Friday, July 27, 2018

The Long Shot (Love Behind The Scenes #2) by Brandy L Rivers *~*~*~*~*~* Release Day Blitz & Review

Title: The Long Shot
Author: Brandy L. Rivers
Genre: MM Romance
Publication Date: July 27th, 2018

One look and he knew it was a long shot.
Ryan King is a movie star with a secret. Women fall at his feet for a chance, but that’s never been what he wanted. Broken hearted after helping his closest friend claim the love of his life, Ryan is searching for a distraction. One who can keep his secret.
Shannon O’Neil’s life has changed drastically in the last few years. He served as a Navy SEAL to escape his father’s scrutiny, but an injury forced him to reevaluate his choices. Now he runs a successful security firm. One that recently took a consulting job to train a group of actors for an upcoming movie.
The attraction is immediate but long-distance relationships have never worked for either. Still, they want to try. Navigating through their own family drama, and Ryan’s shooting schedule may prove too much of a burden.

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The Long Shot (Love Behind The Scenes #2) by Brandy L Rivers
Review by Theresa Esterline 
Stars: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

You'll never know if you don't ask...

Ask for what you want. This has become my new motto of late and is exactly what Ryan and Shannon do in the second book in the series. There is passion, suspense, betrayal... you won't want to miss it. This is an MM romance though, I know some readers like to know upfront. I enjoyed reading the two strong masculine hero's... even they freak out sometimes. And now a bit about the story...

Ryan still isn't ready to come out, but when he meets Shannon everything changes. That is until family gets in the way. Ryan's mom thinks he can just switch to straight like it's a switch. Shannon's family doesn't understand why he won't pick a woman since he's bisexual. Then there is his dying father who disowned him when he was injured and took an honorable discharge from the SEALs at the same time he came out. Still the two are thrown together for training and can't resist. But soon their pasts threaten to tear them apart...

Favorite passages:
- “Yeah, sure, fine. Tell me when.” Never fucking thirty sounded good, but he climbed out of bed and grabbed his clothes.
- “You should. If it bothers you, say it. Even if it’s momentary. I’m not going to be pissed off if you ask. I’d rather talk about it than let it fester.”

Note: I was given a free copy and voluntarily chose to review this book.

Brandy L Rivers is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. She is kept busy writing the Others of Seattle, Others of Edenton, Combustible, and the Pine Barrens Pack series.
An avid reader, Brandy has always loved writing. She became serious about it as a stay-at-home-mother. With every story her world of characters expands, pulling her new directions.
Living in rainy Western Washington with her husband and three kids, Brandy is already working on future stories in each of the series, and several other projects.
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Thursday, July 26, 2018

Legacy (Palm South University Season 4) by Kandi Steiner *~*~*~*~*~* Release Blitz & Review


Legacy: Palm South University Season 4 by Kandi Steiner 
Release Date: July 26, 2018 Genre: New Adult

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Synopsis: Written like your favorite drama television show, the Palm South University series has been called "a mix of Greek meets Gossip Girl with a dash of Friends." Follow seven college students as they maneuver unrequited love, teacher/student romance, the tangles of “no strings” relationships, love triangles and more. Each “season” has six “episodes,” and just like when your favorite show hits Netflix, you can read just one episode at a time or binge the entire thing. With the perfect mix of angst, emotional romance, and romantic comedy, the Palm South University series is your next guilty addiction.
Drama. Lies. Sex.
Welcome to Palm South University.
The weather isn’t the only thing heating up in South Florida. At a school where fraternities and sororities don’t exactly play by the rules, relationships are bound to be tested. Parties and sex are definitely key ingredients in the Palm South recipe, but what happens when family issues, secret lives, and unrequited love get tossed in the mix?
Follow Cassie, Bear, Jess, Skyler, Erin, Ashlei, and Adam as they tackle college at a small, private beach town university. Written in television drama form, each episode of this serial will pull you deeper and deeper into the world of PSU.
Where the sun is hot and the clothes are scarce, anything can happen. 

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Legacy (Palm South University Season 4) by Kandi Steiner
Review by Theresa Esterline 
Stars: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Who's ready for Rush, Valentines Day, Spring Break??

Oh My... It's going to be a wondrous spring semester at Palm South University (PSU)!  The gang is all back from winter break and their stories continue.  There is angst, passion, fear, disappointment, betrayal, and I'm sure I'm missing a bunch more.  Join Skylar, Cassie, Erin, Ashlei, and Jess as they move closer to graduation!  And now a bit about the story...

