Wednesday, January 17, 2024

Release Blitz for Sawyer Bennett's Boone


New Release from Sawyer Bennett Boone (Pittsburgh Titans, Book #11)

Sawyer has FIVE signed paperbacks of Boone up for grabs on her website! If you'd like your chance at a copy, visit: https://sawyerbennett.com/giveaways/boone/ (ends 1/23/2024)


Synopsis:

Boone Rivers uses his fame and fortune as a professional hockey player to his advantage, but not in the way most people would think. Volunteering as often as his busy schedule will allow, Boone meets one brave young boy who turns his world upside down. As a first-line right winger for the Pittsburgh Titans, I thrive on the thrill of the game. I live for the smell of the ice, the cheer of the crowd and the way my heart pounds whenever I step into the arena. But once I’m out of my skates, my focus is on giving back to the city of Pittsburgh. It’s funny how life puts people in your path. I meet Aiden while visiting the children’s hospital and I’m struck by the strength and resilience of this 12-year-old kid fighting for his life. As my visits continue, we bond over video games and hockey until one day Aiden’s older sister walks into his room and I realize there might be a bigger purpose here. Lilly Hoffman has the weight of the world resting on her slight shoulders. Aiden’s illness isn’t getting better, she’s at risk of losing her job and their father is looking for the answers to his prayers at the bottom of a liquor bottle. I find myself wanting to lessen Lilly’s burden and what starts as a simple act of friendship turns into so much more. As we grow closer, I can’t help but fall for this fiercely protective and independent woman with a tender heart and bruised but not yet broken spirit. As we face a future of never-ending uncertainty, I vow to be Lilly’s source of strength and comfort. Lilly and Aiden have reaffirmed to me the importance of giving and receiving love unconditionally, even in the darkest of times. And no matter what happens next, no one can take that from us. 💚 Boone contains subject matter that may be sensitive to some readers. If you would like additional details, please visit https://bit.ly/TW_Boone

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New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestselling author Sawyer Bennett uses real life experience to create relatable stories that appeal to a wide array of readers. From contemporary romance, fantasy romance, and both women’s and general fiction, Sawyer writes something for just about everyone. A former trial lawyer from North Carolina, when she is not bringing fiction to life, Sawyer is a chauffeur, stylist, chef, maid, and personal assistant to her very adorable daughter, as well as full-time servant to her wonderfully naughty dogs. If you’d like to receive a notification when Sawyer releases a new book, sign up for her newsletter (sawyerbennett.com/signup).

 

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5 Star Review by Trinette Dungee 

Boone Rivers is a good hockey player, a good friend, a good son, a good brother; he’s an all-around good guy. He even spends a good portion of his free time volunteering at the local hospital. When Boone meets Aiden Hoffman, there’s something about this young kid that strikes a chord with him as Aiden’s future becomes more and more uncertain Boone finds himself wrapped up not on with Aiden’s life, but with his father’s and his sister Lilly’s as well. Especially Lilly. Boone sees how Lilly caries the bulk of her family’s burden on her shoulders, and he makes it his mission to lessen that burden as much as possible.

Lilly Hoffman is primary caretaker not only to her little brother, but her family which includes her alcoholic father and the family business. Lilly has no idea what it’s like to have a life of her own or to be taken care of until she meets Boone Rivers, the Titan hockey player who visits her little brother where he’s a patient in the children’s Cancer ward. Within days of meeting him, Boone has shown Lilly what it’s like to have a shoulder to lean on and more importantly that it’s okay to lean. 


After ten books of living the lives of hockey players recovering from or coping with the aftermath of a fateful plane crash, who would have thought book number eleven would be the one to completely shred my heart. 

I made two mistakes when reading this story. 

  1. I NEVER read the summary blurb with a series. I don’t want to know what the next actual story will be; I just want to know who the main character(s) will be. Honestly, in a series you can kind of figure out from the end of one storyline who the next storyline will be about.  That was the case with Boone. At some point in Van2 it was obvious the next storyline would be Boone’s and it would involve this kid Aiden. But I went against my better judgement and read the summary. 
  2. I NEVER read the authors notes BEFORE reading the story. I always save this for the end. Not this time, I read it and from what was said I was immediately on edge because I knew there was going to be some real emotional stuff to deal with.

