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Release Review: Mister Romance: Leisa Rayven

Mister Romance (Masters of Love #1)
Leisa Rayven
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Release date April 30, 2017


As his alter-ego Mister Romance, Max is a drop-dead gorgeous escort who makes romantic fantasies come to life. No sex, just swoon-worthy dates to die for, and the cream of New York's socialites can't get enough.  Whether they want a dominating billionaire, bad boy with a heart of gold, hot geek, sexy biker, or best friend who loves them from afar, Max can make it all happen, but he's careful to keep his real identity a secret. 

Enter investigative journalist Eden Tate. Having caught wind of the urban legend of Mister Romance from a lovestruck client, Eden is determined to publish a scathing expose on Max and his ability to swindle lonely society women out of their fortunes. 

Desperate to protect his anonymity and his clients, Max challenges Eden to give him three dates. If she doesn't fall in love with him, she can run her story with his blessing. If she succumbs to his charms, the story dies. 

Cynical Eden has no doubt she can resist his fake romance personas, but when the real Max admits he’s falling for her, she has to decide if the professional liar is telling the truth, or if the passionate man with the mysterious past is just one more character designed to con her out of her career-making story.

Don’t miss this sizzling new standalone from the internationally best selling author of Bad Romeo, Broken Juliet, and Wicked Heart.

 

Eden Tate needs a big story or else risks losing her job as a web reporter. When she catches wind of the existence of "Mister Romance" she thinks he may just be the answer. He is supposedly an exclusive escort for the rich and famous who provides them with their romantic fantasies, and she is determined to do an expose and blow the story wide open. But as she and her friend start digging, they have no idea who they are up against.

M.R. (Max) has managed to keep himself an elusive mystery for a reason. He is intelligent, skilled, observant, and analytical. He will not be easy to get to or convince. He's a chameleon, a mystery, and a fantasy. You never know what he will do or who he might be.  His whole point is that he is providing a service by giving these women romantic inspiration. Eden is cynical, sarcastic, tenacious, and does not believe in romance or relationships. She is too stubborn and scared to admit she might actually want that or that she has feelings.  She has trust issues and never wants a man to make her feel weak. So she focuses on sexual release and not a connection.

But when he makes a deal with her that she can't refuse, who will the ultimate winner be? It's a cynic vs. romantic. Sex vs romance. Love vs. lust.

Max seems like he can be anything to anyone. It is hard to tell if anything is real or just pretend. He seems too good to be true in some ways, but his secrets from his past also add doubt.  Once feelings are involved will he be strong enough to weaken her defenses and allow her to give him a real chance? And can he juggle real vs. fake romance?

This is a battle of trust, love, and romance trying to win over cynicism, fear, and closed hearts.

I will be honest and say I was not sure about the premise and some of the way things occurred early in the book. I was not sure if I was going to truly warm up to his job with the role playing and various characters enough to buy him being the male romantic lead. But as we got to really see him more vulnerable, I did really like his personality and understood where he was coming from. And I enjoyed her spunk and spirit. And together they had great banter and chemistry and really challenged each other. So those aspects made it more fun, sexy, and drew me in more. I ended up liking Max and Eden. But I was not sure how they would be able to manage their lives and find a way towards a HEA. If one of their careers was saved, it seemed that the other would be ruined. There were plenty of challenges, angst, fears, and drama involved in their ever evolving relationship.

I enjoyed the side characters of  Nannabeth, Asha, Toby, and Dyson. They brought more depth, humor, a sense of family. I am hoping we see some of them again. Leisa Rayven has a way of bringing flawed characters to life and making you root for them, and she manged it again. This was unique, fun, feisty, romantic, sexy, sweet, and swoony.

I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review
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Leisa Rayven 
Writing has always been a passion for Leisa, and even though she originally intended to be an actress, it wasn't long into her time at drama school that she began writing plays.

Those plays were bad. Very bad. Well, her friends thought they were good, but that's because they were always cast in them and any opportunity to be on stage was met with an obnoxious amount of enthusiasm.

