RELEASE BLITZ AND REVIEW: Let There Be Light by A.M. Johnson

Title: Let There Be Light
Series: Twin Hearts Duet #1
Author: A.M. Johnson
Genre: Coming-of-Age/New Adult/MM
Release Date: November 16, 2018
Blurb

His world was water and rhythm.  Hard work and drive kept Royal O’Connell one step ahead of his competition. His spot on the swim team, keeping his scholarship, was the only plan that mattered.

His world was ebony and ivory. Natural talent and ambition set Camden Morgan apart from the other music majors. His dedication scoring him a full ride.

Normally, their paths would have never crossed….

But when Royal meets his best friend’s new roommate, his big plan and Camden’s controlled environment faces a variable that could destroy it all.

Attraction.

The world they live in had no room for error. That undeniable pull between them was dangerous and neither one of them could’ve prepared for the choice they’d have to make.

Love isn’t always an easy road and, when everything they’ve worked for is on the line, they’ll have to decide if being together is worth the risk.

*This is not a traditional duet*

 *Not A Cliff Hanger*
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Review

Coming-of-Age romance stories always resonate with me because as a high school English teacher, I see so many young adults trying to figure out who they are, what they want, and what matters to them. And in a society and an environment like the one we all live in, it’s difficult to watch these students struggle to find their own voice amidst the noise and feel comfortable enough to be who they are despite the prejudice and intolerance they may encounter due to any of the attributes and/or feelings that make them who they are.

Royal O’Connell and Camden Morgan’s families couldn’t be more different – one is full of love, affection, and acceptance while the other doesn’t seem to have any support or heartfelt connection, which makes for an incredibly lonely life. But regardless of their backgrounds, Royal and Cam are both driven to succeed and their determination and abilities have not only allowed them to chase their individual goals, but it’s also provided them with the opportunity for their paths to cross, creating a connection that both want and need despite the difficulties that may arise due to their feelings for one another.

Because A.M. Johnson allows readers to experience all parts of Royal and Cam’s journey with them from their initial meeting to their burgeoning friendship to a bond that becomes a lifeline to both men, we are able to see exactly what these two come to mean to each other and why they’re willing to endure intolerance, prejudice, and backlash in order to live in the light with one another.

Let There Be Light is an emotional story – one that realistically portrays the ups and downs as well as the highs and lows that occur when outside interference makes the characters question who they are and what they want – two things that they’re still attempting to figure out on their own already; it’s an honest look at exactly how difficult it is for people to find their footing in this tumultuous and prejudicial world, but even though it’s not easy, it’s beyond clear that it’s worth it; people just need to be willing to work for it regardless of the obstacles in their way. 

I can’t wait for Indie and Kai’s story – the second book in the Twin Hearts Duet. I’m not quite ready to let these characters go, so the fact that there’s more to come is quite exciting.

4.5 Poison Apples

Author Bio
Amanda lives in Utah with her family where she moonlights as a nurse on the weekends.
If she’s not busy with her three munchkins, you’ll find her buried in a book or behind the keyboard where she explores the human experience through the written word.
She’s obsessed with all things Austen and Oreos, and loves to connect with readers!Stay up to date by signing up for her newsletter here: http://bit.ly/NewsLetterAMJBooks

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RELEASE BOOST: Hockey Holidays Anthology

NOW LIVE!
This holiday season unwrap a brand-new collection of hockey romances that includes humor, drama, love, and – of course – hockey!

**100% of the proceeds from sales of this anthology will be donated to charity.**

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My Review

Sports Romance Enthusiasts of the Hockey Variety…

CHRISTMAS HAS ARRIVED EARLY & IN THE BEST FORM POSSIBLE…

An Anthology Full of Amazingly Sweet, Steamy, and even some Sweaty Stories – ones about second chances, surprise pregnancies, obstacles that couples must overcome, family togetherness, the ups and downs of the holidays, couples just starting out and relationships that need to be mended…there’s a topic and a story for every kind of romance reader, making this the PERFECT way to be introduced to new-to-you authors, all-time favorites, and ones who might end up being new authors to stalk on social media for all the right reasons.

I signed up to review this anthology due to my love for Toni Aleo’s Assassins series,  and while I was beyond excited to head back into that world, the fact that I found other sports romance authors to fill my TBR with makes this collection a hat trick read for me!

