Thursday, October 18, 2018

Release Blitz & Review: The Wrong Game - Kandi Steiner

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He can't win if he's playing The Wrong Game
The Wrong Game, an all-new angsty, emotional and fun sports romance from Kandi Steiner, the bestselling author of A Love Letter to Whiskey, is LIVE!
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Two season tickets.
One genius idea.
Zero interest in a relationship.
The plan is simple: a brand new, hot, preferably funny, definitely single male will fill one of those seats for every Bears game at Soldier Field. And I’ll fill the other.
I can’t think of a better way to use the season passes I’d bought for my ex-husband. I am a woman of plans, and this one’s foolproof.
Until Zach Bowen offers to be my practice round.
He’s infuriating. Presumptuous and overbearing. And absolutely, undeniably gorgeous. Any woman with a heartbeat would be attracted to him, and mine picks up speed every time he speaks.
But as I said, I’m a woman of plans — and I’m not backing down on this one.
One night. One game. And then, his time’s up.
He can try to change the rules, but here’s the truth: he can’t win if he’s playing the wrong game.
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4.25 Stars
Gemma has season passes to the Bears and it seems like the perfect opportunity to break the funk her ex-husband left her in. What man doesn't love football and a girl who can cheer right alongside him? Plus, no strings attached is a pretty sweet deal and Gemma can control the outcome, at least she thinks she can. Zach hears Gemma and her best friend planning this while he serves their drinks and what better guy for the job than himself? He isn't much of a one-night stand guy anymore, but something about Gemma calls to him. What starts as a practice round during a pre-season game grows into a desperate desire to convince Gemma she deserves more than one night and that he's meant to be there for all the games. 

"Obviously, we have chemistry. We could have a good time. I'll buy the pizza and beer."

Kandi Steiner is the queen of sweet romance, the kind that knocks you on your feet, makes you believe in fairytales, and somehow is still filled with the smut we love. It's got those over the top scenes we dream of and the angst we know comes with real life. In The Wrong Game Gemma has been taken through the wringer, her life feels like a farce and she's recreating herself, hardened to love and embracing her OCD tendencies. Zach is the opposite, he's a romantic at heart and everything about Gemma gets his heart racing. So, like he's in an eighties movie scene he pulls out all the stops to show her he's worth a chance, no matter the walls she's built up around her. It might be odd to say, but I could easily connect with both. Zach felt like my younger self, open to love and willing to do anything for it, while Gemma connects with the me today, aware of heartbreak and the comfort of controlling the outcome. Of course, Kandi Steiner knows life doesn't work like that and her characters both have to come to that conclusion on their own. 

"A practice round... Yeah. This could be fun."

The Wrong Game had be laughing, swooning, and even tearing up a bit. The character interactions at the football games were so funny, while the personal moments they shared at home, in the bar, and out and about had me falling for Zach just as fast as Gemma. Trust, though, is a big topic in this book and learning to trust again when you don't know how to forgive the past is hard. Gemma's OCD is a bit intense, though it's been a part of her always it seems to have grown over the top with everything that happened with her ex-husband. Some of it is expected, some of it is worrisome, and all of it made for the perfect romance, with Zach showing more patience and understanding than one would expect. I love how they work it out, even if it takes some time to get through. I have to admit though, I wanted to know more about Carlo, because I felt Gemma deserved to know the whys and how it plays out in the book isn't my favorite. We get memories of their happiness, we see the devastation in the present, but the background to it still feels fuzzy for me. Thank goodness Zach didn't need as much information as I want though, because he just saw barriers to break down and a woman to love and he went for it. 

"I wanted him.
But I was absolutely petrified to fall any further than I already had."

The Wrong Game reads like a warm cozy blanket on a cold day, filled with the cliches we loved, characters you can connect with, and a romance that will make your heart grow two sizes. I really enjoyed this book, in fact, it was unputdownable. Sports Romance lovers, this one's for you!

