Title: Devil’s Kiss (Sunset Cove Series #2)

Author: Ella Frank

Genre: M/M Contemporary Romance

Release Date: MAY 24, 2016

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What do you do when the one you least expect to matter…

Ends up mattering the most?

Derek Pearson likes to think he’s an easygoing guy. Uncomplicated, upfront, and unapologetic with what he wants. His what you see is what you get attitude is on prominent display for anyone who cares to look, and his foul mouth is right there to back it up should you miss the point.

However, what you see isn’t always what you get, and only a select few have ever glimpsed the real man under the brash exterior.

Among them? Professor Jordan Devaney. Complicated, high-maintenance, and vibrant, he’s Derek’s opposite in every way. From the moment they saw each other, a love-hate relationship began.

But what happens when one person wants more?


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Finley (Sunset Cove Series #1)



It’s time to come home, Finn.

It’s been seven years since Daniel Finley left his hometown in Florida for the hustle and bustle of Chicago’s city life.

Since then, he’s worked hard for his position at the prestigious law firm Leighton & Associates, even when it’s caused distance and isolation from his family and friends. But that’s all about to change.

On his thirtieth birthday, he receives the one thing he never dared hope for. Something that was promised to him years earlier—a note. One simple sentence from the man he’s never been able to forget.

Six words will forever change the course of their lives.

Brantley Hayes has it all. Or so he thinks. When he first made the decision to take a job down in Florida, his family thought he was crazy. But, after years of living in the quiet beach town, he finally feels a sense of community. He’s surrounded himself with friends who are like family, has a job he loves, and owns a spectacular beachfront property that is his sanctuary.

Yet he still feels unfulfilled, as if a piece of the puzzle is missing, and he knows exactly which piece it is. On an impulse, he follows through with a promise he made years earlier. A promise to call home the one he sent away.

Nothing is as simple as it seems.

After years of separation, the former lovers are reunited, but Brantley wasn’t expecting to encounter the high walls now guarding Daniel’s heart.

Daniel may not be the same person he was when he left, but he knows that the first step to healing is the note in his hand.




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Ella Frank is the author of the #1 Bestselling Temptation series, including Try, Take, and Trust. Her Exquisite series has been praised as “scorching hot!” and “enticingly sexy!”

A life-long fan of the romance genre, Ella writes contemporary and erotic fiction and lives with her husband in Portland, OR. You can reach her on the web at and on Facebook at

Some of her favorite authors include Tiffany Reisz, Kresley Cole, Riley Hart, J.R. Ward, Erika Wilde, Gena Showalter, and Carly Philips.

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Clayton by Seraphina Donavan – release blitz





I’m playing to win, and I’ll fight as dirty as I have to.

Release Date: March 31st, 2016




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My father, Samuel Darcy, wrecked everything he touched—the business, our family, my mother. I knew if I didn’t stop him he’d destroy it all. So I got down and dirty, stopped playing by the rules, and rolled in the mud right along with him. I bartered my soul, and in the end, I lost the one thing that I wanted most in this world…. my wife.

Six months ago, Annalee gave me an ultimatum. Tell her about my secrets, or move out. I can’t confess to her that I’ve done shady business dealings to ruin my own father. In the end I let her go.

But now? Now I can have her back. Taking down my dad, I learned that you don’t get what you want by following the rules. What I want now is my wife back. I want her back in my life and in my bed….I’m playing to win, and I’ll fight as dirty as I have to.

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She currently has 18 published books and one anthology and is working on many more..

Living in Central Kentucky, Seraphina spends her time rescuing stray animals, working for a non-profit agency and dreaming of becoming a best-selling author. She lives in a home that has more character than working parts and enjoys spending time with her fur babies. Feel free to contact her with any questions or thoughts on your mind.. She loves connecting with her readers & hearing from anyone!

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by Gretchen de la O

A standalone Contemporary Romance


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My name is ROSE NEWTON, and I sell my body on the streets of San Francisco. I’m what you call society’s dirty little secret. On the outside, I’m in control, the woman who makes her own rules and gives nothing away for free. Inside, I’m broken and numb. Torn and shattered by my past, my life is nothing more than the lost fragments of what’s left of me.

SHANE WEST represents everything that’s foreign to me. He’s brave, kind, funny, gorgeous and persistent. When fate brings us face to face, an undeniable attraction blazes between us. He becomes the constant I’ve never had and the only man I’ll ever trust.

There is nothing simple about falling in love when you’re keeping a secret like mine.


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Time is bending my trust, breaking me before he brushes the back of his fingers against my lips. His touch startles me at first, but tracing his fingers on the outside curve of my lower lip soothes me.

