Thursday, January 18, 2018

Blog Tour + Review: Keep Her Safe by KA Tucker

Keep Her Safe
by KA Tucker
Release Date: January 23, 2018
Source: Publisher
Noah Marshall has known a privileged and comfortable life thanks to his mother, the highly decorated chief of the Austin Police Department. But all that changes the night she reveals a skeleton that's been rattling in her closet for years, and succumbs to the guilt of destroying an innocent family's life. Reeling with grief, Noah is forced to carry the burden of this shocking secret.

Gracie Richards wasn't born in a trailer park, but after fourteen years of learning how to survive in The Hollow, it's all she knows anymore. At least here people don't care that her dad was a corrupt Austin cop, murdered in a drug deal gone wrong. Here, she and her mother are just another family struggling to survive...until a man who clearly doesn't belong shows up on her doorstep.

Despite their differences, Noah and Gracie are searching for answers to the same questions, and together, they set out to uncover the truth about the Austin Police Department's dark and messy past. But the scandal that emerges is bigger than they bargained for, and goes far higher up than they ever imagined.

Complex, gritty, sexy, and thrilling, Keep Her Safe solidifies K.A. Tucker's reputation as one of today's most talented new voices in romantic suspense.

I am a huge fan of KA Tucker, but I really love her contemporary romances. I don't ever read novels that are primarily suspense or mystery, but I do love a good suspense movie or TV show. So when I had the opportunity to read this book, I couldn't say no. 

Noah Marshall has lived an ordinary, privileged life with his police chief mom. But when his mom reveals something that happened in the past that has been weighing on her all of these years, Noah is shocked and finds himself driving to Arizona to set things right. There, he finds Gracie, the little girl from his past who moved away after tragedy and lies ruined her family. Gracie has lived in a trailer park for the past 14 years, watching her mom deteriorate more and more to drugs. When this strange Texan stumbles into her life bringing up secrets revolving around her father's death, Gracie is determined to redeem her father and find out the truth of what happened all those years ago. 

Going into this one, I was immediately drawn into the story thanks to the flashbacks we got of Noah's mom and Gracie's dad. I loved seeing first-hand glimpses into the past while we followed Gracie and Noah in the present trying to unravel this mystery. Since Gracie and Noah were so young when everything happened so many years ago, they really didn't know anything, so they were discovering new facts and information right along with us, the readers, which I really enjoyed. I was shocked when they were shocked and I was angry when they were angry. Also, it was so fun watching them grow closer and experience a little bit of romance, which I always love. 

While I was reading this book, I thought it was definitely a four star read as the pacing was steady and the storyline was interesting enough. BUT. When we got to the end, this turned into a five star read. My jaw was on the floor and I definitely didn't see any of that coming. KA Tucker really created a suspenseful mystery that had me furiously turning the pages until I got to the end. 

Overall, this was such a hit from KA Tucker. I loved everything about this book and she delivered a suspense that definitely kept me on my toes.

K.A. Tucker writes captivating stories with an edge. Her books have been featured in national publications including USA TODAY, The Globe and Mail, Suspense Magazine, and Publishers Weekly. She currently resides in a quaint town outside Toronto with her husband and two beautiful girls.

by K.A. Tucker
Atria Books Paperback | On-sale: January 23, 2018 | 448 pages | ISBN: 9781501133404, $16.00
eBook: 9781501133428, $7.99

Don’t miss K.A. Tucker’s beloved 
Ten Tiny Breaths series!





Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Cover Reveal: Gentleman Nine by Penelope Ward

We are thrilled to bring you the cover from New York Times bestselling author Penelope Ward. Gentleman Nine releases on February 19th!

Cover designer: Letitia Hasser, RBA designs
Cover Model: Lucas Garcez
Cover Photography: Sven Jacobsen

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.

**No Amazon e-book preorder. Will go live on/around release day **

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. 