What’s most exciting about this anthology of hockey romances, though, is the fact that 100% of the sales will be donated to a charity, and with the holidays coming up, it’s the perfect time to help those in need.

4.5 Poison Apples

How We Fell in Love (Ice Cats) by Toni Aleo

He knew she was the one, she wasn’t so sure, which is why Grace and James’ love story is one for the ages.

A Second Shot by Shannon Stacey

She was the one who got away—the woman Erik Burke walked away from to focus on the game—but when their paths cross once again, all he wants for Christmas is the chance to take another shot at love.

A Wolfe Brothers Christmas (Game On in Seattle) by Jami Davenport

Spending their first Christmas together in years, the Wolfe brothers fumbling attempts to create good memories go awry.

Christmas Crosscheck (The Dallas Comets) by Jaymee Jacobs

Bryan’s planning to propose to Georgiana on Christmas Eve, but will the chaos of their families’ first holiday together ruin their special moment?

The Final Slapshot by Jean C. Joachim

Harry “Deke” Edmonds hides his secret, hoping for a Christmas miracle. When confronted with the truth, will his heart-breaking decision cost him both Kitty and the Huskies?

Lucky Holiday (The Las Vegas Kingsnakes) by Jennifer Lazaris

Vegas forward Tyler Quinn made the biggest mistake of his life when he broke Ella’s heart, and he’ll need more than an ace up his sleeve to win her back in time for Christmas.

Dmitri’s Christmas Angel (Las Vegas Sidewinders) by Kat Mizera

Two women. Two surprise pregnancies. Dmitri Papadakis is screwed.

His Christmas Cinderella (San Francisco Dragons) by Kate Willoughby

On his way to the team holiday party, Gideon Aguilar mistakes Bailey Peng for his Uber driver. After inviting her to join him, they make more than merry, but at the end of the evening, the sexiest, most captivating woman he’s ever met is nowhere to be found.

Red-Hot Trouble (Hot Ice) by Lily Harlem

Sophie Delaney never intended to walk into ‘that’ locker room, at ‘that’ moment, but she did, it happened, and now she’ll never be the same again.

Christmas Interference (The Baltimore Banners) by Lisa B. Kamps

Shane Masters no longer believes in second chances, happy-ever-afters…or love. Can the woman who knew him best thaw his heart with a little holiday magic before it’s too late?

The Devoted Father and the Introvert (The New Hampshire Bears) by Mary Smith

Elexis Dunaway loves Twitter and work. Dag Limon loves his twin boys and playing professional hockey. Soon their worlds will collide with one simple tweet.

Her Best Worst Boyfriend (Vancouver Vice Hockey) by Melanie Ting

This Christmas, Em Davis is bringing Mr. Wrong home to prove a point to her parents. He’s arrogant, conceited, and uneducated, and they’re going to hate him. But what if Ian Reid turns out to be Mr. Right?

Icing isn’t Only for Cookies (The Renegades Series) by Melody Heck Gatto

Avery James wasn’t looking for love when tall, dark, and deliciously handsome hockey player Kyler Wilson walked into her bakery.

Dallas Christmas by RJ Scott

Logan knows lusting after his captain’s brother can only lead to trouble. But when fate throws him and the temptation that is Archie together, it’s hard not to fall in love.

All I Want (San Francisco Strikers) by Stephanie Kay

When fate finally brings first loves Maggie and Alex back to the same city, will Maggie be brave enough to give the relationship she never forgot a second chance? Or will she put their love on ice?

Holding On Tight (Buffalo Bedlam) by Susan Scott Shelley

For Buffalo Bedlam defenseman Vince Forsberg and his boyfriend Joseph Parelli, the pressure to make their first Christmas together perfect leads to a lot of chaos, holiday mishaps, and some unexpected results.

A Star-Crossed Christmas (Cayuga Cougars) by V.L. Locey

Two years ago, Mitch shared an explosive kiss with his childhood friend, Olympic snowboarder, Shaun. Will Christmas be the time for the two men to untangle lust from love, and find a future together that works?

The Playboy (Redtails Hockey) by Stephanie Julian

Kyle is back in the minors to rehab his career but that’s not all he’s hoping to fix. He wants to get back the girl he left behind, but convincing Leah to take another chance on this former playboy will be harder than making it back to the NHL.

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REVIEW AND EXCERPT TOUR: CONTROL by K. Bromberg

“Sometimes love happens unexpectedly…”

From New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author K. Bromberg, comes CONTROL, a new novella in her Everyday Heroes Series, brought to you by 1,001 Dark Nights!

