Release Blitz ~ Footsteps of the Past by Felice Stevens (Reviews)

Title: Footsteps of the Past
Series: Second Chances #2
Author: Felice Stevens
Genre: M/M Romance
Release Date: July 21, 2021
Cover Design: Reese Dante
It was like in the movies: their eyes met from across the room and they fell in love.

 

Nine years later, Chess and André are the envy of all their friends.
But this is real life….and things are never what they seem.
Still waters run deep—the better to hide Chess’s ugly past. He’s worked hard to bury the troubled teen he once was and is living a life he never imagined possible. André’s love is a gift that makes him believe in second chances, and Chess is grateful for it every day. The only thing he wants is what André finds impossible to give: his time. Six months apart might be the breaking point, even for Chess.
One horrible night changed André’s life forever. Formerly a party boy of the Hamptons social scene, André buries himself in work for years until he meets Chess and learns to enjoy the simple things. He’s tired of being away from home all the time and ready to step down from his role as CEO of the family business, no matter how they try and pull him back in. But old habits die hard…and so do memories.
Photos from the past and present surface, shocking Chess and André out of their carefully constructed dream life. They are forced to face the unthinkable: the love they thought would last a lifetime may be on the brink of falling apart. Secrets are exposed, opening a Pandora’s box both men hoped would stay locked forever. Now Chess and André face the hardest question: do you ever really know the person you’re living with?

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Release Blitz ~ Rules Of Play by Lane Hayes (Reviews + Excerpt + Giveaway)

Title: Rules of Play

Series: The Script Club #2

Author: Lane Hayes

Publisher: Lane Hayes

Release Date: July 16, 2021

Heat Level: 4 – Lots of Sex

Pairing: Male/Male

Length: 53K

Genre: Romance, Brother’s Best Friend, Geek/Jock, Friends to Lovers, Bisexual-awakening, Contemporary MM Romance

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The genius, the mechanic, and a new playbook…

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My brother’s friend is hot. If you’re into flannel-wearing lumbersexual former jocks who eat donuts for dinner and still scribble to-do lists on their palms. I’m not. I’m a serious scientist in my final of grad school. Okay, I admit I have few quirks of my own. I also have a broken truck and a boss who thinks I can help him find love. I’m in over my head. Help!

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A few quirks? Really? George the weirdest dude I know. He wears capes in public, brings a book everywhere he goes, and loves all thing spooky. He’s also the smartest person on the planet—who somehow thinks I can help him write a How-To-Get-A-Date playbook for his boss. Yeah, that sounds suspicious. I know baseball; I don’t know anything about love. But I can’t say no. I’ve always had a soft spot for George. I just didn’t count on falling for my best friend’s nerdy brother. This is against the rules, isn’t it?

Rules of Play is an MM bisexual awakening story where opposites attract and shenanigans ensue!

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Blog Tour ~ Bennet, Pride Before the Fall by Anyta Sunday (Reviews + Excerpt + Giveaway)

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Bennet, Pride Before The Fall
By Anyta Sunday

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Love, Austen (Book 3)

“I want someone to want me for who I am. No changing my appearance or philosophies or principles. I need a partner to be proud of me—in public and beyond—and proud of themselves.”
“Think you’ll find it?”

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Bennet had always dreamed of love. Of finding his Mr. Right.
Hell, he’d even settle for Mr. Righteous.
Who he won’t fall for, not ever? Mr. Downright Pride-less.

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It’s Pride and Prejudice, complete with scumbaggery, anguished declaration of desire, meddling villagers, Karaoke, Scrabble, and Pride.

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New Release Review ~ Jaxson’s Nemesis by TL Travis

Jaxson’s Nemesis by TL Travis

 

Jaxson Duvall, bass player for the band Maiden Voyage wasn’t born into wealth or fame. He achieved it with hard work and a need to prove himself. To whom, well, that is the million-dollar question right there. When his foolish antics threaten to bankrupt him, it’s time for him to stop acting like a spoiled brat and grow the hell up before his band brothers find a new bassist.

