Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Review Tour: Improper Fraction by V.L. Locey #Review #Giveaway




Cover Design: Reverie Design

Length: 68,690 words


Blurb


O’Malley Ramsey, math aficionado, grew up next door to Garrison Rook, All-American athlete. While O’Malley dreamed of numbers and kissing Garrison, Garrison’s tastes ran to home runs and hot chicks. During a family celebration the night before both young men were heading off for college, O’Malley joyously discovers that Garrison isn’t quite as straight as the star athlete had been pretending to be. Vows to return to each other quickly followed a few clumsy kisses in the old treehouse in the Rook’s backyard.

O’Malley came home to Garrison. Garrison never returned to O’Malley.

Four years later, the two ex-friends meet up at a summer camp where O’Malley is serving as a counselor. Garrison is desperate to make things right with his childhood friend, but can O’Malley, still nursing the pain and mistrust of Garrison’s betrayal, ever forgive or love Garrison again?


Review

Who knows you better than your best friend?  And who has the ability to hurt you more (or forgive you) like that person?  What happens when that friendship is taken to the next level? 

Friends-to-lovers is one of my favorite tropes for one very big reason:  it takes an already existing relationship and deepens it.  There are reasons that people become friends, some commonality that isn’t shared by someone else.  If we’re lucky, that one thing turns into many until the bonds of friendship are formed.  Now, strengthen them by adding romantic love, and you have the potential for a long lasting relationship.

O’Malley Ramsey has been out for years.  He’s had the love and support of not one, but two families;  his father and his next door neighbors.  His neighbors have a son the same age, Garrison Rook.  The two end up as the best of friends despite how different they are.  O’Malley is gay and the brains, helping his friend with the more cerebral challenges of school. Garrison is straight and the brawn, often defending O’Malley against the school bully.  The two seem to fit together like pieces of a puzzle.  The night before Garrison leaves, he and O’Malley have a few drinks and share a kiss.  Bonds are strengthened and promises are made…

…Only not to be kept. 

O’Malley’s hurt turns to anger and resentment that he carries with him for years, which is understandable and relatable.  The person he trusted most let him down in the worst possible way. 

They reconnect at, of all places, a math camp that Garrison’s sister attends. 

I really enjoyed the slow rebuilding of their friendship.  Nothing seemed forced or contrived.  O’Malley had a lot of trust issues he had to work through thanks to Garrison.  And Garrison had come to terms with not only how he had treated O’Malley, but his own sexuality.  The ways in which the two work together to overcome their individual obstacles speaks to the depth of the friendship they once had.

Nothing is rushed, in either the writing or the characters reconciliation.  While told strictly from O’Malley’s point of view, there’s never any doubt how Garrison feels.  Personally, I give credit to an author who has the ability to convey the emotions of a character when the story isn’t told in the eyes of the MC. 

This is a really good story about friendship lost, trust regained, and what happens when the love you have for your friend deepens into something more.





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Author Bio

V.L. Locey loves worn jeans, yoga, belly laughs, walking, reading and writing lusty tales, Greek mythology, the New York Rangers, comic books, and coffee. (Not necessarily in that order.) She shares her life with her husband, her daughter, one dog, two cats, a flock of assorted domestic fowl, and two Jersey steers.

When not writing spicy romances, she enjoys spending her day with her menagerie in the rolling hills of Pennsylvania with a cup of fresh java in hand. She can also be found online on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and GoodReads.

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Foster An Author Day 3: Jenna Galicki ~ Radical Rock Stars Books 1 & 2 #Excerpts #Giveaway #FAA3




The Prince of Punk Rock (Radical Rock Stars Book 1 – a 2015 Bisexual Book Awards finalist)

I love her, but I also love him.
She’s everything to me.
He sets my world on fire.
It's our dirty little secret, and it’s about to blow our record deal sky high.
I’m Tommy Blade, the Prince of Punk Rock, and this is our story.

Tommy Blade is a man with a secret.  It’s a secret he only shares with one person, Jessi Blade – and the men he surrenders to in the bedroom.  Jessi’s only condition to their tumultuous sex life is that the men are one night stands.  But when Angel Garcia enters their life, it’s like a match to gasoline.

Mega-talented punk rock singer Angel Garcia, with his smoldering ebony eyes, tight leather pants and unstoppable stage presence, is a man who is used to getting what he wants.  He has his eyes set on Tommy Blade as his new lead guitarist, and as his life partner.