“What if I can’t trust?” I ask in a hushed whisper.

“You can,” he answers, dragging his fingers along the outline of my jaw and down across my collarbone.

“What if it’s not in me?” I ask, still blindfolded and feet tangle in the sheet.

“You have everything you’ll ever need, right here.” he answers rubbing the tips of his fingers in circles between my breasts. My heart reaches for his touch as it leaps and crashes against my chest.

“You don’t understand, Mister, I need to have a sense of control.”

“Rosebud, control is an illusion, it’s a decision to trust a certain outcome. All you have to do is trust me and you’ll have all the control you need.”

I want his words to soothe me, and his calm, direct voice to caress the strength within me cowering at letting go of my scars. I want to trust him. I crave to taste the freedom he wants to give me. I want him to save me from a future tucked under cracked sidewalks, cold gutters and from ever having to fuck another man for a penance. I try and convince myself that he wants to keep me off the streets.


Gretchen de la O, is the mother of three amazing young men, the wife of Mr. Big O, and the writer of romantically unique stories. A proclaimed positive energy infuser by people who know her, when Gretchen isn’t writing, parenting or teaching children computers, you will find her talking to people about discovering their creative process. Gretchen is a firm believer that anything is possible if you set your mind to it; and what you expect out of life, always finds a way of showing up. Want to be inspired, follow her inspirational posts on her Facebook page.

Gretchen released her first novel, Almost Eighteen in September of 2011, the first in a three book new adult student/teacher romance, The Wilson Mooney Series. In November of 2012, she followed with book two, Eighteen at Last, and concluded the series with Beyond Eighteen in October, 2013. Her Fourth novel, PROTOTYPE, a romantic suspense, first book in the Possession Series was released in October, 2014. BROKEN GIRL, Gretchen’s fifth novel, is a standalone contemporary romance slated to be released April 29th, 2016. Please visit Gretchen at








BOOK REVIEW: Forever Pucked by Helena Hunting


I love diving into a sequel when it’s done right and Helena Hunting had all the right moves with the follow-up to one of my ever top reads, Pucked. Forever Pucked made me realize just how much I missed Alex and Violet. These two are one of the ultimate fictional couples to ever grace the pages of a book. I was happily relieved to see that Helena Hunting stayed as true to these beloved characters as she could have and I couldn’t have asked for anything better.

In Forever Pucked, we don’t only get to see the full scope of the wedding planning, but I loved how Helena incorporated new conflicts that Alex and Violet had to work through together in a way that only they can. Sexy with a heaping mix of Violet’s quirkiness, I found myself both squirming and laughing with delight. There was no denying the love that flowed between them. Strong and continuous, I fell madly in love with them all over again. I loved how Alex craved Violet, never once forgetting the love he felt towards her and the best part about it was that Violet so deserved his love and vice versa. I couldn’t believe how much Violet’s character had grown. Though still crass as all hell (just as I love her), she shows great maturity in both her personal and career life. I truly believe that it is her love for Alex that has gotten her to a place of self-acceptance and comfort. She proudly marched to the beat of her own drum and goodness I loved that so much.

I so enjoyed seeing the rest of the gang and getting to see how their stories have progressed without ever taking anything away from Alex and Violet. It was perfect!

Forever Pucked was exactly what Alex and Violet needed and deserved. Helena Hunting proves once again of her talent for comedic, sexy novels with unforgettable characters. In my opinion, Helena has dominated this genre and I look forward to so many more of her future work. I will forever be pucked when it comes to Beaver and MC. Keep rockin’ Ms. Hunting because you are definitely on your A-game!

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BLOG TOUR: Dare Me by Rebecca Shea

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Three Words.

That’s all it takes to change your life.


Undeniably sexy, Commanding, and Off Limits…

Meet Holt Hamilton in Rebecca Shea’s DARE ME.


Danger, mysterious pasts, and passion come together in this new standalone contemporary romance novel from USA Today bestselling author, Rebecca Shea. Can Saige and Holt get over the past in order to have a future? Pick up DARE ME today and immerse yourself in the unforgettable moments where one dare spirals out of control and changes lives.

I dare you.


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Five coworkers.

Four drinks.

Three glances.

Two fleeting smiles.

One dare.

A dare that will change my life.

That’s all it takes to send me plummeting into the arms of the mysterious Holt Hamilton. Behind his crystal blue eyes is a secret, one that screams danger but calls to me anyway.

My name is Saige Phillips.

I never walk away from a dare.

