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Thursday, October 21, 2021

EXCERPT REVEAL: Well Played by Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward




Title: Well Played
Authors: Vi Keeland & Penelope Ward
Genre: Standalone Contemporary Romance
Release Date: October 25, 2021


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Presley

Harper picked up the notebook that contained my to-do list from the table and opened to a fresh page. Clicking the pen open, she scribbled across the top.
To do with Levi
I chuckled. “Are we making a dirty to-do list?”
She wiggled her eyebrows and put the pen to the paper. “We certainly are.” “Tell me one thing you fantasize about doing with him.”
Yep, I was definitely drunk, because sober me wouldn’t have participated in this. Though, even in this state, I felt my cheeks blush. “Well, every day he goes out back and does pull-ups in that big oak tree. Sometimes I imagine he’s naked while doing them, and then I walk out naked, too. I wrap myself around him like a koala and he’s a tree, and he keeps doing the pull-ups. Hoisting us both up and down.”
Harper smirked. “Nice start.” She then jotted down koala pull-ups. “What else you got?”
“Well, I also have this running fantasy that I’m watching him do the pull-ups from my bedroom window with binoculars, and then I lie down on the bed and…you know…go to town on myself. And when I’m just about to orgasm, I look up at the window and see Levi with the binoculars. He’s watching me masturbate from outside.”
“Oooh… I like that one.” Harper wrote down voyeur masturbation.
For the next half hour, we polished off our spiked lemonades, laughed a lot, and added more than a dozen sexual to-do tasks to my list. It was the most fun I’d had in ages. But Harper had to fly home in the morning, and I didn’t want her to have a raging hangover. So rather than make another pitcher of spiked lemonade, I grabbed her a water bottle and some Motrin and told her to drink up before going to bed.
But as I walked around and shut off the lights, another fantasy hit me. “That peach cobbler we had for dessert at the restaurant was orgasmic, wasn’t it?”
“It sure was.”
I pointed to the notepad. “Sit on Levi’s face while eating that pie.”
Harper had been drinking water and spit it out all over the place. “Oh my God. That is most definitely going on the list!” She picked up the pen and spoke while jotting something down. “Double orgasmic peach cobbler.”
We started to crack up, but a knock interrupted our laughter. At least it interrupted mine. I looked up to find Levi standing in the doorway to the living room.
My eyes widened. “Levi… What are you doing here?”
His brows lifted. “I own half the place.”
“No, I meant I didn’t know you were back.”
He looked between Harper and me and seemed to smirk. “Oh, I’m back.”
My palms started to sweat. “I didn’t hear you come in. How long have you been…standing there?”
Levi tilted his head, and his smirk elevated to a cocky smile. “Not too long.”
Oh my God. I wanted to crawl into a hole and never come out. What if he heard? I suddenly felt pretty damn sober. “Umm…well, this is my friend Harper. She’s leaving early tomorrow, so we were just going to bed.”
He nodded. “Nice to meet you, Harper.”
Harper stood and hiccupped. She covered her grinning mouth. “Nice to meet you, too. Your family’s inn is beautiful.”
“Thank you.”
Her eyes shifted to me. “Although there’s a lot to do around here. Presley and I made a list. You might want to take a look at it and get going on some of the new to-do tasks we added.”
My eyes nearly bulged out of my head, and I lunged for the notebook on the table.
Levi squinted at me. “Everything okay, Presley? You seem stressed.”
“I’m fine!”
He nodded slowly. “Right.”
“Alright….” I grabbed Harper’s arm and tugged. “We’re going to bed. Welcome home.”
Levi never moved from the living room doorway as he watched me drag my friend out of the room.
Harper waved over her shoulder. “’Night, Levi. Enjoy your to-do list!”
Somehow I managed to get Harper to her room without her yelling anything too obscene. But for the next half hour, I lay in my bed with my heart pounding. What if he’d heard us? What if he’d been standing there listening the entire time? Oh my God. I covered my face with my hands. The things I said I wanted to do to him. My head began to ache, and tomorrow’s hangover hadn’t even started yet.
After another twenty minutes of lying there freaking out in the dark, my mouth was so parched that I needed a bottle of water. But there was no way I wanted to run into Levi again. So I cracked open my bedroom door and listened for any sounds of someone moving out in the common area. Finding it quiet, I snuck down the hall and peered around the corner to see if any lights were still on. They weren’t, so I breathed a sigh of relief and went to the kitchen for a drink.
I guzzled half a bottle of water before turning to slink back to my bedroom. But I froze at the sight of Levi standing in the kitchen doorway. My hand flew up to cover my racing heart. “Oh my God. You scared me.”
“Sorry. I was just going to head out to grab a bite to eat.”
“Oh…there are leftovers from lunch in the fridge, if you want. I made chicken pot pies this morning.”
Levi held my eyes for a moment. “Thanks, but I think I’m going to go out.” He walked over and leaned down to whisper in my ear. “I have a real hankering for peach cobbler.”
Oh.
My.
God.
My jaw dropped to the ground. I had no idea what to do or say.
Levi winked as he walked to the door. “Get some sleep. I wouldn’t want you to be too tired to work on that to-do list.”