About the Author:
Kandi Steiner is a bestselling author and whiskey connoisseur living in Tampa, FL. Best known for writing “emotional rollercoaster” stories, she loves bringing flawed characters to life and writing about real, raw romance — in all its forms. No two Kandi Steiner books are the same, and if you’re a lover of angsty, emotional, and inspirational reads, she’s your gal.
An alumna of the University of Central Florida, Kandi graduated with a double major in Creative Writing and Advertising/PR with a minor in Women’s Studies. She started writing back in the 4th grade after reading the first Harry Potter installment. In 6th grade, she wrote and edited her own newspaper and distributed to her classmates. Eventually, the principal caught on and the newspaper was quickly halted, though Kandi tried fighting for her “freedom of press.” She took particular interest in writing romance after college, as she has always been a diehard hopeless romantic, and likes to highlight all the challenges of love as well as the triumphs.
When Kandi isn’t writing, you can find her reading books of all kinds, talking with her extremely vocal cat, and spending time with her friends and family. She enjoys live music, traveling, anything heavy in carbs, beach days, movie marathons, craft beer and sweet wine — not necessarily in that order.
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Cover Reveal: Rewrite the Stars - Charleigh Rose

Rewrite the Stars
Author: Charleigh Rose
Genre: NA Romance
Release Date: October 25, 2018
Cover Designer: Letitia Hasser @RBA Designs
Cover Model: Lucas Facchini

Evangeline Thorne is privileged. 

Beautiful and popular, if not a little jaded. 

A chance encounter with a green-eyed stuntman sets off a chain of events that turns her perfect, little world upside down.

Short on options and desperate for adventure, she joins the traveling carnival for the summer.

Thrust into a world full of drama, deception, and secrecy, Evangeline tries to find herself and protect her heart in the process. 

Sebastian McAllister is cursed.

He knows better than to think otherwise. 

He’s content to live out the rest of his life traveling the country as one of the four Sons of Eastlake, seeking thrills the only way he knows how. 

The one thing he doesn’t see coming is the spoiled blond with stars in her eyes. 

The only problem is, the more time he spends with her, the more hope starts to stir in his dormant heart. 

Too bad hope is a dangerous thing when you’re a McAllister.


Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Review: The Lies We Told - Camilla Way

The Lies We Told 
by Camilla Way  
Genre: Thriller Mystery
Published: October 9, 2018

The highly acclaimed author of Watching Edie returns with a new novel of dark psychological suspense that explores how those closest to us have the most to hide...

When Clara's boyfriend, Luke, disappears, everyone believes that he's left her, but Clara thinks she knows the truth. Recent evidence suggests that Luke had a stalker, and Clara worries that he's been kidnapped. Then Luke's older sister, Emma, who vanished twenty years ago, suddenly reappears.

Emma wants to help Clara with her search for Luke, but she refuses to talk about what happened--even though it nearly destroyed her family when she vanished. And the deeper Clara digs into Luke's mysterious disappearance, the more convinced she is that the two incidents are connected.

4 Stars

Layered and suspenseful, The Lies We Told tells the stories of main characters Beth and Clara, their alternating perspectives switching from past to present. Beth is a mother with serious concerns about her daughter Hannah, Clara is a distraught girlfriend after her boyfriend goes missing one night, and somehow their stories are connected. The two stories are very different, one the picture of a loving family, the other of a relationship that might not have s secure a foundation as they thought. While the storylines are different, the fear is the same, someone is or already has been hurt. As Beth tries to protect her family and others from Hannah she uncovers holes in her relationship and realizes that her corner is empty, there is no one to fight alongside her. As Clara leans on those around her, hoping that diving into Luke's past will help them find his stalker, she realizes that no one is what they seem. The secrets that have shaped their lives are about to be revealed.

