Thursday, May 21, 2020

Huge Audio News from Lauren Blakely!!!


#1 New York Times bestselling author Lauren Blakely brings another exciting and sizzling audiobook to listeners in her upcoming title, A GUY WALKS INTO MY BAR. Releasing in audio August 17th and eBook August 21st, Lauren is thrilled to share that her first M/M romance will be performed in duet narration by two of her go-to leading men and narrators—Shane East and Joe Arden! These fan favorites will be heading into the studio next week via zoom to give voice to the witty, sexy, alpha heroes in this irresistible romance. Want a sneak peek? Keep your eyes open and ears peeled to Lauren’s social media pages. And don’t miss the special sample of Joe and Shane narrating the scene where their characters meet! We have that for you below!

Inspired by these two narrators and her admiration for their work, Lauren was driven by a desire to hear two of her favorite male voices paired together. That wish led her to write a book for them that turned into an enticing, standalone romance featuring a witty British bartender, a cocky American hockey player and the five-day fling in London that they swear won’t turn into anything more since they live across an ocean from each other...

With a full supporting cast playing their friends and family, this amazing audiobook also includes ten narrators to give listeners more of what they’ve been asking for—another full cast audiobook from Lauren Blakely! Andi Arndt, Ron Butler, Jakobi Diem, Vanessa Edwin, Stella Hunter, Zachary Webber, Emma Wilder and a special cameo from Sebastian York round out the cast to ensure a stunning experience for listeners. This passionate love story is just over 100,000 words, so get ready for a delicious, sexy-as-sin audiobook that will melt your heart and your earbuds! Check out all of the information about A GUY WALKS INTO MY BAR below and prepare to root for two of your favorite men as you fall in love with them all over again.

   

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About A GUY WALKS INTO MY BAR:

A passionate, utterly addictive standalone MM romance from #1 NYT Bestseller Lauren Blakely performed with duet narration by Joe Arden and Shane East!

Every bartender should follow one simple rule—don't go home with the customers.

That’s been easy for me to stick to, until the night a cocky, confident, and sinfully charming hockey star walks into my bar. This sexy athlete is too hard to resist, especially when he makes it clear how much he wants the “sarcastic, witty, hot AF” guy behind the bar—also known as me.

Still, I’m not keen on breaking my own rules since I know where that can lead—no place good.

But when that man makes his case with one bone-searing kiss on the streets of London, I throw resistance out the window.

What could go wrong with a hot, no-strings-attached fling before he leaves town in five days?

Trouble is, soon our nights together lead to days, to long conversations, to getting to know each other, and to something I never expected—falling ridiculously hard for a man who’s getting on a plane to America when I live a world away.

My life is here. His is there. And no amount of falling or feeling will change that one big problem.

Warning: contains hot hotel sex, loads of dirty talk, PDA all over London, and two sexy, witty, charming alpha heroes…

Performed with a full supporting cast including: Andi Arndt, Ron Butler, Jakobi Diem, Vanessa Edwin, Stella Hunter, Zachary Webber, Emma Wilder and with a cameo from Sebastian York.

✦Audible Pre-order alert (via Lauren's newsletter) ➜ http://www.subscribepage.com/LaurenAudio

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About Lauren Blakely:

Lauren Blakely writes sexy contemporary romance novels with heat,

heart, and humor, and her books have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and iBooks bestseller lists. Like the heroine in FAR TOO TEMPTING, she thinks life should be filled with family, laughter, and the kind of love that love songs promise. Lauren lives in California with her husband, children, and dogs. She loves hearing from readers! Her novels include Caught Up In Us, Pretending He's Mine, Playing With Her Heart, Trophy Husband, and Far Too Tempting. On November 21, she'll release the edgy new adult novel THE THRILL OF IT.  She also writes for young adults under the name Daisy Whitney.

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About the Narrators:


Shane East.jpgShane East:

Hailing from London, Shane's Brit accent frequently tops Audible’s bestseller list and is a favorite amongst romance’s top authors. He's a multi Audie Awards nominee, Earphones winner, and has been crowned romance narrator of the year by Audiofile Magazine, The Romantic Times and SOVAS. Fans enjoy his work so much they’ve even started a fan club called the Shaneiaks (on Facebook). And when not recording you can find him in the kitchen cooking up a storm.


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Joe Arden:

Joe Arden is one of the industry's most prolific narrators of Romance and Erotica. He has been nominated for multiple Audie and SOVAS Awards and has received AudioFile's Earphones award several times. When he isn't in the booth, Joe can be found training and fostering rescue pit bulls and restoring vintage motorcycles. He’s narrated in more than sixteen Lauren Blakely audiobooks.

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Monday, May 4, 2020

99 Cents Mother's Day Sale from Entangled!


For a limited time only, you can grab all TWELVE of these standalone romances for less than a dollar!

