Release Blitz: Better Have Heart by Andy Gallo and Anyta Sunday (Reviews + Excerpt + Giveaway)

Release Blitz for:

Better Have Heart by Andy Gallo and Anyta Sunday

Series: Harrison Campus #2

Publisher: Andy Gallo & Anyta Sunday (Self Published)

Release Date: July 1, 2020


Print 243 pages, eBook – 60,944 words


“Better Have Heart” is an enemies to lovers, slow burn M/M romance with a HEA. This New Adult, college, opposite attract, rich-boy poor-boy novel can be read as a standalone.

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Book synopsis:

They hate everything about each other, so why do they harmonize so well?

Isaiah Nettles wants a chance. A chance to help his family.

The prestigious Gage Scholarship will secure his future. He needs this.

The competition might be hot, but Darren Gage is a golden child.

No way will Isaiah let an entitled rich kid be handed the award.

But what if Darren is more than an entitled rich kid?

Darren Gage wants to be seen. Seen as more than just his name.

The Gage Scholarship will let him shine. He needs this.

Sure, Isaiah is insanely sexy—and right to stand up for himself—but he is the competition.

No way will Darren let just anyone take his legacy.

But what if Isaiah isn’t just anyone?

“Better Have Heart” is an enemies to lovers, slow burn M/M romance with a HEA. This New Adult, college, opposite attract, rich-boy poor-boy novel can be read as a standalone.

A note from the authors:

We want readers to enjoy a good, new adult romance with two MCs who helps each other overcome what’s holding them back from finding love.

Blitz Excerpt:

Isaiah could have laughed. Of course.

Like a king, Darren came to the meeting like he’d rolled out of bed from a good fuck. Cheeks bright, hair damp and teased at the ends, gait relaxed like he was well and truly spent.

It was infuriating on many levels. Like the way President Jenkins didn’t bat an eye and said, “on time.”


On time was Isaiah missing his modern jazz performance class, putting on a suit, and walking through the ninety-plus degree heat to get here before the mentors.

On time was turning down a paid yoga session because they had scheduled two hours for this meeting.

On time was ignoring the call from his mom ten minutes before the meeting because Jenkins had delivered him a look.

He glanced at Darren again.

Yeah, Darren coming in like that was infuriating, all right. Especially how Isaiah’s traitorous body responded every time their gazes clashed.

So, Darren might be hot. Okay, insanely hot. But beneath all that, Isaiah was looking at an aristocratic charmer. The type of man who knew all the right names to drop to get his way.

There was a certain amount of jealousy in that assessment, sure, but his frustration stemmed from something deeper than that. It stemmed from the gnawing worry in his gut.

Winning for him meant being that much closer to giving mom a break from two jobs just to keep a roof over her and his siblings’ heads.

For that to happen, he needed a chance. A level playing field. Not Darren waltzing in with a smile to make the judges swoon.


~ * ~ Jos Review ~ * ~

5 Stars!

So Andy Gallo was a new author for me and I nearly skipped past before I noticed Anyta Sunday was there too and that was a definite click for me, she’s one of my favourites. It doesn’t feel like two voices (sometimes poor collaborations are very obvious) and if I see any solo projects by Andy Gallo, I’ll definitely be giving them a go.

This is the second book but if you haven’t read the first, it’s totally great on its own (I hadn’t, but have now, so I recommend you go back and read it, I loved that one, too). This book is just so good, love, love, loved it. It’s an opposite-attracts, enemies to lovers, coming out of the closet story that’s really well done. Both guys are just really well written, you can’t help but love them. Isaiah comes from an ordinary family but has made it to Harrison College by scholarships and working as a yoga instructor. Miffed to find that a major scholarship has been awarded straight to the son of the family who donates it, Darren Gage, he complains to the authorities. He is shocked to find that he is then put up against Darren to compete for said scholarship. Darren is not what he expects and I have to say I loved him. Recently out to his family, he is struggling with his Dad’s reaction and so while the money means nothing, the fact he will intern with his father is everything to him.

