Thursday, August 18, 2022

Excerpt Reveal for Moody by Penelope Ward




Title: Moody
Author: Penelope Ward
Genre: Standalone Contemporary Romance
Release Date: August 22, 2022


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From New York Times bestselling author Penelope Ward, comes a new standalone novel.

The day I showed up to Dax Moody’s sprawling home, I had no idea what was coming.
As a traveling massage therapist, I was used to entering the houses of strangers.
But this assignment was different from any before it.
From the outside, I’d correctly assumed the owner was rich. What I didn’t realize was that he would be younger than I’d imagined, single, stunningly gorgeous, and mysterious.
Despite the fact that Dax had booked a massage, it never actually happened, since our first appointment was unexpectedly cut short by a comedy of errors.
Certain I’d never see him again after that day, I’d done nothing but think about the captivating man.
To my surprise, he called a second time. That appointment, we talked a lot, developing a stronger connection. But once again, there was no actual massage.
The man I now affectionately called “Moody” kept calling me to come back.
It took three times before I finally gave him the massage he’d ordered. Let’s just say it was challenging to keep things professional. I was extremely attracted to Dax, and by that time, I was falling hard.
Eventually, I’d find out why he’d been so aloof, the reason why he and I could never be together.
Our story was supposed to end there, but it didn’t.
Instead, I was left perpetually longing for a forbidden man.







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Copyright © 2022 Penelope Ward

