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Book Spotlight: Born for Leaving by Jude Munro

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Born for Leaving (New England State of Mind #1) by Jude Munro Date Released: June 2, 2020
About Born for Leaving When they say be careful what you wish for, do you pay attention?  Neither did Oliver Tunstead.
Oliver wishes for nothing more than to get his mind off his crappy bartending job, pile of debt big enough to swallow him whole, and playboy ex-boyfriend/boss who refuses to back off. Too bad distractions, like the hot little convertible he has his eye on, cost megabucks. And Oliver is flat broke. Renting the spare bedroom in his rundown beachfront cottage is his only option to pick up the cash he needs—a risky proposition, as Oliver is the polar opposite of a people-person. When he responds to a bizarre ad in the Waterfront Gazette seeking summer housing, he gets more than he bargained for. But Oliver can cope… After all, how much harm can a single quirky tenant do to his tightly guarded life in three short months?
Where Oliver is a loner by design, urban cowboy Bodie is a loner by ne…

Review: Born for Leaving by Jude Munro (New England State of Mind #1)

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Note: An advanced reader copy (ARC) was provided by the author via Enticing Journey Book Promotions.
When this title came along in one of my favorite book promotion companies' newsletters, the blurb immediately caught my attention. I have a thing for books with angst, and Born for Leaving sounded like it was going to have a fair amount of angst in it. I'd never heard of Jude Munro before, and I assumed they were a brand-new author; It turns out, though, that the name is a new pseudonym for Mia Kerick, an author whose work I was familiar with. Even without the familiarity of Kerick's name, my curiosity already had me signing up to read and review this New England State of Mind series starter. A couple of quick notes: Don't judge the book by its cover, and be aware of the trigger warnings. The cover doesn't do justice to either the main characters it's supposed to depict or to the great writing. As for the trigger warnings, there are instances of past child moles…

Review: Rockstar Wild by Taryn Quinn (Wilder Rock #2)

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Note: An advanced reader copy (ARC) was provided by the authors.
Rockstar Lost is a novella and the second book in Taryn Quinn's Wilder Rock series. This was a second-chance romance of sorts about best friends who always had feelings for each other but lost their chance to explore those further when one walks away from the other in order to chase his dream of music stardom. Two years later, Myles Vaughn has returned to his hometown in hopes of wooing back the only girl he's ever loved--his best friend and muse, Felicity Hudson. Unfortunately, Felicity has made plans of her own and none of them have to do with Myles. She's ready to go off on her own adventure just when Myles is preparing to set them roots for the both of them. She set him free to follow his dreams; will he let her go to allow her to do the same?

This was a super quick read, but it does tell a complete story without any sort of cliffhangers or me left feeling as if something was missing. I liked Felicity'…

Release Blast: Dare to Tempt by Carly Phillips

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Dare to Tempt (Dare Nation #2) by Carly Phillips Release Date: August 4, 2020
About Dare to Tempt He’s a smooth talking jock in trouble  
She’s the solution to his problems.  
Love is the last thing they expected to find. 

Damon Prescott had it all. Star quarterback. Money. Fame. Now? He’s being accused of taking performance enhancing drugs and banned from the sport and team he loves.

Determined to prove he’s innocent, he hires tough as nails private investigator, Evie Wolfe. She’s able to bring a man to his knees with a glare, yet sensual in ways that take him off guard - and she’s everything Damon didn’t know he needed.

Evie’s used to men dismissing her, especially playboys like Damon Prescott so she’s not buying the sexual lines he’s trying to sell. She’s with him to do a job, nothing more. But you know what they say about the best laid plans? Sometimes you end up between the sheets with an arrogant football player anyway.

But when the case is over, can Damon convince Evie she’s the only …

Review: Dare to Tempt by Carly Phillips (Dare Nation #2)

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Note: An advanced reader copy (ARC) was provided by the author via Wildfire Marketing Solutions.
Carly Phillips's second Dare Nation book has romance alongside elements of mystery and suspense, and it makes for entertaining reading indeed. Dare to Tempt is the story of Damon Prescott, superstar athlete and captain of the Miami Thunder, and Evie Wolfe, private investigator and independent woman after my own heart. When Damon is accused of taking performance enhancing drugs after a positive test result, his agent--who also happens to be his older brother, Austin, whose story kicked off the series--and his publicist--who is none other than his younger sister, Bri--bring in a private investigator--who happens to be his brother's girlfriend's best friend--Evie. In order for Evie to do some up close and personal digging, she needs to pretend to be Damon's girlfriend. Convincing others is proving to be not as difficult as Damon once thought, but convincing Evie that the conne…

Release Blitz: Restraint by Adriana Locke

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Restraint
(Mason Family #1) by Adriana Locke Release Date: August 3, 2020
August 2, 2020 (early release)
About Restraint Blaire Gibson knows better than to have one-night stands.
She prides herself on her decision-making skills. It’s the one asset that has never let her down. But even the best thinkers have weaknesses. Hers is a delicious business mogul with a quick tongue. Unfortunately for her, that tongue is good for more than just talking.
Holt Mason doesn’t need to justify anything to anyone.
He wants Blaire. He pursues Blaire. And he gets Blaire because that’s how his life works.
Until it doesn’t.
What begins as a single night in a hotel room spirals into an unusual agreement. As late nights provide the space to trade secrets and walls come tumbling down, more is shared than just pillow talk.
They both should’ve known better. They should’ve shown restraint. Because when guards are dropped, hearts get hurt.

Restraint is a brand-new standalone romance from USA Today bestselling author Adr…

Release Blitz: Better Be True by Andy Gallo & Anyta Sunday

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Better Be True (Harrison Campus #3) by Andy Gallo & Anyta Sunday Release Date: August 3, 2020
About Better Be True Two friends. One bed. A big Italian Wedding.

Nico Amato is in trouble. 

He’s in love with his roommate. Who’s hung up on his ex. This so isn’t part of his summer plans. Luke’s an all-American jock, a jeans and t-shirt kind of guy. The kind of guy who thinks Nico is too much.

That doesn’t stop Nico from pretending to be Luke’s boyfriend, once, twice, thrice . . . A friend does what a friend does to make an ex jealous.

Just . . . How many favors before Luke gives up on his ex?

Lucas DeRosa has a problem.

His roommate pushes every one of his buttons. Every. Damn. One. This so isn’t part of the script. Nico is flamboyant, a tight jeans/purple blazer kind of guy. The kind of guy who thinks Lucas is boring.

That doesn’t stop Luke from pretending to be Nico’s boyfriend again, and again, and again . . . A friend does what a friend does to repay a favor.

Just . . . How many favors be…