Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Release Blitz: Riggs by Sawyer Bennett

Riggs (Arizona Vengeance, Book #11) Sawyer Bennett Release Date: October 26, 2021



Known as the team loner, Riggs Nadeau gives his all on the ice, but nothing extra off it. A beautiful stranger is about to cause chaos in his very structured world. As a professional hockey player, people think I live a charmed life. On the surface, I do. But they don’t know the horrors of my childhood, or the real reason that I have custody of my seventeen-year-old sister, Janelle. And that’s exactly the way I like it. They may think I’m a prick because I don’t like to share, but that’s fine. They don’t know me, and they don’t need to. In an effort to help Janelle get settled in Phoenix and stay out of trouble at school, I set her up with a job at Clarke’s Corner, the local bookstore owned by the girlfriend of a teammate. It’s there that she makes friends with Veronica Woodley, the extremely annoying, arrogant, money-hungry divorcee who I don’t want anywhere near my sister. Janelle insists I’m completely wrong about Veronica, but I refuse to accept that. I have to keep reminding myself that that the gorgeous blond with legs for days is off limits. Through a series of events, I start to see Veronica for what she really is—an amazing woman who has survived her own hell to come out even stronger. I have to admit, we’re more alike than not and the attraction between us burns hot. Maybe I was all wrong about my ability to love and commit, but when the past comes back to haunt me, can I be the man that Veronica, and Janelle, deserve?

4 stars
Review by Trinette Dungee

I growl, “We’re exclusive. If you’re fu#*ing me, you’re not seeing anybody else Not to fu#*, not to date. Got it?” she looks exasperated. “I don’t think..."  I kiss her again. When I pull back, this time she’s smiling. Tipping he head so our eyes lock, she murmurs. “Fine. I got it.”

Riggs Nadeau’s life has taken a drastic turn in the last few months. One minute he was living the life playing with the San Francisco Renegades, and the next, he’s living in Arizona Playing for the Vengeance and on top of adjusting to a new team, he is now the guardian of his teenage sister. While Janelle is not a problem kid, he knows she’s been through a lot and he has to do his best to be the best guardian he can be and keep her safe. Riggs is a loner, but he really doesn’t want to be. With his former team he was social, he was friendly, he was a part of the “Team”. Now with his sister in his life full time opening himself to his new team is hard. Although they seem like a good group and they could be good for him and Janelle, he’s still very cautious of whom he lets in. When she befriends Veronica Woodley, an extremely wealthy divorcee who appears to be very materialistic and all about money his senses go on alert, because with their background that’s the last type of person he wants to have influence on his sister.

Veronica Woodley is a woman on a mission. She’s determined to distance herself from the life she once had with her ex. Finally, free from the stifling self-absorbed life, she has set her path to rediscover the person she once was, and the woman she knows she wants to be. Veronica’s marriage did a number on her. It stripped her of the person she used to be, to being judged, and thought of as high maintenance, self-absorbed and all about the money. It’s never really bothered her before because the people who know her, truly know who she is; however, Riggs’ snap judgment of her irks her to no end and if there’s one person she’d like to prove wrong is him. Especially since she really enjoys spending time with his sister Janelle. 

Riggs’ and Veronica’s first encounter was a little less than polite to say the least, but the sexual tension was there in spades. After his little sister hands him his butt and explains how wrong he is about Veronica, Riggs finds himself more intrigued by her. Because they both care about Janelle and want to make her happy they try to be civil to each other, but the minute the two are in each other’s presence the snipping and snapping begins. Until that one day when one of them gives into that little thing called temptation. 

Ooh, look at the fancy, rich lady using fancy, rich words.” Fancy? Rich words? “Listen, motherfucker- “That’s as much as I get out – an effort to show him I can be course-when his arms come to my shoulders and he snatches me again him. His mouth collides with mine, and there is no holding back the groan of pleasure that rips out of my throat from on his taste and touch. And, oh how, can the man kiss.  “That was eye-opening. At least now I know how to shut you up”.