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Wow. I believe I’ve found myself a new favorite Rebecca Shea book. As some of you may know, I’m a huge proponent of this author and I’ve followed her from the very beginning. Her past books have always been awesome, never has this author yet to let me down but this book definitely had the “it” factor. There is something for everyone in this book. It’s the kind that I know I’ll be reaching for time and time again for re-reads. There aren’t too many books out there that I’m able to say that about. Dare Me, is a book worth starting because I guarantee, once you’ve started, there is no stopping. Addictive and provocative, Rebecca Shea shines impressively bright in this book shelf worthy book.

How Hot Is Holt? SWELTERING, BLISTERING, SEARING. HOT. Everything about this guy was absolute perfection and I’ve just become a Holt addict for life. FOR LIFE (yes, it absolutely deserves repeating in all caps). I’m sorry, Landon Christiansen for I have strayed but I hope you understand just how difficult it is to resist perfection and I’m on bended knee proposing marriage to Holt Hamilton. To have and to hold—forever and ever. OMG. I’ve seriously lost it. That’s what this guy has done to me. I was taken off guard by how much of an alpha-male he is. I live and breathe, alpha-males done right and Holt Hamilton was constructed with absolute perfection. He had such an air of confidence. Successful, powerful, and decisive yet he made me so weak in the knees with how caring and gentle he was towards Saige. There were so many moments, if not, all throughout the book that I wish I could pluck Saige out of the pages and somehow plop myself in as her understudy instead just so I can get in on the HH action. Holt Hamilton, without question is a top contender in the world of fictional book boyfriends/husbands. I AM WILD for you HOLT HAMILTON!!!

I always love Rebecca’s heroines. They are strong individuals whom you know would be able to navigate through life on their own just fine. I appreciate that she puts intelligence in the forefront when it comes to her female protagonists as well. Saige Phillips is just that. Hard working, talented, and intelligent to add on to her mile long legs, sparkling green eyes, and svelte physique. I mean, no wonder why someone like Holt would find it hard to resist her. Damn, I found it hard to resist her—les-be-honest. She has a strong sense of self even with her demons constantly haunting her. Ugh. The prologue. What a way to introduce Saige to us all. My eyes misty and my heart aching, I knew that her journey throughout this book would be emotional.

Not only has this book become my favorite, but Holt and Saige have also officially become my favorite of Ms. Shea’s fictional couples as well. The force between these two is strong. The connection that binds them together is profound and I swear, I basked in every afterglow alongside these characters. The mix of clawing desperation and the calmness that they could only find with one another drove me crazy. I love that Holt fights to hold on to Saige, love that he was so accepting of her flaws, and even more so, I loved that he saw her flaws as part of who she is. Plain and simple, I loved every moment I spent with them. I couldn’t get enough of what Rebecca Shea threw at me.

The foreboding of when the proverbial “other shoe” would drop, it’s like you can see the train wreck that’s about to take place and yet you still wince and groan in pain when it finally smacks you right in the face and you just have to hold on tight and pray that the author somehow turns it all around and give these characters a happy ending they so deserve. Because that is what these two so greatly deserve. Whether they do or not, well, that’s something you’ll need to find out for yourselves.

Dare Me is one that I genuinely believe will hit the best sellers list because this book deserves it as equally as the happily ever after Holt and Saige deserve. With an “it” factor that I know the masses will love, Rebecca Shea really hit this one out of the park. Keeping her signature fresh style, she has added somewhat of a “people friendly” element to this book. I dare you, to one-click this book today. I promise, that you will be left with not only a new book boyfriend to swoon over, but also with a book hang over that is so well worth it.

PS. I will be the first (and if I’m not, I’d like to think I am) to BEG for a second book because I just can’t let Saige and Holt go just yet.

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Sometimes you have to take that leap…or that dare…so you can learn to live and love again! Saige and Holt’s story had me on a rollercoaster of emotions” – Crystal, Barnes and Noble


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A quick train ride later and I’m pushing through the revolving doors to Jackson-Hamilton Aviation.

“Morning, Larry!” I wave and hustle past the security desk where Larry sits.

“Mornin’, sweetheart,” he yells back, never once taking his eyes off the newspaper he’ reading.

My heels click loudly on the granite floor of the open-air atrium as I hustle over to the elevator bank. I frantically press the call button for the elevator and glance at my watch. I’m already five minutes late. I hate being late. Punctual is my middle name. If I’m not five minutes early, I’m late. That’s how I roll.

Groaning, I tap the toe of my shoe impatiently. When an elevator finally arrives, I scurry in just as a voice from behind me hollers out, “Hold that elevator, please.” I grumble but hold the doors as Holt Hamilton glides in, a cell phone pressed to his ear. With a curt nod, he steps aside and the elevator doors close while my heart pounds wildly in my chest.

