Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Release Day Review: Faking It by Riley Hart & Devon McCormack (Giveaway)

Release Day Review: Faking It (Metropolis Book 1) by Riley Hart & Devon McCormack (Giveaway)




Faking It (Metropolis Book 1) by Riley Hart & Devon McCormack




There’s never a dull moment at Metropolis…the condominium known for having the hottest openly gay tenants in town. The boys of Metropolis are always on the prowl for a good time. They like their drinks heavy and their tricks easy.

Gary should be living it up in his South Tower unit of Metropolis, but he’s having a hard time adjusting to his newly single status. It’s not easy to walk away from five years with his ex, who he discovered was cheating on him with some North Tower twink. After a night out partying, licking his wounds, he goes to bed alone. When he wakes the next morning, there’s a naked guy in his bed. Not just any guy. A stud from North Tower. But hot as he is, what the hell is he doing in his room?

Travis Waller doesn’t get why Gary’s freaking out. So he went home with Gary’s roommate and accidentally crawled into the wrong bed. It’s not the first time he’s woken up in a strange place. Maybe Gary would loosen up a little if he gave it a try as well. Travis has more important things to deal with though…like his meeting with an investor who could give him the money to start his massage parlor.

They’re both sure that’s the last time they’ll have to deal with each other until a mix-up leads Gary’s ex and Travis’s investor to think they’re an item, which Gary and Travis use to their benefit by posing as a couple around town. Soon, they discover the chemistry between them is off the charts. Travis brings out a sexual confidence Gary didn’t know he had—one Travis enjoys exploring with him. But as the two keep up their boyfriend hoax, Gary realizes Travis isn’t as shallow as he thought. Gary’s starting to develop feelings for him. But Travis doesn’t do relationships, and Gary should know better, considering they’re just faking it…


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What, another surprise release from Riley Hart and Devon McCormack?!?! Yes! Faking It is Book 1 in a new, surprise series called Metropolis and it's going to be full of men, fun and love if this first book is anything to go by!

Faking It introduces us to the Metropolis condo complex located in Atlanta, Georgia. Gary, one of the residents of Metropolis, is going on with his life after his long-term relationship has ended. While he'd be working away in the condo, his boyfriend would be in one of the other towers with someone younger and hotter, until Gary caught on. When Gary kicks him out, Peter moves in with his new boyfriend Evan. Everyone in the towers knows that Peter's been cheating on Gary and that Gary is now alone. Gary tries to save face by blending in and not drawing attention to himself. That's what he's done his entire life, just tried to fade into the background. He just wants to go on with his life and forget the embarrassment. Gary's confidence is gone, and he has low-self esteem but his friend Derek isn't going to allow him to wallow. Derek insists they go out to the nearby club, Flirt. Gary goes but it isn't where he wants to be, no matter how many hot guys Derek tries to force his way. He takes Derek home with him to sleep the alcohol off on his couch and when Gary wakes up in the morning he isn't surprised that Derek ended up in bed with him. Except that's not Derek who's ended up in his bed. Travis is woken up by Gary's shock and is surprised to see that he's not in bed with Jacob, Gary's roommate.

Travis also lives in the Metropolis and has no interest in relationships. He comes from a wealthy family, who want nothing to do with him because he's chosen to be gay. He's spent his whole life being an outsider in his family and this is just one more thing to make him different. Travis is a massage therapist and is hoping to get an investor to help him open his own practice so he no longer has to travel between client's houses. Travis is sexy and known throughout the condos for sleeping with other men. Travis meets with the investor at a pool party and is surprised to see Gary at the party. After his meeting finishes, he heads to Gary who is now faced with his ex and his ex's new boyfriend. He tries to help Gary out by pretending that they're more than acquaintances but that backfires when his potential investor finds him with Gary and assumes they're together. To help each other out, Gary and Travis begin to have a fake relationship, only they're going to get more than either expected.

