves in the same city for a change—Ivo hurt and needing assistance, and Henry more than willing to provide it—the two best friends grow closer than ever, forcing a realization, and a decision. Risk their friendship for their hearts? Or can they have both? 
–From the bestselling author of Rule Breaker and Deal Maker comes a tender love story about two best friends who are perfect for each other, and always have been – if only they knew it. This is the third book in the Mixed Messages series, but it can be read as a standalone.–


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I absolutely loved the first two books in this series, “Rule Breaker” and “Deal Maker”. I gave them 4,5 and 5 stars, 😉 So when I found out we were getting Henry’s book next, I couldn’t wait to dive in!!

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~Release Blitz~Buckled (Trails of Sin #2) by Pam Godwin~

 

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38134238Title: Buckled
Author: Trails of Sin #2
Series: Pam Godwin
Page Count: 318 pages
Genre(s): Dark, Romance, Cowboy
Release Date: July 10, 2018
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: ✮4 Stars✮

~Synopsis~

I protect what’s mine.
The ranch, my family, our buried secrets.
Nothing will stop me from reassembling the life that went terribly wrong.
Not the law. Not our enemies. Not even Maybe Quinn.
The gorgeous, quarrelsome journalist shouldn’t have meddled. I shouldn’t have let her stay. But she’s hiding something in those deceptive blue eyes. Something deeper than her thirst for a news story.
I make a deal with her to buy time. To unravel her lies. To play with her. To satisfy my darker appetites. When she buckles beneath my belt, I’ll send her away.
Unless I buckle first.
–TRAILS OF SIN series (HEAs with no cliffhangers – must be read in order)–
Knotted #1 – Jake and Conor
Buckled #2 – Jarret and Maybe
Booted #3 – Lorne and Raina


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I was very excited to jump into this one, because I absolutely love this author, and I loved the first book in this series “Knotted”. Now, I am gonna be honest here, and say that I liked the first book a smidgen more, but that has to do with the fact, that it made me cry my eyes out within the first couple of pages. 😛

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That said…this was a very good read. It was also very very sexy! 😉


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~Release Blitz~Auctioned (Auctioned #1) by Cara Dee~Review & Excerpt~

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40524303Title: Auctioned
Author: Cara Dee
Series: Auctioned #1
Cover Artist: Eliza Rae Services
Publisher: Self-Published
Page Count: 207 pages
Genre(s): M/M, Romance, Crime/Suspense
Release Date: June 28, 2018
Guest Reviewer: ~Judith~
Rating: ✮4 Stars✮

~Synopsis~

Gray Nolan’s biggest problem in life was the torch he carried for his closeted coach. He was just another happy-go-lucky dude, a college student and hockey player, when his ordinary existence was interrupted, and he became a human trafficking statistic. 
He and seven other young men were taken aboard a luxurious yacht where they were to be auctioned off to the highest bidder. Gray was beaten, shattered, and almost defeated by the time his buyer stepped out of the shadows in a swirl of his own cigarette smoke. 
He was Gray’s new owner. 
Darius Quinn had vowed never again to find himself in a situation like this. His days as a private military contractor were over. No more missions, no more risks, no more personal attachments. Yet, here he was, after weeks of searching, face-to-face with his broken prize. 
It was time to get the knucklehead back to his family. 
Quick and easy was Darius’s plan. 
Then everything went sideways. 
—Auctioned, #1 (Does not end with a cliffhanger.)—


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Strap yourself in, because you’re in for one hell of a ride with this bookI’ve read a lot of dark books over the years and this one is up there as one of the most disturbing. (for me)

Human trafficking is something we’re all too aware of in today’s society but what really happens to the victims? We really have no idea about the physical and emotional abuse they go through. Is this an accurate portrayal? I’ve no idea but in some ways, although it’s hard to read, I hope so…What I mean by that is I hope some things here aren’t just included for the shock element…because shocking is most definitely what it is in certain parts.