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About CONTROL

From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author K. Bromberg comes a new story in her Everyday Heroes series…

Control is something Desi Whitman abhors. Why live life in black and white perfection when you can messily color outside the lines?

But when she comes face to face with SWAT officer Reznor Mayne, he’s about to show her just how good control can feel.

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“K. Bromberg always delivers intelligently written, emotionally intense, sensual romance . . .”

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My Review

Control – it’s interesting how one short word of only six letters can have such an array of meanings…such contradictory reactions.

Some people abhor control, preferring to run a bit wild and free, not really understanding one’s need to stay inside the box or to maintain a certain amount of decorum and responsibility while others need the structure…the routine…the guidance of right and wrong to ensure that life doesn’t become too difficult to handle.

Control, K. Bromberg’s newest release in her Everyday Heroes series, readers get Desi Whitman and Reznor Mayne’s story, and as much as these two seem to have opposing viewpoints when it comes to control, by the time their story ends, it’s clear that they find a way to meet in the middle and there’s never been a more electrically charged, sexually infused compromise than the one these two characters come to when they allow themselves to give into the sexual tension that starts to build from their very first, not so friendly encounter.

It’s quite the journey that these two characters take readers on, partly because of the personal baggage they have yet to fully deal with but also because it’s beyond clear that there’s an instant spark between them, which makes their beginning hesitation a bit frustrating for this romance reader, even if it’s understandable in some respects.

I love that Bromberg provides readers with both Desi and Reznor’s perspective. More and more, this is my favorite type of story to read because it provides me with the big picture – I’m able to hear their personal commentaries…their internal musings and it offers the small tidbits of information that are essential in order to understand everything that they’re saying and doing, even if it still makes me what to scream at times!

Desi and Reznor are strong characters – ones who do the things that they do because it’s what they need to do to both cope with past events and move forward in their lives, and while they definitely work together to help ease each other’s trauma, there’s parts of it that they themselves must only contend with and it’s those times where readers see what these two are truly made of and why Desi has finally found the guy for her, even if he does like to take a bit more control than she’s sometimes willing to give him;)

4.5 Poison Apples

Excerpt

“I’ll tell you what, Desi Whitman. I think you’re a chicken. I think you hide behind your preconceived notions out of principle—or at least that’s what you label it, but fear is fear. You can put lipstick on a pig, but it’s still a pig.” My hands still and my eyes meet his in the reflection of the window in front of me. “The question is, how bad do you want it? How bad do you want to see where this might go between us? A few nights of sex? A few dates? Anything. Something. When will you push yourself to think that it’s okay?”

“I already told you, I know who I am, and I know what I want out of life.”

“You did…but that’s before you met someone who changed that.”

I spin around and glare at him. He’s thinking too much into this. “Down, boy. It’s sex. One time. That’s it.”

“Two times,” he counters and lifts his eyebrows.

“Two?”

“Sweetheart, we may not have been touching, but you can’t deny we f*cked each other across this space.” He points to his house and back, but his eyes never leave mine. “You can call it semantics. You can say it didn’t happen, but I’ll fight you on that. Watching you was hotter than hell. You came for me. And next time you do, I’ll be buried in you.”

His words evoke too many things I don’t want to think about but can’t seem to avoid thinking of late.

“That’s presumptuous,” I say simply, because I have nothing else to say.

His chuckle is back and so is that look in his eye that’s part challenge, part predator. “You’re only pushing me away because you know it’s good—we’re good—and you’re afraid you’re only going to like it more.”

“Why are you here, Reznor?” I shove my hands on my hips so I don’t reach out and touch him.

I can see him question which answer he should give. The one we both know—that he wants to sleep with me again—or the underlying reason. “You didn’t show up to class again.”

“And I called Bear ahead of time and let him know that something came up. That way you knew, he knew—”

“Why not walk across the yard and tell me?”

“Because I was…” avoiding you. Wanting you. Needing to keep my distance from you.

His smile is half-cocked. “That’s what I thought.” He takes a step toward me. “You want me as much as I want you…”

“I don’t—”

He holds his finger against my lips and says, “Shhh.” Our eyes hold as every part of my body vibrates from his touch. “I’m not a patient man, Desi…except when it comes to things I think are worth it.”