★★★ 

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RELEASING OCTOBER 25th!







Please note: There will not be an Amazon ebook pre-order, but it will be available on Amazon in Kindle Unlimited on release day.

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Vi Keeland is a #1 New York Times, #1 Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author. With millions of books sold, her titles have appeared in over a hundred Bestseller lists and are currently translated in twenty-five languages. She resides in New York with her husband and their three children where she is living out her own happily ever after with the boy she met at age six.



PENELOPE WARD


Penelope Ward is a New York Times, USA Today and #1 Wall Street Journal bestselling author of contemporary romance. 

She grew up in Boston with five older brothers and spent most of her twenties as a television news anchor. Penelope resides in Rhode Island with her husband, son, and beautiful daughter with autism. 

With over two million books sold, she is a 21-time New York Times bestseller and the author of over twenty novels. Her books have been translated into over a dozen languages and can be found in bookstores around the world.




REVIEW: No Strings by Nikki Ash


Title: No Strings
Author: Nikki Ash
Genre: Single Dad Romance
Release Date: October 21, 2021
Cover Design: Jersey Girl Designs
Cover Image: JW Photography
Cover Models: Kristen Lazarus-Wood and Aidan Stewart




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Savannah
A sexy, single dad and his teenage son weren’t a part of my white picket fence fairy tale, but if life has taught me anything, it’s that things don’t always work out according to plan.
Ben offers me no-strings-attached sex, but we could never be stringless.
He has a son to think about, one who’s very much a part of my life.
No matter how much I want to accept his offer, taking our relationship to the next level would leave us tangled in knots.

Benjamin
After experiencing firsthand the devastation love can cause, I knew having a family wasn’t for me. Neither was being a single dad—but here we are, trying to make it work.
The last thing I need is a distraction, but then Savannah waltzes into my world,
stealing my treadmill at the gym—as well as my son’s heart.
We agreed to no strings. No complications or commitments. But I’m going back on my word because now that I know what it’s like to be with Savannah, there’s no way I’m ever letting her go.

REVIEW

5 STARS!

No Strings was such a sweet, beautifully written heartfelt story! I loved Savy & Ben so much! The emotions I felt throughout reading this story consumed me and I couldn’t put the book down from beginning to end. The story begins with Savannah finding out her husband has been cheating on her with her childhood friend. After being so badly betrayed by two people she loved she is in need of a change and takes a job in NYC. Upon meeting Benjamin she is immediately attracted to him but can’t help but see another egotistical, controlling, arrogant man. That is until she sees a sweeter, softer side to him and she allows herself to form a friendship with him. I adored Savannah. The way her sunshine seeps into Benjamin and through their friendship an undeniable connection begins. Ben has an emotional past. One that doesn’t allow him to form any attachments to women. He also has a 15 year old teenage son, Brody that is troubled. Ben has been absent from his life throwing himself in his work of developing successful high end night clubs and is regretting his lack of involvement in his sons life and vows to do everything he can to change that. When Savannah meets Brody she sees immediately through him. She recognizes his pain as she has seen it many times before growing up in foster care. I just loved the special friendship they shared and the dynamic of all three of them! There are so many beautiful layers to this story! The single dad romance trope is one of my top faves and Nikki blew me away with this one. So much passion, emotion and heart wrapped up in these pages and it is a must read!

**ARC received in exchange of an honest review.



Author Kaylee Ryan - “A sweet and sexy single dad romance. No Strings is Nikki Ash at her finest. A must-read.”
Read.Review.Repeat Blog - “"I absolutely devoured this book. It obviously didn’t take me long to get lost in the storyline and apart from having to adult every now and then I basically read this book in one sitting.”
The Romantic Rush Blog - “Yet another sweet and heartfelt love story from the effortlessly charming writing of Nikki Ash.”





