Guest Post: Touch by Remmy Duchene

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OS: Welcome to Remmy Duchene here to talk about Touch!

RD:

Hi everyone! Thank you for stopping by to check out my post. My name is Remmy Duchene and I write mostly interracial/multicultural erotic romance. For those who’ve read my books before, I’ve prided myself on being different. I like stories, characters, languages, races/cultures—all the wonderful things that make us human, that set us apart from each other. I have also been a major fan of characters who are broken down by life and with love and friendship, manages to pick up the pieces again. Call me a softie, but whenever I find those stories, I bury myself in them until the end.
A while ago, I was inspired to write a story that’s a little different than anything I’ve written before. I have been challenging myself lately, it seems, breaking my own heart and repairing it with the conclusions of these tales.
Touch is the second of those stories. I am trying to dig deeper within myself, to not be afraid of conflict, of hurt. I took my time with this story and I appreciate that it will be a stark different tale than what people are used to from me.
The character, Foster Erickson is broken. Along with being gay to highly religious parents, he’s been through a darkness that would break most. And he didn’t come out the other side unscathed. He now must learn to stand on his own two feet, to be around people again, to build himself up and learn that sometimes, it is okay to lean on others. That is a hard lesson for someone who is used to being getting kicked back down.
I really hope you can enjoy Foster and understand where he’s coming from and where he wishs to be.

Blurb:

One can’t walk the path of darkness and expect to escape unscathed.
At eighteen, Foster Erickson stepped out of the closet into a world of homelessness, prostitution, and drugs. Years later, he’s pulled it together and is ready to rebuild.
Determined not to let the demons win, Foster starts university with a plan to keep others from making the same mistakes he did. The last thing he expects is Sylvester Roberts.
After years of working with his father, Sylvester decides to step out on his own. University at his age is strange, but for him, failure isn’t an option. After flunking a few tests, Sylvester’s professor assigns him a tutor—Foster Erickson. The moment they meet, Sylvester knows Foster isn’t like other guys.
As the darkness hovers and Sylvester begins falling, he will have to decide if helping Foster fight his demons will be worth it in the end

Author Bio: Born in Jamaica, Remmy Duchene now lives in Canada where she works for lawyers. In her spare time, though it seem she has none, Remmy loves photography, finding new restaurants with her niece, researching, Kpop concerts and anything baked.

Links
Website: https://remmyduchene.wix.com/remmyducheneromance
Twitter: www.twitter.com/remmyduchene
Instagram: www.instagram.com/manluvlikeaboss
Buy link for Touch: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/touch-by-remmy-duchene-9404-b

Friends to Lovers: Men of Smithfield: Mark and Tony Audiobook by LB Gregg Narrated by Shannon Gunn

Audible Link

https://www.audible.com/pd/Fiction/Men-of-Smithfield-Mark-and-Tony-Audiobook/B008LUTE9E?ref=a_a_search_c3_lProduct_1_4&pf_rd_p=e81b7c27-6880-467a-b5a7-13cef5d729fe&pf_rd_r=ZNDG8G4NS9NXG19XGX9S

Blurb
“Coming home from work to find my boyfriend banging our hairy, married landlord – in our bed – was bad enough. Discovering Jamie had also cleaned out my bank accounts made it officially the worst day of my life. I think I can be forgiven for wanting revenge, even if a few little laws (and possibly Jamie’s nose) got bent in the process.

“Fortunately, the law is on my side in the form of my oldest friend, Tony Gervase. I’ve tried to deny my attraction to the sexy trooper for years. After all, he made it clear long ago that he wasn’t interested in me that way. But if the hot encounter in his kitchen is any indication, he is now. At least the day is ending a whole lot better than it began….

“But the morning after, the Jamie situation goes from bad to seriously messed up. The jerk’s in more trouble than I could have imagined. And as it turns out, I don’t know Tony as well as I thought I did, either.