“Reznor—”

“Tell Jeff you’re off the market.” My spine stiffens at his order. “Because you’re worth it.”

And then, of course, the aftereffects of Reznor Mayne hit me—the flutter, the swoon, and the sag—as a smile slides across his lips and he dips his chin before walking out the back door without looking back.

The man is infuriating.

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K. Bromberg’s CONTROL Review & Excerpt Tour Schedule

November 14th

4TLOR – Review & Excerpt

Bellereadersthoughts – Review & Excerpt

Devilishly dirty book blog – Review & Excerpt

Kick Back & Review – Review & Excerpt

Reading Is My Bliss – Review

Romance as a first language – Review & Excerpt

Ruby Red Romance Review – Review & Excerpt

Sweetheart Reads – Review & Excerpt

The Reading Cafe – Review & Excerpt

Two Book Pushers – Review & Excerpt

November 15th

Amo’s Book Corner – Review & Excerpt

BJ’s Book Blog – Review & Excerpt

Booked All Night – Review & Excerpt

Canadian Book Addict – Review

Kat’s Books N Brews – Review & Excerpt

Melena’s Reviews – Review & Excerpt

Nightbird Novels – Excerpt

Reading Between the Wines Book Club – Excerpt

The Book Avenue – Review & Excerpt

Word of Mouth – Review

November 16th

A Book Nerd, a Bookseller and a Bibliophile – Review & Excerpt

Book Starlets – Review & Excerpt

East Coast Book Chicks – Review & Excerpt

Ilovebooksandstuffblog – Excerpt

IreneChart – Review & Excerpt

Kt’s book blog and review – Review & Excerpt

Nerdy Soul – Review & Excerpt

Reading and funny – Review

The Book Bellas – Excerpt

The Fairest of All Book Reviews – Review & Excerpt

November 17th

a crazy vermonters book reviews – Review

Book Addict – Review & Excerpt

Cupcakesandbookshelves – Excerpt

Kari’s Book Reviews and Revelations – Review & Excerpt

Kiss and Tell Book Blog – Review

Me Love Some Books – Excerpt

My Girlfriend’s Couch – Excerpt

Romance Addict Book Blog – Excerpt

Smart & Savvy with Stephanie – Review & Excerpt

The Lovely Teacher Addictions – Review & Excerpt

November 18th

bad boys and bedtime stories book blog – Review

Books According to Abby – Review & Excerpt

Desperately Seeking HEA’s Book Blog – Excerpt

Lisa Loves Literature – Review & Excerpt

My Book Filled Life – Review & Excerpt

The Romance Bibliophile – Review

The Sassy Bookster – Review & Excerpt

TLBC’s Book blog – Review & Excerpt

Vera is Reading – Excerpt

November 19th

Alba and Her Secrets..♥ Book Blog – Review

Bloggin’ With M.Brennan – Review

Book Bitches Blog – Review

Ginreads – Review

NallaReads – Review & Excerpt

OMGReads – Review & Excerpt

Shh Moms Reading – Review & Excerpt

The Erotic Book Blog by Misty – Review & Excerpt

Veronica’s Reading Vault – Review

November 20th

A is for Alpha B is for Books – Review & Excerpt

A Literary Perusal – Review & Excerpt

BBBf-sizzlereads – Review & Excerpt

Book Lovers Reviews and Recommendations – Review & Excerpt

Devilishly Delicious Book Reviews – Excerpt

Jax’s Book Magic – Excerpt

Romance Readers Retreat – Review

Sweet Red Reads – Review & Excerpt

The Escapist Book Blog – Review

November 21st

Blushing Babes Are Up All Night – Review

Books 4 Girls – Review & Excerpt

Dirty Girl Romance – Review

Gi’s Spot Reviews – Review & Excerpt

I’m A Sweet And Sassy Book Whore – Review

Joandisalovebooks – Review

Musings of the Modern belle – Review & Excerpt

Relentless book chics ramblings and reviews – Review & Excerpt

Shahla’s World – Review

This Mom Loves Alphas – Review

November 22nd

AC BOOK BLOG – Review & Excerpt

All about reading – Review & Excerpt

Crystal’s Book World – Review & Excerpt

Joyce Mercês ~ Book Lover // Reviewer – Review

Logan’s sports book section – Review & Excerpt

MI Bookshelf – Review & Excerpt

One-Click Chocolate Chick – Review & Excerpt

Naturally Nerdy Books – Excerpt

Reviews from the Heart – Review & Excerpt

Stephanies Book Reports – Review

November 23rd

All Things Dark & Dirty – Excerpt

Book Lovers Hangout – Review & Excerpt

Collector of book boyfriends – Review

Kay Daniels Romance – Excerpt

Novel Addiction – Review

Reese’s Reviews – Review & Excerpt

Shannon’s Book Blog – Review & Excerpt

Smut Book Junkie Book Reviews – Review & Excerpt

The Book Branch – Review & Excerpt