Since then, she's honed her craft, and several of her plays have been produced and toured throughout Australia.

These days, playwriting has given way to fiction writing, and she is now the proud mother of numerous book babies, including BAD ROMEO, BROKEN JULIET, and WICKED HEART. (Macmillan New York)

Leisa lives in Australia with her husband, two little boys, three judgmental cats, and a kangaroo named Howard. (*NB: Howard may or may not be her imaginary marsupial friend. Everyone should have one.*)

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Cover Reveal: Easy Nights: Kristen Proby

   


From New York Times Bestselling author Kristen Proby, comes a steamy and passionate friends-to-lovers romance—
EASY NIGHTS! 

The sixth standalone title in the Boudreaux Series, Savannah and Ben’s highly anticipated story is now available for preorder on all retailers! 

Don’t miss the beautiful cover below!

   
Cover Design by Okay Creations with Photography by Sara Eirew Photography

EASY NIGHTS (Boudreaux Series #6):

The Boudreaux Series—Sexy. Intriguing. Easy.

No one said change was easy…

Savannah Boudreaux knows what it is to hurt. To bleed. To be afraid that the man she’s promised to be true to until “death do us part” might in fact separate them far sooner than anyone had ever anticipated. But Van also knows what it is to survive. To move on. To live life to the fullest. With five brothers and sisters and a loving mother as her constant source of strength during the pain and the healing, Van realizes there is little else she needs.

But some things never change… 

Benjamin Preston sat on the sidelines of the Boudreaux family for years, in love with a woman he couldn’t have. As the best friend of the Boudreaux brothers since childhood, Ben has seen both tragedies and joys in the family. And as a former MMA fighter and KravMaga expert, Ben’s used to fighting for what he wants—and winning. His hands were tied when Savannah married her high school sweetheart not long after graduation, but now two years have passed since Ben found Savannah broken in her own home.

Sometimes what you need most has been right in front of you the whole time…

Van’s convinced that happiness isn’t in the cards for her, no matter how right it feels to be in Ben’s strong arms—and his bed. Ben is determined to win her heart and fight for her trust. He’s promised to protect her, to be her friend. But more than anything, he wants to finally make her his, and this is one fight he’s not willing to lose.

Preorder your copy of EASY NIGHTS today!

 
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A Note from Kristen: 

Hello, readers! I’m so excited to finally be able to share the new cover for Easy Nights with you! We’ve all been waiting a long time for Ben and Savannah’s story and it’ll be in your hot little hands on June 27th. I can say without a shadow of a doubt that Ben and Van are two of my favorite characters of all time, and saying goodbye to the Boudreaux clan hasn’t been easy. Thanks for taking this journey of three years with me! Don’t forget, you can preorder NOW! And be sure to keep an eye on my newsletters and social media in the next two months for sneak peeks and news. 
With love, Kristen

      
And don’t miss the first standalone titles in the Boudreaux Series!

Kristen Proby
About Kristen Proby: New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Kristen Proby is the author of the bestselling With Me In Seattle and Love Under the Big Sky series. She has a passion for a good love story and strong, humorous characters with a strong sense of loyalty and family. Her men are the alpha type; fiercely protective and a bit bossy, and her ladies are fun, strong, and not afraid to stand up for themselves. Kristen lives in Montana, where she enjoys coffee, chocolate and sunshine. And naps. 


 
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Amazon Release Blitz and Reviews: The Bohemian and the Businessman





Katy Regnery is back on Blueberry Lane and the first standalone in the Story Sisters series is NOW LIVE and FREE with Kindle Unlimited! ONLY 99c for a limited time!

The Bohemian and the Businessman
Katy Regnery
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Available April 28, 2017 on Amazon | Amazon UK and Kindle Unlimited

Priscilla Story, the self-proclaimed “wild child” of the straight-laced Story clan, has always had a knack for getting herself trouble. Except this time, her “growing problem” is going to require a Daddy sooner than later…or she can kiss her inheritance good-bye.