Review
This book started at a pace and kept right on going. Mark finds his partner Jamie cheating on him and that he has cleared his bank accounts, so he seeks revenge. Oh boy does he take revenge. The only problem is by acting on impulse he could get himself into trouble. Mark turns to long time friend Tony who tries to talk sense into him. You can feel the attraction between Mark and Tony sizzle, Shannon Gunn portrays this excellently. The confrontations between Mark and Jamie are relayed perfectly. Shannon Gunn puts so much emotion into his narration it feels like I’m there watching it all unfold. I must admit I really wasn’t expecting the story to unravel the way it did and all in a matter of 48 hours.
In amongst the wreckage of Mark and Jamie’s relationship Tony finally tells Mark he’s been waiting for him. All the time Mark has thought Tony wasn’t interested. When they get together it is so so hot. I liked it so much I got the other audiobooks. Let’s see if LB Gregg and Shannon Gunn continue to be as good.

4 of stars out of 5

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Purchased for review

 

 

 

Recent Release: Blood Dance by Samantha Cayto

Pride Publishing
https://www.pride-publishing.com/book/blood-dance

Blurb
What lurks in the dark is not always a monster. Sometimes it’s your deepest desire.
A thousand years ago, Alex captained an alien ship that crashed on Earth. Stranded, he has tried to keep his men together while forging a new life. He’s locked into a never-ending war with mutinous crewmembers that makes unsuspecting humans collateral damage. That humans mistake them as vampires is all to the good. Humans are still not ready to learn aliens live among them. Alex has finally found some peace running a private club, but the memories of a human, loved and lost, keeps him alone.
Quinn Cooper was kicked out of his family when he came out as gay. Having travelled to Boston, he takes a job in Alex’s club. His boss and the men around him are large, scary and hard to ignore—as is his instant attraction to Alex. Becoming involved with the boss is always tricky. There’s something about Alex, however, that’s too sexy and compelling to ignore.
Knowing that seducing the vulnerable and virginal Quinn is a bad idea, Alex tries to keep his distance. He’s also trying to protect the boy and everyone else when the traitorous crew once more stirs up trouble. Alex’s and Quinn’s growing attraction leads Quinn closer to the frightening truth of whose bed he shares, while putting him in unfathomable harm’s way. Alex has to find a path forward to end the alien war for good or risk losing another love.

Review
Can many of our beliefs in the supernatural really be aliens who have infiltrated our world? Not as farfetched as belief in vampires. Quinn stumbles into a BDSM club in answer to an ad for go-go dancers. New in town, as well as homeless and hungry he immediately catches Alex’s attention. Unfortunately he shows up just as an opposing group of aliens are starting to pick at the life this group has made for themselves.

The world building goes on through the whole story. Bits and pieces revealed in the form of explaining the story and later informing Quinn. The romance between Quinn and Alex seems to happen quickly, I think the story only spans a few weeks, yet by the end there are declarations of love. The writing was good, the story kept my interest all the way through, and the sexy times were hot! There was mention of men being able to get pregnant, but it didn’t happen in this story.

This ended with a HFN, and left it for more stories to come, both with Quinn and Alex as well as the other alien members of the group. There will be an overall storyline so the books should be read in order as they come out.

Rating 4 of 5 stars

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Copy Generously Provided for Honest Review

 

 

Heart 2 Heart Anthology Blog Post by Ruthie Luhnow and Giveaway!

 

OS Welcome to Ruthie Luhnow!

 

Ruthie Luhnow:

 

The Lawyer & The Lobsterman

 

 

Can you tell us a little bit about your characters?

 

Opposites attract: Isaac is a meticulous, highly strung lawyer, and Will is a carefree pro sports mascot.

 

Was writing this story easy for you to do? Or was it a little bit outside of your normal writing zone?

It was a very fun project for me. I liked having the constraints of the prompt and the suggestions from readers—sometimes having “rules” for what I write can force my brain to be a little more creative!

 

The characters you had to choose from were readers’ submissions, correct? Were there any other characters you considered writing about before you chose this couple?

I was instantly drawn to “lobsterman” and chose to interpret it as a man dressed as a lobster instead of someone who catches lobsters for a living. I was smitten!

 

What were some of the reader submissions that stood out to you, and why?

I was surprised by how creative all of them were! There were so many great choices.

 

How did you come to be involved in the Heart2Heart Anthology?

I was invited by a fellow writer, and I am honored to be a part of this amazing project.

 

Since the anthology is only available for a limited time, (90 days) do you have any plans for your story after that?