White Hot Reads – Review

November 24th

Author Groupies – Review

Book Angel Booktopia – Review & Excerpt

Bookishly Yours – Review & Excerpt

Brittany’s Book Blog – Review

NadirasWorld – Review & Excerpt

Once upon a romance blog – Review

PBC – Excerpt

Rachel Loren’s Love of Reading – Review & Excerpt

Sofia Loves Books – Review & Excerpt

The Book Disciple – Review & Excerpt

About K Bromberg

New York Times bestselling author K. Bromberg writes contemporary novels that contain a mixture of sweet, emotional, a whole lot of sexy, and a little bit of real. She likes to write strong heroines, and damaged heroes who we love to hate and hate to love.

She’s a mixture of most of her female characters: sassy, intelligent, stubborn, reserved, outgoing, driven, emotional, strong, and wears her heart on her sleeve. All of which she displays daily with her husband and three children where they live in Southern California.

On a whim, K. Bromberg decided to try her hand at this writing thing. Since then she has written The Driven Series (Driven, Fueled, Crashed, Raced, Aced), the standalone Driven Novels (Slow Burn, Sweet Ache, Hard Beat, and Down Shift), and a novella (UnRaveled).

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COVER REVEAL: IT HAPPENS by Lani Lynn Vale

Zee + Annmarie and Tan + Jubilee.

Forever. No exceptions.

They were to have the picture-perfect life together. Everything was all planned out.

Jubilee was to marry Eitan and Ezekiel was to marry Annmarie. That’s how it was always supposed to be from the moment that they met. Textbook, right?

Wrong.

Eitan and Annmarie die in a freak accident that never should have happened, leaving the two survivors reeling.

Sixteen years later, Jubilee and Zee can’t even be in the same room with each other before things begin to deteriorate. Too many memories. Too much pain. Not enough forgiveness.

They’re like hellfire and holy water, and neither one of them is willing to admit that they’re wrong.

Then one day things change, and all of a sudden, they’re looking at each other like maybe they aren’t each other’s enemies after all.

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Lani Lynn Vale is a USA Today Bestselling Author of over thirty titles. She is married with three children, two dogs, two cats, a donkey, and a couple (a couple also meaning over twenty) chickens.

When she’s not writing, you can find her curled up in her favorite chair reading.

Lani is married with three children and lives in the Great State of Texas.

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BLOG TOUR REVIEW AND EXCERPT: POSSESSION by T.M. Frazier

“This trilogy is EPIC! If you loved TM Frazier’s King series, you MUST read the Perversion trilogy!”

– Meghan March, New York Times Bestselling Author

POSSESSION, part two of the dark and gritty Perversion Trilogy from USA Today bestselling author T.M. Frazier is LIVE!

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The story of Grim and Emma Jean continues.

War is on the horizon.

We’ve come so far.

We’ll have to fight for what we have.

Or die trying.

POSSESSION IS BOOK TWO IN THE PERVERSION TRILOGY

BOOK THREE: PERMISSION

BOOK ONE: PERVERSION

My Review

I was anxiously anticipating book two of Grim and Emma Jean’s story, and Possession DID NOT DISAPPOINT. My head and my heart are still reeling from the crazy ass ride that T.M. Frazier takes both her characters and her readers on, and with one book to go, my hypotheses and theories are all over the place – some of which will destroy me if they end up happening and others that are so jacked up that they are bound to be the ones presented in the last book of the Perversion Trilogy because the dark, dangerous, and deadly path that Grim and Emma Jean have ventured down since the onset of book one is not one that will likely end any other way than f’ed up.

Nothing’s ever been easy for Grim and Emma Jean and with the events that take place in Possession – the ups and downs…the highs and lows…the heartbreak and havoc that occurs -these two must continue to battle the darkness…to endure the pain…to deal with the twists and turns that seem to constantly redefine their lives in nothing but hellacious ways.