Jessi Blade, sympathetic to her husband's bisexual needs, loves him enough to share him, but she never counted on Angel Garcia to test the threshold of her marriage.  He makes her life hell . . . and heaven.  He’s her damnation and her salvation.  She wants to hate him.  She wants to despise him.  But his charm and raw sex appeal are impossible to resist.  Without warning, she finds herself falling in love with her husband's gay lover.

At the height of it all, their punk rock band catapults to stardom.

Their lives are marred by secrecy, deception and sacrifice.  Feelings of betrayal, backlash from the sensationalistic media and threats of blackmail send them down a hard road filled with tough decisions.

They aren't your ordinary rock stars.  They're radical rock stars.  And they have a big story to tell.

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Excerpt

Jessi let the warm water from the shower spray onto her face.  She was happy.  Tommy was happy.  Angel was happy.  Their much needed talk at the breakfast table set some ground rules.  Angel was open to communication and encouraged it.  It gave her comfort.

After she showered, she meandered back to the bedroom, as she towel dried her hair.  Tommy and Angel were already naked and in each other’s arms on top of the unmade bed.

“What took you so long?” Tommy asked, before returning his lips to Angel’s neck.

Jessi didn’t answer.  She wanted to watch.  She leaned against the doorway and folded her arms.  She watched Tommy kiss Angel with an urgency that she never saw before, and the love that Angel had for Tommy was never clearer to the naked eye than it was right now.  She knew they were in love.  It didn’t scare her as much as she thought it would. The confidence she had in their marriage overshadowed her fears and doubts.

Her thoughts were pushed aside by the sound of Tommy moaning and breathing heavily.  Angel was stroking Tommy and sucking on his nipples.  Jessi let the towel around her body drop to the floor and crawled into bed, on the other side of Tommy.  She glided her hand up his back and kissed his shoulder.  He immediately turned onto his back, so that he could share himself equally between her and Angel, and he kissed her.  Her mouth moved to his chest, and she could feel his heart gently beating underneath her lips. She kissed her way down his torso and her tongue crawled across his skin.  It accidentally collided with Angel’s mouth.  They both looked up in surprise and shared a smile.

She wasn’t sure what Angel was thinking, but she wanted to kiss him.  Fear of rejection made her hesitate, but it was unwarranted.  Angel grabbed her by the back of the neck and firmly planted his mouth on hers.  His tongue invaded her mouth and bathed its circumference.  She was spellbound by the intensity of his kiss.  She couldn’t think about anything else except Angel’s warm, authoritative tongue inside her mouth, and she immediately felt warmth and wetness between her legs.  Now she understood why Tommy had that dreamy look on his face whenever Angel kissed him.

Angel withdrew his tongue, but she wanted more and placed a long kiss on his lips, hoping for another visit from his magical tongue.  But he just smiled at her, and then moved his mouth back down to Tommy’s belly.


Tommy pulled her up and kissed her.  It was like night and day.  Angel’s kiss was forceful and commanding.  Tommy’s was slow and soft.  She loved the tenderness in which he slowly moved his tongue in gentle, purposeful circles around her mouth, but she found herself still reminiscing over the kiss she just shared with Angel.






Praise for The Radical Rock Stars series:

"The Prince of Punk is one smoking hot rock and roll fantasy where the boy gets everything he ever wanted - a hot wife, a hot boyfriend and a hot band playing sold out venues." ~ Kindle Crack Book Reviews
 "...racy,
hot filled with fury...From love to hatred, from peace to turbulence...I could almost see it happening on the big screen." ~ Adriana LG "L.A.N.G."
 "It's
love stories like this that make me love romance novels." ~ Jodie's W.I.N.E. List
 "What
a fantastic sequel - It is mesmorising, unputdownable and exhausting - but SO worth it. . .Stunning."  ~ Wicked Reads Team
 "Crazy
writing and reading at its best...I loved it."  ~ Wicked Reads Team
 "This
book was just heart wrenching. The emotional roller coaster all of the characters go through was almost more than I could take."  ~ Jodie's W.I.N.E. List
 "It's nothing short of amazing what Jenna Galicki has
done with this series." - Sexy Lady's Reading Corner



"Jenna Galicki gives us a scorching hot romance . . . Ms. Galicki doesn't hold back and gives us the gritty lows as well as the highs."  ~ Illustrious Illusions



Between A Rock and A Hard Place (Radical Rock Stars Book 2)

She’s a rock goddess.
He’s a sex pistol.
I need them both, in my life and in my bed, and I’m not living without either one of them.
I’ll do whatever it takes, even if it costs me everything I’ve ever wanted.
I’m Tommy Blade, The Prince of Punk Rock, and this is the continuation of our story.