To say I laughed at Veronica’s response would be completely inaccurate, I HOLLERED! I wasn’t expecting it, but I damned sure enjoyed it. It’s one of the things I love about how Sawyer write’s her female characters, they have spunk and can be snarky as hell!!!!

Riggs and Veronica agree on a few things, one being they are most definitely sexually attracted to each other, neither is looking for anything serious or long term, and that they are both adults and can handle a strictly physical relationship without getting attached. As they move into this “physical relationship”, we learn that they are both much deeper people. Veronica is more than just her bank account, designer clothes, and a pretty face. She’s intelligent, caring, selfless and in need of love from a good guy. Riggs isn’t as closed off as he wants people to think, he’s a person who feels deep, and while he won’t admit it needs a circle, along with the love a good woman. Watching the relationship between these two unfold was the best. It just seemed to fall into place for the two of them. It was just so…. right. That’s not to say they didn’t hit a few snags here and there. 

One would think with his past/up bringing that Riggs would be this hard-shelled person (and that’s what he’d like everyone to think), but he’s more in touch with his feelings/emotions that he though. He’s something of a romantic in an odd kind of way. On of my favorite lines from him…..

I try to reorganize my thoughts because I came in here thinking one thing, and one thing only. I would look back on my life one day and remember the exact moment I started to fall for Veronica Woodley.  It was when Janelle told me what Veronica had done to protect her. And now it’s solidified. That was the very beginning, but after what Veronica just did for me, taking care of me when she was the one assaulted today while protecting my sister, I’m pretty sure I’ve fallen all the way

From the first mention of both characters in previous books I’ve been interested in them. Especially Riggs and on some level, I knew I’d be a fan. I must admit, when I first encountered Veronica, I wasn’t too sure about her, but this book changed that. It wasn’t just Riggs and Veronica, I was a huge fan of Janelle's too. 

In true Sawyer fashion, there’s always a sneak peek of what’s to come, and Baden's story is what’s coming up next. Although he has obstacles of his own being severely injured and getting through his recovery, he was instrumental in Riggs’ development. The last chapter in Riggs throws a curve ball that I don’t think Sawyer’s ever thrown before. It literally had me staring at the page like “what the hell did I just read”, so brace yourself for the ending of Riggs and prepare yourself for what Baden’s going to do to all of us!  


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About the Author:

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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Monday, October 25, 2021

Release Blitz: Well Played by Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward

Title: Well Played
Authors: Vi Keeland & Penelope Ward
Genre: Standalone Contemporary Romance
Release Date: October 25, 2021


It all started with a bet.
When my young son inherited half of his great grandfather’s historic inn, I decided to move us both to the place where I grew up.
Notice I said half of the Inn. The other half now belonged to Levi Miller, the famous quarterback who had other ideas about what we should do with the property.
We won’t mention that I accidentally injured him during our first meeting, causing him to get eight stitches.
You could say we got off on the wrong foot.
We bickered a lot as we both moved into the property while we figured things out.
He wanted to unload the rundown place which, admittedly, needed a lot of work.
I wanted to restore The Palm Inn to its original beauty and re-open it as a bed and breakfast.
We couldn’t agree on anything. So Levi made me a proposal. One he thought I would surely lose. If I could sell out the place by the time he had to leave for training at the end of summer, he would back off and let me run it.
But in the weeks that followed, we got more than we bargained for while we were living under the same roof.
Levi and I got closer, and before I knew it, my nightly fantasies about the brawny Adonis became a reality. Not to mention, he was so great with my son.
We were in over our heads in more ways than one.
Because not only was he the last man on Earth I should be falling for because of our deal, but Levi was also my ex’s older brother.
And now the inn was the least of my problems.