Shephard “Shep” Newsome was the opposite. Thrust into the limelight at birth and cast out damn near the same way. When his indiscretions tarnished his family name, his father said no more. Humiliated, shamed, and shunned, he moved away to begin anew but trouble still seemed to find him. Tired of running, he puts down roots only to find himself right smack in the middle of it once again.

What happens when a Rockstar with more money than brains clashes with his neighbor who has a chip on his shoulder the size of Texas? You have a recipe for disaster… or rage-infused love.

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Maiden Voyage series must be read in order as each book starts where the last one ended but is from another band members point of view:

1 – Ryder’s Guardian

2 – Derek’s Destiny

3 – Jaxson’s Nemesis

4 – Shadow’s Light

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Book Blitz ~ Code Red by NR Walker (Reviews + Excerpt + Giveaway)

Code Red
N.R. Walker
Publication date: June 24th 2021
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, LGBTQ+, Romance

The brighter the spotlight, the darker the shadow.

Maddox Kershaw is the main vocalist of the world’s biggest boy band. He’s at the top of every music chart, every award show, every social media platform, and every sexiest-man-alive list. He’s the bad boy, the enigma, the man everyone on the planet wants a piece of.

He’s also burned out and exhausted, isolated and lonely. Not in a good headspace at the start of a tour.

Roscoe Hall is Maddox’s personal manager. His job is high-flying, high-demand, high-profile, and he loves it. Maddox has consumed his entire life for the past four years. Roscoe knows him. He sees the real Maddox no one else gets to see.

He’s also in love with him.

When the tour and stress become too much, when the world begins to close in, Roscoe becomes Maddox’s lifeline. But as Maddox knows already, and as Roscoe is about to learn, the brighter the spotlight, the darker the shadow.

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Release Blitz ~ Beautifully Unexpected by Lily Morton (Review + Excerpt + Giveaway)

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Beautifully Unexpected
By Lily Morton

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Sometimes love comes when you least expect or want it.

Magnus Carlsen is determined to grow old disgracefully. At fifty-two, he doesn’t believe in keeping anything. Men, sofas, books—everything gets jettisoned, eventually. He’s divided his life into happy compartments. A successful trial lawyer, he spends his days lecturing jurors, exasperating judges, and striding arrogantly around courtrooms. He fills his nights with a parade of handsome young men who want to make him happy. Why date someone his own age to discuss back pain, retirement-planning, and corns, when he can date men who don’t care to discuss anything at all?

However, when one of these sunny young men shows an inclination for dramatic scenes, Magnus meets his new neighbour. And his whole world implodes.

Laurie Gentry is nearly the same age as Magnus, but that’s where the similarity ends. He’s messy and creative and nosy and mysterious. He’s everything that Magnus has spent a lifetime avoiding. So, why can’t he get Laurie out of his head?

Luckily, Laurie is only in London for the summer. Magnus can uncover Laurie’s mysteries and indulge their annoyingly hot attraction, and Laurie will be gone before complications arise. A few months isn’t long enough to lose his heart. Is it?

From bestselling author, Lily Morton comes a romantic comedy about two footloose older men and how one summer in London brings something quite beautifully unexpected into their lives.

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Release Blitz ~ You’re Cordially Invited by Jay Hogan (Reviews + Excerpt)

Title: You Are Cordially Invited

Series: Auckland Med #5

Author: Jay Hogan

Genre: MM Romance

Tropes: Opposites attract | Gay wedding | Hurt/comfort | Found family | Fem/makeup | Humour | Sports | Medical

Release date: June 17th, 2021

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There’s a wedding in the air at Auckland Med, but Reuben wonders if they’ll survive the stress long enough to say, ‘I do’. Cam is directing the entire operation with his combat eyeliner in place, whilst the wedding party is doing its best to ignore him. The pressure is mounting and the cracks are beginning to show.

There’s a bachelor party to survive.

The paparazzi to outrun.

A wedding outfit to confirm.

A rugby game to win.

A jerk of a father to cope with.

A stunning opportunity to consider.

A relationship to untangle.

And a shocking event that could derail everything.