I loved Riley and Devon's previous collaboration, they both bring a lot to the storytelling world, but I would never use the words light-hearted and fun to describe it. Light-hearted and fun is exactly what Faking It is, but don't think that means it's light on the storytelling or hot sex because, uh, hello, Riley Hart and Devon McCormack!! Gary and Travis have to work for their HEA but it's a delicious ride to the end! I love when writers take care of their characters! There's a scene in this book that takes place during a fundraiser (and as much as I want to give more of it away, you have to read it!!) and I was nervous about what was going to happen with Gary. Was it going to be awkward? Would he be embarrassed and humiliated? No! Gary owned his scene and it made me love them even more for giving that to him!

I love everything about this new series and all the stories we can look forward to reading. And, listen, if you follow Devon on social media, you may recognize the set-up we have in these stories and can look at it as a little voyeurism into his life... I mean, not that I'm suggesting that you do that or anything! This is a must-read book and will definitely be one I will read over and over again. I can not wait to read what these two authors create next!

Rating: 5++++ stars!




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Release Tour ~ Falling For the Player by Jessica Lee (Reviews + Giveaway)

Release Tour ~ Falling For the Player by Jessica Lee (Reviews, Excerpt + Giveaway)

Falling For the Player
by Jessica Lee
Genre: New Adult - M/M Romance
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Release Date: January 16, 2017





Bad boy and former NFL running back Patrick Guinness is tired of meaningless sex. Ever since his scorching hot one-night stand three years ago, no one has interested him. So when Max Segreti wanders into his mechanic shop—and his life again—Patrick can't stop thinking about the totally-out-of-his-league law student and the possibility of getting him out of his system once and for all…

Max Segreti has spent his entire life doing what his father wants. But when he runs into the hotter-than-hell player he’s never been able to forget, he’s not thinking about studying for the bar. A distraction is the last thing he needs, but after an encounter leaves him wanting more, Max embraces the chaos that Patrick brings…even as he knows it can’t last. They're too different to ever have a future together.




Release Day Review ~ In Your Court by Reece Pine

Release Day Review ~ In Your Court by Reece Pine

Title: In Your Court

Author: Reece Pine
Release Date: January 18, 2017
Category: Contemporary
Pages: 120

With a shot at happiness in sight, it’s no time to drop the ball.
A back condition ruined Ray’s basketball ambitions, but he wants one last opportunity to play before hanging up his sneakers. While volunteering as a coach at a special needs school in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam, he meets Singaporean Xin, who works matching wealthy corporations with compatible charities. Xin helps the American navigate the local customs in order to see the smile Xin fell for at first sight, but Ray makes sure no one sees how hard it is for him to keep upright, let alone keep enjoying Vietnam and playing the sport he loves.
When Ray’s back pain becomes too great to hide, Xin accommodates him in Ho Chi Minh and in Singapore—and in bed. Ray wants to imagine a future for them but fears he’s damaged goods, and Xin’s obligations in Asia aren’t easily forgotten. Ray won’t be another charity of Xin’s, especially when Xin also needs someone by his side. Their romance will be cut as short as Ray’s basketball dreams unless he can close the Pacific-sized distance between them.
World of Love: Stories of romance that span every corner of the globe.

Release Day Review ~ Permanent Ink by Jaime Samms

Release Day Review ~ Permanent Ink by Jaime Samms

Title: Permanent Ink

Author: Jaime Samms
Release Date: January 18, 2017
Category: Contemporary
Pages: TBD (Novella)

Beauty is only skin deep, but some marks—and what they represent—are impossible to escape.
Eric resents his comfortable college life and the restrictions his family’s expectations put on him. Dwayne, his best friend Angel’s cousin, is a pierced and tattooed ex-con trying to rebuild his life. Eric sees only the tattoos and the way Dwayne’s upbringing have dictated his future. It takes a surprising revelation from Angel to force Eric to see past Dwayne’s defenses to the generous heart beneath and to realize it’s time for him to break free of his own instilled beliefs. The men can’t keep apart, and they gradually learn that everything they thought they knew about each other might be wrong.
Opposites attract as two men from very different backgrounds move from enemies to lovers in a story of understanding, compassion, and redemption.
First Edition published by Pink Petal Books, 2011.

