Sunday, November 19, 2017

Release Blitz: One Shot by BJ Harvey

Title: One Shot
Series: Chances #1
Author: BJ Harvey
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: November 16, 2017

Boy meets girl, boy wins girl, boy nails girl—boy’s gone by morning.

I think for sure it must've been a dream because there’s no way a guy could look like that, touch me like that and be so in tune with me on every known level, and disappear, leaving me with nothing but a good story to tell my friends.

When he walks into my bar three months later, everything I thought I knew and what we’d had disappears in the blink of an eye and the blinding light of the three-carat diamond on his fiancée's hand.

It seems what I thought was a dream is now my most complicated reality, and I've got absolutely no idea how to fix it - or if I even want to.

4.5 stars
Review by Lisa Kane

There is nothing that gets my engine revved up like an angsty read! 

Kenzie Sharp tends bar at the Shining Light Bar and Brasseries in California and wards off the advances of the jerks she seems to meet while working. But one night she meets a guy whose advances she doesn’t want to ward off. They flirt, they engage in lots of eye fu*#king, and they barely restrain themselves from jumping each other’s bones, right in the middle of the bar. 

“Any future pretend grandchildren of ours would know never to doubt the words coming from their pop’s mouth.” 

But he’s gonna have to work for it. She tells him if he’s really interested in her, he’s going to have to come back again and she’ll see where things go. 

“You’ve won this round, Beautiful, but I’m a persistent man. I will be back to try again,” he warns. 

But Kenzie is cautious, how well does she know Millen Ross? Can you trust someone who is practically a complete stranger?

“Are you single?”
“Do you think I would’ve come back to see you tonight, stayed till closing talking to an old guy about his days working on the railway, and be driving you home to be if I was seeing someone?”

Oh and he does come back…It’s inevitable that these two were going to tear up the sheets.

“Best weekend ever.”
His grin widens. “And we’re just getting started.” 

Radio silence. No word for three months. Who hasn’t been ghosted? It sucks and it hurts and it frustrates. But Kenzie has no choice but to move on. She has Drew, her friend with benefits. It’s nowhere near what she had with Millen and guess what, that’s just what she’s looking for…right up until her worst nightmare comes a calling.

If there’s one person Kenzie can’t stand it’s Lana Mason. 

Lana fucking Mason, childhood best friend turned high school nemesis and arch enemy, and…

Lana can’t wait to introduce her to her fiancé guessed it…Millen Ross. Turns out he’s best friends with Drew. Can this get any worse? 

Oh yeah, it’s going to get a lot worse. So just about now I am hating Millen. He said he was single. He seemed like he was really sincere. Lots of name calling is going on right now, it might be in my head, but believe me it’s going on. Why should I give this guy a chance?

One Shot is an all you can eat angst buffet for me! Just when I think maybe there is a reason for Millen’s betrayal I get shot through the heart again. I could wring Kenzie’s neck-this girl makes some pathetic choices and sabotages her own life repeatedly. And don’t get me started on Millen. One seat belt isn’t enough for this bumpy ride. You better get one of those harness things they use for roller coasters ‘cause you’re gonna need it. Hang on, keep reading and ride this baby out! 

“It’s a beautiful pain that’s always worth it if you’re both willing to work to make things right.”

Present Day

I have tingles, and not the kind that feel great in all the right places. The ones I’m feeling right now are the hair-standing-up-on-the-back-of-your-neck, someone-walking-over-your-grave kind of feelings that you get when something bad is about to happen.

Unable to ignore them any longer, I turn around from my stock take sheet and come face to face with my worst nightmare.

Lana fucking Mason, childhood best friend turned high school nemesis and arch enemy, and…

A man stands beside her, his eyes as wide as mine and—if I’m not mistaken—he looks kind of pissed off. At me.

And just like that, this moment has just gone from bad to worse.

Hold on! I’m the one who should be annoyed, with him. It wasn’t me who did a disappearing act three months ago, and now he’s here, standing with her. Of all the fish in the sea, he had to go for the smelliest, rottenest one.

“Kenzie,” she says, all saccharine sweet, like she wouldn’t choke on the first dick that came close to her perfectly-made-up lips. “Long time no see.”

Forever wouldn’t have been long enough, Lana.

“We were in town running errands and thought we’d stop by. I wanted to let you know what I’ve been up to.” Without preamble, she holds out her hand as if she’s the Queen of Sheba and I’m a lowly minion at her bidding. But that’s the last thing I care about, given that I’m being blinded by a huge, shiny rock on her ring finger.

What in the ever-loving fuck?

I don’t get a chance to hide my surprise, or the fact that my eyes dart to Millen, his jaw twitching like crazy, his grey eyes that I remember turning molten with lust now blazing with some unreadable emotion.

Why is he angry at me when he must’ve known that I’d be here?

Lana turns her head and beams at him all doe-eyed and vomit-inducing, reaching out her arm to Millen before returning her attention to me, positioning herself to deliver the final death blow.

Then she says them. The words I don’t want to hear—let alone believe.

“I have amazing news. First, my daddy just bought this place. And second, meet Millen, my fiancé…”

Yep. Dead. Done. The see-ya-later, don’t-let-the-door-hit-your-ass-on-the-way-out kind of done.

Then Drew walks through the front door. Drew who warms my bed most nights. Finally, a friendly face.

However, one look at Lana’s expression and I know this moment has just gone from bad to plain awkward. It’s like the universe is making a joke at my expense.

Drew’s already big smile grows impossibly larger when he spots the two people standing in front of me.

“Mills!” he says, pulling Millen into a man-hug the likes of which I’ve never seen Drew hand out before. He turns to the she-bitch and wraps his arms around her too. “Lans.”


“What are you guys doing here?” Drew asks.

“You know them?” I blurt out, my brain unable to engage quick enough to care about putting a filter in place.

Millen’s eyes snap to Drew then back to me. “You know Drew?” he asks at the same time as Lana juts a hip to the side and asks Drew, “You know Kenzie?”

“Millen is my best friend from college,” Drew happily informs me, and his smile falls at the same time that all of the blood rushes from my face.

Awkward, meet Mortifying. Also here are Shame, Embarrassment, Anger, Disgust, and over in the corner there is Complete and Utter Confusion and her friend I’m Going to Have to Move to the States and Join a Women-Only Commune with Cats and Unlimited Batteries.

With nothing else to say—at least, nothing that wouldn’t take a bottle of Jack and a whole lot of time—I decide to just go with the flow and revert to my old trusty auto-pilot because seriously, what else is there for me to do?

“Soooo, would anyone like a drink?”

BJ Harvey is the USA Today Bestselling Author of the Bliss Series. She regards herself as a smut peddler, suspense conjurer, and a funny romance thinker upper. An avid music fan, you will always find her singing some hit song badly and loving every minute of it. She’s a wife, a mom to two beautiful girls, and hails from what she considers as the best country in the world—New Zealand.

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