Holt Hamilton. The sexiest man I’ve ever seen and the Vice President of Jackson-Hamilton Aviation—basically my boss. Standing at least six-foot-three, he could be Henry Cavill’s twin brother. With striking blue eyes and dark hair that’s styled back off of his face, he’s the perfect combination of businessman meets runway model. His cut jawline is accentuated by one very perfect dimple on his left cheek.

His athletic frame is highlighted by his custom-tailored suit that hugs each and every curve of his shoulders, arms, and waist, showing every muscle the man owns as he leans against the side of the elevator. Today he’s wearing a charcoal suit with a blue shirt and striped tie. The blue shirt makes his blue eyes stand out against his tan skin. I catch myself staring and quickly turn to face the doors of the elevator.

“Morning, Ms. Phillips,” he says with a tight smile. He shoves his cell phone into the pocket of his suit jacket.

Again, my heart is racing. “Mr. Hamilton.” I nod and keep my eyes on the digital display showing the floor numbers. Fifty-seven, fifty-eight, I silently count as we continue to rise. Only thirty more. I take a deep breath, trying to calm myself.

“How are you settling in?” he asks, his voice deep and commanding. I half-turn to speak to him and catch his smirk, but he quickly composes himself and adjusts his tie.

“It’s going well. I submitted the final orders for both planes that were overdue. Mr. Jackson emphasized those were priority.” I raise my chin confidently, but my heart continues to race with nervousness.

“You closed both orders?” he asks, surprised. “As in, you got both clients to agree to every last detail?” He looks skeptical. These particular clients were a nightmare. I knew when I accepted the job that I’d have demanding clients, but those two were the cream of the crop.

“I did.” Another confident nod.

“Huh,” he mumbles, giving his head a little shake. “So how’d you do it? Rachel had been working for months with those clients, and they wouldn’t agree to anything she recommended.

She tossed their client portfolios on my desk the day she resigned and swore we’d never close the deal on those planes.” I try to contain my smirk. “I get to know my clients, Mr. Hamilton. I make an effort to really understand their likes and dislikes—their personal preferences. What excites them. What motivates them. Not just shove today’s best-selling aeronautical features down their throats. I work with them and, in the end, they trust me and my recommendations—we’re a team.”

“It’s that easy?” He cocks an eyebrow in amusement.

I cock an eyebrow in return. “It’s that easy. Payments are finalized and in the Jackson-Hamilton account, Mr. Hamilton. Planes are scheduled to be delivered to both clients in the next ninety days.” I rub my sweaty palms down the sides of my pencil skirt.

He stares at me silently, just chewing on the inside of his cheek when the elevator finally slows to a stop. The doors open and Holt reaches out and places his arm against the open door so as to not let them close on us, but in doing so, places himself shoulder to shoulder with me. Too close. So close I can smell his body wash and his minty breath.

I quickly step out of the elevator and into the lobby of Jackson-Hamilton Aviation and begin to walk down the hall toward my cubicle, the opposite direction of Holt Hamilton.

“Nice work, Phillips,” he says from behind me.


Author Photo - Rebecca SheaAbout Rebecca Shea:

Rebecca Shea is the USA Today Bestselling author of the Unbreakable series (Unbreakable, Undone, and Unforgiven) and the Bound and Broken series (Broken by Lies and Bound by Lies). She lives in Phoenix, Arizona with her family. From the time Rebecca could read she has had a passion for books. Rebecca spends her days working and her nights writing, bringing stories to life. Born and raised in Minnesota, Rebecca moved to Arizona in 1999 to escape the bitter winters. When not working or writing, she can be found on the sidelines of her sons’ football games, or watching her daughter at ballet class. Rebecca is fueled by insane amounts of coffee, margaritas, Laffy Taffy (except the banana ones), and happily ever afters.



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Finding Shawn by Phil Marcello Blog Tour


Title: Finding Shawn

Author: Phil Marcello

Series: Dangerous Lives of High School Athletes, Book One

Genre: Young Adult, Gay Romance, Contemporary

Length: Novel

Publisher: Wayward Ink Publishing


Shawn and Alex have been friends since first grade.

Alex, the rock star quarterback, appears to be basking in the limelight of his success and his new romance with Pam.  But appearances can be deceiving.

Shawn is the key man in the football team’s solid defense. He’s also the senior class’ most eligible bachelor. But Shawn has no time to get involved with a girl—at least, that’s what he tells his friends.

In reality, he does have a love interest… Tony Valito.

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Side-by-side, the relationships between the two couples blossom.  One in the open. The other in secret. That is, until Shawn’s world erupts when the rumor that he’s gay gathers momentum.