Virtual Tour: Finding Your Feet by Cass Lennox (Guest Post + Giveaway)



The music behind Finding Your Feet

Finding Your Feet began life as a Nanowrimo project. It was meant to be an exercise in writing something completely different to anything else I'd done before, so I decided on a sweet, fluffy romance. Honestly, I was so excited about writing it! I set up a playlist for the month of November and had it on during the Day Job to get me into the right frame of mind for writing Finding Your Feet in the evenings.

This is a different playlist to the one for Blank Spaces. For Blank Spaces the songs were ones I happened to be listening to at the time. For Finding Your Feet, I had a theme and deliberately chose songs with that theme in mind (exceptions being Are You Gonna Be My Girl by Jet, which is the song Tyler and Evie dance to, and Find You by Zedd, which is in there because I just really liked it). Here you go:


For those who don't have two hours to listen to my lack of taste in music, these are the ones which were replayed each time they came up:

Fall For You by The Whitlams

The first time I heard this song was as a snippet in the TV ad for a "Best of" album back in the early 00s. The dreamy, introspective melody was enough to induce me to buy the entire album, and I've never looked back. I love the quiet, sad self-awareness of the song, the realisation that this is your person, and maybe you're not wise enough to handle them, but you're still going to take the plunge.

Ever Fallen In Love (With Someone You Shouldn't've) by Buzzcocks

Release Day Review ~ The Mighty Have Fallen by Bonnie Dee

Release Day Review ~ The Mighty Have Fallen by Bonnie Dee

Title: The Mighty Have Fallen

Author: Bonnie Dee

Release Date: January 18, 2016C

Category: Contemporary
Pages: 129 (Novella)

Theatre headliner Trevor Rowland is at the peak of his career when disaster strikes. In one fell swoop, he loses his eyesight, his fame, and his boyfriend, who absconds with most of his money. Trevor must take on a flatmate, hardworking East Ender Jack Burrows, to afford the rent. Anger and bitterness have taken up residence in his heart—but Jack shines light into the shadowy corners with his relentlessly sunny disposition.
Jack introduces Trevor to a local drag club and convinces him he can enjoy the stage again. Trevor’s defences slowly come down as Jack becomes much more than a barely tolerated roommate.
But will Trevor’s fragile trust be destroyed when it appears he’s been manipulated yet again by a man he’s come to care for? Will he reclaim his life or crawl back into a shell of defeat? Trevor must learn to trust not only a man, but himself, once more.

Release Day Review: Cemeteries by Moonlight by Hunter Frost

Release Day Review: Cemeteries by Moonlight by Hunter Frost

Title: Cemeteries by Moonlight

Author: Hunter Frost

Release Date: January 18, 2017
Category: Mystery/Suspense, States of Love
Pages: 108

When a serious bout of writer’s block threatens to delay mystery author Drew Daniels’s newest book, his aunt offers her New Orleans apartment in the heart of the French Quarter as a writing retreat. She neglects to mention that it’s occupied by the enigmatic and sexy Finn Murphy, a cemetery tour guide with a penchant for Victorian attire and a Cajun accent.

A body discovered in an open crypt forces reclusive Drew to deal with Finn’s eccentric group of friends and his underlying attraction to the hot Cajun—despite warnings about Finn’s violent past. Drew might write this stuff, but he’s never had to solve a real-life murder. With a deadline looming and a killer on the loose, this retreat is proving to be anything but helpful for Drew’s novel. Drew can only hope he won’t end up a tragic tale for the Ghostly Legends & Lore, Inc. haunted tour.
States of Love: Stories of romance that span every corner of the United States.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Release Day Review ~ Atonement (The Protectors Series Book 6) by Sloane Kennedy

Release Day Review ~ Atonement (The Protectors Book 6) by Sloane Kennedy

Title: Atonement
Series: The Protectors Series
Author: Sloane Kennedy
Release Day: January 17, 2017
Cover Design: Jay Aheer


Blurb:

“Once a fuck up, always a fuck up.”