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Tuesday, April 7, 2020

You Deserve Each Other by Sarah Hogle: ARC Review

Blurb:

Naomi Westfield has the perfect fiancé: Nicholas Rose holds doors open for her, remembers her restaurant orders, and comes from the kind of upstanding society family any bride would love to be a part of. They never fight. They're preparing for their lavish wedding that's three months away. And she is miserably and utterly sick of him.

Naomi wants out, but there's a catch: whoever ends the engagement will have to foot the nonrefundable wedding bill. When Naomi discovers that Nicholas, too, has been feigning contentment, the two of them go head-to-head in a battle of pranks, sabotage, and all-out emotional warfare.

But with the countdown looming to the wedding that may or may not come to pass, Naomi finds her resolve slipping. Because now that they have nothing to lose, they're finally being themselves--and having fun with the last person they expect: each other.

When your nemesis also happens to be your fiancé, happily ever after becomes a lot more complicated in this wickedly funny, lovers-to-enemies-to-lovers romantic comedy debut.

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About the Author:

Sarah Hogle is a stay-at-home mom who spends her free time planning weird pranks. Her dream is to live in a falling-apart castle in a forest that is probably cursed. You Deserve Each Other is her debut novel.





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A lovers-to-enemies-to-lovers rom-com about an engaged couple trying to force each other to end things? It’s definitely not a plot I’ve come across before, which is why I was so excited to read You Deserve Each Other by Sarah Hogle. I devour rom-coms on a regular basis and it’s rare to find a book that makes me laugh aloud from start to finish, but You Deserve Each Other is hands down one of the funniest, most delightfully ridiculous books I’ve ever read.

Engaged couple, Naomi Westfield and Nicholas Rose, are stuck in a rut. After nearly two years together, their upcoming nuptials evoke a sense of impending doom rather than excitement. Neither are particularly satisfied with their lackluster romance, but they aren’t willing to end their engagement, which would mean being stuck with the bill for their rather pricey wedding. To avoid the expense, each is determined to make the other throw in the towel, using whatever nefarious means necessary...

Having read my fair share of second chance romances, I can honestly say that You Deserve Each Other is a unique, fresh take on the trope. An engaged couple falling back in love with each other isn’t a storyline I expected to come across, but the narrative compellingly combines dry humor and heartfelt sincerity in a way that makes you laugh uncontrollably even as it tugs on your heartstrings. The lingering feelings and unresolved issues between Naomi and Nicholas play out in a twisted game of one-uppance leading to increasingly hilarious results. The two engage in a type of psychological warfare, but the irony is that, the more they’re at each other’s throats, the more their shields are dropped, and they start to open up about where they went wrong.

It’s not often you get an evil mastermind for a heroine, but Naomi is truly one of a kind. Every unfiltered thought that passes through her mind and every harebrained scheme she concocts is pure genius, and I’m just happy to have gone along for the ride. With Naomi at the helm, You Deserve Each Other is such an outrageously silly story, that you can’t help but chuckle maniacally and get swept up in the absurdity of it all. The humor kept me glued to each page of the book, but it’s the romance at the heart of the story that had me so emotionally invested.

If you’re looking for a love story that’s thoroughly entertaining, endlessly amusing, and will leave you with both a tear in your eye and a smile on your face, You Deserve Each Other is a must-read!

*complimentary copy provided by publisher for an honest review

Rating: 5 Stars

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

From Blood and Ash by Jennifer L. Armentrout: ARC Review


Blurb:

A Maiden…

Chosen from birth to usher in a new era, Poppy’s life has never been her own. The life of the Maiden is solitary. Never to be touched. Never to be looked upon. Never to be spoken to. Never to experience pleasure. Waiting for the day of her Ascension, she would rather be with the guards, fighting back the evil that took her family, than preparing to be found worthy by the gods. But the choice has never been hers.

A Duty…

The entire kingdom’s future rests on Poppy’s shoulders, something she’s not even quite sure she wants for herself. Because a Maiden has a heart. And a soul. And longing. And when Hawke, a golden-eyed guard honor bound to ensure her Ascension, enters her life, destiny and duty become tangled with desire and need. He incites her anger, makes her question everything she believes in, and tempts her with the forbidden.

A Kingdom…

Forsaken by the gods and feared by mortals, a fallen kingdom is rising once more, determined to take back what they believe is theirs through violence and vengeance. And as the shadow of those cursed draws closer, the line between what is forbidden and what is right becomes blurred. Poppy is not only on the verge of losing her heart and being found unworthy by the gods, but also her life when every blood-soaked thread that holds her world together begins to unravel.

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About Jennifer Armentrout:

# 1 New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Jennifer L. Armentrout Lives in West Virginia.

All the rumors you heard about her state aren’t true.