Connect with Penelope Ward 

Other standalones from Penelope Ward:

Drunk Dial:

Mack Daddy:

Stepbrother Dearest:

Neighbor Dearest:




Dear Bridget, I Want You: (co-written with Vi Keeland)

Mister Moneybags: (co-written with Vi Keeland)

Playboy Pilot: (co-written with Vi Keeland)


Stuck-Up Suit: (co-written with Vi Keeland)

Cocky Bastard: (co-written with Vi Keeland)

Sins of Sevin:

Jake Undone (Jake #1):

Jake Understood (Jake #2):

My Skylar


Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Book Review: The Studying Hours by Sara Ney

The Studying Hours (How to Date a Douchebag #1)
by Sarah Ney
Release Date: September 13, 2016
Source: Amazon
No doubt about it, Sebastian ‘Oz’ Osborne is the university’s most celebrated student athlete—and possibly the biggest douchebag. A walking, talking cliché, he has a filthy mouth, a fantastic body, and doesn’t give a sh*t about what you or anyone else thinks.
Make no mistake, Jameson Clarke may be the university’s most diligent student—but she is no prude. Spending most of her time in the hallowed halls of the library, James is wary of pervs, jocks, and douchebags—and Oz Osborne is all three.

She’s smart, sarcastic—and not what he expected.

He wants to be friends.
He wants to spend time with her.
He wants to drive her crazy.

He wants…


I have seen this series all over Instagram, but I really had no idea what it was about. When I saw that the first two ebooks were on sale, I decided to one-click both of them and see how they turned out. 

Sebastian "Oz" Osbourne is a douchebag. As big man on campus and a Division 1 wrestler, Oz pretty much gets anything, and any girl, he wants. Jameson Clarke doesn't need any distractions. She has to study for her grades and she's serious about college, unlike the annoying jocks who distract her at the library. When Oz won't leave her alone with his arrogant personality and crass language, James tries to ignore him. But Oz is persistent and James finds herself actually enjoying his company while Oz finds himself liking the stuck-up girl from the library. 

In the beginning, I had a good feeling about this book. I love a cocky, arrogant jock who is intrigued by the girl who isn't impressed by his reputation. Oz is so well known on campus that he's shocked when James has no idea who he is. She is so different from any girl he's been with and he's intrigued by the girl who looks so buttoned up but who has a wild side of her own. I really liked Oz and how he changed throughout the novel and was so surprised by how much he actually like being around James. 

James, on the other hand, is still a mystery to me. We got that she worked hard and took school seriously, but we never really learned that much about her past. At one point, Oz was talking about what he had learned about James and we were never told those things. I didn't know her past, especially with dating, and I really missed that link to her as a character. I did love how she learned to find Oz's personality endearing and didn't really know what to do about her new feelings. 

Overall, this was a great college romance with a cocky athlete and a girl that was much more intriguing than she looked. Fans of The Hook Up and The Deal are going to find their next favorite college sports romance with the How to Date a Douchebag series!

Book Review: Down by Contact by Santino Hassell

Down by Contact (The Barons #2)
by Santino Hassell
Release Date: January 16, 2018
Source: Publisher
Two rival football players begin a game with higher stakes than the Super Bowl in this steamy romance from the author of Illegal Contact.

Simeon Boudreaux, the New York Barons’ golden-armed quarterback, is blessed with irresistible New Orleans charm and a face to melt your mama’s heart. He’s universally adored by fans and the media. Coming out as gay in solidarity with his teammate hasn’t harmed his reputation in the least—except for some social media taunting from rival linebacker Adrián Bravo.

Though they were once teammates, Adrián views Simeon as a traitor and the number-one name on the New Jersey Predators’ shit list. When animosity between the two NFL players reaches a boiling point on the field, culminating in a dirty fist fight, they’re both benched for six games and sentenced to joint community service teaching sullen, Brooklyn teens how to play ball.