Skylar has decided to conquer the transfer, Kip, but her big, Erin, wants him for herself.  Who will win greek family traditions or the heart...

Cassie and Adam have been playing cat and mouse for so long, will he finally tame her or scurry back home...

Erin is complicated, a lot of bad has happened and she is about to make it worse, hopefully she can recover... maybe Bear will help????

Ashlei is flirting with fire, her CEO told her it would be one and done, but she just can't believe he really meant it, right???

And finally Jess, she has lost Jarrett and she's not sure what to do with herself.  To find another boy to get under to pine what she's lost or fight for what she wants...

I hope you enjoy reading about the women and men of PSU as much as I have!  If you've never read PSU, be sure to start with Season One -- I'm sure you already know that one ;) however the tricky one is where does Black Number Four fit in?  This should be ready during PSU Season 4, at the end of each episode it will tell you which chapters to read if you haven't already read it.

Favorite Passages:
 - "Can we stop talking about penis fly traps for like two seconds?"
 - "It's half past early as fuck and we agreed to meet at the ass crack of dawn.  Way to make me wait."
 - "The truth is, if you're note sure what you are to him, then you're nothing."

Note: I was given a free copy and voluntarily chose to review this book. 

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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Reckless King (Kings of Rittenhouse #2) by Maya Hughes *~*~*~*~* New Book Announcement

Title: Reckless King
Author: Maya Hughes
Genre: New Adult Romance
Release Date: August 23, 2018


An irresistibly steamy college sports romance.

I’m Heath Taylor. Laid back. Easy going. Fastest guy on two skates and chill to a fault. Until Kara.

Three nights together and I’m done for. Her laugh, her smile, the way my hand curves around her waist. She’s the one. Not a doubt in my mind...until I walk into my last class of the semester.

Kara, the woman of my dreams, is my new instructor. My hockey season and her career prospects are on the line. One false move--if anyone finds out--we’re both sunk.

On the ice I’m a beast that can’t be stopped, but thoughts of her are throwing me off my game. My fingers itch to feel her in my arms again. But risking everything could ruin what we’ve worked so hard for.

Sometimes life has a way of changing the best laid plans. And sometimes you can’t stay away no matter the promises you make.

Life doesn’t play fair, but neither do I…

Author Bio
Maya Hughes is a Jersey girl, no not that kind! And she also thinks it’s super weird to talk about herself in third person :) I’m a romance writer who loves taking inspiration from everyday life, the music I listen to, and the people I know to create stories that sparkle and shine.
I’m the mom of three little ones, the wife to an amazing husband and also work full time. Some of my favorite things are cinnamon rolls, white wine, laughing until I can’t breathe and traveling with my family.

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Tuesday, July 24, 2018

THE SEXPERT by JA Huss & Johnathan McClain *~*~*~*~*~* Release Day Blitz, Giveaway & Review

By JA Huss & Johnathan McClain
Romantic Comedy
Publishing July 24, 2018
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-944475-57-4
eBook ISBN: 978-1-944475-58-1

A new standalone romantic comedy from New York Times bestselling author, JA Huss, and Actor/Screenwriter, Johnathan McClain.

I’m just a simple girl who likes dessert. And sexy men. And social media. So starting an anonymous video channel called The Sexpert as a side hustle to make up for my low-paying marketing job at Le Man Magazine seemed like a perfectly sensible career decision. Until we went viral, my boss accused my anonymous personality of stealing his idea, and now my super sexy new boyfriend, Andrew, is out to get me.

Her. Me. Whatever.

I don’t want it to be her. I do not want this… sweet, delicious, shy social media nerd working at my best friend’s magazine to be the face behind those perky cupcakes on the Sexpert channel. I don’t want it to be her… because I like her. A lot. She’s funny, and quirky, and smart, and creative… and… I really, really like her. It just can’t be her.

But it is.
And now I have to choose.
My best friend?
Or… The Sexpert?


Two accomplished writers come together to create unforgettable sexy romance. JA Huss is the New York Times bestselling author of 321 and has been on the USA Today bestsellers list eighteen times. Johnathan McClain is a veteran actor and writer whose work, either performed or written, is probably airing on at least one of the channels on your television right now. You can contact them on their website or find them at their social links below.