Words twenty-six-year-old Dante Thorne has had to live with for more years than he can count and a title he finally earned at the tender age of sixteen when one careless decision led to tragedy. And since he can’t deny the truth of the words, why not live by them instead? Fucking up, fucking, it doesn’t matter; as long as it feels good and makes him forget the day he failed the one person he’d always sworn to protect. A good philosophy to live by until Dante meets the one man who might actually having him wishing he was something more…

At forty-one and with a distinguished twenty-year career as a Texas Ranger under his belt, Magnus DuCane should have been in the prime of his life. Instead, he’s mourning the loss of the daughter he couldn’t save and contemplating a future that looks nothing like the one he had planned. The only bright spot in his life is the young grandson whose suddenly been returned to him after going missing two years earlier and the new family of men that he’s been welcomed in to with open arms. But with his iron will, unfailing self-control and unflappable discipline, Magnus knows he can start a new chapter and get his life back on track…if he can just get past the disturbing, unexpected feelings one young man stirs in him.



Because everything about Dante Thorne is wrong for Magnus. His arrogance, his cocky attitude, every single unfiltered word that falls unchecked out of his mouth and, of course, the fact that he’s a man.

But when his well-meaning friends send Dante with him as a bodyguard when he returns to Texas to testify in a high-profile case, Magnus begins to see beyond the brash words and endless sexual innuendo. And when he starts to discover that what he sees isn’t all that bad, suddenly the fact that that Dante is a man instead of a woman no longer seems like such a big sticking point anymore…

Promo Post: Big Shot by Carly Phillips and Erika Wilde


Big Shot (A Book Boyfriend Novel 1) by Carly Phillips and Erika Wilde

Date of Publication: January 17, 2017

Blurb



New York Times Bestselling Authors Carly Phillips and Erika Wilde bring you a sexy new standalone romance.

Fall in love with your next Book Boyfriend . . .

Wes Sinclair is a notorious heart-breaker, a hot as sin bad boy with a panty-dropping smile no woman can resist. Except for his best friend's little sister and business adversary, Natalie Prescott, who seems immune to his flirtatious charms. While she's become a permanent fixture in his dirtiest, most scandalous fantasies, she wants nothing to do with him, or his seductive promises. Challenge accepted. His goal? To bring her to her knees, make her beg, and show her just how good being bad can be.

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Cover Reveal: Nuts About You - A Testicular Cancer Anthology


Nuts About You - A Testicular Cancer Anthology
Release date - 1st April 2017
Cover design by Book Covers by Bink (https://www.facebook.com/BinksBookCovers)

This anthology will be on sale for 60 days only at a special #sale price 99p

All the profit from this anthology will be split between two charities -
Worldwide Cancer Research (https://www.facebook.com/worldwidecancerresearch)
Male Cancer Awareness Campaign (https://www.facebook.com/MaleCancerAwareness).


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Virtual Tour: Afraid to Fly by L.A. Witt (Giveaway)



About Afraid to Fly


Once a fearless fighter pilot, Commander Travis Wilson is now confined to a desk. It’s been eight years since the near-fatal crash that grounded him, and it still rules his life thanks to relentless back pain.


Lieutenant Commander Clint Fraser almost drowned in a bottle after a highly classified catastrophe while piloting a drone. His downward spiral cost him his marriage and kids, but he’s sober now and getting his life back on track. He’s traded drones for a desk, and he’s determined to reconcile with his kids and navigate the choppy waters of PTSD.


Clint has been on Travis’s radar ever since he transferred to Anchor Point. When Clint comes out to his colleagues, it’s a disaster, but there’s a silver lining: now that Travis knows Clint is into men, the chemistry between them explodes.


It’s all fun and games until emotions get involved. Clint’s never been in love with a man before. Travis has, and a decade later, that tragic ending still haunts him. Clint needs to coax him past his fear of crashing and burning again, or their love will be grounded before takeoff.