I really enjoyed The Lies We Told, though I admit I am always a bit freaked out by any book with genius smart children that lack empathy and exhibit seriously concerning behavior. No thank you. I'm glad I read on though, because it felt like I got a reprieve from Hannah while I read about Clara's hunt for Luke, at least until the stories met in the middle. There are so many secrets and lies, with those from the past, from Beth's chapters, still affecting life around those in Clara's chapters. The two do read very differently though, with Beth's perspective presented in first and Clara's perspective presented in third. When the stories do meet and the initial mystery is solved Camilla Way shocks readers with several new twists that both grab your attention and wrap the story up quite nicely.

The Lies We Told was a fairly quick read for me, the suspense really pushes you to want to know more and as soon as possible. The story is certainly plausible, which I appreciated, and I felt a lot of sympathy both for the main characters and the secondary characters that make up the lives of Beth and Clara. Though I did predict one of the secrets the rest were unexpected and surprising for me, which I find pretty rare with domestic thriller type novels. If you like your books suspenseful and your characters a bit creepy, The Lies We Told is a must read.

Cover Reveal: Bryce - Jeannine Colette & Lauren Runow

Check out this amazing cover for BRYCE: A Sexton Brothers Novel by Jeannine Colette and Lauren Runow!

Bryce: A Sexton Brothers Novel
Age Group: Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: November 15, 2018

“Truth or dare?”
“I’ll take your dare.”
“Kiss me.”

I don’t believe in Prince Charming, but when I met a handsome stranger on a rooftop his words intrigued me and his dares left nothing but temptation.

Then I learned the truth.

His name is Bryce Sexton. Media mogul, workaholic and a heart of stone. He’s broody AF and yet every woman in San Francisco wants him.

So why won’t he leave me alone?

Wherever I go, he’s there, trying to force his way into my world. What he doesn’t know is I already have a man in my life. A tiny redhead who loves Legos and Superheroes.

With every push, Bryce pulls me in further. Our pasts are laced with betrayal. Our futures are unpredictable. Our chemistry is explosive.

With each dare I uncover a truth, but he's exactly what I don’t need right now.

So why did I have to go and kiss him?


“Tell me a secret.”
“I’m falling for you.”

Austin Sexton is the man I’ve always tried to stay away from. He’s arrogant, entitled and a total ass. That’s why I didn’t bother giving him my name last night. We’ll never see each other again.

Or so I thought.

Imagine my surprise when I start my new job only to come face-to-face with the blue eyes I just declared all wrong for me. No, he’s not my boss, but being my boss’ brother seems almost worse.

No matter how hard I try to push him away, his secrets draw me in. When it comes to a Sexton that could be lethal...for my heart.

I have his secrets and I won’t tell a soul. Now I just have to not fall for him completely.

About the Author:

Lauren Runow is the author of multiple Adult Contemporary Romance novels, some more dirty than others. When Lauren isn't writing, you'll find her listening to music, at her local CrossFit, reading, or at the baseball field with her boys. Her only vice is coffee, and she swears it makes her a better mom!

Lauren is a graduate from the Academy of Art in San Francisco and is the founder and co-owner of the community magazine she and her husband publish. She lives in Northern California with her husband and two sons.
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Jeannine Colette is the author of the Abandon Collection - a series of stand-alone novels featuring dynamic heroines who have to abandon their reality in order to discover themselves . . . and love along the way. Each book features a new couple, exciting new city and a rose of a different color.

A graduate of Wagner College and the New York Film Academy, Jeannine went on to become a Segment Producer for television shows on CBS and NBC. She left the television industry to focus on her children and pursue a full-time writing career. She lives in New York with her husband, the three tiny people she adores more than life itself, and a rescue pup named Wrigley.

Jeannine and her family are active supporters of The March of Dimes and Strivright The Auditory-Oral School of New York.

Monday, October 15, 2018

Blog Tour & Review: Player by Staci Hart

I should have known it was only a game.
I should have known he was too good to be true.
He’s nothing but a player...
Player, an all-new sexy, standalone romantic comedy from Staci Hart, is available NOW!
He’s a player.