I’ll have to see! Expanding it could be a lot of fun—I enjoyed these characters a lot.

 

Have you ever been involved in a group project like this before? What were some of the challenges you had to face?

The logistics are always tricky, but luckily we had some great people organizing it and it went quite smoothly.

 

What do you think of the line-up of authors? How does it feel to be in such great company?

I’m star struck!!

 

Is this something you’d like to be a part of again in the future?

Of course

 

Other than your own, do you have a favorite story (or two) in the anthology?

I love all of them for different reasons. I loved seeing where so many different authors with very unique styles took the prompt.

 

You’re donating the entire proceeds to charity – can you tell us more about where the money is going?

We are honored to support some amazing LGBT related charities.

 

Have you ever been set up on a blind date? If yes, how did it turn out?

No, but I’ve been on a fair few ill-fated first dates.

 

Have you ever set someone else up on a blind date? If yes, how did it turn out?

No, though I’ve played wingman many times for my friends—without much success unfortunately.

 

 

If Heart2Heart were to match you with someone, who do you think you’d get paired with?

Hopefully someone who was willing to listen to me talk about my job the entire time!

 

 

HEART 2 HEART ANTHOLOGY

 

May Archer * Charlie Cochet * Alison Hendricks * Sloane Kennedy *

Lucy Lennox * Ruthie Luhnow * Lily Morton * Chris Owen *

Poppy Dennison * Hailey Turner * A.E. Wasp

 

 

M/M ROMANCE

 

RELEASE DATE: 02.07.18

 

COVER DESIGN: AngstyG/www.angstyg.com

ANTHOLOGY EDITOR: Leslie Copeland

 

BUY LINK: http://getBook.at/Heart2Heart

 

 

BLURB

 

Once upon a time, a bunch of authors wondered… What if a dating app that guaranteed you a love match broke down just in time for Valentine’s Day? What if you found yourself on a blind date with a random guy who might be your opposite in every single way? It could be a disaster. Or… When the code breaks down, fate just might take over.

 

Eleven of your favorite gay romance authors have joined forces to light up your Valentine’s Day with a collection of sweet, sexy, silly, and hot short stories, featuring a wacky cast of characters chosen from your reader suggestions! Morticians and magicians, superheroes and spies, lawyers and lobstermen, will all learn that love has nothing to do with algorithms… and sometimes you find it in the least-likely places.

 

And the best part? All proceeds from this collection will go to the authors’ favorite LGBTQ charities, to ensure that love in all its incarnations will be celebrated and protected every single day of the year!

 

It will only be available for 90 days, so Tuesday, May 8th will be the last time you can purchase this anthology.

 

Over 162k words total, contemporary MM romance

 

 

 

EXCERPT

 

 

The date was going terribly, and it hadn’t even started yet.

 

Of course, it didn’t help that Isaac didn’t even want to go on the date. The only reason he was there was to placate his sister Carrie, who’d spent three hours on Christmas holding a wine bottle hostage as she went on and on about how Isaac was going to die alone and be eaten by his cats if he didn’t get his act together soon.

 

She hadn’t reacted well when Isaac told her that maybe he wanted to die alone and be eaten by his non-existent cats.

 

Isaac didn’t really want that, of course, but a relationship—or even sex—had never been high on his priority list. In college, while his classmates had been drinking and dancing and living out what would soon become the good old days, Isaac had been in the library studying.

 

The hard work had paid off. He’d been top of his class and gotten into his first choice law school. He was now the youngest partner his law firm had ever had. He drove a nice car, and had a beautiful minimalist loft in a trendy neighborhood that he barely spent any time in.

 

By all accounts, Isaac was successful. But he wasn’t necessarily happy.

 

Isaac checked his phone again, covering the screen as he furtively pulled up the Heart2Heart app. It was bad enough that he’d let Carrie convince him to use a dating app. It was even worse that he’d apparently been stood up by his date.

 

Isaac groaned and scrubbed his hand over his face. Carrie had insisted this app was the hot new thing—she knew a friend of a friend who’d worked on it, and apparently the app was up to its eyeballs in algorithms that would scour your own information and spit out the username of your best match—physically, emotionally, sexually, so on and so forth.

 

Lobsterman69.