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~Release Day Review~Shameless King (Kings of Rittenhouse #1) by Maya Hughes~

 

39669992Title: Shameless King
Author: Maya Hughes
Series: Kings of Rittenhouse #1
Page Count: 282 pages
Genre(s): Romance, College/Sports
Release Date: June 28, 2018
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: ✮4 Stars✮

~Synopsis~

A deliciously steamy enemies with benefits romance.
Declan McAvoy. Voted Biggest Flirt. Highest goal scorer in Kings of Rittenhouse Prep history. Everyone’s impressed, well except one person…
After a blow out in high school, Makenna Halstead and I were happy to never have to cross paths again. Except life has a way of knocking you straight in the teeth with a puck when you least expect it. She hasn’t just returned to my life, she crashed into it like a wrecking ball…into my college kingdom, into my class, and smack dab into the seat next to mine. My new lab partner to be exact. 
For years we hated each other… I may be King on the ice, but she is the Ice Queen. She has no problem calling me out, doesn’t back down, and her piercing blue eyes have me picturing more than just my arms wrapped around her. 
Now we’re stuck with each other and there’s no getting around that fact that we have to work together. My hockey career hangs in the balance. Problem? Oh, yeah.
I can’t deny it. I want her. More than I ever thought I could want a woman. I’ve got one semester–only four months–to convince her everything she thought about me was wrong. 
Will my queen let me prove to her I’m the King she can’t live without? 
Only one way to find out…


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I am a big sucker for “enemies to lover” books, and an even bigger sucker for “sport” themed ones…So I really hit the jackpot with this baby. 😉 This is a new to me author and I am happy to say, that I really enjoyed reading this one!!

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~Release Blitz~Trick Play (Fake Boyfriend #2) by Eden Finley~Review & Giveaway~

 

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39863941Title: Trick Play
Author:
Eden Finley
Series:
Fake Boyfriend #2
Cover Design:
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Genre(s): 
M/M, Romance
Release Date:
June 27,  2018
Reviewer: 
~Wendy~
Rating:
✮4 Stars✮

~Synopsis~

Matt:
Want to know the fastest way to get screwed out of a football career? Get photographed in a compromising position in a gay bar. Yep, welcome to my life.  My agent says he can fix my image. He wants me to become the poster boy for gay football players. Me? I just want back on the field. I’ll do anything to play for the NFL again, even pretend to have a steady boyfriend. If only my fake boyfriend wasn’t Noah Huntington III—the most arrogant, entitled rich guy in the world.
Noah:
Pretend to be Matt Jackson’s boyfriend, my best friend said. It’ll be fun, he said. What Damon neglected to mention is Matt is surly and bitter. Being his boyfriend is a job in itself. From his paranoia over being constantly photographed to his aversion to PDA, being with Matt isn’t the care-free fake relationship I expected when I signed on to do this. 
It’s supposed to be a win-win. I get to stick it to my politician dad who thinks no one is good enough for the Huntington name, and Matt’s reputation of being the bad boy of football dies. What I don’t expect is to start caring for the guy. That’s not part of the plan. Then again, neither is fooling around with him on my private jet. 
Oops.
–Trick Play is a full-length MM novel with a HEA/HEA and no cliffhanger–


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I really enjoyed the first book in this series, “Fake Out” and I was very curious to see if this one would be just as entertaining. I am so glad to say that I loved this one even more. Matt was just wonderful and I think everyone should have a Noah in their lives. 😉

For those of you who have read the first book, already know Matt and Noah. Now I think technically this book could be read as a standalone….but…To fully enjoy the story, I would advise reading “Fake Out” first.

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~Release Blitz & Review~Rainbow Place (Rainbow Place #1) by Jay Northcote~

 

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40214260Title: Rainbow Place
Author: Jay Northcote
Series: Rainbow Place #1
Publisher: Jaybird Press
Cover Design: Garrett Leigh, Black Jazz Design
Page Count: 160 pages
Genre(s): M/M, Contemporary Romance
Release Date: June 15, 2018
Guest Reviewer: ~Judith~
Rating: ✮4 Stars✮

~Synopsis~

Can Jason find the courage he needs to be the man Seb deserves?
When Seb Radcliffe relocates to a seaside town in Cornwall, he feels like a fish out of water. He misses queer spaces and the sense of community he enjoyed when he was living in the city, and decides to open an LGBT-friendly cafe–bar.
Jason Dunn is the builder Seb hires to help renovate the rundown space where the cafe will be housed. Jason is also gay, but unlike Seb, he’s deep in the closet. He’s never had a relationship with another man—only allowing himself the occasional hook up with guys who are prepared to be discreet.
The attraction between the two men is instant and impossible to ignore. But while Seb is out and proud, Jason is terrified of being exposed. With the grand opening of Rainbow Place approaching, tension is growing among some locals who object to Seb’s plans. When things escalate, Jason is forced to choose whether to hide in the shadows and let Seb down, or to openly support the man he’s fallen so hard for.
–Although this book is part of a series, it has a satisfying happy ending and can be read as a standalone.–