With the universe conspiring against them, Reuben and Cam will have to summon every scrap of belief they have in each other to make it to their vows.

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Release Blitz ~ The List by Felice Stevens (Reviews)

Title: The List

Series: Second Chances #1
Author: Felice Stevens
Genre: M/M Romance
Release Date: June 16, 2021
Cover Design: Reese Dante

 

Oops. He did it again.
Elliot Hansen has a terrible habit of falling in love with every man he dates.
His friends have had enough and make a list of Elliot’s perfect man.
That V…
Those abs….
Shouldn’t a boyfriend be more than the sum of his parts?
But when sexy detective Winston Rogers bursts into his bedroom to arrest a burglar, Elliot knows he wouldn’t mind checking one or two things off that list with him.
What if you had it all?
Five years after the death of his husband, Winston Rogers is single and determined to stay that way.
He throws himself into his job—the more dangerous the assignment, the better.
He can’t face another risk to his heart.
But then a routine arrest in his neighbor’s bedroom leaves Win searching for more than evidence as the man’s sweet smile and vulnerable eyes strike a chord inside him Win had thought gone forever.
Why not enjoy each other with no strings attached? Win and Elliot decide to make their own list.
Rule #1: Strictly friends with benefits.
Rule #2: No doing anything stupid like falling in love.
Rule #3….
See Elliot and Win ignore Rules #1 and #2.

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

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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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Blog Tour ~ Invisible Strings by Aimee Nicole Walker (Reviews + Excerpt)

Invisible Strings

Aimee Nicole Walker

M/M Romance 

Release Date: 05.19.21

Blurb

Magnetic as the Sun

Jimmy Alsop, a vivacious journalist, longs to trade his sheltered life for a summer of adventure but lacks the confidence to launch his stellar plan.

Lonely as the Moon

Nova Skye, an aloof scientist, wants to resuscitate his dead love life but hasn’t found the right man to kickstart his guarded heart.

Eclipse of the Heart

Sparks fly when a chance encounter drops Jimmy and Nova into the same orbit. Though their approach to life and love couldn’t be more different, they’re inexplicably drawn together as if connected by an invisible string. With nothing to lose but their inhibitions, Jimmy and Nova embark on an epic adventure of discovery. Passions soar with the sultry Savannah temperatures, and soon, their carefree summer becomes something more profound and beautiful than either man bargained for.

But are the ties that bind sturdy enough to withstand a lifetime, or will they fray after a season?

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Blog Tour ~ Feuds and Reckless Fury by K Webster (Reviews)

FEUDS AND RECKLESS FURY BY K. WEBSTER

Release Date: June 1st

From USA Today bestselling author K Webster comes an angsty and emotional enemies-to-lovers gay romance standalone!

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From USA Today bestselling author K Webster comes an angsty and emotional enemies-to-lovers gay romance standalone!

The hatred began when my father proposed to another man in a shocking moment that rocked my family to its core….

Now I’m on a quest for revenge against my father.

That means hitting him where it hurts—the new fiancé and the son he thinks so much of.

Alister Sommers.

Alis is a bleached blond perfectionist thorn in my side who’s used to everything going his way. Grades, money, track—he dominates it all despite his short, insignificant frame.

Was one dad not good enough that Alis had to take mine too?

Soon, we’ll be stepbrothers.

Until then, I vow to make his life a living hell.

Maybe Dad will regret his terrible mistakes.

Maybe he won’t.

I know I won’t regret wrecking their lives like they did mine.

I’ll give up everything, even my girlfriend and football, if it means I get a chance for retribution.

It’s reckless and risky, but I don’t have much to lose.

The havoc I wreak might ease some of the pain Dad caused my mother.

I’m willing to give it a shot.

What starts as a family feud will become a war…one I plan on winning no matter the cost.

There’s only one small problem.

I may have underestimated my opponent.

5 Reckless Stars!!!

YA books aren’t exactly my go-to read, however, I’ve been loving K Webster’s MM books lately and I was very drawn to the blurb for Feuds and Reckless Fury, so I decided to give it a try and I’m very happy I did.