These two things had me totally on edge and my anxiety level through the roof because I knew something horrible was going to happen (as expected), but I now suffered through these characters living day to day with them knowing they had a tough road ahead of them, but me knowing it was going to devastate them beyond belief. 

I give a lot of three-star reviews, and quite a few four stars. I don’t give many five-stars. This one received five stars for so many reasons One reason being the way the characters were written. 

Most times when a story is written with a terminal character, especially a child, the characters a written with this sort of dark cloud attitude. Which I don’t believe is the case in actual life at least in my experience. As sick as he was, Aiden was full of life. He was a typical eleven-year-old kid. Cancer was what he was battling, not who he was. 

Lily had a lot on her plate, but she didn’t come off as “oh woe is me”, or needy. While there were things she wanted/wished for she wasn’t completely down and out, she just handled her business, almost like autopilot. It was day by day for her. 

Even Lilly and Aiden’s father Steven with his struggles with alcohol addiction. He wasn’t written as less than a man. He was definitely functioning alcoholic, but he wasn’t written as a disappointment. I think what I appreciated most about Steven and Boone’s relationship was Boone didn’t placate him. He said what he said and that was it. If Steven screwed up Boone didn’t sugar coat anything with him. He simply confirmed that it was a screw up and he needed to do better. 

The main reason this book received five stars was the visceral reactions I had while reading. When I read, I often have what I call a movie reel in my head. As I’m reading the visual is like I’m watching a moving screen. For this book, there were times when I felt like I wasn’t just watching a movie screen, but more like I was in the actual room. I felt like I was physically present.

When Boone had his breakdown moment and he described how he felt; the feeling in his chest, the tightening of his throat, I felt that physically. 

My grandfather passed away in February 1994. I, along with many family members were in the room with him until the very end. The experience was something that made me say “I will never do that again”. Well, with that being said, Sawyer was like “hold my beer”. The final scenes with Aiden, especially Lily’s description of his breathing and final breaths had me right back in that hospital room with my grandfather. I was experiencing/witnessing someone taking their last breaths again. The smells, the sounds, the tension in the air it was like being there in the room with these characters. There are very few books that have given me such a feeling. 

I also appreciated the way Lily was written at the end. There was no downward spiral, no blaming the world, no self-isolation. You just knew it was her dealing day by day and moving forward. 

In general, for such a sad topic, this story wasn’t written so drama-based, it was written from a very realistic view. 

I did something a little different with this story. I flipped back and forth between the book and audio versions. The narrators for Boone are Stella Hunter and Jeremy York. 

I’m a big Stella Hunter fan and enjoyed her as Lilly. I’ve listened to a few Jeremy York recordings and while I like him, I didn’t think he was a great fit for Boone. If I had to recommend one or the other, I would say this one is best experienced as a visual read. 

All I can say one hundred percent certainty, is have a box of (or three) tissues nearby and your therapist on speed dial, because after this read you’re going to need them.





Sunday, January 14, 2024

Release Blitz for Vi Keeland's What Happens at the Lake




Title: What Happens at the Lake
Author: Vi Keeland
Genre: Standalone Contemporary Romance
Trope: Grumpy-Sunshine
Release Date: January 15, 2024


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When life took an unexpected turn, I decided to get out of New York for a while. What better place to go than the idyllic small town my father spoke about so fondly when I was growing up? Laurel Lake held the title America’s Friendliest Town for seventeen years running, and friendly was just what I needed right now.

Unfortunately, friendly wasn’t the welcome I got when I arrived.

Instead, I got Fox Cassidy. My tall, dark, and burly neighbor, who grunted at me instead of saying hello.

Okay, so I might’ve had his mailbox in my hands the first time we met. And it might’ve been a little crushed after removing it from under my tire. And I might’ve needed his help breaking into the place I was staying in after the key broke off in the lock. But still…he didn’t have to be so grumpy.