 

That was apparently the name of his soulmate. Lobster. Man. 69.

 

All that week, he’d been going back and forth over whether he should even go on the date. He and Lobsterman69 had exchanged a few lukewarm text messages, but Isaac had assumed—and hoped and prayed—that when they met in person there’d be some undeniable spark of chemistry and he could check find a life partner off his to-do list.

 

Isaac told Carrie the only reason he was going was to get a free dinner at Juniper. Juniper was the trendiest, most exclusive restaurant in the city, and they were booked solid for the next four months. Isaac could afford a place like Juniper easily, but getting a reservation for two on Valentine’s Day was impossible—except, apparently, for two lucky Heart2Heart users. Isaac couldn’t pass that opportunity up.

 

In the end, though, he was curious. How could someone who thought the screenname Lobsterman69 was a good idea be Isaac’s soulmate? Isaac had to meet him.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CHARITIES

 

We are pleased to be donating 100% of our proceeds to 3 wonderful charities:

The Trevor Project: https://www.thetrevorproject.org/

Bisexual Resource Centre: http://biresource.org/

One n Ten: http://onenten.org/

 

We encourage all readers to learn more about these groups and consider making a donation of your own. Every little bit helps.

 

 

 

BACKGROUND/TITLES

 

What began as a random idea quickly turned into a collaborative and completely voluntary effort from 11 authors, more than 130 readers, cover designer, 2 proofreaders, and one cat herder to keep it all together.

 

Readers were asked to submit ideas for characters, both typical and off-the-wall, and from that list, each author picked 2 seemingly mismatched guys and helped them find love.

 

May Archer – The Baker and the SEAL

 

Charlie Cochet – The Assassin and the Dog Walker

 

Poppy Dennison – The Electrician and the Event Planner

 

Alison Hendricks – The Professional Gamer and the Paranormal Photographer

 

Sloane Kennedy – The Florist and the Lawyer

 

Lucy Lennox – The Uber Drive and the Phone Sex Operator

 

Ruthie Luhnow – The Lawyer and the Lobsterman

 

Lily Morton – The Tattoo Artist and the Writer

 

Chris Owen – The Criminal and the Sommelier

 

Hailey Turner – The Superhero and the NSA Agent

 

AE Wasp – The Magician and the Mortician

 

 

 

 

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Guest Post and Giveaway! Apocalypse Alley by Don Allmon

OS:  Welcome to Don Allmon, author of Apocalypse Alley.  Thanks for stopping by and sharing this deleted scene!

DA: Hello, all! I’m Don Allmon and this week I’ll be touring the web to promote my new book, APOCALYPSE ALLEY, the second in the Blue Unicorn series.

 

If you’re looking for fast-paced cyberpunk/fantasy romance – Terminator 2 meets Fury Road with two sexy guys and a dragon – this is your jam.

 

Join in the fun by leaving a comment which enters you to win a Riptide gift card!

 

Deleted Scene: Roadhouse Pool

I rewrote APOCALYPSE ALLEY about a billion times and have at least two books worth of deleted scenes. This one here was supposed to happen sometime after the events of APOCALYPSE ALLEY but before book three, THE BURNING MAGUS. In the end the scene didn’t fit in either book. I still like it though, so wanted to share it anyway.

In this scene, Austin tells JT he wants a three-way so they find a roadhouse and…

Austin liked to watch JT pick out guys. JT always went for the same look (which was never anyone like Austin) and nine times out of ten Austin could guess the man JT would hit up long before JT decided himself.

The look JT went for was the scruffy scrap of a guy. This one was in jeans and work boots and a well-worn service garage shirt (short-sleeved, striped, snaps up the front, stitched-on name tag said “EDGE” in quotes like it was a nickname) and an impressive mane of blond hair bursting corona-like from beneath a greasy ballcap. He was shooting pool. He shot like he’d be dirty in bed.

JT stood at the bar and downed one beer after another. Austin rolled his eyes as JT tried to work up his nerve. And finally when JT did, all he did was walk over and put a token on the table to mark his place in line to play.

“Oh, for Christ’s sake,” Austin said.

“I wanna play,” JT said as if that token meant nothing more than that.

“I thought this was supposed to be my reward for saving your kid.”

“So go find you a guy.”