When Jessi Blade is forced to miss the first leg of Immortal Angel’s world tour, Tommy Blade and Angel Garcia are alone together for the first time.  Their romance flourishes and brings them closer together, but time apart puts a strain on Tommy and Jessi’s marriage.  The demanding schedule of a world tour, pressure from the record label and a wife who feels neglected, leaves Tommy under a blanket of anxiety.  He’s helpless as his perfect life slowly falls to pieces.

When Jessi Blade finally catches up to Tommy and Angel four weeks into their world tour, she begins to feel like an outsider.  She’s not about to take a back seat to Angel and competes for Tommy’s attention.  Tired of the rivalry, she begins to wonder if they’d be happier without her.

Angel Garcia is trying to hold their relationship together, but Jessi’s animosity and Tommy’s nervous tension is a heavy load to carry.  Before long, it becomes clear that their life and the band are doomed unless they work out their differences.







Excerpt

Jessi put the last finishing touches on her sketch and put it down for the night.  She had two gorgeous men in the next room who were probably sucking each other off right now.  Her footsteps quickened into a little trot across the room in anticipation of watching Tommy and Angel together, but when she got to the bedroom they weren’t in bed.  They were naked, erections flying high and rifling through a suitcase.  “What are you doing?”
They turned toward her at the same time.  Each held something in their hands.  Angel had a small flogger.  Tommy had a purple sash.
Tommy snapped the sash in his hands.  “We’ve been thinking.  It wasn’t very nice of you to leave us in the middle of the tour and not explain why you resigned.”
Angel twirled the ends of the whip so they danced in the air.  “Yes.  You’re a bad girl and bad girls get punished.”
Her mouth widened into a nervous smile.  “You’re not hitting me with that thing, Angel.”
“Oh, yes I am.”
Tommy was twisting the ends of the sash around each fist and pulling it tighter.
They slowly walked toward her wearing matching sinister grins.
She took a step back.  They couldn’t be serious.
Tommy held up the sash.  “It’ll hurt less if you cooperate.”
“Tommy!”
He lassoed her around the neck and pulled her to him.  She held her breath, braced one hand against his chest and tugged at the sash.
“Stop fighting and take your clothes off.”
“What?”
“You heard me.”
“Stop stalling,” Angel warned.  “It’s better if you listen to him.  He’ll be less . . . angry.”
Nervous laughter trickled from her throat at this new game.  Tommy was always bossy in the bedroom, but with Angel, not with her.
Tommy raised his brow, impatiently waiting for her to discard her clothing.
She contemplated the game at hand, still unsure whether or not to continue.  It had been a life-changing month.  Why the hell not?
She slipped her top over her head, discarded her bra and wiggled out of her jeans.  She stood with her shoulders back and projected her breasts outward.  “Do you like what you see?”
Tommy gazed at them and puckered his lips, but he didn’t attempt to taste them.
She cupped both breasts in her hands and pushed them upward to entice him.  When he still made no attempt to touch her, she placed his hand on her breast.
Angel was quick to swipe it away with the handle of the whip.  “She’s trying to weaken you.”
Something changed behind Tommy’s eyes and they hardened.  “Is that what you were trying to do?”
She stammered for an answer.  She didn’t know how to play this game.
“Get on the bed.”

She didn’t hesitate and waited on her knees in the middle of the fluffy king-sized bed.  Her heart was beating faster, full of nervous anticipation.
Tommy crawled in front of her while Angel came up behind her and tied the sash around her eyes.
She didn’t resist, but her knees were shaking.  She never played a submissive role before.  There was a sense of mystery about being blindfolded, but she wasn’t sure if she liked it, or the helpless feeling that went with it.
Angel adjusted the sash over her eyes to make sure they were fully covered.  “Turn around and lie down.”
She obeyed.  If it got out of hand, she would tell them to stop, and she knew they would.
Face down on the pillow, her arms were pulled up and secured to the headboard, loosely tied with another satin sash.  “What are you going to do to me?”  She wished she didn’t ask and she wished she didn’t seem so nervous, but it sounded like part of the game.
Something tickled her back.  It was rather soft and made little flicking noises.  She realized it was the flogger and stiffened as she waited for a harsh blow.
“Are you ready to take your punishment?”  Angel asked.
She held her breath, clenched her jaw and squeezed her eyes shut.  It was silly that she closed her eyes, since she was already blindfolded, but she was so nervous she didn’t know what she was doing.  Despite being wary and anxious, she was tingling all over and felt a trickle of wetness between her legs.  She wanted to play.
“Answer him,” Tommy said.
She gulped.  “Y-yeah.”
“Louder.”