“What do you do exactly?”
“I…stand beside you and rub my hands into your skin and work to get some of the knots out of your muscles.”
He shook his head. “No. I meant, what do you do? Is this your full-time gig?”
Is that an insult? “Yes. I went to school for massage after college, and I make a good living. Being a massage therapist is not something you do on the side. It’s a great, fulfilling career in and of itself,” I said defensively.
“I didn’t mean to imply it wasn’t.” He fidgeted with his watch, which looked like it cost more than my car.
I blew out a breath. “I do have other aspirations, but this pays the bills and allows me to put some money away, too. I’m currently saving for a trip to Europe.”
“I see.” He stared out the window, almost looking as though he wanted to escape.
What’s with this guy? “Look...I can leave if you’re not comfortable.”
“No.” He walked over to a cabinet and took out a bottle of some kind of liquor. “I just need something to take the edge off.” He poured himself a glass of amber-colored liquid.
I stared at his big, masculine hands. “Well, this is a first.”
“A first what?” he asked.
“The first time a client has ever had to relax before a relaxing massage.” When I laughed, I accidentally snorted.
His eyes narrowed. “What the hell was that?”
“Sorry. I didn’t mean to snort. That happens sometimes when I’m nervous. It just comes out.”
“Why are you nervous?”
“Maybe your attitude is rubbing off on me.”
He chugged the alcohol and slammed the glass down. “I’m sorry. I don’t know how to relax. It’s my nature. Even when I’m supposed to be freaking relaxing...the thought of relaxing stresses me out.”
I nodded. “That’s actually a real thing. It’s called relaxation-induced anxiety.”
He chuckled. “Thanks for the diagnosis.”
“I used to be like you. I’d get panic attacks from the quiet when I tried to meditate.”
He licked the side of his mouth. “I suppose that defeats the purpose.”
“Exactly. And sitting still, like in the hair salon or dentist’s chair, used to make me panicky when I was younger.”
“Younger? You’re pretty young. How long have you been doing this massage thing?” he asked.
“A couple of years.”
“What made you get into it?”
“I wanted to make people feel good. And it doesn’t bore me. I never have to be in one place.”
“Does it pay well? How much of the fee do you get to keep?”
My eyes narrowed. “You ask a lot of questions.”
“Well, maybe I need to get comfortable with you before I let you put your hands all over me.”
For some reason that comment rubbed me the wrong way. Let me put my hands on him? As if it was a privilege? (As if he could read my mind and sense my attraction? Ugh.)
I raised my voice. “I thought you told the company someone recommended me. Why are you so apprehensive?”
“Okay.” He sighed, scrubbing his hand over his face. “Let’s get this over with. What do I do?”
Jesus. He’s wound tight. “Take off your shirt and lie down on the table. You can leave your pants on or take them off.”
He let out a guttural laugh. “Take my pants off?”
“Yes. That’s actually customary. But it’s always the client’s choice. I can leave the room, if you wish, while you undress. There’s a towel to cover yourself. But you can totally leave your pants on, too.”
“I will be leaving my pants on, thanks.”
“Okay. Just make sure you take the stick out of your ass one way or the other.”
He glared at me but finally cracked a slight smile. I’d take it.
I laughed. “In all seriousness, just breathe. That’s all you need to worry about.” I took a deep breath in, willing myself to take my own advice.
Dax slowly pulled his shirt over his head, once again granting me a view of his rippled muscles. There wasn’t an inch of anything soft on his body. I turned away suddenly when I caught my eyes lingering a little too long.
He then lay down stomach-first on the table and within seconds, I heard the pitter-patter of paws and the clanking of a metal collar coming from down the hall.
A large English sheepdog pushed through the door and entered the room, barking profusely at the sight of me. Then he jumped up on the table and landed on Dax’s back.
“Damn it, Winston!” Dax yelled.
I didn’t even know a dog that big could jump so high. The dog shot me the evil eye. This house is just full of welcoming people.
“Hello,” I said awkwardly.
He growled. It seemed Doggy was just as extra as his owner.
“Get off me, you fluffernutter!” Dax groaned.
The dog kept growling at me while I covered my mouth to keep from laughing. “Why is he so angry?” I asked, trying to stifle my amusement.
“He’s protective to a fault. He was napping upstairs when you arrived. I hoped he’d stay sleeping. I hadn’t planned on him coming down, although I should’ve.”
Dax sat up and somehow got the beast of a dog off him. He hopped down off the table. “I’ll be right back,” he said, guiding Winston out of the room and down the hall. The sound of the collar disappeared into the distance.
Left alone for a moment, I exhaled and wandered over to a shelf that displayed various things, including a large, white seashell that seemed completely out of place, given the room’s otherwise masculine vibe. It was beautiful. Remembering what my mother had told me when I was little, I lifted the shell and placed it against my ear in an attempt to hear “the ocean.” Met with the ambient noise that resonated from within, I closed my eyes and smiled.
“Please don’t touch that,” Dax called from behind me.
Shaken by his abrupt tone, I jerked, and the shell slipped from my fingers and crashed to the ground.
He let out a jarring shriek.
My hands shook. “I’m so sorry... I...” I bent to clean up the pieces, but he bolted to stop me.
“Don’t touch anything!” His tone was grating.
“Why? It’s my fault,” I insisted.
“Please just get up,” he commanded in an even harsher tone.
Burning with embarrassment, I stared down at the mess. That’s when I realized something had fallen out of the shell.






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Penelope Ward is a New York Times, USA Today and #1 Wall Street Journal bestselling author of contemporary romance.

She grew up in Boston with five older brothers and spent most of her twenties as a television news anchor. Penelope resides in Rhode Island with her husband, son, and beautiful daughter with autism.

With over two million books sold, she is a 21-time New York Times bestseller and the author of over thirty books. Her novels have been translated into over a dozen languages and can be found in bookstores around the world.


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Cover Reveal for Gracie's Mom by Misty Walker




Title: Gracie's Mom
Series: Songs of Sin #1
Author: Misty Walker
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Cover Design: K Webster
Photo: Xram Ragde
Release Date: September 21, 2022


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From USA Today bestselling author comes a reverse age gap, forbidden romance.

At thirty-nine years old, I have my life together.
I’m a successful photographer, I own my own home, and thanks to a teenage pregnancy, I’m already an empty nester.

The only thing missing is love. And who has time for that?

That’s what I’m thinking the day my daughter, Gracie, calls to tell me she’s bringing her roommate home with her for spring break.

Dax Shelton is charismatic, funny, ridiculously sexy, and for some reason, whenever I’m with him, he aims all that charm on me.

