Sunday, August 20, 2023

Release Blitz for Penelope Ward's I Could Never

Title: I Could Never
Author: Penelope Ward
Genre: Standalone Contemporary Romance
Tropes: Forbidden Romance/Enemies to Lovers
Release Date: August 21, 2023


From New York Times bestselling author Penelope Ward comes a new forbidden, enemies-to-lovers story…

It all started with an unexpected phone call.
Two years after my fiancรฉ passed away in an accident, his father died suddenly, leaving Brad’s adult, special-needs brother with no one to care for him.
The next thing I knew, I was on a cross-country drive to New Hampshire where I’d be moving in to look after Scottie until I could get him into a group home.
The last thing I ever expected?
I wouldn’t be taking care of him alone.
Josh Mathers, my fiance’s best friend—who also happened to be my sworn enemy—insisted he was the better person for the job. He told me to go back to California, and I told him where he could stick that demand.
Our disdain for each other wasn’t anything new. It dated back to a text I’d accidentally read years ago.
We hated each other. But we both loved Scottie, so neither of us budged.
Now we were living together in a tiny house—with one available bedroom. Thank goodness it was only temporary.
Over time, I realized the broody jerk I thought I knew was different than I’d imagined.
I found myself slowly growing attached to someone I once considered the enemy…and growing attracted to him.
Sure, both of us were guilt-ridden over Brad. We were also two grown people with pent-up frustration toward one another—stuck in a cabin in the woods.
But this was Josh.
I could never.


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.






Lisa Kane's 4 Star Review

Carly Gerber has moved from California to New Hampshire to care for her deceased fiance's autistic brother, Scottie. She feels Brad would have wanted her to step in and she feels the sense of purpose in helping. Scottie is going to a group home at some point and a relative, Lorraine, who has been taking care of him, isn't interested in doing it long term. Carly's just arrived when an unexpected visitor comes a knockin' at the door. 

Josh Mathers was Brad's life long best friend. He's a bit of a player and Carly always thought he was a bad influence on Brad. But he has been part of Brad's family far longer than Carly and he's come to help with Scottie. Guess these two should have coordinated their plans. But they've had no contact in the two years since Brad's been gone and had no idea what the other was planning. 

There's no love lost between these two-Carly's held a grudge over a text she accidentally saw on Brad's phone. One where Josh told Brad how he felt about his new girlfriend. That's smarted ever since and Carly never moved on from the slight. She let's Josh know in one of their heated conversations now that's he's ridden in to save the day. He admits he shouldn't have written it, but he can't take it back can he? 

Carly admits to herself that she had no idea how hard it would be to take care of Scottie. He's completely non-verbal and relies solely on his tablet to communicate. He's strong willed, has a large build and is more than she may be able to handle by herself. Maybe Josh helping isn't the worst thing that could be happening. 

Josh for his part (this is told in dual POV's) may have had his own reasons for keeping his distance from Carly. He wrangles with his feelings of being second best and his guilt and how he would react if he only knew that Josh has feelings for Carly. This is quite the sticky mess and how two completely different people with the best of intentions can straighten out their complicated relationship-well that's the meat of this story. Learning to let go of the past and look ahead to a future (can their be a future for them?) well, that's the thing about life. It keeps changing and throwing curve balls and road blocks our way. Making a life for ourselves and learning to let others in-that's what makes life worth living. 

Thursday, August 17, 2023

Release Blitz for Jay Crownover's Son of a Gun

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What to expect:

✔️Crossover Novel

✔️Runaway Heroine

✔️Road Trip/ Forced Proximity

✔️Anti- Hero

✔️Good Girl Gone Bad

✔️Journey of Self-Discovery


Heavy is the head that inherits the crown.

The only thing on Daire Archer’s mind when she pulled a disappearing act on Christmas was proving she

was worthy of being her father's daughter. She was born an Archer, which was a blessing and a curse,

and Daire was determined to show everyone she deserved to carry the legacy that came with her name.

There is power in a name, and being an Archer meant Daire needed to do better, to be better. At least,

that’s what she thought she needed, until a boy from nowhere—with a name that meant nothing—showed

her that she was already pretty great just the way she was.

Campbell has always rejected everything concerning his maniacal father and his troubled past. When he

left Nowhere, he was certain he wanted a nice, quiet life free from the only things he'd ever known:

violence and bloodshed. He thought he needed to be a better man. He wondered if there was a kinder,

gentler version of himself under his thick armor of scars and tattoos.

