Friday, November 16, 2018

Book Review + Excerpt: FALLING FOR THE PLAYBOY by Kennedy Fox

   


Never trust a man who gets paid to take off his clothes for a living and then uses it as a pick-up line to get girls in bed with him. That should've been enough for me to call in sick that day. I've worked with male cover models like him before and they're all the same-smooth-talking, sexy as sin, egotistical know-it-alls who think they're God's gift to women-all traits I know to steer clear of. Assisting authors comes with many perks-reading on the job, using my organizing skills on a daily basis, drinking coffee by the gallons-but Maverick Kingston barges into my life and demands more than I can handle. When we're forced to road trip across the country together, he pushes every boundary I have and rearranges my thoughts on playing it safe. And when he "accidentally" drops his towel, he makes it very clear what he's offering and proves he's packing more than abs of steel under his clothes. Working with him was brutal, but falling for him was unexpected. And playing by the rules will be impossible.


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Olivia's POV

  "Can I turn off this church music?" Maverick asks thirty minutes into our trip. He leans forward and starts messing with the knob. "It's nice driving music," I argue, swatting his hand away. "You can't be serious. This shit is gonna put you to sleep and then we're going to crash and die. You really want that on your conscious?" The corner of his lips tilt up just the slightest. "Guess it wouldn't matter. I'd be dead." I flash a smug smile right back at him. "Oh I see how it is. You look all innocent and smart but deep down you have this morbidness to you." I shoot him a look. "You're the morbid one with all your crashing and dying talk." I turn my music back on. "Now no more talking about it because if I don't get you to these events on time, Rachel will actually kill me." "Why you so scared of her anyway? I could fit her in my pocket. She looks harmless enough." Glancing at him, I try to focus on the road and shake my head. "You know she's anything but harmless." He chuckles, shaking his head. "Yeah, you're right. She's not a firecracker like you though." "I'm not even sure what that means, but you can't label me when you just met me." "Oh, like you haven't labeled me already?" "I know your kind. I've heard plenty about you to form an opinion," I tell him with purpose. "God, you're so hypocritical. You think you're the first prissy, stick-up-her-ass assistant I've met? Doesn't mean I know you just like it doesn't mean you know me." He kinda has a point, but I don't tell him that. His ego is already taking up all the space in the car. Ignoring his comment, I focus on driving. We're in heavy traffic and I'm not used to eight lane highways. "You better get over," he says. "I'm trying." I look over my shoulder, searching for a spot to move into. "Might wanna try the blinker. I heard it's a signal for turning or moving over." I sigh and put it on. He's distracting me. "Stay quiet so I can focus." His chuckles are the last thing I hear from him as I attempt to merge across the lanes. Finally, I make it and we coast down the highway in silence until we're leaving the city. "When are we stopping for food?" He speaks up for the first time in hours. I look over at him and see he's sticking his lower lip, making a pouty face. "I'm shriveling to nothing over here." He slightly lifts his shirt up and pats his ridiculously cut stomach. His eyes meet mine, and I quickly look away although he saw me staring. Swallowing, I look at the GPS to see how much further until our first stop. "We have about an hour left," I tell him. "Think you'll manage to stay alive for that long?" He groans, loudly and it makes me laugh. I quickly catch myself and stop. "You have a nice laugh. It's a pleasant change from your short fuse and snarl." "I don't snarl!" I argue. "I just like having a plan and sticking to it." He noticeably rolls his eyes. "Okay, Miss Priss. Letting your hair down won't kill ya." "No, but your arrogant, self-absorbed attitude just might," I throw at him, holding back a smirk. "Well, I think that's debatable. Most of the women I date think it's charming." A loud snort bursts out of me, and I'm unable to keep in the laughter this time. "I think that says more about who you're dating than anything. They must be desperate." "Damn, what a burn." He chuckles. "Adding hostile to your personality resume." I inhale a deep breath, realizing that was a really mean thing to say. "Okay, sorry. That wasn't nice. But I'm not taking back what I said about you. You're arrogant and there's no denying that" "Oh well then thanks, I guess." He smirks. "You say it like being arrogant is a bad thing though. In my profession, I kinda have to be. I'm constantly selling myself to photographers and showing them I'm worthy of being in their magazines and advertisements. If I don't act confident and prove I'm the best guy for the gig, I'll lose it to the thousands of other people pursuing the job." I think about his words for a minute. "Okay, well I can certainly understand that. But I think you're just naturally that way." I shrug, biting down on my lower lip so he doesn't see right through me. He has every right to be confident, there's no doubt about that. He's got it all-the body, the face, the perfect white teeth and smile. His abs are plastered all over Rachel's covers and book promo graphics. He even has that annoying muscular V that trails from his hips to down below his waistline. Annoyingly sexy. "However, that doesn't mean you can't be humble in other aspects of your life." "That's a pretty big accustation for someone you just met. How do you know I'm not? You haven't been around me long enough to know anything about me. Don't you think?" Damn. He's right. "Fine. Prove me wrong then."