The cast of characters who make appearances and are involved in the different circumstances and situations of the story line provide essential insights to move the story forward, but they also bring forth a slew of unanswerable questions when it comes to what awaits Grim and Emma Jean, especially because there seems to be a number of people who want to possess what Grim has already claimed as his, which means that an inevitable battle will result in a number of casualties but what side ends up victorious will remain unclear until all secrets are revealed, lives are both lost and saved, and what the word Permission truly means in a world that takes without asking and possesses without care or consent.

4.5 Poison Apples

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Excerpt

Bethany nods to the box, again pressing her finger to her lips. “We will know more when you’re assigned a judge. Until then, we will just have to wait,” she says loudly. She points with her eyes to the item in my hand, then leaves.

The object I’m holding is a rock with a piece of paper attached to it by a rubber band. I pull the paper free and flip it over. It’s a note.

Stay by the glass, motherfucker! Whatever you do, don’t turn around. PS-You look nice today. Prison blue suits you.

The one-piece scratchy uniform I’m wearing is bright orange. What the fuck is all this about?

I peer out from my cell. There’s no one in the room now. Not even the janitor. The security camera high in the corner across from my cell, the one that’s usually pointed directly at me, is now facing down toward the floor.

Whatever you do, don’t turn around. Okay, so I won’t turn around completely, but curiosity leads me to risk a glance over my shoulder. It’s just a wall. An empty blank wall. BOOM. BOOOOOM!

An empty blank wall…that just exploded.

The sound resonates through my eardrums. I duck and cover my head with my hands as pieces of cement rain down into the cell. Dust coats my hair and the back of my neck. After a few beats, I stand, waving away the plumes of the aftermath.

Through the debris, I can just barely make out headlights. It’s a truck with a battering bar attached to the hood.

“All aboard! This train is leaving the motherfucking station. Literally!” shouts a voice. I can’t see who it is through the windshield which is shrouded in what remains of my cell. I don’t have time to ask any questions of the mystery voice.

There’s no time to question anything.

The passenger door flies open. Two officers appear behind me. One fumbles with the cell keys while the other shouts at him to move faster.

It won’t be fast enough.

I leap into the truck and slam the door. The tires spin in place for a few seconds until they finally grip the concrete. My head hits the headliner as we reverse over the broken bricks until we’re clear of them and are able to make forward motion. It isn’t until we’re through the field and on the road when I finally get a good look of my getaway driver.

“Preppy?” I ask. “What the fuck are you doing here?”

Preppy may not be part of any official organization, but he runs a tight ship over in Logan’s Beach. Belly and I have worked with him and his friend King a few times in the past. I haven’t seen Preppy since before he was thought to be dead only to later be rescued from an underground cave where he was held captive for the better part of a year.

“Grim? Fuck, I thought I was rescuing Bear. Get the fuck out,” he teases. “Just kidding. If Bear was locked up I wouldn’t help him escape. That fucker could use some ‘me time’ to contemplate his grumpy nature.”

He holds the wheel with one hand and straightens his signature bowtie with the other. His white dress shirt is rolled up to his elbows revealing arms heavily covered with both tattoos and angry jagged scars.

He lights a joint and tugs on the wheel, making a sharp turn off the road into a dark heavily wooded area. When we’ve made it in far enough to be fully camouflaged by trees and brush, Preppy kills the engine.

He passes me the joint, and I take a much-needed hit, holding the smoke for as long as I can before slowly exhaling.

“Thanks, man. How the fuck did you get sucked into this?”

Preppy types out a text on his phone, then sets it back in the console. “Bethany. I owed her a favor. She got my boy, Bo, out of some trouble recently.”

“Isn’t your kid like ten now?” I ask. “What kind of trouble can a ten-year-old get into that needs Bethany’s kind of help?”

“He’s eight,” Preppy corrects. “And my boy catches the kind of trouble most kids his age don’t know is out there to catch. My girls are easier. Twin toddlers. Miley and Taylor. The three of them, along with their mama, are the loves of my fucked-up life. Bo’s a good kid. He’s just…well, his brain arrow doesn’t exactly shoot straight. Its target is usually more…”

Preppy shapes his hand like an arrow aimed at the windshield, then changes the aim to me.

“Human.” He drops his hand. “And the incident in question wasn’t that bad. It may or may not have had something to do with the unfortunate disappearance of a certain…”

He waves the rest of his sentence away like there’s a gnat flying around his head.