I loved these two together. Darren is so much more than the stereotypes he is portrayed as. The authors do such a great job of creating a rounded, vulnerable guy who wants so much more than to be the rich, popular guy that he could so easily fall into. The book spends most of its time with these two together and their exchanges are often funny, sometimes awkward, and always rewarding. Watching the attraction grow into something they can’t ignore, first because of their chemistry and then respect and love, is what you want in a book. It’s there but not rushed, the book takes its time to give the guys a chance to get past their preconceptions and start seeing each other clearly. I really enjoyed the fact it wasn’t rushed. A little angst at the end gives an emotional bump before we get out happy ever after.

I really recommend this book. I read it in one session. Great characters for whom you will root for and give a little cheer for when they reach their HEA (I felt slightly sad it was over, which I think says it all).

Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure, a review wasn’t a requirement.


~ * ~ Amys Review ~ * ~

4 Stars

Okay. First off: this is a slow burn. S•L•O•W• burn. Snails are considered faster than the burn in this book. Oh, do not get me wrong, these boys have chemistry. (Fans self) There was just one, teeny tiny thing in the way. No problem. They were just competing against each other for the same scholarship. For Darren, it was an age-old family tradition. He had to win it. For Isaiah, it meant more security for his family, whom he helped out financially. He had to win it. As I said, no big deal.

Way big deal.

The mutual attraction isn’t helping.

This is the second book in this series, and once again, we see a bunch of familiar faces. While it shares characters, it doesn’t overlap timeline-wise. This story takes place after the first book. Darren wasn’t very likable in the first book, until the end when he found the courage to stand up against the fraternity bully. This story brings about the rest of his redemption arc. I find myself really enjoying redemption stories these days, so it was nice to see.

I enjoyed this book. It kept with the same style and feel of its predecessor, both characters were likable, and the storyline was fun. This can be read as a standalone, if you’d prefer, but the first book was as enjoyable as this one. I’d encourage you to start from the beginning. I’m looking forward to Nico’s story. His interactions with Isaiah were a hoot.

***Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure. A review wasn’t a requirement. ***



Meet the authors:

Andy Gallo:

Andy Gallo prefers mountains over the beach, coffee over tea, and regardless if you shake it or stir it, he isn’t drinking a martini. He remembers his “good old days” as filled with mullets, disco music, too-short shorts, and too-high socks. Thanks to good shredders and a lack of social media, there is no proof he ever descended into any of those evils.

Andy does not write about personal experiences and no living or deceased ex-boyfriends appear on the pages of his stories. He might subconsciously infuse his characters with some of their less noble qualities, but that is entirely coincidental even if their names are the same. And while Andy leaves the hard sci-fi/fantasy for his alter ego, Andrew, in his mind a touch of the supernatural never derailed a good relationship.

Married and living his own happy every after, Andy helps others find their happy endings in the pages of his stories. He and his husband of more than twenty years spend their days raising their daughter and rubbing elbows with other parents. Embracing his status as the gay dad, Andy sometimes has to remind others that one does want a hint of color even when chasing after their child.

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Anyta Sunday:

A bit about me: I’m a big, BIG fan of slow-burn romances. I love to read and write stories with characters who slowly fall in love. Some of my favorite tropes to read and write are: Enemies to Lovers, Friends to Lovers, Clueless Guys, Bisexual, Pansexual, Demisexual, Oblivious MCs, Everyone (Else) Can See It, Slow Burn, Love Has No Boundaries. I write a variety of stories, Contemporary MM Romances with a good dollop of angst, Contemporary lighthearted MM Romances, and even a splash of fantasy. My books have been translated into German, Italian, French, and Thai.


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Giveaway: To celebrate the release of Book 2 in the Harrison Campus series – BETTER HAVE HEART – Andy Gallo and Anyta Sunday are giving away 3 e-copies of Better Have Heart! Must be 18 years old to enter and win; open internationally.

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