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~Review~The Foreplay (Hemsworth Brothers #2) by Haleigh Lovell~

 

40201913Title: The Foreplay
Author: Haleigh Lovell
Series: Hemsworth Brothers #2
Genre(s): Romance
Release Date: June 6, 2018
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: ✮4 Stars✮

~Synopsis~

An athlete. A scientist. A love story.
I’m addicted to her; she’s the real deal and every woman other than her would be a placebo.
Her name is Adelaide and she’s a scientist with a brilliant and in-depth mind that analyzes and dissects everything.
Yep, she knows. She knows a lot of things.
What do I know?
I know I need to make her mine.
Note: THE FOREPLAY is a deliciously sexy, full-length novel packed with heat, humor, heart, and you guessed it… foreplay. It’s a sequel to THE SLAM, but it can also be read as a standalone.–


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It has been 2 years since I have read  “The Slam”, and fell in love with Ender and Adelaide…(mostly Adelaide). No, I am kidding. Ender was pretty awesome, but Adelaide..she was the one that made the book, and I wanted to be her new best friend…I was hoping this book would be just as entertaining as the first one. Thankfully I was not disappointed. 😉

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~Release Day Review~Dirty Exes (Liars, Inc. #1) by Rachel Van Dyken~

 

36486578Title: Dirty Exes
Author: Rachel Van Dyken
Series: Liars, Inc. #1
Publisher: Skyscape
Page Count: 296 pages
Genre(s): Romance
Release Date: June 5, 2018
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: ✮4 Stars✮

~Synopsis~

They’re serving up some red-hot revenge. A sizzling series from #1 New York Times bestselling author Rachel van Dyken.

Blaire has never quite gotten over Jessie Beckett, the ex–NFL star whose kisses were hot enough to ignite the entire Eastern Seaboard. When he chose work over her, Blaire was left brokenhearted. Why else would she have married a skeezy two-timer, just to divorce him less than a year later? Now Blaire is getting even by becoming one half of Dirty Exes, a PI firm fully committed to humiliating cheating jerks. If only the new jerk she’s been hired to uncover wasn’t Jessie Beckett himself. Exposing Jessie isn’t going to be easy, especially when she still daydreams about his sexy smile. Further complicating matters is Colin, Jessie’s best friend. He’s gorgeous, a little bit cunning, and willing to help Blaire get the inside scoop on Jessie—for a price. Now caught between two men—one totally right and the other totally wrong—Blaire will need to decide just how much she’s willing to risk…and whom she’s willing to risk it for.


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Apparently, this new series is a spin-off of the “Wingmen Inc.” series. Blaire, the heroine in this book is Ian’s (Matchmakers Playbook) sister. Now no worries, you don’t have to read the previous series to understand this book, it completely standalone. I myself haven’t, but since I really enjoyed this one, I will probably go back and fix that. 😛 Now, what I loved most about this book, is that it made me laugh. For me, this was really one of those feel good stories.

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~Release Day Review~Riven (Riven #1) by Roan Parrish~

 

36135552Title: Riven
Author: Roan Parrish
Series: Riven #1
Publisher: Loveswept
Page Count: 235 pages
Genre(s): M/M, Contemporary Romance
Release Date: May 29, 2018
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: ✮4 Stars✮

~Synopsis~

Theo Decker might be the lead singer of Riven, but he hates being a rock star. The paparazzi, the endless tours, being recognized everywhere he goes—it all makes him squirm. The only thing he doesn’t hate is the music. Feeling an audience’s energy as they lose themselves in Riven’s music is a rush unlike anything else . . . until he meets Caleb Blake Whitman. Caleb is rough and damaged, yet his fingers on his guitar are pure poetry. And his hands on Theo? They’re all he can think about. But Caleb’s no groupie—and one night with him won’t be enough.
Just when Caleb is accepting his new life as a loner, Theo Decker slinks into it and turns his world upside-down. Theo’s sexy and brilliant and addictively vulnerable, and all Caleb wants is another hit. And another. That’s how he knows Theo’s trouble. Caleb can’t even handle performing these days. How the hell is he going to survive an affair with a tabloid superstar? But after Caleb sees the man behind the rock star, he begins to wonder if Theo might be his chance at a future he thought he’d lost forever.