“I want you to find a guy.”

“Just one game.”

Watching JT flirt you’d wonder how he ever got laid. His idea of showing he was interested was to look away every time the guy caught his eye and blush a lot. The blushing was cute, but only because he was an orc and it wasn’t a thing you’d expect orcs to do. The rest of it just made him look nervous and skittish.

Edge was all about the game. His eyes might have lingered on JT’s arms, but most people’s eyes did, especially someone not used to the size arms your everyday orc could have. But then JT angled for a shot and had to lean against the table to hold himself steady. The box of his baggy jeans pressed against the table’s edge, pushed his junk up and over, made it plain as day what he was packing there. Edge did real live double-take. Not flirting, not yet, just another sensible reaction. But then came the glances up and down JT’s body (which JT didn’t notice); and then came a sunny smile to go along with “good shot” (which JT didn’t notice); and then came “So what’s your name?”

“JT.”

“What’s it stand for?”

“Nothing. Just letters.”

JT dropped the seven in the corner. Edge leaned against the table, a touch closer to JT than he needed to be, shoulders cocked and twirling his stick in his hand, waiting for the inevitable question. JT didn’t ask it.

Ask him, JT. For Christ’s sake, just ask him.

“‘Edge’ is just a nickname,” Edge finally offered.

JT smiled, confused, tusks uneven, and said, “Yeah, I knew that. Quotation marks.” He pointed at the badge. They stood there a second staring at each other as if neither of them could figure out quite what the other was on about.

My God, JT, kiss him. Kiss him. Kiss him, Godfuckit.

JT said, “It’s your shot.”

Oh for fuck’s sake! At the speed of JT, Austin would never get laid.

Four games later and Austin was tired of waiting.

JT bent to break, pulled his cue way back. Austin tossed an old-fashioned bank card in the middle of the felt. JT glared at him. Edge said, “Hey man, that’s not cool.”

Austin told Edge, “If you win this game, there’s two-fifty for you. If my friend wins, he and I get to take you in that back room over there and fuck your brains out.”

Well that got the place quiet.

Edge’s mouth hung open. His eyes wandered everywhere, to the card, to JT (tusks, crotch, and arms), to Austin, back to the card, and around again. “Okay.” He took the card and set it on the rail. “It’s your money.”

JT was still bent over, cue still drawn, still glaring, stubby tusks looking mean. Austin patted him on the shoulder and whispered in his ear: “Go get ’em, tiger.” And then he stepped far enough away his glamour wouldn’t tip the scales, crossed his arms, and watched his little drama unfold.

About Apocalypse Alley

 

Home from a six-month assignment to war-torn East Asia, genetically engineered supersoldier Noah “Comet” Wu just wants to kick back, share a beer, and talk shit with his best friend, JT. But JT’s home has been shot up like a war zone, and his friend has gone missing.

 

Comet’s only lead is a smart-mouthed criminal he finds amid the mess. His name’s Buzz Howdy. He’s a con man and a hacker and deserves to be in jail. Or in handcuffs, at least. The only thing the two have in common is JT. Unless you count the steamy glances they’re sneaking at one another. They have those in common too. But that just makes Comet all the more wary.

 

Despite their mutual distrust, they’ll have to work together to rescue JT before a cyborg assassin gets to him first. Racing down a miserable stretch of road called Apocalypse Alley, they must dodge radioactive spiders, a killer Buick, and rampaging cannibals. They also try to dodge each other. That last bit doesn’t work out so well.

 

Available now from Riptide Publishing!

 

About Blue Unicorn

 

JT is an orc on the way up. He’s got his own boutique robotics shop, high-end clientele, and deep-pocketed investors. He’s even mentoring an orc teen who reminds him a bit too much of himself back in the day.

 

Then Austin shows up, and the elf’s got the same hard body and silver tongue as he did two years ago when they used to be friends and might have been more. He’s also got a stolen car to bribe JT to saying yes to one last scheme: stealing the virtual intelligence called Blue Unicorn.

 

Soon JT’s up to his tusks in trouble, and it ain’t just zombies and Chinese triads threatening to tear his new life apart. Austin wants a second chance with JT—this time as more than just a friend—and even the Blue Unicorn is trying to play matchmaker.

