Thursday, February 25, 2021

Book Tour for Played By the Rockstar by Christina Hovland (REVIEW)......

 A rockstar and a waitress make beautiful music together in this fun and flirty tale of opposites attracting.  Keep reading to get a tempting taste of Played By the Rockstar by Christina Hovland, along with getting my impressions of it, then add this first installment in the Mile High Rocked series to your bookshelf!

He's a rock star.
She's a waitress.
He's about to rock her world.
Certified behavioral counselor (and former band groupie) Becca Forrester needs a break. Taking a leave of absence from her job, she moves into the apartment over her parents’ garage, and clinches a gig waitressing at a dive bar known for bringing in big name musicians.
Cedric “Linx” Lincoln is a certified rock star. Bassist for the hugely popular rock band, Dimefront, he’s in Denver while the band is on hiatus a-freaking-gain. He's looking for something—anything—to keep him occupied until they can all get back to making music. When he saunters into his friend’s bar, he finds the perfect diversion.
Becca’s presence is a breath of fresh air. The sizzle she ignites in him is precisely what he needs. Bonus: no- stress, no-strings hookups are his specialty. But when things between them tip toward serious, his band implodes, and Becca's leave of absence ends, they’re forced to decide what their “real” lives should look like. Maybe there’s room for an encore...

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MY IMPRESSIONS OF THIS BOOK:

Readers will find themselves utterly charmed by this tale that's an offshoot of a previous series set in the rockstar world and pulls us back into that world with all its glitz, glamour, and frustrations.  For two immensely likable characters, they find one another at a time of trying to find themselves, and it leads to  some unexpected decisions.  In a world of starting over, two people looking for a fling find something more meaningful in a romance that warmed my heart, made me smile, and fogged up my glasses a time or two.

Cedric “Linx” Lincoln is bassist for the popular rock band Dimefront, a band that's had its own struggles and is again on a break.  Linx isn't the kind of guy who can sit and do nothing though as he's a man who's larger than life, used to traveling the world, with a talent for writing and making music.  He's a sexy beast too with a typically smoldering rockstar vibe.  Below that facade though is a caring man with a big heart, a man who exudes being carefree but is surprisingly thoughtful in his decisions.  I quickly fell in love with Linx during his time away from Dimefront as he was fun and flirty.  He enjoyed just making music, didn't need all the glamour to be fulfilled, in scenes that oozed joy and had my head bopping to the music in my brain.  He made Becca feel like a queen, showed her her true worth, in an enjoyable romance full of heart and soul.

Becca Forrester's always loved music, been a fan of the band Dimefront since she was young.  Imagine her surprise then when she comes face to face with the band's sexy bassist!  Arriving in Denver for her own chance at introspection, feeling a bit lost and burnt out with her job as a therapist, Becca's looking for a brief vacation from her life. She's looking for a bit of fun too...and Linx is more than happy to provide that in a relationship that starts out carefree but soon becomes something much more important to each of them.  Becca's a likable heroine, caring and kind, strong-willed but with bruised self-esteem.  She fit right in with the musicians playing at the bar she worked at though, making them all seem like one big family and solidifying this book as a very satisfying series starter.

This was an entertaining story from the first page to the last, a story with a great pace and likable characters.  Linx and Becca had a sizzling connection from their very first meeting, and though they seemed like opposites due to their lifestyles, they couldn't have been a better match in a connection that warmed my heart.  Along with this appealing main couple was a cast of secondary characters who made this story even more enjoyable.  Becca's mother was utterly delightful in her exchanges with her daughter, exchanges that were endearing and full of humor because of her outspoken nature and larger than life personality.  And then there's Babushka, a character who breathed life and humor into every scene they were in.  Add in the musicians traipsing in and out of Brek's Bar, the band offering Linx a new beginning, and there's the bright promise of more delightful rockstar romances coming our way. On a whole Ms. Hovland has crafted a fun and flirty read with a couple who grew stronger in each other's arms and has introduced readers to another series of drool-worthy rockers that are not to be missed!

My rating for this is an A.

*I got this book from the author for review in exchange for my honest opinion.

AUTHOR INFO:

USA Today Bestselling Author Christina Hovland lives her own version of a fairy tale—an artisan chocolatier by day and romance writer by night. Born in Colorado, Christina received a degree in journalism from Colorado State University. Before opening her chocolate company, Christina’s career spanned from the television newsroom to managing an award- winning public relations firm. She’s a recovering overachiever and perfectionist with a love of cupcakes and dinner she doesn’t have to cook herself. A 2017 Golden Heart® finalist, she lives in Colorado with her first-boyfriend-turned-husband, four children, and the sweetest dogs around.