Shane Olson, who previously dated Priscilla’s sister, Margaret, isn’t opposed to a marriage of convenience for the sake of furthering his business interests, but Priscilla – with her wild ways – is just about the last woman he’d choose to marry.

In order to make the marriage look convincing, they end up having to spend more time together than they’d originally planned. When rolling stone, Priscilla, who lives by the seat of her muu-muu, and seriously-ambitious Shane, who’s had his whole life planned since he was eleven, start falling for each other, it’s going to take a whole lot of compromise for this Bohemian and her Businessman to find their happily ever after.

This is the first book in the Story Sisters spin off and it takes place two years ago... so the events occur before Margaret Story and Cameron Winslow get together in  Crazy About Cameron.
The Story Sisters are all unique and opinionated, but would never be what their father wanted--male offspring. So no matter how hard they try, they ultimately fail to gain his favor, love, and acceptance. 

While her other sisters, Alice, Elizabeth, Margaret, and Jane are all driven, highly intelligent, work-a-holics, Priscilla is the oddball. She is artsy, impulsive, adventurous, and free-spirited. She left home to explore the world and does not fit in with the rigid and opulent lifestyle she was born into. But she is now back home with no man in her life, no job, no prospects, and a big secret. 

Shane Olson works for their father. And his boss has already been hinting for Shane to marry her sister, Margaret, to further his career.  But as already mentioned, the Story girls have minds of their own. And Priscilla takes the opportunity to come up with a plan of her own.

Basically Shane and Priscilla find themselves in a situation where a marriage of convenience might solve all of their problems...or perhaps it could stir up new ones. They've always had chemistry, but they are opposites. Like most people, Shane never really took Priscilla seriously. He's buttoned up. competitive, and ambitious. He has focused solely on making it in the business world, so relationships have not been part of his plan. She seems flighty and unpredictable, and her life is messy.  But the more time the spend together, the more they begin to appreciate the other. In a world where neither fully fit in, they can accept each other.

I actually loved Priscilla and Shane together. Their differences made them dynamic. Their chemistry was palpable. They helped anchor, balance, challenge, and support the other. It was definitely insta-lust and insta-lovey, but hot and heartfelt too. There is something about this delightful series and spin-offs that just suck you in, make you love the characters, and leave you with a big smile on your face. This one was a sweet, sexy, swoony, empowering story of opposites and a marriage of convenience. 

I enjoyed returning to Blueberry Lane and learning more about this family. I can't say I am too fond of the cold, strong-willed Story sisters yet, other than Margaret, so they will have to work in their books to win me over. They could definitely use some lightening up and taming. Up next is Alice in The Director and the Don Juan and her story was teased just a bit.


I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review. 

The Story sisters have a lot of tension in their relationships between each other. Priscilla may have been the black sheep of the family, but only because she refused to bend and fit the mold she was expected to fill.

Priscilla Story has always marched to the beat of her own drum. Rebelling from an early age, she has little direction in her life other than to find adventure. But her latest adventure and plans are crushed and she is forced to return to Blueberry Lane despite grand plans to live in Paris. First up on the list of things she needs to do: find a husband, and quick.

Shane Olson knows that the only way he is going to get the promotion he has worked for is to marry a Story sister. He dated Margaret and thought they would make a good match, but she turned him down. Not opposed to a marriage simply for convenience, he steps in when Priscilla schemes to get them what they both want, though Priscilla is the opposite of his ideal woman.

But it doesn’t take long for things to heat up between them, especially as Priscilla has long taken joy in ruffling Shane’s well planned feathers. And Shane knew she was baiting him, but couldn’t resist her wild streak, even as it wasn’t the long term

I loved watching these two battle it out. Their opposing outlooks often mean they take different directions to reach the same point. I hadn’t been a huge fan of Shane’s during Crazy for Cameron. Seeing the proposal scene only from Margaret’s eyes meant he came off as a complete brown-noser and loyal sheep of her father. Reading that scene again, but through his own eyes, gave me a completely different perspective both on the events and Shane as a character, and in that moment I was hooked on the story: waiting for Priscilla to throw a wrench in his perfectly concocted plans. As Shane and his P spent more time together I loved watching them together, even before they had things figured out.