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Wednesday, October 20, 2021

REVIEW: ONLY ONE REGRET BY NATASHA MADISON

Release Date: October 19

From USA Bestseller Natasha Madison comes a brand new Hockey series The Only One.

Cooper.

My name came with big skates to fill. .

At the top of my game, I had everything I wanted, or so I thought. .

Being traded to Dallas was not what I was expecting but neither were the divorce papers I was served. .

Now I’m a single dad in a city that isn’t my home. .

Erika.

Handed my biggest client when I was twenty-two made my dreams come true. .

Over time, our work relationship changed, and we grew closer, leaning on each other for support. .

He was my rock, my best friend..

Then one drunken night changed everything, and I saw what was in front of me all along. .

I just hope that when the dust settles, we won’t regret it.


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REVIEW

5 stars!

Mini Cooper is here and he is all grown up!! I fell in love with Natasha Madison’s writing upon reading Something So Right so to say I was excited to get Cooper Stone’s grandsons story is a huge understatement and she did not disappoint! This friends to lovers, hockey romance is one of my all time favourites! This story is everything I love about reading romance. The family, the laughs and the love. It has it all. I couldn’t get enough of the characters. From the moment I began reading it was hard to put the story down. I wanted to stay with Cooper and Erika for forever!

Cooper is newly divorced and single dad to two darling girls who are his whole world, Mia and Emma. After his divorce, Cooper is trying to balance his new life as single parent, a trade to a new hockey team and a busy schedule. Thankfully he has his best friend Erika! 

Erika began as Cooper’s agent, then that relationship turned into an 8 year friendship and she has been with him through all the milestones in his life. His marriage, kids, acceptance of his first NHL contract and now his divorce. I adored Erika. She is beautiful and hardworking and has a huge heart. Her relationship with Mia and Emma was the sweetest! I loved her kind patience with them. 

After one too many drinks that leads to a steamy hookup between Erika and Cooper, Erika thinks they need to forget what happened terrified to risk their friendship. Cooper disagrees and is confident it will not change a thing and determined to prove it to her. I loved the conversation and banter as they go from friends to lovers. The progression was perfect for them. Their chemistry is undeniable. HOLY sparks and steam!! I loved it! 

This is an absolute must read in Natasha Madison’s Only One Series. Pick this one up, you will not be disappointed!

**ARC received in exchange of an honest review.


Meet Natasha Madison 


When her nose isn't buried in a book, or her fingers flying across a keyboard writing, she's in the kitchen creating gourmet meals. You can find her, in four inch heels no less, in the car chauffeuring kids, or possibly with her husband scheduling his business trips. It's a good thing her characters do what she says, because even her Labrador doesn't listen to her...

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REVIEW: PROMISE ME FOREVER BY LAYLA HAGEN


Release Date: October 19

As a divorced single father, I live by three rules:

1. Make sure every day my daughter, Paisley, knows she’s number one in my life. No. Matter. What.
2. Keep contact with my cheating ex-wife to a minimum.
3. Turn Maxwell Wineries into a legacy that keeps Paisley set for life.

When I hire Lexi to look after my daughter, I realize I need another rule: don’t pursue Paisley’s nanny.

But even if I had that rule it wouldn’t matter. Because I'm breaking it already.

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REVIEW

4 STARS!

Promise Me Forever by Layla Hagen is a sweet contemporary romance read that features Tate Maxwell, single Dad to adorable nine year old daughter Paisley and her nanny, Lexi. I LOVED these characters! Layla writes such beautiful stories. The way she is able to interweave family, love, friendship and loyalty into each and every story I love.

Tate Maxwell is the CFO of Maxwell Wineries. He is a hardworking and devoted dad and believes family always comes first. The Maxwell family consists of Tate, his five brothers, two female cousins, his mom & dad and grandma Beatrice. I loved the family dynamic of the Maxwells. Plenty of playful banter and teasing that had me smiling and laughing out loud. They are also a fierce and loyal group. Tate has had to pick up the pieces of Paisley’s mother leaving him and their daughter for a life of modelling. He hasn’t had time or room in his heart for relationships. UNTIL LEXI. 