Well, mostly. When she's not hard at work writing, she spends her time, reading, working out, watching zombie movies, and pretending to write.

She is the author of the Covenant Series (Spencer Hill Press), the Lux Series (Entangled Teen), Don't Look Back (Disney/Hyperion) and a yet untitled novel (Disney/Hyperion), and new YA paranormal series with Harlequin Teen.

Jennifer also writes New Adult and Adult romance under the pen name J. Lynn. The Gamble Brothers Series (Tempting the Best Man/Tempting the Player) and Wait for You. Under her pen name, she is published with Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

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Yvette's Review:

If there are any authors that could get me to drop everything and read a secret book, it would be Jennifer L. Armentrout. Going in to From Blood and Ash, I had no idea what I was in for and, the more I read, the more I knew that the blurb in no way could've prepared me for what was to come. I'm going to be as vague as possible going forward (because: spoilers) but I will start by saying that this is Jennifer L. Armentrout's most jaw-dropping story to date. Packed with gasp-inducing revelations, pulse-pounding suspense, and nail-biting danger, From Blood and Ash is a high fantasy novel that's nothing short of epic.

With From Blood and Ash, Jennifer L. Armentrout crafts an intricate world of fantastical creatures and a rich, detailed history. As the Maiden awaiting her Ascension, our heroine, Poppy, is the hope of her kingdom. Veiled to conceal her identity and sheltered to protect her life, Poppy is this untouchable being, held to a higher standard and higher expectations because of who she is and what she represents. She’s fiercely independent, selflessly brave, and deceptively strong, but she's forced to hide these qualities by all but those closest to her. It isn't until she meets Hawke - a strikingly handsome, audaciously bold, and incorrigibly flirtatious new Royal Guard - that Poppy begins to voice some of the doubts that have been festering the closer she gets to her Ascension and indulge in her innermost feelings and desires.

Told through Poppy's point-of-view, From Ash and Blood is purposely mysterious, revealing bits and pieces of its mythology with each chapter. As a reader, becoming privy to each new truth revealed alongside Poppy makes the narrative that much more impactful. The storyline and these characters are not black and white, but more complex than you could possibly imagine. What Jennifer L. Armentrout does so brilliantly is create characters that are flawed, yet thoroughly compelling and endearing. But it wouldn't be a Jennifer L. Armentrout book without enough twists and turns to make you rethink everything you thought you knew.

With a deliciously slow-burning forbidden romance, characters that are multi-dimensional and completely riveting, and a narrative that’ll keep you on the proverbial edge of your seat from start to finish, From Blood and Ash is a must-read novel from Jennifer L. Armentrout. From what I could tell, this is only the beginning, and I can’t wait to find out what happens next.

*complimentary copy provided by author for an honest review

Rating: 5 Stars

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Beef Cake (Donner Bakery #4) by Jiffy Kate: Blog Tour Excerpt


Blurb:

If opposites do actually attract, then Gunnar Erickson and Frankie Reeves take the cake.

Frankie Reeves is complicated, even though she won’t admit it. She fills her days working as an ER nurse, taking care of her mom, and searching for the father she never knew. Anything else has no place in her perfectly compartmentalized, purposefully simple life. Attachments? No thank you. She has no time for that.

Gunnar Erickson recently moved to Green Valley to train at Viking MMA with his brother Cage. Being the youngest of the Erickson clan, he’s always felt like he has something to prove, and now that he’s finished with college, it’s his time to shine. But before he can step into the ring, a freak accident sends him to the ER and into the care of one Frankie Reeves.

While he’s immediately smitten, she pretends to be unfazed by this six-foot-three, two hundred and thirty-pound beefcake. Gunnar sets out to prove to Frankie that, not only does she like him more than she wants to admit, but he’s not the uneducated, brute she assumes he is. To Frankie, he’s the worst kind of complication, but that doesn’t make it easy to stay away.

‘Beef Cake’ is a full-length contemporary romance, can be read as a standalone, and is book #4 in the Donner Bakery series, Green Valley World, Penny Reid Book Universe.

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About Jiffy Kate:

Jiffy Kate is the joint pen name for Jiff Simpson and Jenny Kate Altman. They’re co-writing besties who share a brain. They also share a love of cute boys, stiff drinks, and fun times.

Together, they’ve written over twenty stories. Their first published book, Finding Focus, was released in November 2015. Since then, they’ve continued to write what they know–southern settings full of swoony heroes and strong heroines.



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“I wanted to see you,” I admit. There’s no sense in beating around the bush. If she doesn’t know I’m into her, then I really need to reevaluate my strategy, or up my game.