It wasn't until he started chasing Daire Archer all over hell and back that Campbell realized he needed to

be a man who was better at being bad than everyone else in his troubled world.

Because now, he had a problematic princess to protect. One with an uncanny ability for finding trouble.

Where Daire is concerned, being a good guy isn't necessary.

Trinette Dungee's 4 Star Review

Jay Crownover’s latest book combines her Marked Men and The Point series. She’s combined her most lovable series with her darkest series and boy did it work!! This book gives you the pairing of Daire Archer and Campbell. Daire comes from a privileged background, and Campbell comes from literally nothing. While they feel they absolutely nothing in common, they have more than they could have imagined. 

There was a lot, and I mean A LOT to unpack in this book. I barely know where or how to start. The easiest thing to do is say AMAZING storyline and give some background on the characters. 

Still struggling to come to terms with being responsible for the accident that changed her brother Ry’s life, Daire decides to escape her life to “find out who she is”; but as usual, she makes and impulsive decision that doesn’t have the best outcome. Having basically lived a sheltered life, Daire’s more than a little naรฏve to how the real world actually works. While she wants to be looked at and treated like an adult, she’s notorious for making childish decisions. Which is the case when she decides to run away, on Christmas Eve, in the middle of a Denver snowstorm and finds herself stranded. The last person she expects to be her savior is Campbell; especially when there is no love lost between the two of them. Because of her impulsiveness, and childish behaviors I wasn’t a huge fan of Daire’s in the beginning, but as time went on, I started to understand her behavior. In a nutshell, aside from dealing with some mental health issues, Daire was also struggling with the changes that were happening in her family dynamic. Specifically, her brother’s ability to move on with his life after tragedy. 

I was pushing my brother away because I didn’t know how to live without him. I didn’t know how to adjust to not being as important to him as he was to me.

Daire’s greatest quality is her love for her family, and the big heart she has that’s always in the right place but not used with the best decisions.

I wasn’t ever going to be the hero who went out of his way to save the princess.  Just like Benny said, while I’d always wanted to be one, I never quite managed to pull it off. I was a pretty terrible guy through and through, and I could corrupt the princess, that was a mission I would never fail.

But was he really? You know the saying “Sometimes good people do bad things”? Well, that’s how I saw Campbell. It’s very clichรฉ-ish, but the best way to describe Campbell is, mysterious. He truly is. Even Daire admits the amount of time she’s known him, she doesn’t know if Campbell is his first name or last name. Turns out, neither does he.  At first glance he’s intimidating and dark, but the more you get to know him, you see his heart is huge. But it’s only reserved for a select few people. This is a guy who basically grew up in the armpit of hell. His mother died when he was young, and he suspects his dirtbag father murdered her. His main objective is to protect his younger siblings and keep them as far away from his father as possible. Every horrible thing he’s ever done, and he’s done some horrible things, was to keep them save and to survive.  Unlike Daire, I was a fan of Campbell’s from the door. 

I couldn’t even tell Daire how old I was if she asked. My father wasn’t exactly keen on birthdays. If I had to guess, I was somewhere around twenty -three or twenty-four, but who knew.

My heart broke for Campbell at that moment. Not only was a mystery to everyone else, but he was also a mystery to himself as well.

So, Campbell is tasked with not only rescuing Daire during the snowstorm, but taking her where ever she was trying to go, and getting her to realize she needed to go home. During the travels the two get to see other sides of one another and gain better perspectives on what makes them tick. Of course, there’s that good ole sexual tension and the inevitable realization that they actually care for each other. The slow burn in this book works very well in this book. What I really liked about the two characters coming together was the protectiveness they developed for each other. I also appreciated while there was happy ending so to speak, it wasn’t wrapped in a nice, neat bow. These were two very flawed individuals in the beginning of this book, and they were still flawed in the end. 

I was very nervous going into this book because it had been a while since I’d read each series so I wasn’t sure I would remember who was who, because there were a lot of returning characters; but the storyline and the placement of characters came back to me immediately. Although this is considered a standalone, I would definitely recommend reading each series to get a deeper understanding of Daire and Campbell. There is is a tree at the beginning to help you navigate the characters, and at the end a list of what books have what characters. 

After reading this latest book, I’m very tempted to do rereads of the previous books (or at least listen to the audiobooks), and I’m not really one to reread. 

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