 

Check out the Blue Unicorn universe!

 

About Don Allmon

 

In his night job, Don Allmon writes science fiction, fantasy, and romance. In his day job, he’s an IT drone. He holds a master of arts in English literature from the University of Kansas and wrote his thesis on the influence of royal hunting culture on medieval werewolf stories. He’s a fan of role-playing games, both video and tabletop. He has lived all over from New York to San Francisco, but currently lives on the prairies of Kansas with many animals.

 

Connect with Don:

 

 

To celebrate the release of Apocalypse Alley, one lucky winner will receive a $20 Riptide credit! Leave a comment with your contact info to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on March 3, 2018. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Thanks for following the tour, and don’t forget to leave your contact info!

Enemies to Lovers: The Vampire’s Werewolf Bodyguard by Liv Rider

GoodReads Link
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33156639-the-vampire-s-werewolf-bodyguard?ac=1&from_search=true

 

Free on KU!

Blurb

What happens when an out-of-control werewolf is hired to guard his immortal enemy?

Simon Caley barely survived an assassin’s strike. The reclusive vampire trusts no one, but he’s still in danger, and the attack left him too weak to defend himself. He needs protection while he hunts for the mastermind behind the attack.

Cody Weston’s werewolf instincts make him a good bodyguard—but only if he can control his wolf. After an accidental shift on the job, he’s on probation, until his boss calls about a very unusual client.

Instincts and tempers flare when they meet, along with something unexpected: desire. Simon’s not just Cody’s fated enemy, he’s his fated mate too. Can the vampire and his werewolf bodyguard work past their differences and save each other, or will Cody lose control—and hurt the man he’s sworn to protect?

The Vampire’s Werewolf Bodyguard is a standalone M/M paranormal vampire/wolf shifter romance with no cliffhangers.(less)

Review

I thought this was really good! We get animosity, super-charged sexual chemistry, a mysterious and powerful “ex”, great villains, and some interesting world building.

These vampires are “old school” and are both powerful but have some exploitable weaknesses. The juxtaposition with modern “bodyguards” and security was well done. Mix in the age old enemy of werewolf vs vampire and mix in some fated mate and – viola! Great story.

I’d have given it perfect marks but I wanted to see more of the “mate/mine” dynamic.

Highly recommended to fans of shifter/vampire romance. I’ll be looking for more from this author.

4.25 of 5 stars

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Copy Purchased for Review

Enemies to Lovers: Wild City Life by Liv Rider

Good Reads Link

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33780897-wild-city-life?from_search=true

Blurb

Elliot Novak and Dominik Askov—heirs to the Leopard and Tiger packs—have been clashing for years. But when the Leopard pack is brutally attacked, it’s time to put their rivalry aside.

Elliot knows that taking Dominik with him to confront the threat might be the only way to ensure their alliance holds. But even in the middle of terrible danger, he’s not sure he can keep someone with Dominik’s keen senses from noticing the attraction he’s long hidden.

Dominik doesn’t mess around when the safety of his pack is at stake–even if it’s the first time he’s had a chance to spend time with the man he secretly admires. He’s determined to keep his long-concealed feelings for Elliot under wraps and his tiger’s instincts under control.

But when they embark on a journey to find the attackers, they forget the power of the rising moon. Under its influence, they might reveal everything their human selves would rather hide. Can they fight both the animal instincts pulling them together and the enemies bent on destroying them?

Review

This was a nice story that gives us a different perspective on shifters and the world they live in.

Humans don’t factor into this story, it is strictly shifters trying to survive after the world has combusted. It is also about tigers and leopards instead of wolves or bears.

The tiger and leopards have pack lines that overlap and two shifters bump up against these as they grow up. Both are intrigued by the other, yet keep their distance. When one pack is brutally attached Elliot and Dominik must work together to find out who and why.

I liked that the roles were somewhat reversed as the bigger of the two was actually the more passive. The pull of the moon just brought out what wasn’t wanted to be acknowledged. I also liked how even after the hot sex scene it took a while for everything to settle into place.

The author did a nice job of creating a different world and didn’t settle for an easy predictable ending.