Me: bitch we got problems pierce is sexpert

I didn’t mean it to come out like that but I can’t be bothered with punctuation right now. And anyway, two seconds later my phone buzzes an incoming call from Zoey. I tab accept and whisper, “I’m gonna get fired today.”
“What the hell are you talking about? What’s that mean? Pierce is Sexpert?”
“I stole his idea and then he found out and I didn’t mean to do it and now the cute freeway guy is on the case and he’s gonna out me and get me fired! I’m fucked!” I whisper-scream that last part into the phone while I hold it at arm’s length.
“Eden!” Zoey snaps. “Calm the fuck down and explain! I didn’t understand any of that.”
But then the stairwell door opens on fifty and two girls—Sara from accounting and Leslie from data entry—start walking up to fifty-one towards me.
“Hey, girls!” I wave and smile at them, trying to act normal.
“Hey, Eden!” they chime back together. “Happy Monday!” they say.
“Happy Monday,” I say back.
Now I get it. I totally get why people hate it when I say that.
When they disappear onto fifty-one I go back to the phone. “How… when… Zoey! I think I might’ve stolen this idea from Pierce!”
“Don’t be ridiculous. I was there when you came up with it. Remember? It was Valentine’s Day two years ago and I was pregnant, and sad, and poor because business was bad and you said, ‘We should be strippers.’ And then I said, ‘I can’t be a stripper because I’m fat.’ And you said, ‘You’re not fat, you’re beautiful.’ And then I said, ‘We need a stupid YouTube series like that dumbass seventeen-year-old who got famous on Ellen! after she made stop-motion movies of Barbie and Ken having sex.’ And you said, ‘We should totally make a ridiculous sex advice channel and we should call ourselves the Sexperts!’ Remember all that?”
That was how it went down. “I was drunk though, remember? That asshole Matthew dumped me after I put out and I was pissed off. So maybe I accidentally heard Pierce say something about the Sexpert and then I only thought it was my idea?”
“That’s stupid. Don’t be stupid, Eden. You’re not stupid. You came up with the name! I was there!”
“Yeah, but we’ve been using Voice Lift to disguise my voice and the goddamned Voice Lift inventor is the cute freeway guy and now Myrtle says he’s on the case and he’s gonna figure out who I am!”
“Ridiculous!” Zoey yells. “No one is gonna find out who you are, Eden. We don’t even show your face.”
I take a deep breath. Maybe I’m just overreacting?

I Heart Books Review 

THE SEXPERT by JA Huss & Johnathan McClain
Review by Theresa Esterline 
Stars: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Review Title...He'll have her cupcakes and eat it too!

Hilarious and sexy officeish romance where hiding the truth may not be as easy as one would hope.  After several chance encounters Eden and Andrew give in to desires, but one is not being honest.  How will they ever survive the lie from the start??? And now a bit about the story...

Eden has finally saved enough to get her own place.  She's late to work the last day she'll have to drive to work because a cow is giving birth in the road.  Andrew is desperate to charge his phone so he "borrows" one from Eden in the middle of the freeway, but of course can't get it back to her as traffic tasks off.  They continue to bump into each other.  Road, office, home... it seems they are together everywhere.  Until he gets an assignment from his best friend.  Will his new mission tear them apart?

Favorite passages:
 - “Time is a construct designed to keep us down.”
 - “You’re not going to jail, Dev. At worst you’ll just be deported.”  “Comforting. Thanks.”

Note: I was given a free copy and voluntarily chose to review this book.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

The Heartbreakers Series by Lauren Blakely *~*~*~*~*~* Cover Reveal


Three brothers. Three rock stars. Three standalones.

#1 New York Times bestseller Lauren Blakely brings us The Heartbreakers Series—full-length, standalone romantic comedies with no cliffhangers releasing within one month so you can binge read these sexy novels! You can indulge in three delicious romances -- a sexy one night stand with an off-limits woman, a best-friends-to-lovers tale, and a falling-for-my-buddy's-sister love story.

September 10: Once Upon a Real Good Time

September 24: Once Upon a Sure Thing

October 8: Once Upon a Wild Fling

All come with banter, sexy times, and single parents! So get your one-clickers ready for these sexy & charming men! Each love story will make you laugh, swoon and fan yourself from the heat! Pre-order your copies today!

The first standalone novel is ONCE UPON A REAL GOOD TIME and it will be a live release on September 10th, but you can pre-order it on iBooks, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, or Google Play now! Sign up for Lauren’s Live Release Alert Here:


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About ONCE UPON A REAL GOOD TIME (Coming 9/10/2018):

That smoking hot one-night stand with a former rock star?

Turns out he's my son's new music teacher. Oops.

But I didn't know that the night I met Campbell. All I knew was he played my body the same way he played a guitar — like he owned it.