I really liked Alis, my heart broke by how difficult it was for him to accept that he had a place in his adoptive father’s home, which all things considered, was understandable. His panic attacks and his fear of mice (totally there with him, btw) were so poignant and relatable, I just wanted to give him a huge hug and make things better for him. Much as I liked Alis, my favorite was Canyon, though. His character’s growth throughout the book was outstanding and I fell for him and how protective and caring he was with those he loved. I adored them together, they had insane chemistry, but it was the cuddling and the being there for each other that made me love them even more.

At first, I thought this book was going to be darker than it was, but I was pleasantly surprised that while it was angsty and there were so many things happening, there was always that glimmer of hope that things would turn out okay, which is what I look forward when I read books like this one. K Webster managed to make me care for Alis and Canyon, for their parents, for Carrie and Naomi, even for Canyon’s mother, who I was on the fence about during most of the book. I even found myself crying during certain scenes, so keep that in mind. It was an emotional, sweet, steamy, angsty read, with lots of twists and turns and a lot of heart that I can’t recommend enough.

Also, while I got an ARC of the book, I bought the audio version since it was out already and I couldn’t resist Teddy Hamilton and Greg Boudreaux narrating together. They did a fantastic job bringing Canyon and Alis to life for me, ramping up the angst, the animosity, and later the emotional connection these two boys found in each other.

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4 Stars
This book was accurately named. If you love angst, and I am not talking a little bit, but tons of conflict, this is a must-read. I am not a fan of angst just to use as a filler and this constant family and lover drama was far from that. I was riveted by this book. I kept thinking, okay, nothing else could possibly happen, and then a new issue would pop up.
Canyon is in a dark and very miserable place. His father Ryan, has divorced his mother, and announced he will be marrying his best friend Quinn, who happens to be a guy. Teenagers as a rule come pre-programmed for angst. Canyon is trying to take the multiple hits life is throwing at him by hiding behind a wall of anger and mistrust. This is learned at the start of the novel, and things go downhill after that. This is not meant to be a negative comment. So much is thrown at the reader in terms of family and outside drama, I almost needed a scorecard to keep track of.
I won’t even attempt to go over all the details Canyon is facing, but let me just say, he truly surprised me with his resiliency. Quinn’s son, Alis is the target that Canyon originally wants to make suffer. He figures his dad ruined his life, so why not share the misery. Canyon is horrible to poor Alis, but we all know that hate is an odd emotion, and, yes, the two teens soon find they have more in common than bitterness and anger.
The book really did captivate me and I admired how much Canyon grew in terms of realizing the world did not revolve around him. I enjoyed the tender chemistry between Alis and Canyon and felt their connection. As for the poor, beleaguered dads—I honestly wouldn’t have blamed them if they decided to take a one-way plane trip to a deserted island.
I did feel like several huge issues were resolved way too quickly and easily, without much explanation. Overall, I really did enjoy the story and absolutely recommend it. Happy reading!

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About K. Webster:

K Webster is a USA Today Bestselling author. Her titles have claimed many bestseller tags in numerous categories, are translated in multiple languages, and have been adapted into audiobooks. She lives in “Tornado Alley” with her husband, two children, and her baby dog named Blue. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, drinking copious amounts of coffee, and researching aliens.

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Release Tour ~ Head to Head by Eli Easton & Tara Lain (Review + Excerpt + Giveaway)

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Head to Head
By Eli Easton & Tara Lain

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Nerds Vs Jocks, Book 3

If these two don’t kill each other, they might fall in love.

Rand hates Jax because he’s the laid-back, vegan-eating, tree-hugging, total-Zen-until-I-get-a-chance-to-screw-you president of Sigma Mu Tau, the nerdy fraternity that’s the sworn enemy of Rand’s house, Alpha Lambda Alpha. What a phony!

Jax hates Rand for being the privileged, rich-heir-to-an-oil-empire, environment-destroying, soul-sucking president of the ALA jocks—but mostly because Rand hated him first. Rand has sent nothing but hateful vibes his way since the day they met. What a douche!