Rating 4 of 5 stars

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Copy Purchased for Review

 

Guest Post and Giveaway! Where Death Meets the Devil by LJ Hayward

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LJ:

Hi all!! Welcome to my inaugural blog tour. I’m incredibly excited to be here, introducing you to my new book, Where Death Meets the Devil!! It’s full of action and suspense and two damaged men who shouldn’t be friends—or more—coming together to uncover a common enemy—and more. I’d love to have you join me on the tour where I’ll be dorking… ah hem, talking about the importance of titles, the dangers of research, theme songs and other stuff. And if watching while I potentially embarrass myself isn’t enticement enough, there’s a chance to win a $10 Riptide gift card!

 

About Where Death Meets the Devil

 

Jack Reardon, former SAS soldier and current Australian Meta-State asset, has seen some messy battles. But “messy” takes on a whole new meaning when he finds himself tied to a chair in a torture shack, his cover blown wide open, all thanks to notorious killer-for-hire Ethan Blade.

 

Blade is everything Jack doesn’t believe in: remorseless, detached, lawless. Yet, Jack’s only chance to survive is to strike a bargain with the devil and join forces with Blade. As they trek across a hostile desert, Jack learns that Blade is much more than a dead-eyed killer—and harder to resist than he should be.

 

A year later, Jack is home and finally getting his life on track. Then Ethan Blade reappears and throws it all into chaos once more. It’s impossible to trust the assassin, especially when his presence casts doubts on Jack’s loyalty to his country, but Jack cannot ignore what Blade’s return means: the mess that brought them together is far from over, and Ethan might just bring back the piece of Jack’s soul he thought he’d lost forever.

 

Available now from Riptide Publishing!

 

About L.J. Hayward

 

L.J. Hayward has been telling stories for most of her life. Granted, a good deal of them have been of the tall variety, but who’s counting? Parents and teachers notwithstanding, of course. These days, the vast majority of her story telling has been in an honest attempt to create fun and exciting ways of entertaining others (and making money).

 

As such, she is still a mad (always provoked!) scientist in a dungeon laboratory (it has no windows—seriously, the zombie apocalypse could be going on outside and she’d have nary a clue) who, on the rare occasions she emerges into the light, does so under extreme protest and with the potential hazard of bursting into flames under the Southeast Queensland sun.

 

Connect with L.J.:

 

 

To celebrate the release of Where Death Meets the Devil, one lucky winner will receive a $10 Riptide credit! Leave a comment with your contact info to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on March 3, 2018. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Thanks for following the tour, and don’t forget to leave your contact info!

 

 

 

Enemies to Lovers: Rough Edges by Cardeno C.


Good Reads Link

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33411971-rough-edges?ac=1&from_search=true

Blurb

Kyle has an unwelcome crush on his nemesis Brent. Brent has a welcome crush on his friend Kyle. As it turns out, the line between a friend and an enemy doesn’t have to be a line at all.

Born on the wrong side of the tracks to the wrong family, Kyle Potter has spent his life clawing his way toward a better future. When he gets the perfect job at the perfect firm in perfect Los Angeles, Kyle is sure there are only blue skies ahead. And then he meets perfect Brent Haralson.

Born with a silver spoon to a well-established family, Brent Haralson has never been interested in leveraging his connections. Friends, success, and dates come easily to Brent and rejection isn’t something he has to deal with in life. And then he meets perfect Kyle Potter.

Kyle despises his unwelcome crush on his lazy, arrogant nemesis. Brent welcomes his feelings for his stubborn, brilliant friend. As it turns out, the line between a friend and an enemy doesn’t have to be a line at all.

Review

I really liked this story. It follows the old adage of “Don’t judge a book by it’s cover”. Kyle knows what he wants out of life and is willing to work hard to get it. Brent doesn’t have a job and doesn’t need one because he grew up with money and then inherited more than enough to live on. All Kyle can see is someone spoiled and entitled.

The author takes us on the journey of the 2 getting to know each other after Brent opens his home to a homeless Kyle. Misconceptions are corrected and the real people are discovered and it all leads to a HEA ending. One of the things I loved most about this story was Brent knew exactly what Kyle thought of him, yet he never changed, or bragged or boasted of who he was or what he did with his time to correct it. He just kept being himself and let Kyle see him for who he was.

Rating 4 of 5 stars

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