“Yes!”  She tightened her muscles and waited.  The first strike was a quick, stinging flash across her buttocks.  It wasn’t very hard, but it still took her breath away, and there was a tinge of excitement behind the tiny burn.  The second strike was stronger, but it was more arousing than the first.  The third stung like an electric shock and she gasped.  A sharp jolt reverberated through to her groin.  Again there was a pause, and she silently wished for the next blow, wondering what it held.  Dare she ask for it?  It came before she had the chance.  Like a razor, it sliced across her bare skin.  White light flashed behind the darkness of the mask and tiny spots floated in the blackness.  Her buttocks were red hot and that heat pulsated deep between her legs.  Her whimper wasn’t from pain.  It begged for release.





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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Blog Tour: Not Your Villain by C.B. Lee #Excerpt #Review #Giveaway




Series Title:  Sidekick Squad, Book Two
Pub Date:  October 5, 2017
Pages:  320 (79,500 words)
 Publisher:  Duet, the Young Adult imprint of Interlude Press 
Cover Design:  CB Messer

Reviewed by Erin


SUMMARY
Bells Broussard thought he had it made when his superpowers manifested early. Being a shapeshifter is awesome. He can change his hair whenever he wants and, if putting on a binder for the day is too much, he’s got it covered. But that was before he became the country’s most wanted villain.
After discovering a massive cover-up by the Heroes’ League of Heroes, Bells and his friends Jess, Emma, and Abby set off on a secret mission to find the Resistance. Meanwhile, power-hungry former hero Captain Orion is on the loose with a dangerous serum that renders meta-humans powerless, and a new militarized robotic threat emerges.
Sometimes, to do a hero’s job, you need to be a villain.


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If you're a fan of CB Lee's Sidekick Squad series, and really why wouldn't you be, then like me, you've been anxiously awaiting Bells Broussard's story! I LOVED him in Not Your Sidekick so I couldn't wait for Not Your Villain to get here and let me tell you, it did NOT disappoint in the least. Every bit as fun and wild as the first book, Not Your Villain is full of all the fabulous action, friendships, and world building you'd expect ... and more. I'm not sure you can read Not Your Villain without reading Sidekick first, I mean you probably CAN, I just wouldn't recommend it since the beginning of Villain overlaps some of the events in Sidekick, but told from Bells' point of view and gah, that was just spectacular. 

Superheroes ... I mean what's not to like about them? Bells is the newest member of the League of Heroes. He's a shape-shifting meta-human and I can promise you've not come across a character quite as fascinating as he is. Trans, black, and so adorable, he stole my heart right from the get go. I love what Lee did with his character, how his gender identity exploration coincides with his discovery of his super powers and what they mean to him. It was so wonderful to see sexual and gender identity discussed so casually, so nonchalantly like it's just a part of life and not anything out of the ordinary. The use of pronouns was just so genuine and seamless. Definite kudos to Lee for handling all of that so deftly. 

It was such fun to explore more of the world that Lee introduced in Not Your Sidekick and to see more of the other characters. We get to catch up with Jess and Abby plus spend more time with others like Brendan (yay!) The friendship that morphs into a romance between Bells and Emma was seriously swoony and made me smile so big. Seriously guys, it's all such good stuff. I don't want to spoil anything for you because it's ridiculously brilliant. There's bad guys as you'd expect in a book about superheroes, and we get a clearer picture of what our League is up against. Wonderfully imaginative world-building, a diverse cast of characters that will all charm you, and a plot that keeps you engaged from beginning to end will keep you on the edge of your seat and more often than not, with a smile on your face. Not Your Villain is all kinds of awesome and I can't recommend it enough! Get this one on your TBR immediately. Though, once you read it, you'll be like the rest of us and anxiously awaiting the next book, so be ready! 