Lexi Langley is a fourth grade teacher and is on her summer break, looking to make some extra money to help her family while on her summer break and applies for the nanny position. Upon first meeting Tate and Lexi had some seriously incredible sparks. The heat between these two burned off the pages! I enjoyed the light push and pull while they grappled with their feelings that should be forbidden. 

The Single Dad/Nanny trope is one of my favourite tropes to read in romance. There is something so special about the love between dad and daughter and nanny and child. 

This was a great intro to Layla’s new series. There was some light drama that I wasn’t a fan of which kept me from giving this a full five stars but other than that I adored it! I love the ground work laid for the next couples book!

**ARC received in exchange of an honest review.


Meet Layla Hagen

Welcome! My name is Layla Hagen and I am a Contemporary Romance author. I fell in love with books when I was nine years old, and my love affair with stories continues even now, many years later. I write romantic stories and can't wait to share them with the world. And I drink coffee. Lots of it :-D

I am represented by Louise Fury (The Bent Agency). 

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Tuesday, October 19, 2021

AUDIOBOOK REVIEW: THE ESSENTIAL POE ACCORDING TO JOE

The Essential Poe According to Joe is NOW LIVE! 


In collaboration with Joe Arden and his Audio Attic fam on Patreon Joe has recorded and performed the most EPIC version of short stories and poems by Edgar Allan Poe!

Get it on Audible here: 

Beware the black cat....

Good luck escaping the pit....

Don’t go to that party without your masque....


Delight in these and many more stories and poems from the master of dark prose, Edgar Allan Poe. This collection has been specially curated and performed by award-winning audiobook narrator Joe Arden. Dive in to the darkness.


REVIEW

5++++ STARS!

I have been listening to Joe Arden narrate romance for many years now and I have heard many sides of his voice. There is a reason why he is my favorite narrator.  He is a passionate storyteller, the way he taps in to every character with passion and emotion makes him a MASTER in his craft. HOWEVER it was not until this MAGNIFICENT performance that I understood how incredible his talent truly is. Hearing his telling of Edgar Allan Poe's short stories and poems was such an experience!! One you MUST experience for yourself! It is the darker, grittier and crazier side of his voice but so impactful! As I listened, I was blown away the emotion in Joe’s voice. His delivery is strong and powerful and gave me goosebumps at the end of each poem or story! BRILLIANT WORK JOE!
 

About the Author:

Joe Arden is one of the industry’s most prolific and decorated narrators of Romance and Erotica. He has been nominated for multiple Audie and SOVAS Awards and has received AudioFile’s Earphones Award numerous times. He is a vocal advocate for consent and equality. In his free time, he trains and fosters rescue pit bulls. How To Get Lucky, co-written with #1 New York Times bestselling author Lauren Blakely, is his debut novel.

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Monday, October 18, 2021

COVER REVEAL: Second Chance Vow by M. Robinson


Release Date: November 16

From Wall Street Journal and USA Today Bestselling Author M. Robinson comes a second chance romance.


From the moment I laid eyes on her, Kinley was mine.

At fifteen years old I was determined to make it happen, but we were on and off for years until I got it right between us and finally made her my wife.

We were supposed to be forever.

So in love.

So devoted.

So consumed with each other.

But somewhere along the way we lost sight of that love.

Ten years later and that love became anger. That devotion began to crumble, and we were consumed with resentment of life not working out the way we had planned.

We meant it when we vowed for better or for worse...

So why the hell were we signing divorce papers?

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Meet M. Robinson


M. Robinson is the Wall Street Journal & USA Today Bestselling Author crowned as the "Queen of Angst" by readers around the world.


Dive into her visionary world that will take you on a rollercoaster ride of emotions and leave you wanting more.


She writes everything from contemporary to suspense romance and is best known for her novel, El Diablo.


When M isn't in the cave writing her next epic love story, you will find her shopping and living on a boat in Florida with her real life pirate, her lobster, her husband Bossman. Sipping on Starbucks and hanging out with their two dogs, a German shepherd mix and a gordito Wheaten Terrier reading a good book. Or spending time with her family, who she is extremely close with.

Above all, M loves her readers more than anything and loves to connect with them! She is on all social media platforms but you will find her in her happy place the most. Her VIP Reader Group on Facebook or her second favorite happy place, Instagram.

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EXCERPT REVEAL: Well Played by Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward

Title: Well Played Authors:  Vi Keeland &  Penelope Ward Genre: Standalone Contemporary Romance Release Date: October 25, 2021 Excite...