In trying to find Shawn, perhaps his friends will end up finding themselves. And everyone will discover how dangerous are the lives of high school athletes.

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Fortunately, he saved them all and now has the time and desire to complete them. Phil knows it will take years, but as he enjoys writing and views it as his art form it’s a labor of love he gladly undertakes.

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RELEASE BLITZ & BOOK REVIEW: The Fire Between High & Lo by Brittainy C. Cherry




Title: The Fire Between High & Lo
 Series: Romance Elements #2
Author: Brittainy C. Cherry
Genre: Romance
 Release Date: March 25, 2016


There once was a boy, and I loved him.Logan Francis Silverstone and I were complete opposites. I danced, and he stood still. He was quiet, while I ran my mouth. He struggled to find a smile, and I refused to frown.

The night I saw the darkness that truly lived inside of him, I couldn’t look away.

We were broken together, yet somehow whole. We were wrong together, but always right. We were the stars that burned across the night sky, searching for a wish, praying for better tomorrows.

Until the day I lost him. He threw us away with one hasty decision–a decision that changed us forever.

There once was a boy, and I loved him.

And for a few breaths, a few whispers, a few moments, I think he loved me, too.



Whew, talk about an emotional journey. This book holds so many varying levels of “the feels,” all of which run so vast and so deep. A best friends to lovers story, Brittainy C. Cherry has orchestrated a perfect harmony of romance and heartache, of falling into the deepest low and of rising to the highest high. A story that had me silently weeping, haphazardly swatting tears off my face. Told in 2 parts, the author hooks you from the very beginning. I loved that she took her time introducing us to Alyssa and Logan—from the very first moment they met to the budding friendship that would ultimately lead them into each other’s arms intimately. It is the first part of their story that just had me shaking my head in amazement. I fell in love harder and harder as the love and the challenges grew between the protagonists.

The unbearable weight that Logan “Lo” Silverstone carries doesn’t merely end on his shoulders, it inhabits his entire being. Consumed by the belief that he’s set in a path of inherent self-destruction, he battles a multitude of addictions. My heart broke for him and many of my tears were shed for every time he gave into the darkness. I thought that Ms. Cherry did a sensational job conveying exactly what Lo was feeling before, during, and after those moments because she takes you into those dark places alongside him. I wanted to grab a hold of him and tell him that he was worth so much more than he believed he was and it killed me time and time again because he truly believed that he was a born addict, unworthy of redemption. Even having someone like Alyssa who was innately selfless, understanding, and forgiving telling him and showing him that he was priceless and that his was loved wasn’t ever enough for him to break through his self-hatred. Ugh. Again, it just broke me up. I wanted Logan to understand how right Alyssa was and to finally realize that how she saw him was who he truly was. I do wish, especially during the second part of this story, was for Alyssa to push back some, to give Logan a hard time and make him realize that his hurtful actions to push her away was not OK. I needed a little more fire out of her, rather than continuously enabling him and forgiving him straightaway.

I loved, loved the friendship between Alyssa and Lo. I loved who they became to one another when they both least expected it. Alyssa became Lo’s greatest “high” and he became hers as well. Time and time again, they would find themselves saving one another during the most crucial years in their lives. Lives that have somehow cheated them out of having loving parents and stable homes. It’s funny how similar their lives were but how completely different they’d both turned out to be because of it. Alyssa, overcoming and breaking out of her mother’s controlling hands and Logan being swallowed whole by the decisions of his drug-addict mother. This book was so much more than a love story. It touches on quite a bit of a familial element as well as Lo’s own individual journey. While I enjoyed that the author took it outside of the atypical romance, by throwing into the mix Lo’s heartwarming relationship with his brother and chaotic one with his mom, I personally thought that it also took away a little too much out of his and Alyssa’s story. They were what I loved most about this book which was why for me, the first part of this book is my utmost favorite.

The Fire Between High and Lo is without a doubt, heartbreaking but it held an unbelievable promise of redemption. In this book, Ms. Cherry shows her readers just how much of heart she put into this story and I know that my fellow Brittainy C. Cherry fans will love this book. Like me, you’ll shed tears and you too will fall in love with this best friends to lovers romance.

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Brittainy Cherry has been in love with words since the day she took her first breath. She graduated from Carroll University with a Bachelors Degree in Theatre Arts and a minor in Creative Writing. She loves to take part in writing screenplays, acting, and dancing–poorly of course. Coffee, chai tea, and wine are three things that she thinks every person should partake in! Brittainy lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with her family. When she’s not running a million errands and crafting stories, she’s probably playing with her adorable pets.
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