I try to keep my space and not take him seriously, but when he pins me against my kitchen counter and whispers all the dirty things he wants to do to me, I can’t ignore him any longer.

So, at thirty-nine years old, I have a secret fling with a man seventeen years my junior.
Or at least that’s what I think it is until our late nights become less about sex and more about our feelings, and I accidentally fall in love with my daughter’s roommate.

Things are about to get messy. Not only because Gracie won’t understand how I let this happen, but also because she’s in love with him too.

*Like all the books in the Songs of Sin collection, Gracie’s Mom is a complete standalone.







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Misty Walker is a USA Today bestselling contemporary romance author. Her novels range between sweet and steamy to dark and delicious.

Misty currently resides in the high desert of Reno, NV with her husband, two daughters, and two dogs. She enjoys camping in her comfy travel trailer, reading, and writing. She loves connecting with readers, so her email and DMs are always open.

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Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Blog Tour for Ten First Dates Anthology

Pick a trope, any trope!
This anthology’s got you covered!
Ten First Dates, a FREE, swoony romance collection featuring ten all-new prequels from ten bestselling authors, is out now!

He was the last person on earth she’d ever want to be stuck with for a weekend…
Their eyes met across the room and she knew…
They’d been friends forever but everything was about to change…
Once upon a time…

There are so many ways a great romance can start, and we’ve got TEN of them right here for you!

Ten ALL NEW, never-before-seen prequels from ten bestselling romance authors all in one place!
Find out how these swoony heroes and feisty heroines are first thrown together on the path to their happily ever after!

Enemies to lovers? Friends to lovers? Opposites attract? Small town? We’ve got it all!

TEN FIRST DATES features brand new stories from:
Ainsley Booth, Angela Denise, Erin McCarthy, Erin Nicholas, Julia Kent, Kaylee Ryan, Molly Mclain, Piper Rayne, Samantha Chase & Zoe York

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Review:


I picked this up with plans to just read the stories by Piper Rayne and Julia Kent but then when I opened this book, I just started with the first story and read every story.  



Bayou Tonight by Erin Nicholas:


I loved this one. Max and Spencer are great characters. They are attracted to each other, but Spencer has a list of things to make his ideal girlfriend, and Max doesn't check them off. I'm completely invested in their relationship and can't wait to read Gotta Be Bayou to see where it goes and if Max makes brownies.  



The Girl In The Jersey by Ainsley Booth


I loved this one. Harper is an interesting character. We get a little of Harper in this story, but you can tell she has some sort of past that will make for an interesting story. Kieran seems to be a good guy. They have a steamy date night. I can't wait to read more of these two in The Ex Captain.  I pre-ordered it already. 



Stay Always by Kaylee Ryan:


Orrin and Jade are cute. I loved the first date that Orrin planned for them. This one was a quick cute read, and I will be picking up the other books about the Kincaid Brothers as they come out.  



The Matchmaker's Mistake by Angela Denise:


So far, this one is my favorite.  Holly seems like a fun gal.  She takes things with stride.  She has a run-in with her nemesis, Cole, and her birthday dinner with her twin goes badly.  She may pretend she hates Cole, but they had great steamy chemistry.  Their story was too short for me, so I can't wait to get more of them in Match Matching a Single Dad.  I one-clicked that one right away.  I wasn't entirely liking Holly's sister, so I didn't order her book, but maybe I will later after I get my full Holly and Cole fix.



False Start (Kingsmen Football Stars #1) by Piper Rayne:


I was excited to read this one.  False Start is one of the two stories that had me wanting to read this anthology.  I loved this one, and it's tied with The Matchmaker's Mistake for my favorite in this anthology.   Lee is a big college football player.  He's struggling in biology.  Shayna has the best grade in the class and tutors him.  I liked Shayna.  Lee messes up, but Shayna's a strong girl, and I can't wait to see Lee grovel and what big gestures he's going to make to win her back in You Had Your Chance, Lee Burrows.  