The enemies have never had a single conversation that didn’t involve shouting—until Jax’s old Buick breaks down on a road trip and Rand plays reluctant rescuer. Jax is forced to sit on Rand’s dead cow seats. Rand learns chickens can enter the living room and that Jax’s beliefs are more than skin-deep. The bitter rivals embark on a quest to save a family member and discover that sometimes animosity is a mask for crazy-hot attraction. With this much face time, head-to-head might become heart-to-heart.

HEAD TO HEAD is an enemies to lovers, forced proximity, opposites attract, searching for his sister, clashing cultures, MM romance—with a whole lot of fracking.

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Audio Blitz ~ Stylite: Mystery by Tag Gregory & Lily Marie (Review + Excerpt + Giveaway)

Title: Stylite: Mystery

Series: The Stylite Chronicles – Book One

Author: Tag Gregory & Lily Marie

Narrator: William Pierre

Publisher: Self-Published

Release Date: 5/1/21

Heat Level: 1 – No Sex

Pairing: Male/Male

Length: 05 Hours 48 Minutes

Genre: Romance, Mystery, History, LGBTQ, Contemporary Gay Literature

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Book One of the Stylite Chronicles. A curious art history student disturbs a lonely recluse holed up in an historic building in downtown Pittsburgh’s “Golden Triangle”. Together, they investigate the mystery behind the building and in the process unearth evidence of a long-dead, illicit love affair. Will that ancient romance help kindle a modern one for our history sleuths at the same time?

It’s a Mystery, History, Romance.

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Audio Blitz ~ Following The Rules by Lane Hayes (Review + Giveaway)

Title: Following The Rules

Series: The Script Club #1

Author: Lane Hayes

Narrator: Alexander Cendese

Publisher: Lane Hayes

Release Date: May 14, 2021

Heat Level: 4 – Lots of Sex

Pairing: Male/Male

Length: 4 hrs and 50 mins

Genre: Romance, Nerd/Jock, MM Romance, Bisexual Awakening, Best Friend’s Brother,

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The geek, the jock, and a new set of rules…

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My friend’s brother needs an academic assistant and I need a job. Problem…jocks are my weakness. Seriously. I lose my ability to speak coherently around muscle-bound hotties. Oh yeah, I lose my inhibitions too—not a good look for a guy with a genius IQ. So what am I going to do about Simon?

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Finishing college isn’t high on my list of priorities, but my future in professional football is looking bleak. I need a plan B or C, and I could use some help navigating life as an undergrad. Topher is perfect. He’s also a little strange…but in a good way. And I like the way I feel when I’m around him—as though anything is possible. Maybe if we follow our hearts, we’ll find what we’re looking for. But that means changing the rules…

Following the Rules is a MM, bisexual awakening romance starring a lovable nerd, a cool jock, and some extracurricular fun.

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Release Blitz ~ Wicked Outlaw by Jocelynn Drake & Rinda Elliott (Reviews + Excerpt + Giveaway)

Title: Wicked Outlaw

Series: Ward Security Series #6

Author: Jocelynn Drake & Rinda Elliott

Publisher: Drake & Elliott Publishing LLC

Release Date: May 21, 2021

Heat Level: 4 – Lots of Sex

Pairing: Male/Male

Length: 78k

Genre: Romance

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Cole loves the city. He loves the noise, chaos, and having tacos delivered at 2 a.m.

He loves his job at Ward Security. He might look like a bodyguard, but there’s nothing better than being counted as one of the hacking tech triplets.

There is no way he will ever love horses, cows, and the great wide open of Texas.

At least, that’s what he thinks until JB Alexander rides into his life.

He can’t deny the burning attraction of JB’s easy smile and weird sense of humor.

And while they’re dodging gun shots, crazy neighbors, meddling family, and secret plots, Cole might be forced to admit that he’s found an even greater love.

Wicked Outlaw is the sixth full-length novel in the Ward Security series and is jam packed with crazy neighbors, wild gun shots, a horse named Dopey, llamas, code names, a bisexual awakening, and new beginnings.

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