As time went on though, I started to notice things about Fox other than his glares. Like how he watched me when he thought I wasn’t looking, or how fire ignited in his eyes whenever we bickered. Though I was in Laurel Lake to escape my problems, not create new ones. And getting involved with a man like Fox screamed trouble, even if he was gorgeous and unlike any man I’d ever met.

But alas, problem seemed to be my middle name this year. So why not have some fun while I was here for the summer? It seemed like a good plan. At least until it was time to go home…

They say what happens at the lake, stays at the lake. But it’s not so easy to walk away when what stays behind…is your heart.







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I enjoy a small town romance and this one fit my needs. Josie Preston is ready for a change. She's gone through a hard time and wants to just get away from everything. Years ago, her father died and left her a house in Laurel Lake. She's had a renter living there for years, but she is no longer there. Little did Josie know, the former renter was a hoarder and the house is falling apart. She has her work cut out for her, but that's okay with her. She's looking to do a lot of work herself. (with lots of help from Youtube) Josie feels comfortable in this little town, she's had a certain connection to many residents for years. (no spoilers here!)

What she's not expecting to find is a grumpy neighbor. Fox Cassidy is like an enigma-gorgeous to look at but prickly as all hell. To give the devil his due, Josie ran over his mail box and ruined it. He doesn't suffer fools lightly and he's not sure what to make of this woman. He doubts she's going to be able to fix up that eye sore, not without a contractor, but she's adamant that she can make a go of it. 

Both Josie and Fox are wary of romance-both were burnt in the past and neither is chumping at the bit to give romance a chance any time soon. There are lots of funny scenes in this story, any time there is a house falling apart and wayward animals, there is sure to be more than a few laughs. 

Both their pasts seem to collide with their presents, can they overcome those challenges? There's a little bit of drama, some mild angst between the two. To be honest, I wish there had been more, nothing keeps me interested more than a few stomach drops and secrets revealed. This one didn't have too many moments that made my stomach do somersaults. 

All in all, What Happens at the Lake is an easy read, likeable with good characters who deserve to find their happily ever afters. 












































Saturday, November 11, 2023

Release Blitz for Penelope Ward and Vi Keeland's The Rules of Dating My One Night Stand




Title: The Rules of Dating My One-Night Stand
Authors: Penelope Ward & Vi Keeland
Genre: Standalone Contemporary Romance
Release Date: November 12, 2023


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Rule number one for having a one-night stand: Don’t fall for the girl.
After a lengthy dating slump, I finally met someone who sparked my interest.
Well, first the sparks flew when we argued. Later in the evening those sparks ignited into something more.
I was drawn to Devyn, in a way I hadn’t felt in a really long time.
Needless to say, I was disappointed when she abruptly left after our amazing night together.
I couldn’t stop thinking about her. But she hadn’t even given me her number.
In a city with eight-million people, I figured I’d never see Devyn again.
So imagine my surprise when I knocked on the door of an apartment in the building I lived in, and none other than my one-night stand stood on the other side.
If I thought Devyn didn’t want anything to do with me before, that was nothing compared to how she felt after finding out I was the landlord and she was about to be evicted…
And that was just the first surprise that would rock my world when it came to the mystery woman in apartment 410.








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Vi Keeland is a #1 New York Times, #1 Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author. With millions of books sold, her titles are currently translated in twenty-seven languages and have appeared on bestseller lists in the US, Germany, Brazil, Bulgaria and Hungary. Three of her short stories have been turned into films by Passionflix, and two of her books are currently optioned for movies. She resides in New York with her husband and their three children where she is living out her own happily ever after with the boy she met at age six.




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Lisa Kane's 4.5 Star Review!


Owen Dawson had an amazing one night stand with a gorgeous boho girl. But then she ghosted him and he was left with nothing but longing for more. Imagine his surprise when he knocks on a tenant's door to answer other tenants' complaints about excessive noise and who answers? Yep, his tenant is his one night stand. 

Devyn Marks has her hands full. Her mother has skipped out again and she had to fly to New York from her home in California to take care of her two teenage siblings. Hannah and Heath are more than a handful-they are borderline juvenile delinquents. They crave attention so badly that they'll act out crying for any attention, bad or good. Devyn is exhausted and at her wits end. 

