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Review: The Real by Kate Stewart

Note: This ARC was provided by the author via Wordsmith Publicity in exchange for an honest review.
“Cameron,” I said, unable to put into words what I was feeling. Instead, I buried my head in his shoulder. “Where in the hell have you been?”“Anywhere but where I needed to be,” he whispered softly.
Kate Stewart made me fall in love with her storytelling when I read Drive last year, my first from her. Her latest standalone, however, both floored me and had my heart soaring to the highest of heavens. The Real is very much the real deal and it already has a cushy spot on my year-end list of top favorites. From the unforgettable meet-cute to the unique direction the rest of the story took and from the wondrous main characters to a host of memorable supporting characters, this novel was every bit of contemporary romance perfection that I did not even realize I desperately needed. The fact that it also had lighthearted wit and humor sublimely interspersed with a dose of heartrending angst sim…

Release Blitz: Nights Without Night by Marina Vivancos

Nights Without Night (Fox Lake #2) by Marina Vivancos Release Date: June 18, 2018
About Nights Without Night Isadoro and Iván have known each other since before memories were memories, when they were just the imprint of shape and sound pressed inside your head. They were raised together in La Portera, between the orange trees and water reservoirs, under an endless blue sky. Where they grew up is where Iván’s love for Isadoro grew, too. There, from the earth and the water, organic and helpless.
Iván had grown used to this love. He’d grown used to absence, too.
Isadoro left for the military when they were both eighteen and took a piece of Iván with him. It was as inevitable as the baking sun and sandy winds of those lands. Iván didn't know how to fight it.
A thread between them remained. Phone calls, Skype sessions, rests between tours. But it was never quite enough.
After eight years, Isadoro comes back. At his core, he is the same man Iván has always known. But life has transformed th…

Review: Nights Without Night by Marina Vivancos (Fox Lake #2)

Note: An advanced reader copy (ARC) was provided by the author via IndiGo Marketing & Design.
With the release of her sophomore effort, Marina Vivancos has further solidified her spot on my list of authors to watch out for. Nights Without Night is the second novel in her Fox Lake series, and while Iván is very briefly introduced in passing in the series starter as the Argentinian artist who also happened to be Ezra's friend, his name is never mentioned. Basically, you can jump right into this second book without having read the first one previously. However, there are recurring characters, and because I loved Sicken of the Calm as much as its follow-up, I'm going to happily recommend that you read book one as well. Also, you won't have to read them in order.

Iván and Isadoro have been the best of friends since they were children whose parents emigrated from Argentina to the United States. When Iván fell in love with Isadoro when they were teenagers, he knew his heart w…

Release Day: Double Down by Alessandra Torre

Double Down (All In #2) by Alessandra Torre Release Date: June 18, 2018
About Double Down In Vegas, there was one man who was off limits. One man… and I fell for him. 
I knew there were risks. Still, I played the game. When Dario Capece called, I answered. When he beckoned, I came. When he broke all my rules, I looked the other way. 
I knew there were risks. I just never realized they included death. 

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About Alessandra Torre

Alessandra Torre is an award-winning New York Times bestselling author of fourteen novels. Her books focus on romance and suspense. Torre has been featured in such publications as Elle and Elle UK, as well as guest blogged for the Huffington Post and RT Book Reviews. She is also the Bedroom Blogger for
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Review: Mister Tonight by Kendall Ryan

Note: An advanced reader copy (ARC) was provided by the author.
Mister Tonight, Kendall Ryan's newest standalone romance, has turned out to be one of my favorite reads from the bestselling author. Originally titled Birthday Sex, we meet Kate on the eve of her thirtieth birthday celebrating with her two best friends at a bar. Maybe her two besties are right--a bit of birthday sex is exactly what she needs to ring in the big 3-0, and once she locks eyes with the gorgeous guy named Hunter, she decides to make him her prey, erm, present. Unfortunately, what promised to be a night of hot sex goes unfulfilled when Hunter's five-year-old daughter Maddie catches them in the act. At least neither one of them has to ever face the other after that humiliating moment. Well, that is until Kate comes face to face with her brand-new landlord--Hunter. With them becoming neighbors and Maddie not having forgotten the woman cuddling her dad a wee bit too closely, Hunter and Kate decide to keep th…

Release Blitz: That Guy by Kim Jones

That Guy by Kim Jones Release Date: June 18, 2018
About That Guy He’s That Guy.
You know, the hero in almost every romance novel. 
The super-rich, powerful CEO who is beyond sexy. Lives in a penthouse. Is wicked in bed. Has massive…feet. Is kind of a jerk, but really he’s not because he harbors some major secret that, once revealed, explains why he is the way he is—therefore completely redeeming himself and making all the readers who hated to love him swoon….
Yeah. That one.
Well, I found him. 
I’m a writer who has spent years searching for the perfect muse.
Now that I know he exists, I have a mission. 
To make him fall in love with me. 
This should be easy. I mean, I have issues, but above all, I’m a great catch. 
Problem is, I did a stupid thing. 
And now he hates me. 
Unfortunately for him, he’s my That Guy. 
And he’s going to love me…. 
Whether he wants to or not.

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An Excerpt from That Guy His lips are smooth, but…

Review: Sicken of the Calm by Marina Vivancos (Fox Lake #1)

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Don't you just love it when a book turns out to be so much more than you were hoping it would be? That's exactly what happened while I was reading Sicken of the Calm, the debut release of Marina Vivancos the first novel in her Fox Lake series. This story had all that delicious angst that I crave in books, and it also had an intriguing twosome for its main characters--football playing architecture student Joaquin and blogging journalism major Ezra. This was a story of two young men exploring their sexuality, delving into their preferred forms of kink, and pushing the boundaries of love, friendship, and everything in between, written with a poetic and temperate voice.

Joaquin has never forgotten Ezra, the boy who went up to another boy in their high school and asked him out on a date. It was a public declaration of Ezra's sexuality, and while he may have been ridiculed and bullied by some of thei…

Release Blitz: Rainbow Place by Jay Northcote

Rainbow Place (Rainbow Place #1) by Jay Northcote Date Released: June 15, 2018
About Rainbow Place Can Jason find the courage he needs to be the man Seb deserves?
When Seb Radcliffe relocates to a seaside town in Cornwall, he feels like a fish out of water. He misses queer spaces and the sense of community he enjoyed when he was living in the city, and decides to open an LGBT-friendly cafe–bar.
Jason Dunn is the builder Seb hires to help renovate the rundown space where the cafe will be housed. Jason is also gay, but unlike Seb, he’s deep in the closet. He’s never had a relationship with another man—only allowing himself the occasional hook up with guys who are prepared to be discreet.
The attraction between the two men is instant and impossible to ignore. But while Seb is out and proud, Jason is terrified of being exposed. With the grand opening of Rainbow Place approaching, tension is growing among some locals who object to Seb’s plans. When things escalate, Jason is forced to choose whe…