4 stars

Review by Lisa Kane

Presley’s son Alex inherited a worn dilapidated former inn- The Palm Inn from his great grandfather, Thatcher. He holds a special place in Presley’s heart and she sees such potential in the building. She thinks with an infusion of cash and hard work, it could be a successful bed and breakfast. She wouldn’t have moved her son from their life in New York to Beaufort if she didn’t believe it was a possibility. Just one problem-Alex owns 50%, the other half is owned by Levi Miller, Alex’s uncle. The brother of Presley’s ex. 

The first meeting of Presley and Levi (they haven’t seen each other in a long time) has a few glitches. And just might have resulted in some stitches. Levi has an attitude regarding Presley. He seems to believe that she dumped his brother Tanner when he was injured. That she’s the villain in all of this drama. He’s obviously been living under a rock or he would know that his good for nothing brother barely bothered to see his son when they were living in New York and chances are he won’t bother now. 

Levi Miller is the star player for the Broncos. Football is in the Millers’ blood. Their father was with the NFL for fifteen years and Tanner had been a second round pick in the NFL, before an injury sidelined his dreams. There’s always been a rivalry between Levi and Tanner, especially since Levi’s star rose and Tanner’s sunk to the bottom of the ocean. 

There’s a spark between Levi and Presley but first some misunderstandings need to be cleared up. They also are night and day on the future of the inn. Levi wants to sell it to a developer for a nice tidy sum. He can’t see the potential of it as a B & B. So Levi comes up with a propostion-if Presley is able to sell out the inn before the end of the summer when he leaves for football camp, he would step back and let her run the business. 

This is one summer to remember. None of the above contains spoilers. I won’t divulge any of the actual story line of the book. You can figure out the rest- two adults, both unattached and attracted to each other. But the fly in the ointment-Levi is Tanner’s brother. There is no way that anything can come of their relationship. Forget about how they feel about each other, or how great Levi is with Alex, it’s a non started right? 

Let me say this, I lost my patience with Levi on more than one occasion. Presley and Tanner broke up six years ago. Six years. That forbidden aspect of their relationship didn’t seem like a problem that couldn’t be solved, but I thought that too much was made of that given Tanner is such a douche and really doesn’t warrant the consideration both seemed to give to him. 

Be that as it may, there is enough humor and steam and chemistry to keep you interested in the story line.  The writing duo of Ward and Keeland keep penning consistently solid books worth reading. They write so seamlessly that it’s difficult to know what parts were written by which author. That’s great writing from a duo- dialogue that flows as if there was one author and not two. 



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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 have appeared in over a hundred Bestseller lists and are currently translated in twenty-five languages. 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.


Penelope Ward is a New York Times, USA Today and #1 Wall Street Journal bestselling author of contemporary romance. 

She grew up in Boston with five older brothers and spent most of her twenties as a television news anchor. Penelope resides in Rhode Island with her husband, son, and beautiful daughter with autism. 

With over two million books sold, she is a 21-time New York Times bestseller and the author of over twenty novels. Her books have been translated into over a dozen languages and can be found in bookstores around the world.

Cover Reveal: Blue Love b y MJ Fields


Blue Love, by USA Today bestselling author MJ Fields, is the first book in the Blue Valley Series and will be releasing on October 28th! This is a highly emotional, passionate and very real love story! Check out this gorgeous cover!

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Blue Love - Blue Valley High Senior Year

He’s the boy you hate to love, and love to hate.


Lucas, the star quarterback, seems to have it all—super star athletic abilities, expensive clothes, cars, and women who will stop at nothing to be his, if only for a night.


Tessa is a young woman who lives her life always doing what is right. She tries desperately to hold herself accountable to the demanding expectations of her family, and everyone around her, while remaining virtuous.


However, when two worlds collide, sparks fly and ignite in a fiery passion that neither Lucas nor especially Tessa are ready for.


A troubled home life is exposed. Past flings fight for attention. Exes wreak havoc. And the odds continue to stack up against them.


Will the fire and passion of first love win, or will it destroy them? 



The Blue Valley series is not your typical love story. It is a journey through one’s past … a story resembling someone close to you.

It’s our story.


Warning: Highly Emotional!