My libido is still high-fiving me after being self-served for too many years, and we’re both ready for another night or two of fun, especially since we don’t just have chemistry in bed — we connect over everything.

That is, until I learn he’s the man who’ll be coming to my house twice a week to teach my son — the best music lessons money can buy.

Time to turn down the volume on our shenanigans. Only that’s easier said than done.


I can rock a guitar solo in front of thousands, I can write chart-topping tunes, and I can absolutely stop thinking about my student’s mother naked.

After all, I’m a single parent too, and I know what it’s like to put your kid first. That’s what I do every damn day.

Trouble is, now that I’ve had Mackenzie, it’s hard — and I do mean hard — to stop wanting her. Harder too when I get to know her, and learn she’s an awesome mom, a great friend, and, oh yeah, she happens to get along perfectly with my daughter.

All we have to do is set some rules. No dating, no nookie when the kids are around, and no one gets hurt.

It’s all working out beautifully. Until we start breaking the rules, one by one.

Making music with her in the bedroom is easy. But will we be more than just a real good time when the music stops?




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The Heartbreakers Series will be narrated by Sebastian York and Andi Arndt! Pre-order your copy of these sexy, standalone romantic comedies today! ✦ ONCE UPON A REAL GOOD TIME Audible ✦ ONCE UPON A SURE THING Audible


About Lauren Blakely: A #1 New York Times Bestselling author, and #1 Wall Street Journal Bestselling author, Lauren Blakely is known for her contemporary romance style that's hot, sweet and sexy. She lives in California with her family and has plotted entire novels while walking her dogs. With fourteen New York Times bestsellers, her titles have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestseller Lists more than 100 times, and she's sold more than 2.5 million books. In August she'll release UNBREAK MY HEART, an emotional second chance romance. To receive an email when Lauren releases a new book, sign up for her newsletter!  

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Monday, July 16, 2018

Love Machine by Kendall Ryan *~*~*~*~*~*~* Release Day Blitz & Review



A best-friends-to-lovers standalone romance from New York Times bestselling author Kendall Ryan. 

She says she needs some help ... in the bedroom.

Come again? No, really come again.

Sweet, nerdy, lovable Keaton. 

She's my best friend and has been for years. Sure she likes numbers and math, and thinks doing other people's taxes is fun. And I like ... none of that stuff. She's obsessed with her cat and reads novels I'll never understand, and yet we just click. There's no one I'd rather share breakfast burritos with or binge watch hours Netflix. She's my person. And so when she takes off her glasses and asks me to help her improve her skills in the bedroom, I barely have to think about it.

Of course I'll help her. There's no one better for the job. 

I've been there for her through everything, why should this be any different? 

But what happens when she's ready to take her new-found confidence and move on?


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I Heart Books Review 

Love Machine by Kendall Ryan
Review by Theresa Esterline 
Stars: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Best Friends to Lovers, what could go wrong...

What happens when you take a strong and successful woman who has always focused on her goals - graduating, getting a job, getting ahead at work - and then try and compare sexual skills?   For our leading lady she comes up short.  So in this hilarious and hot comedy about getting the right sexual exploration training, she recruits her best friend.  I loved all the witty and snarky back and forth in this story.  Not only between the two main characters, but all the friends too.  And now a bit about the story...

Keaton is at her best friends bachelorette party and when the entertainment shows up it isn't the stripper you might be expecting.  Instead it is a class in giving the perfect blow job.  Unfortunately Keaton's less than stellar sex ed has her thinking it is spa day and immediately announces cucumber are better for eating then slices on the eyes and takes a big bite out of the vegetable.  What follows only makes Keaton decide more exploration is needed.  But with who? where should she start?  When a text comes in later than night from her best friend Slate she decides he will be the perfect instructor.  It may be her drunk self brave enough to ask, but will she actually go thru with it?

Favorite passage: "Don't worry, Keaton.  I doubt you'll make anyone's dick fall off ... Well, not unless you bite down that is." 


A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of more than two dozen titles, Kendall Ryan has sold over 1.5 million books and her books have been translated into several languages in countries around the world. She's a traditionally published author with Simon & Schuster and Harper Collins UK, as well as an independently published author. Since she first began self-publishing in 2012, she's appeared at #1 on Barnes & Noble and iBooks charts around the world. Her books have also appeared on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists more than three dozen times. Ryan has been featured in such publications as USA Today, Newsweek, and InTouch Magazine. Visit her at: for the latest book news, and fun extras Subscribe to Newletter Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Goodreads | Amazon Author Page