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I have read a number of books by this author that I really enjoyed and when I read the blurb for this one, I got really excited. I mean “rock stars” are a definitely a weakness of mine…Add the words “rough and damaged” and I am sold! I couldn’t wait to open this baby up!

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~Pre-Release Review~I Flipping Love You (Shacking Up #3) by Helena Hunting~

 

36048542Title: I Flipping Love You
Author: Helena Hunting
Series: Shacking Up #3
Page Count: 320 pages
Genre(s): Romance
Release Date: May 29, 2018
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: ✮4 Stars✮

~Synopsis~

A new kind of love story about flipping houses, taking risks, and landing that special someone who’s move-in ready…
SHE’S GOT CURB APPEAL
Rian Sutter grew up with the finer things in life. Spending summers in The Hamptons was a normal occurrence for her until her parents lost everything years ago. Now Rian and her sister are getting their life, and finances, back on track through real estate. Not only do they buy and sell houses to the rich and famous, but they finally have the capital to flip their very own beachfront property. But when she inadvertently catches the attention of a sexy stranger who snaps up every house from under her, all bets are off…
HE’S A FIXER UPPER
Pierce Whitfield doesn’t normally demo kitchens, install dry wall, or tear apart a beautiful woman’s dreams. He’s just a down-on-his-luck lawyer who needed a break from the city and agreed to help his brother work on a few homes in the Hamptons. When he first meets Rian, the attraction is undeniable. But when they start competing for the same pieces of prime real estate, the early sparks turn into full-blown fireworks. Can these passionate rivals turn up the heat on their budding romance — without burning down the house?


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When I signed up to read this one, I had no idea it was part of the “Shacking Up” series. Thankfully I have read and enjoyed the previous two books in the series, but if you haven’t, no worries, this one can be read as a stand-alone. 😉

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~Pre-Release Review~Object of Desire by Dal Maclean~

 

39664645Title: Object of Desire
Author: Dal Maclean
Publisher: Blind Eye Books
Page Count: 310 pages
Genre(s): M/M, Romance, Mystery/Suspense, Psychological Thriller 
Release Date: May 22, 2018
Guest Reviewer: ~Judith~
Rating: ✮4.25 Stars✮

~Synopsis~

Tom Gray is one of the world’s top models–an effortless object of desire. Self-contained, elusive and always in control, he’s accustomed to living life entirely on his own terms. But when Tom comes under suspicion in the gory death of his employer, his world spirals into chaos.
Someone’s framing him. Someone’s stalking him. And as old secrets come to light, Tom finds his adversary always one step ahead.
Will Foster is the only man Tom trusts to help. But Tom brutally burned all bridges between them two years before, and Will paid a bitter price. If he wants to survive, Tom must prove his innocence to Will–and to the world. 


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Dal MacLean, once again, delivers a riveting story-full of mystery, and intrigue that had me second guessing just, about everyone at some point.
Tom Gray is at the top of his game. It might not have been the career he envisaged for himself but he’s a highly successful model. His stunning looks have made him an Object of Desire for a lot of people. Disillusioned by his parent’s relationship he put all his energy into modeling and walked away from the only relationship he had two years ago with a then Police Officer, Will Foster…


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~Release Day Review~Welcome to the Cameo Hotel by K.I. Lynn~

 

40091141Title: Welcome to the Cameo Hotel
Author: K.I. Lynn
Publisher: Catastrophic Press
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Release Date: May 14, 2018
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: ✮4 Stars✮

~Synopsis~

My life was on track. 
The plan? 
– Finish my MBA. 
– Get out of the hotel. 
– Finally date James, my manager. 
With only three months left, everything was set. 
Then he walked in. 
What I thought was just a difficult guest toppled my life in ways I didn’t plan for. He was an asshole, demanding, and more alluring than should be legal. 
I had a path. 
He destroyed it. 
What now?


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I am familiar with K.I. Lynn’s work and I especially loved the “Breach” series. When I read the blurb for this new book, I was immediately intrigued. It was just vague enough for me to become very, very curious.

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