Excerpt


Emma is quiet the next day and she pokes listlessly at her breakfast and doesn’t even talk when Brendan brings up ideas. “I’m gonna take a walk; I’ll see you guys later.”
Jess and Brendan are caught up in discussion, and Abby is still holed up in her quarters, so Bells excuses himself and goes to look for Emma.
Early in their exploration of the headquarters they found a spot that offers a view of the outside world. A narrow ladder goes up an access chute and out onto a cliffside observation deck. The original residents of the bunker must have only used it as a lookout. Bells hasn’t gone up there, just heard from the others how cool it was.
Bells takes a deep breath, climbs the ladder a step at a time, and finds Emma at the top, sitting and watching the sky.
She turns and raises a questioning eyebrow. “What are you doing up here?”
“Thought you would want some company.”
“Not really, but I’ll make an exception for you.” Emma scoots back from the edge and sits next to the wall.
Bells sits next to her, far from the deck’s edge. The snow is glistening in the morning sun, the wind sweeps through the trees, and the clouds slowly puff across the sky.
Emma hugs her knees, and Bells leans against her. Sighing, she puts her head on his shoulder. He doesn’t know how long they sit there, watching the sun race across the sky, but he doesn’t question it, just lets Emma take her time.
“I don’t know what’s wrong with me,” Emma says. “I mean, when I think about it, there was nothing wrong with Carlos, you know?”
Bells shrugs. “But you didn’t like him like that. It’s a good enough reason to break up, I think.”
“Look, I thought I— I never really got the relationship stuff. I know that you’re supposed to, that’s what normal people do, but I’ve never felt...” Emma trails off, lost in thought. “I mean, I’ve researched it a lot, but I never thought it fit exactly, but sometimes I think I really could be... but what if I’m not?”
Bells throws his arm around her shoulders, waiting.
“I could be asexual,” Emma says slowly. “I’ve thought about it. And then I think, well that doesn’t... I mean, I find people attractive, you know. Like, a lot.”
Bells turns to look at her. “Doesn’t mean you’re not somewhere on the spectrum, you know. Look, it’s a pretty broad term. You could be ace or aro or both or somewhere in between—”
“I’ve thought of that too, being aromantic, and that makes a lot of sense?” Emma pauses, looking back at Bells through her lashes, and then her cheeks flush. “Not all the time, though. I mean... I still don’t know.”
“And that’s okay too,” Bells says.
“Okay,” Emma says.
The clouds tumble across the sky, and for a long moment the world outside doesn’t matter. Emma interlaces their fingers, and they sit, watching the forest sway.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

C.B. Lee is a bisexual writer based in California. She is a first-generation Asian American and holds a BA in sociology and environmental science, which occasionally comes in handy in her chosen career, but not usually. Lee enjoys reading, hiking, rock climbing and other outdoor pursuits.
Not Your Sidekick (2016) was named a finalist for both the Lambda Literary Awards and the Bisexual Book Awards. Lee’s first novel, Seven Tears at High Tide (2015), was also a Bisexual Book Awards finalist. She is a Lambda Literary Emerging LGBTQ Voices Fellow. 






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Random Review: Waking the Behr by Pat Henshaw #Review #Giveaway





Author: Pat Henshaw
Book: Waking the Behr
Series: Foothills Pride #7
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: AngstyG
Publication date: September 20, 2017
Length: 88 pages

Reviewed by Jenn


Synopsis

Both Ben and Mitch think they know exactly what they want. Turns out, they don’t even know their own hearts.

Good old boy Ben has dated women his entire life, while gay nightclub owner Mitch has never considered unsophisticated country boys his type. But after they start hanging out, the small-town contractor and the urban entrepreneur are both stunned by the electricity sparking between them.

As they step outside their comfort zones to spend time together, Mitch finds he enjoys rural car rallies, and Ben is intrigued by the upscale bars Mitch owns in San Francisco. When they share their lives and grow closer, they start to question the way they’ve always defined themselves. Then they kiss and fling open the door to love. Now they must step up and travel the road that may lead to happily ever after—even if that path isn’t one they ever expected to walk.
 

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The opening scene in this book immediately put a smile on my face, it’s pretty adorable! Hometown construction company owner, Ben walks into a rundown steakhouse to see something almost out of a movie. City boy Mitch is so happy with what he’s found and what he had planned for that steakhouse, he can’t help but show his joy!

Ben is utterly shocked to find himself feeling an attraction to Mitch, a man. He has always thought himself completely straight. The character does have quite a bit of inner conversation with himself about this fact. He eventually realizes that things aren’t always what we expect them to be and that sometimes a person can make us see things in a whole new light.

Mitch is an openly gay nightclub owner and is in Foothills to open an Old West themed restaurant. Behr Construction is hired on to do the work and Ben and Mitch become friends. It’s very clear that these two are attracted to each other from the beginning. I do really like the development of their friendship, it’s fun watching them introduce each other to each of their towns and lives. I enjoyed the little fish out of water moments. I also really liked how respectful they were of each other’s differences. 

This is a short read and is book 7 in a series, but can be read as a stand-alone. I liked this book, I liked seeing these two guys find their way to an HEA. Mitch and Ben are a great quick read with some laughs and love! 




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