Blog Tour ~ Volley Balls by Tara Lain ~ (Character Bio+Giveaway)





Volley Balls
(Balls to the Wall Series, Bk #1)
By Tara Lain


Blurb:
A double dose of alpha male might be better than one. Tara Lain’s popular novella, Volley Balls, is now expanded and revised. 

Despite just getting out of an abusive relationship with an asshole alpha, David Underwood’s wandering glance lands on two hot members of the Australian volleyball team on Laguna Beach and gets him harassed again. Still, when the delicious Gareth Marshall proves his interest by coming out to his team, David succumbs to his attraction. But Gareth’s volleyball partner, Edge, who’s equally hot, makes the lovers’ lives miserable.

For Gareth, a lifetime of hiding his orientation—and his attraction—from his best friend, Edge, as well as everyone else around him, adds up to hurt and frustration. David’s the first man to ever compete with Edge for Gareth’s passion. But Edge has secrets of his own, and David’s ex-lover will never be happy without David under his fist. With everything stacked against him, can a gay Laguna man find happiness with an alpha male–or two?



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Release Blitz: Next to Never by Penelope Douglas (Giveaway)

Release Blitz: Next to Never by Penelope Douglas (Giveaway)


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Title: Next to Never
Genre: New Adult
Author: Penelope Douglas
Release Date: January 17th, 2017




Synopsis:

New York Times bestseller Penelope Douglas introduces Quinn, younger sister to Jared, Madoc, and Jaxon, in the latest novella in the series that began with Jared and Tate in Bully...

Quinn Caruthers has several problems.
Her father, Jason, and her three older brothers, Jared, Madoc, and Jaxon.
Under the close watch of the men in her family, Quinn has found it nearly impossible to spread her wings—or even date—without them jumping in to hover. And when a family friend—several years older—from her childhood captures her heart, she knows they’re going to be a problem. Lucas Morrow is a man—experienced, sophisticated, and important. And knowing her brothers, he may as well be forbidden.
But Lucas left town years ago and shows no signs of returning. Quinn knows she shouldn’t wait for him anymore.
But then a package turns up on her doorstep with no return address and its contents reveal family secrets that threaten to turn Quinn’s world upside down. She’s never asked about the tumultuous path of her parents’ romantic history, but she soon learns their happy marriage had a very rocky and passionate start.
As she begins to see things around her with new eyes, Quinn will have to make tough choices about whether she’ll keep waiting…or finally go after what she really wants.


Release Blitz: The Impossible Boy by Anna Martin (Giveaway)

Release Blitz: The Impossible Boy by Anna Martin (Giveaway)


Publisher: Dreamspinner


Cover Design: Garrett Leigh


Length: 67,000 words


Blurb


This is not your average love story.

Ben Easton is not your average romantic hero. He’s a tattooed, badass, wannabe rock star, working in a perfectly horrible dive bar in Camden Town. His life is good, and he’s totally unprepared for how one man will turn it upside down.

Stan isn’t your average heroine. As a gender-fluid man, he proudly wears his blond hair long, his heels sky-high, and his make-up perfectly executed. A fashion industry prodigy, Stan is in London after stints working in Italy and New York City, and he quickly falls for Ben’s devil-may-care attitude and the warm, soft heart Ben hides behind it.

Beneath the perfect, elegant exterior, Stan has plenty of scars from teenage battles with anorexia. And it only takes the slightest slip for his demons to rush back in while Ben’s away touring with his band. With the band on the brink of a breakthrough, Ben is forced to find a way to balance the opportunity of a lifetime with caring for his beautiful boyfriend.


Monday, January 16, 2017

Blog Tour: Too Close by R. Phoenix (Review + Giveaway)

Blog Tour: Too Close by R. Phoenix (Exclusive Excerpt, Review + Giveaway)


Too Close - R Phoenix



Buy Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK

Length: 52,000 words

Blurb

Skylar Orion's life has been complicated ever since his mother abandoned him and his sister Evie. Making ends meet seemed impossible until Tate Chandler took them in -- his knight in shining armor who promised to make life about more than just surviving. But Tate is not the man he seemed to be, and even his whispered I love yous and generous gifts do little to soothe the pain he causes. Knowing he can't give his sister all that she deserves without Tate, Skylar stays with him, relying on bad puns and a worse sense of humor to keep up the charade.