“Let’s just say he’s grounded. VERY grounded. For life. Or like a week. Minimum a few days. Or a day. Maybe, an hour or two. Poor kid. Maybe, I’ll just take him to the movies.” He sighs. “You’ll see. Wait until you’ve got some sex trophies of your own. You’ll understand.”

Kids. I’ve never thought of myself with a kid before. I picture Tricks holding a baby in her arms. Our baby. Much to my surprise, I don’t fucking hate it. Although, the thought isn’t helpful to my current situation and only makes me more impatient and enraged.

One thing at a fucking time.

Sirens wail through the night. Preppy remains cool and calm like he’s driving a parade float down main street, and not at all like he’s running from the law with a fugitive.

Blue and red flashes light up the woods. After a few seconds, the vehicles pass, and both the lights and sirens fade off into the distance. “That’s our bat signal. Let’s get you the fuck outta here so I can get home to the missus and eat her cookies.” Preppy pauses, probably realizing his odd choice of words. “I do actually mean cookies. Dre makes a mean batch of chocolate chip.”

I stare silently out at the passing trees.

“I’m going to eat her pussy, too. You know, after the other kind of cookies. Just so we’re clear.”

“Thanks, man. We’re clear. And if you ever need anything and I’m not dead or serving time, I’m there,” I assure him. I mean it. I owe him a debt. A huge one.

“Hhhhmmm,” he considers, taking the joint I pass him. “How do you feel about babysitting?”

I smile at his joke until I look over at Preppy only to see he’s not doing the same.

In fact, it’s the only time in my life I’d ever seen him with a straight face.

“I uh…”

He looks straight ahead through the scratched and broken windshield. Bits of concrete from our escape attempt cover the dashboard, and some of it is lodged into the glass. “Never mind. You can do me one favor, though.”

“Anything within my power. It’s yours.”

“Don’t tell King about this,” he says. It comes out as a sheepish high-pitched question.

“Why? He wouldn’t want to know that you broke me out?”

King was a friend of Belly’s and a good ally to Bedlam. It wouldn’t make sense that he’d be against helping me. I’d do the same for any of them if the roles were reversed.

Preppy shakes his head. “Oh no, he knows I broke you out. I just sent him a text to tell him it’s over. The grand escape is complete.” He steps on the gas. “But he don’t gotta know I used his truck to do it.”

 

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BLOG TOUR REVIEW AND EXCERPT: BULLDOZER by P. Dangelico

What happens when a single mother is forced to live with a grumpy, ailing football star? The smolder turns red hot, of course.

Bulldozer, an all-new standalone contemporary romance by P. Dangelico is live.

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Amanda Shaw has pulled it together. It’s taken a couple of years, a boatload of hard work, and a ton of self-discipline, but she finally has her problems in a headlock. Her yoga studio in the city has become so successful she’s opening one near the beach, and her relationship with her ten-year-old son is improving every day. The last thing she needs is a monkey wrench thrown into her smoothly running life.

Grant Hendricks is one big monkey wrench. The four time Defensive Player of the Year, three time NFL sack leader, and all-around football god has officially hit rock bottom. A devastating back injury means he may have to retire and that scares him more than doctors telling him that the next hit could leave him paralyzed. All he needs is a quiet place to think and his teammate’s beach house sounds like just the place. Problem is, the woman already living there.

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First, I just have to say how much I adore the titles of the books in P. Dangelico’s Hard to Love series; they perfectly embody how the scenes play out between each story’s hero and heroine while also offering insights into the male lead’s personality, and Bulldozer epitomizes who Grant Hendricks was as the four time Defensive Player of the Year and three time NFL sack leader and how both Amanda and Grant seem to clear away the pain of their respective pasts and reshape their present in the best possible ways…at least after Grant realizes that the solitude he sought is not actually what he needs to heal and a certain neighbor and her son just might be the

Flawed characters who understand their faults and attempt to learn from their mistakes are my favorite ones to read about because they seem more genuine and willing to see things from all different perspectives. Amanda Shaw is such a character and witnessing her tackle her problems and ensure that her son doesn’t suffer anymore from her choices and actions made me her biggest fan…it also helps that she doesn’t take any guff from Grant and feels comfortable putting him in his place despite the fact that he could literally bowl her over with his pristine and naked body, which if I’m being honest…I wouldn’t mind one bit;)

I’ve always been interested in understanding what happens to professional athletes when they retire, willingly or not, and Dangelico provides a glimpse into that world due to Grant’s forced retirement. It has to be difficult for a man who has had such a successful career be required to give it up or else risk lasting and irreparable injuries. The fact that Grant is none too happy with the situation he finds himself in makes sense, but his grouchy demeanor towards Amanda when they first meet makes my initial perception of him quite different from what I end up feeling about him once their story is finished.