Book Blitz for The First Man by Alex Kelly (GIVEAWAY).....


A forbidden but emotionally intense romance, forced into a world of secrets and lies, is what readers will find in this epic m/m tale that will pull at the heartstrings.  Keep reading to get a tempting taste of The First Man by Alex Kelly, then add it to your bookshelf.  In honor of this second installment in the From Connemara With Love series make sure to fill out the form below for the chance to win a $20 Amazon GC too!

Shane
Do you want to know what it means to live like me?
It means being forced not to look at him, not to touch him, not to be left alone in the same room as him.
Not to seek him out. Not to want him.
Not to love him.
Do you know how it feels to spend your entire life pretending to be someone else? Do you know what it’s like to love someone who doesn’t want to be loved?
I’ll tell you how it feels.
It feels as if you’re living in constant torment: you know which path you should follow, but you also know that, if you follow that path, you can never turn back.
And I can’t do that to him.
Every day I come back, because I know that he’s waiting for me.
Every day I promise him that he will never have to live without me.
Andy
Do you know what it means to live like me?
It means being forced not to touch him, not to kiss him, not to be able to leave the room while he’s still in it.
Not to breathe him in, not to lust after him.
Not to love him.
Do you know how it feels to spend your entire life pretending to be someone else? Do you know what it’s like to love the only person you’re not allowed to love?
I’ll tell you how it works.
You can’t seem to feel anything other than him; when you walk away, you know that you’re turning your back on the only thing that’s good in your life.
Yet you still walk away.
Every day I leave, knowing that he will be standing there, watching.
Every day I ask him to promise me that I will never have to live without him.

EXCERPT:

He steps closer, forcing me to take a few steps back. He storms into the pub, slamming the door closed behind us. He looks like he hasn’t slept at all. His beard is straggly, and he’s still wearing my shirt.
“We’re alone,” he says, his breath heaving. “Alone.”
“Shane...”
He moves quickly and loops his hand around the back of my neck. “We’re alone,” he says, moving his face closer to mine. “And I want you.” He pushes his mouth against me. “I want you, Andy.” His other hand is behind my neck, now, too. “Don’t send me away.” His fingers weave their way into my hair.
“Don’t make me beg,” he says, holding me tightly against him. I couldn’t move away, even if I wanted to. “Because I’m ready to do it,” he says, throwing himself against me like a raging storm you hope will never let up. I’d rather drown in his waves than live another minute on this life raft, in the middle of the ocean.
I want to drown inside him, and never come back to the surface.
Shane’s kisses are my salvation and my ruin. They’re messy and passionate, painful and tender, strong yet weak.
Shane’s kisses are land and sea, my refuge and my destruction; they’re my worst nightmare and the dream I never want to wake up from.
Shane’s kisses are my end and my beginning.
Shane’s kisses are the only thing I open my eyes for every morning.

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AUTHOR INFO:

Alex Kelly writes uplifting, emotional and heartwarming Romantic Fiction and Family Sagas.
She's a bibliophile, a Yogi, a lover of English literature and a baking enthusiast.
She was born in Italy but lives in Ireland with her husband, two children and a cat named Oscar.
Also writes as A. S. Kelly.

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Book Tour for Rookie Move by Samantha Lind (REVIEW).......

 Young love has to fight for a future HEA in this hockey-fueled romance of hard choices and the twists and turns of fate.  Keep reading to get a tempting taste of Rookie Move by Samantha Lind, along with my impressions of it, then add this ninth installment in the Indianapolis Eagles series to your bookshelf!

Dylan
My future was all mapped out.
Graduate high school.
Get drafted.
Make a professional hockey team’s roster. Marry my high school sweetheart.
I had it all within my grasp; Everything was falling into place. Except for the distance,
And our conflicting schedules.
How can we both follow our dreams when the roads keep taking us in different directions?
Hailey
My future was all mapped out. Graduate high school.
Graduate Med-School.
Land my dream residency.
Marry my high school sweetheart.
My dream took me to the opposite coast, but my heart just wasn’t in it anymore. Could I find a new path to my goal and still find happiness?
Was thinking we could make this work just another rookie move?