Opening the door, she turns her back to me and I see the way her shoulders lift then fall, and when she speaks, she sounds distracted. “Can you just—I can’t deal with this. I don’t have time to deal with you, okay? I'm not interested. Leave me alone.”

I feel my entire body deflate. She wants me to leave her alone, I’ll leave her alone. But since we’re here, talking, and this might be my last chance, a part of me I can’t ignore wants to make sure her disinterest isn’t because I’m a fighter.

“Okay. Fine. But do you mind if I ask why?” I get the feeling she has her guard up all the time. I get it, I do. She’s a beautiful woman, but it’s got to be exhausting. Somehow, I’d still like to prove that it’s not necessary with me.

She slowly turns back around. “Why what?” It’s obvious she’s trying to avoid answering, so I spell it out for her.

“Why aren’t you interested?” I ask, keeping it casual and relaxed as I take a step back until my back is flush with the side of the truck. I don’t want her to feel threatened or pressured, but I do want her to talk. So, I’m hoping if I give her a little space, she’ll open up.

“You can be honest, it’s cool.” I shrug. “I’m just looking for some constructive feedback here. So, do you not find me attractive?” I ask, unable to keep from smiling. “Or are you just not into blondes? Or muscles?” I continue, trying a more playful approach, and it works. The side of her mouth pulls as she fights back a smile, her cheeks heating.

“I—you know I find you attractive,” she mumbles reluctantly, the stain on her cheeks warming to red.

I nearly sigh in relief but stop myself, because this means her disinterest has its root in my fear. “Frankie,” I continue softly, “is it because I’m a fighter?”

Her gaze cuts to mine and she presses her lips together, and that’s all the answer I need. My stomach drops.

We stand there like that, watching each other, and she sways toward me, her eyes conflicted.

“Listen,” I tell her, sighing, putting my hands in my pockets. “Go on one date with me, pretend I’m a lawyer, a doctor—”

She snorts, rolling her eyes. “I wouldn’t go on a date with a doctor either.”

“Fine, pretend I’m a window washer.”

Now her lips twist to the side to hide a new smile.

“I promise I won’t talk about MMA or cage fighting. Just one date. If you’re still not interested, I’ll leave you alone. And I’ll leave you alone now if that’s really what you want. All I’m asking for is a chance . . .  and a date.”

She eyes me and I can tell she’s giving it some thought, which is hopeful.

Patiently, I wait for the final verdict, hoping it’s not a no.

“You’re incredibly persistent.” Still struggling with her smile, she sighs in mock exasperation.

Am I proud of the fact I’ve convinced her to give me a shot in such a short time? Yes. And no. Yes, because I set out to do something and nothing makes me happier than accomplishing a goal. No, because I hate that I had to do it in the first place. I’ve never had to convince someone to talk to me or go out with me. But her misconceptions about me based on what I do don’t sit right.

Thumbing my bottom lip, I give her a smirk. “I’ve been told my persistence is an attractive quality.”

She finally—fucking finally—fully smiles, and it’s everything. The sun, the moon, the stars. I swear it just lit up this dark-as-fuck parking lot. “Is that so?” Her tone is different. She’s losing the chill and I’m thinking there might be a warm, soft center under that thick layer of ice.

And, fuck if I don’t want to find out.

“Tomorrow morning,” she announces, interrupting the fantasy of her curves under my hands.

Wait. What?

“Morning?” I ask, not sure I heard her correctly. With the blood leaving my brain and flowing to my dick, it’s possible I wasn’t paying attention.

Crossing her arms, she copies my stance, leaning against her car. “Yes, tomorrow morning. Daisy’s Nut House. If we’re doing this, we’re doing it on my terms, and I’m busy. That’s my only offer. Take it or leave it.”

I get the feeling she thinks her offer is going to scare me off or change my mind, but she’s badly mistaken. “Tomorrow morning,” I confirm. “What time?” She could tell me two o’clock on the moon and I’d make that shit happen.

“Seven.”

Again, the quirk of her head tells me it’s a challenge. One I gladly accept.

“I’ll be there at six thirty,” I counter.

There’s an air of skepticism whirling around, but I’ll be happy to see her look of surprise when I’m sitting in the parking lot of Daisy’s Nut House tomorrow morning when she arrives. Shit, I might drive over there now and sleep in the truck, just to make sure I’m early.

Her laugh, although disbelieving, is music to my ears. It might also be my new favorite sound.


Shaking her head, she gets into her car without another word and I stay put, watching her buckle up and drive off. I’m pretty sure she stops and looks back at me before turning out on the street. Could be my wishful thinking, but I’m going to roll with it.

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Wednesday, March 25, 2020

HUGE 99 Cents Sale from Entangled: Part 2!


I found so many new 99 cents sales from Entangled that I figured I should make a separate post! These are only on sale for a limited time so grab them ASAP!

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