The fact that Dangelico doesn’t force anything between Grant and Amanda until they’re both ready for it fits their circumstances perfectly. It’s definitely a slow burn kind of story but that pace didn’t bother me because I was able to witness both characters transforming into the best versions of themselves and their journey to a happy ending is one abrasive, sassy, hilarious, tender, and romantic ride.

4.5 Poison Apples

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Excerpt

For a beat we stare at each other, neither of us voicing the undeniable truth that something is happening between us. Something deep and real and scary.

He pins me to the side of the pool, his arms framing mine, and leans closer. I can’t pry my eyes away from his lips, full and slick with water.

“You make me want to try,” he quietly confesses.

I’ve told myself a thousand times to stop thinking about the way he looks at me. Or that he’s so sweet with Sam it brings tears to my eyes every time I watch those two interact. Or that Roxy fell hard and fast in love with him from the outset and everyone knows dogs are the best judges of character.

I’ve told myself to stop staying awake at night wanting him but he makes it nearly impossible. His eyes fall to my lips and I swallow, goose bumps breaking out from my hairline to my toes.

“Try what?” I ask in an equally quiet voice. Reaching out, I dare to run my fingertips over the short beard from the side of his face to his chin. His thick lashes beaded with water flutter shut.

“Be a better man for you.”

“You’re the best man I know already…nothing to try for.”

“You keep at it like that and I’m going to kiss you,” those perfectly shaped lips murmur. It sounds like a threat and a promise and part of me hopes it’s both.

About P. Dangelico

Dangelico loves romance in all forms, cuddly creatures (four legged and two), really bloody sexy pulp, the NY Jets (although she’s reconsidering after this season), and to while away the day at the barn (apparently she does her best thinking shoveling horse crap). What she’s not enamored with is referring to herself in the third person and social media so don’t expect her to get on Twitter anytime soon. Oh, and although she was born in Italy, she’s been Jersey Strong since she turned six.

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RELEASE BLITZ: EVEN STRENGTH by Lane Martin

Title: Even Strength – A Mile High Miners Novella

Series: (Happy Endings Resort, #55)

Author: Lane Martin

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: November 15, 2018

Synopsis

Happy Endings Resort is where I spent the best summers of my life running amuck with my older brother and where I went now to get away from it all. Don’t get me wrong, I wasn’t complaining about being team captain and starting center for the NHL’s Mile High Miners and now, Stanley Cup champs. Damn, that sounded good to add. It was my greatest dream come true, but it was a long season, and I was looking forward to some downtime in a place where I was still just Barrett to everyone. It was a nice change of pace from being “Boom Boom” McGill and thanks to a new service at the resort called, Happy Campers, I had a clean cabin and cold beer waiting for me when I arrived. For once, some R&R was the only thing on my to-do list. Funny how it all changed with a knock on my door. Okay, two knocks, but I stopped counting when I opened the door for Adelaide. Hell, maybe I stopped breathing because I stopped thinking straight the second I saw her. What was wrong with me? Nothing about the shy mother of two should have intrigued me. Maybe it was the fact that she was outnumbered by her kids. She deserved to be on a team with Even Strength. I wanted to be that for her, only time would tell if I would make the cut.

A standalone novella

Mile High Miners #1

Recommended for mature readers due to explicit material

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Writing never crossed my mind. I was a working wife and mother, but in June of 2012 that all changed when my sister bought me a little book by E.L. James for my birthday. I couldn’t get enough of the series, and that’s when I found out about Fanfiction. I decided to give it a whirl and rediscovered a part of me I had long since forgotten. With the encouragement of my Fanfiction readers and the support of my family, I decided to write something of my own. I guess you can say the rest is history. I currently live in Northern California with my husband of over twenty years and my high school age son, while my daughter attends college in Washington, DC. I love reading, spending time with my family, traveling, and trying out restaurants that are on Food Network. Thank you for joining me on this crazy ride.

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