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MY IMPRESSIONS OF THIS BOOK:

From the moment I started reading this book I found a sense of familiarity, a story of high school sweethearts with hopes and dreams of a future that was easy to relate to. Like real life though, dreams don't always go as you think they will and in this story the main couple found themselves struggling to make their plans come to fruition.  Theirs was a journey that ended up being full of twists and turns, decisions made that changed both of their futures, but ultimately love led them back to each other in a satisfying story from start to finish.  It was a story that pulled at my heartstrings, kept me fully invested in their journey, as I watched them experience life and love.

Dylan and Hailey are an appealing couple, focused on their careers and their future as a couple.  They're a formidable pairing who are determined to make their HEA together despite being on opposite coasts.  While outside forces were determined to keep them apart they knew they were meant to be together and did the heavy lifting necessary to keep their HEA in sight.  It made for a heartwarming journey full of sweet and sensual moments, a journey that could've been full of angst, but was instead full of heart and soul.  It was a romance that renewed my faith in the power of love and had me rooting for this couple to get everything they wanted and deserved.

Though this book is part of a series it can stand strongly on its own courtesy of its appealing main couple, a couple who you can easily call friends.  When it came to matters of the heart, I enjoyed Dylan and Hailey's sweet romance and the subtle ways they showed their love and support of each other.  I wish though there had been just a bit more angst between them, something to keep me on edge and rooting even harder for them.  This book at times felt more like an epilogue than a journey as I never doubted the outcome.  Despite my small quibble, I still found this a quick and satisfying story, a story with a delightful and supportive cast of secondary characters.  These characters often felt more like family and I'm now definitely left wanting to read the previous books in this series as these characters left a lasting impression throughout this book.  Fans of sport's romances, and HEAs, will find this a satisfying addition to the genre and Ms. Lind a talented voice that has me looking forward to what she has planned next.

My rating for this is a B.

*I got this book from the author for review in exchange for my honest opinion.


AUTHOR INFO:

Samantha Lind is a contemporary romance author. Having spent the first 27 years of her life in Alaska, she now calls Iowa home where she lives with her husband and two sons. She enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, reading, watching hockey (Go Knights Go!), and listening to country music.

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Book Blast for His Marriage Gamble by Nancy Fraser (GIVEAWAY)......


A woman ahead of her time tries to help those most in need by undertaking a dangerous journey north in this historical romance full of twists and turns...as well as an unexpected connection to a man leery of women.  Keep reading to get a tempting taste of His Marriage Gamble by Nancy Fraser, then discover even more about this book by visiting the other sites hosting this tour.  In honor of this second installment in the Love's a Gamble series make sure to fill out the form below for the chance to win a $15 bookstore GC too!

Felicity Beaumont, the rebellious daughter of Louisiana elite devises a plan to move her father’s illegally owned slaves north to safety using the gambling riverboat known as the Lucky Lady. Dressed as a young farm boy, she attempts to sell family heirlooms to raise the funds she needs. Short the full amount, she continues her ruse and bargains her way aboard the boat as their chaperone.
Charismatic owner of the Lucky Lady, Jake McAlister doesn’t trust women, and when he discovers Felicity’s subterfuge, he remembers exactly why.
While they find themselves in agreement about helping the free men and women, they are at odds over everything else, including their quickly escalating feelings for one another. When caught between Felicity’s powerful father and the ire of a local judge, they’re forced into a marriage neither wanted.
Can they make the best of a bad situation? And, will gambling on love be a bust or reap them both a happily ever after?

EXCERPT:

Jake McAlister lifted his foot to the railing above the Lucky Lady’s stern and lit a thin cheroot, its tip glowing bright red in the dark night sky. His cargo hadn’t yet arrived, and he felt the first stirring of concern. He’d asked permission to dock at this unfamiliar port under the guise of making some repairs. To overstay his welcome would draw attention he didn’t want or need. He’d give them twenty minutes and then...
“Excuse me, are you Jake McAlister?”
Jake raised his head. A young boy of no more than fifteen or sixteen stood before him. “Can I help you, kid?”
“I’m here to arrange passage for some of my friends.”
The boy coughed out his words, and Jake had to stifle a chuckle at the lad’s attempt to hide the obvious changes in his voice. “You’re the one who contacted me?” Jake asked.
“Yes.” The boy shuffled nervously from one foot to the other and kept his gaze narrowed on the ship’s deck.
“And, just where are these friends of yours?”
The boy let out a shrill whistle and a long line of blacks came out from behind a nearby building, first the men, then the women and, finally, the children. They arrived carrying their worldly belongings in a few large satchels, a handful of worn burlap sacks and, surprisingly, one rather expensive-looking steamer trunk. Jake counted heads as they came on board.
“I count four men, six women, and sixteen children. At fifty bucks a head for the adults and twenty for the children, that comes to eight hundred and twenty.”
“That’s right,” the boy confirmed, “how much extra for me?”
“I don’t take spectators on these runs, boy. The agreement is to take the blacks north to freedom. From the looks of them, they don’t need a caretaker, unless it’s to help them read.”
“My friends all know how to read, Mr. McAlister. And write.” “Then they don’t need you, do they?”
“I’ve got the money.”
“Which you are going to give to me.”