He will do anything for his sister, even if that means acting the responsible adult and going back to his old high school to meet Dexter Weston, the hot math teacher who can make even algebra interesting. Sparks fly between the two of them, but with his dependence on Tate, Skylar isn't free to follow his heart. He wants what is best for Evie, but can he pass up the chance to find love that heals instead of harms? 


Warning: This book contains scenes of domestic abuse and violence that some may find triggering to read.

In the Spotlight with Bayou Book Junkie ~ Author Melanie Hansen


Hi Melanie Hansen and welcome to Bayou Book Junkie. Melanie has been writing since 2015, published her first MM tale in 2015 and to date, has published 4 novels, 3 of which are in her stunning Resilient Love series. Being a beta of hers (long story, but basically, I fangirled, emailed and kind soul that she is, Mel took pity on me, yay!!!), I can tell you that she has a few things cooking that we’ll be seeing in 2017. And boy, are readers in for more treats…I have permission to tell you that one’s a love lost-love found, 20-somethings tale, very contemp (and lol! very hot, a lot naughty and very sexy, and boy would I like to know what research she did for it!!!) and the other is a May-December tale that I am truly salivating over. I mean, she’s let me read about half of the latter, but the rest’s still a WIP. Does the woman not know that patience isn’t a Scorpio virtue?!
Mel’s a transcriber for a deaf high school student, mum to 2 boys who keep her on her toes, the daughter of a US Air Force guy and is married to a US Navy man. She lives in Arizona where she makes me sooooo envious about the weather compared to what we get here in London, UK. I mean, how can anyone moan about a hot summer, really, especially when there’s aircon everywhere as standard? Some people don’t know when they’ve got it good. Anyway, enough from me. This interview is about Mel, so it’s over to her.

Rita for BBJ: Hi Mel and welcome. Please tell BBJ readers all about yourself, though if I say so myself, I think I’ve done a pretty decent job. Did you know that good old-fashioned TMI is welcome here and that you’ve fans other than myself here?
Mel:  You did a fabulous job introducing me!  We’ve talked so much over the last year and a half, I really do feel like we’re friends J  You know me quite well!

AotM: Perfect Fit by Aimee Nicole Walker (Review + Exclusive Giveaway)


Author: Aimee Nicole Walker
Book: Perfect Fit 
Series: (Fated Hearts, #4)
Release date: January 19, 2016
Page count: 258

Blurb:

Two incurable bachelors, one incredible journey…

Jagger Jackson hides behind a sexy playboy veneer. He’d rather people see him as a man who doesn’t believe in love, rather than one who doesn’t deserve it. No matter how hard he works, he still sees himself as the unlovable boy from the wrong side of the tracks.

Miller Brexler doesn’t believe he’ll ever meet a man who could make him want to settle down. He’s perfectly happy with his hit it and quit it lifestyle. Behind his easygoing nature is a man who’s passionately devoted to his career, family, and friends. 

JJ and Miller are brought together when their best friends meet and fall in love. Sparks fly from the very beginning and no matter how much they try to fight it, their attraction is unavoidable. What starts out as “just sex” has the potential to become so much more if JJ can come to terms with his painful past, and Miller is willing to admit that love may be the missing piece in his seemingly perfect life.

Will these two stubborn hearts admit that they might’ve been wrong about love or will they allow the chance at true happiness to slip away? This is the tale of two imperfect men that together make a perfect fit.

Perfect Fit is the fourth book in the Fated Hearts series and can be read as a standalone novel or as part of the series. Many of the characters in the book have been introduced in Chasing Mr. Wright, Rhythm of Us, and Surrender Your Heart. 

*This book contains sexually explicit material and is intended for adults only.