"Maverick Kingston might not be the man I thought he was originally. Mr. Playboy might actually prove me wrong." 

Anything Kennedy Fox, I always jump at the chance to read. Or I should say devour. I feel like it's been forever since I've been immersed in a KF book and this one hit the spot. This was the perfect book for any kind of mood and it was just what I needed. 

Falling for the Playboy follows the story of Maverick and Olivia. These two couldn't be more different. Olivia is an assistant to an author, who doesn't appreciate her and makes her walk her "evil" dog. She knows this isn't what she ultimately wants to be doing but it pays the bill, and it's isn't all horrible. But when she has to invite Mr. Playboy himself on Rachel's tour, she knows they are in for a wild ride. 

"Keep your eyes on me, Olivia. I want you to see what you do to me. What you've been doing to me. I want there to be no doubt in your mind." 

Maverick is a model and he knows how to make the ladies swoon. He's what you call a playboy. Maverick loves the ladies and he isn't shy about it. That's why he finds himself drawn to the uptight, control freak assistant Olivia. He wants to know more about her. What makes her tick? Why is she in such a need to be in control? Why does she let Rachel treat her like garbage? Maverick has never been interested in anyone before, more than a one night stand but something about Olivia makes him want to know everything. 

Neither one of them are prepared for each other. Or the friendship they will form. Or the feelings they will have. Falling for the Playboy is packed with laugh out loud moments, swoon worthy kisses, and moments that you will always remember. So cuddle up with your favorite coffee or glass of wine and devour the perfect romantic comedy. 

"Time makes no difference - only the right now. I need her as much as she needs me. We're two broken people mending together to create a whole, and I don't ever want to let her go." 




Brooke Cumberland & Lyra Parish are a duo of romance authors who teamed up to write under the USA Today Bestselling pseudonym, Kennedy Fox. They share a love of You’ve Got Mail and The Holiday. When they aren’t bonding over romantic comedies, they like to brainstorm new book ideas. One day, they decided to collaborate and have some fun creating new characters that’ll make your lady bits tingle and your heart melt. If you enjoy romance stories with sexy, tattooed alpha males and smart, independent women, then a Kennedy Fox book is for you!
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Release Day + Review: LET THERE BE LIGHT by A. M. Johnson




Title: Let There Be Light
Series: Twin Hearts Duet #1
Author: A.M. Johnson
Genre: Coming-of-Age/New Adult/MM
Release Date: November 16, 2018



His world was water and rhythm.  Hard work and drive kept Royal O'Connell one step ahead of his competition. His spot on the swim team, keeping his scholarship, was the only plan that mattered.

His world was ebony and ivory. Natural talent and ambition set Camden Morgan apart from the other music majors. His dedication scoring him a full ride.

Normally, their paths would have never crossed….

But when Royal meets his best friend's new roommate, his big plan and Camden’s controlled environment faces a variable that could destroy it all.   

Attraction.  

The world they live in had no room for error. That undeniable pull between them was dangerous and neither one of them could've prepared for the choice they'd have to make.

Love isn't always an easy road and, when everything they've worked for is on the line, they'll have to decide if being together is worth the risk.   

*This is not a traditional duet*
 *Not A Cliff Hanger*






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"My heart was too heavy in my chest, my sins a burden to the keys, and the keys alone knew all of my secrets." 

Sometimes there is a book, that you can't put into words. That knocks you off your feet and leaves you on the floor reeling in what you just read. It's very hard for me to come across those books because I live for words. I live for those words that move mountains and sing to your soul. The words that seem like they were written just for you, that's what A. M. Johnson does to me. 

She writes these words that are so powerful and so profound, that they move you to want to be a better you. To live a better life because her characters can and will. 

"Royal was a cello, deep and smooth, and it was his melody that played the loudest." 