He plays the bass with expert fingers. He plays women with intoxicating charm. And he’ll play me with the ease of a virtuoso.
Who better to teach me to play than the master himself?
I’m his model student, front row, pencil sharp. Pick up lines? I’ve got them. Free drinks? By the dozen. Kissing? Let me grab my chapstick.
But the most valuable lesson I’ve learned is that there’s so much I don’t know. Like why his touch sets off a chain reaction straight to my nethers. Or how I’m certain each kiss is the best I’ll ever have, until the moment his lips take mine again.
There’s so much I don’t know.
Like the fact that I’m only a bet.
But we are what we are. He’s a player, through and through.
And I’m the fool who fell in love with him.

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5 stars

Val can land a coveted spot performing in the orchestra on Broadway, but she doesn't think she'd ever be able to get a man like Sam to give her the time of day, even when she trips on his music stand. With hands that play the bass like it's a woman he's making love to, he's out of her league, at least she thinks. Sam agrees to tutor Val in the art of flirting and dating, their lessons taking place on the dance floor of the hot club he performs at. There's an immediate connection, but with her confidence holding her back and a secret bet holding him back there's no telling whether the music can keep them together.

"There was something about the way he'd told me to come here, like he was going to take me to bed or to France or to heaven."

I love vintage fashion. I love swing jazz. I love non-stereotypical characters. Oh my word, I just love EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS BOOK. Seriously Staci, where is the sign up sheet for the Red Lipstick Coalition? Staci Hart is a go-to author for me, it's a given that I'm going to enjoy anything she writes, but Player blew my expectations out of the water. In fact, at this point in time I can't even remember what I expected, because I am too busy being obsessed with Sam and Val. They're so sweet, both so headstrong, and seriously so perfect. Sam is the actual face next to the definition of tall, dark and handsome, able to get the girls whenever he wants, while Val has always embraced awkward, clumsy, and self conscious as her words. She and her three best friends have a pact around red lipstick and going after what they want, in this case, Val wants Sam and the lipstick has spoken. What starts with a bet turns into the most romantic love story between the player and his "the art of flirting" student. 

"Imagined that look of hope on her face that made me feel like a king and a crook."

I connected so much with this story, in fact Val and I could be the same person. Her fashion, her build, her lack of confidence thanks to years of bullying and brotherly overprotectiveness, I know all those things so very well. And I too know the trick of red lipstick, putting a smile on your face, and dancing like nobody's watching. Sam is, as we know, a player, but there's a heart in there even if he doesn't yet know it. The two click, jiving on the dance floor in perfect time, and discovering they connect when she's not taking lessons in flirting, kissing, and other dating activity from him. What starts as an agreement naturally grows into more, especially as they relax, revealing their true nature and finding comfort in each other. They bring out the best in one another and it's so heartwarming, so natural, and so real to read. Staci Hart uses gorgeous prose and descriptive imagery to bring the story to life, allowing readers to see the club's dance floor and the emotions that grow on it as the music picks up speed. Just like music makes you wanna dance, the connection these two share as they flirt makes them wanna love. 

"'When you get a kiss better than that, you'll know'
And I knew for a fact that I never would."

Player was the perfect mix of, well, everything. It was funny, sweet, a bit steamy, and a whole lot of romantic. Yes, there's a catch, but trust me it's worth the read. I cannot stop thinking about this book and when I think about it I'm smiling, so I'm always smiling, it's that good. You need this flirty number in your life. 

“Just once.
A string in my heart thrummed with a string on my bass as I picked up the beat.”

About the Author
StaciHartStaci has been a lot of things up to this point in her life -- a graphic designer, an entrepreneur, a seamstress, a clothing and handbag designer, a waitress. Can't forget that. She's also been a mom, with three little girls who are sure to grow up to break a number of hearts. She's been a wife, though she's certainly not the cleanest, or the best cook. She's also super, duper fun at a party, especially if she's been drinking whiskey.

From roots in Houston to a seven year stint in Southern California, Staci and her family ended up settling somewhere in between and equally north, in Denver. They are new enough that snow is still magical. When she's not writing, she's reading, sleeping, gaming, or designing graphics.

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