Owen feels compelled to help Devyn, he might be attracted to her, but she's a good person who is drowning with all her responsibilities. Devyn has learned not to trust most people, her mother showed her over and over again that people leave and Devyn has only herself to trust. 

The other characters from The Law of Opposites Attract series are in this story too. Their lives have changed so much since the series started. Most are married and have children. They give full credit to Ryan, their friend who passed away and left them the inheritance that enabled them to buy the apartment building where they live. He does seem to watch over them and stirs the pot for their futures. A mischievous guardian angel. 

Now if you've read any previous books from this dynamic duo you know there are going to be a few hiccups thrown in. In this case, a couple of stomach plummets. But keep reading. How great could a story be without angst and drama? 

TROD My One Night Stand is a great addition to the series. It introduced a few new characters so there is plenty of opportunity for a lot more books to keep it going! 

Tuesday, September 26, 2023

Release Blitz for RS Grey's Mr Big Shot





Biting banter, fake relationships, and illicit workplace rendezvous--

anything goes in this romantic comedy from USA Today bestselling

author R.S. Grey.


While most little girls grow up idolizing Ariel or Belle, I was banging a plastic gavel

and pretending to be Judge Judy. I spent my summers divorcing Barbie and Ken and

splitting their Dreamhouse assets. Now, my goal to become the very best acquisitions

lawyer at the top firm in Chicago is within reach.

I'm one month into my big-girl job at Elwood Hoyt, venti Starbucks in hand, ready to

take on the day. The sleek elevator doors are about to close...then he steps in after me.

Hudson Rhodes—the one senior partner I was told to avoid at all costs—just so happens

to be the heartless villain I'm assigned to work under.

Ever since he found out who I am—the Scarlett Elwood—we've been enemies, the sort

who constantly bicker and bark, take jabs in the boardroom, and occasionally pop up

shirtless in each other's steamy dreams. Y'know, that kind. He has to know I could run

to my dad at any time and demand his firing, but his confident smirk says he knows I'd

never give him the satisfaction.

The elevator chimes as we reach our floor, and I feel his broad shoulders pull even with

mine. Fury mixes with fear, hatred with lust. He turns to briefly hold my gaze

before confidently stepping out in front. His message is clear:

If I want to reach my goal, I'm going to have to go through him first.



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Lisa Kane's 5 Star Review!

I love this author's works. I've ready every title she's released and some stand out from the bunch. This one belongs with that category. 

Scarlett Elwood is about to start her first day at the law firm of Elwood Hoyt. That's right-her father is one of the owners. People have always believed that she's gotten where she is because of her father, and although that didn't hurt-she really worked her butt off in law school and is a damn good attorney. 

Practically her whole family has some connection to the firm. On her first day her brother offers some advice-stay clear of Hudson Rhodes. He's a hot shot partner, whose life revolves around his career. On that same first day, Anders Elwood gives Hudson Rhodes an order-to put Scarlett on his team and to go easy on her. Talk about giving Hudson a reason to paint a target on Scarlett's back! 

Scarlett is originally assigned to a different team to work under-that is until Hudson has her assigned to his team. He thinks she's beautiful, but owes her position to nepotism. The two share some sparks, a lot of chemistry and a few misconceptions about each other. 

Scarlett is an over achiever and works harder than any of the other first year team lawyers. They all share a distain for her and like any good school yard bullies, they shun her, and won't let her join in any reindeer games. It might sting, but Scarlett isn't going to let their whispers and harsh words affect her. 

Besides her job, she has a rather lack luster relationship with her boyfriend Jasper. Talk about a total bore. I kept thinking Drop This Loser and get a little something something going with the gorgeous Hudson. 

There's lots of legal action and a little action happening between Scarlett and Hudson too. He is more consumed than Scarlett with his career-he is determined to make Senior Partner. Nothing can interfere with that plan. 

Sometimes life doesn't go according to our plans. Both Hudson and Scarlett find themselves struggling to hide their feelings. But rules and the law can't stop love. It's only fitting that the division of the firm where Scarlett and Hudson work is mergers and acquisitions. Now doesn't that just figure? 




 

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