The baby aspect added tension to the timeline. I kept waiting for the fallout from all the decisions along the way and was not disappointed when sparks started flying. Both as part of Priscilla’s inheritance and as part of the relationship building with Shane, I couldn’t help but wait for that particular part of the story to become an issue: whether it was discovered before Priscilla was ready or not.

Getting to know the Story patriarch a little more, it is becoming clear why so many of his daughters are as straight-laced as they are, though as time continues on I get the feeling each woman is going to find the need to rebel in her own way. Margaret and Priscilla have had their turn, and Alice is next with The Director and the Don Juan. Getting a teaser of her set-up at the end of this book, I look forward to seeing more from this family.

I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review.


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Sister, Margaret Story gets her man in 
The Winslow Brothers: Crazy About Cameron

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Blueberry Lane

English Brothers
Winslow Brothers
The Rousseaus


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THE WORLD OF BLUEBERRY LANE

Artist: Paul Siegel
Based on the bestselling series by Katy Regnery

Signed prints, photo prints, mugs and keychains can be purchased at http://www.katyregnery.com!
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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Katy Regnery started her writing career by enrolling in a short story class in January 2012. One year later, she signed her first contract and Katy’s first novel was published in September 2013.

Twenty-five books later, Katy claims authorship of the multi-titled, New York Times and USA Today Blueberry Lane Series, which follows the English, Winslow, Rousseau, Story, and Ambler families of Philadelphia; the six-book, bestselling ~a modern fairytale~ series; and several other standalone novels and novellas.

Katy’s first modern fairytale romance, The Vixen and the Vet, was nominated for a RITA® in 2015 and won the 2015 Kindle Book Award for romance. Katy’s boxed set, The English Brothers Boxed Set, Books #1–4, hit the USA Today bestseller list in 2015, and her Christmas story, Marrying Mr. English, appeared on the list a week later. In May 2016, Katy’s Blueberry Lane collection, The Winslow Brothers Boxed Set, Books #1-4, became a New York Times E-book bestseller.

In 2016, Katy signed a print-only agreement with Spencerhill Press. As a result, her Blueberry Lane paperback books will now be distributed to brick and mortar bookstores all over the United States.

Katy lives in the relative wilds of northern Fairfield County, Connecticut, where her writing room looks out at the woods, and her husband, two young children, two dogs, and one Blue Tonkinese kitten create just enough cheerful chaos to remind her that the very best love stories begin at home.



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Cover Reveal: Illegal Contact: Santino Hassell


Illegal Contact
(The Barons #1)
Santino Hassell


The rules of the game don’t apply off the field in this first Barons novel. 

New York Barons tight end Gavin Brawley is suspended from the team and on house arrest after a video of him brawling goes viral. Gavin already has a reputation as a jerk with a temper on and off the field—which doesn’t help him once he finds himself on the wrong side of the law. And while he’s been successful professionally, he’s never been lucky when it comes to love. 

Noah Monroe is a recent college grad looking for a job—any job—to pay off his mounting student debt. Working as Gavin’s personal assistant/babysitter seems like easy money. But Noah isn’t prepared for the electrifying tension between him and the football player. He’s not sure if he’d rather argue with Gavin or tackle him to the floor. But both men know the score, and neither is sure what will happen once Gavin's timeout is over…
The Barons Series

Down By Contact
book 2
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Santino Hassell was raised in Brooklyn by a strict Catholic family, but he was anything but traditional. He grew up to be a smart-mouthed, school-cutting grunge kid, then a transient twenty-something, and eventually transformed into an unlikely romance author.
Santino writes queer romance that is heavily influenced by the gritty, urban landscape of New York City, his belief that human relationships are complex and flawed, and his own life experiences.




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