Let There Be Light follows the story of Royal and Camden. These two are unlike any other characters you will ever read. They will steal your heart and you won't ever want it back. My heart still rests in Royal's hands and I'm totally okay with that. Royal and his twin sister Indie are so excited to finally be embarking on this new journey in their life. College. In the beautiful states of Oregon, these two set out for the start of their lives. But the last thing Royal was expecting was to find himself drawn to his swim captains roommate. 

"I wanted to be changed. I wanted to be remade under his touch. I wanted to never doubt that this was righteous and good -- this was ours." 

Camden is quite, he finds solace in the keys he plays. He loses himself to the music. Music. That's all he needs. Just to be able to play. He's used to people calling him names, thinking he's weird and not talking to him. He's gotten used to it over the years, especially having parents that are always trying to "fix" him. But the things is... you can't fix gay. And that's what he is, gay. He's known for awhile but he's never really spoken out about it or expressed his feelings. Camden likes to be to himself. He finds comfort in the walls of his room. But that changes when one guy speaks to him like he isn't a freak. Like he isn't someone different. But his equal. Royal sees Camden for everything that he is and everything he is worth. 

"Royal was a beacon and I was hopelessly drawn to him." 

Royal's life is shaken. Shaken to it's very core. That he finds himself drawn to Camden, attracted to him. But he's not scared, he finds comfort in Camden. He finds hope in watching his fingers stretch over the keys. And neither one of them can shake the feelings for each other. It's just something they are going to have to figure out on their own if they aren't torn apart first. 

"That one kiss. That one incredible...life changing kiss had the potential to destroy us both." 

Let There Be Light is a whole new ball game for reading. This book took me to a whole other level of reading. Her words will pour off the page and seep into your skin. You will be left thinking about this book and these characters long after you've closed the page. Johnson has a profound gift at writing, a rare talent at captivating feelings in a way that no other writer can. This book is high on my list for top books of the year and I could go on forever about this book but in better words...read it and then you will understand my feelings. Goosebumps will live on your skin while you read. 




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Thursday, November 15, 2018

Cover Reveal: HOTSHOT DOC by R.S. Grey

R.S. Grey's next romantic comedy, HOTSHOT DOC, releases December 6th! Check out the cover and find out more about HOTSHOT DOC below!

 

About HOTSHOT DOC (available December 6th)

Dr. Russell has a bad reputation around our hospital. The scrub techs say he’s cold-blooded, the nurses say he’s too cocky for his own good, and the residents say he’s the best surgeon in the world—really, just a swell guy!—on the off chance he’s within earshot.
I try to avoid him and his temper at all costs. It’s just as easy to admire his sexy, grip-it-while-he’s-ravishing-you hair and chiseled jaw from a healthy distance, preferably from the other end of the hallway…half-hidden behind a plant.
Unfortunately, my plan crumbles when my trusty ol’ boss decides to swap his white coat for a Hawaiian shirt. His retirement leaves me with two terrible options: switch specialties and spend months retraining, or take an open position as Dr. Russell’s surgical assistant.
That means I have to stand near him in the OR for hours on end and anticipate his every need without letting his biting words and bad attitude intimidate me. Oh, and as if that’s not difficult enough, my silly crush on him—the one I’ve tried to stomp on until it disappears—might just be reciprocated.
It’s fine.
I’m fine.
I take my job seriously. There will be no smoldering bedroom eyes across the operating table, no angry almost-kisses in the storage closet. (Well, no more of those.)
What’s the phrase? An apple a day keeps the doctor away?
Maybe I should go for a whole damn bushel.

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Meet R.S. Grey

R.S. Grey is the USA Today bestselling author of thirteen novels, including THE FOXE & THE HOUND. She lives in Texas with her husband and two dogs, and can be found reading, binge-watching reality TV, or practicing yoga! Visit her at rsgrey.com

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Release Day: TRAGIC by Devney Perry



Kaine Reynolds wants nothing more than solitude. After an unthinkable tragedy destroys his family, he’s cut off all ties to his former life so he can battle his grief the only way he knows how.W Alone. So when Piper Campbell knocks on his door, rambling on about being his new neighbor, he slams the door in her face. But Kaine’s gruff demeanor doesn’t scare her. She’s set on living in Montana and starting over after a terrible divorce. And she wouldn’t mind having a fling to chase away the pain of her husband’s betrayal. Her handsome, albeit rude, neighbor is the perfect candidate. Yet what neither of them suspect is that their no-strings affair will result in the surprise of Piper’s lifetime—and Kaine’s worst fear.