At first, they can barely stand to be in the same room, but running the camp forces them to shape up. With no choice but to work together, Simeon realizes Adrián is more than his alpha-jerk persona, and Adrián begins to question why he’s always had such strong feelings for the gorgeous QB…

I'm fairly new to the whole m/m genre, but I have been so intrigued by sports m/m romances after reading Him by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy. I have heard great things about this series, so I was excited to finally try out a book by Santino Hassell!

Recently coming out as gay to the whole world, quarterback Simeon Boudreaux has the support of his teammates and society. Well, except for rival player Adrian Bravo. Adrian will take any chance he can get to knock Simeon down a few pegs and has become obsessed with attacking him. When a game between the rivals goes too far and a brawl breaks out, Adrian and Simeon are suspended and forced to work at a football camp for kids. Together. Adrian is livid and fights with Simeon every chance he can get. But the more time the two spend coaching the teens and really caring for them, the more they see each other as friends. And something more.

While this is the second book in this series, I decided to read it without reading the first book. It took awhile to catch on to who was who and what their backgrounds were, but I got along just fine as I got further into the book. I do think I would have gotten more out of this book if I had read book one first, but I still was able to enjoy these characters. It was fun watching Adrian and Simeon's rivalry play out and watch Adrian put on such an angry face around Simeon because he was just trying to ignore the growing attraction he felt for him. While this is only my second m/m book, I was surprised to find the same trope of a gay man and a guy who was confused about being gay falling in love. I really hope this isn't going to be an overused trope, but I guess it does add more conflict to the story because one of the characters wants to deny the attraction because they have never had those feelings for a man before.

Since this is a hate to love romance, it was really hard to like Adrian's character for awhile. Adrian was so mean to Simeon and took every chance he had at putting him down. Other characters did acknowledge this fact, though, and questioned Simeon's decision when he started to show feelings towards Adrian when he so publicly ridiculed him in the past. I wanted to see more redeeming qualities for Adrian throughout the whole book, though, and not just at the end when he finally accepted his feelings for Simeon.

Overall, I really did enjoy this enemies to lovers romance between two football players. I loved this cast of characters and really can't wait to pick up book one and see the couple that started it all fall in love. If you're a fan of m/m sports romances, you definitely have to check out The Barons series!

Monday, January 15, 2018

Release Day Blitz: Sex, Not Love by Vi Keeland



My relationship with Hunter Delucia started backwards. 

We met at a wedding—him sitting on the groom’s side, me sitting on the bride’s. Stealing glances at each other throughout the night, there was no denying an intense, mutual attraction. 

I caught the bouquet; he caught the garter. Hunter held me tightly while we danced and suggested we explore the chemistry sparking between us. His blunt, dirty mouth should’ve turned me off. But for some crazy reason, it had the opposite effect on me.

We ended up back in my hotel room. The next morning, I headed home to New York leaving him behind in California with the wrong number.

I thought about him often, but after my last relationship, I’d sworn off of charming, cocky, gorgeous-as-sin men. A year later, Hunter and I met again at the birth of our friends’ baby. Our attraction hadn't dulled one bit. After a whirlwind trip, he demanded a real phone number this time. So I left him with my mother’s—she could scare away any man with her talks of babies and marriage—and flew back home.

I’d thought it was funny, until the following week when he rang the bell at Mom’s house for Sunday night dinner. The crazy, gorgeous man had won over my mother and taken an eight-week assignment in my city. He proposed we spend that time screwing each other out of our systems. 

Eight weeks of mind-blowing sex with no strings attached? What did I have to lose?

Nothing, I thought.
It’s just sex, not love.
But you know what they say about the best laid plans…

About the Author

Vi Keeland is a #1 New York Times and #1 Wall Street Journal Bestselling author. With millions of books sold, her titles have appeared in over eighty Bestseller lists and are currently translated in nineteen languages. She lives 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.

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