Shopping for a Booty Call by Julia Kent:


I liked this one. It had me laughing at part. I wasn't a big fan of Hamish initially, but I loved his banter with Amy and started to like him. I will be checking out Shopping for a Turkey.  



At First Glance by Erin McCarthy:


At First Glances is a short steamy introduction to MacKay and Faith. I can't wait to read more about these. They are definitely going to get into trouble, but I think they will have fun doing it.  



Call Me by Samatha Chase:


Call Me was a good read. I wasn't completely feeling these characters, but then there's a little twist thrown in, and I might pick up Dare Me to see what happens next. 



Rebel Secret by Zoe York:


Wow, all I have to say is that ending surprised me, and I definitely pre-ordered Rebel at Heart.



Moments With Him by Molly McLain:


I didn't like Lane, but I loved Hayden and Jesse together. I was so hoping she would stay in Cole Creek. I am rooting for Hayden and Jesse, and I will be one clicking We're Made of Moments so because I have to find out what happens. 



I loved this anthology. After reading these stories, I have added many books to my TBR list and even pre-ordered some books.



Release Blitz for Flirting With the Playboy by Gia Stevens

Title: Flirting With the Playboy
Series: Harbor Highlands Series
Author: Gia Stevens
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Release Date: August 14, 2022


Flirting with the sexy stranger on a dating app was easy.
Finding out the sexy stranger is also the office playboy…
I wasn't expecting that.

They don't call Bennett Pierce the office playboy for nothing. The parade of women through his doorway makes me want to dry-heave. Sure, he looks like he strolled off the page of a male fashion magazine, but his personality is anything but desirable.

But after catching my ex cheating on a dating app and Bennett witnessing my very public break up, his offer of margaritas is too hard to pass up. Tequila didn't make my clothes fall off, but it did lead to one scorching hot kiss.

Instantly, I regret it but an unexpected message on the dating app distracts me from too much self-loathing. And when the friendly banter quickly turns into steamy flirting, Bennett Pierce is one swipe right forgotten.

And when we finally meet, I realize…
I've been flirting with the playboy.







 


Review:

Flirting with the Playboy is a great cute read.  Bennett and Charlie work together.  He comes off as a player at work.  He likes to get under Charlie's skin.  There is an attraction between the two, but Charlie doesn't want to go there.  Charlie ends up on a dating app to catch her boyfriend cheating, and she stays on it after.  Bennett is also on the app after his sister urges him to date.  I loved the interactions on the app.  Charlie and Bennet have sexual tension and a lot of chemistry.  At points, I wanted to shake them and make them move on together quicker.  This one was a quick read because I was pulled into the story and didn't put it down until I finished it.  I loved these two and their friends.  I hope the friends get their own books.  

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Gia Stevens resides in the up north of Minnesota. She lives for the warm, sunny days of summer and dreads the bitter cold of winter. A romantic comedy junkie at heart, she knew she wanted her own stories to encompass those same feelings.

When she’s not busy writing your next book boyfriend, Gia can be found playing in her vegetable garden, watching reruns of The OC and Gossip Girl, or curled up with a good book.




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Release Blitz for The Reckless Union by Monica Murphy




Title: The Reckless Union
Series: Wedded Bliss #3
Author: Monica Murphy
Publisher: Dangerous Press
Genre: Dark Contemporary Romance
Release Date: August 16, 2022


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Our marriage may look like a fairytale, but outside forces threaten to tear us apart. Don’t they realize that nothing will keep me apart from Charlotte? Not my family. Not hers either.

What started out as a relationship in name only has evolved into something much more. Something deeper. And when Charlotte is taken from me, I launch into action, determined to rescue her.

She's mine. Nothing is going to stop me from being with her.

Not a damn thing.





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Monica Murphy is a New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling romance author. Her books have been translated in almost a dozen languages and have sold over two million copies worldwide. Both a traditionally published and independently published author, she writes mostly new adult and contemporary romance.

A native Californian, she lives on fourteen acres in the middle of nowhere with her husband, son, their goofy dog, and three cats. When she’s not writing, she’s thinking about writing. Or reading. Or binge watching something.


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