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Devney is the USA Today bestselling author of the Jamison Valley series. She lives in Montana with her husband and two children. After working in the technology industry for nearly a decade, she abandoned conference calls and project schedules to enjoy a slower pace at home with her kids. She loves reading and, after consuming hundreds of books, decided to share her own stories. Devney loves hearing from readers! Connect with her on social media.

Release Day + Excerpt: CONTROL by K. Bromberg


"Sometimes love happens unexpectedly…"

From New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author K Bromberg, comes CONTROL, a new novella in her Everyday Heroes Series, brought to you by 1,001 Dark Nights! Be sure to grab your copy today!



From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author K. Bromberg comes a new story in her Everyday Heroes series…

Control is something Desi Whitman abhors. Why live life in black and white perfection when you can messily color outside the lines?

But when she comes face to face with SWAT officer Reznor Mayne, he’s about to show her just how good control can feel.



 

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"K. Bromberg always delivers intelligently written, emotionally intense, sensual romance . . ."

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 Men are on women. 
 Women are on women. 
 Grunts and groans fill the air. 
 There is cheering from the sidelines as bystanders watch them writhe and buck and try to get the other off them. 
 “It’s like a big orgy in here,” I say to the woman standing beside me. I don’t know her, but she’s standing like we are, back against the gym wall, eyes glued to the men and women fighting for positioning—moving, bucking, defending—on the mats where they’re lying. 
 She emits a nervous laugh and looks to me. Prim and proper, she resembles a Stepford wife, and all I can think is that her ladies’ club decided to do this together and she’s the only one who decided to show up. 
 At least I’m not the only one nervous about being here. There could be worse things I guess…like actually needing to use the skills I’m supposed to learn here in Sunnyville Self Defense Class to protect myself. 
 A group at the far side of the gym erupts in applause, and I stand on my tiptoes to see a woman standing with her foot on the instructor’s throat while he’s lying on the mat. His red SSDC T-shirt matches everyone else standing around trying to look official with a whistle and gym pants on. 
 “Exactly,” a deep rumble of a voice on the other side of me says. 
 I glance over and whoa…all my attention shifts from the grunts and groans on the floor to how I wouldn’t mind grunting and groaning with the man on his cell beside me. Our gazes meet for the briefest of seconds—chocolate-brown eyes giving me a passing glance and a curt smile before turning back to whoever is on the phone while watching the action beyond. 
 Taking my time and trying not to pay attention to HottieMcTotty, I scan the gym. Basic blue gymnastic mats cover the majority of the hardwood floors, basketball hoops hang from the lofty ceiling but have been drawn up, and championship banners hang, partially hiding the painted mural of the Sunnyville High School mascot on the wall at the far end. 
 But no matter how hard I try to not look back at him, that is where my attention lands. He’s a good six inches taller than I am, has dark hair, and his body beneath his Under Armour workout shirt hints at how ridiculously fit he is. His bicep closest to me stretches the fabric and is covered in a dizzying tattooed array of colors and images I can’t openly look at to decipher. You can only do so much with a sideways stare. 
 But his voice. It’s like liquid sex with a rasp and a rumble and a whole earth-shattering orgasm in between.  
 Hello to you, Mister A-Little-Rugged-And-Whole-Lot-Sexy. 
 I listen to him talk. Not stalkerish-like…well, maybe stalkerish-like, but damn if the background of grunting and groaning only serves to enhance the things my mind is dreaming up. 
 And then it hits me. 
 He’s not here as an instructor—no red SSDC shirt on. So that means he’s here as a boyfriend or a husband and therefore completely off limits. 
 Damn it. 
 If he were an instructor, I’d make sure to be in his group so he could grind on me for a bit…and I’m talking the pelvis kind of grind…if I’m being truthful. 



About K Bromberg: New York Times bestselling author K. Bromberg writes contemporary novels that contain a mixture of sweet, emotional, a whole lot of sexy, and a little bit of real. She likes to write strong heroines, and damaged heroes who we love to hate and hate to love. She’s a mixture of most of her female characters: sassy, intelligent, stubborn, reserved, outgoing, driven, emotional, strong, and wears her heart on her sleeve. All of which she displays daily with her husband and three children where they live in Southern California. On a whim, K. Bromberg decided to try her hand at this writing thing. Since then she has written The Driven Series (Driven, Fueled, Crashed, Raced, Aced), the standalone Driven Novels (Slow Burn, Sweet Ache, Hard Beat, and Down Shift), and a novella (UnRaveled).  

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