Release Blitz ~ Keeping Kellan by Amy Aislin (Reviews + Excerpt + Giveaway)

Release Blitz, Excerpt & Giveaway:
Keeping Kellan
By Amy Aislin

Keeping Him, Book 2

Brant Harkrader is done living by other peoples’ rules. He may not know exactly what he wants out of life, but he’s perfectly happy letting that question figure itself out while starting a new job as a tour guide.

Too bad the one thing he does want—his sister’s BFF—only sees him as a little brother.

Or so he thinks…

Kellan Shelby-Briggs has never shied away from going after what he wants. And what he wants is the important contract that will put his brand new company on the map—and Brant.

Too bad Kellan’s career keeps yanking him away just as things heat up between them.

Now that Brant is back in town—up close and personal in Kell’s living space—can they finally get the timing right to go after the love that has eluded them both for too long?

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Excerpt:

“Brant.” Wendy pulled her shell-shocked brother into a hug, her very pregnant belly getting in the way. Maggie’s screaming intensified as she was squished between her mom and her uncle.

Brant winced as she wailed in his ear. “Hey,” he said weakly.

“Pew, pew.”

“Sorry I couldn’t come pick you up. I had to get the twins from day camp and Nick won’t be home for another hour.”

“It’s all good.” Brant nodded at Kellan. “Kell found me.”

Wendy swept her gaze up and down Brant’s tall frame. Since the Harkrader siblings were otherwise occupied, Kellan allowed himself to do the same.

Even dressed down in loose sweatpants and a wrinkled T-shirt, Brant looked like an athlete. At six feet tall, Kellan was only about an inch or so taller than him, but Brant had him beat on muscle mass. Kellan used the home gym in his basement on an almost daily basis; still, Brant’s wide shoulders, narrow hips, and defined biceps said jock in a way that Kellan’s own body said works out only as much as he has to, to stay fit and attract a mate.

Yes, it was super shallow, he was aware. But that was the dating game, wasn’t it?

It was one of the reasons he avoided the dating scene—it was all so superficial.

Not that he’d had the opportunity to date since moving back home from Vancouver last summer—or the interest, if he was honest. He’d had enough to do with getting his business off the ground. And considering how spectacularly his reputation had been shot at his last job, building it into a successful one was more important than ever.

So really, the only reason he worked out at this point was because it had become a habit.

He supposed there were worse ones.

“Your hair’s so long,” Wendy said, giving the strands sticking out the bottom of Brant’s hat a tug. “What do they call this in the hockey world? Flow? You need a haircut, my friend.”

“Uh . . .”

“Pew, pew.”

“Joey, have you said hello to your uncles?”

“Yup!”

Maggie chose that moment to spit up all over herself.

“Aw, Mags.” Wendy kissed her forehead. “Let’s get you cleaned up.”

She disappeared into the laundry room, where Kellan knew she kept spare clothes for all three kids for just such an occasion.

Brant stared after her, blank-faced.

Kellan leaned closer to him. “You know you can always stay with me, right?” He’d even offered when Brant had announced, less than two weeks ago, that he was moving back.

Unblinking, Brant turned his stare in his direction.

“No screaming children.”

Brant whimpered.

Amused by the whole situation, Kellan bumped their shoulders. “Think about it.”


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5 Stars
This book was such a delight to melt into! Romance is special, but to find someone that will put you first, and have your back, makes that relationship precious. Brant has been neglected by his mother when his vile stepfather constantly tore him down. His mom chose to look the other way, and let Jerome criticize, and control her spirited son. Fortunately, Brant’s sister Wendy is a wonderful woman who unconditionally loves and supports him.
Kellan is starting up his own business in urban design, and is really stressing under the pressure. He has been best friends with Brant’s sister for years, and jumps at the chance to offer his home to Brant who has recently moved back to their hometown. It doesn’t hurt that he has been interested in Wendy’s younger sibling for a long time. What I loved about this book is that Brant has also been crushing on Kellan forever. Both have it bad, and they are absolutely clueless. Brant is doing a temp job working as a tour guide but, like Kellan, he has bigger dreams for a career that he controls.
This story was warm and fuzzy, interlaced with some sad, and bittersweet moments.  The romantic elements started out slowly, and the couple felt so authentic together. Brant needs someone to support and defend him. His nature though is to be defiant when told what to do, thanks to his stepdad’s domineering personality. Kellan is fiercely protective, and you can hope that together the men grow stronger by putting away the negativity surrounding them. This novel was a sweet, great flowing story that was beautifully written. I highly recommend this little treasure. Happy reading!

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

 

~ * ~ Jos Review ~ * ~

5 Stars

I really like Amy Aislin; I know I’m going to get a great book full of likable characters. I can trust that the blurb is going to match the story. There’s going to be a good plot, low angst, and a HEA that feels satisfying and believable. This is another great addition to her catalogue.

It says book two but it is only loosely connected and you don’t have to read book 1 to understand this (although you definitely should as it is a great read). This is a story of mutual attraction that neither mc has moved on because they’ve never been at the same place to act on it. Now that Brant has moved back to town, can he admit his crush on his sister’s best friend, Kellan? Is it reciprocated? A steady build-up, this is more satisfying because of it. Friendship developing helps make taking the next step more believable and we get to watch as they work their way through the obstacles to a HEA. Really likable guys, the chemistry is there though this is quite low heat, more of a sweet read.

Read in one sitting, this is a HEA that left me very satisfied. Highly recommend it.

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

 

~ * ~ Missys Review ~ * ~

5 Stars

Keeping Kellan is a brilliant Book, Amy Aislin did a wonderful job with it. I really enjoyed this friends-to-lovers story so much that I was up late to finish it as soon as I started.

Brant has always had a secret crush on Kellen, not realizing that Kellan has felt the same way as him. When Brant comes back into town things start to heat up between them.

This book was so well written and developed. It will make you laugh and fall in love. The chemistry between Brant and Kellan was off the charts and I really liked them together.

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


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About the Author:

Amy’s lived with her head in the clouds since she first picked up a book as a child, and being fluent in two languages means she’s read a lot of books! She first picked up a pen on a rainy day in fourth grade when her class had to stay inside for recess. Tales of treasure hunts with her classmates eventually morphed into love stories between men, and she’s been writing ever since. She writes evenings and weekends—or whenever she isn’t at her full-time day job saving the planet at Canada’s largest environmental non-profit.

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