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AUTHOR INFO:

NANCY FRASER—Jumping Across Romance Genres with Gleeful Abandon—is an Amazon Top 100 and Award-Winning author who can’t seem to decide which romance genre suits her best. So, she writes them all.
Like most authors, Nancy began writing at an early age, usually on the walls and with crayons or, heaven forbid, permanent markers. Her love of writing often made her the English teacher’s pet which, of course, resulted in a whole lot of teasing. Still, it was worth it.
Published in multiple genres, Nancy has published over thirty-five books in full-length, novella, and short format.
When not writing (which is almost never), Nancy dotes on her five wonderful grandchildren and looks forward to traveling and reading when time permits. Nancy lives in Atlantic Canada where she enjoys the relaxed pace and colorful people.

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Book Blast for The Lady and Her Champion by Sara R. Turnquist (GIVEAWAY)......


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She needs someone to fight for her. He needs to be rescued.
Karin and Pavel have become separated by war and the destruction of his family's home. When Pavel hears of Karin's predicament, he rushes to his beloved. But what will he find? Will the pull to remain by her side be stronger than the tug to return to the front lines?
Zdenek and Eva are blissfully happy after finding one another. Then his father summons him home. It is a reunion Zdenek dreads. How will his father react to Zdenek's involvement with a merchant's daughter? More...what will Zdenek do if the man does not accept her?
Radek, who has recently defected, finds himself caught between two worlds. He stumbles upon a Hussite captive in the Royalist camp in dire need of a champion. Can he defy yet another army? Ostracize himself and limp back to the Hussites for the sake of a woman he owes nothing to?
While the Hussites maintain a tenuous hold on their lands, will internal conflict prove their undoing?

EXCERPT:

Zdenek’s father stopped in front of him and Eva.
Eva moved closer to Zdenek. But only slightly.
Father looked her over, eyes settling on their clasped hands. He grimaced.
Zdenek let loose her hand.
“I am...relieved that you have come, Zdenek.”
“Of course, Father.” Was his voice as weak as it seemed?
Zdenek sensed Eva’s eyes on him. Perhaps his tone needed strength.
“We have much to discuss,” the larger man boomed.
“Yes, Father.” A tug on his shirtsleeve reminded him that Eva was beside him. He had not introduced her.
“Father, I would like you to meet my wife, Eva.”
“Yes. I had heard,” the great man said.
There was something dismissive about Father’s tone. Glancing at his bride, Zdenek could not mistake the hurt in her eyes. What was he to do? Speak up for Eva and anger Father further? “Father, I don’t think—" Zdenek’s father made a motion for one of the servants across the room to come forward. The small woman obeyed.
“Please, take my son’s...wife...to her chambers.”
“Her chambers?” Zdenek spit out. “Are we not to share as man and wife?
His father’s eyes were hard. “I only expected you would wish to bed down in your old chambers. As you may remember, it only accommodates one.” The man’s lips twisted before righting into a smile.
Zdenek swallowed. Hard. He resisted the urge to look toward Eva. Though he sensed her eyes boring into him. Dare he speak up? Dare he not?

AUTHOR INFO:

Sara is a coffee lovin', word slinging, Historical Romance author whose super power is converting caffeine into novels. She loves those odd little tidbits of history that are stranger than fiction. That's what inspires her. Well, that and a good love story.
But of all the love stories she knows, hers is her favorite. She lives happily with her own Prince Charming and their gaggle of minions. Three to be exact. They sure know how to distract a writer! But, alas, the stories must be written, even if it must happen in the wee hours of the morning.
Sara is an avid reader and enjoys reading and writing clean Historical Romance when she’s not traveling. Her books range from the Czech lands to the American wild west and from ancient Egypt to the early 1900s. Some of her titles include The Lady Bornekova, Hope in Cripple Creek, The General’s Wife, Trail of Fears, and the Convenient Risk Series.

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