This book contains volatile characters in real-life situations that may be triggers to some readers.


This is love, not a fairy tale.

* PLEASE NOTE: this series was previously released as The Love series (MJ's very first works) and has been through a complete rewrite, which consists of a change from narrative to first person/ dual POV and forty thousand words worth of new content. *

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Friday, October 8, 2021

Cover Reveal: Bad Cruz by LJ Shen

Bad Cruz, an all-new much anticipated rom com from Wall Street Journal bestselling author L.J. Shen is coming November 10th and we have the cover that will give you all the feels!

From Wall Street Journal bestselling author L.J. Shen comes a romantic comedy that will make you fall in love…or at least stumble your way to it, laughing.

I would say Dr. Cruz Costello is my archenemy.
But that would require acknowledging one another, which we haven’t done in over a decade.

He’s the town’s golden child. The beloved quarterback-turned-physician.
I’m the girl who got knocked up at sixteen and now works at a diner.

He is Fairhope royalty.
I get my monarch dose from tabloid gossip.

He’s well-off.
I’m…well, off.

When our siblings get engaged, Cruz’s parents invite both families to a pre-wedding cruise.
Except Cruz and I find ourselves stuck on a different ship from everyone else.
Cue ten horrible, insufferable days at sea with a man I cannot stand.
(My fault, of course.)
But when the alcohol pours in, the secrets spill out, and I’m left with one question:
Can I take another chance on love?

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Cover Reveal: The Reindeer Falls Collection Volume 2 by Jana Aston


Are you ready to head back to Reindeer Falls?

Jana Aston is putting the ho ho ho back in Christmas with her return to Reindeer Falls with 3 all new stories coming this November!!! Check out these magical covers and get your hot cocoas ready to get lost in a Christmas wonderland!




Release Date: November 4th





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My name is Ryan Sheppard and I don’t care about Christmas. I’m only returning to my over-the-top Christmas-themed hometown to sell the house I inherited from my late uncle so I can get back to the city and the promotion I’m chasing at work.

Unfortunately, there’s a flaw in my plan.

Because according to the town Christmas cop, there’s a moratorium on selling houses during December. She says it’s bad for the aesthetic. She’s also slapping an alarming number of tickets on my front door. For being in violation of holiday décor. And I swear on Rudolph himself, one is for ‘unsportsmanlike Christmassing.’

To top it all off, this Christmas cop looks like a red-headed elf.

A sexy red-headed elf…




Release Date: November 11th





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My name is Jake Sheppard and I’m ambivalent about Christmas and the Christmas-themed town I grew up in. But when I find out my late uncle left me an old barn and acres of land, the decision to return home to build my dream golf course is an easy one.

Imagine my surprise when I arrive and find out I have a squatter.

An incredibly sexy squatter, with wavy blonde hair, green eyes, a free spirit… and a herd of goats.

Lexi hates my guts. Apparently evicting a non-paying non-tenant and her goats weeks before Christmas is grounds for war.

Except Lexi’s version of war includes flinging her clothing at me and, as it turns out, I might be in way over my head with this girl…




Release Date: November 18th





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My name is Carter Sheppard and I actually like Christmas and my Christmas-themed hometown of Reindeer Falls. In fact, when I learn I have to return home in order to collect an inheritance—my uncle’s dog—it puts life into perspective for me.

Sure, playing professional baseball is great. But it won’t last forever and every player needs a long-term game plan.

And I just found mine. Wrapped up in the feisty, bespectacled package of the town librarian.

Unfortunately, she thinks I’m a player in all aspects of the word, but I’ve got a plan to win her over. Starting with a fake engagement…



About the Author:

Jana Aston likes cats, big coffee cups and books about billionaires who deflower virgins. She wrote her debut novel while fielding customer service calls about electrical bills, and she's ever grateful for the fictional gynecologist in Wrong that readers embraced so much she was able to make working in her pajamas a reality. Jana’s novels have appeared on the NYT, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestseller lists, some multiple times. She likes multiples.


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